I’m in San Diego!!!!!
I have to tell you I have been spoiled lately with all of the direct flight I have been enjoying. The lay over in Denver was too quick and the almost 3 hour flight on top of the almost 4 hour flight was a bit too much for me. I definitely was very antsy and ready to get off on the flight!
It was lunchtime back home when we boarded our 10:00am Denver time flight. My stomach had actually managed to feel quite satisfied after my large breakfast, but was more then ready for a snack upon take off. To hold off the pains for the duration of the flight, I pulled out an Odawalla Super Protein Bar.
It was very green, but green food never scares me. 😉
It was actually avery dense, chewy bar. I enjoyed it and would happily purchase it again!
My plane buddy shared a piece of her Dover Peanut Butter Chocolate Bar at some point during the forever long flight as well.
Peanut Butter + Chocolate = Perfect Way to Cure 2nd Flight Blues.
Once we landed and were settled in San Diego, I felt like I a little kid ready to burst. I had to get out and explore. First things first though, I had to have lunch!!
We literally headed out the hotel and were seated at the second restaurant on the street!
Mary Janes is a cute diner-esque restaurant that had a really fun menu with some great choices.
After some perusing I chose the Veggie Tacos.
The veggie tacos were a little unconventional as they were filled with the veggie chili! They were very good, but very messy to eat. I think it would have been better to be served in burrito format.
I ate all of the tacos, 1/2 the chips, 1/2 a pickle and a few fries. I was very, very hungry when we sat down and felt like a bottomless pit. Finally, I just told myself I had ate plenty and to let my stomach tell my head it was full. It worked! and after some conversation I knew I was perfectly satisfied.
And who was my lunch time buddy?
I can’t remember if I mentioned it or not, but Derek flew from Tampa this morning the same time I left from Orlando. He made the long trip to watch me run my first marathon! How great of a guy is he? It felt so good to see him when I got to my hotel!! 🙂
Derek is seriously starting to understand all my eating habits. He understood that when I’m hungry I am ready to eat then. He understands sometimes it takes me longer to order from menus then most. And he understands I love frozen yogurt!!!
We walked by a Pinkberry on the way to lunch and at lunch I was debating on getting Pinkberry then or waiting to see if we would go to a Fro-Yo place later. His response was awesome, he stated “Why can’t we get Pinkberry now and later?” I agreed, why not? 😉
After lunch we walked next door and each for some PinkBerry love.
I had a small Original with Blackberries and Almond Slivers. Absolute Heaven!
This place is literally across the street from my hotel. I smell trouble. 😉
With all the fun things to see and do in San Diego, the zoo was definitely high on the list. I had been planning for weeks now on visiting the zoo as soon as we arrived. A mere two hours after landing we were ready for some Zoo fun.
The San Diego Zoo is HUGE! We only were able to see about 75% of it, but what we saw was great.
The zoo was very crowded with fellow marathon runners, families, school field trips and so on and so on. We had so much fun just playing tourist and taking in all the fun cheesy aspects the zoo had to offer. 🙂
I think the best part was the baby gorilla.
My Sister has a thing for gorillas and I knew she she would have loved these gorillas. The little one was very active and would come up and bang on the glass. At the end Mama Gorilla scooped up the baby and walked away.
There were too many cute animals to see and photograph.
But, you know we were the cutest ones of all!
You would definitely need a whole say here to see all of the zoo, but we made the most of it and had a blast. Definitely worth all the effort. 🙂
Hallie from Healthy Twists just happens to work right next door to the San Diego Zoo and was very sweet to volunteer to drive Derek and I to the nearest Trader Joes so I could restock my stash.
Hallie and I have been e-mailing back and forth four a couple of weeks now on my trip. She is a wealth of knowledge on the area and will be volunteering at the marathon on Sunday.
This was Derek’s first Trader Joe’s experience and as much as I tried to explain the store to him, I am not sure he fully understood until we arrived. He spent just has much time oggling over the products as us and stated that he wish he could sample everything in the store. 🙂
Back in the car I had to sample my Dark Chocolate Covered Edamame right away.
I had three pieces and made sure to share with the car.
Yum! It really was just like a chocolate covered almond or other nut. These will be great for a quick chocolate fix. Who needs M&Ms when you have dark chocolate edamame?
I was uber excited for the dinner that was planned tonight. A few girls from the San Diego area had all agreed to meet up for some pre-race carb loading in the Little Italy area of San Diego.
Little Italy is the cutest neighborhood, filled with a collection of great restaurants and a decent crowd for a Friday night.
The wonderful Bobbi was sweet and made us a reservation at Trattoria Fantastica. I wish I had got more pictures of the restaurant, but honestly I was having such a great time with these ladies I totally forgot.
Please forgive my disheveled look. All these ladies are positively gorgeous and unfortunately I did not have time to shower before the dinner. (Sorry if I smelled too bad!)
Bobbi, Ashley, Sarah and I are all running that marathon on Sunday, while Hallie and Katie are volunteering at the race. We all had LOTS & LOTS to talk about! I think the conversation all night centered around running. These girls were great and so easy to get along with.
It was really strange, with considering the time difference and how long ago my last meal had been, I was honestly not starving when I arrived. We got there around 7:30, did not end up ordering anything until after 8:00, and once the food arrived I was ok with only eating half of my meal. It was a really good meal though!
I was hesitant with ordering anything to drink with my meal, but once I saw other diving in to the wine menu I knew I wanted something to celebrate with too.
I had a small glass of the House Chianti and gingerly sipped on it through the meal.
When the bread basket arrived, I was pleasantly surprised to see Pita Squares inside.
When I was in San Antonio the other week the Italian restaurant we went to there had also served pita bread before the meal. That was my first experience with the warm garlic flat bread and I just found it amusing that if my next Italian experience I would be greeted with the same bread. It was good thought and I thoroughly enjoyed my one slice.
For my main entree, I was very indecisive on what to order. I’m not a big pasta fan, so Ashley and I questioned the waiter on what he recommended. After much debated I decided on the Imbotti.
It was essentially Eggplant wrapped around pasta and ricotta cheese, covered in tomato sauce with a side of veggies.
It was the perfect meal for me. It had some pasta for carb loadings, but was not too heavy at all. I was very happy with my order. I ate all the veggie and half of the eggplants. I was actually a little sad I didn’t have a little fridge in my hotel room so I could take the rest home with me.
Right next to the restaurant was the cutest little bakery that we had been discussing all meal to go explore.
It was filled with wonderful Italian pastries, cakes and so on. I wanted to try everything, but the portions were so large I knew I would not be able to eat anything.
Derek and I split a Strawberry filled Cream Cake, that I brought back to my room to enjoy.
I had really been a long, fun filled day in San Diego. I can not believe it is already 3:00am Florida time! Yikes!! Oddly I am not too tired, I think I am still too excited to sleep or worry about being tired. I hope this stays up through the race.
Tomorrow I have the expo (!!) and another fun blogging meet up.
Only 1 more day until I run 26.2 miles!! AHHHH!!!