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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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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 68

Posted by iwanttodothat on November 6, 2009


7:00 Woke up, took meds, got ready for the day.

8:00 Breakfast. 1 EAS Myoplex banana cream nutrition shake, 1 small apple.

10:30 Brunch. Grand Floridian Cafe. Frittata (egg whites and veggies), small portion of fresh fruit, water.


Brunch, Day 68


Brunch, Day 68


Noon. Cheat. 4 bites of ice cream.

4:45 Snack. 1/2 slice of whole wheat bread, 2 slices of muenster cheese, 3 thin slices of bbq chicken breast, 1oz raw almonds.

8:00 Dinner. 6oz asparagus, 6oz tilapia. I am really happy to be at home in my safe eating place. If you’ve ever embarked on a strict eating plan, you know what I’m talking about!


Dinner, Day 68

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Day 67

Posted by iwanttodothat on November 5, 2009


6:30 Woke up, took meds, drank water, stretched.

7:00 Exercise. 60 minute walk/jog. 2 laps around the resort lake. Approximately 3 miles. Woohoo!


Exercising on vacation!

8:00 Breakfast. 1 EAS Myoplex banana cream nutrition shake, 1 apple.

11:30 Lunch. Hollywood Studios, Pizza Planet. 1 side salad with balsamic vinaigrette, 4oz albacore tuna, tiny wedge of pizza (3 bites).


12:30 Snack. 1/4 personal pizza. This is a tiny bit of pizza.

4:00 Snack. 1 apple, 3 bites of chicken curry at the Commissary.

9:00 Dinner. 1 side salad with balsamic vinaigrette, 4oz albacore tuna.

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Day 66

Posted by iwanttodothat on November 4, 2009


8:00 Woke up, took meds, got ready for the day.

9:00 Breakfast. 1/2c blueberries, 1/4c (uncooked) steel cut oats, 3 egg whites.

The rest of the day is kind of a blur since I spent the morning packing for a 3-day Disney trip, and one kid going to scout camp immediately following.


1:00 Lunch. 2c romaine leaves, 4oz chicken breast, 1 small sweet potato.

We drove to Disney, checked in to the resort, and went swimming.

6:00 Dinner. Resort food court. Greek salad and about 4oz turkey breast.


Dinner, Day 66


Dinner, Day 66

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Day 38

Posted by iwanttodothat on October 7, 2009


Woke up, took meds, stretched, drank water.

Late Breakfast. Boma at Animal Kingdom Lodge. I had some of everything. No pictures. This was a fantastic breakfast, and I ate too much.


Late Lunch. Crispy Chicken Club sandwich, fries, Diet Coke at Wendy’s.

Snack. 1 Sugar-free Jell-o rice pudding snack.

I am so happy to be home. I welcome the routine of preparing all of my food, exercising, and sleeping in my own bed!

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Day 37

Posted by iwanttodothat on October 6, 2009


Woke up, took meds, stretched, drank water.

Breakfast. 2 scoops protein powder.


Lunch. Tony’s Town Square at the Magic Kingdom. Chicken Parmigiana with pasta and shared Spumoni and Tiramisu with husband.

Lunch, Day 37

Lunch, Day 37

Lunch, Day 37 - Tiramisu

Lunch, Day 37 - Tiramisu

Lunch, Day 37 - Spumoni

Lunch, Day 37 - Spumoni

Dinner. Spirit of Aloha Dinner Show at the Polynesian Resort. Family Style Feast: Tropical mixed greens with mango poppyseed dressing, pineapple coconut bread, sweet golden pineapple, Islando BBQ pork ribs, Lanoi roasted chicken, Polynesian rice, fresh seasonal veggies and Kilauea Volcano Delight Dessert. I also had 4 glasses of wine.

Dinner, Day 37

Dinner, Day 37

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Day 36

Posted by iwanttodothat on October 5, 2009


Woke up, took meds, stretched, drank water.

9:00 Breakfast. 2 scoops protein powder.


Noon. Lunch. Whispering Canyon Cafe at Wilderness Lodge. Skillet lunch: cornbread, ribs, chicken, beans, coleslaw, mashed potatoes, sausage. Dessert: S’more cheesecake.

Lunch, Day 36

Lunch, Day 36

Lunch, Day 36

Lunch, Day 36

Lunch, Day 36

Lunch, Day 36

Dinner. Pecos Bill Cafe in the Magic Kingdom. Taco Salad. No photo. Nothing spectacular, I assure you. I did eat a chocolate chip cookie and some Hershey Kisses later that night.

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