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  • Amy K. 5:26 am on January 16, 2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Atlanta, Celebration, Disney Caribbean Beach Resort, , Harry Potter, Islands of Adventure, Orlando, Paris Marathon, Universal Studios   

    Once Upon a Marathon! 

    My goodness, its been a week since the Disney Marathon!!

    Sorry for the late recap. We were stranded in Orlando until Wednesday night and I started my internship at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta on Friday!! And so the New Year begins!!

    Last Thursday we arrived in Orlando after an easy breezy 8 hour drive south! Great friends and good old fashion Disney anticipation makes the hours fly! We checked into our pirate themed room at the Disney Caribbean Beach Resort!!

    I slept ohΒ so good in my pirate ship! πŸ™‚

    This themed room has ruined all other hotel experiences for me. How can I go back to plain bed spreads and solid color curtains?? Β πŸ˜‰ Β Actually by the end of this Orlando adventure, I will have stayed in 3 different hotels!

    We woke up bright and early to be at Universal Studios Islands of Adventure before the crowds!

    We powered through the park to get to the Harry Potter section, stopping only breifly to take this picture. I was so glad to be in the company of fellow speed walkers!

    It seemed like miles…we dodged slow walking families and first timers on a mission to make it to the Wizarding World. Then finally, in the distance…


    Im not ashamed to admit that I regressed into an excited wide eyed kid as we entered Hogsmeade!

    And fortunately I was in good and nonjudgmental company πŸ˜‰

    Highlight of the day was the Butter Beer!! It came in this sweet mug (Is it too nerdy to bring this mug to work with me!?)

    It reminded me of cream soda with whipped cream on top. It was pretty sweet so I didn’t drink that much, but it was well worth the experience!

    After riding a few rides, we were off to the race expo at Disney’s Wide World of Sports!

    I LOVE expos! The excitement! The anticipation! The merchandise! πŸ™‚

    The next morning was the Half Marathon that Lauren F. and Kelly were running in! Unfortunately I don’t have any pictures. The journey to see the race could be a blog post all to itself! Short Version: we took a bus, boat, and taxi and were only able to get there in time to see the girls after they finished the race!

    The rest of the day we relaxed, saw a movie, and met the parents for a fabulous carb-filled dinner!! We tried to go to bed early but 3 am comes early regardless of when you went to sleep!! I actually popped out of bed. I was super excited and ready!

    We caught the 3:45 bus for Epcot. Got there in time to stretch and hit up the bathroom (aka port-o-pot) before heading to the start. It was early and it was cold!!! My teeth chattered while I waited in my corral. Within the first half mile though I was settling in and the temp was actually perfect!

    I spotted my parents a miles 2, 12, and the finish. They were holding up these orange and blue straws that helped me spot them!! It was so nice to have them there! It is amazing how much a support crew lifts you up and carries you on!

    The race itself was a blast! We started off running through Epcot in the dark, underneath the big Epcot ball. This was probably my favorite part of the race. It was so beautiful lit up and it was fun running in the dark.

    My first mile was around 9:45 and then once I got settled in I averaged around a 8:50 min/mile pace. I felt good, really good! I told myself that I would hold onto that pace as long as I was not hurting too bad.

    The sun came up as I was running into the Magic Kingdom! We came through the super secret back lots and out onto main street. Looping around the park and through Cinderella’s Castle!! Onward to Animal Kingdom where I ran past donkeys and the Tree of Life πŸ™‚ Our final trek was through Hollywood Studios (we ran through the building where they make the character costumes! So stinking cool!). At this point, it was around mile 22 and I was a little tired of the whole running thing. But I knew the end was getting so close!

    Marathon running is a mind game. Yes you have to do the training but no matter how much training you do, you have to keep your mind in a place to continue on for 26.2 miles. When your body is tired and telling you that you have exceeded the amount of miles that is reasonable. I was flying high not a care in the world until mile 13. Then I start thinking about the finish. I had to get my mind back to where I currently was. Mile 20, my legs are screaming. At this point I know looking at my watch that if I run every mile under 10:00 I can finish sub 4:00. This is HUGE! I had been keeping a stead pace but while running my brain power is concentrated on keeping myself moving forward, adding times and calculating pace is not something I am capable of.

    With this knowledge I push forward. Hurt muscles heal, but sub 4:00 marathon!!! That is something I dream of!

    From Hollywood studios we ran around the Epcot resorts and back into the park. Mile 24, mile 25….where the heck is mile 26???? Did I miss it, why is this mile so much longer than the others?! Did they measure this out right?! Finally I turn a corner and I see the 26 mile marker, then the finish is in sight. There are grand stands set up, I feel like I am running down the fairway of the 18th hole in Augusta! I run past the crowds and catch a glimps of orange and blue! I see my parents up front yelling and waving!

