Sunday, November 23, 2014

runDisney Jingle Jungle 5K Recap

It's been a few weeks now and my runDisney Jingle Jungle 5K recap is way overdue! Can't believe how time has flown two weeks ago since I got back from race weekend. I'm not a fan of the 5K. There I said it. It takes me three miles just to get in the groove. But when it comes to a 5K at Disney, I'm a SUPER FAN! 

The 5Ks when you runDisney are perfect because it's all about the pictures. And I'm giving you fair warning, this blog post is going to be picture overload! 

For this race, my running bestie Maggie and I had been planning our costumes forever. We ran together in February during the Princess half weekend and I had been counting the months and days until I was seeing her again! For this race, we were all about #TeamFrozen! I dressed up as Olaf and she was Sven. How cute were we? 
When we arrived at Animal Kingdom the weather was slightly chilly! But it was better than rain! We hung around in the parking lot with our families for a little bit and then around 6:45am we made our way into the corral. We were both in Corral B. The sun was starting to rise and it was beautiful! 
Right on schedule at 7:00am, the race started. The wheelchair start was first, then Corral A, and then we followed in Corral B. runDisney always starts their races in an awesome way, but this race also had "snow." It was super cool! 
The course starts off on the outskirts of the Animal Kingdom parking lot. There were lots of runners and the course just seemed heavy as we zigged and zagged through people. Then we arrived at the entrance to Animal Kingdom. 
We ran all throughout Animal Kingdom. The first character stop was Goofy dressed in a Santa suit. The line was ridiculous and we chose not to stop. He was the only character we missed. We arrived at mile one and came to the next character stop....Rafiki and Timon. 
We continued making our way through the park and taking as many pictures as possible! We were having the best time ever! 
As we started to exit the park, we came to another character stop (with a pretty long line) and then we were at mile 2. 
The last mile of the race was out of Animal Kingdom and back onto the road and parking lot. The sun was fully shining at this point and it was right in our face. So not fun! There isn't much to look at on the outskirts on Animal Kingdom, so I was pleasantly surprised to see more characters on the course! The Pluto stop was my favorite!
This was the last of the character stops, so we were full steam ahead to the finish! 
Once we were through the finish, we received our runDisney Jingle Jungle 5K medal from the volunteers and then we made our way to get our picture taken from the official race background. 
This race was so much fun and that's because I was in great company thanks to Maggie! Every time we get to run together it goes down it the record books for me...not for speed, but for memories. That's what runDisney is about. 

After the race, the hubs and I went back to the hotel to get ready for the day! We were looking forward to going to the parks and then running the Wine and Dine Half Marathon. Be on the look out for my race recap...it's going to be an interesting one for sure! 

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

runDisney Wine and Dine Health and Fitness Expo

The runDisney Wine and Dine Half Marathon weekend has come and gone. Insert sad face. It's crazy how you wait months for the weekend to come and then in a blink of an eye, it's all over. The race itself was quite an adventure and I'll be recapping both the 5K and half, but to start off, here are my thoughts on the expo. 
The Health and Fitness Expo was held at the ESPN Wide World of Sports. The hubby and I arrived around 2pm on Friday and the timing was perfect. I had been stalking everyone's expo posts on social media from earlier in the morning and it was super packed. When we got there, we didn't have any problems with crowds. Both packet pick up and then the shirt pick and merchandise/vendors are located in different buildings. This seems like a pain to some, but it really is so efficient because it helps with crowd control. 
Our first stop was to the HP Field House where packet pick up was held. As you can see, we had no problems with waiting in lines. You had to stop at one area for the Jingle Jungle 5K and then another for the Wine and Dine Half Marathon. There was also a little runDisney backdrop photo area for taking pictures and there was some official race merchandise for sale. Once we picked up our packets, we headed over to the Jostens Center to get our race shirts and check out the merchandise and different vendors. 
Now the crowds were definitely heaver in here, but they weren't out of control. We walked right up to get our shirts and we were also able to get in and out of the official race merchandise area without a problem. 
We walked around to the different vendors. Our first stop was to the runDisney booth. I was dying to see the new Star Wars bling! Aren't the new medals awesome?!? 
We stopped at a few more booths and then we took off. I can honestly say this was the first expo where I didn't buy a single thing. I don't know how or why it happened that way, but it did. 

