June Lookback 2012

Happy Saturday! I hope everyone is enjoying their weekend. We are actually celebrating Bobby’s birthday with family this weekend so I will be enjoying time with them and not online as much.

Today I wanted to do a little flashback to where I was and what I was doing this time last year, the end of May/beginning of June 2012.

I was chosen by Women’s Running Magazine as a Blogger on the Run.

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We had a fun Memorial Day weekend and worked in the yard, just like this year!

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I got serious posting about leaking what you love

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I set some goals for June.

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It’s so much for for me to look back on what I was doing a year ago! It helps keep me grounded and humble, and is fun to reminisce, it doesn’t seem THAT long ago!

QOTD: What were you doing last June?

It Can Wait

Is it really that important? Too many people are getting into deadly accident because they just HAD to check that text/text while driving. Most of the time, the text is something like “ok” or even something silly that doesn’t need an answer. Not earth shattering things that have to be addressed immediately yall. I consider myself a very safe driver, but there is absolutely nothing I can do if someone else out there driving decides to do something stupid. Over 100,000 crashes a year involve drivers who are texting!

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I am asking you all to take the It Can Wait pledge with me to not text and drive. The pledge states “no text message, email, website or video is worth the risk of endangering my life or the lives of others on the road.” Amen.

If you go to the website, you will see it’s easy to take the pledge and you can even share a personal story if you would like. There is also a badge you can download and put on a blog, etc. You can also use the #itcanwait hashtag when sharing on Twitter that you made the pledge!

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Take the pledge, then put the logo up on your site. I am pinning it so you can save it from Pinterest!

QOTD: Did you take the pledge? I would love to know!

*Di you know Fitfluential has a new phone app for Android and iOS phones? Check it out!

Disclosure: I am participating in the Verizon Wireless Ambassador program and have been provided with a wireless device and three months of service in exchange for my honest opinions about the product.”  #VZWA #VZWVoices

Weekend Ramblings: March Edition

Good morning! Today I am running the Crescent City Classic 10k in New Orleans. It is only my second 10k, with my first being the same race back in 2009, so I am excited! We will also be spending Easter weekend with the fam, and I am excited to see them as well. Be sure to follow me on Twitter, Instagram, and Facbook as I will be updating those accounts with all the race day fun!

Also…

1.) Be sure to check out my new “runDisney” page on the top menu bar. It has been a work in progress and will continue to be, but now you can see all of my runDisney posts in one place.

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2.) Join in my Challenge Loop April cross training challenge! It’s easy and free to sign up, and you can win really cool prizes. What do you have to lose?

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3.) Happy Easter weekend! This weekend is super important to me, and holds very special meaning. I will be a bit more scarce on social media as I spend time with my family and time at church, reflecting on what the meaning of this special day is tomorrow.

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4.) I have a fun runDisney post going up on Monday with some insider information so be sure to come back and check it out!

QOTD: Will you be doing anything special this weekend?

Friday Randoms

TGIF! This week flew by, and I still have so much to do! Funny how some weeks drag on while I don’t know where others went! My mom is coming to hang out with me today so I won’t be around as much as I usually am, but I have a few “little of this little of that” things to share with you today. Have a great one!

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1.) You may have noticed on my left sidebar that I have been a Bulu Box ambassador for a month or so. They are such a great company to work with. Did you know that in addition to the regular monthly box you can get, that there is now also a weight loss box option? Also, if you sign up for a 6 month supply (regularly $60) you get $10 off with my discount code so only $50 for 6 months of a box on your door step every month of new fun samples to try. Not sure you are ready to commit to 6 months? Use the code for one FREE BOX! If you love it, go back then order the 6 month supply. You must go through the following link and use code  BULUGAN250 at checkout using THIS LINK.

 

2.) My friend Brian at Digital running is hosting an interstate challenge and it rewards participants with the first ever Digital Running Interstate Challenge Medal for completing a half marathon or a marathon in two different states during 2013.

