Disney Half Marathon 2019

Another Disney Half Marathon race  done.    Yes, I love Disney races.

Friday afternoon, my husband and I drove to Orlando from Boca Raton.  The race was Saturday morning. It was about a three-hour trip. We stayed at  the Disney Old Key West resort. Our plan was to stay one night at the resort,   and then head back to Boca Raton immediately  after the race.

When we arrived in Orlando,  we headed to the Sport Expo to pick up my race number. After the expo, we had a delicious Italian dinner at Il Mulino. Following dinner,  it was an early  bed time,  because  the race started at 5:30am.

The next morning , my alarm went off at 2:15am.    It was time to get dress and head out the door to catch the 3:00 am bus that takes runners from the hotel to the starting line.

The weather was ideal.  Fifty five degrees at start time.

The course started on a side street near Epcot.    The first few miles was basically  flat.  Runners saw many Disney Characters , bands and spectators,  as we headed towards  the Magic Kingdom.     We ran throughout the  Magic  Kingdom and then  back to Epcot for the finish.

The highlight for me was  running down Main Street towards Cinderella’s Castle and seeing the castle all lit up.

After crossing the finish line, I got my medal and then headed back to the hotel for a quick shower.  At 11am, my husband and I checked out of the hotel and were back on the road to Boca Raton to meet up with the rest of the family for an early dinner.

 

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Happy New Year ,16 mile long run, Galloway Coaching going very well.

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Happy New Year ! 2019 . My family .

Long Run 16 miles …… It was an awesome run.  Building up my endurance .

Nutrition  good

Energy Level  good

Lungs and legs good

I’m thrilled .  Also Galloway coaching going very well. 🙂

 

Jeff Galloway E Coaching has helped me a lot!!!!!!! Asthma challenges

Best Running Decision I made- Signing up for the Jeff Galloway E Coaching Program. This program is basically a   weekly pen pal exchange with this well-known Olympian, author of many running books and a running coach who customizes workouts according to individual goals.

My goal is to run a better Boston Marathon.

Starting in August, Jeff made a plan for me, on how much to run, when, and the type of work out to do, such as hills, speed training, cadence practice and long runs.

It is great having a coach help me design a plan that works for me. Each week, there is a conference with my coach discussing how my workout went.

 

This coach has helped me gain more confidence running with allergic asthma.

Before this point, I would just get frustrated. I felt my asthma was holding me back.  I would work my ass off and get limited results. Within this year, I have learned that I can overcome this obstacle, by changing my thinking. I am running for myself and that is what counts.  So, If I can only run a 15-minute mile   pace……so what!

Merry Christmas ….Week 3 and 4 Boston Marathon Training

Merry Christmas…

Week 3

LONG RUN …. December 15 …..  14 miles

nice 50 degree run ….building the endurance.  ME TIME   ..  Outside on a nature path  views of the ocean ….quiet…..meditation ….love the sport running

 

 

Swimming  …cross training

I have added swimming to my training program to help strengthen my stamina and lungs.

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Week 4

Monday swimming

Tuesday 3 miles

Wednesday swimming

Saturday . 6 mile repeats …Santa baby ……. for Christmas please let me get faster

Sunday  1 mile …  I was tired

Besides running … I am enjoying the festival season.  Good Holiday food , family and  just relaxing .

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Greetings Florida Running, Week 2 Boston Marathon training, Happy Chanukah

IMG_2423IMG_2422I am back in Florida at our town house.   I feel like I am in the process of becoming more of a snow bird. I hate Massachusetts in the winter.  I am very fortunate and thankful to be able to travel to Florida frequently.

When I am in Florida, I enjoy the scenery; palm trees, ponds, parks, beaches and I love the warmth. Put me out in the sun and I am happy.

I am using Jeff Galloway as a e coach. ( Galloway  is an American Olympian and the author of Galloway’s Book on Running)

I have been using him for several months.  He has been encouraging me, to be the best athlete , I can be.  I like having accountability  .  I need the  kick  in the behind  to get  me moving .

