Do you have a Christmas shirt you wear during the season?
Yesterday runDisney released a 20 second teaser video in regard to something concerning the Tinker Bell half marathon. It sent us runDisney fanatics in to a frenzy trying to guess what the next “adventure” could be. Guesses from a new medal, a new race, course map, a relay race – there were tons of theories and it was a lot of fun reading all the different posts and ideas.
Today..they finally released the announcement..
To say it’s been met with mixed reviews would be an understatement.
M and I ran the Inaugural Tinker Bell Half Marathon in 2012. We returned in 2013 and have since decided we wanted to go after our Legacy. What’s “Legacy” you ask? If you run an Inaugural Disney race and then run that same race every year, on the anniversary years (5, 10, 15, 20, etc.) you could get a special bib and/or ribbon. Basically it’s bragging rights but it’s something we have been pretty proud of, the race means a lot to us – we love it! I mean, just look at our happy faces!
After all, we were the crazy girls at mile 5 or 6 of the 2013 race squealing that we were “so” coming back to run in 2014. Who decides before they’re half way through a race that they can’t wait to come back and do it again?
We are super excited to run the Tinker Bell 10K (Inaugural) and half marathon in 2014. So to hear the news that the race weekend has been moved to Mother’s Day weekend for 2015 is a blow to our plans. Grrr!!!
What’s the big deal, you may ask? Well, Tinker Bell has become a “Mom’s Weekend” to us. Our husbands have been so awesome to hold things down at home and allow us to train and run this race and we’ve had a great time exploring Disneyland Resort, running the race together and then enjoying the parks. So much fun that we’ve recruited L and S to join us for 2014 – epicness.
Moving it to Mother’s Day weekend changes the dynamics and plans – it changes Mom’s Weekend. Do we bring our families? Do we go alone and bail on our families for Mother’s Day – which is an idea almost immediately dismissed as soon as I question it? Do we go alone and fly home immediately after the race – most unpleasant and kind of stressful (been there, done that for Princess)? Do we take our families and then travel home immediately after the race so they don’t miss school the day after the race? Do we want to run a half marathon on Mother’s Day – the one day we’re supposed to take it easy and allow for some pampering? Hmm…lots of questions, lots of figuring out, but for now, we kind of huff with our disappointment but continue to look forward to the race in 2014..just hope it’s not the last time we run Tink. That would be sad.
Another observation, this will be the 3rd time runDisney has moved the date of Tinker Bell race weekend. 2012 the race was run the last weekend of January, 2013 it was moved to mid-January where it’s remained for 2014. Now it’s moving, again, for 2015. Is runDisney just trying to keep us chasing down (literally) the elusive Tink? Will moving the date become common place for this race?
Any reaction to the Tinker Bell race announcement?
A random little fact about me – I hate shopping.
I scratch my head at the Black Friday insanity. Listening to my co-workers today talk about all the deals they got this weekend only made me shake my head that they went out in to the madness to begin with.
I love Christmas Day but leading up to it gives me bubble gut – mostly because of the shopping.
Looks like it’s gonna be another year I procrastinate the inevitable and then run around the weekend before Christmas like a mad woman. Good times…NOT!!!
Do you like to shop? Can you do mine?
Did you have a great Thanksgiving?!?
We left Phoenix early on Thursday morning and drove to my family’s house in California. We had an excellent meal! Here’s proof I overate (as if the selfies on Instagram aren’t enough proof of that!!)!!
Most importantly we got to spend time with people we love!
We kicked around Downtown Disney for a little bit, getting excited for the next two days, but called it quits about 9ish!
Disney decorates for Christmas like nobody else!!! Here’s their tree in the Grand Californian Hotel. We didn’t stay here but I would like to one day – even for just one night – particularly a night my feet are so super sore from running a Disney race and/or spending 12 + hours in the park!!! *hint* *hint*
On Black Friday, when people started shopping on Thanksgiving, I was wide awake at 4:45 am before my alarm could sound at 5 am for a 6 mile run.
Long story short – my Garmin WOULD NOT work for the run!!! It’s one thing to just run but when you’re training for a marathon, the mileage for the long runs is kinda important. I was PISSED!!!! I spent about 20 – 30 minutes outside our hotel room trying to get my Garmin to work and then trying to get a mileage tracking app on my phone to work. Neither would cooperate. I was so annoyed. Finally, I gave up and just headed out. At the root of it all, I was super excited to run the property around Disneyland but was kinda disappointed there’d be nobody at the end of my run to greet me with some heavy, awesome medal!!
It was really dark out and I think it was 5:45 am. I am very familiar with the area I was running so had a solid plan of where I was going! I kind of expected someone to be swimming in the pool at the Disneyland Hotel but no such luck!
From Disneyland Hotel I turned towards Downtown Disney!
