runDisney Princess 5k

I realize I’m about 2 months late on this post, but man, I’ve gotten really lazy!

About 20 of my friends and I ‘ran’ the Princess 5k.  I put ‘ran’ in quotes because it was mostly just messing around inside Epcot.  We stopped at almost every character stop (I think we skipped Mickey outside of America).  As we were in line for Genie we saw the golf cart coming up the way to ‘sweep’ people.  After our photo we just sprinted ahead.  I don’t think they actually sweep people, but rumor has it that they just shorted to course to you finish.

While the 5k was a fun time, it did seem like a really high price tag for just a casual walk around Epcot.

Notes from the 2016 WDW Marathon

I know what you’re thinking.  Didn’t I read this same post back in 2014?  Yes, yes you did.  I decided to torture myself once again.

Actually, this time it was supposed to be motivation.  I signed up in April 2015 (also convinced 2 friends to sign up with me – Michelle & Brooke).  I thought paying $200 for the WDW marathon would be great motivation to lose some of this Bubba baby weight and whip myself back into shape.

Fast forward to 1/10/16.  I’m still carrying around those 30 lbs, and I’m scared out of my mind of the 26.2 miles ahead.  I’m trying to compare this feeling to something else.  It’s like … I’m scared because I know it’s going to hurt … but I’m excited to try to conquer it at the same time.  But I’m scared again because I’m not sure I can do it.

Here’s the run down of me slowing dying:

Mile 1 – Holy moly, this weather is fantastic.  It’s 5:30am in early January and I’m rocking a tank top and shorts and I’m soooooo comfortable.  Only in Florida.  Love it!

Mile 2 – I’ve officially gone farther than I’ve ever trained this entire year.  Only 24 more miles to go.  #pathetic

Mile 3 – Holy crap … it’s so hot!!!  Or, more specifically, HUMID.  I’m drenched in sweat and the sun isn’t even up yet.

Mile 4 –  I keep passing, then being passed by some guy in a grey tank top.  I say “hi grey tank top” every time I pass him.

Mile 5 – Turns out, grey tank top’s name is Bryan, and he’s from Virginia.  He’s doing the Goofy Challenge and his legs are a bit sore from yesterday.  He’s not a marathon rookie either.

Mile 6 – I lose Michelle and Brooke somewhere in the Magic Kingdom.  I also lose grey tank top.  However, I see a sign with a picture of Kylo Ren (from the new Star Wars) with the words, “SPOILER ALERT – you’re killing this race!”   I can’t stop laughing.

Mile 7 – INTENSE SIDE PAINS!!!

Mile 8 –  I found grey tank top again!  No Michelle or Brooke though.

Mile 9 – I pass a banner that says “15k”.  I have no idea what that means.

Mile 10 – Ahhhhhh … the smelly water treatment plant backstage Walt Disney World.

Mile 11 – It’s a ‘down and back’!!!  Meaning, you run down a road for about a 1/2 mile, turn around and come right back.  Those are the worst, because you can see where you’re going and see where you need to be.

Mile 11.2 – It’s banana time!!!

Mile 12 – We’re finally inside Animal Kingdom.  I’m also getting really dizzy and nauseous.  I’m drinking water and yellow Powerade every mile.  I’m not sure what to do.  I’m scared.

Mile 13 – We’re half done.  I’ve never understood how people could just give up while doing a marathon.  Why not just keep plowing ahead until Disney picks you up because you’re too slow?  But now I understand.  I so totally understand.  I’m in so much pain.  I’m just a walking zombie.  Going home and sitting down would be so great right now.

Mile 14 – Somebody is passing out gummy bears.  Praise the lord.  I also see Kathryn (a friend) cheering, and she yells to me.  It sounds so dumb, but a friendly face in the crowd really lifts up your spirits.

Mile 15 – I’ve been following a larger woman who’s been ‘jogging’ the same speed I’m power walking.  She’s alone like me.  I ask her, “what’s our pace?  Are we doing ok?”  (I’m fully aware we are BEHIND the pace of 16 min/miles)  She tells me this is her first marathon.  I start to cry for some reason.  She’s pushing ahead, so I might as well also.

