My Current Workout/Nutrition Regimen

Good evening, friends!

Is anyone else watching the Penguins vs. Capitals game?! We are! Let’s go Pens!

Anyway…I thought I would take some time today to write a little bit about how I’ve transitioned from my rigorous Dopey Challenge training to regular workouts/half marathon training.

As you may recall, Dopey Challenge training took a lot of effort….early morning wake up calls, a strict nutrition plan, and lots and lots of miles each week.

Now that I’m slowly getting back into my regular training groove, I’ve decided take what I learned from Dopey Challenge training and apply it into my current workout regimen.

Each week, I focus on several different types of exercises to keep my legs strong for running.

  1. Monday: 3-5-mile run, arms
  2. Tuesday: 30 minutes on the elliptical, 10 minutes on the stair master legs, and abs
  3. Wednesday: 3-5-mile run, arms
  4. Thursday: 30 minutes on the elliptical, 10 minutes on the stair master, legs, and abs
  5. Friday: 3-5-mile run
  6. Saturday: 6-mile run (or more, depending on where I am in training – could be as high as 11 miles)

As you can see, I’ve definitely added some variety to my workouts. While training for Dopey, I tried to do the elliptical twice each week to give my legs a break from running. But, my legs weren’t really building any additional strength.

Since then, I’ve learned that by adding the stair master, I can work different muscles to optimize my leg strength for my races. It’s definitely a harder exercise for me, but I know that it has really been helping!

Additionally, I’ve also added more weight lifting into my weekly routine. Honestly, I couldn’t lift too much during Dopey Challenge training because my body couldn’t handle it with all of the miles that I had to put in each week. But, now that I’ve been adding lifting back into my workouts, I can really see a difference in my muscles – they are finally starting to get toned!

Not only did I switch up my normal training workouts, however. I also decided to keep some of Dopey Challenge training nutrition habits. While I’m not being as strict as I was last year, I’m really focusing on eating nutritious foods that really work to keep me full and my muscles happy.

For example, I’ve been focusing on getting more protein and finding fun ways to use vegetables. Check out these photos of our dinner the other night: pot roast with carrots, onions, celery, and cauliflower mashed “potatoes.” THIS WAS AMAZING! And, it kept me full all night – without a tummy ache!

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Yum!

I’ve also been trying to limit my carbs to whole grain options like oatmeal. Whole grains keep me full, while still providing the nutrition that my body needs after a long workout.

With all of these changes (and the lessons I learned from Dopey Challenge training), I’ve really managed to keep my weight down to my pre-Disney weight, which was my lowest ever!

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I’ve had more energy, and I’m really excited to see how my race goes this weekend! For those of you that didn’t know, I’m running the Pittsburgh Half on Sunday – say “hi” if you see me!

But, that’s all for now, folks! 🙂

What is your current workout/nutrition regimen?

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Walt Disney World Half Marathon 2018 Recap

Happy Saturday, friends!

Can I start off this post by saying how incredibly jealous I am of everyone who is down in   Disney for Princess Half Weekend?! Princess Half Weekend is one of my favorite runDisney weekends because of all of the glitz and glamor, as well as the girl power mentality throughout the weekend! Good luck to everyone – you’ll kill it!

Now, let’s move on to my Walt Disney World Half Marathon 2018 recap!

If you missed my Expo, 5K, and 10K recaps, be sure to check them out.

Flashback to January 6th at 2:30 a.m. Because the buses left earlier for the half and full marathon mornings, I had to wake up slightly earlier to make sure that I had enough time to quickly get ready and catch one of the early buses. I followed the same routine from the 5K and 10K mornings and headed out the door with Steve. Our friends had come in the night before, so we were sure to be very quiet when leaving the room.

Steve and I caught one of the earliest buses and zipped over to Epcot to meet up with my bestie Alexa who was going to run the half with me. Surprisingly, it wasn’t too bad outside – still colder, but MUCH warmer than the previous two mornings.

We met up with Alexa by the stage and enjoyed the pre-race entertainment before heading to our corrals. This was Alexa’s first half marathon, so we wanted to get to the corrals early so that she didn’t miss a thing!

