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Race Morning Routine

Princess Race weekend is here!! This is my first race postpartum and I cannot wait to run through Epcot and cross the finish line with a glass of champs waiting for me. I’m hitting the expo tonight!

Princess Race Weekend is one of my favorite Disney running events. It was the first race I ever did and the perfect half marathon for your first time. I’ve run a race during Princess weekend every year since, with the exception of last year because of my marathon just a few weeks prior. 

After doing lots of races, especially Disney ones, I’ve nailed down my routine for race weekends. From the (super) early wakeup calls to pre-run fueling, I wanted to walk you through my process!

The Night Before

It’s race weekend tradition that me and my best friend have a sleepover to carb up the night before and then get ready and leave together for the race in the morning.  This is the little routine we’ve nailed down over years of doing races together!

Before the Nike Women’s Half Marathon in DC 2014!

I always set out my clothes, fuel, and every thing I need for the morning. Who wants to run around and pack up stuff at 2:30 in the morning?! See the wakeup call.

Then it’s time to carb up! For a half marathon, we usually do a whole wheat pasta with meat sauce or grilled chicken. I personally like to avoid alfredo or cheese sauces, because to me running and cheese don’t mix. For a 10k, we’ll usually grill some turkey burgers with chips and salsa or oven baked sweet potato fried..and we don’t skip out on a wheat bun! And dessert!! ūüėČ

I make sure to chug a lot of water and make sure my running buddy is as well. Gotta stay hydrated!! Hydration is KEY. You definitely need to begin hydrating for a race the days leading up to it.

Then it’s bedtime! We try to go somewhere around 9 to get in a decent amount of sleep before the morning. See you in the morning!

 

2:30-3am. Wakeup call. UGH. SOEARLYWHY. This wakeup call is much earlier for Disney races then most others. 

Immediately begin drinking water. Then I start getting ready, taking about 20 minutes or throw on some mascara because #RACEPHOTOS, brush my teeth, and put any of the last few things in my bag to check.

I usually snack on a banana while I’m getting ready before I leave the house. It’s easy on my stomach, loaded with electrolytes, and holds me over for my big morning ahead!

Time to hit the road! We aim to get to the Epcot parking lot no later than 4am. We give ourselves PLENTY of time because of traffic, road closures, and anything else that comes up. See tips below!

Typically for Disney you need to be in your corral place for 5:30am. Again, we plan to give ourselves a lot of time because there’s usually a .5 mile+ walk to the start line, major lines to bathrooms, and any other issues that could hold you up. 

Before checking our bag at Gear Check, we hit the porta potty lines. The lines before gear check are ALWAYS the longest. There are porta potties as you walk to the corrals, but we hit those too. After a pee break, we stash our bag with gear check.

As we walk to the corrals, we share a PBJ that we packed the night before. After one last potty break, we’re in our corral for 5am. 

And that’s it! We eagerly wait for the race to begin, marked by fireworks at every corral start and then we’re off!

 

Last Few Tips

  1. Plan for road closures and know you’re going. Disney has bunches of roads closed for their races, plus they shut down the roads getting you to the start line after a certain time. It would be so unfortunate to miss out on a race you trained hard for because of transportation!
  2. Get there earlier than you think. Long bathroom lines will most definitely hold you up..especially since you’ve been hydrating!
  3. If you’re running with a buddy, share a bag for gear check. After the race there can be long lines as everyone wants to pickup their stuff. Saves time to just check one bag!
  4. Make sure to get waters from the store in a bottle that you don’t mind tossing. I always buy the big smart waters to have the morning of so that I can dispose of it before the race begins. I don’t want to lose one of my good reusable water bottles!
  5. Have your cheer squad figure out runner tracking BEFORE the race day. Sometimes you need to download an app and it’s better to figure it out before the race so you’re not worried about figuring it out and missing your runners go by!

So there’s some tips and my no fail race routine! Checkout some of my other runDisney posts below! Are you running Princess this weekend?? See you at the 10k on Saturday!

Star Wars 10k Recap

My First Half Marathon

My First Marathon

Ariel Princess Race Outfit Inspo

Beauty and the Beast Race Outfit Inspo

Marathon Weekend Outfit Inspo

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A year ago I was anxiously awaiting running my very first marathon! What a fun time that was! Marathon weekend at Disney is one of my favorite races. It’s such a great way to kickoff the New Year and a really fun race weekend. I will certainly miss participating this year, but I cannot wait to cheer on my running buddies this weekend!

One of the best parts of marathon weekend is that it’s theme is the fab 5 Disney characters. Such a classic theme and a great way to kickoff a new year of runDisney. It’s also super easy to come up with a cute outfit for the races. There’s so many options out there for whichever character is your favorite!

 

Are you running a race this weekend?? I’ll be cheering between mile 12-13 for the half on Saturday! Good luck runners!

 

Breast Cancer Awareness Workout Gear

October is my favorite month for so many reasons: my birthday is coming up, we’re in the middle of fall, Halloween is right around the corner, football is in full swing, and it’s breast cancer awareness month. I think monthly dedications to important causes like this one, are super important to not only spread awareness but celebrate the fighters, survivors, and loved ones who’ve passed from this horrible disease. My mother is a breast cancer survivor and we make an effort every October to participate in a local event for breast cancer awareness. We even did 5k walks when she was sick years ago! We are super thankful she is in good health now, but know what a challenge it is for those struggling with the disease or supporting someone who has it.