Here’s how it works:

  1. Sign up for the challenge.
  2. Run a marathon or a half marathon in two different states between January 1, 2013 and December 31, 2013.
  3. Log your races here at digitalrunning.com.
  4. We’ll verify the results you’ve reported with the official race results.
  5. We’ll send your medal once we’ve verified that you’ve completed the challenge.

What a great incentive just to run two races in two states! The cost is only $15.00, so sign up now. I will be doing the challenge!

 

3.) You have probably heard that Google Reader will be no more come this summer. There are a few options that people have found to help transition them smoothly to another reader, and I will be using Feedly. Check it out! Don’t forget to do something with your reader before July or you will be stuck!

 

4.) Verizon has asked me back to be an ambassador again! This will be my third round, and I can’t wait to see what device I get next. You can see posts on my current verizon toys below:

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Fitbit review

Kids corner on Windows 8 phone

Favorite apps for Windows 8x phones

Talk about wireless hotspot

Learning the ropes of my new phone

Also, I JUST found out last night that Pandora is now available to download for the Windows phone. Hooray!

QOTD: android or apple? Why?

Still Running With Sass

I have thought about how I would word this post over and over for the past couple of months. Let me preface by saying I hate change. It has always been a flaw of mine, as I am sentimental and very much a lover of routine. I am learning that sometimes change is good, and required for growth.

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When I started writing Running With Sass over three years ago, I never in my craziest dreams would have imagined it would turn into what it is now. A place for me to share my thoughts, experiences, and loves with a wonderful community of readers and like minded people. Something so important to me I would call it “my baby”, and work every day to make it better than the day before. As my blog grew and changed, I did as well. It came to my attention about six months ago that some change may be beneficial, but I quickly dismissed those thoughts. However, they kept creeping in over and over and I couldn’t keep my mind off of them. This was when I knew it was time to step out of my comfort zone and make some changes.

It is said that with great risk comes great reward, and boy am I taking a huge risk. My anxiety level has been through the roof the closer I got to launch date, and I am still petrified that things won’t go as planned. However, no one ever said growth and change would be easy. With that being said, I am so pleased to announce my “new” blog: Through Heather’s Looking Glass. If you remember ANY portion of this long post, I want you to remember one thing: I’m still me. I may have a new name and URL, but I am still Heather, I am still running with sass. You can even still call me that if you want. Smile I have ZERO intention of changing who I am, or my writing style.

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Ok, so why the change? Basically, I wanted my name to fit with what I was already doing. Yes, my blog name was Running With Sass, but I blogged a little about EVERYTHING from travel, to Disney, to my family, to motivation and my faith. However, I realized most people looking to read up on those other non-fitness topics were not very likely to come to a blog called “Running With Sass”. I discovered I had unintentionally pigeon-holed myself and wanted the freedom to pursue a wider audience and more opportunities as I grow and change as a person.

Please note I will ALWAYS have a huge focus on running, health, and fitness. I have plenty of races on my calendar for the year, and don’t plan to take my focus off something that is such a huge part of my life. However, you may see a few more “sprinkles” of other things here and there on the blog. If all you want to read about is running, that is totally cool, no hard feelings. You can simply click the coral-colored word “running” up in my header and you will be taken to all of my running posts in chronological order.

So why Through Heather’s Looking Glass? The lovely Jen helped me come up with the name, and I love it. I still wanted to include “sass” somewhere in my tagline to never forget where I started. I think it all has a nice ring to it when said together. I wanted a name that was generic enough that I could blog about anything, but also gave a nod to Disney (Alice in Wonderland anyone?) which is a HUGE love of mine, and I also love the double meaning. This blog is the world according to me, how I see things through MY looking glass.

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You can still type in “runningwithsass.com” to get here, however I recommend getting used to the idea of either “heatherslookingglass.com” or “heatherslookingglass.com” (all three will redirect here). I will be changing over my names on Twitter, Facebook, etc. too so be on the lookout for that as well. I will also be updating some of my pages, but these things take lots of time. Take a look around, I hope you like the new look!

