RWS Features #44

 

Good morning friends. My heart is heavy this morning and I feel almost….bad posting a blog post about things that just don’t seem to matter much after the school shooting events that happened yesterday. I have an 18 mile run on ta for this morning, and am not really feeling like running.

However, I want to introduce you today to Ali from http://msprun.com/. Be sure to stop by her blog and say hello to her. She ran the Disneyland half and is doing Goofy at WDW in January!

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1.) How/Why did you start blogging?

I started blogging for a few reasons. I’ve always been a person that learns more from “doing”, so when I began my social media MBA I wanted to have actual experience for my classes than just speaking theory. I also began my blog to hold me accountable. I had signed up for my first half marathon ever (Disneyland Half), and wanted something to keep me on track through my training

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

My blog is a blog about running and traveling. I participate in races all around the US, and focus on both the travel and race.

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

I’d like to motivate someone to try something new with my blog.

4) What is your biggest healthy living accomplishment?

My largest accomplishment to date has been losing 30lbs through diet and exercise, and keeping it off! It was hard at first, but now I find myself choosing healthier alternatives instantly.

5) What is your blog URL and twitter handle?

My blog is msprun.com and my twitter is @am588

Thanks so much Ali! Hope to see you in January!

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The winner of the Oakley Sunglasses Giveaway is Danielle, comment 40! Please e mail me at [email protected] and I will get you in touch with Jess to get your prize!

QOTD: What workouts do you have planned for the weekend?

Disney Cruise out of Galveston

 

Back in October I was lucky enough to get a great rate on a Disney cruise sailing out of a new port, Galveston Texas. This was great for us because it was a three hour shorter drive than driving to Port Canaveral, and I had a lot of people asking about the new cruise and port. Instead of doing a day by day report, I just decided to do some photos of the trip for you in 2-3 installments, with a few quick captions/explanations. If you have questions about Disney Cruise line cruises please contact me (or any other cruise line!)

We sailed on the Disney Magic, which is one of the classic (smaller and older) ships. I have sailed on her twice before, and while she doesn’t have the newness or technology of the new ships the Dream and the Fantasy, it is much less crowded and has a more intimate feeling.

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Disney did a great job of sprucing up the port in Galveston by adding signs, etc. All in the waiting areas before you board the ship.

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Mom, dad, and Bobby waiting to board

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Lunch at Topsiders

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Our oceanview stateroom with verandah

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Going to dinner the first night

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The first sea day we went to Palo (adults only) brunch

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Formal night

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On the tender boat going to Grand Cayman

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We took a cab to Royal Palms

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In the next installment I will have pictures from Coast Maya, Cozumel, and more of the ship!

*GIVEAWAY on the blog tomorrow. You won’t want to miss it *cough* Under Armour *cough*

QOTD: Have you ever cruised? What was your favorite port?

I would love to book your dream vacation for you, and it costs you nothing extra to book through me. I can book most cruise lines, Disney World, Disneyland, Aulani, Adventures by Disney, Universal, as well as many all inclusive resorts. E-mail me at [email protected] for info!

Weekly Recap: November Week 5

 

Good morning! I hope everyone is having an awesome weekend. I know a lot of people raced yesterday or this morning and I hope you all did great! I will hopefully be racing next weekend, depending on what is found during my procedure Tuesday.

Other than that, I had a decent week of workouts and a really great eight mile run yesterday.

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Yes I was wearing that running. In December. It was a humid 75 degrees, welcome to the south.

However, despite the heat, I was able to run really well, and finished up eight miles in 1:19. Considering all my health problems lately, I was very proud of that number.

Here is the rest of the week’s workouts:

Sunday: rest

Monday: rest/GI Doctor appointment

Tuesday: ran 3 miles, lifted upper body weights

Wednesday: lifted upper body weights

Thursday: ran 6 miles in one hour

Friday: lifted upper body weights, 30 minutes stationary bike

Saturday: 8 miles 1:19

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ran 17 miles

cross trained one time

I have also been trying to do lots of stretching as I up my miles in my marathon training. The last thing I want is a cramp in the middle of running goofy in January!

