What’s Going On?

Oh hey!

Awkward Hello

I have been MIA for a while. I definitely have had a lot going on, it was not for lack of content. Just lack of time to write. I know, my forever excuse.

Let’s see….what to update?

I finally put my medal racks up in my apartment.

Medal Racks

Only took me 9 months….

I love my new medal/bib rack from York Sign Shop on Etsy. It makes me realize how many more states I need to run in!

Speaking of running.

Running

The weather has been nice enough to start running outside again!

Crazy Weather

But then 2 days later it will snow, so ya there is that.

My pyrex obsession has gotten so out of hand I needed a new place to put it all.

Pyrex

Luckily IKEA has some nice shelves, and Cheryl enjoys putting IKEA stuff together.

When Cheryl was down a few weeks ago I made her do the Snapchat face swap thing that everyone is doing…

Twin Face Swap

Twin face swap!

Never Looked Better

I recently went to Washington DC.

Washington DC

Hi Mr. President! More on that another day.

Obama Hello

My diet has been ok. I have been experimenting with calorie counts and new recipes. You can’t go wrong with zoodles.

Zoodles

Then today was the first day of spring and it snowed.

Spring Ritas

But Rita’s was free so everything evened itself out!

So that was a quick overview of random life lately. Chat soon? Let’s hope.

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Working on my Fitness

So it’s me again. I know, I have been such a flake lately. I can get Monday and Tuesday posts done over the weekend and then BAM the week slaps me in the face and I just don’t have time.

face slap

The terrible part is that it has really been messing with my weight. I have been eating terrible aka everything. It’s winter and it’s cold and I love food…the end.

eating

I know that is no excuse :(

Anyway the past two weeks I have been attempting to get back into shape, but it hasn’t been going well. I haven been too tired to get up in the morning for the gym and when I do, running on the dreadmill is miserable.

tired

I can’t keep making excuses though! So I have committed to getting myself back into shape.

That started today. I was scheduled for 10 miles, but it was 10 degrees out. I know myself. I would have gone a mile in the cold and said screw this and came back and that would have been it. Instead I decided to go to the gym.

2016 Fitness

I made sure to wear my favorite shirt so everyone knew how I felt.

It was pretty terrible. I could barely run a mile, but it was progress nonetheless.

2016 Fitness

I did 5 miles with a run/walk strategy.

Then when I got home I made all my food for the week. One of my downfalls has been that I wake up late and run around getting food together. This usually results in me bringing random things that bore me and then I eat badly.

So I made 3 different recipes that I will eat for breakfast, lunch and dinner this week.

Breakfast = Baked Banana and Coconut Oatmeal

2016 Fitness

Lunch = Turkey Veggie Quiche

2016 Fitness

Dinner = Crock Pot Chicken Pot Pie

2016 Fitness

I had the pot pie for dinner tonight and it was yummy.

I usually get bored of eating the same things day after day, but I am hoping this week I can convince myself that it is better than eating like shit.

I also have a new morning regimen I am going to try this week. Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Sunday = runs. I mean I have a half marathon in 25 days. Need to get it together! Tuesday and Thursday is strength training and Saturday I am going to try light yoga or rest.

One thing I do have as of right now is motivation! Let’s do this!

running

Disney Avengers 10K Costume: Ironman

Ironman Running Costume

So for the 10K I decided to run as Ironman. Sadly the character is not licensed to Disney, but he’s still my favorite.

Ironman Running Costume

I got a red running shirt and pants from Amazon. They didn’t match completely, but I got it the best I could to match.

First I cut out a circle from silver metallic fabric.

Ironman Running Costume

I found a t-shirt design online and printed it out as large as I could. Then I used black puff paint and drew the design on. It was a little lopsided, but I think it worked.

Ironman Running Costume

Then I took yellow puff paint and put in some highlights.

I got yellow fabric and cut out accents for the pants. Then I got kids gloves and sunglasses from the party store to complete the outfit.

Ironman Running Costume

It was comfortable running like a superhero!

Disney Avengers Half Marathon Costume: Baby Groot

Baby Groot Running Costume

So for the half marathon we all decided to dress up as Guardians of the Galaxy. I decided to be Groot, but not normal Groot….Baby Groot!

