November 30, 2013

Road ID Giveaway Winner

And now for the winner of the $35 Road ID gift card....

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Congratulations Priscilla Rettman!   Please email us by Monday, December 2nd, 2013 by 6:00 pm to claim your prize.

November 29, 2013

Black Friday Delight!

You know we love the JCPenney snow globes. Each year on Black Friday, an employee hands these out to their first customers of the day and that has traditionally been out first stop on our shopping trip.  Last year, we were so disappointed when the snow globes were not a part of Black Friday. Sometime this fall, we found out that the snow globes would be back!  Christine and I immediately planned our Black Friday shopping around this event that we have come to love.  Who wouldn't get excited about a Disney snow globe that is FREE?

2012 and 2013!
While standing in line this morning, we found out that there were snow globes last year.  However, they were not given out on Black Friday and there were only a small amount made for distribution. Some very loyal JCPenney customers received cards in the mail and could pick up their snow globe at their local store. Luckily for us, we were early in line this year and there just happened to be a box with about 14 of the 2012 models! Score! So excited to receive both of these little beauties today! Thank you JC Penney for bringing back a wonderful tradition!

What are you doing on Black Friday?  Did you shop on Thanksgiving?

November 28, 2013


I don't often say much about my job on the blog, but today I'm breaking that rule in the essence of telling you a story about an experience I had earlier this week.  I work in a military hospital and there are two sets of elevators in the building - a set for staff and one for patients and visitors.  Typically I use the staff elevators because they're closer to my desk.  But one night this week, I happened to stop by to see a colleague on my way out and got on the patient and visitor elevators to head home.

That one simple decision changed my outlook for the week.  As I got on, I was eager to get headed home - I had quite a few errands to run and chores to complete in advance of the holiday.  I was playing on my phone on the ride downstairs and barely noticed when we stopped at another floor.  I did remark that it took a minute for the passengers to get on and when they did, I paid attention.  I watched a young man in a wheelchair with an above the knee amputation and his nurse/PT/care giver (I'm not quite sure of her specific role) join him.  The young man struggled to maneuver his wheelchair onto the elevator and his companion shot me a sympathetic look.

After a moment, the young man looked up at me and told me it was his first day with his "new wheels" as he called them.  He laughed and told me he was slowly getting the hang of it.  He was a good looking guy and couldn't have been much more than 25 years old.

As I got off the elevator, I immediately started thinking about the encounter.  This isn't my first experience with a wounded vet in the hospital (as you can imagine, it's pretty common place), but this one made me think a bit.  My immediate response was that I was grateful to have both of my legs in working order that allow me to run but that wasn't all.  It was just the tip of the iceberg. This young guy (a kid really) lost his leg and he was laughing and smiling about it.  There is no doubt in my mind that every day won't be so rosy for him; my job teaches me there will be many ups and downs throughout his recovery.   His toothy grin (almost mischievous in nature) was contagious and his "just roll with it" attitude was inspiring.

I was grateful for this interaction, particularly at the beginning of a particularly busy holiday week.  It definitely made me think...about the little things I often take for health, my home, my job, my family and friends, etc.  It was a helpful reality check.  So to this brave sailor, thank you for not only your contagious smile but unknowingly encouraging me to reflect on my own life.

Wishing you a fantastic day (and hopefully a long weekend) with your loved ones - family and friends alike!

November 27, 2013

Thanksgiving Traditions

Our family likes to celebrate our holidays in much the same fashion year after year.  A Thanksgiving day turkey trot was something we enjoyed the last three years during our trips to Virginia to visit with Christine. This year, we are taking a break from racing, but will still get in a few miles before we start the food preparations for our afternoon feast.  Sitting around watching the Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade is one of our favorite things to do while eating breakfast. We also peruse the sale ads from the newspaper in preparation for our Black Friday shopping adventure!

