2017 Training Stats

Miles Completed = 29.01
(Run/Walked = 29.01, Biked = 0.0, Elliptical = 0.0)

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Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Why is 1,000 Important?

The number 1,000 is the milestone I reached today in terms of my run/walk miles for the year!  Yeah, that's right, I hit 1,001.64 run/walk miles so far this year.  I cannot believe this as last year my total miles were 704.65 miles and I've already gone almost 300 miles past that number.

Felt like I had to toot my own horn a little bit on this one as I'm just completely proud and amazed at everything I've done so far this year and there's still more to come!

August 2011 Wrap Up

Weight Watch: -7.8 pounds
I'm actually pretty happy with that number this month - finally right?  I worked hard and stayed on track and it is finally showing.

Mileage Watch:
Run/Walk: 121.93 miles
Bike: 98.00 miles
Elliptical: 1.09 miles
Total Miles: 221.02 miles

While it was not a record breaking run/walk month, I still managed to get a good number of miles in this month.  I also got more bike miles this month and I know the sad little elliptical was rather neglected again this month.  Overall, I'm still happy with this mileage!

Goal Review
I completed one event in August -  a 5K.  I am glad I did the event, but it was a horribly bad race for me.  The heat, the hills and my feeling over trained made for a not so fun day.  I finished with a pace of 13:54 per mi and I walked a good portion of the race.  Still on track for at least one event per month though so I am happy about that.

I still managed to stay well over the 80-100 run/walk miles per month goal!  I had to back off the miles a bit this month to help my body recover, but that's okay.  I still have a good base and am feeling much stronger than I was last year at this time.  I still have issues to work on and I will continue to work on them.

September 2011
The Star Tours 5K and the Disneyland Half Marathon are on deck for September.  This will be my third time doing this race.  I'm not sure what will come of this race.  I want to push and do well, but I've been feeling a little bit worn out lately so I'll have to see how I feel on race day and go with the flow.

I have yet again been relegated to the treadmill for the entire month of August and I'm afraid that's going to hurt my effort at the Disneyland Half.  I'm sure all you runners are aware of the differences between running on a treadmill and running outside and that always impacts me.

I am actually pretty happy with my weight loss at this point.  I am almost 35 pounds lighter right now than I was at the same time last year.  I'm down 19.2 pounds since Jan 1st and 26.6 pounds since I re-focused in mid-May.  Those numbers are interesting and I'm proud of the progress I've made.

September is the time to kick in the training for January, get ready for the fall goal races and start loving the fact that the weather should begin cooling down.  Race season in AZ is right around the corner and I'll have a few more events coming up to round out the year.  What are your plans for September?

Hollywood Studio - Tower of Terror (Exterior)

These pictures were taken in 2007.
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Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Magic Kingdom - Castle Lights Reflection

This picture was taken with my iPhone in 2010.
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Monday, August 29, 2011

2012 Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend Medals

runDisney posted the four Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend medals today on their Facebook wall.
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There you have them, all four medals.  Which ones will you be trying for?

Downtown Disney - Lego Sculptures

These pictures were taken in 2007.
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Sunday, August 28, 2011

Weekly Review: Aug 22 - 28

Goals for workouts this year:
1. 80-100 miles run/walk per month
2. One day of Pilates per week
3. One day of Strength Training per week
4. One day of Bike or Elliptical per week
5. One Incline Workout on the Treadmill per week

Here's this week's recap
Monday
PM Workout: Treadmill run/walk - 2.43mi, .34mi warm up walk, 1.7mi @ 13:45 per mi, .39mi cool down walk
Notes: I moved my intervals to 3min run/1min walk and I still don't feel like it went well tonight.

Tuesday
REST
Notes: Took an entire day to do nothing at all.  It felt good to be lazy.

Wednesday
PM Workout:  Treadmill run/walk - 5.63mi, .32mi warm up walk, 5mi @ 12:52 per mi, .31mi cool down walk
Notes: I did the miles, I pushed as hard as I could and ugh no speed at all.  It felt like the first time I'd ever run 5 miles - weird.

Thursday
PM Workout: Treadmill incline workout #4 - 2.01mi, 30mins, up to 10% incline, short run segments
Notes: Got a nice incline workout in tonight.  Felt pretty good. 

Friday
PM Workout:  Treadmill walk - 4.75mi @ 14:38 per mi
Notes: Got an excellent walk in tonight, felt a little tired in the legs but really pretty good overall.

Saturday
AM Workout:  Treadmill run/walk - .29mi warm up walk, 8mi @ 13:46 per mi, .29mi cool down walk
Notes: Started out going outside this morning, by .8mi I knew I wasn't staying outside.  It was brutally hot and sunny outside.  I came back in the house, cooled off for a few minutes and finished up strong on the treadmill.  I changed my intervals down to 2min run/1min walk and that felt more comfortable today so I think that's what I will be doing for Disneyland.

Sunday
AM Workout: Treadmill walk 4.1mi @ 14:38 per mi
PM Workout: Bike - 15mi, 1hr 7mins, 13.2mph avg, resistance level 1
Notes: Got in a good walk this morning.  Then got an okay ride in this evening.  Just trying to keep things light and easy now.

