2014 Training Stats

Miles Completed = 275.19
(Run/Walked = 181.82, Biked = 89.60, Elliptical = 3.77)

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Thursday, September 29, 2011

Have You Noticed?

With all the excitement around the Wine and Dine Half Marathon and Walt Disney World's 40th Anniversary it's easy to miss, but....

We are under 100 days to the 2012 Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend!

If you have been training hard, keep it up as you are now entering the time to start really pushing your training and reaching new levels in preparation to the races. 

If you haven't started training yet - start, you still have time, but you need to get moving now.  Find a plan that will work with your schedule and stick to it and you'll be just fine.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Wine and Dine Half Marathon

Good luck to all of you runners that are headed to Walt Disney World this week for the Wine and Dine Half Marathon events.  I must admit, I didn't realize how much I would regret not going back to tackle this race again this year, but next year I'll join you all for a great run around the parks at night!

Just a quick tip for those of you running - the bib will have your B-Tag attached to the back.  You do not remove the timing tag from the back and you need to be careful not to bend the tags.  Stop by and check your B-Tag at the expo to make sure that your information shows up correctly.  Be aware of where you wear your bib - try to keep it as low as possible or as close to the ground as you can wear it comfortably.  I found out the hard way at the Disneyland Half that wearing your bib higher may cause your tag to not get recorded along the course.

Remember that this race starts late at night - the last corral is not scheduled to start until 10:20pm.  That's 20 minutes after the first wave starts.  Try to plan according to where your corral is in terms of fueling and bio breaks prior to getting in your corral.

Try to take it easy as much as possible during the day, get your feet up and relax maybe catch a little nap.  Fueling is a bit trickier for a nigh time race, but you should try to eat somewhat normally early in the day - avoid large heavy meals unless you're used to eating them and then running later.  Snack on lighter fare the rest of the day and think about stopping food consumption a couple of hours before the race (again, unless you're used to eating right before running).  Stay hydrated on water and use some sports drink if you need it.

Check out the Wine & Dine Half Marathon Program for more information on the expo, race, fueling, recovery and the after party event!

Most importantly, remember to smile and wave at the cameras, thank the amazing volunteers and HAVE THE BEST RACE EVER!!!!

runDisney Race Updates

2011 Wine and Dine Half Marathon
September 30 - October 1, 2011

Wine and Dine Half Marathon - Sold Out
Wine and Dine Half Marathon Relay - Sold Out
View 2011 Half Marathon course map here
Halloween 5K  - Sold Out
View 2011 Halloween 5K course here
Kids' Races - Sold Out
Check out this year's race program.

Wine and Dine Finish Line Party - 72% Full
Check out the Finish Line Party Event Map

2012 Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend
January 5 - 8, 2012

Walt Disney World Marathon - 72% Full
Walt Disney World Marathon Relay - 56% Full
View 2012 Full Marathon course map here
Walt Disney World Half Marathon - 70% Full
View 2012 Half Marathon Half course map here
Goofy's Race and Half Challenge - 88% Full
Disney's Family Fun Run 5K - 55% Full
Disney's Kids' Races - 51% Full

2012 Tinker Bell Half Marathon
January 27 - 29, 2012

Tinker Bell Half Marathon - Sold Out
Tinker Bell Half Marathon - 2 person teams - Sold Out
View 2012 Half course map here
There may still be availability through charity running groups
Never Land Family Fun Run 5K - 52% Full
Disney Kids' Races - 99% Full

2012 Princess Half Marathon
February 24-26, 2012

Princess Half Marathon - No percentages
Princess Half Marathon 2 Person Team - No percentages
Royal Family 5K - No percentages
Royal Family Kids' Races - No percentages

2012 Disneyland Half Marathon

August 31 - September 2, 2012

Registration opens January 18, 2012.

Disneyland Half Marathon
Disneyland Family Fun Run 5K
Disneyland Kids' Races

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Weekly Review: Sep 19 - 25

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 - 3.86mi, .33mi warm up walk, 3mi @ 12:32 per mi, .53mi cool down walk
Notes: Got a great run/walk in tonight.  My left leg felt perfectly fine while running and walking, but was a bit achy when I was done.  Not bad though.

Tuesday
PM Workout:  Treadmill walk 3.77mi @ 14:38 per mi
Treadmill Incline Workout #6 - 2.16mi, 30 mins, up to 3% incline, 90% running segments
Notes: That was a pretty intense incline workout tonight - no real walking breaks.  Got a good walk in too.  Felt good to have some success in the workouts tonight.

Wednesday
PM Workout:  Treadmill run/walk - 3.35mi, .28mi warm up walk, 2.87mi not sure of pace, .20mi cool down walk
Notes: The Garmin and foot pod were not cooperating today and didn't bother to log my pace.  Been pushing a bit the last few days and feeling pretty good, but there's a lot more to go this week.

Thursday
PM Workout:  Elliptical - 1.08mi, 30mins, resistance level 1
Bike - 25mi, 1hr 52mins, 13.5 mph avg, resistance level 2
Notes: The elliptical was really tough and a bit painful tonight, but I know it's great to get back in to the swing of it.  Got a good long bike ride in and it made me tired and sore and that made me feel okay overall. 

Friday
PM Workout:  Treadmill run/walk - 3.10mi @ 13:42 per mi
Notes: Got in a pretty good run/walk tonight.  It was slower than I had hoped to be, but still a good effort overall.

Saturday
AM:  Run/Walk - 12.15mi, .31mi warm up walk, 11.84mi @ 15:51 per mi (including stop lights and breaks)
Notes: I decided to head outside this morning - thought it would be a good idea.  Was going to try to get in a nice half marathon.  Started out a little later than I hoped for and by mile 5 I knew I was in trouble.  I had to stop running altogether and closing in on mile 8 I had to stop at a pharmacy to get a Gatorade and more water.  It just heated up too quickly outside and I'm not accustomed to being out there in it.  Was also having a little trouble with the left hip and knee, but that was minor compared to the sun and heat.

