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Princess 5K Race Recap


After a busy day, and too much money spent, at the expo on Thursday we were excited for the first race of three for our Princess Half Marathon weekend, the Princess 5K!

We were up at 3:30am on Friday for the Princess 5K as we had to be on a bus by 4:45am!  Those early wake-up calls are never easy, and they were only going to get worse as the week went on.  We quickly got dressed in our race outfits.  These were our “backup plan” outfits, as we had originally hoped our custom Ariel Sparkle Skirts would be done in time, but no luck!  (As a matter of fact, we’re still waiting on them!)  Instead we wore our Jeff Galloway sparkle skirts and a shirt I made to match.

Before we even arrived for the Princess weekend we had decided that we would take the 5K easy.  Stop for lots of pictures.  Enjoy every minute.  We knew we had to save our legs a bit so we would mostly be walking the 5K.


The morning was cold and we were rocking the trash bags to stay warm as we waited for the race to start.  (I always pack a few in my suitcase for race weekends just in case!)  Thanks to our Sparkle Skirts when we arived at the starting area we went through the no bag check line quickly and made our way back towards the pre-race party.  We ended up getting in line for a photo with Sebastian.  (We missed that Ariel and Eric were a photo op too unfortunately, but Sebastian was fun!)  Some friends met up with us when they arrived and joined us in line.  We went straight to our corrals after our picture with Sebastian.


We were set to start in C and decided we would do a few intervals to get out of the way of people and the crowds of the corral and then we would take our time.  The first mile backstage went by pretty quicly.  We stopped for a shot or two of Epcot, pictures with Chip and Dale, Daisy and Donald and Genie in his vacation outfit all during mile 2/World Showcase.  We felt like we were moseying.  It was nice and relaxed!


The monorail was stopped on the tracks which made for a fun photo op for Jan and I and then we stopped for a photo with the Festival of Fantasy characters from the Mermaid section of the parade by Finding Nemo.


 Next thing you know we were heading to mile 3 and the finish!   We got our ADORABLE medals, and some handy mylar blankets to warm up, which would be very useful the next morning too!  (Tip: always save the blanket you get at the end of one race for the next days race.)   The Princess 5K was so fun!  It was nice to stop for tons of pictures with the characters and not be worried about our time.  I’d say I’m glad we took it easy, but with a day in the parks following the 5K I’m not sure it really helped!  The most important thing though is that the race was fun and we were ready for the next one!

 

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Long Overdue Training Update

My training for Wine and Dine has been swimming along quite nicely, but my lack of a laptop has made blogging a little more difficult.  Hopefully I’ll get it to Apple sooner than later so I can get up and running again.

With Wine and Dine next week I am so happy to say that we are in taper mode.  Due to the crazy rain here this week we didn’t run yesterday, but should be able to get in a 30 minute maintenance run on Thursday and a 4 miler on Saturday.  We’ll do our Tuesday and Thursday maintenance runs next week before heading off to Disney!


This past Saturday we did a 13 miler as our last long run for Wine & Dine.  It was such a weird run.  We were a little chatty at the beginning, but still keeping a decent pace.  However, I hit a wall around 8.5-9 miles, which was an odd time to do that for me.  We ended up with about a 15 minute per mile pace.  Not my strongest run at about a minute and a half to two minutes slower than my normal pace.  But I was able to push through at the end and run some strong intervals so I’m going to hope that I got this fluke out of my system and we’re ready for Wine and Dine!  I don’t want to see those balloon ladies next weekend!


My husband has been a great encouragement and running partner during Wine and Dine training.  I think we’ve finally gotten this running together thing down.  I just may have to keep him around while training for Princess!

How are all the fellow Wine and Diners feeling about their prep for next weekends race!  It should be a lot of fun!

Sunday Training Synopsis

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Well, here we are again, reviewing my training this past week for the Wine and Dine Half Marathon.  (Which will lead me to the Glass Slipper Challenge/Triple Crown!)  I can’t believe we’re done with Week 5 of Wine & Dine training! Crazy!  This week had ups and downs, but it’s done, and that’s what matters!  I’ve put in the miles!  This week called for 30 minute maintenance runs on Tuesday and Thursday, and a 5 mile run on Saturday.

Tuesday: Sadly I was still in a lot of pain Monday night and Tuesday so I skipped Tuesday morning’s run in favor or resting the back.  I’m praying the back doesn’t cause me too much trouble for the rest of training!

Thursday: I ran 2.19 miles in 30:56.  Considering the break it’s not horrible, but not where I’d like to be.

Sunday: I ran today because I overslept yesterday and was avoiding the heat.  Five miles down today.  I had two battles today.  The first is that my legs felt so heavy and I hit a wall around 2.5 miles.  Very odd time in a run for me to hit a wall.   I pushed through obviously to get the 5 miles in!  The second problem was that my tank top caused some chaffing on my arms.  So painful.  I noticed I walked more because of how uncomfortable I was.  But it’s done and that’s what matters is that I put on the miles.

Next week the schedule calls for 30 minute maintenance runs again on Tuesday and Thursday, as well as a 3 mile run on Saturday.  After an abysmal week I’m looking forward to low mileage, faster mpm and hopefully a healthy body!  What’s on your training plan this week?

Sparkle Skirts Review

I’ve been seeing a lot of buzz lately in online running groups about what to wear when you run.  I was kind of married to my Old Navy Active compression capris.  I have a really hard time finding something that doesn’t fall down on me and they were my best option.  I used a Running Buddy to carry my phone and the worked for the most part.  After over a year of listening to my cupcakes not just talk about, but RAVE about, Sparkle Skirts I began to wonder if I should give them a try.

