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Old 11-02-2012, 09:54 AM   #1
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Hakuna Matata - Gobblin' up November

Team Members:
Dave & Sally, Denise & Mark, Elizabeth, Emily, Eva, figment82, Gerry,
Hope, Jack, Jennifer, Kim, Kimberly, Kipp, Kirstie, Lorelei528, Margie, Mary, Pam, Regina, Rick, Robert, Robbie, Saylan, Scott & Lynn, Shannan, Sue, Tandy, Taryn, Vicky, Nikki



Hakuna Matata Team Bios

Windwalker, aka Dave aka Panda- I'm 60 and live in a small town in Kentucky. I don't run I walk, race walk actually. I have qualified for another shot at the National Senior Olympics. Married to Sally.

es45 aka Elizabeth- I'm 42 and married with 2 young daughters. I ran my first 13.1 in the 2011 Princess Half.

Pudge The Fish, aka Emily- My DH and I will be doing the DL half in Sept. This will be our first half marathon. I still consider myself new to running, though I've done 2 5k (including the 2009 DL 5k) and one 10k.

Villians_Rock, aka Eva – I am 33 years old, married to Jordan (proud WISH supporter). We have two doggies, one son (Gage) who is two and are expecting our second this coming January. We currently live near Cleveland, OH. I'm a full time staffing coordinator for United Airlines and my hubby sells Harley Davidsons. I ran my first race in 2007 and have since ran 5Ks, 10Ks, half marathons and two full marathons including the Goofy Challenge. My favorite distance is the half marathon and I hope that after the baby I can train to reach my goal of a sub 2 hour race. Another long distance goal of mine is to complete a 50K and eventually maybe a 50 miler.

GirltheGecko aka Hope- I grew up in the Pittsburgh area. When I was a teenager, I was heavily into martial arts, unfortunately due to school and time, I had to quit. I met Nick, moved to NH, and I gained some weight. I watched my mother struggle with obesity all her life, so Nick's family and I decided to work at trying for a half marathon at WDW.

flipflopmom, aka Taryn – I will be 35 on Sept. 5. I am a Kindergarten Teacher, working on my master's degree in my "spare” time. Married for 12 years, have 2 girls. Oldest is 10, and a competitive gymnast. Her gym is 45 minutes away, so I spend a lot of time on the road. Youngest is 3, and a tons of fun! I haven't run a race yet, but looking for a 5K.

LynnG, aka Lynn, (of Lynn and Scott)- 60 years old, retired, we are both Disneyholics. We have been members of DVC since it started. I am a walker, I used to try to run, but knee surgery last August which I am still trying to recover from, I only walk now. I have done several half marathons, mostly Disney ones. I have 2 malamutes that are my walking companions at home.

MaryJ aka Mary- I am 53 years old, and live in a small town in Southwestern Indiana. I will be married to DH (Ken) for 34 years in July. We have 3 daughters and 2 granddaughters. I walk/run my races. I did my first big race (WDW Half) when I was 52. Before that I had done only a few 5K's, mostly walking.

Nikkilala, aka Nikki- Married to Ryan at WDW in 2007. Currently a Physical Therapist Assistant student graduating in 2012. Is a wogger (walker with a little jogging mixed in) Lives in South West Michigan where she was born and raised! Loves Disney and will do anything for an excuse to travel there, including a half marathon

Saylan – I'm from the frosty north of Canada. I'm very new to running (officially started October 14, 2010). I'm training for the Disney Princess 1/2 and it'll be my first official marathon of any length. I'm a Disney addict (been 16 times). I figured if anything can motivate me to run it would be Disney. I live with my partner (and Disney virgin) and a demon of a cat.

piglet24, aka Regina- I grew up in Idaho and married my “birthday buddy”, Kyle, in 2006. I started running to help manage some stress about a year and a half ago, and have continued because I enjoy it. Of course, I love Disney and am always happy to have another reason to go!

