Archive | October 2012

My 1st Half Marathon

It’s been a little over 6 weeks since I ran my first half marathon in “the Happiest Place on Earth.” As some might know, the Disneyland Half Marathon was not my first choice for my first half marathon.  The Nike Women’s Marathon in San Francisco was what I had my eye on a year ago when I set the goal of doing a half marathon this year. But when I learned that it was a hard race to get into – without joining Team in Training, I went to a plan B. Running a half marathon was my main goal so I looked for another race to do in case I couldn’t get into the NWM during the random drawing(which I didn’t). My good friend suggested that we do the Disneyland half together and I went for it.  The original plan was for a girls weekend where we’d meet in L.A, go to the parks, go to the beach, and do the race. Unfortunately, my friend had something come up right before the race and had to cancel.  It was slightly hectic getting last minute hotels and deciding if I was going to fly or drive myself. Ben came to my rescue and took time off work, got his dad to babysit, and rented a car so he could come with me. So it turned out to be a mini vacation for the two of us.

Moon over the San Luis Reservoir

We left early Saturday morning – before the sun was up.  We wanted to get there early enough to make sure we had enough time to get my race packet and beat any traffic. The people who set the date for the race are no fools.  Race weekend also happened to be Labor Day weekend.  Ben did all the driving. It was a very pretty drive seeing the sunrise.

Sunrise over I-5

Wish we could have stopped at 6 Flags.

Arriving in L.A.

He got us to L.A. in 4.5 hours. We were too early to check-in to the hotel so we went had an early lunch at his favorite restaraunt – Bubba Gumps. I usually have carbs at lunch time the day before the race so I enjoyed some shrimp and rice.

Shrimp Bucket Appetizer. Half Cajun and Half Garlic

My Lunch: Shrimp/Sausage/Veggie Kabobs

Indulged in a Bread Pudding Dessert

After checking in to our hotel, we headed towards to Fitness Expo. So… here is where I had a complete blonde moment.  The whole time I was preparing for the trip, I thought that the Expo was at the Anaheim Convention Center which was right next to our hotel. We walked over and saw a Christian convention but no sign of a fitness expo :-/ Ben was a little irritated because we were walking and it was a bit hot that day. When I looked again, I realized that it was the convention center inside the Disneyland Resort.  It wasn’t too much further of a walk and it gave us an idea about how far I would have to walk on race morning to the start line.

Walking down Katella

We headed to packet pick up which was at the lower level.  It was well organized. You picked up based on you bib number, showed your ID and got your packet. I went to Runners Relations to change my corral since I didn’t put a proof of time down when I registered. I was originally assigned to be in the second to last corral and I wanted to be closer to the front. I used my Big Sur 9miler time to get into corral A – the front :-) It’s not that I was expecting to win but I did have a time goal and I knew being closer to the front would help me. We decided to get one day park passes for after the race. We left the Expo and walked towards Downtown Disney.  We made reservations for dinner at the Rainforest Cafe since it’s such a long wait if you don’t. We were a little tired from the drive so we decided to relax and watch a movie. We saw Will Ferrel’s The Campaign. It was one of his better movies of late. Then we walked around Downtown Disney. I bought a neon pink Minnie Mouse shirt from one of the shops. We decided to try our luck at getting a table earlier than our reservation and got in.

Dinner: Roasted Chicken w/ double order of grilled veggies

Our table was right by the gorilla which we both knew our youngest son would have loved. I ordered roasted chicken with a double order of grilled veggies and Ben got some steak. We talked about our kids and how they were going to enjoy our vacation we had planned. Then we walked back to our hotel and it was time for me to get some rest for the race.  I set out my clothes and gear, set my alarm for 3:30a and was in bed by 9p.  Didn’t quite fall asleep until after the booming of the fireworks show ended though.

Lights on trees made for a romantic walk :-)

All ready for the race!

I got up at 3a and got ready. Breakfast was a banana and Chobani Champions w/ almond butter. I realized I didn’t have a spoon so I used my straw to stir and eat.

Pre-Race Breakfast.

Ben stayed asleep. The plan was he would meet me at the finish line around 7:30a. It was dark when I headed out the door. I walked to the intersection and followed the group of fellow runners to the start line. I arrived just as they opened the corrals.  I walked around to check things out and see where the bag check and restrooms were. I hung around until 5a then checked my bag, used the restroom, and headed to my corral. While I waited a nice man said he would take a picture of me at the start line.  He was an older man but a very seasoned runner and he talked to me about his experiences with the Disney marathons. Intimidating and Inspiring at the same time. Lol. The race started at exactly 5:45a.

Stage w/ DJ playing music

Wish I had taken advantage of this.

Getting to my corral.

At the Start Line.

What can I say? It was definitely a Disney race.  I think I saw pretty much every character along the way while running through the parks.  A few of the people in the group I ran with stopped for pictures but it was very quick and they were quickly back in the race. I did not stop for pictures because I focused on running. The music through the park was very loud so it was hard to hear my own music. I didn’t mind though. And it was magical to run through the castle.

Running through Cars Land

The Castle!

You cant help but smile. Even though there wasnt music outside the park, there was still quite a bit of entertainment on the streets on Anaheim for the runners. Bands, cheerleaders, and of course supporters/volunteers were all throughout the race.  I did have to make one pit stop for a bathroom break right around 10K. I really enjoyed running through Angels Stadiums.

In Angels Stadium

There were supporters as you came in cheering you as you ran around the stadium.  At the last mile, it was just non-stop cheering.  Ben didn’t get a front row spot but he saw me cross the finish line via the video screen they had.  I felt great crossing because I saw that I had come in under my 2 hour goal! I wasn’t sure after my pit stop of I would still make it.

