Thursday, May 14, 2015

Tinker Bell Half Marathon

Well I had a whole weekend around my Tinker Bell Half Marathon but I'm going to skip to run day and come back to the other fun stuff later!

Originally the reason I signed up to do this race was not because of my love of Disney or my love of running 13 miles, but because my friend Sarah begged me to do it with her and I finally gave in. I think we signed up for this race way back last August or something ridiculous like that.

I went into race day feeling totally under trained and with no expectations of doing anything other than finishing the race. Hopefully without having a super crappy time or hurting myself.

We went to bed the night before around 9:30 and got up at 3:15 AM in order to get up, get ready and walk over to where the race started. The actual race was to start at 5:30 but we needed to be in our corrals by 5. There was a shuttle that would pick us up and take us near the corrals but after looking at the map it looked like we'd have to walk just as far to do that as we would if we just walked straight there.

By 4:30 everyone was finally ready and we walked down to the race start area. The race started not too far from the Downtown Disney area. There were three of us and we all were in different corrals for the race. We hung out until we got to the actual corrals and then wished each other luck and went our separate ways.

I got into my corral and listened to the people around me chatting. Some of these Disney people are crazy. They run ALL the Disney races, which cost a small fortune. I was like dang you people must be rich lol. Eventually the race started and we slowly moved up. This is the first time I took a "throw away" sweatshirt (just an old hoodie that I don't like) and I have to say that was nice. Once we got up towards the actual start I just left it on the fence. Someone was already going around picking them up for charity and I didn't have to worry about carrying it along with me.

This is when I could finally see the TV screen. Wayyy up in the front of the race was a stage with people on it and Disney characters. It reminded me of the way they talk in Pitch Perfect while the people are performing. I was in corral E so I was quite away from the front of the line.

Do I look nervous? 

I got this picture from someone on a Facebook group. There was like 16 THOUSAND people racing.

Finally I made my way across the start line and we were off! All along the race course there were "photo opps" where you could get your picture taken. They also had LINES at all these places, which, hello? How long is that going to take? Even though I wasn't trying for a PR I couldn't imagine standing in line while the clock was ticking away. I improvised by taking some selfies instead!

We ran out around the park and then through California Adventure

and then over to Disneyland. 

Running down main street was AWESOME. All these people were lined down the street and had these clapper things cheering us all on. I got all teary thinking about how awesome it was that running has given me the opportunity to run in so many fantastic places!

LOTS of people getting their pictures taken in front of the castle.

We ran through the castle, which was cool but not as cool as main street was ;) We went all around the park and then came out and then ran through Downtown Disney, which was also pretty cool. I like the areas where there are a lot of people supporting the runners.

This street by the Disneyland Hotel was ALL Red Hat Ladies. ALL. Totally amazing. I had to stop and take a couple pictures.

I MAY have cried a little at that part too. What can I say. Weird how things make me emotional when I'm running.

After that it was a long run. That first part didn't seem so long because of all the fun stuff to look at and all the spectators. Now we were out on the city streets working our way out and around. 

I walked through and drank at almost every one of the water stations. They had blue power aid, it was yummy. At one point someone was handing out red vines, I had one of those. Those are hard to eat and run for sure lol. 

There were a bunch of high school bands and cheerleaders. Those were pretty great too.  At each mile I was counting down how many more in my head. When I got to 10 miles I kept telling myself that it was just a 5k and I'd be done. Just a lap around the club! I was feeling pretty good, tired, but not in pain and my feet weren't hurting too bad. Actually my legs and feet were pretty numb which didn't seem like a bad thing.

The last mile seemed like it was forever long. There was hardly any spectators, which seemed odd for the last stretch. It would have been nice if they would have had a bunch of stuff there to keep you going. I actually walked about half of that last mile even though I told myself at mile 11 I was going to run the last mile!

