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WPS Half Marathon – 1:55:15 official – all things considered I can accept that and will now focus on getting back to where I was.

Ok – so let’s start off with a big thanks to the organizers and volunteers – the WPS Half marathon is consistently well run and the volunteers are always great. I have done 4 in total (last 3 in a row) and each time I have been impressed. Thanks again!

So how did the event and run go for me?

The day definitely started out different for me than most race days. This is the first real race I have done since we got the pups and I didn’t factor in time to get them out before I headed out so I was a bit rushed. But I gave myself plenty of time to get to the race and get parked and settled so it wasn’t an issue but did require some juggling that I will need to remember for future races!

The race this year had a different start location than previous years – still in the same park but in a different area of the park. Parking ended up being further away from the start line than before so more walking was definitely required but being used to the long walks needed for runDisney Disney World races the walking didn’t bug me. I did give directions to one runner though who didn’t know the park well – the start line is not visible from most of the parking so more signage might have been helpful there.

Weather was beautiful – definitely shorts and short sleeves weather for us northern runners. Sun was up and the sky was clear.

I got in the start corral, absorbed the sunlight and tried to figure out what my game plan was. Anyone reading the blog probably realizes I was quite ill for most of the first part of April and my training plan fell apart quite significantly. I have been able to put in some decent shorter runs in the 5 mile range since then but I haven’t done double digit mileage runs since March. So I knew I was going to have issues with the speed + endurance combined that is needed for a half marathon. I knew that my PR of 1:46 was not going to fall today and I figured I needed to be under 2 hours for my own piece of mind. The 2 hour mark has a weird mental power for me – it represents the mark where I was finally able to tell myself that I had managed to get back into running again properly. I broke back under 2 hours at the 2013 WPS Half marathon and haven’t raced a half slower than 2 hours since and it would have been a tough hit mentally if I had that happen today.

But I still couldn’t figure out what my pace should be.

On top of the illness my right knee (which I have had trouble with off and on since high school) was aching pretty fierce on Friday. It was fine yesterday and didn’t give me any issues running with the family in the Run at the Ridge 2k but it was worrisome enough that I was tempted to wear my knee brace to be safe. In the end I left the brace at home but it was something I knew I needed to be conscious of.

While I was contemplating, I fired out a tweet about my indecision and got some encouragement back from Bill from Florida (@rilla6969 on twitter and blogging over at rillaruns.wordpress.com). I met up with Bill a couple times back at the Dopey Challenge in January and he is always ready to give encouragement. Encouragement…shove…whatever you want to call it.

So with the clock ticking down before the start, I decided I would see what happened on the first mile and then try a solid push and try to stay over 7 mph for as long as I could and if it fell apart then at least I would have a buffer to make sure I was under 2 hours.

And we were off! Accompanied by a flyover from a Canadian Forces hercules (I think)!

A bit congested at the start but nothing to rival Disney so I was able to cope. First mile finished in 8:28 and I felt not too bad – definitely took longer to get my breathing right but I settled in decently enough to try a little faster.

Mile 2 – much faster and less congested – 8:09

Mile 3 – shin splints in my left leg? What the hell? I haven’t had shin splints in years – I was pissed about that! The anger must have changed my form a bit because they disappeared after a few steps and never came back the rest of the race. Decent pace for the mile – 8:12

Mile 4 – this mile includes a 180 that you have to slow down for – not too bad but something to watch for. 8:15

Mile 5 – right knee made its presence known. Not bad but it let me know it didn’t like the steep incline up to a bridge over a river. This became a common theme for the knee – it was fine except on inclines. And it never really hurt, just an ache and a reminder if I did anything stupid it would call me on it.

During mile 5 I stopped for my first fuel break and walked a bit but still got 8:52 for the mile so not awful.

Mile 6 – 8:27 – slowing down a bit but still ok – 8:27

These first 6 miles included a lot of me repeating to myself “these are only mental barriers, they are not physical barriers. Keep pushing”. Starting around mile 7 I was starting to hit actual physical barriers though.

Mile 7 – 8:48 – definitely slowing down. Endurance was just not there for the speeds I had in the first half of the race. I hit the half way point of the race at around the 55 minute mark so I knew sub 2 hour should be there, which was a relief but I could tell even at this point it was not going to be easy, I was going to have to work for it. Wind seemed to pick up a bit along this stretch as well and the area is pretty exposed, and of course we were running right into it! That sapped a bit of energy as did the rolling inclines of the road in this area. Neither the wind or the inclines were really that bad but I was hitting the limits of my recent training runs and felt them harder than I should have.

