Friday, January 24, 2014

Path to Princess Half 2014...Four Weeks!

So here I am four weeks out from my Princess Trip.  Four weeks from today by this time I will have completed my first race the Royal Family 5k and most likely will be at a park somewhere. 

Flights are booked, room is confirmed, Magic Bands and Magical Express information is in my hot little hands.  Fast Pass+ booked.  Think I'm pretty much ready.

Well, except for my last costume.  I have my 5k and Enchanted 10k all set and got final details ordered today.  I keep waffling on my half costume.  Going against grain this year and I am planning on going the villainous route.  It's just a matter of deciding which villain.  Though as of this writing I'm 97.5% sure I know which one.

I am heading out with my Okie running contingent Lisa and Marla for another fun-filled trip. Then on Thursday, the DisBroads arrive at various times throughout the day with our final DisBroad arriving on Friday.  Speaking of the DisBroads, this will be the first time that we are all together in one place.  Summer is now joining us and is going to be a total blast. Join us for the Princess Wave meet-up Tweet-up Thursday night from 6-730 at the Wave Lounge at the Contemporary. Hope to see you there.  More information can be found here.  

I cannot believe how close Princess weekend is and I am super excited to be seeing all of my runDisney friends and of course the Broads.

Who else is getting excited?  Do you have everything set, or are some of the details in the works? 

Monday, January 20, 2014

Ode to a shoe

It's official, I've cheated on my original shoe.  The ones that I have loved since I first got fitted.  What's even worse?  I am totally smitten with the new ones. 

I'll take it back a little bit, when I first got fitted, it came down to two shoes.  The ones I bought and one other pair.  The other pair, I decided against, well because of the color combination.  Yes, I'm that shallow about my shoes.  So off I went with the originals.  I loved them.  They had everything I was looking for at the time. 

Last spring/summer when I started hearing about Mizuno Wave Sayonara.  They seemed similar to what I had, and I read nothing but positive reviews on the.  As a matter of fact, I almost bought them when I got my replacement shoes in the summer.  I ended up not buying them because I didn't go to a store that I could try them on, I ended up going to more of a retail outlet for convenience. So I just stayed with what I knew. 

I found them recently online at Running Warehouse and the deal was too good to pass up so I finally caved and bought them.   I had never bought anything from Running Warehouse but between the two day free shipping and the 90 day guarantee, I felt like it was a good risk.   I am so glad I did.

Now granted we are still in the early courtship phase.  I've worn them for a 5k on a treadmill and a 10k on the path.  They were so comfy on both terrains.  I feel like they are roomier for me in the toe area and the cushioning is just out of this world.  I love how light they feel too.

Normally, after my long'ish runs I can't wait to get home and take my shoes off and stretch my feet out.  I got home and didn't want to take these off.  That was a big test for me.  I am amazed at how much different, my feet and my legs feel in the new shoes. 

Maybe I've finally found "my" shoe, or maybe I'll find something else down the line that I fall in love with as well.  But for now, I just now that these shoes are pretty and functional and comfy.  Because they feel so good on they make me want to run more.  Running more = happier Suzanne. 

Have you ever bought anything from Running Warehouse?  Have you stayed with one brand since you've been running or have you switched around between brands/styles as you go? 

Friday, January 10, 2014

New Year, New Attitude, Renewed Me

So we know that I have declared this my year of happy. I know it's simplistic at best, but sometimes simple is better.  The results not only will impact me, but will impact my family and my friends.  Because lets face it a happier Suzanne is much easier to deal with than a grumpy Suzanne, or a stressed Suzanne, or a nervous Suzanne...Well, you get the idea.

2013 was a fabulous year for me in so many ways. I got an amazing opportunity within a new group at work. New responsibilities, new everything and the group is amazing and the job is truly a joy.  I don't mind getting up and going in everyday.  I finished my first half marathon, and then did four more.  I made my first attempt at charity running, and exceeded my goal (thank you company match) and at the same time I was profoundly impacted by the charity.  I traveled a lot, girl trips, family road trips and a week long business trip.  Thanks to my runDisney obsession I found an old friend that I hadn't seen or talked to in a very, very, very long time and made a bunch of really awesome new ones.

I was so fired up at the beginning of the year, nothing could keep me from my run.  I may not have always gotten the distance in but I always did it.  I watched what I ate, practiced moderation when I treated myself.  The one half marathon then turned to three within a two month time.  I started a new job with an entirely new work group.  I added too many new things in my routine and I then I got burned out.  I won't make excuses, when the burn out hit I got out of my routine.

