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A year ago til now

16 Jun

A year ago this week Dan, Camden (in my belly) and I were in HAWAII!!!!!

I was 7 months pregnant and we were having a ball! All expenses paid trips to exotic locales, you could never afford yourself…..Amazing! Thanks again to my part time Scentsy job!

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Flash foward to now where we have baby selfies and a 9 month old! (who turns 10 months on Thursday)

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My life has changed so much, and yet is still the same. I am currently training for my 5th, 6th and 7th marathons. And hoping at least one yields a 2:45 or below outcome. My ultimate goal being a sub 2:30. Hey I am not fast, but I am determined and I do NOT give up!!!

Plus with the cutest running buddy of all time it is easy to stay focused.

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We run on the track and trail. Though I guess I never thought about slowing when going downhill with the BOB jogging stroller. The force of that plus a 20lb baby is enough to almost make a clumsy lady like myself lose their footing! I didn’t though, must be my cat like reflexes 🙂

Speaking of my 6th Half Marathon, I signed up for the Star Wars Rebel Challenge at Disney Land in January! A 10k Saturday and half sunday. My friend Lauren and I are doing it together just like the Glass Slipper Challenge last year. We are also doing the 5k on Friday!!! These things together are keeping me motivated and excited to run, which is what I need as a tired mommy!

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Disney’s Princess Half Marathon Weekend Part 2!

11 Mar

There may or may not be three parts to this, only because my Half Marathon post will be SUPER long. So its been decided by me, just now, 3 parter coming your way!

Part two is all about the 10k and then the after party of Hollywood Studios!! 🙂

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Here is the flat me front and back of my shirt, to show you my 10k outfit.

This is Lauren and I in our outfits with the infamous crown!

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And at the starting line, the girl who took this didn’t do the best job, but I still like it and was grateful for nice people!

So it was time to start the race at 5:30am. I was in corral B again and Lauren was in E.

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My corral, Elsa from Frozen was on the over pass talking to everyone she was pretty close to the start. I remember texting Lauren after I started to tell her that the girl sounded like Lady Gaga, she agreed when she passed her. Finally the first mile marker, I liked last years story book mile markers better but these were still cute.

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It was an out and back course so the first picture is on my way back and taking a picture of those who started later and were coming out of Epcot. The second photo is when I was heading back into Epcot, I thought the soldiers were cool!

Once I was back in Epcot I got some photos I had missed the day before, as the course was basically the same once inside.

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The second to last picture was of a lady dressed as a purse! I loved that so cool, though I could never run in it. The whole time I took it pretty slow, to rest up for the half and to try and let Lauren catch up.

But I ended up finishing before her even so, due to the time difference of me starting earlier.

I haven’t mentioned this on the blog but I was diagnosed with an underactive thyroid and its causing SO many issues with my body, so while my weight was going down due to eating better and training, my knees and ankles are always sore and swollen!

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Thank god for RunDisney and their foresight, the guys at the end who would ice you were awesome and it really did help! Also Im a sweaty mess and was so tired, but I was happy to finish and in an hour and 33 minutes! This was pretty good because even going slow this was pretty close to my pr time of 1:25.

Here are some race photos I stole from Lauren’s snap chat!

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The last picture is of a hotel on the boat ride to the park.

After this we headed to Hollywood Studios, but I didn’t take photos. We were so busy having fun that I just forgot, but the Rocking Rollercoaster with Aerosmith is SO FUN! It goes scary fast at the beginning but then all you can do is laugh, or at least that is what Lauren and I did.

After that we headed back to our hotel and decided to stretch, foam roll and then swim!

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Check back tomorrow for part 3!

Princess Half Marathon Weekend Recap Part 1

10 Mar

Since I ran 3 races that weekend this will be a two parter! BUT don’t worry if you don’t read the blog for running purposes there are plenty of Disney photos and Florida pictures. Plus if you are like me and in an area blanketed in snow you could use a look at some nice warm weather!!!

