2017 Training Stats

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

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Sunday, May 27, 2012

runDisney Update

2012 Disneyland Half Marathon
August 31 - September 2, 2012

Disneyland Health and Fitness Expo
Disneyland Hotel Exhibit Hall
Friday, August 31, 2012
12:00pm - 8:00pm
Saturday, September 1, 2012
9:00am - 5:00pm

Disneyland Family Fun Run 5K - Sold Out
Stroller Division - Sold Out
Disneyland Resort
Saturday, September 1, 2012
6:45am

runDisney Kids' Races - Sold Out
Downtown Disney District
Saturday, September 1, 2012
9:00am

Pasta in the Park Party
Disneyland Festival Arena
Saturday, September 1, 2012
6:00 - 8:00pm

Disneyland Half Marathon - Sold Out
Disneyland Resort
Sunday, September 2, 2012
5:45am

The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror 10 Miler
September 28 - 29, 2012

Disney's Health and Fitness Expo
ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex
Friday, September 28, 2012
12:00pm -8:00pm
Saturday, September 29, 2012
10:00am - 4:00pm

Disney Happy Haunted 5K Trail Run - 51% Full
ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex
Saturday, September 29, 2012
7:30am


runDisney Kids' Races - 54% Full
ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex
Saturday, September 29, 2012
9:00am
*A One Mile Kids' Race has been added to the compliment of kids' races
The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror 10 Miler - Sold Out
Disney's Hollywood Studios
Saturday, September 29, 2012
10:00pm
View course map here

Disney Villains Hollywood Bash
Disney's Hollywood Studios
September 29, 2012
10:30pm - 3:00am
Ticket included with race registration
Extra tickets $44 per person by August 31, 2012
Extra tickets $54 per person on or after September 1, 2012
Purchase Disney Villains Hollywood Bash tickets here

2012 Wine and Dine Half Marathon
November 9 - 10, 2012

Disney's Health and Fitness Expo
ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex
Friday, November 9, 2012
10:00pm -7:00pm
Saturday, November 10, 2012
9:00am - 4:00pm

Mickey's Jingle Jungle 5K - No percentages Listed
Disney's Animal Kingdom
Saturday, November 10, 2012
7:00am


runDisney Kids' Races - No Percentages Listed
ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex
Saturday, November 10, 2012
10:00am


Wine and Dine Half Marathon - 66% Full
ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex
Saturday, November 10, 2012
10:00pm
*Please note that there will not be a half marathon relay for 2012

Finish Line Party
Epcot International Food and Wine Festival
Saturday, November 10, 2012
10:30pm - 3:00am
Purchase Finish Line Party tickets here

2013 Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend
January 10 - 13, 2013

Disney's Health and Fitness Expo
ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex
Thursday, January 10, 2013
9:00am - 7:00pm
Friday, January 11, 2013
9:00am - 7:00pm
Saturday, January 12, 2013
10:00am - 5:00pm

Pasta in the Park Party
Epcot
Thursday, January 10, 2013
Buffet Dinner: 6:30 - 8:30pm
Illuminations: 9:00pm
Friday, January 11, 2013
Buffet Dinner: 6:30 - 8:30pm
Illuminations: 9:00pm
Saturday, January 12, 2013
Buffet Dinner: 6:30 - 8:30pm
Illuminations: 9:00pm
Adult Tickets (10 and up): $47.50
Child Tickets (3-9): $28.35

Disney's Family Fun Run 5K - No Percentages Listed
Epcot
Friday, January 11, 2013
6:30am

Disney's Kids' Races - No Percentages Listed
ESPN Wide World of Sports Track and Field Complex
Thursday, January 10, 2013
3:00pm
Friday, January 11, 2013
11:00am
Saturday, January 12, 2013
11:00am

Mickey Mile - No Percentages Listed
ESPN Wide World of Sports Track and Field Complex
Thursday, January 10, 2013
4:30pm
Friday, January 11, 2013
12:30pm
Saturday, January 12, 2013
12:30pm

Walt Disney World Half Marathon - No Percentages Listed
Epcot
Saturday, January 12, 2013
5:30am

Walt Disney World Marathon (20th Anniversary) - No Percentages Listed
Epcot
Sunday, January 13, 2013
5:30am

Goofy's Race and Half Challenge - 63% Full
From the runDisney website:
If you think that a marathon is just a walk in the park, put your endurance to the test and compete in Goofy's Race and a Half Challenge! A 39.3-mile adventure held over two days, participants will run the Half Marathon on Saturday, followed by the Marathon on Sunday. If you finish both races within the pacing requirements, you will be awarded the coveted Goofy medal in addition to your Donald Duck and Mickey Mouse finisher medals.

You must register for Goofy's Race and a Half Challenge to receive the Goofy medal upon completion of both races within the pacing requirements.

