I’m such a dork, but that title totally rhymes and I didn’t even plan it that way.
Vacations are great and all but man I have the hardest time getting back into the swing of things once I get back! I did really well before I went away.
I ran 3.1 miles 5 times in one week. June 16th, 17th, 19th, 20th and 22nd.
Then I went to Florida for a week. Got home on the 30th and haven’t logged a mile since.
It was a great trip though! My older brother and his wife and kids were going to Disney and since my mom lives in Florida she was going to hang out for a few days too. I had a free flight (Thank you Southwest points!) and since I have an annual pass, no need for park tickets. Mom was getting a hotel room anyway so I crashed the party!
My older brother lives close enough to me but with our busy lives we don’t get to hang out that much so it was fun to spend a few days with them in my favorite place! I also got to eat a few places that my hubby won’t so that was a plus!
Breakfast at 1900 Park Fare!
We stayed at All Star Movies. I don’t want to sound like a total snob, but I am generally not a Value Resort girl. I don’t have kids and the moderates aren’t that much more so we usually stay there if we don’t find a good deal on a deluxe resort. Since I wasn’t paying for the hotel, I didn’t really have a say in where we were staying. Plus this wasn’t a normal Disney trip for me. We were going to be out of our room much more than I usually am. It was a quiet room and everything was clean and all but the biggest downfall- NO coffeemaker! I like a cup in the morning and my mom has to have some or its ugly folks. SO we paid a stupid amount of money ($18?!?!) for a freaking mug to have coffee in the mornings.
I got there EARLY Tuesday morning. Flight out was 5:50 so I was at the resort by 10. Once my mom got there we checked in and waited to see where my brother and his crew were. The first day we were in Animal Kingdom and it was HOT. I love that park but its one of the hottest, IMO, because everything is outside. We had fun and my neice and nephew got to see and ride a bunch.
Wednesday was the Magic Kingdom and we had a jam packed day! It was hot, but we had a great time. We did not get on the Seven Dwarves Mine Train but that’s ok- I’ll be back soon for that. I even rode Dumbo for the first time since I was at least 8 years old! I rode then with my dad and this time with my mom so that was pretty cool.
Thursday was my most favorite park- Epcot! I know World Showcase isn’t that fun for kids but I had hoped to get them to do that Agent P thing but just our luck- it was BROKEN! That’s a bummer because they would have loved it. We resorted to Duffy and Perry on a stick
Yes this is mine.
Friday was a relaxing day for my brother and his peeps because they drive to Florida and were leaving early Saturday morning to head back home. We met up wtih them for dinner at Raglan Road (a first for me) and it was good! I had Guiness marinated ribs with a side of au gratin potatoes! Delish!
June flights weren’t that bad if you weren’t trying to leave on a weekend. The flights home on Friday, Saturday and Sunday were over $300. Monday was $120. I convinced my mom to stay until Monday so we had a few days left of our trip. AND Brian was able to fly down for Saturday and Sunday.
I’m not sure how or why it was available but I was able to snatch up a resevation at O’hana for the 3 of us on Saturday for dinner. At 5:00. Usually I only get 9:40 at night, since 5:00 popped up and we hadn’t eaten there in at least a year or so we booked it. I was not a huge fan of the lettuce wraps. Holy spicy, and the salad was better without the passion fruit but it was still a good meal and I’m glad we were able to eat there.
Sunday of course was spent back at Epcot! Lunch in Japan at our fav place- Teppan Edo and no trip is complete without a stop at La Cava de Tequila!
Best chips and Queso ever!
I also got a henna tattoo in Morocco
I came home Monday, worked 3 days and had off for Fourth of July. My body still wants to be in vacation mode! I have a few races this fall and I’m going to work on a training program for my mom and that has been getting me pretty pumped up. Lets hope it stays that way!
While in Disney with my mom, we were talking about Princess weekend next year. I run the half with her and if she wasn’t going to do it I wasn’t sure if I was. Half of the fun for me is that we get to hang out together. She really likes the 10K distance but didn’t want to downgrade from the half since she’s done that one the past few years. She wasn’t sure about Glass Slipper because she didn’t think she would be able to do both races. She even talked about doing the 5K and 10K instead.
Because these races have become so popular I planned on actually using the AP holder early registration perk for the first time ever. Been a passholder since 2007 and never registered early! There wasn’t ever the need to though so I just went with general registration.
Thankfully for me, I work at a desk on a computer so being online right at noon wasn’t a problem. I was registered by 12:02 and text my mom to let her know registration was open. She was having internet issues- always drama I tell ya- and had trouble getting the website to load. It took a few minutes but we are both now registered to run the Glass Slipper Challenge! I am so excited that she decided to register for both races. I am going to work up a training program for her and hopefully she will stick to it and have a fun weekend.
I will say that the price went up quite a bit from last year. I pulled my payment info from Glass Slipper 2014 and I paid $288 for the race, two pins and the processing fees. This year the race alone was $295. Pins are $16 each and the processing fee was almost $20. I skipped the pins and just paid for the race. $314. That’s quite an increase. runDisney races are expensive and I love these races which is why I continue to pay and do them but holy wow…that hurt my bank account! I’m glad they offer early registration for AP and DVC holders though. Definitely a nice perk and I’m happy to be done with it because it was stressful! And…I will be away next Tuesday with limited cell phone access and NO internet so unless I planted myself in a Dunkin’ Donuts right at noon I don’t know if I would have been around to regsiter and I’m sure it will sell out fast!