Hello again! It’s already mid-May! My how time flies when you’re immersed in an intense racing season. I kicked off the season with the San Diego Hot Chocolate 15k, got a new PR, rested a week, and failed at a PR attempt at the Carlsbad 5000. LOL. I then rested two weeks and then ran my very first Ragnar Relay. Oh the sleep deprivation that race brought. LOL. I then had three weeks to rest before conquering the Big Sur 21 miler.
Ever since the Big Sur 21 miler, I’ve experienced a bit of a dip in my mood. I do have the Rock N Roll San Diego Half marathon race coming up in 2 and a half weeks so I am super excited for that, but after that race, I won’t have anything scheduled until November, when I run the Rock N Roll Las Vegas Half. There will be more on that in a later post. 🙂
So after my June race, I will have NO RACES until November. That’s 5-6 months of no camaraderie at the start line, no “you can do it” from people on the sidelines, and no sense of accomplishment when you cross that finish line. LOL Of course, I’m being dramatic. I will still be running with my run groups so there will still be that sense of camaraderie at least. 🙂 Although my main running partner broke his knee cap so that’s a downer. 😦
Summer time is not really an ideal time to race anyway so I should be grateful for not having to race in warm temperatures. I’ll be using the summer to vacation (in Japan and Korea), build up my base, and starting in September, I will probably start my 4th marathon training season. 🙂 That’s right. I have a marathon in mind and once I sign up, I will let you all know. 🙂
So that’s a wrap on my feelings at the moment.
How do you feel after an intense racing season? Do you get the blues or are you just ready to kick your feet up onto a futon and relax?
The Rock N’ Roll Marathon Series just celebrated their 20th anniversary last year and this year, they’re upping their game! They’re revamping the whole Rock N’ Roll experience with more music, better runner support, and more community engagement. Let’s break it down. 🙂
More Music – The Rock N’ Roll Marathon Series is known to have live bands and DJs jam it out on the course. In addition to all that, they’re including mile markers that have music blasting from them. They’ll also be drum lines and pacers will also be running with music. I’m pretty stoked about finding a pacer and running with their music. I run with music already, but I just love the idea of people jamming to the same music. If you’ve ever watched me run, you’ll notice that sometimes I’ll be dancing while running. It’s just more fun that way. 🙂 They’re also providing Rock N’ Roll curated playlists on Spotify for playlists customized by bpm so you can train with a certain pace in mind. 🙂 If you have the right kind of music, it can make a half a breeze. 🙂
Better Runner Support – MORE PORTA POTTIES AT THE START LINE AND ON THE COURSE. Woohoo! This isn’t necessarily a perk for me, but who knows? Maybe it will be. If you know me, you’ll know that I HATE using porta potties. I’m such a germaphobe and for good reason too. Poop on the porta pottie lid? Barf. LOL. I saw it at the Chicago Marathon when I went to use one. NEver again. Anyway, they’re providing us with more porta potties, which will alleviate the wait time to use. They’ll be more aid stations with gels and bananas, better mile signage, and illuminated starting corral markets.
More Community Engagement – STREAMING VIDEO from the course to a finish line big screen. I’m pretty excited about the finish line big screen. Doesn’t everyone want to see their big finish? 🙂 At some races, they’re going to make the video available online for those who can’t be there to see you finish. 🙂 You can bet that I’m going to tell my friends to watch me finish. Hehe.
If you couldn’t tell by the smileys sprinkled throughout the post, I’m pretty excited to see the new changes taking place for this race series. I’ve run the Rock N Roll San Diego half marathon three times and this will be my fourth time.
I’m thinking about trying to PR my course record and who knows, this may be my year. 🙂 If you’re interested in running any of their revamped Rock N Roll races, you can use the code “RNRBRP2018” to save $15 off the half or marathon distance. (RnRVegas not included).
Questions for you? Have you run a Rock N Roll Race before? Which one? Do you race with music or not?
