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Run – Week One Disney Princess Half Marathon Training

This week marked the beginning (officially) of my training for the 2017 Disney Princess Half Marathon! While I’d love to be able to say that I pulled it all off flawlessly, I can’t.

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The last couple of weeks have been CRAZY around here. My busy season for work is in full swing. I’m still trying to finish a Halloween costume. I had a field trip to attend, and I’d volunteered to donate treats for an event at the school. That would have been more than enough to do, but then, we had several things break down in the house and on my car. It feels like I’ve spent all my time either driving back and forth to the service center or waiting on repair men at home, trying to squeeze the other things I need to do in between. Oh, and the day after I picked up my car for the second time? I totally backed into another mom after school.

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I was supposed to have done a 45-minute maintenance run on Monday and Wednesday, and a 3-mile long run on Friday. What I actually did? I managed one 45-minute maintenance run on Tuesday and a 5-mile run on Friday. I guess I technically just skipped one maintenance run, and I ran too far for the long run. I’m not too terribly heartbroken. Next week will be better. It has to be.

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It’s almost time to runDisney again!

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In just three weeks, WE’LL BE AT DISNEY WORLD! I might be just a tiny bit excited. I get to see my parents for the first time since Easter. I get to see my brother, his wife, and their boys for the first time since Easter…it’s the first time my husband will meet our sweet nephew Henry, and he hasn’t seen any of the others since last December! Oh, and it will be Levi and Henry’s first time at Disney World. I’m so glad I get to be there.

In addition to all the normal planning and excitement that goes into a Disney vacation, I’m also preparing to run the 2014 Wine & Dine Half Marathon. Some of you may remember that I ran a half marathon with pretty much no training in September…and PR’ed. So weird. I have been running more since then, but I completely ditched the Jeff Galloway training plans. I’ve been alternating a pretty laid-back week of running with a more intense week that includes a long run. I ran 13.1 two weeks ago – on a treadmill, because the weather was horrible that day. I had a lot of pain in my quads for several days after that. I’m blaming that on the treadmill. Blech. It didn’t make me very excited about winter coming.

Anyway, I’ve got one last long run planned for next week, and that will be it until race day! I can hardly believe it’s this close. Bib numbers and corrals have already been assigned for race day. I’ll be wearing #4388, which puts me in corral F. I’ll be right in the middle of the pack, exactly where I am most comfortable. 🙂

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Is my costume ready? Of course not! I completely forgot to add it in my big list of costumes the other day. I decided to run as Cruella DeVille. I have most of the components sitting around, ready to go. I’ve got my sparkle skirt, my running shoes (which I thought were red when I ordered them, but they’re pink), my tank top, and my running sleeves. The tank top needs a little dalmatian embellishment, and I’d like to find some big, green earrings like hers, too. I’ll skip the cigarette.

I had grand intentions of attempting to run in a wig for this. I even bought one, but the more I think about it, the more it scares me. If my head is overheating, I will lose my mind, and will probably end up throwing the wig away. I can’t really bear the thought of just tossing a $30 wig, so I’m trying to come up with a new plan.

I think that I will either a) wear two braids, or b) wear some crazy, teased-out pigtails. Whichever of those I choose, I’ll spray one half black and the other half white. What would Cruella do? Braids or pigtails? I really do need help deciding, if anyone wants to throw their two cents into the pot.

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I fell off the wagon.

OK, so I didn’t completely fall off. I haven’t quit running altogether. But that training program I chose for November? It was pretty ambitious, especially for someone who practically took a running hiatus all winter. I am officially switching to the “finish in the upright position” plan. Time improvement. Ha! What was I thinking?

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I am not, however, ashamed of my mileage for July. Don’t make fun of me. Yes, I still use a paper calendar. I need visual reminders of what I’ve got going on, without having to get into my phone or computer. I started writing my mileage for the day in a bright yellow highlighter so I could see how well/horribly I’m doing. 42 miles, y’all. Not too shabby.

