Off To Disney + Workouts From Week!

My workouts this week went really well and now the real workout begins — Disney World! Walking the parks is in no way an exercise vacation, and I always wear my sneakers to keep my feet comfortable. Follow me on Instagram to see what we are doing and eating in Disney World!

Monday – 5 Miles

I woke up with my period (yes, you needed to know that) so that combined with barely being to get out of bed (still tired from Saturday night’s party) made going for my run feel like a drag. BUT! It felt so good once I got outside that I squeezed in 5 miles even though I was a little short on time.

5 miles

Tuesday – 45 Min Pure Barre

This was a new 45 minute routine on Pure Barre On Demand and I loved it! I mentioned it actually in Thursday’s post.  I liked this routine so much that I plan to do it again on Friday.

pure barre on demand

Wednesday – 5 Miles

It was like 20 degrees but sunny with no wind so I chose to run outdoors. Within the first mile, I was warmed up enough to forget that it was so below freezing.  I would call this a fartlek run because I did speed up at various points but I didn’t track those intervals.

5 miles

Thursday – 5 Miles

I thought it would be warmer out but it was in the 20’s. First mile I was on the phone and then I jumped into fartleks again to keep things interesting.

5 miles

Friday – 45 Min Pure Barre

I did the same Pure Barre workout the other day and still love it!

Saturday – 4 Miles (treadmill workout/in the gym)

Well today turned out different from expected! My plan was to run outdoors without tracking anything other than time. I figured I would look at the time on my phone and just run.  If I wanted to keep going, I had this loose idea that I would run for 90 minutes.

NO ONE TOLD ME IT WAS STILL RAINING. Not even the news alerted me to this, which I had on all morning. Shoot. I quickly came home for my hooded jacket, thinking I could handle the rainy mist. Within 5 minutes, it was more than a mist, I was annoyed, and headed home to change for the gym. I had on my warmer pants for running outdoors so I couldn’t just run over to the gym for the treadmill — I needed to change again!

After a quick change, I ran over to my gym and switched mental gears. If I’m on the treadmill these days, it’s for shorter amounts of time in exchange for speed work. I made up a really fun and engaging 30 minute workout which I will share soon! I want to run it a few more times to get the sequence down for you!

After 4 miles (I added a minute cool down which brought me to 4 miles), I did weighted squats and lunges. I WAS DEAD AFTER THIS WORKOUT.

It really doesn’t matter to me that I originally planned to run for 90 minutes. These shorter, under one hour workouts are crazy effective — each type of workout serves a different purpose, you know?

Sunday – Off to Disney!

Chocolate-Covered Apples, here I come!!

chocolate covered apple

Wishing all who celebrate a very Merry Christmas! Enjoy the holidays. 🙂


Hi From Disney & Running Favorites 2014



The winner of the P & G Prize Pack giveaway is Sheila K! She has been emailed…thanks to everyone for entering!

I had my two most favorite foods in the world yesterday which means I could leave Disney World right now and be happy.

The first thing we did when we arrived inside Magic Kingdom was head to the candy store on Main Street.

Disney Candy store

I picked the Minnie Mouse chocolate-covered apple and the ears were big chocolate-covered marshmallows.

Minnie Mouse Chocolate Covered Apple

And the last thing we did before leaving Magic Kingdom after dinner was stop at the Ice Cream Parlor.

giant cookie sandwich

Oh those fresh and giant chocolate chip cookies with ice cream in between—As good as I remembered.

Anyway, I have been wanting to recap some of my favorite running and fitness posts of 2014 so I finally put some links together below.


Earlier this year I started up a series I frequently come back to on running topics discussed through my experiences versus just preaching lots of info.

topic tuesday running

How To Start Running  – My approach to running and how I got started.

Physical Fitness Tests and Building Up To Running – My feelings about kids and those silly physical fitness tests.

How To Become A Morning Runner – This one still makes me laugh but has a lot of valuable lessons in it.

How Pregnancy And Motherhood Affect Your Running Routine – One of most favorite posts about how I DIDN’T focus on exercise when my son was born and didn’t get back to normal until he was in preschool.

It was even featured on BlogHer which made me really proud.

Waiting For Monday – Why wait for Monday or the New Year?

How I Think I Run Injury Free – Totally taboo topic for me but I am able to run injury free and sometimes I think I know why.

Why I Signed Up For Pure Barre – One of the best decisions I made this year.

Pure Barre From Home – Can’t say enough about my love for the lift, tone and burn.


Favorite Race Recaps:


The half I didn’t finish – Taught me a real lesson in knowing my body and realizing my deal breakers.

Runner’s World Half & Festival – I still think about running these three races back to back. Such an awesome experience!

I have lots of other posts, race recaps and workout ideas on my Running page — be sure to check it out!

It’s pretty warm today so we are going to head down for breakfast soon and will then spend some time by the pool (and lazy river!) before going to Epcot later today (dinner reservations in Japan!).


I will talk to you tomorrow!


Favorite Disney World (or Disney Land) treat?

Did you finish your Christmas Shopping?

Which race that you ran in 2014 stands out most in your mind?


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