Disney, Random

A rant on race shirts

Why is it so hard for race organizers to provide a decent-sized shirt for petite women? Out of my entire collection of race shirts (about 15), there are only two that I would actually wear in public. One is from last year’s A Race For Maggie’s Place which ended up being well worth the $30 race day registration fee for the tech shirt and the great goody bag. Although it wasn’t a women-only race, I attribute the great shirt to the fact that the race is held to benefit women.

Lost Dutchman 10k 2008The shirt in action during the Lost Dutchman 10k.

Then, there’s the awesome women’s tech shirt from Disney’s Princess Half Marathon. It’s my favorite race shirt because it’s Disney, it’s pink, and it just fits perfectly. Although the race was open to men, it was definitely a female-centric event and I don’t even think there was a male/unisex shirt option available.

Disneyland 5k 2009I wore my “princess” shirt and a tiara for the Disneyland Family Fun Run 5k.

Of course, not all women’s races get it right. At the Trek Women’s Duathlon, the smallest shirt size was a medium!

For some reason I don’t mind it so much when I get cotton shirts that are too big. At least I can still get some use by wearing them around the house. But there just isn’t anything to do with tech shirts. It also seems like some race organizers use tech shirts as a reason to justify high registration fees. If I’m not going to be able to wear the shirt anyway, I’d rather get a $5-10 discount and no shirt. Like at the Rock ‘n’ Roll races, I already know the “free” shirt won’t fit. They must be getting some kind of huge bulk discount because every race has the same “unisex” Sugoi tech shirts and they’re always blue. With as many participants as they get, you’d think they could provide women’s sizes and different colors for each race.

But the real reason for this post is because of the last two Disney race shirts that I’ve gotten. Here’s a look at the shirt from the Expedition Everest Challenge.

Expedition Everest Challenge 2009 race shirt

At this angle it looks okay. But the proportions are actually all off. The body’s not too bad, although perhaps just a little short. It’s the sleeves that are crazy. The Disneyland Half Marathon shirt has the same cut. Here’s what it looks like on.

Disneyland Half Marathon 2009 race shirt

See what I mean about the sleeves? Who would actually look good in this shirt? I don’t know whether the blame lies with Disney or Champion, but both companies have enough expertise with apparel that this shouldn’t happen. It’s worse than if the shirt was just too big overall.

So anyway, that’s my rant for the day. Do you have a favorite race shirt? What are some races that offer shirts in both men’s and women’s sizes?

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Disney, Random, Training

Stupid bugs

Mmmm, I’m snacking on a yummy piece of gingerbread Mickey while I write this post. I love bringing home snacks from Disney to make the magic last longer.

Gingerbread Mickeys from Disneyland

I took an ice bath last night and my legs feel much better today. I even made it out for a short run tonight after work.

Wednesday, September 9 – 2 mile run, 20 minutes stationary bike, about 30 minutes strength training (Adidas)

This is the biggest of the blisters that appeared on my legs last week. I was going to see a doctor yesterday, but then it accidentally popped on its own. The rest of the blisters dried up and seem to healing. I still don’t know what happened. I was reading on WebMD and learned there are actually lots of things that can cause blisters… sun, spider bites, allergic reactions…

My icky blister

Unfortunately now I’ve got a new round of what I think are bug bites on my legs. I told Troy that tomorrow he’s got to spray around the house because I’m tired of being itchy all the time. Hopefully none of these turn into blisters, but if they do I’ll definitely go to the doctor’s this time.

Disney

I’m back

Just a quick post to say I made it back safely from my long weekend at Disneyland. There will definitely be photos coming soon. I think both my races were personal worsts, but that’s okay because more importantly I had FUN! Out of all the half marathons I’ve done so far, I think this was my favorite. I enjoyed the bands and cheer squads more than at any of the Rock ‘n’ Roll races. And nothing beats having people actually cheer you on by name (because it’s printed on the race bib).

