Thursday, October 31, 2013

Running Motivation and Halloween

Happy Halloween!!  

We didn't do much for Jillian's first Halloween, just hung out and gave out candy.  Next year we're going to go all out - when she can walk around and enjoy Halloween.  Nonetheless she had a pretty fun day!  

So I was on a pretty good roll with the running and the working out before the cruise (because I had to be bathing suit ready for the cruise).  I had grand plans to go to the gym on the cruise, but that didn’t happen.  We did visit it on the first day just to see what it looked like, but we never went back after that.  Oh well, no biggie. 

Now that I am back from vacation, I need to get back into the groove on things because I don’t want to lose my mojo.  And also because I have a half marathon in February that I need to keep on the radar – I totally don’t want to be in the spot I was in for the Tower of Terror 10 Miler (ie, not training AT ALL and wondering if I’d actually finish).

One way that is going to motivate me to get back on the running train – my anniversary gift from Hubs.

Yeah that's Jillian playing in the Tupperware cabinet behind my watch

He got me a Garmin 10!!!  A pink one!!!  I have admired, from afar, the Garmin 10 since Janae and Monica and all of the other fabulous running bloggers reviewed them when they came out last year.  It looked easy to use and more like a watch than a big honkin GPS device strapped to my arm (like my Garmin 201, circa 2007 – I love that thing).

A couple of years ago, in an effort to get with the times, and not have a 5 lb watch on my arm while I run, I bought a Garmin 405 and I hate it.  Like, I really really hate it.  It’s confusing, that weird bezel thing never works right, I don’t know how to work it and it’s always dead because there’s no on/off button.  Hate.  So I never used it (a nice waste of $175). 

I’m so tickled that Hubs knew to get this for me for our anniversary, because I swear I mentioned it like once, and I wasn’t even sure he was listening to me when I said it.  But apparently he was!  So yay! 

Another way to motivate myself to run/walk/move in the coming month – I signed up for Monica’s Pile on the Miles Challenge.  This is the third year I have participated in the free program and I’m determined to meet my goals this year!  How it works in a nutshell (go to Monica’s post for the full details): sign up, run/walk, report back your mileage and you might win some free stuff for meeting your goal.  It’s a good accountability tool, which we all need a little bit of during the “holiday” months.  So count me in! 

I actually had a brief moment of insanity yesterday.  Yesterday afternoon I got a bug in my brain saying to me “you want to run the Wine and Dine Half Marathon next weekend.”  So, I Googled “Wine and Dine Half Marathon race bibs for sale” and found a few out there.  I contemplated it for about 10 minutes and then decided, “nah, you don’t want to do that, you’re not half marathon ready by any stretch of the imagination!”  Yeah, I may have pulled off a straight up miracle at the Tower of Terror, but I don’t think that would happen twice.  So now I am looking at finagling a Disney 10K bib in January.  Not sure if I will be able to find that since it’s an inaugural race, but we’ll see!

And that’s it for me.  Hope you’re having a fab day!  Have a happy and safe Halloween!

Questions for you …
How do you motivate yourself to run/walk/move during the holidays, or any day?

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Cruise Recap

Well hello there!  It’s been a while!  We got back from our cruise on Monday, but it’s been busy over here since then, so I haven’t been able to sit down and type up the proper cruise recap post. 

The cruise was great!!  But I feel fat!  I guess that is the sign of a good cruise/vacation.  My mentality is if you don’t come back from a cruise feeling bloated and 5 lbs heavier then it just wasn’t a good cruise.  Ha, kidding (but I’m kind of not). 

Overeating aside, we had a fabulous time on our cruise.  We left on Friday from Port Canaveral.  Our floating home for the weekend…

Royal Caribbean’s Enchantment of the Seas. 

(Fun fact: I cruised on this same ship back in 1999 for my college graduation celebration with my family and my BFF Jen and her family.)

