runDisney Princess Half Recap 2016

A couple of weeks ago, I participated in the runDisney Glass Slipper Challenge, and the second part of that challenge was to run the Princess Half.

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My friend Jen and I wanted to wear matching costumes again (last year we were the evil stepsisters), and since neither of us are crafty or creative, we enlisted her mom to create our adorable hats for the race.

On Sunday morning, we got up and had breakfast at our hotel, Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek. We were cheered on by cheerleaders who even waited on us to go outside to our car after the buses had left so they could give us a proper sendoff. It was so sweet!

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I am a dork and didn’t think to start taking pictures until after the race had started. It was kind of an eventful start too! We got stuck in some serious traffic and were lucky enough to get to park on the far end of the last row of the parking lot at EPCOT. We booked it to the family reunion area and then to the start line, and literally walked into our corral about one minute before we started moving! It worked out great but we couldn’t have timed it better if we had tried!

Our plan was to just have fun, nothing fancy. Oh, and we wanted to beat last years time of 3:00:00. Last year Jen had been in the hospital the day before and I was just coming back after having Emma Kate, so we took it SUPER slow. This year we wanted to have fun but still actually do some running.

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We made it through the Magic Kingdom gates and I apparently had way too much water and coffee before the race because I had to find a bathroom. They had the ones at the TTC ROPED OFF and I knew I wouldn’t make it to the ones in the Magic Kingdom. I stopped off at some portable ones around mile 4.5, and felt SO much better. We made it to the Magic Kingdom and Jen needed to go and we both wanted to wash our hands, so we planned to stop again, but not before getting a castle shot!

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We made it to Tomorrowland and just as I have done in pervious years, we went into the men’s room (along with a ton of other women) and were promptly shooed out by a cast member. The men didn’t care and said it was our race and that we should get to use their bathroom, but the cast member was having none of it. So, we made it through the other side of the castle and stopped in Frontierland. I took a picture with my favorite cowboy while I waited for Jen.

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We had made it to mile 6, and my hip started to slightly hurt. At this point, I was wishing the race was a 10k like the day before!

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We went out the back way of the Magic Kingdom and there was a gust of wind and it got COLD! it was crazy how we weren’t cold before. I call that the magic of Disney. I swear they control the weather. Anyway, we made it to the halfway mark and to the Grand Floridian where we snapped a picture with Bert and the penguins.

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At this point we started taking walk breaks every few minutes because my hip was getting worse. I stopped and got some Tylenol at a med tent, too. We took some gels at the stop around mile nine, and were soon going around the overpass curve of death (to my IT band and hip), where the solider told us to MOVE MOVE MOVE towards EPCOT. Ah, what a beautiful site. I also started getting really warm about mile 11 and I felt bad for the people in the later corrals that would be running when the sun was up higher.

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We made it into the park and I loved that the coach was here this year!

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We looped around towards world showcase and towards the finish line. I Now have a love/hate relationship with this section of EPCOT thanks to runDisney races.

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We passed the gospel choir, and headed towards the finish line. I am happy to say we stomped our goal and finish in 2:33, which isn’t too shabby for several stops for characters and bathrooms and med tents!

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We got so many compliments on our costumes, they are definitely one of my favorites I have worn. We collected our two new medals before heading back to the hotel.

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Another successful runDisney race, and I am so happy that we both were able to get our Glass Slipper medals this year with no illnesses or mishaps! The volunteers were great, the weather was great, and the spectators were encouraging, and a good time was had by all. Thanks runDisney!

QOTD Have you ever dressed up for a race?

runDisney Enchanted 10K 2016

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

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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.

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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.

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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!

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

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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.

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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.

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

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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!

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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!

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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.

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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?

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

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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?

runDisney Princess Expo 2016

After some last minute finagling, I was so excited to be attending the runDisney Princess half marathon weekend to run the Glass Slipper Challenge! I love the Princess expo and was ready to get excited for the race weekend ahead.

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I arrived on Friday at lunch, and my buddy Jen picked me up at the airport. She drove down from South Carolina, and it was SO NICE having a car the whole trip! We took zero busses!

