2015 Livermore Half Marathon Race Review

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Wow!  What a month March was.  Just a few years ago, March used to feel like the longest month of the year.  As time went by the  month seemed to get shorter and shorter.  This year, it FLEW by!  I can’t even believe it’s almost April already.

After a week in San Diego for work and a week of having something to do every night, it was time for the Livermore Half Marathon.  This race was recommended to me by a friend who ran it last year and loved it, I trust her opinion, so I thought, I’ll try it!

Packet pick-up was fairly simple.  I have to say, the only thing I didn’t LOVE about this race was they didn’t have race day packet pick-up.  They only had it as part of their “VIP Package” where you have to pay an extra fee in order to pick up your bib and t-shirt.  Being that I’m trying to do a half marathon a month, paying extra to pick up my bib isn’t really in my budget.  It just bummed me out that I had to drive all the way to Livermore after work on Friday, during rush hour, to pick up my packet.  It would have been way more convenient to have the option of race day pick-up.  Anywho, in the end, it wasn’t horrible, just an inconvenience.

Packet pick-up!  Bib and super cute t-shirt.

Packet pick-up! Bib and super cute t-shirt.

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Race morning, Rob, Bella and I got up early and headed out to Livermore at around 6:30am.  We got in a little bit after 7, found parking and headed over to the start.

Start line fun!

Start line fun!

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Since Rob wasn’t running, him and Bella were my official cheering section during the race.

My official cheering section!

My official cheering section!

I liked that it started right downtown.  Livermore has such a cute downtown area, I feel like we should hang out there more often.

I had some warm up time and then I headed to the start line.

Ready to start!

Ready to start!

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As I was waiting to start I spotted the 2:10 pacer.

Hello pacer!

Hello pacer!

I have never run with a pacer before, but I though why not try it out?  I have finished in 2:10 before, so I thought I could at least try it out to see how I would feel if I stayed at a specific pace the entire time.  I wish I caught her name, but I think running with her really helped me get my PR in this race!

The first few miles were nice and easy, through downtown and through Sycamore Grove Park toward Wente Vineyard.  The weather was perfect.  A nice breeze hit me every few minutes, which made for a nice break from the sun and when we ran through the park, there was some nice shaded areas.

After we passed Wente we started back toward downtown, up through some rolling hills.  Nothing too steep, but still a bit hilly.  At around mile 9, I was still with the pacer, but feeling really good and also feeling like I could go faster.  She encouraged me, saying if you feel good, just go, so off I went.

Thank you 2:10 pacer for encouraging me to go ahead!  You were the best :-)

Thank you 2:10 pacer for encouraging me to go ahead! You were the best ūüôā

After the rolling hills we hit the vineyards, some really beautiful scenery on this course.  I had a great time just looking out over all the vines and hills and taking it all in.  Plus, I was still keeping a really great pace!  YAY!

Through the vineyards and over some VERY bouncy bridges...

Through the vineyards and over some VERY bouncy bridges…

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I was back in downtown before I knew and and loved seeing the crowd out cheering everyone back in.

The last mile in I saw my cheering section (Rob and Bella) and Rob started yelling saying two more turns and your done, so I booked it and crossed the finish line at 2:06:30…one whole minute faster than my last PR!  YAHOO!!

Running it in!

Running it in!

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After I crossed the finish line, I got my ginormous medal and wine glass!

Hello coaster medal!

Hello coaster medal!

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I grabbed a banana and found Rob and Bella.  He asked if I wanted to stay for the wine tasting, but I just can’t drink wine after running 13.1 miles.  So we headed back to the car and drove back home.

Overall, I really enjoyed this race.  Thanks to the race organizers, to my 2:10 pacer and to all the Livermore residents that came out all over the course to cheer.  I’m definitely going to do this next year!

Next race up is the Santa Cruz Half Marathon.  Can’t wait to do some beach side running ūüôā

QOTD:  Are you able to drink wine or beer right after running a half marathon?

A Half Marathon a Month…

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I was thinking earlier this year about what goals I wanted to set for myself and running.  Now that I completed my goal of running a full marathon, it was time to figure out what the next accomplishment will hold.  What did I want to improve on?  Which races did I want to do or re-do?  How many more miles would I want to run this year?  A little late to be making goals?  Maybe.  Though, better late than never, right?