Downtown Disney After Party
Downtown Disney Westside
Sunday, January 13, 2013
4:00 - 8:00pm

From the runDisney website:
After all that training and mileage, it's time to indulge and unwind! Runners, join us at Downtown Disney Westside to celebrate your finish with friends and family. Enjoy food, music and last minute commemorative merchandise shopping. Admission to the Downtown Disney® After Party is open to race participants, their guests and the public.

2013 Tinker Bell Half Marathon
January 18 - 20, 2013

Registration opens June 12, 2012!

Check back soon for more updates!

Tinker Bell Half Marathon Weekend Expo
Never Land Family Fun Run 5K
Disney Kids' Races
Tinker Bell Half Marathon
Tinker Bell Half Marathon - 2 person teams

2013 Princess Half Marathon
February 22-24, 2013

Registration opens July 10, 2012!

Check back soon for more updates!

Disney's Fit for a Princess Expo
Pasta in the Park Party
Royal Family 5K
runDisney Kids' Races
Princess Half Marathon
Princess Half Marathon 2 Person Team

2013 Expedition Everest Challenge
May 3 - 4, 2013

Check back soon for more updates!

Weekly Review: May 21 - 27

Goals for workouts this year:
1. 100-125 miles run/walk per month
2. One 20+ mile run/walk per month
3. One day of Pilates per week
4. One day of Strength Training per week
5. One day of Bike or Elliptical per week
6. One Incline Workout on the Treadmill per week

Here's this week's recap
Monday
PM Workout:  Treadmill run/walk 2.38mi @ 14:56 per mi
Notes:  That was all I could do tonight.  It was difficult to say the least, but at least it was a couple of miles.

Tuesday
REST
Notes:  Busy day getting ready to travel the next day.

Wednesday
REST
Notes:  Not a completely restful day as I had to travel.  Lots of walking around airports and hotels.

Thursday
REST
Notes:  Marathon day of interviews and travel.  Hope to have some news to share next week on this front.

Friday
REST
Notes:  Extremely tired after a 21 hour long day yesterday  Felt like I was living in a fog all day.

Saturday
REST
Notes: Spent the day with family and didn't have any time to get any miles in.

Sunday
REST
Notes: Okay, so lots of things took my focus off working out this week and today I was just too lazy to do anything.

Weekly Numbers:
Weight Watch: +2.8 pounds
No improvement in this situation right now.  It's just not my top priority, but I'll work on it. 

Run/Walk Miles: 13.71
Bike Miles: 0.0
Elliptical Miles: 0.0
TOTAL MILES: 13.71

Pilates: MISSED
Strength: MISSED
Incline: MISSED

Monthly Numbers
Run/Walk Miles: 13.71
Bike Miles: 0.0
Elliptical Miles: 0.0
TOTAL MILES: 13.71

Training Notes
Not a great week, but I have to worry about some other stuff first right now.  There's a lot going on, I've been to some interviews and hope to have some news by the end of next week on this front.  Things are a bit confusing right now, but I'm trying to work through all my thoughts and emotions so that I can make good decisions.

I'm not even going to pretend that I've been trying to eat better or diet right now.  It should be my priority as I'm really struggling with sore legs and bad cardio, but it's just rough right now.

Sunday, May 20, 2012

runDisney Update

2012 Disneyland Half Marathon
August 31 - September 2, 2012

Disneyland Health and Fitness Expo
Disneyland Hotel Exhibit Hall
Friday, August 31, 2012
12:00pm - 8:00pm
Saturday, September 1, 2012
9:00am - 5:00pm

Disneyland Family Fun Run 5K - Sold Out
Stroller Division - Sold Out
Disneyland Resort
Saturday, September 1, 2012
6:45am

runDisney Kids' Races - Sold Out
Downtown Disney District
Saturday, September 1, 2012
9:00am

Pasta in the Park Party
Disneyland Festival Arena
Saturday, September 1, 2012
6:00 - 8:00pm

Disneyland Half Marathon - Sold Out
Disneyland Resort
Sunday, September 2, 2012
5:45am

The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror 10 Miler
September 28 - 29, 2012

Disney's Health and Fitness Expo
ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex
Friday, September 28, 2012
12:00pm -8:00pm
Saturday, September 29, 2012
10:00am - 4:00pm

Disney Happy Haunted 5K Trail Run - No Percentages Listed
ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex
Saturday, September 29, 2012
7:30am


runDisney Kids' Races - 52% Full
ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex
Saturday, September 29, 2012
9:00am

The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror 10 Miler - Sold Out
Disney's Hollywood Studios
Saturday, September 29, 2012
10:00pm
View course map here

Disney Villains Hollywood Bash
Disney's Hollywood Studios
September 29, 2012
10:30pm - 3:00am
Ticket included with race registration
Extra tickets $44 per person by August 31, 2012
Extra tickets $54 per person on or after September 1, 2012
Purchase Disney Villains Hollywood Bash tickets here

2012 Wine and Dine Half Marathon
November 9 - 10, 2012

Disney's Health and Fitness Expo
ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex
Friday, November 9, 2012
10:00pm -7:00pm
Saturday, November 10, 2012
9:00am - 4:00pm