Sunday
AM Workout: Treadmill walk 13.14mi @ 14:38 per mi
Notes: So, this was supposed to be a Dopey weekend, but the only thing Dopey about it was my thinking I could do that this weekend.  I decided to hit the treadmill this morning and to be honest despite my hip and knee being swollen and my concern about that, I felt really good the entire time and felt like I actually could have gone longer.  That was a good feeling.  I also tried the hard candy idea for fuel and felt like it worked pretty well for me - one candy each mile and I felt like I had energy the whole time.

Weekly Numbers:
Weight Watch: -6 pounds

Run/Walk Miles: 41.53
Bike Miles: 25.00
Elliptical Miles: 1.08
TOTAL MILES: 67.61

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

Monthly Numbers
Run/Walk Miles: 94.69
Bike Miles: 44.50
Elliptical Miles: 1.08
TOTAL MILES: 140.27

Goofy's Weekly Training Challenge Results
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Check that out, I managed to get a gold medal this week.  It was hard earned at times, but it was worth it.  It felt good to get some tough miles in now, but at the time it just hurt - a good hurt, but hurt.

I cannot claim that my left leg is back to 100%.  It is a bit odd, my left knee is super swollen and hurts while sitting at my desk at work, but feels pretty good while running and walking.  I have been using a lot of ice,elevation and Biofreeze and that's been helping a lot.  This is the knee I had surgery on as a teen so pain in this knee is not new to me and I'm just watching it now to see if a visit to the doctor is in order - so far, I'm not to that point.

Just like last week, my eating has been good and bad this week.  I had some great days and some not so great days, but it's always a work in progress and I'll keep working on it.  I have a feeling that the swelling in the legs is going to mean a not happy weigh in next week, but I'll keep plugging along.

As September comes to a close, I can't help but think ahead to next year and the challenges that await me.  It should prove to be an interesting journey and I hope the rest of this year gives me the strength I need to make the best year yet.

Keep your focus, know your goals and do whatever you need to in order to exceed them!

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Disneyland Half Marathon Results Page Available

The 2011 Disneyland Half Marathon results page is finally available here.  This page allows finishers to print individual finisher's certificates, view photos, and download computer wallpaper and badges for social media.

If you check out the FAQ page, it has been listed that registration for the 2012 Disneyland Half Marathon will open on January 18, 2012 - mark your calendars!

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

runDisney Race Updates

2011 Wine and Dine Half Marathon
September 30 - October 1, 2011

Wine and Dine Half Marathon - Sold Out
Wine and Dine Half Marathon Relay - Sold Out
View 2011 Half Marathon course map here
Halloween 5K  - 90% Full
View 2011 Halloween 5K course here
Kids' Races - Sold Out
Check out this year's race program.

Wine and Dine Finish Line Party - 66% Full
Check out the Finish Line Party Event Map

2012 Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend
January 5 - 8, 2012

Walt Disney World Marathon - 70% Full
Walt Disney World Marathon Relay - 56% Full
View 2012 Full Marathon course map here
Walt Disney World Half Marathon - 68% Full
View 2012 Half Marathon Half course map here
Goofy's Race and Half Challenge - 86% Full
Disney's Family Fun Run 5K - 53% Full
Disney's Kids' Races - 51% Full

2012 Tinker Bell Half Marathon
January 27 - 29, 2012

Tinker Bell Half Marathon - Sold Out
Tinker Bell Half Marathon - 2 person teams - Sold Out
View 2012 Half course map here
There may still be availability through charity running groups
Never Land Family Fun Run 5K - 51% Full
Disney Kids' Races - 87% Full

2012 Princess Half Marathon
February 24-26, 2012

Princess Half Marathon - No percentages
Princess Half Marathon 2 Person Team - No percentages
Royal Family 5K - No percentages
Royal Family Kids' Races - No percentages

2012 Disneyland Half Marathon

August 31 - September 2, 2012

Registration opens January 18, 2012.

Disneyland Half Marathon
Disneyland Family Fun Run 5K
Disneyland Kids' Races

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Weekly Review: Sep 12 - 18

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 - 4.81mi, .33mi warm up walk, 4mi @ 14:19 per mi, .49mi cool down walk, played with the incline up to 2%
Notes: The left leg is a bit sore still, but I decided to test it out and see how it felt.  The knees are a bit tender, but other than that I felt pretty good.

Tuesday
PM Workout:  Treadmill walk 5.00mi @ 14:38 per mi, 2% incline
Notes: Got a great walk in tonight and the legs felt pretty good.

Wednesday
PM Workout:  Treadmill Incline Workout #5 - 2.03mi, 30mins, up to 6% incline, more running segments
Notes: The left hip is still hurting off and on - very odd.  Walking and running feels fine though so that's a bonus.

Thursday
PM Workout:  Bike - 12.5mi, 52mins, 14.3mph avg, resistance level 2
Notes: Got a good ride in on the bike tonight.  Felt pretty good overall. 

Friday
PM Workout:  Treadmill run/walk - 3.85mi, .27mi warm up walk, 3.12mi @ 13:09 per mi, .46mi cool down walk
Notes: Got in a really good run/walk tonight.  Played with the incline from 0 - 2%.  Changed intervals to 3min run/1min walk.  Legs felt good.

Saturday
REST
Notes: I was going to be trying the Dopey this weekend, but I just couldn't get motivated today.  I haven't been sleeping well this week and had no energy to run or walk.

Sunday
AM Workout: Treadmill walk 4.15mi @ 14:49 per mi
Bike - 7mi, 30mins, 13.9mph avg, resistance level 2
Notes: Was hoping to get a half marathon in today, but it just didn't happen.  I was on the treadmill and I just felt worn out the moment I started.  I ended up adding a few bike miles in to keep the mileage for the week up.

Weekly Numbers:
Weight Watch: +5.8 pounds

Run/Walk Miles: 19.84
Bike Miles: 19.50
Elliptical Miles: 0.0
TOTAL MILES: 39.34

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

Monthly Numbers
Run/Walk Miles: 53.16
Bike Miles: 19.50
Elliptical Miles: 00.00
TOTAL MILES: 72.66

Goofy's Weekly Training Challenge Results
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Another tough week.  I was battling little sleep and leg soreness, but I am okay with the miles that I managed to get in.  They were mostly quality workouts and felt pretty good for the most part.

