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Colorado Springs, Glow Run!

A few months ago Prince Charming and I were talking about our fitness bucket list. One of the items on my bucket list was to earn some race bling in a different state.

The intent was to travel somewhere specifically for a run. Well, if you think I'm addicted to the Active.com website... you should talk to Prince Charming. Knowing my desire to earn some bling in a new city, he found the Colorado Springs Glow Run!

Over dinner we discussed our travel budget, and quickly came to the conclusion that we would skip the whole Horseback riding through Garden of the Gods and just drive or walk through it. (I'm pretty sure that's a clue that we are addicted to running).

Friday afternoon we took a break from our crazy sight seeing adventure for packet pick up.

Two words.

Absolutely Adorable! 
When we picked up our packets the young man (probably about 11 or 12) says to me "Are you really from Florida? I LOVE FLORIDA!" Prince Charming and I talked to him for a little bit abou…

Weekly Chase!!

The Weekly Chase is hosted by the following two bloggers: 1) Mindy @ Roadrunnergirl.com 2) Molly @ http://mollyritterbeck.com/
Please stop by their blogs for some great chases and daily adventures. 
I've been in Colorado this week, so chasing my fitness / weight loss goals was quite interesting. 
My Goals!
How did I do?
1) Remember my weight loss goals. - Done! During the days I was in the conference, I ate a half a salad and a half a sandwich for lunch and very light dinners. No soda this week until after the Glow Run, and then ... well hiking through the Rocky Mountains. ... But, ... I did pretty well.
2) Explore the Gym! - Fail. I didn't even go to the gym. We went hiking, and exploring outside rather than the gym!  
3) Discuss 2 new ideas with my husband. - Done! We road tripped from Colorado Springs to Estes Park (about 2+ hours) and hiked all day. During that time we talked, dreamed and planned our lives in an ideal world. 
I'm absolutely exhausted from this trip, but…

Greetings from Colorado!

If you follow me on Instagram (MrsCJimenez) or are my friend on Facebook you already know I'm in Colorado.

I attended a conference for work wed through lunch on Friday. The conference was full days. Therefore, I didn't do much exploring during the beginning of the week.

BUT. Did we make up for lost time today!

After my conference ended, I went to the following places:
- Focus on the Family
- The Air Force Academy
- Packet pick up for the Glow Run
- Ghost Museum (closed.)
- Garden of the Gods
- Colorado Springs Brewery

It's 9 pm and I'm exhausted!!

How about you? Go on any adventures lately?


I'm an IRON GIRL!

As you probably know, my husband is in Graduate School (Gradschool Blog). The program is online, but not fully. Therefore, he has to travel to Tampa every so often to attend classes in person. When he goes, I try to find adventurous things to do (Tampa Adventure). I happened to see that the Iron Girl event would be taking place in Clearwater one of the weekends he had class! I was soooo excited, I began to check some of the Tampa Bloggers for discounts (or better, a give-away!).

Tampa Blogger Shout Out!
Sneakers & Finger Paints
Rebecca Roams
Mindy's Fitness Journey

Note: There are more, these are just a few.

Mindy was hosting a give away on her blog and I was determined to win! One of the entries was to tweet about the give away every day. So, ... every evening after work, I'd sit at my lap top and tweet away! The day the give away ended, I'd told myself that if I didn't win, it wasn't meant to be.

But ... it WAS meant to be. Because, I WON (post)!

Heading into the …

Weekly Chase - 4/22

Hey, Hey, HEY! 
I'm so excited to be linking up with Mindy & Molly for the April 22nd weekly chase! These ladies host link ups on their blogs each week for people to network and encourage each other with whatever they are chasing! 
This week, I will not out on an adventure. Since I won't be in my own home, my goals are a little different this week. 
1) Remember my weight loss goals when making food choices. I posted this type of picture on Instagram the other day, but i'd typed the wrong dates so I deleted it. No, I didn't lose all that weight in 2 months. It was 14 months, I apologize if anyone was confused! 
2) Explore the gym! I will be staying in a hotel with a gym, so I'm excited to hit the gym a couple times on my adventure! 
3) Discuss 2 new ideas with my husband. As part of the "Growth" goals, I want to be sure to speak my husbands love language. He is an idea machine  Seriously, he has so many ideas that he loves to talk though. Me. Well, I&#…

Introducing ... "Inspiration for your Perspiration"

Inspired Sweat?

