Wine and Dine Half Marathon Weekend – Day 3 – Wine and Dine 10k

My first race of Wine and Dine Half Marathon Weekend and Lumiere’s Two Course Challenge was the Wine and Dine 10k.  I had two goals for the race: to take it easy since I had the half marathon the next day, and to have a lot of fun.  I successfully met both goals, and think I may have even gotten a 10k PR in fun.

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Race morning started bright and early with my alarm going off at 2:30 a.m.  Once up I showered, pumped, and got dressed.  For this race I decided to dress as my favorite Disney princess, Belle.  The inspiration for my costume was a Belle theme SweatyBands that my friend Kathleen bought for me during Disney World Marathon Weekend 2015.  My father-in-law, who walked the 10k, and I were out the door in time to catch the first bus from our hotel, Art of Animation, to the staging area at Epcot at 3:30 a.m.

Ready for the Wine and Dine 10k

Ready for the Wine and Dine 10k

On the bus I ate my usual pre-race breakfast – a peanut butter sandwich and a banana.  We arrived at Epcot quite early, about 30 minutes before the corrals even opened.  Our goal was for my father-in-law to get as far to the front of his corral (Corral E) as possible since he was walking the race and wanted as much headway on the Balloon Ladies as possible.  When the corrals opened, we parted ways, and I hung back a bit to take some pictures of the start line and to use the porta potties.

I’m not sure when I entered my corral (Corral B), but even though I got into my corral well after the corrals had been opened, I was only a couple of rows of people back from the front.  Since my plan was to take the 10k easy, I didn’t feel any need to fight to get to the front, although there were lots of people who pushed their way forward, especially once our corral was moved towards the start line.  I understand that people are excited about racing, and that they want to get as close to the front as they can, but there’s no need for pushing!

The wheelchair participants started just before 5:30, and corral A started at 5:30 on the dot.  I crossed the start line at 5:41 a.m.

Fireworks went off with the start of each corral

Fireworks went off with the start of each corral

With the course being the exact same as the Disney World 10k course, which I walked in 2014 during the inaugural year of the race, I knew what to expect in terms of the course itself.  I had been a bit disappointed by the lack of entertainment back in 2014, and had high hopes that the entertainment would be amped up now that runDisney is a couple of years into using this course.  My hopes were met, as there was more than enough entertainment, character stops, and other photo ops during the 6.2 mile run through the back streets of Epcot, around World Showcase, and around the Boardwalk area.  Since my finish time was nowhere near my priority, I had fun and stopped at all but one of the character stops.

The first miles of the race were along the Epcot entrance service road, Epcot Center Drive, and Overpass Road.  We entered the backstage area of Epcot and World Showcase just past the halfway point of the race.

Photo Credit: Disney World PhotoPass

Photo Credit: Disney World PhotoPass


Photo Credit: Disney World PhotoPass

Photo Credit: Disney World PhotoPass


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Mile Markers 1-3

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Once I entered World Showcase, my pace slowed down even more, as the character stops and photo ops were even more frequent than they had been outside of Epcot.

Photo Credit: Disney World PhotoPass

Photo Credit: Disney World PhotoPass


Photo Credit: Disney World PhotoPass

Photo Credit: Disney World PhotoPass


Running through World Showcase

Photo Credit: Disney World PhotoPass

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After exiting World Showcase around mile 4.5 the course took us out to the Boardwalk area.  Only second behind running through World Showcase, this was my other favorite part of the course.  There were so many spectators that lined the Boardwalk and cheered runners on.  There were also a couple of character stops along the Boardwalk.

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Photo Credit: Disney World PhotoPass

Photo Credit: Disney World PhotoPass


Photo Credit: Disney World PhotoPass

Photo Credit: Disney World PhotoPass

Upon exiting the Boardwalk the course took us through part of the backstage area of Epcot, and we reentered the park in Future World West.  We passed the Fountain of Nations and Spaceship Earth, and then made our way towards the front of the park.  The finish line of the race was in the Imagine Lot.

