Monday, December 31, 2012

New Year's Eve Run

Saying goodbye to the runner that I was in 2012 so that I can make way for the runner that I will be in 2013...

2012 was a huge year for me! I ran my first marathon! (and I ran 3 of them)

Simply put it was the year of the marathon!

I don't really want to recount all of my races...there were more than ever before...maybe I will leave that for tomorrow.

The highlight destination races were the Disney Princess Half Marathon and the Marine Corps Marathon.  (I am still working on the MCM posts.)

My last run of 2012!

Today was a quiet day not so much filled with thoughts of 2012, but focused on what is to come!

Since I am only days way for another highlight destination race - WDW Marathon Weekend - today was more about getting organized and getting one more longish run in.  Of course there was weather, snow, traffic, etc. to deal with including actually running on the road.  I do not like running on the road.  You cannot zone.  You must always focus in order to stay safe.  So it was a very draining run.  That said it had its beautiful moments.

The happy little snowman my daughter made greeted me when I left the house!

The roads do not have enough of a shoulder so I always had to be on my toes.

The golf course was looking magical as it greeted the sky and the bay with its blanket of white.

Fishing boats still in the water.

New England churches standing tall.

I only managed to get 10.5 miles in today.  My hopes for one final 20 miler were undone by the snowfall.  I can run 20 miles on my bike path where my mind can wander, my stride is consistent, and I am happy, but right now it is covered with irregular snow and ice.  So my next long runs will be in Florida!  I am flying down on the 9th and can't wait.  I will be at all 3 races having a fantastic time.  I hope to see and meet a lot of my online running buddies.  My plan is to get in one short run on the 9th to get acclimated.  Let me know if anyone is up for running around the boardwalk!

Happy New Year!

Sunday, December 2, 2012

for the love of Disney running on Facebook

We are racking up the runDisney training e-team miles over on my athlete Facebook page "For the love of Disney running".  I know most of you already have checked it out but we are close to 550 runners and I posted this welcome message for everyone who has joined this fall.  I thought I would share it here for those of you who would like to log miles with us and participate in our friendly competition between the runDisney race weekends!

"I can't believe how many people we are up to here on our @runDisney training e-team!

For all those of you who have joined recently we are a group of recreational athletes (yes I said athletes) who are training to run Disney sometime soon or just dreaming of being able to sometime in the future.

We are tracking our miles according to the race weekend we are registered for or under the Dreaming of runDisney if not already registered.  We have a friendly competition going on between the race weekends!  It does not matter which distance you are running.  5k, 10 miler, half and full marathon runners welcome!  You can either comment daily or weekly with your miles.  Your miles will be added in with your fellow race weekend e-teammates.  I am not tracking individual efforts (that would be an insane amount of work and most of us do that ourselves).

I love adding up the miles, especially when I have miles of my own to add to the total.  We are 3 race weekends in since we started Memorial Day weekend 2012.

If you are running Disney in 2013 or just Dreaming of it join in the fun and log with us.  Our Marathon weekend runners have the most miles so far, but our Princess runners are really amazing me!

Please let me know which races you are running and I will add your training miles to each runDisney weekend.  Run on and make sure you add some fun to your run!"