10 miles of bliss

Half Marathon training week 5 has come and gone! We are officially halfway to race day. So sorry that I didn’t post a schedule last week. I was too busy running! That’s no excuse. There may be at least one person who reads this blog and tries to keep up with the training schedule. To that loyal runner and reader, I apologize. Let’s get back on track here in week 6! But first, some great highlights from the past week and a half.

I ran 10 miles!!!! 10.5 to be exact. I could not believe it when Saturday approached and I looked at the training calendar. How did we already make it to the double-digit runs? Time has flown by and yet, Brad and I have not let the training schedule fly by with it. We’ve been scrupulous this year, following every training mile to a tee, and it’s paying off. The added miles are getting easier, the pace is slowly quickening. (Slowly quickening? Jumbo shrimp? Whatever it makes sense to me.)

So there I am on Saturday morning, knowing what challenge lies ahead of me. I intend to get up early and hit the pavement so as not to encounter that evil midday sun. We all know how that goes. But I wake up at 8:00 am with a cat snuggling on my belly and come on, I simply cannot move him. It would be cruel! 

he’s a paperweight for people

So I close my eyes for a few more minutes and before I know it, it’s 11:00am. Looks like it’s going to be a midday run whether I like it or not. I pray for marine layer, or at least a cool breeze. I get up and make a plan for the day.

11:00 – 12:00 slowly get up and get dressed

12:00 – 1:00 fuel up. Lots of carbs and water.

1:00 – 2:00 take a walk down Main Street and burn off some of the carbs so as to avoid a sideache during run.

2:00 – 4:00 RUN!

Steps 1 – 3 go off without a hitch. 2:00 approaches and I’m feeling cautiously optimistic about the impending workout. Like I said, I have notoriously mixed results on these long training runs and today I will be in trouble if I get sick. Brad is out of town so there will be no one to come rescue me if I collapse on the sidewalk in heat exhaustion. I make a couple of promises to myself and I’m certain it’s these promises that make for such a successful run.

1) Don’t worry about speed. Go as slow as you need to, especially in the beginning. Don’t. Worry.

2) Don’t be an idiot. If you start to feel sick or weird, just stop and walk home. Don’t. Be. An. Idiot.

These things may sound obvious but to my stubborn brain they are not. I have before run to the brink of hospitalization so I need to actively remind myself that it’s simply not worth it. What I fear most about running long distances is not that I will get sick or die, it’s that I won’t be able to finish. Kind of twisted, isn’t it? In giving myself permission to fail, and to not finish, I feel the anxiety about the mileage ahead quickly evaporate and I take off on my run, fearlessly.

I want to take you through every moment, but I know I can’t capture them. What I’ll say is this, every moment was full. I ran for two solid hours and I’ve never felt so present and grateful for time. I often spend my running time daydreaming. Not so much on these 10 miles. Or rather, it was a different kind of daydreaming. Rather than imagining far off lands and distant dreams, I was inspired by the land around me. I didn’t listen to any music or podcasts. Didn’t have my ear buds in at all. Just ran in the moment listening to the world around me, occassionally talking to myself, and taking in the beautiful California landscape. 

I started this blog because I originally wanted to write about running and travel. I love to travel. My favorite way to explore a new place is to run in it. It gets in your blood that way. When you run you inhale so much oxygen into your system and your brain releases so many happy endorphins that I believe you literally breathe in the world around you in a deeper way when you run through it as opposed to drive or even walk. I looked out at the sea I ran next to and it looked more beautiful to me than the day before. I looked up at the blue sky and felt the sun seep into my skin. (My spf covered skin. Wear sun screen!) I felt the sea breeze blow across my face and was incredibly grateful for its cool kiss. I let myself off the hook for running fast and I freed myself from the fear of getting sick, and in return I got the most exhilarating two hours to myself that I will draw upon whenever I feel overwhelmed or anxious. I’ll remember back to that Saturday run that it was just me and my breath and the pavement and the sky.

I finished strong. Achy and THIRSTY, to be sure, but strong. 10.5 miles of presence. 10.5 miles of bliss.

