Total Mileage Report Jan-June 2017

Total Mileage Report Jan-June 2017

As the half way mark of the year has come and gone, it’s time to report total mileage: 137.79 miles.  I’d like to see that number be higher, but I didn’t run at all the month of March due to knee pain, wedding, and mini moon.  Can’t wait to see the total miles at the end of the year!

Monthly breakdown:
Jan: 27.02
Feb: 19.67
Mar: 0
Apr: 18.16
May: 30.48
Jun: 42.46

Dopey Training officially started the last week of June.  I attempted to run Tues and Thurs and was rained out, and Saturday I was out of town visiting with friends for the holiday.  On the 4th I ran a 5k and I’m be back on track.  Let’s hope that the rain can hold off!

 

Florida Southern College

Florida Southern College

Florida Southern College
111 Lake Hollingsworth Dr,
Lakeland, FL 33801
http://www.flsouthern.edu/home.aspx

If you live in Florida, you know that it has become Seattle of the East.  It has been raining for weeks now.  Not that we’re complaining; the grass definitely needs it.  Long story short, a Saturday afternoon trip to Disney, to hotel hop, turned into another deluge with flooded roads and an accident ridden interstate.  We decided to drive back roads, for the fun of it, until my husband saw a sign for Florida Southern College.

It’s a nice place to stop for the afternoon.  The architecture is pretty cool, but at the same time a bit creepy.  Maybe it’s because the roofs are so low?  Maybe it’s the colors of some of the buildings, or all the pipes used, or maybe because it was overcast.  It’s a very pretty campus, but definitely gave off a vibe.

On the non-creepy side, this campus has cats!!!  We just happened to walk past a dorm and heard a faint meow and out pops this beautiful, friendly, black cat.  Thankfully, via Instagram, we found that these cats are all vaccinated, fixed, and well fed.  =^.^=

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Frank Lloyd Wright fountain outside the gift shop
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Water Dome
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Roof Architecture
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Inside the Chapel
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Outside the Chapel
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What a View!
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Meditation Garden
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Flowers next to the Greenhouse

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Baby Gator at the Nature Preserve
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Small Chapel

 

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Dinosaur World

Dinosaur World

Dinosaur World
5145 Harvey Tew Rd, Plant City, FL 33565
813-717-9865

Growing up going to Disney, we’ve passed Dinosaur World for years.  I’ll be the first one to admit that I think it’s the cheesiest thing ever.  And not once have I had any desire to visit.  Coworkers have told me how much they’ve enjoyed it, but you still couldn’t convince me.  I even saw a blog once where someone took their cute lil Pomeranian (it’s pet friendly) and I still wasn’t convinced.  It wasn’t until a week full of monsooning rain that I decided, “Hey, want to check out Dinosaur World?”  My husband was all in.

As our luck would have it, we arrived on an overcast, slightly drizzly afternoon, which is probably THE best way to experience Dino World.  However, if you arrive on a hot sunny day, you’ll probably be alright since the landscaping is very lush.

This outdoor theme park offers about 150 fiberglass dinosaurs of all sizes and colors, in both the land and water variety.  It also features a small museum with dinosaur bones, a guided tour (which we sadly missed), a small hut with information about Florida and dinosaurs in the area, picnic tables, and a playground for kids.

I must say, just driving through the entrance gates had me pretty excited.

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The moment you step out of the gift shop, you’re greeted with dinos.  HUGE ones.  As you progress into the park, the trees, and the bridge walkway guide you through all of the dinosaurs on display.  There’s a section for Wooly Mammoths off to the side that we almost missed, so be sure to consult the guide map.

At one point, we entered a bridged walkway where every dinosaur on display seemed to be getting eaten by another.  Disclaimer: some of it is pretty graphic.  Now, I understand that this happened in real life, but there are 6-7 different scenes of blood and gore.  And when I say gore, I mean missing eyes, blood, claw marks.  It might be graphic to small children.  Heck, it was graphic to a grown adult.  My husband said there is a warning as you enter that path—I completely missed it.

Aside from the graphic material, the place is pretty cool.  I loved the natural Florida landscape.  I loved all the fact boards placed in front of each dino.  I really loved the Florida informational hut.  All in all I was pleasantly surprised at how fun it was.  Fun enough to want to go back.

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We spent about an hour and half looking at the dinosaurs and about a half hour in the gift shop, which is massive.

Dinosaur World is located in Plant City and is just a quick drive where you’re coming from Tampa or Orlando.

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Racking in the Miles

Racking in the Miles

I know that a lot of runners set mileage goals for the year.  I’ve never considered this until recently.  With the upcoming “official” Dopey training schedule, the miles are going to add up quickly.  With every run that I complete, I add a little sticker in my planner.  Hooray Etsy!

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To date (May 30th) I’ve logged 92.9 miles.  I know this isn’t much considering we’re approaching the halfway mark of the year.  However, with bragging rights in tow, I informed my dad of the miles this year.  He’s sitting at 154.4.  (heavy sigh)  Guess I need to up my game!

Do you set mileage goals?  Feel free to comment!

Princes Half 2018

Princes Half 2018

This past February I participated in my first Disney challenge, as well as my first half marathon–Disney’s Glass Slipper challenge.  This Disney challenges is a 10k, followed by a half the following morning.  That’s 19.3 miles.  With Dopey  happening a month before Princess Weekend, I sadly accepted that I would not be able to run 48.6 miles, followed by another X miles the following month.  Emotionally–It. Really. Hurt.

