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.

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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

Week in Training (and I still kept up with the Cooking) 1/26-2/1/15

2 Feb

Last week threw me a little off my game.  We had a snow day, Super Bowl party prep and I even cancelled a CrossFit class (GASP!).  Without further ado…

Monday – CrossFit
Skill:Front Squat
5 Reps Every 3 Minutes For 15 Minutes
*All at 80%of 1 rep max (I did 120#, which is actually less than 80% and it SUCKED)
W.O.D.
3 Rounds
1:00 Max Thrusters 45/35lb – 35#
1:00 Rest
1:00 Max Back Squats 95/65lb – 65#
1:00 Rest
Total: 82 reps RX (SO MANY SQUATS!)

Tuesday – Snow Day!  Was gonna do something productive but decided it was better to stay in my pajamas ALL DAY).

Wednesday – CrossFit (my legs were still sore from Monday!)
W.O.D.
CrossFit Open 13.3
12 AMRAP
150 Wall Balls 20/10lb
90 Double Unders
30 Muscle Ups
Total: 151 Reps RX (SO MANY SQUATS!  AGAIN!!!)

Thursday – CrossFit (yup, that’s right, my legs were STILL SORE!  Seriously, I recovered better from Goofy than this!)
W.O.D.
For Time
25 Thruster 95/65lb
50 Hang Cleans 95/65lb
75 Snatches 95/65lb
100 Kettle Bell Swings 24/16kg
125 Meter Bear Crawl
*40 Minute Time Cap
Time: 31:48 – So, they insisted that we use the same barbell for the entire workout and that we weren’t allowed to drop weight, so while normally I would have done the Thrusters Hang Cleans at 65#, I can barely do 1 snatch at that weight, let alone 75 of them, so my weight for the entire thing was 40# (and 16kg for the KB Swings).  And bear crawls!  I hate bear crawls!  But this workout, while first completely psyched I finished in the time limit, YAY!, it also gave me another reminder why I was love CF.  2 of the guys finished the workout before me and while not only were they cheering me on, but one guy was walking with me while I was doing my bear crawls, motivating me the entire time.  When I finally finished the workout, he then went on to cheer and support the other guy still working out (as did I).  Anyway…

Friday - Rest Day.  I cancelled my class today.  But after 3 days of still being sore from Monday (and not even giving myself a full week to recover from Goofy) I felt my body was telling me to take a break.  So I did.  And I’m glad, because there were so MANY MORE SQUATS!

Saturday – Rest Day

Sunday – “Weight Loss” Yoga – It’s basically the only Yoga DVD I own and I wanted to give my legs a well needed stretch.

Cooking wise…I was kinda good with the Paleo during the week, except for Monday night/Tuesday.  How we prepare for bad weather is we make sure our liquor cabinets are stocked, so there was no Paleo happening then.  BUT, I did still cook!  Including helping my mom with Super Bowl prep!

Cooked:
Baked Ziti (both for dinner and then again for Super Bowl)
Bacon Wrapped Chicken Thighs (Paleo)
Cowboy Burgers with Sweet Potato Pancakes (both Paleo)
Banana Bread (Paleo)
Pizza Roll (Super Bowl)
Deviled Eggs (Super Bowl)

I had wanted to do some running/speed work this week but um, yeah, clearly I didn’t do that.  Hopefully we’ll try again (and succeed) this week!

Another goal for this week?  Write a post breaking down/explain all the CrossFit movements so you non-CF people have some idea what I’m talking about…and get your minds out of the gutter.  Yes Kim, I’m talking to you! :)

Week in Training and COOKING (1/19/15-1/25/19)

26 Jan

I’m baaaaaaaaaack!  Remember these?  These posts that were supposed to hold me accountable and the very reason as to why I started the blog?  2015 Goal: STICK WITH THIS!

And so, here we go!

Monday - Rest Day

Tuesday  – CrossFit
Don’t remember what the Warm Up or Skill was, but the here’s the WOD:
CrossFit Open 12.3
18 AMRAP
15 Box Jumps (24/18) 18′
12 Push Press (75/55) 55#
9 Toes To Bar (did Knees to Chest)
Total: 5 + 11 (Box Jumps take me SO long!)

Also when I got home, I attempted to do some speedwork.  Supposed to be 12x400m with 90sec rest, turned into 4x400m because I suck.

Wednesday  – CrossFit
Partner Row
12x250m
* Damper on 10
Skill: Front Squat
3 Reps Every 1:30 For 15 Minutes
Go Up By 10lbs Each 1:30
Started at 90# failed at 140# – I was disappointed failing so early, but I’m gonna pull the “I completed the Goofy Challenge a week and a half ago so I’m lucky my legs did ANYTHING” card and try not to let it phase me.)