I was curious what happens at Downtown Disney when everything is closed. I was a little surprised to see SO many security guards. I started to worry they’d tell me to get off the property but instead, each and every one greeted me good morning. Since they were placed about every 5 stores – that was a lot of good mornings! The end of the road came at the security checkpoint leading from Downtown Disney to the park entrances. It was about 6 am..and the park didn’t open until 7 am (if you have an early morning entry ticket). I thought I was a hardcore Disneyland goer but I realized I have some expectations to live up to!!
The weather was really perfect. It wasn’t hot or cold. I was wearing my arm sleeves and was desperate to take them off but for security reasons, I had my phone tucked inside my right arm sleeve “just in case”. I did notice the multiple security cars that circled the block I was running. It helped put me at ease – a bit.
I was really pissed my watch wasn’t working because there were so many times during the run that I just knew I was flying. I felt strong – I knew my legs were hustling along – and it all felt effortless. Grrr…stupid watch!!!
I had turned left on to Katella and was running towards Harbor. I passed a fellow runner guy wearing an orange shirt 2x by then. I kept thinking to myself people were out doing marathon shopping and here he and I were doing
marathon training! I mean, I can’t assume he was actually doing marathon training but I know I was!!!
Representing in my Team #runDisney tank!!!
Mostly it was Cast Members that caught me taking said selfies..I’m sure they’re use to seeing freaky people all day long! They didn’t seem phased by me at all!!
I just love seeing rides – even when I’m outside the parks. It helps build the excitement!!
I don’t know if if was wanting to get to the parks or just being so excited to be running outside the Happiest Place on Earth but my legs were hauling my butt back to the hotel in record speeds. And I say “record” because I have no way of confirming or denying that with hard data so you’re forced to take my word for it. All I know is when I reached the intersection I should have crossed to return to my hotel, I proceeded past it and went a bit further.
That’s right. No watch, no mileage confirmation but I did clock a 65 minute run and now it was time to wake the family and go to Disneyland!!
I do hope you and yours had a great Thanksgiving!!
Did you run during this past long weekend?
A long day at work and then D and I spent an hour at Target trying to find some pants that fit her. This kid of mine seems to go through a very serious growth spurt every 2 months these days! It’s killing my budget!
Thanks to my friend L, I was able to secure a totally awesome deal on a pair of pants for D. $4!!!
D initially refused to buy the pants because they aren’t her “fashion” but because L said they were “super cute”, D was sold. Totally thankful for my iPhone and my good friend L to work as my fashion adviser when needed – which is pretty often when I have to shop for D.
After my 10 mile run Sunday, my legs, especially my hamstrings, were so sore!!! It’s not like I ran up and down hills but man, my legs were screaming like I had. So Sunday evening I tried out something I had recently inquired with this girl about!
She shared this article with me. I was absolutely shocked at how different my legs felt at the end of the 10 minutes. Night and day!!
Totally forgot to clip back my bangs so they flopped alongside my face the entire run – drove me crazy!!
2.29 miles in 30:40. It was a bit chilly out tonight but I was thinking of all my summer runs where I would have given anything for just 5 minutes of the temps I was running in tonight.
Do you get spooked running in the dark?
It felt really strange going out for a 10 mile run this morning without having a half marathon on the agenda 2 weeks from now. I suppose I should get use to the idea of “high mileage” runs since I’m training for a marathon and all!!
When M arrived at our meeting spot, she was dressed just as I was and I added to her wardrobe with a pair of gloves I brought for her!
Less than a mile in to our run, I was shedding my layers and feeling like I was dying of heat exhaustion. I was seriously doubting my ability to run 10 miles but I didn’t want to say anything out loud to M. Good thing our plan was to run in one direction for 1 mile before we turned around and returned back towards our vehicles. By mile 2, we were able to ditch our jackets, arm sleeves and gloves – whoa!!! That made a HUGE difference.
Even with the stripping of our clothing, the run was still a struggle. We dropped our intervals to run 2:00 minutes and walk 1:00 minute. We both complained of feeling winded, tired, and sore. M is convinced we both must be fighting off illnesses and that wouldn’t be such a shock with all the crud going around in these parts!
.6 miles away from 6 miles, we turned around and started heading back. And…that’s when M’s prediction came true. She was worried we’d get the furthest away from our cars and then the rain would start.
As we made our way back in the rain, we noticed the traffic on the canal was all gone – did someone run out and give everyone else the warning the rain was coming?
It wasn’t pouring or anything – M described it as being spit on but we were definitely getting wet and it was getting colder. Ugh.
We tried to distract ourselves by being present in the moment – admiring the beautiful clouds in the sky, the clouds against the mountains, the sun light through the clouds. There was so much beauty around us. And then with less than a mile to go, we were blessed with the most beautiful, bright rainbow!
See how wet the sidewalk is behind her?
We were feeling pretty bad ass for running 4 miles in the
spit rain..and now we were running in to the cold wind, it was brutal. I don’t think we’ve ever been so happy to finish a run as we were today. Not only that but to finish a 10 mile run when both of admitted to feeling like we were sucking @$$ in mile 1!
