Sunday, November 30, 2014

Gobble Cobble 2014

Well, this holiday weekend has been pretty long. I forgot what not being at school for this long in a row was like. It's almost more stressful than being at school because I keep thinking about all the studying I could be doing. Even making a detailed schedule of studying for the next two weeks has not helped.

However, I did manage to fit in the Gobble Cobble Turkey Trot! It was a great 7K course through Harbor East, Fell's Point, and the Inner Harbor in Baltimore. While a slightly weird distance, it was definitely enough to get in a good warmup (I did not feel this way when I saw the three mile sign) and finish strong.

Since it started around 8:30, I got to the check in area around 8, picked up my shirt and bib, and then dropped my stuff in a locker inside the MAC (packet pickup was there and the gym was open to runners). I wasn't sure how I would feel about the weather, so I planned on wearing layers and going with the flow. Even though it was about 35 degrees out, it was sunny, not windy, and I ended up going with Oiselle tights, an Underarmour coldgear top, the adorable orange race shirt, and gloves and earmuffs. While I was never cold, I was right on the edge of being too warm, and probably could've gone with much lighter gloves.
The shirts were available in either unisex or women's sizes, in plain cotton, and I kind of love it. I didn't even realize women's fit cotton shirts were so comfy, since I'm so used to the unisex, boxy ones.

This was the first race I've done with my new Garmin Forerunner 10, and I haven't decided how I feel about it. On the one hand, it did motivate me to run a little faster, since I was hoping for an 8:30 pace. On the other hand, I also used as a little bit of a crutch to slow down a bit when I saw my pace hit below 8:00. At the end of the race, my official time was 36:23 (8:21 pace), good enough for 135th place overall, but I think my Garmin came in a little under 7K for the course. Oh well, I'm going to go with my official time ;) (according to my Garmin splits, I was somewhere between 8:30-8:55 each mile)

In other news, I ordered some Picky Bars during their awesome sale, I have started trying to figure out how to best utilize my new Believe training journal, and I am refraining from purchasing large amounts of clothes during all these sales. I was a running buddy again for the Girls on the Run 5K this past Sunday, which was pretty fun. I also managed to visit the Walters Art Museum here in Baltimore. Happy Thanksgiving everyone!!

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Disney Avengers Super Heroes Half Marathon Weekend (also, K runs!)

Last weekend I took a little break from studying and headed out to the West Coast to cheer on K for the Avengers Super Heroes Half Marathon at DisneyLand!! Woohoo!

Since K doesn't have a dumb class on Friday afternoons, or any other day, he flew out to spend time with his family on Monday, and I joined him Friday night. On Saturday, we had lunch with his mom, then she drove us up to Anaheim for packet pickup. Our original plan was to take the train to Anaheim, but there was track work on THAT SATURDAY ONLY, so that wasn't an easy option.
Unless you're staying at a local hotel, luggage storage is definitely an issue at Disney. We ended up driving to my friend's place in HB and dropping our luggage there, and then returning to meet up with other family we would be staying overnight with.

The packet pickup and Expo are at the convention center at DisneyLand hotel. Parking is a little tight, and expensive, as you might expect, but there is 20 minute parking if someone is just dropping you off. From there, it's a short walk to the packet pickup area. They have printers in the middle to print off your waiver, and then lots of booths for pickup. K picked up his race bib and I picked up my ChEAR Squad package. We arrived about a half hour before the end of the expo, so there was no wait time and the place wasn't very crowded.
I paid for the Silver package, since it's the lowest level that gives you a wristband to get into the park to watch the race on Main Street. This is always one of my favorite parts of Disney races, so I was excited to be one of the spectators! The package also included a pair of clappers, a short sleeve t shirt, and a roll-up blanket. I would have preferred to have an event-specific t shirt.

After pickup, we browsed the expo, and drooled a little bit over the recently released Rebel Challenge/Star Wars Half medals. K also picked up some gels for the race, but the expo was closing soon so we were a bit rushed.
After, we spent some time out in Downtown Disney, watching people and picking up a few souvenirs. I finally invested in some awesome sparkly Minnie ears, which are my new favorite accessory.
After a questionable dinner of cajun shrimp and crawfish boil, we got to bed a little late and woke up at 4 to drive from Pomona to Anaheim. We parked in the Mickey and Friends parking garage near the Disneyland hotel, which was also a little pricey. I wish they had free parking like DisneyWorld does for races. After seeing K into the start corrals, I started walking through Downtown Disney towards the park to claim my spot on Main Street.

