The Weekly Pursuit #26

Hey there! I hope you’re having a great 2017 so far! I’m getting myself back on track on so many things since my move, including these Weekly Pursuit blog posts! They always help me know my short-term goals for the week, and I hope just maybe they can inspire one or two of you as well.

This past week has been pretty busy. I finalized my move during the New Year’s holiday weekend, so I’ve now been in my new home for just over a week. It’s a great place I’m in, I feel very comfortable and happy. My friend and her husband are so great. The only downside is that my running group is 45 minutes away, but I know I can work through that for a period of time. I’d prefer not to have to deal with the moving insanity until at least March/April, so I figure I will just need to get myself into a different sort of schedule with my running.

The Girl's Got Sole - First run of 2017

First run of the year.

I fully believe that God puts us in certain situations for a reason. So, while I may miss my old neighborhood and the closeness to my favorite running friends, there is a reason I’m here for now. God will show me the right place back in Orlando/Winter Park when the timing is right. Sometimes, we just have to wait for His timing.

Last week, I worked Tuesday through Thursday. We had Monday off due to New Year’s, so that was good. On Friday, I took the day off to head to Disney and take part in the Cigna Blogger Meet-Up event. I LOVE this meet-up every year. I really do look forward to it, and am so thankful that Cigna thinks of me when they send out invites.

The Girl's Got Sole - Cigna Blogger Meet-up

Blogger Meet-Up fun on Friday at the Disney Studios!

The meet-up is centered around the WDW Marathon Weekend, so I get to see so many fellow blogger friends. This time around, we did an Amazing Race adventure in Disney’s Hollywood Studios. I will be posting all about the meet-up later this week, so please do stay tuned for it! I had a blast!

After the blogger meet-up, I headed over to the WDW Marathon expo at Wide World of Sports. I needed to get my race packet for Saturday’s WDW Half Marathon, and I was also helping out at the Galloway Pacer table. It was a lot of fun meeting and talking to fellow runners at the expo and answering questions about Jeff Galloway‘s run/walk/run method and the pacing for the races.

Unfortunately, the WDW Half Marathon ended up being canceled later that evening. I had just gotten back home from the expo when I heard the news. Funny thing was, I heard it first from a runner friend who called me before I even saw the emails and social media postings from runDisney. I was definitely surprised and disappointed that I wouldn’t be pacing the next morning at the Disney Half Marathon. But, I completely understood why the difficult decision was made to cancel the race due to the horrible thunderstorms rolling in. You know when runDisney cancels a race, it’s serious business!

The Girl's Got Sole - runDisney tweet canceling race

runDisney’s post on Twitter about canceling the half marathon.

On the cancellation note, runDisney has offered runners some awesome alternatives since the race didn’t happen as planned. They offered four options: 1. A full refund of the race registration in the form of a Disney gift card. 2. Two one-day Park Hopper tickets. 3. Transfer registration to another runDisney half marathon within the next 24 months. 4. Limited availability to run the full marathon on Sunday. While running the full marathon would have been fun, I am not presently trained for 26.2 miles. So, I’m going to opt for running another half marathon with Disney. Right now, I’m thinking of maybe Star Wars Half Marathon in April, as that would be a lot of fun.

In my book, runDisney handled the difficult situation SO well and with amazing alternatives that I can’t imagine any other race ever doing. runDisney truly is a top-notch race management team. Major kudos to everyone involved in making the other options available to runners.

We will also be mailed our WDW Half Marathon medals according to the email runDisney sent out. A number of runners opted to get out on Saturday morning on their own and “create” their own 13.1 races around Disney property in between the thunderstorms. I saw many photos on Facebook, and it made my heart smile. The running community is awesome! I have decided to run my 13.1 this coming Saturday morning with my group. I’ve got 12.5 miles on my training schedule for the 26.2 with Donna Half Marathon, so I’m just going to make the run 13.1. I will never take a meal I didn’t earn, as I believe you need to earn that bling! ūüôā

The Girl's Got Sole - The Weekly Pursuit

So, looking ahead to this week and what I’m going to put on my goals list…

1. Logging my food. SO important, as I’m on my #fitjourney to lose 8-10lbs before training for my next marathon this summer.

2. Workout 5 days a week. I got in more cross-training than running last week, but that’s okay. I am embracing the possible extra gym day, as I may be running just 2 days a week for a bit. I think the treadmill may become a friend. We shall see!

3.Hydration, drink up! I am doing SO much better with this since January 1st, and it need to keep going. It truly does make me feel better.

4. Daily Devotional reading. Gotta stay on track with my daily reading of my devotional!

5. Blogging regularly. I usually have a three posts a week goal in mind with this blog, so getting back up on that. I would love to blog more, but at least three days per week is the minimum I shoot for.

The Girl's Got Sole - Bible verse

How about you, any goals for this week? I’d love to hear about them!

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