Archives for May 2012

20 Years of the Mickey Marathon

 

Mornin’ yall! I had a great weekend with my family which was JUST what I needed to help me get over my funk. I still don’t feel out of the woods as far as fitness and my funk go, but my overall attitude is much much better. Amazing what some time with family and a snowball on a hot day can do for you!

Ok, so you know that I am planning to run goofy this year, but did you know that this year also marks the 20th anniversary of the Disney Marathon? Since Disney goes all out for every special occasion imaginable, you can bet they have some special things planned for the anniversary celebration! For starters, runners will get a special 20th anniversary mickey medal for completing the marathon! Also, there is a new post race party at Downtown Disney, and, in honor of this year, the full marathon course has been altered for even more fun (with a special surprise at mile 20!)

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“Runners to Race Around the “High Banks’’ and “Bases’’ As Part of 20thAnniversary Walt Disney World Marathon Course”

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Oh yes my friends, we will be running through the speedway and around the bases at the Wide World of Sports complex/baseball stadium! How fun is that? Not only does it sound fun, but it will break up the miles between a couple of the parks and there won’t be as long of a “lonely stretch” if you know what I mean. I can’t wait to see what the mile 20 surprise is, all I know is I will have my camera!

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Need more incentive?

“In addition to the 26.2-mile marathon, the Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend presented by Cigna (Jan. 10-13) will feature events for the entire family such as Kids’ Races throughout the weekend, including the Mickey Mile, a Family Fun Run 5K on Friday, the Half Marathon on Saturday and the Marathon on Sunday.  There is also Goofy’s Race and a Half Challenge which involves running the Half Marathon and the full Marathon – 39.3 miles!  The Health and Fitness Expo runs throughout the weekend at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex and features the latest in running technology and fashion, as well as renowned running experts like Jeff Galloway, the official training consultant for runDisney.”

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It’s no secret I am a HUGE runDisney fan, completing the half marathon, full marathon, wine and dine half, Princess half, royal family 5k, Halloween 5k, and castaway 5k. WHEW! I highly recommended running this race, or any runDisney race!

If you have questions please contact me, I have a room block open at a discounted rate for those wanting to stay on property! heather@travelwiththemagic.com

QOTD: What’s your fav runDisney race? Never run one? Which would you like to run?

Weekly Recap: May Week 3

Happy Sunday! So this week was less than stellar in the workout category. Food poisoning will do that to you. I got sick last Friday May 11, and was down for the count for several days. I didn’t feel “normal” until Thursday. Below is how my week looked:

Sunday-Wednesday: nothing

Thursday: ten minute walk

Friday: 2 mile run/walk

Saturday: rest

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Not exactly an ideal workout week (again) but really, literally…what can you do wen you are puking your guts out? Not much, trust me. The good news is I feel great now and while I still plan to take it slow and at a lower intensity, I’m looking forward to more workouts this week, including a “real” run.

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WINNER! The winner of the My Race Ragz giveaway is:

Lindsay from Lindsay’s List! Please e mail me at runningwithsass@gmail.com and I will get you info for your free shirt!

QOTD: Have you ever had food poisoning? How long after until you worked out again?

 

RWS Features #24

Saturday again! This time last Saturday I was puking my guts out in Disney World. Doesn’t it sound like a magical vacation? Anyway, I am better now (I use this term loosely I still don’t feel strong enough to do serious workouts). Have you ever been so sick that when you get better you feel SO GOOD and promise never to take feeling “normal” for granted? That’s kind of where I am right now. I was able to go on a nice easy 2 mile run/walk yesterday and it really helped my mood. Speaking of which thanks for all your kind words on yesterdays blog post. I think there is a misconception sometimes that my life is all rainbows and butterflies. While I am VERY blessed, I am not always happy and things don’t always work out like I want them to, so I just kind of wanted to share my heart and what I was feeling with you, ya know, some true, real, emotion. But now that THAT’S over let’s get back to health and fitness with a little Disney thrown in, shall we?

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Pavement Runner this one’s for you!

Today I want you to meet a Fitfluential ambassador friend of mine, Jessica. Jessica blogs at http://www.30somethingmotherrunner.com/ and is very kind and has done some great gear reviews.

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1.) How/Why did you start blogging?

