I had a dope time, yo

While I guarantee I will be referring to my weekend again in future posts I think this will be the last in the Dopey series (1, 2, 3, 4).  I’m sure you want to thank me for moving onto a different subject matter.

run!
run!

I’m really happy I took on this challenge.  It was a huge confidence boost and brought back many of those “I love running” feelings that can sometimes get lost in a majorly long training cycle.  Yes, I started rebuilding my foundation back in May or June and then started training around July.  Those are some long months!

all the medals!
all the medals!

Here are some of the highlights:

1.  Met Amanda from Too Tall Fritz!  Well, ambushed her actually but those are just semantics

a celebrity siting!
a celebrity siting!

2.  Went over to Animal Kingdom lodge where I had my tasty mouse head waffle and checked out the animals.  It’s great – you can see some of the animals you would see on the safari tour without having to go to the Animal Kingdom park.

giraffes are the best
giraffes are the best

3.  Discovered the Mickey head ice cream sandwich.  Also very good and cute to boot.

this was very good regardless of the shape!
this was tasty regardless of the shape!

4.  Disney kind of slacked on the Dopey merchandise and early expo attendees wiped them out of the stock they did have (I mean in about 4 hours).  They had tech shirts left but I wasn’t interested since I already had one.  I finally found a light sweatshirt from Raw Threads, which I love.  Also in Downtown Disney Hanes has a design your own shirt so I created a long sleeve Dopey one.  It was super speedy and they have a ton of different characters.  Disney did come through afterward though and I found a (cotton) shirt online and yes, I already ordered it.

the sweatshirt is from raw threads
the sweatshirt is from raw threads
this is the shirt I made!
this is the shirt I made!

5.  I took advantage of the fun atmosphere.  Disney races are geared toward all-level athletes and it is a good time with no pressure – well, aside from the pressure you place on yourself!

my namesake restaurant in downtown disney!
my namesake restaurant in downtown disney!

6.  The race snacks weren’t anything extravagant but they did have these rice chips and little things of cheese.  This became the absolute yummiest thing in the entire world.

dopey snacks7.  Running in costume is so fun!  People are so freakin’ creative and I loved seeing what everyone came up with.  Mine was fairly simple but thanks to Sparkle Athletic, Running Skirts, Pro Compression, Aspaeris and some RockTape, I was running in style.

cleaning my costume in my room - much better than being all smelly
cleaning my costume in my room – much better than being all smelly

8.  It was warm.

beautiful view and no snow!
beautiful view and no snow!

9.  I’m obsessed with all things Dopey.  Luckily, I didn’t let this overtake my pocket-book but it was close!

dopey is just so cute!
dopey is just so cute!

10.  Iced mochas are tough to come by outside of the parks.  There aren’t coffee shops in the resorts, which really surprised me.  So future race attendees not visiting parks, you can score a good (naturally expensive) espresso drink right outside of the ticket areas of Epcot.  You do have to go through bag check but then it’s fairly close.  For me, it was totally worth the cash!

my view from the coffee hut
my view from the coffee hut

11.  I’m not quite sure on how much money I spent but doing a Disney race certainly isn’t the cheapest option when it comes to racing.  As I was walking to Epcot after the marathon, a security guard asked me if I would be returning next year.  I told him, to ask me after my body had recovered!  Honestly, I won’t be back next year.  There are a lot of other races I want to do and Disney kind of saps my race budget.  Nevertheless, I am so happy I could take advantage of this opportunity and was actually able to save for it!

I so wanted to keep this space blanket... but I didn't
I so wanted to keep this space blanket… but I didn’t

10.  Simon has decided I can’t go anywhere for a good long while.

dopey simonI am so grateful for this experience!  I’m grateful for all of the support, encouragement and confidence from all of you and my other friends and family.  There were times when those “you got this” were what kept me going!  Thank you!

now 26.2? what a dopey idea

Did you know there is a handle in the porta potty hooked to the door to hold onto while doing your business??  I had no idea!  I was quiet Sunday morning thinking about what was ahead of me.   As we gathered at the porta potties for our last race, we were all talking about nerves.  Almost falling in the porta potty (again) made me even more nervous and I told my friends this.  They asked me why I hadn’t held onto the handle?  This was race-changing folks!

only 26.2 miles to go!
only 26.2 miles to go!