Now where did I leave off? Oh yes, Disney World time! Yes, you read right. After the 5k, I decided that it would be a great idea to make the most of my time and head on over to the parks. I didn’t even nap after finishing the 5k. I headed back to my hotel and got changed for the parks. In hindsight, I should have just spent a little extra money and paid for 2 single park tickets instead of 1 park hopper ticket. The reason being that everything was extremely packed due to marathon weekend. If you weren’t there early enough, the wait times for the rides would take anywhere from 1 – 3 hours. From 8 am to 5 pm, I rode one ride and attended two shows. How sad is that? 😦 I did walk around a lot, which was also a mistake because when I woke up for my 10k, I strongly believed I wouldn’t have enough energy to complete the Dopey Challenge.
Walt Disney World 10k – Both the 5k and 10k have very similar routes. The only real difference is that there are more characters along the 10k. For this race, I wore my Wonder Woman costume along with a down jacket. Best. Decision. Ever. By the time I finished the 10k, it was maybe 40F? For the 10k, you run more along the backstreets of Epcot and head into the park for a mile or two before heading back out.
Character stops – Despite having to run outside of the parks, the Disney people know how to keep you entertained. There are characters outside of the parks and there are cheer groups that you pass by. During the race, I got to take pictures with Flik and Princess Atta from A Bug’s life, Flynn and Rapunzel from Tangled, and Pinocchio! 🙂 I finished the 10k in one hour 45 minutes and seven seconds. 🙂 I took my time knowing I’d have to knock out another 39.3 miles the next two days. LOL
After the race – Disney supplied each of us with a box full of snacks, which I was eternally grateful for. I then grabbed a mylar blanket and headed back to the hotel to rest. 🙂 I did not do very much that day except just rest and maybe play a little Top Golf. 🙂
Walt Disney World Half Marathon – The Disney World half marathon was my 20th half marathon! 🙂 I had deliberately not signed up for any halfs after Vegas so I could make this one my 20th. Great planning, right? 🙂
After the 10k, I was ready to leave Epcot behind. LOL. Luckily, the half marathon takes you through Epcot AND Magic Kingdom and honestly, getting to run through Magic Kingdom was one of the highlights of my trip.
We entered through the front entrance, ran down Main Street towards Cinderella’s castle and into Tomorrowland.
We veered around through what I think was Frontier land and circled around the castle and then through it. That portion wasn’t as magical as I thought since there are so many runners and there is only so much space underneath the castle, but it was just a sight to see all the buildings so beautifully lit up. There were characters littered through park so naturally, my pace was that of a snail’s because I had to stop at every character stop. LOL. Throughout the race, I took pictures with characters from Monster’s Inc, Alice in Wonderland, The Little Mermaid, Toy Story, The Incredibles, and even Pirates of the Caribbean. 🙂
It took me 3 hours 2 minutes and 32 seconds to complete the half marathon and I enjoyed every moment of it.
My marathon review will be up next so stay tuned. 🙂
Question for you: Have you done a multiple day race? How was it? Were you exhausted afterwards or did you think each race loosened your legs up for next day’s race?
I started 2017 with crazy ambitions. Here are some of them.
I wanted to run 1000 miles; I ended with 1375 miles. Woohoo!
I wanted to publish a 1st author paper, graduate, and get a job; I nailed it. LOL
I wanted to stretch 3x a week and even cross train; Yeah, that didn’t happen. Oops. LOL
I wanted to beat a personal record in at least one distance; I PRed in 3 distances – the 5k, half, and full. Woot woot!
I wanted to do another 100 happy day project; Super failed. I blame depression.
There were several more, but those were the ones I really wanted to achieve. Even though I didn’t succeed at all of them, I gave most of them my best shot. I probably could have tried to stretch a bit more, but I was just lazy.
2017 was a rollercoaster of a year for me. There were a lot of ups and downs and honestly, I’m super surprised I survived through it all. Let’s recap the more memorable events – highs and lows, shall we?