I had a super bright idea…why not run one half marathon a month?! ¬†Sounds like a great plan, right? ¬†It would keep me training throughout the year, it would get me to try out new half marathons that I haven’t tried, plus it would just be fun!

Here is my schedule so far:

January – Disney World Half Marathon

February – Kaiser Permanente Half Marathon

March – Livermore Half Marathon

April – Santa Cruz Half Marathon

May – Tinkerbell Half Marathon

June – NEED ONE HERE (Any suggestions??)

July – NEED ONE HERE (Any Suggestions??)

August –¬†NEED ONE HERE (Any Suggestions??)

September – Disneyland Half Marathon

October –¬†NEED ONE HERE (Any Suggestions??)

November –¬†NEED ONE HERE (Any Suggestions??)

December –¬†NEED ONE HERE (Any Suggestions??)

QOTD: Do you have any suggestions on some races I can run during the months I don’t have anything scheduled? ¬†I’d love to keep them in the Bay Area or Northern California, but I’m open to travel too!

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Looking forward to running through Livermore Wine Country in a couple of weeks ūüôā

Rob and I did some wine tasting in Livermore last month...can't wait to run over there!

Rob and I did some wine tasting in Livermore last month…can’t wait to run over there!

2015 Kaiser Permanente Half Marathon

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After doing my first marathon at Disneyworld on January 11th, I got sick.  Really, really sick.  I started to feel it happening on the Monday after the marathon.  Then, on the Wednesday after it REALLY hit.  It was awful.  I went to the doctor and they said there was nothing that they could do.

Then I lost my voice and the sickness got worse. ¬†I went BACK to the doctor and they gave me antibiotics…I felt better by the next day. ¬†Thank you antibiotics!

During this time, I thought, wouldn’t it be fun to do another half marathon? ¬†Don’t judge me. ¬†lol

I signed up for the Kaiser Permanente Half Marathon.  I had heard really great things about this race.  It has a great course and it is well organized, so I though why not?  My husband also signed up so we were ready to run!

Well, sort of ready to run. ¬†He got sick too, so we were basically unable to run for a week or two prior to the race. ¬†I think I got a total of two 3 mile runs in between the marathon and the KP Half…I figured that should make for an interesting race.

We woke up at around 5am to head out to SF at around 6. ¬†I woke up with a headache and then it turned into some major nausea. ¬†As we were getting ready, I wasn’t sure if I was going to make it. ¬†I choked down some PB&J and got dressed and in the car. ¬†I still wasn’t sure when we left if I was going to be okay, but then we got to the bridge and I started feeling better thank goodness!

We got into SF around 7-ish and found parking.  We walked about a half a mile to the start line, found the port o potties and then headed to the start.

Walking to the race

Walking to the race

They had a 9 minute mile marker, so I headed toward that and Rob headed a little more towards the front.  After the National Anthem was sung, we were off!  Right on time.

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We ran around the park and then back into the park.  It was a really beautiful morning.  Not too cold and not a whole lot of fog happening.  There is something about Golden Gate Park.  The air is so fresh and clean and the trees are gorgeous.

Park running!

Park running!

We did the first 6 miles in the park and I remember how beautiful the middle of mile 6 was when we headed out of the park to the Great Highway and saw the ocean.  We had a gorgeous view of the waves and beach as we ran along the highway.

They had 7 total water stops on the course, which was awesome.  Around mile 7 I was starting to feel the effects of not training and being sick for 2 and a half weeks.  Getting tired and having troubles breathing.  Then at mile 8, my feet really started hurting.  So I did a little walk/run combo while I finished the race.

Selfie pit stop around mile 8.5

Selfie pit stop around mile 8.5

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Once we turned back in the park, we were almost done, passed the two large windmills and ran towards the finish.  I saw Rob on the sidelines cheering me on and I crossed the finish line with a little jump!

Didn't quite catch my jump, but I look really happy to be finishing

Didn’t quite catch my jump, but I look really happy to be finishing

After crossing the finish we got our medals (that also double for magnets) and then headed over to grab our long sleeve t-shirts. ¬†I liked them! ¬†I didn’t know this, but racers did have an option to pre-order a tech-tee as well. ¬†Maybe next year!

YAY!

YAY!

