“A person should set his goals as early as he can and devote all his energy and talent to getting there. With enough effort, he may achieve it. Or he may find something that is even more rewarding. But in the end, no matter what the outcome, he will know he has been alive.” - Walt Disney

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

100 Days 'Til the Half

Yup, just 100 short days until the WDW Half Marathon.  As the last triple-digit-day in my countdown to the big race comes to a close, I'm taking a moment to evaluate my progress so far.  This is the 6th "official" training week, and I feel good.  I'm on track with my training schedule, and I'm averaging a faster pace than I had been either year before at this point in training!

We're headed to Disney this weekend for the Wine & Dine Half Marathon Relay, so that should provide the perfect amount of Disney race "magic" to keep me motivated and aiming high for January!

Today's stats:
  • 0.57mi warm-up walk
  • 3.0mi run; 40:03min; 13:21min/mi

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Race Report: Purple Stride Austin 5K

Up Saturday morning at 7am.  I met up with Lauren about 8:10, and together we waited for the race to start at 8:30.  Temps were in the low 70's with high humidity, and the sun was beginning to rise high in the clear sky - it was pretty warm.  But the race went well!  Some of the hills were tough, but overall I was very pleased with my performance.  I forgot to turn off my watch when I crossed the finish line, so I don't have an precise race time (& they haven't posted the official results yet), but the race clock read 40:20 as I finished, and I crossed the start line approx. 5 seconds after the clock started, so I'm going with a time of 40:15.

The Day's Stats:
  • 3.1mi run; 40:15min; 12:59min/mi pace - Pretty darn good!
  • Purple Stride  - remember that I forgot to turn off the watch...
  • 0.9mi "cool-down run" - to get to a total 4mi training run for the day