Tuesday, January 31, 2012
Well, with three solid weeks of gym time in I got to thinking about a few things. Let me start with the most obvious. RACE SEASON. Race season is right around the corner and its been, well 3 weeks since I ran. I need to get out and get going. I am mildly intimidated by the idea, but I did sign up for a half marathon so I need to get going on that. Next on my list, Girl Scouts. Those lovelies just keep selling their delicious cooking, wrecking havoc on my diet and my will power. It doesnt help that I have 4 cases of them in my room at work. Lastly, I ve been thinking about productivity. With winter in full swing, the days seem long and the weather is dreary at best. I have little extra time to do things aside from work, gym, make dinner, repeat. I would like to up my diet and food choices, but with the cookie thing and being annoyed from work, I have yet to do this. So far, Ive held true to my New Years resolutions and I look forward to using my new sewing machine this weekend. I have tonight to finish my book for January, now if I can only find it.....
Wednesday, January 18, 2012
|Me on the stair master. Don't let the smile fool you, It was for the camera. Also, note the girls leg to the left. She is quite fit, and way better at the stair climber. ( see below)|
Sunday, January 15, 2012
This morning, I woke up groggy and not quite sure how I actually slept until 10:30. Shortly after that, I realized that it was exactly one week ago, that I was running a marathon in Disney World. I smiled and then determined that Sundays were my big deal days of 2012. Quite a revelation. In my mind I hoped that all my Sundays from here on out would be just as fulfilling and amazing. Now that all the pictures have been sorted and the shin splits and knee pain have dulled, I am left with a hazy plan for my reckless running future. Now, let me tell you what I do see clearly. I know I am going to continue to run but the races and places are yet to be determined. Since its still January, I feel like I have a great opportunity to make some resolutions and kick start them into action. Here's what I had in mind....
1. Start eating well and exercising
Cliche, of course but allow me to explain. I've always thought that if I weighed a little less, I would be a more efficient runner. I remember around this time last year. I was in very good shape, working out regularly and with a trainer just starting to get into running. I would love to get back to that place. So I am heading there...
2. Believe in myself and the strength of my body
During my training, I was hard on myself and I wavered on mentally unstable at times. Instead of making my goal to finish races, I need to work more on speed training and endurance training. I want to start making more times related goals and set a really nice PR that I can use as a base for my goals. Its easy to just take the easy road, but I am capable or more then I sometimes give, so I want to draw that out.
3. Plan at least one big race a year.
The excitement of the AC half marathon and Disney were amazing experiences that helped shape my running and commitment to making and keeping goals. I would like to keep that feeling for a long time and hopefully include my brother and mom. Its amazing to race, and I want to share that feeling with anyone and everyone who is willing.
I've decided that I am going to start regularly strength training and cardio this week and begin running again by the end of January. I would like to give my body a little more time to heal, and begin again when the blisters are gone and my knees no longer creak. Hopefully everything will fall into place. In the mean time, mama needs a new pair of shoes :)
Wednesday, January 11, 2012
When we arrived in Disney, we got to go to the expo to pick up our bib numbers and race swag. We spent most of the morning there, getting ready and meeting other runners. My cousin and I got to meet Jeff Galloway. If you don't know who he is, then you my friend, need to google him! He's nothing short of a running icon and it was amazing to meet him in the flesh. Also, if you are looking into running he has a zillion books and training programs for all levels.
|Amanda and I meeting Jeff!|
|Tyler and I at the expo|
|half sneaker half glass slipper|
|Hans at the start|
|Amanda me and Becky getting ready to run|
|My lucky race shirt with my dad pinned on for the ride.|
We ran through Epcot and there was the first of many a medical station. It was here I decided I needed some Vaseline for my leg so it didn't get a rash from my knee brace. If you've never run a big race, they have tables set up with huge vats of Vaseline and Bio freeze. I thought I heard Vaseline shouted out and told the lovely volunteer to pump some for me. So I kept running and wiped the huge blob all over my body. About 10 seconds later, I realized that it was in fact bio freeze, not Vaseline and it was burning my flesh off. Luckily, it wore off but it was touch and go there for the first 5 miles. After Epcot, we ran on the highway and our next stop was magic kingdom. It was a long way in, but there were characters along the way and even some hot men. There was a sports car attraction on the right side of the road with good looking men. Shouting at them, helped pass the time. Further along there were fancy old cars and a DJ blaring oldies music. We finally made it to the Magic Kingdom and ran through huge crowds lined up on both sides of the sidewalk cheering for us. We caught a glimpse of the castle, and then turned into tomorrow land. I got to see Cinderella and I yelled at Prince Charming and told him he had a nice ass. * For the record, he didn't like that* We then ran through the back of the castle, the Smith/Piccirilli Cheer Team was there waiting for us! We continued on to a horrible stretch of highway and saw Jen and her husband at the 13.1 mark. It was great hearing Jen yell at me to run faster. We continued on the highway and back roads. There was quite a few characters out to break up the monotony including all of the evil villains and Pirates of the Caribbean characters. Things got blurry out there and it started to get hot. While downing power ade and water we entered Animal Kingdom. We quickly ran through and then headed again to the highway. This is when things got miserable. Around mile 18 it was hot, my feet started to hurt and I was starving. I shoved a cliff bar into my mouth and we continued on. Becky and I tried to keep the convo going but it was clear we were running low on energy. We stopped about 900 times to use the bathroom and finally passed a real entertaining set up. About 5 grave diggers that were there for pictures. I really wanted to stop, but the picture opportunity involved laying down and I knew if I did that I wouldnt be able to get up again.
