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New-ish Month, New Challenges

5 Jun

So we’re now into June and summer seems to really be coming in with no hesitation!!

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That means, running needs to be done pretty darn early! And, of course this is when I really need to kick my training into gear — time is ticking away and I know that the Marine Corps Marathon will be here before I know it! Followed way too closely by my #Dopey15 runDisney challenge…and even more.

I do have a couple of race recaps and vacations to recap this weekend so I can be caught up too!

But, first, ya’ll know I was doing a couple of DietBets last month and I managed to squeak by and win them both (with a pound or two to spare). I turned around and put the winnings from my first win (don’t know what I won from the second yet!) into 2 more for this month!

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And I have to tell you people….it was a little more stressful than I thought it would be but those last couple of days were definitely motivation to keep it going more consistently this time around.

In case you’re interested, you can sign up here for the “small” DB  http://diet.bt/1p6dG8q

And here for the BIG game! http://diet.bt/1p6elHd

Seriously, if you’re signing up for one, you may as well sign up for two. I mean, you only increase your chance of winning right? And definitely let Patty know that I sent you!! 😉

And I’m also repeating my wall sit/plank/arm challenge from May since I fell off of that wagon around the 23rd…and I can say that I’m good for 5 days!!

And, important culture note: Tomorrow is National Donut Day — so head out and get some round goodness in your belly! A group of my friends have organized a virtual “Donut Run” — so I’ll head to my local Dunkin Donuts in the morning (before the dentist of course!) on foot, and grab some nom and run back home!

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Goodbye April…

30 Apr

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You brought us some freakishly un-Springlike weather (though, not so freakish for New England I guess!) and you’re going out with a rainy/drizzly fizzle up here and some pretty serious storms in other parts of the country.

You brought us the Easter bunny and all those goodies he brings to the little kids!

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You also reminded us of the true meaning of Easter.

 

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And, April, you got me back on the road. This was a big month of race registrations for me! After hitting up the Marine Corps Marathon and the Georgia Half Marathon in March I was super excited for registration to open up for the Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend — this was the biggie and I’ve been looking forward to it now for over a year!

When I ran the Goofy Challenge in 2013 I decided I wanted to do it again in 2015 for the 10th Anniversary.

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Me and our host back in 2013

Then runDisney went and did something CRAZY!!! They created a new challenge – called, probably pretty appropriately, the Dopey Challenge (5K on Thursday, 10K on Friday, Half Marathon on Saturday and the Full Marathon on Sunday for a total of 48.6 miles!) so of course….I got registered for that!

In April I also entered a lottery to get the opportunity to register for the Paris Marathon (that’s Paris France ya’ll…not one of the imposter Parises) and I got in! So *next* April I plan to travel to the City of Lights and take a 26.2 mile tour!

All this means that April was also the start of some SERIOUS training – and I am counting on you all to help keep me accountable! Cause….lots of miles people!!

So…let’s bid Adieu to April (see, workin’ on that French thing already!) and start getting excited about what May has in store!!

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Planning…Always Planning…

13 Apr

Hoping that I am able to put this weekend’s aches and pains behind me this week so that I can get on with gettin’ on!!

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All true! Borrowed from http://www.runningrachel.com

Part of why I wanted to start blogging was to 1. Record my 2013 runDisney adventure (which, it’s coming…really it is!!) and B. to have some accountability working towards my training/healthy eating goals. I figure if I put it out there, and a few people see it, then I can’t keep coming back on Saturday night with all the reasons why I sat on my butt all week or ate that bag of jelly beans/box of cookies (which, I wouldn’t do, but there *is* some junk eating happening every now and then!)

So starting with this week, I’ll be posting my weekly workout plans/goals in the hope that throwing it out there will make it more embarrassing to skip when I plan to report out on Monday morning!

**Goals for this week**

Resume Plank Challenge with         plank

Day 10 (4 sets of 45 second planks)
Day 11 (3 sets of 60 second planks)
Day 12 (4 sets of 45 second planks)
Day 13 (3 sets of 60 second planks)
Day 14 (4 sets of 45 second planks)
Day 15 (3 sets of 60 second planks)
Day 16 – happily a rest day!!

 

Resume Wall Sit Challenge with                 wall sit

Day 10 (100 seconds)
Day 11 (110 seconds)
Day 12 (120 seconds)
Day 13 (130 seconds)
Day 14 (140 seconds)
Day 15 (150 seconds)
Day 16 (160 seconds)

 

Get on my running plan

Tuesday – 2 Miles
Wednesday – 2 Miles
Thursday – 2 MIles
Saturday – 5 Miles
Sunday – 5 Miles

I am committed to not only running the Marine Corps Marathon in October and the Dopey Challenge in January, but I am committed to enjoying myself and finishing STRONG. And it’s going to take a lot of work to get there. So I need to resolve these issues with my leg(s) and get going!

Otherwise, the chances of me becoming one with my couch are far too great!!

 

The Madness!!