Mickey's Jingle Jungle 5K - No percentages Listed
Disney's Animal Kingdom
Saturday, November 10, 2012
7:00am


runDisney Kids' Races - No Percentages Listed
ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex
Saturday, November 10, 2012
10:00am


Wine and Dine Half Marathon - 59% Full
ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex
Saturday, November 10, 2012
10:00pm
*Please note that there will not be a half marathon relay for 2012

Finish Line Party
Epcot International Food and Wine Festival
Saturday, November 10, 2012
10:30pm - 3:00am
Purchase Finish Line Party tickets here

2013 Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend
January 10 - 13, 2013

Disney's Health and Fitness Expo
ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex
Thursday, January 10, 2013
9:00am - 7:00pm
Friday, January 11, 2013
9:00am - 7:00pm
Saturday, January 12, 2013
10:00am - 5:00pm

Pasta in the Park Party
Epcot
Thursday, January 10, 2013
Buffet Dinner: 6:30 - 8:30pm
Illuminations: 9:00pm
Friday, January 11, 2013
Buffet Dinner: 6:30 - 8:30pm
Illuminations: 9:00pm
Saturday, January 12, 2013
Buffet Dinner: 6:30 - 8:30pm
Illuminations: 9:00pm
Adult Tickets (10 and up): $47.50
Child Tickets (3-9): $28.35

Disney's Family Fun Run 5K - No Percentages Listed
Epcot
Friday, January 11, 2013
6:30am

Disney's Kids' Races - No Percentages Listed
ESPN Wide World of Sports Track and Field Complex
Thursday, January 10, 2013
3:00pm
Friday, January 11, 2013
11:00am
Saturday, January 12, 2013
11:00am

Mickey Mile - No Percentages Listed
ESPN Wide World of Sports Track and Field Complex
Thursday, January 10, 2013
4:30pm
Friday, January 11, 2013
12:30pm
Saturday, January 12, 2013
12:30pm

Walt Disney World Half Marathon - No Percentages Listed
Epcot
Saturday, January 12, 2013
5:30am

Walt Disney World Marathon (20th Anniversary) - No Percentages Listed
Epcot
Sunday, January 13, 2013
5:30am

Goofy's Race and Half Challenge - 61% Full
From the runDisney website:
If you think that a marathon is just a walk in the park, put your endurance to the test and compete in Goofy's Race and a Half Challenge! A 39.3-mile adventure held over two days, participants will run the Half Marathon on Saturday, followed by the Marathon on Sunday. If you finish both races within the pacing requirements, you will be awarded the coveted Goofy medal in addition to your Donald Duck and Mickey Mouse finisher medals.

You must register for Goofy's Race and a Half Challenge to receive the Goofy medal upon completion of both races within the pacing requirements.

Downtown Disney After Party
Downtown Disney Westside
Sunday, January 13, 2013
4:00 - 8:00pm

From the runDisney website:
After all that training and mileage, it's time to indulge and unwind! Runners, join us at Downtown Disney Westside to celebrate your finish with friends and family. Enjoy food, music and last minute commemorative merchandise shopping. Admission to the Downtown Disney® After Party is open to race participants, their guests and the public.

2013 Tinker Bell Half Marathon
January 18 - 20, 2013

Registration opens June 12, 2012!

Check back soon for more updates!

Tinker Bell Half Marathon Weekend Expo
Never Land Family Fun Run 5K
Disney Kids' Races
Tinker Bell Half Marathon
Tinker Bell Half Marathon - 2 person teams

2013 Princess Half Marathon
February 22-24, 2013

Registration opens July 10, 2012!

Check back soon for more updates!

Disney's Fit for a Princess Expo
Pasta in the Park Party
Royal Family 5K
runDisney Kids' Races
Princess Half Marathon
Princess Half Marathon 2 Person Team

2013 Expedition Everest Challenge
May 3 - 4, 2013

Check back soon for more updates!

Weekly Review: May 14 - 20

Goals for workouts this year:
1. 100-125 miles run/walk per month
2. One 20+ mile run/walk per month
3. One day of Pilates per week
4. One day of Strength Training per week
5. One day of Bike or Elliptical per week
6. One Incline Workout on the Treadmill per week

Here's this week's recap
Monday
REST
Notes:  No excuse, I'm not motivated right now.

Tuesday
PM Workout:  Treadmill walk 2.11mi @ 15:00 per mi
Notes:  It wasn't much but I have to start somewhere.

Wednesday
REST
Notes:  Very tired today.

Thursday
PM Workout:  Treadmill walk 2.13mi @ 15:00 per mi
Notes:  It was a very late workout tonight,but despite the time I got a couple of miles in at least.

Friday
REST
Notes:  Super tired again tonight.

Saturday
REST
Notes: Had some plans today that made it hard to get any miles in.

Sunday
PM Workout:  Treadmill walk 2.3mi @ 15:00 per mi
Notes:  I really wanted more miles this weekend, but it just wasn't in the cards.  At least I didn't give up completely.