In April, I beat another personal record in the 5k distance by a whopping minute and a half at the Carlsbad 5000 and I also conquered the La Jolla Half Marathon again after swearing to never do it again. 🙂
So the year didn’t end on a high note, but writing this recap has helped me remember that I did accomplish a lot this year and that it shouldn’t be overshadowed by the last few months. Here’s to hopefully a better 2018!
Question for you: How was your 2017? Are you ready to start 2018? Have a happy new year everyone!
And just like that, my last scheduled race for the year is done. Rock N Roll Vegas was my 19th half marathon and it was a fun one. I met up with a few BibRave Pros and some of the #WeRunSocial crew and even bought myself a set of heels on a whim. Without further ado, my Rock N Roll Vegas Half Marathon race report.
I left for Vegas with a few friends on Saturday morning and drove 4 and a half hours to Sin City. We easily picked up our bibs at the Health and Fitness Expo and bonus – we didn’t even have to pay for parking! That’s always a win in my book. There were again a lot of things to see and a lot of photo opportunities. If you follow me on Instagram or Twitter, you probably saw some of them. One of the noteworthy things I saw and forgot to take a picture of was a wall where everyone could sign in neon sharpies. They later moved that wall to the course and so we ran by it and it lit up with everyone’s messages. Anyway, my friends dropped me off at my hotel after the expo and I met up with fellow BibRave Pro Fallon, who graciously agreed to let me crash with her for the weekend. I want to tell you that we painted the town red, but we didn’t. Fallon was running the 5k that night and all I wanted to do was just stay in my hotel room and not be saddened by all people outside gambling and going clubbing.
Sunday was better. It was the day of the race and I had scheduled to meet up with several other BibRave Pros (Christine, Fallon, Jeannine, Allison, and Justin) for brunch at the Planet Hollywood buffet.
That’s a smart choice, right? To eat at a buffet the morning of a race? LOL It was tough, but I controlled myself. I only limited myself to one sausage, 4-5 slices of bacon, an omelet with all the fixings, some smoked salmon, grits, hash browns, and orange juice. Nothing too heavy. LOL. Don’t worry. I made sure not to eat anything the rest of the day so I was done digesting by the time race time came.
I met up with some other social media fiends at the #WeRunSocial meetup.
We chatted, got a #werunsocial multi-use headwear thing (the gray thing I’m wearing), took a ton of photos, and went on our merry way to our corrals when they opened. We were squished during the corrals. There was no doubt about it. A lot of us, me included, had to wait on the sides until they released the corrals to be able to get into our corral. Every wave release had a nice mini fire show at the start line, which pumped up the crowds.
Race: This race has always been on my bucket list. Racing through the Las Vegas strip at night always seemed like an interesting concept and it was. We started off by the T-mobile arena and headed 2 miles south towards the airport before making a u-turn back towards the heart of Las Vegas. We passed by the “Welcome to Las Vegas” sign, which tons of people took selfies in front of, and they had lined parts of the race with the wall we had signed at the expo.
Since the messages were in neon, they lit up the course with our messages. That was very cool. Once we returned to the starting area, we ran an additional 5 miles north of the strip.We passed by all the big casinos and I was pretty much blinded by lights when I looked up. Towards the north end of the strip, we passed by the older casinos and even passed by the famous Pawn Shop seen on Pawn Stars. At mile 9, we made a u turn back towards the finish line and passed by Downtown Las Vegas, which from the outside looks like a huge carnival with a ton of lights. There were a good amount of fans cheering us along the route, but because Vegas is so busy, I barely noticed the people. Because I hadn’t been running regularly, my legs suffered. My feet started hurting at mile 3, but because I wanted to finish so badly, I didn’t care. I pushed on and after that second u-turn, I tried my best to not burn out.
My unofficial finish time was 2:00:18. I knew I was close to 2 hours and I desperately tried to sprint at the end, but because it was a night race and it just got colder later in the race, my body wasn’t adjusting well to the temperature difference and I just missed the 2 hour mark.
All in all, it was a great experience and a unique one at that. I’m glad that my friends as well as you all pushed me to run the race. It had been on my bucket list for a few years and now I can finally cross it off my list.
