Monday, November 17, 2014

Training recap week of 11/10 (Philly Half Week 1)

 
Well, winter has finally arrived here.  It started getting colder on Thursday and just continued.  I went for my run on Wednesday night in shorts and by Sunday was back in tights and a winter running coat (it was only 36 with a 'real feel' of 28).

I also realized I have forgotten how to dress to run in cold weather.  I had waaayyy too many layers on for Saturday's run.  The first mile it felt nice, but mile 5, I was sweating profusely.  It always comes back to me, I was better dressed on Sunday's run. 

Monday
Scheduled: Rest
Actual: Rest

Tuesday
Scheduled: 4 miles easy
Actual: Rest

Since I was still in Disney, I skipped this run and did it on Sunday instead.  I did lots of walking around the park though!

Wednesday
Scheduled: Speedwork: 3 mi @ Half Marathon pace (8:20-8:30), plus warm up & cool down
Total Mileage: 5.73
Paces: 8:42, 8:24, 8:17

Thursday
Scheduled: 4 miles easy
Actual: 4.07 mi, 39:21, 9:40 pace

Friday
Scheduled: Rest
Actual: Rest

Saturday
Scheduled: 11 miles long run
Actual: 11.05 mi, 1:46:02, 9:36 pace

Sunday
Scheduled: Rest
Actual: 4.07 mi, 39:36, 9:44 pace

Total miles: 24.92
Total November miles: 64.10
Miles until goal (1,250): 131.24

Friday, November 14, 2014

Training recap week of 11/3 (Wine and Dine Week 5)

Hello everyone!  I am alive!  Hope you've been having a good week.  I am very happy it is Friday, let me tell you.  I am hoping to be back to regular blogging next week, but in the mean time let's do a quick training recap.

This past week included Wine and Dine in the rain - not ideal conditions, but we perserved!  This upcoming weekend, I have nothing planned.  After the craziness of the past couple of weeks, I am looking forward to a solid weekend home.

Monday
Scheduled: Rest
Actual: Rest

Tuesday
Scheduled: 4 miles easy
Actual: 4.00 mi, 42:02, 10:30 pace

Wednesday
Scheduled: Speedwork, 3 x 0.5mi @10K pace (7:50-8:00)
Total Mileage: 5.08
Paces: 7:47, 7:46, 7:44

Thursday
Scheduled: 4 miles easy
Actual: 4.00 mi, 40:44, 10:10 pace

Friday
Scheduled: Rest
Actual: Rest

Saturday
Scheduled: Wine and Dine Half Marathon
Actual: 13.36 mi, 2:06:07, 9:26 pace

Sunday
Scheduled: Rest
Actual: Rest

Total miles: 26.45
Total November miles: 39.18
Miles until goal (1,250): 156.16

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Training recap week of 10/27 (Wine and Dine Week 4)

Another week of training in the books.  This week went better and my runs were good.  Sundays long run got cut a little short because it was insanely windy (20+ mph) and I couldn't take it anymore.  Sometime it happens!

My Saturday run was a meetup run with the Oiselle Flock followed by lunch.  It was nice to meet all the team and Sally (the CEO) was there too!  So much fun!

Otherwise I didn't do much this weekend.  It was nice to be lazy and catch up on some DVR.  It's off to Disney again for Wine and Dine, which makes me very happy.  Just need to get through this week!

Monday
Scheduled: Rest
Actual: Rest

Tuesday
Scheduled: 4 miles easy
Actual: 4.11 mi, 40:25, 9:49 pace

Wednesday
Scheduled: 5 x Harlem Hill at 10K pace (7:50 - 8:00 pace)
Total Mileage: 4.63
Paces: 8:05, 7:52, 7:50, 8:17, 7:57

Thursday
Scheduled: 4 miles easy
Actual: 4.13 mi, 40:26, 9:48 pace

Friday
Scheduled: Rest
Actual: Rest

Saturday
Scheduled: 3 miles easy
Actual: 3.08 mi, 29:21, 9:31 pace

Sunday
Scheduled: 10 miles long run
Actual: 9.65 mi, 1:30:59, 9:22 pace

Total miles: 25.60
Total October miles: 97.57
Total November miles: 12.73
Miles until goal (1,250): 182.61

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Training recap week of 10/20 (Wine and Dine Week 3)


Hey all!  Hope you all had good weeks - mine has been a bit crazy.  I apologize for the radio silence. Work has been busy and honestly, I haven't felt much like blogging.  Between work and travel, I have been feeling a little overwhelmed (I seem to have overbooked myself again).  It's not a feeling I like, so I am trying to pull back a little and take care of myself.  I didn't sleep well for 2 weeks since I was stressed out.  Not a good feeling.

