Perfect Half Marathon Weather

On a beautiful, sunny 50 degree day, I can’t help but think how perfect this weather would be for running a half marathon. Because of that, I thought it would be fun to do a quick overview of the three half marathons I have run so far this year.

Walt Disney World Half Marathon

Disney Half Marathon Mother Daughter

What is better than waking up at 3:30 am to run through Cinderella Caste with its Christmas lights on? Nothing! To me, Disney races are the best. Characters, entertainment and spectators are everywhere throughout the course. The half marathon starts at Epcot. We run from Epcot to the Magic Kingdom and back to Epcot to finish. These are 13.1 magical miles filled with lots of character!

The course is pretty flat. My least favorite part of the course is the last ramp at mile 12. That gradual slope is no fun!

I kept a great pace until mile 9.5 when I couldn’t look past some internal issues. I let my mom go ahead without me at that point. I kept pushing and made it to the finish line in 2:06:24 where I vowed to never dine at Tony’s again.

Disney Princess Half Marathon

Disney Princess Half Marathon

This was my first year participating in the Princess Half Marathon Weekend. I decided to do the Glass Slipper Challenge, which meant I ran the 10k on Saturday and the half marathon on Sunday. Two days waking up at 3:30 am to run? What else would you want to do on a Disney runcation? Sleep?! No way. My mom signed up for the half marathon.

The 10k course was great. We started in the Epcot parking lot and ran around part of World Showcase before running around the Boardwalk area. We entered Epcot again and then finished in the Epcot parking lot. I was so happy with my time! 10ks might be my favorite race distance. I finished at 53:33!

The half marathon course is the same as the WDW Marathon Weekend course. I knew what to expect, so that was really helpful mentally. I kept a great pace until mile 10 when my legs started cramping up. I let my mom go ahead (This theme needs to be stopped immediately!), and I finished in 2:03:49. My mom got a new PR with a time of 1:59:50! She inspires me! (Hi, Mom!)

Carmel Half Marathon

Carmel Half Marathon Finisher

Getting excited over a race that isn’t in Disney World is challenging for me! However, my friend’s 25th birthday was the day before, so I had to run this with her.

Getting to this half marathon couldn’t have been easier. I live about 15 minutes away and quickly found a parking spot, met my friend and her parents, and walked to the start line, which is so different than a runDisney race.

The start was very organized, and the course was flat. We enjoyed ourselves this race and didn’t push for a certain time. While the spectators and course entertainment were limited, the perfect weather and pleasant route made up for it. We finished in 2:14:56. I will definitely run this race again next year! I highly recommend it to everyone located around Indiana.

Next up? The Indy Mini on May 2 with my boyfriend where I hope to break the 2 hour barrier! Can our relationship last 13.1 miles? 🙂

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Catching Up!

Hello, hello! How was your weekend?!

Last week, I left my laptop at home, so I had to take a quick hiatus from the blogging world. But, I’m back now, so don’t you worry. 🙂 I have a healthy recipe and a simple DIY planned to share with you this week, so definitely check back for those.

Goodbye boot! You are not missed.

Great news! My MRI results showed that I don’t actually have a stress fracture. After nearly a month of wearing the boot, I got to say goodbye to it. Now I am going to physical therapy and doing exercises at home. I’ve only been to one appointment, but my foot feels infinitely better. I cannot believe it, and I am extremely happy! My PT said she’ll have me out run/walking within the next couple of weeks and then I’ll be able to transition back to running.

She has me doing bodyweight calf raises and a variety of other exercises, and my calves were on fire the next day. It’s crazy how quickly you lose your fitness, but I know my old fitness level will come back relatively quickly. For now, I’m still going to my swim classes twice a week, and I hope to continue that even after I can run.

I keep telling myself that it’s good to get out of my comfort zone!

Getting on schedule

I’ve been using my stress fracture as an excuse to not workout. I know the rest of my body is fully capable of exercise, but I  have been slacking. Enough is enough. I put together a workout schedule to follow until I get the ok from my PT to start introducing running into my schedule again.

Weekly workout plan

My goal with my workout schedule is to get back into the habit of making exercise a priority. I feel so much better when I workout!

Question of the Day

  • How do you get back into your workout schedule after an injury or time off (like a vacation)?