Wednesday, October 30, 2013

The Long Run

I finally got my long run in, it's no secret that I haven't been training quite as diligently as I should have been.  I could go over my long litany of excuses, but I won't .  I have been getting my short treadmill runch, interval work in, but long runs.  Not so frequently.

With Wine & Dine Half looming in front of me it was time to get serious.  I did bring my shoes with me on our trip, but I copped out a bit but justifying that we were walking a bunch and that would compensate.  While I will admit that according to my fitbit I was averaging 8 to 10 miles a day, it's just not the same.

I finally made it my goal to get at least ten miles in, and for once I finally buckled down and did it.  It wasn't the best, it wasn't the worst, but it was amazing to get out after so long and just run. I know I say this every time that I go for awhile with out running, but I so wish on the days that I put off my run that I would remember how great I feel, when I get my long run in.  Endorphins are no joke, they are my friend and I love them.  I just forget how incredible they are from time to time.  Nothing beats the runner high.

 The path was beautiful, just the beginning hint of fall.

  The weather was perfect, not too hot, not too cold.  Bright sun, no clouds and not a whole lot of traffic.

Lots of time to think, and not to think.  Trust me, I can do plenty of both.

If you have known me for any length of time you know, I am never happy with my pace.  Which is why I found this bitstrips particularly funny. I saw it right before I went out.

But that being said, I am learning to just be happy with what I've done, because I could just as easily not do it.  I'm also learning that what I'm unhappy with, someone else might be very happy with.  I'm really my own worst enemy and I need to roll with it a little bit more.  If I PR, or if I don't PR, it's all good because I ran.  Improvement is always good, but I need to stop beating myself up over my pace.

So now that I've gotten my ten miles in, I feel a little bit more prepared for Wine and Dine Half.  We leave in 8 more days.

Who else is going to be at Wine & Dine?  Are you ready?

Friday, October 25, 2013

I Found my Super Suit!

Have you had it with The Incredible's references?  I promise this will be my last one, for awhile.  It started out as a joke, because I had the Mrs. Incredible/Elastigirl costume to potentially wear for Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party.  It was also a way for me to show my favorite clip from the movie....You know the one "Honey, Where is my Super Suit?".

It then led to this...

Which the led to this...

A panicked selfie shared with friends who I hoped would tell me whether or not I truly looked like a dork.  They didn't tell me I looked like a doofus, instead they encouraged me to brave wearing my super suit in public.  They may have giggled about it later, but they were kind when I shared it.  Thanks, girls for talking me into it, even though you didn't realize you did.

I was so unsure of whether I wanted to wear it that I even packed normal clothes to change into at the parks if I just couldn't hang with being super.  Here's the deal, I'm generally not outgoing, and despite my tendency to overshare on social media, I am a little bit more reserved, until I feel comfortable and then it's no holds barred.

For me to step out in the costume in front of PEOPLE, not my family and friends, was huge.  I know you're probably thinking, right Suzanne, you wore a big honking tutu for Princess.  What the heck are you talking about?  For some reason Princess seemed safe.  Oh, and a tutu is a little bit more forgiving than a giant polyester onesie that might have contributed a little too.

I am the first one to be silly at home. Trust me when I tell you my children, are used to me not being serious (unless I have to be serious).  But to be silly in public, is often something I just don't do.

I was nervous, I was awkward, I was uncomfortable.  Everything that was the antithesis of the suit.  After awhile, I realized something.  No one cared, lots of people were in costume.  Once I got comfortable, I started to have fun with it.  I started to relax. I trick or treated, I played with people when they called me Mrs. Incredible or Elastigirl.  I danced with Sully and Mike.

For just a moment, I wasn't Suzanne, 40 something mother of L & E.  I was Suzanne, the kid.  I didn't care what people thought.  My husband and L & E were having fun too and that is all that mattered

People ask me why I like Walt Disney World so much, why I want to go so often. I go to Disney World to be a giant kid, with a gazillion like minded people.  It's an escape.  It's a chance to forget the serious and just be in the moment and make a bunch of memories.  The fifteen minutes of awkwardness (and trust me I excel at awkward) will not be remembered by anyone but me.  But, L & E and probably the mister, will remember our Fall Break of 2013 as being the one where Mommy dressed as Mrs. Incredible.   Which in the end is all  that matters.

 I am so looking forward to going back there in two weeks and running with two of my local running friends, and my new found friends the DisBroads (or at least a large percentage of us, Summer and Shannon, sad you won't be there).

It's not a costume, it's a state of mind. So in it's own way, Walt Disney World is my super suit.   

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Monday, October 21, 2013

The Surprise, the Reveal, the Reaction

I am planning  on doing a more in depth recap later, but for now we home and getting used to being back in the real world.  The post-Disney crash is upon us, and it's a fine line between being glad to be home and being sad we aren't a Walt Disney World.