Some survival tips for a long run. Before I left for breakfast I filled both of my belt bottles with water and stuck them in the freezer. That way I was ensured ice cold water for almost the entire 10 miles. I know there are trainers out there who will caution against drinking ice water when you’re exerting so much energy. It can be a shock to the system but it’s also a lifesaver if you start to overheat. For me, I’m all about ice water. I also made sure to wear my hat which kept the midday sun out of my eyes and off my scalp. And last but not least, sun screen. So crucial. The last thing you want is burned skin after a long hard run. First because it’s just plain bad for you. Cancer anyone!? Second because your body is going to be so heated after your workout and burned skin will make it that much harder for your body temp to come down. Not to mention how uncomfortable you’ll be. Don’t think twice. Just wear screen.

At the end of this post I’ll list the training schedule for both the Half Marathon runners and those on the Couch-to-5k™ program for this week. But first, I wanted to share some photos with you. This is why I love where I live. Look where I get to run!

the view from mile 3 out of 10
the mighty pacific
the most beautiful sunset i’ve ever seen

And here’s the schedule for this week:

Half Marathon

  • Monday – 4 miles
  • Wednesday – 5 miles
  • Thursday – 4 miles
  • Saturday – 11 miles

Family Fun Run 5k

  • Monday – Brisk five-minute warmup walk, then:
    • Jog 1/2 mile (or 5 minutes)
    • Walk 1/4 mile (or 3 minutes)
    • Jog 3/4 mile (or 8 minutes)
    • Walk 1/4 mile (or 3 minutes)
    • Jog 1/2 mile (or 5 minutes)
  • Wednesday – Brisk five-minute warmup walk, then:
    • Jog 1 mile (or 10 minutes)
    • Walk 1/4 mile (or 3 minutes)
    • Jog 1 mile (or 10 minutes)
  • Friday – Brisk five-minute warmup walk, then:  jog 2-1/4 miles (or 22 minutes) with no walking.

Do you have a blissful running moment to share? Write them in the comments below and inspire us all!

Happy Running!

half marathon training: week 4

Really hard to believe we’re already 4 weeks in to training for this race, and we’re staring down an 8 mile run this Saturday! It’s been quite a while since I’ve run 8 miles. Looking forward to seeing how it goes. My goal for Saturday’s run is to get it in early. Really early. Even though it’s Saturday, I’d like to be done by 9:30 am. That means I’ll need to start running around 8:00. We’ll see how that goes. This has been a tough week at work and I’m feeling pretty sleep deprived, but all one can do is strive. Here’s the training schedule for this week:

Half Marathon:

  • Monday – 3 miles (hopefully you did that yesterday or Monday. Sorry to get these schedules out so late in the week!)

  • Tuesday – rest

  • Wednesday – (that’s today!) 5 miles

  • Thursday – 3 miles

  • Friday – rest

  • Saturday – 8 miles

  • Sunday – rest

5k:

  • Monday: Brisk five-minute warmup walk, then:

    • Jog 1/4 mile (or 3 minutes)

    • Walk 1/8 mile (or 90 seconds)

    • Jog 1/2 mile (or 5 minutes)

    • Walk 1/4 mile (or 2-1/2 minutes)

    • Jog 1/4 mile (or 3 minutes)

    • Walk 1/8 mile (or 90 seconds)

    • Jog 1/2 mile (or 5 minutes)

  • Wednesday: Brisk five-minute warmup walk, then:

    • Jog 1/4 mile (or 3 minutes)

    • Walk 1/8 mile (or 90 seconds)

    • Jog 1/2 mile (or 5 minutes)

    • Walk 1/4 mile (or 2-1/2 minutes)

    • Jog 1/4 mile (or 3 minutes)

    • Walk 1/8 mile (or 90 seconds)

    • Jog 1/2 mile (or 5 minutes)

  • Friday or Saturday: Brisk five-minute warmup walk, then:

    • Jog 1/4 mile (or 3 minutes)

    • Walk 1/8 mile (or 90 seconds)

    • Jog 1/2 mile (or 5 minutes)

    • Walk 1/4 mile (or 2-1/2 minutes)

    • Jog 1/4 mile (or 3 minutes)

    • Walk 1/8 mile (or 90 seconds)

    • Jog 1/2 mile (or 5 minutes)

Thar she be! Don’t forget you can move the days around as needed, but try to keep the pattern of workout days to rest days relatively consistent. Have a great week everyone!