In closing, I would be lying if I didn’t say I was a little sad. I feel like Running With Sass has been my identity for over three years. When I’ve had the opportunity to meet some of you, I typically don’t hear “look it’s Heather!” It’s usually “look it’s running with sass!” Even though this is the same blog with the same posts, it almost feels like I am saying goodbye to an old friend. I will be forever grateful for the opportunities RWS gave to me, but I also feel it would be foolish to not let the natural process of growth and change take place. I am also so excited about the future, and about where my new name could potentially take me. I hope you will stick around, it’s going to be quite the adventure!

Thank you all so much for your loyalty, understanding, and support. I wouldn’t be anywhere without you, my wonderful readers. <3

QOTD: So….thoughts?

* I couldn’t have done this without the awesomeness of Rita at Blog Genie. She was excellent to work with, highly recommended! I am forever grateful.

 

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This Princess Rapunzel ran a great race yesterday. Despite the humidity and running the 5k the day before, I still managed to pull out a PR and had a great time running with Jen. I can’t wait to share the whole story with you, it is a race I won’t ever forget.

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For now, I am going to enjoy my last day in Disney with my family before returning to the real world. Thanks to everyone for the support and encouragement!

Also, be sure to go to the Blogher.com Health page, one of my posts is being featured over there today!

QOTD: Favorite Disney Princess?

Disney Day #3 and Splitsville

Good morning! I wanted to fill you in a bit of what I have been doing the past couple of days. Yesterday was the meet up, so there will be a post on that later. However, on Thursday, I had a blast as well. I had some work to do in the morning until after lunch, and then Jen arrived via Magical Express in the early afternoon.

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We grabbed some lunch at The Mara at Animal Kingdom Lodge, and did a lot of catching up. Then we wandered around the hotel before getting ready for a blogger meet up at Splitsville wherenwe had a blast. Splitsville is awesome. (I will be writing a post later specifically on this cool place.) I am so glad they hosted the party there, and we got a chance to check out this new vanue in Downtown Disney. There is a great upstairs patio where we hung out, ate, drank, and got to know each other.

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The balcony has sweeping views of Downtown Disney, and the weather was prefect for a night of fun.

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The drinks at this place are pretty epic. We started out with a snickertini. So chocolaty and good!

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Then we tried the Birthday Cake martini. Holy yum. It was amazing. If you like sweet drinks this is a must do. You won’t be disappointed, the rim even had sprinkles on it!

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Splitsville was a great host and they were super attentive. Not only were the drinks good, but the food is out of this world. They have an extensive menu including sushi! We had some killer nachos and pizza with our drinks and I think I ate half the plate. I can’t wait to write another post for you guys about Splitsville, I have some amazing photos to share as well as info for visiting with your friends and family. Be sure to follow them on Twitter to see what Splitsville is all about!

QOTD: Favorite martini flavor? Thoughts on Splistville?

Fitbit Review

 

As a Verizon Wireless Ambassador, I was sent a fun new gadget in the mail the other day, and I am so excited to share it with you…it’s a Fitbit! Not going to lie, I had never heard of this until it showed up in my mailbox (have I been living under a rock?!?) However, as a runner and health nut, I was really excited to try it out.

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The Fitbit tracks your steps, distance, and calories burned. The coolest part is, you can sync it to you computer or some smartphones so you can check your progress during the day without having to check your Fitbit.

You can easily attach it to your pants, bra, etc. (I even attached mine to the inside of my boot when I went to dinner!) It’s very sturdy and doesn’t fall off easily. When you want to switch between screens you just tap or thump the front and it changes from distance, to calories, etc.

I obviously love competing with myself, so having my own Fitbit account so that I can track my progress, earn badges, and even have a little fun competing with friends. I like to try and outdo the day before, and earn more badges. Right up my alley!

