Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Race Recap: Tower of Terror 10M

This post is seriously overdue!  Since you probably don't remember, here is the link to my expo recap from Tower of Terror.

Tower of Terror 10M
October 4, 2014

This race was so long ago, that honestly, I don't even know where to start with the recap.  I'm sure at this point I've forgotten some points, so I'll just try and share what I do remember.  And pictures!  Can't forget the pictures!

The race starts right outside Hollywood Studios.  The weather was excellent for the race, not too hot, which was something I was worried about.

Similar to the morning races, we had to walk a bit to get to the start line, so we got in the corrals early.  I was in Corral A and made some friends while killing time.  Gotta love runners!

The start line was decorated and they had a DJ there to help keep the runners entertained. 

The race started promptly on time and since I was in Corral A, I didn't have to wait long.  The course is a pretty simple out and back from Hollywood Studio's to Animal Kingdom and back (but you don't actually go into AK).

The first character stop was on the to Animal Kingdom was Jafar.  No line, so I stopped for a quick photo!

After a quick jaunt though the AK parking lot, we headed back towards Hollywood Studio's (via World Wide of Sports).  They did have the hyena's from The Lion King out and I stopped for a photo, but it didn't come out.  The night races do have issues for me with the flash.  I never knew how to set the flash. 

Next we saw the Red Queen from Alice. 

Causing trouble?  Who me?

Continuing along the way to WWOS, we next saw Dr Facilier from Princess and the Frog.  Some issues with the flash again!

Freaking flash picture

Heading on the dirt trail into WWOS wasn't too bad.  I know in the past people had said it was dark, but I thought they had it well lite.  Glad to hear they heard the runners feedback!

On the way there, they had out Captain Hook and the Hag.  Love Captain Hook and you never see the Hag out, so had to stop for them!

Need a hand?
Can I have a bite?

Inside WWOS they had a good variety of characters out, so that was nice!  Grave diggers, Stitch and the Big Bad Wolf.

Should I be scared?
Hang ten Stitch!
I'm not afraid of the Big Bad Wolf!
After WWOS, the course takes us back to Hollywood Studio's for the finish.  The way back (right outside of WWOS) had my favorite photo stop of all - the zombies!

I'm not dead yet!
After that, it was only a couple of miles to the finish and a straight shot back to Hollywood Studios. 

The finish is right inside DHS in the shadow of Tower of Terror (fitting, right?).  Right as I finished (before I got my medal even), one of the runDisney folks noticed my costume and was like - 'Your late for your shift, what are you doing?'.  People seemed to enjoy my costume! 

I collected my medal and headed to the recovery food, baggage claim and on to the after party!  More to come on that!

Overall, I really liked this race.  The course is fun and it was packed with character stops.  Since I was in Corral A, they were never too crowded for me (same with the course) and I was able to get photo's easily.  Plus, I can't resist a medal that glows in the dark!

Official: 10.0 miles, 1:33:58, 9:24 pace
Garmin: 10.18 miles, 1:33:54, 9:13 pace

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

2 on Tuesday

I've talked previously about the Oiselle Flock and how much I love being a part of that team.  It's a really great group of women runners and the support is amazing.  They organized a Secret Santa amongst the Flock members nationwide (participation was optional).  You could make some suggestions as to what you'd like (and supply the proper sizes).  I've really been wanting the Oiselle Runfinity scarf and I was really excited to receive it from my Secret Santa Katie.  Can't wait to wear it on cold days!

Photo via my Secret Santa Jessica
Even more fun then receiving my Secret Santa gift, was putting my Secret Santa package together.  I wanted to get her things she wanted (from her suggestion list) but also put my own spin on it!  Her suggestions included a pair of SmartWool Liner gloves or a shirt from my favorite running store.  I couldn't find a shirt, but I was able to pick up a CamelBak water bottle with the Jack Rabbit logo on it (my favorite running store in NYC).  Also included a pair of the SmartWool liner gloves and some Clifbar treats - Clif Shot Bloks, Clif Shot Electrolyte Drink Mix and Clif Shot Recovery Drink Mix.  Jessica received it yesterday and really liked it!  She loves Clif for nutrition on the run and the gloves fit perfectly (I went back and forth on the size)!  I am so glad you liked everything Jessica!

Anyone else participate in a running group Secret Santa?

Monday, December 15, 2014

Training recap week of 12/8 (Disney Half Week 3)

Another week of running come and gone.  I still can't believe we are less then 2 weeks out from Christmas.  I'm about 90% done with all my Christmas shopping, which is much better then usual!

This week was a down week for me - all easy runs.  My legs were really feeling a bit tired all week, so I really tried to take it easy (did better on some runs then others).  I really don't want to get burnt out over the winter.

