Marathon Monday: My World Stopped

Marathon Monday Siobhan McCarthy

This post is clearly late. Last week, my world stopped. I tried to keep up with my running as much as I could but my motivation was at an all time low. A very good friend of mine who I use to train with, was in a motorcycle accident that unfortunately resulted in him passing away. It’s extremely hard to write a post about such an amazing person in my life that is no longer with me. I was fortunate enough to have the most outgoing, positive and motivating friend in and outside of the gym. Fields (Garfield Turner) always had a smile on his face and was genuinely interested in how your day was going and could shut out everyone else around him and just be interested in what you have to say. He had the ability to make you laugh so hard even when you are having the worst day. If Fields couldn’t make my birthday party, he would send someone in his place just so that I had an in person “Happy Birthday” from Fields. I’m truly going to miss my amazing friend.

IMG_1654

 

Fields was a fellow cheerleader at the worlds level. Cheerleading teams from around the world started wearing yellow, Fields’ favourite colour, to their practices in his memory. As hard as it was to go on social media and see all of his pictures but it was also nice to see all of the teams that Fields has touched and made an impact on and have them share their memories with Fields on various platforms. This YouTube video is my favourite and I’m not surprised that it has 3,500+ views.

If you want to read about the unfortunate accident that Fields was in, you can read about it here.

So, my training didn’t go to plan last week and my October miles might not reach my goal but I’m back at it this week and ready to attack that marathon training plan.

Monday October 6, 2013
2.51 miles — 8:38/mile

I couldn’t even tell you how this run went and it was the only one I did last week.

“The world stops, but the music keeps playing :)”
– Garfield Turner

Harry’s Spring Run Off 8K Recap #TakeMeBackTuesday

Since I switched over my blog to WordPress, my old race recaps didn’t make the move. #TakeMeBackTuesday is where I revisit my old race recaps and post them here.

Next on the list, my first time running Harry’s Spring Run Off 8K! This post was published on April 3, 2011. Since this was my second race ever and I learned a lot from the Inaugural Wine and Dine Disney Half Marathon. I trained smarter, tackled hill training and knew that my nike+ foot pod was a little wonky.


It was such a perfect day for a run! The sun was shining, it was 8 degrees, and the wind came at all the right times during the race. Not so strong to blow me over and just enough to cool me down. Perfect.

I got to my sister’s flat with my race kit waiting for me:

After digging inside to find all of my snacks, I attached my race bibb to myself and got all suited up. Just like Barney Stinson. After a cup of coffee we took our warm up walk over to High Park. This was going to be my dad’s first race too but he popped his knee playing soccer last week and now he is kind of gimpy. But he made an excellent photographers!

On the way to our corrals we took a group shot before the race started. Don’t worry we all took our cell phones so that we wouldn’t get lost like the Wine and Dine race in Disney. Lesson Learned.

Julia, me, and mumsy

Along the way to the corrals, I ended up running into two of my old cheerleading coaches who are also crazy runners. They were there cheering on another cheer coach/runnermama at the gym. I love that! I also ended up seeing them at the 4K mark and then again at the last 200m. It was hearing them yell to me that there were only 200m left that made that killer hill worth sprinting the rest of the way for. Have I told you how much I love the cheer section along the sidelines at races? They are ahh-may-zing! The high fives and the encouragement is just so contagious!

One of my favourite action shots is of Julia. I mean look at this beauty:

Why can’t I get pictures like that?! Instead I get the ones where I am attempting to drink water:

It looks normal, right? Well, this is where I didn’t smush my cup in half to easily drink water and I ended up splashing my entire face with water. Look at the guy holding the cup of water at the far right- he’s laughing at me. And just so you know I’m not lying, here I am wiping the water off my face and hoping my make-up didn’t melt and give me raccoon eyes:

And yes, that guy on the far right is still laughing at me. Awesome! I’ll show him with this action shot of me with my eyes closed:

After crossing the hilly hilly finish line– I mean seriously, who puts a huge incline at the last 400m mark? That was just mean! I got my medal and hat; took out my cell to figure out where my fam jam was happening.

We even had enough time to escort mumsy to her first start line to begin her 5K!

