Friday, November 4, 2011

West to East

by Meghann on November 4, 2011

Oh boy, what a day of travel that was!

It all started at 5:30am when my alarm went off one last time in my comfy room at the Westlake Four Seasons. I jumped up, packed my stuff, and said a quick prayer that all my flights would be on time.

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That’s my worried face.

I had a tight schedule, a very tight schedule, and one delayed flight or missed connection would possibly result in not making it to Savannah in time for the marathon. Just to play it safe I made sure my carry on bag contained all the gear I would need for my marathon (shoes, socks, clothes), a simple change of clothes, and any other possible items I may need in case my checked bag didn’t follow the same route to Savannah that I did.

Luckily, all my finger crossing seemed to be working. Despite enduring typical LA traffic, I made it to LAX with plenty of time to spare before my flight. I went through baggage claim and waited in line 25 minutes (I timed it) at Starbucks for breakfast.

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Starbucks was the only decent breakfast option in my terminal and I knew I couldn’t go wrong with the perfect oatmeal bowl with toppings.

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All of the nuts and cranberries, but just a pinch of brown sugar.

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I also talked myself into a Mocha Light Frape. I blame the long line and forced reading of the menu over and over again before I was under the impression that I ‘just had to have one.’ Pshh.

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My first flight was magically on time and half empty. It was a new plane with comfy seats that actually reclined and I had an empty middle seat right next to me. Score!

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I worked on the laptop for most of the flight and broke out an apple halfway through.

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I <3 airlines that give you the full can when you get a soda. ๐Ÿ™‚

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My first flight landed early, which was good because I originally had 35 minutes between connections and now I had 45. I THOUGHT my next flight was in the same terminal (that’s what they had announced on the flight), but quickly learned that wasn’t the case when I arrived at the wrong gate on the completely opposite side of the airport that the correct gate was at. Crap.

I quickly booked it to the tram and wasted an additional 10 minutes getting to where I needed to go (there goes my extra time). I grabbed a quick sandwich and was the very last person to board the tiny plane. As long as I was able to grab food and we still departed on time, I was happy.

The quick sandwich was a turkey swiss and cranberry.

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I really don’t like sliced, un-toasted generic bread on sandwiches (I didn’t have time to have it pressed), but the sandwich did the trick.

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I paired the sandwich with some Trader Joe Plantain Chips.

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The flight was smooth and we made it to Savannah without any problems. My bag even made it too!!

I’m staying in Savannah with my brother, Katy, and Danielle at a cheesy motel on the outskirts of town. We keep it classy. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Instead of fighting the crowds, we grabbed to-go pizza fro Mellow Mushroom for dinner.

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Two slices of mega veggie pizza filled me right up.

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With a piece of Dole Dark Chocolate for dessert.

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All of my gear is laid out, but I’m not sure my body has fully wrapped itself around the idea that I’m running a full marathon tomorrow. It doesn’t seem real.

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Here goes nothing. Ready or not, I’m running 26.2 miles tomorrow. Woo! hoo!

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