Monday, July 21, 2014

#chiMarathon Training: Weeks 5 and 6

With summer marathon training comes vacations and running in new places. For the last 10 days, we have been vacationing at the Ocean Reef Club in Key Largo. When planning out my training months ago, I kept in mind the runs I would need to do. Exploring new places when running is fun, but being in vacay mode can also mean doing a whole lot of nothing. Well, I managed both and was consistent with training during vacation. I even did a few runs with the hubs and my mom. It was perfect! 

Here's how weeks 5 and 6 of training for the Chicago Marathon went!

Week 5:
Monday: Rest
Tuesday: 3 Miles
Wednesday: Rest
Thursday: 12 Miles
Friday: Rest
Saturday: 3 Miles
Sunday: 6 miles
Weekly Milage: 24 Miles

Week 6:
Monday: Rest
Tuesday: 3 Miles
Wednesday: 6 Miles
Thursday: 3 Miles
Friday: Rest
Saturday: Rest
Sunday: 9 Miles
Weekly Mileage: 21 Miles

I wasn't sure if I would be getting the 9 mile run in this past week because of a stomach bug. After driving home from the Keys and then the craziness of unpacking, I gave myself permission to skip that run. But then I was disappointed. I haven't missed a run yet and didn't want to start now...so I didn't! I ended getting on the treadmill last night and busted out 9 miles. It's the farthest I've ever gone on a treadmill and I owe it all to watching BravoTV's Real Housewives of NJ and OC. Long runs on the treadmill are all about mental toughness. And no, I didn't just burn 329 calories...the treadmill resets after 999 calories. What a run! 
It's amazing that six weeks of training have gone by. The time is just flying. It excites me because I can't wait to run Chicago, but it also scares me because my mileage is starting to get real now. 

Be sure to follow along on Twitter or Instagram to keep up with my #chiMarathon training. Because you know what they say, "if you don't tweet it or post a pic on IG, then the run never happened." 

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

runDisney Princess Registration

Time for another runDisney race registration! Tomorrow early registration opens up for the 2015 runDisney Princess Half Marathon Weekend

This race weekend is one of my favorites because it was my first half marathon back in 2012 and I have participated in the runDisney Princess Half Marathon Weekend for the last three years. Click here to check out my #PrincessHalf blog posts for past races! 


Here's the scoop on this amazing race weekend that is truly fit for a princess! 

When: February 19th through February 22nd

Where: Walt Disney World
What: 
    • Disney Princess Half Marathon
    • Glass Slipper Challenge
    • Disney Enchanted 10K
    • Disney Princess 5K
    • runDisney Kids Races
    • Pasta in the Park Party
    • Race Retreat
    • Disney Princess Half Marathon Weekend Breakfast
    • ChEAR Squad
    • Commemorative Items

  • All Disney Annual Passholders and DVC Members can register tomorrow at Noon EST. Be sure to log into your member page to access early registration. No worries if early registration doesn't apply to you. Your day is coming! General registration opens on July 15th Noon EST. Click here to sign up for a runDisney email reminder. 

When the clock strikes Noon EST tomorrow (or on July 15th) will you be registering? 

Monday, July 7, 2014

Boot Camp Breakup

Dear Boot Camp, 

It's official. I'm breaking with you. After three weeks, I realized that you weren't the right fit for me. Yes I was excited to work on getting stronger. But what I realized is you're a "one size fits all" kind of group and that motto isn't right for me. 
Going forward I'm happy with my decision because I'm taking control and will find a plan that's for me and where I'm at with training. At the rate I was going, an injury would be on the horizon and who's got time for that. Right? 

So it's time to move on. A girl's gotta do, what a girl's gotta do. Thanks for the good times and bad times. Maybe I'll see ya' around one day. 

Ashley

Sunday, July 6, 2014

#chiMarathon Training: Week 4

Week four of #chiMarathon training. BOOM! This was a great training week. My weekly mileage was the best it's been in a really long time. And my runs rocked too! 

Here's how week four of training went: 

Monday: Boot Camp
Tuesday: Track Workout-3 Miles
Wednesday: Rest
Thursday: 3 Miles
Friday: 11 Miles
Saturday: 6 Miles
Sunday: Rest
Weekly Mileage: 23 Miles

Tuesday I took it to the track. What an awesome workout! For my long run, I ended up doing it on the morning of 4th of July! I didn't want it looming over my head after a day of drinking and eating. On Saturday, I rocked all 6 miles at race pace. It was a hard but rewarding run! 

For the next two weeks, I'll be heading out on vacation. I'm excited to run with some different scenery! Have a great week everyone!

