The Half-and-Half Report: My Other Half Runs His 1st 1/2 Marathon! Now COMPLETED!!
For those of you that prefer short stories to fat novels, you are in luck. This report will be nowhere near as long as my last one! ;) Let me explain. First, this trippie only covers a three-day weekend as opposed to a weeklong family trip to the World. Second, the cast has been dramatically downsized to two: DH and me… so, no funny anecdotes about the kids to relate this time around! However, the last and probably most important reason for brevity is that I really hadn’t planned on writing a trip report; so I didn’t keep a travel journal or take any notes. Well, suffice it to say that my short-term memory is not as good as it used to be. (I really should begin taking Ginko or something!) :rolleyes:
Ed: DH(45) Runs, bikes, and swims regularly. Usually runs 5Ks; attempting his first half-marathon this weekend.
Kathy: DW(43) Shops, cooks, and DIS-es regularly. Usually walks (the dog); attempting her first 5K this weekend.
Tricia: DD(10). Really looking forward to having her cousin sleep over for the entire weekend! The American Girl dolls are ready, and the nail polish and dress-up clothes are laid out and ready to go!
Billy: DS(8) Autistic. Surprisingly unconcerned about Mom and Dad going to WDW for the weekend. (Whew!) Looking forward to a visit from his cousin, but especially from his Aunt Eileen….she gives good tickles!
Aunt Eileen: My DSIS. Generous and fun loving; she relates well to Billy and understands his quirky ways. Always ready to help out a sister when needed.
Caity: My DN(10). Preparing for a fun weekend with Tricia, Billy, and our dog, Aimee. Hoping to convince her mom that getting a dog is vitally necessary to the happiness of their family!
Aunt Rae: AR. Ed’s aunt. Lives in town; like a grandmother to the kids. Went to WDW with us last November and already planning for this year’s trip.
It all started innocently enough one evening last Spring, after the kids were safely tucked away in bed, and I was hanging out with Ed on one of his rare nights off. He was lying in bed watching CSI and reading a running magazine; I was at the computer, deeply submerged in yet another DIS trip report.
“You know, there’s an ad in here for a half-marathon at WDW in January”, he remarked suddenly.
“Mmm-hmm”, I replied, trying to play it casual. “I’ll bet they do a really good job putting on a race”, he said, getting up to show me the advertisement.
“Looks great!” I said, glancing at the magazine. “You’re right. They probably go all out.... characters and everything. I’ll bet it would be a lot of fun.” I turned back to face the computer screen, but I wasn’t reading anymore. I just held my breath for what seemed like an eternity. Ed flopped back onto the bed.
“They’re doing a half marathon and then a full marathon the next day.”
“I could probably do a half-marathon. I did pretty good on that 10K; I just need to train with some longer runs.”
“They’ve got a 5K “Family Fun Run”, too” he added. “You could use it as incentive to run every day…”, he drifted off; distracted by the television.
“Mmm-hmm.” Gotcha!! I clicked on Travelocity to check airfares for January. :woohoo:
Now, I must explain two things so that you will all realize the extraordinary nature of the above conversation:
1. I am the one who is nuts about going to WDW. I do not run.
2. He is the one who runs. He thinks that I am nuts. Period. Because I am always talking about going to WDW.
Now we were planning on a weekend trip to WDW together…..without the kids….. to run.
This was going to be interesting. ::yes::
I laughed out loud reading your set-up. :rotfl2: It sounds like our house, only I haven't taken on the 5km. Can't wait to read more!!
Alright sign me up for another trip report.
Let me think is your other one done yet…???? :rotfl2:
I think you and Blue just like to have multiple threads going at the same time.
So you were there when we were there and you didn’t stop by for coffee and Danish at Roaring Fork?
Listen, you troublemaker, I am done with my report!!! ::yes:: I just post a few responses to readers now and then! Nah-nah-nah-nah-nah!!
I read your last report but shamefully failed to post :( I won't make the same mistake this time. I really love your writing style. I have a disability (Muscular Dystrophy) so I can understand about extra challenges...
