Archives for November 2012

Disney’s Wine and Dine Weekend


It’s here! It’s here! runDisney Wine and Dine is upon us! I will be attending a meet up/tweet up this morning with Jeff Galloway and some other awesome people, then heading to the expo! I can’t wait to share all the excitement of race weekend with you. Bobby and I went for a 2 mile shake out run yesterday, since we haven’t run in well…a week…so we will see what happens at the race with no training + eating Disney food for a week! All I know is it will be a blast.

Want to track a runner in the race? Check out this link and follow the directions.


I am staying at the beautiful Boardwalk Inn, and we had gorgeous weather yesterday here in Disney World. Walking to EPCOT is so nice from this resort, especially during the amazing Food and Wine Festival. We hit up the festival this afternoon before taking a nice long nap. All I have to say is Boardwalk beds are super comfy.

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Last night Bobby and I went out for a nice Dinner at Citricos at the Grand Floridian before the madness of Wine and Dine begins. It was fabulous as always and we really enjoyed ourselves. We will definitely be back again.


I can’t wait to run this race with nearly 14,000 of my closest friends, so stay tuned to hear more about how my weekend is going. You can follow me on Twitter, Instagram, or Facebook on the right sidebar of my blog, just click on the icon. I am posting tons of photos! Also, search the hashtag #WineDineHalf to see race posts and #WineDineHalfMeetUp to follow the meet up this morning on Twitter! I will be sure to do a full recap of the meet up and of course the race, so stay tuned! I can’t wait to share the fun with you, who is ready to runDisney?!?

QOTD: Is Wine and Dine on your bucket list?

Stay Fit at the Computer

Hi everyone I’m Renee’ Benda I blog over at I am very excited to guest blog for Heather! I’ve enjoyed reading about her running & travel adventures for some time now and jumped at the chance to guest blog. I’m a 30 year old mother of two working hard to stay fit and healthy while balancing a my family, life and fitness. I hope you share with you some great recipes, workouts, and fun finds from across the interwebs.

We’ve all been there whether you’re in cubicle farm or a freelance writer, we find ourselves sitting in front of a computer for hours a day! This has become normal for many career tracks and often wreaks havoc on our healthy- living goals. There are some simple steps you can take to staying fit while at the computer.

The obviously solutions would be a walking work station, but who has $300 for one of those? Plus not all employers are yet on board with alternative solutions to the ole’ desk, chair computer set up. Save yourself $300 and try these easy and inexpensive options.

Posture Check! Sitting for hours in s slouched position can be destructive for back and your heath! I like to set posture check reminders in my outlook calendar, you can set them on your phone too! A simple quick reminder to check your posture. This will remind you to sit up straight and push back your shoulders. This simple instruction will help you engage your core. Feeling extra ambitious add in some tummy pulses.

Pack your lunch and your sneakers. How close is the nearest park to your office? If you can’t answer this question it’s time to find out. During your lunch break get out and explore. Pack your lunch and your sneakers. Taking a walk around the closest park or even just taking a stroll around the block gets your heart pumping, feeds your brain fresh air, and can help burn a few extra calories. Chances are good that by packing your lunch you will make healthier choices than the vending machine. You will have more time to walk at lunch when you aren’t waiting in line at the fast food place. Getting fit is about making a healthy decision and then making another.
Standing during conference calls. Conference calls can be long and boring, we can all admit that right? Take a break from your chair and stand up during the call. It’s a simple solution and also a healthy one. You burn more calories standing than you do sitting. If you’re comfortable standing mix it up! You can bring in a 5 pound weight and do curls while standing and listening.

Play Ball! Have a fur baby or a real baby? Then you probably have a small ball kicking around your house. Bring it to the office, place it under your feet. Trying to balance the ball under your feet helps engage your core and work on stability. This is also a great solution for those of us who are not allowed to sit on a stability ball as a chair. The best part about this exercise is most of the time you can do it without anyone noticing!
HYDRATE. The office atmosphere can lend itself to overeating. It’s Sally’s Birthday, a client dropped off cupcakes, you know the drill. You can offset the amount you eat by hydrating. Drinking water is a proven step in staying healthy and active. I have a friend who packs two water bottles each day full of ice cold water. Throughout the day before 5pm her goal is to drink them both. The water helps her stay full and keeps her hydrated for her after work workout. If you’re full you will eat less of the snacks around the office.

