December 2015 Monthly Goals

Today marks the beginning of December which means it also marks the beginning of the month in which my little boy will be born!  Preston and I are both extremely excited and anxious to meet our little guy, and can’t wait for him to make his grand entrance into the world!  Though I’ve reached the point of pregnancy of being ready to not be pregnant anymore, there’s several things we’d still like to take care of around the house before he arrives.

November just wasn’t my month.  Not only did I fall extremely short in meeting most of my fitness goals, but some pregnancy complications arose this month that led to a couple of emergency OB appointments as well as an ER visit.  Without going into detail about all that happened, I’m just thankful that both the baby and I seem to be doing better now.  I wound up being sent home from an emergency OB visit for one day of bed rest at the beginning of the month, and also had to take a day off from work two weeks ago after suffering from a migraine that just wouldn’t go away.

I know that I can’t be too hard on myself, and I’m certainly not disappointed that I didn’t meet my November goals.  I’m now just weeks away from giving birth, and know that any working out that I can do is a success, despite the fact that reaching most of my November goals just wasn’t possible this past month.

nov 2015 goals

1.  Log at least 30 miles.

Grade: D

I walked and ellipticaled a total of only 17.7 miles.  Between multiple doctor’s appointments each week, including some unplanned visits to the OB, and some long days of work, there were just too many days each week when working out had to take a back seat to everything else going on.  I know that having a busy schedule might sound like an excuse, but pushing my tired pregnant body after being out of the house for sometimes upwards of 11-12 hours just wasn’t the right decision for me.  I’m also not sleeping on a regular basis (just last night I only got four hours of sleep due to lots of trips to the bathroom as well as tossing and turning), and many days my body needs rest more than it needs to be active after a long day at work, especially if my day has also included a post work doctor’s appointment.

2.  Work out at least three times per week.

Grade: D

Most weeks last month I was lucky if I managed to get two quality work outs in each week.  I won’t repeat what I’ve already said, but rather I’ll emphasize that at this point my body needs more rest than it needs to be pushed.  I also know that I’ll be very eager to return to a regular work out routine once my OB clears me after delivery.

3.  Continue to listen to my body.

Grade: A

This is the one goal that I was successful in accomplishing last month.  And now that I’m only weeks from delivering my baby boy, listening to my body is becoming increasingly important.  (Okay, now I’m starting to sound like a broken record!)

With so many unknowns about the month ahead, the biggest of which is the burning question of when the little guy will make his big debut, I’ll be using my monthly goals as very loose guidelines.  If I’m able to reach any of my goals, great.  If not, then that’s okay too.  But I’d much rather have goals to focus on trying to achieve as opposed to not setting any goals for myself and feeling lost when it comes to trying to continue my fit pregnancy regime.

dec 2015 goals

1.  Log at least 20 miles.

Based on last month’s mileage, 20 miles seems much more manageable right now than any higher amount.  I’d rather focus on being realistic as opposed to completely dreaming.

2.  Continue to listen to my body.

As I get closer and closer to giving birth, listening to my tired body is becoming more and more important each day.  Some days knowing that I need to just relax on the couch in the evening is more important than trying to drag myself to the gym.

3.  Give birth to a healthy baby.

My big focus and goal this month is to not only finish out my pregnancy as healthy and as strong as I can, but to also give birth to a healthy baby.  While Preston and I have desires for how we’d like our birthing experience to go, we also know that we can plan all that we want and things likely will happen far from how we’d like them to.  The top priority is making sure that we are able to hold a healthy baby by the end of the month.

QOTD: What are your goals for December?

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You May Have Noticed…

Those of you who are regular readers of From Dancing to Running may have noticed a big change that has taken place on the blog over the past couple of weeks…

…I’m not posting five days a week right now.

That’s right, I’m going against my own blogging advice and not posting on a consistent basis right now.  But when circumstances change, you need to go against your own guidelines.  (You can read more of my blogging tips here, here, and here.  And although I’m not following all of these to a T right now, I truly believe in all of these tips.)

This change isn’t because I don’t want to keep writing five days a week.  Believe me, I love blogging, and its hard to imagine my life without blogging now.  Rather, the realities of being late into the third trimester of my pregnancy have made for sheer exhaustion.  In addition, with me not being as active as I’m used to being, I don’t feel as though I have as much to share.  I’d rather share quality posts with all of you rather than just slapping together sloppy ideas and hitting “Publish.”