For many years, we have been doing the same activity while waiting for the turkey to roast!  Believe it or not, it is competitive, especially deciding who gets to put Pooky (Garfield's stuffed bear), together and I am calling dibs right now!

I make this mix every year between October and January.  Tom likes to call it football food, but my version of Chex Party Mix has been a staple for years during our Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays.
Ready for snacking!
As for our meal, we have the usual favorites like everyone: turkey, stuffing, gravy, vegetables and of course a can of this goodness. Cranberry sauce always taste better with those ridges formed by the can!

One year, Christine made some very fancy cranberry sauce, and sadly it was neglected for the canned variety.  Now we just stockpile the cans and save time in preparation! Of course we indulge in some sweet dessert and this year it will be something pumpkin flavored that Christine is baking from scratch.  We will also have plenty of chocolates for munching too!

Lastly, we take time to be thankful for all of our blessings.  Do you have special Thanksgiving traditions?

November 26, 2013

My freakishly great first marathon

I promise this will be my last post on the Marine Corps Marathon. Yes, I'm still reveling in the completion of my first marathon but I realize some of you may not be quite as excited as I am about this race (still). I've had a lot of people comment on what an ideal first marathon experience I had and figured it was worth chronicling how my prep work paid off on race day. So here it is - my list of reasons that I had a phenomenal first marathon (and also a self-indulgent photo sharing post).

1. I trained hard. There are no magic bullets when it comes to a marathon. If you want to run well, you must put in the work. I was pretty much like a machine from June until race day. I didn't miss a long run and only missed one cut back run. It was a 10 miler and I split it over 2 days.

2. I monitored my diet like a hawk. Two weeks before race day, I cut out all junk including processed foods. I worked hard to eat whole foods and get a good balance of nutrients...maybe I should work harder to eat like this all the time!  I also cut out alcohol.  And I hydrated like a crazy person leading up to the race.

3. I raced exactly like I trained. Seems obvious but I kept the same run-walk intervals and a relatively similar pace.  And truth be told, my race pace was about 40 seconds-ish faster than my long run training pace…which if memory serves me correctly is pretty on target for most first marathon training plans.
Sure I didn't run past the Capital during training….
4. I respected the distance.  I had NO idea what the last 6 miles would hold and I was nervous.  There were days that I wondered if I would fall apart, mentally or physically or both, during the last 10k.  Luckily none of that happened to me and I was able to finish strong, but I believe that is largely due to my training and the fact that I didn't sign up for a marathon until I was ready to commit 110%.
Less than a tenth of a mile to the finish…
on the dreaded hill and the reality sets in
5. I had an experienced marathoner as my running buddy.  There really is nothing like toeing the starting line with someone who has been there before…with someone who can understand your nerves…with someone who can talk you off the ledge during training and during the race.  I will forever be grateful that Danielle wanted to run with me.  And we had SO. MUCH. FUN.  I will treasure that day with her forever.
Oh hi there! Can you tell we're having fun?!

6. I paced the race right.  When people advised me to start slow, I listened.  I watched a few people crash and burn the last 6-10 miles in marathons in the weeks leading up to Marine Corps and I really didn't want that to be me.  So we started "slower than slow" and picked it up from there.  And when Danielle cranked it up, I let her go ahead even though I wished I could have kept pace.  I was comfortable running my own race and didn't fool myself with illusions of running an 8:40 pace at mile 21.