I am hoping the leg issues will calm down completely over this next week.  I am feeling better, but I'm still having some tiredness and soreness that I feel should have been gone by now.  It is finally starting to get cooler here in AZ and I'm hoping to be able to get outside much more very soon.

Eating has been good and bad this week.  I had some great days and some not so great days, but it's always a work in progress and I'll keep working on it.

I cannot believe how quickly September seems to be flying by.  While I want January (and next year) to get here fast, I still have a lot of training to do and need the time to get stronger and faster.

How is your September going?  Training hard?  Getting ready for cooler temperatures and lots of races?

Rest in Peace Sweet Little Howdy

Howdy - he like to bite dog noses
My sweet little Howdy passed away over night and I will miss him terribly.

I adopted Howdy when he was 12 years old.  He was a Quaker Parakeet and their lifespan is typically 20 -25 years and Howdy was 27 so he had a good long life. 

I was working at a pet store and one of my customers just didn't have time to give him the attention he needed any more.  I agreed to take him off her hands and brought him home and made him part of my family.

He had some quirky things that he liked to say and was always chattering and making noise.  One of my favorite things that he said was, "Get out of town!"  He also had an infectious laugh that never failed to make everyone that heard him laugh out loud.

I hope that I provided him with love and care while he was with me.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

runDisney Corrected My Finish Time!

After the Disneyland Half Marathon it became apparent that my B-Tag did not work correctly as it only provided a finish time and I found that the finish time was the same as the clock time.  I was a bit bummed by this as I like my chip time to be correct because it shows what I really did.

The day after the Disneyland Half Marathon I sent the following email to runDisney:
runDisney Team -
I noticed yesterday after the Disneyland Half Marathon that my splits never showed up via text or email. The only one I received was the finish line and it was recorded as the clock time, not my true time.

While I would love to be fast enough to start in Corral A so that my chip time and clock time would be the same, I started in Corral E which didn't start until almost 20 minutes after the clock start time.

This is the second race that I've been in that has used the B Tag attached to the bib rather than the D Tag or a timing chip and this is the second time that I've had problems with the B Tag not recording my time correctly. Typically I wear my bibs on the front of my shirt high on my chest. I did check the B Tag at the expo and it did show my information so I thought I would be good to go.

I am wondering if there's any way to correct my results so they show up correctly. During the race, I had Run Keeper Pro running on my iPhone to keep track of my splits, etc...and while I'm certainly not the fastest person on the course, I would like my results to show up correctly.

I have attached an image with a screen print of Run Keeper that shows my race time, etc...
Here's the information as well:
Distance: 13.41 miles
Duration: 2 hours 55 minutes 14 seconds
Average Pace: 13:04
Average Speed: 4.59 mph

Please let me know if there's something else you need from me in order to correct my results.

Also, is there a recommended location to wear your bib if it has a B tag to ensure that the timing mats actually pick up and record the times correctly?

Thank you for any help you can provide.

A little over a week later I received an email saying someone would be in touch and two days ago I received the following response:
Hello Amanda,

I do show a recorded finish time for you, but no start time or splits along the course. Based on the wave start times, I will use your net time listed below.

Look for the updated results to be posted to the website by the end of this week.

I would recommend wearing the number lower on front of your body and do not have any packs obstructing it. If you go to www.brightroom.com and find the Disneyland Half Marathon, you should be able to find photos by putting in your bib number. In photo # 75730-2386-022, you will see a woman beside you that is wearing it as I recommended above.

Thanks and congrats!

I just checked tonight and my results have been corrected on the results website and my chip time now shows 2:55:14.  Just another reason I love runDisney events - they are gracious, helpful and ultimately work with you to correct any problems you might have.

For reference for those of you curious about where a bib with a B-Tag on the back may be worn to ensure better chances for it to be read, please take a look at this picture.
Photobucket Now, I'm really not sure how that three or four inches will make that big of a difference, but I'm willing to try it the next time I have a B-Tag.  In fact, I've been trying to figure out how to move the bib lower, carry less and make it all work.  I'll have to try out a few things to make it all work, no doubt.

Anyway, kudos and thank you to runDisney for helping me get my official chip time changed!

2011 Disneyland Half Marathon Trip Report Day 4 (Sept 5, 2011)

Monday, September 5, 2011

No alarm today - yeah! I sort of lounged around until 8:20am.  I was going to watch a little TV while I got ready for the day, but that was not to be - I couldn't change the channel from the TV or the remote...The Red Lion channel just wasn't that riveting.  It does seem that something was always wrong with this room, which was frustrating at times.

I decided to eat a little breakfast, check in with work, and sent an email to runDisney regarding my finish time.  Finally I got up, took a shower and got ready to head out for the day.

At 10am I left the room, took the walk to Disneyland and was in the park by 10:15.  Yes, even when not officially training I can still walk a pretty good pace.  Okay, so now might be a good time to talk about how I was feeling - the day after the race.  My left side seems to be the most affected this time, my hip down to my knee were really aching and sore in very localized areas.  My left leg did seem to ease up a little bit the more I walked so I took that as a good sign.  On the right side, my knee was a bit achy and my quads/inner thighs were very sore.  All of these aches and pains were manageable, stairs were really the only thing that caused true pain.  Getting up and down was tough at times and my legs were sore enough that I couldn't sit with my legs crossed.  Like I mentioned before, I don't know if I've ever been this sore after a race and I am a bit perplexed by this as I feel like I was the most trained and prepared for this one - strange.

My one goal for the day at Disneyland was to ride Star Tours.  I knew the line was going to be horrendous due to the holiday and I was right.  It was a 75 minute posted wait time when I got there, even if I wanted to do fast pass I wouldn't be able to come back until 7:45pm and I knew I wasn't going to make it that long today.  So, I hopped in line and waited in the brutal heat and humidity - reports showed it got up to 93 with 65% humidity and I was feeling it while waiting in line in the sun.  As we were waiting in line two Storm Troopers invaded the line.  It was pretty cool - they walked through the line taking pictures and tormenting guests (I felt sorry for them as it had to be hot).  I really wanted to ask them if either of them was the one to tell us to have a nice day at the 5K on Saturday :).

I did enjoy Star Tours.  We went to Hoth - well, at least it was cold.  The 3D was nice and was a pretty good addition.  I will reserve my full judgement until I can see some of the other destinations though.  I am glad that I waited for it.

