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8 Hours Until The Disneyland Marathon...

Sunday, September 02, 2012

This morning my brother and I went back to the health expo and listened to Jeff Galloway give pointers for race day. He said gummy bears or sugar cubes every two miles work best when running a long race. He said Gu, and others like it are more complex and take longer to break down. So, I went to the candy store and bought gummy bears!! He is a very nice man. I ended up having two conversations with him. He said he has heard lots of nice things about the Jeff Galloway SparkPeople group.

This afternoon we drove to Long Beach and had lunch with old friends of mine on their boat. It was very relaxing and we had a great time. It was a very pretty and calm area.

When we came back we went to Disneyland. We had "pasta in the park" with fellow runners and got our pictures taken with Goofy and Pluto. I will post pictures when I get back home and in front of a computer.

We rode on several rides. I did get enough guts to ride on Space Mountain at the end. I figured if I had enough guts to run a half marathon then I could ride a roller coaster. Tomorrow when I get nervous I will reverse this idea!

We have just finished laying out our running clothes, pinning our bibs to our shirts and setting our alarm clocks. It's 9:48, I wore myself out and am ready to get some zzzzzz's. We will be up at 4:30 and at the corral at 5 AM.

It will then be time to run!

Quote of the day:
(I saw this on the back of a running shirt today and it made me laugh):

"If you see me collapse, please hit 'Pause' on my Garmin."

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KAREN_NY 9/5/2012 2:16PM

    SO excellent!! When I saw that Jeff Galloway posted his finish of the same HM, I was so happy for you! Heck, what's not to be happy about? You're at the shore, you're at Disney, you're running fast, smackin' down rollercoasters... you have gummy bears... lol!

Gotta get one of those shirts -that's great! Can't wait to see those pictures, but relax and keep basking in that glow!

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RIVADERCHI 9/4/2012 1:21AM

    CONGRATS, ROXYZMOM! You rock! I just saw where you posted 2 hours and 10 minutes for your time! Woo Hoo! You must have been at the front of the pack!! Hope you had a blast and enjoyed yourself. We all were rooting for you here on SP! I knew you'd do great! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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WATCHMEGO! 9/3/2012 8:32AM

    Can't wait to hear how it went!

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    I'm reading this after your race so it's a bit late to wish you one final "good luck" but I love this blog. You made me laugh with your roller coaster, half marathon reversal. I love your tactics!
It's so cool that you got to talk to Jeff Galloway a couple of times. Another running friend tried Swedish Fish and I thought of doing the same, but it was too close to race day for me to try something different. They sure would be cheaper than Shot Bloks (I think).

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SCAREWALDORF 9/2/2012 5:38AM

    Good luck! Let us know how you did as soon as you can. xoxo

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LADYPIXEL 9/2/2012 2:26AM

    They were selling those 'hit pause on my Garmin' shirts at the health and fitness expo at the Disneyland hotel... I think the website was one more mile dot com (no link here for my sanity's sake).

I did the Cars Land 5k this morning -- but when I include that with the rest of the distance I did today between the parks and walking around Anaheim in general, I did about 14.5 miles total. Now, admittedly, you're doing 13.1 miles in a few hours, so you're going a bit longer than I am, but I have faith in you, you'll nail this!

... hey, there's a Jeff Galloway group here on Sparkpeople? WHERE?

My cousin's doing the 1/2. I'll be out along the course in the wee morning hours cheering him and his wife on. And if I knew who to look for, I'd cheer for you, too, so here's a virtual cheer. You can do this!

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SWEDE_SU 9/2/2012 1:02AM

    You are going to rock it! Have a great time!

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1 Day and 9 Hours Until The Disneyland Half Marathon...

Friday, August 31, 2012

Today we checked in to the Disney Grand Californian Hotel. We weren't going to drive to Anaheim until tomorrow, but we are meeting up with friends of mine in Long Beach for lunch and I was getting stressed thinking we may not get here in time to pick up our bibs, etc.

I am really happy we did! My brother didn't send in his previous race times so they had him in the very back - we got it straightened out so he can run with me. We also met and got a picture with Jeff Galloway! (I can't figure out how to add pictures on my blogs with this iPhone - I will post them when I get back).

The hotel gave us a premium upgrade room for free when they heard I have never been to Disneyland. We watched the fireworks from our room! And I was able to buy lots of running stuff at the expo!