Looking forward to another good read!
Anyways, loved your family trip report so I've got coffee in hand and ready to read! :surfweb:
Oh, :scratchin yeah :confused3 , never mind :rolleyes1
The Half-and-Half Report: Part 2
6:30 am: Music from the alarm clock-radio woke me from a fitful night’s sleep. As I opened my eyes and the fog slowly cleared, I remembered….. I’m going to Disney today! Oh, Uggggggghhhh.
What? No Woo-Hoo? No dancing bananas? No. Definitely not. Ugggggggghhh. Why? Because I was still sick. Sick with a terrible cold. :sick: That’s what comes, I guess, from all the hugging and kissing of relatives over the holidays. Ahh-chooo! (Sniffle, sniffle) Ahh-choo! Oh, boy. Better get going; I’ve got to get the kids up for school.
I shuffled out into the hallway and climbed the stairs to Tricia’s room. “Time to get up, honey”, I said as I shook her sleeping form. “Okay, Mommy”, came the muffled reply. Then, “Oh, Caity and Aunt Eileen are coming today!!” She kicked off the covers and started downstairs, chattering a mile a minute about all the games she had planned for the weekend with her cousin.
She went in to take her shower while I went to the kitchen and got breakfast ready for the kids. Poured some dog food into Aimee’s bowl and received a grateful lick on the hand. Turned on the news…. no problems with weather today….our flight should take off as scheduled. Well, thank God for small favors. I began packing the lunches.
Tricia came ‘round the corner wearing her bathrobe and still talking non-stop about the weekend: which dolls Caity was bringing, what CDs they were going to listen to, the fashion show they were going to put on for my sister, etc, etc. Her voice started to sound like a distant buzzing in my head. I did not feel well. I made my way into to bathroom. Ahhh! I tried to breath in as much of the leftover steam as I could.
Oh great. :sad2: I discovered that now, in addition to my cold, I had my time of the month. I groped through the medicine cabinet to find the Midol. Popped two tablets in my mouth, took a swig of water, and threw the bottle in my toiletries bag with the cold remedies and tissues that were already packed. Oh, great.
Now it was time to wake Billy. I dragged myself back up the stairs and into his room. He heard me coming and started laughing. That boy always wakes up laughing! I smiled as he gave me a hug an sniffed my hair. Thanks, son, I really needed that hug! :hug: Then I got him downstairs and into the shower just as Ed came in the door from work.
“Hi, hon……you look terrible!”
“Thanks, I feel terrible.”
I finished helping Billy with getting washed and dressed. He is mostly independent, but needs verbal prompting so he doesn't get distracted from the task at hand. After sprinkling my goodbyes to both kids with extra hugs and promises of a bedtime phone call later that night, I let Ed take over getting them out the door while I crawled back into bed for a few minutes.
Couldn’t rest for too long, though, because I still had some last-minute packing to do. I was determined to get everything I needed inside one carryon bag so we could avoid bag-check. (I had mailed a box of our liquid toiletries to the resort earlier in the week.) I showered…and felt a little better. Ate breakfast….felt a little better. Perhaps it was just the Midol kicking in.
Ed had gone upstairs to use the spare bed for a little catnap. Good. That meant I could change the sheets on the pull-out couch for my sister to use over the weekend. (Ed, not wanting to become infected with my cold right before his big race, had been sleeping on the pull-out couch for the past few days. I felt like a Typhoid Mary) No need to worry about cleaning the bathroom; I had been disinfecting and spraying with Lysol about three times a day since the first cold symptoms hit! I tidied up the living room as best I could. This was my sister that was coming, not a photographer for House Beautiful, so I didn’t have to kill myself. Besides, I just didn’t have the energy.
