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Sunday Training Synopsis

Training is in full force here…finally!  With three half marathons on the calendar this fall, and possibly a fourth, being half marathon ready is more more than necessary.  Thankfully hanging that runDisney training plan on my fridge seems to be incredibly motivating for me.  Checking off each run is rewarding…kind of like little kids and sticker rewards charts.  Maybe I should get some stickers?   But I digress…

I am currently training for the following:

9/11 – Harrisburg Half Marathon

9/24 – Diva Half Marathon DC

11/5&6 – Lumiere’s Two Course Challenge (Wine & Dine 10K and Half Marathon)

I’m running Harrisburg with my hubby and Diva and Wine & Dine with my bestie Jan!  (I’m not sure if I’m more excited about running the half marathons, or having a girls weekend away????)

I started the week off with a 4 mile run on Monday.  Since I missed the “long” run over the weekend I just started my week off with it.  After all, it’s “only” four miles.  Seriously though it was the longest I’d run in a while!  LOL!

On Thursday I had the worst run of the week, and the shortest.  The humidity was horrendous!  So even early in the morning running was miserable.  It felt like Florida out there!


Then Saturday I did my long run of the week and ran a 10K.  I explored a beautiful trail, where I learned I need bug spray when I run there!  But I had a great run.  I felt strong, which was encouraging after such inconsistent training since I know I have to start amping my mileage up in preparation for the September halves.  The weather was decided more cooperative and I saw a better pace per mile than on Thursday’s humid run.

 All in all I was very pleased with my training this week.  After our move and all the changes our family has gone through this past month it’s nice to get back into my running routine.  I am in a decidedly better mood on the days that I run so I’m sure my family appreciates that!  Here’s to another week of training and meeting goals!  I can’t wait for my next race and the upcoming racecations with my BRF!

On the training plan for this week are 30-45 minute maintenance runs on Tuesday and Thursday and 8 miles on Saturday.  For daily updates, don’t forget to follow me on Instagram!  What’s on your training plan this week?

Oops, I Did It Again…A Wine & Dine Half Marathon Story

So a little while ago I wrote a little blog about the changes to the Wine and Dine Half Marathon weekend.  In that post I sadly admitted I was going to be an adult and make the tough decision not to register for Wine & Dine.  It was a very sad realization in the face of a lot of changes our family will be going through as we end our military life.


On a packet pickup run turned date night my husband and I were talking about races and I mentioned how sad I was not to be able to do the Wine & Dine weekend with the Cupcakes.  (The Cupcakes are my online running group that was formed leading up to Princess Half Marathon 2015….we are fueld by cupcakes, cocktails & pixie dust!)   I said, I would love to run with them as it should be a big group effort again for Wine & Dine, plus I was really tempted by the innaugural challenge and being legacy for something if possible.  And my husband, the sweet, wonderful man that he is, looked at me and said, then register.  We’ll figure it out.

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Once I picked my jaw up off the floor I asked if he was serious.  Then I asked again a few days before AP registration.  Then I wrote AP registration on the calendar hanging in the kitchen for all to see.  And still that sweet husband of mine didn’t say no or advise me otherwise.  Instead he wished me good luck.

I was a nervous wreck yesterday all morning.  The closer it got to registration time, the more the butterflies took up residence in my stomach!  I had some issues with the AP site and was able to get through on an incognito window of Google Chrome so I just refreshed the daylights out of the AP page on the runDisney site. About 10 minutes till noon the links on the page for each race turned blue.  And that is when I went in the zone watching the clock and refreshing at the same time.  Right around noon I clicked and the active page loaded.  (Before noon when you clicked the links the Active page was not active.)  And by 12:03 I had my confirmation email for Lumiere’s Two Course Challenge in my email!


Holy Pajamas!  (Sorry I just watched Shag, the movie, at girls night Monday!)  I was registered, not only for another challenge (which I wasn’t sure I wanted to do after Glass Slipper) but also for Wine & Dine weekend!  Now my BRF Jan just needs to register next week and we’ll be good to go! So, I guess you could say I followed my heart the opposite way of adult responsibilies.  For now I’m riding on the high of race registration success and I’ll deal with the adult responsibilities later!  Who else is planning on registering for Wine & Dine weekend,  or was lucky enough to register yesterday?

