Archives for May 2012

Disney Fantasy Part 5

 

Hello friends! I am currently at the Grand Floridian enjoying a vacation with my hubby (I know I go out of town a lot but Bobby hasn’t been since September) so it has been nice to get away. We will return to regular blogging when I get back so stick with me!

Since I just got off the Magic Wednesday, I thought today would be a good day to share more photos from the Fantasy when I was on her for work in March. Check out my other recaps below as well:

Disney Fantasy part 1

Disney Fantasy part 2

Disney Fantasy part 3

Disney Fantasy part 4

I had the privilege of checking out some of the different categories on the ship via stateroom tours. Here are some photos of a few of the rooms:

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Inside stateroom with virtual porthole:

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concierge room

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love the carpet

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One Bedroom suite concierge:

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big balcony!

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TV in the mirror? Yes please!

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Pretty awesome huh? I am going to save the royal suite for it’s own post because…well..it deserves it’s own post. You will see what I mean soon! Remember, if you want to book a Disney Cruise Line Vacation, contact me at [email protected] for a free no obligation quote. My services are FREE for you to use!

What’s Beautiful

Under Armour: What’s Beautiful . . . You!

When you decide on a goal for yourself, do you follow through with it? What makes it worth attaining, and what helps you along the way? What if I told you that you could have support, accountability, and possibly win really cool prizes, like being one of the faces of Under Armour? Motivation enough for me!

Under Armour has just launched their What’s Beautiful campaign. This thing is big. REALLY big. It’s pretty awesome too. All you have to do is sign up online (free!) and announce a goal. It can be any goal from running your first mile to completing an Ironman or losing five pounds.

This will last for nine weeks, and at the end of it, Under Armour is choosing a handful of women to basically be the faces of the brand. REAL woman, reaching real goals.

I love it. I believe true beauty lies within. In your drive and determination to reach for the stars. In your hopes and dreams, to be the best version of yourself that you can be. Are you what’s beautiful? YES!

Have I already signed up? Heck yes! So what is my goal you ask? My goal is to run a 27:00 5k. It will actually have to be a training run and not an actual 5k because racing season is pretty much over here. I know it will be hard, but I also know with the help and accountability of the campaign I can do it.

This goal is important to me because last year my 5k personal record was a 27:18. It was on a hilly and hot course, and I was so close to hitting that sub 28:00 mark I had coveted for so long. This year, due to a lot of half marathons and a stress fracture, I only ran one 5k and I was not in the best shape to do so. I don’t want another year to go by before I reach my goal, I want to do it now!

I placed in my age group last year, but didn’t reach my goal of a sub 28:00 5k

I plan to reach my goal by doing the following:

1.) Run 3-4 times per week, with at least one speed workout on the treadmill

2.) Lift weights for a stronger, healthier (injury-free) body

3.) Practice yoga at least once a week to help keep my body limber and flexible

4.) Cross train at least once a week to keep my body guessing and to be overall more healthy

Here at Running With Sass, you know I value fitness and health as well as looking cute while getting fit. Under Armour has an amazing line up of apparel that can help you look great while training for your goal. Personally, I am loving the idea of the slash capri, the Armour bra, and the charge RC storm running shoe. These products look super cute and I am sure they would help me on my way to my goal.

So you want in on this awesome project? Have a goal in mind? Go sign up on the Under Armour website and get going! If you aren’t sure what goal you want to achieve, go to the website and search through some of the other participants’ profiles for some good ideas. Create your own profile, and start the challenge today and show the world you are beautiful!

Not to mention, you can win some of this awesome free gear for yourself! See the rules below for a chance to win a $500 Under Armour gift card. Be sure to leave a comment telling me which of the Under Armour products you want to try! There will be three separate sweepstakes, so come back later for even more chances to win!

SWEEPSTAKES/GIVEAWAY RULES

Rules:

No duplicate comments.

You may receive (2) total entries by selecting from the following entry methods:

a) Leave a comment in response to the sweepstakes prompt on this post

b) Tweet (public message) about this promotion, including exactly the following unique terms in your tweet message: “#whatsbeautiful” “#sweepstakes”; and leave the URL to that tweet in a comment on this post

c) Blog about this promotion and leave the URL to that post in a comment on this post. To comply with FTC Guidelines (see http://www.ftc.gov/opa/2009/10/endortest.shtm), entrants’ blog posts must disclose that they are receiving a sweepstakes entry in exchange for writing the blog post.

d) For those with no Twitter or blog, read the official rules to learn about an alternate form of entry.

