Revel Big Cottonwood Recap

Published September 15, 2014 by shanisko

What an amazing race experience.  I can’t say anything bad about the course, the volunteers, the finish line area, or the medal.  It was all just absolutely amazing.

I did not PR.  Around mile 7.5 I got a serious side stitch that didn’t go away until about mile 10 and I was wiped out physically and mentally at that point.  But I did finish and finished with a strong run down the chute.  I think I was also a little dehydrated at the end of the run because I did get sick to my stomach and had to sit for a while before I got my results card and massage….yes….free sports massages at the end of the race.  They also provided ice cold towels after you got your medal and tons of food.  Everything from yogurt to pizza.  And wow!! That medal!! It’s huge!

Here are some pics for your enjoyment.

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Wine and Dine FastPass+ Experience

Published September 8, 2014 by shanisko

I don’t think I like it….while I like using FastPasses I’m not too sure about this absolute, we have to be here, at this time, thing.  Hmmmmm…..we’ll just have to wait and see.

Day 1: I arrive painfully early at MCO, Magic Express to Art of Animation.  Then off to the Expo (either meeting Amy there or at the hotel).  After packet pickup and shopping, we head to AK.
1:10-2:10 – Kilimanjaro Safari’s
3:00-4:00 – Expedition Everest
and it automatically gave us Festival of the Lion King from 4:30-4:50 but we have A Sanaa Reservation close to that time at Animal Kingdom Lodge.

Saturday – Studios and Race
10:05-11:05 – Star Tours
11:05 – 12:05 – Tower of Terror
12:15-1:15 – Rocking Rollercoaster (after we’ll probably want to head back to the hotel to rest up)
Sunday – Race/Epcot
10:30-11:30 – Spaceship Earth
11:45-12:45 – Test Track
and it automatically gave us Figment from 12:55-1:55 but we can change that or miss it entirely.  I love Figment but I want to spend more time in World Showcase
Monday – Magic Kingdom/Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party
9:35AM – Breakfast at Cinderella’s Castle
11:20-12:20 – Space Mountain
1:25-2:25 – Seven Dwarfs Mine Train
4:50-5:50 – Splash Mountain
MVMCP starts officially at 7PM and goes to Midnight.
What are your feelings on FastPass+?


Jason Hanisko is NOT selling a truck, or car.

Published September 4, 2014 by shanisko

This is not a post about running.  This is a post about dealing with identity theft that does not involve personal information, other than identity.  For over a year now we have been dealing with someone who is scamming people by attempting to sell vehicles using my husband’s name through the Air Force Exchange Service, it has been reported to police, FBI, military police.  And my husband is not the only one dealing with this problem on base, apparently it’s a big issue.

So I am fighting back the only way I know how.  By trying to protect people by saying this is an absolute scam.  If you have been in contact with this person, or group of people, DO NOT UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES SEND MONEY.  You cannot sell cars through the Air Force Exchange, you are being scammed.  Jason Hanisko is not selling any used cars or trucks through Air Force Exchange Services.  Report this to your local police with as much detail as you can.

Pretty much sums up how I feel this morning.

Published September 2, 2014 by shanisko

Concept image of a lost and confused signpost against a blue cloudy sky.

I guess it happens when you start rethinking things..and by things I mean…everything.

Happens when you’re told you post too much on Facebook, are obsessed with running, need to find a job (when you’ve already been offered one and have an interview for another that pays more), that your education is a waste because you can’t find a job that pays more….

What the hell am I doing?  And I’m not talking about what I’m doing, doing.  But what am I doing here?


Porter Half Marathon Weekend Recap

Published September 1, 2014 by shanisko

I had a great weekend with my friend, Amy Guimond.  You can read her blog here: The Point One Will Getcha.  Amy flew out from Fort Lauderdale to run the Porter Half Marathon with me on Thursday.  We spent the weekend being tourists in my hometown of Ogden, and Salt Lake City.  

On Friday we drove to Salt Lake to visit Temple Square (which I’d really never done) and have some lunch.  


We opted not to pick up our packets on Thursday night, so we were off early on Saturday morning for the hour drive to Draper City Park.

Now, let me start by saying, that the race information says this race is downhill and fast.  Um, compared to Run Elevated last week this is not true.  Yes, there were some good downhill portions but I myself would not classify this as a mostly downhill race.  Second, Amy was coming off some bad foot injuries that had laid her up for a while.  We were not looking to PR, just finish as this was her first half marathon back.


We got our packets and prepped our belts then headed to the wait area for the bus to the start line, which just happened to be at the mouth of the canyon I ran down for Run Elevated.

