Getting to the Finish Line #runDisney

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Yesterday, bright and early, I ran my FIRST race!  Yes, WOW, a HUGE accomplishment for this mom who hasn’t exercised in years!  It was only a 5K run, but it was an amazing 5K runDisney Fun Run as part of this years Disney Social Media Moms Celebration, through Disneyland and California Adventures!  Boy was it fun!  It was so amazing to run through the empty parks, cheering castmembers at every turn, friends side by side, supporting one another another and finally hitting that finish line in the gorgeous jaw dropping background of Radiator Springs in Cars Land.

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While I didn’t train at all for this run with my 3 kids occupying every waking second of my life, I certainly don’t suggest going about this like I did.  This morning I am feeling a world of aches and pains though still feeling pretty awesome!  In fact, I think there may be a few more runDisney events on my future!

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980937_10104811601054734_5391011929048009104_oAt our #funrun, runDisney showcased their newest medals.  2015 marks the 10th Anniversary of the Goofy Challenge.  While I am not goofy enough to sign up for this, I applaud all those who can finish a 1/2 Marathon and then get up the next day to do a FULL marathon.  Just WOW WOW WOW!  This amazing medal will be waiting for them at the finish line as well as huge boasting privileges for being Goofy enough to take on this challenge!

1291448_10104811601518804_2327048458066310149_o920001_10104811601972894_1757983589942263172_oRight up my alley and definitely my next goal is doing the Wine & Dine Half Marathon.  Not only is it putting at bay one of my worries, the Florida heatwave with a nighttime start of 10pm, it finishes into the amazing Disney Wine & Dine Festival that lasts all the way into 4am the next morning.  I can’t think of a better or more delicious way to finish off a half marathon!

There are 8 runDisney events throughout the year and fun to be had for the entire family.  Last month my kids got  chance to participate in the Diaper Dash, 100m and 400m races and they had a BLAST!  This family has been in a real need for a kick in the pants to get us moving and nothing is more motivating than a fun Disney themed event for the entire clan.  We are inspired now and may have just become the latest runDisney family.  Here are some tips that got me to the finish line:

TIP #1: It doesn’t matter what time your race is, HYDRATION HYDRATION HYDRATION is the mantra.  I did not have any water before hitting the road and boy oh boy was that my first regret.  I was so parched the first half of the race, I kept looking for water.  When I got some at the half mark I drank it all in.  It just me just the boost to get to the finish line!

TIP#2: New Balance, the official running shoe of runDisney, teaches something called GOOD FORM RUNNING which helps you run longer, faster and more comfortably than ever.  There are 4 Steps to GOOD FORM RUNNING.  Download their free GOOD FORM RUNNING app here!

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STEP 1: POSTURE

Proper posture is the critical first step toward improved running form – one that sets the stage for more-efficient movement. By keeping your upper body aligned, steady and relaxed, energy is conserved and refocused to where you need it in the lower half.

How to Find it

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Stand with knees slightly bent.Stand with knees slightly bent.

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Reach your arms toward the sky, elongating your body.Reach your arms toward the sky, elongating your body.

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Bring your arms down while keeping everything else in place.Bring your arms down while keeping everything else in place.

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As you run, keep your head up and gaze forward.As you run, keep your head up and gaze forward. Your arms should swing easily from the shoulders with elbows at about 90 degrees.
STEP 2: MIDFOOT

Landing on the midfoot, rather than the ankle, not only reduces impact on the knee – a common source of pain and injury – but also works with the other principles to encourage forward momentum for the body. A forward-reaching step lands on the heel – acting as a brake and resisting forward movement, actually slowing you down. Landing on the midfoot (neither heel nor ball) helps to avoid injury caused by impact.

How to Find it

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March in place with each step landing flat directly under your hipMarch in place with each step landing flat directly under your hip — this is where your foot should strike for each step.

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During your run, avoid reaching your foot forward for each stride.During your run, avoid reaching your foot forward for each stride.

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Focus on keeping your steps beneath you.Focus on keeping your steps beneath you.
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As you run, keep your head up and gaze forward.For some runners – particularly those with a long history of heel-striking – the midfoot strike can be the most difficult element to master. A shoe designed specifically for midfoot striking, with a neutral foot position like NB Minimus, will naturally encourage and ease this transition for many people seeking improved form.

STEP 3: CADENCE aka PACE YOURSELF.  You want to ease yourself into a nice pace.

For many people making the transition, aiming for a cadence of 180 steps per minute (or 3 per second) is the element which requires the most work. A higher cadence works with the other principles to conserve energy by reducing the temptation to over-stride. Keeping this tempo encourages you to run lighter, resulting in a more efficient form that helps to prevent injury.

How to Find it

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Count your right foot strikes for 30 seconds, then multiply by 4.Count your right foot strikes for 30 seconds, then multiply by 4.

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Try using this tempo track to set your pace on your next run.Try using this tempo track to set your pace on your next run.

 

STEP 4: LEAN

Rather than over-striding or reaching with the feet, Good Form Running utilizes a forward lean to propel the body forward. When you lean, gravity causes your body to fall and your foot instinctively steps in the direction of your movement. By reacting to gravity rather than pushing off from the toes, there is less muscle strain in the legs and more automatic forward momentum.

How to Find it

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Stand up straight.Stand up straight.

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Slowly lean forward at the ankles, keeping the waist still.Slowly lean forward at the ankles, keeping the waist still.

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At a certain angle your foot will react by stepping forward — this is the most efficient lean for good form.At a certain angle your foot will react by stepping forward — this is the most efficient lean for good form.
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TIP #3: FINISHED!  yet not quite yet.  Just like the easing into a nice race pattern, you have to wind down to your finish.  So while you may have sprinted to the finish line, don’t just stop.  Walk it out and stretch. Your muscles will thank you for it tomorrow.

 

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