I am still going to be blogging (I do enjoy it!) but it might be a little bit more sporadic until things calm down.  I have a couple of race recaps to finish (TOT and Baltimore) which I am excited to get done. 

This week turned into an unintentional down week.  I ended up having to go away on a work trip Wed-Thurs (which I found out about on Tuesday).  I cut Tuesday's run short because I was stressed trying to get packed for my trip.  While I had intentions of running on my trip, I was feeling a bit under the weather (probably from the lack of sleep and stress) and decided it was better for me to rest those days.  By Saturday, I was feeling much better!

Monday
Scheduled: Rest
Actual: Rest

Tuesday
Scheduled: 4 miles easy
Actual: 2.38 mi, 22:25, 9:22 pace

Wednesday
Scheduled: 6 miles easy
Actual: Rest

Thursday
Scheduled: 4 miles easy
Actual: Rest

Friday
Scheduled: Rest
Actual: Rest

Saturday
Scheduled: 4 miles easy
Actual: 4.00 mi, 38:02, 9:30 pace

Sunday
Scheduled: 10 miles long run
Actual: 10.01 mi, 1:33:25, 9:20 pace

Total miles: 16.39
Total October miles: 84.70
Miles until goal (1,250): 208.20

Monday, October 20, 2014

Training recap week of 10/13 (Wine and Dine Week 2)


How was everyone's weekend?  Sorry for the bit of radio silence, last week ended up being busy at work and you know how that goes. 

I am continuing to do speedwork and man... I both hate it and love it at the same.  But it's necessary to get faster.  This past weekend, I was in Baltimore to run the Baltimore Half Marathon (state #19).  It was a challenging course (who knew Baltimore was so hilly?), but I ended up running my third fastest half marathon.  I was pretty excited and ready to do some more work.  Maybe on a flatter course, another PR is possible?  I'll have a full race recap soon, but I am very happy about the outcome.

Monday
Scheduled: Rest
Actual: Rest

Tuesday
Scheduled: 3 miles easy
Actual: 3.06 mi, 29:00, 9:28 pace

Wednesday
Scheduled: 3 x 0.5 mi repeats (at 7:50-8:00 pace)
Actual: 5 miles total
Paces: 7:43, 7:45, 7:24

These repeats were tough and I ended up doing all above pace.  Thinking I might need to reconsider my speedwork pace. 

Thursday
Scheduled: 3 miles easy
Actual: 3.02 mi, 29:13, 9:40 pace

Friday
Scheduled: Rest
Actual: Rest

Saturday
Scheduled: Baltimore Half Marathon
Actual: 13.32 mi, 1:52:58, 8:29 pace

Sunday
Scheduled: Rest
Actual: Rest

Total miles: 24.41
Total October miles: 68.31
Miles until goal (1,250): 224.59

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

2 on Tuesday


runDisney announced the event calendar for 2015-2016 late last week.  Immediately, social media erupted (okay, it actually did twice once when they posted and quickly removed and then when they "officially" published it) because of a couple of noticeable absences.  The first, Expedition Everest in 2016.  I am not really surprised for 2 reasons - 1) there have been rumors of Everest's cancellation for a while now.  If they aren't planning on holding it in 2016, it's not a huge shock; 2) it's kinda the blacksheep of races and is often announced last minute.  Might still happen and we just don't know yet.

The next item that is missing?  Tower of Terror in 2015.  When they first published it and then it went away, people assumed it was to add TOT.  But alas, the official one didn't have it either.  runDisney has since confirmed that TOT is "suspended" for 2015.  One hopes it will come back in 2016, but who knows?  There is a lot of speculation about why - construction at Hollywood Studios (which doesn't make sense since W&D goes through a larger portion of HS and it's not cancelled); to make room for a Disneyland Paris event?  Personally, I don't know.  I am just glad I did it before it got suspended!

 

In other runDisney news, lots of Wine and Dine updates were posted to the runDisney website.  They published the event guide and course maps.  The course map hasn't changed - in fact they didn't even change the date on the map (seriously, it still says 2013.  Seriously?).  But of course, most important is waivers and corral assignments.  My number puts me in Corral B.  It's only a couple of weeks away!  Can't wait!

Monday, October 13, 2014

Training recap week of 10/6 (Wine and Dine Half Week 1)


This was a very busy weekend for me.  I got 12 miles done (in the rain even!) and then yesterday, my niece (with my brother and sister-in-law) came to NYC for the day.  We spent the day playing in Central Park and the Children's Museum of Manhattan.  Let me tell you - 6 year olds are exhausting!  I was so tired; endless energy.

