Tuesday, August 12, 2014

2015 Tinker Bell Half Marathon Registration

Today at 12 PM EST, one of runDisney’s very popular women’s-focused races opens to the public for registration. The Tinker Bell Half Marathon weekend takes place May 7-10, 2015 and consists of a 5K, 10K, Half Marathon and, starting next year, a Pixie Dust Challenge (when you run the 10K & Half Marathon).

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My husband and I participated in the 2014 Tinker Bell Half, and both our opinions is that this race weekend an absolute blast! The medals are gorgeous and everything is within walking distance (as long as you stay on Disney property or at a Good Neighbor Hotel)!

Last year’s medals

My blog posts related to the 2014 Tinker Bell Half Marathon Weekend:

Expo Recap
Race Recap
Disneyland/California Adventure Recap

Here is all the info you will need for pricing and scheduling:

Schedule of Events

runDisney Health & Fitness Expo
Disneyland Hotel Exhibit Hall
Thursday, May 7, 2015 – Noon - 7:00 PM
Friday, May 8, 2015 – 9:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Saturday, May 9, 2015 – 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Never Land 5K
Disneyland Resort
Friday, May 8, 2015
Start Time: 5:00 AM

Tinker Bell 10K
Disneyland Resort and City of Anaheim
Saturday, May 9, 2015
Start Time: 5:30 AM

runDisney Kids Races
Simba Parking Lot near the Downtown Disney District
Saturday, May 9, 2015
Start Time: 9:00 AM

Pasta in the Park Party
Stage 17 inside Disney California Adventure Park
6:00 - 8:00 PM Friday, May 8, 2015

Tinker Bell Half Marathon
Disneyland Resort and the City of Anaheim
Sunday, May 10, 2015
Start Time: 5:30 AM

Pixie Dust Challenge
Disneyland Resort and the City of Anaheim
Saturday, May 9, 2015 - Sunday, May 10, 2015

Entry Fees & Deadlines

Tinker Bell Half Marathon
$195 by September 2, 2014
$210 between September 3 and September 23, 2014
$225 on or after September 24, 2014

Pixie Dust Challenge
$320 by September 2, 2014
$345 between September 3 and September 23, 2014
$370 on or after September 24, 2014

Tinker Bell 10K
$105 by September 2, 2014
$120 between September 3 and September 23, 2014
$135 on or after September 24, 2014

Never Land 5K
$70 per participant by February 27, 2015
$80 per participant on or after February 28, 2015

runDisney Kids Races
$20 per participant by February 27, 2015
$25 per participant on or after February 28, 2015

ChEAR Squad
Bronze – No Charge
Silver – $39 per package
Gold – $69 per package
Platinum Half - $99 per package

Pasta in the Park Party

With a Theme Park Ticket
$135.00 for Adults (ages 10 and up)
$115.00 for Children (ages 3-9)

Without a Theme Park Ticket
$89.00 for Adults (ages 10 and up)
$69.00 for Children (ages 3-9)

Proof of Time

If you plan to finish the half marathon in less than 3:15, proof of time is required.

A valid proof of time provided at the time of registration must include the following:

  • Name of Race, Date, & Distance (race must have taken place after May 1, 2013)
  • City, State
  • Finish time

If you do not have a proof of time to submit, list "N/A" at the point of registration. You MUST have a proof of time submitted by February 1, 2015, or you will be put in the last race corral.

Submit all Proof of Times to: disneysports@trackshack.com.

**IMPORTANT**: You cannot bring proof of time to the Race Expo to change your start corral anymore.

Registration Policy & Deferrals

  • All race fees are non-refundable.

  • You may NOT transfer your registration to another participant.

  • All races are subject to capacity limits and may close at any time.

  • Deferrals: You may defer your registration to the 2015 Tinker Bell Half Marathon subject to availability, on or before April 23, 2015. There is a $45 fee if completed by March 27, 2015, and a $70 fee is completed between March 28 and April 23, 2015 (no deferrals for the 5K or Kids’ Races).
  • The deferral link will be available December 1, 2014.

QOTD: Will you be participating in any of the 2015 Tinker Bell Half Marathon Weekend events?

Monday, August 11, 2014

Weekly Recap 8/4/14 – 8/10/14

Another Monday has arrived! I hope y’all had a fun (and not too crazy) tax-free weekend! Anyone score some awesome deals? Robert and I each got a new pair of running shoes this weekend. I have been in ASICS Cumulus shoes pretty much since I started running and bought their newest version (the 16’s). They did not make any structural changes to them (yay!) but they did make them a bit lighter (double yay!). When I tried them on at Luke’s Locker they felt incredible; comfortable as always, but so very light! Does anyone ever feel like they are walking on clouds the moment they try on a new pair of perfect running shoes? Best feeling ever, right?! Here are my new shoes; I love the colors this year!

