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? 🙂

 

Did you miss me? ;)

Hi guys, remember me? That girl that went to Disney last year and didn’t hear from for awhile? First of all, I am so sorry for not keeping up with this blog. To be honest, I got so busy down at Disney doing a billion things that I’ll talk about in this post that I sort of lost touch with blogging. So here’s a quick recap of what happened last year:

I made some awesome friends and worked at The Seas with Nemo & Friends.

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I met my favorite characters.

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I ran the Tower of Terror 10 miler and absolutely LOVED it. 🙂

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P.S. I did not know that man prior to the race but it was pretty hilarious bumping into him!

I ran the Wine & Dine Half-Marathon in the speedy time of 1:58 <<–including picture stops AND a port-a-potty break. 😉

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I ran the Space Coast Marathon in Cocoa, FL in a respectable time of 4:10. Not my fastest but not bad for not training very hard!

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Most importantly, I met the love of my life while randomly walking around the World Showcase in Epcot.

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We went snorkeling for his birthday. 🙂

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I worked the craziest shift of my life on New Years Eve.

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I graduated from the Disney College Program.

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Jeremy and I became a long distance couple. He’s in New Orleans and I’m in Michigan but we’re doing pretty well.

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It’s not easy and I totally ugly cry every time we have to leave each other but it’s just for a short time. 🙂

So that’s what happened this past year! I have done a lot of growing up while doing the College Program and I would highly recommend it to anyone. It really did change my life. I met the most incredible people (totally tearing up while typing this btw) and I had the best time. I miss all of my Seas and Mission: SPACE family! ❤ I can’t wait to see you guys again! I’m hoping that now that I’m back in school, I’ll post a little more especially about my training! I am officially training for my first sprint triathlon. I’m super excited and NERVOUS but I’m sure I’ll finish and do well. 🙂 I have a few other trips and races planned for this year which I’ll go into further detail about another day. Hope you guys have a great weekend! Mine will be filled with homework and training! 😉

 

 

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!

Shopping can be an ordeal.

The big move to Florida is happening in exactly one week! Eep! I feel like there is so much to do but I have no idea where to start. Yesterday, I realized that I definitely needed some new clothes. I haven’t really bought “summery” clothes since high school. I have a few dresses that are new but a lot of my summer clothes scream high school tween. Definitely needed an update to my wardrobe. My mom took me to the mall to look around but we quickly realized that we butted heads a lot about fashion and what is appropriate. It was somewhat of a fiasco. I’d pick out something and she’d have a billion oppositions to it. She’d pick something and I’d find it too boring. We settled on these two dresses:Image

I loved these two dresses. They were light and perfect for a hot free day in the parks. 🙂 There were some other things I wanted to try on but I wasn’t going to risk more arguments. Sometimes you just need to shop for yourself with a trusted friend. 😉 I drove over to Troy yesterday to spend the night with my BFF Kirsten who is leaving for her internship in Utah next week. We decided to hit the mall early this morning to see if we could find some nice summery clothes. She’ll be joining me at Disney in August. 🙂 Phew! It was much less stressful shopping with her. Image

More finds. 🙂 Love the high-rise shorts trend! Now I just have to pack everything..;) one step at a time!

Also, congratulations to everyone who ran the Grand Rapids River Run and the Color Run today! 😀 I ran both last year (they weren’t on the same day) and they were fantastic! Grand Rapids definitely had the best aid stations out of any race I’ve ever done.

 

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*sigh* memories.. 🙂 this was from the 2012 25k. 🙂 i have a few ideas for my next marathon but i’m not letting out any details until i register. patience young grasshoppers. 😉

on that note, off to research some marathons.. have a great day! 😀