Tink, Wishes, RnR San Diego, and NYC

So, this weekend, The Tinker Bell Half Marathon Weekend is going on. By the time this post goes up, the Neverland 5K will be going on (with the winners already across the finish line). Sadly, I will not be running in any of the races. It’s kind of a shame. After all, the Inaugural Neverland 5K was my very first race. The 2013 Tinker Bell Half Marathon was my very first half marathon and the race that taught me I could complete these crazy long distances. So, why haven’t I run in this runDisney weekend since? Well, with the additions of the Avengers Super Heroes Half Marathon and Star Wars Half Marathon at Disneyland, I have more choices. As a guy, Tinker Bell just doesn’t hold as much say as Marvel and Star Wars. So, Tink is low on my race priorities. Although, I’ve got to admit that I love the Neverland 5K and Tinker Bell 10K medals!

Also, on Thursday night, the very last showing of Wishes at the Magic Kingdom happened. Since I’m writing this post shortly after that show, I can’t put a video of the very last show. So, the one above will have to do. Since I’m a Disneyland homer, I don’t have the same emotional connection to Wishes as my Walt Disney World loving friends have. I mean, it’s a really good fireworks show. I have nothing against it. However, I don’t have years of watching this show for it to hold a special place in my heart like others. My favorite Disney theme park fireworks show is still Remember…Dreams Do Come True at Disneyland (for the Disneyland’s 50th Celebration). Over at the Disney Tourist Blog, Tom, wrote up a beautiful tribute to this beloved fireworks show. Click here to read the blog post. If you’re a fan of Wishes, I think you’ll like it.

Three weeks from today, I will be heading down to San Diego to run in the Rock n Roll San Diego 5K and Half Marathon. This is the race I’ve been training for. Although, the wheels have fallen off my training a bit. I’m still pretty excited about getting to run San Diego again. It will be a weekend spent in San Diego that I’m sure will be lots of fun.

In spite of all these wonderful things, my mind has been thinking about New York and the TCS NYC Marathon trip planning. Now that my airline ticket has been booked and hotel has been booked, I’m full on planning mode.

While some things aren’t set in stone yet. There are some things in which I’m planning around. First, on the Friday before the marathon, I’ll head to the Health and Fitness Expo in the AM. The plan, right now is to be there from 10am through noonish. I figure that 2 hours should be enough. If not, hopefully my plans will allow for more time.

On the morning before the TCS NYC Marathon, I want to run in the Abbott Dash to the Finish 5K. The route starts from the United Nations Building….

and runs by Radio City Music Hall! The sad part of this 5K is that there is no finisher medal (or medalion). However, it does finish in the same spot where the marathon finishes! I thought it would be fun to run through a different part of Manhattan while I’m in town. Plus,  I’ll get to the finish line feeling less tired than I will the next day.

Of course, the main reason I’m travelling to New York is to run the marathon. So, all the planning do will have to leave me ready to take on 26.2 miles through the 5 boroughs of New York.

The space shuttle Enterprise, atop a barge, passes the Statue of Liberty in New York on its way to the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum where it will be permanently displayed, Wednesday, June 6, 2012. Photo Credit: (NASA/Bill Ingalls)

Although my plans will likely change a lot through out the planning process. Right now, I’m thinking that I’ll try to take in a tour of Lincoln Center and check out the Intrepid Sea Air and Space Museum on Friday after the Expo.

If you remember, earlier this year, I finally made it out to the Los Angeles Science Center to see the Space Shuttle Endeavour. I had been trying to see this exhibit for a few years. So, I thought…how cool would it be to see 2 space shuttles in 1 year?

After the Abbott Dash to the Finish 5K, I’m thinking about heading to the Bronx to take a tour of Yankee Stadium.

On the day after the marathon, I’m going to be a full blown tourist all day long. There’s a harbor cruise I read about where you can get some pretty spectacular pics of the Statue of Liberty. So, that would make for a pretty cool medal picture. Don’t  you think?

I also want to take in the 9/11 Memorial and Museum….

and hit up the Top of the Rock for their amazing views of NYC. I’ve read that, if you can only do Top of the Rock OR the Empire State Building, you should do the Top of the Rock. Why? Because, you not only get a great view of Central Park…

but, you can get a picture with the Empire State Building in it. This might also make for a pretty great spot for medal pics. These are kind of the places I’m planning the trip around.

Oh, and I’m staying like a block away from the Disney Store in Times Square. So, you know I’ll have to make a visit while I’m in town.

