Thursday, May 7, 2015

Jet Setting Away!

I am off to Tampa tonight for a belated anniversary trip with the hubby.  We celebrated 6 years of marriage on April 25th!

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It’s been close to 20 years since I’ve been to Tampa so I’m looking forward to it! :)  I’ll get the chance to see some of my runDisney friends, take an Orangetheory Fitness class, relax on the beach and some other fun stuff! 

I hope everyone has a great weekend!  See ya when I get back!

Until next time,

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Wednesday, May 6, 2015

“Feel the Oo” Oofos Review

Disclaimer: I received a pair of Oofos at no cost to me; however, all thoughts and opinions are my own.

One of the best feelings a runner can have is peeling off their shoes and socks after a long run.  It can also be unpleasant when your feet and legs are screaming “What did you just do to me?!?!”

Enter Oofos.

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I’ve had a few friends who own a pair and RAVE about them.  I’m not one to skimp on a pair of flip flops but I didn’t understand what the hype was about Oofos.  When asked to review them it was the perfect opportunity for me to check them out.

The Oofos technology is fairly simple -  it’s powered by Oofoam and their patented footbed design.  Oofos offers amazing impact absorption, superior arch support, and they’re super comfortable.  I am not exaggerating when i say it feels like you’re walking on air!

Oofos comes in many different colors and styles -

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For myself, I chose the Oofos Original – this style comes in 11 different colors for women (sorry guys…only 3 color choices for you).  I went with a standard black because I knew it would be a more versatile color for me, but I LOVE the fuchsia and aqua colors!

I must admit that when I first put them on, I felt a little off balance.  I’m not used to wearing a flip flop with a little height (my standard footwear usually consists of my flip flops or my running shoes).  After a few wears I got used to it and really enjoy wearing them!  I slid them on after I finished the Georgia Peach Jam half and wore them for the rest of the day….even wore them to work the Monday after the race since my shins were still a bit sore.

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I now find myself wearing my Oofos when I’m around the house or out running errands.  They will always travel with me for a race weekend….I definitely see them making my way into my suitcase for the Disneyland half marathon weekend.  Lots of walking in the parks and running a race?  I think my feet will thank me!

Check out their website here and find a local retailer so you can see what the hype is all about!

What do you wear after a race or workout for comfort?

Until next time,

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Tuesday, May 5, 2015

A Magical Day

If you’ve been reading my blog for awhile you know that I participated in runDisney’s 2013 Inaugural Dumbo Double Dare.

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I wasn’t planning on running at Disneyland again until 2017 for the 5th anniversary of the Dumbo Double Dare as well as the Disneyland 10k, but a couple of things fell in place, the stars aligned, and now…

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I am all signed up run the 10th anniversary of the Disneyland half marathon!!! I’ll just be running the half and I am 100% okay with that.  I have some amazing roommates/running friends that I’ll be staying with and we are going to have a fantastic girls weekend!  We’ll kick off the weekend with a trip to the expo and later that night head to Disneyland for a 10th anniversary party hosted by runDisney!  Friday and Saturday we’ll be playing in the parks and hanging out (I’ll be cheering for the 10k), and Sunday we’ll run the half and celebrate with one last trip into the parks before heading home.  It will be a whirlwind trip but a terrific one.

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Another thing that makes this trip even more epic is that this year is the 60th anniversary of Disneyland!

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The castle will be decked out in jewels, they have a special parade at Disneyland as well as a new “World of Color” show at Disney’s California Adventure, and so much more!

I am so incredibly excited and am already starting to plan the weekend with my friends.  Hmm…now I need an idea for a costume!

Will you be running any races during the Disneyland half weekend?  Hope to see you there!

Until next time,

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Monday, May 4, 2015

Weekly Workouts : April 27 – May 3

This was a tough week for me.  I’m not quite sure what the deal is, but I could NOT get my heart rate high enough to get into the orange zone for the recommended time.  I’m such a numbers person when it comes to the gym and I got so frustrated with myself.

Monday, April 27
Took an extra rest day

Tuesday, April 28
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Could NOT stay out of the blue in the weight room!!

Wednesday, April 29
Rest day

Thursday, April 30
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Ehhh….

Friday, May 1
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Today hit me hard.  I tried mixing inclines in with my speed on the treadmill, tried power walking at a 12-15% incline…nothing I did seemed to get my heart rate up.  Less time in the blue zone was good, but I NEED THAT ORANGE!

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I decided to take the weekend off and collect myself. 

I know not every workout is going to be a good one.  They often times push us harder to get to where we want or need to be.  This coming week will be a short workout week for me again as the hubby and I are going away for a long weekend to celebrate our 6th wedding anniversary :)  BUT…I do have plans to take an OTF class at one of their studios near our hotel, and I look forward to it!

How do you pick yourself up after a not so great workout?

Until next time,

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Monday, April 27, 2015

Weekly Workouts : April 20-26

I know, I know…I totally forgot to post my workouts from the week before.  They were pretty uneventful…went to OTF for 2 days and then ran a half marathon (recap to come later this week).  So here’s what I did this past week -

Monday, April 20
Rest day…shins were sore from the Georgia Peach Jam half on Saturday

Tuesday, April 21
Back at it at OTF Cumming!
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Wednesday, April 22
Rest Day

Thursday, April 23
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Friday, April 24
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Saturday, April 25
Ran the Boulder Dash 5k this morning!

