Tuesday, March 22, 2016

How about that Disney race ....

Ah Disney ... The most magical place on the planet.  I have hundreds of memories from going to Disney as a child from ages 4 - 15, at least once a year, sometimes twice.  Easily about 20 times in my lifetime.  So having the chance to run into Magic Kingdom through Cinderella's castle, not to mention the amazing medals that you can get ... How can you turn that down??   After paying the bargain price of $350 to run a 10K and Half Marathon the training commenced (after I gave birth to an almost 10 pound baby!!).

One thing I have to say about Disney, their packet pickup and actual event is that they are extremely organized.  After working with a local running company, and just participating in other races, no one has the organization or man power like Disney has.   If you can afford it, staying within Disney property is worth it.  They had specific transportation for the run to the expo and to the races itself.  You don't have to worry about parking and the traffic to get to the expo or the race.  The buses all had their own routes to get in and out.

The expo was very organized.  It reminded me of a Bank of America packet pickup.  Huge space, everything marked, easy to follow and fast.  The only thing that was horrible was the line to pay if you were going to buy extra goodies and commemorative items.  People were going crazy buying 2-3 dooney & Burke special "princess" edition purses.  I personally thought they were quite cheesy and on the Facebook group for the Glass Slipper challenge, a lot of people had buyers remorse and we're trying to sell them.

10K race:
Organization was fantastic!  Easy to find corrals, tons and tons of port-o-potties, water stations everywhere in case you needed to drink water prior to the race.  It was chilly so I recommend you bring throw away layers or a garbage bag to keep you warm until you run.  If you have a mylar wrap from the 5k (if you are running all three races - no special medal for all three, just the two), bring that instead since you get another one after the 10K.  The ladies watching the last corral weren't really paying attention, a lot of people were jumping corrals.  No one was busted.  Biggest complaint is that it took forever to get going.  If you were in the last corral like me (I forgot to submit proof of finishing time...pregnancy brain) you didn't start until about 45 minutes after the first set of people started.  The course was great, you ran through Epcot and all the countries, and through the the boardwalk.  There were several characters throughout, but I did not stop for any pictures.  I do wish that they placed more port-o-potties along route.  Lines to use them were very long and you worry about being swept.  There were enough water stations so don't worry about bringing your own water.

Half Marathon:
I was anticipating that the start would be the same as the 10K, it more!  It went faster considering there were a lot more people and corrals and the firework show before each corral took off ... awesome!!  I have issues with this race ... there are so many miles of narrow parts and people start completely walking around mile 7 .. after Magic Kingdom.  When the race was said and done, I did almost 14 miles because I had to weave in between the walkers.  ARRGGHHH  where is your walking etiquette ladies?  There are so many points in the race where trying to run is a joke, you truly expend more energy trying to pass walkers.  This is why I will not do this race for a very long time.  The course is nice then it gets boring around mile 9.  Highlights were the soldiers from Toy Story yelling at everyone to start running, they were on the ramp up to Epcot.

All in all, the race was good.  I got my three medals, which is all I wanted anyway.  I was able to do this race with only three months of training after I had my daughter that in itself was a pretty huge accomplishment.  Would I do it again... possibly with my daughters when they are old enough, but not in the near future.

#rundisney #fitfluential #glassslipperchallenge

Monday, March 21, 2016

It's been a long time....

It's been a long long long time since my last post ....

So what's new???

New baby ... check
New daily routine that I am still not accustomed to ... check
Wanting to run to lose the baby chub ... check

So good news ... I have been able to run due in main part to my awesome parents who watch my daughters!  I did the Glass Slipper Challenge down in Walt Disney World ... that in itself is a blog post on it's own.

Signed up for the inaugural Naperville Women's Half Marathon in a month, I'm excited for that.  I also signed up for the Chicago Marathon ... first marathon folks... am I reaching too high?  I hope not, between my Ironman husband and if I get into the race, my schedule will be insane.  Bring the challenge  :)

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Haven't posted in a while ... but welcome running weather from the horrible Chicago Winter 2013/2014

Hello summer, you have been missed.  I for one cannot run in the cold, so I am greatly appreciative that you have finally gotten here.  So the big reason that I stopped for a while is because I had a bad fall skiing and partially tore and sprained two ligaments in my left knee... OUCH!  So with months of physical therapy, I was finally able to start doing a little running.  I did the Chicago Monster Dash Half Marathon in 2012 with a woefully sad time of 3 hours and 20+ minutes.  I had to walk a lot of it and my knee was in a lot of pain.  I did finish, so that was an accomplishment, but I know I was looking towards 2013 and better running times.
Here is my race schedule for this year:

Women's Half Marathon on the Mag Mile - August 31, 2014
Chicago Monster Dash Half Marathon - October 25, 2014
Naperville Half Marathon - November 9, 2014

 This should hopefully get me a Neptune Moon level for the Half Marathon Fanatics, here's hoping!
Training starts next week and I cannot wait!!

I ran the Soldier Field 10 mile and helped my aunt finish her first 10 mile race at 2:18.  Not too bad for my aunt who is over 60 :)
She is also training to do 2 half marathons this year!

Stay Tuned!

