Monday, December 28, 2015

Gearing Up for Walt Disney Marathon Weekend with a runDisney Giveaway

It's almost time for me to get Dopey at the 2016 Walt Disney World Marathon weekend Presented by Cigna. In a little over a week I will be heading to Walt Disney World to run 48.6 miles with my Goofy partner in crime , Kristen from The Smith Summary



I've got some big goals for these races this year.  But more on that later. 

This year The DisBroads are going to be all together for the first time in a very, very long time. Or at least since Princess Half of 2014.  



 All of us are participating in Marathon weekend this year!  And we've got some first time marathoners among us as well.

Its going to be an epic trip with some of the best running friends a girl could ask for. 
So to celebrate we thought we would do a giveaway to (ahem) gear up for Marathon weekend. 

Here's your chance to win this awesome runDisney prize pack.  To enter see the widget below

Mickey Mouse Sling Backpack - runDisney 2016
2016 runDisney sling Backpack


26.2 Magnet
26.2 car magnet


runDisney Tote Bag and Running Hat.



Are you participating in the 2016 Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend?  If not what runDisney event is kicking off your 2016?  

And now for the fine print...
Giveaway Rules:
    • Prize: A 2016 runDisney prize pack
    • This contest is open to US & Canadian residents only.
    • Contest starts on December 28,2015, and ends on January 1, 2016, at 12:00 am MT.
    • Enter through the Rafflecopter widget.  The winner will be chosen via Rafflecopter and notified via email provided to Rafflecopter.  The winner has two days to respond, or they forfeit and another winner will be selected.


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Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Taking on the Infinity Gauntlet Challenge - Captain America 10k recap

Last year I never got around to posting my thoughts on the Avengers Half weekend.  I will say that it became my favorite race.  Maybe it was the change of scenery, maybe it's my love of Marvel.  Maybe it was the line of cosplayers.  Maybe it was because I was running for the kids of St. Jude.  It certainly wasn't the wind, but truth be told I was so giddy to be there that the wind didn't bother me too much.  Even if it wreaked havoc with my Wasp wings.

So going into this years Avengers Half, I was super excited.  Pardon the pun.  My costumes were on point (for me) and I was excited to see friends I hadn't seen in awhile.  I arrived a day earlier this year because of the challenge and it gave me time to play a bit too.


So in waking up Saturday I was ready to go.  I will admit I was a bit nervous for some reason going into the 10k. Not really sure why.  But if you know me at all, it's probably not surprising.  My intent on costuming was to try and find characters that might not be as popular but still known.  I feel like there is such a depth and strength in the Marvel female characters that there were plenty of options to choose from.

For the 10k, Lady Sif made her appearance.  Oh my goodness how I loved this costume.  I will admit here that I did not make the costumes again this year.  Once again I hit up the amazing Sandy at Run, silly.  She helped make the costumes exactly the way that I wanted them to be.


 We had heard that security was going to be a little bit different this year so we left a little bit earlier than normal and headed to the staging area.    Once I got there the nerves were replaced by excitement.  I adored being in that environment and seeing the costumes.  I was also pleased that people recognized me as Sif.  She's one of my favorite strong Marvel females.



As we left for the corrals, I was ready to go.  Outside of being cold, I was ready to take on the 10k.  Tania and I had agreed to start out the first two miles fast outside of the park and then enjoy the four miles of park time


.

Admittedly, I can't start out fast out of the gate, I tend to start slow and getting going.  But outside of shoe lace issues (twice) and telling Tania I thought she was killing me we settled into a good pace and accomplished our plan.  As soon as we hit the park the first character we saw was Thor.  This was a no brainer for me.  He was really the one character I had to stop for because Sif.  The line was already incredibly long so Tania decided to keep going and I waited, and waited.  I had to chuckle because well even the Mighty Thor was not quite sure who I was but I was greeted with a hearty and "you must be my friend".  So there's that. All was right thought because I was at least deemed worthy of being able to wield Mjolnir, so it wasn't a total loss.  