Baby Groot Running Costume

It took me a while to figure out how to make the “pot” that Baby Groot was potted in. Finally I thought of this old fabric/plastic laundry basket I had.

Baby Groot Running Costume

I cut the bottom out first. Then I cut it short enough to run in.

Baby Groot Running Costume

I got brown fabric from the craft store. I figured if I made it look like dirt at the top around my waist I could add elastic to hold it up.

Baby Groot Running Costume

I got the brown to match the top I got on Amazon.

Baby Groot Running Costume

I also got a leather looking brown fabric to make it look like roots on my top. Then I threaded through green yarn and some leaves.

For the hat I took paper towel rolls and brown paper and hot glued it all to an elastic band. Then I added leaves.

Baby Groot Running Costume

This is probably my favorite disney costume to date. I LOVED the way it came out and it was so unique!

Avengers Half Marathon

So on Sunday we woke up to run the Avengers Half Marathon.

Avengers Half Marathon

Kristen had wanted to be Star-Lord from Guardians of the Galaxy. After she said that I mentioned it would be fun to dress as Baby Groot and then we all decided to run as Guardians of the Galaxy.

Avengers Half Marathon

As soon as I got the Baby Groot idea I knew I had to follow through with it. It wasn’t the easiest costume to run in, but everyone got a kick out of it.

We started in Corral B again, but not as many people in the earlier corrals dressed up for the half like the 10K.

Avengers Half Marathon

We found Black Widow in Disney California Adventure.

Avengers Half Marathon

At the entrance we found Hawkeye. The lines weren’t really long, but long enough.

Avengers Half Marathon

We crossed the street and ran through Disneyland. This time we went left instead of right.

We found Captain America next.

Avengers Half Marathon

I almost took out a cast member after this picture. The lines were getting so long, but we knew the characters were only going to be in the parks, which was the beginning of the race.

Avengers Half Marathon

Finally we found Thor. His line was the longest (20ish minutes). We decided to wait because he was the only one from the 10K we didn’t get a picture with.

After we finally got our picture with Thor we had already been an hour into the race!

Less character opportunities = longer lines.

Avengers Half Marathon

After the parks we were out on the streets of Anaheim.

Avengers Half Marathon

Cheryl, Kristen and Spenser had been training with a walk/run method, so we kept to their pace.

Avengers Half Marathon

At one point we were running on a very narrow, slightly dirt path behind houses.

Avengers Half Marathon

Then we ran under an overpass. The “road” was so small people were running up on the dirt.

Avengers Half Marathon

A majority of the middle of the race was along a very narrow path next to a dried up riverbed or some sort of aqueduct? Not sure what it was but the drop-off was dangerous and under the bridges were a lot of tents of homeless people. Really not the best path for a race course.

Avengers Half Marathon

We went that way because we had to get to Angels Stadium without using the highway or closing down many streets.

The stadium was cool. There were marching bands rotating out throughout the day to cheer us on.

Avengers Half Marathon

The coolest part was outside the stadium. There were hundreds of people in old military outfits cheering us on.

Avengers Half Marathon

They even had a sock-hop dance area! It was so cool! I loved all the vintage uniforms and styles.

Avengers Half Marathon

Then we were back on the highways.

Avengers Half Marathon

Avengers Half Marathon

We had really great weather.

Avengers Half Marathon

We turned a corner and we were back on the opposite side of the highway we had used to leave Disneyland earlier.

Avengers Half Marathon

Then we were going back into Disneyland!

Avengers Half Marathon

Avengers Half Marathon

We ran through the backlot of California Adventure and then we were done!

Avengers Half Marathon

We got our half marathon, gauntlet challenge and coast to coast medals at the end!

Avengers Half Marathon

It was the first half marathon I have ever run without headphones or music. I enjoyed hearing the fans cheer us on and everyone got a kick out of my costume. It was fun to hear people yell “GROOT” or “OMG It’s Baby Groot”

Avengers Half Marathon

After the race we were even feature on the runDisney Twitter page AND I was on the Marvel website in their race review!!

It was a fun race, but the course could use some work. I wasn’t a fan of the narrow paths or treacherous drops along the course, but all-in-all a great day!

Disneyland Avengers 10K

So on Thursday when we got to California, we went straight to the expo.

Avengers 10K

The expo was pretty big. I didn’t really buy anything seeing as I have so much running stuff.