Next I just decided to walk around and take pictures and just do whatever I felt like.  The park was pretty darn crowded that's for sure.  Finally I made my way over to the Frontierland Train Station - waited for two trains and finally got on.  I rode the full circuit which is something I haven't done in a very long time, it's a great way to take a breather and relax for a little bit.

At 2pm I headed out of Disneyland and over to California Adventure.  I decided to check out Monsters Inc.  first.  It was about a 5 minute wait or so.  I really like this ride, it's fun and cute.  At the end Roz was heckling me about taking pictures - oh goody another camera.  Okay, I'm ready for my close up - I was ignoring her.  Then she says, are you ignoring me now?  It was pretty darn funny.

More walking around and picture taking and I ended up in A Bug's Land.  I was basically melting and It's Tough to be a Bug was starting in 2 minutes.  Cool and dark - you betcha, I'm in.  I do like the show and there was this older gentleman in the row in front of me and he laughed so hard when the lady next to him yelped as the bugs went under her rear at the end - it totally cracked me up and made me laugh out loud.  It was such an unexpected reaction as he made no noise through the rest of the show.

The heat was starting to get to me and I knew I had not had enough to drink but there wasn't anything close to where I was that I wanted.  I headed in the 45 minute line for Little Mermaid.  It was so hot I thought I'd die - parts of the queue were set up in direct sunlight and that was brutal.  Thankfully the line was really only about 20-25 minutes and I just really enjoy that ride - just so good and a really well done dark ride.

As I walked around some more I ended up buying a Vitamin Water Zero and bottle of water.  Ah - cold and refreshing!  I walked around a bit longer and took a few more photos and as it came up to 4:00pm I decided to start heading out.  The park is so torn up that I didn't really find anything to buy in the few stores that were really open - very disappointing.

At 4:40pm I went back over to Disneyland.  Now it was time for some shopping.  First up, a new Star Tours pin over at Star Traders.  Then it occurred to me that I was getting pretty hungry.  I thought I'd just head back over to Village Haus, but as soon as I walked in, I walked right back out because the lines were crazy.  So I kept walking around the park and ended up at the Hungry Bear.  There was no wait and the cast members were oohing and aahing about my Coast to Coast shirt and just super friendly - maybe they were bored :).  I ordered a burger which came with sweet potato fried and a rootbeer.  What an absolutely great place to sit, people watch and recharge.  There are tons of places to sit overlooking the water and the Mark Twain or Columbia as they sail by and I just found it to be a really nice area.

After enjoying my meal and reading for a while (yes, sometimes I read while I'm eating solo, I love the Kindle app on my iPhone) it was almost 6:00pm and I headed back to Main Street to do some more shopping.  I usually love shopping in the Emporium as there is a lot of variety and inevitably I find things I want, but not so much today.  Yes, I found some things, but either I've become jaded, been to Disney too many times (impossible) or the products are so genericized that I'm having trouble finding the unique things I used to really love.  At least the things that I did find came with a 20% discount thanks to my premiere pass!

As I was heading out I caught the very tail end of Mickey's Soundsational Parade.  Now, I'm not a parade person as a rule and I only saw the Mary Poppins part, but I sort of wish I would have watched the full parade. The part I saw was really incredible with Mary, Bert, chimney sweeps, carousel horses and so much more - very impressive!

I get almost to the exit and I am approached by a survey taker, but not the ask you a couple of questions and send you on your way.  This time I was asked if I had a few minutes to go inside and answer some questions - sure, why not.  I was lead in to a room with about 8 computers and directed to sit at one of them.  I then answered 20-30 questions regarding my visit - it was pretty basic stuff but interesting.  What did I get for my trouble?  A silly little Mickey sticker - yep, that's it!

I headed back to Downtown Disney and first stop was back to World of Disney.  I found a couple of things that I had to have, but not what I really wanted.  I was searching for a Labor Day pin as I had picked one up in 2008, couldn't find one in 2010 but figured they'd have one this year.  I found out that they don't make a Labor Day pin any more.  Next on my list of wants was another key chain Vinylmation - I only found a few at D Street and sadly it wasn't a series I was interested in - another fail.  With that, my shopping trip was pretty much done and over.

Right about 7:35pm I headed out for the walk back to the hotel.  I was back in my room by 7:45 - yes, I was walking pretty quickly.  It was a lot of walking today, but it actually felt good to move and stretch out stiff and sore muscles.  I fixed the TV in my room by unhooking the cables and plugging them back in and making sure they were tight.  So, I watched some TV while I journaled and packed up to get ready to head home in the morning.

It was a great trip overall.  I do wish that I would have been able to do better with my time in the Half Marathon, but looks like I need to keep pushing and working towards that PR that has been so elusive.  Despite the slower time, I did manage to use run/walk for the whole race and still have fun and smile and chat with people and that means a lot to me.  It also gave me my second Coast to Coast medal and I know I worked hard for and earned it.

I'll be posting some of the pictures I took this trip over the next few days/weeks so stay tuned!

Monday, September 12, 2011

runDisney Race Updates

2011 Wine and Dine Half Marathon
September 30 - October 1, 2011

Wine and Dine Half Marathon - Sold Out
Wine and Dine Half Marathon Relay - Sold Out
View 2011 Half Marathon course map here
Halloween 5K  - 85% Full
View 2011 Halloween 5K course here
Kids' Races - Sold Out
Check out this year's race program.

Wine and Dine Finish Line Party - 60% Full

2012 Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend
January 5 - 8, 2012

Walt Disney World Marathon - 69% Full
Walt Disney World Marathon Relay - 53% Full
View 2012 Full Marathon course map here
Walt Disney World Half Marathon - 66% Full
View 2012 Half Marathon Half course map here
Goofy's Race and Half Challenge - 86% Full
Disney's Family Fun Run 5K - 53% Full
Disney's Kids' Races - No percentages

2012 Tinker Bell Half Marathon
January 27 - 29, 2012

Tinker Bell Half Marathon - Sold Out
Tinker Bell Half Marathon - 2 person teams - Sold Out
View 2012 Half course map here
There may still be availability through charity running groups
Never Land Family Fun Run 5K - No percentages
Disney Kids' Races - 76% Full

2012 Princess Half Marathon
February 24-26, 2012

Princess Half Marathon - No percentages
Princess Half Marathon 2 Person Team - No percentages
Royal Family 5K - No percentages
Royal Family Kids' Races - No percentages

2012 Disneyland Half Marathon

August 31 - September 2, 2012

Stay tuned for more information as it comes available.

