Friday, May 31, 2013

Tower of Terror Training

Exciting news you guys! We are just a few short days from our “official” start date for the Tower of Terror 10-Miler training (wow, that is a lot of alliteration).That means only 19 weeks away from the race, YAY!

If you plan on running and you are not sure what training plan you want to follow, check out the links below – Jeff Galloway (official runDisney training coach) has schedules for you to follow based on what level you currently are, as well as what your goals may be! For the 10-Miler, I will be following his time improvement schedule.

I love Jeff Galloway’s training schedules, but I do not do the interval running. Personally, I do not want to keep track of when I ‘need’ to walk and run; it hinders my ability to get in the ‘zone’.

“Official” training start date is Tuesday, June 4th. Happy Training everyone! Hopefully I will see y’all there!

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Beginner Runners (running for less than 6 months)
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Experienced Runners
Time Improvement

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QOTD: Do you follow set training plans for races? Why or why not?

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Recipe – Spicy Stuffed Peppers

I would love to share with you all one of my favorite recipes that Robert and I make; it is our healthy take on stuffed peppers! It has plenty of protein, veggies, and carbohydrates so it is a perfect post-run dinner. It is also embarrassingly easy, which makes it that much more awesome!

The recipe below is for two people, but you can easily multiply the ingredients for 3+ people.

Ingredients:
*1/2 Pound Extra Lean Ground Turkey (We use Jennie-O)
*1 Red Bell Pepper (Half a pepper for each person will help stretch your dollar a little more!)
*1/4 Cup Franks RedHot Buffalo Sauce (I love this sauce because it is delicious and it has ZERO calories – please note that you can add less/more of this depending on how spicy you want it to be)
*1/4 Cup Shredded Cheese (We use extra sharp cheddar because it has a great taste with the buffalo sauce and ground turkey)
*1 Bag Quick Cooking Brown Rice
*Garlic Salt and Pepper to taste

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Directions:
1. Pre-heat the oven to 375 degrees.
2. Cook the ground turkey (add garlic salt and pepper to taste) and brown rice as the directions indicate on their packaging.
3. Shred the cheese.
4. Cut pepper in half vertically.
5. Mix the brown rice, ground turkey, and buffalo sauce in a bowl.

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6. Put both pepper halves in a greased oven-safe pan and add the mixture to the openings in the peppers (the entire mixture may not fit in the peppers so you can save any extra to serve after the they are done baking).

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7. Top with cheese and put in the oven for about 25 minutes.
8. Eat and enjoy!

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QOTD: What is one of your favorite recipes to make?

Monday, May 27, 2013

May We Always Remember

I know this is a running blog, but I would like to take today to honor those who have fought and are currently fighting for our freedom here in the United States of America. May we never forget the reason we are all here and able to enjoy our lives! Thank you so much to our heroes in the U.S. military – you will always have my unwavering gratitude for what you have done for us all. I also pray for those who have lost family in the military, and well as those who may be overseas and unable to be with their family.

I hope everyone has a wonderful and beautiful Memorial Day!

QOTD: Do you have any family or friends who serve(d) in the military?

Sunday, May 26, 2013

Weekly Recap 5/20 – 5/26

Happy weekend all! It appears that last week I jinxed myself saying I was going to wake up early for my long run this Saturday. Turns out I am sick and have back pain too.To be honest, I am a little worried because I did not get my last long run in before the Wounded Warrior Half Marathon, but I am still confident I will be able to run it and PR!

My workouts this week:

Monday: Jillian Michaels Killer Buns & Thighs (40 minutes)

Tuesday: 3 Mile Tempo Run (Pace: 9 min/mile)

Wednesday: Jillian Michaels 6-Week Six-Pack (35 minutes) Sick

Thursday: 4 mile maintenance run (Pace: 10:30 min/mile)


Friday: Rest Day/Stretch

Saturday: 12 mile long run Sick

Sunday Motivation!