Thursday  – CrossFit
Again, I don’t remember what the Warm Up or Skill was, but the here’s the WOD:
CrossFit Open 13.2
10 AMRAP
5 Shoulder To Overhead (115/75) 75#
10 Deadlifts (115/75) 75#
15 Box Jumps (24/18) 18′
Total: 4+4 (again Box Jumps take me SO LONG).

Friday – CrossFit
Skill: Push Press
8 reps Every 2 Minutes For 12 Minutes
All Reps At 75% Of 1 rep Max – I started at 75% (SLIGHTLY less than 75%) and did that for the first 4 rounds.  The last 2 rounds dropped down to 70#.  Again, disappointed in this, but 8 reps is A LOT, so I’m TRYING to not be too upset by this.
W.O.D.
Death By Pull Ups
Total: 8 (with bands)

Saturday – Rest/Lazy Day (although I did finish ALL my costumes for Princess!)

Sunday – Rest/Lazy Day

My running plans didn’t go quite as planned this week, as in I only tried once and didn’t even do what I was supposed to, but we’ll see how this week goes.

My Cooking did however go REALLY well as I cooked 4 nights this week!  I’m trying to be back on my Paleo during the week and allow myself to live a little on weekends (I’m sorry, I love pizza too much to do Paleo 24/7).  This week I cooked:

Breakfast Muffins
Roasted Tomato Bacon Soup
Garlic Topped Steak Roulade
Caveman French Toast
Ginger BBQ Beef

I do however need to get better at making sides/veggies.  If only I liked veggies.  I do have to say, while I am usually my worst critic, my food tasted pretty darn good!

Goofy Challenge Part II – WDW Marathon

21 Jan

This is going to be long.  You have been warned.

The day had arrived.  The BIG day.  26.2 miles.  If you read my blog or you know me, you are well aware that I’ve been having a panic attack about this day for a really REALLY long time!  In fact, I was receiving messages first thing in the morning from certain people who were worried I might not get on the bus *cough*Danielle*cough*Nicole*cough* and believe me, I thought about it!

I had been planning to do this challenge for almost 3 years!  I had been training for this for months!  And the day was here.  I DID get on the bus and the panic attack continued.  Even the lady sitting next to me on the bus was trying to calm me down.  She had down about a dozen marathons and had decided this one would be her last.  Kinda ironic, my first on her last (although she’ll probably do another one!).

Got off the bus and met up with Danielle again and Nicole, who would be the amazing fantastic running buddy who would emotionally carry me through 26.2 miles.  This is no easy task.  And she did it like a champ!  (Seriously, if you can get her to run a race with you, DO IT!)

Before we knew it, we were in our corrals waiting to start.  Nicole was being SUPER excited and (yes, you were speaking with the announcer with every fireworks) singing and dancing and she couldn’t wait to get started.  I on the other hand just wanted to flee and go back to my hotel.

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AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!

Just an unrelated side note Disney, the Brooklyn Half actually has the port-a-potties in the corrals…considering you trap us in there for a REALLY long time, you might not want to make it impossible for us to pee last minute if we need.

ANYWAY!  Corral by corral was getting sent off.  Panic and more panic was setting in.  And then before I knew it, we were off!  The instant I cross that start line something changed.  Panic went away!  I was OK!  Nicole was drilling it in my head we were “just running to the Magic Kingdom” and I could handle that!

Rather quickly it seemed, we were back at the entrance gates for the Magic Kingdom!  Which of course meant we were still miles away from the Magic Kingdom, but still, yay!  Nicole and I had decided to not repeat pics from yesterday, so, sorry, no pics in front of the entrance today!  While I’m mentioning pictures, I should mention that about 90% of these were taken by Nicole.  She did an amazing job documenting my first marathon and I was horrible and took like zero of her.  Bad me.

Moving on…

Magic Kingdom!  We were back!  I was feeling REALLY good heading into the Magic Kingdom.  I was feeling like I could do this thing, like I would do this thing!  Yes, it was early, but we were having fun! (even though I kept harassing Nicole about how slow my marathon math said we were moving…I was not looking at my garmin AT ALL for pace, just for intervals).

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I didn’t get them in time the day before during the half, so I HAD to make sure I got them during the full. FROZEN FOREVER!

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*photo by marathonfoto

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*photo by marathonfoto

After we exited the Magic Kingdom we were off to the Speedway!  Which I was kind of excited about because it was finally somewhere in Disney that I had NEVER run before!  I was forewarned about the insane entrance into the speedway.  Let me tell you, whatever you’ve heard about it, it’s worse than you picture it!  That thing is like a 90 degree angle!  How the hell was anyone still running down and up that thing!

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*photo by marathonfoto

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Feeling ok in the speedway!

