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Every year I try to visit a new place in the US or abroad. This year I’m heading to Hong Kong during my birthday and Thanksgiving. I’ve never been out of the country for either of those days. Another first!
I had about 60k plus miles in my Delta account. Not enough for a free flight, but enough to lower the price of a ticket. The ticket price was $781 and some change. With my miles discount the price was reduced down to $181. Not bad at all.
I’ve never flown in any other class than economy for international travel. Since I saved a good amount of money on my flight and I’ll be in the air during my birthday, I’ve decided to splurge a little.
Delta offers a Delta Comfort+ class. It’s a step up from economy. It cost roughly $200 to upgrade my flight, which stops in Japan for a short time before heading to Hong Kong. Both legs are included in the upgraded. I didn’t upgrade my flight back to Seattle. But it’s tempting.
The amenities for Delta Comfort+ include Sky Priority boarding (one of first to board), dedicated overhead bin space, extra legroom (about 4″), superior snacks (not exactly sure how they are superior), free drinks (of the boozy variety), and complimentary premium entertainment.
I arrive pretty late on my birthday. I hope to get in a birthday meal and a drink before getting some much needed sleep.
Instead of getting a hotel room, I found a nicely priced AirBnB in Causeway Bay. It’s near shops, parks, etc. Perfect location!
I definitely want to run while I’m there. Does anyone have any recommendations on running routes or running groups in Hong Kong?
Disclaimer: This blog posts looks like an ad, but it’s not. Delta did not compensate me in any way But it would be nice if they upgraded further me for my birthday. Insert wink here.
“Congratulations! You have been selected to run the 2015 Bank of AmericaChicago Marathon.”
I’ve been wanting to go into the actual city of Chicago for a long time. I’ve been to the airport about a dozen times, but have never been in the city. This will be the first time in years that I’m running a race in a city I’ve never been to before. I’m very excited!
What should I see while I’m in Chicago?
I arrived late Friday afternoon. I was a bit weary at the start about my right foot. I was having some issues with it a few weeks earlier. I tried to stay off of it as much as I could prior to Sunday.
The expo was held at the Los Angeles Convention Center. My main goals were to pick up my bib, quickly check out the expo and stop by the San Francisco Marathon booth.
Bib pickup was easy and quick! Absolutely no lines or issues. Awesome.
I made a quick walkthrough the expo. Walked past all the usual expo vendors. Found the San Francisco Marathon booth. Chatted with them for a little bit and I was on my way.
For an early dinner we had some really good homemade spaghetti. I tried not to eat too much, but I failed. I was full and content.
I relaxed the rest of the evening, watched a movie, and laid out my clothes for the race. I double and triple checked to make sure I didn’t forget anything. I was asleep before 10:00PM.
Alarm went off at 5:00AM. I was up and ready within 20 minutes. We left for the start line at 5:30 and arrived just after 6:00AM.
Side note: They changed the entry route to the start line this year, but it didn’t add any additional time to get to the start.
A bunch of my fellow San Francisco Marathon Ambassadors were running too. We decided to meet at 6:30AM for a quick picture. After the picture I did some stretching, used the restroom and made my way over the to corrals.
The corrals were REALLY full. I couldn’t find my way into one until the gun went off around 7:30AM. I squeezed my way in. Slowly made my walk to the start line.
Mile 1-4. Ran out of Dodger Stadium and down past the Disney Concert Hall. Just after mile 4, I needed a bathroom ASAP. Luckily there was one right there with a very short line. I was in and out in under 2 minutes!
Mile 5-9. It was nice to see a lot of people lining the streets cheering everyone on. Feeling awesome running through Downtown LA!
Mile 10. Just entering Hollywood. Last year, at this mile I decided to take a DNF (read more about that here). I knew that that I would get somewhat emotional here. My eyes welled up a little bit. But then I had a huge smile on my face. I made it further than I did last year. Wooohoo!
Mile 10-12. I was still excited about making it past mile 10 AND I was feeling good. These miles were kind of a blur.
Mile 13.1. On Sunset Strip. Half way done! Feeling awesome. Foot felt good. I still had a lot of energy.
Mile 14-16. My right foot was starting to hurt. I tried to not run on the side of my foot that was hurting. Looking back I think that didn’t made the foot feel any better.
Mile 16-20. I had to run/walk. Foot wasn’t getting any better. It was getting warm. Every water station I ran by I grabbed some water.
Mile 21-24. Zombies everywhere. People just didn’t have anything left in them. It was now HOT. About 85 degrees. I was exiting the VA at the point. I tried to run when I could. As soon as my foot started to hurt I stopped and walked.
Mile 25-26.2. Almost to the ocean. Coming around the corner I could see the finish line! I decided to sprint the short distance to the finish line. I was done! SO excited. And really, really warm.
After I received my medal, I REALLY needed water at the finish. Unfortunately I didn’t see any close to the finish. I did see a cold, wet towel, which I grabbed. I did eventually find water, but it was a ways away. Ack.
Super excited about finish. Not so excited about my foot. Lots to think about and work on.
After two years of running (well a DNF and a finish) the LA Marathon, I think this will be a yearly race for me. I love the course and the weather!
It’s only two months after Hood to Coast 2013 and I’m already writing about Hood To Coast 2014!
Unfortunately the team I was on this year (Pure Michigan) did not get selected in the lottery for 2014.
Fortunately I was lucky enough to have a friend who needed runners on their team. I will be running Hood To Coast in 2014 on team Need4Speed!