Mile Markers 4-6

Mile Markers 4-6

My official finish time was 1:37:06 (15:38 pace), though according to my Garmin, which paused while I stood in line for photos, I ran 6.37 miles in 1:05:29 (10:17 pace).  This race was nowhere near my fastest 10k, in fact I believe that the only one that I completed slower than this was the Disney World 10k back in 2014.  But my finish time was far from my mind, as I crossed the finish line with a smile on my face because I had had so much fun.

Crossing the finish line Photo Credit: Disney World Photo Pass

Crossing the finish line
Photo Credit: Disney World Photo Pass

After the race I made my way through the finisher’s chute, collected my water, Powerade, and food box, got my medal, and then decided that I wanted to wait in line for a picture with Lumiere.  I was running his challenge after all.

With one of the stars of the weekend Photo Credit: Disney World PhotoPass

With one of the stars of the weekend
Photo Credit: Disney World PhotoPass

It had been such a fun morning at Epcot, but the fun for the day was just getting started.  My father-in-law and I needed to get back to the hotel to shower and get ready for the day since we had even more fun ahead of us – little man’s first race – the diaper dash!

QOTD: Do you race every race that you run, or do you sometimes take the time to have fun during a race?

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Friday Five – Five Reasons to Donate to RMHC

As I shared back in October, I will be running the Chicago Marathon next October.  Not only will it be my first marathon, but it will also be the first major race that I’m running with a charity team for.  When I started exploring the idea of running a marathon, I knew that I wanted to make it a meaningful experience.  And after some prayer and reflection, I decided that joining Team Ronald McDonald House Charities and running the Chicago Marathon with them would be a great choice.

I will be running Chicago in memory of one of my childhood friends, Tammy, who is third from the left

I will be running Chicago in memory of one of my childhood friends, Tammy, who is third from the left

When I made my marathon announcement, I shared why I chose to run with Team RMHC.  While I have a very personal reason to be supporting this charity, there are so many other reasons to consider donating to Ronald McDonald House Charities:

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1.  Because many families travel far from home in order to receive the best treatment possible for their sick children, RMHC allows for families to be kept close together when their child is sick by providing a lodging alternative that is much cheaper than a hotel room.

2.  Ronald McDonald Houses are in close proximity to hospitals, which allows families to stay close by to their sick children while they’re receiving the care that they need.  You can hear about Emily’s story below about the impact that RMHC had for her and her family.

3.  The houses bring families of sick children together to help support one another.  There is strength in numbers, and often times families will have a stronger mental state simply because of being able to feel supported by others who are going through similar experiences.

4.  By staying at one of the houses, it allows parents to focus on the care of their child as opposed to grocery shopping and/or cleaning.  Their time and attention can be devoted to the needs and well being of their sick child.

5.  Many houses have playrooms and/or outdoor play areas for children to play in.  Whether its siblings or the sick child him/herself playing in these areas, the houses are able to provide a safe space for children to play in.

This holiday season, won’t you consider making a donation to RMHC?  No donation is too small.  $25 helps to provide a home cooked meal to a family.  $80 covers the expense of a room for a family for the night.  Any donation, in any amount, will help the families of sick children.  You can visit my personal fundraising page here.

QOTD: Do you know have family or friends or have benefited from the services of Ronald McDonald House Charities?

I’m linking up for the Friday Five 2.0 linkup.  Many thanks to the wonderful ladies at Fairytales and Fitness and Running on Happy for hosting!

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December 2016 Monthly Goals

Wow, where has 2016 gone?!?  Its hard to believe that we’re getting ready to start the last month of the year, which is going to be an extremely busy one.