Finally we turned a corner and could see the finish line. Ahhh I made it! I went through the shoot, got my medal, snacks, water, picture and then headed straight to the port a potty. Thank God for port a potties. 

I actually had a pretty good time for doing quite a bit of walking and not pushing really hard. 

After that I had my snacks and waited for my friends to get done and find me. We all got a little massage and took some pictures and then I took my shoes off and we slowly walked back to the hotel. 

I had tried out these little cushion things on my feet a few days before to see if they would help with the rubbing spots on my feet and they actually worked. This is what they looked like after 13 plus miles.

I'll definitely be buying more of those. Too bad they are $2 a pack for 6 circles. (Might have to check out Amazon for a deal) I only got one little blister on my right foot. My feet were really killing me before running the race so I was glad to find something that would let me run with minimal blister pain.

I have to say this was my best feeling half marathon yet. Usually I am so worn out from all the long runs that by the time I do a half I want to quit running. This time around my longest run was only 6 1/2 miles and I was trying to save my hip and feet (because of the blisters) for the race. My hip had been hurting quite a bit and I was getting scared that I wasn't going to be able to make it through the race. The day before the race we went to the Expo and this guy was selling these stick roller things and rolled out my leg and TAH DAH! My hip quit hurting. It was AMAZING. I totally bought one on the spot.

I actually feel excited to do another half in the near future instead of dreading running longer distances. I have been just doing my one milers this week but hopefully soon I'll get some longer runs in!

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Friday, May 8, 2015

River Club Car Show

After the St. Patrick's Day dinner I finally got in on the "Entertainment Committee" and got invited to help with the car show dinner.When I went to the meeting they were talking about having a ham and beans dinner. I was like no offense but I probably wouldn't buy a ticket for ham dinner. Mostly because, eh, we aren't big ham eaters. Plus most ham eaters probably just ate ham for Easter. So after I spoke up they started discussing other things that we could have and they decided to change it to a baked pasta dinner. I felt kind of bad that they had to reprint the tickets and fliers but eh, pasta is way better than ham!

So the Friday night before the car show I went down to the club house to help cook the dinner. The gal in charge brought the ingredients and were were going to get all the stuff chopped up and assembled and ready to just throw it in the oven. BUT after I was there a bit and the women were looking at the food, everyone agreed that we need MORE ingredients. So I volunteered to drive to town to get them. I walked up and down Costco like 12 times and finally gave up on buying a few things they just didn't have or that cost too much there and then had to run to Save Mart to get the rest. All the while the other ladies were still cooking at the club house. Eventually I got everything they were texting me to pick up and made it back. I may have inhaled a deli sandwich in the car on the way back since I hadn't had dinner yet.

When I got back they took my stuff and went to work and I sat down and took a 5 lol. A couple of my friend that were hanging out in the bar wanted me to come hang out with them so I begged off and went in the bar. After a bit my friend Traci and I went over to her house to work on the table centerpieces that I thought up. 

Amazingly I didn't burn the crap out of myself and they didn't come out looking half bad lol.

Saturday I got up and we had our big breakfast that Scott always makes us. I went for my run and then came back to make cookies. I had somehow also volunteered myself to make cookies. It ended up taking me all morning to get them done and I didn't actually end up going down to the show until around 1:00. I walked around a little bit and then my friends Allen and Carolyn came out to meet us. We walked around a bit then sat and chatted.

 There wasn't as many cars this year. It was raining in the morning (I know, it was like my own party, the weather had to mess it up!)  and then kind of windy.

A bit before it was time to serve dinner my friend Traci asked me to come in and help. This is most of the kitchen crew.

 We dished up the pasta and garlic bread then people could go over and get some salad with this lady.

Traci picked up this checkered table cloths on a roll. They looked fantastic!

My huge pile of cookies (that reminds me I still need to get my plate back lol)

and dinner

 Everyone said that it turned out great! I was kind of worried there for a bit but I kept telling them to put more cheese on it and it will be fine haha. After dinner we went and sat on the patio for a bit until we were all tired and then we went home and I crashed out on the couch.