New Wine & Dine Half Marathon Weekend Coming to Walt Disney World

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RunDisney finally revealed the updated Wine & Dine Half Marathon weekend yesterday!  Rumors have been running since some changes were spotted on Active.com and the runDisney site, and most of the speculation appears to have panned out.   We wanted to go over the changes and offer our thoughts on them after completing last years Wine & Dine Half Marathon.

Here’s what the Wine & Dine Half Marathon weekend will now consist of:

  • The race expo will begin on Thursday, November 3rd
  • Mickey’s Holiday 5K will be run Friday morning at Animal Kingdom park
  • Kids races will take place both Friday and Saturday
  • The Disney Wine & Dine 10K, presented by Remy from Ratatouille, will take place on Saturday morning.
  • The Wine & Dine half marathon will take place Sunday morning
  • The after race party will take place Sunday evening leaving plenty of time to rest and recover
  • New challenge, Lumiere’s Two Course Challenge, for those who run both the 10K and half marathon!
  • Early registration for Annual Passholders and DVC members will take place March 22nd at noon
  • Regular registration will take place March 29th at noon

Once runDisney revealed these changes my husband and I were discussing them and had conflicting points of view.  With the absense of the Osbourne Lights I’m looking forward to the changes.  I much prefer morning runs so the new schedule will suite my running style better.  After running Glass Slipper Challenge I would be happy to shower, nap/rest/put my feet up and then attend an after part after being refreshed.

On the flip side, my husband prefers the night runs.  He thinks it’s weird to have an after party that evening versus right after the race.  In his opinion it detracts from the experience.  He’s also bummed that it’s the end of night races at Disney.

Would we still run Wine & Dine?  I definitely would!  A challenge!!!!  I would love to sign up for the challenge, however, unless I win the lottery in the next two weeks that likely won’t happen since we have a few other trips planned for the later half of next year including a big trip to my home town of La La Land.   However, should a generous donor want to sponsor me to run this race I would sign up for Lumiere’s Two Course Challenge in a heartbeat!

What about you?  Do you plan to sign up for any races during 2016’s Wine & Dine Half Marathon weekend?

Long Overdue Training Update

My training for Wine and Dine has been swimming along quite nicely, but my lack of a laptop has made blogging a little more difficult.  Hopefully I’ll get it to Apple sooner than later so I can get up and running again.

With Wine and Dine next week I am so happy to say that we are in taper mode.  Due to the crazy rain here this week we didn’t run yesterday, but should be able to get in a 30 minute maintenance run on Thursday and a 4 miler on Saturday.  We’ll do our Tuesday and Thursday maintenance runs next week before heading off to Disney!


This past Saturday we did a 13 miler as our last long run for Wine & Dine.  It was such a weird run.  We were a little chatty at the beginning, but still keeping a decent pace.  However, I hit a wall around 8.5-9 miles, which was an odd time to do that for me.  We ended up with about a 15 minute per mile pace.  Not my strongest run at about a minute and a half to two minutes slower than my normal pace.  But I was able to push through at the end and run some strong intervals so I’m going to hope that I got this fluke out of my system and we’re ready for Wine and Dine!  I don’t want to see those balloon ladies next weekend!


My husband has been a great encouragement and running partner during Wine and Dine training.  I think we’ve finally gotten this running together thing down.  I just may have to keep him around while training for Princess!

How are all the fellow Wine and Diners feeling about their prep for next weekends race!  It should be a lot of fun!

Sparkle Skirts Review

I’ve been seeing a lot of buzz lately in online running groups about what to wear when you run.  I was kind of married to my Old Navy Active compression capris.  I have a really hard time finding something that doesn’t fall down on me and they were my best option.  I used a Running Buddy to carry my phone and the worked for the most part.  After over a year of listening to my cupcakes not just talk about, but RAVE about, Sparkle Skirts I began to wonder if I should give them a try.