When I first arrived at Main Street, it wasn't crowded at all. Initially cast members were trying to corral everyone into one tiny corner of the street, which seemed to be a surprise to everyone. After a few ladies started yelling about how they didn't pay to stand behind someone, the whole right side of the street was opened up. I managed to snag a spot about halfway down the street right on the curb, and waited about twenty minutes before the first runners came through. K was in B corral, so he came through about a half hour after that, and claimed his good luck kiss. I stayed about another half hour or so watching all the runners and enjoying the costumes, then headed back to Downtown Disney for some coffee.

I'm really not sure why DisneyLand requires the wristband to enter the park for this race. It really limited the spectators, and, I think, made it less exciting. It does seem a bit greedy. Maybe a designated cheer zone, like they have at DW or at the finish line, would be sufficient.

After getting some coffee, I wandered back towards the finish line. Most of the finishing area was completely blocked off by the Platinum and Gold ChEAR Squad tent and viewing stand, so only a small portion past the actual finish line was actually visible. I waited there for a bit until I saw K, then headed towards the parking lot where the stage was. I was actually surprised that area was also closed off, since it was pretty much empty as everyone walked out to find their family. I never found the family meetup area, since I found K at the exit to this area, and we headed back to the car. He was quite proud of his new medal
As usual, the finisher's medal was gorgeous and envy-inspiring in anyone who didn't get to run. The center A spins around, which seems to be a theme for this year's Disney medals. The shirts for the race were just long-sleeve version of their normal NB shirts, which I think are a little sticky.
As usual, this race was full of Disney magic, and definitely fired me up for the Rebel Challenge in January! 

Friday, November 21, 2014

Classes are over! Plans for my first free weekend

Classes are over!! (well, almost, I have one hour left.....) I have spent a lot of time over the past month deciding what I want to do with my first "free" weekend in that sweet spot between the end of classes and finals. Here's my plan for this weekend:

  • Read I love Gail Carriger, and her new book is out! The third in the Finishing School series, Waistcoats and Weaponry looks like it is going to be awesome! It's been out a few weeks, and I've been saving it for just this special occasion when I can sit on my couch with a cup of tea and read it straight through.
  • Watch all of Downton Abbey Season 5! I can't wait to see what happens next. And I obviously need to catch up before I go visit the Downton Abbey exhibit at Winterthur (on my winter break list) 

  • Try out my new Garmin 10. I've always run with just a normal stop watch, but I finally decided a fun new toy might be just what I need to get out the door on these cold days. 

  • Get a crazy new color on my nails. I like to go get a gel manicure when I know I'm going to be super busy in the next few weeks, and I'm ready for something other than my normal light pink. Maybe a crazy holiday red?

  • Grocery shopping for Thanksgiving. I'm trying a new recipe for pumpkin tiramisu! 
I also plan on sleeping in every day and eating most of the box of Candy Cane Oreos I have, which are pretty much the most amazing thing ever created. Cheers!

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Sunday Runday: Or not

Who doesn't love getting in a long run on Sunday? Let me tell you, I would so much rather be running right now! I just turned in a 23 page draft of a paper, and it took me about four hours after I finished writing to finish formatting all the citations and cleaning it up. See my instagram for a lovely list of #lawschoolsucks pics.

But now that's over, I can focus on some fun, namely, getting ready for the Avengers Half this weekend and costumes for the Rebel Challenge in January!

K is leaving tomorrow to spend all week in San Diego with family, and I'll be joining him out there after class on Friday, just for the weekend. I wish I could spend all week in San Diego....I hear the beach is really good for studying.
Since I'm not running, I splurged on the Silver ChEAR Squad package to watch K run on Sunday morning. It was $45, so hopefully it's worth it! I'll be reporting back on my first runDisney spectator experience!

As far as costumes go, I've always wanted to do a running Leia metal bikini costume! I found this one on Pinterest, and I absolutely love the ears!
Right now, I'm thinking I can get the individual pieces and make them a little more family friendly. Maybe the "metal" bottom over my maroon running skirt, and the top over a sports bra or skin-toned top. Do you think K will be up for carbonite Han?

For a second costume, I'm definitely thinking of making my own Jedi running costume! Without the cape....that might slow me down. I'm thinking something like this:

Does anyone have any suggestions?