I was originally placed in Corral C, but I moved back to E to be with Alexa. We snuck up to the front wave of the corral and did the Cha Cha Slide and Wobble with the crowd around us to warm up. Before we knew it, it was time to take off!

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You can kind of see Alexa’s Sorcerer Mickey costume in this picture!

Alexa and I had a plan to run until Magic Kingdom and then stop for photos. She wanted to get a good groove going before stopping. So, we ran on the typical Disney roads for the first few miles before we hit the Magic Kingdom gates. The weather was beautiful now that we were warming up!

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I just loved Alexa’s costume!

We continued on past the TTC, drummers, and the Contemporary resort. I was super bummed that the DJ was not there to “help” us cross under the “water bridge” – he is always my favorite part of any Disney race!

But, we made the turn past the Contemporary and headed toward the Magic Kingdom entrance via a new path. Usually, runDisney has runners travel past the Contemporary, make the turn by Space Mountain, and then head through the side cast member entrance to Main Street. This year, they forced us left, and we traveled around the bus platform before heading into the main Magic Kingdom entrance. Let me tell you, this was seriously so awesome. Not only was the route smoother (no sharp turns), but it also seemed so much more magical.

We ran through the entrance and truly took in the magic. I always tear up during this portion of runDisney races! We made the turn into Tomorrowland and veered off to the right to catch the first character stop.

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The line for these two was not long at all, so we only had to wait a brief time before heading on our way.

As we ran around the bend and back toward Storybook Circus, I saw another line forming. It was Goofy! Goofy has always been my favorite classic character, so this was a must-stop for me. And, the line wasn’t long!

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We proceeded onto the route and ran passed Ariel’s grotto. There was a line there, but no character. I’m assuming it was someone from The Little Mermaid. Because we weren’t sure how long the character would be gone, we decided to keep moving through Fantasyland toward the castle. I told Alexa to get to the far left so that we could veer off to the left and get a picture in front of the castle after we ran through it.

Our goal was to get to the castle while it was still lit up, and we were able to do that! I swear that the pictures are so much better when the castle is lit up!

We headed back onto the route and made the turn into Liberty Square. By this point, it seemed that some of the food locations in the park were starting to prepare breakfast. Specifically, we could smell waffles and bacon, which made us SO hungry!

As we entered into Frontierland, we saw a VERY long line. From past experiences, I knew that this was a character from Toy Story. Because I was dressed as an alien from the movie, I really wanted to stop. But, I just couldn’t do that line. It was at least 15-20 minutes long. So, Alexa had me stop right beside the line so that she could snap a photo of me by Woody and Bullseye. I’m glad that she thought of this – it’s perfect!

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You can see my new Goodr sunglasses in this picture. This was the first time I tried them out, and I was in love! No fog or slipping!

We ran through the rest of Magic Kingdom and headed back out onto Disney roads to make our way back to Epcot. We ran by the Grand Floridian and wedding pavilion (and singers), and then we were handed Sports Beans somewhere around Mile 9. These guys were SO good! I heard wonderful things about them in the past, but I had never tried them before. Because I was taking it easy for this race, I broke my rule of “not trying anything new on race day” and ate them. YUM – definitely my new favorite source of fuel!

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Before we knew it, we were heading down the long straight away toward mile 10. Alexa couldn’t believe how fast the race was going! And, by looking at our watches, we realized that we were going to break 3 hours, even with all of the photos that we stopped to take!

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We passed mile 10 and made the turn to run up the on-ramp with the Toy Soldier. Again, because I was dressed as an alien, I knew that I wanted to stop to take a photo with him. Alexa was nice enough to snap this fun picture for me!

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He looks thrilled haha!

After we stopped for this photo, we decided to kick it into gear and pick up the pace back to Epcot. We did some singing as we passed miles 11 and 12, and before we knew it, we were heading into Epcot for the last mile of the race. We knew that we wanted to stop to take a selfie in front of Spaceship Earth since we snapped one in front of the castle. But, other than that, we were ready to be done and to get Alexa’s first half marathon medal!

