Sunday, December 14, 2014

Me vs Me

Yeesh, 5.5 weeks since I last blogged.

Yes I am a horrible blogger.

When I last stopped by I was on my way to the Wine and Dine Half and then Avengers Half on the following weekend. Well I did it survived both.

Of course I intended to write recaps of both races but that now seems silly as it was well a month ago. So instead I'll share a few highlights before I get really deep and more in line with the title today - Me vs Me.

The first run for my Wine & Dine weekend was the Mickey's Jingle Jungle 5k, I was in the start area and when I saw Mickey and Minnie I literally skipped over to them.
 It's a fun race through Animal Kingdom, and the weather was perfect.

 The weather was not so perfect for the Wine & Dine Half. Pouring rain through the whole thing. I wore a poncho for the first 8 miles then ditched it as I was 100% soaked anyway.

 I did see some friends, OMG I had so much fun with these two in this photo. Dug was distracted by my Half medal so I said squirrel to him. He then went over to his wagon and pulls out - yes you guessed it a squirrel plush toy.
 I finally went to the Epcot International Food & Wine festival, I skipped the Half after party at Epcot as I have never been that soaked so I returned on a dryer day.
 I always wear my medal home, stepped off the plane and into the washroom before going to customs and bang - the medal fell apart. I was crushed but I called RunDisney and they sent me a replacement. I actually got it last week. I was home to do laundry and then off to Los Angeles and Disneyland.
 I was telling Donald that I liked his outfit as I just left snow.

 This trip at both Disney World and Disneyland I embraced character photos. I typically avoid photos which I'll get to later.
 First run was the Super Hero 5K

 So there was extreme rain at Wine & Dine and crazy winds at Avengers, seriously it was taking out mile markers and people were being attacked by tumbleweeds.

 I can say I did not wear this medal around the parks after my experience with the spinner in the Wine & Dine medal. I did wear it home though.
I love Eyeore

Now I find myself one week away from my Christmas cruise, no runs involved with this one just a straight up vacation.

Let me back up again so shortly after returning from Disneyland I was off to Victoria for a week for a course. Remember how I said I'd track for the whole time away. - I didn't.

While in Victoria I didn't either.

I got home stepped on the scale and saw a number that woke me up. It was awfully close to my start weight and by start weight I mean the very first time I walked into a WW meeting.

That totally shook me. I skipped the meeting last week as my head was in the sand. It took another week but I went yesterday and I'm so happy I did. One of WW friends discovered she's cancer free. How amazingly wonderful is that.

I don't want to me by own enemy anymore.

I'm setting my sights forward, so yes the cruise. Of course cruises are famous for weight gain but I have a strategy. They have a super nice gym - my goal to visit daily.

I am travelling by myself so I set my agenda for the day. The other thing I did is book excursions that involve walking no sitting at a beach.

Oh I will track, why will it be different this time? I have a goal to arrive home lighter then when I left.

Last weeks meeting topic was My Losing List, writing down all the reasons why you want to lose weight. Not stopping at "I want to be healthy", why do you want to be healthy? Well I made my list yesterday and I wrote it down in the front of my 3 month tracker.

I do feel like a switch has been turned on in my head. Now it's just one foot in front of the other.

I also want to blog more, though I hear wifi is stupid expensive on the boat so that may have to wait.

I might drop by before I leave.

I hope all is well with you.


Wednesday, November 05, 2014

You - version 2

Well Hello,

This time I didn't wait months between blog posts…yeah me.

I leave for the Wine & Dine Half in tomorrow and then the following weekend it’s the Avengers Half…and the 5ks for each run on top of that.

I can't say my training has been spectacular. When I signed up for these races I had grand plans. 

Then my world got tilted when I started a new job with crazy hours. It’s not odd for me to put in 9-10hrs per day. The last time I worked those kind of hours I was at site and got Fridays off, this time there’s an added 9-10hrs on the Friday.

I realize this is an excuse as people with far more complicated schedules can maintain training plans. There’s not a lot I can do now other than do the best I can. When I came back from Tower of Terror I had the flu so between that and Vancouver I ran once. Yet I shaved a few minutes off my last half.

The body is a mysterious machine indeed.

