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Old 01-06-2013, 02:29 PM   #31
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At first, I thought I'd make a t-shirt in honor of him, but I want this to be kind of private. So I've decided to write 34 on each of my hands--his basketball jersey number.
That is such a nice way to honor him! And it keeps it special to you. If anyone asks, and you want to talk about it, you can, but it's not so obvious as having it on your shirt.

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The only way I could do it was to throw it at the beginning, but I promise lots of FB pictures and TR pictures!
It's a smart idea! I may have to consider that for an upcoming trip.

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I hope and pray your surgery goes well. I've been reading up on meniscus tears and man, hon, you have really been in some pain! I'm sorry.
Thank you very much. I know I'm not a complainer. I know this because few people actually know how much pain I'm in. All the time. Every day. I'm so looking forward to getting this surgery done. Now that I know I'm having surgery and what is, in fact, wrong, I've actually felt comfortable discussing my pain and limiting my activity. I have no problem asking my seven year old to traipse up and down the stairs in our house to retrieve things when we need them!

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Old 01-14-2013, 01:29 PM   #33
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Well look who FINALLY brought her internet-butt over to this here pre-trip.
I figure since mine may not finish/happen/what-have-you, I at least need to make an appearance here, on your sweet lil report.

And for those of you who don't know, allow myself to introduce...myself:

Tinkerbellarella a.k.a. Tink a.k.a. Nicole a.k.a. Nikki a.k.a. She Who Is Eternally Grateful To Have Amanda To Roll Her Across The 5K Finish Line

That's a lot of a.k.a's. I know.

Now...onto what I've missed...

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Although my husband is not the Disney fanatic I am, he is coming around.
He's a Pat's fan. That's almost as good.

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DisBuddy and fellow Babnana Tinkerbellarella (aka Nikki)


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Oh, and just so you all know. . .I'm askeered of clowns. But we'll get to that later.
We still crossing our fingers for the "Garden" view as opposed to the "Pool" view then?

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I was encouraged to do so, and put it on YouTube, but I'm not certain I want anyone seeing my version of the double digit dance, which just so happens to be a cross between the chicken and a rump shaker.
Pretty, pretty please re-create this for me. I pay in margaritas from Mexico.

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O' Dark Thirty in the morning.
That's about what time I'm getting on the train.

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I now proudly have this on my truck.
Wait'll you see all of the cool ones they have at the Expo. I have one that says, "Yes, I run like a girl. Try and keep up."

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I'm sure my first stop will be Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey hopefully
Best. Queue. Ever.
Can't tell you about the ride though. Chickened out. We'd eaten not 40 minutes before and I hadn't taken Bonine (which normally I don't need) and if there weren't 90 signs throughout that line warning about motion sickness there wasn't one. I can't wait to hear how it was.

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My husband did something awesome this week. I talked about wanting to walk the 5K with my friend Nicole enough that he registered me for the 5K.
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The tutu and tiara are now moved for the 5K with Nicole
I need to pick up my tiara.
And take care of my shirt, the details of which change every 6 seconds.
And figure out what capris I'll wear.
And if I'll bring a light zippy hoodie.

Shoot...now I need a To Do list.

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My princess half marathon will be run this year in his memory. And for those of you who are teachers, make sure the kids you teach know that you care about them. All of them, even the tough ones. This particular kid was a "tough kid" who became a great one just because he knew people cared about him. It makes a difference in their lives, to love them even when they are the hardest to love. As a matter of fact, I'm convinced those are the ones that need it the most.
Your students are blessed to have you, Amanda. And so am I.

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On the same vibe as shopping, I got some Bondi bands from the recommendation of the princess half facebook group.
There's this great retailer who was at the Expo a couple of years back that had something along a similar line, but a thinner still meant not to slide all around on your head. I bought two. This year your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to keep me from buying 22.

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So it's time to start packing. Here is how I do it. About 3 months out, I typically throw everything in a bag. 2 months out, I repack, and determine what I think I will need to still buy. Since I'm at two months out, I'm at the repack segment.

I have three bags--one for the IOA/CSR part of the trip, one for BWV, and one for the races.
I am in packing awe.