Her ipod was loaded with some awesome tunes and she was ready to rock it. Lucky for her, it was warm enough for her to loose her jacket!

After the first km we caught this beauty of a picture. Look how happy she is:

 And then on the last 400m we got an action shot of her going up the dreaded incline:

I was so proud to cheer her on crossing the finish line.

It was an awesome day for a run and we got the finishers picture that we were all excited for- Me and Julia with our 8K medals, and Nancy Love with her 5K:

On our walk leaving High Park, we decided that we had our Harry hats on and should take a picture with those as well:

Post race we went back to Julia’s and made a big pancake breakfast with eggs, bacon, chocolate milk, and coffee. It was deeelicious!

And the something sparkly I said I would wear for Tin? Well, I made a sequin tie but it was hard to see in the pictures:

The only downside to my run was my nike+ sensor. The first problem: it fell off my shoe walking to the corrals. Luckily mumsy’s good eyes found it in under a minute of when I said I lost it. She knew it must have been when I leaped up onto the curb– do mother’s really know everything?! The second: the senor thought I ran 1.67 km farther than I actually did during the race. I noticed this at Disney as well.

After going back to Julia’s and seeing her Garmin 405CX in full action– I knew I needed one. I tried it on and it even fit my tiny wrist. A Cinderella Story?! I would say, yes.

 I may have gone to Costco after the race to buy one:

More on that story later!

Stats of the Run

Distance: 8K
Time: 41:02
Age Category Place: 15/261
Gender Place: 84/1129

A personal best! Well, I knew that going in because it was my first 8K race ever. I think I will be making the Harry Race a yearly event. I literally loved everything about it!

Marathon Monday: Training Plan Revised

Marathon Monday Siobhan McCarthy

 

Last week, my outdoor training got back to where it left off. Because I have been travelling for work, I have been running on hotel treadmills and outdoor runs just weren’t happening anymore. I love the idea of running in new places but to be honest, it also scares me. Not knowing your surroundings or what the environment is like from a local perspective can be terrifying on a trip. I know, I have to get over this fear. And I will.

Tuesday September 30, 2014
2 easy miles — No watch

I never leave my house without my watch anymore. I have become dependent on my watch. Always checking my pace and how much farther I have to run. Instead, I just ran to ran. It wasn’t planned. My watch battery died and instead of waiting for it to partly charge, I just left the house and went on my route that I knew was 2 miles. Whenever I leave my watch at home, I loose my competitive side and sometimes I feel like I run faster than with a watch.

Wednesday October 1, 2014
2 miles — 8:28/mile

The day I changed my training plan. I knew it wasn’t smart to keep up with the training plan that I was using before I knew I had to back out of the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon. I just wasn’t keeping up with my miles with all my work travel. So instead of possibly getting injured, I revised my plan. I’m building from the ground up. Without a race in sight, I have the luxury to switch up my game plan.

Thursday October 2, 2014
Zip lines, suspension bridges and a 40 ft repel.

Today, I survived 8 zip lines, 2 suspension bridges and a 40 ft repel @longpointecoadv! #tooshortonthestump #zipzip #ecoadventures

My running rest day turned into a day of zip lining, repels and suspension bridges! I will post more on this one once the pro photos are sent to me. I honestly thought I would be more scared but I guess once you do the CN Tower Edgewalk, hanging off trees on a harness isn’t so bad!

Friday October 3, 2014
3.62 miles — 9:16/mile 

This was my “long” run. I wasn’t kidding when I said I was starting from the ground up. I’m taking easy runs easy, long runs at a long run pace and building up my mileage.

Saturday October 4, 2014
2.27 miles — 8:58/mile

I ran in the dark. I am scared of running alone at night so I went with a friend. In the Kara Goucher book that I just read, she mentioned that you should go running at night at least once per month because there is a completely different feel to running at night they you just don’t get when you run in the morning. So, I did it. The temperature dropped at night and it was cold. My lungs had to adjust to the temperature and I tripped twice while running. I actually liked running in the dark and I’m going to do it again. With a friend, bright clothes and a blinking light.

Weekly Miles: 9.89
October Miles: 7.89

Happy Running!