Weekly Numbers:
Weight Watch: -4.6 pounds
My weight is so out of control right now I don't even know what to make of any of the numbers I see. 

Run/Walk Miles: 6.54
Bike Miles: 0.0
Elliptical Miles: 0.0
TOTAL MILES: 6.54

Pilates: MISSED
Strength: MISSED
Incline: MISSED

Monthly Numbers
Run/Walk Miles: 11.33
Bike Miles: 0.0
Elliptical Miles: 0.0
TOTAL MILES: 11.33

Training Notes
So, I got a few miles in this week.  No, it's not where I should be, but I feel like I'm starting over and I do have to start somewhere.  At least I got a few miles and they didn't completely kill me.  I'll have to keep working harder and trying harder to get more miles in.

Every day I tell myself I'll make good food choices, and then every day I make bad choices instead.  I know it's just how I'm coping with stress, but I am unsure how to make myself stop doing it.  I keep trying and failing here, but I know it will come together at some point.  It has too.

Saturday, May 19, 2012

2012 Expedition Everest Challenge Trip Report - LONG

Friday, May 4, 2012
Not much to say about this day.  I traveled to Walt Disney World.  I didn't arrive at Animal Kingdom Lodge until 1:40am - needless to say, it was a long day and I was glad when I finally got to my room.  I had a snack and headed to bed.

Saturday, May 5, 2012
As usual, I didn't sleep well.  The first alarm went off at 7:00am, but I lazed around until 8:45am.  Finally, I got up and got ready to head out.  I took my time as I was incredibly tired, but I finally headed out at 9:25am.

I headed to the bus stop and since I missed the first bus I had a little time to wait.  The Mears coordinator was very friendly and we had a nice chat.  At 9:53am I was on the bus and headed to ESPN's Wide World of Sports.  It was a short ride and I was headed towards packet pickup by 10:04am.  Instead of going all the way in to the complex, we were diverted to the left along the top of some bleachers for one of the baseball fields.

Packet pickup was super small - just a few tables under portable canopies.  I walked right up and got my bib, party wristband and commemorative pin.  I headed a few steps and there was a merchandise location setup - there was a woman's tech shirt, men's tech shirt and some runDisney in training gear.  I decided to get the men's tech shirt.  I was disappointed that there weren't any key chains or any other merchandise for this event.

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Bib
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Party Wristband
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Commemorative Pin
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Front of Purchased Tech Shirt
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Back of Purchased Tech Shirt

I headed around the corner, tore off the top of my bib and turned it in for my shirt, a button and some fruit chews.  People were gathering around and I figured out it was for the first course talk.  I decided to hang around and hear what they would have to say.  I was glad I stayed around as we were told the three obstacles, not the order but a vague idea of what they are.  They also gave us a little more information about the scavenger hunt which I was glad to hear a little bit more about.

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Front of Shirt
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Back of Shirt
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Button

At 10:47am I was back on the bus to the Animal Kingdom Lodge.  I stopped at the market to get some drinks and snacks for later.  I dropped my stuff off in my room and headed to The Mara to grab some food for lunch.  I took my food back to my room and enjoyed lunch while I watched some TV.

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Animals from Balcony of Room

I knew I wasn't going to last most of the night if I didn't get some sleep so I decided to try to nap at 1:00pm.  I dozed off and on for a few hours and finally at 5:00pm decided I should get up and get moving.  I ate a snack and hoped that would be enough to get me through the race without making me sick.  As I got ready, I realized that I'm not nervous for this event, but that I really don't have any expectations about this event. 

6:45pm I headed out to the bus stop.  The bus finally showed up at 6:55pm and the bus was on the way to Animal Kingdom.  Our bus was the very first bus to arrive so no one was really sure what to do or where to send us.  One of the coordinators walked us from the bus stop past the front gates and to the parking lot.  I made it to the Butterfly Parking Lot by 7:10pm.

It was hot, Animal Kingdom hot or more appropriately, Animal Kingdom parking lot hot.  There was no shade to be found, just a whole lot of pavement.  Since I was near the porta-potties I decided to take a bio break.  Then as I walked around, I found there was a table set up with cold water and cups.  I downed two nice cold cups of water - I really needed that.

I walked around for a bit and at 7:30pm I decided to sit down on the extremely HOT pavement.  Yes, it was hot, but it didn't start bothering me for a few minutes when it seeped through my pants - yikes!  I was already sweaty and dirty and I still had a lot of time to wait.

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Start Line
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Photo Op Site
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Extra Large Moon

At 8:20pm I took another bio break and had two more cold cups of water.  I had also brought water with me, but I wanted to save that for the race if I could.  I started walking around and it was people watching time.  I have to say that there's nothing better than watching people and their pre-race rituals.  I saw, stretching, yoga, push ups and all manner of oddness.  So incredibly entertaining!

