TBT: Gone But Not Forgotten Part II

17 Apr

Last week I posted about 5 things from WDW that no longer exist, that I miss terribly and not so secretly hope that WDW will bring back.  Completely unintentional, this post (see here) was made on a Thursday.  Now, anyone who has any exposure to social media is aware of “Throw Back Thursday” or “TBT.”  Last weeks post was an unintentional TBT.  But hey, I got more things I miss from Disney, you have more things you miss, why now make this TBT WDW edition a thing.  Without further ado, here’s some more gone from WDW but not forgotten:

1. Skyride/ Sky Gondola/Sky Way  – No, I don’t know the proper name for this attraction.  I always called it the Skyride, but I know it was called other things by other people, including WDW.  The Skyride was always enjoyable to me.  Even the process of getting in and out of them was fun.  How you have the gondoliers “throw” you along the cable once every one was safe and secure in their car.  It was slow (which always led to a ridiculous line) and relaxing.  The ride was cool, both literally and figuratively.  Not to mention, as a fan of the Magic Kingdom, who didn’t love to get an aerial view of the park?!

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2.  20,000 Leagues Under the Sea  – As a water person, I always like anything that took me near or “in” the sea.  Did I ever actually see “20,000 Leagues Under the Sea” in its entirety?  No.  Did the majority of people who went on this ride see it?  Probably not.  Does that mean we couldn’t enjoy it?  No!  At least in Disneyland they updated it to a Finding Nemo themed ride (which I admittedly enjoyed), but there is no trace in WDW.  Yes, in the Florida heat, I would wish I could just dive into the water, but a trip in an air cooler submarine was still enjoyable.

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3. Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride  - When you’re a kid, any ride that you get to “drive” is just destined for fun!  Don’t get me wrong, I like Winnie the Pooh (although what’s up with that trippy Heffalump and Woozle section?!?!) but I don’t think that ride is more enjoyable that Mr. Toad’s was.   I supposed it’s a matter of exposure.  Kids today are still exposed to Winnie the Pooh and not to Mr. Toad.  The solution?  Give Mr. Toad some more air time on the Disney Channel!!!!

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4. “Now is the Time” - Yes, I know when the Carousel of Progress originally debuted at the World’s Fair, the song was “It’s a Great Big Beautiful Tomorrow.”   So, yes, technically, I’m upset because Disney brought back the original.  Actually, I’m not really upset by it.  I don’t mind the song.  But, when I would go on the Carousel of Progress, “Now is the Time” was the song they would sing and therefore the song that would be stuck in my head for the next 5 rides.  Isn’t there some way they can do both songs?!?!  I also kind of miss the old “future family” scene, but I understand and realize that that “future” was kind of the present and needed an update.

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Look at him! He’s just begging to burst out into “Now is the time, now is the best time, now is the best time of your life…”

Alright, I’m calling in quits at 4 right now (of the apparently Magic Kingdom edition) because, well, I gotta save some stuff for future TBT!   And please feel free to keep giving me suggestions!  I don’t always remember everything, but it doesn’t mean I don’t miss it!

 

Once Upon a Time…

16 Apr

…I crossed the finish line of my first half marathon, Disney’s Princess Half Marathon (2012).  The instant I crossed the finish line I was already planning my next half.  But even more than that, I knew I wanted to tackle something that seemed absolutely insane (to me)…Goofy’s Race and a Half Challenge.  For those of you who aren’t familiar with the Disney universe, the Goofy is running a half marathon on Saturday and then a full marathon on Sunday for a total of 39.3 miles over the 2 days.  Insane right.  Of course Disney would outdo themselves and create the Dopey, but that’s not the point….

I knew I wanted to do the Goofy.  I also knew that I wanted that to be my first marathon.  Why?  Because the reality is, after I run 26.2 miles, I don’t know that I’ll ever want to run it again.  So, if I’m only doing it once, I’m doing it with the Goofy.  Go big or go home, right?

The question became WHEN to do the Goofy?  Running wise, I was no where near the level I wanted to be at to conquer this thing, so 2013 was out.  I could do it in 2014, but then I saw that the 10th anniversary of the race would be in 2015.  So, 2 years ago, I vowed to do the Goofy in January 2015 for the 10th anniversary.

