Walt Disney World 10K 2018 Recap

I’m back for round two of my Dopey Challenge race recaps!

If you would like to read my 5K recap, click here.

Flashback to January 5, 2018….

Like clockwork, I woke up at 2:58 a.m., just before my 3 a.m. alarm. I followed the same routine as the day before (washing my face, brushing my teeth, and throwing on some sunscreen). I then checked the weather, and I was pleasantly surprised that it was going to be a few degrees warmer for the 10K morning than it was for the 5K. Key words being “a few degrees…”

I decided to ditch my skirt and just stick with my black tights and undershirt (with another undershirt underneath that). I figured if I could still see my spotted shirt and headband, then people should at least recognize the Dalmatian aspect of my costume.

Steve and I bundled up and headed out the door. We arrived at the bus stop just in time to catch the first bus to the race area. We made a b-line for the hot chocolate/coffee stand again so that we could warm our bodies up. The line wasn’t as long this time, though.

After getting our warm beverages, we headed to an empty area within the parking lot so that I could stretch. I definitely wanted to do a better job of stretching this morning so that I didn’t have the same tight muscle/frozen leg sensation at the start of the race. While we were there, I noticed a marathon weekend sign that was pretty cool, so I asked Steve to take my photo in front of it.

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You can really see how bundled up I had to be for the race mornings – my costume was not even visible!

When I finished stretching and drinking my hot cocoa, Steve and I walked over to the character lines to see how long they were. We told ourselves that if any of the lines were under 15 minutes, we would wait. But, we really weren’t expecting to get any photos since most of the lines were 30-60 minutes long during the morning of the 5K. To our surprise, Pluto only had a 10-minute wait, so we jumped in line!

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I was sure to take off my outer layers for this photo since it was with Pluto and I was dressed as a Dalmatian!

After we finished waiting for Pluto, I headed for the corrals so that I could again be in the first wave of runners in my corral (A). I continued to stretch out my legs and chat with the people around me. Funny enough, I actually stood next to the same people I was with at the start of the 5K – how weird is that?! We must have had the same idea!

Before I knew it, it was time to start the race! Because it was slightly warmer for this race, I knew that I wanted to try to stop for some photos…if my body could handle it. So, I took a few deep breaths and took off with the first wave of corral A!

I had done a 10K in Disney before, so I knew to expect a few miles on the roads outside of Epcot before heading into World Showcase and the Boardwalk. Although it was cold, I still did my intervals for this race so that I could save my legs for the next two days.

My first walk break occurred as we exited Epcot (through the station). I was surprised at how quickly I was warming up for this race. It was night and day compared to the 5K. After a quick walk break, I started running again and quickly approached the mile 1 marker and the first character stop, which was Pocahontas and Meeko – two of my all-time favorites. But, the line was RIDICULOUS! I didn’t want to stand in the cold for 25 minutes for any character. So, I let it go and moved on to the sharp turn/hill thing that occurs just after mile 1. Because I was able to start so far forward in my corral, the sharp turn and corresponding hill were a breeze! And, at the top, was a fun character stop with the characters from A Bugs Life with no line. Score!

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After snapping this pic, I proceeded down the race path before quickly running up on the third character stop, which was the evil queen from Snow White in witch form. Because I had gotten that photo before (during the Enchanted 10K), I decided to skip that character stop and keep going. The line was rather long anyway.

Before long, we were heading into Epcot’s World Showcase. I always love this part of any runDisney race. Epcot is a beautiful park, especially early in the morning when no one is in it! I stopped for a few character stops before we exited the park for the first time.

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We then started our loop around the Boardwalk. I have a love-hate relationship with the Boardwalk. It is absolutely stunning, but I always find myself tripping over the boards (I’m probably just clumsy).

As we approached the first of the shops/restaurants on the Boardwalk, I noticed that Genie was hanging out in front of the ESPN Club. Although I have stopped for him multiple times in the past, I just had to stop! He’s so cute, and the line was so short!