Yep! 
Inspiration for your Perspiration started over on Darlena's blog. You might remember her from my "Sporty Little Christmas" features. She was the first spotlight I did back in December. (Darlena)
Anyway, Inspiration for your Perspiration began as a way for Darlena to connect her personal walk with the Lord with her running world (Full story Here). I loved to go over and check it out on Sunday afternoons. It was always so uplifting to see another runner sharing her love for Christ with her passion for running. 
From that, Darlena had the idea to make it grow. 
So, http://inspirationforyourperspiration.wordpress.com/ was born. Darlena gave an opportunity for other christian fitness bloggers to step outside of their normal lifestyle and fitness related posts to share about what the Lord is doing in their lives. 
I was super excited to be a part! 
Please take a moment to head on over to the blog and meet some other great bloggers. 

A Happy Birthday Post

Last Friday Prince Charming and I took my Mom to Disney's Flower & Garden Festival at Epcot.If you've never been, and if you like flowers I highly recommend it!

Instead of a frilly or glittered card Prince Charming and I wanted to give her the gift of memories. So, on Thursday night after work we loaded up in the car and drove to Central Florida to stay at my parents house.

After enjoying breakfast, and getting into the park we convinced my mother (who is deathly afraid of heights) that going on Soarin' would be a "good idea". We waited line for about 20 or 30 minutes, and finally it was our turn to soar through California. We got my mom all loaded into the ride, the lights lower and I lean over and whisper ...

"Mom, you don't even feel it when it flips upside down!" 

I only wish I could have recorded my mother's response!!

 "WHAT, ERIN YOU DIDN'T SAY ANYTHING ABOUT GOING UPSIDE DOWN!" 
She then proceeded to grip my hand so tight…

"Miami Runs for Boston"

It was with great pride that I put on my Iron Girl Half Marathon shirt and laced up my sneakers after work on Tuesday. Prince Charming and I have followed the Brickell Run Club on Facebook for about a year, but we really never joined them. We live about an hour from the area and driving from our condo across down during traffic never really appealed to us.

Tuesday was different.

We wanted to show our support and be an encouragement to the running community. So we fought the hour traffic, dodged the many runners sprinting to the start area and found a space in a nearby parking garage.

The crowd was remarkable.

Prince Charming grabbed my hand and we made our way through a sea of runners and reporters. As I approached the welcome table, I was handed a bib. I smiled and asked for a waiver. The woman made eye contact and said "first time? Welcome!"

Kindness.

As I was standing there, I hear "we are out of bibs". Still a little speechless at what I was experiencing, I mak…

Boston.

As I crossed the finish line in Sunday, I was overwhelmed by the love and support of my husband waiting for me at the finish line. Before I got my medal, I ran over to him and kissed him. I then was congratulated by several total strangers and a medal was placed around my neck.

That evening we participated in a runchat on twitter and I was day dreaming of the day when I would be the one standing at the finish line waiting and cheering on Prince Charming as he finished a major race such as a Boston Marathon. The events of yesterday have left me heart broken.

I am heart broken for the running community. A community where at any moment during the run your hand could be grabbed in support, you will get a pat on the back, you will be asked "do you want me to take your picture", you will be genuinely loved.

The running community is so unique. As a newbie runner, I have been amazed by the love that surrounds me at each event I participate in.

When we stand in corrals, we stand s…

Iron Girl - teaser!

Just finished fueling up on yummy things (like a slurpee) and am heading back home.

I had an incredible experience, and I feel very blessed to have won the entry to the Iron Girl on my friend Mindys blog!

Clock time: 3 hours and 11 minutes

Thank you Mindy for the opportunity. I can't wait to do a full re-cap soon!!

Find Mindy on Facebook "Mindys Fitness Journey"

Be a part of my story!
Follow me on twitter or Instagram! (MrsCJimenez)

See ya real soon!

9.

Today's post is brought to you by the number 9.

For some men and women, 9 months signals a time of preparation for their life to change.

They plan, pray, cry, discuss, celebrate, and probably go through the entire range of emotions.

Why? Because life is about to change. They will become parents. How exciting right?

9 months.

No, I am not in the above phase of life. Yes, over the next 9 months I'm sure Prince Charming and I will experience the range of emotions. We will laugh, we will cry, we will question if we are ready... We will doubt we are prepared - and even though we may be scared. in 9 months Prince Charming and I will lace up our sneakers, hop on a Disney bus and join thousands of our new best friends.

We will count down from 3 to 1 and when the fireworks go off, we will begin our 26.2 mile adventure through all four Disney parks.

Whether your next 9 months is a journey to graduation, parenthood, or training for a marathon. remember, the time will pass no matt…

Is Pretty Muddy ladies only?

Last year when I was preparing for my very first mud run, I had couple of questions. If you have been reading my blog for more than a few seconds you may realize that there is a Prince in my life, and that Prince and I go on all our adventures together.  So, of course I wondered if my Prince was going to be able to join me.

