Tornado Troubles 

Hey guys! Sorry I have been MIA but I had a blast in Disney and was supposed to go home yesterday, but due to some severe weather, I wasn’t able to make it home. 
Yesterday was quite the draining travel day and I will be happy to be home today. It started on Monday when I checked in for my Tuesday flight and I realized there was going to be severe weather when I was supposed to be flying into New Orleans. I then became nervous the rest of the evening and even tried to get an earlier flight but they wanted $170 extra dollars. 

Tuesday morning I took the shuttle to the airport and kept an eye on the weather the whole time. The plane was on time and we were to be landing right as the bad weather approached…and approach it did. 

It got bumpy as we went to land, and when we were less than 1,000 feet altitude, all of the sudden we heard people’s tornado alarms go off on their phones and the plane quickly pulled up into the air. I was freaking out a bit, and after 30 minutes of circling we finally landed only to find out the reason we pulled up is because there was a TORNADO a couple blocks from the airport when we were trying to land. 

Ok, so I escaped death once, got my bags and headed to my car. I proceeded to drive across the huge lake (24 Mile bridge) and heard reports of huge water spouts on the radio. When I made it to my parents, I saw on the news a video of the water spouts. So scary they were there right before I came through! 

    
I escaped danger yet again, and decided to spend the night at my parents house because the bad weather was straight up and down the interstate I would have to drive to get home.

About an hour after getting to my parents house, my phone beeps and we are under another tornado warning and there was a tornado on the ground headed straight for my parents area of town. We had pillows, blankets and other items ready to hide out in the hall bathroom. It was not fun. 

  
Thankfully the threat passed and there was just a ton of rain filling the ditches and my parents backyard.    

 I was pretty exhausted after this crazy day but am also happy to get home to my family! I can’t wait to share all the details of my fun trip over the next week so stay tuned! 
QOTD: anyone have a crazy weather story? 

runDisney Princess Half Marathon Packing List

It’s almost time! The runDisney Princess Half Marathon is upon us! Since I planned this trip so last minute, it feels like it was snuck up on me so, so quickly. After only running the half marathon last year, I am so excited to be doing the Glass Slipper Challenge again.

runDisney Princess packing list printable

I started thinking yesterday that there are a lot of things to remember to pack for the race itself, so I started making a list, and realized I wanted to share it with all of you, too. I started typing it out, but then decided it would be fun to make it a printable so you can print it off, and check off the boxes as you go. I also left a section for notes where you can add things I did not put on the list that may be specific to you, so have fun and good luck! I hope to see some of you in Walt Disney World over the weekend! I arrive Friday and will be at the expo that afternoon, and am staying in WDW until Tuesday morning. The weather is looking promising, it’s sure to be a great time!

Click on the words or photo below to go straight to the printable.

runDisney Princess Half Marathon Packing List Printable:

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I hope my Princess half marathon packing list has helped you!

QOTD: What would you add to this packing list? Will you be at Princess?

Five Things Friday VII

TGIF! It’s been a long week around here, I had to pull some shifts at the yogurt shop + my other jobs + taking care of little bit, so I’m worn slap out. Anyone have fun weekend plans? I shall live vicariously through you from the comfort of my couch.

1.) Bootcamp is kicking my butt. I went 5 days last week and 4 days this week, and I have muscles that hurt that I didn’t even know I had. I have learned that 1.) My triceps are SUPER weak and 2.) I really hate burpees.

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2.) ASICS launched a NEW shoe yesterday. 4 features to love about #MetaRun. 5 new ASICS technologies and 4 patents give you 4 features to love: superior fit, cushioning, stability and ultralight weight. Check out the website here!

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3.) Don’t judge, but I think we will put up our Christmas tree this weekend. I want it up for Thanksgiving when my parents come in town, and the weekend prior to Thanksgiving is looking kind of hectic, so it may be this weekend. Get excited.

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Look how tiny the wee one was!!!

4.) Operation Christmas Child shoebox collection week is next week. This is something near and dear to my heart and I have been doing it since the third grade. I plan to do a periscope showing what to pack and how to pack it for those interested. It may be today if I have time, I will tweet about it ahead of time.