An easy way to support breast cancer awareness is to participate in a local walk or event and sport your pink gear!¬†Over the years I’ve amassed lots of cute gear that’s pink and supports breast cancer awareness, but I love adding to my collection. I really try to only support brands that donate to reputable charities, but sometimes some products do not. At least there’s awareness getting out there.

I love to wear my gear not only all month long, but all year long as well. Plus, pink looks great on everyone and there’s really not a bad time to rock the color, so here’s some new breast cancer gear to celebrate awareness month!

Breast Cancer Awareness Workout Gear | Fresh Fit Florida

  1. Ya’ll know how much I love to hydrate and it’s¬†that¬†much easier to get your daily water intake in with cute water bottles and cups. Tervis makes an incredible product that lasts and comes in virtually every pattern you can imagine. They have a bunch of BCA cups this year, but this Simply Southern one was my favorite.
  2. I love massager balls to sooth sore muscles after some serious power lifting or a long run. While my muscles are longing for a workout like that, this is also great to relieve some cramps in my calves from the #preggolife.
  3. Under Armour is one of my favorite BCA collabs because their gear is affordable and long lasting! UA makes super flattering products and I love how they partner with such an important cause. Their breast cancer awareness tanks are a favorite of mine. I also have my eye on these pink cropped leggings!
  4. Not just for Wednesday..we wear pink all October long! Loving this tank found on Etsy…You can find millions of cute apparel¬†for any occasion on Etsy. It’s a go to!
  5. Can’t complete an outfit for a pink race without some festive socks. Loving these Nike ones.
  6. Have you tried nuun yet? It’s such a great sports drink and a wonderful alternative to sugary bottled beverages found in grocery stores. Years ago the pink lemonade flavor supported BCA…I’m not 100% sure if it still does, but I plan to double check and find out!
  7. I can’t do a roundup and not include Sweaty Bands! The breast cancer ribbon headband is only $12 for the month of October, plus use this (affiliate) link for 15% off!
  8. Last but not least, the New Balance partnership with Komen for the Cure is another favorite collaboration for the cure. Way back when I used to intern with Komen and putting on the Race for the Cure and was able to work with NB in many events and their support was really tremendous. I have the Ariel Vazee shoe from WDW Marathon Weekend, which are SUPER comfy and a great cross training shoe, so I would adore these for breast cancer awareness!

 

Over the weekend my parents and I participated in the Pink on Parade 5k in Celebration, FL, which we also did last year! Such a great race and it’s grown since it’s first year in 2012. It’s a fun time and tons of pink support!

Breast Cancer Awareness Workout Gear | Fresh Fit Florida

Breast Cancer Awareness Workout Gear | Fresh Fit Florida

Breast Cancer Awareness Workout Gear | Fresh Fit Florida

 

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Star Wars Weekend Race Recap

Star Wars Half Marathon Weekend has come and gone and now we’re all back to the Monday grind. ‚ėēÔłŹ¬†It was a great weekend for the 10k, Flower and Garden fest at Epcot, and lots of fun with friends and family! I’m having some Monday blues like always, but it’s always fun to think back over the weekend and share recaps on the blog. It makes Monday that much better! ?

 

Friday¬†evening kicked off race weekend with a quick trip to the Star Wars Half Marathon Weekend expo at ESPN’s Jostens Center. We printed our waivers, picked up our bibs, packets, and shirts, and did a quick loop of the expo merchandise. We were on the hunt for shirts to wear to the race, but had no luck at the expo, so we made an emergency trip to Target for last minute snacks, coconut waters, and the muscle tanks we ended up wearing for the race!

Star Wars Half Marathon Weekend Recap | Fresh Fit Florida

Star Wars Half Marathon Weekend Recap | Fresh Fit Florida

Back at Lindsay’s we whipped up turkey burgers and sweet potato fries with big fresh salads, laid out our outfits and packed up for our 3:45am wakeup call Saturday morning.

Our alarms rang way too early Saturday, but I felt rested and ready to go! We made it to Epcot by about 4:50am with enough time for a potty stop¬†and the long walk to the corrals. ¬†The wait once in the corrals seemed faster than usual, but I guess that’s because there were a lot less corrals at the 10k than at larger distance races. At about 5:45am Corral C (!!!) crossed the start line and we were off!

Star Wars Half Marathon Weekend Recap | Fresh Fit Florida

Star Wars Half Marathon Weekend Recap | Fresh Fit Florida

Star Wars Half Marathon Weekend Recap | Fresh Fit Florida

We started on main roads outside Epcot, heading back towards Epcot. We ran by Test Track and in the World Showcase between China and Mexico. We took a right towards the front of the park and ran right through to Canada, then out of the park before reaching France. There were tiny hills to get past on the way to the Boardwalk, then my awesome family was stationed cheering us on. Shoutout to them for coming out at 5am to cheer for us!

