2017 Training Stats

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

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Sunday, December 29, 2013

Weekly Review: Dec 23 - 29, 2013

Here's this week's recap
Monday
PM Workout: Bike 8mi, 16.2mph avg, resistance level 3
Notes:  My knees were a little crunchy after the weekend's miles, but nothing too bad.  The bike felt really good today.

Tuesday
PM Workout:  Treadmill walk 1.66mi @ 18:04 per mi
Notes:  Just a nice slow and easy walk tonight for the heck of it.  Just wasn't in the mood to do more.

Wednesday
PM Workout:  Elliptical 1.02mi, resistance level 4, ramp incline 30%
Notes:  Merry Christmas!  Just felt good to be relatively lazy and quiet today.

Thursday
PM Workout: Treadmill run/walk 3.1mi @ 15:24 per mi
Notes:  Good run/walk tonight.

Friday
PM Workout: Treadmill walk1.58mi @ 15:47 per mi
Notes:  Started out to do more, but it just didn't happen.  I was feeling off tonight, a bit shaky and strange feeling so I cut it short.

Saturday
PM Workout: Treadmill walk 3.51mi @ 17:05 per mi, up to 3.5% incline
Notes: Good walk, nothing fancy.

Sunday
PM Workout: Treadmill 2.55mi @ 15:15 per mi (I think)
Notes:  More treadmill troubles today and I'm not sure, but I think this is what I ended up with.  Felt awful and out of shape tonight.

Weekly Numbers:
Weight Watch: +0.0 pounds
Okkkkaaayyyy.

Run/Walk Miles: 12.4
Bike Miles: 8.0
Elliptical Miles: 1.02
TOTAL MILES: 21.42

Monthly Numbers
Run/Walk Miles:  76.38
Bike Miles: 32.4
Elliptical Miles: 3.02
TOTAL MILES: 111.8

Training Notes
Another sub-par week of training and it has shaken my confidence to the ground.  I am so unsure of anything right now.  I think I've hit my breaking point - physically and mentally.  I'm trying to snap out of it, but it is tough right now.

January 2013 was not good for me, but there was legitimate health reasons for the lack of training and lack of confidence.  Now we're coming up on January 2014 and I have no excuses, I have tried, but I haven't tried hard enough and I'm not sure what that will mean for my upcoming races.  

This next week I will be working on rebuilding my mental strength and believing that my body will hold up and do me proud.  I will start laying the ground work for better things to come.

I will succeed as long as I try and do my best!

Weekly Review: Dec 16 - 22, 2013

Here's this week's recap
Monday
PM Workout: Elliptical 1mi, resistance level 4, ramp incline 10%
Notes:  Working with a migraine and tummy trouble today, but it was an okay workout under the circumstances.

Tuesday
AM Workout:  Treadmill run/walk 2.05mi @ 14:38 per mi
Notes:  Did my workout in the morning again today, felt a bit out of sorts, but it eased up as I kept going.

Wednesday
PM Workout:  Bike 8mi, 16.1mph avg, resistance level 3
Notes:  Okay bike ride - legs felt tight and tired all day.

Thursday
PM Workout: Treadmill run/walk 3.1mi @ 14:40 per mi
Notes:  Run/walk felt comfortable tonight.  All of a sudden, the Dopey is feeling really real.

Friday
PM Workout: Treadmill run/walk 6.2mi @ 15:38 per mi
Notes:  Felt pretty good tonight, kept it light and easy and mostly walking.  My neck has been really sore all day - I expect stress is the culprit - but it felt okay during my run/walk.

Saturday
PM Workout: Treadmill walk 13.1mi @ 15:434 per mi
Notes: This was not easy tonight, I struggled in the end.

Sunday
PM Workout: Treadmill 8mi
Notes:  I had intended to do more, but the treadmill had other ideas today.  Once it started acting up, I had to restart and I just lost all motivation to keep going.  This is not a good omen and it leaves me quite baffled about how the full marathon is going to go.  YIKES!!!

Weekly Numbers:
Weight Watch: +0.6 pounds
Sigh.

Run/Walk Miles: 32.45
Bike Miles: 8.0
Elliptical Miles: 1.0
TOTAL MILES: 41.45

Monthly Numbers
Run/Walk Miles:  63.98
Bike Miles: 24.4
Elliptical Miles: 2.0
TOTAL MILES: 90.38

Training Notes
I sure wish that I felt better about how this week went and I wish that I would have been strong enough to get the full marathon distance in.  I feel very unprepared for the Dopey, but it is what it is and I will deal with it.

