February 2014: Glass Slipper Challenge

Part 1

I realize it’s taken me a while to recap this past weekend and it’s because I’ve been struggling with how to put it all into worlds. I mean, I can pull a page out of The Bachelor and use the word amazing about a hundred times, but I’m pretty sure you’d all leave comments with a link to a thesaurus at the end of the post.

I really wanted to write it all in one post, but I have way too much to say (not a surprise) so it’s going to have to be a two parter.

Thursday

Thursday was my travel day – I woke up at 4:30, slammed back some coffee and headed off to the airport. I’m happy to report there were no issues with my flights heading to Jacksonville. Given my track record of flying with United I was very pleased I made it all in one piece 🙂

Kelly met me at the airport and we headed to her house and enjoyed some beers on her balcony while waiting for her husband to come home so we could grab some dinner.

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Although Jacksonville was two hours ahead of Calgary I still had no problem falling asleep at 11pm (9pm) and sleeping for nearly 10 hours. What can I say? I like my sleep!!

Friday

Friday was…….interesting.

Originally the three ladies were supposed to all fly in and land at 4pm to give us time to hit up package pickup and the Expo before it closed at 7pm (let me just say that 7pm is freaking early to close package pickup!), except….it didn’t quite work out that way.

Kelly let me know at 9:15 that Kelly’s (yup, there were two of them) flight was delayed. Slightly after that Lori let us know her flight was delayed and we weren’t entirely sure when they’d be arriving. The only one who didn’t appear to be delayed was Ann (foreshadowing here). We spent a few hours printing off waivers and hugely enlarged photos of ID from Kelly and Lori and crossed our fingers we’d be able to pick up their kits before we picked up Ann from the airport.

Just before lunch time Kelly and I hit the road to drive from Jacksonville to Orlando. We made a plan to check into the hotel, grab lunch, hit the Expo, get Ann from the airport, head back to the Expo and then go back to the airport. Oh, the best laid plans……..

Of course we found out that Ann’s connecting flight was delayed and we didn’t have her info to pick up her bib.

Frick <– that’s not quite was I said, but it was close. You get the idea.

If you’re wondering why all these flights were being delayed it was because of storms in and around Orlando. Except….there kind of weren’t any. Kelly and I were rained on for all of 3 minutes and then it was over.

After grabbing food Kelly and I met Lexie at the Expo and started our quest of grabbing race packages for everyone. Since we weren’t sure if Ann would be able to make it to the Expo in time to grab her bib and we were running at 10k at 5:30 on Saturday morning I confirmed with no fewer than three people that she’d be able to pick up her bib on Saturday morning.

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I can’t imagine WHY I’m single. I mean really.

Tip: Disney does do race day bib pickup only (not your package). This isn’t advertised because having 35,000 people in line to pick up bibs would be a freaking disaster, but if your flight is somehow delayed or you absolutely cannot make it to the Expo to get it, you will be able to get it on race day – just make sure you have your ID and waiver. <– I’m sure Disney now hates me for making this known. I’d still much rather get everything the night before, but in case of the unthinkable, this is good to know.

After grabbing packages for Kelly and Lori, Kelly, Lexie and I hit up the Expo for a lap before heading back to the hotel. We basically had enough time to get our keys and drop our bags and then I received an email from Ann saying she had landed. The three of us piled into Lexie’s mini-van – aka: the Swaggar Wagon –  (seriously BEST! THING! EVER!) and made the trek to the airport to grab Ann and Kelly.

There’s no way I can accurately describe the fluster-cluck that was the airport, so just believe me when I say it was a complete and total fluster-cluck. Flights were waiting for gates, the luggage belt was getting jammed. Total. Disaster. And some dude was power tripping with his whistle. Orlando airport: You.Are.Drunk.

Thankfully, we were able to chat and giggle and all that while waiting. Once we had Ann and Kelly safely in the van we headed back to the hotel as Lori wouldn’t arriving for a while. It was decided beers were in order. Not ten minutes after we had arrived back at the hotel Lori let us know she had arrived……20 minutes after that we left. What can I say, we wanted to finish our beers 🙂

By the time we had Lori safely in the van it was 9pm, none of us had eaten and we needed to wake up at 3:15am to get to the race.

Uh. Oops.

Any kind of sit-down restaurant was quickly vetoed, so we went to Publix to get dinner. Except….we were tired and our brains couldn’t brain. At all.

I decided cheese and crackers, a fruit tray, a veggie tray and beer sounded like an excellent idea for dinner.

Finally finally we made it back to the hotel and crammed some food into our faces before setting our alarms for 3:15 and collapsing into bed around 10:30pm.

