RWS Features #14

 

Good morning from New Orleans! Yesterday was set up for Rock n Roll New Orleans, and today is day one of the expo. It doesn’t open till noon, but I have some last minute touches to fix up. I am sorry I don’t have my Princess 5k or half recaps up yet. I was literally home for a day, and had to work, do laundry, and repack before coming to New Orleans. I promise when I get back home I will finish up all of my princess posts so stay tuned!

Today I want to introduce you to Stephanie. She is a FitFluential ambassador, and a mommy to two little boys (one of which is the cutest little baby!) Pregnant fitness fans and those getting your body back will love her blog!

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1. Why did you start blogging?

I started blogging nearly 2 years ago when I was knee deep in Post Partum depression and needed an outlet to get my thoughts out of my head and onto “paper”. As I recovered and found myself again, I rediscovered a love of running, fitness, healthy eating and my posts gradually turned from the dark side of depression to the passion of healthy living as a wife, mom, friend etc.

2. Describe your blog in a sentence or two:

Fit Mom in Training follows my journey to better health, better fitness and the occasional PR along the way. I’m not an expert by any means but I am living, functioning proof that even the most average person can achieve the extraordinary with commitment, determination and dedication. I keep it real so you get the good, the bad and even the ugly with no sugar coating.

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

My goals with my blog is to create and publish quality content that resonates with my readers but that doesn’t ever speak down to them. I’m just as flawed as the next person and I suffer from all the same obstacles as most people (lack of motivation, time crunch, injuries, you name it) but I make sure I’m open and honest about them. I love interacting with my readers and sharing some of the great advice, sites and products I’ve come across to help others in their own journies.

4.  What is your biggest healthy living accomplishment?

My Biggest healthy living accomplishment to date would be learning how to swim at the age of 30. Having never taken more than a handful of swim lessons as a child and being relatively afraid of the water and somewhat embarrassed to be the age that I was and not being able to swim, this was huge for me. Not only did I do it, but I’ve fallen in love with it. It never fails to kick my butt and as I get stronger, I hope to put this skill to use and one day compete in a triathlon.

Thank you so much for sharing! I think it’s awesome that you learned to tackle swimming and now love it. Everyone be sure to show some love! You can find Stephanie on Twitter as well as on her blog at Fit Mom in Training

QOTD: What was your healthy living “turning point” that made you change some of you unhealthy habits?

A Royal Welcome

 

Hello Friends! What a day! y time in WDW has been amazing so far thanks to runDisney and FitFluential. There is still a whole lot more in store so stay tuned. I am Tweeting as much as I can but I have NO cell service in certain areas so I am sorry for the delay sometimes!

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Thursday morning my dad dropped me off at the airport at 6 for my 8:40 flight. I landed and hopped on Magical Express and checked into Animal Kingdom Lodge. The good news is I had a savannah view room, but the bad news is it was all the way at the very end of the hall. Those of you familiar with AKL know what I am talking about. It’s quite the hike!

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I even brought my stalker zoom lens and made a few new friends off my balcony.

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I texted the lovely Kelly Olexa, and we decided to head to the pool for lunch and relaxation.

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After an hour or two, Meghann arrived and joined us at the pool. Kelly had to do some work, so Meghann and I decided to hit up Animal Kingdom. We had time before dinner and a 4 day park hopper to use!

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It was interesting being at the park so late when most people were leaving.

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Meghann rode Everest (I don’t like dark rides) by using our awesome media fastpass that lets you get a fastpass for the current time. it. is. awesome.

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We split a soft pretzel (so glad we did later, we ate LATE!) and headed back to the hotel to get ready for dinner. We met the others in the group in the lobby. But first, we had a goody bag in our rooms!DSC_0204

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cheese!

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we had an amazing time with amazing people and ate amazing food!  Callie, Meghann, Kelly, me, Brittney, and Christie. Ok, time for the expo, (I am writing this Friday) more later!

QOTD: What is your favorite place to dine in WDW?