I haven’t done a long run over 6 miles yet. On the old plan, I should be running 9 for my long run this week. On the new plan, next week I should be at 6.5, so I’m right on track. I feel certain this will all be much easier to accomplish once the kids start school in a few weeks. I’ve just got to hang in there until then.

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Wine & Dine Training – Week 2

I know this probably gets boring for many of you, me blabbering on about the week’s runs. Here’s the thing, though – it helps me stay on track. If I’m writing about it here at the end of each week, I feel held accountable. If I screw up or get lazy, you’re going to know about it. Let’s be honest, with 16 weeks to go, that’s going to happen at some point. I’m only human.

I started out on Monday running 4 miles on the treadmill. Something in my hip was twinging as I ran, but I pushed through it anyway.

I cross-trained in the yard with my neighbors on Tuesday morning and realized that pushing through the pain on Monday was probably not the smartest thing I’ve ever done. I spent the rest of the day trying to stretch out my hip.

On Wednesday, I did more stretching and got on the treadmill with another 4-mile goal. After running/walking/limping through 2 miles, I quit. It was terrible. I just could not do it.

Thursday, I rested and stretched. I knew I had 6 miles penciled in on the calendar for Friday, and I really didn’t know whether I should attempt it or not. I mean, I’ve had hip pain before, but it was identifiable. My IT band gets sore when it’s time to replace my running shoes, and so far, that’s been the only time. This pain was weird, difficult to pin-point, and really hard to work out.

My internal debate went something like this…

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This brings us to today. My plan was to head to the gym, stretch, warm up on an elliptical machine, and then see how much running I could manage. I am happy to say that this plan worked! Nothing hurt, and I made it the full 6 miles. Hooray! I was really going to be bummed if I’d completely blown the plan by week two.

Now, to celebrate. 😉

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Wine & Dine Race Training – Week 1

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It’s that time again. Time for me to lose the excuses and run, run, run!

I used Jeff Galloway’s training program found on the runDisney website to train for the Princess Half last year, and it worked out pretty well. I decided to stick with his plan, but I’m attempting the time improvement version this time around. I reserve the right to switch to the “finish in the upright position” plan later, though. I’m still working out exactly what I’m meant to do for some of these runs.

Screen Shot 2014-07-11 at 4.48.12 PMWeek 1 began on Tuesday. Although, I don’t do Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday. I like to do my runs on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. I’m rebellious like that. Oh, and I also don’t run-walk-run. I just run. And when I can’t, I walk. I don’t stick to the interval thing, though.

I ran my first 4 miles on Monday in the family room at the gym. I’ve been running a few times a week over the last month to rebuild my endurance, so this wasn’t too terrible. I only wish the treadmills in our family room faced the kids’ area. I feel very fortunate that I didn’t fall off while breaking up one of the many cat fights my children engaged in on Monday morning. I’m using the term “morning” loosely. It was 11:15 before we dragged ourselves down there. At least we made it.

On Wednesday, I tried something different. There’s a middle school nearby with a fenced track. I loaded up the kids, some water bottles, and a few toys, and we headed there. I managed another 4 miles, and no one started begging to go home until I was on my last mile.

In the interim, I’ve been adding cross-training. I did part of a PiYo workout on Tuesday, until the YouTube channel on my Apple TV wouldn’t load any more of it. Of course, the whole thing worked later the same night. Yesterday, I joined my neighbor out in the front yard for a workout. (Thanks, Jenn!)

Today, I ran my 4.5 miles in the family room again. Everyone got along, but MAN, it was hot. (Our gym isn’t air conditioned.) It wasn’t until I finished that I realized the giant fan was turned off. I will be double-checking that next time. It was a rough 4.5 miles. About 2 miles in, I was sure I wouldn’t be able to finish. I’m happy to say that I did, and Week 1 is complete.

I plan to spend the weekend resting, so I can begin again on Monday!

 

 

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Run – Magic Mile

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As you know, I have been using Jeff Galloway’s plan to train for the upcoming Disney Princess Half Marathon, and I learned a new term this week. “Magic mile.” It popped up on my calendar to do one after today’s four-mile run, and I had to do a little searching to figure out what it is! Essentially, after your regular run, you run one mile as fast as you can. You put that time in a fun little formula to guesstimate what your actual pace will/should be on race day. If you want to see more details, click here.

