Thinking about fueling…

After this week our training plan for the Wine and Dine half starts ramping up the mileage on the long runs pretty quickly. 10k is the furthest we have run so far and whilst I didn’t need any extra fuel during that run I was pretty parched afterwards and consumed (rather quickly) a lot of chocolate milk/jelly beans! So i’ve been thinking the past few days about the best way to ‘fuel’ during the long training runs and the half marathon and reading a lot of reviews and opinions from different people in the process.

I have read a lot about gels, but these really don’t appeal to me as I think they will a) upset my stomach and b) go EVERYWHERE (I won’t be able to stand it if I end up getting all sticky whilst i’ve still got miles of running left to do!) Initially I wanted to just take a Mars Bar with me to eat half way through whilst taking a little walking break, but the realisation that Florida is WARM soon put an end to that when I realised it would end up just being a sticky mess!

So today Gideon picked up some of these…..

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Yup! Clif Bars! We have some chocolate chip ones, some blueberry ones and some white chocolate and macadamia nut ones. A bar fits nicely in my flip-belt and in theory we should be able to nibble on them throughout the run during some of the walk breaks!

Once we start hitting those big miles i’ll let you know how the testing goes! But if you have any suggestions of other things to try please let us know in the comments below, we are always up for hearing fellow runners advice!

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He’s back!!!

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Gideon’s back in training!! Today was his first run since his shoulder dislocation four weeks ago and it wasn’t too shabby!! We covered 2.25 miles in just under 30 mins using nice easy run/walk intervals of 1 minute running and 45 seconds walking to ease him back in!

Aside from a little achy-ness which is to be expected the run went off without any issues woohoo! Feels so good to have my running buddy back! Now to spend the next 101 days before the half marathon training hard!!

Weekly training recap: Mon 19th July – Sun 25th July

Another week down on the road to the Wine and Dine Half Marathon! It’s crazy how quickly the summer is going. My count down to Disney app is showing 102 days until we leave for Florida… so close to double figures!! Yet that’s actually a pretty scary thought as it means we’ve only got 104 days left to get up to a standard where we can run 13.1 miles!

on the bright side my training buddy hubby will be back in action on Tuesday!! As next week in the schedule is quite light training wise, we figured it would be a good time for him to try out running again and see if the shoulder can take it without feeling too uncomfortable! Fingers crossed, because running alone is seriously starting to suck! I don’t mind it now and again, in fact I find it quite refreshing, but every run by yourself is just boring! I need company!

So this week I managed 1 of my 2 scheduled maintenance runs and my longer weekend run (bar the last .2 miles – will explain later). It could be worse I guess, but it was just sheer laziness that made me miss the 2nd midweek run… BAD BAD AMY!

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Monday:

Rest day

Tuesday:

30 minute maintenance run. Covered 2.55 miles with an average pace of 11’45” per mile! – This was a good run, faster than i’ve gone in a while thanks to some much loved cloud cover! And it was my hilly route so i’m pretty pleased with this one!

Wednesday:

Rest day

Thursday:

Ahhh Thursday… the day of my 2nd scheduled maintenance run. Weather was fine, I felt fine, I even finished work at 2pm so it’s not as if I was lacking time…. I was just lazy, plain lazy, that’s all there is too it! BAD BAD AMY!

Friday:

Could have done yesterdays run today…. again lazy!

Saturday:

Rest day

Sunday:

4 mile ‘long run’ scheduled. Covered 3.82 miles with an average pace of 12’39” per mile. I mapped this route on my map run before I left as I haven’t ran it before and it said it was 4 miles. I ran it and it ended up being 3.82 miles according to nike+. It’s a miracle I even managed to make myself go out to run today what with the horrendous rain and wind so  I wasn’t really in the mood to run up and down the road several times to make it up to 4 miles!

In actuality though, despite the fact that I felt horrific for most of this run the pace really wasn’t that bad. And it was a hilly route – much hillier than I had anticipated! These roads really don’t feel so deathly hilly when you drive them in the car! Now that i’ve had a shower and eaten my post-run Mars Bar I actually feel pretty good about this run. Hurrah! A good week for running AT LAST!

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Our Disney Experience: Be Our Guest Restaurant

For the latest edition in my Disney mini series i’d like to tell you about our experience at Be Our Guest Restaurant in Magic Kingdom.

We visited Be Our Guest (BOG) for Dinner last June on what happened to be MY BIRTHDAY! It was a brilliant experience and I have many thoughts to share on it below:

Advanced Dining Reservation (ADR):

We were lucky to snag an ADR for BOG upon the opening of our 180 day reservation window. I’d definitely recommending trying to get an ADR as soon as you possibly can for this particular restaurant as it fills up FAST. The ADR we had initially was for around 5pm which is not my ideal time to eat dinner as it seems a bit early. Thankfully with regular stalking of the Disney World website I was able to change this to 7.30pm when a free slot opened.