7. I paid very close attention to my fuel.  During the race, I was constantly doing mental math to calculate when I should munch on some shot bloks or take a gel.  I downed an orange slice from an aid station and snagged a Clif gel but otherwise stuck to fuel that I brought with me.  During the last 10k, I was trying to choke down (yes, accurate picture here) a shot blok every mile to keep my energy and glucose levels up.  I might not have needed it but I avoided a low glucose-inducing crash so it worked for me.
A nano-second from crossing the finish line

8. I believed in myself.  This is going to sound ridiculously cheesy, but it's true.  I knew I could do it.  I had confidence in my training.  I had a few mantras and power songs to accompany them that I relied on during the race.  I brought all of my good luck cards and notes with me to DC - they lined the dresser my friend's home and some made it into my running belt.
Sure you can't see my face, but that was my finish line moment!
9. I waited until I was ready to run a marathon.  I genuinely believe this is the most important thing I did.  You all know that Mom ran her first marathon last January as part of the Goofy challenge.  While I wasn't exactly envious nor was I ready to join her, it grated on me a little that she completed one first.  I really wasn't ready though and I knew this.  I chatted with friends about the social pressure to run a marathon after you've completed a few halfs.  It took me some time to warm up to the idea of 26.2 miles.  I signed up when I was ready and ran this on my own timeline.  And for that I am forever grateful because this race was just right for me.

10. You supported me.  I will forever be grateful of having fantastic friends that read this blog who were good to me when I was in the throes of training, the possible cancellation of the race, and the day of the marathon.  Thanks for all of your support and love throughout this process!


November 25, 2013

Cold weather gear

It's the time of year that runners are digging through their closets to find the warmest clothing they have for outdoor running.  After three years of living in North Carolina, I thought I had figured out exactly what I needed for winter runs.  Cue the weather man and please tell me what happened yesterday?  NC is supposed to have lovely weather in the fall!  November 24, 2013 was the coldest day I have ever run. That's right, despite it still being autumn, we awoke to a freezing cold day, oh and a little bit alot of wind to make the running extra challenging.  The one redeeming part of the day was the brilliant blue sky.

How do you dress for a day like I had yesterday?  My experience has told me to add layer after layer.  I started out with 3 layers on top and my new Columbia heavyweight tights for my bottom layer. After trashing my old tights (holes and excessive wear), I spent some time at the local running store deciding which to buy. These tights have a reflective material that actually reflects and retains your body heat.  I was skeptical, but purchased them anyway.  Today was the ultimate test and they kept my legs nice and cozy after the initial shock of cold air when I stepped outside! For my top layers, I started with a base long sleeve Brooks running shirt, followed by a mid layer top by Nike.  Finally, I wore my Lululemon Can't Stop Jacket that is manufactured with several fabrics including a front that has moisture and wind protection.  I borrowed Tom's Sugoi scull cap, which has now made it's way into my drawer.

When temps drop below 30 degrees,  it's time for a hat and gloves!
I've mentioned the specific items I wore on my run, but let's face it, we all have our favorite brands and go to items for cold weather running.  My list of necessities include:

* long sleeve base layer
* mid range layer
* jacket with wind resistance, yet breathable
* heavyweight tights or running pants
* gloves or mittens made of wicking material
* breathable hat
* hand warmers for extreme cold
* neck gaiter

Have I missed anything?  What are your go to items for cold weather running?

Disclosure:  All items mentioned in this post were purchased by me and as always, the opinions are my own.

November 24, 2013

Weekly Roundup - November 24th

The holidays are fast approaching and so is Dopey Challenge!  This week was a first for me with 4 days in a row of running/walking to be prepared for the WDW race weekend in January. Today I will be pounding the pavement for 16 miles and Christine has 10 on her training plan.

Besides tons of running, I have started to get organized for the holidays. I actually did some Christmas decorating, gasp, which is something I have never done before Thanksgiving. However, with a late Thanksgiving this year and a volunteer commitment on December 5th that involves loads of preparation, this seemed like a good idea. And lets face it, since I am not hosting Thanksgiving this week, who cares?  The only one that knows I have decorated is Tom.  Oh wait, there was a question at a party last Saturday night, "Who has already started to decorate for Christmas?"  It was a fun game and yes, I had to fess up to being that girl who had already gotten out my decor for the Christmas holiday!  Tom had told his golf group, and so the word spread! I'm not sharing any decorated house photos yet, but here is a glimpse at Lulu with one of her favorite holiday toys! She even got in on the early Christmas decorating!
Waiting for some new Christmas toys

Cute dog photo done, here is a recap of our weekly workouts.  Hopefully everyone is on track for their upcoming races and food shopping is done for Thanksgiving!

