RED Episode #43: 2018 Wine and Dine Half Marathon - A Comeback!

Welcome to Orlando, Florida and Walt Disney World for the 2018 Wine and Dine Half Marathon Weekend, Two-Course Challenge, and Epcot Food and Wine Festival!

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In this episode, we run the half marathon on Sunday of theRunDisney Wine and Dine Half Marathon Weekend.  The course is relatively flat and takes you from Magic Kingdom parking lot to Animal Kingdom and the beautiful Pandora area then to Hollywood Studios before finishing around the World Showcase at Epcot.  My cameraman narrates most of this episode because he wanted me to run "my race at my pace" for this comeback.  It is a comeback because we were picked up at mile 10 of this same half marathon last year. So we had to return and finish what we started.  A year later, 50 pounds lighter, and feeling good on race day, this was an emotional one for the books!

 

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We visited theFlavors from Firebooth at the 2018 Epcot Food and Wine Festival to have their smokey and delicious offerings.  The Piggy Wings are pork wings with a Korean BBQ sauce and a tangy slaw.  The smell of the booth alone is worth Disney bringing it back next year.  We had more from the booth because of the fantastic aroma, so stay tuned for Quick Bites with more to share!

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Flavors from Firealso had an interesting bourbon beverage called the Swine Brine.  Jim Beam, lemon juice, apple cider, and dijon mustard!  Who thought to put all that together?  A genius, that's who. 

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RED Episode #41: Cops and Joggers 5K in Fort Myers

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The Cops and Joggers 5K was a race we did last year in Fort Myers.  Hosted by the Fort Myers Police Department and the Fort Myers Track Club, this race benefits the Fallen Officer Memorial Foundation.  We ran to help support the Fort Myers Police Department.  We had to return, especially in this year when they have lost one of their own in the line of duty, Officer Adam Jobbers-Miller back in July.  

We wanted to feature this race again because it is an outstanding community event and it helps support those who put their lives on the line everyday to keep us safe.  In addition, it honors and supports the families of officers.  As you know, if you have watched our podcast, our cameraman and my husband is a police officer, so this race is very meaningful for me and it is very difficult to talk on camera at times.  But it is a cause I believe in very deeply and want others to support.  

Also... it does help us get in some hill work with that bridge!

A special thank you to Captain Jay Rodriguez who took time to talk with us about the event that night and to Lieutenant Jeffery Bernice who coordinated such a great event to honor the fallen and raise money for their families.  

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In downtown Fort Myers there are a whole host of businessmen and women looking for a quick and tasty lunch during the work day.   Downtown Fort Myers has gotten a makeover during the last few years with some nice and trendy restaurants and bars that contribute to a revitalized night life as well.  

A staple of downtown Fort Myers since 2005 is Downtown House of Pizza.  They have a variety of tasty pies.  It is popular with the bar-hopping crowd at night as well as a place to grab a quick lunch if you are working downtown near the courthouse.  We tried their new vegan pizza, complete with a vegan cheese and tons of fresh veggies.  The garlic, oregano, and outstanding crust make this pizza delicious.  It is a nice healthy option. I would not have known it was vegan if you did not tell me!  We definitely want to go back and try more pizza and some of DHOP's homemade desserts, too!  

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We have been wanting to try Fort Myers Brewing Company for a long time.  The first local brewery in Fort Myers, this cool little place opened back in 2013.  In May we featured a collaboration beer they made for Nice Guys Pizza's 5th anniversary celebration.  This time, we went directly to the source.  It is located in Gateway.  Fort Myers Brewing Company has become a gathering place for people to taste great local beer, sample food from some great food trucks, and attend fun community events like a Halloween beer mile and more!  We talked with Joel Germain and he took us through a flight of their original beers and talked about what makes it such a great place to have a beer and stay a while.

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RED Episode #40: Southernmost Half Marathon and DJ's Clam Shack in Key West

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In this episode, we feature the Southernmost Half Marathon.  We chose this race because our training schedule called for 12.5 miles this weekend and we thought, "Why not run it in Key West?"  Who wouldn't want to see the beautiful sunrise on the Southernmost Point of the United States.  It was humid and hot, but a beautiful course and friendly people.  It was also held on the same course as a full marathon.  The time limit was set to 6-hours for both races, so we thought it would be a no-pressure training run.  The only thing we forgot to bring was our Night Tech Gear shoe lights because we started so early and we were unfamiliar with the course (next time!).  We were thankful to have our Sqoosh to wipe away sweat during the race, and we needed to remember to hydrate and get electrolytes efficiently both before and during the race.  It felt like it was still at the height of the heat and humidity of Florida summer.  So anyone running this one as a first half marathon will love the longer time limit but should remember to stay hydrated, even when starting while it is still dark outside.

 

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As a post-race celebration, we had DJ's Clam Shack on Duval Street in Key West.  Clam strips and conch fritters are amazing there!  We bragged about it so much that a friend of ours who went to Key West the very next weekend had the lobster roll and said he had died and gone to lobster heaven!

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We had local beer to toast our accomplishment from Islamorada Beer Company while at  DJ's Clam Shack.  It was Sandbar Sunday and it did not disappoint as a light and easy-drinking beer to toast completing our training run!   Yes, we had other beers at Islamorada Beer Company when we stopped there, so we tried one that we did not have as part of our flight in our Quick Bite.  It was glorious after run-walk-running 13.1 miles!

 

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