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BikiniSeries Day46

June 12, 2014

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Workouts:
1mile warmup
Arms:
Shoulder Press 10×3 40lbs
Assisted PullUps/Dips 6×3 10lbs
30min Bike Intervals (3miles)
TIU BikiniArms
TIU Pura Vida x2
TIU BikiniAbs
BestAbRoutine 9:01
2min plank

Meals:
M1: egg whites/strawberries/banana
M2: cherries
M3: PerfectFit Green Smoothie: banana/avocado/spinach/cucumber/celery/almond milk
M4: LunaBar
M5: Grilled Tilapia/broccoli/cauliflower mash

Went to the gym later in the morning to go with Ben. He wanted to start working out again now that his stomach is doing better after his surgery. He warmed up on the elliptical and I ran on the treadmill. We took turns on the shoulder press. I used the same weight as
Ben and it’s the heaviest I’ve ever done for shoulders. While he did biceps and triceps on the machines, I hit the pull-up machine. I did pull-ups and dips to work my biceps/triceps. The last 2 reps of the pull-ups are sooo hard but I know those are the ones that count the most :-)
We both did the stationary bikes for cardio. I did my own intervals. Switching from 30sec/1min to 1/1 intervals.
TIU toning workouts after boys went to bed. Made up the Arms workout from Wed.
My 4th day making my water goal and getting 80+ oz of water :-) I’ve been having at least 11oz of coconut water each day. It’s so refreshing after a tough workout.
Didn’t do the Sunset Challenge because I am not a fan of peanut butter. I might try to modify and make it with almond butter instead. I need to get a few of the ingredients first though. I have the TIU cookie cutters and I am looking forward to using them :-)

Bikini Series Day45

June 11, 2014

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Workouts:
5min Max Incline Walk
Leg Workout:
Smith Machine Squats: 6×4 135lbs
Deadlifts: 10×3 115lbs
Glute Pushdowns: 12×4 94lbs
Leg Extensions: 10×3 65lbs
Single Leg Lying LegCurls: 15×3 35lbs
Leg Abduction/Adduction 10×3 95lbs
Making Waves Cardio
3hr Volleyball
2min plank

Saved TIU Arm workouts for Thursday. Completely exhausted after volleyball.

Meals:
M1: Eggwhites/banana/grapes
M2: Nectarine/Cherries
M3: PerfectFit Shake – spinach, banana, strawberries, almond milk
M4: Zbar
M5: Hawaiian Chicken w/ roasted Brussel sprouts
M6: frozen grapes

BikiniSeries Day41/42

June 7/8, 2014

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Saturday –
TIU BikiniBody2
3.45mile walk with the boys
2min plank

Sunday –
5.4 mile run – longest run since my ankle got hurt.
TIU BikiniBooty
TIU Thailand Tush x2
TIU BikiniAbs
2min plank

It felt sooooo good to not have to get up early on Saturday. Bummed that Gio’s team didn’t make it to the championship game but I thoroughly enjoyed sleeping in. Relieved that baseball season is over. Gio is playing tournament but it won’t be as hectic as the season. Tournament weekends will be crazy but they will be spread out and not every week.

Made up any missed TIU workouts and tried to stay active with the kids. They did well on the walk. It’s the longest walk they’ve done in a while. Took the swimming for 2hrs on Sunday. I thought I could jump in and swim, but it did not work out well. As soon as I started to kick, my ankle started to hurt. I was in the deep end and and had to keep myself from panicking because I was in the middle and had to get to the side. It hurt a lot to kick but I had to to get to the wall. Obviously, I made it but I was really scared. I limped to the chair and sun bathed for the rest of the time. I did go back in the shallow end just to cool off because it was sooo hot out. Ankle was swollen for the rest of the day :-(

I did go out earlier in the day for my long run but it was already hot by the time I went out. My ankle was fine. I don’t usually do well running in the heat but I was happy with how I did. Definitely have to check the weather the night before so I can make sure to get out before it gets too hot.

Really focusing on my nutrition this coming week and staying hydrated.

