Friday, October 31, 2014

Some Spoooktacular Savings!

Happy Halloween Folks! 
So since it's Halloween I'd like to share something I saw earlier this week. I had just checked out at the store and pulled my cart off to the side to review my receipt. While I was looking at it I overheard the lady behind me at the register saying, "I saw all that yummy candy in the aisle but I'll be good and just take these instead."  Well being the nosey person I am of course I was wondering what she chose instead so I turned around and saw it was two packs of cigarettes.  I mean really???!!!! That is you trying to be good. I know Halloween is a tough time to be good with all the tempting yummy candy that is all around us but I am pretty sure that any bag of candy is better than a pack of cigarettes.  I so wanted to say something but of course I just bit my tongue and walked out of the store before I did.

We have been asked to review some products for Sports unlimited and while we were shopping online to see what products we might like, we came across some products that are AMAZING deals.  We thought we would share those here with you as a little Halloween Treat ( and you don't have to worry about being "Good" because you will be saving a LOT.



1. Who wouldn't want a pair of Asics Printed Calf Sleeves for $8.95?

2. How about some plain black compression Sleeves for $4.99 ( The pink ones are only .99, That's right, .99 CENTS)

3. Need some new running shirts? These Merrell Tech shirts are only $5.99.

4. You can also get these Merrell Tech running tanks for  only $5.95.

5. Sports Unlimited has these running shorts for only $7.95 ( originally $37.95)

So those are our 5 treats to you! A lot of these items offer Free Shipping too! Even though we were asked to review products from Sports Unlimited, we were not asked to write this post featuring these products. We just thought that these were some amazing prices and wanted to share.

Oh, and if you like FREE stuff, check back on Monday. We have a giveaway coming up!

So what are your Halloween plans?

As usual, We are linking up with the gals from the Friday Five.

Thursday, October 30, 2014

NEW: Now your Disney Photos are linked to your Magic Bands!

When you plan a trip to Disney, you more then likely will log on to My Disney Experience and you will more than likely get your self a Magic Band.

Disney has announced that all guest who were active Magic bands can now have  Attraction Photos associated to their My Disney Experience account. All attraction photos that were taken in a 45 day time frame will be included.


If you don't have a magic band, no problem, you can still have your attraction pictures associated to your MDE account via your park ticket ( or memory maker card if you should have one) and a new touch point photo preview wall.

This function is currently available at the following attractions:

*Buzz Lightyear's Space ranger spin
*Space Mountain
*Splash Mountain
*Rock n Roller Coaster
*Tower of Terror

By mid November Disney hopes to implement this functionality at the following attractions:
*Test Track
*Dinosaur
*Expedition Everest

Not only will you be able to see attraction pictures on your MDE, you will now be able to see videos that previously only guests who purchased the Memory Maker package would see.  Attraction Videos are now available for:
*Seven Dwarfs Mine Train
*Tower of Terror

of course all those "Magic Shots"  ( you know those ones that photo pass photographers take and then but an overlay on it), will also be included on your MDE.

Two New Restaurants Come to Disney




Happy Thursday Folks!  We have some excited things to share with you on the Disney If you are a Disney fan, I am sure that you've head about the expansion/reconstruction of the Downtown Disney area at Disney World that will be called Disney Springs! The section that was formerly called "Pleasure Island" will be called "The Landing".

On our most recent trip, we noticed some construction going on near that area, but our visit to the downtown area was a quick one so I didn't really get to see too much of what was going on.

I can now announce two new restaurants that will be constructed in The Landing.
Artist depiction of Morimoto Asia at Disney Springs

Are you a fan of "Iron Chef America"?  If so, you will want to check out  Morimoto Asia brought to you by Chef Masaharu ( from Iron Chef America).  This is a pan-Asian restaurant will offer waterside seating, a grand hall, and cocktail lounge.  Morimoto Asia is scheduled to open Summer of 2015.

The second new restaurant being constructed in that area is called The Boathouse. When I heard of this I instantly thought of the Boathouse in NYC.   Sure enough, this will be an upscale, waterfront dining experience that will feature steak, chops, seafood and a raw bar.  Not only will you be able to dine here, but you will be able to enjoy live music, and take a guided tour aboard the Captain's piloted 40 foot Italian Water Taxi that will serve Champaign and chocolate covered strawberries! I see this being a very popular attraction for honeymooners and those celebrating an anniversary or special occasion. What do you think?
Artist depiction of the Boathouse at Disney Springs

In addition to the water taxi, you can choose to take an Amphicar ride that will launch from the land, take you into the water and then take you on a 20 minute tour of the landmarks of Disney Springs. Wow, I'm thinking this Disney Springs must really be something if they are going to offer tours of it!  The Boathouse is set to open spring of 2015.

