Fractured :-/

Hello Again!

Well it’s been a bumpy couple of weeks and today was probably the worst of them all…but I’ll get back to that.

Three weeks ago, I was on a routine early morning run. I was in the park across the street where I run pretty much all the time and know very well. It was early (6:30AM), but the sun was out and there was light rain. My run was going really well, so I decided I would do 5 miles instead of 3. To do the 5 miler, I had to run across the cross-walk to the other side of the park. I looked both ways and saw no cars so I thought I was free to go! While I was running, I quickly peered to my left and realized this car I had not seen before was coming very close to me…too close…and then BAM! He hit me! I got knocked over and was probably the most scared I have ever been! The police and ambulance came, and I am very lucky that I had nothing really but sore muscles, a minor concussion, and a few scratches.

But today I was not as lucky :(. My foot has been causing me pain for quite some time. At the beginning, I thought it was normal and a result of all my running and cross training. But a few weeks ago, I just realized I couldn’t live like this forever. I would wake up in the morning and limp around because I could not put all my weight on my foot, and it continued to be painful throughout the day. I set up an appointment with the podiatrist for this morning. When I got there, they took about 7 x-rays and confirmed my fears…I have a stress fracture in my right foot. Unfortunately with stress fractures there isn’t much you can do (unless you have surgery) but rest and wait. So this means I can’t run for AT LEAST 4 weeks. UGH! I am so frustrated but know that if I didn’t go to the doctor it would only continue to get worse and cause a complete break. I am hoping in 4 weeks when I go back everything will be healed but who knows. I will keep you all updated! If you could please let me know if you have ever had a stress fracture and what you had to go through, I would appreciate it very much!


Disneyland Dumbo Double Dare Challenge Recap Part 1

It’s been a few weeks since I completed the Dumbo Double Dare Challenge + 5k.  I had been looking forward to this race/experience since I finished Dopey in January and I’m so sad it’s already all over.

Here are the first five highlights (other five will be shared later this week) of the trip to go Coast to Coast!

1—The Expo

Since I like to be able to get everything I like, I get to Disney expos first thing!  If you don’t, then you cannot complain if they are out of something you want.  So, I got to Disneyland on Wednesday evening… since the expo opened up on Thursday at 10 am.

I met up with Brandi and her mom Karen at the hotel and we headed to the expo around 8:15.

At Disneyland, they have you line up because they do not want to put too many people into the official merchandise area at a time… which is super smart!


I was able to score some great official merchandise!  I got the dumbo women’s jacket, “I Did It” shirt, and the magnet for my fridge.  I also got a Disneyland Half Marathon weekend glass (that seems to be my thing to get at expos now) and a Disneyland Half Marathon pullover (this was not on the list, but it was so cute that I could not resist).

After the official merchandise, I headed over to the KT station to get my foot taped up.  It was a good idea to go early because this booth is always busy at the expo.  Luckily the tape lasted until mile 10 of the half on Sunday.

I also picked up a RawThreads shirt (I may be a brand new fan!) and a few sparkle soul headbands (you can never have enough—especially when the pricetag is $10 a piece).

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After I got all my purchases taken care of, I got my bibs (one for the 5k and one for the dumbo challenge (10k+half marathon), official shirts (5k, 10k, half and dumbo—all short sleeved—great since I got 4 long sleeve in WDW) and my ticket for the 10thanniversary party along with this cool bag!


Overall, I loved the expo at Disneyland.  It was crazy but since they had crowd control, I thought it was really well managed.  I cannot wait to get back there someday!

2—The Distance from the Airport to the Hotel to Disneyland

This is definitely a highlight of the trip!  I flew from Chicago into John Wayne airport—it is much closer to Disneyland than LAX and for a couple more dollars, it was worth it in my opinion.  Once I got to the hotel (which only took about 10-15 minutes), the distance from the hotel to the entrance of the park was a 10 minute walk tops.  This makes getting around so easy!  I absolutely loved it… nothing like crazy Disney World where I feel like all you do is wait on buses all day to get from place to place.

 3—The Weather

The weather was absolutely great the entire weekend!  The weather was around 70-80 the entire time.  The races were all relatively cool… nothing like crazy cold Disney World in January…but it was perfect running weather!  I was only a little warm on the half marathon.  The weather in Chicago was horrible—90s the entire time I was gone, and when I left California, it got to be crazy hot too in the 100s.  I was so happy that the weather cooperated because it is one reason I do not do many summer races.

4—Disneyland Parks!

