Post Disney!!!

I did it! I ran my 1st marathon!

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The entire weekend was amazing. Combining two of my favorite things into one weekend with my sister was a blast. We stayed at The Art of Animation resort right at Disney.

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Art Of Animation has 4 different themes to choose from…Cars, Finding Nemo, The Lion King, and The Little Mermaid. From the second we decided to do the marathon I knew I wanted to stay in a Little Mermaid room. These were actually the least expensive the other movies are all “family suites”. Something to keep in mind with The Little Mermaid rooms is that they don’t have microwaves, coffee makers, or refrigerators. Other than that I didn’t feel like I was compromising anything.

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The bathroom was really neat because you felt like you were in Ariel’s treasure trove. My only complaint was how dim the lighting was.

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The pool at The Art of Animation resort is actually the largest in Disney World. There is another pool down by The Little Mermaid rooms. We brought our bathing suits but never actually got around to swimming, too busy running I guess.

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The lobby was very neat. I loved the different colors but my sister and I wondered if the employees ever got sick of whatever color they were standing in all day. The vibrancy of the colors doesn’t show up very well in this picture.

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Right after we checked in we headed over to the Expo. Josie and I were like kids in a candy shop! Running apparel with a Disney theme!!!

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Unfortunately New Balance was completely sold out of the Disney shoes. We found out later that they sold out on Wednesday of everything except for kid sizes. I was definitely bummed, but decided to be happy that I had more money to spend on other things. I really wanted these Toms…but I couldn’t justify buying another pair when I just got 2 brand new pairs. Maybe I’l buy a fabric pen and try this on my old Toms 🙂

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We finished Friday off with a carb loading dinner at Wolfgang Puck. I had the most delicious ravioli I’ve ever had.

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Pre Disney Update

I feel like I should be writing a blog on how not to prepare for a marathon. On the way to dinner tonight my husband and I were talking about the marathon this weekend. He asked me what the furthest I’ve run is. Well, I’m embarrassed to say that the longest run I’ve completed is 15 miles. A few weeks ago I set out to run 20 miles and it was cut short by freezing rain. When I started the run it was just snowing, by mile 15 it was not safe for me to be running anymore. Besides not having a 20 miler under my belt, I haven’t even been as consistent as I should’ve been. Long story short, I am not nearly as prepared for this marathon as I should be. 

Here’s what I can tell you…I’m confident that I will finish the marathon, I’m not confident that I will run the entire thing. The event is in 4 days and I’m trying to come to terms with were I’m at. Here’s what’s crazy….at the beginning of the year I had never ran more than 9 miles and frankly it was hard for me to run 4 miles. Since I started training for the marathon I ran 10 miles for the first time ever in my life, I ran 10 miles again, I ran a half marathon, and I ran 15 miles multiple times. At the time each one of these thing was a huge accomplishment. Many people have never ran more than 10 miles, but faced with a marathon in 4 days I’m feeling anxious and disappointed in myself. I know I could’ve done better to prepare. I could blame it on the holidays and my hectic work schedule, but the truth is, I just had a really hard time motivating myself. It has been really hard to admit my lack of motivation because if I can’t get motivated for The Walt Disney World Marathon, I don’t know what else would motivate me!!

So, here I am admitting that I didn’t prepare as well as I could have. On the other hand, we have raised over $2,500 for The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and I will cross the finish line whether I’m running, walking, or crawling and in the end, that is really all that matters. I will force myself to be proud of of what I accomplished last year and enjoy the time I have at Disney with my sister and our friends. 

In the words of Elsa from Frozen….

“It’s funny how some distance, makes everything seem small.
And the fears that once controlled me, can’t get to me at all
It’s time to see what I can do, to test the limits and break through.
No right, no wrong, no rules for me. I’m free!

Let it go, let it go.
I am one with the wind and sky.
Let it go, let it go.
You’ll never see me cry.
Here I stand, and here I’ll stay.
Let the storm rage on.”

Disney, here we come!!

Out with the old and in with the new

I finally decided to get new kicks! The ones I had been running in have seen better days for sure. I bought them about 3 years ago. The bottoms were getting worn out and their is a pretty big hole in the heel where my foot rubs against the inside of the shoe. I have bought Asics shoes ever since high school, but I decided to get some input from my running friends on Facebook and tons of people recommended trying Brooks. I tried the Ghost 5 on and they felt pretty good so I decided to bite the bullet and order them. Luckily they were on sale on the Brooks website so I got a good deal. Regular price is $100 and I got then for $72!

the old

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the new!

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Before the the new shoes came my shins were aching after about a mile of running. I have ran 4 times in the Brooks and so far I love them! Last night I did an 7 and they felt great. My foot strike feels lighter. The cushion makes a big difference. I don’t think there was any cushion left in my old shoes. Overall I’m super happy with my choice. Yay for new shoes!

