Sunday, August 31, 2014

Sunday's Half Marathon

One more early morning wake up, then it's time for ... well, we'll discuss that later.  Anyhow, once more today, Molly and I got up at 4am, got dressed, got out, met Katie (who had her own version of the Mexican hat dance yesterday), and headed out to get in our corrals.  Molly was in Corral H and Katie and I were in Corral I.  However, when the various corrals were started, somehow Katie and I ended up in Corral G.  I just don't know how.  Moving on...

Once we did start, Katie took off running (it's a half marathon, people - even saints would have trouble keeping at my tortoise-pace).  Later as I was wogging through the streets of California Adventure, Molly came running up behind me - around Mile 3 (if you want to do some math, figure out how fast she had to move in order to catch up with me who started probably 10 minutes prior to her - it's like one of those train math problems of which left when and when they're going to crash into each other).  Anyhow, she did seem a bit confused as to why I was ahead of her when my corral should have started after hers, but it was not the time to discuss such matters and she ran off ahead.  She caught up with Katie and they finished the race together.

We like blingage!!
Meanwhile in the slow section, we plodded on mile after mile.  I didn't see any injuries today, which was a good thing.  We plodded through the streets of Anaheim, past the Latin and Hawaiian dance crews, past the bands and cheerleaders, past all the car clubs who brought their cars to line up along the route, and through the California Angels Stadium, where hundreds of boy and girl scouts and their families were in the stands, cheering us on.  At some point Molly and Katie finished.  Eventually I found my way to the finish line and received my half marathon medal, my Dumbo Double Dare medal, and my Coast to Coast medal (for doing a Disney half marathon on each coast).  I then had to walk about another 78 miles to a race regulated crossing point to get to back to my hotel, just in time to take a quick shower, change clothes, and catch the Super Shuttle to the airport (which arrived about 45 minutes late, after we tried to catch the wrong shuttle and Molly nearly got into a take-down with the shuttle driver and his occupants).  Katie and Nancy came to see us off, and off we did go to the airport - at light-warp speed (the driver knew he was late and one couple were in danger of missing their flight - they were also the last to be let off and royally infuriated the driver by opening the door as soon as he slowed down to let the rest of us off).

Anyhow, we arrived in plenty of time to reprint our tickets with our TSA Pre stamp on them.  We were then directed to tote our suitcases up a flight of stairs to go through one security checkpoint, only then be told that we needed to go through another security checkpoint.  Eventually, we made it through all the checkpoints, got some Starbucks (even though they were out of trenta cups) and Burger King (less than stellar) and board our Air Canada Rouge flight.  Which ended up in Vancouver.  On purpose.  But more about that tomorrow ...

Charity's newest boyfriend - the Mayor of Main Street at the MK!
Today's race is for Charity, our favorite Disney and Sonic friend.  She's our Disney friend because whenever we take her somewhere Disney, we don't have to worry about her.  She just needs a room key and she's off to the parks to spend every waking moment doing something (while we're taking naps) or off on an excursion.  This time last year she was with us at this race, doing her first half marathon.  She smoked it and received her Disneyland Half Marathon medal. Charity's the type of friend everyone should have - she's kind and sweet and fun to be around.  So Charity - when's our next Disney adventure??

Today is a gift because:  Corralling with Katie; seeing Molly at California Adventure; finishing the stupid half marathon; Molly saving me some shaved ice; Katie and Nancy waiting with us for the super shuttle; fast ride to LAX; safe, smooth plane ride; riding the train to our hotel; dinner with Molly at that place; KB's arrival in Vancouver

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Saturday's 10K

Yup, 4am rolled around again this morning.  And again, Molly and I got up, got dressed, and got out the door.  This morning Katie joined us for the 10K - half of this weekend's Dumbo Double Dare (you complete a 10K on Saturday and a half marathon on Sunday and you get a special medal.  And we like medal bling!). Anyhow, we found our corrals and waited for our corral to start. And eventually it did ...

Today's race was a rather treacherous race for some.  Just after our corral crossed the start line, we saw a woman on the ground and several runners around her screaming for medics.  Since we are not medics, we continued on the course (we never heard what happened).  A little later as we were tromping on the streets of Anaheim, a little girl around 10 or so tripped and fell - and promptly got up and kicked my butt by finishing hours before I did.  A little later, some dude was passing Katie and lost his shoe, which Katie narrowly avoided and thus avoiding a fall of her own.  Then, while we were passing the castle at Disneyland, we saw another woman on the ground and people calling for a medic, who happened to be passing by on his medic bicycle.  The three of us managed to finish without mishap and receive our 10K medals (and a stop by the shave ice truck). Molly and Katie decided to head to Disneyland with Nancy for some early-opening fun, while I opted for a shower and a nap.  Molly returned at noon with some lunch and promptly decided it was time for her nap. Unfortunately when she awoke, she felt like she had the Mexican hat dance that I had experienced the night before.  We decided it was best for her to stay near a bathroom and had to cancel our dinner with the girls. After all, we have one more 4am wake up call in the morning ...

