Let the Running Begin | Half Marathon Training

Back in September I entered a facebook contest to win a free race on Pace Per Mile's page.  All you had to do was leave a comment on which race you'd like to win and one random person would be chosen.  The only stipulation was that it had to be a race in 2014 or 2015 that was not sold out or was not a lottery.  On a whim, because whoever really wins these things right, I wrote I'd love to win an entry for Walt Disney World's Wine & Dine Half Marathon in November 2015.  Jason and I had been talking about taking the kids to WDW in Florida in either 2015 or 2016, so Florida was on the brain.  

Later that week, I got a message from Pace Per Mile, saying I'd won!  WooHoo!!  Once the initial excitement wore off, it was time to start planning our trip to Florida.  This free race did not come with plane tickets for a family of 4 to fly cross country!  Nor did it come with hotel stay, car rental, or park admission.  We did have over a year to plan for it and well, now we are getting close - it's just 4 months away!  

We're all super excited to be going to Florida.  Not only will I be running the Wine and Dine Half Marathon, we also signed up the kids to run the 1 mile kid's race earlier that day.  Plus, Jason purchased a ticket to join me for the Finish Line Party!  We're really looking forward to some yummy food from Epcot's Food & Wine festival and some of the attractions will also be open for the after party.  I just hope I have the energy for it all.  I'm pretty sure I'll have the appetite for the food & wine, though ;) 

Before I run the Wine & Dine Half in Walt Disney World, I'll be running the Disneyland Half Marathon in September!  While reading about RunDisney, I came across an article that talked about all the fun challenges they offered during their race weekends.  The Coast to Coast challenge quickly caught my attention.  Basically, you get the Coast to Coast medal when you run 2 Disney half marathons, one in Disneyland and one in Walt Disney World, in one calendar year.  I knew that it was now or never, so I quickly figured out a way to get an entry for the Disneyland Half thanks to a friend!  

Now guess what?  In May, I ended up winning another half marathon registration via Enjoying the Course's blog giveaway. So now I'll be running the  Laughlin/Bullhead Half Marathon here in Nevada this December.  Talk about a winning streak!  

So, like the title of this post says, "Let the running begin!" I'll be starting my half marathon training this week using one of the trusty Hal Higdon Training Programs.  I've only used the Novice I and II programs, but I'm tempted to try out the Intermediate Training Program this time around. I 'll be running 3 half marathons in 4 months, with a Tough Mudder in between in October, so I'll really be focusing on running!  Who knows, maybe all this running will make me want to finally sign up for a marathon, maybe....

What races do you have planned for the fall? Have you ever ran a Disney race?  I'd love some tips if you have them!