Archives for February 2013

Bella’s World

 

Hi, my name is Bella and my mommy is Heather. She’s been a great mom, ever since she took me in when I was just five weeks old. I was barely bigger than a coke can!

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I really hated when mom and dad went to work every day and left me at home with my sister, Sassy. I missed them a lot.

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I would get bored and lonely and sleep most of the day.

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Then we moved, and mom started working from home and it was really nice to get to sit by her all day.

Sometimes we do fun things like go for car rides

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and golf cart rides

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and we love getting to sit outside when the weather is nice.

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I don’t think dad likes to hold me or walk me when I am wearing my sweaters. I always hear him say the words “prissy dog”, whatever that means.

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I REALLY don’t like going to the vet, or bath time, but mom and dad keep saying it’s for my own good.

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When we visit Grammy and Grandpa, we get lots of extra love…lots of extra people food…and lots of extra torture.

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A lot of days mom and dad put on these shoes they have to tie and talk about going running. I’m not sure about all that, but they leave happy and come back all tired, sweaty, and out of breath. Who knows, apparently they really like it though because they keep doing it!

My life may not be glamorous, but I know my mom and dad love me, and they take really good care of me and my sissy. I can’t imagine not being with them.

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I really can’t complain…after all, I’ve got it pretty easy.

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QOTD: What would your pet say about their life?

An Ode to the 5k

 

Oh 5k, how I loathe thee. You would think that because you are such a short distance compared to other races I have run, that I would think you are a breeze, but this is not the case. Sprinting for 3.1 miles is not my idea of fun. Constantly pushing at your pace threshold for that long of a time is really quite exhausting.

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It is the only distance that makes me so nauseated the last half mile that I think I may vomit on a spectator (sorry in advance, you shouldn’t wear new shoes and stand so close to the finish line). I ran a 5k training run yesterday, and decided that the training run was more painful that running Goofy’s race and a half challenge. Oh yes, I went there.

Don’t get me wrong, Goofy was painful, but in an achy-my-whole-body-hurts kind of way. I wasn’t gasping for breathe or ready to collapse at the finish line during marathon weekend. My sides didn’t cramp and my stomach wasn’t upset. It’s just a different kind of pain that I can’t explain to non-distance runners. Granted, I ate terribly all weekend and haven’t been getting the proper sleep, but that 3.1 miles was still really tough for me.

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I had 3 miles of shame to run thanks to the 49er’s losing, so I made it 3.1 for good measure.

Even though I loathe this distance more than my dogs hate bath time, I still continue to sign up for them. Why? Well, that’s a great question. For one, they are local, so it’s a chance to race and not have to drive far. Two, I don’t have to train for months like I do a half or full marathon, and three, I love competition. The thrill of crossing a finish line is just too much for me to stay away from, no matter the distance.

So, I will continue to run 5k’s, because I love to run. It’s what I do. I hate the race while running it, but as soon as I cross I am ready to sign up for another one. So who is ready to run? I have two 5k’s on my calendar in the next month.

QOTD: The 5k: love it or loathe it?

Trip Recap January 2013

 

Hi guys! Happy Tuesday. This is kind of a weird week for me since we are in Louisiana with my family while Bobby takes care of some business in New Orleans. You would think I would get a lot of work done not being in my actual house with distractions like laundry and dishes, but I am having a really hard time focusing here. I thought a fun picture post would be a good one for today, sharing some of my favorite photos from marathon weekend that weren’t in my race recap. We were in Disney for 6 nights, so a lot of other fun things went on besides the races themselves!

We stayed the first four nights at the lovely Yacht Club. Bobby had never stayed here before so it was fun to experience something new with him. We had a great room with a king bed and a huge balcony overlooking the quiet pool.

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We hung out at Hollywood Studios Friday

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Then picked up Karen and Jason from the expo and went to dinner at Trails End Buffet at Fort Wilderness. It was a fantastic meal with good friends and we went back later in the week!

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On Saturday after the half marathon, we got cleaned up and headed over to the Magic Kingdom for lunch at Liberty Tree Tavern (and to stay loose for the marathon the next day!)

