Friday, February 27, 2015

Disney's Enchanted 10K


10k


1. The Race:Saturday was the enchanted 10K. This is actually the first race as part of the Glass Slipper Challenge ( the 5K was not included in the challenge). Even thought the weather was suppose to be a little warmer, we still wore our leggings. I hate being cold at the start. I even wore my Princess race jacket from last year but shed it after the first mile when it started to warm up. I carried it for a while and then my lovely sister said she would carry it for me the rest of the way.  Since my sister and I were both in corral "A", we decided we would stick together. ( yup, this is the first time I've ever been in corral "A" with my sister in anything other than a 5K...lol.  My mom was in the same corral too, but was running a little faster than we were. Since my sister and I were both having knee issues, we wanted to be a little more conservative with this race.

2. The Course:We both really like this course. The start is in the Epcot parking lot (same as the 5k). It goes up on the highway and loops around to the back road before you enter Epcot (like it does for the 5K). But unlike the 5K, the 10K crosses the International Gateway in Epcot and then goes around the Boardwalk area, passes the Swan and Dolphin, and Yacht and Beach Club resorts before entering Epcot again and then finishing in the same spot as the 5K. At one point I actually felt "normal" and pain free as I was running. It has been SO long since I have ben able to run without any pinching in my leg. I actually felt so "free". But that feeling didn't last long.

3.Pictures:Although we like the course, We feel that this race is lacking in characters.  We always skip the first character stop because it's just way too dark at that time and the pictures don't turn out clear, making it a waste of time for us to even stop.
We did find some friends to take pictures with though: Baseball Donald and Christine from We Run Disney who just happened to PR this race.   Also we want to give a shout out to everyone who saw us this day and came up to us to say "Hi" ( Marcy, Jenny Lou, Courtney, etc)  





4. Time:We weren't running this race for time, but in the end we ended up coming in several minutes earlier than we did last year which was a fun surprise!

race shirt
5: Bling:The medal is the same basic design as last year except it is silver instead of gold. Also there is a snowflake on it instead of the Cinderella carriage that was on it last year. Of course the ribbon is different as well.

Check out our Disney Frozen 5K from the day before HERE.







Thursday, February 26, 2015

Disney's Wish Came True with a Frozen 5K

 Frozen

The first race of the Princess Race weekend is the 5K. It use to be called the Royal Family 5K but it looks like it has since changed its name to just the Princess 5K and this year it was the Frozen 5K, literally.

I never ended up showing our race day outfits for the 5K before we left for Florida, so here they are.
snow white and pocahontas
Snow White and Pocahontas. Our mom ran with us and she was Belle.  Now of course this is what we "Planned" on wearing. But the weather on Friday morning was freezing ( and I'm not exaggerating), so these outfits called for a few more layers. I had a base layer long sleeve PLUS my throwaway jacket with a hood underneath my Snow White shirt and I had fleece leggings AND Tights on under my skirt. Lacey and mom also had a base layer, long sleeves and leggings on under their outfits as well. My mom loved her new Rock City Skirt!  Notice the bow in my hair? That was made by my lovely friend Kim. She also gave my mom a "Belle inspired" bow to wear.
costumes
These bows are made of quality material and Kim can make them with a barrette clip or an alligator clip. She can really make any design you would like. Aren't they fabulous?  She sells them on Etsy. Be sure to check out her Facebook Page All Things Disney Bows and her instagram @AllthingsDisneybows

You may remember me saying from earlier this week that my flight was delayed by 7.5 hours so I never made it to the expo on Thursday evening to pick up my bib. Well, I had no idea that we were able to pick them up on race day, so this was such a relief and a great option!  The only problem was that when we got to the runner relations tent to pick them up that morning, there was such a long line Even though my sister already had her bib ( she was able to make it to the expo because her plane was NOT delayed), she waited in line with me. We ended up missing our corral and had to jump in a further one. This really wasn't a big deal since it was just a fun run anyway but since we were further back, we ended up waiting longer in line for character pictures.


