Chanukah Chalf Marathon Recap

26 Mar

Yes, this recap is happening about 4 months after the fact, but better late than never right?

I’m not really sure where to begin with this recap, so let’s start with logistics.  For starters, the race was technically called the Running of the Lights, not the Chanukah Chalf as there was also a 5K and 10K option (but Chanukah Chalf sounds way better).  It was put on by NYCRuns which I was pretty pleased with after the Queens half (although I am NOT pleased that they’ve moved the Queens Half to my Easter Sunday so I can’t do it this year…bastards).

Sorry, I was digressing.  NYCRuns is a good, inexpensive, we don’t have to run in Central Park all the time racing option.  I registered for this race as part of my Goofy training plan.  Figured I would run the 13.1 and then tack on the extra 5 miles I had to do get my 18 miles in for the day.

Little did I know, the walk to the start would be a mile from the subway (or just feel that long).  The weather was actually pretty great.  I know the previous year it was freezing and WINDY, but this year, there was hardly any wind (I know because I was wishing there was some at some points) and the temperature was fairly mild for that time of year.

I’d be lying if I said I wanted to do the race that day.  I really wasn’t feeling it.  I only mention this because this would end up being a pretty big factor in how the race went.

The course is both great AND horrible at the same time.  It’s flat, super flat with maybe a microscopic hill that’s pretty much not worth mentioning.  And the scenery.  The path takes you under the Verazzano Bridge and all along the water in Brooklyn, great scenery.  The part of the course that sucks is that it’s an out and back and then a longer out and back, so there’s a 2 mile stretch that you run 4 times.  As if that’s not bad enough, this means that if you are slow like me, not only will you see everyone pass you at least once on the way back, but you get to see them pass you a second time on the way back.  That REALLY sucks.

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Sorry, apparently my course map got saved as a pdf.  Oh well, click on the link and you can see what I’m talking about.

Since I was planning on using this as a training run, I was gonna do my 4:1 intervals, since that was my plan for the marathon.  It’s a smaller race so there are no corrals, just one big free for all.  I don’t remember any type of fanfare for the start, just the people in front of me started running so I knew it was time to go!

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Not a bad view near the start and finish…I can see my office!

I was frustrated early on because I thought I was experiencing a relapse of what happened in Wine & Dine where my legs just weren’t warming up and feeling stiff the entire time.  Plus I didn’t bring any water with me, which is bad when the race only has 5 water stops.

Eventually my legs started working and that’s when mentally I just started telling myself, the faster you run, the faster you’re done.  I also started spotting some other runners and deciding I had to pass them.  I admit it, I got a little competitive.  But a realistic competitive, not a let me try for a sub 2 hour competitive.  Before I hit the first water stop (about 2 miles in) I had decided I was going to PR this race.  Why?  I don’t know.  I mean, I definitely didn’t train to PR.  I guess because I wanted to be done running as soon as I could.  This actually meant a change in my strategy.  Normally I walk the water stops because, as you may have heard me mention, I cannot run and drink water at the same time.  Instead of doing this, I grabbed the cup of water and did my best to hold on to it and not spill it all and would drink it on my interval walk break.

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Not taken during the race, but same view…

I would watch the fast runners on the way back pass me, hate them for their speed, but keep on trucking.  I used my desire to be done and my competitiveness to keep picking off runners (not many, there were not a lot of back of the packers).  But I would see a runner, decide that within x number of running intervals I would pass them (see, I was still being smart and not trying to sprint to pass them right away!)  And this was working pretty well for me.  The mile markers weren’t really there (very confusing considering the multiple out and backs) and none of them had timers on them so I had no idea what my pace was.

At some point I caved and looked at my Garmin and saw that not only could I PR, I could FINALLY get a sub 2:30 (I told you I was slow).  By mile 10, I was dying, I was dehydrated and could feel all the salt I had lost from my sweat (sorry for the TMII).  BUT, I looked at the time and saw that unless I had an EPIC collapsed, I could pull off a PR and could still possibly get that sub 2:30.  At the last water stop though, I made an executive decision.  I walked it.  I was worried it would cost me time, but I was so dehydrated and I needed to every drop of that water and couldn’t risk spilling it running while waiting until my next walk break.

