Yay for Saturday! I can’t believe a week ago today I was embarking on the first leg of my goofy journey (pun intended). I am working on my race recaps, and waiting for official photos to be released…I want them to be just right before I share, so I apologize for the delay, but they will be up this week, as long as my expo recap, so stay tuned! Today though I want you to meet Jodi. She has written a guest post for me before, and is my featured blogger this week! She blogs at www.2princessesontherun.wordpress.com
How/why did you start blogging?
I started blogging with my BRF (best running friend) to chronicle our “race to the castle”! We are both newer runners chasing down a dream to become running princesses at Disney’s Princess Half-Marathon in February. Our blog is essentially a way for us to “scrapbook” the journey, and share our story with others. We’re running to be the best version of ourselves and we tell our readers how we’re doing it, while juggling families and careers. We share the whole story, not just the good parts, from injuries to motivation to time management – we’re really dealing with all aspects of training. It’s all about setting big goals and fighting for them. And of course, embracing the fact that everything is more fun in a tiara!
Sum up your blog in a couple of sentences
Running to the Castle in pink shoes is about more than just a race. It’s about proving something to myself. It’s about setting a goal and achieving it. It’s about being feminine and athletic, not having to choose between the two. It’s about showing my daughters that strong is beautiful. It’s about my sole sister and supporting each other along the way. It’s about realizing the childhood dream of becoming a princess by making my own dreams come true as an adult. It’s about having faith and trust in myself…and still believing in pixie dust too.
What do you wish to accomplish/achieve by blogging?
We started blogging so we could document the journey we are on, but it has turned into a great forum for motivating others too. We are not Olympians training to win any medals; this is just the story of two moms on the run. If we can do it, anyone can do it and I think that is what makes us so relatable. It is amazing when people tell us they are training along with us or inspired to start running because of our story. Those people really motivate us to keep going – and keep sharing.
What is your biggest healthy living accomplishment?
After having kids and focusing solely on them, I realized that I was neglecting myself and not setting the best example for them. They deserved better, and so did I. I decided to make a dramatic change. I am now 65 pounds lighter and training for my first half-marathon. I am a Sweat Pink Ambassador for Fit Approach, a Girls Gone Sporty Ambassador and I recently co-captained a team in the CIBC Run for the Cure that won the National Top Team Fundraising Award in the post-secondary division. I am proud of all of these things but, most of all, I am proud to be setting a positive example for my daughters by modeling an active and healthy lifestyle. I run to show them that there will always be someone faster and someone slower, but the goal is just to be the best you can be. And you’re never too old to believe in princesses!
What is your blog URL and twitter handle?
Thanks so much! Everyone be sure to stop by her blog and say hello!
QOTD: Do you sometimes neglect yourself because you are too busy with other people or things?