Arm Sleeves Giveaway

 

I was approached by Katie from Groovy Baby Action Gear last month, and was immediately blown away by how cute the products were. Katie makes arm sleeves of ALL kinds, and she wanted to make me some arm sleeves and then some to giveaway to one of my readers! Also, the reveal of my arm sleeves will tell you who I am dressing up as for the race. Smile

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My sleeves came neatly wrapped in tissue paper

Yall, these aren’t just ordinary sleeves, they are THE cutest sleeves you have ever seen. Customizable. Disney Princess inspires. Sparkly. You name it! Thinking ahead to the runDisney Princess half marathon, I immediately knew I was going to pick some Disney Princess inspired sleeves. I chose Rapunzel, and am so thrilled with the way they turned out!

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She even put “Running With Sass” on one of the sleeves. How stinkin’ cute is that? The Disney sleeves are my favorites, but some of my others would be the Weekend at Bernie’s Sleeves (how clever, LOVE that movie!) and the Sweat Pink sleeves as well.

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Groovy Baby Action Gear offers unique custom running sleeves, arm sleeves, running gloves, costume cuffs, arm bands, and costume sets for women and children. Be a super heroine everyday or give your race costume some extra flair!

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Bobby said I look like a Ninja in the black top and sleeves so…for your viewing pleasure…

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***If you purchase arm sleeves, enter code runningwithsass at checkout and save 10%!***

Here is your chance to win your very own sleeves. Giveaway will be open until Tuesday evening at 8:00 PM CST and winner will be announced Wednesday morning the 20th. Please follow the instructions below to enter. Good luck!

 

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runDisney and New Balance: A Match Made in Heaven

 

It is a pretty well known fact that when runDisney puts it’s logo on merchandise, it’s going to be a big hit with runDisney fans. However, I think even they underestimated just how wildly popular the new collaboration between their brand and New Balance would be. In anticipation for the 2013 Walt Disney World marathon weekend and the Tinkerbell half weekend, New Balance produced 5,000 of their new shoe model, only to have the entire shipment they sent to Disney (they saved some for Tink!) sell out around lunchtime on the first day of the health and fitness expo! They quickly overnighted more pairs to the expo to have available on Friday, and were greeted with a line of eager fans ready to purchase this special product.

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Inspired by Minnie Mouse, this is the Women’s version of the running shoe.

When I participated in the WDW marathon weekend meet up, the awesome folks at New Balance did a wonderful presentation talking about their shoe line, and how to know which model is best for you as well as how to avoid injury. It was a very informative session, and I think it was a great idea to bring them in to speak on the heels of such an important weekend for the brand.

Although the original shipment of shoes sold out, never fear, more will be available at the runDisney Fit for a Princess health and fitness expo on February 22nd and 23rd at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort. I imagine they will sell out quickly as well, so be sure to arrive early for your chance to own a pair of these limited edition kicks of the New Balance 860 series ($125 + tax). I am hoping to get my hands on a pair as well! What an amazing feat for both companies, and I am sure this will be a beneficial partnership for years to come.

Check out this video below where the creators of this special shoe tell you a little about how they came up with the popular new design.

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*Don’t forget registration is now open for the Tower of Terror Ten Miler!

QOTD: What are your thoughts on these shoes? Would you buy them? Do you think New Balance will make more versions of the shoe?

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 Pampering

 

I warned you all on Twitter and Facebook yesterday that I had some exciting news to share. Some of my fellow bloggers have already shared so I figured it was my turn, too. As most of you know, I am running the Disney Princess half marathon next weekend. Well, I found out yesterday I was selected as one of a few lucky bloggers through FitFluential to be pampered like princesses all weekend long!

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WOO HOO! I will be coming in a day earlier than planned (flying) and staying at the Animal Kingdom Lodge before I switch over to the Grand Floridian to be with my mom, Karen, and her mom. I am so excited about this opportunity. I am also going to be running the 5k.

Don’t worry, I will be tweeting and updating my little heart out, so you won’t want to miss any of it! Be sure you follow me on Twitter and my Facebook fan page.

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I don’t have an exact itinerary yet but will be sure to share with you when I do. All I know is I am so blessed, and I am going to have a blast. Not to mention, I get to hang with my mom, Karen and her mom until Tuesday, we are going to have so much fun, this is just the icing on the cake.

***Bloggers, this does NOT change our Saturday meet up, it is still at 3:00 pm at the Grand Floridian. Please feel free to link my post about the meet up on your blog, Twitter, etc. We are going to have some great GIVEAWAYS so you won’t want to miss this networking opportunity!***

QOTD: If you were really a princess for a day, what would you do?

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!

Princess Meet Up Plans

 

Hello everyone! I can’t believe Christmas was a month ago! (Please tell me you have taken down your decorations…)

If you are running Disney’s Princess half marathon, I hope you are as excited as I am that we are about a month away! You may remember awhile back I put a poll on my right sidebar asking what day and timeframe will work best for everyone for a blogger meet up.