At the start line, I was freezing cold.  It was a chilly morning and I was happy as a clam.  We all knew it was going to be much cooler than the day before and I was thrilled.  I sat and chatted with a woman who was doing the Goofy and we talked running for about a half hour.

oooo - pretty! now RUN!
oooo – pretty! now RUN!

An even bigger set of fireworks exploded and the first group was off!  At this point, I realized I had to go the bathroom again.  I had time to run to the porta potty but I thought maybe I was just nervous and I wouldn’t need to pee anymore once I started running.  Plus I hate porta potties so I didn’t want to use it if I didn’t really have to.  Unfortunately, I overestimated my bladder and I had to stop even before I hit mile 1!  Great job, Aim! But the handle sure was helpful!

dopey marathon signI used the same strategy as the last three races and made sure to walk once a mile.  I used the water stops a lot and also walked any hills despite them not being very steep.  My legs were sore and at the start of the race I seriously questioned whether or not I could pull this off.  Five miles in, I knew I would finish.

it really helps with moral to have a giant mouse cheer for you
it really helps with moral to have a giant mouse cheer for you

The day before, I found some flat ground in the grass along side the road and since it was a similar course for the full I did the same thing.  It allowed me to get in a zone in many areas of the race and I could just run.  It was hugely helpful – physically and mentally.  My pace was pretty even and I felt more and more confident.  All of a sudden I completely believed I was a STRONG runner.

Mile 14 changed my race and my running future.  When I saw the mile marker I said to myself, “I only have 12 miles left!!”.  Last year?  “Oh my gosh, I still have 12 miles left”.  The difference between the words “only” and “still” is the best example I have of my strong mental attitude.  My  quads were tight and hurting.  My feet were sore, my left calf was irritated and I was more and more excited about this race and distant running as a whole!  It’s completely twisted.

race/game/life changer!
race/game/life changer!

I took some fun pics – Rafiki is my little zen master and last year when I saw this army guy I wanted to punch him in the face.  It was nice not to hate him this year!

rafiki and I sharing a zen moment
rafiki and I sharing a zen moment
he was pretty funny!
he was pretty funny!

The woman who brought the cups of Pepsi was back (tasted fabulous!) and another woman brought pretzels.  I love taking treats from strangers during a race!  I took another picture of the castle so I could completely take in the moment.  My new motto became, “it’s going to hurt anyway, so I might as well go for it”.  I would select something in the distance and run to the point and then walk a certain amount.  I stuck to these mini goals like glue.

once again, chills as I ran through
once again, chills as I ran through

My average pace was approximately 14 mins for the first half and a little over 14 mins for the second half.  I really owe all of my solid pacing to the treadmill, which I no longer hate with a passion.  I hit the medical tents for BioFreeze 3 or 4 times, was able to get 1 Tylenol (they were really strict about this), went through every water stop, and took advantage of the two banana stations.  They also had a cold wet wash cloth station and incredible volunteers.  I finished in 6 hours and 2 mins!  I crossed the finish line and started crying.  I truly had a good time the entire race.  I felt tough and ran through the muscle fatigue and the hurt.  I was/am so stinkin’ proud of myself!

wahooo!
wahooo!

I collected all of my medals, took a massively cheesy finisher picture and headed to the ice tent.  They wrapped my quads and I waddled out to our meeting area.  I was waiting for friends and then kind of forgot I had the ice on my legs for about 45 mins maybe?  It wasn’t until my friend asked me why my knee was turning blue that I took the ice off and noticed my numb legs.  I gave myself a minor case of frostbite!  It’s no joke!  I got a ripe ol’ sunburn and frostbite in the same day.  By the way, my legs are still kind of numb so take it from me and be careful when icing.

this wasn't my smartest move
this wasn’t my smartest move

Oh and right when I got to the meeting area I had to ask a stranger to help me sit down!  My legs were incapable of doing it on their own.  Once we had all of our team in, we took pics and I headed off for coffee.  Seriously, knowing an ice cold mocha awaited me was a huge motivator.  I did forgo activities in the evening as I was beat.  Just getting off of the bed to pack was an effort!

oooo - shiny!
lots of shiny!