Avengers 10K

There were a lot of cool picture opportunities.

The expo was well organized. We all had to make sure we had coast to coast wristbands on until after the half so we got our medal.

Saturday morning we woke up around 4am. The race started at 5:30, but luckily we could walk to the start.

The best part about Disney races is getting to dress up!

Avengers 10K

Avengers 10K

Avengers 10K

I decided to be IronMan, even though the character is not licensed for Disney.

Avengers 10K

Before the race they had a little skit with Shield agents and Captain America.

Then it was time to head to the start.

Avengers 10K

We started in corral B. Even though we don’t run Disney races fast I like to start as early as possible so the character lines aren’t too long.

Avengers 10K

After the National Anthem..we were off!

Avengers 10K

The 10K route was great. We started off on the street, then went left through a shopping complex area and then left again down another street towards the park.

Avengers 10K

We entered Disneyland California Adventure through Cars Land. Jill and I ran ahead to stand in the character lines since we knew they were going to be long.

The first stop was Thor and the line was CRAZY. We decided to skip.

Avengers 10K

Avengers 10K

Instead we took fun pictures with the Mickey ferris wheel!

Then we ran towards the entrance of California Adventure towards the backlot area.

Avengers 10K

Right before we exited the park we saw Black Widow. Her line wasn’t bad so we stopped.

Avengers 10K

Going into Disneyland there was a high school band. There were actually a lot of bands and cheerleaders along the course.

Avengers 10K

Then we ran down Main Street to the castle.

On the way we saw the evil scientist from the skit earlier.

Avengers 10K

Then we ran through Tomorrowland and saw Hawkeye.

Avengers 10K

We went through Toon Town and through the back area. It was so cute all the custodial staff cheering for us with signs.

Avengers 10K

Then we came back through Fantasyland to Sleeping Beauty’s Castle.

Avengers 10K

Not the same as running through Cinderella’s Castle, but still fun.

After the castle in Frontierland we saw Captain America.

Avengers 10K

We each took a picture with him and after he yelled “Avengers Assemble” and we got this gem.

Then we were headed out of Disneyland towards Downtown Disney.

Avengers 10K

Then we were done! 10K finished!

Avengers 10K

The 10K was a really great course. I felt like we were in the parks a majority of the time and there was always something to look at.

The race itself was a lot of fun, but I wasn’t used to the limited character stops. I guess making a race about a niche group kind of limits who can be out on the course.

6.2 miles down…13.1 to go! Race one of the Infinity Gauntlet Challenge complete.

Manayunk Bridge Trail

On Saturday I knew I had to go for a run. I laced up my shoes and headed outside. I had checked the weather before I left and it looked like a good running day.

Manayunk Bridge Trail

Sadly when I got outside it was raining! Not a hard rain, but rain nonetheless. I usually will not run in the rain, but I decided it might be a passing shower so I kept going downtown.

They recently opened the new Manayunk Bridge Trail and I wanted to check it out.

I got lost…but eventually found the entrance.

Manayunk Bridge Trail

Its at the bottom of High and DuPont, just an FYI.

Also the bridge is only open from 8:00am to 6:00pm in the winter.

Manayunk Bridge Trail

The bridge was really cool.

Manayunk Bridge Trail

It goes over Main Street in Manayunk and over 76.

Manayunk Bridge Trail

There were actually a lot of people out on the bridge, even in the drizzle.

Manayunk Bridge Trail

Manayunk Bridge Trail

On the other side of the bridge is the Cynwyd Heritage Trail. I never knew that it was there the whole time! The bridge was just the new way to get there without having to drive all the way around.

Manayunk Bridge Trail

The trail was really nice. There was a dirt trail on the side of the asphalt trail. There were bike riders, runners, walkers and lots of dogs out.

Manayunk Bridge Trail

Halfway down the trail was West Laurel Hill Cemetery.

Manayunk Bridge Trail

There are a few Laurel Hill Cemeteries in the area and they actually promote people running and walking through them. I was weirded out going through, but I took a picture inside. It’s really pretty.

Manayunk Bridge Trail

I decided to run to the end of the trail. It stopped raining and the map said the whole trail was only 2 miles long.

Manayunk Bridge Trail

At the other end was Cynwyd Station. I turned around there and ran back and from there to the bridge it’s only 1.8 miles.

