My first race

I started running as a way to lose some weight as part of the family weight loss challenge.  My very first 5k was part of runDisney’s Princess Weekend in 2011.  I trained and trained…. I honestly had never run more than 3.1 miles in my life.  During this time I was on an assignment living in Orlando, traveling back home quite a bit, and traveling for work.  It was crazy busy.  It was at this truly magical weekend (pun intended) that you can say I caught the running bug.  Now, I am not quite as runorexic as my dad and will go through long phases without running…. what I call runner burnout but I do consider myself a runner.  Do you call yourself a runner?

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A sweet friend made us feel like Princesses!

The big running question I face right now is wondering if I should attempt the Dopey Challenge, Goofy Challenge, the 10k, the half marathon, or a combo at the upcoming runDisney Marathon Weekend in 2014.

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Post race celebration at Magic Kingdom – 2011

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Inspiration

It was another long Monday. After getting home late I didn’t have the motivation to go to the gym. I still had dinner to make, laundry to fold, and some work to finish. My visit to the gym was postponed and I started my home chores. After cleaning up I sat down to watch the last hour of the Biggest Loser finale. Wow! I saw the kids that lost 40+ pounds, women that lost over 40% of their body weight, and Jeff who lost over 180 pounds. Just seeing this makes me want to hit the gym hard. It wasn’t happening tonight so instead I did planks during the commercial breaks and tomorrow is a new day. If you are lacking motivation think of the Biggest Loser contestants and follow their lead.

I’m guessing the gym will be full of other viewers tomorrow!

– daughter #1

Weekend Running

I had every intention to go out for a long run this weekend. I wanted to get in a solid training run. The March weather just didn’t cooperate. I am the goldilocks of running… Too cold not happening, too hot not happening, I’m waiting for the just right day. Temps have to be over 40 but less than 70’s. This winter has been rough. While my friends in the south are finishing up the race season it is just beginning here and I don’t feel ready. My run wasn’t what I wanted but I did lace up the shoes, and added the layers to head out.

When will it be spring?!

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-daughter #1

The Accidental Runner

I never planned to become a runner. It all started with the Family Weight Loss Challenge; at the ripe old age of 57 it wasn’t going to be easy to get the weight I needed to lose to come off. I knew it was going to take a lot of cardio as well as watching every thing I ate, just cutting back and doing Pilates three times a week would never be enough. So I got on the treadmill. But, I didn’t want to spend at least an hour on the treadmill it was too boring, even with the TV on, so I decided to try running on the treadmill. The theory being that if I ran I would burn more calories and could get off the treadmill faster. When I started I couldn’t run for 10 minutes with out stopping. I ran and I walked and I ran a little more and slowly worked up to running two miles.

Daughter #1 decided she wanted to run the 5k at the Disney Princess half Marathon weekend. I said I would run with her and worked my way up to three miles on the treadmill. I had never run outside and I had never even considered running in a race. In my mind I wasn’t a runner, running was just something I did a few days a week. I was nervous about the race, afraid I would be the last one across the finish line. Running that 5k was amazing, empowering and best of all it was fun, thank you runDisney!  As I crossed the finish line I thought to myself, “I guess I really am a runner!”

After finishing the 5k Daughter #1 decided she wanted to run a Half Marathon. I laughed and said she was on her own for that, there was no way I was ever going to run 13.1 miles. (Famous last words, but the story of how I ended up running my first half marathon is best saved for another day)

-Run Mama

Every Step Counts

Anyone out there have a Fitbit? We started the family Fitbit challenge in 2013. I highly recommend the Fitbit One. I know how long I am sleeping, calories I’m burning, steps and stairs taken. I was wondering why I wasn’t seeing any weight loss and I realized how much I sit while at my corporate job. It wasn’t until I saw my daily steps on the Fitbit that I realized I needed to step up and move more during the day. How do you keep moving?

When you wear your Fitbit for a 1/2 marathon…

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– daughter #1

Wish List…

Every runner has a wish list that might have new shoes, more socks, running tights, gu, or even race entries on it but this runner is hoping the Easter Bunny brings her a running themed Easter basket.

What is on your wish list?

-daughter #1

runDisney Wine & Dine 1/2 Marathon

A weekend of running, food, and wine to close out Disney’s annual Food & Wine Festival. Or known to our family as the night we ran a collective 52.4 miles as a family!  The runDisney twitter account & Facebook page was going crazy today because registration for the 2013 Wine & Dine 1/2 marathon weekend opened. Dad & his daughters are counting down the days until the runDisney 2013 Wine & Dine 1/2 Marathon on Saturday, November 9th.

Take a look back on the 2012 Wine & Dine Weekend in photos below.

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Daughter #2 at her first runDisney Expo

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The journey to the bling

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Dad, Daughter #1 (primary author), and Daughter #2 waiting for the 10pm start at ESPN WWOS

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Getting closer to our corral’s start!

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The highlight of the race, the Osborne Spectacle of Dancing Lights in Hollywood Studios!

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Daughter #2 excited to show off her new bling

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Daughter #1 (me) 2nd half marathon in the books & finished on my birthday!

– daughter #1