The goal of the weekend was relaxation.  Hubs and I had no plans or schedules for this cruise, we were just going to fly by the seat of our pants and enjoy the weekend – which is exactly what we did.  Friday was spent getting acquainted with the ship, wandering around and indulging in a pina colada (you have to have just one on a cruise, even if it is like 1,000 wasted calories). 

On Saturday we didn’t arrive in Nassau until noon, so we made our way up to the pool deck to enjoy the perfectly perfect weather.

My goal was to park myself in a chair by the pool and read my book (Elin Hilderbrand’s Beautiful Day – OMG, so good!) until we got to Nassau.  And not too much later we came up on this view …

Atlantis Resort.  Hubs and I have been to Nassau and Atlantis on cruises before, so we didn’t really have too much planned for when we got off of the boat.  We really only had one destination in mind…

 We had to visit Hard Rock.  As I have mentioned before, Hubs has a small Hard Rock obsession.  He collects those little guitar pins, so whenever we go anywhere within a 30 mile range of a Hard Rock, we have to go. (on his trip across the country to take J to college in California earlier this summer, they stopped at like 4 of them)  Lucky for us, Hard Rock was just a short walk into town from the ship, so we made our way over there, had a plate of nachos and some local rum cake and wandered around town for a little while before going back to the ship.

We got back on the ship around 2 o’clock and hung out by the pool reading for the remainder of the day.  Heavenly.

That evening was “formal night” so we got all duded up and headed to the Captain’s cocktail hour before dinner.

Wine, free champagne, filet mignon dinner and midnight pizza in formal wear.  God, I love cruises.

Sunday we were in Coco Cay, which is a Royal Caribbean owned island paradise.  Hubs and I had an appointment for a couple’s massage that morning, so we made our way over to the island early for that.  It was heavenly. 

 Between the relaxing massages, laying in a beach chair under the palm trees, and the cooler temperatures, I can definitely say that this was my favorite day on the cruise.  We made our way back to the ship around 1:00 because we started to feel a little crispy around the edges, and I did not want to get a sunburn!  Once we got back to the ship, I parked myself in the shade to finish my book (my goal for the day).  Mission accomplished! 

That evening at dinner we made plans with our table mates to go and play “The Quest” that evening after dinner.  I’ve seen The Quest from afar on other cruises and always was like “what the hell is this?!?!”  It looked absolutely crazy, so when we realized they were playing it on our cruise at 11pm on our last night we decided to go and participate. 

Simply put, The Quest is a crazy scavenger hunt type of game.  But you can’t leave the room to find the items, they must be found amongst your team members.  The room (one of the large lounges on the ship) was divided into 7 teams, so we had roughly around 40-50 people on our team.  The items started off tame like “bring me a cell phone” or “bring me a shoelace” and then as the evening went on it got a little crazy like “the team with the longest line of bras gets a point” (meaning there were lots of ladies with no bras on – not me though), or “the team with the most number of men’s pants gets a point” (meaning there were tons of men running around with no pants on), or “the first male team captain dressed up as a woman gets a point.”  It was nuts.  But so funny.  It was a hilarious way to end our cruise.

Monday morning, we woke up before the sun came up to watch the boat pull back into Port Canaveral.  We were off the ship before 8am, and on our way home to Miss Jillian, who apparently did not miss us at all judging from these pictures…

Grandma and Grandpa took her to the park and she had a blast.  It was so wonderful to come home to her though, we missed her a bunch!!! 

All in all our short little anniversary getaway was wonderful.  It was the perfect amount of time, the perfect destination and just a great time.  I have never once gone on a cruise I didn’t enjoy (they are the best form of vacation) and this one did not disappoint!! 

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Vacation Brain

Hey there!  It's Thursday and I'm on vacation!  Well, not really on vacation yet, but I'm off of work, which is vacation enough for me.  And it's been a mighty productive day so far!  I got up early (well, early for a day off) at 6:45 and went for a run and it was COLD.  Today is officially the first day of "cool" weather here.  It was in the 50s.  That is pretty darn cold for us Floridians, but it felt great while running.  