Star Wars Half Marathon Weekend Recap | Fresh Fit Florida

super blurry UK pic

Star Wars Half Marathon Weekend Recap | Fresh Fit Florida

Before leaving Boardwalk, we hit the mile 2 marker and made our way on the path to Hollywood Studios. The pathway that connects Boardwalk and DHS is pretty narrow, so we slowed our pace here because of all the people. I heard it was like that for the half too. It quickly broke up and we were back on track for reaching DHS and mile 3! We entered Hollywood Studios by the front entrance of the park and took a back way in to come out right on the main road into the park. We stopped for a super fast bathroom break (hello real bathrooms!) and were back on the course. Taking a right on Streets of Hollywood, we passed Tower of Terror and went out a service entrance onto Lake Buena Vista Drive and onto the more boring point of the race. We turned off LBVDr as fast as we got on and made our way to ESPN. Up and over one overpass and onto Osceola Parkway, before we knew it we were on the final mile!

Star Wars Half Marathon Weekend Recap | Fresh Fit Florida

We left Osceola Parkway and turned on the dirt and gravel path that everyone hates so much for about a quarter (ish) mile into ESPN. Once we were in to ESPN, the last bit of the mile flew by and the finish line was in sight! At this point, we thought we were close to a PR, so we huffed it to the finish line and crossed at 1:24:11, just four minutes away from a PR. We ran the mileage straight through, with the exception of the fastest bathroom stop ever, and felt really good! The 10k was the furthest distance I’ve run since the marathon, and it felt challenging but also really great.

Star Wars Half Marathon Weekend Recap | Fresh Fit Florida

Star Wars Half Marathon Weekend Recap | Fresh Fit Florida

Star Wars Half Marathon Weekend Recap | Fresh Fit Florida

Star Wars Half Marathon Weekend Recap | Fresh Fit Florida

We crossed the finish line, received our medals, and made our way to Powerades and snack boxes! Somehow I ended up with 2 boxes, which meant double the cheese and chips for me! After getting our boxes, we headed towards the fleet of buses shuttling runners and spectators back to hotels or Epcot. We found the Epcot shuttles and of course had the longest line. We thought we’d be stuck there forever, and with some looming rain clouds, we weren’t too thrilled. Thankfully the lines moved rather quickly and we were on the bus back to Epcot within 15 minutes. Back at the Epcot parking lot, we found our car and drove over to Boardwalk to meet up with our group. We had also packed a change of clothes and some things to freshen up since we planned to hang at the park after the race, so we just freshened up in the car in the parking lot. I must do this for future races, but I felt so fresh and so clean! After meeting back with our group we made our way into Epcot and did a little eating and drinking around the world at Flower and Garden and enjoyed the day together.

Star Wars Half Marathon Weekend Recap | Fresh Fit Florida

Star Wars Half Marathon Weekend Recap | Fresh Fit Florida

Star Wars Half Marathon Weekend Recap | Fresh Fit Florida

Star Wars Half Marathon Weekend Recap | Fresh Fit Florida

Star Wars Half Marathon Weekend Recap | Fresh Fit Florida

Star Wars Half Marathon Weekend Recap | Fresh Fit Florida

Star Wars Half Marathon Weekend Recap | Fresh Fit Florida

Star Wars Half Marathon Weekend Recap | Fresh Fit Florida

Star Wars Half Marathon Weekend Recap | Fresh Fit Florida

Star Wars Half Marathon Weekend Recap | Fresh Fit Florida

Star Wars Half Marathon Weekend Recap | Fresh Fit Florida

Overall, I really enjoyed the Star Wars Half Marathon Weekend. I liked the course of the 10k, and not to mention the 10k distance! It felt good to be able to run straight through and have less pressure than the marathon or a half.

The on course entertainment was really great…seemed like we constantly passed characters and photo spots around every corner. We rarely, if ever, have stopped for photos during a runDisney race, usually due to the line lengths, we want to avoid the balloon ladies, we want a good time, etc.. For this one, the lines for character photos were probably the longest I’ve seen in awhile at a Disney race, so there was no way we would’ve stopped at this race. However, I thought the amount of stops was awesome. The final bit of the race was lined with various Star Wars characters..mostly Storm Troopers, fighters, etc. which was really cool. We still didn’t stop, but there were no lines, you just stopped for a selfie and went on to finish.¬†I really just thought that the race theme was better carried out throughout the entire weekend. I guess because it’s a newer race, I thought there was more fanfare surrounding the entire weekend than previous races if that makes sense. Overall, I’m excited to do the race again. I loved the 10k distance for something to change it up and look forward to it next year!

Would you run a race during Star Wars Half Marathon Weekend? Have you run a runDisney race before? Share with me!

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What to Expect at a Food Themed Race

Over the weekend, I participated in a Pig Run 5k where you eat as many donuts as you signed up for halfway through the run. So run 1.5 miles…eat doughnuts…run 1.5 more miles….try not to puke. ?¬†But no really, it’s not that bad! This was my second time running a race like this and had a blast as always! Fun themed ‘novelty’ races that aren’t timed are seriously increasing in popularity. There’s probably some sort of color run, mud run, eating run, or beer run near you this weekend!

A local town near me puts on their Pig Run in the spring every year, but you may have heard about the famous Krispy Kreme Challenge in North Carolina that started it all. And ever since, races like these have sprouted up eveywhere, usually for two good reasons: 1. Charity, and 2. THEY ARE SUPER FUN.

I always say these runs are the perfect way to ease into running if you’re a beginner. They’re not usually timed or super competitive, and they are really family friendly. Plus, you’re either being smothered in color or eating a dozen doughnuts. Who is thinking about running when you’re having that much fun?? If you’re thinking about signing up for a race like this one, checkout a little guide I put together so you know what to expect come race day!

