2017 Training Stats

Miles Completed = 29.01
(Run/Walked = 29.01, Biked = 0.0, Elliptical = 0.0)

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Sunday, January 31, 2010

Dopey Training Preview - Week #3

Dopey Training Preview - Week #3
MIND CHECK
Going to do my best to stay strong mentally. Work on getting my rear out of bed in the mornings so I can do two workouts a day this week.
BODY CHECK
Just need to keep my body in motion this week. Need to get some strength training in for muscle development and some Pilates in for flexibility.
NUTRITION
Ah, the great mystery continues here for me. I'll continue to work on eating "real" food - fresh veggies, fruit, lean protein. I'm going to try to keep the calorie count down in the 1200-1500 range per day - that was hard for me last week so we'll see how it goes this week.
WORKOUT PLAN
Monday
AM: Elliptical - 4 miles, no pace target
PM: Pilates 20 Power Sculpting with Resistance Band
Tuesday
AM: Easy Run - warm up walk, 5 miles @ 14:48 per mile, cool down walk
PM: P90X Shoulders & Arms
Wednesday
AM: Speed - Warm up walk, 1 mile warm up run, 1 mile @ 12:37 per mile, .5 mile recovery jog, 1 mile @ 12:37 per mile, .5 mile recovery jog, 1 mile cool down run, cool down walk
PM: P90X AbRipperX
Thursday
AM: Easy Run - Warm up walk, 4 miles @ 14:48 per mile, cool down walk
PM: P90X Legs & Back
Friday
AM: Walk - 3 miles, no pace target
PM: Pilates 20 Minute Bun & Thigh Sculpting
Saturday
Long Run - Warm up walk, 8 miles @ 14:48 per mike, cool down walk
Sunday
Rest

That's a wrap for this week. Be on the lookout for the Dopey Training Review post at the end of the week!

Dopey Training Review - Week #2

Dopey Training Review - Week #1
MIND CHECK
Watch out Goofy because here I come! Wow, I feel really mentally tough right now. It was a little tough when I wasn't feeling good earlier this week, but I ended the week strong and I'm just ready to keep going. I know this whole thing is going to be a mental challenge and I have to stay mentally strong to make it through all the training let alone the races. I can do it though!
BODY CHECK

My allergies have been pretty rough this week, but better this weekend so I can deal with that. I really slacked on the strength training/Pilates this week. I know I need to do it, but it just wasn't happening this week. I'm working on this. Considering the amount of miles I've put in the last couple of weeks I feel strong and getting stronger. It's pretty amazing that I ran almost 80 miles this month and that included a week and a half where I put in no miles. That's up there in mileage for me and it's only going to increase from here!
NUTRITION

So, I must have done something right last week as I lost -5.6 pounds....Really, I know a lot of that was water because my legs finally aren't as swollen as they have been. This week has been good in terms of eating fresh fruits and veggies and cooking my own meals, but calories have been high. I don't think I will be down much this week, but I'm okay with that. I'm still learning and eventually I'll find the right balance to fuel my runs and let me shed some pounds.
WORKOUT SUMMARY
Red text indicates what I actually did. Blue text includes comments on the workout.
Monday

AM: Walk - 3 miles, no pace target
PM: Pilates 20 Minute Ab Sculpting
PM: Pilates 20 Minute Ab Sculpting/ 3.3 mile walk at 16:54 per mile
Overall, workouts were okay today. Did them back to back in the evening because my allergies are still killing me and I just couldn't do it in the morning. Started breaking in a new pair of shoes today - love the padding in new shoes, makes my feet go ahhhh....
Tuesday
AM: Easy Run - warm up walk, 4 miles @ 14:48 per mile, cool down walk
PM: Plyometrics
PM: Easy Run - warm up walk .31 miles, 4 miles @ 12:33 per mile, cool down walk .36 miles
No plyometrics today - my head is so stuffed up from allergies I figured I'd pass out from the inability to breathe. Put off run until tonight. New shoes feeling pretty good, dogs pulled the whole way - my upper body actually hurts from it. Never felt a good rhythm tonight - still not a bad time considering.
Wednesday
AM: Tempo Run - Warm up walk, 1 mile warm up run, 3 miles @ 13:22 per mile, 1 mile cool down run, cool down walk
PM: P90X Back & Biceps
Turned today in to a rest day. Woke up in a foul mood that just won't go away, my head is still way stuffy and the legs are sore. Wow - that's a lot of excuses isn't it? I don't mean to whine, but rather than hurt myself trying to do something I'm not feeling I figured rest was better today. I'll add the miles in later in the week.
Thursday
AM: Easy Run - Warm up walk, 4 miles @ 14:48 per mile, cool down walk
PM: P90X AbRipperX
So, what's my excuse today? I have a list really - head still stuffy, stomach achy and it rained all day. You guessed it - I didn't work out at all again today. I feel guilty, but I'll make up the mileage this weekend. I just need to get past these little health issues so I can refocus and kick some bottom!
Friday
AM: Walk - 4 miles, no pace target
PM: P90X Chest & Shoulders
PM: Walk 5.36 miles @ 16:41 per mile
Took the dogs out for a nice long walk today - we just meandered through neighborhoods building up mileage. Allergies were a little better today so that helped. Still can't get myself up in the morning which is making it almost impossible to get two workouts a day in.
Saturday
Long Run - Warm up walk, 8 miles @ 14:48 per mile, cool down walk
AM: .24 mile warm up walk, 8 miles @ 12:31 per mile, .30 mile cool down walk
Well, I managed to get myself out the door today. The first couple of miles had my mind thinking I wasn't going to do well and would probably walk a lot...Stopped that then and there - better. I did take two small walk breaks - enough to drink a little and catch my breath at mile 5.95 and 6.9 - the rest was running. I took one gel at 4.7 miles - still working on when and what to use during these times. I don't feel much different after I use a gel - would like to find something to actually give my body a boost of energy without caffeine (don't do well with caffeine). Overall a great run today, I feel good about it.
Sunday
Rest
AM: .24 mile warm up walk, 8 miles @ 12:31 per mile, .24 mile cool down walk
I just did something I've never done before. Back to back long runs of equal distance with equal time. It's crazy I know, but I thought there's no time like the present to get my body used to running tired. Funny thing - I didn't feel all that bad when I started out. My body got a little tired at 2.5 miles, but it was more mental than physical and I kept going. I did walk more today - about .5 miles at 3.75 miles and .25 miles at 5.25 miles. I really didn't head out thinking I'd be able to hold the same pace, but turns out I did. I feel mentally tough after this one and physically not to bad - I'm sure I'll be sore and stairs will hurt tomorrow though. I'm just thrilled I did this! No gel today, just used water and really I didn't feel any different than yesterday in terms of energy. That completes a 30 mile week for me.

That's a wrap for this week. Be on the lookout for the Dopey Training Review post at the end of next week!

Friday, January 29, 2010

2011 WDW Marathon Packages

Just looking online and the 2011 WDW Marathon Magic Your Way packages are available for reservations!

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Working Things Out

It probably seems to you all that I haven't been posting very often right now....You're right :)! Since I decided to do the weekly updates on my Dopey Training I've been keeping a lot of information in there and not posting as often.

This week has been rough - food has been okay but not great. I've now missed two days of workouts due to various excuses, but I'm going to make it up.

I hope to get back to some more trip report posting soon as well.

Hope everyone else is doing well!