Sunday, November 17th
Pam: 6.1 miles running at 9:46 pace
Christine: 6.1 miles in neighborhood

Monday, November 18th
Pam: Rest day
Christine: 30 min stationary bike, leg weights, abs

Tuesday, November 19th
Pam:  5.5 miles running at 9:24 pace
Christine: Rest day

Wednesday, November 20th
Pam: 30 minutes stationary bike, weights, sit ups
Christine: 30 min stationary bike, push-ups, abs

Thursday, November 21st
Pam:  Without Limits track workout  total mileage 4
Christine: 5 miles on treadmill

Friday, November 22nd
Pam: 2.5 miles walking
Christine: 7 miles on treadmill (a personal distance record before work…that 4:30 AM was brutal!)

Saturday, November 23rd
Pam: 8 miles running at 10:04 pace
Christine: 10 miles outside at 9:44 pace (my fastest 10 mi training run ever!)

This week Christine addressed some tricky subjects on the blog, loss of motivation while training for Dopey and weight loss during marathon training. I was fortunate to be covering more fun topics such as runner friends at Disney races and a giveaway!  By the way, you have a few more days to enter our giveaway here!

November 22, 2013

The one about weight loss

On the heels of my debbie downer Dopey Challenge post the other day, I thought about this post a few times over.  But hey, I like keeping it real and most of you seem to be cool with that, so here goes…but please don't throw stones or send hate mail!

I've lost 9 pounds since late August….in about 13-14 weeks.  

I wasn't really trying to lose weight.  Sure, having a few less pounds to carry through the marathon was ok, but I never saw this coming.  In the last two weeks, I'm averaging a pound of weight loss per week….say what?!  When and how did that happen?  I've always struggled with eating and finding my appetite after a long run.  And recently, that seems to be the case after any run...and essentially a permanent fixture since the marathon.  I don't get it.

Over the summer I started doing recovery drinks for some quick calories and a good mix of proteins/carbs.  But in full disclosure, I've been lax about that lately.  Work has been a little nutty and I have been working much longer days than normal.  This generally means I get home later and work out later...meaning that I've been skimping on real, quality dinners.  I'm totally guilty of eating a string cheese and a handful of pretzels for dinner.  It's safe to say I haven't exactly been eating the right quality and quantity of food.

I need to get back to quality foods and simply forcing myself to get calories when I can palate them.  And I would be lying if I said I wasn't a little nervous about maintaining my current (albeit slightly reduced) weight through Dopey.  It would be easy to supplement my calories with holiday junk, but I know that's not the ideal solution.  And let's call a spade a spade here…I'm not exactly on the verge of starvation and/or an unhealthily low weight.  But it is highly inconvenient that my suit pants are barely hanging on and require a belt these days.

It will resolve itself, that's for sure…particularly after Dopey Challenge when I let my bum grow roots into the sofa and nosh on bon bons 24/7…

Ever unexpectedly lost weight during a training cycle?  How did you handle it?

November 21, 2013

Seeing friends at runDisney races!

We love the races at Walt Disney World and Disneyland and part of the fun is meeting and seeing all the runners we have met through our social media.  The Wine and Dine half marathon weekend was a perfect mix of meeting new people and seeing old friends.  We tried to take photos whenever we saw people, but sadly a few were missed during the course of our weekend, probably due to the excitement of seeing them!

We met Sarah in DL and were so happy to see her in Florida at the 5k start!

Meranda from Fairytales and Fitness

One of our first readers, Dink Max!

Megan from Running Towards the Prize

We were so excited that Marcia Luciana from Brazil found us!

Marcie spotted us and we posed for a photo!

