Saturday, January 3, 2015

Looking Ahead by Looking Back

We leave for Walt Disney World in a few days, so I've been busy putting finishing touches on our 5k costumes and getting ready for my second running of the Dopey Challenge.

Now that I've been running for a couple of years, I find myself repeating events. It's fun to look back at my race reports from the year before. When it comes to Disney races, it's a great way to build excitement.

Whether you're running one of the events at WDW Marathon Weekend or all of them, here are the links to my reports from 2014:

2014 Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend Expo and 5k - Race Report
2014 Walt Disney World 10k - Race Report
2014 Walt Disney World Half Marathon - Race Report
2014 Walt Disney World Marathon - Race Report

Monday, November 3, 2014

2014 Marine Corps Marathon Race Recap

I got a $49 fare for a direct flight from Rochester to Baltimore, so I flew in Saturday morning, landing around 7:30am. I picked up the rental car and drove an uneventful 35 miles to Washington DC. I pulled right up to the hotel in Crystal City, and was surprised to find at that early hour that my room was ready. I unloaded my bags, and met my running friend Stephanie and her race roommate Michelle at the Metro Station to head to the Expo. 

The Metro stop for the Expo location, the Armory, was right outside the building. The line to get in was almost all the way to the Metro stop. It took about 30 minutes to snake our way around the block, up the steps and through security. While waiting in line, I told Stephanie that I might be done with the marathon distance. The time commitment for training is so much greater than for half marathons, it makes me wonder if my time might be better spent pursuing other hobbies and interests.

I hadn’t read the race literature, but they weren’t allowing any food or drink into the building. I saw a bin of confiscated protein bars and fun size candy. I managed to hold onto the two Picky Bars I had brought with me.

Saturday, October 11, 2014

2014 Tower of Terror 10 Miler - Expo, Race Recap and Villains Hollywood Bash Review

I had been looking forward to the 2014 Tower of Terror Ten Miler for quite some time. It was my first runDisney race since the Dopey Challenge back in January and runDisney events are so much fun! The on-course entertainment is tough to beat, but for me, meeting up with old friends and making new ones in the most Magical Place on Earth is what brings me back.

Unlike my previous runDisney experiences, I was just driving in for the event, running the race, attending the after-party, catching a quick night of sleep before heading to the airport to fly home. I'm lucky to travel to Central Florida for work about once a month so I was able to piggy back this event to a business trip.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

2014 Rochester Marathon - Race Recap

The first event in my Race-A-Rama was the 2014 Rochester Marathon. I ran the Half Marathon in 2013. Back then it was organized by the Arthritis Foundation and there were several snafus including running out of shirts and medals. Over the winter, Fleet Feet Rochester and Yellow Jacket Racing announced they were buying the event. I was excited to hear that because their races are always top-notch, from their shirts and medals to marketing to pre-race communications to race day logistics and volunteer support.

After a two-week taper my legs were feeling fresh and I was eager to run. A day or two before a long race, I like to map out my strategy in Excel. I create a little cheat sheet which I print and laminate and carry in my pocket. It helps me remember what pace I should be running as well as the location of water, food and bathroom stops.
Everybody does this, right?

I've been training with :30/:30 run/walk intervals but I wanted to increase those to :60/:30 for the race. My "A" Goal was to finish under five hours, and with keeping to the paces you see above, I would have about 10-15 minutes to spare.

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Seven Days Until the Start of Race-A-Rama

I'm a week out from the Rochester Marathon. It's the first race in my 113 day Race-A-Rama (hat tip to my friend Stephanie's WAY more ambitious MarathonPalooza), during which I'll run three marathons, two half marathons, a 10 miler, a 10k and two 5ks. It's been a busy summer, and I've ramped up my mileage enough to support this marathon and next month's Marine Corps Marathon.

Although I'm good to go for the 26.2 miles of the marathons, the biggest challenge I'll face will come in November and December as I work in the back-to-back-to-back-to-back training runs for the 2015 Dopey Challenge. Just like last year, over a four-day period I'll be running a 5k, 10k, half marathon and marathon -- 48.6 miles in all -- through the Walt Disney World theme parks.

I won't be taking any classes for my Part Time MBA program this fall so that will free up time, but the difference between an easy training cycle and a challenging training cycle is what kind of weather is in store. If it's like last year's Polar Vortex, getting the miles in will be a struggle. But if we have more mild conditions through November and December, it will be a much more pleasant experience.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Top 5 (+1): Things I Learned Running in the Rain

I’ve been running for about 18 months, but I had been able to avoid running in the rain… until last weekend. With a 15 mile training run on the schedule and ten weeks until the Rochester Marathon, postponing for a week was not an option. So I stalked the Weather Channel radar until the thunderstorms had cleared and set out.

Here are the Top 5 (+1) things I learned:

5. Don't venture too far away.

Thunderstorms had just rolled through, and there was a chance for more, so I stuck close to home.
Running 15 miles on the high school track about a half-mile from my house wasn't the most scenic long run I've had, but it afforded me the opportunity to bail if severe weather rolled in.

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

2014 Walt Disney World Marathon - Dopey Challenge Race Four

I woke up before my alarm for the fourth straight day, but unlike the other mornings, my headache was gone. I had a feeling that things were going to go my way today. I got showered and dressed and headed to Epcot for the final time. I stayed in the car as long as possible to spend as little time on my feet before the race as I could. As I was getting ready to head to the starting area, the perfect song came on.

Whenever my rental car has XM it's All E Street Radio All The Time
The early morning temperature was cool, and despite forecasts earlier in the week for a high temperature around 80, the actual high was now only expected to reach the lower 70s with lower humidity than the half-marathon. Things were really lining up well!

I met up with a few members of Team Studios Central and some Mickey Miles Podcast listeners I met at the meet up earlier. We made our way to the corrals, with them making plans to run together from a forward corral, and I promised to try to catch up from Corral I.