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A Busy Week!

It’s been a busy week for me. So much so that I’ve been pretty neglectful of things around here!

Dopey Challenge



This part January, I took on the inaugural Dopey Challenge and my third Disney Marathon Weekend. Last week I signed up for what will be my fourth Disney World Marathon Weekend, and second Dopey Challenge. Despite the early wake-up calls, I loved this challenge. I loved all the medals and the feeling of accomplishment even more. So I’ll be back again in 2015 to do it all over again.

And the best part is I get to have my family down there with me. We’re making this a big ol’ family vacation, with my wife, kids, parents, in-laws, third cousins, Uncle George who I haven’t seen since 1976…you get the picture. My wife, all three kids and even my parents are all signed up for races during the course of the weekend too. I can’t wait for January to get here!

Cheshire Half Marathon

To help get in ready for January, I added a few more races to my schedule including the Cheshire Half Marathon this coming Sunday. I ran the inaugural race back in 2012, but took last year off as I wasn’t feeling trained enough for it. But I signed up for this fast and flat race that covers a great amount of land on a bike path running into a neighboring town. The course is really great, and two years ago I missed a PR by 11 seconds. I’m hopeful that this year might bring a little more luck, but either way, I’m just excited to get another race on my calendar.

Ragnar Cape Cod



The countdown is on until #TrD takes on Ragnar Cape Cod in just over two weeks and the excitement is growing! We have our start time all set (A nice early 7:00AM – yeesh!), vans rented, and are almost ready to start packing up our gear. The experience last year was beyond amazing, and this time is already looking to outdo it.

The next couple of weeks will definitely be as equally busy with Ragnar and two half marathons coming up, but man do I love this time of year. There's nothing better than being able to enjoy this nice weather by staying on the run!



How To Register Early For Disney World Marathon Weekend


It's just over 24 hours to go until early registration for Disney World Marathon Weekend opens, but people have been prepping and getting ready for the moment when early registration opens April 16 at noon.

I've seen a number of people have found this site looking for how to register early, so to help out, here's how you can do it:

Disney Annual Passholders

If you hold a Disney Annual Pass, you already have your ticket to early registration. Simply visit your park's AP website (Here for Disney World, Here For Disneyland), log in and you'll find a link to the early registration page.


Just a caution, the link for annual passholders tends to leak to the general public. I've heard rumors that people who register with this link will have to show their annual pass when they pick up their packets, so if you see the link leak prematurely, use it at your own risk.

Disney Vacation Club Members

Members of the Disney Vacation Club also have access to early registration. Simply sign in to the Disney Vacation Club member site  and you'll be granted access to the registration link. Just as with above, rumors are going around that proof of DVC membership will be required at packet pickup. If you're not a member and register with the link, you are taking a chance.

Disney Visa Cardholders

In the past, Disney Visa cardholders would be given the ability to register early for Marathon Weekend. This was allowed right up until last year's registration. Unfortunately it seems that Disney Visa early registrations are being phased out. This most likely is because the registration links easily became available to the general public. Unlike the DVC and AP sites, there is no Disney Visa members-only site to help provide information more securely.


It's not to say that there won't be early registration, so keep an eye on your email tomorrow if you're a Disney Visa holder. But it does seem highly unlikely at this point.


If you're thinking of registering for any of the races for Marathon Weekend and you have access to one of these early registration options, definitely use it! Disney races are selling out faster and faster, and waiting will only increase your chances of not getting in. Especially if you want to earn this awesome new medal:

Photo from the Disney Parks Blog

The Harvard Pilgrim Legends Half Marathon

The Harvard Pilgrim Legends Half Marathon was a brand new race for 2014 put on by the Hartford Marathon Foundation and boy, if there is one surefire way to get me to sign up for a race, that is to have the start time at 11:30! I’ll sign up for races all day long if they would all start that late.

I was nervous that after running the Greater Hartford Quarter Marathon and all its hilly glory the day before that I was going to wake up hurting on Sunday morning. Fortunately, I didn’t feel the least bit sore.

The weather was shaping up to be amazing for the race, and I was able to leisurely make my way to Middletown, find some easy parking, and stroll over and get my bib. On the way over, I saw Jeff Galloway and Bill Rodgers meeting runners.


The race set up was really well done and it was easy to maneuver all around to get where we needed to be. The race took off without a hitch and while I knew the course was going to be hilly I had no idea what we were in for.