Let everyone know how your training process is going in the comments below.

half marathon training: week 3

We’re already in week 3 of training for the Disneyland Half Marathon and Family Fun Run 5k. I get more and more excited as the days go by! Here is the schedule for this week:

Half Marathon

Mon – 3 miles

Tue – Rest

Wed – 4 miles

Thu – 3 miles

Fri – Rest

Sat – 6 miles

Sun – Rest

Family Fun Run 5K (This week is different from previous weeks so read closely)

Monday – Brisk five-minute warm-up walk, then do two repetitions of the following:

  • Jog 200 yards (or 90 seconds)
  • Walk 200 yards (or 90 seconds)
  • Jog 400 yards (or 3 minutes)
  • Walk 400 yards (or three minutes)

Wednesday – Brisk five-minute warmup walk, then do two repetitions of the following:

  • Jog 200 yards (or 90 seconds)
  • Walk 200 yards (or 90 seconds)
  • Jog 400 yards (or 3 minutes)
  • Walk 400 yards (or three minutes)

Thursday – Brisk five-minute warmup walk, then do two repetitions of the following:

  • Jog 200 yards (or 90 seconds)
  • Walk 200 yards (or 90 seconds)
  • Jog 400 yards (or 3 minutes)
  • Walk 400 yards (or three minutes)

 

Tips for the week:

  1. It’s ok to move the training days around. Ideally you should keep the same pattern of workout days to rest days, but if you miss Monday and need to run on Tuesday instead, go for it. Don’t just not run because you missed a day. Adjust your schedule to get in as much of the week’s suggested training runs as possible. Or if you’re never free to run on Saturdays, make your long runs on Sundays instead. You catch my drift. HOWEVER, if you get really behind I would caution against doing 4 days in a row of training. That could lead to injury and set you way back. Let the day or days you missed go and vow to be more on top of it next week.
  2. I mentioned morning runs before and how beneficial (albeit annoying) they are. This week, let’s make at least one workout start at or before 7:00 am. We can do it!
  3. Try sprints at the end of your run. It’s a great way to build up overall speed and endurance. About a quarter of a mile before you finish, start to pick up the pace. As Brad says, start to let go. Don’t hold yourself back. Let your muscles release and your feet fly. It seems counter-intuitive but the more you release the faster you’ll run. Think speed, relax into it, fly. By the time you finish you should be completely out of breath, totally uncomfortable, and you should feel the skin of your face jiggling in all kinds of funny ways. You very well may have some drool spraying out from your jiggling lips so keep your distance from your running partner 🙂 

 

Are you training for a half marathon? What kind of training plan are you on? Any tips for fellow runners? Tahiti readers would love to hear feedback from some other runners out there, so feel free to leave some comments and share your training tips.

Have a great week runners!

if you want to go faster, you have to speed up

Sounds obvious doesn’t it? Somehow it isn’t. Somehow I carry on with these lofty ideas that I’ll cut my time by 15 minutes this year, judging by my progress, by sheer will alone. The truth is if I want to excel I have to fracking speed up! This translates into all areas of my life. I tell myself I’m going to lose weight, I’m going to get my reel done, I’m going to get representation, I’m going to have a career. What I repeatedly overlook is that you have to actually do the work it takes to get those things. Willing them will not make them so. Maybe it’s enough for some people but I can tell that I’m just not that lucky. I have to do the work. I’m going to use the opportunity to run faster at this year’s Disneyland Half Marathon as an opportunity to kick my butt into high gear, and put my money where my mouth is, in ALL areas of my life. First, time to speed up.

I owe this minor revelation partly to myself, and partly to my friend Chris who I ran with this morning. We ran 4 miles and he is naturally quite a bit faster than me so it was a great challenge. Forced me to pick up the pace. When we were done I was telling him my plans to cut down my half marathon time by 15 minutes this year. He quickly replied “and how many weeks do you have?”

“9 weeks,” I told him.

“You better start speeding up.”

“I have time,” I reassured myself him. Then it dawned on me, he’s totally right. I BETTER start speeding up. I always tell myself that I have time but then I fall into my comfort zone and enjoy my leisurely 11 minute mile. True progress involves being in a constant state of slight discomfort. I’m far too comfortable. I’m going to wake up tomorrow and it’s going to be September 1st and time will have run out. I can’t just wish for progress to happen, I have to run faster. Again, sounds obvious, but this was an aha moment.

