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Wine and Dine Half – or How I Met the Balloon Ladies and Survived!

14 Nov

So it was finally here! My Magical journey that started back in January was coming to an end. When I crossed the finish line, I will have completed 126.4 Magical Miles at seven runDisney events. 1 Full marathon, 1 10-Miler, 5 half-marathons, and 5 5K’s. I participated in all but 2 of the 5K’s offered (at Tinkerbell and at the Disneyland Half) – someone might need to check my math/event count!

The Wine and Dine Half Marathon weekend was my last big event for the year. And since it was taking place the weekend before my birthday I invited a few friends along to help celebrate! I was really pleased when two of them signed up to run the half marathon and one ran the Jingle Jungle 5K with me!

The morning of the races, Jennifer and I finished up the 5K and went back to the villa to prepare for a long day of … laying by the pool 🙂 I tried to nap since I’d been up REALLY early (Jingle Jungle 5K) but that was pretty pointless. Mid-afternoon or so, we went to grab some dinner to bring to the room while getting ready. Of course, once we did that, time started FLYING!

Earlier in the weekend, one of my half marathon running friends decided to not run, so Kathy and I headed for the buses pretty early (again, photo ops!) – and got to the starting area pretty early. And hopped right in line to get a picture with my pal Goofy!


Goofy has a very special place in my heart these days 🙂

Then we checked bags and hung out, dancing of course, until it was time to wait in line to potty before going to the corrals.


Potty lines…

I met an amazing woman in my corral when I noticed her testing her blood sugar with the smallest meter I’ve ever seen! I learned that not only was she diabetic but she had also had heart surgery in September and was running her first half marathon! Dang. I really do feel like a slacker sometimes!!

We slowly made our way to the start line, waiting for our turn at the fireworks and the big send-off. My plan was to stick to my intervals as much as possible and stop for pictures when so moved! Almost immediately I realized that as long as I was moving, even at a light jog, my glute/hamstring/entire freakin’ leg didn’t hurt so much. So I was definitely motivated to walk less – the transition from walking to running was really painful.


One of the great things about runDisney — each corral is special!


And…we’re off!!

I was really concerned that I wouldn’t make it to the finish – and I’ve never felt that in any race. But I was motivated thinking of all the people who couldn’t even walk 10 feet. And, honestly, I was motivated by the bling – I couldn’t imagine coming this far to not add the last medal to my collection for the year!


Just waiting for the final additions for the year….

I made some stops for character pictures – I was far enough back that there were few lines! I got some that I haven’t gotten before and missed out on a few favorites just because I knew that I couldn’t afford the wait in line!


Me with King Louis


My first time with both Lilo AND Stitch!


Hard to pass up these best friends!


Wishing for some Incredible assistance to the end!!

After making my last stop, with Mr. and Mrs. Incredible I hit the road again. Coming out of the Osborne Christmas Spectacle of Dancing Lights in Hollywood studios I heard a voice I’d never heard – but have heard plenty about! “There’s a pickup outside of the park and if you’re behind us you WILL get picked up!!”


Such a pretty sight!

O.M.G.!! There they were. The infamous “balloon ladies” of runDisney fame!!

That’ll sure light a fire under the slow! And, even while I was a little concerned, I couldn’t help but start laughing at the reactions around me – you would’ve thought Godzilla was approaching our tiny village!! Slower runners yelling at the walkers to “Speed up or get out of the way!” and furtive glances backwards! When we exited the park the buses were just lined up, waiting to take away the unfortunate.

When we made it to the path towards EPCOT, the ladies continued to provide motivation “You can’t get picked up now but you still want to FINISH!!!”

Running into EPCOT the crowds were definitely picking up – runners and spectators everywhere! I knew that my friends were in there somewhere but I never saw them.

As I exited EPCOT I can honestly say I have NEVER so much wanted to see a finish line so much!! And I gathered everything I had left in me because I was NOT walking across that line!! A quick glance at the clock told me that I had just finished my Worst Half-Marathon ever!! Time-wise that is. But that didn’t matter – I finished under my own steam and really felt like I earned every single medal I took home this year in those last few steps!


All mine!

Post-race meeting up with people was difficult as usual – this was only my second time this year that I was meeting people and my patience was pretty much non-existent! I grabbed an adult beverage that was offered to me, hugged a few strangers and started tracking down all my peeps! We eventually managed to hook up and made the decision to skip the after party as the crowd getting into the park looked pretty daunting. Along with a lot of other people we headed out to the bus and back to showers and sleep!

2014 brings the 5th Anniversary of the Wine and Dine Half Marathon and I’m thinking I need to go back to redeem myself!!

