So that happened…

As many of you probably saw on Instagram, I completed the Disney Wine and Dine Half Marathon on Sunday morning. That was my 3rd half (last year’s W&D doesn’t count because it was a shortened course), and without doubt, the least trained I’ve ever been to run a race in my entire life. Seriously. I looked at my stats on Smashrun, and prior to Sunday, I hadn’t run AT ALL in 41 days. And prior to that, I hadn’t run more than four miles in one go since August. So yeah.

For the record, I DO NOT recommend that you try to run a half marathon without training. My legs were so sore on Sunday night that I was honestly scared I had seriously injured myself. My legs and back are still stiff and sore. I have blisters like you wouldn’t believe on my feet. And I’m still tired. Oh god, am I tired. I’m sure that’s also partly due to lack of sleep, but holy hell, I feel like I got hit by a truck.

I am definitely relieved that the race is over and done with. Obviously, I haven’t really been feeling running lately. The move to Underhill means that my usual routes are no longer available to me, dance classes have kept me busy two nights a week, and I’ve been feeling a lingering burnout after the shitstorm that was this spring. Now that I don’t have any more races looming, I can just get back to running as an enjoyable outlet that I do a few times a week for as long or as short as I want. No plan. No schedule. No pressure.

I definitely feel like I’m through with distance running for a while. I just hate being beholden to a training plan when my life is already so busy. I love running, but I can’t plan my life around it right now. I like having time and energy for other things. I’ll still be here, and I’m sure I’ll still talk about running and racing and whatever else I’m up to, but I think running and racing will be a much smaller piece of this blog moving forward.

Have you ever run a race that you weren’t trained for? How did it go?

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Countdown to Disney!

One week from today, I will be flying to Orlando for the Disney Wine and Dine Half Marathon weekend, and I couldn’t possibly be more excited about it.

Work has been very busy and stressful this fall, and things have been very busy and chaotic personally as well, so I’m really looking forward to five whole days off of work, eating and drinking my face off at the Food and Wine festival, riding tons of rides, and soaking up some sun and warmth to fortify me through the cold, dark winter months ahead.

In anticipation of this most exciting trip, I will leave you with a few photos from last year’s trip, because it seems like all I want to do today is look at Disney pictures and dream about Mickey-shaped treats.

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RIP Main Street Electrical Parade 😥

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RIP Osborne Lights 😥

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