I didn't think I did that bad with food and eating, but here I am weighing more again.

Weekly Review: Dec 9 - 15, 2013

Here's this week's recap
Monday
PM Workout: Bike 7.8mi, 15.6mph avg, resistance level 3
Notes:  Really wasn't feeling like working out tonight, but I took it slow and easy and managed an okay ride.

Tuesday
AM Workout:  Treadmill run/walk 2.58mi @ 14:20 per mi
Notes:  Belle had an early morning seizure and didn't want to go back to sleep so I got my workout in early today.

Wednesday
PM Workout:  Elliptical 1mi, resistance level 4, ramp incline 30%
Notes:  Hard workout tonight - my feet wanted to sleep for most of it.  Visited the Dr and of course my weight is up and I need to watch my blood pressure.

Thursday
PM Workout: Treadmill walk 2.2mi @ 14:05 per mi
Notes:  Okay run/walk tonight.  Got my Dopey corral today.

Friday
PM Workout: Treadmill walk 1.65mi @ 19:10 per mi
Notes:  Painful left heel tonight, not fun at all.  Strange because it felt good all day.

Saturday
PM Workout: Treadmill walk 1.9mi @ 15:47 per mi
Notes: Okay walk tonight.  Sleepy all day.

Sunday
PM Workout: Treadmill Miracle Mile 12:07, total 2.49mi @ 14:46 per mi
Notes:  I really had to hustle to get a mile in 12:07, but I did it and that was outside so it felt good.  I know I couldn't do that for very long though.

Weekly Numbers:
Weight Watch: +3.2 pounds
Sigh.

Run/Walk Miles: 10.82
Bike Miles: 7.8
Elliptical Miles: 1.0
TOTAL MILES: 19.62

Monthly Numbers
Run/Walk Miles:  31.53
Bike Miles: 16.4
Elliptical Miles: 1.0
TOTAL MILES: 48.93

Training Notes
My corral for Dopey is M - that means there are three corrals behind me and based on this week, I am sure I'm going to need as much cushion as I can get, especially for the full.

I am sure I'm going to struggle again for these first races this year, but I'll give them my best and hopefully that will be enough to see me through and get that coveted bling!

The doctor mentioned that I need to pay attention to my blood pressure.  Of course, it's always high when I go to the doctor because I don't like doctors - it's nothing against them, it is just that I grew up battling doctors, insurance, and hospitals with my parents and unfortunately, I always expect the worst when I go in a doctor's office.  I know that's not fair, but it is my reality.  Needless to say, I know I'm getting older and I know that my weight is out of control.  I'm not stupid, just lack will power.

Sunday, December 8, 2013

Weekly Review: Dec 2 - 8, 2013

Here's this week's recap
Monday
PM Workout: Bike 8.6mi, 17.3mph avg, resistance level 4
Notes:  Great bike ride and my speed has increased even though I don't feel it.  Feeling stressed and worried all the time.

Tuesday
PM Workout:  Treadmill run/walk 2.13mi @ 14:05 per mi
Notes:  Tired, stressed and grumpy today, still had a good run/walk.

Wednesday
PM Workout:  Treadmill run/walk 2.08mi @ 14:25 per mi
Notes:  Good run/walk - felt really good.  Hoping to start last week's schedule over.

Thursday
PM Workout: Treadmill walk 4.0mi @ 15:15 per mi
Notes:  Got the miles in, but I sort of feel like I'm breaking down mentally and physically.

Friday
PM Workout: Treadmill walk 3.1mi @ 17:08 per mi
Notes:  Ugh, this was all I had tonight.

Saturday
PM Workout: Treadmill run/walk 3.1mi @ 16:08 per mi
Notes: Another failed attempt to get the long miles in.  I just didn't have it in me again today.

Sunday
PM Workout: Treadmill walk 3.1mi @ 17:21 per mi
Notes:  Feeling off today, maybe allergies or a cold or just plain run down.  Decided not to push it.

Weekly Numbers:
Weight Watch: +1.6 pounds
Sigh.

Run/Walk Miles: 17.51
Bike Miles: 8.6
Elliptical Miles: 0.0
TOTAL MILES: 26.11

Monthly Numbers
Run/Walk Miles:  20.71
Bike Miles: 8.6
Elliptical Miles: 0.0
TOTAL MILES: 29.31

Training Notes
Huge sigh...It's been another bad week for me.  I just haven't been feeling good this week and it has really blown my confidence.  This is not how I wanted to go in to my last month of training for Dopey.  That being said - it is where I am and I now have to make the best of the situation I put myself in.