I started blogging with the intention of sharing what I had learned about running and to connect with other mother runners. I started up a blog on Blogger, but quickly switched to WordPress and then went the self-hosted route. I love writing, and blogging is a great way of meeting other runners and helping to encourage  and motivate them.

2.) Sum up your blog in a couple sentences:

30 Something Mother Runner is a blog about all things running-related including training, gear, nutrition, and motivation. I also write about how to balance running and family life.

3.)What do you wish to accomplish/achieve by blogging?

I would love to have a huge network of running friends all over the country and the world. It’s amazing how much you can connect with someone you have never met in person!

4.)What is your biggest healthy living accomplishment?

My biggest accomplishment to date is dropping 4 minutes from my 5K time over 2011 (PR is 21:55).

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So speedy! Jessica, thank you so much for sharing with the readers. Everyone be sure to go visit Jessica’s blog and follow her on twitter @rhodymomrunner

Funk

 

Since I’ve been home from vacation, I’ve been in a funk. I am of course attributing some of that to the fact that I am still not completely over my food poisoning. (Still having some weakness and mild stomach cramping). Nevertheless, I just haven’t really felt like doing anything.

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I only worked out twice on vacation, and it was the very beginning of vacation (we are talking May 5th and 6th) so it has been 11 days since I have done anything but walk. It’s hard for me to read about everyone else working out and getting stronger, faster, and better when I know every day I am loosing my strength, endurance, and speed. Not to mention with the heat I will be slowing down anyway which always frustrates me and makes me jealous of all the people who live up north and are still racing.

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It’s not quite this hot yet, this photo is from last year, but it will be here very soon. Constantly in the upper 80’s as we speak

I have a lot going on in my life right now (I know, who doesn’t) but a couple of things I have yet to share with you all (sorry hopefully soon) that I know are making my funk worse.  I did a search on my blog for other times I have felt this way “(I love being able to have a record of my life in my blog for reasons like this) and I found a post that made me smile. It’s from a little over a year ago when we had just moved into our house. I especially like this paragraph:

“Bottom line: life can get so overwhelming when you think of all your problems, all the things you need to do or accomplish in a day, week, etc. Instead of looking at all of your tasks or problems as a whole, focus on one thing you can accomplish right now. One thing that is going good in your life right now. What blessings can you see? I see a healthy family, a home to live in, people that love me, and the best furry children ever, among many other things.”

This is true. I think I need to take my own advice. I also found this post on dealing with life when it goes unplanned. I gave some tips on how to get out of a funk, and I wanted to repost them here today more for myself than anything, but maybe they will help someone else as well:

1.) Talk it out. Keeping things bottled up inside is a surefire way to explode one day when you least expect it. Try to talk to someone outside the situation, who will listen attentively and be a shoulder to lean on. Make sure you tell them up front if you are looking for advice/feedback or just someone to listen.

2.) Think about the positive things in your life. I know it seems cheesy, but it really helps me. Instead of dwelling on the negative, think of the positive. I’m healthy, I have a loving family, and sweet puppies. We have food on the table every night, and a house to live in. When I start to shift my thinking, I realize how truly blessed I really am!

3.) Realize that YOU have control over your attitude. You have a choice in how you feel. I try to remind myself to not let me emotions get the best of me. When something does not go according to plan, I do NOT have to freak out. I can choose not to stress about things! Just make the choice (I know, easier said than done.)

4.) Realize that life is a journey. Barring getting hit by a bus tomorrow, life is going to have its valleys and mountains. It is highly unlikely that my current problems are going to last forever. Try and see the light at the end of the tunnel, and try not to look at your problem as a never ending cycle.

5.) Plan something fun. Even when my life is crazy and not going my way, if I have something to look forward to, a “bright spot,” then it helps me get through the problems I am facing. A weekend getaway or a girls night may be just what you need to snap you out of your funk.

6.) Don’t give up. If there is some goal you are trying to reach, like say a race PR, or to get out of debt, do not give up! Even if you face adversity, it can make you stronger if you have the right attitude. Will I run another half marathon? Of course. I will keep training and trying to reach my goal. Take THAT adversity!

Some things may not be going as planned, and I may not be able to control the situations, but I CAN control how I react to them!

