Growing Up Disney: “My Daruma Goal” Update… May the 4th Be With Me!

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Back when I first introduced you all to My Daruma Goal of running in the WDW Family Fun 5K next January, I said that I would be posting updates from time to time. Being that today is a monumental day for me in the regard, I figured it would be a perfect time to fill you in on what has been going on.

Weight Loss

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Since I have started my 5K training 2-3 times a week, I have unsuccessfully been able to adopt any sort of diet and stick to it. I have yet to find a diet that my body can handle in addition  to the exercise. I have a few more I am looking in to trying. The good news is that I have been really good at not eating fast food unless really necessary, and my soda intake is basically at zero. And although I have not lost a ton of weight, I have not gained. Also, my leg muscles especially are getting stronger and they do say that muscle weighs more than fat… I have not let it discourage me however. I have good days, I have bad days. As long as to good days outweigh the bad, I am a happy camper.

Family Fun 5K

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Well, I did it… I am all signed up for the WDW Family Fun 5K. I signed up on Day #1 and I am glad I did. The 5K sold out within a day, as did the 10K, which was just added for this year, and the Dopey Challenge, which is when you race the 5K, 10K, 1/2 Marathon, and Marathon all during that weekend. Insanity!

Facebook icon to announce you were signed up. :)

Facebook icon to announce you were signed up. :)

Unfortunately, the 5K sold out so fast that Mike, Michelle, and their daughter Jessie didn’t have a chance to sign up. That means that I will be running the race by myself, but they promise to be there at the finish line to cheer me on. Once more, it looks like our very own head honcho Matt and his wife Bethany will be running the 1/2 Marathon two days later. Things are still up in the air if they can make my race to cheer me on (Disney moved the 5K to Thursday to make room for the 10K on Friday), but I am planning on being at the 1/2 Marathon to cheer them on regardless.

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May the 4th (Be With You) 5K

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This brings me to the monumental day I had today…

A while ago, I found out about the May the 4th (Be With You) Virtual 5K, sponsored by Nerd Herd Running. I loved the premise: people sign up to run a 5K from anywhere around the world and they would be a special medal commemorating the event. The entry fee was $25, with proceeds going to StupidCancer.org. I had no problem wit the fee, but I was worried that I would not be up to trying a 5K by May 4th.

Over the past few weeks, I have been doing a combination of walking/running anywhere from 1 to 1 1/2 miles, and I was able to do it at or under the 15 min/mi mark, which is where I need to be at for January.  However, would I be able to do 3.2 miles? I decided that I would at least attempt doing the entire thing this morning, even though I did not sign up for the event.

Just after 6am this morning, I started out. Each lap around the farm is actually .33 miles, not the .30 miles. That ultimately means 10 laps, not 11. Here is how those 10 laps played out.

Laps 1-3:

Sunrise was upon me, but without the direct rays of the sun, the air was in the upper 30′s. In shorts and a t-shirt, I was cold. My whole body was cold and, moreover, stiff. I did stretch prior to starting out, but the cold was harsh. I was about to give up after Lap 1, then again after Lap 2. However, I stuck it out, walking more than running. By the end of Lap 3, the sun’s rays were hitting me through part of the circuit, which warmed me up.

Laps 4 &5:

These two laps went as planned. I was tired, but got more running in as I warmed up. Time check at the end of Lap 5 brought a smile to my face. After all of the problems I thought I was having in the first half, I was still below the 15 min/mi mark. It was just barely, but it gave me hope.

Laps 6-8:

I learned that speed walking is my friend. Though not much running happened, I clipped by at a brisk walk when not running short distances. I think it’s what got me to the “light at the end of the tunnel”, so to speak.

Laps 9 & 10:

By this time, there was no way I was going to stop, even if I was hobbling. However, that did not happen. I finished the 5K (actually a bit over as well), in what will be a new benchmark at what I need to beat.

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I did it! I actually completed my first 5K at under the 15 min/mile mark! Yup, that’s right. I was quite tired by the end of it, but so proud of myself. What was even better was that I was able to sign up today for the May the 4th 5K soon after. Hopefully soon, I will be wearing this little beauty around my neck:

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What’s even cooler is that Nerd Herd Running is also sponsoring two more running events: the Happy Birthday Harry Potter 5K & 10K and the Banned Book Week 5K & Half Marathon. Each event will have their own medal and, if you complete all three, you get a special fourth medal, which completes the set and the Nerd Herd logo:

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Hmmm… now that I know I can get thru a 5K and still have 8 months to go to improve before January, maybe these Nerd Herd runs are the perfect way to test myself throughout the year. Yes, I think I will take this challenge. WOOHOO! (I never thought I would be excited about running!!!).

Also, I’m signed up to do a Color Me Rad 5K in July at Metlife Stadium in New Jersey (where the Giants and Jets play). That one will probably be brutally hot, but I will be getting doused with a lot of color… trade off, right?

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Lastly, I would like to thank you all with your words of encouragement and support. I know that my first article prompted a few of you to take on your own demons and set your own goals. For that reason alone, I am proud to be a writer for this site. Anything beyond that is just icing on this awesome cake that is this community.

May the 4th, and the Force, be with you.

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