Thursday, February 28, 2013

Path to Princess Half: the Path of the Storm

Seems so weird to be writing in retrospect now.  But I suppose I have to go backwards to go forwards.  If you follow me on Twitter or on Facebook you know that all did not go as planned.  For those who don't let's just say it was a bit hectic.

My last post was giddy excitement, maybe mixed with a little bit of trepidation.  We were facing a storm hitting our hometown, which is what precipitated the earlier departure. Plus the unknown arrival and impact of the ominously titled Storm Q into Kansas City.  I had not so secretly been in panic mode that the storm was going to wallop Kansas City, but decided to go ahead and proceed as planned.

So early Wednesday morning we loaded up and headed towards Kansas City.  Missing the local storm and heading into a cold but non snowy Kansas City. After the storm predictions got worse we briefly discussed heading out on Wednesday night, but decided to take our chances.  We had a nice dinner and went to bed with visions of Disney dancing in our heads.  Or not.

The next morning I woke up around 3a and could not go back to sleep so I went to check the snow and see if anything happened.  Imagine my joy to see the dry ground. I was so happy, the flight was early enough surely it would go.  I proceeded to get ready and BRF was getting ready when I got the text that the flight was cancelled.  I was sick.We booked later flights that day and then decided that if the morning flights were canceled,the evening flights would be as well. So I came up with the not so brilliant idea of driving to St Louis.  So we changed our flights and hit the road.

It seemed like we drove forever and I was so so anxious about getting out that I wasn't paying attention to the fact that we hadn't gone very far.  We ended up getting off the main highway and got stuck.  After some stellar driving my friend got us out and we ended up going to a gas station to figure out our plan of attack.  It became obvious that we weren't going anywhere.  It was during that time it was pointed out to me that we had not in fact gone half way, we were only a half an hour out of the city.

We decided to stay there and not push our luck any further  We changed our flights yet again because the St. Louis flight was canceled and the soonest they could book us was on Saturday morning. After a mostly panic attack filled kind of day we finally got it worked out to where I could get on the first flight out on Friday morning and BRF would take a later flight that day.

So instead of being at Disney World we ended up in a little hole in the wall hotel and indulged in some lovely stress eating.  The disadvantages to being stuck in a small town even if we wanted to eat better, gas station fare was or only option.

We got up early and headed back to Kansas City and hoped for the best.

I was a little scared going into the flight because if they were still having issues I could still potentially be looking at another flight.  We headed to the airport I got checked in and bags got checked in but I did not believe I was actually going to leave Kansas City until the plane was off the ground.

I got on the plane and posted a very self congratulatory picture of me on the plane and was sitting ready to go.  Until we got stuck. They had to push us back and then sand/salt/whatever so we could get traction to move.  I think I did not breathe for about thirty minutes (ok, so it was most likely only five) and then we were in the air.

So even though it did not start out quite the way I planned, I was finally getting to start on my journey.

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Path to Princess Half: The Adventure Begins

It's Wednesday morning and I am getting ready to get up and start my day. Today's travel plans have morphed several times due to weather issues both here and in Kansas City.

I booked out of Kansas City because it was 200.00 cheaper plus I have a sister there and a friend. Also, non stop instead of connecting. So at the time it seemed logical. Now not so much.

At any rate we are headed out at 8a this morning to head up to Kansas City before the storm hits here and to get there before the storm arrives in Kansas City tonight.

Have I mentioned this is predicting to be the biggest storm in Kansas City history is two years? Yep. Nice.

This time tomorrow we will be heading to the airport hoping our flight is not delayed too much. Hoping the storm hits after we leave, if at all. Any good travel thoughts anyone has to spare would be greatly appreciated.

So while this part is not going quite to plan, I'm hopeful that all will be well once we get to sunny Orlando.

Sunday, February 17, 2013

Costume Love: 5k Edition

Nothing like waiting until the last minute. I decided to change my top for The Royal Family 5k.