This giveaway is open to US Residents age 18 or older. Winners will be selected via random draw, and will be notified by e-mail. You have 72 hours to get back to me, otherwise a new winner will be selected.

The Official Rules are available here.

This sweepstakes runs from 5/10-5/21

Be sure to visit the Under Armour page on BlogHer.com where you can read other bloggers’ posts!

Big Sur Recap

This guest post was submitted by Sara. She is super sweet, I got to meet her at Disney Princess. She is so busy with family and work but still manages to be an awesome runner!

For those of you who don’t know me, I am a running mother to 5 awesome kids who is also a full time lawyer. At some point, I’d love to write about training with a big family and a job, but for this post I thought you all might enjoy hearing about this past weekend’s Big Sur Marathon! Thanks so much to Running with Sass for letting me guest post.

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Last Friday, I headed out to Monterey, CA from Birmingham, AL. We traveled with an awesome group – myself, my husband, fellow Village Runner (my running group) Darnell and her husband, and my running coach Danny Haralson and his wife Micki.

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I knew the course was going to be hilly and hard, but I also knew that we trained for hills and that I was going into this marathon stronger than my last. That all being said, nothing could have prepared me for what lie ahead. Hills? YES. Wind? YES. Road camber that was killer? Double YES. This was a hard, hard run.

In order to get to the start line for the 6:45 start, we had to be on a bus in Carmel by 3:45. The start area was really chilly. Thankfully, we brought lots of tossers and there was free coffee and food. After waiting in the cold for a few hours, we finally made our way to the start line. Darnell and I headed to the start with the 4:30 pace group led by Kathleen with the Cliff Bar Pace Team.

As the race began, I quickly realized that Kathleen was going to be my new BFF. The race started out easy, but by about mile 9 both Darnell and I became painfully aware of why Big Sur is listed as one of the toughest marathons. As we crested Hurricane Point (a two mile incline at miles 10-12), I thought we had accomplished it all. Sadly, the race only got hillier, windier, and harder from there!

We were so tough and hung with the 4:30 group until about mile 22 where my IT band completely gave out. No matter how much I willed myself to keep running, the pain in my knee simply would not allow it. Major kudos to Kathleen my pace leader for getting us through the worst of it all and for waiting for me at the end. I did get some great pictures once I had to start walking (it was very beautiful)!

I still came in around 4:46, not as well as I would have liked, but I felt great about how the first 22 went and I am convinced that my next (much flatter) marathon time will be sub 4:30. Micki was running her 65th marathon and said this was the hardest she had ever run! Darnell, my running buddy extraordinaire, got a PR by 2 seconds at 4:31! My amazing husband was able to pull out a 4:07.indians3

After the race, I even ran into Jeff Galloway and was able to get my third picture with him this year! (I’m a huge RunDisney fan).

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Will I ever run Big Sur again? Probably so, I want to master this beast before its all said and done. Score: Big Sur – 1, Sara – 0, but just wait until next time!

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Thanks so much Sara! Great job on the race! You can find Sara on twitter at: @5littleindians

QOTD: Have any of you ever been disappointed with a mid-race injury that prevented you from performing at your best?

How to Avoid 10 Race Day Misadventures

 

You might be tempted to skim through this with a smirk. Thinking to yourself, none of these race day catastrophes will apply to you, because you’re too good, too fast, and have learned every lesson there is to learn about racing and the prep necessary to get through it without incident. If that’s you, awesome. Please stop reading now. And, should you suffer through one of these in the future, we’ll be sure to share a tip from this list with you when we pass you on the race course…with a smile of course.

1. Let’s start with multisport athletes. The Wetsuit. It’s a sponge. Donning it race morning, after not wearing it for a year (because you do all your swimming in a pool at home) will be trouble. Soak it two days before, let it dry out, and get it on your bod for a quick swim before race day. Use your body glide wherever hotspots pop up.

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Happy Wetsuit Wearing Women.