DisneyGerry, aka Gerry - Lives in Celebration, FL, transplant from MD after numerous vacations to visit central FLA. Trying to kick up my race schedule this year starting with the Disney Half in January. Play and work in the theme park corridor

bunnyfoo, aka Vicky - My name is Vicky and I live in Toronto, Canada. I started running back in 2008 so I could lose weight become more active. I wasn't into low carb diets but it seemed like a lot of runners had great abs AND they ate carbs. I thought "Hey I can do that!" I started as an indoor treadmill runner and eventually worked my way outside and signed up for my first race - the Minnie 15K. As they say, the rest is history! I have had my share of bumps, bruises and sprains but have had a lot of fun along the way and have met a lot of great people including everyone on Hakuna Matada! Three years later, running, working out and healthy eating have all become a part of my lifestyle. My other interests are movies, reading, road trips and baking!

rubato, aka Tandy - Hi. My name is Tandy and I’m the mother of a fabulous 12 year old preteen son. I’ve been married to Frank (a non runner) for 18 years. I’m a full time student, going back to school to become a nurse. I have always run for fitness, but it wasn’t until my impending
40th birthday that I decided to become a distance runner. I love the miles and can’t wait to run my first ultra-marathon someday.

RunRookie, aka Rick - My name is Rick and I live in Crystal Lake, IL. I am married with three children (one 13yr old still at home). I am a new runner, having started in April 2011. My initial goals were to lose 160 pounds, improve my overall fitness, and to live a healthier lifestyle. Since then, I have run 15 races and lost 110 pounds! I am a big fan of Star Trek, Star Wars, Sci-Fi in general, Disney, photography, music, movies, and technology/gadgets. And I keep a fitness blog at rickpeete.squarespace.com.

RadioFanatic, aka KimberlyI'm 39 mama of an almost 4 year old boy, will be 40 by the race; and was goaded into doing this past 1/2 by friends who knew I could do it although I hadn't run a minute in my life. I started training on May 1, 2011 by doing couch to 5k and the first day was miserable where even running that minute made me want to die. Since then, I've lost 70 pounds, ran the whole 1/2 and am looking forward to my new goal. I'm planning on doing a 1/2 in april and in september, my first full in october here locally and some other 10k and 15k runs in between and my second and most exciting full on the 20th anniversary at disney!

KippWade, aka Kipp - I currently live in Indianapolis, Indiana. My doctors visit in January of 2011 had me at my heaviest weight ever, 282 pounds. It was at this point that I told myself this has to stop. Before moving to Indianapolis in September 2010, I worked with a guy that ran. He told me a lot about it and I had mentioned that I'd had some Disney friends say that we should try a run at Disney World. He convinced me that even I could do it. It took me until March of 2011 to finally start in with the C25K plan. I registered for the 2012 WDW 1/2 in April and committed myself to running. I progressed to Bridge to 10K and then Novice 1/2 Marathon Training by Hal Higdon. Since that doctors visit, I've managed to loose 40 pounds of the 100 I want to loose.

tink06, aka - Stacey - I'm from NY (originally Jersey, but moved to NY with hubby) and have one cool DD who will be 10 in August. I started my weightloss journey back in Dec '04, was doing great, and then started the C25K in '06. I then found Disney Races, and signed up for the Marathon in '08 (I think?) I got to mile 18 and was cut off. Then I did the Minnie 15k, and got my bling. Followed by the Half in '09, and the Princess. Completed the SpaceCoast half later that same year (time was awful, but it was done) and attempted the full in '10. Really undertrained, bad weather, and screaming hip pain - got just past the halfway point and found myself once again on the bus! So... made myself a promise that for the 20th anniversary, I would make the 3rd time a charm and get that Mickey Medal once and for all! So I'm on a mission to shed some unwanted pounds, and get back into shape, so that I can start Marathon training come August! I will succeed this time, and appreciate the kick in the pants and encouragement for you all!

