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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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Gasparilla 5k – video

Posted by iwanttodothat on February 27, 2010

Lining up for the Gasparilla 5k

Click here to watch my post-race video!

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Day 135 – Weigh-In

Posted by iwanttodothat on January 12, 2010

Today was a weigh-in, as will be every Tuesday now. I weighed in at 294.2lbs! Yes! I’m on track for my monthly 10lb goal. So, I’m at a total of 55.8lbs lost! I had a great workout today. We’re working on my coordination, flexibility, and agility. I need all of that for fencing, especially.

Looking ahead to my race schedule, I’ve got three 5ks coming up in February and March where I want to see some real progress in my time. Along with training for those, I start training for two mini-triathlons coming up in April and May.

For this start of the year, my primary fitness goal is get more of this darn weight off. Yes, I will be progressing in muscle-building, endurance, etc., but I’m focusing on my diet to get the pounds off quickly. I am really tired of having a gut, so it’s got to go!

Some other news and points of interest:

  • My wedding ring is in my jewelry box for the time being. It’s too big. Every time I go to wash my hands, I’m in danger of it going down the drain. I almost lost it three times in one day, so that was it. It was also just flying off at random times.
  • People I haven’t seen in a long time are shocked when they see me. People I have recently met are shocked when they see YouTube videos of me from a few years ago. When I get down to 200, nobody will recognize me! It will be even worse when I get to 175 (goal weight!)

The Biggest Loser is on tonight! Tune in at 8/7central on NBC to see who’s going home tonight!

Okay, so here’s the food plan for today.


7:30 Woke up, took meds, drank water.

8:00 Training with Maggie and weigh-in.

9:00 Breakfast. Protein shake from Maggie.

11:00 Snack. 6oz fat-free Yoplait yogurt, 1 apple.

1:00 Lunch. McDonald’s Grilled Chicken Caesar salad with Newman’s Own Balsamic Vinaigrette. Our family has sworn off McDonald’s for 2010, but today our LEGO robotics team is meeting there for lunch and awards before heading to play mini-golf. This is clearly an exception.

4:00 Snack. 1/2c fat-free cottage cheese, 1/2c frozen blueberries.

6:30 Dinner. 5oz salmon, 2c broccoli.

9:00 Snack. 1 scoop EAS protein powder.

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Day 131

Posted by iwanttodothat on January 8, 2010

Today, I ran/walked in the Disney Pixar Up & Away 5k! It was a whole lot of fun! If you get a chance to do a Disney race of any kind, DO IT!

I’m not posting my food journal today because I’m really exhausted and am going to bed. I had a sleepless night in the hotel room with my family and bickering kids last night, along with a 4:30am wake up call. After the race, I returned to the hotel, took a shower, got ready for a day at the Magic Kingdom, and packed/loaded the car. We abandoned the Magic Kingdom in the afternoon because it was just too cold and drizzling. I felt like a cold, soggy mess, so we just came on home.

After a lovely family dinner of different soups and grilled cheese sandwiches, I’m wrapping up the day and going to bed.

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Day 130

Posted by iwanttodothat on January 7, 2010


9:00 Woke up, took meds, stretched, drank water. Time for laundry and packing for Disney. I’m participating in the Disney Marathon Weekend 5k Family Run tomorrow morning at 7am. I’m nervous and excited about it. One thing that concerns me is the temperature. We’ve been having record-breaking low temperatures here in Florida this week, and it doesn’t look like it will get any warmer for tomorrow’s race. Our family is scrambling for enough warm clothes to wear at Disney for 2 days. We just don’t have a lot of cold weather gear! I have mostly decided on my race clothes: compression shorts, long QuikWik pants, long-sleeve dri-fit shirt, thin fleece half-zip jacket, gloves, and possibly a hat I can discard. I might wear a light green running shirt for some color since everything else is black! You know… slimming effects and all that! LOL!

11:00 Breakfast. 1 banana, 1 KIND apricot/almond/yogurt bar.


1:00 Snack.

3:00 Lunch.

6:00 Dinner.

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Day 128 – This is the year, baby!

Posted by iwanttodothat on January 5, 2010

Holy cow. It’s Day 128. I’ve taken 3 full weeks off from writing on the old blog here and guess what? I haven’t lost any real weight since then, either. I’m going to deduce that there is indeed a correlation between the two! I’m back to blogging everything because I want to hit my goal weight this year!

This morning, I had my first personal training session of the year. 38 degrees in Tampa, Florida, is just crazy. I was warned last night by my trainer to dress warmly because we would be “playing outside” this morning. Double ugh! It was quite cold this morning. Oh, I had a weigh-in, too! I’m down to 297.4 pounds for a total loss of 52.6 pounds! Woohoo! No gain over Christmas and New Year’s, and a small loss! I was just so happy to still be in the 200s, I about flipped! Before I got on the scale, I gave a million excuses. “I’m wearing more clothes than usual.” “I ate like a pig over the holidays. This isn’t going to be good.” I was fully prepared for that scale to say 305 or possibly worse. I’m pretty pleased with myself.

