Eat, Bike, Run, Eat, Swim, Eat

Happy Sunday everyone! 🙂

I love Sundays because they always include a long run and pancakes. However, they also mean that the weekend is almost over. This morning, I ran 7 miles.

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Look at that first mile! I was listening to “Let it Go” (obviously) and when I heard my runkeeper say average pace: 7:56/mile, I kind of freaked out a little bit. It felt EASY. However, as you can see, my split times got slower over the course of my run. *sigh* but for the first few miles, I was totally rocking it! 😀 I can’t wait to push myself and see what I can really do!

I also made paaaancakes. 🙂

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They were chocolatey and delicious. Yesterday was a rest day since I pretty much killed every body part on Friday with my brick workout in the morning and my swim workout in the evening. During my brick, I biked 12 miles and then ran 1.5 miles. I’m feeling really confident with my bike-run transition but the swim-bike transition is what is kind of freaking me out. My triathlon could be freezing, so what do I wear that will not require a lot of changing but also be warm enough to get me through the bike and run? I’m looking into investing in a tri suit but the ones that I can afford are the sleeveless ones with shorts. This would be a much simpler affair if I lived in Florida still. Michigan is always unpredictable especially in April. When I ran my first marathon two years ago, it was in the 60s the day before the race and below freezing the day of. Ridiculous! I’m just more concerned about the swim. Any suggestions? I’ve obviously just been swimming in my athletic swimsuit which has been working well for me. However, speaking of swimming, I am quickly finding out just how weak of a swimmer I am. I am having a really hard time getting through 50 yds without taking a short breather and then going back at it. *sigh* I’ll get there.

Besides my triathlon, I have a few other races I am doing this year.

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The Dirty Girl Mud Run! 🙂 I somehow scored a free entry via their Facebook page and am going to the run in Chicago! If any of you are going to be there, send me an email and we’ll meet up! 🙂

Also, wait for it..wait for it….

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THE AVENGERS SUPER HEROES HALF-MARATHON! 😀 Any guesses on who i’ll be dressing up as? 😉

So, that’s been my weekend in a nutshell. How was yours? Did you do anything exciting? Did you hit any training goals? 🙂

 

A brief hiatus and a lot of updates! :)

Sometimes I go through a phase of just not having anything noteworthy to say. Or I do, but I can’t figure out how to word it. A lot of people call it writer’s block. Well for about a month and a half, I’ve had some major writer’s block. I’d write up a post, save it and then normally delete it just because it didn’t do my days any justice. So here’s what’s been happening. I’ve been working 5 days a week at The Seas with Nemo and friends in Epcot. ^_^ future world east, yeaaaah! 🙂 In my time there so far, I’ve learned a few things:

  • People can be rude.
  • Directions are rarely, if ever, listened to.
  • Tour groups are any cast members worst nightmare.
  • Scooters are a pain to push around and running over your own feet is inevitable.
  • People can also be very nice.
  • Girls of all ages love being called princess.
  • Going out of your way to make a guest happy can make you really happy too.

I genuinely enjoy going to work. I have hilarious coworkers and coordinators that make the time fly by. The hours aren’t too bad and definitely give me time to do a lot of other things. On my days off, I normally end up meeting with people to go to the parks. It is way too much fun to be able to go to a Disney park whenever you want. My parents came and visited for a week and I gave them the full Disney parks experience complete with waking up at the crack of dawn to go wait in line and the best dining places on property. Speaking of dining, let’s talk about foood. Oh man the food here is fabulous. I am seriously spoiled with a wide array of places to choose from on and off property. Disney prices are high but if you share with someone it isn’t too bad. Sometimes I treat myself and go all out with a good beer and a dessert but that’s a rare affair. I’ve tried so many new things since being here. For example, last night, my coworker and I went to Sanaa which is an African/Indian style restaurant at the Animal Kingdom Lodge. I tried bison for the first time and it was delicious! I also had fresh and delicious naan bread. The prices were not too bad for such good food. Other than eating out, I eat very plain foods at home. It’s really too hot to cook anything extravagant so I normally stick with raw veggies, oatmeal, fruit, sandwiches and the occasional mac&cheese. 😛

In terms of running, I’ve recently committed to the challenge of running at least one mile every day for as long as possible. Hopefully for at least a year. 🙂 Today was day 10 and my legs felt pretty awesome. I’ve improved my pace a lot since being here and my knee feels infinitely better. It also helps that I bought new brooks glycerins that I love! 🙂 I have a few races coming up in the fall that I want to be really prepared for. 🙂

So that’s been my life in a nutshell. Eating, sleeping (very little), running, working and living it up! 🙂

Cady Way Trail

Hellooooo people of the internet world! I have been super busy with my work schedule lately. That and trying to balance a social life. 🙂 Today, I took some much needed alone time. I woke up around 8:30 and drove the 30 minutes to Cady Way Trail.

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It was already extremely hot and humid by the time I got there but there were still lots of cyclists, runners, skaters and walkers! I was so happy to see so many other people like me. I stuck to the planned route and did a nice 5.5 miles. It was a hard run because of the humidity but there were water fountains on the trail that saved my butt. I need to get out of my Michigander habits and start carrying a water bottle with me during my runs.

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I did stop by a whole foods on the way home and got a beautiful green trekker smoothie. 🙂 it was delicious and totally hit the spot. however, i better not make going to WF for smoothies a habit because this sucker was $8. It was delicious and a totally awesome treat but not something I need to regularly get into. I already have an expensive habit called coffee. 😉 Anyways, I’m going to enjoy the rest of my two days off before my work week kicks in. That means probably laying out by the pool and lots of naps. The beds are hard as rocks here and I haven’t been sleeping very much but whenever I nap on the couch it’s always good. Have a great Sunday! 🙂

Welcome to the Seas!

