Sunday, August 17, 2014

#chiMarathon Training: Weeks 9 and 10

I've been kind of MIA for while. The last two weeks have flown by and I have completly neglected my blog and for the last week, my training. See what happens when you're off all summer and then BAM.....you're back to school?!?! I didn't realize what a luxury being off was until I was back at the grind. 

Week nine of training for the Chicago Marathon was pretty good. It was a step back week, so the long run was only 13.1. I'm still lacking when it comes to cross training and need to get my butt in gear with it. 

Here's how week nine of #chiMarathon training went:

Monday: Rest
Tuesday: 4 Miles
Wednesday: 7 Miles
Thursday: Rest
Friday: 4 Miles
Saturday: Rest
Sunday: 13.1 Miles
Weekly Mileage: 28 Miles

Now week 10 (this past week) was a completely different story. I knew the first week back to school was going to be crazy. I started a new position at my school which is exciting and scary at the same time. With my new role, there's lots to learn and in a little bit of time. On top of that, there were meetings almost every day. The days started early and ended late. Because of this I felt like I was drowning. I felt like a horrible mom and wife because at home I was consumed with back to school stuff. And consumed is putting it lightly. I was unbelievably tired too. My body was not happy with this new schedule. So I had to make a decision. Something had to give and it was my running. I realized that I wasn't superwoman and getting everything done this week wasn't going to happen. Once I made this realization, I felt better. Sure I was still overwhelmed, but there was now one less thing to worry about. 

So week 10 of training for #chiMarathon was a big whopping 3 miles. Yep. I even contemplated trying to attempt the 17 mile long run that was on schedule for today, but instead I listened to that little voice of reason in my head. Next week's long run is 18 miles, so the chance for redemption is there. 
Sometimes an unexpected break can good for the soul. I hope I didn't cause too much of a setback in my training. I'm looking forward to a new week, so I can get back on track. 

Have you ever had a break in your training? If not, what's your trick for balancing it all? 

Monday, August 4, 2014

#chiMarathon Training: Week 8

Week eight of #chiMarathon training is complete. With each passing day, the miles are increasing the days are getting closer. We're now less than 10 weeks away and almost half way through training. It seems like just yesterday I was working on a training plan. Crazy, right? 

This week of training went good. My husband was out of town all week on business, so I was nervous about getting my runs in since it was just me and my little guy. But I made it work. 

Here's how week eight of training for the Chicago Marathon went:

Monday: Rest
Tuesday: 4 Miles
Wednesday: 7 Miles
Thursday: 4 Miles
Friday: Rest
Saturday: Rest
Sunday: 8 miles, 7 miles 
Weekly Mileage: 30 miles

My long run got messed up thanks to the rain. As I was lacing up to head out Sunday morning it started to downpour and there was no way I was going to run 15 miles in the rain. Eventually it stopped, but I didn't get out until after 10:00. Between the heat and another thunderstorm, my run ended at 8 miles. So I finished the other 7 miles on the treadmill. I didn't plan on splitting up the run, but it's better than not logging the mileage. 

I hit a new high for weekly mileage....30 miles! I've never hit 30 before. Things are getting real.

How's your training going? Thanks for following along with my training. I'm so glad to have you here!

Friday, August 1, 2014

The Inaugural runDisney Pixie Dust Challenge

If you love runDisney as much as I do, then I'm sure you heard the news! Today a brand new, inaugural challenge during the Tinker Bell Half Marathon Weekend was announced on the runDisney blog
The Pixie Dust Challenge (isn't it the cutest name?) will take place during the runDisney Tinker Bell Half Marathon Weekend, May 7-10, 2015. The announcement to move this race to May was made awhile back and there were either lovers or haters to this change. I love it because Tink Half was always too close to both Marathon and Princess weekends for this East Coast girl. 

So what does this challenge mean for you? You get a chance to run the Tinker Bell 10K on Saturday and the Tinker Bell Half Marathon on Sunday. In addition to the 10K and half marathon medals, you'll also get the brand new Pixie Dust Challenge medal. Two races + three medals = runDisney love! 

So what do you think of this news? Do you think the runDisney Pixie Dust Challenge might be added to your race calendar for 2015? If so, sign up here to receive an email reminder about registration. Registration will open August 6th at Noon EST for AP and DVC, then on August 12th for everyone.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Sparkly Soul Twitter Party

Guess what? Sparkly Soul Headbands is turning 3 years old....yay!! Happy Birthday to you! In case you're wondering about Sparkly Soul, I have been wearing these headbands for about two years and I wouldn't wear anything else. Period. 
So how do we celebrate Sparkly Soul's birthday? How about with an AWESOME Twitter #SparklySoul3Years party? I hope you'll join in on July 31st at 9pm EST for some awesome fun. Think fashion, fitness, and of course, sparkle! And the best part....33 headbands will be given away to celebrate. Can you believe it...not 3, but 33 headbands?!?!
This is a perfect chance to try and win a Sparkly Soul headband. Will I tweet ya there? 

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

Course Maps:
        

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."