Friday, December 19, 2014

runDisney #WDWMarathon Merchandise

Do you love runDisney race merchandise like I do? Well if so, then you are in for a treat! This week runDisney released pictures on Facebook of the Walt Disney World Marathon race weekend merchandise. And I have to say, I'm in love with some of the products! Let's take a look at the line up! 

WDW Race Weekend Merchandise
WDW Half Marathon Merchandise
WDW Marathon Merchandise
Goofy Challenge Merchandise
Dopey Challenge Merchandise
I Did It! Shirts
rD In Training & Coast to Coast Merchandise
So what do you think? Yay, nay? Leave me a comment and share your opinion. Honestly, I think this years runDisney #WDWMarathon race weekend merchandise is fantastic. I especially love the runDisney Magic Band, the Wine Glass, and Goofy Challenge sweatshirt. What are your favorites?

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Holiday Gift Guide for Runners

The holidays: the most wonderful time of the year! They're here! Have you done your all your shopping? If you're like me, then you're probably not fully done with your list just yet. If your shopping for a runner this year, you've come to the right place. Here's this year's holiday gift guide for runners! 

Some of these additions are tried and true products that I use and love. Hopefully there's something for everyone!

Just for the ladies:

Just for the guys: 

For guys and girls:

There are so many things to buy your runner this holiday season! Hopefully you found a gift idea or two here on the blog. 

What are you getting the special runner in your life? Have you finished your shopping yet? What's the top runner gift that you're hoping to get under the tree? 

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Nuun Ambassador

Guess what? I'm thrilled to be representing Nuun as an ambassador for 2015. When fueling before, during, and after runs I've always used Nuun for hydration, so I'm excited to partner with them! 
In the fall, Nuun opened up their ambassador applications and I jumped at the chance to apply. They have three tiers of ambassadors: The Nuun Elite Team, Team Nuun, and Nuunbassadors. I'm super excited to be part of the ambassador team! This is a brand that I'm already passionate about, so representing them will be like second nature. I'm looking forward to a great year with Nuun and the ambassador team! 

Monday, December 15, 2014

runDisney WDW Marathon Weekend

The runDisney Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend is right around the corner. I can just feel the excitement on social media and even in my own world. It's going to be the holidays arriving and then BAM...we're off to runDisney! 
Source: runDisney
I've complied as much runDisney #WDWMarathon race weekend info as possible into one blog post. Think of it as "one stop shopping!" Let's start with the schedule of events for the weekend! 

runDisney Health & Fitness Expo
Where: ESPN Wide World of Sports
When:  Wednesday, Jan. 7th: 10am - 8pm
              Thursday, Jan. 8th: 9am - 7pm
              Friday, Jan. 9th: 9am - 7pm
              Saturday, Jan. 10th: 10am - 4pm

Walt Disney World 5K
Where: Epcot
When: Thursday, Jan. 8th: 6:15am

Walt Disney World 10K 
Where: Epcot
When: Friday, Jan. 9th: 5:30am

Walt Disney World Half Marathon
Where: Epcot
When: Saturday, Jan. 10th: 5:30am

Walt Disney World Marathon
Where: Epcot
When: Sunday, Jan. 11th: 5:30am 

Kids' Races
Where: New Balance Track & Field Complex
Time: 11:00am
When: Thursday, Jan. 8th
             Friday, Jan. 9th
             Saturday, Jan. 10th

Mickey Mile
Where: New Balance Track & Field Complex
Time: 12:30pm
When: Thursday, Jan. 8th
             Friday, Jan. 9th
             Saturday, Jan. 10th

Everything you need and more to prepare for the runDisney WDW Marathon Weekend can be found in the Official Event Guide Below! 

Don't forget to print your wavier before heading to the Health and Fitness Expo to pick up your bib! Make sure you have your photo id handy! Remember: you will only be able to pick up your bib; you will no longer be able to pick up packets for others anymore. 

Be sure to sign up to get your runDisney WDW Marathon Lasting Commemoratives bookmark to remember race weekend. Sign up today to get yours! 
So are you as excited as I am about race weekend? I'm looking forward to earning some amazing runDisney bling! Which of these amazing medals will be you be running for? 
Source: Disney Parks Blog
Hope to see you around during the runDisney WDW Marathon Weekend! If you see me, be sure to say hi! 

Sunday, December 14, 2014

My #GoofyChallenge Update

Long ago in what seems like eternity, I signed up for the runDisney Goofy Challenge. If you're thinking, what kind of challenge is this, well let me fill you in. It's a half marathon on Saturday and a full marathon on Sunday. Yep, you read that correctly. 39.3 glorious runDisney miles! 

Registration opened back in April and I decided then to go Goofy! I figured it wouldn't be a big deal since I would be coming off of running the Chicago marathon in October, so I would have a good base to pick up from.Well who knew back in April when I registered that I wouldn't be running Chicago after all?? This is what happens when you sign up for a race months in advance. 

So I've been toying with what to do about this race. Part of me didn't even want to commit to a full marathon. As in just didn't want to. But then part of me was annoyed that the amount of money I paid for the challenge would make "just" doing the half a very expensive half marathon. You know what I'm saying?!? 

