Sorry it's been so quiet here the past few days. I did not intend on missing my regular Momentum Monday posting, but I was out of the area (cell & wi-fi reception) until 5pm PST on Monday. So a late night post didn't make much sense when you wouldn't see it until Tuesday. I had no idea I would be unplugged for so long, but my hubby whisked me away to a remote area for the weekend to celebrate my birthday and once I was there, there was no turning back. I literally had to use a pay phone to make a call. A PAY PHONE!!! I haven't seen those in so long!!! We couldn't even dial long distance from our hotel! Talk about remote! But I will go over that later this week when I give my trip recap. Until then, I have some really exciting news!
Last Friday (first day of vacation), I woke up to twitter going CRAY-CRAY about a new runDisney announcement. Well it ended up being more than one announcement, it was two and it was sending people into a tailspin! runDisney released the new female race inspired Coast to Coast medal that will be available starting 2014.
This special Coast to Coast medal is only earned if you run the Tinkerbell Half Marathon in January (DL) and the Princess Half Marathon in February (WDW) of the same year. There has been lots of talk about whether you can get both Coast to Coast medals (pink and blue) if you do four races within one year (two at WDW and two at DL), however preliminary responses have been the same regarding the C2C medal policy in place now. One Coast to Coast medal a year, no matter how many runDisney races you run in a calendar year. So that means for those of you that run the WDW Marathon weekend, Tinkerbell AND Princess, you may end up getting the blue Coast to Coast medal if you don't check the right boxes when signing up for the races. Oye! This could get confusing and frustrating for lots of people.
In addition to the new Coast to Coast medal, an announcement of the Princess Half Marathon race weekend expansion. Hot off the successful registrations for the Dumbo Double Dare and Dopey challenges and in addition to the record sell outs of the two new 10K races for those weekends, runDisney announced they will be adding a new race, the Enchanted 10K, and the Glass Slipper Challenge medal for those that complete the 10K and Half Marathon. ::eyes bulging:: (See official announcement here.) I am SO curious to see what the medals will look like, ESPECIALLY the Glass Slipper medal! Though it appears we Disney runners love our endurance challenges because the moment this news was released there was a flurry of people already talking about signing up for this race weekend, when they had said in the recent past that they probably wouldn't run at PHM any time soon.
Myself included. D'oh!
What is with these races that just keep pulling you back in? Maybe the fact that it's an inaugural event that makes it so irresistible. Being the first to hoist that bling around your neck knowing that there will be thousands that will do the same for years to come. Maybe it's the hope that us latecomers to the runDisney party will be able to be "perfect" in a race series. I don't know. All I know is that it is irresistible and yet I'm still indecisive on whether I want to run the PHM this next year. I just know myself, if I decide to do PHM, then I will want the new Coast to Coast medal and will have to run Tinkerbell the month before in order to get the new medal. Don't get me wrong, I want to run Tink and I've heard great things about that race weekend, but two Disney race weekends in two months is hard on the wallet. Besides, if I'm going to try to be "perfect" with Dumbo, then that means two Disneyland race weekends in one year for me. I think my husband will protest.
More news released this past weekend was the registration for the 3 Little Pigs Challenge for Disneyland Half Marathon weekend!!! WOOHOO!!! I've been looking forward to this announcement for months since I'd heard about this challenge during WDW weekend.
The premise is that during the race you eat three pieces of bacon, drink a "refreshment" and continue on with the race; beating the 3 little pigs. You get a medal and are the envy of those that see it later! The registration is TODAY at noon EST, you sign up at this site. 3 Little Pigs Challenge!
Lastly, and certainly NOT least, I talked with my chiro on Monday about increasing my running. My back is almost 100% better, it's still stiff in the morning and after a long day of standing, but nowhere near the discomfort and pain I'd had a month ago. So he said I can increase to 2 miles.
I was so excited!! But wait, there's more!!
He said after I run 2 miles, see how I feel the next day, if I'm not hurting or having any discomfort then I can increase to 5 miles!! I can run twice at 5 miles and if I'm still feeling good, no pain or discomfort, then I can go back to my training and running as usual.
I was ELATED!!! FINALLY some light at the end of the tunnel!!
I'm still going to be cautious, I don't want to reinjure myself, so I will follow his orders and if I do have pain or discomfort I will back down and take it easy. But the fact that I can start running longer distances again made me feel so good again. Strange, right? When you first start running these longer distances you dread them, then when you can't all you want is to run them? Crazy stuff I tell you, but I'm so glad to know that I'm well on my way to recovery. I just need to keep up with my stretches and exercises to keep myself from reinjuring that part of me in the future.
So there you have it! Quite a long post, but full of lots of good information and news! Hope you are all having a great Wednesday and first day of May!!
Question for you: For all you runDisney fans, will you be doing the 2014 PHM for the new challenge? For those already planning on running the PHM, will you also do the 10K to get the Glass Slipper medal? What about the new Coast to Coast medal, what do you think of it?