Anyway, after grabbing lunch at Chick-fil-A in Celebration (priorities) we headed to the expo. The first thing I said (several times) was that I could NOT get over the amazing weather! It was sunny and in the low 70’s, and was supposed to be gorgeous all weekend. (Spoiler: it was!)

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The first thing we did was head over to pick up our bibs and shirts before going into the expo. I had heard horror stories of the insanity from the day before, so I was a little nervous. There were a couple of items I would have liked to have, but nothing I NEEDED (it’s just stuff, people) so we were just planning to go with the flow.

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So far so good, it was not busy at all. We even walked right up to where you take the adorable instagram photos with no line. I will say, I was a bit bummed by the Instagram pics this year. I LVOED the one where the prince is in it from last year..or maybe it was two years ago. Anyway, I was looking forward to seeing what tricks runDisney had up their sleeve and sadly the background was boring and our photographer was not great so the pic did not come out well at all. Oh well! Not that I’m complaining about a free pic, but they raised the bar with awesome ones in the past and this one was just “eh”. Anyone else agree?

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Moving on, it was down the red carpet into the expo!

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Princess fun!

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we decided to head to the official merchandise first then come back and look at the other booths/chat with friends etc.

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Get excited people, race weekend!

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I was a little bummed that the Glass Slipper wine glasses and tervis tumblers were sold out (if anyone sees them at an outlet let me know!) and that there were no cute baby clothes like in years past, but again it’s just stuff, so I got my “I did it shirt” and a regular runDisney wine glass and called it a day.

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I got to see several friends! Michelle from Running Skirts, and Bobbi and Megan at Raw Threads among others.

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We wandered around but I didn’t buy anything else, and after awhile we decided to go check into our hotel and grab an early dinner. We had the 10k the next day, and it was time to get off of our feet. Overall it was a good expo experience for me, and was great to see some friends again and get excited about the race.

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QOTD: Favorite thing about race expos? Do you ever buy anything?

Princess Here I Come

It’s here! It’s here! I leave for Louisiana TODAY, and fly out to Orlando from New Orleans first thing Friday morning. My loose plans involve the expo Friday afternoon, 10K Saturday morning, EPCOT Saturday afternoon, the half marathon Sunday morning, relaxing at the pool Sunday afternoon, and the Magic Kingdom on Monday before leaving Tuesday morning. I’m so excited but know that it is going to go by so fast, it always does!

Last year, Bobby came with me on this trip and we stayed for a week at Port Orleans Riverside. This year, it is a girls only trip, and shorter. Also this year I am participating in the Glass Slipper Challenge for the second time!

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Jen and I will be staying at the Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek for part of our stay before we move to a Disney hotel. I can’t wait to share more about Bonnet Creek itself when I get home from the trip! It’s a gorgeous resort, right in the middle of Disney.

Yesterday, I posted a printable packing list the for race, so check it out if you missed it. Also, I TENTATIVELY plan to be hanging out in front of the merchandise area at 4:30/4:45 before the half marathon on Sunday if anyone wants to say hello. Stay in touch via Twitter/Facebook/Instagram, because I will post updates there if something changes. Note the big red dot below:

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You can read some of my old race recaps here. You can also read LAST year’s half marathon recap here.

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A couple of fun story lines…

More than 37,000 runners from 26 countries are participating this weekend, including more than 16,500 in the half marathon. Also, Miss America 2016 Betty Cantrell will be on hand to sing the National Anthem on Sunday morning before the race!

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Safe travels to everyone going to Disney, hopefully I will see some of you very soon!

QOTD: What is your favorite costume you have seen at a race?

runDisney Princess Half Marathon Packing List

It’s almost time! The runDisney Princess Half Marathon is upon us! Since I planned this trip so last minute, it feels like it was snuck up on me so, so quickly. After only running the half marathon last year, I am so excited to be doing the Glass Slipper Challenge again.

runDisney Princess packing list printable

I started thinking yesterday that there are a lot of things to remember to pack for the race itself, so I started making a list, and realized I wanted to share it with all of you, too. I started typing it out, but then decided it would be fun to make it a printable so you can print it off, and check off the boxes as you go. I also left a section for notes where you can add things I did not put on the list that may be specific to you, so have fun and good luck! I hope to see some of you in Walt Disney World over the weekend! I arrive Friday and will be at the expo that afternoon, and am staying in WDW until Tuesday morning. The weather is looking promising, it’s sure to be a great time!

