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Wine and Dine Weekend

15 Dec

So, it’s been well over a month since I’ve recapped anything — let’s hope I remember how this works!!

I’ll start with Wine and Dine weekend – or as several of my friends have dubbed it “runDisney Splash and Dash”. Yeah. it rained. Not the WHOLE time mind you, just those crucial hours where we were waiting in the corrals and then the actually running of the Half Marathon 🙂

But before it rained, there was fun!

I got in Friday morning-ish.

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Magical Express – the first of many lines for the weekend. Even though I actually was the line 🙂

 

My plan was to meet up with friends over at the Magic Kingdom, but it turns out that was the first night of the Very Merry Christmas Party so the line to even get on a bus was crazy! I decided then to go to the expo and grab my things instead of doing that Saturday.

After getting my loot and dropping it off at the hotel, I headed over to EPCOT for some International Food and Wine-ing instead! Met up with one of my running group friends, Sarah, to get her a key to the room since she was going to be sharing a couple of the nights there. We wandered and snacked. Snacked and wandered. Got back to the room fairly early. I had a breakfast reservation on Saturday and Sarah had a 5K to run!

Since Sarah was getting up for the 5K, I woke up early as well and decided to go out for a run myself. 3 miles around the lake at POP Century and Art of Animation – bunnies galore!! And a gorgeous view!

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Evil Bunny…or, bad lighting.

 

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I mean…really…

 

Then I got dressed and headed to breakfast.

The Breakfast. Ya’ll..amazing! And fun! This is the deal – during Food and Wine, there are different seminars and events going on. This Parisian Breakfast is one such event! For a VERY reasonable (especially by Disney standards) 39.00, you can have breakfast in France, before the park opens to the public!

We were greeted at the door to Chefs de France with a mimosa and brought to the table.

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As a ‘single’ I was seated with a few other ladies who were on their own for the morning.  The buffet was filled with pastries, and charcuterie and…pastries…Chocolate was also poured at the table

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Mmmmm. Note: this was definitely not a diabetes friendly breakfast but I was prepared!

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See…there’s some cheese on there too…Frangipani and pain du chocolat. And a savory palmier

 

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That’s a pumpkin danish…it was tasty.

 

Waiters continued to refill the mimosas throughout the morning. To save on sugar, I switched away from the mimosa to…

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I’m sure le garcon had a huge laugh at me!

 

Conversation was wonderful and eventually the deliciousness had to end – we were given a small “goodie bag” with a reusable shopping bag, a small recipe book and some jam!

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I wandered EPCOT a bit then headed to Hollywood Studios for a while, looking for lunch. Fail. 🙂

Headed back to POP to take a nap/hang by the pool before finding dinner – a burger at Art of Animation – and getting ready to start the running adventure!

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Getting in the Christmas spirit!

 

I met up with some more running group friends to get the bus over to World of Sports to start the race. Had some pre-race character picture opportunities before potties and meeting up with the rest of our group!

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Not exactly a character…

 

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Me and my may-un!

 

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Our gracious hostess

 

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Head Chef Mickey

 

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Chip and Dale. And Me.

 

Since we’d had such fun at the Princess Half, Vanessa (from seevrun) and I had decided to tackle this one together. Head over here and read her recap of the event! When we headed to the corrals, Vanessa and I found it nearly impossible to get into place so kind of just followed the crowd. OR…maybe one of us suggested we slip in at the back of the corral in front of our assigned corral (let the haters hate now!). By now it had started drizzling, then raining, then drizzling….thankfully I had a plastic poncho so managed to stay dry most of the time – I eventually threw it away around mile 10 though!

Running Disney at night is a completely different experience than running in daylight! For Wine and Dine, one of the BIGGEST and BEST differences is the Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights. And, it must have been an early Christmas miracle, because for the briefest moment, the rain stopped and we were able to get some pictures!

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Just playin’ it cool….

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V and I and the lights. Picture from seevrun.blogspot.com

Before the lights, though, there is the “Disco Tunnel” — part of the course takes us through a service corridor in the Prop and Costume area and Disney fancies this up with a couple of disco balls and of course some disco music. This is where I learned that I cannot dance and run at the same time. It’s actually quite possible that I can’t dance, period. 🙂

We met up with friends at the end after changing into dry-ish clothes. My bag had gotten a hole in it so some things were a bit damp! We didn’t venture much farther than Mexico — and our post-race supper was nachos!