The surprise went without a hitch.  Almost a little too well, I thought for sure they would figure it out when we crossed the Florida state line.  Nope.  I thought ok, maybe once we get closer and start seeing the Disney World and Universal signs.  Nope again.  

Less than two hours away, the girl fell asleep and the boy was so engrossed in his new iPod and coloring books and watching The Nightmare Before Christmas for the gazillionth time that he wasn't even paying attention. We actually made it all the way to the resort area without him figuring it out.  

While his reaction was not what I had in my head, it was truly representative of L.  He's a fairly laid back little guy, unless you get him talking about Star Wars, Marvel, how much his sister can irritate him sometimes. Well, you get the gist.  

I was so busy looking for the BIG reaction, that I missed the important things, the huge old smile on his face and the oh so important true sense of thanks.  We have tried to instill in both L & E to be grateful for everything, to not ever feel like they are entitled to anything.  His reaction, in a small way speaks to that and does this Mom's heart a lot of good. 

What you do not see in this video is the promise that he would not tell his little sister where we were.  What was the first thing he did when we finally got her to wake up?  "E, E, we are at Disney World.  They took us to Disney World".  The little turkey.  But it was all good.    So glad we had a chance to decompress and unplug and get to hang out as a family.  The memories we made even on the drive are ones we won't soon forget.  

Oh and for the record, every time we'd stop for gas, to eat, or potty stop, whatever, as soon as we would start moving again, Holiday Road was blasting through the sound system.  You can thank me for that tidbit of knowledge later.  

So how does your family react to surprises?  Are they big reactions or are they quiet happy ones?  What has been the biggest surprise you've pulled off so far?  

Thursday, October 10, 2013

See ya Real Soon!

Nothing super exciting to say other than it is finally Griswold Day!  In just a couple of hours we will be hitting the road.  So excited.

In the meantime, just wanted to leave you with a little parting song.  It's NOT my ear worm from yesterday.  But this one has been in my head since I woke up.

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

'Twas the Day Before Vacation

and all through the house everyone was sleeping, including Suzanne's spouse.
The suitcases were out and resting with care, in hopes that the packing fairy soon would be there...

Ok, Ok.  I promise this is the last post about the Fall Break Griswold Road trip.  I can almost guarantee it.
We leave tomorrow, that's right tomorrow, and will spend at least thirteen glorious hours in the car the first day and four or five'ish hours on the second day.

My little people still have no clue, they don't even know that today is their last day of school.  Not even sure at this point how we are going to explain WHY they are not at school.  I think we've landed on that we are going with the Mister on a business trip and spending some extra family time together.  Sounds legit, right?

We decided at the last minute to do costumes for the adults as well as the kids.  That means of course that we are ordering and shipping them to our resort so we can have for the first ever family Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party.  After failed attempts to find a costume for me that was not "sassy".  I have enough sass that I don't need it in my costume, plus I think I might look ridiculous.  We have settled on an old stand-by ...don't laugh.

Should be interesting.  I'm a little scared, a tutu is way more forgiving than a body suit.  We might decide to not to it.  But you never know when a Super Suit would come in handy.  

I would be lying if I didn't tell you I was all sorts of anxious about pulling off this surprise.  I cannot tell you how much time I have spent planning everything.  It's been borderline obsessive (or maybe not so borderline, tough call).  The last time I planned our trip out like this the reaction was not quite what I expected.  

So I'm trying to prepare myself for it this time around too. The disadvantage this time is the unknown. This is the first road trip and that we are doing.  We also are going to attempt to go eighteen'ish hours without having to tell them.  Any guesses how this will play out?  

Until next time, I will leave you with this.  

See ya real soon!

Friday, October 4, 2013

Reveiw: Vega One All-in-One Nutritional Shake

Disclaimer:  I was contacted by Vega and provided with the Vega One all-in-one-nutritional shake starter kit in exchange for a review.  As always, the opinions are mine.

I love my shakes, they have been my breakfast staple for at least two years now.  For me they are a great alternative because they can be done on the fly, and can provide the right essentials to start your day.   I have tried several different brands, from the multi-level marketing ones to store bought.  But I've still been looking for one that fits exactly what I feel is best for me to start my day.

When I was first approached about it, I was kind of nervous with the whole Plant Based aspect of it.  I mean I try to make smart choices but don't always succeed and admittedly right now plant based and clean have not been high on my food choice list.  I was also concerned about how it would taste.

This is where the awesomeness of the Vega One all-in-one nutritional shake starter kit comes in. In one handy kit you get a five day supply to see if you like before actually buying a tub.  Which, to me anyway, speaks highly that they want you to try the product first to see if it works for you before investing in the full fledged tub. I know I've spent money in the past on a huge tub of a new shake only to find out that it didn't work for me and ended up pitching it in the end.  With the starter kit you get two French Vanilla, two Chocolate and one Berry flavor.  So not even limited to just one flavor, which is a great touch as well.  This turned out to be a great thing for me because I surprised myself.  Currently, the Vega E-store has the #VegaOneStart kit on sale for $14.99.  A great deal.