After seeing a little inspiration. I decided to take my old color run tank that was still mostly white and improvise.

After wandering around Hobby Lobby for an hour I finally found something that would work! I found a super cute sparkly purple felt. Who knew felt could have sparkles. Then found a silver glitter fabric paint.  Wasn't quite sure how it would go but figured that would be a good start.

My super talented friend came over and worked some magic. We are not quite done with it but it is looking so so cute.  To finish off we are going to glue purple ribbon around the sides and to tie in the back.  Or maybe just glue all the way around.

Tank old soffee tank
Sparkly felt, glitter fabric paint from Hobby Lobby.

My super fab Ariel SparkleSkirt. The skirt that started the whole Ariel/5k idea.

I may still go with my Run Pretty Far tank but this is kind of fun too.  Not quite sure which way I will go.  But you never know when you might need a white tank with purple glittery seashells.

Saturday, February 16, 2013

Path to Princess Half: Princess Prep

So for those counting down with me, eight days from today is my very first half marathon.  This journey has gone from an idea, to a commitment, to a near reality.  This time next week I will be at Disney World will most likely be finished running the Royal Family 5k, with my BRF and partner in crime and we will be partaking in the Princess Half Weekend Breakfast before heading back out to the parks.  (Hi, Friend!)

What's left? Outside of getting through the next few days?  Not much.    More Princess Half Meet Up stalking on Monday.  Packing, and did I mention getting through the next few days?

I told the little ran's last night that I was going on a "business trip" for six days with a race somewhere towards the end.  A little mommy fib.  Not ideal.  But hello, they are 5 and 7 and Disney is their most favorite place in the world.  To know in advance that I was going to their happy place, without them would not be pretty.  But never fear, we have a trip planned for their fall break (missing Tower of Terror 10 miler by a So they will have their time soon.

I am happy to say that there were no tears (from either me or them).  I promised presents, lots and lots of presents.  Phone calls and Skype.  Though I am going to have to be careful where I Skype from.  Might even bring back some hints from Mickey and the Princesses to hint about what is to come in October.

Hair was trimmed, and now a little more Snow White dark than the dark with sneaking bits of silver here and there.  Have a little last minute shopping to do.  Trying to decide if I want to buy a small camera for race route pictures.  Maybe another pair of shorts.  I'm fighting the urge to go totally crazy because I suspect the expo might be my spending undoing.  But a girl has to have the right clothes for the weather (once the weather makes up its mind).

Exciting times ahead.  I absolutely can not wait to experience the Disney magic in my first half marathon.  Remember when I was saying it was going to be my only?  Boy times have changed.  Thanks for coming along for the ride.

Thursday, February 14, 2013


In total Princess Prep mode but wanted to share this picture.

Stay tuned for more details!

Saturday, February 9, 2013

Path tor Princess Half: Two Weeks!

Give or take a day.  :)  Today was kind of a bittersweet day.  It brought about the end of my long training runs.  From here on out until race day I just have shorter runs.  It seems so bizarre to know that training is almost near the end.

I had a good run today and went with one of my running friends.  I have said in the past that I do like running by myself and just sinking into my thoughts and music.  But it's been nice to have company on the longer runs, and it's been even better to be running outside and not on the treadmill staring out the window.

I ran again with my energybits since I just got my big bag this week.  We had to make an impromptu stop at the half point and I offered to share my energybits with her since we talked about them last week. I had wrapped them up in Saran Wrap Press n seal., because I wasn't sure I wanted my tin bouncing in my SPI belt.    If anyone was watching I'm sure it looked pretty I pulled out my tiny bag and handed it to my friend.    Just in case anyone was wondering energy its turn the saran wrap a lovely shade of green.  

In Princess Prep mode, it's time to think about packing and now that I have a vague idea of weather, I can start stashing things away.  I still have to break it to my little ran's that I am leaving them for six days.  I will not tell them where I am going until I get back.  Can you imagine telling a 5 year old and a 7 year old that you are going to Disney World without them?  Not that brave yet.  But I will be bringing back gifts and a hint from Mickey that there will be another trip in our future this year.