2. Diarrhea, and other G.I., malfunctions. Stay away from products with lots of magnesium (warning: this is going to be very difficult). One suggestion for diarrhea issues: Take 1 or 2 anti-diarrheal tablets pre-race. Keep one handy for later. And drink plenty during the race (these tablets cause dehydration) Hey, nobody said this was going to easy.

3. T.P.: Throw a few squares in your bento box or pockets. Sure, it’s a luxury. But if you’re droppin trow mid-race, in or out of a portopottie, it’s a nice mental boost knowing you can spare a square.

4. Toenails: We’re not talkin about a pedi here. Cut them the night before. Even if you think you don’t need to. File ‘em.

5. Chafage: The length and type (is there salt water involved?) of your event determines the degree of self-inflicted burns you will be forced to endure. Make sure you’re well-manicured wherever possible, and use your favorite glide, balm or other goop in every spot that rubs…. And by rub, we mean skin-on-skin (upper arm and thighs) and apparel-on-skin (neck, chest, etc)

6. Passing: On the run or on your bike, we in the U.S. pass on the left. Which means, if you’re NOT passing, scoot over. The last thing you need is angry athletes ruining your first 50 mile bike ride for MS by shouting “Move over!”. (Yes, we’ve heard it on the run and on the bike)

7. Ego Check: Leave it at the race packet pick up table. Race morning, line yourself up according to the time you’ve ACTUALLY run (or swam) in your most recent tempo practice runs. Lining up at the front, or even a few rows from the front, is inviting not only injury to your over-confident ego, but a potentially very real injury by an angry mob. Find your corral and go smack-talk with some new friends there.

8. Two nights before event: You should be avoiding salads, veggies or any fruit for at least 3 days. Period.

8a. And make sure your bag, or apparel of choice, is all prepped. It may seem elementary and a blow to your super-smart-self to have to do it like your mom did when you were 5, but would you WILL forget something you absolutely need the next morning if you don’t line up everything you need prior to the race.

9. We have 2 more things, but we got a little carried away in this post. So rather than go on for another 200 words, and have poor Heather get comments about guest bloggers who go on and on and on and on…. We’re stopping.

Hopefully, we’ll come back again soon to entertain you in future posts.

Tanya Maslach, Founder of GOTRIbal, the only place dedicated exclusively to connecting women with other women who share their active, adventurous lifestyle journeys in endurance sports.

QOTD: Can you think of something not listed here that would be a good fit for this post?

Earning our Tiaras: Destination Disney’s Princess Half-Marathon!

Good morning! The following is a guest post from a fellow runner. Would love your thoughts on the great costumes and adventure from this race!

Alana: Okay – like, I love your posts about running and am so inspired – I need to move my butt!

Me: If you want some real inspiration, google Disney’s Princess Half-Marathon! I am totally thinking of planning our next vacation around this event. Wanna come?!?! We can dress up and win medals!

After I posted some motivational pictures about my new love affair with running on Facebook a few months ago, the above exchange took place with a dear friend from university and, before we could say “bibbidi bobbidi boo”, a plan was hatched. Two old friends on a quest to redefine the meaning of our glory days and train for a half-marathon. Not just any half-marathon, but one where princesses reign supreme, runners wear tutus and finishers earn tiaras. We were sold!

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But how to get there? It’s a great plan, but let’s face it – 13.1 miles is a long way to run. Don’t get me wrong – between the two of us, we run a lot of things: households, boardrooms and class rooms not to mention carpools, play dates and little leagues. But a 21K race? We didn’t know much about that one. But one thing we knew for sure was that you don’t run a half-marathon without a plan so our training includes a series of races throughout the spring, summer and fall to get us ready. We’ve been logging many miles between us and holding each other accountable along the way, but these races are our milestone check-points en route to our destination race event where we are promised every mile will be magic (we are hoping this adventure might include our own personal fairy godmothers and some pixie dust too?).

Fast forward a few months to this past weekend and suddenly it was the eve of our first race, a local 5K. This whole concept had sounded pretty cool in theory but, as the reality of lacing up beside real runners set in, so did the pre-race jitters. Our conversation the night before the race may have resembled one between teenage girls the night before a high school dance…nerves, excitement, doubt and anxiety were running high, yet our priorities were firmly focused on our outfits. Hey, if all else failed, at least we would look cute!

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Team Glass Slipper!