What to Expect at a Food Themed Race | Fresh Fit Florida

Step 1: Know your limits.

This comes a wee bit before race day, but it’s a good thing to think about. This particular race gives you the option of how many doughnuts you wanna chow down on. It’s super tempting to select a dozen because #YOLO, but¬†can barely finish one Krispy Kreme on a good day?? I signed up for 6 because I’m fun, but ended up with two. ?¬†So don’t feel the pressure to consume as many as you can at once. You still have a few miles to run post doughnut eating, so choose wisely!

Step 2: Buy themed apparel.

You definitely want a fun themed outfit. I know I do. Last year I wore the beauty below, but here’s a quickie list of some of the cutest stuff you’ll find for whatever foodie race you’ve got planned!

What to Expect at a Food Themed Race | Fresh Fit Florida

Donut Tank | Beer Tank | Bacon Tank | Kale Tank | Chipotle Tank | Wine Tank | Pizza Tank

Step 3: Pace Yourself

I mean this for during the actual running and during the eating. It’s easy to cross the start line and break out into a fast sprint! It’s good to practice pacing, especially if you’re working up to do more races. I always say finish strong, so I’ll start out with an easy pace knowing a little buffet break is awaiting halfway through!

Now, eating while running can be a delicate process and if it involves doughnuts, bacon, or other tasty treats it can be a tricky challenge. Once you arrive to the food area, grab some water and start snacking. Try not to wolf down all your food at once then sprint back on the course. That’s a vomit situation waiting to happen! Eat a little, drink a little, and then ease back into the rest of the course. Talk a walk break as need be. The doughnuts I consumed Saturday sat in my stomach like 5 pound weights and running did not sound like fun. I walked for a few minutes to digest then lightly jogged ’til I was feelin’ fine again. Gotta finish strong, so I picked up the pace when I was about a quarter mile out!

Step 4: Take Photos

You’ll want to remember how fun this race was and looking back at photos is the way to go! I’ll carry my phone either in my race belt or hand for easy photo access, but a GoPro on a selfie stick is perfect for messy events.

What to Expect at a Food Themed Race | Fresh Fit Florida

Step 5: Have Fun

Just remember to enjoy the race, be silly, and have fun! These races are such great events to enjoy all the festivities and sights! Take it all in and enjoy your treats and the whole experience!

What to Expect at a Food Themed Race | Fresh Fit Florida

 

Have you do a race like this before?? Any coming to a town near you that are on your radar? Share in the comments!

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Running + Life Lately

Hi ya’ll I’m back! Back into running, back to regular posting, back from struggling through the hardest four week chemistry course ever…and it feels good!!

It’s been well over two months since I ran my first marathon and the journey to get back into running has been a fun one! I wanted to throw together a little update post to recap my running routine, school, and life and how it all balances!

Running

Running for marathon training was a beast. Waking up at 4am to run for 3+ hours on a Saturday quickly lost it’s appeal. Don’t get me wrong; I loved it, but this time around I’ve been able to ease back into the game running.

I started out easy with a few 1-2 mile runs here and there since I really wanted my foot to completely heal. And you know what? I was able to run the mileage¬†easily.¬†The first couple times out I didn’t need to stop to walk or catch my breath. This was a surprise to me because during marathon training I struggled to run 1 mile straight through. It was such a mental block so not having this goal looming over me allows me to just listen to my music and hit the pavement. I’m absolutely loving it!!

I eventually worked back up to three miles with my first race back at Best Damn Race Orlando. I ran with some friends from out of town -they’re first 5k!- and had a blast. We didn’t go for time…just to enjoy the event and really had a good time. It felt really good to be at a race again. I just love the excitement of everything and the camaraderie. I always say that about races.

Running Update | Fresh Fit Florida

this is husband’s side of bathroom btw ?

Running Update | Fresh Fit Florida

Since BDR in February, I ran in a March for Meals 5k and pushed it! Since we did walk a little at BDR I wanted to see what I could do. I don’t think I’ve ever felt this strong before. I like to thank getting back on tracking with eating and cross training with tabata and more weights than ever. The cross training has helped tremendously and I have been feeling so good. At the end of the 5k my average pace was somewhere around 11:30 which is a solid minute than my marathon training pace! My focus for 2016 after the marathon was going to be on speed and I think I’m working my way there!

I love being able to run for fun and for fitness vs. training for a huge race. It really took a toll and made me want to stop running. It’s so refreshing to be back in love with it! ūüôā Yesterday I ran 3 miles at an 11:19 pace…something I haven’t done in a long time!

School

Is so difficult right now. As of Friday I’ve officially been at school for one semester. I’m in the two month long block of chemistry right now. It’s tough. Our poor professor is the cutest old man but struggles conveying the material to us. The exams take about 4 hours to complete. It’s been rough. But I think I see the light at the end of the tunnel. Maybe.

Running Update! | Fresh Fit Florida

Chipotle makes studying better right??

Life

Has been great! No complaints ūüėČ We recently went to Bern’s Steakhouse in Tampa to celebrate my MIL’s birthday. If you haven’t been to Bern’s, it’s really such an experience. Their servers train in the kitchen, on their farms, and in virtually every aspect of the restaurant for a year before they can become servers, they have the largest wine collection/warehouse in the country, and it’s really just such an experience that can only be described by going there!

