Monday, January 26, 2015

Marathon Monday!

What time is it? It's time for this week's Marathon Monday post! This week I want to focus on an upcoming race to highlight. It's the Fort Lauderdale A1A Marathon and Half Marathon. Everything about this race screams Florida from the ocean views and palm trees to the flat, fast course! 

Each year the Fort Lauderdale A1A Marathon & Half Marathon seems to raise the bar each year with their finishers medal and this year's is off the charts. 
What do you think of this race bling?? The half marathon medal is nice but check out the size of the full marathon medal. Whoa! 

This race kicks off on Sunday, February 15, 2015. If you're interested in checking out the Fort Lauderdale A1A Marathon and Half Marathon, head on over to their website, Twitter, or Facebook for more information. If you're thinking of registering so you can get this amazing bling, you can save $15 off registration when you use code 2015A1AFACEBOOK. 

I was supposed to be running the half, but won't be making it this year because of my knee/leg. I'm super bummed because that means I'm missing out on this awesome medal. 

What do you think of this race? How awesome is this bling? Will you be running this race? 

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Injury Update

No news is good news right? That's how the saying goes. On Thursday I got the results of my MRI. Drum roll please.....
Everything came out clear: no torn meniscus, no stress fracture. I was SO happy to hear there was nothing wrong with my knee. In one moment, I was excited there was nothing to report (hence the whole "no news is good news") but yet I was disappointed in the fact I still didn't have an answer. The dr. was pleased with the MRI results because the knee is "structural" as he called it and he was glad there wasn't any damage. He is still concerned that I'm in pain, so I'm now taking a mack daddy anti-inflammatory to try and get things to settle down with my leg/knee. After two weeks if I'm still in pain, he's going to order a bone scan to see if I have a stress fracture somewhere in my body. 

In the meantime, I'm going through all the emotions. Just when I feel like the pain is subsiding, I get practically giddy! Then my leg hurts again. And then I start to think I'll never run again. I've decided not to run my next two races because I just don't know where I'll be at with recovery and then training. This is all me right now: 
So right now I'm taking care of me and trying to figure out what's going on and causing the pain. I know we'll get things figured out and I know I'll run again. But I know it will take time. And being patient isn't what I'm good at...ha, ha! So, this could be a good lesson for me! 

Have you ever been injured before? How have you handled an injury? 

Monday, January 19, 2015

The #WDWMarathon That Wasn't!

It's Marathon Monday! What a better post than my own for #WDWMarathon! It's been over a week now since the runDisney Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend and I still can't wrap my brain around what happen. I've started writing this blog post a million times and then for some reason I can't finish it. It's kind of like the #WDWMarathon. 

The morning of the marathon was race two for me since I was doing the Goofy Challenge. I woke up feeling great, so great that I didn't even feel like I completed 13.1 miles the day before. I still have to write my #WDWHalf recap and I will, but this one had to be first. 

I met up with Megan and Keri since we were all in the same corral and we decided to run together. I was excited about the thought of running with them! It wasn't long before we were at the starting line. The start line that I had been waiting for. It was a glorious sight!
Early into the race, we made a stop at the port-a-potties. You've got to stop when nature calls, right? Before we knew it, we were off and running again. Right at about mile one, my knee just exploded in pain. It was as if a bullet shot out of nowhere and went into my knee. I didn't have a clue what happen. Was it my IT band? But how could it be? Was it from my knee hurting a few weeks back? I was doing my best to keep up with the girls but I was in pain. As we approached the Contemporary on our way to Magic Kingdom, there's kind of like a tunnel. Going down this absolutely killed me. I couldn't even run. It felt like my leg was going to crack in half. That's when I knew I was in trouble. Going up and down or around any sort of incline made the pain unbearable. All I wanted to do was make it to Magic Kingdom. And we did. I can tell from the picture that my smile was about all I could muster at this point.
I decided to part ways with Megan and Keri after the castle. Didn't want to hold them back and I didn't know how much longer I could go. At mile 7 I stopped at the medical tent and got some tylenol and biofreeze. I've never stopped a medical tent before in a runDisney race. This was a first for me. I was hoping this would do the trick to get me back in the game. I started texting my mom that I was in pain and didn't think I would finish. She was more worried about me doing damage to my body and wanted me to stop right then and there. But I didn't. At mile 8, a friend of mine found me and I was all tears. Seeing a familiar face when I was in so much pain was a relief. He stayed with me until around mile 11 and then I told him to go because again I didn't know much longer I could go. I stopped at another medical tent, it was now my third stop..crazy, right? I started to text my husband and he was encouraging me to do whatever I wanted to do, but to also listen to my body. I decided to try and make it to Animal Kingdom. Once I got there, I hobbled my way into the bathroom. It was at that point I realized what bad shape I was  in when I couldn't walk out of the bathroom stall. I was only halfway through and had 13 more miles to go. Dragging my leg the first 13 miles probably wasn't the smartest decision and going 13 more miles was going to be plain stupid. I didn't want to cause more damaged then I already caused. I knew my family was behind my decision. So, I took off my bib and folded it up. My race was over. 

My family came to pick me up at Animal Kingdom. I didn't want to go to the medics, didn't want to be put on a bus, and definitely didn't want to be given a medal. I knew in my heart that if I was going to pull myself from the race it was going to be done my way. And it was. I made it 13.72 miles out of 26.2. When I saw this pic from in Animal Kingdom, it said it all. I felt broken and defeated to say the least. 
So here I am, an injured runner. I still don't have an answer as to what's going on with my knee. It's been a whirlwind trying to figure it out though. At first my doctor thought it was a blood clot and sent me to the ER. Luckily they didn't find a clot. I saw the Orthopedic doctor and he thinks it's either a torn meniscus or stress fracture. I go today for a MRI and I'll get the results this week. Until then I'm on crutches, dreaming about my running days and wishing that things turned out differently. 

