Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Colorado Springs Glow Run - Race Recap

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).

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 about how excited for the run and then. ...

Decision time. 

Pink, Orange or Yellow. 
Okay, ... it wasn't THAT hard. Since I'd just gotten an email welcoming me as a Sweat Pink Ambassador, (YAY!!) Pink was the obvious choice!! 

Race Day! 

Prince Charming and I had a full day of adventures planned for Race Day. So, we got up super early and headed over to the the Olympic Training Center and then found ourselves at the Zoo. 

We hiked around the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo for a few hours and then headed back towards the hotel for some pizza and much needed rest! 

The run took place fully on the Pikes Peak International Speedway. (I felt a little like Lighting McQueen!) anyway! The energy was as vibrant as all the colorful shirts, tutus and glitter! 

We arrived pretty early so we had lots of time to take some goofy pictures use the restroom before the sun went down. The sun went down, we loaded into the start line and then ... We were off!! 
There were about 2,000 runners at the event but it didn't feel crowded. This was because the course was on the track and so there was plenty of space! The weather was a lot colder than I'm used to running in, and there is the whole, I walked 4 miles through a mountain zoo that afternoon AND some little thing called Elevation Sooo, I wasn't all that surprised when my Asthma started acting up during mile one.  After a walk break and some deep breaths I was back in business! 

Prince Charming and I did the whole run in about 32 minutes. Now before you get all excited congratulating me on my time I must tell you. The Course was about a 1/2 mile short!

(Another clue I've crossed over into Running Addict!)  I was disappointed because I'd taken a walk break and was gearing up to push it the last 1/2 mile when I was brought to a halt by the clanking of medals and flashes of cameras.

More Info About the Run! 

1) This Run is for EVERYONE
If you are new to running, prefer walking, want to encourage your children (or other family members) to be active this is the run. It is sooo non-competitive, and family friendly. 

2) Fun Shirts & Medals
I know a lot of people take shirts and bling into consideration. The shirts were cotton, BUT they had youth sizes for the kids (See family friendly) and the medal was pretty substantial AND it glows! 

3) Glow Zones
The glow zones were pretty cool to take some fun pictures - we didn't stop BUT I saw a lot of families and groups taking pictures! 

Would I do it again?


I don't think Prince Charming and I would run it alone. However, if I were given the opportunity to run with some friends I would TOTALLY do it again!

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Clearwater Iron Girl Half Marathon - Race Recap

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. 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!).

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 run, I had 1 thing on my mind.

Have Fun. 

I knew I'd be running it alone, and I was determined to have fun no matter what! Of course, I had my eyes on the 3 hour mark. ...but. ...

Those bridges were like mountains, and it wasn't like a just had to cross 1 bridge. I had to cross multiple bridges.

So, the idea of dropping 30 minutes off of my Half time was extremely hopeful.

The run began with us heading up a hill straight towards a bridge. Honestly, before we even hit Mile 1, I was drenched in sweat, questioning why I even wanted to run this thing in the first place, and tempted to turn completely around and go home. - Yeah, I was freaking out!

but I remembered my goal.

Have Fun.

So, I put my head up and ran.

As I approached mile 4, I see the pace car and the lead runner zoom by. We cheered, took pictures and continued on with the race.

Around Mile 4.5, I turned my phone on and sent a text to my family. I'm pretty sure they were just getting out of bed, but they all texted back with words of encouragement and I continued on my journey.

I walked, ran, and took pictures throughout the course. I wasn't tracking my run with any apps or anything so I really had no idea what my pace was. Since i'd lost the 3 hour pacers I didn't really care too much. I just wanted to (you know, Have Fun!)

Mile 8 I was given a girl scout cookie by some of the cutest little girls. Seriously, it was adorable! "Erin, do you want a cookie?" Now, I've never had a cookie in the middle of a long run before but ... who can pass up a cookie from a girl scout? 

Mile 9 was approaching and even though I was sooooo sweaty and tired I began seeing signs for "hot pirates ahead"

Of course they are hot. ... It's FLORIDA!

Right after I took my picture with the Pirate, I started to get nervous about those bridges. If I thought going over them the first time was bad ... going BACK over them might actually be worse!

I turned my phone on and saw a tweet from a fellow Girls Gone Sporty Ambassador.  Rachel had sent out a tweet to cheer me on, and you know what? It was amazing to have her support. Truly, I felt so loved! 

I made it back over the bridges, and found out that apparently "tired legs are sexy" and found myself at Mile 12.

Right before I left for the start line, Prince Charming told me "when you see Mile 12, you know you're almost there! Don't give up!"

Mile 12.

A couple ladies asked if I'd take there picture, of course I said yes and asked them to return the favor.

Mile 12.

Just one more bridge, and a spiral ramp leading me to the finish line.

Just off of the spiral ramp, I hear my name. I'd heard my name throughout the course, (seriously those girl scouts were cheering runners on by name! - how cool is that?) Anyway, this time it was my prince.

There he was.

With his sign, a venti coffee from Starbucks and our large camera. I couldn't help it, all I could do was smile.

I crossed the finish line, gathered a bottle of water and ran over to the side on the fence to give my husband a kiss. At that moment, that medal (with glitter) didn't matter. The only thing that mattered was my Prince. It was such a joy to have him there cheering me on.

Did I meet my goal of 3 hours?

No. I did not. However, I did shave 20 minutes off of my official half marathon time so I have no complaints.

Iron Girl Highlights
- The Course, BEAUTIFUL!
- Volunteers, outstanding!
- Girl Scouts, adorable!
- Organization, excellent!

Would I do it again? Absolutely!

Question: Have you ever done an Iron Girl Half?

Friday, April 19, 2013

Epcot Flower and Garden for my Moms Birthday

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!" 


She then proceeded to grip my hand so tightly I'm kind of sure I may have lost circulation at one point... just maybe? haha 

After Soarin' we explored through the countries.

We met some princesses and had some tea. Of course, we invited Alice, we didn't want the Mad Hatter to think she was just showing up uninvited you know. We explored some more gardens and towards the end of the day, we checked in with our friends Mickey, Minnie & Pluto.


Happy Birthday Mom!

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