Characters

We were so excited to see that the classic Disney characters, Minnie, Mickey, Pluto, and Goofy were on the course because we rarely see them during a 5K.  However, Since it IS the Princess 5K, we thought that it was odd that there were no princesses on the course (or characters from Princess movies). I thought that perhaps since it was SO cold that morning that maybe a switch was made at the last minute. Maybe Disney didn't want "Face" characters on the course for that long and thought these "costumed" characters would be able to stay warmer for the length of the race.

princess 5k

We were glad to see that in the center of Epcot there was of course a stage with Frozen characters up on it, for Display purposes only. You couldn't get pictures with them. Could you imagine how long those lines would be?
5k

                                        A few characters we found after the finish line.

I have to say that I believe this was actually one of the coldest races I've ran. I kept my gloves on during the race and only took them off for pictures. During those few seconds I could feel my fingers becoming numb. I wonder if this is really what Disney had in mind when they named it the Frozen 5K?
                       
5k medal
Minnie really liked our "medals".

What was the coldest race you've ever run? For those of you who ran the 5K during marathon weekend, was this one colder?

We ran Disney's Enchanted 10K the next day. You can read about that HERE.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

WEAW Disney Edition


mickey waffles

Since it is Wednesday, we thought we would do a "What WE ate Wednesday, Disney Edition. One of the most fun things about Disney is eating at their unique restaurants.  Although most Disney visitors make their dinning reservations 180 days in advance, we usually just "Wing it". So far that method has worked out okay for us because we have been able to get in to every place we wanted to. There have been a few times we've made reservations once we arrive at Disney and that has worked out for us too.  Here are just a few dishes that we remembered to take pictures of. Please don't be offended if you see meals that have already had bites taken out of them.

pasta
 
A meal at the Rainforest Café is always a must. Lacey got the linguini with sauté veggies, chicken, and shrimp and I got my favorite Jungle steak and shrimp that come with shrimp scampi and coconut shrimp. I usually get mashed potatoes but decided to mix things up a little and got French Fries! Exciting I know!
ice cream
Dessert at Ghiradelli is always a tradition during race weekend. On the left is the brownie sundae in a waffle bowl. On the right is the cappuccino sundae.
 
Picabu cafe
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One evening we decided to play mini golf at Fantasia Gardens, so since we were already over that way we decided to eat at the Swan and Dolphin resort. I ordered the Pot Roast with 2 sides ( mashed potatoes and macaroni and cheese). Lacey ordered the chicken burrito bowl. My mom had the lasagna with 2 side dishes which we neglected to take a picture of but she said it was fabulous!
 
restaurants in magic kingdom
One of my favorite dishes of the weekend was the Tomato and mozzarella salad from Tony's Town Square in the Magic Kingdom. You actually got 4 slices of tomato and mozzarella but  this was one of those times I was eager to dig in before the picture got taken. Lacey and I both ordered the Shrimp Scampi with sun dried tomatoes and asparagus.
Disney food
One day we went to the Cape May Buffet at the Beach Club for brunch. Since this was a buffet, there was much on the menu!  Perhaps we will review this restaurant at a later date.
 
Magic Kingdom
Snacks at the Magic Kingdom consisted of an ice cream sandwich cookie for Lacey and a Plaza Sundae for me. Of course we both shared a little bit. Lacey ordered the cookie with cookies and cream ice cream in the middle and the soft chewy cookies were just fabulous. My sundae came with 2 scoops of ice cream so I ordered mint chocolate chip and birthday cake. They were both good but the birthday cake was way too sweet and I couldn't eat it all.

disney breakfast
Another tradition during race weekend is that we always try to eat at Kona Café after one of the races. We always order the Big Kahuna which is French Toast, Pancakes topped with Pineapples and macadamia nut butter, 2 eggs, bacon, ham, sausage, and home fried potatoes.
 
disney food
Strawberries and sushi  also from the Polynesian.
 
