Finding the right running shoe could be the difference between pain free running and debilitating injuries. When I started running I had no idea about stability or neutral trainers. I just picked a pair of shoes that looked appealing to me. I was having ankle problems with long runs, but nothing that I couldn’t handle. After I wore through my first pair of shoes I purchased a different pair and within a couple weeks my ankle pain was so bad that after every run I could barely walk. I went to a foot and ankle doctor because I was worried I had a stress fracture. It turns out that my foot was so sprained from wearing the wrong shoes that the swelling had displaced a bone in my foot. Within a a couple weeks of switching to a new shoe the problem went away and I have never had a problem since (knock on wood). Many running stores offer a proper fitting with shoes. They will look at your gate and how you stand and recommend shoes based on this since everyone is different. I run primarily in Newton Running shoes and they work well for me; however my best friend won’t run in anything other than a New Balance 860. It really truly is different for everyone. FYI, if you have a Road Runner Sports store near you they let you return up to 90 days even after running in them, which is great because if you don’t like the shoe it usually takes at least a couple weeks of running to figure it out. Enjoy and be safe!
For those that are not familiar with the Goofy Race and a Half Challenge, it consists of running the Walt Disney World Half Marathon on Saturday and than the Walt Disney World Full Marathon on Sunday. That totals 39.3 miles for the weekend. Some people also run the 5k on Friday morning and call it doing the “Dopey”, but there is no additional medal for this.
After running the Goofy Challenge for a second time (and much better success), I thought I would share what I have learned.
I train for the miles, I however didn’t train for the back to back 2:45am wake up calls, followed by 3 hours of waiting to run. Maybe I should? To prepare for the Goofy Challenge I would do my normal short runs 2 to 3 times a week for 3-6 miles and than on Friday and Saturdays I would do back to back long runs so my body got used to the long distance 2 days in a row. For example, one week I would run 8 miles on Friday and 10 miles on Sunday, and than the next week I would run 10 miles Friday and 12 miles Saturday. Since I run a pretty consistent race schedule all year I don’t usually pass 22 miles in my long training runs, just an FYI. (If you can run to 22 on a training run, you can make it to 26.2 in a race. Please note that I am not certified or a doctor and this is my opinion from my experience.) My body was definitely ready for the miles. It wasn’t ready for the lack of sleep though. We come from the west coast, so my almost 3 year old wouldn’t go to bed until midnight, no matter how hard I tried. In order to get ready and out of hotel in time to catch the bus to the race start you need to be on a bus BY 4:00am, so I set my alarm for 2:45am so I could snooze until 3:00 and be out the door by 3:30 to catch a bus by 4:00am. Once dropped off in the Epcot parking lot it is a pretty decently long (and crowded) walk to the starting line, probably about a mile. Once in your starting corals you wait for the start. Coral A starts at 5:30 and each coral after is spread out by 7 minutes. So when all is said and done I was awake for 3 hours before starting to run. People asked me after the race how I felt and I told them that I was totally mentally and physically prepared for the run, but not for the lack of sleep. It has been 2 years since I had a baby who wouldn’t let me sleep so I am out of practice. I might consider doing some super early runs in preparation the next time, just so mentally I am prepared as well.
This next topic can be some what personal, but I spill it all and I’m an open book, so here it is. When running 39.3 miles in one weekend, articles of closing that don’t normally cause chaffing probably will. I learned the year before that when I got dressed I put vaseline along all the seems of my sports bra. You can also use body glide. I find both work equally well. At the end of the full marathon your body is a little numb, so you won’t necessarily realize you are chaffing and it might be to late by the time you realize it. I never reapplied the vaseline during the run because I didn’t feel any chaffing, but after the race when I took off my sports bra I found the bottom band had rubbed all around me and it definitely wasn’t comfortable. On the race course the med tents hand out vaseline so it would’ve been really easy to reapply. Next time I will reapply half way through even if I don’t feel anything.
I personally always have 2 pairs of running shoes that I train in and alternate. They are both the same shoe (Newton Momentums), but this way if something happens to one pair, such as wetness or mud, I don’t have to run in the damp pair the next day. Running in damp shoes is never fun.