I really am looking forward to my next marathon.  When I was running, I kept thinking about how lucky I was/am to participate in such a cool event.  I thought about how just 8 months ago I was so depressed getting out of bed was my accomplishment.  I remembered how I had to rebuild mileage and the love and support I’ve gotten from so many people.  Endorphins + feelings of gratefulness is some powerful stuff people!  Thank you all!

dopey 1/2…this was the real challenge

Saturday morning I woke up yet again at 2-something am.  I was tired, grumpy and nervous.  Since I was feeling blue, my mental game was off as well.  Knowing this, I had some concern about the upcoming Donald Duck 1/2 marathon.

c'mon donald - I need your rebel spirit for this run!
c’mon donald – I need your rebel spirit for this run!

The start line was a different experience than the last two races.  There was still a ton of energy but there was a higher level of seriousness than the other two.  I was back in corral “L” and they went to “P”.  I should have left about a 1/2 hour earlier as I had to stand in line for the buses and then book it to the start line.  Part of this was just a perceived sense of urgency since once I got there this is what I found:

dopey sitting 1/2
everyone was sitting around and I joined in – it was a good idea

All of the races had staggered starts and it was going to be about a half hour before we started (not to mention there was still about a half hour before the start on top of this) so I rested up a bit as well.  As we got closer to the race start, I realized I was starving.  Then it started to rain a bit and it was definitely warmer than the other two days.  See what I mean about being grumpy?

the 1/2 is the first time running through the magic kingdom!
the 1/2 is the first time running through the magic kingdom!

With a bigger set of fireworks (than the other races) we were off!  In some of the literature, it suggested walking almost the whole 1/2 in order to be ready for the full the next day.  I respect this suggestion but I didn’t want to be out there for that long.  I hadn’t been running long before the humidity became more and more pronounced.  I stopped for a pic of the pirate ship

dopet pirate ship
blurry pic but I love my pirate stuff

and of course THE CASTLE!  The 1/2 and the full are the only races where you run through Cinderella’s castle and it is fantastic.  Cheesy?  Maybe but both days I got goose bumps as I ran through main street with the castle in the distance and then actually running through it.  It IS magical!  As are the crowds who line main street and cheer and high-five you as you run through.  I soaked all of this up and it totally dissolved my crabbiness.

I kind of felt like a celebrity!
I kind of felt like a celebrity!

Disney is more than prepared for the heat though and the water stops were aplenty.  In both the 1/2 and the full there was a water stop at almost every mile and a bunch of medical tents.  In preparation for this challenge, I figured the full would be my soul-sapping race.  I didn’t give enough credit/respect to the previous two races and by mile 6, I wanted to be finished.  I was surprised by how my legs were fatigued more than I would have imagined.  My plan was to walk once every mile and I stuck with this plan but man, I was getting tired!

I’m sure a major part of this fatigue was the humidity and heat.  Wow!  Thankfully, it wasn’t overly sunny and there was a breeze that would hit every once in a while – yay!  But I was dripping sweat.  I mean, sweat was dripping from my elbows!  Part of my Dopey costume consisted of arm sleeves.  I pushed these down and tried to use them to wipe my face but the sparkle wasn’t very absorbent!

isn't funny how a shiny medal makes you forget the pain?
isn’t funny how a shiny medal makes you forget the pain?

I started running a bit faster – I ran negatives splits even.  I knew this wasn’t a wise idea, I knew I had 26.2 miles to run the next day and none of this could make me run smarter.  I will say, I drank a water bottle full of nuun and I took water at every station and powerade when I ran out of nuun.  I brought my Honey Stinger gummies with me and ate those as well.  I hit a GU stop and because I was feeling hungry and tired I took a mocha GU.  This did NOT settle well!  At this point, I thought I might throw up, was crazy hot and just ran faster to get to the finish line.

The cool part?  I got to give Minnie a high-five at the finish line!  Oh yes, I was beyond geeked about this and might even buy this picture.  I pushed my epilepsy a bit too much at the end and had to rest after the race.  The funny thing?  I was so bloated when I got back that my stomach was pushing against my tshirt for a little while!  I drank more and more water and thankfully the bloat went away.

dopey 1/2 finish
I was so happy to be done! I didn’t care that I would hurt the next day, I wanted to give it a really solid effort!

While passing mile markers, I used the clock to estimate my pace.  I was doing 13 something per mile.  My goal became a three hour finish time.  Due to my desire to be done and the possibility of regurgitating a GU, I finished in 2:50.  I knew I would probably regret this on Sunday but I had an iced mocha to drink, a nap to take and some food to eat!

this coffee was tough to find but made me feel right as rain!
this coffee was tough to find but made me feel right as rain!