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Alexa and I kicked it into gear and sprinted toward mile 13 and the finish line! As we approached the finish line, we heard our names being yelled. It was Steve and our friends, Jenna and Logan! How sweet!

Alexa and I grabbed hands and crossed the finish line together.

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I was so proud of her! She killed it!

We proceeded through the finish line area and grabbed our medals, food boxes, drinks, and mylar blankets before having our own little photo session to celebrate the occasion!

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SO fun!

We caught back up with Steve, Jenna, and Logan and then walked to the buses to catch a ride back to the hotel. Alexa had driven to the race, so she was going to head back to her friend’s house to shower before meeting us in the parks.

When we got to the resort, Steve, Jenna, and Logan ate breakfast while I got ready for the day. We spent the entire day in the parks, split between Animal Kingdom and Magic Kingdom. This was Jenna and Logan’s first time in Disney, so we were sure to do it right!

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We did decide to miss out on the fireworks, however, because we had to get to bed early due to the full marathon the next morning.

Overall, the half marathon was so much fun! I’m so glad that I had Alexa to do it with me. We stopped for plenty of photos and really took in the magic.

Next up: I’ll conclude my series with my Walt Disney World Marathon recap.

Stay tuned!

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Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend 2018 Expo Recap

Hey, guys!

So, I returned from Walt Disney World three weeks ago, and if you read my post last week, then you know that I’m dealing with the Disney blues. While I had a blast running 48.6 miles around Walt Disney World, I’m so sad that it’s over. Over seven months of training…..and Dopey is complete….wow!

But, all good things must come to an end, and I’ve finally decided to start my recaps. First up: the Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend Expo!

We arrived in Orlando on Jan. 3 at about 10:30 a.m. We knew that the expo didn’t open until 12 p.m. to the general public, so we decided to take the Magical Express from the airport to our resort (Pop Century) to see if our room was ready. We were very impressed with how short the trip was from MCO to Pop Century. We’ve never stayed at a resort that took less than 30 minutes to get to from the airport, so this was a pleasant change!

By the time that we arrived at Pop Century, we still had not received the text that our room was ready. So, we used the restrooms and dropped off our carry-ons at the luggage assistance station outside of the lobby. And, by the way, that has to be the coolest thing ever.

We then made our way to the bus line for the expo. On the way through the lobby, we ran into some friends from our hometown! We knew that they were coming down, but we had no idea that they were staying in our resort – how weird is that?!

After catching up with our friends, we got in line for the bus. We were able to get on the next bus, which came in about 10 minutes. While on the bus, we were told that we were one of the closest resorts to ESPN Wide World of Sports, which is where the expo is held – we were actually less than 10 minutes away!

After a short trip, our bus entered the ESPN Wide World of Sports complex (it was just about 12 p.m. at this point). But……as soon as we passed the sign, we were stuck in the expo traffic. This was my first experience going to the expo on opening day. I usually arrive on the second or even third day, so I was not expecting the traffic (and crowds) to be that bad.

After about 20 minutes, our bus made it to the drop-off location, which was moved to the opposite side of the parking lot from where it was in previous years. Steve and I ran off the bus and headed straight for the Dopey Challenge packet pick-up line, which was also the location of the official merchandise and commemorative item pick-up. And….this is where it all went downhill…..

The Dopey Challenge packet pick-up line was about 15 minutes long. In our “packets,” we received our bibs, a commemorative luggage tag for the 25th anniversary of the full, and some BibBoards, which had runDisney symbols on them.

We were then corralled around the corner to pick up my shirts.

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I actually really liked this year’s shirts! So cute and colorful!

In years past, I was always able to head straight to the official merchandise tent to begin shopping. But, to my surprise, we were told to head outside to get in line for the official merchandise AND commemorative items. At this point, I was slightly annoyed because I knew that the items were all in the building that I was currently leaving. But, there had to be a reason for us to go out and around, so I followed the directions and headed out of the building.

