Darn you runDisney! Not only do you make your events so much fun with amazing bling, but you introduced me to the multi-race challenges. Now, if a challenge is offered, I must accept!
My first Multi-Race Weekend was Goofy 2010 with Siobhan. The race had sold out, then more spots opened so we jumped in. We took the half slow, but I still was hurting by the end of the marathon. Luckily, after that, Disney started doing 10K and 1/2 Marathon Challenges which I prefer. I typically like to race the 10K on the first day (and earn my corral for the Cooper River Bridge Run), then slow down and enjoy the 1/2.
Yes, we all know the thrill of crossing a finish line…but for most runners, there are several other ways we get that “rush” of emotions, excitement, and adrenaline. I’m thinking you can relate to some, if not all, of these:
If you read our blog often, you know Siobhan and I are Skirt Sports Ambassador Captains. If you know us personally, I bet you would never suspect either of us would run in a skirt. And yes, at first I used to think it was too girly, and didn’t see the point. Then I tired one…(and I must mention we get no kickpacks from recommending Skirt Sports!)
Over the last few years I’ve gotten wise with my older age. I’ve learned I can plan a race and vacation in one. A “race-cation”! Which not only helps justify the expense, but provides a greater experience for me, as well as opportunities and fun for the family members who accompany me.
What does 2016 have in store for you? Jennifer and I are big planners so we have already started to map out some of our races and goals for 2016. And as some of our previous posts have mentioned, it’s important to have a basic plan for the year so you can set goals and train appropriately. Here are some of the things we have planned for the upcoming year!
Whether we admit it or not, we are all addicts – addicted to some form of social media. Facebook, Twitter, Instigram, Blogs (hopefully Miles with Moms)…there is so much good information out there, how could we not be? Some say it’s a time sucker, which it is. However, it can have some very positive influences on your training.
When Skirt Sport asked us to write a blog about our most ‘real’ race to go with the year long campaign of #REALwomenmove, I started to think about all the races I have done over the years. However, to find a race that I can define as my most real race was rather difficult. I was drawn to the ‘first’ of any race distance–first 5k race, first marathon, first triathlon, first ultra-marathon. While those races were self-defining in their own way, no one race stuck out as my most ‘real’ race. Until I remembered a race from way back in 2001, the St. George Marathon in Utah. Although I didn’t realize it at the time, this race was a defining moment for me. It paved the way to the person, the athlete I am today. This race ultimately opened doors for me that would have been closed had I not raced this race.
After completing several Marathons, I’ve learned they are as much mental, as they are physical. This is even more so when trying to reach a time goal. I do the normal strategies like breaking up the race into chunks, pacing, etc. But, the most powerful strategy I’ve discovered is in the magic of mantras.
As a follow up to my last post Dreaded New Years Resolutions, I thought I would talk about yearly goals as an athlete. I recently read an article about scheduling recovery into your training (Recover properly for Long Term Results), looking at the level of the week, month, and year. Reading about scheduling recovery reminded me how important it is to plan your training/racing cycle for the year. With out a plan, you are likely to get burned out, miss your goal time, or get injured.