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Archive for March, 2010

Largo Shamrock’n Run Tonight!

Posted by iwanttodothat on March 12, 2010

I’m looking forward to my first evening race since Thanksgiving. It’s been a rainy couple of days here, but it appears to be clearing out this afternoon, and hopefully the sun will work its magic the rest of the day.

Tonight is going to be very special because I will have company. Yay! This all started last week at my kids’ ice skating lessons. I was chatting with a new friend (another mom) and was telling her about my 5k addiction and fitness journey thus far. She was so pumped up that she is all about the Couch-to-5k program, set up a facebook group (that now has over 100 members), picked out a 5k each month to motivate people, and is doing a 5k tonight to kick it all off! She says that I’m to blame, but in my experience, you can’t force people into running. You just can’t. It’s hard to motivate people to get up and take a walk!

I’m happy to be her comrade in facilitating change in all of our friends while we transform ourselves! It’s all more fun with friends. You can bitch and moan together, but you can also encourage and celebrate together! That’s what friends are for!

This will also help me get back on track with my training. I’ve started the C25k program before, but didn’t keep it up. I’m determined to keep up with the pack this time! I can do it!

Tonight will be my 9th 5k, and I’m hungry for a personal record tonight! My extra motivations for tonight: 1) I will know people there, 2) there’s beer, food, and live music at the finish, and 3) possible personal record tonight if I pay attention to what I’m doing.

I will have pictures to post tomorrow and possibly a video. Things are about to go a lot faster around here!

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Disney Race Wrap Up

Posted by iwanttodothat on March 8, 2010

It’s Monday, and I’m back home and into the grind. I thought I’d kick off the week by walking you through my Disney Race experience. I know some of you dear readers are looking forward to your first 5k and want to know what will actually happen. The Disney Race experience is different from many other races simply because it’s Disney. Perhaps I will write a few short recaps of some of the other 5ks to let you know how different they all are!

Fit for a Princess Expo

Friday, I checked in to my resort and took a nap. A great beginning, no? I ended up flying solo this time because we had a sick kid. My wonderful husband stayed home with the kids and I had a couple of days to myself! What a guy! I digress… After my nap, I ate a late lunch (grilled salmon salad) then went over to the “Fit for a Princess” Expo.

Goody bag

The main reason for going to the Expo, is that you are required to pick up your race packet there the night before the race. Sometimes they have late pickup before the race, but I really don’t recommend that. At this particular race, the race packet included a goody bag, race t-shirt, race bib, and various samples of things including a card for 35 free music downloads, technical socks, eye drops, flyers for other races, and other miscellaneous items.

In order to pick up your race packet and goody bag, you must have a waiver signed along with photo identification. This is very important! If you forget to print it out at home, you can print it at the check-in. This is only for Disney races. The actual goody bag this time was just a clear plastic drawstring bag that says “Disney’s Endurance Series” on it. Keep this bag! For baggage check-in before the race, you must use this bag! Also, don’t forget to pick up safety pins when you check-in. You will need 4 to pin your race bib onto the front of your shirt. It is critical that you pin your number on the FRONT. This is how ASI (sports photographer) identifies you in the thousands of pictures they take throughout the race. If you want that finish line photo, put your number on the front!

On the back of your race bib, there is a form for emergencies. You will want to fill this out in ballpoint pen (not a Sharpie!). I also wear my RoadID during races and any other time I’m doing a fitness activity.

ESPN Wide World of Sports

The Expo was at the Jostens Center located at the ESPN Wide World of Sports at Walt Disney World. This is a fantastic sports complex. They host some spring training games, sports competitions, and all sorts of other sporting events.

I saw a women’s lacrosse game going on, as well as several baseball games, all simultaneously. They also hosted the World Cheerleading Championships. It’s also the Spring Training home of the Atlanta Braves. There is a pretty good sports cafe/bar, as well as several other indoor venues before you see the massive outdoor sports fields.

This whole center has been re-themed and revamped with ESPN’s sponsorship, and it’s definitely for the better. It has a solid sports feel throughout the venue. It’s worth a good walk around it to see everything there.

The race itself started at 7am on Saturday morning. If you were staying on property in a host resort (I stayed at All-Star Movies Resort), it is strongly encourage to take the bus transportation to the race. I always take the bus transportation to the Expo and the races. It saves you from worrying about getting there on time with the road closures and directions. Parking is crazy at the expo, and the bus drops you off right at the entrance, so you’re better off on the bus.

Ready to race!

