Blue Diva, Yes Indeed!

31/05/2014 | Posted in Kat's Conscientia | By

Blue Diva? Yes indeed! First training run of the season out of the way.

My pirformace muscle and IT band were acting up, but I managed to get 30 minutes of running in, without any walk breaks (save my 5 minute cool down walk afterwards). I am fairly certain the same police officer was driving up and down the road I was running on, because I either saw him 5 separate times, or I saw five separate police cars. The weird thing is that I never left Coral Springs, yet this was a Tamarac officer. I thought it was strange, but perhaps the laws are written differently here than in Illinois. In Illinois, an officer only has jurisdiction within their own towns. Quite frequently one can see the cars making u-turns at the city limits. Here, they apparently share cruisers. I really don’t know, but it entertained me while running at any rate.

When I arrived home, I looked up how far I went on my test 30 minute run. 1.4 miles. That was it! 1.4 miles. I started to do the math in my head, figuring it had to even out to about an 18-22 minute mile, and trying to figure out how I possibly could have gone so slowly. Philip asked me how far I went and I gave the cross streets. He reminded me, that since I had gone there and back, I had actually knocked out 2.8 miles, WHEW!

sunrise25.31.14

Now that the blood has returned to my brain, I’m feeling great. 2.5 miles as a base isn’t a bad start. If I make sure I run 2 x mid week for 30 minutes, and then do my weekend runs, I should be set for all four upcoming races. I’m feeling pretty wonderful. I tried out my new skirt, it was fabulous! First of all, the pockets, oh the pockets! How I love the pockets – I brought my bulky keys by accident, and put them in one pocket. I put the timer and music on my phone and put that in the other pocket, and I ran. The items never moved, never came close to falling out, and remained secured in place. Blue and sparkles flicked in the wind and with my movement. It felt wonderful.

Blue Diva Sparkle Skirt

Blue Diva Sparkle Skirt

I’m almost certainly going to have to buy a few tee shirts that are plain but look good with the skirts so I feel that confident all the time. It helps that my son loves the skirt and thinks it’s “beautiful” but it is completely functional as well.

I have also realized I need to update my playlist to include more upbeat, running songs. The list I have now isn’t bad, but it could be much better. I think I’ll include a bunch of Disney tunes to pump myself up for my runDisney races. I showed James a few options for “costumes” for the races, and he said he liked Tinkerbell the best. I’m not wanting to wear wings, so I’m hoping we can sway him towards Princess Jasmine – she doesn’t have anything ornate, and her hair is already tied back and my color! He did agree to me being Minnie Mouse for one of the races. He is arguing that I am a “super hero first, then princess” so I should go as Mrs. Incredible. I can’t argue with that logic, but I think we’re still quite early in the planning phase, so hopefully we have time to change his mind.

I’m tired and my legs feel slightly rubbery, but the endorphins and stress relief are certainly worth it. I really feel that it will take my full attention and dedication, but I will be able to meet my goals, and I have come home with a renewed confidence. Hopefully tomorrow goes smoothly to continue the momentum. The beauty of living in Southern Florida is that when you run at 6:00 in the morning, the full humidity hasn’t hit yet, but the sunrise is visible and beautiful. I obviously didn’t have time to snap pictures except for a few,

Sunrise 5 31 14

Sunrise 5 31 14

but it was phenomenal to see the melody of yellow, gold, pink, red, blue, silver, and clouds. The palm trees cast unique shadows as the canal system shimmered in the sunlight rising steadily.

Blue Diva turned out to be a fantastic purchase. I have the feeling she’ll be accompanying me on multiple runs in the near future! ToT 10 miler – I’m going to own you!

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In Over My Head?

30/05/2014 | Posted in Kat's Conscientia | By

Being slightly Disney crazy, and OCD on top of that, I decided that getting back into running would be a great idea. runDisney has expanded to include numerous races, and now that I live in Florida, it is actually feasible for me to run these races. Back in 2006, I had trained with Team in Training and completed the Chicago half and full marathons. Some of my fondest memories are from this training and racing period, and I was able to learn so much about myself, as well as raise money for such an important cause. That also means I know for a fact, if I train smartly, I can cross that finish line. I might not have the motive of running to stop Leukemia this time around, but I am motivated for my five year old son to see his mother completing athletic endeavors and crossing the finish line of a seemingly impossible race schedule. The OCD I mentioned means I didn’t just sign up for one race, but have already signed up for four, with the intention of signing up for at least two more, I proved once more that I cannot say no to the running bug.

Now I’ve signed up for the “Tower of Terror 10 Miler”, “Wine and Dine Half Marathon”, and the “Goofy Challenge” – two races, a half marathon and a full the following day during WDW’s main Marathon Weekend. I intend on signing up for several more, with the “Princess Half Marathon”, “Tinkerbell DL Half Marathon” being amongst the others I intend to sign up for. I am wrestling around with running the “Rebel Challenge” in DL, (see here for my dilemma) as well. I will complete the Coast to Coast challenge as well as physically challenge myself to maintain half marathon pace for a full year. It’s both terrifying and exhilarating.

Walt Disney World Castle Oct 2013

Walt Disney World Castle Oct 2013

Facebook recommends groups depending on the user’s history, and as a result, I’ve joined runDisney groups, race costume groups, and a “Sparkle Skirt Princess” group. I’ve already received my first Sparkle Skirt, and it is brilliant, full of pockets, and comfortable, while being girly at the same time. I can’t wait to take it out for a run.

The only issue is that I *have* to start training. I have the calendar’s downloaded and synced with my phone so I will know what miles I need to be running every weekend and how to train properly. I will be doing a mixture of the Galloway and my own way training methods. I know where my running bras, shirts, and shorts are. I have enough music on my phone to last for at least a 45 minute run. I am completely prepared. Except for the actually going out and training to safely build my mileage. My schedule starts this Monday, but I should already be running a few days per week. And the issue is that my first race is in October. My “Goofy Challenge” winding throughout Walt Disney World is in January 2015.

Have I gotten in over my head? Have I missed the opportunity to build a strong base and train smartly? Will I have the perseverance not simply to run every time I have one scheduled, but to be able to say no to the distractions and trust my husband will take care of things as I take care of myself and selfishly go out and train? This is the journey of me going from not having raced (long distance) in almost a decade. And this is how it starts. With fear, excitement, joy, and a plan. With the pre-training jitters, keeping me up early in the morning. My running journey is starting again. In a way, being a runner has never left me. But this is the start of running lifestyle once more. Here it goes….

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