Jeff Galloway meet up

 

Friday morning came very early, but I jumped out of bed when my alarm went off. I was so excited to get to be a part of the Jeff Galloway meet up/tweet up. We had to meet the vans at 6:00 to drive over, and it was still dark when we got to EPCOT.

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We waited in line, and had to sign a waiver. We were given our shirts (I was bummed I was given a large in my bag when I had ordered a medium, but oh well!) and I changed shirts on the spot. Who cares, right?

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me and Callie.

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me and Meghann

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I didn’t care that it was chilly out, I was about to run through EPOCT with no one in it, with some amazing people.

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Bob chatted to us for a bit and introduced us to Jeff as well as Rachel, the winner of the Disneyland half, Betty from Fitness magazine, and Suzy Favor Hamilton, Olympian. We split up into two groups to run. One of course being Jeff’s run/walk group, and the other group was led by Bob and Rachel, a straight running group. The plan was 2 miles around EPCOT, and we took off at a VERY quick pace. I am a warm up kind of girl so it was tough keeping up!

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We made it around the world showcase 1.5 times and then stopped in Germany for a great buffet breakfast. We each also got a princess tiara! I also took the opportunity to get a pic with Rachel. She currently lives in my hometown of Mandeville, LA, so of course we became instant BFF’s.

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I also got to chat with the super friendly Jeff Galloway.

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Rachel, Betty, Jeff, Suzy, and Bob all gave a short speech.

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aannddd then we had a dance party.

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To wrap things up, Minnie Mouse came to tell us hello and we all got a free 1 day park hopper pass!

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We were then sent outside to our own private character photo session. Minnie was very excited I was wearing her signature polka dots.

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I felt like a giant next to Rapunzel.

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The lovely Kelly Olexa. Love this lady so much!

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We had a great time at the meet up, I got to meet some great other bloggers and readers of my blog (hi guys!) The weather was great, company was awesome,  and I feel so blessed to have gotten to be a part of it. runDisney are some great folks, and I cannot thank them enough!

Disney Princess Half Marathon Expo

 

Hello from the Grand Floridian! We leave this morning, and while I am sad to leave my favorite resort…I will be happy to sleep in my own bed, and see my husband and pups. We have a long drive ahead of us though.

I am going to apologize for doing these recaps out of order, but a lot of my Jeff Galloway meet-up pictures are on my other camera, and I didn’t bring that cord with me to WDW, so for now I am going to tell you about the Princess half marathon expo.

On Friday after the meet up, we had a little free time. I joined Kelly Olexa at the pool for a bit before heading over to lunch with some of the girls and then out with the group to Disney’s Wide World of Sports.

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I had a turkey sandwich and some zebra domes.

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It was a beautiful sunny day, and I was excited to pickup my packets and also do some shopping.

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We were greeted by sweet Laurie, the expo director who told us a bit about the in’s and out’s of a Disney race expo.  Bob and Jennifer also spoke briefly (both awesome runDisney friends!), and then we headed into the tent to get our bib’s for the 5k an half marathon.

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Word of advice, print your waiver before leaving home. I am so glad I did and didn’t have to deal with the hassle of the computer lines and such.

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Getting my 5k bib was seamless and simple, and I took some photos while I waited for the group.

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eeeekkkk!

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We then walked the red carpet (oh yes!) to the expo to get our t-shirts and do some shopping. I was ready, wallet in hand.

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After I got my shirts, I hit up the official merchandise and did some serious damage.

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Then I headed to the Running Skirts booth to see if Juli needed any help. I chatted with them for a bit until my mom, Karen, and her mom arrived. We did more shopping before going to check into our hotel.

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Since I have worked a Disney expo before, as well as participated in other runDisney races, I knew what to expect as far as the set up goes, but Princess had that whole new element of royalty and girly girl fun which I absolutely loved!

QOTD: What has been your favorite race expo?

Number 10

 

We came, we played, we ran Disney! Half marathon number ten is complete.