It all sank in very quickly as 100 feet from the starting line we made an abrupt turn and headed up a hill. Then we ran past the Wesleyan campus and hit another hill which was immediately followed by another hill. Then some flat areas gave way to, well, actually to a downhill, but then we looped back around where we started and hit another hill.

The course was incredibly unique in its design, designed by what I’m sure was a guy in a golf cart who had too much to drink and found himself lost and mapping out race courses as we looped around the same areas several times throughout the race.


The scenery was actually really nice and despite the hills, I actually found myself taken with all the views – something that doesn’t usually happen for me during a race.

Just before the halfway point, I started thinking to myself about how nice it was that the course had flattened out. If I had a time machine, no doubt the me that passed mile 9 would have gone back in time and smacked the “just before halfway” me. Right at the halfway point was a monstrous hill, followed by another one at mile 8.

We eventually came to a sharp downhill after mile 8 so I took the opportunity to let gravity help me and just took off as fast as I could. I started to do the math in my head as I passed mile 9 and realized if I really pushed, I might be able to hit a PR.

Mile 10 took us down a nasty unpaved, dirt and rock road that even though it was downhill had to be taken with care to avoid falling on the rocks.

Rounding back in to miles 11 and 12 we were back in another section that we had run previously and I could feel my steam running low. It was starting to get really warm and passing the mile marker just past mile 12, I knew my PR opportunity had slipped.

But, I also knew that my fastest finish time in three years was still attainable. I kept pressing on, taking the last water from my bottle as fuel as I rounded down the last hill towards the finish. I past the 1:45 pace team and hoped that my calculations had been off.


I crossed the finish just after the 1:43 mark, three minutes off my PR, but still giving me my fastest half finish time since September of 2011.

Plus to make things even better, I placed second in the Clydesdale division and got a major award!!



All-in-all, this was a fun inaugural race that was great to do once to say I did it, but not a race I’d repeat. The repetition in the course made it really mentally challenging, and while the hills were brutal, it just wasn’t a race that I finished and went “Wow!” But it did have some great medals:






Thursday, April 24, 2014

A Busy Week!

It’s been a busy week for me. So much so that I’ve been pretty neglectful of things around here!

Dopey Challenge



This part January, I took on the inaugural Dopey Challenge and my third Disney Marathon Weekend. Last week I signed up for what will be my fourth Disney World Marathon Weekend, and second Dopey Challenge. Despite the early wake-up calls, I loved this challenge. I loved all the medals and the feeling of accomplishment even more. So I’ll be back again in 2015 to do it all over again.

And the best part is I get to have my family down there with me. We’re making this a big ol’ family vacation, with my wife, kids, parents, in-laws, third cousins, Uncle George who I haven’t seen since 1976…you get the picture. My wife, all three kids and even my parents are all signed up for races during the course of the weekend too. I can’t wait for January to get here!

Cheshire Half Marathon

To help get in ready for January, I added a few more races to my schedule including the Cheshire Half Marathon this coming Sunday. I ran the inaugural race back in 2012, but took last year off as I wasn’t feeling trained enough for it. But I signed up for this fast and flat race that covers a great amount of land on a bike path running into a neighboring town. The course is really great, and two years ago I missed a PR by 11 seconds. I’m hopeful that this year might bring a little more luck, but either way, I’m just excited to get another race on my calendar.

Ragnar Cape Cod



The countdown is on until #TrD takes on Ragnar Cape Cod in just over two weeks and the excitement is growing! We have our start time all set (A nice early 7:00AM – yeesh!), vans rented, and are almost ready to start packing up our gear. The experience last year was beyond amazing, and this time is already looking to outdo it.

The next couple of weeks will definitely be as equally busy with Ragnar and two half marathons coming up, but man do I love this time of year. There's nothing better than being able to enjoy this nice weather by staying on the run!



Tuesday, April 15, 2014

How To Register Early For Disney World Marathon Weekend


It's just over 24 hours to go until early registration for Disney World Marathon Weekend opens, but people have been prepping and getting ready for the moment when early registration opens April 16 at noon.

I've seen a number of people have found this site looking for how to register early, so to help out, here's how you can do it:

Disney Annual Passholders

If you hold a Disney Annual Pass, you already have your ticket to early registration. Simply visit your park's AP website (Here for Disney World, Here For Disneyland), log in and you'll find a link to the early registration page.


