Omg it’s 8 weeks to Dopey? Man are the next 8 weeks gonna get tough!
Not only is it getting colder…but the runs are really gonna start getting longer. Well, after this week. And that’s okay, because this week was awesome!
After the “finish in the upright position” goal that was the B.A.A. half, I needed a do-over. A good solid half to finish the year. And Sunday was it…the Harborside Half.
It was up in Newburyport, MA. And it was COLD. Well, okay not arctic cold, but still, 30’s feels like 20’s cold. I dressed for warmth rather than for style.
When the race started I went out with the crowd and tried to find my rhythm. I decided to not look at my watch at all and to just see what it was at the end.
I had set 3 time goals. One I knew I could hit (2:15), one I’d like to hit (2:10), and the dream goal (2:07 – close to my May half). Little did I know I’d shatter all three.
The race was pretty and hilly. And had gorgeous homes and interesting historical markers scattered throughout. There was plenty to look at and enough challenges to keep it interesting.
I struggled a little at mile 9 and ended up chatting with a group of runners, which gave me the mental boost I needed. Until about 11.5 when my legs hurt and my brain was DONE and I just didn’t feel well.
I grabbed a water, walked for a second and made it to 12. Where I just had to walk for a few seconds. When a runner passed me she said “just 10 minutes” and I replied “yep, just trying not to hurl” (that Gu wasn’t sitting right). Then started running for a bit and granted myself another little walk break.
At this point, I took the first look at my watch. It read 12.5 miles. 1:57 and change. Holy smokes! I was stunned. Just stunned. And realized, my butt better get moving.
I picked up the speed, and was delighted to find a downhill as I neared the mile 13 marker (which I declared to the woman next to me was my “favorite sign ever”). So I just went for it.
(That’s me in the middle. With her eyes closed. LOL) 🙂
Full on, full stride, everything left in me to cross that finish line. With a 2:03:40.
Even days later I sit here in disbelief. I haven’t run a half that fast since April 2017. I didn’t know I could. And actually, I’m glad I didn’t know. Because it let me run with no pressure. I hadn’t told many people (like maybe 3?) I was running it, I had no flat Kelly pics or pre race pics. If it had flopped, none would be the wiser. And yet…it turned out to be just another of the amazing race successes I’ve had this year.
And it came at a great time. Because that April 2017 race I’ve been using for a Dopey corral POT needed a replacement. And this new one, is only 16 second off it. 🙂 which now lets me go into 2019 no pressure.
Plus I have to give a quick shout out to my sole sister Cara. She also kicked asphalt out there and scored herself a shiny new PR! Cara, you rock!!
Anyways,,. I can’t do a blog during Dopey training without a Disney connection. And while I did have one of my Goofy race shirts as a base layer Sunday (best shirts ever), that doesn’t count. Lol
So in honor of it being only 8 weeks to go, here are my 8 favorite Disney movies. (I know, I know, there’s some good ones missing – but its hard to pick just 8)
8. Darby O’Gill and the Little People. It’s Ireland. It’s got leprechauns and a banshee and a great story. It’s the only classic live action one I really love.
7, Robin Hood – The animals are adorable, the music is fun and I just adore it. Archery, romance, adventure. And I swear there’s a little bit of Robin in Flynn Ryder. Oo-de-lally, oo-de-lally, golly what a day.
6. The Aristocats – Everybody wants to be a cat, because a cat’s the only cat, that knows where its at. Its jazzy and fun and Marie is the cutest little thing (cuz i’m a lady, that’s why).
5. Brave – Guess there’s just something about a sassy, strong-willed curly haired girl. LOL Plus its medieval Scotland and magic and action. I adore this movie.
4. Beauty & the Beast – Tale as old as time… and lets face it, i wanted the library more than the prince. But this one always gives me the feels. Another strong willed independent woman who knows what she wants… adventure in the great wide somewhere.
3. The Little Mermaid – Maybe its because Ariel and I were both teenagers at the same time. Maybe its because she had an animal sidekick. Maybe its the music, the giant fluffy dog, or just the fact that this kicked off a line of amazing Disney movies, but I love this one. I’ve run Disney as Ariel, I find myself spontaneously breaking into its songs (look at this stuff…isn’t it neat?). This almost came in second….but there’s one princess i gotta put above her…
2. Snow White & the Seven Dwarves. My girl snow. The OG princess. This movie scared me as a kid – that witch is EVIL. Even the old Snow White ride (and window displays on main street) terrified me as a kid. Snow just had a pure heart, a love of animals and a bunch of people looking out for her. She just wanted love and someone to save her. There’s some good songs, its classic animation and everyone has a different favorite dwarf. While I was always a Happy girl..lately, Dopey is my guy. 🙂
1. The Lion King. The one I have seen more times that I can count. I own every version that’s been released. I’ve seen the live stage show. I have the Art of the Lion king book and multiple collectibles. And during my days as a Disney store cast member? The Simba puppet and I had an awesome time as greeters. 🙂 The music, the colors, the story, all great. I just can’t wait…to watch it again. 🙂
So…what’s your fave?