Individuals were in the first couple of waves and I was in wave 1.  At 9:05pm they asked wave 1 participants to head toward the entrance to the chute.  Then at 9:15pm they let us in to the start chute.  Oh my, I'm right up front...It's kind of cool as I'm usually to far back to see anything fun.  Not this time - I'm right by the stage - I am watching the announcers and DJ and it's pretty great.  Then it was time for the singing of the National Anthem and I was thrilled because they had Van Dobbins singing - he sang at the Princess Half and is truly amazing.  It was so great to be able to watch him and see the flag for a change.

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Another Moon Shot
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Start Line After Dark
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Yep, I was that close!

Then, it was time to go. We counted down from 10, the fireworks went off and we were on our way.  The race starts in the parking lot and it's not the most exciting thing to run around.  I managed to do some running and walking and that was good - I wasn't feeling too bad which was a good thing.

Before I knew it I was coming up to the first obstacle.  Stretched across the course in a couple of areas were five or six rows of hay bales setup.  The bales were spaced out so that participants could hurdle the hay bales.  Now, I've never hurdled anything, I'm not a jumper and I wasn't sure how I would approach that.  Turns out that I was able to do a sort of hurdle over each of the bales and I managed to do this without tripping and falling...So, yeah - any one could do this obstacle.

There was a narrowing in the course as we headed to the front of the park and headed in as mile one approached.  Now we ran around the park.  There were some characters out on the course and some entertainment, but I honestly don't remember everything that was out on the course.  There were some really dark spots that I had to pay attention to my feet so I didn't trip over anything, but for the most part it wasn't too bad.

We headed past a water stop and the water was warm - this did not help quench my thirst that's for sure.  I continued on and again, before I knew it obstacle two was there.  This time it was tires, I guess there were twenty or so tires set up to go through.  There were volunteers warning people to take it slow and step out if you got in to trouble.  I entered the tires behind someone and they took it slow so I was able to walk through them without too much difficulty.  Yeah, no tripping or falling - bonus.

Two miles down and I have to tell you, I was dragging because it was hot.  I was just feeling a bit worn down, but I kept trudging along.  More warm water which I declined this time.  The last mile was a lot of running/walking through the park and nothing too exciting. 

We exited the park and there was obstacle three.  First you hit a sand area, then there was netting stretched across the course and under the nets they had some Astro Turf laid out.  I hit the deck...The netting was high enough that I didn't really have to army crawl, but I did have to stay pretty low.  The worst part wasn't the crawling, it was the getting back up.  Once I got back up there were the timing mats indicating the end of the 5K portion of the event.

Back in the parking lot and a very short distance to  reach the first set of volunteers that were handing out clues for the scavenger hunt.  There were four clue stations and each clue station had five different clues.  This was to make it so that not everyone was answering the same question at the same time.  The clues were printed on postcard sized card stock.  Up just a little bit further there were more volunteers giving out a key chain with a sharpie pen and a whistle.  I could have done without the whistle and I should have realized that there was a penlight on the whistle as well - yeah, never even occurred to me.

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Example of Clue Card
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Sharpie Pen with Whistle/Pen Light

On to the clues. 
Clue #1 - Oasis - Mirage
It's important to get your bearings on the mountain (and when solving clues).  I get up early at 4:00am, hit the trail by 5:00am, take until lunch at 12:00pm, get back on the trail until 6:00pm and am asleep by 8:00pm.

Under the written clue there is a compass with letters arranged like an analog clock:
12 - T
1 - B
2 - D
3 - Z
4 - E
5 - N
6 - E
7 - O
8 - R
9 - P
10 - U
11 - F

So, this clue was pretty easy.  Look at the times listed in the clue and find the corresponding letter to create a word.

4 - E
5 - N
12 - T
6 - E
8 - R

The answer to this clue was ENTER.  I wrote it down, headed to a volunteer under a sign that said Mirage, showed it to him and received my second clue.

It got a little confusing here because they had bag check people out and I ended up going through this line, but that was really for the people with party tickets that were not participating in the event.  They were quick at least and once I was through there I was able to go through the open gate rather than the turnstiles.  This was confusing because there were still quite a few people on the 5K course because the waves started so far apart.  Not sure that this was the best setup, but I continued on.

Clue #2 - Camp Minnie-Mickey - Chip
Make sure you cross the laces on your hiking boots.

TEOUINSUCLR
  HSLTOIMSUA 

I do a lot of word search and find the word puzzles so this clue didn't take me any time at all to figure out.  If you do a top to bottom alternating pattern you'll see the phrase.

The answer to this clue was THE SOLUTION IS MUSCULAR.

It took me a lot longer to get to Camp Minnie-Mickey and find the Chip station than it did to solve the clue.  I finally made it there and another volunteer checked my answer and handed me clue three.

Clue #3 - Africa - Zambia
If you want to climb quickly - and solve clues - take a rest period from time to time,  because it's what comes after the period that's important.  Climb with passion.  Awaken your senses.  Love every minute of it.  Mind your manners with other hikers.  Never be rude.  Enjoy yourself.  Stop to breathe and appreciate your surroundings.  Success will be yours.