I had the best time on this course, It is hands down my favorite 10k.  It was truly perfect.  I did not stop beyond Thor because I was at a good pace and I was trying to see if I could catch back up with Tania.  The crowd support, the cast members, the Shield agents placed sporadically throughout the park it was just phenomenal.  I feel like a slacker because I don't have a lot of photographic documentation about how awesome it was but at the same time, it was nice to unplug and just run and observe and soak in all the Marvel goodness.

 Even more amazing I ran by myself for the bulk of the 10k and did not once feel the urge to plug in my ear buds and listen to music.  This is huge for me.  My not-so-inner nerd was pumped every time I heard a cheer for Lady Sif.  For just a brief moment this mama  got to pretend she was a tough, strong, brave and feisty warrior and it was a blast.

Before I knew it I was done.  I was also excited to learn that for a Disney race and considering the character stop and technical difficulties, I had only finished a few minutes behind time wise from a local 10k I did earlier this year.

Guys, this race has my heart.  The whole weekend has my heart.  I was thinking I was going to skip Avengers next year for Wine and Dine because it falls on my birthday.  But nope, as long as they do the Avengers Half weekend I will be there getting my geek on.

Did you run the Captain America 10K?  What were your thoughts?

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Suzanne Ran(doms)

So yeah, life has a way of interrupting good intentions.  Since I last visited, I have had a pipe burst in my house, putting three quarters of my house in chaos. Not to mention work stuff.  Oh and running.  There has been running.  Some months a lot of it.  Like August.  September and October not so much.

Because it's been a bit I figured I would play catch up with another quick version of Randoms.

My August Miles goal - smashed it.  My goal was to reach 90 miles.  With a secret stretch goal of 100 miles for the month.  I was afraid to put it out there because well, ya know, life and because I was afraid I wouldn't be able to do it.  Despite the pipe bursting in mid August I got it done.

I also managed to reach my matching miles goal and with my personal donation of 205.00 plus the addition of the matching gift I met my St. Jude Fundraiser goal for the year.




As of this writing I am now almost  $750.00 over my initial Heroes requirement.  I am hoping to at least hit that number and would love to say that I was able to smash my fundraising goal this year. 

- Tomorrow I will be on a plane heading to the Avengers Half.  It's crazy how fast this year has gone.  But anyway, I'm just a little bit excited. 

As evidenced by the fact that I now have an entire weekends worth of Marvel gear to wear.

 


I am super excited about my costumes this year too.  Lady Sif for the 10k, and comic Nebula for the half. Lady Sif, just because I love her and thought it would be a fun runner friendly costume. 







 I'm specifying comic Nebula because she looks a bit different than the Guardians of the Galaxy version of Nebula (still awesome) and comic Nebula has a  tie to the Infinity Gauntlet, so it seemed to make sense. 





Who am I going to see there this year? 

Thanks again for all of your support while I continue to help St. Jude Children's Research Hospital someday be able to say that they were able to Smash Childhood Cancer. 


Monday, August 10, 2015

Making Miles Matter Part 2

Since I wrote last week about what I wanted to do with my August miles.  One of my running in honor of warriors gained his angel wings.  He was a local boy to me and while I did not know him or his family, I have friends who did.

Something his mother said in one of her Caring Bridge posts shortly before he gained his wings really resonated with me...
"We would so appreciate you remembering and honoring by doing what you can to further pediatric cancer research so that one day no child or family has to live this incomprehensible nightmare."



That was the impetus for this month's making my miles matter.  But I have decided to take it up one notch. So with all of that being said, I have decided that for every mile I run this month, I am going to personally donate $1.00 per mile to my fundraiser.

Here's where you come in.  Would you please consider donating a mile or two also?  It doesn't have to be much.  Every donation coupled with mine will be such a help. I'm not just talking about helping me make my goal.  I'm talking about helping St. Jude to continue doing what they are doing and providing hope, groundbreaking care and research for those that need it.

