Tower Of Terror 13K Full Report…

Sorry I haven’t updated. I (We) have been really busy since I got home on Sunday it’s not even funny. But here is my report:

My flight was on time and arrived at Orlando about 10 min early. Walked to the Magical Express area and waited about 15 min for my bus.  If we ever fly to Orlando, we definitely going to use this service, it is fantastic.  I was then wisked to the All-Star Sports resort but my room wasn’t ready. I was a little miffed because the lady just gave me an envelope with stuff but didn’t tell me my room number or anything. But I was too much in hurry to worry about it because I needed to get my race packet. I left my suitcase with the bell boys, they told me where to catch the bus to go to Wide World of Sports (there was a direct bus there).

I was smart enough to leave my jacket behind because it was hot. Unfortunately, I was still wearing my pants. I should have changed to my short but I was in a hurry. Oh well. I arrived to WWoS, got my stuff and went back to wait for the bus. The bus was running every 30 min so I didn’t wait long.

I was starving by the time I got back to the hotel. So before I went to the front desk to get my room number, I got some lunch/dinner from the cafeteria. It was turkey and cheese on a focaccia bread with a side of pasta salad. It wasn’t too bad. Very tasty.

I finally got my room number. The guy told me where to go but I still got lost looking for my room. This is when I realized how big the All-Star Sports was. It has a ton of buildings. I don’t think I will ever stay there again. It was nice but not for me. So I got to my room (third floor) but no bag. Called the bell boys and one of brought it for me. Got my things in order.

After eating my lunch, I was ready for a nap. I couldn’t. Figures the one time I could take a nap with no kids and I couldn’t. So called DH and he convinced me to go do something. So I did. Went to Downtown Disney. Glad I did because I did some shopping for the kids and DH. I had a feeling I wouldn’t have time to go on Sunday (and I didn’t). So got back to my room, changed and grabbed the direct bus to Disney Hollywood.

I called my coworker that was there and he was on his way. So I just walked around. Got in a line that I thought it was gear check but it wasn’t. It was the pre-race picture. Then found gear check. My friend finally showed so I hung out with him and his family.

Then it was time. My friend is a hardcore runner (he won his age group last year) so after his warm up, we walked to the start line. He made me start in the front which was funny because I am three times as slow as all of the runners there. It was intimidated standing up there with all those runners. I just had to laugh. Since this was a 5K and 13K race, we had to wait for the 5K to start before we can start lining up. Once that race started, we had to wait 15 min for our turn. They counted down (again), fireworks went off (again) and then finally we took off.

The weather was perfect. Probably in the low 60’s and partly cloudy. We ran around WWofS and then back to park. Once we go into the park, we ran on the service roads (not so magical back there) and we ran down the main streets of the park. Ran thru the car stunt show and we were on the jumbo screen. I am not exactly sure were the finish line ended but I think it was right behind the RocknRoller coaster.

I was shooting for 1:40:00 and my official time was 1:35:51. I was just happy to finish. My metal is super cool (it has a moving elevator).

Tower of Terror 13K medal

So we got a little food bag, a 1.5 liter Disani and some Powerade. Guzzled the Powerade, scarfed down the muffin then got my gear. Called my friend to see were he was and walked over to the Mickey’s hat. He told me he came in second in his age group. He was only 20 sec behind the other guy. Poor him. lol

There was only an hour left to be in the park (they closed it at 2 am), so we went to see Muppet’s 3d, then walked to Toy Story Mania but the wait was 50 min. My friend and his family left at that point. I walked over to ride the Tower of Terror (awesome!) and I had enough time to ride the RnRoller coaster. Then my night was over.

I caught the bus back to my room. Showered and packed. Slept for 4 hours. Got up and finished packing and left. I went to the hotel store, where I bought a couple more things. I finally checked out and then went wait for my bus back to the airport. My flight was on time and even got to Midway 20 min early.

Too bad this was the last year for this year. It was a great experience. I have memories and an awesome medal.

Wow, this a long report and I was only there for about 24 hours. I am so glad I went. I did miss my family but I was there such a short time it wasn’t too bad. But I’ll be back in January 2010 for the marathon. 😛

Tower Of Terror 13K…

Done, done, done! This trip has been so much fun. I’ve always wanted to run this race but never did. Then I heard that this year was it’s last, I decided to go for it.

