Tuesday, August 21, 2012

What I did with my race memorabilia

One of the awesome things about the experience of the Disney Princess Half Marathon was that I was able to share my experience with other people - first and foremost, my friends and family, but also everyone on the blog!

Those who know me in real life know that I love to do lots of crafts (scrapbooking, sewing, card-making, etc.), so I knew I had to do something to display my achievement in a tangible way. I asked myself what I should do with my running bibs and my medal. I had my bibs stacked in a random "do something with this someday" stack, and my medal was just hanging on a hook on my craft cart. (Yes, I have a craft cart, which doubles as a school-supply and printer holder.)

I decided to make a shadow box, inspired by my parents, who ran a marathon in 1999 and had their medals framed. I bought a large frame from Ikea (Ribba is the name of the frame, if anyone is interested), which is super deep and would allow me to create a shadowbox.

I used the mat that came with the frame to help me make a rough layout on my bedroom floor (oh, how I wish I had an entire craft ROOM where I could such things!!),

The large picture is a canvas that I made from a print-at-home kit, which I had received for my birthday. (Thanks, grandma!!) It's hard to tell from these photos, but the canvas is about 3/4 or 1 inch thick. I had a variety of pictures printed at a local store and cut them out using various templates. I can't give a very detailed reason why I put things the way I did... I just moved things around until they looked right to me! I decided that everything looked better with a black background as opposed to the white mat that came with the frame, so I cut the poster board and glued it to the mat. I used a variety of glue and glue dots from my scrapbooking stash to secure everything.

Unfortunately, my canvas and medal were not totally secure with the glue dots, and the canvas fell to the bottom of the frame and knocked the medal loose after two days on my wall. I used some heavier-duty poster hanging strips to re-secure my canvas and medal, so everything is hunky-dory now!

I probably wouldn't do this for every race I run, but considering that this is my first real race and the pictures were just too much fun, I couldn't resist a worthy display! It is such a fun testament to what I can accomplish if I really try, and a good reminder that I need to continue to get out there and keep exercising!

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Race Day

(Hey everyone! So sorry it took me so long to get a post up here about Race Day! I've been INSANE with stuff for grad school and kept forgetting that I hadn't posted this! Whoops!)

On the day of the race, we set our alarms for an ungodly hour (3 am) and got ourselves all decked out in our princess gear. Dana had a pink shirt and teal tutu, I had a blue/teal shirt and pink tutu. We donned our tiaras to complete the look - including some leftover glitter in our hair from the expo the day before.

After a "power breakfast" - toast and peanut butter- my mom drove us to Epcot. We got there really early, so it wasn't incredibly crowded yet, but the traffic was getting heavy and there were a lot of people. We took some pictures, danced around to the music from the DJ, visited one of the hundreds of port-o-potties (ew), and then started off for our corral... It was probably a 20 minute walk to our corral!

Once we were in our corral (G), there was not much to do but just stand, wait around, and look at all of the fabulous costumes and shirts around us. Since we were the 7th corral to start, we had to wait about 40 minutes from the time the first fireworks went off (signaling the beginning of the race).

The energy there was amazing. We started the race jogging at a pretty fast clip (for me, at least), and I had to keep telling Dana to slow down, since we didn't want to get ourselves tired out before the end of the race! I had trained with a run-walk-run-walk program, but Dana did a straight jog (my fast walk was pretty much her slowest jogging speed). The miles seemed to breeze by at first! We were so excited to see all of the cool things they had for entertainment, such as characters, a huge pirate ship, lots of music, and people cheering us along! There were plenty of hydration spots, so I never felt thirsty!

 We were SO happy to see the castle! YAY! (This is just before mile 6.)

Neither of us had ever run more than 9 miles before the race... technically that's a no-no according to racing training guides, so we felt we needed to show that we had made it this far!

