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Pretty Muddy 2013

Hello Ladies,

What are you doing the day after my birthday? Running with Pretty muddy? 
I thought you said you wanted to get Muddy. Some of my friends registered with a Living Social Deal last year, and had a BLAST! Sadly, there isn't going to be a Living Social deal.  BUT. There is a one time deal going on now.

Register for Pretty Muddy ( and use the code GIRLTIME to save $20.00.  Hurry up, because this code ends soon!!

Pretty Muddy Questions

Do I have to run in Miami with you?
 *check website for official dates, as they may have changed*
No, there are several options to register for! 
The Pretty Muddy Season kicks off on June 1st in Dallas Texas. 

June 1st, Dallas Tx
September 7th, Chicago Il.
September 14, Columbus OL
September 28, Richmond, VA
October 12, Atlanta GA
November 30, Tampa, FL
December 14, MIAMI FLORIDA!!!!

Is it fun?
What do YOU think? I did it last year ... i'm doing it again. ... 
Here's my review from 2012!

I hope to see you there!

What's your Choice?

Source: via Meagan on Pinterest
On my very merry unbirthday I received an email from Choice Organic Teas. Being a lover of Tea, I took the opportunity review Choice Teas and I was absolutely glad I did! 
About Choice Teas From the Website
Choice Organic Teas is a brand of Granum, Inc. of Seattle WA, and made its debut in 1989. In 2000, Choice Organic Teas became the first tea crafter in the United States to offer Fair Trade Certified Tea. This company holds a firm belief in organics with a dedication to ensure the ethical treatment of workers. 
There is more in the about us section of the website. I encourage you to take a look! 
My Review
Alright. I'll give some real examples. 
Growing up tea was a huge part of my life. My mom would help us girls plan tea parties, take us to tea rooms and just have fun with us. In my High School and early College days, I would enjoy a warm glass of tea most nights. (Peppermint was my favor…

Hello My Name Is...

Source: via Jill on Pinterest
I'm working on my title creativity. I picked "Hello my name is..." because I'm about to get real! (like I'm not always real with my posts? - anyway!) 
Who knows when Run Disney releases your bibs and waivers? I DO! They release it about 1 month before the race. So, now that we are 28 days before the race, i'm officially beginning to think about [insert evil music] tapering. ... (and the race expo...)
In swimming I remember tapering very well. As a former 500 free-styler (distance swimmer), I remember tapering as the most boring thing ever. Why? because I didn't get to train the same as I had been. I had to work on sprinting to the finish, having a quick flip turn and not running out of energy before the end of the race.  Tapering also signals one thing, your training for the race is over. Yes, it's hard to believe that i'm almost done with the training for my first Half Marathon. ...but am I ready? 
The more…

4 Miles - Powered by Bits.

I started my day with this chick.  Boy is she tough! If you've read my Weekly Chase, you already knew that I'm chasing the goal of accomplishing the 30 day shred. I've been doing great with my running (cardio) but cross training ... um ... yeah, I need to work on that!   After chillin' with Jillian for the morning, I got dressed (did my hair! - accomplishment!!) and went to work.   While at work, ... The Dumbo Challenge registration opened. I had been planning to register for this event. However, I wasn't able to register today. AND .... within 1 hour of being open ... Dumbo was Sold Out. 

 ... honestly. ... I cried. I was SO disappointed, heart broken and exhausted from it all. Whatever, ... it's time to grow up and get over it! There will be other Challenges. Right?

So, that was my day. Yeah, ... Roller Coaster of Emotions.  Even though I'm not training for the Dumbo Dare, I'm still training for the Princess Half and so I must run. Thankfully, this …

Weekly Chase

Inspired by my weekly goal setting skills? Check out Mindy & Molly's blogs for more great chases! 
I am very excited to report that I've done really well with my goals lately. I've been attempting to document some of the aspects of my weekly chase on Instagram by tagging #weeklychase. If you are not already, go ahead and follow my journey! (@MrsCJimenez) 
Last Weeks Chase.
Personal Goals: 1. Decide on an outfit / Princess for the Princess Half - In Process (more on that later). 2. Get my eye brows done. - I decided to wait until I go to Tampa with my Husband for class. 
Family Goals: 1. Cook dinner every night - DONE!  2. Pack Lunches every day  - DONE! 3. Put away the laundry. - DONE! (by my husband)
Running / Fitness Goals 1. Run 3 Days - DONE (Tuesday 4 miles, Thursday 12 miles & Sunday 4 miles) 2. Yoga - DONE (Wednesday) 3. Plank - DONE (Wednesday / Thursday)  
I'm pretty sure that qualifies me for a good ol' fashion "You Go Girl!" 
Source: istyl…

WDW Marathon Weekend - Part 2

The Family Fun Run 

Remember when we were young and the day after Christmas we began planning for NEXT Christmas? We couldn't wait for the season to come around again, we looked forward to everything about it! We were on our best behavior, we dreamed about what it was going to be like.

