Nemesis Challenge: No Pain, No Gain. A ½ Marathon 2013 NEW Updates 2/20 NEW

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  1. that's nice

    that's nice DIS Dad #330

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    Barry does though. ;)

    You are right. Thinking back there was no better place.

    Not when someone keeps posting pictures of them.

    Paul was running the full... he is on Team Tim. Or so I thought. Maybe he defected to the dark side. :confused3

    True. I should of just said Randall was just being himself.

    It was nice and lonely at the same time- if that makes any sense. We missed having them with us in WDW.

    They always say 'Keep your enemies closer' ;)

    Yea, weird dinner conversation. :mic:

    I'm scared too... :scared1:

    Pizza is an A... what we had was a C

    Well, hopefully I'll get to that post soon. :surfweb:

    Thanks.




    OF course you did... it's like your second home under there.





    I thought they mixed up where they put the statues... who knows. I'll just call them the hotels on property that aren't Disney hotels that have those ugly statues on them.

    What is music to some is racket to others.

    Just so you know... it usually isn't good.

    I'll take notes from Paul how to avoid the shiv.

    Have you ever yelled that out in a crowd? :confused3

    Of course she was... just about as much fun when she bought tickets for me and her to goto a beerfest at the casino. :rotfl2::rotfl2: :rotfl2:

    :rotfl:

    $3? That wasn't a big bowl of pasta... 1/2lb at most. More like $.50- feel better now?

    I guess. :confused3
     
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  3. that's nice

    that's nice DIS Dad #330

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    :welcome: Thanks for reading!

    It's ok... no one will make fun of you here. (Me? That's another story)

    It is know across the DISboards that I've been known to tear up a bit at Wishes. It is my favorite show in WDW. :goodvibes



    You mean that wasn't fun we were having? :confused3 :lmao::lmao:

    Guess I need to go watch that.




    Of course I was gonna stop. Wish I could of taken more part of the 'festivities' :drinking1

    ...and choking them to death. :scared:

    That's right! We stick together!

    I think Paul was trying to give me another excuse in case I couldn't run. :rotfl2:

    True... but I wanted to intimidate Barry by staring him down.

    Loved the room and the resort. Thanks again for all your help on that. :worship:
     
  4. DrMomof3

    DrMomof3 DIS Veteran

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    You were up late!!! I tried to go to bed early before the half but couldn't sleep anyway.

    Amanda
     
  5. livsmom04

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    Thank you. We were supposed to go for our first walk yesterday but I looked at my hubby and told him I'm not freezing but butt off in this weather. Lots of ice out there right now. But we both want to be able to run when ER leave for our trio in June so we have just about 5 months to do it. Lol.
     
  6. Poolrat

    Poolrat I am alive, sometimes I wonder too.

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    OOOOHHHH I need one of those.....

    Tried is right- lay there panicing about oversleeping and passing out midway and welll everything else. :rotfl:

    Yeah Maybe this weekend it might get nice enough. Hopefully I can get back out there I really need to .
     
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    that's nice DIS Dad #330

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    I was trying to get to bed early but that just didn't happen. :rotfl2:



    They only cost about $600. :rotfl2:
     
  8. Poolrat

    Poolrat I am alive, sometimes I wonder too.

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    :rotfl2::rotfl2: + 12.95 :rotfl2:
     
  9. lindsey

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    subbing... can't wait to read more of your trip.
    We arrived on Thursday, went to WWoS for my packet for 5k (not ready for 1/2 yet), and the crowd was light.

    We went back Friday with my DIL, DS, and grand kids to pick up DIL packet for 1/2 and kids for Saturday races. It was very crowded. It took a long time when we left in the Disney bus to get back to POP.

    Then we went back Saturday for the kids' races. Less people, except for the kids races.
     
  10. that's nice

    that's nice DIS Dad #330

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    :rotfl::rotfl: :rotfl::rotfl:

    :welcome: Congratulations on the 5K! I ran the Jingle Jungle in Nov. It was a fun race too!

    Friday was just insane at the Expo. Leaving the Expo was tough too. We left when all the kids races finished. I think it took us 15 minutes just to get from the bus loading area to the stoplight at the end of the WWoS road.
     