Berns Steakhouse Tampa, FL | Fresh Fit Florida

Green river in Tampa for St. Paddy’s Day!

Berns Steakhouse Tampa, FL | Fresh Fit Florida

Berns Steakhouse Tampa, FL | Fresh Fit Florida

Cappuccino cream from The Dessert Room @ Berns!

Berns Steakhouse Tampa, FL | Fresh Fit Florida

Brown Sugar @ The Dessert Room

Berns Steakhouse Tampa, FL | Fresh Fit Florida

Berns Steakhouse Tampa, FL | Fresh Fit Florida

Inside the wine cellar- it was 50 degrees in there with over 100,000 bottles of vino!

Berns Steakhouse | Fresh Fit Florida

nbd, just a $30k bottle of wine (left) ?

Some goals on my radar:

  • Star Wars 10k at WDW in April. So excited for this event! I’m feeling strong and ready and am really looking forward to being able to actually walk and enjoy Epcot after the race!

Running Update | Fresh Fit Florida

post run treat?!?

  • Training Macy to run a 5k. I’ve been running with her more and she’s been doing great! She makes it about a mile and a half before we have to walk a little bit. My goal is to signup for a 5k and have her run it with me. I think she gets hot with all her fluff..she’s due for a grooming in a few weeks.

Running Update | Fresh Fit Florida

post pup run!

  • Take a photography course with Brian. We both love taking photos and have a nice barely used DSLR. It’s time we figure out how to properly use it! It’s on the list in the next couple weeks!!
  • Continue with home projects. I’ve been on a major spring cleaning kick lately and have been reorganizing, re-cleaning, and redecorating the house for a spring refresh and it feels so good. I have supplies for more projects…I try to do 1-2 a week.
  • Do well in my next chemistry class. Ugh. I have another month of chemistry left then I have a beautiful two month break while I take anatomy and physiology. Then more chemistry.

I think that’s about it for this little recap post. Stay tuned for a more regular posting schedule. ?

Happy Tuesday everyone!

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The Time I Ran a Half Marathon Before a 5k

Once upon a time, I signed up for a half marathon….and had never even run a 5k.

My cousin came to live with me for a few months in 2013 and wanted to run the Princess Half while she was in town. And she wanted me to do it with her. Sure, why the hell not? I was not a runner. Or in good shape of any kind.

Princess Half Marathon 2013 | Fresh Fit Florida

A couple of months or so prior to registering, I had just decided to make a fitness change and put my health first. I had lingering weight of the Freshmen 15 (during my senior year) and had adopted overall unhealthy habits. So I figured why the hell not run the race and take the plunge. In July 2012 I registered for the 2013 WDW Princess Half…way back when you could decide at your leisure to register for a Disney race and didn’t have to be ready signup at 11:59am. ¬†I actually think I registered a month after registration opened and faced the bracket pricing levels! What?! That’s unheard of these days! ?

So I had a little over 6 months to train, which was plenty of time. At that point I was comfortable running about 3 miles. I built up strength and endurance and by the time February rolled around I was as ready as I would be!

Oh yeah, the furthest I had run during training was 7 miles.

 

Race weekend arrived and we were so nervous and excited. That weekend was a whirlwind..We barely made it to the expo to pickup our packets the Friday before the race. That year the expo was held at Coronado Springs and you had to take a shuttle to from Downtown Disney to the resort and back again and we made it by the skin of our teeth! We got our packets and had just enough time to get shirts from official merchandise before the expo closed. Soon enough we were on the shuttle back to Downtown Disney and off to carb up for the big day!

Princess Half Marathon 2013 | Fresh Fit Florida

We packed our checked bags with waters and prerace fuel the night before and headed to be pretty early to be up for 3am! You always have to be up and out early for Disney races…

Princess Half Marathon 2013 | Fresh Fit Florida

We were up and out on time and before we knew it, made it to Epcot. It was race time!

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Princess Half Marathon 2013 | Fresh Fit Florida

We got into our corral and waited for our time to start. I peed like 3 times before we made it to the corral, but somehow had to pee again right as our corral was moving towards the start. I tried to focus on all the excitement of the race and then we crossed the start line! I was running my first half marathon!

Princess Half Marathon 2013 | Fresh Fit Florida

By the time I was about 3/4 of a mile into the race, I couldn’t ignore the urge to pee, so I made a bee line for the first porta pottie stop…normally the first bathroom stop on the course doesn’t have long lines, so I jumped at my opportunity. Connie went ahead and we promised to meet back up.

Super embarrassing porta pottie story: I got into the stall and I guess I didn’t completely latch the door, so some guy flung the door open on me mid pants down. We both basically froze in horror and I grabbed the door shut! I was so flustered in general, ¬†so this happening didn’t help. I finished up and bolted out of there to keep going..I wasn’t even at the first mile marker yet!

Surprisingly enough the miles passed on by. Before I knew it I was in the Magic Kingdom area and saw my family at the Ticket and Transportation Center. It’s always so encouraging and motivating when you have your people cheering for you!

Princess Half Marathon 2013 | Fresh Fit Florida

Princess Half Marathon 2013 | Fresh Fit Florida

After seeing them, I really had a good pace going and was feeling really strong. So fast I guess that I didn’t even notice that a bottle from my belt popped off. A nice runner was kind enough to chase me for a few hundred yards to return it…I was just so in the zone that I didn’t hear her yelling or even notice. I was a hot mess at this race!