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Definitely need to count my blessings

I think the biggest one for me right now is number 4, having control over my own attitude. I think I will try to work on that one today, and maybe go for a walk, my first form of exercise in awhile. Better than nothing right?

QOTD: What is something that helps you when you get in a funk?

May Disney World Trip and Cruise Part 1

 

As you probably know, Bobby and I just got back from a long vacation. Bobby had not been to Disney since September and we hadn’t cruised together in a year (I went on a 3 day work cruise in March) so we were excited about the opportunity to unplug and have a nice long trip together. We first sailed on a 5 night cruise to Key West, Nassau, and Disney’s private island Castaway Cay, and then spent 4 nights in WDW.

We got on the Disney Magic at lunchtime and were able to snag Palo brunch reservations before heading to lunch. The weather was beautiful so we were able to eat outside and not sweat to death (seriously we had gorgeous weather the entire time!)

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We walked around the ship and took pictures while we waited for our cabin to be ready.

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Before long it was time to head to our rooms. I was ready to ditch my carry on bag and start getting our luggage so we could unpack. We were in a deluxe oceanview stateroom with a verandah on the 6th deck. (6130) I highly recommend this room if you are looking for a specific number. It was clean and everything was in working order, and our hall was very very quiet.

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Split bath, which I love having!

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We headed to the sail away party up on deck

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Then we walked around some more and found the ping pong and fooseball tables up on the deck, where we ended up spending MANY hours during the course of the trip. Let’s just say Bobby didn’t know I had a fooseball table for awhile growing up and that I am pretty darn good if I do say so myself. Eventually it was time for dinner.

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We were lucky enough to snag a private table at our seating, score!

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Parrot Cay Restaurant

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Our server made us hats to end the evening. Way sexy.

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turndown servive

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After dinner we went to the adult’s only area/club and played a really fun scavenger hunt game where I ended up taking off my bra through my dress in front of everyone and giving it to Bobby to wear on stage…don’t ask. We also watched match your mate (kind of like the newlywed game where all the men always end up getting into trouble). We laughed and laughed and had a great time and then went to bed for our first night, ready to tackle Key West the next day!

*Don’t forget, I am a travel agent and it doesn’t cost you anything to use my services! e mail me heather@travelwiththemagic.com for Disney World, Disneyland, and Disney cruise quotes as well as other cruise lines!

QOTD: Who will be watching the Grey’s Anatomy finale tonight? Who do you think will die? What about American Idol? Who’s going home?

*Don’t forget to enter the My Race Ragz giveaway!

My Race Ragz Review and Giveaway

 

Good morning! I am starting to rejoin the land of the living. Still not 100% well but getting better by the day. I am a bit frustrated because I know I am losing fitness since I only worked out twice on my 10 day trip then throw in food poisoning, but what can you do? At least I wasn’t training for anything.

Today I have a fun giveaway I have been meaning to post for awhile. I am sure you have heard of My Race Ragz and their awesome personalized, custom printed workout shirts. I was given the privilege to test out their product and also offer one as a giveaway to a RWS reader. I of course decided to get a shirt with the RWS logo on the front, and went for some writing on the back. I went with a white tank top since I hate running in sleeves and it’s so hot here.

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The back

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Close up of the technical fabric

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The shirt was super easy to order, and I loved how cool the website was. There are SO SO SO many options, or you can upload your own image for your shirt. I loved playing around with all the different colors, shirts, and fonts. The shirt was shipped quickly and fits me perfectly, and is super comfortable. It keeps me cool when I am running which is something very important to me as well. If you are looking for a custom running shirt I highly recommend these guys! (Find them on Facebook and Twitter as well).

Now, how can you win one of these great shirts for yourself? There are two ways:

1.) Leave me a comment telling me what you would put on your shirt if you won. A favorite mantra? design? (check out all the options on their site)

2.) Tweet the following: I want to win a custom printed shirt from @MyRaceRagz via @runningwithsass http://runningwithsass.com/my-race-ragz-review-and-giveaway and LEAVE A SEPARATE COMMENT letting me know you tweeted.

That’s it! You have until Saturday at 8:00 pm CST to enter and I will announce a winner on Sunday’s blog post. Good luck!