My sister, Eileen, would be coming over later that day. She lives about an hour away and was planning to get on the road once my niece came home from school. Since she is even worse that I am with being late, that meant she would be arriving right about dinnertime. ;) I had made a lasagna the night before, so she didn’t have to cook. In the interim, Aunt Rae would come and watch the kids. We had to be at Disney's Wide World of Sports Complex before 7pm to pick up our race packets, so we had to take an early afternoon flight. The race packets would not be available on race day, so this was a must-do. (We were both registered for the 5K on Friday and he was registered for the half-marathon on Saturday.)
Around 10:30, Ed got up, showered, and drove over to fetch Aunt Rae. She came in and tut-tutted about the inopportunity of my cold, then wished us luck as the driver arrived and we sped off to the airport.
The three-hour flight to Orlando was unremarkable, except for the fact that no matter how much cold medicine I had taken, my nose kept running and my head felt like it was going to pop! I hinted to Ed that maybe, just maybe, I might not be able to run the 5K with him the next morning. He gave me a look.
“Really, honey, I want to run with you tomorrow, really I do! It’s just that I feel awful.”
“Well, just don’t get me sick, okay?” He closed his eyes and tried to sleep.
I felt bad. He had been training faithfully for the half. He had also been encouraging me and pushing me, when needed, to get out and train. He acted as my trainer during a bout of plantar faceitis and even bought me an expensive pair of Saucony running shoes. I tried not to breathe in his direction.
I had been doing pretty well with a daily jog/walk all through the Summer and early Fall. Then came our WDW vacation in November (and all the time spent planning it) and then the crazy busy-ness of the holidays. Throw in some snowy/icy days and I began to slack off to the point where I wasn’t really running at all….just doing a long power-walk with Aimee about three times a week, if that. :rolleyes1 Sigh. So, even without the cold and the monthly discomforts, I really wasn’t ready for a race. I blew my nose and gratefully took a cup of hot tea from the flight attendant.
We landed at MCO around 4:00. No baggage, so we hopped right into the towncar and drove straight to the Swan. I had originally wanted to book us at the Contemporary so that Ed could stay on the beloved monorail, but the Swan has an awesome discount for nurses and government workers so it was really no contest!
The two aqua and coral-colored sister resorts soon loomed into view. The first time I saw the ‘Swolphin’ and those garishly large dolphins and swans perched on top, I thought, “Ickk!” But…. they are starting to grow on me (especially at 50% off rack rate!)
We checked in and were asked for our ID (for the discount). Ed produced his police ID. My one and only request had been for a quiet room; I explained that Ed would be getting up at around 3am on Saturday and that we both would want to nap during the day. I had also hoped for a king bed. After all, this was supposed to be a romantic weekend getaway. We had just celebrated our 12th wedding anniversary on New Year’s Eve, so this was really our anniversary gift to each other.
“It’s no problem if you don’t have a king room.” Ed told the desk clerk. He nodded in my direction. “She’s sick.” The clerk smiled politely. Thank you, Sir Galahad. :rolleyes:
Wonder of wonders, they did have a king room in what the clerk assured us would be a quiet location on the 12th floor. We boarded an elevator and went up so we could quickly check out the room and drop off our bags before scooting over to the Sports Complex.
Would it be all that we expected? Tune in next time………
mackeyapp: I'll do almost anything for a trip to WDW!
eternaldisneyfan: No worries! I lurked on reports for months before I started posting. Glad to have you along!
Marion: Hello again! I am double-checking my facts with Ed; hopefully they will be correct. Make things up? Who do I look like, Buzzilla?? (The Man Report.)
Goofster57: (Voice of Roz) I'm watching you, Keith, always watching you!
We are celebrating our 25th in June, nobody thought she would put up with me for that long, especially my loving Mother-in-Law, (bless her heart)
(And before you or blue_river say anything we got married when we were 10 years old)
And a belated congratulations to you too Kathy... wish you could have felt better on this trip :hug: And I was just teasin' about the making stuff up part... mostly.... I really wonder about SOME of these trip reports if ya know what I mean :dance3:
Can't wait to read more. Hope your cold got better. :)
The Half-and-Half Report: Part 3
Ed put the card key in the door and opened it. We stepped into the room and looked around. The aqua and coral color scheme of the resort’s exterior was now repeated in the décor of the guest room, but in paler hues. The effect was very restful. Restful…. hmmm. Let me check out the famous “Heavenly Bed.” I dropped my bag, turned around, and slowly fell back on the bed.
