Sunday, November 23, 2014

Walt Disney World Marathon Meet -Up

If you are a friend of ours on Social Media ( Through our Facebook page, Twitter account or through Blogging) AND you are running any of the races during the Walt Disney World Marathon weekend, we invite you to a Meet Up.

We have been in discussion with a few other bloggers and have decided that Saturday January 10th would be a good time. This way we can celebrate those who had completed the half marathon and we can pump up those that will be running the full marathon the next day. Besides, we didn't know too many people who planned to go to the parks on Saturday afternoon ( due to the marathon being the next day). So this time frame seemed perfect.

So here are the details.

Saturday, Jan 10th at 2pm

Meet on the beach behind the Contemporary Resort.  Depending on how many people we have, we may be able to use some of the contemporary beach chairs but you might want to bring a beach towel too just in case.

We do plan to play some games.

We do have some vendors who have been gracious enough to donate some prizes for this event. I won't give too much detail about it, but there are some GOOD prizes!

So grab your favorite beverage and head over to the Contemporary Resort on Jan 10th!



We ( and our vendors) would like to have a count of how many people will be attending so if you plan to come can you please either let us know in the comments or leave us a message on our Facebook page. Thanks!

Friday, November 21, 2014

Holiday Flavored Running Fuels

There are always certain flavors that you associated with the holidays, right?  At Thanksgiving it's pumpkin, and then around Christmas time it might be peppermint, candy cane,or gingerbread.

We love when special "limited edition" flavored stuff comes out while it lasts.  We really get excited when we find Holiday flavored running fuels.   Here are a few you might want to pick up this holiday season.


1. Clif Bar- We love Clif Bars. This season's holiday flavors are Spiced Pumpkin Pie, Frosted Gingerbread, and Pecan Pie. I am sad to see that Cranberry Orange Nut Bread will not be returning to the holiday line up this year.

2. Honey Stinger Waffles- You know we love Honey Stingers too! Be sure to pick up a Gingersnap Waffle. It goes great with a hot chocolate or a hot chai tea!

3. Luna Bars- Nothing says the Holidays like biting into a Chocolate peppermint Luna bar. We will be sure to grab one of these this holiday

4. GU Energy Gels- Although not exactly listed as holiday flavors, The Salted Caramel and Caramel Macchiato will make you think of the holidays when you are on your run!

5. Lara Bar- If you are a fan of Lara Bars, they have you covered with holiday flavors. The Lara bar line up includes, Snickerdoodle, Gingerbread, Pumpkin Pie and a variety of other pie flavors as well.

What holiday flavored running fuel have you had lately?

Thank you for all your comments on our Rock n Roll Las Vegas 5K post. We will continue with the Las Vegas Marathon and Half Marathon next week.


                                          We are linking up with the gals from the Friday 5

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Rock n Roll Las Vegas 5K



I suppose it is time for us to recap our Las Vegas experience.  We are not going to recap the expo because lets face it, once you've been to one expo, they are pretty much all the same and nothing too interesting happened.

The races kicked off on Saturday night with the first one being the 5K.  The 5K start, finish, and race village all took place in the parking lot of the SLS Hotel located on the North end of the Las Vegas strip. Because our resort was on the North end, we could easily walk to and from the 5K race and the expo. The expo was located at the Las Vegas Convention Center on the North end as well.

We were all undecided on what to wear. It was a bit chilly but I knew I would warm up as we ran so I decided to just wear my tank top.

Looking back, I shouldn't have worn a black tank top to a night race. Especially when there wasn't anything reflective on it.

I'm not sure how many corrals there were, but they must have been more crowded than anticipated because the security started splitting each corral into two.

The race stated at 6:30 pm and it was already dark.  There was very little light at the start line and beyond. This was kind of a problem because the first little bit was like running through an alley. There was gravel and pot holes and I don't think anyone expected that because I heard a lot of comments about it. People where definitely being cautious right out of the gate.