Except…..I didn’t sleep.

Part 2

Saturday

I remember getting out of bed around midnight to do….something. Check my phone? Go to the bathroom? I’m not sure, but I do know still being awake at midnight and having an alarm set for 3:15 is not a fun feeling. Also, with the time change I realized when I went to bed people in Calgary were going to to bar and when I woke up people in Calgary were still at the bar. *sigh*

I dragged my bum out of bed with minimal complaining and tossed on my running outfit. I did; however, leave my running underwear at home so I was wearing my Rundies instead – I even went with my Easy Six pair for the 10k 🙂

At 3:45 the six of us piled into the Swaggar Wagon and headed off to Epcot to park and get Ann her bib so she could run. Thankfully the bib pickup was a breeze. Although I had been assured we’d be able to grab the bib, you just never know. Once Ann had her bib safely secured (and Lexie ran back to the van to grab hers!) we made our way to the runners are to use the porta-potties and get situated.

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Just before 5am we all headed off to our respective corals, Ann, Kelly, Kelly and I were all in corral A so we took a seat and chatted until it was time to move to the starting area. At this point the lack of sleep was catching up with me a bit and I was ready to RUN!

Right at 5:30 off went the fireworks and off we went!

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Ann and I settled into an easy pace and Kelly and Kelly shot off like we knew they would 🙂

Just after mile 1 we stopped for a photo with the White Rabbit.

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I stopped at mile 2 for a picture with Ariel since she was the inspiration for my outfit.

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As we ran past the different stations I’d break into song and dance while running and Ann would resist the urge to punch my chipper face 🙂

Somewhere just past mile 4 we saw a sign that said Almost Finished (thanks Lori’s FaceBook page for the photo).

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LIES. ALL LIES.

2.2 miles left is not almost finished.

I was chipper enough to laugh at it, but really. Not cool 🙂

After running through some back lot sections (boring!) Ann and I finally hit Epcot and stopped for a selfie.

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Notice the sweat glistening off our foreheads? Yeah, it was humid.

We ran and ran through Epcot until we hit the mile 6 marker and saw Kelly and Kelly waiting. Then? We hung out and waited for Lexie and she hung out with us.

See, it was Lori’s first 10k, so we all decided we’d surprise her at the mile 6 marker and run her in – and surprised she was! You should have heard us hooting and hollering at her when we saw her running toward us!! People must have though we were crazy.

Then we joined to run her in and with the finish line in our sights she took off like a rocket! We all looked at one another and ran across.

We grabbed our medals, water, PowerAid and food and headed back to the van to shower and eat.

Considering all six of us needed to shower and get presentable, we made pretty good time getting out the door for breakfast. After breakfast we headed to the Expo to get Ann her swag and to make a lap. About 2 minutes after getting into the Expo I was done. Just done. That lack of sleep was catching up with me and my brain wasn’t braining at all.

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Team A-Team.
See, it’s funny because our names both start with A AND we’re both Type A personalities.
Get it?!

We decided to do a quick lap and then head home for a nap (Expo purchases will be shared on Tuesday!).

Nap you say?

Yeah. I did not nap. My body didn’t know what way was up and sleep just wasn’t happening for me, so I joined Lexie on the pullout for snacks, because that’s how we roll.

Slowly everyone else joined us on the bed for snacks and beers.

Then it was time to make a lap of the Outlets. Well, six females making a “quick lap” of the outlets is usually never quite as fast as one would hope and before we knew it it was 6pm and we needed food in our faces. Stat.

Once again we were all tired and hungry and wanted food NOW and our brains wouldn’t brain. It was also kind rainy-ish and the pool bar wasn’t seating people outside. Thankfully we were able to find a seat in the cafe so we could stuff our faces full of burgers and fries. Instead of, you know, thinking ahead, I crammed it all in my facehole <– that’s what she said.

After getting our race gear together, into bed we went at 9:30pm.

And? I slept!!

And angels sang 🙂

Sunday

Since we didn’t need to pick up a bib before the half marathon, we decided to set our alarms a bit later on Sunday and woke up at 3:45 with the goal of leaving at 4:15. (Please note that I normally wake up at 7am and start work at 8am, morning are not my forte).

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We did not run in sashes. We may be crazy enough to run a race that starts at 5:30, but we’re sane enough to know the sashes would be a terrible idea.

This turned out to be either a great or terrible idea – none of us have decided. We assumed we’d be able to park in the same place as last time, but that didn’t happen this time. We ended up parking in the Magic Kingdom after following a winding road in the dark. Then we had to hop on a tram to make to the start line. Yeah. To say we were stressed would be an understatement.