From First Steps to Marathons

When I started running, I just ran. Once I decided that I wanted my first race to be a half marathon, I picked up Runner’s World and quickly decided to subscribe to it. I starting learning everything there was to know to about running.

harry's spring run off toronto

I just finished reading Kara Goucher’s Running for Women book and I am positive that if I read this book before running my first half marathon at Disney, I wouldn’t have spent my post race throwing up on a tree Mexico.  For me, the nutrition section would have been the most useful chapter when I started running. Fuelling your body properly is incredibly important. When it came to recovery, pre-workout and post-workout meals – I was clueless. Seriously clueless. Electrolytes, anti-inflammatory and pro-inflammatory foods were not in my vocabulary.

kara gocher's rundning for women from first steps to marathons

Running for life. When I started running, it was because I wanted a new physical activity to be involved in. I knew I wouldn’t be a competitive cheerleader forever and I needed something to be involved in when I stopped. I didn’t know how much I would love running. After crossing that first half marathon finish line I said I was never going to do it again. The next day, I was ready for more. Running is now my lifestyle. I love following the running lives of Shalane and Kara. They look flawless at the starting lines, push themselves to reach new goals during their races and cross that finish line looking like they gave it all they got.

Shalane Flanagan Kara Goucher Running

Kara’s book is just what I imagined. Inspirational and informative. With tips on strength training, staying injury free and most importantly- how to balance running with your lifestyle to ensure that you keep a healthy relationship with running. Taking breaks, listening to your body and keeping your body healthy are all important lessons that Kara learnt along her journey and shares in this book.

This book is titled “for women” but honestly, it’s for all runners at all levels. Even the pregnancy and new motherhood section  is still useful if you have female running friends that you could give advice to.

“All top international athletes wake up in the morning feeling tired and go to bed feeling very tired.”
– Brendan Foster, British distance runner and former world record holder

Kara’s book is filled with quotes that she loves. I love this one because it humanizes elite athletes. The balancing act of sport, family and friends occurs for everyone. Some days, they are just harder to get through than others.

Happy Running!

Note: I was not sent this book for a review. All opinions are my own.

Running while travelling for the NFL

September brought new adventures for me. I started working for the NFL and absolutely love it.

NFL on Campus

 

I get to travel across Canada and bring the football spirit to life on university campuses. It also means, I’m running on treadmills in hotel gyms and trying to eat as healthy as possible while on the road. Healthy eating on the road is pretty simple for me. I’m use to travelling so I know that oatmeal over a greasy breakfast is better for you. Going to the grocery store and making your own lunches ensures that you are eating all your fruits and veggies. And then at dinner, I can eat whatever I want because I know I fuelled myself properly throughout the day.

As for the hotel gyms, I’m lucky. Give me a treadmill and some free weights and I am a happy camper. At one location, the hotel didn’t have a gym so I resorted to using the Nike Training Club app and did workouts in my room. If you were under my room at the hotel, I’m sorry for the loud jumping noises above you.

This new opportunity has been a blast! My Instagram has videos and photos from all of our stops so far! But to be honest, my marathon training has slipped with my lifestyle change. I haven’t been keeping up with my schedule and I have been running when I can and at odd times. My running pattern has changed and I don’t think it’s just because I am travelling, but also because I can’t run the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon as I will be travelling for work. So my goal of a sub 2 hour half marathon has been put on the back burner.

Find Yourself. Go Run. Running Inspiration Quotes

It’s now OCTOBER and it’s time for a new month with new GOALS!

  1. Just because my lifestyle changes, doesn’t mean my running plans have to. I will stick to my schedule. This month I will run 50 miles. Realistic. That’s the way to be.
  2. I will use my running journal. When I track my runs and keep on top of my progress, I run more. My running journal has always been my blog and I need to make more time to track running habits.
  3. I’ve been pretty good at reading more lately. In August, I made a goal of reading one book a month and so far, I am right on track! I am keeping with this goal!
  4. Keep in touch. Since I have been travelling so much, I have been able to visit friends in cities that I hardly ever get to see. I’m going to continue to send little notes just to say hello to friends that I haven’t stayed in connection with. I try to send one note a day.

Here’s to new adventures!

Happy running, friends!