Okay, I'm completely stumped on this one.  I was trying to figure out words that went with shops or restaurants in Africa...I just went completely blank on this one, but headed over to Africa mulling it over the whole time.

Once I reached Africa I still hadn't figured this one out so I asked a volunteer.  She said she couldn't figure it out either.  She gave me a couple of hints until I realized that I needed to look at the first letter after each period - oh sure, I would've figured that out in a year or so :).

The answer to this clue was CALMNESS. I was then handed my fourth clue.

Clue #4 - Asia - Nepal
When climbing a mountain and solving clues, remember - don't be afraid.

Under the written clue is a series of ropes or columns with letters under them.  Each rope was a specific length - long or short.

Long - I
Short - C
Long - M
Long - P
Short - U
Long - A
Long - S
Long - S
Short - W
Long - E

This was another clue that I found very easy and got immediately.  I guess all those word games paid off again :).

The answer to this clue was IMPASSE.  I headed over to Asia to get this clue checked and was given my final clue.

Final Clue
Just as you hook carabiners together to climb a mountain, hook letters together to find a hidden number in the text below.  Use that letter from each of your previous solutions to reveal the password you need.  Write it in the space below and show it at the chute to gain access to the party:

If I've come this far I'm sure I can reach the summit.

This one took a little bit to figure out.   The easy part was to find the number in the sentence.  The number I see is FIVE  (iF I'VE).  So, now what?  Well, if I have to string the clues together then I suppose I need to look at clues one through four and what if I take the fifth letter of each of those answers.

Clue 1 - ENTER
Clue 2 - THE SOLUTION IS MUSCULAR
Clue 3 - CALMNESS
Clue 4 - IMPASSE

If I strictly follow the fifth letter rule - it messes things up, but if you take the last word of the second clue then things make more sense. 

The answer to the final clue was RUNS.  I wrote down the last solution and headed for the final clue station.  I showed my card and was allowed to pass in to the final stretch.  I did a slow run through the final stretch and finally passed over the timing mats!

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Finish Line Stretch
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And I'm Done!

The challenge was over and I went forward to get my medal, water and Powerade.  It was super congested right here as you ended right at Expedition Everest and everyone was congregating and milling around.  It was almost 11:00pm and I walked around and drank my water and Powerade and tried to cool down a bit.

Since the party was in full swing and I was at Expedition Everest I hopped in line and it was pretty much a walk on.  I really love this ride in the dark and I was glad I got a chance to hop on.  It was kind of sad though because the Yeti, of course, was in strobe light mode and the animated Yeti breaking apart the track wasn't running either.

I headed out toward Dinoland and happened to stumble across the Finisher Photo area.  I jumped in line and got my photo taken.  Sort of a strange place to have the photos, but I don't know how they could have done it near the finish line.

2012 EEC
Yep, I'm a Finisher

Next up was Dinosaur, but as I was walking over there I ran right in to the bag claim line.  I don't know if I've ever seen a longer bag claim line - it was ridiculously long.  I was very glad that I hadn't checked anything.  I walked right in to the pre-show for Dinosaur and headed right on the ride with a whole row all to myself.

It was about 11:30pm when I decided to head out of the park and headed for the bus.  Thankfully a bus was waiting and I got right on and we were on our way back to the Animal Kingdom Lodge after a few minutes.  When I arrived I was hoping I would be able to find something to drink from a vending machine or something, but I failed on my mission and headed back to my room.

2012 EEC
Animal Kingdom Entrance in the Dark with No People

I was back in my room by 11:55pm.  I took some time to clean up the room, take a shower, have some snacks and wrote out my thoughts on this race.  So what are my thoughts?

This was a really great event.  I loved the fact that is was super family friendly and that things weren't so difficult that it took away from the fun.  I would highly recommend parents with kids 7 and up consider doing this race if they are up to the distance.  I saw more happy kids out on this course than any other runDisney event that I've done.  From my perspective - I loved this race.  The obstacles broke up the 5K nicely and provided some easy and fun challenges.  The scavenger hunt was also fun, a little confusing at times, but not too bad and the volunteers were more than helpful if you needed assistance.  For an event I didn't have any expectations about, I came away with a great impression and super experience.

I should also mention that the medal is super cool.  I am totally impressed by the quality of the medal for a 5K Scavenger Hunt...I know it has come a long way since the first race when the medals were all ruined from the deluge!
2012 EEC
Lanyard
2012 EEC
Front of Medal
2012 EEC
Medal with Front Cover Open
2012 EEC
Medal Looks Like a Compass
2012 EEC
Back of Medal

Sunday, May 6, 2012
It was a late night so I slept in and lazed around in the morning.  I left the room at 10:45am to check out and catch Magical Express back to the airport.  It was an uneventful flight and I made it home around 4:40pm.

