Slacker does Disney

Sorry, couldn’t help myself.  :)

Ok, I hadn’t been to Disneyland since Disneyland Grad Nite my senior year of high school.  People, that was last century!!  I’ve been trying to go for a couple of years now but never made it work.   My birthday, mom’s birthday, random day in March, nothing seemed to work out.  Then last year, it occurred to me- Surf City!  Disneyland is like 5 minutes from Huntington Beach.  Ok, more like 30.   But then that was in the middle of their not so little measles outbreak.  Yeah, umm no thank you.   Cut to this year.

We were torn between going to Disneyland on Sunday after the race or Monday.  I was concerned with how sore I would feel- Disneyland is a lot of walking.    Then my little lung issue put a kibosh on a Sunday trip.    After lounging around the hotel on Sunday, we headed to Disneyland bright and early on Monday.  Yay!   So while this is not running related, how about a little recap of my little adventure?

  

Favorite Ride-

More like experience but Star Tours rocked.  I remember loving it years ago, but the addition of Star Wars made my inner nerd so very happy.   We even managed to ride it twice.  Which was sweet because there was more than one story line!!!  The second time was also the longest wait in line of the day but that’s ok, we had some visitors while in line-  

Other Rides-

Throughout the day we managed to ride the Matterhorn (2x), Big Thunder Mountain Railroad (story there),  Hyperspace Mountain, Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride, the teacups, Pirates of the Caribbean, Haunted Mansion and Indiana Jones.    Indiana Jones is still one of my favorites, the sharp turns and drops are awesome.    Haunted Mansion as an adult is only meh, kind of cheesy.  And Pirates of the Caribbean?!  Where did that come from?  I don’t think I had ever been on that ride before because I remembered nothing!  And considering I ended up drenched, I would have remembered that!  Oh and there’s a random restaurant inside the ride?  How do you get reservations there?

   
  

   
Fun Story-

Big Thunder Mountain Railroad.  Yeah, normally this is a pretty speedy coaster (for Disneyland) and our first ride had started normally.   Halfway through, the coaster had just started to go up a hill when it just stopped.  There was a pre-recorded message about a slow train ahead on the tracks so we thought it may have been part of the ride.  Nope!  Soon another voice came on the speakers announcing that all the trains had stopped due to technical difficulties and that we needed to stay in our seats until we were evacuated.  What?!  Eventually some cast members came out and instructed us to stay in our sits as the coaster had to be anchored before we could get off.   Apparently the coaster could roll if it wasn’t tied down.  Then the fire department showed up.   Meanwhile the couple sitting behind me and my mother were throwing a fit about their lunch plans and trying to get off before the fire department showed up.  One of the cast members threatened to get security.   Truthfully, I was trying not to laugh.  Once off we were escorted through the tunnels on foot.

   

  
  Bummer-

Due to the building of Star Wars land and some scheduled refurbishments, there were quite a few rides closed.  Splash Mountain, Autopia, Jungle Cruise, Mark Twain’s Riverboat, the pirate ship and some other attractions were all closed.   Boo.   :(  Also, we were in line for Hyperspace Mountain again when it too was shut down.    Also it turned out to be a school holiday so the place was very crowded.    And hot- who predicted temps in the 80’s in February?!

Nerd Moment-

Super Hero HQ was nerd-vana for me.  Well, that and Star Wars Launch Bay.   Seriously awesome.  And I finally found myself a trucker hat.  I’ve wanted one for running but could never find one I liked.

The take home-

We saved all the stores for last as we didn’t want to have to carry anything.  I am not a huge Mickey or Minnie fan (sorry!) nor am I fond of the princesses.  My favorite Disney cartoon is Lilo and Stitch.   I remember seeing it in the theater when it came out years ago.  I was a little over 20 and I went with my best friends-at that time they were all guys.  All 4 of us were sniffling by the end, I still get teary eyed watching it today.  So I wanted a Stitch stuffed animal.  I finally found one in the very last store.   I swear I picked it up, hugged it and proceeded to carry it around the store like a 5 year old.  #noshame

  

Fail-

Everyone was gathering to watch the parade in the afternoon but we chose to skip it and go try Big Thunder Mountain Railroad again.    While this ride was successful, we missed something big.  Peyton Manning was in the freakin’ parade!!!  Seriously?!

All in all it was a fun and tiring day.  Maybe someday I will finally make it to California Adventure.    :)

Ever been to Disneyland?