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Dopey Training Preview - Week #2

Dopey Training Preview - Week #2
MIND CHECK
Looking forward to working out hard this week. Feeling like I can accomplish my goals and make some progress. I have a long way to go, but I think I'm ready.
BODY CHECK
I remember what sore feels like and I think I'll be feeling it again this week :). I think my body is recovering nicely from the half marathon and I expect to keep moving forward in terms of my running. I'm adding in more Pilates and P90X this week so that'll be a challenge.
NUTRITION
Need to work on controlling my cravings this week. I caught myself eating too much peanut butter last week and I'm not sure why except that I think it was a stress reaction. Need to keep in touch with my feelings more to prevent these sorts of things. I will continue to cook as many meals per week as I can. I am going to allow one day per week for pre-packaged food - if I use it fine, but if not that's even better.
WORKOUT PLAN
Just a note on my running plan - I'll be doing a half marathon maintenance plan for 10 weeks or so, then I'll start the first of two marathon training plans.
Monday
AM: Walk - 3 miles, no pace target
PM: Pilates 20 Minute Ab Sculpting
Tuesday
AM: Easy Run - warm up walk, 4 miles @ 14:48 per mile, cool down walk
PM: Plyometrics
Wednesday
AM: Tempo Run - Warm up walk, 1 mile warm up run, 3 miles @ 13:22 per mile, 1 mile cool down run, cool down walk
PM: P90X Back & Biceps
Thursday
AM: Easy Run - Warm up walk, 4 miles @ 14:48 per mile, cool down walk
PM: P90X AbRipperX
Friday
AM: Walk - 4 miles, no pace target
PM: P90X Chest & Shoulders
Saturday
Long Run - Warm up walk, 8 miles @ 14:48 per mike, cool down walk
Sunday
Rest

That's a wrap for this week. Be on the lookout for the Dopey Training Review post at the end of the week!

Dopey Training Review - Week #1

Dopey Training Review - Week #1
Expect the format of these posts to change a bit as I figure out what works and what doesn't.

MIND CHECK
Not too bad this week. My determination is holding strong and that's helped me adapt and adjust to getting back in the swing of working out and putting in the miles.

BODY CHECK
So, it's been a little rough this week. AbRipperX kicked my abs bad! Today I can finally move without wincing. I've never had my abs hurt so badly in my life. It really hit home just how out of shape I let myself get. I'm going to fix that for sure! Running has steadily improved this week and today I felt almost bad to normal. I'm slow, but keeping comfortable has been a good move. Looking forward to next week and the next challenges.

NUTRITION
Boy do I have a lot of work to do on this front. Seriously! I did manage to cook my meals all but one day this week - that's a big step in the right direction for me. I was shooting for 1200-1400 calories per day and if it wasn't for the peanut butter breakdown I had two days I would have done really well. Guess peanut butter is going to have to be on the only in the house on an occasional basis food...if it's here I'll eat it. I'll try to stay within the 1200 - 1400 calorie range again next week. I know when the mileage picks up more I'll need to adjust, but right now I need to get a few pounds off if I can and this should help. One thing that I did last year that just didn't work was adjusting my calories based on my calories burnt. I use Lose It and if I worked out I put the calories expended in and then it gave me permission to add calories. Not going to do this anymore as I think it didn't really help me in the long run, but we'll see what the scale says tomorrow!

WORKOUT SUMMARY
Monday
PM: Easy Run - Warm up walk, 4 miles @ 14:48 per mile, cool down walk
PM: Easy Run - .21 mile warm up, 4 miles @ 12:27 per mile, .19 mile cool down (Total 4.40 miles)
Rough run, legs are feeling a little dead.
Tuesday
AM: Walk - 3 miles, no pace target
PM: AbRipperX
PM: Walk 3.34 miles @ 16:10 per mile/ AbRipperX
Walking in the rain, just walking in the rain...How out of shape can I be - let me just tell you - really out of shape.
Wednesday
AM: Tempo Run - Warm up walk, 1 mile warm up run, 3 miles @ 13:22 per mile, 1 mile cool down run, cool down walk
PM: Tempo Run - Warm up walk .27 miles, 1 mile warm up run, 3 miles @ 12:33 per mile, .92 mile cool down walk
Ran warm up mile too fast, had to take some walk breaks in the 3 mile tempo portion, cut 1 mile cool down run short and walked most of it. Time to try different shoes, these darn black shoes are not liking my feet and I want to evaluate a new pair before making an appt. with the Ortho Doc.
Thursday
AM: Easy Run - Warm up walk, 4 miles @ 14:48 per mile, cool down walk
PM: P90X Shoulders & Arms
Well, today was a rest day...Weather was rainy, cold and windy and not conducive to me running outside. My right shin is also pretty sore today, feeling it with every step I take. Then I was going to do arms/shoulders, but I think I overdid AbRipperX because I can't cough without tears. Learning again that I have time and don't need to run a marathon today!
Friday
AM: Walk - 3 miles, no pace target
PM: Pilates 20 minute circle workout
PM: Completed Pilates 20 minute circle workout
It was pouring down rain again this morning and again tonight. No walking, but I did do the Pilates 20 minutes circle workout. My abs are still incredibly sore and makes me cringe every time I move.
Saturday
Long Run - Warm up walk, 8 miles @ 14:48 per mike, cool down walk
PM: Walk 5.16 miles at 15:41 per mile
Change in plans. I decided to go for a nice long walk with the dogs today. It was a perfect day for a walk - cloudy, a little windy, some sun and a nice cool temperature. We did 5.16 miles and it felt really good. I wore an old pair of shoes and my feet didn't hurt at all. Looks like the black shoes are going to be gym shoes only from now on.
Sunday
Walk - 2 miles no pace target
AM: Long - warm up walk .28 miles, 8 miles @ 12:50 per mile, cool down walk .32 miles
My allergies are driving me crazy today - sinus headache, drainage and stuffy nose...No matter I went out on my long run anyway! Today was the first day that my legs feel halfway normal. I wore the old shoes again and while my feet are a little sore - they feel so much better than when I use the black shoes. My left arch is a little tender and the top of my right foot, but other than that I feel pretty good. I managed to run the full 8 miles - that felt good. I didn't watch the time today, just let my body have its own pace. Over all a good way to end the week!

That's a wrap for this week. Be on the lookout for the Dopey Training Review post at the end of the week!

Saturday, January 23, 2010

In Training Shirts Available At DisneyStore.com

I was looking at DisneyStore.com today because I had heard that In Training shirts were supposed to be available this week.

Here's what I found:
2010 Princess Half Marathon (Women)
Brand: Champion Tech
Style: Short Sleeve
Features: Double Dry, Wicking, Antimicrobial
Slogan (Front): Princess In Training for 2010
Slogan (Back): Disney Princess 1/2 Marathon 2010
Color: Light Pink Background/Bright Pink Text
Sizes Available: S, L, XL
Price: $34.00

2010 Disneyland Half Marathon (Women)
Brand: Champion
Style: Short Sleeve
Features: Double Dry, Wicking, Antimicrobial
Slogan: In Training for Disneyland 1/2 Marathon 5th Anniversary 2010
Character: Features Mickey Mouse
Color: Royal Blue Background/ White Text
Sizes Available: S,M,L,XL
Price: $29.95

2010 Disneyland Half Marathon (Men)
Brand: Champion
Style: Short Sleeve
Features: Double Dry, Wicking, Antimicrobial
Slogan: In Training for Disneyland 1/2 Marathon 5th Anniversary 2010
Character: Features Mickey Mouse
Color: White Background/Blue Text
Sizes Available: S,M.L.XL,XXL
Price: $29.95

2011 Walt Disney World Half Marathon (Women)
Brand: Champion
Style: Short Sleeve
Features: Double Dry, Wicking, Antimicrobial
Slogan: In Training for 2011 Walt Disney World 1/2 Marathon
Character: Features Donald Duck
Color: Dark Blue Background (might be Black)/White Text
Sizes Available: S
Price: $29.95

