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Old 01-28-2013, 06:18 PM   #1
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Smile Expedition Everest 5k equals motivation

Hi everyone! So I wanted to start my very first pre-trip report! My husband, and two boys are headed to Disney for a long weekend the first week of May for the Expedition Everest Challenge. Now, DH and I are not exactly what you would call "fit." I am far from it. I have a good 75lbs to lose to get down to a comfortable weight... so when a couple of our friends mentioned that they were going to do the 5k... AND we happened to be heading from Maine to Virginia for a wedding... we thought why not drive another 12 hours and go to Disney!?!?! Disney + Getting healthy = GREAT IDEA!!!

So I wanted to share our story and our journey on getting to this 5k.

Some background.. DH and I have been married for over 11 years. We have two wonderful boys. We took our first trip to DW in 2011 for our 10 year anniversary. We went with friends who are DVC members... and we were spoiled. We felt bad going without our boys, so we saved up and drove from Maine to Florida, only stopping for potty breaks and food.... in June of 2012. Star Wars Weekend too!!! Loved it.

We didn't think we would get back there in 2013, so this is very exciting for us. I think our family all thinks we are CRAZY for going back again.... but I don't care! I'm sure many of you can relate and understand!

We are just waiting for the taxes to come in to pay for everything..... We also may be bring a friend along with us to watch the boys for the night of the 5k, rather than paying for a sitter. I'd rather take a friend and spend a little more to be a blessing to her than pay someone I don't know... although I'm sure they are wonderful!

So, here's the plan at this point:

Arrive in Orlando Friday afternoon. Check in changed from POR to All-Star Music Resort
Dinner at Ohana!!! (Love this place!) Going to try and sneak out to see the fireworks from the Polynesian, since we may miss it due to the late time of our dinner at BOG

Saturday - Hanging out at the pool and at Downtown Disney
Breakfast - Chef Mickey's
Lunch - Earl of Sandwich
Dinner - Boys eat at resort... DH and I may save our QS for after the race and try Restaurantosaurus....

Sunday - MK (EMH)
Breakfast - in our room
Lunch - Pecos Bill or another QS.... Suggestions?
Dinner - We had planned on Crystal Palace, but were holding out hope for Be Our Guest... and they FINALLY had an opening!!! 9:20 at night though... I hope it's worth it!!

Monday - HS (EMH)
Breakfast - in our room
Lunch - Backlot Express.... or Studio Catering Co.
Dinner - 50's Prime Time

Head home... back to the land of the north.
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Old 01-28-2013, 06:28 PM   #2
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I'm here!!!! Sounds like your plans are shapping up!!!
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Old 01-29-2013, 01:35 PM   #3
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Yep! I definitely think so!

Dinner on Sunday is at Crystal Palace... it was an agonizing decision between that and Liberty Tree... but since the boys and a teen will be with us, we thought they might enjoy that more. We've eaten at CP for breakfast and we enjoyed it.

Still holding out hope that Be Our Guest will have an opening instead!!! They are booked solid! No surprise really... being so new.
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Old 01-29-2013, 08:53 PM   #5
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Thanks for the encouragement!!!
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Old 01-29-2013, 09:07 PM   #6
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Pre-Disney Report.....

We are leaving on Monday April 29th... and heading to Washington DC... spending the night and then spending Tuesday touring the area. Tuesday night we will be heading to stay with family until Thursday night in Virginia. My DH's cousin is getting married Thursday night. We will leave after the wedding and will drive to Florida...

It will be me, DH, and our two sons.... AND my mother-in-law and a teenage friend of ours. We will be dropping my MIL off in Virginia and heading to Florida without her... That left us in a predicament about what to do with our boys during the race. So we decided to bring a friend along with us to stay with them that night. She is a lot of fun, so I know we will have a great time!!!

On our way home, we will pick my MIL up in Virginia and head back to Maine. It will be another busy and crazy vacation, but anytime I can spend with the mouse is well worth it!!!
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Just signed up for the 5k today! It is now 97% full! We also put our deposit down for All-Star Music Resort... for 3 nights. Yay!
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Just signed up for the 5k today! It is now 97% full! We also put our deposit down for All-Star Music Resort... for 3 nights. Yay!
Congrats! Can't wait to read more!
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Love it!! Here's to going to disney and getting healthy! :D
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Love it!! Here's to going to disney and getting healthy! :D
Thank you!! Timed myself doing two miles today... a 14 minute average. Not bad for just starting. Wanted to make sure I can stay under the 16 minute mile cap... I would HATE to be taken out by the golf cart. ha ha...
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I'm in! (pretend that popcorn is celery -- less calories!)

Me and my friend are running the race as well, a first for both of us!

Can't wait to hear as your plans progress
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Thank you!! Timed myself doing two miles today... a 14 minute average. Not bad for just starting. Wanted to make sure I can stay under the 16 minute mile cap... I would HATE to be taken out by the golf cart. ha ha...
You're starting off at a great pace! I've been training for about a month and have just gotten to below 17 minutes per mile. It's all good though!
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I keep thinking.... slow and steady wins the race!
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I was finding it hard to get out and run with the weather, NO sidewalks anywhere nearby, and with my husbands weird work schedule.... So we went out in the blizzard today and bought a treadmill! ha ha!! Yay!! One more "step" to this healthy lifestyle and to Everest!
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Hi! Following along from the C25k boards! I am so excited for you and I can't wait to hear all about it! I may put it on my list for next year!
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