I've really done a disservice to myself with my lack of work on my diet.  I should have been working on that aspect all year and now it is going to bite me in the rear.  Yep, I admit it and take full responsibility.  No one forced me to eat badly and not take control.

So, the next few weeks are going to be telling and I can only hope I can do better and make it through these races!

Monday, December 2, 2013

2013 Disneyland 10K

The alarms went off at 4am and I managed to get myself up and get all my gear on.  I headed out of the room at 4:50am and started walking towards the Disneyland Hotel.  On my way, I sent a text to De'Dee to see if they were still there.  Turns out they were there and they invited me up as they finished getting ready.

We all headed out to the staging area and as we got there the 5K was just getting under way.  De'Dee and Pam were meeting up with the All Ears Team for a picture so I tagged along to take pictures for them.

At 5:45am we headed toward the corrals.  The 10K corrals were set up, but the crowds were unbelievable.  It was almost impossible to move.  Everyone was standing around in a huge crowd not moving.  After what seemed like a long time we made it to the split for the A - C corrals that went right and the D - G corrals that went left.

It was mass confusion, horrible crowds, there was no way the volunteers could check bibs due to the number of participants.  To top it off, the entries to the corrals were so poorly marked that people were just moving the fencing out of the way to get in the corrals they thought were the right ones.

I'm not kidding when I say that it was the worst sort of unorganized madness.  I finally figured out how to get in to my corral (F) and I made my way up as close to the front of the corral as I could, which wasn't very far.

As I looked around all I could see was people in the wrong corral.  I was definitely in corral F, but the majority of the bibs were corral G.  Then outside of the fences there were just so many people that couldn't get in to the corrals.

I just tried to take it in stride, but it was surprising how crazy it was.  Still, in just a few minutes we started moving forward and then we were off!

My legs were a  little stiff when I started, but I was walking and loosening up and then it was time to run.
Wait, there are so many people, how am I going to be able to run?  It was tough and I had to weave a lot to keep any kind of momentum.  Nope, you can prepare for weaving on a treadmill...

The first mile of the race was on the roads and not super exciting, but definitely thick with people.  I finished mile 1 in 14:40 - I was okay with that.  The first water stop had no water cups.  The volunteers had bottles of water, but there were no cups available.  Thankfully I carry water with me because it was hot and humid.

Mile 2 was more of the same - crowds and more weaving.  I was still able to keep to my run/walk intervals though and was feeling okay overall.  Finished mile 2 in 14:23.

On to California Adventure.  It was so nice being in the park, but it did slow me down a bit.  While I have some pictures that make it look empty, there were quite a few bottleneck areas in the park.
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Carsland - so pretty in the morning!

By mile 3 we were headed out of California Adventure.  Mile 3 took 14:53 - see, told you it slowed me down a bit.

At this point, I decided to go ahead and keep pushing today because I was feeling good and I knew I'd pay for it tomorrow.  Also, I knew that it was so hot and humid that it was going to get me tomorrow.

Now we were in Disneyland.  It was so fun being in the parks.  As I headed up Main Street I ran in to Pam and De'Dee.  It was fun to run in to someone I knew, but I was only with them for a little while as I wanted to keep up my run/walk intervals.
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I'm not sure what is so funny, but I think it was just the joy of running down Main Street!

Mile 4 was 14:22.  The crowds were just starting to thin out and I wasn't having to weave as much and I felt like I had breathing room again.
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2013 Disneyland 10K Running Through the Castle

We headed backstage at Disneyland and then we headed back in to the park which was a lot of fun.  Mile 5 was 14:31.  I had to walk a little bit more - some because of crowds, some because I was just wearing down and hot.  We headed out of Disneyland and in to Downtown Disney.  Lots of spectators here and there comes mile marker 6.  Mile 6 was 15:19.

Here comes the end! Yeah, it's almost over.  I cross the finish line.

By my Garmin it was 6.38mi at 14:39 per mile - official time was 6.2mi at 15:03 per mile.  It wasn't as fast as I would have liked, but still better than I've done in a long time.  It was a successful race after major surgery and getting back in to training and I think that's why I was so happy.

At the end I walked forward and got my medal and had my picture taken.

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2013 Disneyland 10K Medal at the Finish

Thank goodness I read the final race instructions the night before because I read that I needed a Dumbo Double Dare wristband, so I walked forward to get my wristband.  Honestly, I like the wristband if it will help runDisney keep tabs on the people that are getting their special medals.