When it comes to running, I train much better in a warmer climate.  I never enjoyed running with 20 layers on, when December arrives in Massachusetts or settling for a treadmill.

Monday…… Long run 12 miles

Thursday … 2.5 miles  running   +   35 minutes swimming

Friday…..    35 minutes swimming

Saturday  ….      4 mile  repeats  running  +  30 minutes  swimming

I have been working hard in the past 3 1/2 months  building a stronger endurance base.   Now I am  working on gaining speed  ( mile repeats ) and  more endurance.   I’m not so good at running fast , but I’m working on it!

 

 

Running November 5-18

 

November 5-11th

After Run Disney,  my family and went to South Florida Boca Raton  to visit our winter vacation home located in the Broken Sound Club for a week . We enjoyed our time at the pool, spa, fitness center and   the delicious food service.  We all had a great time .

Thursday 3 miles

Friday 3 miles and 30 minute swim

 

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Wednesday 12 miles …it went well

Saturday 4 miles

Sunday 3 miles  enjoying  a fall day IMG_2393.jpg

 

 

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  Goals…….

In the past 3 months, I have been working  with a coach to strengthening  my running endurance  ….. Lung capacity  ( cover the distance)  My respiratory system is my weakest link when it comes to running.

Next few months…   speed

I felt really good at the Disney Half   Marathon …..  I was pleased with my results given the weather conditions.  I   had to slow way down  due to heat and humidity .

Half Marathon Disney

3:32:57 SWAMPSCOTT, MA

Biggest Goal ….A faster Boston Marathon …  Run for Boston Marathon Liver Foundation team ….Working hard to build endurance……than speed …..following  coach’s….training plan  …..stronger respiratory system ..Asthma take a hike…..

 

Disney Wine and Dine Two Course Lumiere Challenge Saturday 6.2 miles Sunday 13.1 miles

Another Disney race weekend done!

I have my 10k Medal.

I have my Half Marathon Medal.

I have my Challenge Medal.

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Friday:

My husband, oldest daughter Carrie and her fiancée John and I flew from Boston to Orlando.   I was the only runner.  My family was there to enjoy a vacation and keep me company.

.  We decided to stay at the Grand Floridian.  I love the hotel because it’s absolutely amazing. I love the pool, rooms, food, atmosphere staff etc.

We arrived early Friday morning, checked in, and then had lunch.

After lunch, I went to the expo alone to pick up my running bibs and to walk around. My family is not into running “stuff,” so they preferred to visit the Magic Kingdom.

The expo was held at the Wide World of Sports.  It was very easy to pick up my number and running shirts.

I also met Jeff Galloway at the expo.

Dinner Italian, then bed for a very early wake up call.

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Saturday 10k race 6.2 miles:

I got up Saturday morning at 2:30am, took a quick shower, grabbed a snack and headed to the Disney buses that drove all runners to start of the race.   I basically waited at the start area for about an hour and then it was time to go to our assigned corral.  The official start was at 5:30 am.  My corral was released around 6: 00am. The race began at the Magic Kingdom Parking lot, traveled around Epcot and then   to Space Ship Earth for the finish.

Overall… I took it very easy during the race and finished at a comfortable pace.  My biggest concern was conserving my energy for the Half on Sunday. I had a fun race.

For dinner, Narcoossee’s   a restaurant on the Disney’s Waterfront

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Sunday 13.1 Half Marathon:

Up again at 2:30 am!

This race ran through Animal Kingdom. Hollywood Studios and Epcot.  I felt good throughout the race.

Another fun race.

 

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14 miles long run

14…miles done. I made it.

Prior to my long run, I was nervous because my fall allergies were bothering me greatly. Those beautiful color leaves that have fallen to the ground, decaying and the rain has caused tons of mold spores to be released into the air.  Mold is a big allergen for me.

