Training has been going well. I’ve started another round of P90X to help train for the Super Spartan in Seattle which is 3 weeks away. In the past few weeks I’ve completed two races, the Shamrock Run Half and the latest Zombies Run virtual race. Continue reading 2016 Shamrock Run and Zombies Run Virtual 5k
I know last year I said that I wouldn’t do the Star Wars Half Marathon as Disney races are very expensive and you really can’t run a true race, unless you are the first 50 out the gate, due to the course going through Disneyland and has multiple choke points. It was hard to turn off my competitive switch, but I did what I could to enjoy the runs.
Saturday was the 10k, which was 98% inside of Disneyland and like all Disneyland races I have done the race was to start at 5:30am. Luckily I was staying at the Disneyland Hotel, so I was fortunate enough to wake up at 4:45am to start the race and not 3:30am like last year. While doing my pre-race stretches, the middle of my lower back gave me a little ZING and I was horrified. I did a quick jog and I didn’t feel my back, so I was hopeful that I would be able to finish the race, that started in less than 10 minutes. I continued my pre-race stretching and a few minutes later, the race started. Continue reading Disneyland 2016 Star Wars Rebel Challenge
My mother is a certified Disney nut and when she asked me if I wanted to do a Star Wars Half Marathon, I quickly said yes. So quickly in fact, that I hadn’t even completed my first half marathon yet. My mom signed up for the 5k and 10k and let me run the half marathon. At the time, running a Spartan Beast the day before wasn’t even on my radar, and this race was a few months after Beat The Blerch, so I was confident that I would be able to finish this half marathon. Bonus points: it’s Star Wars themed! Oh yea!
SoCal Spartan Beast – 12.24 miles – 1/17/2015
Age Group: 247/384
Total Time: 4:56:48
Disney Star Wars Half Marathon – 13.3 miles – 1/18/2015
Age Group: 277/980
Total Time: 2:16:04
For 2014 I had a few goals, become a member of the Spartan Trifecta (complete a Spartan Sprint, Super and Beast in the same calendar year) and complete a half Marathon. I completed both of those goals in 2014, which helped me get into the best shape of my life and I did obstacles that I never thought I would be able to do. Continue reading 2014 Goals Revisited and Looking forward to 2015
Carnation, WA – For my first ever official half marathon, I chose a “silly” one. Why is this half marathon “silly”? How about having couches, cake and a purple drink at each water station? Not “silly” enough, how about various Blerches reminding you that “you don’t have to do this!” and “Lets go sit on a couch and watch a movie instead!?” For the history on the Blerch, read here.
This race was an interesting race, not just because of the silliness, but it was a 99% trail run, not really what I was expecting. I started off really strong, running under 9 minutes a mile for the first couple of miles, but then the funkiness of the day started to set in.
Recaps for the Warrior Dash and Beat the Blerch are coming! I will be traveling to Ohio for the Super Spartan (and completing my first Spartan trifecta!) this weekend so I will have plenty of time to write the drafts while I fly.
The 37th annual Shamrock run opened registration today and this year will have the first half marathon distance! Naturally I signed up for the half marathon distance. I must really enjoy the torture of running a half marathon now.
The Inferno is back for 2015 and I have registered for the half marathon distance! I was bummed that I was unable to hit this race this year, so I’m grateful that there is a race in 2015 and that I’m already in line!
UPDATE: The Inferno has moved from 9/12 to 9/19 and no longer conflicts with the Warrior Dash! Yay!
Today I completed the 111 day half marathon training that I used from the RunKeeper app. A few weeks ago, there was a 13 mile run that I decided to make my first half marathon run. I mean, I’ve already ran 99% or more of the way, just go an extra .1 of a mile. This was an easy choice.
Today, I dropped about 8 minutes off that time.
During my run, my mind wanted to quit, change routes and I told my mind to STFU. I ran my planned route and completed the planned distance.
I am determined. I will not derail my progress or dreams.
I’m now tapering down from the half marathon training as I am on day 108 of 111 (Thanks RunKeeper!). This Saturday is 13.1 miles! This will be only the second time I have gone that far running without stopping.
For The week ending July 6th
Total Miles: 27.5
Time Running: 4:26:12
Average Pace: 9:18 per mile
For The week ending July 13th
Total Miles: 20.6
Time Running: 3:16:03
Average Pace: 9:20 per mile
For The week ending July 20th
Total Miles: 11.6
Time Running: 1:43:09
Average Pace: 8:49 per mile