Monday, March 21, 2011
It has been 3 weeks since the race, and I'm finally getting around to posting my race report...
I have posted about my results here:
The day started with the alarm going off way too early, and not much sleep. Getting to sleep at 10-11pm local time might sound like an easy task after a day out and about at Disney World... but with the excitement of the upcoming half, and not yet being adjusted to the time zone, it was difficult! The alarm clock went off at 03:00hrs and it was almost a relief - it was now time to get up. We quickly got ready, had a light breakfast in our room and headed off to wait for a bus... and then wait we did! It was then that I got tired. It was warm and muggy at 16C and 90+% humidity, but great standing outside in my shorts and tshirt that I'd planned to run in. No gloves, no sweater, nothing to check.
The bus eventually arrived (after waiting well over 45min, then we were STUCK in traffic. I think they had some serious issues with the transportation, they really needed a bus lane setup! We didn't get off the bus until after 05:00hrs and then walked to our corral which we finally arrived at around 05:32. We didn't wait long for the wheel chair riders to start and the first wave to go! We didn't have much longer to wait as we were in the second corral.
I said goodbye to my husband at the start line and ran off... he would be walking (or so he said).
There was a great energy, even at the early hours, and an amazing number of runners dressed up. Some costumes looked not too bad for running in, while others looked mighty uncomfortable. One set of Tinkerbell wings were discarded before the 1 Mile Marker.
The Mile Markers were great works of art and loved that each had a clock - a wonderful feature. I found the Mile Markers difficult as I'm used to running races that mark kilometers. I don't know why it bothered me so as my Garmin was still set in kilometers and kept track of my pace as usual, but found myself doing math at every Mile Marker to figure out my pace... which was strange since my Garmin told me that!
I only stopped for one Character Photo in the race... I wanted a photo with Mickey or Minnie but never saw either on the route, and the lineup for the few princesses I saw were 5 or more runners deep. So I kept running. I did stop at the carriage for a photo...
The route was fairly flat, with a few over- or under-passes to traverse. I think the only "nasty" one was the cloverleaf at Mile 10... I found it nasty because if its length and the road was angled perfectly for driving, but left me feeling like my right leg needed to be longer.... I did like the Sergeant (from Toy Story) at the top of ramp - he was wonderful - motivating and completely in character as a drill sergeant. Also loved that his motor-home/support vehicle was draped with camo netting!
I didn't take too many photos personally... I did manage a few, but found holding the camera and taking photos rather complex WHILE running! Guess that is a skill I should master before the Disneyland Half!
After I finished, I saw my family (my kids, my mom & her husband) waiting for me just beyond the finish line on the opposite side of the fence. The racks of medals was amazing! I was quickly through the food line and off to meet up with the kids. Then I finally checked my phone and my husband had gone at a much faster pace than anticipated, so we hustled to the finish line, just in time to catch a glimpse of him after he got his medal... Then we met up with him.
After the race we headed over to look for a bus (but the roads were still closed), and then to the monorail, and off to Animal Kingdom for the day!
A day of Disney, plus a half marathon is a LONG day, and I got a great sleep after
Sunday, March 20, 2011
So now I`m trying to figure out my training... I do need to fit in some more strength training, and would love to add some cross training. But first the kids are on Spring Break! This puts a small delay into my training....
We aren't going far for Spring Break as we just got home from our vacation in Florida and the Disney Princess Half Marathon. Since the half marathon I've gotten two short runs, a walk and an aquafit class in. Since I was exhausted from the trip and had a sick kid for a couple of days, not too bad.... But I really need to get on track again.
My next scheduled race is the Longest Day Run 10KM. I would love the kids to be able to run the 1 Mile Kids race too - but we`d need to bring another adult along. So who can we bring? The race is on the far west side of town...
Or do we arrange for a sleepover somewhere?
I know I need a goal and a plan. So it is time to set some SMART goals!
10KM Longest Day Run
Goal time 0:55:00
Race Date: 17 Jun 2011
I completed it last year in 0:57:00
Run 3-4 times per week
Include tempo runs, hills, a long slow run, and some speed work
Complete 200 Sit Up and 200 Squats Training Program
Both 6 week Programs
Completion Date: 8 May 2011
2 Days of Strength Training in addition to Cardio/Cross Training
Goal Date: 17 Jun 2011
Drink only plain tea and water
Start Tracking Food again
I am starting this week, even though I know I won't get the runs in. Here is my typical week (I hope! as I'll need to be flexible based on the kids schedule):
Run-------------Monday, Tuesday, Thursday
Walk or Run--Saturday or Sunday
AquaFit-------- Wednesday or Friday
200 Challenges -- Monday, Wednesday, Friday
Strength ------Tuesday, Saturday or Sunday
Weekly Goal: March 20-26:
Run: Sunday & Tuesday (during Band)
Start Tracking Food again
Monday - Challenge Fit Tests
Thursday - Start Challenges
No AquaFit classes this week, Away with the kids starting Wednesday
Monday, March 07, 2011
To anyone who might think taking 3 kids to Disney World is a vacation is crazy!
We are nearly home... and I'm exhausted!
The past 11 days have been wonderful, crazy but definitely not RESTFUL! I'm going back to my normal routine of school drop offs, reading with classes, morning runs, household chores, school pickup, afterschool activities, cooking dinner, helping with homework, evening activities, music & dance practice, etc. I think it'll be easier on my body!
But after saying that, Disney World was WONDERFUL. My estimate is that we averaged between 15-18km of walking a day. No complaints on sore feet until yesterday...
Tomorrow we drive home, and then Tuesday back to normal routines...
Tuesday I will do my first run after my half marathon... I plan a nice slow run - probably only 5km....
Monday, February 28, 2011
It was an amazing race... although I didn't get a personal record, I did feel I ran a good race. I did find the temperatures a little warm for running (about 10C warmer than I've been running recently...) But the worst was the forecasted 90% humidity....
My chip time was 2:18:28, my Garmin listed as 2:18:31 , 2875th overall. Our team placed 29/110 for the Co-ed division.
From the official results page:
Overall Place 2687 / 13091
Gender Place 2687 / 13091
Division Place 519 / 2188
Age Grade 48.6%
5K Split 30:45
10K Split 1:02:21
15K Split 1:35:41
For a more detailed report, I will post more once we get home.
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