I kept looking at Instagram of everyone signing up.  The “freebie” sign up for previous race weekend runners was closed–which guaranteed you a place.  The passholder sign up was closed.  And it’s been a good amount of time since it opened to the general public.  Everything, but the half is sold out.  I began looking on Instagram for any clues as to which princess it would be.  Not to mention, it’s the 10th anniversary of the half, and the 5th of the challenge (again…sold out).  After seeing tiny glimpses of crowns and roses, it appears to be Aurora, who is my all time favorite princess.  I’ve already missed out on the challenge, and that cool 5th anniversary medal.  I couldn’t miss out on celebrating Aurora, and a 10th anniversary medal.  So I made the rational, or irrational, decision to sign up for the half.  THAT’S RIGHT!  ANOTHER PRINCESS HALF MARATHON.

Since all of my favorite races are discontinued, Princess Weekend is now my favorite race weekend.  So many women out on the course, of all heights and sizes.  It’s so great to be with women, sharing the same experiences, through a race geared towards us.  Everyone is so encouraging of one another.  People don’t bark at you to get out of the way, as girls job by there’s GOOD music blasting from ear buds, everyone politely apologizes when you bump into one another.  There’s laughter, there are tears.  And everyone is experiencing the same joy.

As excited (and terrified) as I am for Dopey, I’m pretty darn stoked for princess.  Can’t wait to see who the princess is when they officially announce it!

My Glass Slipper Challenge Medals from 2017: 10k, Half, Challenge

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Switching Gears

Switching Gears

Hi readers!  Sorry for the inactivity.  Between getting engaged, buying a house, getting married, and everything in between–life has been really busy.  We haven’t been out sight seeing in quite a while.  As the summer approaches, most of you will be on amazing road trips, vacations, going to camp, having BBQs, etc.  This would be a great time for visiting off the beaten track tourist locations within the state, buuuuuuuuuuuuut, I have other plans…Dopey Challenge training!

For those of you who aren’t familiar with runDisney, the Dopey Challenge is a 4 day racing event held in January.  It includes a 5k, 10k, half marathon, and marathon.  That’s 48.6 miles.

Now, I don’t consider myself a runner in any shape, fashion, or form.  I grew up figure skating and despise running.   I walk/jog, and keep about a 13-14 minute mile pace on a good day.  Believe it or not, skating is easier than running (to me at least).

I began my running journey in the spring of 2013.  The very first time out the door took 45 minutes to walk 2 miles.  I thought…I was going…to die.  I wondered why I ever dreamed of signing up for the Disney Princess Half one day, which was the ultimate goal. That May I “ran” my first 5k at the Color Me Rad fun run.  At the time I was SO scared about not completing the course.  Looking back…the whole point was to walk or jog 3.1 miles so you could get coated in colored corn starch.  How could you not cross the finish line!?  In August of ’13 I ran an actual timed 5k at Lowry Park Zoo.  That was intimidating; seeing all the serious runners up front, stretching, chomping at the bit to get started.  I was happily in the back of the pack.

The following year was my first runDisney event–the Happy Haunted 5k trail run, which, sadly, is no more.  It wound you through Disney’s Wide World of Sports through the trail.  They had some pretty cool character stops, including the Big Bad Wolf!  From then on, I was hooked (as is everyone participating in a Disney race).  Since then I’ve run the Everest Challenge, which was a 5k followed by another 3ish miles of scavenger hunt clues, through Animal Kingdom.  I wish Disney still offered this race, it was a blast!  Two Princess 10ks, one Princess half (GOAL MET!), one Dark Side 5k, two Dark Side 10ks, the summer runDisney virtual run series, and the Lightning’s Bolt Run.

My Dad has been my running partner through this entire journey, with the exception of the two Princess 10ks.  Those are for Mom and I.  Recently, my husband participated in his first 5k–it was Star Wars themed so he was sold.  When my Dad said he was signing up for the Dopey, I couldn’t let him have all the glory!  And thus, here I am.  Googling race recaps, making running schedules, and blogging about the upcoming experience.

The training looks to be more of a chore than the actual event; jogging around the neighborhood, over and over and over to get those miles in…zzz.  Although, waking up at 3:00AM for four days in a row doesn’t sound pleasant in the least.  Training for the full marathon, you’d have to jog around the neighborhood 6.5 times (sounds fun right!?).  As nice as the winding sidewalk is, with the ponds, the trees, and squirrels and ducks, it can get a bit monotonous.  Definitely going to look for some backup trails.  Or run Bayshore Blvd 6.5 times over.

Here goes it! 🙂

Medal rack: 5k, 10k, half, marathon (blank), challenge medals

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Showcase of Citrus

Showcase of Citrus

Showcase of Citrus
5010 US-27, Clermont, FL 34714
352-394-4377

If you love Florida, oranges, local market selections, and farm animals this is the place!

Showcase of Citrus offers a variety of honey, BBQ sauce, beer, wine, and even their own wine label.  Located right off US-27, you can’t miss it!

This working citrus grove has swamp buggy tours that leave several times a day and just sit an hour. It takes you through the property and features all sorts of views of the groves, wildlife, exotics animals, and cattle.

In the market, not only can you buy his for your kitchen, adult smoothies, citrus slushes, and creamsicles, you can also purchase boiled peanuts, and chicken/animal feed. They have a farm on property with chickens, rosters, am emu, a donkey, and apparently a kangaroo ) didn’t see it though).

I highly recommend going one afternoon if you’re on the area, it’s definitely worth a stop!

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