Favorite ride?

Favorite Disney character?  Who is Mr. Toad?

 

 

2016 Surf City Recap

Race- Surf City 13.1

Location- Huntington Beach, CA

Saturday- 

After the hotel snafu of Saturday and once I accepted that I would not have a nice, leisurely race morning- after my mother and I had mapped out a long, circuitous route to the race start- I realized the even bigger mistake I had made.   I hadn’t packed any water.   What? How?!  I had a bottle of Gatorade and my Skratch Labs but no water outside of what I had drank on the drive down.  Face palm.   So after a yummy dinner at Red Robin- water, lettuce wrapped burger and a few fries for me- we stopped at a Walgreen’s.    Where I bought 8 bottles of water.  :)    Then it was back to the hotel for a little downtime before I headed to bed early.  And proceeded to wake up every hour on the hour.  Grrr.

Race day-

Luckily, I have my pre-race ritual down, so I don’t have to get up too early.   As of right now, I am still racing on an empty stomach and it has been working out.   The race had a 7:45 start but I wasn’t planning on being there super early, I knew it would be a while before my corral crossed the start line.   My mom was able to drop me off a few blocks from the start line a little before 7:30.   Another bonus about arriving “late”?  No line at the port-a-potties.   Except the damn thing almost blew over with me in it!

   
 Ok, the corrals.   Serious cluster-f***.  What is the point of asking a participant their projected finish time if it’s not used for corral placement?    More than a few people in my corral were in a similar position.    I put down a projected 2:10 finish time.   The 3:30 pacers were about 2000 people ahead of me.  Seriously.    I considering jumping corrals but at that point it was already so late.  Grrrr.    My corral crossed the start line around 8:15.

  
Miles 1-3 10:09, 10:14, 10:09

My plan was to treat this like a well supported long run and hopefully maintain around a 10:00 min pace.  Mile 1 started out ok.   My legs felt good and my pace felt good.  Mile 2 required more dodging. Don’t get me wrong, I have no problem with people walking at races- however if you are walking 6 people across in the first 2 miles of a race- we have an issue!   This happened more than once.   Then the first water station was a crowded mess but I had learned from last year that this was the case and just avoided it all.      I also a music snafu in mile 2.  I had started my playlist in the starting corrals and paused it.   When I pushed start around mile 2, Christmas music started playing.  What?!

Miles 4-6 10:30, 10:54, 11:08

By my standards, this course is flat, the only real hill is in mile 4.  I was excited to see it as I had an ankle ache that I needed to run out.   And I did but I was starting to realize that I was having troubles catching my breath.   I didn’t feel like I was pushing hard but I was starting to wheeze.   I took a quick walk break to try and get things under control.  It didn’t really help.   There was a little down hill coming up and I was hoping to make up some speed but I just kept slowing down.   My inhaler wasn’t helping either.   Mile 6 is where I got real.   This breathing issue is not new.  I have been having troubles since I was sick in January.  It’s more than my usual asthma, it comes with some odd chest pain, but I was hoping that denial would make it all go away.   Because that works so well, right?  Yeah no.   I called my mom during mile 6 and let her know I was having some issues but was going to tough out.    I didn’t need her getting the real time runner alerts and wondering what the hell was going on.  :)

Miles 7-9 11:50, 11:35, 11:37

New game plan was a run/ walk plan.  4:30 of running and 1:00 of walking.   The running was slow so I was hoping that these intervals would keep me moving but not gasping for breath.  I changed my watch face to just show the interval times so I had no idea what my overall time was.   This was a long section of out and back so I was able to see Ashley of RatherbeRunnin’ coming back on the other side of the highway looking strong.    Luckily the course is scenic so I was able to enjoy the view.  I also had time to people watch.  PSA here,  a fabric may be black but that does not mean that it is opaque!  If I can see the moles on your butt- wear underwear!!  Ok, PSA over.

  

Mile 10- 13:04

This was a struggle.  Even 4:30 seemed like way too long to run.  I was wheezing and the inhaler was useless.    We ran through the Cliff shot zone in mile 10 and I grabbed a citrus and a mocha one.  Both have caffeine and I was hoping for a Hail Mary pass and that one would help.    I walked a lot.   The finish line seemed so very far away.