Princess Time

 

Good morning! I am in a fabulous mood, I leave for my parents today, then early tomorrow morning for DISNEY! I can’t believe it’s finally here. Karen and I have been planning this for a year. I finally got my schedule from run Disney, so I thought I would share with you some of the fun things I will be doing for the next 5 days.

Thursday I fly in, check in to the Animal Kingdom lodge (a room to myself for the night!) Then will probably hit the pool or one of the parks. We don’t have to be anywhere until our welcome dinner that night.

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Friday morning we have the Tweet up and run with Jeff Galloway through EPCOT. Then, we have some free time before heading to the Expo and picking up our packets and doing some shopping. I told Juli who will be working the Running Skirts booth I would swing by and help her for a few minutes. Then my mom, Karen, and her mom meet me there and we go check in at the Grand Floridian and relax, aahhhh. Then that night it’s Pasta Party time in EPCOT!

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Saturday morning will have an early wake up call for the 5k, also in EPCOT. My mom is the only one not running this one so she will meet us at the finish. We will hang at the park some then I have to zip over to the kids races for a bit then I have more free time. My blogger meet up is at 3:00 at the Grand Floridian, then I have a special dinner with the runDisney folks at Via Napoli.

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Sunday morning is a REALLY early wake up call…I have access to the race retreat before the half, then me, my mom, and Karen will run the Princess half marathon. After the race, the official runDisney part of the weekend is over, but we are staying till Tuesday! We will go to the parks Sunday and eat dinner at 1900 Park Fare.

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Monday, we will hit up the parks again and then we have dinner at ‘Ohana, before we drive home Tuesday morning. WHEW I am exhausted just reading all of that, but I can’t WAIT either!!!

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Oh, also I plan to reveal my costume for the half on Thursday or Friday so stay tuned, and be sure to say hello if you see me!

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I can’t remember if I mentioned it or not, but a couple weeks ago I was sent to the YMCA when they were filming for a news segment. Our facility is brand new, so the news was profiling it, so I “worked out” on the elliptical during the segment. Here it is!

haha.  be sure to check out the other time I was on television.

QOTD: Have you ever been on TV? What for?

Rouge Orleans Race Recap Part 2

 

I left off recap part one with the start of the race.  We were so excited after the cannons blasted and the runners took off. Little did we know many hours later the excitement would wear off, big time. We had to detour to get to the first exchange point, but we made it. We cheered Kristyn in, and Erin took off. I was next.

Photos of the Girls on the Geaux running the Mississippi River levee during the Rouge-Orleans ultramarathon relay on Feb. 11-12, 2012.

We made it to the next exchange, and that’s when I saw the cows.

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On the levee…where I was about to run…

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I really dislike cows. I have been chased by a bull before, so the thought of being in a pasture with these guys made me a little nervous. Never fear! I brought my million volt tazer with me, and hence, one of our favorite quotes from the race became “I’mma taze me some cows!”

I crawled through the fence to the exchange point.

Photos of the Girls on the Geaux running the Mississippi River levee during the Rouge-Orleans ultramarathon relay on Feb. 11-12, 2012.

and waited on Erin to come running up and tag me for my run.

Photos of the Girls on the Geaux running the Mississippi River levee during the Rouge-Orleans ultramarathon relay on Feb. 11-12, 2012.

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aaannddd I’m off!

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Photos of the Girls on the Geaux running the Mississippi River levee during the Rouge-Orleans ultramarathon relay on Feb. 11-12, 2012.

Thankfully, there were a couple of other runners right in front of me who managed to scare the cows off the levee, so the closest I came to one was this guy who stared at me as I ran by.

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and these guys chillin in the pasture. MMMoooooooooo

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One thing I definitely was not prepared for was running in the gravel. As soon as I took off I was SO thankful for the trail shoes Brooks sent our team! I don’t ever trail run because my ankles are shot to heck, so I was not used to how hard your legs have to work to run the same pace you run on the road.  Not to mention there are several holes and big rocks that made my ankles wobble/almost roll/scared the crap out of me several times.

