2016 Clermont Clay 15k

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It turns out that I have neglected to write a race recap for the Clermont Clay 15k that I ran last November.  It was my first 15k, so instant PR!  I have been wanting to run on the famous Clermont Clay loop for a while now, so I looked up the races that took place there and thought that this one would be perfect.  I even managed to get my parents and my sister to run the 5k that took place at the same time.  The Clermont Clay loop is a ten mile trail made of clay that goes by different farms and through fields.  A lot of elite athletes train there including Desiree Linden.  It is a very beautiful area to run and I enjoyed every minute of it, but oh those hills; so many hills!

When we arrived in Clermont on November 20th we followed a long trail of cars down a very long dirt road to the race parking.  I thought we had left in plenty of time, but with all the race traffic we were cutting it close.  After a long wait which felt like an eternity, we finally parked and I walked as fast as I could to the porta-pottie line.  There were only about five porta-potties and the line was long, but it moved fairly quickly.  I saw my family as they were headed to the 5k start, which was at my finish line, then I quickly headed to my start-line with Chris.  The race organizers knew about the parking situation, so the race started a little late.  I ran over to the start as I heard the National Anthem being sung.  I just had time for Chris to take a before race photo because the race actually started; talk about cutting it close!

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It was a very cool morning which made for perfect running weather.  It was so beautiful to see the sun rise above the fields as we ran down the clay trail.  I never race with my music, which made this run feel very peaceful.  I started off with an 8:12 average pace for the first mile, but then settled in to about an 8:30 pace for the next six miles.  Lately I have been trying not to look at my watch as I race and run more by feel.  It has worked out pretty good so far and it makes the races more enjoyable instead of worrying about my watch the whole time.

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About half way through, the hills started to feel harder and harder as I ran up them. They seemed to get longer and steeper the farther I was into the course.  At the start of each hill I thought maybe, just maybe it would be the last one.  Most of the time I was wrong, but I kept pushing as hard as I could and then coasting down the hill once I got to the other side.

Finally I got to the top of a hill and at the bottom I saw the finish-line.  I ran as fast as I could with all the energy that I had left until I finally crossed and did my Jeter fist pump in the air.  My family was waiting for me along with a whole table full of snacks!

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When I looked at my pace on the results board I started to cry.  First, I couldn’t believe how great my pace, was at a 8:31 minute per mile, and second I was in third place in my age group.  I was in shock!  Well it turns out that two other results came in later pushing me down to fifth place, so unfortunately I did not receive an age group award, though someday I will receive another one!

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Overall it was a nice smaller race.  We couldn’t have asked for better weather and the scenery was gorgeous.  I had a lot of fun and am glad that I got to share it with my family.  I think maybe they are starting to enjoy running!  Next up is my recap of my rematch at the OUC Orlando Half Marathon from last year.

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Global Energy 10k: RACE REPORT

I hadn’t planned on signing up for a race in September because of Florida’s heat, but I just couldn’t pass up the offer. Someone posted about the Global Energy races in one of my runDisney Facebook groups and there was a coupon code making the race free! I hadn’t heard of this race, nor had I planned on racing so soon this season, but since it was free I thought that I would give it a shot. The race, put together by Bimbo Bakeries, was for  either a 10k or 3k. It was run in 37 cities in 22 different countries all on the same day. The race has been run two years in a row, but this was the first time in Orlando. I chose to do the 10k.

Two days before the race I went downtown to pick up my packet at Orange Theory Fitness. The event merchandise I received was really nice and I was impressed! The race shirt was orange and blue, not my favorite color combination, but the material was a really soft tech material and the back of the shirt was a breathable mesh with all of the cities included in the race printed on it. I decided there that it would be the first time that I would wear the race shirt to the actual race. I also received a bag and a fitness towel. It was some of the best race swag that I have ever received!

The morning of the race I was a bit nervous. I wasn’t as well trained as I would have liked, the weather was warmer than any other race I had ever participated in, and I had injured myself.  Two days before the race I had gotten up early and ran outside (I had been running most of my runs on the treadmill because of the weather). My mind started wandering and my legs seemed heavy and I didn’t notice a raised crack in the side walk. I fell on my hands, elbow and right hip. The force of the fall was so extreme that I hit my head on the pavement. Thankfully my headband protected my head from getting scraped up, but it did hurt and I was taken aback. I got up in pain and noticed the blood dripping down my elbow and hands. I walked the mile and a half back home to wash up.

