2017 Training Stats

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

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Wednesday, July 31, 2013

July 2013 Wrap Up

Weight Watch: +6.2 pounds
There's no surprise here for me. I know my pitfalls, I know that I haven't worked on this and it shows.  Baby steps, I think I'm almost to that point where my mind will catch up to what I should be doing - we shall see.

Mileage Watch:
Run/Walk: 48.15 miles
Bike: 38.30 miles
Elliptical: 5.07 miles
Total Miles: 91.52 miles

Goal Review
So, I set a goal for July - time to get serious and start Dopey Training.  I decided that I would get miles in every day in July - didn't matter how many miles as long as I got up and moved. 

I am happy to say that I met this goal.  Even on the couple of days where I wasn't feeling 100% I made myself move.  While I'm not breaking any distance records here, I'm super happy with where I ended the month.

August 2013
I intend to continue the miles every day goal in August.  In addition to getting miles every day, I need to up the length of time for my workouts when appropriate.  I need to continue building endurance and strength. 

I will continue to use the Galloway Dopey Training plan.  So far, I haven't missed a scheduled Galloway training day.  I know I need to continue to do these workouts and really focus on the long runs to make sure I build that endurance.  I also need to keep working on my fear of running and just make sure that I put the time in.

One other thing I need to figure out is how to get outside and get in miles instead of doing everything on the treadmill.  This will be a huge challenge for me as the heat and humidity is really hard on me right now.  Funny how running in 100+ degrees in AZ wasn't so tough, but trying to run in 90+ with 90% humidity just about kills me.

The Disneyland Dumbo Double Dare is coming up at the end of August and while I don't anticipate a PR at the Half Marathon, I would like to see a marked improvement in my times so far this year.  I know I can do it, but I have to get over my fear and make it happen again.

I've started tracking food again.  While I'm not going to say it's a true diet, I'm just trying to add more fruits and veggies and control my portions better.  I know getting some weight off will make a huge difference to my running.

How did your July go?  Any upcoming races you're excited about?

Sunday, July 28, 2013

Weekly Review: July 22 - 28

Here's this week's recap
Monday
PM Workout: Elliptical 1.04mi, resistance level 1, ramp 10 %
Notes:  Can't say that I fancied a workout tonight, but I did it anyway.  The elliptical was making my feet fall asleep tonight and my feet were sore.  That happens sometimes, but at least my knees felt okay.

Tuesday
PM Workout: Treadmill run/walk 2.17mi @ 14:44 per mi
Notes:  Was going to try for 45 minutes tonight, but only made it 32 minutes.  Just heavy tired legs that didn't feel like doing what they were supposed to.  Still trying to build up my endurance.

Wednesday
PM Workout: Bike 7.1mi, 30 minutes, resistance level 2, 14.3mph avg
Notes:  Still not feeling great today.  Definitely not feeling great about myself today.

Thursday
PM Workout: Treadmill walk 1.68mi @ 17:51 per mi
Notes: I was sick, stayed home from work sick today.  Still I have a goal for the month so I kept it slow and easy and got some miles in.

Friday
PM Workout:  Treadmill hill intervals 1.64mi @ 18:17 per mi, incline 0-2.5%, 3 - 3.4 mph
Notes:  Still feeling a bit off today.  Legs sore, but I think it was more because I didn't feel well.

Saturday
PM Workout: Treadmill hill intervals 1.86mi @ 16:07 per mi, incline 0-2.5%, 3 - 3.9 mph
Notes: Took the girls to the vet today which took up much of the morning.  Wanted to get outside, but the weather did not agree as it was hot and humid, really hot and humid.

Sunday
AM Workout: Treadmill walk 5.5mi @ 16:21 per mi
Notes:  I am not sure what my problem is, but I couldn't get up and get moving this morning so by the time I was ready to head outside there was no way I could go outside so, I hit the treadmill again.  Just alternated 3mph and 4mph as I felt.  Still feeling like my legs are lead at times.  I know it's just getting back in to the swing of working out and I know they are stronger already.