A few weeks ago, a running pal of mine and I were both chatting about how we didn't want to commit to Goofy. And then we were like, "let's just do it together!" So there you have it! 
For the last few weeks, I've been ramping up my mileage. Things have been going great and I feel really good. Yesterday I ran 16 miles and I swear I wasn't even sore. As in never felt better, even today I feel the same way. I've got one more big run left next week and then it's taper time. I'm not so much worried about the back to back runs. Don't want to get injured before race day and I only have so much time on my hands. Besides I'll be running the half super slow and making it my character pic race, so I think I'll be okay with it. Key word here is "think." Ha, ha! 

This week I met with my neurologist as a follow up from my fall appointment since I've started my new medication. We had both agreed that the Chicago marathon wasn't a good idea at the time, so I wanted his opinion on Goofy. He was so pleased with my weight loss and my progress on the new meds. So since all is well, he gave me the green light to go Goofy! 

Here we are now 23 days until the runDisney Walt Disney World Marathon race weekend! It is rapidly approaching! I'm both excited and scared at the same time. I mean, who wouldn't be? My goals for race weekend are to finish and have fun! And of course earn some awesome bling! 

Will you be running any of the runDisney races during marathon weekend? If so, let me know which ones. I hope to see you there! 

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Weight Watchers Update

I'm now nine weeks into Weight Watchers and wanted to update y'all on my progress. My last update on the blog was for the first six weeks on WW. So here we are three weeks later. 

Week 7 (the week of Thanksgiving): I gained one pound. 
Week 8: I lost 5 pounds. I totally upped my running game this week and I think this had something to do with me having a big loss. 
Week 9: I lost 1.4 pounds. Only ran two days this week. 

Overall, I've lost 20.8 pounds in nine weeks. I was super excited to finally hit the twenty pound mark. It was mini milestone for me. I'm definitely not where I want to be yet, but I'm SO close. 

Be sure to follow along with my progress on Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook as I post my Saturday stats there after I weigh in! 

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

runDisney Wine and Dine Half Marathon

Last month I ran the runDisney Wine and Dine Half Marathon at Walt Disney World. It was certainly a race to remember. Not really. In fact, I've been trying to forget about it which is why I'm so behind in writing this blog post...ha, ha! 

I went into race weekend ready to have the Best. Time. Ever! My hubby and I were both running the race (it was his first half marathon), so we were looking forward to our little race vacay. We had a good time at the runDisney Health and Fitness Expo and then hit up the parks for a little bit. Then Friday night I started to see some buzz on social media about how the weather might affect the race. Say what? 
I quickly checked out the forecast and about died right then and there. I don't do rain. At all. The forecast was calling for 80% chance of rain and not an ending of rain in sight. Nobody seemed to be freaking out about it, so I just went with it. After it all, it was Florida and the weather changes all the time.

Saturday morning Maggie and I ran the runDisney Jingle Jungle 5K. We had the best time ever. The weather was good: it was slightly chilly with no rain sight. Things were looking up. The hubs and I spent the day hanging out between Magic Kingdom and Epcot. We also stopped by and supported our friend Krissy with her cupcake meet-up fundraiser. It was awesome to see and catch up with everyone. Still no rain.  I mentioned to Krissy how I was starting to freak out about the weather. I didn't pack for wet weather and certainly not running 13.1 miles in raining weather. Luckily, Krissy promised to bring Joe and I a poncho. That helped calmed my nerves a little. 

Fast forward to race evening. Think 6:00ish. We decided to lay low at the hotel in the afternoon. The weather was now holding at 90% chance of rain and the radar made it look like a hurricane was coming. I was calling it Hurricane #WineDineHalf on social media. 
Think full blown freak out now. The cat in me who can't stand the rain was losing it. I was going to change my outfit but then decided to still rock my costume for the race. Wonder Woman. How cute, right? 
We arrived at Epcot and boarded the buses to Wide World of Sports. Transportation was a breeze. runDisney does a great job getting everyone over to the race area. We decided to leave our phones in the car because of the rain and this would mean no pictures. It was a smart decision in the end. 

When we arrived at WWOS, we spotted Krissy right away and got our ponchos. Thank goodness! We hung around the waiting area for little bit and then eventually made our way to the corrals. The moment we got into our corral it started raining and we busted the ponchos out. The rain didn't seem bad (at first). And then by the time the first corral went off it was full on sheets of cold rain. The rain was steady for a very long time. As we approached Animal Kingdom it was coming right at us and hitting our faces. I looked toward the other side of Osceola Parkway and thought "once we're over there the rain won't be coming right at us." Well I was wrong. Because when we left Animal Kingdom it seemed like the rain was smack on us again. 

Long story short is this: we came, it rained, we conquered. And yes, I ran all 13.1 miles in a poncho. Never took it off. Just couldn't do it. I could go on and on about how cold it was, how wet it was, and how so not fun it was. But I won't bore you with the details. It took me a couple of weeks to write this post because this race seemed to suck the love of running right out of me. It was nothing runDisney did. It was the weather. I don't like the rain on a good day. So for me, the rain absolutely ruined it and there was no way around it. But with every storm, comes a rainbow and that was the shiny bling at the end. 
I was so glad to have the hubs at my side because I can honestly say I'm not sure I would have a) started this race or b) finished this race because of the rain. But thanks to him we got through it together and we'll always have the memory of the Wine and Dine Splash and Dash weekend! 

Did you run the Wine and Dine Half Marathon? If so, how was your experience? Share it with us!