Sunday, January 29, 2012

How Do You Display Your Medals ???

In the past, we've just hung our medals on doorknobs, or random nails that happened to be in our apartment walls. However, for this Christmas, Miss Bethany decided that she wanted to get a medal hanger for the wall, but she didn't really see anything that she liked enough to buy. On Christmas morning, Bethany's dad surprised us with homemade medal hangers that he had made from scratch. It was one of Bethany's favorite Christmas presents. Bethany's plan is to display only the current year's medals on the hanger (as seen in the picture below). My plan is to just put my favorite medals on the hanger, regardless of year. 
The hooks turn up on the ends, allowing for multiple medals to be hung on each hook. Each rack has 12 hooks on. Both racks read "13.1 NAME 26.2," it's hard to see Bethany's because it's in pink, the exact color pink as her bike. We love our medal hangers and maybe someday we'll get a few more to hang around the house.

We've made a running wall, with our medal hangers, and around the hangers are photos from races. 

So how do YOU display your medals?!

Us with the AFC Championship trophy! 

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Disney Marathon Weekend Recap

Well I guess it's better late than never. Here's our 2012 Disney Marathon Weekend Race Report. This year we did the 5k, Half-Marathon, and Full-Marathon. It was Bethany's 7th Goofy Challenge, Ryan's 2nd Goofy Challenge, and Bethany's parents' 1st 5k ever!!

The 5k was fun, we walked (with some jogging interspersed) with Bethany's parents. We all stayed together and we all had a great time!! Bethany will be running the 5k with her mom during Disney's Princess Half Marathon weekend in February.

The half-marathon was easy and laid-back. Bethany and I ran together, and just kind of enjoyed each other's company. We ended up running something like 2:12, and finished feeling good and strong, ready for the full marathon the following day.

Unfortunately, somehow, Ryan got really sick the night before the marathon. He was up and in the bathroom all night. At 2:30am I ran to the store at the hotel and bought a bottle of Pepto-Bismol and some Pepto tablets. Ryan was feeling like crap and was pretty weak but decided to head to the start of the marathon regardless. Even though he was sick all night, he did NOT appear to be dehydrated so I was comfortable with letting him start the marathon. Ryan did not eat anything for breakfast and during the race all he ate was some Sport Beans and a tiny piece of chocolate. He was drinking water and was staying hydrated. Obviously he had no energy and wasn't feeling too well so we knew it was going to be a slow day. Our pace pretty much just got slower and slower (until mile 24.5 when he turned it on and I was having trouble keeping up with him!!!) We ended up finishing in 5:30:49. It wasn't pretty at all but we got it done!!! I know what it feels like to run a marathon on COMPLETE EMPTY and it sucks! Not easy at all and anything but fun. Overall, Ryan did a great job and is one tough cookie!! Thank you, Pepto-Bismol!!!!!

All four of us before the 5k. 

Family Fiesta 5k Start Line. Three Caballeros. ¡Ole!

Ryan during the 5k, with Epcot in the background.

Miss Bethany's first day of facepaint on this vacation. She is a big kid, and her inner child comes out at Disney World.

Ryan after the full-marathon. He had MAJOR stomach issues all night before the race, was up sick in the bathroom, and it took 5 doses of Pepto to get him through to the finish line. Grueling, but we made it. 

Feeling a little better after a post-race nap.

Day 2 of Miss Bethany's facepaint, this time at Disney's Hollywood Studios. 

Ryan with Kermit-style Mickey ears. Ryan LOVES Kermit and the Muppets.

Miss Bethany going ballistic in the arcade. Our favorite silly game was "Go Ballistic." So silly, but we won over 3,000 tickets. :-p

So sad to leave Disney, but Miss Bethany will be back next month for the Princess Half Marathon!

Sunday, January 8, 2012

Perfectly Goofy Streak Continues!

Ryan and I finished another Goofy's Challenge today. It was #2 for Ry and #7 for me.
Poor Ryan almost didn't make it to the start of the marathon! He was up sick all night last night and he wasn't even sure if he could physically run but we stuck together and he did it. It wasn't pretty but he made it. Will post a race report soon!
Congrats to all finishers!!

Sunday, January 1, 2012

2011 Recap (We're Back!)

Hey guys - we're back! It's been a while, but we're finally back in the blogosphere. Here's a quick recap of the races we've run in 2011, and what's next for us in 2012.

Happy New Year, everyone!

  1. Walt Disney World - Goofy's Challenge
  2. Hyannis Marathon
  3. Black Cat 20 Miler 
  4. New Bedford Half Marathon
  5. Boston Marathon
  6. Cox Providence Half Marathon
  7. Blackstone Valley Half Marathon
  8. Pineland Farms 50km (Honeymoon!)
  9. San Diego Rock n Roll Marathon  (Honeymoon!)
  10. Around the Lake 12 Hr Ultra (and Marathon)
  11. Providence Rock n Roll Half Marathon
  12. Disney Wine and Dine Half Marathon
  13. Boston Athletic Association Half Marathon
  14. Mount Desert Island Marathon
  15. Stonecat 50 Miler (and Trail Marathon)
Here are some photos from throughout the year:
Pineland Farms 50km in our "just married" shirts

RnR San Diego Marathon! Also in our "just married" shirts

After party at Disney's Wine & Dine Half Marathon. Got to play at Epcot til 3am!

 Mount Desert Island Marathon! So beautiful! We already signed up for 2012!!

Ryan finishing his FIRST 50 miler!!! 10:40:00! 

We've had a lot to be thankful for in 2011. What a great year for us! Sad to see it go but it's time to focus on the good things that 2012 will bring. Happy New Year to all!!! 

Up next for us will be Disney's Goofy's Challenge. This will be Ryan's 2nd Goofy and Bethany's 7th Goofy. 

We are going to start posting regularly again. Thanks to those who are still reading and following us!!!!