BikiniSeries Day36-40

I fell behind on posting last week. I kept track but just didn’t post. So here’s a summary of my workouts and meals. I had some great sessions at the gym. The highlight would be leg pressing 270lbs :-) It’s been a goal of mine to stack up 3 45s on each side since I started lifting. And yes, I. Working on adding another 45 on each side :-)

Took the boys to volleyball with me last week. Not a great idea. It becomes stressful trying to keep them entertained and out of the way. But it’s something I will have to figure out because I will probably have to bring them with me over the summer.

Swapped Thursday and Friday’s TIU workouts. I do legs Mon, Wed, and Fridays. Arms and/or Total Body Tues/Thurs. But I do try to be flexible since I never know what will come up – especially on Ben’s days off.

Meals were ok. Had some L&L Hawaiian BBQ. I ordered the Garlic Shrimp and omg!! It was sooo good. Also had some Nubi a couple times. I know I have to cut back on treats and eat more home cooked meals. As good as the garlic shrimp was, I can make a much healthier version at home.

Day36 – June 2, 2014

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Workouts:
2mile bootycall jog
5min max incline walk
Leg Extensions: 20/10 x 3 55lbs/35lbs
Leg Curls 20/10 x3 55lbs/35lbs
Hip Adduction 10×3 100lbs
HipAbduction 10×3 100lbs
Glute Pushdowns 10×3 90lbs
Smith Machine Squats 10×3 110lbs
Back extensions 10×3 35lbs
Machine Leg Press 10×3 145lbs
Single Press 10×3 85lbs
30min Stairmaster speed intervals (2.3miles)

M1: Perfect Fit Shake with spinach, berries, Zico
M2: perfect fit bar.
M3: left over orange chicken and broccoli
M4: Nubi frozen yogurt
M5: turkey meatballs and broccoli/cauliflower

A great leg day :-)

Day 37 – June 3, 2014

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Workouts:
1.3 mile bootycall walk
Excited for Spring Cardio on bike 2.43miles
UpperBody:
Assisted Pull-ups/Dip 6×3 10lbs
Shoulder Press 10×3 30lbs
Chest Press 10×3 30lbs
Front PullDown 10×3 40lbs
TIU BikiniArms
TIU BikiniBody x2
TIU Inner/Outer Thigh
TIU Pink Flamingo x2
TIU Bikini Abs
2min plank

Meals:
M1: Eggwhites and strawberries
M2: PerfectFit Bar
M3: PerfectFit Shake w/ banana, berries, spinach and Zico
M4: pork jerky
M5: L&L Garlic shrimp w/ broccoli/cauliflower mix and brwn rice

A very long day today. I meant for it to be a lighter day but it turned out to be pretty intense. Quick but hard upperbody workout at the gym. I lowered the weight on the assisted pull-ups. It was hard but I was able to do the reps. The last one might not have been a complete one though. Lol. It was a struggle.

Did all the toning workouts after putting the boys to bed. I was sooo tired when I was all done. I could have fallen asleep on the floor.

Day 38 – June 4, 2014

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Workouts:
5min FatBurner on Stairmaster
Legs:
Squat 12×3 85lbs
Deadlifts 12×3 75lbs
Split Lunges 15×3 40lbs
SpringIntoSummer cardio – 4miles
2hrs Volleyball
TIU Inner/Outer Thighs
TIU BikiniAbs
TIU IttyBittyBikini
TIU SunkissedAbs
2min plank

Meals:
M1: egg whites/ half Chk apple sausage and strawberries
M2: Larabar
M3: L&L BBQ beef with brwn rice and cabbage
M4: Movie popcorn and choc raisins
M5: 2 regular Arby’s sandwiches

Happy National Running Day!!

Day 39 – June 5, 2014

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Workouts:
5k run
TIU Ibiza Beach Yoga
Sunset Stretch

Meals:
M1: eggs and rice w/ strawberries
M2: 2 kiwis
M3: L&L Garlice Shrimp with brwn rice and cabbage
M4: Luna protein bar
M5: quinoa w/ grind turkey red sauce and peas

Needed a break today.

