Thursday, February 10, 2011

Training Update

For those who didn't already know, I received a trip to the 2011 Disney Princess Half Marathon as a gift. I only had to pay for my meals and my park tickets!! This is such a huge blessing to me, and I'm so excited! I haven't officially trained for it which is why you haven't gotten official updates. After the Half Fanatics training, I decided to modify my training a bit to keep up that level of fitness.

It's been hard to not have an official training program to follow, but I basically kept up the pattern of the Penguin's half-marathon training program:

Monday - rest
Tuesday - run 4 miles
Wednesday - bike
Thursday - run 4 miles
Friday - swim
Saturday - long run
Sunday - bike

The long runs on Saturdays rotate between 5, 8, and 10 miles. It seems to be working just fine! I've had to make some adjustments due to our crazy weather this winter, and I had a knee problem a couple of weeks ago that required me to do a little more resting, but overall I've been following that pattern this winter. The two to go are the bike days because when it's bitterly cold, I just can't bring myself to ride outside. But the last few Sundays have seen highs around 50, and I can manage that!

I did my last 10 mile run for Princess last weekend. I actually ended up running my fastest 10 miles ever, and it was pretty exciting! I love how I am getting faster without really even trying. I do intend to incorporate some speed work and hills this spring, but for now, it's cool to see how it all falls into place with time!

I still haven't made up my mind about the full marathon yet, though I am leaning towards Disney. Strongly leaning towards Disney! LOL I have a little less than 2 weeks left before the Marine Corps Marathon opens for registration, so there is time. Right now it all boils down to money.

In other racing news, I sent off my registration for the 2011 Fallen Heroes of Georgia 10K! This is one of the 4 race that I have scheduled for 2011 (in addition to the Warrior Dash and the Triathlon that I registered and paid for last fall). I really wanted to sign up for the Run the Reagan Half Marathon next weekend, but I have to be good if I want to do the Disney Marathon trip! They will "run the Reagan" again next year, I'm sure. ::sigh:: I have to keep my eyes on the prize! It will be worth it!! :)

That's about all the news I have right now. Oh, I finished my costume for the Princess! Since I'm not buying any new running gear this year while I save for the trip (I will allow for replacing socks, shoes, bras, etc), I had to be creative! And this is what I came up with:

I think it turned out really cute! I used the traditional Disney colors and the Running of the Ears logo to make myself a ROTE princess! :) I really love the folks at ROTE, and how supportive and encouraging they are of runners of all abilities! This is my way of showing that I'm proud to be a part of the group, even though I haven't been able to participate more fully in the group activities! (If I go to Disney Marathon weekend, though - look out ROTErs! LOL). Our trip to Princess this year is going to be very short, like it was for the Disneyland Half, so I don't think I'll get to see anyone except on race day morning - but that's better than nothing!

Until next time... waddle on! :)


  1. Love the outfit for the race!! :) And I must have missed the gift part of the Princess trip...that is SO awesome and I'm happy you can get to go! I hate how much these trips are costing so I know it's a huge load off your shoulders. Can't wait to hear which race you decide to make your first full. I'm debating doing Marine Corps but also in the lottery for NY. I'm 99% sure I won't make NY so we'll see. Like you said, I have two weeks to decide!

  2. Yes, I definitely wouldn't have been able to go if it weren't for this being a gift trip! :) I'm very lucky!! Are you going to do the Disney Marathon again next year, or Goofy? I think it was you who told me you chose Disney for your first full because that was the reason you started running. That's my story, too. If my friend Jan hadn't asked me to do Princess with her in 2010, I never would have started running. So it feels only right that I should do Disney as my first full. But from a financial standpoint, MCM is the smarter decision. LOL