Wednesday, December 31, 2014

reflections of 2014

In my MRTT group, there was a challenge for this coming year.  I have a list of my goals and this sort of overlaps it, however, I love this little grid set up!

2- Reflect upon 2 things you learned about yourself this year.
I can run a marathon(Dopey Challenge) after running three races in a row.
I can run a half marathon the weekend after the Dopey challenge.

0- Zero in on ONE thing you want to improve on in 2015- what would it be and why?
I want to zero in on my 5k time and improve that greatly.  As close to a 30 min 5k would be nice!
1- Tell us ONE thing you hope to learn this year...
I hope to learn about speedwork and track time
And
5- List 5 things that give you hope for 2015
I hope that I learn to like the 20' and 30's in the am-the weather just bites at you sometimes!
I hope I can make it to 2015 miles in 2015
I hope to make it to more group runs and not as many solo runs
I hope to cross train more
I hope that all this pays off by looking amazing in my wedding dress in June(I know, sounds vain!)

-until next time

2015: turning over a renewed leaf


With the close of 2014 and the dawn of a new year upon us, I've been reflecting on what goals I'd like to focus on in the new year.

I have a few simple goals that I think will be easily accomplished with some fun and help from my MRTT friends.

1. Run 2015 miles in 2015.  That breaks down to 5.5 miles a day.  Which is totally doable, seeing as some days the runs are shorter and some races are longer.

2. Improve my 5k time.  I'm not entirely sure what it is right now(either in the 40's or 50 min range).  My goal is to get it down to around 30 min or less  Which is totally doable.

3. At one point, I was able to run a speedy 9/10 min mile.  Not so much lately.  It's slowly crept up.  It's my fault entirely and I intend to fix it seeing as I know I can do it.

And finally,

4. Do a better job logging races and runs here.  It will be so much easier if I can log them here and physically see where I am in my goals.

These are all goals that are easily attainable especially since I'm already going to be running and cross training for races.

-Until next time

Thursday, January 23, 2014

The Dopey Challenge: 10K

FYI: Get a snack, a glass of wine and put your feet up!  This is a long post and each recap probably will be.  Also, I repeated some info from yesterday, but most of it is new.

This is your only warning in advance!!



I slept pretty well the night before the 10K. I was able to get a three hour nap in after the 5k and then drove to IHOP for lunch and a local movie theater to watch Saving Mr. Banks.  The weather was rainy and I didn't have the desire to spend money walking around a wet and rainy park.  I also took a z-quil each night before every race.  I've used it before when I couldn't sleep at home(that's a whole 'nother post) and it helped me fall asleep faster and on my schedule.  I also don't have any lasting effects as I don't use it that often.
My 10k flat lady!  I ended up not wearing the capris.
With the fact that it rained the day before the 10k, it was chilly and had a touch of humidity in the air.  I woke up at 3:30 again and ate some granola bars as I did before the 5k.  I got to the race early again and napped in my car(again, like I did with the 5k-I was trying to keep a consistent pattern going) for about an hour. 

One of the corrals all ready to start the race!
I think my favorite part about Disney races(other than the bling, nice race shirts, good race food, a great attitude, etc) is the fireworks.  Seriously, if these races weren't so darn expensive(or I just lived in Orlando) I'd probably run them every year because of the fireworks and all my other favorite parts.

A panoramic of the Beach/Yacht club beach.  I wanted to stick my feet in the sand and relax!



Again, I was silly and hit start and not stop...my official time was: 1:27:59.  
My 5k split was 42:55(back down to my roughly normal 5k pace!!!).
I also placed 3065 out of 5193(60%-eh-let's ignore that statistic!)  There were 9234 overall.
I was 534 in my division...I'm not sure how many people were in my division.

These points are mainly for me to see how I improve over time.
Our inaugural race medals!

 Post race bliss!  And excitement!


 The bling!!  It was heavy-also the inaugural race!



Because I was a Dopey Challenger, I was given a band after each race to confirm I actually completed each part of the challenge.  I loved wearing them and have them in my keepsake box; it is just a subtle reminder of how hard I tried and succeeded.





And the finish!

Overall thoughts on the race: 
1. Great course: for the most part fast and flat, a few inclines, but nothing I couldn't handle.  It was basically the same course as yesterday with the exception that they had to double it-we ended up running on a few stretches of highway.

2. Crowd control was what it was for a Disney race.  Yes, there were 10,000 runners, 7,000 of which were Dopey's  However, even with the 3,000 "other" runners(families, kids, walkers, etc...), I had a fine time running.

3. I went into this challenge with the goal of finishing as close to my normal times as possible.  My best 5k was a 41 min and I wanted to be as close as I could.  With the various photo stops and weaving around people, I was able to maintain almost what I normally run.  I slowed my pace down a bit to conserve for the other three.  Was it necessary?  I honestly don't know-I've never done this type of race before, so I had to guess what I'd feel like for the half and full.  Knowing now how I was, I'm glad I did this as I maintained an even pace over all four races.  My 5k in this race was actually fantastic knowing that I had a half and full in the next two days.