None of us remembered reading anything other than “road closures” in the book, so that we had to take a completely different route was a complete surprise to all of us.

After riding the tram to Epcot and meeting up with a sea of thousands of other runners, we all relaxed a bit. Thanks to Lexie we were even able to find some porta-potties with no line. Let me say that again: we found porta-potties with no line.

Then? It was off to the corrals, which were a 10-20 minute walk from the finish area.

Ann and I were the last people in corral C and when they announced it was the sub-2:00 corral we just laughed. Yeah, that was not happening this race. At all.

Our plan was to run to each mile marker and stop and take pictures along the way.

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Mile 2

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Mile 3

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That says Magic Kingdom. Promise.

Mile 4

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Mile 5

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Mile 5 – this line totally killed the rest of our run

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Right after this picture I found a real bathroom and then treated Ann with her very on damp paper towel. I think in that moment she may have married me.

Mile 8

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Mile 9

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At this point Ann and I were doing far more walking than running, which I was okay with because it let us check Twitter and the hockey scores 🙂

@annabelle151 @KeAp22 @cowgirlruns @poor_sweetie seriously hot water guy at mile 9. Right side😜😜

— KT (@MsSchnauzie) February 23, 2014

The guy at the water station was totally hot.

(For anyone who ran, he was the dude in the Hollister shirt at the first table on the right hand side. We pegged him around 19, I mean, he was wearing a Hollister shirt, but dayum, he was a nice treat at mile 9).

Ann may have also wanted to murder me over announcing that Canada was winning. #sorrynotsorry

Right before mile 10 I announced to Ann that we were going to pull a T-Rex (woo! Danielle!!) and run in the last mile. I think I used up all my damp towel credit in that moment and she wanted to kill me.

Thankfully we also found out they had cold towels at the end.

@annabelle151 @KeAp22 @cowgirlruns @poor_sweetie dudes! They have cold towels at the end. Heaven! #sweatonsweatonsweat

— KT (@MsSchnauzie) February 23, 2014

(Please note that Kelly ran this race in 1:53 and was Tweeting while running. She’s a beast!!)

We decided to walk to the mile 12 marker and then run it in. So we walked. And chatted. And truly had the most wonderful time ever. That said, it did seem to take for-freaking-ever to get to mile 12. And when we were there? I was ready to run. Except then at mile 12.1….I had to poop. We’re runners, we’ve all been there. Let me tell you, with one mile left there was no freaking way I was stopping.

We did it. We ran in the last mile (while complaining about the stupid turnaround in Epcot. I dislike turnarounds that are really only there to add mileage. I get it, but I’m also annoyed by it) and ran our slowest and funnest (shut up, it’s a word) half marathon ever.

Fun beat times. Every time.

Kelly, Kelly and Lexie had all finished long before us (it was Kelly’s first half and Lexie beat her SeaWheeze half time by 10 minutes woo!!!!!) and we grabbed our medals (x2!) towels, water, PowerAid, and food and met up.

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WE DID IT!!!!!!!!!!!

Then was the decision of 1) what to do. We were sweaty and gross and hungry and wanted food but also had to take a freaking tram back to the Swaggar Wagon.

Finally we decided to look for a Starbucks, got turned around in Magic Kingdom, drove the race route again and yelled at people who didn’t step on the gas a green lights. Since there didn’t appear to be a Starbucks in sight our bellies decided Panera would do the trick and in we went. Sweat, medals and all.

Sandwiches and coffee later we arrived back at the hotel to greet Lori, rinse off and head down to the pool.

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I’m a huge fan of pool time after a race now.

After the pool was more resting, real showers, snacks and dinner.

Upon arriving at dinner we realized we’d all ran a half marathon that day but never ate lunch. Yeah….I don’t recommend it. We. Were. Starved. That guacamole and queso never stood a chance.

Our last stop of the day was Downtown Disney. The tired was really setting in and after going into the Disney store I decided I was going to probably/possibly kick a child, so it was decided we’d head back to the hotel to pack and sleep as *sniff* Ann, Kelly and Lori were going home in the morning 😦

All six of us agree that we truly had the best weekend and are already working on plans to get together at least once a year to drink and gossip and run.

Thank you ladies for making this weekend so, so memorable!!

xoxo

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Glass Slipper Weekend Recap – Part 1

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More ways to connect with Ange:
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Twitter --> @cowgirlruns
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More ways to connect with Ange:
Facebook --> Cowgirl Runs
Twitter --> @cowgirlruns
Instagram --> cowgirlruns
Bloglovin --> cowgirlruns
RunKeeper --> angelaraew

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