Once we got through that, we were running on the street the rest of the time. This was very well lit but we had to be cautious of the light reflectors along the road. 


The roads we ran on were not closed down, there was heavy traffic on them. This made the section we were suppose to run on very narrow ( and a lot of it was on the uneven surface of the shoulder of the road). At some points we were able to run on the sidewalk but there were also some non runners walking on them as well so we had to watch for them. The roads were also cracked and full of pot holes.  Shortly after mile one a runner in front of us tripped. She went down hard.  We made sure she was okay. She ended up scraping her knees. This was a reminder to us to be very cautious on the rest of the run.

The 5K race was basically a run around the block and we did run on the strip for a little part of the way, so that was fun!  The crowd support was really great too.  As we came back around to cross the finish line, they had some arches set up with Christmas lights for us to run through.

They had the standard finish line snacks and support at the end. We had about a half hour left before the concert started and we were starting to get a little chilly so we just decided to start walking back to the resort.  Overall I thought the atmosphere was a lot of fun but I didn't like running beside traffic.
 

This was the first time that Rock n Roll offered a 5K race in Vegas and I am glad we did it. I'm glad they had a variety of race distance so lots of people could be involved.


         I'm loving the 5K shirt we got and was pleasantly surprised that it was long sleeved.

 
This 5K medal is huge ( and heavy). It's probably one of the largest 5K medals  I've earned. (It's actually a bit larger than the Half Marathon medal)
 
 
 
What is your favorite 5K medal?

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Holiday Card Swap Update

Hi everyone! We are back from our exhausting Las Vegas trip. Glad to be back on the East Coast but this frigid weather was not a happy welcome this morning. I guess it could be worse, we could have come home to snow.



I just wanted to pop in and tell you all who are participating in the Holiday Card Swap that all emails have been sent out.  You should have received an email with another blogger's mailing address and their blog address.   ( If you contacted us through Facebook, then we responded to you through Facebook so check your messages)

Just in case you are wondering, the way we organized this is we wrote everyone's name and address down on a piece of paper in the order that we received your address.  The person who's name was below yours, is the person you will be sending the card too.  Lacey and I then drew random numbers and then inserted our names on the list there.

If you are unfamiliar with the person who's name was sent to you, please make sure to check out their blog to get a sense of who they are.

The swapping will start next week and all cards should be sent out by December 15. When you receive your card, don't forget to mention it on your blog!

If you need more info, here is the original Holiday Card Swap Post.

If you have any additional questions or find that there was a mess up with someone's blog address or real address, please let me know.  I am in the process of returning emails that some of you had sent pertaining to other things.  Sadly, I had to take my computer to Best Buy while I was on vacation and when Scott picked it up, he had found that the whole computer had been WIPED OUT. I have nothing left on this computer so I will be starting from scratch again! Luckily I was able to save a few things. Needless to say, I'll have a lot of work to do over the next few days!

But anyway, Thanks for participating and happy swapping!


Have you ever lost everything on your computer?  ~M

A Visit to Nine Dragons at Disney's Epcot Center


                                                                    
On one of the evenings that we were visiting Epcot during the Food and Wine Festival, we decided that we wanted a sit down meal instead of grabbing some food from one of the kiosks.

Nine Dragons  restaurant in the China Pavilion wasn't even on my radar of a place I wanted to visit but Scott suggested it and I thought "Why not?". I had ever eaten here before so I was up for something new.

Entry area to Nine Dragons and the Nine Dragons Dinning area

Surprisingly there was no wait, so we were able to walk right in and be seated.


We were seated right by the window, which I loved. I hate eating in restaurants that are dark and have no natural light coming in. I also liked that we could "people watch" all the folks strolling through Epcot.  Whatever they were selling in the China kiosk over there must have been a big hit because we watched tons of people order food from there.

At first, I wasn't overly impressed with the Nine Dragons' menu, but when the food came out I was pleasantly surprised.

I am a huge fan of Chai tea but have never had it as an "iced" tea.

