Running Through 2014 {year recap}

I can’t believe another year is almost over and a new one begins. 2014 has been one of those years where I can’t believe how much I have accomplished in 365 days. The first race of 2014 began with my first marathon and ended with a half marathon in November. I ran a total of 8 races this year and 2 virtual races through my local Mom’s Run This Town group. I have had so much support throughout the year from family and friends and I’m so thankful for every single one of them being there through the training and my craziness. So let’s recap 2014 shall we.


I started the new year out right when I ran my first full marathon on January 12th at Walt Disney World. It was the greatest experience of my life and if I could relive it I would.

miles: 34 (after I ran the marathon I hated running and took a break from it)


I ran the Mom’s Run This Town winter virtual race with a great group of Mom’s. I ran 4 miles with my best friend and she ran the entire 4 miles. I was so proud of her.

A week later I ran the Cinderella 5k at Disney and then the following day ran the inaugural Enchanted 10k at Disney. A double dose of Disney. I completed 9.3 miles during that weekend and created my own challenge. I ran the 5k with my best friend and her daughter and ran the 10k with another friend.

miles: 34


I ran Run or Dye with my 7-year-old daughter. Her first 5k, she had such a great time, we walked and ran it. But after this being my 3rd color run. I will never do one again.

miles: 42


No races and I just focused on running and pace

miles: 33


No races and just focused on running and pace. My Mom did send me this awesome Alex and Ani bracelet for Mothers Day.

miles: 62


In June I took on the #June100miles. I saw this invite going around Facebook that I just had to join in on it. I busted my behind to do this. I ran almost every day just to make it to 100 miles for the month. I did make it with a few days left of the month.

miles: 100


This month I ran a 5k race on 4th of July. I went into this 5k with a goal time. I wanted to PR my 5k from my last 5k PR which was 29 minutes. I couldn’t believe that when I crossed the finish line my time was going to be under 28 minutes. I knocked 2 and 1/2 minutes off my 5k. Completely shocked and that’s when I started focusing on time and pace again.

miles: 48


Again our local Mom’s Run This Town group did the summer virtual race this time the kids were invited in on a 1-mile run. I let me daughter do the 1 mile. We had a great time and after the race, we went over to the splash pad for the end of summer vacation fun.

miles: 46


No races just more training for my upcoming half for October.

miles: 32


This was the month I was matched with my IRUN4 buddy. I was matched on October 8th after being on the waiting list since mid-June. I couldn’t believe I was matched a few days before my scheduled half marathon. I ran the Beachside half marathon and it was a half PR for me. I ran this half with my heart and it was all for Nolan.

miles: 47


This month was a little hectic. I ran my first 15k race and PRed. You can read about it {Recap here}.


I flew up to New Hampshire for Thanksgiving week. I ran outside a couple of times while I was up there. I did not expect in a million years that I would be able to complete 3 miles in 25 minutes. NEVER! I couldn’t believe it. Look at that pace!!

On November 30th I ran Space Coast half marathon you can read my {recap here}. I had another goal to finish this race around 2 hours and 10 minutes. I didn’t get my goal time but I did once again PR. I knocked another 8 minutes off finishing in 2:16.

miles: 52


No races this month. I continued to focus on pacing. I’m currently training for the Celebration Half marathon that is in a few weeks. I’m hoping for my 2:10 goal time or better.

miles: 50

Total miles in 2014: 610 

5k- 4 (PR 27:43)

10k- 1

15k- 1 (PR 1:29)

Half- 2 (PR 2:16)

Marathon- 1

I’m hoping for some great goals in 2015. I will be posting about it in a future upcoming post.

What are some of your goals you accomplished in 2014? I’d love to hear about them.

26 Things I learned from running a marathon

I ran my first marathon at Disney World on January 12, 2014. Since that race, I have learned so much about myself and all the different things I learned during training and the race itself.

1.  Training is key: There are all kinds of training plans on the internet to try. For my first marathon I did the Jeff Galloway run/walk 3:1 ratio it worked great during training runs but come race day with all the people. It was difficult to keep up with. We eventually ditched the plan and just winged it.

2. Fueling and refueling: This is like gas to a car. You must hydrate and refuel your body especially running this distance. I tried out all kinds of different snacks and drinks during training runs to pick the right thing that didn’t upset my stomach. By the time the actual race came along I don’t think once I remember snacking on much. I brought it all with me but was just so fixated and exhausted. I found that at every water stop I took water and Gatorade and it worked for me.

