Friday, April 22, 2016

Star Wars Darkside Half Marathon - RECAP!

Friends, I couldn't wait until Wednesday!!! I'm just so excited, so SURPRISE!!! We had such a wonderful weekend at Walt Disney World, followed by an insane week at home (more on that in another post).

So without further boring introduction, here is my recap from the Star Wars Darkside Half Marathon. Recently I mentioned that due to a glitch in the system, my husbands proof of time was not read. However, since he had put all the information in a notes section of Active, RunDisney was able to (within seconds) place him in the appropriate corral! He moved from Corral J all the way up to Corral D [insert happy dance].

Since I am expecting, and had zero intention of stopping for anything except maybe a bathroom we agreed that he should run in his corral and I would run in mine (Corral G).

Prior to the start of the race, we took several pictures with some star wars peeps, and just had a lovely time enjoying the pre-race vibe.  My sister was also running the half but was in a different corral. I also advised her to run her own race and have a good time, because I knew I wouldn't be pushing myself (at all) for the race. My only goal was to finish before the sweepers.

The race started and I moved as far over to the right side as I possibly could and began my 30/30 intervals. I'd decided it would be short enough intervals to keep my distracted, and I wouldn't get my heart rate up too high too quickly. On Friday I took a one hour glucose test at the doctor to test for gestational diabetes, and was still feeling "off" so I really just wanted to do my own thing.
Baby Jimenez ready to start! 

My sister must have passed me around mile 2 because I got her 5k split a few minutes before I made it to the 5k mark, I never saw her. BUT... We were in Epcot and IT.WAS.AWESOME!  We entered Epcot from the back (like think underneath test track) and ran around World Showcase for a bit. Since it was still quite dark when we ran through it, all of the buildings had white lights around the top, and there was Star Wars music BLASTING through all the speakers. I'm not a Star Wars fan, but whatever nerdy ounce I have in my body was thrilled.


Running through Epcot while the sounds epic light saber battles are all around you? Best start to a race EVER!

After Epcot we entered onto the boardwalk area and ran the path that connects Epcot with Hollywood Studios. The course was quite narrow at this point, and as annoying as I was to all those around me, I continued to stick all the way to the right hand side and run 30/30 intervals.

Hollywood Studios was also pretty Epic. There was a large stage in front of the Chinese Theater with Kylo Ren and some storm troopers, you know encouraging you to "move along".  I had every intention of taking a picture, but ... I didn't. Not even sure why.

After HWS we entered the first long (and boring) stretch of Osceola Parkway. One thing they did, that I wish they'd do more of during other half marathons is they played movies every mile or so on the long boring stretches! I mean, it's not like meeting Jedi Mickey (Who was no where to be found) but it's pretty cool and distracting!

Before I knew it I was entering Animal Kingdom. I got a little emotional during this part of the course, mostly because I was having deja vu from when I ran the Marathon (pregnant with Baby 2). The sun was rising, and everything just looked so pretty!  I had a good time running though Animal Kingdom and took advantage of a REAL bathroom and sink to wash my hands.

After Animal Kingdom we entered the final stretches of Osceola Parkway. I'd started to slow down at this part, but was still well above the 16 min mile requirement so I was comfortable with my slowing pace.

Before I knew it I was turning a corner into the woods and running on a dirt path entering EPSN Wide World of Sports. The crowd was vibrant was we entered ESPN and it was here that the tears just fell. I'd done it... My knees still felt great, and I was approaching the finish line.

My dad and younger sister had come to chEAR us on with signs, so I blew some kisses to them and then headed for the finish line. Where my older sister had waited for me so we could take a picture together!

This was not my fastest half marathon, in fact it can go on the list as one of my slowest. However, it was the most fun I've had running a half marathon.

Finish: 3:19:21
Pace: 15:13 per mile
Pregnancy: 14 Weeks (Second Trimester)

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Excited are we, Announcing Baby number 3

On Friday morning around 5:00 a.m. we texted our family to let them know we were expecting baby number 3. Of course everyone was super excited but they had no idea I was actually pretty far along and would be announcing to Facebook on the same day that we told them!

If you are interested, here are some of the details of pregnancy number 3.


