Race #12/13 — Philadelphia Marathon Weekend Half Marathon

Another rough one!

Have you ever had a BAD run? One you finished and thought “I probably should have bailed on it and stayed in bed this morning?”

A few months back I went insane and thought “well, if I’m doing 4 half marathons this year, I might as well do 5.” This is stupid logic. Don’t listen to that voice in your head. Or, AT LEAST give yourself some more time between the half marathons …like…one every other month or something. I completed the Dumbo Double Dare Challenge on 8/31 and 9/1 (you’ll remember I wasn’t feeling well afterward — that lasted about 2-3 weeks), then rolled into the Hershey Half Marathon on 10/20 (7 weeks later, 6 weeks after returning from Disneyland), and then the Philly Half on 11/17 (a mere 4 weeks after Hershey). Also — If you’re going to do this, and I cannot say this enough, TRAIN.

Anyways…to the actual race.


The Wake up was MUCH colder than I expected so I was cold…didn’t have enough layers … but not freezing. I just kept trying to move around. I drank to much before the start and too close to the start. My wave started a little after 730a (7a start time for the race and I was in the last wave). I had to stop at the first bathroom to pee (around mile one). I was feeling tight and couldn’t get my stride right from the start (before the start actually). The bathroom stop actually helped and I was feeling a little better. I nailed mile 2– but maybe a little too fast (about 2.5 mins faster than my previous time). I kept it up until we hit south street (around mile 6) and saw my cousin!! She lives near there and came out to cheer myself and our other cousin (in a different wave) on! Seriously though..South Street smelled AMAZING! The restaurants had started cooking and there was this awesome barbeque-ish smell just wafting in the air.

Mile 7ish takes up on a 100 ft elevation incline for about a mile. Brutal. Someone at the start told me this was rough and I think I ended up psyching myself out too much. I took the incline slow. Really slow… And then lost it all.

The last 2.5 miles were the WORST. My hip hurt and made me incredibly tight so my knees started throbbing. I actually considered pulling out of the race around 11.75-12. The worst part was by the time we got here most of the spectators (which I imagine were few during this stretch anyway) had moved on so there was no crowd to push you along with their cheering. I literally limped my way to the finish line.

All-in-all I ended up with a time that was my third best overall. I was mad though… At the halfway I was on par to PR by more than 20 mins. Oh well, maybe next time!

Here’s my before and after!



DH was supposed to come down with me, but puppers ended up with a scratch and ulcer on his cornea and needed eye drops. My mom said she thought she could take care of it, but DH felt better staying home to do it himself. He was supposed to clean too …

My best friend stepped in and came down with me at the last minute. She took some pics of the race in general which turned out really nice!








See ya real soon!



Disneyland/LA Recap

I’m going to keep this relatively brief!


DH and I went to Disneyland/LA from 8/30-9/7. Wow…what a long trip. It was the first time we had left our pup where one of us wasn’t home. He spend the week with my parents which means I spent the week a nervous “mommy” away from my furbaby. He did just fine and my parents are great at taking care of him, but I just worry.


Anyway, onto the trip itself.


Back when I booked things we were supposed to leave at 6am (EST Time) on Friday 8/30 out of our home airport. Then we would arrive at LAX at 1010am (PST Time). About a week before the trip I got an email that said our arrival time was bumped back. womp womp…

Cut to the day of and we got stuck at our layover b/c of a plane issue. They couldn’t decide what to do for the longest time. Then they put us on the plan. Ultimately we were routed to a second layover and switched plans before heading to LAX. We arrived shortly after 2p (womp womp… again). THEN! it took forever for baggage and our shuttle never stopped for us. We ended up getting to Disneyland somewhere around 4/430p. We met up with our friend V and headed to the expo for packet pick up.


I am seriously disappointed at the expo. It was so packed and poorly organized. They definitely need to look at the official merchandise and figure out a better way to do it. Also…I REALLY wanted the disney sneakers from new balance, but with our delayed arrival and running the 10k on Sat, there was no way I was going to get them. I ended up with a sweatshirt (lime green) and a 13.1 magnet for my car. That’s it…

Oh well (BTW – Disney re-released some of the “I Did It” shirts and I was able to snag them online — they should be arriving today!).

Check out my sweet coast to coast wristband!! My registration wasn’t marked for C2C and I about went into a panic. After a long wait in a second line all was sorted out!! For the weekend, you picked up your C2C band at the expo and your DDD (Dumbo Double Dare) after finishing the 10k.



We at dinner at Storyteller’s Cafe (yum) then headed to bed to rest up for the next day!


Saturday morning was bright and early for the 10K. Here’s my before and after!ImageImage


After was a the Plaza Inn for Minnie and Friend’s breakfast. I loved Captain Hook!

Sometimes I get bummed b/c characters kind of brush off adult-only tables. But the Captain was ready to play an interact with us!

Our plan was originally to run, shower, then hit the park, but timing was off a little. We ran, washed our faces and then headed to breakfast. We had the brilliant idea to hit up Splash Mountain after breakfast (wet ride) and a few others before heading back to shower. Then we came back to the park and hung out.

We lulled around Disneyland Park and taking it easy. We were able to get in some good rides (Mr. Toad’s!). But just took it easy.