 
This my friends was FABULOUS. I would come back to Nine Dragons again just to have a Chai Tea!
 
Our meal consisted of :
1. The Cucumber salad ( There were a few more pieces on the plate before I snapped the picture, not many, but a few). This had kind of a sour taste to it and I would not order this again. Scott liked it though.
 
2. Spring rolls ( which were yummy)
 
3. I thought this was the honey Sesame Chicken but as I looked back through other pictures, our chicken did not have the sesame seeds on it. Scott said he thought it was Sweet and Sour Chicken but as I looked back through the menu, there was no Sweet and Sour chicken on it. It was definitely sweet tasting and not sour so I definitely think it was the Honey chicken without the Sesame seeds on it. Regardless of what it was, it was very tasty and I would not hesitate to get it again.
 
There wasn't much on the dessert menu but that was okay, I hadn't planned on getting dessert anyway. I was hoping to find something from one of the Food and Wine kiosks as we continued our stroll through Epoct.
 
So overall, I did enjoy Nine Dragons and I would not hesitate to go there again. I know the portions look small in my pictures, but they could easily be split between two people with moderate appetites.
 
Have you ever been pleasantly surprised about a new restaurant you've tried?  What's your favorite restaurant in World Showcase? ~M


Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Do You Roo?


I wanted to share this product today because I thought it might be a good product that some people might want to put on their holiday list.

Anytime I find a new running product I am always excited to try it. There are many fuel belts out there, some great some not so much. The biggest problem that comes with fuel belts is finding the right one that doesn't bounce while your run. Another problem are the loops that you put your GUs through that you find may fall out during your run. Well problem solved.  Meet the Roo Sport. 



 
Roo Sport is a small pouch that has a magnetic strip that fits on your waistline. The above picture is just to show where it snaps at. (Of course I would not wear my shirt tucked in while I run). The pocket actually is open that faces towards you so it is easy access. There is an additional pocket that has a zipper on the other side.
There are few different sizes to choose from. I chose the smallest one. One because I didn't need anything too big and two it was the least expensive.  The description said it would fit several GUs, keys, and credit cards. I thought that's exactly what I need it for. Perfect!  It did make it very clear that the small ones did not fit smart phones.  I don't normally carry my phone with me anyways and was not looking for something that did so I wasn't to worried about that. Well let me tell you, my phone DID fit (without the case). I have the Samsung Galaxy 3. I was quite surprised.  
 
I took a few trial runs with it on and I couldn't even tell I had anything on. I had several GUs and a few tissues in there.( Even though my phone fit in it, I did not run with it). The real test was when I used it for the Vegas full Marathon. it was great! I had no problems with it bouncing or getting anything out of it I needed.

In addition to wearing it for the race, I wore it during the day walking around. It was so nice to not have a purse to carry around. I did put my phone in it during this time, as well as credit cards, cash, and chapstick. I am looking forward to taking it with me to Disney World while visiting the parks. It will be great to go hands-free.

If you want to try a Roo of your own,  they are giving a 20 % discount. Use code roosale at checkout.

Have you ever heard/tried of Roo Sport?   ~L
 
If so what did you think of it? 
If not what are you waiting for? Go try it!
 
I was not asked to write this review. I truly love the product and just wanted to share.

We are linking up with Tuesdays on The Run.
 

Monday, November 17, 2014

Live from Las Vegas

Good morning all! Well, it's still morning here in Vegas anyway! These past few days have been absolutely exhausting. We had the very long plane ride, then the 5K, and then the Full and Half marathons last night.

We will get a full review of the races later this week but last night's race was a bit chilly. There was even a freeze warning in effect. Can you believe that? Of all nights! Besides that, there was still some PR action going on! We aren't quite the party animal type so we didn't do a lot of celebrating afterwards. The cold weather and pure exhaustion we felt played a role in that. However, we will be going out some today and tonight. The weather is actually suppose to be warmer today.

