February 26, 2015

Princess half marathon 2015, Pam's version

Sunday morning, as I waited in the starting corral, my thoughts were on two things.  I wanted an age group award and a new PR in the half marathon distance. My last PR in the half marathon was in October of 2013 at the Bay State Half Marathon and it was my only time to run the distance in under two hours.  After a super early wake up alarm and a quick departure from our hotel, we arrived at the starting area of the race with alot of time to spare.

Pre race with my sis, Christine with our friend Megan (bottom right)

Relaxing before a race is not my strong suit.  I get very anxious and on Sunday morning I may have made at least 8 trips to the porta potty before entering corral B around 5:00 am.  Having Christine to keep me company in the corral was helpful and we were entertained by Rudy and Carissa, the runDisney announcers who exude energy and excitement.  Finally after the surprise announcement of the new runDisney Paris race in September 2016, the national anthem was played and we were off two minutes after corral A.

Christine was running with me and we started out with our first mile at 9:12, exactly as planned which was slightly slower than goal race pace. We gradually descended our pace over the next few miles and quickly  we were approaching the entrance sign for the Magic Kingdom and the announcement cautioning runners about the speed bump ahead.  This part of the half marathon course is so exciting because you know you will be in the park shortly and running through the castle is always one of my favorites.

After racing the 10k the day before and achieving a PR, Christine had tired legs.  She told me several times, prior to mile 4 that she wanted me to go ahead.  Finally as we departed Magic Kingdom and after slowing down further to a 9:14 and then 9:21 mile 5 and 6, I went ahead to try to finish under two hours.  A little side note here..... I was not abandoning my best running pal. We had made these plans prior to the race after her very hard 10k Saturday morning.

The next landmark on the course was the  DJ just past Magic Kingdom who announced we were halfway, I looked at my Garmin to see a time of 1:00.42.  This was slow and I picked up the tempo and completed the next few miles at a faster pace.  At mile 9, my butt needed kicking and who should appear but my sister who started in the corral behind me!  I was so relieved to see her and we both decided it was time to show the race course who was boss.  At this point, I knew I needed to make up approximately a minute in four miles to meet my goal.  Alison kept me company and we ticked away those miles at under 9 minute mile pace until mile 12 with the last highway ramp.  I really struggled on this one and my tempo showed.  Finally as we ran into Epcot, we shifted gears and ran an 8:38 pace for the last mile followed by the .2 at 7:22 minute pace. My PR wish came true by 5 seconds and another half marathon under two hours!  And Alison, she finished in a cool 1:57.41 at 65 years young!
Three happy finishers
My race stats:
841/20182 runners
679/18459 female runners
4/275 60-64 age group
Not a race stat but yes, I earned another age group award at a Disney race! I can't wait for it to arrive in my mailbox!

My goals were met and now it is time to finish my training cycle for Boston!  Do you set goals for every race?
(Pam)

51 comments:

  1. Congratulations on earning a new age place award during the half. That is so exciting! -L

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    1. Thanks Lacey. I love getting a plaque from the runDisney races!

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  2. How wonderful to have won another age group award at Disney! Congrats to all three of you!

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    1. Thanks Meranda, We all thought this was our favorite Princess weekend! The weather did not hurt either

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  3. Awesome run Pam. Congratulations!

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    1. Thanks so much Jill. Have you already penned in Sept. 2016 for the DL Paris trip??

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  4. Congrats Pam on the PR and the AG award! You're going to rock Boston, I just know it!

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    1. Kathryn my goal is to survive Boston with my sister. I just hope she does not push the speed and I end up a cripple!

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  5. Congratulations from a long-time reader/ 1st time commenter from snowy Canada :-)
    Had to let you know how inspiring you are - not just your results (which are awesome) but how consistent you are with your training to earn those results. Each week I look forward to your weekly recaps to keep me motivated to get out there & put in the effort as week after week you rock your training plans. Thanks ladies!! Best of luck in Boston Pam!

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    1. Thanks so much for your comment Stacey. We really love hearing from our readers and hope you are enjoying your running/training. Oops, we forgot to post our recap last week so it will be a two week one on Sunday!

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  6. What a wonderful PR and congratulations on the age group award! Very impressive in such a large race! :)

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    1. thanks so much. I just love the Princess Half so much!