We also had some meals at the Contemporary and Grand Floridian that didn't make it until the camera came out. It was one of those situations where it was late and we were hungry!

Unfortunately no cupcakes or Dole Whips were consumed on this trip. Maybe next time!


What is your favorite "treat" to get while on vacation? Do you have a favorite food you eat after a race?

Monday, February 23, 2015

Trying to run disney

We just finished three great races at Disney World this weekend as part of the Princess Half Marathon weekend. It didn't start off that great though. Lacey arrived at Disney bright and early on Thursday morning but I on the other hand had my flight delayed by 7.5 hours!!!! Not what you want to hear when you are going to Disney. It wasn't even a weather issue either, it was a maintenance issue. Of course I want to be safe, but they could have called in another aircraft or something. This delay caused me to miss the race expo on Thursday, so I was unable to pick my bib up for the race on Friday morning. This was a bit annoying but wasn't a huge deal because I was able to pick it up at the race the morning of. Which reminds me that I never did post a picture of our final 5K outfit. I'll get on that later this week.

So, remember on Thursday we wrote that we wanted to try some new stuff during this trip? Well, we've been here for 5 days already and have not done anything new yet! Hopefully we will work on that in the coming days.

How was your weekend? Did you try anything new?

Friday, February 20, 2015

5 Races to run in 2015

 Happy Friday Folks!

Today's theme for the Friday 5 is Five Races to run in 2015.  We will be completing our 3rd, 4th and 5th races of the year this weekend while we are at Disney. Today is the Royal Family 5K, Tomorrow is the Enchanted 10K and Sunday is the Princess Half Marathon.

half marathon

So what else do we have on the schedule this year? Well, as you know, we both have been struggling this year with injuries so we aren't loading up our race calendars. We think it's time we really taking resting more seriously.  But in the meantime, here is what we have "planned"

1. April Fools Race:  (April)We've done this race for the past two years.  The weekend consists of a 7K, 11K, and half marathon. Although last year's race wasn't as fabulous as the year before, it is still worth participating in, especially since it's a weekend spent at the beach and we got a free entry.  It use to be put on by the Revel resort but since that closed I am anxious to see how the race will be handled.

2. Tinkerbell Half Marathon: (May) This will be the first Disneyland race for both of us. As you can suspect, we are very excitedly looking forward to it.  We will be doing the Pixie Dust Challenge which consist of a 5K, a 10K, and Half Marathon.

3. Rock n Roll Virginia Beach:  (September)This race is probably the reason we will never get to run the Disneyland half marathon. Both of these races are held on Labor Day weekend and by far is one of our favorite races!  This will be the 4th year we will be participating in this event.

4. Rock n Roll Philadelphia: (TBD)This race probably wouldn't have been on our radar again this year but since we have an RnR tour pass to use, we are putting it on the list. Registration hasn't opened yet since a date has not been set.

5. To round out our RnR tour pass, we are considering RnR Savannah (November).  We were considering Nashville but really don't want to add anymore races this spring since we are trying keep longer periods of recovery between races. But really a third RnR race is still up in the air. We're taking suggestions!

What races are you looking forward to this year? Which RnR race would you suggest?



Thursday, February 19, 2015

Thinking Out Loud Thursday

Happy Thursday folks!  We thought today would be a god day to do another random thinking out loud post, so here goes!

Run Disney

We are at Disney and the Health and Fitness Expo is on the agenda today!

Since the day we booked this trip, we have switched our reservation to three different resorts.  We were all set to try a new resort, but then an old favorite opened up at the last minute and we couldn't resist.  We like being at monorail resorts because of the easy access to things. We plan to try a new resort on a future visit but a race weekend is not the time we want to try something new (at least resort wise).

Speaking of trying something new, we will look to do at least three new things (hopefully) that we have not done before. The great thing about Disney is that no matter how many times you go, you can always have a different experience.  One thing we are looking forward to is relaxing at Typhoon Lagoon after the race on Sunday. We hadn't been here in about 15 years. I hope the weather cooperates.