There were a couple things that held me back initially.  They are a little pricey.  Definitely more than your Old Navy or Wal Mart capris.  The shorts worried me.  They claimed they didn’t ride up, but I had nightmares about the chaffing that would ensue from running in shorts.  Ok, those were really my only two concerns.  But they were big ones!

Then Sparkle Skirts had a sale with free shipping, and low and behold, I purchased my first skirt!  Tropical Breeze swing is so pretty and I just couldn’t resist.  So I stalked the mail and waited, not so patiently, for my new pretty to arrive in the mail.

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Trying Tropical Breeze on right after it arrived!

When it did arrive I did some tests…jumping jacks, squats, etc to see if it would fall down and it stayed up through the test.  I wore it twice around town, to events where I was going to be outside in the FL heat and humidity, and was complimented on it, and comfortable throughout the events.  It was nice to be hands free and have my phone in my pocket.

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Rocking Haunted on a recent run!

But the true test came on my first run.  I did have to pull the skirt up, but what I noticed is that with my short torso I really have to Steve Urkel my skirts and capris and then I don’t have as many issues with them falling down.  Once I solved that problem I knew I wouldn’t want to run in anything else!  I love my Sparkle Skirt!  I wear them with the kangeroo pouch in back where I put my phone so I can run my headphones up the back of my shirt.  (I really need to invest in a wireless headset for running!)  And guess what, I am now the proud owner of FOUR Sparkle Skirts so I have plenty to wear for my Wine & Dine Half, as well as my Glass Slipper Challenge training.  They are truly addicting!

My little collection!

My little collection!

One of the nice things is that Sparkle Skirts has a couple different styles you can choose from.  All of my pretties are the “Swing” style.  They also have “Hiker” which are two inches longer than the swing style.  They also have slim cut and vented slim so there are plenty of styles to choose from, and it gives you the opportunity to run in something that suites your body type best.  Oh, and they come in sizes XS to 3XL so there is one for everyone!

So, if you’re on the fence about whether or not to spend the money on a Sparkle Skirt, or whether they’re as great as everyone says they are, just bite the bullet it and get one!  Once you go Sparkle, you’ll never go back!

*This post is not endorsed or sponsored by SparkleSkirts.  The opinions are  mine of a product many inquire about.  (However if SparkleSkirts would like to send me product to review or have me be an ambassador I would be all for that!)

runDisney Registration Madness!

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After running the Enchanted 10K Princess Half weekend in February I knew I wanted to do more and a half was the next step on my running bucket list.  As a matter of fact, when I met Jeff Galloway at the marathon weekend Expo I told him so, and I hadn’t even run the races yet!  Originally I thought I would run Princess Half in 2016, however my husband had the bright idea to run Wine & Dine together…this year!  Say what?????

Being crazy, and up for the challenge, we decided this was our year and I watched AP registration for the race go at lightning speed.  I couldn’t believe how quickly it went, or how many people were still going to need to register on St. Paddy’s Day!  Last Tuesday I found myself nervous, with my stomach in knots, all over race registration!  I was poised with my computer ready prior to noon when registration opened.  I knew I had to register both myself, and the hubs, and I was worried only one of us would get in!

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I was refreshing the page over and over again until it went live.  I registered myself with only one issue.  (Hello, forgetting to update the expiration date on my card!  Can you say nervous much?)  And was able to successfully register the hubs right after!  Woo hoo!  I guess the luck of the Irish was with us that day!

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The race registration left me shaking.  I was full of adrenaline.  Registration had been stressful because I was worried about how quickly Wine and Dine would sell out this year with no Tower of Terror race, and people seeking redemption from last year’s Splash and Dash!  I was beyond thrilled that we were in!

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And then it began, the post race discussions!  Joy for friends who were able to successfully register!  (And finding out my runner in crime from Princess had secretly registered!)  But the disappointment for those who were unable to register.  The negative posts were frustrating.  It kind of killed my joy.  That’s when you have to step away from the internet for a bit and focus on the task at hand ahead of you!

The hubs and I celebrated that night with corned beef and cabbage and an adult beverage!  It will be both of our first half marathons, and our first night race!  We are so excited to tackle this adventure together!  Disney is always magical, and runDisney is a prime example, but training and crossing that finish line together will be the most magical experience of all!

Fitness Friday – Let’s Get Real!

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A while back I decided I was going to run at 5K at Disney.  This seemed like an insurmountable goal for a girl who could barely run a mile in high school, when I weighed a whole lot less.  Finding out I was pregnant pushed that goal back to 2015, as I knew I wouldn’t be ready to tackle this challenge right after having a baby.  Then I had a crazy thought…with all this time to train, why not run a 10K too?  Right?  Why not?  After all, it would be a good way to “lose the baby weight” and get back in shape.

It’s been a long road so far.  I started out with C25K, and have switched to the Jeff Galloway program.  It just fits my running style better.  Tomorrow I am to set out and run FIVE miles.  FIVE.  Just for fun.  I must be crazy!  But I am determined to accomplish this goal!

26f9328981b0a59fa47ba0f780ccee5fThis journey has not always been easy.  I have struggled through some runs.  I have struggled just to get out of bed some mornings.  What I’ve learned about myself though is that I am capable of so much more than I believe.  I honestly wasn’t sure that I could complete a 10K when I signed up, and I still have moments of doubt, but my head is in the game and I firmly believe that I will cross that finish line in February without being swept!

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And the crazy thing is I just might continue running.  I may even have my eyes set on a half the next time.  Funny how one step and one goal can change us!

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So here’s to running.  To earning bling.  To becoming a better me one stride at a time.