Run Find Your Happy Pace

finding my happy pace in running and life

Disney Wine & Dine Half Marathon 2017

So if you’ve been following along I have been suffering from bursitis in my hip since mid September.  I decided to defer my October Half Marathon in hopes of giving myself some healing time before the Disney Wine & Dine Half in early November.  Disney doesn’t let you defer and everything was all paid for WAY earlier in the year.

I did A LOT of spinning to keep up my endurance, and just as much if not more stretching, strengthening and rolling to try to get this problem under control.  I also saw my doctor less than a week before the race.  (it took me 2 1/2 weeks to get an appointment) and she confirmed the bursitis.  However since it was already on the upswing she gave me the go head for the race with the promise of not overdoing it and resting after.

This trip had a few firsts for me.

  1. It was my first ever solo trip on an airplane (which was a huge deal for me since I am normally not a great flyer)
  2. My first Wine & Dine
  3. Completing it would earn me my first ever Disney Coast to Coast Medal, and just in time now that the California races have been put on hiatus.

I am happy to say I was able to complete all the above 🙂  And I finished the half with a respectable time, even with a few photo stops.  I used the Galloway method to help with the “not overdo it” part. Sometimes I use the method sometimes I don’t.  It’s all good!  I am a pretty happy girl!  Disney is always a good time and they have a generous cut off even if I needed to walk some or all of the race.

Speaking of Jeff Galloway……

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The man!

Jeff is super nice and we had a fun chat about The Treadmill, the running store I used to work in when I lived in California.

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Pre-race morning. LETS DO THIS!

I was so impressed that Spinning, rather than running, really was a great way to keep up my endurance.  I have never had that much  “lack of actual running” leading up to a race.  I was happy with how good I felt.  Sometimes you need to do what you can, with what you have to keep reaching for a goal.  I was blessed that spinning did not aggravate my injury.

I need to give a shout out to Aaptiv and specifically Coach Ben Green for helping me stay as prepared as I could for this race.  #TeamAaptiv

BTW: if your interested in trying Aaptiv click on the Aaptiv link on the upper right of my page for a FREE 30 days. I am an ambassador BUT I AM NOT compensated in any way by Aaptiv.  I just really love it.

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I knew I wanted to enjoy the unique on course magic that Disney always has.  But even if I had to walk 13.1 miles I needed to be prepared.  I wanted to be ready for anything.  Admittedly I can never really drop my competitive streak completely, so my goal was to finish faster than my first half marathon even with the picture stops.  Happy to say I did that.

If you have never done a Disney race it really is a unique and fun experience.  Expensive yes, but worth it if your into Disney and have time to plan and save for it.

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Chef Mickey and my doppelgänger Minnie

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Wine & Dine and Coast to Coast Medal

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And what better way for me to celebrate than with

a Minnie Themed Strawberry Cupcake 🙂

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#IRun4Cupcakes

Have you ever done a Disney race?  

Which one was your favorite?

And last but certainly not least whats a race without some Sub 30 Love?!  Can’t wait to see a lot of you in April for The Dark Side!!  Thanks for the race day love too! #sub30fam #sub30love

Nothing like being hours and hours from home and still having friends wherever you go!

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In a Running Rut? Need some Motivation? Aaptiv could be right for you!

This is the true story about how the app Aaptiv helped me to find MY happy pace in running again.

Backtrack to late last fall.

I had trained on my own for The Big Sur Half Marathon in November.  And by training I mean I managed the workouts, and the long runs etc, but my motivation was kind of in the pooper.  Like on a scale of 1-10 I was probably at a 3 or 4 at best but only because I was still running.  It wasn’t pretty and I wasn’t really enjoying myself at all.  I ran the half with no real expectations, no big hopes for a new PR.  I knew I would finish and chocked it up to enjoying the sights and sounds of my last Big Sur Half Marathon while here in CA.  Mission accomplished, in other words I got it done.  It’s a beautiful half for sure. Thank goodness.

Next up for me was the Star Wars Light Side Half in January.  Problem was although I was super excited to run the Star Wars themed race, I was still lacking any real motivation to continue to train.

