Archives for March 2016

March 2016 Goals

Why hello March, when did you sneak over here? Even with an extra day in February, it feels like February flew by. Most likely because I was out of town for some of it, but still. Anyway, let’s take a look at my February goals and see how I did.

IMG_1987 (2)

1.) Foam roll after long runs: B. I foam rolled after half of my long runs, out of necessity. I hurt my hip pretty badly during the Princess half, and so I foam rolled after like it was my job. I am going to start doing my PT exercises again and hopefully that helps, too.

2.) Daily devotions: C. There is no excuse. I have to do better.

3.) Walk the dog more: A We have had some cold weather, but we have also lucked up with some warm days sprinkled in so we have gone on quite a few walks. Bella really needs it because she is eating way more now that Emma Kate insists on “sharing” all her food with her.

4.) Limit night time snacking: C. Eh. It depends on the night. I have gotten better, but there is still room for improvement. Easter candy is not helping this.

————————————————–

Now for my March goals. Time to get crackin’!

1.) PT exercises ever night: Now that my hip is officially not doing great, I am going back to my PT exercises and stretches I did last year hoping they will help me. I was so close to my PR and know I would have gotten a new one last weekend if I was healthy.

2011-05-06082120_thumb

2.) PR at the Crescent City Classic: Another motivator for getting my hip healthy is the Crescent City Classic 10k that I run every year. When I ran the half last weekend, my 10k split was ALMOST a PR, so I am gunning for one that weekend! It would lessen the blow of not getting a half PR for sure.

IMG_4126 (2)

3.) Daily devotions: I am moving my Bible from the living room to my nightstand so when I get in bed to watch TV I will see it. No excuses.

4.) Finish boot camp strong: This session of boot camp ends on March 25th, so I have three weeks left and I want to finish strong and gain more muscle mass than I started with. I missed over a week of it when I was traveling, so Tuesday was a hard first day back to reality.

IMG_9381 (2)

QOTD: Do you have a goal for March?

Disney Fantasy Cruise 2016: Day 5 Part Two

We ended halfway through our Grand Cayman day in my last installment. After we got back to the ship, we decided to go to the gym. I most definitely was not in the mood to workout, so I just did a few weight machines then did 45 minutes on the stationary bike while I read my book. I planned to eat a lot at dinner that night because we were going to Palo, so the gym was definitely needed! We were literally the only ones in there for the first half hour, which was nice, but also kind of funny.

IMG_1375

IMG_1376

Bobby stayed to do some more working out, so I sat on our balcony and read my book with Grand Cayman in the background. Not too shabby of a view.

Grand Cayman

I can’t remember what else I did that afternoon, probably took a nap, to get myself ready for my favorite dinner, Palo! Palo is an adults only restaurant on board the Disney ships, and it is amazing. If you have cruised Disney but never diner at Palo, I highly highly recommend you reserve a spot on your next cruise!

IMG_1383

031

IMG_1395

After we checked in, we went on the balcony and enjoyed the most gorgeous sunset. Sadly, my iPhone pictures don’t do it justice, but it was breathtaking.

IMG_1400

IMG_1402

We were soon seated at a table all the way in the back with a great view of the ocean.

Palo

Our server was great, and I love how they don’t rush you. Based on the below photo, you would think there were four people at our table. No no, just use two.

Palo dinner

Always ALWAYS save room for dessert at Palo! Best chocolate soufflé ever.

IMG_1413

We were also given this very sweet message from the chef for our anniversary.

IMG_1415

After we were sufficiently stuffed, we headed out.

IMG_1421

This guy was waiting foe us in our room.

IMG_1422

Someone gave us this Star Wars mask and I think it’s SO FREAKY. Bobby saved it and occasionally sneaks up on me with it. I am never amused by this.

IMG_1423

We got out of our fancy clothes and into some sweats and headed to one of the movie theaters to see Inside Out. I hadn’t seen it yet, and it was super cute. Then it was off to bed, because our Star Wars Day at Sea was the next day, and I knew a very excited little boy who wasn’t going to want to miss any of it…well, maybe excited big boy is a better term!

QOTD: Do you workout on vacation? Have you eaten at Palo?

runDisney Enchanted 10K 2016

The first part of the runDisney Glass Slipper Challenge is completing the Enchanted 10k on Saturday morning.

rundisney enchanted 10k race recap

The alarm went off at 3:00, and we grabbed coffee and food, got dressed and drove to the race start. We were shocked at how little traffic there was, and made it there in plenty of time. Since you don’t have to walk a mile to your corral, we hung out, met up with some friends, etc. Jen was racing this one alone, so we said our goodbyes and I wished her luck as she headed towards her corral.

bca57de9-daf1-423f-ba7c-6d8fe814d4d1

I was going to be pacing my friend Darrell, who had never run a 10k before. I have never been a pacer for anyone, and I had SO much fun. He said his goal was to not stop, be conservative in the beginning, but not leave anything left in the tank at the end. Got it.

a48cfd60-07d4-4d01-bd9d-24cd4a58aa06

We ended up in our corral for about 45 minutes before we got going, and it was cold. When it was finally our turn, we made our way up to the starting line. Finally time to get going, and hopefully get warm when our blood got flowing!

0ba22951-a420-459e-995c-562e5e741154

Very early on we saw Anna and Elsa and it was snowing! Disney magic is pretty cool, right?

fccbb663-874c-411c-a0b1-158871305eca

We talked and talked and miles one, two, and three flew by and I finally warmed up. Darrell couldn’t believe we were already halfway done when we crossed the 5k timing mat. We were keeping a steady pace, faster than he thought he could maintain, but still conservative enough that we could chat.

