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Old 02-20-2014, 07:03 PM   #1
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Twelve Months of Training and Travel

With multiple trips over the next twelve months as well as multiple race events I thought a single PTR would be the best way to get my thoughts down rather make all of my poor dis friends crazy trying to keep up with multiple ones.

Since plans are already making me branch out and ask questions, it is time to get this started!

I will give a shout out to a PTR that inspired me to try this format. Her training/travel PTR can be found here

I am bound to ramble between training and various trips, so if you are just interested in reading about one verses another be sure to check the first page often. I will keep things organized under the chapter links.

Now let the fun begin!!!!

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Old 02-20-2014, 07:06 PM   #2
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Chapter Links

Race Events
Who I Am
Travel Dates

Posts regarding training

March Races Plan
April Races Plan

Weekly Training
Posts related to training using the RunDisney plans
Posts regarding the trip for the DLHM
DLHM: Who is Going
DLHM: Airfare 1/2 Booked
DLHM: Hotel Booked
DLHM: Airfare 1/2 Booked
DLHM - Ground Transportation
DLHM - Bib and Medal
DLHM - Race Outfit

Posts regarding the trip for the ToT-10miler
ToT-10miler: Airfare
ToT-10miler: Who is Going
ToT-10miler: Airfare - Booked
ToT-10miler: Rooms Booked
ToT-10miler: Rooms Booked UPDATED
ToT-10 miler: Dinning Plans
ToT-10 miler: MNSSHP

Posts regarding the trip for the AHM
AHM: Hotel Booked
AHM: Who is Going
AHM: Airfare 1/2 Booked

Posts regarding the trip for the WDWHM(Donald)
WDWHM: Hotel Booked
WDWHM: Who is Going

Posts regarding the trip for the PHM
PHM: Hotel Booked
PHM: Who is Going

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Old 02-20-2014, 07:45 PM   #3
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Race Events

  • 3/8/2014
    • Foothills Dash
    • 10k
    • 56:26 - Total Finishers = 107 Total Female = 62 Total in My Division = 10 My ranking = 30th overall, 15th female and 3rd in division
  • 3/15/2014
    • St. Patty's Day Run
    • 5k
    • 28:33 - Total Finishers = 401 Total Female = 219 Total in My Division = 43 My ranking =147th overall, 55th female and 10th in my division
  • 4/13/2014
    • Seahawks 12K
    • 12k
    • 1:11:54 - Total Finishers = 4,047 Total Female = 2,555 Total in My Division = 382 My ranking =1331 overall, 568 female and 80th in my division
  • 4/17/2014
    • Road Runner Adventure Run
    • Check Point Non Timed Fun Run
    • Winnings - New Balance Shoes, RockmyRun 3 month subscription, Adventure run Tee, Dirty Dash Tee, Case of Accel Energy Gel, Dickies BBQ Gift Card. Total Value Approx. $275
  • 5/3/2014
    • Cinco De Mayo
    • 8K
    • 44:01 - Total Finishers = 209 Total Female = 132 Total in My Division = 19 My ranking = 67 overall, 27 female and 4th in my division
  • 6/19/2014
    • Road Runner Adventure Run
    • Check Point Non Timed Fun Run
    • Winnings - 2 bottles of vita coconut water,2 bottles of First Aid Shot Therapy,1 Honey Stinger Waffle,2 water bottles,2 cliff shots,Foot Spa detox treatment, 1 pair of Saucony shoes,1 case of Muscle Milk,1 case of Laguintas Beer Total Value Approx. $439
  • 6/14/2014
    • Fall City Days Fun Run
    • 10k
    • Did Not Register
  • 6/21/2014
    • Lynch Creek Run
    • 10k
    • Cancelled
  • 7/26/2014
    • Enumclaw Rotary Street Fair
    • 5k
    • REGISTERED
  • 8/16/2014
    • Snoqualmie Railroad Days
    • 10k
    • Registration Soon
  • 8/31/2014
    • Disneyland Half Marathon
    • Half
    • REGISTERED
  • 10/4/2014
    • Disney Tower of Terror 10 miler
    • 10miles
    • REGISTERED
  • 11/16/2014
    • Avengers Half Marathon
    • Half
    • REGISTERED
  • 12/13/2014
    • Ugly Sweater Dash
    • 5k
    • Registration Soon
  • 1/10/2015
    • Walt Disney World Half Marathon
    • Half
    • REGISTERED
  • 2/22/2015
    • Disney Princess Half Marathon
    • Half
    • REGISTERED

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Old 02-20-2014, 08:21 PM   #4
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Who I Am

There will be various "characters" who join me for the trips that revolve around these races, I will skip introducing them just yet. Instead, let me get into who I am.