Training Update Weeks 20-23

Week 20

July 19 – 10 miles

July 20 – 3.1 miles

Week 21

July 22 – 5 miles

July 23 – 9.5 miles

July 24 – soccer game

July 25 – 7.1 miles

July 26 – 4.6 miles

July 27 – 4.4 miles

Week 22

July 30 – 13 miles!!!!

July 31 – 1.75 miles/soccer game

August 2 – 2 soccer games

August 3 – 2.38 miles

Week 23

August 4 – 1.95 miles

August 6 – 4.84 miles

August 7 – soccer game

August 8 – 4.33 miles

I’ve had some victories over the past month. I ran 10 miles for the first time in my life and a few weeks later I ran 13 miles for the first time ever. The last 2 weeks I have been battling some soreness but my last couple of runs have felt pretty good. It’s hard to believe that it’s already August. Only 152 days until the marathon!! Josie came up with a training plan for us. She’s used a variety of sources online and it looks pretty doable. We are both doing a half marathon in October so she had to plan around that. Disney requires a time from a certified 1/2 marathon or marathon or else you will get placed in the last starting corral.

Half way there!

This morning I woke up and decided to do a long run around Cumberland Head. A friend mentioned that it would probably be around 10-11 miles so I didn’t bother to map it out ahead of time. My goal was to run at least 11. It was perfect running weather for me, low 70’s and sunny. I decided to listen to music for a little while because this was my first long run by myself. I wanted to make sure I stayed distracted. I listened to the entire Inisheer album, the band that played at our wedding. Around mile 7 my phone decided to factory reset. So I had no music and no mileage updates for the rest of the run. Overall it was a great run, nothing more gorgeous than having a cornfield to your left and Lake Champlain and the Adirondack mountains to your right. I was pretty thirsty for the last half of the run and my left knee was a little sore for parts. I also had some weird numbness in my left foot that would shoot up my leg every few minutes. One of the problems with living in the city is that I end up finishing my run in the heart of the city with lots of cars driving by. I wish I could put a sign on around mile 8 that says “I’ve already been running for over an hour, please don’t judge.” I felt like I was losing all of my form in the last 2 miles, little did I know I was already over 10 miles!! When I got back to the house I mapped it out on mapmyrun.com and couldn’t believe it. I hopped into my car and drove the route just to make sure. I ran a half marathon today, I’m half way to 26.2!!

Any happy little thought?

Today I met up with my sister and our friend Elizabeth for a long run. We ended up running just over 10 miles. Around mile 6 Josie and Elizabeth started to pull ahead a little bit. I was hot, tired, and super thirsty so I tried to distract myself with my thoughts….

-Peru, NY is an absolutely beautiful place to run.

-It’s really hot.

-My left leg is burning from the sun.

-That is the perfect farm house, I would love to live there.

-I hope that dog doesn’t chase us.

-We must be getting close to the water stop. (my dad dropped off water at the 5 mile mark)

-Shade!

-Water!

-Oh yeah…we’re only half way done.

-If I stop after 7 miles is that respectable?

-I’m thirsty.

-It’s so pretty here.

-“Go Jenny go!” (that’s in Ros’ voice)

-the tune of It’s a Small World

-When we run in Disney Mickey and Minnie will be cheering us on!

-Just keep running.

-I’m thirsty.

-Oh, we’re not turning here? I thought for sure we’d be turning here….maybe I should turn and meet you guys back at the house. Ok fine, I won’t turn.

-These poor frogs. (so many dead frogs on the side of the road, they were so close to making it all the way across)

-I’m sooooo thirsty.

-It’s really hot.

-In Disney it will be cooler.

-In Disney it will be flatter.

-Disney!!!!

-This will make me look better in a bathing suit.

-Oh, we’re not turning here either? You’ve got to be kidding. I thought for sure we’d be turning here.

-If they go around the upper loop I’m not following, I’m done.

-Good, they didn’t go around the upper loop. We’re almost done.

-Except for this short but steep hill.

-I can see the house!

-Water!!!!!!!!!!

-I just ran 10 miles!

-Marathons are 26.2 miles….

-What did I get myself into?

We finished in 10 miles in 1:34. We had a faster pace than our last 10 mile run so I’m pleased with that. I’m also pleased that I finished it! It’s amazing what our bodies can do when we push them. Around the 7 mile mark I thought for sure I wasn’t going to finish but I literally forced myself to think of happy thoughts, just like Peter Pan and Wendy. 🙂

Weeks 18 & 19

Consistency is still an issue, but I do have a victory to share!

July 1- 6 miles

July 10- 10.5 miles!!! This is the longest I’ve ever ran in my entire life! To top it off, I played 2 soccer games that night as well.

July 12- 6.7 miles

July 13- 5 miles

Also, week 19 was my highest mileage week so far at 22.2 miles. Overall I’m pretty proud that I’ve picked up the pace a little. I’m super proud that I ran 10.5 miles and let me tell you…that was not an easy run. The first 5 miles was almost all uphill. I was very sore during today’s run because of the amount of running and soccer I did this week.