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I am also ecstatic to say my running/training went very well this week. After easing back into things the previous week and a half, I decided to attempt some ladder intervals to see how it felt. On Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday my treadmill running workouts looked like this:

2 minute walking warm-up (3.5 mph)
1 X (3 minute running (6.2-6.5 mph) & 1 minute walk (3.8 mph))
2 X (4 minute running (6.2-6.5 mph) & 1 minute walk (3.8 mph))
2 x (5 minute running (6.2-6.4 mph) & 1 minute walk (3.8 mph))
1 x (4 minute running 6.2-6.5 mph) & 1 minute walk (3.8 mph))
1 x (3 minute running (6.2-6.5 mph)
2 minute walking cool-down (3.5 mph)

I had no pain during or afterwards which is fantastic! I have been trying my best to concentrate on form and heel striking; it is pretty difficult finding that feeling of efficient running, but there are moments that I am able to get there and even though it is a little awkward at first, it feels really cool! I am also finally starting to feel like I am truly over this ITBS. I admit that I still feel nervous each time I lace up and start to run, but I get more confident after each time. I still do my yoga, stretches, and strength exercises consistently and will continue to do so from here on out for prevention. I don’t ever want to feel too comfortable to think that I am impervious to injury. I am just so thankful that I am able to get back out there and run!

I started putting together my Dopey Challenge training schedule this past week. I could not find an already created schedule for this specific challenge that I felt comfortable with, so I modified the same training plan I used for my first marathon. I really loved that schedule and plan, and it is a comfortable length of time to help me feel ready for the race. I’ll go more in to details in another post though!

My Workouts The Past Week:

Monday: Yoga + 30 min cycling + IT band stretches & strength + push-ups/sit-ups/squats + arms + foam rolling/The Stick/Ice

Tuesday: 3.5 mile run (ladder intervals) + IT band stretches & strength + push-ups/sit-ups/squats + arms + foam rolling/The Stick + Ice

Wednesday: Yoga + 30 min cycling + IT band stretches & strength + push-ups/sit-ups/squats + arms + foam rolling

Thursday: 3.5 mile run (ladder intervals) + IT band stretches & strength + push-ups/sit-ups/squats + arms + foam rolling/The Stick/Ice

Friday: Yoga + foam rolling

Saturday: 3.6 mile run (ladder intervals) + IT band stretches & strength + push-ups/sit-ups/squats + arms + foam rolling/The Stick/Ice

Sunday: IT band stretches & strength + push-ups/sit-ups/squats + arms + foam rolling/The Stick

Monday Motivation!

QOTD:  Did you get any new running gear this weekend?

Friday, August 8, 2014

Funny Friday

Welcome to another edition of Funny Friday! Every once in a while I like to do just a fun, light-hearted post to help kick off everybody’s weekend with a laugh! Here are some of my latest finds on Pinterest for running and Disney humor!

LOL but at least you burn calories and get a t-shirt too...the ticket gives nothing back to this world

Top 10 Funny Memes About #Running

A different approach to Disney movies

Most under-appreciated joke in a Disney movie… I thought this was hilarious when I heard it in the movie ... People looked at me weird for finding it funny

running humor | Perfectly normal..."!

Running humor!

Shut your mouth!

You know you're a runner when.... #run #LOL #humor

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Have a great weekend y’all!

QOTD: Are you a fan of the Pinterest humor section?

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Run Gait Analysis

I have mentioned in a few previous posts that I went to get my running form analyzed a couple weeks ago at the sports medicine hospital here in Houston. Today I want to share with you all the results as well as what I learned from this experience. Up front, though, if you are ever thinking about getting something like this done, I highly recommend it, especially if you are recovering from an injury and looking to prevent more in the future.

When I arrived at the office, we went into the gym area where they had a large industrial treadmill like I’ve never seen. The Exercise Physiologist asked me a few questions as I explained my situation and let her know that I was just coming off 7 weeks of physical therapy for ITBS and I’d really like to make sure this, or any other injury, does not happen in the future. She let me know that she would go over everything with me to make sure I fully understand my current run gait, and how I can improve for the future.