It’s been hard to narrow down what I want to do while I’m in New York. There are a few more things I’m thinking about adding if logistics will work out. As I continue to move forward in planning this trip, I’ll have to see how the logistics work out. The hard part of planning a race-cation is that you can’t do everything. You have to make sure you don’t completely wear yourself out before you run the race you traveled to run. If I end up cutting out some of the items I’ve listed in this post it will be because I value the opportunity to run a marathon that’s on most marathoners bucket list races to run. I want my marathon to be truly memorable one for all the right reasons. I do not want a DNF on this race because I planned too much in the days leading up to the marathon. That’s where logistics come into play. I’ll be researching how to get to each place I want to go and see if I can even get there in a timely manner and figure out how much time on my feet will be required. One goal I have is to eat dinner at around 5pm on the night before the race and to chill at the hotel the rest of the evening. It’s going to be fun to see this trip come together!

So, even with all this other stuff going on, I’m all about New York right now. Even these final long runs before Rock n Roll San Diego are all about getting ready for the TCS NYC Marathon. Have a great weekend everyone!


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Breaking 2 – Nike’s Attempt for a Sub 2 Hour Marathon

This past weekend, many of us in the running world watched in awe and wonder at this attempt for the first sub 2 hour marathon time. So, here’s the deal…

Nike decided to take on the challenge to see if they could come up with the perfect training, conditions, etc. to have one of the world’s elite marathoners break the 2 hour barrier for the first time. Read more ›

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Celebrating Star Wars Day by Looking Back at Where it All Began

On May 25, 1977 a cultural phenomenon was launched when the very first Star Wars opened in theaters. Today we celebrate Star Wars Day and say “May the Fourth be With You.” Get it? May the Fourth on May 4? Celebrating Star Wars Day has not always been. I was looking around YouTube and found some fun videos from back in the day when the original trilogy came out. I thought it would be fun, on this day to share a few of the videos I thought were kind of cool. What I love about them is that you get to see Star Wars develop as they went along. In some of the interviews you’ll hear things that probably won’t get told in the 2000’s as the story of Star Wars has unfolded. So, let’s use this Throwback Thursday to go back to the late 70’s/80’s. Read more ›

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When Training Goes South….Adjust and Make New Goals

As I mentioned on Monday, it’s time for me to shift gears on my goals for the upcoming Rock n Roll San Diego Half Marathon. The month of April was a complete disaster on my training plan. Simply put, I’ve missed too many training runs in order believe that I can pull off a 2:35:00 half marathon one month from tomorrow. I mean, if I did that, I would have taken off 33 minutes from my 13 mile run this past Saturday. There simply isn’t enough time to envision being that much quicker in such a short period of time. So, with that understanding, I thought about how I wanted to approach my training between now and Rock n Roll San Diego Half Marathon. Also, I took a serious look at how I wanted to approach the NYC Marathon as well. Read more ›

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Unlucky Week 13 of Rock n Roll San Diego Half Marathon Training

Okay…so here’s the situation in regards to training. Week 9 was absolutely fabulous. I finally made my way back to hitting all 4 scheduled workouts in a week. Weeks 10 and 11, I had ZERO workouts….that’s ZERO. As in, the big goose egg…nada…zipola…nothing. To be honest, the mid week runs that I missed in week 10 were due, in some part, to how hard I worked in week 9. I seriously question the decision I made to go to the gym to get that 4th workout. It’s probably a workout I shouldn’t have done. Yes, those kinds of workouts do exist. It took me until the Thursday of week 10 to recover. I lost some motivation over the weekend of week 10. Then, in week 11, I was too exhausted to get the first mid-week run in. My wife had some minor surgery on the Wednesday of that week which left her with stitches. Because I needed to be home with the boy, I missed the rest of the week. Leaving me to start week 12 with zero workouts in the previous two weeks to build with.

By the end of week 11, I knew I needed to make a change on the mid-week runs. So, I switched to early morning runs. Success! I got a mid-week run in for the first time in more than 2 weeks! I switched back to a run 25 seconds, walk 95 seconds to get me back out and running. My times got slower as expected. It was hard to get up at 4:30am. But, I did it! Read more ›

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My Next Race
Rock n Roll San Diego 5K and Half MarathonJune 3rd, 2017
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2017 Disneyland Half MarathonSeptember 3rd, 2017
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Official PR’s
5K - 32:46 - 2012 Pasadena 5K

10K - 1:15:42 - 2013 Pasadena 10K

Half Marathon - 2:43:25 - 2013 Rock n Roll Los Angeles Half Marathon

Full Marathon - 6:21:46 - 2014 Walt Disney World Marathon
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