5.) Today is the LAST DAY to register for the Holiday Shred hosted by my good friend Bobbi. If you need accountability to get you to and through the holidays without gaining weight then join in the fun! I will be participating!

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6.) sshh I snuck in a 6th thing. Good luck to everyone running the runDisney Avengers races this weekend! Check out this post I wrote last year for Fitfluential for tips! Did you know 28,000 people are signed up for the races? So fun! Good luck everyone!

QOTD: When do you put your tree up?

Baby Eats and Dealing with Spit-Up

I received product and compensation from Mead Johnson Nutrition to create this post written by me. All experiences and opinions expressed in this post are my own and not those of Mead Johnson Nutrition. Consult your pediatrician before making changes to your baby’s diet or if you have concerns related to your baby’s digestive health. Please see the product label/website for acceptable use and benefits. You can contact Mead Johnson Nutrition with product related questions or comments toll free at 1-800-BABY 123 or through the Contact Us link on Enfamil A.R. or Enfamil.com

I have had a couple of people ask me what Emma Kate is eating these days, and if she is still having trouble with spit up. As some of you may remember, my daughter has had some serious issues with spit up since she was a newborn. We would go through 7-10 bibs and 3-5 burp cloths a day. We tried several different things, and so I wanted to talk about the timeline, what worked, and what didn’t as far as food and formula goes.

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As you can see, poor Emma Kate lived in a bib and we always had burp cloths in front of her!

It’s important to note that it is very common for babies to spit-up as their digestive systems are developing. About two thirds of healthy infants may have uncomplicated reflux (as opposed to Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD). The difference between the two is something a lot of people are unsure about, so be sure to talk to your doctor!

When I first took Emma Kate to the doctor for her frequent spit-up, it was hard for me to know what was a “normal” amount and what was not. My advice… go with your gut. I actually waited too long to do anything because I wasn’t sure what “normal” spit-up was. Looking back, I wish I would have taken action sooner, but as a first time mom, I had no idea. I highly encourage you to talk to your doctor about things you can do to help your baby.

We first tried things that the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends such as using thickened feedings like Enfamil A.R., sitting baby up after feedings, giving her smaller feedings, and burping more frequently as a first line management option for infants with uncomplicated reflux.

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Enfamil A.R. formula is thickened with added rice starch to help reduce the frequency of spit-up. It meets the AAP recommendations on reflux management. While she still experienced some spit-up, it was MUCH less frequent, and she didn’t seem to be in pain like she was before. Switching formulas didn’t bother Emma Kate at all, and it made me feel better to know I was doing something that was helping my baby.

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As far as solid food goes, Emma Kate is eating pretty much anything! She is in this great adventurous stage where she will eat anything we give her. We give her pieces of what we are eating, and she usually asks for more, even broccoli! She eats a lot of chicken, veggies, and of course snacks. We are trying to get her used to eating three “meals” a day with some snacks in between, but lately with our schedules it has been hard. We are doing the best we can, and Emma Kate is thriving and hardly spitting up at ALL anymore! Each month it got less and less, and I am very thankful.

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I would venture to say the spit-up peaked around six months, then went away some, until Emma Kate got mobile, and it came back. Now that she is thirteen months, the only time she spits up is if she eats too much and then does a lot of moving around. When I was in the thick of things, I felt like it was never going to end and she would spit-up forever, but there is a light at the end of the tunnel!

Be sure to check out the Enfamil A.R. website for more information. Always be sure to talk to your doctor before making any changes to your baby’s diet.

QOTD: Did your baby suffer from spit-up issues? What did you do?

Admitting Defeat

I made it over two years without having to go to the doctor for being sick. Back in August, I caught a cold because I was running myself ragged after we bought the local Orange leaf, but I managed to bounce back with no doctor intervention. This time, I had to admit defeat and found myself at the doctor’s office at 8:15 this morning.

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I started feeling not myself on Saturday after Emma Kate’s party but didn’t feel sick just yet. Sunday morning we rested and hung out with family, and by Sunday night I was feeling really crummy.

