Running without music

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I went running without music last night. And heard and saw way more than I ever thought I would.

Surprising sights and sounds!

Surprising sights and sounds!

I participated in the IOA Corporate 5K out at Lake Eola Park in Orlando last night. There were about 18,000 other runners out there and the event was a lot of fun. But there was one drawback to so many people crowded into one place. And no, I’m not talking about the porta potty situation. There were plenty of those. No. It was when we were on the street, in our corrals, that the inevitable happened.

My phone was happily streaming iHeart radio when it went suddenly still. Quiet. I tried rebooting, even as I knew time was ticking toward the starting gun. But nothing. Then we realized that, with so many corporate and plugged-in people in one place, the signals just must have been overloaded! So, pouting, I crammed my phone into it’s case on my running belt and tucked my left earbud into my shirt to join its useless brother.

Then the race started and I bopped along to the music provided by the visiting radio stations until we made the first turn. Then, radio silence. Except for sounds I never heard out running by myself and not even during other races.

My breathing, urging me to keep my cadence even and my pace steady. The whoosh of the fountain and the bracingly lovely breeze through the trees. The pounding of so many other runners’ sneakers it sounded like I was running with the bulls. In a good way.

I felt a part of something last night. Of a herd, maybe. It was surprising and fun and I discovered that running without music isn’t the end of the world.

Still, I missed my Maroon 5, Coldplay and Neon Trees…

Quick Like a Bunny

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I’m heading back south and quick like a bunny! And not too soon, if the weathermen are right. More snow and cold blasting into New England tomorrow.

Making tracks

Making tracks

That picture was taken when we visited my aunt’s house. Those are my footprints as I first headed inside. When we emerged some time later I spotted those bunny tracks. Which means we just missed him! Maybe I’ll catch a glimpse next time.

Ah, but it’s going to be 80 degrees at home! Running without layers upon layers. No salt and sand to clog the treads of my running shoes. Yay!

I won’t lament the missed bunny sighting when I’m running at home. Lots of wildlife pop out on a good, long run. Here’s the thing. In Florida they leave virtually no tracks. There’s no telling where they’ve just been, which is kind of creepy if you think too much about it.

So guess what? Not gonna think about it. Gonna run in the warm air and bright sunshine. Gonna count my blessings, as I always try to do, and make my own tracks. I’ll be back up in New England soon, of course. Hopefully when there is no snow to give the critters away.

I have no problem with that.

Looking for a Pearl

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I’ve always been a silver-lining kind of girl so I’m looking for a pearl. Here, in the frozen north.

Nope. Nothing.

Nope. Nothing.

I’m visiting family and sharing lots of laughs and warm and fuzzies. But the weather! My God man, it’s frigid. I tried to run the other morning but only managed one mile. Sheesh, I think it took me longer to suit up than to run. Apparently I just can’t manage to run in the low teens.

So I’m going to give it the old college try again tomorrow. I’ve since bought a neck cowl to breathe through when I brave the frost next. Hey, the roads are clear and the traffic’s light where I run. There’s two pearls. The sun shines through the crystalline sky. Pearl three.

I guess I’ll take it!

 

Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah!

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Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah! Sorry, but Disney is still firmly in my head. I ran the Inaugural Minnie 10K in the Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend and it was an absolute blast. I got into it, too. Wore a costume and everything.

Minnie Run

Minnie Run

My daughter and I wore matching tutus, and WDW is most likely  the only place where I didn’t feel one bit out of place doing that. I spotted runners dressed up as all kinds of characters. I saw an adorable couple dressed as Aladdin and Jasmine, although why they stopped just short of the finish line to take a picture is beyond me. I saw several Minnies, of course. And her pals Donald, Mickey and Goofy. I did see some characters I hadn’t expected. One guy was very nicely turned out as Kuzco from The Emperor’s New Groove! And, after the run while enjoying a post-race banana, I spied a guy with a very ambitious costume. He towered over the other finishers dressed as Kevin the bird from Up. Cool, right?

I did it!

I did it!