Scheduled: Rest
Actual: 1.00 mi, 9:37, 9:37 pace

Scheduled: 4 miles easy
Actual: 4.11 mi, 37:39, 9:10 pace

Scheduled: 5 miles easy
Actual: 5.06 mi, 50:02, 9:53

Scheduled: 4 miles easy
Actual: 3.13 mi, 30:11, 9:40 pace

Scheduled: Rest
Actual: 1.06 miles, 10:57, 10:20 pace

Scheduled: 8 miles long run
Actual: 8.44 mi, 1:23:04, 9:50 pace

Scheduled: 2-3 miles easy
Actual: 2.36 mi, 23:53, 10:07 pace

Total miles: 25.15
Total November miles: 52.27
Miles until goal (1,250): 28.41

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Training recap week of 12/1 (Disney Half Week 2)

Getting this recap in just under the wire!  I can't believe is the middle of December already.  Time is continuing to fly by.  Sorry for the bit of radio silence, but had lots going on and as I am trying not to over schedule myself, I didn't post this week.  So many recaps I want to get done - hopefully this will be the week!

Got all my runs in this week, but had to cut some of the mileage down due to work commitments.  Better to run a little then none at all!

Scheduled: Rest
Actual: 1.01 mi, 10:10, 10:07 pace

Scheduled: 5 miles easy
Actual: 2.71 mi, 26:08, 9:38 pace

Scheduled: Speedwork - 5 x 0.5 mi @ 10K pace
Actual: 5.54 total
Paces: 8:09, 7:59, 7:40, 7:41, 7:40

Scheduled: 5 miles easy
Actual: 1.25 miles, 13:37, 10:53 pace

Scheduled: Rest
Actual: 1.05 miles, 11:30, 10:58 pace

Scheduled: 12 miles long run
Actual: 11.56 mi, 1:50:26, 9:33 pace

Scheduled: 4 miles easy
Actual: 4.01 mi, 37:55, 9:28 pace

Total miles: 27.12
Total November miles: 27.12
Miles until goal (1,250): 53.56

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

2 on Tuesday

Ebates Coupons and Cash Back

Who else can't believe that Christmas is only 2 weeks away?  I realized this with a bit of panic last night and got to shopping.  Since I head to PA for the Christmas, I try and do most of my shopping online and have it shipped to my mom's house (which makes for a fun Christmas Eve trying to wrap everything, but that's a story for another time).  In addition to not having to carry everything home, I love using Ebates when online shopping.  Does anyone else use it?  You register and then shop through the site - and get a percentage back.  Okay, it's not a huge percentage, but every bit counts, right?  If you aren't using Ebates you should.  You can sign up using this link.  {Full disclosure, I do get a referral bonus if you register using this link, so thanks in advance!}

This weekend was the continuation of a holiday tradition for me - setting up my Christmas Tree while watching Elf.  I started doing this years ago and now it's the only way I'll set up my tree.  I mean, who doesn't love Elf?  If you don't, I'm not sure we can be friends (just kidding, I think I can move past it).  This past year when I was in Disney for Princess, we stopped in the Christmas shop in Downtown Disney and I picked up some ornaments to mark my completion of some big races - Dumbo, Dopey and Glass Slipper Challenge.  I have a tiny tree so I try and limit heavy ornaments, but I love these 3 and what they represent.  Dumbo and Dopey look especially cute in their Christmas garb.  Perfect addition to my tree!

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

2 on Tuesday

I've decided to do something a little different this holiday and join the Runners World Run Streak!  We'll be streaking from Thanksgiving to New Year's.  This is the first time I have ever done something like this and I am excited for the challenge!  I figure it'll be a good way to get some miles in towards my total mileage challenge for the year and burn off those extra holiday calories!

Princess Half Marathon weekend medals were released this past week!  They had announced the Frozen theme for the 5K a while ago, so I am not surprised that the other medals have a Frozen influence as well.  The 10K has a snowflake where the carriage was last time which is a small touch of Frozen and the Half and Challenge medal just have snowflakes on the ribbon.  I have to admit, I love them!  I know some people might be over Frozen but I am not.  Can't wait for these beauties to be mine in February!

Monday, December 1, 2014

Training recap week of 11/24 (Disney Half Week 1)

Another week of training come and gone.  This week my runs got a little switched around, but I got all my miles in, which is the most important thing.  But the most exciting thing happened during my Turkey Trot 5K on Thursday - I set a new PR in the 5K!  I finally broke the 23 minute mark, which makes me so happy.  It's great to see my hard work paying off!

Scheduled: Rest
Actual: Rest

Scheduled: 5 miles easy
Actual: 5.1 mi, 49:21, 9:41 pace

Scheduled: 4 miles easy
Actual: 4.07 mi, 40:01, 9:50 pace

Scheduled: Turkey Trot 5K
Actual: 3.05 miles, 22:57, 7:30 pace (per Garmin)

Scheduled: Rest
Actual: 2.02 miles, 20:48, 10:18 pace

Scheduled: 3 miles easy
Actual: 1.00 mi, 10:00, 10:00 pace

Scheduled: 10 miles long run
Actual: 10.01 mi, 1:35:01, 9:30 pace

Total miles: 25.24
Total November miles: 114.66
Miles until goal (1,250): 80.68

Friday, November 28, 2014

Finding balance

I have tons of this same photo but this view of the reservoir at night never gets old
This post has been a long time coming.  It's been bouncing around my head for about the last month as I went from trip to engagement to trip all fall and thought it was time to get it down on paper.  I apologize in advance because this post is kinda a giant wandering thought train for me (it was the easiest way for my to get it down).

