Notes from the 2018 WDW Marathon

2016 was supposed to be my last WDW marathon, yet here we are again.  However, I can say with absolute confidence, this is it.  Sheesh, this is hard.

Screen Shot 2018-01-08 at 7.34.39 PMMy core runDisney friends all signed up for the Dopey challenge about 9 months ago.  I didn’t have $600 or the motivation to do Dopey again (nothing more to prove there) but maybe I could handle “just one more marathon” with the gang.  And … here we go!

If you want to read what was accurately going thru my head,  replace every other word with #$%! and %^&# and $#@!

I proudly (damn proud!) present to you:  Random things that popped into my head during the 2018 WDW Marathon!

Mile 1 – Wow, this isn’t very hard.  Normally mile 1 is hell and I think, “holy crap, I can’t even run 1 mile, none the less 26!”, but this was a breeze.  Probably because I trained for this by only walking 1 mile per day on the treadmill while watching WWE.

Mile 2 – As I remove my headphones desperately trying to remove my 2nd shirt (I’m wearing 4) I really understand where the phrase “pound the pavement” comes from.  This pavement is pounding with thousands of people running!

Mile 3 – A random person suddenly tells me they are proud of me.  It’s because of the ridiculous orange t-shirt I’m wearing that a co-worker gave me.  The temperature at 5am was in the low 40s, so about 7 layers were necessary while waiting in the corrals for the start.  I borrowed many throw away shirts, and this one (from a collage frat) said “damn proud” on the back.  Hell yeah, be proud of me stranger!

tumblr_inline_nje4jorqew1s22qgiMile 4 – I pass a guy dressed as Bowler Hat Guy from Meet the Robinsons. It’s a genius costume.

Mile 5 – Multiple people are now telling me how proud they are of me.  Its’ hilarious.  A guy passes me wearing puffy purple pants and has an Aladdin vest PAINTED on his chest.  What the …?  I also dropped one of my fruit snacks on accident and I can’t stop my legs to pick it up.  It’s a devastating loss.

Mile 6 – Are super duper teeny tiny running shorts (for guys) back in style?  Asking for a friend.

Mile 7 – A guy’s shirt says “10 years volunteering medical, 1st marathon.”  That’s awesome.  I think I have to pee.  I don’t want to break the seal yet.  Last marathon I peed about 8 times.  I don’t have time for that.

Mile 8 – I see a Twizzler on the dirty ground and debate on picking it up.  It’s the most amazing Twizzler I’ve ever seen.  I’m also freaking freezing.  I shouldn’t have thrown away 2 out of my 4 shirts.  I debate on picking up every single glove I see on the ground.  I don’t, basically because I can’t stop my legs from moving.

Screen Shot 2018-01-08 at 7.03.06 PMMile 9 – I pass a guy dressed as Dug (from Up) and he has a legit “cone of shame” on and everything.  I also pass a shirtless guy with #KyloRenChallenge writing on the back.  Hilarious.

Mile 10 – I’m feeling really good.

Mile 10.3 – I lied!  This really hurts.  I’m never doing this again.

Mile 11 – I’m tempted to pee in a cup because the port-o-potty lines are so long.  I glance down and see my shadow as I’m running and I start to cry (because I’m doing it gosh darn it!).  It’s too early for this crying crap.

Mile 12 – Somebody is wearing an “I did it T-shirt”.  Not quite yet good sir!  An old man passes me with a shirt that say “my first marathon”.  Cheers to you good sir.  And I run into a friend (hi Jackie) as she passes me.

Mile 12.5 – Banana time!

Mile 13 – I find a secret bathroom inside Animal Kingdom.  I pee while eating the banana.  Some guy is cheering for us who is ALREADY DONE and wearing his marathon medal.  Damn.  Another guy jogging in front of me lets out a giant fart.  Farting during a marathon normally equals pooping your pants.  I didn’t stick around to find out.

Screen Shot 2018-01-08 at 7.15.19 PMMile 14 – It’s my buddy Liz!  Seeing a friendly face is always a little boost.  (the boost lasts for 12 seconds)  Time to take candy from strangers.  Some spectator has a scarf like the banner from Jurassic Park.  It’s amazing and I want it.

Mile 15 – My running pants have a teeny tiny pocket in the back waist band where I keep my chap stick.  So, basically I’m using ass-chap stick.  My calves are on fire.  I take off the DAMN PROUD shirt, but keep it dangling around my neck.  I’m keeping this ridiculous shirt for life.

Mile 16 – Time to take pretzels from a stranger.  Somebody’s sign says, “only 14 miles to Universal. Your choice!”  Ha ha ha.  I pass somebody wearing a really long skirt.  Not a running shirt, just a random long skirt.  

Mile 17 – I thought this would be mile 18.  I think I’m falling behind the required pace.  I’m still doing my run/walk routine, which is kind-of a miracle. 

Mile 18 – I step in some sand to pass somebody and the blisters on my right toes basically explode.  I’m running incredibly slow at this point.

Mile 19 – I ate my 2nd banana while going to the bathroom.  This time it was a port-a-potty.  I’m not ashamed.