But I did it. No, it wasn’t the farthest distance I’ve run but if you’ve ever run with 9000 other people through a theme park you’d get why I’m so proud. And check out that bling. What a gorgeous finisher’s medal! My daughter ran the Dopey challenge and rocked it, by the way! That’s all four races over the weekend. I’m so proud of her, too.

So what’s up next? I’m running a 10-miler sponsored and themed by Medieval Times! Oh, expect great pictures from this one. Finishers get a crown!

Woohoo, Walt Disney World tomorrow!

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Woohoo, I’m doing a run in the Walt Disney World marathon tomorrow! Now, I’m not Dopey, like my daughter. She’s doing all four races this weekend, starting with the 5K she ran this morning up to and including the full marathon on Sunday. That’s a total of 48.6 miles. It’s actually called the Dopey Challenge and I think she’s crazy. She’ll do it, though. That’s way too ambitious for me!

Inaugural Minnie 10K!

Inaugural Minnie 10K!

Tomorrow morning at 5:30 the Inaugural Minnie 10K kicks off. That’s 6.2 miles and plenty for me, thanks! Yes, I’ve run 10 miles before. And I’ve run a half marathon of 13.1 a couple of times now. Still, running with thousands upon thousands of other people? I’m hoping to finish the thing with a half-way decent pace!

Running has become important to me, and I never would have thought that would be so. My daughter got me into it and I’m very grateful. I admit, it’s the only vigorous exercise I enjoy while I’m doing as well as “having done it.” Strange…

So tomorrow I’m up before the birds and heading over to Walt Disney World. Yes, I have a crazy tutu to wear and plan to let my Disney flag fly. I’ll post pictures soon!

Running in the Snow!

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This morning I went running in the snow. I guess it’s official. I’m nuts. I blame my daughter. She doesn’t do it on purpose (or does she?) but I feel guilty if I take the weather as an excuse.

Running in the Snow!

Running in the Snow!

You can’t tell from that picture, but it was frickin’ freezing out there! Below, actually. 20 degrees to be precise. Jeebs. We bundled up really good and prepared for the worst. And it was, lol. Colder than a witch’s you-know-what in a brass bra! Brr. The wind, the blowing snow, was a challenge but that was nothing compared to running up a frigging hill. Three times! We didn’t dare run on the main, busy road with slippery traffic or the slick sidewalks today. So we did three laps or so in my mom’s neighborhood.

Hey, my daughter had to slow her pace due to the conditions which meant I could keep up with her pretty well. Except on that hill, when I was huffing and puffing and feeling like I was about a hundred years old.

The really heavy white stuff is coming tonight but I’m just going to stay inside and look out at it. Lovely. And out there. Whew.

I’ll never complain about running in Florida in the heat again!

 

Ugly Sweaters Rule!

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Ugly sweaters. So  I finally admit that maybe one or two of my holiday sweaters might qualify as ugly. Our favorite running store held an Ugly Sweater Party and Fun Run Thursday night, and we just had to go. My daughter’s outfit was so much uglier than mine, though. Check us out.

Yikes, those are ugly sweaters!

Yikes, those are ugly sweaters!

She picked up that 80’s tennis sweater from our church’s thrift shop but in the Christmas section they had that stunning Santa head! By the way, that is a toilet lid cover she attached to that monstrosity of a sweater. Is it any wonder she won first place in the contest? I took third in my scary cardinal sweater. The birds have eyes. Little beady eyes made of actual beads. *shudder* The prizes were terrific, though. She won a pack full of all sorts of running goodies and treats but I have to say I’m very pleased with my prize. I won a sports bra bearing the store’s logo!

I didn’t run that night since I hung out in and watched my grandson run a mile in the store–yes, a mile! He lapped the store 32 times on that track we’re standing on. Yikes, right? After the run they drew names in a drawing for entry into an upcoming race. No, I didn’t take that but my name was drawn third. I won a $25 gift card to the store!

Yeah, I already spent it. I couldn’t let it burn a hole in my wallet, lol. All in all, I have to say I’m committed to running. The swag is awesome and I can’t wait to wear the new shirt and headband I bought with my store loot.

If that isn’t incentive, I don’t know what is!