I was still “battling” with runners trying to pick them off if for no other reason than to just keep my pace going.  I finally saw the finish line and began to sprint…ok that’s not entirely true.  I tried to sprint.  But I couldn’t.  But I finished!  And I PRed!  AND…drum roll please….2:29:05!  That’s right!  I finally hit sub 2:30!   I will now never mention my finish times again so that you’ll all forget how slow I am :)

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I’m sweaty and dying and red but I PRed!

Would I do this race again?  Honestly, unless I lived in Brooklyn and it was super close and easy to get to…no.  I enjoyed their Queens race much better.  Although it was a 2 loop course, it had a more appropriate number of water stops, had photographers at the finish (I would have liked a finish line shot of my PR/sub 2:30 race) and had actual mile markers with timers.  But I’ll let you choose for yourself

Pros
-Super Flat
-Pretty Scenery
-Cheap Registration
-Decent Race Shirt (long sleeved)
-Chocolate Gelt at the Finish – all finish lines should include chocolate with the post-race snacks :)

Cons
-Out and Back 2x – for me this is just mentally tough
-Inconvenient To Get To – took me almost 2 hours to get there, and it’s a decent walk from the subway once you do
-Lack of Water Stops – I know not everyone hydrates as much as I do, but I’ve never had so few stops
-Eh Medals – I know medals don’t matter to a lot of people, and the design is actually really cute, but, the medal was the same whether you ran the 5K, 10K, or Half.  And it was cheaply made (the Queens Half one they did was not).
-No Photographers – disappointing if race pictures is your thing
-Had to Run Around People NOT Racing – this was not a closed course, it was on the path that was open to the public and since the weather was so nice, there were a lot of people out there walking and fishing (why you would fish in that water I don’t know) which caused issues, especially with runners in both directions.

I don’t know, perhaps my race standards are too high for this?  I could take or leave this race.

We’re Going to Need a Bigger Boat – 2014 Wine & Dine Half Marathon Recap

17 Mar

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the wetest of times.  I know I’m overdue for this recap, but figured as long as I got it done before I registered for the 2015 Wine & Dine it acceptable.  OK, technically I registered 2 weeks ok, but I have until noon until all non-DVC and non-AP people can register, so I think I’m ok…maybe.

No doubt you have all heard tales of the rain.  SO MUCH RAIN.  So I’ll try not to mention it…other than right there.

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Only time you get to see my costume dry…

While waiting for the bus, I met up with Katherine, Ballerina Jenn  and my running partner in crime Nicole (our other running partner in crime Kim was meeting us there).  On the bus and off to the start we went!

Before the race started I was trying to coordinate a meetup with Danielle and CrossFit Jenn.  It was not going well, we couldnt seem to find each other.   BUT all hope was not lost.  Apparently while online for the port a potties Danielle was talking with CrossFit Jenn about trying to meet up with me and it just so happened that Ballerina Jenn was standln on line with them!  “I know where Kelllie is!”  And so we were able to all meet up!  Yay!  Did this story really have a point?  No, I just like it and so therefore in the recap it gets included!

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Yeah that’s right, I’m the only one not smart enough to wear any type of throwaway! Pictured (from left to right): Me, Katherine, Danielle, Kim, Nicole, Ballerina Jenn and CrossFit Jenn

I was also really excited to finally get to meet Abby!  I love how I have to come to Disney to meet with all these incredible people who live (or used to live) in the same city as me!  WDW brining people together.  Anyway…

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Abby, Me and Katherine! NYC in the house! …kinda

Before we knew it, it was time to migrate to the corrals and it was almost go time!  And of course the rain started JUST IN TIME FOR THE RACE START.

