After an impromptu stay over in Atlanta, (see previous post) we finally made it to Kansas City where we were reunited with our luggage and my running kit- hurrah! Or as they say in these parts, hot diggety!
I liked Kansas City, it was quite green with areas of grass and trees and there were sidewalks. Despite the conference centre being less than a mile from the hotel, there were shuttle busses laid on and you could identify the Europeans as the ones ‘ enjoying a walk in the sunshine’ or as the locals might say ‘the crazy ones’.
Everything is bigger in the US.
This was the conference hall, 14,000 delegates;
This is the cheesecake, 1400 calories!
The hotel we were staying in had a gym so I was able to do a couple of treadmill runs but only managing 7 miles for the week what with the days of flying, delays and the busy full on nature of work and socialising away from home. Walking to and from the conference centre added on a few miles but I think calories in exceeded calories out considerably for the week!
After a 24hr turnaround I’m now back at the airport! en route to Orlando for a holiday. Although there will be more flying and jet lag to contend with, I’m hoping to get a few runs in and pick up on some of my fitness, I did feel that it had declined over the last month having missed a few sessions and not made it to the 8.5 mile long run that was scheduled.
At least being on holiday I have more flexibility with my time so much more opportunity to get back on track. I need to build back up to that 8 mile long run, I suspect, rather than going in at the deep end and picking up where I left off.
In view of the setbacks I’ve adjusted my running plan to re set it back to where I was about 4 weeks ago and allowing for the later marathon date of May 2016. Strange though it might seem I’m looking forwards to a winter of training!