He then proceeded to break it down for me in mathematical terms. Essentially I’m going to focus one short run a week on cutting my time by at least 5 – 10 minutes. If I can do that then slowly but surely as my runs get longer it should even out and I will cut significant time off my total half marathon. I have to do this.

The other factor that’s really going to start speeding things up is the loss of the weight. I had an aha moment regarding this yesterday as well. Brad was showing me his brand new scuba diving weights he’d just bought. They are two pounds each. He threw one my way and as I caught it, my whole arm fell to the floor with the weight of the catch. I was amazed at how heavy two measly little pounds felt. The lightbulb went off. Holy crap. If I ran with this thing in my pocket, I would definitely notice it. I would definitely slow down. The truth is, I AM running with those weights only they’re not in my pocket. They’re on my ass, and my arms, and my thighs. I realized in that moment that if I lost just two pounds off my frame it would make a significant difference. Imagine how 10 pounds would change my speeed! 15! This must happen. This is a key component to speeding up. I can’t run with excess scuba weights in my pockets.

gross! don’t you love the pink flower they’ve added to improve the image?

The thing is… I have a need… a need for speed 🙂 I want to be fast like lightning. I want to feel the wind whip through my hair. I want the world around me to feel like a blur. Maybe that’s a bit of an exaggeration but I want to finish fast. More than anything though, I want to get out of this horrible habit of wishing for things and not making them come true. It’s not enough to wish. It’s enough to wish AND act. Time to take action.

Plus, you never know when you’re going to be chased by enemy flying saucers through the jungle. When that happens, I want to run like this kid. Talk about running inspiration.

running, it’s in the family

The running bug has bitten a new victim. After months of subtle brainwashing convincing, I have brought my mom into the runDisney fold. She has taken up running during the past year, at first not believing she would be able to run a mile. Then when she ran a mile, she didn’t think she could run a 5k. Then when she ran a 5k, wondering if she’d be able to run a 10k. Then she ran 9 miles, and now she’s been wondering if she could run a half marathon. Well I say she can, so I signed her up! My mom and I will be running the Tinker Bell Half Marathon in January of 2013. This race allows runners to sign up as 2 person teams. I introduce to you…

TEAM DRAMA DARLINGS

half marathon training: day 4

Wish I could come up with some more clever titles for these training entries but I just want to be sure that you’re easily keeping track of the days that are devoted to training. So for now: “Half Marathon Training: Day 4”. For both 5k trainers and half marathon trainers, today marks the last training day of week 1; so if you make it through your workout today, CONGRATULATIONS! You made it through one week! Only 9 more to go 🙂 Here’s what we’ve got:

Half Marathon: run or run/walk 4 miles. Doesn’t matter how long it takes you. Don’t stop ’til you get to 4.

5K: Brisk five-minute warmup walk. Then alternate 60 seconds of jogging and 90 seconds of walking for a total of 20 minutes. Contrary to the Half Marathoners, doesn’t matter how FAR you get, just make sure you don’t stop until you finish 20 minutes.

That’s it! We’re heading out right now to get our 4 miles in. Brad and I are running today on the beach. He claims it’s low tide. We’ll see about that….

 

Half marathon training: day 2 & 3

Good morning runners! Ready to tackle day 3 of official half marathon training? I can’t hear yooouu… was that a resounding yes? Good. That’s the response I’m looking for. Actually for you 5k trainers this is your day 2, since you’re only going to run 3 times a week. So here’s what we’ve got on the menu today:

Half marathon: 3 miles. Doesn’t matter how long it takes, or if you employ a run-walk-run method. Don’t stop until you get to 3.

5k: Brisk 5 minute warm-up walk. Then alternate 60 seconds of jogging with 90 seconds of walking. Do this for a total of 20 minutes + the 5 minute warm-up. Remember that for right now it doesn’t matter how far you go, it just matters that you keep going for all 25 minutes.

