Sunday, April 21, 2019

My Next Race

I know I've really scaled back (like, not posting at all!), but I want to check back in and announce I've decided my next race.

Drum roll...

... MCM 10k!  Plus, I've signed up with a charity.  This'll be my first time ever running for a charity.  I've chosen Semper K9, which rescues dogs and trains them to be service dogs for veterans.

Alaskan husky!

Check out my fundraising page.

Thursday, March 7, 2019

2019 Disney Princess 10k

After such a successful training cycle (and lots of treadmill miles), the race was here.  I don't know how much sleep I actually got since the night before I was thinking about my plan of attack for the 10k.  I'd forgotten my Garmin at home, on the coffee table, so I was stressing about that and how in the heck was I going to follow my intervals??  It was also going to be incredibly humid, with runDisney sending out an advisory email before the weekend, about the high temps and humidity.  I'd been hydrating throughout the day before at EPCOT, and even taking my Nuun tablets to have electrolytes.  I found out they're easy to snap in half and drop in a Dasani bottle!

We had dinner at Maria and Enzo's at Disney Springs, and it was Carnevale!  They announced the festival after I made the reservations, and they had a special menu.  My mom and I split a Burrata Caprese, and then fettucine and and parmesan and almond encrusted flounder.

After dinner it was back to the hotel, where I couldn't fall asleep until some unknown time.

Needless to say, it took a while for me to realize my alarm was going off, and I was a bit slow to get out of bed.

Breakfast was a blueberry muffin I'd gotten on Cafe Rix, since we stayed at Coronado Springs.  I started hydrating right away, and luckily there was a slight breeze as my mom and I walked over to the bus stop.  There was an empty bus waiting, and once the driver got the signal, we were off towards EPCOT.

The starting area is always busy, and we found a spot to sit near a bank of portapotties.  Those weren't popular yet, but I ended up using one twice before the race.  I sat and drank my water and ate a Honey Stinger waffle I'd thrown in my running belt.  I was trying to meet up with Karen, and success!  This is the first time I've met a blogger IRL :)

When it was time to start towards the corral, I hit the portapotties again so I wouldn't have a repeat of Bay to Breakers.  I didn't want to be looking for a bathroom through the first mile, and Disney has so many portapotties.  What was also great was they had a water station, and I was able to fill up my water bottle, after hydrating beforehand.  I hopped into corral B and tried to push up a bit.  This was about 5:20, and there was still space in the corrals to weave around groups.  They're now doing small waves in the corrals, and I think I was in the second wave (could've been third).

I have to say not having my Garmin may have been the best thing for this race.  I did my intervals based on how I was feeling and didn't feel pressured to follow the beeps.  This is one instance where having a super early race helps.  The sun didn't start to come up until after 6:30, and even then we had cloud cover.

The highway miles went by faster than I expected.  First up was Pocahontas on the overpass as we headed away from EPCOT.  Right after the first mile marker was Belle and the Beast, with a super long line.  The next character was Elvis-Stitch, with an even longer line.  The 3rd was I think Arabian Daisy.  I didn't get a good look and just ran by.  By that time I was feeling the pull of World Showcase.  This was going to be my first Disney race through WS and I wanted to soak it all in.  I actually took pictures with the torches lit up, and a troll in Norway.  As I made my way around the loop, the pavement was a little slick with the moisture in the air.

I figured by this time I could use the bathroom in Morocco.  The first bathroom in WS on this route is by Mexico, and I've been told the line can build up quickly.  I ran past it, saw Pinocchio in Italy, Aladdin and Jasmine in Morocco, and hopped into the bathroom.  No line, and I was the only person in there.  It wasn't too quick because it's not easy dealing with compression shorts in Florida humidity!

After the bathroom stop, I did something I've never done at a Disney race.  I stopped for a character picture.  Since I threw my time goal out the window due to the humidity and having no Garmin, I knew the one character I would stop for is Marie.  The 5k had Aurora and her prince in France, and I didn't know if Marie would be out for a Princess race.  Well, she was!  The line was short, and the only hold up was they were getting ready to switch Maries.  I stayed in line since the the handler said it would take less than 2 minutes.

