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Princess Half Race Report

Monday, March 07, 2011

It feels like it's been so long since the race. We stayed in Florida for almost a week after the half and it was crazy busy. I'm still trying to catch up here but I wanted to get my race report written.

We got to FL on Thursday after a very long car drive (17+ hours) which included a stop to see the shuttle launch. (Thank you Holly for the awesome directions!) Friday we hit the expo early and relaxed the rest of the day. Saturday morning my husband and three oldest girls ran the 5K. They stopped and took pictures with all the characters which was a highlight for my 7 year old. We then went off to the kids races where my 5 year old ran. She had a blast and everyone enjoyed cheering her on. We went back to my parents to swim for awhile and then headed to Downtown Disney for the meet up.

I have a confession to make. I am a super introvert and the meet up seriously stretched me. However.. I'm so glad I went! I was an honor to meet my fellow Disney Sparkers and I'm sorry I didn't get to meet everyone. It is really cool to be able to put faces with names. I will definitely do it again next year and maybe get to meet some more people because I will be back next year!

I was a little nervous race morning because I checked the humidity and it was 100%. I had gone for a run on Friday morning in FL and felt the humidity. I was not trained to run in any sort of humidity so I didn't know what to expect out of myself on race day. I went into the race knowing that I was going to try for my PR but that I wouldn't be devastated if I didn't reach my goal.

Let's just say I knew pretty early on that this was not going to be my day. Mile 1 felt good, but not effortless. By mile 2 I was sweating so much- I wasn't struggling physically but knew by the sweat that I might have a hard time picking it up. By mile 6 I knew a sub 2 race was most likely out of the question and just started hydrating as much as I could. I was feeling sick to my stomach too and only got one gel down. I walked the water stops just trying to get as much fluid into myself. It's not like I was struggling to run, I just couldn't make myself go any faster. I knew my only chance was if I could pick up the pace for the last 3 or 4 miles. I actually chuckled to myself when I looked at my Garmin with 2 miles left and realized the only way I was breaking 2 hours was if I ran an 8 minute pace the last two miles NOT!

My official time was 2:03:03. It's funny that even though I was bummed about not meeting my goal, I look so happy in the race pictures my husband took. A highlight of the race was running down Main Street. My husband, three kids (one was too tired to get up) and friend got everyone around them to chant "Lisa, Lisa" as I ran by. It was so cool!

We left the race and cheered on everyone as we drove home. I felt good physically but ended up getting the worst migraine Sunday afternoon. I was in bed all afternoon except when I thought I was going to puke. I kept thinking how lucky I was that I decided to hydrate on the course because it could have been much worse. There was a runner down around mile 12- she was flat on her back and paramedics were there helping her. I don't know what happened to her but I hope she's okay.

Here are my stats from the race:
Official time 2:03:03
Pace 9:23
Overall Place 1074/13107
Division Place 149/1822
Age Grade 55.8%

My Garmin clocked it at 13.25 miles with the following splits:
Mile 1-9:20
Mile 2-9:00
Mile 3- 9:12
Mile 4- 9:12
Mile 5- 9:07
Mile 6- 9:05
Mile 7- 9:21
Mile 8- 9:32
Mile 9- 9:16
Mile 10- 9:33
Mile 11- 9:21
Mile 12- 9:20
Mile 13- 9:16
last .25 mile 7:52

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CATIATM 3/16/2011 5:08PM

    2:03 .... I don't run that fast in my dreams!! Great job!! emoticon

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ELASTI-GIRL 3/14/2011 3:34AM

    Great run! I'd love to break the elusive sub-2 as well! Good attitude and perspective. Sounds like you had fun.

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L3DESIGNS 3/14/2011 12:37AM

    Great job - especially given the conditions.

I too saw the runner down at mile 12 - they'd loaded her up on a stretcher and were taking her away in a golf cart. She was thanking the paramedics as I ran past...

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ELYMWX 3/13/2011 11:44PM

    Well done!

Don't worry about how long it took you to get your race report done - I only just got mine done today :-)

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CATHIMOMMY 3/11/2011 11:17AM

    I only wish I could run so fast--I hope to break 2:45 in my next half--and I will determined to be the fittest 50 yr old around!