For reference last month, I ran 85 miles.  This month, I'm already at 27.62 miles (will be evening it up tonight because I'm OCD that way).  My goal is for at least 90 miles.

Who wants to help out? Just one dollar per mile.Will add up.  My donation page can be found here

or the direct link:  http://heroes.stjude.org/suzanneran

Every donation made in the month of August will be entered in to win a $25.00 gift card of their choosing.

Thanks as always for your support.  

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Making My August Miles Matter

Last month, I set a goal for myself to hit 60 miles for the month.  It was a huge jump in mileage for me from ten miles the previous month.  It was a way for me to get off my posterior and take some time to re-establish my running routine.  Dopey training is coming up soon, soon.  So I'd rather start that with a good base.  Not only did I hit 60 miles - I smashed past it to 85. Which I am fairly certain is a record for me while not actively training.

I have been trying to think of a goal for this month to keep me motivated and to press on and maybe even surpass the 85 mile goal for this month.  I think I have found it.  As you all know I am currently fundraising for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital as a St. Jude Hero. I've done all sorts of drawings and fundraisers and will continue to do so until November.  But for the month of August, all of my miles will be in honor of the children and families at St. Jude.  Either in honor of or in memory of someone.

Did you know pediatric cancer research is granted only 4% in government funds? That's why the work at St. Jude is so vital.
The numbers are devastating but the funding is not there. 
 St. Jude's goal is simple, "We won't stop until no child dies from cancer."


Not only does St. Jude provide their services for free, they also provide and share groundbreaking research throughout the world.

I've said this before, but St. Jude provides so many things, but most importantly they provide their care and research for free allowing families to focus on their child and not bills.  They provide hope.

So this month I'm running in memory of Jake.  I'm running in honor of Team Mason and ME.  I'm running because I can.  Children who have faced pediatric cancer and those who are still battling. 


If anyone would like me to run in memory or honor of or in memory of a child diagnosed with pediatric cancer, please let me know and I would be honored to do so. 
If you would consider helping me to reach my goal for this year my link can be found
here or the direct link is:
http://heroes.stjude.org/suzanneran

Any donation to my St. Jude page this month will go into a drawing for a $25.00 gift card of the winners choice.  

As always thank you so much for your continued support and thank you for helping my August miles matter.  Together we can help St. Jude Children's Research Hospital continue on their journey to someday #smashchildhoodcancer. 


Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Suzanne Randoms...end of July edition

It's summer which means my schedule has consisted of work, swimming lessons, family fun and oh yeah this running thing.

I will be the first person to admit I have long let my running take a backseat to other things, after Goofy that is. I had a gazillion excuses and have used them all.  But you know shame is a powerful motivator (at least for me) and after yet another month of having the lowest monthly mileage of the run 2,015 in 2015 group I'm in I decided to stop making excuses and hop back on my treadmill.

So with that in mind here are some randoms for July

- In the St. Jude Hero news, I have reached a little over my halfway point.


I've got one really big fundraiser coming up that I'm really excited about.  It ties to my Disney Starbucks fundraisers and my love of Disney.  Also have a garage sale and possibly another thirty-one party coming.  Stay tuned for more details. 

- I made a mileage goal this month (see above as to why).  I decided that I wanted to try to get to 60 miles this month.  While there are people who run more than that on a monthly basis but going from barely 10 to 60 was kind of a lofty goal.  While I did good about getting up early to get my run in before the end of the school year and vacation.  I wasn't doing so great once I got back.  Now I'm running at night when I get home and before I eat dinner.  While not eating until after 8p or sometimes 9p isn't ideal.  I have to say that I'm proud of myself for getting it done regardless. I'm enjoying it again and my mood is way better.  Funny how that works.  At any rate as of this exact moment in time I'm sitting at 50.01 miles.  Think I might meet my goal, but hoping to bypass it entirely.