3. Overpacking: I, unfortunately, fell into this category. I had overpacked my Camelbak causing more weight on my back and I honestly maybe sipped out of my Camelbak maybe once or twice. I also had a bib holder on and also my pouch around my waist to hold my refueling snacks that once again I never touched. I wore my headphones and my iPod shuffle that I gave up on it during mile 2. I was just a mess. WORD OF ADVICE DON’T OVER PACK FOR A MARATHON IT’S NOT FUN!

4. Crazy looking socks: I wore a pair of lime green compression socks to go with my race outfit. I will say this is why I was still walking after I ran a marathon and why the next day I felt amazing and walked Legoland the entire day. They worked for me and I thankfully didn’t have issues with blisters.

5.  These “gross” things all of a sudden become acceptable: I think there were a few times a snot rocket came flying out of my nose and sometimes I’d take a water from the water station and swish it around in my mouth and just spit it out,  my mouth was  so dry and collecting a large amount of saliva. I spit, I farted and almost peed (made it to the bathroom for that one).

6. Running with a friend makes it better: I was thankful to have a friend run this marathon with me. We trained together and went into this race together. I don’t think I would have been able to do it without her support and our encouraging talks along the way. Why did we sign up for this again? Came up often.

7. Training made me fat: Well not fat but I packed on the pounds. I think between the long runs and the fueling. After a serious long run, I’d binge all day on food. Which brings me to this funny. Run-gry anyone?

8. Running in the right shoes: As I said running a marathon is no joke. Running in the right pair of shoes to ensure that distance is a no-brainer.

9. Did I just run a marathon?: Yes, I did and I  have been added to the 1% of the world’s population who has run a marathon.Whoop Whoop!

10. When your social life becomes nonexistent: I mean honestly this is true if you are not working or you are running and if you are not running you are sleeping off that long run you had that day. I swear my social life plummeted and my interaction with my family life as well.

11. Who cares about pace and time: I knew I wasn’t going to finish in my goal time and you know what I didn’t care. I tried to enjoy the experience and just finish the race before the cut-off time. With it being my first marathon it was a personal best anyway.

12.  Being my own cheerleader: I had tons of support at the finish and along the route. But when that support wasn’t there I had to mentally cheer myself on. “You are almost there” wasn’t even an option at mile 10. I had to shut down the outside world a few times and dig deep to cheer myself on.

13. Stretch, stretch, stretch: Wait did I say STRETCH?

14. It’s all mental: I had to sometimes tell yourself is this really a physical game or a mental game. You hit walls on those long mile training runs. To me, it was more of a mental thing rather than physical. I had to shut my brain off sometimes and run with my legs.

15. Oh, there is a medal after this race?: I mean come on let’s be realistic here. Who doesn’t run for the bling?

16. Marathon photos are never pretty: I never bought any of the photos they took of the course. Even my own photos we took of the course they are just appalling.

17.  You learn a lot about yourself: I sure learned a lot about myself. I knew what my body could handle and what it couldn’t.

18.  I never wanted to run a marathon again: Right after I finished I cried and cried that I hated running and I never wanted to do a marathon again. I became that angry runner. I never wanted to lace up my shoes again. This marathon made me hate running. I woke up one day and said “I want to try and run a marathon again”. I mean can’t you just see how thrilled I was when I finally made it to mile 26. Look at those thumbs?

19. The look on peoples faces when you told them you ran a marathon: Then the first thing they ask you “oh how long did that take you?”. Not a congratulations you just endured a life-changing race. But how long it took you is more important. Which brings me to…

20. OH MY GOSH! I ran a marathon: I bragged and I bragged oh and I bragged. I think I told everyone and between Facebook and my friends. I still talk about it. I will probably talk about it until the day I die. I will never forget this experience.

21. “The wall”: Not an actual wall but the wall some runners hit at a certain mileage. Mile 21 was my wall. It was the furthest I have ever ran. I had to keep telling myself to keep going. I crushed that wall into a million pieces. It didn’t stand a chance.

22. Read those race signs and posters: Sometimes it’s what gave me that little push to keep going. Some were motivational and some were downright funny. No matter the type of race read those signs.