I absolutely loved the two parks at Disneyland—Disneyland and California Adventure.  I bought a two day park hopper ticket and it was the perfect amount of time for me.  Disneyland had a lot of great rides—Splash Mountain, Mr. Toads Wild Ride, Pirates, It’s a Small World, Nemo, and so many many more!  I rode all the little kiddie rides (I love those rides) and stayed away from anything I thought might make me sick (Big Thunder Mountain (I love that one, but I was nervous) and Space Mountain).  At California Adventure, I loved walking around Paradise Pier, Cars Land (Rt 66 was extra special for me since we have that in Illinois), riding the big Wheel of Color, playing games (I won a Dumbo stuffed animal!), and riding the little kiddie rides too.  I really enjoyed the evening entertainment with World of Color at California Adventure (I did that on Friday evening) and Paint the Night parade in Disneyland (I did that on Thursday evening).


5—10th Anniversary Party

When I was signing up for the Disneyland Half Marathon weekend, I decided that it would be worth it to get the 10th Anniversary Party ticket and I’m really glad that I did!

I went with Brandi and Karen and we were able to get into Disneyland at 4 pm.  We were able to ride lots of rides until the park closed around 9 pm and then we were able to ride others which normally have a long line (Splash and Pirates) very easily as we just walked right up to them and got right on.  It was awesome!  There were characters out to take pictures with but since we had the 5k the next morning, we skipped character stops and called it a night around 10:30.

I’ll be back later this week with the 5k, 10k, Half Marathon, Bling, and the overall thoughts for the entire experience.


I’ll be back later this week with the 5k, 10k, Half Marathon, Bling, and the overall thoughts for the entire experience.


Summer Wrap Up

I’m going to have my summer wrap up series in a series of 2 posts—training for the Chicago Marathon and my big summer half marathon which was this past weekend, Disneyland Half Marathon weekend where I did a 5k, 10k and Half Marathon to get 5 beautiful medals from the happiest place on earth!

When I got into Chicago in late May/early June, my plan of getting a new PR in the 5k and 10k distance went out the window.  I was still able to finally break 30 minutes for the 5k in June.  It was a flat course, pretty good weather (a little humidity), and I really put it all out there.  After the race was over, I felt way more exhausted/tired than I do when I run a half marathon!  I vowed that would be my last racing 5k for the summer.  I had done one other on Memorial Day so two is good for me for the summer!

I didn’t end up racing any 10k distances at all this summer.  I really hate running when it’s over 70 degrees (yes, I know I’m a baby), but there wasn’t anything that was really shouting at me to run it.  I’ve done the Big 10 10k and I did the Chicago 10k last summer and we know I’m not a fan of repeating races, so I ended up not running any 10k races this summer.  I was also really busy getting in my training runs for Chicago, so the thought of adding to my schedule was not a good idea.  I’m actually going to do my first racing 10k in a few weeks in my home town while Lauren tackles the half marathon.  I really wanted to break an hour for a 10k at some point, but with my current PR of 1:03:20… I’ll be happy with any new PR based off of that number.

I’m happy to report that I have completed all of my training runs so far for Chicago.  This includes two 20 milers so far—both of which were pretty difficult.  The first one was 10 miles outside and then 10 miles on the treadmill because it was pretty hot.  The second one was just a few weeks ago and it wasn’t going too bad until mile 19.  It was at mile 19 that I realized my left foot was feeling really weird.  When I got the mileage completely done and back to my car… I took off my shoe and I couldn’t flex my toes up without extreme pain!  I ended up icing it and then got some brand new shoes (I was wearing Nikes that I did not usually wear… I just need to stick with my trusty Asics!).  Luckily with some RICE, new shoes and a few prayers, I’m happy to report that I feel much better now, was able to complete all my Disney races (this happened just 3 days before I left!), and now I know I’ll be able to finish my training for Chicago.

This weekend brings a short 6 mile run and the following weekend is my FINAL 20 miler!  And then it’s taper time baby!  I’m so excited to be almost done… as I do not have any more marathons planned for after Chicago.  I have lots of halves planned but no fulls and I’m pretty excited about that!  I’ve done 3 marathons this year, so maybe I’m just burned out… but I feel like I become a crazy person while training for marathons and it takes too much out of me :(

I’ll be back next week with a recap of my Disneyland adventure!