Day 40 – June 6, 2014

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Workouts:
5min Max Incline walk
Leg Workout:
Glute Kickbacks 10×3 100lbs
Plyo Leg Press/Single Leg 20/10 x5 100lbs
Glute Pushdown 12×4 94lbs
Leg Press 6×3 270lbs
Lying Leg Curls 10×3 65lbs
Making Waves Cardio on Stairmaster 3.71miles
2min plankaday

Meals – Forgot to take pics of most of my meals. My phone was dead for most of the day.
M1: egg whites and sprouted whole wheat toast w/ cocoa almd butter
M2: 2 kiwis
M3: rice w/ Chk apple sausage and cabbage
M4: pork jerky
M5: tilapia and Brussel sprouts with rice

Meant to get up for a bootycall but didn’t hear the alarm. Planned on doing the toning workouts but Seppe stepped and pulled on my bad ankle. It hurt soooo bad. I pretty much fell to the floor when it happened. Decided to let it rest so I could hopefully workout during the weekend.

BikiniSeries Day13-14

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May 10/11, 2014

Another busy weekend. I am so grateful for Ben’s dad, Gene for being here. I don’t think I would have survived without his help.

Ben was still in the hospital Saturday. I had stayed until midnight on Friday with him and I went back to the hospital first thing Sat morning. He was looking better and walking around but still in a lot of pain. I had to pick up snacks for the boys’ baseball games, then went to Seppe’s game. Seppe was bummed Ben couldn’t be there. We had lunch then I dropped Seppe off at a birthday party and Gene took Gio to hospital to visit with Ben. We hung out until Gio’s game. I had to leave early to pick Seppe up from the party but I also had snack duty. Gene was able to stay and help hand out snacks and took Gio to visit Ben.

Ben wanted come home Sat night but they wanted to keep him another night. I went back to stay with him after I put the boys to bed. I did yoga and my plank before heading back to the hospital. Ben fell asleep soon after they have him more pain meds.

I got home late and fell asleep quickly but got woken up a couple hours later by Seppe. His stomach hurt and he wound up throwing up. He slept with me and it was not that comfortable. I got up to run but I was too tired so I decided to rest for the morning. Boys made me gifts for Mother’s Day. Seppe made a recipe book with recipes from all the continents and Gio a necklace. He later made me a journal to write in. They were both pretty good for me.

I went to the hospital after getting up to pick Ben up. We waited an hour for them to discharge him. He’s happy to be home. We set up the air mattress in the living room so he could lay down without having to turn his neck to see the tv. We had issues getting his prescription from the pharmacy. He got the hospital to sort it out. He’s doing well minus being cranky because he can’t eat anything besides broth and juice :-(

I went on a long run after my nap. Had a tummy ache at the half way point but I was able to finish. It was really windy out but it actually felt great. The run really helped make me feel better. I was feeling stressed out from the weekend. Plank to end my night. Ben is going to be home for a few weeks so I should be able to get my workouts in.

Meals weren’t that great this weekend. I skipped some meals and did not stay hydrated. I was just trying not to go crazy. Yoga and running helped me. I’m just glad that Ben is finally home and that I don’t have to go to the hospital anymore.

Spent Mother’s Day with my boys. Called my mom and had a nice talk. I’m grateful for all her sacrifices. I might not have agreed with her decisions but I know that if she hadn’t made them, I wouldn’t have the life I have.

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Last Race of 2012

The last race I did for 2012 was the Run to Feed the Hungry 5K on Thanksgiving.  I did it last year with Ben and this year, the boys wanted to do it too. I was hesitant to sign them up for it because I didn’t think that they could make it the whole 3.1 miles – especially Seppe. Ben wasn’t going to do it because he hadn’t trained for it like he did last year but said that he would walk with the boys. So I signed us all up :-) Ben’s dad even joined us on race day.

I did not train too much for the race. I stuck to my regular routine for the most part. I ran 3-4 times a week with one long run. My main goal was to beat last year’s time.  I wasn’t confident that I would because my practice runs weren’t showing much improvement from last year at all.

Clothes and Gear ready.

Clothes and Gear ready.