My name is Ann. I didn't grow up loving disney and in fact did not take a trip to Disney until I was 30 years old. I also did not grow up running and only just started at the young age of 42. So how did I get to be a 44 year old running disney loving fanatic?

Lets start with having 4 kids. Kira is my oldest daughter who is married. Zach is my oldest son and is now engaged. Alex is just 18 and the "baby" of my older kids. Last but not least is Zoe who IS my baby and just turned 9. Having kids will definitely help to give you a Disney bug. With all of my kids we collected all disney movies and watched them...all of them... sometimes way too much. (is it too many times if you can recite word for word parts of the movie? Naaa )

I also am married to my wonderful high school sweetheart named Steve. Once Steve became established in his career it became time to start taking the kids on vacations. What better place than to Disneyland (we are on the west coast) So in 2000 we took the then three kids on our first trip to Disneyland and thus began our love affair with ALL things disney - not just the movies.

Eventually, we decided that we needed to see what the east coast had in their park. This led me to do "research" and I found the disboards. One trip led to another which then led to trip reports and pre trip reports and making friends.

It was through the making of friends that I was introduced to running. Disney has running events? Who knew!!! Surely not I, but someone who was very knowledgable in all things Disney did! Since she and I had became friends she encouraged me to take a trip with her to do a RunDisney event.

In preparation for that race, I stuck with a training program through some injury and in the summer of 2012, I ran my very first race (a 10k) in order to get a POT (proof of time) to submit to RunDisney.

When that first RD event arrived, I was ready and I fell in love! It was a good thing too since my friend had already convinced me to register for my second RD event by that time (the phm in 2013)

I continued with training during that fall. Unfortunately and sadly, things did not end up going as planned for my next RD event and I ended up needing Steve and Zoe to tag along with me.

Things have a way of working out though and in having him tag along we came to realize two things. 1. Steve would also love to do an RD event and 2. If we were going to be doing these events regularly we should really look into DVC.

So after getting back from our trip last fall we started to really think about the DVC option and by the summer we were DVC members.

As we sought out DVC membership, I also signed up for other events locally as well as another RD event. This one would just be a group of friends. Steve was very jealous that I would be going to do another one without him so when registration for the donald opened, we both were quick to register.

Now having one RD event under his belt, he was sold and IN LOVE with RD events. We as a couple are definitely excited for more (yes, we are signed up for another RD event and plan two more)

And since no intro should be without a picture. Here is Steve and I after the Donald last month.
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Old 02-20-2014, 10:01 PM   #5
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ToT- 10miler Airfare

Anyone read any of my past PTRs? If you have then this wont surprise you. I am experiencing airfare drama.

I have let companion fares I have on alaska expire because it is usually cheaper to buy two tickets elsewhere rather than the one + companion on Alaska. In fact, for our trip last month I tried and tried to find a good deal for fares on Alaska using the companion fare and I swear the flight was not a great one AND ended up costing something crazy like $800+ for the two tickets.

Between monitoring for all my trips and also booking the return flight for one (I will get to that in another post) I noticed that Alaska might not be a bad idea to look at.

A bit of a spoiler if you are reading my most current TR... but our non direct flights about killed us all last month. I think we are traumatized and so the idea of a direct flight is down right heavenly. So now Alaska has a good direct flight there and back AND the cost is not bad.

So where is the drama?

Given that we are planning a short beach excursion too I took a look at flights in and out of Tampa. Well of course that flight is even less. This led me to think "what if we just flew in and out of Tampa and rented a car for the entire trip rather than just the last week or so?"

I think I have decided, but would love to hear what any of you think. I posted to the travel board and got some great feedback that helped me... but here is the run down.


