Run, Liliane, Run!

A few weeks ago, I signed up for the Brrrooklyn Half Marathon. I felt confident and excited to do my first ever-non-Disney race and what could go wrong? Nothing really! I was going to do a half marathon the week prior to the race in Anaheim and a few weeks later I would do a half marathon in Orlando, so it would basically be a piece of cake.

What was I thinking? A half marathon in New York in January? Was that really necessary? In my defense, I should explain: Running a race has become part of what I do and preparing for the race part of my weekly workout schedule. Additionally, after a year of training for a 5K, a 10K, and cranking it up to a 10Miler, I got bored doing my training runs at the gym. So signing up for the Brrrooklyn Half seemed like a good idea. A race in Anaheim, followed by one in New York in preparation for the ‘real’ thing in Orlando, would certainly keep me in shape.

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Tinkerbell Half

I had fun visiting Expo and loved my first half marathon in Anaheim. I was delighted to run for the first time with a team. I am humbled to have been part of the Special Olympics Southern California team, and I recommend anybody who loves to run to consider running for a team that raises money for a charity such as SOSC. It is an unforgettable experience. What I also should mention is that the weather was simply perfect! It was even a little chilly at 5 AM in the morning, but the 45F was paradise for a good race.

The same cannot be said about the 10F at 8:30 AM at the start of the Brrrooklyn Half Marathon. And while I came ready for the cold, nothing could have prepared me for the chilly differences I experienced. It was not just about the extreme cold waiting for the race to start–it really was about the fact that participants had very little in common. There was no easy chatting about “I love your costume,” “Where are you from?” or “It’s cold out!”

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Brrrr – Baby it’s cold outside

I learned my lesson fast. After all, this is New York! As always, I found something positive to focus on: There was no distraction, no chitchatting, no characters, and no entertainment along the course, and it was terribly cold. You are wondering what’s good about that? Well, I ran as fast as I could and did the half marathon in a better time than the Tinkerbell Half.

Right now I am a bit like Oscar in Frozen and I am dreaming of summer. I can’t wait for the Princess Half and the milder climate of Orlando. I look forward to seeing my running buddies again, and I am delighted to share my latest review of lunch with an Animal Specialist with all Disney aficionados.

Lunch with an Animal Specialist

Lunch with an Animal Specialist

One thing is sure: The New Year has started with a bang and I am ready to embrace the good, the bad, and the ugly–keeping in mind that a spoonful of sugar makes the medicine go down. And this brings me to Saving Mr. Banks. Have you seen the movie? What did you think? I saw it twice, I read the original Mary Poppins again, and Mary Poppins She Wrote by Valerie Lawson. Here is my review!photo 1

After the Princess Half in Orlando, I will be planning a cruise on the Disney Magic for April. I am a guest of a wedding party at Castaway Cay, and I can’t wait to witness how one can get hitched enlisting the help of the Mouse. In the meantime, I’ll keep on running.

 

 

 

Lacing Up My Running Shoes: Defeat Simply Not an Option

Launching PR campaigns has much in common with running a Marathon. Both require a lot of training, focus, and a firm will to produce results. I often wonder about measurements, ROI, and the bottom line. Why do I run? What do I do once I have reached the goal? Is it enough to see my efforts mirrored in the media? What else is it that I want?

Lacing up my running shoes

Tower of Terror at Disney Hollywood Studios

Since the beginning of May, I have been training for a 10-miler race in October in Orlando. In the meantime, I am registered to do a 10K race at Disneyland in Anaheim, and I signed up for another 10K in Orlando in February 2014.

When the heatwave hit New York City, I started to think that the October race was appropriately named the Twilight Tower of Terror 10-miler, and I decided that for the longer training runs I would be paying the neighborhood gym a visit. The Tuesday and Thursday 2-mile morning runs I kept on doing outdoors. I felt confident that all was under control and nothing could have prepared me for what happened next.

Lacing up my running shoes - At Lenox Hill Hospital

At Lenox Hill Hospital

Next was a trip to the hospital and an unforeseen gall bladder surgery. The hospital stay and the included dining plan was nothing to write home about; even the cute Minnie Mouse my colleagues brought to cheer me up was wishing for room delivery from Victoria & Albert.

Back home and on an improved dining plan, I am trying to figure out how best to continue training for the October race.  I walked 2 miles today and while it was not easy I felt encouraged that it is doable. I have one month till the Princess 10K in Anaheim, and I know I will do it, one step at the time.

So why do I run? I think that it is mostly to prove that whenever I “hit the wall” I can somehow overcome my physical and emotional limitations, a chance to overcome all obstacles. It is not about the medals but about the determination that with every mile the word defeat is eliminated from my vocabulary