Race Recap- Mickey’s Happy Haunted Trail Run 5K

It seems like in the world of Disney race recaps 1/2 marathons get all of the glory. In fact, there are some who don’t know that during major race weekends such as Marathon Weekend, Princess 1/2 weekend, Tinkerbell 1/2, etc etc Disney offers a 5k race option. This normally takes place a day or two before the main event and can get other friends and family members in on the Run Disney fun! This race happened to fall at the end of our vacation so we thought a 5k would be a cool way to end our trip to FL.

IMG_1741The hubs and I chose to run 2-3 miles every other morning during vacation so this race was super low pressure. We were planning a fun time and nothing more. Most folks don’t attempt a PR at a Disney race. In between the photos and first time racers a PR becomes a challenge (and not the good kind). So, we boarded the bus at our Disney resort and it promptly began to rain…a lot.

IMG_1742 IMG_1745We had made it to the ESPN Wide World Of Sports nearly an hour before corral time so we took shelter inside. We managed to have fun joking with the other runners and scoping out the memorabilia inside the complex. We even managed to find Troy Aikman’s helmet-Go Cowboys!! ;)

IMG_1593Anywho, back to the race. Even though it was pouring- it wasn’t lightening which meant we would likely run. I made a decision to sit in a covered area until the last minute and then I would head out to the corral. It was actually kind of neat to watch the field being mowed and listen to the rain in the dark.

IMG_1749The hubs was super antsy and excited to get out there so we abandoned my plan, made a quick restroom stop, and headed down to the corrals. In true Disney Magic form it stopped raining. True Story. The DJs were jamming, people were smiling, and it was time to get lined up!

IMG_1752 IMG_1756See you later clouds! The rain would actually hold off for the entire race. I have to admit I was getting pretty excited. The announcers warned us of all the scary twists and turns that awaited us in the woods. And then the scariest (and coolest) of them all appeared- The Headless Horseman!! Coolest. Thing. Ever.

IMG_1795The corrals were released to the start and they started everyone in 5 minute waves. All of my Disney races have been through the parks and on the pavement so I had no clue what to expect.

IMG_1760 IMG_1763The entire race took place inside the Wide World Of Sports Complex. We were literally running out on a dirt trail which added to the “spooky” vibe. The trail was packed down and flat so it was pretty easy to run on .

IMG_1762 IMG_1766 IMG_1769The course got a bit congested in spots and required walking- this is really no big deal but it does show the importance of not starting in a corral with a faster time than we are capable of. Too many of those runners/walkers slowing way down too soon causes congestion. But on this particular day I didn’t care so it was onward!

IMG_1774 IMG_1775Disney had some villains and spookiness sprinkled along the course.  I chose to bypass most of that BUT I had to wait in the insane line to visit the grave diggers. Worth It. ;)

IMG_1777 IMG_1779I lost a LOT of time there but luckily the end was just around the corner, er field.

IMG_1787We both ended the race all smiles and had a wonderful time! I also kind of love my new hitch hiking ghosts finishers medal.

IMG_1789Thanks for another fun and magical race Run Disney!!!!! See you real soon!


All The Things

Settle in folks- It is update time!!

Happy Monday Ya’ll! I seriously hope all of my readers didn’t ditch me while I was on vacation. I had every intention of blogging from Florida but once I went “offline” for a couple of days- it felt great. So, executive decision was to catch up on the old blog when I got home. To be honest, vacation was wonderful. Florida was a bit rainy but we had more sun than clouds and I honestly have no complaints. We spent half of the week in Tampa and the other half in Orlando aka Disney central. While I have a couple of things I want to recap- including a Run Disney event- I think the rest of vacation is better summed up with the old adage- a picture is worth a thousand words!!

We had Beaches…

IMG_1267 IMG_1268 IMG_1270 IMG_1276 IMG_1284 IMG_1285 IMG_1286 IMG_1293 IMG_1307Delicious Food…

IMG_1319 IMG_1342 IMG_1350 IMG_1129 IMG_1131 IMG_1475 IMG_1586 IMG_1152Workouts (to work off said delicious food)…

IMG_1138 IMG_1294 IMG_1329 IMG_1787 IMG_1790Plenty of Disney…

IMG_1371 IMG_1379 IMG_1386 IMG_1413 IMG_1414 IMG_1416 IMG_1425 IMG_1427 IMG_1482 IMG_1485 IMG_1497 IMG_1511 IMG_1525 IMG_1563 IMG_1565 IMG_1566 IMG_1568Fun with Harry Potter…

IMG_1740 IMG_1739 IMG_1738 IMG_1737 IMG_1722 IMG_1717And Lots of time to relax and be silly too…

IMG_1170 IMG_1212 IMG_1349 IMG_1483 IMG_1692And now we are back in reality…sort of. It actually took a full five days of being back at work to get myself back on any sort of real schedule. My eating habits have been terrible, water intake dismal, and general motivation in the dumps. I hate, hate, hate that I let vacation become an excuse to get lazy but that is where we are. Luckily, I am not letting this turn into a full blown derailment and I have

  1. Made A Meal Plan
  2. Made A Workout Schedule
  3. Food Shopped/ Prepped

for the week. I am also planning on getting back to my weekly weigh-ins and reports ASAP because THAT is what keeps me honest. Just saying. I am ready to take off another 40 pounds. It’s time. Also, am I the only one that HEARTS some good stationary and notebooks for keeping track of “all the things” ? Seriously- I am obsessed.