Weekly Numbers:
Weight Watch: -.6 pounds
Well, there you have it.  I won't complain with a negative number, but I won't claim it as a success either.

Run/Walk Miles: 12.85
Bike Miles: 7.1
Elliptical Miles: 1.04
TOTAL MILES: 20.99

Monthly Numbers
Run/Walk Miles: 46.15
Bike Miles: 27.8
Elliptical Miles: 4.07
TOTAL MILES: 78.02

Training Notes
The Dumbo Double Dare is really just around the corner now.  Just over a month away.  I don't know why it scares me,but it does.  Yet, I've already trained more than I trained for my last five or six half marathons.  Don't get me wrong, I know I can finish the races, but I had really hoped I'd be further along with getting some more speed under my belt.  I'm not looking to go super fast, just faster than I have been without training.

I am happy to say that I am still on track with my Galloway Dopey training and even with being sick this week I have not missed a scheduled workout.  This is a good start.  I know I have to get my fear of long runs under control.  I know that doing the long training runs is so important to building endurance and making sure the races are enjoyable, but that doesn't mean I have stopped dreading them.  I mean honestly, it was just 5.5 miles today and I still dreaded it, but I'm taking Galloway's advise and remembering that even if I walk the distance I will still gain the benefits of endurance.

How's everyone else doing?

Sunday, July 21, 2013

2012 Tower of Terror 10 Miler

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Bib and Participant Tech Shirt
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Tower of Terror 10 Miler Pins
 
I left the house at 6:30pm as I wanted to get to ESPN Wide World of Sports so parking wouldn't be an issue and I could catch the first bus to leave at 7:00pm. It was very easy to park and then I headed towards the buses.  There were at least 40 buses parked there.  I was amazed at the number of buses sitting there.  I hopped on a bus and waited to head out.
 
It was a pretty quick ride over to Hollywood Studios.  I got off the bus and walked around for a bit. There were only four corrals for this race and I was in the last one.  Based on how I was feeling I was nervous about the race.  Both knees were acting up and I was totally drained of energy.  The weather was not helping much - it was hot and very humid.  I sort of felt like I was in for a rough night.
 
I headed in the corral as I wanted to make sure I got to the very front of the corral as I felt I would need all the extra time cushion I could get.  I sat down and waited.  As with all races, you are always surrounded by others and meet the nicest people.  This corral was no exception and I chatted with two people on my right that were running their first race and a woman on my left that was from the UK and it was her first race as well.

After waiting for a while Rae arrived and met me in the corral and sat down with us to wait.  I was already drenched from the humidity and was starting to feel the nerves.  It seemed like we sat there for hours, but it wasn't really that long and it was time to drag myself off the ground and get ready for the corral to start moving.

It was crowded and there was some pushing as we started walking.  Everyone always wants to be in the front, but tonight I felt like I had to be in the front or risk being swept.  The other corrals started going and we continued our slow journey up to the start line.

Rae and I managed to stay right at the front of the corral and when we were finally at the start line, we were right at the timing mat.  This is the first time that I've ever been at the timing mat in the very front of the corral.  It was pretty cool to see things from this perspective!

Then it was time to go, 15 minutes after the first corral had taken off.  Rae and I stayed together for a mile or so and then I told her to just go as I knew I wouldn't be able to keep up with her pace and that was the last I saw her. 

For the most part the first few miles were not very exciting and there was quite a bit of banked road that was really causing me some grief in my knees.  I kept walking as fast as I could, but I knew I was already slowing down.

The only really cool characters I remember seeing were the hyenas from Lion King - now you just don't see them every day.  For the most part I thought that the course along the road was dark and rather boring.