Mile 16 – I finally stop to pee.  And I find Michelle waiting for me as I got out of the port-a-potty!!!

Mile 17 – It’s finally time for the cold sponges.  Sadly, it’s not as refreshing as I wanted it to me.  I’m bummed and still really hot.

Mile 18 – There are Hershey’s kisses wrappers all over the floor.  Am I too slow that they’ve run out of candy?  Clearly the answer is ‘yes’.

Mile 18.5 – I see, what appears to be, and unwrapped Hershey’s kiss on top of a garbage can.  I consider grabbing it and eating it.  My legs are moving and I can’t make them stop, so I don’t eat the garbage candy.  #garbagecandy

Mile 19 – I stop to pee, again.  I also find Bryan!!!  (grey tank top).  Michelle and I also see Julie E. cheering us on inside the Braves stadium.  Yay fans!

Mile 20 – I stop to pee, again!  I also never run in to grey tank top anymore.  😦

Mile 21 – Peeing again.  This port-a-potty was DISGUSTING!!!  Just imagine the grossest thing in the world, and I sat ON it to pee.  Hey, it was either that or pee my pants.  I don’t know what’s going on with my bladder, but it’s completely out of control.

Mile 22 – We’re almost inside Hollywood Studios.  At this point Michelle is pretty much dragging me along.  I feel like an extra from the Walking Dead.

Mile 23 – I’m peeing again.  This time, at least I’m inside the bathroom by the old American Idol building.  Not a gross port-a-potty.  And, I have to WAIT IN LINE.  Come on Studios guests … let the marathoner cut in front of you.  Grrrrrr.

Mile 23.5 – We’re almost out of Studios.  Once we get to the walkway in a few feet, I know we’re home free.  Even though my pace is atrocious, and I should be picked up by the official pacers for going too slow, we’re almost to the point where they just let you finish.  I’m crying again … and this time it’s on camera.

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Mile 24 – Aixa (a co-worker) gives us Twizzlers.  She also sneaks Michelle a Monster energy drink.

Mile 25 – We’re inside Epcot!!!  I turn on my traditional “All I do is win, win, win no matter what!” song and start plowing ahead.

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Mile 25.3 – Marcy and Steve (runDisney friends) hand Michelle some wine.  One of Michelle’s other friends hands her some fruity booze.  Basically, Michelle 2-fists the alcohol the next quarter mile.

Mile 25.7 – The ‘balloon ladies’ pass us.  This is my first race I’ve ever even seen them, much less have them pass me.  If you’re unfamiliar with runDisney, there are some ‘unofficial’ women, who hold balloons, who start LAST and they maintain a 16 min/mile.  Basically, if they pass you, you probably shouldn’t be allowed to finish because you’re too slow.  But, we have about .4 miles left, so we’re all good.  I’m still not uber proud of myself to be passed by them.  My pride is hurt just a bit.

Mile 26 – Ahhhhhhhhh!

Mile 26.1 – My tradition is sprint as fast as I can to the finish line.  This time, Michelle and I cross the finish line with a light jog, but HUGE SMILES on our faces.

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Mile 26.2 – It’s not the physical pain, but it’s the mental pain.  A marathon is tough, but it’s even more mental.  Quitting would’ve been so much easier, but not for the ego.

Will I do it again?  I’ve got 5 in the books.  I honestly think I’m done.  I keep doing them to prove to myself that I’ve still got some toughness left.  This one may have done me in though … we’ll see.

2016 Disney Marathon – why not?!?

I’m not remotely ready, nor do I really have time to get ready, but I’m all signed up!  I’ve actually completed the Disney marathon 4 times.  The first time was when I was 30.  This will be my last marathon (it’s really hard!) and I’m turning 40 a month before.
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Back when I started doing runDisney events (2006?), you just casually signed up.  No big deal.

Now it’s a sport to sign up!  You’ve got to log on to their website exactly at noon on sign up day and be ready!

Here is the message I got when I logged on at noon.  It may seem scary at first, but I was in and out in about 15 minutes.

