Sunday, December 29, 2013

The Second Raceversary - two years, two races...

Last year, I celebrated it big.  I was happy with my accomplishments.  This year, the raceversary has come and gone and I'm just now sitting down and gather my thoughts.

It was a bit delayed, due to weather and well, just me not getting out there like I should.  Which has sort of been the story of the last six months of my running. 

I got sidetracked by a new job, new hours, new schedule, new everything and while trying to balance it all.  I lost a lot of motivation.  I can say now as I sit here on day six of a sinus infection and another cold front that has blasted us.  Ok, cold for Oklahoma, I know that's subjective.  That I am looking forward to finding the fire that I had last year.  When everything running was new and exciting and challenging, instead of it involving my personal life. 

But I digress, the race that I always celebrated my raceversary on did not happen this year, and at the last minute I signed up for a 5k, the Mustache Dash and even more last minute (like less than 24 hours prior) to sign up for a Half. 

The Mustache Dash was going to be fun, the premise was a cute one.  But it was so stinking cold for this wimp that I just wanted it to be done.  Worst 5k time ever and I lost feeling in my fingers temporarily because I forgot gloves and just relied on my thumb holes.  I learned I did not have appropriate cold gear.  All of that being said it was nice to do a race the some of the girls that started off my crazy running adventure with me, even if it meant that I had to freeze.

The next day was the Runner's World Tulsa Half & Half.  There were three options for this race, a half marathon trail, a half marathon on the road and a full or a half & half consisting of both the trail and the road.  We opted for the road.  Fortunately, it was a little warmer because, this is Oklahoma if you don't like the weather give it few hours and it will change.  I had no set goals for this race as I really hadn't run any great distance since Wine & Dine, which was by this time a little over a month earlier.  I had a soft goal of finishing around 230, didn't do it, but still finished under my Princess time, so it was all good.

I did try to make it fun and wore a cute Minnie hat and my SparkleAthletic Gunmetal skirt (best impulse purchase ever by the way).  I was way out of place in my attempt to cute myself into running a race that I hadn't trained to run.  I guess I thought if I felt cute, it wouldn't matter how the race went down in my record books.  I admittedly felt a bit silly because I think I was only one of two people wearing a skirt and I guarantee you the only one in a Minnie hat with ear flaps and pompoms on the end.  I DID however get several comments on the skirt, probably my favorites were "we just got passed by a girl in a sparkly skirt" and "thank you for wearing that skirt, the sparkles make me smile".  

The race itself wasn't magical, probably my least favorite half to date.  But it gave my fifth half for the year, an eh time but again got some quality running girlfriend time under my belt. It also gave me a pretty cool medal and next year we plan to go back and run the trail half to get the yin to the yang, or whatever the case may be. 

Seems only appropriate that for my second raceversary I ended up running two races in 24 hours, it also is great practice as I get closer to the Glass Slipper Challenge in February.  One that I do plan to be trained for once I can actually breathe again. 

Do you take note of your racing anniversary?  Did anyone else start the year off so good and then just get complete sidetracked other areas of life?  Or was it just me? 

Saturday, December 21, 2013

The Wine & Dine Recap that wasn't

Wow...Seriously delayed.  At this point it would be mostly silly to recap in great detail, and not be fairly repetitive.  So here we go in short detail.  Or as short as I can manage.

I wrote about my thoughts on night running over on the DisBroads.  If you didn't catch it, you can find that here.

The day itself started out early, after our run through Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party and late night.

I woke up early and met local BRF Lisa and the two of us tackled Hollywood Studios.  DisBroads Kristen, Tania and DisBroads BRF Bonnie also hit Hollywood Studios and we all went off on the bus together.  Lisa and I had breakfast at Hollywood & Vine. Yes, it was a character breakfast and I did not have my little people present, but the food is so yummy and it's just as fun watching other kids have a blast.  Making the best of my birthday weekend I wore my Happy Birthday button, which netted me this to start my day off.

We only had a small window of time to play with after but made the most of what we had.  We hit Star Tours, Tower of Terror and Rock N Roller Coaster.  Did some shopping for my little people also.

We were going to try Toy Story Mania but there was a malfunction in my time for FastPass+.   Meaning, I had changed the time, Lisa changed her time after I got my new time confirmed.  Didn't check it again, because I saw that it changed and somehow by the time we got there the change either reverted or didn't go through after all.  After the CM told me there wasn't anything they could do and I would just have to come back (which I couldn't do) we realized we just needed to go get ready to head to the DisBroad lunch at Kona.  But we did make a stop at Starring Rolls first and I picked up this beauty.  

Are you noticing a theme?  I will also say that we almost missed the bus to Polynesian and had to run to catch it in time.  I am proud to report that the cupcake did not get damaged.  That my friend is talent. Or an obsessive love of cupcakes.  

Had a lovely lunch at Kona.  It was my first time and I'm sure it won't be my last.  I had the yummy Kona Surf and Turf Burger and sweet potato fries.  Guess what happened at the end of lunch? Yup another cupcake.  

After lunch we went back to the room and crashed for a bit.  I fell asleep quickly but not for very long as my pre-race edginess snuck in early.  I got up and got ready. I had three skirts and one singlet to choose from.  While I was proud to rock my St. Jude singlet, I was slightly jealous of the costume cuteness of my roomies for the weekend.  Seemed weird for me to be at a Disney race and not be in costume.  I ended up changing skirts after I noticed a hole in the first one.

We all met up with the rest of the DisBroads and my St. Jude team to head out to the start.  Lisa and Marla danced their way through the wait time.  The rest of us headed off to wait for Mickey.  The epicness that was the group Mickey picture even landed on the runDisney Facebook page. I separated from Tania, Kristen and Bonnie long enough for the St. Jude group picture.  Then headed off to the corral with Marla.  Miss Lisa headed to her corral for her first ever half.  Marla and I found Wendy and then Tania, Kristen, & Bonnie found us.

