Race-Cation Recap

What do you do when it’s -10 degrees outside in Ohio and you’re in need of some serious Vitamin D? Grab your bestie and head to Orlando, of course!

Now, this little vacation had been planned since July, but the fact that it felt like NEGATIVE 25 degrees outside made the idea of Florida in February that much more appealing.

I was headed down to do the Disney Princess Half Marathon for the third year in a row. It’s seriously my favorite race of all time… And I’ll probably go temporarily insane when registration opens up again for next years race and sign up again. Krystal came with me for moral support, and because I promised her we could go to Harry Potter World. Probably more the latter than the former ;)

We landed Friday around lunchtime and after checking in at Disney’s Saratoga Springs, we made our way over to the race expo. I picked up my Glass Slipper Challenge bib and the shirts, and we shopped around a little bit. Then we both met our Prince Charming and we all lived happily ever after. The End.

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Screen Shot 2015-02-23 at 9.54.56 AMKidding. I wish. We made our way over to Downtown Disney for an early dinner and some shopping. My favorite purchase of the day was my “Chip” mug from Beauty and The Beast. I may or may not be sipping my hot cider from it as I write this :)

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I was exhausted and had a very early wake-up call on Saturday morning, so we headed back to the hotel around 8. I slept great, and woke up at 3:15 ready to run 6.2 miles. It was a tad colder than I would have liked, but I was plenty prepared with throw-away clothes and blankets. I ran my fastest 10K ever at 1:13, and was SO excited! On the boardwalk, I stumbled upon my favorite race sign ever:

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After a quick shower, we were on our way to Harry Potter World!!! Even though I’ve been twice already, I hadn’t been to the new addition of Diagon Alley. We went to Universal first, and then took the Hogwarts Express to Islands of Adventure.

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We walked around Islands of Adventure a few times, and then after spending 7 hours there, we decided to head back to the hotel. After a quick dinner, I was asleep before 9pm. I had another early wake-up call and 13.1 more miles to run!

Sunday morning was a lot warmer than Saturday morning was, and I was way over-dressed while waiting in the corrals for the race to start. I ran a strong first 5k at 37:14. I had to make a bathroom stop around mile 4, which took about 5 minutes (it couldn’t wait!), so my 10k time was a little slower at 1:17:07. And the second half of the race was a little slower than the first half, mostly because it was warming up a lot and I was getting tired. I finished with a time of 2:47:05, almost 20 minutes ahead of my previous half time of 3:06!! I had hoped to finish under 2:45, but didn’t because of that long bathroom stop. Unfortunately, all my pictures from during the race were taken in Snapchat, and I either forgot to download them, or they didn’t save. Majorly depressing.

After a good foam roll and a shower, we checked out of the hotel and went to celebrate at The Cheesecake Factory! We wanted a margarita and a place to sit outside. I probably consumed all of the calories I burnt during the race, but who cares. We hung around outside at a Panera for a half-hour or so before we had to go to the airport :(

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Such a fun race! Such a fun weekend! And I get to add these three shiny medals to my medal rack!

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I’m already thinking I want to do the Princess again next year. Someone talk me out of it!

-Jess

 

 

My Semester at Hogwarts.

BLOGTEMBER DAY 2!!! The prompt: If you could take three months off from your current life and do anything in the world, what would you do?

SO let’s be honest. Taking THREE months off from work just isn’t feasible. I get a fair amount of PTO, but 90 days without work or pay would only be worth it if I were going to do something free and really cool… Or if I were going back to school. I wasn’t even going to participate in blogtember today, because I couldn’t think of anything I would be really want to do for 3 months…

And queue the nerd music.

HOGWARTS

Even though TECHNICALLY, I’ve already been there… Twice.

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I would definitely be best friends with Ron and Hermione… Since Harry defeated Voldemort, he would be working in his ministry of magic job as an Auror. But he would still come to Hogsmeade and have butterbeer with us.

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Even though I’m a Ravenclaw, we would all still hang out between classes at the library or down at Hagrids. Hermione and I would study for classes together and see who could get better grades than the other. (HINT: It was always me)

And I would definitely wear some of these with Ugg boots around campus…

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Hogwarts Yoga Pants

We would all graduate and do a bar crawl through Hogsmeade… Then wear shirts like this:

Hogwarts Alumni Parody Shirt, Harry Potter Inspired - T Shirt. $12.95, via Etsy.

And for three months, Hogwarts would be…

Harry Potter

Then back to this:

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So this post doesn’t TECHNICALLY follow the prompt, because it said “do anything in the world” … And Hogwarts isn’t physically real (outside of Universal Studios). But even if it’s happening in my head…

AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAND Now I’m going to watch Harry Potter.

-Jess

P.S. Share your blogtember posts in the comments! :)