Monday, March 2, 2015

Marathon Monday

TCS New York City Marathon. If your ears just perked up a little, then this Marathon Monday blog post is for you. 
Tomorrow is the big day: runners around the globe find out if they hit the lottery! The lottery to run the TCS New York City Marathon. Good luck to you! 

So how will you know if you're one of the lucky ones?? Here's what the race peeps say will happen IN ORDER: 

-Your credit card will charged. Cha-ching! 
-In your My NYRR account, you will get an alert that says "You have been accepted into the 2015 TCS New York City Marathon."
-Your registration status will change to "Accepted." And of course awesome!
-You will get a confirmation email that you've been accepted by the end of the day. This applies to everyone that been accepted or not. 

So if you're like the thousands of runners out there that have been counting down the days to March 3rd, I would be checking your credit card to see if you are charged first. If you see a charge, you're in! 
Did you enter the TCS New York City Marathon lottery this year? If so, is this a first time for you? I didn't enter, but I'm wishing everyone good luck!

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Sum It Up Sunday

Happy Sunday, y'all! I decided to start a new Sunday post called Sum It Up Sunday! Anything and everything from the week can apply to this post: time with my family, workouts, weight loss, good food I've eaten, how much coffee I've drank, etc. So let's kick things off right with the first Sum It Up Sunday post! 

Things were all over the place this week. Spring baseball season has started and I feel like if we're not at home, we're at the field. 
I knew I wanted to focus on starting back with running this week. I've been missing it more than I thought. I've been weight training and getting my cardio in through the elliptical, but I was dying to lace up my running shoes. So I did. Here's what my workouts looked like: 

-2 miles on the treadmill on Tuesday. The run felt okay. 
-30 minutes on the elliptical and 30 minute weight training on Wednesday. 
-3.1 miles outside on Thursday. I felt a little defeated because this run was hard. My leg was aggravated and I felt so slow. Defeated was putting it lightly.
-3 miles on the treadmill on Friday. This run was a million times better than the day before. No issues with my leg...woot woot! It's so funny how two runs can be completely different from each other and I'm so thankful for that. I'm hoping this run is a sign of things to come. 
-3 miles on Sunday.
For my weight loss, this weekend is five months on Weight Watchers. I can't believe it's been that long, but yet it doesn't feel that long. I'll be honest with ya...I didn't want to weigh in on Saturday. I'm starting to realize that weigh ins are all about timing because once again the monthly bloat was timed with my weigh in and I wasn't happy. But I went and sure enough, the scale was up 1.2 pounds. 
Seems to happen every four weeks. But it won't get me down because it's part of the journey. I've been getting requests via email and Instagram for a post on what I'm eating/meal planning. Be on the lookout this week for a blog post soon about what I eat and what works for me. 

Hope you have a great week! Thanks for stopping by and reading. Be sure to follow allow on Twitter and Instagram too! Have a great day!

Saturday, February 28, 2015

I'd Fly for These Medals! Would you?

Not too long ago, runDisney released the medals for the Tinkerbell Half Marathon weekend. I love when runDisney releases medals because we get to see if the design has been changed and if there are any new medals. Well both seem to fit the bill with this release! What do you think? 
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The all new inaugural runDisney Pixie Dust Challenge medal is the newest bling in the runDisney line up. It's so different from any other runDisney medal. The Disney Parks Blog did a great write up on the this new medal and the meaning behind it. The Lost Boys Neverland 5K medallion is a cute addition too! 
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The Tinkerbell Half Marathon medal looks better than ever! The medal features a spinning Tink in the center of the medal surrounded by wings, with a sprinkling of pixie dust. So fabulous!

What do you think of the medals for the runDisney Tinkerbell Half Marathon weekend? Do you have a favorite? I love them all! 

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Non-Scale Victories!

Losing weight is always a battle. It's something that I've fought on and off for most of my adult life. And most people fight the same battle because let's be honest....losing weight is hard. It takes lots of self-control and dedication. You have to be mentally prepared to start on the journey to a fit and fabulous lifestyle. 