 - Did you know that you can wear your fitbit too tight?  Yeah, I didn't and my wrist got burned a bit. After not wearing it for the better part of Saturday and wearing it super loose since then it is finally peeling and looking a bit better.  Lesson learned and for my fitbit HR Charge friends, let my stupidity be a good reminder to keep it loose.

-  In just three short weeks L & E go back to school.  Either this summer has flown by or vacations aren't as long as they used to be.  They have had one great summer though so I don't feel too bad for them.  ;)



It's been so far this summer. I am so excited to be getting back on track and I'm starting to look forward to the beginning of Dopey Training in September. 


How has your summer been going? 




Monday, June 29, 2015

Creature Comforts for St. Jude Heroes

 It's that time again...Who would like to get their hands on a mug from the newly opened Starbucks at Disney's Animal Kingdom?  And a $10.00 Starbucks e-card to go with it? 


Here's your chance to make this mug (yes, this actual mug) yours.




So here are the details.  I'm offering up a Disney Starbucks Animal Kingdom mug from the You are Here collection. Plus a $10.00 Starbucks gift card. 
All of this Disney Starbucks awesomeness could be yours with a $10.00 donation to my personal  St. Jude Heroes page. Link found here or http://heroes.stjude.org/suzanneran.  
 
What could be better than a new mug (especially if you aren't going to be visiting the parks soon), some coffee and knowing that you helped St. Jude Children's Research Hospital? Being Disney homesick and partially sleep deprived this sounds like a perfect combo for me. 

The fine print.  Thus giveaway is running now until Friday 7/3/15 at 530p central daylight time.  With the winner being selected via Random.org.
 

So come on be a hero and together we can help St. Jude #SmashChildhoodCancer!

Monday, June 22, 2015

539.9

My morning started off with a bang this morning. Ok really an eek! Or maybe even a what did I sign myself up for? Concluding with "ok, bring it on!"

This morning was Dopey Training Plan day.  I received my training plan from Krissy at Outrunning the Monorail.  I read it with slight trepidation, and a big dash of fear.  But at the same time hopeful and excited for the challenge that is in front of me.  

Last year it was just flat out fear and doubt. I didn't know what to expect, wasn't sure why I signed up for Goofy when I hadn't run a full marathon yet and then adding the half on top of it.  This year I know a little bit better, know what to expect (well, mostly).  I still have a healthy fear and respect of the distance.  I've done it once though and not in optimal health circumstances so as long as my TSH levels (thyroid) cooperate I should be golden. 

This year, I'm excited more than I am petrified.  Last year I had a blast but it did not go as planned.  Not even remotely.  But in the end I finished and that was my goal in the long run. 




2016 is my redemption run. I get to (hopefully) do it right and not just finish, but be proud of my finish.

With all of that being said, I am super excited to be able to see what my training plan has in store for me and to see how well I do with it this year. It's up to me to face the challenge full on. 


So what's with the number?  That number is what my life will look like from the start of training until the end of Marathon weekend.  That is my total training miles for this adventure. 


I'm oddly excited and trying to figure out my schedule now to fit it all in.  Can't wait to see how this all plays out. 

Who else is getting ready for Marathon weekend?  Even just in the planning stages? 

Monday, May 11, 2015

Treadmill Tunesday

So it's been awhile since I have shared some of my favorite songs.  In no small part to the fact that I haven't been running on my treadmill on a regular basis and well honestly, I haven't been writing about much recently either. 

I am attempting to start running in the morning on my treadmill. I am so not a morning person.  It's generally best to avoid me until around 10a or until I have had copious amounts of coffee.  Oddly enough I am finding that I am starting to enjoy my morning runs.  It's been a great way to start my day and the endorphins going that early has been a bonus too.

To make mu morning runs more palatable I decided to go with mostly super peppy happy songs.  I also have to admit that I raided L & E's current car playlist.  Yes, they have their own playlist.  Can you tell which songs are mine as opposed to theirs? 

Anyway, without further adieu here is a little preview of my current morning rotation...

