Every Mile Matters

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I am an active person. I don’t sit still. I’m not sure if I even can. I first realized this when I was a teenager and all my friends would lay in the sun, they could lay there forever and I was simply bored to death, so Id pace and fidget.

Now as an adult, I walk, run, bike, hike, and paddle as often as possible. I love it. I feel alive. I often feel I need more motivation to rest than I do to run. I first considered myself a runner when I told a friend I try to get in a 5k a day (less rest days), and she said to me that shed die trying to run that, to which I replied “But its only 3 miles!” (3.14 to be exact). “only 3 miles” a phase I once thought too was a large distance, now I feel its never long enough.

If there is something worse than an addiction or obsession than that’s what I have for virtual races.

I have never cared for the crowded/over crowdedness of marathons. The over pricing of them, the time restraints, and really just all of it. I enjoy the solitude of running. I have my music on, and I just go. Its really just that simple. But I still longed to be part of something, and to even have a medal to say hey look what you accomplished. This is where Virtual Races come in…I can sign up to as many as I want, complete most in my own time, at my own place and pace and most run around $30.00 with some of that money going to charity. I am currently signed up for 4 with a list of nearly 50 to complete this year!

And it was by sheer chance that I came to join Hogwarts Running Club just this past Saturday evening.

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http://www.hogwartsrunningclub.org/

What a wonderful group of people all coming together to run and log miles for charity!

http://www.charitymiles.org/

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I feel right at home with thousands of other fans of both Running and Harry Potter. I feel unbelievably motivated, as I pledge to run a 1000 miles this year. As I pledge to log as many personal miles as I can so I can help my house (Gryffindor of course!) win the House Cup. I pledge to join every event and be Perfect Perfect.

Now, I’m very new to the group, but they have made me feel as though I’ve been there all along. In this “club” I have found so much I’m excited for beyond running as well. They have set up A Common Room Page, Owl Post for post card exchanges, and a Mrs Weasley’s DYI page (just to name a few), ps: I simply love the DYI page since I am always making things and adding to my etsy shop. Mrs. Weasley and Id be bffs for sure! I actually just made (with a friends help and his laser etcher Charms that say “Miles Managed”! I’m in my heaven!

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https://www.etsy.com/shop/JerseyGypsyEtsyShop?ref=hdr_shop_menu

And numerous other pages within the group, the amount of work that goes into this is above and beyond any I’ve seen for any other Virtual Race Clubs. A huge thumbs up to those who keep it all going!

Id like to encourage you to download the Charity miles app, its free. Log your miles (walk/run/bike/whatever), even if you don’t want to join virtual racing. Its for Charity and you know your phones going to be in your pocket anyway. And hey if your into Harry Potter and run, check out the link to Hogwarts Running Club because

Every Mile Matters.

A Trip NOT A Vacation

I don’t think people really understand the difference between a “trip” and a “vacation”.

A vacation would be where I sleep in everyday. Have good, no great food, poolside, while working on my tan for seven days straight.

A “trip”, which is what going to Disney World is, is more like a marathon.

I just got back from my third week long “trip” to Orlando. I never once slept past 6am, even on the nights when we got back from the park after midnight and wasn’t in bed till 2am. I need a vacation to recover from my “trip”!

This was however the first time I felt at home there. I knew where everything was, what I was in for, where to go and what to see, without having to check a map.

Our condo, at our resort, is on Disney property. It is only 15 minutes from EVERYTHING! Every park even Sea World and Universal, from the airport and all the Disney parks and Shopping, 1 block from any food store, or eatery, and the tons of discount Disney crap stores, you now the faux stuff. Even when traffic is bad and come 7-8am it gets bad.

The week went like this:

Arrival in Orlando from Atlantic City NJ 10:30pm, bags, rental car, condo check in, Walmart food shopping (ugh yes it was the only thing open at this by now 1am), than back to the condo in bed 2:30am

Day 1 Sunday: Magic Kingdom (do not go to this park on weekends!)

Day 2 Monday: Epcot (wine and food fest, oh the drunks were many)

Day 3 Tuesday: Animal Kingdom (An easy park that can be conquered in one day) Gave in and bought a stroller for my son, nearly 6, he couldn’t take the walking anymore.

Day 4 Wednesday: We call this our “day off” but it really isn’t much of that. Downtown Disney (now Disney Springs) Shopping so much to see, lunch, pool, dinner, bed.

Day 5 Thursday: Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure, but really we only did Seuss Landing and all the Harry Potter we could. (ps: Im dying to go back without my kids, and totally fan-girl all the Harry Potter, and dress up, ride everything, eat, take tons of pics and live the fantasy there ASAP!)

Day 6 Friday: MGM, now Hollywood Studios. Oh The Tower of Terror! and Pixar, pretty much all we did! But this is a great park, one of the smaller parks, if planned out right, you can do this park in a day as well.

Day 7 Saturday: Checking out early am, late Flight home so back to Magic Kingdom (again don’t do this park on a weekend!)

tried to get a few things we hadn’t or couldn’t do on day one, left 5 hours earlier than needed, we were just too beat! So off to 5 hours at the airport., Home by 10:30pm well really home at 11:30pm after the hour drive from the airport.

My feet hurt and swelled everyday.

I was beyond tired everyday.

The food, well its not bad, but its not good either everyday.

The cost, OMG the cost of everything, everyday.

And still Im dying to go back! Two years till our time share rolls around again seems like a life time. But it takes that long to save to go, and costs only go up. Still I want badly to scoop up my daughter and/or husband who couldn’t go this trip, and go to Harry Potter world for a weekend before that.

I will leave you with some advice, if you’ve never gone before and plan to.

Set the bar low, hell don’t even set it, leave it on the ground. You cant do or see it all, you’ll end up upset, missing things, and frustrated. Large groups make the trip harder. Though the parks are so very accommodating to larger groups, everyone wants to do something different and you end up wasting time trying to figure out what to do, and where to meet. You are going to stand on line half your day. So get fast pass for the 3 things you can (there’s and app for that before you even go!) Pick the things you most want to do or see and do it, everything else well you’ll have to go back, trust me, I’ve been to Magic Kingdom 5 times and have yet to see and do it all.

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Regards!