Starting to plan my WDW trip

I’ve registered for my races and I’ve finally decided on my hotel. Planning for my big 2014 WDW Race-cation in November is officially in full swing. And I’m really starting to get excited!!

Running the Wine & Dine Half to get my Coast to Coast in 2014 has ALWAYS been my plan. Running this race AND having an awesome vacation in Walt Disney World has ALWAYS been my plan. This has been my plan since I first started running in 2011 while training for my first half marathon (first half marathon being the 2012 Inaugural Tinker Bell Half). I was fortunate enough to go to WDW twice in my youth with my family. Now returning to WDW nearly 20 years later as an adult to run and have an awesome race-cation is a huge thing for me, especially since I’ll be earning my Coast to Coast medal as it will be my first. WDW trips and earning multiple Coast to Coast’s aren’t in my budget and those who are able to do so, I think that’s great. I’m glad that I’ll finally be able to join the ranks of the coveted Coast to Coast.

The 2014 W&D Half Marathon medal that I'll be earning. 5th Anniversary edition. It's a spinner!

The 2014 W&D Half Marathon medal that I’ll be earning. 5th Anniversary edition. It’s a spinner!

I will be able to do a day at Universal Studios as well. I can’t pass up going to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter! I GET TO DRINK BUTTERBEER AND BUY MYSELF A WAND AT OLLIVANDERS!! HELLLOOOOOOOO!! And I just read that the Hogwarts Express will be completed this Summer so I’ll be able to go from Hogsmeade and Diagon Valley via the Hogswart Express. UMM HELLO!!

WWHP at Universal Studios

WWHP at Universal Studios

So that leads me to this…what are YOUR favorite places to eat at WDW? Please give your top foods/restaurants to eat at while at Walt Disney World. I will be getting the Disney Dining Plan while on this vacation, so I’m looking for suggestions on EVERYTHING! (breakfast, lunch, dinner, snack, quick/counter service, sit down, etc.) Oh, and please don’t suggest Via Napoli as it’s already been decided that I’ll definitely be going there as I’ve had too many people tell me their food is awesome. 😉


Back at One

It’s already the beginning of April, where does the time go? 2013 ended and 2014 began on the same note…me being sick. I had the flu prior to Christmas. And the dreaded cough didn’t hit me until after the flu was done running it’s course. The cough lingered…and lingered…and lingered. Then I started feeling out of breath. Somehow I managed to get through two 10k races (Brazen New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day races). It was a few weeks prior to Tinker Bell Half weekend and then I started freaking out as my condition was not improving. Finally contacted my doctor and it turned out that I had slight bronchitis. Well, I’ll be darned. I was prescribed inhalers and yes, I ran/walked the Tinker Bell 10k and Half with my inhaler in my water bottle carrier. It took my nearly two months to get back to normal. Needless to say, I didn’t workout much. With minimal training, I managed to complete the Inaugural Livermore Half Marathon last weekend. If I wasn’t with friends, I don’t know if I would have gotten through that race.

I have minimal races lined up this year. But the races that I will be doing are big…or should I say expensive as they are race-cation’s. This year, I will finally be earning my Coast to Coast Medal. I will be running the 5th Anniversary of the Wine & Dine Half Marathon in November. My first half marathon was the Inaugural 2012 Tinker Bell Half. When I learned about the Coast to Coast Challenge, I knew that I would someday be earning my C2C with the Wine & Dine race. There’s various reasons for me choosing Wine & Dine: W&D is the only race at Walt Disney World that interests me, the race being spaced out far from Tink helps my wallet, it would be the 5th anniversary in 2014, and it happens during the Food & Wine Festival. Making 2014 my Coast to Coast year was ALWAYS part of my plan. It was a goal that I set out to do back in 2011 when I was training for Tink. I took advantage of early registration for Annual Passholder’s and registered for both the Wine & Dine Half and the Jingle Jungle 5k at the beginning of March.

Then of course, runDisney announces the Inaugural Avengers Half Marathon weekend taking place THE WEEKEND AFTER Wine & Dine. GAH! I was so conflicted if I should register for Avengers, but being an inaugural runDisney race, I couldn’t say no. Back to back runDisney bi-coastal races was something I wouldn’t think of doing, but life is so short, so…go big or go home?! So yup, I’m registered for the 5k and Half Marathon for BOTH weekends. I’m gonna do it, y’all!

So where does this leave me now? Training. And saving money for these race-cations. But I’m back at square one. After being sick for a couple of months and trying to bounce back from some personal issues, I’m determined to get back to a healthy life- physically and mentally. I’m slowly returning to meal planning my lunches for the week and regular exercise. The last couple of weeks I’ve been walking and doing some TurboFire workouts. I’ll also be re-starting P90X3 as I stopped it around Tinker Bell. My days are long and I commute, so the 30 minute X3 workouts will be perfect.

I’m looking back to re-focusing and getting back to where I was. The speed bumps I’ve encountered are something I have dealt with and I’m determined to not let it be a major roadblock. Cheers to moving onward and upward. Or as Buzz Lightyear would say…To Infinity…and Beyond!