Wish I Was Wednesday #62

In honor of the NYC Marathon (go Danielle, go Jaime!!!), today’s Wish I Was brings us to one of my favorite bridges!

Brooklyn Bridge

Brooklyn Bridge

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2014 St Louis Rock ‘N’ Roll Half Marathon

Let’s forget the fact that I’m a couple of recaps behind and skip right to today’s recap.  Okay?

Well, maybe we’ll take one tiny step back to yesterday.  It was the inaugural St Louis RnR Remix challenge, which meant you could collect three medals for running the 5K on Saturday and again on Sunday.

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Hello STL

I woke up to a beautiful Saturday morning.  Somehow I convinced my BFF Jessica to run (or she has been suckered in by the skirts, the bling, and the chocolate milk).  The weather was perfect – sunny, but not too warm.

Feet pic

Feet pic

The race was mainly downtown, with one water stop.  We did 1 min run / 2 min walk intervals.  And before you knew it, we were rounding the corner and heading for the finish line!  Part 1 of the Remix Challenge complete!

Medal & a cake

Medal & a cake

Sunday morning was a feeling of deja vu, except an hour earlier.  I had no expectations going into this race, as has been my M.O. lately.  Late hours which lead to bad sleeping and eating habits.  However, I’ve been #streakingwiththecoolkids lately.  What is that you ask?  Well it means I’m running (or walking) a mile each day for the month of October.  And surprisingly, I have not missed a day (so far).  Most days I only do a mile.  But I did wonder if the consistent running would help.

Good morning STL

Good morning STL

The sun was just starting to come up as we started off towards the Arch.

Here we go

Here we go

Through downtown we went.  As per usual, I started off too fast – case in point, I kept up with the 2:30 pace group for the first two miles before I slowly watched them pull away.

The first few miles went fast.  Actually, the first half went fairly fast.  Heading towards Mile 6 I saw a sign that said “Go Emily Go”.  Of course that sign was just for me, right?

While I did slow down, I kept seeing the miles ticking off in the 12’s.  I figured I was building a cushion.  Not once did a PR cross my mind – I was just building a bank for the impending collapse.  I had already wrote the ending of this race.

Mile 9 came and I tried doing race math.  Have I mentioned race math is not a forte of mine?  I hit Mile 9 around 1:50.  In my head I was thinking I had 5 miles left which meant I still had to keep hitting 12’s.  And then it dawned on me, I only had 4 miles left!!  I was close to golden, even with a giant collapse.

It was probably right here where I lost any chance of a PR.  Realizing I was going to finish in under 3 hours (barring a ridiculous collapse), made me take my foot off the gas, so to speak.

There was a decent downhill as inched closer towards the finish.  But then there was the incline never ended.  At one point, I looked at my watch and realized how close I could be to a PR.  But I could not find the go button.  Finally the finish line was actually in sight.  I did not have a finishing kick, but slow and steady got me across the line.

My time?  2:49.57!  I’d say that’s under 3 hours!

I definitely think consistently running (or walking) a mile every day contributed to my time.  As well as the fact I KT taped the heck out of my legs.  I’ve been a KT tape believer for a long time, but usually I only KT tape one or two areas (why, I don’t know).  Today, however, I taped both ankles, my right knee and my left hip.  While my legs felt heavy towards the end, the nagging pain I’ve been dealing with was nowhere to be seen.

Done!

Done!

And there you have it!  Half No 13 in 2014.  One more to go.

Oooh, pretty

Oooh, pretty

 

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The Great Forest Park Balloon Race

I’m always game for great photo ops!  At heart, I’m a wannabe photographer.  So when I heard about the Great Forest Park Balloon Race, I knew I had to go!!  A field of hot air balloons, literally across the street?  Oh yes, this was an event for me.

Even better, on Friday night there was the balloon glow!

Balloon Glow

Balloon Glow

Balloon Glow

Balloon Glow

Balloon Glow

Balloon Glow

Saturday was the day of the actual race.  We showed up early as the event had a photography contest and were going to let amateur photographers in to get photos.  Unfortunately, the weather didn’t cooperate and they cancelled the photo event.  Boo.  So we found a patch of grass to sit on and chilled in the sun until the actual race.

First balloon was off!!

Hare Balloon

Hare Balloon

Followed by the chaser balloons!

Hound balloons

Hound balloons

Hound balloons

Hound balloons

Love the goldfish balloon!!

Love the goldfish balloon!!

Problem with a hot air balloon race?  I have no idea who won!  The wind carried the balloons out of sight fairly quickly.

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Wish I Was Wednesday #61

Ring tones are so varied these days – from a popular song, to a jingle, to an old school actual telephone ringing.  Today I heard a phone ring and the sound immediately brought me to a train station in Germany.  At least I think it was Germany, it might have been in France, but for purposes of today’s Wish I Was, we’ll pretend it really was very similar to the jingle you hear before a PA in a German train station.  Which brings us to today’s picture.  This is from my short stint in Bonn.  My walk to work everyday would take me along train tracks before I would cross over.   Ever so often, a train would whiz by while I waited to cross.

Waiting to cross

Waiting to cross

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Dumbo Double Dare 2014: Disneyland 10K

I’m pretty sure after last year’s ridiculously hot and humid Dumbo Double Dare weekend I swore off doing the race EVER again.  Especially the challenge.  And yet, I found myself signing up again.  Why?  I’m not sure, except the Disneyland 10K course is really fantastic, with most of it taking place in the parks.  And I had to do the half because of my insane idea to 14 halfs in 2014.

