Weekend Happenings

Hey there! Happy Sunday!

I’ve had a very low-key (read “boring”) weekend over here! But, sometimes that is just alright…

I actually worked all day yesterday. I had a project I’ve been wanting to wrap up and it just made more sense to do it with no one else around to distract me.

Afterwards, we went over to mom and dad’s house for dinner and to hang out. Uncle Barry and Kristy have been in the Keys all week (they drove down after Star Wars), and were going to be staying with mom and dad for the night as they had an early flight home this morning.

Speaking of this morning… guess what?! Miss Boo completed her first EVER half marathon this morning!!! The Oklahoma City Memorial Half Marathon! I could not be more proud of her! She has worked so hard!

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My Sunday was nowhere as exciting as Miss Boo’s, but it was rather relaxing. Since I am technically in recovery-mode (even if it may just be in my head) after last weekend’s race, I slept in today and skipped my run.

Earlier this week I received my training plan for the remainder of the year, and well…it’s pretty intense. Oh, and did I mention…?*

Daytona Ultra

That’s right! This girl is training for ULTRA! Come December 10th I will be running my first ultramarathon, the Daytona 100 (I will be doing the 50 mile option). I’m super excited and terrified for this new adventure, but I promise to document my journey and share it here.

And, in other exciting news… I’m a bird!

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I am excited to announce I am now a member of Oiselle’s Team Volée. I feel so blessed for this opportunity and to be a part of such an amazing community of strong women.

Happy running!

*I know it’s been on social media for a couple weeks, but I realized I never announced it here. Bad blogger! 😐

Star Wars Half Marathon – The Dark Side Race Recap

Happy Sunday!

I had a great fun and family filled weekend at Walt Disney World for the inaugural Star Wars Half Marathon where I completed the Dark Side Challenge- a 10k on Saturday, followed by a Half on Sunday.

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Disneyland has had a Star Wars themed race for a couple years now, so I knew if/when WDW got one, I would have to sign up. I’m so happy I did, but I will not be doing it again…

We got to the expo on Friday around 2:30. Packet pickup was a breeze! The Health & Fitness expo on the other hand was very crowded. I grabbed the couple items I needed (strawberry Honey Stinger waffles and a red Sparkle Athletic skirt) and left to go check in to our hotel and relax.

For dinner we opted to walk around Disney Springs and grab whatever jumped out at us first. The new Hangar Bar won out. The drinks were very good, but the menu (food-wise) was just small plates/appetizers. They were okay, but not great. The place itself is really cool! I could see us going back just for a drink on the way to one of the other surrounding restaurants.

And then it was time to head back to the hotel to get ready for race day #1. Uncle Barry and Kristy flew in for the weekend to do the Half; I was the only one signed up for the Challenge.

My alarm went off at 3:00 (yuck!). After getting ready, the Boy and I met up with my parents and grandma (who also flew in for the weekend’s festivities) in the hotel lobby at 4:00. The 10k started at 5:30. There was no traffic getting to Epcot. We got to hang out and take in all the sights and awesome costumes. Soon enough we parted ways and I made the ~15 minute walk to the starting corrals.

About 45 minutes after the first corrals were cut loose, I crossed the start line (right on time with my calculations). The 10k course went through Epcot and Hollywood Studios before ending at ESPN Wide World of Sports.

The course was very very very crowded and kept bottlenecking to where all of the foot traffic was pretty much at a standstill just trying to get through.

When it comes to registering for races, I tend to lowball my estimated finish time. I think I just get it into my mind, what if I’m having a bad day/race, I don’t want to get in people’s way. Well! I have officially learned my lesson. By lowballing myself I was placed in the last starting corral. And… I’m going to try and say this without trying to sound like a complete race snob, but…it was a lot of walkers (nothing wrong with that), a lot of run/walkers (how I train, so definitely nothing wrong with it), and a whole heck of a lot of people that don’t understand proper race etiquette. I have learned my lesson though. I have been working and training very hard, so my start corrals will now reflect to the best of my ability my appropriate finish time.

I became very pissed off, very early on, and while I felt great, I just wanted the race to be over. Nobody should go out for a Disney race hoping to PR, but the bottlenecking and poor course layout made for a really unfavorable experience.

I finished two minutes over the Disney-adjusted estimated finish time I was expecting, and with all the “distractions” (I use the word loosely when referring to this race weekend to embody all the things that “slowed” me down) I was okay with it.

I found the post-race runner area to be a bit of a maze. After getting my medal, and grabbing water, it took me a minute to find the snack boxes, and even longer figuring out how to exit the runner area to locate my family.

At that point we had to hop on a shuttle back to Epcot. Oh, and the line for the shuttle was a good 45 minutes. See, the start of the race was at Epcot, and the finish was at ESPN, but the ESPN parking lot was closed for the race, so spectators were shuttled from Epcot to ESPN, and then EVERYONE had to be shuttled back. Oh, and did I mention the spectators weren’t even able to watch the start?!

The good thing about having such an early race start time meant that we still had the entire day to do whatever we wanted. To the outlet mall we went!

After shopping and a carb-filled dinner, we made our way back to the hotel to pack up and get ready for race day #2. Unlike the night before, I was going to make sure I got a decent night’s sleep.

My alarm went off at 3:00. I woke up at 3:52. We were supposed to leave the hotel at 4:00. Whoops! We ended up leaving about 15 minutes after. There was a bit of traffic getting to Epcot and I feel it took us about 30 minutes to get there from the hotel.

Uncle Barry decided to fall back from his spot in Corral A (yeah, he’s a speedy one) and Kristy fell back from Corral G to join me in Corral Leisure 😉 (yeah, I wasn’t paying attention and assumed since I was in the last corral for the 10k that I was in the last corral for the half- I was actually supposed to be in K).