We had some water and then decided to walk the 2 miles back to our car from the finish line. ¬†Whew…that was a long walk! ¬†I noticed my feet started to really, really hurt. ¬†I pushed the pain aside since we had quite a walk to go.

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Finally back to the car, we headed to Trouble Coffee. ¬†If you ever go there, you MUST get the cinnamon toast…yummy! ¬†Totally hit the spot after the run.

Cinnamon toast!

Cinnamon toast!

Once we got home, I took off my shoe and WHOA…there was a ginormous blood blister on my right big toe. ¬†Holy moly, no wonder my feet hurt so much! I think I need to start using body glide on my feet. ¬†That blister was something else.

On the plus side, I am feeling almost 100% better and will pick up my training runs. ¬†I have a half marathon coming up in March, the Livermore Half Marathon and may sign up for a 10k next weekend. ¬†We’ll see…until then, I’m waiting for daylight savings and being able to run after work outside again!

QOTD:  Have you gotten a gnarly blister during the race?  Did you pop it before you finished or did you suffer through the pain?

Reflections of My First Marathon

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It has been 2 weeks and one day since I crossed the finish line after running (and walking a lot) 26.2 miles in my first marathon.

I still have moments where I think, holy moly…how did I do it? ¬†How did I stay on my feet for almost 6 hours?! ¬†How did I keep the run/walk up the entire time? ¬†Seriously, there were times that it was painful to start the run again after our walk break. ¬†My feet felt like they were on fire, but I kept going.

Then I began to think, who knew how much you can accomplish when you put your mind to it?  I think it is true, the first 13 miles you run with your legs, 13-20 is with your brain and 20-26.2 is definitely with your heart, because your brain tells you to stop!

I think this is how the conversation: ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬†Brain: Seriously, stop running – you’re tired, your feet hurt and you want to sit down ¬†Heart: Don’t stop – You trained for this, you’re so close to finishing, you got this. ¬†You are strong. ¬†You got this! ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† Brain: ¬†Just sit down. ¬†Just sit in the middle of the course. ¬†You know you want to… ¬† ¬†Heart: ¬†NO! ¬†You’re going. ¬†Listen to the crowd cheer for you! ¬†You’re almost done!

This is what went on in my brain for the last few miles. ¬†I can assure you, I thought about sitting down MANY times, but I didn’t and that was, at times, surprising to me. ¬†LOL

I want anyone reading this, thinking about doing a 5k, 10k, Half or full, or even just thinking about starting to run at all, you can do it. ¬†Anyone can do it! ¬†You just need to let your heart do the talking over your brain and you’ll be fine.

I think I may try another marathon in the future, but for now, I’m gearing up for the Kaiser Permanente Half Marathon next weekend! ¬†Yay ūüôā

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2015 Goofy Challenge Part Three – WDW Marathon

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Oh man…2:45am this morning…so sleepy, but ready for my first 26.2 miles!

We got ready and took our time a little bit more this morning, since we had an idea from the morning before on the timing of everything.

Off we went to grab a bus at around 3:20am and we were back to where we were yesterday. ¬†Felt a little like de ja vu except it wasn’t as cold as it was on half marathon morning.

Goofy is ready to run!

Goofy is ready to run!

We did the regular routine of using the porta potties, finishing some snacks and beginning the pilgrimage to the start line.

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Corral fun!

Corral fun!

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We got to the start about 10 minutes prior to the first corral starting. ¬†We watched all the fireworks again…yay! ¬†Then we were OFF!

The first 6 miles are practically identical to the first 6 miles of the half marathon and really, who gets tired of running down main street and through the castle at Magic Kingdom?  Not me!

Watch out for choo choo's!

Watch out for choo choo’s!

Castle!

Castle!

After exiting Magic Kingdom we headed out to the Speedway, which was kind of cool!  There were a bunch of different cars on display and the crowd spread out a bit, so it felt like we could breathe a little.  at about mile 9.5 or so we headed out towards Animal Kingdom.

Between the speedway and Animal Kingdom we passed by the waste management area and woo-wee, the smells were intense.  On the plus side, we did see a huge bald eagle fly over our head and perch on a tree.  Awesome!

I could actually smell Animal Kingdom before we were in it. ¬†We got into the park 15 minutes before it opened and thought about waiting in line for Expedition Everest and ride it, but I was kind of in a groove and didn’t want to stop. ¬†There was a line of runners waiting though, so I know a bunch of runners did it! ¬†Way to go!

