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Travel Frustrations Balanced by My Sweat Pink Fix

After missing Blogfest for the first time, I was feeling a bit bereft of my Sweat Pink ladies. Luckily, I had a quick trip out to San Francisco to help me fill my void! Find out what I got up to this weekend!

But first, I had to just get out to San Francisco, which turned out to be more than I bargained for, lol. First, the traffic on the way to the airport was just abysmal. Figuring that I would just do some work at the airport, I left a little early after my fabulous lunch with my visiting friend Sarah and her husband Joe (who had an amazing anniversary trip!). But I’m glad that I did–I got there at the time I had originally planned on.

The airport was insanity; the line for TSA was bananas. Luckily, I have TSA Precheck, but my phone (which increasingly became a problem for me this weekend), almost faked me out and prevented me from even showing my ticket! Finally, I was into and quickly through the line, only to them get stopped by security for a “quota” check (yeah, right). They kept me on the front side of security checkpoint with my stuff on the other side of it (it went through first) for over 5 minutes without even telling me why! I get that they have to do their job, but seriously? I’m a pretty willing participant. Finally, they took me through for an “electronics check.”

I’m really, really threatening.

Ok, so I’m through. I go and grab a coffee, head to the gate. Start doing a little work.

Annnnnnddddd the flight is delayed. We are already getting in late (especially considering the 2 hour time difference!), so I’m a bit miffed. But food fixes most things, right? IF YOU CAN GET IT.

I look up and, like a beacon of light in the night, I see a Farmer’s Fridge kiosk. SAVED. I head over, scope out options… and the screen won’t work. Seriously?

I walk back to my stuff, sit down, and contemplate my options. Death. Sacrifice. I look up and see it working for someone else! Ok, maybe it was just taking a break. I go back over to try again. It works! I make my selection, run my card, it tells me “Now Serving…” and……

Keeps saying “Now Serving.” WTF.I stand for 5 minutes and then, because this has already been one of those days, I call the service line. They are actually quite nice, apologize for the inconvenience, explain the issue (the system runs on WiFi, which is being spotty, something this girl understands), and refund my card. I tell them I want to try again.

And the same thing happens! Only this time it gets stuck on Processing.

I walk away in a huff, decide that I want to go the other way, turn around and start walking back the way I came… and the woman who was at the kiosk next to me tells me that my food came out! IT WOOORRRKKKED! The day is saved. This pregnant woman is assuaged for the moment.

And then they say that it is an older plane, and I text Alex that I love him and Yoshi loves him (just in case). But as soon as we are on board, I’m ok.

Until we get on the flight (delayed), and there is an engine problem. Can’t I catch a break?

The problem was solved quickly, luckily, but then we have to sit on the tarmac because of unknown issues before we finally set sail and make our way to San Francisco.

I had planned to use the flight to do work, but no wifi mean no working, so I spent the flight reading and chilling.

PS the American Terminal at San Francisco International is gorgeous. And has bulk candy. And yes, I got a bag and yes, I finished it before the weekend was over.

Next on my never ending tour? My Uber getting caught in the Giants’ baseball game traffic. I arrived at the hotel (a little inn in Point Richmond) at 10ish SF time, so way past my bedtime, and apparently past the manager’s bedtime, as I definitely woke her up. But the rooms were cute, the bed comfy, and soon I was collapsing into it!

I will recount the Empower Race Event on Wednesday, but it was fabulous–the Sweat Pink ladies did an amazing job, there was a great turnout, and I had a great time!

Yoshi was pretty hungry by the time we left, though–apparently a breakfast sandwich before I got there and plenty of goodies after running were just NOT enough. So I grabbed an early lunch, a lovely shower, and then a 2.5 hour nap!

When I arose from my slumber, I decided I should get out and explore the beautiful afternoon. I recon’ed with the Sweat Pink crew before heading into Berkeley to explore the campus and see what trouble I could get into!

Such a gorgeous campus, and what a cute town! After walking for a while, I set up shop in a Peets and hooked up my idiot phone to cruise IG and relax a little with a blackberry pomegranate iced tea (delicious).

I met up with the ladies later at Mua, a funky and fun restaurant in Oakland. We sat outside and enjoyed a number of small plates (all were delicious–grilled artichokes with garlic aioli, padron peppers, crispy polenta in tomato sauce, shiitake mushroom toasts, garlic prawns, and more!) and the ladies as well as two of the other blogger ambassadors who joined us (and were lovely) enjoyed some delectable looking cocktails. It was the perfect end to the day!

And then I went back to the hotel, got organized, and crashed.

Sunday morning, I woke up and headed back to the Starbucks for coffee and another breakfast sandwich before heading back to Berkeley to meet the ladies for a little trail running. Well, the plan was to do some trail running… until I realized that “trail running” meant running straight up the mountain behind Berkeley. This tired body said OH HELL NO, and I instead enjoyed a nice hike while Jamie, Liz, Nicci, and Jamie’s friend CJ (who had run a 50K the day before, natch) proved that they are far heartier lasses than I.