EMHDad, aka Tom - I am Tom, 32yo. My birthday is 2/24/80. I have been married 9 years, 2 kids (ds6, ds3). I live in northwestern IL (a town of 500ppl). I am a Pastor. I used to run in high school and college, but got out of the habit since. I have been running off and on over the past 2 years, but have been sidetracked by back issues, a move, and the winter cold. I have started back up recently. I am registered for a 10k Mud Run (35 obstacles) on 9/29/12. If that goes well, I am signing up for a half marathon(my first) on 11/03/12. I am confident I can do so, because I am already on a half marathon training schedule that the 10k fits into. During all of my previous training I never committed to a race (even a 5k). This time, I have put my money where my mouth is on the 10k mud run, and I have a partner entered in the run as well. That is very strong motivation!


Hakuna Matata Team Birthday Calendar

January:
12 - Gerry

February:
24 - Tom
25 - Kim (45)

March:
6 - Ryan & Honorary Member, Nikki’s 4th Anniversary (2007)
9 - Mike (42)
19 - Honorary Member, Nikki’s (26)

April:
5 - Robbie
6 - Tandy (42)
25 - Jennifer (22)

May:
8 - Robert (46)
10 - Kipp (44)

June:
11 -Denise

July:
12 - Scott & Lynn's 31st Anniversary
24 - Regina & DH, Kyle-Shared Birth Date!
27 - Jon (Connie's DH)

August:
5 - Kim & DH, Mike's Anniversary
9 - Rick (52)

September:
5 - Saylan's (26)
5 - Taryn's (35)
10 - Liz
18 - Tandy & Frank's 18th Anniversary
20 - Mike & Liz 2nd Anniversary

October:
4 - Jack’s (52)
6 - Vicky
7 - Dave’s (60)
23 - Kimberly
28 - Scott

November:
7 - Elizabeth (41)
10 - Mary (54)
12 - Hope

December:
1 - Kiristie
1 - Lynn (60)
20 - Emily
31 - Eva (32)
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Hakuna Matata Team 2012 Race Calendar

November
3 - Indianapolis Monumental Half Marathon, IN - Rick, Kipp
3 - Galena Lead Rush Half Marathon, Galena, IL - Tom
24 - Turkey Trot Half Marathon, Schaumburg, IL - Rick


December
16 - Santa Hustle Half Marathon, Indianapolis IN - Rick


2013 and beyond

WDW 2013
5K - Rick (hopefully with my wife and son)
Donald - Elizabeth
Mickey - Dave, Kimberly
Goofy - Rick, Robbie, Saylan (first-time Goofy'ers ), Kim, Sue, Vicky, Regina & DH
(5K + 1/2) - Kipp

January:

February:
3 - Surf City Marathon, Huntington Beach CA - Rick

March:
3 - Little Rock Marathon, Little Rock, AR - Rick

April:

May:
25 - Soldier Field 10 Miler - Rick

June:

July:

August:
31 - Disneyland 5K - Rick

September:
1 - Disneyland Half Marathon - Rick
15: Fox Valley Half Marathon - Rick






2012 WDW Marathon Weekend
5K: Mike (882), Rick (1820)
Donald: Kim, Emily (39974) & Patrick, Elizabeth (39312), Rick (36,593), Saylan
Mickey: -
Goofy: Eva, Vicky (22,542), Regina & DH, Dave (27,362) (lots of first time Goofy-ers )
Relay:Kim & DH

January
21 - Chicago Polar Dash half marathon, Chicago, IL - Rick

February
26 - Disney's Princess Half Marathon - Elizabeth

March
17 - Runnin of the Green Island 4 Mile, Green Island, NY - Kimberly
24 - Penguin in the Park, 5K, Decatur, IL - Rick & DS
31 - Cooper River Bridge Run, Charleston, SC 10k - Elizabeth

