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January 2016

Valentine’s Day Workout Gear

Valentine’s Day is still a couple weeks away, but I just can’t resist shopping all the reds, pinks, and purples on store shelves now. Especially when adorably themed workout clothes are out there ready for me to buy! Cheesy or not, all the lovey dovey stuff just makes me just plain ‘ol happy.

I plan to be wearing lots of hearts and Valentine’s Day hues now until then..these favorites are gonna be on constant rotation!

 

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  1. Running + conversation hearts= super cute tank for a Cupid’s undie run or a group 5k!
  2. Band.do is quickly becoming one of my favorite brands for cute little things and sassy gifts. 💁 This heart printed duffle bag is perfect for a racecation or V-Day weekend getaway, plus their new line of workout gear really wants a place in my home gym. 😉
  3. I’ve had my Fitbit for over a year now and love it! But I’ve had the same boring black band forever. I was way overdue to pickup a new Flex band and this pretty purple one (that also comes with a cute pink one!) was a good option for a Valentine’s gift to myself.
  4. Ladies, we all have hair ties around our wrists, like 24/7. And somehow we lose them all the time…What’s that about?? Another Band.do pick-hair ties in pinks and gold!
  5. How freakin cute are these earphones that come in a macaron carrying case?! We all need an extra set of headphones to leave in your bag and these are $5.99. #earphonesforeveryone
  6. As a Sweaty Bands Ambassador, I am obsessed with their headbands! I just ordered a bunch during their winter sale and this colorful heart one was on my list! For a 15% off discount on their headbands, click this (affiliate!) link!
  7. A cute pouch to store your little extras in your gym bag or purse is always an essential, and this one from Ashley Brook Designs is adorable. So is everything else she makes!
  8. What’s a better way to say you’re ‘swell’ than with a neon pink water bottle that keeps drinks cold for 24 hours?! I’m all for the heart shaped Valentines we passed out in middle school, but I like a good water bottle too. This shade is also called bikini pink and that makes me happier than I’d care to admit.
  9. TJMaxx has some of the best, inexpensive workout gear, ever! These tights are so perfect for a Valentine’s Day workout session with your sweetheart or a girls weekend get together. There were some other great options online, but these purple leggings are reversible, so I had to share!

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I have way too many PINK muscle tanks…but they fit well and come with the best phrases and colors. I snagged crush one at a sale last weekend for $10! I love the bright red paired with the hot pink bra-and the cut of this tank will make sure it pokes through!

What are your Valentine’s fitness plans? Do you run an annual race or attend a group fitness class? I’m not sure yet what I’ll be doing, but any excuse to get cute new gear is okay in my book! 😍

SUPER SATURDAY FEATUREDP.S. I was just featured on this blog! Thanks for the shoutout!

 

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Fresh From Florida Recipe

It’s so appropriate that strawberries are in season right around February, because what is better than strawberries and chocolate for Valentine’s Day?! Probably nothing! Chocolate and strawberries are a winning combination any time of the year, but there is just something about that treat that makes me feel all warm and fuzzy for Valentine’s Day.

Fresh From Florida Strawberry Season

 

This Fresh From Florida recipe inspired me to recreate my own Chocolate Covered Strawberry smoothie that I’ll probably be sipping now until V-Day…the candy is already in stores, so that’s fine right? 😝

Strawberry season in Florida is happening right now! Did you know that Florida is the second largest producer of strawberries in the country? We do more than just citrus! 😉

Strawberries in season from November-April, but peak around February-March, meaning they are fresh, flavorful, and super cheap! Eating seasonally is da bomb.

Florida Strawberry Season

Strawberries are a big deal in Central Florida, especially since most of the sweet berries are grown in Plant City, Florida (just about an hour outside of Orlando). There’s even a huge month long festival celebrating the sweet fruit.

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Next time you’re at your grocery store, checkout where your strawberries are from-chances are they’re from Plant City!

With strawberries in abundance around here, I try to stock up at farmers markets to create lots of strawberry inspired recipes. My local farmers market has this huge carton of berries for $12! After hitting the market Sunday morning, I clean and prep all the berries and portion them out for snacks throughout the week!

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If you’re worried about such a large quantity going bad quickly, freeze the fruit in small portions for make ahead smoothie packs!

I adapted the Fresh From Florida recipe a little bit for this post. I swapped cocoa powder for chocolate syrup and added protein powder to make it a little more filling. Both recipes are delish and good for you but tastes like an indulgent dessert! I’ll be making these to hit the sweet spot when I need a sweet chocolatey treat, especially as we get close to V-Day! 💘

Chocolate Covered Strawberry Smoothie

Fresh From Florida Strawberry Season

Ingredients:

1 cup of Fresh From Florida strawberries

1 cup almond milk

3/4 cup greek yogurt

1 tablespoon cocoa powder

1 scoop of protein powder

8-10 ice cubes

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The How To:

Combine all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth and creamy! Pour into cute glasses and serve with an adorable paper straw.  💁

Fresh From Florida Strawberry Season

I enjoyed this as a post bike riding treat over the weekend! What are your favorite chocolate strawberry treats? Can’t go wrong with the OGs chocolate dipped strawberries with sprinkles!

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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! 🙂

 

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Marathon Weekend Checklist

It’s marathon week and I could NOT be more excited!

Not only am I excited for the race itself, but I’m excited for all the magic that surrounds a runDisney race weekend. Going to the expo and feeling the electric buzz of the crowd, chatting with new and seasoned runners, sharing tips, it all adds to the excitement of the weekend.

