Friday, January 29, 2016

#Miamifamous Half Marathon Recap

Yesterday we talked about the #miamifamous Expo, and TODAY we get to talk about the RACE!!
Seriously... WAY too early. But, we needed to be awake, and check out before we left for the race. So,... just like when you #rundisney, we got up far too early. 
In order to really wake up I like to take a quick warm shower! 
I spent quite a bit of time getting ready, I put on some make up, fixed my hair, ate an apple and slowly got all my things together for the race! 
We checked out before the race and seriously... that took FOR-EV-ER. There was only 1 employee and a bunch of people asking questions. I felt bad for the guy because he was getting flustered, but... it's part of the fun of being a race hotel I guess. 
It took about an hour to get from the metromover, through bag check and into the corral. I met up with a friend (Crystal from RunDisneyDork) and somehow in the process lost my husband in the sea of people. He was in a different corral so it was okay, he called me right before the start of the race.

I was in the very last corral, and honestly... it bothered me because I'm so tired of always being at the end but... it was okay, I had a new running friend to keep me company. 

The race started and I was freezing! I knew if I was freezing during the first mile I'd need to keep my blanket to stay warm while I waited for my husband to finish the full. So,... I stuffed the blanket into my running belt as small as possible and ran. 

Mile 1 is straight onto a bridge, but I was so happy to finally be running I didn't notice it too much. Crystal and I were doing 30/30 intervals and I was feeling fantastic. 

In no time at all we were across the first bridge and on our way to the second. Still feeling strong with our 30/30 intervals we entered Miami Beach! I joked with Crystal about how it was just a quick 10K around South Beach, back over the bridge and we were done. 

Well, it turns out it was pretty quick because with the distraction of the crowds and sunrise we were heading back over the causeway in no time! 

Around mile 10 I started to need to stop and go to the bathroom, I thought I could hold it but at mile 11 Crystal kept running and I stopped to go.  I hung around outside the bathroom for a little bit trying to see if Crystal had stayed or kept running, and finally decided she had most likely kept going. 

So,... off I went. 

Right before we got to mile 13 I saw Crystal just ahead of me and so I sped up so we could finish together. I was feeling so strong and proud of myself and Crystal because we just really had a FANTASTIC race! 

I crossed the finish line with an 11 minute PR and I'm still floating with excitement.  I finally broke the 3 hour half marathon mark!  Not bad for the girl who spent 3:27 minutes on her first half marathon just a few short years (and two pregnancies) ago! 

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

#miamifamous 2016 - Packet Pick up and Expo

If you saw my Fitness Friday post, you saw that my husband and I registered for the #miamifamous half and full marathons over a year ago during the registration blitz (happening now).

We were SUPER excited when we registered but with a job change, a move, a new baby and life itself the race weekend kind of snuck up on us.

We loaded the car on Friday night, and then left early Saturday morning for Miami. After dropping the girls off with my in-laws and having some lunch we headed to the hotel to check in.

We stayed at one of the race recommended hotels in Brickell, and it was a great choice as it was walking distance to the public transportation.

After checking in, we walked up the street to catch the Miami Metromover and head over to Bayside to catch a shuttle to the expo. The expo was held in a large warehouse in Wynnwood, it is my understanding that it's often used for art shows.

The expo was loud and vibrant, honestly, I would expect nothing less from a Miami race. When we walked in there were large letters spelling out "Miami Marathon" and on the letters were the names of all the participants.

My husband and I were both on the "M" for Marathon. I was pretty excited about that because my husband was running the Marathon. Obviously I made him take a picture.

Picking up our packet was quick and easy, if you've ever done a Disney race, it was exactly the same set up. One thing I also noticed (and loved) was lots of information booths throughout the expo. When I registered my husband and I we didn't have good times so we were both in the last corral. However, he was able to give a better time and move up one corral at the expo.

We looked around, did some shopping and took some more pictures before heading back to our hotel for dinner.