April
7 - Source for Sports Bunny Hop 10K, Charlottetown, PEI - Robbie
7 - Santa Anita Derby 5K - Emily
14 - Cary Road Race, 10k - Elizabeth
15 - Run Thru the Hills 10K, Lake in the Hills, IL - Rick
21 - Wear Red Road Race - Robbie
27 - Illinois iChallenge 5K - Rick
28 - Illinois iChallenge Half Marathon - Rick
29 - Rochester Flower City 1/2 Marathon, Rochester, NY - Kimberley

May
6 - Goodlife Fitness Half Marathon, Toronto, ON - Saylan, Vicky
13 - Sporting Life 10K, Toronto, ON - Kim, Vicky
20 - Rock-n-Roll Portland 1/2 Marathon, Portland OR - Regina & DH
20 - Myrtle Beach Diva Half, Myrtle Beach, SC - Elizabeth
20 - Blue Nose Half Marathon, Halifax, NS - Robbie
20 - Cohoes Founder's Day Inaugural 15K race - Kimberley
26 - Fleet Feet Sports Soldier Field, 10 Miler, Chicago, IL - Rick

June
2-3 - AVON Walk for Breast Cancer, Chicago, IL (39.3 miles-marathon plus half marathon), Rick
2 - Red Island Relay - Robbie
3 - Inaugural Niagara Falls Women's Half Marathon, Niagara Falls, ON - Saylan
10 - North Shore Half Marathon, Chicago, IL - Rick
23 - Toronto Pearson Runway Run 5K, Toronto ON - Vicky

July
8 - 15K Boilmaker, Utica, NY - Kimberley
8 - ECW Triennial 5K, Indianapolis, IN - Rick
22 - Rock-n-Roll Chicago Half Marathon, Chicago, IL - Rick
28 - Run with Heart 5k - Elizabeth

August
12 - RoadKill 5000, Johnsburg, IL - Rick
18 - A Midsummer Night's Run - 30K, Toronto, ON - Vicky, Saylan

September
1 - Disneyland Family 5k - Lynn & Scott
2 - Disneyland Half Marathon - Vicky, Emily, Regina & DH
9 - Chicago Half Marathon, Rick
16 - Fox Valley Fall Final 20 Miler, St. Charles, IL - Rick
16 - The Saratoga Palio Half Marathon, Saratoga Springs, NY - Kimberley
29 - Tower of Terror 10 Miler - Elizabeth, Mary & DH
29 - Gladiator Assault Challenge, Lake Geneva, WI - Tom

October
7 - Chicago Marathon, Chicago, IL - Rick (his first marathon!! )
7 - Mohawk Hudson Marathon - Kimberley (her first marathon!! )
14 - PEI Marathon - Robbie (his first marathon!! )
20-21 - Myrtle Beach Mini Marathon and 5K, Myrtle Beach, SC - Elizabeth
28 - Marine Corps Marathon, Washington, DC - Vicky





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What are your Favorite Shopping Sites for Run/
Walk/Training Clothes, shoes, supplies, etc


WISH shirts, caps and visors are ordered on the Main Thread
RaceReady Coolmax WISH Shirt Orders 2010
chimera aka Mel

Bright Shirts/sweatshirts
wtpclc aka Carrie

2010 Headsweats Hat/Visor order
Disnfan21 aka Tracy


http://www.amazon.com/Altus-Athletic.../dp/B001FB5ZEY
the foam roller (your body rolls over it)
available Target, WalMart, Amazon

The Stick you hold and roll over the hurting muscles.

www.runningwarehouse.com (Discount Code: WISHRACED)
Favorite of Lynn

http://www.RoadID.com/
(Important Road ID Tags)
Favorite of Connie, Margie


amazon.com

www.onehanesplace.com

www.danskins.com

http://secure.thestretchinghandbook.com/

www.runningskirts.com
(very nice but expensive)

SkirtGoddess.com
Favorite of Lynn's

www.gearandtraining.com

www.runningfunky.com

cafepress.com
(WISH buttons)

http://www.onemoremile.net
(a Favorite of Beth's)

http://www.sierratradingpost.com
(Favorites of Lynn, Nikki's)

