Ahh the Space Coast Half Marathon. AKA my slowest race ever. First, before we even talk about the race, look at these splits: 5K – 35:33, 10K – 1:16:07, 15K – 1:57:02, Half – 2:48:12, Average Pace – 12:51 — Yes, that average pace was even slower than my first marathon here last year. And you know what? I’m 100% okay with that!
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.
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!!
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!!
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!
We’re officially 18 weeks away from the Walt Disney World Marathon. Most marathon training plans are 18 weeks long. Basic logic tells me that I should probably start training sometime soon.
I’m right at the tail end of marathon training and I really want to tell you that it is wonderful and I love it, but I’d be lying if I did. Until recently, this training cycle has been a real struggle for me. I am a creature of habit and my training showed it, which meant that my training runs became really, really boring. I often run in the same place and do the same workouts week after week, which was making it incredibly hard to get out the door.