Wednesday, December 10, 2014

It is real

Somehow I downloaded a virus onto the computer I usually use which means I don't have much computer time right now. Hopefully it will be wiped off the computer soon.

The big news is Disney released the bib numbers and corral assignments for Marathon weekend next month. It doesn't mean much right now other than it means I am one month away from my first marathon and I am starting to freak out. It is official. I have one month to prepare myself to run 26.2 miles. Sunday I ran 21 miles. It was my first time cracking that dreaded 20 mile mark. It was awful. Just awful. The day before was Meeghan's birthday (another post to come when I can access my pictures), and we decided to go to Magic Kingdom. Originally, I was going to run that morning and then we would leave. However, the night before was E's squadron Christmas party. I was exhausted so I bailed on the run and push it to Sunday morning. I tried my hardest to stay hydrated on the warm day at Disney, but I think I failed. Sunday I woke up feeling a bit dizzy and tired. I decided to go anyway. My heart was not in it because by mile 1 I was trying to quit. Around mile 10 my breathing was becoming weird. When I was younger I struggled with hyperventilating during sporting events. My body decided to do it again. I couldn't breath well at all. It felt like someone was sitting on my chest. Around mile 14 I started intervals so I could finish. I was very tempted to call E so he could pick me up, but I am so stubborn I told myself I would walk the rest of the way if I needed just so I could get the miles. I was pretty emotional by this point which is what triggers the hyperventilation. I was a mess. I started crying. Besides the breathing issue, I had some serious chafing going on. Even though I used a ton of Vaseline before I left, I still had chafing on my thighs and back. My hydration vest was rubbing my bra on my back and so every step it would rub even more. They still hurt today. With all the crap going on, I decided to go very slow and just finish. Finally the miles on my watch turned to 21 and I was so happy I almost did a dance of joy. I have one more long run scheduled before the race, and I am dreading it. I am hoping that this was just a really bad run, and the next one will be better. If it isn't, then this will definitely be my only marathon.

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

I channeled my inner Clark Griswold

A week ago, E and I thought it was a great idea to hop in the car and drive 1100 miles to KC in one trip. Boy were we wrong! I will spare you the details, but I will say that I was 90 miles from my brother's house when I realized I was driving with my eyes closed. I found a rest area and slept for an hour only to wake to sleet hitting the car. 18 hours there, 20 hours back to Florida. We made it home at 5:30 Monday morning. I slept for a few hours and then took Hannah to school since she slept in the car.

Anyway, on to the good stuff! Thanksgiving I finally saw my extended family for the first time in 2.5 years. It was the first time they had met Meeghan, and the first time I met the other babies. There was food and laughter which makes for a successful holiday. I even took a cake so everyone could sing Happy Birthday to Meeghan (her birthday is Saturday).

She really wanted to take Sofia off the cake

This kid loves cake

My dad was amused

Some cousins enjoying balloons and tv

4 of these kids are 2 and under with one more on the way

Hannah and E love cranberry sauce. I forgot to take it to dinner so they had it for dessert.

Monday, November 24, 2014

Life Lately

I know I am neglecting my little corner of the internet. Lately, if I sit down the girls swarm me. Plus E has been in a month long training session which means I have been on my own a lot. This has been my life lately:

-Hannah has started lying. Blatantly lying. She is also using logic against me which means I need to step up my game. 4 year olds are tricky!

-Meeghan has entered the terrible twos. Oh, how I forgot about the tantrums and mood swings. When she isn't throwing a tantrum, she is a pretty sweet girl. I can't believe she turns 2 in 11 days. I still need to do some birthday shopping for her.

-And for the fun part of the week, we are heading back to KC for Thanksgiving! My extended family has never met Meeghan. It is a 17 hour drive, but it will be worth it. I will get to see family that I haven't seen in 2 years. There will be food (BBQ!), there will be family and friends, and hopefully there will be some Christmas light displays to start the Christmas season.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Wine and Dine 2014 Recap

This past Saturday evening, I ran Disney's Wine and Dine Half Marathon. It wasn't my fastest half marathon ever, but it was by far the most fun I have ever had while running. 

Friday I made it to the expo where I picked up this shirt. I wasn't sure if I would like it since it seemed more on the brown side, but I grew to love it. I checked out some merchandise, but I couldn't justify the price so I passed on it. 




I always feel so awkward when I take a picture by myself.

Saturday I agreed to go to Hollywood Studios, but only for the morning. We did most of the shows so I was able to sit a lot and not wear down my legs. I left E and his mom with the kids, and went back to the hotel to eat and rest. I have never run a night race before so I wasn't too sure how to approach it. I decided to eat a larger lunch of pasta, nap, and then eat a bland dinner of a peanut butter sandwich. I think it worked pretty well. I napped too early though. I was awake by 3 and couldn't sleep anymore. The race doesn't start until 10 so I still had a long time to wait. 