The night was really winding down – or the morning was winding up! – and it was time to catch a bus back to the resort. Turns out, our bus driver didn’t know where she was going so it took us a little longer to get back — once in, I hung up all my things to dry and hopped into bed for a few hours of not-exactly-sleep before a couple more days in the parks!!

All in all it was a fantastic weekend! Great times, with great friends. Now looking forward to spending time with these folks in a few weeks when I head back down for #Dopey15 (can’t believe THAT is almost happening!!)

 

Getting Over the Hump. Day.

6 Nov

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I had this all planned to post yesterday but then…I didn’t! So ya’ll are missing out on the great Geico Camel clipart! But, you do get a cute baby instead!!

Things are starting to get busy and I need to take a break and organize my thoughts!

So far this week I’m 1 for 2 on my training this week — woke up feeling pretty crappy yesterday so I pushed my 7 miler to today. In the rain. Heck, should be good training for the expected rain at Disney this weekend right?

And. I’ve actually started packing for runDisney Wine and Dine Half Marathon -and I don’t even leave til tomorrow!!

On top of everything else, my current job contract comes to an end on the 17th. Or the 13th depending on whose records you’re going by. Which means, I should’ve started looking for a new job months ago!! But I didn’t. Now a couple of things have kind of fallen into my inbox which is good.

Of course, none are as good as my current working in my pjs situation. But still, it’s nice to have options.

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Though I suppose that getting up and dressed thing is good for morale!

And now, I need to figure out my packing situation… The forecasts for Orlando are all over the place so I want to be prepared for anything! Except snow. I won’t prepare for snow 🙂

I am really excited about this weekend — and can’t wait to tell you all about it!

But really, now I need to find something to wear!! After all, I have a date with some Dwarfs tomorrow evening!!

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Sunday Means Weekly Wrap Up!!

2 Nov

And, yeah, I’ve missed a few of these!! Let’s just call this the October wrap-up.

And I can get it covered pretty quick — October would be more appropriately named Slacktober…

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Pretty much how I spent October…

I mean, sure, there were a couple of half marathons and the fantastically awesome Marine Corps Marathon but…all that in between, training stuff that is so important…a lot of that didn’t get done.

A LOT.

New leaf being turned over this week.

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But in the interest of full disclosure – I did a 4 miler (which was on the plan) and a 7.5 miler.

Yeah.

That 7.5’er was supposed to be a 10. But. I had to pee. REALLY. REALLY bad. Starting at about mile 4. So I immediately started figuring out where to cut my route to get home faster…

So, with runDisney Wine and Dine on the horizon there’s a busy week ahead. And let’s get back to that accountability thing I love so much.

Hal Higdon’s Plan for the week is:
Tuesday: 4 Miles
Wednesday:  7 Miles
Thursday: Rest (What??!! Rest?!)
Friday: 2 Miles (which I will try to fit in before I head to the airport or before I head to the parks once I get there!)
Saturday:  7 Miles
Sunday: 17 Miles
Now, figuring out the mileage for the weekend on top of the Wine and Dine Half Marathon shouldn’t be so hard…but I bet I make it really difficult!! 😉

I hope that everyone had a great race weekend – especially those who did the New York City Marathon! And if you didn’t race, I hope you had a great weekend doing whatever you did!

And, remember, next week starts tomorrow!!

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It Just Keeps Getting Bigger!!!

30 Sep

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And no, I’m not talking about my rear view 😉 Note – if you are trying to find a picture of someone’s rear end, google will show you a lot of nekkid ones….

I’m talking about my list of upcoming races – or as I like to call them “events” (since I don’t actually race much other than my own self!). And since I’m doing all this training I thought a good reminder was in order.

So, in Order of Appearance, here we go:

Hartford Half Marathon – I’m actually also doing the new “One Mile Friday” which is, yep, a One mile run in Hartford followed by a beer 🙂 After the half I’ll get this beauty:

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Hershey Half Marathon – I’ll be doing this one with my friends Kathy and Jennifer. And, we will of course be headed to the park on Saturday before for Roller Coastering! And, I think for this one, we don’t know what the medal will be ahead of time so it will be a delicious surprise!!

