Sunday, January 22, 2017

It's Official...

I know it's about a month early, but I've done it... I've made the final commitment other than actually running the race.  I have officially signed up for the 2018 Dopey Challenge.  In just under a year I will be running 48.6 miles... in 4 days. 

Even though currently I'm not allowed to run on the streets, this just has me more and more excited to hit the pavement.  The good news is I'm allowed on the elliptical so I guess it's time to put in a lot of miles on those machines!  

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Good News, Bad News

I have good running news and I have bad running news, which is actually also good depending on how you look at it...

Good News- I got signed up for 2017's Lumiere's 2 Plate Challenge!  Another race on the schedule, another chance to make sure I'm ready for the Dopey Challenge.  I'm excited.  I know the Wine and Dine race, and the course specifically, have always been a bit controversial with some people liking it and other not so much.  For me, I've always enjoyed it, but I'll really enjoy anything that lets me get out there, show off my hard work, and earn some bling in the process.

Bad News- I found out I have a health problem, an enlarged spleen, that will prevent me from running outside for at least a month.  I can walk, and speed walk, as long as I keep it gentle for the most part.  I also can't fall, play really any ball sport, or do anything to my stomach/spleen area.  I'm going to get really stir crazy, but I'm already excited for when I can get completely back into it.

The good news from this?  I've been suffering from on and off stomach issues for a while and if this is the problem or going to point more towards the problem, then I'm happy.  I'm at the point that I'm tired of never finding anything so even bad news is good news at the moment!

Life is full of these Good and Bad events... it's what makes life interesting and fun to live!  You just have to make whatever you can out of the event, find the positive in every situation, and continue enjoying every day!

Friday, January 6, 2017

CANCELLED- 2017 Walt Disney World Half Marathon

Trust Donald to cause drama when it comes to any events surrounding his race.  It might be a big year, the 20th anniversary, but that doesn't stop him from making noise... too much noise this time.

Due to weather concerns, runDisney has cancelled the 2017 WDW Half Marathon.


I completely agree with runDisney's decision and I absolutely applaud them for doing so.  Yes, tomorrow morning might end up being pretty calm and a lovely morning to run.  However the storm predictions have continued to worsen from this afternoon and who knows what weather might actually show up.  I've lived in Florida long enough to know weather can go either way and it is best to plan for the worst and enjoy better outcomes if they happen.

The other reason I understand the reason for runDisney's decision is because of the cast and volunteers working the race.  Most of those working are there earlier than the earliest runner and they have to be out in the elements, most without immediate access to shelter, long before the runners get there.  It's not just the runners who runDisney has to think about, there are a lot of different elements going into making this decision.

Right now runDisney is offering refunds, park hopper tickets, deferrals to any other runDisney half marathon, or a limited amount of marathon entries for Sunday.  More details are supposed to come out at 10pm, but right now I'm planning on deferring to Wine and Dine since I was already landing to run that anyway.... I'll just have to figure out who to add the challenge to it...

2017 Disney World Marathon Weekend Expo

Well the weekend is finally here and my (hopefully) first marathon for 2017 is just about 12 hours away.  I managed to make it to the expo yesterday with my roommate in tow.  I was impressed with how big it is, but also how it is getting more and more organized.  I'm curious to see if Disneyland has also gotten better since WDW has the room to move things around and DLand is a bit more restricts.

Regardless, the expo was a lot of fun.  I didn't spend too long there, mainly wanted to avoid temptation.  If I stare at raw threads too long then I end up buying far too much.  It also helped that a lot of people went the first day so it wasn't insanely crowded.  It was crowded, but not nearly as bad as I was expecting.  Picking up my race bib, surprise gift (a little luggage tag), and then my shirt went rather quickly and painlessly.  I was able to avoid buying anything from the runDisney store, but I did pick up two new shirts from Raw Threads.

I think the best part of the expo is the emotions and the excitement that is in the air.  Having that many runners in one area with the same feelings is addictive and regardless of how you feel, it makes you at least a little bit excited.  I can honestly say that going to the expos is one of my favorite parts of running these races.

Now I did see the traffic going into the expo the first day, when Dopey and 5k runners had to check in and it was insane.  That's going to be hectic next year, but I'm still excited!  One year... one year and I'll be there in that chaos getting everything for my Dopey Challenge.

Sunday, January 1, 2017

New Year New Run

When I look back on it, 2016 did seem to go pretty quickly.  Luckily I have a lot of plans, hopes, and goals for 2017 and I'm eager to start them.

I was able to get out for a 5k this morning.  I was hoping for a longer run, but my knee was sore just walking around and I could feel some tightness in my legs.  Luckily Nike+ had this Sunday 5k national run thing happening so I decided to just go for that.  It was definitely a bit rough, and slower than yesterday, but I did it and I'm not feeling too bad afterwards.  I am planning on some yoga and stretching during the week to help prep myself for the race this weekend.

Of course with the new year, people often decide on a handful of resolutions.  I'm not planning to do that this year.  I'm instead planning on just enjoying the year, enjoying running and training, and enjoying being me.  Could I lose a few pounds?  Of course, but I'm not going to make it a goal or anything.  I need to continue accepting who I am and being proud of myself.  Recently a friend was talking about body shapes and mentioned how I had trained my body to be what it is today.  I need to be proud of my swimming shoulders and the curves that I do have.  I need to be proud of how strong I am and what my body can accomplish, even when my mind or heart is questioning it.  So this year, I am just going to continue to love myself....

Things I am looking forward to in 2017- More runDisney races of course, more adventures around Florida, finishing my masters degree (July 15th!), and possibly a trip to Ireland or Hawaii (still being decided...).  There's so much to continue looking forward to and I can't wait for what this year holds!