Monday, January 04, 2010
When I started training for the Disney World marathon 7 months ago, it seemed like forever until it would finally get here, and now it's approaching at lightning speed!
The past couple of weeks have been a whirlwind, so I'm glad to be getting back into a routine. I sang at the Candlelight Processional again this year at Epcot on Christmas Day and the day afterward. We hung out in the park with our church family both nights after we sang, so I was pretty whipped by Sunday morning.
Then the following Tuesday, we hit Universal Studios to use up some free tickets I won from a drawing at the Miracle Miles 15K. The lines were RIDICULOUS due to all the folks who were in town vacationing and going to the two bowl games. We still had a blast, even with the crowds.
As if that weren't enough, I also had some Disney comp tickets I had to use up, so we went BACK OUT AGAIN the next day. This was our girls' day out: me, my two daughters, and my two granddaughters - watch out! Our aim was to go to Magic Kingdom, but we decided to leave later in the morning - probably not a good idea since the park was FULL when we got there around noon. The parking lot attendant said parking would probably open back up in a couple hours, so we headed to Downtown Disney for some lunch, then walked around for a bit.
After calling the hotline a couple of times during the next 2-1/2 hours, we decided to hit Hollywood Studios instead. Because of the inconvenience, Disney comped our parking, so that was a plus. We also had to wait in line for the more popular rides because all the Fast Passes had been given out for the day by the time we got there. That was ok though. We enjoyed each other's company and didn't feel like we missed out on anything since we go to the parks frequently enough. We got to see the Osbourne Family Spectacle of Lights too, which I personally think is VERY COOL! Everywhere you looked there were thousands of lights flashing in a choreographed dance with the music. Even though it was officially after Christmas, I didn't mind hearing TSO's Carol of the Bells, not one bit! Another bonus: we also got a coupon for 50% off our dinner at a Disney restaurant, which is a BIG DEAL if you've ever eaten at a Disney theme park. I got to treat all the girls to dinner, and we even splurged on some chocolate mousse for dessert!
I had a nice, mellow New Year's Eve and Day. My neighbors were all having parties, but I was comfortable just hanging out at home and having some sparkling cider with my daughter while we watched on our TV as the ball dropped in Times Square. I actually did some laundry and cleaning on New Year's Day, feeling good about being able to stay home and get some stuff done instead of running around so much. I also made my traditional black-eyed peas and rice with cornbread, this year with some turkey sausage for flavor - yummy!
I completed my last long run on Saturday, 6.5 miles, in 40 degree weather. It was also my first run of 2010 - woohoo! The run felt great, with no plantar fasciitis pain whatsoever - another woohoo! The first half mile felt freezing, but once we warmed up, it actually felt comfortable. I was definitely grateful I went to Kohl's the night before and found not one but TWO nice moisture-wicking running jackets on sale. I wore my long-sleeved wicking top underneath, along with my capris, a headband to cover my ears, and my fingerless gloves. My hands finally warmed up toward the latter part of the run, so I'm thinking I might do full-finger for the race.
I did cross-training on the elliptical trainer at the gym today - no strength training at all this week to conserve glycogen stores. A year ago, I would have said you were insane if you thought I'd get up and run at 5 a.m. on Tuesday/Thursday in 20-something wind chill, but that was then and THIS IS NOW. I know I am MOST DEFINITELY a hard-core runner, because I'm actually looking forward to freezing my tail off. I know it will give me a good feel for what it will be like on race day, and I'll have an opportunity to experiment with clothing. I'll also be sharing the experience with the gals I've been training with for seven months, so we can encourage each other to keep our minds off the cold.
I've got a checklist of a few items I need to get before race day, but it's a small list and I feel I'm prepared for the most part. My goal is to get plenty of rest this week, fuel with nutritious food, and hydrate well. Watch out Disney...here I come!