I ran today’s magic mile in 8:47. No kidding. That’s the fastest mile I’ve ever run. I worked hard for it. Multiply that by 1.2 for a half marathon, and you get 10:30-ish, which is AWESOME! Because that’s the pace I’m shooting for. I have a few more of these magic miles on the schedule before race day. I’ll average them all out and will hopefully have a good idea of where my pace will fall, and pray that the warm weather doesn’t throw me off too much.

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Run – Sometimes it’s hard.

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I wish I had seen this yesterday morning. I was due for 12 miles on the ol’ training schedule yesterday. Well, if I’m honest, I was supposed to do it last week, with this week and next week only having 4 miles on the long run day. Since we were still away from home, I postponed it. No big deal. I didn’t need two short weeks anyway.

But I goofed. I felt really weird on Monday morning, so I pushed my maintenance runs to Tuesday and Thursday. Then, I decided to go ahead with the long run on Friday without a rest day beforehand. Add to that the fact that I slept HORRIBLY on Thursday night. Our room gets too hot at night. I’m pretty sure it hinders good sleep, but we can’t figure out how to fix it, short of opening the window and letting too-cold air in.

I wasn’t pumped when I started my run, and I had a time limit. I drop Neely at school at 9:00 and have to pick her up by 11:30. By the time I got on the treadmill, it was 9:10. I knew I’d need to stop by 11:10 to cool down, stretch, and allow myself to remove the snow from my car and still make it in time to get her. I dislike doing a long run on the treadmill. I’m never sure where to set the pace, and I always end up running slower than I should. So in two hours, I only made it to 10.5 miles. It’s crazy, considering that when I ran 10 miles before Christmas, on the track, I finished in 1:45. It was discouraging. I did what I could, but the anxiety of trying to finish with a deadline nearly did me in.

Next time, I’ll have to do the long run in the evening when John can keep the kiddos, and I can take as much time as I need to.

I am thankful, however, that I didn’t feel nearly as bad as the first time I attempted 12 miles last March. I didn’t want to cry. I just felt tired, and stressed out. Life goes on. It wasn’t my best run ever, but at least it wasn’t my worst. I’ll do better next time.

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Run – Training Update

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It’s been a little while, so I figured it was time to give a bit of an update on the ol’ half marathon training. I wouldn’t want the girls traveling all the way to Florida with me to think I’m slacking off.

I have been following the Jeff Galloway plan on RunDisney pretty much exactly. I sometimes shift from Monday, Wednesday, Friday to Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday, but other than that, I’ve done a fairly good job of sticking with the program, which I’m fairly proud of, since it had me doing 6.5 the day after Thanksgiving. I have a 10- and 12-miler on the schedule for Christmas break, which I hope I can pull off while we’re traveling.

The only thing that has taken some major adjustment for me is the whole great outdoors vs. treadmill issue. When it’s been above 30 and the sidewalks are cleared, I run outside. That usually happened about once a week when I began in October. Now, not so much. I have used the indoor track when I can, but I’m using the gym on base. They have the track closed for physical fitness testing most of the days I’m in there. It’s frustrating. Running in a circle feels better than running in place to me.

Last Friday, I used the treadmill for a long run for the first time. I monopolized that baby for 90 minutes, ran 8 miles, watched a whole episode of Rachael Ray and half of The Price is Right. I used to hate the TV’s on the treadmill, but it does help break the monotony when you’re going at it for that long. The upside is that I definitely maintain a steady pace.

So there you have it. I am on track. I feel good about the plan I’ve chosen. Here’s hoping I can keep it up!

