Marathon Training Week 2 Recap

Week 2 of my training for the Walt Disney World Marathon is complete and what a week it was! Week 1 ended with a fantastic 11 mile run along Santa Monica Beach where this happened…


This past week saw the start of rehearsals for the Disneyland Candlelight Processional. I sing in the Disney Employee Choir and have been apart of this choir for the last 5 years. So, this will be my 6th Candlelight Processional as a member of this amazing choir! Between now and December 7th, I will be spending my Monday evenings singing Christmas music. If you have not been to see the Candlelight Processional at Disneyland, you absolutely must do so sometime in your life. The processional is very different from the EPCOT version. We perform on Main Street U.S.A. at the train station in Disneyland. There is a 600-1000 voice choir, full orchestra, hand bells, and my favorite, 8 herald trumpet players who play from the top of the train station. Here’s the opening of the processional. (note: although you probably won’t see me, I am singing in this performance on the living Christmas tree…green robes in the middle of the mass choir)

The new night of business threw me off a little this week as I ended up taking Tuesday off from working out. Instead, I ran on Wednesday and Friday. I worked out at the gym Saturday and ran on the treadmill Sunday evening because it was just too hot outside to run. Wednesday night was the most amazing run! The temps finally cooled off and it felt amazing to be running in such cool temps again. Inspired by the cool temps, I ran the fastest 4 miles of my life! I finished the 4 miles in 44 minutes!  During the run, I also set a 5K PR!

Sunday night, I felt strong as I ran 4 miles on the treadmill! I also threw in weights because I missed a gym workout earlier in the week. The last two times on the treadmill have been fun. Yes, I said it…fun! Running on the treadmill is so much easier than running outdoors. I’ve upped my speed on the treadmill from earlier in the year with no problems. Treadmill runs will most likely not be on my normal schedule. However, it’s been so hot lately that, even when I want to run at 7pm or later, it’s been too hot to run.

Here’s how my week turned out…

Monday – Rest Day

Tuesday – Day off, not planned

Wednesday – Ran 4 miles…fastest 4 miles ever and a 5K PR!

Thursday – Day off, not planned

Friday – Ran 4 miles

Saturday – 30 Minutes elliptical machine, abs, chin ups, dips, leg press

Sunday – Ran 4 miles on treadmill, abs, chin ups, dips, leg press

It’s week 3 of marathon training! Bring it on!

Have you ever been to see the Candlelight Processional either at Disney World or Disneyland? If so, where did you see it and what did you think?

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4 comments on “Marathon Training Week 2 Recap
  1. Oh, hey, I’m going to the Dec 7 Candlelight Processional! Guess I’ll see you there. 🙂

    • gloucks7 says:

      If you are going to the Disneyland Candlelight Processional, then, I’ll be singing in the living Christmas tree! I typically sing the first show. I hope you enjoy it when you go!

  2. Karen says:

    Awesome! You had a great week of workouts, especially with your great 4 mile run and 5K PR!! Yay for the Candlelight Procession…we saw it in WDW with Stephen Curtis Chapman. I’ve never been to DL during the Christmas season but I think I should try to one year! :0)

    • gloucks7 says:

      I’m a little jealous that you got to see SCC read the Christmas story. He’s my favorite recording artist! You should absolutely try to make out here for Candlelight one year. We typically only do Candlelight on the first or second weekend of December. Last year, they tried doing 20 days of Candlelight. So, you never know. It might get expanded again. However, in the 50+ years of Candlelight Processionals at Disneyland, only last year attempted that. Out here, we still read the Christmas story out of Luke. However, we have entirely different music. This is my 6th year with the Disney Employee Choir and my 9th year singing in Candlelight overall. So, I’m very biased towards the DL Candlelight. I love our music. Plus, the herald trumpets on top of the train station give me goose bumps every year.

      Thanks for the encouragement on the running! I’m getting faster. I have no idea what to expect over 26.2 miles. I’m just taking it one step at a time.

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