Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Health Magazine Article.......

Does anyone read Health magazine?
Well if you do - you may have seen a familiar face....
The article is in the June issue of Health magazine - on sale now!
Back in February I was excited to be asked to do a photo shoot and interview for Health magazine.
They sent a makeup artist to my house to do my hair and makeup before the shoot.
Damn, I wish I had someone to do my hair and makeup every day!
Once my hair and makeup were done, we headed to a local park to shoot some photos.

 Nothing like running around and stretching while getting photographed! 

The photographer and his assistant were so cool to work with; and I had such a great time working with them. 

Monday, June 16, 2014

Rock 'n' Roll San Diego Half Marathon Recap....

Thankfully I survived the Rock 'n' Roll San Diego Half Marathon. 
It wasn't easy - but I did it.
As always, let's recap - shall we?
We headed down to San Diego around 1:30pm and unfortunately hit traffic (just like our trip for the Hot Chocolate 15K). We met our friend Melissa at our hotel around 4pm and quickly headed over to the expo. 
I expected it to be pretty crowded but was surprised with how fast we picked everything up. 
As soon as we picked up our bibs and shirts we headed into the expo to check out the vendors.
I of course made a stop at the Pro Compression booth and was delighted to meet SkinnyRunner (bummed that I failed to take a picture).
After the expo we headed back to the hotel and hung out until it was time for some dinner.
As I mentioned in my previous post I was taking a laid back approach to this race and was just going with the flow when it came to where we ate. For some reason Jerald wanted to eat at the Hard Rock Cafe - so that is where we ended up.
Apparently I still feel the need to have chicken nachos the night before a race, regardless of where I am eating. 
Melissa and Jerald both decided to have macaroni and cheese for dinner and for some random reason I decided to go with a burger and mashed potatoes. 
To be honest I had put a pretty big dent in the chicken nachos and only had a couple of bites of my actual dinner.
After dinner we headed back to the hotel and got everything ready for the next morning. 
As always, my cell phone's alarm went off way too early the next morning.

We got to the start line right as marathoners were taking off.
We cheered them on and then made our way to our corral.
Took some pics of course!
How adorable are these freaking socks? My new faves for sure!!
And then proceeded to run 13.1 miles.
 As I mentioned, they weren't pretty but at least I did them.
I'm not sure exactly what my pace was; but it was definitely on the slower side for me - to be honest that was fine. I was just happy that I completed the darn thing and didn't stop to walk - although I definitely wanted to.
Thanks to Melissa - I didn't. 
Just so happy to have finished my 5th half marathon!
How gross is my hat? It was officially retired after this race. Gross!

After the race we headed back to the hotel, changed and headed to breakfast for some much needed french toast and home fries. 
How cute is this 13.1 bicband? Perfect don't ya think?

Saturday, May 31, 2014

I am still here I swear! And in Women's Running Magazine

Hi All!
How have you all been?
Are any of you readers still out there?
I am trying to get back into the swing of things I swear.
The reason I have been MIA is that I recently (and quite unexpectedly - I might add) went back to work full time. 
A FABULOUS opportunity popped into my life, and after A LOT of consideration we decided that it made sense for me to go back to work full time. 
It was a tough decision to make, but I am confident that it is the right decision for us. 

Sooooooo...... that means that we are currently learning to adjust to a new 'normal' over here. 
Everyone has asked me how the girls have adjusted to me going back to work, and the answer is that they have been fine. Thankfully my mother in law is watching them full time while I'm working and they are having a blast. 
To be honest, it is my dog that has had the hardest time with me going back to work! Ha ha!
While I may have been missing from blogging, you may have noticed me in a magazine or two!
June's issue of Women's Running
Look who is on page 49
I was very excited when I received my June issue in the mail and saw that the correct article and picture were in there.
Not sure if you guys remember or not, the whole April issue where they put my picture with someone else's story.

Now for Confession Time

Because life has been so crazy with work (and just crazy in general) running and exercising has basically been put at the bottom of my priority list. 
Is that a great idea? Nope.
Is it what happened? Yep. 
So I have a half marathon on Sunday that I have absolutely not prepared for.
And no, I am not exaggerating.
I literally have not trained a singled day for it.
In the last 2 months, I have probably completed about six or seven 3 mile runs. 
So I am planning on just doing the best I can and will absolutely walk if/when I have to.
The ultimate goal for this race is to just not die. 

Am I bummed that I have let the stress of life get in the way of making fitness a priority in my life? Yes. 
But I have to say that I am proud that although I may not be working out as much as I was before; I have been keeping up with maintaining my weight by eating 80% good throughout the week. 
I'm proud of myself on the days that I am able to fit in a run or a workout here and there.
While on a program in Santa Monica I packed some running clothes and made a point of going out for a run one night. 
I am hoping in the next few weeks here when the dust has settled and the family is in more of a routine, that I am able to get back into the groove of running once again!
And of course I'm hoping to be blogging more regularly as well!
Please stick around as I do have some exciting things coming up!

Question: Any words of advice for getting into a new 'routine'?

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Disney's Castaway Cay 5K Recap...

