Gotta Run!

Last week I only ran on Saturday and I haven’t done any runs this week either. I’m going to run today as soon as my phone is done charging. Lol.

I was going to run on Thursday, right after work. I even had my running clothes and shoes in my gym bag! But the restrooms at the park were closed for maintenance and the one restroom that was available was absolutely disgusting! So I sat in the truck at the park for a few minutes trying to decide what to do. I decided to go home.

Maggie Smith did always have the best lines!

Lame of me, I know. If I didn’t have to pee I would have changed outside of a stall and gone for my run but I just couldn’t bring myself to go into one of those stalls!

I would have needed a hazmat suit to clean the stall first. Seriously!

Okay, phone is at 92%. Gotta run!

Literally. 😀

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runDisney Bucket List *Updated*

After reviewing my runDisney bucket list post tonight I see that I haven’t taken my run training very seriously.

I can only do 3 miles at the moment and even that is pushing it a little bit. Or maybe it just feels that way because I subconsciously feel like I have to run as fast as I can?

But hey, maybe I’ll be ready by the time these two roll around! Lol.

Disneyland Paris Half Marathon
September 19-22, 2019
Disneyland Resort, Paris, France

Disney Wine & Dine Half Marathon
November 2019
Walt Disney World Resort, Florida, USA

 

I guess I’ll have to run the others in 2020!

Run with Boo – Part 2

My Run with Boo 5k kit arrived today!

I’m pretty excited about it! I’m planning on running it on October 27th. I think I’ll call my Dad and talk to him while he walks his after I run mine. I don’t think I could run/walk 3 miles while talking on the phone. Lol.

I’m not that advanced! 😉

I still need to  make the tulle running tutu. Thankfully I found a tutorial on how to make a no-sew one. Me + sewing = disaster!

Until next time!

Run with Boo – Part 1

Well… I signed up for my first 5k run last night!

It’s a virtual run so I don’t have to do any actual traveling for this event. Perfect for getting my feet wet in the running world.

A virtual race is simply a race that can be done wherever and whenever you want to run it! For example, the Boston Marathon is (obviously) in Boston. If the Boston Marathon had a virtual race version you could run that race in your hometown instead of traveling to Boston.

Mighty convenient for those of us on a budget!

Anywho, the race I’ve signed up for is the Run with Boo 5k sponsored by Gone For A Run, a company that sells running merchandise online. They also have a Thanksgiving 5k and a Christmas 5k, both of which I plan on doing.

This particular run can be done between October 27 and November 10th, so there’s still time if you’re interested in signing up!

I called my Dad and asked him if he would be interested in walking it. He was excited about the idea and I purchased the run (or walk) as his birthday present. He lives in Utah though so maybe we can chat while he walks it. Ha!

Below you can see my instagram post showing the cool stuff you get when you sign up.

Should be a lot of fun! I’m planning on running it at a local park so I’ll have to run around the track twice. To help stave off the boredom of running the track twice I’ve decided to wear a costume. Let’s hope none of the locals call me in as an escaped mental patient!

My costume is going to be a white and black running tutu made out of tulle, knee high ghost socks and probably just the Run with Boo t-shirt. And maybe some ghost earrings or some other silly accessories. Maybe I could get a plain white t-shirt and draw a ghost on it or something. I’ll have to be careful of where I place the eyes…

Anyway! I’m excited. I’ll post again when my kit has arrived.

Ciao!

2019 Disneyland Paris Half Marathon

Here’s some info about the Disneyland Paris Half Marathon, if you’re so inclined to run it in 2019. Official race information hasn’t been released yet, so I estimated the dates based off previous years. I will update the information as necessary when it becomes available.

I’m waiting for 2019 to run this race because I want to do the Castle to Chateau Challenge. You can find information on the various challenges below.

Now all I have to do is plan my costume and save up the money to go!

Date: Most likely September 19-22, 2019
Location: Disneyland Paris Resort, Paris, France

Events included:

Disneyland Paris 5k (3.1 miles)
Friday, September 20, 2019
Time: 8 PM
Ages: 5 years and up

Disneyland Paris 10k (6.2 miles)
Saturday, September 21, 2018
Time: 7 AM
Ages: 14 years and up

Disneyland Paris-Val d’Europe Half Marathon (13.1 miles)
Sunday, September 22, 2018
Time: 7 AM
Ages: 18 year and up

Challenges:

31k (19.3 miles)
Saturday, September 22, 2018 (10k)
Sunday, September 23, 2018 (Half Marathon)

You will receive the 31k Finisher Challenge Medal*, the 10k Finisher Medal and the Half Marathon Finisher Medal.

*To receive the medal for this challenge, be sure to purchase the 31k Challenge price option. Essentially you are purchasing your entry to both races together instead of purchasing them separately. Unfortunately, buying them separately won’t qualify you for the medal.

36k Challenge (22.4 miles)
Friday, September 21, 2018 (5k)
Saturday, September 22, 2018 (10k)
Sunday, September 23, 2018 (Half Marathon)

You will receive the 36k Finisher Medal*, 5k Finisher Medal, 10k Finisher Medal, Half Marathon Finisher Medal and the 31k Finisher Medal.

