Monday, February 22, 2016

Lessons from Dopey

So yes, it's been over a month, perilously close to two months since I ran the Dopey Challenge.  I did it and I'm just going to throw it out there that I will definitely do it again.  Staring it down for 2018.   Because well, anniversary year. 

I do plan on a doing race recaps because each race was different and each race meant something different for me. 

But there were some definite things I realized about myself that are not necessarily race specific and they really resonated with me so I thought I would share.

If you have been around here for any length of time you all know several things about me.  I am not a morning person at all.  No ifs, and, or buts.  Mornings are my arch-nemesis.

 You also might know that I prefer to stay indoors on my treadmill, unless I absolutely HAVE to get outside.  The main reason I will blame on my non-existent thyroid.  Since I have I have a really hard time regulating my body temperature (meaning if I get cold I stay cold for what seems like forever, and conversely if I get hot, I generally stay hot) it's easier for me to stay inside where I can control my climate.  But there are some definite cons to that as well.  I will save that chestnut for a recap though. 

Now that I've recapped just a few of my flaws/quirks.  Here is where they came into play.

Lesson Number One:
As a non-morning person the four alarms at 2a were rough.  Legit rough.  But, you know what I did them with only moderate grumping.  Except for when I was cold. Sorry, Kristen. As a non-morning person, part of my argument about getting things done was that I can't get up in the mornings.  That I set my alarm and sleep past it.  Here's what I learned (and it's probably duh-worthy). I can do it when I want to do it (or maybe the fact that I paid to do it was motivation).  I can get up and do what I need to do and get it done first thing.  I have to say I found particular joy in the fact that I was reaching my step goal before I was normally getting up.

Morning Number four - still smiling

Lesson Number Two:
I have always said I hate to run in the rain and the cold.  I think part of that has to do with the body temperature situation.  But before the 5k started it was cold and misty, and obviously I lived to tell the tail.  And the 10K?  It rained the entire time  Or it seemed like it did. Guess what?  I didn't melt and it wasn't terrible.  If I was home, I would have opted not to run most likely.  But again, if I did it there I have no excuse.

Lesson Number Three: Never set limits.  Unless you know it's an absolute.  A lot of things that I have sworn that I would not do/could not do are most likely usually I don't want to do it.  But as with anything else, when I can get out of my head and just do it.  It's good, or it's tolerable.  It's a lesson I preach to my picky eater.  How do you know that you don't like it if you won't try it?  I have branched out my eating habits because you know, I can't tell him to do it if I'm not ready to do it myself.  I'm finding this applies to other areas of my life as well.  I need to suck it up buttercup until I actually know that I have an opinion one way or the other.

 Mornings are not my enemy, the rain/cold/heat are not my enemy.  I am my biggest enemy at times  Or most of the time. 

Anyone else let their thoughts get the better of them? 

Monday, December 28, 2015

Gearing Up for Walt Disney Marathon Weekend with a runDisney Giveaway

It's almost time for me to get Dopey at the 2016 Walt Disney World Marathon weekend Presented by Cigna. In a little over a week I will be heading to Walt Disney World to run 48.6 miles with my Goofy partner in crime , Kristen from The Smith Summary

I've got some big goals for these races this year.  But more on that later. 

This year The DisBroads are going to be all together for the first time in a very, very long time. Or at least since Princess Half of 2014.  

 All of us are participating in Marathon weekend this year!  And we've got some first time marathoners among us as well.

Its going to be an epic trip with some of the best running friends a girl could ask for. 
So to celebrate we thought we would do a giveaway to (ahem) gear up for Marathon weekend. 

Here's your chance to win this awesome runDisney prize pack.  To enter see the widget below

Mickey Mouse Sling Backpack - runDisney 2016
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26.2 Magnet
26.2 car magnet

runDisney Tote Bag and Running Hat.

Are you participating in the 2016 Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend?  If not what runDisney event is kicking off your 2016?  

And now for the fine print...
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    • Contest starts on December 28,2015, and ends on January 1, 2016, at 12:00 am MT.
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Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Taking on the Infinity Gauntlet Challenge - Captain America 10k recap

Last year I never got around to posting my thoughts on the Avengers Half weekend.  I will say that it became my favorite race.  Maybe it was the change of scenery, maybe it's my love of Marvel.  Maybe it was the line of cosplayers.  Maybe it was because I was running for the kids of St. Jude.  It certainly wasn't the wind, but truth be told I was so giddy to be there that the wind didn't bother me too much.  Even if it wreaked havoc with my Wasp wings.

So going into this years Avengers Half, I was super excited.  Pardon the pun.  My costumes were on point (for me) and I was excited to see friends I hadn't seen in awhile.  I arrived a day earlier this year because of the challenge and it gave me time to play a bit too.

