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Wine n Dine Half Marathon!

Well those of you who have been following along with Facebook or Twitter will know that the Wine n Dine Half Marathon took place last weekend and it was glorious! This race was super exciting for me. Not only did I get to run with a bunch of my old friends, but it was a DISNEY RACE!! Which of course is my favorite type of race. We all know Disney knows how to put on a show, well they certainly also know how to put on a race!! This particular race is the finale to a magnificent event that Walt Disney World puts on in Epcot, called the Food and Wine Festival. Food and Wine is pretty much the greatest festival ever. They have booths set up all over the World Showcase from different countries and you can taste different food and beverages from each booth as you wander around the park. They also have live entertainment almost every night, this year some of the highlights included Wilson Phillips, whom I did not get to see, and Hanson, whom I did indeed see!! This magnificent event goes on for just over a month and culminates in the Wine n Dine half marathon!!! The race begins at the Wide World of Sports and goes through both Animal Kingdom and Hollywood Studios before ending in Epcot with a giant party and much exultation! I have been looking forward to this race for months and I’ve been training hard. I did, however, have a few trepidations.

1. Running outside!! I’ve been training strictly on a treadmill for the last 7 months. How am I going to react to running on real life land, have I been training g hard enough? I try to vary my treadmill incline and speed enough to mimic land, but maybe I didn’t train correctly or enough.

2. Temperature!! I spent the last 3 months in the Baltic, training in the cold, how will my body react to the high temperature and humidity of Florida?! Especially with all the signs proclaiming ‘EXTREME HEAT WARNING!! STAY HYDRATED, THIS MAY NOT BE THE WEEKEND TO RUN YOUR BEST TIME’

3. Time!! This was a night run. Start was 10pm. Sure I do training runs that late, but my entire race history, be it marathons or triathlons, is all morning. I know how to prepare for morning races, I know how my body reacts, nights races are a whole other ball game, I’m not sure how best to prep.

So I went into the race, not expecting much, but expecting to do the best I could do. As expected, the first 3 miles were the worst. I always fight through those. Between mile 2-3, a ruthless cramp almost crippled me, but I ran through it. I love running outdoors. After the amount of discipline I’ve developed to run on a treadmill for endless miles, it was like a vacation to run outside, so many things to look at, so many people to race!! Turns out I didn’t do so badly in the training department. Once that pesky cramp worked itself out, I ran like there was no tomorrow. I felt amazing and turns out, I ran my best time ever! 2:05!! And I had a blast!!! Great success!!! And at the finish line, not only did I get a massive giant medal, but also a glass of wine!! Best. Race. Ever!!!!

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My next Race!!

So!! I have an upcoming race! I’m super excited about it because I haven’t raced in a while and it’s put on by one of my very favorite companies ever…..DISNEY!!!!!! Turns out I will be signing off right before the Disney Wine n Dine Half Marathon!!!! Actually I’ll be signing off right before the Wine n Dine event itself. I’m excited to spend some time in Orlando, eating good food and wine and running long distances. It’s also the time of Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween AND Hollywood Horror Nights at Universal Studios!! So that’s how I’m going to spend the first leg of my vacation. I am a much better athlete when I have something to train for, so I’m very excited to have a race and lots of time to prepare myself. Knowing how many injuries I have, I’m starting slow, doing lots of warm up and stretching, and working my run time up slowly. From years of practice, I know that my body needs time to build to long distances. (I’m sure that many other people do as well) So I gradually work my time up. I don’t increase my time until the time I’m running at feels comfortable and not like my hip might break (it feels like that sometimes). I love having lots of time to prepare, because I’m not really a runner so I have to really focus on it. The ship is the perfect place. Having a race goal as well as having the 30 day challenge to motivate me is really exactly what I needed. I feel amazing and I am looking forward to running my best race time ever!!!

http://www.rundisney.com/wine-and-dine-half-marathon/

Stay Hydrated!

Well, I just got home from running the Oak Bay Half Marathon. It was several different things. It’s such a beautiful run, being along the water a majority of the time. Mostly it was long. My knees aren’t a big fan of running that far right now, which is really my own fault. When I was living in Banff I was really focusing on my running and I got to be in really fabulous running shape. Which I am not now. I need to focus more on running more often. However I ran it in 2 hours 10 mins, with dying knees. I’m not super pleased with that but also not upset about it. Overall it went quite well.

I have to just address one thing about racing. I’m totally one of those people who throws full cups of water all over my face during a race. Some people might do this to cool their heads/bodies. But for me, this is for two reasons.

1. I’m just not co-ordinated enough to run and drink from a paper cup at the same time. Seriously. It’s just splashing all over me because I can’t manage to drink and run without covering myself in water.

2. I’m afraid that if I stop to drink, I may not be able to start running again. You know, you get that running groove on and don’t want to interrupt it.

So really my solution to these problems is to throw the cup of water in the general direction of my face and open my mouth and hope that I catch some. So if you ever see me or someone like me throwing water on their face, remember this, because maaaaybe that’s what’s going on.

So, I’m currently curled up on the couch, soon I’m off to ride a horse and then go for a bike ride! At some point in there I’m going to do something that I haven’t done since I was a gymnast. Have an ice bath. I’m feeling inspired by a post Triathlon Obsession wrote about it and I know it’ll make my knees feel better. Wish me luck!!

I’ll leave you with a lovely shot of the ocean that I took this morning on my walk to the race start!

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