25 Mar
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Avengers – owned by Marvel Comics

In case you hadn’t heard, today was the day to register for the new runDisney Avenger’s Super Heroes Half Marathon weekend. That is, if you weren’t one of the lucky ones who got in through the early registration process!

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Are you in?!! Time to #smashthehalf

Active.com opened registration at 11:56 am. By 12:15 the 5K was sold out. Kid’s races closed not too long after and the Half Marathon was declared closed by runDisney on Twitter before 2:00.

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Hopefully, if you wanted in you got in! These races are getting tougher and tougher to register for so I will be On. My. Toes. when it comes time to register for #Dopey15 next month.

And if runDisney or Super Heroes aren’t your cup of tea, Georgia Marathon and Half Marathon ALSO opened registration for their 2015 event today. And, it’s a BARGAIN folks — half off today, 40% off tomorrow and…something off the next day. Then early registration will CLOSE!  So, I’ll be going to Atlanta next year 🙂

Lots of running excitement today! And more ahead!!

Hope you’re having a rockin’ Tuesday!

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The Main Event – runDisney Princess Half Marathon!

19 Mar

It was here, and I was ready. Well, I was ready for it to be here but knew it was going to take my innate stubbornness to cross the finish line standing up!!

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All set! MagicBand, Glass Slipper wristband and Race Retreat wristband

Once more, the alarms went off. I set them a little extra early since someone had very kindly given me entry to the Race Retreat for the Half Marathon. The good part of this is that I didn’t need to worry about making sure I had food in my room for breakfast – there would be bagels and water and coffee and fruit. On top of that, special “private” porta-potties, a separate bag-check, cel-phone charging lockers, mats for stretching and special character appearances!

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The Mad Hatter and I made breakfast plans for later in the weekend…

I found my group, we settled in at a table to wake up and get nourished! Before we knew it it was time to head out to meet up with the rest of our group to grab some pictures and then start the trek to the corrals. Unfortunately, we missed some of our folks but managed a couple of pictures with the ones still hanging around.  Then it was off to the race!

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The starting line…no real turning back now!!

I was lucky to be starting the race with friends, even if we weren’t going to be able to stay together the whole time. It makes the time go a little more quickly in the corrals if there are people to talk to. As is customary at runDisney events, each corral is sent out with their own special fireworks (and one of these days I’ll manage a good picture of it!!)

My plan was to take as much time as I needed – walk when I had to but run when it felt good. I was comfortable with this idea and my only concern was finishing in time to get my challenge medal! Since the course was familiar to me, I felt like I knew what to expect and when I might end up in trouble!

As always it was great to head up Main Street USA and see the castle in the distance!

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Foggy day — which means you can’t see the crane behind the castle!!

Fortunately, I was able to keep up a fairly decent, though slow, pace and was never in any danger of getting swept. It was nice to be able to make a couple of stops for pictures with one or two of my favorites along the way!

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Really, one of these days he WILL grant me a wish!

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A crowd favorite! And I got him to smile!!

Throughout the course, I was leap-frogging with several of my friends and it was always nice to get the encouragement when needed! Around Mile 8 or so, V and I kind of got together and were both ready to be finished! So for the last few miles we pretty much stayed together – talking, encouraging, planning… This was the first time I’d run with someone and I liked it! It was nice to have someone to cross the finish line with! And, to keep me from accidentally quitting (not that I think I am even able to quit — I might have to be seriously injured and hauled off of the course!)

And of course, the other motivation to finish quickly was to get breakfast!

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Okay…maybe I had Diet Coke for breakfast…

Again, the Race Retreat came to the rescue! Scrambled eggs, bacon (thanks to the fellow runner who dug some crispy bacon out for me!), muffins, bagels, coffee, fruit, oatmeal, yogurt…If I wasn’t already planning lunch at Be Our Guest (travel hint — FastPass+ for lunch! and ps – I still want to do dinner there at least once!) I could have completely overdone it !

After relaxing a bit, V and I celebrated with a glass of champagne and went out to get on our respective buses. But not without these babies!!

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The reward.

I had hoped to meet up with some folks on my way to my BOG lunch but it took me longer to clean up and re-dress than expected! But I made it back to the Magic Kingdom in time for my lunch – which was a completely different experience from your usual Quick Service lunch!

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This was pretty easy — ordering on the kiosks

It starts out when you check in and are brought into the Beast’s Study — this is where you are going to make your menu selection and get a “rose” — You touch your MagicBand to the kiosk, make your selections and then touch the rose to the kiosk. Easy Peasy.

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So it has a picture of a rose anyway!

The room is seat yourself and feels really large and loud. Beverage stations are against one wall, silverware is in carts around the room. Your meal is brought to you on carts — pretty fancy to see my lone turkey sandwich and strawberry cupcake riding in a huge cart all alone!

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The main dining room is gorgeous!!

Lunch was good, my illegal cupcake was even quite good — fresh strawberry tasting!

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Strawberry cupcake! Next time I need to try some Grey Stuff though!

Once I was done, I was ready to spend some Magical time in the Magic Kingdom! Tomorrow I was heading home, but there was still fun in store!!

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