All our weekend friends and first time 5k racers: Meghan, Pam, me, runner Mickey, Christine, Suzann and Kathy

Christine and Danielle from Live, Run, Grow

We hope this guy is our friend in January!

What is your favorite thing about the runDisney weekends?

November 20, 2013

Road ID - A review and giveaway!

We think safety is really important when running.  We even wrote a post about it here and included the things we do to try to keep ourselves safe while exercising outside. Christine and I both have been wearing  Road ID slim bands for the past few years.  It is a small band that carries our important contact details should any problem arise when we are out running.
Love the pink slim band!
Just recently, my sister fell flat on her face while out for a easy Saturday morning run.  I was horrified because not only does she not carry a cell phone, she also does not carry her emergency information.  She managed to pick herself up and get back home, but if she had been unconscious, having emergency information easily available would have been very helpful.  Road ID to the rescue in the form of a stocking gift this year (shhh…don't tell)!  I just ordered her a band with her personal details and hopefully she will wear this regularly when going for a run or bike ride.

The bands come in several different styles and multiple sizes to fit most all wrists.  You can select your choice of color for your band and the ID portion has 5 separate lines for your important contact details.  Check out this special that Road ID is also offering now!

Here is the fun part!  Road ID has kindly given us a $35 gift certificate for a giveaway on the blog.  This would be a fantastic Christmas gift for any runner on your list, or perhaps it is something that you would like. Follow the Rafflecopter link below and good luck everyone! (This contest is open to those living in the US)
Disclosure:  We received no compensation for this post.  The opinions here are my own.
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November 19, 2013

Training Tuesday: Dopey Training

As you all know, I ran my first marathon on October 27th and am also signed up for Dopey Challenge in January.  Given that I was training for my very first full, I didn't intend to focus on the back-to-backs that are so important for Dopey until after that race.  I figured I would essentially throw the kitchen sink at Dopey after I was done.  What I didn't anticipate was how I would feel post-marathon.  Sure I was on cloud nine but I really, really didn't want to start running right away.  I wanted a break and the thought of jumping back into very long weekend runs made me almost angry and resentful.

Confession time…
- I have contemplated deferring Dopey at least a dozen times.
- I have contemplated selling my bib (so I would never have to do it) at least once (and yes, I know this is against Disney policy…I wouldn't really do this!).
- I have felt down about running a lot since trying to jump back into training.
- I have skipped more runs/workouts than I care to admit.
- I have daydreamed about taking a long break from running quite a few times.

To say my heart isn't in it now is a huge understatement.  Generally I try to keep things light on the blog, but trying to get hyped up to hit another training cycle has been a battle since the marathon.  I've read that you should take as many days off as miles you ran…that would basically put me at starting to train for Dopey December 1st, which isn't feasible.

I'm trying to find some positives to the daunting training ahead…
- I can indulge this holiday season without having to worry about calorie counting
- I can probably squeeze into my "skinny" clothes with ease!
- I will run my longest runs with Mom just before Christmas, which will be a tremendous help.
- It's only 50 days away.
- Running through Epcot 4 times, the castle twice and around WDW property in the span of 4 days will be worth it!

So I've decided that I'm going to run on feel for this race series.  I may not hit all the training mileage and I'm ok with that.  I will work hard, but I will not beat myself up if I cut runs short, miss one or two, or need to take more walk breaks than normal.  Dopey isn't about time - it's about finishing and enjoying some Disney magic along the way.