Ahhh yes, h-e-a-v-e-n-l-y !! My entire body sunk deep down into the fluffy white comforter that covered a pillow-top mattress. Sigh. :cloud9:
Ed laughed. “Kathy, we’ve got to get going.”
Nothing about the room seemed to be amiss, so after I took a moment to freshen up, we made our way back down to the lobby. We grabbed a cab and headed over to Disney's Wide World of Sports Complex. The parking lot was jammed with resort buses; little temporary signs were posted for the various resorts all along the curb. Hmmm. The marathon packet we received at check-in didn’t mention that Disney transportation would be provided to the WWOS, did it? :confused3 Perhaps we missed that part. No matter, we were there and we needed to get done and over to the Yachtsman Steakhouse in time for our 7:00 ADR .
We’ve never been to the Sports Complex…. I was amazed at how big it was! And how very crowded it was, too! There were CMs directing everyone to where they needed to go. There was a Health and Fitness Expo going on here all weekend with running and fitness equipment exhibits, appearances by celebrity runners, and seminars on training, racing and nutrition.
Unfortunately, we needed to go to two different locations in the giant indoor stadium to pick up our Family Fun Run 5K packets and Ed’s Half Marathon packet. Downstairs, the lines for the 5K weren’t too bad, but upstairs, the lines for the Half were pretty long. We needed to fill out release forms for all the races and then we were given our t-shirts and goody bags. The 5K shirt was a regular short-sleeved cotton tee with a “Pirate and Princess” motif. Ed’s half marathon shirt was really nice; a long-sleeved “technical” shirt that pleased him very much. :thumbsup2
The goody bags held little packets of Advil and sore muscle cream, clifshot nutrition bars, little thermo-muscle ache patches (am I sensing a theme of general fatigue, pain, and discomfort here?) as well as lots of brochures for future races all around the country. There was also a large plastic bag that we were to bring to the race that would hold our personal items/valuables. We also got our official race numbers (my first one! I felt like a real athlete!), and safety pins so we could pin them on our shirts.
Then, Ed needed to pick up his Champion Chip so he could be timed and scored for the half marathon. The chip has a little sensor that is linked to special mats that are laid out at the start and finish of a race. Ed told me that a runner’s net time is the time it takes a runner to get from the start mat to the finish line mat. It’s really a more accurate way to be timed because there are often bottlenecks at the start of a race. Sometimes, due to the sheer number of people, it can take a runner several minutes after the start just to pass the starting line! After receiving his chip, he was directed to yet another location to have it tested, just to make sure it was working okay. Whew! This race stuff is complicated. And time-consuming. We had already been here an hour and it looked like we were not going to make it to the Yacht Club by 7:00. :hourglass
“Why don’t we just bag dinner and grab a sandwich”, I asked as Ed got on the end of the chip-testing line. I was losing steam rapidly and didn’t really feel like a big dinner, anyway. But Ed had really been looking forward to a “nice dinner out, alone”, so he suggested that we just try to move our ADR back. I guess he really wanted his steak!
I called Disney Dining. I had hoped to get our dinner ressie changed to 7:30, but the earliest that they could give us was 7:55. I took it, against my better judgement.
Next Up: Will Kathy be able to stay awake through dinner? Will she do the race the next morning, or cheer Ed from the sidelines? The answers to these and other burning questions will be revealed in the next chapter. (And hopefully, some pictures, too!)
WOOOHOOOOO!! Another RN report!!! LOVING it!!! Keep it coming lady!! And bring on the pictures!!!
Sorry you were not feeling well in Disney - I hope you got to feeling better!
Looking forward to reading more.
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