Friday, February 27, 2015

Disney's Enchanted 10K




1. The Race:Saturday was the enchanted 10K. This is actually the first race as part of the Glass Slipper Challenge ( the 5K was not included in the challenge). Even thought the weather was suppose to be a little warmer, we still wore our leggings. I hate being cold at the start. I even wore my Princess race jacket from last year but shed it after the first mile when it started to warm up. I carried it for a while and then my lovely sister said she would carry it for me the rest of the way.  Since my sister and I were both in corral "A", we decided we would stick together. ( yup, this is the first time I've ever been in corral "A" with my sister in anything other than a 5K...lol.  My mom was in the same corral too, but was running a little faster than we were. Since my sister and I were both having knee issues, we wanted to be a little more conservative with this race.

2. The Course:We both really like this course. The start is in the Epcot parking lot (same as the 5k). It goes up on the highway and loops around to the back road before you enter Epcot (like it does for the 5K). But unlike the 5K, the 10K crosses the International Gateway in Epcot and then goes around the Boardwalk area, passes the Swan and Dolphin, and Yacht and Beach Club resorts before entering Epcot again and then finishing in the same spot as the 5K. At one point I actually felt "normal" and pain free as I was running. It has been SO long since I have ben able to run without any pinching in my leg. I actually felt so "free". But that feeling didn't last long.

3.Pictures:Although we like the course, We feel that this race is lacking in characters.  We always skip the first character stop because it's just way too dark at that time and the pictures don't turn out clear, making it a waste of time for us to even stop.
We did find some friends to take pictures with though: Baseball Donald and Christine from We Run Disney who just happened to PR this race.   Also we want to give a shout out to everyone who saw us this day and came up to us to say "Hi" ( Marcy, Jenny Lou, Courtney, etc)

4. Time:We weren't running this race for time, but in the end we ended up coming in several minutes earlier than we did last year which was a fun surprise!

5: Bling:The medal is the same basic design as last year except it is silver instead of gold. Also there is a snowflake on it instead of the Cinderella carriage that was on it last year. Of course the ribbon is different as well.

Check out our Disney Frozen 5K from the day before HERE.

Since it is Friday, we are linking up with the gals from the Friday 5!

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Disney's Wish Came True with a Frozen 5K


The first race of the Princess Race weekend is the 5K. It use to be called the Royal Family 5K but it looks like it has since changed its name to just the Princess 5K and this year it was the Frozen 5K, literally.

I never ended up showing our race day outfits for the 5K before we left for Florida, so here they are.
Snow White and Pocahontas. Our mom ran with us and she was Belle.  Now of course this is what we "Planned" on wearing. But the weather on Friday morning was freezing ( and I'm not exaggerating), so these outfits called for a few more layers. I had a base layer long sleeve PLUS my throwaway jacket with a hood underneath my Snow White shirt and I had fleece leggings AND Tights on under my skirt. Lacey and mom also had a base layer, long sleeves and leggings on under their outfits as well. My mom loved her new Rock City Skirt!  Notice the bow in my hair? That was made by my lovely friend Kim. She also gave my mom a "Belle inspired" bow to wear.
These bows are made of quality material and Kim can make them with a barrette clip or an alligator clip. She can really make any design you would like. Aren't they fabulous?  She sells them on Etsy. Be sure to check out her Facebook Page All Things Disney Bows and her instagram @AllthingsDisneybows

You may remember me saying from earlier this week that my flight was delayed by 7.5 hours so I never made it to the expo on Thursday evening to pick up my bib. Well, I had no idea that we were able to pick them up on race day, so this was such a relief and a great option!  The only problem was that when we got to the runner relations tent to pick them up that morning, there was such a long line Even though my sister already had her bib ( she was able to make it to the expo because her plane was NOT delayed), she waited in line with me. We ended up missing our corral and had to jump in a further one. This really wasn't a big deal since it was just a fun run anyway but since we were further back, we ended up waiting longer in line for character pictures.



We were so excited to see that the classic Disney characters, Minnie, Mickey, Pluto, and Goofy were on the course because we rarely see them during a 5K.  However, Since it IS the Princess 5K, we thought that it was odd that there were no princesses on the course (or characters from Princess movies). I thought that perhaps since it was SO cold that morning that maybe a switch was made at the last minute. Maybe Disney didn't want "Face" characters on the course for that long and thought these "costumed" characters would be able to stay warmer for the length of the race.


We were glad to see that in the center of Epcot there was of course a stage with Frozen characters up on it, for Display purposes only. You couldn't get pictures with them. Could you imagine how long those lines would be?

                                        A few characters we found after the finish line.

I have to say that I believe this was actually one of the coldest races I've ran. I kept my gloves on during the race and only took them off for pictures. During those few seconds I could feel my fingers becoming numb. I wonder if this is really what Disney had in mind when they named it the Frozen 5K?
                       
Minnie really liked our "medals".
 
What was the coldest race you've ever run? For those of you who ran the 5K during marathon weekend, was this one colder?
 
We ran Disney's Enchanted 10K the next day. You can read about that HERE.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

WEAW Disney Edition



Since it is Wednesday, we thought we would do a "What WE ate Wednesday, Disney Edition. One of the most fun things about Disney is eating at their unique restaurants.  Although most Disney visitors make their dinning reservations 180 days in advance, we usually just "Wing it". So far that method has worked out okay for us because we have been able to get in to every place we wanted to. There have been a few times we've made reservations once we arrive at Disney and that has worked out for us too.  Here are just a few dishes that we remembered to take pictures of. Please don't be offended if you see meals that have already had bites taken out of them.

