Hey guys! Happy Thursday to you. Anyone else feel like 2012 is moving at light speed? It’s the 11th already…WTF, it was just New Years!
Sorry I didn’t post a Recipe Monday…I suck…no real excuses besides the fact that I haven’t made anything new and exciting that I loved enough to share. I have a Thai Chicken Noodle soup in the crock pot right now, but I’m not doing backflips over it so I’m not posting. I promise to post when I have something worthwhile for you (and something vegan for you, Lace!).
This past weekend Ben and I headed down to Orlando to meet up with my best friend and room-mate from college, Lacey, her boyfriend, Bobby and our friend from NC, Natalie. Natalie’s mom, Linda, and her friend Sam came along too and we all ran the Cigna Disney Half Marathon together on Saturday (except Ben who has a hurt knee and Natalie’s mom).
Lacey and Bobby picked Ben and I up from the airport on Friday and we headed over to check in to the hotel.
I love this one
We stayed at the Gaylord Palms…it’s MASSIVE. Evidence below.
After check in we checked out the Wide World of Sports to pick up our race packets and meet up with Natalie, Sam and Linda. We had a really freaking hard time parking, getting inside and finding Natalie so I sent her this frustration picture.
Side note…Ben, Natalie and I were all frustrated at work last week and sent these out to each other via text to express our feelings. We are weird…I like it.
We stopped for some pics before going back to the hotel and then out to dinner for some serious carb loading (bring on the pasta!). In the middle of all this I was feverishly trying to finish Mockingjay (Hunger Games 3). If you haven’t read books 1, 2 and 3 GO BUY THEM NOW! Or e-mail me and I’ll send them to you. SO FREAKING GOOD! Intense, violent and wonderful. YESSS!!! Can’t wait for the first movie.
Natalie and I
Linda, Sam, Natalie, Me, Lacey
Saturday morning I woke up at 3 AM (!!!) to be downstairs and in a cab by 3:45 AM. It was way too early, but I was excited to run with these pretty ladies.
Sam, Me, Natalie, Lacey
Me and Natalie
The race started and ended at Epcot with a quick stop (and when I say quick I mean it) at Magic Kingdom and Cinderella’s Castle.
Honestly, I did NOT train enough for this race. I’m still adjusting to Atlanta and working from home (how long do you think I can get away with that as an excuse? ), I was sick, we had the holidays with family in town…I could go on for days. And now a line from Old School is stuck in my head…
I knew I could finish with no problem because I had put in the distance runs, but just didn’t do enough speed work to accomplish my goal…running this B under 2 hours. With a little encouragement from Natalie I decided WHAT THE HELL, I’m going to try my hardest and run like a mofo. Sam and Lacey split from Natalie and I and off we went.
We started out slowish…around 10 minute mile pace and then got faster and faster. Let me remind you that I am not the hare, I am the tortouise and this body is built for distance, not speed. But something seriously came over me and I just told myself I was going to run like hell. I think having long legs Natalie running with me may have helped .
So…there we are…running through Disney (mostly the back alleyways and side roads) and both Natalie and I feel like champs. I just keep looking down at my fancy pants Garmin in amazement that I’m running so fast (we’re talking 8 minute miles at points for this slow poke) and I feel like I can totally do this thing. And then around mile 10 tragedy strikes…ok I’m being dramatic, but I got a really painful cramp in the ball of my left foot. I’ve NEVER had a cramp like this before and it felt like there was a bone sticking out of the ball of my foot. Obviously there wasn’t. Scary, but I really didn’t care because I.was.runniiiiing (think of this in Forest Gump’s voice).
Natalie kept looking back at me and the terrible faces I’m sure I was making to see if I wanted to stop. What I really wanted to do was finish under two hours so I kept on going. Around mile 11.5 I realized that unless we started running at warp speed we weren’t going to make it . Natalie finished in 2:02 and I finished in 2:03. SO EFFING CLOSE!
We were bummed, but it was still a PR for both of us and now we’ll just have to do it again together.
Ok, so here are my gripes about this race. 1. I paid $170 for this thing. I pay $70 to run the 1/2 in Atlanta. I was expecting some mahjah perks and schwag for $170. I did not get any mahjah perks or schwag. I didn’t even get park admission after the race. This annoys me. 2. I think of the entire 13.1 miles we only ran through parks for about 2 miles. The rest of the run was through Disney back roads. Boo. 3. The race started at 5:30 AM and it was dark outside. Parts of the course were incredibly dangerous because of the lack of lighting. There were times where I could barely see Natalie beside me because it was so dark out and they did not light the roads. This isn’t true for the whole course, just parts. Yes, I am an old woman. 4. IT WAS $170. Oh wait…I said that already.
All in all, so happy I did it. I got to see two of my best friends and enjoy a weekend in Orlando. Will I do another Disney race? Not unless they pay me to do it or their prices go down or they start offering some serious schwag.
After the race (and a little car accident…everyone is OK!) Lacey and Bobby hit the road and the rest of us went to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter.
Please respect the spell limits - this made me grin!
I have read all 7 books and seen all the movies. I.LOVE.HARRY.POTTER. The entrance takes you into Hogsmeade. So realistic.
Hogwarts Express & the Conductor!!!
Too bad it's non-alcoholic
We checked out Ollivander’s – Makers of Fine Wands and saw a little interactive show inside.
Ollivander finding a wand for this lucky guy (so jealous)
We also went on the two HP rides.
On line - set in Herbology Class
There were super cute shops there that sold everything from Bertie Bott’s Every Falvour Beans to Chocolate Frogs to a Nimbus 2000.
After covering every inch of HP we headed over to Margaritaville to drink. We had a wonderful dinner with Natalie’s cousins and called it a night.
The next morning Natalie and Sam left and Ben and I headed for Magic Kingdom.
On line waiting for the Buzz Lightyear ride
For the record, Ben beat me...look at how serious he is!
We rode all three “mountain” rides. Space Mountain, Thunder Mountain and Splash Mountain. I got soaking wet on Splash…Ben did not. WTF.
Don’t be fooled. These are not “weeee I’m having fun” faces…these are “OMG I’m going to barf” faces. The teacups will do that to you.
After some delicious ice cream (does anyone make better ice cream than Disney? I think not.) we headed back to the hotel, packed up and flew home.
It was a wonderful weekend and I’m counting down the days until I get to see my ladies again.
Sending a big GET WELL SOON to Natalie’s momma. She slipped and fell at the hotel and broke her wrist. Feel better Linda!