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And today, I had someone else decide she needed to be in my racing bag:

Naturally.

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I have set up a tentative time to meet up with Tink the arrival night that we move over to Boardwalk.
Are you still coming over to BWV when I arrive to check us in?

Also, I perused the alcoholic menus throughout the WS. I'm prepared to drink in any country but the US and Canada. What can I say? I'm not a beer gal. The other two countries I was worried about were Norway and Germany. Norway has something called Viking Coffee (coffee and Bailey's or Kalhua) and Germany has a Rieseling. Though I know I'll get two drinks in TOPS that night, I have done my research and am, as Scar says is so important, PREPARED.

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::sigh::

38 days for me, my friend! 38!!!!!

OH!

And it occurs to me to share my plans since they are a little different:

2/21/13-2/26/13: BWV with Amanda
2/26/13-2828/13: POR solo with a request for an Alligator Bayou room
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Old 01-14-2013, 06:21 PM   #34
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Glad you are here!

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Well look who FINALLY brought her internet-butt over to this here pre-trip.
I figure since mine may not finish/happen/what-have-you, I at least need to make an appearance here, on your sweet lil report.


You are just fashionably late.

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And for those of you who don't know, allow myself to introduce...myself:

Tinkerbellarella a.k.a. Tink a.k.a. Nicole a.k.a. Nikki a.k.a. She Who Is Eternally Grateful To Have Amanda To Roll Her Across The 5K Finish Line

That's a lot of a.k.a's. I know.
Ooooo. . .I get to roll you? As in shove/push you? Yeah, as long as you drag me across the finish line for the half.

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You are NOT an office hag. Belive me. I know some. On a first name basis.
I'm sure you do, my dear.



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He's a Pat's fan. That's almost as good.
And Red Sox.

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We still crossing our fingers for the "Garden" view as opposed to the "Pool" view then?
Or the quiet pool. That would be awesome.

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Pretty, pretty please re-create this for me. I pay in margaritas from Mexico.
Okay, February 21, 2013, I will. When I see you!

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That's about what time I'm getting on the train.
Wow--hope you have some coffee.

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Wait'll you see all of the cool ones they have at the Expo. I have one that says, "Yes, I run like a girl. Try and keep up."
My truck's going to be all stickered up!


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Best. Queue. Ever.
Can't tell you about the ride though. Chickened out. We'd eaten not 40 minutes before and I hadn't taken Bonine (which normally I don't need) and if there weren't 90 signs throughout that line warning about motion sickness there wasn't one. I can't wait to hear how it was.
Hmmm. . .I should be fine--I like Mission Space.

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I LOVE YOU MR. AMANDA!
He is glad I'll be doing that with you!



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I need to pick up my tiara.
And take care of my shirt, the details of which change every 6 seconds.
And figure out what capris I'll wear.
And if I'll bring a light zippy hoodie.
Sounds like a shopping trip for you, my dear.

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Shoot...now I need a To Do list.
Don't you always?

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Your students are blessed to have you, Amanda. And so am I.
Thank you, dear.

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LOVE. THE. SOCKS.
They are cool, aren't they?

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There's this great retailer who was at the Expo a couple of years back that had something along a similar line, but a thinner still meant not to slide all around on your head. I bought two. This year your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to keep me from buying 22.
Only if you stop me from buying too many t-shirts!

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I am in packing awe.
Especially since I changed that plan. The little bag is just for shoes now.

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Are you still coming over to BWV when I arrive to check us in?
Sure will! Call me when you are on Magical Express and I'll mosey on over to the lobby!

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Also, I perused the alcoholic menus throughout the WS. I'm prepared to drink in any country but the US and Canada. What can I say? I'm not a beer gal. The other two countries I was worried about were Norway and Germany. Norway has something called Viking Coffee (coffee and Bailey's or Kalhua) and Germany has a Rieseling. Though I know I'll get two drinks in TOPS that night, I have done my research and am, as Scar says is so important, PREPARED.
I've been doing a bit a research, as well.

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38 days for me, my friend! 38!!!!!
I have 34 now. Well, 33. I refuse to count today.