IMG_1103And speaking of workouts, color me excited about my new Under Armour kicks!!! You might recall (probably not –teehee) that I reviewed a freebie pair of shoes from Under Armour a couple falls back. They totally made a loyal customer out of this girl. I am still just as jazzed about the shoes as I was then. If another company can offer up a light shoe with a roomy toe box and maximum cushioning that could out perform these– I would love to see it. Consider yourself challenged. ;) I bought these at the outlet for around half of the retail price. I was THRILLED.

IMG_1893It is cold, cold, cold here. So this means the trial is clearing up a bit. Woohoo!!! It also means I am going to have to put my gym membership to use. If anyone can recommend a good beginners plan for strength training/toning pass it my way!

In other life news- guess who had something to celebrate this weekend? The hubs and I have made it through 7 exciting and wonderful years of marriage. The rain totally derailed our plans so we spent the weekend just hanging out. We caught a movie (Maze Runner was pretty rad), had a couple yummy meals, and (probably my favorite part of the weekend) took off for a rainy drive on the parkway. We snapped photos, stopped at some little gift shops/lodges along the way and generally had a wonderful weekend.

IMG_1820 IMG_1818 IMG_1881 IMG_1882 IMG_1883 IMG_1884 IMG_1885And since it has been awhile- a progress photo. This might be where I am now but I am headed for healthier pastures!

IMG_1823That’s all I got!

Tell me your fall plans!! Halloween parties? 5Ks? Pumpkin Patch? I am loving all things fall.

Best of Series: Grocery Store Tango

Every single time I go to the grocery store I am constantly reminded of the difficulties healthy eaters/dieters face. Not only are there tons of tempting unhealthy options but there are unhealthy options masquerading has healthy choices, limited options (especially in smaller towns), and the big barrier–  high prices on healthful organic choices. We have all read a million “how to” articles on healthy food shopping on a budget but here are my top five tips for those of us with jobs/school/workouts or just busy lives in general that might prevent us from having time up to come up with a diabolical plan involving coupon clipping and multiple stops on our weekly shopping trip!


1. All Organics Are Not Created Equal

In a perfect world I would buy organic 100% but I live in a world where I have student loans, a shoe addiction, and a mortgage. I have to live on a balanced budget and part of that is making choices on what I will and wont buy organic. My rule tends to be if I am going to eat the skin I buy organic (berries, apples, peppers, etc). Otherwise, I buy whatever looks good and fresh. Another little tip is visiting farmers markets. LOTS of these guys use natural methods but are not certified as organic growers. In terms of other items, I buy organic when the price is right. Honestly organic whole grain pasta and regular whole grain pasta are both processed pasta at the end of the day. Make whatever call you are comfortable with on how much you NEED to buy organic versus non-organic.


2. Fresh Versus Frozen

Fresh is best. There is no arguing that point. However, unless you live in a land of infinite sunshine certain produce goes out of season. You are often paying high prices for not so hot looking fruit/veggies. When this happens I strongly feel it is just fine to go for frozen items. You can find TONS of organic frozen fruits and veggies at a portion of the fresh prices. Most of them are frozen without tons of salt or any added sugar. It is okay to save a few bucks and pick up that bag of frozen organic mixed berries in the winter. I do avoid canned veggies at all costs.


3. Prioritize

Again, in my ideal world I would buy the best of everything and never look back. Sadly, real life does not work that way for most of us. When I am shopping, depending on my weekly list of items, I prioritize where I want my money to go. For example buy organic and hormone free meat is important to me. I also spend money on higher end cheeses, hummus, and sprouted grain bread. On the flip side I will buy totally generic whole grain pasta, wraps, soda, milk (organic store brand), yogurt (organic store brand), etc. I stay within my budget and don’t have to feel guilty for that sinfully expensive block of sharp white cheddar.


4. Menu and Lists

Before I head to the store I ALWAYS make a menu plan for the week and a shopping list. This takes about 20 minutes and probably saves me a ton of money at the store. I always stick to the list and allow only 5.00–10.00 per week for impulse buys. For example, today I picked up a new brand of coconut water, some garden veggie pasta, and some fresh salsa. If I didn’t make a list I KNOW I would come home with half of the bakery section which looks and smells so amazing some Sundays.


5. Stock Up

Allow yourself 10.00 per week or so to stock up on super great sale items. For example, today at my supermarket whole grain pastas were $1.00 per box, coconut waters were $1.25 a carton, and Greek Yogurts were $1.00. Score! Stocking up on sale items leaves you wiggle room during those weeks where money is a little tighter.



What is your best money saving tip for healthy shopping?