The pros:
  • Flying to Tampa will save the 4 of us a total of $312.
  • Will get the a car for the entire 11 days.
  • It will only take about 30 minutes more to get from TPA driving than it would to get from MCO using DME.
  • The flight leaves at about 9am (unlike the regular 6 or 7am flights we are use to)
  • Could stop for dinner before arriving to WDW
  • Could go grocery shopping before checking into resort
  • Would have a shorter drive back from Sarasota than if we had to go to MCO


The cons:
  • No DME
  • Have to collect our own luggage
  • Will cost a little less than $100 more to get the car
  • Will arrive to our resort about an hour and a half later (assuming no stops)
  • Is less likely that a trip to the parks will happen that night


So I guess maybe there isn't as much drama as I thought. I just have been battling this thought all week of "breaking routine"
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Travel Dates

  • 8/29/2014 - 9/1/2014
    • Disneyland Half Marathon
  • 10/1/2014 - 10/11/2014
    • Disney Tower of Terror 10 miler
  • 11/14/2014 - 11/19/2014
    • Avengers Half Marathon
  • 1/7/2015 - 1/14/2015
    • Walt Disney World Half Marathon
  • 2/19/2015 - 2/24/2015
    • Disney Princess Half Marathon


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Old 02-21-2014, 12:27 AM   #7
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Omg I'm the first!!!!!! This is the trip the in laws are meeting up with y'all correct? The fall trip? I think having the direct not wake up at 3 am flight is worry the Very few cons! Lately you've seemed to spend the first few days on each trip recovering from the early flight and all the back and forth with layovers!
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Omg I'm the first!!!!!! This is the trip the in laws are meeting up with y'all correct? The fall trip? I think having the direct not wake up at 3 am flight is worry the Very few cons! Lately you've seemed to spend the first few days on each trip recovering from the early flight and all the back and forth with layovers!
You are the first!!!

Yep, this is the trip the in laws are coming. Course, they bailed on part of it already...so who knows what we will end up by the time the trip rolls around. Since they needed their own room and I needed Kira to watch Zoe while Steve an I had our anniversary trip - we booked a second room for Kira and Zoe to stay for the majority of the trip. This way if the in laws do bail...we are not out the points we used to book the room.

I will "officially" post about the airfare soon... but I did go ahead and book it. Kira won't be terribly pleased that she will be missing out on DME and on the evening in MK...but for the cost and the extra hour of sleep in the morning it will be perfect! The only issue I foresee if if the in laws bail completely on us with the beach house and we then have to stay in WDW a few extra nights. Then we will be ending our trip in Orlando rather than on the island and have to drive from there down. Not the worst thing to happen though so I am not all together worried.
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ToT-10 miler: Who is Going

With the ToT-10miler trip heavy on my mind, I thought it would be a good time to explain who is going.

Of course there is Steve and I. We are there not only for the race, but because it is our 25 year anniversary this fall.


For some time now, Steve and I planned for the trip to be just the two of us. However we realized two things recently.

One was that Steve's parents wanted to come to enjoy the race with us. They had plans to stay for the month of October on Annamaria Island. Since the race fell within that they figured they would come up for a couple nights, do the race and after party, have breakfast with us the day after the race and then head back to their rental house. Since they needed their own space rather than a room with us, we now needed a second room for at least 2 nights. However, knowing them I figured it could be more or less. So when Kira pointed out that she would not be able to watch Zoe over her birthday weekend because she wanted to do something special it made sense to take her and Zoe along.

So for sure it will also be Kira and Zoe.



IF all goes according to plan (and lets just say it already has changed, but I will get to that later) Then Steve's parents, Mike and Di, will also be joining us for part of the time...all of the time...none of the time. Who knows for sure.

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  • 3/8/2014
    • Foothills Dash
    • 10k
    • REGISTERED
  • 3/15/2014
    • St. Patty's Day Run
    • 5k
    • Plan to register soon.
  • 4/12/2014
    • City Tours Beer Run
    • 5k
    • May or may not register
  • 5/3/2014
    • Cinco De Mayo
    • 8K
    • Will register in March.
  • 6/14/2014
    • Fall City Days Fun Run
    • 10k
    • Will register in April.
  • 6/21/2014
    • Lynch Creek Run
    • 10k
    • Will register in March.
  • 8/16/2014
    • Snoqualmie Railroad Days
    • 10k
    • Registration is not yet open.
  • 8/31/2014
    • Disneyland Half Marathon
    • Half
    • REGISTERED
  • 10/4/2014
    • Disney Tower of Terror 10 miler
    • 10miles
    • REGISTERED
  • 11/16/2014
    • Las Vegas Rock n Roll Half Marathon
    • Half
    • Will register in March.
  • 12/13/2014
    • Ugly Sweater Dash
    • 5k
    • Registration is not yet open.
  • 1/10/2015
    • Walt Disney World Half Marathon
    • Half
    • Registration is not yet open.
  • 2/22/2015
    • Disney Princess Half Marathon
    • Half
    • Registration is not yet open.