I am definitely looking forward to visiting the Boathouse! 
Have you ever been to the Boathouse in NYC? What other type of restaurant would you like to see at Disney?

*Images were provided to me by DTN

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Marine Corps Marathon : From My Point of View

I arrived in D.C. Saturday morning. I was so surprised I didn't hit any traffic on the way down from Philadelphia. It was perfect timing. I was just pulling into the parking garage when I saw one of the ladies I was meeting. We walked down the street to get on the metro to go to the Expo. I heard from many people that this Expo is quite the process between all the lines and the security you have to go through. Well they were not kidding. The line was wrapped all the way around the block to get into the Expo. Luckily about half way up there was a separate line that we were able to go through since my friend's husband was retired military and he had his card.

The Expo was a pretty good size and well organized. Downstairs was where you received your bib and upstairs was where all the vendors were. There wasn't any special vendors that I hadn't seen before at any other expo, besides this.
 
 These were service dogs that helped with wounded warriors. How adorable!

 
 
My expo finds
 
Before picking up my bib I went to the Merchandise area because I wanted to get a jacket before they sold out. I picked that up as well as a magnet and sticker. The line wasn't too bad for the merchandise. It actually went pretty quick (faster than waiting in line to get into the expo). I purchased some more Nuun. And they usually have the sale if you buy two Nuun you receive a free water bottle. Well the bottle was just not the usual blue one you may have seen in the past. It had Run Washington 2014 on it, which was appropriate for the race.

After I picked up my bib I went back to the hotel to get off my feet and relax for the evening. Our hotel was having a special for the marathon. All you can eat soup, salad, pasta, and bread. I was so hungry because I hadn't really ate all day.
When I woke up my leg was feeling a little tight. I was having IT band issues earlier in the week. I was hoping it wasn't going to give me any problems during the race. I even brought my foam roller so I was doing that the night before and in the morning while I was getting ready. 

 
I am always so undecided on what to wear for race day. I had brought a t-shirt and a tank top with my arm sleeves depending on how the weather was. When I stepped out on out balcony that morning it was beautiful! Decision made, tank top without arm sleeves. It was soon time to walk to the start. Our hotel was about a mile away from start, which was fine since it was right next to the finish. It really worked out well. After getting through security, stopping at the porta potty, and getting to the start, the National Anthem was just starting.

I met my friend in the corral as we watched the wounded warriors parasail down to the starting line. Soon enough it was our time to start. My friend said she wasn't really going for specific time since she was doing a 50k in two months so she would run with me. I know she is much faster than me but I did want to keep up with her. I told her that I was having IT issues the other week so I wasn't sure how I'd do. 

I admit I do not study the course before races. I kind of like not knowing what's coming. I did read some reviews about this race and read the program you receive, but still you don't fully understand it until you are actually on the course running it.

The first couple miles I was surprised how many hills there were. I thought to myself if this is how the whole course is going to be then I am in trouble. It soon flattened out which made me very happy. There were some parts of the race that became very narrow and congested at times. Especially between miles 6-9. There are nothing but runners on each side. When we were just approaching mile 6 there were a few runners on the opposite side. Those elites were really moving! I couldn't believe they were almost at mile 9.5. Approaching mile ten where the Kennedy Center and Lincoln Memorial are,  I was still feeling pretty good. It wasn't until mile 12 that I lost track of my friend, which was fine. I knew it would happen at some point. I didn't mind at all.  I was still feeling good, I just couldn't keep up with her pace. It was then where I decided to put my headphones in and find a comfortable pace. 
 
 
At mile 15 is the Jefferson and the Martin Luther King Jr Memorial. I kept thinking to myself well this is the longest run I did in my marathon training cycle this time. I wonder how the rest of the race will go. By mile 16 there were a ton of spectators that kept me going passing the many other Memorials, including the Lincoln Memorial. Then it was seeing the Washington Monument at mile 17 and the U.S. Capitol at 18. 