Despite my slow times, my legs are still pretty sore today. I don’t think it’s from the races so much as all the walking around the parks afterward. I really, really need to get a good pair of walking shoes. I’m hoping to be back up and running by this Thursday for another 5k at Road Runner Sports. Maybe I’ll be able to find some shoes there.

I finished writing up part 2 of my RnR Chicago race report in the car on the way to Anaheim, so I’ll probably be posting that tonight. On the way home I was too tired to do anything but nap.

Disney

Just one more sleep

Tomorrow morning, Troy and I are hitting the road for a six-hour drive to Disneyland! It’ll be the third time we’ve made the drive from Phoenix to Anaheim this summer. Maybe we can make it without any wrong turns this time! Most of the drive is pretty boring, but I enjoy this stretch of windmills in California. There are so many it just seems to go on and on and on for over a mile.

California windmills

I can’t wait to see our friends again…

Me and Troy with Minnie, Goofy, and Mickey

Maybe this time we’ll even run into Eeyore. (These character photos are from Walt Disney World. I couldn’t find Eeyore last time we were at Disneyland.)

Me with Eeyore

 

My workout on Tuesday night didn’t go so well.

September 1 – about two mile run (Asics)
I went out earlier than usual while it was still pretty hot and sunny. It was really tough to summon up the energy to keep going. After struggling through two miles I decided to call it quits since Troy and his parents were waiting for me anyway to go out to dinner. I didn’t take my Garmin so I have no idea what pace I was going at, but I’m sure it was slooow.

Thankfully things went much better tonight.

September 3 – 4.43 mile run (Saucony)
Just when I healed from my injury from two Sundays ago, now I’m hit with another affliction. At least it doesn’t really keep me from running. I have no idea why, but these blister-like bumps showed up on my legs today. Yesterday I thought they were just itchy, red bug bites. But now the skin’s puffed up and seems to have fluid trapped underneath, just like a blister. It’s pretty disgusting looking, although I won’t let it stop me from wearing dresses and shorts over the weekend. I have no idea what it is because I couldn’t find anything online. So then I spoke to a nurse over the phone. She said it didn’t sound critical enough to go to an urgent care center immediately, but recommended I make an appointment with my doctor for next week in case it doesn’t go away on its own in the next few days.

Anyway, one of the bumps is right on my left ankle bone and it hurt when I put my socks on because of the pressure of the material rubbing on it. It also hurt during my warm-up walk. I tried I was a little wary of running tonight because I was worried that the bump would throw off my form and cause some other kind of injury. But thank goodness it actually hurt less to run than walk.

I ended up having a really good run. Everything just seemed to come together. I waited until it was dark so it wasn’t quite as hot outside. And I guess I did a good job stretching because my calves didn’t feel tight like they often do. At first I thought I’d just do my best to get through one mile. Then I figured I’d do 3.1 miles – a 5k. Then I felt so go that I decided to try for 4.4 miles which is 1/3 of a half marathon. My overall pace was a decent 11:03.

Now I’m feeling much better going into the 5k and half marathon this weekend. I’m still just planning to take it easy and have fun and make plenty of stops for photos. But now I think I can shoot for closer to a 2:30 finish instead of 3:00 finish.

So that’s it for now. I gotta go finish my packing so we can leave bright and early in the morning. Disneyland, here I come!

Disney, Training

Trip and race planning

First, here’s a quick update on my training.

Monday, August 31– 2.5 mile run (Asics)
After sitting out for a week, I was able to run again yesterday. I didn’t want to suffer in the heat so I used the treadmill at the gym instead. It’s tough making the transition back from outdoor running to the treadmill. I used to be able to hit 6-6.5 mph on the treadmill with no problem about 18 months ago. But yesterday it felt difficult at just 5 mph (12 min/mile pace). I think the hardest part is getting used to the repetitive motion of sticking to a constant speed.

I’ve been keeping busy lately getting ready for my three(!) upcoming trips. I’m kind of fanatical about research and planning which takes a lot of time, but also results in some decent savings.

