Nearly there! The Tinker Bell Half Marathon weekend is a few short days away!
I’m running the Pixie Dust Challenge – a 10K on Saturday morning followed by the half marathon on Sunday. This little adventure will net me two race medals, a Pixie Dust Challenge medal and a Coast to Coast medal for completing at least a half marathon at both Disney World and Disneyland in the same calendar year.
I will admit to being a bit nervous about the race weekend. I trained hard for the Goofy Challenge and felt well prepared to run back to back races. Since coming back from patellar tendonitis in February I’ve been building time on my feet slowly to get me ready for the half marathon distance. I haven’t done any back to back runs though so I’m not sure how that 10K will affect my half marathon. I am also a little nervous about how much warmer it is in Anaheim than Calgary at the moment. The heat is definitely a factor on race day!
My goal for the 10K is to run at an easy pace and stop for as many character photos as I can. I just have to make sure I keep under a 16:00/mile pace (<1:39) with my photo stops though!
As for the half marathon, I plan to run a little bit faster to see where my fitness is at.
- A goal: beat my 2014 BMO Vancouver Half Marathon time of 2:08:25 (9:48/mi pace)
- B goal: under 2:15 (10:18/mi)
- C goal: to finish with a smile on my face
Because I run 9:1 intervals I used this handy dandy calculator to see what my run pace needs to be to hit my overall pace target. I’d like to start off a touch conservatively with the goal of picking it up later in the race. And because I want to be ready to run as soon as I cross the start line I will try to see if I can do a dynamic warm up in the corral.
As for nutrition I’ll take a gel shortly before the race starts, then aim for two gels along the race course. I’ve studied the course map to figure out where I’ll need to take my gel to make it line up with the water stations on course.
I’ll have a playlist ready with some of my favourite running tunes. With any luck I will be crossing the finish line with high fives and a smile on my face on Sunday morning!
Are you running the Tinker Bell half marathon? If so have a great race!