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Today is our last full day in Disney, so I am going to go play, but I will be back to regular blogging soon with plenty of recaps and pictures. If you are new to my blog, hello! You can go fill in the blanks on some of my old posts and race recaps. Have a great day everyone, heading to Hollywood studios!

QOTD: What is your favorite Disney park?

Way to Much Fun

 

Hey guys! I am having way to much fun to be sitting at my computer blogging. Full recaps to come later, I promise. I ran the Royal Family 5k this morning with some lovely ladies and we had an amazing time. Had a blogger meet up yesterday afternoon, and as you read this I am probably running the half marathon! Hae a great Sunday!

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QOTD: What did you do this weekend?

A Royal Welcome

 

Hello Friends! What a day! y time in WDW has been amazing so far thanks to runDisney and FitFluential. There is still a whole lot more in store so stay tuned. I am Tweeting as much as I can but I have NO cell service in certain areas so I am sorry for the delay sometimes!

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Thursday morning my dad dropped me off at the airport at 6 for my 8:40 flight. I landed and hopped on Magical Express and checked into Animal Kingdom Lodge. The good news is I had a savannah view room, but the bad news is it was all the way at the very end of the hall. Those of you familiar with AKL know what I am talking about. It’s quite the hike!

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I even brought my stalker zoom lens and made a few new friends off my balcony.

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I texted the lovely Kelly Olexa, and we decided to head to the pool for lunch and relaxation.

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After an hour or two, Meghann arrived and joined us at the pool. Kelly had to do some work, so Meghann and I decided to hit up Animal Kingdom. We had time before dinner and a 4 day park hopper to use!

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It was interesting being at the park so late when most people were leaving.

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Meghann rode Everest (I don’t like dark rides) by using our awesome media fastpass that lets you get a fastpass for the current time. it. is. awesome.

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We split a soft pretzel (so glad we did later, we ate LATE!) and headed back to the hotel to get ready for dinner. We met the others in the group in the lobby. But first, we had a goody bag in our rooms!DSC_0204

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cheese!

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we had an amazing time with amazing people and ate amazing food!  Callie, Meghann, Kelly, me, Brittney, and Christie. Ok, time for the expo, (I am writing this Friday) more later!

QOTD: What is your favorite place to dine in WDW?

Princess Outfit

 

Good morning! When some of you are reading this I will probably be up high in the sky headed to Disney World! My flight is at 8:40 I think….I can’t believe this time tomorrow I will be in Disney! Another huge HUGE thanks to runDisney and FitFluential for this awesome opportunity. I am so honored to e a part of this fun weekend.

Some of you have asked what I will be wearing, so here is my Belle tutu! I will be wearing a gold strappy tank with this skirt, so be on the lookout.

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If you see me be sure to say hello.  My mom’s looks just like that but is light blue for Cinderella.

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I am not sure what I am wearing to the 5k yet, it will either be Sparkle Hearts or red dot (minnie mouse!)

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Those of you coming to the blogger meet up at the Grand Floridian, it is still on for Saturday at 3:00. Check out this post for more details. I have some great giveaways in store! If you have business cards, bring them, this will be a great networking opportunity!

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Remember to follow me on Facebook and Twitter (via the right sidebar) for all the updates. You can also follow #PrincessHalf all weekend, as I will be adding it to my tweets about the events! I will also add pictures to both accounts.

This afternoon I am hitting the pool at Animal Kingdom Lodge!

“See” ya from Disney, and for some of you, I will REALLY SEE you on Saturday or Sunday! Can’t wait, let the memories begin!

QOTD: Who is your favorite Disney Princess?

Princess Time

 

Good morning! I am in a fabulous mood, I leave for my parents today, then early tomorrow morning for DISNEY! I can’t believe it’s finally here. Karen and I have been planning this for a year. I finally got my schedule from run Disney, so I thought I would share with you some of the fun things I will be doing for the next 5 days.