I admit the cars and their drivers were kinda cool.  It was reminiscent of that stretch in the Disneyland Half where all the classic cars are, although I know the first year they incorporated this section they had characters from Cars and I’m a little disappointed they stopped doing that.  Would have loved a photo stop with Mater!

And just like that, we were off to the Animal Kingdom!  I’m not gonna lie, that stretch seemed kinda long, but I was having a blast with Nicole!  Still singing, not quite dancing, but again, feeling good for the first half of this race.

Nicole had only asked one thing of me this entire race and that was to stop for the picture with the villains.  There was no way I was saying no to ANY of her requests, especially one as awesome as that!

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After JUST missing them during W&D, I in turn asked for a picture with the Country Bear Jamboree bears!  I love Country Bear Jamboree!

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Animal Kingdom seemed like a blur.  I was debating riding Expedition Everest, but sitting down after 13 miles might make it impossible to start running again, plus Nicole wasn’t going to ride it, so it was an easy pass!  (Although I would like to try it some point…you know…if I ever crazily do this again).

After Animal Kingdom is where is also started to go all downhill for me.  I’m not gonna like, I think I became a miserable human being the second I realized that I still had another half marathon to go!  I knew the stretch to WWoS, in WWoS and from WWoS would suck.  It seemed like all the characters had disappeared.  Some point on the way to WWoS it had started to rain and it was extra annoying, that despite the rain, I was starting to feel overheated again.  I was extremely frustrated by this because I wasn’t even pushing myself pace wise.  I mean, it felt like I couldn’t go any faster, but I knew I could.  Does that make sense?

Just after mile 14 Nicole called fellow accountabilibuddy Kim and we chatted with her for a bit.  Nicole kept saying how awesome I was doing and I was pretty sure I kept calling her a liar.  How could she possible think I was doing awesome?!?!  I was moving like molasses and somehow getting overheated by it!

Nicole, the marathon pro and running buddy extraordinaire, decided that at all the water stops she would start dumping water on my head.  I stubbornly insisted I would be fine soaking my sponge at the water stops (Nicole was also awesome and provided sponges for us).  Yes, that’s right, somehow in the rain, I needed more water on me.  I don’t know if it was the humidity or what, but something was getting to me!

Finally, we entered the WWoS.  I knew that if I could survive this thing, get out of WWoS I would be OK.  WWoS made me her bitch.

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That smile isn’t quite as big any more is it?

Somewhere around mile 18, it happened.  My breakdown.  Nicole was a rock start and running so well and having a blast and I was completely miserable.  My bunions (which occasionally act up) was actually causing a sharp pain in the inside of my foot that spread to my arch a little.  It wasn’t devastating, but it made me limp every once in a while.  I felt like my legs weren’t moving at all anymore.  AND I STILL HAD 8 MORE MILES TO GO!  I wasn’t even CLOSE TO FINISHING.  I just kept telling myself don’t cry, don’t cry, but at the same time I was telling myself that I was saying, “you can’t do this.  who were you kidding?  you’re not gonna finish.  you can’t do this.”  And then it happened, Nicole asked me if I was crying, and with that question, the flood gates opened!  I couldn’t stop.  I couldn’t control it.  I’m still not 100% sure where it came from or why, but it happened.  Right there in WWoS.  My breakdown.

Besides Nicole doing here best to cheer me up (yes, there was some mocking involved), I would just like to thank the other runners who saw me breaking down, gave me hugs, and tried their best to make me feel better and encourage me that I could do this.  There was one group of guys running, one asked the other “when’s our next interval” and the other guy responded with “I don’t know, I’m just worried about Goofy here.”  Seriously, the amount of love and support I was getting from these strangers and Nicole, it’s why running is amazing and runners are amazing.  After an extended walk break to stop crying, I finally stopped, and we were back in business!  If it wasn’t for running with Nicole, I know I would have stayed in WWoS, given up, and just waited for the sweepers.  For this, I will be FOREVER GRATEFUL TO NICOLE.

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Singing and dancing in the rain… *photo by marathonfoto

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What breakdown? *photo by marathonfoto

FINALLY we were out of that hell hole known as the WWoS.  But the stretch of highway was to MGM Hollywood Studios was no better.  I mean, I was doing better, but I was still a miserable human being.  Still soaking my sponge and every water stop and at one point I think I finally caved and let Nicole dump water on my head.

And then, the one shining spot in this horrific stretch, the highlight of the race…THE NARDI CHALLENGE!

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“Drop and give me 10!” “WHAT?!?!” “2, 4, 7, 10″

And then, at last, finally, we entered MGM HOLLYWOOD STUDIOS!  I was slowly getting my grove back mentally once I was here.  I was still moving like molasses, but “just” a 5K more and I would be done!  And it was the best 5K!  …even through the rain.