The reality also is that once the baby is born I know that my time will be even more occupied, and it’ll be harder to keep up with five posts per week.  Sure, I’d love to make that my goal, and I’d love to say that I’m going to hit every single blogging goal that I set for myself earlier this year.  But that’s just not realistic.

I'll reflect more fully on my 2015 blogging goals in a separate post, and although I've reached some of my goals some of them are just not going to happen this year

I’ll reflect more fully on my 2015 blogging goals in a separate post, and although I’ve reached some of my goals some of them are just not going to happen this year

So instead, please bear with me as I work towards finding my new “normal,” not just in life but also here on the blog.  I’m not sure what that new normal will be on here just yet, and it’ll probably take some trial and error to figure that all out.  But I promise that I’m not forgetting about all of you, but as I’m sure you can imagine, priorities are shifting.

QOTD: When have you most recently had to face the reality of shifting priorities?

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Friday Five – Gratitude: Pregnancy Edition

Happy belated Thanksgiving everybody!  I sincerely hope that all of you were able to enjoy yesterday surrounded by friends and loved ones.  Preston and I are currently in New Jersey, enjoying the weekend with my in-laws and our last weekend away from home before baby makes his arrival.

I love this time of year for many reasons, but particularly because it allows me to focus on what I’m truly grateful for.  Not that I’m not grateful throughout the year, but this time of year in particular really emphasizes it.

There’s so much that I’m thankful for this year, especially when it comes to my pregnancy:

  1. Baby’s health – Though we’re aware of one health concern that we’ll have to work with the pediatrician to monitor after the baby is born, I’m extremely grateful that Baby Thayer overall looks very healthy.  Not every parent is so lucky.

    36 week ultrasound

    Baby Thayer during our 36 week ultrasound on Wednesday

  2. My health – While I stopped running about a month ago, and have slowed down a lot over the past several weeks, I’m thankful that I’m still able to be active.  I may not be able to be as active as I’d like to be, but not every pregnant woman is able to make it through their pregnancy without having to face limitations put into place by their doctor, or without having to go on bed rest.
  3. Amazing friends and family – I would not have been able to make it to my 9th month of pregnancy without the continued support of our friends and family.  Their love and support means the world to me.

    Preston and I with our parents at our baby shower back in September

    Preston and I with our parents at our baby shower back in September

  4. Incredibly supportive coworkers – Every single day at work, my coworkers are looking out for me, especially as I near the end of my pregnancy.  So many are constantly checking in on me, making sure that I’m okay.  Its even just the little things that so many of them go out of their way to help me with, like when a mobile computer cart or textbook cart needs to be moved from another classroom to mine.  Yes, I could do it myself, and I’m often stubborn enough to try to, but so many of them quickly jump in and offer to do it for me.
  5. All of you – The outpouring of support that I’ve received both here on the blog and on social media has been absolutely incredible, to the point that some days it has brought me to tears (happy tears that is).  I honestly can’t imagine having gone through this journey without the support that so many of you have offered.

QOTD: What are you grateful for this year?

As always, thank you to the DC Trifecta Bloggers (Courtney from Eat Pray Run DC, Mar from Mar on the Run, and Cynthia from You Signed Up For What?!) for hosting the weekly Friday Five Link Up.  Be sure to check out their posts as well!


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Rock ‘n’ Roll DC Discount Code

On Monday I received some exciting news – that my Rock ‘n’ Blogger discount code is valid for next year’s Rock ‘n’ Roll DC races.  Use discount code DANCINGTORUNNING to save $15 on race registration for the half or full marathons.  The race is scheduled for Saturday, March 12th.  (Note, my code is also currently valid for Rock ‘n’ Roll Arizona and Rock ‘n’ Roll New Orleans.)

I would love to run Rock ‘n’ Roll DC again (I ran it in 2014 when it was named Rock ‘n’ Roll USA.)  With Baby Thayer due next month, 2016 will not be the year for me to return to this race, but you can bet that I’ll be cheering those of you on who do choose to run this race in just 15 short weeks.

After crossing the finish line of RnRUSA, now called RnRDC, back in March 2014

After crossing the finish line of RnRUSA, now called RnRDC, back in March 2014

I’ve now run at three different Rock ‘n’ Roll events (Virginia Beach in 2013, 2014, and 2015, as well as Philly this year and DC back in 2014), and all have been positive race experiences.  Rock ‘n’ Roll races are well known for their great on course entertainment, having plenty of water and fuel stops along the course, as well as having lots of post race food available for runners at the finish line.