Princess Half Marathon 2013 | Fresh Fit Florida

I ran through the castle and made it outside Magic Kingdom to where I suppose I hit my first wall. That part of the course is long and kind of boring…I zoned out and really had to push through! At this point, I was in the furthest run I’d ever been on, but still had about 5-6 miles left!

Finally I hit the mile 10 marker and knew only 3 miles stood between me and completing my first half! I made it up and over a few overpasses– why are all the hills at the end of Disney races!?– and came through the side entrance of Epcot. After getting a final push from my family around mile 12, I was on to the end of the race. At this point everything hurt but once I saw the gospel singers at the exit of the park, I knew I was in the home stretch! I crossed the finish line and was completely overcome with emotions. Never in my life did I think I was a runner or would ever accomplish such a big goal. I was so proud and excited and exhausted.

Princess Half Marathon 2013 | Fresh Fit Florida

I think the best way to describe the post run feeling was dazed. I walked through the finish line chute, received my medal, and tried to get back to my bag. I was trying to call my group so they could find me, but everyone there was doing the same thing so I couldn’t get through. Somewhere along the way after the race I dropped my arm band with Brian’s iPod that I had borrowed and lost it. Connie and I never met back up on the course, so we were trying to find each other too! Eventually we all met back up, took lots of photos, and congratulated each other and celebrated!

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I remember being so sore. I barely had an appetite, but we had breakfast reservations at the Grande Floridian afterwards. It hurt to walk, but we always heard that we should walk it out, so we went to breakfast then the Magic Kingdom for a victory lap around the park.

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Somewhere close to the Hall of Presidents, I remember sitting on a wall and I think I was done at that point! We made our trek back to the car…which is always a long walk after a race….and went home. I ate breadsticks from Olive Garden and passed out for a few hours on the couch!

This was my very first half marathon and when I knew I was absolutely in love with running. The feeling of crossing your first finish line is one that goes unmatched and unlocks a newfound passion in so many of us.

 

 

And all this happened before I even ran an official 5k!

First 5k! | Fresh Fit Florida

This was from my very first 5k! A month after I ran my first half marathon!

 

Outfit Inspiration for Princess Race Weekend

When I was a youngster and found myself at the pool, I was most definitely always playing ‘mermaid.’ ¬†I’d fight over the best mermaid names with my friends…Ariel was always taken, then we’d resort to various semi precious stones like Emerald or Diamond and would swim around the pool for hours.

Didn’t we all??

This year’s runDisney Princess Race weekend is The Little Mermaid themed…and I’m having major FOMO. This will be the first time in four years that I’m not running it- It was my very first half marathon in 2013 and I’ve done it ever since. I opted out for this year since I was registered for the marathon and figured I’d need the break…okay and to save a lil $ since back to back races are expensive! But now that it’s this month, I’m bummed I’m missing it!

 

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@ last year’s race!

Anyways, I can’t help but feel excited about The Little Mermaid theme and the overall race excitement in general. Over WDW Marathon Weekend, I picked up the New Balance special edition runDisney Ariel shoes and have been wearing them ever since and what better time to brainstorm outfit inspo, than when everyone’s gearing up for Princess weekend?! By the way, the NB shoes are going to be available again at this race weekend’s expo…read all about how to snag a pair here.

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Here’s some mermaid outfit inspiration and gear necessary for Princess Weekend!¬†I always choose to wear themed clothing versus a costume, because I think less is more to keep myself comfy during long runs. I always admire the runners who wear full on costumes to races..I just like to be cool and comfortable! ?

 

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  1. These leggings. I can’t. I want ’em bad! Not overly in your face mermaid so you could wear them for any workout, but just the right touch for any of the Princess races. They are for running and workouts, but also can hold up in the water.
  2. All merbabes need to hold their goodies for racing, so a Flipbelt is a great option! These belts are great for a pop of color, but also sit well under a looser top. They hold so much so you don’t have to way down your pants with nutrition, keys, or anything else you need for race day!
  3. Medal racks are essential for storing your hard earned bling! I love finding unique medal holders and this mermaid one is stylish and perfect for all the precious bling over Princess weekend. This rack is a sweet edition to home decor and will look pretty holding all your medals.
  4. You know how I feel about muscle tanks! And one with an appropriate phrase for the theme works for me. Etsy has literally thousands of cute tanks, tees, and apparel, the options are endless. But this teal and pink one spoke to me.
  5. Jewelry probably isn’t a top priority when planning a race day outfit, but I always wear my princess crown earrings for a runDisney race. I work ’em for my first Princess half and have ever since. I think they bring good luck! These starfish ones are really cute and add a subtle touch.
  6. I just got this Sweaty Band during a sale back in January. I love the combination of teals and blues and thought it’d be great for spring and summer. I couldn’t find it available, but here are two picks that will go perfectly with whatever you decide to wear: mint green or multi colored!
  7. All mermaids need to drink that water to stay beautiful and hydrated! Tote this bottle around during the expo to make sure you’re sipping water to hydrate for the race!

Princess Weekend Outfit Inspo | Fresh Fit Florida

all dressed up nowhere to go ?

shoes | leggings (similar)

Are you running any races during Princess Weekend?? If so, I’m feelin’ jealous! ?

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Marathon Aftermath

Five days post marathon and I’m still standing!