Monday I still felt bad but powered through with Tylenol and even went for a walk with EK and my sister. Apparently it al made my body very unhappy, because I woke up in the middle of the night with fever, chills, a terrible cough, and no voice. My sister was nice enough to take the baby to daycare this morning and to drive me to the doctor where I was given a Z pack, nose spray, Claritin, cough medicine, and two (very painful!) shots in the rear. I was able to rest and nap on and off all afternoon, and while I still feel really crummy, I am not feeling as bad as I was last night or this morning. I haven’t had a sinus infection in years and forgot how they knock me on my butt.

I hate how being sick puts me so behind, as if I don’t feel behind enough right now as it is. Hoping I can bounce back quickly and get back on track. I haven’t run in almost a week! Time to go eat some soup and drink some Sprite. (PS- I know there is nothing scientific about drinking sprite when you are sick, but it’s what I always did growing up and it just makes me feel better! anyone else?)

QOTD: When is the last time you were sick? Do you fight going to the doctor? Ever had a steroid shot?

Photo Dump August 2015

My iPhone keeps telling me that I don’t have any more storage space, so I figured it was time to dump my beloved pictures onto my computer, while trying to decide which ones to keep on my phone (anyone else have this problem?) I thought I would share some of my favorites with you. Most are of my child because, well, that’s mainly what’s on my phone!

Yum. Half of our Orange Leaf Toppings bar.

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Sweet girl before church

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What, you don’t play in a laundry basket?

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This is what our car looked like driving back from Oklahoma. Driving through Dallas traffic and not being able to see out the back is not pleasant.

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This girl loves Mickey Mouse Clubhouse

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We finally got a Sam’s Club in our town, and since my dad is obsessed with this place, I had to take a picture for him when we went to sign up.

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Proof I do own more than running clothes.

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She learned how to open up the can of snacks. This is how I found her. Caught red handed!

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I like big bows and I cannot lie.

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QOTD: any exciting weekend plans? Just working and getting well over here!

Emma Kate: Month 9

It recently dawned on me the other day, that before long I will need to start planning Emma Kate’s first birthday party! Mind blown. Also, this week marks her 39th week of life, which is the same amount of time I carried her. Weird to thing she has now been out just as long as she was in.

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Summer has officially arrived in the south, so we haven’t been getting to walk as much as we were last month. Even at 7:00 in the morning, temps are already in the mid 80’s! We had gotten to sit outside under the fans on the back porch, and we made our first attempt at playing on a splash pad which did not go over well.

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Sleep is going well, and I think it’s finally safe to say she is used to her crib. For awhile, she was waking up at 5:30 until I discovered that we had started making her bedtime go from 6:30, to 6:45, then to 7:00 or even later. We backed her up to 6:30 or 6:45, and she is back to sleeping until sometime between 6 and 7 every morning. We take two naps a day, ranging from 30 minutes to two hours, although most are between 45 minutes and an hour and fifteen or so.

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Her two top teeth have finally come down all the way for a grand total of four teeth.  Eating took a leap this month, and she now loves puffs and yogurt melts where she wouldn’t even touch them before. We are experimenting with finger foods but she still loves for me to feed her from a spoon.

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We made some huge leaps this month in what she can do physically as well. It’s crazy how one day I felt like she was never going to move, and then instantly it all changed! We went through a week long period where she kept flipping herself onto her stomach and then crying because she couldn’t flip back, to her now flipping all over the crib. about ten days ago I went in to get her after a nap and she was sitting up in her crib, it scared me to death! We lowered the crib mattress after that one! She started LIKING being on her stomach and sleeping that way, and also pulling herself onto all fours and wanting to crawl SO badly, but getting scared and then backing herself up into a sitting position. She still manages to get around by flattening herself up, turning around and sitting up again, but no traditional crawling yet.

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Emma Kate still babbles “mama” and “baba” a lot, but hasn’t said “dada” yet much to Bobby’s sadness. She loves to sing though and makes a ton of noise. It seems her wanting only me to hold her was short lived, and she will go to anyone again (I think we were in the middle of a leap during her last update). She puts her arms out when she wants to be picked up and will pull on your pants leg as well.

