D’s Surprise Revealed!!

K and I picked D up early on Friday from day care with a surprise for her birthday!

Happy Birthday (on Monday), D!  We’re going to Disneyland..jump in the car!

Yeah…we’re nuts.  Arrived in Anaheim really late Friday night and left town super early this (Sunday) morning!  We determined we were in Anaheim less than 36 hours…fastest trip EVER!!!!

Naturally, D was very excited with the surprise.  Here are some of the highlights of our whirlwind visit!

Always happy on the tram going to the park!

Big Nightmare fan!

Has the ink..and shirt..to prove it!

D asked to ride in the front row, wish granted.  From then on out, she seemed to score front row seats (without asking)!

Amazing character interaction with Cruella.  This moment was a lot of fun!

Big fans of the Nightmare Before Christmas overlay in the Haunted Mansion!

Originally, D wanted to go horseback riding for her birthday.  Those plans didn’t pan out so this was the alternative..

Our most favorite castle in the world!

The park was SUPER busy and I can’t recall the last time we visited on a Saturday.  Sadly, we encountered a few times where we’d get to the front of the line and the ride would break down.  We’d then have to get out of line – TRUE STORY!!  It was a bit frustrating but what can you do??

What could make this weekend any more perfect for D?

Why…a stop to put her feet in the surf, of course!  Honestly, D would stand with her feet in the surf all day long if we’d let her.

This trip included throwing rocks in to the surf…

Of course, I’m all kinds of curious as to where these random black rocks come from.  The beach we visited wasn’t “rocky” and these rocks seemed completely random to me.  But D sure had a lot of fun hunting them down and then throwing them out in to the surf!

She also got a kick out of using the telescope!

I can neither confirm or deny if she used them to check out the surfers! Ha!

Sadly, we weren’t able to stay at the beach for long and after an hour and a delicious fish taco..we were back on the road making our way home to Phoenix!

In running related news…My leg managed to hold up really well during the trip.  In the beginning of the day at Disneyland, I noticed it was sore and sometimes I would get off a ride and bear all my weight on the left leg and I would feel a twinge.  But as the day went on..I noticed the pain disappeared.  Is it possible I walked out my pain?  It wouldn’t be the first time this has happened to me.  Last year when I went to visit my sister in Boston, one of my legs was hurting but then after a long weekend of doing a ton of walking..the pain was all gone and never returned.

Do I dare to dream this has happened again?!?

Needless to say…or I should say…a run is on the schedule for Wednesday. I plan to wear my old running shoes (not the ones I despise but the ones before that) and see if the new shoes may be contributing the issue.  I’m excited to find out!

What is your favorite childhood birthday memory?

What’s the last weekend trip you went on?

Have you decided what you’re going to be for Halloween yet?

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Not So Sure I Should Have Done That…and other Random Thoughts..

I was awake at 7:30 and decided I would go through with my 3 mile run!

Since I haven’t run since the Disneyland half marathon, it took me awhile to locate all my running gear.  But before long, I was outside ready for the challenge of a first run since my injury.  First thing I noticed is the weather is a lot cooler in the mornings now than what it was when I was training just a  month ago!

Some random thoughts during today’s run:

  • OMG, I can’t breathe.  I hate how quickly the lungs get out of shape.  It’s only been a month, though.  WTH!?!
  • Seriously, I sound like someone who has never run before, I’m going to wake up the  neighborhood with this heavy breathing-NOT sexy.
  • Wow, the entire side of that roof is tiled in solar panels.  I thought that was against HOA?!
  • Yeap, there’s the ache in my leg, exactly where it was for Disneyland.  This blows.
  • Why did I say 3 miles instead of 1 mile?!
  • That is an awful lot of pigeons in the middle of the park.  Nasty birds.  Hasn’t anyone figured out a way to make those vial creatures go extinct??
  • I’m sorry, Katy Perry, but I am nothing like a firework right now but thanks for thinking of me, girl!!
  • These new shoes make my feet sore.
  • Poor girl, if she got a better running bra she wouldn’t have to hold down the girls while she ran.
  • So excited for my coffee date with M this morning…I hope I don’t require a wheelchair to get in and out of the building.
  • K is gonna be mad at me if I’m limping all over the house later today..I did promise not to hurt myself!  Whoops!
  • Perhaps it’s not the shoes making  my feet sore but the fact I haven’t run in a month?

I ran/walked 3 miles in 42:11 minutes, a 14:03 minute mule mile pace.  I’m gonna shower and tape up my leg to see if that helps in any way.

How did your Sunday run go?

Do you meet your friends for coffee dates? 

Are pigeons an issue in your neck of the woods?

Cars Land 5K Rally

Saturday, September 1, 2012

It was finally time for the Cars Land 5K Rally.  The night before the race we laid out all our race gear so we had no problem getting up and dressed on race morning! Upon arrival near the start line, runDisney was hosting a dance party and I pushed D in to join in the fun!   When the official runDisney video camera showed up to video tape the dancing crowd, the dance floor cement quickly filled up! The “corrals” opened at 6 am but before we rushed over, we posed for a quick photo! The reason I quote “corrals” is because there weren’t actually corrals – we were at the tram loading area for the Mickey & Friends parking structure but there was no distinction of who should line up where.  We literally lined up in the order in which we joined the crowd.  I was relieved to see we were more towards the front than the middle or back.  K got nervous about being too close to the front because he was worried we’d get run over.  I assured him we wouldn’t.

runDisney suggested everyone get in the corrals at 6 am and that’s what we did.  But then we stood around for 45 minutes waiting for the start of the race.  D was bored and antsy.  And my feet started to hurt just standing there, waiting.  So I took pictures to distract ourselves.

