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Old 07-14-2012, 10:40 PM   #211
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I went over to Fleet Feet this morning and had a nice young woman named Geneva assess me. She chose 5 pairs of shoes, I tried on 4 of them and found the perfect fit. They are a little ugly, but I hardly notice them on my feet because they feel so natural. I also bought 4 pairs of running socks (hoping to avoid blisters).

Starting my C25K program tomorrow, run a couple 5Ks in September and October, start the Jeff Galloway Tink program in late September. By the time January comes around I'll be a running freak!

Now to book my flight and my hotel. We still haven't decided if we're going to make this a family trip or a solo one. I kinda want to go alone, but feel guilty for thinking it.
Jessica, I am in the exact same boat, except I'm starting c25k on Monday! Neat to see that someone else is going to be in the same situation as me.. I think it's the perfect amount of time to stay motivated, but not so close where I'm freaking out.
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Old 07-14-2012, 10:43 PM   #212
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The candy cane is 20 more a night but seems like be worth it
I am staying at Stovalls.. I chose it because of its closeness to the start/finish. I am really torn, though - some of the hotels (like the Candy Cane) look a lot nicer. However, we really won't be in the room for anything except sleeping. It's really hard on those review websites when the reviews seem to be mixed - I'm honestly not very nitpicky about things BUT I *am* a light sleeper, so noise would be my major concern.

Just out of curiosity though, where do you see that it's only 20 more a night? I booked 4 nights at Stovalls for 430, but the same amount at Candy Cane was going to be in the upper 600s..
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Old 07-14-2012, 10:49 PM   #213
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I did the reservation at candy cane inn website. It is 685 for five nights this is 2 queens. The Stovalls for five nights is about 552.
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Old 07-14-2012, 11:14 PM   #214
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When I stayed there last year for Tink our room was very clean. They had a nice mini breakfast buffet open for us before the race started.
You're talking about Stovalls, right? Talk me down from my ledge b/c I'm so paranoid I made a bad choice..
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Old 07-15-2012, 10:46 AM   #215
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You're talking about Stovalls, right? Talk me down from my ledge b/c I'm so paranoid I made a bad choice..
Yes, BW Stovalls. Whatever happens you're going to have a wonderful time.
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Old 07-15-2012, 10:51 AM   #216
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It was really cold in the am last year but perfect weather once you started running. I can never decide on a costume. Every Disney race I'm like, I am going to dress up for this one and I never do. Silly me. Great ideas BTW!
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Old 07-15-2012, 10:19 PM   #217
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I am having fun training and realizing what I can do.

Got a Fitbit to see where I am going and what I have done and it is amazing what I really do activity wise and how much I don't do at work. Eventhough I am on my feet for 12 hours I am amazed that I don't walk more steps than I do. I really like the sleep analysis it does.

I was able to run/walk a 5K at the beach last week in 57 min. Boy running on sand is difficult. We did go walking both Fri and Sat this week on the beach and I think it is helping me to strengthen my ankles.

Ran my "long" run today on the treadmill and was able to run/walk 5K in 53min 35 sec so an improvement over last week. I am also able to run a little longer before I have to walk.

I also realized that running after working a 12 hr shift at the hospital is slower as I don't have as much reserve as I wish. So I will have to look at my schedule and switch my run/walk days and my cross training days so that my runs are on non work days. And the weeks I work 3 days straight I may have to get up early and do my runs at the gym before work. This will be fun planning.

The thing I am debating now is staying at PP sat and sun night.
I have ressies at Hojo's with the retro rate so 4 days for what one day at PP would cost. BUT do I want to walk to Hojo after running/walking 13.2 miles?
Decisions decisions.
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Old 07-15-2012, 11:32 PM   #218
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I am staying at Stovalls.. I chose it because of its closeness to the start/finish. I am really torn, though - some of the hotels (like the Candy Cane) look a lot nicer. However, we really won't be in the room for anything except sleeping. It's really hard on those review websites when the reviews seem to be mixed - I'm honestly not very nitpicky about things BUT I *am* a light sleeper, so noise would be my major concern.

Just out of curiosity though, where do you see that it's only 20 more a night? I booked 4 nights at Stovalls for 430, but the same amount at Candy Cane was going to be in the upper 600s..
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You're talking about Stovalls, right? Talk me down from my ledge b/c I'm so paranoid I made a bad choice..
I really thought the Stovalls was a great basic motel. Updated linens and clean pool; however it is an older motel and the walls are thin. We had asked for a room farther away from the road, but when we got in the last room from the end, I couldn't get a wifi signal. So, we moved closer and experienced higher road noise. We could hear the person next to us muffled talking and drawers opening and closing (had a connecting door). I think they could hear our tv bc they kind of stared into our room one time when we had the curtains open(weird).

I would consider myself having a bit of trouble getting to sleep with sound and very mommy alert, but I felt well rested and didn't have a problem. Could have been all the busy walking and running a half. However, it did bother me and makes me a bit hesitant to rebook there.
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Old 07-16-2012, 12:08 AM   #219
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I really thought the Stovalls was a great basic motel. Updated linens and clean pool; however it is an older motel and the walls are thin. We had asked for a room farther away from the road, but when we got in the last room from the end, I couldn't get a wifi signal. So, we moved closer and experienced higher road noise. We could hear the person next to us muffled talking and drawers opening and closing (had a connecting door). I think they could hear our tv bc they kind of stared into our room one time when we had the curtains open(weird).

