Thursday, January 3, 2013

Bienvenido a Miami

I made it to Miami! What a day it has been. I set the alarm for 4:00 a.m., and my dad drove Jerry and I to the airport for our flight this morning. I was terrified to fly (as usual) but when I got there, I realized that I forgot my Xanax, which I always take before flying.

Jerry and I wound up having adult beverages at 6:30 this morning instead:
Unfortunately, one glass of wine wasn't nearly enough for the super bumpy flight! The flight was about three hours, and the whole thing was really bumpy. I was on edge the whole time. I even chose the seat right above the wing, because it's supposed to be the least turbulent spot. The sun looked pretty cool coming up over the clouds, though.

We finally arrived in Key West, and the fabulous John was there at the airport to pick us up! (And as I type this, I haven't gotten pics with any of my Ragnar team yet... will have to do that for sure tonight). I absolutely love John. I knew I would, but I love him even more than I expected to.

When we got to the hotel, I chatted with Angela and John for a little bit. I met Carly, Ada, and Meredith--all as lovely as I expected! Jerry looked outside and saw my brother Brian pull into the parking lot--did I mention he happens to be at the same Miami hotel? So I went down to say hello to him. I also saw Lealah when she arrived--she's as adorable as I expected as well! 

I've been dying to write about this for a couple of weeks now, but I promised I wouldn't say anything until today... The Today Show is featuring our team!! They have a studio in Miami, and they are going to be at our team dinner, the starting line, and the finish line of the race. Also, they wanted to share a few of our stories--Rik's, Carly's, Ada's, and mine. So my interview was scheduled for 2:00 today.

A limo service picked Jerry and me up (!!) and took us to the studio.
I had no idea the Today Show segment was going to be this big of a deal--I thought they'd maybe say a little bit about our team, but they're going to film quite a bit. Very fun!

When we got to the (tiny) studio, I sat down for an interview that probably lasted about 30 minutes. I wasn't nervous at all, probably because I'm used to answering these kinds of questions about my weight loss. My lips were super dry, and I licked them a lot--but only in-between questions, so I hope they edit that out!
After my interview, we had to wait for the driver to come back to drop off Rik, so that Jerry and I could head back to the hotel. We walked around a little, and it was VERY touristy--right by the cruise ships. The weather is super nice, but VERY humid. I'm going to be pouring buckets of sweat when I run tomorrow. I don't run well in the humidity.
The driver took us back to the hotel, and here I sit typing my blog post :)  We're going to leave in about a half hour to go to our team dinner--where our entire team will meet for the first time as a group!--and then we're going to decorate our vans tonight. I might write a short post tonight before bed.

28 comments:

  1. Omgsh!! I'm so excited for you!! Hope you have the best time ever and we all know you'll rock it tomorrow!! Let us know when the Today show plans to air your segment! Can't wait to see it!

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  2. So awesome! Ditto on letting us knows when it's going to air!

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  3. Sounds great so far! How awsome about the Today Show :D

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  4. How exciting!! Good luck tomorrow! :)

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  5. Good luck tomorrow Katie! I'm running my first Ragnar (Northwest Passage) this July! Can't wait to read the race recap!

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  6. What a great day!! How exciting to have several of you interviewed and video taped along the way! Can't wait to see it next week!

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  7. Sounds like a lot of fun!!!! Ohh warm weather and humidity how i miss that now that its freezing cold here in Missouri.

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  8. OHMYGOSHOHMYGOSH! I can't even explain how happy I am for you and your team :) you guys are so awesome!

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  9. WOW--the Today Show??!! I was on the Today Show once, lol. Can't wait to watch you all, I was a huge fan of Ada's back when she was on BL and was rooting for her to win. When she won that challenge and gave the other guy the car, she won my heart forever. That incident, and her unsupportive parents, all put me in her corner. Glad to hear she's keeping her weight OFF!!!

    Are you going to be on the Today show tomorrow? Keep up posted. I have been watching it every day since I'm retired now, and since I was on it, it's my new favorite show. But I will admit, I don't always get up before it starts, so if you're on early I might miss you and will need to DVR it.

    Congrats Katie and good luck running your RAGNAR RACE!!!

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  10. Very exciting!! It must have been hard to keep that a secret!

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  11. soooo cool! i am so glad you are blogging during the trip!

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  12. Good luck! my dad sells handmade items at mallory square right by the cruise ships in key west! You may have walked right by him. LOL Have fun that's what it's all about. Glad you are blogging too. :)

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  13. This is so exciting. I can't wait to hear what happens next!

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  14. Wow that is so exciting and cool that the today show is featuring you all! Good luck!

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  15. Yay! I'm so excited for you!

    I hope that there is some way we can see you all featured on the Today Show. :)

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  16. Thrilled for you...and a wee bit envious. ; ) How wonderful to be a part of something so unique, enriching, and satisfying. I wish the entire team the very best, and hope to catch the airing of the "Today Show".

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  17. Oh my gosh oh my gosh, Katie I am so excited for you, I'm jumping up and down!! I cannot WAIT to share your news with everyone!! You are AH-MAZING, and I'm so excited for you!!! Congrats on this WELL-DESERVED recognition! Have a GREAT time this weekend!!

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  18. haha i don't think anybody runs well in high humidity :). being a floridian (i live in jacksonville), i run inside 6 months of the year because it's terrible here! best of luck to you all and congrats on getting a today show spot! just wanted to add that at work this morning, one of my co-workers mentioned of another co-worker, "oh david is out of town; he went to run a ragnar relay in the keys." i got really excited since i already knew all about the race from following your blog :)

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  19. Love reading all about the trip, thanks for sharing it with us. Exciting about the Today Show, not something they show in NZ but I'll see if I can manage to catch an online clip of it somewhere! :)

    & BTW, multiple updates = awesome! :)

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  20. I'm so excited for you I just can't stand it! What an awesome adventure! You will do great, humidity or not! I hope you have the time of your life(Jerry too)! Can't wait to hear all about it! -Deb from TN

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  21. Wow! That's so exciting! Can't wait to hear more about it ALL! :)

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  22. How exciting!!! Ditto on letting us know when you'll be on and good lucking running!! Can't wait to read the rest of your updates!

    Bridgette

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  23. Good luck Katie! Can you let us know when they are going to air the Today Show segment on your team? I'd love to watch it.

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  24. Good luck and have a great time!

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  25. You two are just tooooo adorable!! This is so exciting!! I run, mostly for fun, but love doing races. I've never thought of doing anything like this but you're inspiring me to look into it!!!

    I'm slow, more of a jogger, but I'm sure there must be a place that my pace and I will fit in.

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