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Emma Kate Loves:

– making noise with anything. Banging measuring cups, toys, etc. on hard surfaces

-Sitting up in her crib. You can tell she is SO proud of herself when she does it, it’s so cute!

-Pulling bows out of her hair (sad mommy)

– Eating!

– Going to Daycare. The teachers are always telling me how happy she is and how she loves watching the other babies.

– Puffs and yogurt melts

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Emma Kate does NOT like:

– Not being able to crawl/get around

– Having her face or nose wiped

– When I don’t feed her fast enough

Not a whole lot of dislikes right now, she is generally very happy and we are in a good place as a family. She is so fun to be around at this age!

I caught some sweet baby giggles on camera while I was feeding her the other day. LOVE it.

Emma Kate is still in size 3 diapers, and pretty much exclusively in size 12 month clothes. I can still squeeze a few size 9 onesies on her depending on the brand. She had her official stats recorded at the doctor yesterday, and she weighs a whopping 21 pounds 10 ounces (92nd%), and is 29 inches long (93rd%). Her head is in the 90% in circumference. She’s a big girl! The doctor seemed pleased with her progress and we will see her again in 3 months at her ONE YEAR checkup!

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We are in a great spot right now as a family. Emma Kate is really happy and hardly fussy at all. She is content to play and people watch and isn’t very needy. She laughs all the time, I think we have a little comedian on our hands! It blows my mind she has, to the DAY, today been out in the world as long as she was in my tummy. Time sure does fly.

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39 weeks, 1 day in….39 weeks, one day out!

QOTD: What is your favorite “baby” age? When should I start party planning?

*The 3 winners of the Naked Juice giveaway are Allison Pernas, Crystal Lee, and Anna Lintern! I will shoot you an email.

 

Five Ways to Run Faster 

Hey guys! I’m still in Disney until tomorrow. I have a lot of fun stuff to share with you when I get back, but for now enjoy these tips from Olympian Jeff Galloway!  

 


Longer Long Runs

Increasing the length of the longest long run has produced the greatest amount of improvement that I’ve seen among my coaching clients.  Several surveys have shown more than 13 minutes of time improvement when runners increase their longest long run from 20 miles to 26 miles before a marathon.  Comparable time improvements are experienced in 10K runners and half marathoners when they increase their long runs above race distance as noted in my YEAR ROUND PLAN book that covers all the distances.  Long runs must be at least 2 min/mi slower than current ability, with liberal walk breaks.  The slower the pace, the quicker the recovery.  I suggest doing the long runs every 2-3 weeks.

Speed Repetitions—increasing the number

My runners have improved by an average of over 6 minutes in a marathon (3+ minutes in a half marathon) by increasing the number of speed repetitions to 14 x 1 mile for the marathon, and 14 x 800 meter for the half marathon.  I recommend that each of these be run 30 sec/mi faster than goal pace.  The recovery interval is a 5 min walk between miles and a 3 minute walk between 800’s.  These workouts prepare one to maintain or pick up pace at the end of the goal race, instead of slowing down.  See GALLOWAY TRAINING PROGRAMS & HALF MARATHON books for details (www.RunInjuryFree.com).

Improve Running Form

Most runners I’ve monitored have improved several minutes in a marathon by fine-tuning their running form.  As the mechanics become smoother and within one’s limits, there is a significant reduction in aches, pains and injuries.  The two best ways to improve form are water running and cadence drills.
•        water running uses the same basic motion as when running on land, using a flotation device so that the feet don’t touch the bottom of the pool.  When done for at least 15 minutes, once a week, the legs find a more efficient path through the water—eliminating extraneous motion.
•        The cadence drill is done for 30 seconds, counting the number of times the foot touches the ground.  This drill is detailed in most of my books.  I’ve found the key to improving speed on the mechanical side is quicker turnover.