QOTD: How was your training this week? Do you workout when you are sick or take it easy?

Friday, May 24, 2013

‘Be Our Guest’ Review

‘Be Our Guest’ is one of Walt Disney World’s newest additions to Magic Kingdom’s Fantasyland. It is a restaurant built inside, and artistically decorated based on, the castle from Disney’s Beauty and the Beast. Today I would like to talk about why you should eat at this amazing new restaurant after your next runDisney race!

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First and foremost, let’s talk food. The menu is very diverse, and there is something for everyone. There are plenty of options for proteins and carbohydrates so no runner can complain! Robert and I ate there for lunch when we visited for the Princess Half Marathon Weekend back in February, and we loved it – it is a huge step above usual theme park food. I had the Croque Monsieur (Grilled Sandwich of Carved Ham and Gruyere Cheese and Bechamel with Pommes Frites), while Robert enjoyed the Carved Prime Chuck Roast Beef Sandwich (Served warm on a Baguette with Horseradish Sour Cream and Pommes Frites). For dessert we shared a rich, decadent, mouthwatering Triple Chocolate Cupcake (Chocolate Sponge Cake, Chocolate Mousse Filling and Chocolate Ganache). Can you tell I have a sweet tooth?

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I do recommend this restaurant post race. We ate here the day before I ran the half marathon, which in hindsight was not the best idea, considering it is very rich - and not exactly healthy - food. However, I was lucky and I did not have any stomach issues from it that weekend. Next time I REALLY hope we can get dinner reservations, but I hear it books up fast! 

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Oh, and if you get the chance, you should try the new ‘LeFou’s Brew’ at Gaston’s Tavern. It is very tasty (however, it is not quite as good as the Butterbeer from The Wizarding World of Harry Potter in my humble opinion).

Next is the most exciting part – the atmosphere and d├ęcor! When you first walk in, you truly feel as if you are walking into a castle when you go through the iron gates. Inside, we went down a hallway where there were beautiful chandeliers and armored soldiers. From there, we ordered our lunch and went to find a table to await the delivery of our food French cuisine. There are three rooms to choose from; The Grand Ballroom, The West Wing, or Belle’s Library.

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I love the Grand Ballroom because 1) you really feel as if you are in a scene from the movie, and 2) the windows are made to look like it is snowing on a mountain top in the distance (definitely my favorite part of the restaurant)! The West Wing was also very fun; it is a much darker room of course, with the ripped photo of the beast in prince form, and the film’s iconic wilting rose. Finally, there is Belle’s library, which features bright colors and framed photos of Belle, Beast, and other well-known characters from the movie.

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So, fellow runners, reward yourself after a race with a visit to ‘Be Our Guest’! Just sit down, tie your napkin around your neck, and enjoy the culinary cabaret that is awaiting your arrival!

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QOTD: Have you been to ‘Be Our Guest?’ If yes, did you enjoy it? If no, is it a restaurant you would like to try?

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

New Thrills coming to Tower of Terror

A new video has been released by runDisney for the 2013 Tower of Terror 10-Miler. It is very much a teaser trailer for some expected changes and enhancements from last year. It alludes to possible changes in lighting at some points, as well as new character photo opportunities! While it does not give away much, it does make a point in saying that these enhancements will result in:

1. More Scares
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More Fun
3.
More Thrills

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We can expect more news about specifics this summer. The only downside to this race (from 2012) that I have heard at this point was the extreme heat and humidity, which is obviously out of Disney’s control, so I am very curious to find out what sort of changes are going to be made.

I am also hoping Disney releases the 2013 medal design soon; I can’t wait to see it! I am so excited to run this race in a few months!

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The races take place the weekend of October 4-5, and if you haven’t signed up yet, there is still some room left – The 10-miler is currently at 88%, and the Happy Haunted 5K Trail Run is at 52%. Also, if you have spectators coming along, don’t forget to purchase tickets for the Disney Villains Hollywood Bash after-party (FYI: this is included in the 10-miler participant race registration)!