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So back to the morning of the race, I wan’t feeling my best. I woke up close to six, got ready, and then we headed to Festival Park were the race was held. There weren’t really parking signs so we got turned around heading to the parking lot. Once in line for parking it was pretty easy. We were able to park pretty close to the start line. As per my usual routine I waited around a bit and then headed to the porta potty line. Once out of there we made our way to the race starting area. Orange Theory lead a warm up that I participated in while Chris went to go get a spot near the start line. After the warm up we headed into the corral.

The corral for this race was just one big blocked off area at the starting line. There weren’t even pace markers so I just made my way near the front, but made sure there were people in front of me so I wasn’t first.

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Shortly after that it was time for the race to start. I was feeling extremely nervous at that time, but I knew that I just had to try my best. The countdown started, then the air horn, and we were off. I was a little too excited at the start. Once I started running a huge smile came across my face and I remembered why I was doing this. I looked down at my watch and I was at a 6:30 pace, which ended up hurting me in the long run. I tried to slow down a bit and settle into the run.

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The course went through downtown Orlando and on a lot of the same streets that the OUC Orlando Half Marathon goes through. Half of the race was on these downtown streets, a lot of which were brick roads. I made a conscious decision to make sure I didn’t trip on any rouge bricks.

At about mile two I starting questioning my choices in deciding to run. I had some thoughts about just stopping, but I am not a quitter so I tried my best to put those thoughts out of my head. The heat wasn’t too bad at the beginning as the sun was behind the buildings, but it heated up at the race went on.

A little after the half way point I past the road leading back to the finish line and ran on a sidewalk past an airport on the way to Lake Underhill. While heading towards the lake the winners of the race were passing us and heading back the other direction back to Festival Park and the finish line. I didn’t think I had that much more to run, but I was wrong. Once at the lake we went over a very long bridge and was told there was water at the other end. This was the first time that I have ever gotten water in a 10k before and I had the heat to thank for that. For some reason in my tired delusional state I thought that once we got our water we would turn around and head back the other direction. As it turns out we had to go around the entire lake which was about a 1.5 mile loop. I tried my best, but my legs just didn’t want to go any faster. I just focused on maintaining my pace and finishing.
Back on the sidewalk after the lake we passed runners that were just starting their journey around the lake. I felt for them because the sun was getting hotter by the minute. In no time at all, but in what felt like forever I was arriving at the six mile mark. Only .2 to go. I tried to speed up, but I don’t think I did. As I turned the corner that lead to the finish line I waved hi to Kim, one of my bosses from Track Shack. She was standing at the corner making sure the runners knew where to go.

As I raced towards the finish line I was told to stay to the left because the 3k finishers were on the right. I hurried over the finish line and did my fist pump as I was finally able to stop and catch my breadth. It was a nice feeling, but I started to feel a little sick not long after that. I vowed to improve my training so the next race would seem easier and I would feel stronger. I received my medal which was very nice and one of my biggest. It had the host city, Beijing, on the back. After that I went to get all of the refreshments which included some breakfast bars, water, a banana, and a huge orange. I opened the water and devoured it at once. There weren’t photographers at this race, so I had Chris take my finishing photo in front of the Orlando sign.

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There were some tents around and I was able to get some more snacks and a cinnamon raisin bagel with cream cheese. My bib had a coupon for a free sandwich from a food truck so we went to stand in that line as I ate my bagel. After I got my grilled cheese sandwich we walked around to see what the other booths were and then I wanted to leave. It was time for me to relax at home after a nice long shower.

I ended up finishing the race in 54:37 giving me an 8:49 minute per mile pace. It was my worst 10k time, but I was very proud of it considering the circumstances. I just have to train harder and go out stronger next time.

Working at the Rock N Run 5k

wpid-20150912_062430.jpgLast Saturday I worked my first race with Track Shack at the Rock N Run 5k in Casselberry.  Track Shack is a local running store here in Orlando that also works at and organizes races.  The Rock in Run 5k is one of the races they organize where there are actual live bands along the course, you can vote for your favorite after the race, and the winner receives a cash prize.  When my parents heard that I was working the race they decided to sign up to run it.

I had originally been looking into volunteering at a race because I wanted to get involved in the running community when I wasn’t away on a contract job in my industry.  I was put in touch with an event manager and they told me about their Day of Race position.  I was beyond excited because it would give me a chance to make extra money while I got to be around and help out the sport that I love!

