Tinker Bell ½ Marathon Weekend ~ 2014 Check-in!

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  1. jessicaerv

    jessicaerv Mouseketeer

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    Wonder if we can get a bunch of kids together and book a couple babysitters. Might be cost efficient...

    Anyone want to explore this option with me?
     
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  3. longhorns2

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    Listen to Jessica! Anyone CAN do this! it just takes dedication and training. Start now- you will be well on your way by the time registration rolls around! :thumbsup2

    Side note Jessica- I also ended up -18 lbs though I was shooting for 20... for the same reason you mentioned. helllloooo food issues! But I was happy with that progress since I had been stalled for a while before I started training! Next year, I'll be AT LEAST 30lbs lighter at Tink. Watch out yall!

    Great idea- but I'm out. I'm rollin' solo dudes! :thumbsup2 Well, I say that, but I might be convinced to take my DD with me if my sister comes down with hers. Then she can watch them while I do the half- we will all do the 5K together. I'd love to get my DD excited about running!
     
  4. DharmaLou

    DharmaLou Once a Princess, Always a Princess

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    Thanks :)

    I'll be honest - with asthma and other issues I've never ran more than a mile (or a little over a mile) in my life. Even when I was 100lbs lighter. Part of it was mental, some was physical. Ultimately, I'd LOVE to do the 1/2. I'm not going to say no for 2014, but if I'm unable to, I really want to complete a goal of running an entire 5K.

    But I won't say never!
     
  5. kim3339

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    I know it's crazy! I guess it's just sticker shock b/c I'm used to DL prices and I did AS Sports at WDW. But it's like they hear marathon weekend and just gauge you, and what's worse is you have to pretty much lock up a room now, b/c tomorrow the price could go up.

    I 3rd what Jessica and Patty say. You can totally do these races.

    But if you do the 5k and not the 1/2, it's still better than not doing anything! :goodvibes And for what it's worth, the Never Land 5k is my fave out of the Disney 5k's. I've done most of the DL 5k's in Sept and did the Princess/Royal 5k in WDW, but the Never Land one is the best. You're either in the park or backstage the entire course, and when you go from DL to DCA, you are still backstage going under the walkway from Harbor to the parks. The mile markers are totally themed out and there are tons of pirates and characters out! So, so, so much fun. And, if they keep the time like they did this year, it's dark out which adds a fun ambiance to it w/ everything "night" lit. It's perfect when you get to the end of the race/finish line and walking out of the park. The sun is just starting to rise and it hits the parks in a really pretty and neat way you usually don't get to see.
     
  6. kim3339

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    Thanks for the info on Stovall's. That's funny you had drunk guys at your door, I had the same thing in WDW my last night too! I stayed at Stovall's just once, but it was 5 or 6 years ago and don't remember it well. I just know that it's close. I'll probably book it when reservations come out as a just in case, but really want to do PPH. It's right there and it's the cheapest of the 3 on-sites. Plus I very rarely stay on-site so if it's not crazy priced, I'll probably splurge. My big debate is how many days to stay ~ I knew it was a 3day weekend, but I really was surprised at the lines on Sunday afternoon. It just seemed a lot more crowded during that weekend than Labor Day weekend. We'll see.
     
  7. longhorns2

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    Sunday in the parks: in.sane. I've never seen it that bad at DL or wdw. I was happy to be hiding out in club 33. Lol. But then again- who wouldn't?!?

    It was nothing like that on Monday though. Just Sunday.
     
  8. FlameGirl

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    Hello ladies (and gentlemen? Gentleman?)

    I'd like to say I'm totally in for the Tink next year, but I guess we'll have to see how the Disneyland 1/2 goes first. I do want that medal, though. :)
     
  9. kim3339

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    Oh my god! So lucky!!!! A girl in the office just read an online article to me about the club and I was saying how I'd love to go just for a day. (Especially after hearing the prices) I've been in the lobby on a tour, but would love to spend the day out on the verandas just people watching from up there. How was it?

    Good to know and keep in mind about Mon. being better than Sun.
     
  10. longhorns2

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    Best. Day. Ever!!!!!

    Really amazing and special. Can't thank our benefactor enough for the opportunity. Spent hours inside. Great view of tiana singing from the balcony too!

    I'll never forget how wonderful the CMs were to us as well.
     
  11. indygirl99

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    You can so do this. :cool1:

    I started running June 24 2012. I am a outofshape overweight 50 yr old bad asthmatic who just completed her first Tinker Bell.

