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16 Days Until The Disneyland Half Marathon...

Thursday, August 16, 2012

This morning I ran 4 miles before going to work. After running 11 miles Sunday, I thought about how 4 miles felt so quick! There was a time when I never thought I could run 4 miles - and that wasn't too long ago!

During my lunch break, I went to the mall and bought two running shirts, a pair of running shorts, Gu, and prescription sunglasses. I have found that I am more comfortable in the morning not wearing my contacts. Since the race starts at 5 AM, I decided to buy an updated prescription. Using my health insurance, my new RayBans ended up costing what they do when they aren't a prescription! Tomorrow I am going to try out a new running shirt and shorts. I read that a runner should run ahead of time in the running attire they want to wear in a race to make sure they are comfortable. This weekend when I run 10/11 miles I am going to try Gu at mile 8 and make sure it agrees with me.

At the recommendation of my chiropractor/acupuncturist I bought CoQ-10 (100 mg). It's supposed to be good for heart and blood vessel function and great for runners. The girl at the store said she takes one in the morning and one at night. My Doctor said it starts to work in a couple days. We'll see what happens!

Quote of the day:

"Running is the greatest metaphor for life, because you get out of it what you put into it."
-Oprah Winfrey


  
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INFLATED 8/19/2012 12:54AM

    When I think of you, I think of Mercury's winged feet. If you are running 11 miles, 4 miles should seem easier. Don't tense up, run for the joy of it!

I think you are going to Wow yourself at this half-marathon!

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EDENZMOM 8/17/2012 8:21AM

    Disneyyy!! Imagine all of us cheering you on, as you're running! good for you :)
I love how your blogs have evolved into running blogs. I'm really proud of you!!

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FITFORMYFAMILY 8/17/2012 12:36AM

    Your countdown really feels like it's flying right now! I'm glad that you're trying out the new things BEFORE the race. I hope that they all give you the boost you're looking for, even though I'm convinced that you'll do great with or without a boost. Let us know if you notice a different from the CoQ-10.

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LDONLEY71 8/16/2012 9:40PM

  way to go!!

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BEWELL48 8/16/2012 9:36PM

    Good Luck on tha Disney half marathon......what an inspiration!

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20 Days Until The Disneyland Half Marathon...

Sunday, August 12, 2012

This morning when I woke up I realized that three weeks from that moment I will have completed the Disneyland Half Marathon! Yikes...it is a little scary to think about. It is coming up so fast now!

Today I ran 10.7 miles. I drove to the City of Newark (Delaware) to run because I keep running the same streets over and over around my development and I am getting bored! It's a good run for up to 5 miles, not so good for long runs. So, I went running all over a neat little town I grew up in. Actually, I moved from Newark three years ago, so...

I parked at a central location and left water and a towel in the car. I tracked my miles with my runkeeper as I went. I had different places in mind to go. Around mile four I was getting thirsty (it was humid out) so I ran back to my car, got a drink then kept moving on. The same thing happened around mile 8.

Mile 9 seems to be the "wall" for me. I kept the same pace throughout mile 9, but my legs felt like concrete blocks. It actually was ticking me off! I gave myself an assessment - I was breathing fine, could sort of talk, my feet and knees didn't hurt; so I made myself trudge through. Of course my mind was trying to talk me into walking, but I had made it that far running and decided I wasn't going to walk when I was so close to ten miles. When I hit about 10.5 miles my legs felt light again!

I think it is time for me to buy some honey or an energy bar to eat at mile 8. A friend advised me to do this before and I remembered her suggestion at mile 9 today! Yes, it would have been a nice time to try and see if my legs eased up! I am going to run at least 10 miles next weekend and want to try it before the marathon to make sure I don't get sick, etc. I have decided I will not run 13.1 until the half marathon - if I can run 10 - 11 miles okay I will be fine. It is also time for me to figure out what I am going to wear, I want to be as comfortable as I can.

After I ran today, I went to the gym and bought a peanut butter/chocolate protein shake (made with skim milk, of course!) Then I drove home and fell asleep on the couch for two whole hours! 10.7 miles plus the humidity wore me out!

Quote of the Day:

“The trouble with jogging is that by the time you realize you're not in shape for it, it's too far to walk back."
Franklin Jones

  
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INFLATED 8/20/2012 5:06AM

    I think some runners eat spaghetti or carbs before a cross country race. Investigate that before doing it because some people get sick after running and that isn't a pretty picture.

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FITFORMYFAMILY 8/15/2012 4:16PM

    You are SO READY for your half! From what I've read, you're wise not to be doing the full distance now that you're so close, and I know from experience that you're wise to be trying out the nutrition and clothing before the actual race. You've got this!!

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KAREN_NY 8/14/2012 1:34PM

    You've got this!!!!!
SOOOO Happy For You!!!!

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XHENA16 8/12/2012 10:44PM

  Thank you - you are inspiration! :))

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24 Days Until The Disneyland Half Marathon...

