I just returned home last week from a mini-vacation in Arizona. One of our nieces got married, and we went to cheer her on. It was an incredibly meaningful and sacred wedding, Erin was the definition of radiant, and her husband, David, was lit from within with joy. We were so glad to be a part of the celebration, and really enjoyed meeting the couple's friends and David's extended family. We are so happy for the new Mr. and Mrs. Plummer!
I had never been to Arizona before, and coming from lush, green North Carolina, the terrain gave me quite an environmental shock. I have always imagined deserts as smooth white sand. No. Not there, at least. It was more like...ummm....regular dirt with some scrubby bushes scattered around. Not nearly as romantic as I'd pictured. Not bad, just different.
Here Where's the Sheik of Araby?
And hot. We were there during a record heat spell. It was 99 degrees the day of the wedding. Whooee. I went running twice, and let me tell you, heat does take the perkiness out of me. I "glowed" all over Tucson. ("Glow" is the Southern Belle term for perspiration.) But it's that dry heat you've heard so much about, so it evaporated immediately, leaving me like Lot's wife -- a long, tall salt lick.
We saw some cool sights, though. Prairie dogs were everywhere. They looked like tailless squirrels to me. I swear one was chasing me as I ran through the rose garden in the park. I really had to be careful I didn't step in a hole.
Here He's looking for me....
We also saw some giant saguaro cacti. It was really interesting -- birds flew in and out of multiple holes in them. There were a lot of other cacti too. I almost leaned up against one that looked like a tree while I was taking a panting, gasping break from running. Thankfully, we did NOT see any scorpions or tarantulas.
Here I did not run into any of these...
We may have seen some dancing elephants, since we spent a lot of time out by the gorgeous pool, sipping some refreshing drinks. It was good to have some down time and relax for a few days.
Here I think I put some sunscreen on him!
My half marathon is coming up May 19. After running only a total of 8 1/2 miles in Tucson, I am really beginning to worry about how I am going to manage 13.1 in the humid North Carolina heat. Any tips or advice from anyone?
I just learned that May 19 is also the date for my son's prom. He is our last child; this is his first prom. It's really important that we be here. We don't want to miss it -- and yet, I've trained so hard for this half. The race is 4 hours away from where we live. I'm going to see if I can manage to do both -- run the race, leave as soon as I finish, and get back home in time for pictures. Maybe I can change into SuperSpeedyMom!! Has anyone else been faced with this kind of dilemma, and if so, what did you do?
Here Look! Up in the sky! It's a bird! It's a plane! No, that's me.