Disneyland Half Marathon
Disneyland Family Fun Run 5K
Disneyland Kids' Races

2011 Disneyland Half Marathon Trip Report Day 3 (Sept 4, 2011) - LONG

Sunday, September 4, 2011


The first alarm went off at 3:00am.  I turned it off, but ended up getting up before alarm 2 at 3:10am.  Cold shower any one? Well, it was cold, but it did wake me up and got my morning going.  I started my normal pre-race ritual of gearing up and getting ready to go.


At 3:40am I headed out to start my walk to the race staging area.  There were a few other folks out there that early as well - crazy runners :)!  During my walk I ate my Powerbar and drank some water.  I had made a  conscious decision to not carry any of my own water during the race today.  I've not been carrying water when I've been doing my training runs and I decided that I didn't want to worry about carrying something today.  I decided that I would make sure I took a few sips of water at each water stop and that should be fine.


The 1.38mi walk was a great way to loosen up and get ready for the race - I wonder if I'll say that after the race.  I arrived at 4:05am, took bio break number 1, then went to grab a piece of curb to sit and wait.  I kept my eye out for Justin as we had talked about meeting at the main stage, but I never found him this morning.


As I'm sitting and waiting, I always like the race stats that they announce, but I did notice that the numbers changed from announcer to announcer.  There were 14,870 registered runners, the youngest runner was 14, the average age of racers was 36, every state except for South Dakota was accounted for, there were 54 runners celebrating birthdays, 66.1% of the racers were female (I heard 62% later), the oldest runner was 87, there were 672 legacy runners, 1,275 kids participated in the kids' races, 443 foreign racers, 2,800 coast to coast runners (almost double the amount in 2010), 3,750 5K participants and 19,000 participants for the whole weekend.


At 4:54am I headed back to the porta-potties for bio break 2 and at 5:00am we were instructed to head to our corrals.  Last year, I was in corral C, this year I was in corral E.  Oh goody, I get to stand and wait around longer before I can get going.  This year there were corrals A - G so at least I wasn't in the last corral.  Unlike last year, I wasn't worried about being swept so I was fine with the corral placement and didn't mind being further back.


I turned my Garmin on at 5:50am and almost immediately I got a low battery warning.  What?  I kept checking it last night and it said it had a full charge.  I turned it off to save what battery there was and I'd turn it on right before starting.  In the meantime I had to figure out what I wanted to do.  Do I just run without it for the whole race, let it run until it dies?  I decided to let it run until it died and in the meantime, I set up Run Keeper Pro on my iPhone and held my phone so I could start the timer as soon as I crossed the start line.


Drew Carey was there running the race, but he didn't actually say anything, they had a girl that had run across the country say a few words and then finally the National Anthem started and was being sung today.  Interesting because the fireworks were let off during the National Anthem and there were no fireworks for the actual race start.  At 5:59am the wheelchair racers were off.  It was about three minutes between corrals and A went, then B, then C and finally corral E got to move closer to the start line as we got ready to go.  There goes D and almost 20 minutes after the 6:00am start corral E finally got to go.


The 2:45 Clif pace team was right in front of me.  I was going to try to keep them in my sight.  I started out using my run/walk intervals (2min run/1min walk) and as we got going I was feeling okay.  My calves were a little bit tight, but I knew that they'd loosen up pretty soon.  Before I knew it, we had reached the one mile mark.  Huh - that mile wasn't too bad.  I can still see the 2:45 Clif pace team for the next half mile or so - then I loose them and I never saw them again.  Funny, that's what happened last time I tried to stay with them too.


My stomach is feeling a little off this morning.  I'm not feeling sick just sort of uncomfortable.  I'm not sure what that's about.  I grab water at the first water stop and we head in to Disney California Adventure.  We don't spend a lot of time in this park.  The part that I missed was going through Paradise Pier and seeing the World of Color lights.  The good part about missing this was there was no boardwalk hill to worry about.  I remember seeing Phineas and Ferb and as we headed in to the Redwood Creek area I saw Russell from Up.  Now we've passed mile 2 and we head out of California Adventure and across the esplanade and in to Disneyland.


While I love running down Main Street and it's always a treat, I have to say I like Main Street in Walt Disney World better.  There were several princesses out at the end of Main Street.  We continue around to Tomorrowland and I see Darth Vader as I pass.


Here comes the mile 3 marker and right after that the 5K split point.  A lot of the course up to this point has been very crowded and it did force me to do some extra walking.  We're around the back side of Disneyland and heading out of the park.  We're coming up on the 4 mile marker and, that's it folks.  Once we leave Disneyland there are no more characters, no more cast members - it's you the other runners and the road.  A water stop was coming up at 4.5 miles and I took a gel and sadly it didn't sit well in my stomach, but I grabbed some water to wash it down and that helped.  As I'm trudging along, I see a light blue shirt with SCOPA on the back - huh, Mike Scopa is out here today.  I didn't want to bother him as he looked like he was concentrating on his running so I went past.


Mile 5 and I'm still trudging along.  All of a sudden a runner next to me asked me how I was doing and we started chatting.  He was 61 years old from Fort Lauderdale, Florida and was hoping for a PR today, but he fell about half a mile in to the race and hurt his leg pretty good.  He was still going to finish and get his coast to coast medal.  He started running again as he said it hurt less than walking - I'm telling you, that's some guts right there and made me realize yet again that I have nothing to complain about.


Here comes mile 6 and I grab some more water.  There's the 10K timing mats and a nice downhill/uphill section.  I look down and notice that my Garmin is completely dead.  I'm still maintaining my run/walk intervals and before long there's the mile 7 marker.  Every once in a while I would hear something talking saying a distance, time run and a pace - I couldn't figure out where this was coming from and I couldn't determine a pattern to when I would hear this voice speaking.  It was around the 7 mile mark that I realized it was my phone talking to me :).  Sometimes I liked this voice and others it was just discouraging.


