2012 Training Plan

First of all, yes, I’m still doing P90X… week 2 is well underway!! I’m still eating clean (or clean enough for me) and logging my food and exercise. You’ve got to love progress!!! I get so inspired when my training plan works! With that in mind, I realized that I needed to sort out my plans for the rest of the year. Yep, I said YEAR! See, I’ve committed to run in the Disney Wine & Dine Half Marathon in November with my nieces AND I have the St. Augustine Marathon, which also falls in November. YIKES! So, it was time for me to organize my training schedule. My biggest fear was that these races would fall on the same weekend. But, alas, Disney posted the date for the half and it’s November 10th!!! YAY!! This is a week before the marathon… Pheeww!! Ideally, I should be tapering the week before the marathon, but I’ll just make it work.

So, when figuring out a training schedule, I work backwards. I start on M-Day (Marathon day) and work in the reverse to figure out when to start my training. BUT, I’m also trying to work in the P90X workouts. Yeah, go ahead and say it… OVERACHIEVER!!! I’m thinking that this combination will give me that added strength to succeed at my marathon challenge. I found a plan I like somewhere on the internet. It was a pdf of a Nike Running plan and had beginner, intermediate and advanced levels. So last night I painstakingly entered this plan into my iCal, working in the reverse. I was so proud when I finally finished and my iCal looked all full and busy-like. Then, I went web surfing this morning and found the Nike Running Training site, which allows you to enter the date of your race and it will calculate your plan for you!!! UGH! AND… it will import it into your calendar!!! REALLYY?!?! I couldn’t have found this BEFORE I wasted an hour or so of my life?

Anyway, I officially start training for my marathon in the beginning of May, which happens to be my birthday week! How perfectly appropriate!!! So from now until May, I will continue with P90X, round 1, which will end April 15th. And I may try my own workout from then until May. Or, if I can stand it, I’ll do P90X, round 2! Stay tuned!!!

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The Princesses succeed!!!

WE DID IT!!!!! Wooooohooooo!!!! Yes, we actually woke up at 3:00AM!!!! Amazing, right?!? Oh, yeah… and we finished the Princess Half Marathon. YAYAYAYAYAYAY!!!

It was quite the weekend! 17,000 princesses, a couple princes and a couple of Survivor celebrities, gathered in the wee hours of the morning in the parking lot at EPCOT to set out on a 13.1 mile adventure around Disney property! Don’t ask me where we ran…I don’t remember, other than through the castle at Magic Kingdom, oh and up that MAJOR HILL in front of the Contemporary Hotel. The rest…as they say… is a blur!!! Probably, because we took my Mother-in-law’s advice andΒ  “made a game of it”. We ran/walked the entire race on a 3 min/2 min ratio. It was a great way to pass the time, but it didn’t stop the “WALL” from hitting us square in the face at miles 10, 11 and 12!!! (Yes, three walls…well, there were three of us!) But we persevered and pushed on, with the help of the cheers from the crowds that lined the road!! Ummm, did I mention that we had no peeps rooting us on? No? Well, evidently, our adventure wasn’t enough inspiration to get our peeps out of bed!!! Don’t worry, we’ll be milking that one for a very long time!!! Anyway…we eventually crossed the finish line TOGETHER!!! We got our medals, food and drink, pictures and poof…we turned back into pumpkins…or are we the rats? IDK, but you get the idea! The magic ended immediately after we exited the finishers’ area.

Imagine 17,000 princesses, sweaty and smelly, limping back to their vehicles all trying to exit the parking lot at the same time!!! Yeah, you get the picture! GRIDLOCK!!! We sat for a good 20 minutes before we even moved an inch!! UUGGHHH!!! Eventually… maybe 30-40 minutes later… the magic happened and we started moving! Note to self: run faster so you get out before the crowd!!!!

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Tutu’s Are Done!!!!

And without a moment to spare…I finally finished the tutu’s!!!! It was not the easy feat I expected, what with my stupid sewing machine HATING the tulle we chose!!! Oh, and the elastic…yeah, it HATED my sewing machine!!! No one was playing nice!!! So I had to alter the plan yet again!!! So, we ended up with hot pink, “out to here” tutu’s that will definitely stand out in the crowd!!! Now… what about a Princess crown?!?!?

Tutu Update

OK, we started to make the tutus… no really we did!!! We didn’t actually run… but, we did start the tutus. We measured and cut the elastic and then the ribbon and then we started cutting the tulle… 😦 …ugghhh!!! That stuff is slippery! After we started measuring, we realized that we are probably going to need more tulle!! LOTS MORE!!!Β  Then, we decided to changed the design slightly, so it’s easier to construct! So, it was back to Jo-Ann’s with another 40% off coupon!! YAY!!!

 

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Tutu Making Day!!

OK, so we’re going to attempt to make our race tutus today!!! Wooooohoooo! Or shall I say La-Ti-Da!! We have the tulle, elastic and ribbon, all that’s left to do is devise a pattern… or at least a plan. Of course, we’re going to run first, then come back and sew, which could be a mistake, but we’ll see! I’ll post an update later! Wish us luck!!!

 

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What’s a Princess Wear to a Half-Marathon?

We have 10 days until Disney’s Princess Half Marathon and the pressure is ON!!! The running and stretching… and running and cross-training… and running and sewing!!! Yes… I said sewing! You see, while we are excited about the actual running part, we are a tad obsessed with what we are going to wear! As any Princess should be, right? RIGHT!!

Almost immediately after signing up for the race, we started discussing what we should wear for the run. We went from full-on Princess costumes to

glass slipper running shoes & crowns

and now I think we’ve decided on running tutu’s!!!

But have you tried to find 3 adult sized, G-rated tutus for a reasonable price…that can be shipped in time for the race? No? Well, let me tell you, it’s difficult!!! Especially the G-rated and reasonable price part!!! So… seamstress that I am… or rather pretend to be… I am making the tutu’s!!! WOOOOOHOOO!!!!

We went to JoAnn’s and picked out a beautiful hot pink tulle, and all the accoutrement to make these seemingly simple tutu’s. OH… and I had COUPONS!!!! So, for the supplies for all 3 tutus we paid $9 total! That’s $3 a piece!!! Woop Woop!!! We’ll see exactly how many hours it takes me to construct these little jewels!

Stay tuned for the tutu-making tell-all post….I’ll even include pictures! Here goes…

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