The reality is, running wise, I’m still not where I would like to be.   But I made a vow to myself.  I was doing this.  I may not be as fast as I would have liked to be when conquering this, but “a promise is a promise Mr. Frodo” even if it’s just a promise to myself.

Anniversary years for races seem to sell out quickly.  Actually, the Disney races in general seem to be selling out in the blink of an eye lately.  Registration for the race opened for DVC members and Annual Passholders today at noon.  And so, with that, I registered the instant I could.

I’m officially doing the Goofy Race and a Half Challenge!  It’s not just talk any more.  It’s a reality.  My hands are shaking now, even as I type this from the excitement, the nerves, and the absolute terror of trying to do this.

Besides getting the training in, the biggest obstacle of trying to conquer this is not giving up on myself during the race(s).  Somewhere on this path to 39.3 miles, I need to start believing in myself and pushing myself through.  I WILL do this!  …or die/pass out trying.

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I will hopefully be sporting one of these beauties next January *fingers crossed*

Week in Training (and I Kinda Cooked) 4/7 – 4/13

14 Apr

Well unlike last week, this week was just bad and ugly.  I only did my T25 1 day this week.  Between back squats causing neck issues and an extra insane work schedule, it just didn’t happen.  You know what else didn’t happen?  A long run (or even a good run) because I discovered something brand new that hurts me when I run, woohoo!  I think it may be the piriformis muscle…or it could just be mind games, either way it hurt like a bitch whenever my right foot made contact with the ground.  So, yeah, that sucked.  On to the workouts!

Monday
T25 – Cardio
CrossFit
Warm-Up: 2 Rounds of CrabWalks/5 Wall Climbs/15 Lunges
Skill: On the Minute for 20 Minutes 1 Hang Snatch, OHS, Power Snatch (35#) – I can snatch heavier but my overhead squats aren’t so good
WOD: 8 min AMRAP
6 Push Press (135/95) – did 55#
12 Russian KB Swings (24/16) – did 16kg
Total: 6 rounds

TuesdayCrossFit
Warm Up: 750m Row/ 4×4 Strict Pull-Ups (with BIG Black Band)/ 5×5 Hand Stand Push-Ups (from the floor)
Skill: Back Squats 3×8 @95#, 1×5 @100#
WOD: 7 min AMRAP
Double Unders 5-10-15-20-25 (15-30-45-60-75 if you’re doing singles).  You have to take a break between each set and you can’t move on to the next set unless you do it unbroken.  Also, the set doesn’t count unless you complete it.  So if you get 15 Double Unders, but get stuck in the 20s, your reps only count through the set of 15.  I got stuck in the 25s (75 singles).  Total: 50 (150 singles).

WednesdayRest Day

Thursday - CrossFit
Warm Up: 500m Row/10 lunges ea elbow to the floor/20 Bootstraps
Skill: Back Squats 4×5 @ 100#, 1×3 @110#
WOD: 5 Rounds
7 KB Thrusters – 8kg ( I hate this movement, it’s so awkward)
10 Burpees – You know how I feel about burpees
Total Time: 11:28

Friday - CrossFit
Warm Up: 3 Rounds 15 Ab Mat Sit-Ups/15 HRPUs/20 KB Lunges (w/ 12kg)
Skill: 20 minutes to find 1 rep max of Clean/Split Jerks – 70#  (I am NOT confident at all in the split jerks)
WOD: 4 Rounds
6 Hang Cleans (135/95) – did 55#
12 Toes to Bar (Knees to Chest) – I WILL do a damn Toe to Bar by the end of the year dammit!  (Sorry, I’m the only one in my class that can’t do it :( so I’m a little bitter)
Total Time: 7:38

Dinner: Carrot Maztah Ball Curry Soup (really more like mush more that soup, but what are you gonna do?!?!)

Saturday - Rest Day/Walk around Coney Island with my super cute nephew!

10175048_10101210621935732_4816459725099087930_nSunday - 5K Run/Walk (was supposed to be a 7 mile run).  Visited my friend and her new baby!  (He’s a week old…ok, week and a half old).

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OK, so with the exception of hanging out with really cute babies, last week kinda sucked.  Didn’t do anything I wanted to try and do (cook, run, leave work at a normal hour, etc.).  Hopefully I do better this week.