Marathon Weekend Packing List

A lot of people travel in from out of town and even locals make reservations at nearby hotels to take advantage of Disney’s race day transportation…I’m lucky enough to live super close and will be staying with my running buddy (hello girl’s night pasta sleepover!) who’s just 10 minutes from the start line. Wow, even as I type I get jolts of nerves!!

With a busy race weekend, a packing list comes in handy! I always set out my stuff the day or evening before a big race to ensure I have everything I need for success. This is the first time I’m staying somewhere the night before the race besides my house, so a packing list is necessary! I’m so worried I’ll forget something, so by making a list and setting everything out before it gets packed ensures I won’t leave anything behind. Worst case scenario is if I leave my house Saturday morning without something, I can probably pick it up at the WDW Health and Fitness Expo OR I can call Brian and beg him to bring it to me! 😂 But to avoid an emergency trip to me and spending money on gear I already have, I give you the packing list!

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The Essentials:

Running Shoes + Socks + Running outfit

Forget any of these, then you’ll be dishing out a lot of money at the expo and won’t have your tried and true faves for race day. Forgetting something important makes me so nervous! Forgetting of these would definitely dampen the start to your race weekend. Perfectly broken in shoes are something you will not be able to pickup at the expo and the running pants you’ve tested out won’t be easy to find either.

I lay out my pants, socks, shoes, sports bra, and tank before packing it all. Since the weather is really weird in Central Florida right now, I may throw in a couple long sleeves in case it ends up being chillier than it’s supposed to be!

The Must Haves

Nutrition

You’ve practiced with salted caramel GU at mile 15 for every single training run. You forget salted caramel and have to suck down a peanut butter gel at mile 10. You’re gonna have a bad time. Stick with what you’ve practiced with for success! I also have my Swedish Fish stashed with friends along the course to hand off for when I need it!

Handheld water bottle

Check race maps and info to see how many water stops will be offered throughout the race. I’ve taken water with me during my training runs and am used to it now. I can refill my handheld if need be, plus runDisney has enough water stops to keep me hydrated all 26.2 miles. Or what if you trained with Nuun all season long and the course only has Powerade. Stash it in your handheld so you know you’re prepared with what you’ve practiced with!

Race Belt

My fave running pants have so many pockets. That’s my #1 requirment for race pants…but there are some essentials that won’t fit…hello iPhone 6+. You’re just too big. So I stick it in my belt…which is also really easy to access for photo ops! I stash everything else in my belt or all the pockets in my pants…cash/card, chapstick, Gus, etc.

Special Extras

Coconut oil or vaseline for chafing prevention

I’ll pack it to slather on pre race. RunDisney races have medic tents along the course fully stocked with more vaseline for when it rubs off…

Throw away layer

Since FL weather in January is SUPER unpredictable, a throw away layer is important to have around especially while you wait 3+ hours in the pre-race area/corrals before gun time! 

Chapstick

My lips always get chapped during long races…partially due to prolonged sun exposure + dehydrated. I’ll put it in the teeny little pocket in my handheld bottle.

Don’t Forget:

Race waiver+ Race bib

You have to print your waiver to get your bib, so that’s important. You’ll need your bib race morning. Also important.

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I think that covers my checklist. Oh god, I hope I’m not forgetting anything! That’s why I plan ahead so I can check and recheck!!

Are you running any of the races during Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend! Send me a shoutout..I’d love to hear from ya! Also follow along on my IG account for marathon updates and expo fun!

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Marathon Training Recap Week 24

Well this is it! My very last recap…aside from the recap of the actual marathon…! Twenty four weeks absolutely flew by and I cannot believe marathon week is here!! There is a lot to be learned while training for an endurance event. You have a lot of alone time while logging all those miles to think about more than just feet pounding the pavement. During training you watch yourself get stronger, both physically and mentally, and it has truly been one hell of a journey.

 

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…Now we’re here!

Now that I’ve reminisced through the photos, here are the life lessons I learned while training for a marathon:

You can take all sorts of pain

Running 20 miles hurts. It hurts your feet, your knees, your hips, even your shoulders hurt. Don’t even get me started on blisters or chafing. That’ll hurt too. But somehow you dig deeper and push through it. Then the next day happens and you can’t walk up stairs. Or down stairs…but then that feeling goes away and you want to do it all over again. Runners are gluttons for punishment.

You can stick with things that are tough

Ya know the phrase..when the going gets tough, the tough get going…well it must have been written by runners. When it’s just you and the pavement all you have is yourself and your willpower to keep going, When that huge wall pops up at mile 18, you have to be ready to run through it and get to the other side. That makes a lot of other little problems in life not such a big deal and forces you to realize you’re one tough cookie.

You be able to say ‘no’ more

Four am wakeup call on a Saturday and saying no to plans? Those are just the perks of marathon training! So many people say that you must bid farewell to your social life during training, but in reality, you just need to prioritize your time. I know I’ll have a better 15 mile run if I get my full 8 hours of sleep. I know I’ll feel 100x better if I turning down the extra cocktail at dinner. Both of those things are hard, but you’ll figure out how to juggle it all and it’ll make you a better runner! Pro tip: invite your friends to run with you. 👍

The feeling of accomplishment is the best feeling 

There is a lot of the bad and the ugly, but there is so so much good. Crossing the finish line, breaking through the wall, reaching your furthest run ever, your fastest, whatever milestone you achieve, the feeling of accomplishment trumps all. You’ve worked so hard for this, so enjoy it.

 

Twenty four weeks, hundreds of miles, lots of chafing, chicken and biscuits, early mornings, blood, sweat, and tears have brought me here and I’m ready! Bring it on, marathon week!

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