runDisney Marathon Weekend 10K – Florida: Part 6

Dark and early (I can’t really say bright and early because I was up well before the sun) Kevin dropped me off at Epcot and I made my way with the other runners to the starting corrals.  I felt a little more confident because I knew where I was going since I was just through it all the day before for the Marathon Weekend 5k.  I made my way through the crowd admiring the awesome costumes.  I kept the mylar blanket they gave me the day before for extra warmth while waiting to start.  The lines for the characters were outrageously long so I knew there was no point waiting because I wouldn’t have time to get a picture before the race started.  Little did I know that later in the run I would have a very comical “character stop”….

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runDisney 5K (Florida: Part 5)

It was almost a year ago that I spent my lunch break at work huddled over my computer trying to get a spot in the Dopey Challenge at Disney World.  These races usually sell out very fast – and 2018 was no exception because it was the anniversary of the 25th Marathon and the 5th Dopey Challenge – this meant the medals would be extra cool.

Kevin dropped me off in the parking lot at Epcot around 4 AM and I followed the sea of people in the 32* weather towards the start.  As I walked it hit me that this challenge was finally here and I was going to attempt to run 48.6 miles in 4 consecutive days with very little training due to my heel injury.  I felt very confident I could complete the 5K and 10K – and pretty sure I could do the half marathon – but could I add a full marathon on top of that?!

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RunDisney EXPO Florida: Part 4

It was another cold and rainy day in Florida for the runDisney Marathon Weekend expo.  It was held at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex, which was HUGE.  I had never been there before, but Kevin had been there several times while playing softball tournaments.  We left so we could be there close to noon when it opened to hopefully avoid the crowds – I apparently had a lot to learn about the runDisney expo….

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Thanksgiving Turkey Run

Early Thanksgiving morning I remembered that there is usually a 5k turkey run.  I went online to see if I could register the day of the event and I could.  I decided since it is usually packed that I would cycle to it because I was worried I wouldn’t be able to find a parking spot (plus it was pretty close and would give me an excuse to ride my bike!)  I stuffed a canned good in my top tube bag to donate (just barely fit!) and headed down to the start of the race.

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The only picture I managed to take before my phone froze and shut off!

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Hello From The Other Side…

So I have been a little quiet on the blog lately…if you have been reading this blog and/or watching my Youtube channel, you know I have been having problems with my heel/foot for a while and have had to rest it and wear one of those giant boots.  I found out I needed to keep wearing the boot all through April and the 1st week of May which was very disappointing, but it does still hurt, so I understand.  I want it to be fully healed before I start hiking/cycling so I don’t re-injure it and have to start all over.

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Marathon Training: UPDATE

Unfortunately my heel pain has become a constant problem – I am pretty sure I have plantar fasciitis so I have been doing various stretches, rolling it with a ball thingy, and got a splint to wear at night.  I know rest is the most important thing right now, but what does that mean for all the races I signed up for this spring?  It was suggested that I rest it for at LEAST 10 weeks – I don’t want it to become a chronic condition or get any worse.  I will most likely go to a doctor to see how long I need to rest my foot for, but I am super disappointed about this.  :/

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Strange Things…

On Saturday I completed the 5th week of marathon training with my sister.  We met in the park and there was a running group that was planning on doing 3 miles so we ran with them for a bit until they turned to go back and we continued on so we could complete 7 miles.  The day was foggy and a bit drizzly, but it was warmer than it had been so I thought it was a great day for a run.  The white of the dense fog made the yellow-green of the grass really pop!  We did the whole trail and back making our run a little over 7 miles – the whole time doing the walk/run/walk/run using the timer on my phone.  I am getting a little faster every time and am almost back to the time I was last year (which is still not really fast).  I’m lucky my sister sticks with me- she’s just happy to run (although I know she can go wayyyy faster than me).

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