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Erin's thotful Spot 4: Baby Fever?

Hi Friends!

So, i'm not going to lie. I've had a bit of "baby fever" lately. Actually, ... since shortly after little lady was born.  Then, when some of our dear friends told us they were expecting it got even worse!

I even told my husband that I'd rather be pregnant than train for the Goofy Challenge [read, i'm terrified of the 39.3 challenge].


My sister had her baby on Monday. Little Miss is absolutely stunning. She's got the cutest little features, and the cutest peach fuzzy hair, and her olive complexion, and ... and.. and... then it happened.

We were talking on Skype with the new parents, listening to the excitement in her first hours of life and I heard it.

That "new baby - feed me - I just wanna be held by my mommy cry"

As beautiful as the cry is, I remembered my first days with little lady, and how exhausting they were and just like that, my baby fever was cured.

I have a beautiful 5 month old who (more often than not) sle…

The journey begins.

I am just days away from officially beginning goofy training!

excuse me for 1 tiny second.  GOOFY?

Yes. Goofy!

I feel like I talk about Goofy like its a common knowledge, and I understand that for those in the RunDisney world it is. However, for those regular Disney fans who when they think "Goofy", they picture this guy... I will explain the challenge.

The Goofy Challenge is hosted by RunDisney each January during Marathon Weekend. It consists of running 39.3 miles over 2 days. 
On the first day, you run 13.1 miles (Half Marathon hosted by Donald Duck)
On the second day you run 26.2 miles (Full Marathon hosted by Mickey Mouse)
At the end of the two races, you have officially run 39.3 miles, and through all 4 parks (some of them twice)! As a reward you get 3 fabulous medals and of course the satisfaction of knowing that YOU have run a Marathon!!! 
This year is the 10th anniversary of the Goofy Challenge so there is a special medal and everything! 
I'm SUPER excited, and S…

Erin's Thotful Spot: 3

Friends, I am at the end of week 2 fighting a cold.

I'm officially annoyed - but better!

My husband is still not 100%, but he's such a champ. He goes to work all day and still manages to help me out when he gets home. On Wednesday he gave me the most beautiful gift a mom could ever ask for.

A nap.

Seriously, it was amazing!

I had been dealing with body aches, nausea, headache and chills ALL day. So, at 6:30 I went to "lay down for a minute" and slept for 2 hours. Obviously I needed it because I felt so much better on Thursday.  Anyway!  I never had a fever, strange. Maybe I'm just tired?

Could that be the case?

Who knows...

So, as I was reflecting on this week and looking forward to next week (when I will for SURE be back out running again) I thought of this quote by Dean Karnazes.

Run when you can, walk if you have to, crawl if you must: just never give up. 

I find this quote to be so inspiring. It doesn't matter if I'm having a good running week, o…

I must be official. ...

Okay friends... I'm making it official and putting myself on Facebook.


Okay, I've been on and off the fence over creating a FB page, and basically... I thought it was time to just go for it!

Since I'm about to begin Marathon Training, i'll have plenty of content to share, and ... I'm pretty sure my friends don't really care that my pace improved by 5 seconds - but if you chose to like my page, you are probably into that kind of thing and would appreciate it!


I have a page.

You can go like it and share it with all your friends if you want. :)

Erin's on Facebook...

Runners World Streaking - Week 3

I'm officially NOT streaking.

I had a sore throat from last Saturday until Tuesday. Then, I just was all congested and super tired so I allowed my body to rest.

THEN, this weekend my husband started feeling sick with the exact same symptoms. I'm hoping that he gets better sooner than I. I'm pretty sure he will, I went and bought him some cold medicine. I'm breastfeeding, so basically I can have warm tea and water to fight off colds.

Seriously. ... breastfeeding is so healthy for the baby, and so exhausting for the mommy. [rabbit trail]

Maybe next year I will be able to complete the streak.

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Erin's Thotful Spot: 2

It's hard to believe that it's already Saturday morning again.

I'm planning to talk more about the run streak in a separate post, but... basically. I didn't run this week. Last Saturday I mentioned that I had a sore throat, and that my husband reminded me to give myself permission to take a break.