Register here for the Tower of Terror 10-Miler: Now at $165 per participant

Register here for the Happy Haunted 5K Trail Run: $50 per participant

Purchase tickets here for the Disney Villains Hollywood Bash: $64 per person until September 4th, then goes up to $74 per person

 

QOTD: Did you run this race last year? Are you running it this year? What do you hope these changes will be?

Monday, May 20, 2013

Liebster Award

I would like to preface this post by giving a huge thank you to Jennifer at The Final Forty for nominating me for a Liebster Award! This award is basically a way of personally recognizing your favorite up-and-coming blogs, so it is truly wonderful to know that my blog is getting out there to motivate, inform, and entertain others!

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Here is how it works:

1. Write 11 random facts about yourself.
2. Answer the 11 questions given by the person who nominated you.
3. Create 11 new questions.
4. Nominate 11 bloggers and mention them in your post.
5. Thank the person that nominated you and tell the people you’ve nominated.

11 Random Facts:

1. My name is Lauren, but most of my friends call me Ren. It is a nickname I started going by in 7th grade so that I could differentiate myself from all the other Lauren’s in school. However, if you ask my friends from back then, they will tell you it is because I reminded them of Ren from the old Disney Channel show ‘Even Stevens.’

2. I want to travel the world. It is my personal belief that God created this beautiful planet for us to explore and enjoy every part of it.

3. I never want to go a day in my life without laughing!

4. I am a singer, and was in both the varsity choir and show choir in high school. I loved every second of it, and miss it every day!

5. I have a Type A personality – 110%. I plan every little detail about everything. I am also very logical and analytical. It makes vacations super efficient though!

6. I lived in Brisbane, Australia for 6 months after I graduated college. While I was there I also traveled along the entire Australian east coast, along with New Zealand and Fiji.

7. I learned to skydive, and scuba dive at the Great Barrier Reef in Australia! I also learned to surf in Byron Bay, Australia.

8. I am a coffee addict! But not because of the caffeine – I really just love the taste.

9. I am very patriotic. I have had many friends and family members serve in the military, including my dad!

10. I LOVE LOVE LOVE roller coasters! My current favorite is The Hulk at Universal Studios Islands of Adventure!

11. In addition to my obsession with Disney, you can add a huge obsession with Harry Potter (books & movies). In fact, I visited The Wizarding World of Harry Potter within its first month of opening, and I cannot wait to visit when they finish the new additions in 2014!

11 Questions from Jennifer at The Final Forty:

1. What are some of your hobbies (other than running, I mean)? I love to sing, dance, and read! I am also a big movie-goer!

2. What’s your favorite song of all time? Just one?! There are a million songs that I love, but one that I never get tired of is “Don’t Stop Believing” by Journey.

3. What do you do for a living? I am a Supply Chain Management Professional in the oil industry.

4. When and why did you start blogging? I just recently began blogging in early April, and I started because I really wanted to both keep myself accountable, and inspire others to live a healthier lifestyle!

5. What’s your favorite animal? Dolphins and puppies! My family and I lived in Hawaii when I was younger, and I was able to swim with dolphins while we were there – I loved it so much! Puppies are just the best; it is my personal opinion that a house is not a home without a dog. :)

6. What’s your biggest pet peeve? I have a lot of these – but the biggest ones are when people do not make eye contact with you when you are in a conversation with them, and also when people don’t wear deodorant at the gym. That is just bad hygiene (and stinky!).

7. If you won the lottery tomorrow…what would you spend the money on? I would give a lot to charities that focus on saving the lives of animals, such as the ASPCA, as well as local humane societies. I would save some, invest a lot of it, and give some to family of course. The first actual thing I would buy though would be buy flight tickets to Europe for Robert and I, so we could travel all around over there! Neither one of us have been there yet.

8. What’s your favorite color? Turquoise – it reminds of me the ocean!

9. What’s your favorite season/time of year? They are all great, but I would say my favorite would be summer because I love being at the pool!