 

Gone But Not Forgotten

10 Apr

Recently, my dad sent me a link to a story titled “29 Things You’ll Never See at Disney World Again.”  This story contained items that I miss, items that I never knew about and items that I say “good riddance” to!  This has actually inspired me to write my own post about things that are gone that I still have hope deep down that they might bring back…hey, they brought back the Main Street Electrical Parade, Captain EO and the original version of the Tiki Room.  It can happen!  I understand that WDW is trying to keep up with the times, but newer isn’t always better.  So this is my first installment of things I miss that I wish WDW would bring back!

1. Cranium Command – I loved this attraction with all its 80s cheese!  It was entertaining and educational.  You had the classic SNL characters who “pump you up” pumping the heart.  You had Charles Grodin and Jon Lovitz as the right and left side of the brain.  At the helm you had Buzzy (or Skuzzy as General Knowledge called him) trying to get all the internal organs together to survive a teenage boy’s day in high school.  Even the pre-show with General Knowledge was great.  The number of times I can be found saying “Where do you think you are? Dis-ney Woooorld?!?!” while there is kinda ridiculous.  I wish they would bring this back.  I mean, come on!  The Wonder of Life Pavillion isn’t doing anything anyway!

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Who can forget GK constantly threatening to put Buzzy in a chicken, except it’d be cruelty to animals!

2. Kitchen Kabaret - As a child, this was my top 5 favorite things to do in WDW.  Animatronic foods singing, come on!  “Veggie Veggie Fruit Fruit” would be stuck in your head for the rest of the trip.  Every once in a while, out of no where I’ll randomly sing “He won’t forget the lickin he got from that big chicken, now he buys his poultry from the store” courtesy of Ham & Egg.  Oddly enough, in the list that inspired this one, the author mentions “Food Rocks” the not-as-good temporary replacement for Kitchen Kabaret.  How could he include the substitute instead of the original?!?!  I just don’t understand it.

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3. MGM Studios – OK.  Technically the park is still there.  So why is this on the list?  Because I miss the name!  Calling it Hollywood Studios just seems wrong.  It opened as MGM Studios, I grew up with it being MGM Studios.  Who cares that MGM is no longer a part of the equation, I want my name back!

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4. Yellow Mickey Ponchos - We all know how Florida works.  Bright, sunny, beautiful 1 minute, a minute later, torrential down pour that lasts for about 5 minutes.  However, this rain, albeit brief, was enough for everyone to scurry into  the nearest shop and purchase a poncho.  Now, Disney can’t get away with over charging for a plain poncho, so of course, they add Mickey to it!  People would even buy these just to go on Splash Mountain.  My family admittedly owns at least one of these…pretty sure it was purchased for my mom.  I personally liked the rain.  Anyway.  There was just something about seeing a sea of yellow Mickey ponchos that made you know that being in Disney on a rainy day was better than being most places on a sunny one.

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5. Dreamfinder - Odd how most of these things are Epcot based.  Figment is still there.  With an “updated” version where he explores the 5 senses.  And don’t get me wrong, I like Eric Idle and all, but I miss the old days with Dreamfinder and the “One Little Spark” song.  Don’t get me wrong.  I’m not saying the original was so great, let’s face it, this was the ride with no line that got you into some air conditioning (and let you into the cool play area), but is the new version really better?  I don’t think so.  Sing with me now…”Imaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaagination”

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To be continued…

In the meantime, what would you add to the list?

Week in Training (and NO Time to Cook) 3/31-4/6

7 Apr

First of all, thank you all soooooooo much for all your helpful suggestions for my shopping “spree!”  I really appreciate all the input! :)

Well, this week was the good, the bad and the ugly.  Where to begin?

The bad.  I didn’t get as much running in as I would like.  Also, apparently EVERY DVC person and their mother is going to Wine & Dine weekend because I cannot get a room.  My home resort is the Animal Kingdom Lodge which is not a host resort, and not within walking distance of resort that is.  So I had to wait until Saturday/Sunday as the first available day I could try booking a non-home resort through DVC.  And guess what?  ALL BOOKED!  Everything!  Now I have no idea where I’m staying.  This also means I NEED to get someone else to come with me because I cannot afford a room on my own.  This blows.

The ugly.  At CrossFit we were focusing on Snatches.  We’re starting a 12 week program to work on our Squat Snatch and Back Squat, so we had 2 “easier” days while our coaches pulled us aside 1 at a time to video us to show us what we need to work on.  Wanna talk about a self-esteem killer, watch a video of yourself doing a snatch…especially when the 2nd time around you whack yourself in the head with the barbell because you’re thinking so much trying to make the corrections your coach just told you.  Also, my attempt at T25 was kinda ugly too, but we’ll get to that.

