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Old 08-25-2013, 07:57 PM   #31
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I did it! 8 miles in under 2 hours...plus about a 10-15 min break. About 3 1/2 miles in I was suffering. Needed a bio break and my feet had gone numb. I had a 4 mile loop that I was going to run twice so I still had a little ways to go before I passed the house. So I ended up walking a little extra and stopped a little longer because of course M needed me to get him something to drink and DH was still sleeping and so on and so forth.

But I am happy to say the second loop, once I got a little water and my clif shot blocks which I had forgotten was much better and I was even able to stretch some of my 2min run/2 min walk intervals into 2 1/2 / 1 1/2 intervals. Legs are definitely tired. Going to have to get my trainer to help stretch me out a little extra tomorrow.

Plans for the weekend: 1st baseball practice later today and trainer tomorrow. Other than that I hope I can finally start working out our cruise photos!!
Good for you! Way to get it done!!!
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Old 08-27-2013, 07:54 PM   #32
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Been a couple of days of crazy here...

Baseball practice Saturday and Monday, trainer for DH and I on Sunday plus lots of laundry and discarding toys and old clothes from M's bedroom and playroom. We have big piles of both ready to find new homes. Next I need to work on my closet!!

Ran today on the treadmill at the gym. Picked up my TM pace on both the walks and runs and went with slightly longer run intervals. It felt great! Amazing...TM running has always been so hard to me. I'd much rather run outside...well maybe not much...but it was usually easier if there weren't any hills. This was a great pace for me and my HR is coming down quickly on the walk intervals.

I need to try and make dining reservations tomorrow morning for the Monday after the Princess HM! I want to do both a breakfast and dinner reservation although I don't know where yet. Hmmm...thinking dinner at Be Our Guest if I can get them. I've been but my Mom hasn't...she's only seen it in the previews when they weren't serving.

Getting so behind on all of this!! But my cruise DVD finally came yesterday... so I can upload some of the fun character shots we got! And I am working on my shots from the cruise too so over the next few days/weekend I'll get that stuff posted! So much fun...I hope we get to go back to Italy and Greece soon. I know DH is already talking about those being our next big trip...although I am still holding out for London for Christmas 2014.
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Old 09-01-2013, 06:37 PM   #33
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Magic Bands!

Well...I was reading this week that Port Orleans Riverside was going to be testing Magic Bands and Fastpass + in October and decided that with our crazy schedule we should try and get in on the testing.

So I logged onto the Disney website and low and behold...I could order the bands. And even better, I could select up to 3 FP+ options per park, per day. Since we will only have a morning at Hollywood Studios I opted for TSM, Star Tours and ToT. DS can't ride RnR so DH and I can do the single rider line if we want to do that one. DS wants to do Jedi Training so this lets us sign up for that and still have a chance at getting a couple of TSM rides in during the morning.

For Epcot, DS and I will be leaving early to go to the MNSSHP so TT and Soarin were key. I also requested Mission Space, but we might opt to change that one later if I can't convince him to go on it. Again this gives us the 3 biggies up front and we can head to WS after for a bit, before we leave DH at Food & Wine.

I honestly can't recall what I picked for the third thing at MK. I know the Speedway was one, because DS loves that stupid ride and it is such a horrible wait. I think the others were Buzz Lightyear and Big Thunder Mountain. Again they may change. Was disappointed there was no Astro Orbiter since that is such a horrible slow line and DS loves it too.

I am really hoping that we will get to do FP+ in Nov at POP. Since it will just be DS and I, it will be even harder to get Jedi Training and TSM in without FP+. And on our arrival day, we will be getting to MK around 4pm for the MVMCP. With FP+ we will get to request FP times between 4-7 which would be impossible to get when we arrive. So 3 definite rides of our choice without the lines will be awesome!

Hopefully by Oct the bugs will be worked out of the system a little better than some of the Aug reports. They will definitely have a lot more experience with it by then. Until then I am stalking the reports to see how things are changing.
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Old 09-02-2013, 09:23 PM   #34
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I am so anxious to see how the magic band and fast pass system work. Yay for getting in on the testing!
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Old 09-08-2013, 08:07 AM   #35
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A little Nov info...

For our surprise trip in Nov, I've been waiting to see if we could book FP+ reservations by checking every few days to see if they were available to schedule. This morning when I checked in I could make reservations!!

The key here is we are arriving on Friday afternoon and should hopefully be at MK around 4pm (shooting for a tiny bit earlier). M and I have tickets for MVMCP that evening but since we have our annual passes we can get in even before 4pm. I made 3 FP+ reservations for our pre-7pm time period. We might miss the first one...it ends right at 4pm, but I figured its worth having in there.

On Saturday the plan is to go to HS. So the morning rush to try and do JTA sign ups and TSM will be challenging by myself. So I booked a FP+ for TSM, Star Tours and ToT for the afternoon. This will give us time to do the morning activities when things are so rushed...and still have all these to look forward to in the afternoon. ToT may be swapped for Fanstasmic once it becomes available as neither of us have seen it yet. I don't want to fight the crowds and we are usually long gone from HS by that point in the day since RD is such a must do there.

I managed to get in my 9 1/2 mile run yesterday. M saw the GSC on my countdown app (I made it hot pink so it would look girly) and asked what it was. Told him it was a princess race for girls (not where though) since I am not planning on him coming with me. Fast forward a couple of days and he asks me...if boys can come watch. He wants to cheer for me. Too stinking sweet...whatever am I going to do...