SkirtSports.com
(Favorite Nikki's)

http://www.lululemon.com
Favorite of Lynn, Vicky




Training links:

General:
Pace Calculator - Calculates your pace based on your race distance and time or vice versa (Vicky)
http://www.coolrunning.com/engine/4/4_1/96.shtml

Running Calculator - Predict future race finish times based on a current race (Vicky)
http://www.mcmillanrunning.com/mcmil...calculator.htm

Treadmill pace conversion - Converts your speed on the treadmill to running pace (Vicky)
http://www.hillrunner.com/training/tmillchart.php

Racewalking:
http://www.racewalk.com/HowTo/Introduction.asp (Dave)

Running:
Hal Higdon's traning plans: (Vicky)

Full Marathon
http://www.halhigdon.com/marathon/Mar00index.htm

Half Marathon
http://www.halhigdon.com/halfmarathon/index.htm
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Hakuna Matata Blog Roll

Dave (aka windwalker) http://pandaendurance.blogspot.com/
Kipp (aka KippWade) http://kippwade.blogspot.com
Rick (aka RunRookie) http://www.runs2live.com and http://rickpeete.blogspot.com/
Robbie (aka LuzzBightyear) http://myfitquest.blogspot.com/
Saylan http://rapunzelsadventures.wordpress.com/
Vicky (aka bunnyfoo) http://menubyvicky.com
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Team Meets

January 2013

Friday Jan 11 @10:30AM - Kona Cafe (Breakfast):
Vicky - 2 (Vicky, Susan)
Rick - 3 (Christi, Ryan, Rick)
Kim - 2 (Kim & DH)
Kipp - 1
Dave - 2 (Dave & Sally)
Robbie - 2 (Robbie & BIL)
Regina - 2 (Regina & Kyle)

Sun Jan 13 @5:00PM - Whispering Canyon Cafe (Dinner):
Vicky - 1
Rick - 3 (Christi, Ryan, Rick)
Kim - 2 (Kim & DH)
Kipp - 1
Dave - 2 (Dave & Sally)
Kimberly - 3 (Kimberly, DH & DS)
Stacey - 3 (Stacey, DH & DD)
Regina - 2 (Regina & Kyle)
Robbie - 2 (Robbie & BIL)
Elizabeth - 2 (Elizabeth + 1)
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Weekend Racers

Good luck to Rick, Kipp and Tom this weekend! Hope you guys have great races

November

3 - Indianapolis Monumental Half Marathon, IN - Rick, Kipp
3 - Galena Lead Rush Half Marathon, Galena, IL - Tom
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Good Afternoon Team!

Good luck to all the weekend racers!

We have not been doing much in the way of exercise other than riding bikes to the mailbox twice a day, and I have been running up and downstairs with the unpacking, doing laundry, then packing again for the next trip!

Pixie Dust to all who are in need!

Have a great weekend team!
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Friday - I met up with Rick at the Monumental Marathon Expo at the Indianapolis Convention Center around 2pm. He was listening to Dane Rauschenberg when I arrived. After hearing the last of his talk really made me wish I had made it in earlier.

Rick and I then wandered around the sparse exhibitors at the expo... we're thinking the major exhibitors may have been tied up at some place called New York. I did not have a cap or hat that would protect my ears, so the only purchase I made was for a knit cap. The one I got was only because it said "In Training for the Zombie Apocalypse"

We decided to think about what we were going to have to eat. We both took a look at the smartphones. We finally wound up at Noodles and Co. It was my first time at one of these and I wound up with a "regular" Spaghetti and meatballs. I was amazed that what I got was "regualr", I cannot imagine eating the large portion! It was good and I'd probably eat there again in the future.

After spending a couple of hours there chatting along, we finally headed to my place on the southeast side.

We spent some time getting our stuff ready for in the morning and reading about the NYC Marathon debacle.