I would consider myself having a bit of trouble getting to sleep with sound and very mommy alert, but I felt well rested and didn't have a problem. Could have been all the busy walking and running a half. However, it did bother me and makes me a bit hesitant to rebook there.
Ahhh!! This is what I am worried about... I don't know what to do. My roommate (who is also running the half) is a light sleeper as well - she automatically sleeps with earplugs if she stays in a hotel. I was going to bring my white noise machine. Truthfully, neither one of us is rich, so it is hard to justify going somewhere more expensive just because of the possibility of noise.

Now, if someone could guarantee me that there is a GN hotel with soundproof walls, that would change things a bit!
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Old 07-16-2012, 12:43 AM   #220
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Awesome job. I did a mud "run" this weekend even though I did not run much.

After all discussions I think I'll use candy cane reservations. I think I want quiet room and closer to entrance for the rest of my trip.
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Old 07-16-2012, 10:59 AM   #221
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Ahhh!! This is what I am worried about... I don't know what to do. My roommate (who is also running the half) is a light sleeper as well - she automatically sleeps with earplugs if she stays in a hotel. I was going to bring my white noise machine. Truthfully, neither one of us is rich, so it is hard to justify going somewhere more expensive just because of the possibility of noise.

Now, if someone could guarantee me that there is a GN hotel with soundproof walls, that would change things a bit!
I always bring ear plugs when I travel!! Never leave home without them!
I was lucky enough to get the Hojo's ENT rate for 2 of our 3 nights so thats definitely where we'll be staying.

For my training I'm currently doing 2 30 minute runs during the week and then my "long" run on teh weekend. This past Saturday I did 55 minutes. Just increasing it by 5 minutes every week until I do my 10K in September. I'm excited to do a full hour this coming weekend! For my long runs I'm following Jeff Galloways method and doing 2:1 (mainly) intervals for the most part. AFter my 10K I'm not sure if I'll start actually folowing his Tink training plan then or if I'll just keep adding sometime onto my long runs each week.
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Old 07-16-2012, 11:30 AM   #222
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I'm staying at BW Stovall's. It's where I've stayed for the past few Halfs. I've never had any complaints and I like how close it is to the Start/Finish line. Also like that they open the free breakfast room early on race day.
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Jessica, I am in the exact same boat, except I'm starting c25k on Monday! Neat to see that someone else is going to be in the same situation as me.. I think it's the perfect amount of time to stay motivated, but not so close where I'm freaking out.
Started this morning. Walked my 30 minutes and went 1.79 miles, so about an 18 minute/mile pace. Not bad for my first time out, but I sure know I have a long way to go. The whole time I was thinking to myself "At this pace I'll be picked up by the sweepers!"
How'd you do, Runnintink?

I had a discussion with my DH about whether to make this a family trip or not. He told me he wants to be there to support me and cheer me on, and I said "At 5 in the morning in January with a 3 year old?" He pretty quickly conceded to making it a solo trip after that.

So the agenda for today is to make my plane and hotel reservations, but I keep going back and forth between BWPPI and Stovalls. BWPPI has the better reviews, but Stovalls is closer to the starting line so I don't have to walk too far pre-race. Anyone want to weigh in on this?

Speaking of weighing, I got on the scale this morning to check my starting weight. I'd like to lose 70 pounds to get into a healthy range, and hopefully 20 of it by Tink. Is anyone else in the same boat?
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Old 07-16-2012, 11:42 AM   #224
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The thing I am debating now is staying at PP sat and sun night.
I have ressies at Hojo's with the retro rate so 4 days for what one day at PP would cost. BUT do I want to walk to Hojo after running/walking 13.2 miles?
Decisions decisions.
Last year I stayed at HoJo for the tinkerbell half and will be staying there again this year. YES, the walk is long. In the morning I was really nervous because it was so flippin early and dark. But literally from the moment I stepped into the lobby there were tons of racers all around. I felt very safe walking over in the dark. The walk back was tough, but i will say its a good cool down for your legs. That said, another alternative would be for any friends/family to meet you at the finish and drive over to DTD from HoJo so they can drive you back. I may ask this of DH this year...we'll see....
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So the agenda for today is to make my plane and hotel reservations, but I keep going back and forth between BWPPI and Stovalls. BWPPI has the better reviews, but Stovalls is closer to the starting line so I don't have to walk too far pre-race. Anyone want to weigh in on this?

Speaking of weighing, I got on the scale this morning to check my starting weight. I'd like to lose 70 pounds to get into a healthy range, and hopefully 20 of it by Tink. Is anyone else in the same boat?
I'll "weigh" in with you... lol Same boat- almost same numbers needed to lose as well. I am hoping for 20lbs before race day, honestly, I would like 25, but I am not going to go too crazy with expectations! Lets go for 20 together and see what happens!

Stovalls is where I picked- for the free breakfast AND the proximity to start and finish. The rest looked ok to me, I can deal with ear plugs if I need them. And walking to and from the parks doesn't concern me as much as making sure I wasn't miles away from the finish in particular. After my 13.1, I want to get back and stretch, hot tub, eat, relax, etc.... and if I can save walking 15-20 min to do so, a happier person I will be!

If I was going to the parks with family, I would pick the other option to be closer. But since it's just me, I can swing getting back and forth to the parks without issue as needed.
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