The good.  The runs I did do went pretty well.  They were fast (for me).  Even Doug said he didn’t have to slow down at all for me.  Yay!  Also, when my coach was going over my video with me, he actually used the word “good” multiple times!  In fact, he had to go back and use uber slow motion to “nit pick” my snatch!  Considering I suck at snatches, DOUBLE YAY!  And now on to the workouts!

Monday
T25 – Cardio
CrossFit
Warm Up: 15 Superman Stretch/15 Lunges w/ Elbows to the Floor each leg/ 2:00 Jump Rope
Skill: 5×3 Strict Pull-Ups (with Big Black Band), 1:30 rest btwn sets
5×3 Hand Stand Push Ups (we started on the floor…I stayed on the floor), 1:30 rest btwn sets
WOD: Cindy (20 Minutes)
5 Pull-Ups (Green then Big Black Band)
10 Push-Ups
15 Squats
Total – 8+11 (those damn pull-ups ate up 80% of my time!)

Tuesday
T25 – Speed 1.0
CrossFit
Warm Up: 3 Rounds 300m Row/20 PVC Rotations/20 PVC Stretch
Skill: 1 Hang Snatch, 1 Power Snatch w/ 1:00 rest btwn for 30 minutes (the class does this while coach pulls you aside to video)
I got my weight up to 55# during this, we aren’t supposed to go too heavy.  My coach changed my grip (hands closer, and hook grip) and I hate to admit it, it made a HUGE difference.  So, we’ll see how my snatches go.

Wednesday
T25 – Total Body Circuit

Thursday
T25 – Ab Intervals
CrossFit
Warm Up: On The Minute for 7 Minutes
7 Wall Balls
7 K.B. Swings (8kg)
WOD: 35 Minute Cap
1000m Row
15 Hang Clean (15#)
15 Burpees
1000m Run
15 Hang Clean (55#)
15 Burpees
1000m Run
15 Hang Clean (55#)
15 Burpees
1000m Row
I knew I wasn’t going to finish this workout in the time cap.  Besides the fact that I am not a quick rower or runner (and that it involves running outside at lunchtime…have you ever been in Manhattan around lunchtime?  fuhgheddaboutit!), but it takes me FOREVER and a day to get through burpees.  I was right.  I didn’t finish the workout, but I didn’t give up, even when I knew I wasn’t going to finish.  My classmates were cheering me on until I stopped, even though they knew I wouldn’t finish.  I made it through 10 of the last set of burpees.  I did better than I thought.  Plus I had a running buddy for my 2nd 1000m run!  He stayed with me the whole time.  It was nice having company for that run.    I really do love CrossFit.

Friday
CrossFit
Warm Up: 2 Rounds Crab Walk (down and back)/Spiderman Push-Ups (down the room), then 1:00 Olympic Wall Stretch and 1:00 Groin Stretch
Skill: 1 Hang Snatch, 1 Power Snatch w/ 1:00 rest btwn for 30 minutes (plus they did my video)
I skipped T25.  After not getting home from work until almost 9PM I was just not feeling the early wake-up call to do it.  Oh well.

Saturday - REST DAY (Also saw Captain America in IMAX…I’m a nerd/dork, remember?  Anyway, it was pretty good.  Since The Avengers, the sequels have definitely been stepping up to the plate!)

Sunday - 4.75 Mile Run.  The weather was perfect!  And my speed was actually really good.  My warm-up mile was fast (for me) and then after than I continued with negative splits.  I was able to keep pace with Doug pretty easily, with enough in the tank to pick it up at the end.  I felt really good during and about this run, so yay!  Next weekend, we’ll pick up the mileage and hopefully it goes just as well.  I also did the T25 Stretch DVD.  I actually really REALLY enjoyed this DVD, and more importantly, so did my legs!  He actually incorporated a lot of Yoga moves in it.  I even recognized some from Danielle‘s posts! (Yup, he said pigeon pose and I knew what he was talking about!)  Like the rest of his DVDs, it was still only 25 minutes.  I’ll do a review of the program once I complete all the discs (at least for the Alpha program) since I skipped Friday.