Out of Animal Kingdom and we hit our halfway point.  I was feeling it.  Just 13.1 more to go right?

Around mile 14 we stopped for a picture with the gravediggers.  So fun!

Around mile 14 we stopped for a picture with the gravediggers. So fun!

Since we’re in the middle, let me tell you, we started running 25 minutes run/1 minute walk. ¬†Around mile 10 or so we took it down to 15 minutes run/2 minute walk, then around mile 17 we took it to 10 minute run/3 minute walk (which, toward the end, turned into a 5-7 minute walk). ¬†I think this method of run/walk is why I wasn’t as sore as I thought I would be after the race!

After Animal Kingdom we headed toward ESPN Wide World of Sports and as we were running around there it started to rain.  At this point, mile 19ish, I started to lose it.  Lose steam, lose motivation, lose desire, but I kept putting one foot in front of the other to continue on our 10 minute run/5 minute walk.

After we exited ESPN, we were past 20 miles which is still incredible for me to even think I was at 20 miles!  Only 6 more to go.

Starting to feel it...

Starting to feel it…

We headed toward Hollywood Studios and got to mile 22.something and they were handing out mini chocolate bars.  Rob encouraged me to take a couple.  He had one and had a major rush!  I took one and started crying.  LOL.  I believe this is what people call the wall.  I was just in so much pain, so tired, so sick of eating gels, ready to be done.  Thank goodness for Rob being there for me, with words of encouragement and not making me feel like a big dork with the tears.

Running through Hollywood Studios

Running through Hollywood Studios

A quick stop at ,mile 22 to feel a little more incredible!

A quick stop at ,mile 22 to feel a little more incredible!

Once I got myself under semi-control we shuffled on to Epcot.  We entered and went all around the world.  There was a really great crowd that helped SO much!  While we were in Epcot the rain picked up again.

This was a low point...

This was a low point…

Rob saying some encouraging words to me

Rob saying some encouraging words to me

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Picking up the pace in the rain!

Picking up the pace in the rain!

As we reached the entrance to Epcot, our exit, the rain was coming down fairly hard and there was this super heroic music playing in the background, I was ready to cross that finish line!

Once we exited, we passed the gospel choir and made it over to the finish line, where I proceeded to yell out, “THAT WAS SO HARD!” ¬†I balled like a baby. ¬†I couldn’t believe I had completed 26.2 miles!

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It wasn’t fast, we finished a little under 6 hours, but it is an amazing thing what the mind and body can accomplish, because let’s be honest, 26.2 miles is physical, but its VERY mental.

Rob gave me a huge hug and we got our marathon medals. ¬†We took our photo’s and then headed to the Goofy tent. ¬†Once we got there, they checked our bib number against our photo’s we took at the expo and in we went to grab our Goofy Medals!

YAY!

YAY!

My feet were in such pain, I just wanted to get off of them as quickly as possible, so we grabbed our food, changed into our warm clothes we brought in our gear bag and hopped on the bus to get back to the hotel.

Once showered and changed, I didn’t want to sit for too long for fear of cramping up. ¬†We headed to Magic Kingdom with out Goofy Medals!

I love seeing people wear their medals to the park, it’s so fun to congratulate fellow runners for completing the 5k, 10k, half marathon, full marathon, Goofy and the Dopey!

Medal and Magic Kingdom fun!

Medal and Magic Kingdom fun!

For dinner we had reservations at Be Our Guest, oh my goodness, if you haven’t had a chance to eat here, you MUST! ¬†It was so delicious, and the design was awesome. ¬†We got to sit in the East Wing room, with the lightening and the rose. ¬†Also, the scallops and shrimp in lobster sauce and a puff pastry was amazing. ¬†Plus, of course, for dessert, I had to try the grey stuff and it was indeed delicious! ¬†Rob got the triple chocolate cupcake and he loved it.

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We never found Goofy to take a picture with him, but we did find this and took our pics with it.

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I don’ know if I’ll ever do a marathon again, but it may not be a bad idea to try one without doing a half marathon the day before. ¬†I do know I couldn’t have asked for a better, more magical place to experience my first marathon than Disney World.

QOTD:  Have you run the Goofy or Dopey?  How did you like it?  Was it your first marathon??