Back from our “summer break”

We sucked at blogging this summer.
Like everyone, we were busy and when we did have free time, I know I at least did not want to spend it writing a blog post! This summer was full of races, some good, some not so good, but I am happy that Fall is almost here. It’s just the best time of year in general, but especially great for runners. I can’t wait for the humidity to be gone and the temperatures to be down. I am so excited to not be drenched in sweat and exhausted after only a mile. And like most people, I’m so happy it’s almost fall because I CAN’T FREAKING WAIT FOR PSL’S (PUMPKIN SPICE LATEES)!
I am also hoping Fall will bring PR’s again. This summer has been a bit discouraging. I knew I would hit a rut eventually but I was still disappointed when it happened. I was getting PR after PR in the Spring but I have not seen a PR as of late. My training might have suffered a bit in the summer, but I really am motivated now to really hit my training hard and hopefully get a PR at my half in my hometown in a few weeks. If not there, then my big goal is to get a new half marathon PR at my favorite half – Rock ‘n’ Roll St. Louis at the end of October.
I am planning on writing a big summer race recap and will post it on here shortly. I will write all about how last week I was the leading girl for my 5K and then with .5 miles left I made a wrong turn. Yes, that really did happen. I will also fill you all in on Seawheeze. My first half without getting a PR, but other than that an amazing experience! I also did some smaller 5Ks and a few 10Ks that I will include in that post.
I hope even with our hiatus we still have some readers out there! I look forward to reading all your blog posts again and catching up!


Sorry for the lack of blog posts by us lately!  To say life hasn’t been hectic is an understatement.  In the summer, I am very busy at work running an outdoor pool… from Memorial Day to Labor Day, I’m usually at work or communicating with work every single day.  When you add training for a marathon, trying to plan out the rest of your 2015 races, being obsessed with your sister’s 2016 wedding… it leaves little time for anything else!

Chicago Marathon training is going well!  I had my first 20 miler on August 9 and it went pretty well.  It was going to be nasty hot here, so I ended up running 10 outside and then did 10 on the treadmill immediately afterwards… it really was a good decision!  I like my training schedule because when I do not have “huge” long runs, it’s just conditioning.  Therefore this past Saturday, I just had to do 6 miles.  Granted it was pretty hard because it was 70+ degrees and 90% humidity—I hate the heat.  I’m really hoping the marathon gods are good to me and have 40-50 degree temps on race day and I can achieve my sub 5 goal.

This weekend, I have to go back to downtown Chicago again to meet up with the marathon training group that I won the entry from.  I only have six on my schedule, so I will just do the six and then pick up my goodies before heading home.  They are giving all of us shorts, tech shirt, singlet, jacket and fitted Nike shoes!  Really I lucked out getting this opportunity and I’m glad I’ve been able to stick with the training for the big day.

I have my 17th state coming up in a few weeks and I’m excited to head out to California for a few days of fun and racing.


Chicago Marathon Training Weekly Recap

Another week is done of this marathon training session!

This week was pretty easy with just two thirty minute runs and a 6 mile long run on the weekend.  I also had two personal training workout sessions which went really well too.

This upcoming week is the start of the hard training.  I have my normal two thirty minute runs during the week and then on Saturday, I have my first twenty miler of this training season.  The high for Saturday is 77… so that should mean that when I start my run it will be a little cooler.  I’m going to keep tabs on the weather, get a good night sleep on Friday and then head out early early on Saturday morning.  My parents are coming up this weekend, so I won’t have to worry about my doggie at all during my long run!

In other news, it is now less than 30 days until I go to Disneyland!  Unfortunately, my flight got all screwed up on the way back, but it is what it is (my motto a lot now-a-days when things do not go your way).  I’m really looking forward to state #17!


Whirlwind of a Week!

Last week brought some major life changes. Justin and I moved out of our old apartment and into our new house! We both have WAY too much stuff, so the packing/moving seemed to take forever and who knows when the unpacking will be finished! It is so nice though to have more space, and I can’t wait until we get a fence so Lilli can play in the backyard.

And….. in the midst of moving, Justin proposed! I am very excited to be engaged and was so surprised when he asked! I was so tired from moving, that it almost felt like a dream! He is my best friend and the best person I know so I can’t wait to be married to him. But right now, I can’t even think about planning a wedding until everything is unpacked!


My beautiful ring Justin designed!


The fleur-de-lis symbol Justin put on the top and bottom. The flour-de-lis is a symbol for St. Louis and we have many decorations around the house with it because we both love it!

During my busy week, I was still able to get some runs in. I can’t believe SeaWheeze is less than 2 weeks away! I can’t lie, my training for this half hasn’t been that great, but hopefully somehow I can still pull out a PR in Vancouver.