Otherwise, I had a good week of training.  It was nice taking the summer easy, but it's time to get back in the saddle.  I'm starting to incorporate some hill training and speedwork.  Felt good to get some hills done!  Next week is the Baltimore Half Marathon!

Monday
Scheduled: Rest
Actual: Rest

Tuesday
Scheduled: 3 miles easy
Actual: 3.00 mi, 28:37, 9:32 pace

Wednesday
Scheduled: 5 x Harlem Hill repeats (at 7:50-8:00 pace)
Actual: 4.5 miles total
Paces: 8:26, 7:41, 7:47, 7:51, 7:53

First one was a bit tough, but the others were on pace!  I apparently forgot what that pace up hill felt like. 

Thursday
Scheduled: 3 miles easy
Actual: 3.04 mi, 28:46, 9:28 pace

Friday
Scheduled: Rest
Actual: Rest

Saturday
Scheduled: 12 miles long run pace
Actual: 12.02 mi, 2:00:09, 10:00 pace

Sunday
Scheduled: 2-3 miles easy
Actual:2.5 mi, 24:32, 9:48 pace

Total miles: 25.07
Total October miles: 43.91
Miles until goal (1,250): 249.00

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Tower of Terror 10M - Expo Goodies!

 

The best part of a runDisney race is the expo.  Okay, let's be real, I love expo's at all races - I just can't help my self with running goodies! 

This expo made me really happy!  It had great vendors - less then Marathon or Princess weekends, but still great booths.  It was also managable!  Since the race is smaller, it wasn't as packed.  I was a big fan of being able to move around while at the expo.

After picking up our numbers in the HP Field House (which took all of 5 minutes), we headed over to the Jostens Center for shirt pickup and official merchandise.  I really liked the shirt this year - it's a little different, but I like it. 


From shirt pickup, we headed to the merch.  I knew I wanted a couple of things (mini medal pin, magnet), but wanted to not buy much.  I got my TOT Mini Medal Pin and also picked up the mini Coast to Coast pin.  I didn't get one at Disneyland and wanted to pick one up this time.


I was able to get my Tower of Terror magnet and I also picked up a mini 48.6 magnet to keep at my desk at work.  I hadn't seen these before.

 

Even though I hadn't planned on it, I picked up a Tower of Terror 'I did it' shirt.  I really liked the design and couldn't resist.  I did resist from getting a jacket - so that's good (although I do have a tinge of regret for not getting it, but I really don't need it...).
Front (L), Back (R)

The only thing I really wanted was a Tower of Terror 10M Sweaty Band, but they didn't make any for this race.  We checked with the Sweaty Band booth and they didn't order any.  They will be back for Wine and Dine though!

Following our purchases at the expo, we made our way through the rest of the booths.  Sparkle Athletic did have black with them, so I picked that up (yay!).  I even managed to resist buying any Sweaty Bands (although I do want to get one that matches my Oiselle Flock singlet).  We checked out all the gear and races and then headed out. 

Nothing too surprising or special about the expo, but I really enjoyed it.  I liked how un-crowded it was and they had a good sampling of booths.  Overall the WDW races always do a good job at their expo's.
  
Stay tuned for my race recap! 

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Training recap week of 9/29 (Tower of Terror Week 5)


I had a good week of workouts, but managed to come home from Disney with a bit of a cold.  Lots of fluids and rest for me right now!

Monday
Scheduled: Rest
Actual: Rest

Tuesday
Scheduled: 3 miles easy
Actual: 3.00 mi, 28:16, 9:25 pace

Wednesday
Scheduled: 6 miles easy
Actual: 6.01 mi, 57:22, 9:33 pace

Thursday
Scheduled: 3 miles easy
Actual: 2.65 mi, 26:04, 9:50 pace

Friday
Scheduled: Rest
Actual: Rest

Saturday
Scheduled: Tower of Terror 10M
Actual: 10.18 mi, 1:33:54, 9:13 pace

Sunday
Scheduled: Rest
Actual: Rest

Total miles: 21.84
Total September miles: 71.27
Total October miles: 21.84
Miles until goal (1,250): 274.94

P.S. - As of 9/30, I was 77% of the way to my goal!  I'm getting there!

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

2 on Tuesday

I was really pleased with my Hollywood Tower Hotel bellhop costume.  It turned out really cute!  I ended up not wearing the hat - I just couldn't figure out how to get it to stay on my head.  But even without the hat, I really liked it!  It was wicking, so it was functional as well.  I got lots of complements on it!


I even managed (peripherally) to make the runDisney Facebook race photo album!  That's me right behind Thor!  He had quite an intense costume, full pants and sleeves in all.  He even ran the entire thing with that hammer - not sure how he did that.