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WDW Marathon Weekend – The Dopey Challenge: The Marathon

28 Jan

Well…here it is!!! I had been looking forward to this day for at least a year and a half!!

 

Today there were no costume alterations — the weather was going to be more along the lines of what I’d expected the whole weekend to be! There was a slight chance of some rain, but…well, I’d deal with that if and when it happened!

Before bed on Saturday I had put my things together in my gear check bag so I’d be sure to have everything I needed, set the alarm and hit the sack!

Another early morning…another wait for the bus, another ride over to EPCOT and a quick stop at the Race Retreat before meeting up with my friends for a picture

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This was the early crowd…some of us, or, ME, wanted to get to the corral quickly!

 

and heading to the corral!

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With a thousand or so of our close friends…watching the runners in front of us moving up…

 

We waited for an hour again – at least this time we knew what to expect! Then it was go time!

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I had trained using 1:1 intervals and didn’t use them on Friday or Saturday. I wasn’t completely sure I would use them for the Full, but I had my timer set up, just in case…but I started out just taking it easy and guessing at my intervals.

Things were going really well, and I was kind of in a groove…keeping my eyes open for friends along the way. My big goals for today were to have enough cushion to ride Expedition Everest (about mile 12-13) and to not get swept!

That being said, it was a fairly uneventful first 5 miles…though it was kind of cool to see the earlier runners already heading through the Raceway (about Mile 9)

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These lucky people are already at mile 9!!

 

Running into the park “the back way” is kind of cool!

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The run up Main Street USA always takes my breath away! What’s really great is that the volunteers are always willing to take pictures! The gentleman who took mine insisted on the TAH DAH! pose!! 🙂

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And from the backside of the castle too!!

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Hello!!!

 

And then, entering Frontierland, I saw him…

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Me and Woody!!

 

It was really great that the next mile marker featured Toy Story too!!

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Finally we were winding our way out of our first park — some boring miles until we got to the Speedway…and the clouds seemed to be getting thicker and darker. Around mile 10, on the way to Animal Kingdom, we run past the ever popular Water Treatment facilities for Walt Disney World!

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We come into the back side of Animal Kingdom and part of the fun is the animals that they bring out to cheer us on!

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And then. There it was. The mountain I’d been focusing on all morning! And, I was going to make it!! Research had told me to go in the Single Rider line – apparently in prior years, the cast members were pretty cool about letting runners get on quickly from this line. Apparently that was prior years….so a few of us waited. It seemed like hours, but was probably only about 10 minutes! And then we were off!!  I got a great “selfie” of the girls behind me!!

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This was so much fun!!!

 

Once we jumped off, the cast member at the picture booth was yelling to remind us that our pictures were automatically captured on our MagicBands…

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You can kind of almost see a little bit of my shirt…in the back seat!!

 

 

As we ran out of the Animal Kingdom it started to rain. Not heavy rain at all…and it actually felt pretty good! We were now on our way up to the Wide World of Sports: ESPN. Now, here was an out and back section so I was REALLY keeping my eyes peeled for my friends who had started a couple of corrals ahead of me. The timing was about perfect so I figured I’d see someone!

And I did!!! As I was turning into the road up to ESPN I heard Angela and Karin calling me! Man oh man – was it wonderful to see them!! And of course there was a small bit of crying (I’m telling ya, this marathon thing is pretty emotional!) and then I knew that I was good for the next – LAST – 9 miles!

Up next, around miles 22-23 was Hollywood Studios! On the way there, I met up with 2 more friends and decided to hang with them the last few miles – until we got into the park and I saw Mike and Sully waiting for me!

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After my picture break I caught back up with Chris and Krista — until I had to break off … for my first ever jumping attempt – that, sadly, is not documented…

 

And a final potty stop before the final push to the finish!

Once out of Hollywood Studios and on the path over to the Boardwalk, any danger of being swept is past. Which causes some people to just really come to a crawl…but I managed to catch up again to Chris and Krista and we stayed together until we got to EPCOT.

But before we could get to EPCOT, we were going to run past our very own cheering station!! Vanessa had gathered the troops to set up a spot where we could grab a bite to fuel up for the last mile and a half! And again, it was SO good to see them out on the course! The M&Ms and Twizzlers were nice too!! 🙂

Once in EPCOT, I really just wanted to be done so I split off on my own again and just steadily made my way through the World Showcase — full of tourists already. Along the way, I passed Santa. Yes, really! Santa! I was happy to be in his corral because NO ONE would DARE sweep Santa!! 🙂

You know you’re getting to the end of the run when you turn the corner to see the Gospel Choir singing in their golden robes! From here, it was another .3 or so to the finish line!!

