^This title ^ made more sense in my head when I was running 😉 However, I’ll try to explain what I was thinking in my running-brain…and you know I love to tell stories, so here we go:
When I worked on the Dream Squad at the Magic Kingdom, we had several pieces of gear on us at any time: a stack of maps, times guides, trading pins, and of course, the ubiquitous Nextel radio. We had one headset in at all times, so we could hear the operations (ops) line, for important updates like ride closures, weather conditions or any other pertinent announcement that could effect the park, or more specifically, the zone we were in.
Since the ops line was vital for all Cast in frontline positions, it was recommended that if you had to make any sort of announcement, it should be brief – unless of course, you were the Duty manager, then – okay, you had a little more leeway 😉
But I digress…wait, what was I saying? Oh, yes! Brief. Concise. To to point! How can we achieve this?
Scanner codes! We didn’t use all of them, of course, but there were a few favorites, including:
- 10-1 (which was often used simply as “one-oh-one”) – Down, not operating…used in a sentence: “Due to electrical activity, The Magic Carpets of Aladdin are 101.”
- 10-4: Understood.
- 10-7: Out of Service.*
- 10-8: In Service.*
* So yes, 10-7 and 10-8. We used those codes in Attractions operations as well, as in “The Swiss Family Treehouse is 10-7 for the evening, all clear,” or “Good morning, Magic Kingdom, The Enchanted Tiki Room is 10-8 and ready for guests.”
Got it? Now, back to my run.
I woke up this morning at 4 AM – I guess I was just so excited for this run! After a few sips of water, I caught a few more winks before popping up before my 5 AM alarm, then I was at the gym by 5:07. My BIG goal today was running 10 miles before work, but also had a few adjusted goals too – say, what happened on Tuesday happened again, I’d cut the treadmill run to 7 and run 3 outdoors. Or, if ANYTHING was sore, I’d cut to 9, because, you know, well, I don’t want to be sore all day, that doesn’t sound very fun.
So, it was just me and the treadmill (and Pandora, of course) – we were ticking off miles on a progression run, starting at 6.0, that first mile I bumped it up a notch with each .1 passed, completing that warm up at 7.0 – from there, .1 each mile passed, so 7.1, 7.2, 7.3 and so forth…until I reached 7.5, stayed there a while, then bumped up, up, up, ending the run strong at 8.5 (my regular 800 pace).
10 miles, 8:16 pace, BAM.
I was so excited to have that run logged before our trip out of town (leaving this afternoon to visit hubs fam in Iowa) and felt great to end this month at 120 miles, even. My year total is currently 808 – smooth sailing to my 1K goal for 2012!
So, to wrap it up, I ran 10 miles before 7 AM, and after a few months of lower miles, I officially feel BACK IN THE GAME. Definitely not 10-7! 😉
Do you have a 2012 mileage goal? Oh, and do you have trouble with coherent thoughts when you’re running?
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