After that I did my BBB workout and some other strength exercises.  Jillian slept in extra late today (after 9) which allowed me to get some things done.  (she's so awesome)  And then once she was up and fed and dressed we took a little jaunt to Target and the grocery store for some last minute travel things.  Now she's napping peacefully and I am talking to you fine people while I should be packing or cleaning or something else productive.  

This week I've been prepping for our upcoming cruise with lots of self tanner.  On Sunday I realized that my skin was transparent and so white that I was afraid I would blind people, so I got me some Jergens self tanner mousse stuff and started slathering.  I'm happy to report that after 4 days of slathering I am now 2 shades darker than I was, and splotchy.  I am apparently really bad at applying self tanner.  I have some lines and some dark splotches, it's really not pretty up close, but better than being blindly white I guess.  And I smell.  I smell like BBQ chips and sweat.  Seriously what is that smell that is in all self tanners?  Ugh!  Gross.  The things we do to look good....

This weekend there are a few things I am looking forward to, and one thing that I am not looking forward to.  The one I am not looking forward to is having to leave this little face.  But I know she is in perfectly amazing hands with Hubs' parents and my parents so I am not worried.  But I will miss this little muffin.

From the Boyz II Men concert at Epcot the other night
What I am looking forward to:

- Reading a book - I've been reading the same book since August because I just haven't had time to read lately.  I'm hoping to read a bunch on the cruise.

- Sleeping in - With a baby in the house you usually don't get to sleep in very much.  I want to sleep until at least 9:00 one day.  

- Getting a massage - Hubs and I decided that as an anniversary present to ourselves we'd schedule a couple's massage during the cruise.  The massage costs more than the cruise itself, but hey, we're gonna splurge.

- Lying in the sun - I have not sunbathed at all this year (I know, sad), so I am so looking forward to parking myself by the pool/on the beach and just lounging.  

- Going to the gym - Yeah, I might.  The ship has a killer gym and I haven't been to the gym in like 2 months, so I might have to go visit the elliptical machine at some point during the weekend.  

- Seeing a new part of Nassau - Every time we go to Nassau we go to Atlantis.  This time, we're not going to do that.  We're going to visit the Hard Rock Cafe Nassau (of course Hubs has to go and get a pin!) which is in another area of town, so I am excited about exploring.

- Walking the beach - On Sunday we're on an island all day.  I want to walk the beach, go in the water and just soak it all up.

I think that sums it up.  Really excited about the trip!

And I would be remiss if I did not mention that today is Hubs and my 4 year wedding anniversary.  Awwww!  We don't have any grand plans for this evening except soaking in every minute with Jillian before we leave tomorrow and packing, which is fine by me!  We'll celebrate on the cruise this weekend.  

That's it from me.  Have a fab rest of the week and weekend!  

Questions for you ...
Have you been on a cruise?  What ship?  Where did you go?  

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

New Hair

Hey there!  I meant to check in all day yesterday, but the day just got away from me.  There’s a lot to do this week in preparation for our vacation at the end of this week.  Vacations are great, but preparing for them is just a little stressful.

So, I mentioned on Friday that I was getting some new hair.  This sounds as if I went out and bought a new wig or something.  No, but that might be fun.  No, I went for cut and color.  And cut I did!  Check it…

I’ve had hair this short (and much shorter) before, but it’s been a while.  I’m still trying to get used to styling it.  I have thicker bangs too, which is totally new for me.  I like, but like I said, I am still trying to get used to it! 

Aside from the new hair, the weekend was a good one.  Hung out with Amanda on Saturday.  We did lunch and manis/pedis, nice girl day!  Sunday Hubs and I hung out all day and then decided we needed to get out of the house, so we went out to Food and Wine Festival for a bit to walk around and eat.  Yes again.  A friend of mine was like “OMG, aren’t you sick of it?!?!”  No!  We’re freaky like that.  We love Epcot at this time of year – the food, the concerts, it’s just a fun place to be when we just want to get out of the house for a few hours.  We’re actually going again tonight to see Boyz II Men.  We never miss them! 