Click here for my half marathon race review

Click here for my Health Expo recap

2015 Goofy Challenge Part Two – WDW Half Marathon

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Good morning 2:30am!  The alarm went off and my husband and I got up and got ready to catch the bus.

In my previous post, I mentioned the weather was COLD by Florida standards. ¬†Both my husband and I didn’t quite pack the proper cold weather running outfits like we should have. ¬†Luckily, the race shirts went with my outfit, so I was able to stay on theme (which, really, is the most important). ¬†ūüôā

Minnie Mouse is ready!

Minnie Mouse is ready!

We got to the staging area at around 3:45am, which got us there a little less than 2 hours prior to start time. ¬†We huddled together to try and stay warm. ¬†It wasn’t so bad until the wind started to pick up and the wind was of the chilly variety.

Cuddling for warmth

Cuddling for warmth

Around 4:45 we began the pilgrimage to the corrals.  Seriously, it feels like miles to get to the start.

After the National Anthem was sung, they started letting the corrals go one by one, each with their own fireworks extravaganza!  We were in corral H, so we got to see the fireworks a few times before we were off.

Green Army Man getting us moving to our corrals

Green Army Man getting us moving to our corrals

Waiting in the corrals

Waiting in the corrals

I was so happy once we started running, I just wanted to get warm. We took an easy pace to start and passed by some photo ops with Captain Jack Sparrow and headed toward the Magic Kingdom parking lot.

We made it into the Magic Kingdom and ran down Main Street and BAM hello castle!

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Magic Kingdom

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What a castle!

What a castle!

Then it was through Tomorrowland, Fantasyland and then, always my favorite part of any Disney race, running through the castle!  YAY!

After that we were back out into the “World” running on lots of streets surrounded by trees.

I believe around mile 8 we passed through the “Shake it Off” section where they just played the Taylor Swift song on repeat while running through a short stretch, it was kind of fun!

We stopped for Mary Poppins and the Bert and the Penguins.

It's a jolly holiday!

It’s a jolly holiday!

Then we hit Epcot at around mile 12, for a quick in and out.

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The gospel choir was right outside and just a little ways was the finish line!  Rob and I hi-foured Mickey and crossed.  One race done!

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Once we got our medals, took our picture and got some food, we headed back to the bus to take us to the hotel.

We kept a really easy pace and walked a bit, so my legs were feeling pretty darn good.  Off to Epcot we went!  We had dinner at Via Napoli and then headed back to the hotel for an early sleep.

Showing off our Donald half marathon medals to the man himself!

Showing off our Donald half marathon medals to the man himself!

Sombrero fun!

Sombrero fun!

Germany fun!

Germany fun!

Via Napoli dinner with a half a glass of wine for the antioxidants of course

Via Napoli dinner with a half a glass of wine for the antioxidants of course

Marathon Re-Cap coming soon!

Click here to read about my Health Expo experience during marathon weekend ūüôā

QOTD:  Did you do the half marathon this year?  What was your favorite part??

2015 Goofy Challenge Part One-Health Expo

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What a weekend!  This weekend was more than I imagined it would be.  It showed how much a person can push their body and mind to places they never thought they could go.  13.1 miles followed by 26.2 miles.  Holy cannoli.

My training for this years Goofy Challenge wasn’t great. ¬†I was super on it for the first half of training, but then only got up to 16 miles and hurt my foot. So, for the month prior to the race I only did a few runs up to 7 miles or so. ¬†This made me VERY nervous, but not much I could do about it prior to the race.

My husband and I flew out of SFO to Orlando on Thursday morning and landed around 6pm.  Goodness gracious it was COLD!  I mean cold by Florida standards of course.  We did not mentally prepare ourselves for this type of weather nor did we pack accordingly.

Once we took the Magical Express to our resort, Port Orleans, French Quarter and checked in we headed to Downtown Disney to grab some dinner.  We ended up at Raglan Road Irish Pub, it was pretty yummy!

Banana Bread Beer. YUM!

Banana Bread Beer. YUM!

I saw, earlier in the day, they had race themed phone cases, so we went to D-Tech and I got my Goofy phone case. ¬†It’s super cute!

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Friday we got up and did a little shake out run around Port Orleans.  I wanted to try out my Goofy hat for my marathon costume and just move the legs a bit.