We arrived a little early for our ADR and checked in at the podium where we were given a pager and escorted onto the bridge that separates BOG from the rest of the park. It was a nice little area to wait although it was spitting with rain (always rains on my birthday – can’t avoid it, even in Florida)! We did however end up waiting around 20 minutes passed our ADR time before we were paged to let us know our table was ready. It is an extremely large and busy restaurant so do bare in mind that you may not get seated right away and plan accordingly (e.g. leave a sufficient amount of time for dinner factoring waiting times in before you plan any must-do activities).

Waiting on the drawbridge to beasts castle!
Waiting on the drawbridge to beasts castle!

Atmosphere:

The atmosphere in BOG is fantastic. Walt Disney World imagineering really have gone all out on this one to make it just like you have stepped inside Beasts castle from Beauty and the Beast. There are 3 rooms – the ballroom, the west wing and the castle gallery. We were seated in the very corner of the Ballroom so we had a lovely view of the entire room. I personally would have loved to have been sat in the west wing which has a more dark and creepy atmosphere but you don’t get to choose at dinner time (unlike lunch which is quick service and you can sit anywhere).

The view of the Ballroom from our table at BOG.
The view of the Ballroom from our table at BOG.
The castle gallery
Large rotating music box in the castle gallery
The west wing
The west wing

There is also a room where you can meet the beast after your meal, which is a nice added extra as it’s not technically a character dining experience, however Beast does get announced every half an hour or so and walks through all the dining rooms to applause!

Food:

I had braised beef and Gideon had steak. Both were delicious! It sounds weird, but the thing I enjoyed most were the VEGETABLES. They had seasonal veg sautéed in some combination of herbs, spices, oil etc and they were AMAZING. Man I wish I knew what they put on them, I could have eaten them all day! So much flavour!

Pudding was also brilliant, we both had ‘The Grey Stuff’ but they did have plenty of other little cake type puddings and they bring them over to your table on a lovely serving cart which you then choose your pudding from. It was a nice little touch.

THE PUDDING CART!!
THE PUDDING CART!!
Try the grey stuff it's delicious!
Try the grey stuff it’s delicious!

Celebration:

As it was my birthday, the cast members went above and beyond to make sure I had a lovely meal. Our waitress brought me out a special portion of ‘the grey stuff’ with a candle and sprinkles, and a card signed by herself and Belle and Beast. Even when you are 25, Disney treats you like a princess! Woohoo!

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Overall, we really loved BOG. It was a big busy restaurant, but it still had charm and character and i’d recommend it for both families and couples!

Weekly training recap: Mon 13th July – Sun 19th July

Sorry this training recap is a day late folks, we have had another fun filled weekend away visiting family and didn’t get back until late yesterday, when the last thing I felt like doing was blogging!

It’s not been the best week training wise, namely because I missed the long 3 mile run on our training plan as we were away at the weekend, but also because my 30 minute maintenance runs haven’t quite been 30 minutes. Fitting things in has been tough this week, but I did run twice which is better than nothing I guess.

Gideons shoulder is well and truly on the mend, he’s out of his sling and trying to get back to normal (with a lot of strengthening exercises from the physio). He’s decided to hold off running for another week though, as this week is a 4 mile long run where as next week goes back down to 2 so it will be easier for him to ease himself back in with a shorter distance.

Thankfully our weekend away adventures are now over for the foreseeable future with nothing currently planned that will consume an entire weekend, so fitting in the long runs should be simpler from this point forward.

Monday:

Rest day

Tuesday:

Moved todays scheduled run to later in the week as worked late.

Wednesday:

Rest day

Thursday:

Did a 25 minute maintenance run (should have been 30 but my route was a little short and I made it home before 30 minutes was up). Covered 2.15 miles with an average pace of 12’52” per mile.

Warm!!
Warm!!

Friday:

Did 20 minutes of Tuesdays 30 minute scheduled maintenance run. Covered 1.91 miles with an average pace of 13’29” per mile – I went to the local woods and ran the trails today, which is something i’ve never done before so I was expecting to be slower as i’m not used to running on those surfaces, but I really don’t mind, because this run really wasn’t about distance, it was about experiencing something new and remembering why I like running – getting out into nature and experiencing the fresh air etc! It was very warm, but I enjoyed the run a lot. As it happens, I ended up running further through the woods than i’ve ever been bothered to walk before and out into a clearing the other side where I decided to turn around and head back so I didn’t get completely lost!