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I was feeling good my first leg. I was excited, having fun, and the weather was gorgeous….even though it was a bit chilly.

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This leg was about 4.25 miles, and at the end I had to drop down off the levee due to construction.

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Trucks kept coming by kicking dirt up in my face, so I did a lot of coughing at the end of this leg. I made it back UP the levee which took a lot out of me, and to the exchange point where I tagged Lindsey.

Photos of the Girls on the Geaux running the Mississippi River levee during the Rouge-Orleans ultramarathon relay on Feb. 11-12, 2012.

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I ran just over a ten minute mile pace, which I was really happy with considering the gravel of the levee.

Photos of the Girls on the Geaux running the Mississippi River levee during the Rouge-Orleans ultramarathon relay on Feb. 11-12, 2012.

Leg one of five, done!

Photos of the Girls on the Geaux running the Mississippi River levee during the Rouge-Orleans ultramarathon relay on Feb. 11-12, 2012.

Onward we drove, meeting each girl at the top of the levee for round one and round two.

Photos of the Girls on the Geaux running the Mississippi River levee during the Rouge-Orleans ultramarathon relay on Feb. 11-12, 2012.

Kristyn and I sporting our 110% Play Harder tattoos. I had several people ask me if it was real. Heh.

Photos of the Girls on the Geaux running the Mississippi River levee during the Rouge-Orleans ultramarathon relay on Feb. 11-12, 2012.

We of course snacked a lot. Watermelon Twizzlers are the bomb.com

Photos of the Girls on the Geaux running the Mississippi River levee during the Rouge-Orleans ultramarathon relay on Feb. 11-12, 2012.

and did some goofing off waiting for the next runner to appear.

Photos of the Girls on the Geaux running the Mississippi River levee during the Rouge-Orleans ultramarathon relay on Feb. 11-12, 2012.

handoff!

Photos of the Girls on the Geaux running the Mississippi River levee during the Rouge-Orleans ultramarathon relay on Feb. 11-12, 2012.

The wind on the levee was very very bad. Luckily, I had my running skirts sub zero hoodie. I love this picture, I think it sums up a lot of the race!

Photos of the Girls on the Geaux running the Mississippi River levee during the Rouge-Orleans ultramarathon relay on Feb. 11-12, 2012.

Handoff to the last leg of round 1!

Photos of the Girls on the Geaux running the Mississippi River levee during the Rouge-Orleans ultramarathon relay on Feb. 11-12, 2012.

Photos of the Girls on the Geaux running the Mississippi River levee during the Rouge-Orleans ultramarathon relay on Feb. 11-12, 2012.

Round 2 was a lot of the same. Drive to the exchange point, run up the levee when our runner was coming, cheer and take pictures of the hand offs, have a dance party, get back in the van and start all over for the next leg.

Photos of the Girls on the Geaux running the Mississippi River levee during the Rouge-Orleans ultramarathon relay on Feb. 11-12, 2012.

Photos of the Girls on the Geaux running the Mississippi River levee during the Rouge-Orleans ultramarathon relay on Feb. 11-12, 2012.

Erin tagged me again, and I was off for 3.58 miles on leg 2.

Photos of the Girls on the Geaux running the Mississippi River levee during the Rouge-Orleans ultramarathon relay on Feb. 11-12, 2012.

Leg two was really boring for me because there were NO RUNNERS around me at all, so I was literally all alone. The sun was shining, the river was to my right, River road to my left.

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I finished up with about 10:30 miles, and was so glad to hand off and be done with the boredom! My last daylight leg for the day was complete.

Photos of the Girls on the Geaux running the Mississippi River levee during the Rouge-Orleans ultramarathon relay on Feb. 11-12, 2012.

Photos of the Girls on the Geaux running the Mississippi River levee during the Rouge-Orleans ultramarathon relay on Feb. 11-12, 2012.

