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Dumbo Double Dare Training - Week Two

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"Running is a road to self-awareness and reliance-you can push yourself to extremes and learn the harsh reality of your physical and mental limitations or coast quietly down a solitary path watching the earth spin beneath your feet." - Doris Brown Heritage, First woman to run sub 5-minute indoor mile

I have a confession to make. Iím a spreadsheet-aholic. Yup, Iím hooked on creating spreadsheets to track a variety of information. How many air miles Iíve flown (itís over a million Ė love ya, Alaska Airlines!). How many miles the Team MousePlanet Castle-to-Castle Challengers have racked up since we started the challenge in mid-January (itís over 16,000 Ė kudos to the team!). The list of spreadsheets goes on and on. But best of all, my most beloved spreadsheet is the one that tracks the races I have completed and the ones I have planned in the future. Itís a look at where Iíve been and where I want to go.

Hindsight being what it is I wish I would have started tracking my race stats back when I started running in 1985. There are hundreds of 5ks, 5 milers, and 10ks that over the years have vanished from my memory. I started formally tracking my races in January 2006 when I completed the WDW Half Marathon. It was my first half marathon and at the time, I wasnít sure if I would ever do the distance again. That changed when I ran across the inaugural Disneyland Half Marathon medal at the WDW expo Ė ok, maybe I would run two half marathons.

Eight and a half years and sixty-eight half marathons later, Iíve amassed quite a trove of data. Each race has been recorded with not only my time and finish stats but also data such as average time for females, my age group, and overall race info. Itís a data nerd paradise. And in 2011, I added in even more information when I purchased a Nike+ GPS which gives me even more data to record, compare, and analyze. Now I have info on everything from 5ks to marathons.

So what does all this data tell me? I can see the peaks and valleys in my performance and how I have fared as I move from age group to age group. Itís exciting to see the races where I set new PRs and itís a learning experience to remember those that didnít turn out as well. I know now Iím a cold-weather runner who does best in the crisp fall mornings but I wilt in the heat and humidity; this helps me decide when and where I will run in the future (except for runDisney events Ė those I will do in any weather).

Hopefully you have started tracking your races if only to keep a list of the names and the dates. It can be a fascinating and fun trip down memory lane.

And speaking of races, itís time to start week two of training for the 2014 Dumbo Double Dare. This week we bump the Saturday miles up a notch and we extend out the Tuesday and Thursday runs if desired.

  • Monday - Barre3 (DVD)
  • Tuesday Ė 30 to 45 minutes running
  • Wednesday - weight training
  • Thursday - 30 to 45 minutes running (travel)
  • Friday - Barre3 (Studio)
  • Saturday Ė 4 mile run
  • Sunday - Rest (travel)

Hereís to a healthy and happy running week. May the 4th be with everyone and happy Cinco d Mayo!

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