Hmmmmm do I still blog?
Yes, I swear I still do!
As I have said a thousand times has been CRAZY!
But, as promised, here is a quick recap of the unexpected 5K I did last month while on the Disney Cruise.
I was actually really lucky in that I overheard a lady talking about a 5K that she was going to be running when we docked at Castaway Cay. Being nosey, I quickly asked her what she was talking about and was happy to hear that I still had time to sign up.
The morning of the race was crazy and I almost didn't make it in time. We had gotten a late start and I wasn't sure I was going to have time to meet the group; but thankfully Jerald told me not to worry about everyone else and just get my butt to the meeting location.
I was one of the last people to check in, but I got my bib and was ready to go.
 Even though I was late, I still had plenty of time to ask other guests what information I had missed.
While waiting, I met a really nice couple (Hi Alan and Paula!) and we talked about running and their love of Disney cruises (I believe this was their 8th one). 
It was finally time to get off of the ship and head on over to the start line. 
Castaway Cay was gorgeous!
Daisy Duck was right behind me as we exited the ship and I made sure to snap a quick picture.
Along the way I ran into Captain Jack Sparrow.
As I was walking to the start line I realized that I had not put on any sunscreen. 
Thankfully a random stranger let me borrow some from her. 
The course itself was not very exciting, but it was fun to just be out and running.
I was super excited to take a picture with Mickey Mouse.
And of course Pluto.
The race was pretty hot and I had no clue what my pace was or how far I had gone - as I had no watch and there were no mile markers. It really was just a race for fun and I had a blast. 
At the finish line we were given little medals and I quickly hopped on a tram to take me back to the ship. 
It was a super small race but super fun!
I can't wait until I sign up for my first 'real' runDisney race!
I didn't have lofty goals for working out on this cruise, but man am I sure glad that I packed my running shoes and one running outfit!

Monday, April 21, 2014

Disney Fantasy Cruise.....

Wow, it has been a crazy couple of weeks. 
Crazy - but Awesome!
Thanks to my wonderful mother and step father - the entire family was able to take a much needed vacation. 
What better way to spend our vacation than on a Disney Cruise?
To be honest, I have never been a big 'cruise' fan. I'm definitely more of an all inclusive resort type person. But after this cruise I can definitely say that I am now a major fan.
Well more accurately - I am a Disney Cruise fan. 
Everything about the cruise was AMAZING.
I'm going to do a quick recap with lots of pictures. 
(So if you aren't a family member, you may want to skip this post......
you have been warned!)
Here we go:
Friday had us (me, the hubby, 'Tink', 'Z', and my mother in law) heading to LAX at roughly 4:30am.
Everyone was crazy excited and it was pretty easy getting the kiddos up. 
This would be their first plane ride and they couldn't wait to get going. 
Traveling with small children is obviously NOT the easiest. Thankfully my mother in law was traveling with us; and that made all of the difference. 
We got to our gate rather quickly and ran into my mother and step father who were waiting for another flight to Florida. We said hello, wished them a safe flight and pretty much boarded the plane.
The little ones anxiously waiting for the plane to take off.
Don't let the first class seats fool you....
we used rewards points to book our flights; and it just so happened that there were 3 first class seats available for the same amount of points as coach seats. 
Yes, I said only 3 seats. Which means that 3 of us sat in first class and the other 2 sat in coach. After some discussion we felt that it made the most sense for me to sit in first class with the girls and Jerald and his mom to sit in coach. 
Trust me when I tell you this.....
Jerald and his mother had the better end of the deal.
I'm not exaggerating when I tell you that those darn kids went to the bathroom a minimum of 6 times during the flight from LAX to Dallas. And probably another 5 times from Dallas to Orlando. It was also super nerve-wracking every time they would raise their voices above a whisper or start to bicker with each other.  I was so nervous about disrupting the other passengers. But thankfully they were actually very good on both flights.
Although, I have to admit that I definitely scored when it came to the breakfast on the plane.
Oatmeal, fruit and a muffin.
Once we arrived in Orlando we grabbed our bags and headed to the Hilton hotel that is actually located in the airport. How convenient is that?
My mother, step father, sister, niece and nephew had already checked in; so we quickly checked in and then met them for dinner. 
I actually wasn't that hungry and just ordered a sampler patter. 
I ate the chicken and 2 quesadilla slices and gave the calamari and the rest of the quesadilla to the hubby.
After dinner everybody headed to the pool. Then it was off to bed.
The next morning, all 10 of us met for breakfast and then loaded into a huge van to head on over to the cruise ship.
Look at all of that luggage!
Once we were all checked in with Disney, we just had to wait for our group number to be called so that we could board the ship. 
The first thing we did was take a group photo and then as we made our way onto the ship a gentleman announced our party name and everyone clapped and welcomed us on board. The kids loved it. 
To be honest, we did sooooo much on this trip that it would be impossible to recap it day by day. So here are some photos of the highlights....
The kiddos met a billion Disney characters. 
Took a billion photos with them 
and got a billion autographs.
They played in the pools 
and watched Disney movies at the same time.
They rode the AquaDuck water slide.
They dressed up like princesses,
visited the Bibbity Bobbity Boutique
and overall just had a blast!
There was food
A LOT of food.

I played Bingo for the first time.
 My mother in law won the first day we played.
 Then I won the second day.
So excited to win the last round of (blackout) bingo.
We went to a show almost every night (and they were awesome!)
We went snorkeling in St. Maarten
and St. Thomas.
We all LOVED Castaway Cay.
 We went pedal boating

 and did some snorkeling.
 The kids played in the water
and I ran a 5K (recap in a separate post).
We took lots of photos

and just had an absolutely FABULOUS time!!