Since we were at Disney World for Wine and Dine Half Marathon weekend at the beginning of the month, I didn’t write my usual monthly goals post, but I did have two goals for the month of November.  Despite the craziness that November was (little man was sick for the majority of the month, in addition to being away for Thanksgiving), I was able to successfully meet both goals.  I ran at least once per week this past month, and I did not gain any weight, despite the decreased amount of time that I had available to devote to exercise.  For those two reasons, I’m considering November a success, especially since so much of my time outside of work was devoted to taking care of a very sick child.

Since little man was born, November was the quietest month here on the blog.  Although I was frustrated at first by my inability to keep up, I’ve also realized that blogging is far from my top priority.  Its not my job, and its not my family, its a hobby.  And while I’ve missed being able to interact with all of you, my readers, on a regular basis, know that you haven’t been far from my mind.  I have every intent to finish fully recapping our Wine and Dine racecation (you can check out my first two recaps from the trip here), though it’ll take a lot more time than I had anticipated, especially since I’ve had a sick child at home.

With the last month of the year upon us, I want to try my best to finish out 2016 as strongly as I can.  I was very motivated at the beginning of the year to get back to my pre-pregnancy shape, and though I’ll recap my yearly goals separately from my monthly goals, I want to continue that focus into this last, very busy, month of the year.

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1.  Run at least once per week.

I don’t know exactly when I’ll start training for the Chicago Marathon, nor do I know when or what my first race of 2017 will be.  However, I don’t want to start from scratch with my training, and want to make sure that I maintain my running base.

2.  Work out at least three times per week.

I’ve been enjoying the mental and physical break from being “in training” from a race, which has allowed me to focus more of my time on strength training and cross training.  With the stress of having a sick child, as well as with how busy our month is going to be, I need to make working out a priority as a form of stress relief and self care.

3.  Focus on quality family time.

We have a lot of exciting things on our calendar for the month, including little man’s first birthday party, my parents visiting, and visiting my in-laws for Christmas.  We’re also doing Christmas up big this year.  With the unknown arrival date of little man last December, Christmas wasn’t the priority.  Little man wound up being born two days before Christmas, and we were discharged from the hospital Christmas afternoon.  Although last year was technically his first Christmas, he wasn’t an active participant, so we want to make Christmas a big deal for him this year.  Focusing on quality family time will also great for me in terms of self care during this extremely busy time of the year.

QOTD: What are your goals for December?

I’m linking up with Ange and Carmy for the Monthly Goals linkup.  Be sure to check out their posts as well.

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Giveaway Winner and Happy Thanksgiving!

First of all, congrats to Stephanie Grant, who won the Dick’s Sporting Goods gift card, courtesy of XShadyside Pittsburgh Gyms!

Second, Happy Thanksgiving everybody!  I hope that everybody enjoys spending the holiday with friends and family.  Things will be quiet here on the blog til next week, partly because of wanting to enjoy the holiday weekend as much as I can, but also because I have a very sick little boy on my hands.  Unfortunately, he had to get a chest X-ray last night in order to rule out pneumonia, which he thankfully doesn’t have.  But if you’ve been wondering why my blogging has been so inconsistent lately, and why I haven’t gotten very far in recapping our Wine and Dine racecation, its because my mommy duties have had to take top priority.

We spent quite awhile last night cuddling on the couch watching Mickey Mouse Clubhouse

We spent quite awhile last night cuddling on the couch watching Mickey Mouse Clubhouse

I have a lot to give thanks for this year, most importantly my little man.  Life is so different than it was at this time a year ago, and all for the better.  I can’t imagine my life without him!

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I hope that everybody has a great Thanksgiving!

QOTD: What are you giving thanks for this year?

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Wine and Dine Half Marathon Weekend – Day 2 – Fun at Magic Kingdom

During our Wine and Dine trip we had one full day to spend at the parks, so we opted to spend the day at my favorite park, and the most kid friendly park, Magic Kingdom.  We arrived around 10:00, and upon arrival were greeted by all of the beautiful Christmas decorations.  We spent some time on Main Street enjoying the decorations, and watched the Main Street Trolley Show.

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Christmas at Disney World is so magical!

