Race Week Routine


Good morning! Today is a big day, we start our trip to Disney World for the runDisney marathon weekend! Dogs are being taken care of, house is being watched, and we are going to hit the road this afternoon. We will drive halfway and spend the night somewhere around Tallahassee and arrive in WDW around lunchtime. Cannot wait to see all my friends and be in my favorite place.

I wanted to share with you all what my plan is this last week before the race as far as workouts, diet, hydration etc. go because it is so important! It’s not just about the race, but also about preparing your body for what you are about to put it through. (AKA torture.)


1.) Hydrate Not only is this a good idea leading up to any race, but marathon weekend is going to be quote warm this year with highs in the low 80’s, so hydration is especially key. I am using a phone app called Waterlogged to keep track of my H2O intake.

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2.) Eat Healthy Of course this is important all the time, but especially now I have been focusing on eating more natural foods, and making sure I get ENOUGH calories, because my body will be burning through a lot of them this weekend. I have cut back on desserts as well.

3.) Stretch I am under strict orders from my chiropractor to stretch, stretch, and then when I think I am done stretch some more. I have incredibly tight hips and hamstrings which have caused other injuries so I am taking the time to really work on this. (Also foam rolling)


4.) Slow my workouts down. I don’t want to be tired or sore, so yesterday was my last day of lifting weights before the race. I will do plenty of walking around WDW prior to the race so I am pretty much done with actual planned workouts until race day. I also don’t want to risk pulling or hurting something!

5.) Stay Well. I have been washing my hands like crazy and drinking EmergenC every single day. I am careful about touching door knobs and also about touching my face. I carry hand sanitizer everywhere, and I will be bringing a can of Lysol to WDW with me to spray down the handles, knobs, etc. in my hotel room. This girl is not taking any chances!

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I also wanted to mention that I hope to see some celebrities at marathon weekend! The field will include Television celebrities Drew Carey, Joey Fatone and Colin Cowherd, as well as running legends Bill Rodgers, Frank Shorter, Joan Benoit Samuelson and Desiree Davila. Heck yes!!! I am going to keep an eye out for all of them!

There will also be a couple renewing their vows on course, they got married during the race ten years ago in 2003! How cool is that? There are plenty of other cool stories to follow as well during the weekend, so follow hashtags #GoofyChallenge #WDWhalf and #WDWmarathon to make sure you don’t miss a thing!

QOTD: What do you do to prepare for your races during the week before?

Weekly Recap: December Week 3


Merry Christmas weekend! I don’t know about you but Christmas really snuck up on me this year. it’s exciting but sad at the same time, it will be gone so quickly. One thing I am NOT sad to see go is my super long run schedule for Goofy in January. I love to run, but I do NOT love to run double digit runs every single weekend. Oy. I will gladly take a break and run some 5k’s this spring!

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Yesterday after our run

Ok, so this past week in review. We ran an 18 miler last weekend, and after going to the chiropractor all week and adjusting to the newness of that, we decided to take it easy this week (also to help make sure we don’t get injured so close to the race!) This is what the week looked like:

Sunday: rest

Monday: rest

Tuesday: 30 minutes stationary bike, upper body weights

Wednesday: 20 minutes stationary bike, upper body weights

Thursday: rest

Friday: 2 miles on the treadmill

Saturday: 7 miles outside

Today we are running about 12 miles, attempting to simulate some back to back long runs to prepare for Goofy in just three short weeks! We will be celebrating Christmas with family until Wednesday, so I’m sure workouts this week will be a bit wonky too, but that’s ok, it’s Christmas! Have a great Sunday everyone, I am going to sit by the fire!

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QOTD: What is your favorite Christmas EVE tradition?

Weekly Recap: December Week 2


Happy Sunday! What a whirlwind past seven days! This past week I ran 34 miles, my highest mileage week this training cycle. I am feeling better, with just a few lingering symptoms we aren’t sure about. It blows my mind how close Christmas is, and I hate that because I have been so preoccupied with medial stuff I still don’t feel like I have been able to soak it all in. That is going to be my goal for this week!

Check out my workouts below:

Sunday: Woman’s half marathon

Monday: rest

Tuesday: stationary bike (30 minutes) and upper body weights

Wednesday: 3 mile run, upper body weights and legs

Thursday: upper body weights and stationary bike (20 minutes)

Friday: rest (the gym was CLOSED and we have no idea why…still investigating.)