Along the course they were telling us how far ahead of the pacers we were and I was only about five minutes in front of them.  I kept walking as fast as I could and then I hit the unpaved dirt and gravel portion of the course and even as far back as I was it was tight, crowded, dark and difficult.  I really had to pay attention to my feet to make sure that I didn't stumble and fall and I had to swerve around people.  By this point you could really see how much the humidity was taking a toll on the runners.  A lot of people were slowing down and walking by this point.

I made it through that dark section and headed in to ESPN Wide World of Sports.  It was fun going around the field with the big screen on.  This was another area that was very crowded and hard to get through, I had to swerve around people and then we slowed down as the exit was very narrow.  Going through here was over very quickly and it was back to the dark road.
 
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As I continued on, I heard them call out that I was now only 2:30 minutes ahead of the pacers.  That seemed really odd as I had kept pushing the whole time and I didn't think I had lost that much time.  I tried to pick up my pace again and it was still pretty crowded so it was tough.

Then we get to mile seven and all of a sudden I'm only 10 seconds ahead of the pacers.  What!?!  This makes no sense to me.  I just did a 12:30 mile and I've lost even more time.  I'm so confused, but I know that I have to keep pushing.  And push I did, but if I looked back, there were the balloon ladies.  I am starting to get really nervous now.

It's before mile 8 and some guy comes running up yelling the pacers are right behind us, keep moving people, move faster and then the idiot stops in front of me.  I almost collided with him and as I swerved, I yelled back - thanks for the warning, but dude, don't stop in front of people when you're yelling about the pacers.  Good gravy some people are so dense.

I then heard them say that as long as you get to mile 9 there would be no more sweeping.  I knew this was going to be a fight.  I kept moving as fast as I could.  I was hurting, I was fighting with everything that I had.  I passed mile 8, I checked my Garmin and it was 8.5 and then finally there was the sign for mile 9.

This is where we headed in the park.  This is where I slowed down considerably.  This is where I knew at least I wouldn't be swept.  I kept walking, but I was a lot slower now.  I just wanted to make it across the finish line.  At about 9.5 miles, the balloon ladies finally passed me.  Wow, I had just dodged being swept.

The last half a mile was probably one of the longest I've ever had, but I did it.  There it was, the finish line.  Thank goodness!
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As you can see by my finish line picture, I was glad to be done.

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I crossed the line, got my and had my picture taken with the Tower of Terror in the background.  I was so glad to be done.  It was definitely a good feeling to be done and have that medal around my neck.

I grabbed a bottle of Powerade and water and a snack box and then the cruelest thing in the world was ahead of me.  A hill to get out from backstage and in to the park.  I wasn't sure I would make it up that hill.

This race had taken a toll on people.  I saw at least four people on the ground with medics with them.  I saw at least 50 - 60 people in the self serve medical area.  I saw another 5 - 7 people on the ground with ice on their heads or having water poured on them.  It was a rough night for a race and it totally showed. 

As I headed up the hill there was a finisher's photo line and of course I got in line and got this lovely picture with my eyes closed...silly!

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I headed out in to the park and met up with Rae and Eric. Turns out that Rae had a rough race too with some knee issues. We headed to find some place to sit and Eric went to get us food and we sat and visited with Deb for a while.

Finally we made our way out of the park. Rae needed a little bit of help to get out, but we got her out and then we parted ways. I got very sick on the way home, but I made it.  The next day I didn't move from my couch.

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The medal was worth the pain.  It glows in the dark, the elevator is on a spring and it's just cool!

While this was not a great race for me I am glad I did it and I'll be back to do it again this year.  Hopefully they will have improved the entertainment and some of the dark areas.

Weekly Review: July 15 - 21

Here's this week's recap
Monday
PM Workout:  Treadmill walk 1.8mi @ 16:40 per mi
Notes:  A bit sore today so I just went for a short walk on the treadmill.

Tuesday
PM Workout: Treadmill run/walk 2.07mi @ 14:30 per mi
Notes:  Well, maybe shorter intervals really are better.  I have this irrational fear of walking on the treadmill without resting my hands on the rails, but not when I run.  I was a bit sore after this effort, but nothing a bit of stretching didn't help.