I have heard many reviews about the dreaded mile 20. I thought it was only because at mile 20 that is when runners hit the wall. But I found it was called Beat the Bridge. If you are not there by a certain time, you are able to get swept up along the course and not be able to finish. In addition to that,  people think that is a tough spot in the course because of some of the inclines and little spectators. Like I said, I don't read too much about the course but I did hear about this part, so I was expecting so much worse. And for me, honestly I didn't think it was that bad. I think for me the hardest was the last three miles. I think it was the end of mile 22 where there was a sprinkler hitting the runners. In addition to that it became windy too. It was a beautiful day, but not hot enough to have a sprinkler going. After that I was a bit chilly for awhile. Then I approached the munchkin aid station. Of course I couldn't imagine eating something that sweet right then. I have been having a sweet taste in my mouth during the whole race between eating my GU and drinking my Nuun. I was so thirsty for water that I actually stopped at two of the water stops and chugged water.

The last two miles felt like they were never going to end. I felt like I could have been going my fastest, then I look down at my pace and think that's all the faster I am going? I really felt like I was in slow motion towards the end. I remember hearing this spectator at mile 25 saying You guys are doing well. Almost done, just push a little more. I knew he was cheering us on, but all I could think to myself is Buddy we can't push anymore. You know we have already ran 24 miles. Anyways, I kept pushing and finally I knew I was almost there when I saw that last brutal hill at .2 towards the finish line. After getting up that hill, I sprinted of course to the finish line, which I always do no matter how I feel. Those last couple miles I was getting through but was thinking is this over yet? But then after I crossed the finish line I told myself well it wasn't that bad. I was so happy that my IT band didn't act up during the race, just after. I have been rolling it, sitting in my massager, and taking epsom salt baths. I hope soon enough I am feeling back to normal to get a few more longer runs in before Vegas. 
Marine Corps Marathon medal and shirt
 
If you read to the end of this I Thank You!  I know this was a longer post then usual.  ~L
 
Do you study the course map or do you like to be surprised?

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

A unique Invention for the Ordinary Water Bottle

Happy Tuesday everyone! Today's Tuesday on the Run theme is "Favorite Item". I'm not sure if this is exactly my Favorite item but I at least wanted to mention it because I think it is VERY cool!  After my sister posted about her hydration issue on long runs, I thought maybe this item would help her and other runners who may have the same issue.

Before I explain what this item is, let me tell you that I have been subscribing to Stridebox the last few months and I have enjoyed trying out all the goodies in my boxes that are focused towards runners.
 
This month I received something unique that I have never seen before. It's called the bottle band. Ever hear of it?
 
 
"Turn any water bottle into an easy-to-hold running water bottle." There are so many times during my run that by the end of my run I am carrying an empty water bottle. It would be so nice to get rid of it when you are finished. And now you can, with the bottle band.
 
 
 You can put it on any disposable water bottle. This is so small and lightweight that when you are done with your bottle you can discard it and put the band around your wrist or  pocket.  The only problem is finding a trash can along your route so you can toss your bottle away!  ~L
 
Be sure to visit us next Monday as we Giveaway another item that is one of our favorites!

Have you ever heard of the bottle band? What is a product you really enjoy?
 
We are linking up with the girls for Tuesdays on the Run.
 

Monday, October 27, 2014

How a Friend and Some Local Business Saved My Run

It was SO windy this past week that I started doing most of my runs inside. It was raining on most of the East cost but it somehow managed to miss my area.


Thursday I put on my head covering and finally decided to get outside and brave the wind . I did 5 miles and once I started running the wind didn't bother me at all. Since my 5 miler went so well on Thursday, I decided to do 13.1 on Friday. I want to start getting some back to back long runs in so my plan was to go to the trail and do 13.1 on Friday and then again on Saturday. When I woke up on Friday I didn't feel like driving to the trail so I just started running through town. It's a good thing I did too. About mile 9 I always end up running out of water. At mile 8.9 I accidentally ran into a friend of mine that was also running. He decided to run the rest of the way with me. We had about another 3 miles to go till we would end up back at the park where I started. I told him that once we got to the park that I would have a lap or 2 that I would have to run. he said, he probably wouldn't run with me once we got to the park but he would wait for me. So I told him I had a plan for him. I asked him if once we got to the park if he would take my water bottle over to the spigot ( the one that we let the dogs drink out of) and fill it up for me. He laughed and said "you really must be desperate". I was.  Knowing full well that the spigot I was referring to is not a proper water fountain, my friend said " I'll do one better for you, we'll stop at my friend's beauty salon and I will fill your bottle up there".  This was a life saver. That beauty salon was right on our route anyway, so it all worked out!