Saturday We were up and getting ready around 5:30 and the weather report was looking even more disappointing that it did the night before. The rain was moving in quicker than they predicted, it looked like we may be getting wet towards the end of the race.

We were downtown in plenty of time. Rick met up with some of the Half Fanatic/Marathon Maniacs that were in for the race and I was able to meet some of them. I helped a bit with some group photos.

Then Rick and I got into line for the port-a-pottys. This was a disappointment. In my opinion, they did not have enough of them. Of course, later, we see that if we had gotten to the corral area, there were more down the street. It took us a while to get that business finished.

It was then getting very close to the start time. The announcement system was not working very well at all. There were also no signs letting people know where to walk to get into the corral. We just followed a group into the area and then tried to salmon run through the people to get back to where we were supposed to be. We then see that there were a few entrances to the corral area and we could have walked the much less crowded sidewalk to the area we were to be in.

Since the PA system wasn't working well at all, we just see the group of people surge forward a bit and then it began a steady movement forward. After experiencing a Disney race... timed wave starts are a much better approach!

We crossed the start line timing mats and we were off! I had estimated that I would be able to keep up with a 4/1 method and it held true for the most part at the beginning. One problem I encounterd very quickly was that the cold air was very irritating to me. It would be just around the 4 minute mark when I'd start coughing and loosing my breath. We were keeping a very good pace for the first several miles.

Since the longest run I had done since my break was 4 miles, after we passed the 4 mile mark I was starting to feel it. Going into the miles after that, we picked up a police cruiser behind us that was telling everyone with us that we were 2 minutes off the pace! What!!!??? Rick and I both checked our watches and we were still in good range of the minimum pace!

We continued on, attempting to put some distance between us and the cruiser, but I was REALLY beginning to feel the miles at this point. It would also be around the 6-7 mile point that we first were pelted with our first bout of sleet. Rick then noticed the signs they had posted about the race course... they had put in a time that the roads were to be closed was from 8 till 10:30! They hadn't taken into consideration that the back of the packers wouldn't start across the start line until at least 10 minutes after the "start" and that the minimum pace requirements would put those people in that area AFTER the 10:30 time...

I was then just focused on getting to the 10 mile mark. I knew at that point, I'd not be in any risk of getting swept, as at that point is when the full marathon course joined back up with the half and our pace wouldn't matter. I knew if I got to 10, I'd at least be able to finish!

Between 8 and 10 miles Rick was offering up a lot of encouragement. My legs were fading fast and I was quickly running out of energy.

We made it to 10 miles much to my relief! It was also at this point that I hit the wall. Then the wall fell on me. We had to stop several times for me to try and stretch my calves out some, I could feel the cold seep up my legs and my calves were tightening up very badly.

Rick was laying the encouragement on constantly from that point on for me. It helped keep me going. If it hadn't been for him I'd have given up if I had been solo. The full marathoners that were passing us up were also offering up encouragement. I just knew that I just had to keep moving.

As we passed the parking garage that we parked at, I knew we were then VERY close to the finish line. There were a lot more spectators at this point and they were cheering everyone one in the dreary weather we were having at that point (it had begun to sleet on us once again). We made the final turn and Rick ran ahead so he could video me coming across the finish mats. I mustered up as much as I could to at least try and jog across the finish line. At this point, I'm not really sure that I did or not... I just know that I was ready to drop once I crossed that line.

We got our medals, a mylar and Rick got us waters. I picked up an apple and a cookie. I started in on the apple and it tasted like it was the best apple EVER!

Rick quickly saw that they were giving free massages and asked if I thought I'd do that. It was only a 20 minute wait and I said sure. We found a spot out of the rain/sleet and sat down to wait. I managed to get the cookie out of the wrapper and I also started in on the water. I had finished both and then made calls to Mom and then my Dad to let them know we had finished and that everything was okay. Very cold, but okay.