I have no expectations for any of these races this weekend. I am of course not real worried about the 5K but I will say that I feel like I am in worse shape now than I was when I ran the marathon last month. For the 10K and Half, I will admit I am worried!  -M

I have been consistently applying Tiger Balm to my leg and I think it's working. I can actually run now!  But to be fair, I don't know if it is the Tiger Balm or the fact that I have been resting it. I hope I am healed, but I guess I'll find out soon enough! -L


When you go on vacation do you like to visit the same restaurants and resorts (because you know you already enjoy them) or do you make a point to always try something new?

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

What I Ate Wednesday and Some Coupons

Since we knew we would be heading on vacation this week, we've tried to be really conscientious as to what we ate in the days prior ( meaning we tried to limited the junk food and sweets). We figured we would be splurging a little at Disney so we might as well eat "good" on the days leading up to our departure.

 
Scott was feeling under the weather this week so I tried my hand at making home made chicken noodle soup. This is the first time I've ever made home made chicken noodle soup. My mom told me the ingredients over the phone but I did the rest myself and I have to say it was quite easy and I really impressed myself. Scott said it was really good but now I need to make it again when he is not ill so he can actually taste it!  ( that picture above is my bowl of soup an I put a LOT of pepper on it, that's why it looks like that)
 
After having chicken noodle soup for two days (I made a LOT), I decided I wanted something different so I made a healthy choice meal (while Scott continued to eat the soup). I've had the healthy choice pumpkin ravioli and really enjoy it so I thought I might like this one too. The verdict, it was alright but I probably wouldn't buy it again.
On Monday I made this Chili Mac Skillet  topped with shredded cheese and salsa. I got the recipe from Kathryn from the blog From Dancing to Running. I thought it was pretty good. I plan to make it again with a few variations. I'd like to try shredded chicken next time instead of ground beef. Thanks Kathryn!
 
 
I received a  free coupon from Smiley 360 to review this Seeds of Change line of products.  They have several flavors of rice and quinoa but I picked the Spanish Rice.  I can honestly say this was the BEST rice I've ever had. I've never been a huge fan of rice and quite frankly I can never make it quite right. Yup, even minute rice never turns out right ( neither microwave nor stove top). The nice thing about this is that you throw the whole pouch right in the microwave. It came out and every piece of rice was cooked correctly (When I make regular rice I usually have a few pieces that are still hard).  I may have even eaten a few bites right from the pouch before I stuffed the peppers.
 
I had a difficult time finding the Seeds of Change products at my regular grocery stores but I finally found this one at Wal-Mart. Seeds of Change also has a line of sauces out that I really want to try but have not been able to find yet. If you would like to try any of the Seeds of Change products, you can get a coupon HERE.
 
 
It was really hard to stay "good" this week because there were SO many sweets at the grocery store (because of valentines day). I almost gave in to the chocolate cherry cookies and the lemon drop cookies but instead I bought 3 boxes of cereal and called it even!  I did have a small bowl of ice cream on Valentines day though.
 
My go to snack lately has been the Quaker rice cakes. I've had rice cakes in the past and have forgotten how much I like them. I recently discovered the buttered popcorn flavored ones and have been hooked!  Warning: You can't eat just one!
 
I think I did okay this week. Alright now, we're on our way to Disney so bring on the cupcakes and the mickey bars!
 
What great thing did you eat this week?

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Where in the World to get race merchandise engraved and embroidered

If you are looking to have some race items personalized in an effort to commemorate your race, there are actually several ways you can do that around Disney World.
personalized and embroidered

1.The first and most obvious way to commemorate a race is to have your medal engraved.
Lasting Commemoratives is the company that does it at Disney Races and they have a tent set up after the finish line. I have never done this but my friend Heather has so the information here is from her. It's $20 to get the engraving done and they prefer cash (but may accept credit cards too).

