Wednesday, 23 January 2013
And although I have some lovely cold weather running gear to keep me warm it's not going to help keep me on my feet!! So, for the moment, the running is on hold but I promise first chance I get I shall be out there.
I really enjoyed reading all the tweets over the WDW Marathon weekend (10th - 13th January) and the Tinkerbell Half Marathon Weekend in Disneyland (18th - 20th January). They were truly inspiring and conjured up some wonderful images of running down Main Street USA and around Epcot in particular. Now whilst at the moment running a half marathon never mind a full marathon are outside of my comprehension I think that a 5K would be within my grasp, and if that 5K were in a Disney park what better motivation could I ask for?! Now I don't think that's going to happen any time soon but I am looking to see if there is something closer to home that I could run, and perhaps raise some money for charity at the same time. It would be nice to help the 'Make-A-Wish Foundation' as Simon and I have previously supported the WDW Radio Show's Dream Team Project in their endeavours to raise money for such a worthwhile cause.
Ironically the next time we are in a Disney park there will be a Disney running event happening but on the opposite coast to where we are! Oh well, I shall just have to add it to my list of Disney wishes :)
Besides I will still be able to complete what was my initial target of running around Lago Dorado at Coronado Springs Resort!
Wednesday, 16 January 2013
So here I sit in my cosy home, with temperatures set to drop to -9C overnight, we have half melted snow on the ground, ice on the pavements and icicles hanging off my garden shed!
|View over the fields|
Just before Christmas we had friends who were visiting WDW prior to enjoying a Disney Cruise; the morning they set off for Port Canaveral they were greeted with a car windscreen covered in frost, something they'd expect to see in England in December but the last thing they were expecting to see in 'sunny Florida'!
Back in 2008 we were lucky enough to spend 3 weeks in WDW, but towards the middle part of our stay we began to hear warnings about a tropical storm...the result being a lot of wet days! But as Brits we are always prepared...we even bring along our own rain coats (no poncho's for us)...and being British we weren't going to let a bit of rain spoil our fun!
Now I have to confess that I love the thunder storms in Florida, the short heavy downpours with amazing lightening displays, and they are as much a part of the vacation as everything else. But in 2008 the rain came down for hours at a time and one of my most lasting memories is of being at Epcot one late afternoon.
The rain had been off and on all day and it had gotten to late afternoon and we decided to take a little visit to Mexico....tacos and margaritas. So there we were at the Cantina De San Angel when the rain started again, but we were fine enjoying our Mexican feast under the umbrellas...but as the rain came down we thought we better put our rain coats on, but we stayed and kept eating.
|I wasn't going to let a little rain spoil my margarita|
|A bit wet!!|
|Even the ducks came looking for refuge!|
We then finished off the day at The Liberty Inn with a helping of apple cobbler - perfect!
|Liberty Inn - Apple Cobbler and Hot Cocoa|
Monday, 14 January 2013
So with a bit of time on my hands (well I wasn't going anywhere and as much as a run would have been lovely it really wasn't possible in this weather) I got to thinking about warmer climes and future vacations....only 218 days to WDW!!
So using my new Mickey notebook I have started my 'WDW To Do List'.
|Christmas present from Simon|
Now this list has only just started and everyone in the family has been instructed to let me know of anything that they'd like to do so that it can be a list for all of us to get excited about and involved with. It can be anything at all from perhaps insisting on that favourite ride or stopping to take the time to drink in the surroundings. So far we have;
- Stopping to look at the Mary Blair mural in the Contemporary Resort
- Completing all the miniature golf courses
- Kitchen Sink at Beaches & Cream Soda Shop
- Beauty & Beast Stage Show - not done this one in ages
- Visit to Art of Animation Resort
- Make an actual ADR (never done one before....I know!!!)
- and make it a Signature Dining experience
- ....oh and I suppose I'd better mention to ride The Tower of Terror - this is for you, Simon and Michelle!!! (I'll just add that I'm not a big roller coaster fan but I have been bullied into doing this ride by the aforementioned individuals!)
Now this is only the start of what I think may turn into a rather long 'To Do' list - what do YOU think I should add to the list?
Wednesday, 9 January 2013
So although I didn't manage to complete the jigsaw before Christmas I did manage to get it all done between Christmas and New Year, and very enjoyable it was too! It was actually a relatively easy one to complete with lots of very iconic images jumping out all over the place.
So here it is, all done.
Sunday, 6 January 2013
So although this past week, post Christmas, has been a quiet one, it is one in which has seen me get up off that sofa and out into the fresh air for two runs - second run was today, a bit grey and foggy but I got out and ran for longer than I had done on my run a few days earlier. And although I know that running during the week is going to be tricky (work and dark nights get in the way!) I am determined to make the most of the weekends.
I have spent this week reading one of my Christmas presents, Realityland by David Koenig, and so far a couple of chapters in and it is turning into a fascinating read - all about how WDW came about, the construction and its history. Once I have read all of it I shall give a little book review.
Simon has spent the week capturing some of our old home movies off VHS and old Video 8 tapes and transferring them into digital format (or something like that!). So we have been reliving WDW holidays from 1991, 1992, 1993 and 1996 and I can now watch them whenever I feel like with ease (or so I've been told!). It does mean there have been plenty of moments this week where I've been asked 'when was this?' or 'what was that called?'. Thankfully old photo albums have helped with dates and old guide books, park maps and time schedules have helped with naming rides or shows. We found some brilliant footage of a cowboy stunt show held in Frontierland some of which took place on the rooftops but I can find no details about what it was called - I would love to know if anyone out there can help? The video was taken July/August 1992!
So this coming week brings a degree of normality after the relaxation of the holidays...a few days of work followed by a night away in London...so not a bad first week to look forward to!
Wednesday, 2 January 2013
But today saw me brave the elements - a dark, grey and damp afternoon - and dust off the trainers and get outside for a run. No excuses, I had the time, the weather was as good as it was going to be and I had the clothes. Simon had bought me for my birthday in December some new running clothes - gloves, hat, leggings, cold weather top and a lovely bright pink jacket.
So off I set with no great aspirations other than to get outside and get moving again, even if that meant just a walk I would be happy with whatever I could manage. But I surprised myself, after a quick warm up walk off I jogged and you know what it wasn't as bad as I thought it was going to be. I kept giving myself little targets...get to the end of the road, pass the houses...and although I didn't run all of the time, I managed a combination of short runs and quick walks, I completed 2.35 miles in just under 37 minutes and burnt off 336 calories.
And after all as my visit to WDW is only 230 days away I need to get training in order to accomplish my little dream of being able to run around Lago Dorado at Disney's Coronado Springs Resort in the Florida sunshine!
So for anyone out there thinking about going out for that first difficult run stop thinking and just do it. Whatever you manage to do is better than doing nothing, don't compare yourself to others just do what you feel comfortable doing because the person who'll feel better for it is you!