my weekend in photos

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greg and i had a lunch date on friday at blaze. but, i’m not sandra.

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8 miles with the girls on saturday. we started at 5:30am and we were all so excited to “sleep in”.

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after breakfast, we headed to the y. i did piyo which was great after my run.

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saturday swimming.

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on saturday night, we headed down to the orlando city soccer game!

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orlando united! remembering the 49.

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my date.

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happy birthday to mitch!

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it was such a fun and exciting game!

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family bike ride/run to starbucks. the kids rode 2.5 miles!

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the best daddy.

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we saw cars 3 this afternoon. it was so good!

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this girl is so big. she decided this morning that she wanted her ears pierced and she was so brave!

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we had such a fun weekend. how was yours?

happy father’s day to all the dads out there!

my [long] weekend in photos

school ended on wednesday so the kids had another long weekend to kick off summer!

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swimming and popsicles with daddy on thursday.

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we headed to the science center on friday for some rainy day fun.

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teamwork makes the dream work.

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saturday morning run with the girls. i got in 7 miles to start the day.

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i headed out for a girls day with heather and jess. we started with brunch at white wolf cafe. randomly, our next stop was the salt room for some salt therapy.

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we ended our girls day out at quantum leap winery for a wine tasting.

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our day of fun and tour of orlando continued with a double date night. we had dinner at pig floyd’s, drinks at imperial, and went to science night live: craft beer edition at the science center.

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it was such a fun event!

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sunday morning park time!

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their splash pad date got rained out so we opted to play at the house on a rainy sunday afternoon.

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we had a great weekend after a crazy week. we’re excited to start summer camp tomorrow and get into our summer routine. 

how was your weekend?

monthly miles {may}

May was my lightest mileage month so far this year.

Total miles: 34.42

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Fun places I ran: Greg and I did one stroller run this month in Sarasota. We ran alongside the beach so the views were great! The stroller was heavy! Kenley will likely start riding her bike with us during our family runs. I also ran with the girls at UCF which was a nice change of pace from our normal neighborhood routes.

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Races I ran: None!

Favorite running thing this month: I snagged a new pair of running sunglasses this month in preparation for summer running. I went with goodr Sunbathing with Wizards but already have my eye on a couple other colors. I really like them so far!

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Non-running workouts: Since I didn’t run as much this month, I did a lot more non-running workouts. I finally got back to piyo! It felt so good to do it again. I also did strength training a couple times this month, as well as many workouts on the elliptical. I went to the Y a lot more this month since it gives me an extra 30 minutes of sleep in the morning.

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Next month: Marathon training officially begins! I am excited to be back on a training schedule. I am excited to start training for the Chicago Marathon, but I would be lying if I said I wasn’t a little bit nervous. It’s getting real. I will also be continuing my fundraising endeavors next month. I’m over halfway to my goal of $1,000 and am completely blown away by the generosity of those who have already donated. THANK YOU!

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Happy running!

my weekend in photos

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saturday morning miles with the girls, then piyo after soccer. i am sore today!

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our last soccer saturday!

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kenley had such a great season. it was so fun to watch her team improve from week to week.

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cleaning out the garage has been on our weekend list for months now. i took a huge load of stuff to goodwill and it feels so good to have that done. finally!

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we headed to the park after church today.

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we played at a new park and watched the planes land. it was so fun!

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while it was fun, it was short lived because it was crazy hot.

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superheroes!

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we had very little plans this weekend and it was so nice! we worked out, got some things done around the house, and went swimming.

how was your weekend?

Dark Side Half Marathon {race recap}

A few weekends ago, I ran my first Run Disney race, the Star Wars Dark Side half marathon! The entire weekend was quite an experience and unlike any other race I’ve done, so I’m going to try to hit on all of the different aspects.

You pay to play.

I’ll get the only con out of the way. Running is an expensive sport and this race is no exception. The Run Disney race fee was the most I’ve ever paid for a race. I also chose to stay on property the night before the race which was an added cost. All in all, it’s a commitment.

Race expo.

The race expo was at the ESPN Wide World of Sports. It started on Thursday since the 5k and 10k races were on Friday and Saturday. I originally wanted to go out to the expo on Thursday, but Kenley ended up having a soccer game. Based on what I have heard, I was anticipating long lines to pick up all of the pre-race goodies. We arrived at the expo a little later than I wanted around 2pm on Saturday. The expo ended at 4pm and I was surprised to find no lines at all! Kenley and I left the boys in the car and walked (and walked) up to get my stuff. The bib pick up station was located in the HP Field House, then we headed over to the Jostens Center. Since there were no crowds, Kenley got her picture with a Storm Trooper before heading in. The t-shirt pick up was at the very back of the expo. There were so many vendors selling so many great things. I wanted to buy ALL the Run Disney gear, but left without anything. Overall, the expo was great and the pick up process was quick and easy, aside from a lot of walking.

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Setting my alarm for the middle of the night.

