- Coming back from serious injury takes patience, something I don't have in reserves. Training comprised of a lot of 2 steps forward, 1 step back feelings.
- Yasso 800s WILL make you want to puke but they will also make you feel like a badass and make you faster. I think I proved the faster part on my last long run. Doing 8 x 800s at a 4:30 pace made me a badass :)
- You can run three days a week and run a successful half marathon, provided you also commit to cross-training on the off days. Even though I didn't PR this weekend, I finished a half marathon 6 months after being benched with a stress reaction and put in a boot for 6 weeks, on a very tough course, and only 6 minutes off my half PR. I think that's a testament to my training plan and the encouragement of everyone cheering me on.
- You can be well trained but sometimes forces outside of your control will negatively impact race day.
- the weather might be too hot/cold/rainy/windy/sunny/humid/etc/etc
- the course might be very crowded and full of sharp twists and turns
- you might be getting sick
- your injury might start acting up again (ok, maybe that one was in my control)
- Dressing in a costume, while incredibly fun and cute, can present problems if you end up not dressed appropriately for the race conditions. I was definitely too warm Saturday night and overheating really killed my time.
- Expecting to PR because you've had some great runs just makes you cocky. Nothing is ever guaranteed. Bad runs can happen any time, any place.
- GI issues suck big green donkey d*cks.
- Course conditions greatly impact how you'll run, especially if you aren't trained for those conditions. In my case, I didn't do enough hill training and the camber of the on/off ramps and bridges really tore up my legs.
- Fueling for a night time race (or any race outside of your "norm") is hard! I really didn't know what to eat and when. I'm not sure if my food choices contributed to my GI issues or if it was just a random event.
- Disney knows how to put on a quality race. I was impressed throughout the entire weekend at how smoothly everything went.
- The expo was huge and well organized
- The volunteers rock
- I loved having the wide-open field to relax in before the race. Much better than the parking lot for Tinker Bell.
- Bag check was effortless. I'll admit, I was nervous about leaving my bag at Wide World of Sports and expecting to see it again when I got finished at Epcot, but there it was, within minutes of me stopping at the table.
- They did a decent job of assigning corrals by projected time.
- There were plenty of water stops and it looked like enough fuel stops too.
- You can't beat the scenery of running through Disney parks.
- Disney medals are Da Bomb!!!! Seriously, my Disney medals are amazing - they don't skimp here.
- There were a couple things about this race that didn't thrill me.
- The course was too crowded, not just in the parks but at the beginning as well. I should've expected this since it was the same out in Anaheim for Tinker Bell, but I think it still messed with my head a bit.
- I think for the price we pay, a ticket to one of the parks or at least a discount for park tickets like Tinker Bell had, should be mandatory.
- The afterparty wasn't long enough. I know this seems crazy since it went until 4 am, but for slower runners, there really wasn't enough time to enjoy it.
- Please, runDisney organizers, offer women's fit shirts for ALL your races.
- Spending the day before a half marathon walking around theme parks (Tinker Bell) or Downtown Disney and the expo (Wine and Dine) might not be the best pre-race strategy.
- Unless you were carried off the course on a stretcher, the race was not a disaster.
- Even if you think you've failed on a run, you really haven't. Take whatever happened and learn from it.
Thursday, November 15, 2012
Thankful Thursday: Lessons Learned
If you've read my blog this week, thank you for putting up with all the Disney Wine and Dine Half posts. Now that I've had a few days to process this race experience, I want to list out some of what I've learned this training cycle. The lessons go beyond just race weekend, but back to the start of training. I think bullet points might work best for this.
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