10. If you could eat one food every day and still never, ever get sick of it…what would it be? Chocolate and peanut butter… yummy!

11. What are some of your favorite ways to stay fit (again, other than running)? Definitely swimming! Since I have a triathlon coming up, I will be biking a lot more as well. I also really enjoy kickboxing even though it has been awhile since I have done it.

My 11 Questions for Others:

1. What race is at the top of your running bucket list?
2. If money was no object and you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be?
3. What is your current running goal that you are working towards?
4. What is your favorite food to eat after a race?
5. Of all the blog posts you have written, which one is your favorite?
6. What is your favorite movie?
7. Who is your favorite Disney character?
8. Dogs or Cats?
9. What is one thing you REALLY want to do in the next 5 years (does not have to be running related)?
10. Best piece of running advice anyone has ever given you?
11. What is your dream job?

My 11 Nominees – I love each of your blogs and I hope you have as much fun with your Liebster post as I did!

1. Lesley at A Runner’s Shenanigans
2. Kim at Confessions of a Domestic Goddess
3. Karen at Losing the Glass Slippers
4. Lacey at Fairytales and Fitness
5. Meranda at Fairytales and Fitness
6. Patty at Margaritas, Miles & the Mouse
7. Heather at Through Heather’s Looking Glass
8. Christine at We Run Disney
9. Pam at We Run Disney
10. Cintia at Simply Cintia
11. Sarah at Our Journey

QOTD: When and why did you start blogging?

Sunday, May 19, 2013

Weekly Recap 5/13 – 5/19

Good morning all! How was everyone’s week? It was hot here in Houston. I HAVE to start listening to my own advice and get my Saturday long runs done early – before the sun is all the way up. It was already well into the 80’s and humid during my 7 miler this Saturday (I did not get to the park until almost 10 AM though). So it was slow, but still, I got it done!

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T-minus 3 weeks until the Wounded Warrior Half Marathon!

My workouts this week:

Monday: Jillian Michaels Killer Buns & Thighs (40 minutes)

Tuesday: 3.5 Mile Tempo Run (Pace: 9 min/mile)

Wednesday: Jillian Michaels 6-Week Six-Pack (35 minutes)

Thursday: 4.5 mile maintenance run (Pace: 10:30 min/mile)

Friday: Rest Day/Stretch

Saturday: 7.1 miles in 1:15:05 – You can see below that the first 3-4 miles were well paced and I was feeling pretty good. After that though, the heat really took its toll and slowed me down for awhile. However, my overall average pace was still 10:34, so not too bad considering how tired I was!

Mile 1: 10:17
Mile 2: 10:19
Mile 3: 10:15
Mile 4: 10:29
Mile 5: 10:52
Mile 6: 11:09
Mile 7: 10:40
Mile 0.1: 1:04

Sunday: It is a beautiful day outside yet again, so I will be going for a walk at the park and hopefully spending some time in the pool!

Sunday Motivation!

QOTD: How was your training this week?

Friday, May 17, 2013

Feeling Hot Hot Hot!

Well you guys, it appears the summer training months have arrived. Running outdoors in this heat and humidity can be very dangerous, so it is important to take proper precautions and to listen to your body!

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Here are a few tips to help handle the heat:

1. HYDRATE – This is an obvious one. Drink a lot of water every day; incorporate sports drinks too. The heat will cause you to lose more sweat than usual, so it is important to re-hydrate as well as replenish your electrolytes to stay strong.

For mid-run hydration: Some people don’t like running with a hydration belt, and that is absolutely okay, but just make sure you have quick and easy access to fluids during each run. If you can, bring enough water with you so you can pour some over your head to keep cool. It really helps! Also, if you have one, a cooling neck wrap works great post-run.