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Old 09-12-2013, 05:56 PM   #36
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For our surprise trip in Nov, I've been waiting to see if we could book FP+ reservations by checking every few days to see if they were available to schedule. This morning when I checked in I could make reservations!!
Nice! Sounds like you made some great plans!!!

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I managed to get in my 9 1/2 mile run yesterday. M saw the GSC on my countdown app (I made it hot pink so it would look girly) and asked what it was. Told him it was a princess race for girls (not where though) since I am not planning on him coming with me. Fast forward a couple of days and he asks me...if boys can come watch. He wants to cheer for me. Too stinking sweet...whatever am I going to do...
Way to go on the 9.5! Funny... I did 9.5 on 9/7. Is this the day you did as well?

And... so sweet that he wants to cheer you on!!!
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Old 09-22-2013, 12:02 PM   #37
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I think it was the same day...I was going for 11 yesterday. At about 2.8 I felt a pop in my right lower calf. Sat down on the curb and called DH to come get me. Wanted to cry...so close to the race...and no idea how bad it is.

Came home and iced and rested. It was hard to walk most of the day yesterday. Slept in one of my compression sleeves last night and have had one on most of the time since.

It definitely feels better today, although it is still sore. I went to my trainer who did a short upper body workout with me and then lots of stretching and rolling. Based on the location and severity (or lack of in some stretches) pain combined with how much better it feels to today, he thinks its a strain due to my foot turning out when I run.

So more ice, rest, compression and will do a couple more stretch sessions with him this week plus maybe get on the exercise bike a little at home to do some very light cardio and get the blood flowing to it.

In other news we got our MNSSHP tickets and I have linked them up with our magic bands and MDE accounts. I also found out the Magic Bands unlock a special code for Disney Infinity...which M is getting for Christmas. I have ordered all the different things for that so some will come from us...and some from Santa.

The other bad news is that in prep for our basement remodel which starts in a week, I was installing some new closet shelving in DS's playroom closet. In the process I managed to put a hole in a pipe for the coolant to the upstairs AC unit. So all the coolant came rushing out as I put a big hole in the wall to make sure it wasn't water...we have had many water issues in this house so I am terrified of water. But now we have no upstairs AC until we can get someone out to make repairs. And who knows at what cost. I guess the only positive thing about it is...at least it's much cooler this week than last.

Been a frustrating day...and I haven't even started painting yet. Hopefully I can't screw that up too bad. Its in an unfinished area.
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Old 09-24-2013, 06:18 PM   #38
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Sounds like you have had some bad luck lately! I hope it gets better... the calf and the home improvements, cause ya know what is right around the corner.

If I don't say it before the race... have an excellent time!!!
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Old 10-03-2013, 10:50 AM   #39
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Can't believe its time to go!!

The first of the 3 upcoming trips is upon us!

Its been so busy here between baseball, soccer, home renovations, travel, work, etc I really have no idea how this trip snuck up on me!! But we leave in the morning.

I've been working very hard trying to get my leg back in shape to try and do the race. I've made some progress although I'm pretty sure I'm not going to be able to run as much as I had planned. I am still going to do the race and hope I can manage to stay ahead of the sweepers. It may mean I need to do either a 10 miler or half later in Oct or Nov so I can get a time for the Glass Slipper Challenge.

Our plans for tomorrow are to fly out before 8am!! Magical Express from the airport to check in. We will check everything except one big tote bag holding our electronics and pool stuff. We are planning to head straight to Blizzard Beach when we get in. DS will likely get a waterpark/disney quest annual pass since they plan on doing both this weekend and its only $18 extra to get the pass. I'll likely get the WP pass especially if I can add on the DQ option later...if DS loves it as much as I think he will.

Blizzard Beach closes at 5pm so I will likely leave a little early to go back and change before heading to the expo. By the time I get done the boys should be back at the hotel and either I will meet them there or possibly DTD if they want to go there for the evening.

Our Saturday plan is to hit Hollywood Studios early. DH will likely leave a bit before us to go to the hotel to watch our football game at noon. Then DS and I will meet him there in the early afternoon. After that I'll hang at the resort while the boys likely head to DQ or the pool or possibly even back to the parks. We'll see. Then its RACE TIME!!!
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Yikes...

Been a while since I posted an update! Need to post some details on our ToT trip. Hopefully this weekend I can sit down for a little bit and detail our trip. I need to get on it since our next trip is in 2 weeks!!

The quick run down...finished the race, loved POR (AB this time, +/- over Magnolia Terrace), Magic Bands worked great, MNSSHP was good, DQ was lame but DS loved it.

Other news...my BFF is planning on coming with me for the Princess HM weekend! Yay!! We've needed to do a girls weekend again...and this is the prefect weekend for it! Can't wait!
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Been a while since I posted an update! Need to post some details on our ToT trip. Hopefully this weekend I can sit down for a little bit and detail our trip. I need to get on it since our next trip is in 2 weeks!!

The quick run down...finished the race, loved POR (AB this time, +/- over Magnolia Terrace), Magic Bands worked great, MNSSHP was good, DQ was lame but DS loved it.

Other news...my BFF is planning on coming with me for the Princess HM weekend! Yay!! We've needed to do a girls weekend again...and this is the prefect weekend for it! Can't wait!

So remind me in case I just forgot...

You are running Wine and Dine half? Then PHM? Are you also doing WDW marathon weekend?

That is exciting about your BFF doing the PHM with you! I am skipping that race in 2014 but will be back for 2015.
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