How have 5 days gone by already?! Running a marathon is definitely tough, but marathon recovery is difficult too.

After crossing the finish line on Sunday, Linds and I immediately hit the self treatment tent. After getting our medals of course.

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Both of our knees were hurting, not mention our feet, backs, shoulders, and pretty much everything else. Fun fact: Did you know that you can apply biofreeze right over your clothing and it’ll still work? The things you learn during a marathon. ?

After getting wrapped up, we made the walk to get hydration, our runDisney snack boxes, and then gear check. It’s important to walk around after a distance race to prevent cramping and extra build up of lactic acid, but we really only wanted to sit.¬†We held off and¬†trekked on through gear check and ran into one group of friends en route to our families.

After finding our families and what felt like a 5 mile walk to our cars, we cleaned ourselves up, changed into our marathon tech shirts, and started the next trek to the entrance of Epcot. My family parked at Boardwalk to spectate, so I had to walk with them through the park to get to where they parked. Again, it’s important to walk it out after the race…..But I had had enough at this point!

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We made it into the park and went our separate ways with Linds and her family. My group started for the World Showcase. One of the most fun parts of doing a runDisney race is seeing other runners and congratulating each other along the way. When you run you are really apart of a big community who all support and cheer for each other. It’s such a great experience and walking through Epcot congratulating fellow runners on their accomplishments was one of my favorite parts.

Something both Lindsay and I were excited for was to eat ALL THE THINGS after the marathon, but food did just not sound appealing. Actually it didn’t sound appealing for a couple days, but more on that later. I was fully prepared to feast and eat everything without a worry, but nothing sounded good. Not even water or powerade.

By the time we made it to the World Showcase, everyone was ready for a beer. I don’t know if I really was but had a few sips of one anyways and parked myself on a bench to sit for the first time since running 26.2. My MIL purchased homemade seasoned kettle chips, so I grabbed those and ate a few with my beer. We finally made it to Boardwalk and made a pit stop at the bakery. I got an oreo cupcake for later (surely I’d be ravenous after I showered and napped) and then we left.

I sat down in the car and crashed. I was ready for bed! And french fries. I demanded fries….

After a shower and a 3 hour nap Brian brought me pizza. I forced myself to eat it since I hadn’t eaten anything and knew I needed to refuel. I fell back asleep and didn’t wake up till the Monday morning to get ready for class.

During all this, my left foot was hurting incredibly bad. Not like sore from running for 6 hours, but like something was wrong. Sunday night I had it elevated and donned my compression sleeves, which are my favorite thing ever! Monday morning, my foot was so swollen, I could barely fit it in my new NB Ariel sneaks, so I went off to class and hoped for the best. We have quizzes every day so I sucked it up and went. Everything was still hurting, including my foot, so I made the executive decision to head home.

I got home…still not wanting food or anything to drink..and passed out until about 6pm. And then I finally started feeling better. Thank goodness. I was able to eat some more and I had started chugging gatorade to replenish my electrolytes. I think my main problem was dehydration, which made me feel queasy, which turned me off from food. My foot was still hurting, so I called my physical therapist cousin who determined it’s probably tendonitis¬†and I need rest, elevation, ice, and compression. A few of my favorite things?

After resting all day Monday and replenishing fluids, I finally started to feel like myself Tuesday morning! Fast forward to Wednesday and I finally felt fully recovered (with the exception of my foot).

I guess it takes a good 4 days to feel 100% after a marathon? Today my foot is feeling the best it has, so I’ll keep elevating it and taking care of it. It’s bothering me that I haven’t worked out yet, but I think some bike riding will¬†be my plan for the weekend. My appetite has returned, though I’m still bummed I didn’t take advantage of my free pass for all the food….next time!

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Running this race was one of the most difficult things I’ve ever had to do. Pushing yourself physically was tough, but it was mentally tougher. I never felt like I wanted to quit, but I did feel like the marathon distance was 20 miles and not 26.2. But I persevered, finished it, and enjoyed a week of recuperation, and am ready to take on my next goal! And what will that be?? Not sure yet, but it will be hard to top the marathon! ?

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I Am a Marathoner!

The first person to run a marathon died. Granted, it was in ancient Greece and most people didn’t live past the age of 30..or run often, but still. Pheidippides ¬†delivered his message after running 26 miles and died right there on the spot.

Knowing that fact, marathoners are really badass. And now I am one!

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Sunday I ran¬†my first full marathon! That’s 26.2 miles! What?!

After 24 weeks of recaps and training, the big day arrived and the marathon was here…So how did it go??

Saturday started off with spectating to cheer on some friends while they completed the Walt Disney World Half Marathon. Lindsay and I arrived, Starbucks in hand, to meet my parents around Mile 12.1 to cheer for our peeps.

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After reuniting with some friends at the finish line, we made our way to the Health and Fitness Expo to get in line for the New Balance runDisney edition shoes. After getting stuck in traffic for a short while leaving the race, we arrived to the expo and found no line for the shoes. We walked right up to a NB associate, requested our sizes and were on our way with the Ariel NB runDisney shoes! Painless process, thankfully! After that, we explored the rest of the expo, retrieved our bibs and packets, and did a little shopping.

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We stocked up on nutrition for the race, got our 26.2 magnets, and made our way back to Lindsay’s to rest and carb up for Marathon Sunday! We snacked on PB&J sammies for lunch and made pasta and garlic bread for dinner, which was so good! We watched Disney movies all day long and were in bed for 7:30pm for our 2:45am wakeup call!