23.  Oh foam roller take me away: Who would have thought a piece of PVC piping wrapped in a foamy material could make that post long run feel so good. You love to hate the thing but boy it sure helps.

24. Say goodbye to your once pretty toenails/feet: I lost 2 toenails in the process while training for a marathon. I did all the things they say to prevent loosing them but I still lost them. Also my once pretty feet turned into a disgusting mess.

25. You may inspire those friends/family members to pick their life up: I have been told by some many since I ran this marathon that I inspired them to become healthy, to start running again, to sign up for long distance races. It’s such a good feeling to know something I did inspired someone else.

26.  Last but not least:  I DID IT! I DID IT! I DID IT! The end.


Have you run a marathon?

Did you learn a lot about yourself while running it?

Would you run another one?

2014: My Year of Running

Another year has come and gone. I have done about 10 races this year. It’s been quite a year for me. I ran my first marathon and ran a few half marathons and a few 5ks. So let’s take a few minutes and give you my awards for the races I’ve done this year.

Most Scenic Course- The most scenic course was when I ran the Walt Disney Marathon on January 12th. I mean who wouldn’t enjoy running through all the Disney parks and get to see a lot of back lots of Disney World?


Most Challenging Course- Most challenging course I would have to say was when I ran the  Beachside Half Marathon. I have ran this course before but for some reason the 2 bridges always kill me and the heat was also a factor. Looks easy, doesn’t it? Well if you are familiar with the bridges in Florida that go over to the beaches you may understand how steep they are and they are quite challenging. The course is beautiful after you pass over the bridges.

beachside half map 20 x 30.inddBest Expo- Oh this is a no brainer. I did 3 Disney races this year and I will say they have the BEST expos with all kinds of goodies and great entertainment and runDisney has the BEST merchandise to go with your accomplishments. (I own the pink one I DID IT!)


Best Post-Race Food/Beverages- This would have to go to the Space Coast Half Marathon & Marathon. Not only did they have free breakfast for all race participants but FREE BEER! Sorry but it’s rewarding after running either the half or the marathon.

Best Swag- All the Disney races give you the best swag. Between the shirts and the race bibs. I guess since we pay a pretty penny for the races they better treat us to nice swag.


Most Unique Medal- a unique medal would have to go to the Space Coast Half Marathon. This years medal was based off the spaceship Challenger. Each star represents all the lives lost on the Challenger. Makes the medal even more unique.


Favorite Race Shirt- This would have to go to Space Coast Marathon & Half Marathon. I absolutely love the shirts this year. They are long sleeved tech shirts. They went with a different company this year and I hope they stay with them. They turned out AWESOME!


Favorite Overall Race- I ran so many great races this year and it’s hard to choose. But I would have to say Walt Disney Marathon is my favorite overall race. I may sound repetitive. Maybe because this was my first marathon and it just means a lot to me. I enjoyed the course, the volunteers and people cheering you along. The experience was just AMAZING!


Best Course Support- Hands down again this goes to WDW Marathon. Not only did I run this marathon but I had tons of support along the route. I had my best friend waiting for me at the Magic Kingdom. I bawled my eyes out when I finally saw her standing there. That gave me the extra push I needed seeing her waiting. All the support along the course is just crazy. So many people telling you “You’re almost there” when you still have 20 more miles is go just makes it better.


Race You Are Most Proud of Yourself for Completing- WDW Marathon. It was my first marathon. As much as I hated it after finishing and I swore to god I was never going to run another marathon ever again. Months later I decided I can’t let this marathon hold me back from EVER doing another. I did sign up for another marathon but had to back down to the half. I’m nowhere near ready but hoping another one is in my future.


Please take some time and check out what these ladies I have linked up with.

Jeanette: Fit In Louisville (
Amy: Running Escapades (
Melanie: Runner Girl in a Rocking World (
Erika: MCMMamaRuns (
Krystal: The Runner Within (
Tamsyn: Fat Girl to Ironman (
Erin: Love for Running (
Sammy: Peace Love & Ice Cream (
Kelly: Miles to Go (
Sarah: How My World Runs (
Sue: This Mama Runs for Cupcakes (
Lara: Uptite Mamas (
Kristin: Kristin’s 5k (
Montana: Pretty Lil Mudder (

This InLinkz account has expired. You can still view the linkup here

Race Bucket list


We all have that race we just want to run eventually. I know I have quite a few races I have on my bucket list and would love to run from the Boston Marathon to Ragnar Relay.