Maybe I'm the only one...

This 5K was the equivalent of Christmas morning. It is the event that I begged my sister in law to register for, the event I convinced my mother and father in law to attend, the event I've been dreaming of for the last 10 months. Those 3.1 miles of Epcot.

If you read part 1 of my post, you know how much I wanted everything to be PERFECT!

3:32 on Friday morning had finally arrived and I have absolutely Z-E-R-O desire to get out of bed. My through hurt, I didn't sleep very well, I felt horrible. Around 4ish, I pulled myself out of bed and began to transform myself into Daisy Duck.

We made it to the race about 25 minutes before it started (this is completely my fau…

WDW Marathon Weekend - Part 1

Good Evening,
I had major plans to upload lots of cute pictures from the hotel. However, my husband told me he was running 13 miles tonight and I didn't want him to go alone ... SO... I went with him! Not quite the 3 miles on my schedule BUT I'm happy with the 12 I did!

If you'd like to see some pictures (some - not all) you can check out my Instagram account!

The Hotel Adventure

My family and I stayed at Disney's Art of Animation over the weekend. I worked extra hard to make sure EVERYTHING was perfect. Why? A couple reasons.
1) It was the first  vacation I planned for Prince Charming's family. I wanted everything to be fun and perfect and MAGICAL.
2) We checked in on Prince Charming's mom's Birthday!

Sooo, I had called Disney like 15 times to make sure everything was all set, and that there would be something magical and special for my mother in law!   We checked in (after being lost for an hour because the GPS on my phone is lame), headed to Packet Pick U…

Weekly Chase!

About the Weekly Chase The Weekly Chase is a forum for bloggers (like myself) who are chasing dreams, goals and well you know ... sanity! Each week bloggers are encouraged to share their goals and give an update on how the goals from the previous week went. Thank you to Mindy & Molly for hosting this. Be sure to check out Molly's blog for  links to more chases! 
If you follow me on Instagram you already know that I met Ms. Road Runner Girl herself! It was SO awesome to meet her in person. I felt like I'd known her my whole life and wished I lived closer so we could like become real life friends! Seriously, she's so great. (FYI - this is not the greatest photo of me - but Mindy looks good!)  P.S. ...  CONGRATULATIONS ON COMPLETING YOUR MARATHON!!
What I chased Last Week!
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Finish Laundry / House work by Wednesday (this really is for my sanity) - DONE (Mostly! I cleaned the floors when I got home from Disney last night.)
Finish my packing for RunDisney (by Tuesday ni…

I'd like to introduce to you ...

It's January 2013, how many of you are struggling with your goals already? - I know I am. I always struggle with commitments after the first couple of weeks. I'm not sure why, I blame my Hyper Activity.
Who knows. ...
I recently got an unexpected shout out from a friend who is also blogging his weight loss. Head on over to his blog and give him some StoryBook style love!

Dave is the father of some beautiful children and the husband to a woman who inspires me in so many ways. (Seriously, I could talk to his wife for hours and it would feel like 5 minutes!) Make sure you give him some encouragement. We all know how tough the journey to weight loss can be!



Guest Post - Amalia

Good Morning! 
As you read this, I am off being adventurous at Walt Disney World Resort. Amalia so graciously agreed to do a guest post for me! You may remember her from my Sporty Little Christmas feature. I have also  gotten a couple of very nice shout outs on her blog recently. I'll post links to the posts at the bottom of this. :)   _ _ _
Hi Guys! Im Amalia from Live Travel Eat and Run and I'm so excited to be blogging for you today. I'm a baker, blogger, runner, and general life enthusiast.  I make crazy faces, love to try to cook, and I could talk about anything until the sun comes home.  But I always wasn't this outgoing or self assured. I struggled with self doubt and being self conscious for a long time. I've learned to love myself, my body and my life through a variety of different means -- one of them being living a healthier life. 
Every once and a while I get caught up in the struggle with the two most dangerous words in the world. 
What …

Features - Mom on Empty Feature

As you read this, I am on my way to WDW Marathon Weekend. I'm not running the Marathon (this year). I'll be running in the Family 5K with my family.  Since I will be away from blogging for a couple of days, I thought it would be fun to post a couple of my features for you to read! Be sure to check out my posts, and give some of my blogging friends some love on their blog!