Alana arrived bright and early at my house with a special surprise to remind us why we are running. Tutu time! As you can see, the princess spirit was alive and well. (Don’t worry, we didn’t wear the tutus to the race…we will save that for Disney World!)

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Running like a princess!

Fast forward to the happily ever after: we both crossed the finish line, having met our individual goals for the day – I ran a sub 30 minute race and Alana ran the full 5k without stopping (and despite her fears, she was certainly not last either!). So now we have de-mystified the racing experience by doing it, owning it and even enjoying it. We weren’t there to win. We weren’t there to break any records. We were there to prove to ourselves that we could do it. We could set a goal that seemed impossible and slowly but surely makes strides towards it. We can feel the momentum building towards the Princess Half-Marathon!

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Getting a hug from my little princess at the finish line

So what advice do we have to offer new runners or runners who are new to racing?

1. Bring a cheering squad – how many opportunities do you get to feel like a rock star? Own the day and bring your family or friends to cheer you on. If you have little ones, let them make signs – not only a great rainy day craft, but they will get lots of attention on race day too!

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We had the cutest cheering section, hands down!

2. Wear something fun and flattering – unless the race t-shirt is out of this world, wear something you have run in comfortably before the race. Preferably something cute that makes you feel good about yourself!

3. Grab a girlfriend – whether you run at the same pace or not, it is really fun to have a running buddy. On race day, the actual running part flies by pretty quickly – but it is so much fun to share the pre-race nerves and post-race celebrations with a “sole sister”! A training partner will also keep you honest and accountable.

4. Remember why you are running – maybe you are training for a special event; maybe you are committing to an active, healthy lifestyle because you are worth it; or maybe you want to be a positive role model for your daughters. Maybe it is all of the above. Whatever it is that gets you moving should be celebrated on race day!

5. Have fun! Once you make it to the start line, you have already done the work. You are as prepared as you are going to be. So this is the time to enjoy the experience and, as any true princess does, believe in yourself.

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We did it! Do you like our princess sashes?

 

 

 

 

 

Submitted by Jodi Snowdon

QOTD: What race have you run that had the best event/race name?

Weekly Recap

 

Happy Sunday! I hope you are having a great weekend. I am actually tying this post on Thursday, so I have no idea if I worked out the rest of the week (hopefully I did and can report back later!) So this is just from Sunday-Thursday.

Sunday: 3 miles before church

Monday: 3 mile interval run TM (intervals @9:05)

Tuesday: weights, back, bi’s, ab’s legs

Wednesday: 3 miles running TM, chest, tri’s, abs and 20 minutes yoga

Thursday: weights back, bi’s legs; 20 minutes elliptical

Friday: ???

Saturday: ???

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I also got my hair cut last week. You can’t really tell can you? Ha! I just got it trimmed and thinned.

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I am proud of my running this week, as of Thursday I have completed three runs. yes, there were all only three miles, but they were good solid runs, working on my speed. I want to gradually add back in distance as I gain speed. My plan is a bit more structured than it sounds, but that’s for a different post.

Running: 3 x’s = 9 miles

yoga: 20 minutes on my own (class was cancelled)

cross training: elliptical one time

weights: x’s 3

Hoping I did SOMETHING on the boat Saturday and/or Sunday. I want to prove I can get in good quality workouts on vacation. I will also be doing this on the boat:

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Have a great Sunday!

QOYD: How was your week in workouts? any races? events? goals reached?

RWS Features #23

 

Good morning! Today I am somewhere in the ocean on my Disney cruise, so I wanted to take some time to introduce you to a great blogger, Lindsay, From Lindsay’s List. Lindsay is super sweet and genuine, with adorable kids. She also has killer abs!

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1)  Why did you start blogging? I started blogging in July of 2011, so I’m a newbie!  After finding “Peas & Thank You” through a friend, I started reading more and more healthy living/fitness blogs.  I found them to be so full of knowledge and inspiration, that I wanted to participate in this community!  Best decision ever!

2)  Sum up your blog in a couple of sentences: Lindsay’s List is a healthy living blog that chronicles my life as a NASM-certified personal trainer, group fitness instructor, wife and stay-at-home mom of 2 toddlers!  My blog is a chance for me to share my passion for all things fitness, chocolate and Star Wars.