Kids, Covers &(be)cause...

Uma Thurman - Fall Out Boy (this may be my summer song and hello Munsters sample)

Shut Up and Dance  - Walk the Moon

Walk This Way - Run DMC and Aerosmith

Magic - B.O.B

Want to Want Me - Jason Derulo

This is Gonna Hurt - Sixx A.M

Sugar - Maroon 5

Get Lucky - Halestorm

What I Like About You - 5 Seconds of Summer

Runaway Baby - Bruno Mars

Let's Not Be Alone - R5

Vertigo - U2

and my current favorite treadmill song...Such a fun song...though the video is a little odd.  Just as an aside I'm digging the teal hair too. 



What are some of your favorite running songs at the moment?  Are you a morning runner?  What tips do you have for getting out of bed on the mornings that you would really rather be sleeping?

Saturday, May 9, 2015

Running According to Miss E

I've had a new BRF this spring.  She's been awesome and makes,me want to challenge myself.  The best part is that I don't have to travel to see her.  At all...She lives in my house and most times refers to me as Mommy.
 
 
Miss E has been joining me on several local runs this spring.  Mostly the fun runs but she did complete her first 5k this past Friday.  We barely finished it and she's swearing she won't do one again but we will see.
 
 
First and foremost you have to "look cute".  Looking cute in her terms is. Sing comfortable and bonus points for matching. 
 
Second run until you can't anymore.  To her running is "fun and challenging" and I want to keep it that way. So I'm going to just encourage her interest until she decides it's no longer fun.
That's it...look cute and run until you can't anymore. 
 
 
This is my goal this summer to just discover the pure joy of running again. I'm not going to worry about pace, distance, or running plans until I start Dopey training.  I'm just going to run until I can[t run anymore.    I have been schooled by my seven year old.
 
Do you haven any running goals for this summer? 
 
 
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Thursday, April 9, 2015

Fan Girl Fun & Her Universe

This weeks giveaway is just in time for Star Wars Weekends and the opening of The Avengers:Age of Ultron.  Fan girls represent!

It's absolutely no secret that I adore Her Universe. Such cute and comfy clothes and it looks like Ashley and Her Universe have some amazing things getting ready to come out very very soon.  If you have Her Universe on Instagram or Facebook you know what I'm talking about...

Here's a chance for a $50.00 Her Universe gift card to do some shopping of your own.  The requirements are the same as last week.  For just a $10.00 donation to my personal St. Jude Heroes fundraiser for 2015 and it could be yours.

All donations between now and 530pm CDT on Saturday, April 11th are eligible and the name will be picked via random.org.

Flaunt Your World and help St. Jude at the same time.

Donation page can be found here or http://heroes.stjude.org/SuzanneRan 

Thursday, April 2, 2015

But first coffee...

Who wants this coffee Mug? ok, so not this one.  This one belongs to my friend Wendy.  But you get the idea...



Say hello to my first official St. Jude Heroes fundraiser for 2015.  Or if you are like me and are just waking up you can mull this over yor first cup of coffee.

So here are the details.  I'm offering up a Disney Starbucks Hollywood Studios mug from the You are Here collection.  This one will be a great collectible since the park will be undergoing under a name change sometime in the near future. Plus a $10.00 Starbucks giftcard. 

All of this yummy caffinated goodness could be yours with a $10.00 donation to my person St. Jude page. Link found here or http://heroes.stjude.org/suzanneran.  

What could be better than a soon to be collectible mug, some coffee and knowing that you helped St. Jude Children's Research Hospital?  Sounds like a perfect combination to me.

The fine print.  Thus giveaway is running now until Saturday 4/4 at 530p central daylight time.  With the winner being selected via Random.org.




Thank you for helping St. Jude Smash Childhood Cancer this year.  Together we can help make a difference.  

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Running the Gauntlet



So this happened yesterday.....
 

