Oh yes, I was doing week in review posts

Not a terrible fitness week, all in all.

After last weekend’s running/biking/kayaking extravaganza, my back was super sore.  So I avoided the weights for much of the week.  Not ideal, but my back is feeling a lot better, so next week should be better.

I missed one mid-week run due to a scheduling issue.  Unfortunately, that meant no speedwork for the week.  While I don’t expect to be any sort of a speed demon at the marathon in January, I do have two half marathons this fall as well as two ten mile races. Last year, I nearly missed the cutoff point for the Army Ten Miler, not because I was slow but because they have a 9:35 am cutoff at mile 5.  It took a while for me to get across the start, and I didn’t realize how close I was to the cutoff.  This year’s plan is to run hard for the first five miles, then slow down.  Not the ideal race strategy, but I’ll do what I have to so I can stay on the course.

This week, I also got my bike adjusted, which is a great feeling.  Didn’t get a chance to ride it due to the weather (unless the rain clears up this afternoon – fingers crossed).

Total miles run – 17.6

Total miles biked – 0

Days lifted – 1

Can’t complain.  As my mid-week runs step up, I’m thinking I’m going to have to start getting up even earlier.  As Betsy likes to say, there’s something about getting up at an hour that starts with 4 that just sounds awful.  But it will be worth it, even if it means going to bed at an hour that starts with 8.


You Can Do This!

As I have posted before, I like looking at the search terms people use to find my site.

And it looks like there are a lot of people signed up for upcoming races who are worried about finishing.

“Is there shame in the sag wagon for Tinkerbell”

“What if I don’t finish the race”

Don’t think like that!  YOU WILL FINISH!  You can do this!  Think positive.

First off, if you’re the person running Tinker Bell, that race is in January.  You have plenty of time to train!  Get out there and get running.  It’s a half marathon, so find a half marathon plan that has you run at least one long run of ten miles (or more – but ten is plenty).  Will you do all the training runs?  Probably not.  I don’t know that I know anyone who has set up a training plan and stuck to every single run.  Life happens!  Get in the long runs and believe in yourself and you will be fine.

The key here is to do your best.  Is there shame in ending up on the sag wagon (meaning that you’ve fallen behind pace and been picked up and transported to the finish).  Absolutely not.  It’s sad, and I know I would be bawling if it happened to me.  But it happens.  Even the best laid plans sometimes fall apart.  People get injured during races.  People get sick before the race.  These things happen.  And there is no shame.

Now, I’ve talked about the idea of taking a medal even though you don’t finish the whole race.  To summarize – I don’t like it.  Yes, you trained.  Yes, you paid the money.  But it’s a finisher’s medal.  If it weren’t, the race organizers would hand it out at packet pickup.  But that is your choice.  Personally, I would want something good to come out of my bad experience so if it were a runDisney race, I would take the medal and then sell it on eBay (there are Disney collectors out there who don’t care that it was a race – they want everything Disney) and then I would donate the money to a charity.

But you know what?  You’re not going to have to worry about that.  You’re going to earn that medal.  You’re going to cross the finish line.

The fear of not being able to finish is familiar to a lot of runners.  During my first half marathon, the 2010 Disneyland Half Marathon, I wasn’t convinced that I could do it until I hit mile ten and realized that I had well over an hour to finish within the 3:30 time limit.  At that moment, I teared up.  I knew that I could run 3.1 miles in an hour.  I could walk 3.1 miles in an hour.  I was going to finish.

And that first finish… it’s a beautiful moment.  It’s an amazing sense of accomplishment, and if you’ve never experienced it, I am so excited for you to finally have that feeling.

I admit it.  I am terrified of my first marathon coming up in January.  I’m crazy excited, but I’m scared.  I’ve never run more than 14 miles.  But I have a training plan and I’m going to stick to it as best I can.  I’m scared something will happen and I won’t get the (beautiful) medal.  But I have to stay confident.  Sure, I’ll have moments of doubt.   But I know I will have a moment during the race where I realize I will finish and I know that I will cry when I cross the finish line.  I can’t wait.

You’ve got this and you can do it.  We can do it.

What did I just do?

Yesterday, an email went out.  An email with a promo for Disney Visa cardholders.  We could sign up for 2013 Disney Marathon Weekend with a discount ($15 off the half and full, $30 off Goofy).

And I did it.

I signed up for my first marathon.

And now I am terrified.

It was funny, actually.  As I was filling out the form, my heart was racing.  What in the world am I doing?  Can I actually do this?

After all the testing I underwent with my weird heart and having to slow down my running permanently, I said that I would never do a marathon, that I was destined to be a half marathoner.   But then I talked to some friends.  Friends who said “We want to get the 20th Anniversary Medal.”  Friends who plan to run nice and slow, with a 1:1 run/walk pattern.  Friends who just want to finish under 7 hours and who believe that if one person has to give up on the run and just walk, then everyone walks.

And I thought “I can do this.”  If my heart rate gets too high, I can just walk.  These friends understand what I go through and that I have to make sure that my heart rate stays in check.  They don’t make fun of me for my slow speed.  And they will be there with me every step of the way.

So maybe I can do this.  I have to admit, no matter how this goes, I don’t see myself signing up for any marathons other than Disney.  But I’m very excited at the thought of finishing my first marathon hand in hand with wonderful friends.

Disney recap

I think I have finally recovered from vacation.  At least enough to write about vacation and post a few pictures.

The first part of my trip was at Walt Disney World in Orlando, FL.  I love that place.  I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been there, but it really never gets old.  We went during the Flower and Garden Festival, which meant lots of Disney topiaries.




But of course, it also meant lots of great traditional Disney sights as well.  The weather wasn’t quite perfect – it rained a bit just about every day, but that kept temperature and the crowds down a bit.  I can’t say that the rain ever ruined part of the day.  Plus it was funny to see all those kids in plastic covered strollers.  I understand the practicality and necessity, but the kids just looked like they were being wheeled around in little boxes.

We ate at a bunch of great restaurants, but one big favorite was Raglan Road, a little Irish Pub over near Pleasure Island.  So delicious.

Having been there makes me want to consider training for the Disney Marathon again.  Of course, I’ve not really been running much as of late, but I keep coming back to that marathon as one that I want to do “someday.”  I think we might be talking doing it in 2010.  Which is far away.  And yet I still should get out and start running again.