8 Weeks to Dopey? Here’s my 8 favorite Disney movies. But first, a race recap!

Omg it’s 8 weeks to Dopey? Man are the next 8 weeks gonna get tough!

Not only is it getting colder…but the runs are really gonna start getting longer. Well, after this week. And that’s okay, because this week was awesome!

After the “finish in the upright position” goal that was the B.A.A. half, I needed a do-over. A good solid half to finish the year. And Sunday was it…the Harborside Half.

It was up in Newburyport, MA. And it was COLD. Well, okay not arctic cold, but still, 30’s feels like 20’s cold. I dressed for warmth rather than for style.

When the race started I went out with the crowd and tried to find my rhythm. I decided to not look at my watch at all and to just see what it was at the end.

I had set 3 time goals. One I knew I could hit (2:15), one I’d like to hit (2:10), and the dream goal (2:07 – close to my May half). Little did I know I’d shatter all three.

The race was pretty and hilly. And had gorgeous homes and interesting historical markers scattered throughout. There was plenty to look at and enough challenges to keep it interesting.

I struggled a little at mile 9 and ended up chatting with a group of runners, which gave me the mental boost I needed. Until about 11.5 when my legs hurt and my brain was DONE and I just didn’t feel well.

I grabbed a water, walked for a second and made it to 12. Where I just had to walk for a few seconds. When a runner passed me she said “just 10 minutes” and I replied “yep, just trying not to hurl” (that Gu wasn’t sitting right). Then started running for a bit and granted myself another little walk break.

At this point, I took the first look at my watch. It read 12.5 miles. 1:57 and change. Holy smokes! I was stunned. Just stunned. And realized, my butt better get moving.

I picked up the speed, and was delighted to find a downhill as I neared the mile 13 marker (which I declared to the woman next to me was my “favorite sign ever”). So I just went for it.

(That’s me in the middle. With her eyes closed.  LOL) 🙂

Full on, full stride, everything left in me to cross that finish line. With a 2:03:40.

Even days later I sit here in disbelief. I haven’t run a half that fast since April 2017. I didn’t know I could. And actually, I’m glad I didn’t know. Because it let me run with no pressure. I hadn’t told many people (like maybe 3?) I was running it, I had no flat Kelly pics or pre race pics. If it had flopped, none would be the wiser. And yet…it turned out to be just another of the amazing race successes I’ve had this year.

And it came at a great time. Because that April 2017 race I’ve been using for a Dopey corral POT needed a replacement. And this new one, is only 16 second off it. 🙂 which now lets me go into 2019 no pressure.

Plus I have to give a quick shout out to my sole sister Cara. She also kicked asphalt out there and scored herself a shiny new PR! Cara, you rock!!

Anyways,,. I can’t do a blog during Dopey training without a Disney connection. And while I did have one of my Goofy race shirts as a base layer Sunday (best shirts ever), that doesn’t count. Lol

So in honor of it being only 8 weeks to go, here are my 8 favorite Disney movies. (I know, I know, there’s some good ones missing – but its hard to pick just 8)

8. Darby O’Gill and the Little People. It’s Ireland. It’s got leprechauns and a banshee and a great story. It’s the only classic live action one I really love.

7, Robin Hood – The animals are adorable, the music is fun and I just adore it.  Archery, romance, adventure. And I swear there’s a little bit of Robin in Flynn Ryder.  Oo-de-lally, oo-de-lally, golly what a day.

6. The Aristocats – Everybody wants to be a cat, because a cat’s the only cat, that knows where its at.  Its jazzy and fun and Marie is the cutest little thing (cuz i’m a lady, that’s why).

5. Brave – Guess there’s just something about a sassy, strong-willed curly haired girl.  LOL  Plus its medieval Scotland and magic and action.  I adore this movie.

4. Beauty & the Beast – Tale as old as time… and lets face it, i wanted the library more than the prince.  But this one always gives me the feels.  Another strong willed independent woman who knows what she wants… adventure in the great wide somewhere.