YOU GUYS…..the line for merchandise/commemorative items was ridiculous. Like wrapped around the complex ridiculous. If you follow any runDisney bloggers who attended this event, I’m sure that you’ve seen pictures. As we started to approach the line, I went over to a cast member to see if I needed to wait in the line for my commemorative items. For the first time ever, I was OK with skipping the official merchandise tent. That line was just way too long. But, the cast member told me that the line was for the official merchandise tent AND commemorative item pick-up (you had to go through the line to get into both areas). UGH!

So, at that point, I told Steve to go sit in the bar and wait for me. There was no sense in both of us waiting in that line. I headed to the back of the line and waited….and waited….and waited….

One hour and 20 minutes later, I finally made it into the official merchandise area. And, I decided that because I waited that long, I was going to shop. I deserved it! I knew going into the expo that I wanted to get the Tervis Tumbler water bottle and a Sweaty Band (which is something that I get every race weekend). I quickly picked up those two items and then took a look at the Dopey Challenge items. By this point, a lot of the merchandise was selling out. I found a shirt and a tank top that I liked, grabbed my size, and then headed to check out. The check out line was only about 8-10 minutes long, so it moved pretty quickly.

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My favorite model 🙂

I then headed over to the area that said “Commemorative Item Pick-Up.” But, when I got there, the area was blocked off…..completely. I asked the cast member that was standing there how I could access the area, and he said that the commemorative item pick-up line was outside. WHAT?! I told him what the original cast member had told me, and he said that I did NOT need to wait in the original line. He let me slip through the barrier (probably because he could see how defeated I looked), so I’m very grateful for that.

I got through the commemorative item line in about 20 minutes. I grabbed my pre-ordered jacket and headed out of there (I do not have a picture of my jacket because it’s in the laundry – you’ll see it in my pictures throughout my recaps though!). By that point, I was SO ready to leave, but I knew that I wanted to exchange my shirts for smaller sizes since they seemed a little larger this year. I called Steve and we met at the V Center (previously Vista Center, previously J Center, previously Josten….I don’t even know). We headed straight for shirt exchange, grabbed my correct size, and then headed back to the buses. We were so excited to be heading back to the room for a quick rest before dinner at Morimoto in Disney Springs.

Overall, the expo experience was pretty…I’m not going to sugar coat it…horrendous. I’ve never had that much trouble during any of my other runDisney weekends. While I’m happy that I got my Tervis water bottle and Sweaty Band, I’m annoyed that I was told to wait in a line that I didn’t have to for an hour and 20 minutes. And…those shirts I bought? Yeah….they were WAY TOO TIGHT….like the “I can barely move” type of tight. Luckily, I was able to exchange those in the gift shop of our resort, so I did get my money back for those.

Other than the crazy lines and misinformation, I didn’t think that the new expo set-up was too bad. I know that there were a lot of people who did not like it (separating bib pick-ups into different buildings and moving the official merchandise out of the main expo), but I sort of liked it. It felt like there was a lot of room to shop (once you actually got into the official merchandise area), and the regular expo floor was slightly less crowded than usual, so people could easily browse vendors if they wanted to.

I hope you enjoyed part 1 of my Dopey Challenge recaps. Keep an eye out for my race recaps next week!

Have a good weekend!

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Where Have I Been?!

Guess who’s back……back again…..SARA’s back….tell a friend!

You guys, it has been SO long since I’ve written a blog post, and I DEEPLY apologize for that! After my last post, I got completely sucked in to the holiday and pre-Dopey mayhem. We attended multiple holiday parties, and I spent about a week trying to figure out what to pack for our trip (the weather was awful).

But….I’m back, rested, and, spoiler alert….I DID IT!

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Honestly, the entire weekend was fantastic, and I left Florida with such a runner’s high. But, all good things must come to an end, and I’m finally starting to feel like I’m back in the real world.

Now that I’ve had some time to reflect on this amazing, once-in-a-lifetime experience, I’m finally ready to start writing my recaps. I plan to do a recap of each race and the expo in the coming weeks, so please be sure to stay tuned!

Finally, now that Dopey is over (wah!), I’m looking for some other races to fill my 2018 calendar. If you have any favorites in the Northeast, please share them in the comments!

Thanks, and more to come!