You can actually pre-pay at the expo if you don't want to carry cash on you during the race. They will actually engrave any medals not just the Disney ones. So if you have medals from other races that you wish you would have got engraved, you can bring them here and they'll do it!  When you get to the tent you will fill out a form with your name and bib number. It gets put in a line and there is someone there with a computer and engraver that does it right there. The wait is usually 5-15 minutes depending on how many people are in front of you in line.

If you miss the engraving tent at the race or change your mind about the engraving on the days following the race don't worry. There are still a few places in the world you can get your medal engraved.

2. Arribas Brothers in Downtown Disney is a crystal gift/jewelry shop and has an artist on hand that will engrave your medal.  Ironically enough I wanted to get a necklace engraved there and they wouldn't do that.

3. Disney's Wonderful World of Memories at Downtown Disney will also do engraving on medals. This one actually surprised me. I knew they embroidered Mickey ears but didn't know about the medals until the cast member had told me.


So what other things can you personalize?

What about getting your race jacket embroidered?  I did that with a run Disney jacket I bought earlier this year. I wasn't crazy about the "official" marathon jacket so I just bought a run Disney jacket and had WDW Marathon embroidered on it.

4. At Disney you can get race jackets (and other items) embroidered at Adrian and Edith's Head to Toe shop at Hollywood Studios.  You can even bring in non-Disney items and they will embroider them too.  I hear it is a pretty reasonable price at around $10 an item. You can get things engraved here too!

5. Getting Christmas ornaments personalized with a race and date seems to be a popular thing to do. When we were at Disney for marathon weekend we saw the artists painting several Dopey Challenge  ornaments. The cost for personalizing was about $12 plus the cost of the ornament.
Ye Olde Christmas Shoppe at Magic Kingdom and Disney's Days of Christmas in Downtown Disney both personalize ornaments.  Do this earlier in the day in case it takes a few hours to complete. Know that during a race weekend it may even take a day or two.

6. Glaskunst in Germany ( in Epcot) is an outdoor store that sells glass items that you can get engraved. How cool would it be to get a personalized wine glass with  your name, race and a PR? Hmm, I think I might do this if I ever PR at Wine n Dine!  They do beer steins too!

7. If you missed getting a T-shirt at the race expo, you can design your own. There is a Design a Tee in Downtown Disney that allows you to choose from hundreds of Disney images and then you can add your own words to it. I'm thinking this might be a great way to create your own unique "I Did It" shirt!

8. Also at Arribas Brothers you can get a picture frame engraved with the name of your race and date on it ( or anything that you want engraved on it of course).

Of course there are other places around the "world" to get cool personalized items to commemorate your race but these are just the ones that we were able to think of right away.

What is the most unique thing that you've done to commemorate a race?



Monday, February 16, 2015

The Check List

Hello Readers! Did you all have a happy Valentines day weekend? It was cold here and it flurried. Did I mention it was cold?  I looked up the weather for Florida this week and gasped when I saw that it was going to be 54 degrees one day during our trip. This made me want to re-think some of the things I was going to pack.

Since I didn't go anywhere this weekend, I got a start on my packing for Disney. If you know me, you know that I thrive on organization and I love lists. I intend to carry-on my luggage so it is very important that everything is organized. I decided to put a list together to help me visually see what all I needed and how I would pack it.  Since I put the list together, I figured I'd share it in hopes it would help someone else who is packing for a race-cation.
what to pack for a race

I have to divide my stuff up in separate categories and then each category gets put in its own gallon ziplock bag.

1. Documents: This includes Race Waivers, Magic bands, airline boarding passes, resort reservation information, tickets, etc. (I actually forgot to pack my park ticket last month when I visited WDW)

2. Snack Bags: In this bag I pack my Honey Stingers and any other race fuel I need ( remember GU's are considered a liquid and need to be in a separate ziplock bag. I also pack packs of oatmeal and some Clif bars so I can eat them for breakfast before the race. Food courts will not be open at 3am.