The 8 mile marker came and went and soon we were at the Honda Center.  There was a nice little stretch of shade right around here that made me want to stop and enjoy it, but I kept going.  I had been battling my mind for a few miles.  I just want to walk, why it hurts more than running, but I'm tired, but it hurts to walk - and I'd have to talk myself in to continuing my intervals.  Thankfully these conversations were pretty short and the interval timer would buzz and off I'd go again whether I wanted to or not.


We're heading on to the unpaved portion of the Santa Ana Trail and I met up with Florida guy again and we chatted as we walked this section of the course.  This part of the course is pretty narrow and you usually end up talking to someone on this section as you kind of have to slow down a little bit.  Then right at the end there is a downhill/uphill section.  Mile 9 had a stop for Clif products and I declined those, but I did grab some more water.


Angel Stadium is just around this parking lot and we head in to the stadium and on the field.  I really like this part.  It's fun to be on the field, see everyone on the big screen and hearing the cheering.  It was timed pretty good for me, I was able to walk part of it and run part of it so it was super fun.
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Around the other side of the parking lot and then as we exit there's another water stop.  Yep, I grabbed some more water.  Not much further and we're right there at the 10 mile marker.  I'm starting to hurt pretty good - at least my left hip is starting to hurt, but I just keep thinking that it's only a 5K to go and I got to keep going.


On I go and finally I see the mile 11 marker.  I know there's not much further to go but it's getting tougher and tougher to do the intervals.  I have to mentally push myself to run as much of the 2 minute run portions as possible and sometimes I was able to do it and others I wasn't.


Thank goodness, there's the mile 12 marker.  I know I don't have a lot further to go, but I am more than ready to be done.  I'm giving it everything I have at this point.  Finally, there's the mile 13 marker and I'm so close now.
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I am tired but happy, I know the finish line is just ahead of me.  I can see it.  I run towards it.  I get to give Chip or Dale (not sure which one) a high five as I cross the finish line.  I walk forward and stopped Run Keeper Pro.  There are volunteers handing out Chilly Towels - cool moist towels, I took one, but I didn't end up opening it as the scent was a bit too strong for me.
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As I continue forward I am given a medal.  Wow, these medals are quite large and very pretty.  I happen to notice that the only split I received to my phone was the finish time and really, was I that slow?  Then it occurred to me that it was actual clock time, not my finish time.  Hmmm...going to need to check on this later.


I walked up a bit further and a guy cut my coast to coast wristband off and then I was handed a coast to coast medal.  I love these medals - still one of my absolute favorites of all time.  I continue on and grab a Powerade and water.  Then I got in line for a finisher's photo, the lines were long, but they moved pretty quickly and I was done and through to the refreshments line.  I grabbed a banana, orange and 2 little Clif Bars and headed to a table to organize things so I could manage to get back to the hotel.
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At 9:30am I headed out for the long walk back to the hotel with my medals clanking around my neck - very noisy.  It took a few minutes to get through security as all the runners had to stop and have their bags checked - seems there should be a better way to handle that part.  And a walking I will go.  Actually, it felt really good to get that walk in.  It gave me some time to reflect and wind down from the race.


I did pretty good today keeping my mental thoughts positive and not letting the negative thoughts over take me.  Oh, the thoughts popped up but I was able to get rid of those thoughts and stay on track.  I'm very disappointed with my time - 2 hours and 55 minutes is no where near where I wanted to be and I really felt with the time and miles I've put in that I should have done better.  I am guessing that all the treadmill time has actually hurt me to some extent.  Yes, I'm disappointed, but I'm also happy that I did push today.  I maintained my run/walk intervals through the race, I didn't let negative thoughts slow me down and I still had a lot of fun.

Run Keeper Pro reported the following:
Distance:  13.41 miles
Duration:  2 hours 55 minutes 14 seconds
Average Pace:  13:04 minutes per mile
Average Speed: 4.59 mph

Mile Splits were as follows:
Mile 1:  13:07
Mile 2:  13:22
Mile 3:  13:38
Mile 4:  13:11
Mile 5:  13:47
Mile 6:  12:59
Mile 7:  13:21
Mile 8:  13:07
Mile 9:  13:20
Mile 10:  13:37
Mile 11:  13:07
Mile 12:  10:34
Mile 13:  12:48
Mile 14:  12:55

I have no idea where the 10:34 for mile 12 came from - my goodness, if I could just do that for every mile I'd be able to hit my time goal!


I was back at the hotel at 10:06am and quickly changed out of my sweaty clothes.  I ate a Powerbar, orange, banana and little Clif Bar and drank some water all while putting my feet up.  I took a nice hot shower and relaxed for a bit.


Funny, but two hours somehow got away from me - not sure where they went, but eventually I did manage to get all clean and ready to head out.  It took me a while, but at 1:30pm I headed out for the third 1.38mi walk of the day.  My stomach still wasn't feeling great and I had a bit of a headache and have I mentioned how sore my legs are?  I am more sore than I've ever been after a half marathon, but I started walking and hoping that the legs would ease up a bit on the walk.  It was rather warm out this afternoon and felt pretty humid.


I headed in to Disneyland and was in the park by 1:45pm.  I headed straight for the Tiki Room.  Why?  I needed a Dole Whip Float of course!  I sat and enjoyed my float while waiting for the show and then I went in and enjoyed the birdies singing and the flowers crooning.  Oh my, the cast member doing the intro was a one man stand up comedy show.  He had a whole monologue and it was hilarious and great.


Next up was Pirates - got to love those pirates and their plundering.  Then it was time for some for some fun with Pooh and friends - very cute ride.  At this point I figured I must find some real food - it would either make me feel better or not.  I headed over to Village Haus and ordered a cheeseburger, fries and a rootbeer - hey, 15% discount with my pass.  I sat down and enjoyed the cool building while I ate and read for a bit.  My headache was easing up, but my stomach was still a little bit upset - nothing bad, just uncomfortable.


Star Tours had a 50 minute wait posted so I decided to skip it today.  Buzz Lightyear was only a 10 minute wait so I hopped in line...I wish I would remember that you have to keep pushing the trigger on this version...Oh well, it was cool, dark and a nice break nonetheless.