We went back to the house after and hung out for a bit, and that is when my phone really started to rebel. To the point that I knew I needed to try to deal with it rather than go in and enjoy the day with the ladies before my plane. So we had to split up while I took BART into the city to find an AT&T store, where I was basically redirected to my home store, so I’m going to go in and try to get the issue figured out today!

So back on BART I went and down to SFO to attempt to get on an earlier flight so that I wouldn’t be exhausted the next day. But that was NOT going to happen (FULL standby list), so I gave in and sat down to do work before my flight.

Which was delayed an hour. I honestly wasn’t surprised at all.

Remember: Nothing lasts forever. When was the last time you had to remind yourself to have perspective? http://suzlyfe.com/nothing-lasts-forever

Moral of the story? Teleportation is very, very necessary. WILL SOMEONE PLEASE GET ON THAT.

Oh yeah, and we get to do all this again in two weeks for a wedding. At least I’ll have Alex with me then!

But in all, it was a great 36ish hours in the Bay Area, some great time with some amazing women, and Yoshi has now run his/her first race!

Spending the weekend with the @fitapproach ladies makes a bazillion #travel woes worth it! #sweatpink Click To Tweet

Also, bulk candy. WINNING.

I would also like to finish this story by saying that this travel experience was NOT terrible, just kind of hilarious in its misfortunes. Now, the time that we attempted to get to the East Coast for my mom’s birthday two years ago, now THAT was a travel experience! And I know that many of you have had it way worse!

Anyone else have any adventures this weekend? 

Likelihood that I have just as many adventures in 2 weeks when we try to travel to the wedding?

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46 Comments

  • Reply Julie @ Running in a Skirt

    It seems like air travel is ore often like this than not lately! Nearly every time I flew this summer it was a comedy of airs on one of the legs! So frustrating. And the airlines don’t seem to care!

    August 7, 2017 at 6:53 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Nope, they don’t, really! They still get paid. Or do they?

      August 13, 2017 at 7:32 am
  • Reply Julie @ Running in a Skirt

    Glad you got there and had fun though:-)

    August 7, 2017 at 6:54 am
  • Reply Deborah @ Confessions of a mother runner

    Air travel is not the fun and luxurious activity that it once was! My hubs travels for work all the time and oh the stories. Glad you finally made it out and had fun. I can only imagine how fun the sweat pink crew is!

    August 7, 2017 at 6:59 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Oh, I bet he has stories! I miss when travel was exciting!

      August 13, 2017 at 7:32 am
  • Reply Emily @ Pizza & Pull-Ups

    Travel can be such a pain in the butt sometimes! Hope your phone turns out to be an easy fix.

    August 7, 2017 at 7:17 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      It was an easy fix–a new one!

      August 13, 2017 at 7:31 am
  • Reply Marina @ Happy Healing

    UGH wow that sounds so frustrating. At least you got some candy 🙂 bulk candy is the best.

    Hope you have a great Monday!

    August 7, 2017 at 8:37 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Bulk candy (and the bulk bins at WFM) are seriously my weakness. I’m at its mercy

      August 13, 2017 at 7:30 am
  • Reply Wendy@Taking the Long Way Home

    Wow! My trip was much less eventful. In fact, it could not have gone any smoother. I did have phone battery issues tho. It’s time for a new phone..

    August 7, 2017 at 8:47 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Well, ast least one of us had a smooth trip!

      August 13, 2017 at 7:29 am
  • Reply Alicia @bridges Through life

    Oh man, all those travel delays. I am glad you made it back and had a good time though. Hopefully you get your phone fixed.

    August 7, 2017 at 9:17 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Got a new one, and it is AWESOME!

      August 13, 2017 at 7:29 am
  • Reply Suzlyfe's mommy, Clare

    I have discovered that flying into or out of Chicago is “snake-bit”
    I don’t know why but it just is!
    Glad you made it out and back.
    In 2 weeks, yeah, I’d bet on more delays, just to be on the safe side!

    August 7, 2017 at 9:56 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      You know that we will. I”m going to be doing laps in the airport…

      August 13, 2017 at 7:28 am
      • Reply Suzlyfe's mommy, Clare

        going to wear your garmin??

        August 13, 2017 at 1:13 pm
  • Reply Suzy

    Your plane was old and it had an ENGINE PROBLEM!!?!?!?!?!?! Oh, I wouldn’t have made it to San Fransisco. No way, no how. YIKES. Glad you had fun though! Even if it all went by really fast. Well, except the actual flying part.

    August 7, 2017 at 10:51 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      When we got on and they said that, I told Alex that if we had to get off, I wasn’t getting back on

      August 13, 2017 at 7:28 am
  • Reply Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table

    WHOA. That is one cluster fuck of a trip. I hope the east coast is a little easier at least. I feel like nothing good ever happens to be when I’m flying in/out of Chicago.

    Glad you had fun in SF at least! It’s one of my favorite cities.

    August 7, 2017 at 11:55 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      My mom and I have the worst luck in Ohare. Never travel with us.

      August 13, 2017 at 7:27 am
  • Reply Allie

    120% YES to teleportation!!! I will kickstart the crap out of that – who needs funding?? I’m ready to pay! Cannot believe (but of course I CAN) all the drama surrounding your flight out…and back…the things we do to see amazing sights and people we love 🙂 I guess it’s all worth it, right?