All in all, I’d say I had a pretty good week.  Goals for this week?  Try and get more running in.  I want to keep this momentum going!  Try and not have to follow the modified lady in the T25 DVDs as much.  Do more/some cooking!  And most importantly, which will help with all these things…LEAVE WORK AT A NORMAL HOUR!!!!!

Who Wants to Help Me Go Shopping?!?!

4 Apr

One of my takeaways from my last half marathon was that I am in desperate need of some real better running gear…especially for my attempt at Goofy (half marathon and marathon on back to back days).  My birthday is also coming up in a little less than a month.  My wonderful husband has stated he has no idea what to get me this year.  I think that’s great!  Why?  Because he can just take me on a shopping “spree” for new running items.  YAY!

Here’s the part I need help with.  I am completely clueless.  Despite my running for 2/3 years (somewhere in that time frame), with the exception of sneakers (and yes, that pair that bloodied my foot is now officially retired) and my Garmin, I haven’t really invested in real running gear/apparel.  Like a good blogger, I listen to those that run and trust their advice.  I immediately purchase my first stick(?) of body glide after Danielle and Karla told me too.  OK, they didn’t “tell” me, but they strongly suggested it!  And since I aspire to run even remotely like either of those 2 fabulous ladies, I listened!

Picture me as a blank canvas in desperate need of some paint.  What are some of your race day and training must haves?  I’m talking about EVERYTHING here!  All clothes and gear!  I’m not saying I’m going to run immediately out and buy all these things, but I would like to go to some stores with ideas of what I’m looking for and test some things out.  Bring it on people! :)

Sidenote: This might be TMI, but since I don’t have that thigh/leg gap, whatever its called, I actually can’t run in shorts…it sucks.  Unless any of you know of a pair of “longer” or practically seamless shorts.

Why Insomnia Is my Downfall

2 Apr

As some of you may, or may not be aware, I had vented previously about people’s “insensitive” comments regarding my recent weight gain.  Thanks again people!  Anyway…

I love CrossFit.  CrossFit is awesome!  It’s become my favorite thing, even when I’m dreading going to class.  And while it is helping me get stronger, it’s not really doing anything for my weight.

I’m finding my running mojo, but again, even when I was training hard core, I wasn’t really losing any weight.

I need/want to lose weight.  Losing weight will help me be a better runner (in addition to training) and be better at CrossFit (at least with the exercises that involve body weight).  The less fat I’m carrying, the better.  At least this is what I’m telling myself in my head.  Don’t get me wrong, the ideas of not traumatizing people when I wear a bathing suit or looking somewhat like I’m in the same shape as my husband, who with his freakish Asian metabolism can eat bacon and butter at every meal and still maintain an awesome physique (and he goes to the gym a whopping 2 times a week!), are not bad motivation as well.

What does this have to do with insomnia?  Well, 2 things.  1-Insomnia makes me exhausted all the time, making more difficult for me to do anything and 2-I’m am awake at random hours.  When I can’t sleep, I watch TV.  What is on TV at random hours?  INFOMERCIALS.  So what do I watch on TV at random hours when I can’t sleep…infomercials.  These infomercials are especially dangerous to those who are vulnerable and working with a sleep deprived brain.

Yes.  I am a sucker.  Specifically, one morning, I became a sucker for this:

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Shaun T.  He seems to always be on TV when I can’t sleep.  He’s the same guy who did the Insanity workouts.  I resisted that one.  Some reason, could not resist this one.  Damn insomnia.  Concept?  Variety of high intensity workouts to be completed in 25 minutes.  Every one has 25 minutes, right?!?!  And you can do it from home!  How convenient!

I have issues.  So Monday, I started incorporating this into my training.  It’s a 50 day challenge.  They give you a calendar with the workouts to do on what days with the options of checking of “barely made it” or “nailed it.”  I’ve done this the past 3 mornings…guess which box I’ve been checking off.

I’m going to try my hardest to stick to my running plan and my T25 plan and keep up with CrossFit.  My body will either love me, or rebel BIG time with this.  Just as an FYI, no worries, I fully intend to postpone the T25 workouts and cut back on the CrossFit the week of the Brooklyn Half.  I am going to try and embrace the taper.

Moral of the story?  If you ever need/want me to do anything, put it in an infomercial at about 4am and you got a deal!

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