Easy as pie. Miraculously Brad and I got up this morning and got our run in before work. That is completely rare. Must be a sign of good things to come. I would suggest that you do your training runs early in the morning as much as possible. The reason being twofold. One: it’s nice to get it out of the way before unexpected meetings or late nights at the office sabotage your schedule. Two: (and this is even more important) because the actual half marathon and 5k start at 6:00am. The more you train your body to exercise that early, the better you’ll perform on race day. Muscles and breath capacity are very different in the morning when you’ve just woken up. Get them used to the early bird shock.

That’s all for now friends. You’ll probably be hearing from me again later today. I’ve got some running smartphone app reviews I want to put out there. There’s just so much to write about!

half marathon training: day 1

I just wrote an entire blog entry for today and somehow, some way, before I hit publish, WordPress deleted it! Without saving a draft! Major epic fail WordPress. Just wanted to get that frustration out. And now I’m going to use it to prove a point. When I realized my entire entry for the day was no where to be found, I wanted to turn off my computer and walk away. Screw it. I’m not writing that again. Forget this. I’ll do it tomorrow. BUT, I decided not to let the immediate obstacle in my environment control me and I decided to prevail. I decided not to give up. I decided to pick up my keyboard from the corner of the room from whence I’d thrown it, and write again. Because that is what training is all about. Not giving up. 

The philosophical correlation between what just happened on my computer and beginning to train for a half marathon may have been stretch, but humor me people. I have to make some lemonade from these lemons or I’m just going to keep throwing my keyboard against the wall. Go with it.

What I wrote before WordPress sabotaged me was that… it’s the first day of Disneyland Half Marathon training! Hurray! It’s the moment we’ve all been waiting for. If you still have an inkling of uncertainty as to whether you are going to go through with training to run 13.1 miles or 3.1 miles, depending on whether you’re running the half marathon or the 5K, decide now. Commit. The time to question and deliberate is over. If you’re still wondering whether or not you’ll be able to do it, you will. You can. You just need to jump in. Stop thinking about it too much. Stop it! Join the brigade and… just do it.

If you need more of a nudge, allow me. Here’s the number one reason to begin training with me today: it’s fun. With each ounce of anxiety about whether you can complete the steps along the way comes double the elation when you actually do. You will start to look forward to the time carved out for yourself to run. You will count down the days until you get to prove to yourself that you can do pretty much anything. And, let’s get serious, probably even more than that you’ll count down the days that you get to go to DISNEYLAND! The countdown begins today. 67 days until race day. Here’s today’s schedule:

Half Marathon: 3 miles. However long it takes you doesn’t matter. Just get a 3 mile run or run/walk in.

I’m going to put those of you training for the Family Fun Run on the Couch-to-5K® schedule. This is a streamlined and fantastic program for beginning runners. You can read all of the details of this great running program on its official website, right here. They also have a running app to accompany the schedule, so make sure you download that. It’s available for both iOS and Android. Beware, there are many Couch-to-5K® impersonators. The real one is made by a company called Cool Running and is distributed through Active.com.

Here is the day 1 workout for those on the 5K training plan:

Brisk five-minute warm-up walk. Then alternate 60 seconds of jogging and 90 seconds of walking for a total of 20 minutes.

I subscribe to Jeff Galloway’s philosophy regarding stretching. Don’t do it. Sounds crazy, I know, but I do believe what he says it’s true. Stretching immediately before or after you run puts your muscles and joints at a higher risk for injury. Better to warm up with a few minutes of jumping jacks. Get your muscles warm. Don’t overextend them. If you do decide to stretch, do it on your rest days, and take it easy.

Some other thought:

1) Need more motivation to go through with it? Read this

2) Need to be reminded of the training schedule? Read this

3) Decided previously that you couldn’t do it so you didn’t sign up, but now think you might have it in you? Try this

Now get running!

Would love your feedback in the comments below. Are you excited/anxious/eager to begin training? Have you ever run a race before? Any advice for newbies that you’d like to share?

it’s the most wonderful time of the year… it’s training time!!

It’s getting to be my favorite time of year. The sun is getting hot, the ocean is getting warm just above freezing, the camping gear is coming out of storage, it’s almost my birthday, and most importantly… official training for the Disneyland Half Marathon is about to begin! I love training. Not only does it get me in great shape and push me to achieve new goals, but it acts as a physical countdown to one of the best events on the yearly calendar, Disneyland Half Marathon Weekend. This marks the third year Brad and I will participate in this event and it’s going to be the best yet. I’ve got my mom and Dennis signed up for the 5K, AND my brother will be there to cheer us on! I’ve promised myself two things: that I’ll cut at least 15 minutes off of my total time, and that I’ll help train anyone who needs guidance via this blog. So here we go! Let the training begin!