For those running Dopey, I'd love to hear your perspective on the training, the race series and how you're handling it.  Anyone want to start a support group?! :)

November 18, 2013

Wine and Dine 2013 Race Recap

This was our second year running the Wine and Dine half marathon and we planned our weekend in similar fashion to last year - a girl's trip filled with Disney and running!  We went into this race with relatively low expectations - it was simply a training run and more specifically, a time to run on tired legs, as we ran on Friday morning and also ran the Jingle Jungle 5k on Saturday morning.  Let's just say this was a mini test-run for Dopey Challenge in January.
Chef Minnie!
We were ready early and headed to the buses at 7:00 to head over to ESPN Wide World of Sports.  We got on a bus easily and made our way through the initial security area where they were checking all bags and into the starting line area.  Since we were early, we decided to hop in a character line photo and we picked Minnie!  We waited in line for a bit and met up with Megan.  After getting our Minnie photo, we decided to rest our legs and sat and chatted for a bit.  We managed to run into lots of friends (more on this in another post!) and had a great time just relaxing before the race.  At about 9:00, we dropped off our bags, hit the porta potties one last time and made our way to the starting line.
Hanging out in the corral

A little bit of the fireworks that sent off corral A
We started in Corral D and it felt pretty crowded.  While hanging out before the start, we ran into more buddies, which was a nice way to pass the time and relax.  Before we knew it, we were jogging across the starting mats and were on our way!  We planned to run at a comfortable, even pace using 4:1 run:walk intervals.

The first few miles were very crowded and we all commented on how we didn't remember this from last year.  Three miles in, we headed into Animal Kingdom which was fantastic!  Given that this park isn't open at night, it's pretty cool to be able to run through the various areas under the cover of darkness.  The pavement is a bit uneven so it requires a bit of extra caution.  We also noticed that the Cast Members seemed more enthusiastic than normal which was great!  Lots of high fives, friendly smiles and great cheers were given out as we made our way through the park.
A little blurry, but the tree at the entrance was beautiful all lit up!
Leaving Animal Kingdom trailing these speed demons!
After Animal Kingdom, it was time to head down Osceola Parkway to Hollywood Studios.  Surprisingly, this part passed pretty quickly and before I knew it, we were heading into DHS by Rock 'n Roller Coaster.  The route through the park felt different this year, but that's probably mostly due to the fact that most of my DHS experience was overshadowed by reuniting with Mom after being separated earlier in the race.  It felt like we were in the park for a very long time and of course, we simply LOVED running through the Osbourne Family Lights.
Approaching DHS and Tower of Terror in the distance
Yes, it is simply magnificent!

Once we exited the park, it was a quick turn to head onto the Boardwalk area and then we were in Epcot headed toward the finish.  Mom noticed our friends cheering for us in Epcot - they were troopers to hang in so late!  Running to the finish felt a little less exciting for me in this race, maybe because I didn't feel that great and it was simply a training run.
We did it!
In standard fashion, we received our medals, picked up some Powerade and water and grabbed our snack boxes before we retrieved our bags from bag check.  After hearing others say that they used the bathrooms in Epcot for changing rather than the changing tents, we decided to try this.  We had to wait in a bit of a line but it was nice to have a bathroom and some additional privacy.  I wasn't feeling great and tried to muster the stamina to hang out (and enjoy) the after party, but sadly, I didn't have it in me.  After getting back to our room at the Beach Club, I happily crawled into bed to rest.

Final thoughts:
- I'm not sure a late night race is for me.  Despite feeling crummy, I just didn't have it in me to enjoy the after party like I had hoped.
- Running a race on tired legs is hard…I always want to be fast!
- Being able to run through the parks at night is a totally different experience.

Did you run Wine and Dine this year?  What did you think?

November 17, 2013

Weekly Roundup - November 17th

This was such a fun week beginning last Sunday morning with a run through Epcot to the finish line of the Wine and Dine half marathon. We had a great time at both the races and had a recovery week before we jump back into Dopey training.
Christine got a high five from runner Mickey just before she crossed the finish line!

Still basking in our post race up Dopey Challenge!

The weather was unseasonably cold earlier this week, and tights and a jacket were necessary for my early morning runs. We actually had snow flurries one night and I live in North Carolina. This is not normal for this time of year, but I'll take it over rain!

That's right, that is snow outside the gym windows on November 13th!