Wednesday
PM Workout:  Bike 7.6mi, 30 minutes, resistance level 2, 15.2mph avg
Notes:  The bike workout felt good tonight, not much pain in the knees.  I was able to keep a good pace the whole time too.

Thursday
PM Workout: Treadmill run/walk 2.09mi @ 14:25 per mi
Notes:  I am finally starting to think the workouts are helping my cardio and endurance somewhat.  I know I still have such a long way to go, but at least I'm starting to get some running back in the mix.

Friday
PM Workout:  Elliptical 1.02mi, ramp 10-20%, resistance level 1
Notes:  Sore knees today. Pushed as much as I could without causing pain.

Saturday
PM Workout: Treadmill run/walk 3.0mi @ 14:43 per mi
Notes: Had to push a bit to get this pace.  Know I should do long miles tomorrow, but not sure how far I'll make it.

Sunday
AM Workout: Treadmill walk 3.7mi @ 16:12 per mi
Notes:  The weather was not cooperating for getting outside and I got started later than I wanted so I hit the treadmill once again.  I started trying to run, but it just didn't feel good so I walked instead.

Weekly Numbers:
Weight Watch: +1.2 pounds
As much as I want to do better here I won't claim that I did.

Run/Walk Miles: 10.07
Bike Miles: 6.8
Elliptical Miles: 1.0
TOTAL MILES: 17.87

Monthly Numbers
Run/Walk Miles: 12.66
Bike Miles: 7.6
Elliptical Miles: 1.02
TOTAL MILES: 21.28

Training Notes
I keep forgetting that I have only been back at things for a few weeks.  I want to be further along than I am, but I'm trying to be smart about things.  Listen to my body and all that good stuff.  I am very proud of myself for not skipping a workout yet this month.  The goal is miles every day this month and so far so good!

I am right on track for my Galloway Dopey training plan, which makes me very happy.  I am not on track for the Dumbo Double Dare training plan, which makes me very nervous.  I would really like to be able to get a decent (for me) time during the half in Disneyland.  All I can do is keep trying and hopefully I'll reach that goal.

Sunday, July 14, 2013

2012 Disney Happy Haunted 5K Trail Run

The 2012 Tower of Terror Expo was held at Wide World of Sports.  I headed over after work and was in and out pretty quickly.  I wasn't overwhelmed by the amount of official merchandise, but I did pick up a shirt that had a glow in the dark logo (I forgot to get a picture of this one) and a bumper magnet for the car.
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I received my bib and shirt for the 5K and I ordered a pin and was disappointed to see that the pin was not specific to the 5K, but was the same pin as the 10 miler pin.
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Bib and t-shirt for the race

I got up quite early on the morning of the race and drove to ESPN Wide World of Sports.  Parking was super easy as I was plenty early.  I started walking towards the complex and out on to the fields.  They had a spot setup for character photo opportunities out on one of the fields with a backdrop, fog machine and hay bales.  There was also a DJ setup and he was playing plenty of loud wake you up music.  It was still pitch black out, but the fields were nicely lit so it was kind of fun to walk around the fields and just stretch the legs out a bit.

There were also some little areas set up selling drinks and snacks.  That was something new for one of the 5K races.  Same day packet pick up was also setup up the stairs from the fields which was rather nice.

I got a text from my 5K buddy and I met up with her as she was meeting up for a photo with the All Ears Running Team.  This was the first Disney 5K that had assigned corrals for the 5K - notice on the bib that there is a letter D noting the corral I was assigned to.  Prior to this, the Disney 5K race corral was just find a spot in the area with the pace you think you'll be at.  As these races have grown that method was getting tougher and they started adding multiple waves, but it was still crowded and uncontrolled.  So, this race we had assigned corrals and the corrals would have a few minutes between each one prior to starting.  I was interested to see how this would change the crowding on the course.