I’m a dope!

Wahooo!  I completed the Dopey Challenge!

we are all sore, tired, sweaty, smelly and HAPPY!
we are all sore, tired, sweaty, smelly and HAPPY!

I am extremely proud and exhausted.  I can’t believe I actually did the challenge – I feel like it’s something I talked about forever but ultimately, it would be out of my reach.  Proving to myself differently has been an incredible confidence boost – not just in running; in all areas of my life!

dopey medal
these banners were outside of the expo – I wanted that dopey one!

My alarm went off at 3 am Thursday morning.  I got a wake-up call and they play Disney music.  It’s kinda cute – or at least would be cuter at a more decent hour!  The 5k is a family oriented race so it starts at the reasonable hour of 6:30 am.  You have to be in your corrals really early for all of the races though so we left our rooms at 4:15 am.

dopey 5k running
view during the 5k (thankfully a friend took some of these fun shots!)

I brought a jar of peanut butter and some english muffins.  When I got to the hotel, I was very surprised to find they didn’t have a coffee shop.  They had a market place but it was hot coffee only.  The night before, I bought some chocolate milk and the hot coffee and did my best to create some caffeine magic.

dopey coffee
the first day, it was passable. by the fourth day this was delicious

I want to say, the person who sang the national anthem for the 5k did such an impressive job.  I was really moved – she just belted it out!  You could hear the pride in her voice.  In fact, I get chills remembering it!

The 5k was crowded for sure and a lot of fun.  We all ran together for this one and we took it easy.  Our finish times were around 45 mins.  We stopped for pics along the way and also added in a couple of walk breaks.  The walk breaks were mostly around bottle neck areas!  The run is through Epcot and it was a great time.

3 mile shot!
3 mile shot!

This was the inaugural 10k event – the Minnie Mouse 10k.  It was JAM-PACKED!  In fact, I heard some individuals who signed up for the Dopey just so they could run the 10k but maybe these were rumors.

dopey 10k
sort of in front of the start line!

Anyway, this was another laid back race.  I love the 10k distance and was excited.  Naturally, I dressed in Minnie attire – as did about a million other people and it was a fun atmosphere.  In fact, on our way to the bus in the morn, another hotel guest took our picture – it was cute.  This race started at 5:30 am and we left for the bus at 4 am.  My walk up call came at 2:50 am and there was a part of me that wanted to run super fast so I could come back home and sleep!

dopey group 10k
group shot! lots of minnies!

My 10k time was an hour and 27 mins.  Again, a relaxed pace with some walk breaks thrown in there.  I took some character pictures as well and soaked up all of the energy and sites from the park.  Last year, the marathon finished up in Epcot but I hated everything and didn’t notice.  This time, I looked around and didn’t wear headphones for the 5k or 10k.  I wanted to have FUN!  This may sound odd since it should be a given since I was in Disney and all but I had to focus on it in order to not think “I should be running faster”.  10k’s are my sweet spot, long enough for me to build up speed and finish strong but short enough to blow all of my energy so I wanted to go faster.  I’m so happy I didn’t because EVERYONE cheers for you – love it!

-4
I was so happy my bib made it through both races! two medals down, 4 to go!

For both races, the atmosphere was pretty relaxed and high with energy.  They had fireworks at both starts for each corral.  Disney does this right!  It  makes every corral feel special, no matter if they are 6 min pacers or 16 min.  Everyone is congratulatory and people wear their medals all over the parks and Downtown Disney.  I think this is odd but also fun.  It is such a CELEBRATION!  That’s another thing I love, how running is royalty for the weekend!

After the 10k we hit up Downtown Disney and then dinner.  The funny part was, we were starving around 4 pm!  I completely lost track of time and days considering the ridiculously early wake up calls!  The weather was good for the 5k and 10k and thankfully, it only sprinkled a bit during the 10k and the downpour didn’t start until later in the day.

dopey - all in legos. amazing
dopey – all in legos. amazing

I felt good after both races.  The arch in my right foot was kind of announcing itself which meant my ankle and knee also wanted some attention.  I stretched really well afterward, became besties with Tiger Balm and I took an ice bath after each race.  I also brought my Tiger Tail with me and an extra pair of compression socks.

dopey ice bath
ice baths… even after all of them this weekend, they didn’t get easier!

I know this might seem over the top for these distances but I wanted to give my legs as much of a shot as possible.  I’m glad I did it.  Maybe only the stretching was helpful but mentally, I felt I repaired as much as I could.