This weekend marks my eighteenth week on Weight Watchers. I've actually stuck with something for about four a half months. And do you want to know why?? Because it works. Each week I see small victories on the scale. A pound here, a pound there and they all add up. Check out this week's weigh in:
It's losing weight the right way, so that it never comes back. This isn't a fad and it definitely isn't a diet. For me, Weight Watchers is about control. I am in full control of my points: how I use them, if I will save them, and if I will earn them by doing activities. 

This weekend I had a HUGE non-scale victory (NSV). I've been avoiding buying new clothes for a few weeks because I'm not to my goal weight yet. But it's to the point that all of my clothes are way too big on me. So I decided to go and buy a few, new staples for my wardrobe. As I was trying on the new clothes, I wanted to cry. Before Weight Watchers I wore a size 12 (sometimes a size 14) in pants and a size large or x-large shirt. In the dressing room, I started with size 8 pants and medium shirts to try on....too big. I couldn't believe it. So I went and got a size 6 pants and size small shirts. I thought to myself, "there is no way these will fit!" And...THEY DID!! I'm still in shock. Say goodbye to the clothes on the left and hello to my new, smaller clothes on the right. 
Seeing progress each week on the scale is nice, but this was truly the icing on the cake for me. I'm sharing these Weight Watchers updates and victories with you because if I can inspire one person to embark on a fit, healthy lifestyle then my job is complete. Don't waste time today thinking about tomorrow. If you're thinking about losing weight, I encourage you to look into Weight Watchers! Three or four months from now, you'll be glad you did!!

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Show Your Runner Some Love!

We're days away from Valentine's Day and it's time to show your runner some love! But just how do you do that? Here are my top three gift ideas for you! 

#1: A Distance Runner's Candy Hearts Shirt from Raw Threads!
This online exclusive comes in many style and color options. And if you order soon, you can have it in time for Valentine's Day! 

#2: PRO COMPRESSION has the best sock of the month right now for February: Pink Hearts
    
 They're perfect for showing your runner how much you love her/him! And if you use code HEARTS you can save 40% off all pink socks and sleeves! Code expires 2/28/15.


#3: Think pink when it comes to the holiday, 3-pack of Sparkly Soul Headbands
These headbands will make your runner sparkle on the go! 

Some other gift ideas include a massage, pedicure, and/or treating your runner to a meal of his/her favorite carbs! Now it's your turn to go out and show your runner some love! Happy Valentines Day!

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Registration for the runDisney Disneyland 1/2 Marathon Weekend

If you have been waiting to register for the runDisney Disneyland Half Marathon weekend then today is your day!! Be sure to have your credit card and laptop or IPad ready because at noon ET the race registration will begin! Early registration for AP/DVC members was two weeks ago and it was a sell out. I expect the same today too, especially since the half marathon is an anniversary (10 years and you know there will be some awesome runDisney race bling)!

I had the pleasure of running the inaugural runDisney Dumbo Double Dare in 2013. It was my first time going out to California for anything Disney related and it was a racecation I will never forget. I think all Walt Disney World lovers should experience a race at Disneyland at least once. Think of it as a bucket list item! 

So will you be registering today? If so, which race are you registering for? I won't be registering but I will be sending everyone good vibes! 

Monday, February 9, 2015

Marathon Monday

Today's Marathon Monday post has something special for you! Keep reading to find out! 
Do you like Rock 'n' Roll? If you answered yes and you're a runner, than the Rock 'n' Roll Marathon Series is for you! From domestic and international races covering distances from kids races to the full marathon, the Rock 'n' Roll Marathon Series has something for everyone. They also have some of the best bling around and their challenge medals are pretty sweet too!

I'm part of the Rock 'n' Blog Team and that means I've got a special discount for Rock 'n' Roll Marathon Series races to share with you. 
Save $15 when you use code: RUNWITHASHLEY  The code is good for Rock 'n' Roll marathon and half marathons. Exclusions include the Relay, 10K, 5K, Kids Rock, and Las Vegas. Code expires on 12/31/15. 


I'm planning on running the half at Rock 'n' Roll Savannah this year and I'm hoping to do a few more RnR races! If you're looking to do a Rock 'n' Roll Marathon Series race this year, be sure to take advantage of the $15 off code and RUNWITHASHLEY! 

Have you ever done a RnR race? If so, what did you think? If you haven't, which one would you like to do?