As it started to get lighter we headed to corral D to wait.  The announcers were in rare form this morning doing a whole country radio DJ schtick.  It was okay for a few minutes, but it got a bit over the top after a while and I had to sort of tune it out.  We were standing on the grass and it was wet.  I feared what that meant for the course.  Of course, I had one of my good pairs of shoes on, which would turn out to be a big mistake.

Finally it was time for the first corral to head out and slowly each corral was moved to the start area and finally released.  Since this was my first official trail course I was a bit nervous about how I would do, especially as I was having a lot of health issues and my knees were in really bad shape.  I was also wearing new knee braces and wasn't sure how I'd do with them on.  Did I mention I also hadn't done any miles since the Disneyland races?

The sun was up by the time corral D started and I will say that there wasn't a lot of crowding so that was sort of nice.  Our plan was to walk the course and just enjoy it as much as possible as we were both having some health issues and we had the 10 miler that night.

Even standing there waiting to start, I was completely soaked.  It was already hot and humid and I was worried about how much worse it would get over the course of the day and what we'd be facing come the race tonight.

The course started out on the wet grass around the fields. Then we headed out on a path through the woods, the path was groomed, but it was pretty muddy and gross in areas.  There were some spooky sounds and huge bugs hung in the trees in the woods.  At one point we saw the pirate ship with skeleton crew.  I think there were a few characters on the course, but I don't remember there being very many or any one super memorable.  There were more areas of dirt road, gravel, mud and finally we were on one of the tracks at the complex.  We walked around the track and ended up back on the grass, this is when I noticed that my shoes were completely ruined - muddy, grass stains, dirt - gross.

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After we crossed the finish line, we got our medals and headed to stand in line for our finisher's photo.
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Then we headed to get our snack box, banana, water and powerade.  This is where it became a bit horrible.  There was only one way out - up the stairs from the fields.  The line to get out from the fields was literally lined up all the way out on to the fields.  It took 15 - 20 minutes just to get to the stairs to head out.  It was unbelievable how unorganized this portion of the race was.  That was rather sad because the rest of the race was well organized and it was nice to have a different location for a race.  That being said, I missed going through one of the parks.  It was nice not doing Epcot again, but it's still more special to go through a park.

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After saying goodbye and good luck for the race tonight I headed to my car and went to meet up with some friends to head to the Magic Kingdom.  I only stayed for a few minutes before heading back home.  I let the dogs swim and I soaked in the pool for a few minutes.  Then I headed in for some rest and relaxation before getting ready for the race that night.

Weekly Review: July 8 - 14, 2013

Here's this week's recap
Monday
PM Workout: Bike 6.3mi @ 12.6mph avg, resistance level 2
Notes:  The knees were a bit sore today so I decided on a non-impact workout and hopped on the bike.

Tuesday
PM Workout: Treadmill run/walk 1.96mi @ 15:20 per mi
Notes:  Got a good run/walk in tonight.  My one year anniversary as a Disney Cast Member today!

Wednesday
PM Workout:  Elliptical 1mi, 30 minutes, ramp @ 20%, resistance level 1
Notes:  Another killer elliptical workout.  Definitely felt this one by the end.

Thursday
PM Workout: Treadmill interval program 1.472mi @ 16:59 per mi
Notes:  Legs not happy today,but no problem on the treadmill.  Could only manage 25 minutes instead of 30.

Friday
PM Workout:  Treadmill walk 1.5mi @ 20min per mi
Notes:  Still tired today, but sticking to my goal for the month and got the miles in.

Saturday
PM Workout: Treadmill run/walk 4.0mi @ 15:30 per mi
Notes: Started with 2min run/2min walk intervals again, but after a bit I just had to do what felt good.  I definitely had to push at the end to keep the pace down, but I was happy that I could do that.  I wanted to get outside, but the weather had other ideas - I know I need the road to get the feel back.