Click on the words or photo below to go straight to the printable.

runDisney Princess Half Marathon Packing List Printable:

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I hope my Princess half marathon packing list has helped you!

QOTD: What would you add to this packing list? Will you be at Princess?

5 Things Friday X

We made it! Friday again! Anyone have fun Valentine’s plans? We are boring and will just probably order pizza and watch the Walking Dead because….romantic, right? Anyway, it’s time for another 5 Things Friday! Have a good one!

1.) Aerolife running and cycling backpack rocks my world. I have actually NEVER used a hydration pack before because I either just carry water (annoying) or leave it in my car to go back to mid run (equally annoying), so when they reached out to me about trying out their backpack, I was excited, especially since I was training for two half marathons.

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This pack is waterproof, fully adjustable, and very lightweight. The weight was one of the things I was concerned about, but yall, I forgot I was wearing it. I also love the velcro and zipper pockets to hold my keys, gels, etc.

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It comes with a 1.5 liter bladder that is really flexible and easy to use. The price point on the backpack is another huge plus, as I have seen some really expensive bags out there. This one retails for under $29 on Amazon, and they also have a LIFETIME WARRANTY and customer service warranty. Works for me! Highly recommended from a girl who ahs never used one before.

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If you are interested in a 15% off coupon, email heatherslookingglass@gmail.com and I will send you one!  Readers who will send their email to support@aerolife.cowill get also a very special gift for 2016, PLR best seller book: “How to boost your metobolism.”

2.) runDisney Glass Slipper Challenge is NEXT WEEKEND! Jen and I will arrive on Friday, and will be running the 10k and half. We plan to hang at EPCOT on Saturday and Magic Kingdom on Monday. Anyone for a pre race meet up? I want to see your faces!

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3.) Emma Kate is now a big girl. She is moving up to the next room at daycare and it makes me so sad! She was in the cruiser/young toddler room, and now she’s moving to the big toddler room, and the next stop is PRESCHOOL. Terrifying.

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4.) This weather is cra-cra.  It was 68 degrees yesterday and such a tease. I sat outside to do some reading, and the dog enjoyed the sun for a bit. It’s such a tease, because in a couple of days, it will be 31. COME ON SPRING! As long as it’s not freezing in Disney I will be ok…I think.

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5.) I have to run 12 miles tomorrow. I get really bored on long runs by myself, so it will be a miracle if I do this. I know we aren’t racing the Princess half fast, it’s just for fun, so theoretically I don’t need to do such a long run…but I’m shooting for it anyway.

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QOTD: Do you run with a hydration backpack? Are you running princess?

Can You PR with Run/Walk/Run Method?

I feel like this is a question a lot of people ask. To a newer runner, the thought of running 13.1 or 26.2 miles is daunting, and I understand the concern. I have personally used both methods (straight run and Jeff Galloway run/walk) and have PR’ed both ways. Let’s take a look at what Jeff Galloway himself has to say on the matter:

“How can runners, even Boston Qualifiers, run faster by taking walk breaks? I know, it’s counter-intuitive but in numerous surveys I’ve found that former non-walk-break runners improve an average of more than 13 minutes when they walk early and often.
How does it work?  Those who have a strategy almost always do better than those who just get out there and see what happens.  A muscle, etc., that is used constantly will fatigue and break down more quickly.  By taking scheduled walk breaks, the muscles stay strong and resilient to  the finish.  The principle behind walk breaks is “Conservation of energy”.

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How can you run a faster marathon with walk breaks? 
Almost everyone who runs continuously experiences a slowdown during the last 3-6 miles. Runners who use strategic walk breaks from the beginning tend to either speed up at the end or at least avoid slowing down.
Can you actually set a PR with the run/walk method?  I hear from thousands every year who set Personal Records by using the method.