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And we’re off!  Heading out of Wide World of Sports and off to Animal Kingdom.  Along the course we saw a few would be photo stops but no characters at them.  It was very sad.  Just as we passed the Country Bear Jamboree set up they came out.  Darn it!  Just missed them!  Oh well, I will redeem myself during the marathon.  Whoa.  Marathon.  That’s weird to say.

As is our habit, we are providing on course entertainment with singing and dancing.  Which was fun, except…I don’t know if it was the rain or what, but my legs just did not want to warm up.  They felt so stiff, it was like running on stilts. So I was EXTRA slow.  But a few miles in and we’re at Animal Kingdom!

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Hey there Pluto! What’s up? How’s it hanging? Nice little dry area you got here…mind if we stay?

Just like that, we’re out of Animal Kingdom (it’s always such a blur it seems).  Midway to MGM Hollywood Studios, at around the 10K mark, I had gotten uber frustrated that my legs were STILL NOT WARM AND I WAS MOVING LIKE MOLASSES.  My frustration turned to anger and caused me to get a little stupid.  I would skip water stops (which I NEVER do) which led to me getting cramps because that’s what happens why I don’t hydrate every 5 seconds when I run despite my speed.  Needless to say, I had become a bit of a Debbie Downer on that stretch to our next park, but never fear!  If there’s one thing that snaps me out of it is…THE NARDI CHALLENGE!  No, you can never do the Nardi Challenge too many times.

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Even in the mud, it must get done! THE NARDI CHALLENGE IS NOT FOR WIMPS!

After that, the annoyed/frustrated/Debbie Downer funk I was in had been snapped and I was back to joining in the singing and dancing.  Given the weather, we were singing rain themed songs in addition to our usual Disney numbers.  We were even getting some requests!  Because we are kinda a big deal…

At last, we enter MGM Hollywood Studios which is always my favorite part because I LOVE THE OSBORNE LIGHTS.  I could stay there and watch and listen forever…but probably not the best time to do that in the middle of the race…

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OMG It’s so PRETTY!

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Not the best pic, but who cares! WE’RE IN DISNEY WORLD! IN THE OSBORNE LIGHTS!

Once we exit  MGM Hollywood Studios we’re so close to Epcot!  We exit, run along the secret path from the park towards the Boardwalk (and I say secret because until W&D 2012 I didn’t know it existed…sad but true).  I’m pretty sure it was a long this route that some prancercizing was done.  Because wer’re singing and prancersizing in the rain…

Characters were limited on the course, at least for us, most likely due to weather because I do remember there being more other years, so when I spotted this guy right before we run into Epcot, I HAD TO STOP!  OK, it isn’t quite the Genie character I saw during the marathon (again, that’s weird) or the one I got a shot with during Princess, but I WAS DRESSED AS THE GENIE I HAD TO STOP! …Plus the Genie was, is, and always will be one of my favorite characters ever.

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“The ever impressive, the long contained, often imitated, but never duplicated… Genie of the lamp!”

In Epcot, we saw my sister (did I mention anywhere here that she had come on this trip with me?  No?  Oops!  My bad!  My sister was on this trip with me, which was awesome!) and Kim’s husband and her friends.  So we stopped for a second, gave hugs, well, Kim gave hugs, me and my sis don’t roll like that…but she does take pictures of us!

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While Kim is busy hugging, Lisa (my sis) is busy snapping photos of the Genie and Iago

Less than a mile to go and our swim run is over!

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WE DID IT!

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I had never been so thankful for a mylar blanket EVER.  And actually it was my first RunDisney one, so double yay!

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Rain or shine (although it is kind of hard to shine at night) the Wine & Dine will always be my favorite race.  I mean, how do you not love a race that hands you a beer (a good one at that, hello Yeungling) as soon as you cross the finish line?  So in the words of Arnold “I’ll be back!”  Good luck to all you registering today and I will see you in November!

