Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Hey you...

Yes, you.  Peek over to the left.  See it?  It's a poll.  It's my super early, need to let out the crazy, manic obsessive planning freak out.

So many princesses, too much time to decide.  Obviously, I know I have plenty of time to worry about this.  But since the registration is done, Disney Vacation Club is booked, I still have 30 days until I can start booking advanced dining reservations (though I already have several already figured out)...this was the next logical part for me to tackle.  If you know me on Pinterest, you know I already have a Princess Half board with costume ideas so this should not be too surprising that I'm putting effort into the costume already.

I also may or may not have contacted the lovely people at Sparkle Skirts to see if they potentially had any Merida colored skirts coming out.  :hangs head in shame:

So come on, help fuel my know you want to...

Monday, July 23, 2012

Play list Love

Music has always been important to me.  So it's not totally out of character for me to fall in love with an activity that in my mind is all about the music.  I admitted last week that I skipped a run because I forgot my ear buds.  No music, no run, especially not on a treadmill...

When  I first started the Couch to 5k program last year.  My play list was rather angry.  Had a lot of Metallica, Papa Roach, Motorhead, Foo Fighters, Soundgarden, Green Day. Lots and lots of Metallica.  Pretty much anything that was the lyrical equivalent of thumbing of the nose.  Or anything that had a "so you think I can't do this" kind of mentality I was all over it.

Now, I'm finding I need more poppy, dance friendly, almost embarrassed to admit I have them on play list type of songs.  Shiny happy music gets me going now. I change my play list almost every run.  Different day/different mood/different goal.  One thing I have found though is I do have a bit of a system to picking my music.

The guilty pleasure songs.  This definitely falls in the almost embarrassed to have them on my iPod category.  Right now, it's two songs.  One Direction, "What Makes you Beautiful" and Flo Rida's "Whistle" Those are at the top of my Guilty Pleasures.

Shiny Happy Music songs...may or may not have been guilty pleasure songs but are songs that are so unbelievably upbeat that I can't help but run even if I don't want to be running.  Examples in this category, favorite right now is Usher's "Scream", Pink's "Raise Your Glass", and Gwen Stefani's "Hollaback Girl".

Motivational...always have a couple of these even if they aren't typically consider motivational songs.  Kelly Clarkson's "Stronger", Metallica's "Fuel", Motorhead's "The Game" and Fun's "Some Nights".

There is one song that is always, always, always on my list. My non-negotiable.  I call it my theme song.  It's an odd choice admittedly.  It's Live Wire by Motley Crue.  All because of one bit of lyric that jumped out at me back in my early Couch to 5k days.  " ...running free, a little bit better than I used to be...cause I'm alive...Live Wire".  It's kind of a personal celebration for me...even though that might not be lyrically the way it was intended.

What songs get you moving?

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Path to the Princess Half : Room Edition

Another milestone hit yesterday.  The seven month booking window for our Disney Vacation Membership opened up.  As DVC members we have the option of reserving our home resort, which is Saratoga Springs Resort at 11 months out, or we can book any of the other DVC properties at 7 months.  Since Saratoga Springs was not a host resort for the Princess Half this year.  We booked outside of our home resort for our first DVC trip.

After much discussion on the properties and locations, we ultimately decided to stay at the fantastic Bay Lake Towers which is attached to the Contemporary and provides us not only monorail access but it is within walking distance to the Magic Kingdom.  What a great way to start our DVC journey  and a great home for our Princess Half trip.

Now officially under seven months until the Princess Half trip.  

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

I am a runner...

I have this pinned on my running board on Pinterest, it's taken from incredibly true for me..  Especially on days like today when I skip my Tuesday run because I don't have my headphones with me.    I

Monday, July 16, 2012

Solitary Community

One of the things I love the most about running is that it's all me.  How my run goes is all up to me.  I have no new steps to learn, I don't have to worry about having my spot, I don't have to worry if I look like an idiot in front of a bunch a people.  I don't have to worry if there is a class available when I am free.   I can be by myself and have time to sort through things and get out of my head.

Initially, when I started running I started on a treadmill.  It was truly all about me.  No one else was paying attention but it did get boring.  Even with my music.  I found that I didn't push myself very hard and it got static. 

After about ten months, I started running at lunch with friends.  Keep in my mind, with the exception of the 5k's I had done, I was still a treadmill girl.  It was then that I realized that I preferred to run outside.  Even if it's the same route, it was never the same. Running with friends made me pushed myself even beyond what I thought I could do and I managed to keep up.  I began to notice that other runners, walkers, bikers would wave or acknowledge us in some fashion.  I thought it was somewhat bizarre but I discounted it as the people who were waving must have just known one of my friends.