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After the photo, I took off and finished my loop of the Boardwalk before re-entering Epcot. I then made my way through the rest of World Showcase, and, as I made the turn toward Spaceship Earth, I saw Duffy standing off to the side with no line! He is so cute, so of course I had to stop!

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Finally, I made my way through the rest of Epcot and sprinted toward the finish. I crossed the finish line – with a smile of course – and got my pretty Minnie-themed medal!

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I walked through the rest of the finisher’s chute and grabbed my food box, beverages, and mylar blanket. After I received my goodies, I headed toward our resort’s bus stop to meet Steve. We boarded a bus right away and got back to Pop Century in record time!

We quickly got ready and then caught a bus to Epcot, where we spent the rest of our day.

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We rode all of the best rides and ate a ton of good food, including dinner at Via Napoli to carb up for the half – my favorite!

To sum it all up, I had so much fun during this race even though I ran it alone! There were so many character stops with short lines, and the course wasn’t too crowded. It was so enjoyable! If you’re interested in seeing what happened next during the Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend, be sure to stay tuned for my half marathon recap later this week!

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Walt DisneyWorld Marathon 2018 5K Recap

Hi, friends!

I’m so excited to finally begin my race recaps! I’m not going to lie, this one is going to be rather short (for reasons explained later), so bear with me on this one.

But, let’s get started with a fun fact: it’s warmer at my house (in the Northeast) today than it was for the start of this race….UGH! You guys, this race was COLD….and I’m used to running in cold temps!

I woke up at 3 a.m. on race morning, and I was feeling pretty good. I had woken up extremely early the morning before to catch my flight, so I was nervous that this would mess up my sleep schedule all week. But, spoiler alert: it didn’t!

I made my way to the sink to wash my face, throw on some sunscreen, and brush my teeth. Then, I checked the weather….and, boy oh boy, was I stuck on what to wear. Don’t get me wrong, I brought plenty of clothes with me to choose from (for all weather types), but with a real feel of 24 degrees, you really start to question if 3 layers is enough HA!

I decided on my outfit (see the photo at the end of this post), and then Steve and I headed out the door.

We took the first bus from our resort and got to the race area just before 4 a.m. IT WAS SO COLD. Like teeth chattering, knees shaking, mind-blowing cold.

Once we entered the family reunion area, we saw a LONG line to our left. We aren’t used to seeing long lines as you enter into the family reunion area, but we were intrigued, so we decided to check it out. It was for coffee and hot chocolate, and you better believe that we got in that line! Now, I’m not one to eat before races, unless they are 13 miles or longer, but I knew that I desperately needed that hot chocolate to warm up my insides.

After drinking the hot chocolate, I made my way to the corrals. I knew that I wanted to make my way to the front of my corral (A) so that I could start right away and get the race over with. After a few minutes of waiting, the announcers asked all participants to enter their corrals, which then filled up quickly.

Although I was freezing in the corral, I did meet a TON of new friends on the walk to race start. We all huddled together and chatted about our training and excitement for race weekend. I just love my runDisney peeps 🙂

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After the National Anthem and a few last-minute announcements, we were off! Well….we all tried to take off…BUT, our legs were frozen! You could hear everyone writhing in pain from the numb limbs and tight muscles. It was definitely painful, but it was also funny at the same time.

My original goal for this race was to take my time and stop for every race picture. After the weather changed, that plan changed as well. I honestly just wanted to finish the race as fast as I could so that I could go warm up. I didn’t even do my intervals – I just ran the entire time!

I felt like I was flying by everything! We started the race on the roads outside of Epcot, where there was not much to see. In fact, it was very dark on the roads, and I even saw a few people trip because they weren’t paying attention to the person in front of them.

Then, we made our way into Epcot. It got brighter, but, to my surprise, there were no character stops! What?! Now, I know that I wasn’t going to stop, but what if people did want to stop and take advantage of the opportunity? I found out later that the characters didn’t make their way out to the World Showcase until after the front pack had gone through. So, other runners were able to experience them – thank goodness!