We ended up eating at Power Pizza for dinner and loving it. Actually, we loved it so much we ended up back there after the race for lunch! Power Pizza is a Miami native restaurant and is called Power Pizza because they use Whey protein inside the dough.  Read the story of Power Pizza here.

I couldn't sleep, but I did enjoy watching some TV for a few hours before falling asleep.

Be sure to check back tomorrow to find out about the race!

Question of the day: Have any tips for falling asleep before a race? 

WDW Wednesday - Club Disney at Hollywood Studios.

On our most recent trip to Disney's Hollywood Studios my husband wanted to ride Rockin' Roller Coaster before we left. So, I took the girls to explore while he waited in line for the ride.

I happened to see a big sign just beyond Rockin' Roller Coaster with the FAB 5 on it, so we went to check it out. I then noticed Pluto was in a courtyard taking pictures, so he went over to say hello to Pluto.

A cast member invited us to dance with Pluto and friends inside club cool, so we did. I didn't think my two year old would have as much fun as she did - mostly because she's terrified of the characters who wear masks, but she DID. In fact, we were there for over two hours dancing and having the best time!

It's kind of a hidden gem of Hollywood Studios, as it's beyond Rockin' Roller coaster, and typically I would just gone on the ride and moved on and never even known about Club Disney, but with kids you end up finding great treasures!

What is Club Disney? 
4 Disney Characters at a time come out and dance with the guests for about 30 minutes while a DJ plays music, and clips from movies play on big screens around the ceiling.

There is also places for you to charge your phone, a bathroom, and snack bar to purchase food.

What age is it for? 
All ages.

Extra Cost? 
Nope. It was included in your park admission.

Who are the Characters? 
When we were there (1/18/16) the characters were Mickey, Minnie, Chip & Dale, Donald, Daisy, Goofy and Donald.

The characters came out 4 at a time and danced for about 30 minutes.

More info on the Disney Parks Blog.

Here are some photos from our dance party with our Disney Pals!

Question of the Day: Have you ever danced with your favorite Disney Pals? 

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Weekly Chase - Bye January.

Did I just type "Bye January"

January has been so busy and fun that it wasn't until I was at the grocery store and I saw milk with a February expiration date that I realized the month was almost over (true story).

Over the weekend we had a mini get-away to Miami so we could become #MiamiFamous  I'll be doing a full recap of the expo and run on Thursday and Friday of this week. BUT - Since there is a registration blitz happening this week, I say RUN over to the website and register! If you are looking for a fun race-cation, look no further!  If you register by 11:59 tonight (1/26) prices are 50% off. (not sponsored, I just really think it's a great race).

I can't wait to share about our little get-away to Miami later in the week, but I've got to share about my goals first!

Road Runner Girl

Here are my goals from last week and as always, this is a link-up with Mindy over at

Last week.

1. 2-3 short runs to stay loose for Miami Half  - Nope. My littlest love was cutting her first tooth, and my oldest is starting to cut her 2 year molars. Since I couldn't get out and run, I worked a lot on my core and did some yoga to stretch my muscles out. 

2. Pack for Miami Half.  It may have been hours before we left that it was finished, but ... I got our family of 4 packed for Miami! (Read all about it here). 

3. Laundry clean and away by Thursday. - Mine and the girls, yes... not my husband's though. 

I'm sad that I didn't get to run as much this week, but when I get discouraged I just remind myself that I have two very young children and some weeks I'm just not going to be able to run. That's why I am so thankful for Youtube and other online (free) resources for yoga and other fitness.  There is always this week to keep chasing goals! 

Goals for THIS week! 

1. Stretch on 3 different days

2. Figure our a training strategy for Glass Slipper Challenge 

3. Unpack from Miami 

4. Put away Christmas decor 

Question of the day: What's your favorite fitness activity? 

Thursday, January 21, 2016

#MiamiFamous 2016 - Training Update!