2. APPAREL – Always wear moisture wicking material during your workouts. It will keep you dry and comfortable.

3. SUN PROTECTION – Always wear sunscreen, lip balm with SPF, and sunglasses.

4. TIME OF DAY – If it is possible to fit in your schedule, try running before/during sunrise, or after/during sunset. Just remember to stay safe while doing so! I personally prefer to run when I know there are a lot of people out at the park because I feel more at ease, but the Texas heat will probably be forcing me into early morning Saturday long runs soon.

Just a few basic safety tips: Bring your cell phone and ID, wear brightly colored outfits and/or reflective gear, and if you run alone, make sure you tell someone where you will be and how long you expect to be gone.

5. LISTEN – Stay in tune with your body and your physical state. Walk breaks are your friend if you get over heated!

So even though it may feel like torture, and on some days you may even feel like you are getting slower, keep up the hard work. If you can get through the summer, you will be stronger when the perfect running weather comes along in the fall. Remember, even a bad run is better than no run at all – now, let’s do this!

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QOTD: What is your best tip for training through the summer time?

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

A New Outlook

“Where do you see yourself in 5 years?”

I have been asking myself this formidable question for years, and to be honest, I probably could not count on two hands how many different answers I have given.

I used to think I knew where I would be – I had this unrealistic expectation that I knew exactly how my life would play out. However, life ended up proving to me that I, in fact, cannot tell the future. Go figure! :0) I am so grateful for that too, because it has turned out even better than I could have imagined!

Throughout my running journey, I have learned an amazing lesson regarding this very question. Going through life is much like preparing for a race. You learn and train all you can to be the best you can be to meet your goals in a race. You control what you do, along with when and how you do it, and yet, there are factors out of your control, such as weather, sickness, and injury. Still, in pursuing the passion of running, you never give up, and you discover what it is that motivates you and pushes you to do more than you ever thought you could achieve. Runners never quit – they find their best self.

So where do I see myself in 5 years? I may not know specifics, but I do know this – I will be working hard, always learning and pushing myself, and most importantly, happy!

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QOTD: What has running taught you in life?

Monday, May 13, 2013

So Many Parks, So Little Time…

Today I am feeling reminiscent about my past Disney World trips, and am very much looking forward to my future ones! I am a subscriber to the Disney Parks Blog and last week they posted a fun chart about what park you should visit first.

To relate it to running, it is a great chart to figure out what park(s) you may want to visit if you have limited time for a vacation during a runDisney event weekend. For example, when Robert and I went for the Princess Half Marathon, we were only there a short time (Friday, Saturday, Sunday, then left Monday morning). We obviously did not have the time to visit all the parks – well, not without over exerting myself before the race. We ended up deciding to go to Magic Kingdom and EPCOT that weekend!

So, if you have never been to Disney World, or are just having trouble deciding which park you want to visit while you are there, let this chart be your guide!

It is also fun just to see where you would be if you were there right now. Today, I would be at Hollywood Studios! 


QOTD: What park is your favorite? Based on what your answers were, what park would you be at today?

Sunday, May 12, 2013

Weekly Recap 5/6 – 5/12

Happy Mother’s Day everyone! I hope everyone has had a wonderful week! It was a pretty good week here in Houston. My Saturday long runs are getting into the higher mileage again; the countdown is on to my next half marathon – 4 weeks!

My workouts this week:

Monday: Jillian Michaels 6-Week Six-Pack (35 minutes)

Tuesday: Speed work intervals – 3 x (1200 meters race pace + 400 meters walk)

1200 meters = 0.75 mile (Pace: 8:45 min/mile)
400 meters = 0.25 mile (Pace: Comfortable walk)

Wednesday: Walked around for a few hours at OTC (oilfield conference)

Thursday: 3.1 mile maintenance run (Pace: 10:30 min/mile)

Friday: Rest Day

Saturday: 9.25 miles in 1:37:12 – Saturday’s run was fantastic! It was hot and humid, but my mentality was so positive I doubt anything could have stood in my way. If I had ended up hitting ‘the wall,’ I probably would have just hurdled right over it! I LOVE when that happens!