Saturday: 18 mile run

Whew! I can’t believe it’s less than a month until marathon weekend. I am so excited (and a little nervous!) After that I have ZOOMA Florida,  Princess in February, and then, who knows! I actually have no plan after that. Which honestly, I am happy about. I had a full fall race schedule, and marathon training is wiping me out with everything else that has been going on. It’s kind of refreshing to have no plan after February. I think I will probably take some much needed time off (unless there is a race I don’t know about that I just HAVE to run!)

Ok, so yesterday Bobby and I ran 18 miles, our longest run since training for the 2011 marathon. Not going to lie, it hurt and was painful, but we did it! I’m sore and tired, but still in one piece. We have 21 on the schedule for next weekend, and then thankfully, that’s our last super long run until the race. I think some people’s bodies are just made more for running marathons, and mine is not one of them. Goofy is a goal I have had for a long time, but after that, I don’t know if I see another full in my future and I am totally ok with that.

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I may be smiling, but every muscle in my legs was screaming at me, and SO glad to be done with 18! So proud we got through it though. Wearing my ZOOMA shirt, which I LOVE. So, so soft.

QOTD: What do you tell yourself to get through really tough workouts or runs?

Weekly Recap: December Week 1


Oh my goodness the Christmas season is here too quickly! I feel like I haven’t really had time to soak it all in and I hate when that happens. I’m hoping things calm down a bit after this weekend!

This past week of workouts was interesting. I had an upper endoscopy (upper scope) done on Tuesday, and an ultrasound and some other tests done on Wednesday, and so my workouts were a little ‘off” this week. I am however proud of what I managed to do!

Sunday: rest

Monday: 3 mile run, upper body weights

Tuesday: scope

Wednesday: upper body weights and 30 minutes on the bike

Thursday:  6 mile run

Friday: rest

Saturday: rest (half marathon Sunday)

I ran 9 miles (would have done long run Saturday if not for the race Sunday) and got in two days of weights and one cross training session. Next week I have a 18 mile run on the schedule (yikes!) so fingers crossed for that one!


TODAY I am running the Woman’s half marathon in Baton Rouge, be sure to check out my instagram and twitter (on the right sidebar) for updates and photos! I am a little nervous, it’s going to be a HOT race. Low is near 60, high at 80. Oh I wish I was kidding. I am aware it is December. Have a good Sunday!


QOTD: What is the longest distance you run for half or full marathon training? My longest will be 21 miles for marathon training.

Weekly Recap November Week 4


The start of a new week, I love it! Clean slates all around, a chance to start over and make it a great week! This past week was a little crazy with getting back into town after being gone for two weeks and feeling sick. Then, on the drive to the doctor Tuesday we got a call that my appointment was cancelled, so now I go tomorrow. Anyway, despite all that, we had a great Thanksgiving and a nice relaxing time hanging out with Bobby family and my family. The workout highlight of the week was out 15 mile run yesterday. Here I am before we got started!

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We decided to break the mileage up into three five mile segments to make it not seem so daunting. I haven’t run over 13.1 miles since marathon training two years ago. We were at my parents house and luckily had plenty of room in their huge neighborhood, not to mention it was a gorgeous day! Not a cloud in the sky and cold at the start but perfect temperature during the run.

We ran five at an easy pace not wanting to be too ambitious with so many miles to go, then headed back to the house to get water and take some GU. We then headed back out in a different direction, and felt good for another five miles before hitting up the house again. This time we jumped in the car and drove to a parking lot on the other side of the neighborhood so we could run the remaining five over there. This is where it started to hurt. My hips and hip flexors started aching/burning pretty good at mile 11, but we kept on going. My lungs felt great but my body was starting to rebel.

We hit 13.1 in 2:24, which made me happy considering we weren’t trying very hard. We finished it out strong and I even sprinted the remaining two tenths which felt really good. We are mighty sore and the top of my right foot hurts (shoe tied too tight?) but other than that we will recover. Smile

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So, here is the week broken down by workouts. Now that the holiday is over I am ready to get back into a routine!

Sunday: rest

Monday: back and bi’s, 3 mile run

Tuesday: chest and tri’s, 30 minutes ellipcital

Wednesday: Thanksgiving #1

Thursday: Thanksgiving #2

Friday: Black Friday Shopping and more eating

Saturday: 15 mile run

2 runs, 2 weights workouts and 1 cross training workout is not ideal, but we made the best of it while balancing time with both out families. I hope you ate well but also worked out well this weekend!

*Don’t forget you can still register for the Woman’s Half marathon in Baton Rouge LA on December 9th! Register here and enter code RPAHeather at checkout to get $30 off the half or 10k and $5 off the 5k!

QOTD: Who ran a turkey trot or other race this weekend? How was it? Any good black Friday deals?