So in waking up Saturday I was ready to go.  I will admit I was a bit nervous for some reason going into the 10k. Not really sure why.  But if you know me at all, it's probably not surprising.  My intent on costuming was to try and find characters that might not be as popular but still known.  I feel like there is such a depth and strength in the Marvel female characters that there were plenty of options to choose from.

For the 10k, Lady Sif made her appearance.  Oh my goodness how I loved this costume.  I will admit here that I did not make the costumes again this year.  Once again I hit up the amazing Sandy at Run, silly.  She helped make the costumes exactly the way that I wanted them to be.

 We had heard that security was going to be a little bit different this year so we left a little bit earlier than normal and headed to the staging area.    Once I got there the nerves were replaced by excitement.  I adored being in that environment and seeing the costumes.  I was also pleased that people recognized me as Sif.  She's one of my favorite strong Marvel females.

As we left for the corrals, I was ready to go.  Outside of being cold, I was ready to take on the 10k.  Tania and I had agreed to start out the first two miles fast outside of the park and then enjoy the four miles of park time


Admittedly, I can't start out fast out of the gate, I tend to start slow and getting going.  But outside of shoe lace issues (twice) and telling Tania I thought she was killing me we settled into a good pace and accomplished our plan.  As soon as we hit the park the first character we saw was Thor.  This was a no brainer for me.  He was really the one character I had to stop for because Sif.  The line was already incredibly long so Tania decided to keep going and I waited, and waited.  I had to chuckle because well even the Mighty Thor was not quite sure who I was but I was greeted with a hearty and "you must be my friend".  So there's that. All was right thought because I was at least deemed worthy of being able to wield Mjolnir, so it wasn't a total loss.  

I had the best time on this course, It is hands down my favorite 10k.  It was truly perfect.  I did not stop beyond Thor because I was at a good pace and I was trying to see if I could catch back up with Tania.  The crowd support, the cast members, the Shield agents placed sporadically throughout the park it was just phenomenal.  I feel like a slacker because I don't have a lot of photographic documentation about how awesome it was but at the same time, it was nice to unplug and just run and observe and soak in all the Marvel goodness.

 Even more amazing I ran by myself for the bulk of the 10k and did not once feel the urge to plug in my ear buds and listen to music.  This is huge for me.  My not-so-inner nerd was pumped every time I heard a cheer for Lady Sif.  For just a brief moment this mama  got to pretend she was a tough, strong, brave and feisty warrior and it was a blast.

Before I knew it I was done.  I was also excited to learn that for a Disney race and considering the character stop and technical difficulties, I had only finished a few minutes behind time wise from a local 10k I did earlier this year.

Guys, this race has my heart.  The whole weekend has my heart.  I was thinking I was going to skip Avengers next year for Wine and Dine because it falls on my birthday.  But nope, as long as they do the Avengers Half weekend I will be there getting my geek on.

Did you run the Captain America 10K?  What were your thoughts?

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Suzanne Ran(doms)

So yeah, life has a way of interrupting good intentions.  Since I last visited, I have had a pipe burst in my house, putting three quarters of my house in chaos. Not to mention work stuff.  Oh and running.  There has been running.  Some months a lot of it.  Like August.  September and October not so much.

Because it's been a bit I figured I would play catch up with another quick version of Randoms.

My August Miles goal - smashed it.  My goal was to reach 90 miles.  With a secret stretch goal of 100 miles for the month.  I was afraid to put it out there because well, ya know, life and because I was afraid I wouldn't be able to do it.  Despite the pipe bursting in mid August I got it done.

I also managed to reach my matching miles goal and with my personal donation of 205.00 plus the addition of the matching gift I met my St. Jude Fundraiser goal for the year.

As of this writing I am now almost  $750.00 over my initial Heroes requirement.  I am hoping to at least hit that number and would love to say that I was able to smash my fundraising goal this year. 

- Tomorrow I will be on a plane heading to the Avengers Half.  It's crazy how fast this year has gone.  But anyway, I'm just a little bit excited. 

As evidenced by the fact that I now have an entire weekends worth of Marvel gear to wear.


I am super excited about my costumes this year too.  Lady Sif for the 10k, and comic Nebula for the half. Lady Sif, just because I love her and thought it would be a fun runner friendly costume. 

 I'm specifying comic Nebula because she looks a bit different than the Guardians of the Galaxy version of Nebula (still awesome) and comic Nebula has a  tie to the Infinity Gauntlet, so it seemed to make sense. 

Who am I going to see there this year? 

Thanks again for all of your support while I continue to help St. Jude Children's Research Hospital someday be able to say that they were able to Smash Childhood Cancer. 

Monday, August 10, 2015

Making Miles Matter Part 2

Since I wrote last week about what I wanted to do with my August miles.  One of my running in honor of warriors gained his angel wings.  He was a local boy to me and while I did not know him or his family, I have friends who did.

Something his mother said in one of her Caring Bridge posts shortly before he gained his wings really resonated with me...
"We would so appreciate you remembering and honoring by doing what you can to further pediatric cancer research so that one day no child or family has to live this incomprehensible nightmare."

