The dwarfs need a new foreman

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Yeah, I think the dwarfs need a new foreman.

New Foreman Needed.

New Foreman Needed.

There’s a small house I pass every time I drive to my daughter’s house. It’s under construction and set on a big plot of land, in a thick copse of trees between two even bigger plots of land. The houses on the adjoining lots are large, sprawling even. The house in question? It’s a teeny little thing that looks like Snow White’s cottage.

Seriously, this house has the steeply peaked roofs and the cozy gables. Deeply shadowed eaves and the requisite fireplace. Here’s the thing. The fireplace chimney is framed to be curvy as it reaches for the sky. Charming? Yes, it’s very adorable. And looks very much like the dwarfs’ cottage. I live in Central Florida, the land of Walt Disney World. There are houses dotting the whole landscape here and there that look like they could have sprung right out of the first reel of a Disney cartoon. In fact, Give Kids The World Village is filled with these charming buildings to help sick kids and their families forget their troubles for a little while. I’d love to see this particular little cottage in our neck of the woods finished.

This house seems to be at the same state of construction since I first took note of it in February. Oh, I see trucks parked outside sometimes. And the door was open once. Just the other day, ladders leaned against the front and back of the house. And yet, nothing seems to be happening.

I remarked to my daughter, “That’s what happens when you make Sleepy the foreman.” She replied with, “Yeah, everyone knows the foreman needs to be Doc!”

The place is very cute, though. I admit I wouldn’t mind staying there, as long as forest creatures do the housework!

 

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!

Rain My First Half-Marathon!

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Yes, that says “Rain,” not “Ran.” I decided a few days before my run that I was going to try for a long run. A very long run for me. The farthest I’d run before was just over 10 miles. I finished the Walt Disney World Twilight Zone Tower of Terror 10-Miler in October and that, sadly, was the last time I’d run that far. I know, I know. Wimp, right?

So much rain!

So much rain!

I woke up early on Sunday with renewed enthusiasm. It was a little chilly out. Cloudy, too. Yes, they predicted scattered showers for later but I was ready. I tucked my phone into a ziploc and wore my new long-sleeved running shirt. For the first time I filled one of my two flasks with a half-and-half of powerade and water. I was ready!

As I ran I kept reminding myself not to go for pace. I was in this for the long haul. It was drizzling, but it wasn’t anything I couldn’t handle. And then, right around the 1-mile mark, the skies opened.

Oh my God, it poured! Hard, fat rain. Sideways rain. Blowing, icy-cold rain. Yay.

The rain kept up for over three miles. I had never been so wet. Then, it let up. But I was left soaking, dripping wet. And cold. Damn. As I ran the rest of my run, I was determined at this point to finish, I’d wring my shirt out. I learned my new shirt was pretty awesome, by the way. It felt almost dry where I squeezed it! The pants, though. They felt so heavy. I squeezed them as I ran as well. And the fabulous shirt wicked up the moisture from the pants so I could squeeze that out too. So I had this!

Then my right foot went numb. From the cold or from the run, I’m not sure. but my poor toes were not happy.

Long story short (is it too late, lol?) I finished. And with an 11:50 pace! I’d run a half. 13.1 miles! Woohoo!!

I only limped on and off on Monday so I count this as a win. Now, I have to get one of those pretty pink “13.1” magnets for my car. Yeah, baby!

Oh, and though I was afraid to take off my sock the toes were fine!

New Running Shoes, New Challenges!

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I finally bought a new pair of running shoes, and find myself eager for some new challenges! I lamented in a recent post that my running shoes passed the 500 mile mark. And I also whined a little that Nike didn’t make the updated model of my shoe in a Trail version. I was lucky enough to snag last year’s Trail version on my shoe! Yes, I had an “OMG” moment when I realized I had been running in shoes from the year before. Gasp!

New Running Shoes!

New Running Shoes!

I wore them for a whole day, just walking around and living my life. Then, this past Saturday, I ran in them at the Gingerbread Run 5K! It was held at Give Kids The World Village, and was a charity event. BTW, the event raised over $100K to date! Over 2000 runners and walkers participated and it was a great time.

Gingerbread Run

Gingerbread Run

Click on the link http://www.gktw.org/ to learn more about this incredible, inspiring place. I guarantee your heart will swell.

So now that I have my new running shoes, I’m eager for new challenges. Yes, I did the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror 10-Mile last month and it was incredible. Yes, I’m doing the inaugural Minnie 10K in January at Walt Disney World. I want to do more of these smaller races, though. I want to gather teams and raise money for the causes. And I want to earn medals, lol.

New shoes, new challenges. But seriously, isn’t it all about the shoes? 😉