2015 Glass Slipper Challenge Part II – Princess Half Marathon Recap

9 Mar

This is was the first time I’ve done a race 3 days in a row and by the time the morning of the Princess Half rolled around, I wanted to smash my phone and never visit the Tiki Room again! (That’s the song that plays when my alarm goes off.)

If you’ve been reading my blog, you may (or may not) be aware that the Princess 2012 was my very first half marathon.  Yes, that’s right, that was the birth of this RunDisney racing monster.  What you also may (or may not know) is that I ran it with my friend Cat and she is actually the ONLY reason I even ever found out of about RunDisney races.  Crazy I know.  As a result, despite this not being one of my favorite races, I will always do it when I can because I have an attachment to it…the Glass Slipper Challenge being my only chance at perfection doesn’t hurt either…

So, given that history with this race and my friend Cat, I was ecstatic to have her run it again with me!  And, well, I’m just always ecstatic to get to run with Nicole, because, hello WE ARE THE ON COURSE ENTERTAINMENT!  As an added bonus, this was her first time doing the Princess!

This is now my 3rd time doing the Princess Half and can I just say I have never experienced the issues I did this year until now.  Basically bus after bus after bus going by and being unable to get on them.  Then, when we finally did get on the bus, MAJOR traffic jam.  According to the bus driver, in past years, Disney would keep a back entrance open for the buses.  Apparently (and stupidly) they decided to NOT do that this year.  I kept hearing my bus driver say on the phone “we’re not going to make it.”  It was discovered later that he was talking about something else, but given the time, the traffic and all else, panic was kicking in!

But never fear, we all made it safely into corral in time for the race start.  AND IN TIME FOR THE ANNOUNCEMENT OF THE DISNEYLAND PARIS HALF MARATHON WHICH LED TO SCREAMING AND CHEERING (ok, mostly entirely from me).   Yes, since then reality has hit and I realize that from a financial standpoint, it just ain’t gonna happen which makes me very very VERY sad.  Sigh.

Moving on!

Right, so, if you all were there last year (or remember my recap from last year) it was the race of humidity death!  While the race was pretty humid again this year, it was NOTHING compared to last year, so my crankiness level (as well at the 20,000 other plus women’s) was much lower.

The course for this race is the same as the WDW Half Marathon and is essentially an out and back from Epcot to Magic Kingdom back to Epcot.  Not the most exciting, but with us on the course, it’s always enjoyable :)

I didn’t mention that the race had actually started have I?  Right, ok, so the race started!  Corrals were being sent off one by one and pretty soon it was our time to go!

Nicole had only made one request, she wanted a pic with all the princes.  Given the size of the line and the placement of the photo stop (within the first 2 miles) We skipped them, figuring we’d hit them on the way back…but we hijacked someone else’s picture just in case they were gone on the return trip.

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We’ll be back!

Then before we knew it (it’s always before we know it) we’re at the tollbooths to the Magic Kingdom!  Although Nicole and I noticed a lack of the announcer’s “caution runners, speed bump ahead” on repeat.  Can you tell we’ve done this a few times?

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A few miles later and we’re in the Magic Kingdom!  Yay!

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You can never have too many Castle/Main Street pictures

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I had my camera (on my phone) set to selfie mode when I handed it to the cast member to take our picture with Buzz Lightyear.  She noticed the selfie mode and had some fun with it!  Disney CMs are the best! :)

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MAttie the CM having fun with my phone! Love it!

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“To Infinity and Beyond!” (Sorry Nicole that Cat is covering your face! I’ll yell at her)

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Anna and Elsa making an appearance again at the castle

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One of these days I’ll get the jumping in front of the castle picture right! *photo by marathonfoto

It always seems like we’re leaving the Magic Kingdom almost as soon as we enter it.  It’s always so sad leaving MK since it’s a loooooooooooooooooooong stretch of highway until Epcot.  Did I mention it’s a long stretch?  Because it’s a long stretch.

