Working through a Busy Schedule and Training for a Half Marathon

It’s been a crazy couple weeks. I’m hoping that some of this will die down a bit moving forward. On Friday, we turned in our final paperwork to finalize our adoption of Colton. Assuming we filled out the paperwork correctly, it will be another 4 – 6 weeks before we receive our date to finalize the adoption. Between now and then, we will have another home inspection by our adoption agency to re-certify us to adopt. Every year, we have to maintain a certain number of training hours and have our home inspected to stay certified. October 22nd is our anniversary of the first certification. This year will have a different feel because we need to maintain the certification so we can finalize. A year ago was super emotional as we crossed 3 years of waiting. It’s amazing how different things look this year!

With all of this adoption stuff happening, life has been kind of crazy. By the end of this week, I felt the need to spend some time to try and re-focus. My wife was generous enough to give me that time. I feel like, by the end of Saturday, I was in a much better place. I’ve still got work to do. However, it feels good to just get that start.


I did get one mid-week training run in this past Thursday. Honestly, on Tuesday and Wednesday, I wasn’t in a place mentally to take on running. However, I needed to run on Thursday. One thing I’ve been doing differently lately is going with a run 15-20 seconds, walk 40 – 45 seconds. At first it was a bit of a mental challenge. I mean, I freaked out about taking less than a 60 second walk beak. However, it has been freeing to run for only 15 – 20 seconds. Every run, this interval ratio is feeling more comfortable.


The results were really good on Thursday. Here’s what the Nike Plus App had me doing…


Here’s what the Garmin had me doing. In both cases, I was faster than I’ve been with this new run/walk intervals! Not only did I finish faster, but I felt better.


On Saturday, I headed out to run the Aquarium of the Pacific 5K, as part of the Jet Blue Long Beach Marathon/Half Marathon weekend.


One of the perks of running in Southern California is that we get to have Rudy Novtny as our race MC! It was great to see him before the race and chat for a bit. I told him how much we were missing him at the Disneyland Half Marathon Weekend. Even he was blown away at how little energy we had from our race MC’s at the start of the races. Rudy even gave me a nice shout out at both the start and finish lines!


There was an impromptu We Run Social meet up before the race! I always love seeing the We Run Social crew!


As for the race itself….I loved it! This is one of my favorite 5K’s all-time! I’ll be recapping the race later. However, I highly recommend this race if you are local to Long Beach, CA or plan on coming out to run in either the Long Beach Marathon or Half Marathon. The race organizers really put on a great race weekend!


The final 0.05 miles of this race run right through the Aquarium! It was so much fun, I lost time in that last portion to take pics.


How many times do you get to run under a whale at a race?


Check out the sweet bling! I ran this race with the 15-20/40-45 run/walk intervals and it worked out fantastic mostly. Of course, there was some course crowding at the beginning which took me out of my intervals occasionally. Also, I went away from them in the last 0.1 miles to take some pics. But, I’m really digging these intervals!


After the race, I was off to the Health and Fitness Expo.


I got to see the new 2017 Star Wars Light Side Half Marathon Weekend Medals in person! Here’s what my boy will get when he crawls the diaper dash!


Here’s the Star Wars 5K Medal….


The Star Wars 10K medal is still my favorite. The lower ball of BB-8 spins!!!!!! It’s the coolest medal of the bunch!


Here’s the Star Wars Half Marathon Medal. One thing we didn’t see in the press release…


It’s a spinner. We saw the Han and Leia side. However the insignia from the previous 2 Star Wars Half Marathons at Disneyland is on the other side.


Last, but not least…the Star Wars Rebel Challenge medal. I’ve got to admit…I don’t like this medal too much. It might have been better with a silhouette of Luke Skywalker instead of C-3PO.


This will be the next medal I earn! At the booth, the worker told me that there will be a brand new Avengers Half Marathon course! So, keep your eyes and ears open for the announcement. It should be coming soon. I heard a rumor that the course was not going to Angel Stadium this year. The worker at the runDisney booth said that the course was going to the stadium. They were just getting there and back differently. I can’t confirm this, but the rumor is that they’ve taken away the river trail part. One can only hope!


After the expo, I hung out in Shoreline Village and spent some time de-compressing. I had to show my medal to Iron Man, though….


Since I didn’t want cause a Civil War, I made sure to show Cap as well.


This wasn’t exactly a stellar week for me, training wise. I still have work to do in figuring out the whole work – life balance. I need to keep working at it. There will likely be more posts about this process as I make my way through it. So, stay tuned. The Avengers Super Heroes Half Marathon is 34 days away! It’s time to set my sights purely on this race and see what happens. It’s go time and there is no time like the present to step up my game. Happy running everyone!


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2 comments on “Working through a Busy Schedule and Training for a Half Marathon
  1. im so excited to hear there will be a new course for Avengers-hopefully more park time and less river trail time.
    and it looks like the long beach 5k is great-if I can, i would love to do it next year

    • gloucks7 says:

      From what I’ve heard, the river trail may be completely gone from this course. The runDisney booth worker was pretty excited about this course. So, we shall see when they announce the course.
      The Aquarium of the Pacific 5K was a fantastic race. I loved it!

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