What I wanted to talk about today was my last Weight Watchers meeting. The topic was You version 2.

Sort of profound hey?

During the meeting my leader has us visualize during some scenarios as us version 2. What I found interesting is how easily I could visualize the right behaviors yet currently my actions don’t reflect that.

A few weeks ago we celebrated one of our WW family hitting goal. I was so happy for her and at the same time wondering what my issue is.

My Dad’s death hit me super hard so that impacted my whole life. I delayed dealing with my grief until I had a few things sorted. It’s been over a year and while substantially better I feel like about 98% myself.

Me version 2 starts now, I will track while I’m in Disney World and Disneyland – not something I typically do. When I come home I will start strength training so I can be more prepared for Star Wars and plan my food better.

The fact that I could visualize it means I can do it.

My bad habit is acting before thinking, like today I bought the Nanaimo bar at Starbucks. Now after two bites I realized it was kind of yucky and tasted like flour so I tossed it. Yet why did I buy it. I didn't need it and it turns out it wasn't even enjoyable.

I’ve read book after book.  I know what to do and just need to do it. I do have strong motivation in my annual physical in January not to mention the goal to do Dopey 14 months from now.

What I often hear in meetings is people want to get back to how they used to be. For me I've always been chubby from as far back as I can remember. Back when I lost 25lbs on WW then freaked out and gained it back. The freak out was I didn't know who this was, it was foreign and uncomfortable. Well since then I've done more uncomfortable things like going to Japan by myself that I know uncomfortable isn't a bad thing and you actually learn a lot about yourself.

I am worth success, I am worth the effort to be fit and I am worth the work that needs to be put in.

This blog is going to get back to its original intent to document the good, the bad and the ugly of getting to goal. 

Sunday, November 02, 2014

Vancouver Rock 'n' Roll Recap

Yeah I'm still a bad blogger, what can I say I work crazy hours and by the time I get home it's pretty much dinner and bed.

Though I did want to tell you about my experience at the Inaugural Vancouver Rock 'n' Roll Half Marathon. Now I had zero intentions of doing this run until I saw the medals...yes it's all about the bling for me.

 First off arrived in Vancouver and I love Haida art. It's everywhere in Vancouver.

 The expo was at the Vancouver Convention Centre which is along the water

 The official gear, the gear bag, tech shirt, band for the VIP and mini map. I dished out some extra cash for VIP as I will pay for indoor toilets and a warm place to wait for the start.
 Brooks was the major merchandise sponsor so I picked up a tshirt

The jacket

 As I spent enough money I got the VIP toilet sticker, which allowed me the use of the flushable toilets Brooks set up right outside my hotel. Though I didn't need it as I had that VIP thing and that was inside a ballroom at the Renaissance Hotel.

 It's been a long time since I'd been to Vancouver so I was pretty dependant on google map though it thought my hotel was in the bay.

 On the Saturday before the race I went to the Vancouver Aquarium. Love the jellies.
 And the Sea Lion

 And the Penguins!!!!
 And the Beluga
 This guy just kept spinning around with his ball

 Underwater view of the Beluga
 Picked up a fun Sea Otter umbrella, though Vancouver was plagued by rain it didn't rain a drop on race day.
 I'm intrigued....Salted Watermelon???
 I had to make second trip o the expo as I wanted the magnet and needed the pin.
 Race day night was a wee stressful. I was checking out on Race Day so had to be super organized. I had originally planned to stay until Monday but changed it for a work opportunity. The Marriott let me use the showers in the gym post race so at least I didn't need to go to the airport grungy.
 The VIP room was o.k, I got there early and it was just me and a few elite runners then others showed up. Not to many costumes but one guy in a red body suit with a white maple leaf on this front along with ski goggles was my favourite.
 The corrals were a wee chaotic, now I'm used to Run Disney and appreciate how they manage the corrals. There were flags on the side of the road with the corral number that you just  sort of stood behind. I was corral 22, second from the last. The actual last corral 24 got to start 15 min early. In retrospect I should have joined their corral. By the time we got to the start corrals 20-23 were one massive corral. While waiting for the start I heard a lot of folks talking about Run Disney events.