I want to get a bottle of water and guess what - there's no water.  The crowds were lined up and they were trying to unload a truck, but I didn't want to wait.  I did get a Powerade - back to the little bottles.

Then I got in line to get my finisher photo.
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Official Finisher Photo
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2013 Dumbo Double Dare Wristband

Once I got my snack box and banana I sent a text to De'Dee to see how they did and they were just finishing their photos.  I waited in the reunion area and ate my banana.  I was so sweaty - I just felt gross.  We met up and talked and headed back towards our hotels.

I was back in my room by 9am, hit the ice bath, and took a shower.  The rest of the day was just rest and lounging around.
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2013 Disneyland 10K Medal - very cool Alice in Wonderland Theme!
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2013 Disneyland 10K Lanyard

Overall I enjoyed the course, there was a lot of time in the parks which was great.  I saw a good amount of characters along the course, but I was so focused on doing my own thing that I didn't pay a lot of attention to them.

The crowds were so crazy and I was surprised at the disorganization of the corral area.  As I walked around the finish area I heard a lot of people grumpy and grumbling about things.  I heard complaints about the lack of water and crowds and of course the weather (which is out of runDisney's hands).

Still, I was excited to have a new distance and even though I've done so many races, this was my first 10K.  I really like the distance and am glad that it has been included in other upcoming race weekends.  It was also the first race I'd worn a skirt in and I have to say, it wasn't so bad - it would have been even better if it wasn't so hot and I didn't have double layers on.

Sunday, December 1, 2013

Weekly Review: Nov 24 - Dec 1, 2013

Here's this week's recap
Monday
PM Workout: Bike 8.6mi, 17.2mph avg, resistance level 4
Notes:  Good hard bike ride tonight.  Dealing with a lot of stress right now and it's not helping me at all.

Tuesday
PM Workout:  Treadmill run/walk 2.13mi @ 14:05 per mi
Notes:  Good hard run/walk tonight.  Knees have been giving me some issues, but the pain is quick and gone so I just need to watch this.

Wednesday
PM Workout:  Elliptical 1.03mi, resistance level 3, ramp incline 20%
Notes:  Good turn on the elliptical tonight.  Belle is having mini-seizures again, hope they don't get worse.

Thursday
PM Workout: Treadmill run/walk 2.11mi @ 14:41 per mi
Notes:  Good run/walk tonight.  Wore my 5K shirt/pants for January to try them out and they seemed to work okay.

Friday
PM Workout: Treadmill walk 4mi @ 15:47 per mi
Notes:  Good walk, kept it slow and easy, no pain.  Wore my 10K pants tonight to make sure they will work okay.

Saturday
PM Workout: Walk 10mi @ 15:31 per mi
Notes: Yes, I made it outside today and it went pretty well.  The weather was gorgeous and made it easier.  Hard to get the miles in outside in this neighborhood, but I managed today.

Sunday
PM Workout: Treadmill walk 3.2mi @ 16:32 per mi
Notes:  So much for doing 23 miles today.  With a combination of a late start due to work, my own dread and mental fear I just couldn't do the miles today.  I am regretting this horribly, but I will attempt to do a 20 miler next weekend????

Weekly Numbers:
Weight Watch: +1 pounds
Meh.

Run/Walk Miles: 16.17
Bike Miles: 8.6
Elliptical Miles: 1.03
TOTAL MILES: 31.07

Monthly Numbers
Run/Walk Miles:  3.2
Bike Miles: 0.0
Elliptical Miles: 0.0
TOTAL MILES: 3.2

Training Notes
This was supposed to be a good four day test this week.  The first three days went fantastic, but I completely blew it and didn't get the fourth long day in.  It's my own fault - I let work, fear and dread stop me from doing what I know I need to do.  It's stupid, I know and I'll have to see if I can make it up next weekend, but at the very least I can not screw up the last four day test.

I am very worried about the Dopey.  I will do it, I have to do it, I want to do it, but it will not be easy.

I was able to test out my tops and bottoms for the Dopey and I think at least those should all work.  It's always tough finding new brands and types, especially pants, but I think I did pretty good this time.  Did I mention that I am going to theme each of the four races?  I didn't - well, it's true, I decided to have fun with these four races since they are going to kick my rear!

2013 Dumbo Double Dare Expo

I know that lots of people have discussed the Disneyland Half Marathon Weekend Expo, but this was my fifth time doing the Disneyland events so I figured I'd share my thoughts.