There were a couple things that held me back initially.  They are a little pricey.  Definitely more than your Old Navy or Wal Mart capris.  The shorts worried me.  They claimed they didn’t ride up, but I had nightmares about the chaffing that would ensue from running in shorts.  Ok, those were really my only two concerns.  But they were big ones!

Then Sparkle Skirts had a sale with free shipping, and low and behold, I purchased my first skirt!  Tropical Breeze swing is so pretty and I just couldn’t resist.  So I stalked the mail and waited, not so patiently, for my new pretty to arrive in the mail.

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Trying Tropical Breeze on right after it arrived!

When it did arrive I did some tests…jumping jacks, squats, etc to see if it would fall down and it stayed up through the test.  I wore it twice around town, to events where I was going to be outside in the FL heat and humidity, and was complimented on it, and comfortable throughout the events.  It was nice to be hands free and have my phone in my pocket.

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Rocking Haunted on a recent run!

But the true test came on my first run.  I did have to pull the skirt up, but what I noticed is that with my short torso I really have to Steve Urkel my skirts and capris and then I don’t have as many issues with them falling down.  Once I solved that problem I knew I wouldn’t want to run in anything else!  I love my Sparkle Skirt!  I wear them with the kangeroo pouch in back where I put my phone so I can run my headphones up the back of my shirt.  (I really need to invest in a wireless headset for running!)  And guess what, I am now the proud owner of FOUR Sparkle Skirts so I have plenty to wear for my Wine & Dine Half, as well as my Glass Slipper Challenge training.  They are truly addicting!

My little collection!

My little collection!

One of the nice things is that Sparkle Skirts has a couple different styles you can choose from.  All of my pretties are the “Swing” style.  They also have “Hiker” which are two inches longer than the swing style.  They also have slim cut and vented slim so there are plenty of styles to choose from, and it gives you the opportunity to run in something that suites your body type best.  Oh, and they come in sizes XS to 3XL so there is one for everyone!

So, if you’re on the fence about whether or not to spend the money on a Sparkle Skirt, or whether they’re as great as everyone says they are, just bite the bullet it and get one!  Once you go Sparkle, you’ll never go back!

*This post is not endorsed or sponsored by SparkleSkirts.  The opinions are  mine of a product many inquire about.  (However if SparkleSkirts would like to send me product to review or have me be an ambassador I would be all for that!)

2016 Princess Half Marathon Registration Day!

 

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Today, at noon EST, is the time to get on your computers and get ready to register for Disney’s Princess Half Marathon weekend which takes place February 18-21, 2016.   The race weekend features kids races, a 5K, 10K and 1/2 Marathon, as well as the Glass Slipper Challenge (the 10K & 1/2).

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Don’t sweat registration this year though!  I was lucky enough to register during the AP registration for the Glass Slipper Challenge, and while I was shaking, the registration process was the smoothest to date for runDisney registration.  In any case, Disney put together a very cute graphic (notice the theme?  Eeek!) with some helpful tips for registration day.  Follow these tips for a successful registration day!

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And…since I’m crazy and am already running 19.3 miles, my running buddy and I decided to go for the Triple Crown and do the 5K as well.  I’m extremely nervous about this, but hope that with Wine & Dine under my belt and following Jeff Galloway’s training plan I’ll be able to complete all three!  After all, there are always picture breaks!

Let me know if you’ll be joining me for Princess Half Marathon weekend and what race you’ll be running!  Good luck!

Disney World Marathon Registration Opens with Great Room Discounts!

Howdy runners and aspiring runners!  Today is the day that early registration opens up for the Disney World Marathon weekend!  Get ready to rumble at noon EST today!  Regular registration opens at noon EST on April 22nd!  Are you planning on registering for a race weekend event?  Or are you just looking for a great deal?  Look no further!  Destinations in Florida has great rates for race weekend to create the most magical racecation you can imagine!  Contact me at gretchen@destinationsinflorida.com or 818-519-0777 for more information and a quick, no-obligation quote!

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