Thursday, June 29, 2017

Marathon Training Truths

It's been several years since I last ran a marathon. In that time frame, I feel as if I've forgotten so much about the training cycle - long runs, fueling, aches and pains, etc. Now that I have waded into the shallow end of the pool so to speak with Dopey Training, there's a few things I realized about training for a marathon that I'd forgotten from prior training seasons...so ready or not, here they are!

 
  • It's called a training "season" for a REASON. You can't build up your mileage overnight and it takes weeks and months to "get there". I've always trained myself to be 10K or Half ready at any point but I definitely don't run anything over 10 miles on a regular Saturday morning long run (and lately it's been 5 or 6 miles). Knowing where I'm at and how far I have to go kind of makes me a little nervous but I know it'll be ok because I have the luxury of time until January of 2018. I love how Jeff Galloway's training plan allows plenty of weeks for marathon and Dopey training, that way runners are ready and prepared come race day!
  • Weight loss isn't always possible during marathon training and that's OK! It's so important to properly fuel your body with the intake it needs to get you through those long runs. The focus during this time frame should be on nutrition and proper intake, not cutting carbs or calories.  
  • Mantras and songs can be a runner's best friend. In the past, I've always had a "song" that made me look forward to a race experience or race weekend. Any former Jonas Brother's fans out there? Rolling your eyes yet? Yep, me too. Well, during the time of my obsession, my "song" for the Inaugural Wine & Dine Half (which was at night) was "Feelin' Alive" by the Jonas Brothers. "This is the night...for feeling alive..." I have to admit, that just made me smile a little bit! :)
  • Visualization helps SO much with training. There are times during long runs where I don't think I can keep going, so it's fun to check my mileage and try to visualize where I would be on the marathon course at that point in time...like running through the castle, Animal Kingdom, or Wide World of Sports to name a few!

  • Last but certainly not least - it's not easy but it's definitely doable! I'm a firm believer that you can do ANYTHING you put your mind to. Twenty six point two may seem like a daunting task (or forty eight point six in this case), but if you take it one step and one mile at a time, you can do it! The human body is such an amazing thing - it can do way more than we give it credit for. Put away those negative thoughts and do the things you think you can't do!
What's your best Marathon training truth or tip?

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Wordless Wednesday - Disneyland Hotel's E-Ticket Club

Hi there and welcome to another Wordless Wednesday! This week's topic is all about Disney Food. Since I've covered a lot of my favorites in past WW posts, I decided to give a little glimpse of food options at the Disneyland Hotel's E-Ticket Club, where a friend of mine and I stayed during the recent Tinker Bell Half Marathon weekend!

The E-Ticket Club is located in the Adventure Tower and food options are available throughout the day as follows:
  • Magical Beginnings (6:30-10 a.m.) – continental breakfast (pastries, fruit, cereal, coffee, Mickey waffles, etc)
  • Intermission (11 a.m. – 4 p.m.) – light refreshments, snacks, etc
  • Magic Hours (5-7 p.m.) – hot and cold appetizers, finger foods, etc
  • Sweet Dreams (8-10 p.m.) – desserts (they are so tasty) and beverages
One of my favorite things to do in the E-Ticket Club was watch the Disneyland fireworks while enjoying evening desserts! The views of Downtown Disney were breathtaking and were also a relaxing way to enjoy breakfast in the mornings!

Today’s Wordless Wednesday theme is: Disney Food
Host: Deb at Focused on the Magic

Disneyland E-Ticket Club Level

 Disneyland E-Ticket Club Level


Disneyland E-Ticket Club Level
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Disneyland E-Ticket Club Level
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Disneyland E-Ticket Club Level
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Disneyland E-Ticket Club Level
 Disneyland E-Ticket Club Level
Disneyland E-Ticket Club Level
Disneyland E-Ticket Club Level
Disneyland E-Ticket Club Level
Disneyland E-Ticket Club Level

If you're looking for a great way to enjoy a Disneyland trip, a stay at the Disneyland Hotel Concierge level is the perfect way to do so!


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