Crossing the Finish Line.

I always push through the finish :-)

With my Finisher Medal.

I picked up my finisher goodies – the medal was heavier than I expected it to be, water, banana, and my checked bag then met up with Ben. I was really happy that he was there for me. I pulled out my chocolate Zico and Luna bar and enjoyed them on our walk back to our hotel.

Goodies inside the Finisher Box.

I showered and changed into the new Minnie Mouse tee I bought and we walked back to the park.  There were people still running the race when we got back. We headed into the park to be kids for the day. My right hip and glute were really sore but I did pretty good. We didnt have wait too long for any ride.

Walking down Main Street

Our first stop - for the Indiana Jones Ride

Star Tours

First time I saw this :-)

By 11a we were starving so we decided to have an early lunch. We decided to do the Big Thunder BBQ.

Loved that the water was served in these jars.

A bucket for each of us :-) Plus we ordered another bucket of chicken. I was hungry!

Love my Benny for supporting me.

It was an all you can eat kind of place. We both ate a bucket of chicken and ribs. I did not even touch the corn bread. We stayed a couple more hours then decided to head home.

We shared a candied apple on the way out of the park :-)

RunDisney banners on our way out.

Yes, I slept for quite a bit of ride. I also drove for a couple hours but my legs got really tight while driving so after stopping for dinner, Ben got back to driving. We were home by 9:30p and it was not hard for me to climb into bed and fall back asleep :-)

My results :-)

Would I do it again? Yes! I will probably do it again next year :-) I have more friends that want to do it with me.  I think it’s a great race to do for a first half marathon.  It’s all pretty flat with just a couple overpasses that serve as “hills.” The energy is amazing and everyone is pretty happy to be there.  And of course, it’s prefect to plan a vacation around.  They even have a 5k and kids races the day before. Definitely something for the whole family. Disneyland and Disney World have several races they do throughout the year, so definitely check them out and do one! My goal is do the Coast to Coast challenge were you do a race in both Disneyland and Disney World in the same year :-)

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The Day After

I ran my second half marathon yesterday (Sunday Oct.14th) even though I was still fighting a virus. My training was already shortened because I had just finished recovering from my first half and had about 4 weeks to get ready for the NWM. The virus hit me 4 days before the race and pretty much took me out. I was still determined to do the race so I focused on resting and saving up all my energy for Sunday.

I finished the race and was still able to do it under 2 hours :-) But yes, it took a toll. Even the fireman and volunteer at the finish line could tell.  I must have looked horrible because they kept asking me if I was ok and if I needed help. lol. I did have a bit of a hard time catching my breath at first but I managed to stay on feet.  I was completely exhausted but I got my pic with the fireman, got some race goodies, and walked to the shuttle back to Union Square. I made it home, but I was physically done.  My stomach hurt, my head hurt, and my whole body ached. I had a fever the whole day.  I was on the couch the whole day. As soon as Ben got home from work, I was in bed.

So Tired! On the Bus back to Union Square.

While I was sleeping, Ben decided to call in sick to work so I could get some rest today.  I woke up at 8a worried that he was late but he told me not to worry and to get some more rest. I was still so tired that I was quickly back asleep. I woke up at 10a because I was hungry. I felt much better and my body didn’t ache. I got some food but was still tired so I went back to bed.

I finally got up at 3p – and felt great. My legs are a little sore but not as bad as I thought they would be. My glutes didn’t even feel sore which is surprising because of all those hills. I didn’t hurt my hip like I did with my first half and my ankle didn’t hurt at all. My fever hasn’t spiked all day and I am finally feeling like I’m getting over this virus.

A day like this makes me realize just how lucky I am. Sometimes I wonder how Ben and I work since we are so opposite in so many ways. But it’s times like this, I am reminded of why I love him so much. Despite his flaws, he is a good man and takes good care of our family. Every stay at home mom knows that there is no resting with kids, and I am grateful that Ben understands that. Thanks to him, I will be able to get back to my routine in no time.

Anniversary Giveaway!!!

So I’ve been mentioning a giveaway for months now and I am so sorry for taking so long to finally get to it.  Something always seemed to come up when I wanted to do it. I had hoped to have it up by the time I did the  NWM on the 14th, but I was fighting a virus and focused on resting so I would have energy to get through my race.  Thanks to a wonderful hubby who took time off work so I could get some rest, I am feeling well enough to get this Giveaway started!

For those of you who don’t follow me on twitter or instagram – Here is what 1 Lucky winner will get:

Who Wants to Win?!!

I wanted to celebrate my amazing first year being part of the Tone It Up Team by doing a Giveaway. And what better prize could I give than goodies from the team that changed my life? I didn’t  have much luck finding a brown rice protein that I liked.  The chalky texture always got to me, but when Karena and Katrina came out with Perfect Fit, I didn’t have to look anymore.  It’s not completely smooth like whey protein, but it is so much better than all of the other brown rice protein powders I have tried. It’s great in smoothies, pancakes, and pretty much anything you can think of adding it to.  They have an ice cream and donut recipe too!

The winner gets:

  • 1  50 serving bag – perfect for baking
  • 1 box of 20 single serving packs – great for on the go
  • 1 Pink Blender Bottle

How To Win:

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  3. Leave a comment on This Post telling me your biggest challenge with your health and fitness goals.
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  6. Contest Starts 10-15-12 as soon as this is published :-)
  7. Contest Ends 10-22-12 at 11:59pm PST

Yes, this is open Internationally. I paid for all these goodies so these are gifts from me :-) Please share this!  Good Luck!!