Don’t forget to check out my Facebook page starting tomorrow for a week with ten giveaway’s on some friends’ blogs (and mine!)

QOTD: What is your favorite stretch?

December Goals 2012

 

One month left of 2012! Aaaannnddd then it will take me until the middle of next year to remember to write 2013 instead of 2012! I was literally gone for 16 days out of this month, then 3 for Thanksgiving, so I was barely home in November so i can’t believe it’s time for another month of goals! First let’s look back at my November goals and see how I did.

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

Grade: (A-) I vlogged ONE time this month! I know it was my goal to only do one but I really should do more.

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.

Grade: (B-) In all honestly I have good days and bad days. I have been feeling very overwhelmed with some things i have going on, and some days I handle it really well and have joy despite my circumstances…but some days I crack under the pressure and have a mini freak out.

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.

Grade: (F-) Is an F minus even a real grade? Sigh. I really hoped November was it (and for those wondering, no we are not trying to get pregnant.)

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!

Grade: (A+) I only have a couple more gifts to buy, I am almost DONE with my shopping! Woo hoo! I knocked out a lot on Black Friday and then some more on cyber Monday.

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December goals:

1.) Enjoy the Christmas season. It seems some years I get so wrapped up in the business of the holidays that I don’t actually take the time to enjoy it and remember the real reason we celebrate.

2.) Figure out what’s wrong with my health. I am hoping December will be the month I get some answers to my health issues. I would like to start off 2013 healthy!

3.) Be more thankful. I have really been working on being thankful for the things I have instead of focusing on the things I want to change in my life. It’s tough sometimes but I am trying!

4.) Successfully finish my Goofy training. I am quite the injury prone runner, so I am focusing on finishing up my training for the runDisney Goofy’s race and a half challenge injury free so I can finish with a smile on my face!

Here’s to a successful December and finishing out 2012 with a bang!

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*Today is the LAST DAY to use code RPAHeather and save $30 on the Woman’s Half Marathon or 10k that is in Baton Rouge next weekend! Or, save $5 on the 5k. Take advantage of these savings! The medal is awesome with a removable charm, you will get a nice gym bag for your “goodie bag” at the expo, and all photos taken on the course will be able to be downloaded FOR FREE after the race!

 

QOTD: Do you have any goals for December? Name one!

Healthy Christmas Gifts Giveaway Series

 

Good morning! I love Christmas. Gifts are fun right? I really do enjoy GIVING gifts and picking things out for people. So, guess what? I have partnered with nine other bloggers who are Sweat Pink or Fitfluential Ambassadors like me, and we are ALL doing give away’s next week!

We will be giving away things like Under Armour shoes and sports bra (I am doing the sports bra!), workout shirts, arm warmers, etc. The way it works is every day, morning and afternoon, I will be posting a link to one of the other ladies’ giveaways on my Facebook fan page. So, if you want to see what blogs have the giveaways, you need to be sure to like my Facebook page.

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(Not the stuff I’m giving away, just some of my favorite Under Armour gear!)

Also it would be awesome if when you clicked through to each giveaway if you liked their Facebook page as well (not a requirement, just would rock!)

A huge thanks to Amanda from Fit Pregnancy and Parenting for setting this up! We all happened to be about to post giveaways, so we thought what better way to do it than for you to have the opportunity to enter TEN different giveaways over the course of a week?

So, be sure to like my Facebook fan page and then check back on it starting next Monday morning and afternoon every day to see a new giveaway on a different blog! Be sure to spread the Christmas cheer so others can enter as well!

*Last chance to enter the Woman’s Half Marathon, 10k, or 5k and SAVE! $30 off the half/10K and $5 off the 5k with code RPAHeather at checkout when you register! Ends TOMORROW! Going to be a fun race in Baton Rouge on December 9th!

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Run Pink and sign up for the race!

QOTD: What workout gear is on your Christmas list?