Fortunately it was not nearly as humid as it was last year.  Whew!  It was also not nearly as clusteriffic as the 5K was moved to Friday, rather than having both races on Saturday.  But that also meant an earlier wake-up call.

I made my way to my corral.  I hadn’t put a lot of thought into a costume until the week before.  Since it was a Stitch themed race, and more importantly, I had a red(ish) shirt to pair with my green Sparkle Athletic skirt, I was able to have a Lilo inspired costume.  I was not the only one with this costume idea.

Lilo ready to go

Lilo ready to go

And soon we were off!  Generally I start off way too fast, but it was a little harder this time as it was super crowded and there was a lot of weaving involved.  But – get this!  I RAN the entire first mile – no stopping!!  First time I have done that in a race since I hurt my knee!

After the first two miles we were back on Disney property.  This is really one of my favorite races because of how much time we spend in the parks.  Through California Adventures and over to Disneyland.

I love World of Color

I love World of Color

I do have to say I was disappointed in the character stops, or lack thereof.   And because there weren’t a lot of characters, the lines were ridiculously long.   Chip & Dale were out, dressed as a cop & robber, which I really wanted to stop for.  But I couldn’t even justify that one stop.  I finally stopped at a float so I could get at least one picture and then at Mile Marker 5.

Hang Loose

Hang Loose

I ran into Pam right after Mile 5 (I ran with her at the Princess 10K earlier this year) and we finished the race together.  Part of what makes these races so fun is the friends you make along the way!

Running through Downtown Disney was fantastic with all the spectators cheering.  And there was the finish line!!  Part 1 of the challenge was complete.

My attempt to hang loose

My attempt to hang loose

Mmm Dole Whip!

Mmm Dole Whip!

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August Break 2014

Last year I participated in Susannah Conway’s  August Break project.  Once again its coming at a great time.  One word prompts to help see the details in the world around you.  As life is seemingly more chaotic lately, it was nice to wake up to a word and try to interpret it in my day to day life.  I especially liked being able to do it completely with my phone via instagram.  I didn’t make all 31 days, but I played when I could.

A few of my faves:

Day 3: Windows

Day 3: Windows

Day 9: in my bag

Day 9: in my bag

Day 16: Look down (yoga at the Edward Jones Dome)

Day 16: Look down (yoga at the Edward Jones Dome)

Day 18: Jump

Day 18: Jump

Day 21: Treasures

Day 21: Treasures

Day 30: naure

Day 30: naure

Day 31: Love

Day 31: Love

 

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Villains Unleashed Party

Also known as my super quick trip to Walt Disney World the week before I go to Disneyland.  Why yes, I am having my own coast to coast challenge over back to back weekends!  How did this happen?  Well there was the email announcing the party, and then there was the text exchange wondering if we could go.  After checking calendars and ticket availability, it was a go!!  It was going to be a quick trip due to jobs and vacation, but it was still a trip to my happy place to see a few of my favorite people!

Love these girls!

Love these girls!

Next up was costumes.  The theme of the party was Villains, but that is just a suggestion, right?  In the end, we decided we would be Dalmatian puppies.  (And since we were technically “good”, we were a hit with the baddies – I might even say by the end we were celebrities – several Cruellas stopped us for a picture.)

Costume preview

Costume preview

My only other goal for the weekend (besides eating Mickey ice cream of course) was to ride the new Mine Train.  We were able to score a fast pass for later on Saturday (right before we’d head over to Hollywood for the party).

Starbucks & Disney

Starbucks & Disney

The morning was spent riding favorites (Peter Pan, Big Thunder, Pirates, Haunted Mansion among others) and eating lunch at Be Our Guest.

Try the grey stuff!

Try the grey stuff!

It was getting close to fast pass time when KA-BOOM!  Thunder and lightening came through.  Oh no!  I was not going to be thwarted by the weather.  I had a fast pass to use.  Fortunately we were able to wait out the weather and go on my new favorite ride.  It was so smooth – a cross between Barnstormer and Big Thunder.  I absolutely loved it!!

My new fave ride!

My new fave ride!

With that it was party time!!  Not having been able to attend Mickey’s Not So Scary for a few years, I was very excited for this party.  And while this was the first Villains party, it was not Disney’s first party so I had high expectations, which were sadly not met.  We had to hunt for the party map, there was conflicting information about what was happening versus what wasn’t and the character lines were absolutely ridiculous.  Since we were puppies, we wanted our picture with Cruella.  The line ended up being over an hour and was pretty much all we were able to do.   We tried to multitask while in line and sent scouts out to see the party merchandise.  While scouting, we were told all party specific merchandise was sold out.  Boo.  I wasn’t super impressed with the merch that I saw online, but I at least wanted, no, needed a party pin!

Cruella & her puppies

Cruella & her puppies

So all in all, the party was fun could have been way improved – better communication of what is open and when and what is “special” (i.e. it was not a special Villains Fantasmic), an easily accessible party map, more merch (both available and types of merch), and somehow ease the congestion of the character lines.  Cruella’s line was ridiculously long but so was every other villain.  What I like about previous parties I’ve been at is how many character pics I’ve been able to get.

Villainous Fireworks

Villainous Fireworks

Would I go again?  Oh for sure.  I’d give them a year to work out the kinks.  In fact, we talked about making this an annual trip!  And, on our way out, we found a spot where they had a few pins left for sale.  So I got my pin.  Whew!!

Sunday, we did a quick trip to Animal Kingdom before saying “see ya real soon”!

See ya real soon

See ya real soon

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