Mile 8 – 8:48 – steady at least. Still feeling pretty strong.

Mile 9 – 9:01 but including my 2nd fuel stop / walk – so pace was pretty solid still. Lots of corners to slow you down on this mile though (2 180s and 2 90s).

Mile 10 – 9:28 – now back on the same road as mile 7 and the wind was maybe even stronger. Either that or I was sucking wind pretty bad (could be both actually).

Mile 11 – 9:22 – again slower than the first half of the race but feeling a bit stronger again since we weren’t so exposed any more.  We were also heading back toward the finish line now and into the sun – that always helps the mental attitude.

Mile 12 – 9:35 – 3rd and final fueling walk – so my pace was actually picking back up.

Mile 13 – 8:59 – stronger pace again – back in the park with cheering crowds and good scenery.

And finished the last 0.1 miles in 0:49 – a solid, strong push to the finish line avoiding the desire to sprint and maybe hurt myself.

Final time 1:55:15. Sub-2hours achieved and my mental state saved!

Got my medal and this year’s gift – finisher socks! Kind of unique. The WPS Half always gives out some kind of finisher gift – I have previously gotten a sling bag, a bib belt and running beanie. Both the belt and beanie get used quite frequently. I’m not sure about the socks but I will give them a go and see how they work for me.

I hung out around the finish line for a bit and went to wander back to find my vehicle when I got stopped by someone calling my name. It was Trevor, a gentleman who works for the same company I do and in the same building. We had a quick chat and he mentioned that he found my blog a while back and that he had been reading along. Cool! My readership isn’t very big and I didn’t think anyone local followed along – nice to know that there is someone – it help keep me honest! It did come as a bit of a shock because I didn’t think anyone around the office knew about the blog but still very cool!

Trevor – congrats again on strong sub-2 hour! Awesome work!

So after a quick chat, I continued my wander back to the vehicle and headed on home.

Now that I have had a bit of time to think and review how I did, I have come up with some thoughts on how to get my mojo back:

  1. Get the mileage back up – that one sounds simple but my mileage was decimated in early April and I am going to have to focus to get my running back and to rebuild my endurance. No slacking.
  2. Mid-week medium long runs – these are my 8-10 mile runs usually done on the treadmill on Wednesday nights. I don’t do speed work on these runs but I do push strong, even paces…kind of like you need for half marathons? Even before the illness, I was missing an unusual number of these runs because we have 2 different activities for the kids those nights and I have to start running pretty late to get the miles in. So these runs ended up being easy to ditch. No more! I have realized these runs are crucial to keep sustained speed up past about the hour mark – you can see me crashing out around the 8-9 mile mark and missing these runs is one of the reasons!
  3. Sign up for the Manitoba Marathon – 7 weeks away – my intention was to wait to see how close I got to PR today and if I was really close I would train speed like a demon and make the PR happen at the half during the Manitoba Marathon event. After the run today, I believe I need the pressure of a full coming up to drive me to put in the miles properly. Basically I will train to get my miles back up and try for a good showing in June at the full and then train hard through the summer. In the fall there are several good half marathons in the city and I will make a PR attempt again then. I also have the 12 hour Lemming Loop coming up at the beginning of October so I need to start rebuilding my base now.
  4. Sort out my diet and weight – to put it simply I have gained about 5 pounds in the past couple months. Some of that could be contributed to being ill but the big part of it was I have been eating to run 50+ miles a week, and I haven’t been anywhere near that. So time to focus hard on that again. Goal – back down to 215 for the Manitoba Marathon.
  5. Use the pool wisely – we have our backyard pool open now and I am going to have to use it for additional endurance training and resistance exercises. This will help the weight loss but also help rebuild endurance. Still have to decide how best to do this but I will come up with a plan in the next few days.
  6. My right knee – my bloody right knee, it keeps coming back to haunt me. I need to strengthen it again. The additional miles will help, as long as I ramp those miles up in a smart way. But I think I also need to do some resistance exercises to – so squats and lunges need to come in and hopefully I can figure out something in the pool too.

Those mostly sound like negatives so I throw in a positive too – I was able to drive myself mentally – I pushed through some crap and kept going. That hasn’t been lost. Good!

So that looks like way more words than necessary to describe 2 hours of running, but there you go.

Once again, thanks to the coordinators and volunteers today! The work is appreciated.