The first step was getting on the treadmill. I walked comfortably for a few minutes to warm-up then started to run. Once I was up to a pace of 10 min/mile (where I often ran pre-injury) and felt comfortable in my stride I let her know that she could start taking video. She needed about 6 minutes total of running video to analyze all angles of my gait.

In total, I ran a mile straight! I was very excited about that – the physiologist said I could keep going as long as I felt comfortable since she was uploading the video and starting to analyze it, so I figured why not? After my cool-down I got off the treadmill to look over the analysis with her. Here are the results:

Toe Off & Heel Strike

Overall, I demonstrated a good posture during the gait. I do not exhibit any signs of over-pronation, medial collapse (ankles rolling inward), nor do I show any signs of external rotation.

I do, however, have a tendency to heel strike on both feet, which could be corrected by shortening my stride length. This can be done by increasing my cadence.

This also helps prove that I am running in the correct shoe – I am a neutral runner, but my ASICS still have a gel support that minimizes the shock on my heel.

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Mid-Stance

This is where the bulk of my problems occur. My hip and shoulder alignment is slightly off and have a hip drop on both sides. While hip drops are inevitable, they are more likely to happen once fatigue sets in towards the end of a run, not in the beginning. If hip drop occurs this early in a run, then the IT band on the opposite side of the hip that is dropped mid-stance is overly stressed during every stride. No wonder I got ITBS! The best way to combat this issue is to strengthen and stretch out my hips, glutes, and abs on a regular basis. I also need to continue to foam roll my IT band and Piriformis.

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Overall, I am so glad I had this done. I learned a lot and am excited to continue to grow as a runner!

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DISCLAIMER: Please know that this was all recommended to me personally by my doctor and physical therapist. I AM NOT A DOCTOR and am not recommending these techniques to anyone. I am merely a runner coming off an injury, and sharing my journey. If you are experiencing any pain please consult your doctor for diagnosis and recovery techniques that will work for YOU.

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QOTD: Have you ever had a run gait analysis done?

Monday, August 4, 2014

Weekly Recap 7/28/14 – 8/3/14

Happy Monday all! I hope everyone had a fun weekend – I know I did! It has been so great getting back into the swing of things for running. It also reminds me that I really need to get my training plan finalized for the Dopey Challenge in January. It’s only about 5 months away – eek! Does anyone else feel like this year is just flying? I can’t believe August has arrived already!

Training

This week I ran three times. Tuesday I went two miles while running 3/1 (run 3 minutes/walk 1 minute) intervals. I had no pain during or afterwards. On Thursday I went 3 miles using mostly 3/1 intervals (with a couple 4/1 intervals thrown in there to see how it felt) – and once again, no pain! I was excited going into my ‘long’ run on Saturday after that. I decided to do 3 miles again starting with a 3/1 interval, then moving to a 4/1 interval for most of the time, and finally ending on one 5/1 interval. I iced immediately afterwards just in case, and no pain once again! I’m not going to push too much, but I love seeing this gradual progress!

During my training runs this week, I also calculated my cadence (steps per minute) during the run portion of the intervals. All 3 days I hovered around a 186, which is great. Efficient running occurs at at least a cadence of 180 so I am really pleased! Also, my pace during each run was maintained between 10-11 min/mile, which I am thrilled about. (FYI – if you are wondering how to calculate your cadence, just count your strides for 30 seconds while running and whatever number you end on, multiply that by 2 and that is your cadence).

runDisney

Let’s move on to some other news from this week – I am sure everyone has heard by now that runDisney announced a new challenge during the Tinker Bell Half Marathon weekend in 2015. When you complete both the 10K and half marathon, you get a new medal for the Pixie Dust Challenge. I think this is really exciting, but I have to wonder since they had the 10K this year, why didn’t they just do the challenge along with it in January? It makes no logical sense to me – my only thought as to why they did this is because they knew they were going to move Tink weekend to Mothers’ Day next year (which a lot of people complained about), and they needed a reason to make sure it sells out quickly again (like it wouldn’t anyways). At least they finally made it official though!

Weekend Festivities

Robert and I saw Guardians of the Galaxy on Saturday. It was SO good and it is connected to The Avengers movie! If you haven’t seen it yet, I highly recommend it!

Speaking of movies, I finally saw Monster’s Inc. for the first time ever *cue gasps* I know, I know. I can’t believe I just now saw it, but I loved it! Such a creative movie, but really can I expect anything else from Pixar? They are fantastic.