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Before I left I bought Lauren and I these crowns at Target, sorry for the weird face I was in conversation with Dan in the car and was trying to snap the picture in between his comments about me being a loser for buying a princess crown!

These crowns will be talked about again so remember this.

Lauren and I managed to arrive at the airport around the same time even though she came from California and I came from CT. We went right to the hotel, checked in quick and headed to the expo for the race. Since I was doing the 5k on friday at 6am I had to go pick up all my items Thursday, plus I had pre-ordered shirts from Raw Threads to race in and had to pick them up at the expo to complete my race outfits!

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The Braves were at the ESPN wide world of sports that day and you could hear them practicing as you walked to the expo. We also wore our crowns, (see I said they would be back) this wasnt the only time this weekend we wore them, and everytime we did people asked where they could buy them. Apparently I was a genius in having the foresight to buy crowns since they were in demand! SEE DAN, SMART NOT A LOSER!!! Though I need to stop talking pictures of myself while talking to people!!

That was apparently all the pictures I took of the expo, but we did shop an extreme amount, so that may have had something to do with it :).

After the expo we headed to downtown disney and had a late lunch/dinner, I have to be honest and say I was worried about eating in Disney as I have been on a eating plan given to me by my trainer to test out. I had lost around 7lbs before the race and had extra time to train so I knew I was in good shape running wise, just had to stick to healthy options.

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I ended up getting a chicken wrap with avacados, cucumbers, tomatoes, lettuce and oil and vinegar on it. It was super satisfying and reassuring that on the first day I was able to find options suited towards me!

Then it was back to the hotel and to bed for my second day out of 4 that I would wake up at 3 am that weekend! It was time to get ready for the 5k! You can see my 5k outfit here. Lauren did not do the 5k so she stayed at the hotel and rested up. We needed rest each day since we ran every morning and went to parks every afternoon!

I got on the bus and headed to the race. I sat next to a girl who was also running alone, we ended up being in the same corral and ran together the whole time it was her first 5k. More on that later.

IMG_5842 IMG_5844Corral B and the starting line! Disney 5k’s are awesome because while there is a clock you are not timed. There is no chip on the back of the bib and you can take it as slow or fast as you want! This helped a lot with my nerves for the weekend and I think prepared me for the next two days!

I decided the night before that I would take the 5k slow enough to be rested for my next two races, but still quick enough to get a good shake out.

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Here are some 5k race photos, it takes place in Epcot and goes by so quickly because of that! There is so much to see and hear and its just fun!

The clock is from when corral A started. So we ended up finishing the race around 48 minutes. I was happy with that, since I wasnt about to kill myself for an untimed race, and because I had my goal in sight to beat my Tinkerbell Half Marathon time. (after a 5k and 10k back to back I wasnt sure how the half would go!) Plus my new friend Stephanie was excited about finishing her first 5k and I was just so excited for her. It brought me back to when I first fell in love with running/racing and all the things that go with it. She had a lot to be proud of and so did I!

We boarded the bus headed back to the hotel and said our goodbyes, but not before getting a medal picture to celebrate!!

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Then it was time for Lauren and I to head to some parks! Todays agenda was Animal Kingdom and Epcot. Lauren is the parks master and planned out our days, times and rides so everything was super efficient and we spent almost no time waiting!

I had never been to AK and hadnt been to Epcot (as a guest, I was clearly there running hours before) since I was a little girl so I didnt remember it well!

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The above photos are just some highlights from the parks. Including the dinosaur ride (my favorite in AK) and the Mission Space Ride in Epcot, we went for the green level and I still felt a bit dizzy afterwards but it was really fun!

Then it was back to the hotel for rest, dinner and bed. That night Lauren and I had french food from the french restaurant in Epcot. I got Soup and some pasta, but was so full after the soup I brought the rest home. We were in bed by 7:30 and up at 3am again when my alarm went off to catch the 3:30am bus to the 10k……

…….To hear more on that you will have to read tomorrows entry!!!

Disney Princess Half Recap!