Sunday, April 26
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I had a really hard time getting into the orange zone, as you can see.  A combination of tired legs, not eating before class, and a couple of other issues factored into this.  I now know what I need to do next time :)

I hope everyone had a great week of workouts.  Keep at it! :)

Until next time,

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Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Weekly Workouts : April 6-12

After my mini meltdown last week and a relaxing weekend at the cabin, I came back into the gym on Monday ready to work!  Coach Fox made sure to keep an eye on me and give me that little extra push when I needed it, and it paid off :)

Monday, April 6
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Came into class tonight and KILLED the workout!  I felt great the whole way through and was extremely happy to see these numbers

Tuesday, April 7
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So the graph didn’t come in on this email, but as you can see I hit my splat points for this night.  Coach DJ was the trainer tonight and does a great job encouraging and, at the same time, pushing us just enough.

Wednesday, April 8
Rest day

Thursday, April 9
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Another great workout tonight!

Friday, April 10
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Nothing like starting the weekend off with a good workout.  (I wish I could remember everything we did in these but my mind goes blank)

Saturday, April 11
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Woke up and got to the gym for a workout before heading down to Atlanta for a friend’s bachelorette party.  I may have even sported my new InknBurn lace tank!  I love it and it’s super cute both for working out and for a night on the town

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Sunday, April 12

Rest day.  I stayed downtown on Saturday night with the bachelorette party and then had my first Uber experience over to Piedmont Park to meet up with the hubby and some friends for the Dogwood Festival.  It was fun to walk around, check out the vendors and eat some tasty food….my jalapeno corn dog was amazing :)

This week is a light week in the gym for me since I have the Georgia Peach Jam half on Saturday.  So far the forecast is calling for rain.  It kind of rained on this race last year and I haven’t run in the rain since the runDisney Wine and Dine half marathon back in November (that recap is coming soon!) so fingers crossed it holds off for us!

Until next time,

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Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Wine and Dine Trip – Day 2

More fun at Disney!!

I left off after the hubby and I finished up my mini shopping spree at the expo.  We went back to the room to drop off my new purchases and then headed to EPCOT for the day!

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We decided to head over to The Living Seas and ride the Finding Nemo ride, but first we detoured to say hi to Chip and Dale :)

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Let me take a Shelfie!

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We walked over and did Living with the Land, then headed to meet some pretty popular characters :)

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We had Fast Passes to go on Test Track and Mission Space as did a friend of mine, so we met her and her brother for a quick ride.  Then we headed over to World Showcase to find some lunch.  They hit up a couple of the Food & Wine Festival kiosks while we checked out the Tangierine Cafe in the Morocco pavilion.  I had my very first falafel wrap (super good!) and the hubby had a plate full of chicken and lamb.  We both enjoyed our lunches and were ready to check out more of the park.  Since we were already in Morocco we stopped by to say hi to Princess Jasmine :)  I guess Aladdin and Abu were getting into some mischief ;)

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I checked out what other characters would be out and about in World Showcase and we saw that Mulan was, so we headed over to China to jump in line to see her

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We met back up with my friends at the Germany pavilion.  While doing some research of the Food & Wine Festival I came across a German grapefruit beer and knew that I HAD to try it.  It got two thumbs up from Meredith and myself, and I was even able to find it back home…SCORE!

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We headed back into Future World, but not before getting a couple of pictures made with Spaceship Earth (doesn’t hubby look thrilled to pose?)

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Our next stop was Journey Into Imagination with Figment.  Figment is one of my BRF, Brandi’s, favorite characters so I had to ride it in her honor :)

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Hubby had never really spent a lot of time at EPCOT when he came to Disney World as a kid, so he had never seen “Captain EO”….we fixed that!  (I promised him it was a one and done kind of thing but it was something he should see)

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Soon after it was getting time for our dinner reservations at Teppan Edo, so we said good night to Meredith and her brother and booked it back into World Showcase.  We had never eaten here before so it was nice to try a new to us restaurant.  We both enjoyed our dinners but agreed that there are more places we’d like to try at Disney next time, so it wouldn’t be a repeat anytime soon.

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I saw some people talking about the Pick-A-Pearl you can do in the Japan pavilion and decided that I wanted to do it.  So after dinner we went down to the marketplace

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The way it works is that you pay first ($17) and they give you a number.  When your number is called, you give them your receipt and you then pick your oyster from the water in the tanks.  They have a little ceremony where they open the oyster and pull out your pearl.  I got a beautiful white pearl that was 7 1/4 mm.  I still haven’t decided what to do with it but it was a pretty fun experience :)

After Pick-A-Pearl we headed over to the Mexico pavilion to meet a couple more of my friends.  I had broken my phone charging cord the day before so hubby and I were having to share one.  My friends were nice enough to go buy me another one and meet us at EPCOT to give it to me. :)  We decided to head inside to Cava de la Tequila because I wanted to try their Avocado Margarita…..but they were CLOSED!  We were about 30 minutes too late.  So instead, we decided to ride the Gran Fiesta Tour (it’s pretty lame but gave us something to do)

By the time we were finished, the park was about to close, so we parted ways and hubby and I headed back to our resort to get some sleep.  I had a half marathon to run the next night!

What’s your absolute must do at EPCOT?

Until next time,

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