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Goofy Challenge training / health update – 11 treadmill miles this morning

I just wanted to get up a quick update this morning for how my training is going for the Goofy Challenge in January. Just under 5 weeks to go – I guess 5 weeks this morning until the Donald Duck half marathon!

My ankle has been improving slowly and steadily and I have been able to get some ok miles in both outside and on the treadmill. I have been careful to not push it too hard and to slowly build up. I figure I still have time to make sure I do at least one or two 20 mile runs before taper time. In fact I was hoping to do one tomorrow, but now I’m not sure.

The ankle is still doing well after 11 miles this morning and a decent speed run on Tuesday night, however I have been fighting something with my lungs I have been getting winded even doing a few stairs since Wednesday. I ended up taking Wednesday afternoon off work as well as Thursday and Friday to try to rest and get over whatever I have.

Potentially it is pneumonia as both kids were diagnosed this week (yay!) but if it is, I don’t think I have gotten it nearly as bad as they did. Both are doing well now besides the occasional wicked coughing fit – antibiotics are a wonderful thing.

So I have missed about 15 training miles this week and I absolutely had to try to run this morning even if my lungs rebelled. However running outside in the cold didn’t seem wise, so I decided on the treadmill. Also, that way if I had to call the run I wouldn’t be miles from the house.

The first 3-4 miles involved a lot of coughing but as long as I kept things very slow I was able to keep moving. In the end the 11 miles took me almost 2 hours but I survived and managed to get it done.

After the run I did some vacuuming to make sure the living room is ready for the Christmas tree and then started bringing stuff up from the basement to start the decorating later. After the third time coming up the stairs from the basement my lungs definitely decided they had had enough. So that probably ends any strenuous activity for the day.

The trick will be if I can try to go longer tomorrow. I will see how I feel tomorrow morning but hopefully I continue to recover and I can go a touch quicker and get a 20 miler in. At this point 3.5 to 4 hours would be acceptable – I just need to start getting the distance in!

Anyway – I will keep twittering and start posting more frequently as we get closer to the Walt Disney World Marathon weekend.

Good luck to everyone training for any of the races! Getting close to the final push!

Created a new page to collect my various post for the 2014 Goofy Challenge

Yeah – so as the title says I created a new page to correlate the various posts I have put up for the 2014 Goofy Challenge.  It includes links to my training plan, my “how I did” post, race reports and picture posts for the races.

Click on through to it here!

Disney World Marathon 2014 – half marathon race photos

We finally decided to purchase race photos from the 2014 Goofy Challenge and thought I would share some here on the site.  MarathonFoto got some great shots.

This post will be for the half marathon that my wife and I did together. (Goofy challenge 2014 half marathon race report)  Full marathon photos will be their own post.















#wfpshalfmarathon – personal race report – how did I do? Just haven’t earned a new PR yet

This post is a race report more about how I did on the Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Services Half Marathon than about the race itself.  For my report on the race see here.

So some previous milestone race times for half marathons this year:

2:20:34 – Disney World Half Marathon – Jan 12th, 2013

1:56:16 – WPS Half – May 5th, 2013

1:47:14 – WFPS Half – Oct 19th, 2013 – my 5th half marathon this year (also have done 2 full marathons this year)

As an aside I just realized I think I just qualified for Half Fanatics Neptune level with 3 half races from Sept 2nd til Oct 19th – I have to go double check that…

5.5 months for a 9:02 improvement on my half marathon time between WPS Half and WFPS Half.  The Disney World Half finish time doesn’t really give a good indication of where I was physically because of all the delays, etc ran into in the first half of that race – maybe 2:10 is where I should have ended up on that one?

I was quite happy with myself when I hit under 2 hours in May on the WPS half marathon as it represented that I was back in the range of where I used to average when I was younger and in better shape.  It meant that I turned a corner and was back in a better place health wise and I had a new good base to start moving forward.

I trained hard through the summer and even though I said I wanted to hit my personal best, I’m not entirely sure I thought it was possible.  But then I hit 1:49:54 for the Cash Store Run for Diabetes Research half marathon on September 2nd and I realized it actually was possible and I started training even harder.

Hitting 1:47:50 for the Fort Garry Rotary Half Marathon on September 22nd validated that yes indeed it was possible to catch my elusive 1:46:11 from 2002.

Unfortunately I think that even though I trained hard a couple things bit me during the training period that made race day a toss up when it didn’t need to be:

  1. I didn’t get as much weight to come off as I wanted – I wanted to drop at least 4-5 pounds from the last race to this one and I didn’t manage that (only about 1.5 pounds were lost in the end).  It looks like I can attribute not losing the weight to the week and a half I was doing double runs (morning and night).  I was so tired and wasn’t able to adapt my sleep cycle quickly enough and compensated for the lack of sleep with carbs, bad, bad carbs.
  2. I didn’t do enough speed work or didn’t push hard enough on the speed days – again this can at least partially be blamed on the double run days – I was too tired to push as hard as I should have been able to during the training sessions.

So that meant I went into the race knowing it was going to be close and it was going to be about technique and drive and any glitch could cause me to miss my goal time.  I made myself a realistic pacing chart that I thought I could run that would also give me a bit of buffer but I still knew that it was going to be close.  That definitely played a factor in my head going into the race and in the first few miles of the run.

So come race day I was nervous – probably more nervous than I have been at a race in quite some time – but I knew I had to rein in that nervousness so I didn’t go too hard at the start and lose it at the end.  To fight that I decided to follow the 1:45 pace bunny hoping to use their experience to keep my energy in check.  But there was a bit of glitch there – I figured I would run each of the 3 miles at a 8:10 pace or so then speed up to the 8:00 pace I wanted to do the rest of the race – the pace bunny did the first mile in 8:35 – so I was already 25 seconds off pace in the first mile! Crap!  I should have known better – I should have run my own race right from the start.  Not upset with the pacer here – more upset with myself – I knew I should have done my own thing and I second guessed myself and that is really what cost me in the end.