My little man can be such a ham sometimes

My little man can be such a ham sometimes

Afterwards, we headed to Adventureland and rode Magic Carpets of Aladdin.  Since we thought that little man might take a nap afterwards, we decided to walk around Adventureland and Liberty Square, including a stop inside of the Christmas shop.  After a very short nap, we headed back to Adventureland and had lunch at Pecos Bill.

On Magic Carpets of Aladdin

On Magic Carpets of Aladdin

After lunch we had a Fast Pass to see Mickey Mouse, and I was hoping that little man would enjoy seeing Mickey just as much as he did back in August.  While he did enjoy seeing Mickey, it was nowhere near the same reaction, I’m sure driven by the fact that he was tired and in need of a nap.

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But little man couldn’t go down for a nap yet because he had a very special appointment…an appointment for his first haircut!  We headed across town square to the Harmony Barber Shop, where little man’s hair was trimmed.  He did so well, and didn’t fight us once during his hair cut!

Little man getting his first hair cut!

Little man getting his first hair cut!

We're so proud of how well little man did during his hair cut!

We’re so proud of how well little man did during his hair cut!

After his hair cut, he immediately fell asleep in the stroller, so we decided to do some shopping on Main Street.  After doing some shopping, we had Fast Passes over in Fantasyland, and we took turns riding.  Preston and I rode the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, and his dad rode Peter Pan, and then once little man woke up we rode Dumbo.  Then, it was off to Adventureland since we had a Fast Pass for Jungle Cruise.

Fun with Dumbo!

Fun with Dumbo!

Dinner that night was at the new Jungle Navigation Co.  We all thought the food was absolutely delicious!

Enjoying some time on the patio before being seated, and my delicious lamb chops

Enjoying some time on the patio before being seated, and my delicious lamb chops

After dinner, we changed little man into his pajamas and headed back to Fantasyland since we had a Fast Pass for Winnie the Pooh.  And then it was bedtime for little man.  He fell asleep while drinking his bottle, and then continued to stay asleep after we put him in his stroller.  We’re so thankful that he’s as good of a stroller sleeper as he is, since it allowed us to continue to enjoy the park even after he fell asleep.  In the end, we decided to call it an early night since the 10k was the next morning, and left the park shortly after little man fell asleep.

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QOTD: What is your favorite time of the year at Disney World?

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Holiday Gift Guide and Dick’s Gift Card Giveaway (Courtesy of XShadyside Pittsburgh Gyms)

Disclaimer: The prize for this giveaway is courtesy of XShadyside Pittsburgh Gyms.  As always, all opinions are my own.

Everyday it seems as though more and more holiday decorations are popping up.  Seeing the decorations has me thinking about what I would like to put on my Christmas Wish List this year.  And with me getting ready to train for my first full marathon, many of the items that I’m putting on my wish list this year are running related.  So what’s on my wish list this year?

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1.  New pair of running shoes.  With me getting ready to start marathon training in early 2017, I know that I’ll be out logging more miles than I’m currently used to, and will need to replace my current running shoes at least once during the training cycle.  I’m a longtime fan of Mizuno Wave Inspires.

2.  CamelBak hydration vest.  I currently run with either a handheld water bottle, or with a hydration belt, but I know that as the distance of my long training runs increases that I’ll need to be able to carry more water with me.

3.  Wireless headphones.  Its about time that I stop running with the basic white Apple headphones and use headphones better suited for working out.

4.  New workout clothes.  Let’s be honest, is there any such thing as too many workout clothes?  Never!

5.  Race registration fee.  I love to run races as part of my training for my goal races.

Want to treat yourself this holiday season to something on your wish list?  Well you’re in luck!  XShadyside Pittsburgh Gyms is offering one From Dancing to Running reader a $25 gift card to Dick’s Sporting Goods.  Be sure to enter my Rafflecopter giveaway for your chance to win.  The giveaway ends at 11:59 p.m. EST on Tuesday, November 22, 2016.