This is where I say that I’m pretty sure I got sick from the whole Chobani recall. I just felt “off” starting Fri evening. Sat it hit a head and we were about to get in line for Space Mountain when I about doubled over with stomach cramps. And just felt hot and clammy. DH and V road while I rested up a little. But wow…


Sunday morning! Another early morning for us.

Here’s our before and after for the Half Marathon.



The Half was HOT to say the least. It was ridiculous. The sun just glared down on you the ENTIRE race. Insane…  I was glad DH was there to run with me (his first half marathon!! woohoo!). He kept me going. Around mile 11 I finally accepted his advices to stop being modest and take off my darn shirt. Wow…what a difference! All in all, I was slower than my last half, but not too terribly. I had to stop several times to catch my breath (at the time I thought it was the heat, but now I am wondering if it was the yogurt…).

We showered then headed to Cafe Orleans where I proceeded to drop a glass of coke all over the table, myself and the floor (call me butter fingers). I still felt off all day, but we walked over to Disney California Adventure and rode some rides!

Dinner was at La Brea Bakery — bring one of these to WDW Disney!!! So good!

Monday we hung out in the parks with V until around lunchtime (Tortilla Joe’s!) before we parted ways. We actually met up after dinner (DH and I at Disneyland Hotel) and rode the Matterhorn Bobsleds. DH and I road the Jungle Cruise at night and then called it a night!

Tuesday was another park day and Wed we headed to LA.

Wed night was caught a taping of the new show “Dads.” where I was Seth Green up close on a bathroom trip!!!

Thursday we went the The Price is Right but sadly didn’t get called to “Come on down” If you watch 12/19 you can catch us in the audience, front and center!

Friday we didn’t have plans. However, b/c of the delay the prior Friday we had another day left on our Disney park tickets. We decided to see the La Brea Tar pits in the morning and then head to Disneyland to use up the last day on the ticket. On the way home we stopped at In-n-Out burger (my boss said its a must-do!) for dinner. 

Then Saturday we headed home to our furbaby who we missed dearly!


All-in-all a good trip!






Races 9 & 10 and planning for the next steps

Last weekend I completed two of my 13 races for 2013.


This was my first attempt at back to back racing and I have to say…I’m not a fan. I don’t know that I’ll be doing another set like this. Perhaps if I can commit to training a little better it would be easier (okay so it definitely would), but my beef came mostly with the whole…wasting precious Disney time “prepping,” “refueling,” “resting,” and “recovering” from two races. I like to hit the parks hard and this just wasn’t possible!


Onto the races! I will post some full recaps of the races as well as our entire trip, but just to fill you in, here’s what I finished!


First up was the Disneyland 10k. (before and after)ImageImage


And! The Disneyland Half Marathon (which means I completed the Disney Dumbo Double Dare challenge AND The Disney Coast to Coast Challenge):



Anywho…now that those two are done there are only 3 races left for my 2013 self challenge!

In October I will run the Hershey Half Marathon and in November I have the Philly Half Marathon (part of the Philadelphia Marathon weekend).  I still need to choose my final race. I am considering the Marine Corps Marathon 10k at the end of October, but I haven’t fully decided yet!


I am not really “training” for the next few races for the year. Instead I am full-force training for January 2014 for the WDW Marathon — my first every Marathon. I really want to finish strong so training and eating right is going to be super important over the next four months.

Here’s my plan:


Wk 1 – MWF – rest, TR – 3.1 miles, S – TRX, U – 6.2

Wk 2 – MF – rest, TR – 3.1 miles, WS – TRX, U – 8

Wk 3 – MF – rest, TR – 3.1 miles, WS – TRX,  U- 10

Wk 4 – MF – rest, TR – 3.1 miles, W – TRX, S-TRX?, U – 5

After wk 4, everything it tentative and hinges on the class schedule at my gym.

Wk 5 – MR – 3.1 miles, TU- rest, WS- TRX?, F – 12

Wk 6 – MF – Rest, TR – 6.2, WS – TRX, U- 13.1 @ Hershey Half Marathon

Wk 7 – MF – Strength/rest, TR – 6.2, WS – TRX, U – 6.2

Wk 8 – MF – Rest, TR – 6.2, WS – TRX, U – 16

Wk 9 – MF – Strength/rest, TR-6.2, WS – TRX, U – 6.2

Wk 10 – MF – Rest, TR – 6.2, WS – TRX, U-13.1 @ Philly Half Marathon

Wk 11 – MF – Rest, TR – 6.2, WS – TRX, U – 18

Wk 12 – MF – strength/rest, TR – 6.2, WS – TRX, U – 10

Wk 13 – MF – rest, TR – 6.2, WS – TRX, U – 20

Wk 14 – MF – strength/rest, TR – 6.2, WS – TRX, U – 10

Wk 15 – MF – Rest, TR- 6.2, WS- TRX, U – 22

Wk 16 – MF – strength/rest, TR-6.2, WS- TRX, U – 12

Wk 17 – MF – rest, TR-6.2, WS- TRX, U – 12

Wk 18 – MFS – rest, TR-6.2, W-TRX – 26.2 @ WDW Marathon!

Wk 19 – MTWRFSU – rest :o)



See ya real soon with some more recaps and updates and whatnot!