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Notes from the 2015 Princess Half Marathon

Picture 2I knew this would be a rough one. Normally after reach race I’m tired, but think, “ok – let’s do this again!” After the Princess half all I could think about was a nap.

However, I ALMOST achieved my goal of completing it under 16 min/miles (which is the required pace). If I’ve done the math correctly, I was only 15 seconds behind. I admit, around mile 9 I pretty much gave up on going fast and just cruised to the end. Was I too scared to push myself or was I too weak? I’m not super proud, but I am proud that I came pretty close.

Pre-race: It’s not that cold outside! Awesome.

Mile 1: My giant boobs full of breast milk hurt! How do people with big boobs do this?

Mile 2: There’s a hill! I’m gonna jog for 10 seconds. And I lost Brooke, who I was talking with. It’s ipod time! Also, am I doing a 15 min/mile pace with just power walking?!? Sweet!

Mile 3: I see a big dude wearing a red and dalmatian spotted sparkle shirt. He looks ridiculous. But he’s holding hands with a woman (who is struggling). Awwwww. I make the decision to walk until around mile 10. Then I’ll sprinkle in some jogging if I can. I don’t want to get too tired.

Mile 4: I see somebody with a “I’m proud of you complete stranger” note pinned to her back. Awwwww. Side cramp! Sweet Jesus, side cramp! Somebody’s got a sign that says, “admit it, you just peed a little”. How did they know?!? (or is it just the post-pregnancy pee just coming out?)

Mile 5: I see John. I know his name is John because he’s got his dating profile on the back of his Prince Charming shirt. He’s an attorney from Atlanta. This guy is a genius! I hope he scores a few dates. I also see 2 people with “I’m proud of you complete stranger” signs. Awwwwww.

Mile 6: I see Ellen at the Magic Kingdom! I can’t believe I spotted her out of the massive crowd. I’m also impressed she spotted me out of the mass of runners.

Mile 7: I’m really struggling. My back hurts. Somebody in front of me has a running belt that says, “there will be a day I cannot do this. Today is not that day.” Now I’m pumped up. Let’s do this!!!

Mile 8: (I must have mentally passed out, because I never saw the mile 8 marker. I kept thinking, “man, this is the longest mile ever .. where the heck is it?!?” And then I came up to mile 9. Spooky)

Mile 9: Oh no, I hear jingling. I can’t handing any more jingling Jasmine costumes or jingling gypsy costumes. Thankfully I’m going so slow that she passes me right away.

Mile 10: I see a guy dresses as Ariel. He’s wearing green sweatpants. My gosh, he must be soooooo hot! And there is no way in hell I’m doing any jogging. My body is just too weak.

Mile 11: I’ve been keeping pace with a girl dressed as a candy corn Princess. Her tutu has candy corn felt on it, she’s got a candy corn crown, and I think a candy corn necklace. I ask her about the amazing getup and she explained that her sister insisted that she HAD to dress as a Princess. Kudos weirdo, kudos! I also see some dude dressed as Elvis. He’s got the hair and the strut. He’s amazing!

Picture 1Mile 12: Time for “all I do is win, win, win no matter what!” on the ipod. I’m looking around Epcot for a friend with a “no time for Walken” (as in Christopher Walken). I don’t see it. But I did see Ellen inside Epcot! I must admit, it’s actually really amazing to know that somebody is waiting for you. It was really motivating to know what somebody cares.

Mile 13: I manage to ‘sprint’ to the finish line. However, the girls next to me decided to hold hands, skip and flail their arms all around, so I basically had to just duck out of the way.

Whew! Another 1/2 marathon in the books. I can’t wait to shed this 30 lbs and attempt to get under 3 hours. Bring on the Wine & Dine half in November!
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It’s Princess 1/2 marathon time again!

Well, it’s time of year again.  It’s Princess half marathon weekend.

My least favorite thing in the world is Princesses, but I do enjoy the thrill and challenge of a ½ marathon.  And I do enjoy hanging out with my running friends.  So I’ll be out at Epcot bright and early on Sunday!

(by ‘bright and early’ I mean around 4am – ouch!)