  11. cj9200

    cj9200 DIS Dad #412

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    What a motley looking group. Although the guy with the beard looks like he could drink all of you under the table.

    Notice that Randall could take you all by himself but it took a pack to take him down.

    It was minestrone. It was OK, not great. The mozzarella was good quality but no balsamic on the salad. Crash liked her lasagna but the portion was small. Expectations were high and they didn't meet them but overall it was a good meal.

    As to our conversation, she isn't scarred for life. I threatened worse things to the kid that dared asked her to the prom last year.

    Now that is a good looking group. It was great meeting up with you guys. Fun dinner. And I am sure I can speak for everyone that met Melody and Bambi that both of you married way out of your league.
     
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    that's nice DIS Dad #330

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    I'm not to sure about that. I think Paul, Carl, & Scott were doing quite fine. :rotfl2: :rolleyes1:rolleyes1

    This was a payback beating.. popcorn::

    It was ok... I mean it wasn't like we didn't eat our meal or anything. I think the company was better. :thumbsup2

    :rotfl2::rotfl2:

    Guess it is a good thing I didn't ask her to dance then. :banana:

    :lmao::lmao:


    It was great meeting you too CJ. Melody did marry out of her league but I don't mind. :lmao:
     
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    that's nice DIS Dad #330

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    It was 3:05am and Melody was shaking me telling me I had to get up. I hopped up and was wondering why the alarm on my cell phone didn't go off. I went over and picked it up and saw it was only 2:50am. The clock in the room was 15 minutes fast. Whew!

    I had all my clothes laid out and it didn't take me long to get out of the room to meet Barry at 3:10. Didn't I tell you his room was in a building right across from ours? I'm not sure if this was planned (it wasn't on my part) but it worked out good. I opened the door and noticed right away how warm and humid it was. When I walked down the stairs, he was already out there.. I guess he was anxious. We walked over to the bus stop and took the shuttle to the Hospitality House. There were about 10 people waiting for the shuttle to Epcot. Barry texted Chris (another DISDad who was running) and he was just getting out of his room.. as this was going on a bus pulled up. We opted to wait for the next bus so we could ride over with Chris. As we were waiting more and more people were walking over waiting for the shuttle to Epcot. Chris arrived right at 3:30 with his cousin, and we were just chatting waiting. And waiting. And waiting. When the bus finally showed up there had to be at least 200 people in line, if you could call it that, waiting for a bus.

    Finally, a bus showed up and it didn't look like we were going to make it. Luckily, a second bus pulled up and we were the first ones on. As the bus pulled out of OKW, we realized that the starting corrals were right behind where our building were. We could of just walked from our buildings, across the road, and been at the starting line. Disney, discourages people walking to the starting line, but if (when) we run next year, we are walking!

    A normal 7 minute ride to Epcot took close to 20 minutes due to the road closings. We did have a good bus driver who knew how to drive.. AKA taking a few shortcuts and cutting people off. There was so much traffic. I would suggest to anyone planning on driving to any marathon, to leave early. We were dropped off in the Epcot parking lot and began our walk to the staging area. We had a meet planned before walking through the bag check with some other Dads who were running. There were so many people and it was already after 4am, that we decided to keep moving. We dropped off our bags at the baggage check and started walking with the sea of humanity, towards the starting line. I don't have the exact time we started walking but it was about 4:30am.

    The walk was slow. I mean slow. There were thousands of people trying to walk on narrow service roads towards the start. In some places there were 30-40 port-o-pottys lines up with lines 10 people deep waiting to get in them. There were guys, and girls, doing their 'business' in the brush on the sides of the road. It was insanity. I've never seen anything like it. The walk was painfully slow.

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    Don't we look excited?

    We were getting closer to the corrals and it was suggested that we use the bathroom. We only had to wait for 4 or so people to get to the bathroom. While waiting in line, word was spreading that none of the bathrooms had toilet paper. Good thing I was just going '#1'. I felt bad for all the ladies but what cha gonna do?

