Hello from Iowa!! It's my first time in the state. Very exciting!
So, I bet you're wondering why I am in Des Moines for the next few days. Well, I was invited by Niman Ranch to tour one of their sustainable hog farms. First cows, now hogs! 😀 (My life is so random!) The weekend also includes a special Farmer Appreciation Dinner where several nationally acclaimed chefs will join forces to prepare a fancy seven-course meal as a thank you to these dedicated farmers. Sounds pretty cool, right?
Niman Ranch invited me as their guest for the weekend, so my accommodations and transportation were paid for by them. As always, my opinions on CNC are completely honest and all my own.
So, something crazy happened today: I forgot to eat lunch!!! 😯 Honestly, I don't think this has ever happened to me in my 30 years of life. I love food. How the heck could lunch slip my mind!?! I dunno, but it happened.
On my flight from Detroit to Des Moines, I snacked on some dry roasted peanuts and seltzer. I barely caught my connecting flight, so there was zero time for me to grab lunch. I was hungry on the plane, but the peanuts held me over quite well.
I arrived safe and sound at the Des Moines Marriott Downtown. My room is nice. It has a great view of the city.
How comfy does this bed look! I can't wait to climb into it late tonight!
Once I got settled, I hit the hotel gym for a 5-mile run on the treadmill. My run started out a pretty good pace, but towards the end, I lost steam. I even ended up walking at mile 4 to catch my breath. My body just didn't have the energy it needed (probably because I didn't eat lunch!). I finished in 47:19 (9:27 pace).
I stretched and did a few crunches on a stability ball before leaving the gym.
After my workout, I grabbed a banana and a bottle of water from the convenience store in the lobby to hold me over until dinner. My date for the evening is picking me up from the hotel in about 30 minutes! 😀
I'm excited to explore a new city! See ya later! 😎