Dressed and ready to run :-)

Dressed and ready to run :-)

Being away from home made it a challenge to prep.  I got up and got dressed while Ben and the boys were still asleep. My breakfast was a Luna bar and a banana. Once I was ready, I got the boys up and got them ready.  Ben was the last one up, but we still made it to the race an hour before it started.  After picking up our race bibs, we took a family photo in front of the turkeys. Then we went over to the campus cafe that we found last year to stay warm while we waited for the race to start.

Seppe w/ his shirt and bib

Seppe w/ his shirt and bib. Ben putting Gio’s bib on in the background :-)

Family Fitness on Thanksgiving

Family Fitness on Thanksgiving

Race started at 8:45a. I headed to the front while Ben and the boys stayed at the 10min mile marker. It was the same course as last years, but this time the weather was a lot nicer.  I was cold but still wore shorts. Felt great to run in with sun shining bright. I did manage to beat last year’s time :-)

The Finish Line - so many people! Over 27,000!

The Finish Line – so many people! Over 27,000!

Race Results

Race Results

I waited at the finish line for the boys.  Gio ran with his grandpa – half run/half walked and finished just under an hour.  Ben walked with Seppe and finished just a little over an hour. Gio enjoyed the race and couldn’t wait to run again. Seppe didn’t enjoy it as much. He got upset that he couldn’t keep up with his brother and grandpa. We thought that he had sprained his ankle because he was limping after the race. It turns out that he got a blister on his big toe and it wound up getting infected :-(

Gio had fun :-)

Gio had fun :-)

Gio giving Seppe a hug after he finished the race.

Gio giving Seppe a hug after he finished the race.

Seppe trying to be happy.

Seppe trying to be happy.

This year they didn’t have bags for us so we had to carry all the post race goodies in our hands.  The boys were pretty worn out so we headed back home. We showered and got ready to celebrate Thanksgiving with my family.

I was really glad that we did the race as a family. I am very proud of my boys. I think that with a little training, Gio could do another 5k.  For Seppe, I will have to keep him to the shorter distances so that he doesn’t get too discouraged. Gio and I will be doing this race again next year :-) I know it won’t be too much longer before he will be passing me up.

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My First NWM

Since 2012 is almost over, I figure I should catch up on my race posts :-)  Here’s my first Nike Women’s Marathon Experience:

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After I did my first two 5K’s last year, I made it a goal to do a half marathon this year. I specifically wanted to do the Nike Women’s Marathon half. I don’t really know why I wanted to do it. I guess the fact that it’s close to me was a big reason. But I also knew that it was a very challenging course, with lots of hills. It was a little intimidating but I looked forward to the challenge.

I started training for it, even though I didn’t even know if I would get into the race.  It’s such a popular race that unless you join Team in Training, you have to get in through the Random Drawing process. To make sure that I at least completed my goal of doing a half marathon, I also registered for the Disneyland Half Marathon that would happen before the NWM. I planned on doing both if I was lucky enough. I didn’t get into the NWM with the Random Drawing :-(  I was bummed but focused my attention on doing the Disney Half. I still kept a look out for extra opportunities to get into the NWM via their Facebook and Twitter. I tried anything that came up but never had any luck :-( I ran the Disneyland Half and figured I was done for the rest of the year.  A week later while I was recovering, they offered one last chance to get into the NWM for Nike+ members.  I was so excited! I was actually picking up my son from school when I saw the post and immediately filled out the registration via my phone!

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My Confirmation Email!!

I was absolutely thrilled to receive the confirmation email a few minutes later! I was going to be able to go after my original goal. I did pretty well with the Disney half so I you could say I was pretty confident :-) My biggest concern was that I only had a little over 4 weeks to get my mileage back up. I had also hurt my ankle after the Disney Half so I wasn’t sure how I would do.  I made my main goal to finish the race without stopping. Training was rough. I wore an ankle brace for most of my runs. Then a few days before the race, I got sick :-( Needless to say, I didn’t do any training those last few days and focused on getting better.

