Saturday, April 19, 2014

3 Easy Steps To The Perfect Hard Boiled Egg

This is one of those posts I'll file under blogger prerogative.  I know my usual readers are saying... whaaaaat?  Is she SERIOUSLY posting about hard boiled eggs today?

Yep.  I sure am.
There's a couple of reasons for this.

1.  I like eggs.  I particularly like hard boiled ones I can grab quickly and eat quickly.  One egg gives you all kinds of good stuff, most importantly for me is the protein.  As a mom trying to lose weight and stay running, protein is essential in my diet.  And I confess- I suck at eating enough of the nutrient.

2.  It's topical.  It's Easter weekend and of course I'm just now getting around to dying the eggs for my kids.  I can't be the only one, right?  And if I am... so be it.  #MyNoGuiltLife 

3.  I ALWAYS have to look up how to boil an egg.  Every. Single. Time.  Maybe- just maybe- writing this out and posting it to my blog will help the EASY steps sink in this time.  And if it doesn't, well, I know where to look next time, right?

And that, my friends, is the extent of my cooking abilities.  I can boil water.  And a few eggs.  

Happy Easter and Passover to my friends who celebrate.  My family will be counting blessings at church and eating eggs for breakfast.  And lunch.  And probably dinner.  Because I made a crapton of hard boiled eggs, y'all.  

What's that one recipe or tip you always have to look up?  Come on... I know you have one!

Friday, April 18, 2014

#AvengersHalf Runners: Training Plans Assembled

And I really hope this is NOT the Avengers Half Marathon medal.  Frankly, it's not very Super (Hero), y'all. 

Even as a logo on merchandise, I'm not that impressed with the efforts on this one, runDisney.  In fact, I'm pretty disappointed.  #WhompWhomp

What do you think?  Are you also hoping for something more fitting of folks saving the universe?

Thursday, April 17, 2014

The Million Dollar Question

It was hard to fall asleep last night.  Mr. Shenanigans opened the door to Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend.  As we were headed to bed he asked about resorts.  You know.  Because he already thought we were going.

Wait, what the what?!  Convincing the spouse to go on (yet another) runDisney vacation can sometimes be the biggest hurdle.  Sounds like the hard part is done, right?

You know where my mind went.  I saw this image immediately.

I wasn't really planning on attending.  Though it's been on my mind for months.  I had briefly toyed with running my first marathon at Walt Disney World in 2015 and then talked myself out of it.  Way out of it. 

But then the DisBroads got on board and planned an amazing weekend.  I had the pull again.  I wanted to be there.  I wanted to experience my first marathon with my #BestRunnerFriends.  I particularly wanted to cross the finish line with DisBroad Julie, my running companion for 3 of my most recent half marathons and 10K.

Support?  I got it.  Completely.  Mr. Shenanigans is all for it.  In fact, he's talking Dopey.  He'll be by my side from start to finish.  That makes me calm down a bit.  Our favorite Travel Agent has some amazing prices on resorts which makes this affordable (well... ahem, as far as Disney trips are concerned!)

Oh boy... what's a girl to do?

Am I?  Am I, really?  If I'm asking that question... does that mean I'm not ready?


Am I scared to do something challenging and that's making me think I'm not ready?

Is it as simple as this?

So, experienced marathoners, how do you know when it's the right time to run your first?  Is there a magic sign that points you down the path to your first 26.2 miler?

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Registering For runDisney Events: What You Need To Know

If you've registered for a runDisney event this past year, you probably recognize this scene:

Well, today is the day for EARLY registration.  Let's clarify a few misconceptions about what this means.

Annual Passholders and Disney Vacation Club holders will have a private link to register through their prospective sites.  This is intended for the Passholder or DVC owners only and should NOT be shared with non-Annual Passholders or DVC owners.  However, the jury is out on the "legality" of registering a friend or family member through these links.  People do it... but are they supposed to?  What say you readers?

But... it sold out!  In about 30 minutes to an hour, reports will come flooding through cyberspace announcing that Goofy (my guess he goes first this year) and then Dopey are sold out.

The correct answer is that the EARLY REGISTRATION slots have sold out; there will still be around 70% of all race slots available next week when general registration opens.  runDisney offers a rumored 30% of the available bibs for each race to travel agents, charities, running groups, and the AP and DVC early registration folks. You will STILL be able to register next week- even if you are an AP or DVC and miss out today.  Don't sweat it folks; just be ready to go on the 22nd.  Links will go live sometime just a smidge before noon EST (at least that's how it generally works.)  Have your Visa ready to go and don't be afraid to use it!

Proof of Time:  be sure to have the information you need handy when you register.  runDisney asks for proof of time for corraling the races properly.  Here's a handy explanation from Krissy at Outrunning the Monorail.

I hope some of this helps--- by the way, it's about that time AP and DVC folks.

Go, Go, Go, Go...!!!

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Marathon Weekend Starts Now!

A slight exaggeration.  I'll confess.  But your planning starts now.  If you are an annual pass holder, you register starting tomorrow. And if you are a planner like me, booking a room can't wait!

Jennifer Greene with Destinations in Florida has discounted room blocks- and discounted park tickets!  For stays from January 5 - 12. 

Pop Century
Port Orleans Riverside

Beach Club

And as a reminder, she also has great rates for the Wine and Dine weekend.  Those resorts include

Pop Century
Port Orleans Riverside

Wilderness Lodge

Contemporary Resort

Contact me for me details!  Patty.Holliday at