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:

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! 

Monday, August 25, 2014

Product Review: Apera Sling Tote

I love bags. Think purses, messengers, totes, slings, etc, etc. Combining an active lifestyle with a love for bags is a no brainer for me. 
I was thrilled when Apera Bags reached out to me about reviewing a product from their line. Right from the start, I was drawn to the design of their bags and all the pockets. But what really got my attention was the antimicrobial protection. These bags can handle your sweaty, smelly gear without the "smell" both in and outside of your bag. 

Perusing the Apera Bag site was a lot of fun. So many different styles and in amazing colors too! I decided early on that the Sling Tote was for me. I liked the design and overall layout of the pockets. I was also drawn to the new pear color. Isn't she pretty? 
I used this bag all summer from back and forth to boot camp and for fit shoes, clothes, and running gear. The possibilities for what can go in this tote are endless! 

Overall, the Apera Sling Tote has some great qualities. My favorites were:
  • Antimicrobial Product Protection
  • Vented Compartments
  • Wipeable Linings
  • Pockets, pockets, pockets

This video demonstration from Apera Bags on the Sling Tote gives you an idea on how versatile this tote is. 

If you're interested in learning more about Apera Bags, check out their website for product details. And it's not too late to enter their August giveaway: sign up for their email newsletter by providing your email at the bottom of their website. They will randomly draw a name from those subscribers. Good luck! 
Disclaimer: I was provided an Apera Sling Tote to review. 
As always, all opinions are my own.

Sunday, August 17, 2014

#chiMarathon Training: Weeks 9 and 10

I've been kind of MIA for while. The last two weeks have flown by and I have completly neglected my blog and for the last week, my training. See what happens when you're off all summer and then're back to school?!?! I didn't realize what a luxury being off was until I was back at the grind. 

Week nine of training for the Chicago Marathon was pretty good. It was a step back week, so the long run was only 13.1. I'm still lacking when it comes to cross training and need to get my butt in gear with it. 

Here's how week nine of #chiMarathon training went:

Monday: Rest
Tuesday: 4 Miles
Wednesday: 7 Miles
Thursday: Rest
Friday: 4 Miles
Saturday: Rest
Sunday: 13.1 Miles
Weekly Mileage: 28 Miles

Now week 10 (this past week) was a completely different story. I knew the first week back to school was going to be crazy. I started a new position at my school which is exciting and scary at the same time. With my new role, there's lots to learn and in a little bit of time. On top of that, there were meetings almost every day. The days started early and ended late. Because of this I felt like I was drowning. I felt like a horrible mom and wife because at home I was consumed with back to school stuff. And consumed is putting it lightly. I was unbelievably tired too. My body was not happy with this new schedule. So I had to make a decision. Something had to give and it was my running. I realized that I wasn't superwoman and getting everything done this week wasn't going to happen. Once I made this realization, I felt better. Sure I was still overwhelmed, but there was now one less thing to worry about. 

So week 10 of training for #chiMarathon was a big whopping 3 miles. Yep. I even contemplated trying to attempt the 17 mile long run that was on schedule for today, but instead I listened to that little voice of reason in my head. Next week's long run is 18 miles, so the chance for redemption is there. 
Sometimes an unexpected break can good for the soul. I hope I didn't cause too much of a setback in my training. I'm looking forward to a new week, so I can get back on track. 

Have you ever had a break in your training? If not, what's your trick for balancing it all? 

Monday, August 4, 2014

#chiMarathon Training: Week 8

Week eight of #chiMarathon training is complete. With each passing day, the miles are increasing the days are getting closer. We're now less than 10 weeks away and almost half way through training. It seems like just yesterday I was working on a training plan. Crazy, right? 

This week of training went good. My husband was out of town all week on business, so I was nervous about getting my runs in since it was just me and my little guy. But I made it work. 

Here's how week eight of training for the Chicago Marathon went:

Monday: Rest
Tuesday: 4 Miles
Wednesday: 7 Miles
Thursday: 4 Miles
Friday: Rest
Saturday: Rest
Sunday: 8 miles, 7 miles 
Weekly Mileage: 30 miles

My long run got messed up thanks to the rain. As I was lacing up to head out Sunday morning it started to downpour and there was no way I was going to run 15 miles in the rain. Eventually it stopped, but I didn't get out until after 10:00. Between the heat and another thunderstorm, my run ended at 8 miles. So I finished the other 7 miles on the treadmill. I didn't plan on splitting up the run, but it's better than not logging the mileage. 

I hit a new high for weekly mileage....30 miles! I've never hit 30 before. Things are getting real.

How's your training going? Thanks for following along with my training. I'm so glad to have you here!