Sunday, June 29, 2014

#chiMarathon Training: Week 3

Can you believe three weeks of #chiMarathon training have come and gone? Seriously, where is the time going?? This week on schedule was the same short runs and a shorter long run. It's weird though...I was mentally stressing out about my long run this week and it was "only" 6 miles. Running is just as much mental as it is physical. 

There was one disappointment for the week....due to crazy afternoon weather here in Florida, I only made it to boot camp once this week. My goal is twice a week, but I'm not about to go out there in the thunder and lightning. Not to mention I'm a like a cat when it comes to the rain. 

Here's how week three of training went: 

Monday: Rest
Tuesday: 3 Miles
Wednesday: 5 Miles
Thursday: 3 Miles
Friday: Rest
Saturday: Rest
Sunday: 6 Miles
Weekly Mileage: 17 Miles

Next week my Wednesday runs jump to 6 miles. And yes, I'm all nervous about it. It's crazy because I've been doing 5 miles, so what's one more mile. Must be something with the number six...ha, ha! Here's to a great week everyone! 

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Product Review: Be Real Shoes

Here's a product review from my Pavement Prince (AKA My hubby, Joe). He had a chance to try out Be Real shoes and here's what he thought. Enjoy!
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With a tag line like Go Barefoot...Be Real, I couldn't wait to get my hands on a pair of these to take for a test drive.  Be Real shoes are barefoot, athletic shoes for running and surfing. 
Pic from Be Real
Since these are promoted as a 3-in-1 shoe, I wanted to test them on multiple terrains for the review. Think treadmill, pavement, and grass. 


I chose to do treadmill runs with the shoes first. The two things I like about running the mill with these shoes were the grip was amazing and my feet remained cool because of the breathable uppers of the shoes.
After really putting my Be Real shoes to the test indoors, I took them outdoors. My fear was that after running my feet and ankles would both be incredibly sore, but I was shocked because my feet felt great and my ankles even better. Having the freedom between my toes was liberating and the wide toe box was a definite plus in my opinion.  

I even did a few short runs on the grass too. Even though the terrain changed, the grip remained constant and that's a huge perk for these shoes. 
After knowing these shoes can withstand different terrains, it was time to focus on the appeal and shoe itself. Visually appealing? Unfortunately not! At first glance, I thought they would look like clown shoes on me because of their size. But honestly, they just seemed bigger than they were! The fit was perfect and the toe box actually added extra comfort while running!

Overall, I like the shoe, I'm not a fan of the look but I love the performance and all that Be Real stands for!  Next, I plan to test them out as a water shoe, whenever I can get around to breaking out the Paddleboards!  Next time you feel like going barefoot, why don't you Be Real instead?

Thursday, June 26, 2014

June POPSUGAR Must Have Box

When POPSUGAR named this fabulous box the "Must Have Box", they weren't kidding. This box is truly a must have. 

As a POPSUGAR Select Fitness blogger, I was given a chance to review the June Must Have Box. I didn't really know what to expect since each box is a mystery. When the box arrived, the suspense was killing me. 
Items in the POPSUGAR Must Have Box are hand-selected by editors. The inspiration for the June box was: 
So do you want to know what was inside? Here's the scoop! 
Emily Giffin's The One and Only: I'm a HUGE Emily Giffin fan and this is her latest book. I own every book by Emily Giffin, so I was thrilled to see her book in the box. 

Turkish-T Basic Breeze Sorbet Beach Towel: This towel is uber fabulous! Don't think traditional terry towel. Think lightweight cotton that can be both a towel and a wrap. 

Lollies Basic Hair Ties: This three pack of braided hair ties are made from swimwear fabric. They make the ultimate hair tie for your hair or even to wear on your wrist! 

Sachajuan Shiny Citrus Body Lotion: This lotion hydrates and soothes your skin. It has a light scent of jasmine and fresh citrus. 

You Smell Lemon Wet Wipes: A box of twelve individually wrapped wet wipes help soothe and cleanse your skin. These cloth, aloe wet wipes are great for on the go and the lemon scent will leave your face feeling refreshed.

One Potato Two Potato Hawaiian BBQ Chips: These flavorful kettle chips will have you saying "Aloha!" I'm a BBQ chip lover and these chips didn't disappoint. 

Native Union Gift Card: Native Union has a site full of tech products. They offer speakers, handsets, cases, and other digital accessories. I've been scoping out their Bluetooth speakers and think it's a great way to put the gift card to use. 

So what do you think? The June POPSUGAR Must Have Box is beyond amazing! If you want to try out a 3 month subscription, you can save $10. Use code JUNESELECT10. Coupon code expires on June 30th! 
Disclaimer: POPSUGAR provided me with a complimentary POPSUGAR Must Have box. The opinions I have shared about the box are my own and POPSUGAR did not tell me what to say or how to say it.