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The device is also sweat rain and splash proof. I have worn it for three days and am really loving it. I forget I’m wearing it, so it definitely doesn’t distract me or bother me during the day. I also like checking in and seeing how I am doing during the day. If I need to walk more, or burn more calories.

*Note, running on the treadmill will not track the distance properly. I ran 6 miles on the treadmill yesterday and it said I went four and a half miles. However it is still nice to have an approximation.

Guess what? Verizon Wireless has offered to give $5 off to RWS readers who purchase a Fitbit through this link: Fitbit 

Thanks Verizon!

QOTD: What are your thoughts on the Fitbit? Have you heard of it and would you ever use one?

*Disclosure: I was provided with a device and phone service from Verizon Wireless

Prepared for Princess

Well friends, I leave TOMORROW morning for some fun adventures in Walt Disney World. I will be running the runDisney Royal Family 5k as well as the Princess half marathon. Just a few notes for you all before I leave, I know several of you are running and are hopefully as pumped as I am!

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First things first. Packing. I created this vlog for the Disney marathon, but same rules apply. Check it out, maybe it will help you remember to pack something you hadn’t thought of.

Next, check out my post on tips for running a runDisney race. I especially highly recommend first time runDisney runners to read this post.

For a little more excitement, check out my recaps from last year:

Princess expo recap

Princess social media meet up

Tangled Royal Family 5k

Princess half marathon

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I also wrote a post for #TeamrunDisney about why I love the Disney Princess half marathon. One more thing…don’t forget this is your chance to purchase the awesome runDisney/New Balance shoes (at the expo!)

As if THAT’S not enough excitement for one day, be sure to head over the runDisney.com and register for the Tower of Terror 10 miler. I am really hoping to run this one. Last year, I was coveting the medal from this race. It looked awesome! This race will take place on the night of October 5th, and there is a fun after party in Hollywood Studios. Who doesn’t want to party with the Villains just a few short weeks before Halloween? This special weekend will also hold a 5k as well as kids races, fun for the whole family.

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runDisney races notoriously sell out quickly, so don’t miss your chance!

QOTD: Will you be running Princess of the Tower of Terror 10 miler?

*Last day to enter my arm sleeves Giveaway!

 

 

Fitness Magazine Photos: Ready. Set. Run!

Happy Valentine’s Day! Be sure to tell someone how much you love them!

A couple days ago, I received a message from a reader saying they saw some photos of me in Fitness magazine. Huh. I had no idea! I wasn’t able to get to the store until today, and sure enough, there are four photos of yours truly in the magazine (now if only it listed my blog name I would be a happy girl!)

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Can you find all 4 photos of me without looking below?

The article accompanying these photos (page 74) is titled “Ready. Set. Run!” and spreads the message that anyone can run. When you turn the page, it opens out into a huge training plan chart for running a 5k in six weeks, running a 10k in eight weeks, or running a half marathon in twelve weeks. It gives you a guide on what workouts to do on what days to help you reach your goal, as well as tips for preventing injury.

Tips on how to run better, a gear guide, and popular races and their websites are also included in this handy guide. I am so glad that a magazine as popular as Fitness is helping people achieve their running goals by reminding us that running isn’t just for the elite or super fit, but that average Joe’s like myself can reach their goals as well! It also includes with each plan what to expect, and gives motivational advice. It’s a very uplifting piece, I am so glad they put it in the mag. If you haven’t picked up the issue I encourage you to do so simply for this training plan if you are looking for something to get you started on your running journey.

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Did you spot me? I know it’s hard to see with the gloss of the pages, so here they are up close.

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runDisney Royal Family 5k 2012

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Woman’s half marathon 2012

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Gulf Coast Half Marathon 2012

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runDisney Princess half marathon 2012 (If you fold out the insert this same photo is across the top).

I was so stoked and honored to see my photos in the magazine, and am so thankful to be included with the great message that this article gives! I hope you will check it out and get moving!

QOTD: What training plan to you use? or do you even use one?