The race started at 5:30am in the Magic Kingdom parking lot. The start time wasn’t that early considering I’ve ran races that started at 6am. However, we were taking advantage of the Disney buses since we were staying on property and we had to be ON the bus by 4am to ensure we were at the start line in time. Therefore, I set my alarm for 3:00am which was a first for me! We walked down to the bus stop and got right on the bus putting us at the start line around 4am. Transportation was a breeze. There were buses full of people pulling in, one after the other. We joked that if there was ever a zombie apocalypse, Disney should be in charge of the evacuation plan. It was like we were all zombies at that time too, considering it was the middle of the night.

We had more than enough time at the start line before the race started. One thing that surprised me the most were all of the the lines for the characters. There were probably 8-10 characters there for photo opportunities and each character had a publicized wait time. The wait time for Darth Vader at 4am was 70 MINUTES!

We had some breakfast, stretched, went potty, then headed into our corral. We were in corral G based on when we signed up for the race (late!) and corral G was the very last corral. While we waited, they played Star Wars movie clips and did trivia with the participants. The race finally started at 5:30am with fireworks! Each corral that was released got their own fireworks show. The start of the race was a big deal! Unfortunately, we saw a LOT of fireworks. We finally started the race at 6:20am, 50 minutes after the first corral started.

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Course map.

The race course map was released a couple weeks before the race which I studied intently. I don’t normally look at the course map before a race, but I was really excited about this one. I knew the first few miles would be pretty boring since the course took us from the Magic Kingdom parking lot along the back roads into Animal Kingdom.

Around mile 4, we entered Animal Kingdom as the sun was starting to come up. We stopped for the potty by the safari ride when we got into the park then ran around the entire park and out the entrance.

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The course then took us through the Animal Kingdom parking lot and up the main roads for the next couple of miles. After one large on-ramp just after mile 9, we entered the back side of Hollywood Studios and ran through the park.

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We passed mile 10 while in Hollywood Studios are were only another 5k away from the finish. At this time, the sun was up and blazing. It was hot! We headed out of Hollywood Studios and made our way towards Epcot and the finish line. Along the way, we ran pass the Swan and Dolphin Hotel and along the Boardwalk.

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We finally entered Epcot in England just before the mile 12 marker. The International Flower and Garden Festival was happening so it was great to see all of the fun foliage! We ran through all of the countries and out the entrance of Epcot. The finish line was in the Epcot parking lot which was lined with spectators and fans as we ran out of the park.

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Final verdict.

During the race, the course was insanely packed. I was bummed that we had to start in corral G because we were bobbing and weaving through people the entire race. We started behind the 3 hour and 30 minute pace group while our goal time was around 2 hours and 15 minutes. I now know the importance of submitting a time during the registration process for Disney races. I know the experience on the course would have been completely different if we were running with others who were our same pace.

Overall, the race was amazing! I was shocked by all of the entertainment along the way. I knew there would be characters to meet and greet, but I was surprised to see all sorts of other entertainment, such as sound effects, light shows, music, and movie clips along the way. What I thought would be the boring part of the course was actually just as fun as the rest of the course. We didn’t stop to meet any characters since there were lines at each stop. I also am too competitive with myself to think about stopping during a race. This was by far the most fun race I have ever done. We finished in 2:31.44 which I am considering a great time for a Disney race. It may not be anytime soon, but I will definitely be doing another Disney race in the future.

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my weekend in photos

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i started our busy weekend with 7.5 miles around ucf with the girls.

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we were off to soccer when i got home. kenley’s game was first this weekend.

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crosby had his last game after kenley’s game and he actually played!

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crosby finished his season on a high note and got his trophy.

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maggi and greg came to visit on saturday!

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on saturday night, we headed downtown to the new orlando city stadium for our first orlando city soccer game.

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so so happy to see her this weekend!

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enjoying date night!

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goal!

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we saw two goals which were both so exciting.

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we were slightly spoiled with our amazing seats for our first game.

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the stadium was so nice and the game was so fun! we will definitely be back.

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my crazy mother’s day brunch bloody mary.

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after naps, we spent the rest of the afternoon in the pool. i floated around for over an hour. it was amazing!

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we finished mother’s day with dinner at tijuana flats with my favorite people.

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happy mother’s day to all the mothers out there.

how was your weekend?

my weekend in photos

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i came home on friday to a really fun package! so excited to be a bridesmaid this year!

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meemaw got into town late thursday night for the weekend.

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we celebrated cinco de mayo at the brass tap on friday night. it was a little chilly, but we all survived.

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i missed the memo about the cold front coming in. i got in a four mile run and some coffee time with the girls before kicking off my saturday.

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saturday morning soccer!

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this girl played great on saturday! she stopped a goal then dribbled down the field and scored her second goal of the season!

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we broke in greg’s new tap handles from westside boards made out of recycled skateboards. they are so cool!

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saturday night movie.

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sidewalk chalk and bubbles on sunday.

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we had a great weekend and such a great visit with meemaw. we played in the pool most of the day today and even got some spring cleaning done.

how was your weekend?