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Saturday:

Rest day

To busy making friends with this guy - no time for exercise!!!
To busy making friends with this guy – no time for exercise!!!

Sunday:

Should of done my long run but was away spending time with family. Did do around an hours walking through the beautiful English countryside (to the pub and back!!!) so the day wasn’t a complete waste as far as exercise goes!!

Ahhh England.... how I miss you sometimes....
Ahhh England…. how I miss you sometimes….

4 mile long run scheduled for next weekend – determined to get this done. Off to a wedding (locally this time) on Saturday but it’s a free day Sunday so run I shall!

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Worth the grumble.

It’s ridiculously warm today…. humid, and humidity and I do not go well together….

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As such todays training run was abysmal (by my own standards) I only covered 2.15 miles in 28 minutes of running and there was a fair bit more walking than there should have been chucked in there (as well as large amounts of huffing, puffing, almost tripping over on my ankle before i’d even started…. and a very red post-run face).

I’ve been having a very blughhgh week anyway. I just feel very very tired (tireder than normal – and I ALWAYS complain of feeling tired!!!!) Remember that 2 miles from last week that I said i’d try and get in on Monday instead….yeah….. it was raining….. and I was tired.

Then when I got home from my horrible run and sat down on my laptop to write this grumpy blog post I checked my Facebook and what should be at the top of my feed… but a lovely post from Make-A-Wish Foundation about Millie, who is living with a rare heart condition and wished to go to Disneyland Paris and meet the Princesses! WISH GRANTED!

It was a lovely reminder of the main reason why i’m putting myself through this training malarky! My tiredness is nothing compared to how tired kids with life threatening illnesses must feel – and i’m sure I grumble and complain a lot more than they do, when they actually have genuine reasons to grumble and I definitely DO NOT!

If a few more humid weather abysmal feeling training runs are what its going to take to help raise some cash so these kids with life threatening illnesses get a wish come true then bring on the humidity!!!

HUMIDITY!
HUMIDITY!

(We are raising money for the Make-A-Wish Foundation UK by running the Walt Disney World Wine and Dine Half Marathon in November 2015. Any donation however small is appreciated. If you would like to donate you can visit our just giving page by clicking here). 

Weekly Training recap: Mon 6th July – Sun 12th July

Hope everyone has had a good week! This week has been the first official week of our Wine and Dine Half Marathon training plan. The plan called for two 30 minute runs in the week and then a long run (this week’s is 2 miles – so not so long) at the weekend. Gideon is still out of action due to his shoulder injury so i’ve started the plan by myself.

It’s been a busy week, with a weekend away in Cornwall for a friends wedding. I managed to do both 30 minute mid week run’s but haven’t managed to fit in the 2 mile ‘long’ run this weekend and the bad weather coupled with the fact that i’m exhausted from a fun packed weekend and then driving all day today means i’m not likely too. I am off work tomorrow though, so I may push it into next weeks as it’s “only” two miles!

Monday:

Rest day

Tuesday:

Should have done my 30 minute run today but for logistical reasons I pushed it back till Wednesday as it would be much easier to fit it in then.

Wednesday:

30 minute maintenance run – covered 2.62 miles using run/walk intervals of  3 minutes running and 1 minute walking with an average pace of 11’36” per mile. Didn’t feel to bad considering I haven’t ran much more than a mile for the last few weeks.

Swans EVERYWHERE on this run - had to dodge so many!
Swans EVERYWHERE on this run – had to dodge so many!

Thursday:

30 minute maintenance run – covered 2.34 miles using run/walk intervals of 2 minutes running and 2 minutes walking with an average pace of 12’50” per mile. I think the slower pace today was down to the fact that it was boiling, I took a hilly route and I forgot my interval timer so I had to use the interval timer on my phone which was set at 2:2 and I couldn’t really be bothered to faff with it. I definitely prefer 3 minutes running and 1 minute walking, I feel more challenged and it also makes my pace a bit quicker – so i’m going to try to stick with those intervals.

Hills - Ugh!
Hills – Ugh!

Friday:

Rest day (did do some walking around beautiful Padstow in Cornwall).

The UK really isn't that bad AT ALL!
The UK really isn’t that bad AT ALL!

Saturday:

Rest day (and some crazy wedding dancing!)

Sunday:

Should have done my scheduled 2 miles today but will try to get this done tomorrow instead as i’m so exhausted from all the merriment!

Hoping to get my running buddy back soon for some short easy runs if the physio say’s its ok at his next appointment! Fingers crossed!