I Have Rekindled An Old Relationship

No, I’m not cheating on my husband. I have reacquainted myself with my treadmill. For several reasons lately, I have had to do all my running indoors. I wasn’t happy about it at first; but after the third day in a row of my Dopey training schedule for this week I have come to terms with it.

I had to do 8 miles today. I had an online training class that starts at 9 and it’s dark out by 6 p.m. so I knew I couldn’t get in 2 hours of running outdoors tonight. So I set my alarm for 5:30 this morning so that I could have my tea and get downstairs to begin the run at 6:00. My daughter woke me up at 4:30 because she was coughing (side effect of fall rainy wet leaves). Once I got her settled back down and into my bed I think I slept for about 15 minutes before my alarm went off. I reluctantly hit snooze and laid there for a few minutes. I knew I couldn’t waste time so I got up, had my tea, got dressed and ventured downstairs with my iPad and headphones.

I felt good. I planned on walking all of the 8 miles per Jeff’s training plan. As the first mile was complete, it was almost a 16 minute mile. At that pace it would take over 2 hours to get the run done and I really only had 90 minutes to do it. I decided to throw in a little jogging here and there. It was still a productive run. I caught up on my episodes of Nashville and watched the latest episode of Scandal (LOVED IT!) At about 6:50 my son came into the workout room and scared the heck out of me! He had a bad dream and couldn’t go back to sleep so I brought him back upstairs and set him up with a TV show so I could complete my run.

I was keeping an eye on the clock and knew I had to stop at 7:30 to wake up my daughter and get them their breakfast. At 7:30 I had 5.25 miles completed. I woke her up, made breakfast for both kids and went back downstairs. The kids were so awesome and cooperative. At 8:00 I checked in with them and told them to get dressed and brush their teeth. I made their lunches and went back downstairs. I was at 7 miles a little bit after 8:00. So after making their lunches I had to finish my last mile on the plan and get them out to the bus. By 8:30 – Mission Accomplished!

I was so glad. I got them off to school, took a quick shower, made my chocolate milk and breakfast and got ready for my 9:00 online training class. It’s nice to know that my third workout was done before the day even got going. I am feeling soreness in weird places and I know it’s from running on the treadmill. My right butt muscle feels a little weird and I feel it in my muscles in my back going up along my spine. All good things, not bad soreness, but adjustments

I am considering beginning the first 10 miles of my 23 mile run tomorrow on the treadmill so that I can be home with my kids and have it done while my husband is at work, then when he gets home I’ll finish 13 on the road so that I won’t be out of the house for 5+ hours after he gets home. This way we can spend most of the afternoon together as a family!

I am rekindling my love for my old treadmill. That treadmill has been with me for over 14 years! I began using it religiously in 2002 when I first started to “run”. Then I used it as soon as I could after my son was born and began running again after I was given the OK to run again.


Dopey Challenge – It Really Is A Challenge

This past month I started a new job. I really enjoy the new job and so far it hasn’t gotten in the way of my training for the Dopey Challenge. The challenge for me is that I was Dopey to sign up for this challenge when I never before even did the Goofy challenge! What have I gotten myself into?

My training has been going well, I will admit that. But I don’t feel as successful as I think I could feel. Maybe I just don’t know how I am supposed to feel. I do know that at times running does feel like work. Mike and Michelle talked about it on their podcast in a recent episode and it hit home with me. I do enjoy running still and I get out for my two short runs during the week and then my assigned run per Jeff Galloway. Typically if it isn’t a long run or race weekend then it is a 4 or 6 mile run. Again, I still enjoy those runs. It’s when I have the long run showing up closer on my calendar that I start to feel anxious.

I knew that next weekend I have a long run on the schedule and I can’t take a day off of work to fit it in. This means I will have to spend a weekend day running for 5 hours. It also means that I have to figure out when and how I will get out there because my husband is starting a new job and has to work on Saturday. I don’t want to spend my Sunday out running for half the day when it is the only day he will be home with the family.

So we discussed the plan over breakfast and since he will only be working 5-9 on Saturday I will head out when he gets home. This is similar to when I would go out for my long run after getting Kevin on the bus and dropping Adrienne off to preschool last year. So if I keep that mentality I will be ok.