I picked up my race bib and packet on the first day it was available thinking that it wouldn’t be as crazy, but I was wrong. Union Square was crazy! After picking up my bright volt Nike bag that was filled with goodies, I met up with a friend of mine and we walked around the expo.  We tried out Luna bars and nuun water. I also picked up my pair of the NWM Nike Lunar Glide and found my name on the wall of  the Niketown store :-) It was the last day that I felt good enough to get up and walk.

In front of the NWM Expo

In front of the NWM Expo

 

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Human Hamster Wheel at the Safeway Booth

My Motivation to race even though I wasn't feeling well. No Excuses!

My Motivation to race even though I wasn’t feeling well. No Excuses!

NWM Lunar Glides

NWM Lunar Glides

Pic w/ a tall Fireman after picking up my NWM Lunar Glides :-)

Pic w/ a tall Fireman after picking up my NWM Lunar Glides :-)

 

Inside my Nike Volt Bag

Inside my Nike Volt Bag

Clothes and Gear prepped for Race Day.

Clothes and Gear prepped for Race Day.

I felt better on race day but still not 100%. I was up at 3a and had my chobani w/ almond butter, banana, and whole wheat bagel w/ almond butter for breakfast. I got to Union Square 2 hours before the race started. I checked my bag right away but regreted it because I was so cold the whole time I was waiting. It was a foggy morning in the bay area and my shorts and tank didn’t help keep me warm. The corrals were set up decently based on your mile time.  I was in the 7:30-8:30 group. It was pretty cold and I was so glad when the race finally started.

Breakfast :-)

Breakfast :-)

Ready for the race.

Ready for the race.

 

Star Spangled Banner at the Start Line

Star Spangled Banner at the Start Line

It was an overcast morning with fog. It cleared a little bit at Union Square when the race started but there was plenty of fog for the whole race.  I warmed up fairly quick.  Had one bathroom pit stop around the 10K mark. I knew there would be hills, but I definitely underestimated how steep and big a few of the hills were.  I just focused on keeping my feet moving.  The downhill parts were pretty rough on my knees. Being sick also took a toll on me. I was happy that I still managed to complete the race under 2 hours :-) I must have looked pretty sick when I crossed the finish line because the volunteers and fireman that I passed all asked if I was ok and needed help. I picked up my Tiffany Necklace Box and headed straight for the bathrooms since my stomach had been hurting badly for the last 3 miles of the race.

At the top of one of the first big hills.

At the top of one of the first big hills.

Passing another Mile Marker

Passing another Mile Marker

Mile 12

Mile 12

The last downhill stretch - Knees were aching!

The last downhill stretch – Knees were aching!

 

Crossing the Finish Line

Crossing the Finish Line

My Race Results :-)

My Race Results :-)

Finisher Tees - they are super bright!

Finisher Tees – they are super bright!

RUN.

RUN.

Family Meeting Area with Video Screen so you can see when your family member crosses the finish line.

Family Meeting Area with Video Screen so you can see when your family member crosses the finish line.

Photo Op with a Fireman

Photo Op with a Fireman

Finisher Goodies

Finisher Goodies

 

Bought these two tops as a reward for finishing :-)

Bought these two tops as a reward for finishing :-)

 

Tiffany Finisher Necklace :-)

Tiffany Finisher Necklace :-)

I didn’t have anyone come with me for this race so after picking up a couple tops and finisher goodies, I picked up my sweat bag.  I was a search to find the bus that had my bag. Every bus had a neat name with “Run” at the start. Mine was “Run Amazing.” Once I found my bus, I had to go to specific window. It was pretty organized and I didn’t have to wait long for my bag. I followed the signs to the shuttles back to Union Square.

Making my way through the buses.

Making my way through the buses.

Run Amazing!

Run Amazing!

On the Shuttle Back to Union Square. Tired!

On the Shuttle Back to Union Square. Tired!

