runDisney Princess Half Marathon 2014 recap! Finally!

My first runDisney and Princess Half Marathon experience was absolutely AH-MAZING! I can honestly say—the Princess Half Marathon was one of the most incredible experiences of my life! I had such a blast and the support along the course made it even more memorable! With over 24, 000 runners, there was never a dull moment. From men dressed up like Princesses rockin’ full tutus and all, Galloway interval beepers going off, characters along the course, long tinkle lines, hearing the Frozen theme song “Let It Go” blasting as you pass by—to just being surrounded by pure amazement. There was nothing like it. The whole weekend was incredible and you couldn’t help but feel like a kid  again—and a Princess of course!

 Princess Prepped!

20140222_200806I absolutely loved dressing up as Princess Tiana! How could I not? What made it even more awesome was rockin’ a #TeamSparkle skirt and shwings fit for a Princess!

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Close up of my Princess (Crown) shwings I got at the Expo. They are adorable!

2014-02-23 04.45.19After a 1:30 a.m. wake-up call, this Princess is ready!

  wpid-20140223_043420.jpgThe DJ had us pumped and it was only 4.a.m.!

20140223_043223No race can start without the Wobble! Yes, the Wobble! We were jammin’!

 

20140223_035010This is my “I can’t believe we’re about to head to our corral” face. I’m mixed with all kinds of emotions at this point. Nerves, excitement, joy…everything.

wpid-20140223_050405_lls.jpg Waiting for the race to start.

 20140223_060725After waiting in our “holding area” the corrals were finally being called. I was in Corral K. As each corral wave made it to the start line, there was an explosion of beautiful fireworks. It took our corral about 45 minutes.

 20140223_064034Love me some Donald!

       20140223_073613We made it to Tomorrowland!

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Magic Kingdom!

20140223_073334Running through the parks was so much fun! The crowd support was amazing!

raceu2thecastleRace you to the castle!

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wpid-20140223_081507-1.jpgThe Incredibles! Along the course were opportunities to take pictures with various Disney characters. There were even lines with hundreds of people waiting to take their picture. I was not trying to wait. Even the tinkle lines moved faster. Although I was not aiming for a PR or time goal, I didn’t want to get too far behind. There were just that many people. I did get some great snap shots along the way!

20140223_090041Almost there!

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My favorite girl—Ariel!

20140223_093651Home stretch!

wpid-20140223_094547.jpgI made it—and then some!

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I loved everything about the course although my feet felt like they were on fire! Literally! There were some places where you had to run on a bank and for some reason my socks and shoes + humidity = not happy. I won’t even gross you out with the blisters. Just know, I won’t run a distance race without 2 Toms again! All in all—this girl was happy to finish the race! My Hubby was so confused on where to find me, bless his heart. There were so many people. He was taking pictures of me before we made it to the finish line and had to make his way back to me. Finally after about 30 minutes he found me almost passed out, shoes kicked off—looking crayyy! I was so happy to see a familiar face! He was so proud of me and having him as my cheerleader meant so much!

wpid-20140223_095848.jpgI got some swag and a box of snacks! As you see, I’m still on the ground with my shoes kicked off! It was so HOT and sunny! I was ready to get on the shuttle to head back to the resort to relax and get some nourishment!

20140223_153035Rested up a bit now this Princess is ready for Downtown Disney!

 

  Downtown Disney!

 

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20140223_170836Had to take a picture with The Hulk! I shared here about the Avengers Super Hero Half Marathon weekend coming in November. Find out more here.

wpid-IMG_20140223_174604.jpgBefore going to see the Disney Performing Arts School perform, we went by Ghirardelli’s Soda Fountain OMG! My sundae was well deserved after completing 13.1 miles of Magic! :)

20140223_180252We had to visit Mr. Potato Head!

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Hey Herbie! You gotta admit, he looks pretty sweet at night!

IMG_0113Bye Herbie! *sad face*

20140223_113310Last Magical meal before heading home.

20140224_061929I’m going to miss the Happiest Place on Earth!

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20140224_073019Okay, I couldn’t decide.

 20140224_110819I had no idea there were so many “Princesses” on my same flight! It’s true that Alabama Girls run Disney! 

“So this is love, So this is what makes life divine.” —Cinderella

Find Part 1 & 2 of my Princess Half Marathon Weekend Recaps here:

Part One: Disney Princess Half Marathon Expo 2014 Recap | runDisney

Part Two: Downtown Disney, Pasta in the Park, and Princess Prepping!

Cliff Huxtable Started It.