    I did the Galloway and ran/walk/ran the race and finished in an upright position. I never saw the Balloon ladies or the sweepers and did not have one bit of trouble with my asthma during the race.

    I dropped 20 pounds and increased my lung function so much in the 7 months from the start of my training to race day and my doctors are smiling bigger than me at my accomplishment. I had Jeff Galloway as a online trainer and he worked out a program for me that took my asthma and lower level of fitness into consideration and because of him I DID IT. :worship:

    Start out just walking, walk to the end of the road, then walk to the next block, progress to that mile. Then add in a few jogging steps, then do the couch to 5k. Enter a few 5k races that are friendly to walkers. Complete one at a fast walk, then you will want to walk/run one. Then look out Tinker Bell.
     
  12. indygirl99

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    I am so in for next year. I already told them at work that I was doing Tinker Bell again next year even if I had to find another job. :lmao: It's on my weekend to work next year.

    And try hotel prices in Washington DC. Prices for the Nike WHM in April for hotels are $300-600 a night. Even getting something outside DC and riding the metro in is still in the almost $300 range. Of course not as bad as a friend that paid $1000 a night to be in DC for the presidentail inaugaration :scared1:

    Looks like someone will be working extra at her job to pay for the hotel since we are going to make a 2 week vacation out of the DC trip.
     
  13. kim3339

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    As I read your 1st line, I totally pictured Rapunzel screaming that as she swings around the tree! :rotfl2: Was there a time limit for the amount of time you spent up there or could you stay as long as you like?
     
  14. longhorns2

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    As long as we liked. At least no one told us we had to go.

    I used to say saddest ride at wdw is the magical express (bus) ride to airport

    There's something sadder at DL though.

    Taking the club 33 lift down! Lol

    I really didn't want to go.
     
  15. DharmaLou

    DharmaLou Once a Princess, Always a Princess

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    You are really making me feel better about this! Well, registration isn't for a while so I have time to get started and work on losing some weight as well. I turn 40 in April, so I think doing something like this (even if it's just running the 5K) would be great to add to my list of life experiences.

    Plus, DD (4) wants to go to see the fairies and already asked if Lord Milori & Queen Clarion (fairy royalty) will be there :cloud9:
     
  16. indygirl99

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    Another thing to remember is that you will be training at elevation but running at sea level so it will be easier to run disney.
     
  17. DharmaLou

    DharmaLou Once a Princess, Always a Princess

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    Oh yeah! I forgot about that. When my brother visits from Minnesota he always does CrossFit at the gym by our house and despite being in great shape he wants to keel over when he's done!

    So, I brought this up on Facebook and I have a short list of people who are interested in forming a team! A few are serious runners and the others are amateurs like me (well, I'm a novice). SO excited to have set this as a goal and for the support here on the DIS and IRL too! :love:
     
  18. kirstie101

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    For those of you who stayed at DLH or PPH this year, was noise from the race start an issue for non runners in your room or at the hotel that you know of?
     
  19. longhorns2

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    I think we woke up a smidge early because of the noise- but it really wasn't bad. I also heard some noise from the 5K though.

    It's not terrible- but we were out of the room of course before they started sending runners off. So NO idea how loud it was in the room at that point with cheers and send off.
     
  20. BlazerFan

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    I would like to keep going for Legacy too!
     
  21. Jeffreelancer

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    I am a head coach in a running/walking group and the primary group I coach are the walkers. I also coach runners that do 4 minutes walking and 1 minute running. everyone that completes the program in the running group are able to finich a half marathon in under 3:30. Many of the members are weight challenged, but our program builds up the miles slowly so your body is able to handle the mileage by the time you are doing the race.

    My suggestion would be to follow the Galloway training program for any of the Disney half marathons and start as soon as you can. Alter the program as you need to, but make sure you are steadily adding mileage even if it is only 1/2 mile each week. Set a 5k goal race far enough out so you have time to do sufficient training. After that do a 10k and if everything goes well you should try to do a half before the Timker Bell registration opens. Registration opens on July 9th so you have time to accomplish all of these. Make sure your first half has a very generous course limit (at least 4 hours). Some races even allow an early start for walkers or slower runners.

    If you do choose to register for Tink you should submit a finish time of 2:45 even though you probably will not be able to do that time. This will give you a better chance of being put into corral C or D which will give you a 10-20 minute buffer in front of the sweepers.

    Since you have asthma you should consult your doctor before starting a training program.
     

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