After running a half marathon on Saturday and getting up early I was getting hungrier than normal on the full marathon. On the course they hand out bananas and towards the end chocolate. This doesn’t quite suffice. I usually bring fruit snacks with me for the full marathon. You know, the kind of fruit snacks at the grocery store that are basically artificially colored sugar candy that we don’t want our kids to eat. I find the sugar in them does the same thing as a goo, but they fill a growling tummy a little better.
I also run with a small roll of Tums. I get acid reflux from the whole toll on the body, plus the goo, and the sports drinks. The Tums help all of this, other wise I start to feel a little upchucky, for lack of a better word.
My best advice for people is to remember to listen to your body!!!! If you are in pain it is telling you something, same with if you feel tired, or you feel sick. The Goofy Challenge isn’t a race to try to PR. It is a race to have fun and to say that you did it. Enjoy the course and the photo opps with the characters. These races are very crowded courses due to the amount of runners and parts of the course are narrow, so don’t wear yourself out bobbing and weaving in and out of runners. I made this mistake the first year I did the Goofy and according to my Garmin I zig zagged so much I added an extra 1.2 miles on to my 13.1 miles! In every race you typically run .2-.5 more miles than the actual distance due to zig zagging and not taking the shortest route, but 1.2 miles is A LOT! Especially during a 39.3 mile weekend.
A Goofy Challenge is tons of fun with proper training and the right mind set! The second time around was even more fun than the first!!! And my family thinks I’m totally crazy now, not just half crazy 🙂
This morning, Friday January 18th, 2013, I had the pleasure of attending the Tinker Bell Half Marathon meet-up at Disneyland. runDisney puts on the meet-ups for groups of usually between 30-80 people. They are usually the Friday morning before a race weekend. We were told to meet down by the Disneyland hotel where we were given our runDisney shirts and where we could put our belongings in a bag for transport while we do our run. Sean Astin, as most of us know from Goonies, Rudy, and Lord of the Rings was there to run with us and also Ali Vincent, who was the winner of Biggest Loser Season 5 and has her own show called Live Big with Ali Vincent.
We started running through Downtown Disney led by Jeff Galloway using his run walk run method.
We than ran through Disneyland just as the sun was coming up.
Follow the golf cart!
We were greeted by a special guest Tinker Bell!
Sean Astin and Bob from runDisney.
And Ali Vincent jumped in for a picture too.
After Disneyland we ran across to California Adventure, through Paradise Pier and along Hollywood passed Tower of Terror and through Bugs Land back to the fountain at the front of the park where we were given bottles of water and more special guests, Mickey, Minnie and Goofy!
Sean Astin and runDisney nutritionist Tara Gidus.
After we all had a chance to take pictures we were walked over to Cars Land where we were told we get to ride Radiator Springs Racers before the park opened!!! Seriously, if anyone has tried to get a fastpass for that ride anytime over an hour after the park opens you know why I was excited to get the chance to ride. The wait is always super long and the fastpasses are always out in the morning.
I got to ride in the car with Ali Vincent, she is in the pink jacket in the front.
After we all had a chance to ride we were walked out of California Adventure and over to Napa Rose where we were greeted by an amazing buffet of bagels, pastries, fruit, yogurt, coffee and juice. It was all delicious and also beautiful. We all spread out among the tables in the dining room of Napa Rose and ate and than we got to hear from Sean Astin and Ali Vincent. As well as Tara Gidus, the runDisney nutritionist. We also heard about the New Balance runDisney.
Here is a video of Sean Astin and he explains #Run3rd and the amazing inspiration for it.
Jeff Galloway is always a pleasure to hear from!
Ali Vincent talked to us about her amazing and inspirational story.
After all the speakers were done we were treated to a cooking demonstration right there in Napa Rose! The chefs made a black bean cake with pico de gallo and a poached egg. It was an amazing time and at the very end upon exiting we were all gifted with a one day park hopper ticket!
I hope you enjoy all the pics!!!
Did you run the Tinker Bell Half Marathon?
My sister, whom we shall call Kiki, decided she wanted to make her life healthier, lose weight, and just feel better. She asked me to help her do this and I gladly accepted.
My sister probably hasn’t ran a mile since high school. I won’t say her age, but she was born in 1973, hehe I’m her younger sister. She is a lawyer and works in legal aid, so in this day and age she is quite busy working long hours. This is a pit fall because it is so easy to just eat what is around and make excuses about not having time for cardio. This is all about to change because I’m calling her out on it.