2011 Walt Disney World Marathon (Women)
Brand: Champion
Style: Short Sleeve
Features: Double Dry, Wicking, Antimicrobial
Slogan: In Training for 2011 Walt Disney World Marathon
Character: Features Mickey Mouse
Color: Royal Blue Background/White and Light Purple Text
Sizes Available: S,M,L.XL
Price: $29.95

2011 Walt Disney World Marathon (Men)
Brand: Champion
Style: Short Sleeve
Features: Double Dry, Wicking, Antimicrobial
Slogan: In Training for 2011 Walt Disney World Marathon
Character: Features Mickey Mouse
Color: Blue Background/White Sides/Light Blue Text
Sizes Available: S,M,L,XL,XXL
Price: $29.95

2011 Walt Disney World Goofy's Challenge (Women)
Brand: Champion
Style: Short Sleeve
Features: Double Dry, Wicking, Antimicrobial
Slogan: In Training for 2011 Walt Disney World Goofy's Race and a Half Challenge
Character: Features Goofy
Color: White Background/Purple and Dark Blue Text
Sizes Available: S,M,L,XL
Price: $29.95

2011 Walt Disney World Goofy's Challenge (Men)
Brand: Champion
Style: Short Sleeve
Features: Double Dry, Wicking, Antimicrobial
Slogan: In Training for 2011 Walt Disney World Goofy's Race and a Half Challenge
Character: Features Goofy
Color: Dark Blue Background/Orange and White Text
Sizes Available: S,M,L,XL,XXL
Price: $29.95

Not sure if they will replenish the stock for the 2010 women's princess 1/2 or 2011 women's 1/2 or get the men's 2011 1/2 shirts, but I'd keep checking back if you are interested in any of these. Champion makes nice shirts - women should be aware that these shirts tend to be semi-fitted and can run a little small.

Thursday, January 21, 2010

What A Day In AZ!

Got up at 4am so I could put in an easy 4 mile run....Nope, it's a torrential rainstorm outside. Could have done my Arms/Shoulders workout, but I had a coughing fit and thought I was going to die. My abs are so sore that I can hardly move today. I've been very easily stretching them to work out the soreness, but coughing is impossibly painful.

The rain hasn't stopped all day and my backyard is a swimming pool. Tonight the wind kicked up so while I would have run in the rain, there was no way that I was running in the wind and rain.

So, today turned in to a rest day which is probably a good thing :)!

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

2010 WDW Marathon Weekend Trip Report - January 11, 2010

Monday, January 11, 2010

The alarm went off at 6am and I got up at 6:20am. I got ready to head out and left the room at 6:50am Took the bus to the Magic Kingdom - arrived at 7:25am Headed straight to the monorail and found out that there were problems, which meant I got to stand in the cold and wait until the monorail was ready. 7:57am and I was finally on the monorail.

Normally I would have just walked from the TTC to the Poly, but since I had stood in the cold I decided to transfer to the resorts monorail and finally made it to the Poly at 8:10am. Today is the Tonga Toast Meet - YUMMY!

Justin, Krystal, Mike, Jeff and Connie were all there seated when I arrived. It was really a great breakfast of banana stuffed french toast, sausage and orange juice. Perfect and by the time I was done I was stuffed too! Deb arrived after returning her rental car right as we were exiting the Kona Cafe - great timing.

We said our goodbyes to Justin and Krystal as they were headed home this morning. It was so great meeting both of them and they are amazing - both finished the Goofy Challenge with style and I am just so impressed!

The rest of us took the monorail over to the Magic Kingdom. At this point I decided to head back to the resort as my allergies are really bugging me and I just felt like taking a rest in the room for a while. I headed to the bus stop and ended up on the Riverside bus so I took a nice stroll around the resorts - a couple of times as I got turned around a bit and couldn't figure out where I had been. It was chilly, but nice to walk around so I didn't mind. I still have to say that this is a beautiful resort and a great place to walk and run - I know I keep saying it, but I really was impressed by this aspect of the resort.

I made it back to my room at 10:20, checked my email and did some work and decided to lay down and watch some TV. I must have fallen asleep and I kept hearing knocking but it took me a while to realize it was on my door. I opened the door and it was security going around re-keying all the doors. I found this odd, but I was too tired to think much of it at the time and when and dozed some more while I watched TV.

At 12:30pm I realized what time it was and I headed to my laptop and registered for the 2011 Goofy Challenge and 5K Family Fun Run. Yep, (as you know if you read the blog) I am going Dopey now! I have to say that these races are a bit pricey, but I don't mind spending the money because I enjoy it so much and I could spend the money on worse things I suppose!

I took some time to pay some bills, check in with work and home and all that other fun stuff that doesn't just disappear when you're on vacation. Then I just sat around watching more TV, journaling, dozing, etc...

3pm and I decided to get up and get ready to head out and do something. I figured I'd take whichever bus came first - Animal Kingdom or Hollywood Studios. Okay, Animal Kingdom it is. I figured this would be okay as I was kind of hungry and Yak & Yeti counter service sounded pretty good, but by the time I got there it was too close to closing time and everything was pretty much closed up. I walked the perimeter of the park and ended up heading back out to the bus stop to head to Hollywood Studios - along with everyone else apparently!

I got to the park and headed straight in. I decided to head to ABC Commissary and if I didn't know better I would have thought they were closed - it was empty at 5:15pm. I ordered the Fish and Chips, Orange Juice and Water and went to sit down and enjoy it. Actually it was very good and just right.

After eating I walked around a little bit and decided to head in to the American Idol Experience Finale show that would start at 7pm. I have to say that I wasn't really blown away by anyone during this show. I really enjoy the show best when there are people that you know aren't practiced pull something off, but this show was mostly people that had obviously done this before and the ones that hadn't probably shouldn't have. They also had some technical difficulties with the video tonight so there weren't any recaps before voting. Overall it was enjoyable and the fact that it was inside and warm was a big plus for me tonight!


Mike, Deb and Rob were waiting outside so I met up with them and thought we'd head over to see how the line for Toy Story was. Everyone that got out of Idol headed over there for Extra Magic Hours and the line was very long so we skipped it for now and headed to Muppet Vision. Jeff met up with us and we all enjoyed the show.

Next, we talked Deb and Rob in to going on Tower of Terror. It was fun to ride with people and the fact that Deb and Rob weren't sure about it, made it even more interesting - and they both survived! I used to dislike this ride when it had the lap bars, but now that there's seat belts I really like it and I have to say that tonight's ride sequence was a really good one!

We headed back to Toy Story and decided to brave the line. I love the queue here so it didn't bother me. I ended up with 147200...I'm not sure that having the Wii game is good for me as I found myself aiming for the high target items and forgetting that I do better if I go for everything. No matter though, I still love this game.

At 10pm it was time to head out and catch the bus back to the resort. I stopped for a snack to take back to the room and headed back to eat and clean up a bit. I also wrote some more in the journal and by 12:30am it was time for bed.

Memories of My Sixth Day
The weather today was still chilly, but the sun helped a lot.

The best thing today was taking it slow and relaxing.

The worst thing today was feeling a little run down with allergies.

The funniest thing today was talking Deb in to riding Tower of Terror and then having her admit that it wasn't THAT BAD after we were done :)!

Today I tried relaxing instead of worrying about riding rides and the result was a great way to spend the day.

The most magical moment today was registering for the 2011 Goofy Challenge and 5K!