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Week in Review – November 10, 2017

Wooh! All I can say is T.G.I.F.! It’s been quite the stressful and busy week, and I’m ready to relax tonight before our busy weekend starts tomorrow morning.

So, without further adieu, let’s get this recap started!

Workouts

Dopey Challenge Training week #23 will be complete after tomorrow’s maintenance run. 54 days and less than 8 weeks to go. AH! I am so excited!

This past weekend, I did the first of 4 “virtual Dopey runs” to help me to prepare for 4 days of races in January. It went rather well, and I wasn’t too sore after my long run on Sunday!

  • Friday: 2 miles on the treadmill at the gym
  • Saturday: 7 miles around the neighborhood
  • Sunday: 17 miles around the neighborhood
  • Monday: Rest day!
  • Tuesday: 4 miles on the treadmill at the gym
  • Wednesday: 8 miles on the treadmill at the gym
  • Thursday: 4 miles on the treadmill at the gym

This morning, I did 30 minutes on the exercise bike at home, followed by some leg and arm exercises. I have an 11-mile maintenance run tomorrow. It’s supposed to be a high of 30 degrees here in Central PA, so I think that I might sleep in and do this run on the treadmill at the gym when it opens at 8 a.m. I just started Stranger Things, so I’ll probably watch an episode or two while I’m running 🙂

I’m VERY excited to take Sunday off. All of the painting we did last week/weekend – and the painting we plan to do this weekend – really is wearing me down. I’m ready to relax for sure!

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Experiences

As I said earlier, we painted pretty much our entire house last weekend. We did not paint our bathrooms because they were in pretty good shape, and we did not paint our spare bedroom because we plan to use that as a nursery down the road….not now.

I didn’t take any photos while painting, but I did share some Instagram stories during the process. Once we complete the house (we are doing the rest of the trim and doors this weekend), I’ll be sure to take tons of photos to show it off. We are absolutely in love with the colors and the way that everything turned out!

Books:

I’m still working on Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. I was able to read for about an hour after work today before Steve got home, which was very relaxing. I’m approaching the half-way mark, and it’s getting so good! I really have been enjoying this series, and I’m excited to keep going!

Food:

Nothing really sticks out for me here. But, we are going to our favorite Italian restaurant for dinner tomorrow with my dad, so I’m sure that will be the best meal of the week for me. I’ll be sure to share Instagram stories tomorrow, so follow me if you’re curious! I’ll also share photos on the blog next week.

Anything Exciting Happening Next Week?

YES! We are going to try to finish (or nearly finish) painting the rest of the house. We only have to do the doors and the trim around the windows, doors, and in the stairwell.  We are planning to drop the dog off at Steve’s parents’ house tomorrow so that we can get a majority of that done. Let’s hope that we can get it all done this weekend!

What are you most excited for this weekend?

 

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October Goals Recap and November Goals

Hi, friends! I apologize that this post is so late. As you’ll read later, we were very busy last week/weekend, so my blogging schedule was pushed back.

Without further adieu, let’s get into this post!

At the beginning of each month, I like to sit down and reflect on the previous month and make a list of goals to achieve during the new month. October was another great month, and Steve and I got so much done. Read on to see all that we did!

It was another month of fantastic experiences, and my training runs went so well!

Now that it’s the beginning of November, I wanted to recap my progress on my October goals. So…how did I do?

  • Lose two pounds. I crushed this goal! I really took the time to focus on my health and fitness this month, and it really paid off. I lost a total of 2.5, and I’m feeling better than ever. Only 7 more pounds to go until I reach my goal!
  • Continue training for Dopey. And, another one bites the dust! I got through another rigorous month of Dopey Challenge training, and I feel great! I’ve learned how to recover effectively and quickly, and that’s been so helpful.
  • Continue working on my Dopey Challenge costumes. All clothing purchases for my costumes are done. Now, I just have to focus on finalizing the details on two of my costumes (more on that later in the post).
  • Prepare the house for painting. And, as promised, this is the reason I have been absent for a few days! We spent the last part of the month/early November painting the house! All of our rooms are complete, but now we need to do the trim around the house. We plan to finish that in the next two weeks. The fresh paint really makes our house feel like “ours” – if that’s not too weird to say. We are in love with it. Once we finish the trim, I’ll be sure to share photos on the blog.
  • Finish all Harry Potter books before my trip to WDW. I’ve made a lot of progress here. I’m breezing through Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (I’m about half way), and I plan to finish it and start Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince before the end of the month.