Disney April Trip in Pictures

 

So I am still recovering from my food poisoning and also trying to catch up on work at the same time, and it is quite frustrating. After not eating solid food since Friday except a bit of soup and rice, I am finding it hard to wrap my brain around anything I need to do for work and just get overwhelmed, so after a couple of hours of trying yesterday I threw my hands up and just called it quits.

Since I really didn’t need a ton more to to think about today, like blogging, I thought I would share some photos from my Aprils trip to Disney with my aunts and mom. I apologize for the delay in my regular blogging, and hope you will stick with me and come back and read Running With Sass when things are back to normal, but I just don’t have the energy today. I know you understand!

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Fingers crossed I will feel more normal tomorrow!

QOTD: Have you ever had food poisoning?

Food Poisoning

I got home from Disney yesterday evening. You may have noticed a lack of updates and tweets in the past couple days…and for good reason. Friday night I came down with my first case ever of food Poisoning.

This joyous occasion marked another first…my first time throwing up…ever. Don’t ask me how I made it to almost 27 without ever doing this, but I did. I also certainly did not think my first (and second and third) time would be at my favorite place on earth.

Let’s just say Friday night and all day Saturday and Saturday night sucked. I almost let Bobby take me to the ER Saturday night. Then, the 8.5 hour drive home yesterday was a real treat. I am still very weak and queasy, but am hoping to be back to normal soon so please stick with me.

Hope your weekend was better than mine. 🙂

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Happy Mother’s Day 2012

 

Happy Mother’s Day to all you moms out there! While I am not *technically* a mother, I do still consider myself one, well, at least my fur children do!

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I miss my sweet babies! ten days is a long time. I get to see them tonight!

So while I am not a mother, I do HAVE a mother, a great one at that!

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My mom spoils me. She takes care of my dogs when we go out of town. She busy me things she thinks I will like. She emails me and calls me to check on me. She treats my husband like her own child. She takes me on trips and runs half marathons with me.

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I cannot count the ways in which I am thankful for me mother, and I don’t know what I would do without her constant encouragement, prayer, and love. WE LOVE YOU MAMA! Happy Mother’s Day!

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Sidelined

We can’t all be heroes because someone has to sit on the curb and clap as they go by. – Will Rogers

Bring it to the curb, Kelly. Embrace your challenge, Kelly. Enjoy the time off, Kelly. What? Why? I will be honest that the last few months of running has been an ongoing battle of will, desire and what I want. I practice a physical type of yoga where every single day I work on finding space in my hip flexors, my glutes and hamstrings. When I go out to train (I have been working towards a 50k) I turn all of that work around, tightening certain said muscles. I have felt like a yo-yo. I yo-yo full of emotion, frustration and some happiness.

I did some difficult math the other day and realized I have been running on and off for close to 20 years. The 6 years have been peppered with marathons, triathlons and even adventure racing. At the ripe old age of 38, I realized that running really has been a big part of my life, my adult life. Most of my running experience has been slow. I like to run at a nice, comfortable, turtle like pace. My last marathon was made fun and exciting because I was part of an awesome pace group. Could I have gone faster? You bet! Could I have had a PR? Surely. Did I have an awesome marathon full of laughs, conversation and new friendship? Yes I did.

So here I am. I have been wondering what to do. A month ago I reached out to my coach: “Can I be an Ashtangi and a long distance runner?” Of course the answer is yes! I can be whatever I want to be. Can I go where I want to in both avenues? Probably not. Did I want to accept that? Not really. A decision, however, had already been made by this pesky thing that lives inside my leg. Thank you, IT band for making a decision for me.

Yes, this means I am currently on the side line. I can no longer eat custard on Friday night and feel okay about it (good time to go vegan!). I won’t run the 50k I had been working towards and I am okay with it. I have this wonderful practice that is helping me find strength, patience and self-reliance; these things are not bad at all. I also am finding joy in the lack of GU, body glide and my toenails are all intact.

I will spend this short running season here cheering friends on; I will embrace this. I will be the one on the side, the curb cursing my IT band. No, not really! I will forever be grateful to take this break, figure out what I need and continue to shop for new running apparel. My shoes will always be waiting for me.

-Kelly is a GOTRIbal Ambassador and author at Open Doors

QOTD: Have you ever had an experience like the guest poster?