This was the first time that I've ever flown to Walt Disney World for a weekend.  It's not something I think I want to do a lot, but it was fun and given the stress I've been under it was a good break.  I'm really glad I did it.

Thursday, May 17, 2012

New Full Marathon Course for WDW 20th Anniversary

runDisney posted a video overview of the new full marathon course for the 2013 Full Marathon 20th anniversary.




I have to say that I'm very excited about the changes in this course.  It appears that the first 8 miles or so are very similar to the WDW Half Marathon Course, but then it really changes up from there.  Runners will not run through Epcot in the beginning, but will still head to the Magic Kingdom and through the castle, then head for a run around the Speedway.  Animal Kingdom will mark the half way point, then runners will spend a good amount of time in ESPN's Wide World of Sports - even running on the field at Champion Stadium and then getting surprise entertainment at mile 20.  The course continues through Hollywood Studios and ends at Epcot.

There are still no percentages listed for the full marathon so there's plenty of time for you to register and be a part of this great new course.  If you're looking to go Goofy - registration is at 61% so you might want to think about registering for this one sooner rather than later so you don't miss your chance.

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Weekly Review: May 7 - 13

Goals for workouts this year:
1. 100-125 miles run/walk per month
2. One 20+ mile run/walk per month
3. One day of Pilates per week
4. One day of Strength Training per week
5. One day of Bike or Elliptical per week
6. One Incline Workout on the Treadmill per week

Here's this week's recap
Monday
REST
Notes:  No excuse, I'm not motivated right now.

Tuesday
REST
Notes:  No excuse, I'm not motivated right now.

Wednesday
REST
Notes:  No excuse, I'm not motivated right now.

Thursday
REST
Notes:  No excuse, I'm not motivated right now.

Friday
REST
Notes:  No excuse, I'm not motivated right now.

Saturday
Notes: No excuse, I'm not motivated right now.

Sunday
REST
Notes:  No excuse, I'm not motivated right now.

Weekly Numbers:
Weight Watch: +8.2 pounds
Some of this is legitimate weight, but some of it is water weight from the swelling I always have after airplane travel.

Run/Walk Miles: 0.0
Bike Miles: 0.0
Elliptical Miles: 0.0
TOTAL MILES: 0.0

Pilates: MISSED
Strength: MISSED
Incline: MISSED

Monthly Numbers
Run/Walk Miles: 4.79
Bike Miles: 0.0
Elliptical Miles: 0.0
TOTAL MILES: 4.79

Training Notes
Still lots of things going on with my life right now.  I know I shouldn't be letting it take over my health right now, but I am.  I will try very hard to work on this.

I am really bad with change and I'm struggling to figure out what I want to be when I grow up.  It's not an easy thing to do, but I am trying my best.

I am starting to get the itch to get back to working out.  I take that as a good sign - now I just have to execute on it.

Saturday, May 12, 2012

Kingdom Keepers Series by Ridley Pearson

I recently finished reading the Kingdom Keepers series written by Ridley Pearson and thought I'd share my thoughts. 

There are currently five books in the series:
     Kingdom Keepers - Disney After Dark
     Kingdom Keepers II - Disney at Dawn
     Kingdom Keepers III - Disney in Shadow
     Kingdom Keepers IV - Power Play
     Kingdom Keepers V - Shell Game

I don't want to give away too much so I'll keep it simple.  The books follow the lives of the Kingdom Keepers, a group of kids that were chosen to help protect "the magic."  The kids encounter good and evil, learn to work as a team and run in to many obstacles on their journeys.

One thing to remember is that these books are written for kids.  Now, that doesn't mean that they stories aren't rich - they are.  There are plenty of great twists and turns in the stories and while at times they can be a bit predictable, the stories still pull you in.  I found myself really caring about the characters and enjoying the plots.

The best part of this series is the detail.  If you're a Disney fan and have spent time in the parks, you will appreciate the authenticity of the descriptions.  As you read the stories you can truly picture these areas in the parks (and cruise ship) and that makes it even more fun to read them.

If you're looking for an easy read with a Disney tie, I would recommend checking this series out.  I have really enjoyed the first five books and am looking forward to reading more in the future.

runDisney Update

2012 Disneyland Half Marathon
August 31 - September 2, 2012

Disneyland Health and Fitness Expo
Disneyland Hotel Exhibit Hall
Friday, August 31, 2012
12:00pm - 8:00pm
Saturday, September 1, 2012
9:00am - 5:00pm

Disneyland Family Fun Run 5K - Sold Out
Stroller Division - Sold Out
Disneyland Resort
Saturday, September 1, 2012
6:45am

runDisney Kids' Races - Sold Out
Downtown Disney District
Saturday, September 1, 2012
9:00am

Pasta in the Park Party
Disneyland Festival Arena
Saturday, September 1, 2012
6:00 - 8:00pm

Disneyland Half Marathon - Sold Out
Disneyland Resort
Sunday, September 2, 2012
5:45am

The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror 10 Miler
September 28 - 29, 2012