3) What do you wish to achieve/accomplish by blogging?  I blog because it’s a creative outlet, but my main goal for Lindsay’s List is to be inspirational when it comes to getting your body back after pregnancies!!  I’d also like to encourage people to “get out and MOVE”!  My blogger-supported feature, Tuesday Trainer, is chock full of workout inspiration and unique moves.

4)  What is your biggest healthy living accomplishment? My biggest healthy living accomplishment was running my first 1/2 marathon last April (1:42:37)!  I worked my butt off and had such a great time – even won first place in my age division!

Thanks Lindsay! You can also find Lindsay on Twitter.

Mickey Boat Here We Come

Good morning! We are heading out on the road again. Today we get on the Mickey boat! Or…the Disney Magic. Bobby and I were on the magic back in November of 2010 for a week long trip. I know the two newer ships are huge and pretty and have great technological advances, but I have a soft spot fot the “classic” smaller ships. I am excited to be back on one of them!

Yesterday, Bobby and I did some last minute packing and getting ready for the trip. I also did some house cleaning (I hate coming home to a messy house after vacation) and we were off! An hour later than I would have liked, but we were off about 12:30. We drove and drove until we hit Lake city, FL and we hit up Cracker Barrel for Dinner.

For some reason we always gravitate to Cracker Barrel when traveling to and from vacation spots. After dinner, we checked into out hotel to get a good night’s sleep before more driving this morning!

I will be unplugging from the online world until Wednesday, and then I will be back with lots of photos! I think all has been taken care of. Pups are in good hands, house is in good hands, we are ready for vacation! Mickey Boat here we come!

Our schedule:

Saturday, Key West. Sunday, day at sea. Monday, Nassau. Tuesday, Castaway Cay (our favorite!) Have a great few days everyone and I will see ya real soon!

QOTD: Do you have a specific place you always eat on vacation?

 

 

Off Season Plan

 

A few days ago, I talked about lacking off season motivation for the summer heat that has already hit down south. I got a few good suggestions from you all, and you seemed to like the vague ideas I gave. Be sure to check out the comments for a few great idea from some RWS readers! I have had some time to think over a more specific plan so this is what I have come up with.

Running:

I plan to scale back from 4 days a week (what I typically do when training) to 3 days a week. This will include: 1 easy run, 1 “getting longer” run (no more than 6-7 mile until August) and one interval/speedy run. I have a goal in mind, so my plan for my interval runs is to run at my goal time and keep adding mileage (at my goal pace). I know this will take awhile, but hey, I have over 5 months!

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Yoga:

I plan to continue to go to my once weekly class, and also add in at least one other day when I do some good yoga/stretching on my own. I get injured less when I am doing yoga, so I definitely don’t want this one to slide, even though it would be easy to not do this one.

Weights:

I have consistently been lifting for five months now, but haven’t upped the weights as much as I should be. My plan is to start lifting heavier and putting a little more effort into trouble zones like my abs and also work on my leg strength for running

Cross Training:

Since I will only be running three days, I plan to up the cross training and try to do a variety of things. I will still do the elliptical and stationary bike, but I also want to play volleyball, walk the dogs, swim in the neighborhood/YMCA pool, throw the Frisbee, do workout DVD’s, etc. I want to really try some things I don’t normally do to work different muscles.

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So, that’s my loose plan friends. For the QOTD: I would love to know your thoughts

I’m Goofy

 

So I did something well…kind of GOOFY yesterday….watch this short video to see what I’m talking about.

AAAAHHHH!!! I know I always talked about doing it but to be signed up just seems so different. Gulp. It’s official. There is no turning back. I AM DOING THIS!

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Remember, if you have a Disney visa you get a small discount which basically covers the active fees to register online for the race. I have always coveted the Goofy merchandise at the expo, and now I get to buy it! I am saving my pennies now.

Speaking of marathon weekend, don’t forget, even though prices are not out for 2013 yet, I can book you into my marathon room block at a DISCOUNTED RATE RIGHT NOW! e mail me for more info at [email protected]. Right now I still have rooms at All Star Sports, Art of Animation, Port Orleans Riverside, Caribbean Beach, Wilderness lodge, and the Grand Floridian (standard rooms.)

I am so excited to come full circle from watching the race, to running the half, then the full, and now GOOFY!

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QOTD: What is something you have accomplished that you once thought you would never do?