RUNNING WITH FRIENDS << Marathon Monday >>

 

Marathon Monday Siobhan McCarthy

I always get asked what running club I am with and when I say “I’m not,” people are shocked. I like running on my own. I like running my own pace and not making people feel like I am slowing them down by not keeping up. If I’m next to you on a treadmill, I guess we can technically say that we are running “together. But the only time I ran with someone was when my mum was training for a 5K and I would go on runs with her. I know that I should be running with other people. It’s good to run with people faster than you so that you push yourself and it’s good to run with people slower than you so that you can really do easy runs.

I branched out. Sometimes I don’t run solo anymore.

Running with Friends Siobhan McCarthy

 

It helps me to keep up my pace even when I want to slow down. I push myself even harder if it’s a hill day but if it’s a long run, so long señor, I’m on my own. I have made it up to running 5 miles with a partner in crime. That’s a big step for me and I like it!

I’ve been really happy with my training lately. Ever since I officially registered for STWM, I am more motivated than ever to crush my half marathon PR. Last week I totalled 18 miles. 2 out of 3 of those runs were focused on easy running and I think that helped with my 11 mile long run with a 9:47/mile pace. I’m feeling stronger. With 76 days until race day, I know it’s going to be a good one.

Next week I want to focus on foam rolling and stretching. I stretch for about 10-15 minutes after every run but I don’t give myself a really great stretch other than that. I think my muscles need it. They are not so happy with me today after yesterday’s long run.

Oh yea and how about that weight training for injury prevention? I need to get back on that.

To my Canadian friends, happy holiday Monday!

Weekly Miles: 18 
August Miles: 11

Finding My Training Paces

It’s hard to know what your perfect training paces should be. I know I want to  I want to PR my next half marathon. My current PR is 2:02:09 and ideally I would love to break the 1:45 so I went to the Runner’s World race time predicator to determine what my half marathon finish time might be based on my 8K Harry’s Spring Run Off finish time.

RW gave me a prediction of 1:56:09. I’m taking it. It’s not my goal of a 1:45 but it’s my back up goals of running a sub 2 hour and a PR. It’s all about smart training and injury prevention. I have to remember that I haven’t been focused just on running the last while so I can’t expect to cross the finish line and magically take off 17 minutes from my PR.

I looked up picking a goal time and how to figure out what pace my tempo runs should be. Thanks to Dave Khuels for this beauty of an article I found out that my tempo runs should be 8:37.

And speed work? I’m taking that one like the Kenyans. When you go hard, GO HARD. And when it’s easy, actually take it easy. Some days the pace of easy will be different depending on how your body feels. So it can be more beneficial to actually listen to your body instead of going off of a certain pace. But because I have am terrible at letting my body run easy, I figured out my pace. My easy runs should be at a 10:26 pace.

Yesterday I tried to do 2 easy miles.Garmin watch easy run siobhan mccarthy

9:57/mile. Well, it is close! I’m also trying to figure out if I am pushing myself enough at the paces that I have set for my tempo. It’s time to experiment and trust the process.

Happy Long Weekend!!

Hot & Sweaty July Miles Make New August Goals

July training has been hot, sweaty and full of faster miles. I ran less but it helped fuel my muscles to have productive runs. Even on days where I turned my alarm clock off in my sleep on a hot long run morning. I got up and ran those 11 miles anyway.

It was stinkin’ hot. I stopped for water at my hair salon at the 5 mile mark and just kept going. It felt amazing. I didn’t hit my target pace but I smiled and said, “I did it!” Sometimes you just have to find your strong.

Long Run Heat Siobhan McCarthy

 

With my new goal of running a speedy half marathon in the fall, my August running goal is to have one long run a week, one hill run, one tempo, and one EASY run and a good stretch/weight day.

Easy runs are the hardest. I just can’t seem to slow it down and I have to. These are the runs that are just as important as the fast runs. They recover your muscles and have less of a chance for injury. So why don’t I take them seriously?! Mainly because it feels pointless which I know isn’t true.

What else is hard for me? Reading. My bookshelf is full of books that I really want to read but I never make time for it anymore. When I finally decide to pick up my book, it’s usually when I am already exhausted and ready for bed. Then my eyes droop and it’s lights out for me. My new goal: read at least one book a month for the rest of the year. It’s realistic. One book in thirty days? Completely doable.

