Wednesday, January 28, 2015

WDW Marathon recap

Ready to race!
I guess I owe you guys a race recap, right?

I can't believe that two weeks ago, I was hanging out in the Magic Kindgom, spinning around in a teacup/meeting Ariel/eating Dole Whip/celebrating my 28th birthday! Today, I'm spending 7 hours in the tutorial room for ME 200. Boo :(

Going into the marathon, Nichole made the comment that she thought I was in sub-3:15 shape. Crushing some major workouts IS a really good sign :) Unfortunately, I am not a very good racer in heat and/or humidity. Orlando's forecast was calling for a decent amount of both (for a marathon, anyway). Thankfully the forecast kept getting cooler and since the race started at 5:30am, I was going to be running a decent chunk of it in the dark.

Race game plan: UCAN 30 minutes out, 5:00 super easy jogging with 10-15 minutes to go, UCAN goo at 1 hour, Roctane Gus every 45 minutes after that (total of 3, with a backup 4th). Start out 5-10 seconds/mile slower than goal MP (so 7:35-:40), go for the 3:15 and see what happens!

Race execution: UCAN consumed, jog done, UCAN goo leak all over my hands, 3 Roctane Gus consumed, 1 Roctane gu dropped while fishing out #3, lots of Gatorade with the Gu/water with the UCAN, and no GI episodes!

PLUTO!
Per usual with me and marathons, I do not remember large chunks of this course. I remember most of the Magic Kingdom, but only a very small bit of Animal Kingdom. I remember hating all the turns in the Wide World of Sports (I have a very grumpy face in all my race pictures here). I saw the Team Sparkle girls in Epcot and Aladin ran with me for a bit! I high-fived Pluto at the finish line! My hip held together admirably! I ran a 3:20:18! I was the 24th female finisher, 5th in my age group! I had a great race, physically, mentally, and emotionally!

Honestly, this was such a cool race experience. Disney definitely has the gear check process down exactly as it should be done. I wasn't the biggest fan of the really long walk to the start corrals (no worse than Boston) or the lack of porta-pots once you were in the corral, but nothing that was terrible/a deal breaker. My favorite part of the race was seeing Cinderella's Castle all lit up with lights. All my race pictures here feature a huge smile :) [Please don't sue me, MarathonFoto...]

Isn't this COOL!?!?

Also, this was M's very first marathon! As his coach, I was super nervous about his race once I finished mine. He ran a 4:00 marathon with two picture stops (very well-deserved), so a huge shout-out to him :)

Birthday/good luck flowers
 from my parents :)
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To celebrate my birthday and M's graduation, we spent the entire week getting the whole Central Florida experience: Monday at Epcot, Tuesday at (both) Universal parks, Wednesday at Magic Kingdom, Thursday at Kennedy Space Center (!!!!!), and Friday park hopping between Animal Kingdom and Hollywood Studios. M's friends Jason and Erica work at Disney, so that made things a lot more fun :) Being chosen by Olivander for the wand demonstration in Diagon Alley was pretty freaking awesome too :) I'll recap my trip in a later post because there's so much cool stuff!

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For those of you playing along at home:
1.) Disney World, or Disney Land?
2.) Best birthday memory?
3.) Favorite race experience?

Sweet, sweet success...marathon #6, state #6

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Ready or not...

...I run a marathon on Sunday!

Last year, I thought training for and running Boston was a challenge because I had to training through the winter and hope that March wasn't gross. But then April rolls along and usually feels super spring-like for enough time that you aren't afraid of running for 3.5 hours in shorts with your winterfresh legs on display.

This marathon is NOT the same. November (with the exception of Thanksgiving) and December have both been pretty mild in the Midwest. (I *was* running in shorts on Christmas Eve!) This week, however, Indiana has been in the icy grip of an arctic blast this week...so lots of treadmill time and a frantic (but successful!) attempt to sneak into Lambert yesterday morning.

My poor tender flesh is not ready for the heat (or the humidity...oh the humidity) of an Orlando morning. CoRec running is my feeble attempt at heat acclimization, so we'll see how that works out for me. They had wind chill warnings issued for Disney/Orlando this week and I just kept thinking about why it couldn't be just a little teensy tiny bit cooler for marathon morning, but whatever. I've put in the training and that's all I can do (besides rock my sparkle skirt and crush the hopes and dreams of many future Mousketeers).

I walked at commencement and was hooded as a PhD. What am I going to do now!

I'm going to DISNEY WORLD (after I run the WDW Marathon)!

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Welcome 2015

The start of a new year provides a handy excuse to wrap up your life in neat boxes and check things off lists. Here we go with my resolutions/goals for 2014:
  • I'm going to run the Boston Marathon. Yup! 3:28, and it was totally a spectacular time, both on the course and with friends in Boston. Can't wait to run again in 2015 :)
  • I'm going to graduate from Purdue University with a PhD. Sigh. So close! I did walk at commencement though...
  • I'm going to get a job. It will be an awesome job. I will love it. Not quite, but I am currently applying for positions!
  • I'm going to enjoy running and throw myself into this with gusto. ABSOLUTELY! I had a phenomenal winter/spring training and racing season and took a break from marathons to focus on my speed this summer/fall.
  • I'm going to update this blog at least twice a month so y'all can follow the adventures of me and my fuzzy cat :) Check! Fuzzy cat is getting fuzzier and I had some amusing posts :)
  • I'm going to use my fear of the unknown to my advantage - pink cheeks, new life experiences, letting go of total control over all the things...I will be a stronger person for all the emotional adversity I experienced and I will know what I want and who I am and how to use my strengths and weaknesses to my advantage. Absolutely (again!)

2014 will be my year. And it was most definitely a good one...

That said, 2015 is already shaping up to be better than 2014 was! The Canadian and I rang in the New Year at Howl at the Moon in Chicago, I'm going to run the Walt Disney World marathon on January 11, a pretty awesome trip for Spring Break is (kinda) in the works, I have a schedule that I feel good about to get my defense and dissertation FINISHED, I'm going to run Boston again (and then run Big Sur six days later...), and I'm going to FINISH my PhD. That gets me to mid-May.

After that?

No idea :)

I do know that I am so happy. I have wonderful friends and so many people who are incredibly supportive and positive and can always make me smile :) No official goals (besides the school ones!) or resolutions for 2015. I just want to stay happy and healthy. Maybe that will involve killer margaritas, finally getting a Canada stamp in my passport, or teaching Mannie to peacefully coexist with other cats. Maybe it will involve moving to a totally unknown place to start a brand-new job that I'm not sure I'm ready for (even if the people who hired me are totally confident). Maybe it will involve reading a book for fun each month, stopping to take more pictures, or baking cookies for my friends, just because.

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For those of you playing along at home:
1.) What is a little thing that always makes you happy?
2.) How did you ring in 2015?
3.) Do you actually know the words to 'Auld Lang Syne'?

Merry New Year!