Travel day to Virginia Beach and what a day it was. Got up early and got the IF airport no problem. Only about a 30 minute layover in SLC. After take off, we are cruising along and I notice my ears keep popping, then the pilot comes on the PA and says we are making an emergency landing in Denver as the cabin is losing pressurization and says that when we land the City of Denver has activated the fire department and fire trucks will escort us to the gate, but don't worry everything is ok. Now, I have a 45 minute layover in Cincinnati...no chance of making that.
We land in Denver, get off the plane and the maintenance crew starts working on the plane with a need to get it fixed so they can clear that gate. Of course, I am in the back of the plane and by the time I get out the line and the gate is huge. But I get to the agent and she is able to book me on the last flight to Norfolk out of Cincy, but still not sure if I can make it there. The agent says the Cincy flight that leaves Denver from the next gate at 2:20 is full, so don't even try and this flight should be back in the air by then.
About 2:00pm, plane still not fixed so I head next door and ask if I can get on standby, this agent says "sure!". About 2:10, they call my name for the flight! At the same time, our original flight indicates that they have fixed the problem and they should be underway by around 2:30. I opt for the sure thing, but I can see my bag out on the tarmack awaiting to be reloaded on my original plane and there is no way to get it on my new flight.
So, I get to Cincy and my connection is about 25 minutes. I sprint through the airport and make my flight (I was on standby but got a seat!). I watch for my bag, hoping that it makes it too. Upon landing in Norfolk, of course my bag does not make it and should be delivered Saturday afternoon (earliest flight arrives around 11am). I get to my hotel after 10pm but am here! So, I did pack my running gear for the marathon, but not much else!
I get ahold of Jeremy (from the blog) and we are going to try and hook up for a short run later Saturday morning in beautfiul weather. I will hit the expo real quick before that and probably again after the run. Tonight I attend the elite marthoners dinner (for the women's OTQ race). But, tonight a major storm is supposed to roll through with pouring rain, thundershowers and high winds and last until the early morning hours...nice weather for a marathon!
Auspicious start to this adventure. More to come.