Photos of the Girls on the Geaux running the Mississippi River levee during the Rouge-Orleans ultramarathon relay on Feb. 11-12, 2012. Photos of the Girls on the Geaux running the Mississippi River levee during the Rouge-Orleans ultramarathon relay on Feb. 11-12, 2012.

The sun was going down for Jenn’s second leg (she was our anchor runner) so following the rules, we outfitted her with a reflective vest, head lamp, and butt light and sent her on her way. Way sexy.

Photos of the Girls on the Geaux running the Mississippi River levee during the Rouge-Orleans ultramarathon relay on Feb. 11-12, 2012.

Photos of the Girls on the Geaux running the Mississippi River levee during the Rouge-Orleans ultramarathon relay on Feb. 11-12, 2012.

Photos of the Girls on the Geaux running the Mississippi River levee during the Rouge-Orleans ultramarathon relay on Feb. 11-12, 2012.

Photos of the Girls on the Geaux running the Mississippi River levee during the Rouge-Orleans ultramarathon relay on Feb. 11-12, 2012. Photos of the Girls on the Geaux running the Mississippi River levee during the Rouge-Orleans ultramarathon relay on Feb. 11-12, 2012.

We drove to the exchange point, got Kristyn ready to start round 3, and that is when things began to go downhill….fast.

QOTD: Do you run in the dark? If so do you take proper safety precautions?

Mardi Gras Weekend

 

Happy Monday! Normally I don’t welcome Monday’s but this one I do because I want it to be Thursday. That is the day I leave for the Disney Princess half marathon weekend! So stoked, but SO MUCH to do before I leave! Oil change, vet appointment for pups, clean house, grocery shop for Bobby, blog, call some clients for both my jobs, etc. etc. But, I am starting things off calmly this morning with some yoga at the YMCA before things get crazy. But first, this is what you missed this weekend:

Princess Pampering

RWS Features #12

Weekly Recap February: Week 3

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Friday evening, Bobby and I drove to my parents house. We were in a hurry because Orpheus, the Mardi Gras parade that goes right outside my parents neighborhood, was rolling at 7:00. We made it just in time and headed for the parade route.

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The weather was perfect, mid to low 60’s and the rain was supposed to hold off until after midnight, yippee!

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We arrived about twenty minutes early and waited for the sounds of the bands.

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Soon enough, the first floats started coming down the street. Side note: This is a small potatoes parade compared to the ones downtown NOLA we used to go to. But, it’s still fun, and so close to the house you can’t not go!

We have a roller derby club????

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The bands are my favorite part, I love the music! Lots of dancing went on…

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A Saints float!

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yay beads!

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Throw me somethin’ mister!!!

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Some guy threw me a heart, aaawww

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aaaaannddd some women threw me a hat. Specifically saw me, reached down, got the hat, and gave it to me. Not so sure what to think about that one.

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Ok, here are two short little video Bobby took of me and my dad trying to get beads from some of the floats.

Ignore the spastic dancing please. I was having fun!

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Parade night would not be complete without King Cake with cream cheese filling. yyuuummm.

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Saturday, we were supposed to do our long run, but instead spent some of the day under a tornado warning. My parents ditches are deep..and water was flooding over the driveway.

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Sunday, Bobby and I got up and ran ten miles. Mom ran as well but not with us.

We then threw a surprise princess party for my aunt who was turning 70. It was so cute. She had NO idea.

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I was in charge or decorations.

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Surprise!!!!

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There were 18 family members over, we had a really good time. All too soon, it was time to clean up, pack up, and head back to Mississippi. A great, but exhausting weekend.

QOTD: Have you ever had or thrown a surprise party? Any special theme? We threw my dad a 40th surprise “over the hill party” when I was younger, we went all out, so much fun!

*More Rouge Orleans recap coming up tomorrow!

Weekly Recap February: Week 3

 

Happy weekend! This one has been great so far. We are still at my parents house having a great time. Today we are hosting a surprise 70th birthday party for my aunt and hopefully getting in a long run in the morning. I would really like to have time for 11 or 12 miles so we will see.