I got a run in on Saturday and then another one this morning, so I am feeling pretty good about my workouts lately.  Albeit they aren’t as frequent as I’d like (every day), but I do what I can with a little munchkin in the house.    I’ve also been keeping up with the strength training by doing my BBB workouts as well.  I can’t tell you what a wonderful difference signing up for Tina’s Bootcamp has done for me.  Totally renewed my interest in strength training.  We’re in the last two weeks of the Fall session already, I can’t believe how time has flown by.

Alright, I’ve got a million things to do today so I should get going.  Hope you have a fab Tuesday

Friday, October 18, 2013

Bullet Point Friday

It’s Friday!  Woohoo!  Since I can’t seem to form a complete thought this morning, I thought I do bullet point Friday and just talk about random stuff today.  Sound good?  OK!

- I have a half day of work today.  This makes me happy.  I have not taken a day off of work since July, so the thought of a half day makes me happy.  Should have taken a whole day, but I have some vacay coming up next week!

- In the plans for today: Jillian has her 9 month doctor appointment (I have about 30 pages of questions for the pediatrician) and I am getting my hair did.  I can’t wait, for both!

- I’m getting new hair today.  And I’m not just doing a trim, I’m going short people!  Like, this short. 

Super excited about this.  I have kind of hated my hair for a while now  It’s at a weird length where I usually just have it in a ponytail about 75% of the time, which is just not that attractive.  So I’m going to get some style. 

- I got hooked on Scandal the other night.  I’ve been wanting to get into this show for a while now, but just didn’t have the time to go back and watch the past two seasons.  Lucky for me, I found a recap episode that gave me the Cliff’s Notes version of the last two seasons to get me up to speed.  I watched that and then the first two episodes of this season all on Wednesday night while Hubs was out of town.  I didn’t go to bed til 1, but it was well worth it.  That show is crazy good.  And Kerry Washington is gorgeous.

- I haven’t run since Tuesday (when I did a scant amount of running with the jogging stroller) since Hubs has been out of town, so that’s a bit of a bummer.  But I plan on doing it tomorrow and Sunday for sure. 

- I am so sad to report that my pedometer that was issued to me by work (that I talked up in this post on Monday) took a ride through the washing machine yesterday and is now dead.  I am crying.  I had to order another one and I am peeved because I’m not earning points for my steps until it gets here.  Boo.

- I mentioned a vacation above.  Hubs and I are embarking on a cruise next week!  It’s our anniversary on Thursday, so we decided to take a quickie little jaunt to the Bahamas for the weekend.  Cruises are ridiculous cheap right now, and Hubs and I found a Royal Caribbean cruise that leaves on Friday and comes back on Mondaymorning for only $179 a person.  That’s like $60 a day and that includes food!  You can’t even stay in a hotel in town for that little money!  So that will be fun.  Jillian will be spending the weekend with her grandparents Hubs parents on Friday/Saturdayand mine on Sunday/Monday.  They are excited!

- Gearing up for Halloween around here.

So cute!  Hope you’re having a great Friday!

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

From the Pumpkin Patch

On Jillian's 9 month birthday (Sunday) we went to the pumpkin patch at our church for a photo op.  Enjoy!

Love love love it!!!  We had a blast and then came back to the house for a cook out and my mom-in-law made this amazing pumpkin-y dessert.  YUM!  It was a great day and a great way to spent Jillian's 9 month birthday!  (we do celebrate her birth monthly...actually I think about it every Sunday at 4:08pm)

Today is a dreary day, so again I did not get out of bed for a run.  BOO!  But, I did take a later morning walk with Jillian in the jogging stroller.  We did a little over a mile (anything over that and she falls asleep in the stroller, and I didn't want to mess with her normal nap time) and I threw in a couple of running intervals just to get my heart rate up.  It went well.  I didn't run much, but enough to get sweaty.