Thursday I fly in, check in to the Animal Kingdom lodge (a room to myself for the night!) Then will probably hit the pool or one of the parks. We don’t have to be anywhere until our welcome dinner that night.

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Friday morning we have the Tweet up and run with Jeff Galloway through EPCOT. Then, we have some free time before heading to the Expo and picking up our packets and doing some shopping. I told Juli who will be working the Running Skirts booth I would swing by and help her for a few minutes. Then my mom, Karen, and her mom meet me there and we go check in at the Grand Floridian and relax, aahhhh. Then that night it’s Pasta Party time in EPCOT!

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Saturday morning will have an early wake up call for the 5k, also in EPCOT. My mom is the only one not running this one so she will meet us at the finish. We will hang at the park some then I have to zip over to the kids races for a bit then I have more free time. My blogger meet up is at 3:00 at the Grand Floridian, then I have a special dinner with the runDisney folks at Via Napoli.

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Sunday morning is a REALLY early wake up call…I have access to the race retreat before the half, then me, my mom, and Karen will run the Princess half marathon. After the race, the official runDisney part of the weekend is over, but we are staying till Tuesday! We will go to the parks Sunday and eat dinner at 1900 Park Fare.

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Monday, we will hit up the parks again and then we have dinner at ‘Ohana, before we drive home Tuesday morning. WHEW I am exhausted just reading all of that, but I can’t WAIT either!!!

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Oh, also I plan to reveal my costume for the half on Thursday or Friday so stay tuned, and be sure to say hello if you see me!

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I can’t remember if I mentioned it or not, but a couple weeks ago I was sent to the YMCA when they were filming for a news segment. Our facility is brand new, so the news was profiling it, so I “worked out” on the elliptical during the segment. Here it is!

haha.  be sure to check out the other time I was on television.

QOTD: Have you ever been on TV? What for?

Princess Pampering

 

I warned you all on Twitter and Facebook yesterday that I had some exciting news to share. Some of my fellow bloggers have already shared so I figured it was my turn, too. As most of you know, I am running the Disney Princess half marathon next weekend. Well, I found out yesterday I was selected as one of a few lucky bloggers through FitFluential to be pampered like princesses all weekend long!

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WOO HOO! I will be coming in a day earlier than planned (flying) and staying at the Animal Kingdom Lodge before I switch over to the Grand Floridian to be with my mom, Karen, and her mom. I am so excited about this opportunity. I am also going to be running the 5k.

Don’t worry, I will be tweeting and updating my little heart out, so you won’t want to miss any of it! Be sure you follow me on Twitter and my Facebook fan page.

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I don’t have an exact itinerary yet but will be sure to share with you when I do. All I know is I am so blessed, and I am going to have a blast. Not to mention, I get to hang with my mom, Karen and her mom until Tuesday, we are going to have so much fun, this is just the icing on the cake.

***Bloggers, this does NOT change our Saturday meet up, it is still at 3:00 pm at the Grand Floridian. Please feel free to link my post about the meet up on your blog, Twitter, etc. We are going to have some great GIVEAWAYS so you won’t want to miss this networking opportunity!***

QOTD: If you were really a princess for a day, what would you do?

Love Story

 

I first saw this cute survey on Brittany’s blog and knew I had to post as well! So in honor of Valentine’s Day (a day late) here are my answers to our Love Story:

1. How long have you and your significant other been together?

We started dating September 2004, then we got engaged December 2005, and married January 2007…so…7.5 years? WOW! Doesn’t seem that long.

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2005

2. How did you meet? {What’s your “love” story?}

Bobby and I met a couple of times my freshman year of college but were both involved with other people. Both single, we really “met” our first weekend of college my sophomore year, his senior year. We were playing on opposing sand volleyball teams in the intermural tournament. He started talking to me and asked for my number “so he could let me know the next time they were playing volleyball so I could join.” Rrriiggghhhttt….

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2005

3. If married, how long have you been married?

We celebrated out five year anniversary on January 6 of this year.

