Archive for April, 2013

Motivation Tuesday? runDisney changes Pace Requirements

Tuesday, April 2nd, 2013

It appears that as part of the effort by runDisney to alleviate crowding issues during their races they are making the pacing requirements for corrals a bit more strict. On the Registration tab for the WDW Marathon Weekend Disney has posted new information on what is required for not being placed into the last corral for the Half and Full Marathons. I think it has the capacity to be a positive change because it is requesting proof for anyone running under a 15 minute mile, but it will only be successful if Disney is able to follow through with checking the provided proof from runners. I really have my fingers crossed that it works out well because they are no longer allowing runners to change their corrals at the expo. So if mistakes are made there is no way to change them after the November 1, 2013 cut-off. So this is even further motivation for me to pull off some great running in September for the Dumbo Double Dare.

Motivation Monday – Elbowglitter

Monday, April 1st, 2013

My good friend Megan at every Monday posts a post she titles, “Motivation Monday”. So I thought that today I would take a moment to talk about what is motivating me for the month of April.

When it comes to my health there are three components that I feel contribute to my success: diet, cross training and running. I have different motivators this month for each of these areas.

Diet – ROTE Challenge
Several of the folks over at ROTE started a challenge on It is an interesting concept where everyone puts money into a pot and has a common goal and those that achieve their goal then split what is in the pot. So you aren’t out more than you initial bet and there is more than one winner. While I recognize that the 4% of your body weight in 4 weeks is not ideal for my current body weight I still find it motivating to help me stay on my best behavior. Cross Train or Remain the Same Challenge Loop
This morning I joined a challenge on Challenge Loop put on by Heather of Through Heather’s Looking Glass. The goal of the challenge is to encourage folks that run to work Cross Training into their routines by completing at least 8 workouts this month. I have been working hard to increase my cross training with ChaLEAN Extreme, so this is the perfect motivation to help me keep those workouts up through the month of April.

My Training Plan for the Disneyland Dumbo Challenge
My next big race is not until September. I did that in purpose because I wanted to drop my mileage back and work on my base before building up for my next half marathon. I have two goals for the Dumbo Double Dare: PRing the 10K distance and doing my half marathon in sub-3 hour time. I know to do this I need to be consistent with my running and a training plan will help keep me on target. I took the Hal Higdon Intermediate Plan and modified it to make room for my ChaLEAN Extreme workouts. I know I won’t be able to stick to it 100%, but I figure it is a good guideline to keep me training safely and arrive to race day ready to make my goals.

While I know everyone is motivated by different things, races, plans and challenges help keep me moving. If you find something that keeps you moving embrace it and go with it.