Manayunk Bridge Trail

For shorter runs on the weekends I am definitely going to keep this trail in mind. It was so pretty with all the fall foliage.

Manayunk Bridge Trail

Now I have 3 cool trails right near me to run on! The possibilities are endless…

The Philadelphia Lemon Run

Sunday was the Lemon Run in Philadelphia. This is the third year that I have participated. It was started by an amazing little girl named Alex. You can read about Alex’s Lemonade Stand here.

Three years ago my best friend Erin found out that her 6 month old niece Caroline was diagnosed with Neuroblastoma. For 7 months she fought the bravest battle a little girl could fight, and she won! She kicked cancer’s ass!

After watching her amazing niece fight this battle Erin decided she wanted to help raise awareness and money for research and a way to stop cancer.

This year the team for Caroline, Caroline’s Stars, had over 200 members!

Lemon Run Philadelphia

The run takes place at the Please Touch Museum and every year it is always a beautiful day.

Lemon Run Philadelphia

I had so much fun running for an amazing cause and an amazing little girl. I mean how many 5K’s give you an awesome medal at the end!?!

Lemon Run Philadelphia

The best part is that raising money and awareness is not a one day thing. You can help kids like Caroline by going here and donating. Every little bit helps!

Lemon Run Philadelphia

2015 Philadelphia Rock and Roll Half Marathon

So this year the Philadelphia Rock and Roll Half Marathon had a new date and sadly a new course.

The original weekend the half marathon has been for the past few years was Pope weekend, so they had to move it. Unfortunately the weekend they moved it to was Halloween. Originally I wasn’t going to run it, but we decided last minute to go.

Rock and Roll Philadelphia

It was fun doing the run in costume, but I forgot how cold it would be! Cheryl and I decided to reuse our Tinkerbell and Periwinkle costumes from the Disney Princess Half in February.

We had VIP again this year through Cheryl’s work. We got to the tent early (before coffee was ready), but it was nice having a place to sit, eat food and have private porta-potties.

Rock and Roll Philadelphia

Cheryl found some arm sleeves that matched our outfits which was great because it was COLD in the morning.

Rock and Roll Philadelphia

We started in corral 12 about 15 minutes after the start of the race. As we were running toward city hall I saw the elites running past us. I was so confused because of the 8 years I have run this race I have NEVER seen the elites pass by.

As we ran around city hall I realized why. The course changed!

Instead of running downtown past the Liberty Bell and Independence Hall we ran around city hall and then down Spring Garden. I was really annoyed when I realized what was happening because the never told us about the course change.

Rock and Roll Philadelphia

We ran down Kelly Drive and around the Schuylkill like always. At the bridge where we cross the river I decided to snap a pic and it was hot enough to ditch the arm warmers.

I loved seeing everyone run in costumes. Some of them were so unique! I am just so used to Disney costumes it was cool seeing other ideas.

Cheryl and I ran the race together and finished in 2:20:20. It’s nowhere near by best time, but I felt good after.

Rock and Roll Philadelphia

Then there was food and booze! I love VIP :)

Rock and Roll Philadelphia

Everyone did a great job and it turned into a really nice day!

We even got free massages after. Pampering after a run is the best.

Rock and Roll Philadelphia

Here’s hoping next year the race is back in September and back to the old course! My 8th Philadelphia Rock and Roll Half Marathon in the books!

It’s That Time of Year Again….Rock and Roll Philly!!

So this year the Rock and Roll Philadelphia Half Marathon had to change weekends. Why you ask? Well because the Pop decided to come to Philly the weekend it normally runs.

The weekend they chose to move it to? Halloween. What’s the following day? The New York City Marathon.

So in the end the race itself is this Saturday.

I originally wasn’t sure if I could run it. We were thinking of going to Wisconsin for a football game, but money is tight so we opted out. Now I will be running my 8th consecutive Rock and Roll Philadelphia Half Marathon!

Rock and Roll Philadelphia Half Marathon

This year the Rock and Roll races have each had their own sponsor. Philly is the AACR.

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I am pretty excited to run because everyone is running in costume. I am a huge fan of running in costume. Even though I love running in costume, making them is long and sometimes pricey. Instead Cheryl and I will be reusing our Tinkerbell and Periwinkle costumes for the Princess 10K.

Bring it on Philly!