Boston Marathon (ever since I was a kid watching this race on TV, I knew someday I would run this race and hopefully someday I will)

Ragnar Relay (I would love to get a HUGE group together and run a leg in the ragnar relay)

Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon (If I had a choice on where to the RnR it would be in Savannah, GA)

7 Mile Bridge Run (This race starts in Marathon, Florida along the 7 mile bridge to Key West)

New York City Marathon (I’ve never been to NYC, so what not a great introduction to NY by marathon)

Goofy’s Race and a Half Challenge (This race takes place at Disney World, one day you run a half marathon next day the marathon)

Diva Half Marathon (Who wouldn’t want some roses and bubbly after finishing 13.1 miles?)

Princess Half Marathon (This race has been on my list since I ran the 5k for Princess Half weekend since 2011)

Nike Woman’s Half Marathon (Now wouldn’t you love a handsome suited fireman handing over a Tiffany necklace at the finish line?)


–What are some of the races on your bucket list? I’d like to hear about them.


5 Things I never run without

Every runner has at least some type of running gear they never run without or before stepping foot out the door without before a run. I have about 5 things I will never LEAVE home without before a run.

1. I will never start my run without my Road ID. Not everyone runs with some sort of ID.  I was guilty of this a lot until I discovered Road ID. It has my full name, emergency contact phone numbers and any medication allergies I have on it. You never know what will happen on a run. If you don’t already please invest in one. It could save your life.


2. Some runners like keeping track of their miles on either their phone or watch. I prefer using a watch and I use the Nike+ GPS watch. It’s easy to use. I love the motivation it gives me and keeps track of my previous runs. I never go for a run without it.


3.  Compression sleeves are a runner’s best friend during runs and aiding recovery. Even if I’m running a few short miles or going for a long run, I almost always have compression sleeves or compression socks on.


4. I, unfortunately, suffer from chafing, thankfully only on my heels and ankles. I apply this stuff religiously before I GO on a run. I will even bring it along on runs for that “JUST IN CASE” moment.


5.  And finally last but not least. My phone, you never know when you may need it and it’s my sense of security. I also sometimes listen to music through my phone.


I’d love to hear if there are some things you can’t run without?

Worst Advice Runners are Tired of Hearing

We all have that one person we know that has given us that annoying advice about running either we’ve heard before or you’re just tired of hearing. I kindly asked the women in a Facebook group I am part of: Women’s Running Club Facebook Group and asked them what the worst advice they’ve gotten and here’s a list we came up with.



–Eating a mountain of pasta before that BIG race. I’ve heard such mixed emotions on if “carb loading” is really necessary a night before a race. I’ve done it and the next morning my stomach was heavy. So it’s your choice but doesn’t tell us we NEED to eat pasta.

–“You will ruin your knees”. We know running takes some serious impact on your knees. But hey it’s our knees let us deal with this problem.

–Family and friends asking if we are done with this running phase yet? No, we aren’t done yet, this isn’t a phase. Running is sport some of us enjoy. We will end it when we are ready. Don’t ask us if we are done.

–“Running is bad for your heart.” Actually, a recent study published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology suggests running, even for a few minutes a day can reduce your risk of dying from heart disease whether you plod along or go at race speed. But always ask your doctor before doing any kind of exercise.

–“You won’t build muscle running”. Have you ever seen runners calve muscles or thighs, hamstrings and core? We can build muscle even while being a runner. Show off that muscle running gave ya.

–“Running is bad for you”. I hear this so much. Since when is running bad for you? But smoking is bad for you and drugs are bad for you. But running an actual sport that is good for you. Pshhh, keep on running my friends it isn’t “bad” for you as to smoking and drugs are.

–“You don’t have time for the train for distance running”. Who says you don’t have time do you live my life? A dedicated runner training for a race will make time for training. Don’t tell us we don’t have time. WE MAKE TIME!

–A person you are having a conversation with a NON-RUNNER that tells you they can run that distance. Runners prep and train months for a distance race, but sure be my guest and let’s see you NON-RUNNER run a marathon.

–“Oh, running is so easy”. If running was so easy everyone would be doing it. Running takes time for your body to endure the distance. If it’s so easy to be my guest and go for a run. Let us know how it goes for you.

