Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Since October is Breast Cancer Awareness month, I wanted to highlight some running products/races done by amazing companies to bring awareness to the cause. 

Shoes: ASICS is all about the pink right now! They have joined forces with Christina Applegate's Right Action for Women charity to help provide breast cancer screening assistance for at risk women. These are limited edition shoes and ASICS will donate $10 for each pair to Right Action for Women, with a guaranteed minimum donation of $100,000 up to $150,000. How awesome is that? 

Headbands: Sparkly Soul Headbands are great about supporting causes and they don't disappoint with breast cancer awareness! Their latest headband is perfect to show support this month. A portion of proceeds from their breast cancer headband will be donated to support breast cancer awareness and research.
Socks: Balega nailed it with their Breast Cancer Awareness sock campaign. The limited edition Enduro no show socks have words of grit and grace across them: Mind over Miles, Believe, I Achieve, Never Give Up, and Don't Say I Can't. Balega will donate $1.00 from the sale of each sock from this collection to the Breast Cancer Fund. 
Races: The 26.2 with Donna National Marathon to Finish Breast Cancer in Jacksonville, FL is an experience like no other. Last year I had the opportunity to be a #runDonna ambassador and run the half marathon.What drew me to #runDonna was that 100% of race proceeds and raised funds go to breast cancer research and care. That is amazing! Race weekend is February 13-15, 2015 and distances range from 5K all the way to ultra marathon. 
There are great opportunities to support a wonderful cause. Remember the reason for this month: to bring awareness to breast cancer. Take the steps to have a plan for detection in the early stages and encourage others to do the same. 

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

runDisney #WDWMarathon Bling

For most runners, it's all about the bling! And runDisney has some of the best bling around! The finisher medals for the 2015 Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend were released on the Disney Parks blog. The collection is amazing...check out all the medals! 
Every distance from the Mickey Mile all the way to the Dopey Challenge (48.6 miles over four days) is covered when it comes to runDisney bling. There's a medal for everyone! 

In typical Disney fashion, it's all about the details. Did you notice the "hidden mickey" in the half and full marathon medal? They're cut out behind Donald in the half medal and Mickey in the full medal. Well done, runDisney! 

I'm looking forward to earning the Goofy Challenge medal this January. The Goofy Challenge is the half marathon on Saturday and the full marathon on Sunday. It's three medals: the half, full, and the all new, one of a kind spinning Goofy Challenge medal. I can't wait to get my hands on this medal. 
So what do you think of the runDisney Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend medal line up? Will you be earning any of these medals in January? 

Sunday, September 28, 2014

runDisney Tower of Terror 10 Miler

In less than a week, the thrills and chills of runDisney's first night race this season is upon us. The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror 10 Miler is a race fit for Disney Villains and characters alike! 

Will you be taking part in any of the races during ToT weekend? If so, you'll have a chance to earn some awesome runDisney bling. Check it out!  
I've gathered all the information you need to make your haunted runDisney race weekend a success! 
All your race weekend info can be found in the official runDisney Tower of Terror 10 Miler event guide above. 


Health and Fitness Expo
Location: ESPN Wide World of Sports
Friday, October 3rd 10:00 am - 7:00 pm
Saturday, October 4th 8:30 am - 3:00 pm

Happy Haunted 5K Trail Run
Saturday, October 4th at 7:30 am
Start/Finish: ESPN Wide World of Sports

runDisney Kids Races
Saturday, October 4th
Dashes: 9:30 am
Mile: 10:15 am
Location: New Balance Track & Field Complex

Tower of Terror 10 Miler 
Saturday, October 4th
Start: 10:00 pm
Start/Finish: Disney's Hollywood Studios

Disney's Villains Hollywood Bash
Saturday, October 4th - Sunday, October 5th
10:00 pm - 3:30 am 

Course Maps
Happy Haunted 5K Trail Run

Tower of Terror 10 Miler
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 Tower of Terror 10 Miler race is a fun night race for everyone! The hubby and I ran ToT in 2012 and had a blast. If you're running it, I can't wait to hear what you think. If you're not running this year, but sure to put it on your bucket list for next year! 

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

runDisney Goofy Giveback

If you've ever thought about participating in a runDisney race, this is the perfect time! Last week, an episode from the show Extreme Weight Loss featured a father-daughter team completing the runDisney Walt Disney World Half Marathon in January. 
The inspirational journey that took this father-daughter team across the runDisney finish line had people across the country wanting to experience the Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend. But there was one problem....almost all the races were sold out. Until now......

