Walt Disney World Minnie 10K and Friday Fun

It’s funny how we were at WDW just days ago, and yet the whole experience went by so fast, it’s almost a blur now. Thank goodness I took lots of pictures so I can recall exactly what it was that we did!

The Minnie 10K pre morning preparation went off without a hitch. We had to get up earlier as the race started at 5:30am, but we were well into the groove of leaving sleep behind and focussing on the running events. Two alarms helped as well. ūüôā

We made our way to the start via the WDW shuttle bus. We found ourselves in the midst of the other excited but sleep deprived runners, waiting at the last minutes before they had to rally over to the start corrals and wait patiently for their herding to the start. We gazed at all the costumes in our midst for a while and then suddenly, out of no where, walking up to us was Tabetha of I Run on Water, her husband Greg and their sisters, Rachael and Kathryn. What a great site to see! I had known about their car trip extravaganza, so I was so excited that they had finally arrived. Hugs for all! We chatted a bit. Caught up on the craziness they endured, and then parted ways so that we could find our corrals and organize our race plans. And of course, just like I would forget to turn off my Garmin after crossing the finish, not two minutes after we parted, and I said to myself, “darn, I forgot to get pics of us all”.

We corralled ourselves, and got to the start when it was time for the C group to begin. I have to say, I don’t recall to much about this race, other than being slightly annoyed by the bottle necking on the course. There were moments when we were on wide passages of road way, only to be filtered into narrow passages of road about one lane way thick. It was like sucking on a milkshake through a coffee straw. ¬†We all just didn’t fit. ¬†The runners struggled to pass the walkers, and the walkers for the most part kept in groups of twos, however, sometimes those groups of twos became groups of 4 and 6. They weren’t together as a group, but the walls were starting to form. I wasn’t going to push through, so I just kept my line and continued on in the best way I could. It was still dark, and difficult to see in parts as well. There weren’t a ton of highlights during the race. The first 3.5 miles was road, so nothing really to see. I kinda felt like it was missing a bit of the magic, but I was still glad to be running. You know…it was Disney after all. ¬†We eventually hit Epcot where there were a few picture ops along the way. I like running in Epcot. It has a certain zen feeling for me as I ran along the water.

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Waiting in the corrals at the start. Peter finds another Peter. Smee and Captain Hook. End of race with Minnie 10K bling.

After we finished the race, we didn’t waste much time. We jumped aboard the bus back to the Coronado Springs, and got ourselves ready for the day to explore the Magic Kingdom.

Magic Kingdom here we come!

Magic Kingdom here we come!

Our first point of interest was Space Mountain. We had our Fast Pass already arranged. Nothing like spending the first moments at WDW getting a thrill. Afterwards, we strolled around the new Fantasyland area and took in the sites. More rides, and window shopping ensued. Before long it was our lunch at Crystal Palace with Winnie the Pooh and gang. Crystal Palace is always cheerful and fun. One day, I’m going to jump in when they do the mini Character parade around the restaurant. For today though…I left it for the kiddies.

Crystal Palace - Character Lunch

Crystal Palace – Character Lunch

After lunch we spent some more time walking the various areas of the park. Before long, it was late afternoon. It was getting hot, an Kari was getting grumpy, so I knew just what would cheer him up. Nothing like a Dole Whip!

Yummy Yummy in my tummy, Dole Whip Pineapple Float

Yummy Yummy in my tummy, Dole Whip Pineapple Float

I missed the photo op during the 5k for Dopey.  The line was the longest I have ever seen for a character during a race.  So I settled for this at MK.

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By the end of the afternoon, we were ready to pack it in. We headed back to our resort and grabbed a Quick bite at our Quick Service restaurant before resting our tired heads. The half marathon was the following morning, so we needed a good nights sleep.

Till Tomorrow, Happy Running.

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Getting Crafty for Walt Disney World Marathon – Part Deux

As mentioned in a previous blog, I had two more costumes to complete for the Walt Disney World Marathon weekend. ¬†I’m almost there, so I can share with you the results.