And if you’re still in search of other gift ideas, be sure to check out the gift lists that I’ve previously shared here on the blog.

Gift List for the Pregnant Runner

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Holiday Fit List

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QOTD: What is one fitness item on your holiday wish list?

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Wine and Dine Half Marathon Weekend – Days 0 and 1 – Flying Down and the Expo

I’m so excited to relive all of the excitement from our most recent trip to Disney!  This trip was much different than our past couple of trips, and to the surprise of many, only my second racecation at Disney (3rd if you count when we went in 2013 for Preston’s first marathon).  My first racecation, back in January 2014, was when I ran my first half marathon and Preston completed the Dopey Challenge, so to be able to run my 10th half marathon at the same place where I ran my first was quite nostalgic.

When we initially booked our trip back in March we had planned to fly down mid-Thursday morning, but back in September when Southwest was running a fare sale we decided to change our ticket to Wednesday night (yay for no change fees on Southwest!).  Although the timing of our flight would have worked out perfectly with little man’s bedtime routine had we been on time (we were supposed to leave DC at 7:00 p.m.), our flight was delayed by over two hours.  I’m very proud of how well little man did, and although he was up past his bedtime he did eventually fall asleep in the Ergo while I walked him around the terminal.

Little man during our delay, wondering when we'd get to leave so that he could go to sleep

Little man during our delay, wondering when we’d get to leave so that he could go to sleep

One special note about our flight down – we found out before we boarded that there were 40 honor veterans on our flight returning home from their day trip to DC.  They received much earned recognition and applause, both inside the terminal as well as on the plane.  And when we arrived in Orlando we decided that since we already weren’t going to get much sleep, and since little man was still soundly sleeping, that we’d stay and be a part of their “welcome home” greeting as they walked past security.  Preston and I had the privilege of helping welcome honor vets to DC back in 2013 so it was a wonderful experience to be able to be a part of their day again.  By the time we made it to our hotel and to bed, it was about 1:30 a.m.

The honor flight vets getting ready to board the plane in DC, and then the vets being greeted upon our arrival in Orlando

The honor flight vets getting ready to board the plane in DC, and then the vets being greeted upon our arrival in Orlando

First on our agenda Thursday morning was a character breakfast at Cape May Cafe.  This was my first time dining there, and little man’s first character meal.  I was quite impressed with the spread on the buffet, and little man loved being able to interact with Minnie Mouse, Goofy, and Donald Duck.

Scenes from breakfast, including little man's first Mickey waffle!

Scenes from breakfast, including little man’s first Mickey waffle!

After breakfast we headed over to Wide World of Sports for the expo.  We arrived around 11 a.m., about an hour after the expo opened.  Since little man was napping in his stroller, and you can’t take strollers into the expo, my father-in-law and I decided to hit up the official merchandise first so that Preston could stay outside with little man.  Although there was a line to get into the Jostens Center, and then another line to get into the official merchandise area, both lines moved quickly.  After spending about 15 minutes browsing the merchandise, I left with exactly what I wanted: a Lumiere’s Challenge shirt, a Sweaty Bands headband for both the half marathon and the challenge, as well as magnets for both the half marathon and the entire race weekend.  I could have purchased way more than I did, but I’m quite pleased that I was able to exercise restraint.  Preston wasn’t impressed with the men’s merchandise, and opted to not get anything for himself.

Ready for a fun race weekend!

Ready for a fun race weekend!

After making our purchases and briefly walking the expo floor (I did check out the current New Balance runDisney shoes lineup but was far from impressed), we met back up with Preston and little man who was now awake, and headed over to the Field House to pick up our bibs.  Since all four of us participated in various races throughout the weekend, we each had bibs to pick up.  Little man and I received our shirts with our bibs, but Preston and my father-in-law had to go back into the Jostens Center to pick up their half marathon and 10k shirts.  This is the one thing that I find frustrating about runDisney expos.  Why can’t the shirts and bibs just all be in the same location?!?