Interested in running the streets of DC in March?  Maybe drop a couple of hints to your friends and family that you’d like a race registration for Christmas.  The next price increase isn’t scheduled until January, so there’s plenty of time to cash in on the current registration price ($115 for the full marathon, $105 for the half marathon, plus $15 off using code DANCINGTORUNNING).

QOTD: What race(s) are on your 2016 race calendar?

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Gift List for the Pregnant Runner

Disclaimer:  Although I am a For Two Fitness ambassador, I did not receive any form of compensation for this post.  Instead, I’m just sharing my love of the clothing line with all of you.

With Black Friday ads dominating the media right now, as well as flooding my e-mail inbox, ideas for Christmas gifts have been on my mind a lot lately.  And with me currently being nine months pregnant, I’ve also been thinking a lot about fitness items that I’ve found very useful while maintaining a fit pregnancy, as well as things that I would love to have post delivery as I work towards getting my pre-baby body back.

These items are all on my gift list, and I’m sure they’ll also please the pregnant runner in your life too.

pregnant runner gift list

  1. For Two Fitness clothes – I’ve been wearing For Two Fitness tops since early on in my pregnancy, and they have grown with me as my baby belly has grown.  I was able to wear non-maternity workout bottoms until I was 30 weeks pregnant, but the For Two Fitness capris and pants have offered the perfect fit for my continuously growing baby belly since I started wearing them.
  2. Bosu/Exercise Ball – One of the few ab workouts that I’ve been able to maintain, other than planks, are crunches on the Bosu ball.  I don’t have one of my own at home, but every visit to the gym includes time spent on the Bosu ball.
  3. Dumbbells set – A dumbbells set is the perfect addition to any home gym, especially for moms who won’t always be able to escape the house to head to the gym.
  4. Running shoes – Because what runner doesn’t want a new, supportive pair of running shoes?
  5. Gift card for postpartum running clothes – There is always something so motivating about being able to work out in new clothes!  I would love to be able to add a few new pieces to my wardrobe after the baby is born and I’m cleared by my doctor to resume running again.

QOTD: What gift(s) would you add to a pregnant runner’s gift list?

I’m linking up today with Erika from MCM Mama Runs, Patty from My No-Guilt Life, and Marcia from Marcia’s Healthy Slice for the Tuesdays on the Run Linkup.  Be sure to check out their posts as well!


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Looking Ahead to 2016

Though I didn’t realize it would be a year of great change, 2015 has certainly proven to be just that.  Despite having set yearly goals for myself back in January, those goals were quickly reevaluated and modified after finding out in April that I was pregnant.

2016 will also be a year like no other, as I adjust to life as a new mother and work towards getting back to my pre-pregnancy fitness levels.  There’s of course no way to know how long it will take me to bounce back after delivery, which makes it difficult to plan ahead for what races I’ll try and run next year.

For the past 2.5 years I’ve used running races as a way to focus my fitness regimen and to stay motivated when it comes to working out.  My plan is to continue to use races in 2016 to help me to stay motivated, though I don’t plan to go after a certain number of races next year like I did in both 2014 and 2015.  I’ll be focusing on quality races over quantity.

One of the big questions on my mind lately is when I should attempt to run my first post-baby half marathon.  Is late spring too early?  Should I wait until Labor Day weekend?  Should I wait until next fall?  At this point, its hard to answer that question.  Although I ran until I was 32 weeks pregnant, its impossible to predict how long it will take me to get back at running, and more importantly, running long distances.

One thing is for certain: I’m eager to get back out there.  I miss the thrill of training for a goal race, and I miss being able to physically do so.  In some ways, I don’t feel like I’ve trained for a goal race since I crossed the finish line of Shamrock Half Marathon back in March, and I’m extremely eager to focus on training for my next goal race.

After crossing the finish line of Shamrock Half Marathon and completing the Dolphin Challenge

After crossing the finish line of Shamrock Half Marathon and completing the Dolphin Challenge

Will I have answers to my questions anytime soon?  Likely not.  But in the meantime, its fun to daydream about all of the possible races that I could choose from.  And I cannot wait to have my little guy cheering me on as his mommy toes the start line of her first post-pregnancy half marathon.

QOTD: What running goal(s) are you contemplating going after in 2016?

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Tips for Staying Healthy Over the Holidays (and a SmartyPants Giveaway!)