Rock the Race with Meb

 

Raise your hand if you love Meb  Keflezighi? Ok, now that EVERYONE’s hand is raised, how would you like to win one of three amazing prizes, one being training for a day with Meb and staying in California for three nights? What if one of the prizes was to have an epic music festival experience like no other. Get ready for 5 nights in Austin and 2 passes to one of the largest music festivals in the world. OR, you and a friend can enjoy the full rock royalty treatment at a Rock ‘N’ Roll marathon® event in 2013.

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Sounds pretty awesome right? The great news is that it’s so easy to enter to wing this virtual running game!  Simply go to the Rock the Race with Meb website and connect with your Facebook account.

-Accept the Rock the Race with Meb application,
and then you’re automatically entered to win one
of the three grand prize packages.

-Pick 20 of your fleetest Facebook friends and
pass them a virtual microphone.

-Your friends accept the mic and pass it to 20 of
their quickest friends, and so on.

-Get 55 friends of friends to accept and pass the
mic, and you’ll be cruising across the finish line!

There are also ways to earn bonus entries, so be sure to check out the website. You can also win some really sweet Sony W-series Meb edition MP3 player. This thing is cool.

-One-piece wearable music player for wire-free workouts
-Water-resistant design holds up during intense workouts
-Drag & drop from iTunes® (PC) or Windows® Media Player
-Includes runners audio tips & booklet by Meb Keflezighi
-Compact design with 2 GB internal memory
-3-min quick charge = up to 60-min of battery life
-Easy navigation of songs & folders
-Enjoy playlist compatibility (PC) and shuffle mode
-Crystal clear sound and deep bass

ZAPPIN™ search plays about 4 or 15-second music clips
USB cable, holder and S/M/L ear-buds included

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It’s super easy to enter and really fun, too. The prizes are amazing, so what have you got to lose? Check it out today, contest ends December 31! Here are some important links for you to check out, as well as Twitter handle and hashtag!

QOTD: If you got to run with Meb for a day, what is a question you would ask him?

GI Issues

 

I have been sick for about six weeks. I have run three half marathons in that time, been to urgent care, my regular doctor, a cardiologist, and most recently this week, a Gastrointestinal doctor. We have been trying to get to the bottom of my problems, and the result is….more testing.

A couple weeks ago I had an EKG and  echocardiogram, and also wore a holter monitor for 24 hours.

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Things got worse while I was in Disney, and so now I am scheduled next week for an upper endoscopy, some lab work, and an ultrasound of my gallbladder. I am also taking Prevacid twice a day and carafate to help with my stomach. I am supposed to run a half marathon on the 9th and I am still undecided.  I may wait and see what happens next week after my procedures are completed.

All I know is I am ready for some answers and ready to feel better and get back to my regular running and workout routine. Some days I feel ok and can run just fine, and others I can barely get out of bed I feel so bad, so I just never really know.

So, anyone have these tests done before? Any words or wisdom or advice?

I shall leave you with a picture of our tree all lit up at night because it makes me happy.

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QOTD: Ever had to have either of these tests done? I’m not really worried about the actual procedures, I just want answers!

*Stay tuned for an Under Armour giveaway coming up next week!

Thanksgiving In Pictures 2012

 

Happy Saturday! Today Bobby and I are headed out on a long run, hopefully 14-15 miles, and then hopefully decorating our Christmas tree! My camera cord is still at home but I wanted to share some phone photos I took on Thanksgiving day.

We drove to my parents Thursday morning and then my cousin and her family arrived for lunch!

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We ate a great spread prepared by mom and dad, and enjoyed some awesome desserts as well (hello pumpkin pie!)

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Bella was very aware of the turkey carving going on and stayed close to my dad as he got the bird ready. She was being so funny, growling and barking at him to get some scraps (which she of course did get).

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Bobby and I took some Christmas card photos outside and I tried to take a photo of the picture on my camera to show you one but they are coming out blurry.

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I will post some “real” ones later on, so sorry.

Then later in the evening my aunt and her boyfriend came over to hang out and watch football….and we ate some more. Friday morning mom and I went shopping and got a lot done/gifts bought, and we brought pizza back to the house which we ate while watching LSU beat Arkansas! I would say we have had a great weekend so far and it’s only halfway over! Hope you are all enjoying your holiday weekend, see you tomorrow.

