Due to my complete infatuation with CrossFit, I haven’t done much running. But now that the cooler weather may be coming, maybe I can start training for all of these races on my calendar!
On August 31 and September 1, I will be completing the Dumbo Double Dare Challenge in Disneyland in California. The challenge involves a 10K on Saturday and a half marathon on Sunday. Admittedly, with this being my eighth (or is it ninth now?) half marathon, I’m not too worried about training hardcore. CrossFit three times a week is enough to keep up my endurance, but I need to fit in those long runs during the weekend. With this race, I’ll be bringing home four medals! I’ll get one for each race, a special Dumbo medal for the challenge, and my Coast to Coast medal because I did the full marathon in Florida in January (click the link for the full recap).
On November 2nd, I’m participating in the Give Kids the World Gingerbread Run. It’s a 5K, and according to the website “the race winds through the 70-acre whimsical Give Kids The World Village, past snoring trees, magic castles and the world’s largest CANDYLAND game.” I’ve been wanting to do this race for a while now because it’s one of my favorite organizations. Give Kids the World fulfills many dreams of children with life-threatening diseases, and the children with their families enjoy cost-free, fantasy vacations at Central Florida’s beloved theme parks. If you’re interested in signing up, click the link I provided. Participants receive a t-shirt and a medal! If you want to learn more about GKTW, Alison wrote a really awesome guest post about it!
On November 28th, I’m once again running the Seniors First Turkey Trot put on by Track Shack. I ran it before in 2011 and had a blast! I really enjoy starting Thanksgiving Day off with a 5K. It makes the overindulgence later in the day not that bad, right?
I think I mentioned this one before. I’m running the Rehoboth Beach Marathon on December 7th. It will be my first non-Disney full marathon, and quite honestly, this scares the crap out of me. The Rehoboth Beach Marathon has a very small runner field compared to Disney. A LOT smaller! There’s a 2300 person cap compared to Disney’s 25,000 or so. And the time requirement is 7 hours. My previous marathon times are around 6:53. Chances are I’ll be last and alone, and I’m okay with this. But my goal is to knock an hour off of my time. I guess I should start training, right?
And then… I’m finally doing it. I’m going GOOFY! That’s right. I finally signed up for Goofy’s Race and a Half Challenge on January 11 and 12. For those of you unfamiliar with the race, it’s a half marathon on Saturday and a full marathon on Sunday. I’m probably a little crazy for attempting this, but I’ll take it easy on half marathon day and try my hardest to just finish the marathon. It’s a fun race, and I can’t wait to share it with my goofy friends!
You might have noticed that a large percentage of these races are in Orlando. And you’ve probably already guessed it…
I’M MOVING BACK TO ORLANDO!!!
I think I realized after being home in Delaware for the past four months, I had built myself a home in Orlando. That’s honestly where I’m happiest. That’s where all of my “things” are… the vet, Molly’s doggie daycare, my hair stylist, my doctor, the Central Florida Lady Bloggers, my favorite restaurants and stores, and Disney World (of course!). I really miss so much about Orlando… evening runs with Mike at Disney’s Yacht and Beach Club, my monthly dinners with Kelsey, the farmer’s market in Celebration, yoga classes at College Park Yoga, weekend long runs with my running buddies, evenings at the dog park, dinners with the Central Florida Lady Bloggers, solo days at the Disney theme parks, and dinners with Alison at the Hollywood Brown Derby. I’ll miss my family dearly, but the plan is to come home to visit every other month. And my daily calls to my mom will continue.
I have really valued my time at home these past 4 months. I’ve gotten to witness my niece Violet grow from a teeny tiny baby to a slightly bigger baby (she’s still tiny!) who can crawl and babble and even stand up assisted now at 7 months.
And I’ve gotten to spend a lot of time with my nephew Logan, who is now 12 and a half but looks like he belongs in college already!
He’s a self-professed nerd and thinks it’s cool. (Thank you, Big Bang Theory for making nerds cool!) He’s so smart, and he’s so sweet with his baby sister.
I’m really looking forward to being the cool aunt who lives at Disney World
As you may know, I’ve been moochin’ off the parents since I moved home because my apartment was never ready for me to move in to. But I’ve had such a great time hanging out with them. In the evenings, we watch game shows and the news together. They’ve really taken to Molly, and they might be more sad that she’s leaving and less sad that I’m leaving. Hehehe.
I’m really anxious to get back to Orlando and get out more. I really need to take more advantage of the things Orlando has to offer. And I can’t wait to find a CrossFit box in Orlando!
What are your plans this weekend? Any fun races scheduled? Watching the CrossFit games?