These past few days have been crazy! I had my first few days of training for my job at the Seas in Epcot! 🙂 I really could not have asked for a better place to work in. The people are awesome and so much fun to be around. Also, it’s such a fun attraction! There’s the ride and then Turtle Talk with Crush! 😀 I’ve been learning all the positions and going through lots of paperwork. I trained for 8 hours every day the past three days and it’s been exhausting. Standing on your feet for 8 hours is hard but hopefully it will get easier.

I’ve been pretty good about keeping up with my running and lifting. I did a legs day yesterday and today I had all the DOMS! I went for a short and fast run to shake things out and it felt really good. My knee has gotten a lot better which makes me happy because I can work on my speed now. 🙂 I really want to find a few 5ks to sign up for around here. It would be cool if I could PR my 5k this summer. 🙂 My schedule isn’t too bad and my shifts aren’t normally too early so I think I could train for a large race! Once I sign up for my next marathon, I’ll be sure to let you guys know. 🙂 As for now, I’m exhausted and have been falling asleep while typing this. Goodnight!

Making Magic

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Well, this is it! 😀 I’m officially a cast member of Walt Disney World! Yesterday, I completed Traditions which was basically an intro class for all workers at Disney. It was actually pretty fun! We learned a lot of history about the company and about the values. I made some new friends, laughed a lot and met my boss aka the one and only Mickey! 😉 After traditions, I got a quick workout in. My runner’s knee has been a little fussy so I did some lifting and elliptical work. Blegh. After that, my roommates and some other friends and I went to Magic Kingdom! 😀

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We got there just as “Dream Along with Mickey” started and got to watch it. It’s my favorite show and I may or may not have teared up a little. No judgement! 😉 Since it was a little later and the park was packed, we only went on a couple rides but we did meet Buzz Lightyear.

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It was a pretty great time. 🙂 We came back to the apartment totally exhausted. It was a long day!

Today was my day off. A lot of my friends started training but I start my training tomorrow. I woke up around 8:30 and laced up for a run. I did 4 miles that were painless which made me super happy. 🙂 However, the ordeal with my car afterwards was not fun. It’s a really long story but basically, it should really not be so difficult to get a freakin’ parking pass for your apartment complex. Anyways, things got immediately better because my roommates and I went to Epcot! 😀

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We met Mary Poppins, ate sorbet in Italy and met Aladdin and Jasmine! 🙂 I fangirled a lot. We also went on Test Track, Soarin’, Imagination and Spaceship Earth. The lines were a little crazy but it wasn’t unbearable. My feet did hurt a lot though. I forgot how much walking in the parks can really tax your body. I’m currently beat after about 6 hours in Epcot. Tomorrow, I start at 8 AM and then hopefully I’m going to a waterpark to relax afterwards. 🙂 Stay tuned for more on my journey with the DCP and I hope you all have a magical weekend! 😀

Did you miss me?

Wow, I have not updated in a few days! Truth is, a lot has happened. I made the move down to Florida! I’m officially a Floridian! 🙂 It all began this past Saturday. We got up early, packed up the car (thankfully everything fit my tiny focus!) and started the trek down. My parents were driving so Kelsey and I passed out most of the way. We stopped in Kentucky at a skyline chili which was absolutely fabulous. Why don’t we have nice things in Michigan? 😛 Anyways, the drive was pretty boring and eventually we stopped in Georgia. Oof.. what a long state. Kelsey and I took advantage of the free wifi in our hotel room to watch the season finale of Doctor Who. I cried..a lot. It was so good though! Anyone else watch it? Thoughts? Theories?

After collecting ourselves, we hit up Chick-fil-a for dinner which was delicious of course. I’m just gonna say right now that eating healthy was really hard during this trip but I think I made good choices while still enjoying myself. The next day, we checked out and drove through Georgia. My, oh my what a boring state. We finally got to our hotel in Orlando around 5 and got everything sorted there. Then we decided to go to Downtown Disney to meet up with some more people from the college program! 😀

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Not the best quality pictures but honestly, it was one of the best nights I’ve had in a long time. ❤ The next day was rough but I woke up early to get in a quick workout. I did some cycling for a half an hour. I’ve been basically trying to rest my knee so I’ve been doing low impact exercises and lots of calisthenics. You do what you gotta do! 🙂 After a quick shower, we were out the door. We were at check-in for the DCP by 7 AM. It was such a fun process though. We got our rooming assignments, our IDs, keys, etc and then we were bussed to the casting center to be hired. It was a lot of paperwork and we were done by around 10 AM but it felt like we’d been there for days. My roommates are thankfully the girls I had signed up to room with and we got the apartment we wanted. After everything was settled, we started moving stuff into our apartment. I spent the rest of my afternoon unpacking and figuring out the apartment complex. It’s absolutely huge! We also visited Publix and Walmart to get some necessities. After everyone was moved in, we went out to dinner at Joe’s Crab Shack. Thankfully, this is the last dinner out we’ll be having for awhile. It was a lot of fun but I am totally done with restaurants. After two days of eating out on the road, I’m ready for a simple sandwich and some fresh fruits and veggies.

This morning, I met up with a guy named Caleb for a run. He’s a cross/track collegiate athlete so I figured it would be interesting. My knee felt pretty good for the 3 miles we ran and then we walked a mile back! Then I drove my parents to the airport, came back and relaxed by the pool. We also hit up Publix again today for some much needed groceries. I finally have oatmeal and bananas and other yummy foods! 🙂 It was so nice to have a simple PB&J sandwich for lunch today. It’s been a good and relaxing day. I need to enjoy them before I get my work schedule and everything goes crazy. Now that I have internet, I’ll be able to blog more. 🙂 Hope everyone is doing well!