After battling traffic I made it to the start area with plenty of time to spare. I wandered a bit until a friend from high school arrived. She was running with some friends of hers, and it was their first half marathon. After talking we realized she runs just a tad slower than me, and since she isn't used to running alone (her friends hadn't trained well and weren't the same speed as her) I offered to run with her. I am not used to running with someone so it was going to be a different experience for me. She didn't submit proof of time so we started in the last corral. It is very different starting in the last corral than starting in my usual corral. Plus we started near the back of the corral so we were some of the last people to cross the start line. We had to do a lot of weaving, and we were squished in the narrow areas. Oh, did I mention it was raining? The entire race it rained. It started about 9 o'clock and it did not stop. I wear glasses so I had a lot of trouble seeing when we came upon bright lights. Despite the rain and the massive amount of people in front of us, we did pretty well. We carried on a conversation the entire time, and the race flew by. Seriously, it was the most fun I have had. I found myself singing and dancing when we passed by music. There is a disco tunnel in Hollywood Studios, and I was definitely showing off my disco moves. Even at the end of the race I was singing and dancing so I know I enjoyed myself. I thought this race had a completely different atmosphere to it than Princess weekend. I am not sure if it is the night start time, or the anticipation of the after party at the Food and Wine Festival. Either way, there was a great energy among the runners and spectators. I was surprised how many people were out cheering us on in the cold rain. It was awesome! I tried to yell thank you every time I could to let them know it was appreciated. My finish time was about 20 minutes over what I had anticipated if I had run on my own. It was a bit weird to look at my watch to see it was 1:30 in the morning as I crossed the finish line. It didn't feel like it. 

After the race, I met up with E and we hit the after party. He had been there since 8 so he had enjoyed the food and rides. I wanted to change out of my wet clothes and then find some food. I told him I wanted to stay for a bit just because it was our date night. If the weather had been nice, I think we would have stayed much later. However, it was still raining and I was freezing. We left about 3am. I knew the girls would be awake around 6 so I was anxious to get some sleep. I managed 2 hours of sleep before they woke me. It was worth it though. 

Cold and rainy night at the France pavilion 
I highly recommend this race to someone who wants to run at Disney World. You run through 3 parks, and you get to eat at the Food and Wine Festival after. Win-win in my book!


Tuesday, November 4, 2014

It's time for Wine and Dine!

Saturday night I will be running half marathon number three at Disney World. It is the Wine and Dine Half Marathon. It coincides with the final weekend of the Food and Wine Festival at Epcot. I love the Food and Wine Festival. Do you want to know the best part about this race? There is an after party at Epcot, and all the food kiosks will be open. Yes! The downside is the race starts at 10pm. I was  asleep by 9:30 last night. Knowing that I will not finish until after midnight is a bit scary, but I keep telling myself there will be delicious food waiting for me at the end. I have heard this is a wonderful race. The course goes through three of the Disney parks, and they have started decorating for Christmas. This one I will be running for fun, and I am not going to worry about time. This has become a glorified training run for me since it falls during a long run weekend for my marathon training.

As for marathon training, let's just say that between other races and holidays, my plan has become a bit of a mess. My last long run was 17 miles, and that was 3 weeks ago. My plan calls for 20 this weekend, but with the race I have decided to push it back another 2 weeks so there will be 5 weeks between my long runs (with one 13 miler thrown in). My original plan called for my final long run to be 26 miles, but I have changed it to 22. I know that is more than enough to prepare me for the marathon, but is scary to know I would still have another 4 miles to run after that. I figure I can always crawl to the finish line if I need to that day.

Monday, November 3, 2014

Halloween

I think the girls enjoyed Halloween this year. Hannah understands how it works, and the fact that she celebrated at school made it even more fun. Meeghan didn't really get it at first, but she knew she needed her pumpkin bucket. Hannah wanted to be Elsa, and I thought Meeghan would make a cute monkey since she loves monkeys. She wanted nothing to do with the costume. We ran to the Disney store and she agreed to an Anna costume so we would have an Elsa and an Anna. Well, E's work had a Halloween party for the kids. Meeghan did not want to wear Anna either. I am sure people thought we were torturing the poor girl as we tried to dress her. Eventually we wrangled the dress on her, but she tried to take it off for the next 15 minutes. Once we made it inside and she realized people gave her candy, she was cool with the dress.


Doesn't she look thrilled?
By Friday, Meeghan understood that people give her candy if she holds out her bucket. She still wouldn't wear either costume, but she agreed to her Belle dress. The girls were pretty happy about their candy so I would say we had a successful Halloween.


Tuesday, October 21, 2014

It is permanent

E and I discussed our plans for our family shortly before, and then after, Meeghan was born. We both decided that two children were enough for us. He agreed to have a vasectomy done, and started the process about a month after Meeghan was born. However, the Navy changed his plans and he had to delay it...until last Friday. E finally had the procedure done (almost two years later). I was so dang happy. A part of me thought I would be sad knowing that we wouldn't have more kids, but I wasn't. I think that is a pretty good sign that I am content with the family we have. I am also glad that he volunteered to do it. My body hates hormonal birth control so birth control is limited for me. Thankfully, he didn't see it as an end to his manhood and was okay with the procedure (like some other men I know). Now, let's hope it worked so he doesn't have to do it again.