I headed out to the Disneyland Hotel around 9am and went straight to the convention center to get in line.  Normally, I get my packet first and then head in to shop for merchandise, but today I decided to switch things up and get merchandise first.  There were lines all over the place and there was still almost an hour before the expo was scheduled to open.

Actually, there were three lines.  One heading downstairs to packet pick-up, one off to the side for the Disney New Balance Shoes, and one for entrance to the expo.  I was shocked by the lines, don't get me wrong the lines at this expo tend to be long, but people were winding all over the place.

As I was waiting I was chatting with a man I met in line and I looked back and just a few people behind me who do I see?  De'Dee and Pam!  De'Dee and I always end up bumping in to each other at the Expos - it is the strangest thing, but so cool to.  This was fun because we had a chance to catch up and chat while we waited in the hot, humid sun.

Finally it was time to head in and we headed straight to the official merchandise area.  Oh my gosh, this place was so crowded.  I've never seen it so crowded, it was truly difficult to move around and find things.  We all split up to go find the things that we wanted.  I have to say that this was a challenge and I struggled to find  the things I wanted. Remember this is literally five minutes after the expo opened and things were already gone.  It was sad to think of all the people that weren't going to get the things they wanted because they weren't there right at opening.

We all met back up and went in search of the end of the line to pay.  We walked, and we walked, and we walked until we were all the way past the speaker area and halfway in to the vendor area.  The line actually went all the way to the vendor area, along the presentation stage, and out in to the lobby where is zigged and zagged until it went back in to the official merchandise area, and zig-zagged some more.  We did finally make it through and get our merchandise.

After the lengthy wait we headed to see if the line for packet pick up was any shorter.  It wasn't any shorter, in fact, it was as long or longer than when the expo opened.  Back in to the expo to poke around the vendors.  Even the vendor area was so crowded that it was tough to walk around and see everything.

While we were walking around an announcement was made that you could sign up for the 2014 Dumbo Double Dare.  I went to check it out and found out that it was only available if you booked a travel package.  Bummer - I totally would have signed up, but I don't want a travel package.

Back out to the check the packet pickup line one more time and it was crazy long and all the way up to the expo area again.  On top of that, the line to get shirts was all the way out to the lobby of the hotel, which was weird because there didn't seem to be any one back at the shirt pickup area.

Since the lines were still so long and it was past lunch time we decided to go and grab a bite to eat.  We ended up at House of Blues since there was only a couple minute wait.  It was a great lunch and a nice break from the hectic atmosphere of the expo.  Did I mention it was well after 1pm when we went to lunch and we still didn't have our packets?

Once we got back to the convention center we were able to head down the ramp to get our bibs.  The lines were short at this point and I got my bib and pins and necklace card quick and easy.  I got my necklace and De'Dee discovered that her credit card was missing and decided it was back at House of Blues.  We grabbed our shirts and headed out to get De'Dee's credit card while Pam waited in line at runner relations.

It was 3:30pm when we all met back up.  I have never taken so long at an expo before and as I mentioned I've done this one four other years and over 30 other runDisney expos.  Normally I come in, get my packet, shop and am done in about an hour and a half.  This was an all day event.

I should also mention that it was so hot and humid this day.  I felt worn out from the heat and humidity and it didn't bode well for the races.
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2013 Disneyland Half Official Program
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2013 Dumbo Double Dare Bib
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2013 Disneyland 10K Tech Shirt
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2013 Disneyland Half Tech Shirt
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2013 Dumbo Double Dare Tech Shirt
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2013 Disneyland 10K Commemorative Pin
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2013 Disneyland Half Commemorative Pin
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2013 Disneyland Half Commemorative Necklace 
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2013 Disneyland Half Vinyl Medal
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2013 Disneyland Half Sweaty Band
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2013 Disneyland Half Bondi Band
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2013 Disneyland Half Magnetized Car Decal
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2013 Disneyland Half Tech Shirt
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2013 Dumbo Double Dare Commemorative Pin
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2013 Dumbo Double Dare Key Chain 
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2013 Dumbo Double Dare Sweaty Band
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2013 Dumbo Double Dare Magnetic Car Decal
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2013 Dumbo Double Dare Tech Shirt Front
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2013 Dumbo Double Dare Tech Shirt Back
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2013 Disneyland 10K T-Shirt
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Little Mermaid Magnet - Did I mention that these were originally put in the goody bag where people were putting their bibs...Not a good plan since magnets tend to make the B Tags not work correctly. Later in the day the volunteers were warning participants to make sure not to place bibs next to the magnet. OOPS!

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