For Disneyland, we’re staying at the Howard Johnson Anaheim which gets rave reviews in the online Disney community. Originally I booked us for three nights at $84/night in a standard room using a 15% discount code I got from mousesavers.com. But on Saturday I noticed that on the last night of our stay, the hotel has standard rooms available at the entertainment card rate of $59/night. A short call to the hotel got my rate adjusted for a savings of $25!

I don’t know if I mentioned that I’m 100% confirmed for the Expedition Everest Challenge at Walt Disney World. Well, I am! What sealed the deal for me was getting a free race entry ($105 value) from Disney. I had emailed them asking if they’d be willing to comp last year’s female winner (me!), and they said yes!

My final savings that I’m excited about is from Southwest Airlines. I found a Ding! fare going to Orlando for $99, but the flight back was $169. I booked it anyway since I’m returning on a Sunday and it seems like most of the sale fares aren’t valid on Sundays. Well yesterday I checked southwest.com and saw that my return flight had gone down to $129. This is the first time I’ve tried to get a travel credit from Southwest, and it was really easy to do through the website. I was then able to use my $40 credit for my plane ticket for San Jose.

I think last time I posted about this, I was still debating whether to add a fifth Rock ‘n’ Roll race for the year and which one. In the end, the Rock ‘n’ Roll San Jose Half Marathon won out over San Antonio, even though RnR San Jose is the weekend after the Expedition Everest Challenge. For San Jose, the start, finish, and Expo are all within blocks of each other which makes things very convenient. Also, the proximity of San Jose to Phoenix means that I can fly out on Saturday morning instead of Friday night and save money by staying just one night at the hotel.

So I’ve already got my flight and hotel set for San Jose despite not even registering yet. But that should all be taken care of this weekend. I’ve been waiting to sign up in person at the Disneyland Expo in hopes of getting another free t-shirt. Actually, I’ll probably be registering for two races. (There goes all the money I’ve saved, haha.)

The story is… I sort of regretted not doing a Disney race as my first half marathon. I thought I’d make up for it by doing my first full marathon at Disney. For the past few months, I’ve been planning to do the marathon at WDW in January but I never fully committed yet. The nice thing about Disney races is that they post how full the race is on the website. Right now the marathon is at 77% capacity and the 5k is at 95%. While there’s still time to decide on the marathon, if I’m there I want to do the 5k too.

I was almost ready to register, then I got to thinking. That would be my third trip to WDW in a year. Or my fourth trip to WDW in 16 months. Or my sixth trip to a Disney park in 16 months. I love Disney, but do I really need to go that often? It would be one thing if I could afford to stay at the deluxe resorts and eat at the signature restaurants to add some variety. But trying to do Disney on a budget is getting just a bit repetitive. I also don’t know if Troy would be able to take time off work to come with me in January.

It took me a few days to come to terms with this, but I’ll put it out there now so there’s no changing my mind after this. Instead of Disney, I’m going to run the Rock ‘n’ Roll Arizona Marathon right here at home. I’m sad that Disney won’t be my first, but ultimately this is the better decision. I won’t have to take time off work to travel, I’ll be saving probably around $1,500, and Troy will definitely be there to support me. And hey, there’s always the Goofy Challenge to look forward to.

Just so this post isn’t totally boring, here are a couple photos from last year’s trip to Walt Disney World for the Expedition Everest Challenge. I love how the photographer captured the mountain in the background and there’s definitely no question this was a nighttime event.

Expedition Everest Challenge 2008

This was taken by one of the Disney PhotoPass photographers at the entrance to Animal Kingdom. He had us do a bunch of different poses. Then something happened with his camera so we did them all again. We were annoyed at the time, but they ended up being some of my favorite photos of the trip.

Troy and Lisa at Disney's Animal Kingdom

Disney, Running

Disney and local races

Hi Mica and RunningLaur, my faithful readers. It’s a slow day at work so I thought I’d respond to your comments on my previous post.