    We finally got to the main road where the corrals were. A, B, & C to the left and D, E, F, G to the right. Naturally, we went to the left and came up to our corral. Our bibs were checked to make sure we were in the right place. Once in the corral, I realized why they call it a corral. You do feel like a herd of cattle. There was no room to stretch or breathe. We had got there just in time. Time was 5:30 and they were singing the national anthem. It literally took us 1 hour to walk from the bag drop off to the corral. INSANE!

    There were huge TVs to see the talking from the starting line. They started counting down the first wave.. the wheelchair athletes. 3, 2, 1 BOOM! Fireworks started shooting off! It was awesome! Each corral was slated to start in 10 minute intervals. Corral A was lined up and ready to go. They counted it down again... 3, 2, 1.... BOOM!!!

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    There were fireworks going off in front of us and behind us too. The anticipation was building and I was sweating. I was nervous, anxious, excited, scared all rolled together. Our corral started moving forward towards the starting line. It was almost our time.... 3, 2, 1 BOOOMM!!! More fireworks! Barry and I walked toward the starting line.

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    I'm pretty sure we wished each other good luck, set our music, and started running.......


    Up next... the run
     
  14. afwdwfan

    afwdwfan DIS Dad #460

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    Ok, having read this, I just have one question... What the beverly was Melody doing up at 3:05 am?????? :eek:

    Moral of the story... take the first bus! :rotfl:

    Was he trained on the streets of NYC? :lmao:

    How excited can you be to be awake at 4:30 am and getting ready to run 13 miles? :confused3

    Won't there be any trees or bushes along the race route?

    Wait a minute... wished each other luck????? :confused3
     
  15. Captain_Oblivious

    Captain_Oblivious DIS Dad #257

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    Welcome to the world of runners...only in this place will you hear something to the effect of, "I was really glad it was 2:50 a.m." :rotfl2:

    Sounds like suspicious nemesis activity to me.

    :faint:

    I wonder if they have measures in place to stop you? :confused3

    Maybe he was from NJ originally. That's the only place I know where cutting off is encouraged. :rotfl:

    Disney World is so magical! :thumbsup2

    :lmao: As excited as anyone would be at that time of the morning!

    :eek:

    Cool!
     
  16. Captain_Oblivious

    Captain_Oblivious DIS Dad #257

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    Or castle walls? :confused3
     
  17. FreezinRafiki

    FreezinRafiki Cold enough for ya?

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    It was the last fast thing we'd see that day!

    Funny how things work out...:rolleyes1

    Yup. Standing outside you room, holding a boom box above my head.

    That was insane. I've never seen that many buses letting that many people out in one place.


    Crazy. All the instructions Disney gives you says the walk is 20 minutes. Before we got there, my thinking was "sure, we'll make it in 10." I really did take almost an hour!

    Game Face. No time for smiling.

    They could at least make the race bibs softer and more absorbent. :confused3


    We were barely in it, too. After us, pretty much everyone else wanting to join B was spilling out along the side of the road next to the entrance. :scared1:

    Dude, we were running a race, not getting married! :rotfl::lmao::rotfl2:


    Yeahhhhh...."luck"....that's what we wished for. :rotfl:

    Gators.

    Actually, he was. :rotfl2: I overheard him talking to a guy that just squeezed on to the bus and was sitting on the step right next to the driver.
     
  18. jmwest

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    Thus far lots of similarities to my morning as I recall. Only difference is I was mostly alone and didn't meet up with my sisters until I got to corral C. Nobody checked my bib to see if I belonged there.
     
  19. DrMomof3

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    It took me well over an hour to walk to my starting corral! I actually missed the start of corral C and ended up starting in D for the half. Craziness!

    Amanda
     
  20. DancinDaisyDuck

    DancinDaisyDuck Nothing left for me to do but dance

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    I'm in! I plan to run the half in 2014 so I really like all the details you're including about the experience. I have no idea what to expect and this really helps!
     
  21. Goofy + 3

    Goofy + 3 <font color=red>DDC 400<br><font color=purple>Reme

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    So you got the late bus because of Chris? That guy sounds like a jerk.
     

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