On our way out, I stopped for pics with the race weekend photo ops that are at the entrance to Wide World of Sports. I love that runDisney puts these up. It's all about the extras and these fit the bill for me!
If you were at the runDisney Wine and Dine Health and Fitness Expo, what did you think? Did you do any shopping? Share your experience!

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Ways to Stay Fit Over the Holidays!


The holidays are just around the corner. The stores have decorations galore and before you know it, Christmas music will be playing! With the holidays comes, the favorite tag line: Eat, Drink, and Be Merry! Who doesn't love that, right? 
With the all the festivities that the holiday season brings, it's important to keep things in check. A few weeks ago, I announced on the blog that I've partnered up with Kohl's for their #KohlsFitHoliday project to share some ways that you can stay fit over the holidays. You've worked hard all year to stay fit, so the last thing you want to do is end the year on a low note. Here are five ways you can stay fit over the holidays: 
1. Don't Over Indulge: We all have a favorite holiday treat. Whether it's a meal, drink, or dessert, it's something you've probably been looking forward to for a long time. Coming together around food is a big part of the holidays and it's important to treat yourself, but not to over indulge. Enjoy your favorite things, but don't over do it! 
Lifestyle Family Fitness
2. Incorporate Family Into Your Fitness: With the holidays comes relatives from near and far. Incorporate them into your routine. Don't let them be the reason you break your routine. Take them to yoga with you, bring them on a run (or walk) around the neighborhood. You might inspire them to begin a fitness regimen by helping them take the first step. 
3. Sign up for a fall/winter race: From turkey trots to jungle bell runs, there are many reasons to register for a holiday themed race. This will help you either set a small goal or help keep your training on track. And I'm sure you can find an awesome holiday themed costume to run in too! 
4. New Gear for the New Season: With the holiday season comes a change in temperature for most of us. Treat yourself to some new gear for your active lifestyle. Regardless of your sport, you deserve a wardrobe refresh to put some pep in your step. The good news for you is that Kohls has an amazing active wear section that has something for the whole family! Here are some of my favorite pieces from their collection. 
ASICS Capri Pants, Tek Gear Jacket, New Balance Shirt, ASICS Gel Frantic 7 Shoes
5. Step Outside Your Comfort Zone: Yep, you read that right! Now's the perfect time to try something new. Don't be like everyone else and wait for the "new year" to start. Start now. Go into the holidays feeling great about yourself. Think about setting a new goal, try a new activity, or fitness class. Take your run on a new route. Or try that hill you've been dreading. Kohls has a variety of sports and fitness equipment that could help you step outside your comfort zone. You just might find something you like. 

This holiday season be sure to take time out for you. Whether you're shopping for new gear or running a turkey trot, these five ways to stay fit over the holidays include time for you. See how you can incorporate at least one of these into your holiday routine! And be sure to share which one you choose! 


Disclosure: This is sponsored post. I received products and compensation for this post. As always all opinions and thoughts are my own. 

Monday, November 3, 2014

runDisney Wine and Dine Weekend

It's hard to be believe that race week for the runDisney Wine and Dine Half Marathon is here! It seems like just yesterday we were all just registering for this sold out race and now BOOM...we're just days away!

The runDisney Wine and Dine Half Marathon is one of my favorite races of all time! I ran this race back in 2012 and I've been looking forward to running it again ever since. This race is especially important because of the ever special runDisney anniversary bling! What do you think of this weekend's medals?
As with any runDisney race weekend, there is always lots of information to cover and a lot of events going on. So I've tried to cover as much info as possible in one blog post for you! 
All your race weekend info can be found in the official runDisney Wine and Dine Half Marathon Weekend event guide above. 

