Weekly Wrap: September 4-10

This week was all about recovery! After the Double Dare challenge last weekend, I was pretty tired come Monday morning and we had a long day ahead of us, including a red eye flight home. Tuesday morning, while I had planned on going into work, my body was telling me differently. I ended up taking the day off and alternated napping on the couch with loads of laundry. Definitely the right choice!

Finally Thursday, I was feeling ready to get back in groove with a easy run commute home. While the weather in California was abnormally hot, it was cooling down here and the weather has been getting better and better!
How’s the weather where you live?
Are you dealing with Irma? 

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Weekly Wrap: August 28 – September 3

Two days were definitely required to recover from the epic weekend we just experienced! I am working on my race recaps, but I had a great time at the Disneyland Half Marathon weekend despite the high temperatures! I can definitely understand what I’ve read about this being the best race weekend at Disneyland – it definitely lived up to the hype. And I’m experiencing all of the post Disney blues right now, ready to plan our next Disney adventure.

However, I am glad that this half marathon is behind me – and I can start concentrating on shorter distances for a while. Roswell and I have (jokingly, but not jokingly) made a deal that if I can place in Corral A for a Disney race, he would stop and all of the character photos I would want. Since I placed in corrals G and F this race, I’ve got QUITE a bit of work to do.
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Dopey Challenge 2017: WDW Marathon

Welcome to the final installment of my Dopey Challenge 2017 series! After the half marathon (or lack of half marathon) on Saturday, we relaxed around the resort and Disney Springs with a few friends who came to see us run the marathon the next day!

Before we knew it was it morning and we were up and heading to Epcot. After buying the race retreat during the Princess Half weekend a few years ago, I knew it was a good investment and BOY am I glad that we had somewhere warm to hang out because it WAS FREEZING. I definitely didn’t anticipate weather in the 30s with a crazy amount of wind, but I guess that is what the storm on Saturday brought in.

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Weekly Wrap: August 21-27

3BlackCatCo_Navy5Miler_Week15This last week was weird – I was a little off my schedule, thanks to wanting to spend ALL THE TIME with our new addition. Instead of heading to the gym in the evening, we headed home to play with Stack. I still managed to do a core/upper body workout on Monday, but by the middle of the week I’d lost my steam. The gym was closed for training Wednesday through Friday, meaning we couldn’t head there after work and I couldn’t run to work because I didn’t have a place to shower.

HOWEVER, Saturday morning, Roswell convinced me to head out for an easy run and it was the best idea ever. Definitely helped get my momentum back and I had a great long run on Saturday. I obviously can’t wait to board our plane on Friday for our long weekend at Disneyland! Anyone going to be there?! 
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Dopey Challenge 2017: Half Marathon

 

Next in the Dopey Challenge saga is the half marathon… As you may very well know, the half marathon was cancelled due to weather. After hearing stories about “Splash-n-Dash” and other close calls, I wasn’t surprised that this cancellation happened. Many runners have written about how the runDisney community came together so beautifully (like Linz at Sharp Endurance – one of my favorite posts). But let’s start at the beginning…
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Weekly Wrap: August 14-20

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Another positive week! I walked or ran 4 days to work, the only day I took the shuttle was a day that it happened to storm. I also continued strength training without my personal trainer, staying motivated to get stronger to help with my running. I made it back to the track – I had stopped going because I was following a different plan for speed work and it was a little weird to be going to a group training and do a different workout. Since I’ve decided to drop back my distance, I decided that a little bit of speed work and socialization was just what I needed! In personal news, we welcome another member to our family this week and he’s just a little ball of energy!  Continue reading

Dopey Challenge 2017: 10K

With the Disneyland Half Marathon weekend rapidly approaching, I figured I would finally finish my race recaps for the other half of our Coast-to-Coast Challenge. I shared my Walt Disney World 5K race recap back in January… so August seems like a great time to finally share the rest of the weekend.

While I fully admit to telling Roswell and my brother what to wear for the 5K, you can imagine our surprise when we took a look at our running gear as we got ready to head out the door for the 10K on Friday morning. I think that we clearly were all channeling our inner-Minnie!

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Weekly Wrap: August 7-13

3BlackCatCo_NAFHALF_Week13Hello friends! Thank you to everyone who stopped by last week while I was guest hosting the Weekly Wrap,wonderfully hosted by Hoho Runs and MissSippiPiddlin. They aren’t kidding when they say it’s a ton of reading! But I discovered so many blogs that I enjoyed reading and have added their authors on Twitter or Instagram so I can continue to follow along!

I felt so much more positive this week! Thank you to everyone who left comments and suggestions last week. I chilled out with three runs, two strength training sessions and even did a fascia release workshop at a yoga studio (that I ran to!). Overall, it was a much more positive week than being down in the dumps lately. I think a lot of that is due to taking the pressure off of myself for the Navy Air Force Half. I haven’t officially transferred races yet and I clearly need to update my graphics, but I think this is definitely the right move for my ability and mental sanity right now!

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Race Recap: The Hardest Cider 5K

Saturday was the perfect day for a run – the storms earlier in the week brought cooler weather, the sun was shining and the setting was picturesque. The Hardest Cider Run is part of a series put on by SourFish Events. The Great Pumpkin Run last fall was put on by the same group so I knew what to expect. This race took place at the Hauser Estate Winery, where Jack’s Hard Cider is produced – and man, was it GORGEOUS!

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NAFHALF Training: Week 12 & Weekly Wrap!

WWGuest-HeatherHappy Sunday and welcome to the Weekly Wrap! I am super excited to be a host this week. Holly and Tricia are taking some time off from hosting duties this summer and I am beyond honored that they have trusted me to be a guest host this week. If you’ve never joined the Weekly Wrap, I strongly encourage you to give it a try! It’s an amazing way to discover new blogs and make new friends!

The rules are pretty simple. Visit and comment on as many blogs as you can, including the host blog. Please do not drop a link and leave – let’s support each other!


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I went with the flow this week, which led to only two one runs, but I swam and met with my personal trainer twice. I’m leaning more and more towards dropping down to the Navy 5 Miler (instead of the Half Marathon). My goal of PRing my half marathon time is not likely to happen and the more I push, the less fun running is becoming. I’ll still be running the Double Dare Challenge at Disneyland two weeks before. But that weekend is just for fun, not for time. I’d like to drop down in distance and be able to look forward to the race, rather than toeing the line knowing that I haven’t put in the time to reach my publicized goals.

Have you ever dropped down in race distance?
Have you ever lost your race/running mojo?
What did you do to get it back?

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