24 Feb

Before anything else I have to say happy 15 weeks to my little peanut and partner in crime in this race Baby K! You were so good all race and I did not get sick once…..the baby is cranky sometimes if I don’t eat enough/too much and I am still trying to find that balance!

Anyway back to the race. This is easily the biggest race I have done and had over 21000 finishers out of 34000 runners! The way this worked was you were put into corrals based off of your projected finish time. I was in corral E, they went to H. Each corral was let off every 5-10 minutes to try and clear up some course space. Here is a picture of the start.

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The first picture is of Corral A starting the race, from the Official Run Disney Facebook Page.

The second is of my corral finally getting to the start. We took off at 6:05 am. I was getting really tired as I had been up since 1 am. But as the fireworks went off I got a nice surge of adrenaline. IMG_3528

Around mile 2 I swallowed a huge bug….that was fun. It was dark and I was breathing hard…..close your mouth Alex!!!

Each mile marker was a story book! I got a bunch of them but I never stopped to take pictures so this is the best one I have!

They also had characters across the whole course and Disney music playing from different movies! It was very entertaining.

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Right before mile 6 you go through Cinderella’s castle. It was very fun, by now the course got really narrow and everyone walked to take it all in.

That was my only issue with the race, it was so crowded. I was still do interval runs at this point and had to walk more than I wanted to at this point.

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I thought this banner was amazing. I mean look at the size of it compared to that car.

We were almost back to Epcot at mile 10 and had to go up and around an overpass. You take for granted the steepness and slants of overpasses in a car, but not when you are walking up it!

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This photo is looking down on all the people below who had yet to go around the bend and up the slanting overpass.

That is it for pictures until I finish the race. I do not have a picture of my costume, but will once I get the race photos in 2 weeks. The reason being I think Disney was a bit unprepared traffic wise. We got on a bus a 3:15 am and arrived at the race grounds  (usually 14 minutes away) at 4:45 am. Thus Dan and I split up and he went to the race retreat tent to relax and I went to the starting line.

After the race was over I easily found Dan and we headed back to the retreat tent. I pad $99.00 for each of us to have access to the tent and I really do recommend it.  Before the race I was able to eat half a bagel, and a banana. I also got a powerade and was happy to have the opportunity to have that before the race. Dan was able to eat while I was running. When I was done I went to the tent and was able to eat as well.

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We also got flip flops, and a towel that said Disney Princess half. On the way out it was hand lotion and luna bars. I also got a drink ticket for the bar….I didnt use that clearly!!

While I was eating it was photo time.

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Dan in his Cheer Squad shirt. He got that in his welcome kit for the retreat.

My Medal and my running for two shirt. My tutu is the only thing you cant see….I wore my pro compression pink argyle socks and it was a good look!

A tired me…..exhausted, also my super curly humidity hair is cute I know!

Finally in true Dan fashion he took a lot of photos so this face was very necessary!

Then we headed back to the hotel and napped. Dan got me some food and then I fell asleep! It was wonderful to relax with Dan after the race and feel really good about myself. Will I ever run another half this pregnant? NO probably not. It as a great experience for sure but way too tiring. I was happy with my time of 3:35 especially with something like 97% humidity. It was great for today and I am so proud I accomplished something while pregnant that most people will NEVER do!

Disney Princess Half Marathon Top 10…..

24 Feb

I am writing this at 2:20 am. Wasn’t my plan to wake up at 3 am you might ask? The answer is yes it was! But I woke up in true pregnant lady fashion at 1 am having to pee and havent been able to fall back asleep. Call it insomnia, call it jitters, call it whatever but it is what it is. Being awake and half dressed while Dan snores next to me, and I cannot justify waking him until 3 am, prompted me to make this post. 10 things about this race that I needed to share with all of you…..Here we go.

10- The number of days Dan and I have been away from home. We are having fun and all but I miss my little Finny munchkin.

9- The number of toenails I have coming into this race. This surprised me when last saturday one of my little toe nails fell off since I have NOT been training much at all. Thank you morning sickness!