You’d think 2:45am would come pretty early, but we were both wide awake and ready to go at 11:30pm! After waking up and chatting for a few, we were both off to sleep! Our alarms rang at 2:45 and we were up and at em for marathon day!!

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We were dressed and ready for 3:30am and arrived to Epcot by 4am. A quick walk to the pre race area, we dropped our bags off at gear check and were soon in the runner only area in line for the bathrooms. Before we knew it, it was 5am and time to make the mileish walk to the corrals..After another bathroom stop and meeting up with friends, we finally arrived to our corral J by the time the first fireworks went off for the first wave of runners!

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The first few corrals go off every 2 minutes and then every 5. We watched all the fireworks signal each corral and soon enough it was our turn!

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Corral J ready to partay!

We crossed the start line and were off to run our first marathons!!

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Mile 1 came up very quickly. It’s great when that happens! Only 25 to go!

The first three miles we had pretty high humidity. I was dripping sweat already, but we were keeping a great pace.

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Soon we were in the Magic Kingdom parking lot, which meant we would soon be in the Magic Kingdom! One of my friends was stationed around Mile 4 at the Ticket and Transportation Center, so after a quick bathroom break, we ran past her screaming and cheering! She stocked up on nutrition for us, so we grabbed Gus, gummy bears, and ditched our outer layers.

Onto Mile 5! We crossed that mile marker somewhere in the Magic Kingdom and enjoyed taking in the sights. Luckily we were able to actually run through Cinderella’s Castle..which if you’ve run a runDisney race you know there is severe bottlenecking there and it comes to a packed standstill. Next thing we knew we crossed the 10k mark and were out of Magic Kingdom and onto one of the more boring portions of the course.

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We hit miles 7-10ish on the backroads from Magic Kingdom to Animal Kingdom. We ran through the backstage area of DAK, so we were able to see all the animal areas and backstage portions you don’t always get to see as a guest..so that was pretty cool! Right before entering the actual park, animals were available for photo ops! I snapped a couple shots of the goats, but there were adorable pigs, snakes, and some birds. Then we turned a corner and had entered DAK right in Africa and ran behind the Tree of Life. We ran through Asia and right by Expedition Everest and out through Dino Land USA. We really wanted to stop to ride Everest, but figured we could use the extra time!

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We left Animal Kingdom and hit the half marathon point!! Halfway done!

Right outside the park, my friend Diana again was there ready to hand off nutrition and whatever we needed. Strangly enough, I passed off one of the sports bras I was wearing…I doubled up on medium support bras because my usual Moving Comfort bra chafes so bad and I didn’t want to risk it. Well, the double bras felt too constricting, so I ditched one and passed it off to her. She said it was definitely the strangest thing she’s picked up off the course! ?

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Right after we passed her, we trekked on and I happened to look to my left and noticed our friend Lauren and her fiancee walking past. Lindsay and I started screaming her name and had the funniest reunion ever as we jumped and screamed hugging. It gave us a little energy boost and we continued on to Mile 14!

The next couple miles to ESPN Wide World of Sports seemed to drag on. Finally we were at ESPN for miles 17-20. We definitely hit a pretty huge wall at this point and the pain of running a marathon set in. We kept pushing and trying to motivate each other, but this was the most difficult part of the race.

Thank goodness we were back on the road for Mile 21 and then soon after, in Hollywood Studios for miles 22-23. As we entered Hollywood Studios, we heard a girl say we hit the checkpoint that we wouldn’t be picked up by the infamous ballloon ladies-the runDisney volunteers who pick up runners on the course who won’t finish in the time allowed. This was of course a big concern for us, so we felt a little relief as we entered the park. We were only in Hollywood Studios for a couple short miles and then were on the pathway connecting Boardwalk and HWS.

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In the blink of an eye, we were in Epcot, which is where my parents, Brian, and mother in law were cheering us on! We made the turn into the park and they were there screaming for us which made us sprint past! They also had the BEST spectactor signs EVER! Brian somehow made giant signs of our faces…we cracked up about them for at least a mile!

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We went once around the World Showcase, taking a quick walk break, before bringing it home coming out of the World Showcase. My group was at the exit of the Showcase so we saw our giant faces cheering us on again! Then as we passed Spaceship Earth, Lindsay’s dad and girl friend were there cheering which gave us the final push to sprint to the finish line!

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As we turned the corner for the last .2, Lauren and her fiancee were cheering and got an awesome video of us heading towards the finish! Hand in hand we sprinted to the finish line and we couldn’t help but get a little emotional!

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We just ran a MARATHON!

We celebrated with a hug from Mickey and a big hug to each other and then bee lined it to the self treatment medical tent!

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I am a marathoner! One of the most difficult, challenging, and rewarding experiences of my life is complete! Running a marathon was one of my biggest goals and I just completed it!

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pretty sure we’re saying ‘everything hurts and I’m dying’

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How does it feel??

I feel extremely rewarded and accomplished. Proud. Also in a lot of pain. But four¬†days post-marathon, I’m still feeling proud and most of the soreness is gone. I’m pretty sure I sleep for 48 hours straight.

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I’ll share more about what comes after you cross the finish line in Part 2 of my recap tomorrow! ūüôā

 

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