During the 5k I will be going for a more unconventional runner look. ¬†If there is any race I can put up with non-tech wear, it’s the 5k race due to it’s duration. ¬† This year, both myself and my spouse will be running as pirates. ¬†We’ve decided to wear these outfits at the Never Land 5k during the Tinker Bell weekend at Disneyland¬†as well, as it’s a perfect fit for the race. ¬†We have two different head pieces so perhaps we will trade them for each race. ¬†Here’s the two different looks below.

As for the Half marathon, I decided to go with a Goofy inspired theme.

The costume consists of the following:
Orange running shirt (owned)
Black vest (made)
Goofy inspired head band (made)
Dark blue Sparkle skirt – not shown

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Goofy

The reason I don’t have a picture of the full outfit is because I have a dark blue Sparkle skirt currently on order that I’m hoping will arrive this week. According to the tracking, it is currently in Canadian customs being processed. The vest was made out of that cheaper mesh tech material. It’s not the best material but it’s light and wearable for one race. The head band was tech material again but a softer material. I sewed a black elastic around the band to simulate the real goofy hat.

And there you have it – Race costumes complete!

I can’t wait to see everyone on the race course!

Tinker Bell Race weekend – Video Recap

It’s been a rainy and snowy day in the Toronto area so I’m still running on my Treadmill. ¬†Here’s hoping Mother Nature brings us some warmer temperatures soon. ¬†It would be awesome to have something above 5 soon like we did in early January. ¬†Even if only for a day or two. *Crossing fingers

I finally finished my video of the Tinker Bell Half Marathon weekend at Disneyland this past January.  Hope you enjoy it!

P.S. Urban Running Girl’s 20% off shrug sale is still on til Friday. ¬†Enter code : URGFEB If you dislike the thought of tying your jacket around your waist one more Spring during a run, now’s the time the order! ¬†Don’t miss out!

Disneyland Tinker Bell Half Marathon Recap

We had a spectacular time in Anaheim during the Tinker Bell Half Marathon weekend. The weekend was jam packed with running, park hopping, and roller coasters! ¬†Let’s just say, that by the time we left Anaheim to go to L.A., I was pretty much fueled with the help of caffeine and perhaps adrenaline.

We arrived in Anaheim on Friday afternoon and after a quick stop at our hotel, we made our way to the Tinker Bell Run Expo to pick up our race packs.  Once we got our race bibs and shirts, we did a little shopping at the expo.

I went by Sparkle Skirts and picked up a skirt for race day.  The booth was packed as many Tink runners were also in the mood for a little sparkle in their step.

Tinker Bell Race Expo

Tinker Bell Race Expo 2013

On Saturday, we made our way to the start of the Neverland 5K. The race began inside the Disneyland park, so we entered into Main Street to make our way towards the castle. As we were walking towards the castle, I had a chance meeting with Sean Astin. How cool was that?  As you can see, he was totally into Tink spirit as he was wearing wings!                             

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Urban Running Girl & Sean Astin at Neverland 5K

Neverland 5K Finish

The 5K is fun, however, if you plan on running this race, make note it will not be a fast race. Much of the course has narrow running paths, and lots of congestion.

After our 5K, we headed back to the hotel to shower and get ready for a full day of fun at California Adventure.

On Sunday morning, we were up bright and early. Here we are, prior to leaving for the race.

Ready to run the Tinker Bell half marathon

Ready to run the Tinker Bell half marathon

I had an excellent time, running the course. I have to say, the people of Anaheim are fantastic at cheering along the runners. There were several marching bands, and cheerleaders from various schools. ¬†Also, I can’t forget about the Red Hat Society ladies. ¬†They were out in full force cheering us on! There were some great signs along the course, but my favourite by far was this one…

We found out at the expo that all male participants were put in corral C by default, therefore; ‘Peter’ and myself were not starting at the same time as I was starting in a corral ahead of him. This worked out perfect (or so we thought), as I had planned on stopping and taking lots of pictures along the way which would give ‘Peter’ lots of time to catch up to me, and that we would be able to finish the race together. Although, we did finish together, it came down to the very last minutes of our race. I had expected he would have caught up to me around the 15K mark, however, he was no where in sight, so I slowed my pace down, in the hopes that he would eventually meet up with me. It wasn’t until the last stretch of the race, where there is a hairpin turn that I saw him running up on the other side. I think I was about 200 meters from the finish, and I waited for him to run around the hairpin, so we could cross the finish line together.