Finally, at 6:45 am, it was time to start! It’s always great to start a race with support from friends! And we were off.  We followed the same route the trams follow when transporting park goers from the parking garage to the parks.  Except, instead of going through the front gate area to enter the park, we entered in a gate to the side.  We were running in the back area and D was getting confused as to why I said we’d be running “in” Disneyland.  In spite of the confusion, both D and K were going strong, D never even asked for walk break (even though we took them)!  We were running 3 minutes, walking 1 minute.After a mile (give or take) we entered in to the park near Splash Mountain and that’s when D’s excitement hit an all time high.  She instantly recognized where she was! D started calling out every attraction she recognized…which is everything!  Her head was going from left to right to front…her speed increased – not just her feet but her mouth! Just beyond the Pirates ride, we stopped for the first and, subsequently, ONLY character photo-op we noticed, Chip and Dale.  Later in the day I discovered that the Cast Member didn’t actually snap the picture of D and I with Chip and Dale!   Upon my “missing picture” discovery, D cried a river of tears.  Having run 2 previous Disneyland half marathons, I knew Disney was great about having characters and floats out.  Except, none of these things were out for the 5K.  Seriously, Chip and Dale were the only characters we saw along the route that we could pose with.  I had to wonder why that was.  I figure it’s because there are so many kids running the 5K and the lines would be insane if characters were out.  I wasn’t aware there wouldn’t be very many along the race route and I had set the expectation with D that there would be characters.  So I can appreciate how devastated she was that the only characters that were out and we stopped for, the picture didn’t take.  I can neither confirm or deny that D has cursed that unknown Cast Member.  I digress.

We ran through Adventureland and made our way in to Fantasyland.  D was ecstatic when she saw the castle! As we ran through the Castle, I think D actually giggled.

In Tomorrowland, we encountered our first and only water stop.  You may not have noticed that I am not wearing my water belt during the race. I would never run without water in Phoenix, not even for a mile, but the weather was so nice in Anaheim, I went without the belt.  I was worried I’d regret it but that regret never happened.  At the one water stop, we each drank half a cup of water and were good to go!

After a tour through Tomorrowland, we were back in front of the castle and stopped for a quick photo before making our way down Main Street! We exited the park and made our way across Downtown Disney to enter Disney California Adventure at a side gate near Soarin’ Over California.  This is when K started playing tour guide pointing out attractions he recognized.  Ha! I loved how much time we were running through both parks .  D and K were both  holding up great in spite of how they look in this picture after the “hill climb” coming out of Paradise Pier!  (They’re such posers!)Shortly after taking the picture leaving Paradise Pier, we rounded the corner to this discovery! D and I screamed, hollered, and cheered as we raced past our good friends!
Then we rounded the corner to the new addition to Disney California Adventure, Cars Land! Finish Line dead ahead!!!  K told us to go for it so D and I launched in to a full blown sprint and tore off down Route 66 to the finish line!!! After we all crossed the finish line, I stopped my Garmin.  We finished in 43 minutes!!!  Excellent work!!!  So proud of D and K for their amazing accomplishment.  They trained the past 5 weeks in Phoenix and all their hard work paid off.  They both crossed that finish line with so much to be proud of!!!  I’m so glad I registered myself to run this race with them so I could experience, with them, their proud moment!  Even though K said the best thing about finishing the 5K was knowing he didn’t have to go home and train any more!  Ha! After a lovely breakfast, we played around in the pool.  Later in the morning, we returned to our room and I fell asleep for a nap.  When I awoke, I discovered Sleeping Beauty had joined us for a post-race snooze!

I loved the experience of running the Cars Land 5K Rally with D and K. I wish I had known there wouldn’t be characters along the route so I wouldn’t have hyped that up to D.  Lesson learned.  The lack of characters did not distract her from enjoying the experience of running through the parks – she really enjoyed every magical step!

3 Things I’m Thankful for this Thursday…6.14.12

  • I’m thankful M and I are registered to run the Tinker Bell 1/2 marathon in January 2013!!!  We had such a great weekend in January and I think it’s good for the soul to get away with your besties!

(After the Tinker Bell 1/2 marathon in 2012, twinsies in the park! We totally wore our medals all day long!  We had a great day!!!)

  • I’m thankful for the wonderful birthday I had (thank you, K!!) and all the wonderful birthday wishes I received from my friends and family.  I felt lots of love on my birthday!!
  • I’m thankful I have a half marathon to run in 11 weeks.  I really love races and bling.  It’s been torture hard not having a race since March and reading about all the wonderful races others are doing right now–this girl has serious bling envy!!  I’m excited that my next race will be at the happiest place on earth and D, K and I will get a little mini vacation out of it.  I’m especially excited we’re all going to run the 5K together!!!  
What’s your next race?
Are you participating in the Disneyland half marathon in 11 weeks?
What is your “happiest place on earth”?