I don’t really celebrate Halloween but I do enjoy dressing the dog up in costumes and eating candy. This year was exceptionally ridiculous so I just had to post this for your viewing pleasure
It’s already been awhile since we got back from California but hopefully I can still remember a thing or two about this race!
Our alarms went off way too early and we puttered about getting everything ready for run 2.0. We were both a little more nervous on Sunday since the distance was so much longer but at least we had one race behind us and knew that one went well. We walked from our hotel to the start line again – the weather on Sunday ended up being a little cooler and less humid in the morning so that was nice.
The getting in the corrals was much, much smoother this morning and we ended up in ours way too early but it gave us plenty of time to get near the front of our corrals and sit for awhile. Around 5:30, the first wheelchairs and runners went and then about 7 minutes later B corral went and another 7 minutes later and we were off!
It was much darker on half marathon day so we got to see and enjoy the World of Color in California Adventure a lot more that day. It was cool to see the Ferris Wheel all colorful!
The route was a bit different than the 10K run so we got to see different sections of the parks and in slightly different orders so it didn’t feel like we were running the same race twice.
After about 4 miles in the parks, we exited the parks, never to return again – dun, dun, dun…
It wasn’t all bad + boring though, they had quite a few groups of dancers and cheerleaders along the way to try to distract us.
We both were feeling Ok, especially considering we had run 6.2 miles the day before but by the time we made it to about mile 7-8, we just wanted to be done!
Around that time, Disney had about 300 classic cars all lined up, well, I should say all the car clubs were invited and all the owners were also cheering us on, it was pretty cool those people agreed to wake up so stinkin early and cheer for us!
After leaving the car zone, we rounded the corner near the Honda center in Anaheim and then trotted along for a bit more until the next highlight…
Running through the stadium actually did help mile 9-10 pass quick and we were given Clifs and Powerade in this area so that was a welcomed thing!
After the stadium, the last 5k was a total blur but somehow it eventually was about .7 miles to go and just like the 10K, we decided to run that right through without taking any walking breaks. I really do think it helped us finish slightly stronger!
Rounding the corner and seeing that finish line was the best thing ever!
After crossing the finish line and grabbing our half marathon medals, we also had to navigate the area and find our two other medals! Our Dumbo Double Dare one and our Coast to Coast challenge one!
So many medals, so much fun!
Such a fun 19.3 miles. We kind of already want to do this race again! Our time was not fantastic but it sure wasn’t awful either – 2:37:43 or something like that. For all the stopping and walking breaks we took, I really thought we would be close to three hours but nope!
Can’t wait to go back!
So the Sister and I traveled out to California over Labor Day weekend to be a part of the Inaugural Dumbo Double Dare. We signed up way back in January at the marathon race expo and August/September seemed like forever away. Well, now it’s all over and done and that makes me sad But anyways, here is the recap of the first portion of the race!
We flew into California early Friday morning and went straight to the expo. I always thought the Florida race expos were crazy but this one took all the cake! It was crazy crowded and I am pretty sure everything was already sold out by the time we got there because there was nothing good left to buy. I can’t complain though because it saved me from spending all the money The rest of the afternoon was spend carbo-loading and walking around California Adventure for a bit before we could get to our hotel and get checked in. We managed to get in bed pretty early but the 2:45am race morning alarm was no less brutal!
The temps in CA had been in the 90′s but where supposed to cool down before the races… spoiler alert – never happened! So it was pretty warm already when we headed for the start line of the race. It was very nice to be able to walk straight from our hotel to the start line though and not have to struggle through transportation that early in the morning.
We showed up at the start line area before the 5K start so it was pretty crowded. We also ended up having to wait in a huge mob of people until about 15 minutes before the race started and they let us in our corrals! This was pretty stressful and confusing and it was no fun being jammed in a small space with all those people for that long. I am guessing this is something they will fix for next year’s race.
Once we got separated out into our corrals, it was so much better and was pretty roomy for a Disney race! We didn’t really have to wait long and we were OFF!
The sun was just rising when we took off so it was not terribly hot, still really humid though. We tried to keep a pretty conservative pace throughout the whole race because neither of us had a good training cycle for these races. We started out by running around the Anaheim convention center and on some surrounding streets but then we ended up mainly running in the parks which was very cool!
We first ran though Cars Land and the Paradise Pier area of CA Adventure. It was cool seeing these places when it was still a little dark because you got to see the lights that we missed out on the rest of the trip because of our early bedtimes I recall we stuck to walking for about 2 minutes and then running until the half mile point and I think we were able to pretty well keep up with that until the end.