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.


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.


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!!!

Friday! Friday!

25 Oct
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Happy Friday from Pooh and me!!
From db18.com

Happy Friday!!

So, today is quite an exciting day!

In addition to being FRIDAY that is…

I have a job interview in a couple of hours. Let’s all keep our fingers crossed.

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Thanks to thegodboxproject.com

I first talked to someone about this back in late September (which isn’t as far away as it feels!). Maybe I’ll have something to celebrate this weekend!

AND…next weekend is the NYC Marathon. I’m not running, but I’ll be there on the sidelines cheering my little heart out! So look for me around mile 18 probably. More details on that next week!


THEN…my final runDisney event of this epically Magic year – the Wine and Dine Half Marathon weekend! My sister-in-law very generously “gave” up her DVC points for us to make this a big celebrating weekend – some of my friends, some of her friends, and even a small subset of “our” friend(s)! One of my girls is going to do the Jingle Jungle 5K with me and THREE of them are doing the Half with me that night. And it’s a first time half marathon for Cate! And I am LOVING everyone’s attitude about the weekend!!

One of the things I’ve been most concerned about, this being Disney and all, is WHAT TO WEAR??! Besides my tiara that is…Things are still in the planning stage, but I’m going to be joining the DisBroads in representing the World Showcase countries involved in the International Food and Wine Festival. Yay!! Can’t wait to dance 13.1 with the Broads! While they aren’t officially an EPCOT country, I will be representing the Mother Land. Yes. Ireland!


So very very much to do in the next few days!!

Hope everyone had a SUPER weekend!!! Get out and enjoy!!!



What’s Up?

23 Oct

Well, What’s Up is that I’m posting yesterday’s Tuesday Truth because…well…I forgot to post it yesterday. On Tuesday!  I know I’ve been very lax lately about telling the Truth on Tuesday but I’m back on track – I think.


Today’s truth?

This year for the first time, I’ve backed out of two races that I was really excited about.

First was the Rock and Roll Providence Half Marathon. I had registered for this earlier in the year (when they were running one of their “register today for $5” kind of promotions) but then learned about a smaller, local half (Hogsback Half Marathon) and I registered for that one too. Then realized that they were both in the same weekend. Which, wasn’t a problem. I mean, I ran the Goofy Challenge this year so I know I could do it. But then I learned that I would have to pick up my Providence packet no later than 5 pm on the same day as Hogsback and knew that there was no way I would make it. So. Bummed to not get to run with my Team McGraw friends. But I seriously enjoyed the Hogsback so it wasn’t a complete loss!

The next was the ING Hartford Half Marathon. This one always falls during my annual Columbus Day Welcome Fall weekend/party/get-to-gether but I really wanted to do it this year so I signed up and was getting really excited about it! Unfortunately, I had pulled a glute muscle and bruised my ankle the previous weekend at Tower of Terror. And with Wine and Dine coming up I thought it was more prudent to not put the extra 13.1 miles on. It’s part of that whole being Smart and listening to your body thing that is pretty important in running. And also, frankly, really hard to do for some of us!

Needless to say, I’m a little disappointed in myself but know I’m doing the right thing – massage, rest, icing…and I’m really ready to tackle my final Magical Miles for 2013 next month!!


So there you have it. And that’s the Truth.

Down To The Wire!!!

28 Aug


  Who would’ve thunk it? It’s the night before I’m flying out of town and I am running around like a mad woman packing and cleaning and other miscellaneous things!

Well, I could’ve predicted this for sure! Could not have predicted an extra THREE hours at work tonight – granted, it was my error that kept us late, but if it had been up to me, I’d maybe have been an HOUR over. But that’s done and over with and now it’s on to the real fun!!

Got my clothes packed. Got my Powerade Zero packed. My trail mix, my running clothes, my mouse ears…pretty much everything I need! Still need to get to my carry on items and my toiletries. And I’m fortunate that I’m not taking one of my usual 6 am flights – I’m not leaving til NINE – almost NINE THIRTY!!

And I can’t wait!!

I get entirely way too geeked about traveling. I LOVE traveling. I love everything about it. The planning, the waiting, the checking, and rechecking, the reservations. My seat on the plane, the hotel amenities, the local restaurants…All of it! TSA? Yeah, not my favorite part but…And then there’s the flying!!

I love flying. I love getting dressed up to get on the plane. Love it!! I am so really excited – first for getting to Disneyland, seeing people I haven’t seen in a long time, seeing some people for the first time!!

And I’m just as excited to walk up to the kiosk and drop off my bags and head to the plane!!


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