About a year ago, at around 12:00 a.m. my husband and I registered for the Miami Marathon as part of their registration blitz.  The  blitz is an awesome deal if you are going to run the race with someone else because it starts at 50% off, then 40% then 30% until all the assigned "blitz prices" are gone.  We had just finished the Goofy Challenge at Disney  and my husband has goals of running the New York Marathon and eventually Boston, SO Miami seemed like a great idea.

Since I was pregnant with our second, I knew I couldn't train for the full but was supportive of my husband and his desire to run the full.

When we registered we still lived in Miami, and had access to babysitters. Honestly, I didn't think it'd be so hard for us to train. But,... we moved.  So,... training was hard really hard.

My last long run was November 8th at the Fort Myers Half Marathon. Since then I've done several shorter runs, and worked a lot on my core but no real LONG runs.

With that being said I have a couple thoughts on my goal for this race.

Goal A - Like, it would be SO awesome if this happened.

  • PR (Current PR 3:00:09)
  • Have fun 
  • Don't get injured 
Goal B 
  • Have fun 
  • Don't get injured
  • finish before they close the course 
Pretty simple goals huh? 

I am planning to meet up with a friend I met through a RunDisney group and hopefully run with her. 

Now, if I could get some motivation to pack. 

Question of the day: what do you pack for a race-cation? 

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

WDW Wednesday - 3 Reasons to Love RunDisney Kids Races

I'm so excited to share about the 2016 WDW Kids Races!! This was my 2 year old's third time running in the Kids Races, and my 8 month old's FIRST time.

We left our home bright and early and headed over to the Expo and Kids Races. I just love the energy during Marathon weekend, I love seeing everyone proudly displaying their medals, and wearing their "I did it" shirts. It's so hard to attend Marathon Weekend without getting inspired by the amazing stories.

We picked up our packet, and the shirt this year was ADORABLE! It was white with Steamboat Willie and vintage Mickey.  I have to give a HUGE shout out to the voluntEAR helping me with my girls packets this year. I was a little annoying and couldn't make up my mind if I'd gotten the right size shirts for my girls and she was just so kind and helpful. I apologized for being annoying and she laughed and said it wasn't annoying to make sure your kid has the right size shirt.

I'm pretty sure I was being annoying, but the voluntEAR was fabulous!

After we got our bib numbers we headed into the restroom to put on the girls costumes. If you are going to run a RunDisney race, you simply must dress inspired by a character.

Little Lady (2) was Minnie Mouse and Chi-Chi (8 months) was Tigger.

2016 Kids Races 

2016 Kids Races 
Little Lady's group went first. It was adorable to see all the little 1-3 year olds running the 100 yard dash. My husband ran with her and I waited near the finish line with the family (both sides of grandparents, aunties, uncle and cousin).  After her dash we had to wait about an hour before Chi-Chi could participate in her Diaper Dash. Little Lady and her cousin had a blast listening to the DJ, dancing, running and playing together.  

The mat for the Diaper dash was pretty far from the spectators this year, so I wanted to be in the last heat of babies to crawl.  So our family would have a better opportunity to see her race. It turned out to be the best decision ever because it was just our little bug and one other baby crawling with Mickey Mouse. 

2016 Kids Races 

ChEARing on our love bug

Me with my Minnie Me.

Jimenez 4 
I absolutely LOVE participating in the kids races and here are three reasons why. 

1. FUN Fitness - As parents it is important to model healthy living to our children. RunDisney is SO much fun for adults, and the Kids Races give our children the opportunity to experience a FUN Fitness event from a very young age. 

2. Dress Up! - Who doesn't love dressing up and being active with their family? For my oldest daughters first RunDisney race, we all dressed up as Tigger, Piglet and Pooh. This year, I dressed up as Minnie to match my Minnie Me, and put on a Tigger bow to match my youngest. 
2014 - Tower of Terror Kids Races 

2014 Tower of Terror Kids Races 
3. It's a DEAL!  - Seriously! The Kids Races are less than 20.00 and for that money you get;
  • Race bib with your kids name
  • Snacks after the race
  • A Cotton Tee
  • Medal 
  • A Chance to see a Disney Pal 
  • DJ playing music throughout the event
We always sign our girls up for the kids races, and they play with their medals pretty much every day. I love seeing my girls enjoy running, and look forward to running 5K's and other distances with them as they get older. 