How does the run/walk method protect you against injury?  Each runner has certain “weak links” that ache more and are common injury sites. Continuous use of the muscle will first cause the muscle to fatigue early, reducing muscle performance.  Continuing to run run under increasing fatigue will cause muscle, tendon and joint damage.  Walk breaks stop the abuse of a weak link, allowing the tissue to adapt, significantly reducing aches, injuries and recovery time.
How does the run/walk method affect your day-to-day recovery? Because there is less damage to repair after a run, the legs, knees, etc., feel better, sooner.  Many report that by using my run-walk-run method they can run the next day after a marathon. Some injured runners have been able to train for and run marathons while the injury gradually healed.  Walk breaks can keep  one below the threshold of further irritation. “

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PR doing a run/walk/run LA marathon

I can attest that when I run/walk, I recover faster and am less sore after the race. It’s a lower risk of injury for me, and it makes the distance not seem so impossible. My full marathon PR is from a run/walk, and my half marathon PR is from a straight run. I have never tried to PR with a run/walk in the half, but am curious as to what my results would be!

Don’t forget you can still register for the Jeff Galloway virtual race!

QOTD: Do you run/walk? Have you ever PR’ed doin’ the Galloway method?

As a Jeff Galloway blogger I am provided with tips to share with my readers.

runDisney Glass Slipper Challenge Round 2

Hi friends! In case you missed my ‘hinting” in my Instagram post on Monday, I AM RUNNING THE RUNDISNEY GLASS SLIPPER CHALLENGE! Jen and I have been planning this for awhile, but it took until yesterday to get all the details hammered out, so I didn’t want to share until we knew FOR SURE it was happening.

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So here is mine and Jen’s history with the Glass Slipper challenge, and it’s not a good one. In 2014, I ran the inaugural challenge. At the time, I was nine weeks pregnant, and morning sickness was in full swing. No one but family and close friends knew I was pregnant, so I figured I could just run, have fun, and conceal my pregnancy for a few more weeks.

Bobby, my parents, and myself all ran the 5k together, well, run walked which was fine with me because I was not feeling so hot.

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The next day, my mom and I ran the 10k together, and the lack of sleep plus not eating much and the nausea really hit me and I was miserable and cranky the whole race. Also, after crossing the finish line at the 10k, Carissa texted me because Rudy wanted to know if I was pregnant! OMG! I knew I was bloated and already starting to show a little but this terrified me that people would find out. So I told, but swore them to secrecy, and wore loose tops the rest of the trip.

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After the 10k, I crawled into bed and slept for hours. I experienced exhaustion like never before and don’t even know how to explain it. I felt so bad because I was ruining the trip for everyone. The next day I ran the half alone, and cried when I had to get out of bed at 2:45 while everyone else slept. I managed to finish the half but it was really difficult feeling so nauseated and tired.

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I again slept all afternoon, and we barely made it to the parks at all. I would call that a less than magical Glass Slipper experience. Honestly, I was so scared by it that even though I ran last year, I only signed up for the half marathon. Of course once I was there I wanted to run the whole thing, but I just did my one race. I was only 4 month post baby, so I wasn’t exactly ready for the challenge.

Then we have poor Jen who was signed up for Glass Slipper last year but ended up in the ER with a bad stomach virus the night before the 10k. She ran the half with me and we took it nice and slow, so yes, she needs a redo as well!

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So, we will be back, both signed up for the Glass Slipper Challenge, and both desperately trying to stay well! We will be staying at Hilton Bonnet Creek for two night and then Port Orleans Riverside for two nights. We are frantically trying to pull costumes together for the half, and I have nothing planned for the 10k as of right now. I need some inspiration!

QOTD: Are you running the runDisney Glass Slipper Challenge? Favorite costume you have seen at a race?

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?

runDisney Half Marathon 2016 Race Recap

Saturday morning, my alarm went off at 1:45. I had only gotten about two and a half hours of sleep, and I knew I would pay for it later. But, it was time to run a half marathon!

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I stumbled around the hotel room, thankful I had laid out my costume the night before, and started getting ready. My amazing tutu came from this great Etsy shop. She does tons of Disney characters, so be sure to check her out for your next runDisney race! (You can also follow her on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.) I knew just where to find the best shirt to complete my outfit, Raw Threads. They always have a great booth at the runDisney expos as well. I ran in my new ASICS Meta Run shoes, they are so comfortable and the black goes with any costume.

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We were running a little behind, but thankfully Hilton Bonnet Creek had multiple buses to take people to the start, and we had plenty of time to grab some food and get onboard. Once at Epcot, we realized we were really early and still had a lot of time to kill, so we got in line for a character picture, which we usually never have time to do.