3. Race Day outfits: I'm sure you've heard this one before, but I've packed each outfit for each race in its own ziplock bag. EVERYTHING that will go on for that race including the tank, shorts, skirt, sports bra, undies, socks, sweatyband, arm sleeves, compression sleeves, and hair ties. There is one bag for each race.

4. Running essentials. There are a few things I won't be able to get by without. Tiger balm and IBprofen  are two of them. You may need KT tape, biofreeze, or a few other things. Also my hand held water bottle will be packed in this bag. Be sure to check out this list of items to bring with you to the start of the race.

5.  Cosmetics and personal items.

6. Electronics. Runners have a LOT of stuff to plug in ( Garmin, Ipod, Phone, Camera, etc). I keep all my cords together in a ziplock bag so I can easily find them.

Of course I then throw in the rest of the clothes I plan to wear during the week.  Since this crazy weather has come into play, I'm still struggling on how many cold weather items I want to bring.

If you are unsure what you might need for a race-cation, check out this list of 7 things you might not think to bring but would be very helpful.

I Also wrote a post last year called "What I'm packing and NOT packing" which might be helpful if you are carrying on and trying to save some space too. There are a few things that you just wont need to bother bringing.

Friday, February 13, 2015

5 Valentines For My Sweetheart

Happy Friday Folks!  How many of you have something special planned tonight in anticipation of Valentines day? And how many of you have a scary movie planned because ya know it IS Friday the 13th?  Since the Friday 5 topic is about Love, I don't plan on talking about anything scary here!

We are not huge into Valentines day, but I do like that it allows us to be creative. I love anytime to have a little photo shoot with my gal and what better way than to make Valentines for our friends.

I know I showed some of these before, but I thought it was the perfect time to show them again.

Our Valentine Card Collection throughout the years.


valentine card
1. This is our Valentine for this year. I was a little lacking in inspiration this year but since it has been so cold lately I thought it was fitting.
 
kissing booth
 2. This one was from a few years back and was the most fun one to create. It always amazes me how patient this dog is and how well she behaves. I literally had no trouble having her stay in that box till I could take the picture. 
valentine card
3. This was last year's Valentine. This one is near and dear to my heart. I think my parents love it too because this Valentine is still hanging up on their back door.
 
valentine card
4. This is one of the very first Valentine cards that the dogs helped create! They were so co-operative even with the tie and ruffle. I almost feel sorry for these dogs for all the other sill outfits I've put them in over the years. You DID see the Christmas post, right?
 
 
yellow labrador
 
5. This Valentine is for YOU.  Use it as a virtual Valentine from us or maybe you need to send a valentine for someone and you don't have time to make one yourself. Feel free to cut and paste this one. We don't mind. We won't even try to take credit for it!
 
 
Have a Good one friends!   Are you doing something exciting this weekend?
 



Thursday, February 12, 2015

The Runner's Room



running clothes

 
After spending some time in my dressing room working on my race wall, I decided I wanted to start a little spring cleaning. I can't believe how many running shirts I've accumulated over the years. I've found some that I never even wore yet. It made me think that maybe I should  consider having a race blanket made.
folding running clothes

 I previously had my running clothes in one of the sweater organizers but recently added a second one. I feel this lets me organize them easier ( all tank tops are together, all short sleeve are together, all long sleeve are together, etc).  I am considering replacing the sweater organizer on the left with one that is the same type like on the right. The zippered front on it can make it tricky to get the clothes in and out.

white shelf
 I love when my dressing room is organized. I put loose items, like running socks, in those pink bins to the right. This lets me easily grab them. l did something that is HUGE for me. I am not a pack rat by any means but I tend to hold on to certain items because I feel bad getting rid of them. I finally realized that it was okay to get rid of old college t-shirts and sweatshirts that I hadn't worn in years and I probably will not wear in the future. And it seems as though I have t-shirts from not only every race I've run, but every school I attended, every place I've worked, every vacation I've gone on, every sports team I've followed, and the list could go on and on. I have learned that I do NOT need to buy another t-shirt.  I am really going to try to stick to this when I go on my next Disney trip.

hanging clothes
My husband has been after me to get an actual shoe rack.  It sounds like it would be a good idea but I know that I wouldn't take the time to put the shoes properly back on the rack each time I'm done wearing them, (I'm just being honest here)!
Some of this stuff has been re-organized since I took this picture.  I actually have a few bags to take to the Good Will store. 