Well, I took a break and was fighting a cold or something ALL week.  So, since I wasn't doing the run streak, I made sure to go on as many walks with the whole family as possible.

So for today's quote, I bring you one from that Silly ol' bear himself.

As soon as I saw you, I knew and adventure was going to happen. 
That quote pretty much sums up how I feel about all of the members of our little family.

Little Lady proves daily that she is a spunky, determined little girl.  She has a sparkle in her eyes that captivates me and I can't wait for so many adventures.

Of course, my husband. My best friend. The one who will hold me hand and drag me through my "wal…

Run Streaking - Week 2

Week two of the Runner's World Run Streak has ended, and here is how I feel.


Yeah, I'm not sure how I feel about it. I started out strong, and had crazy commitment. However, life with an infant has proven to be a little difficult in the running area. More often than not I've found myself running late at night. I remember one night last week, I came back in - absolutely exhausted. I was dehydrated from a full day of breastfeeding and taking care of little lady and I just was starting to get  worn down.  Not willing to back down on my commitment to run a mile every day from Memorial Day until the Fourth of July, I was ready to just do it. Push through the exhaustion, and crank out a mile no matter what.

However, the voice of reason (a.k.a. my husband) told me to not be afraid to take a break. He reminded me that I'm not running in the air conditioning, or in cool, low humidity circumstances. - I'm running OUTSIDE in South Florida.  He reminded me that taking care…

Erin's Thotful Spot: 1

The Explanation:

I've been playing around with the idea of posting a weekly inspirational quote. I have a lot of friends who do "motivation monday" and other similar weekly posts, and... yes, I could have linked up with them but I wanted to be different.

Soooo, it took me quite a while to come up with something that was meaningful to my story.

Then, as I was reminiscing about our trip to Walt Disney World, I remembered how much my daughter LOVED meeting Winnie the Pooh in real life. She has a stuffed Pooh toy that she LOVES, and I never imagined exactly how MUCH she would love meeting that silly old bear, but she did [please excuse that extended rabbit trail].

So, inspired by my daughter and her current love for pooh, I bring you "Erin's thotful spot". A weekly posting of an inspirational quote that has fueled or encouraged me throughout the week.

In case you missed it, here is a video of when our daughter met Winnie the Pooh for the first time at Disney. T…

National Running Day, 2014!

It's National Running Day! A day where everyone (well maybe not everyone) grabs a pair of sneakers and heads out the door for a run!

Basically, it's a day to celebrate running!

I'm pretty sure I didn't run on National Running day last year, I had just recently found out I was pregnant, and had just gotten clearance to run. Fun fact, on National Running Day 2013 we had our first Ultrasound, her little beating heart was the most beautiful sound i'd ever heard.

So, to celebrate national running day I thought I'd share again my running story.

In January 2012, my husband and I had made a commitment to get healthy. We began walking around our local golf course with our two dogs each morning. We'd started to lose a few pounds and were motivated to continue.

One morning in March an older (large) man ran by us. I was so inspired (okay, I was totally embarrassed that I couldn't do that) that I took off running. I ran as fast as I could for as long as I could and …

Streaking Week 1

It's the end of week 1 in the Runner's World Run Streak. I'm proud of my husband who decided he would join me in the streak. It has been just what I needed to get my booty in gear and ready for Marathon Training. I'll be starting Jeff Galloway's training plan on July 1.

Side note - July 1 is also the day I go back to work. [insert mixed bag of emotions here]

I've stayed under a 12 minute mile each day, and I was feeling a little disappointed in myself. THEN Timehop happened. I see a lot of people posting stuff from the application TimeHop, and I was curious what I posted a year ago, etc... So, I downloaded the app. 2 years ago I was posting (with delight) that I had maintained a 16 minute mile.

Now that I've picked myself up off the floor, I realized how thankful I should be. Just 2 years ago I ran my very first 5K, a little over 1 year ago I ran my first half marathon. I am new to running, and running has given me so much. Before I get too discouraged abou…