We watched movies and cleaned the house yesterday, and last night we ate pizza and watched the Endymion parade on TV. For those unfamiliar, it’s a HUGE Mardi Gras parade with 2600 riders and I think 24 or so floats. I would love to go to the ball one day, it always looks so amazing on television. Speaking of which, my parade recap should be up tomorrow, then Tuesday the next part of my Rouge Orleans recap.

Photos of the Girls on the Geaux running the Mississippi River levee during the Rouge-Orleans ultramarathon relay on Feb. 11-12, 2012.

Here is my workout recap from this past week.  It is more sparse than usual due to recovering from Rouge Orleans. With two half’s back to back coming up I knew I needed to take it easy this week.

Sunday: Ran 7 miles and biked 8.5 for the remaining legs of the Rouge Orleans ultra-marathon relay

Monday: rest (really, sleep!)

Tuesday: Valentine’s Day, more resting

Wednesday: upper body weights, 10 minutes elliptical, 1 hour yoga class

Thursday: ran 2 miles, upper body and ab weights

Friday: upper body, ab, and leg weights, 15 minutes elliptical.

Saturday: rest (was supposed to be long run but were under a tornado warning!)

TOTALS:
miles run: 9
yoga taken: 1 one hour class
strength training: 3 days
cross training: 3 days

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I hope you all enjoy the rest of your weekend! We are headed back home this afternoon, then I have a couple days to pack and get ready for Princess! I cannot wait to share all the fun with you.

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QOTD: If you could design your own Mardi Gras float what would it look like?

Rouge Orleans Race Recap Part 1

 

In case you missed my last few posts over the weekend, I ran in my very first ultra-marathon relay this past weekend. For those of you familiar with Hood to Coast or Ragnar, Rouge Orleans is sort of along the same lines. Let’s start with saying I had absolutely no idea what I was getting myself into. I had seen Hood to Coast the movie, and read race recaps of others running relays, but honestly, nothing really prepares you.

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Let me explain how Rouge Orleans is a bit different. First of all, you can choose to run solo (!) or as a 2, 3, or 6 person team. You are allowed one support vehicle, and nothing bigger than a 15 passenger van. In Ragnar relays, for instance, you have 2 vans, 12 people. So when van one finishes the first set of 6 legs, that van goes and eats at a restaurant, sleeps on blow up mattresses on a church of school gym floor, etc. This is NOT the case with Rouge Orleans! Only one van, so the 6 runners rotate a lot faster. I was runner 3, so I ran legs 3, 9, 15, 21, and 27. I had about 4 hours in between each leg, but because the van was constantly moving from one exchange point to the next, and you are always swapping drivers…there isn’t a lot of time for sleeping.

Not to mention, six girls in a van = lots of over packing! I will discuss more about lessons I learned in another post, but there was barely room to sit let alone lay down. Our Journey started in Baton Rouge and we ran on top of the levee and ran along the Mississippi River all the way to New Orleans. There were 4 waves of runners, in hopes we would all end within a few hours of each other. Waves were at 8:00 pm Friday, 3 am Saturday, 8 am Saturday (our wave) and 1:00 pm Saturday.

A little more background on what we were dealing with terrain and weather-wise before I begin. We have had a very mild winter here in the south. The past three weeks the highs have been in the 70’s. The weekend of Rouge Orleans has been the coldest of the year, with wind chill dropping into the teens on Saturday night, and a lot of very strong wind. Also, running on gravel is no joke. It’s way harder than pavement, and I had quite the rude awakening when I tried to run at the same pace as I do for road runs. Lastly, some other things were encountered like cows…and attacking dogs…and well…interesting people at 2 am at the gas station.

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cows on my leg, of course…

So, with that, let us begin with Friday!

Friday morning, I drove to my parents house. That afternoon, Kristyn picked me up in the huge 15 passenger van we had rented from one of our sponsors, Enterprise.