–“Why don’t you walk, the benefits are the same”. Actually running burns more calories than walking. Granted walking is better for your body overall, pshhh but who wants to walk when they can RUN!

–“Oh you’re a runner why aren’t you skinny”. Not all runners are skinny like those elite marathoners. I’ve seen runners of all shapes and sizes. We applaud those runners who are overweight and still run.

–“You can’t keep running forever”. Have you read the story of the woman who is in her 90’s who ran a marathon and broke a marathon record or the lady in her 70’s who broke her clavicle during an Ironman race and still continued on to finish the race. Age shouldn’t matter and we can run FOREVER.

–“Running is sooooo boring”. If running was soooooo boring we wouldn’t be doing it. Switching up our runs, our playlists and scenery helps with the  “sooooo boring”.

–“Oh you’re pregnant, that is so bad for you and the baby”. Okay now I have never ran while pregnant, but I know people who have. Running is perfectly okay as long as you have your doctors permission to run. Also listen to your body. I’ve seen pregnant woman finish half marathons and marathons. I applaud them tremendously.

–“Stop running you’re wasting away”. Actually I’m not wasting away. I run so I can EAT. I may look smaller then before but I’m not like trash and wasting away.

–“You know running will make your boobs sag”. Okay ladies, I’ve noticed my puppies have gotten smaller since I started running and loosing weight. But honestly it’s nothing a nice push-up bra can’t fix.

–“You are too old to run”. I picked back up running again in my late 20’s. I’m happy to continue to be running in my 30’s. Like above “You can’t keep running forever” look at those woman in there 70’s and 90’s still running. Age ain’t nothing but a number.

–“Why pay for a race when you can run that distance for free?”. This one bothers me. I get it often even from my own husband. I don’t think they understand why we do races. I love running them and I love what you get at the end not just for the bling, but the accomplishment of finishing a race with other runners.

–“Why run a race you’re not going to win”. Everyone who finishes a race is a winner in my book and I’m sure you all feel the same way. We may not be the top 3 winners in our age group. But we ran that race and finished. That right there makes you a winner.

–“The human body wasn’t meant to run long distances. It is bad for your body”… so is eating crappy food and sitting on the couch but that doesn’t seem to be stopping people.

The list goes on and on. I guess the moral of this story is we’ve heard it before and we are tired of hearing it and we will continue to run with or without your advice.

I want to take a minute to thank the wonderful women in the Women’s Running Club Facebook group who took a few minutes to comment and to help this post come together. You ladies are what make this kind of blogs what they are. So thank you, ladies!



Have you ever been told the worst running advice from someone and what did they tell you?

Keep calm and run on.

The Good and The Bad


I guess I will start out with the bad and get it over with. I had to sadly downgrade my future marathon registration for February 1, 2015 to the half marathon instead. I fought with myself over this decision for a few months not because I can’t do it. I was dreading the bridges and looping them twice and the training by myself just scared me. Last weekend I drove the course and it was my wake up call, I continued to fight with my head over it all this week and finally made the decision to not continue on with marathon training and just work on getting a faster half marathon time. I have made a decision that I will run another marathon in the near future but it wont be until next November 2015. I plan to run the Space Coast Marathon. I’m still beating myself over this choice and I know I shouldn’t. I know when I’m ready and unfortunetly this wasn’t the time. But hey now that the “bad” is out of the way let’s continue on with the good.



So last week I got exciting news. I was officially matched with the most handsomest buddy. Now you are probably asking “matched with a buddy” what is that? is a organization that matches runners with buddies who have special needs and can’t run like some of us who take that for granted everyday. I signed up to be matched in June 2014, and on October 8th I was matched with this sweet 5 year old boy named Nolan. It brought happy tears to my eyes to be able to run for this little boy. Nolan has a rare genetic disorder called Cri Du Chat Syndrome. Wondering what Cri Du Chat is? I had to do my research because I wanted to know exactly what Nolan has. Cri Du Chat also known as chromosome 5p- depletion syndrome. It occurs in approximately 1:35,000 live births.  Cri du Chat Syndrome is considered the most frequent deletion syndrome in humans. You can read more about Cri Du Chat Syndrome here: .  I hope to inspire this little man and get to someday meet him. Do you want to run for someone like Nolan? You can sign up to be matched at