 



It's no surprise really.  By this point you all know how much I love St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.  Even if I'm not fundraising I'm still supporting them one way or another.  It's also not terribly shocking that I love Marvel and running, and Disney.  So combine all of those and it's kind of a no-brainer, right?  

Though, I have yet to write about it (Slacker Suzanne represent) The Avengers Half became one of my favorite runDisney experiences.  

 
So this year I am heading back to Disneyland to complete in the Infinity Gauntlet Challenge as part of the St. Jude Heroes program.  Third year running  (bad pun, totally intended).  

I have already got a few of my fundraisers already lined up.  So stay tuned for more details. 

Remember that no family ever receives a bill for anything and with our help we can help St. Jude to continue to #smashchildhoodcancer.

Please consider helping me reach my goal this year.  My personal donation page can be found here or http://heroes.stjude.org/SuzanneRan 

As always thank you for your support.  




 

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

So What's Next?

It hit me the other day, what do I do now?  I ran a marathon, something I never thought I would want to do.  I've run the half marathon distance several times.  So what's next? 

In the short term, Princess is looming in front of me in two weeks.  But unlike the past two years, I've dragged my heels on this one.  I just booked my flights last Thursday, and just started putting my costume together on Friday afternoon.  Which is shaping up to look a little like this...


I went into the marathon with a one and done attitude.  I know, I know, I said that about Princess 2013 and look at me three years later.  Or at least three Princesses later.  So obviously this lady doth protest too much. 


I was adamant on the Sunday night following the marathon as Kristen and I were walking around saying "no, I won't ever do it again." And then this popped out of my mouth "but you know I am always easily persuaded."

When Shannon and I were at Universal, "no, I won't do it again."  "We can just cheer and spend time at the parks."  Which truly sounds heavenly.

Then I get home and start reflecting on my goal for the marathon that I didn't come close to reaching.  Why?  Because I freaked myself out enough to think that it wasn't attainable.  That I couldn't do it.  Even though with the exception of a few of my week day runs I put the training in.  If you have spent any amount of time here.  You know that I'm competitive with myself.  So after a few days of stewing about it, this starts coming out of my mouth. "I want to do another marathon, not Disney, for time. " I know, I know.  Then the weekend after this came out, " I think I want to do two more, one for time, and I want to do Dopey." 

Yep, I said it.  Not terribly surprising. 

So I am scoping out semi local marathons soon'ish while I still have the training on my side and contemplating when I will approach Dopey. 

Never say never, right?

 
 
So who am I going to see at Princess this year?  Are you better prepared than I am at this point?

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Goofy Challenge Recap Part Two: It's the Big One...

AKA Marathon Day.

Picking right up where I left off from the half, I spent all day Saturday either napping or watching bad reality TV on Bravo.  Because you know, it wasn't like I was a t Disney or anything right?  As much as I was itching to go out and play, it turned out to probably be the best thing I did.  I had some time to just chill out and not be in my head.  I had some time by myself and it did wonders. 

After an amazing dinner at Trattoria al Forna and a quick trip to a local Walmart to hunt down a cheap sweatshirt to ditch along the way, we went back to the room and crashed. 

As luck would have it I slept and got right up.  Something I did not do going into the half. 
Alarm was off at two and I got up and got ready to go meet Kristen and Bonnie for Race Retreat.  I know it's crazy  but I really love having the race retreat option.  It's a bit spendy but I think I'm getting to the point where if friends are going to do it, it's worth the additional amount for me.  It also came in handy since it was still cool'ish for me.  It also proves to be a distraction for me.  


After a bit we went outside to find Amy and Wendy. Shannon had already left to get to her corral.   We headed to our corral to wait for our start.  My nerves were high, I went in with the goal to just finish but the secondary goal of getting in under seven hours.   Totally not what my original goal was but I had sufficiently freaked myself out that I just wanted to make sure I finished and thought I had let go of my original goal. 