 

IMG_5880

At the one book a month rate, I’m covered until March 2015.

My Bloglovin’ page has a new address because of my switch over to wordpress. I know, it’s annoying but you will have to follow this one:

Bloglovin' Icon Siobhan McCarthy

 

Sorry, friends! Now I’m off to update my August training plan!

Happy Running!

Worlds Wednesday

The 2014 Cheerleading Worlds was the last competition that I competed at as an all-star cheerleader. The past two seasons have been hard on me. I had 3 concussions within two cheer seasons and the last concussion took me over 2 months to heal.

Cheer Worlds 2014 wolfpack coed 6 6pack

The biggest struggle I had was that I was in post-graduate school for public relations which meant, I was always using my brain ALL. THE. TIME. My professors were great enough to realize what I was going through and granted my doctor’s wishes of me staying off computers, studying, reading and pretty much doing anything that involved my brain so that it could heal properly. Oh yea, and running.

I couldn’t even run.

I would go to physio and attempt to run. As soon as I felt dizzy, faint or had a headache, I was off of the treadmill. Most sessions, I was off the treadmill within 3 minutes. I was going to sessions for about 2-3 days a week. I told my doctor I just wanted to make it to worlds. He told me he would get me there but I had to seriously consider not cheering the following season.

After months of nausea, headaches and feeling completely defeated because you couldn’t physically see my injury so it felt like people didn’t understand the pain I would go through on a day-to-day basis, I finally healed and got back into the game and made it to my favourite worlds yet. The Cheerleading Worlds 2014.

Cheerleading Worlds 2014, Cheerforce Wolfpack Six Pack Co-ed 6 Siobhan McCarthy
After having many stressful seasons of high pressure to get qualifiers bid to worlds and actually place well when you got there, I finally felt like I was performing for fun again.

On day one of worlds,  every team performs. The top 3 teams from your division make it to finals. No pressure, right? It’s not like we were talked about in USA cheer magazines for being the next world contenders.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N3eITDn8jj4

Honestly, those 2:30 minutes felt amazing. I had the most fun that I have ever felt in a long time on the competition floor. The best part? My mum surprised me at the Disney World Resort when she booked a last minute flight and came to watch me compete!.. And hang out with her cheer mom friends but mainly, to watch me ;)

Cheerleading Worlds 2014, Cheerforce Wolfpack Six Pack Co-ed 6 Siobhan McCarthy
Waiting for our results to find out if we made day two was brutal. I just wanted to make finals. I knew this would be my last year competing and I wanted to go out on a high note. After the agony of listening to scores, we squeaked into finals. We were the third team to make it through.

Here’s the bootleg version of my finals routine. Yes, it was tapped right off a TV. Don’t worry, it’s a high quality bootleg. I promise.

Waiting for our results from finals was a great feeling. Obviously nerve wrecking but amazing because we knew we didn’t take any major deductions. After the waiting game and watching our competitors on the jumbo screens at ESPN’s Wide World of Sports, we gathered for the award ceremony to find out that we were the only Canadian team to place in the top 10 of our division.

The only Canadian team and we just squeaked into finals the day before. So, we took the stage with the other top 10 finalists in the International Open Co-ed Level 6 division.

Cheerleading Worlds 2014, Cheerforce Wolfpack Six Pack Co-ed 6 Siobhan McCarthy

We walked away being 1st in Canada and 8th in the world.

It was the perfect end to my cheerleading career. Yes, walking away with a world champion ring would have been nice but being the best in Canada on the world stage? Yea, I’ll take it!

Cheerleading Worlds 2014, Cheerforce Wolfpack Six Pack Co-ed 6 Siobhan McCarthy

I spent the next few days in Florida at my castle in Disney World. No big deal.

Cheerleading Worlds 2014, Cheerforce Wolfpack Six Pack Co-ed 6 Siobhan McCarthy Disney World Magic Kingdom

Building pyramids in the pool.

Cheerleading Worlds 2014, Cheerforce Wolfpack Six Pack Co-ed 6 Siobhan McCarthy Pool Pyramids

And catching up with my little friends.

Cheerleading Worlds 2014, Cheerforce Wolfpack Six Pack Co-ed 6 Siobhan McCarthy Disney World

Actually little. I’m only 4’9″ so imagine how tall they are.