Soon it was blast off time.  Wendy and Marla took off, and Tania, Kristen, Bonnie and I stayed together for awhile. We lost Kristen and Bonnie for a bit but ended up finding them at one of the character stops at Animal Kingdom.

It seemed like it took us forever to get to Animal Kingdom and once we were there it did not disappoint.  There were lots of inclines/sloped roads but it was beautiful and the cast members there cheering us was so so much fun.  One of the highlights was seeing Everest all lit up at night.

Then we left Animal Kingdom and headed out to Hollywood Studios.  This truly seemed to be the longest stretch ever.  I was super impatient to get there, which probably didn't help.  I knew that I was going to get a chance to run through one of my favorite parks at night, I also knew I was going to get to see the Osborne Family Spectacle of Lights for the first time.  I could not get there fast enough.

This was one of the first races that I actually did run/walk intervals and I really liked it.  Kristen kept us accountable on our intervals and it was so nice to get the breaks.  I loved being able to get better acquainted with my roomies too.  What truly made this race memorable for me was the time I got to spend with these wonderful girls.

So we finally made our way into Hollywood Studios.  Right as we entered they had the Citizens of LA Public Works cheering us along.  What was especially awesome to me was that one of the "workers" was the one just a few weeks prior that serenaded E with "Ma Belle Evangeline" from Princess and the Frog once he heard her name.  The other super special thing about that to me was that it brought my family into the run with me.  Even just in spirit.  The Hollywood we flew through Hollywood Studios and out.  I thought somehow we must have missed the lights and went through the backstage areas and dumpsters.

 I should have known there was no way that we would be able to miss the lights.    I lost total track of time in the lights.  So so incredible.  I think all four of us were in awe.  There was such a feeling of magic and wonder at those moments that we were there.  I think I vaguely even remember a group hug.  Such a special moment for me with my new real life friends.  No longer were they just friends inside my computer.

 After we finally left the lights we came upon another must stop.  Darth Vader and Boba Fett.  I had to stop.  Fortunately, I wasn't the only one that had this as a must have pic on my bucket list.  So for the hubs and for L, I willing took a few minutes and walked away with this bit of fun.

Looks like I was up to no good. But my boys loved it.

We left Hollywood Studios and head out for the final part of the race.  This was a bit of a blur as my foot started hurting a bit.  I tied my shoes wrong and had messed up the top part of my right foot.  At this point we sort of separated out a bit.

 The crowds along The Boardwalk area were amazing and gave me the last little push I needed to finish.  Then I hit the laser section and that helped me even further.  Finally, I spied the finish line and I was so so happy to be there.  My finish line pic looks like I was breaking out YMCA, but I had a huge old smile on my face.  I found Tania and we then found Bonnie and Kristen.

This is the only picture in existence of me with my medal post race with my eyes open.  Glad it got to be with my roomies.  I left the girls to go find Marla who was already waiting for me at the St. Jude tent.  I changed clothes had some food and we waited for Lisa to finish.  By the time she crossed my foot was bad, I was tired and the headache that had stayed with me most of the day had returned.  Rather than go to the party, we decided to just go back to our rooms for the night.  

I initially said that I probably would not do this race again.  But I think I will at some point.  There were so many amazing things about this race, the three parks, the friendships that were formed in person, the fact that it is super close to my birthday, all factored in.  This was truly one of the most amazing birthday weekends for me.  Maybe at some point, my family will join me on this one so they can see the Christmas magic first hand.  

I went into this race to have fun, and to take pictures.  Not to be so focused on time that I missed the experience.  I can honestly say that I met my goal.  Time was not so important, but the fun was and I had an absolutely magical time.  I have local races to stress about time, from here on out my runDisney experiences will be all about fun and friendship and enjoying the wonder along the way.  

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Sound & Fury

It's that time of year.  Rushing from one activity to another, from one obligation to the next.  It's just busy.  The end of most days I end up feeling like this!

Holidays, end of year stuff.  Just life in general.  I know for myself personally it's easy to get caught up in the stuff. 

It's been a crazier month than usual in my world.  My birthday, Wine & Dine Half, L's birthday, thanksgiving, a week long business trip ending on E's birthday. For me that's a lot in a short period of time.

As you know I'm a planner, I have to have everything lined out.  Trust me when I tell you I get a little edgy without a full blown plan at least in my head.  Ok, I get a LOT edgy. I have been known to drive people crazy with my desire to know all the details when I'm not at the helm. 

 It's been next to impossible for me to be detailed this year and I've had to step out of several things just because others have come up.  So not my cup of coffee.

This quote mostly out of context hit me today.  "...full of sound and fury, signifying  nothing."  This comes from one of my faves, Macbeth. Yes, I'm being slightly pretentious today, but bare with me.  And yes, I do love Macbeth.  

But in the midst of the busy, I found this today.  


It's a rather unobtrusive little turkey.  I found it tucked away.  For some reason in the midst of my tidying I stopped and read it. I stopped my agenda for the night.  That's the key.  If I hadn't read it, if I had just put it aside with the rest of L's work from school, I wouldn't have gotten the sweet blessing that I did. 

I have been so busy, and trying to squeeze everything in.  Maybe for me that's my sound & fury...I'm doing things but do the things I am doing matter?  Or do they signify nothing? 

My challenge to myself from now until the end of the year and beyond, is not get caught up in the stuff that doesn't matter.  To not constantly be five steps ahead of myself.

Sounds simple, right?! Anyone want to join me?