Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Happy New Year 2014

Happy New Year, everyone; I wish you all an amazing year, and that you accomplish the goals you have set to achieve! As Walt Disney said, “All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them.”

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Here’s to saying goodbye to a wonderful 2013, and saying hello to what is sure to be a great 2014! I will have my 2013 recap up tomorrow morning, and my 2014 goals posted on Friday!

QOTD: How are you celebrating New Year’s?

Monday, December 30, 2013

Weekly Recap 12/23 – 12/29

Marathon Training Countdown – 9 Weeks Down, 9 Weeks to Go!

Today is my last 2013 weekly recap. I cannot believe how close 2014 is; I really need to think about what kind of goals I want to accomplish next year!

I am officially at the halfway point on my training for the Woodlands Marathon. My long run on Saturday was 14 miles which was a huge personal milestone; it is the longest I have ever run in my life to this point! Although I felt slightly intimidated by the distance, when I arrived at the park at 7 AM, a bunch of my Team RWB friends were there so I had company during my entire run. I was incredibly grateful for this as it helped make the miles go by much more quickly. Plus, unlike the week before, the weather was perfect! I also got to try out one of the Christmas gifts I gave to Robert (he is so nice to share!); peppermint flavored Gu. It was very yummy, although thicker than the Honey Stinger gels I am used to taking. After that 2.5 hour run, my legs were definitely sore, so I did an ice bath which helped a lot!

Here are the stats:

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I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas last week! I had a blast with all my family, and even got some new running gear. In fact, I would say about 90% of the gifts I received were either running or Disney related. I am pretty easy to shop for – haha! I got my first two running ornaments to put on my Christmas tree; I cannot believe that I didn’t have any yet!

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It’s not bad luck to put the 26.2 one my tree already, right?! My race is only 2 months away, and I just did not want to wait until next year. :)

I also cannot wait to start using my new 2014 running calendar/journal!

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Back at a Disney World trip in 2010, my dad got me a beautiful Jim Shore Cinderella figurine that I love, and so Robert decided to help me add to that collection with another Jim Shore figurine – a Rapunzel one! It is just beautiful; I love Jim Shore’s collections.

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On Sunday, Robert and I went to go see Saving Mr. Banks. Disney did an amazing job with this movie, y’all. I love Mary Poppins, and getting to see how such a classic came together, and the back story to it all, was simply incredible. I highly recommend this movie if you haven’t seen it yet!

My workouts this week:

Monday: 4 Mile Tempo Run (Pace: 9:00 min/mile)

Tuesday: Rest Day (Travel Day) 

Wednesday: 6 Mile Easy Run (Pace: 10:30 min/mile)

Thursday: 4 Mile Easy Run (Pace: 10:00 min/mile)

Friday: Stretching & Foam Rolling

Saturday: 14 Mile Long RunLongest run to date!

Sunday: Stretching & Foam Rolling

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QOTD: How was your Christmas? Did you get any new running gear?

Friday, December 27, 2013

Disney Resort Series: POP Century

Back in October, Robert and I stayed at Disney’s POP Century Resort for the Tower of Terror 10-Miler weekend. We both absolutely loved staying here; this is one of Walt Disney World’s more cost-friendly resorts, and you do not lose value at all in my opinion! In fact, you get more bang for your buck – all the fun without the high costs! The atmosphere really is fantastic and nostalgic as each group of buildings is themed around a particular decade.

You may want to note that the room does not have a coffee maker or a fridge like other on-campus resorts, but you have all the basics such as:

Comfortable bed
In-room safe
Mini Toiletries by H20 Plus
Complimentary Wi-Fi & Parking
Complimentary Airport & Park Transportation
Fantastic Food Court (with a lot of options – menu
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Pools, Jogging Trail, Playground, Merchandise Store, & Arcade

With all that being said, here is a photo tour of Disney’s POP Century Resort!

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QOTD: Have you ever stayed at Disney’s POP Century Resort?

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Monday, December 23, 2013

Weekly Recap 12/16 – 12/22

Marathon Training Countdown – 8 Weeks Down, 10 Weeks to Go!