Since I had passed the 4th mile marker before reaching Morocco, I knew I was home free.  The great thing about sea level is there's so much air!  And I was heading into familiar territory.  Through college, my parents had a time share at the Boardwalk, and I did so many laps around that lake since I was training for my spring sport.  I had a moment where I felt like I was (Disney)home.  Goofy was out by the ESPN Club, and he may have been the last character.  At least he's the last one I remember.  A lot of hotel guests were out cheering us on, and I felt so strong heading around the lake and back into World Showcase.  We were backstage behind England, and popped out by Canada.  This was a perfect time to eat some Sports Beans and take a salt cap.  I brought my salt caps with me to have at the finish line, and I took one here with the humidity.  I figured it couldn't hurt.  There was no Gatorade/Powerade on the course, and I needed something.

The rest of the way was up towards the Ball, and veering to the side and out.  There was no gospel choir, but there was a high school jazz band.  I took my time through here to gather up energy to run across the finish line!

After that, it was get my medal, and over to the medical tent to get ice for my knee, which never bothered me.  I was being cautious since we had a day at Magic Kingdom coming up.  Then it was gather the food box, water, and Gatorade!  I wasn't picky about the flavor this time around, I just grabbed the first one I saw.  Apparently the physicians in the medical tent scolded the race director for not having electrolytes on the course.  Good!  It was 93% humidity when I finished.  They were handing out cool cloths to put on the back of your neck.  While I waited on my mom, I opened the food box, and didn't really eat any of it.  I ate my banana, and a couple of pretzels, but nothing else looked appealing.

After my mom finished, we headed back to Coronado Springs, and went to breakfast.  We wanted to celebrate with Mickey Waffles.

Sunday, January 13, 2019

Monday Musings 1/14

Happy Monday!  I had a full week of work this time around, and a week of really pesky... not injuries, but niggles?  That sounds better.  After getting blisters on my left arch during my 6 mile run last weekend, I tested out Moleskin on Tuesday, which didn't really work.  Then I got blister Band Aids and those worked so much better on Thursday.  However, I pushed a little too much on Thursday during my strides and my hip flexor and quad felt tight.  Then I woke up Friday with my left heel feeling bruised, so I spent Friday evening icing it.  Thankfully it didn't bother me during my run on Saturday, but I got shin splints!  That's usually the tell-tale sign I need new shoes.

Good thing my stim machine arrived Wednesday :)

Saturday's run also happened on the treadmill.  We got snow all day Friday and the sidewalks and roads didn't look safe for me.  I got a little reminder of safety Wednesday when I saw my chiropractor, and she had an assistant with her because she fell on ice while running and her arm was in a brace!  I was having a pity party when I woke up Saturday morning, then I realized I could now test out the outfit I want to wear for Princess.  It's been chilly enough that I've needed layers, and I didn't have to worry about that now.

It passed the test!  I had 7 miles on the schedule and I made it to 6 due to my shin splints.  I reset the treadmill after each mile so I could focus solely on the mile I was on, and not be wrapped up in how many miles I had left.  Doing that also let me play around with the run/walk intervals, which helped stave off boredom.  I really wanted to get to 7, but I was hurting and I decided not to push it and hurt myself.

Sunday was a bit of recovery, with strength training, and a trip to the LRS.  I went with the Fresh Foam Vongo shoe after testing out 3 different shoes.  It has the same stability scale as the 860s, with more lateral support.  I get to test them out on my run Tuesday!

Linking up with Holly and Wendy for Weekend Wrap-up.

Sunday, January 6, 2019

Monday Musings 1/7

Happy new year!  Wow, it's 2019.  7 days of 2019.  I'm back to posting after taking a break, along with my holiday.  I was able to relax most of the time while on break, and get to the fitness center too.  It's still quite difficult to workout up there, going up another 3k feet, but I made it happen.  I ran 3 days up there, snow-shoed a day, biked another day, and skied for my first time ever!  That was fun.  And exhausting.  Good thing I wasn't driving back because I don't know if I could've focused.  I spent the whole ride yawning.

I got home New Year's Day, where I took down most of my decorations.  I still have some small things up because it all looks so empty.  I know my living room is back to its normal for 11 months, but after a month of festive decorations, things look strange.