I got really good at putting other things in front of my running.  Things that were important at the time but there were a lot of just random excuses.  I gained a large percentage of the weight that I had worked so hard to lose and maintain.  I was hoping I could blame it on my non-existent thyroid and my synthroid dosage.  Which of course is an easy out.  But it wasn't the case.  I barely trained for Wine & Dine, and despite how much I complained about not training and how I had to do it.  I never did.  Then I signed up for a half on a whim and hadn't even run beyond a 5k in a month.  Not smart, I mean it was all right in the end and I had a blast at Wine & Dine, even the Half & Half wasn't bad but it's way better to be prepared.

Then the holidays hit and I got sick, but something weird happened when I got sick, I suddenly wanted to run again.  I mean seriously.  All I could think about was being able to get a run in.  For two weeks.  As I fought the gunk.

This is huge. Part of my issue was that I just didn't want to run. Which is ok, really, and well if I don't want to do something I tend to do whatever I can to avoid it.  But here's the thing, I truly love to run.  It makes me...wait for it...HAPPY. And what's my goal for this year?  To be happy.  I love the endorphins, I love the mental checking out that I can do when I run, I love leaving whatever aggression I have on the treadmill or on the path.  I feel so much better when I run.

So here it is, I am getting myself back on track and I am publicly committing myself to this.  I am aiming to get back to my runch 5k's every Tuesday and Thursday.  My lunch dates will be doing treadmill intervals to work on speed.  Then one longer run on Saturdays, or Sunday.  Or both if I so choose.  Running makes me happy and so I just need to do it.

Here's where you can help.  For those of you that have me on Twitter or Facebook, or in the world outside of the computer, if you think about it and have a few minutes, I would ask that you hold me accountable.  Bug me, tweet me, text me...Throw snowballs at me...Whatever.  Hold my feet to the fire.  Even if it's just long enough for me to get back into my routine.

Do you have a support network when you get off track?  How do you hold yourself accountable when necessary?

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Treadmill Tunesday!

It's back!  It's been awhile and I've updated my playlist!  I also hit the treadmill for the first time in a month.  That in and of itself is call for celebration.

After the holidays and two weeks of sinus infection, bronchitis yuck.  I was itching to run however I could. I knew it wouldn't be pretty so I wanted to make it fun.  Yes,  a treadmill can be fun! With the right music anythjng can be fun.

Here is today's play list. A little old, a little new and all happy.  Trust me when I tell you I was grinning ear to ear for 27 minutes give or take. 
This play list is mostly brought to you by the letter P.  You'll see why in a few...
Mind Your Manners - Pearl Jam
Despicable Me - Pharrell Williams
Leader of the Broken Hearts - Papa Roach
State of Love & Trust - Pearl Jam
Happy - Pharrell Williams
Roar - Katy Perry
Weird Science - Oingo Boingo
Berzerk - Eminem
Get Lucky - Halestorm (cover of Daft Punk/Pharrell Williams song of the same name)
Live to Rise - Soundgarden
Let it Go - Idina Menzel
Firework - Katy Perry
Fun, Fun, Fun - Pharrell
Go - Pearl Jam
Wide Awake - Katy Perry
Count on Me - Bruno Mars. 
Any new favorite (or old favorite) running songs that you want to share?  What's your current favorite/

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

2014...The Year of...

Last year was my year of living outside of my comfort zone, and man that was more true than I could have ever imagined.  I have been thinking long and hard for what my plans were for this year.  But nothing.  Unsurprisingly, I was overthinking.  I wanted something big and lofty, something remarkable, life changing but doable.  Nothing.

Sometimes inspiration comes from the strangest places. Little did I know last weekend when watching a movie with the hubs and my little people that a song would implant itself into my brain.  It has stayed there and rather than annoy me, I have enjoyed it and had my own little dance party in my head. 

Until this morning and I actually heard the lyrics for the first time.  I mean, I've heard the lyrics, but this morning they registered.  I found my year of goal.  Its so simple, but its perfect. 

2014 is my year of..

Simple, right? Not so much, it's a conscious choice.  Even when it's not obvious there is always something to be happy about.

My goal is to be happy where I am at and not to be my worst critic.  To enjoy and to not grump so much about the things I can not change.  Most importantly, to be happy while I'm working on the things I can change.

So there it is! My goal is to just be the end it's the simple things that could turn out to be the best. 

What are your goals for the year?  Anyone want to be happy with me?