Before I knew it, I was passing the Mile 3 marker and heading for the finish line!

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I finished in just over 26 minutes, and I was OK with that! I quickly grabbed my medal, food box, and mylar blanket and then headed straight for the buses (as Steve and I had planned). We were able to get on the first bus back, but because I finished so quickly, our bus was not able to leave right away. There were still some corrals that were running on the bus route.

After about 20 minutes, our bus took off for the resort. We took a quick nap on the bus and then headed for our room when we got back to the resort. I took probably the longest shower of my life and then got ready for the day!

We spent the rest of the day in Animal Kingdom, and it was so much fun!

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After a fun-filled day in Animal Kingdom, we headed for Epcot and then took the resort monorail loop. Steve had never seen some of the resorts on the monorail, so we got off at each one and had a celebratory drink. It was so fun!

Then, it was back to the resort for an early bedtime.

Yes, the 5K was SUPER cold, but I still had a lot of fun just running through Epcot! Next up for my race recap series: the 10K!

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 – December 8, 2017

Happy Friday!

Time for another “Week in Review” post – let’s get started!

Workouts

After my 13-miler tomorrow, Dopey Challenge Training week #27 will be complete. We are getting down to the wire! I’m still feeling strong, and I’m ready to finish this training. So….how did I do this week?

  • Friday: 4 miles on the treadmill at the gym
  • Saturday: 9 miles on the treadmill at the gym
  • Sunday: 20 miles around the neighborhood
  • Monday: Much needed rest day!
  • Tuesday: 5 miles on the treadmill at the gym
  • Wednesday: 8 miles on the treadmill at the gym
  • Thursday: 5 miles on the treadmill at the gym
  • Friday: 30 minutes on the bike and some leg exercises

As you may recall from last week, my 20-miler was actually supposed be a 19-miler, but I was feeling so good that I didn’t want to stop! That was the best I’ve felt during a Dopey simulation weekend. I can’t wait to do my final one next week!

I have a 13-mile maintenance run tomorrow, and then I plan to take a rest day on Sunday. Only 26 days to go until Dopey!

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Experiences

My favorite experience for the week was definitely cuddling with my puppy. Now that he’s getting older, he’s wanting to cuddle more, and I am DEFINITELY all for that. I was slightly under the weather during the second half of this week, and I do really think that he knew that. He always wants to make me feel better 🙂

Books:

And…I didn’t read anymore of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. You guys, this book is not going well. I’m definitely enjoying it, but the timing is just not right. I just need to buckle down and finish this baby!

Food:

As I said before, I was feeling slightly under the weather over the last few days, so food was definitely not on my priority list. I tried to just eat a bland diet, so nothing was too special this week. But, I am already looking forward to next week because I’ll be having PIZZA next Saturday! My fave ❤

Anything Exciting Happening Next Week?

My sister had her first basketball game of the season tonight, and she has another one tomorrow. I love watching her play! It’s her senior season, so it’s a bit bittersweet. She has a couple of games next week as well, so you better believe I’ll be there!

What are you most excited for this weekend?

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November Goals Recap and December Goals

How is it already December 6?! As you could probably tell from my blogging schedule over the last month, I have been extremely busy – busy painting our house, traveling for holiday parties, working, and finishing up Dopey Challenge training. I was not expecting this all to hit me at once, so I apologize for all the silence. It’s been CRAZY, but, I digress…

It’s December! And, it’s the month before Dopey! I expect that this month will bring some exciting things (cough cough TAPERING cough cough), but I really do think that’s because of all of the hard work that I did in November.

What hard work am I talking about? Read on to find out!

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. November was another great month, and I got so much done, including a lot of training!