In November, I had the opportunity to do a guest feature for Mom Running on Empty! Sarah blogs over on She blogs about her life of running, family and motherhood.

Read my post about staying healthy and active while on vacation here.

Be sure to follow her on Twitter too!

Weekly Chase and a Winner!

If you follow my blog, you know that the Weekly Chase has recently been re-vamped by Mindy and Molly. Be sure to check out their blogs for some more great chases and running inspiration!  This month, Molly has encouraged us to chase 2 or 3 things for ourselves. It seems that those of us that are (you know) humans...  seem to be SUPER busy and sometimes we forget to take time for ourselves!  So, before I get into my goals for THIS week. Let me tell you about LAST week! 
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1. Schedule my Dentist Appointment - DONE
2. Yoga twice - 1/2 Done! I slept in on Thursday rather than getting up and doing yoga before work.
3. Run 11 Miles on Saturday. - DONE!!!!!! 

I tweeted something to the effect of "11 miles in the morning. Yikes." I was SO encouraged with so many people tweeting to me and telling me i'd do awesome! I was totally freaked out. My husband was away for Friday - Saturday at a football tournament for the youth of a couple of different churches.  Since we w…

Almost time to Get Muddy...

As much as i'd LOVE to share about my longest run to date (Yep, I ran 11 miles!!), I am not going too.  I'm going to ask you a little question.

How are you ladies doing with your goals for 2013? 

Did you make a resolution to laugh more, smile more, spend more time with your gal-pals? I hope so!! Because, we are just 2 weeks away from the Go Dirty Girl Mud Run!

If you're like me, you LOVE saving money. SO, be sure to register before January 8th.  Prices are set to increase at Midnight on 1/9/13. Don't forget to use my discount code for additional savings! (FLBLOGGUEST)

I hope to see you there!

Make sure you check out my original post for more details!

Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post. The company company provided me with one registration for the Miami, Dirty Girl Mud Run in exchange for this post. Regardless, I recommend this event to my readers. 

Weekly Chase!

Welcome back Weekly Chase!

Thank you Mindy and Molly for taking this project on. There is SO much value in sharing your goals with others. So, ... THANK YOU!

Molly is challenging us to make the 1st 2 or 3 goals to be about ourselves. So, here I go. 
This week I'm chasing the following: 
1. Schedule my final follow up appointment with my Dentist.  2. Do Yoga at least twice  3. Run 11 miles on Saturday 
There you have it!  Just three goals for the week. :) 
What are you chasing? 

Forward Motion.

Source: via Amanda on Pinterest
Dear Erin,
I am so proud of you. Can you believe how much your life has changed since January 1st, 2012?

Remember when you cried over running a mile?
Remember when you told your husband to stop annoying you about your running style?  - Boy, you sure could get grumpy! ...

but look at you now. 

Remember when running wasn't the only thing that made you cry? You had fears of living the rest of your life overweight. Yes, you have a way to go...

but look at you now. 

Remember when people doubted your commitment to health? Remember those days when quitting seemed to be a better option than lacing up your sneakers?

You didn't let the doubters win, did you.

Remember when you took your first batch of over sized clothes to the donation truck? You were so scared that you would need them again.

but you didn't! 

Remember your first 5K? and 10K... and 12K? You have put a lot of miles on your feet this year, and even when times were tough, and the d…

My talents went to South Beach ... (& GU Give Away)

My Facebook friends already know this, but I'll say it again. Every single part of my being wanted to be out of Miami for New Years. Truth is, we have spent almost every single new years over the last 13 years doing something adventurous. However, do to our recent love of running and competing in races we have had to be a little more strategic with our run-cations. So, despite multiple attempts to be away, my husband and I enjoyed a nice evening at home with 2 friends (who left at 9:30 p.m).

This morning we made the trek across Miami to South Beach. We met up with Amanda (@Runtothefinish) and a group of others for a Resolution Run! It was part of the 5 by the 5th challenge I am doing. Since my foot is still hurting (like a lot) when I run, I ended up walking for most of the 5K. I was beating myself up about it for a while but, I got over it. I run for me. I don't run for anyone else. I run to do my best, and at that moment, I was proud to get up out of bed on January 1st and d…