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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August Goals

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As I said yesterday, I wanted to share some small monthly goals today. I have not be seeing the progress in my personal training that I would like to and really I haven’t been seeing the growth in my life in general that I would like to. There are goals that I’d like to meet, like getting a personal record in my half marathon, that aren’t as simple as just training. I need to make sure that I’m eating food that’s healthy, getting enough sleep and having a positive attitude. I find that some areas can be excellent but another area is suffering – no goals are being achieved when there’s not balance.

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NAFHALF Training: Week 11 Recap

I was a little tired this week – so I decided to listen to my body and take it easy. As I’ve written, I’ve been having a hard time with my training. I’m still working through what’s going on with my training and other parts of my life. I have some goals for the month of August that I’ll be sharing tomorrow. I haven’t been seeing the results that I was hoping for with personal training so I realize that I need to make some changes.

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NAFHALF Training: Week 10 Recap

This week was long. I did a lot. In fact, I didn’t have a full rest day for an entire week. At the time, I didn’t realize it though. By the time Saturday hit, I was ready for a rest day. I was excited to make it to Bikram for the first time in a while – trying out a new studio closer to campus. I love that they have $10 community classes, since Bikram (and yoga in general) can be a bit pricey, even if those classes are at 6AM. I’m not sure how much of a regular thing I’ll be able to make it because of the bus schedule, it cuts it VERY close to when I should be at work.

My runs have been a little rough lately – and I’m feeling like I’m getting more and more behind every week. I have already decided after my fall races that I’m going to take a step back from longer distances and work at improving my speed and getting back closer to my 5K PR. I realized that when I first started running, I did so many 5Ks before I even thought about running longer distances. I worked continually at getting faster and reaching my sub 30 minute 5K goal. When I jumped back into running last year after taking time off, I jumped right into Dopey Challenge training as the way to motivate me. I was going from zero to sixty because I thought I could just run like I did before. I didn’t think about the months of work I put in previously. I want to spend at least the next year working on 5Ks and 10Ks and put myself in a better position for a half marathon PR in the future. On the bus Monday morning, I realized that if I was still feeling overwhelmed by the half marathon, I could always move to the Navy Five Miler and suddenly it felt like a weight had been lifted.  We’ll see what happens come September, the pressure was significantly less knowing that I had options.

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