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2/21/13-2/26/13: BWV with Amanda
2/26/13-2828/13: POR solo with a request for an Alligator Bayou room
AB is awesome, awesome, awesome!
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Old 01-14-2013, 06:39 PM   #35
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Go walkin right down the middle of. . .

Main Street USA!

Yes, I'm one of THOSE people who have to start their first full day at Magic Kingdom. I have reservations that night for dinner at the Grand Floridian Cafe. I have thought of canceling it a couple of times, but I look back at the menu and see they have shrimp and grits on the menu.

This little lady originally from Charleston just can't pass that up.

The second full day is my Animal Kingdom/Epcot day, with dinner that night at Tokyo dining.

Third full day is Epcot rope drop and I will get to check out of Coronado Springs and check into Boardwalk Villas with Nikki!

Meanwhile, I'm down to 33 days before the trip.

Running is going well, and the past few days I've been hot wearing this:



Yes, hot.

Packing is going well:



There's been a change in the whole packing order:
from the back--
all the major clothes for the trip
just running gear
shoes.

Yes, I have a suitcase just for shoes. I will have 4 (count them 4) pairs of running shoes--two for touring, 1 for the 5K, and one for the half marathon. I also have my Crocs, flip flops for around the room, and my cowboy boots.

Yeah, cowboy boots.

On the Disney shopping list, I'm at a serious juncture--this is my last one of these:





I'll have to take a trip to Basin.

And for the record, my favorite one is at the Grand Floridian.

In training news. . .I have started using KT Tape for my ITBS that has been bothering me. The tape has been really helpful. It's made me more able to complete my runs.

THis was last Sunday before the tape:



And after:



The orange drops before are because I could not continue running for the pain. With the KT Tape:



YES!

Coming up. . .drinking around the world and baths of ice.
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Old 01-14-2013, 06:45 PM   #36
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I love everything about your plans. They're Disney plans. So much better than any other plans.

Congrats on your fastest 5K run! You are fast! I am impressed.
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Ooooo. . .I get to roll you? As in shove/push you? Yeah, as long as you drag me across the finish line for the half.
Oh yes, my friend, you do. I hope they capture THAT on film.

And that's another item for the To Do list - figure out how I'm going to GET to the finish line to see you. I'm not 100% sure if they'll restrict that area to racers and people that registered for the CHEAR squad. Hmmm...

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And Red Sox.
I'm not a baseball fan (or basketball), but I'll take it. I'm a football/hockey kinda gal.

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Or the quiet pool. That would be awesome.
Totally forgot about the quiet pool. That WOULD be awesome.

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Okay, February 21, 2013, I will. When I see you!
Deal!

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Hmmm. . .I should be fine--I like Mission Space.
Me too.

The chicken side.

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Sounds like a shopping trip for you, my dear.
Now isn't THAT too bad. LOL

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Only if you stop me from buying too many t-shirts!
I think we're going to need a handler at the Expo. LOL!

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Sure will! Call me when you are on Magical Express and I'll mosey on over to the lobby!
I don't want to wait 37 more days. Can't we just be doing this NOW?!

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This little lady originally from Charleston
That's where my boss is from.

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The second full day is my Animal Kingdom/Epcot day, with dinner that night at Tokyo dining.
Remind me to tell you how I kind of ended up at Tokyo Dining by accident one night for Illuminations.

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Yes, I have a suitcase just for shoes.


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I'll have to take a trip to Basin.
Oh. Shucks.

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Coming up. . .drinking around the world and baths of ice.[/COLOR][/SIZE][/FONT]
YAY! And BRRR!
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I love everything about your plans. They're Disney plans. So much better than any other plans.

Congrats on your fastest 5K run! You are fast! I am impressed.
Disney plans are the best, aren't they?

I don't know that I'm really all that fast, but for short distances I can hold my own. Thanks!

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Oh yes, my friend, you do. I hope they capture THAT on film.

And that's another item for the To Do list - figure out how I'm going to GET to the finish line to see you. I'm not 100% sure if they'll restrict that area to racers and people that registered for the CHEAR squad. Hmmm...
That would be interesting on film.

I'm wondering if it would be simpler for you to cheer me on as I'm going into and out of the area near the TTC. We can discuss it later.
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Please tell me you at least hate the Yankees. . .