As sad as I am about retiring from the cheer world, I’m not really leaving cheerleading completely. I’m still coaching some amazing athletes and will be cheering on all of my friends at competitions throughout the season and of course, getting back into my full swing of running.

IMG_4463

Happy Wednesday!

My First Half Marathon #TakeMeBackTuesday

Since I switched over my blog to WordPress, I have lost all of my old race recaps. I decided to make a #TakeMeBackTuesday where I revisit my old race recaps and post them here.

First on the list, my very first half marathon. The Disney Inaugural Wine and Dine Half Marathon. This post was published on October 10, 2010. Not only was it my first race ever, but it was also the entire reason why my blog formerly known as “Sio ‘n the Run” was invented. I learned A LOT during this race and right after I said to myself, “I am never doing that again.” That clearly lasted. It was that night that I really fell in love with running.


Completing my first half marathon was such an accomplishment. After months of training and hardwork I can finally call myself a half marathon runner. Race day was like nothing I have ever experienced– especially with a 10pm kick off!

The morning of the race I went to pick up my race packet and swagga from ESPN’s Wide World of Sports with my sister- who was also running her first half marathon with me. It was fun to get the ID Tag and make sure it worked by walking over the example time marker and walking through the running expo. They had some pretty great gear that they were selling there for some amazing prices! I tried not to splurge but I did find a new running clothing line that I love: One More Mile.  They have some very witty slogans on their gear- check ‘em out!

After getting pumped for the run it was time to head back and chill out by the pool and try to take a nap. Yeah, that was hard to do. After 2 weeks of a vacation in Orlando and going to Disney World, Universal Studios, and playing my first ever nine holes of golf– sitting down and doing nothing became hard to do when you are use to the go, go, go! lifestyle for the past 14 days. But– I tried. Doing a race on the last day of vaca is not ideal but that is just how the schedule happened- so be it!

I put on my running gear, my mickey mouse pirate ears and headed for the start line at 7pm. 3 hours of breath, stretch, shake and taking pictures with Mickey and Minnie! Perfect, right? Waiting for the race was a lot of fun but I did seem to get yawn quite a bit and I just had that “I want to start already!! Feeling happen”. But I just kept waiting. And doing handstands…

ESPN’s Wide World of Sports (The Starting Line Location)

After visiting the 100’s of porta potties a few times from all of my power juice and water- it was go time! I had been placed in the last corral. Corral D because this was my first race EVER so I didn’t have a previous time to submit. I was fine with that. My goal was to finish a half marathon afterall- I wasn’t out to win it. That had to be my train of thought seeming as I just exhausted myself walking for 14 days! We gotta stay real!

As I took my place with the pack, we were both dead last. Not kidding. Standing at the back of everyone. As Corral A went to run fireworks went off at the start line and the DJ’s started spinning. 15 minutes to go until I reach the start line! I was so happy and I suddenly didn’t feel tired anymore. Off we went.

This is where I attached my ears to my amphipod. My head was getting tooo hot!

It was a lot of running past people saying a polite, “excuse me” but I got sick of that and by passed everyone by running on the grass. Then one of the mc’s yelled in his mic, “watch out for the brunette!” I laughed. I was running past stilt walkers, disney characters, amazing live bands, and DJ’s along with Disney staff yelling “almost there! Doing great!” I did feel great. I had my ipod playing but it was so different to be running a race with a whole bunch of people and working around their pace until you could reach a nice spot where you were running at your own pace. I didn’t hit this until about 7 miles. That made my time a lot higher but as I said, I just wanted to finish!

Running through Hollywood Studios

The amount of hills in Disney were incredible. I couldn’t believe how many there were! But running through a theme park made it so much fun! Until you got to a path that was very narrow and you had a whole pack iof runners trying to squeeze their way past people. It was like 4 lanes on a road going down to 1. Those were not so fun parts because people tended to take these as walking breaks and I just wanted to keep my pace. But I went with the flow. I cam across Buzz Lightyear and decided I might as well take a photo op break!  i mean how many times can you run past Buzz Lightyear and not have to wait in line?! It was perfect. At 8 miles I started to feel the, “omg 5.1 miles to go?! Seriously? Can I do this?” So, I popped some sport beans and I was feeling like dynamite. My energy just went from zero to hero. Amazing! I grabbed a powerade from the staff on the side lines and just kept swimming.