Making these 5 simple adjustments to your work day can help you stay fit while in front of your computer. You will still need to schedule regular sweat sessions but these small steps can help you make healthier choices during the day.

QOTD: Any suggestions to add to this list? 

Race Week Ritual


Hey y’all! I’m Liz from Southern Charm and am so excited and honored to be guest posting today at Running With Sass. I read Heather’s blog daily and am such a huge fan!

Today I wanted to chat about race week rituals. Yep, you read right, week. When I prep for any race, I always perform the same acts. Maybe it’s a mental thing, but I swear it helps me on race day! I set it up so my race day, does feel like a race day aka I don’t stress myself, and then psych myself out!

One Week Out:

I start with my last “medium” run. This isn’t really a term that is used, but for me, I go farther than an easier run but shorter than a long run, i.e. the distance of the race. The run is always followed by a stretch and foam rolling session.

After that run, I start fueling correctly. Lots of vegetables, fruits and lean proteins. There is also either water, powerade or coconut water by my side. I try to switch between them all because each offers their own version of hydration.


It makes your dehydrating drinks after the race that much more enjoyable 😉

During The Week:

The week before a race, there is lots of yoga and maybe one or two easy runs. The intensity of my foam rolling sessions are increased to make sure I am not tight anywhere.

I still focus on hydrating, eating right and I start making sure I get a full nights rest. To help me sleep, I either drink sleepy time tea or use this amazing discovery.

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One spray, I’m totally relaxed and fall right asleep! And there are no side effects aka I am not groggy in the morning! Happy Liz!

Three Days Out:

This is my favorite. Three days out from the race, I start carb-o loading, with a carbohydrate at every meal.

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With vegetables on top, it’s still healthy, right?!

Day Before:

My only change is that I take inventory! I set out my clothing, nano, running watch and race fuel{caffeinated jelly beans are my favorite!}. I also charge my running watch and nano. Oh! And I make sure I have either an amazing running list or a super interesting book {the Sookie Stackhouse series are my fave!}.

Take care of transportation to and from the race. When planning to the race, give yourself plenty of time! I usually schedule in a stop at a gas station or fast food restaurant for a pit stop because they races I have been to, well, port-a-potties have been lacking in number.

Day Of:

Because of all the preparation during the week, you literally don’t have to think the morning of your race! I just put on my clothes I have laid out, chug a bottle of water, grab my items I laid out and go! So simple.

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My sister and I after our first race together!

What are your race rituals?

Disneyland Day 5


This marks our last full day we were in Disneyland, and will conclude my recaps from this trip…two months later. I know, I know. I just have so much to talk about with other things I don’t have time to fit it all in. Hopefully my next ones will be a bit more timely!

So we left off Day 4 after getting stuck on a ride forever as the park was closing. The next day we decided to go back to CA Adventure again and take advantage of that extra hour in the morning, and instead of going to cars land like literally everyone in the park, we would go do something else but still go get in line for a fastpass before the park opened to the general public.


Since Toy Story Mania is one of Bobby’s favorite rides and they have no fastpass at the California version, we decided to take advantage of the fact that everyone was going to cars land and instead go to Paradise Pier to ride Toy Story. We literally walked right on and rode….and they asked if we wanted to stay on, since no one was in line when we came back….well of course we did! We ended up riding FIVE TIMES in a row without getting off, having a blast every time. The only reason we got off was because we needed to go get in line for Radiator Springs Racers fastpasses. We were laughing so hard, gong over and over again with zero wait saying how this would never happen at Disney World in Florida. So glad we took advantage, it was a highlight of the trip for sure.



After we got out fastpasses, we had an hour to kill until we could use them so we saw It’s Tough to Be a Bug, and walked through Bug Land


and we saw this guy on the way over


It was a very cute area for little kids.




Soon it was time for our fastpasses to be used, and we rode Radiator Springs Racers for the third time that trip. We had lunch reservations in Disneyland so we walked across.


We had a nice outdoor table with a great view.



After lunch we walked around a bit more, rode Big Thunder, and a couple of other rides


Then headed back to the room for a rest before our last night’s dinner at Napa Rose


This was probably our favorite meal of the trip. Excellent service, beautiful atmosphere, and great food. Would highly recommend this to anyone going to Disneyland looking for a nice, romantic meal.




