Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Runners/Writers Wanted for a Virtual Expedition Everest Challenge

Do you hear the drums?  Are you ready for the next Virtual runDisney endurance contest?  A virtual peek- registration to finish line- at the upcoming  Expedition Everest Challenge?

Attention runners!  If you have participated in this adventure, or like me, merely wanted to, we need you as our guide!  My co-host, (D Marie, @Distherapy, and blogging at DIStherapy ), and I are looking for runDisney warriors who will join us in a Virtual runDisney Blog Hop on Wednesday, April 23, 2014.  Each potential writer will choose a race topic, (from scavenger hunt details to Post-Race Party), and cover each wild detail, from an instructional and/or personal point of view. Together we'll map out the journey of the Expedition Everest Challenge, for both the benefit of first timers and to whet our wildest appetites.

Would you like more details?  Would you like to claim your favorite leg of this runDisney quest?  Please contact D Marie HERE.  The blog hop is open to all species of bloggers and non-bloggers, elite runners and newbie mountain climbers alike. Remember, every post completes this wild narrative!

For reference:

Virtual Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend Blog Hop

Virtual Tinker Bell Half Marathon Weekend Blog Hop

Virtual Disney Princess Half Marathon Weekend Blog Hop

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Orlando Yelp Event- Kings Bowl

A few weeks ago, I was so excited to go to my second Yelp Elite event--at Kings Bowl.  I was so excited for this event!

I got there a little early to watch the Gator game but soon the place filled up.  First we played a Meet the Elites Bingo game.  When  you RSVPd for the event, you had to include a fun fact about yourself.  For the game, you had to meet people and try to find the people with the facts to make a Bingo.  I won!  Wohoo!

We were treated like Royalty.  There were so many food and drink offerings!  There were sesame ginger wings, lollipop wings, crispy & spicy calamari, maple glazed scallops, southwestern spring rolls,  buffalo wontons and kings famous steak tips (just to name a few).

 There were also drink samples to be had: sangria, The Dude, and Strawberry Pop Rocktini

Their drink list was amazing!

We were also given two drink tickets.  With my first one, I got the Orange Creamsicle.  And the bartender knew I was a Gator fan, so he added some Blue Curacao to make my drink orange & blue!

We had to get a picture with their mascot

Then it was time for bowling!

We headed into the back Royal Room (perfect name!)

We had so much fun!  There was a DJ playing this awesome mix of current and 80s and 90s hits.  We were up dancing and singing the whole time (when we weren't bowling, of course)!

 And just having an all around great time

 For my second drink I had the Strawberry Peach Lemonade (I wanted the Fizzy Lifting Drink--it had Snozzberry Syrup!  But they were out of the stuff they needed for the special effect)

 There was also the Snap Studio Booth to take fun pictures in!

And we got some great Yelp swag!

We had so much fun at Kings Bowl.  I cant' wait to go back!

Friday, March 28, 2014

Blogging Hiatus

Sooo my hard drive died last Saturday.  Booo!  So I'm taking a little hiatus until its fixed again.  Hopefully by the end of next week!

Friday, March 21, 2014

Orlando Yelp Event- The Thirsty Topher

Our first Yelp event of the year was at The Thirsty Topher.

It was a dive-ish type bar off the beaten path and was pretty neat.  Here's a shot of what it looks like before everyone filed in.

I am not a big beer drinker.  The only beer I really drink is Bud Light (I know, I know.)  I told the very nice bartender this and that I liked sweet things.  He brought over a sample of banana bread beer.  It wasn't bad.  He also told me about this beer called a Radler that was mixed with Grapefruit soda.  That sounded more up my alley so I decided to try it.  And it was so good!  It didn't taste like beer at all.  I could easily imagine myself drinking it sitting by a pool.


When we had arrived, we were given a raffle ticket where we could get Avocado Fries from the Sushi and Seoul food truck.  Yum!

But the main reason for the event was to get to know our new Orlando Community Manager, Andi P.  She was so nice!  We will miss Colleen, but I think we're going to be in great hands.  Andi started the year off on a bang!