When I got home I tried out a new workout app that I read about in Redbook.  It's called 7 Minute Workout and it's pretty cool.  It's a series of 14 exercises, you do 30 seconds each and it's a total of 7 minutes.  Pretty good.  I liked the variety of exercises - jumping jacks, planks, step ups, etc.  I'll definitely do it again.

After that I did 8 MInute Abs on YouTube and then I did today's BBB workout.  Not too shabby for a morning of not getting up to work out.  Now it's time for a shower.  Hope you're having a great one!

Monday, October 14, 2013

The Power of a Pedometer

So remember a while back when I told you that my work is doing a wellness program and they gave us all pedometers so we could track our steps, and then the steps turned into points that led us towards gym reimbursement?  Yeah, I’m still participating in that and wear my pedometer faithfully every day.  I’m still amazed at how few steps I take on days I don’t work out (it’s kind of embarrassing), but wearing a pedometer and tracking my steps everyday has really given me an awareness for how much I get up and move. 

Here’s a view of my steps over the last week or so.  Peaks and valleys. 

I’m definitely doing better than I used to.  I am currently averaging 7,111 steps per day, which is still on the low side (cuz I’m not working out every single day like I should be).  I have days (weekends) where I get well above 10,000 and then there are days where I can barely make it to 3,000.  That’s life.  But I will say that knowing in the back of my mind that I want to get to at least 7,000/day makes me more cognizant of how much I am moving, so I make modifications where I can – stand instead of sit (I stand a majority of the day when I work at home), take a walk at lunch, go to Disney in the evening, whatever I can do to make my pedometer get me over that 7,000 or 10,000 mark.

Fun fact – I wore my pedometer on my 10 miler last week…22,000 steps.  Nice.

This morning my alarm went off at 6:30.  I laid there for a while contemplating whether I wanted to run or not.  Soon it was 7:00 and then I realized that it was probably too late to run, so I made a deal with myself: in lieu of my morning jog I would take a walk at lunch.  The weather is nice, my schedule isn’t too crazy today, so I wore semi casual clothes, packed some walking shoes and made a decision to go walking at lunch today.  When I got to work I realized that all of my meetings today were during lunch hour (blerg), so I got in, checked some emails, did some work and then set out around 10:15 on a 30 minute walk.  There is a stretch of road outside our building that is 1.6 miles up and back, so I just did that. 

It started out cool and comfy, but as I continued to hoof I started to get a little…misty.  By the time I got back to the office my hair was a little damp and the back of my shirt had some sweat on it.  Ew!  Thankfully I only really see a few people during the day, so hopefully they won’t mind I’m a sweaty mess.  Despite that, I am really glad I went out and did that.  I feel good, logged some steps on my pedometer and feel like I did a little somethin’ somethin’ exercise-wise today.  So hooray for pedometer motivation! 

Hope you’re Monday is good.  Stay tuned tomorrow for pumpkin patch pictures!!

Sunday, October 13, 2013

I Have a 9 Month Old

Hi there! Happy weekend! It's been a good one over here. We went to Food and Wine Festival Friday night, tooled around Downtown Disney Saturday night and today we are taking a break from Disney.

Today is Jillian's 9 MONTH birthday!!

I cannot even begin to tell you is fast these 9 months have flown by. It's unreal. But I think I can say that I would like to stop time right now because I love Jillian at 9 months. She is so cute and curious and happy and just so much fun. I know I will probably say this for every phase of her life, but I am loving this time right now.

We are celebrating her birthday by going to the pumpkin patch at our church and then having a cookout with all of the grandparents. Fun stuff!

This weekend I got back into running. 

I didn't run at all this week - not because I was recovering from my 10 miler, but because it has been so flipping dark in the mornings I just haven't had the energy to get up and out in the morning. I know that's weak, but I don't like to run around in the dark. It's pitch black out. It's scary. I went for a quick 30 minute run Saturday morning and Sunday morning at 7 and it was gorgeous out!! It has been, dare I say, chilly in the mornings so I am loving it. I followed up my runs with my BBB workouts that I missed this week (oopsie).