Saturday morning I set out to do another 13.1 miles. I went to the trail this time and I wore my Camelbak hydration belt. I don't particularly like wearing this but as I mentioned above, I'm usually out of water by mile 9 when I use my handheld bottle.  I used the hydration belt last week when I did my 15 miles so I thought for sure I could handle it for only 13.1 this time.

By mile 3 I had to make a detour very badly. Since the only port o potty on the trail wasn't for another mile I had to cross a field of pumpkins ( there was already a made path through this field), and cross the highway to get to this country store/restaurant in order to use their restroom. 

When I started this run, I already knew that I was going to be pressed for time because I had to go home and get cleaned up for a bridal shower in the afternoon. Because of my little detour, I decided to only run 10 miles instead of 13.1.  As  my running partner and I continued on our run, we started to see banners along the trail that reminded us that there was a 5k and 10k race on this trail this morning.  We started to see volunteers setting up the turn around signs and I started to get a little nervous and stressed out. I did not want to be out on that trail while the race was going on. At this point, we decided to cut our run down from 10 miles to now 8 miles.  So we ran 4 miles up the trail and 4 miles back. On the way back the hydration belt was really bothering me. I still had 2 mostly filled bottles in it and it kept feeling like it was pushing on my bladder ( making me feel like I needed to make another detour). I didn't make another detour but I did take the rest of the miles very slow and walking a bit more than usual.

You might say that I would chalk this run up as a "bad" run, but I'm not. I got myself up early in the morning, got dressed, laced my shoes up, went to the trail, ran, and finished. In my book this run was still a success and I am not going to feel bad about it.

Sometimes runs don't always go as planned, but neither do races. You just have to go on how you feel and do the best you can. If you start and you finish, it's all good!  ~M

What incidents have you encountered on your runs lately?

Sunday, October 26, 2014

A Peek in our Week and a New Produt

It's that time again where we take a peek at how our past week went.

The week for me was all about Marine Corps Marathon. I also had a little bit of stressing going on. I got a few runs in but started to feel some pain in my IT band ( oh no). This couldn't have come at a worse time. And as you know, the weather on the East coast can be so temperamental in October so I really debated over what I should be wearing on race day. I didn't want to be too hot or too cold.

Saturday was spent at the Expo and catching up with some friends.

Sunday of course was race day.


It ended up already being 66 degrees at the start of the race, so I was pleased with my outfit.  I'll have more to report back on this race later.    ~L


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I did half of my runs indoors on the treadmill this week and it actually didn't go half bad. The other half was outside and those runs were a bit interesting. I'll share more on those later.

On Saturday I attended a good friend's bridal shower. Since I was getting fancied up I thought it would be a good time for me to try the complimentary Fekkai Hair Products that I was sent through Influencer to test out.



 
According to the survey that I filled out, the Fekkai people must have determined that I could use a little more shine to my hair so they sent me the Brilliant Glossing Shampoo and Crème ( The first group of products pictures in the green  containers).   I have never heard of this brand before so it was fun to try their products.  Here are some things I've noticed....
 
*I love the smell of the product. It is no particular scent like apple, coconut, floral, or anything like that but the smell reminds me of being in a salon.
 
* The shampoo was just as thick as the conditioner. You know how some shampoos seem to be a little thinner, well this one wasn't  and I didn't need to use as much of the shampoo as I normally do.
 
* I wasn't quite sure how to use the glossing creme since the instructions weren't very detailed. I just put it on damp hair and then just blew my hair dry without using any of my normal products.
 
*I noticed my hair felt a little softer but didn't notice that it was shinier. (Lets put it this way, I didn't get any compliments on it). But then again, I wasn't aware that my hair was dull to begin with.
 
Have you ever tried Fekkai products?    ~M
 
 
Tell us, did you do anything exciting this weekend? Did you try any new products?
 
 

Friday, October 24, 2014

The Dangers of Fall Running ( 5 Reasons to be Cautious on your Run)

Are you guys loving these cooler temps lately? I bet most of you think this weather is perfect for running, right? I actually don't mind summer running at all, I kind of prefer it. But as my mileage is increasing due to marathon training, most of my longer runs will be coming up this fall.



