Last week I had a quick business trip to Chicago, arriving Thursday evening for a conference Friday and heading home Friday night. As usual, I packed my running gear, but when I woke up to steady rain Friday morning I decided to hit the gym instead.
A rare quiet moment in this small weight area. Most of the time I was dodging someone needing to load the weight rack or trying to get different dumbbells. The area had lots of equipment but almost no room to use it!
My conference went well and I had just enough time for a small glass of wine before I had to head to the airport. As I headed out I reflexively checked my phone, and saw this:
TripCase is a great free app that can keep all your reservation information in one place (flights, rental, car, hotel), and send you flight updates–I got this before I got the alert from United.
Ack. I already had booked the latest flight home and still was in the heart of the city in the middle of a rainy Friday night rush hour. After 20 minutes on hold with United I figured out that they had rebooked me on a 6:00 pm flight that was delayed to 9:00 pm, but I took my flight’s cancellation and that flight’s delay as a bad sign. (If they had cancelled the 6:00 pm flight and kept mine, I would have headed to the airport in blissful ignorance!)
Fearing a night at O’Hare, and encouraged by my Chicagoan colleagues who knew what a nightmare that would be, I decided to stay one more night and fly home Saturday morning. That was easier said than done, but my travel agent was able to find a hotel room and squeeze me onto a Saturday morning flight–too bad the only seat left was in first class. 🙂 I finally got checked into my hotel by 8:30 pm, had a light dinner at the hotel bar, checked the weather forecast for a morning run, and was asleep by 10. Isn’t that what everyone would do on a free Friday night in Chicago?
It was cloudy when I headed out @ 6:00 am, but not raining.
The eerie sky lured me out onto this pier.
It was really blustery along the lake, but there were lots of other runners out, so I forged ahead. By the time I finished my run the sun was coming out and I could tell it was going to be a gorgeous day.
So, how did this end being a thousand dollar Chicago Lakefront long run?
Friday night hotel room: $411.62 (incl. $20 for dinner)
Extra airfare: $499 (ouch! totally not worth it for the 90 minute flight, except for the fact that it was the only way to get home on Saturday)
Starbucks: $12.27 (coffee, breakfast sandwich, Bistro Box for lunch)
Victoria’s Secret: $165.51*
*I had forgotten to pack PJs, and slept in my workout clothes Thursday night. Since I wore them to the gym on Friday, I couldn’t do that again. So, I stopped at the Victoria’s Secret across from my hotel and bought a t-shirt, PJ shorts, undies–and leggings so I wouldn’t have to wear my suit again for the trip home.
Have you ever had to spend the night at an airport?