8-  The number of rides I was able to go on while at Universal and Magic Kingdom. Can I just say magic Kingdom is the perfect place to go for pregnant ladies and small children, almost all the rides are do-able! This helped ease a bit of my race stress! 

7- Around the number of times I looked at this thing yesterday and got really nervous about running through it.

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I am a bit concerned about completing the race in a 16 minute mile pace, but darn it I will power walk this whole thing if I have to!

6- The minimum number of times I will have to tell myself I can do this. In case you havent figured this out I don’t feel well prepared for this race. I was too sick the first 3 months of Pregnancy to adequately train but I wasn’t going to give up and not do it. So I suppose I have to keep that feeling alive today! 

5- The time I have to be in my corral by! This is the earliest race I have ever done, but also probably the most fun and rewarding. See number 2 for why. 

4- The number of miles I will run before I feel like absolute death, I did 6 a couple weeks ago but I was struggling. But hey thats what quick walk breaks are for right! 

3- Well 3:30, the cutoff time for the race. This is only 40 minutes more than my PR time. BUT if I can keep my feet moving I should be able to do it! 

2- The amount of people racing under bib 11430. So I bet by now you can tell I am freaking out about finishing. The number one thing that will keep me going today is being a hero for someone else. I always want my children to think of me as a positive role model and it will be a great story to one day tell him/her about how they ran a half marathon with me! 

1- No matter what I finish in I plan on crossing that finish line strong! I will then be number 1 to myself knowing I accomplished something I was jittery and unsure of! 

*Finally because I am sure they are both freaking out reading this, to Mom L and Mom K don’t worry I will be careful and walk a lot. I will not push myself super hard and endanger your grandchild. I do kind of love this baby already and look out for it on a daily basis! 😉

Well time to finish getting ready, wake up dan and head out!

Disney Princess Race Expo and more…

23 Feb

Yesterday we went to the Expo, because today we are headed to the parks for a little bit and then I am going to bed. A 3:00 am wake up will be hard! The race gun goes off at 5:35 am.

Anyway back to the expo. It was very crowded, but the lines were much better when I went around 2 pm, then I had heard they were earlier in the day! People are super crazy over anything that says Disney and Disney knows it! They had so many things for sale. While I did buy things at the expo, it was more things to help me on race day and nothing Disney.

First we went and picked up my bib, it was very good with over 34,000 people running this race they had it set up in groups by bib numbers. No line when I got there and I was able to get it right away!

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#1- Yes my bib says Princess Alexandra bet you didn’t know I was an “official” Disney Princess ;).

#2- I was surprised I was not put into the last corral for this race. The reason being was they made you put in your projected finish time, and a previous race that supported that. I think when I signed up (Pre- Baby K) I put in 2:30, my real goal was 2:15. My previous race time as you know was 2:53. They would accept 2:45 at the most, so I was a bit surprised, but glad as this gives me a little more course time to get things done!!! My goal now is 3:00.I plan on walking a lot and not taking chances with my precious cargo in my tummy. I thought I was put into the last one until I saw ladies with bibs that said H.

After my bib pick up we had to pick up Dan’s Cheer Squad stuff. I will post a picture of him in his shirt tomorrow. He has a wristband and gets to relax and be super comfy all race time in a tent with amenities. I am going to the race retreat quickly before the race, Dan cant go in. I will grab some food, hopefully a water bottle and be good to go before race time!

After pick ups it was time to walk around the expo. Sorry no pictures of this, even though there were no bib lines, there were easily still 8,000 people in the expo at this time and it was kind of a small area for that!

Here is what I got/bought:

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In the bag I was given, the backpack, t-shirt, bib, safety pins and brochures which you didnt need to see. I bought the interval timer as I run 3-1 intervals and I hate staring at my watch to do it and not over exert myself. This thing buzzes against your skin when an interval ends Awesome! I also bought those shorts, I forgot to pack my spandex/bet they dont fit right now so these ones will be great and together with body glide will stop chaffing! Finally the stick! I wasnt about to lug my foam roller down here so I bought a stick at the expo. One of my calves has been crazy tight and making me sad. Last night Dan rolled out my legs and back, I know I am spoiled!