Have you ever had a DNF at a race? Has a race ever turned out differently than you expected? How did you handle the disappointment? 

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Gorton's Seafood #RealisticResolution Giveaway

Disclosure: This is a “sponsored post.” The company who sponsored it compensated me with the products I reviewed. As always, all opinions are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the FTCs 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Hopefully you've had a chance to check out my Gorton's Realistic Resolution blog post and you've taken the challenge! I'm all in for it and so far my favorite days have been Day 4: Have Your Alcohol (And Drink it Too) and Day 8: Make Time for Family Time! 

Along with taking the #RealisticResolution challenge, the Gorton's crew sent me some coupons to try out their food and I've enjoyed trying their creations. Since I'm doing Weight Watchers, I was sure to scan each Gorton's box at the grocery store when I was deciding which kind of fish to pick. The new Artisan Lemon & Cracked Peppercorn fillets were my favorite. 
Two fillets was seven points which made me happy and the seasoning is what made this a winner. The breading was a little heavy, but the flavors made up for it and the fish itself was yummy. 

I also tried Gorton's gluten free Grilled Tilapia, Roasted Garlic & Butter fillets. One fillet was 2 points. These had a totally different flavor than the ones I first tried. The grilled flavor was good, the fish was moist, and you could really taste the garlic and butter flavoring. And at only two weight watchers points each, I was a happy girl! 
I enjoyed trying out different products from Gorton's and now it's your turn to try and see if you can too! The crew at Gorton's is giving away a #RealisticResolution prize pack to one lucky reader. 
You will receive 2 full value product coupons, a Gorton's insulated tote, the Spark book, the SparkPeople cookbook, and the SparkPeople Boot Camp DVD. 

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Be sure to enter today. Good luck! 

Friday, January 9, 2015

Goofy Challenge or Bust!

Race weekend is here! I've been registered for the runDisney Goofy Challenge since April and we're less than 24 hours to the start of the first leg of Goofy. I can't even believe it. I have so many emotions. One minute I'm super stoked about the race. I'm all like "Bring it!", "It's Game Time!" And the next minute I'm like "Deep breath!", "I don't want to get swept!" "I don't think I can do this!" I mean seriously WHO AM I? I blame it on the taper. 
Tapering for this race has been rough. This taper crazies checklist pretty much sums up how I've been feeling lately. I've been experiencing some pain in my left knee and leg. I even put off my last little long run because I didn't want to aggravate my leg. But the crazy thing is.....I can't tell if it's real or if it's all in my head?!?  Guess I'll find out starting tomorrow. And I want to eat everything in sight. Not helpful when I'm trying to lose weight. *Sigh* I also keep getting this sore throat, runny nose thing. So what am I doing about it? Popping Vitamin C like it's my J-O-B. And the mood swings. Oy vey! Let's not go there. So the taper crazies are real. I'm ready to get the party started. 

My goal for this weekend is to make magical memories, have fun, and finish. I'm not here to set a PR (although my first attempt at Goofy is a PR itself, right?) or go all out and crush goals. I'm here to do something that I set my mind to. Something that I NEVER thought I could do, or would do in a million years. So here goes nothing. 
Good luck to everyone running this weekend! If you see me along the course, be sure to say hi! It's going to amazing! 

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Gorton's Seafood #RealisticResolution Challenge

Disclosure: This is a “sponsored post.” The company who sponsored it compensated me with the products I reviewed. As always, all opinions are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the FTCs 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

We're almost a week into the new year and I hope everyone is sticking with their goals and/or resolutions. I want to share another resolution with you. A realistic resolution. It's the Gorton's Seafood Realistic Resolution Challenge!  
A few weeks ago, the crew over at Gorton's sent me a #RealisticResolution challenge package. It included Gorton's coupons, an insulated tote, the SparkPeople cookbook, the Spark book, and the SparkPeople Boot Camp DVD. They really know how to get this challenge started!
I've been having fun checking out the cookbook and hope to use the DVD soon after I get this weekend's big race out of the way. I've also been scoping out the Gorton's section at Publix. Such a variety....decisions, decisions. 
Be on the lookout on the blog this week for a review on some of their products. My goal was to try a few different things. I love fish and wanted to try a little bit of everything! 

So now it's your turn! You can download a coupon to try out Gorton's seafood for yourself. You can also sign up for the #RealisticResolution challenge on SparkPeople. Be sure to enter their Eat Smarter sweepstakes for a chance to win $5,000! And if you want, reach out to them on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, or Instagram and show them how you're taking the #RealisticResolution challenge. 

And guess what?? Good things come to those who wait. Check back next week when I return from Disney and there may be a little Gorton's love for you too! 

Monday, January 5, 2015

Marathon Monday

It's Marathon Monday time! I've been wanting to start this Monday themed blog post for awhile and with the new year kicked off, now's the perfect time! Every Monday, the Marathon Monday blog post will highlight a marathon, facts about marathons or a marathoner, products for the marathoners at heart, etc. These posts will be for the love of 26.2. 

Since many of us are getting ready to run the full monty next week during the runDisney Walt Disney World Marathon weekend, I can't help but think about the one thing that I will be looking forward to: the moment I cross that finish line. And then it got me thinking about some of the most amazing marathons and their finish lines. Check them out: 
And of course, the holy grail!
Training for a full marathon is hard work. It takes months and months of time and dedication. But crossing the finish line is an amazing feeling. It's something that can't be described in words or in a blog post. It's something you have to experience. It's a life changing experience. Crossing the finish line is actually where your life begins! It's where you become a marathoner! 

Have you crossed any of these finish lines? What was is like? If not, which one of these finish lines would you like to cross one day?