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

  • Lose two more pounds. You guys…..I don’t know if it’s the pick-up in my training or my recent focus on my nutrition, but I lost another 4 pounds last month. YES! You read that right….4 pounds! That means that I’m only 3 pounds from my goal weight! I don’t think I’ll hit my goal before our trip, but I’m so happy with the progress I have made.
  • Continue training for Dopey. Another great month of training is in the books, and I’m so happy with how November’s schedule went. I nailed each and every one of my training runs, and I’m feeling stronger than ever!
  • Continue working on my Dopey Challenge costumes. With everything else that we did this past month, I did not have time to work on my Dopey costumes. I do, however, plan to finish them at some point next week. It shouldn’t take too long, and I’m excited to see the final products!
  • Declutter my accessories. DONE! This month, I decluttered my purses, wallets, sunglasses, jewelry, belts, shoes, and fuzzy socks. I’ve now gone through everything in my house, and I feel so much better! We have a ton of items to donate to people who need them more than us, and we now only have what we use/wear in our house. Score!
  • Finish all Harry Potter books before my trip to WDW. So, I did technically make progress on this goal, but not very much. I read a little bit more of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix…..but nothing major.

So, overall, I accomplished 4/5 goals…which I am very happy about! In addition to these goals, I also finished our Christmas shopping and all planning details for our trip in January. November was MY month, and I really feel like I owned it!

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

My 2017 December goals are:

  1. Lose two more pounds. Just like last month, I’m hoping to be down another 2 pounds by the end of the month. Sweets are my downfall, and the holiday season brings PLENTY of them. Cross your fingers that I can stay on track!
  2. Continue training for Dopey. I can’t stop now! There’s less than one month left until marathon weekend!
  3. Finish my Project Repat order. In all of the hustle and bustle of the season, I neglected to tell you that I ordered myself a Project Repat quilt during the company’s Black Friday sale. I’ve had so many t-shirts from elementary schools, middle school, and high school sitting in our attic. Although I don’t wear the shirts anymore, I could never get myself to get rid of them. They represent so many memories – my classes, the time that I was in a play (and Steve), all of my sports accomplishments, etc. With Project Repat, I’ll be able to save those memories in a way that is much easier and more useful! No, this post is not sponsored by Project Repat, but I am very impressed with the company so far. To finish the order, I need to cut up my shirts (yikes!) and send them off to be made into a quilt.
  4. Find time to enjoy the holiday season. To most of you, this may be a fluffy goal. But, to me, it’s definitely something that I need to remember to do. With training, preparing for our trip, and a busy work schedule ahead, I want to try to remember to enjoy holiday season with my family and friends.
  5. Finish Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. Going back to the basics on this goal….I just want to try and finish this book before my trip. I think this goal is more doable.

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

What are your goals for December?

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Week in Review – November 17, 2017

Hi, guys!

First of all, I apologize for being so late on this post! As you recall from my post on Nov. 10, we painted our entire house in the last two weeks. And, I’m excited to say that we finally finished it! But, because we put so much time towards our house, I did not have time to blog at all last week. But, now that we are done, I should have more time moving forward!

I know that this recap is almost a week old, but I still definitely wanted to do it.

Let’s get started!

Workouts

I completed Dopey Challenge Training week #24 last week, and boy was it tiring! As you’ll see below, week #24 brought lots of running and my second virtual Dopey Challenge. Only two virtual Dopey weeks left until race weekend!

  • Friday: 30 minutes on the exercise bike at home and some leg and arm exercises
  • Saturday: 11 miles on the treadmill at the gym
  • Sunday: Rest day!
  • Monday: 30 minutes on the exercise bike at home and some leg and arm exercises
  • Tuesday: 5 miles on the treadmill at the gym
  • Wednesday: 8 miles on the treadmill at the gym
  • Thursday: 30 minutes on the exercise bike at home and some leg and arm exercises
  • Friday: 3 miles on the treadmill at the gym
  • Saturday: 8 miles on the treadmill at the gym
  • Sunday: 18 miles around the neighborhood

Haha! This is how I felt after running my 18-miler in 27mph wind.