However, the difference this time is that I have to do a 3, 5, 8 and 23 mile run in 4 consecutive days – The Dopey part. It’s getting dark out very early and it’s also dark early in the morning. I can’t run in the morning because my husband is starting his new job this week. So I’ll have to plan on doing my 3 miles Wednesday after work, 5 miles Thursday during lunch since I am taking online training at home, and I am not sure yet how I am going to get in my 8 miler on Friday. Here’s where the crazy juggling comes in.

I think what helps me not freak out too much is knowing that I only have 2 more groups of training runs like this in the next two months. One right before the Philadelphia Marathon and then before the WDW weekend the week before Christmas. I guess I’ll worry about how I’ll fit that all in when the time comes. I may have some accrued vacation time to squeeze in the long run on a Friday. I may have to fire up the treadmill in a few weeks and put in the miles indoors early in the morning. I don’t know how to get back into treadmill mode. I swore it off four years ago.

Do you have any advice on how to integrate the treadmill back into my training routine?

Will runDisney Add A Second Star Wars Race Challenge?

Photo Credit:  Disney Parks Blog

Photo Credit: Disney Parks Blog

So now that the registration has come and gone and filled up, I wonder if runDisney will offer another Star Wars Race.  There are talks of it on the pod casts that I listen to.  All speculation of course.

Here are thoughts:

Get rid of Expedition Everest and add a Star Wars weekend the first weekend in May. Star Wars weekend takes place during May at Hollywood Studios so it would be a nice marriage of two events. The kid races and 5K could take place in the morning and then the 10K and half marathons could take place at night since it is very warm in May.  Expedition Everest takes place at night already so this wouldn’t be too different.  Perhaps don’t include the 10K with this race series and just have the half marathon at night to help with logistics.

There could be an Coast/West Coast coast to coast medal with special recognition of the two different Star Wars Challenges.

Then there is the added element of the Tinkerbell Half Marathon weekend taking place May 7-10, 2015.  Yet another coast to coast race going from the East Coast to the West on back to back weekends.

What do you think of this idea?  Do you think it is feasible?  Do you think it will really happen?  Would you do all of the races?

Star Wars Registration Opens Today!

starwarsWill you or did you register for the runDisney Star Wars Half Marathon Weekend today? Did you take advantage of the early AP and DVC registration opportunity? Will this runDisney event sell out yet another famous race?

Like the Avengers race that recently opened up for registration and sold out in record time (less than 2 hours), I believe this race is going to sell out even faster.  This has been the race everyone has been waiting for; however, there are more complications involved with the logistics of it.

First of all, it is the weekend following the marathon weekend.  If runners are participating in the Dopey challenge, 4 races in 4 days, they will then have to fly to Anaheim prior to Friday to pick up their race packets to participate in the 5K beginning on Friday.  It also means 3 more early wake up calls for the races.  If you live on the East Coast that shouldn’t be too hard, but your body is recovering from Dopey.

Second, you will be eating up a lot of your vacation time in January if you are doing Dopey then Star Wars.  For Dopey, you have to be in Florida by Wednesday to pick up your race packets and run the first race, the 5K on Thursday.  The races end Sunday so if possible, you could fly home for a few days then turn around and head to California for Thursday.

Third, you’ll be spending more money on airfare and hotel and food.  These are the consequences for registering for these races!

Fourth, Disney did add another challenge to the mix a month ago when they announced the Castaway Cay Challenge.  This is the cruise that leaves the day after Marathon Weekend and sails for 4 days, arriving pack to port on Friday.  You can still hop a flight to California for Star Wars, but you will miss the 5K.  This is also an additional pricey race to add to your list within the first month of 2015.  The price for the Castaway Cay Challenge is $65 but that’s the race only.  You still have the $1000+ cost of the cruise.

There are some positives about all of this.  If you are addicted to the bling, then you will go home with 5 medals if you participate in the Star Wars Challenge after marathon weekend because you will have the 5K, 10K, half marathon, Star Wars Challenge AND a coast to coast medal.

Is it worth it?  It would be to me, but I really can’t fork out the cash for another race registration and travel expenses.   runDisney marathon weekend is becoming the largest race weekend event in the country, and it does bring in economic activity to the area.  The same is also true when adding a race weekend event to California.  That is a positive impact of these races for the surrounding areas.  But given the time of year and the costs associated with all of the races, I just can’t do them all.

