Disney Marathon

Disney Marathon

So I did it! I finished the Disney Marathon.

It is my slowest time by far, but it was hot and I’m proud I finished.

Oh and I ran it with Traveling Tj.

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2013 Goals

Happy 2013 everyone! I like sticking with the goals I made on my birthday, but I did want to add some overarching goals for 2013.  I’ll also post monthly goals to help me stay committed to my overall goals.

Fitness Goals

  • Run 13 races in 2013. I’m doing Jill’s 13 in 13 challenge, and I’ve already signed up for 7 races just before July.  
  • Finish my next full marathon.  Coming up on Jan. 13th
  • Run 700 miles.  
  • PR in one race
  • Regular strength training program

Lifestyle Goals

  • Get to goal weight.  I know I can do this this year
  • Cook more.  My cooking lately has been pathetic.
  • Read 50 books.  20 of them non-fiction.  
  • Clean regularly (and not just in a panic before visitors).


Finish my master’s degree!




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Elf For Health and Running Survey

So I signed up for a few challenges to get me through the holiday season (perhaps too many), and one of them was the Elf 4 Health group.  This pairs people up to offer support during the holiday season and has a variety of daily challenges.  My current partner (for two weeks) is Katie.  It is great for support and I love the challenges.  Tomorrow is try to eat as many colors as possible.  I definitely am not the greatest at that, so I stocked up on veggies and fruit at Trader Joe’s last night to get as much variety as possible.

I’ve been doing really well with my training for the marathon.  I have a half marathon over the weekend, and I’m afraid I will come in last.  Luckily the full marathon is happening on the same course, so not all of them will beat me.  I’m glad the course won’t shut down.

I saw this fun running survey on a few blogs, and I decided to fill it out.

1.  FUEL: Shot Bloks, GU, Energy Chews, Candy or Other?

Mainly GU while running.  I can’t really chew anything so I stick with them.  I do love shot blocks or sport jelly beans before I start.  They taste like cand


2.  Race Length: 5K, 10K, 1/2 Marathon, Marathon, Ultra or Other?

I think probably the 1/2 marathon is my favorite.  I loathe 5ks, and I haven’t done a lot of 10ks (only two).  The 1/2 is great because I like the amount of training requires.  Just the right amount.

Although I do have quite a few marathons on my bucket list, and I will probably continue to do 1 per year for the foreseeable future.


3.  Workout Bottoms: Skirts, Running Shorts, Capris, Pants, or Other?

Capris.  I’m usually too hot for pants, but I chafe in shorts.  I want to try a skirt though.


4.  Sports Drink: Gatorade, Powerade, Cytomax, you stick to water when you run or Other?

Usually carry water so I can take a Gu, but I will also have whatever sports drink the race I’m training for serves.


5.  Running temperatures: HOT or COLD?

I guess cold.  I warm up pretty quickly while running.


6.  Running Shoe Brands: Saucony, Mizuno, Nike, Brooks, Asics, or Other?

I have a pair of asics and a pair of new balance.  I will go with whatever works, but I’ve had new balance for a while now.


7.  Pre-Race Meal: Oatmeal. Bagel, Banana, Eggs, Cereal or Other?

Coffee and a powerbar.


8.  Rest Days: 1x per week, 2x per week, never ever ever or Other?

1-2 depending on how good I am with cross training


9.  Music: Have to have it or go without it?

Music for sure.  I also like audio books


10.  #1 reason for running: stress-relief, endorphins, you love to race, so you can eat all the cupcakes you want, weight-loss, love running for social reasons or other?

I love races (specifically finishing them) and I also use it as exercise//weight-loss.  

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Second Marathon

I signed up for my second marathon this summer, and I’ve been training for 8 weeks now.

I’m doing the 20th anniversary Disney marathon! 

I had a couple of weeks of not so great long runs, but my 10 miles today were okay.

I’ve also signed up for a few half marathons. 

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Hotel Living

Five days into the 100 days to Healthy Challenge.  I am all tracked and staying active.  I think it has been going great.

Life has been a little crazy, so focusing on tracking has been a good goal to have.  My lease on my apartment ended before my internship ended, so I’m currently living in a hotel.

There is a mini fridge and a microwave.

I’ll be here for a little over two weeks.  I bought fruit and veggies to snack on, as well as sandwich materials.  There is breakfast provided at the hotel which is awesome.  I think I’ll need to supplement it with a protein of some sort.

There is enough space for workouts, so I’ll still be doing Bootcamp workouts here.  I hate doing weight lifting workouts at the gym.

Speaking of bootcamp, my goals for this week are drinking 80 ozs of water and tracking all of my food/drinks.

I went to Jazzercise today as my workout, and my favorite instructor ended up being the teacher.  I love when that happens.

So, does anyone have any suggestions for healthy eating at a hotel?  I have easy access to the grocery store.

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100 Days of Healthy Challenge

My friend BeBe posted about this challenge on her blog today, and I decided it would be a good way to stay on track.  I’m going to track as well, and check in on twitter with the hashtag #100daystohealthy on twitter.

This aligns with my goals for Tina’s Best Body Bootcamp as well.



  • Track everything – good, bad, on plan, off plan, regardless of how far off course you go – YOU MUST TRACK
  • Drink water all day every day
  • Exercise at least 5 days a week – 3 of which should be running at the minimum
  • Dessert is a treat, not a nightly occurrence.  Treat it as a treat.
  • Alcohol needs to be counted and tracked.  This will stop from drinking too much which will stop hangovers and weight gain (Win, Win, Win)


  • All food/drinks/activity needs to be tabulated and tracked within 24 hours
  • When on vacation activity can decrease to simple tourist walking, but food must still be tracked
  • When weekly/activity points are gone – they are gone, and you stop eating.
  • No Alcohol Sunday night – Thursday night

I think this will definitely help me stay on track during this stressful transition time that includes a move to who knows where at this point.


I’m doing well so far today.

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24 Goals for my 24th Year

I meant to do this ages ago.  Emily had an awesome post with goals for her birthday on her blog and I meant to do it (two months ago when it was my birthday).  Brooke’s post reminded me to finally get to it, so here it is!  24 goals for 24.

I’ve made some progress on some of these already so yay!

24 Goals for 24 years

  1. Strength train
    1. Try a strength training program
  2. Try 3 new fitness classes
  3. Run my second marathon
  4. Get to my goal weight (or as close to possible)
  5. Read 24 books
    1. 12 of those non-fiction
  6. Finish my degree (which includes doing 3 more months of an internship or job, editing my thesis, and oral exams.  Gulp).
  7. Run three half marathons
  8. PR in a race
  9. Take a vacation
  10. Take a road trip with Braden (even just for a day)
  11. Go to the farmer’s market (both in Charleston and wherever I end up)
  12. Send out christmas cards
  13. Call my family more
  14. Cook more recipes
  15. Take advantage of whatever city I end up in (I have no idea where they will be now)
  16. Do more networking
  17. Take more pictures
  18. Stick with an exercise routine
  19. Find a job
  20. Make New Friend
  21. But Keep the old
  22. Join a running group
  23. Make a budget and stick to it
  24. Save More Money
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