Thursday, October 25, 2012

My BIG NEWS!!!

After calming down from yesterday's tech meltdown, I'm ready to share my big news with the 3 people who read my blog, who are also most likely my Facebook friends and already know my big news...

I am running my first HALF MARATHON
in February 2013!!!

I just realized my last post on running was preparing for my first 5K and here I am, 4 months later announcing to the interwebs my plan for a half marathon. Talk about a giant leap! I am simply smitten with the sport and am excited (and a little scared) to be at this phase of my own little game.

The half marathon is the Disney Princess Half Marathon set for Sunday, February 24, 2013 at Disney World Resort, 119 days from today. Yup, I'm 40 years old running in a Princess race.

I am running with my running partner and our training has already begun. We are following the Jeff Gallows training provided by Disney, a 22-week program. I am learning so much from this experience and want to be able to share it here in hopes that it can help a beginner runner just like me.

Our goal for the half marathon is to finish, plain and simple. Disney does have a strict pace requirement so we do have to be mindful of our pace. Our goal is 12 minutes per mile. I never said we were fast. =) Naturally, if through the course of the training our pace improves I'd be ecstatic! But intentionally improving our pace is not a focus. Our focus is endurance, mileage, running 13.1 miles.

Our training involves 2 maintenance runs a week at 4 miles each and 1 long run a week. The long run's mileage goes up by 10% every week to where eventually we will run a full 14 miles. I will elaborate on the adjustments made to the Jeff Gallows training in an upcoming post.

I also plan to ramble on about
  • Nutrition. Believe it or not, there's not a lot of concrete info out there!
  • Recovery routine.
  • My ability to pick worthless heart rate monitors.
  • Other running equipment.
  • Running apps.
  • Energy gels and fuel belt reviews.
  • Random Disney Princess experiences.
  • and I need a Princess costume!
So stay tuned!

Now for a little catch up...

We ran our first 5K on July 4, 2012 at the Watermelon 5K in Winter Park, FL. Our time was 36.38 minutes which made our pace 11.47. We made a rookie mistake and had no other race lined up. That, along with the Florida Summer heat, we found little motivation to run. It wasn't till mid-August or so that I started getting serious again. I could fill this entire blog with posts on running in the summer but I'll save that for another day.


Here's me, my awesome supportive hubby and my running partner
at the Watermelon 5K on July 4, 2012

And just a few weeks ago on October 14 we ran the U Can Finish UCF 5 miler here in Orlando. My finish time was 1:02:53 with a pace of 12:34:6. Sadly, my running partner's knee gave out and despite her unimaginable pain, we walked most of the last mile and a half or so. But we FINISHED!

Here we are at the finish line of the U Can Finish 5 Miler at UCF

I am so thankful to have a place to share my journey and to hopefully help others along. Never would I have thought that at age 40 I'd pick up something as physically and mentally challenging as running. It goes to show that if you put your mind to it, anything is possible. And if you are not a runner and made it this far, I really appreciate you reading.

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