Is Pretty Muddy really ladies only? 

Let's see what the website says ... 

oookay. ... looks like this Princess is running it alone.
Seriously! that was my exact response. I was totally freaked out. I'd only been running a few months, I'd just gotten my wisdom teeth removed, I didn't know anyone running with me and aahhh ... haha

I remember wondering how I could get Prince Charming involved.

So, I continued searching through the website, and ran across the volunteer section.

"Men & Women who can help us get ladies to the start line, to corral people into their appropriate waves, and maybe even help us have fun at the after party"
PERFECT! 

Weekly Chase!

Special Shout out to our hosts of the Weekly Chase! Please check out Mindy and Molly's blogs for more great chases! 
Mindy: http://www.roadrunnergirl.com/ Molly: http://mollyritterbeck.com/
I'm please to report that I had a great week! (Honestly, it was just what I needed. I've had FAR too many rough weeks with my goals lately). 
Last Week's Chase (here)
1) Water Detox - Done! I actually lost about 5 pounds this week with the detox. :)  2) Eat Salads for dinner and lunch (5 times) - I had salad about 3 times this week and the other days I had just steamed veggies and cheese or chicken (mostly veggies) So, I'd say it was a success!  3) Cook Dinner! - Well, we went to a friends house for dinner one night, and we had dinner at church another night. BUT, on the days were home I cooked.  4) Long Run on Saturday - DONE! 
I'm SUPER excited about my goals for this week!  During the month of April we are encouraged to think about a Season of Growth. With that, we are to cha…

April's 5 by the 5th!

Tuesday I took my family out for a 5K before heading out the door for dinner with friends. It was glorious! It was 82 degrees, humid and well buggy - BUT- I live in South Florida, of course it's going to be like that sometimes. Anyway, as part of my #13in2013 Challenge that I'm doing, I have to run 13 races in 2013. If you've ever registered for a race, you may know that running can be pretty pricey. WELL, thank you @MommyRunFaster for hosting the 5 by the 5th Challenge! Laura is hosting a challenge in which, by the 5th of the first 5 months in 2013, you have to run either a 5K, or a 5-miler! Then, after everyone (from all over the place- literally) completes the run we enter our times on a spreadsheet, and Laura hosts give-away AND a link up. So, we have the chance to win prizes and read the stories of so many other bloggers.

I didn't have any exciting places to run like last time, I just ran around my neighborhood. But, I took my little rats with me so it was fun!

He…

I love/hate to run

I've been tweeting and talking a lot about motivation lately.

Well, yesterday I went for a 5k (virtual 5 by the 5th challenge). It was glorious!! I took my husband and two dogs with me and the 4 of us just had a great time. No goals were established. It was just about having fun. To keep it "fun" I even wore my #teamsparkle skirt!

If you are struggling with a desire to run, or work out or whatever healthy choice that has you turning the other way, own it. I fully admit that even though I loved running, the last couple weeks I didn't want to run! (At all!!) admit it, then tackle it. Think of it a different way. When I laced up my nikes, I had one goal. "Have fun". It was great, I found myself actually enjoying the run, enjoying the time with my family and well... Looking forward to running on Thursday!

Question: am I alone, does anyone else have to work to re-kindle the love of running?

*please excuse any typos, this was typed on my phone.

Oatmeal

Dear Mom,
Remember when I was a kid and you would beg me to eat my oatmeal?

Claiming "it's good for you".

Well, I must be a grown up now because I LOVE it!! You know what else?

You were right. It IS good for me!!

Love,
Me.

Alright! What's your favorite way to prepare oatmeal? Mine is peanut butter and cinnamon!

Tell me in the comments below!

Weekly Chase - April 1st

I find it a little sad that the day after we celebrate Christ's Resurrection, we spend the day with practical jokes. My status will not be updated with false information, in fact ... I'll probably avoid Facebook for much of the day. Sometimes we need a little detox!

Anyway!  It's time for another Weekly Chase! Special shout out to Mindy (http://www.roadrunnergirl.com/) and Molly (http://mollyritterbeck.com/) for hosting this link up each week. Be sure to check out their blogs for more inspiration, and great chases!


Here is what I chased last week! 
I'd forgotten that on Thursday I had an event at work, so running didn't happen that night. I did put on a fancy dress and lip stick! - so fun!.  My wonderfully AMAZING husband took care of cleaning the bedroom (seriously, i'm so blessed!) and I washed the dogs on Wednesday. 
This week!
1) Water Detox - Jillian Michaels.  2) Eat Salads for dinner / lunch at least 5 times.  3) Cook Dinner!  4) Long run on Saturday!!