This week I am hoping to stick with the running. Nothing crazy, just a few short runs during the week will keep me in the zone. I don't want to lose the momentum. I'm still high on my awesome race experience. Yeah maybe I'm not gonna retire after all...

Alright I think that's all I have for now. Hope all is going well with your weekends!!

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Race Photos and Playlist

Race photos from Saturday night were up so fast I couldn't believe it.  I got my link on Monday.  Crazy!  Ah, race photos - the best part of the race.  It's that moment of truth where you find out "wow, that's what I look like when I am running."  It's always scary and always comical.  Photos from the Tower of Terror 10 Miler are no exception...

This one is dark, but doesn't it look like I'm really running here.  I look so professional.  Thank God the photographer got me during a running interval.  

I'm guessing I was walking here?  At least I had a smile on my face.

Um, yeah, I have no idea what is going on with my face or my hands.  Why do I do weird stuff with my hands and arms when I race?  It's so weird.

This was the final stretch to the finish line.  I have a scared look on my face.  Maybe I was afraid at what lurked at the spooky finish line?  Or maybe that's just my "OMG I'm so close I have to run but it hurts" face.  Look at all those people finishing with me.  I apparently am not the slowest person in the bunch!  

And because I have gotten some requests for it - here is my awesome, amazing playlist for my run.  I made it 3 hours long just in case something went horribly wrong and it took me that long.  Since I finished in 2:30 I had to fast forward to my "go to" finishing songs (the last 4 song on the list).  I always always have to end a race with Ricky Martin.  Have to.  That song is just too good.  I was a little bummed that I had to skip over my 90's block - Good Vibrations, Dunkie Butt and Poison (such good jams).  Enjoy!

Tuesday, October 8, 2013


Howdy ho!  First off, thank you for the nice comments about my race this weekend.  It’s nice to know people are still reading this blog.  Haha! 

Today I thought I’d talk about the aftermath of the race. And if you’ve run a long race you know what that means – DOMS (delayed onset muscle soreness) or aka “legs that don’t work properly” or “it hurts to walk, sit, be” etc etc.  My legs are always SO SORE the day after a race, whether I walk it, run it or walk/run it, it never fails.  So when I went to bed at 4am, I was okay. But when I got out of bed on Sunday I was feelingmy legs.  Ouch.

Thankfully though it didn’t last as long as it normally does.  Usually I am feeling a long run a day or two (or three) after a run, but I credit all of the walking that I did after the race – walking around the park after the race, walking to the busses, walking to the car - it really helped keep everything loose.  Also, walking around Epcot Food and Wine Festival the next day, instead of just laying on the couch, really helped me.  Today I am not sore at all, and yesterday I actually wasn’t too sore.  So the aftermath wasn’t so bad this time around.  Yay!

Hubs and I went to Food and Wine on Sunday night specifically to go see Sister Hazel.  And eat.

We see them every single year (this was their sixth year at Food and Wine) and it’s always an awesome experience.  We also ate a bunch of yummy food from Canada, France, Japan, China, Italy, Argentina and Florida (one of these things is not like the others).  It was delish and a great night out.  My parents hung out with Jillian so Hubs and I could have a baby-free evening at Epcot.  We even rode the new Test Track, which we haven’t been able to do since it re-opened.  Fun stuff.

Today, since I’m no longer sore, I embarked on a BBB workout.  It focused on pulling, so think deadlifts, rows, etc.   It was a good one!   I would like to go on a walk later, so once Jillian wakes up we might do that.  We also might go out to Food and Wine tonight – Sugar Ray is there.  Fun!

Hope you’re having a great Tuesday!

Monday, October 7, 2013

Tower of Terror 10 Miler Recap

I did it!  And I didn’t die, injure myself, have a panic attack or get swept off of the course.  Woohoo! 