    I know I have sub 4:00, I am almost done, my mickey metal is within reach. With that I speed across the finish line. 3:54:26!!!!!

    What a feeling!! I was handed my metal (talk about race bling!) a mylar wrap, bottle of water and directed to the runners meet up section where I find my parents. I am almost speechless. I so far exceeded my expectations and despite my broken down legs, I feel GOOD!! We headed over to the finish to watch my brother Charlie and his girlfriend Erica finish. Then we met Lauren at the runners meet up section! Way to go Charlie and Lauren on completing their first marathon!!!

    Aftermath: Pretty much right away I was having sharp pains in my foot. I was rocking a pretty significant limp the first few days. My knee was in bad shape too. A week later the knee is better, the foot is getting there. A day or two more of rest and hopefully I should be almost back to working order. But it was worth it! πŸ™‚

    We stayed that night at the hotel in Celebration. When ice covered the state of GA and all hopes of traveling back were postponed, we moved to the Embassy Suites until we were able to head back on Wednesday morning.

    Thankfully they had a nice TV to watch the National Championship on!

    Cheers and War Eagle!!! National Champs 2010-2011!!!

    Finally we are back in GA, I started my internship and things are getting back to normal…

    and now I get to begin planning for theΒ Paris marathon in April!

    Au Revoir!

    Amy K.

    • Tina @ Faith Fitness Fun 12:06 pm on January 17, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      Oh my goodness! Congrats!!!! What an awesome time. And also congrats on starting the internship. CHOA is a lifesaver to us…literally for our little M. πŸ™‚

      • Amy K. 5:33 pm on January 17, 2011 Permalink | Reply

        Thanks Tina!! They are so fabulous at CHOA, it is an amazing organization to work for!

    • Heather 2:01 am on January 18, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      Oh my – what a finish!! You sure rocked that race!
      Make sure you take care of that knee…..and Paris?????? Double wow! Can’t wait to hear/read all about it. πŸ™‚

  • Amy K. 9:21 pm on December 30, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , Paris Marathon   

    And the Winner is.. 

    Tina @Β Faith Fitness Fun!!

    Yay!! Send me your mailing address at Keldeam@gmail.com and I can send you your prize. A box full of light and fluffyΒ marshmallows!!


    In other news, I just bought my plane ticket to Paris for the Paris Marathon in April!!! Can’t believe Im going πŸ™‚

    Amy K.

    • Lauren 4:44 pm on December 31, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      So exciting about Paris! It will be here before you know it!

      Bummed I missed your first giveaway…those looked yum-o! πŸ™‚

      Happy New Year!

    • Duchess of Fork 7:14 pm on January 1, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      Paris Marathon?? Sounds amazing! Good luck!

  • Amy K. 2:36 am on November 7, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    Marathon de Paris! 


    Im going to Paris!!!

    I have wanted to go to Paris for as long as I can remember and I have wanted to run the Paris Marathon since my first marathon.

    And now its official, I am actually going!! I can not imagine a better way to see the city then running around it with 40,000 runners from around the world and 250,000 cheering spectators!!

    While I am interning at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta this Spring, I will be staying at home and saving up my pennies πŸ™‚ AND I will be returning to my seasonal part-time job at Williams Sonoma (20% discount=dangerous!!).

    The plan is to continue training after the Disney Marathon, and a mere 4 months later I will be on the streets of the Champs Elysees! WHOA!!

    Auburn Adventure!

    For my dad’s birthday we got him tickets to the Auburn v Chattanooga Game.

    The day began at Starbucks (of course!) and the Holiday cups are back!! My sister got the peppermint mocha and I enjoyed a little sample cup of it! It tastes like the holidays! MMMMMM πŸ™‚

    Tailgate food included my moms chili with macaroni noodles on the bottle and a little cheese on top, THE BEST!!

    Me, sister Kay, Dad (Birthday Boy!), Mom πŸ˜‰

    It was an absolutely beautiful day on the Plains!

    It was homecoming and organizations had their floats up around campus. This one was made out of tissue paper!!!

    We enjoyed an AU shaped pretzel in the stadium while we cheered the Tigers on to a 62-24 victory over Chattanooga!

    It was such a fun day and everything worked out so well! Unfortunately I have been battling the beginnings of a cold, grrr! I am off to rest and recover!

    God Bless and all the best!

    Amy K.

    • Mike 3:13 am on November 7, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      A great day indeed! Looks like Auburn all the way this year. Look out Paris!!

    • inmytummy 1:06 pm on November 12, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Wow, a Paris marathon! That’s awesome.

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