As far as the workout went this morning, we ran/walked 1 mile outside, which was awful. It was so cold, and I’ve been seriously slacking on my cardio over the holidays. Then we stayed outside and did a lot of agility work. What does that mean, exactly? Circuit 1: run the agility ladder (tip toe hopping, really), jump rope 20 times (haven’t done this in 30 years and promise to practice this daily to figure out how to do it more than 1 jump at a time), run zig-zags around 12 cones, 20 jumping jacks. Wash. Rinse. Repeat. Circuit 2: high-step the agility ladder, jump rope, cones, pick up weights (10lb dumbbells) and lunge 15 yards, 10 dead lifts, lunge back. Repeat. After all of that torture, we went into the toasty gym and worked upper body. Lots of heavy weights today with short sets. Thursday will be all about the upper body because I have a 5k at Disney World early Friday morning.

Speaking of which, I am a little worried about this 5k simply because I’ve been slacking a little. I did a 5k on December 19th that really frustrated me. It was really cold, the start was delayed (so we were standing out the cold for much longer than necessary), it was extremely windy, and the race course went through a hilly downtown, then over a huge causeway bridge, then back over the huge bridge. Did I mention how windy it was? It was really a beautiful day, except for the cold and wind. My time was not so good: 52:52, I think. After that, I felt a little discouraged and really slacked off. Of course, this is the opposite of what I should’ve done: train harder. It’s not rocket science! I should’ve picked up the pieces and trained diligently. If I’d done that, I’d feel a lot more prepared for Friday than I do right now. My biggest concern is that I won’t make the pace requirement, which is 16 minutes/mile. I need to get my best 5k time ever and come in under 49:36. As long as it’s mostly flat, and the Disney people are cheering their hearts out, I think I can do it! My personal record is 50:26, and that was at Thanksgiving. I’m really excited and nervous! My family is going with me and we’re staying at the Pop Century resort Thursday night. I have to attend the Fitness Expo on Thursday night to pick up my race packet.

I just am really excited that this is happening. I set a goal in September when I started training, and that was to do this Disney 5k with a pace requirement. I am starting 2010 fifty+ pounds lighter and reaching a goal! I’ve done the hard work of eating right, exercising, and participating in FOUR 5k races to mentally prepare myself. I’m doing it!


7:30 Woke up, took meds, drank water, stretched, got ready for cold day of training.

8:00 Weigh-in. 297.6 lbs. Personal training session (as described above).

9:00 Breakfast. Protein shake from Maggie.


12:30 Lunch. 2 slices whole wheat bread, 2T raw almond butter, 1 banana.

3:00 Snack. 2 clementines

5:30 Dinner. 6oz chicken breast, 1/2c yellow rice, 1c green beans.

8:30 Snack. 2 slice Muenster cheese.

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Day 90

Posted by iwanttodothat on November 28, 2009


8:00 Woke up, took meds, went back to bed. I’m seeing a trend here. Ugh.

9:45 Breakfast. 1/4c (uncooked) steel cut oats, 1/2c blueberries, 4 egg whites.


1:00 Snack. 1c yogurt, 1/2c grapes.

3:00 Lunch. 2c jambalaya. Yes, again. I think this is it for the jambalaya! 2c salad.

5:15 Snack. 1 banana, 2 graham crackers, 1T raw almond butter.

6:00 Race check-in.

7:00 Race! 5k time. Unofficial time was 50:26! Woohoo! I’m quite proud of myself!

9:00 Dinner. 1 protein shake, 1 serving kettle corn, 1/2 beer. (post-race food!)

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Day 69 – Race Day

Posted by iwanttodothat on November 8, 2009


6:00 Woke up, took meds, stretched, got ready for race.

6:50 Breakfast. 1 medium banana, 1 slice whole wheat bread, 1T raw almond butter.

7:00 Race check-in. Visited with friends.

8:00 Northdale Pumpkin Run 5K. Completed in 53:?? minutes. I don’t have my official time, yet. I’m so happy just beating my time from last week! I just have to keep on doing that.


pumpkin run

Northdale Pumpkin Run 5K

9:45 Snack. 1 banana, 1 small pumpkin pancake (plain!), 1 EAS Myoplex banana cream nutrition shake.


1:00 -5:00 Went to see the Metropolitan Opera’s Live in HD transmission of Turandot. I ate a bag of popcorn, no butter, and drank a lot of Diet Coke.

8:00 Dinner. 3 egg whites, 1 wedge Laughing Cow garlic and herb cheese.

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