Sunday, July 19, 2015

On a Cold, Cold Morning

I don't think I've ever been as cold as I was on the morning of the 5K.  Nor do I hope to ever be that cold again.  Of course, runDisney gave us a warning:


I had not really brought appropriate cold weather gear to Disney.  This was as best as it could get:

The 5K starts at 6ish am, so I was able to sleep in for the first morning--if you consider sleeping until 3:30am sleeping in.  I ambled slowly through the resort.

  Mornings before sunrise--my favorite time in Disney resorts.

I met up with a group from the Princess Posse.  I remember Jill did not want to leave the porta-potty because it was warm in there.
 Posse On!

The Disney Family Fun 5K theme was a Pluto theme.  There are not that many corrals and I think most of the slots are now taken up by Dopey participants.
 Start Line
 Mile 1!
 What a beautiful morning!
 I was really too cold to stop.
 Spaceship Earth
 Mile 2
 Coming towards the end
 Mile 3
 Finish line!
 Final time.

Some thoughts on the 5K as a race:

It's a real good race through Epcot, and has some surprising elevations.

I ran the race too fast.  I was cold, and I wanted out.  In my next Dopey, I'll stick with the 16 min mile for the 5K, 10K, and half.

It was cold!!!  I was still cold at 10:26, when I stopped for Starbucks.

I may not have thawed out completely until two days later.

Sunday, May 3, 2015

My Jamberry Party

I'm not an especially big person on pampering or that kind of thing for myself.  Every once in a while I will get a manicure.  My last pedicure was forever ago.  So when friends mentioned Jamberry to me, I have to say, I dismissed it.  And then I saw pictures from Pinterest.

I became intrigued.

And then a friend became a consultant.  I tried them.

You know how fingernail polish chips?

A lot?

You know how Acrylic nails destroy your fingernails?  And it takes forever to fix them?

Yeah, these things don't.

And I think they look super cute:

My first trial with them--the design is a Jamberry, with the others being polish.

A week later--the Jam holds up, but I had to change the polish.

Day one of a full Jamicure

Day seven of the same Jamicure

Newest look

You may wonder how Jamberry nails ends up on a running blog.  
My friend, Amie Pirkle, is a Jamberry consultant and has agreed to do a fundraiser for me for St. Jude's Heros.  I have forfeited all hostess rewards and Amie will make nothing on this fundraiser.  

Please consider giving to St. Judes and supporting me through your purchase with Jamberry nails.

More information is on my Facebook group:

Thank you for your support!

Friday, April 17, 2015

Dopey for St Jude's

From the St. Jude's Heros Website:

Do more with your race. Be a Hero, and run for the kids of St. Jude.

After debating whether or not I would run Dopey this year, I came to a decision.  I wanted to run it.  And I wanted to run it for a cause.  There are several organizations that are sponsored during the Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend, but it seems that none reach out to me like St. Jude's Research Hospital.  

According to their website, this is the mission of St. Jude's:

"The mission of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is to advance cures, and means of prevention, for pediatric catastrophic diseases through research and treatment. Consistent with the vision of our founder Danny Thomas, no child is denied treatment based on race, religion or a family's ability to pay."

As a mother, I cannot imagine the heartache of learning my child needs medical care like the children of St Jude do.  I cannot imagine the helplessness those parents feel.  Isn't it wonderful that if their child has to go to St. Jude, they know paying the bill is not something to worry about?

In 2015, I ran the Dopey Challenge.  Over the next few months, my blog will turn into a stroll down memory lane, along with spotlights of the children of St. Jude's Research Hospital.  

For those of you who do not know, the Dopey Challenge during Walt Disney World's Marathon Weekend is a 4 day challenge for a total of 48.6 miles.  On Thursday, runners run a 5K, of Friday a 10K, on Saturday a half marathon, and on Sunday the Marathon.  I won't lie.  It's not for the faint of heart.  But it also is a few days of pain that is nothing next to what the children of St. Jude's live through daily.

So, I ask all of my followers to pray for my fundraising goal of $2500.  Please also, give to St. Jude's.  You won't regret it.  My personal fundraising page will be at the end.