destination disney

August 21, 2008 at 3:32 pm 3 comments

m-i-c … see you real soon.

k-e-y … why? because i’m crazy!!!!


on january 11, 2009 i will be running the disney marathon and i’m a tad bit nervous about it. ok, fine, i’ll be honest. i’m scared to death! doing the gasparilla half marathon this past february was one of the most rewarding experiences of my life but it was also physically and emotionally agonizing. though h scoffed at me when i swore i’d never do another, i honestly really didn’t expect to and i certainly had no intention of doing a full at this point in my life. someday … yes. but not now. as a single mother with a full-time career, a high-energy dog, a house to maintain, and the occasional pathetic attempts at a social life, i’m not sure this can be classified as the most intelligent decision i’ve ever made. but i also know that there will always be a million excuses as to why “i can’t” and i’m just not the kind of person to fall victim to my own insecurity. i’ve come a long way since february. running with the group has been extremely beneficial to my own personal comfort with my run and i’ve already seen and felt vast improvement. but i’ve got a long way to go before i even have a chance at achieving a result i can be happy with.

i’ve tried to tell myself not to set a time goal. just finish. that’s what matters most. whether i run every step of the 26.2 miles, or walk a part of it. the success will come simply in crossing the finish line. but i’ve got to be honest … there’s no way in hell i can manage that kind of laissez faire attitude. it’s just not in my nature. so i have a goal. one i would be content with. i’m not sure i want to pen the exact number at this point, but it’s there. driving me.

on sept. 8th i officially start training. to be honest, i still haven’t fully committed to a training plan. i’m torn between hal higdon and furman. both are 18-week programs with some similarities and at this point i’m likely going to tape them both up on my wall and throw a dart at them blindfolded. but whichever one i opt to go with, i’m going to have to make two primary adjustments to my current routine. the first will be relatively easy. the addition of weight training into my life is going to have to minimize. the focus must be on the run. cross training is important but cardio is the key. the second change will be the one that proves a bit more difficult for me. down time. rest days. forced time of go home, sit on my arse and do nothing. i’ve become a bit of a gym rat as of late and that’s going to have to change. plus i need to get back outside. the tread should be my backup not my norm.

when i begin this 18-week journey that’s bound to be filled with advil, analgesic heat rubs and the occasional ice bath, i plan to write regularly about my successes ~ and i’m sure a ton of failures ~ as i go. it’s bound to be one heck of a roller coaster ride, so buckle your seat belt, keep your hands and feet inside at all times, sit back and enjoy the ride.


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a strike for katey it begins

3 Comments Add your own

  • 1. sarahwrites2  |  August 22, 2008 at 8:35 am

    you are going to do great!!!

  • 2. meghan  |  August 31, 2008 at 12:57 pm

    You sound like you have a great base of running which will ensure your success. I too am running Disney.I have run the disney half and the first 21 miles of the full. It is a great event and having finished two other full marathons I still love the disney marathon more despite bittersweet memories. It is flat and great for firs timers. You will love it!

  • 3. becelisa  |  September 2, 2008 at 8:57 pm

    sarah ~ thanks! so are you! wish i could be there to cheer you on.

    meghan ~ i’ve heard disney is a great first and i’m really looking forward to it. i’m sure this time around you’ll turn the bittersweet memories into incredible ones when you cross the finish line. good luck!


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the best of times

5k pr ~ 24:23
10k pr ~ 52:49
half marathon pr ~ 1:55:10
marathon pr ~ 4:10:41
half ironman pr ~ 5:57:50
50k pr ~ 5:33:23
50-mile pr ~ 11:32:39



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