Happy week of Christmas! I hope everyone is enjoying this wonderful time of year with loved ones. Robert and I drove up to Dallas on Friday to spend a few days with my family, and then we will be back in Houston on Christmas Eve to spend Christmas Day with his family. I feel so blessed to be able to spend the holidays with everyone I love!

Regarding training – I realized, after I changed my Woodlands Marathon countdown above, that after next Saturday I will officially be halfway done with training! Earlier this past week, they actually released some new pictures and information for the marathon; the course, the medals, and finisher shirts (also finisher-in-training shirts that we can order at the start of 2014)!

Training this week was mostly uneventful, except for my long run. I woke up on Saturday morning around 6 AM to cold temps and sprinkling rain. I was out the door around 7 AM hoping the rain would let up a little bit. Not only did it not stop raining while I was out running, but it poured for part of the time. I confess that I considered going back home around mile 7, but after some internal conflict with myself, I conceded that I am indeed stubborn enough to run 13 miles in the cold rain.

I am not 100% sure how I got through that run – only by the grace of God. I was completely numb half way through; so much so that I could not even use my hands to get my energy bar out of my fuel belt! I was quite hungry by the time I got home! But somehow my mind cleared and my body just kept going until my Garmin said 13 miles. Oh, and speaking of my Garmin, it is working again – I am very excited that I am not in the market for a new one after just a year of using this one!

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What is pretty neat is that my current half marathon PR is 2:13:48, and Saturday’s long run, not pushing my pace, is only a couple minutes off from that. I see a new half marathon PR in my racing future!

My workouts this week:

Monday: 4 x (1200 meters fast pace + 400 meters walk)

1200 meters pace = 8:30 min/mile
400 meters pace = comfortable walk

Tuesday: Yoga

Wednesday: 6 Mile Easy Run (Pace: 10:30 min/mile)

Thursday: 4 Mile Easy Run (Pace: 10:30 min/mile)

Friday: Rest Day (Travel Day)

Saturday: 13 Mile Long Run

Sunday: Stretching & Foam Rolling

Monday Motivation – Enjoy that Christmas dinner! 

QOTD: Have you ever ran in tough weather conditions?

Friday, December 20, 2013

2014 Tinker Bell Half Marathon Weekend Info

With the Tinker Bell Half Marathon weekend coming up in just a few short weeks, runDisney has officially released all of the runner information! This will be my very first race at Disneyland, and I could not be more excited!

Schedule of Events

Tinker Bell Half Marathon Weekend Expo
Disneyland Hotel Exhibit Hall
2:00 PM – 7:00 PM on Thursday, January 16, 2014
10:00 AM – 7:00 PM on Friday, January 17, 2014
10:00 AM – 5:00 PM on Saturday, January 18, 2014

Never Land Family Fun Run 5K
Disneyland Resort
5:45 AM on Friday, January 17, 2014

Tinker Bell 10K
Disneyland Resort and City of Anaheim
6:00 AM on Saturday, January 18, 2014

runDisney Kids Races
Simba Parking Lot near the Downtown Disney District
10:00 AM on Saturday, January 18, 2014

Pasta in the Park Party
Stage 17 inside Disney California Adventure Park
6:00 - 8:00 PM on Saturday, January 18, 2014

Tinker Bell Half Marathon
Disneyland Resort and the City of Anaheim
5:00 AM on Sunday, January 19, 2014

Course Maps

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Corrals & Waivers

5K, 10K, Half Marathon, Kids Races Waivers
Pasta in the Park Waiver
ChEAR Squad Waiver

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Packet Pick-Up

  • Bring your waiver to the race expo at the Disneyland Hotel Exhibit Hall to pick up your race packet.
  • If you cannot pick up your race packet, someone can for you; they need their own photo ID plus:
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    A copy of the participant’s Photo ID
           2. Packet Pick-Up Authorization Form (see below for links)
           3. Event waiver signed by the participant

Packet Pick-Up Authorizations Forms:
Half Marathon
10K
5K
Kids Races

Final Note Regarding Proof of Time – You will no longer be able to bring proof of time to the Runner Relations booth during the Expo and have your start corral placement changed.

I’ll see y’all there!

QOTD: Will you be earning your wings in 2014?