Mile 1: 10:37
Mile 2: 10:38
Mile 3: 10:36
Mile 4: 10:46
Mile 5: 10:44
Mile 6: 10:38
Mile 7: 10:32
Mile 8: 10:14
Mile 9: 10:07
Mile .25: 2:21

Sunday: Spending as much time as possible outside on this beautiful day!

Sunday Motivation!

QOTD: How was your training this week? Do you have any races coming up?

Friday, May 10, 2013

Disneyland Half Marathon Weekend Medals

Disney has officially released what the medals will look like for the Disneyland Half Marathon weekend this year – 5K, 10K, Half Marathon, and the Dumbo Double Dare! They are adorable – I hope to earn these medals in 2015! Best of luck to everyone who is training for these races!

Half Marathon Training Programs:
Beginners – If you have been running for less than 6 months

Experienced Runners:
Time Improvement

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Dumbo Double Dare Training Program:
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QOTD: Will you be earning any of these medals in September?

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

FitSip

As I was perusing Runner’s World the other day, I came across an innovative new piece of running gear. It is called the FitSip, which is an entirely new approach to a hydration belt. It is an armband with a built-in water bottle that can hold up to 6.7 ounces of water. There is a soft bite valve (much like on a regular water bottle) that is placed where you would see a watch face on your wrist. This allows you to just hold up your arm to your mouth to take a quick sip rather than pulling a water bottle from your hydration belt, or holding one during your entire run. Theoretically ingenious if you ask me!

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The creators of this product wanted to solve the problem of the unbalanced effect from wearing a hydration belt, as well the need for mid-run fluids without the need to carry an actual water bottle. They also claim that it is “so comfortable you might forget you’re wearing it, and impossible to drop, lose or leave behind while you’re out.”

While reading, I thought to myself - Really now?! I kind of want to test that theory.

Not long after that thought, I found out you can only purchase the FitSip online from the UK (where it is being manufactured). I have to admit I was disappointed. It is already priced rather high at £23.99 (about $37), and adding on international shipping would be yet another £12 (about $18). So, as much as I would love to try this product, I think I am going to wait until they start selling in the US. I consider myself a very frugal person – which at times, can be frustrating, but in the long run, it is better for me that way! So for now, all I can say is, I hope it catches on fast!

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QOTD: Is this a product you would be interested in trying? Why or why not?

Monday, May 6, 2013

Find Your Sole Mate

Back in January 2012, when I first started getting into running, I went to buy some running shoes. I ended up getting the Asics Gel Nimbus; when I first put them on it was as if I was walking on clouds. I spent my first year of running in these shoes and I never had any pain or injury from them.

By the time Christmas 2012 came around, I figured it would be a good time to buy some new shoes since I had put some good mileage in my Asics. I did research on different brands/styles of running shoes, and decided to try something new. I purchase a pair of the Saucony Hurricanes. A few weeks later, I noticed that every time I ran in these shoes, I ended up with outer leg pains and I started to worry.

At that point, I went to get fitted at a local running store so see what kind of shoes they recommended. When they guy who helped me saw my arch, running style, then what shoes I had, he told me that I was wearing quite possibly the worst shoe type for my foot. He also said that I was probably on my way to a bad leg injury; I felt immediate relief that I came to this store before anything bad happened.

I left the store with shoes that were, and still are, perfect for me – the Asics Gel Cumulus. Since I bought these shoes in January, I have had zero leg pain and no feelings of heading towards injury. They are also the shoes that took me through my first half marathon!

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What is important from this story is this: if you want to get into running, and are not sure what shoes are right for you – get fitted for your ‘sole mate’! Go to a local running store and let them help you find what will be most comfortable for you, because when you run, the last thing you want to worry about is your shoes causing you pain or injury. If the most basic piece of running gear causes you discomfort, you will not be able to become a better runner and reach your full potential!