Weekly Numbers:
Weight Watch: -1.40 pounds

Run/Walk Miles: 27.50
Bike Miles: 15.00
Elliptical Miles: 0.0
TOTAL MILES: 42.50

Pilates: MISSED 
Strength: MISSED
Incline: 1 30 minute incline workout

Monthly Numbers
Run/Walk Miles: 111.36
Bike Miles: 98.00
Elliptical Miles: 1.09
TOTAL MILES: 210.45

Goofy's Weekly Training Challenge Results
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Big sigh.  I wish I could figure out why my speed has decreased so dramatically.  I am going to be focusing on that more when I get back from the Disneyland Half.  I still really like the run/walk intervals and I know it's the right thing for me to do, but that doesn't mean I don't want to improve.

The Disneyland Half is very close now.  I'm quite excited to get out to Disneyland and California Adventure and to run in my third Disneyland Half.  While my confidence has still been shaky this week, I have changed my tactics a bit and decided that I will use this race as a training run.  I have been so stuck on the treadmill this summer that I am not sure how to regulate my pace on my own so I know I'll struggle there, but I'm going to do my best and see how it goes.  I've decided to lower my run/walk intervals to 2/1 and just sort of see how it feels, I can change mid race if I'm feeling super good and want more run time.

The diet has been pretty good this week although I've been craving carbs a lot.  Pasta and rice have been my friends, but in moderation so it should be okay.  I will do my best to be good this week and then I have to say that all bets are off during the trip.  I know I'll be having a Dole Whip for sure :).

August is almost over and September is coming in strong.  September in Arizona means more racing opportunities, but I am going to try to keep the races minimal as I re-focus on improving for the Dopey in January!

Saturday, August 27, 2011

To Taper or Not?

Tapering for a race means to reduce training to allow the body to rest, recover, rebuild and get ready for peak performance on race day.

There are many opinions on tapering for a half marathon.  How long should you taper, how many miles are appropriate for the last couple of weeks leading up to a half marathon, what do you eat during taper, how much rest is too much?  These and many questions are probably rolling around your head in the last weeks leading up to your big race.

I have to be honest, I am sort of tapering for the Disneyland Half Marathon. What do I mean by sort of - I've shortened my miles and my intensity a little bit, but it's mostly because I've been feeling a bit over trained. My taper isn't as laid back as a true taper because I've decided I'll be using the Disneyland Half Marathon as a training run. Since I have no idea how I'll be feeling or how fast I will be able to go on race day I'm going to consider it part of my normal training routine.


Here are a couple of articles to help you wade through the half marathon taper dilemma:Half Marathon Taper - John Bingham for Runner's World

Marathon and Half Marathon Tapering Strategies from the MarathonRunner.com

Taper into your Half Marathon from boiserunwalk.com

Do you taper for a half marathon?  If so, how long do you taper?  What special things do you incorporate or remove from your daily routine in the weeks leading up to the race?

Friday, August 26, 2011

Magic Kingdom - Main Street in the Rain

This picture was taken in 2007.
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Thursday, August 25, 2011

Disneyland - It's a Small World (Exterior)

These pictures were taken in 2006.
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Wednesday, August 24, 2011

The Week Before Your Big Race

With just over a week to go to the Disneyland Half Marathon, I thought it would be appropriate to share an article I saw about preparing for a marathon and what to do the week prior to the race.  You can check out the article here.

Trying to stay healthy should be your main goal before a race and here are a few ways to do that: 
  • Something a lot of runners struggle with is tapering, or reducing their miles in the week or two prior to the race.  You've put in the training so trying to cram in another long run isn't going to benefit your race and you run the risk of injury.
  • Eat food for fuel - carbs and protein are good choices to keep your body fueled, but don't over do it.  Eating too much won't be helpful and since your miles will be lower you're not burning as much as you were during training.
  • Sleep is important and while you may think the night before the race is most important, it's not.  You should try to get some good nights' sleep for the two or three nights before the night before the race.  That's most important.  Then if you find you can't sleep the night before the race, you can just rest and know you'll be okay because you've stored up that sleep in the previous few nights.
  • Be prepared - mentally and physically.  Visualize your goals for the race, see yourself through each mile and how you'll feel, feel that medal being placed around your neck.  Prepare your race gear, know what you're going to wear, pack it, lay it out whatever you need to do to be ready and reduce your stress.
  • If you travel to the race, try not to do so much sightseeing that you wear yourself out in the days leading up to the race.  Keep it relaxed and allow plenty of sitting and putting the feet up time.
What are your favorite tips for staying healthy, ready and relaxed prior to your big race day?

Animal Kingdom - Flights of Wonder

These pictures were taken 2009.
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Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Fun Video About runDisney Medals

The runDisney Facebook page shared a fun video about how they come up with the medals for the runDisney events.  Even if you don't care about the how they create them, there are some good shots of the upcoming medals that make it worth watching!


Disney California Adventure - Grizzly River Run

These pictures were taken in 2006.
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Monday, August 22, 2011

Animal Kingdom - Festival of the Lion King

These pictures were taken in 2005.
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