As I got comfortable, I started branching out for a long run by myself on a local trail. All of a sudden, I noticed it there too.  People I didn't know were smiling at me, waving, and nodding as I passed.  Totally out of character for me, but I found myself smiling, nodding and waving back.  
It was then that I realized that even though I was by myself, I was never alone.  

Saturday, July 14, 2012

The First Two Miles are the Hardest

A long, long, time ago there was a little girl who ran track on her junior high team.  This little girl was very, very strong willed and was almost certain that she should be a sprinter.  Her track coach did not, he was determined that this little girl was built like a distance runner.  Ha!  What did some goofy junior high school track coach know anyway?  The little girl pouted and sulked her way through two track seasons and though she ran what the coach told to run she did not apply herself and quit running at the end of her eighth grade year.

No big surprise, that little girl was me.  Fast forward more years than I care to admit.  That goofy junior high school track coach did know a lot more than I realized.  

I realized today that it takes me at least two miles until I get into my groove.  Unless, I am on the treadmill, I can not get myself going right off the bat.  I have started my weekend runs lately with the intention of "just" running a quick 5k.The first mile is the longest mile, it seems to go a little better by mile two.  But as soon as that three mile mark rolls around I don't want to stop.  Four miles rolls by, then four and a half and then five.  I have been stopping at five, but as soon as it cools down a bit or I get myself moving earlier on the weekend I will start extending past the five mile mark.  

Amazingly enough, that junior high track coach is still teaching at my old junior high.  Wonder if I should go apologize or maybe even thank him.  

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

It's Official!

I am now officially registered for the Walt Disney World Princess Half Marathon 2013!  So, so excited and ever so slightly intimidated.  After all the furthest that I have run at this point is just 6.2 miles.  I have plenty of prep time and plenty of time to increase my distance.

Not surprisingly, this has been the forefront of my thoughts all day today.  The very key first step.  Next more fun things.  Like booking DVC, deciding on a princess, a costume and if I want to piece the costume together myself or have someone make one for me.  Also there is the decision of signing up for the race retreat. The race retreat is private tent area with porta potties, food, photo ops and general pre and post race merriment.  Thinking I will most likely do that.  Private porta potties, I'll pay extra for that.  :)

The biggest decision I faced today was which Princess to go with on my race bib.  So many favorites.  I ended up choosing Merida.  I am quite smitten with her at the moment.  She is also a contender for my race costume.  Why did I chose Merida?  Simple, even though she is strong willed, she was willing to step and do something out of the ordinary to follow what her heart thought was right.  Of course, there is the down side to that.  But her spirit and her bravery when needed are pretty admirable.    I will be proud to wear her on my Princess race bib, even if I don't represent her in costume.

I probably have said this before but running has taken me so far out of my comfort zone and it continues to challenge me. Running has been my moment of bravery, going outside of my ordinary, my normal, my "because it's what we do" and reaching for goals far outside anything I thought I wanted to do or thought I was capable of doing. Running my moment of extraordinary. My chance to be Brave.

Saturday, July 7, 2012

The Color Run take Two...Kansas City style

Can I just again how much I love the premise of the Color Run? It is so so much fun. I've seen runners, walkers, families, friends, and even dogs enjoying the festivities. The best part? It's so much fun that you forget you are being active.

This one was a different one for me. My trusty Nike+ GPS was turned off.My go, go, GO mentality was silenced at least temporarily. The Kansas City was all about restoring old relationships and building new ones.

I went to Kansas City to spend time with my younger sister and her family. It was so nice to be able to sit down and visit and reconnect with her! I also got to watch my youngest nephew and his baseball team compete in the state tournament and ultimately finish as the runners up!

I also got to meet a very sweet online friend that I knew only on my computer. She allowed me to talk her into joining my own special brand of crazy. She and I walked the Color Run together and it was awesome to finally meet in person. I can't wait to be able to hang out again.

Walking provided me with the opportunity to take more of the festivities in than I was able to do in Tulsa. It was a great time to people watch and see people be silly together. I didn't end up as messy this time because the lines at the color zones were crazy long and well, I'm impatient. But I think I sufficiently got colored enough the week before.

Overall, can't wait for the Color Run in 2013!

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

7 days!

Until the Walt Disney World half marathon registration opens! Yippee!!! To celebrate I downloaded Jeff Galloway's princess half training calendar to my phone and have printed off the full training schedule.

MY official half marathon training starts on the first Tuesday in October!

Now I just need to decide if I should go the experienced runner or go back to basics and go with his beginner runner program.