Then it was back to the hotel where we had more animals show up outside our window because it was feeding time! We saw a zebra in the distance but it was a bit too far for us!

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There was this bird with really long legs!

Which was shocking because look how short the one on the tree looks here!

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Then two very hungry things that look like deer, sorry I don’t know any names!

Then we headed to the buffet here for dinner.

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My Dinner: Pita bread, hummus, soup, cabbage, chicken, mac and cheese and a cornbread muffin!

Dessert: a lot of grapes and pineapple!

It was very good and we were happy with the choice to eat there!

Okay well time to get ready then off to the parks! Hope everyone back home is having a nice day, even with all the snow!!!

Visiting a friend and Disney Part 1

22 Feb

Last night we visited and stayed with my best friends Grandfather. First we had lunch with Dan’s Aunt Diane in Orlando. We went to Big Italy which was so delicious!

They made their own Italian dressing for their garden salads. It was great!

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Our Waiter was Italian and didn’t understand I guess when I ordered Spaghetti Bolognese off the menu and he brought me spaghetti and meatballs instead. But I was pretty glad he did it was yummy!

After our lunch date we headed out to visit Jerry who had made us a ham casserole and some veggies.

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In weather this hot 88, is there anything better then cold fresh cucumber. I say there is not!

After dinner Dan and I took a walk around Jerry’s neighborhood.

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Picture 1: A man made pond, the sign is saying not to feed alligators. Jerry said all the old people do though, he is in a 55+ community.

Picture 2: The sunset and palm trees are gorgeous!

Picture 3: One of the many custom driveways they have, many of which have dolphins.

Then we got back watched some tv and were asleep by 10:30pm. I know we are HUGE partiers!

In the morning it was time for more food, felt like I was going to explode.

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Eggs, toast and ham, sausage, plus more good stuff casserole….all amazing!!!!!

After breakfast we said our goodbyes and were on our way to Orlando again to check into our hotel. Animal Kingdom Lodge- Jambo.

This place is pretty amazing.

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This is my bed, we have two queens, with all my hotel, parks, and race day info I got when checking in!

This was on Dan’s bed

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Here is a random picture of the bathroom because I thought it was pretty!

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This is one of the many animal pictures I have from out our window of our room! I will post more tomorrow!

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I love animals so I really enjoy this hotel. I have to find the giraffes and get a photo of them because they are my favorite animal!

Dan and I are off to do that and some other fun things. We also hit the race expo today, but more on that in tomorrows post.

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Planning my next half and updating…..

14 Oct

I have already signed up for my next half! With this sickness taking me out of running Hartford this past weekend I have also not been able to run and am feeling like a real lazy bones mcgee! It was time to find a new race, one longer than a 5k as well so I could get back in the game.

The issue here is there are not really any in our area until spring due to the weather. The solution was this….

The picture is a link to the race website so if anyone is feeling adventurous and wants to join me there is all the info!

February 24th 2013….Dan and I will venture to Florida so I can put on a costume,(because honestly do you think I would miss that opportunity?!?!?!!), run at 5:30 am and be really pumped about it! Dan can watch in style!

Something tells me he will be really happy to watch this race as I bought him a package to watch in comfort that Run Disney Offered. It includes…

– Email updates about the race

-T shirt and other gear for race day

-Brunch and beverages on race day

-Temperature controlled tent with lounges for viewing

-Televised Finish line so he can come meet up with me

-Internet access

and more….it cost me $99.00 but a happy husband at 5am-I finish is a priceless gift to me for race day!

I am very excited about this whole experience. The last time  I went to Disneyworld I was little and barely remember it! Of course we will be renting a car and I asked for one favor only…..to go to the wizarding world of Harry Potter….I mean were right there!!!!

BUT STILL THE MOST IMPORTANT QUESTION IS WHO TO BE FOR THE RACE!?!?!?!

Have you run a rundisney event? Do you have any tips, I would love any info or advice!

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