Events: 

Health and Fitness Expo
Location: ESPN Wide World of Sports
Friday, November 7th 10:00 am - 7:00 pm
Saturday, November 8th 9:00 am - 3:00 pm

Mickey's Jingle Jungle 5K

Saturday, November 8th at 7:00 am
Start/Finish: Disney's Animal Kingdom

runDisney Kids Races
Saturday, November 8th
Dashes: 10:00 am
Mile: 10:45 am
Location: New Balance Track & Field Complex

Wine and Dine Half Marathon

Saturday, November 8th
Start: 10:00 pm
Start: ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex
Finish: Epcot

Finish Line Party at Epcot
Saturday, November 8th - Sunday, November 9th
10:00 pm - 4:00 am

Course Maps
Mickey's Jingle Jungle 5K 



Wine and Dine Half Marathon

Forms:
Don't forget to print your waiver before heading over to the expo. This link will come in handy for you! 

If you can't make it to the expo on time for this race, no worries. You're lucky enough to still be able to have someone pick up your pack for you. Here are the forms you'll need depending on which packed you need picked up:

The runDisney Wine and Dine Half Marathon is the best because it combines my love of running and drinking...ha, ha! But honestly, there are so many reasons why this race is my favorite. I can't wait to share them with you this weekend! I'm running the #JingleJungle5K and the #WineDineHalf. Will you be running Wine and Dine? If not, have you run it before? 

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Rock 'n' Blog Team

Do you have what it takes to be on the Rock 'n' Roll Marathon Series Rock 'n' Blog Team? If so, applications for the 2015 team are now open! 
You might be thinking: should I? could I? Well the answer is....of course you should!! The Rock 'n' Blog Team for 2015 is going to be made up of the coolest, rock star runners out there. You don't have to be fast, you just have to be YOU! So here's the low down from the Rock 'n' Blog website on what they're looking for and what it means if you're selected as part of the team!


So what are you waiting for? You're going to apply right?? I already have and I hope you do too! You have from now until November 16th. Don't delay! The 2015 Rock 'n' Blog Team is going to be ROCKIN!!

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

#KohlsFitHoliday

I'm super excited to share with you that I've partnered with Kohls on a new project!  The #KohlsFitHoliday project is all about sharing ways to stay fit over the holidays. The awesome people at Kohls hooked me up with some new gear from the Kohls active wear collection. 
Did you know they have name brands like New Balance, Nike, and ASICS? Wow! I can't wait to try out all these new clothes. Be on the lookout in the next few weeks for my #KohlsFitHoliday blog post on how you can stay fit over the holidays! 

Disclosure: This is sponsored post. I received products and compensation for this post. As always all opinions and thoughts are my own. 

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Time for a Change!

A few weeks ago, I decided to sign up for Weight Watchers. I've been wanting to make a change for a while when it comes to weight loss. Losing weight is so hard and I don't want to want to "diet." Way back in the day during college, I did Weight Watchers for a short period of time and was very successful. So I decided to give it a shot again. 
                                             
Rewind to two weeks ago, when I walked in to my local Weight Watchers location for my first weigh in. I was a "Nervous Nelly" to say the least. I didn't know what to expect, didn't want to see the number on the scale, and I was unsure of how successful I would be. That's why I've been quiet about it on the blog. 
                                              
Well week one was a success. I lost three pounds! Surely, everyone loses weight the first week, right? So here we are on week two. I went in this morning (and yes I still get nervous when I walk in the door), and BOOM....I lost 4.8 pounds!! I couldn't believe it! That brings me to 7.8 pounds lost for the first two weeks. 
                                                
I'm super proud of myself for how well things are going so far. I'm also realistic to know that not every week will be like this. But I'm working hard for it. I'm tracking every single thing I put in my mouth. And more importantly, I'm really thinking about whether or not the food choices I make are the right ones. I've also decided to allow myself a cheat meal on Saturday (the day I weigh in). I don't go all out and gorge myself, but it also gives me something to look forward to! 

Keep checking in on the blog because I'll start to be more frequent with my posting and updates! Have you ever done Weight Watchers? What do you do for weight loss?