For the last 6 months I have been looking forward to a trip to Dallas. It not only included a girls weekend with a runner friend from Michigan but also are friend who lives down there now and I have not seen since last spring but also the Dallas Metro PCS 1/2 Marathon.
However as the 10 day forecast stalking started so did the realization that the trip may not actually happen. There were icicles hanging off clouds on the forecast! (I rarely see that in the Michigan forecast) This could not be a good thing. Never in a million years did I think when flying in December my problem would be flying into Dallas, if anything I worried I would not be able to fly back into Detroit Metro.
|Yep it was going from 77 to 37 in a matter of days!|
|Just a little weather advisory|
Friday morning I woke up, checked my flight, it said it was still on time, so I got ready, picked up my runner friend that was traveling with me, and off we went. We got the car parked, through security, grabbed a coffee and headed to the gate. Sure enough close to 7:56 am they started boarding our plane. WHAT!?!? It's really going to happen. I was so excited even though I was still a little nervous about the weather conditions but obviously if we were flying out things could not be that bad. That's when things changed, the people that had just boarded were being escorted off and Delta was announcing that the flight was cancelled. Within 5 minutes we had already been rebooked on the 5:25 pm flight. Ok, just a delay, we can still get there. Since we had already parked the car, we decided hanging out at the airport was the best idea and we knew we had an extra set of workout clothes so why not find a treadmill. Luckily the Westin Hotel that is connected to Detroit Metro Airport has a very nice exercise room (4 treadmills, ellipticals, recumbent bikes, free weights, and a pool/hot tub). For $15 a person we were able to access the fitness center for the day, which included the locker rooms and showers. Was this ideal? No. It was better then sitting in the airport though. We changed and managed to each log 7.5 treadmill miles, plus some core/strength work before soaking in the hot tub and chatting for over an hour and a half. Uninterrupted adult conversation with a friend, honestly it was great.
|Selfie in the fancy Westin lobby|
|View from the treadmill|
Am I sad that I was not able to make the trip, sure, I was looking forward to a girls weekend with my friends. I was looking forward to a long overdue run with my friend. It will happen, there will be time around Christmas and we are already looking at a reschedule weekend (this time not in December).
Ultimately the race was canceled and in my opinion it was the right decision.
PERSPECTIVE! This whole adventure was really a lesson on perspective, and honestly a much needed lesson because lately I have apparently forgotten how important perspective is. It was about finding the positive in a negative situation. I was reminded that how I felt about a situation was dependent on how I looked at the situation.
So this weekend instead of sitting around a pouting (which I will admit I did Friday night for a short period of time after the kids went to bed and allowed myself to be a little sad I was not going), I decided to make the best of it. It has included a sunny 10 mile run around the beautiful city of Detroit, a stop at RUN Detroit, breakfast from Avalon Bakery, a nap, some quality time and dinner with the family, the MSU game and tomorrow includes a big day of lounging around, snuggles and the Lions.