I did get a nice 3 mile run in before we drove up.

Now I wait!

Quote of the day...

"There is nothing to be intimidated about - it's just another long run where a few more people show up and they happen to wear numbers."
Wesley Stafford              

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    Your excitement is so contagious! I would've wanted to be there as early as possible, too. Now you can relax and not waste a bunch of nervous energy tomorrow!

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NANCYRUBIO 8/31/2012 11:33PM

    Good for you but I don't know where the can find room for a run in that area. emoticon

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2 Days and 2 Hours Until The Disney Half Marathon...

Friday, August 31, 2012

Today I ran 2.7 miles and participated in a yoga class. My brother and I are meeting friends in Long Beach Saturday and want to see the health expo at Disney so we are going to Disney one day early (tomorrow). We are very excited and will keep all of you posted!!!

How do I feel??? Like.. I can't believe I am actually doing this!! What was I thinking when I signed up?? But, wait! I can do this!!!!! I trained real hard! I am ready!

Quote of the day...

"Believe that you can run farther or faster. Believe that you're young enough, old enough, strong enough, and so on to accomplish everything you want to do. Don't let worn-out beliefs stop you from moving beyond yourself."
-John Bingham, running speaker and writer

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INFLATED 9/1/2012 3:07AM

    Run like the wind!

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    So close! Enjoy the adrenaline!

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RSTAR13 8/31/2012 8:22AM

    Good Luck!!! You can do it!!!!

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ROSET491 8/31/2012 7:28AM

    Best of Luck on your Half!! Can't wait to read all about it!

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3 Days, 11 Hours Until The Disneyland Half Marathon...

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Gosh, it's getting REALLY close now!

So, I made it to California! I am staying with my brother. Yesterday we went to a yoga class (for alignment) in the morning. The Instructor was really good. I got a nice stretch. We then went to Trader Joe's and bought a lot of healthy foods that I am used to eating at home...veggie sausage, cottage cheese, egg beaters, salad mix, Greek yogurt and fruit. We will be eating breakfast and lunch at his place and go out to eat for dinner most of the time I am here.

In the afternoon we ran 3.5 miles along the water in La Jolla. It turned out to be a very hot run. It is supposed to be cooler here - its going to be 90 degrees throughout the weekend! We ran it in a little over 28 minutes which was very fast for me. I have been averaging 9 min 30 secs on my runs at home. Anyway, it was nice to run along the water and it was very flat. My knee still has a huge scab on it from my fall last Sunday. It felt great running. There was a couple stances I couldn't do in yoga because I can't put weight on it right now. My elbow still has a huge scab too - doesn't bother me unless I wear long sleeves or bang it! I think it is going to be a while before they heel - battle wounds!

For today's quote of the day, I am going to use one of my SparkBuddies...

" I can't wait for the been there, done that, wearing the t-shirt moment" Inflated

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    Hiya, Speedy! I really hope that the weather cools down at least a little before Sunday morning. I'm so excited for you!!

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INFLATED 8/30/2012 5:13PM

    I hope you will be able to sleep the night before the run, lol!

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NYKIMMIE 8/30/2012 10:46AM

    Have a great day! emoticon

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4 Days & 15 Hours Until The Disneyland Half Marathon...

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Flew through all my work today at an amazing pace (hope that carries over to Sunday morning at 5 AM! Got two new people semi-trained and all my work done through next week. I won't be stressing about it while I am in California. I brought Roxy to work with me so we had quite a bit of play time before I left.

My husband wished me luck and dropped me off at the airport. I was an hour early, so I am now enjoying a drink and dinner at Chickie and Pete's. I plan to sleep and read on the plane - 5 hour flight. I will be landing at 11 PM east coast time - gonna hit the hay and start fresh in the morning - running 3 -4 miles tomorrow morning with my brother.

I posted my upcoming race on Facebook this morning - have been getting tons of well wishes!

Well, I know I have been posting motivational quotes but I am at the Philadelphia airport at this moment so I guess I will make my own...

"think about something really cool that you want to do. Leave "I can't or never could" out of the discussion and go for it! You can!!"

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INFLATED 8/29/2012 3:21AM

    I can't wait for the "Been there, done that, wearing the T shirt" moment!

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SABLENESS 8/28/2012 10:27PM

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FITWITHIN 8/28/2012 5:44PM

    Have a great time with your Disney Half Marathon. emoticon

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