Runner. Dog mom. Bostonian. Former Cast Member. Wearer of fabulous hats. Occasional drag queen.

A special edition throwback Thursday -

GOOD LUCK DUMBO DOUBLE DARE RUNNERS!

Dave & I had a MAGICAL time last year participating in the back-to-back race weekend last year, the inaugural year for the Dumbo Double Dare!  You can read my recap here :)

That was a race I felt so under-prepared for, but we ended up having an absolute ball!

If you are preparing for race weekend, check out the RunDisney packing list to make sure you have all the necessities. 

Have a blast, runners!

Tried something new this morning and showed up at Harvard Stadium bright and early (6:30am!!) to run the steps with the November Project!
Oh.  My.  Gawd.  I knew it would be hard - of course it is hard - but I think I made it through, at best, 10 sections.  My legs were beyond the point of burning - they were shaking so bad I could barely make it back to my car afterwards!
I am very much not a morning person, and in the chaos of heading to the stadium, I forgot my water and forgot to grab anything for breakfast.  I know I was setting myself up for disaster.
The amount of people there was AMAZING!  Maybe it’s because the kids are back to school this week?  There were a lot of young people there (who made me feel even more out of shape!) and I could hear multiple conversations from regulars about how many “newbies” were there that week.  In any case, the place was jammed.
Major kudos to the guys running this on a weekly basis - looking around,  it was easy to understand how they made the cover of Runners World.  And even more kudos to the people actually “running” the steps - I expected to be able to get through at least half the stadium and wasn’t even close!  I was practically crawling up them towards the end!
As much as I would love to take another crack at it, I don’t think this one will become part of my routine.  More due to the 5:30am wake-up call and 20+ minute drive just to get to the stadium….it was just too much for this non-morning-person.  If it was closer or more convenient, I would consider it.  But between running and kickboxing - and soon to add cycling/swimming - I think I have my cardio dance card filled.  This is just something I have been saying I wanted to try all summer, so I’m just glad I finally got my butt out the door in time to do it!
Maybe I’ll reconsider once my legs stop shaking ;)

Tried something new this morning and showed up at Harvard Stadium bright and early (6:30am!!) to run the steps with the November Project!

Oh.  My.  Gawd.  I knew it would be hard - of course it is hard - but I think I made it through, at best, 10 sections.  My legs were beyond the point of burning - they were shaking so bad I could barely make it back to my car afterwards!

I am very much not a morning person, and in the chaos of heading to the stadium, I forgot my water and forgot to grab anything for breakfast.  I know I was setting myself up for disaster.

The amount of people there was AMAZING!  Maybe it’s because the kids are back to school this week?  There were a lot of young people there (who made me feel even more out of shape!) and I could hear multiple conversations from regulars about how many “newbies” were there that week.  In any case, the place was jammed.

Major kudos to the guys running this on a weekly basis - looking around,  it was easy to understand how they made the cover of Runners World.  And even more kudos to the people actually “running” the steps - I expected to be able to get through at least half the stadium and wasn’t even close!  I was practically crawling up them towards the end!

As much as I would love to take another crack at it, I don’t think this one will become part of my routine.  More due to the 5:30am wake-up call and 20+ minute drive just to get to the stadium….it was just too much for this non-morning-person.  If it was closer or more convenient, I would consider it.  But between running and kickboxing - and soon to add cycling/swimming - I think I have my cardio dance card filled.  This is just something I have been saying I wanted to try all summer, so I’m just glad I finally got my butt out the door in time to do it!

Maybe I’ll reconsider once my legs stop shaking ;)

alexespitia:

I am the hero of my own journey

alexespitia:

I am the hero of my own journey

Love really is the most important part :) Too many hours and way to much money spent to not love it!!

Love really is the most important part :)

Too many hours and way to much money spent to not love it!!

Grabbed the wrong socks for my run today. It’s only three miles sooooo….hipster C3PO socks it is!

Grabbed the wrong socks for my run today. It’s only three miles sooooo….hipster C3PO socks it is!

rachaeldee:

golden yoga - potentially the most happiness-inducing yoga of them all. 

Yoga tonight!

runtracyrun:

Pretty much.

fact.

runtracyrun:

Pretty much.

fact.

Bag update!  (Because I know you are all DYING to know)

Mama bought a fancy new bag.

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Meet the Apera Performance Duffel.

After reading several reviews, I bit the bullet and spent the money on a nicer gym bag.  (Of course…not cheap)

My current bag only has one pocket inside, and that is always occupied by my jewelery when I take it off before a workout. Barretts, bobby pins, headbands, and even the occasional Gu constantly line the bottom of my bag, running amok.  I cannot tell you how many times I have found stray ones in my running shoes!  Clean clothes get mixed with used one, and everything gets generally chaotic in there.  For someone who uses their bag as often as I use mine, it is not a good scene.

The organization promised by the Apera Duffel will hopefully be the solution.  Goodness knows I travel to enough races that I can certainly use the extra space, particularly as I add two new kinds of training into my workout (hooray cycling & swimming)

I’ll update you when it comes in - fingers crossed it works out!

Good news on the old bag too. I called Adidas customer service this morning, because I found my original receipt for my small Adidas Defender Duffel.  I had only purchased it in 2012, so I figured it was worth a call to see if they would honor the lifetime warranty (even without the original tags).  Turns out they absolutely do!  No questions asked - the receipt wasn’t even needed - the representative gave me the mailing address to send the busted bag to, and they will ship me a brand new one of equal or even grater value.  Now that’s some sweet customer service ;) 

I would have stuck with this bag and saved the money if it wasn’t lacking so much in the organization department.  I think the new one will be a necessary step up, and I can always keep the new Adidas one as my backup.

I’m such a nerd - I get way too excited about this stuff :)

A little overdue….but I finally made an appointment to have my hip looked at by an orthopedist specializing in sports medicine.  I know, I know, I should have done this a long time ago.  But it is such an on and off thing….just want to nip it in the bud before starting any new training program. 

Next Friday.  Fun.