I definitely learned that sometimes less really is more!

What would you learn by cleaning out YOUR closet? Is there something you admit to have too much of?

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

The Great Race Project

run disney


The other day I posted on Instagram that I had a little project brewing. It looked a little like this.

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Run or Rest with your Valentine!

 
Are you someone's Valentine this year? Do you like the traditional gifts of flowers and candy? I'm a candy gal for sure so that is one of my "go to" little treats on Valentines day. It's actually the gift I love to hate, or is it the gift I hate to love?   Anyway, if you do not share in my loves of all things candy, you may prefer little treats like the ones below.
 
 
 
running gear
 
With the exception of the running skirt from Rock City Skirts, all these items came from Gone For A Run. I'm loving the Candy heart T-shirt.  Hmm, a shirt with Candy on it!  If I was confident that I would be at the finish line of my next race, I would get that ( All joking a side, I WILL get to the finish line). Those shirts come in a few other colors and sayings too.  The 13.1 heart in the corner is actually a shoe charm. Every runner needs a shoe charm!
 
 
Since I am currently a Runner at rest, perhaps these goodies would be more suitable.
running mug
 
 I think those candy heart compression socks are just adorable  (there I go again with the candy)!
-M


Do you exchange Valentines gifts with anyone? If so what types of gifts do you deem suitable for Valentines day?

                                                      

It's Just What I wanted

Happy Monday friends! I hope you all had a fabulous weekend.   Previously during a Peek in our Week I mentioned that I found a really great ice pack.  I wanted to tell you a little bit about this ice pack (because it's so fabulous)!

When I would ice my legs, I would often use the large ice packs that we would keep in our freezer. I'm sure they were probably suppose to be ice packs for putting in coolers and keeping stuff cold, but  I didn't really think that much about them. I would just pull them out when I needed ice.  They would start off being a frozen block and it was really hard to wrap it around my leg in the places I wanted it until it thawed out about 35 minutes later!   

I also had some really great round ice packs ( about the size of your cheek), that were from the Oral Surgeon that worked great on the sides of my knees. The problem here was that I had to hold the ice pack in place the entire time.

Since I was icing more often, I realized that I needed to find a solution ASAP. I decided that I would get one of the Dr. Cool Wraps, which is an ice pack that wraps nicely around which ever area you want. Even though Dr. Cool Wrap was having a sale, I didn't have time to order it off the website. I saw online that Dick's Sporting Goods had the Dr. Cool Wrap online as well so I thought maybe I could pick one up at my local Dick's Sporting Goods. Turns out, they didn't sell them in the store.
knee pain

I had a coupon for CVS (our local drug store), so I thought I would look there. Turns out, they have a ton of different ice wraps.  The main things I was looking for was 1) Did it have an ice pack that would conform to my leg and 2) did it have some way of securing it to my leg  (like Velcro).

They had some compression sleeves in which the ice packs would slide in and out of the sleeve, but the ice pack that went with it looked a lot like the ice pack I already had at home. The packaging said it would conform to the body, but I wasn't sure if it would be as flexible as I wanted it to be.

I then found the Peas hot or cold therapy pack.  This is like a gel pack. It can be frozen or microwaved ( I haven't used it in the microwave yet).  They come in many different styles, but I chose the one that goes around the knee.  This looks like a donut, and of course you are suppose to put it around your knee cap, but since that is not really where my pain is I decided to use it differently. I tightly velcroed it to the side of my knee. Now I can finally ice the side and the back of my knee at the same time and the best part is, I don't have to hold it!