We did a starting weigh in On December 29, 2012. 183.3lbs
I told her for the first week to just accomplish the follwing:
Cut out ALL soda (she was a Dr. Pepper addict)
Drink lots of water, 6x16oz minimum a day
Try to eat the least amount of processed foods possible.
Eat between 1200-1400 calories a day
Cardio 3 times a week minimum of either swimming or walk/running for a minimum of 30 minutes
Plank for as long as she can hold it 3 times a day
Wall sits for 45 seconds, 3 times
I felt that these are all good steps in the right direction and are easy to accomplish for someone who is busy and hasn’t exercised in a long time.
After the first week she lost 5 lbs!!!! Woohoo!!!!!! She weighed in the following week, January 5, 2013 at 178.3lbs.
I’m excited to continually update you on Kiki’s weight loss and healthier life adventure as the journey continues!
In honor of the New Year tradition, here are my resolutions:
1. To run 1,000 miles in 2013
2. To try 3 new types of fitness classes that I haven’t tried. Take myself outside of the box.
Short, sweet, and to the point.
In closing 2012 I decided to make a list of some of the things I am thankful for that happened this year. I have so much to be thankful for, so this is just a few.
1. First and foremost, QUITTING SMOKING! I hid the fact that I smoked from quite a few people because I hated it and was ashamed I did it, but now I am admitting it. I was a smoker and I QUIT! It is an ugly, horrible, dirty habit. As a runner I would steal a cigarette here and there and be so ashamed. As of April 13, 2012 I have not touched one single cigarette and took 17 freaking minutes off my half marathon time!!! Kind of amazing right? If I could pass one thing on to the younger generation is to never start smoking. Quitting is harder than anything I have ever had to do…including child birth.
2. I am thankful for my supportive husband traveling all over the country with me and our 2 year old so I can run races. I was able to run all the RunDisney distance races in 2012. Goofy Challenge, Tinker Bell Half, Princess Half, Disneyland Half, Tower of Terror 10 miler, and the Wine and Dine half. Thank you hubs! Even though you aren’t a runner, don’t really understand it, and think I’m a little nuts, thank you for being supportvie!
3. I am thankful for finding Newton running shoes. I was having tons of ankle problems. To the point that my specialist wanted to ground me for 6 weeks! I switched up my shoes to Newton running shoes and voila! I haven’t looked back.
4. I am thankful for my cute little yellow Keurig coffee maker. With out it I would have a very hard time functioning. I don’t drink more than one cup, which is what makes it perfect for me, but without that one cup I just can’t keep up with life. Ironic that I never even owned a coffeemaker until I had my daughter…hmmmm correlation between coffee drinking and motherhood, imagine that.
5. I am thankful for all the supporters I have that have donated to the many causes I have ran for this year. I find it important to spread awareness for charities I believe in and run for them too instead of just for me. Run for the people who can’t. In 2013 I’m kicking off the year at RunDisney’s Walt Disney World Marathon week, running the Goofy Challenge for Autism Speaks. 1 in 88 kids are now diagnosed with Autism. I am alarmed how this number keeps increasing and want to make sure others are alarmed too so we can start finding answers.
6. I am thankful my beautiful, smart, funny, crazy, bossy, lovey daughter. She is the most amazing little girl ever (I may be a little biased). She inspires me ever day, all while keeping me on my toes and humbling me. She never ceases to amaze me. I asked her one day if she was going to be a good girl again today like she had been the day before. She sat for a minute thinking and than looked at me with a completely serious face and said, “No, I’m going to be a naughty girl today mom.” Hey, at least she was honest with me right? Can’t wait to see what the teenage years bring.
7. I am thankful for the food in my refrigerator. I am lucky enough to live in an area to be able to get amazing produce. Locally grown, organic, fresh produce. I have an extreme love for fruits and vegetables and love cooking huge varieties of them every night for dinner.
8. I am thankful for Southwest Airlines. The people that work for you make traveling so much easier than other airlines. Your employees generally seem so much friendlier than other airlines. With the amount we travel, especially with a 2 year old, that makes a world of difference.
9. And I am so very thankful for the health and safety of my friends and family. We are so very fortunate and I never let a day go by without being thankful for that. Never take anything for granted.
Hope everyone has a safe, healthy, happy, and inspiring 2013!