Weekly Training Recap

Mon: 4 miles

Tues: 4 miles – 558 ft elevation gain
Hills day! My running partner and I made it a new years resolutions to tackle hills on our weekly runs. We finally mustered up the courage to run at an infamously hilly trail. We have a lot of work to do as this run included a lot of walking, but getting there is half the battle right?

Wed: Rest Day

Thurs: 1 mile 
Attempting to run four days a week again. Last time I ran 4 days a week, my ITBS started flaring up. Hoping that all the strength training, stretching and foam rolling will help the ITBS be a thing of the past.

Fri: 10 miles – 105 ft gain
Ran the first two miles with my husband, made the 10 miles go by much faster! Even though I dread getting up earlier for long runs, I always feel so great afterwards – especially after a double digit run!

Sat: Insanity: Cardio Power & Resistance
Posting this before it actually happens with the hopes that it will actually make me do it ūüėČ

Total mileage: 19 miles

T-minus 9 weeks til the San Francisco Rock N Roll.

Eating Hills for Breakfast

The San Francisco Rock n Roll Half Marathon is officially 73 days away. In terms of endurance, I feel fine. I’ve been alternating my long runs between 8, 9 and 10 miles. It won’t take long for me to ramp up to be ready for 13.1 miles. What is going to take some time is the hill training. There’s about three big inclines with several smaller ones. Here’s the official elevation change graph.

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courtesy of Rock n Roll SF

I want to be prepared for all of those hills, so training began today. My running partner and I ditched our normal easy and flat running trail and headed¬†for the hills. And… it wasn’t as bad as I thought. Our elevation gain was about 200 feet, or so my running partner told me, my running app crapped out and didn’t record the full run. I used this running trail as a test run. We have our sights set on a much hillier trail run, but the scaredy cat in me couldn’t bring myself to start there. Let’s set ourselves up for success shall we?

As I begin training for San Francisco and her infamous hills, do you have any tips to make eating hills for breakfast more palatable?

I (will) eat hills for breakfast

My husband and I signed up for the San Francisco Rock n Roll Half Marathon next March. We made sure to register before the price increase! No procrastination here (for once)! My husband also was pleased to see that this race has a pretty generous refund policy which includes  injury, illness, and unexpected travel delays. Brownie points to the race directors at the Rock n Roll, I like how you think.

I am a big fan of¬†the Rock n Roll series. I’ve raced in the half marathon in San Jose and full marathon in San Diego. The races are always well organized, high energy and really fun to be a part of. I believe the San Francisco location has only been around for 2-3 years. Last year, I was interested in signing up but one tiny little thing stood in my way.

Actually make that three 300 foot gargantuan things.

The hills are alive with the sound of San Francisco.¬†Call me a baby, but I avoid hills like the plague. And even though it’s always one of those things that I know I should do, I just can never bring myself to add hill training to my workouts.

So. Much. Pain.

But there is that old saying, no pain, no gain right and by signing up for this half marathon I will HAVE to train hills. Hill training conjures up feelings of anxiety and dread. I will have to remind myself that this was a voluntary assignment. I have no one to blame but myself.

Speaking of The Hills,¬†I can’t think of a better way to accentuate a post on hill training than with some gifs from my friends Lauren, Whitney and Audrina. Let’s be honest, life¬†is better with a little¬†Lauren Conrad¬†thrown into it. My not so guilty reality TV pleasure will precisely¬†illustrate¬†all of my current feels:

To answer the question, why am I doing this?
sacrifice wins

I guess I am sort of a glutton for punishment
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To inspire myself during my inevitable hill workouts:
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What I hope to look like after hill workouts:
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What I’ll actually look like:
hills-sad

Okay hills, let’s go.

Disneyland Half Marathon Weekend: 10K Recap

This recap is quite late. I would apologize, but I’m sure¬†my race recaps will never be on time.

To kick off the Disneyland Half Marathon weekend, my fellow Dumbo Double Dare compadres (my husband and good friend), woke up at 3:30am to run the 10k. The ONLY reason in life to wake up at 3:30am is for Disney races. Disney races start SOOOO early in the morning. I know they want to start early so that the race doesn’t interfere too much with their normal park operating hours, but this is the only race I’ve ran where¬†I feel like I should¬†be going to bed at the time I’m waking up.

