I can’t believe April is nearly over and I’m just now able to sit down and write about the 2018 Credit Union Cherry Blossom Ten Mile Run over two weeks after it happened. I was lucky enough this year to be recruited to the social media team as the Instagram lead and have been working hard since October! My training for the race itself hit a snag when I got sick during the winter and never was able to pick back up at the level I would have liked. By the time the race rolled around, I was a little worried about being able to complete the race. But I built some confidence after my last few long runs and knew, while it wouldn’t be pretty, I would be able to complete the 10 miles.
I woke up to some AMAZING news this morning – I have been selected to be a Nuun Hydration ambassador for 2018! I am super excited to represent Nuun in 2018 – it has been my go to since it was first introduced to me by my Running 101 coach! I love that it is made with plant based ingredients and helps replenish electrolytes after run. I usually end up drinking it on a daily basis to help avoid dehydration!
The last two weeks have been incredibly busy! I’ve kept up with my run streak – and while my 1 mile days are out numbering my 1+ mile days, I truly do feel like I’m learning to make time for running and hope I’ll be able to continue this after my run streak to incorporate some crossing training. (Who knows, maybe I’ll try a Yoga Streak in the new year!). I ran my second race of my run streak, and it was ROUGH – but it feels like a turning point and it has gotten easier every day since that race.
Are you running a holiday race? Tell me all about it in the comments!
The nation’s oldest 50 mile ultramarathon. Ultramarathon…Ultramarathon.. I completed an ultramarathon. This must mean that (if my wife’s hashtag is correct) that I am an ultramarathoner. I sit in front of the computer thinking about that fact with mixed emotions promising my wife that I would write this..
Happy Monday, Friends! Congratulations to any runners who toed the starting line this weekend – but especially to those at the Marine Corps Marathon and my fellow 10Kers! Shout out to my husband for PRing his marathon and going sub 4:00!
After finishing the 10K, I tried to make it over to the marathon course to cheer on the runners, but I found myself crossing the wrong bridge and couldn’t make it there and to the finish line in time for Roswell to finish. So instead I stopped by Starbucks and grabbed a coffee (thanks to Holly and Tricia!) and headed to the finish line to spectate.
Oh man, if there’s one place my empath side comes out, it is the finish line of a marathon. I can’t even start to count the number of times my eyes teared up Sunday morning watching the runners fight for every step up that hill (because you know, it’s an uphill finish – *only Marines would have an uphill finish at a marathon*). But standing near the finish line, it reminds me of one of my favorite quotes from Kathrine Switzer:
Have you spectated a marathon finish line?
After another early night, we were up before the sun again and getting ready for the second part of our Double Dare challenge. While waiting for the 10K on Saturday, the temperature wasn’t too bad – in the 70s – which was a nice change from the temperature at home. The moment we stepped out of our hotel room Sunday morning, we could feel the difference. There was absolutely no breeze and it was several degrees warmer than the day before.
I didn’t necessarily pick the best outfit for running in sunny 90° weather, with my all black costume. With the Toy Story theme, I wanted to find a great character to represent on the course – and immediately fell in love with Wheezy!
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.
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…
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!
What an amazing day for a run! While the weather was a bit chilly while we waited for the race to start, it turned into a beautiful day to run the Credit Union Cherry Blossom Ten Mile Run. Roswell and I arrived downtown around 6AM to meet up with my mom and brother. We made a pitstop and decided where to meet after the race, then we were off to our corrals shortly after 7AM.
All four of us woke up dark and early (it was not even bright until after we finished running), and got ready for the 5K on Thursday morning. When we first registered for the challenge, I knew that the only race I could probably get Roswell and my brother to dress up for would be the 5K, so I immediately started thinking about what we could be. During an 8 mile treadmill run, I watched Hercules and I knew that was clearly going to be the inspiration for our DisneyBound costumes for the first race. If you don’t know about DisneyBounding, I recommend checking out the DisneyBound queen Leslie Kay. Essentially, instead of a costume (because adults are banned from wearing costumes in Disney parks), you create an outfit inspired by a Disney character, place or even food! I pulled together a purple Megara outfit, we found Roswell a tan shirt and added tan wrist and red head sweatbands for Hercules, and my brother wore all black and grey topped off with a blue hat for Hades. We tried to think of an outfit for my mom, but we ran out of time. Despite this, I was quite pleased with our group photo the morning of the race!