First of all,  a few quick thoughts about my philosophy on training for a race.

1) I am not a certified trainer. Any advice, guidance or plans that I offer are based solely on my own personal experience with running. You should definitely consult with a certified trainer or physician if you have concerns about how running may affect your health.

2) I love Jeff Galloway. I subscribe to many philosophies of his. I, however, do not personally practice the Run-Walk-Run method. I think it’s a brilliant method that works for a lot of people, but it’s just not for me. At least, not at this point in my running life. If you think the Run-Walk-Run method would be more right for you, you can learn more about it here. It’s really changed my Mom’s life, if you ask me. She was not a runner before at all, then she started the Jeff Galloway program and now she’s finishing 6 miles and more! So proud of her! So if you want to Run-Walk-Run, get a schedule from Jeff, and then head back here to Running to Tahiti for lots of other training tips 🙂

3) Have fun. Running should never be a punishment. It should be hard. It should be challenging, it should push you to your max, but not punish you. You should feel great about yourself after every training run. Some days you will feel wiped out, but still incredibly accomplished. If you don’t, you might be pushing yourself too hard or doing something that is negatively affecting your performance. Don’t do that! If you find that to be the case as you are training, contact me. Get to know the difference between good pain and bad pain. Let me know what’s causing you difficulty and we’ll try and figure out how to get you back on the path of enjoying yourself.

Those are the main bullet points I wanted to hit before we all begin training. Aren’t you excited??? Brad and I DEFINITELY are…

Today I’m going to get started on the Half Marathon Training. Next week I’ll talk about training for the Family Fun Run 5k. 

Here’s the skinny of what our training schedule will look like for all you half marathon runners out there. I employ a 10 week training plan. I think anything longer than that is too long. You’ll get burnt out by the time you get to the race. That being said, you should not go from having never run 1 mile to starting the 10 week training schedule. No no no no. You should be able to run a solid 3 miles without, as I like to say, feeling like you’re going to die. This is very important. It’s okay if you’re winded and tired, but your recovery time should only be about 1 minute. If it’s taking 5-10 minutes to recover from a 3 mile run, you need to keep hitting the treadmill until you bring up that endurance before we begin training. Got it? Any questions? Moving on.

Official training begins on Monday, June 25th. Here is the calendar from that point on:

10-Week Half Marathon Training Schedule
Week Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun Total
1 3 Rest 3 3 Rest 4 Rest 13
2 3 Rest 4 3 Rest 5 Rest 15
3 3 Rest 4 3 Rest 6 Rest 16
4 3 Rest 5 3 Rest 8 Rest 19
5 3 Rest 5 3 Rest 10 Rest 21
6 4 Rest 5 4 Rest 11 Rest 24
7 4 Rest 6 4 Rest 12 Rest 26
8 4 Rest 5 4 Rest 9 Rest 22
9 3 Rest 4 3 Rest 8 Rest 18
10 3 Rest 3 Walk 2 Rest 13.1

RACE DAY!

Rest 21.1

I’ve used this schedule for the past two years and I love it. It’s really worked for me. I’ve finished 2 half marathons using this training schedule and you know what they say, if it ain’t broke… so I’m going to be using it again this year. Print it out, bookmark this page, enter it into your phone, tape it to your forehead, whatever you need to do. You’ll need to keep track of this schedule. I’ll post what we should be running on a daily basis, but make sure you have your own copy of this calendar in a place you’ll look at it all the time. It will remind you of what you’ve challenged yourself to do. It will motivate you. It will excite you. It’s like a Christmas countdown Advent calendar, minus the chocolate. And to give credit where credit is due, I did not invent this schedule. I found it on this running website and I love it.

As you can see we start the first week off with easy 3s, and finish on Saturday with a 4.  So take heed to what I said earlier. Make sure you can run an easy breezy 3 miles before we begin officially training. It will really propel you into the process. If you start from a place where 3 miles is a huge challenge, the entire training block is going to feel like a brutal uphill battle. If you listen to what I say and get 3 relatively painless miles under your belt before June 25th, you will be propelled into the 10 weeks of training like a slingshot. It really makes a difference.

