I didn’t realize how long it’s been since I’ve written here. Yikes. I didn’t intentionally take a break – I’ve actually started to write a recap of the Wine & Dine Half Marathon weekend at Epcot a few times, but just never really felt up to it. I thought that maybe once the race pictures were posted, it would inspire.. something. The one picture taken of me while running the race didn’t do much to inspire anything though. It actually bummed me out a little. Long story short (I’ll explain more later), Adam and I had a really great weekend. Wine & Dine is probably my most favorite race and I enjoyed it. However, the race itself was a bit ho-hum this year since the weather didn’t really cooperate and I hurt my hip while running, so instead of finishing happy and all smiles, instead I was cold, wet, in pain, and bummed.
My Disney Marathon training is not off to a great start and if the past few weeks are any indication of how it will go, I’m in trouble. Big trouble. After coming off of a really great week of training (Week 5), the last two weeks were just.. ugh. Between shuffling the kids around to gymnastics, karate, ballet, Cub Scouts, and tumbling, me getting sick, then Adam getting sick, going out of town for a wedding, etc.. It was just hard. It is what it is though. I know that when it comes to balancing marathon training with my duties as a mom, being mom and being there for my family will always win. I wouldn’t have it any other way.
Baked Blueberry French Toast just sounds incredible, doesn’t it? It tastes incredible too. Even better, it is very easy to make. Even my cooking-challenged self hasn’t managed to screw this one up yet! We make it every year for breakfast Christmas morning and it is my go-to dish for breakfast potlucks.
You may recall that last year, in what can only be described as a momentary loss of sanity, I decided to drive back from Orlando after finishing the Wine & Dine half marathon a little after midnight and partaking in the post-race festivities in EPCOT to participate in the ZOOMA Florida Training Kick-Off run. When I told my husband about my plan, I honestly think he contemplated divorce for a minute. I mean, what normal person gets up after sleeping for 3ish hours to drive home to run some more? This girl!
Hello, hello! It’s been a busy few days around here, I kind of want to skip eating lunch today and just go take a nap instead! I have the recap of my Disney Marathon training below but first I want to tell you about our wonderful weekend!!
The Color in Motion 5K is coming to Jacksonville!! I’m bummed that I won’t be able to attend, but my loss is your gain! The Color in Motion 5K team reached out to me and they want to give TWO of my readers a free entry into their Jacksonville race on November 8th! Entering to win is super simple, just use the rafflecopter below!
Week four of my Disney Marathon training plan is done! It wasn’t a perfect week, but I’m okay with that. I did the best I could (well, perhaps I could have run in the rain, but I really didn’t want to!). Last week in my training recap, I asked you guys about coming back from a LONG break and how I’ve been struggling with slower times and feeling like I really need walk breaks, even on shorter runs. I got a lot of really great advice from you guys, so thank you! I decided to start with my shorter weekday runs and just make myself run a mile without stopping.. and I did! I ended up running four actually! I did allow myself a little bit of a break at each mile to stretch out my legs and catch my breath, but I ran each mile with no walk breaks.. baby steps!!
A while back, a blogger buddy of mine (Sarah at Sweet Miles) posted a review of a product called Skoop. It sounded like something I would really love and would benefit me, but it was $60 a bag and that seemed like a lot to try something new.. until a week later when Skoop reached out to me after seeing my comment on Sarah’s blog to see if I’d be interested in trying Skoop for myself. I immediately replied saying “Yes, please!!” and anxiously awaited the package from them.
Week three of my Disney Marathon training plan is done and you won’t believe this, but I didn’t miss a SINGLE run! I did my long run with my husband this weekend and after our run, we had a little chat about how it went. I’m struggling with something and I thought maybe you guys could help me figure out what to do.
As of two weeks ago, I officially started my Disney Marathon training plan. I thinking I mentioned before, it’s basically Hal Higdon’s Novice 1 plan, but reworked just a bit to accommodate my fall race schedule. I may add a few other races to my plan depending on our weekend plans, just because I’d much rather do my long runs in a race environment than on my own. While I do enjoy doing shorter runs on my own, the 2+ hour runs get awfully lonely!