Wednesday, August 08, 2012

Today I ran 4 miles...I was supposed to run 5 miles, but my stupid iPhone rang and it was work, it was early so I stopped short to answer it. It ended up not being something I should have been called for, but I did thank God - My business is early childhood and I don't want any hurt or an emergency with the building. Anyway, I did get four miles in at 6 am so I won't complain.

My husband wanted to take me and rox to Annapolis, MD in the boat overnight so I got out of work and away we went. I encountered a running store and bought a running shirt that says "will run for wine". I like another one that said "I run like a girl and I am beating you" but they didn't have my size!

I am thinking about running a 10k Saturday. My brother (my running coach) told me to run one 30 days before. I am waiting for his opinion. I will be 21 days out - don't want to risk injury!

Instead of a quote tonight, I am going to leave you with the message on the headband I bought today to wear during the half marathon...

" unless you faint, puke or die, keep moving!"

Love it!!!!

  
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KAREN_NY 8/14/2012 1:33PM

    This running store sounds pretty cool -- apparently when my hip heals enough, I need a road trip! :)

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FITFORMYFAMILY 8/10/2012 8:50PM

    I wonder if whoever made your headband does Jillian Michaels workouts. It sure sounds like her!

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AATKIN01 8/8/2012 10:10PM

    love the message! emoticon

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UMBILICAL 8/8/2012 9:16PM

  Go Disney

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30 Days Until The Disneyland Half Marathon...

Thursday, August 02, 2012

30 days left! It's coming up so quick!! Yes, it's a little scary but exciting to think about. I have been training consistently and going to the chiropractor every week for adjustments so I know I am preparing well. That's giving me the confidence I need not to doubt myself.

Today is my day of rest!

Yesterday I ran 9 miles for my long run. I was do thankful to have my music - I ran several roads four times!! Long runs definitely seem to go faster when I am running with someone else! I am going to figure out a new place to run ten miles next week!

I did run the 9 miles in 1 hour, 28 mins so I am on target for my goal of 2 hours, 10 mins for the half marathon.

Now I am going to tighten up my diet. I have to minimize my alcohol (red wine and beer) and junk food intake. I want to feel the best I can in race day. I will share this with my friends since this goal seems to be the hardest to achieve when we all go out! They will support me!

Quote of the day:
Friendship is like vitamins; we supplement each other’s minimum daily requirements.
- Kathy Mohnke

  
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KAREN_NY 8/14/2012 1:30PM

    Thanks for sharing the quote... and your progress! Blisterin'!!!

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RIVADERCHI 8/5/2012 10:52PM

    Hi R.M. Good to catch up on your blogs and see how you've been progressing. Wow, only 4 weeks to go! I know you must be so excited. I'm with everyone else: you're gonna Rock that run! Keep up the good work! emoticon emoticon

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FITFORMYFAMILY 8/5/2012 10:21PM

    Wow! It's amazing how quickly these races that we've been talking about are creeping up on us. You have made such great progress with your training. You're going to ROCK!

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-POLEDANCEGIRL- 8/2/2012 9:42AM

    Hooray!! I want to run this SO bad!! Maybe next year. Good luck!! Sounds like you are going to ROCK IT!

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SABLENESS 8/2/2012 9:41AM

    Love the quote! Can't wait to share it! You're doing a great prep job. I'm proud of you! I'm getting ready to do a workout. My leg is asleep; heavy 10 mo old kitten has been sleeping on it. Since January, I've lost one cat, gotten two. I love my current kitty family! How's your cute little Roxy doing? Is she training, too?

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CMKARLS 8/2/2012 7:32AM

  emoticon

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LATTELEE 8/2/2012 7:08AM

  nice quote

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35 Days Until the Disneyland Half Marathon...

Saturday, July 28, 2012

Today I planned on getting up early to run 8.5 miles...I ended up not getting up so early.

So, I went out at 8:53. It was really humid, so I ended up running 2.5 miles. I came in, stretched, cooled off, and ate my breakfast. As I checked my facebook account, I noticed a post from a friend who had run 10 miles on her treadmill this morning while watching the olympics. Inspired, I decided to run a couple more miles on my treadmill and get up early tomorrow to run 8.5.

I hopped on my treadmill and watched the men's bike race as I ran another 2.7 miles. As I ran I thought about how I use to use my treadmill all the time and that I should be incorporating it more in my trainings. It definitely was a lot cooler - I have a/c, a ceiling fan and a floor fan aimed right at my treadmill! My treadmill has cushioney shock absorbers under the belt, making it a nice, smooth run. It is also convenient to have water and a towel at my disposal whenever I need it. I also found that watching the olympic competition kept my eyeballs away from the time and distance trackers on the dashboard - it didn't seem to drag.

In the end, I got 5 miles in this morning. I am glad that I decided to keep going.
Now I am off to the running store to buy a new pair of running shoes - yayyy!

Quote of the Day:
"The difference between try and triumph is just a little umph!" Life is Good



  
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FITFORMYFAMILY 7/31/2012 11:59AM

    Isn't it fun when something inspires you to do a little bit extra like that? Running while watching the Olympics definitely sounds like it would be motivating. Much better than eating ice cream while watching the Olympics!
I hope you got a great pair of shoes!

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