They don’t rush you through dinner at all, and it was very relaxing. After dinner we went to the room to change and walked to CA Adventure park for World of Color. We had preferred viewing on a raised area near the lake.


I absolutely LOVED this show, it is NOT to be missed if you are going to Disneyland. It was so cool what they could do with the water and the lights. Well worth it.








It was a fabulous ending to a great trip! We walked back to the Grand Californian and went right to bed, we had to catch the 5:45 Disneyland Express bus back to the airport. Getting up at 5:00 wasn’t ideal, but having a non stop flight back to NOLA was worth the wake up call!

One last photo, the beautiful doors leading into the hotel, we finally got to see them closed as we were waiting on our bus. We had such a magical trip and I hope to go back out there soon!


QOTD: Have you ever gotten to ride a ride multiple times in a row?

Ironman Spectating


Good morning from sunny Florida! I haven’t really talked a lot about this trip because I wasn’t sure the logistics of it, having someone watch the dogs (we have some people house sitting for us) etc. Well now I can tell you it is going to be a crazy trip! We left Friday and went to Panama City beach for two nights to spectate ironman Florida, which my sister was racing in. Then we left at 5 am this morning to drive to Orlando to be at Disney. I am running the Wine and Dine half this coming weekend, and then after that I will be staying on a few days for a work conference, Bobby will fly home before the conference and I will fly home after. So I won’t be home until the night of the 16h. Whew! It will be almost Thanksgiving!

Anyway, we are at Saratoga Springs with my parents and we are absolutely loving it so far, it’s a great resort! Anyway, more on that later, but I wanted to share some photos and a recap of the ironman weekend!

Friday late afternoon we got to our condo, the Shores of Panama. My mom booked this six months ago, and when we walked into our two bedroom condo unit we were less than impressed. it was old, beat up, smelled, had stains all over the carpet, etc. and it was on the 3nd floor right next to a bar with live music. No bueno. My mom called to have us switched and they claimed they didn’t have anymore two bedroom units so we agreed to go to a one bedroom unit with a sofa sleeper so we could get a better room. So we hauled all our stuff up there, and we loved it, it was much nicer and had beautiful views of the gulf.


We cranked the AC down, and started unpacking…then we realized it wasn’t getting any cooler….and then we realized the air wasn’t kicking on…at all. So we called down, and went to dinner while a maintenance person came. We walked next door to a great place called Pineapple Willy’s. It had outdoor seating on the gulf and excellent food, highly recommended.

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After dinner we walked back to the condo to discover they couldn’t fix the air, and we would have to move again. Fail. However, they put us in a very nice three bedroom unit which we really enjoyed, but we were exhausted after all the moving around and were just ready to relax!

We got up super early to walk down to the start of the race. It was a gorgeous day.

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We watched the swim start then walked up to transition and were able to see my sister running from the swim to the bike.

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After that, we headed back to the room and Bobby, my dad and I headed to the hot tub and pool, then out to the beach to walk around.

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We did not envy my sister out on the bike while we were relaxing! We went back up to the room for lunch and to watch some football, and then headed down to watch the bikers come in.

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We were tracking my sister online and were actually able to see her come by right before getting off the bike. We then headed back up to the room for awhile before heading to the finish line. We found a great spot in the shoot and I screamed my head off cheering for everyone with my awesome sign with everyone loved (and some people even came up and took pictures of!)

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Oh yes. I did.

Before long Christy came flying by and was officially an ironman! Yay! After a year of training is was over, and we were a bunch of tired spectators.

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It was very cool to watch the ironman, but I have absolutely no desire to do one. Some of those poor people coming across the finish line….did not look like fun. I of course got excited to race in general, and can’t wait for Wine and Dine!

QOTD”: Ever raced or spectated at an ironman? Do you want to do one?

Weekly Recap: October Week 5


Good morning! We are headed down to Orlando today, and had fun spectating at ironman Florida yesterday. My sister survived and did very well, and now we are headed to Disney, because Bobby and I have a race to run next weekend!


Let’s take a look at my workouts from this last week. If you will remember, the weekend before (Saturday) I ran the Jazz half marathon, so I took the week pretty easy and didn’t run until Thursday trying to let my arch heal.