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I turned down a ride on Expedition Everest, but there was one thing I REALLY wanted to do for this race.  I wanted a grapefruit beer and I wanted to cross the finish line with it!  At this point I was texting Danielle, who was long done with the marathon, and she amazingly was getting me a grapefruit beer and was gonna wait for me, in the rain, at mile 25.5 for the hand off.

We exited the Studios and were off to EPCOT!  Which, as Nicole repeatedly referred to it as, “my victory lap.”  Yay EPCOT!

And once we were in EPCOT I was a different person.  I was back to enjoying myself and having fun!  I WAS GOING TO DO THIS!

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Ah, Paris *photo by marathonfoto

As we run past the American Adventure, Nicole and I bust out into “Ammmmmerrrrrrica, spread your golden wings, sail on freedom’s winds, across the skyyyyyyyyy”.  Soon after America, ok, a couple countries later, I spotted Danielle with her husband Jason and with Jenn!  And I got so EXCITED!  Nicole swears it was the beer, but I think I was just so excited to see spectators that I knew were there FOR ME.  Yes, I’m on a bit of an ego trip, but still, it was an amazing feeling.  Just like Danielle did when she spotted me during the NYCM, I started jumping up and down and “sprinting” to them!  I gave Danielle and Jenn big soaking wet hugs and thanked so much for the beer!

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*photo by Danielle and/or Jason

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*photo by Danielle and/or Jason

You thought I was a different person once I entered EPCOT? I was an even more different person after that!  I couldn’t stop smiling!  Mentally and physically it was like I didn’t just do 25.5 miles, that breakdown never happened.

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That last stretch went by in a blur!  I was so happy!  And I was so thankful to Nicole who carried me through this!  And I was so excited to have a beer crossing the finish line (yes, I’m weird, but you know you kinda wish you did too!).

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look Doug! I got my beer!

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Yes, we stopped right in front of the finish line to take this picture because Nicole is awesome and I’m so glad we did it!

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*photo by marathonfoto

Given how emotional I was the entire training process and up until well, mile 19 let’s say, I was convinced I was going to cry when I crossed the finish line.  But I didn’t.  I think I was just so happy, and feeling so good for that last mile, I had completely forgotten about the previous 25 and it just didn’t hit me that I did it.  I did a marathon!  I did the Goofy Challenge!

I did almost cry though when I saw Doug.  He greeted me with a big hug, wouldn’t let go, and he was crying.

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Just call us Dopey and Goofy

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I DID IT! …I think

Despite me renaming Goofy to Goofy You Son of A Bitch, it still hasn’t hit me that I did it.  I would never have survived this thing without the amazing support of friends, family, random runners and of course, Nicole.

I may or may not be back for Dopey 2018.  Shhhhhhh, don’t tell Doug!

Peggy Sue

20 Jan

I know I owe multiple recaps, especially that of the WDW Marathon, but I just wanted to take a moment to talk about Peggy Sue.  If you are on any of the the RunDisney related pages on Facebook, you have no doubt heard yesterday that Peggy Sue passed away.

The first time I saw Peggy Sue was in Disenyland.  I was doing the Inaugural Dumbo Dare Challenge and that Disneyland Half was my first half marathon I was running on my own.  I had a lot of anxiety about that race.  It was at the end of a 2 week glorious (and glutinous) honeymoon, my training hadn’t been stellar, I had never done a challenge race before and as I mentioned, this was my first half solo.  I had begun struggling around mile 10, as I always/typically do.  I started walking more that my intervals dictated and I just wanted to be done already.  Then I saw Peggy Sue with her sign.

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This picture is clearly not from Disneyland, but I don’t have any of my own so I had to “borrow” this one.

Her sign, so simple, but honestly meant so much.  After seeing her at mile 12, I snapped out of my funk and was determined to not let Doug see me walking to the finish line!  I admittedly don’t usually remember the people who hold the signs that I remember from races (but I still appreciate you!) but I remembered Peggy Sue and even told Doug about her after the race.

As it was my first race in Disneyland, I though Peggy Sue was just in Disneyland.  But then, I saw her while running the Princess Half months later.  I was so excited!  I didn’t stop and take a picture with her, but I did stop and ask her if she was in Disneyland and she said yes.  Wow, going Coast to Coast to spectate and be there to be proud of us complete strangers, she was something special.

I didn’t look for her during the Noah’s Ark Half Marathon (otherwise known as W&D) this year, but I did look for her during the WDW Half and Full Marathon.  I admittedly was sad to not see her there, with her inspirational sign and big smile.

Her loss is greater than perhaps she would ever have thought.  After all, she was a complete stranger.  But I know I am not the only runner who’s life she touched, and whom she motivated or made smile just with her presence and her sign.

Hello complete stranger we will all miss you too!

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