  • Cereal - can't get enough... 
  • Salsa (if you have chips and salsa even better)
  • Cream Cheese - just keep it away, please. 
  • Joint pain 
  • Lazy - no energy (at all)
  • no nausea (hooray!)
  • Always hungry (just feed me and tell me I'm pretty)
Weight / Blood Pressure / Gestational Diabetes:
  • down 4 lbs
  • BP higher than my other two, but still healthy
  • Failed my 1 hour GTT, taking the 3 hour soon
Estimated Due Date: October 14, 2016

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

WDW Wednesday - Star Wars Darkside Challenge.

This week we will be heading over to Disney for the Star Wars Darkside Challenge weekend!

I'll be using Snap Chat to capture some fun times from the weekend! I hope you'll join in on the fun.

Snap Chat: StorybookErin
Instagram: StorybookErin
Twitter: StorybookErin

Monday, April 11, 2016

Weekly Chase - Star Wars Half Prep Week

Hello Lovelies!

It is time to start prepping for another #rundisney race weekend. I have mixed emotions about the Star Wars Darkside Challenge weekend.

On one hand, I am SUPER excited for it. We are staying in one of my bucket list resorts, we are celebrating our daughters first birthday, and it's star wars.

On the other hand, I'm pretty disappointed in the customer service of RunDisney. My husband worked really hard to get an awesome time to submit for a Proof of Time. He submitted it, and... something happened it wasn't read by the system and RD is refusing to accept the screen shot of his POT submission.  He has had zero luck with emailing RD about the situation, so we are going to head over to Runner Relations and hopefully get him in an appropriate corral.  ...sigh... so frustrating.

Before I get all excited an talk about my goals for this week, let me talk about last week.

Find the original post here.

As always, the Weekly Chase is hosted by Mindy, Please take a moment to check out her blog, she's fabulous!

1. Finalize menu for Disney Trip - YES, So happy to have that sorted out.
2. Start making packing lists for the trip - Lists made, and some items are starting to be set aside to pack.
3. Run 2x - Yes. (Tues / Sun)
4. Yoga 3x - Yes (Mon, Tues, Wed)

Now for my goals for THIS week!!

1. Laundry finished by Wednesday
2. Packed and car loaded by Thursday
3. Walk or Run 3x
4. Yoga 3x

There you have it! My goals for this week, I can't believe this weekend is here already. We've been planning for it since September and it just seems to have come WAY too quickly!

Question of the day: Are you a fan of Star Wars?

Monday, April 4, 2016

Weekly Chase - APRIL!!!!

I'm a little sad that it's April... Mostly because it means my baby girl will be turning 1 this month. Her first year went WAY too fast, and it makes me a little emotional to think about it. In the last month or so her personality has changed SO much. She is much more active now so she and her sister play together most of the day.

I love listening to them giggle and play together.

This weekend was a lot of fun. My husband made an appointment to get our tires rotated and oil changed first thing Saturday morning, so we loaded up the girls and headed to get that done before heading to the Magic Kingdom.  I am SO thankful we didn't cancel the appointment and go to Disney because it turns out the tires were in pretty rough shape - soooo 4 new tires (and an extra hour) at the dealership later and we were on our way to Disney.

The girls were pretty tired from playing at the dealership for 2.5 hours so they slept much of the trip (YAY).  We decided to order some Chipotle and eat before getting into the park, it was so good! Also, while we were eating the rest of the major rainstorm finished.

We got a little wet, but it wasn't too bad and the girls stayed dry so we weren't going to be scared away from Disney!

My two year old has recently fallen in LOVE with Jessie from Toy Story (2 & 3) so we wanted to surprise her by taking her to meet her. I won't lie, when I saw my girl RUNNING towards Jessie (ignoring Woody) I got a little emotional.

We met some princesses, rode some rides and just had a beautiful day! 

I'm linking up again with Mindy from to share my goals. 

Here are my goals from last week and how I did. 

1. Put laundry away - Yes, I even put away my husbands (something I typically don't do). 
2. Sort / Organize girls toys - Yes, was able to put away some toys that the baby has outgrown and free up some space in the toy bins. 
3.  Yoga 3X - Yes 
4. Run 2X - Only 1... (yikes) 

Goals for this week. 
1. Finalize menu for Disney trip in two weeks. 
2. Start making packing lists for the trip (Yes, when it's a run weekend AND a Birthday party weekend, you need lists). 
3. Run 2X
4. Yoga 3X

There you have it, I NEED to get out and run more this week... Someone hold me accountable. 

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