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April 2016

Star Wars Weekend Race Recap

Star Wars Half Marathon Weekend has come and gone and now we’re all back to the Monday grind. ☕️ 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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Star Wars Weekend Race Gear

It’s Star Wars Weekend at Walt Disney World! I can’t believe it’s finally here! This is the inaugural race for the Star Wars Half Marathon Dark Side Weekend and I am super excited to be apart of it! No race weekend is complete with a roundup of cute items for the weekend, so read on for some outfit inspiration for the inaugural race! I’ll be running in the 10k, so follow my IG for photos and race day updates!

Star Wars Weekend Outfit Inspiration | Fresh Fit Florida

  1. Stash all your race weekend necessities in this adorable Dooney and Bourke side purse. I love this style for easy access at the expo and to store everything I need for my post run park visit. It’s the perfect size for all the park bound necessities, i.e. sunglasses, wallet, Magic Band, snacks, body spray, etc. and is perfectly themed for the weekend!
  2. I’ve mentioned before I’m a no frills girl when it comes to race costumes..always favoring themed gear vs. an actual costume, but these Minnie ears are so cute that I could probably suffer through the 10k with them on my head!
  3. A lightweight pair of sneaks to throw on on the way to the expo or for some shopping at Disney Springs is definitely a necessity. I like to save my running shoes for the big day, so I’ll bring an extra pair to wear out and about before and after the race.
  4. I can’t leave off a really cute Sweaty Band that’s themed to the newest Star Wars movie! I love that it’s subtle but still themed for race weekend, plus it keeps back all the hair.
  5. I love all the Minnie/Star Wars combo gear you can find online. This tank would be so cute for any of the races of the inaugural weekend.
  6. Race weekend hydration is key! You’ll find me toting my refillable bottle all around the expo and parks…it doesn’t leave my side during race weekends! I love this galaxy Swell Bottle..guaranteed to keep your bev cold till the last drop!
  7. Mesh workout pants are my favorite trend right now and these ones are such a fun pant for Star Wars Weekend! The mesh panels should keep you cool, especially during the heat advisory that seems to arrive for every runDisney race.

Star Wars Weekend Outfit Inspiration | Fresh Fit Florida

Are you participating in the inaugural race this weekend? Share below and I’ll see you there!!

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Things Making me Happy Right Now

Maybe it’s the promise of summer right around the corner and the gorgeous weather lately, but I can’t help feel a little extra spring in my step. I’ve been feeling really positive and choosing happiness, so I wanted to take the time to put together a little roundup of the things making me smile lately. Sometime’s it’s nice to sit down and reflect on the little things that make your day. Read on for my list and share with me what makes you happy in the comments below!

 

Our finished outdoor patio. Brian and I have put a lot of work to our little outdoor space and sitting out there everyday tops my list of happy things.

Things Making me Happy Right Now | Fresh Fit Florida

Tiki Beach scent in my car from Bath and Body. This scent is one of my favorites B&B comes out with for the summer season, so I quickly snagged one and stuck it in my car. It makes sitting in rush hour traffic that much more enjoyable, plus it makes me feel like I’m beach bound vs. school bound.

Things Making me Happy Right Now | Fresh Fit Florida

Nail polish- Cajun Shrimp OPI, info below

Hot cups of coffee make me the happiest. I love waking up to a big cup of coffee every day and it really gets my day started on the right foot. Currently loving Coconut Mocha Kcups from Donut Shoppe and the caramelized honey latte from Starbucks with coconut milk. Yum!

The weather lately. Thanks to all the snow storms up north, we’ve had cool, dry weather down here and it’s absolutely glorious. It’s also very unexpected for this time of year so I can’t get enough of it.

Star Wars 10k this weekend. I can’t believe it’s another race week around here! And then Epcot Flower and Garden post run! And a girl’s weekend sleepover with my sista from another mista. What a time to be alive.

Star Wars 10k | Fresh Fit Florida

I cannot get enough of fresh juicy fruit right now. Some of my summertime faves are starting to come back into season, like fresh watermelon. Last week at my farmers market I noticed that some stands had big melons, so I asked to try some before I bought one and it was delicious. Now I have a ton leftover still…eating an entire watermelon is a tough task, but don’t underestimate me!

Things Making me Happy Right Now | Fresh Fit Florida

Fresh flowers on the counter make me happy. Pretty flowers for no reason are the best. I’ll treat myself at the grocery store to a fresh new bouquet every couple weeks and the sight of fresh blooms brightens my day.