The first part of the marathon was a familiar route going towards Magic Kingdom and back out, so similar to the start of the Half.  But rather than heading back to Epcot we went towards Animal Kingdom via the Speedway.  Seeing the cars on the speedway was cool and I got to geek out for my boys (hockey nerd and L) over a few BumbleBee's that were on the track.  The sloping was not my favorite but it was nice to be able to go through it,even though it seemed like an endless loop at the time. 

We got to Animal Kingdom and made a stop for Wendy and Amy to go through and ride Expedition Everest.  Admittedly I was antsy at this point because we were close to the half and well, I knew my friend Lisa was on the other side of Animal Kingdom with tons of goodies and I just wanted to see her face. Once they were off we charged through the rest of Animal Kingdom until we saw Lisa.  We stopped and fueled up.  Heaven was a little bit of soda and a salted caramel Gu and a hug from my friend.  This girl had everything, seriously.  She had made signs for all of her friends and one for the Broads as well.  I was frazzled enough that I didn't get a picture with her and I'm sad that I didn't get one at this point but Amy got this picture of her.  So thankful for her being there as a cheerleader at that point in time :)



Once we had hit the half, I was trying to process in my head that I still had another half to go and I kind of just went quiet for a bit to just not think about anything.  From about 13.1 until we got to ESPN Wide World of Sports it was kind of a blur.  We were doing 2:1 intervals and stopped at a few med tents for bio-freeze. At some point we knew Bonnie was close so we were trying to keep an open for her.  Which helped provide another distraction.

ESPN Wide World of Sports seemed to go on forever though I remember seeing some little people playing soccer on one of the fields and I was missing my own little people.  They were so so cute. 

I had in my head that mile 21 would be our safe point, so at this point that was all I was focused on getting through Hollywood Studios and getting onto the Boardwalk.  Hollywood Studios was a bit bittersweet for me because my family loves the hat. So while I was happy that it was still mostly intact the walls around it were a reminder that most likely by the time our big summer blowout trip happens this summer it will be gone. 

 
 
As much as I love Hollywood Studios, I have never been so happy to leave the park.  Because this time it signaled the end was near.  I finally was allowing myself to think, that I might actually finish the marathon. 

We hit the boardwalk, and I started getting excited.  Or as much excitement as I could muster.  I lost track of mileage because my Garmin died. Suzanne Fail.  So at one point I was off by a mile thinking we were further ahead than we were so it caused a bit of frustrations to me.  I remember a sign on the boardwalk that made me cry.  At this point almost anything made me cry.  "Some day you will fail, today is not that day".  I lost it a little in my own small way.  I know that one sign had the same impact on some of my friends as well.  Just what I needed at that point in time. 

Then we hit Epcot and we were so so close.  I just wanted to be done.  At this point it was just Kristen and I.  Wendy was having issues with her ankle so she and Amy told us to go on ahead.  Suddenly, we somehow managed to cross paths with Mer and Brooke from Scoot-a-doot.  They were there in the parks to cheer for a bit.  Seeing them gave me the last boost I needed to just get it done. 


Picture Courtesy of Scoot a-Doot

And get it done we did.  I got choked up as the finish line was in sight.  I was going to be a marathoner.  Kristen and I sprinted that last little bit and crossed the finish line.  Somehow I was smiling, well kind of. 


After we got our medals we found Lisa, Or rather Lisa found us. She was right by the finish line like she said.  I got a little teary again when I saw her.  She was with me during my first half and it was perfect to have her be there for my first marathon.


After visiting with Lisa a bit we went back to the race retreat.    Where I once again ate all the turkey sausage and some yummy pasta and sat and took pictures and let it all sink in. 




 
 

I have a lot of follow up on my post marathon thoughts. But for now I will leave at this I can now say that I am a marathoner.  I can also say that I have successfully completed the Goofy Challenge as well.  I completed what I set out to do, even though I second guessed myself almost all the way through.  
 
 
 

Friday, January 23, 2015

Goofy Challenge Recap Part One...and A half...