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QOTD: Have you ever been fitted for a running shoe? What brand/style is your ‘sole mate’?

Sunday, May 5, 2013

Weekly Recap 4/29 – 5/5

Hey y’all! Sorry for the late post today, it has been a crazy busy week/weekend – almost non-stop! I hope everyone has had a fantastic week for both training and fun! I took it easy (no speed work) this week since I had the 10K last weekend.

My workouts this week:

Monday: Jillian Michaels 6-Week Six-Pack (35 minutes)

Tuesday: 4.5 Mile Maintenance Run (Pace: 10:30 min/mile)

Wednesday: Jillian Michaels Killer Buns & Thighs (40 minutes)

Thursday: 4 Mile Maintenance Run (Pace: 10:30 min/mile)

Friday: Rest Day/Stretch

Saturday: 6 mile run (Pace: 10:30 min/mile) – I begrudgingly did my long run this week on the treadmill… I usually look forward to the one time a week I get to run in the beautiful outdoors! However, we had A TON of stuff to get done on Saturday and a dinner cruise that night. We were pretty time crunched so I just ran over at our apartment gym.

Sunday: Rest Day/Stretch (another busy afternoon) – We did do some serious cleaning all morning so I am going to go ahead and count that towards my workout for today. :)

Sunday Motivation!

QOTD: How did your week go? Do you ever have to work around a busy schedule?

Friday, May 3, 2013

Expedition Everest Challenge 2013

It’s that time of year-runDisney’s Expedition Everest Challenge race is tomorrow! I am not running this year, but this race is certainly on my bucket list.

Here is some race day information for all you lucky people who will be running!

Final Race Instructions Here
Download Waiver/Bib # Pick-up Form Here

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This Weekend’s Schedule of Events:

Packet Pick-Up:
ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex
12:00 p.m. -7:00 p.m. on Friday, May 3, 2013
10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 4, 2013

Kids' Races:
ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex
10:00 a.m., Saturday, May 4, 2013

Expedition Everest Challenge Family Edition:
ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex
10:30 a.m., Saturday, May 4, 2013

Expedition Everest Challenge Pre-Race Picnic:
ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex
11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 4, 2013

Expedition Everest Challenge:
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Disney's Animal Kingdom Park
10:00 p.m., Saturday, May 4, 2013

Post-Race Party:
Disney's Animal Kingdom Theme Park
11:00 p.m., Saturday, May 4, 2013

Awards Ceremony:
Disney's Animal Kingdom Theme Park in DinoLand U.S.A. Area
1:00 a.m., Sunday, May 5, 2013

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Make sure to practice your problem-solving skills before the race so the challenge clues don’t stump you!

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QOTD: Will you be earning the compass medal this weekend? Did you solve the clue?

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Running Playlist – Disney Edition

Although I sometimes enjoy running without music, for races and long training runs, I prefer listening to it. I find it soothing, motivating, and it helps me to get in my zone. Today I want to talk about those Disney songs out there that can keep you happy and motivated during a run - I know everyone has different taste in music, but I bet everyone out there has at least one Disney song that they love enough to have on their playlist!

Here are the Disney songs I currently have on my iPod:

“Go the Distance” from Hercules
“I Just Can’t Wait to be King” from The Lion King
”Circle of Life” from The Lion King
”Hakuna Matata” from The Lion King

”Strangers Like Me” from Tarzan
”Just Beyond the Riverbend” from Pocahontas

“Eye to Eye” from A Goofy Movie
“Stand Out” from A Goofy Movie
“Almost There” from Princess and the Frog
“I’ve Got a Dream” from Tangled
”When Will My Life Begin” from Tangled

(I really need to add “I’ll Make a Man Out of You” from Mulan)

Yes, I know there is a lot, but what can I say? They are great songs! “Go the Distance” is probably what I would call my “go to” song for serious motivation. It may not be an entirely upbeat song, but the words are so powerful!

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QOTD: Do you have any Disney songs that motivate you during a run?