Saturday, September 09, 2006

Disney 5k

One week from today I'll be participating in my first race ever. It's only 5k, but I'm starting to get a little anxious. I've been training since the end of March so I know I won't pass out or anything, but I'm really not in the condition I wish I were in. I know I'm doing a lot of last minute "gee I should have's" and imagining a lot of "what if" scenarios. I won't be able to jog the whole thing, that was never my goal. I'll jog/walk ("wog", a word Phin's friend made up).
Here's the layout of the course: It'll be so awesome jogging thru Disneyland and California Adventures. When I look at the course map, it doesn't look that long, considering how much you walk around at Disneyland. I can't wait to run through the castle, that'll be one of the highlights. Finishing will be the other. :)

Phin sent this to me several months ago. Obviously I'm the downtrodden chunky bear and she's the encouraging sleek tiger. It's totally me and her and I LOVE IT! She usually wogged with me once a week or more. Every week I tried to go out 2-3 times and ddr* once. Tried is the operative word - I'm really good at making excuses especially when I wasn't home (which was a lot this summer), but I'm also pretty good at personal guilt being used as a motivator.

This is the trail I wogged on 90% of the time. It's a 1/2 mile from my house so it was very convenient not having to drive anywhere. My typical roundtrip wog is just under 3 miles. This week and next week, I'm doing between 3.1 to 3.3 miles and trying to do something every day till race day.

When I went out this week, I was slow. That's my biggest concern. I'm counting on adrenaline and having all the other runners there to help motivate me to keep a better pace. Plus Phin's doing the race with me so it'll be great having her encouragement throughout.

It's Disney's Inaugral year for this event, which is headlined by a half marathon that Phin and her girlfriend are doing on Sunday the 17th. In the end, I'll be so glad that I did it. Plus I'll get a cool t-shirt and a Disney medal! :)

*ddr explained in comments


madretz said...

DDR is short for Dance Dance Revolution. It's a video game with a dance pad and the goal is the match the arrows on the video/tv screen with the arrows on the pad with your feet. The pace can be fast and there's a "workout mode" that calculates the calories you've burned. I usually do it for about an hour and sweat more than when I go wogging but I'm not as breathless.
Usually done by 13-17 year old boys and girls, not 38 year olds. But then again, I listen to Justin Timberlake. :)

phinner said...

Yeah Baby!!! You're gonna do it!!!! Whoooooooooo!!!

You're so ready!

Its taper week, so don't over do it. Move on T/W/Th, but take it easy, easy.

Disneyland, here we come!!!

Ragged Around the Edges said...

Go Madretz! Go Madretz!

I have no doubt that with your determination and your expert coach that you will do marvelously.

I can't wait to hear how it goes.

welshwitch36 said...

Go on, you can do it....full of respect for you :o)I will be thinking of you while I lie in bed ;o)

paris parfait said...

Good for you for participating in this! I'm sure you'll do well - I'll be cheering you on from afar. xo

Jodi said...

Wow! Good luck! You're a brave woman than I am.

Nan said...

I've watched the kids at the mall do the DDR at the arcade. It's pure entertainment for me to see them syncronized on the pads. Could I do it?..Not in a million years. You must be in good shape!

I'm sure you're going to do well in the marathon...And what a great get a t-shirt AND a medal from DISNEYLAND! Super!

Ginnie said...

You go, Girl! I wish I could be there to wog with you (I LOVE that word!). Can hardly wait for the pics, esp. of the shirt and medal :)