Disney races are fantastic, especially if you’re willing to just relax and soak up the atmosphere instead of worrying about time. At the Princess 1/2 Marathon in March I had so much fun stopping to take my photo with the characters along the course. It made the 13.1 miles go by pretty quickly. (One of these days I’ll get around to writing up a belated race report about that trip.) I started running so that I could use races as an excuse to visit the parks, but now it’s sort of become more about the races. That’s because I’ve become addicted to collecting medals and Disney has some of the best “bling”. Check out these awesome Disney medals.

The only local race I’ve decided on for sure is the ARR I-Did-A-Green-Run… can’t beat free! I’ll also be doing some of the runs at Road Runner Sports, but in my mind they don’t really count as races. Unfortunately a bunch of the races I’m interested in are on weekends when I’ll be away, like the ARR Jerome Hill ClimbMoon Valley Grasshopper Bridge 5k, and Runner’s Den/Fiesta Bowl Half Marathon. Then there’s the weekend of November 14-15 where I’ve got to choose between one of three races: ARR Just Another Mad Dog 25k, Run From The Sun Half Marathon, or Aflac Iron Girl Tempe 10 Mile. I guess it depends where I am in my training that weekend. Local races are nice because of the cheaper race fees, but since there’s less planning involved I tend to wait until the last minute before committing.

Disney, Random, Running

My non-running week and future races

Mock Runner's World Cover from RnR Chicago Expo

What do I do when I’m not training? No, unfortunately I’m not interviewing for a feature article in Runner’s World. But I thought it would be fun to share this mock magazine cover from the RnR Chicago Expo. I have another one from after the race too, that I’ll post another time.

Anyway, why does it always seem to hurt more the day after a race? On Sunday I felt fine despite (or because of?) spending three hours on a plane home from Chicago. But on Monday I definitely felt like I had run 13.1 miles. I was happy that I was going to take a break from training for a few days.

Monday night, Troy and I went to Red Robin to spend a couple of the bird bucks I’d gotten at the Run For The Cheetah. I had a yummy BBQ chicken burger and French fries.

Tuesday night, we went to the Asian grocery store so I could pick up some Chinese produce. I love how cheap it is to buy vegetables. Instead of training, I’ve been spending my evenings cooking instead.

Wednesday night, my car Stewart was not happy and decided to leave me stranded at the bank so I got stuck waiting TWO HOURS for the tow truck to arrive. At least Troy was able to diagnose and fix the problem for me so I didn’t have to take Stewart into a shop. Stewart’s started had to be replaced.

Thursday night was relatively normal. I spent a bunch of time planning our upcoming trip out to Disneyland (woo hoo!) and got most of the details sorted out. Since I’m going to be up early anyway for the races, my goal is to be at park opening on both Saturday and Sunday so we can get on the popular rides that we missed during our last trip in June. I’m also excited to try the famous Monte Cristo sandwich at the Blue Bayou for lunch after the half marathon. For the race, I’m definitely going just to have a fun time and I plan to take lots of photos with the characters.

Speaking of races, I’ve been thinking about what to add to the schedule between Disneyland and Las Vegas. For awhile, I’ve been debating whether to do another Rock ‘n’ Roll event this year, just so I can get my Rock Star heavy medal. I’m so close, and I don’t know when I’ll ever do this many Rock ‘n’ Roll events again in the same year. After comparing San Jose and San Antonio, I’m probably going to go ahead and sign up for San Jose.  Ultimately what it came down to is that the location of the start, finish, and expo are more convenient in San Jose, and it seems like the airfare and hotel will be cheaper.

There’s been a rumor going around that Disney will be canceling two of their fall races. At the RnR Chicago Expo, I talked to a Disney rep who confirmed that 2009 is the last year for the Race for the Taste 10k and the Tower of Terror 13k. The two races will be replaced with a half marathon. I guess I know what I’ll be doing next October, but in the mean time it makes me sad that I won’t get an opportunity to do those two races. I tossed around the idea of trying to squeeze them this year, but I can’t really justify making two weekend trips out to Orlando just two weeks apart.