The big news this week was waivers have been released and final race instructions are out.  I now have bib numbers for both the 5k and the Half.  I am excited that I submitted a time that puts me in Corral B.  That will give me cushion to take pictures if I want to do so.  I'm still trying to decide if I want to focus on my goal or focus on the fun and have pictures.  If there is a way I can do both that would be ideal.

Next up waiting for the Princess Half Meet up information.  Crossing fingers and toes and everything else that I am able to participate.  The Meet Up's look so fun and so informative.

Have I mentioned that it's getting close?  So excitingly close.  The next countdown gets us into single digits.  Ahhh Disney World here I come.

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Outside the Comfort Zone

I have said this before, but I am very much a creature of habit.  I am fairly predictable with my routine, with my food, with EVERYTHING.  Very rarely do I do things where I don't know the outcome, don't know that I will absolutely love the results.  

Until recently.  I blame running. 

Since I started running, I have done so many things that I would have never considered doing.  Just as bad habits can infiltrate and take over, I have learned good habits can have the same impact.  

You might have noticed there has been a trend recently with me.  I've certainly noticed it.  There has been a whole lot of "I never thought I would do this", "I normally do things this way but today, I tried..." "I thought I wouldn't like (fill in the blank) but guess what?  I did. 

 I am branching out, I am growing and I am stretching.  Over the last several weeks, I've really stuck my neck out and gone way beyond my comfort zone, way beyond normal Suzanne predictability.  I have, pardon the pun, chased after things I was interested in doing.  I have, stuck my neck out and set myself up for rejection.  I'm setting goals in my head now that don't just pertain to running.

You know what? I like it! I'm getting more comfortable stepping out of my safe spot and going into uncharted territory.  I'm also learning that with these risks, sometimes come rewards and sometimes surprising results. While I realize the answer is not always going to be yes, I'm not quite as afraid of the no.  I'm not so immobilized by possible failure, or by possible rejection that I don't even try new things.

I love that something that started out as a fun, stress reliever for me has suddenly revamped the entire way I live my life. Thank you running for challenging me in ways that I never could have imagined.  

Monday, February 4, 2013

Bag of Bits

Got algae? I just got a whole bag full of nothing but algae! My first bag of energybits arrived today! Can you say super excited?

I also wanted to let you know my discount is now officially in place. If you are interested in trying some for yourself, I am excited to be able to offer a 10% discount. Just use the discount code SuzanneRan at checkout time.

Sunday, February 3, 2013

Path to Princess Half: Three weeks to go!

Three weeks.  Under a month.  Wow!

Nothing really new to report.  Training is going well. I'm kind of at the point where I do feel I'm ready to go. It's just a matter of waiting it out and just keep running.  I may start tapering early as I ran another long run yesterday instead of my planned short run.  But once I get running on Saturday, it's usually hard for me to stop short.

I did finally get reservations for Cinderella's Royal Table the night after the half.  I am absolutely geeked out about that.  Dinner at 805, in the castle while the fireworks are going off.  I will be there in all my dorky glory wearing my "I did it!" shirt and my medal.  If anyone is there at the same time come say hi.

I am almost thinking about redoing my top for Ariel for the 5k.  I have seen some really cute ideas involving foam bra inserts and glitter paint and tanks.  (Oh my!) I guess I'm starting to have too much my time on my hands and am starting to look for things to do in the last few crunch weeks.

Hard to believe in just three short weeks, all of this build up will be over.  I will have run my first half, first run   Disney.  The goal I have been working towards for almost two years will have been completed.  Never fear though, I have new crazy long term goal that I will start building up for soon. And it's just barely under two years to go.

But for now here I am on the downward slide towards Princess.  Whew...

How are my fellow Princesses doing?  Excited?  Nervous?  Costumes ready?  I'm hoping I get to meet some of you while we are there.