Disclaimer: Through my affiliation with Fit Approach, I received SmartyPants Adult Complete Travel Packs in exchange for this review.  As always, all opinions are my own.

Its hard to believe that Thanksgiving is one week from tomorrow!  With Thanksgiving right around the corner, that also means that the hustle and bustle of the holiday season is almost upon us.  But just because you’re spending extra time with friends and loved ones doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice your health or fitness levels.

So what can you do in order to stay healthy during the busy holiday season?

healthy holiday tips

  1. Pencil your workouts into your calendar along with your social and family events.  That way, you’ll be more likely to keep on top of your fitness routine and will know which days you might need to make some adjustments.
  2. Don’t be too hard on yourself.  Missing one or two workouts won’t be the end of the world.  December is always a busy month for so many of us, and life is all about finding balance.  And just like a missed workout here or there isn’t a huge deal, shortening a workout here or there also isn’t a huge deal.  Its better to get in 30 minutes of activity than perhaps the full hour that you might have planned on.
  3. Meal plan each week and keep healthy foods in the house.  Even if you find yourself eating out more, especially at holiday parties, having healthy foods stocked at home will help ensure that you’re finding balance in what you eat instead of resorting to processed foods, or even worse, take out, after returning from a long day out of the house.
  4. Register for and participate in a holiday themed race.  Last year, I ran both a Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving morning and then a Christmas themed race in early December.  Although I’m no longer running at this point in my pregnancy, I still hope to get a walk in on Thanksgiving day to help balance the hearty meal that I’ll be eating with family.
  5. Find a way to hold yourself accountable, such as an online fitness challenge group.  Just like last year, I’m participating in the Holiday Sweat Challenge with Fit Approach.   Although I’m working out less than I was when I participated in the challenge last year, its still a lot of fun to have the support of other like minded people during a busy time of the year.
  6. Take your vitamins!  Its easy to forget to take your daily vitamins and supplements when you’re extra busy, especially if you’re traveling.  But your vitamins are super important, especially when life is busy and you’re constantly on the go.

For additional tips, be sure to check out my post from last November on 5 Tips for Staying on Track During the Holidays.

Want an easy way to keep your vitamins with you at all times?  You’re in luck then!  Through my affiliation with Fit Approach, I have the opportunity to share a box of 15 travel packs of SmartyPants Adult Complete Vitamins with one lucky reader.  (You can check out my review of the vitamins here – my opinion on these vitamins hasn’t changed since I first received them back in September!).  Be sure to head over to my Rafflecopter giveaway in order to enter for your chance to win a box of the travel packs!  Giveaway ends on Tuesday, November 24th at 11:59 p.m. EST, and is open to residents in the United States and Canada.

travel pack

QOTD: What is one tip for staying healthy during the busy holiday season?

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Facing Reality

On Mondays (or Tuesdays if I haven’t been able to write a Monday post) for as long as I can remember, I’ve shared my weekly training log on here.  My writing a weekly training log has been my main way to hold myself accountable for my training, so that I’ve been able to keep myself on track.

Last Monday and today have been exceptions to that norm.  As I’ve briefly shared in a couple of posts over the past two weeks, I’ve slowed down significantly in terms of my physical activity.  The exhaustion of the third trimester has definitely set in, and its becoming more and more difficult for me to physically keep up with what my mind wants me to be able to do, especially now that I’m 34.5 weeks pregnant.

The reality is that its too painful to run right now.  The reality is that my baby belly has grown to the point that I can’t exercise the way that I want to.  The reality is that I’m slowing down, and whether I like it or not, cannot exercise as consistently as I’d like to.

Its been a hard reality for me to face.  Mentally, I’m geared up and ready to try and maintain the same fitness levels that I was pre-pregnancy.  And this has been a very difficult obstacle to overcome.  They say running, and working out in general, is just as much mental and as it is physical.  And boy is that true.  But the reality is that my body just cannot keep up with what my mind and heart desire to be able to do.

The reality is that I’m struggling to find a balance right now.  The stress of work is taking its toll on me, and I’ve started to face complications with my pregnancy that haven’t been fun to deal with.  Among other issues, the week after Rock ‘n’ Roll Philly I found out that I’ve developed pelvic synthesis separation.  My OB assures me that there’s nothing I’ve done to cause this, and that there’s nothing I could have done to prevent it, but of course, now I get to face the reality of dealing with it.  Some days I’m in more pain than others, and unfortunately, there’s not much that can be done medically in order to help me manage the pain.  Thankfully, neither my health or the baby’s health is in jeopardy, but nonetheless, its still not fun to deal with the chronic pain.