Easy shake out run and Goofy hat test

Easy shake out run and Goofy hat test

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Afterward, we headed to the expo.  It was pretty smooth process.  We picked up our bibs and then got a picture with our bibs for the challenge.  For the challenges, they used to give you a wristband upon completion of the first race, so they know you finished race one and race two, but now they take your picture next to your bib and have people at the Goofy finish line to ensure you are who you say you are and you earned your challenge medal.

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Expo time!

Expo time!

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We grabbed our shirts and headed to check out the Run Disney merchandise.  A lot of the shelves were empty at that point, so i settled for a marathon tank top and a Goofy car magnet.

We meandered a bit around the expo, saw the new Run Disney New Balance shoes, which I actually really liked, but at $185 a pop, I just couldn’t justify buying a pair.

New Balance shoes

New Balance shoes

On kind of funny note, my sisters picture is in the ESPN Bar & Grille…lol…so we went in to say hello to her picture!

Hi sissy!

Hi sissy!

After we were done we headed over to Hollywood Studios and enjoyed a day at the park, because walking around for hours and standing in line is what one does before running 39.3 miles right?  Right!

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Part two – the Half Marathon, coming soon!

QOTD:  Did you get everything you wanted at the Expo?

2014 Year in Review

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Holy cannoli, what a year 2014 has been!

Let’s see, in terms of life events, I had an engagement party, a bridal shower, a Disney bachelorette party, I got married and had a honeymoon in Italy (running at least once in every city). ¬†Phew! ¬†I’m tired just thinking about it all. ¬†Everything was amazing.

In terms of running, I ran a total of 440 miles this year. ¬†100+ miles more than last year. ¬†I ran a total of 16 races, 7 of those being half marathons, the rest 5k’s and 10k’s. ¬†I PR’d in each category (TWICE in my half marathon time) and got to do the Nike Women’s Half Marathon, which I’ve been trying to get into for 3 years.

Thinking back, I can’t believe how I have stuck with the running as much as I have. ¬†I have even grown to like it a little bit. ¬†CRAZY! ¬†I have watched some friends taking up running and doing their first 5k or 10k and I get so excited for them. ¬†Running has become my therapy, my routine, my health love and I am so grateful to be able to do it as much as I do.

Here is a look back at my top 5 blog posts of the year!

Disneyland Engagement Photo Shoot

So fun! ¬†We did our engagement photo’s at Disneyland, because, well, why not? ¬†Plus we were there for the Tinkerbell Half, so it just made sense.

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2014 Nike Women’s Half Marathon Race Review

After waiting 3 years to gain entry on their lottery they have, the race lived up to all of my expectations…I hope i get in again next year!

Hi Finish Line!

Hi Finish Line!

2014 Tinkerbell Half Marathon Race Review

Both my husband and I are “Perfect Pixies” (he is thrilled with the title). ¬†I just love this race because we take our sweet time and get a bunch of photo’s with characters on the course. ¬†Good fun!

I dressed as Ariel so Sebastian ran with me :-)

I dressed as Ariel so Sebastian ran with me ūüôā

 2014 Disneyland Half Marathon Race Review

This was a rough race for me.  It was warm, I was recovering from our honeymoon, so I just put one foot in front of the other until I crossed the finish line.

Toon Town fun in my Mary Poppins costume

Toon Town fun in my Mary Poppins costume

2014 SF Rock ‘n’ Roll Half Marathon Race Review

This was a great race, great course and awesome course support!  Not a ton of music, but whatever, I got to run across the Golden Gate Bridge!  So fun.

YAY Bridge!

YAY Bridge!

So what does 2015 hold?? ¬†Well, it holds Goofy, which is happening NEXT WEEK (YIKES). ¬†My first marathon. ¬†More running and more cross training. ¬†I’m hoping I can stay consistent with the blog and start posting more recipes on here too.

Thanks for reading and thank you for all of your motivation and support you all leave in the comments!

QOTD: What are you goals for 2015?

Training for a Marathon is Difficult…

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That’s a duh statement right? ¬†I just didn’t know how difficult it actually would be.

2014 had many ups and a few downs.  The downs seemed to hit me all at once towards the end of the year.

I injured my foot.  Just as that was starting to get better and I was getting back into a running routine, I hit my head and had a mild concussion (thank you klutzy self).