I decided to head out of the park at 4:40pm and as I reached the front of the park I was just in time for the Flag Retreat Ceremony.  This is something I've never seen before and I decided to stop and watch it.  This is an amazing, moving, wonderful ceremony.  It truly brings out the patriotism and pride for the USA and our armed forces.  It was truly amazing when an older gentleman in an electric scooter stood up for the National Anthem all the way through the flag folding ceremony - truly awesome.


Next I headed over to California Adventure and I only had one thing on my agenda and that was Little Mermaid.  I headed over and waited about 30 minutes.  I really, really liked this ride.  Yes, there are some story flaws and it's a bit truncated and some things were skipped, but it was bright, fun and catchy and there were some great effects.  I was very glad that I waited to see it.


Toy Story had a 40 minute wait and I decided to brave it.  It's a fun ride and I didn't mind waiting for it.  I headed back over to Little Mermaid and had a 5 minute wait this time.  There is so much to see that I caught new things this time around.


I was starting to wind down.  I walked toward Soarin' but the line was just too much for me tonight.  I walked over to Monsters Inc and it was down - boo.  I watched a few minutes of Electronica dancing preview show and then I headed out.


As you exit you're pretty much dumped out right at World of Disney so I headed in at 7:10pm.  I walked all through the store and came out empty handed.  I couldn't believe it either, but I didn't see anything that caught my eye tonight, but I'll shop some more tomorrow.


At 7:30pm I headed back towards the hotel.  As I was waiting for a light there was a cast member waiting too and we started talking - her name was Gina and she was super nice.  I decided to swing in to Subway to grab some dinner and breakfast for tomorrow and Gina ended up coming in too so we chatted some more.  Then we ended up walking and chatting all the way to my hotel.  What a super nice woman and I have a feeling she's an amazing cast member - I believe she works at the Veranda, but not positive about that.


I had to swing by the Cafe 2 Go to grab some water to drink and I was back in my room by 8:00pm.  I ate dinner, wrote in my journal and planned on being asleep by 10:00pm.  I am pretty exhausted and it's been a busy and interesting day!

Walt Disney World Moms Panel Looking for New 2012 Members

Thinking you'd like to be a member of the Walt Disney World Moms Panel?  Now's your chance - the search is on.  From 9:00am EST on September 12, 2011 through 11:59pm EST on September 16, 2011 you may submit your application.

This year they will be looking for many different panelist types including:
  • Walt Disney Worlds Mom Panelists
  • Disney Cruise Line Panelists
  • Disneyland Panelists
  • Adventures by Disney Panelists
  • runDisney Panelists
  • Disney Vacation Club Panelists
You must meet the following requirements:
  • 18 years of age or older
  • Have a computer and an internet connection
  • Be familiar with Walt Disney World Resort and have visited at least once in the last 12 months
  • Be fluent in English
  • Complete 25 written responses per week
  • Provide opinions and feedback
  • Submit an autobiography and personal photo and/or video to be posted online
  • Be available to travel to Walt Disney World Resort December 9-13, 2011
  • Participate for a minimum of 24 months
  • Not be an employee of The Walt Disney Company or any of its subsidiaries
  • Not be currently employed in travel or theme park industries
For more information click here.

GOOD LUCK TO ALL YOU ASPIRING PANELISTS!!!

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Weekly Review: Sep 5 - 11

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
AM\PM Workout: Walk 4.76mi @ no pace
Notes: I am extremely sore from the race, but I spend the whole day in the parks walking around, taking photos, and doing some attractions.

Tuesday
REST
Notes: Travel home today.

Wednesday
REST
Notes: So, the left leg is still hurting and I'm very tired so I was lazy and didn't try to do anything.

Thursday
REST
Notes: Back to work today and I found out pretty quickly that my knees are in rough shape and my left hip is not feeling better.  I don't want to make anything worse so I held off doing anything. 

Friday
REST
Notes: Still not feeling great in my left leg so I opted to take it easy again.  I know that I need to workout, but I just can't seem to do it right now.

Saturday
REST
Notes: I was planning on a long run today, but my left leg is still giving me trouble and I just don't think it's smart to push it and get injured further.

Sunday
REST
Notes: My left leg is starting to feel better, I plan on testing it out tomorrow.  I was going to try today, but I think I ate something bad or have the flu as now my stomach is very sick.  Can't seem to win this week.

Weekly Numbers:
Weight Watch: ? - no weigh in this week, although I'm pretty sure it wouldn't be good.

Run/Walk Miles: 4.76
Bike Miles: 00.00
Elliptical Miles: 0.0
TOTAL MILES: 4.76

Pilates: MISSED 
Strength: MISSED
Incline: MISSED

Monthly Numbers
Run/Walk Miles: 33.32
Bike Miles: 00.00
Elliptical Miles: 00.00
TOTAL MILES: 33.32

Goofy's Weekly Training Challenge Results
Sadly, no medal for me this week.  I've been grounded so to speak and trying to get my left leg to recover from the Disneyland Half.  My hip and knee on the left side has been completely trashed and I'm not sure why.  Instead of taking a chance of making it worse I have decided to take it easy.

I have to admit that I haven't been able to get my diet back on track this week either.  I keep saying I'll do it tomorrow...Well, that's enough of that, I need to do better now and make sure that I keep moving in the right direction so that I my training can progress and that I can reach new goals.
It has not been a stellar week for me, but I have every intention of getting back on track and doing my best.  Have you had any pitfalls?  Are you on track with where you want to be?

September 11 - We Will Never Forget

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Please take a moment today to remember those that we lost and their families.

2011 Disneyland Half Marathon Trip Report Day 2 (Sept 3, 2011)

Saturday, September 3, 2011


The first alarm went off at 4:30am, the second alarm went off at 4:45am and I got up and got moving.  I needed a shower to wake up and get going and quickly discovered I had no hot water.  The water wasn't ice cold, but it was cold enough to wake me up and I can tell you I had a quick cold shower.  Then I got my gear on and got ready to head out.