We also want to give a big congrats to our friends who ran in Richmond and in Disneyland this weekend. It was a great weekend for races!

Did you race this weekend?

Friday, November 14, 2014

Items you'll want for cold weather running.....



Happy Friday Folks!  The theme for the Friday 5 this week is Cold Weather Running Tips.  We have been extremely lucky that it has been quite mild in our neck of the woods lately. However, I hear all that will change this weekend. I hear it will be cold! It's a good thing we are on our way to Las Vegas!  I'm hoping it's not cold there. We went to Vegas a few years ago in November ( this same weekend) and it was freezing!  It has been quite a dilemma figuring out how to pack!

So anyway, here are some tips on cold weather running.

First piece of advice:  Don't do it.  I kid. I know not everyone has a treadmill at their home or access to a gym. So in that case here are some of my favorite things to help keep warm on those cold runs.


#1. I wouldn't have been able to get through some of my runs last winter with out my Under Armour Cold Gear hood. I've seen similar ones but they were made of fleece or heavier material. Plus, this is the only one I could find that wasn't black. I felt that if I ran around town in a black hood like this that people might think I was a burglar..haha.

#2 Another piece of essential gear for me were some fleece lined leggings that I found. I'm pretty sure they aren't specifically for running. I found them at a clothing boutique in town. They are polyester and not cotton and they work great.  I will ditch my compression pants and wear these on cold days.

3. My Running Gaiter is another thing that I love. Mine is a pretty purple C9 by Champion one.  ( True story: I actually wear this in the summer too. Whenever we ride in the convertible, I wear it over my head so my hair doesn't blow all over) My husband thinks I look like a goof but I think it looks 1950's fab. Although it is meant for around the neck, mine is stretchy enough that I can pull it up over my head when I run. I like using this on windy days. I would show you a picture, but of course I look like a goofball! Hey, what you need to do to stay warm.

4. Right now I am using my knit gloves from Runningskirts.com but I am hoping to get a pair of running gloves that have the touch screen tip on the fingers so I can access my electronics ( like my ipod) when I run without having to take my gloves off.  The whole touch screen thing isn't something that I normally think about ( and you might not either) until I'm out in the cold and want to hit the next track on my ipod. I did get a pair of those touch screen gloves for Christmas last year but they were dressy gloves and not very warm at all.

5 ( Final Tip) I admit, a snowy run can be fun. I did a few of those last year and it was peaceful, almost like running through a winter wonderland. Just make sure you  are running on paths and sidewalks that are cleared. You don't want to run over any unexpected ice hiding underneath that fine layer of snow.

Don't forget we are coming up on the last few days to enter the GIVEAWAY and sign up for the HOLIDAY CARD SWAP.

What gloves do you wear to run in?   ~M


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




Thursday, November 13, 2014

Re-Decorate as a Runner

I have been wanting to re-decorate a few rooms in my house for quite a while now, but I keep putting it off and putting off because I believe painting a room is a huge undertaking. Scott on the other hand thinks it's no big deal. If you don't like the color, you can just paint over it. Well, as true as that may be, I know that's easier said then done.  A lot of time and effort goes in to painting. It's not just painting, it's moving furniture, covering the carpet, taping up the trim, etc. That is why I study my paint samples days on end, in the dark, in the light, in the natural daylight, and up against the carpet before I decide which color to go with. I want to make sure it's a color I'm going to be happy living with for many years!

all photos are from Goneforarun.com
So let me give you a little background, ten years ago when we purchased our home, it was a blank slate. White walls everywhere. Scott insisted we get some color on them. Of course I went through my routine of getting the paint samples and then taking forever to decide on a color. One evening we were at Home Depot to get some paint samples for the living room. I thought we were only getting samples but Scott insisted that we come home with a color that evening. I was going crazy, I couldn't decided on something right there on the spot. You mean I can't take it home and see it in the dark? I can't see how it looks in the daylight? I can't match it up against the carpet?  So trying to be a smart alec, I pulled out just a random paint sample and said "okay, I'll go with this one".  I really just wanted to see what Scott would say. Being as agreeable as he is, he said "okay, lets go get it mixed up". I was shocked. I said WAIT, Do you know what color this is? It's Pink. We can't have a pink living room.  Actually the color was called  "Suede by Eddie Bauer", And it was a deep shade of pink. Needless to say, that is the color we ended up with and it has been on our living room wall for 10 years now.