Outdoor workouts! My weekly tabata class takes it outdoors when the weather is nice which I absolutely love and look forward to each week. Weekly runs and walks at trails during the weeks are also one of the highlights of my weeks lately!

Things Making me Happy Right Now | Fresh Fit Florida

Sunset view from tabata!

New nail polish. I don’t really have a good reason except that when my nails are freshly painted I feel more put together. I’ve been enjoying pretty colors for spring and prepping for summer with these new hues: Mod About You | Turquois and Caicos Below Photo | You’re Such a Budapest | Cajun Shrimp <- favorite for summer!

Things Making me Happy Right Now | Fresh Fit Florida

There isn’t anything better than ice cold beer enjoyed with friends and family outdoors this time of year! 🍻

Things Making me Happy Right Now | Fresh Fit Florida

So classy with my coozie

I think that sums up my little list of happiness right now. What’s making you happy right now? What are you most looking forward to this spring/summer?

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National Walking Day!

Happy National Walking Day! Who knew this was a day, right? National Caramel Day?? Which was yesterday. National Chips and Salsa Day?? (Everyday)?? International Safety Pin Day??? I swear 2016 is the year of quirky holidays… each day has a new thing to celebrate and I actually enjoy it. Let’s celebrate the little things!

Anyways, today’s National Walking Day and I think it’s a fun reminder that walking is a great way to get in shape and maintain a healthy fitness level. Working out doesn’t have to be complicated! Walking helps maintain a healthy weight, strengthen and tone muscles, improves mood, and does all the other things working out does! There’s lots of reasons to lace up and get out there, so here’s a handful of reasons and ways to make it more enjoyable!

Make Plans with Friends and Family

It’s crazy how far you’ll go when you’re chatting and walking away with your friends and family. Three miles will pass and you won’t even notice you’ve worked out. Walking burns approximately 100 calories per mile, so that’s a perfect excuse to go for a walk! My parents walk every night and we’ve met up at local trails to spend time together and get moving.

National Walking Day | Fresh Fit Florida

Leash up your pup

Our dog Macy needs lots of walks. She loves to be outdoors and looks forward to multiple walks a day. I know this because she’s told me. But your dog is the perfect excuse to get out there. Not only are you doing your body some good, your pup will thank you too! In addition to daily walks around our neighborhood, I’ll take Macy to a local pedestrian trail to fit in a few extra miles with her. I’m happy because I get in extra steps and Macy’s high energy is usually burnt out afterwards!

National Walking Day | Fresh Fit Florida

Signup for a 5k

There’s no rule that says a race has to be run. There’s so many family friendly, non competitive races that encourages you to just get active. A race is a fun environment to get a workout in and enjoy the festivities of a 5k. Plan one a month and make it a goal to improve your times.

National Walking Day | Fresh Fit Florida

Find a new trail 

It’s so fun to explore new places! Find a new trail by your house, pack some waters, and check it out. There’s likely a state park in your area or a pedestrian trail where you’ll find so many other people walking, biking, roller blading, and running, and it’s so nice to be outside and enjoy the weather. I do this weekly, whether to walk or run and look forward to it each week!

National Walking Day | Fresh Fit Florida

Checkin with a Walking App or Fitbit

I love my fitbit! It keeps me motivated and allows me to check my stats and track my daily steps. I get so competitive with myself to hit 10,000 steps daily..if I’m close, I’ll walk laps at my house or will take Macy out one more time before bed to reach that goal of 5 miles per day. If you don’t have an activity band, there’s plenty of free apps for your phones too! Apple products have the preprogrammed Healthy app that tracks steps and there’s plenty of tracking apps out there. All you have to do it search and select the one that will best fit your needs!

National Walking Day | Fresh Fit Florida

When all else fails, treat yourself to some new gear

I’m always motivated by some new workout gear, so to motivate yourself, treat yourself to some comfy, supportive shoes to go walking or a new pair of shorts, etc. If you have proper gear you’ll be better prepared for workouts and less likely to make excuses. When you have your new outfit or sneaks, you’ll look forward to putting it on and going out for a walk.

National Walking Day | Fresh Fit Florida

Will you be hitting the trails and lacing up today or this week?? Share how you’ll be getting your steps in in the comments! More info about walking Here.

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