Monday, July 28, 2014

#chiMarathon Training: Week 7

The #chiMarathon is 76 days away! It seems so far away, yet so close. I have a feeling the next 76 days are going to fly by! 

Week 7 of training for the Chicago Marathon was a success. In fact, my overall weekly mileage was the highest it's been in a very, very long time. And to think, that's just the beginning. The mileage is definitely starting to get real and I'm ready for it. 

It seems like I've taken a break from cross-training and I need to work on that. I decided that boot camp wasn't for me, so now I need to find a plan that works with the resources I have.

Here's how week seven of training went: 

Monday: Rest
Tuesday: 4 Miles
Wednesday: 7 Miles
Thursday: 4 Miles
Friday: Rest
Saturday: Rest
Sunday: 14 Miles
Weekly Mileage: 29 Miles

Marathon training in the summer heat here in Florida is definitely tough. 
On Sunday, I went out a little later than I wanted to and I paid the priced with how hot it got. Seems like it happened so quickly too. This week, I'll be heading out at zero dark thirty. 

How's your training going? How do you handle training in the heat? I'd love some suggestions.

Saturday, July 26, 2014

2014 runDisney Disneyland Half Weekend

The runDisney Disneyland Half Marathon Weekend is right around the corner. It's crazy to think that I was gEARing up for the Dumbo Double Dare this time last year. I had a blast and know you will too! 

Whether you're a first timer at Disneyland or a runDisney veteran, you'll want to be informed for race weekend. Be to sure read up on the official race guide. It's filled with informative information. I've highlighted some information that'll make your race weekend a success!

Disneyland Health & Fitness Expo-Get your shopping lists ready because shopping a runDisney Expo is like running a race! You'll want to go in prepared to make sure you get everything you need. The expo is also where you pick up your race packet and gEAR. Check out my post for the scoop on last year's expo! The expo is held in the Disneyland Hotel Exhibit Hall. The hours are: 
Thursday, August 28th: Noon to 8:00 pm
Friday, August 29th: 9:00 am to 8:00 pm
Saturday, August 30th: 9:00 am to 4:00 pm

Races: You've got several options for races during the runDisney Disneyland Half Marathon Weekend. Here's the scoop on where and when each race starts! Check out last year's post when I ran both the 10K and Half Marathon for the Dumbo Double Dare! 

Disneyland Family Fun Run 5K 
Where: Disneyland Resort
When: Friday, August 29th at 5:30 am

Disneyland 10K
Where: Disneyland Resort
When: Saturday, August 30th at 5:30 am

runDisney Kids Races
Where: Downtown Disney District
When: Saturday, August 30th at 9:00 am

Disneyland Half Marathon
Where: Disneyland Resort and through the City of Anaheim
When: Sunday, August 31st at 5:30 am

Dumbo Double Dare: Are you taking the challenge of 19.3 miles over two days? Make sure you read up about the challenge in the official runDisney race guide. After you complete the 10K, you must head over to the Challenge Tent with your DDD Challenge bib in order to receive your 10K Finisher wristband. You must have this wristband in order to get your Dumbo Double Dare Challenge medal after you complete the half marathon. 

Coast to Coast: Are you earning your Coast to Coast Challenge medal? I earned mine last year and it is by far my favorite medal. When you pick up your packet, you should be given your Coast to Coast wristband. You must have this wristband to receive the C2C medal. After you complete the half marathon, be sure to head over to the Challenge Tent to show your wristband and you'll received the coveted Coast to Coast bling. 

I'm so excited for everyone that's running during the runDisney Disneyland Half Marathon weekend. Can't wait to follow along with all the fun during race weekend! Will you be participating in any Disneyland races this year?

Monday, July 21, 2014

#chiMarathon Training: Weeks 5 and 6

With summer marathon training comes vacations and running in new places. For the last 10 days, we have been vacationing at the Ocean Reef Club in Key Largo. When planning out my training months ago, I kept in mind the runs I would need to do. Exploring new places when running is fun, but being in vacay mode can also mean doing a whole lot of nothing. Well, I managed both and was consistent with training during vacation. I even did a few runs with the hubs and my mom. It was perfect! 

Here's how weeks 5 and 6 of training for the Chicago Marathon went!