As it got lighter outside, we made our way to the bask stage area of EPCOT, and were about to get to my favorite part of the course.

a7c138d9-6f7d-4ac5-bca2-b7a100f59b43

I love that they light the flames on the torches for the race, it’s such a nice touch. The sun was just coming up, and the lagoon looked beautiful. When we got halfway around, I told Darrell to keep running and that I would catch up, and that I had to take a selfie with Spaceship Earth.

IMG_2421 (2)

We made it around to the other side, and I snapped a shot of the water and sky before turning towards the boardwalk.

304c7064-2f60-48de-a563-8dec1a01b6eb

That’s when I noticed the crazy long character photo line! Guys, this isn’t even the whole line. I couldn’t back up enough to get it all in the photo!

IMG_2424 (3)

We went up the small hill towards the boardwalk and had another pretty lake to run around! We hit mile four and then five, and only had just over a mile to go!

2c2a7849-3876-4c21-9cf9-7b9b23dc3abd

When we got back into EPCOT with just over a half mile left, I told Darrell it was time to pick up the pace, that now is the time to give it all you had because we were ALMOST DONE! We pick up the pace and made the final turn towards the finish line.

I have run so many races now that I sometimes forget what it feels like to cross the line after completing a distance for the first time, especially at a place like Walt Disney World. Darrell’s runners high was contagious, and I told him it was time to start training for a half marathon…and I would of course pace him.

597151d5-bb23-46e6-8555-645e9e563cab

I SO enjoyed pacing and encouraging my running partner along the way, and hope that I have the opportunity to do it again sometime. We finished in 1:17, and Darrell definitely could have run faster in my opinion! Next time maybe?

fd309ee2-ae7d-4265-acfc-d8121c0bfb7e

Jen had a great race as well and said she had a lot of fun. Big win for all!

enchanted 10k

The only downsides to the race for me were people holding hands 3-4 people across blocking the course, people lying about proof of time and being in the wrong corral, (the gun went off and people started walking right out of the gate, and we were not in the last corral), and having to wait in the corrals for so long to start. I understand why they do it, to spread people out, but it’s still pretty boring (and cold!)

One race down, one to go to complete the Glass Slipper Challenge. In 24 hours I would have two shiny new medals to add to my collection.

QOTD: Have you ever paced someone? Did you enjoy it?

Motivation with Moto 360 Sport

Motivation can be such a tricky thing. Not everyone is motivated by the same things, and sometimes it can be hard to figure out what gets you going personally. I have had t try many different tactics to keep me motivated to stay fit and healthy, and honestly I have realized that it’s not just one thing for me.

moto 360 sport1

Wanting to set a good example for my daughter, having group accountability, and keeping track of progress are all good motivators for me. My toddler is a little to young to go run with me (haha) but I still try to get a good example by being active with her, going on walks, and playing outside. I joined a boot camp class for motivation in a group setting (it’s expensive so I go simply to not waste money, if nothing else), and I keep track of data like my steps walked, heart rate, calories burned, and run stats because seeing progress is definitely motivating.

I have used many different things in the past few years to help keep track of my stats, and the new Moto 360 Sport watch is by far the coolest thing!

motivation

Right out of the box, I knew I was going to like this watch because it is a good size. I have other touch screen watches but the faces have been really big, so this guy is ahead of his time by having all the same technology but in a sleeker design. The flame orange is pretty awesome to me, but if it’s not your favorite, the Moto 360 Sport also comes in white and black.

So let’s start with the obvious for me, all about the numbers for this data and running geek. This watch gives it all to you without having to carry your phone. The top left number on the above photo is how many minutes I have moved that day, the bottom lest is my calorie burn, top right is steps walked, and bottom right is the second hand for the clock. The clock face I had my watch on is the “sport” one, and as you can see I can easily hit ONE BUTTON….START from the main screen and start my run. It will track all the stats of a regular GPS watch as well as heart rate and time spent in different heart rate zones, but that is just the beginning!

Music on the run? Sure! There are 4 GB of space and it is compatible with Spotify which is awesome (love the integration!) Oh, speaking of integration, it is also compatible with programs you may already use like FitBit, Map My Run, and Strava.

moto 360 sport watch

Check out the cool charging dock, just set it inside the cradle. I have to charge it nightly because it has so many cool features always running, but that’s ok, it’s totally worth it!

I downloaded Android Wear™ which allowed me to sync up my watch so that I can check traffic, weather, get social media or email notifications, and even text messages!

The watch itself is very durable, make of silicone that doesn’t absorb sweat while ventilation channels keep you cool. The Motorola AnyLight display is really brilliant. It’s the world’s first hybrid screen and you can read the display even in bright sunlight because it adapts to the light level around it. So cool.

Another really cool aesthetic is the ability to change the watch face. There are tons to choose from, like this gorgeous blossom option.

moto sport watch face

Now, I don’t know about you but I think that is MOTOvating! If you are a numbers + technology geek like me, then you should give this watch a shot. Maybe it could be a good motivator for you like is has been for me.

Whatever it may be, I hope you can find something that MOTOvates you to get and stay healthy. We all need a reason to keep on keeping on, it’s so important! Reading blogs and having people encourage me has also been a big help, so if any of you ever need a little motivational boost, I will be happy to help you out, so feel free to email me anytime. But for now, check out this awesome video that will tell you a little more about the Moto 360 Sport watch.

You can purchase your own watch at Motorola.com, Best Buy, Nordstrom, Amazon, Google Play, Verizon.com, and at the Moto Shop in downtown Chicago.

To help get you MOTOvated, Motorola is giving away FOUR watches! Simply follow the rafflecoptor instructions below. Good luck!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Motorola. The opinions and text are all mine.