*To receive the 36k Challenge Finisher Medal you must buy the 36k Challenge option. Do not buy the 5k, 10k and Half Marathon entries separately.

Castle to Chateau Challenge
You will receive the medal for this challenge if you complete the Walt Disney World Half Marathon and the Disneyland Paris Half Marathon in the same calendar year. For example, the Walt Disney World Half Marathon 2019 and the Disneyland Paris Half Marathon 2019.

To receive the Castle to Chateau Challenge Finisher Medal you are required to inform runDisney France of your participation when finalizing your registration on your runner form. You will be required to provide your official runDisney race finisher certificate or your runDisney results as proof.

The Disneyland Paris Half Marathon weekend also has kids races, if you plan on bringing the little ones.

 

 

Human Trafficking Awareness Day

Sometimes I wonder if I’ll ever have hope for the world.

Especially on days like today, #HumanTraffickingAwarenessDay. It makes me wonder how our society could make such great strides in formally ending slavery while still continuing the practice behind closed doors. Except now it’s not only manual labor slavery, but any form of exploitation a person could imagine.

Society sits there pretending like most of these are normal and even acceptable. Society tells us it’s not our problem. “It’s not my problem,” society adamantly proclaims. I say it is our problem because the people being trafficked are our neighbors, people within our community, our fellow countrymen.

I wonder how many human traffickers have disappointed ancestors up above who fought against slavery.

If we did a poll it’s likely that the majority of people, if not all, would say that human trafficking is horrific and should be stopped. But how many of those people watch pornography? Pornography in itself is a form of human trafficking. Sex trafficking.

Every time someone watches porn it creates a demand. A pimp then goes out and exploits  someone to meet that demand and create more of that porn genre. How many are a contributor to that form of human trafficking?

The more we raise awareness about this global problem the more demand there will be for nations to come together to end it. We must band together to end this problem. If not for our own sake then for the sake of our future children.

Human trafficking has many genres. Labor, sexual exploitation, prostitution, pornography, and child brides are a few of these genres. In some countries parents handcuff their young daughters to them so they won’t be kidnapped and sold as brides.

What if it was your mother, sister, daughter, father, brother, or son who was trafficked? Would you only speak out then? Please, join the fight today so that none of us have to fear for our loved ones.

Day One vs. Strudels

One mile down, only 461 to go!

I did my mile run this morning. It took about 5 minutes longer than my last run. Mostly because I wasn’t keeping a strict eye on my time, partially because my body wasn’t really feeling it today.

I did my yoga and stretches for runners which probably helped get me through the workout. After my workout I got a notification from Pinterest telling me I had new pins I might like. Here are a few:

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And…

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How did Pinterest know? Then there was this one…

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I’m pretty sure Pinterest just called me a sissy. Haha, oh Pinterest, you snarky devil you.

I’m looking forward to my next run. I remember thinking that I wish my next run is tomorrow instead of Thursday. I can’t remember why though. I’m sure it will pop into my head at 3 AM as I’m fast asleep. Maybe it has something to do with the compression socks/leggings that I bought. They should arrive tomorrow.

My Flipbelt arrived the other day and I tested it out during my run, sort of. I mostly held my phone in my hand because I was keen on finishing and I kept pulling the phone out of the pocket to watch the distance. I’ll write more about the Flipbelt once I efficiently test it out.

I’m about to fall asleep onto my keyboard so I’ll say goodnight.

Ciao.

P.S. – That avoiding sugar thing… Failed miserably today. I swear those strudels jumped into my mouth!

Why do you run?

Last year I decided I wanted to do a runDisney half marathon. Quite a tall order for someone who hasn’t really run since 2001! Even back in 2001 when I attempted to run my chest would hurt and I’d be panting for at least 5 minutes straight afterwards.

I had no idea I was running wrong!

These days you can find anything on the internet. Need a recipe to impress your frenemies? Google it. Need to know how to run? Google it. Need dating tips? Google it!

Um… Let’s just gloss over that last one and focus on the running.

Really this is all Pinterests fault. I didn’t know about runDisney until I saw it on Pinterest. It piqued my interest in a sport I hadn’t thought about in about 14 years. Of course, that led me to reading various articles online, all focused on running basics, run-themed accessories and running health.

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Who wouldn’t want to wear hilarious shirts like this?

It made me think back further than 14 years to when I was in junior high and high school when we were forced to run laps around the track without being taught how to run. They march you out to the starting line without water or any basic knowledge of how to properly run and then blow the whistle.

“Go!” or some other appropriate starting command is yelled and you go. Why? Because we were taught to respect authority and not ask questions. We trusted that our gym teachers were teaching us proper technique. Why wouldn’t they, right?

These days my chest doesn’t hurt when I run and I definitely don’t spend 5 minutes trying to catch my breath! I started running in October but ended up getting shin splints, which set me back a while. Since then I’ve stuck to basic workouts like walking and going to the gym.

I started running again last week but this week is my real training start. I’m starting all over again but this time I have a plan.

