One week from today, many of us runDisney runners will own one or more of these pictured medals! Week 17 is in the books for me. I’ve begun the taper period. So, it was not as intense of a week as others.
In an unintentional way, I didn’t get to the gym workouts. On Wednesday, it was my wife’s birthday. So, we celebrated with a birthday dinner as one of the restaurants that she loves. We enjoyed our meal with one of my wife’s sisters and a couple of other friends. Midweek birthdays are so hard to celebrate well. However, my wife enjoyed her day. Since we went out for food, it took away the time to go to the gym.
I don’t think the missed gym workout hurt me too much. The two training runs I did put in were 4 miles each. I really love this 4 mile path I have found around my apartment! The times were really good ones (in the 11 minute – 11 minute, 30 second per mile range). To be honest, in both my Tuesday and Thursday runs, I could have even been faster if not for those pesky traffic lights. One traffic light stopped me for a minute and a half. That’s a minute and a half where I didn’t go anywhere. I used to get a little bummed if the traffic lights altered my times too much. However, after these 17 weeks, I’ve learned that if the traffic lights are the only thing keeping me from a super great time, I’m fine with it.
On Saturday, my wife and I ran in the Awesome 80’s run here in Pasadena at the Rose Bowl. It was a 5K course which was one loop around the Rose Bowl. On my 9.5 mile run from hades, this route was 3 of those miles. On Saturday, it was a day for fun and earning this awesome medal…
For my wife, it was an opportunity to get out on a 5K course and see how she felt before taking on the Disneyland 10K. She wasn’t so sure how she’d do in this one. So, I made sure to stay with her. I let her pace me. When she ran, I ran. When she walked, I walked. We had fun and she set a new 5K PR for her! We beat our time at the Knott’s Berry Farm Coaster 5K Run by around a minute! Needless to say, I’m one proud husband! She did great and is super excited for the Disneyland 10K!
As for me, I feel ready to take on all 19.3 magical miles! As a matter of fact, I don’t think I’ve ever felt so prepared to take on a race than I am for this one! It’s been a 17 week roller coaster ride to get here. However, as I sit here, less than one week from finishing, I feel ready and confident that I can finish the Disneyland Half Marathon at least 20 minutes faster than I did the Tinker Bell Half Marathon back in January. My goal when I set out was to take 30 minutes off that time. So, we will see come September 1st what happens. No matter what the final time reads, I will have fun doing it.