I had heard really great things about Vega One via Twitter and was super curious about them.. Almost sounds to good to be true.  Vega One was formulated by Brendan Brazier, a professional Ironman and he's also a best selling author on Sports Nutrition.  He knows his stuff.  For more information on Vega, please check here.

Here is where the amazing starts Vega One is dairy, gluten and soy free, with no artificial colors or sweeteners. Plus no added sugar.  But, wait there's more.  One shake provides 50% of your daily intake of vitamins & Minerals.  The Vega One all-in-one nutritional shake also boasts:
1.8 cups of greens (made from spinach, alfalfa, broccoli & kale)
15 grams of protein
6 grams of fiber
1 billion probiotics (hello, probiotics!  This is the equivalent of one cup of yogurt)
1.5 grams of Omega-3
2.7 cups of Antioxidants.

All of that goodness is contained in 150 calories for those that pay attention to that sort of thing.  Oh, right, that would be me.

So here's the best part.  I LOVED it.  Seriously, loved it. No, really and truly,  I loved it.  So much so that after I ran out of my starter kit I did this...I bought my first tub.

But I digress, going back to my trial I started out with chocolate, because well chocolate may as well be my middle name. Surprisingly, I was not sure about it.  The next day I tried the French Vanilla, I threw in a half a banana and one cup of unsweetened almond milk.  Holy yum!  It was fab. I liked it so much I tried it again the next day.  Yep, still loved it.  The fourth day I tried the Berry flavor and really liked that one as well, which totally caught me off guard.  Then on the last day I tried the chocolate again, and liked it much better the second time around.

The flavors are great, the consistency is great, and even better there is no funky after taste.  I have had some stomach issues with previous shakes, but have had absolutely no issues with Vega One.  Thanks to my new best friend probiotics.  I could see a huge difference between how I felt on the Vega One and how I felt when I went back to old shake while waiting for my tub to get here.  Happy tummy = Happy Suzanne.  Happy Suzanne = Happy Ran family.  It's that simple really.

I like the French Vanilla the best because I can try to be creative and not have the same flavor morning after morning.  I was intimidated to try throwing in new things, but it's been fun.  My new favorite, because it's fall, and I'm all about the pumpkin. Has been a Pumpkin Spice Shake.

Mix in a half a cup of pumpkin puree

1 cup unsweetened Vanilla Almond milk

Pumpkin Pie Spice to taste.

And of course the Vega One All-in-One French Vanilla.  

Absolutely amazing.  A little bit of heaven to start my morning.

If you are a shake person like me Vega One is definitely worth trying.  I highly recommend it.  I honestly, can not see me going back to my old shake at all.

What do you like to mix in your shakes to have a little variety?  Do I have any fellow morning shake drinkers?

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Happy Happy Day

Actually, there have been several happy days this week.  But today I am super excited because I found out my flight information for runDisney's Wine & Dine Half Marathon.

I've been relatively tight lipped about this one because the details have not been up to me, so I've been trying to bide my time. But, oh my goodness, seeing flight confirmations has made me positively giddy.  I am super excited to be returning this year for another runDisney race.  Yes, it's just a few weeks after the big massive family trip, but this is a short visit and it was for an amazing, amazing charity St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.

So so many reasons to be giddy, first and foremost, the course it has us running through Animal Kingdom and past the Tree of Life.  Through Hollywood Studios and has us entering by one of my fave's The Tower of Terror and through the Osborne Family Lights.  I have heard these lights are amazing, I can't wait to experience them for the first time.  Not to mention running past family favorites Star Tours and the Indiana Jones Stunt Spectacular and finally winding up just outside of Epcot.  The end of the race?  Why it's a party at Epcot after hours, how cool is that going to be?  Lot's of good food to nosh on after running, oh and maybe an adult beverage or two if you are so inclined.

I'm also excited to meet the DisBroads for the first time in person. More details on the DisBroads in the near future but they happen to share my love (um, maybe obsession is a better word choice) of all things Disney and runDisney.  I also get to see my friend Wendy, who I had the pleasure of hanging out with at the Expo for a bit and pre-race and start for Princess Half.

I'm also traveling with two of my local running friends.  Miss Lisa is joining me again and will be running her first half marathon and after coming back from foot surgery no less and another friend who will be making her first runDisney pilgrimage with me.  We might have had some practice with late night races and a finish line party.

The biggest reason I'm excited?  It's my birthday weekend, and a half decade birthday at that.  I can't imagine a better place to be celebrating my birthday weekend than at Walt Disney World and participating in a runDisney race with both old friends and new.  I am so geeked out by this it's not even funny.  I get the best of both worlds this year, I get to spend my actual birthday with my little people and the husband and my birthday weekend at Disney.  What more could an old'ish girl ask for?

Who else is excited?  Everything all set for you? Is it a family trip or a friends trip for you?

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