Where do I start?! Really?! Let me start by saying this (and especially if you’re a mother who feels guilty about taking time to run)…
I debated cancelling this trip. Right up until the day before I left. I felt EXTREMELY guilty about leaving. With all the travel I do for work, the thought of another trip was stressing me out. I hate leaving my kids and husband. HATE…but I didn’t. I reluctantly got on that plane and subsequently had a weekend that I’ll always remember.
MOMS…whether it’s a trip like this or just a 30 minute run….TAKE THE TIME…The guilt will go away, but the feeling that you should’ve run lingers. DO IT!
Ok, back to the trip. So the basic plan was to get into Ontario (right outside LA) around 12:30. Linzie was picking me up and then we would be heading to a taping of Fuller House. The thing that scared me most about this was the directions we got before the shoot…
Come early, Plan to be there for 5 hours, No cell phones, No Food, No Bathrooms.
As a mom, you know that no bathroom for 5 hours is enough to freak me out, Then add that I can’t have my phone and WHAT?! WHAT?! I’ve been to some show tapings before (David Letterman) but this one was special because I knew a cast member and it was the set of FULL HOUSE! Any kid that grew up in the 90’s has a picture of this set burned into their brains.
The process was fascinating to watch..it took about 4 hours to tape the 22 minute show. We were second row VIPs (Thanks Andrea) and the comedian who “warmed up” the audience was exhausting. His job was to make sure we were laughing. After the taping, we got to go down to the set. Can you imagine?! My tweenage self couldn’t handle it. This was the ACTUAL couch from the 90’s (and it smelled like it…like an attic).
Before I go any further, let me introduce you to my CREW! You’re going to see their beautiful faces alot in the next couple posts. Missing from this picture is Andrea (Kimmy). She was doing her thing but we wouldn’t be on that couch if it weren’t for her! Let me just answer your questions now…SHE IS AWESOME! As a friend, as an actress, as a runner and as a mom. Make sure to get Netflix and watch Fuller House. You won’t regret it.
When one of the art director offered to take our picture on the stairs, we all giggled like school girls. He lined us up and took this!
After those pictures, I was pretty sure I could go home happy right then. How much better could it get?! Well, we started talking about the rest of the weekend in Andrea’s dressing room and I just couldn’t wrap my head around all the epic-ness that was about go down. After everyone was ready, we headed to Linzie’s house where Carlee and I totally crashed his pad. He was such a good host!
We woke up the next morning around 4:30 so we could get our bibs before the race and of course, meet up with more We Run Social crew! Can I just say how on point this group looks?!
This is the part where I’m supposed to tell you about the race itself. So they bused us up to the top of a mountain and we ran 13.1 miles downhill. You would think I could PR that but it was also a REALLY hot day and after last weekends shenanegans, my body wasn’t feeling a sub 2:00. But when the race started I took off, faster than I thought I would (guess because of the downhill)…my first four miles were 8:30ish but coming out to the mountains, you lost the shade, you gained the heat, and your feet felt like they were on fire. I’m not sure where we were on the course but I ended up catching up with Linzie and we decided to slow it down some and finish together. Best idea ever!
Otherwise we couldn’t have got this epic picture!! Thanks Casey for snapping it! It’s better than any race photo ever!
After the race, we showered and started making our way down to San Diego. That is until a wildfire broke out and closed the interestate. I KNOW! I got the whole California experience. Lucky crafty Linzie called a friend (Sarah Briggs) who happened to live on the route down and we were able to escape the traffic and sit in their glorious pool. We missed the expo because of the fire but that’s fine. This was way better!
Once we finally did get to San Diego, we checked into the Courtyard on Broadway (which I HIGHLY suggest. It’s gorgeous) and looked for food. We ended up at Double Standard in the Gas Lamp District and it was FANTASTIC. Check them out on YELP! Tell them we sent you!
Ok, you’re gonna have to wait for the rest of this adventure. I’ll try to wrap it up in one post but for now, tell me…
did you race this weekend?