Finally sorted out my 2015 goals…

I have been thinking for a while now about what my goals should be for 2015. I didn’t want to lock myself down to anything until after the Dopey Challenge was completed and I saw if I met my goals there or not.

With the Dopey Challenge now complete and those goals met, I have now had a chance to sit down and really think about what I want to do with my running and fitness in 2015. But I also thought about what else I want to do this year beyond the running stuff…you know…like other hobbies? I vaguely remember having hobbies…

Where I am coming from here is that I put in some major milestones with running in 2014 (and early 2015 so far) but those milestones came with a time cost. It meant spending less time with my family than I would like (don’t get me wrong – they were very understanding and never complained about the amount of time I was putting in) and it meant sacrificing other hobbies, etc as the time needed to run had to be balanced out.

As a bit of a recap for 2014 and early 2015:

  • 1971 miles for the year – my highest mileage year ever
  • 3 months where mileage was 200 miles or greater
  • set a new half marathon PR (1:46:00)
  • set a new full marathon PR (4:09:44)
  • ran my first ever ultramarathon – 12 hour run totaling 49.2785 miles
  • completed the 2015 Dopey Challenge while hitting a significant number of photo stops
  • As part of the Dopey Challenge I also completed my 5th Goofy Challenge, 10th marathon and 15th half marathon

 

So all told the last 13 months have been significant and filled with many phenomenal milestones! I am proud of what I accomplished in this time period.

So with all that in mind here are some of my thoughts on what my running goals will be for the rest of 2015:

 

  • Run less – stick with me here…I hit 1971 miles in 2014 and invested significant time in the training but by the end of the year I just felt like I was putting in time. It was not focused. I put in mile after mile but most of it was at easy speeds due to weather and treadmill issues – I never felt like I was pushing myself. I want to focus and get more out of every mile I train. I then also want to get more time with the family. This means I want to do more speed work, more hill work and reduce the number of long runs on the weekends. I want to get energized about running again.
  • So what does this look like? Probably something like 1400 miles this year – significant drop from the 2014 year but still quite good.
    • My basic schedule will have approximately 30 minutes on the treadmill Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. I say approx 30 minutes because I will probably try to do these as 5 mile runs and that should be in the 35-40 minute range. These weekday runs will be done involving lots of speed and some hills. This speed work is the reason we got a new robust treadmill.
    • I will then back off my weekend runs from 2 long runs (10 miles Saturday and 13-20 miles Sunday currently) to only one medium to long run – that is, I will most likely run 13.1 miles every Saturday and take Sunday off as a family day. I don’t want to completely lose the endurance I have built up so I also intend to make one of these Saturday runs a 3 hour run once a month. This should equate to a 18-20 mile run once a month with three 13.1s.
    • So I will be backing off from an average of 40-50+ miles a week to around 30-35.
  • The only race I am currently putting on my calendar for 2015 is the Winnipeg Police Service Half (WPS Half marathon) in May. My intention is to PR this race (this is the reason for all the speed work).
  • After that in June the Manitoba Marathon comes up on Father’s Day. I suspect I will run this race but I don’t know yet if I will do the half or the full. I will make the final decision on that based upon how the WPS Half goes. If I break my half PR there I will run the full here. If I don’t make the half PR then I will run the half here and try again.
  • I might do a couple of the half marathons in the fall I have done the past couple years but I will decide that this summer.
  • I also keep thinking about the 12 hour Lemming Loop again – I didn’t quite make 50 miles and I would like to break that milestone but the race is in October and I’m not sure I want to put in the many long hours of training required to get ready for this race though the summer. It would mean giving many hours of my summer weekends to training and I’m not sure if I will be willing to do that again. I’m putting this one as a maybe at this point.
  • runDisney races – I will be taking a break from the Walt Disney World Marathon races for 2016 from what I can tell at this point. I love the races but I have done it several years in a row now and it may be time to back off for a bit.

 

Some other non-running fitness themed goals for 2015:

  • Lose some more weight – I am currently down 35-40 pounds from what I consider my starting point in September 2012 or about 50 down from my worst point. But I have been in the same 5 pound range for about a year now and it is time to get things moving down again. I’m hoping the extra intensity from doing more speed and hill work will help here, but I also need to re-evaluate my diet at this point as well.
    • short term goal is to get to 210 pounds by the end of April
    • longer term goal is to get to 207 (with increased muscle mass) prior to September (3 years since I started trying to get back in shape) equaling a 50 pound loss since my start point.
  • Increase strength training – I want to refine my body shape by losing more fat and adding more muscle:
    • I already do daily chin ups, pull ups and push ups but want to increase the number done in each set by the end of the year by 100%. I also want to change up to doing this twice daily – so in the morning as I do now and in the evening as well.
    • Start back on some free weights at home – arms, shoulders and legs. 2-4 days a week for 15-20 minutes per day. I’m not going to go back to doing hours of weight lifting every week like I used to but I do want some muscle back.
  • Get more sleep! I may be the only person that actually got more sleep during the Dopey Challenge than I normally do – I really need to focus on getting to bed at a decent time on weekdays!