It was nice having them there to help pass the time!

About an hour after the first corrals crossed were let loose, we crossed the start (once again, right in line with my calculations).

I knew with my experience yesterday that I needed to try and get in front of as many as I could right out of the gate while the road was still open, so I wasn’t following my run/walk.

The first few miles were the most congested. I eventually turned off my run/walk alert because I was walking when I had no choice (congestion).

I’m just gonna say that the frustration from the course congestion fueled my adrenaline because I did not run/walk this half marathon. I walked the bouts of congestion when I had no choice and through most of the water stops. I feel I averaged a minute walking each mile to mile and a half.

Obviously this is not how I have been training, so I am feeling a bit sore tonight (and likely will for the next day or two).

The Half course went through Epcot, Hollywood Studios, Animal Kingdom, and ended at ESPN.

I finished four minutes over my Disney-adjusted estimated finish time. After getting my medal, I made my way over to the Challenge medal tent. The process was very seamless and hardly took any time at all.

I grabbed some water, found the snack boxes, and made my way over to where my family was.

Once again we had to shuttle back to Epcot, but luckily the line seemed to move faster today. I feel like we waited around 25 minutes for the shuttle (as opposed to 45 yesterday).

And just like that, race weekend was over.

I’ve definitely been training hard and feel really good about my performance. My official finish times were:

  • 10k: 1:17:47
  • Half: 2:44:52

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And lastly my takeaways from the Star Wars Half Marathon – The Dark Side Race Recap:

  1. Not a spectator-friendly course. The only highlighted spectator points were the start and finish, and yet the start proved not to be spectator-accessible.
  2. Poor course layout.
  3. Logistical nightmare (for parking)
  4. Great for first-timers (not looking to PR).
  5. FUN! Lots of fun!

To check out more pics from race weekend, go here.

And, a big shoutout to my family for continuing to support me in all my running adventures!

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Happy running!

Weekend ReCUP!

Happy Sunday!

I hope your weekend has been great! Mine sure was!

I can’t believe Route 66 is less than two weeks away! I’m getting very excited!

Let’s get to the ReCup!

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Friday night

The Boy and I met up with my parents, and my brother and his girlfriend for dinner in Tampa at Maggiano’s. I’m not a huge fan of Maggiano’s, but thought that our dinner was very good. All of us opted to do the “Meal for two” thing, which came with choice of appetizer, two entrees to eat then, two entrees to take for tomorrow, and one desert. All for 40 bucks! Good value and tasty! Since we all opted for that option, we got to test out a few appetizers, and a few desserts. I love sampling like that! 😉

Since we were at the mall, the Boy and I walked over to Old Navy to check out their sale. I found a cute open-front cardigan on sale for 10 bucks and a pair of red flats to wear for Kat’s wedding.

Back home, I got packed up for my early morning longrun, and then got to bed as early as I could get myself to fall asleep (it was closer to midnight).

Saturday

I was up by 4:30. I ate some breakfast and was on my way. I wasn’t feeling 100% when I woke up, and I really wanted to go to the bathroom before my run, but couldn’t. Yeah, I know, TMI… 😉

I got down to Bayshore, got situated, stretched, and was off. Oh, and I mean I was off! It sucked! It really just sucked! I was hot, my knee was killing me, and my form was all over the place. I was having to take extra walk breaks (asides from my normal walk intervals) within the FIRST MILE.

I didn’t even get to two miles (1.93 to be exact) before DNFing. Sometimes your run is a big thumbs down!

I know it’s weird, but I really wanted to go to the Wine & Dine Half Marathon expo at Disney. Luckily my mom agreed to go with me.

It sounds so dorky to say it now, but I wanted to see if RunDisney had any “I’m training for the Star Wars Half/Challenge” shirts. They didn’t!

But…

I picked up a Bondi Band because I have been wanting to try them out, and some cool Dr. Cool products. Hehe! Did you see what I did there…?

I saw a bunch of Fit2Runners while there and got to wish them all good luck once again. Their race ended up having a weather delay and was eventually cut down to 7 miles. I was so sad to hear that! They all they got their medals for finishing the 7 miles, but it just kind of sucks. You train for 13.1; you want to run 13.1.

On our way back to Tampa, mom and I decided to stop in Lakeland for late lunch and shopping. We settled on Firehouse Subs which is usually always a good choice…unless the kid taking your order hears “pepperoni” when you ask for extra pepperoncini. That salad doesn’t even come with pepperoni to begin with. Oh boy!

The Boy and I had a very lazy evening in and it felt great! We got to relax with The Office while I iced my knees and foam rolled.

Sunday

There was no way I was setting an alarm. And, I didn’t. And, it felt good. Once, I finally got up, we had a pancake breakfast and then I did some work on the computer.

I wanted to give my 12-miler another try, but opted to do it on the treadmill. I got out the Biofreeze to see if that might help any, and was pleasantly surprised. My knee felt pretty good!

I got in some good reading, watched a little TV, and the miles flew by. I was proud of myself!

I was even more proud of myself for immediately finishing up my run with some good stretching and foam rolling- before even leaving the gym.

By time I left though, I was HUNGRY! Thankfully I had my GU with me for the run, because it would not have been pretty if I didn’t. I quickly got cleaned up, and the Boy and I went to what is becoming our Sunday spot- WOW! That’s Fresh. I even splurged for the fancy fries!

The remainder of the night will be spent relaxing with The Office and Dr. Cool… 😉

Question of the day

What was the high and low of your weekend?