What is the present-tense of pantsed? Is it “pantses?” That doesn’t seem right. Hmmm…
Oh, post-marathon run-free, guilt-free week. You come but three times a year of late, but you are so loved. Until we meet again.
If you call driving back to Maryland from NC restful. It’s really not that bad until you hit northern Virginia, in which case you may as well be in hell.
Yes, on the first day of spring it snowed sufficiently to earn Pat and I a day off work. And beautifully timed, too, as since it was rest week I didn’t need to stress about missing any training runs to weather. I wish it had lasted longer.
I had to work late, so I took a midday break to take a long walk. Fun fact: there is a Saks Fifth Avenue a two mile walk from my apartment. You know, in case I ever need one in an emergency.
– Run Eat Repeat offers an extremely related tale of food struggles and redemption. Hit very close to home for me.
– Walt Disney World For Grownups shares the inspiring story of how DNF at the Princess Half was still worthwhile…
– … while Just Me & My Running Shoes considers what those terms mean for us as runners.
– Living A Disney Life makes a super-cute spring wreath, Disney style.
– Babes In Disneyland puts together surprise envelopes to pepper a Disney trip.
– Main Street Gazette laments the curtailing of attraction length.
Alas, the day has come: this is my last post for my December 2017 trip report. Now comes the long dark stretch between now and November’s Wine & Dine Half trip.
But why dwell on such tragedies when there is delicious food and drink to be had? My friends, we now return to Jock Lindsey’s Hangar Bar at Disney Springs. Is my mom an Indiana Jones fan? No she is not! Nevertheless I dragged her in for a late lunch because it’s a great bar and I wanted some SOFT PRETZELS, DAMMIT.
We’ll get there. First, can we take a moment to admire the holiday decor on the patio?
One of these days I’ll sit in the famed diving bell booth, but so far I’ve been happy to march through the otherwise lauded themeing of the main bar straight to the cool breezes and beautiful sites of the lakeside outdoor seating. Funnily enough, we wound up at the exact same table Pat and I sat at last time, right by the prop radio that occasionally calls in a plane or two.
On to the comestibles! For drinks, I committed a blogging sin as I so often do: I got the same drink I had during my last trip. But none of the seasonal beverages caught my eye, and the Anything Goes is so good, guys! Made with lime, passion fruit, pineapple juices, and dragon fire spirit, this cocktail is fruity without being cloying and spicy from the alcohol. And look how pretty:
This time around we also got some food, and that’s brand new! My mom got the vegetarian fritters, which are currently described as “veggies” but I’m 95% sure when we were there the fritters were specifically sweet potato. She was pleased with her selection. I tried a bite and found the fritters a little lacking in spice, but then I like it a bit spicy (see drink selection above).
I went with the famed Air Pirate’s Pretzels, served in an adorable wire airplane with grain mustard and beer cheese fondue on the side. While the argument that these are too expensive is valid, they’re soooo tasty. The pretzels are soft with just a hint of salt, the mustard seems homemade, and the beer cheese is of course delicious. Way into it.
Although no one seems to be fully able to explain to me why Disney chose to theme an Indy bar to such an obscure character, I’m a fan of Jock Lindsey’s so far. I can’t wait to go back and try new things! (Yes, maybe even a new drink.) (Maybe.)
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Hey, remember a couple years ago when the Wine & Dine Half was made into a morning race? And runDisney introduced the Two Course Challenge and I was like, pssssh, AS IF. And then I punched Lumiere DIRECTLY IN THE FACE.
It’s been quite an eventful week for running – I ran a marathon, then I signed up for more races – not only Wine & Dine (more on that later), but also the Marine Corps Marathon! How? The MCM race organizers unexpectedly provided a “rush” option Wednesday morning, releasing 11,000 guaranteed registrations, and I snagged one. Once again, I’m gonna run with the Marines!
Workout log, prove I can do it:
Sunday | ran 6.01 miles outside in 60 minutes
I was hoping Moon could join me for a post-bachelorette 10K, but alas, she had to
ship up to drive back to Boston.
Monday | walked 2.08 miles outside in 35 minutes
Tuesday | ran 5.21 miles outside in 55 minutes; 60 minute ballet class
Wednesday | ran ran 3.29 miles outside in 35 minutes
One final pre-marathon jaunt.
Thursday | walked 2.01 miles outside in 35 minutes
And then I packed for my marathon weekend trip!
Friday | rest
Drove down to Wilmington. I started in the early Maryland morning at 36 degrees, and by the time I hit NC I had my air conditioning on. It. Was. AWESOME.
I drove straight to UNCW for packet pickup, where the man who gave me my bib did a double-take at the second line. Look, if you’re going to ask me to “show my school spirit” at registration and then make the field mandatory, you’d better be prepared for the truth.
The expo itself was otherwise unremarkable – I was there about an hour after opening and it seemed like people were still setting up their booths. I didn’t spend much time there, but did stop for a free can of an energy drink called Sunshine that I actually very much enjoyed. Plus I really needed the hydration!
After the expo I rolled over to my parents’ place to prep. And then…
Sunday | Wrightsville Beach Marathon, official time 4:33:06
– Elbowglitter ponders mental health and how exercise alone might not be the answer.
– I Run For Wine can help you fuel up for your next race.
– easyWDW performs a thorough exploration of the Magic Kingdom’s menu changes.
– The Tomorrow Society considers Disney parks and their place in the consumer landscape.
– On a similar note, The Disney Tourist blog wonders if Disney is relying too much on banked fan goodwill.
– Disney In Your Day got to attend an official Toy Story Land preview event.
– Getting hitched in WDW? This Fairy Tale Life has some tips and tricks to know.
– Living A Disney Life offers an insider look at the Disney College Program.
And now for a tale of triumph! Comparatively speaking!
|Do you think anyone wants to take a roundhouse kick to the face while I’m wearing these pants?!|
This Saturday, I embark upon a historic milestone: my tenth marathon.
I had planned to begin this post with a joyous “I’M REGISTERED FOR WINE & DINE!!!” but alas, it is not to be – if you haven’t already heard, registration has been delayed. Unknown as to why, but supposedly more information will be released later this week. In my heart of hearts, I want it to be because they’re changing it back into a night race… but I doubt it. All I can do is keep an eye out for the new registration date. Happy Pi Day or whatever.
And I was exhausted afterward. No idea why. Low level cold, maybe? I did plow my way through several sneezing fits.
I was frickin’ FREEZING during my walk. Whatever happened to March coming in like a lamb?
Running around DC with my girl Moon! Why? For her bachelorette party, of course! We went to Kramer Books and had dinner at a pretty sweet restaurant complete with a champagne toast and awww, remember when Moon and I used to blog together? Good times, good times.
– Living A Disney Life offers tips for running Disney for the knocked up among us. (I cannot relate but maybe you can?)
– WDW for Grownups can help you survive the insanity that is spring break at WDW.
– This Fairy Tale Life performs a thorough investigation of DCA’s Food & Wine Festival.
– Disney In Your Day has a lunch at AKL’s Sanaa because Sanaa is AWESOME.
– The Main Street Gazette enjoys a meal at the Brown Derby Lounge. One of my favorites!
– EPBOT eats lunch in Pandora.