BUT what made it better was a Genie photo opp!  And he was vacation Genie!  After missing him in January, there was no chance I was missing him again.  In fact I’m pretty sure I gave my running buddies no choice in the matter.  I might have even yelled at them “WE ARE STOPPING FOR THE GENIE!”

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I can die happy now. YAY! (I kinda wish I had worn my Genie costume for this race now)

The sun was rising, it was getting hotter, none of us remembered our sunglasses, but the humidity seemed “less” bad that when the race first started.

But more importantly, right before that HORRIBLE up ramp on the way to Epcot…THE PRINCES WERE STILL OUT!!!! Line be damned!  We’re getting this picture!  Nicole had called dibs on Aladdin and I had called dibs on Flynn Ryder.  Although despite this, my friend Cat ran right for him “claiming” she didn’t know who he was.  Right…mmmm hmmm…suuuuuuuure.  I’m not bitter or anything.  I just had to show Hercules who had the guns in this group!

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I’m coming back for you next year Flynn! What? I don’t have an unhealthy crush on an animated character or anything…

As I mentioned, we were right before that HORRIBLE on ramp, but if you know Disney races, you know what that HORRIBLE on ramp means…NARDI CHALLENGE TIME!  Except the Green Army man was being annoying and making us work extra hard for it.  He had JUST finished posing for a picture with someone, saw us standing right there, and then proceeded to run/walk further up the hill.  Stand still man and let us do our damn push-ups!  As a result, not the best push-up shot, but we did ‘em!  The tradition continues…

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Nardi Challenge complete!

And just like that (almost) we were back in Epcot…we were just into Epcot when we spotted this lady, and with one person on line for her!  (Is it still a line if it’s only one person?).

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Where was the pumpkin coach 11-12 miles ago lady?!?!

Now my favorite part of the race is coming up.  I had actually tweaked my knee entering Epcot forcing me to run even slower, but that went away momentarily for the part I live for.  The High Five stretch.  After you enter Epcot, there’s a small stretch where you run to the lake and back and you’re literally RIGHT next to the runners going in the opposite direction.  I don’t know why I love this part so much, but I love giving out high fives and words of encouragement during this short distance.  I also love cursing at those who are too “good” to give me a high five back.  “Seriously lady?  You ran around my hand?  REALLY?!?!”

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And then Epcot was done.  But before the race was over, I had a momentary lapse and was “that person.”  You know “that person” you always tell people to not be during a race.  Well this specific “that person” is the person who jumps right in front of another runner and jacks their picture.  I, very wrongly, did it to Nicole.  But when it comes to Goofy You Son of a Bitch, my mind gets a little cloudy.  Sorry Nicole!  But I had to high five Goofy You Son of a Bitch!

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I was so “that person” and I’m ashamed. Goofy You Son of a Bitch made me do it! *photo by marathon photo

Afterwards we got to meet up with Super Speedy Princess Lisa and Kim, who came down (or up) just to cheer for us!   We also had a travel sized version of Rachel with us as she was the only accountability who could not make it (it’s ok, she’ll make it up at Wine & Dine!)

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We love you Rae!

Kim has also made us each our own personalized signs!  Because she is that awesome!

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Box jumps are evil…

And, because Doug was not here this trip, Lisa was amazing and had a beer waiting for me!  These ladies are the best!

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No race is complete without a beer!

Just like that, another Princess Half Marathon complete, another Glass Slipper Challenge in the books and I’ll be back to maintain my challenge perfection next year!  Hopefully these fabulous ladies will be there too :)

Princess Half Marathon Weekend Kids Races “Recap”

4 Mar

This year was my first time spectating the kids races during a race weekend at Disney.  My friend Cat was doing the Glass Slipper and her 2 daughters are obsessed with Frozen (big shocker, I know).  With the Frozen theme this weekend, I registered the girls for races and well, the almost 11 month old boy got sign-up too.  (Spoiler alert, he loved his medal more than the girls did).