Mile 20 – I take a fireball shot from a stranger.  Holy $%&*, that stuff is terrible.  Somebody’s sign says, “The marathon cost $180.  You only have $34.97 left”.  Quite possibly my favorite sign.  I see people packing up water.  The next water stop can’t be gone!

Mile 21 – The water stop isn’t gone.  Thank god.

Screen Shot 2018-01-08 at 7.05.12 PMMile 22 – I attempt to run down a hill and I look like a complete buffoon.  Imagine Hector the hobbling skeleton from the movie Coco and that’s my pathetic attempting to jog.  Rumor has it the cut off people are still 3 miles behind me. I’m almost to Hollywood Studios where I’m safe.

Mile 23 – I think my hamstrings just fell off.  I want to go home.  I’m crying.

Mile 24 – I just burst into ugly tears saying congratulations to an old man who has “100th marathon” written on his t-shirt.  I’m also officially safe at this point and can’t be picked up for going too slow.  Best feeling in the entire world. 

Mile 25 – I turn on my “all I do is win, win, win no matter what” by DJ Khaled.  Normally it pumps me up to run even though I’m a walking zombie.  It doesn’t work this time.  I just put  my head down and plow forward.

Mile 26 – My last “mile 26” sign of my life.  Bittersweet.  There’s a good bathroom here, but I can’t stop now.  Spoiler alert – I should’ve stopped. 

Mile 26.2 – I sprint to the finish line with a single tear down my face.  I’m done. I think my left leg just fell off.  Also, I peed my pants.  

You can go the distance
You can run the mile
You can walk straight through hell with a smile.”  -Hall of Fame (The Script)


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Craft room organization

I’ve lived in my house for over two years now, but our spare bedroom is still a disaster zone.

In my defense, we bought the house when I was six months pregnant, so I was just up puke-y, lazy mess.  Now I have a kid who, for some reason, wants a lot of attention.  🙂

But I finally put up some shelves in the closet, and I’m ready to get organized!

I bought these purple plastic bins at the Dollar Tree, and I bought the S hooks at Lowes.  Walmart had packs of S hooks and they were really expensive. Lowes had them way way way cheaper.

Boom – stuff is off the floor!

Day of the Dead Star Wars

How adorable are all these T-shirts!?!

I saw them at Mouse Gear at Epcot a few days ago.

Clearly the storm trooper is the best one, but they are all really really cool.  I think I can actually get my husband to wear matching T-shirts with me if we use these.

Smoothie leftovers 

So, I’ve been really into smoothies lately. Mostly because my flight to Hawaii leaves in two weeks!

Since I just throw stuff into a blender and see what happens, occasionally I make way too much to fit in my Rtic cup.

My solution:

I am way, way, way too cheap to be throwing stuff away.  So I make will smoothie ice cubes!

The next time I make a smoothie I throw two or three he’s in there and it’s some extra stuff!

These little ice cube trays are only one dollar from IKEA.

My diaper bag

I’m kind of a short person. I used to call myself a small person, but these extra 20 pounds are killing me.

So the thought of caring around tons of crap was not appealing at all.

Thankfully, my friend bought me the perfect diaper bag and I had to share.

Here’s A picture of it next to my husband shoe, he has pretty small feat, 8.5.

Its a 31 bag.  (or is that company called 21?)

I have no idea what the style is, but I just love it.

Although it kind of sucks that I can’t just throw in the wash machine.  At least, the tag says to not do that.  

Also, it doesn’t have a zipper or any type of enclosure, but I’m cool with that.

It’s compact, and it holds everything I need. Perfection.

Potty training

Quite frankly, potty training terrifies me.  It sounds like a huge pain in the butt, it sounds like I’ll need a ton of patients, and I’m also assuming I’ll need to clean up pee all over the place.

I’ve been pumping up how awesome it is to use the toilet for the past year now. We’ll see if it works out.

I bought this little plastic toilet at IKEA about a year ago. I think it was only eight dollars.

Unfortunately, she pulled it out of the closet all the time and just sits on it to watch her YouTube videos. So now she probably doesn’t even realize it’s a toilet.

Every time I find little undies 75% off any store I’ve been purchasing them.  I have no idea what size she wears and undies, but these are all size 2.  Most are a little boy undies.

Every time I go to the bathroom, she followed me in there, and I tell her what’s going on.

I’ve also been telling her that she can’t use the toilet until she’s tw i’ve also been telling her that she can’t use the toilet until she’s 2. 

My mom claims that she did that with me, and on my second birthday I just use the toilet and never looked back.

So, that’s my plan. Hyping up the toilet till there’s no tomorrow.  Wish me luck into months when she actually turns 2.

Heather Brown

I discovered Heather Brown’s art while on my honeymoon in 2013.

I’m pretty uncultured when it comes to music, theater, and the arts. But I just love love love her style.

I’m hoping to somehow stock her when I’m in Hawaii next month.  If that doesn’t work, I’ll just buy another print.

Like most artist they have artsy farts he stuff that’s really really expensive. But everything I’ve purchased it’s just a print for $35.

The frames, which I thought looked like driftwood, are from Joann.  They were actually pretty pricey, but if you’re a fan of Joann you know that they have sales all the time, and they constantly have coupons in addition to those sales!

Mahalo Heather Brown for making the world a more colorful place.