Miles 11-13 12:17, 11:50, 11:36

I was beginning to think this was going to be my slowest half yet.   And it was getting so hot.  I had been drinking water at each station but now I was dumping it down my back too.   The volunteers were also having troubles keeping up with the demand for water.  There were some stations out of cups.  I am hoping more were on the way as there were thousands of people behind me still.   I was trying to stick to my intervals but the walking sections were getting longer.   It was getting more crowded on the course as well.  I accidentally smacked a guy in the crotch when he came up on my right.  Oops!!!  Sorry!    I just kept moving towards the finish line, the increased crowd support was helping.    I walked the beginning of mile 13 and then ran the rest in.  I crossed the finish line gasping and wheezing and promptly burst into tears.

Finish- 2:28:24

  

Not my slowest!!!   I collected my medal and avoided all the photographers.    I heard my mom and thought I was losing it but then realized she was on the other side of the fence.  I made my way through the recovery stations and then out of the chute into the crowd.    I met with my mom and headed to a curb to sit.  My legs felt good but I was so tired from fighting my lungs for so long.    It gave me time to admire my medal though- it’s huge!!!!  And was fought for.    But it was also a lesson in something I should already know- you can’t ignore things and hope they go away.  It doesn’t work like that.    Was this race I wanted?  No.   But every rough race is a lesson learned, right?   I still got to run with thousands of other crazies like me.   :)   And for the record- I have a doctor’s appointment next week.

   
They were some things I didn’t like about the race this year but overall it is a good race.  The weather is gorgeous- just bare in mind that temps hit the high 70’s.    Perfect beach weather post race.  :)

The day was finished out resting in the hotel watching the Super Bowl- yay Broncos!!    I needed some time off my feet—I had big plans for Monday—-Disneyland!!!!!  But I’ll save those adventures for next post.  :)

Week 6 Recap

Upcoming race–    Surf City 13.1

Focus– don’t freak out

As mentioned I my last post, I’ve been in a wierd funk lately.   I know I’ll bust out of it eventually but for now I am just going to keep on keeping on.  What didn’t help was finding a hair baked into a cookie I was eating on Friday.  Seriously?!  The universe is telling me to eat less cookies.  😃

Monday- 10 miles Stationary-Monday was chaos at work but I headed home and hopped on the bike.   It was harder than usual but I was glad I had done something.

Tuesday-Rest  Cheat pizza for the win.  😀.  I was going to run with a coworker after work but wasn’t complaining when she had to cancel.   My legs, left in particular, were a little achy and there was freaky cold wind in work town.

Wednesday- Rest  I had to stay late  at work for IT upgrades so I didn’t get home until almost 8.  And I was just tired. 😴  

Thursday- 3.85 miles I’m going to do my best to breakup with the treadmill.  I just hurt too much after using one.  So with that in mind I ran my work town route after work.   I was racing the sunset so I knew I was only going to get in 3.5 miles.  Except I was having fun enjoying the scenery so I pushed it a little further.   While I had my blinky lights so cars could see me, I hadn’t brought my flashlight.  The last 3/4 of a mile were super dark and there were very few street lights.  Oops.    But, seriously, how could I not keep running with this view?!  

Friday- Rest. Crazy work day and then packing for Surf City.  Of course I waited until the last minute.    I was pretty sure what I wanted to wear on race morning but had no clue for the rest of the trip.  😂

 

Saturday- Chaos err.. rest.  Road trip day.    Per usual, my mom was coming with me so we headed out early morning.   We chose the wrong route and got stuck in traffic in LA.   Grrr.  Then the real problems hit.  I had booked a hotel that was on the race course.  I mapquested it and it was only a mile to the start line.  I was planning for a leisurely race morning then leaving my hotel to walk to the start around 7:30.   I don’t know what I mapped out because the hotel was 7 miles from the start… on the wrong side of the road closures.   Cue panic.  Then they lost my reservation.   😮😭.   Parking issues aside, packet pickup was a breeze though.

Sunday- Surf City 13.1 Race recap should be up on Wednesday.

   
 
How was your week?

Would you never eat another cookie?

Ramblin’ On

I seem to like to ramble in the middle of the week.  34 days into the year and I am in a funk.

Minus the 6 day sick streak in January, I have been hitting the workouts I set for myself each week.   January was a solid start to regaining my base.   I started cross training more often, you could even call it consistent now.  :)   Then this week.  I have yet to run this week.  I just can’t seem to get motivated.