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The next day after the Full marathon we went to dinner with Jen and Jeff at ‘Ohana

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We had a great time with them as usual, and we were sad they were leaving the next day.

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Monday morning we checked out of the Yacht Club and into the Beach Club for two nights on the concierge level. We called it a late anniversary weekend getaway.

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Our room wasn’t ready so we ate breakfast and walked over to EPCOT. I love the proximity of this resort. Bobby even found a limited time magic photo op in Canada, but the characters weren’t there yet.

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We ate lunch at the quick service place in China, before meeting up with Karen and Jason so they could eat in Mexico.

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We texted Crystal and found out she was nearby, so we went over to France to meet up with her and Mary. The four of us met four of us first met this same weekend back in 2009. Crystal was running the marathon and the other three of us were not even runners yet. Too funny!

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As we were taking photos, a random Japanese couple ran up to us and asked to take a photo with us. Sure! They handed over their camera and we took a picture. Bobby was laughing so hard, but he still managed to snap a photo with my camera, too.

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After the mini photoshoot, we got a call saying our room was ready. We were dreading unpacking the car, so we just decided to go ahead and walk back and get that taken care of.

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View from our room

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Appetizers in the concierge lounge

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We had dinner at the hotel at Cape May Cafe, and it was nice to just walk back to our room after dinner. The next day we went to Animal Kingdom with Karen and Jason.

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We at lunch at Flame Tree BBQ (side note, we loved all the eating outside we were able to do in the gorgeous weather!)

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We went back after lunch and spent some time just relaxing at the resort, and went back to Trail’s End for dinner. We were sad to leave the next day, but we had a great trip and I can’t wait to go back for Princess!

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QOTD: Would you prefer vacationing where it’s cold or hot?

Risk and Reward

 

I don’t like change. I am a very routine person, and change is scary. I am also very sentimental, so the thought of letting go of something to make room for something new or different is not too high up on the list of my favorite things. That being said, I am slowly learning that sometimes change is good, if I decide to stop freaking out long enough to realize in the long run, good things can come with change.

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I have a habit of being short sighted. I want results, and I want them now. I don’t want to wait for things to slowly unfold or happen, and if something is going to take awhile, even if it will end up being a better fit, I typically want no part in it. Growing up, we ALWAYS had Christmas at my grandparents house. One year when I was about thirteen, my parents decided we were going to do something different and I threw a fit. I was devastated, and too this day it stands as my least favorite Christmas. Where am I going with this? Yes, I know I have a tendency to ramble when it comes to talking about serious stuff like this.

I am currently going through some big life changes, and this includes some big blog changes. Don’t worry, I’m not going anywhere. I’m super freaked out, but also super excited for what is to come. I’m not quite ready to share yet, but I would appreciate your prayers. Sometimes the most scary things can end up being the most beneficial, and that is what I keep telling myself.

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Have you ever thought about doing something, and it never appealed to you? Then all of the sudden one day it clicks, and you can’t get your mind off of it, and you just KNOW you have to do it? That’s kind of what I am going through. I feel like God has placed something on my heart, and I think about it so much it literally keeps me awake at night, so I know it’s the right thing to do even if it’s scary. I have never been one to take risks. I have no desire to put my life in danger, to “walk on the wild side” or attempt the impossible. I am a “play it safe” kind of girl, the one who is always the sensible voice of reason. While I may not be wild about taking physical risks, I think it’s high time I take some risks in other areas of my life.

With great risk, comes great reward.

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Don’t get me wrong, I am afraid. Afraid to fail, afraid things will be too hard, and afraid of letting others down. However, I also know if I don’t start taking some risks, I will always look back and wonder what could have been. Have you ever felt that way? I just know I have to have faith. If I feel like God is calling me to do something, I can’t ignore it, I know it won’t go away. Faith is a tough thing, trusting in the unseen, but I believe God has big plans for me, so who am I to say “I can’t do that?” God doesn’t call the qualified, he qualifies the called.

So, today, I encourage you to take a risk. Talk to or e-mail someone you have been afraid to talk to. Reconcile with a friend. Take a leap of faith. You may not get the results you hoped for….they may be even better than you could have ever imagined.