I may still try to do the Expedition Everest Challenge, depending on whether I can find a cheap Ding! fare on Southwest. After all, I’ve got to go defend my title, right? Actually that’s what Troy keeps saying. On the other hand, I sort of think that it’s better to go out on top and enjoy my rare victory without spoiling it with a so so showing this year. The main reason I want to go is to make this the one Disney race that I’ll have done every year from the beginning.

So while I’ve enjoyed being lazy this week, I know it’s time to get out and start running again. I think I may do a slow 2-3 mile run tonight to get my legs moving again, then a longer run later this weekend. It’s supposed to be a great weekend with slightly cooler temperatures. If I can drag myself out of bed early enough, it’ll only be about 85-90° during my run.

Disney, Race Report

Disneyland Duathlon – Part 1 – Expo and Disneyland

So the adventure starts on Friday afternoon. Troy loaded up his car with our luggage, secured my bike to the bike rack, and we were off around 5pm. On the way out of town, we stopped at the Paradise Bakery in Goodyear for some dinner. I had my half sandwich at the bakery and saved my pasta salad and chocolate chip cookie for a snack later in the evening. With convenient locations at the airport and along the highway, Paradise Bakery is my favorite pre-travel meal.

It’s a long drive out to Anaheim, about six hours. Troy drove the entire way while I napped and played Animal Crossing on my DS. (What a great boyfriend!) We arrived at the hotel sometime after 11pm. The hotel was the Best Western Meridian Inn & Suites, the same place we stayed a couple weeks ago for the Angels game. I had called earlier in the day to request a ground floor room, and we got upgraded to a suite with a separate living room and bedroom. While we didn’t really need the extra space, it was nice to have. If you’re visiting Anaheim and don’t need to be within walking distance of Disneyland, I definitely recommend this hotel. There aren’t a lot of extra frills, but the rooms were recently renovated and have comfortable beds and flat screen tvs. The free breakfast is a good bonus. Anyway, we got settled into our room pretty quickly and went straight to bed.

We managed to get about eight hours of sleep and got up Saturday morning around 8:15am. After grabbing some free breakfast we headed out to the Expo. This is one of my big gripes about the weekend. The Expo was held about 30 minutes away at the LA County Fairplex in Pomona, CA. I don’t see why the Expo couldn’t have been held at the Anaheim Convention Center or one of the local hotels. If there was a race day packet pick-up option, I could sort of understand. But we were required to attend the Expo on Saturday. It also sucked that we had to pay $9 for parking at the Fairplex.

I guess I should note that this was not a Disney-organized or -sponsored event. It was part of the TrekWomen Series run by a company called The Xxtra Mile LLC. The rest of the events in the series were triathlons, but lucky for me this one just happened to be a duathlon (because the lagoon at California Adventure is being renovated).

We arrived a bit early and were told that we had to wait outside the gates until 10am. Not outside the building, but outside the gates to get into the building area. So Troy and I sat in the car and read some cycling magazines instead. Finally they let us inside and there was a mad dash among the participants to find our race numbers which were required for the packet pick-up. Then we lined up to get our race packets. This is where I got my first taste of how a duathlon differs from a foot race. The packet had three numbers (one to pin on my shirt, one for my bike, and one for my helmet), the timing chip, and a plastic band to wear the timing chip around my ankle.

My next stop was to pick up my one-day, one-park Disneyland ticket. This was one of the positives of the event, because the ticket only cost $15 when normally it would be $69. (I figure $15 because the duathlon cost $90 with the ticket included “free” when the other events in the series were $75.) Then we wandered through to check out the rest of the Expo. There was no pre-packaged goody bag. Instead, we just picked up goodies from the various sponsor booths.

I was disappointed by the race shirt. Yes, it was a tech shirt. But the smallest size they had available was a medium. For a women-only event! I was definitely not the only petite person participating in the duathlon and I don’t know how they thought we’d be satisfied with a medium shirt. In addition, the shirts were very generic and I’m guessing they’re giving out the same shirt at all the events in the series. So it’s not like there weren’t enough participants to justify placing an order of smalls.