3. The Little Mermaid – Maybe its because Ariel and I were both teenagers at the same time.  Maybe its because she had an animal sidekick.  Maybe its the music, the giant fluffy dog, or just the fact that this kicked off a line of amazing Disney movies, but I love this one. I’ve run Disney as Ariel, I find myself spontaneously breaking into its songs (look at this stuff…isn’t it neat?).  This almost came in second….but there’s one princess i gotta put above her…

2. Snow White & the Seven Dwarves. My girl snow.  The OG princess.  This movie scared me as a kid – that witch is EVIL.  Even the old Snow White ride (and window displays on main street) terrified me as a kid.  Snow just had a pure heart, a love of animals and a bunch of people looking out for her.  She just wanted love and someone to save her. There’s some good songs, its classic animation and everyone has a different favorite dwarf.  While I was always a Happy girl..lately, Dopey is my guy.  🙂

1. The Lion King. The one I have seen more times that I can count. I own every version that’s been released. I’ve seen the live stage show. I have the Art of the Lion king book and multiple collectibles. And during my days as a Disney store cast member? The Simba puppet and I had an awesome time as greeters. 🙂 The music, the colors, the story, all great. I just can’t wait…to watch it again. 🙂

So…what’s your fave?

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OMG – its 10 weeks to Dopey

Ummmm….. how is it only 10 weeks?   I’m suddenly feeling horribly behind in my training.  LOL And yet super excited!!!

Then again – I DID run 12 miles on Sunday.  So I guess not really.  And by run, I mean R U N.

Like – not as fast as my last pre-injury long run.  But, pretty close.  Negative splits, sub-10 minute miles and my stride was back to normal.  I know, I know, it sounds silly. But when it takes you over 8 weeks to recover from an injury – you savor every achievement on the road back.  And while I know that I won’t be quite as prepared as I was for my first Dopey, I know i’ll still ‘finish in the upright position’.  (Likely with a sangria in hand again.)

But anyway… being only 10 weeks out, means its time for the countdown lists to start!

So….here are my top 10 favorite things about running Disney.

10. Its Florida.  In January.  And even tho it was Boston cold this past January, that was a fluke and its bound to be really nice for 2019.  Or at least nice enough to be walking around with no coat.

9. The monorail.  Something about boarding the monorail at 3am with a bunch of other lunatics in costume to go run 13.1 or 26.2 miles is magical.  Its a great reason to stay at a monorail resort.  I know the buses are fine too…but the monorail…its even better.  It feels more Disney.

8. Gran Marnier Slushies.  There is only one place on earth i’ve seen them…at that little kiosk in France at Epcot.  And they really should come in a bigger glass. But they are SO amazing.  (and side note – also right on the course during the marathon)

7. Spending the days at the parks.  I know some people don’t ‘party in the parks’ when they run Disney.  And I have definitely spent less time in them as the years have gone by (gotta somewhat rest the legs). But…its DISNEY!  I can’t be near the parks and not IN the parks.  So, we Run, Park Hop, Repeat.  🙂

6. The Merchandise.  OMG I need that pint glass.  And that magnet.  And the ‘I did it’ shirt.  And the Alex and Ani bracelet and the Dooney purse and…. well, pretty much one of everything.   Because ya gotta show off what you’ve achieved.

5. Congratulating other runners.  Whether its spotting the KT tape on the back of their legs or the medal around their neck…during marathon weekend you see runners EVERYWHERE.  And no matter if its the 5k or the Dopey, we’ve all earned it and its so fun to acknowledge each other. Whether a nod and smile or a quick – nice job out there.  It just makes the weekend extra special.

4. Getting to run in costume.  I mean sure, I dress in sparkle skirts and stuff for other races.  But only at Disney have I run 13.1 (and 6.2) miles in Minnie Mouse ears. Or a marathon with horns.  Planning my costumes for each year is SO much fun.  Its so hard to choose just 4.  But yes, I have them already planned for January.  And they are going to be SO cute!!

3. The shirts.  My husband said to me this week, while doing laundry (isn’t he the best?), don’t you own any other shirts?  I said, not this time of year.  Long sleeve days are Disney shirt days. They are just SO comfortable.  Plus, its Mickey, and Minnie and Donald and Goofy and Dopey.  And I have four years worth of them.

2. The medals!!!  They are big and shiny and pretty and sparkly and legit the heaviest ones I have.  I love each and every one of them.  And I know, you thought this would be number one right?  Its close… but there is something even better.

