The Holidays Strike Again in Week 2 of LA Marathon Training

Sorry for the delay in getting this post up. I have weathered the storm of the busiest part of my Christmas season in Week 2. I was determined to get my runs in at the start of the week. However, the holidays hit me hard and I only got 1 training run in this week. That’s the sad news. The fun news is that I had an amazing week otherwise…..aaaaaaaaaand….I made it through the busiest week of my Christmas season. So, there is a light at the end of this tunnel and I’m determined to get back on the training wagon in week 3.


So, on Tuesday (of last week), everything got off to a fantastic start! The first mile seemed to come too fast again. I was slightly fearful that where the Garmin placed mile 1’s ending was not exactly where it should have been again. If you remember, the week before, on my first training run for the LA Marathon, I had a similar problem. Just like that run, mile 2 took much longer to complete. However, I was only slightly over the 12 minute per mile pace at the end of mile 2. I didn’t panic too much because I knew mile 3 on this route has been money to me thus far in the LA Marathon training. So, the question, heading into mile 3 was how far under 36 minutes would I be? I needed to bank some time to help me to get through mile 4 with a decent finish time.


As you can see by the splits, I did have a really nice mile 3. I finished mile 3 in the same time as mile 1! Not bad! When I saw that I was under 36 minutes at mile 3’s end. I kept pushing all the way through mile 4. Much to my surprise, I finished this run in the same time I finished my 4 miles on Thanksgiving! At the end of mile 2, I wasn’t so sure that would happen. Yay for consistency!

I don’t remember why I didn’t get out and run on Wednesday, as planned. However, that was missed run number 1. I knew I wouldn’t get to running on Thursday because we had the dress rehearsal for the Disneyland Candlelight Processional on Thursday evening. So, I went from a full day at work to driving down to Disneyland from the Walt Disney Studios. Then, I had some dinner and made my way to backstage Disneyland to meet up with the Disney Employee Choir. Dress rehearsal is a lot of hurry up and wait. Our call time is 8:30pm. Eventually, we’ll line up the living Christmas Tree for all 4 shows and practice getting up on the risers. Then, at around 11pm, we start the run through of the entire program top to bottom. It’s totally fun, but tiring. I didn’t end up leaving Disneyland until around 1am Friday morning. So, I knew I wasn’t going to get a lot done on Friday. Year’s past have taught me that Friday is the recovery day.


Here’s where indecision hurt me over the weekend. You see, I wasn’t singing Candlelight until Sunday. So, I planned on running 4 miles Saturday. Except, I had a hard time sleeping Friday night. So, I thought…okay…I’ll go to the gym instead. Except, I knew I’d be standing rather still for 45 minutes at Candlelight the next day. If I had sore muscles from it being my first gym workout in months, that wouldn’t be good. So, I ended up skipping all workouts on the weekend. Ugh!

Saturday evening, we did go to Disney Lights Up the Season at the Walt Disney Studios. This is such a fun event and I was pretty excited that, for the first time since I worked for Disney, it was held on a weekend. So, Brooke and Colton could come along!


I was pretty excited that Colton got to meet Buzz Lightyear for the first time!


The family photo with Buzz came out alright. I think Colton wanted more time with Buzz to figure out who this guy was.


We also got Colton’s first picture with Mickey Mouse! The line was huge and Colton handled the line like a pro…


When the wait is long, just sleep on daddy!


We were there to see the tree all lit up for the first time this Christmas season. Colton was checking out all this new stuff that he’s never seen before!


See what I mean? We have several photos with Colton not looking at the camera. He had more important things to look at. All in all, it was a totally fun evening and Colton handled the cold and the crowds like a champ. Although, when we finally arrived home afterwards, he got a huge smile. He knew he’d finally get some time to roam around. I think that’s the hard part of going to events like this. Colton doesn’t get to explore like he does in more controlled environments.


Sunday was my day to sing in the Disneyland Candlelight Processional. Singing with the Disney Employee Choir is one of the highlights of my year each and every year. This year, I sang in the first show Sunday. Our guest narrator was Ginnifer Goodwin (the voice of Judy Hopps in Zootopia)!

This is show I was in! At the 15:50 mark, I can even see the top of my head! I’m on the bottom row of the tree and usually pretty well hidden. So, it’s always cool to me when I actually see myself. If you’re looking at the video, I’m on the right side of the living Christmas tree. I think there are 4 people in front of me. I’m trying to put together a proper Candlelight post. In it, I’ll do a screen grab to show where I was. Anyways, it was such a fun show. Ginnifer Goodwin did a wonderful job with the narration. By the time we get to the Hallelujah Chorus, I’m always a bit sad because my Candlelight season is coming to an end. This year was my personal best year of singing Candlelight. If there was a PR in singing, this year would be my Candlelight PR! Ha!


I got back in Disneyland with enough time to secure a FastPass to the Nightmare Before Christmas Haunted Mansion, grab some dinner, and head to Pirates of the Caribbean before heading back to the Haunted Mansion!


So, I went from seeing one Jack….


…to another Jack!


This year, they even added Sally to the attraction!


Next, I headed over to It’s A Small World Holiday to see what the wait time was like. When they told me it was around 20 minutes, I had to get in line. This attraction is routinely over 45 minutes during the Christmas holidays.


While I was in line, the Christmas fireworks started up. So, I got a rather unique view of the fireworks! This was Disney Christmas Magic at its finest!


I’ve always said that if this attraction doesn’t put you in the Christmas spirit, you might be dead inside.


I had to take this pic in honor of my Hispanic son! Feliz Navidad!


Yep…if this attraction doesn’t put you in the Christmas Spirit, you might just be dead inside. Just sayin’!


After all the craziness of this presidential election cycle, I think we all could use a little Peace on Earth. Don’t you think?