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

2010 WDW Marathon Weekend Trip Report - January 10, 2010

Sunday, January 10, 2010 (This is a long one)

The alarm went off at 6am and I got up, cleaned up the room and wrote some in my journal. Then it was time for a shower and getting ready to head out. Today is the full marathon and I wanted to go be a spectator/cheerleader! I was texting Jeff to see what his plans are and we decided to try to catch Rae and Eric at the Magic Kingdom.

I headed out to catch the bus to Epcot at 7:27am. On the bus there were just a few people and one of the guys was tracking runners. The lead runner was so far already it was unbelievable. Then another lady asked if he could check her husband's time....Needless to say, he was booking - running 6:45 minute miles....Holy cow - that's crazy. Her response well he's right on track, he runs a lot and he does ultra-marathons....Okay, I don't care how much or how far you run - that's still impressive!

When I got off the bus at Epcot I was greeted with extremely bitter cold with a wind that cut right through your soul. It was definitely colder than yesterday, but I was still happy it wasn't raining! I walked straight to the monorail and on my way past the finish the first hand-crank woman athlete was coming across at 2 hours and 17 minutes. The lead male runner is at 25.5 miles. Wow!

I took the monorail to the TTC then transferred to the Magic Kingdom monorail. Jeff was stuck at the Contemporary waiting for a monorail and Rae and Eric were going to make it to the Magic Kingdom very soon. I didn't want to miss them so I ran down the monorail ramp and right in to Main Street. I only had a few minutes to spare so I cheered on other runners and then all of a sudden I saw Rae and Eric enter. I cheered as much as possible and told them to keep going they were doing great. I was rather energized by this first stop of being a spectator...

I should mention that I was feeling really good after the half yesterday. While I probably couldn't have done the full marathon, I really feel like I could have done another half marathon. Weird as I know how out of shape I am right now, but I think taking it easy on my body during the half because of the weather was the right move.

Jeff and Connie just missed Rae & Eric as they had some fun getting in to the Magic Kingdom. So, we all decided to head to Animal Kingdom to see if we could catch them there too. There weren't any buses running directly from the Magic Kingdom to Animal Kingdom so we had to take the ferry to the TTC to catch a bus. We kept track of Rae & Eric through runner tracking and Twitter. It was great to be so connected!

The bus ride to Animal Kingdom was pretty crowded but uneventful. We made it to the park and went to scope out a place to wait for Rae & Eric. We had a bit of time to wait and I have to say I love being a spectator. I love picking and choosing runners to give individual encouragement to - as a runner you can see when someone needs that little extra boost, that little umph to keep them going. It was so incredibly motivating to watch these people, some athletes, some normal folks, some people struggling, some cruising along, some limping along...I love this. I am getting more and more excited to get out on that course next year.

When we see Rae and Eric they look like they're still going strong and doing great. Got a couple more pictures of them and watched them keep on going along their way. Jeff, Connie and I decide to go and try to catch them at Hollywood Studios next.

Did I mention how cold it is? I kind of wished I was running to warm up, but I know they were all feeling this cold too. On the bus to the next park and we head in to stake out a place to wait for Rae and Eric. There are tons of runners coming through still and after two parks I recognize many of them and continue cheering them on.

Trace and Lisa are in the park as well and come to wait for Rae & Eric too. I have to pause here for a second...The course takes runners through Hollywood Studios - not off the beaten path, but right through traffic areas. They have yellow cones to define the course and then there are blue cones to indicate where it's okay for guests to cross the course. People are rude - that's all I can say - they really don't care about anyone else and I sat and watched people continually cut in front of runners without any regard. I could just see a runner getting tripped up by a stroller or guest that wasn't paying any attention. I do not think this was setup very well and they really should figure out a better path so that guests are less inconvenienced and runners stay safer.

Okay, as we were waiting for Rae & Eric I had a lady ask if I could take a picture. I went to take the picture and the camera was all in Japanese and I was stuck on a menu, but finally I was able to take her picture! We were waiting and waiting and I was starting to get really nervous because most of the people we'd seen at the other parks were already past us. Where are Rae & Eric.

All of a sudden there's a large group of runners coming at us and there are people on bikes and orange flags and mass confusion as they yell at the runners to get moving, you have to move faster, keep it up. Rae & Eric aren't in this group, but wait - they're right behind this group. What is happening.

Rae motions that they're done, they're being swept. Jeff and I keep yelling, you're not done, keep moving, get going, you can do this...We know they can do this. They keep going and Jeff and I are confused about what is going on. Are they swept or aren't they? What do we do. We follow them down and out of the park and they're still going. I'm almost in tears because they have to finish - they've worked too hard for this and I just know they can finish - they have to finish.

As we near the exit of the park there's a woman on the course that is just bawling as she realizes and is told that she's going to be swept. It hit me so hard. You could see the pain, frustration and disappointment right there on her face and I starting crying for her. There was nothing I could do to make it better for her and I sure wish I could have.

We exit the park and start heading to try to find the bus to Epcot. We still don't know what is going on and whether Rae & Eric are still going. Right there after the security check a runner was down. There are medics everywhere - at least five and three more were biking to her. This is super scary to see. You don't wish for anyone to get hurt doing this. I keep checking Twitter to see if there are any updates - nothing yet.

I send a direct message to Deb to let her know that Rae & Eric are almost to her at the Boardwalk and that she needs to keep them going. We head to wait for the bus and we just miss the bus to Epcot. The driver tells us another one will be here soon - soon is a relative term for sure.

We're still in the dark as to what is happening with Rae & Eric and finally I see a tweet that says Mile 24 we made it. Does that mean they're going to be able to finish, no more fear of being swept? We still don't know. Then I see a tweet from Deb - sweepers say everyone still going will finish. This thrills us as we at least know they're going to make it. The bus is still not here, still not here - we begin to panic that we won't make it to the finish line in time.

Finally, the bus is here and we board and the driver is nice enough to cram as many people on as he possibly can. We're on our way - are we going to make it in time to see Rae & Eric for the final stretch? Off the bus and I ran from the bus to the course, right before the finish stretch. I made it in plenty of time and here they come.

Oh my gosh - I cannot tell you how happy, proud and excited I am for them. They've done it, the finish is in sight and they look tired, but they're doing it. Right here, right now, they are finishing a full marathon! It's just awesome!!!!

Jeff, Connie and I go to meet up with them to congratulate them. They have their medals and snacks. Rae is looking really good...Eric is hurting bad. I feel for him as you could definitely see the pain. We walked with them to their car - Jeff went ahead to start the heat so they could warm up. We left them at their car and headed back to the merchandise tent to see if there were any products we wanted.

After hearing from Rae that they were headed back to the resort (good decision), the three of us headed in to Epcot. First stop, Sunshine Seasons to grab some food. Yeah - food, I hadn't eaten yet and I was hungry! Then we headed over to Living with the Land and then Honey I Shrunk the Audience.

A little after 4pm we said our goodbyes to head to our resorts to get ready for dinner. I stopped to get some water for later and headed back to my room for an hour or so. Just enough time to reflect on the day thus far. First thing I realize is just how much fun I had cheering on runners and soaking up the atmosphere. I am incredibly inspired by all the runners and walkers. It is at this point that I definitively decide that I'm taking on the Goofy next year!

I headed out to grab the bus to the Magic Kingdom. On the bus I got to talk to a couple that finished the marathon - his tenth and her first on her 45 birthday. See, more inspiration! I decide to take a little walk/jog around the lake to the end of the path towards the Grand Floridian. I decided it was time to grab a monorail to the Polynesian to meet up with Team Voice. It's a bit of a wait - we had a 6:40pm ADR and we weren't actually seated until 8pm. Wishes was just starting as we sat down. It was another great meal with super great company - O'Hana is a really good restaurant and especially with a group, good fun!