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It was rainy and cold, but we were in good spirits as we drove to Baton Rouge. We met at Lindsey’s house and sorted through our stuff. We quickly realized we had WAY too much to take/fit in the van.

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We are giving sponsorship money we didn’t use to Girls on the Run of Baton Rouge. They made us the sweetest goody box to put in the van full of candy, medical supplies, and other fun things like puff painted bandanas!

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We packed up the van, hit a few snags trying to get the bike loaded in, and worked on some van decorations. This, my friends, is a ponytail for our van we affectionately named Rapunzel.

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We then went over to Erin’s house for dinner (amazing homemade pizza!) and then we were off to bed. But not before I did some organizing and picture taking!

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Our team shirts, thank you Graphic Prints! We were so blessed to have so many amazing sponsors!

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Our sweet new trail shoes, thank you Brooks Running!

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My super cute new Go Sport ID band courtesy of well…Go Sport ID!

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Amazing Nuun products…wearing my shirt now…so comfy! I wore my visor almost the entire race and loved it. They also gave us three HUGE boxes of individual samples that we handed out all during the race to other vans, which was really fun!

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Of course, our Rouge Orleans swag.

I was proud of our bedtime, 9:30 ish, and got ready for our 5:40 wake-up call.

The next morning, we sleepily got our things together and headed downtown. Of course a huge thanks to Running Skirts for providing the team with cute skirts to wear!

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While Katie checked us in, we started decorating the van. We had a rude awakening when we stepped outside next to the river and felt the cold and the crazy wind. Had we lost our MINDS?!? We quickly decorated, did some figuring out as far as where to put decorations, etc. and were pretty proud of how it all turned out.

Photos of the Girls on the Geaux running the Mississippi River levee during the Rouge-Orleans ultramarathon relay on Feb. 11-12, 2012.

Photos of the Girls on the Geaux running the Mississippi River levee during the Rouge-Orleans ultramarathon relay on Feb. 11-12, 2012.

deep concentration people.

Photos of the Girls on the Geaux running the Mississippi River levee during the Rouge-Orleans ultramarathon relay on Feb. 11-12, 2012.

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Photos of the Girls on the Geaux running the Mississippi River levee during the Rouge-Orleans ultramarathon relay on Feb. 11-12, 2012.

We felt we needed to clarify the above 2 pictures…

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Photos of the Girls on the Geaux running the Mississippi River levee during the Rouge-Orleans ultramarathon relay on Feb. 11-12, 2012.

at 8:00. we gathered up for final instructions, and the headed up the levee for our wave start, and tried to keep warm.

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A few minutes later, the cannons blasted from the battleship, and the runners were off on leg one of thirty of a long and crazy journey.

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QOTD: Would you consider doing an ultra relay like this one?

*a lot of these photos were taken by the awesome Erin. If it’s a good picture….it was taken by her, not me!

Coming Up

 

Morning friends! Happy Valentine’s Day! Bobby bought me a piece of furniture that goes with our bedroom set for Valentine’s day. It’s a media chest and it’s so pretty! I will have to take pictures and show you.

I decided to wait and work on my Rouge Orleans recap until I have amazing photos from the lovely Erin, who happened to be on my team and who happens to be a photographer! Trust me…her photos are way better than mine and you will like the recap much better, so it will be worth the wait!

In the mean time, you can check out this recap video that Claim Your Journey put together. You can see my shoes (haha) at the 1:53 ish mark, and my team crossing the finish at at 4:30 mark! It gives you a small taste of the race.

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There are a LOT of things going down in my life in the next few weeks, so that means there will be a lot going on here on RWS! I am home recuperating the rest of this week (even after 10.5 hours of sleep Sunday night I felt spacey and groggy all day yesterday). This weekend we are headed to my parents house for the weekend for….a Mardi Gras parade! I am excited to share a bit of my growing up/NOLA area southern culture with you all. Even though I was living with my parents in LA last year at this time, we didn’t end up making it to a parade because Mardi Gras was late and we were moving and it just didn’t work out. But this year, we are going to a parade right outside my parents neighborhood and I will take lots of pictures for you all. King cake MAY be involved.