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Daisy told me Donald was getting ready for the race, but he wished us good luck.

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We used the bathrooms, and then headed to the corrals as soon as they opened. We made it to the front of F, and took a seat on the ground to wait. It was truly amazing watching all the people try to sneak into the wrong corral. I mean dozens and dozens of people. Those volunteers have a TOUGH job. People were trying to hide their bib under a sweatshirt, put their finger over part of the letter to make it look like a different one, begging and pleading because their best friend wanted to run with them, you name it. I am glad we had tough volunteers who didn’t let anyone in that wasn’t supposed to be there!

Before long, it was our turn to be at the starting line. Since we were in the front, they kept pushing us up closer and closer to the start line…and then I got a text saying I had started the race (I was tracking myself). NO! I had NOT started the race, they had made us squish up so close to the line that the official tracker started! It wasn’t until about a minute later that we were sent off, so it was a bit frustrating starting the race already losing 60 seconds!

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The first few miles were pretty uneventful. It was cool but not freezing, but SO FOGGY and very very humid. I soon started sweating pretty badly, and made a stop at a medic tent for some body glide. We kept a steady pace, and made it to the Magic Kingdom sign.

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After a couple more miles, we went through the TTC, and then the Magic Kingdom was in sight. I was stoked that the still had the icicle lights on, because I had not yet seen them this year, or the year before actually, so I was really happy to run down Main street towards the gorgeous castle. Bobby snapped the below picture of me and I love it. I think it really captures all the feels of running down Main Street!

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The crowds were great as usual, and I heard a couple of people shout my name and I waved in the general direction of the noise, so if you were yelling to me and I didn’t see you, I’m sorry, but I did hear you!

I knew I wanted to stop and get a pic in front of the castle. It was so foggy it barely came out though, but I think the castle looks kind of cool.

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I had told Bobby before the race that I didn’t care how long the line for the Queen of Hearts was, that if she was out, I wanted a picture. We saw her just past the carousel in Fantasyland, and even though the line was about 13 deep, we stopped anyway.

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We made it to the back of the castle, and had to stop for a shot of these guys. Imagine how long the line would be if they were on the ground! I also wanted to get a shot of Bobby by the castle but it didn’t come out too well.

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We sadly came out of the Magic Kingdom, knowing the most fun part of the race was over. We wound around by the Grand Floridian and Wedding pavilion, and I was thankful the road opened back up again. At about mile nine my lack of training started to get to me, and I was mentally done. Once we hit mile 10, we started counting down saying things like “it’s just a 5k left”, and that seemed to help.

We made it to the turn that kills my IT band every time, and Bobby wanted a picture with our green army man friend.

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Once we were on this new road headed to EPCOT, I knew we were getting close and didn’t even want to stop for water, I was just ready to be done. It was also about this time I told Bobby I was SO GLAD we weren’t doing Dopey again this time! I may have cried if I had to run a full the next day.

We made it up the last bridge, and down into EPCOT where I saw my favorite sign….”run like Steve Harvey is trying to give your medal to Miss Colombia”. I died yall, love it.

We made it around the EPCOT ball, and were finally in the home stretch! This last part is always hard because I get excited I’m “so close”, but really have more to run that I think, and I try to kick harder way too soon and I die out. Whoops. I heard the choir singing, and knew we were REALLY close.

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Wwweeee! Finsih line in view! We made it!

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Our official time was 2:25:07. Not bad with the stops, humidity, the timer starting before we were running, and (totally my fault..) lack of training. I still have a long way to go, but the goal for this one was to enjoy it and have fun, and I’m glad we didn’t take it too seriously.

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I got to cheer runners on as they approached the finish which is one of my favorite things to do ever. I also had a little chat with Mr. Galloway, and got to see part of my favorite announcer team.

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All in all a successful race and a successful day. We got a lift back to the resort from a friend, and showered and our car arrived to take us to the cruise…where we promptly fell asleep in the back seat! (See, I told you it would catch up to me!) Another great runDisney race weekend was over, another shiny medal to add to my collection, and many many more memories to hold on to forever.

QOTD: Has humidity every changed your race goals? Favorite costume you saw from marathon weekend?