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Totally forgot about the quiet pool. That WOULD be awesome.
Yeah, it would!


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The chicken side.
Do I hear clucking from somewhere?
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I think we're going to need a handler at the Expo. LOL!
Or a personal assistant to carry our loot. . .

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I don't want to wait 37 more days. Can't we just be doing this NOW?!
I got some work to do first, but I'd gladly skip it all first.


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Remind me to tell you how I kind of ended up at Tokyo Dining by accident one night for Illuminations.
That sounds interesting. And possibly very pretty

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Drinking Around the World and Ice Baths

Last week, training came to a higher point, with the required run being this:

11 miles, which I did really, really slowly. Im trying not for speedwork, but to work on the endurance. I have started using KTTape on the long runs, and did you know what your leg looks like with that tape after you pull it off?


Thats some interesting tan line there.

I also have to mention that it was really warm last weekend, and hence the shorts. It was actually kind of awesome, until I tried to run outside at 2 in the afternoon with the temp being 80+. Yeah, thats not a great idea. Last summer I ran a lot, but its been a long time since I conditioned in that, and it gets really uncomfortable. I cant imagine how it felt for the Marathon weekend, because that was the same weekend I was running.

So, onto IT band pain.

I had some, closer to 8 miles, which is better than last ½ marathon. Instead of pushing through, I started walking, which is the real reason for the slower pace at the end. I headed home for this:


An ice bath. Ive been told by my friends who are athletic trainers that this was a good method to deal with pain, and so I tried it. I must say that I was stiff for about an hour, but this really did aid in recovery and I was able to go through my day normally afterwards. I would love it if Tink and I were near the ice machine for our trip, because Id fill up a cooler and make a small ice bath after the half for myself.

I did pretty good for most of the runthe green is where my running was faster than the previous mile, called a negative split.


Of course, the 1433 was due to walking the last two miles, so I just need to work more on the IT Band.

That, of course, is the last of the 80 degree weekends for some time:


Which is fine with me, because I like running in the 60 degree weather better.

Yesterday when I went out, it was in this:


A three mile run became 5. Very pleasant.

In trip planning news, I got some Mickey Mail this week!


That was at 29 days out, which is typically where Ive gotten it recently.

In the planning itself, I left you all with meeting up with Nikki on February 21. That morning, I have rope drop at Epcot. Itll be my last meal on the DDP, as Ill be doing Tokyo Dining the evening before oop. I do think there is a possibility Ill cancel that Tokyo Dining, as Im also wondering if I really just want to grab a few things in the World Showcase, but Ill play that one by ear. Anyway, the meal for that night is Cape May Café, which I just reviewing on my dining review. Nikki and I plan on having a few drinks around the world that evening. Im thinking of four in Epcot, and I dont know which one will be the night before. . .

1. Grey Goose Slushie (Wine stand in France)

Ive had this every trip since 2009. No need to stop now.

2. Patron Lime Margarita (Margarita Stand in Mexico)

This one could be traded out for a better idea from Tink, Im sure.

3. Pomegranate Margarita (Margarita stand in Mexico)

Definitely a must for me. But warning. Dont drink a Grey Goose Slushie, this, and then go on the Orange side of Mission: SPACE. I have good reason for that warning.

4. Italian Margarita (Italy)
Ive never had one, but Tink has suggested it, so I need to try.

On February 22, we have the Expo at Coronado Springs. I think we are going to get there early (I hope). I am possibly going to drive (what do you think, Nikki) so we can be a little slower finishing with our breakfasts and stow away our loot without carrying it on buses.
Then, I plan to spend time at Magic Kingdom. I am thinking even if my plans say something else, that would be a good day for watching the afternoon parade with corn dog nuggets and French fries. No commando, just calm day. Because the next day, the races begin! Dinner that night is at Ohana, and I havent told Tink (Guess I am now), but we may have a short meet up with clanmccollough, who I met on my solo trip by chance in 2009 and I did the Soarin stampede with her, her beautiful daughters and husband.