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Weekly Recap- March 10-16, 2014

I ran the Gate River run this past weekend.  I was worried about it since I was injured and under Doctor's orders of no running for 8 weeks.  Plus I'd only run 3 times since December 30th and all 3 times were races.  And there were two bridges in the race--1 of them huge.  I told myself not to push it.  Just enjoy it.  And I ended up PRing my 15k time by 11 seconds!

Saturday--Gate River Run 15k--9.5 miles in 1:41:31 (Mile 1: 9:3, Mile 2: 10:21, Mile 3: 10:21, Mile 4: 10:12, Mile 5: 10:31, Mile 6: 11:24, Mile 7: 11:12, Mile 8: 11:48, Mile 9: 11:10, Mile 9-9.5: 10:28, average pace: 10:42)

Total miles this week: 9.5
Total miles in 2014: 56.09
Total miles: 1124.08

Sunday, March 9, 2014

Race # 45- Enchanted 10k

Cori and I woke up early Saturday morning and headed to Epcot for the Enchanted 10k.  It was my first 10k at WDW and I was excited to try out the new course.  We met up with Kristin (A Mom on the Run) and Cori ran into one of her friends from back home. 

We chatted for a while and then started to head to our corral since they had announced it was time a few minutes before.  Kristin and Cori's friend headed to the A corral and we headed to the B.  Right before we went in, Cori headed to the bathroom--which stressed me out (remember from earlier how I don't like being late) but I took the opportunity to snap another pic.

  Well just as it was her turn, our corral started walking so I wasn't too happy about that and about being in the back of the corral.  Oh well.

This corral start was interesting.  I'm not sure how to describe it but it started different than normal.  The A corral went off at 5:30.  I thought that the 10k would be like the half with only 2-3 minutes in between but it seemed like it was forever until we started.  My Runkeeper app said 5:41 so 11 minutes between starts.  Too long in my opinion.  Anyways, like always, I love the fireworks start!

Soon we were off.  I was nervous again for this race because I didn't know how I would feel.  I hadn't run at all in 6 weeks, and I wasn't supposed to be running this race (or for another 6 weeks after).  Luckily, I was never in any pain!

Towards the beginning of the run, we saw Elsa up on one of the overpasses and it was "snowing".  Pretty cool!

And that was pretty much all of the entertainment for the first half of the race (or longer).  It was honestly pretty boring for a Disney run.  Even the 5ks are more entertaining.  There is plenty of spaces for there to be more entertainment.  I decided I prefer half marathons over 10k at WDW and 10ks over half marathons at DL.   Hopefully runDisney will step up their 10ks at WDW! 

It was definitely a gross morning.  Very foggy and hot.  We don't normally stop at water stations during 10ks but it was so humid, we knew we needed to.  But at the first stop, there was no Gatorade (and I don't drink water).  Nor was there any at the next one, or the one after that.  When I asked runDisney about it afterwards, the guy said they only have Gatorade for half marathons or longer.  Ugh.  Not cool for those of us who don't like water and it was hot enough that I'm sure there were plenty of people who needed electrolytes!

Anyways, we came into Epcot and started our run through the park.


Then we ran out and through the Boardwalk and Yacht and Beach area.

Back through Epcot

Yes I'm a big dork but I love this picture

 Before we knew it, we were done!

Definitely not my favorite runDisney race, but I'll try to do it for as long as I can so I can get Legacy! 


Our official time was 1:16:29.  Definitely not our best time but it was hot and we hadn't run in a while.  I was 2613th out of 8969 so top third.  For gender, I was 2178 out of 7979 so top third again and 377 for age and gender (not sure out of how many.)

After the race, we got our medals engraved and headed out to Cori's car.  Which wouldn't start.  We had to get the nice security guards to help us.  They couldn't figure out what was wrong so they called the car help place that's over by MK and the guy pretty much got it started right away!

Poor Cori felt bad but I didn't mind.  It made for a good story!!