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I told Amy this race was not about PRs.  We would follow her intervals and pace and finish together.  The course was open for 4 hours and I wanted to make she she didn’t reinjure and made it to the end.

We started on time and I thought I started my Garmin, but I didn’t.  I started it .15 miles in…aurgh.  HATE THAT!!  But Amy’s started up correctly which was the one that mattered since we were doing her intervals.  Right from the start we were back of the packers, like….last back of the packers.  We settled into our intervals and off we went.

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 At the mile 4 marker, we each took a Gu and wandered into a beautiful sight that I wasn’t quick enough to get pictures of….two absolutely beautiful white tailed deer.  The male, young, was off in the distance a little farther then the female, who came right up to us as we walked by, curious as to what we were doing.  Amy was amazed.  She’d never seen deer that close before. It was pretty awesome and was the perfect boost we needed at that point.

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About mile 6 we had to stop running.  The altitude is pretty significant in Utah and Amy, coming from Fort Lauderdale, was starting to feel it.  My legs were also not happy with me from last week’s downhill, we opted to walk the rest of the way.  We managed about 16 minute miles.  Some other sights along the way.



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Yes that is an Emu….and below a Zebra….ahhhh, Utah.  These are from the Porter Rockwell Trail in Draper, UT.

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Mile Ten.  We were both feeling the pain at this point, so we decided to take our medicine, in honor of the Pioneer Heritage of the race.  This is not exactly legal in Utah, but we didn’t care.  We knew we were last in the race, the aid stations had already packed up (yeah, I’m a little miffed about that) and we knew were weren’t going to PR.  We were going to enjoy the last 3.1 miles.  And we did.



Amy’s philosophy is that you can only take so much Advil or Tylenol before you hit the max you can take.  Whereas, with liquor, if your pain doesn’t dissipate, at least you can take another shot.  Actually, one worked for us, very quickly.  The pain I was feeling was slight about 15 minutes after taking our shots.  We needed that boost of sugar, alcohol, and pain relief at that very moment.  



The canyon where we started, way in the back.  From that point on, we were walking fast, we even ran into a couple of ladies who had finished and were running back the other direction.  I’m glad they passed us, because they notified the race folks (WHO WERE ALREADY PACKING UP!!!!) that we were still there on the track.  Now, this is where I got angry.  We were told we had 4 hours to finish the race.  They were packing up at 3:30 into the race.  I was not happy.  We got to the finish, 3:39, we ran the last few feet, I let Amy go ahead of me and finish before me, I felt she deserved that.  We got our medals, and while the folks that were there were incredibly supportive, I was still upset that everything (including the timing pad) had been picked up.  We got our medals and headed back to the car to head to breakfast.



I am very, very, happy that Amy came out to run with me, get Utah in her quest for 50 states and complete her first half back from injury.  She went home last night and I am already excited for Wine and Dine (which we are also running together in November).

I’m also thinking about doing this:



Catch a Lift Fund Donation Giveaway (Going Goofy in 2015)

Published August 26, 2014 by shanisko

Fundraising for Catch a Lift Fund is in full force.  In the coming weeks I will be announcing a Bling Runners Virtual Fund Run with all proceeds going to Catch a Lift Fund.  In the meantime anyone who has donated and anyone who donates through August 30 will be entered to win either a handmade sparkle skirt or handmade medal rack.  You can donate by clicking on this Link.

Medal Rack in Progress:

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Sparkle Skirt sample (you can pick your color and size)




Run Elevated Recovery

Published August 25, 2014 by shanisko


I expected a longer than usual recovery from Run Elevated because of the downhill nature of the race.  Little did I know that I would be so sore that my husband would laugh at me every time I tried to go down the stairs (which I actually ended up going down scooting on my butt for a while).  Though I should have just done this.



Yesterday, I walked, stretched, foam rolled, used my stick, took some advil, and used aspercreme for recovery. I did not nap because sitting still actually made things worse.  I feel better this morning though at my 48 hour mark I will be taking a very long, hot bath to loosen up the muscles for more massage.  Why 48 hours?  That’s what I was taught in massage therapy school.  No heat for 48 hours after an injury or muscle overuse, because it can cause more problems.  I really wish my hubby would have come down to the Rec center with my swimsuit because I could have used the cold water to my advantage.


This is going to be a good week though.  My friend and classmate, Amy, is coming to run (or walk) the Porter Half Marathon with me this weekend.  Why walk?  Because I don’t know if I’ll be back in running shape by Saturday.  Recovery is key right now.

What are your tips for recovery after a downhill race?


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