Unfortunately, I cannot please everyone (unless there is interest in doing a second meet up at another time if a good number can’t attend the first.) So, I really hope all of the bloggers out there who are running the race will be able to swing by for a few minutes and hang out!

Here are the tentative plans:

WHEN: Saturday, February 25, 2012 @ 3:00 pm (I picked this time because it won’t interfere with lunch or dinner plans, and hopefully everyone will have had time to hit up the expo by then.)

WHERE: Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort and Spa , outside of Gasparillas quick service restaurant, in front of the marina (with a great castle view!) I chose this spot for a number of reasons. 1.) It has a castle view, duh. 2.) There are a lot of outside tables and umbrellas for us to all hang out 3.) If there is inclement weather, we can just go inside of Gasparillas and meet up at their indoor tables 4.) If someone wants food or a snack they can run into Gasparilla’s and grab a drink or what not. Also, the Grand Floridian is on the monorail, so anyone coming from or going to EPCOT or the Magic Kingdom before or after the meet up will be very close by.

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WHY: Blogger meet up! There will be pictures, giveaways, and a chance to network. If you have a blog business card, BRING IT! Bring a whole stack, hand them out, and make new friends. Who knows, you may even meet someone who lives near you. You may even find a running buddy for the race the next day!

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Tables and chairs by the marina

If you are staying on property, the best way to get to the Grand Floridian is to take a bus to the Magic Kingdom then hop on the monorail. If you are at EPCOT, take the monorail to the TTC and switch to the resort monorail. If you are at another park, then just take the Grand Floridian bus.

If you are coming from the monorail, it will let you off on the 2nd floor of the lobby. Take the stairs or elevator to the 1st floor of the lobby and go out towards the back left down the hallway (the Gardenview tea room will be on your right) Go straight out the doors next to the Grand Floridian café and follow the covered porch/walkway to the left and you will see the Marina and Gasparillas.

If you are coming from a bus, it will let you out next to the lobby. Follow the covered walkway through the main entrance and then follow the ground floor directions above.

-If you are driving: Self parking at the Grand is across the street. Park in the lot, cross the street and stay on the walkway until you get to the main entrance/ building then follow the ground floor directions above.

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The yellow X above marks the spot!

If you have any other fun ideas for the meet up please e mail me at [email protected]. I would love to hear them! I wanted to go ahead and get a day and time out there so people can start making plans.

*If you have not yet booked your travel for the race yet please e mail me at [email protected]. My services are totally FREE and I would love to help you plan your trip!

*Don’t forget to enter my giveaway!

Catch Up

 

Happy Monday! Catching up from the weekend? here’s what you missed:

How it All Began: Have you ever wondered how/when/why I started distance running? Here’s the story!

RWS Features #6: the next installment in my series

Five Years and Counting: Bobby and I celebrated our 5 year wedding anniversary!

On Friday morning, I had the privilege of having coffee with Sarah. If you aren’t following her blog or following her on Twitter, you should! She is so inspiring, and was in town to run TWO marathons in two days in preparation for her 100 mile race coming up. Holy cow! I first met Sarah when she came to say hi at Rock N Roll St. Louis when I was working the Running Skirts booth, so I was thrilled to see her again!

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I was given some new running shoes to try out by Running Skirts, and I can’t wait to see how I feel in them. They have a zero drop in the heel and a wide toe box so your feet can spread out. After I break them in I will do a review! (P.S. did you know you can buy certain brands of running shoes from Running Skirts, including Newtons?)

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Speaking of Newtons, Saturday I ran two miles in mine. My calves were a little sore, but once again I am being proactive and stretching and foam rolling a lot so it hasn’t been as bas as I imagined it would be. This week I will move up to a 3 miler and 4 miler and see how the foot does. So far so good!

I have still been lifting weights 4-5 days a week and I am getting some serious arm muscle! I love when I can actually see a difference. I will have to post a picture for you soon. I have guns now! Bam!

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I am brainstorming ideas of locations for the Princess blogger meet up, as well as ideas for door prizes, or any other fun things to do at the meet up. If you have any ideas, leave a comment or e mail me at [email protected]. I am thinking OUTSIDE of a park would be best since not everyone will have tickets or park hoppers. If you are a blogger attending Disney’s Princess half, please vote on the right side bar of my blog on a day and time for the meet up.  I have also started brainstorming for my costume for the race!

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Bella still hates her sweaters. It doesn’t help that we torture her a little when we put it on her.

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Do you remember when I did a Christmas post on my favorite things to buy for gifts? One of those gifts was Clocky, the alarm clock that runs away. Well, my husband read said post, and bought Clocky for me! I can now say from personal experience, the little joker does indeed run away from you…usually underneath your bed where you end up trying to whack him with something to get him within your reach to turn him off.

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QOTD: Do you get up as soon as your alarm goes off, or do you hit the snooze?
*I added frop down menus to some of my menu items across the top of my blog, under my header. Take a look around, I added some sub pages, and more to come!