All four of us ready for a fun weekend of racing!

All four of us ready for a fun weekend of racing!

My expo purchases, my race shirts, and my bib

My expo purchases, my race shirts, and my bib

By the time we were done, we had spent about two hours at the expo, it was after 1:00, and we were all starving.  We decided to head to our hotel, Art of Animation, to try and check in (we stayed off property Wednesday night) as well as eat to lunch at the food court.  While eating lunch, we received the text message that our room was ready (I greatly appreciate this newly added convenience at Disney hotels), and after eating unpacked our rental car and got settled into our room.  While Preston tried to get little man to take a nap (he was very wound up and never fell asleep), I made a quick trip to Publix to pick up baby food for little man for the trip, as well as breakfast and snack foods for the rest of us.

That evening we had a dinner reservation at Tutto Italia at Epcot.  Since my father-in-law wasn’t feeling well, he decided to stay back.  At dinner Preston and I decided to share an appetizer and entree (we shared the “Fior di Latte” Mozzarella salad, basically a take on Caprese salad just made with sweet peppers instead of tomatoes, and lasagna) partly because the portions were huge but also partly so that we could enjoy a post dinner snack at one of the Food and Wine Festival kiosks.  It was a great decision!

Scenes from Epcot

Scenes from Epcot

After dinner we changed little man into his pajamas, and he quickly fell asleep in his stroller.  We walked around World Showacase, each enjoyed a drink from one of the festival booths, took turns riding Test Track (yay for parent swap!), and then returned to World Showcase to end the evening by watching Illuminations.  It was a great end to an exhausting and busy first full day at Disney.

Stay tuned for part 2 of our racecation recap.  On Friday we spent the day at Magic Kingdom and enjoyed another first for my little man – his first haircut!

QOTD: What is your favorite restaurant at Epcot?

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Friday Five – Catching Up

Wow, it seems like forever since I last wrote a blog post, even though its only been about a week and a half.   Since it feels like its been so long since I was last able to write, let’s get caught up a bit, shall we?

1.  I decided not to recap my last week of Wine and Dine training because other than running the races themselves, I only worked out one other day last week.  Between running 19.3 miles during last weekend’s races, as well as walking at the parks at Disney, I was plenty active.

2.  Speaking of our time at Disney, we had an absolute blast!  Although both our flight down as well as back were significantly delayed, that didn’t hinder our ability to enjoy our time there.  The weather was absolutely beautiful, sunny with highs in the low 80s each day, and we enjoyed spending 4.5 days at Disney with my father in law.  Between our phones, cameras, and Photo Pass photos, I have well over 500 pictures to sort through.  I can’t wait to start reliving our trip and to find the time to recap our time there.

Showing off our medals with Mickey on Monday

Showing off our medals with Mickey on Monday

3.  One of the many highlights of our trip was being able to run my 10th half marathon.  I’m so glad that it worked out that I could run my tenth half at the same place where I ran my first back in January 2014.  I’m also especially happy that I was able to run the race with Preston and cross the finish line with him.

Preston and I crossing the finish line of Sunday's Wine and Dine Half Marathon

Preston and I crossing the finish line of Sunday’s Wine and Dine Half Marathon

4.  Since we were away during the first week of the month I wasn’t able to write out my monthly goals like I normally do.  I have two main fitness goals for the month of November – to not gain weight and to run at least once a week.  With the holidays right around the corner, I want to make sure that I don’t overindulge.  And although I plan to take at least the rest of this month off from official race training, I want to make sure that I still get out and run at least once a week so that when I start training again I don’t feel like I’m starting over.

5.  After the DC Trifecta’s announcement last month to bring the Friday Five linkup to an end, imagine how pleasantly surprised I was to find out that Lacey, Meranda, and Rachel decided to start the Friday Five 2.0 linkup.  I hope to be just as active with this linkup as I was with the original Friday Five one.

QOTD: What’s been going on in your life lately?