The race itself wound through Vancouver, I always find Gastown a wee slippery due to the tile. What I was looking forward to was how much of the course was along the Sea Wall. I didn't realize the Sea Wall would be open to the public. First time I ever had to dodge baby strollers and bicycles mid half.
 I managed to shave a few minutes off my last half which surprised me. I felt good until about Mile 11 and that was in the middle of Stanley Park, while beautiful it has many many inclines.
 The VIP band also got me into a special finish area where there was food and your bib came with a beer ticket, I didn't have any beer. The finish area was Devonian Park which turned in one big muddy field. For the 2nd run in a row had to throw the Nike's into the washing machine.

I wish I could have had late checkout as when I got back to the hotel it was shower, change, eat some lunch then off to the airport. Found a few things at the airport.

I don't think I'll ever do this one again but as far as the Rock 'n' Roll series I'd like to do Vegas and Montreal after my goal to do Dopey in 2016.

Hope you enjoyed my recap and I'll try to be a better blogger.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Bad blogger and Tower of Terror 10 Miler Recap

Aye carumba, almost a month and a half since my last blog.
I don't know where the time went, the hours I work are long and to be honest by the time I get home I'm wiped.

However in between blog posts I did go to Disney World to take part in the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror 10 Miler and Mickey's Happy Haunted 5K Trail Run
 My first order of business was to bling up my Magic Band, unfortunately when you book travel through a Canadian provider you can't log into My Disney and choose a colour so it's always grey but fitting for a Star Wars fan.
 The bib pick up and expo are always at ESPN when at Disney World.

 I was rather impressed with the size of the expo for this event, the last time I was there for a non Half weekend the expo was tiny.
After the expo I hit Magic Kingdom which is my favourite park and it was all dressed up for Halloween - my favourite holiday.

 I didn't spend to long in the park as the 5K was the next day so next up my Expo haul

 The official race shirts
 I had to get another pair of Oofos as I love these sandals, I tried to get a mini stick last time so it was on the list for this time. Showers were forecasted so the shirt I brought for the 10 miler wasn't ideal so it meant another RawThreads shirt joined the collection.
 Official merchandise, included the pins, the car magnets (which I put on my fridge), Run Disney light up bracelet and shoe add ons, a necklace for my RunDisney vinylmation and I really like the hat this run.
 I always get the I Did It shirt but won't wear it till post run.

 I'm also quite fond of the jacket, the writing glows in the dark.

 It was bright and early on the 5K morning, the thing that makes it worth it being there early - a picture with Mickey.
 The start area was in the middle of an astroturf field which was very different then usual so the start area was not the dance floor it usually was. Plus it was raining constantly during the wait for the start. It wasn't so bad as it felt warm so I actually didn't mind getting a bit soaked.
 The headless horseman started things off.

 Now I realize it said Trail Run but I seriously had no clue there were woods behind ESPN, the course was dirt, gravel, grass and astroturf so the runners took a beating. Glad I packed two pairs.

 Fast forward about 12 hours and it was time for the 10 miler which started at 10pm same day as the 5K.
 The RunDisney DJ
 Full moon made it interesting, course wise it's my least favourite. A whole lot of road and weird curves that were angled ramps. You started at Hollywood Studios ran towards Animal Kingdom through the parking stalls and then on your way to ESPN with one more dirt stretch and astroturf and then you make your way back to Hollywood Studios. I didn't spend too much time at the Villain After Party, for one thing not too much was open and the park was full of people sitting on the sidewalks eating their RunDisney boxes. I didn't see any characters so I headed back to the hotel.
 The medal is super cute and the elevator actually moves as there is a spring in the back. Don't think I'll ever repeat this race but glad I got this medal.
 Picked up few Disney items, I've been looking for a smallish Dumbo forever and found him in Animal Kingdom, plus I couldn't resist the Halloween tshirt.

 I was going to Mickey's not so scary Halloween Party dressed as R2D2, at one point I was walking through Tomorrowland and a Jedi fist pumped me for being part of the Rebel Alliance.

 I caught the Boo to You parade twice, the 2nd time by accident.

 Great light show on the Castle, I enjoyed myself thoroughly.

Came home with a cold so I've been pretty out of it but next run is next weekend with the Vancouver Rock N Roll Half Marathon.

I promise to be a better blogger, sorry for the long absence.