Even with a stop at the bathroom and a medical stop for me (blisters), it took us just over 3 hours to complete the race. I had trained at a 15 minute/mile pace, so when I found out that my overall pace was 17 seconds/mile faster than I had trained, even with stops... Suffice it to say that I was INSANELY proud of myself and of Dana! Even with the aftermath (I was sore, my foot probably had a stress fracture, and I had blisters), I was determined to get showered and back to the park to get pictures with my hard-earned medal!
The picture above was taken just after the race, right before we got our medals. See the finish line in the background?

All in all, the race was an incredible experience. Dana immediately said that she'd do it again, but I'm not as convinced. Maybe such a long race was a once-in-a-lifetime thing for me... but I have learned to never say never, because if someone had told me that I would have completed a half marathon in 2012, I would have said, "Me? Never..." 
... and as you can see, I clearly conquered that "never" and ran like a girl princess. 

Sunday, March 4, 2012

Getting to Disney and Day Before the Race

I don't teach or take classes on Fridays, so I had scheduled a morning flight to Orlando. The plan was to meet up with my friend, Dana, my mom, and my grandparents at the airport. Unfortunately, there was a snowstorm the night before the flight. Chicago had a complete ground-stop in the morning, which resulted in my flight being cancelled. American Airlines bussed us to Chicago, but considering that was a 2.5 hour proposition and not a 30 minute flight, I missed my flight to Orlando, which had left on time. I was re-booked on a later flight and got into Orlando about 7 hours later than planned.

We didn't get to go to the Disney Fit for a Princess Expo on Friday as planned, so we crashed at our condo and got up early the next morning to go get our race packets.

The Expo was large and there were some really interesting products, but I was anxious to get to the park and have some fun! Dana and I got some "pixie dust" on our hair, picked up our race packets (bibs and shirt) and then went off to Hollywood Studios!

We had a fabulous time going and seeing shows and we were even chosen to be part of the Indiana Jones Stunt Show! It was a great experience, and I hope that I can do it again if/when I go back!

Dana and I went to the Animation area of Hollywood Studios, where we got to draw Dopey and Pluto, as well as meet characters. Perhaps my favorite part of the day, though, was going on the Toy Story ride. It's one of the only rides I've been on that made me just laugh out loud because of the sheer fun of it all. It spins you around (but not too much!) and has the target shooting practice of my favorite ride in the Magic Kingdom - Buzz Lightyear's Space Ranger Spin.

We went back to the condo fairly early, ate a spaghetti dinner, and went to bed around 7:30pm, considering we had a SUPER early morning coming up...

Monday, February 27, 2012

Monday: Getting Stuff Done!

So, since I last posted a Monday Update, I finally ran my half marathon and got as much homework done as possible on the planes back and forth from Orlando. I'd say that's QUITE enough to post about for this week!

What have you been getting done?

Link up below!

I didn't just run like a girl...

I ran like a PRINCESS!!!

I feel like it might be more fun to write about this in installments, so I'll be posting over the next few days with the story of the past few days!

Suffice it to say that it was an incredible experience... and I am now incredibly sore!

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

12 Days until Race Day!

10 Days until leaving for Florida!

I think this is extremely appropriate for today:

Pinned Image

I hope you all get lots of yummy things for Valentine's day!

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Race Packet!

I just got my race waiver to print out and sign and take to the race!

16 Days!!!


Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Annnnnnd... we're back!


So, I haven't posted here in FOR-EV-ER. I took a break in my training due to an unexpected turn in my illness. However, I'm happy to say that I am good to go again!

Over my winter break, I picked back up on my training and have been able to accomplish a few long runs (9 miles and almost 8 miles), with "conditioning" runs during the week, ranging from about 30 minutes to an hour. I still am doing a run/walk combo, where I run for at least a minute or two and then walk for a minute or so. I am getting much better about knowing when I can push myself and when I need to walk for an extra minute, but I'm starting to learn that running is much more of an art in getting to know yourself than I ever thought possible.

In other news, the costume for the run is in the works. I've ordered a tutu (and I'm SO excited about it), planned a hairstyle/tiara placement, and I just need to figure out what shirt I'm going to wear.

LESS THAN A MONTH TO GO!! I can't wait!