What a glorious mini-vacation. My hubby & I set off for Chicago last Thursday for a mini get away. Truth be told he was there for work but I was there for some R&R. Being a working mom with two boys is tiring, especially when said boys like to get up before 7am every day! It was nice to sleep in a little and do things I want to do for a couple of days.
While I was excited about going away for a couple of days - I was feeling bad that I was going to miss a number of running clinics and workouts - and worse the hotel had no pool!!! I was feel guilty for missing my running clinics (& gals) and workouts...even when it is for a good reason (trip to Chicago..woo hoo). Is that a good sign or am I obsessed? But to be honest I (we) did so much walking during the trip that my legs and feet hurt (and are still sore). Even though I (we) had to eat out quite a bit I kept my friend Leigh in my head (she follows the Poon diet) and ate mostly salads, veg & meat (except for the Chicago deep dish pizza!!). To be honest, just having the salad & meat was filling and I did feel way less bloated on the trip.
Chicago!! I totally love this city. I could seriously do some damage to my bank account if I lived here full time. There is an area in downtown Chicago (Michigan Ave) called the Magnificent Mile -it has high end stores lined from one end to the other....I was in heaven. It was like the heavens opened up and light beams came cascading down with angels singing in harmony....ok so I like to shop and like choosing the running races - I am bit of a snob. :-) LOL. My husband is happy to know that while I went "shopping" at Burberry, Tiffany, Jimmy Choo, Louis Vuitton.....I only went "window shopping".
The restaurants we went too were divine. The first night we went to Giordano's - known for their deep dish pizza. Wasn't expecting that.....it actually looks like a pie. Pizza dough for crust and then the toppings inside (like apple filling). It was good - but I could only eat 1 piece. Went to Greek Islands (authentic Greek food) and had chicken & greek salad. Oh my goodness it was superb. The waiter suggested a greek wine (yep you guessed it I'm a wine snob too). I've not had Greek wine before, but it was actually nice with our meal. Another restaurant was Texas de Brazil. This was the holy grail of restaurants...in the middle of the restaurant they have a wall of wine where a girl suspended on wires retrieves your wine bottle and when she has no wine to get she does acrobatic moves. Then waiters come to your table with skewers of meat that you choose from. Divine!!!! Wish they had this restaurant in Canada.
Long post...but it was a busy weekend. Glad to be back home now with my boys....and glad to get back to my regular workout routine starting tomorrow. I don't feel quite right unless I have my workouts during the week. That's about it for now....Ciao!