After dinner Jeff, Connie, Rae, Eric, Deb, Mike and I headed to the monorail to head to Extra Magic Hours at the Magic Kingdom. We all rode Buzz Lightyear's Space Ranger Spin and then we headed over to Space Mountain. Rae & Eric decided to wait for us and the rest of us headed on. The track seems smoother, it's much darker and overall the refurb seemed pretty good.

Rae & Eric decided it was time to head back to the resort to get some well deserved rest. Job well done guys! The rest of us headed over to Peter Pan and walked on. Then it was time for Haunted Mansion. This is where something pretty special happened!

We entered the stretching room and Mike stuck his head back in as we left so he could hear the gargoyles - which are awesome to hear by the way! We were all headed to the doom buggy's when Cast Member Kira asked us to follow her. What's going on? Basically, she explained that she didn't have anything to do right then so she was going to give us a tour of the stretching room - a private tour! It was amazing. She thought we'd appreciate it because we seemed like we were pretty in to the ride - understatement :)! We got to hear the gargoyles, see the portraits shrink back to size, learn where the door is and Kira was full of fun facts and information. Oh, and did I mention that she took us in to the stretching room through the VIP entrance (it's the door marked Servant's Quarters). It was completely amazing, an experience I will never forget and a truly magical moment for sure!

After our tour we rode the ride and then headed out for the night. Jeff & Mike stopped at City Hall to get an awesome Cast Member recognition card for Kira. We were all still totally blown away by this one.

I headed to the bus stop for the resort and waited in line just to find out that they changed the stop and this bus was going to Pop Century...Yikes, now I have to wait in another line. By the way, the CM's up front actually told the lady next to me the same bus stop that I was at, I heard that and headed straight there. Thankfully, I did get on the next bus to the resort, but it was standing room only. We were all chatting though so it wasn't so bad.

All of a sudden, Sweet Caroline came on the speakers and someone decided to start a sing a long. Yes, you heard me, the whole bus started singing Sweet Caroline. I have to say it was super humorous and it did put everyone in a better mood!

I got back to my room at 11:47pm. I checked my email, updated my PassPorter and then it was time for bed.

Memories of My Fifth Day
The weather today was so cold with a bitter cold wind.

The best thing today was being a marathon spectator, Rae & Eric finishing the full marathon and getting a private Haunted Mansion stretching room tour from CM Kira.

The worst thing today was the cold that goes right through to your bones.

The funniest thing today was all the guests on the bus from the Magic Kingdom to Port Orleans singing Sweet Caroline.

Today I tried being a marathon spectator and the result was a fun, inspiring, motivating, emotional roller coaster!

The most magical moment today was watching Rae & Eric finish their first full marathon!!!

Monday, January 18, 2010

Dopey Training Preview - Week #1

Dopey Training Preview - Week #1
Expect the format of these posts to change a bit as I figure out what works and what doesn't.

MIND CHECK
As I have spent hours trying to put together my training plan for the Dopey Challenge it occurred to me just what I've gotten myself in to. The excitement of the WDW Marathon Weekend certainly made me feel more confident than I do now. That's not to say that I can't or won't do this, because even though I'm completely freaked out. I am also super determined to make it through this. I want those medals so bad I can see them hanging around my neck! I wanted the fear to fuel my workouts and I think that will help me a lot this year. It will be interesting to see how this mindset of mine changes over the weeks.

I'm seriously considering buying a treadmill, elliptical and stationary bike. I would like to have my own home gym so that I can cancel my gym membership and use the machines at home to get my cross training and what not done on my time. I know for sure I'll be buying a treadmill because I won't be able to to do my long runs outside this summer in the extreme heat.

BODY CHECK
I expect this week to be tough on me...Getting back in to the swing of running and adding second workouts on several days will be a challenge and I'm going to be sore. I took the week after the half marathon off to rest and recover and that will either help or hurt me....We'll see!

I'm also going back to weighing myself on Monday mornings only. I've been weighing daily and while I do like this, I think the element of surprise might work in my favor and hopefully help me stay honest with my eating everyday.

NUTRITION
Notice that I am not using the word diet. I know that I need to figure out a way to change the way I eat and how much I eat. I'm not going to call it a diet because I need it to change permanently. That doesn't mean that I won't be counting calories and making sure I keep myself in check, it just means I'm calling it what I should have been calling it all along. My main goal for this week is to start incorporating more real foods - by that I mean cooking some meals instead of relying on Lean Cuisine to do the work for me. I am a convenience eater and that usually means I'm not too good at cooking meals for myself and that usually equates to me not eating as healthy as I should. I'm going to try to buy groceries weekly and focus on buying things that require me to make them and not solely microwaving them. This will be an adventure for sure!

WORKOUT PLAN
Monday
PM: Easy Run - Warm up walk, 4 miles @ 14:48 per mile, cool down walk
Tuesday
AM: Walk - 3 miles, no pace target
PM: AbRipperX
Wednesday
AM: Tempo Run - Warm up walk, 1 mile warm up run, 3 miles @ 13:22 per mile, 1 mile cool down run, cool down walk
Thursday
AM: Easy Run - Warm up walk, 4 miles @ 14:48 per mile, cool down walk
PM: P90X Shoulders & Arms
Friday
AM: Walk - 3 miles, no pace target
PM: Pilates 20 minute circle workout
Saturday
Long Run - Warm up walk, 8 miles @ 14:48 per mike, cool down walk
Sunday
Walk - 2 miles no pace target

That's a wrap for this week. Be on the lookout for the Dopey Training Review post at the end of the week!

Look For Some Changes...

Today started my first official week of training for the 2011 Dopey Challenge. While I've started a new training log and will keep a lot of information in there, I want you all to hold me accountable for my actions, reactions, laziness, etc...So, I'm going to try something new here on the blog. Let me know what you think.

Each week I'm going to try to post a Dopey Training Preview - Week #?. This entry is going to include information on my mind, body, nutrition, workout and any comments I might have about the upcoming week. I'll try to post these entries on Sunday or Monday depending on my schedule and will include what I intend to do for the upcoming week.

In addition to the Preview post, I'm going to try to post a Dopey Training Review - Week #?. Again, this is going to include information on mind, body, nutrition, workouts, etc...I will use this post as a review of the previous week and where I did well and where I fall short. I will try to post these entries on Saturday or Sunday depending on my workout schedule.

I hope that maybe some of you will get some insight in to my training plans and hopefully you won't be shy about suggesting things for me to try as well. I want to share this journey with all of you. I hope that we'll all learn together and no matter what your goals for the year you'll be able to share this journey with me and make a journey of your own!

Okay, that was as cheesy as I can get in one post. I'll be posting my first Preview post right after this!

Sunday, January 17, 2010

2010 WDW Marathon Weekend Trip Report - January 9, 2010

Saturday, January 9, 2010

The alarm went off at 2am and I got up, took a shower and started getting ready for the big race. I had a long sleeve tech shirt, knee length running tights, gloves and my normal running shoes and socks. I was watching the weather and it kept saying snow possible. At this point in time there really wasn't a lot I could do - I just wasn't prepared for this cold and even if I packed every piece of running gear I own it wouldn't have been enough. I was also afraid to buy a bunch of new gear - I didn't want ill fitting clothing to end up causing me more harm than good.

At 2:50am I headed out to catch the bus to Epcot. It was cold outside, but it didn't seem terrible yet. After about 10 minutes I got on the bus and at 3:05 we headed on our way. I was counting on the buses to run a little slower today, but we left pretty much on time and that meant we were there at about 3:15am. On the way the lady in front of me must have been nervous because she talked to the bus driver the whole way. I hope she finished okay because she said her normal runs were 3 to 4 miles and it was her first half marathon.