QOTD: Favorite Thanksgiving food?

RWS Features #43

 

Happy Black Friday! So who went out shopping this morning? I may be at a few stores as we speak, but more on that later. I wanted to share my Thanksgiving photos with you today but I left my camera cord at home #fail. I hope everyone had a great day with their families, and ate lots of yummy food!

Today I want to introduce you to Shannon!

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1. How/why did you start blogging?

I started blogging originally to share my teaching experiences with others and connect with teachers in other parts of the world.

2. Sum up your blog in a couple of sentences.

I blog about running, reading, and teaching. Those are my passions, and I want to connect with other people who share those passions.

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

I hope to inspire others with my journey as a runner, share great books with fellow book lovers, and let other teachers know about life in my classroom.

4. What is your biggest healthy living accomplishment?

I am 5’1 and back in December 2011 had topped the scale at 163 lbs! I decided I wanted to be able to run a 5k so I told my family. My husband laughed. Yes, he laughed. That is all the motivation I needed. 🙂 I ran my 1st 5k in February 2012 and have run MANY since then. Losing weight was not my goal, but when it started falling off it sure did add to that motivation. I now weigh between 125-128 depending on how much cookies-n-cream ice cream I have devoured! 🙂

5. What is your blog URL and twitter handle?

http://www.irunreadteach.wordpress.com

@shannonclark7

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Thanks Shannon! Be sure to check out her blog and give her a follow on Twitter as well. Have a great day!

QOTD: Favorite ice cream flavor?

Liebster Blog Award

Hi friends. I’m writing this post Friday afternoon. I’m at the airport…and my flight is already delayed 40 minutes. Boo! Just so ready to be home. I hope everyone had a great week and has amazing weekend plans. Mine include sleeping, laundry, and snuggling with my puppies I haven’t seen in 14 days!

Awhile back the lovely Heidi from Banana Buzz Bomb tagged me as a liebster award winner, and I am finally getting around to filling it out! (sorry Heidi! Thanks so much for the nomination!)

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Here are the questions I had to answer:

1. What’s your favorite dish?

I LOVE Mexican food! My husband knows it’s my favorite. Especially queso dip and chips. I could eat it forever. Seriously. Just that.

2. Why did you start a blog?

Like many, mine started as an accountability journal when I began my running journey, and then in evolved into what it is today and it makes me so excited!

3. If you changed your name, what would you change it to?

This is a tough one, I never really thought about it and don’t see myself as anything but a Heather! Anyone think I look like I should have a different name?

4. Why did you choose this name for your blog?

In high school my basketball coach called me sassy because my dog is named sassy and well, I guess it fit me anyway, and it kind of stuck. Then when I started running I only wanted to wear fun, cute, sassy workout clothes, so it just fit!

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5. What makes you crazy?

Oh what a loaded question. Can I make a blanket statement and say stupid people? Or is that bad?

6. Which book are you reading atm? (or which magazine?)

Fitness magazine, Runner’s World, Us Weekly, Women’s running. I heart magazines.

7. What inspires you?

People overcoming incredible odds to do things really inspires me. If they can do it, I can do it too!

8. When you were a child, what did you want to be when your grew up?

It changed yearly from ballerina to teacher to veterinarian. Now some of these make me laugh.

9. What is your favorite part of blogging?

Interacting with readers and other bloggers. I never meet a stranger and love chatting with and talking to people from all over the world about a common love for fitness and blogging. It’s so much fun to hear from readers, too! Also, meeting fellow blogger friends!

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10. What is your dream career?

blogger, working from home, I am blessed.

11. If money was no object, where would you live and why?

I would live by my family but have a second home at the beach. I love me some beach time.

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Once again thanks to Heidi for nominating me! I nominate anyone with a blog that has the word “with” or “to” in their blog name. Is it you? If so, go answer these questions on your own blog!

QOTD: What did you want to be when you grew up?