• boston,  other US travel,  Running,  training

    Running with Westin’s Gear Lending Program and RunBoston

    This marks the final post recapping my trip to Boston earlier this month. I did not get much exercise in during the conference because the conference organizers were a bit disorganized and did not tell us that we had access to a gym until after we had already arrived. Since I only packed a carry-on bag for my trip, I did not have room to pack my running shoes. But I knew that I would be able to get some workouts in after I switched to the Westin Copley Place because of their partnership with New Balance. Westin and New Balance recently created a Gear Lending Program, where for a…

  • boston,  eat and drink,  other US travel,  Travel,  us history

    How I (Accidentally) Walked 14 Miles in Boston – Part 2

    Meanwhile, back on the Freedom Trail…. I dragged myself out of the comfy hotel room and back onto the sidewalks of Boston. I meandered my way past Boston Public Garden and Boston Common, towards Beacon Hill and spotted the beautiful gilded dome of the Massachusetts State House. It is hard to make out but the dome is topped with a gilded pine cone. Located on the edge of Boston Common is the Memorial to Robert Gould Shaw and the Massachusetts Fifty-Fourth Regiment. If you have seen the film Glory, you know who Shaw and the members of the 54th Regiment are. If you have not seen it, I highly recommend…

  • boston,  eat and drink,  other US travel,  us history

    How I (Accidentally) Walked 14 Miles in Boston – Part 1

    My conference ended on Saturday, so that gave me half the day to see some of the sights of Boston. I decided to walk the Freedom Trail, and somehow wound up walking 14.5 miles throughout the day, according to my FitBit…and my tired and sore feet and legs. View of Charlestown For those who have not been to Boston before, the Freedom Trail is a 2.5 mile long path that goes through downtown Boston, from Boston Common to Charlestown, and has 16 historical locations along it. I started from the north end of the Freedom Trail and stopped first at the USS Constitution. The USS Constitution, aka Old Ironsides, was…

  • boston,  eat and drink,  other US travel

    Pretty Views and More Boston Eats

    On Thursday night of the conference, we had a lovely dinner on the campus of Northeastern University. I think we were on the 17th floor and had amazing views of Boston. We were even treated to a sunset! Dinner was an amazing buffet dinner that included beef, clam chowder and crabcakes. I was surprised by how delicious everything was. For dessert, we had huge Boston cream pies! I could only eat half of it even though I wanted to eat the whole thing! On Friday night, I met up with an old friend/co-worker who I met at my first job after college. We had dinner at Eastern Standard Kitchen. The…

  • art,  boston,  east coast,  eat and drink,  other US travel

    Greetings from Boston…

    Except that I am now back home in Albuquerque. I started this post when I was in Boston for most of last week and never finished it. I took a red-eye flight (upgraded to first class between Albuquerque and Charlotte. Woohoo!) and arrived in Boston on Tuesday morning. I was in town for a professional development conference and we were told that we wouldn’t be able to check in to our rooms until noon, so I had a couple of hours to kill. I decided to stick around the airport for a bite to eat because I didn’t want to lug my suitcase around with me and had nowhere to…

  • active life,  California,  half marathon,  los angeles,  Running,  training

    Rave Run: Redondo Beach

    Last week, I was in LA for the weekend and had an 8 mile training run on the docket. Since it has been too hot for me to run outside in Albuquerque, I decided to hit the pavement while I was in sunny Southern California. I ran from where I was staying in Torrance down to Redondo Beach. Look at all of the palm trees! OMG! It’s the Pacific Ocean! One of the most amazing things in Los Angeles is the 40-mile long ocean-front beach path that goes all the way from Malibu and down to Torrance Beach. When Raisin Bread lived in Manhattan Beach, we would run or ride…

  • active life,  new mexico,  other US travel,  staycation

    Activities at the Hyatt Regency Tamaya Resort and Spa

    Our weekend at the Hyatt Regency Tamaya Resort and Spa was super active. There are tons of things to do on property to keep both adults and kids occupied all day long! In fact, Tamaya was recently named one of the “10 Best Family Friendly Luxury Resorts” by USA Today. Here is a look at some of the activities available at the Hyatt Tamaya. Walking / Running / Biking TrailsThe resort is home to an elaborate system of dirt trails that run along the Rio Grande and throughout the surrounding area. The first thing we did when we arrived at Tamaya was borrow two beachcruisers and bike helmets and enjoyed…