Coming up. . .Tinkerbellish skirt and RACE DAYS!
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Hooray for ice baths and Mickey Mail! I forget, do you have a foam roller? That really helps the IT Band a LOT.

Wow, those drinks sure do look good...I never got my slushie on this trip in France. So sad. That Pomegranate Margarita looks mighty tasty too! There's another in Italy I've heard about...I think it's called a bellini? Something about peach and champagne. I may need you to do some research for me!

Lots of good plans here!
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You're a margarita girl! I did not know that about you! You are my kindred!!!!

I love how committed you are to your running goals. You're awesome.
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[QUOTE=Ariel484;47261330]Hooray for ice baths and Mickey Mail! I forget, do you have a foam roller? That really helps the IT Band a LOT.[QUOTE]

I do have a foam roller and I need to use it more often. My knee has been doing a lot better. I know I need to buy a Stick for the race. I am thinking the smaller one (travel size), and possibly getting it at the Expo. I tried ordering from road runner sports and they are out right now.

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Wow, those drinks sure do look good...I never got my slushie on this trip in France. So sad. That Pomegranate Margarita looks mighty tasty too! There's another in Italy I've heard about...I think it's called a bellini? Something about peach and champagne. I may need you to do some research for me!
Hmmm. . .Now you have me wondering what else I should get. . .

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I'm also a tequila girl, but it has to be the good stuff. Either 1800 or Patron. Nothing cheap, or I get ill.

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Thanks, Kat!
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20 days. . .

Today my ticker said this:



My boss approved my time off today, and I am so glad that tomorrow I'll be in the fabulous teens. I have one more long run--a 14 mile run--and then I'll begin to taper off.

Saturday, I ran this:



and then, Sunday I decided to run again.

Mistake.

Just because I think I could have run more on Saturday does not mean I will do it on Sunday.

I ran 3.57 on Sunday.

I also got this in the mail this weekend:



This is the race that started it all, and I will definitely be doing this one, as well.

Finally, I decided for a change in my half marathon outfit. What was it?

I'll give you all a hint:



This is me trying it on after a run:



And this is the outfit:



I'm really excited about my Sparkle Tech skirt.

I do have a few changes to my schedule, too. First of all, after talking to a friend of mine who runs a LOT of races, I know it's a bad idea to drink before the races. I am totally off all alcohol until after the races. Now, after I cross that finish line, I'm walking straight into Epcot for a drink, but for now, and for some time, I can't afford to slow down my metabolism.

I have two race days, and I'll start with the 5K. This is the tutu-emblazoned race, with tiara. I am walking every step with my friend Nicole (Tink) and I'm excited I'm doing this with her. This race was part of a Christmas present from my husband (who gets race registrations for Christmas?). After the race, I'm going to take the day slow, with perhaps one show in Hollywood Studios. Then, I'll have an early dinner at Teppan Edo with Nikki, and I'll turn in very early. I will be rolling my knee with my foam roller and will be KT Taping my knee overnight.

I have to go to bed by 8pm that night and I fully intend to. I want to take it easy, but I also don't want to do my normal laying down and taking a nap midday. It's possible that I'll take a trip to the hot tub that day and I definitely will be staying in the Epcot resort area. I'm glad we are staying in that area, because it makes it so much easier to take it easy that day. I'm also glad that I have to get up so early for the 5K, because it will force me to get in bed early that night.

Coming up. . .out and about. . .at 3am?!?
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Old 01-29-2013, 08:23 AM   #44
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Good job on your 12.5-miler. STICK TO YOUR TRAINING PLAN YOUNG LADY!! I don't want to see you wipe yourself out before the half.

Ahhh you're in the TEEENS! How exciting! I'm so jealous.

LOVE the SparkleTech - super cute pattern. Are you planning on taking it out for a test run before the race? I wore SparkleTechs for the half and full and they were awesome! My only problem with them is when I try to put my phone in the pockets...if I put it in the waistband pocket the waistband feels like it's coming down, and if I put it in a side pocket it feels like the skirt is falling down. So you may want to experiment with that if you plan on running with your phone.

It's almost heeeeeeere!
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So exciting! I love the new sparkle skirt. And so excited for you and Tink to do the 5K together. You're going to love it!
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