Disney's Health and Fitness Expo
ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex
Friday, September 28, 2012
12:00pm -8:00pm
Saturday, September 29, 2012
10:00am - 4:00pm

Disney Happy Haunted 5K Trail Run - No Percentages Listed
ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex
Saturday, September 29, 2012
7:30am


runDisney Kids' Races - No Percentages Listed
ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex
Saturday, September 29, 2012
9:00am

The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror 10 Miler - Sold Out
Disney's Hollywood Studios
Saturday, September 29, 2012
10:00pm
View course map here

Disney Villains Hollywood Bash
Disney's Hollywood Studios
September 29, 2012
10:30pm - 3:00am
Ticket included with race registration
Extra tickets $44 per person by August 31, 2012
Extra tickets $54 per person on or after September 1, 2012
Purchase Disney Villains Hollywood Bash tickets here

2012 Wine and Dine Half Marathon
November 9 - 10, 2012

Disney's Health and Fitness Expo
ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex
Friday, November 9, 2012
10:00pm -7:00pm
Saturday, November 10, 2012
9:00am - 4:00pm

Mickey's Jingle Jungle 5K - No percentages Listed
Disney's Animal Kingdom
Saturday, November 10, 2012
7:00am


runDisney Kids' Races - No Percentages Listed
ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex
Saturday, November 10, 2012
10:00am


Wine and Dine Half Marathon - 57% Full
ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex
Saturday, November 10, 2012
10:00pm
*Please note that there will not be a half marathon relay for 2012

Finish Line Party
Epcot International Food and Wine Festival
Saturday, November 10, 2012
10:30pm - 3:00am
Purchase Finish Line Party tickets here

2013 Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend
January 10 - 13, 2013

Disney's Health and Fitness Expo
ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex
Thursday, January 10, 2013
9:00am - 7:00pm
Friday, January 11, 2013
9:00am - 7:00pm
Saturday, January 12, 2013
10:00am - 5:00pm

Pasta in the Park Party
Epcot
Thursday, January 10, 2013
Buffet Dinner: 6:30 - 8:30pm
Illuminations: 9:00pm
Friday, January 11, 2013
Buffet Dinner: 6:30 - 8:30pm
Illuminations: 9:00pm
Saturday, January 12, 2013
Buffet Dinner: 6:30 - 8:30pm
Illuminations: 9:00pm
Adult Tickets (10 and up): $47.50
Child Tickets (3-9): $28.35

Disney's Family Fun Run 5K - No Percentages Listed
Epcot
Friday, January 11, 2013
6:30am

Disney's Kids' Races - No Percentages Listed
ESPN Wide World of Sports Track and Field Complex
Thursday, January 10, 2013
3:00pm
Friday, January 11, 2013
11:00am
Saturday, January 12, 2013
11:00am

Mickey Mile - No Percentages Listed
ESPN Wide World of Sports Track and Field Complex
Thursday, January 10, 2013
4:30pm
Friday, January 11, 2013
12:30pm
Saturday, January 12, 2013
12:30pm

Walt Disney World Half Marathon - No Percentages Listed
Epcot
Saturday, January 12, 2013
5:30am

Walt Disney World Marathon (20th Anniversary) - No Percentages Listed
Epcot
Sunday, January 13, 2013
5:30am

Goofy's Race and Half Challenge - 61% Full
From the runDisney website:
If you think that a marathon is just a walk in the park, put your endurance to the test and compete in Goofy's Race and a Half Challenge! A 39.3-mile adventure held over two days, participants will run the Half Marathon on Saturday, followed by the Marathon on Sunday. If you finish both races within the pacing requirements, you will be awarded the coveted Goofy medal in addition to your Donald Duck and Mickey Mouse finisher medals.

You must register for Goofy's Race and a Half Challenge to receive the Goofy medal upon completion of both races within the pacing requirements.

Downtown Disney After Party
Downtown Disney Westside
Sunday, January 13, 2013
4:00 - 8:00pm

From the runDisney website:
After all that training and mileage, it's time to indulge and unwind! Runners, join us at Downtown Disney Westside to celebrate your finish with friends and family. Enjoy food, music and last minute commemorative merchandise shopping. Admission to the Downtown Disney® After Party is open to race participants, their guests and the public.

2013 Tinker Bell Half Marathon
January 18 - 20, 2013

Registration opens June 12, 2012!

Check back soon for more updates!

Tinker Bell Half Marathon Weekend Expo
Never Land Family Fun Run 5K
Disney Kids' Races
Tinker Bell Half Marathon
Tinker Bell Half Marathon - 2 person teams

2013 Princess Half Marathon
February 22-24, 2013

Registration opens July 10, 2012!

Check back soon for more updates!

Disney's Fit for a Princess Expo
Pasta in the Park Party
Royal Family 5K
runDisney Kids' Races
Princess Half Marathon
Princess Half Marathon 2 Person Team

2013 Expedition Everest Challenge
May 3 - 4, 2013

Check back soon for more updates!

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