So last year I did the following:

Chicago Monster Dash Half Marathon - October 20, 2013 finishing time of 2:25:30
Zooma 10K - August 10, 2013 finishing time of 1:10:28
Soldier Field 10 Mile - May 25, 2013- finishing time of 1:57:35

Here is a finishing pic from Zooma.  Unfortunately I participate in these events alone so I don't have anyone taking pictures of me :(

Monday, August 13, 2012

Monday, WOW a true rest day

BIG BIG thanks to my daughter who slept in until 9:30.  It really helps to "rest" when you have an extra hour to just lay in bed and relax.

Yesterday for cross training, my supportive triathlete (hopefully future ironman) hubby biked with me and my daughter for 30 minutes around the neighborhood.  The weather is has been pretty mild for August in Chicago, so I am really taking advantage of being outdoors.

This past Saturday was my long run, a big whopping 5 miles.  Whoopee, I did it though.  I was very discouraged in the first mile.  My knee had a slight throbbing pain, it was getting a bit hotter and running outside scares me in the fact that I might run out of water.  All was well after that first mile, which is usually my problem.  I have to mentally get myself through it and then all is well.  I did it in an hour and 5 min.  Just a bit over a 12 min. pace which isn't too shabby for someone who has been in physical therapy for the last 4 months.

Tomorrow is another three miles.  Looks like it's going to warm up, so I will just treadmill it at home.  Big thanks to my daughter who also sleeps 3 hours during the day.  She's really growing!!

Have a great week!

Friday, August 10, 2012

Fridays are rest days ... not for a stay at home mom though !!! HA

Rest day for a stay at home mom, is there really such a thing?  If I'm not cleaning or picking up after my daughter, I am doing laundry or cooking.  There is no such thing as rest.  Days are gone when I worked full time in front of a computer.  When I would sit in a chair 8 hours a day and browse the internet and look for good sales.  Gone are the days of high heels and work clothes, replaced with comfy flats, knits instead of wovens, t-shirts instead of button downs, capri pants instead of skirts.

So it's my rest day, and what do I do instead?  I walked, about 7 miles today.  I am fortunate to live close to a really nice mall, and I walked to it twice today :)  (Hmmmm fortunate for me, not so fortunate for my hubby!)
How will this affect my 5 mile long run tomorrow.  Guess we will see.  No treadmill tomorrow, too, it's time to take it outside in the nice weather.  Thankfully Chicagoland is cooling down, I was getting pretty tired of the 90-100 degree weather.  I did some carb loading.  Not too much, just a few bites of angel hair marinara.    It's just 5 miles after all.

Have a great weekend!

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Training for a race!! Is it even possible?

Hello!  Thank you for stopping by my blog,  my outlet to talk about my journey to run a few races and keep healthy in general as a stay at home mom.  Just to give a background, I never liked to run or do any activity in my twenties and I paid the price for "letting myself go".  Prior to meeting my husband, I started dieting.  When we started dating, we had our routine of going to work out.  After several months of hard work, I was down 20 pounds and very comfortable with myself and just 5 pounds short of my goal weight.  Now here I am, married and a stay at home mom to my beautiful 18 month old daughter.  Life couldn't be better except the fact that I have a few pounds to lose from the baby weight.  I was on my way and running again.  I was able to run the Hot Chocolate 15K (9.3 miles) 10 months after she was born.  Then winter came and so did the registration for the Chicago Marathon 2012.  Plans were looking great until my ill fated day of when I had a bad fall from skiing in Park City and with it came a partially torn ligament and one sprained ligament.  Needless to say, there went my hopes to run the Chicago Marathon.  In order for me to run, I need a goal, a race to train for.  So now my new goal is the Chicago Monster Dash Half Marathon and my 12 week training is now commencing.  Hopefully I can make the time for it.

WHAT?  You sit at home all day, how do you not have the time to run a few miles 4 days a week?
Hmmmm is all I can say to you.  Well if you can ask that, you clearly don't have a child or you have a full time nanny.  I don't have the latter, so I have to wait for naps or when my daughter is sleeping in order to run.  For the past week, I have been running during naps.  I have put down the laundry basket and vacuum cleaner and lace up my shoes instead.  This is hard for me, I have a beautiful house that I want clean at all times, but with my 18 month old it's virtually impossible to have a spotless house.  I have come to grips with that and have lowered my expectations that I have on myself to maintain a spotless house.  I do however always have dinner ready and waiting for my hubby ( i love him so!).  

Other issues that I need to deal with is FOOD!  I love food, and I bake all the time.  I pass by the kitchen and take a bite here, nibble there and I eat bad.  Especially after a run, I am so hungry because it's way past lunch time and I also have a mentality that since I just lost 400+ calories, I can eat whatever.  NOPE!  I need to stop.  Just because my daughter is eating a PB&J sandwich doesn't mean that I can have one too (maybe just a bite or two though?)  

So here I am , week two of training in my 12 week program to run a half marathon.  Here is the program that I am following:

I happily have done my weekday runs this week.  I am very sore and it feels great.  Hopefully I find the time to do my long run.  Sadly my pace is not where I would like it to be, it's currently at a 12.5min/mile pace, I want to be at least at a 11.5 min pace, but I have to deal with mental issues of my knee giving in and me falling flat on my face on the treadmill.  I don't want to push myself!

Wish me luck and thank you again for reading!!