Today is my first day back to running after a break of about a month. I didnʻt mean to take that long of a break – life just got in the way. But now I have to be uber-dedicated to the next 10 weeks of training as the Disneyland Dumbo Double Dare is looming on the horizon.
The Inaugural Disneyland 10K is on Saturday (August 31), followed by the Disneyland Half Marathon on Sunday (September 1). This should be quite the event! My husband encouraged me to sign up for this weekend event when I was in shape (well, as good in shape as I get) for the Tinkerbell Half Marathon. Now I just have to get back to my 15 minute pace so I wonʻt get picked up by the Van of Shame that scoops up all of us slower runners if we struggle to maintain the pacing requirement. It hasnʻt happened to me yet…. but during the Disney World Princess Half Marathon, it was a near thing. I looked to the course behind me (as we ran over the clover leaf right before entering Epcot) and those sweepers were too close for comfort!
So, 10 weeks to go! I am out of recreational running shape. I am on vacation. And I am back in training! Being the slow runner that I am, I resumed my training with a 2 miler at about a 15 1/2 minute pace. 2 minute jogs interspersed with 1 minute of walking. And, since I am on Kauai, I needed to take a few photo breaks as well! And a brief stop to pick up some Kauai sea glass! 40 minutes total for my 2 leisurely miles. I certainly didnʻt set any speed records – even for me! The weather is much more humid and warm than I am accustomed to but the setting is gorgeous. So I took it extra slow!
So, fellow recreational runners, slow joggers, those performing running events for reasons other than fitness, and those worried about being swept – time to get our run on!