After we exited CA Adventure, we got to run through Disneyland! I was a little underwhelmed by the size of Sleeping Beauty’s castle though… it was… hard to see from the end of Mainstreet USA. Not something you can say about Cinderella’s castle for sure! I was a little embarrassed for Sleeping Beauty
Our route took us though Tomorrowland, Frontierland and most of this park really and then out of the part again and around through Downtown Disney.
Somewhere around here we also happened to run past Joey Fatone from N’Sync. I had a really hard time not busting out laughing I was not really the biggest fan of them back in the day but my sister was so I think she was a little excited! And she also maybe muttered “Bye, Bye, Bye” as we passed him!
The finish line was near Downtown Disney so once we left the park, it was not far to go! We decided to run the last .7 of a mile straight which helped the end not drag on so much I think! It was very exciting to cross the first finish line of our weekend but scary at the same time because we were still only about 1/3 done or so!
The finish area was not really crowded at all so we got to kind of stop and take pictures before exiting that area. That was one very nice thing about this finish – not herding you on when you just want to sit like after the Florida Disney races!
We gathered our medal and then also had to track down the DDD wrist bands to add that to our collection until the next race! It was a very important band because without it, no DDD MEDAL!!!! We also stopped for some finisher pictures before heading back to our hotel.
We spent the rest of Saturday eating, resting, driving and eating some more. It was a good way to save our legs for Sunday
One race down, one to go!
Last weekend, the Sister, Pup and I ventured to Madison for the weekend. It started out with quite the dramatic beginning because the Pup hurt himself somehow on his walk on Thursday morning so I was not sure if we were going to be able to go or not. He didn’t have anything obvious wrong with him so the vet set him up with drugs and we decided to just have an easy-going weekend instead of our original plans to be more active the rest of the weekend but to still go. My training was not non-existent but it was nothing impressive so I would not have been too broken-hearted to miss it if it’s weren’t for the M2 challenge I signed up for!
Anyways, we headed to Madison on Friday afternoon and went straight to the race expo. They were oddly and rudely “no dogs” everywhere so the Sister and the Pup sat on some random ledge and waited for me to grab my packet quick and leave. The expo was kind of in an odd location and I must have missed the signs because I walked around in circles for a bit before actually finding it. After that extravaganza, we just headed back to our hotel to pick up dinner and hang out the rest of the evening.
Saturday morning I somehow woke up before my alarm even though it was set for like 3:40 or some ridiculous hour like that. We stayed a ways away from Downtown so we had a little drive to look forward to and didn’t know how long it would take to park, etc. It ended up being a good thing I woke up so early because the Pup needed special attention that morning because he woke up hurting again I also had gotten nothing ready the night before – oops! So we actually ended up having not really enough time – as in, I missed the chance to stand in the porta-potty lines! (side note, this was a bad set up for this race, the lines were longer than in Disney?!?)
The race started at 7am and of course I started out too fast. We ran past the capitol after about a mile or so and that was really interesting to run past. I think the last time I actually got that close to it was probably 10 years ago or so? It started out pretty cool in the morning for the first probably 6 miles or so passed pretty quickly.
Somewhere around mile 6-7 Hills Happened. I swear I read somewhere that this was a “fast and flat” course but they apparently have different ideas of what the definition of flat means! The hills(inclines is maybe a better word) killed my legs real quick. It didn’t help I really did not stick to any awesome training plan.
Miles 8-13.1 were seemingly up, down, up, down, up, down right after each other and made that part of the race really drag. I think we ran through a lot of trees for awhile and past some water which helped keep it a little cooler but the sun was getting hot by that point and so was I.
I think around mile 12, the course ended up on the same path we took when we did the Shamrock Shuffle a few years ago and was when I quit that race because it was too hot…So as much as I wanted to quit at that point, I knew I needed to put my big girl panties on and just run until the end for this race.
Sister and the Pup were camped out around mile 13 so I just kept ticking down the miles until I got to see them and then it was just .1 from there… Those last few miles were painful, as they normally are, but when I finally crossed the finish line, I was just glad to be done, I could have cared less about what time I finished this race in.
After I crossed the finish line, it was time to try to find the M2 challenge medal and the Sister… this part of the morning was probably the most difficult task I completed that day… I ran into a fellow Milwaukee runner that I worked the Lakefront expo with so it was nice to see a familiar face! We tried to stand in the M2 medal line but it turned out it was the results line even though “M2 Challenge” was on the sign right above our heads… so that was a total waste of time.
Turns out the M2 challenge line was a little obscene. All the people must have picked this time to get their medals or something? I was also trying to locate the Sister at this point and not having any luck because the poor dog was not allowed on any of the terraces there… even though I saw other dogs around. Rude. Eventually I got my medal and then found my posse and I posed for a finish photo or two.