Trek Women's Duathlon t-shirt: front

Trek Women's Duathlon t-shirt: back

I briefly considered purchasing an event t-shirt that was more my size, but since all the official gear said “triathlon” I quickly gave up that idea. Maybe someday I’ll try a triathlon. But until then I don’t want to misrepresent myself.

Jelly Belly was one of the sponsors and they were giving out water bottles and samples of Sport Beans.

Jelly Belly water bottle and Sport Beans

There was a company called Yes To Carrots who had a very popular booth. I picked up three tubes of chapstick – one in each flavor, and a couple sample-size packets of lotion and face wash (not picture). I’ve never heard of Yes To Carrots before, but I tried the mint chapstick already and I really like it. I’ve been using it all week. The only downside is that it doesn’t have any sun protection. The logo is really cute and very versatile. One of the sample packets is tomato-based instead of carrot-based and the Yes To Tomatoes logo has the silhouette of a tomato instead of a carrot.

Yes to Carrots chapsticks

I also picked up a free disposable rasor, signed up for various raffles, and checked out the BondiBand booth. I saw a cute BondiBand printed with “Will Run For Cupcakes” but it was on an olive green headband so I passed.

At 10:30 we went to the first session which was an overview of the course by the race director. It was good to hear the logistics about the course, race-day parking, and spectator viewing. The best news was that spectators would be able to enter Disneyland along with the participants to watch the start of the race. The second session was supposed to start at 11:15, but ended up starting late. It was supposed to be a race day preview for first timers, and I thought we’d be reviewing things like how to properly rack a bike and make a quick transition. There was a brief mention of drafting (don’t do it), but overall the session was definitely more inspirational than informational which really isn’t my thing. We had to shout “you go girl” and pretend to run and cycle in place. I didn’t want to appear rude so I gave it a half-hearted attempt, but I really just wish I had skipped that second session. After all, it was cutting into my Disneyland time!

On the way back to Anaheim, we made the decision to save some time and head straight to Disneyland instead of stopping by the hotel first. After parking, we got in our first Disneyland line of the day to buy Troy’s park ticket. I had loaded up a rewards card with points earned from my Disney Visa card (yes, I’m that much of a Disney freak) so even though we spent quite a bit on the park ticket and food, it didn’t really feel like we were spending that much since it wasn’t directly out-of-pocket. Normally I tend to be impatient waiting in line, but it was slightly easier to bear that day because I knew it wasn’t a big deal if we didn’t see everything. I have one more trip to Disneyland planned for the half marathon in September.

We hit most of the major attractions that I wanted to see and I don’t think we ever waited more than 20 minutes. We started the day with the Matterhorn, then made our way around to Pirates of the Caribbean, the Haunted Mansion, the Tiki Room, Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, the Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh, and wrapped up with Space Mountain.

Although I’ve been to Disneyland before, it was over nine years ago. I forgot how small Disneyland feels compared to the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World. But the attractions at Disneyland are so much better, especially the Tiki Room, Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, and Space Mountain. And despite it’s small stature, the castle is still magical and iconic. (And an obligatory photo spot.)

Me and Troy at Disneyland

I was wearing my Eeyore t-shirt and was hoping to get my photo taken with him, but when we got over to the meet-and-greet area only Pooh and Tigger were out. Oh, well.

I had debated over whether to spend the day at Disneyland or California Adventure and ended up choosing Disneyland so we could watch Fantasmic and the fireworks. Around 7pm we staked out our spot for Fantasmic and spent the next two hours waiting. We passed some of the time by taking turns going to find dinner. I probably should have stuck to a basic ham and cheese sandwich but didn’t want to spend $12 on something I could get anywhere. So I had jambalaya instead. The corn bread was good and for the amount of food I got it was a decent value. But my stomach definitely wasn’t happy the next morning at the race.

Fantasmic was awesome and I really enjoyed the Peter Pan scene which they don’t have at Walt Disney World. We had a pretty decent spot close to the middle with not too much blocking our view.

