Thursday, March 28, 2013

Made My Day :)

My friend Jenny over at Running Halfway Around the World nominated me as a very inspiring blogger. I'm honored that she thought of me as inspiring. Thanks Jenny!

Here are the rules:

The award has three simple rules:

1. Thank and link back to the person who nominated you.
2. Share 7 things about yourself.
3. Nominate 15 other bloggers and comment on their blogs to let them know.

So, seven things about myself.

1. Both my husband and I love our alma mater. Our wedding was themed after it. We named one of our cats after it and our future dog will also carry a name from it. (Our other cat is named after cookies.)
2. I didn't watch a single Star Wars movie until I was 27 (and yes, this was like a month ago).
3. I have a goal of visiting 30 countries by the time I turn 30. I'm currently at 16 with 2 years left.
4. I love Spring. The weather is wonderful, it's my birthday season and there are so many festivals here. Just about every weekend is a festival :)
5. I've recently started cooking...for real and not just pasta and crock pot recipes. I make a mean meatloaf.
6. I used to dance. I spent 14 years of my life dancing and doing dance competitions.
7. I've never visited the west coast. I've done Hawaii and Vegas but nothing else between the Mississippi River and the Pacific Ocean.

Nominations: This is going to be tough because Jenny and I read the same blogs so it won't be 15 but I'll do my best!

1. Through Heather's Looking Glass - Heather is an amazing blogger, running skirt lover and Disney enthusiast.
2. Runner's Tales - Rachel has an great weight loss journey and blogs about her races in Florida.
3. Diary of an Everyday Girl - A fellow Running of the Ears member who posts interesting recipes that I will have to try soon (especially the crab and shrimp dip).
4. Love Every Mile - I had the privilege of running part of the marathon with Kimberly and really getting to know her better.

Check out their blogs and enjoy your day!

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Rock N Roll Nice -- 10 Miles of Carnival

For President's Day Weekend, the husband and I packed our bags and headed to the Riviera. It was Carnival! We were also running the Inaugural Rock N Roll Nice race.

The weather for the whole weekend was wonderful. It was still chilly for the locals because they were bundled up but we were enjoying the 50 degree sunny weather.

Our race course was along the beach front promenade out to the airport then back to the marina with a finish in front of the carnival grandstands. The course was one giant out and back loop. It was relatively flat but not completely as advertised. There were two massive hills and only one down hill. (Apparently what goes up doesn't always come down.) But the view of the Med was beautiful the entire course. I was less than two minutes off a PR, which isn't bad for two reasons. 1) The longest distance I had run between the marathon and this race was 3 miles. 2) A blister started appearing around mile 3. It was well organized for the first running however the race expo was tiny.

Heading to the marina around mile 7.5/km 12

Heading up the hill the day before the race

Picture of the medal (photo from Rock n Roll)

Monday, March 4, 2013

Marathon In Pictures

Mile 5ish with the Castle and Julie (photo from Mrs. P)

Mile 22 inside Hollywood Studios
Mile 25 "I just want to be done" (photo from Mrs. P)
Post Marathon Feet. 4 blisters as battle scars (photo from Mrs. P)

Marathon Happy with Mr. Mouse himself!