2015 Training Stats

Miles Completed = 269.02
(Run/Walked = 167.88, Biked = 94.9, Elliptical = 6.27)

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Tuesday, August 11, 2015

2015 Walt Disney World 10K

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2015 Walt Disney World 10K Mini Button
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Commemorative Pin
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10K Medal Pin
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Participant Long Sleeve Tech Shirt

It is very cold out again today and I'm wishing I had long sleeves again, but I don't so I know the wait is going to be chilly!

No monorail issues today, I made it over to Epcot and the reunion area pretty easily.  In fact, it was so quick that I made it over there before any one else made it, but Chris showed up shortly and then Justin with his changing facial hair.  We stood around shivering and chatting and finally we made our way over to the corral area.  Of course that meant it was bio break time before getting in the crush of the corral.

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Look it's almost completely empty, which means I'm early
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The motley crew

We all headed our separate ways and I headed off to corral F, yep, the last corral again.  As I was walking over to the corral, I realized that I forgot my interval timer on the dresser...This of course made me think to myself, what am I going to do?  Will I try to interval, walk, or what?

Thankfully the corral was full of a lot of nice people and we stood around chatting and standing much closer than normal in an attempt to stay warm.  Corral walked by us and it was very strange because the corral was huge, it seemed like it was as big as some of the later corrals.  When corral B came by, it was super small - it all seemed so backwards.  Corrals C and D were bigger and then E was smaller again.

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Watching the other corrals head to the start line
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Spaceship Earth from the corral

Then it was time for us to move up - yeah!  I'm pretty close to the front again today, but I stayed back a little further than yesterday.  I'm really cold so I am so ready to get moving - and then we were off.

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The start line banner
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And we're off

Left out of the Epcot parking lot and Ana and Elsa are on the overpass asking if we want to build a snowman later.  Ugh - no cold talk please!
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Not that you can easily tell, but that's Ana and Elsa up there looking down on us all

There's mile marker 1 and I'm feeling a little warmer.  I'm trying to settle in to a run/walk routine based on how I feel.  Since I'm feeling pretty good, I'm running more than I probably should, but I'm not too concerned because the course is pretty bottle necked for this first mile.

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One down

As it was yesterday, Chris is done before I even get started.  As we go up an overpass we can see all the sweeper vans down below.  I'm pretty sure I saw Lilo and Stitch off to my left.

Mile marker 2 is just up ahead.  The course still feels pretty crowded and the crowding continues until I reach the mile 3 marker.

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Mile two
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Mile three

Things finally start opening up and I can run a little bit more again.  Before long we're headed in to Epcot and that makes me smile.  We head around and come in to World Showcase.  Mushu is in China - so cute!

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Heading in the back of Epcot
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Stilt performers
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Little tiny Mushu

It is just getting light and the views are amazing around the lagoon.  The Illuminations torches are on and all the lights in the countries are so pretty.

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Lagoon with a view
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I look like I'm in pain
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Pretty quiet country
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At least I look happier here
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Lonely tree

Mile 4 comes at Japan.  Then we're at France and headed up the hill and out the International Gateway.  It's over the bridge and on to the Boardwalk.  Football Mickey is there for a photo opp.

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Mile marker 4
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On the boardwalk
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Football Mickey is hiding behind those flags

Continuing on around the Boardwalk and I'm getting quite a few compliments on my lit up Eeyore costume, complete with detachable tail!  Now we're over the bridge that leads to the Yacht and Beach Club and there's mile marker 5.

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Which way do we go, which way do we go?
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Just keep swimming cause it's mile five

We head back in the International Gateway where Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum are waiting for photos.

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Which am I - Dee or Dum? Ha, I know the answer to that one!

Backstage in Epcot and back around to Future World.  Around by the Imagination Pavilion.  As I'm going along a guy says I think your skirt is going to fall off.  I had to explain that it was actually pinned on so it isn't going anywhere.

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The glorious backstage of Epcot
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I'm imaging being done
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A peaceful spot on the course
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No sleeping with the fishes today!
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The water is going up in the air and I don't even notice
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If only I could get a cup of coffee...and watch everyone else run by 

Now we're backstage again. Mike and Sebastian puppets are lit up and out to greet us right across from mile marker 6.

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I have my eye on you...
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Mile six at last

We head out of Epcot and are on the way to the finish line.  I run in the last little bit and I'm feeling pretty good.  My time certainly isn't fast, but I'm not here for PRs this weekend, I want to do everything I can to finish all the races without too much pain and leave enough in my tank for next weekend's races.

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The end is near
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Done at last
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Happy to be done
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I broke character - Eeyore shouldn't be so happy
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2015 WDW 10K Medal
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2015 WDW 10K Medal Lanyard

Friday, July 3, 2015

2015 Walt Disney World Family Fun Run 5K

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2015 WDW Marathon Weekend Official Program
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No vinylmation medals this year - now we have surprise runDisney vinylmations
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2015 WDW 5K Medal Pin
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2015 WDW Commemorative Pin
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Love these little buttons for the races - this is the 5K button. They aren't full sized buttons, but little mini buttons
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Dopey bib for the 5K and 10K
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Participant T-Shirt

And so it begins - the 3:00am alarm!  I got up and got my gear on and had a Lara Bar and some water.  I decided to step out on my balcony to check the weather and I have to say it was a bit of a shock to my system - very chilly and so windy.  I was thinking this was going to be a good indicator of what was to come, but really it turned out to just be a teaser.