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Since we were crashing at a friends place in Irvine,¬†we wanted to make sure we had plenty of time to drive there, park and find the corrals. I was pleasantly surprised to find that the parking situation was quite easy and the walk from the parking structure to the corrals was just mere minutes. It felt much longer and more complicated at Disneyworld, but maybe¬†it’s due to the fact that Disneyland is my “home turf”. I¬†guess being an annual pass holder for several years is good for something.¬†We arrived with plenty of time to spare. We hung out in the runner’s area and took advantage of the extra time to take some photos. For the 10K, my friends and I had a¬†“monstrously” awesome group costume idea…

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CAUTION. MONSTERS ON THE SCARE FLOOR. Don’t worry, we only scare because we care. Mike Wazowski, Sully and Boo comin’ atchya from the Disneyland 10k. The¬†guys’ costumes were fun to make. I picked up some felt at a craft store and went to town. So excited that¬†I was ¬†finally able¬†to use my rudimentary sewing skills! I loved how they turned out. I made my husband (Sully) attach¬†a blue fluffy tail to the back of his shirt as well. My¬†Boo outfit was easy to throw together. Good thing I love pink and purple, I didn’t even need to buy anything!

Race Highlights:

  • Almost the entire 10K was in Disneyland and California Adventures! It made for a very interesting and magical run. I thought it was cool getting to run in the “backstage” areas of Disney¬†like¬†where they store the huge floats.
  • I ran the race with my husband and our friend. I had a good corral placement the highest of the three of us and was planning on taking advantage of it. But¬†last minute, I decided to start in the same corral as my husband. My husband wanted to save his energy for the half marathon the next day,¬†so we employed the Galloway run walk method and would run 1 minute and walk another minute. Our friend started in a corral that was further back, but he¬†was able to catch up to us¬†once we got inside California Adventure. It was tons of fun running as a group. We made sure to stop to take pictures, be silly and really enjoy the race.
  • The 10K was Lilo & Stitch themed, (World of) color me surprised. I had no idea til we got there. It was fun to see so many people dressed up as Lilo and the Elvis music blasting along the course.
  • Dressing up in costumes! For the Walt Disney World Marathon weekend I felt vastly unprepared. I remember showing up to the corrals and had a bit of a FOMO (fear of missing out) moment. Why was I the only one not dressed up? Why are people so creative? Why did I not plan a costume??? Dressing up to run in Disney races should be mandatory. It was fun coming up with a costume idea for our group, creating the costumes and then¬†prancing around Disneyland in the costumes. As we were getting out of our car in the morning, two runners came up to us and were squealing about Sully’s tail. When they realized that we were the Monster Inc. crew, they¬†were beside themselves with happiness.
  • Best Costume Award was for this guy dressed up as Kronk with Isma strapped to his back (see photo below). Seriously? Is this real life? I love this costume because it¬†is not your typical Disney costume. Some people I know have never even seen the Emperor’s New Groove (I know, they lead sad, strange little lives). We were in the same corral as this guy. I could not stop staring. Amazing, amazing, amazing. Even more impressive, he finished¬†the entire 10k in this get up.¬†Hero.

Overall it was a fun race, as most Disney races are. One thing I was disappointed in was the lack of characters on the course. There were plenty of Elvis photo ops, but very few characters. Not going to lie, I was a little sad as that was something I was looking forward to. Now, onto the photos!

Wonderful World of Color!The infamous handstand photo

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Sully's tail - my favorite part of the costume and Sleeping Beauty's castlefloats and costumes - Disney races are endless funsullyandbooFinish with a smile (and ice)

I Dumbo Double Dare You

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I’m officially signed up for the Dumbo Double Dare run at Disneyland. 19.3 miles. I’m actually not too worried about it. I ran a 10k and marathon at Disneyworld. I did have a day off in between, but ¬†I still feel confident about doing 6.2 and 13.1 back to back.

I’ll be running this half marathon with my sister. It’s her first half marathon! I’m so proud of her for signing up for this challenge! She ran the 10K with me in Disneyworld, perhaps the running bug has bit her too (it could also be because of the Disney magic).

When it comes to Disney and now runDisney, I feel like I should just give them direct access to my bank account. They’ve got me wrapped around that little mouse finger. Dumbo Double Dare, the pins to go a long with it, coast to coast… I’m a sucker for it all.

And this time, I’m going to run with a legit costume. EEP.