Enter Aaptiv.

Changing word Unmotivated into motivated

Please note: I DO NOT receive ANY monetary compensation from sharing Aaptiv.  Nor did they ask me to write this post.  However I really and truly enjoy the app and use it regularly.  If you’re in a rut and lacking motivation like I was, or just want to try something new then this might be just the app for you

November 2016

My husband has been in a rigorous accelerated collage program to get his masters degree. In other words lots of time in class and even more time at the library.  That’s the reason we are in California so I’m not complaining just stating facts.  We also have three very active children, I work part-time at a local running store, and am responsible 99% of the time for making sure the kiddos get where they need to be, when they need to be there.   School, sports, scouts etc, etc. Like many of you my training is often superseded by family schedules.  Add in lack of motivation and you have a recipe for a running disaster.

face-plant

I had heard about Aaptiv online and had been curious about it.  I found out a local friend of mine had become an ambassador.  I contacted her and she hooked me up with a free trial, I mean what did I have to lose?  Except maybe my severe lack of motivation.  If this could help, then I was all in.

One word.  Wow!  I have to tell you joining Aaptiv has been a HUGE motivational boost for me!  It not only saved my half, but has given me a whole new outlook and joy in my everyday running and training.  In fact I was so hooked that before my trail period ended I not only signed up for the year I also applied to become an ambassador.

But before I go any further let me explain exactly what Aaptiv is?

Aaptiv is way more than a running app!  It’s a complete on demand, multi coach, fitness audio training app right on your phone.  It’s like having a coach in your pocket 24/7.  Chock full of classes you can do in your home, at the gym or take it with you outside.  The app has taken off since I have joined and now includes:

  • Indoor (treadmill) Classes
  • Outdoor Running Classes
  • 5k – full marathon training plans
  • Indoor Cycling classes
  • Yoga Classes
  • Strength Classes
  • Meditation Classes
  • Stairclimber Classes
  • Walking Classes
  • Stretching (classes are automatically suggested right on the app after each class, which I love because I can be a bit lazy when it comes to stretching)
  • elliptical classes
  • 7 minute quick HIIT classes
  • monthly challenges and so much more
  • there is also an Official Aaptiv Member Facebook page where you can connect with other members

In addition to choosing which type of class you want to take, filter options also include sorting by:

  • duration of the class
  • incline level (when applicable)
  • speed
  • difficulty level (green for beginner, yellow for intermediate and red for advanced)
  • classes by trainer (choose your favorite or try someone new)
  • new classes or classes previously taken

Classes are set to fantastic music too.  No stale old “who the heck is this?” music here.  You will find everything from Hip Hop and Rock to Country.  Everything from Foo Fighters, Brittany Spears, AC/DC and everything in between.  The trainers are motivating and informative, I love the extra push I get from having that trainer in my ear.

Back to my Half Training:

For the Star Wars Lightside I jumped into the half training plan at the appropriate week for my half schedule.  Weekly runs in the half plan include cross training / recovery days. (a complete explanation of the plans are available on the Aaptive website)  The half training includes days of speed work, tempo runs and even long runs.  Each day is led by a seasoned instructor who both motivates you and gives great information on how to prepare for your half.   Just click the day of the plan your on and go!  I was able to do most (and could have done all if needed) of my training on the treadmill because that’s what works best for me time wise.  The plan is great for indoor and outdoor training.  I not only performed really well at Disney I enjoy every single minute of that half!  Honestly.

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This was in between miles 12 & 13…see still smiling.

So what now?

Since January I have continued to use Aaptive 4-5 days a week.  I branched off from the plan and now include weekly classes like hill training, speed training and even cross training days.  I am so thankful to be excited about working out and especially running again.  I have found new motivation to work on getting better, faster, stronger all while finding my happy pace in running and life!

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Great run thanks to Aaptiv even with some hills!

Are you needing a little motivation or a change in your routine and want to try Aaptiv too?  Feel free to use my code

DARLENAKOLPAKCLUB (click my code for the website and enter it there)  

Cancel at anytime during the trial period if you don’t love it.  

Any problems or questions, just ask!

 

 

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