I was tired and my stomach still hurt. I got lost trying to find my way back to the parking garage. But I was happy. I accomplished my goal for 2012!! Will I do it again next year? Yes!! It’s a great race, for a great cause, and it shows how amazingly strong we women are :-)

My 1st Half Marathon

It’s been a little over 6 weeks since I ran my first half marathon in “the Happiest Place on Earth.” As some might know, the Disneyland Half Marathon was not my first choice for my first half marathon.  The Nike Women’s Marathon in San Francisco was what I had my eye on a year ago when I set the goal of doing a half marathon this year. But when I learned that it was a hard race to get into – without joining Team in Training, I went to a plan B. Running a half marathon was my main goal so I looked for another race to do in case I couldn’t get into the NWM during the random drawing(which I didn’t). My good friend suggested that we do the Disneyland half together and I went for it.  The original plan was for a girls weekend where we’d meet in L.A, go to the parks, go to the beach, and do the race. Unfortunately, my friend had something come up right before the race and had to cancel.  It was slightly hectic getting last minute hotels and deciding if I was going to fly or drive myself. Ben came to my rescue and took time off work, got his dad to babysit, and rented a car so he could come with me. So it turned out to be a mini vacation for the two of us.

Moon over the San Luis Reservoir

We left early Saturday morning – before the sun was up.  We wanted to get there early enough to make sure we had enough time to get my race packet and beat any traffic. The people who set the date for the race are no fools.  Race weekend also happened to be Labor Day weekend.  Ben did all the driving. It was a very pretty drive seeing the sunrise.

Sunrise over I-5

Wish we could have stopped at 6 Flags.

Arriving in L.A.

He got us to L.A. in 4.5 hours. We were too early to check-in to the hotel so we went had an early lunch at his favorite restaraunt – Bubba Gumps. I usually have carbs at lunch time the day before the race so I enjoyed some shrimp and rice.

Shrimp Bucket Appetizer. Half Cajun and Half Garlic

My Lunch: Shrimp/Sausage/Veggie Kabobs

Indulged in a Bread Pudding Dessert

After checking in to our hotel, we headed towards to Fitness Expo. So… here is where I had a complete blonde moment.  The whole time I was preparing for the trip, I thought that the Expo was at the Anaheim Convention Center which was right next to our hotel. We walked over and saw a Christian convention but no sign of a fitness expo :-/ Ben was a little irritated because we were walking and it was a bit hot that day. When I looked again, I realized that it was the convention center inside the Disneyland Resort.  It wasn’t too much further of a walk and it gave us an idea about how far I would have to walk on race morning to the start line.

Walking down Katella

We headed to packet pick up which was at the lower level.  It was well organized. You picked up based on you bib number, showed your ID and got your packet. I went to Runners Relations to change my corral since I didn’t put a proof of time down when I registered. I was originally assigned to be in the second to last corral and I wanted to be closer to the front. I used my Big Sur 9miler time to get into corral A – the front :-) It’s not that I was expecting to win but I did have a time goal and I knew being closer to the front would help me. We decided to get one day park passes for after the race. We left the Expo and walked towards Downtown Disney.  We made reservations for dinner at the Rainforest Cafe since it’s such a long wait if you don’t. We were a little tired from the drive so we decided to relax and watch a movie. We saw Will Ferrel’s The Campaign. It was one of his better movies of late. Then we walked around Downtown Disney. I bought a neon pink Minnie Mouse shirt from one of the shops. We decided to try our luck at getting a table earlier than our reservation and got in.

Dinner: Roasted Chicken w/ double order of grilled veggies

Our table was right by the gorilla which we both knew our youngest son would have loved. I ordered roasted chicken with a double order of grilled veggies and Ben got some steak. We talked about our kids and how they were going to enjoy our vacation we had planned. Then we walked back to our hotel and it was time for me to get some rest for the race.  I set out my clothes and gear, set my alarm for 3:30a and was in bed by 9p.  Didn’t quite fall asleep until after the booming of the fireworks show ended though.

Lights on trees made for a romantic walk :-)

All ready for the race!

I got up at 3a and got ready. Breakfast was a banana and Chobani Champions w/ almond butter. I realized I didn’t have a spoon so I used my straw to stir and eat.

Pre-Race Breakfast.