Fantasmic at Disneyland

After Fantasmic we got to see Dumbo fly during the fireworks. Although we didn’t have a straight on view of the fireworks over the castle, it was still spectacular to see. There was a cute bit of the fireworks that was choreographed to a snippet from Sleeping Beauty.

I think it was about 10pm by the time we made our way out of the park (along with hundreds of other people). We decided to walk back to the car instead of taking the tram because of the crowd. It was probably another poor decision given that I had to run in less than 12 hours, but thankfully my feet felt fine by morning. Although I wanted to do my best in the duathlon, I’m glad we took the time to enjoy our day at Disneyland. After driving all that way, it just didn’t make sense to cut out early without seeing the nighttime entertainment.

Back at the hotel Troy helped me attach my race numbers and I laid out all my clothes and fuel for the morning. Then it was off to bed to grab a few hours sleep before our 3:30am wake up time…

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Disney, Training

Hill time

It used to be that weekends were my consistent training days. But lately I’ve been doing better on weekdays. I was out of commission last weekend recovering from my fever. But I did pretty well during the week with a bike ride Monday, a run Tuesday, and two brick workouts – one planned and one unplanned.

I didn’t have a chance to workout on Thursday because I had to cook something for Hawaiian Day at work. I made coconut pudding bars using a recipe I found online. I thought they turned out quite well and they were pretty easy.

Anyway, over the weekend Troy and I drove out to Anaheim. Well, he drove. I napped and played Animal Crossing. The main point of the trip was to see the Mariners play the Angels at Angel Stadium. Of course we were cheering for the Mariners, but unfortunately they lost at the last minute after having the lead for most of the game.

We stopped by Downtown Disney a couple times. First for dinner on Saturday night. We ate at the Jazz Kitchen Express which was okay, but we’ll probably try someplace else next time. Then we went back on Sunday afternoon to pick up some kettle corn as a snack for the drive home. It kind of stinks to have been that close to Disneyland and not be able to go in the park, but it was still fun to walk around Downtown Disney. And we’ll be back again in a couple weeks.

I also took the opportunity to check out the bike course for the duathlon. I’m going to have to work on hills and corners for the next couple weeks. I brought along my running shoes, hoping to maybe run the bike course or along the Santa Ana River bike trail, but there just wasn’t enough time. The drive out to Anaheim was a lot longer than I expected.

So I finally got out for another run tonight. I took a route that I haven’t done in months. It’s a 2 mile out and back that goes over a pretty big hill. My pace was slow, but I ran the whole time, even up the hill. The hill wasn’t as bad as I remembered. It actually felt kind of good to be working different leg muscles. I had to do the silly jogging in place dance a few times while waiting for the signals to change. That’s the worst part of running on the road instead of the track or trail. My total run was 4.25 miles in 51:59, a 12:15 pace.

Daily Report, Disney

Friday, February 27 – Monday, March 9

I faithfully logged everything I ate at Walt Disney World… it just took me awhile to transpose my notes.

Friday, February 27

  • ham quiche pie, small crab and seashell pasta salad, and chocolate chip cookie from Paradise Bakery
  • vegetable platter from Old Port Royale Food Court at Caribbean Beach Resort (seasoned rice, corn, broccoli, mashed potatoes with turkey gravy, vegetable medly – zucchini, yellow squash, and tomato, and cornbread)

Saturday, February 28 – Epcot

  • cool mint chocolate Clif Bar, mint chocolate GU
  • banana and four orange wedges
  • four orange wedges
  • afternoon tea at the Garden View Lounge at Grand Floridian – Buckingham Palace Tea with tea sandwiches, onion tart, scone, strawberry tart, strawberries and cream, and Cassis black tea; Sally Lunn Tea with Sally Lunn bread and apricot preserves, trifle, and Mad Hatter black tea (the Sally Lunn bread was just okay, nothing that special)
  • school bread from Kringla Bakeri og Cafe in Norway (yum!)
  • The Wave at the Contemporary Resort – bread and butter with sea salt, lettuce wraps (sauteed lamb and bay scallops with soy-rice wine vinegar sauce), lump crab cake (pan-seared with crispy papaya slaw and balsamic glaze), and avocado and citrus salad (with local greens and orange vinaigrette)
  • ESPN The Weekend 5k – 3.1 mile run (Saucony)