Let's start with the obvious: this fall has been insane for me.  There were lots of races on the schedule plus I had family events going on.  I mean, I traveled 3 of the 4 weekends in October.  Seriously, 3 out of 4!  I felt like I was never home (which really, I wasn't) and am now completely drained.  A busy couple of months at work didn't help either.

With being gone so many weekends, my weeks became packed.  I was still running (trust me if I didn't run, mentally I would have been worse) and trying to get everything else done - seeing friends, laundry, grocery shopping, cleaning, etc.  It was go go go until I went to bed.

Clearly I have trouble with balancing everything I want to do with what I should to do to stay sane.  I think most of my problem comes from not looking at a calendar when I agree to things.  I say yes (and outside of checking to make sure nothing else is scheduled that day), I am committed.  Then, when I finally actually look at a calendar, I realize it's back to back weekends or 3 out of 4 weekends a month.

I also have trouble saying no to things.  I want to do everything and travel and see my friends and or course, don't forget about work.  I don't know why I have trouble saying no.  It's not that I have FOMO (fear of missing out) because I absolutely love staying home and being a homebody.  And trust me, I have been known to do it on more then 1 occasion.  I think it's just that I want to do everything.  Why do I think I can do that without it catching up to me?  Do I think I am Superwoman?

I am now done with all travel (except for heading home at Christmas) until the Disney Half in January.  I am looking forward to a month of being low key and recharging the batteries.  The holidays can be packed with parties and seeing friends, but I am really going to try and make sure I don't over commit myself.

As the end year approaches and it's time to start finalizing a race calendar for next year (I want to get another 5 states done, plus I have runDisney races scheduled), I am really trying to look at my calendar holistically.  Make sure I look at the other races and travel I have planned before committing to anything.  I also want to make sure I don't travel more then 2 weekends a month.  It might not be possible every month, but that is going to be my goal.  Of course, less then 2 weekends is even better!

I know it's not New Year's yet, but that is going to be something I work on in 2015.  I have to say, I already feel better getting it off my chest and sharing with all of you.  It feels better just putting it out there and acknowledging what I need to work on.

With all that said, how to you find balance in your life?  I am open to any tips or ideas you have!

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Happy Thanksgiving!


I just wanted to take a minute and wish you all a Happy Thanksgiving!  As is my tradition, I am doing our local Turkey Trot 5K this AM.  It's a great way to burn some calories before I consume insane amounts of food.  My brother cooks and it is always delicious!

Before I go run, I wanted to take a few minutes and share what I am thankful for:

- My family: they are supportive of my crazy running habits/insane running goals and the best family a girl could as for
- My friends: they say friends are the family you pick and that could not be more true of my friends
- My health: I really am lucky that I have had no major health issues or running injuries.  I really have been fortunate not to get injured and be able to go out and run.  If I couldn't run, I think I'd have some really expensive therapy bills!
- My job: I don't talk about my job a lot on here (since this is running blog and all) except to say when it keeps me from blogging, but the truth is I really do love my job.  I enjoy what I do and I work with some world class people and industry leaders.
- You!  I know it sounds cheesy, but thank you readers for stopping by and being a part of this.  I read all your comments and truly appreciate you all for sticking around when I'm not able to post as much as I'd like to.

Now it's your turn - let me know what you are thankful for!

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Training recap week of 11/17 (Philly Half Week 2)

Let's just say I'm already over winter.  It's dark at like 4:30 now and cold for almost all my runs.  This past weekend was the Philadelphia Half Marathon and (almost) the end of a fall full of travel.  So much travel on top of a busy couple of months at work do not lead to a happy Sarah.  After Thanksgiving this weekend, I will be home until Christmas which is much needed.

On that note, how is Christmas already a month away??  I realized it late last night and then had a bit of a panic attack that I haven't done any shopping yet.  Hoping to get a lot done while I am home this weekend.  Anyone else feeling like Christmas has sneaked up one them?  This year has totally flown by.

In terms of training this week, it was a bit of a down week with the race.  After the Baltimore Half Marathon, I thought possibly about trying to race and PR during this one, but it just wasn't my day.  I was feeling really exhausted from work and travel and my body just wasn't having it.  I promise a full recap is coming (as well as all the others I have pending, I promise!!!).

Scheduled: Rest
Actual: Rest

Scheduled: 5 miles easy
Actual: 5.07 mi, 47:28, 9:22 pace

Scheduled: 5 miles easy
Actual: 5.00 mi, 48:01, 9:36 pace

Scheduled: 5 miles easy
Actual: Rest

Had a work function so I skipped this one.  Definitely needed the day off from running!

Scheduled: Rest
Actual: Rest

Scheduled: 2 miles shake out run
Actual: 2.00 mi, 20:52, 10:25 pace

Scheduled: Philadelphia Half Marathon
Actual: 13.24 mi, 1:59:14, 9:00 pace

Total miles: 25.31
Total November miles: 89.41
Miles until goal (1,250): 105.92