So, overall, I hit 4/5 goals…I’m pretty proud of myself for what I accomplished last month. In addition to all of items I mentioned above, Steve and I also celebrated our 1-year wedding anniversary last month. This past year flew by so fast! Steve and I are beyond happy, and we can’t wait to see what our future holds.

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Although I was extremely busy, this will be a month I’ll remember for a long time.

Now that November is underway and I’ve evaluated my October goals, I’ve come up with a list of 5 goals that I’d like to achieve before the beginning of December.

My 2017 November goals are:

  1. Lose two more pounds. I’m hoping to be down another 2 pounds by the end of the month. Although I’ll be training a lot this month, I’ll also have four Thanksgiving dinners…yeah…I’m determined to stay focused, so I’m hoping for the best!
  2. Continue training for Dopey. I’m crushing my training so far, and I can’t quit now! Only 2 more months to go until I chase my dream!
  3. Continue working on my Dopey Challenge costumes. I’d like to finish my costumes this month. I only have two main tasks left to do for these: the spots for the Dalmatians costume and the Pizza Planet symbol on my alien costume shirt. I’m still unsure on how I will do these, but I plan to figure it out this month!
  4. Declutter my accessories. I’m pretty good about decluttering my closet after each season, but I’m not as good about doing the same with my accessories (shoes, hats, gloves, scarves, purses, wallets, etc.). I’m hoping to go through all of my accessories this month and donate those that I do not use anymore.
  5. Finish all Harry Potter books before my trip to WDW. Like I said before, I am making headway on this, and I’m determined to finish. With all of my race costumes for my trip, I won’t be able to fit any of the large Harry Potter books into my carry-on. Additionally, the books are getting so good, so I definitely don’t want to stop now!

So, there you have it: my goals for the month of November. I’m looking forward to recapping and reflecting on these goals next month! See you then!

What are your goals for November?

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Week in Review – October 27, 2017

Happy Friday!

This has been such a great week, so let’s get this recap started!

Workouts

After my 10-mile run tomorrow, Dopey Challenge Training week #21 will be complete! This training is just flying by, you guys. It honestly feels like I just started!

  • Friday: 25 minutes on the exercise bike at home
  • Saturday: 6 miles around the neighborhood
  • Sunday: 16 total miles (2.9 miles around the neighborhood and then 13.1 miles at the Gettysburg Blue-Gray Half Marathon)
  • Monday: Rest day!
  • Tuesday: 4 miles around the neighborhood
  • Wednesday: 7 miles around the neighborhood
  • Thursday: 4 miles around the neighborhood

This morning, I did 30 easy minutes on the exercise bike at the gym, and I also did some light arm and leg exercises. I have 10 miles on the schedule for tomorrow, but I’m doing a local 5K for my sister’s school as well. So, I plan to run 6.9 miles around the neighborhood before the 5K to make sure that I get my full 10 miles in tomorrow. It’ll be another interesting training run for sure!

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Experiences

My absolute favorite running experience has to be PRing at the Blue-Gray Half Marathon on Sunday! I definitely was not expecting this PR, and I’m so happy my training is working and that my body is getting stronger and faster! Be sure to read my race recap here.

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Another favorite experience for the week was attending Farmers Fair in Dillsburg. Before Steve and I went to pick up my packet in Gettysburg on Saturday, we stopped at the Farmers Fair festival in Dillsburg. It was our first time at the festival, and we were sure to try all of the food! My friend, Alexa, who goes to school in Florida, and her mom have a booth every year, so I’m so happy that I was able to see her while she was home!

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And, finally, we got to see plenty of Miss Milly this weekend 🙂

 

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Books:

I made some more headway on Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. Steve is going golfing tomorrow, so I think I’m going to try and read a big chunk while he is gone. Even though Order of the Phoenix is probably my least favorite movie in the series, I’m really enjoying the book so far!