The kids races honestly appear to be the best bang for your buck in Disney.  With the kids races, for a minimal (yes minimal) registration fee, the kids get a race shirt, medal, and the race experience.

I can’t attest to how organized the even was as a participant (having no kids to run with myself) but as a spectator, this seemed to be pretty well organized (also a big shocker for Disney) and made into just as big a deal as the “bigger” races.

The kids races were held both on the Friday and Saturday of the Princess Half Marathon Weekend.  “My” kids were signed up for Saturday.  Since they are not actually my children, and you never know what perverts are checking out what sites, I’m not going to use their real names here.  Perhaps I’m being overly cautious, but who cares.

Part of the fun was that the finish line for the kids races was the same as the finish line for the 5K, 10K and Half Marathon.  I know in previous years they would hold the races at the Wide World of Sports.  I think this change was a great idea.  It makes the kids races seem just as important as the adult races (because they are) by sharing the same finish line.  They also have the announcers still there as well as some of the characters waiting on the sides to finish.

First up was the older kids doing the mile race.  I think this was a smaller group for kids, so they may have been released all at once.  The winner came in with a finish time of 5:57.  Damn that’s fast.  A large number of children all finish in under 7 minutes.  There were some parents running with their kids…and some of them were struggling to keep up with their speedy youngsters!  I know I couldn’t.

Next up was the 100m Dash.  This was for ages 1-3 years old.  This was Princess Anna’s category (she’s 3).  They would limit the number of kids on the course at a time and released them in waves.  It seemed to work well.  The kids all had plenty of space to run and do their thing.  They even still had the race announcers announcing all the finishers (by costume or outfit).

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There was cute little kid in the 100m dash dressed as Flounder that I just have to share…

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So cute!

As with all the kids races, parents were allowed to run with their kids.  If not, there was a kid “pick-up” tent where you had to have the matching ticket stub to correspond to the child’s bib to get them.  My friend and her husband ran with their children…although you can see Anna was ok with leaving her Mama in the dust!

Then came the 200m dash which is for the 4-6 year olds.  This was Princess  Queen Elsa’s race (she’s 6).  This was run the same as the 100m (except twice as long).  The kids were all grouped together, limited number at a time, released in waves.  Again this seemed to go relatively smoothly…

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My favorite moment of the this race came when Elsa stopped literally RIGHT IN FRONT OF THE FINISH LINE to turn around to look/wait for her dad.  Priceless.

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The 400m dash for the 7-8 year olds was next.  My friend has no children this age, so I didn’t get any pictures.  But it was the same as the previous races.  You know, shampoo, rinse, repeat.

Then came the diaper dash.  Yes, that’s right.  There is a race for children under the age of 1.  And it’s pretty stinking cute.  What they do is the essentially cover maybe 5ft (possibly longer) of the finish line with mats, we are dealing with crawlers after all.  There were 5 babies on the mat at a time.  Again released in waves, seemed pretty organized.  No pushing or shoving so that their kid was next.  Nothing but cuteness.  At just under 11 months, this was Olaf’s category.  He was a little slow to start, but once he got moving, watch out!

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He’s ready to get started, he’s flying already!

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Right after the finish. Very Lion King-esque. Maybe his code name should have been Simba.

All in all the kid races seem like fun for the kids.  They get to be part of the big race weekend (and without the crack of dawn wake up time).  The races don’t seem in anyway inferior to how they hold the adult races (ok, there’s less character stops) and for the price you really can’t argue with it.  If I ever had kids (don’t hold your breath on that one), I wouldn’t hesitate to sign them up for the kids races.  Fun + Disney Magic + Well Organized + Inexpensive Disney Magic = Winner!

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I did it!

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Told you he loved that medal…

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Smiles all around!

2015 Glass Slipper Challenge Part 1 – Enchanted 10K Recap

26 Feb

Yes, the 10K course in Disneyland is better, but only slightly.  I LOVE the WDW 10K course!  I love it even more when I run it with someone who allows me to enjoy it! (Doug, I love you, but being allowed to take pictures, WAY more fun!) But I’m getting ahead of myself.