WOW! That is quite the list. I feel like a slug in comparison. We have one race each in March, April and May (15K, 12K and 8K) but that's it. We will see if we add anything after that or not.

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You are the first!!!

Yep, this is the trip the in laws are coming. Course, they bailed on part of it already...so who knows what we will end up by the time the trip rolls around. Since they needed their own room and I needed Kira to watch Zoe while Steve an I had our anniversary trip - we booked a second room for Kira and Zoe to stay for the majority of the trip. This way if the in laws do bail...we are not out the points we used to book the room.

I will "officially" post about the airfare soon... but I did go ahead and book it. Kira won't be terribly pleased that she will be missing out on DME and on the evening in MK...but for the cost and the extra hour of sleep in the morning it will be perfect! The only issue I foresee if if the in laws bail completely on us with the beach house and we then have to stay in WDW a few extra nights. Then we will be ending our trip in Orlando rather than on the island and have to drive from there down. Not the worst thing to happen though so I am not all together worried.
Snagging it when the price is right is always good and those savings pay for a car I think you'd need to no matter what.

CUTE pics of Kira and Zoe!
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I'm here! That's a lot of races you are thinking of doing!
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So glad you are! I am sending you lots of good race vibes for the weekend!!!

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WOW! That is quite the list. I feel like a slug in comparison. We have one race each in March, April and May (15K, 12K and 8K) but that's it. We will see if we add anything after that or not.
And don't forget you have a very BIG race in August! That is totally not a slug!!

When I put it on paper that list seems more impressive than I think it really is. My list from last year was long too. Course, last year did not have as many halfs on it.


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I agree! And yes... the car would be needed at least for the last 4 days. Renting a car for 4 days though might as well be a week because the cost isn't much more for a full week. SO in my comparisons (as twisted as they may be) I compared a week rental in orlando to the 11 day rental out of tpa. The cost jump was a bit less than $100. So I figured I saved about $200 for the airfare even with getting the car for longer.

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Thanks! Josh (Kira's dh) had his camera on the trip last month and took a lot of really good pictures. I wish I could take photos like he did.

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Glad you are here!!! Yeah, it is a lot. Especially considering there are a total of 4 half marathons in there. I don't worry so much about the dlh, or the lvh... but then the donald and phm are so close together. Those worry me. As far as number of events go though... I did something similar last year. One event a month was the goal and I pretty much did that. I am a member on athlinks and that site is AWESOME for tracking all of your races. Almost all of mine are there on my dashboard with all my stats. I had to manually enter one race so it lists it as unofficial....and one was a color run so not timed and so not on there.
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Athlinks

Since I made mention of Athlinks in my last comment... I thought I would go into this a bit further. It is a great site that allows you to "claim" your events. It has a record of you and then lists your stats for each race. It even color codes according to where you are compared to other runners in that race. (red means back of the pack..to green is front of the pack - with the shades gradually shifting from a bright red to orange to yellow to green) I use to have to google search each race to be able to look up the results. Now I can find all of my races in a nice and handy location. So with that I can see what my previous race schedule has looked like.

I know my list is pretty long and I do realize I may not get to do everything on that list if for no other reason that time and expense. But goals are important, yes? Also, this is my form of entertainment (outside of disney)

So how does my dashboard look on athlinks?

I had my first race in 8/2012 and I have had few months since that I didn't have some event I have done. Curious to see a list? Maybe not, but I will share anyway.

8/12 - 10k
9/12 - 10miler
10/12 - 10k
11/12 - 5k
NOTHING IN DECEMBER 2012
NOTHING IN JANUARY 2013
2/13 - Half
3/13 - 10k (unofficial on athlinks)
4/13 - 10k
5/13 - 8k
6/13 - 5k
7/13 - COLOR RUN (fun run no time)
8/13 - 10k
NOTHING IN SEPTEMBER 2013 (planned two in October)
10/13 - 10miler
10/13 - 10k
11/13 - 5k
NOTHING IN DECEMBER 2013
1/14 - Half
NOTHING IN FEBRUARY 2014 (two are planned for March)

And how do I measure up? My early ones are all "red" My more recent ones "green".

So I may seem like I have a long list ahead of me, but other than the fact that I have way more half on it that I perhaps should... it probably is doable.

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