One Week and Counting…

Well, technically 8 days until the race itself. But in eight days, this shall be mine!

 

Isn’t it pretty!? I have struggled all year long, both mentally and physically with training. I’ve used excuses to not run, I’ve allowed myself to grow stagnant mentally and then I when I decided enough so that I could obtain this beauty right there, I started to have physical issues with my legs. I finally completed 6.2 miles a bit ago. It wasn’t at all fast. It wasn’t nearly close to the level of running I was at when I allowed my brain to stop me. But it will be enough and this, this will be in my collection.

I’m pretty much tapering this week and next in preparation for it only so that I don’t inadvertently push myself into injury. Shoes do indeed make all the difference (I’ll likely write on that later as I have a new pair arriving today I am going to be trying out)

Now, to figure out of the idea I have in my head for a race costume (my first) will be successful. That is the focus for my upcoming weekend.

In addition, I found out that this Springs Dapper Day will take place the same weekend that the race will be on which means that the parks will be packed with sartorial delight and frivolity. Should make for an interesting mix. I’m still considering bringing something to wear for that as well, if for nothing else than to just be silly and have a good time.

Wish me luck!

 

 

6 Weeks and Counting…

End of January I was hit with an upper respiratory infection. Needless to say, wasn’t able to run for a while. Got to again and knew I was running out of time (literally) when not only was my house hit with something, but I for the first time in my life was hit with the flu followed by what can only be walking pneumonia. I’ve gone almost a month without being able to REALLY train for the 10k coming up in April.

Regardless, I will complete it. Even if I have to walk the whole damn thing, I will pound that pavement until I make it mine. Time is irrelevant. I knew a while back that I would be unlikely to maintain a pace to which I was normally accustomed for shorter races. You are going to see this woman cross that finish line and earn that tie-fighter medal!

Training will commence this week. I’m still coughing occasionally and when I do it’s productive, though still pretty deep so I know I need to pace myself.

New Year—New Start

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2015 ended on a rather good and solid note for me, though 2016 was rung in quietly and with ample amounts of sleep! I do hope, for anyone reading, that you’re new year began happily, with an abundance of hope and prosperity for the coming days.

I turn 39 this year and to me, age is indeed just a number. But there is something to be said for those ‘milestones’ – you know, aged 5, 10, 13, 16, 18, 21, 25, 30, etc. It’s rather funny, actually, how we start to spread them out into 5-year increments starting in our 20’s, isn’t it? As my proverbial 30’s are coming to what is socially and chronologically considered their close, I have endeavored to make improvements for myself. Nothing major, and indeed I’ve already started with drastically decreasing my caffeine in-take, greatly increasing my water consumption and attempting to make better dietary choices without denying myself sweet, delicious junk food. I haven’t been able to run – physical limitations have been halting the forward progresses I had made there – but I have already established appointments to look into the causes of said issues and hopefully resolve them so that I can continue with the momentum I have building up.

Each weekend this year I want to DO something beneficial – this month it will be literally cleaning out some closets, purging what is no longer useful, needed or retain-able for sentimental value, and reorganizing my work space to accommodate a few things that are being developed – expanding my work with Chrysalis Creation and it’s Etsy shop which I LOVE and expanding my social networking there in through both its Twitter and Instagram feeds. My partner has started to home brew mead and I have to say that has piqued my interests too – something I can create, set aside to develop on it’s own through nature, and then enjoy afterwards with others. Exercise is taking a forefront again – especially weight training. I’ve mentioned before that I have a love/hate relationship with running, but I LOVE weight training. There is something tangible about seeing your gains and lifting heavier weights, or easily doing more reps that I just enjoy. Gains with running I’ve noticed are very subtle, and subtlety and I have always had a rough relationship.

I had to defer the 10k I was supposed to run this week due to the aforementioned physical limitations I’ve been experiencing. I’m not certain if it’s due to plantar fascittis, shin splints, or even an IT band issue. But I know I can get it looked and and any of those can be worked out. I’ve already started to brainstorm possibilities for running costumes for the 10k I WILL be completing in April with the runDisney Star Wars – The Dark Side challenges.

So to all, on this first post of 2016 – don’t make resolutions. They fail. Simply decide what you want to DO this year and get after doing it. The rest will all fall into place.

 

 

 

Come To The Dark Side – We Have Races!

T0day marked a rather significant day in my attitude towards racing. I have been quite remiss and lazy (admittedly) over the past summer because Summer in Florida = HELLACIOUS HUMIDITY and honestly, I didn’t have the resolve to work through it like I should have to maintain the progresses I had developed last year. I started to run again intermittently and have gone from a 12:39 mile minute to a 14:22 mile minute. Now, that’s pretty significant, but I also know I can regain that progress with diligence and determination. Starting in October I will be able to participate in local 5k’s again and that will also assist my training as I move onto the next mile stone – the 10k.

Recently, however, there had been speculation as to whether or not runDisney would implement an East Coast Walt Disney World Star Wars weekend to counter the West Coast Disneyland Star Wars weekend that inaugurated last year. This was even more prominent after it was announced that not only would the new Star Wars Movie, Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens would be released in 2016, but also that 2014 had been the last year for the Tower of Terror 10-Miler Weekend previously in place. If this was the case, then runDisney would also be able to implement a new Coast – to – Coast medal that was completely SW in nature (and totally awesome!)

Sure enough, three weeks ago it was announced that there would, indeed, be an East Coast Event and the Kessel Run Coast – to – Coast Challenge was included. I believe I spent that day in Cloud City due to my level of giddiness over the whole idea of a local SW themed race and the eventual goal of completing an actual Kessel Run. Not only that, but the East Coast is the Dark Side which means all my Sith-y type inspirations can be accommodated!

Being that I’m an annual passholder, I was able to take advantage of the early registration that happened today to get myself into the 10k and the littlest one into the kids dash for his age group. It will be his first official race and right now he’s all about the SW and the Legos. Wonder if I can make him a Lego Darth Vader for his race?

As for me, I’ve been contemplating costuming for this one and can’t see how I can NOT at least do something Sith inspired for my attire that race. I have yet to get to the comfort level of completing two races in one weekend (I’ve done it with a 5 k and a 4-miler but that was pretty intense for me as it was!) to undertake the Dark Side Challenge just yet – but it’s become a goal for 2017. Besides, if the 10k Marathon weekend wasn’t incentive enough to start running again this weekend – SW has certainly lit a fire under my Millenium Falcon!