The last time I ran was two weeks ago at Rock 'n' Roll Philly

The last time I ran was two weeks ago at Rock ‘n’ Roll Philly, which will also be the last time that I run for the foreseeable future

Does this mean that I’m giving up working out altogether?  Absolutely not.  But I’ve had to make several modifications.  My OB has suggested that I limit myself to only low impact exercise for the remainder of my pregnancy, and that if it feels like exercise is making the pain worse, then I need to stop.  The other big adjustment that I’ve had to make has been to the frequency and duration of my workouts.  There are many days now that I come home from work and I’m just too exhausted to head to the gym.  I’m trying to embrace these changes as best as I can, and am trying to accept that if going for a walk is all that my body can handle then so be it.

As I’m facing this reality, I’m trying to remind myself that I haven’t failed.  Despite how difficult its been to accept this reality, the fact is that my body just can’t keep up with my mind right now.  And that doesn’t make me a failure.  The reality is that circumstances have temporarily changed, and adjustments have needed to be made.

QOTD: What realities have you recently had to face?

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Friday Five – Potpourri v. 8

This week’s Friday Five theme with the DC Trifecta is “Ways to Stay Healthy During the Holidays.”  I have an upcoming post planned for next week on this very topic, with a giveaway as a part of the post, so be sure to stay tuned for my tips for staying healthy during the busy holiday season.  In the meantime, you can check out a post that I wrote a year ago for tips for staying on track during the holidays.

Today, I thought I’d share some of what I’ve been up to lately and what’s been on my mind.

1.  I’m currently participating in the Grow Your Blog Hop, hosted by Kristy at Runaway Bridal Planner.  I participated in her first blog hop back in February, and found it to be a great networking experience.  Though some of the other bloggers in the blog hop are bloggers that I’ve previously connected with, there are many new bloggers that I’ve enjoyed virtually meeting and connecting with for the first time.

Grow Your Blog Hop 1

2.  Since running/walking Rock ‘n’ Roll Philly two weeks ago, I’ve slowed down quite a bit.  I haven’t run once since the half marathon, and am thinking I probably won’t be running again until after our little guy is born.  I’ve only gotten to the gym twice, and gotten outside one additional time for a 30 minute walk with Preston and Riley.  Now that I’m 34 weeks pregnant, third trimester exhaustion has set in, and listening to my body’s screams for extra rest is more important than pushing my body too much right now.

3.  While I love Christmas, the amount of Christmas stuff that is already out is a bit excessive.  Not only have I heard nothing but Christmas music played in a number of stores that I’ve been in since the day after Halloween, but I came across two radio stations yesterday afternoon that are already playing nonstop Christmas music.  Don’t get me wrong, I love Christmas, but can we please get through Thanksgiving first?!?

4.  While I’m not ready for nonstop Christmas music yet, I’ll admit that I have started my Christmas shopping.  With our little guy’s due date being Christmas Eve, I’m trying to get a head start on my shopping and get things taken care of before I start to feel too tired and run down.

5.  We’re slowly but surely making progress towards getting ready for our little guy’s arrival.  Each week I try to spend some time working on organizing and putting things away in the nursery, and last weekend I started packing the diaper bag and writing my hospital bag packing list.  I’m hoping to finish enough laundry this weekend to pack most of my hospital bag so that if I were to go into labor early we’d be prepared and ready to go.

QOTD: What are your thoughts on Christmas decorations being out and Christmas music being played this early in November?

As always, thank you to the DC Trifecta Bloggers (Courtney from Eat Pray Run DC, Mar from Mar on the Run, and Cynthia from You Signed Up For What?!) for hosting the weekly Friday Five Link Up.  Be sure to check out their posts as well!


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Thoughts on this Year’s Wine and Dine Half Marathon

Back in March, Preston and I registered for this year’s Wine and Dine Half Marathon.  That was about six weeks before we found out that we were pregnant, and when we calculated the weeks we realized that I’d be 33 weeks pregnant during this year’s race.  Although I ran/walked Rock ‘n’ Roll Philly at 32 weeks pregnant, we didn’t want to plan an expensive racecation for a race that I would have had to walk the majority, if not all, of.  The cost of the two races was a huge difference in why I still participated in Rock ‘n’ Roll Philly (which I participated in for free as part of my participation as a Rock ‘n’ Blogger this year).  After fees, our race registration for Wine and Dine was over $200/person, and we didn’t want to feel like we wasted money on a race that we would wind up having to walk.