 

I also have some more general goals to be happier, healthier and more productive:

  • Spend more time with the kids and my wife – this is really the big goal for the year. It means doing more healthy and active things together but also more quiet time.
  • Get back into some of my other hobbies – photography (I’m not any good but I enjoy the process), writing, doodling, playing video games, reading, walking
  • Be more present – less screen time! This means less smart phone, computer, tv, etc and more actually being there mentally.
  • Play music around the house more – there always seems to be a tv on for background noise in our house, music would be a better choice all around.
  • Do more stuff with my hands – building things, drawing, crafty things, etc – this will include doing more stuff like when I built my own standing desk out of copper tubing.

 

So that is an overview of where I want to go in 2015 and at this point I am only going to truly focus on the shorter term goals of the weight loss and the WPS Half Marathon in May. I am keeping myself open to re-evaluate in May once that race is done and I am willing to change my goals at that point once I see where I get to in the next 4 months.

 

Stick around and let’s see where we end up!

Today marks 2 years since I seriously started my journey to get back in shape – how have I done?

Back in September 2012, I decided I was going to run the Goofy Challenge in January 2013 – it would be my 3rd go at the challenge but I hadn’t trained properly for the first couple. I finished both but I didn’t lose weight during the training and I knew I could do better as long as I focused. So I decided if I was going to do it, I was going to do it right. I would try and fix my diet, lose weight and train hard and with focus.

I came up with a training plan, made some decisions about my diet and started training. I also decided to track how I was doing to keep myself accountable and that tracking eventually turned into this blog a few months later.

The first run I did was 3.14 miles done in 30 minutes (not bad for being near 260 pounds) – a couple weeks ago I did 5 miles in 33:20…so my speed has improved a bit.

I started at right around the 260 pound mark and I am now hovering around 220 pounds – I lost 25 pounds in the first 4 months of my plan. I hit 220 about a year ago now and I have maintained at that level for most of the year. This loss was driven by a few things – being dedicated to the running and some significant diet changes. On the diet specifically the biggest change was limiting white carbs (flower and sugar) especially in the morning. Lots of protein for breakfast certainly helped me lose a lot of weight right off the hop.

Looking back at my spreadsheet mileage tracker, I am at 3172.86 miles in those 2 years. I am pretty happy with that!

In those 2 years I have done 4 full marathons and 7 half marathons. Two of each of those were part of Goofy Challenges (2013 and 2014). I am happy with that as well. Especially since I managed to set new half and full PR’s (1:46:00 and 4:09:44 respectively) this spring, breaking times that were set while I was in my 30’s (43 now).

So what is coming up then? Well I have a half marathon in about 2 weeks time (Fort Garry Rotary Club Half Marathon) and another 4 weeks after that (Winnipeg Fire and Paramedics Services Half Marathon) – I am hoping to set another new half marathon PR in one of those races. I then keep the training going to do my Goofy Challenge #5 as part of my first Dopey Challenge in January. The next 4 months are going to be tough but they are going to be worth it. I currently am in better running shape than I have ever been for a Goofy Challenge and I still have 4 more months to train!

The one thing I am not really happy about from the last couple years is that I haven’t lost more weight. My weight has stayed pretty steady for a year now but I could stand to lose another 10-15 pounds while still maintaining my muscle mass. So my goal for September is to lose 5 pounds – to help with this goal I have decided to cut Coke / soda pop / cola completely out of my diet – 3 days in so far and surprisingly it is going ok. Ideally I would like to be under 210 going into the Dopey Challenge (at 6’2″ with a fair bit of weight lifting in the past I have some decent muscle in there as well) in January.

I have created some highlight pages for each of the years I have been running since I started this journey:

I am looking forward to pushing myself further!

Goofy Challenge 2014 – how did I do?

I have been thinking most of the past week about what to say in this post reviewing my performance at the Goofy Challenge 2014.  Lots of my thoughts and reactions currently are a bit negative but I have been fighting a flu since Monday and that always takes me a bit towards the Dark Side of things.