I feel so amazing having completed the Tower of Terror 10 Miler.  It was my first long race (and long run) since having Jillian, it was a race that I did not train for (like, at all), and it was a night race, which just makes everything a little off kilter in my opinion.  So having completed it, and kicking some ass while doing it, is just such a great feeling!  So let’s start from the beginning…

Michele came over around 6:30.  We had a Three Awesome Chicks casualty late last week.  Amanda came down with a horrible bout of bronchitis and an ear infection last week and decided to bow out (I would have too!), so we were down to just Two Awesome Chicks, but Amanda was there in spirit (and iPhone photo).

The race began at 10pm, but being a Disney race you have to be there like 7 hours before the start time to get buses and all that mumbo jumbo, so we had to leave the house at 7:00.  But not before we did a nice photo session with our shirts.

And then we were on our way to the ESPN Wide World of Sports complex.  The race started at Hollywood Studios park, but we had to park at ESPN and get bussed over.  Parking was chaos, but we were able to get a primo spot just a hop, skip and jump away from the busses.  This proved to be an awesome thing at 3am when we had to get back to our car.

We got to Hollywood Studios and it was just a massive humanity of people.  For instance, the line for the porta potties…

 This killed a lot of time before we had to get into our corrals, which was good.  Soon, they were calling for us to get into our corrals.  Because the race was so big (close to 10,000 people finished) they lined us up in our corrals and then walked us to the starting line as it got closer to race time.  I was in corral H (for “HOLLA!”) and Michele was in corral J, so we had to split up and go our separate ways.  But not before another photo op. 

And then it was time to line up and make our way to the starting line.  The race officially started at 10:00, but my corral didn’t actually take off until 10:18.  That’s how many people were there.  The starting line was super cool and spooky themed.  I also saw Carissa from Fit2Flex hosting the race. 

Terrible pic, but she's there.
And soon we were off and running (with fireworks!). 

The course was SO crowded at the take off.  My plan was to run the first 5 minutes and then drop into my 90/90 intervals.  That didn’t happen.  We were so jam packed in there, there was no opportunity to stop and walk without getting trampled from behind, so I just kept running until the course thinned out once we got onto Osceola Parkway.  I was okay with this and felt fine during my almost 10 minute run (like seriously the longest I have run in one sitting in a year, ha!).  Once I got to a good place where I felt like I wouldn’t be steam rolled by runners, I dropped into my intervals. 

I’ve gotta say, 90/90 was the best way to go for me.  90 seconds wasn’t too long to run (it was actually a little short, I think I could’ve gone to 2 minutes comfortably, but I’m glad I didn’t) and 90 seconds was the perfect amount to walk and catch my breath.  My running intervals felt GREAT.  I don’t know how fast I was running, but it was faster than I normally run (adrenaline), and it felt so right on, I was so relieved.  And when I walked, it was fast (faster than I normally walk), so I was in the zone. 

I credit my amazing playlist for my performance.  Seriously, the best race playlist I have ever created.  And I had my iPod up so loud I couldn’t hear anything around me.  Like, the world could have been ending around me and I would not have heard it.  I’m sure I’m a little more deaf than I was before the race.  Loud = great, “in the zone” running.  Seriously, it’s what got me through this.

The first 2 miles went by SO SLOW.  We were literally just running down a highway between Hollywood Studios and Animal Kingdom (kinda boring) and I hit the 2 mile marker and was like “seriously, we’ve only gone 2 miles?”  But after we made the turn at Animal Kingdome back to ESPN, things picked up and the miles started to fly by. 

I kept up my run/walk intervals without cheating (walking a run interval) for 7 miles (7!!) and this shocked the heck out of me.  I really only thought I would make it about 4 miles (the most I ran during training) doing the run/walk thing and then I would just walk the rest, but I went 7 full miles.  I still cannot believe it.  I was so in the zone with this race, my playlist, the course, the weather, my cool t-shirt, it was just all good.  Apparently not training works for me (however, I do not condone this). 