Race in Shorter Events

Dropping down a standard distance or two can improve your mechanics for running faster and your ability to handle a higher level of oxygen debt.  On non-long-run weekends, during a half marathon program, try some 5K or 10K races.  When training for a marathon, race at the 10K or half marathon distance.  At first, the faster pace of the shorter distance may seem awkward.  But after several short races, you will adapt—especially if you do some speed training for the shorter/faster event.  These performance improvements can translate into faster times in the longer distances.  My book 5K/10K details the training and the racing strategies for these events.

Hill Training

The only way I’ve found to build strength for running is to run hill repeats.  On a moderate grade hill, start at a jog and pick up the turnover rate of the feet and legs as you go up the hill, shortening your stride.  Walk down the hill for recovery.  Don’t sprint, and follow the other hill training guidelines in my books and at www.RunInjuryFree.com.  The strength from hill training will allow you to perform better in speed sessions which will help you improve in your goal race.  You’ll also run faster on hilly courses, during your races.


QOTD: What is your best tip for getting faster? 

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Weekend Fun in New Orleans

When Bobby and I were in New Orleans a couple of weeks ago, not only did we have a great time running, but we also got to experience some new things I wanted to share with you. Since I am from the area, I don’t get to experience New Orleans hotels very often, we simply just would drive home, so I was stoked to be staying at Hotel Monteleone for two nights. We dropped off the baby with my parents Friday afternoon then drove into the city.

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We found the hotel and valet parked. (Please note if you plan to stay here, valet parking is the only option and it’s $40 a night plus tax).

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The lobby was absolutely gorgeous, and had a very Victorian vibe to it.

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Hotel  Monteleone also houses a rare oddity, it’s called the Carousel Bar. It’s the only moving/rotating bar around, how cool is that?

It was late so obviously our room was ready. We requested a king which is always nice to have but one thing I have learned when requesting a king bed is that the room itself is usually smaller hence why they can only fit one bed in it. While our room was very fancy, it was by far the smallest hotel room I have ever stayed in.

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In the above photo, the left wall is right at the edge of the photo, and on the right side you can see the curtain for the window.

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The bathroom was nice but really small, too. Oh well, we weren’t planning to be in the room much, we had lots to do! But not before a glorious night of sleep not listening for the baby monitor. We slept 9.5 hours! It was amazing.

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view from our room

Saturday was beautiful but very chilly in the morning. We knew we were getting breakfast at Café du Monde so we bundled up and walked towards Jackson square.

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We wandered around the French Market before the Rock ‘n Roll Tweet Up

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After the Tweet Up and charity event, we headed to the expo then walked over to the Riverwalk for lunch.

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We both wanted different things so we hit up the food court before walking back to our hotel. We were having an early dinner with Megan and her husband Gabe, so we just chilled in the room until dinner time. Bobby actually took a nap while I read over the final event information for the half marathon the next day. The restaurant we were eating at, Mr. B’s Bistro, was literally right across the street from our hotel so we headed down when Megan said they had arrived.

Yes we had a half marathon the next day, but we all knew none of us were in shape to do our very best, so we decided to have a drink. I tried out the Mardi Gras martini and WOW it was delicious!

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We had good food and great company, it was a blast!

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We said our goodbyes fairly early so we could get to bed. It was nice just walking back across the street to our hotel!

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One thing I forgot about when staying in the French Quarter: it’s loud at night. Not to mention, we forgot the fan we always sleep with! Luckily I had a white noise app, but we heard non stop honking and had an ambulance parked outside our window for awhile at one point (we were on the 7th floor).

The next morning was of course the race, and we had just enough time to come back and shower before our late check out. While we wish the room was bigger at the hotel, the service was excellent and everything was beautiful. I hope we get to come back and stay again sometime!

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Our weekend in New Orleans couldn’t have been much more perfect. I am so thankful for the beautiful weather, and a weekend just the two of us was just what we needed. Also I am glad I got to do some of my favorite things: race, hang out with friends, and hang out with my husband. I can’t wait until next year!

QOTD: What is your favorite spot for a racecation?

Disclosure: Our room was paid for by Rock ‘n Roll, but no further compensation was received. All opinions are my own and I was not asked to write about my hotel experience, I just like to share about my travels and great places to stay!