4. Where did you get married? Big or small wedding?

We had a big New Orleans wedding, over 200 people. The ceremony was at First Baptist New Orleans and the reception was at Southern oaks Plantation. It was amazing.

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5. Do you have any nick-names that you call one another? Do share!

Honey, sweetheart, hon, sweetie…boring stuff. :0P

6. Name 3 things you love most about your honey.

I could name a bunch but 1.) he loves God more than anything 2.) He would bend over backwards (and has) to make me happy. 3.) he has strong family and moral values that fit in with what we both want out of life.

7. Tell us how he proposed?

The day of my last winter exam Junior year. In the living room of my apartment after we watched an episode of Friends and ate dinner on TV trays. he said he just couldn’t stand it another minute.

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December 2005

8. Is he a flowers and teddy bear kind of guy for v-day, or strawberries, champagne, and rose petals?

Really not either. He can do both and has, but we are more low key and don’t tend to do traditional Valentine’s day gifts.

9. Are you a sunset dinner on the beach kind of girl, or pop a movie in and relax on the couch?

Once again, really both. We love the beach (and food!) but also love just relaxing together at home.

10. Tell us one thing you’d like to do with your significant other one day. If you could do anything? Go anywhere?

Hhhmm…we love to travel, so just travel more I guess? I’m boring, I have come to grips.

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2004

11. Tell us what you plan on doing on this Valentine’s Day.

Well I can tell you what we DID, since it was yesterday. We both worked and then met at our favorite Mexican restaurant for dinner. Then we had to go to Wal-Mart and buy him some specific clothes for a TV show he is filming in today as an extra, then we came home and hung out.

12. Are you asking for anything this Valentine’s day?

I didn’t ask for anything in particular but got two amazing gifts. A new piece of furniture and a trip to Disneyland to run the half marathon! I get my coast to coast medal!

13. Give us one piece of advice of keeping a relationship strong and full of love.

Communication. I know it’s cliché but your spouse cannot read your mind, so talk and share.

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2006

14. Show us a picture of what love means to you.

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QOTD: What did you do for Valentine’s Day? Doesn’t have to be sappy, romantic, or even have to do with love!

*Rouge Orleans recaps start TOMORROW!

Beach Vacation part 2

 

In case you missed part one, you can find it here: Beach Vacation part 1

I will finish up the recap in today’s post, and include a video tour of our condo. I highly recommend the Beach Club, so if you are ever headed to the Gulf Shores area and would like more detailed info feel free to contact me.

I left off with dinner, hot tub, and a movie on Friday night. Saturday we woke up to some sunshine and not near as much wind. I was hoping to get some sun!

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Sun on the balcony!

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We ate breakfast on the balcony again, and then decided to go for a run on the beach. I read online that the clouds and rain may roll in after lunch so we wanted to take advantage of the clear(ish) skys.

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We ran 2 miles in the sand. I felt like I was pushing so hard but we were barely moving!

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We finished out the third mile on the pavement around the cottages you can rent right behind the condos.  There is a path that goes through the middle of some of the cottages and it has a peaceful fountain and some swings around it. I wanted to stop and sit…but we kept running.

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We also saw…um…yeah. This lovely sign. (You can see the condo buildings in the background.)

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We finished the run and ate lunch in the condo. We went to rent another DVD and sat on the swings again for awhile. (Did I mention I loved the relaxed pace of this trip?!?)

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We then sat in the sun out on the balcony and took advantage of the free Wi-Fi. I ended up getting sunburned in just about an hour of sitting out there. I guess I was way more pale than I realized! The sun went down, and we ate more leftovers for dinner and then headed back to the hot tub. This time it was just us.

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We grabbed a cart so we could start packing up, and you guessed it…watched a movie then turned in for our last night.

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Sunday, we packed up and headed out of town. We hit up Lambert’s….again…

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We were sad to go home, but all good things must come to an end, right? I want to leave you with a video tour of our condo.

QOTD: Do you tend to go back to the same vacation spots or try something new every time?