I'm a little sick of the color, but alas I am too lazy to go through the effort to re-paint it. Actually I think the thing that is holding me back is that I haven't found the perfect drapes yet! But in the meantime I am going to try to redecorate in other ways to bring in some different colors.

I wanted to add shades of blue to this room and this pillow that I received from Gone For A Run is helping me do that. This is just the incentive I needed to start displaying more colorful decorations.

I haven't bought any throw pillows in quite a while because I had a dog that would chew them a part. This particular dog no longer spends time in the living room anymore, so I am happy to display this pillow there! I was surprised to see that the pillow had a smooth satin-y type finish on it and the casing is removable and washable. If you look really closely, inside the chevron print is a stick figure runner girl. It's hard to see and I didn't notice it either at first.  The pillow insert is actually a faux down and it very soft. I really liked the Chevron print and wanted it in blue ( because like I said, I want to start adding more color to my room), but there are lots of fun styles and prints to choose from.
all photos are from Goneforarun.com

The above dog pillow was also a contender. You can of course get your name or a race bib printed on it as well.  Gone For A Run has over 50 styles of pillows and each one of them comes in multiple colors.

Scott keeps encouraging me to hang my medals downstairs so I can show off my accomplishments, but I like all my medals upstairs in my dressing room. However, I do like that Gone For a Run has these items that  have a running themes without being too "in your face" about it. Like the subtle 13.1 on the pillow I got, and the great word art that is pictures in the first photo. Gone For a Run also has some cute picture frames and some wall art as well.   ~M

Do you have any "Runner" decorations in your home?

I am a Gone For a Run ambassador and was provided the 13.1 pillow free of charge. As always, all opinions are my own.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Runner Stuff I'm Loving and My Birthday!



Since today is my birthday I thought I'd share with you some of the goodies I received this week.

Medal Hanger- I was pretty excited about this one in particular because it is the J&A logo. If you live in the Virginia area and ever ran any of their races, then you will recognize this. I completed all the J&A races in 2013. In additional to one in 2012 and one in 2014. Now I have a place to display them all.
 

Also I got a mini foam roller to take when I travel to races. This will come in handy this weekend for Vegas.


I got this piece of Bling in the mail this week. It's for completing 2 Rock n Roll series races.  I'm looking forward to getting my third one after Vegas.
 
 
 
I was sent a box of Protein Chox to try. I worked some long hours this week and thought it was the perfect time to try them since they have 22 grams of protein. After eating one of these bars I can honestly say they were quite filling and it held me off until my next meal, unlike many protein bars I have tried in the past. A few things I enjoyed about these bars is they don't have hardly any dietary fiber in them. Now you may think that is a bad thing, but when you are working long hours and always on the go you don't have time for additional bathroom breaks. And with that much protein in them, they are filling enough.  Speaking about protein. It did not taste like most protein bars that you may have tried. I hate when you can actually taste the whey protein in it and the thick consistency it may come with. This almost takes like it could pass as a candy bar. The flavor I tried was maple and pecan, which was delicious. But they also have many other tasty flavors to try.
 I was given a complementary box of Protein Chox to enjoy.
 
And although not running related, I came home from work and this was set up in the dining room.
 
And this Burt's Bees Gift Basket was delivered to me.
 

Since I had off from work this past weekend, the Melting Pot was the restaurant of choice for my celebration. Of course it looked better after it was cooked, but who has time for pictures after it's cooked:)

And then there was dessert....delicious!    ~L
 
 
Have you tried Protein Chox?  Do you like the Melting Pot?
 
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