It feels bittersweet knowing this was my last race of the year. Maybe I’ll sign up for a last minute holiday race to beat the holiday blues. Who knows?
So how about you? Any more races for the year or are you done until 2018?
If you follow me on social media, you’ll notice that my training posts have scaled down dramatically. A part of the decrease in mileage is due to the post-marathon blues and yes, a huge chunk of it is due to my recent break up. Bleh.
I originally took up running almost 4 years ago as a way to cope with a break up. I was diagnosed with depression and it took me months to get the control I needed in my life. What started off as a horrible 3 miler led to what I’ve accomplished today – 2 full marathons and 18 half marathons. That being said, I find it incredibly stupid that I can’t bring myself to run and regain that control. I think I’ve only run 5 miles this entire week.
I have one more scheduled race for 2017 and it’s this upcoming Sunday for the Rock N’ Roll Las Vegas half marathon. I’ve been debating all week long about whether I should run it or not. My flight’s already been booked and my accommodations have already been set, but the motivation isn’t there. This race has been on my bucket list for a few years and I was looking forward to running the strip at night. However, it’s difficult to be surrounded by happy and energetic people when you’re struggling with your own self worth.
As I’m writing this, I am still scheduled to run the race, but I’ve modified my travel plans a bit so I’m not out of my comfort zone (i.e. my room) for too long. My goal for this race? Just to make it through.
I do apologize that the past few posts have not been very upbeat. If you’ve ever met me, you’ll know that I am very open about my feelings, both happy and sad. So much so that I’ve lost friends in the past over it. I will try to keep these kinds of posts to a minimum, but for now, I just needed to let it out.
There are only 4 more days to go until I run my 7th half marathon of the year and my 18th half overall. Yay! I have been extremely fortunate to have such a great racing year with little to no injuries. *Knocks on wood*. I’ve run races in San Diego, Long Beach, Vancouver, Chicago, and in a couple more days, I can finally say Los Angeles. Woohoo.
I’m no stranger to LA having been in a relationship with someone who lived there for years. I’ve enjoyed delicious food in LA – tacos at El Chato’s Taco Truck, ramen at Shinsengumi (YUM), and pizza at the Luggage Room just to name a few. I’ve visited the Hollywood walk of fame and been to Univeral Studios where I geeked out on Harry Potter paraphernalia. I’ve run up and down most of LA’s beaches using the Strand and caught a lot of pokemon at the Santa Monica pier. LOL
But with the awesomeness that is LA, there is also the bleh part of it. Parking is a HUGE pain not to mention the traffic. I’ve been stuck in traffic for hours trying to drive just 25 miles and trust me, it’s no fun. With that being said, I will have the pleasure of causing more traffic by running the Rock N Roll LA half marathon this Sunday morning. LOL. Sorry LA! It’s going to be extremely satisfying running around the usually busy streets of LA without any traffic. Hooray!
So what is the plan for RnR LA? Hmm, well that’s a great question. It’s only been 2.5 weeks since the Chicago marathon and I don’t think I’m in any shape to try and PR again in the half distance. I know I can run the distance, but at what pace is questionable. My past few runs have been just okay and I found myself having to stop every so often so my legs could recuperate. I will try and hover around a 2:05 and if I feel strong enough to shoot for a sub 2, I will. I probably won’t though. Southern California is experiencing an odd heat wave and with temperatures expected to reach 82F this Sunday, I will probably be taking it easy.
This race is Halloween themed and unfortunately, I just wasn’t inspired by any costumes and decided to not dress up for the race, but don’t you fret, I will be dressing up for my Disney races in January and you can bet I’ll look adorable in Disney related attire. HAH! I kid, but really, I’m super excited to dress up.
On another note, my friends will be running RnR LA with me and it’ll be awesome because I ran my first half marathon with these guys. I always try and get these guys to come out with me to race and every so often, they cave and sign on. This is one of those rare times. Woohoo! I can’t wait to run another half with them again.
Those are my pre-half marathon thoughts for the week. So tell me, do you have friends that you always run races with or are you like me who tends to race solo?