On Saturday morning I awoke at 2:30 and just stayed in bed until it was closer to when my alarm was supposed to go off at 3 am.  I then got up, dressed and was out the door on my way to Casselberry.  I might have misjudged the time that it would take because I arrived 30 minutes early.

This job was a lot of hard work that I didn’t anticipate.  There was a ton of heavy lifting involved and strength training is something that I have been neglecting.  Basically I had to help set up the registration area including tables, sign, and banners.  When runners started to arrive at 6:30 I was put on the stroller registration table.  Strollers were allowed on the race course, but they had to be put in the back and not go over a certain pace, and a waiver had to be filled out.

During the race I was able to relax since my services weren’t needed.  I decided to watch the race and look for my parents to cross the finish line.  I saw my Mum come running by, but my dad was nowhere to be seen.  I found out later that as soon as the race started my dad took off and left my mom.  He is very competitive and wanted to get a really good time for his first 5k. He said, “I felt like a caged animal standing in the corral so when they opened it I exploded and took off!”  I am proud of both of my parents.  It was the first time for both of them being timed in a race and they had great finish times!  My mom’s chip time was 42:12 and my dad’s chip time was 36:16.

After awards were given out it was time to take everything down that we spent all morning putting up, and not just that we ended taking down all of the sponsor tents and tables as well.  By the end of it I felt like I had run a 5k!  I needed a much deserved breakfast after all of that hard work so I met my parents at Cracker Barrel to get my favorite post race meal.  The race working experience was a lot of fun and I definitely plan on working at some more in the future!

Department of Mysteries 6.2442: RACE REPORT

Race day outfit

Race day outfit

Everyone who knows me, knows that I am a fan of the Harry Potter Series, so when I saw a Mugglenet article on the Hogwarts Running Club, I just had to join.  If you don’t know what the Hogwarts Running Club is then you can read my earlier post explaining it here.  Today was my first event for the Hogwarts Running Club and my first ever virtual race: The Department of Mysteries 6.2442.   The charity partner for this race is The Brotherhood Ride.  They are a group of firefighters, police officers and EMTs in Florida who ride their bicycles to honor fallen heroes.   The donations that they receive on these rides and the money from this event will be given to the families of those who gave their lives doing their jobs.  It is a great cause and I am happy to be a part of it!

Last night I put my running outfit together so I would be ready to get out there and start running in the morning.  I decided to wear my Minnie Mouse skirt because that was the only red bottom that I own and I had to represent Gryffindor!  I originally wanted to get up at 7:00 am to try to beat some of this Florida heat, but I really wanted to run through this shady park that is not too far from here and it doesn’t open until 8:00.  So I got up at 7:30, got dressed and fastened my bib to my shirt.  I had my boyfriend take some early morning pictures of me in my racing clothes and some in my Gryffindor robe (his idea).

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It was now time to hit the road!  I went outside and before I left I took a selfie.  The Hogwarts Running Club encouraged runners to do this on race day so this one is for them!

Excited to run!

Excited to run!

I jogged a bit out of the neighborhood and through the community gate as a warm-up before I started racing.  When I got to the sidewalk, I made sure to start my charity miles app (Go Gryffindor!) and then my Nike app and I was off!  Usually I don’t listen to music during a race because there is so much else going on, but because this is a virtual race and I was all alone, I needed my tunes.  The beginning of the race felt great!  There was even a slight breeze which felt nice.  I must have really felt good because at half a mile the Nike app told me that it had been less that four minutes and I was averaging a 7:30 pace per mile.  That was very encouraging.  I was worried that I wouldn’t run at race pace because it was a virtual run and there was no finish line or crowds to motivate me.  It felt nice that I could turn on race mode whenever I needed it.  I couldn’t keep that pace up, but after a mile it had been 7:53, which is still great!  The next mile felt good, but my pace slipped to 8:27.  It was about here when I entered the park.  The outside path that I normally take in this park is about 2 miles long.  My plan was to run until my Nike app said I was at the half way mark, run a little more, and then turn around and run back home.  For some reason I had in my head that I was not going to be in the park that long, that I was only going to be in there a mile instead of two.  This kind of screwed up my mind because I could not wait to get to the half way point.  Another thing I hadn’t considered is the fact that this park has quite a lot of hills.  I had picked it for the shade, but I forgot about the hills.  When I entered the park it was so hot out that I would much rather deal with hills.