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  7. CONGRATS! Awesome job on your PR and an age group award! You've totally inspired me to get my butt off the couch this morning...I want a sub-two half soooo badly, and you are living proof that when you put in the time and hard work, it can happen! :-D

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    1. You definitely can get a sub 2 hour half Jennifer. And you can do it at a Disney race too. Good luck with training and check out Run Less, Run Faster, the book that helped me get alot faster!

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  8. Congrats, Pam!! That is amazing, your PR! I can't even fathom what you and your sister pace at!! Wow! Was so glad to have met you guys too, so fun to see you!

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    1. Loved meeting you too Maggie and hope you had a fantastic weekend. It sure was perfect weather for Princess and we enjoyed it so much.

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  9. Congrats, Pam!! That is amazing, your PR! I can't even fathom what you and your sister pace at!! Wow! Was so glad to have met you guys too, so fun to see you!

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  10. Congrats!! You are an inspiration! At 57, I look to you and your sister and know I will someday get that elusive sub 2. This was my best Princess at 2:04:23 and 18/643 AG. We're not getting older, we're getting better!! -------- Denise

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    1. Wow, congrats to you as well Denise. It is always fun to do well at the Disney races! Yes, you will get the sub 2 hours and it will be a wonderful moment of happiness.

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    2. Denise, I recognized you on the course around mile 8. I tried to catch you to say hello but you were too far ahead of me. Great race! -Christine

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  11. I want to be you and your sister when I grow up LOL.

    Congrats.

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    2. I also want to be my sister when I grow up Darlene!

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    1. Thanks so much Shannon. It's always fun running in Florida in the winter!

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  13. Woohoo Pam!!! Congratulations on the PR and age group placement!!!! The race was so much fun!

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    1. Yes it was Mindy. You looked adorable in your costumes!

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  14. Congrats on the PR! This sounds like a great race and that's awesome your sister was able to join you for the last 4 miles.

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    1. I was so lucky that my sister caught me and helped me to the finish line!

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  15. you are so ridiculously inspiring. i love love love reading your recaps. christine is so lucky that she gets to run so many races with her mom! :)

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    1. We are so lucky to have each other Courtney. I was so excited to hear about her huge PR the day before at the 10k!

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  16. Way to go Pam...you are amazing! I loved seeing you at the expo. I love following you and Christine too.

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    1. We loved see you too Julie. It is the camaraderie at races that make them so much fun, especially the women's races!

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  17. That is fabulous! 4th out of 275? Simply awesome. You inspire me to work harder!

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    1. Thanks so much. I do work really hard on running since I know my chances at PR's are limited due to my age!

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  18. Wow, I am so impressed by you and your sister!! Sub 2 at 65 years old??? Amazing, such an inspiration! Congrats to you!

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    1. Thanks Sue. I am just so pleased that Alison finally was put in her correct spot of 1st in her AG and a time beating her nearest competitor of 14 minutes!

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  19. Pam, congrats on your PR! Sounds like you three had a great weekend. Can't wait for your Boston marathon :)

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    1. Thanks. I am excited and quite nervous knowing Boston is just 50 days away!

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  20. Woooooooo Pam!!!! This is SO awesome! You and your entire family are such an inspiration. I love that you all share such a great joy of running.

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    1. Thanks Mar. We have a blast and I think this Princess weekend was our favorite one!

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  21. Just awesome! I'm so impressed by your speed and determination! Congratulations on meeting your very lofty goals! :)

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    1. Thanks April. I worked really hard last fall and this winter and I was lucky that the day worked out well for me.

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  22. Ahhh yay Christine! I'm so excited for you that you got your PR! I knew you could do it! :)

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    1. Thanks Jen, super excited about Christine's big PR!

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  23. You rock, Pam! I'm pretty sure I saw your finish as I was watching for Victoria to come through. You guys crossed the finish line very closely to each other, yes?

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    1. I suspect we finished with a couple minutes of each other. I saw Vic about 2 miles from the finish

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  24. Way to go, Pam! So proud of you!!!

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  25. Wow!! You were 4th?!?! Amazing! I wish I lived closer to you so you could drag me out running. I know I'd get faster! Great job and congratulations!

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