On race day, I set my alarm for 4:30am and had a wakeup call for 4:35am. Disney wakeup calls are very cute with Goofy, Mickey, and a whole lot of craziness to wake you up! I got up, took my meds, took a shower, dressed, stretched, and ate a banana and a Mix1 drink at 5:30 while I walked over to catch the bus to the race. I checked my bag with my sweatshirt in it at 6am. It was cold, so I stretched some more and jogged in place a little while waiting for the start. I placed myself in the slow people corral near the end of the start lineup. I got between the 13-15 min/mile sign and the walkers/strollers sign. This was a pretty good spot for me, since I’m looking to hit a 15-minute mile.

I believe there were about 3500 participants in this 5k, but that’s just a guesstimate. There were a lot of folks there! The first quarter-mile is really crowded while runners begin to sort themselves out according to pace. I think some people are very optimistic about their pace. This does not help anyone to be in an inappropriate corral! Having to run around people is sort of exciting because you’re passing people, but can also be dangerous. Also, runner etiquette is a problem. Racers in groups should not run/walk more than 2 abreast. It’s a huge obstacle when you have 5 people walking together in a line across the route. Don’t do this! New racers do not know some of these things, so do your homework! You will have a much more enjoyable experience that way!

This race started at 7:00am, however, the first start was for racing wheelchairs at 6:58am. Do not be confused by this! The 7am start was marked by a huge countdown and fireworks! You won’t miss a thing!

The course for this race started in the Epcot parking lot, then went around World Showcase, down around Spaceship Earth and the monoliths, then finished up back in the parking lot. Along the route were plenty of characters and great photo opps. That’s one good reason to have a partner for this race, so you can take pictures of each other! Cast members are also readily available to take your picture, too.

Going to the finish line is very exciting! You want to make sure you are putting forth your best effort when you are crossing the line. ASI takes a lot of finish line photos and you need to be doing your very best “Rocky” look ¬†for the cameras!

Post-race. Got my medal and back on the bus to the resort!

When you cross the finish line, you head toward the volunteers with the finisher medals. They will give you a medal and you will grab some Powerade and/or water, then get in line for an ASI photo opp in front of a nicely themed backdrop. You also have the option to skip that and head right to the food. This time, they had a bag for each runner that included an orange, a banana, and a muffin. Not fabulous, but pretty good.

Remember that the optimum time to refuel after a hard race is within 20-30 minutes post-race. It will reduce your recovery time to a quarter of what you might normally endure. This is the time for a carb/protein combo like a protein shake (like Mix1!) or an apple and handful of almonds. This is important! Okay, after the food line, you can hang out and watch the rest of the finishers, use one of the hundreds of port-a-potties, head back to your resort on the bus, or go to your car. It’s fun to stay and watch the folks behind you and cheer that last person in! Someone has to be last in every race, and one day it could be you! Stay and cheer!

That’s really about it. I had so much fun and can’t wait to go to my next Disney race! Until then, I have a pretty packed schedule over the next 2-3 months! Don’t forget to stay and cheer for the last finisher! They are still a winner!

Striking a pose back at the Expo

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Back to Disney

Posted by iwanttodothat on March 5, 2010

This weekend, I’m off to Disney again. This time, it’s Princess Half Marathon Weekend. I will be running in the Royal Family 5k Saturday morning.

This time, I have a scratched cornea, so I have to wear my glasses, and my eye hurts like hell. We’ll see what happens tomorrow. I haven’t run with my glasses at all, so it could be a disaster. I’m hoping to find a pair of croakies or some kind of glasses strap at the Expo this afternoon.

I’ll post pictures tomorrow. I might try to post another video or two at http://qik.com/annadair.

Hope everyone as an active weekend! The weather is gorgeous!

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Day 183

Posted by iwanttodothat on March 1, 2010

Holy moly. It’s Day 183 of this project! Thanks for sticking with me and a hearty welcome to all the new folks checking this out for the first time!

I’m on track for a really great week. I had a great race this past Saturday and am really excited about the Disney 5k this coming Saturday. It will be a blast! Disney really knows how to run a race day. The expo will be great, too. I never thought I’d be one of those people going to races, but here I am, knee-deep in commitments and loving it!

Here’s the skinny on today’s plan:

AM

7:00 Woke up, took meds, drank water, yadda yadda yadda…

8:00 Exercise. 20min walk/run. Basically 2-3min fast walk, with a 1min sprint, wash, rinse, repeat.

8:30 Breakfast. 1 small banana, 1 Mix1 tangerine protein drink, water.

10:45 Snack. 1 apple, 20 almonds.

PM

1:00 Lunch. 8oz bay scallops, 1/2c brown rice, 3c raw baby spinach, o&v.

3:30 Snack. 1/2c nonfat Greek yogurt, 1/2c frozen blueberries.

5:45 Dinner. 6oz albacore tuna, 3c raw baby spinach.

7:00 Fencing Class – 2 hrs.

9:00 Exercise. 30 min. walk with neighbor. (That’s you, Teresa!)

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