I knew I was in trouble immediately after I got off the bus - it was freezing. The walk to the family reunion area was pretty brutal and that was just the beginning. I talked to a guy from New York and even he was complaining about the cold. The CM kept telling people to walk towards the light -not in to the light, but towards it - too funny!

I saw Mike there as soon as I walked in and we just kept walking back and forth in order to try to stay warm. It was cold yes, but there was also a really strong wind that would just blow right through you. Slowly everyone started showing up - Deb, Jeff, Justin, Krystal, Rae, Eric, Aaron, Lisa and Trace. It was awesome having everyone there while we waited. I have to thank Lisa for trying to think of ways to keep me warm - I was pretty miserable, but it was my own fault and I knew I'd be fine once we started running.

As we waited, there were actually a few snowflakes that floated down. Mind you it was just a few, but that gives you an idea of just how cold it actually was. Before long it started to sleet, nothing serious at first, just annoying.

We all got ready to head to the corrals - the .6 mile walk. I was actually looking forward to it - the walk that is. As we neared the baggage claim it became clear that it was the only way through to the other side. This was poor planning and caused some congestion and frustration as we all trampled our way through. We trudged towards the corrals and it started to sleet in earnest - little ice pellets were pelting us and by this point I was pretty much frozen to the bone. I just wanted the race to start.

I was supposed to be in corral E, but I hung back with Jeff, Lisa, Trace and Aaron. The corrals were jam packed and would have been difficult to move forward so it was fine with me to stay put. I couldn't feel my fingers and we were standing off the pavement in some uneven ground which made me want to start even more. I couldn't hear the announcers or anything else going on, but I saw the hand-crank and wheelchair athletes start on the video screen, then fireworks and wave 1 was off and running. Now we just had to wait for our turn.

While waiting I pretty much made up my mind to just finish this race. I knew there was no way I would be getting a PR this time out. Finally it was our turn to start and the crowd began to move slowly forward to the start line. Since I was pretty stiff and cold it was tough going at first. Jeff and I ran with each other quietly at first.

Finally, Jeff said if I wanted to go ahead or we lost each other to keep going. Funny because I was getting ready to say the exact same thing. The first few miles are pretty uneventful and really it's so dark that you don't see a lot and you try very hard not to trip and fall on all the discarded clothes on the road. It was slow going the first few miles but I was comfortable and my joints were starting to loosen up and my hands started to get some feeling back. Much better.

We continue on - mile four, mile five and the Contemporary hill is there. We get ready to head in to the Magic Kingdom. We keep going. The energy is great - here we are, people lining Main Street in the rain, cheering us. I love this part! We keep going through the Magic Kingdom and along the way we see Louis, Prince Naveen, the Country Bears, the Royal Trumpeters, and Prince Charming. We're going through the castle. We continue on and reach backstage where the Pirates are there.

The run continues. I continue the running motion the whole time. I decide to just slow my pace as needed instead of walking because I know if I stop running I'll have trouble getting going again. My time is suffering and I'm so glad to have Jeff there running with me. He's keeping me going when I really just want to stop and I get tired. At a little past mile 8 I take a gel. I am still so cold that I can't even open the darn packet and the gel is almost solid - yuck! It helps, but I just feel like I don't have anything left in me.

Here comes mile nine and then we get to mile 10 - it's colder again, I've lost feeling in my hands. We only have a 5K to go - come on Jeff we can do this.

Mile 11 and the dreaded curve in to the overpass hill that killed me in the Princess Half. I keep trudging along and make it over and down. Jeff and I are still together as we hit mile 12 and get ready to enter Epcot.

This is where I lost Jeff. I felt so bad - I can't find him. I want to find him, but I can't stop now or I won't start again.. Rae hollers at me from the side - I wave, say hi and yell that Jeff is right behind me. I just keep going because it's the only thing I can do. I really want Jeff to cross the finish with me, but I still don't see him.

I keep going through Epcot and finally the exit out to the finishing stretch. There it is, the finish line is in sight. I can't pick up my pace, I just keep trudging along. As I hit the finish I get to high five Mickey! I cross the line in my worst time yet - 3:04. It's okay - weather and weight play a big part on my time today, but I finished.

I stay at the finish to wait for Jeff. I know he's not far behind me and I want to be there when he crosses the finish line. There he is. I give him a hug after he crosses the line and we head off to get our medals. I'm feeling okay at this point so I didn't even realize that I didn't grab a Mylar blanket - big mistake! We grab water and Power Ade then get in line for finisher photos. We take individual photos and one together. Jeff had to open my Power Ade for me as my hands were still so cold I couldn't even turn the cap.

We head in to the snack tent - I grabbed a banana, orange and a muffin and move on. We made a quick walk by the family reunion area to see if there were any Team Voice folks there, but there weren't so we were on our way. Jeff headed to the monorail and I headed toward the buses - I think.
There's a huge line for the buses - I get in it and I am starting to get even colder as my body cools down. It felt like I waited forever just to find out that we were being directed to the other bus lines in the back. I find the Port Orleans line and it's long - super long. I watch two buses load and pull out, and then a third and I'm not even close to the front yet. I start shivering so bad that I can't control it and my hands and feet are numb and starting to hurt at the same time. As I wait a very nice man in front of my from Virginia came around behind me and wrapped his Mylar blanket around me and told me that I need this way more than he did. I could not express enough gratitude and I certainly never would have told him that it wasn't helping, but it wasn't.

I finally boarded the bus and as soon as I sit down I realize there's no heat in this bus and it actually feels like air conditioning is on. An older gentleman sat next to me and he informed me that I didn't need to put any blue lipstick on because my lips were already blue. I felt bad as I sat there and shivered because I'm sure I was shaking the whole bus at that point.

Back at the resort and I headed straight to my room. It took me two baths, a hot shower and another bath to start feeling warmer. As my fingers un-thaw they hurt and then they start prickling and soon they are warm, but numb - I can't feel anything with them. After all the hot water I could take I curled up under the covers for about 40 minutes - all this time the heat is as high as it will go in the room.

I got up, got ready and headed out to the bus to go to the Magic Kingdom - it's 1pm. It's been a long day already. I was in the park and rode Pirates right away - there was no wait. As I came out I see Jeff, Connie and Mike and we head on Pirates again. After that it was time to head over to Aloha Isle for the Dole Whip Meet - yeah, no Dole Whip for me, it's still too cold. Bryan Ripper showed up - nice to finally meet him :)! We all chatted about the race and then it was time for the All About the Mouse Jungle Cruise Meet. It was a fun ride with a great captain!

Back on Pirates one more time and everyone started to head their separate ways. I went with Rae and Eric and we went in search of food. We headed to The Plaza - I had never eaten here before. I was starving as I hadn't had any real food since the day before and it was catching up with me. I had a turkey sandwich and fries and it was perfect!

After eating we met Byron for a couple of minutes and then we got to meet up with Matt! Rae, Eric, Matt and I headed to Monster's Inc Laugh Floor and I have to say it was one of the best shows I'd seen yet. Next we headed over to Philharmagic which is one of my favorite attractions - love it!

Rae and Eric needed to head out to rest up and get ready for the Full Marathon tomorrow - good luck guys! Matt and I headed to the monorail and made our way over to Epcot. Over to Mexico and the Tequila Bar to meet Jeff, Connie and Mike. We all chatted for a while and finally at 9;15pm it was time to head back to the resort.

I grabbed a quick snack and headed to my room. I was there by 9:47pm and finally at 11pm I had had enough and it was time for bed.