QOTD: What is something you were afraid to do but it ended up being so worth it?

Weekly Recap: January Week 5

 

Last update of January, and it was a pretty darn good workout week to boot. I worked really hard, and even did a long run and some speed work. I am already working on one of my monthly goals to up my weights at the gym, and I was literally sore for days after last Monday’s body pump class. Here is what last week looked like in workouts:

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Sunday: rest

Monday: Body pump one hour class, .5 miles run on TM

Tuesday: stationary bike 30 minutes

Wednesday: back and biceps, ran 3 miles speed work

Thursday: chest and tri’s, ran 6 miles on the TM

Friday: back and bi’s, 30 minutes stationary bike

Saturday: ran 10 miles

I am very happy with this effort, I got in almost 20 miles of running, and three days of cross training and lots of weights between body pump and lifting on my own.

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This next week is going to look a little bit different because we will be at my parents house for the week because Bobby has some business in New Orleans, but I am still going to workout as much as possible!

QOTD: What is your favorite kind of fitness class to take? I am loving body pump!

runDisney Updates

 

A lot has been going on in the magical land of runDisney lately, and with all the excitement of me running Goofy’s challenge I feel like it’s appropriate to recap some of the current (and recent past) happenings that are spanning both coasts.

In Florida, Adriano Bastos won the 20th anniversary Disney marathon for the eighth time. Looks like he is going to have to get yet another Mickey head tattoo. Rumor has it he wants to win ten! This was a hard fought victory for Bastos, running neck and neck with fellow training partner Fredison Costa until he surged ahead in the last half mile to claim the victory.

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The following weekend in Disneyland, runners were flying through the parks for the second annual Tinkerbell half marathon. Over 21,000 runners joined in the fun, while Angela Escay set a course record for the event running a 1:24:10.

Ali Vincent of Biggest Loser fame, and Sean Astin (Rudy, Lord of the Rings) were also on hand to celebrate during this women’s health-focused weekend.

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In the midst of these two races, sign ups began for the Disneyland half marathon and it’s newest component, the Dumbo Double Dare.

Twenty six hours after opening general public registration, the Disneyland half marathon, 10k, and Dumbo Double Dare were completely sold out. Over 25,000 runners will take part in the race weekend, with 5,000 of them taking on the new Dumbo Double dare (running the 10k and half marathon in one weekend). Since this record setting sell out, the Family Fun Run 5k has also closed registration, and the weekend is completely full. I am very excited to take part in Dumbo’s Challenge this year. I love inaugural events!

*A very limited number of spots remain open for the 10k and half marathon through charities, check out rundisney.com for details.

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Also, a few dates were recently announced. Registration for the Tower of Terror ten miler will open February 12, and registration for the Wine and Dine half marathon opens on March 12th. Get ready, they may sell out very quickly!

*Some photos taken from Disney Sports News

QOTD: Were you surprised at how fast Disneyland sold out? What are your thoughts on the idea of the Dumbo Double Dare?

Claim Your Journey

Happy February! I hope you all had an amazing first month of 2013!!! Have you ever heard of Claim Your Journey? You’re in luck, it’s what I am sharing about today.

I have known Brandon from Claim Your Journey for over a year. We both ran Rouge Orleans last year, and I have seen him at several races since. When he asked me awhile back to be a Claim Your Journey Ambassador, I of course said yes! I already sport the Run Louisiana shirts, and I love the whole movement and am excited to officially be a part of it.

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Claim Your Journey is a digital guide for Running in Louisiana.

Launched in January of 2011, Claim Your Journey aims to be Louisiana’s one-stop news source for local running enthusiasts. You can find inspirational stories, information on races, rips for runners, and contests. You may have seen these shirts in some of my photos.

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Claim Your Journey talks a lot about running local, and supporting your local running community. Check out this video that I appear in, and see why it’s great to run local!

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I will be sharing info about Claim Your Journey from time to time, you may see the hashtag #ClaimYourJourney around on Twitter.

Be sure to follow their other social media platforms:

Twitter

Facebook

YouTube

You can also buy their awesome shirts here!

QOTD: Why do YOU run local?