Just a caution, the link for annual passholders tends to leak to the general public. I've heard rumors that people who register with this link will have to show their annual pass when they pick up their packets, so if you see the link leak prematurely, use it at your own risk.

Disney Vacation Club Members

Members of the Disney Vacation Club also have access to early registration. Simply sign in to the Disney Vacation Club member site  and you'll be granted access to the registration link. Just as with above, rumors are going around that proof of DVC membership will be required at packet pickup. If you're not a member and register with the link, you are taking a chance.

Disney Visa Cardholders

In the past, Disney Visa cardholders would be given the ability to register early for Marathon Weekend. This was allowed right up until last year's registration. Unfortunately it seems that Disney Visa early registrations are being phased out. This most likely is because the registration links easily became available to the general public. Unlike the DVC and AP sites, there is no Disney Visa members-only site to help provide information more securely.


It's not to say that there won't be early registration, so keep an eye on your email tomorrow if you're a Disney Visa holder. But it does seem highly unlikely at this point.


If you're thinking of registering for any of the races for Marathon Weekend and you have access to one of these early registration options, definitely use it! Disney races are selling out faster and faster, and waiting will only increase your chances of not getting in. Especially if you want to earn this awesome new medal:

Photo from the Disney Parks Blog

Monday, April 14, 2014

The Harvard Pilgrim Legends Half Marathon

The Harvard Pilgrim Legends Half Marathon was a brand new race for 2014 put on by the Hartford Marathon Foundation and boy, if there is one surefire way to get me to sign up for a race, that is to have the start time at 11:30! I’ll sign up for races all day long if they would all start that late.

I was nervous that after running the Greater Hartford Quarter Marathon and all its hilly glory the day before that I was going to wake up hurting on Sunday morning. Fortunately, I didn’t feel the least bit sore.

The weather was shaping up to be amazing for the race, and I was able to leisurely make my way to Middletown, find some easy parking, and stroll over and get my bib. On the way over, I saw Jeff Galloway and Bill Rodgers meeting runners.


The race set up was really well done and it was easy to maneuver all around to get where we needed to be. The race took off without a hitch and while I knew the course was going to be hilly I had no idea what we were in for.

It all sank in very quickly as 100 feet from the starting line we made an abrupt turn and headed up a hill. Then we ran past the Wesleyan campus and hit another hill which was immediately followed by another hill. Then some flat areas gave way to, well, actually to a downhill, but then we looped back around where we started and hit another hill.

The course was incredibly unique in its design, designed by what I’m sure was a guy in a golf cart who had too much to drink and found himself lost and mapping out race courses as we looped around the same areas several times throughout the race.


The scenery was actually really nice and despite the hills, I actually found myself taken with all the views – something that doesn’t usually happen for me during a race.

Just before the halfway point, I started thinking to myself about how nice it was that the course had flattened out. If I had a time machine, no doubt the me that passed mile 9 would have gone back in time and smacked the “just before halfway” me. Right at the halfway point was a monstrous hill, followed by another one at mile 8.

We eventually came to a sharp downhill after mile 8 so I took the opportunity to let gravity help me and just took off as fast as I could. I started to do the math in my head as I passed mile 9 and realized if I really pushed, I might be able to hit a PR.

Mile 10 took us down a nasty unpaved, dirt and rock road that even though it was downhill had to be taken with care to avoid falling on the rocks.

Rounding back in to miles 11 and 12 we were back in another section that we had run previously and I could feel my steam running low. It was starting to get really warm and passing the mile marker just past mile 12, I knew my PR opportunity had slipped.

But, I also knew that my fastest finish time in three years was still attainable. I kept pressing on, taking the last water from my bottle as fuel as I rounded down the last hill towards the finish. I past the 1:45 pace team and hoped that my calculations had been off.


I crossed the finish just after the 1:43 mark, three minutes off my PR, but still giving me my fastest half finish time since September of 2011.

Plus to make things even better, I placed second in the Clydesdale division and got a major award!!



All-in-all, this was a fun inaugural race that was great to do once to say I did it, but not a race I’d repeat. The repetition in the course made it really mentally challenging, and while the hills were brutal, it just wasn’t a race that I finished and went “Wow!” But it did have some great medals: