Interview with Aaron Diaz and Laura Flores on runDisney and Cigna

During marathon weekend, I was asked by Cigna if I wanted to interview two celebrities for my blog…well heck yeah I do! So I had the pleasure of meeting with Aaron Diaz and Laura Flores before the Cigna blogger meet up that Friday. These two are very, very famous in Mexico, I found out just HOW famous thanks to a little Google search…and I admittedly got a little nervous to interview them after that. However, my fears were forgotten because they were both SO warm and friendly, so check out what we talked about:

I was greatly intimidated when I checked out Aaron’s Instagram account. He has almost a million(!) followers, and has done some pretty cool stuff. Not only is he an actor (and not to bad to look at, if I do say so myself), but he is also a designer and singer. He has also two adorable daughters, one is around Emma Kate’s age, so it was fun to talk toddlers!

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Aaron talked about running the 5k with a girl named Julia, for Girls on the Run. He had great things to say about the organization and what they stand for. He said he had a blast at the race, and that he would be back to run a longer distance! He loved the message that Girls on the run brings, and had high praise for Cigna for getting him involved.

Let’s read some direct quotes from the interview:

Heather: so tell me, how was the 5k? Did you have fun?

Aaron: It’s the first time I’ve ever raced, and seeing the atmosphere and the energy of the people, it gives you good energy.

Heather: You got spoiled running a runDisney race as your first race, this is like the race of all races! They aren’t all this nice.

Aaron: I know! So now I won’t be able to go to any others except for these…..wow, if this is what it’s like to run, I want to do it all the time!

Heather: What was your favorite part of the race?:

Aaron: Getting to the finish line, because the atmosphere there, and seeing everybody so enthusiastic and outgoing and cheering waiting for them, you know it’s like a party at 6:00 in the morning after you exercise, which makes you feel a lot better.

Moving on….I asked Aaron how he stays healthy and fit with his busy schedule.

Aaron: Luckily for me, I got into a habit of exercising and playing sports since I was a kid. Now that I’m a father….you know you want the best for your kids obviously, but it’s very important to teach them to eat well and to exercise, because those are the two most important things that are going to keep you healthy for the rest of your life, so if you can get them into a habit from when they are little, you are going to have an easier time than trying to change their ways when they’re adults.

Heather: What advice would you have for someone wanting to get into the entertainment business?

Aaron: First of all, they have to want to get into that business for the right reasons, because it’s their passion. I didn’t get into this business until I was 20, and I never thought about being in this business before that. But when I really got to know what it was all about, I felt really passionate about it, and then I started learning and going to acting school, and it’s a hard career, just like any other…but if you are doing it for the wrong reasons, you aren’t going to enjoy it. People who do what they love to do, are blessed…..if that’s your passion, then go for it.

Aaron graciously took a picture with me, I felt like a HUGE dork asking for a picture, but I had to, of course. All for the sake of the blog…right?

I also got to interview with Laura, check it out:

Laura Flores is an actress, singer, and also a mother. If I hadn’t already known she was a mother, I would have figured it out instantly after meeting her. The way she spoke to me was so kind and sweet, you know, the way moms do. She was so gracious and humble and gave great answers to my questions.

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Laura ran the 5k the day before with the Girls on the run, and then ran the 10k that morning. But, before we even got into the race, she wanted to know about my blog (and even wrote down my URL so she could check it out, how sweet!) and she told me she admired me for blogging, that she knows I am exposed to criticism in putting myself out there. I knew I was going to like this lady! Let’s dig into more of the interview:

Heather: Did you enjoy the race?

Laura: I did, it was a great experience! I like to run but I’m not really a “runner”, but I just workout. I run 3 miles every other day and combine it with yoga, but today running the 10k, I never stopped. I thought I was going to faint in the middle, but I said ok I committed, let’s do it. But once it’s there, you see all those human beings, and you are going to follow that crowd, it’s just amazing.

Heather: What did you think about the costumes?

Laura: I loved them! I didn’t wear one, I wore my Cigna outfit because I am representing Cigna, but I loved the creativity of the people. I loved the cheering and the “you can do it, keep going”, I could feel how my legs really responded to the cheering. The fact of having the nice people next to you giving you water. I mean what time did they have to wake up to be there for you? That’s amazing. All of these people doing this for once cause, which is celebrating life. I really appreciate being a part of this.

Heather: What is your fitness routine, and how do you keep up with it in the middle of your busy schedule?

Laura: Well I have kids, so the mornings are for them, to wake up, go to school. Sometimes I get up earlier to go running, but sometimes when I get back I am in a rush for them, so it all depends, but usually after I drop them at school I park my car at school and I go jogging. I also do yoga, I love yoga.

Heather: Do you do active things together as a family?

Laura: Yes my daughter just called me to congratulate me on my race! My daughter will be here for high school cheerleading nationals next month. She is on varsity, and I am so proud of her. My little one too, into baseball, basketball, gymnastics.

Heather: What advice would you give to someone who wanted to get into the entertainment industry?

Laura: I think this country offers a lot of choices, so that is amazing, and if you get ready and prepare yourself, I think that’s the only way you can do it. Go to the right schools, go to the right places. Also, if you are going to study acting, make sure you go to the places where all of the talent searches are. You have to think smart and think business, but I say go for it.

A HUGE thank you to both Laura and Aaron for taking some time out of their very very busy (and more important than my) schedules to chat with me for a few minutes about runDisney, acting, Girls on the Run, and Cigna. I enjoyed meeting you both and hope you had an amazing experience. Please come back and run again! I will happily run with you. Smile

QOTD: Have you ever met anyone famous?

Marathon Weekend Cigna Blogger Event

I mentioned yesterday in my expo recap, that I had a very bust 24 hours in Orlando. As soon as we landed in Florida and hopped a shuttle to our resort, I hoped in Megan’s car and we headed to EPCOT for the Cigna blogger event. For those that don’t know, Cigna is the title sponsor of the runDisney marathon weekend! We were tight on time, and of course ended up having to park the furthest out in the parking lot.

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Cigna had asked me to interview a couple of TV stars from Mexico right before the event, so Megan came with me to meet up with them (more on that interview later, it gets its own post!) We had time for one quick photo before running over to the meet up.

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We booked it over to the Odyssey building, and they had the doors roped off, so naturally I jumped over them and tried to go inside, where I was immediately yelled at by a lady with a light saber saying this was a private event. Once we gave her our names and tried to explain we were supposed to be AT the event but were late, she finally let us in.

The super sweet Cigna people helped us get lunch (everyone else had already eaten) and found us seats so we could eat and join in the fun.

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Basically each table was a team, and through various games, each team got coins for getting correct answers (all related to health and fitness of course!) I scarfed down my food and watched at first, but it looked like my team was already doing great!

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The games were all super creative. I mean, check out the concentration I used during this one.

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Our hosts did an excellent job as well.

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One game involved holding the tree pose as long as we could, and you all should already know how unsuccessful my yoga practice has been, I think my face says it all.

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I really can’t remember what was going on in this one, but it appears I am having fun! (Dancing? telling on someone cheating? who knows!)cigna4

In all honesty, not only was the event super fun but it was really informative. I sadly didn’t get all my questions right, but learned a lot! For instance, did you know that 25% of adults with diabetes don’t know they have it? Or 65% (!) of adults are overweight or obese, but only 18% realize it and are trying to lose weight? Crazy stuff yall.

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Our team didn’t end up winning, but we had a blast, and that’s what counts, right? (Or that’s what I told myself as I cried in the corner. I kid).

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After the event, we got to meet and take photos with two very important folks, Minnie and Mickey! They loved our ASICS Gel Quantums!

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Cigna put on a great event (and even gave us sweet swag bags at the end!) and I was thankful to be a part of it. I am going to leave you with this info graphic they created about training for a race. Enjoy!

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Be sure to follow #CignaRunTogether to check out other posts from the event, and follow Cigna on Twitter.

QOTD: Best running tip you have even gotten?

Final countdown to runDisney Marathon Weekend

 

It’s almost here! It’s almost here! This time next week I will be in Disney for the runDisney marathon weekend/Goofy’s challenge! I can’t believe it, it seemed so far away when I registered for the event, and now it’s actually happening. Don’t worry, I will be live tweeting and instagraming the whole time so you don’t have to miss a thing! (Also be sure to follow hashtags #WDWmarathon #WDWhalf and #GoofyChallenge to stay in the middle of the action!)

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The fun starts on Thursday, with the races happening on Saturday and Sunday. The weather looks warm, so I am still trying to decide on what outfits I will wear for race day. Obviously, running skirts will be involved. (save 15% on runningskirts products with code “SKIRTSASS” at checkout!)

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There is a side story to marathon weekend that I wanted to share with you as well. Cigna has been a long time sponsor of the runDisney events, and I wanted to share something cool The Cigna Foundation is doing this year for the race.

The Cigna Foundation will sponsor six Students Run Philly Style athletes at the Walt Disney World® Marathon Weekend.

What is this and what does it mean? Students Run Philly Style is a marathon training program to help Philly’s youth. SRPS connects each student with a volunteer mentor or “running leader” and the students not only learn about running, but also character development, and leadership skills. It is a safe haven from bullying, and for those trying to combat childhood obesity.

Through a very physically challenging training program, the running leaders are able to teach the students to become strong, long-distance runners and strong, positive young people. They have a goal of completing either a half or full marathon. The students aged 12-18 run with their leaders for nine months so they can accomplish their race goal, all while learning from a positive role model.

Cigna, who has a relationship with Students Run Philly Style, is sponsoring six young people through Cigna’s corporate responsibility program Cigna connects, to come down and run during marathon weekend. How cool is that?

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Huge props to Cigna for helping these kids out and getting them to the starting line of the race so they can follow their dreams!

QOTD: Have you ever volunteered at a running event or for a program like this one?