Let me introduce you to the "Goofy Giveback." The folks at runDisney have taken some of the 2015 Goofy Challenge race registrations and split them up to allow for more half and full marathon registrations during the January WDW Marathon Weekend. Both the half and full were sold out, but not any more. So here's your chance to register for either the runDisney WDW Half or Full Marathon
This special "Goofy Giveback" opportunity will be open for 39 days to represent the 39 miles covered in the Goofy Challenge (runners complete both the half and full marathon). Right now both the half and full are at 90% capacity, so there is still time to register. You have until October 24th or until both races reach capacity. 

I'm super excited about the "Goofy Giveback" because my mom is now running the half marathon. Since I'm doing the Goofy Challenge, we'll be able to run the half marathon together. Thank you runDisney for this opportunity. Don't forget there's still room to register for the Goofy Challenge too! If you're looking for more than 13.1 or 26.2, go for 39.3 and register for Goofy! 

What are your thoughts on the "Goofy Giveback?" Did you take advantage of the newly available half and full marathon openings? 

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Things Are Looking Up

Things are looking up in the best ways! Sure there were some bumps along the way and I'm still bummed about deferring the Chicago Marathon, but I wouldn't change a thing. 

At work, I'm still madly in love with my new position. I'm starting to get a little more settled and into the groove. My hours are starting to get back to normal.  

For my health, I finally went to the neurologist. I only took my about eight months to get in thanks to my stubborn self. Not sure why I waited so long because it turned out to be a great appointment and I love my new doctor. He's got me on a brand new medicine which I'm excited about (it's a lot of pills, but they're supposed to work....fingers crossed) and he also gave me injections if I need them....think epi pen. Yikes! I'm grateful to have the chance at new medicine and hopefully get back on track when it comes to this thing called my brain. 

I also have some exciting news to share with y'all about some things coming up soon. Be sure to stay tuned! Hope you're having a great week! 

Monday, September 1, 2014

#chiMarathon No More

This blog post makes it official. Might as well give you the spoiler alert: I won't be running the Chicago Marathon this year. For weeks I've been having doubts about Chicago. There have been all these little signs and I've been ignoring them. Last Sunday, I talked with the hubs and my mom about whether or not I should still run Chicago. When they both agreed that I should pass, I knew my decision was made. I even gave myself this week to come to grips with it just in case I decided to change my mind. But I won't. And here's why....

There have been two big changes in my life lately. First, I started a new position at my job a few weeks ago and I absolutely love it! I love it so much that I'm putting in longer hours than I ever have before. I know this will pass as I get settled, but for now the demand is there and getting all my attention. 

Second, I've been ignoring some health issues for awhile now. More like months. My family has been on me to get things checked out, but I haven't. I've been going with the whole "it's nothing, it will go away" concept and unfortunately it's not. This is the main reason why the #chiMarathon just isn't in the cards for me right now. I need to focus on my health and put my attention into my doctors. I'm sure you want to know more. When I have good news to report, I will! Fingers crossed!!

The dream of the Chicago Marathon will always be there. Covering the big distance of 26.2 miles in a big city like Chicago will still be on my bucket list! Who knows, maybe next year? Only time will tell! 

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Limited Edition Chevron KT TAPE

KT TAPE has done the ultimate! They have combined peoples love for #kttape and their love for a very popular print.....chevron!!!! I don't know about you, but I love all things chevron. A girl can never have enough chevron! And KT TAPE went and made the chevron rainbow colors. Talk about going with every outfit!! What do you think of this awesome new design?
This KT TAPE PRO design is limited edition and you have to sign up to reserve you spot. They need a minimum of 350 rolls to run a limited edition print. Here's the link to sign up: http://bit.ly/KTgroupoffer

Once they get enough people signed up for this pre-order tape, they'll start printing it. The cost is $25 a roll and once they start printing we'll all have to be a little patient for this holy grail KT TAPE since it will take about 8 weeks for delivery. Remember the old saying: good things come to those who wait! 

I'm all in for this KT TAPE!! What about you?? Do you love it? Are you on this list? Be sure to spread the word because they need 232 more people to sign up by the end of the day on September 3rd. Let's make this fabulous tape a reality!