Once across the finish, Dopeys had to check in at a special booth – at the expo we’d had our pictures taken with our bibs and it seemed that they were comparing those pictures to the person in front of them, as well as verifying that all of the races had been completed. After that it was simply a matter of collecting the bling!

The Marathon Medal

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Mickey!

 

The Goofy Medal

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Goofy!!

 

The Dopey Medal

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Dopey!

 

And again, off to see what treats awaited in the Race Retreat and wait for Tracy (or meet her there…who knew!?!) The Race Retreat would be closing soon so I really hoped that Tracy was already there, or on her way (and that’s a topic for another post…)

Tracy arrived shortly after me, but wasn’t hungry so we headed back to the room – she was leaving that afternoon and I was heading out to dinner at the 50’sPrime Time Diner with my running family!

I have to say, I was pretty proud of myself for getting through the weekend! And, I had gone into the Dopey Challenge with those famous words “One and Done”…but ….I may be back.

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And Here We Go!!!

6 Jan

 

Almost…

Packing is done.

The costumes are almost complete…

Checked in for my flight…

MagicBands at the ready…

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Luggage tags on…

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And, the worst part of any runDisney trip, I’ve dropped the Phred off at his sitter’s. Good thing he loves it there or it would be even more painful. For me.

All there is to do now is get ready for bed and try to sleep…but maybe I’ll have a glass of wine first!!

If you’re travelling down to Orlando this week, have a safe and uneventful trip- if you’re staying home, my times will be posted on Facebook, right out in the open! Yikes!!

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Thanks to the Awesome Angela for the photo!

 

Ready to get Dopey?

5 Jan

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Well, it’s finally here!! Almost!

And, as you can imagine, I’ve been doing a lot of thinking about packing 🙂 I’ve also been working on one of the most important aspects of any runDisney event – “What am I going to WEAR??”

4 races means 4 outfits, possibly even costumes! There are always a few things I keep in mind – most important is comfort, especially for longer runs (that would be the half and full on Saturday and Sunday!). In Florida, the weather is also a big consideration so eyes are on the forecast as early as possible – though, in Florida, the weather can change overnight!

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Forecast the evening of Jan 3

 

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Forecast the morning of Jan 4

And, when I’m in Florida, I’m all about the sun so I also try to avoid getting a farmer’s tan since I know I’m going to be out there in the middle of the day (thank you Corral O)

5K is pretty easy since it’s not so much a costume run for me, but wearing my team skirt. Also, since it’s early I don’t have the above mentioned tanning issue and can wear really any top I want – I might even be wearing a jacket this year since it’ll be “chilly” on Thursday and we won’t be out long enough for warming up much!

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Racing The Dream “Melty Hearts” plus Blue

 

10K looks to be a little chilly as well, so I am bringing two options for tops – my wonderful friend Angela is making the letters for my shirt – so this is an incomplete, more of a Disney Bound costume, and I may wear the cami or I may wear the tshirt. But I am definitely wearing the wig!!

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Looking at this now, I might switch to a purple skirt…

 

For the half, I’ll be dressed as my favorite bear!

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And the Full. This is quite possibly my most ambitious costume attempt to date!  I decided long ago that I wanted to do a race as Jessie.

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Initially I tried to find a top online – by the time I justified the cost to myself (it was a LOT!) the seller was taking a break. So I figured “How hard can it be to just paint a shirt myself?” Well…so far so good. Ish.

Then when I was at the store buying my crafting supplies I saw that yarn was on sale..so my brain said “How hard can it be to make a yarn braid?” The answer to that is “No too hard, so far, but how are you going to attach it to your head?”…So, we’ll see! And of course I have to have her cuffs right? Again “How hard can that be?” We don’t know…yet!

Hopefully I’ll have this finished in time to pack it Tuesday night — or maybe as I’m rushing out the door Wednesday morning 🙂

I can’t wait to see what the finished product looks like!! If nothing else, it’s been fun!

Time for you to share your running costume ideas with me!!  And hey, now that you know what I’ll be wearing, if you’re on the course(s) or cheering on the sidelines, give me a shout!! 