Sunday
AM Workout: Treadmill walk 1.64mi @ 18:17 per mi
Notes:  Nice slow treadmill walk today.  Not feeling to bad after yesterday's miles so that's a bonus.  Two weeks and still going!

Weekly Numbers:
Weight Watch: +3.2 pounds
I know, I know - this is something that I really need to work on. I will not claim that I did any better this week, the numbers speak for themselves.

Run/Walk Miles: 10.07
Bike Miles: 6.8
Elliptical Miles: 1.0
TOTAL MILES: 17.87

Monthly Numbers
Run/Walk Miles: 10.58
Bike Miles: 6.3
Elliptical Miles: 1.0
TOTAL MILES: 17.88

Training Notes
Sometimes it can be tough getting the miles in.  I want to let stress tell me to skip it, but I overcame that urge this week and keep to my goals and got miles every day.  I have to keep that up and continue building strength and endurance.

Sunday, July 7, 2013

Weekly Review: July 1 - 7, 2013

Here's this week's recap
Monday
PM Workout:  Treadmill walk 1.50mi @ 20:00 per mi
Notes:  The first step back is the hardest and I took that step today.  The Galloway Dopey Training Plan starts this week and I'm ready to give it a go.

Tuesday
PM Workout: Treadmill run/walk 1.90mi @ 15:53 per mi
Notes:  Did some run/walk intervals, but nothing set as my interval timer decided to stop working today.  It was a bit rough, but I did it and that felt good.

Wednesday
PM Workout:  Bike 6.8mi, 13.7mph average, 30 minutes, resistance level 2
Notes:  Not a bad bike ride today, I was able to do it.  It felt good to do this today.

Thursday
PM Workout: Treadmill run/walk 1.98mi @ 15:39 per mi
Notes:  2min run/2min walk intervals and I did them for the whole 30 minutes.  It was tough, but I did it and that felt pretty darn good.  Not trying to be super speedy, just trying to build up intervals.

Friday
PM Workout:  Elliptical - 1.0mi, 30 minutes, resistance level 1
Notes:  Wow, this was a tough one.  I still don't love my elliptical machine, it's not the best machine for me, but it does the job and it kicked my rear.

Saturday
PM Workout:  Treadmill run/walk 3.05mi @ 15:24 per mi
Notes: 2min run/2min walk intervals again today.  Seriously wore me out, but again I am proud of the accomplishment.  I like the momentum I have right now.

Sunday
AM Workout: Treadmill walk 1.64mi @ 18:17 per mi
Notes: I was hoping for a long run today, but my mind and my body were not in agreement.  I started and my body just felt tired so I decided to take it easy and just get 30 minutes on the treadmill.  Not going to let this get me down, I'm just starting back to working out after such a long break..

Weekly Numbers:
Weight Watch: +2.8 pounds
I will not claim to be watching my weight right now.  Baby steps, I need to get back in to the habit of moving and pushing myself and then the food issue will be something I can focus more on.

Run/Walk Miles: 10.07
Bike Miles: 6.8
Elliptical Miles: 1.0
TOTAL MILES: 17.87

Monthly Numbers
Run/Walk Miles: 10.07
Bike Miles: 6.8
Elliptical Miles: 1.0
TOTAL MILES: 17.87

Training Notes
It dawned on my that the Disneyland Dumbo Double Dare is less than two months away.  I want to try to train more for this one - which really won't take much considering I haven't trained in so long.  I also needed to put aside the fear of trying to run again and I need to keep pushing through that.

So far my knees are holding up okay.  Not great, but much better than they've been this last year.  I had some bad tightness in my left calf that caused some bad heel pain, but I've been stretching and that's working out quite nicely now.

I bought a Yonanas this weekend.  It's a machine that you put frozen bananas and fruit in to and it creates a soft serve ice cream out of the fruit - no added sugar, no dairy.  It's just fruit and I have to say it's really good and will help me to add more fruit in to my diet.

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