I was a fan of Star Wars when I was young, but my kids aren’t into it yet.  So even though I am not registering this year, it may be something that I’d show interest in the future.  It also depends on if it will be back in the East Coast or if it will remain in Disneyland.  For those of you registering today, may the force be with you!


#whyIRunDisney New Video Released – Matt Swartz

runDisney released its next video for the #whyirundisney program. Matt Swartz lost a lot weight and gained a special relationship with his children. Matt Swartz started to lose weight to survive a hike to Mt. Kilimanjaro with his 17 year old son and found out how much he loved running. While doing so, he began running with his daughters. Their time together connecting was a surprise that their love of running fueled his own love of running. He decided to run the Princess Half marathon because of his daughter Emmalie. When she asked him to run it with her he knew he couldn’t say no to this all (mostly) women’s race. It’s about the connection that he has made and wants to keep with his girls through their running. 2014-02-23 05.30.42 I had the chance to meet Matt and Emmalie at the corrals for the Princess Half Marathon this year and it was great to meet them and hear their story. I love meeting the people that are being profiled for the #whyirundisney program. Watch the video to hear Matt’s story of why he runs Disney.

To Stay On Property Or Not To Stay On Property (for Dopey Challenge), That is the Question

I was using David’s DVC Rentals to get prices to stay on property for The Dopey Challenge in January.  They have great prices to stay in a studio as you rent DVC points.  However, I didn’t realize that when you pay the deposit to get the prices obtained and a quote put together, you then have to book and pay the full price for the reservation with 24 hours.  I thought his program is great and I understand the need to square away the reservation right away, but having just got back from vacation, we aren’t ready to pay for another one!

I was researching into the cost of a stay at the Animal Kingdom Lodge for the first part of the challenge, and then a studio at the Boardwalk for the post race vacation with my family.  Last week I was trying to book the Floridian after viewing the rooms there and was blown away by the exquisite rooms!  But I waited a few days too long and lost my chance to stay there for a few nights.

So here’s my dilemma.  I also know that the WorldQuest Orlando Resort is a great place to stay!  My friend Amanda stayed there for Tower of Terror last year and I went to see her at her room and the place was gorgeous!  She wrote about it in her blog www.disneyeveryday.com.  Basically, you get a condo all to yourself.  They offer 2 and 3 bedrooms with 2 or 3 bathrooms, the Master bedrooms have king size beds and whirlpool tubs in their large suites (that sells me over right there).  Full kitchen, living room, eat in dining room, continental breakfast and also the resort amenities.  Like I did last January, I plan on arriving prior to my family, getting groceries and going to bed early for the Dopey challenge races.


So why the dilemma?  Because it is “off property”.  It’s not the Boardwalk or Animal Kingdom.  Will that matter?  I need help deciding. I did plan on driving from Animal Kingdom to at least 3 of the races.  If my family wants to watch me on marathon Sunday they will need to use the hotel’s transportation to get to Epcot at least.


So what do you think?  Will it really make a difference if we stay off property for this big weekend?  Help me decide!

Disneyland Paris Half Marathon – Is It Really Happening?

So the rumors have been flying around about a runDisney Paris Half Marathon, but nothing has been officially announce yet.  Last week a cast member posted a picture holding a pin and wearing a number on his shirt, which implied the race date was set.  My friend Amanda wrote about it in her blog www.Disneyeveryday.com.  The button he was holding in his hand showed a date of September, 2015.  It only leaves us to assume that the race will be September 2015.  But I’m not booking any plane tickets until I know something for sure from Disney!  I trust Amanda, she is in the know with Disney events.


Now this brings me to my next point.  I mentioned to my husband today that there are rumblings with a rumor about a Paris runDisney race.  His only remark was “oh boy”.  So I can say that there is a chance that I will be able to attend this race.  But there are MANY factors to consider when planning an International race. Updating my passport, booking a flight, where do you stay, how long do you stay, how will that race affect the schedule of all the existing runDisney races in the fall?  This will also be my first International race.  I’m exited about that!

My friend Amanda did a great review of suggestions for places to stay within the area of Disneyland Paris.  I hope I do get to attend and it would be even better if I can share a room with my other crazy runDisney friends!

Stay tuned!  Details to come (eventually!) As us crazy runDisney freaks wait for the tweets and teasers from runDisney via Twitter and their social media channels.