I bundled myself up as good as I could and headed out a little before 4:00am.  The walkway from Bay Lake Tower to the Tower was so cold and windy.  It had me a bit worried about how this was going to go.  I'm a little self conscious today as I'm dressed as a Dalmatian, but on the bright side (pun intended) my skirt lights up!

Up to the monorail and it was just me and one other person on the monorail to the Ticket and Transportation Center (TTC).  Took the chilly walk up to the Epcot Monorail (Teal) and it was waiting so at least we got to sit and wait out of the cold...and then we waited and waited and waited.  Finally we were told that Monorail Gold's brakes engaged on the beam and they couldn't disengage them - we would have to wait while they tried rebooting Monorail Gold.  After a few minutes we hear Monorail Teal is going offline - hey wait that's the one I'm on.

They shuffled us off the monorail and had us all walk down to find a bus.  Down the ramp and around we go and it's cold.  Thank goodness we didn't have to stand in the cold - they brought over a Disney Transport bus for us and we were loaded and on our way to Epcot with Cast Members on their way to work.  At least the bus was warm.

Once I got there I met up with Chris and we went to stand by some tables with tablecloths.  We did our best to use the tablecloths as wind shields.  Let me tell you it was tempting to take the tablecloth and just wrap it around myself in an attempt to stay warm.  Still, it helped marginally.  Let me tell you it was torture when that bitter, biting, bone chilling  wind would blow.

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Chris and I smiling even though we're freezing...It's too bad that the flash makes it so you cannot see the lights in my skirt

After a bio break we headed toward the corrals and walked for a bit to stay warm.  Then it was time for us to head to our corrals.  Chris headed off to corral A and I headed off to corral F - yep, the last corral for me - sigh.

I was pretty close to the front of the corral.  I wasn't worried about being right up front, I just didn't want to be in the very back.  I stood there shivering - so cold even with my hand warmers...I forgot to mention those.  I picked up extra large hand warmers from Target so I could at least keep my hands warm if the weather was cold.  Boy was I glad I had them today.

The National Anthem was performed by a trumpeter and I love it when the crowd sings along!  Wheelchair start was at 6:15am and shortly after corral A was off.  The next corrals were started 8 minutes apart.  As I started walking toward the start line Chris sent me a text that he was done and already got a photo with Pluto...oh, to be fast.

As I was standing there, I was just a little way back from the front and Rudy says - look there, there's only one Dalmatian.  He continued with - you know why there's only one?  The other 100 decided that it was to cold.  Don't worry though, we don't see Cruella de Vil anywhere.

I have to say that this was a real highlight for me.  To actually get a shout out from the announcers because of my costume was really cool.  I was also very happy that they figured out that I was a Dalmatian.  I was hearing a lot of spotted cow comments - costume fail - what do you expect when you throw it together the night before you travel?  Still, I enjoyed my costume with my lights.

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The start line banner, it was really hard to get a good photo the way the lights were set up

Finally after what seemed like forever it was our turn.  It was a little hard to run because of the cold, but after a quarter of a mile or so I was starting to warm up a bit.  As we headed backstage Atta was there for a photo opp.

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She's a bit fuzzy, but that's Princess Atta

Here comes mile marker 1 as we head in to the park.  Then we're off around World Showcase.  Daisy was in Germany in her German garb.  By this point I was feeling pretty good - as long as I was moving.  I know someone was out in Italy, but I didn't see who, Chip and Dale in Kimonos were in Japan.

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Another fuzzy photo, but that's mile marker 1
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A beautiful day as the sun came up
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Just past Italy
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You'd think I was in Italy forever!
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The American Adventure
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Chip and Dale in Japan
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Just past Japan and still moving along
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Spaceship Earth in the distance across the water

I'm maintaining my 1 minute walk/30 second run intervals and they feel pretty good, but there are some crowding issues that make it difficult to run.  There were 13,000 participants, but the crowds don't seem so bad, at least not much worse than last year even though there are 3000 more participants.

Marie was in France.  Then comes the mile two marker.  Donald is in Canada wearing his lumberjack gear.  Now we get to see Spaceship Earth and it is really pretty this morning.  The Seas with Nemo and Friends.  Backstage for a tiny stretch and then we head out and there's the mile three marker.

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Marie in France
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Chugging along going past France
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The beauty of the day did not convey the cold wind blowing
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Mile Marker Two
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Fuzzy Donald in Canada
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The Seas with Nemo and Friends
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Spaceship Earth
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Pretty Spaceship Earth and now it's so close
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Mile Marker Three - we're almost done!

I decide to run in to the end.  As I come up to the finish line the announcers say - not only did the one Dalmatian start, she finished too!  Now you need to go tell the other 100 Dalmatians they need to buy you dinner.

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The finish line chute
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The finish line stretch
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And done!

That was so cool.  Two shout outs from the announcers.  That made the race even more fun.  I head through and get my medal and finisher photo.  Dopey Challengers are told they have to go through the white tent, so I head through and we're all told that we're fine and don't need to stop as there's no check in today.

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Got my medal
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Official finisher photo

Okay, now that we're clear.  I grab a banana and head out.  I stop at information and just make sure the monorail is running again before I walk all the way over there.  Through security and up the ramp and there's no wait.  I'm on the monorail and we get a minute or two out from the TTC and guess what happens...We have to stop and wait for Monorail Yellow to change beams - welcome to my luck!  Thankfully it didn't take too long and we make it to the TTC and then I get ready to head up to the Magic Kingdom monorail, but the resort line is running so as least I'm not stuck again.

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2015 WDW Family Fun Run 5K medallion
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2015 WDW Family Fun Run 5K lanyard

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