I completed 15 miles on one of my favorite trails this past weekend and while I was running I thought of all the things that I needed to be cautious about while running during the Fall season.  So I give you 5 REASONS TO BE CAUTIOUS DURING YOUR RUNS THIS FALL.

1. Frightening things like the decorations shown above.  ( I just kid). But actually I was startled when I first saw this along my trail.  It was removed for a few weeks so I wonder if someone had told the owners that it was frightening too many people?

2. Walnuts. ( okay, this is a serious one).  If you run where there is a lot of trees ( like I do), you will notice that walnuts are falling off the trees like crazy. I literally just missed having one drop on my head while I was running the other day.  It's not just falling walnuts that are a danger, there are plenty of them on the trail/road as well. I stumbled on one of them last week and rolled my ankle.

I see lots of apples on the road/trail as well and almost tripped over one of those too.

3. Leaves.  I do most of my running on the trails and as lovely as it is to see the trail covered in leaves, it can be kind of dangerous too because   1.) They can be slippery and 2.) You can't always see what is under the leaves. I've stepped on leaves that had sticks underneath that flew up at me while I was running and the leaves also do a good job of hiding those fallen walnuts.

Even if you aren't running on trails, leaves are all over the sidewalks too. I just did a run yesterday through town and some sections of the sidewalks were covered in leaves. You need to be careful here too because you don't know what is underneath those leave. An uneven sidewalk perhaps!

4. I have found that fall brings more bicyclist out on the trail ( and boy do some of these bikers ride fast).  I am often worried that one of them is going to run into me.  I do try to stay to the right side when I run and I have my music on low so I can hear them coming up behind me.

5. This last one might be obvious, but since it isn't light as early and it gets darker earlier, you may want to be sure to carry a small flashlight or wear reflective clothing.  I know on my one trail run, it started to get darker then I thought by the time I got back to my finish point.


Is there something that you are overly cautious about when running in the Fall?

                                               We are linking up with the gals from the Friday 5.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Contest = A Getaway

How is everyone's Thursday going?  It seemed like it rained a lot of places yesterday but it stayed dry here all day, no rain but boy was it ever windy. I guess Fall is officially here.

So anyway, we were contacted by the publicist at Runner's World to let you guys know about a contest that is going on. Rodale Publishing ( the publisher of Runner's World, Women's Health, and other great reads) is partnering with Lincoln Motor Company on a contest that runs through October 31, 2014.

The contest is called "In The Moment".   To enter, take a picture that answers the question "How do you live in the moment" and tweet it to  @LincolnMotorCo with the hashtags #InTheMoment and #Promotion for a chance to WIN a fabulous GETAWAY to NYC, Chicago or San Francisco.

If you don't use twitter or you just want an alternative way to enter, you can visit the site HERE



We've seen you photos on your blogs, facebook pages, twitter and instagram. You guys definitely "Live in the moment"


What does "Living in the Moment" mean to you?    Which photo would you submit? A favorite race photo?

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Magic Kingdom's Newest Store opens and You can be turned into a ghost

While we were visiting Magic Kingdom for Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party, we came across this long line in Liberty Square. We weren't sure what everyone was waiting for until a cast member who was in charge of line control told us that it was for the "soft opening" of the store called Memento Mori.

Memento Mori is a store devoted to the Haunted Mansion. It is located in in the old Yankee Trader store diagonal from Columbia Harbour House restaurant ( and in front of the Haunted mansion). I am not into spooky things, so I knew I wasn't going to buy anything but we stood in line anyway and waited for our turn to go in and browse.

The shop itself is a tiny space, so they were only letting in a handful of people at a time.



One of the hottest items that the shop was offering was the ghostly photographs. For $19.99 ( without the frame), you can get your picture taken right there at a studio that they have set up at the store and somehow it takes your image and turns it into a picture of you as a ghost.  Is that pretty cool or creepy?
 
Of course there were all sorts of house ware items, dishes, stem ware, book ends, art work and such.
 
There were some clothing items, pins, special Haunted Mansion Magic Bands and other trinkets paying homage to the Haunted Mansion.
 
This place was basically a Haunted Mansion lover's paradise!
 
I do like the Haunted Mansion ride, but it's not one of my favorites and I don't get all excited over this type of merchandise, but it was nice to see that they have so much variety for those people who want to get their spook on!
 
Are you a fan of the Haunted Mansion?  Would you go crazy over Haunted merchandise?
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