THEN, as if that wasn’t enough, I got a seriously debilitating migraine on Christmas day complete with not being able to keep any food or water down¬†and the most terrible pain I’ve ever had in my head that landed me in the ER for the day. Thank you to my husband and mom who sat with me for hours while the doctors pumped me with medication to try and knock out the headache. ¬†It was really awful.

My ET phone home finger in the hospital

My ET phone home finger in the hospital

Thankfully, my family mostly celebrates on Christmas Eve, so at least I didn’t miss out on the family fun.

Now, I am two weeks away from running my first marathon, terrified because the longest run I have done is 16 miles…10.2 miles off what I actually am supposed to finish in two weeks AND I haven’t run consistently for almost 3 weeks.

Good grief.

In the next few days, I am planning to do a 2014 “Year in Review” and I think that will give me some confidence, because I know have run more than I ever have in the past, this year. ¬†I completed several 5k’s and 10k’s and the most half marathons I have ever done.

I hope everyone had a much merrier Christmas than I did and hope if you are training for Goofy or any marathon coming up, you are having a better time than I.

One of that happier Christmas memories...our Christmas Tree

One of the happier Christmas memories…our Christmas Tree

I just have to keep the faith in my past training and hope for the best that I can be up and running again soon. ¬†Maybe tomorrow I’ll do a short and easy one.

QOTD:  Are you training for a marathon or have trained for a marathon and experienced some setbacks?  How did you deal with it?

Injury, Turkey Trot, Training

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It’s been a while since I posted anything. ¬†Life has been busy!

After my 16 mile training run a few weeks ago, which went way better than I thought it would, I started to get a really bad pain in my metatarsal on my right foot.  I took a few days off, thinking that may help.

Awesome run...

Awesome run…

Unfortunately, it didn’t. ¬†So, I started going to sports therapy with my chiropractor and icing like a fiend. ¬†That seems to be helping and I got through a 3 mile run today without any pain. ¬†YAY! ¬†Hopefully, I can keep the pain at bay while continuing my training for Goofy. ¬†It’s almost here…I can’t even believe it.

Taking care of that foot!

Taking care of that foot!

I had signed up for a Turkey Trot for the Saturday after Thanksgiving and with my foot hurting so bad, I wasn’t sure I was going to do it or not. ¬†UNTIL, one of my friends decided she was ready to do her FIRST 5k! ¬†Well, I couldn’t miss that, of course!

Just wanted to post this because my turkey was pretty delicious if I do say so myself...

Just wanted to post this because my turkey was pretty delicious if I do say so myself…

It was a Brazen Racing Turkey Trot, which, if you have read my blog in the past, you know, Brazen¬†puts on some of my favorite races. ¬†A perfect run for one’s first 5k.

We got to Quarry Lakes to grab our bib and t-shirt.  Another friend joined us for run support.  They had a half marathon and a 10k that went before us and then it was our turn.  Ready, set, 5k!

Ready to run!

Ready to run!

We kept a very steady pace the entire run. ¬†Melody, my first time 5k-er friend, was doing really well. ¬†She was in the zone. ¬†She was in it to win it! ¬†We took a couple of walk breaks during the run to catch our breath. ¬†Stopped at the water stop at around 1.75 miles and ran it in to the finish line. ¬†SO EXCITED! ¬†What an accomplishment to get your first 5k done. ¬†I remember that feeling of reaching my goal of finishing my first 5k. ¬†It’s so awesome and I felt super lucky to be there to see Melody reach her goal.

Oh yeah!

Oh yeah!

I told her…next up…10k!

Now that I’m on the mend, I need to giddy up and get some long runs in before Goofy.

The foot is A-ok...hope it stays that way.

The foot is A-ok…hope it stays that way.

I have found out, I’m in Corral H for both the half and full marathon, so right in the middle of all the corrals (they go up to P). ¬†Rob is in C, of course…he’s fasty-mcfasterson. ¬†Plus, they released their event guide for the Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend, which makes me even MORE excited.

My goal for Goofy is to cross the marathon finish line standing vertically. ¬†I can collapse afterward ūüôā ¬†But not for too long be because we have lunch reservations at Crystal Palace at Magic Kingdom!

QOTD:  Are you training for WDW Marathon Weekend?  Which race are you doing and how is your training going?