Ben stayed asleep. The plan was he would meet me at the finish line around 7:30a. It was dark when I headed out the door. I walked to the intersection and followed the group of fellow runners to the start line. I arrived just as they opened the corrals.  I walked around to check things out and see where the bag check and restrooms were. I hung around until 5a then checked my bag, used the restroom, and headed to my corral. While I waited a nice man said he would take a picture of me at the start line.  He was an older man but a very seasoned runner and he talked to me about his experiences with the Disney marathons. Intimidating and Inspiring at the same time. Lol. The race started at exactly 5:45a.

Stage w/ DJ playing music

Wish I had taken advantage of this.

Getting to my corral.

At the Start Line.

What can I say? It was definitely a Disney race.  I think I saw pretty much every character along the way while running through the parks.  A few of the people in the group I ran with stopped for pictures but it was very quick and they were quickly back in the race. I did not stop for pictures because I focused on running. The music through the park was very loud so it was hard to hear my own music. I didn’t mind though. And it was magical to run through the castle.

Running through Cars Land

The Castle!

You cant help but smile. Even though there wasnt music outside the park, there was still quite a bit of entertainment on the streets on Anaheim for the runners. Bands, cheerleaders, and of course supporters/volunteers were all throughout the race.  I did have to make one pit stop for a bathroom break right around 10K. I really enjoyed running through Angels Stadiums.

In Angels Stadium

There were supporters as you came in cheering you as you ran around the stadium.  At the last mile, it was just non-stop cheering.  Ben didn’t get a front row spot but he saw me cross the finish line via the video screen they had.  I felt great crossing because I saw that I had come in under my 2 hour goal! I wasn’t sure after my pit stop of I would still make it.

Crossing the Finish Line.

I always push through the finish :-)

With my Finisher Medal.

I picked up my finisher goodies – the medal was heavier than I expected it to be, water, banana, and my checked bag then met up with Ben. I was really happy that he was there for me. I pulled out my chocolate Zico and Luna bar and enjoyed them on our walk back to our hotel.

Goodies inside the Finisher Box.

I showered and changed into the new Minnie Mouse tee I bought and we walked back to the park.  There were people still running the race when we got back. We headed into the park to be kids for the day. My right hip and glute were really sore but I did pretty good. We didnt have wait too long for any ride.

Walking down Main Street

Our first stop - for the Indiana Jones Ride

Star Tours

First time I saw this :-)

By 11a we were starving so we decided to have an early lunch. We decided to do the Big Thunder BBQ.

Loved that the water was served in these jars.

A bucket for each of us :-) Plus we ordered another bucket of chicken. I was hungry!

Love my Benny for supporting me.

It was an all you can eat kind of place. We both ate a bucket of chicken and ribs. I did not even touch the corn bread. We stayed a couple more hours then decided to head home.

We shared a candied apple on the way out of the park :-)

RunDisney banners on our way out.

Yes, I slept for quite a bit of ride. I also drove for a couple hours but my legs got really tight while driving so after stopping for dinner, Ben got back to driving. We were home by 9:30p and it was not hard for me to climb into bed and fall back asleep :-)

My results :-)

Would I do it again? Yes! I will probably do it again next year :-) I have more friends that want to do it with me.  I think it’s a great race to do for a first half marathon.  It’s all pretty flat with just a couple overpasses that serve as “hills.” The energy is amazing and everyone is pretty happy to be there.  And of course, it’s prefect to plan a vacation around.  They even have a 5k and kids races the day before. Definitely something for the whole family. Disneyland and Disney World have several races they do throughout the year, so definitely check them out and do one! My goal is do the Coast to Coast challenge were you do a race in both Disneyland and Disney World in the same year :-)

The Day After

I ran my second half marathon yesterday (Sunday Oct.14th) even though I was still fighting a virus. My training was already shortened because I had just finished recovering from my first half and had about 4 weeks to get ready for the NWM. The virus hit me 4 days before the race and pretty much took me out. I was still determined to do the race so I focused on resting and saving up all my energy for Sunday.