I think the pace bunny then realized that he had gone too slow and heavily picked up the pace to get back on track – I did the second mile in 07:45 and he had already almost lost me.  This meant I was back on track after 2 miles but the nervous energy I had been hoping to hold in reserve for later was burnt up.  And the 3rd mile which I had intended to go slowly on as well was now bumped up to the average pace I intended to start running after that mile was run – so I had to move up to a faster run earlier than I had planned.  At the end of 3 miles I was on track but had burnt up some of my reserves I was trying to hold onto plus now had to fight the mental game earlier than I intended.

I held my pace pretty strong and was running my plan well and was on track until about mile 8 or 9.  It had started a light rain and then a rain / snow mix about the halfway point of the race which lasted about a mile and a half.  That started to soak in and I was starting to feel a bit of a chill and I saw miles 9 and 10 start to slip – not bad but 5-8 seconds per mile I couldn’t afford.

Mentally I think I started to implode during mile 11 – it was about 25 seconds off pace – at this point I knew I wasn’t hitting my PR without being able to almost sprint the last couple miles – and with the cold and the energy reserves already spent that wasn’t going to happen.

It would have been pretty easy to give up at this point and just settle back into a slower speed but I surprised myself and was able to start to push hard again.  The last 2 miles were a touch better than I had planned but nowhere close to what I would have needed to make up the lost time.

In the end it was still an extremely respectable time and was better than my last race so the process of improvement is continuing.  I made some mistakes in the training period that cost me and had a few glitches during the race that contributed to the miss but over all I am pleased with myself.  I was able to get myself back on track and follow a plan during the run and I was able to push through a period where I wanted to shut down to push hard on the last 2 miles of the race.

I see lots of positives from my performance on the race – and I think that is why I am not feeling massively disappointed with missing my PR – I can see that I am still getting better and that record will fall – I just haven’t earned it quite yet.

#trainingrun – 13.1 miles in 2:02:45 outside – nice cool sunny fall day

220 when I got up this morning and 216.5 after the morning run.  Yesterday was 220 when I woke up and 218 after the morning run yesterday.

Yesterday’s run was 4.5 miles (1 lap – as per the schedule – did not go over scheduled miles like I have been doing – must be training hard when doing just what was on the schedule seems like I am letting myself down?) in 40:08 in a cool rain.  Not a cold rain though which is nice, just cool.  Thinking of cold rains on a run makes me think of the half marathon portion of the 2010 Goofy Challenge – the Donald Duck half on the Saturday that year had snow, freezing rain and just plain cold rain and may be the worst run I have ever had.  I was feeling a bit run down and tired on just not feeling the running yesterday but then I saw another runner out wearing the Mickey / Disney World Marathon shirt from 2010 which perked me up – it put the cool rain in perspective and helped me break my mental barrier and push through the run.  I felt like I was running slow on the run but my time on the lap was actually respectable, which is good.

It was interesting to see yet another Disney World Marathon runner out there yesterday – that makes twice in the past month I have seen different runners out in my neighbourhood wearing runDisney paraphernalia.  These folks might have been from my neighbourhood directly or one of the nearby ones (considering the lengths training runs can get to) but it still is an interesting thing to look at statistically.  Winnipeg’s not a huge city but I wonder if there is a higher percentage per capita of runDisney participants from the city than other areas?  I can think of a lot worse reasons to use as an excuse to get out of Winnipeg in January than going and doing a race weekend in Disney World!

After I did my run yesterday, the wife and I decided we would do a bit of a road trip to Fargo to do some shopping and just to do something different.  It was a rainy day in town and neither of us really wanted to tackle the house work – so we packed up the kids and headed south.  We got some decent bargains on snow suits for the kids (winter is coming) and some decent prices on running shoes for myself and my wife.  There is a $30 difference in the US versus Canada prices for the shoes I wear to run without any sales (which we actually managed to catch as well) – usually if we can catch a decent sale and I buy a couple pairs the price differential is enough to pay for our gas for the trip.  Plus they seem to release a nicer colour palette of shoes in the US than they do in Canada for the type I wear – I don’t normally worry about what I look like when I run (because frankly at my size it is never going to look cool or be awe inspiring to watch) but putting on a butt ugly pair of runners before heading out on a cold morning can be soul crushing – a decent looking set of running shoes can actually give you a bit of push to get out the door.  They are going to feel the same when running obviously but the importance of that little extra push to get you moving on a cold, dark morning, when you would rather be in bed, can’t be overstated.

So between eating out after the kids’ swimming lessons on Friday night and then the road trip yesterday my weight is up a touch, which I expected.  I did watch what I was doing yesterday to make sure I didn’t oink on road snacks, etc but made sure to really enjoy supper out last night as it was a bit of cheat meal.  I should have worked that meal off this morning and my hope is to hit a new low again Thursday morning this week.

Run today was pretty good – 13.1 miles in 2:02:45 – felt a bit tired out there at first but things settled in for a solid slow run pace – in fact this is the fastest I have done this distance in a training run since I started pushing myself last year around this time.  I was kind of surprised as I felt that I was going a bit slow, and after the week of double runs and hard pushed race last weekend I expected to be slow as well.  But I finished feeling good and felt like I could keep going.  Awesome – I think that means the double runs are working and that I will need to continue them for a while.  So I will give this week a go and evaluate again next weekend to see if I continue another week after that.  That being said if something happens mid week that makes me need to re-evaluate earlier I will do so.