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Running Playlist – Christmas Edition

With Christmas just a week away, it is always nice to have some holiday cheer on your music playlist to help keep pep in your step during a run!

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Here are some of my favorite songs & arrangements for this time of year:

12 Days of Christmas by Straight No Chaser
Christmas Can-Can by Straight No Chaser
Nutcracker by Straight No Chaser
Little Drummer Boy by Pentatonix
Carol of the Bells by Pentatonix
Angels We Have Heard on High by Pentatonix
All I Want for Christmas is You by Mariah Carey
Hey Santa by The Wilson Sisters
Underneath the Tree by Kelly Clarkson
Last Christmas from Glee
Let it Snow by Michael Buble
Deck the Halls by SheDaisy
Caroling, Caroling by Natalie Cole

I hope you enjoy the song selections. Happy holiday running to you all!

QOTD: Do you have a favorite Christmas song on your running playlist?

Monday, December 16, 2013

Weekly Recap 12/9 – 12/15

Marathon Training Countdown – 7 Weeks Down, 11 Weeks to Go!

Another week gone by already. Time is passing so quickly; I cannot believe Christmas is just over a week away! I finished up my shopping on Sunday, which I am glad for because usually I am out last minute picking up a few items and battling all the big crowds. Not this year, though!

This past week was great, especially Saturday morning’s long run. I went to sleep pretty early on Friday for my 5:45 AM wake up call (first world runner problems? Haha) and headed out to get my 12 miles done. I felt completely awake, and the whole run felt strong! I also did a decent job on negative splitting, which is something I really want to get a firm grasp on before the Woodlands Marathon. The weather was nice too; about 45F degrees, but with high humidity which made it feel warmer . I’ve actually never been so grateful for humidity! I’m also very glad I remembered my ‘Jasmine Ponytail’ because I guarantee if I had forgotten to do my hair correctly, it would have turned out looking much like the Grinch’s sole – mangled up in tangled up knots. Another note, I tried that Apple Cinnamon Hammer Gel that I got in my Dasher 10K race packet the week prior. It was delicious, and caused no stomach issues; the only thing to mention is that it was rather thick, so definitely take it with plenty of water. Lastly, I ended up using Robert’s Garmin – I was going to test mine one more time to see if it would work, but I forgot to charge it Friday night.

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After my run, Robert and I headed out to Wreath’s Across America – Houston with a few of our Team RWB friends. This was my first time to attend this event; I loved it so much and will definitely be going every year in the future. There are about 800 ceremonies that take place on the same day every year around the world.

They do an initial ceremony to honor each military branch, then let all who show up place beautiful wreaths on the graves of fallen soldiers. When you place a wreath, you follow it by saying the soldier’s name out loud. When the speaker explained this process, his words caused me to choke back a few tears – “you don’t know how long it has been since someone has spoken that soldier’s name.” It made me wonder…what would these men and women say if they were still here? What stories would they share?

There were about 40,000 wreaths to be placed on Saturday, and it was finished in less than an hour. I believe there were about 15,000 people there to help, which is incredible. To echo what the speaker of this event said – through all the bad that there is in this world, it is nothing short of amazing to see so many people join together for this common good.

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Saturday night, Robert and I (and the pups!) went around to look at Christmas lights. It was so fun, and we actually ended up getting to see a few light shows synced to music. There was one we saw that was about 20 minutes long, and incorporated lights, music, snow machine, fog machine, laser lights, and flame throwers. It was epic!

My workouts this week:

Monday: 4 x (1200 meters fast pace + 400 meters walk)

1200 meters pace = 8:30 min/mile
400 meters pace = comfortable walk

Tuesday: Rest Day (I went to my work Christmas party) 

Wednesday: 5 Mile Easy Run (Pace: 10:30 min/mile)

Thursday: 4 Mile Easy Run (Pace: 10:00 min/mile)

Friday: Yoga

Saturday: 12 Mile Long Run

Sunday: Cleaned the apartment, finished up Christmas shopping, and wrapped all the presents! All that must count for something, right? :)

Monday Motivation (and a great reminder for this time of year)! 

QOTD: How do you stay motivated to keep up with your fitness goals during the holiday season?