So we deferred the race.  It wasn’t a difficult decision, but one that we wish that we hadn’t had to make since we had been looking forward to registering for this race for so long.  Throughout the race weekend this past weekend, the more that I saw everybody’s pictures on social media the more that I longed to be there.  Ever since running my first half marathon at Disney in January 2014, I’ve been eager to participate in another runDisney race weekend, and seeing the Christmas at Disney pictures had me reminiscing about our Christmas vacation there last year.

Crossing the finish line of my first half marathon! Photo Credit: MarathonFoto

Crossing the finish line of my first half marathon!
Photo Credit: MarathonFoto

Due to pregnancy insomnia, I’m not sleeping currently sleeping through the night.  Saturday night I woke up around 11:45 p.m. to a number of runDisney Twitter alerts on my phone.  It was then that I first learned that the start time of this year’s Wine and Dine Half Marathon had been delayed due to inclement weather, and that the course had also been shortened to about 6.7 miles.  Many on social media started nicknaming this year’s race “The Wine and Dine Half of a Half Marathon.”

Some of the tweets that runDisney tweeted Saturday evening

Some of the tweets that runDisney tweeted Saturday evening

The course started at ESPN Wide World of Sports, and normally would have taken runners on an out and back on Osceola Parkway, with a brief run through Animal Kingdom.  Instead, the out and back on Osceola Parkway was eliminated, as was Animal Kingdom, and runners instead were rerouted to run on World Drive to Hollywood Studios, where they ran the rest of the originally planned race, which ended at Epcot.

There’s lots of speculation as to why the course was shortened.  There was a threat of additional thunderstorms in the area between 1 and 2 a.m., when many runners would have still been on the course.  I also read about downed tree limbs on the course in Animal Kingdom.  There was discussion that the medical and security staff were only contracted until a certain time, and that by delaying the start of the race until 10:45 p.m. that these staff would have been working beyond their contracted time.  There was also discussion as to where runDisney would direct runners to that were on Osceola Parkway in the event of a second thunderstorm, and how those runners would be safe from Mother Nature.  And lastly, it was mentioned that the roads had to be reopened by 2 a.m., which with the delayed start wouldn’t have allowed for the maximum 16 minute/mile pace that runDisney offers its participants.

I’d like to believe that those are the reasons for the tough decision that runDisney had to make.  I’m trying to not believe the complainers who have argued that runDisney cut the race short in order to ensure profits for Disney at the race after party at Epcot, which still went on as planned.  That thought never crossed my mind until I read about it in several of the runDisney Facebook groups that I belong to.

Several people are naturally upset about the course being cut short, especially those for whom this would have been their first half marathon.  I’ve been trying to think about how I would have felt had Preston and I been in Florida for this race as originally planned.  Of course, I would have been disappointed about the weather’s interference with the race, but nobody can control Mother Nature’s ways.  Its hard to even begin to put myself into the shoes of those who had signed up for this race as their first half marathon, and just how disappointing it would have been to not be able to complete this race as planned.  But the reality is that safety comes first, and I would never want a race organization to put my health and safety in jeopardy just so that the show could go on.

Wine and Dine wasn’t the only race that had to have last minute changes made.  Earlier in the day on Saturday, Rock ‘n’ Roll Savannah’s full marathon course had to be cut short due to unseasonably high temperatures and humidity.  Given that a runner passed away during the race, it seems to me like Rock ‘n’ Roll made the right decision on Saturday.

Is there one “right” answer to when the weather doesn’t cooperate?  Of course not.  runDisney has their zero refund policy stated on multiple pages on their website, and they could of course have made the decision to cancel the race altogether.  But they didn’t.  They made adjustments, still passed out medals at the finish line, and honored this race as originally planned for the Coast to Coast Challenge.  Some said they had difficulty wearing and/or displaying their medals since they didn’t complete a half marathon, but many would have also complained had they not distributed any of the medals.

Since I wasn’t there, I haven’t been able to come to a 100% conclusion on how I would have felt had Preston and I been there as originally planned.  Sure, it would have been a disappointment to not complete the race as planned, but at the same time, health and safety always come first.  And for that reason, I support the decision that runDisney made to shorten the course.

QOTD: How would you have felt if you were at Wine and Dine this past weekend? Or if you were at Wine and Dine, what are your thoughts on how runDisney handled the situation?

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