Run Find Your Happy Pace

finding my happy pace in running and life

Officially a Princess

Yeah!!  I did it!  I found my happy pace.  After months of worry over my foot injury,  I did it.  I ran the Disney Princess Half Marathon and aced it! What a race.  Over 20,000 participants and from what I hear that was up from 13,000 last year. Tiaras and tutus as far as the eye could see along with a few “princes” thrown in.  It was a great experience and I am so very grateful to have been able to participate.

My Race Breakdown:  Wake up time 2:30 A.M., no that is not a typo. Bus pick up time 3:00 A.M.! (Sounds kind of crazy since the race didn’t have its official fist wave kick off until  5:45) But thanks to our co-ordinator, and my all around awesome neighbor, Cara we got there at exactly the right time. In fact there were so many princesses that many were unable to make it to their correct corral. Leaving many runners having to fall in behind the last corral behind many walkers. (note:  I totally support walkers I just prefer to navigate around the least amount of them possible.)

After a prayer for a good run and a healthy foot, my corral start was around 6:10 A.M., but what a start it was!  We were bibbidie-bobbidie-bood by none other than fairy godmother and then given a firework sendoff.  So cool!  The course featured princesses, princes and characters of all kinds.  The down side, super long picture lines. We are talking 30-40+ people deep.  So I choose to forgo most lines.  Although I had not set out to make this half my PR (personal record), I did have a plan to stay in front of the 3 hour pace “prince”.  (Disney had an official cut off time of 3:30)  The pictures were just not going to allow for that.  I was able to snap some pictures in front of the castle and a few other places.  Runners were polite and helped other “single” runners like myself with pictures.  At about mile 10 I realized even with the stops and pee-pee break (sometimes you just gotta go)  I had a chance to beat my Rock n Roll time.  So I picked up the pace for about the last 2 1/2 miles.  I ran great, the foot was feeling so good I could hardly believe it.  I was able to run the hills with out  issues, even the one at mile 11.  I guess all those practice training hills finally paid off!

I finished only 5 minutes short of a PR.  But on the inside I finished with a personal best.  I had never felt so good on a 13.1 miler either race or training run.  And as a bonus I got my picture taken with Snow White at the post race party.

I want to take a minute to thank all my friends, family and bible study ladies for praying for my injured foot and for a good race.  I have no doubt they had Jesus interceding on behalf for this one.  I also want to thank Kelly my coach at www.runfastmommy.com  for the training plan and support thru the past few months.  Plus those shoe tying videos…genius, probably made the biggest difference for my foot.

So what next?  Well I have decided to run the March Shamrock. Yup, foot feels good, body feels good and I have the right cardio conditioning for a half.  But I also have a chance to beat my Rock n Roll time.  I’ll keep you posted

Oh and in case you were wondering from my earlier “glass slipper post….”.  There were princes with glass slippers on the course (true fact)~~~ and no  I didn’t even try it.  

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Excitement and Worry

I am excited and worried.  Anxious and worried.  Anticipation is building, but so is worry.

I have been looking forward to the Disney Princess Half Marathon for months.  Won’t it be exciting to run through this iconic park!  A park I was blessed enough as a child to visit and, as a parent, to also bring my kids. So running through the world that is Disney is no doubt going to be really cool!  Thus the excitement.  I am sure I can finish it, I just need to find MY happy pace.  Even if it means my friends dragging my butt past the finish line, I can do it.

As for the worry however,  this is also the very first time I will be going on any kind of vacation without the hubby and kids…..EVER.  Yup, I have been married for 16 years and my oldest will be 12 next week.   Some of you are shaking your heads I’m sure.  You think I would be über excited to get away and in some ways I am.  But I am also worried.  Clearly the world does not revolve around me, but will everyone be ok without me?  Will the school work get done? Surely.  Will the house be clean?  Ummm probably not.  Will they miss me?  I hope.  Ugh I need to just let it go and enjoy myself.  I am sure I will but does anyone else understand my position?  Is it wrong to have fun at Disney without my family?

Grrrr, this is frustrating.  I need to breathe deep and enjoy the experience.  I am sure everyone will be fine.  My husband is very responsible and actually a better cook than me so I know they will eat well, probably better than usual, lol.  So why the worry?  I blame it on love.  Maybe that’s not such a bad reason now is it?

But in the meantime I think I need to make a list, yes a list.  Or two, or three…..doctor number, teacher email, dentist number,  Oh my does he even know the Doc’s name?  Better get writing…….

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Run for Sherry

Today I did the Virginia is for Lovers 14K with my bestie and my hubby.  But I also did it with someone I don’t know and will never meet.  I ran with Sherry.

Who is Sherry you ask?  Sherry Arnold was a wife, a mother, teacher and a runner.  She lived in a small town in Montana.  One early January morning she set out for a run but never returned.    The only thing found, so far, has been one of her running sneakers.  Two men have been arrested and one has confessed to her murder.    Scary….very.  Do I run alone?  Sometimes.  Do I run early? Sometimes.  But thanks to Sherry I now run smarter.

So how did I learn about Sherry?  Well, I follow her cousins facebook page “Shut Up and Run”.  That was the first time I heard of Sherry and her tragic story.  In pain and wanting to honor her cousin she took to her facebook page and asked people to run in honor of Sherry.  And from there it took off, literally.  From person to person, facebook page to page, blog to blog, etc.  Today people all over the world, not just our country, ran and walked in her memory.  I did too.  I ran my race with Sherry behind me the whole way.  When my PF started bothering me I thought of Sherry.  I continued to run because I could and I was not going to let her down.