At 5:16am I headed out to walk to the race site.  It was absolutely beautiful weather - not too hot, not too cold.  The walk is not exactly short so I clocked it on the Garmin so I'd know just how far it really was.  The walk was about 1.38mi - wow.  Still, it was a great warm up today.


It was about 5:45am when I got to the staging area.  I headed over to the porta-potties first for a quick bio break.  As I was standing around I took a few pictures for other racers - I always like to do that.  I stood around for a few more minutes and I decided to head towards the start corrals.  I was a little surprised that the start area was the same place as it was last year, only because it's a pretty cramped place to put this many people.


On my way over I ran in to Justin and his son Ethan - today was Ethan's very first 5K - so cool!  We all headed to the corral area and lined up toward the back.  I knew I'd be run/walking and trying to keep it light and easy and Justin and Ethan were planning on doing whatever Ethan felt like doing.


As we were waiting we were inducted as padawans, then a couple of storm troopers showed up and finally Darth Vader showed up.  It was fun to watch all the people get so excited for Darth Vader.  Eventually, good won and Darth Vader was forced to leave.  One of the storm troopers actually said have a nice day - which of course he had to deny since the other storm trooper was giving him a hard time about it.  Kind of funny.


They had a trumpet player play the National Anthem in a sing a long fashion.  I really like it when they do this.  It's always amazing to listen to the crowd's voice swell as the song goes on.  It shows a lot of pride in our country and it's just a very cool way to start a fun race.
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It was just a couple minutes later when we were off and running - well, okay it really took a while before we were able to actually run.
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The course was pretty darn crowded in the beginning.  It seemed like the first mile was mostly walking and my time totally reflected that at 14:03 per mile.  The nice part of the first mile was that we ended up heading in to Disneyland backstage and headed towards the on stage portion.


Finally things started to open up a bit and thin out to make it easier to run.  I love going through Disneyland, it's so cool running through the park - lots of characters were out and about and cast members were out there cheering us on.
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I have to say that it was a little disappointing not to be able to run through the castle for the 5K, but I knew I'd get to do that tomorrow.  I was using run/walk intervals as best as I could considering the crowds and felt pretty good overall.  I grabbed water at the first water stop (about mile 1.5) and I was glad to have that water as I was a bit thirsty.
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Before you knew it, we were headed out of Disneyland having gone through it all to quickly.  It was fun heading across the esplanade over to California Adventure.  We hit mile two and my second mile was 12:20 which I was pretty happy with.  This part of the course was different as they had to change things due to construction in California Adventure and we hit a pretty good downhill followed by an uphill -  I just kept plugging along doing my intervals and totally enjoying myself.
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In through California Adventure and water stop 2 (about mile 2.5) and I grabbed another cup - I was glad for the water as I felt it was a bit humid.  Mile 3 was a little slower at 12:38 per mi, but that's okay it wasn't bad.
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As I approached the finish, line I didn't see everyone in this picture, but I did see Mickey and Minnie dressed in their Star Wars gear - very cute.
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The last tenth of a mile was lined with crowds and as I got to the finish line Rudy Novotny was there speaking and he actually announced my name as I crossed the finish line - now that was cool!!!
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The end of the race was so much better organized this year.  Last year was pure chaos, but this year it was calm an easy to navigate.  I did miss running through Paradise Pier and seeing the World of Color lights, but I didn't miss the hill :).  It was still a great course overall.


After receiving my medallion, it was pictures in one direction and food in the other - very easy to navigate.  I hopped in line for a finisher's photo and they had us lined up and were managing the lines to the photographers pretty well.  I had my picture in just a couple of minutes which was pretty nice.  It was odd that they didn't have the finisher's background for all the photographers, but I like the background I had just fine.
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Next stop water, a banana and a mini Clif bar.  There was plenty of food and water available and no wait to get anything you wanted.

I hadn't looked at my time to see how I did, but later when I checked, I saw that I finished in 40:25 which is a 13:02 per mile pace.  I sure felt like I was going faster than that, but it was still a good race and I had fun.  It didn't make me to confident in how the half would go though.

The race was a success in the fact that I did not stop my run/walk intervals or let my head rule how I was feeling.  That's something I've been struggling with so this was a pretty big win for me lately.

It was about 7:40am when I headed out of California Adventure and went toward the road so I could head back to the hotel.  The walk was pretty quick and easy and I had a bounce in my step as I really felt pretty good.  I was back in my room by 8:00am.

I decided to stretch and cool down.  The stretching felt good until I got a cramp in my neck - too funny, I was able to work it out pretty easily.

My Garmin was flashing low battery through the whole 5K  and I'm not sure why as it said it had a full battery.  I decided to hook it up to my laptop instead of the wall outlet and see if that would help.  I would end up continually checking it all day to see if it said charging or charging complete.

It was shower time again and thankfully this time I had hot water - thank goodness.  I got done and went to dry my hair and the hair dryer wouldnt' work - well, technology apparently is not my friend.  I ended up ordering room service for breakfast at about 9:15 and had it by 9:30.  I enjoyed my pancakes and eggs and took some time to journal the race. 

Sadly, instead of heading out to the parks I was forced to do some work.  Yes, I have the kind of job that requires me to work during vacations at times - it's not always ideal, but I do what I have to.  It was well after 11am by the time I finished up the minimal amount of work that I could get away with and I was kind of tired.

While I could have headed out to the parks, I wasn't sure I wanted to put 3 miles, plus park walking on the feet the day before the half.  My confidence has been rather shaky and I didn't want to give myself any excuses.  So, what did I do?  I took a nap - I'm tired a lot lately and it felt good to have time to do nothing for a change.

At 6:00pm I headed to the Cafe to Go to grab some water and then headed back to my room.  I decided to order chicken parmesan from room service.  It was a good choice with a baked chicken breast, red sauce, spaghetti, bread sticks and a small side salad.  Perfect for the night before the race.

Once I completed dinner, I ended up getting my gear laid out and ready for the morning.  I kept going back and forth on what shirt I was going to wear and I ended up with my old red shirt again.  It's worn and comfy and has been through many races with me.

Oddly, I was a bit nervous for the race.  I know what I want, but it doesn't seem that my mind and body are on the same page lately.  No matter what I know that I am going to have a good time.  Finally, at 8:00pm it was about time for bed.

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