It was an interesting race experience today and one that I'm sure I won't forget anytime soon. While I failed to get under 2 hours and 30 minutes yet again, I finished with a great friend, had fun and got very motivated to train way harder for next year!

Memories of My Fourth Day
The weather today was super cold, sleet, snow and rain.

The best thing today was finishing my third half marathon and knowing that I can do the Goofy next year.

The worst thing today was being freezing cold through the whole race and afterwards.

The funniest thing today was the lady at Monster's Inc Laugh Floor sending her thoughts...Meebeepneebeeemeep...

Today I tried The Plaza restaurant and the result was the perfect meal after the race.

The most magical moment today was finishing the race, meeting new people and just enjoying everything.

WDW 1/2 Marathon
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2010 WDW Marathon Weekend Trip Report - January 8, 2010

Friday, January 8, 2010

The first alarm went off at 4am, the second at 4:15am. I opted to get up at 4:15, head straight to the shower and got ready to head out. At 4:50am I headed out to wait for the bus.

I made it on the first bus - actually there were only a couple of people on it...and we headed off to Epcot at 5:15am. It was an uneventful rude and we arrived at Epcot at 5:35am. It was a bit chilly, but at 41 degrees it was bearable. I walked around for a bit and then took a quick bio break.

Now I just stood outside the corral area until it was time to line up. Everyone was asked to get in their corrals at 6:30, so I lined up in the 11 - 13 minute corral. We had half an hour to stand and wait, but the energy was good and the time passed pretty quickly. One thing I did hear one of the announcers say that I hadn't heard before was that anyone doing the 5K, Half and Full could be called one of two names - Dopey or Dumbo. I'd never heard Dumbo before and I still like Dopey better!

It was 6:59 and time to count down the wheelchair athletes. Then it was our turn - 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 - off we go! I told myself I was going to take it slow and easy - would I actually do that?

It took a couple of minutes to hit the start line. The first mile was a bit slow and I mentally kept myself from weaving in and out and passing people. I'm not in this to get a PR, I'm not in this to beat people, I'm just doing a nice warm up for the half tomorrow. My first mile was 12:20 and we've gone around the parking lot and backstage.

I sped up a little in mile two just because it started to thin out a bit and I was feeling really good. We headed towards World Showcase, entering at Mexico. The Cast Members and volunteers are awesome - cheering and yelling and singing and all kinds of goofy things. My second mile was 11:26 and we're heading around World Showcase at a nice pace.

I felt really comfortable all the way through World Showcase, even on the little hills that can catch you off guard if you're tired. After World Showcase we headed in to Future World and past Spaceship Earth, around by the turnstiles and finally back out toward the parking lot for the final stretch. My third mile was 11:14 and I was still feeling really good.

I didn't pick up my pace for the finish stretch as I was just feeling good and wanted to end on a high note feeling good, which is exactly what I did. There it is, the finish line. I cross with a smile on my face (or in my head at least). My Garmin time was 36:56 so I was happy.

I ran the entire course and overall I was feeling pretty good. My right shin was hurting just a little bit - might have to have that checked again when I get home. I headed to get my medallion which was a little congested, but still pretty quick. I headed on and grabbed a water and got in line to get a finisher's photo which took no time at all!

Next up was snacks. This was so efficient, they had snacks all bagged up and just handed everyone a bag - each bag had a banana, orange and a muffin in it. Then more volunteers were handing out pineapple cups and boxes of raisins.

I took the short walk over to the buses and it was a quick trip back to the resort. I stopped to get some oatmeal and headed to my room to eat. After eating I took a hot shower and laid down to watch some TV and fell asleep.

I got up, took another shower and got ready to head out to Hollywood Studios. It was an uneventful ride to the park and a quick entry in. I headed straight to The Great Movie Ride - wow, there's a line, not just a line a 20 minute ride. Oh well...I'm in the line now. I still like this ride, but I do think it's time for an update. Although if you sit on the far left as you go in to the Alien section look at the computer monitors...There's some great funny stuff on there - stuff about welcoming all aliens to the spaceship, conditions are gooey and gross - I'll have to try to read more of those next time I ride because I honestly hadn't ever noticed this before.

After getting out of the ride I met up with Jeff from Team Voice and his Mom, Connie. We sat and chatted for a while and since they had fast passes for Toy Story Midway Mania we headed that way and while they rode I did a quick walk around and met back up with them. Now it was time to head towards Mama Melrose for the Team Voice dinner.

We all gathered in front of the restaurant, made our introductions and chatted for a while. We were all seated together and we had a good meal and great conversation. Rae and Eric brought goody bags for all of us with samples of some great products - thanks guys! If you haven't eaten here, give it a try - it's really a good restaurant. After dinner the park was closed so we all made our way to the front of the park to say our goodbyes, good lucks and see you tomorrows!

Richard was headed to Port Orleans Riverside to meet some friends so we had a great conversation on the way over the resort. We said our goodbyes and I headed back to my room. I had to check in with my niece to see how she and the baby were and to check on my sister how had surgery today. My sister was having some trouble so I made a call to talk to her - the story is always better directly from the source, she was having problems (turned out to be an allergy to Morphine) but was doing okay.

Once I was sure everyone was okay, I started to get ready for tomorrow. I laid out all of my gear, made some changes to my Garmin workout, got my water ready to go and watched the news to see how bad it was really going to be weather-wise. Finally, at 9:15pm I decided I needed to get to bed because 2am was going to come very early!

Next up, the Half Marathon I wasn't prepared for...

Memories of My Third Day
The weather today was very chilly.

The best thing today was the 5K race and meeting all the Team Voice members.

The worst thing today was the weather.

The funniest thing today was the announcer calling people Dumbo for doing the 5k, Half and Full Marathon.

Today I tried the Up & Away Family 5K and the result was a great race that was well organized.

The most magical moment today was the 5K race and dinner with the super Team Voice folks!

Up & Away Family Fun Run 5K
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Saturday, January 16, 2010

2010 WDW Marathon Weekend Trip Report - January 7, 2010

The alarm went off at 6:15 this morning and I completely ignored it. I finally got up at 7:45. Checked my work email and then got ready to go for a nice short run.

It was about 8:20am when I headed out the door for a nice 2.26 mile run just to loosen up my joints and get a feel for the terrain and weather. Port Orleans French Quarter is a beautiful resort to run at. There are tons of trails and pathways and running along the river is really lovely. I would highly recommend staying here if you want someplace to be able to come out and do a few miles before hitting the parks or before bed at night.

I was back in my room and in the shower by 9:20am. I dilly dallied for a while and at 10:15 I headed to the food court to grab some breakfast. Oatmeal, fruit, orange juice and water - perfect breakfast after a nice little run!

At 11am I walked around a bit because the buses to the Expo weren't supposed to start running until 11:30am. Finally I headed over to wait since there were some other people waiting too. There was mass confusion on the part of the bus drivers and CM's as to when the buses would actually start running. One couple was told 9, 11 and 12. I looked in the brochure and it stated 11:30 - which I showed to the confused CM's.

As we waited to get the bus confusion sorted out I had a chance to talk to a man that was running the Goofy Challenge for the second time. He's 56 years old this year. The first time he ran the Goofy Challenge he hadn't run a marathon in 10 years and that was only as a joke. He encouraged me and thought it would be fine to run it without running a marathon first as long as you put in the training runs. It was great to talk to him and find out more about the races and how he trained.

The bus came over right before 11:30am and we all boarded and were on our way to the Expo. We arrived at Disney's Wide World of Sports and the line for packet pickup was almost down to where the buses unload. I just got in line and waited with everyone else. It's a little chilly this morning, but in the sun it's perfect. It was crazy as the line just kept going and finally wound its way through a queue line - it was like waiting in line for a ride in the middle of summer, except this line actually kept moving pretty well.