Next up is a 4th of July party that I've already been in on the planning for. Hopefully we will be having a bit of a regatta! That was Scott's idea he's been talking about for awhile. I'm excited to see it actually happen (hopefully we still have water in the lake in July!).

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Thursday, May 7, 2015

Zoo Zoom

Tomorrow I'll be getting on a plane to go to Disneyland! I'm running the Tinkerbell half with my bff Sarah and her friend Juli. The race is on Mother's Day Sunday. We are only planning to go into Disneyland on Sunday so we'll have a couple of days of doing all the non park stuff I guess lol. The hotel has a heated pool and hot tub that I plan to sit in and I am going to bring my Kindle and maybe take a few naps. Sounds like heaven. The run probably isn't going to be any record breaking time. My hip has really been bothering me when I run so I've fallen off my training runs. The longest runs I have done are 6 1/2 miles. Tonight I just did a mile and a half and it was smarting pretty bad. Wish me luck!


Still in catch up mode on my posts here so here is my ZOO ZOOM! The run was April 19th. I signed up for the 5k. Originally I wasn't going to do this run again because

  1. It's in Sac 
  2. I don't really like the course and 
  3.  I don't really like to get up that early. 

BUT my friend at work wanted to do it and I love to support my new(er) runner friends. She's really been working hard at her running and has totally caught the run bug.  She's actually motivating me more now than I am her so that's saying something. It's good to have friends like that around for when you get into a slump.

So I signed up, Scott said he'd do it, my sister in law's dad was talking like they would all do it again but then they went to Disneyland the week before so that didn't happen, and then a bunch of people from a sister office of my work all signed up. Oh and a friend of mine from elementary-high school also signed up!

This is my friend Ron, I haven't seen him since high school but we are Facebook friends and he lives the next town over from me so not too far. He says that me and his brother motivated him to run. I remember in high school he was quite the runner so I think he just needed a little bit of motivation to pick it back up and take off.

This is my friend Kristin. We ran the Pacific Grove 5k together way back when. She started and stopped the couch to 5k program a ton of times and finally finished it and has kept going to run even farther distances now. I'm rather proud of her!

Running in with the limp wrist and swinging pony tail

missing 2 people from the group but all the work people and Scott

Amazingly I ended up running almost exactly the same time as the last time I did this run, 30:30. I was hoping for a sub 30 but I apparently walked one too many times ;)  I probably won't do this run again unless my niece runs it. It's super cute to see the kids run. 

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Tuesday, May 5, 2015


Every Wednesday night down at the club house they have Bingo. We went almost every week in April. Scott has even been going with me. It's been a lot of fun!

Two weeks ago we went and I drove. I set my keys down on the table and we played our games.

Scott was on my left and another gal was on my right. When we were done playing we cleaned up and then walked about 20 steps into the bar. We hung out in there with some friends for awhile. After my friends left I got up and went to the bathroom. All of a sudden I realized I did not have my keys. 

I went back into the bar and asked Scott if he had my keys. He didn't have them either. Ugh! Where were they? I looked through all the trash cans, on the floor, and asked all around and they weren't anywhere. I drove over to my friends house (with Scott's keys) and had her dump out her little purse to make sure she didn't accidentally pick them up. No keys. Back to the bar & kitchen where I looked through the trash again. Damn.

So we went home with Scott's keys. I put it out on Facebook and sent a message to the gal that was sitting next to me at Bingo that I had lost my keys. 

What really sucked was that my work keys were on there. So I had to go to work and then wait outside or call someone inside to open the door for me so that I could get in. Finally on the next Wednesday I had had enough of that and gave in and told my boss that I had lost my keys. I told her that most likely some 80 year old lady at Bingo had picked them up on accident. She gave me another key to get into the building and said she'd have to email the people up the chain to find out if we needed to change the locks or anything. 