Question of the day: Who would you dress up as with your family if you participated in a RunDisney race together? 

Monday, January 18, 2016

Weekly Chase - #MiamiFamous in 6 days!

Hello my friends!
Last week was quite exciting in the Storybook household.  Long runs, birthday, tornado warning and a (last minute) trip to Disney!

We got home from Disney last Sunday(1/10), and had every intention of staying home for the long weekend. The girls had a little stuffy nose, and Prince Charming was a little under the weather and has a Marathon coming up (in six days). However, during dinner on Thursday night we were talking and decided that we have the passes, my husband has Monday off of work and ... if we don't go to Disney we would wish we did... So, we booked a hotel for Sunday night.

Friday we had a little bit of a scare, around 10:45 a.m. my phone went off with a tornado warning and it was advised to take shelter. So, I scooped up my baby and started grabbing, a bottle, snacks, books, toys, diapers, wipes, blankets and pillows and putting them in the bathroom. Once I had the bathroom all set up and the three of us went inside to wait for the storm to pass. Daddy was at work :-( so it was just us girls. 

We hung out in there for about two hours, I was watching the weather pass on my phone and the girls were busy playing, reading books and giggling. I guess it's exciting to play in the bathroom? My toddler also unrolled some toilet paper and the girls had a great time ripping it into a thousand tiny pieces (that was fun to clean up).

All was well by 1:00 p.m. and I was thankful no tornados touched down around us. Friday evening little lady fell asleep at 7 p.m. and by 1:00 a.m. was WIDE AWAKE, so we played, watched a movie and I did my best to get her back to sleep. By the time I got her back to sleep my husband's alarm went off for his 15 mile run. After his run we headed out to do some shopping and eventually ended up with friends for dinner.  I had to do my long run when we got home and since it was close to 10 p.m. when I got to the treadmill, I cut my 10 miles down to 5. I was pretty happy with the pace I was able to keep, and that I did it even with all the excuses in the world. 

Sunday after church we headed over to the Magic Kingdom. Little Lady LOVES the carousel and dumbo. So, that's what we did. We also snuck in some time at the castle with Elsa, Anna, Cinderella and Rapunzel. She's just so in love with the princesses and I LOVE it! 

Monday we spent some time at Hollywood Studios, my husband went on (the best ride ever) Rockin' Roller Coaster, while the girls and I spent 2 hours in Club Disney dancing with the Daisy, Donald, Mickey, Minnie, Chip, Dale, Goofy,  and Pluto. It was SO much fun! - More on that soon

So,... now that you've heard about my weekend let's check in with my goals from last week! 

As always, the Weekly Chase is a link up with Mindy ( 

1. Long run over the weekend  - Sort of... 5 miles. 

2. Put away the Christmas decorations - still up...  the tree is down, but the decorations are in a pile on the other side of the baby gate leading up to the loft. Looks like it will be February before we get them put away fully. 

I'm not a bit upset that I still have a snow man snow globe on my kitchen counter, we had SO much fun at Disney this weekend. 

Here are my goals for this week. 
1. 2-3 shorter runs to stay loose for Miami Half Marathon. 2. Pack for Miami 3. Get laundry washed, dried, folded AND put away by Thursday. 

What goals are you chasing this week? 

Friday, January 15, 2016

Fitness Friday - Glass Slipper Challenge Training

In 5 weeks I get to run through the streets of Walt Disney World with both my sisters and I couldn't be more excited! Unfortunately, I haven't exactly done much training since November. My reason  excuse is the holidays mixed in with disney passes (a.k.a. Disney almost every weekend) and a sick husband and babies.