After that, it was the long trek back to try to figure out where in the world we parked. Good thing the Sister has a sense of direction because I was lost as can be. We ended up being parked really close to the finish line though (at the Overture parking garage) so that ended up working out well.
Once we were back at the hotel, it was a long, lazy afternoon of lounging, eating, watching Alaska State Troopers, eating more, watching Million Dollar Listing, eating again and then going to bed early.
Even though we had grand plans for the rest of the weekend, my legs were happy the poor hurt Pup needed a weekend of hotel time. It was nice to just get away and be lazy!
All in all, this was a decent race but I don’t know that I will go back next year because I just don’t think I will be running that far next year – lol!
Another random thing about this race, I finished it 45 seconds slower than Summerfest this year – ha! At least I am very consistent in my no training race finish times Final Finish Time: 2:17:49
Now, the countdown begins for the Dumbo Double Dare NEXT WEEKEND!!!!!
Wow, so I wrote this 2 months ago and never posted it… blog slacker. But I guess before I write my Madison Mini Marathon recap, I will get this one out!
At one point I wanted to do a race in all 50 states. Then I realized that was a little too ambitious for me so I revised that to a run in all 50 States
So far I have completed:
Hawaii (one race + a few runs as well)
Indiana (one running tour + other runs))
Minnesota (many, many times)
Nevada (possibly on a treadmill, but I am counting it)
New York (Central Park!)
Rhode Island (a few runs there I think!)
Tennessee (a race!)
Wisconsin (too many to count…)
last weekend a weekend two months ago, I can add one more! North Carolina!
I went to visit a friend of mine and didn’t want to sign up for a race but I did take a stroll on the path running through Raleigh. The trail was kind of under construction in many spots so it was not my most scenic run ever but nevertheless, I still want to remember it in case it’s the last run I ever do in NC
The run was slow, hot, humid and everything was super, super green!
It was such an unspectacular run, heck every run for me this year has been incredibly unspectacular but for some reason I have kept forcing myself to stick with it. I think the writing is on the wall for running and me… I am signed up for a few more races but then I think I have a nice long break in store for myself. Unless I happen to venture to a new state or county, then I better get at least a few miles in!!
Up next, a recap of the Madison Mini and then this coming weekend a painful 19.3 miles in 2 days – the Dumbo Double Dare. What was I thinking to sign up for this race… oiy!
All weekend I kept thinking June 24th should mean something to me. In the Am I forgetting something? Is it someone’s birthday? type of way. Then yesterday it dawned on me… One year ago on June 24th, I became a Marathoner!
It’s weird how long I trained and tried to become a marathoner and then once I was, it became something I so quickly forget. I can’t even really remember what it was like to be questing after it so bad and being disappointed repeatedly by the various things that got in my way. But here I am one year later, three marathons later technically, and it makes me realize what a difference a year makes! Feels both like it’s gone slow and fast at the same time. Guess that’s just something that happens when you get older – lol!
We shall see what’s going on on my Second Marathonoversay… maybe I will talk myself into running that one again? Or maybe not But for now, I will just sit back, remember the determination and focus I used to get to that point and be happy I don’t have the DOMS today!
Half Marathon #8 is over and done with. Hard to believe last time I did this race, it was only my 2nd half marathon ever. And I could not have been any less prepared for this race. I was totally untrained and completely forgot all forms of Garmin, watches, ipods, trackers of any sort so I also ended up running this race completely blind AND unprepared. Awesome combo, Kinley…good job.
Packet pickup was a huge improvement from 2011 at least – at the Italian Community Center and I walked there after work on Thursday and picked up my packet and left. Kinda felt sad that I was not the least bit interested in the race expo this time when those are normally my favorite things about races but the last thing I wanted to do was spend money on running gear right now. Got my bib and t-shirt and got out of there quick (the t-shirt is horrible btw, seams everywhere, picky and way too tight – one thing 2011 was better with!)
Friday I tried to just lay low and skip my lunchtime walk at work as my “taper” lol! Ended up walking plenty though just from regular things that day. My sister, our friend and I got P.F. Chang’s for dinner and a good carbo-load! That was delicious!! I also managed to be in bed at a reasonable time and fell right asleep – absolutely no tossing and turning like before normal races I am actually nervous and prepared for
Saturday morning I woke up at the butt-crack of dawn to get ready and… POURING RAIN! Not gonna lie and say that made me super happy. Sprinkles and showers I can handle but this was a literal downpour. But by the time 6am rolled around and it was time for us to head Downtown, the rain had tapered off some so that was promising.