Today's race is for Katie.  Who new when we were strangers and table mates on a cruise nearly two years ago, that we'd be spending the weekend at Disneyland together now? Ever since Katie did her first half marathon on a borrowed Princess bib, she drank the Kool-aid and is now a full-fledged Disney runner and has the running costumes to prove it.  She has controlled her speediness and actually walked a few races with me.  And she's also been my corral crime partner a few times, but we'll just leave those stories private. Anyhow, this one's for Katie - may your skirts always sparkle and your threads always be raw!
Today was a gift because:  finishing the 10K; wogging through the parks; shave ice; doing a little laundry; getting a new running skirt; getting to bed early

Friday, August 29, 2014

Friday's 5K

After I woke up pretty much every hour (the Mexican fiesta kept a party going on in my lower GI system all night), all too soon 4am rolled around. Molly and I needed to get up then to be out the door at 4:30am in order to walk to the 5K start, which happened to be just down the walk from our hotel. However, you're supposed to be in your corral by 5am, so we got up, got ready, and got out the door.

A few hours later, we were done (and nearly done in - it was rather warm) and back in our hotel room after a stop at the shaved ice food truck.  I showered and changed and we met up with Katie and Nancy for a quick trip around California Adventure.  We ate lunch and headed back to the hotel (Molly and I did - Katie and Nancy stuck around for a little more Adventure).  After napping a bit, we met up again and headed to Disneyland for dinner and wandering.  And then to bed.  Again.  For tomorrow's 4am wakeup.  Again ...

Anyhow, today's race is for Nancy, Katie's mom. Ever since we met and Katie's gotten caught up in the Run Disney mania, Nancy's been a great supporter of Katie's efforts.  She's come on various race weekends, and cheered us on this January during the Disney 10K.  She says one of these days she's going to do a Disney 5K.  I believe she will. The only question is - will she tutu or sparkle skirt??!!
Today was a gift because:  Disney 5K with Molly; shaved ice; lobster nachos at the Cove Bar and Toy Story Mania with the girls; dinner at Disneyland

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Westward Ho!!

So this morning, Molly and I got up at 4am in order to make our 5:55am flight to LAX via Denver.  Yes, we're headed to that place out there that is related to that place down south in Florida.  Anyhow, we also stopped to pick up Mathieu on the way to the airport, since he had a 6:20am flight to Montana.  Sadly, Mathieu's dad passed away last week and he's travelling to be with the family and help with his father's funeral.

After a smooth flight to Denver (the plane was only half full, so no middle seat!  Well, for me anyway. Apparently Molly is a popular girl and had a middle seat companion (this was a Southwest flight, hence the middle seat mystery until everyone gets onboard).  We had enough time in Denver to grab breakfast and then get on our next flight to LAX.  Once again, no middle companion for me, but Molly had a little boy sit next to her and eventually use her as a pillow.

Before lunch ...
Another smooth flight, and soon we were waiting for our Super Shuttle.  And then we were at the Disneyland Hotel.  We checked in and left our bags at bell services (our room wasn't ready) and headed for the race expo (yep, we're here to wog some distances).  Katie and Nancy had arrived a few hours before us, and held a place in line for us (well, maybe not specifically for us, but we joined them in line).  We all shopped around at the expo and got our race stuff and headed to Tortilla Joes for lunch.  Which we gulped down like we were starving and we ate entirely too much.  Once the food inhalation was over, we all went back to our rooms - Katie and Nancy's was ready, and we only had to wait a short time before ours was ready.

Later that evening, the Mexican fiesta was not sitting so well in my body, so Molly met up with Katie and Nancy for a little shopping.  She returned with some dinner (why I thought I needed more to eat, I do not know), and then we went to bed.  We need a few hours of snoozing before tomorrow's 4am wakeup!!
Today was a gift because:  Safe, smooth flights to California; Katie and Nancy holding a place in the expo line and eating dinner with us; diving into bed to sleep

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

That Again??

Today I have to pack the suitcase that is going to last me for ten days.  Yes, I'm going out of town again, but more about that later.  The issue here is packing.  Which I do not like to do, and tend to put off until the last minute.  Oh, and I am planning to pack it all into a carry-on suitcase.

Anyhoo, I'm headed west to Disneyland for a race or two (or maybe three).  From there we're (Molly and I) are headed north to meet up with KB in Vancouver for a little boat trip to Alaska (yes again).  So not only do I have a few different locations/experiences, I also will be packing for a few different temperatures.  I also need to pack binoculars, mainly so I won't have to purchase yet another pair.  The good news is that I won't have any room for souvenirs that I don't need - unless I also purchase another suitcase.

I'm not complaining - well, maybe I am, but I'm trying not to.  I know I am blessed to be able to go places and do things.  I just wish I was better at this packing thing.  Oh well - I guess one can't be great at everything!!
Today is a gift because:  I got caught up on some tasks; got sheets changed and laundry done; Steve went out and got dinner; I got my suitcase packed!