So here is a recap of our weekly workouts.  It was nice to have a more relaxed week with the many many miles that are on our schedules for the next 52 days until WDW marathon weekend!

Sunday, November 10th 
Pam: walked 5 miles at HS and Magic Kingdom
Christine: walked 5 miles at HS and Magic Kingdom

Monday, November 11th
Pam: rest day
Christine: 4 mile run, leg weights

Tuesday, November 12th
Pam:  1 hour Yoga class
Christine: 4 mile run

Wednesday, November 13th
Pam: 35 min elliptical, weights, plank, sit ups
Christine: rest day

Thursday, November 14th
Pam: ran 3.25 miles average page 9:00
Christine: 4.25 mile run

Friday, November 15th
Pam: W/O Limits workout 1 mile easy, then 9:00, fast 200 X2, 7:53 mile, 200 easy, 1 mile 10:00
  4.75 miles total
Christine: stretching

Saturday, November 16th
Pam: rest day, walked/carried 9 holes golf
Christine: outlet shopping…that should count for something right?!

How was you week?  Did you do anything new or special?

November 15, 2013

Five things Friday: peppermint version

If you have been following our blog, you know that both of us have a sweet tooth.  The fact is, I can keep it under control most of the year with a bowl of ice cream in the evening as my only sweet treat of the day. But when the holidays roll around and I see the seasonal displays, I completely lose control and buy all the peppermint things in sight.  Just this week, while shopping, I just happened to find some items that I could not live without! Here's what could be found in my shopping cart at various grocery stores this week:

1.  Peppermint GU  This is the best GU flavor ever and I buy it by the box full.  It has a refreshing taste that is great while I am out on a run!

2.  Candy Cane Cremes Whole Foods carries these delightful cookies and I hate it admit it but sometimes I eat one four or five at a sitting!

3.  White Chocolatier Peppermint popcorn Love love love Boom Chica pop and I am saving this for a night when I curl up with a cup of hot chocolate and watch a Christmas movie!

4.  Luna Chocolate Peppermint stick bars Normally I buy the Luna protein bars, but these are just too good to pass up.  Can you tell I am seriously addicted to anything peppermint?

5.  Pretzel Crisp in Dark Chocolate &Peppermint flavor What could be better than a crisp salty pretzel dipped in chocolate with peppermint candy sprinkled on top?  This is another treat that I will save for a night of TV viewing.

Do you have a favorite seasonal flavor that makes you buy way too many treats/sweets?  Thankfully Christmas is just once a year and I try to keep this under control when January rolls around!

November 14, 2013

Jingle Jungle 5k - A fun run through Animal Kingdom

We decided to sign up for the Jingle Jungle 5k for one reason.  We love Christmas and knew it would be a really fun race and medal.  Who else signs up for races for the bling?  With friends along for their first 5k and runDisney race, we knew it would be a really fun morning!

Santa Minnie's ready to run!
After a car ride to the Animal Kingdom parking lot, we quickly found our way to the area that had stages set up for pre race photos!

Our friends running their first 5K:  Suzann, Meghan, Pam and Kathy

After the photos, we decided to make our way over to the starting corral to wait for the race to begin!

the weather was perfect for an early race morning!

Entering Animal Kingdom after the parking lot run!
Our favorite Winnie the Pooh characters: Tigger and Piglet under the tree at AK

Mile one marker!

Baloo was happy to pose with us!

Terk dressed up for the runners!

Mile 2 and still having fun!

Pluto had quite a festive hat!

Donald was fabulous in his snowflakes!

Loved seeing our pals Chip and Dale!


Post race we could not resist our favorite mice for a photo op!

It was a great morning of fun but the race went by far too quickly.  We enjoyed every photo stop and finished in a little over 30 minutes.  These races are so much fun that we can't wait for January when we will have another opportunity to run a Disney 5k! Do you sign up for the 5k races during the runDisney race weekends?