That was the impetus for this month's making my miles matter.  But I have decided to take it up one notch. So with all of that being said, I have decided that for every mile I run this month, I am going to personally donate $1.00 per mile to my fundraiser.

Here's where you come in.  Would you please consider donating a mile or two also?  It doesn't have to be much.  Every donation coupled with mine will be such a help. I'm not just talking about helping me make my goal.  I'm talking about helping St. Jude to continue doing what they are doing and providing hope, groundbreaking care and research for those that need it.

For reference last month, I ran 85 miles.  This month, I'm already at 27.62 miles (will be evening it up tonight because I'm OCD that way).  My goal is for at least 90 miles.

Who wants to help out? Just one dollar per mile.Will add up.  My donation page can be found here

or the direct link:

Every donation made in the month of August will be entered in to win a $25.00 gift card of their choosing.

Thanks as always for your support.  

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Making My August Miles Matter

Last month, I set a goal for myself to hit 60 miles for the month.  It was a huge jump in mileage for me from ten miles the previous month.  It was a way for me to get off my posterior and take some time to re-establish my running routine.  Dopey training is coming up soon, soon.  So I'd rather start that with a good base.  Not only did I hit 60 miles - I smashed past it to 85. Which I am fairly certain is a record for me while not actively training.

I have been trying to think of a goal for this month to keep me motivated and to press on and maybe even surpass the 85 mile goal for this month.  I think I have found it.  As you all know I am currently fundraising for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital as a St. Jude Hero. I've done all sorts of drawings and fundraisers and will continue to do so until November.  But for the month of August, all of my miles will be in honor of the children and families at St. Jude.  Either in honor of or in memory of someone.

Did you know pediatric cancer research is granted only 4% in government funds? That's why the work at St. Jude is so vital.
The numbers are devastating but the funding is not there. 
 St. Jude's goal is simple, "We won't stop until no child dies from cancer."

Not only does St. Jude provide their services for free, they also provide and share groundbreaking research throughout the world.

I've said this before, but St. Jude provides so many things, but most importantly they provide their care and research for free allowing families to focus on their child and not bills.  They provide hope.

So this month I'm running in memory of Jake.  I'm running in honor of Team Mason and ME.  I'm running because I can.  Children who have faced pediatric cancer and those who are still battling. 

If anyone would like me to run in memory or honor of or in memory of a child diagnosed with pediatric cancer, please let me know and I would be honored to do so. 
If you would consider helping me to reach my goal for this year my link can be found
here or the direct link is:

Any donation to my St. Jude page this month will go into a drawing for a $25.00 gift card of the winners choice.  

As always thank you so much for your continued support and thank you for helping my August miles matter.  Together we can help St. Jude Children's Research Hospital continue on their journey to someday #smashchildhoodcancer. 

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Suzanne Randoms...end of July edition

It's summer which means my schedule has consisted of work, swimming lessons, family fun and oh yeah this running thing.

I will be the first person to admit I have long let my running take a backseat to other things, after Goofy that is. I had a gazillion excuses and have used them all.  But you know shame is a powerful motivator (at least for me) and after yet another month of having the lowest monthly mileage of the run 2,015 in 2015 group I'm in I decided to stop making excuses and hop back on my treadmill.

So with that in mind here are some randoms for July

- In the St. Jude Hero news, I have reached a little over my halfway point.

I've got one really big fundraiser coming up that I'm really excited about.  It ties to my Disney Starbucks fundraisers and my love of Disney.  Also have a garage sale and possibly another thirty-one party coming.  Stay tuned for more details. 

- I made a mileage goal this month (see above as to why).  I decided that I wanted to try to get to 60 miles this month.  While there are people who run more than that on a monthly basis but going from barely 10 to 60 was kind of a lofty goal.  While I did good about getting up early to get my run in before the end of the school year and vacation.  I wasn't doing so great once I got back.  Now I'm running at night when I get home and before I eat dinner.  While not eating until after 8p or sometimes 9p isn't ideal.  I have to say that I'm proud of myself for getting it done regardless. I'm enjoying it again and my mood is way better.  Funny how that works.  At any rate as of this exact moment in time I'm sitting at 50.01 miles.  Think I might meet my goal, but hoping to bypass it entirely.

 - Did you know that you can wear your fitbit too tight?  Yeah, I didn't and my wrist got burned a bit. After not wearing it for the better part of Saturday and wearing it super loose since then it is finally peeling and looking a bit better.  Lesson learned and for my fitbit HR Charge friends, let my stupidity be a good reminder to keep it loose.

-  In just three short weeks L & E go back to school.  Either this summer has flown by or vacations aren't as long as they used to be.  They have had one great summer though so I don't feel too bad for them.  ;)

It's been so far this summer. I am so excited to be getting back on track and I'm starting to look forward to the beginning of Dopey Training in September. 

How has your summer been going?