The corral area at the start was an absolute disaster. I was in corral J but still had to go in the southern side of the entrance and walk all the way north on Lincoln Memorial Drive to get to my corral – brainstorm for next year? Half Marathoners go in one side, Quarter in another?!?! Not that hard people. Runners can be some of the slowest walkers I have EVER been around. We stood still for a good 5 minutes waiting to funnel through a 10′ opening. I am no genius but even I could have guessed 9,000 runners do not fit in a 10′ opening – just saying!
Once I got to my corral, it was nice and not crowded so that part I have no complaints with! We got started a few minutes late – I want to say about 10 or so? But once we got moving, there was plenty of room for most of the race (running on the single lane trails later on did get a little crowded but that was maybe a mile or so).
Mile 1: OMG, I can’t do this. Why did I not just stay home this morning. I hate the Hoan Bridge, why do they think this is something fun for us to run up?
Mile 2: Thank God this is down hill for awhile. Love the smell of sewer treatment in the morning!
Mile 3: Oh joy, back up the other side of the bridge. And MORE SEWER TREATMENT SMELLS, YES!!!!!!!
Mile 4: Great, farthest I have ever run in “training” bahaha!
Mile 5: Time for a Gu – these are gross. Man, running is FUN!
Mile 6: Hasta la vista Hoan Bridge! Time for some flatter running and the quarter marathoners are split off now so that’s nice. My sister and A should be around here somewhere, better be on the lookout for them! I wish my dog was here to see Half-way there, no problem! I got this!
Mile 7: OMG A HUGE HILL! I want to die. I am never running a race again. I still have how many miles? Man, people are stupid when they cut across a hoard of runners and then just stop and gawk in front of me – I’m not stopping “Hurry Up!” Seriously people, common sense is not rocket science.
Mile 8: Ahhh, some more downhill action. This is nice. Saw a guy with nipple chafing issues and can’t stop laughing and thinking of Andy running in the 5k on the Office.
Mile 9: Trying to text the sister and find out my stupid phone has turned itself to Swype. How the heck did that happen and how can I change it… mile 9.5 still can’t figure it out. Swear and give up trying to fix it and text her about the chaffing.
Mile 10: Wow, my legs hurt. Why didn’t I train. Only a 5k left, no quitting now. At least I hit double digits and it’s still not raining at all! No heat either. Take another Gu and hope that sits OK in my stomach. Hope the sugar kicks in soon…
Mile 11: 2.1 to go. That’s just a walk with the dog. I need to walk more than 1 minute this mile. Maybe I can shoot for half mile walk breaks. Left, right, left, right. Remember Lakefront, you hurt so much worse on this same stretch of road. Just suck it up and be glad this is not a marathon.
Mile 12: 1.1 to go. Almost there. The pain will end soon. The medal looks cool. Man, I really get annoyed by runners to walk backwards and flaunt their completion in my face. Go drink more beer at the finish line and leave me to suffer in peace. Remember last time? They switched the race to black flag at this point. And we have a green flag this year!! Yeah! I’ll try to “pick up the pace” from here in.
Mile 12.75: I want to walk… SO BAD! NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO. Run. Almost. There. SO. Close.
Mile 13: Can see the finish line – 2:22 something on the clock. Ok, time to gun for the finish so you feel like you want to die when you are done. Definitely did not take you that long to run this race. That’s way better than the best case scenario finish times running through my brain all day! And wait? I didn’t cross right away so that’s not even my time! Whoot! Wonder if I will see my sister and A when I cross…. can’t look and sprint!
Mile 13:1 Oh thank you, God! I made it. I didn’t even pass out. I can stop running now… and yet I can’t because then my legs might seize up… oh great. Where’s my medal? Oh, banana, potato chips, chocolate milk? Don’t mind if I do! Oh. Ouch. Walking hurts. Must find a place to sit down.
All in all, this race went FAST? Is that because my last long race was a marathon? It’s weird to me that a half marathon could go fast but this one really did. It’s like I skipped from miles 3-11 in about two seconds. Finding my sis and A after the race was a little challenging but I eventually did and then they took a few finish photos for me and we headed back to the car.
The walk back to the car was a little slow – lol. Guess parking near the race would not have been the end up the world but I was too cheap to pay $5 when I have my parking garage just a mile away
I don’t really know if I will feel like doing this race again in the near future but I’m glad I have a better taste in my mouth after 2011. Definitely an improvement on most counts. To top it all off, I set a course PR on this race – 2:17:03. Thank you, legs. I’m very sorry
And now any bets on whether I train for the Madison Mini in about two months? Bahahahaha!