Sunday, October 07, 2007

Fall Break Comes to a Close

As I sit here and finish uploading pictures to my computer, and think about how I am going to cram over a week's worth of theme parks, fun, and running into one post, I can't get over how fast time flies. It seems like just yesterday we were visiting Disney World for the first time, but it was over 3 years ago at the same time of year. So three years later, we decided it was time for Universal Studios, with one day of Disney's Magic Kingdom thrown in there mainly for Bo and his buddy, Nicholas, who weren't hardly 3 years old the last time we went(We do these trips with our friends MB and C - who have kids the same age as ours).

We spent 5 nights at the Hard Rock Hotel in Universal Orlando. I loved the hotel. I don't have to have the fanciest of fancy hotels, but there's something to be said for comfort and cleanliness when you're going to be there for 5 nights with kids. This placed ROCKED. No pun intended. So the first night, after we arrived, we all took the water taxi over to Universal for Halloween Horror Nights. As it turned out, we were the only people who had our kids there in the entire place. The. Only. Ones. With. Kids. Yes. And we couldn't figure it out, actually..there were 8 haunted houses and spooky people running around, but it wasn't more than they could handle. The 11 year olds were just fine...the 6 year olds got a little scared at times, but they knew it was fake. Anyways...I won't elaborate. It was cool. Haunted houses don't really do anything for me - I personally think real life is much, much scarier than any horror movie or haunted house, but we had fun.

The next day MB and I got up and ran 6 miles, and then we all went to Universal Studios. We did every possible ride and show until closing, and then spent the rest of the evening by the pool. The next day we hit Magic Kingdom and Downtown Disney, the next day was Sea World(after running my 14 miler), and the final day we did Universal Islands of Adventure, where we did cool roller coasters and the boys got to meet Spidey other super heroes. I wish I had a pedometer to see how far we walked during these 5 days. I really considered taking up a career that involved more manual labor and walking around. My feet might run 20 milers in the wee hours of the morning, but they are serious wimps for walking around theme parks 10 hours a day. But it was a lot of fun. I think it was really good for our family - to have 5 full days of just playing and having fun. It wasn't laying on the beach relaxing, or enjoying the beauty of nature in the fall, but it was just good fun - laughing, playing, no rushing to this practice and that practice.

So we got home on Wednesday, and I had a 6 mile recovery run with Michele, Mike, and Joe at 5 a.m. Thursday morning. And then a 15 mile long run on Friday w/12 miles at marathon pace. And I learned that TriSaraTops had The Big Day!! Congrats!!!

I finally got everything uploaded to BimActive, so I'll post some splits next...

8 comments:

Phil said...

You need to wear the red horns during your next marathon. It'll scare the crap out everyone you pass.

Michele said...

Great pictures! Glad y'all had a good time, but I am glad you are home ;)
Great job getting all the runs in while on vacation, that is tough to do.

Taryn said...

What a fun vacation! Love all the pictures of you all!

Tri-Dummy said...

That looked like fun! The Dummy Family is headed there in May.

Great pics and fantastic you were disciplined about your training.

Lisa said...

Oh, that makes me want to go there. I haven't been in years!
Good job running while on vacation. :)

TJ said...

It's been a couple of years since we've been down there. Looks like fun. We may have to make the trip back next year.

Rae said...

How absolutely fun!!! The boys look like they're having a blast. And I soooooo want to be the person who gets to swim with the whale!!! Welcome home!

E-Speed said...

wow it looks like your trip was a blast! So glad you are able to get away for a week full of fun with your family!