I leave today! I leave today! I’m so excited I can barely stand it. I’ll try to post from Vancouver, but probably won’t have much of substance until Monday (to keep up with me during the weekend, follow me on Twitter).
In the meantime, here are the 10 essential things I’m bringing with me to Vancouver:
10. My beeeg suitcase. The events this weekend are varied and I need to have appropriate attire and footwear for each. I’m going shopping, strolling, afternoon-patio-drinking, upscale-casual dining, cocktailing, potentially dancing, and running. With the exception of running, I don’t know what I’m wearing for these many activities. Indecision + Last-Minute-Packing = Big Suitcase. Just cram it all in there!
9. Nuun. I need to stay hydrated and apparently this stuff is good for hangovers. Not that I’m planning on getting hungover, but it is my birthday celebration weekend. Good thing they come in handy travel packs!
8. My Garmin. Because I’m running a half-marathon and need to monitor my pace. I haven’t run hard since my marathon at the end of May, I’m still coming back from an injury, and I need to make sure I don’t run too fast for my current level of conditioning.
7. My new MZ Wallace handbag.
My darling mom bought me this purse for my birthday, and I love it. Its multiple pockets are perfect for a pack-rat like me who tries to bring everything in her house with her wherever she goes and needs to be able to find everything stat. You know, like exhausted gift cards, punch cards for businesses I rarely frequent, mints, lipstick, several glosses, yada-yada-yada. As I’m traveling to Canada, I also need to have my passport, and as I’m going to this race, I need to have my proof of purchase to show at packet pick-up. Fortunately, this handbag offers a place for everything and it’s light to boot.
6. Body Glide. I’ve recently started to experience inner thigh chafe. I didn’t really have this problem before, having it experienced it only once at last year’s SeaWheeze when I wore a brand new running skirt that I had never worn before (stupid mistake). Last week I chafed on only a 10 mile run. Ouch. So there you go. Body Glide is my inner thighs’ new BFF.
5. My new Oiselle Flock singlet. This will be my first time wearing the singlet, and funnily enough it will be at a race sponsored by another brand. There will be other Flock members participating in the race and we’re meeting up pre-race for a group photo. Should be fun to meet some women I’ve only “known” through Facebook or Twitter.
4. My Oiselle Distance Shorts.
Because I don’t run races without them. I love how light the material is, that they don’t ride up, and that they have ample pocket-space. I’m going to bring my phone so that I can take photos on the course, but I don’t want to hold it in my hand the entire time. Fortunately, I can easily fit my phone in the large back pocket along with a couple Gu, my room key, and a credit card.
3. My iPhone. Because I’m an amateur blogger and don’t have a real camera with which to take photos for my blog, and because it’s my birthday weekend and I plan on taking a lot of good shots of people doing silly things like this:
Plus I need to coordinate the meeting times and places for our group of 13. It’s a good thing I’m Type A and like to plan, because that’s a little bit yikes!
2. My running shoes.
Because I’m running a race and hopefully also a shakeout run. Vancouver is a gorgeous city with several nice running routes, so I plan to take advantage of that when I’m visiting.
1. My husband and friends. I’m celebrating a birthday this weekend, and not just any birthday: my 40th. It’s been a tough last week or so as I reflect on the significance of reaching this milestone, considering where I’ve been and what I’ve done, and what there’s left to accomplish in my life. I am thrilled to be alive, healthy, part of a loving and supportive family, employed, and surrounded by amazing friends, but there’s a part of me that still mourns this particular birthday. I am so glad my husband and friends will be there with me to celebrate my birthday and remind me how much youthfulness and lighthearted fun there still is in my life as I turn 40.
Okay, I’m done being wistful. On to Vancouver to party!