Most of the third mile was downhill so I knew that the fourth mile would be tough.  The third mile ended up having a 9:09 pace.  It was the heat!  At the halfway point I came to a park restroom with a water fountain.  I don’t normally drink water during a run if it is less than an hour, but being as it was so hot outside, I had to stop.  I took a couple sips from the fountain and then put my whole face in the water.  It felt magnificent.  After the glorious water in my face I turned back and ran the way I had come.  As suspected the fourth mile was difficult, but surprisingly enough it wasn’t my worst mile.  The end of mile four is one of my favorite parts of the park.  The path is surrounded by trees!  It is very beautiful, quiet and an excellent place to train. That fourth mile’s average pace was 9:03.  I had picked up the speed because I knew it was only a little over two miles left!

After race photo

After race photo

Mile five felt tough, but I stayed with it and tried to increase my pace as I went.  The pain is only temporary, right?  I succeeded in that goal because my fifth mile average pace was 8:56.  Yes!  I was back on track!  Then came the sixth mile.  I tried to keep with it, but I was so hot and thirsty. The beginning of the sixth mile has a long stretch where there are no trees or buildings blocking the sun.  I just tried to run as fast as I could so I could get back to the shade.  I looked down at that point and noticed that my bib was falling off. It was starting to disintegrate from the sweat! I ripped it off the rest of the way and carried it in my hand. The second half of the sixth mile I took off into the shade.  I was able to increase my speed and push though for an ending sixth mile pace of 8:43.  Now it was just a sprint to the end!  I went a little past the 10k mark to account for the extra .0442 that this race called for.  My ending time was 6.23 miles in 54:11 with an average pace of 8:42.  I was very happy with that time and proud of myself.  My 10k PR is still 51:25, but that was not raced in the Florida heat;  that was actually raced on one of the coldest days in Florida.  I didn’t negative split today, but I believe that I truly did the best that I could in these conditions.

Oh, I forgot one more thing.  For completing the race I am awarded with this beautiful medal!:

Department of Mysteries Medal

Department of Mysteries Medal

I will leave you with this awesome gif that Google sent me:

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Auto awesome mischief

Hogwarts Running Club

Department of Mysteries Medal

Department of Mysteries Medal

I have joined the Hogwarts Running Club. The Hogwarts Running Club organizes virtual runs that are Harry Potter themed in order to raise money for various charities and inspire others to partake in a healthy lifestyle. I normally wouldn’t participate in a virtual run. I feel that normal race fees go towards the experience of the race such as closing roads, fueling stations, medical tents, chip timers, ect. I also like running with other people on the course. That is a motivating factor for me. In Virtual races you don’t get any of that. While some races do give out finishing medals, in virtual races that is all you get. I feel like it is just buying a medal. With that said I did sign up for my first virtual run, The Department of Mysteries 6.2242 for the Hogwarts Running Club (62242 spells out magic on a phone). The Medal was the main reason I signed up; it has a red British phone booth on it. I love British phone booths! I just had to sign up to receive that medal! I mean where else am I going to receive a British phone booth race medal? The charity partner of this race is the The Brotherhood ride. They are a Florida based group of firefighters, police officers and EMTs who ride bicycles to honor those who have died in the line of duty. The money raised from the event will go towards helping the families of those who scarified themselves to protect the rest of us. That is the other reason I signed up. I love joining an event where the money helps those in need, especially in my home state. The virtual run will be held on July 31st, Harry Potter’s birthday of course! Look for my race recap of the virtual run on Friday.

Charity Miles App

Charity Miles App

The Hogwarts Running Club also has a house cup competition going on right now. Basically you run each day and those miles go towards helping your house win the house cup! You can pick what house you are in or get sorted on Pottermore.com. Once you know your house, you can join that houses common room on their Facebook. The competition uses the Charity miles app to track the miles. The app is great because while you are racking up miles for your house, you are also supporting a charity. Each run or walk you do can support a different charity that is listed. At the end of the run it tells you how much money you raised. The way you track your miles for your house is by signing up for a team. Each house has their own team name. Once you are in that team all of your miles can be seen by the Hogwarts Running Club. There is also a leader board in the app where you can see who is in the lead for your house! It’s a fun way to get people moving and it creates a community for people who like me, like both running and Harry Potter.