Food:

Steve and I went to our favorite restaurant after my half marathon, and we had ALL OF THE FOOD AND PUMPKIN MARTINIS! I didn’t take any photos, but believe me, it was SO GOOD!

Anything Exciting Happening Next Week?

YES! Steve and I will be celebrating our 1-year wedding anniversary on Sunday. I can’t believe that it’s already been a year – where has the time gone?! We have plans to go to The Melting Pot on Saturday night, and then we plan to get donuts Sunday morning. We had donuts as the dessert at our wedding, so this is very fitting. I’m so excited!

What are you most excited for this weekend?

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Week in Review – October 6, 2017

Another Friday…another week in review….

BUT, I took off today, so I’m a happy camper 🙂 Let’s get this recap and LONG weekend started!

Workouts

And, with the conclusion of my long run today, Dopey Challenge training week #18 is done. Less than 13 weeks to go! I can’t believe that we are under the 90-day mark. This is absolutely insane!

  • Friday: 15 minutes on the elliptical and 15 minutes on the bike at the gym
  • Saturday: 8-mile run around the neighborhood
  • Sunday: Rest day!
  • Monday: 3-mile run around the neighborhood
  • Tuesday: 6 miles around the neighborhood and some arm exercises
  • Wednesday: 20 minutes on the bike and some leg exercises
  • Thursday: 5 miles around the neighborhood and some arm exercises

I already did my 15-mile training run this morning. We are traveling again this weekend, so I wanted to make sure that I got the run in before we leave (later today). The run went well, but it was rather humid. I’m happy that I started so early!

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Experiences

Although I didn’t take any photos this week/weekend (sorry about that), Steve and I had a VERY productive week. We cleaned the house and our washer, and we went shopping for a new wardrobe for Steve (which was my favorite experience this week)! We had so much fun at the outlets on Saturday. Steve got some great deals, including a suit, business casual pants, dress shirts, and golf pants.

Of course, because we were there already, I looked on the clearance racks and found some great deals for myself! I’ll be sure to share these items in another blog post (they are currently in the wash).

Books:

So…..are we surprised that I didn’t start the fifth Harry Potter book yet? 🙂 I was incredibly busy at work and home, so this fell to the bottom of my weekly to-do list.

Food:

Steve and I made fajitas (without the tortillas) this week, and it was AMAZING and very simple! We took grilled chicken, mixed in some fajita mix, and sautéed it with some peppers and onions. While we ate this plain (in a bowl), I enjoyed the leftovers over my salad at work yesterday…YUM! Again, I’m sorry that I slacked on the pictures this week. We will definitely be making this again, so I’ll be sure to take photos and share them in a future recipe post!

Anything Exciting Happening Next Week?

Like I said earlier, we are traveling again this weekend. Later today, we will be heading up to Erie, PA to visit Steve’s cousin at college. We’ve never been to Erie, so we’re excited to explore all that there is to do. I’m hoping that we can visit the zoo, but I’m sure that we will have fun with whatever we decide to do.

What are you most excited for this weekend?

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September Goals Recap and October Goals

Hi, friends! It’s October, my favorite month for so many reasons! I absolutely love fall and Halloween, and I got married in October of last year.

At the beginning of each month, I like to sit down and reflect on the previous month and make a list of goals to achieve during the new month. September was a great month, and I really got a lot accomplished, although I traveled a ton and got sick towards the end!

It was another month of fantastic experiences, and my training runs went so well!

Now that it’s the beginning of October, I wanted to recap my progress on my September goals. So…how did I do?

  • Lose two pounds. I did it!!! Even with all of our traveling (and the amazing food that comes with that), I was able to lose 3 pounds! Only 9 more to go until my new goal weight!
  • Continue training for Dopey. My training has been going so well so far! I’ve had to alter my training plan a lot recently with our schedules being so out of whack, but I’ve stuck to it!
  • Continue working on my Dopey Challenge costumes. I purchased spandex running shorts and two tank tops. Only a few more items to go until I’m done!
  • Start painting the house. This honestly did not happen this month. We did set a date for painting though, which is a step in the right direction!
  • Finish Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire and Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. I FINISHED HARRY POTTER AND THE GOBLET OF FIRE this month! Finally! I absolutely loved it! Now, because it took almost the entire month to finish, I have not had a chance to start Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. I’m hoping to start that this weekend.