It was then time for me to hobble over to the massage tent. The gal asked me where it hurt and I told her my calves needed help. She knew at first touch how bad of shape I was in, because all she did was touch my left calf and I flinched. She worked for 5 minutes on each leg. I was beginning to relax. I may or may not have asked her to marry me in my delirium. Once my 10 minutes were up, she TOLD me to make sure I did calf stretches throughout the rest of the day and evening.

I exited the tent and made it over to where Rick was waiting and then the cold hit me. I was FREEZING all of the sudden. To the point that I was shivering and shaking. Rick made it back over in the rain to the mylar blanket area and picked up another one for me so we could wrap it over my lower half.

We then started thinking about going to the convention center to get warm and get some food. I was thinking it was either walk a couple blocks to the convention center or walk a couple blocks the other way back to the car.

We decided on the car and head back to my place to get some warm showers and cleaned up to go out to eat.

It ended up taking a lot longer to get back home, because I wasn't thinking very clearly and could only think that we had to cross the marathon route to get back. If I would have realize sooner that we could have gone the other way and picked up the interstate back to my place we would have been back in a very short time. Oh well. We made it back and got cleaned up. We donned our race shirts and went out to one of my Indy hometown favorites, Scotty's Brewhouse. They've opened up a new one on the southeast side near where I live and we headed there for Lunch/Dinner... (Linner?)

My eyes were definitely bigger than my stomach. I got a southwest burger, potato wedges and some mac & cheese. I finished all of the burger, but left some wedges and mac & cheese. We chatted for a bit more and then took off from there. We were very near the interstate for Rick to head back up to the Chicagoland area, so we parted there. Rick will be visiting me again in December for another race, but I'll be cheering, not a participant in that race.

I decided that I felt good enough after eating that huge meal that I'd go out and see Wreck-it Ralph. I pulled up Fandango on my phone and purchased my ticket. I LOVED the short before the movie, Paperman. The movie was pretty good too.

That pretty much wrapped up Saturday for me!
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Great race report Kipp, so glad you had Rick there to help you to the finish line but you know it was you that had to put one foot infront of the other and get yourself across the finish line. Congrats to you both!!!!
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Good Morning Team!

Kipp - Great race report!

Kim - Hi!

AFM - Getting ready to head out again! We will be spending all day tomorrow being Election Judges (6am to 8pm), then driving to Denver and flying out Wed. Will be on a cruise so out of contact for a bit. Have a good week all!

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Happy Monday, everyone

Kipp: Whoohoo! This was your first half, right? Fantastic job!

Rick: Way to go on the coaching! I still remember fondly the encouraging texts that you sent me last year during my Princess half when I was running with an injury.

Lynn: Where is the cruise headed? Do you use the gym while on the ship?

AFM: No races other than a fun run later this month. Still running to prepare for the marathon even though I switched to the half. I hope the extra distance training will mean a PR for me in January.
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Update:

Did 10 miles over the weekend. This could be a new norm cause i can't do 15 miles without hurting myself.

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Kipp: Whoohoo! This was your first half, right? Fantastic job!
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My first event of ANY kind was this year at the WDW Half. This was my 2nd, and it is now moved my PR from 3:48 to 3:37.

IF I could have kept the pace we started out with Saturday, we probably would have SHATTERED my previous PR.

As Rick told me, coming off of an injury AND being under trained AND still beating my previous time was quite the accomplishment. As long as I keep healthy and on track with my training schedule for January, I'm hoping to be able to actually shatter the time just set this past weekend

Today I'm moving around well, sometimes a little stiff when I get up from sitting for a while. Calves are still sore and some soreness today in the glutes and hamstrings, but nothing that some mild stretching today hasn't taken care of.

I'm now looking at the $$ situation and contemplating signing up for the Indy 500 Mini Marathon. I know I have to make my mind up VERY soon, as it usually sells out before end of the year. It's at the beginning of May and for running it you get a free ticket to go to one of the practice/qualifying days which I attended this year and found to be quite fun to see.
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I don't think I could describe the Indianapolis Monumental Half Marathon any better than Kipp's race report, but here is my own report on that experience.
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