To learn more about the Hogwarts running club their Facebook page Can be found here: https://www.facebook.com/hogwartsrunningclub?fref=ts
Also their website can be found here: http://www.hogwartsrunningclub.org/

If you would like to try out the Charity Miles app get it for free in the Play Store: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.charitymilescm.android&hl=en

2015 Enchanted 10k: RACE REPORT

Another early morning and another Disney race! This was the one I was worried about. It was timed and it would be my first official 10k. I really wanted to do the best that I could. I also wanted to use my time from this race as proof of time for the half marathon the following year, so I decided that I would not be stopping during the race at all. I would just be running straight through the course, as fast as my legs would carry me.

Even though I was trying for a great time, I thought it would be fun to run in a costume. Not a full out costume, but a running outfit inspired by a Disney character. As I stated in a previous post, I am getting a little tired of all the Frozen Fever, but Elsa’s dress is beautiful, so I decided to run as Elsa. I had received a sewing machine for Christmas and wanted to use it to make my running costume. Never having used a sewing machine before, I enlisted the help of my mother. With a design I came up with we were able to create an Elsa running costume without using a pattern and I also learned how to use my sewing machine! I think that my costume turned out pretty well.

My costume on race morning

My costume on race morning

I love how the back turned out

I love how the back turned out

After I got my costume on, fixed my hair, and collected all of my things, we left for EPCOT again.  The morning was pretty chilly, although not as cold as the previous morning.  I still had to buy compression socks at the expo the day before to keep my legs warm and I added white arm warmers under my sewn ones.

When we arrived we quickly walked over to the starting area.  I didn’t have as much time before we went to our corrals as I did before the 5k because of the earlier start time.  I had just enough time to go to the bathroom a couple of times and then meet my parents at the entrance to the corrals.  They had come for support and to watch me cross the finish line!  I told my parents and Chris bye and then headed to corral A again.

It felt like we were in the corral forever, but I did chat with this nice woman standing next to me.  This was her first Disney race, but she had run marathons all over the country.  At Disney races you can always find someone to talk to.  I lost her after they opened the corral and started leading us to the start line.  All the other corrals were cheering us on as we passed in front of them.  It was an amazing feeling!  We stopped not too far from the start line so the wheelchair competitors could start first.  If I remember correctly there was only one and he had won the Walt Disney World Marathon in his division in January.  After he started, Corral A was moved to the start line.  The announcers counted down and then the fireworks blasted into the early morning sky and we were off!

Corral A about to walk to the start line

Corral A about to walk to the start line

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Those fireworks again!

Just after I crossed the start line this girl came out of nowhere on my left side and cut right in front of me, her arms and legs flailing about. I almost tripped over her foot, but I kept my balance and continued on. I don’t know if it was the excitement of it all or not, but when I arrived at mile marker one the time said 7:45! I had never run that fast so this shocked me and I got excited on the prospect of a great finishing time. This part of the course took us away from EPCOT and towards the parking booths. On top of one of the overpasses I saw Anna and Elsa and then directly above me was this awesome snow effect. That was one of those magical Disney race effects that made me smile.

A little after the one mile mark I made a 180 and headed back towards EPCOT. This part was a little tough because I had to run up one of the highway ramps. After that the course circled around the EPCOT parking lot and headed towards one of the backstage entrances. It curved towards the backside of Test Track and then entered the park between Norway and China in the World showcase. The part of the course through the World Showcase was the same as the 5k course until the 10k course veered off around 4.5 miles and went into the Boardwalk. I had never been to Disney’s Boardwalk, so this was an all new experience for me. It was lit up and there were people on the sides of the pathway cheering us on, which I needed at the time. I had to keep an eye on my feet so I wouldn’t trip on the planks of board that the pathway was made out of. At the beginning and end of the boardwalk there were bridges connecting it to EPCOT, and by the last one I was really exhausted, but I told myself to keep on going.

Look at that concentration

Look at that concentration

We exited the boardwalk at about 5 and a quarter miles. There was about half a mile of backstage areas to go through before Future World. This was probably the toughest part of the entire race. It was mentally challenging to keep going, but I knew that if I let up or gave up in anyway I would be very disappointed in myself. I high-fived a cast member with a huge Mickey Mouse like glove on his hand. That gave me a little boost.