Favorites:

Experiences

Last night, we finally finished painting! I haven’t taken any photos yet because we are still working on getting our house back together. Once we have everything in its place, I’ll be sure to take some photos to share with you all! I absolutely love everything we did, and our house finally feels like OUR home.

My other favorite experience from last week was watching the Hallmark Channel Countdown to Christmas. I’m definitely THAT girl that plays Christmas music and watches Christmas movies the day after Halloween. With all of the painting, I couldn’t really start watching until last week. I just love these cheesy movies!

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…and so does Thad! 🙂

Books:

I’m still working on Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. I didn’t get much further last week because we have been puzzling at work. We are almost finished, so I’ll be able to read at lunch again soon!

Food:

Again, I did not take any photos for this category. But, Steve and I did go to our favorite restaurant last Sunday (Nov. 12) for happy hour and dinner. As usual, it was AMAZING! We usually try to go once a month, but, as you’ll see in this week’s recap on Friday, we ended up going this past weekend as well. Oops!

Anything Exciting Happening Next Week?

I’m going to skip this category for last week’s post because I’m currently in “next week.” I’ll catch you up on all of the exciting happenings on Friday!

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!

Favorites:

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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Dopey Challenge Training Update #2

Hi, all!

I just completed week #20 of Dopey Challenge training! Can you believe it? Only 10 to go!

 

Now that I’m 2/3 of the way done, I thought that I’d do another recap of my experience from weeks #10-20 and share highlights and some of the lessons I’ve learned along the way.

To be honest, all of my runs have felt amazing! I don’t want to jinx it, but my pace, breathing, and stride have all been exactly where I’ve wanted them to be. Yes, I’ve had some bad runs, but I just pushed myself to finish.

Five Lessons:

  • Body Glide is EVERYTHING. Yes, this was on my list of lessons last time, but I’ve learned to use this wonderful tool in a new way. With the increase in mileage (and all of the back-to-back runs), my feet have started to fight back. I got my first blister on the bottom of my foot two weeks ago, and it was NOT fun. But, after that healed, I started to put Body Glide on the bottom of my feet, and I haven’t had any issues since!
  • More protein is necessary. While I loved smoothies as my recovery drink for the 15 weeks of training, I’ve recently learned that smoothies just don’t do it for me anymore. They leave me hungry after my training runs – I NEED MORE PROTEIN! Lately, I’ve been enjoying egg white muffins for breakfast, and these have been perfect! These muffins keep me full, while still providing the right nutrients to help me to recover.

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  • Stretching needs to be a bigger part of my routine. In addition to hunger and sore feet, my legs are starting to get pretty tight in between training runs. I’ve really needed to double my stretching time throughout the day to keep myself loose and ready to run.
  • I need to run outside while I can. While the majority of my training has been in record heat here in Pennsylvania, I’ve been trying to run outside as much as possible so that I can keep my body on the “Florida heat mentality.” I know that this heat won’t last all the way to race weekend, but I’ll keep running outside as long as I can!
  • Podcasts are my best friend. Although I love my RunDisney playlist, sometimes I just need a little extra motivation to keep me going during my long training runs. I recently found Joyful Miles and Heather Jergensen on YouTube. Both of these channels provide a plethora of RunDisney tips, race recaps, and general health and fitness tips as well. Additionally, the personalities of Heather and the Joyful Miles gang are WONDERFUL! They are so positive and motivating – you should really check them out!

Major Highlights:

  • My pace, strides, and breathing have been fantastic.
  • I PRed in the middle of training! My half marathon PR was shattered last Sunday during my ninth half marathon (which was the second part of a 16-mile training run).

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  • I’ve managed to stay on track with my plan – even with our hectic fall travel schedule!

In total, my Dopey Challenge training will last 31 weeks, including race weekend. So, only 10 left until it’s Dopey time! I’m motivated to keep going, and I can’t wait for the challenges that lie ahead.

Who will I be seeing at Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend?

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