I need a support group! I blame late night infomercials and Cliff Huxtable. Everyone who watched the Cosby Show knows how much Cliff loved new gadgets. Well, it only took me going to three different Wal-Mart locations to find what I was looking for. Don’t ask my HB because he will beg to differ, I’m really not that bad. When it comes to As Seen On TV, my Mom is the Queen so maybe she’s rubbed off just a little. She always gives the best gifts for the holidays and birthdays. Somewhere in the mix of gifts is always a gadget of some sort from As Seen on TV. You can’t help but love whatever it is because it’s something you’ve always wanted! You know you love the Bacon Bowl and you have to admit the Chop Magic Chopper is pretty cool, but nothing takes the cake like a STUFZ

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About Stufz and how it works:

Make stuffed burgers like a pro with Stufz the stuffed burger maker. Stufz Stuffed Burger Maker as seen on TV. Make delicious, mouth watering burgers stuffed with you favorite filling, cheese, mushrooms, garlic, onions whatever you want. It’s easy as 1 shape it, 2 stuff it, 3 seal it! Stufz creates a deep cup to hold your filling, and seals the sides for a perfect leak proof burger and locking flavor in. Stufz easily pops out the burger when ready. Dishwasher safe.

I love a sweet deal. Right beside my Stufz was the Perfect Tortilla Pan Set on clearance for $5.00. Taco salad anyone? I love the fact that you can ditch the frying and make your own taco salad bowl by baking it.

I’ll admit, I’m a gadget junkie—especially when it comes to the kitchen. Can’t wait to make some gourmet-style burgers with my Stufz! I’ll be sharing an update soon!

Fitbit Flexin’ Away Late Night Snack Attacks

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I purchased a Fitbit Flex one month ago and I absolutely love it! I wear it daily and it truly has been an awesome tool to help achieve my fitness goals. Another plus to the Flex, you can personalize it with colorful accessory bands and it syncs to My Fitness Pal. For the fashion lovers, Fitbit will be teaming up with Tory Burch to create something super-chic! I don’t know what they will look like, but you can view sketches here.

What Fitbit Flex does and how it works:

  • Tracks steps, distance, calories burned and active minutes.
  • LED lights show progress against your goal.
  • Monitors your sleep and wakes you with a silent alarm.
  • Wear all day and night, even in the shower (I don’t shower in mine fyi).

 

I came home after Zumba a few nights ago, ate dinner, and was happy that I stayed under my calorie goal. I burn anywhere between 700-1000 calories in Zumba…so when 11 p.m. hit, I wanted something to snack on. I call these my “snack attacks” or “late night munchies” because they are after normal dinner hours. What did Art do? Went for reduced fat Cheez-it’s. I stick strictly to my servings, counting them out and all. I could have grabbed a bottled water and called it a night, but I’m a realist. I really wanted something to snack on. I should have had a snack after dinner, but I didn’t. By the way, it’s a myth that you can’t eat past 7 p.m. so yes, you can have a bedtime snack.

wpid-IMG_20140322_195152.jpg After drinking 90+ ounces of water, I didn’t want to taste “not anotha” drop! If I would have gone for water, it would have been the new Dasani Sparkling. By the way, I had it for dinner and it was so refreshing!

 

wpid-storageextSdCardDCIMCamera2014-03-26-10.14.12.jpg.jpgI’ve heard many say go for the fruit at bedtime, but others are against it–including experts. Fruits can be high in sugar and will raise your blood sugar level. My Sister, who is a high risk OB doc, suggests that I try protein-rich snacks like cheese or yogurt–or even a glass of milk before bedtime. We have been a team for many years on this journey so it’s nice to have someone you can share new ideas with. Now, I can’t believe I’m sharing this…she has me eating Cottage Cheese! Growing up neither one of us ate it and anytime it was suggested in a WW’s meeting we would have the world’s craziest “Eww Face”. I’m here to tell you that it’s not that bad! Actually I’m learning to love it and I’m looking forward to getting creative and trying new toppings. It’s a great snack, especially post-dinner.

Here is a list of healthy bedtime snacks. What are some of your favorites before bedtime? If you like cottage cheese–what topping(s) do you like with yours?

Get It Right, Get it Tight, and Be Happy!

SPRING IS HERE!!!!! And this is how I feel about it…

imageI am so excited! I remember saying last summer how I couldn’t wait for the cooler temps to arrive. After winter hit, I had to retract every single statement and thought that was anti-warm weather. I absolutely love fall, which is also my favorite season, but that winter? No ma’am, Pam! I’ll take spring and summer (yes, even the humidity) any day over the cold.

imageI got this Zumba “Feel the Music” bracelet for getting up on stage to dance during Zumba class. I even overachieved my Fitbit goal. I love to dance so I guess I was really feeling the music! My inner Latina always comes out. It’s not a workout, we truly have a party! It also helps having an awesome Zumba instructor! You rock, Marta!

wpid-20140318_193816.jpgMy “Operation Shrink A Bootie” Bondi Band played a part in motivating me through the workout. A girl has goals to meet! And yes, I was a hot-sweaty-mess after Zumba. Spring is here and who doesn’t want to be Summertime Fine? You can find this headband over at Bondi Band.

happyBy the way, Happy International Happiness Day! I didn’t know it either until iHeartRadio suggested a station dedicated to 24 hours of Happy Radio. Don’t you just love Pharrell’s new song “Happy“? I sure do! You can find it here…and listen to it for 24 hours.

I believe this new season will bring more than happiness–it will bring great JOY! Do you have any fitness goals for spring, upcoming races, fun trips planned, Spring Break (Oh, how I miss thee…)?