Week 5:
Monday: Rest
Tuesday: 3 Miles
Wednesday: Rest
Thursday: 12 Miles
Friday: Rest
Saturday: 3 Miles
Sunday: 6 miles
Weekly Milage: 24 Miles

Week 6:
Monday: Rest
Tuesday: 3 Miles
Wednesday: 6 Miles
Thursday: 3 Miles
Friday: Rest
Saturday: Rest
Sunday: 9 Miles
Weekly Mileage: 21 Miles

I wasn't sure if I would be getting the 9 mile run in this past week because of a stomach bug. After driving home from the Keys and then the craziness of unpacking, I gave myself permission to skip that run. But then I was disappointed. I haven't missed a run yet and didn't want to start now...so I didn't! I ended getting on the treadmill last night and busted out 9 miles. It's the farthest I've ever gone on a treadmill and I owe it all to watching BravoTV's Real Housewives of NJ and OC. Long runs on the treadmill are all about mental toughness. And no, I didn't just burn 329 calories...the treadmill resets after 999 calories. What a run! 
It's amazing that six weeks of training have gone by. The time is just flying. It excites me because I can't wait to run Chicago, but it also scares me because my mileage is starting to get real now. 

Be sure to follow along on Twitter or Instagram to keep up with my #chiMarathon training. Because you know what they say, "if you don't tweet it or post a pic on IG, then the run never happened." 

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

runDisney Princess Registration

Time for another runDisney race registration! Tomorrow early registration opens up for the 2015 runDisney Princess Half Marathon Weekend

This race weekend is one of my favorites because it was my first half marathon back in 2012 and I have participated in the runDisney Princess Half Marathon Weekend for the last three years. Click here to check out my #PrincessHalf blog posts for past races! 


Here's the scoop on this amazing race weekend that is truly fit for a princess! 

When: February 19th through February 22nd

Where: Walt Disney World
What: 
    • Disney Princess Half Marathon
    • Glass Slipper Challenge
    • Disney Enchanted 10K
    • Disney Princess 5K
    • runDisney Kids Races
    • Pasta in the Park Party
    • Race Retreat
    • Disney Princess Half Marathon Weekend Breakfast
    • ChEAR Squad
    • Commemorative Items

  • All Disney Annual Passholders and DVC Members can register tomorrow at Noon EST. Be sure to log into your member page to access early registration. No worries if early registration doesn't apply to you. Your day is coming! General registration opens on July 15th Noon EST. Click here to sign up for a runDisney email reminder. 

When the clock strikes Noon EST tomorrow (or on July 15th) will you be registering? 

Monday, July 7, 2014

Boot Camp Breakup

Dear Boot Camp, 

It's official. I'm breaking with you. After three weeks, I realized that you weren't the right fit for me. Yes I was excited to work on getting stronger. But what I realized is you're a "one size fits all" kind of group and that motto isn't right for me. 
Going forward I'm happy with my decision because I'm taking control and will find a plan that's for me and where I'm at with training. At the rate I was going, an injury would be on the horizon and who's got time for that. Right? 

So it's time to move on. A girl's gotta do, what a girl's gotta do. Thanks for the good times and bad times. Maybe I'll see ya' around one day. 

Ashley

Sunday, July 6, 2014

#chiMarathon Training: Week 4

Week four of #chiMarathon training. BOOM! This was a great training week. My weekly mileage was the best it's been in a really long time. And my runs rocked too! 

Here's how week four of training went: 

Monday: Boot Camp
Tuesday: Track Workout-3 Miles
Wednesday: Rest
Thursday: 3 Miles
Friday: 11 Miles
Saturday: 6 Miles
Sunday: Rest
Weekly Mileage: 23 Miles

Tuesday I took it to the track. What an awesome workout! For my long run, I ended up doing it on the morning of 4th of July! I didn't want it looming over my head after a day of drinking and eating. On Saturday, I rocked all 6 miles at race pace. It was a hard but rewarding run! 

For the next two weeks, I'll be heading out on vacation. I'm excited to run with some different scenery! Have a great week everyone!

Sunday, June 29, 2014

#chiMarathon Training: Week 3

Can you believe three weeks of #chiMarathon training have come and gone? Seriously, where is the time going?? This week on schedule was the same short runs and a shorter long run. It's weird though...I was mentally stressing out about my long run this week and it was "only" 6 miles. Running is just as much mental as it is physical. 

There was one disappointment for the week....due to crazy afternoon weather here in Florida, I only made it to boot camp once this week. My goal is twice a week, but I'm not about to go out there in the thunder and lightning. Not to mention I'm a like a cat when it comes to the rain. 

Here's how week three of training went: 

Monday: Rest
Tuesday: 3 Miles
Wednesday: 5 Miles
Thursday: 3 Miles
Friday: Rest
Saturday: Rest
Sunday: 6 Miles
Weekly Mileage: 17 Miles

Next week my Wednesday runs jump to 6 miles. And yes, I'm all nervous about it. It's crazy because I've been doing 5 miles, so what's one more mile. Must be something with the number six...ha, ha! Here's to a great week everyone!