 
A meal at the Rainforest Café is always a must. Lacey got the linguini with sauté veggies, chicken, and shrimp and I got my favorite Jungle steak and shrimp that come with shrimp scampi and coconut shrimp. I usually get mashed potatoes but decided to mix things up a little and got French Fries! Exciting I know!
Dessert at Ghiradelli is always a tradition during race weekend. On the left is the brownie sundae in a waffle bowl. On the right is the cappuccino sundae.
 
One evening we decided to play mini golf at Fantasia Gardens, so since we were already over that way we decided to eat at the Swan and Dolphin resort. I ordered the Pot Roast with 2 sides ( mashed potatoes and macaroni and cheese). Lacey ordered the chicken burrito bowl. My mom had the lasagna with 2 side dishes which we neglected to take a picture of but she said it was fabulous!
 
One of my favorite dishes of the weekend was the Tomato and mozzarella salad from Tony's Town Square in the Magic Kingdom. You actually got 4 slices of tomato and mozzarella but  this was one of those times I was eager to dig in before the picture got taken. Lacey and I both ordered the Shrimp Scampi with sun dried tomatoes and asparagus.
One day we went to the Cape May Buffet at the Beach Club for brunch. Since this was a buffet, there was much on the menu!  Perhaps we will review this restaurant at a later date.
 
Snacks at the Magic Kingdom consisted of an ice cream sandwich cookie for Lacey and a Plaza Sundae for me. Of course we both shared a little bit. Lacey ordered the cookie with cookies and cream ice cream in the middle and the soft chewy cookies were just fabulous. My sundae came with 2 scoops of ice cream so I ordered mint chocolate chip and birthday cake. They were both good but the birthday cake was way too sweet and I couldn't eat it all.

Another tradition during race weekend is that we always try to eat at Kona Café after one of the races. We always order the Big Kahuna which is French Toast, Pancakes topped with Pineapples and macadamia nut butter, 2 eggs, bacon, ham, sausage, and home fried potatoes.
 
Strawberries and sushi  also from the Polynesian.
 
We also had some meals at the Contemporary and Grand Floridian that didn't make it until the camera came out. It was one of those situations where it was late and we were hungry!

Unfortunately no cupcakes or Dole Whips were consumed on this trip. Maybe next time!


What is your favorite "treat" to get while on vacation? Do you have a favorite food you eat after a race?

Monday, February 23, 2015

Trying to run disney

We just finished three great races at Disney World this weekend as part of the Princess Half Marathon weekend. It didn't start off that great though. Lacey arrived at Disney bright and early on Thursday morning but I on the other hand had my flight delayed by 7.5 hours!!!! Not what you want to hear when you are going to Disney. It wasn't even a weather issue either, it was a maintenance issue. Of course I want to be safe, but they could have called in another aircraft or something. This delay caused me to miss the race expo on Thursday, so I was unable to pick my bib up for the race on Friday morning. This was a bit annoying but wasn't a huge deal because I was able to pick it up at the race the morning of. Which reminds me that I never did post a picture of our final 5K outfit. I'll get on that later this week.

So, remember on Thursday we wrote that we wanted to try some new stuff during this trip? Well, we've been here for 5 days already and have not done anything new yet! Hopefully we will work on that in the coming days.

How was your weekend? Did you try anything new?

Friday, February 20, 2015

5 Races to run in 2015

 Happy Friday Folks!

Today's theme for the Friday 5 is Five Races to run in 2015.  We will be completing our 3rd, 4th and 5th races of the year this weekend while we are at Disney. Today is the Royal Family 5K, Tomorrow is the Enchanted 10K and Sunday is the Princess Half Marathon.


So what else do we have on the schedule this year? Well, as you know, we both have been struggling this year with injuries so we aren't loading up our race calendars. We think it's time we really taking resting more seriously.  But in the meantime, here is what we have "planned"

1. April Fools Race:  (April)We've done this race for the past two years.  The weekend consists of a 7K, 11K, and half marathon. Although last year's race wasn't as fabulous as the year before, it is still worth participating in, especially since it's a weekend spent at the beach and we got a free entry.  It use to be put on by the Revel resort but since that closed I am anxious to see how the race will be handled.

2. Tinkerbell Half Marathon: (May) This will be the first Disneyland race for both of us. As you can suspect, we are very excitedly looking forward to it.  We will be doing the Pixie Dust Challenge which consist of a 5K, a 10K, and Half Marathon.

3. Rock n Roll Virginia Beach:  (September)This race is probably the reason we will never get to run the Disneyland half marathon. Both of these races are held on Labor Day weekend and by far is one of our favorite races!  This will be the 4th year we will be participating in this event.

4. Rock n Roll Philadelphia: (TBD)This race probably wouldn't have been on our radar again this year but since we have an RnR tour pass to use, we are putting it on the list. Registration hasn't opened yet since a date has not been set.

5. To round out our RnR tour pass, we are considering RnR Savannah (November).  We were considering Nashville but really don't want to add anymore races this spring since we are trying keep longer periods of recovery between races. But really a third RnR race is still up in the air. We're taking suggestions!

What races are you looking forward to this year? Which RnR race would you suggest?

We are linking up with the gals from the Friday 5
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