This is just one guy. The entire scene was bad ass. Oh well, continuing on we reached Hollywood studios and they handed us fruit snacks. We ran past Sully and Mike from Monsters Inc and through the back lot studio. One great thing about the Disney marathon is that its very beginner friendly. With characters lined up along the route you can jump off take pictures and then continue on your way making the experience all the more enjoyable. After that we ran through the harbor resort and FINALLY back into Epcot where the finish line was. People were lined up screaming that our metals were just ahead. Ahead my ass, try 3 more miles. It was around Germany that I saw my favorite princess, Snow White. Marathoners didnt have to wait in line with park goers to take pics, so I said what the hell and jumped in. She wanted nothing to do with me since I smelled terrible but I didnt care, it was the only character I took a picture with and it was at mile 25. As you can see from the picture, she wouldn't get too close. Smart lady.
We weaved around the countries in Epcot sweating heavily now since it was so hot out. We made it to mile 26 and there was a gospel choir singing dressed in their robes clapping and singing. Nice touch if you ask me. We then rounded the corner for the last .2 miles and I saw my cousin, and family screaming. Becky and I ran to the finish together and got our bad ass metals. It was soon after , that my legs started to give out and I was too sore to move. My family and I reunited and took some pictures. Check them out!
|Hans and I|
|We did it.|
|My cousin and I after the race|
|Tylers shot of the runners from the monorail|
|One of many blisters I aquired along the route.|
|Runners rash from my horrid knee brace|
|Cow Bell Marathon shirt and finishers metal|
|Hans and I with our metals|
Thursday, January 5, 2012
Tonight was chock full of last minute errands and pick ups for the big race. After work, I swung by the doctor and then headed right to The Finish Line, Emmaus before it closed. I picked up some last minute essentials including 3 packs of Cliff Energy Chews , 2 Cliff Bars and one new fanny pack for Chapstick and toilet paper etc. I've been packing all night but managed some time to squeeze in some Sex and the City re runs and a bowl of Mint Chocolate Chip ice cream. Tonight, I also got my i pod all set with my Marathon Mix and decided to google some last minute marathon tips. Aside from the usual advice of clipping your toe nails and putting band aids on your nipples, I came across an interesting article. It was about mantras. If you know anything about running, then you know its a mental sport. Its all about what you believe you can do and how far you think you can push yourself. When I did my half marathon, I had to talk to myself to pass the time and keep myself on track. Aside, from Eye of the Tiger coming on my ipod to inspire me I was full of positive affirmations to help me stay on track. All runners use mantras to get along and I thought it would be a good idea to have a few ready for my big run on Sunday. At my half I found that I would repeat the word "Dig" or "Dig Deep". To me that was enough to push myself and give all that I had when there wasn't much left. I am not so sure what It will take to make it to the finish line on Sunday but here is a list of possible mantras.
This is my last blog before Disney.
See you in the Happiest Place on Earth.
1. Fast or slow it hurts just the same
2. One mile at a time
3. Save it, Save it
4. This is what you came for
5. Define yourself
6. Think strong, be strong, finish strong
7. Run fast, go past
8. Make it or break it
Wednesday, January 4, 2012
Mom- Thank you for believing in me and reminding me to get off my butt and make things happen.
Tyler- Thank you for getting excited and reminding me that I can kick this marathons ass. Bring your cow bell!
Uncle Phil and Aunt Gail- Thank you for the faith and confidence in me. Without the pep talks and undying confidence I would have given up or floundered more then once.
Amanda- I love you. Thank you for sharing this experience with me. I cant wait to see you at the finish. I am proud of you and couldnt think of anyone I would rather be with for this.
Hans- You've been my running partner from the start. Weve come a long way since our first 5k. I cant believe that we are making this happen. I will look for you at the finish, like I always do. It wouldnt be the same without you cheering me on.
Becky- I cant believe that we are making this happen. Thank you for being my running partner and making me run when I didnt want to. This is going to be insane. Weve got this.
Sara, Jackie, Head, Lu, Lauren - Thank you for reminding me that I can do whatever I put my mind to. Thanks for listening to me ramble about running all summer, being hot, cold tired, hungry and injured. Thank you for supporting me and showing interest in my new love :)
Jenny- Thanks for making me run through the parkway, uphills and eat bugs in the name of running!