No trip to Disneyland over the holidays is complete without seeing Sleeping Beauty’s Castle all lit up! With this, I’ll bring this post to an end.

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Finally Recapping the Avengers Super Heroes Half Marathon Health and Fitness Expo


Boy, time flies. I can’t believe that it’s been nearly 3 weeks since the Avengers Super Heroes Half Marathon Weekend kicked off. This was my third time running in this weekend (out of 3 that have been run). The first year, I was there at the expo on day 1 right as it opened. The next year, I waited until day 2 because friends of mine were hosting a We Run Social Meetup and I swore I wasn’t going to buy any merch. Much to my surprise, I had a ¬†pretty good selection to make that year and ended up buying a few items. This year, I had no desire to buy anything at the official merchandise area. Since I was only running the half on Sunday, I waited until the Expo’s last day to show up. Read more ›

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Mixed Results on Week 1 of my 2017 Los Angeles Marathon Training


I may, indeed have 26.2 miles of greatness at the 2017 Sketchers Performance Los Angeles Marathon. However, week 1 of training did not live up to that expectation. Let’s just say that the holiday weekend distracted me very much and my weekend training did not happen. Before that, however, I started off fantastically. Let’s look at how the week turned out… Read more ›

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Next Up…The 2017 Sketchers Performance Los Angeles Marathon


As I mentioned on Monday, the Avengers Super Heroes Half Marathon did not go as I had hoped. So, I failed at my first goal race on the way to the 2017 TCS New York City Marathon. That’s okay. Each goal race I have along the way is what will keep me moving forward. The end goal is, and always will be, to finish the 2017 TCS New York City Marathon in under 6 hours. As long as I do that, it really doesn’t matter if I hit the other goals. While it’s important to me to chase those goals. Missing isn’t the end of the world. The next goal race is the 2017 Sketchers Performance Los Angeles Marathon on March 19, 2017. I spent my week off from training working on getting my mind ready to start a new cycle of training. Read more ›

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Taking a Break in the Week After the Avengers Super Heroes Half Marathon


So, after falling flat on the first of my 3 goal races leading up to the 2017 TCS New York City Marathon, I needed a break. I needed to take some time to regroup and figure out how not to have this happen again at the 2017 Sketchers Los Angeles Marathon. I simply cannot have this same lower calf twinge problem happen in mile 9 of a marathon. If that happens, I’ll have to quit the race. I will not walk the final 17.2 miles of a marathon. That’s not going to happen. Fortunately, not only did I need a break, but I had a busy week after the Avengers Half Marathon. So, rather than a workout recap, this will be a recap of all the fun from the week after Avengers.

The night after Avengers was my favorite rehearsal in the Candlelight season. For most of the rehearsals, the Disney Employee Choir meets in two locations…one in Glendale and one at the Disneyland Resort. However, we get to come together for one rehearsal which we call the “combined” rehearsal. I know…not terribly creative. However, this is my favorite because it’s just us all together. We end by running through the entire Candlelight program. Of course, I like to record some of it. Above is us singing “Away in a Manger.”

Since I can’t just post a video of the ladies singing without the guys, I also recorded us singing “We Three Kings” so you can hear all 300 of us and a song that features the guys. This rehearsal did not disappoint. It was everything that all the previous combined rehearsals were. I left wishing that the rehearsal could just continue on forever! Candlelight at Disneyland is the first weekend of December. I can’t wait!


On Wednesday, Brooke and I took Colton to the Disneyland Resort for the very first time! We spent a few hours in DCA….


and Disneyland.


For those interested, Colton’s first ride ever was the Little Mermaid: Ariel’s Undersea Adventure. I think this picture captures how he handled the whole experience at Disneyland and DCA. He could not stop looking around and taking it all in. Most of the time, his expression was like…What is this place? It’s amazing! I loved watching him experience my favorite place on the planet for the first time. We took him on on King Triton’s Carousel and King Arthur’s Carousel in Fantasyland. We wanted to take him on It’s A Small World. However, they were taping the Holiday Special that will air on Thanksgiving night by It’s A Small World that night.


See what I mean? Colton couldn’t keep his eyes off the lit up It’s A Small World facade. Considering he was just under 8 months old, Colton did amazing on his first trip to Disneyland. I think he really liked the park…or as much as he could take in. We were at DCA and Disneyland for around 3 and a half hours. There were no melt downs in the parks. So, it was a very successful first trip.


Friday was Mickey Mouse(and Minnie Mouse)’s birthday. Things got really festive at the Studio.


Balloons were all over the comissary!


We even got these free cupcakes!



Here’s mine….


Needless to say, it was fun celebrating Mickey and Minnie’s birthday. For those that don’t know, it was on that day in 1928 that Steamboat Willie premiered. Steamboat Willie was Mickey and Minnie’s first released footage. So, it’s their birthday.


With the Avengers Super Heroes Half Marathon in the rear view window, it’s time to focus on the 2017 Sketchers Performance Los Angeles Marathon. This is my next goal race. I’ve got quite a lot of thoughts about training for this race that I’ll cover in a post on Friday. While I didn’t get any training in during the week after the Avengers Super Heroes Half Marathon, I did quite a lot of thinking about how to best approach training for the marathon. Spirit of the Marathon has been watched and I’ve worked out some goals for this training cycle. Quite honestly, I needed this week after Avengers off to get my head back in the game. Training for a full marathon is no joke and I need to have a solid game plan heading into training and throughout. It’s time to start laying the groundwork for ….


Have a great Thanksgiving everyone. See you back on the blog this Friday! Next week, I’ll get to my recap of the Avengers Super Heroes Half Marathon. I promise. TTFN! Ta Ta For Now!

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