Marine Corps Marathon – This is the ‘biggie’ for 2014! You know, the one you can show your support of my efforts by donating to the Tug McGraw Foundation! C’mon! It doesn’t hurt!!

runDisney Wine and Dine Half Marathon – This one we do for “fun” — and the training miles 🙂 And after the miles and before the Food and Wine-ing I’ll get this around my neck (bonus – it spins!!):

2014 Wine Dine Half Marathon Medal

Santa Hustle Half Marathon –  This was a new add (like Hartford) since I’m getting to the point of having some really long weekend runs, I *know* it will be tons easier for me to get them in if I have an event. Not that I don’t love circling my town a few times to get my long runs in…Plus SANTA!!!

TXU Turkey Trot 10K – Everyone should do a Turkey Trot at least once!! This is a nice one – I’ve done the 5K before. And, really, it’s probably best to start the holiday eating season by moving a little!!

Then…after Thanksgiving I’m taking a ‘break’ – from organized events! That is, until I get to the Main Event:

Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend: Dopey Challenge – 4 Races, 6 Medals (Okay, one of the ‘medals’ is a rubber medallion but still…) 4 Races? 5K on Thursday, 10K on Friday, Half Marathon on Saturday and Full Marathon on Sunday –  I had planned to do the Goofy Challenge this year since it’s an anniversary year and then they went and added that crazy 10K in there!

Aramco Houston Half Marathon  – I deferred this one in 2014 since I was having so many issues even walking! I’ve done this one a few times and it’s a nice course and a really great event! They’ve also added a 5K on the day before so of course I said “What the heck, why not?!

Publix Georgia Half Marathon – So now I’m entering “what was I thinking” territory! This one was registered for when I saw that I could get in for something like 34 or 40 dollars! Really. That’s it. Plus, it’s one I’ve often thought of doing so….there ya go!

The next Biggie — Schneider Electric Marathon de Paris – Another one where I entered a lottery on a whim, et voila! Making this into a fun trip with a friend. She’s even decided to do the Paris Breakfast Run the day before!

And then, my pal Jackie applied appropriate pressure to get me to sign up for the Brand New! runDisney Pixie Dust Challenge! So new it isn’t even up on the runDisney page yet!!

So there you have it. And all I can say is WHOA! If nothing else, I am definitely feeling way more motivated to train than I normally am. Which is to say, I am feeling motivated to train 🙂

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Hold on to your Hats folks!!

12 Aug

There’s a shocker coming up!

The Galloway plan for the week called for

Tuesday 45 minute run/walk
Thursday 45 minute run/walk
Saturday 7 miles

What actually happened is:

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So, yeah…nothing. That’s right – Nada, Zip, Zero and Nil. And as you might be able to imagine I beat myself up quite a bit for missing out on all of my runs for the week. But, Saturday, for the first time in a VERY long time, I spent the day with nothing in pain. Not even a little. Not even the standard “old lady getting out of bed” creakiness or stiffness.

Back on the train this week though because the miles, they are going to only get bigger from here on out!!

I need to remind myself that I have a pretty busy schedule coming up the next few months too and the more I do now, the better I’ll feel then!

To Recap:

Hogsback Half Marathon  – Sept 27
Hershey Half Marathon  – Oct 19
Marine Corps Marathon – Oct 26 (oh, and hey! Wouldn’t it be cool if you made a donation here? Think how motivating that would be for me!!)
Wine & Dine Half Marathon – Nov 8
#Dopey15 (5K+10K+HalfMarathon+Marathon)  – Jan 8-11
Houston Half Marathon – Jan 18
Georgia Half Marathon – Mar 22
Paris Marathon – Apr 19
and, the newly added (insert eye roll at my lack of self-control here)
Pixie Dust Challenge (10K + Half marathon) – May something…

See? I really need to get going!! Or, I need to get some help 🙂

Hope everything is going great for you all! 

 

Wine and Dine? Yes Please!

4 Mar

So, yes, I know I have some Glass Slipper recapping to do but time to get another runDisney event on my calendar! The only other one I plan to do this year in fact.

Registration opens today for the Fifth Annual Wine and Dine Half Marathon weekend! And, given that it’s an anniversary year there should be some nice bling!

I ran this one last year and really need to just redeem myself!

So I’ll be ready when things open up  – though generally this even doesn’t sell out as fast as the ‘biggies’ I still want to be sure to get in there!!

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No, I Didn’t Forget the Bling!!

14 Nov

Bling from the Wine and Dine Half Marathon Weekend:

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Jingle Jungle 5K Bling!

 

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Wine and Dine Half Marathon Bling!

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