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Disney Wine and Dine Half Marathon 2014

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Colby and I ran the Wine and Dine Half Marathon on Saturday night – November 8 at 10 PM!  We had such a great time!  We ran this race back in 2010 and loved it.  Anything Disney is always great :)

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A big thank you to the Fitletic table at the expo.  I told them that the bottles in my new belt were leaking.  Well, they were actually squirting me!  When I put GU and water in them for my marathon, I was getting sticky!  They said that should absolutely not happen and they had a bad batch recently.  They gave me two new bottles right there!  They are great!  I have this belt with double water bottles.

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We knew it was going to rain at some point in the night.  We had to get on a bus to get to the start of the race by 8PM.  We were there around 7:30 and had lots of time to stretch and relax.  We flew down to FL very early that morning, so we were pretty exhausted by that night.  If I was going to do it again, I would just fly down Friday night so I could get a little more sleep.  As we got to our corrals, it started to drizzle.  I put on my cheap poncho to keep warm and waited for the start of the race.  Fireworks went off for each corral and we started a few minutes after 10PM.  The rain started to pick up and did not stop.  I kept my poncho on for about a mile and then tucked it into the back of my race belt.

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We enjoyed the race but were exhausted and soaked by the end!  I didn’t run as well as I had hoped, but I enjoyed the race.  The course ran through Animal Kingdom, Hollywood Studios and finished at my favorite, Epcot.  I don’t have any pictures at the after party, because we were so wet!  My Garmin pedometer said I did over 20 miles that day, including the race.  We changed out of our wet clothes and got some fish and chips in England.  More pictures to come of the rest of our vacation, because we had great weather Sunday-Tuesday :)

Halloweekend ’14 and Disney!

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Our little baby was dressed up as “Tigger” for Halloween :)  She was pretty well behaved with the trick or treat-ers too!

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I’m loving my new Garmin 15.  Still getting used to the new look after my Garmin 405, but I like the smaller size of the watch.  It’s easy to use.

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I said goodbye to my old 405 and mailed it back to Garmin for a $80 trade in value towards my new Forerunner 15.  Lots of good miles on that old watch!

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More Bella :)

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Broke my first tubes during a CXWORX class the other week.  I like to think that I’ve just gotten so strong the tubes couldn’t handle me anymore…

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We are going to DISNEY next Saturday!!!!!!!!!  We are soooo excited!  Colby’s brother and a few other friends are going too.  The Wine and Dine Half Marathon is Saturday night – at 10PM!  We have been signed up to run this race for almost a year.  Disney races sell out fast!

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Colby and I ran it back in 2010, when it was the very first time they had this race.  It is a night race, so we will be finishing around midnight.  Colby agreed to run with me so we finish together.  The race starts at the ESPN Zone, goes to Animal Kingdom, Hollywood Studios and finishes in Epcot for a big after party.  Since it is during the food and wine festival, there are extra food stands in the World Showcase area.  I was nervous about running a full marathon a month before this race, but things have been going well.  In the past, I’ve blown up after a full marathon and took major breaks from running.  I think teaching Les Mills BODYPUMP and CXWORX classes during and after marathon training have really helped.  After the marathon, I took a month off running and then did a few 4 and 6 mile runs.  Today I ran 10 and felt great!

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I didn’t look at my watch much because it was so windy and cold!  I had to get the cold weather tights out for today!  I ran with Amy and we met a friend during mile 4, so we stopped and slowed down that mile.  I was thrilled to see my splits were pretty even, since I didn’t obsess over my Garmin.  Hopefully I can suck it up for a night half marathon next weekend!

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Bella selfie.  Love her so much :)

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