Focusing on running health is going to be my major focus. I want to really make sure that I don’t injure myself and that my body is conditioned properly for this goal. I’ll be starting my mornings with yoga, 7 days a week. I’ll go for a run every other day so that I’m not overdoing it and I’ll be doing post-run stretching specifically designed to aid running afterwards.

Another goal, which I will dread, is to not consume sugar. At least not any extra sugar outside of fruits. Did I mention that I have a MAJOR sweet tooth? I’m sure you can imagine how excruciating that will be in the beginning.

For my run training I’ll be starting out with 1 mile every other day. While my run training officially started on Sunday, I won’t do my first run until tomorrow (Tuesday) morning. I guess that makes my run days Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday this week.

Basically, here’s how the training will go:

14 August – 20 August: 1 mile (every other day)
21 August – 27 August: 2.5 miles (every other day)
28 August – 03 September: 2.5 miles (you get the idea)
04 September – 10 September: 4 miles
11 September – 17 September: 4 miles
18 September – 24 September: 5.5 miles
25 September – 01 October: 5.5 miles
02 October – 08 October: 7 miles
09 October – 15 October: 7 miles
16 October – 22 October: 8.5 miles
23 October – 29 October: 8.5 miles
30 October – 05 November: 10 miles
06 November – 12 November: 10 miles
13 November – 19 November: 11.5 miles
20 November – 26 November: 11.5 miles
27 November – 03 December: 13 miles
04 December – 10 December: 13 miles
11 December – 17 December: 14.5 miles

Right now I can’t even imagine being able to run 5 miles let alone running 13.1 miles to complete a half marathon! I know I can do it though. I’m determined enough. Heaven knows when I set my mind to it I do  it. Unless I lose interest first…

The half marathon I want to do is the runDisney Star Wars – The Dark Side half marathon at Disney World in April 2017. If I finish training in December then that will leave me plenty of time to improve and work on being consistent.

Now the real question is: What character should I dress as?

Maybe an ewok?

Disney World has some great package deals. I booked one for my sister and brother-in-law for their honeymoon last year. I’ll do the same for myself for the half marathon. The half marathon is April 20-23rd. My plan is to fly in on Wednesday, April 19th and fly out on Wednesday, April 26th. That will give me 6 days of park fun and 7 nights of nice, relaxing, hotel sleepy goodness.

Oh, I forgot to mention that I will be doing the Dark Side Challenge. The Dark Side Challenge is running the 10k (6.2 miles) on Saturday, April 22nd and then the half marathon on Sunday, April 23rd.

I purchased compression socks and a pair of post-run sandals that are supposed to feel like you’re walking on a cloud. I’ll use those after both races and then after the half marathon I will head over to one of Disney Worlds fabulous spas for a Swedish massage.

I can hardly wait. Maybe I’ll be extra nice to myself and book a massage for after the 10k as well.

Of course, this is all providing that registration isn’t sold out by the time I’m ready to pay for it. Haha.

Anyway, I figured this goal will help keep me motivated to stay active and not get lazy. That’s the real reason I’m doing all of this.

Being a lazy couch potato is only fun until you run out of things to watch on Netflix. (Just kidding – I’m not really a couch potato, though I do get a tad lazy at times.)

This post is starting to get long so I’ll say goodbye and wish you all a good night. I’ll keep you updated on my goal progression.

To good health and good times.

 

Postira

This evening I found a video of a couple who married in Postira, the village my Great-Grandparents left to make a new life in California.

Ljiljana & Luka / Wedding in Postira / Island of Brac from Bruno Bilonić on Vimeo.

The views of Postira are so beautiful and the views of the ocean are stunning. When I think deeper about this video I’m moved. I’m moved because I’ve wandered those streets. The same streets my ancestors walked daily. I’ve looked out at the ocean in the same places my ancestors looked out at the ocean. I’ve stood inside the same church where my ancestors celebrated marriages and births and I’ve stood in the same cemetery where my ancestors mourned the loss of loved ones.

I never had the opportunity to know my Great-Grandparents and I’ve never been present for any marriages, births or deaths while visiting Postira, yet somehow I feel closer to them when I see videos like this because I’m reminded of the experiences that we do share.

It overwhelms me with love and respect.

I can’t wait to meet them someday, when I’ve passed from the earthly phase of my life and move onto the eternal phase. I’ll finally have the opportunity to learn all about them and their lives.

It will be an exciting day, but let’s hope that day is 80 years from now, when I’m 115! Haha.

Alan Rickman

To everyone crying over Alan Rickman’s passing: Why are you sad? Death is not the end, it is the beginning. “Death” is simply passing from the mortal phase of our life to the immortal phase of our life. We do not die when our body does. We are our spirits, not our bodies, and our spirits are eternal.

Alan is probably up there rejoicing and having a great time reuniting with the friends and family who have passed before him. Be happy for him. Be happy that he’s reuniting with those loved ones. Be happy that he’s not sick anymore. If he’s happy, shouldn’t you be happy too? Don’t mourn his passing, CELEBRATE his life!