Sunday: rest (day after half marathon)

Monday lift upper body weights, 30 minutes stationary bike

Tuesday: lift weights, upper body, 30 minutes stationary bike

Wednesday: off (was wearing holter monitor)

Thursday: upper body weights, 4.5 mile treadmill run

Friday: rest/travel

Saturday: ironman spectating (walked about 2.5 miles total, some in the sand, ran about .5 miles trying to catch my sister to take pictures.


This week will be interesting, and won’t be a typical pre half marathon race week. We will be in Florida all week, walking around a lot and eating sodium filled restaurant food. Oh well. What can you do. It will be a really fun race, we just won’t be getting very many miles in (except walking) or eating healthy foods. Today we check in and head to EPCOT for the Food and Wine Festival before running wine and dine!


RWS Features #42


Hey friends! Guess what? I am in Panama City Beach, FL for Ironman Florida! My sister is racing this morning, and so we are here to cheer her on. It’s been a wild ride so far, first we couldn’t find the condo, then we found it and were very unhappy with the condition of the room we were first put in and they moved us into a much nicer/better one….and then the air conditioner didn’t work! So we went to dinner while the repair guy came, and when we got back we found out the news that….it really is broken and we had to move rooms…again!!! So we JUST got settled into room number three, at 9:00 last night, and then are up early this morning for the start of the race!


I will be reporting on how spectating went later in the week so stay tuned!

For today, please enjoy this RWS feature, Jenelle from Mile Twenty Eight!


1.) How/Why did you start blogging?

I starting reading other blogs and realized how much I loved hearing about how others train, struggle, succeed, etc.  I wanted to share my thoughts and adventures!  I also wanted to be able to meet and network with others through online groups (Fitfluential, Sweatpink)

2.) Sum up your blog in a couple sentences:

Mile Twenty Eight is where I share stories about my training, racing, and any adventures in between.  I also really enjoy trying new products and sharing my thoughts/opinions on them with others.

3.)What do you wish to accomplish/achieve by blogging?

I want to reach all types of people all over the world.  I hope to inspire them to keep training and stay fit.  I want to be that “down to earth” person that that has real struggles and success stories to share with everyone.  I hope to offer good advice, product reviews, and entertainment.  I also hope to meet many more people and learn new ways improve areas in my life as well.

4.)What is your biggest healthy living accomplishment?

I would have to say that training and completing my first marathon felt like one of my biggest healthy living accomplishments.  I spent a lot of time pushing myself further than I had ever run before.  I also focused on maintaining a healthy diet to supplement the hard training.  Everything was worth it in the end.  I was a marathoner!

5.) What is your blog URL and twitter handle


Twitter:  @miletwentyeight

QOTD: Have you ever had to change rooms in a hotel or condo?

November Goals 2012


As I said the other day, it seems like October flew by! Which means, it’s time to look at my October goals and see how I did. Below are my October goals:

1.) PR in a half marathon. Grade: C+. Wwweeeeellll we all know what happened with that. First was the gulf coast half and then jazz. If you missed those recaps go check it out and see what happened. #fail But I came close. And I PR’ed through 9.5 miles. Smile

2.) Actually make a craft from Pinterest. Grade A+ Done! Check this out! So excited.

3.) Read a book. Grade: A+ Done! When we went on the cruise I read an entire book, it was nice and relaxing!

4.) Vlog more. Grade: F. Hm. I didn’t vlog a single time in October. Major #fail.  Let’s try this one again.


Ok so moving on to November. Obviously, we know one….

1.) Vlog More: Let’s shoot low this time, I want to vlog at least ONE TIME in November. There.

2.) Be happy: There are some crazy things going on in my life right now that have caused me some discouragement, and I am working on being happy despite my circumstances.

3.) Secret goal. Yup. Pulling this one again. Trust me when I say I want to tell you guys SO BADLY. So let’s pray this one happens in November.

4.) Get at least half my Christmas shopping done. No waiting until the last minute. Let’s get it done before the crazies come out with their less than stellar Christmas spirit!

Gah. Are we really talking about Christmas?!? Ok, moving on. I wanted to share a couple of Hallowen pictures with you all. Bobby and I had a low key evening carving a pumpkin, watching Hocus Pocus, and handing out candy. Works for me.

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Me with the stinky one, rockin’ my holter monitor on my hip. Sassy was missing in action, as usual.

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Didn’t Bobby do a great job? And yes, he is holding his carving knives. Oy.

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Happy Halloween!

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QOTD: What did you do for Halloween?