 

Kimi is unimpressed by my lack of motivation

Maybe it’s taper crazies?  Not that I really needed to taper but I have had some phantoms pains too.   Maybe it’s that the last week or so of runs have been ugly and rough.  I am not expecting them to be all sunshine and daisies but an 11:00 minute pace was kicking my ass last Sunday.  That doesn’t bode well for Sunday’s race.

Maybe it’s that work has been all Mondays for the last week?   Which is odd because even though we are running short handed, our crew is small but mighty.  However, I feel like I am forgetting some huge important detail.    I hate that feeling.    Maybe it will come to me during the race on Sunday.   :)

I need to snap out of this.  I started this post on Tuesday night but deleted it- it sounded way too whiny and pissy.   But some venting does help.    And there is #shiny still.  Like I said, the crew at work right now is awesome.    I have a fun weekend planned with 20,000 other crazies like me.  Besides the race festivities on Saturday and Sunday, I have some other fun things in the works for this weekend that I am looking forward to sharing with you.

So tell me- is it taper crazies or am I just cranky?

Week 5/ January Recap

Upcoming races- Surf City 13.1

Focus–  I forgot to choose one this week. Oops.

How is it February?  Seriously, how did that happen?  Wasn’t is just Christmas?  Or I don’t know summer?  Anyways moving on.   One plus about El Nino is that things have been warmer than usual but that changed this week.   Brrrr.

Monday- Rest  Mondays really work as rest days for me.  Why do I keep trying to change that?   I will say that I felt guilty for not getting in some miles on the bike though.

  

Tuesday- 4 miles  Some very, very slow miles.  I had an episode of Z Nation to get me through it.  Though I do wonder if anyone can see my phone, between Z Nation and Blacklist, I feel kind of weird watching my phone at the gym.

Wednesday- 6 miles Stationary   I woke feeling more sore from 4 treadmill miles than I had from my long run on Saturday.   Grrr.   Daylight savings, are you here yet?    I ended up testing out the new Little Caesar’s on the way home so it almost ended up another rest day.  But instead it was just a very late start and fewer miles.

Thursday- 10 miles  I had to work this weekend so I was able to take a half day and I actually made it out of work by 1.    With a storm predicted for the weekend I had planned on trying to get my long run in early.  After last week’s successful though slow 12 milers, I was looking forward to it.    I almost quit in the first 2 miles.  Everything felt off, I was still sore, I felt uncomfortable in shorts, my throat had an alligator instead of a frog in it.  Every time I started to run I felt like I was going to hyperventilate.  What the hell?!  Was I embarrassed to be seen in shorts or something?

  
I got to the top of the hill and just stopped.   I stretched, had a conversation with myself and scrolled Instagram.   Anything to get my mind off of my panic issue.  I didn’t feel like anything was actually really wrong and I didn’t want to miss the chance to complete my long run so I reassessed.  Pace meant nothing so I turned on the run/ walk interval on my watch and set off again.  Slowly.   At mile 5 I assessed again, felt ok so I continued on.  Between walking and running my pace was holding around 11:30.  Since I was moving slower than planned I ended up having to run through the traffic when the high school let out.  Cuz I wasn’t feeling fluffy enough?!

  
When the run was finally done, I joked on Instagram that it was my slowest 10 miler ever.  Except it turns out it wasn’t a joke- it really was my slowest 10 miles ever.  It took me 2 hours to run 10 miles plus another 20 minutes of stopping for head games and a chafing concern.   But you know what?  I ran 10 miles.  Trying to think on the shiny side here. ☺

Friday- Rest Woo hoo!!!

Saturday- 11 miles Stationary   It was cold and the storm was looming when I got home after work.  I had planned on getting in a run after I finished my errands but just couldn’t bring myself to go back out.   Cross training and the comfy chair won.

Sunday- 4 miles  The storm was predicted to clear by the afternoon so I was going to run then.  While the rain did clear, it was freakin’ cold!  I still feel oddly achy and sore, so I kept it slow and easy for 4 miles.

  
And that wraps up my last full week before Surf City.  Since I am treating it like a very large, friendly long run I normally wouldn’t taper.  But the treadmill and I need to break up and this soreness needs to go away so this may be a heavy cross training week.  We’ll see.   And that brings us to the end of January-

   

Double what December was and that was with 6 days off due to the flu.  I am calling this a good base building month.  I will probably continue to build into February.   I’m currently trying to mash 2 training plans together.  Excel is giving me a headache trying to merge the 2 books.  Ugh.   I get the feeling I may just have to start over.

How was your January?

Anyone have any Excel tips?