So today, even if you didn’t run, take a moment to think of Sherry.  If you’re a runner take a minute to rethink if you run safely.  Could this awful incident have been avoided?  No one can know but I know one thing for sure…Sherry can now Find Her Happy Pace and run any day, any time and anywhere.  But today she blessed my life by running with me a stranger, a mother, wife and runner.  Thanks Sherry 🙂

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The words no runner wants to hear…..

So I have been thinking about running…alot.  More than usual.  Why you ask?  Well mostly due to the fact that sooner rather than later I am going to be forced into time off due to injury.  Sigh**  yup the coach suggests after Disney we should do it.    Foot is not getting better with the continued running.

This would cause me to defer my 2012 Shamrock Half in March until next year.  I am so sad as I really want to PR that one, thus why I got a running coach last December. (Ironically just a week or so before my darn foot problems!)  I am going to wait to make my decision until after Disney (Feb) and as late as is allowed.  My heart, and foot, ache.  I think my heart more so than my foot.  Its bittersweet for sure.  On the one hand the foot would really appreciate the vacation, and I can cheer on my husband, who is doing his first full marathon that day.  I also have a few other friends to cheer on for the half.  But still ughhh…..all that hard work and those long miles.  Bigger SIGH** so disappointing.

I have a tough desicion ahead of me.  Prayers for my foot and decision would be greatly appreciated.

However in the meantime I will keep my chin up.  “Chin up, chin up, everybody loves a happy face. Wear it, share it…” (my little guy loves Charlotte’s Web)  I have to remember that God has given me the ability to walk and run and for that I am already blessed.  For some that will never be the case.  So I will keep you posted and in the meantime I will keep finding my happy pace.

“My brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of any kind, consider it nothing but joy, because you know that the testing of your faith produces endurance; and let endurance have its full effect, so that you may be mature and complete, lacking in nothing.”
– James 1:2-4

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Glass slippers not needed…but thanks

OK so my foots not killing me literally, but it hasn’t felt shall I say “pleasant” since Dec 31st of last year.  Doesn’t that sound dramatic….last year!  Not a great way to end 2011.  But in reality it has only been just over a month.  Nonetheless its bugging me and I know it’s partially my fault.  Not the original injury but the continuation for sure.  I may or may not have Plantar Fasciitis.  

According to my “doctor” , and I use that term loosely, it’s not.  He wondered what I wanted him to do for me?  Well lets see…….ummm its my foot, it hurts and it’s not suppose to right?  Well needless to say that got me no where, except thinking maybe I need a new doctor of course.  No Physical Therapy no other suggestions.  Oh wait he did send me for an x-ray.  Thanks.

So after speaking with other runners, the cool running guy at Running etc, my friend from bible study who is a retired PT, and searching the internet..well, I am pretty convinced its PF.  And unfortunately that’s not short for pretty funny.

So now I am a self-proclaimed (and husband proclaimed) crazy person.  Even though my coach Kelly (www.runfastmommy.com) has been super supportive and wonderful for my moral support (thanks Kelly)  I have now tried every tip, trick and fancy  insole I can find to get rid of this nagging, annoying, irritating pain in the a**…. I mean foot :)

Icing (check) stretching (check) on an upside of stretching I think my legs have even grown an inch,  massage = ouchie (check),  yoga (check), two pairs of insoles and a pair of heel seats later (check, check, check)…….still discomfort and additionally frustration.

Ok discomfort isn’t so bad and I am sure my “doctor” would agree with that.  But every Saturday and Sunday……ughh, ouchie, oooo etc, etc.   You see Saturdays are my long run days.  I am in training people!  Training for what you say?   The Olympics?  The Boston Marathon? (thanks for the props from my cousin Nikki who actually gave me enough credit to think I would qualify.)….oh no.  The Disney Princess Half Marathon.  That’s right I am training for the big time!  We’re talking D.I.S.N.E.Y.  I want to be a sparkly, bling covered Disney Half Marathon Princess dang it!!!  That’s right Princesses don’t sweat they sparkle people!  Get it right.

And so I continue this vicious cycle.  Short runs during the week along with stretching, icing, etc. = discomfort.  OK I can do this.  Then the long run. Did I mention I used to love the long run?  Actually I still do its AFTER the long run when it all goes to heck.  But even me, at my meager slowish pace, am determined to get thru this and cross that finish line at 13.1.  I guess only other runners will understand.  It’s a ”runner thing”.  I mean I overcame shin splints for my first half-marathon right?

But let me tell you this for sure…..Mickey and Minnie and the whole darn legion of princess had better be at that finish line with it’s a small world blaring, banners waving and the biggest bling I have EVER seen!  Can I hear an Amen?  However the one thing I will absolutely pass on is Prince Charming and that flippin’ glass slipper!  There is NO WAY I would ever put that thing on this foot…ever.  OUCHIE!!!  So wish me luck because if I can make it thru this and walk I have another one scheduled for March.  Note to self……Your an idiot.    Just find your happy pace.

PS  who needs the glass slipper anyway…I already have my Prince Charming, right this minute.


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Finding My Happy Pace

Welcome.  I would love you to take a journey with me.  A journey thru life, love and running.

Running to me is finding my happy place and pace.  I’m not fast, I won’t ever be an olympian.  But together maybe we can inspire, support and just have some fun as fellow runners, moms or dads and followers of Christ.

I’d love to have you join me as we find your happy pace.

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