Disney Lover Runners

As someone who has been to Disney World numerous times and has an affinity to breaking out into movie soundtracks at any given moment I am the perfect demographic for runDisney events. Robert, Andy and I ran marathon weekend two years ago and since then I have been trying to figure out who I can convince to go run a different race weekend there with me. This post isn’t exactly about runDisney and its events though- its about two companies I wish I had known about before running the two days of the Goofy Challenge for Disney workout apparel and registration simplicity.

Starting off the morning of the half marathon nice and early.

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Figuring Out the Compromise

After we got engaged everyone started telling Robert and I, “marriage is compromise.” As if he had not learned that giving into my bull headed personality sometimes was easier and I had not experienced the joy of doing something simply to make Robert smile. Now that we are pregnant the new wisdom people have been bestowing on us is that “our life is going to change.” Not to be rude or seem ungrateful, but do people really think that we are naive enough that we have not realized that starting our family is going to mean that our priorities and responsibilities will be different? Obviously we know our life is going to look different after our baby enters into this world. That doesn’t mean we are going to stop doing the thing we love most or fail to share that with our son or daughter.

The night we got engaged and the “advice” started!

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Workout Woes

I love working out. I always have appreciated the feeling of a good sweat. However there are some types of exercise I absolutely cannot stand to take part in even though they are similar to other activities I love. Maybe I’m doing them wrong, maybe I simply lack the mental fortitude to push through it. I have my likes and dislikes and then there are those workouts I absolutely loathe.  Continue reading

Trying Something New!

I am all about new experiences and ever since running the Zooma Annapolis  1/2 marathon and hearing about the awesome runs and mini events other racers had virtually I have been more and more intrigued to try a virtual race with friends. Especially with so many of my friends and family being spread throughout the country I feel like a virtual race would be an amazing way for us all to connect with one another and help each other achieve our goals. Recently I discovered the Sea to Shining Sea Virtual Race. This is a completely virtual race that takes place throughout the week from September 17th-23rd. You can run, walk, or hike, a 5k, 10k, or half on road, trail, track, or wherever YOU prefer. Set your goal for yourself, pick your location, and then go out and make it happen! I think by this point in September- when I will be 32 weeks pregnant- I am setting my goal at a 5k that I am going to run/walk and I want to see how many of YOU I can get to complete a goal of your own with me! Abigail2

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Tips for Crewing a Race

I love to run races, but I also really enjoy helping Robert successfully complete his goals by crewing for him. He loves to say that I could rent myself out for races as someone’s crew because I am so efficient, however I think it is just because I know him so well that I can anticipate his needs and have that planned for before he gets to the next aid station. Crewing for someone can present potential challenges, but can really make a race much more enjoyable and manageable for a runner if it is done correctly. Here’s my top ten list of tips to be a helpful member of a race crew to make the day or weekend a success for your runner while keeping your own sanity.

My two runners this weekend. 

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2Toms Blister Shield Review

Blister Shield Bottle Front

[NOTE: As of February 2017, I have been selected to be a brand ambassador for Medi-Dyne. I have done my best to provide an unbiased opinion of this product. With that said, as an ambassador I have been given a discount code to share. For 20% off your Medi-Dyne purchase, use code ARM20 at checkout.]

Blisters, nobody likes them, yet everyone seems to get them at some point in their running journey. Many have written them off as a necessary evil with nothing to be done except suffer through them until they callous over. With the weather warming up and the sweat pouring down, wet feet are almost a given. Wet feet are a haven for blisters as the skin dampens and creates a prime area for blisters to form. The logical solution is to try and find a way to keep your feet dry. But dry feet aren’t enough to prevent all blisters. In fact, dry unprotected feet can be just as bad as they create a friction zone where the shoe rubs the skin and forms a blister. So what are we runners to do about this conundrum? Get our feet wet and we get blisters. Keep our feet dry and we get blisters. Enter 2Toms Blister Shield, a product that can help keep your feet dry and simultaneously reduce friction, keeping hot spots at bay.

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