I’ll come back later and finish this post. I’m on the plane right now. I just want to go home and see my family. I miss them so much.

Corporate Challenge 09…

Well, it came and went.  The weather was great.  It was a wee bit too warm but it was better than last year: which was cold and windy. 

My goal was to run it in 42 minutes.  Well, the good news is that I ran it in 38:18 minutes. The bad news it was slower than ’07 (35:52). At least it is over and I did it. The family was waiting for me at mile 3 so that was a nice surprise.

Afterwards, there was pizza, drinks and cookies. That was really nice of the company to provide. Hopefully next year, I’ll do better. Cheers!

Just so I don’t have to be looking for these next year:
2002 52:44
2003 41:50
2004 didn’t do it
2005 was pregnant
2006 didn’t do it
2007 35:52
2008 41:21

Started Again…

Running that is. I ran for a whole 20:25 today. It is probably under 2 miles. It is a start but it felt great. The Shamrock Shuffle is in two weeks and this is the first time since June 1 that I get my tush running. Hopefully tomorrow I am shooting for 30 min of non stop running but I would be happy with 20 again.

I hope I don’t get lazy and stop. I have something major to run in less than a year.

Run For The Zoo 08…

Eric and I signed up to run the Run For The Zoo 2008 race for today. I decided that this was my last running race. I am 17 weeks along and even if my doctor says it is okay, I think it is better to stop now. I don’t want any problems later. If I decide to signed up for any more races, I will be doing the walks verses the runs.

Well, back to the race. It was a beautiful day at the lake front. It was probably in the low 70’s, sunny and a slight wind. We waited for the majority of the runners to go first because of the stoller. We did not want to run over anyone with that. Soon, Eric and Diego left my side. It was fine because I knew I was just going to home Eric back. I stopped twice: at the first and third water stations. I think stopping the second time added a couple of minutes to my time but I really need to rest and get some water in my system. After that, I just ran all the way to the finish line. I was so happy to see Eric and Diego waiting for me. We got some water, Gatorade, bagels and bananas. It was good to eat something.

Then we waited for Diego’s run. I had signed him up for the Gorilla Gallop. He did a few practice runs with Eric. Unfortunately, it was chaos when the run actually started. The had all the under 4 kids go first. Bad idea. I think they should have separated those kids as well. Under 2 and 3-4 should have been fine but no. Once that race started, there was a stampede. Kids fell, kids got scared, etc, etc. Then when they returned to the finish line, parents couldn’t find their children. It was just chaos. I couldn’t even take a picture of Diego because he just got lost in the sea of kids. But Eric found him and Diego got his medal. He was very happy and I guess that is what matters in the end.

So, I just looked up our times. My time was 40:48. Eric’s time was 36:42 which is really good considering he was pushing Diego on the stroller.

I guess, my racing season is over for now. Until next year.

Yay Me…

I ran the Corporate Challenge today.  3.5 miles in 41:21.  Not bad for being almost 16 weeks along.  Last year, I ran this race in 35 plus minutes so it is not bad.  I ran the first two miles non-stop and then I walked for about 1:30 min.  Then I started running again and stopped when I saw the water station.  Once I finished my drink, I ran all the way to the end.  I am not a fast runner at all to begin with so my running was more like a slow jog.  I am very proud of myself.

Afterward, we went to the company’s tent to eat some delicious pizza.  Then we went home.  Night, night!

Shamrock Shuffle 2008…

Done!! A slower than last year but considering that I haven’t been running, I consider this a success. My official time was 1:00:13.

The weather was just a huge difference than last year. Last year it was sunny and warm. This year: it was cold, cloudy, windy and there was a brief snow shower. But we survived.

Oh yeah, I ran with Manda this year. Last year she couldn’t make it due to injury but she was healthy this year. We are just happy we finished it in one piece.

I hope she doesn’t mind but I am borrowing this picture of us.

Done!

Wacky 5K Run…

Well, it’s over. Not sure of the official time but I am guessing 33:35. Anything under 35 minutes in good in my book. Okay, so I survived this. Now lets get my booty back in running shape. 🙂

UPDATE: The official time: 32:38

Yippeeeee!! It is only a minute slower than my last 5K back in Sept. 07. I am doing my dance of joy. 🙂