We ran the 10 miles in 2 hours and 11 minutes, a 13:07 pace. Definitely not as fast as we were last week for our 8 miles but good enough to call it DONE!
Time for Starbucks!!
These are highly recommended by M and if there’s one thing M knows – it’s treats. She LOVES treats. Especially Christmas treats!!!
I decided to include K’s “usual” in my special delivery!
After a hot shower, which resulted in taking quite a few minutes for me to untangle my sweat drenched and rained on bun (I will not subject you to that horrific image), we went to lunch! I love cheeseburgers and try to only treat myself to one if I’ve run 10 miles or more that day! Red Robin – YUM!!!
Looking back on the run, I think we made some rookie mistakes. We each only took 2 Clif Bloks the entire time and normally I like to take 1 Blok every 2 miles. I ran out of water at mile 6 and that was the only time I took in electrolytes. I think I’m gonna have to carry money on me as our long run miles increase so I can pop in to a convenience store and replenish my water. I also need to remember to take my Bloks on a regular basis and take in electrolytes more often.
Run and learn! After all, that’s what long runs are all about – trial and error so you can attempt to get it right on race day!
What is your favorite holiday treat?
Thursday night, it started to rain…and I don’t think it stopped until about 8 am today.
That’s a lot of rain in a city that doesn’t see much rain.
That said, K was rather nervous about his first mud run today, Rugged Maniac. Yes, it’s a mud run but the entire city has been turned to mud and puddles – not just a race course, and it’s in the low 50′s…brrr!!!! Hey, low 50′s are really cold for a city that thrives in the 110′s for months on end!
I didn’t go with him to his event because he was running with friends. And…with the cold and rain and wet and cold and mud and…well, it sounded like a disaster for me and D – especially D with the mud and the wet and the cold. I mean, that’s a whole lot of whining and mess I just don’t have the patience for!!
Either way, K and Co. were scheduled for the 2 pm leg and I kept an eye on the weather by looking outdoors from time to time and noticed it was clear..at least in my backyard.
Yay, he survived. I asked “Why do you look so miserable??” His response “It was hard!”
Aww, good! I mean, what is the point unless you feel challenged and then triumphant?
What?! Free beer?!! Maybe I should rethink mud runs??
Yeah, no, not even the lure of free beer would get me in to a mud run!
I hope K’s buddy didn’t need those shoes for work on Monday…they’re toast!
They definitely look rugged..and maniacal…but mostly rugged and tough and not anyone I would want to mess with!!
Congratulations to K, J and S – official Rugged Maniacs!! Sounds like they’re already planning for a repeat performance next year!!
Mud run or no?
Looking back on the past week, here are some of the highlights!
- Sunday’s long run with M..and seeing wicked awesome progress on our pace!!
- A Daddy who adores his daughter and a daughter who adores her Daddy!
- Pomegranates being in season. (I’m seriously going to cry when they’re no longer available in stores!!!)
- Making better food choices – skipping the bagels and sticking with oatmeal!!
- Toy Story’s 18th anniversary/birthday. Woody and the gang have a special place in my heart because both my kids loved the movies so much. I can’t even watch Toy Story 3 without sobbing like a baby when the toys almost die and when Andy says good-bye. Seriously, typing this up makes tears come to my eyes!!
What is one of your favorite things from the past week?
I didn’t cry. I was a little confused that I only lost .2 pounds, bringing me to 188.4. Trying to think back over the week, I have to wonder if it’s a matter of that I didn’t eat enough. A few days ago I was thinking about going back on Weight Watchers. I seem to have major success when I follow that plan. So the idea is spinning around in my brain right now.
Until I make a decision..I am trying to be very mindful of what I eat and shove as many pomegranate seeds in to my mouth as I can before they’re out of season! At work today I was able to participate in a CPR Certification course.
I have always thought CPR is one of those things I should know – as a mother and all.
I’ve been in a few races in which I’ve seen people collapse and I’ve felt awful because I didn’t know how to help – thank God it was always at the finish area and medics were immediately on the scene!
After my class today, I feel confident that if someone isn’t responding and breathing properly, I could help save their lives!! And they gave me this fancy card to prove it!
When our fireman instructor passed out our cards, I asked if I have to show my card before I administer CPR. Yeah, our class was full of jokes like that but I think you have to take it a little bit lightheartedly because the gravity of the training is just so serious! (By the way, the answer is “no”, I don’t have to show my card but if I do help to save a life, the AHA will want my card info!)
If you ever have the opportunity to take a CPR Certification course – I highly recommend it.. Our class was a lot of fun and the training isn’t as intimidating as one might think.
D was showing K Sleeping Beauty’s castle, she was in love. D wasn’t one to sit still or patiently and the fact that she was sitting there so calmly and just looking up was a wonder in and of itself.
So, would K wear the sweater or no?