Also, is anyone out there a fan of the SyFy network by chance? Robert and I enjoy watching their ‘B’ rated ‘thrillers’. So we decided to watch Sharknado 2 and all I have to say is LOL…they really outdid themselves with this one. It was hilariously ridiculous!

I knocked out one of my summer bucket list items on Saturday! Robert and I went to dinner at a restaurant for Houston Restaurant Week (this was our fourth year to participate…it’s definitely a fun tradition for us!). We decided on Americas (restaurant week menu HERE) for some Latin American cuisine. It certainly did not disappoint – the food was incredible! Here are a few pictures:

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Crispy plantains with 3 different types of dips (left)
Latin style chicken wings and chicken empanadas (right)

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Churrasco steak and veggies – awards for top 20 steak in America – it was delicious! (left)
Dulce de Leche cake & Dulce de Leche cookies with a caramel hazelnut filling for dessert (right)

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View during dinner – we watched the sunset while enjoying our delicious food. It was a great night!

My Workouts The Past Week:

Monday: Yoga + 25 min cycling + IT band stretches & strength + push-ups/sit-ups/squats + arms + foam rolling/The Stick/Ice

Tuesday: 2 mile run + IT band stretches & strength + push-ups/sit-ups/squats + arms + foam rolling/The Stick

Wednesday: Yoga + 30 min cycling + IT band stretches & strength + push-ups/sit-ups/squats + arms + foam rolling/The Stick

Thursday: 3 mile run + IT band stretches & strength + push-ups/sit-ups/squats + arms + foam rolling/The Stick/Ice

Friday: Yoga + IT band stretches & strength + push-ups/sit-ups/squats + arms + foam rolling/The Stick

Saturday: 3 mile run + IT band stretches & strength + foam rolling/The Stick/Ice

Sunday: IT band stretches & strength + push-ups/sit-ups/squats + foam rolling/The Stick

Monday Motivation!

QOTD:  Have you ever measured your running cadence?

Friday, August 1, 2014

Road to Recovery: The Final Weeks

Previous posts on my Road to Recovery from ITBS:
Knee Frustrations
Week 1 Report
Week’s 2-4 Report
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In my final weeks of physical therapy (PT), I began to incorporate short distance running into my routine. This was only while I was at my sessions, though; I wanted to play it safe and not overdo myself outside of PT so I continued to break a sweat by cycling on my off days. On my July 3rd session, after all my stretches and strength exercises, my physical therapist said “Ok, let’s see how you feel on the treadmill”. I am not lying when I say I felt immediate nausea. It was the moment I had waited for ever since I dedicated myself to getting better. I was just to attempt 1/1 intervals (run one minute/walk one minute) for up to one mile as long as there was no pain. I was instructed to stop at the first sign of discomfort.

The treadmill belt started and my legs moved with it; even with all my nervousness, I felt a sense of peace come over me. I was back in my happy place! The only question was if it would last? I continued my intervals making sure I was aware and in tune with my body for any possible twinges. Before I started PT, the tweaks of pain began around a quarter mile of running, so when I passed that distance, I felt relief. Granted I was run/walking and not running straight through, but still, no pain! In fact, that whole mile was successful! I felt victorious already.

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Each mile I ran/walked at my PT sessions after that went very well – so well actually, that by my final session I was able to accomplish a 2/1 interval (run two minutes/walk one minute). The following Monday I had my run gait analysis scheduled (recapping next week so stay tuned) which also went very well.

Since my gait analysis, I have run 3 times; once outdoors with my dad while I was in Dallas, and twice so far this week on the treadmill. I ran/walked 2 miles with my dad last week and did the same on Tuesday this week with no pain. Yesterday I was able to complete 3 miles at 3/1 intervals with no pain! I iced immediately afterwards as an anti-inflammatory precaution though. Better safe than sorry!

While getting myself back into both the mentality and physicality of training, I have also been making sure I am consistent with my stretching, strength training, and foam rolling. Having a loose IT band along with a strong core and glutes will help immensely in the prevention of future injuries. In fact, I don’t even allow myself a cardio session anymore without doing stretching and strength first. My cardio sessions (running & cycling) are my rewards for doing what is necessary to make sure my ITBS never returns again.

To end my Road to Recovery reports, I want to thank each of you. Thank you for staying with my blog even though it veered away from health & fitness often due to my lack of activity from this injury. And thank you for bringing up my spirits with advice and encouragement through the last few months! It has been frustrating to say the least, but with my husband, family, and each of you supporting me, it has made the journey so much easier!

QOTD: If you have had an injury, what did you learn from it?