Before I get to my own training, I just want to talk a little bit about what happened at the Wine and Dine half marathon this weekend. From what I gathered from friends posting on facebook, they were evacuated from the corrals before the race started, and then started about an hour or more late. Because of this they shorted the course by about half, essentially making it more of a 10k than a half marathon. This was due to lightning in the area.
First of all, I want to make it clear that I commend Disney for doing whatever they thought was best for the safety of all runners involved. I totally trust they made the right decision. That being said, I can only imagine the disappointment runners must have faced from the results. I know I would be pretty upset if I had trained and trained for a half marathon and then ended up only doing 6 or 7 miles. I know people who were going there to do their first half marathon. I’m glad Disney still handed out the medals and coast to coast and all that. But for people that traveled all that way for a half and trained so much, 6 miles is just not the same.
I’m also curious if Disney will have any other form of compensation. While I highly doubt it, the truth is that their half marathons are very expensive. So are the 10ks, but at least they’re less. I wouldn’t expect to see any refunded money or even a gift card but I do think it would be nice if they did so. I hope anyone that was there still was able to have a great time regardless!
Now here’s my training update, and we’ll go into it with fingers crossed that everything at the Princess Half marathon goes smoothly and we won’t have any shortened courses in February!
On Monday I had a shorter run and let me tell you, the weather this week was awesome. We were in the high 60’s or low 70’s – and I know some people say that’s too hot for running but for me it’s perfect. So I had some great runs!
Wednesday I ran after work in Valley Forge park. I was fully expecting my time to be slower than it had been on Monday because if you’ve ever been to Valley Forge, it’s basically nothing but hills. So I was amazed that I kept the same pace!
My long run for the week was 5 miles and I did it on Saturday morning. There are some days where it just doesn’t feel like a good run, and this was one of those days. I really pushed myself to keep that pace under 11 min/mile. But I must have done something funny to my foot because the last mile or so it was hurting… and then after that it was really painful. Today it’s not as bad as yesterday but still hurting so I’m going to rest for a couple of days before continuing training.
What do you think of the situation at the Wine and Dine half marathon?