    August 7, 2017 at 12:29 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      It was this time, at least!

      August 13, 2017 at 7:26 am
  • Reply Laura

    Oh wow, what a crazy experience! Thankfully I haven’t had too many issues with airports and delayed flights but that probably means I’m due for one soon. 🙂 Glad you had an awesome time with the sweat pink ladies while you were out there!

    August 7, 2017 at 12:55 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Or maybe you have just figured out the system lol!

      August 13, 2017 at 7:26 am
  • Reply Laura @ This Runner's Recipes

    I think frustrations happen more often than not with air travel! Except when I fly to Sacramento in December (which is practically a commuter flight), all of my recent air trips have had some sort of craziness to them. I’m glad it all worked out in the end and you got to enjoy San Fran with the Sweat Pink ladies!

    August 7, 2017 at 1:45 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      They made it all worth it!

      August 13, 2017 at 7:25 am
  • Reply Hannah

    I am a weirdo and actually enjoy chilling at the airport usually…unless it is past my bedtime, then GET ME HOME ASAP. Also, would not enjoy if I could not get food. At least you got that part straightened out.

    Our airport is tiny, so we get a lot of flights on those tiny little planes where they sometimes have to move passengers around to distribute the weight. And there’s always at least one person who’s never flown on a puddle jumper before and is super freaked out by that….

    August 7, 2017 at 6:17 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Haha I’ve definitely been on quite a few of those flights from my college days. I’m glad they didn’t use one of those while we were flying cross country lol

      August 13, 2017 at 7:24 am
  • Reply Kristy from Southern In Law

    I’m glad you got there in the end! I feel like travelling is either really really great or really really crap 😛 Jesse has THE WORST luck with flights being delayed or cancelled and so far it’s only happened on the way home… and I’m really hoping if there’s going to be any trouble it happens on the way back from Hawaii – not to Hawaii!

    August 7, 2017 at 7:45 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Just send him on a different flight, lol–but then again , you might get there like a week before him!

      August 13, 2017 at 7:24 am
  • Reply angela @ happy fit mama

    Remember when traveling by plane was fun? Ahhh…those were the days. At least you had some fun!a

    August 7, 2017 at 8:02 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      SEriously. You just show up and go. I miss that for sure.

      August 13, 2017 at 7:23 am
  • Reply lindsay Cotter

    OMG travel these days is nuts. Makes me nervous! But I’m so glad you got to enjoy the trip. Hope the next travel with alex is smoother

    August 7, 2017 at 8:14 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I hope your travels for your upcoming vacation goes smoothly!

      August 13, 2017 at 7:23 am
  • Reply neil@neilshealthymeals.com

    Lynne and I were pretty lucky in the U.S. in March as we never really had any air travel issues. The only real issue was just how long it took! I think it’s different for us in the U.K. as normally a domestic flight only lasts max one hour so there’s not really a lot to go wrong. Still I hope your future travel experience to the wedding is OK. And I hope I haven’t just jinxed my next domestic flight in the U.K. LOL!

    August 8, 2017 at 5:55 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I hope you haven’t either! And I promise that flying to Chicago will be worth the travel headache (well, to an extent, lol!)

      August 13, 2017 at 7:21 am
  • Reply Christina @ montessoriishmom.com

    Oh man, I HATE travel days like that! I am not a patient person and it’s hard for me not to lose it in those situations. We’re flying with our baby for the first time this Friday…fingers crossed it will not be one of those days!!

    August 8, 2017 at 6:39 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      OMG I hope it went ok!!!

      August 13, 2017 at 7:21 am
  • Reply Katie

    As much as I love travel, when it doesn’t feel like cooperating, it can definitely get stressful and annoying pretty quickly. I’m glad you made it safe and sound, and had a good time. I’m a bit jealous. I want to meet those beautifully awesome Sweat Pink ladies! I didn’t travel this weekend, except to hot yoga, the grocery store, and 10 minutes north to go see Wonder Woman where I transported to a different world and cried like a baby. (Jk…kind of) 😉

    August 8, 2017 at 11:08 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I really, really want to see WW. That would have been lady power icing on the cake for this weekend

      August 13, 2017 at 7:13 am
  • Reply Alyssa

    ugh traveling is a pain sometimes! So glad you got to see your girls though. Girl time is the best.

    August 8, 2017 at 5:30 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      It was so, so necessary. Very rejuvenating

      August 13, 2017 at 7:12 am
  • Reply Farrah

    Ugh. Delayed flights suck butt! I’m glad you got to check out the bay area though–that’s right near where I grew up (kindasorta–Berkeley’s about half an hour away from me!).

    Teleportation would absolutely be my #1 wanted superpower. Why isn’t it a thing yet!? :'(

    August 13, 2017 at 4:44 pm
  • Reply Jamie King

    Well, we’re just glad you made it!

    August 14, 2017 at 1:43 pm
  • Reply San

    Ugh, so sorry you had so much travel trouble… but glad you made it. I love the Berkeley Campus!

    August 14, 2017 at 7:13 pm
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