Disneyland Half Marathon Week Recap

Last week was the 2017 Disneyland Half Marathon Week! As far as the training runs went, it was a slow and go kind of week. It was also a really hot week here in Southern California. It’s as if Summer decided to arrive just in time for the Labor Day Weekend. I am proud to say, in spite of the heat, I did survive the 2017 Disneyland Half Marathon! So, let’s look at how the week went…

On Monday, I celebrated my 44th birthday! The day itself was rather uneventful. The downside of having a birthday during the week is that you can’t really do all that much on the day itself. I decided, though, indulge in a Mickey Waffle at work for breakfast. Since we have them at the Studio, I thought…why not? Then, at night, I brought home a piece of Cheesecake Factory cheesecake to share with my wife.

I did not get out to run until Wednesday. In the pic above, you can see that it was 72 degrees at the end of my run. It was also 72 degrees when the run began. That made it the warmest run of this training cycle. After running 15 miles on the Saturday before, I totally expected this run to be slow. That’s been my pattern. This run was no different.

Here’s the splits from the run. As you can see, this run was slow right from mile 1. Although the times don’t show it, I did switch to the 60 second walk break in miles 2 and 3. When I saw how long it took for me to finish mile 2, I knew that I would end up slower than my last 4 mile training run. I was okay with that. It was a warmer day and I’m typically slower on my mid-week runs after really long runs over the weekend before. I was a little bummed that I didn’t finish in under 49 minutes. But, it’s okay. Slow runs will happen.

Thursday morning was the first day of the 2017 Disneyland Half Marathon Weekend. I made sure to arrive early for the Expo in order to have the best selection of merchandise. With a Pixar themed weekend, I had high expectations and was NOT disappointed. I’ll write up a more proper post covering Expo day. However, this Expo was sort of different for me because my oldest niece and nephew came with me. Not only did we go to the Expo, but I took them to Disneyland for a few hours as well. It was a super fun day!

On Friday, I headed out for another training run. This time, the temp was a degree warmer than on Wednesday. I also ended up only running a 5K. After all the Expo and Disneyland fun, I was a little slow moving on Friday morning. So, since I couldn’t get out the door quick enough to have time for a 4 mile run, I decided that it was better to get a 5K in than to miss the run all together.

Since I was feeling sluggish and the temps were warm, I decided to go with the straight 90 second walk breaks. There were no switch ups. I could tell in mile 1 that this was going to be another slow one. I embraced the slow and decided it wold be better to get my miles in than to skip the run. However, this run could have been slower. I ended up switching my walk breaks in the last quarter-mile of mile 3. I went with a run 60 seconds, walk 60 seconds for that last quarter-mile. Then, I walked 30 seconds and finished the run by running to 3.10.

Sunday was the big day…the day of the Disneyland Half Marathon! Y’all this was the hottest half marathon of my life. It was one where I seriously questioned my sanity for taking it on. When I woke up, I looked at the weather on my phone and saw it was 82 degrees at 3am! Yikes! That can’t be right. You know what I mean? However, as I drove down to Anaheim, I saw that this was going to be the case. It remained 82 degrees until I was on the course. The race MC’s announced that the humidity was in the 60%’s. This was not a day for PR’s or pushing yourself. This was going to be a half marathon of slowing down and trying to have fun. I thought about quitting more than a few times while I waited for my corral to start. I will do a proper recap of the race where I’ll get into more details. However, for now, I’ll just say that it was my slowest half marathon to date. However, with a race that started at 82 degrees and finished at 91 degrees, I’ll take the finish. It’s strange, though, what it took to get through the race. What got me across the starting line was the thought of finishing the firs 4 miles. That would get me out of the theme parks. So, at least I’d get that. Then, while in the theme parks, I decided I could do at least the first 10K. By mile 6, I thought I could at least make it to the 10 mile marker. That was outside of Angel Stadium. Then, I would have finished all the fun parts of the course. By the time I got to the mile 10 marker, I realized that I could walk the entire last 5K and still finish in under the 3:30:00 runDisney wants you finish the half marathons under. With the sun blazing, I walked almost the entire last 5K to get to the finish. It worked. I got to the finish line in 3:27:10 and earned this beautiful medal…

I signed up for the Disneyland Half Marathon because it was Toy Story themed and because I knew Buzz Lightyear would be on the medal. This race served to remind me that I still can do really hard things.

With the Disneyland Half Marathon now behind me, I’m totally focused on the 2017 TCS NYC Marathon! We are 59 days away from the day where I get to run 26.2 miles through the 5 boroughs. I can’t wait!

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