Normally, for runDisney events, I’m trying to finish in a 14+minute per mile pace.  I  keep trying to get my ½ marathon time under 3 hours.  I came close last year with 3 hours and 3 minutes.

However, this year will be 100% different.  Being pregnant was pretty horrible, and I got 0 exercise.  I still have 30+lbs on me, and my muscles just don’t seem to be responding to anything I try.

My new goal – just to finish!  And I’d really, really, REALY like to finish with a 16 minute/mile (not 16 min 50 seconds, but 16 min and a few seconds).  Disney requires everybody to maintain a 16 min/mile pace.  However, I’ve found that they are pretty lax with this requirement sometimes (especially for the Princess ½ marathon).  Also, I’m in corral J (based on my numerous runDisney marathon and ½ marathons I assume), so that gives me about a 10 or 12 minute head start over the official timer.  So I can actually finish with about 17 min/miles and be just fine.

But for my own pride, I want to finish with in the stated rules.

Wish me luck!

DIY race belt

*diy race beltFor the past couple runDisney events I’ve borrowed my roommates spi-belt (I think that’s what it’s called).

Well, I got married, had a baby, and moved out of the apartment. So no more roommate to borrow stuff from. We’re still friends obviously, but she can’t find her 2nd belt for me to borrow!

Option 1 – go to the runDisney expo and buy one for myself
Option 2 – make one!

If you know me, the only option is always ‘make one!’

WARNING – this was not easy!  I found some directions online, but they really didn’t make any sense.  So I just fumbled my way thru this.  If you give it a try, be patient!  🙂

You’ll need:
*  fabric (I suggest cutting up an old race shirt). All I had lying around the house was an old polo shirt. Not the worlds greatest fabric, but I was too lazy to run to Joann.
*  8″ zipper
*  elastic
*  a clippy thing (I cut this one off of a suitcase!
ALL FREE! (well, I had all this stuff lying around the house)
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Step 1:
Cut 2 squares of fabric. One square 8X8″ and the other 6X6″.
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Step 2:
Sew the zipper on the 8″ square. My favorite zipper tutorial is from Dana Made It.
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Step 3: Take that 6″ square and hem 2 of he sides.
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Step 4: Put your elastic thru the 6″ square. Just a tiny tip should be sticking out of one side. Fold one side on to the elastic, then fold the other side over. You’ve made an elastic sandwich!
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Step 5: Sew the side where the elastic tip is sticking out.
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Step 6: Here’s the tricky part. We need to put these 2 pieces together.
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Step 7: I almost want to say, “figure it out on your own!” because this wasn’t easy of obvious.  I turned everything inside out.  I put the elastic piece inside the zipper piece.
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Step 8: Then I smooshed it all together! I laid the sides down, then smooshed down the bubble. You’ll see it come together in the next step (I hope!)
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Step 9: Ta da! The little flappy 6″ square is connected to the 8″ square.
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Step 10: Once you’re 100% sure you’ve done it right (I had to seam rip this apart 2 times before I got it right!), trip the excess.
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Step 11: Deal with the other end. Here’s where I was pretty stumped.  I just made a tiny, super ghetto hem.  “Pin and pray!”  That’s always my theory.  You can see how I folded each side to make it look small, but it will expand when you put stuff inside.
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Step 12: Ghetto sew on the clips you ripped off some luggage and you’re done! (normally you’d want these pieces to be expandable. However, the elastic I had just slid right out of the clips, so I measured my waist and just sewed. As I lose some baby weight, I can undo it and sew it up again).
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Ta-da!
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365 in 365!

I’m a member of the #TeamrunDisney group on Facebook (as I’ve completed about 10 runDisney events in the past 10 years), and I saw a couple people posting about a challenge that’s making its way around the internet.

Run 2015 miles in the year 2015!

Do the math … that’s a lot of miles per day.

I don’t have time for that (well, I’m too thrifty to buy a jogging stroller, so I can just walk, and that’s time consuming), so I made up my own challenge.

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Walk/run 365 miles in 365 days!

That should be doable!

Wish me luck!