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FUNFROG79 3/8/2011 10:39AM

    Wow! You did amazing! Congrats on becoming a princess!

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ESBELL 3/8/2011 12:36AM

    emoticon It sounds like you had a great race for the weather conditions. I hope one day I can run that fast!

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Getting ready to go....

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

I've been frantically packing all day, schooling my kiddos, getting the house clean for our house/dog sitter and planning our meals for the trip down. We're leaving at 1 AM for our almost 14 hour journey to FL, making a stop to see the space shuttle launch on the way. (Well, sort of on the way.) I'm excited, but overwhelmed. I know I'll be exhausted for the first few days and I need to be careful to get some rest before Sunday. I'm ready, though and can't wait.

Hopefully, I'll make it to the meet up on Saturday so I can meet all of you. If not, good luck on Saturday or Sunday, whatever race your running (or maybe both). We've all had our challenges to get to this point so now it's time to enjoy it!

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CATIATM 3/3/2011 7:45AM

    emoticon I hope you had the best time ever!

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MAPLELEAFMOM 2/25/2011 7:19PM

    GOOD LUCK !!! Have fun and enjoy emoticon I really wish I was there to run with you (well run waaay behind you !!) I am still not running but go to see a podiatrist on Monday so I'm thinking maybe I should plan to run the Princess in 2012 !!! I also hope to get back on SP to reconnect with everyone... I've missed you all!!!

Run Princess Run!!!

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MIM2317 2/23/2011 9:17PM

    Good luck on Sunday! I hope you have a great time!

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ESBELL 2/23/2011 6:56PM

    I'm excited for you, but a little jealous I can't be there. Enjoy your time away, and have a great run!

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Long run and other ramblings

Friday, February 18, 2011

I am getting so excited for the Princess. Excited and scared at the same time. I don't know why I get so nervous before races. I think I'm especially nervous this year because I have something to prove. Even if it's only to myself, it still makes me feel added pressure.

I'm planning on running 12 miles tomorrow. I have been unsure if I was going to do it since last weeks long run, but have decided it's a go. For some reason I've developed plantar fasciitis in my other foot and it was pretty sore last weekend. I've worked hard to take care of it this week (along with the foot that's already got it), and feel like I need the run mentally. Physically I feel like I'm ready for the race but I think running 12 will go a long way to give me confidence.

Speaking of confidence, mine was rattled yesterday when I went for a short run in our surprise 70 degree weather. I forgot about the heat factor in Florida after training in the cold (relative) . Let's just say it was a horrible run. I only ran 4 miles and felt like I was going to die. Thankfully the race starts early and I hope to be done before it gets too hot.

I know this blog is all over the place but I'm going to end with one final thought. As I was running yesterday and feeling horrible, I had the thought that at least I'm able to run. Fast or slow, I'm out there running and I take that for granted so many times. I've battled my plantar fasciitis for over 9 months, but that is no big deal compared to life issues people face every day. No matter what happens at the Princess, I'll enjoy every minute of it and be thankful that I was able to toe it up at the start with so many amazing women.

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CATIATM 2/22/2011 1:57PM

    I won't like - my confidence was badly shaken in the Donald this year. At the end of the day, you just have to pull your socks up, risk failure and go for it. I think you are goingt o have a great race, and I hope you really get into and enjoy the total experience. Good luck!

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DMR3673 2/20/2011 7:28PM

    Good luck at Princess~ and don't forget to HAVE FUN :)

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1MEGMEG 2/20/2011 2:34PM

    Love this blog! I completely empathize with the pre-race nerves! I get incredibly nervous too. I'm an upper middle of the pack runner, it's not like I am winning anything lol, but I think the competition against oneself is the toughest competition.

Last week at work I had the privilege of meeting a young man in another department. He runs marathons and is attempting this year to qualify for the US Marathon Olympic Team. We were talking mainly about work stuff, but then crossed over to running. I asked him if he gets nervous before races and how he handles it. He said he doesn't get nervous. He just likes to run and wants to have fun. Here's someone with so much at stake, the Olympics!! He is able to channel to his roots and remember WHY he got into the sport in the first place, and how much he loves it. He has fun! It sounds so overly simple, but it's true. :)

As a fellow race day nervous nelly I will challenge both of us to remember why we are here in the first place and to have FUN! And SMILE, Mickey Mouse is watching lol! :)

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CHIQUENS 2/18/2011 3:31PM

    hey, thanks for this post, it was motivating. You are doing it. Rock on!