Alarm goes off super early again and while the 10K was warmer than the 5K, it wasn’t as warm as planned, so again adjustments to my costume had to be made!  I was Eeyore, and while it may not have been very impressive from the front, my butt was FABULOUS!  No, seriously, my tail was awesome.  I got recognized (and complimented) from the back of my costume all along the race.

Anyway.  The course again started in the Epcot parking lot, but this time, the first have of the course would be before we get into Epcot.  As far as highway stretches go, I actually like this part.  Although there is a “hill” this is probably the widest road we get to run on and there are moments when you have so much space around you, it feels kinda nice.  That might be just me though.

Enchanted10k

Last year’s map, same course 

For this race it was me and Nicole running together.  Super speedy Lisa was going to run her best and my friend Cat was also going to try and run for a PR.  Nicole fortunately likes to slow her speedy ass down and run with me.  Yay!  I think it is impossible for me to ever do a Disney race without her at this point.  (You hear that Nicole, if I’m registering YOU ARE REGISTERING!)

I was in corral B which I was SUPER psyched about!  I never get to start that far up!  Yes I know it was “just” for the 10K where there are only 5 corrals, but who freaking cares?!?!  I WAS IN B!  And you know who else was in my corral?!?!  JEFF FREAKING GALLOWAY!  That’s who!

Somewhere in our first mile, I saw Jeff and his lovely wife pass us!  He was nice enough to chat briefly while on his walking break and then *poof* it was time for him to run again!

Before the first mile, you run under the overpass where, like last year, Anna and Elsa are there cheering on the runners and making it snow.

Shortly after that we came to the first photo stop.  Well, we think it was the first photo stop.  There was a background and a line, but no character!  Seriously?  We’re 20 minutes from the start of the race and he needs to take a break?  We would later find out that the White Rabbit from Alice in Wonderland was there…eventually.

The next photo stop we came across was for Tinkerbell and some other fairy.  We opted to pass on that one and kept singing and running along to the World Showcase.

In Italy is where we FINALLY came to a photo stop that we stopped for!  And I am so angry about this!  Typically the cast members taking pictures with your camera will take multiple shots, but this one only took one.  And of course it’s a messed up one!  Waited almost 4 miles for a photo and this is what we get?!?!  So Jiminy Cricket gets cut it half and Nicole gets completely washed out.

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This is what happens when you take a photo at the same exact moment the professional photographer with a flash takes his…and don’t take any other shots!

Because I was so annoyed by our picture I was determined to stop for almost every character afterwards!  Including Marie!  …even though I have never seen the Aristocats (*gasp*).  I promise, I’ll watch it soon.

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Everybody, everybody wants to be a cat!

And now, my favorite part of the race.   As we leave Epcot, we get to run entirely around the Epcot hotels area.  The 10K course is the ONLY race that lets you run on the boardwalk in front of the Boardwalk.  All the others (W&D and the WDW Marathon) cut straight over and you only run in front of the Yacht and Beach Club (which I also enjoy).

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In front of the ESPN Zone, sports + Disney Character = MUST TAKE PHOTO. Donald’s even wearing pinstripes!

And just like that we’re on the other side of the lake!

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Boardwalk in the background. I <3 that hotel!

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Beach club! I also <3 that hotel!

Just like that it was time to head back into Epcot!  Princess Minnie was right at the entrance but the line was too long, even for me…so we hijacked someone else’s photo.  I had to literally get down on my knees to get Minnie in the picture.

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One day Nicole, I will not cut you off in a selfie picture!

We ran past The Land, detoured in front of The Seas, and right as we were about to run past Innoventions, we spotted Goofy You Son of A Bitch!  He kinda owns me now, so I will always have to stop for him.

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I love you Goofy You Son of A Bitch!

Around Spaceship Earth (thank the Phoenicians!) and on through to the finish line!  10K done!  Part 1 of the Glass Slipper Challenge done!  Yay!