We were eating dinner real quick that night so we could go to Bingo again when one of my friends called and asked if we were coming to Bingo. I was like "why did you find my keys?" she said no, that she had not found my keys. BUT when we got there, my keys were sitting on the table. 

It's a miracle! Turns out that the lady that was sitting next to me that week HAD picked up my keys and accidentally put them in her Bingo bag. She hadn't taken it out since the week before. WHY she didn't go look in there when I asked her if she had seen my keys is beyond me but I was so happy to get them back I didn't really care all that much at that point! So now I have removed my work keys from my regular key chain so if I lose them again I won't be losing my work keys. Although now I'm juggling two sets of keys every day and it feels like it's going to be a lot easier to lose a set.Pin It

Monday, April 27, 2015

Great America

Way back a few weeks ago we took Melissa and her friend to Great America for her "friend's party". Oh EM Gee is that shit expensive.

If you buy your tickets online before you go and you have more 4 or more people going it's about $40 a ticket, then you've got $15 to park. Don't have anything to eat in the house before you go so you have to stop and get some breakfast. And gas. (1 1/2 hours to get there on a good day).

Then when you get there you can bypass the line to buy a ticket to get in but you get funneled into this huge mass of people waiting to get through security. For like an hour. I'm pretty sure the bulk of my sunburn that day came from standing in line waiting to get the wand passed over me to make sure I wasn't smuggling in any weapons.

Once we got through security the girls took off and I never saw them again until we met up to leave. Scott saw them once and they had two boys walking with them. I guess they somehow ended up hanging out with a huge group of choir kids from San Diego or somewhere.  So it was just Scott and Trevor and I. I had actually thought of not going since I can't really ride very many rides without feeling totally nauseated and messed up for the rest of the day. But then I was like ah, it will be a nice family day.

Which it was for the most part even though I spent most of my time sitting around waiting for Scott and Trevor to get off the rides.

Oh and did I mention that the food was super expensive too? Like $16 for a burger, fries and drink meal. Totally ridiculous. Next time I'm totally staying home. Plus it was early in the season so they didn't even have any shows going that weren't for little kids.

At least the kids had fun though. I kind of had fun. Staying home by myself might have been fun too though lol.

So here's a few pictures.

Scott and Trevor on some barf baskets

Scott and Trevor on a barf coaster

Oh look something boring I can do.

Hanging out by the new wood coaster, WHICH I actually did ride and it wasn't too barfy.

Being Silly

Up on the big sky thing that takes you from one side of the park to the other

This girl was reading a book while we waited in line for the bumper cars. I tried to see what book it was but my eye sight isn't THAT good lol.

Scott  and I rode the carousel on the top deck. The whole time we were riding the girl in charge kept repeating to stay sitting down because some little kid wasn't listening. That was enjoyable. We were talking about it when it was over, about how when we were kids they'd stop the whole ride and throw your ass off.

So that was fun! Birthdays done until next year! Well Jess is 21 on the 29th of April but she won't be here until June. Then we'll have a nice party at the house and it will probably rain lol.

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Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Out and About

The other day I was driving home and we had the most awesome clouds in the sky. I just love the big puffy clouds.

It's baby geese season at the lake! We have a ton of Canadian Geese who stay here year round. The little babies are so cute! I was out for my run and came up on them.

So cute! My friend got a picture of them later swimming.

That night I ran 2 miles to the dock, watched the sunset, hung out for a little bit and then ran back to get my 4 miles done. (no I didn't have wine!)

 Another day out running the lake was full of these little ducks. The closer I got the faster they swam away though. We don't usually have very many ducks. We used to have a lot of mallards but now there is only an occasional few. I think someone said these are wood ducks but I'm not sure.

 The long view from "stump lake". This is my favorite spot when you can see the mountains.

 I just love the views around the lakes!

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