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Run – New Shoe Review

Last week, I promised to give you the low-down on my new running shoes, so here I go…

Since January, I’ve been running in a pair of Brooks Addiction 10 shoes recommended to my by the helpful folks at Sportspectrum in Shreveport. I have low arches. I over-pronate (on one foot). I need motion control or stability shoes. The Addiction are motion control shoes. These are generally recommended for severe over-pronators. When I started running in them, they were really painful on my left foot, because I don’t over-pronate on that side. Once I got used to them and they were broken in, it didn’t bother me as much, BUT the one thing that has always bothered me about these shoes is that they feel heavy. It takes me a good mile or two to really get warmed up and not feel like my feet are dragging me down.

It is recommended that runners replace their shoes every 300 to 400 miles. You should replace shoes sooner if you are a heavier runner, or if you are running on rough terrain. I generally run on the treadmill, track, or sidewalk, so I feel like I can push it closer to 400. I probably hit that mark months ago, which is why – go figure – running in those Addictions was starting to become painful.

A local running shop (yes, there is one in Minot! Bless you, Mile One.) offered 20% off running shoes for law enforcement and military in October, so on October 29th, I finally went in to pick out new shoes.

This time, I am trying stability instead of motion control. I’m hoping it will be a happy medium for both of my goofy feet. I tried on A LOT of shoes before making my choice this time. And after hearing my complaints about the weight of my Brooks, the salesgirl pulled out a pile of notebooks and read me the weight for every single pair.

I finally settled on a pair of Mizuno Wave Nirvana 8 running shoes. I know. Cha-ching! And I thought those Brooks were expensive. However, I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again – I would rather buy expensive shoes than injure myself running in the wrong shoes. Because let’s face it, it’s only a matter of time before I bite it on the ice around here. I’m just lessening the probability of hurting myself doing something ELSE silly.

What’s the difference between the two? According to the specs I can find online, the Mizuno’s are technically only a little bit lighter, but my goodness, they feel so much better. The salesgirl’s chart said that they are almost a full ounce lighter. What I can find on the Brooks and Mizuno websites say that my Addiction shoes weigh 10.2 ounces and my Mizunos weigh 9.9 ounces. I’m not sure which information is accurate, but the Mizunos do feel much lighter on my feet.

The Addiction has a much larger toe box than the Nirvana, but the Nirvana has this really cool stretchy mesh on the toe that is awesome. It moves with your foot, so it hardly matters to me that there isn’t as much space there. From a personal perspective, I think too much room in the toe box is bad for me. I curl my toes under funny to compensate, and often, my toes are sore by the end of a run. In addition to the mesh, the toe of the Nirvana is curved upward more, mimicking the motion of your foot as you run, and I don’t end up curling my toes as much.

I’ve put between 20-25 miles on the new shoes at this point, but so far, they feel great. I don’t know if it’s coincidence or if the weight of the shoes was really affecting me, but I have consistently run about 30 seconds faster per mile than I was in my old shoes. That’s on two treadmills runs, one outside, and one on the track.

The only other factor that has really changed is the temperature. In the Jeff Galloway training plan, I’ve read that “runners tend to slow down 30 seconds per mile for every 5 degrees above 60F.” I wonder if we also speed up when it’s colder? Eager to get finished and get inside? Of course, two-thirds of my running has been indoors, so this may not actually explain anything. It pretty much means there is absolutely no predicting what my pace will be on race day – training in North Dakota and racing in Florida. Oh, well. I still consider myself to be in the “finish and have fun” category.

I’m curious to see how the new kicks feel as I begin to add more distance, but I suppose I’ll know soon enough!

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Sunrise and a Run

 

This is what the sky looked like from my front porch at 8:30 this morning. It was beautiful. Then, the sun promptly ran and hid behind a wall of gloomy gray. I’m still adjusting to that. Seeing the sun is a rare treat lately.

Then, since it was only 40 degrees this morning, I took my new kicks on a spin outside. I even jogged past another purple-faced masochist today. She even waved. It probably sounds silly, but it made my day to know that someone else was out there suffering right along with me.

I’m not sure whether to give credit to my new, lighter shoes (more on these babies later), or my updated, faster-paced playlist, but I ran my fastest 5K today. 31:00. Exactly. I know, because the fancy watch tells me so. 😉

Anyway, Happy Halloween! Everybody stay safe, and don’t let the spooks get you!

 

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