I’m linking up for the Friday Five 2.0 linkup.  Many thanks to the wonderful ladies at Fairytales and Fitness and Running on Happy for hosting!

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Wine and Dine Half Marathon Training Log – Week 5

Despite how motivated, and successful, I was with my training last week, this past week I had a lot of difficulty fitting my workouts in.  Between multiple doctors appointments for little man and I and a couple of late afternoons at school with students, post work workouts were difficult to fit in last week.  The weekend was also extremely busy, as my dad was in town and I tried to spend as much time with him as I could.  We also started packing for our racecation over the weekend.  Needless to say, my workouts were the first thing to get cut during this extremely busy week.

I’m bummed that I had to miss my last long run yesterday.  I had planned to do my third set of back to back runs this past weekend, to help me be as prepared as possible for the back to back races that I’ll be running next weekend, and ran four easy miles with little man on Saturday.  However, there was just too much going on yesterday (little man was also very fussy over the weekend), and I just couldn’t carve out the time to get a six mile run in.  I’m disappointed, but I also know that since I’m not running either race this coming weekend for time, that I’m still prepared to run all 19.3 miles.

Saturday's run allowed little man and I to spend some quality time together

Saturday’s run allowed little man and I to spend some quality time together

I plan to run one more time before we leave Wednesday evening, and then the rest of my workouts for the week will be walking around the parks at Disney.  While I’m disappointed that my training didn’t end the way that I had hope for it to, I’m excited that race week is finally here, and I cannot wait to head down to Florida!

Mon 10/24 – Rest day

Tues 10/25 – 4.16 mile run, 0.35 mile cool down walk

Wed 10/26 – Rest day

Thurs 10/27 – 4.00 mile run, 0.19 mile cool down walk

Fri 10/28 – Rest day

Sat 10/29 – 4.00 mile run, 0.46 mile cool down walk, 20 minutes of strength training (upper body, lower body, abs)

Sun 10/30 – Rest day

Total Weekly Mileage – 13.16 miles (3.24 miles less than week 4)

Total Wine and Dine Mileage – 89.85 miles

QOTD: How many times do you run the week of a major race?

I’m linking up with Holly from HoHo Runs and Tricia from MissSippiPiddlin for the Weekly Wrap link up.  Be sure to check out their posts as well.

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My Costumes for Wine and Dine Weekend

Next weekend is a race weekend that I’ve been looking forward to for over a year and a half now: Wine and Dine Half Marathon Weekend.  I’m extremely excited about this race weekend for a long list of reasons, including the fact that I’ll be running the inaugural Lumiere’s Two Course Challenge – the 10k on Saturday and the half marathon on Sunday.  I’ll be dressing up for both races, and I couldn’t be more excited about my costume choices!

costumes

For the 10k, I’ll be dressed as my favorite Disney princess, Belle.  The inspiration for my costume started when I received the Belle Sweaty Bands headband from my friend Kathleen in March 2015.  I had just registered for the 2015 Wine and Dine race, and thought that I’d be dressing up as Belle for last year’s half marathon.  Then we had to defer the race, but I’m excited to be able to follow through on my vision and dress as Belle for the inaugural Wine and Dine 10k.  I was very excited to find the rose earrings on Etsy, as they’re a perfect compliment to the rest of my costume.

For the half marathon, I’ll be dressed as my favorite classic Disney character, Minnie Mouse.  For my long time readers, you may recall that I dressed as Minnie for my first Disney race, the inaugural Disney World 10k, back in January 2014.  I’m excited to dress as Minnie again, but in a different way.  I came across the “Run Now Wine Later” tank in a Facebook group that I’m in, and when I saw how nicely it complimented the Minnie Sparkle Athletic skirt, I knew what my costume for the half had to be.

I’m incredibly excited for next weekend!  If you’ll be at Wine and Dine weekend and you see me, please be sure to say hi!

QOTD: Who is your favorite Disney princess?  Who is your favorite classic Disney character?

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