So, overall, I accomplished 3.5/5 goals…I’m giving myself half of a point for finishing one of the books. That’s better than I’ve done in the last few months, so I’ll take it!

Now that October is underway and I’ve evaluated my September goals, I’ve come up with a list of 5 goals that I’d like to achieve before the beginning of November.

My 2017 October goals are:

  1. Lose two pounds. I’m hoping to be down another 2 pounds by the end of the month. I think that with my intense training schedule this month, this should be doable.
  2. Continue training for Dopey. I can’t quit now! I only have 3 more months!
  3. Continue working on my Dopey Challenge costumes. I’d like to finish my purchases and come up with a plan for the creative aspects (Dalmatian spots and pizza planet logo) by the end of the month.
  4. Prepare the house for painting. Steve and I have to purchase all painting materials this month before we paint on Nov. 4-5. I think that we can definitely do this!
  5. Finish all Harry Potter books before my trip to WDW. These books are getting longer and longer. I think if I can finish them before my trip in January, I will be happy. Let’s see if I can do it!

So, there you have it: my goals for the month of October. I’m looking forward to recapping and reflecting on these goals next month! See you then!

What are your goals for October?

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Week in Review – September 29, 2017

You guys…I apologize for being absent all week! I caught a pretty nasty cold over the weekend (as you may recall from my last post), so I spent every free minute laying around, trying to get better! I’m feeling MUCH better today, so I promise that I will be back to normal blogging next week!

All of that being said, this week was a little rough and rather boring, so I’ll be sure to keep this recap short.

Workouts

I have one more run before I finish Dopey Challenge training week #17. Seventeen weeks – that’s insane! My body felt slightly better this week because we took the weekend off from traveling. I was able to focus on my workouts and get them done without any problems…well lower body problems…breathing was difficult with my cold.

  • Friday: 4-mile run around the neighborhood
  • Saturday: 14 miles around the neighborhood – and I felt fantastic the entire time! The miles literally flew by…with the help of several RunDisney podcasts and my Disney running playlist of course 🙂
  • Sunday: Rest day!
  • Monday: 15 minutes on the elliptical and 15 minutes on the exercise bike at the gym
  • Tuesday: 3 miles around the neighborhood and some arm exercises
  • Wednesday: 6 miles around the neighborhood…this one was a bit rough…this was the peak of my cold and it was incredibly humid outside. I honestly thought about quitting after  1.2, but I kept going. And, I’m so glad that I did!
  • Thursday: 3 miles around the neighborhood and some arm exercises

I plan to do the elliptical and bike at the gym again tomorrow, and then I have an 8-mile maintenance run tomorrow morning. I’m definitely going to take that run VERY slowly and treat it as a shakeout run from the week prior. I think my legs really need the break from my normal pace, as do my lungs.

Favorites:

Experiences

Just one favorite experience for me this week….this little guy was trying his hardest to get me to stay home Saturday and NOT do my 14-mile run. He cuddled with me for a few minutes in the morning and then followed me around the house as I got ready. AND, he made the saddest, sweetest face…

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I mean come on…just look at that sweet face 🙂

 

 

Books:

I FINALLY FINISHED THE FOURTH BOOK THIS WEEK! But, because I was sick, I have not started the 5th book yet. Steve will be playing golf all day Sunday, so I may take the dog out on our deck and get through some of it then!

Food:

Do Dayquil and NyQuil count?

Anything Exciting Happening Next Week?

After our workouts tomorrow, Steve and I will be going shopping! Steve recently lost 35 pounds, and he’s in need of some staples until he reaches his goal weight. His old clothes just aren’t cutting it anymore. He’s so motivated, and he’s really helping me to stay on track as well. I love it!

What are you most excited for this weekend?

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