Almost two weeks later my Goofy Challenge and my first Marathon are in the books.  I have to admit, I was a bit of a head case going into it.  The Monday prior I started freaking out about the judgement call I made to tackle Goofy in addition to my first marathon.  It got down to the point where I just had to trust that I trained sufficiently enough and have faith in that and in myself.

I set out run Goofy with one of my BRF's Kristen and bless her, she had to hear about me obsessing a lot. A lot, a lot.  We were the only two Broads that were um, Goofy enough to tackle this challenge this time around.

We had agreed on Friday night that since we had purchased race retreat that we would get there early to take full advantage of it.  What that means, is that my alarm went off on Saturday morning at 2a.  I got up and got moving and still somehow managed to miss the first bus.

The bus driver of the bus I did catch was actually a good thing.  He was funny and managed to get my mind off of the task at hand.  Oddly enough, I was totally freaked going into the half. I think because it was so linked to the challenge I felt a little bit more pressure to get it done within a certain amount of time.

I got to the race retreat tent and waited for Kristen. Once she got there we went and got in line for Woody, Buzz and Bullseye.





 We got pictures out of the way and just hung out. Usually, I just have coffee and water but I made a conscious effort to make sure that I fueled right to and had a banana to get me started.   We waited until the last possible minute to head out to the corrals since it was so chilly. Let me tell you I was so thankful for race retreat that morning.  

Going into the Half our strategy was to have fun, and do character stops if we felt like it.  Just take the half easy so we would not be on tired legs for the marathon the next day.

We took off and got into a comfortable stride and before I knew it we were crossing into Magic Kingdom.  I was really surprised because it seemed to come up so fast.  As we were navigating through I saw what I thought was smoke and it was in the general area where the villains are for Princess, so I assumed it was the villains again.  Until I realized that it wasn't smoke it was Zero flying through the trees. I think I lost it a little at this point.  Jack has become one of L's favorites.  So I had to stop.  Fortunately the line wasn't incredibly crazy and I got a greeting to relay onto to L as well as a wish for a dreadful race.  He was perfect.


From there we found our way through the Castle to see Anna, Kristoff and Elsa.  It was here that I got so sidetracked by looking up that I tripped on Kristen's foot and almost fell flat on my face. That would have been memorable.

Before I knew it we were out of the park and heading back towards Epcot.  The half point song was Shake it Off which promptly made me think of Miss E and the two of us singing at the top of our lungs in he car.  So it was only fitting that in the middle of a gazillion people I start singing along rather loudly, mostly off key I'm sure.

Kristen had mentioned that Meredith and Brooke from Scoot a-Doot were wearing Newsie's costumes and I kept that in my brain.  Imagine my surprise as we were on that long stretch back to the Epcot area that I saw them.  I recognized the costume and Mer's hair.  The color was what made me sure that it was her.  Yes, I realize that makes me sound like a bit of a stalker.  I pointed them out to Kristen and it was glorious. I had never met them in person, so it was nice to finally connect and they are the sweetest.

After we parted ways it finally started to get warm enough for me to start thinking about taking my sweatshirt off.  It only took me 10'ish miles to get to that point. We also realized that we were coming up on seeing the Broads who were somewhere near Epcot.

Finally, we were there....


We got some quick hugs in ditched our sweatshirts and took off.  We were almost done.  Seeing the Broads was the last minute pick me up that I needed.

Before I knew it we were done.  It's funny how quickly that went in my head.  I loved running with Kristen and then running into Meridith and Brooke and seeing our friends cheering for us (and everyone else along the way) were just the icing on the cake.



After we finished, we went and hit the race retreat where I attempted to eat all the turkey sausage and maybe enjoyed a little post race celebration.


It was at this point where I started to feel like maybe Goofy was going to be doable for me after all. We finished under what I had in my head was the required time and had fun doing it.

 I was still not 100% sure about what Sunday would hold but I felt a little bit more confident that I would get it done.

What were your thoughts on the half?  Did you have a strategy going in?