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5K – check. 10K check. “Just” 13.1 left!

Up next, the kid races!  …you thought I was gonna say the Princess Half Marathon, didn’t ya?

Frozen (In Name and in Temperature) 5K Recap

24 Feb

Why yes, I do still owe a recap for 2 races from November…but the Princess Half Marathon Weekend races are fresh in my mind so you’ll just have to deal with the out of order-ness of my recaps.

Much like the 5K in January during marathon weekend, the Frozen 5K was pretty darn cold.  I had made the executive decision to wear my coat underneath my costume…so no, I am not that poofy in reality.  Basically the recap is going to just consist of pictures because, well, that’s pretty much what our race was.  Nicole (who has pretty much become my official running partner for all Disney races…whether she likes it or not),  Lisa and I were running this together.  And when I say run, I mean they slowed themselves down to a jog while I ran.

The course started in the Epcot parking lot, ran around out there, then entered the World Showcase in Epcot via Mexico, ran around and exited the WS at the International Gateway, ran back in by the UK (so yes, every country was covered) then through Future World and to the finish line!

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Anna, Elsa and Kristoff made an appearance before the race while we were all dancing for warmth!

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We had to stop for Pluto for Kim!

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And since we were running with a real life Canadian we HAD to stop for Canadian Goofy You Son of A Bitch! (Did you think I was kidding when I said that would be his name from now on?)

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This has to be one of my favorite race photos ever! In case you can’t tell, that’s Anna, Elsa and Kristoff in the background.

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Frozen 5K done! Only 19.3 more miles to go!

I was pleased that RunDisney had learned it’s lesson from January and actually had Mylar blankets for the participants at the finish.  However, I was disappointed in the lack of character photos.  This was my first Disney 5K, but from what I’ve heard from runners who had done Dopey is that the 5K almost has a character in every country!  I think we only skipped American Mickey (if it was colonial Mickey, that would have been a whole other story).  I understand it’s a significantly shorter race, but my expectations were high for the character stops and I was slightly bummed by what I got.

Now, keep in mind, this does not mean I didn’t have tons of fun running and signing because I did!  I even enjoyed the pretty large number of runners who joined us in our songs (you go random running singing strangers!)

Up next, the Enchanted 10K!

Part of Your Race

18 Feb

Greetings from 10,000+ feet up in the air! (Yay for free wi-fi Jet Blue).

I realized as I head down to WDW for the Princess Half Marathon weekend that I haven’t given another Disney song rewrite!  So, in honor of Nicole and Lisa who will be Eric and Ariel for the 5K, I give you my Run Disney remix of “Part of Your World”

Look at this course
Isn’t it neat?
Wouldn’t you think my registration’s complete?
Wouldn’t you think I’m the runner,
The runner who has everything?
Look at this Garmin
And compression socks
How much gear can one race require?
Looking at my credit card bill you think
Sure, she’s got everything
I’ve got gadgets and gizmos a-plenty
I’ve got sneakers and sports bras galore
You want honey stingers?
I’ve got twenty
But who cares?
No big deal
I want more

I was to be where the fast people are
I wanna run, wanna run so speedy
Sprinting around on those – what do you call ‘em?
Oh – feet!

Flippin my fins takes a while to get far
Legs are required for speed work pacing
Running along down – what’s that word again?
Main Street

Up where they wait, in corral A
Up where they get no lines for photo stops
Running carefree – wish I could be
Part of that race

What would I give, if I could run like Meb?
What would I pay to spend a race not dying
Betcha the speedsters understand
Bet they don’t fear the balloon ladies
Super fast runners, free of sweepers
Ready to run

And ready to finish this damn race already
Start right away and finish in under 2 hours
What’s a BQ and why is it – what’s the word?
Impossible?

When’s it my turn?
Wouldn’t I love, love to explore that corral way in front?
Quick to the end
Wish I could be
Part of that race

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