1. Getting to spend time with family.  Like my perfectly Dopey brother.  He’s the only one i’ve run 4 marathons (soon to be 5) with.  (He did one alone…. LOL) And my nephew who loves the 5k’s and 10k’s (January will be his second 10k).  There’s no one i’d rather run Disney, or celebrate after at the parks, with.

So fellow Dopeys, Goofys and other disney runners… what is YOUR favorite thing about running Disney?

Ten weeks to Dopey – and my 10 favorite rides

Omg omg omg…It’s 10 weeks to the Dopey Challenge!!!!!!

Let’s see…10 weeks from today is expo day. And 10 days from today is fastpass day. So, in tribute to both, let’s talk about my 10 favorite rides at Disney World.

First – quick training update. Got in 12 miles Sunday and 5 miles Monday. Both at paces I’m quite pleased with. Oh, and I got a selfie with Halloween Mickey at the end. Lol

Because when you train for running Disney…you include as much Disney as possible. Shirts, headbands, visors, photo ops. 😂

I know some of my fellow Dopeys are following a different plan that has them higher mileage right now…but the one I have works for me, or at least has for my last few marathons and marathon weekends, so I’m sticking with it.

So…since I didn’t have to run 17 miles this weekend, it meant I had time to start thinking about those fastpasses that will get booked in 10 days. And what rides I’ll need them for and what rides either don’t need them or are worth standing in line for.

And I made a list of my 10 favorites. My absolute must do rides. Here they are, in no particular order. And, why I love them.

  • Wedway People Mover – yeah, I know it’s know the “Tomorrowland Transportation Authority” now, but as the Boston Garden will always be the Boston Garden, so will this always be the Wedway People Mover.  Its relaxing, its fun, its great for napping the day of the half marathon and I love the view of people on Space Mountain.  Speaking of space mountain….
  • Space Mountain – One of the first roller coasters I ever rode.  And always a favorite. Its sci-fi, its dark, and even after countless rides I STILL duck.  And it will always be the ride that my brother & I rode like four times in a row because it was raining and there was no line and we could get off, through and back up to the start in like two minutes.
  • Haunted Mansion – I L O V E the Haunted Mansion.  I’m not even 100% sure why.  But its charming and spooky at the same time.  I love the ballroom dancing ghosts, and the puns on the headstones. And the cast member who snuck up behind me and made me shriek. 🙂 Its also the ride where I sat in front of an open tomb for 15 minutes while the “ghosts wreaked havoc up ahead” because it was struck by lightning while I was on it.
  • Pirates of the Caribbean – Still spooky.  The dark queue to get to the boat, the drop in the pitch darkness, the smells, the rowdy pirates.  I feel like a kid again any time i’m on it.  It makes me smile.
  • Expedition Everest – I could ride this all day.  And while I have yet to actually stop during the marathon to ride it (considered it tho), its one of the few long lines i’ll stand in without a fastpass, because its awesome.  It goes SO high up you can see forever, the Yeti is awesome (I always roar back) and it just makes your heart race in the best way.
  • Kilimanjaro Safari – One word, critters!  I am such an animal lover and getting the chance to see them up close (Giraffic Jam anyone?) is always great.  Every ride is different – and this year I even got to see baby Stella (the elephant).  This is another one I could ride over and over.
  • Rock & Roller Coaster – Aerosmith, zero to sixty, rock and roll.  Its fast, its fun, its loud.  Its dark and neon and SUCH a rush.  I’m always a little bit shaky when I get off the ride.  LOL
  • Tower of Terror – The ride I love to hate. The building is awesome, the Twilight Zone video is great and the reason I watch it. The cast members who really get into character?  Creepy cool.  But the drops.  I HATE the drops. I’m usually screaming my head off while trying to hold onto something, anything, for dear life.  And yet, still I ride it.
  • Spaceship Earth – Its relaxing, its informative, its just….cool. I know some people find it boring, but its a look through history and there’s SO much to see and I just sit there in awe soaking it all in.  How do they make it smell old? or like campfire?  Disney magic…
  • Journey into Imagination – Figment.  I have loved that little purple rascal since the very first time I saw him.  He’s mischief and goofy and lighthearted.  Figment just wants to have fun.  And while the current version of the ride is great (doesn’t everyone sing along with the song?), I miss Dreamfinder.

Do you hve an absolute favorite? What’s first in your fastpass list?

And to all my fellow Dopeys, keep up the great training!