Oh!  I ordered pizza through room service on Wed night and didn’t realize 15′ diameter is HUGE!  It was a yummy pre-race meal (for a couple of days!).  However, I tried some chicken and fries the night before the 10k.  This is what we call a “mistake”!  All in all, I enjoyed both the 5k and 10k!

dopey pizza
the pizza box – dumb pic? probably but everything is just so darn cute!

reeeecaaaap – amy vs. disney world 26.2

WDW - mickey, donald, goofy

Saturday morning I headed to the expo courtesy of a million (or 3) shuttle buses.  On the way there we could see the 1/2 marathoners running toward the finish line and my stomach dropped to my knees.  The expo was held at Disney’s ESPN Wide World of Sports and it was huge!  I got inside, was able to print my waiver (I forgot mine in the hotel) and was on my way to pick up my packet.

hmmm - should I have taken this as a sign?  literally and figuratively?  saw this as I was waiting to get to the expo!
hmmm – should I have taken this as a sign? literally and figuratively? saw this as I was waiting to get to the expo!

Packet pick up was fairly quick – if you don’t want to look through anything else.  With transportation each way and a few minutes perusing the expo it took me about 2 hours.  I also took some time to grab some Mouse gear – a cutie hoodie, shirt with a list of where we would be running on the back and then a visor since I forgot mine.  I also signed up for fb alerts and for my sis to get texts at mile markers.

at this point, this felt a bit ominous!
at this point, this felt a bit ominous!

Saturday night I went to sleep at about 10 pm.  I had leftover pizza for dinner (my pre-race meal of choice) and set my alarm for 2:15 am!  Luckily, I laid out all of my clothes and got my bag ready for my fam to bring with them the next day before sleeping.  In the “morning” I showered and finished getting ready.  I wore my sparkle skirt and this feeling of, “I’m a runner” came over me.  My good friend picked me up at 3:20 and we were off.  He was staying at a Disney hotel so we went there and I got in line for the shuttle bus to the start.  Get this, I didn’t arrive to bag check area until 4:35 am!  From here, it was quick – bag check, horrifying experience with the porta-potty, a search for a band-aid and a walk to corral D.

Then we were off!  It was humid already and everyone was sweating in the pre-dawn hours.  Oh and it got to be 80* and 90% humidity.  Lots of people had costumes on, there were fireworks and TONS of enthusiasm.  My pace was slow and steady – around 12:34 per mile.  I felt okay but I could also tell I was tired.  If a marathon was 8 miles, I would have been golden!

wtf florida?!  couldn't you have cooled just a bit for this sucker?
wtf florida?! couldn’t you have cooled just a bit for this sucker?

Oh!  I don’t remember the mile marker but running through the Cinderella castle was fabulous – seriously.  We approached it from off to the side in a parking lot and it just sort of glowed in the early morn.  They have it covered with lights to mimic snow (seriously, it was bloody hot at this point in time so I found it ironic) and it was so beautiful, I almost stopped to simply stare.  I loved running through it!!

WDW - Cinderella castle

WDW - spectators in front of the castle
another one – I can’t resist! see all the awesome crowd support? (pics courtesy of runDisney)

After mile 8 I had to start talking myself down from quitting at the half.  All I could think about were the miles that were ahead of me and it was wearing me down.  I got to the 1/2 way point and I swear, just getting there seemed to take a monumental effort!  Mile 15-ish a bystander had some ice-cold Coke and I got a dixie cup of it – oh my gosh, most incredible Coke ever!  I also ate a mini Luna bar since I was pretty hungry at this point.  There was a Clif GU station somewhere around here too where I tried Vanilla flavored – pretty good!

The Coke and Luna bar gave me a boost and then we ended up around the Wide World of Sports.  We zig-zagged through here for 4 miles.  I lost part of my will to live at this point!  We got sponges soaked in water at mile 17 (which I wore on my head for a bit) and bananas.  As we ran over the marker for the last 10k, we were in a professional baseball stadium, which looking back on it was totally neato.  I took my last good race photo and then wanted to curl in the fetal position and cry.

last pic where I look coherent
last pic where I look coherent

The last 6.2 cooked me – literally and figuratively.  I got a bit of heat stroke (the chills set in) along this and it was a boring part of the course.  We didn’t get back to the parks until mile 23 if I remember correctly.  I also walked more than I ran, which is ego-busting.  Crowd support was amazing though and people cheered for me no matter how pathetic I looked!  When I saw my fam, I almost went over to them and just quit!  They were cheering so loudly though and looked so proud so I kept going.