So now that I am starting to come through the other side of the flu and have been able to do a couple short runs I wanted to kind of look at what I did do and see where the positives are.

What I am going to do is look at a couple of the things that disappointed me and break those down to remind myself that there were positives there.

The Donald Half – 3:08:25 Net Time

The Negative:

I ran my last half race in 1:47:14 at the WFPS Half Marathon in October and if I look at it solely from a numbers perspective that is a heck of a drop.  The heat was pretty oppressive that day and I am not used to running someone else’s race so my mind plays tricks on me and my memory of that day is pretty dull and dark.

The Positive:

This is the first race I ever ran with my wife!  Any of the gloom I feel about the run and the slow time goes away when I poke myself to remember this race wasn’t about me or my time.  I look at the MarathonFoto pics and we were both smiling a lot – so my memory of it being dark and gloomy really just needs a slap upside the head.

Plus having done the race with my wife I was able to help her understand that considering the heat she had done quite well and that, yeah, the full was possible for her if she wanted it.  If I hadn’t been there with her and observing she might not have trusted my opinion as much and missed out on completing her first full marathon.

 

The Mickey Full – 4:39:47 Net Time

The Negative:

The initial review looks disappointing with my full time being only 22 seconds faster than my Manitoba Marathon in June (4:39:47 versus 4:40:09).  Many months of training for a 22 second gain?  That’s it?

I went in looking to set a new PR (4:15:01) with the hope to beat it by up to 15 minutes…but instead I was 25 minutes slower.

I made the mistake of using on course fuel even though I know the risks it brings to my system.

The Positive:

Again looking at the time to finish alone is deceiving – I didn’t have gastro issues at the Manitoba Marathon making me run slow or lose a full 10 minute period in the porta-potties.  My gastro issues started around mile 15 and I couldn’t run quickly or I would get gurgles but could run slower and still keep moving.  Which is what I did and that slower pace was at least a minute per mile slower than I felt I could be doing.  So I did that slower pace for about 11 miles – 11 x 1 min = 11 minutes + 10 minutes in the porta-potties = 21 minutes right there in the second half of the race that I lost.

I started slower than I wanted and couldn’t maintain a faster pace – I did more damage during the half marathon than I would have thought.  The issue here was that we walked almost the full half marathon – walking works the legs a bit different than running and it beat the crap out of legs not running more.  Basically it meant my steady pace had to be slower to deal with the unexpected damage – I felt strong to run faster everywhere else but the legs would have none of it.  I think this probably cost me at least a mile distance in the first 2 hours of the race – so between 8.5 to 9 minutes.  Add that with the time lost in the second half of the race and a new PR was definitely there.

This race also represented a 46 minute improvement over last year’s full.

I have now come to fully understand too that I cannot rely at all on on-course fuel except water.  If I am going for a PR or to push myself as hard as I can then I have to bring my own fuel.  Period.  Time to break my Camelbak backpack out of storage.

I should look at how I felt after the race as well compared to the Manitoba in June.  That race I was basically done at the end – I was strong and could walk but it took a bit to recover – I could walk fine the next day but stairs were harder than normal.  This race?  I had a snack and a beer and headed back out on course to meet up with my wife and shadow her to the finish.  I did at least an extra 4.5 miles and maybe closer to 5 (Garmin died) and some of that was running before I got to even go have a shower.  Then the next day we spent several hours in a water park swimming and climbing ladders to slides and tube rides and I felt no after effects at all.

I should then also look at how I felt mentally after the Manitoba in June versus now – with that race I was just done with running mentally for a little bit and had to do some pushing to get out of that funk.  Today, with this race, I am chomping at the bit – if this flu had not occurred I probably would have done an hour run today with similar planned for tomorrow.  As it is I am thinking about doing a daily running streak until we head out for our family vacation 2 weeks today.

 

So overall – even though I have some negative thoughts – I do feel good about what I have done and I want to keep going – there is no urge to just drop the marathons and do something else.  This is good!  With this in mind I am developing a plan that will most likely involve a half race in May followed by a full the next weekend and then followed by another full in June.  This will lead me into the summer and all the pool fun I expect to have this year.  Then in September I will do multi half races again leading into Goofy 2015.  My thoughts and hopes for that race is that I will be in one of the early corrals again and I will run the races as a series of sprints between character spots for pictures and time will not matter.

 

Ahh good – got out of the funk.  Come on 2014, lets run!

Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend – Half Marathon report Jan 11th 2014 – Run #1 for Goofy Challenge #4

The day started off way too early at around 2:30 am when we got a wakeup call from Olaf from Frozen.  Despite probably only getting a couple hours sleep both my wife and I got up and had a quick bagel and peanut butter and headed out to the buses to take us from the Pop Century resort to Epcot and the starting line.

Somehow I had convinced myself to put on a bit of a costume – not much – a cape draped over my shoulder, a shield and a sword.  Kind of an odd set of things to do a half marathon in but being a father I have carried stranger things for a much longer time.

Don’t have a pic of the full outfit (hopefully get one in the race pics) but here is a partial:

Ted @ the Disney World Half Marathon staging area

Ted @ the Disney World Half Marathon staging area

We got to staging area without any hassle – there didn’t appear to be traffic issues and the bus transportation went clean and smooth.  They did have a new feature for the marathon with a bag check by security – I was worried that might be a bit of a hassle but Disney had several security stations and seemed to be ensuring that the checks went quickly.

The staging area was pretty standard and didn’t seem too different from previous years although I did notice a champagne and beer station that I had never seen before at the Walt Disney World Marathon – something to partake in tomorrow after the full is complete I think.

We did a bit of a wander around to look at costumes and to people watch a bit before heading through the bag check area and wandering to the corrals.

One thing I did notice different was how they released people out to the corrals after going through the bag check areas.  They seemed to open up the gates earlier in the morning to allow runners to get out to the corrals without quite as bad a backup as last year’s Donald half marathon. (link to last year’s race recap) and because of that the walk out to the highway and the corrals didn’t seem as crowded either.  This was a very welcome change from last year!

I was assigned to corral C and my wife to corral N – we had decided a while back that I would run the half portion with her (which would be the first time we have done that) and then we would go to our individual corrals for the full.  When she had gotten me the early anniversary gift of the Goofy Challenge registration she had decided she was going to the half marathon as well but the half was sold out at that point.  So Heather signed herself up for the Goofy as well at the same time figuring she would at least get to do the half and if all went well with training, etc she would do the full as well.  This would make the full her first full and her first Goofy Challenge.

That leads to the question as to why I am not running the full with her as well as encouragement along the journey.  Basically it comes down to initially she didn’t think she would try the full and I have been training to try to break my PR on a full that has stood since 2005 – with the work I have put in to run that race as best I can backing off to walking most of it would be pretty frustrating at this point.

So we came up with a compromise – I would go out with my corral and run my race – she would go out with her corral and do her race.  As soon as I was done I would get my medals, etc and head into Epcot and back out towards the Boardwalk area and wait for her to hit about mile 24.  At that point I would shadow her and give her encouragement until she took the cut off into Epcot and I would then enter through the World Gateway and try to catch up and encourage her at least a few points along her path towards the finish.  After she took the cut off toward the finish line I would go through the main Epcot gates and meet up with her in the family meet up area.  That is still the plan now that the half is done.

I thought the corral release timing was pretty good – we were in N and we were out and running about 45 minutes after the official start (I think) which was better than I expected.  Unfortunately with the heat and the crowding we didn’t go very fast and we ended doing a lot more walking than expected just so Heather could feel confident in finishing the race.  Our pace was not too bad all things considered but not particularly consistent – we started with a long walk and then started some run / walk cycles and then started taking longer walks but when we got to areas where there was a good cooling breeze we were able to run pretty decent and some of the last few miles seemed to be some of our best time wise.

We didn’t partake in any character stops but loved the scenery and running through Magic Kingdom up Main Street and through the castle were fantastic as was the distance running in Epcot.  Very nice course.  Even with the coral changes there were still some choke points that had me wishing I was up in corral C but I survived and felt pretty good the whole run.

Heather @ Magic Kingdom during Disney World half marathon

Heather @ Magic Kingdom during Disney World half marathon

Overall I enjoyed the race and my wife did extremely well all things considered with a solid finish of 3:08:25 for her and an additional second for me.  Considering that we walked almost all of it in the end this was a very good time that my wife was happy with.

I am definitely feeling the run a bit more in my legs and feet than I expected but I suspect that is due to walking most of the race – I used the muscles much differently than they are used to or were expecting.  Going to take it easy today to rest those legs (already cold soaked) and watch my diet and fluid intake to make sure there aren’t any surprises tomorrow.

Time to go rest and get a bite to eat though – so congrats to all the runners today and good luck to everyone running tomorrow.