Sunday, March 1 – Hollywood Studios

  • banana nut bread Clif Bar
  • banana
  • 1/2 pulled pork sub and apple wedges from Studio Catering Company
  • a few bites of a turkey leg from Toluca Legs Turkey Company
  • 1/2 baked ziti with marinara sauce and bread stick, part of a vegetable platter (corn, broccoli, and cornbread) from Old Port Royale Food Court
  • 6 mile run (Saucony)

Monday, March 2 – Animal Kingdom

  • Chinese pastry and banana
  • shrimp lo mein and mango pie from Yak and Yeti (good food but very overpriced)
  • 1/2 orange
  • chicken and field mushroom Dublin style pie with hand cut chips from Cookes of Dublin at Pleasure Island

Tuesday, March 3 – Epcot

  • two homemade peanut butter cookies
  • seared chicken breast served over spaetzle, bite of shrimp and lobster cake, bite of blackened catfish from Coral Reef
  • napoleon, bite of cream horn and lemon tart, milk from Boulangerie Patisserie in France (yum!)
  • tempura shrimp udon from Yakitori House in Japan

Wednesday, March 4 – Hollywood Studios

  • onion rings and frozen sunshine from Beaches and Cream at the Beach Club (a perfect combination)
  • mini banana nut bread Clif Bar
  • popcorn
  • rotisserie chicken, vegetable platter (corn, squash, seasoned rice, and cornbread), pasta salad from Old Port Royale Food Court
  • 3.56 mile run (Saucony)

Thursday, March 5 – Magic Kingdom

  • lilikoi juice (passion fruit, orange, and guava blend), tonga toast with sausage, part of a fruit plate (grapes, kiwi, strawberry, melon) from Kona Cafe at the Polynesian
  • pineapple Dole whip and citrus swirl from Aloha Isle (okay, but next time I’ll try a Mickey bar or ice cream sandwich)
  • oriental chicken salad from Old Port Royale Food Court
  • homemade peanut butter cookie

Friday, March 6 – Epcot

  • Mickey waffle with sausage from Old Port Royale Food Court
  • 2/3 pithiviers from Boulangerie Patisserie in France (more yum!)
  • lamb shawarma platter from Tangierine Cafe in Morocco
  • soda samples from Club Cool

Saturday, March 7 – Magic Kingdom

  • cool mint chocolate Clif Bar
  • banana, tangerine, 1/3 pithiviers
  • 1/2 lighthouse sandwich from Columbia Harbour House
  • a few bites of fish with tartar sauce from Cookes of Dublin (best fish and chips ever)
  • 2/3 Hawaiian BBQ from Earl of Sandwich at Downtown Disney
  • Royal Family 5k – 3.1 mile run (Saucony)

Sunday, March 8 – Epcot

  • cool mint chocolate Clif Bar, mint chocolate GU, vanilla Clif Shot energy gel
  • banana, five Minnie’s Bake Shop character cookies, 1/2 raspberry schuss from Boulangerie Patisserie
  • 1/2 gravlox and egg sandwich, seafood soup, and rice cream from Kringla Bakeri og Cafe in Norway (great taste and value)
  • soda samples from Club Cool
  • Artist Point at Wilderness Lodge – butter poached wild boar tenderloin (mushroom bread pudding and huckleberry au jus), smoky portobello soup (with roasted shiitakes and chive oil), braised buffalo short rib (with parsnip potato grain, glazed leeks, and red wine jus)
  • Princess Half Marathon – 13.1 miles (Saucony)

Monday, March 9

  • three Minnie’s Bake Shop character cookies, 1/2 tangerine, 1/2 banana
  • chicken flatbread, palaver soup, 2 1/2 zebra domes from Mara at Animal Kingdom Lodge
  • bag of Chip & Dale Mickey pretzels
  • 16 oz taro boba tea from Eba Cafe