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Playing Catch Up!

7 Jan

It’s been an internet-free weekend (plus some) so I have some catching up to do. You know, resolutions and goals to share, wrapping up of 2013 and probably some general bitching and moaning as well as the usual boring stuff I’m sure!!

Seeing all of my friends posting on the Twitters and Facebook about heading down to Orlando is bringing me back to this time last year.

I was one of them! In fact, even though I wasn’t heading down until Thursday I was completely backed by the Tuesday before – so yeah, I was really excited! I was doing the runDisney Goofy “Race and  a Half” Challenge. It was the start of my year of running Disney. Yeah, I #ranalltheraces at the Disney Parks. And it were good!!

But I kicked the year off with a little 39.3 (plus the 5K…so 41.4!) —

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I hope everyone has safe travels and a really SUPER Magical time!! There is nothing like a runDisney event! And this one is gonna be the GrandDaddy of them all!! I plan on being there next year for the not-so-new-by-then #DopeyChallenge!

Special Delivery!

16 Nov

I’m not big on spending money — I mean, I spent a lot this year doing all of the runDisney events but that is highly irregular for me!

So, when I was at the Tower of Terror expo and stopped by the Fond Memories Graphics booth, I was “just looking”. But then….

Fast Forward to this past Thursday. I had gone to Five Guys for a birthday dinner hot dog and didn’t realize until Friday morning that I had gotten a package while I was gone:

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I love packages of any kind! Big and little!!

And it was from FMG!

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I know what this is!!!

There was lots of bubble wrap and peanuts so you KNOW it was gonna be good!

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Excellent! Now I have packaging materials for Christmas cookie mailing!!

And then extra wrapping!

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Oh…it’s even pretty through the plastic!!

Voila!!

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I had figured that it was very likely that I would never again run Goofy AND Dumbo in the same year again so I should celebrate the accomplishment!!

Now to find a place for it on the wall in the basement!

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It’s Heeere!!!

8 Nov

It’s finally here!!!

runDisney, Wine and Dine Half Marathon Weekend!!!

A little less than 11 months ago I was getting ready to run the Goofy Challenge at Walt Disney World.

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Since then I have participated in, and finished!, 5 other running events for a total of 110.2 Magic Miles (that includes about 3 miles at the Princess Half Marathon Meet-Up – hey, they were nothing if not magical!!)

Saturday morning I’ll be running the Jingle Jungle 5K with my friend Jennifer (and lots of other runDisney friends!) and then later that night the Wine and Dine Half Marathon with Kathleen and Cate (and, yeah, all those other runDisney friends!)

I got to The World on Wednesday morning – after unintentionally pullling an all-nighter. The plan was to check in and then hit a water park. Unfortunately when I arrived it was pretty cloudy and even a little drizzly, drippy rain. So I just headed over to one of the resort pools to relax. My sister-in-law and three of our friends would be getting in later in the day and since I had all the Keys to the Kingdom AND the MagicBands I needed to hang around.

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Once a few more girls arrived (girls? ladies? women? Eh…girls) and we grabbed a quick dinner before heading to the room. I was finally getting sleepy and really dropped off almost immediately!! After all, I had a big few days coming up!!

Thursday morning started early – breakfast at The Artist’s Palette, the quick service restaurant at Saratoga Springs

and then we were off to the Magic Kingdom! We headed straight for Space Mountain which was closed (sad face) but Carousel of Progress is ALWAYS ready!!

Made the rounds in the New Fantasyland and Storybook Circus – had to take a spin on Dumbo don’t ya know!! Then there was actually time to go back to Space Mountain and take a spin!

The other girls headed off to see more of the Magic Kingdom and I headed back to our resort to meet my friend Christine who was driving from Sanford airport.

We had early dinner plans at Whispering Canyon Cafe at the Wilderness Lodge (ps, would LOVE to stay here one time!) so took a quick stroll over to Downtown Disney and wandered a bit before jumping on a bus to Wilderness Lodge.

We ate the “family style” BBQ meal which was really good – so good that dessert had to come home with us!

We called it an early night and now today I am ready to hit the expo – picking up bibs for everyone and need to actually do some shopping – there better be wine glasses and magnets left when I get there!!! And I have some pre-puchased Sparkle Athletic goodies to pick up as well!!

And today, the REAL picture taking starts!!!

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