In Future World

In Future World

I ran past The Land and the The Living Seas at about 5 and a half miles. Then around the Fountain of Nations I turned toward the park exit and ran under Spaceship Earth. At this point I remember thinking to myself, “Just a bit further, just a bit further.” I turned a corner and there it was: the finish line! I was pretty exhausted, but I ran as fast as I could and crossed with the time of 51:25. My 5k split was 25:02. I hadn’t even run a 5k in that time before! I think the cold and the excitement of Disney pushed me to do things that I didn’t know I could do.

Almost there!

Almost there!

Jeter fist pump!

Jeter fist pump!

Finished!

Finished!

Now I can relax

Now I can relax

After I caught my breath a bit I went to a volunteer to receive my medal. It was beautiful and well earned! Then more heat blankets! The snacks and refreshments were the same as during the 5k. I met my family at the end of the finishing tunnel. It was great that they got to see me cross the finish line! It was still so cold, so we decided to leave and go get something to eat. And then to the parks again!

Group photo!

Group photo!

Minnie!

Minnie!

Disney’s Princess Half Marathon Expo

The day I had been waiting for for almost a year had finally come: The Expo, the start of race weekend, my first Disney race weekend! As you can imagine I was beyond excited. So about one o’clock my boyfriend Chris and I drove to the ESPN Wild World of Sports.

It was pretty crowded. We had to park out in the overflow parking and my foot was in pain. Earlier that week I had been diagnosed with tendinitis. I’m not sure if it was caused by overuse or if I just landed on my foot wrong, but the pain was so excruciating that I decided to have it checked out by my podiatrist. He gave me a cortisone shot and told me to stay off of it for a couple months. Yeah, right! You can’t tell a runner not to run before a big race weekend, though I was crushed by the diagnosis. I had been looking forward to this weekend for almost a year, so I was going to rest the rest of the week and then take it easy during the races.

So here we were at the expo, my foot hurting as we walked around. The first thing we did was go upstairs and pick up my packets. I registered for the 5k and the 10k for the weekend, so I had to go to two separate booths to pick up my packets. The lines weren’t long at all and we were in and out of there. I was pleased that I was in corral A in both races.

After packet pickup we went downstairs to get the race shirts! This is one of the things that I was looking forward to the most. Everyone who knows me knows how much I love my running clothes. There wasn’t even a line there, so I got my shirts and at that point my parents had showed up. My Mom and my sister were running the 5k with me. It would be their first. My mom went to pick up her packet and shirt and then we started exploring the expo.

Look how pleased Chris was at being there

Look how pleased Chris was at being there

My mom and I stopped at the KT tape booth. I figured it was worth a shot to have my foot taped up and see if it helped the pain. I was given proper taping instructions while my foot was being taped. When I was finished, my foot started to feel a bit better.

My foot being taped

My foot being taped

There were tons of booths to visit. It took us a couple hours to get through the floor. One of our favorite booths was the Luna bar booth. They were giving out samples of four of their bar flavors. My favorite flavor was the cookie dough. There were also booths that had different tossing games to win products and wheels to spin where everyone was a winner. At the Success Rice booth I won a paper thin sponge that expands when you wet it in water. The expo is a good place to try out different products that you normally wouldn’t think to buy first and there is plenty of shopping. Because of the weather forecast for the next morning saying it was going to be the coldest day of the year, I decided to buy a new balance shirt. I had originally planned on wearing a sleeveless shirt. The New Balance booth actually had some really nice reasonably prices shirts.

I had read beforehand that the runDisney merchandise sells out really quick. The one thing I was looking forward to buying at the expo was a tech shirt that said runDisney on it. We walked all through both runDisney areas and I didn’t seen any runDisney shirts. I didn’t want any of the Princess merchandise because most of it said Half Marathon on it and I wasn’t running the Half this year. We went back to the first area of runDisney merchandise and I saw some of the shirts I wanted, except they had every size but mine. I ended up buying it online a while later. The website only had my size; pretty big coincidence.

After we had looked at mostly everything, Chris and I decided to leave. I wanted to get enough rest before my big day tomorrow! My parents stayed there to meet my sister. She had to wait until she got off work. Before we left we took pictures!

Me after the Expo

Me after the Expo

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Can’t wait for the 10k!

My Mom excited for her first 5k

My Mom excited for her first 5k!

My sister as she was leaving the expo

My sister as she was leaving the expo