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Who ate all the king cake?!

We are also going to see some family on Sunday so it will be a jam packed weekend.

The next weekend, is the Disney Princess! We are leaving on that Friday morning EALRY and heading to Florida for 4 nights. It will be my mom, me, Karen, and her mom. I am so excited to run this race. I just had my tutu made, and I can’t wait to show y’all my outfit.

Bloggers, don’t forget, meet up on SATURDAY afternoon, details HERE.

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We get back from Disney on Tuesday night, and on Wednesday I turn around and go to my parents house and then Thursday I’m heading to NOLA to work the Running Skirts booth for RnR New Orleans (and Bobby and I are running the half.) I will finally go home on Sunday afternoon. WHEW!

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So that’s last weekend gone, then the next three. At least it’s all for totally fun and exciting things and I can’t wait to recap them all for you.

QOTD: Do you have anything exciting going on the next few weeks? Share!

Weekly Recap February Week 1

 

When you read yesterday’s post, I was in a van, running a relay. Depending on what time you read this post….I am still in a van running a relay. We are wrapping up Rouge Orleans this morning, having an after party in New Orleans, and then heading home to crash.

Dilemma…not sure how to count my mileage for Rouge Orleans…I guess running in the wee hours of this morning will count as the new week? Here we go!

Sunday: rest

Monday: 1 hour yoga class, ran 1 mile, 45 minutes upper body weights

Tuesday: ran ten miles, upper body weights and abs

Wednesday: 1 hour yoga class, 20 minutes upper body weights

Thursday: 15 minutes elliptical, 15 minutes upper body weights

Friday: rest

Saturday: 10 miles (part one Rouge Orleans relay)

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Total Miles: 11

Yoga: 2 hours of class

cross training: 1 time

weight lifting: X’s 4

I didn’t run as many miles as I wanted to this week, but I also didn’t want to overdo it before Rouge Orleans. Next week will be a work hard week with my last long run before Princess! I am proud of my yoga and lifting, but need to add in more cross training.

RWS Features #10

 

Good morning friends! Tomorrow morning I leave for Baton Rouge to run Rouge Orleans! I will have more fun info for you about the race and how to follow me during it via Twitter, etc. tomorrow, but today I am busy grocery shopping and packing, as well as getting last minute work done since I won’t be available much this weekend for clients.

Today I want to tell you a little about a blogger named Stephanie. Stephanie blogs at Athlete At Heart, and shares a love of Disney with me. Be sure to add her to your Twitter Followers and check our her blog! Let’s support each other in the blogging community!

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1.) How/Why did you start blogging?

My first blog idea came from a conversation with a friend about actively seeking out new experiences. I called it Random Acts and wrote about 35 new experiences I had in 2010. It included everything from going vegan for a weekend to doing my first century ride (100 mile bike ride) to canning my own pickles.

It was a fun experiment but by the end of the year I wanted to try something else. I am almost always training for races and I love being athletic so a blog more focused on those topics seemed to make sense. I started my current blog, Athlete at Heart, in early 2011.

2.) Sum up your blog in a couple sentences

Athlete at Heart is my journey to a healthier, happier, more active life. It covers topics like running, triathlons, training, gear, workouts, weight loss, motivation, nutrition, family, friends, and fitting it all in.

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

I hope to use this blog to connect with like-minded people. I want to share my experiences and provide others support on their own journeys. I hope the blog can be a place for people to give and receive advice, ideas, and inspiration. I’ve always loved writing and the blog also provides a much needed outlet for my thoughts.

4.)What is your biggest healthy living accomplishment?

This would have to be running two half marathons last year. Running has always been so hard for me, it just doesn’t come naturally! It took 9 months to build up the mileage slowly and without injuring myself (well, only one injury!). I had to work incredibly hard to cross those finish lines and the feeling of accomplishment was amazing.

 

QOTD: What is something new you haven experienced so far in 2012?