WDW - suffering

Finally, I made it.  Oh man… it took forever!  6:14 to be exact.  I crossed the finish line (actually running), got my kick ass medal and then meandered through the chute toward the food/bag check.  I was stopped by a medic who encouraged me to drink the Powerade that had been given to me.  I think I moaned out something about not being able to open it!  He opened it for me and then chatted me up for a while.  I tried to leave 2 times before he finally let me go on the third try.  Apparently, I looked as bad as I felt!  Then I hit up the fans that were spraying water – best things ever, a bag of ice that I plunked on my head and made my way toward my fam.  They actually hugged me!  I was disgusting!

yep, I'm an arm-lifter at finish lines!
yep, I’m an arm-lifter at finish lines!

I hit up both banana stops, the medic tents x3 (vaseline and sun screen) and every single water station.  I think there were stations at every other mile – thank goodness!  Fan support was fantastic and Disney went out of their way to make ALL of us feel special for running.  The race was fiercely organized and the volunteers were a plenty and super helpful.  There were two GU stations and one Tylenol station – yay!

The cons would be: 1) the expense.  This race isn’t cheap and it doesn’t include a park ticket.  It would have been awesome if it even included a base ticket that you could upgrade.  2) If you don’t stay in a Disney hotel, it IS more difficult to get to the race and creates some anxiety.  3) There are A LOT of people and someone said it was kind of cheesy.  I didn’t feel this way but I understand how this type of race isn’t for everyone.

All that being said, a couple of us are seriously considering soldiering on for a rematch next year!  And we want to kick it up a notch – the Goofy Challenge!  Wahoo!  Again, it’s pricey – about $300 for both (kind of ridiculous) but I would love to say I was able to do it.  I’m incredibly proud of myself and do feel I “kicked some Disney butt!”

smiling and truly exhausted!
smiling and truly exhausted!

the quick and the dirty

Goooooooood morning sore body!!!

Hello from chilly MI!  I got back into town yesterday and it was quite the abrasive welcoming considering it was above 80* when I left Florida.  I must admit, I was a bit happy for the cold weather for about 15 mins.  Global warming freaks me out.

I’ve stopped and started this post a few times.  I’ve realized I am a bit overwhelmed that I ran another marathon.  I am dealing with both positive and negative feelings so I want to simply get the big things off my chest.

1.  I finished the Disney World Marathon in 6 hours and 14 mins.

runDisney - a chalk drawing, cool, huh?
runDisney – a chalk drawing, cool, huh?

2.  It was 80 degrees out and 90% humidity.

3.  I have never wanted to drop out of a race as much as I wanted to quit during this one.

4.  My family got to see me run!!

my niece took this pic as I passed them!  so happy they were there!
my niece took this pic as I passed them! so happy they were there!

5.  Everyone wore their medals around the whole weekend!  This was strange to me but fun at the same time.  HUGE amounts of support and well wishes from everyone – participants, volunteers, and Disney staff.

6.  Water stops galore manned by some of the nicest volunteers ever.

7.  I think I am going to lose the toenail on my left big toe.  My toenails are painted so I’m not sure but this is how it feels at the moment.

8.  I completely lost confidence and faith in myself during these 26.2 miles.

9.  I will never again go into a race this under trained again.

10.  Minimal chaffing for the win!  No bloody boobs!

11.  Fireworks at the start of every corral were really inspiring.

pic from runDisney facebook page
pic from runDisney facebook page

12.  So much support from all of you, friends and family!  What a treat!  I loved it and it supported me through my mental meltdown.

13.  I almost fell INTO an porta-potty hole.  It was so scary.  There is more to the story but the porta-potty was on a hill, I closed the door too quickly and lost my balance.  I would have fallen in arm and head first.  I only ended up slicing my finger open – it was too close for comfort.

Anyway, I fully intend to do a recap of the Disney World marathon as well as some fun stories from my trip.  It was a whirlwind for sure and I am completely and utterly exhausted.  I had such a blast with my family!  When I first signed up I was planning on going on my own.  But having them with me made it so much more special!

smiling and truly exhausted!
smiling and truly exhausted!  my sis made the great sign!