That’s all for today friends! Please let me know your thoughts. Do you have any questions? Are you excited to start training???

back in disneyland already? or, a running dare for 2012!

Before I ever got the chance to post last year’s video of the Disneyland Half Marathon or even write about anything other than gummy bears, the time has come to sign up for THIS year’s race. Insane. I can’t believe how quickly time has flown. Admittedly, it seems the race sells out faster and faster every year so the advance sign-up window gets shorter and shorter. Registration opened just under one month ago and it’s already 80% full. The race is in September. That’s insane. Really what it is, is a testament to how much fun everyone has year after year at this event. Everyone is hooked. The secret is out. The Disneyland Half Marathon just might be the most fun you will have all year. So sign up why don’t ya? 

The running fever is spreading. I’ve got my mom hooked. She and Dennis are already signed up for the Family Fun Run 5K the day before the big race. I tried my best to convince her to take on the Half Marathon but I’ll have to keep working on her. Let’s see, who else has the running bug? I listen to a Disneyland fan podcast called Mousetalgia and all 4 hosts of the show have vowed to run the 5k. One of them actually did the Tinkerbell Half just a few weeks ago and I’m hoping she’ll sign up for the Dland Half as well. That’s how it works. It’s like an addiction. After every long race you think you won’t have it in you to train and do it all over, and suddenly a few weeks later you’ve got the itch again. Can I beat my time? How much further can I go? How can I push myself even more? Where’s my limit? Do I have a limit? It’s in our nature as humans and dreamers. We don’t like limits. The point is, this whole RunDisney thing is getting big. More and more people are lacing up their sneaks and hitting the running trails. More and more people are embracing their inner Disney geek, and I couldn’t be happier. Disney and running. Best combination since peanut butter and jelly. 

So this post is a little bit of a plea, sort of, kind of, not really. Let’s make it competitive. Let’s make this a dare. I want you to sign up with us. I want you to run this race. I guarantee you that at the end of it all, no matter how hard it hurts, no matter how many times you want to quit, no matter how many times you curse my name, you will feel better about yourself than you could ever imagine crossing that finish line. And if you don’t think I’m talking to you, I am, I’m talking to YOU. The Half Marathon is going to be a party, once again, and you don’t want to miss out. 

If you reeeeeally think you can’t quite take on 13.1, I’ll make you a second wager. Could you do a 5k? Perhaps you think the answer is no. Sign up anyway. The 5k is a fun run. Not timed, not super competitive. It’s fun. It’s so fun! You don’t even have to run. You can walk, you can run/walk, you can even push a stroller, so bring the baby. I’m telling you, you will thank me. If you are at ALL a Disney fan, and if you have ANY desire to get healthy this year, this is your opportunity. Sign up. You will have something to look forward to all year and you will feel awesome about yourself. Yes it’s somewhat expensive, but look at what you’re getting in return? Tell me, if you didn’t lay down the dough to run a race in Disneyland, would you hold yourself to the same level of accountability to work out and train? Probably not. Look at it as in investment. Are you willing to forego a few family trips to the movies, or a few nights out at fancy restaurants, to invest in your health? The answer should be yes.

I will help cut your costs. I will train you… for free. How will I do that? This blog. Every week I will post a training plan for both the 5k and the Half Marathon. I’ll post tips about avoiding injury, eating for energy, and staying motivated. I’ll give you a running schedule. If you live in L.A. you can even come run with me on the weekends. It will be awesome/easy. 

So that’s my dare to all of you. Run this race with Brad and me. This will be our 3rd year, and I’m already feeling amazing about how this year in running is shaping up, and it’s only February. I’ve got oodles of more time on my hands, just did 6.5 miles yesterday at record speed. I’m in it to win it. Against myself anyway. Personal record here I come. I’m saying it right here and now, I plan on taking at least 15 minutes off of my time. Wowzah! Yep. I can do it. Who’s with me? Both the Half Marathon and the 5k will likely sell out by the end of the month so don’t over think this. Just do it, as they say. Let’s make Labor Day weekend a giant party to celebrate our health, personal goals, dreams, and accomplishments all topped off with that special touch of Disney magic. You are invited. RSVP here