At mile 7 time caught up with me and I hit a wall of tired.  It was about midnight at this point and I think my body finally realized “hey, shouldn’t you be in bed by now?”  I got really really tired all of the sudden and was on a slow, boring straightaway leading out of ESPN and decided to drop it to a walk.  There was a part of me that was like “no, stick with the intervals, you’re doing so well!” but I then I said to myself “you have done MUCH MUCH more than you anticipated and you’ve kicked ass so it’s okay to walk it out.”  And that’s what I did.  For the next 3 miles I walked.  But I didn’t leisurely walk, I hoofed it – fast.  I was walking almost as fast as I was running (it’s a gift to run that slow), so it wasn’t really “taking it easy” for the rest of the race, but it was still walking.

Sometimes I think walking fast is harder and more painful on my body than actually running.  I decided to run down a big overpass hill that brought us back into Hollywood Studios and it was instant relief on my legs and back, so I kept it up for a little while, but soon I was back to fast walking.  Once we got into the park we hit the 9 mile marker.  Woo!!  I wish I had taken some pictures in the park, but I was so focused on just getting done I didn’t. 

Running through the park was fun (always the best part of a Disney race), and running past the big Sorcerer’s Hat was just awesome and amazing because they had all of the spectators there, there was crazy loud thumping music playing, it was my favorite part of the whole race.  That part gave me a little more motivation to run, so I decided to run to the finish.  It was hard, but I knew the end was near and so I just focused, turned up my Ricky Martin “La Copa de la Vida” (my signature last song of every race playlist – it’s the BEST “run run run to the finish” song) and ran. 

I finished in 2:30:56.  This surpassed every dream and wish I had for this race, given my lack of training.  In my mind I wanted to finish in 2:30 (which equated to 15 minute miles with my run/walking), but I knew with my serious lack of training I probably wouldn’t get it.  And I did.  I DID!  I was ecstatic!

The worst part of the race came after the finish line.  Because we were backstage at Disney, we had to walk like another half a mile to get to where we needed to be inside the park.  We were like cattle just walking and walking and walking up hills (yes, hills) to get out.  At one point I said to the person next to me “I just want to sit down and stretch!”  I finally got to an area near a bathroom and plopped down on the ground outside the bathroom.  I didn’t care where I was I just wanted to sit, stretch and drink my Powerade.  I did this only to have someone come up to me and say “you can’t sit here, you need to keep walking.”  I really wanted to say “lady, I just ran 10 miles, I WANT TO SIT!” but I didn’t.  Instead I gave her a little bit of attitude, sighed really loudly and got up.  Hehe.  After another hour of walking (seriously it was so far) I finally got out to the park.  Not my favorite part of this race.

I texted Michele when I finally got out to the park to see where she was.  We planned on meeting at the entrance to Tower of Terror, which was like another mile away from where I was – blerg, more walking!  She met up with me not too long after I had settled on a curb (I finally got to sit!).  She did great!!  Her first long run (she’d only run 5Ks before this) was a success and she finished in 2:42:01 and she loved it!  But we were both so tired and so sore (it took a while for us to get up off the curb) we decided to forego the party in the park and just go home.  But not before another photo op. 

All in all, this race was amazing.  I was worried about this race because I was so lackadaisical about training, I honestly was worried that I would be walking the whole thing and in jeopardy of getting swept off of the course.  But I surprised myself in every way and conquered this race.  I performed better than I could have imagined, given my preparation, and honestly can say that this is the race that I am most proud of.  So yay to me!  And yay to Michele and her first long run!  I think she’s been bitten by the race bug because she said on Sunday “we should do a 10K!”  I already tracked one down for us in November.  We’re gluttons for punishment.

Anyway, I’ve written enough for today.  I’ll fill you in tomorrow on the aftermath of running a 10 miler with no training… Fun stuff!