As always, it was another excellent Disney running adventure. In the next couple of weeks, I hope to be able to share a video of our running adventure with you.

Birthday Blog!

I’ve been in a great mood lately. ¬†January can be tough, and I’ll admit my mood can be affected by the weather. ¬†However, last weekend the temperatures went up to 15 degrees! ¬†It was just the pick me up I needed for my last training run before the Tinker Bell Half marathon this coming weekend. ¬†I was able to wear a pair of running tights and a t-shirt on my long run last Saturday. ¬†It was absolutely gorgeous outside.

Of course, Mother Nature hasn’t decided to change it’s winter season this soon. ¬†The weather dipped down as of yesterday, and Toronto is back to -3 to +3 averages. ¬†Which really isn’t that bad. ¬†It certainly could be worse. ¬†Today, I went out for my Birthday 6K run and it was quite pleasant at 1 degree. ¬†The sun was nice and bright which took the edge off any dreary winter run. ¬†Oh, by-the-way, Yes, it’s my birthday. ¬†Today! ¬†Yep! ¬†No big celebrations though as I will have more than enough fun this weekend and into the following week. ¬†However, I did have a slice of this….

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And THIS is delicious! ¬†Our favourite cake shop called Dufflet calls it the Lemon Coconut cake and describes it as “Coconut cake filled with alternating layers of lemon and coconut buttercream; frosted with cream cheese icing and finished with snowy coconut”.

It’s absolutely worth the extra calories on anyone’s birthday!

Speaking of indulgences, I went a little kooky yesterday and had my nails done in the closest green I could find that matched Tink’s fairy dress.

What do you think? It’s O.P.I.‘s ‘Don’t Talk Bach To Me’ from the Germany collection.

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I plan on wearing a few items during the race to celebrate the Tinker Bell run.  Of course, I have my laces I used last year.  I love the little Tink metal attachment that came with the laces.  Not sure what else I will be wearing at the race.  Skirt? Tutu? Wings perhaps?

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If you happen to be on Urban Running Girl’s Facebook or Twitter feeds, stay tuned as I will try and post updates when I can about the weekend. ūüôā

Until then….. Happy Running!

Happy New Year

Happy New Year!

I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday season, and enjoyed some time with family and friends.  I myself was visiting family in Ottawa and Hamilton.  Luckily, I witnessed a little snow during Christmas in Ottawa as Toronto had none at that time.

Yes, I’ve been terribly absent from the internet in the last few weeks. ¬†I primarily posted a few Tweets or Facebook messages from my iphone. ¬†There were many times I was without a computer, and other times I was just busy with the holiday season. ¬†Ahh life! ¬†Things have begun to get back to normal again and I hope to create a blog per week. (at the very minimum)

Now that the holiday season is over, I’ve been back at my training. ¬†I had to run on my treadmill for a few runs, but luckily the sidewalks have been clear enough this week to run outside. ¬†I had a wonderful long run last Sunday, and I followed it up today with 6K. ¬†The weather has been above zero degrees C, which is perfect weather for me. ¬†Soon enough, I will be headed to California to run the Tinker Bell Half marathon in Anaheim. ¬†Of course, this is a fun run for me. ¬†I take a lot of pictures and video, so that tends to slow me down considerably, but it’s also a great way to keep the cardio during the colder months. ¬†I must admit, I’m looking forward to the warmer temperatures as well. ¬†ūüôā ¬†If anyone out there is also racing this event, please let me know. ¬†I of course will also be wearing my shrug on the race course (weather permitting) and in and around the parks, so if you do see me, please say hello.

Speaking of Disney’s Tinker Bell half marathon, I’m sure many are getting ready to depart to ¬†Walt Disney World for the Marathon weekend. ¬†For anyone out there who is participating in any of the races, have a fantastic time. ¬†I’m sure it will be an awesome experience for you as it’s the 20th anniversary of the Mickey Marathon. ¬†There will be much to celebrate. ¬†The temperatures in Florida seem to be warm right now, so please keep yourself hydrated during the race. ¬†I look forward to reading all the race reports.

If you are not racing this month, I hope you are keeping well and staying active.

Happy Running!