Entering Hollywood

I noticed that my ipod kept telling me that I had been running a lot farther than all of the markers. I also overheard other runners checking their garmin and saying that their devices have said they have ran farther too. So, I am really interested to know if I ran farther than 21K on that run because my time was no where near where I wanted it to be. But- I’m still happy with the outcome. Afterall, your first race sets your Personal Best (PB) so it’s only up from here! Sprinting through the finish line was great! I felt really proud of myself for completing such a huge goal!

The Finish Line!!

As I received my medal and food package, I was out of breath and ready to eat the food from my after race snack that was handed to me. I took one bite of my banana and did not feel so good. I was nauseous and just wanted to sit down. So I did. Then I went to the bathroom and there were a good amount of people throwing up and hugging the toilet seat and then I became one of those girls. Not so good. I tried to drink water and replenish myself and get that powerade  into me but my body just could not handle it. so into the line I went to the baggage claim. After getting all of my items I threw on my start up jacket and started walking to find my fame in Epcot. We were suppose to meet somewhere in England or between France and Morocco. Too bad I couldn’t see them and walked around the world twice trying to find them while making a stop in Mexico to do a little vomit. I couldn’t believe it. never have I felt this way after running a half marathon length. I got up and kept moving and luckily my family happened to walk my way. At 3:30am we left the park. Only to wake up at 7am to leave for the airport. I woke up, still in rough shape and tried to stomach some food and lift my luggage to the car. My luggage never felt heavier. With my compression socks on I headed for our plane. At that moment, I had no desire to run a half marathon any time soon. But now- I could definitely do it again! Not after a 2 week vacation mind you but definitely on a more rested level!

Overall, I had an amazing experience and I am SO glad I experienced my first half at Disney!

The Disney Half Marathon! Playlist:

Forget You- Cee Lo Green
Hollywood- Michael Buble
I Like It- Enrique Iglesias feat. Pitbull
That’s How You Know- Amy Adams
Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic- The Police
We No Speak Americano- Yolanda Be Cool feat. DCup
U Can Have It All- JRDN
Take It Off- Ke$ha
Check It Out- will.i.am feat Nicki Minaj
Stereo Love- Edward Maya
Nothin’ On You- B.o.B feat. Bruno Mars
Say Hey (I Love You)- Michael Franti & Spearhead
Halo/Walking On Sunshine- Glee Cast
Beggin’- Madcon
Somebody To Love (Remix)- Justin Bieber feat. Usher
Letting Go (Dutty Love)- Sean Kingston feat. Nicki Minaj
Could You Be Loved- Bob Marley & The Wailers
Real Girl- Mutya Buena
All Dressed in Love- Jennifer Hudson
Ridin’ Solo- Jason Derulo
Pump It- Black Eyed Peas
Bulletproof (Dave Aude Cherry Radio Remix)- La Roux
Teenage Dream- Katy Perry
Dynamite- Taio Cruz
Fire- Glee Cast feat. Kristin Chenoweth
Kiss the Girl- Ashley Tisdale
Little Secrets- Passion Pit
Laces Out- USS
Black or White- Michael Jackson
Sex On Fire- Kings of Leon
Bang a Gong (Get It On)- T-Rex
Part of Your World- Miley Cyrus
Break Your Heart- Taio Cruz & Ludacris
Love Sex Magic- Ciara feat. Justin Timberlake
Club Can’t Handle Me- Flo Rida feat. David Guetta
Fire In Your New Shoes- Kaskade feat. Dragonette
Ever Ever After- Carrie Underwood
Just A Dream- Nelly
Just The Way You Are- Bruno Mars
Got Your Back- T.I. feat. Keri Hilson
2012 (It Ain’t The End)- Jay Sean feat. Nicki Minaj

Stats of the Run:

Distance: 21 km
Time: 2:35:04
Placed in my: Division: 127th out of 331
Gender:  1836th out of 4602
Overall:  3530th out of 7286

5K Split: n/a
10K Split: 1:08:32
15K Spilt: 1:46:20