I finished the race and was still able to do it under 2 hours :-) But yes, it took a toll. Even the fireman and volunteer at the finish line could tell.  I must have looked horrible because they kept asking me if I was ok and if I needed help. lol. I did have a bit of a hard time catching my breath at first but I managed to stay on feet.  I was completely exhausted but I got my pic with the fireman, got some race goodies, and walked to the shuttle back to Union Square. I made it home, but I was physically done.  My stomach hurt, my head hurt, and my whole body ached. I had a fever the whole day.  I was on the couch the whole day. As soon as Ben got home from work, I was in bed.

So Tired! On the Bus back to Union Square.

While I was sleeping, Ben decided to call in sick to work so I could get some rest today.  I woke up at 8a worried that he was late but he told me not to worry and to get some more rest. I was still so tired that I was quickly back asleep. I woke up at 10a because I was hungry. I felt much better and my body didn’t ache. I got some food but was still tired so I went back to bed.

I finally got up at 3p – and felt great. My legs are a little sore but not as bad as I thought they would be. My glutes didn’t even feel sore which is surprising because of all those hills. I didn’t hurt my hip like I did with my first half and my ankle didn’t hurt at all. My fever hasn’t spiked all day and I am finally feeling like I’m getting over this virus.

A day like this makes me realize just how lucky I am. Sometimes I wonder how Ben and I work since we are so opposite in so many ways. But it’s times like this, I am reminded of why I love him so much. Despite his flaws, he is a good man and takes good care of our family. Every stay at home mom knows that there is no resting with kids, and I am grateful that Ben understands that. Thanks to him, I will be able to get back to my routine in no time.

Inspired!!!

I meant to post this a couple weeks ago, but as with many things lately, there just seemed to be no time to do everything that I wanted 😐 But I am really going to make an effort to show my blog more love.

I’ve been newly inspired!!! For those who follow me on twitter, Instagram and Facebook, you already know that I was able to get into the Nike Women’s Marathon! It was pretty much the last opportunity that came my way through Nike+. They opened some spots for those who were Nike+ members and I jumped at the opportunity as soon as I saw the tweet! I use the Nike+ App for all my runs and I was thrilled that it was giving me a chance to go for my goal that I set out at the beginning of the year. I can’t even describe how excited I was when my registration went thorough. I had a big smile on face for the rest of the day 😁

I started doing races last year as part of one of Tone It Up’s challenges and I got hooked. I loved the atmosphere and energy. I was super nervous at my first 5K. I had no idea how I was going to do. Scared that I’d get trampled and be laughed at for not being fast. It turned out to be so much fun and everyone was super positive and encouraging. Loved the support from the volunteers and spectators. After the my 2nd 5k, I decided that I would go for a half marathon. I figured that it was a big enough challenge that I could fully commit to.

I picked the NWM. Being in SF was a big factor since I live only 30 minutes away. I heard that it was challenging with the hills but with amazing views. And yes, the Tiffany necklace and cute firemen were also a big incentive 😉lol. After talking to a few people who had done the race before, I learned that it might be hard to get into the race because it is so popular. This worried me and since my big goal was to do a half, I decided to find a back up race to do in case I didn’t get into NWM. I went with the Disneyland Half and decided that if I got lucky in the random drawing for NWM, I would do both. When I didn’t get into the race through the drawing, I focused on getting ready for the Disney Half. I kept my eye on the NWM Facebook page for other chances to get into the NWM. I had just finished recovering from my Disney Half and being sick when I saw the last chance to get into the NWM.

Yes, it is a little intimidating to be doing another half after only 6 weeks after my Disney half. But I am in pretty good shape. If I hadn’t gotten sick right after Disney, I would have been back to running after a week of rest. It’s been a little tough to get back to my running but I’ve been getting out as much as I can. My pace is still pretty good. I am not putting a time goal with the NWM. I just want to finish without stopping. I haven’t had time to do hill training so I know that will slow me down a bit. I’m happy just being able to do the race😊

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Make sure you follow me on Twitter – @Mia_Butterfly and on Instagram – MsMammaMia. I’ll be posting pics and hopefully some video come race weekend. I’ll also have my Disneyland Half post coming up along with lots of other posts that I’ve been meaning to put up.

And as promised in my last post – I will be having a giveaway to celebrate my first year with my Tone It Up team. Details coming soon!

Here’s a hint of the goodies I have for you:

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