I made it through 3 days of work, of month-end activities, so the week was busy, and I needed to get back to my routine.  I did strides on Thursday, and then for the first weekend back after vacation, I did 6 miles on Saturday.  The first couple of miles were tough to find a rhythm, and I could feel I was tense.  The next two felt better, and then I had to take more walk breaks because I was getting a blister on my left arch.  Ouch!  I've used Rocktape before to protect my arches, and this one was slipping and sliding around.  I even pulled over and took my shoe and sock off so I could get the Rocktape off!  Does anyone know if Moleskin would work well on the arch?

Linking up with Holly and Wendy for Weekend Wrap-up.

Tuesday, December 18, 2018

TOTR: One Last Post

I know I've been slacking lately with Tuesdays on the Run posts, and how could I not post something for the last official TOTR?

The only topic I can think of is 2019 plans.  I'm really hoping 2019 is a good year because I could sure use it.  2018 was a doozy in many aspects, and I do NOT want to repeat it anytime soon.

2018 has me like
I did go to Alaska, so there's at least something good that happened this year.

First up, and what I'm already training for, is the Princess 10k.  Today is week #3, and I got a 3-mile run done yesterday, just as the sun was setting.  It was chillier than I thought it would be too.  When the sun starts to set, it takes the heat with it.  Next week will be interesting since it is Christmas, and I'll be at 8,100 feet.  It's hard to push through a run when I can't breathe!  Plus my main goal is to have as fun a holiday as I can, and enjoy time with my parents.  If they go to their fitness center, I'll probably go too.  I can find out what I can do on the treadmill.

After that, I'm not sure.  There are busy months at work which limits travel, but that's OK.  I'm still eyeing Las Vegas again, and they pushed it back one week, which may give me a better chance at doing it since November is a busy work month.  Since Princess is early, I may look into doing a late spring race.  I'll look once we reach the new year.

This will also be the last guaranteed post I write this year.  Since I want to enjoy my vacation, I won't promise any blog posts.  I hope everyone has a wonderful Christmas and happy New Year!

Tuesdays on the Run with PattyErika, and Marcia.

Sunday, December 16, 2018

Monday Musings 12/17

Happy last week I'm working this year :)  I'm working 4 days this week, and Friday starts my vacation.  I head back to work Jan. 2, 2019.

After a busy weekend last week, and the ballet, this weekend was easy going, if you count 5 miles easy going.  I had a good training week after having to take a step back due to my achilles'.  I nailed all of the workouts my coach scheduled, and I felt really good after Thursday's strides.  The 5 miles were a little bit of a struggle since I was battling the wind.  I'll consider it resistance training.

This week was my office holiday party, complete with white elephant gift exchange, and raffle.  I didn't win anything, but the party was fun, and it was most of the afternoon.  Between the party and this shortened week, it's been a little tough to keep focused.  The days are still fun, and this week will be quiet as people start their vacations.  We'll see how motivated I can stay.

Thursday I watched the Wine Show on Ovation, and I found out there's a marathon in France that has 23 wine stops along the course.  There's no chance I'd sign up, but it was interesting to watch.  Runners are encouraged to run in costume, and the point is to take their time (for obvious reasons).  I can't imagine tasting wine along the whole way :-p

I splurged a little bit this weekend and got an R8 recovery roller (and more RockTape).  My coach wants me to do more foam rolling, and I've been wanting more leverage on my calves.  My foam roller is OK, and the Adadday roller is fine, but I wanted more pressure, and neither foam roller or Stick felt right.  I've used the R8 already, and there are spots where I need to focus on breathing and get the massage done.

And I got the first holiday gift, running wise.  My friend got me this Disney medal display, and once I get it hung up, I'll move my runDisney medals over.

Linking up with Holly and Wendy for Weekend Wrap-up.

Friday, December 14, 2018

Friday Five: Back to Running

I got back to my running workouts this week, and I ran outside at lunch on Tuesday!  I had training in the building next door Monday morning, and when I was walking back to my building, before noon, it felt so good to be outside in the sun.  I knew I would pack my bag and then hope hope and hope the weather would be nice Tuesday at lunch.  And it was!  I had time for 3.25, and then I wrapped up the scheduled 4 miles at home after work to warm up for my strength training.  I usually don't break up runs like that, but I had to get outside.  A front came through too Tuesday evening so I was really happy I got my run done.

In other news, I have my first ever ski lesson booked, for a day after Christmas!  I have everything I need except the skis, and I can rent those ahead of time.

Friday Five 2.0 with Fairytales and Fitness