I was in the building pretty quickly and headed straight to the Half Marathon packet pickup line. My line only had one person in it so I had my bib and pin quite quickly and headed to where I saw a sign to go upstairs for the 5K pickup.

Not so quick. There's a guy there and he sends me the other way. I head the other way and another guy sends me down a hallway that appears to lead to nowhere. I eventually run in to a volunteer coordinator and as I start talking to her more guests show up having been told to go this way too. The volunteer coordinator took us where we needed to go - thank goodness I didn't end up having to go back outside and through the first line again! I head upstairs and they are checking ID before you enter the room to get in line - strange since I have no idea what she was actually looking for in terms of the ID. The line for the 5K only had two people in front of me so this line was pretty quick as well. I had my bib, pin, shirt and goody bag and was ready to head out to get my goody bag and shirt for the half marathon.

I knew that my bib for the half marathon would be personalized, but the 5K bib was personalized too. Very cool. I asked for an XL t-shirt and didn't realize til I got back to the room that I ended up with a M...Oh well.

I headed across the way to go get my shirt. It was really quick - there wasn't anyone waiting in line for an XL. I had everything done in hardly any time at all. I stopped right before the entrance to the Expo and got all my stuff organized in to one bag and easier to carry.

In to Expo madhouse - oh my was it crowded in here! I decided to check out the Disney merchandise first. I was a bit disappointed because I know that Champion tends to run small and the largest size I found was XL - I prefer a XXL in this brand as it just fits better. I even asked a CM and he said everything they had was out...Bummer. I did end up buying a long sleeve tech shirt (which I discovered later didn't fit well at all) and a key chain. I had in my hands an in training for Goofy 2011 and an in training for Marathon 2011 shirts - I was going to buy them, but then I chickened out...One I wasn't sure which I was committing to and two they were XL and I didn't want to buy them and then not wear them ever..

I walked around the Expo just soaking in the atmosphere and seeing if there was any new gear that I couldn't live without. The only thing I bought was a travel size Body Glide that was 1/2 off - such a good deal!

I got a Tweet from mla1977 - Megan asking if I wanted to meet because she was at the Expo too. We met up and walked around the Expo together and chatted for awhile, then we headed out to the buses to head back to our resorts.

As I was waiting for the bus, the couple I was talking to on the way over were there and another couple. We all had more conversations about marathons and the Goofy Challenge and I asked for advice. I got the best advice this time - the day before your long run go out and do a nice long bike ride so that you wear out your legs without the pounding, then when you do your long run you'll know what it feels like to run on tired legs and that's how the Goofy will feel! Love this idea and already planning to put in in my training plan and I'm pretty much decided that I'm doing Goofy.

I got back to my room, changed clothes and got ready for Epcot. It was a quick stop and I was back out to the bus and on my way in no time. I had the bus all to myself - yep, there was no one else on the bus and that was kind of strange.

Once at Epcot I headed straight in to the park and rode Spaceship Earth - one of my favorites. Then I headed right back out of the park to wait for Dive Quest. While waiting two guys showed up - a father and son. We started talking about diving and before you know it another guy showed up. Then the conversation turned to the races and I found out the father is running the Goofy. Again I started with the questions - here's another guy that hadn't run a marathon before the first time he ran the Goofy. Another vote of confidence that I could do this next year. The third guy that was there is doing the same as me - the half this year and the Goofy next year. Then a fourth guy showed up and right after that our leader showed up. As one of the leaders was leaving he said - I remember you. I said, I remember you, but you remember me? He said - of course, you're here all the time. I had to laugh at that - I haven't been here since September, but it was cool that he remembered me :)!

The first part of the program heads backstage and we get to learn a bit more about the building, filters, animals, etc...Our leader this time, John, was very knowledgeable, told some great stories and I actually learned some new facts this time. As we headed in to the manatee area we got to see manatee poop first hand - Kringle is being fed more to get more weight on him before he's released and it's causing gastric distress. Then we head to the classroom to sign our lives away and watch the video about what to do and not do.

Time to get dressed. I head in and my wetsuit booties are two sizes too small - I go out and ask John to get me size 8 instead of 6. I head back in and guess what - my wetsuit is two sizes too small. Back out to John and he brings in two new options. This is the first time that I've ever had to change what they've given me...At least everything fits now.

We head onstage and then backstage where we get to meet our dive master, Bruce, our videographer, Will and our safety diver Jon. We got our briefing on the equipment and what to do and not to do with the animals, then we suited up and headed in the water to meet in the middle.

As we started to submerge I couldn't descend and Jon hooked two more weights on my vest and down I went. Much better. The first part was follow the leader. We went through some crazy swim throughs and areas that were difficult to navigate. It was crazy fun. Finally we were on our own and I stayed with Christopher (one of the other divers) around the tank looking for his family. He finally found them and I headed off to wave at people, do somersaults and look around. It's a lot of fun playing with the kids watching and being part of the show.

I went in search of the sharks. Bruce asked if I wanted to see them and I said sure. He took me to the bottom of the tank and had me lay on the bottom and shallow my breathing - one of the sand tigers swam right next to me - reach out and touch close. Then Bruce took me to another area and I did the same thing and here comes the shark right next to me again. This is awesome. The only problem I have with doing this is the shallow breathing - I don't like doing that very much.

Bruce pointed to a place higher up and started to ascend and all of a sudden I got super dizzy and disoriented. It was a bit strange and surreal feeling. I didn't like it and I signaled Bruce I was headed up. We reached the surface and he explained that I had just experienced reverse equalization and if it happens again just stop moving and it'll clear in a second or two. Not something I hope happens very often that's for sure.

We headed back down and all too soon time was up and everyone headed back to the surface. My left ear popped hard and hurt a little bit, but other than that it was a great dive. We all headed back to the locker rooms to shower and change. I was done before any of the guys were done - well I was pretty quick :). Next we headed to get our dive stickers and watch the video of our dive. The DVD costs $35 and all of that goes straight to the Disney Conservation Fund so of course I bought it. We also each got a cloth bag to put our wet things in. The sad part - no t-shirt or collector pin, just the bag. I was a bit bummed by that as I was hoping to wear the t-shirt the next day. We all said our goodbyes and headed off.

I decided to head to World Showcase to look for food. I was starving - I always am after diving. As I walked around I was so hungry that I just couldn't decide what I wanted. I stopped in at Mitsukoshi to look around then headed out of the park. I was trying to take it easy today so that I wouldn't wear out my legs - too bad I dove and walked all the way around World Showcase. It's okay though, I feel good.

Out to the bus stop and the bus was there so I was on my way back to the resort. It's a quick bus trip and when I arrived I headed to the store to get some big bottles of water. Next up the food court - a cheeseburger and fries was on the menu for me tonight.

After I got my food I headed to my room to eat and check email. Then it was time to lay out my race gear for the Up & Away 5K. The forecast is calling for sleet and/or snow flurries tomorrow night in to Saturday morning - anyone up for a half marathon in the snow?

I finally decide it's time for bed around 11pm as 4am is going to come early in the morning, but I'm looking forward to the 5K!

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Memories of My Second Day
The weather today was cold but sunny.

The best thing today was meeting Megan, Packet Pickup/Expo and Dive Quest.

The worst thing today was walking too much and the reverse equalization disorientation.

The funniest thing today was the crazy antics of people and cast members in the packet pickup line at the Expo.

Today I tried running at Port Orleans and the result was a beautiful place to run.

The most magical moment today was getting up close and personal with the sharks during Dive Quest!

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