My girls have been passing a cold back and forth, and then when they are both better the weather goes from SUPER hot to cold and rainy - it's so annoying! Anyway... here is my updated training plan for the next 5 weeks.

Tuesdays and Thursdays after the baby is in bed, I will sneak away to the treadmill and get some miles in while my husband is home to watch the girls. My husband does his long run on Saturday so I will get up before church on Sunday and get a longer run in.

I don't like the idea of so many treadmill runs, but it's got to happen. My older daughter (2 years old) has decided to drop naps. Therefore, as SOON as we put her in the jogger in the evening she goes to sleep and then... it's next to impossible to get her down for the night. So, in order to avoid that I either have to run with them during the day or run on the treadmill at night when my husband is home.

I *might* be able to get the double jogger out the door on my own during the day every once in a while, but it's not easy because of the set up of our apartment and the fact that it doesn't fit through the door without taking the wheels off.


So, there you have it. My plan to get me to the finish line with a smile on my face.

Question of the day: How do you keep focused on a treadmill?

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

WDW Wednesday - 2017 Marathon Plans?

This weekend we celebrated our daughter's 2nd Birthday at Marathon Weekend. Her birthday isn't really until tomorrow, but we celebrated it with family at Disney.
2015 WDW Marathon Start
She and her sister participated in the Kids Races and had a GREAT time (more on that next Wednesday). It's hard to go to WDW during Marathon weekend and not get swept away with excitement. We went to Animal Kingdom on Sunday, and got to cheer on some runners as they were entering the park.

I teared up as I read the names on the bibs and screamed to cheer them on, I made sure to tell my girls (almost 2 and 8 months) how cool the runners were and just enjoyed the few minutes of cheering. It was a little crazy, because in that EXACT spot we were cheering, I was hit with a stroller by a guest who went AROUND security to get across the course.
Animal Kingdom, WDW Marathon 2015
I remember yelling "you just hit a pregnant woman running a marathon with your stupid stroller" and seeing security chase him. Thankfully I didn't fall, and I'm pretty sure the guy just got a slap on the wrist for going around security but, whatever. It's an Animal Kingdom Marathon memory.

My husband and I have been talking about our running goals a lot lately, and with early registration creeping up for some runs (Wine and Dine and Marathon Weekend) we've got some big decisions to make.

So friends, what do you think,  should I run the 2017 WDW Marathon?

WDW Goofy Challenge Finisher 2015
25 weeks Pregnant with baby # 2

Monday, January 11, 2016

Weekly Chase - Birthday Week!

It's amazing to me that in just a couple of days I will have a two year old. It seems like yesterday I found out (on my husbands birthday) I was expecting!  It's incredible how fast time flies. 

We had a great week, and weekend celebrating my daughters birthday with family. (more on that later though). 

Here is a recap of my goals from last week

  1. Find a dentist and make an appointment - Yes, I even WENT to my appointment. 
  2. Unpack and Repack for weekend trip - SO. MUCH.PACKING.  - Yes, done. 
  3. Finish making the decorations for my daughter's Birthday party!  - Yes, everything was super cute. Can't wait to share. 
  4. Run 2X - No... :-( 
I *need* to get some serious running in. My husband has a Marathon coming up in just a few days, and our girls have been sick SO getting them in the jogger hasn't been easy. Therefore, I've been doing more inside exercise while my husband gets out there and gets some miles.  Once the Marathon is over, we should be able to both get some running done. 

Here are my goals for this week. 

1. Long run over the weekend 
2. Put away the Christmas decorations

Just a couple of goals this week, how about you? What goals will you be chasing this week? 

Link up with Mindy @

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

WDW Wednesday - Marathon Weekend

Today is the official kick off for Walt Disney World's Marathon Weekend!

Huge congratulations to all the runners lacing up for the events and crossing the start line, enjoy your victory lap! Training for a race is no-joke!

I won't be running this year,  but we will be there for the Kids Races on Saturday.

Here are some posts from last year.

expo / kids races
 half marathon recap

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