4. The race boxes at the end were amazing.

5. I felt good running this race.  My calves weren't tight at all and I had some extra pep in my step knowing Andrew was on a plane heading down here for the weekend and to cheer me on for the half and full.

6. I noticed on the Dopey message boards on FB that lots of people were complaining about the humidity.  Yes, it was humid, but I was so darn happy that it was warm that I didn't really notice it unless I pushed myself.  Normally, in a race, I would push myself to do the best I could, but knowing I had to sustain for four races, I held back.  I mentioned to Andrew later that it was humid and a bit difficult, but not in a complaining mode-more of a "I noticed it and listened to my body mode"

7. I've done enough runDisney races to know that they have lots of photographers on the course, so I actually "stalked" them out and made sure I had some great photos.  I know, I know.  Pics while running should be serious, blah blah blah...I wanted to look good!  I've had some terrible pics and wanted some good ones.  The below pics are from the website because I'm not paying for them-sorry-lower your prices and I will.












 -Until next time

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

The Dopey Challenge: 5k

FYI: Get a snack, a glass of wine and put your feet up!  This is a long post and each recap probably will be.  This is your only warning in advance.

The below statement was a constant thought running through my head the moment my feet touched the ground in Orlando. Honestly, there were times during this week that I had some serious doubts about myself and this mantra was the only thing getting me through; well, also the text that my dad sent saying my mom would be so proud of me.

The morning of the full came bright and early; 3:30am.  The race wasn't scheduled to start until 6:15, however, I was driving from an off-Disney property hotel and also didn't want to get stuck with road closures and having to park in Tahiti.

The night before I laid out my flat-lady(race outfit) and posted it on my running message boards.  Belonging to Moms Run This Town(MRTT) was one of the reasons I decided to even go forth with this challenge.  These ladies have been so supportive via facebook, instagram, personal runs and texts that not completing any of these races would have been ridiculous.  I was immediately overwhelmed with the encouragement by this picture that I knew regardless of the outcome of the Dopey-I'd still a BAMR for even trying it.
I should note, I did not pack any fuel for this race.  I normally don't for a 5k.  I may or may not carry a bottle of water to throw away.  Because I've done Disney races before, I opted to not carry a bottle with me.  There was a water stop on the course as well as bathrooms/water fountains in the park which I used.
The 5k start: lots of people!


 Right as you entered EPCOT there was a nice little spot overlooking the World; a kind couple snapped this pic of me.  I was so happy to finally be doing this challenge.


 Each Disney race has character spots along the routes.  The lines are terribly long, so I ran up to the front and would try and snap a pic of the character before another runner stepped up.


 What a view!!




 I sometimes have the best running pics...today, not so much!  But I love looking back at the blurry knowing I was starting something pretty darn nifty in my book.


This was not my time.  I forget when we started but this just points out that the race started 56 min ago.  I believe I started close to 6:45 which would mean I started 30 min into the race start.




 I am embarrassed to say that I didn't hit stop when I took this.  My time was 47:43.
 
 Done!  Feeling great; in need of a shower and nap!

Because I was a Dopey Challenger, I was given a band after each race to confirm I actually completed each part of the challenge.  I loved wearing them and have them in my keepsake box; it is just a subtle reminder of how hard I tried.

Overall thoughts on the race: 
1. Great course: for the most part fast and flat, a few inclines, but nothing I couldn't handle.

2. Crowd control was what it was for a Disney race.  Yes, there were 10,000 runners, 7,000 of which were Dopey's  However, even with the 3,000 "other" runners(families, kids, walkers, etc...), I had a fine time running.

3. I went into this challenge with the goal of finishing as close to my normal times as possible.  My best 5k was a 41 min and I wanted to be as close as I could.  With the various photo stops and weaving around people, I was able to maintain almost what I normally run.  I slowed my pace down a bit to conserve for the other three.  Was it necessary?  I honestly don't know-I've never done this type of race before, so I had to guess what I'd feel like for the half and full.  Knowing now how I was, I'm glad I did this as I maintained an even pace over all four races.

4. The race boxes at the end were amazing: runDisney always does a good job with those and I stocked up on some extra powerade and water for the next few races so I was hydrated.

5. My legs felt great.  I went to the KT booth at the expo and had them tape my calves and it helped immensely.  I tend to cramp in the same spot despite pre race stretching.  It always take at least 1-3 miles for the cramp to work its way out, so I've learned to deal with it.  The KT tape helped and I hope to continue to use it for future races.

6. I've done enough runDisney races to know that they have lots of photographers on the course, so I actually "stalked" them out and made sure I had some great photos.  I know, I know.  Pics while running should be serious, blah blah blah...I wanted to look good!  I've had some terrible pics and wanted some good ones.  The below pics are from the website because I'm not paying for them-sorry-lower your prices and I will.
I ran with my phone so as to take pics during the race.  I laugh now seeing it in all my photos.

One down-one to go!

Yes, even some are silly!


This is me being picky of myself, but I must remember to get the post race pic before I chug a powerade.  I immediately look chubby because of the increased amount of fluid I just put in me.  You'd think after every race pic is the same, I'd remember!

-Until next time