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Need Help from FL Sparkers about Shuttle Launch

Friday, February 18, 2011

We leave for FL in 6 days. YEAH! Since I found out the Discovery is launching for the last time on the day we drive down (Thursday), we decided to drive straight to see it. Besides, after 13 hours in the car with 6 people and a ton of stuff, what's a little longer, right?

Here's my dilemma: I've never been to Kennedy Space Center and sadly won't have time to do the educational bit. We're going to have to see the launch and high tail it out of there to my parents house. I have no idea where to go to see it. Are there places other than Kennedy Space Center to see it? I think it's going to be crazy packed because it's the last launch for Discovery and Mark Kelly will be on it. Do you think I'll even be able to get into Kennedy Space Center? Also, I'm not going to be able to get there way ahead of time. We're leaving at 2AM just to get to the launch on time. Will I even be able to see it at the last minute?

I don't mean to be totally ignorant here, but the fact it, I am. Any tips or advice would be greatly appreciated.


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CHIQUENS 2/18/2011 3:33PM

    You absolutely won't be able to get onto KSC, I work for NASA and can't even get on to KSC. However, shuttle launches are kind of epic in that no matter where you are for like, 60 miles around the Cape, you can still see the launch. Just remember that most launches end up being delayed by inclement weather.

Going to a Launch, or even just seeing it from somewhere is Florida is kind of amazingly awesome and life-changing. We saw one last April, and it was one of the most beautiful sights of my life.

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    Ask Dragonfly1974 (Holly) she is the best to ask

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It's been a month since my last blog :(

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

I did it again and I'm not even going to go there. Drop the guilt over neglecting the blog.

Now that I have that out of the way.....

Less than 6 weeks until race day. This is geeky, but every time I go to the Disney Princess Half Marathon website and surf around I get knots in my stomach. seriously. I know; get a grip. I'm walking that line between being super excited and terrified. I've put my goal out there (meaning the words "I want to break 2 hours" have actually come out of my mouth when other people are around and not just spoken in my head), and I'm feeling some fear of failure pressure. It's a good thing (I think).

So far my longest run is 9 miles and I've thrown in speed work and tempo runs during the week. My training is actually going unbelievably well and I'm hitting all my goals. The only nagging factor is my foot. My plantar fasciitis is teasing me. Right now it's only talking to me- soreness in my arch and pain in my heel, but not when I run. I've gotten new shoes that I'm wearing only for running (except for right now- I stepped in dog poo with my other pair and am too lazy to clean it off). I'm wearing sneakers all the time I'm not sleeping (yes, even to church!). I'm icing after every run, massaging my foot with a golf ball every night, wearing my night splint and stretching like a mad woman. I don't think there's anything else I can do to help it. I have a 10 mile run on Saturday and that will be a huge test because 9 miles is where I fell apart at the last Princess race. If at any point my foot goes from talking to me to yelling at me I will immediately back off.

My eating isn't great but it isn't horrible either. I haven't lost the 10 pounds I wanted to. I'm not running as many miles each week as I probably should, but you know what? I'm okay with that. I can't do it all. I am a perfectionist by nature (at least that's how I want myself to look), but I've decided it's not worth it. I can only do what I can do and in my opinion, that's enough.

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CATIATM 1/27/2011 1:35PM

    I hear you on the fear/excitment cycle. Give it everything you've got and don't look back!

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FUNFROG79 1/20/2011 8:31AM

    I hear ya! My training has been so tough for Princess b/c I had to take a month off b/c of plantar fasciitis and heel spurs. My long intervals are up to 7 miles (this Saturday). I'm very nervous too, but I think I'm more excited. I LOVE Disney's racing atmosphre! I would like to break two and a half, but I decided just to have fun and enjoy it all. I think you are doing everything to ensure a successful race. I haven't lose ANY weight since May and it's beyond frustrating. I could've have written this blog myself! emoticon

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