I learned a little tip from my friend Lois who use to work in Sports Medicine, only ice for 15 minutes at a time. I did not know this and I would just keep the ice or ice pack on my leg until it melted. Now I ice one leg for 15 minutes and the Peas ice pack is still frozen enough that I can then transfer it over to the other knee and ice for another 15 minutes!

I am assuming that this Peas ice pack is actually the store brand (because it has CVS printed on it). It cost only $10.99 ( but I had a coupon so it cost me less).  If you are not familiar with CVS, you could probably pick up something similar at your own local drug store.   I'm really loving this little ice pack and hope I can pack it with me when I go to Disney next week!   -M

What kind of ice pack do you use?

Monday, February 9, 2015

Disneyland Half Marathon 10th Anniversary Party

Will you be registering for the Disneyland Half Marathon or the Dumbo Double Dare, (or any other race that takes place at Disneyland resort that weekend)?  If so, you will likely know that this year the Disneyland Half marathon will be celebrating it's 10th anniversary as well as Disneyland Resorts 60th.  How fun!  To commemorate this event, runners will now have the opportunity to go to the "Run Disney Anniversary Party".
I had a few folks ask me already about this event (and how to get tickets), so I thought I would share what little bit that I know.

party

Registration for this event will take place tomorrow (Feb 10th).

Tickets to the Anniversary party will be selected as an "add on" after you had registered for the race. (Similar to adding on Pasta in the Parks or commemorative race merchandise).

Tickets will be $99.

The Anniversary Party will take place on Thursday September 4th  at the Disneyland park  (sometime in the late afternoon/evening).

There will be special areas roped off for the run Disney guests, photo ops, and a few other surprises.


For more detailed information, be sure to check out the registration page tomorrow at 9 am.

PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS IS THE ONLY INFORMATION ABOUT THIS EVENT THAT WAS AVAILABLE TO ME AT THE TIME THIS POST WAS PUBLISHED. WHEN REGISTRATION OPENS YOU MAY FIND THAT SOME OF THESE DETAILS ARE DIFFERENT. IF I FIND OUT THINGS ARE INACURATE I WILL UPDATE IT. IN THE MEANTIME, PLEASE DON'T SHOOT THE MESSENGER. THANKS

If you don't already have an Active.com account set up (which you will need to have to register for the race, it would be a good idea to create that account ahead of time).

Will you be running any of the races at Disneyland this year?

Sunday, February 8, 2015

A Peek in Our Week and Last Call For Skirts

Welcome to another edition of a Peek in our Week!

I had a relaxing week/weekend visiting family. I had a doctor, dentist, and chiropractor appointment.-L

I refrained from running  all week because of my knee pain. I finally did a short run today and with a lot of Tiger Balm on my knee it went okay. -L

The most exciting thing was probably getting a friend signed up for their very first half marathon!-L

My mom, sister, and I got all our bits and pieces around for our Princess races this month. We had some skirt problems so some things got re-arranged. We hope to post some pics of the final outfit decisions once we get everything we need. -L

Speaking of Skirts........ If you want a fabulous Skirt for any of the Disney races, contact Amy from RockCitySkirts.com.  She can make any character design.  She's pretty busy right now making skirts for the Princess half marathon weekend, but if you order by tomorrow, you should still be able to get the skirt delivered to you before you leave for PHM ( of course this depends when you are leaving for the race).

But if you already have costumes planned for PHM, you can always keep these in mind for a future Disney race!
evil step sister costume

cinderella costume
Belle
 


minnie mouse

Oh, and one more thing. We apologize for the random blog posts this week. As I was playing around on the Polyvore website, every item I selected seem to want to publish itself to the blog right away. I'm working on trying to fix that. Also, Lacey got a new phone this week and her comments are not exactly linking back up to our blog. As you know we are not "techy" people so it may take us a while to figure these things out.   -M

We hope you all had a fabulous weekend. What did you this weekend?