Going into the long run, my plan was to run most of my miles outside and then the last miles inside to avoid an overload with the allergens.

After checking Accuweather thousand times for allergy reports; today at noon my long run began.   It was 60 degrees, not bad.  Plus, the wind died down. Time to get out the door!

The run went well.  I ran everywhere.  8 miles on the rail trail

3 miles along the beach

1 mile around my neighborhood

Last 2 on the treadmill

.   During my run, I focused ONLY on endurance not speed.  (Cover the Distance) Jeff Galloway taught me, I get the same benefit from a long slow run as I do from a long fast one.   No more killing myself during a long run!

I am feeling good about my training.

In two weeks, I will be in Disney World participating in the Wine and Dine Half Marathon   Challenge.  The challenge is ….

Saturday 6.2 miles

Sunday 13.1. miles

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LOVE MY CANDY APPLE AFTER A LONG RUN!

2019 American Liver Foundation Boston Marathon Team …Here I come….. Fall fun Football Pumpkins

It is official!  I am on the American Liver Boston Marathon Team 2019!   I am very excited. I am hoping to have a good marathon training season.

My training…

September 25-30th

Wednesday 3 miles

Thursday    3 miles

Saturday 3 miles

 

October 1-7th

Wednesday 12 miles long run … This run was a bit hard.  It was very humid 95%.

12 miles out and back Swampscott to Nahant Ocean Water Front along the water

By the beach, Motivation, pretty

Saturday 3 miles

Monday  3 miles

Also…. In one month…I will be in Disney World Running the Wine and Dine Challenge.

November 3 Disney 10k (6 miles) Saturday

November 4 Disney 13.1 Sunday

Other than running…Enjoying some football

Fall Fun

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I hired a running coach!

IMG_2259.jpgI hired a running coach!

I have been looking at hiring a running coach for a while.     In the past, my running has been very very very slow.  I also have seasonal allergies and allergic asthma that  has made running harder.

Anyways, my times were getting worse.  I was getting frustrated.  I was not happy with my training.    At the age of 49.  I was convinced I was too old physically to run marathons ( primarily Boston) ……  I   thought I was done……Boston Marathon ….no more.

Luckily, a light bulb turned on over my head!  Don’t quit Boston yet ….  Running the Boston Marathon is your passion…. Hire a coach!

Last year at the Princess Half Marathon, I met Jeff Galloway and was very impressed with his attitude and running experience.  Early August, I made the decision to do e-coaching with Jeff Galloway!  He would be my Boston Marathon Training Coach. I wanted a certified coach that would help me reach my full running potential.  I needed to have a successful marathon season. I also wanted a personalized coaching plan tailored to my needs and abilities. l was also a big fan of the guy!

I am eight weeks into the training plan and I love it.  My running schedule is more structured and organized.

The long run mileage has increased  to help me build up my endurance and lung power.    Galloway has me running my long runs at a much slower pace  , so my muscles can get plenty of oxygen  to improve  my overall aerobic energy system.  Simply put, run slower to get faster.

My midweek runs have more of a purpose. I am now focusing on improving my speed and strength.  I am running hill repeats and practicing acceleration gliders (speed training). I   am also working on improving my stride cadence.

I am pleased with the weekly advice I get from him, and having email access to Jeff Galloway.   I also like being held accountable for all my training runs.  Being answerable has helped me with my mental toughness. Every week, I would report to him, how my training was going and then if needed he would fine tune my workouts.

I   was given many long run nutrition tips that has been very beneficial to me. Also, if I have any aches and pains he gives me suggestions.

Getting out in the open air  despite asthma feels awesome! Running has strengthening my respiratory muscles, helped me maintain my weight and helps me control my blood numbers better. Asthma medication corticosteroids (   is associated with elevations in triglyceride and total cholesterol levels.

Overall, being pushed out the door to run will add years to my life. I am pleased with my decision to hire a coach.