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My Road to RunDisney: A Different Kind of Marathon

Hey There! How’s it going? Long time no see and I apologize for that. It’s not on purpose though, that wonderful time of the year has started for me again…Back to School. ( dun dun dun) But I’m loving every minute of it (minus the part where I don’t get to post very often)

I’m in school for musical theater so my days are full of singing and dancing my little heart out. Not only am I in school right now,  but I’m also in a production of Joe Turner’s Come and Gone by August Wilson and we open October 10th! It’s such a wonderful play and I’m having a blast with my company!

As you can imagine I haven’t had a lot of time to dedicate to my RunDisney training. But as I was realizing that I haven’t been able to go out there and pound the pavement, I’m still training for the marathon right now. I’m training my focus, by memorizing lines and being able to be “present” during those long rehearsals. Plus, dancing has been building my strength and endurance. I mean the conditioning  itself is enough to get my body in shape for running the race ( if I don’t have some sort of a six pack by the end of the semester I’m going to be kinda sad).

Now that I think about it, I’m actually in a marathon right now. I’m moving forward with my goal, I have wonderful people around me helping get there, and no matter what may happen or obstacles that may pop up we always have are eye on the finish line. So I am still in the race, it’s just a different kind of marathon

Thanks for stopping by and I’ll see you real soon 🙂

P.S ( if your in the L.A Area and would like more information about the play I’m in you can click here )

Wordy Wednesday: Good Will Always Wins in the End

Hey there! How’s it going? This week’s Wordy Wednesday is going to be a little different.  I had honestly forgot to the Wordy Wednesday post I had been working on.  In light of Monday’s events I wasn’t planning on posting anything at all. Then I came across the quote from Walt Disney.

“Our heritage and ideals, our code and standards-the things we live by and teach our children-are preserved or diminished by how freely we exchange ideas and feelings” Walt Disney

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“I get red, white, and blue at times.” Walt Disney

This quote has stuck with me. So, if you don’t mind, I would like to exchange my feelings with you.

It was a normal Tuesday morning. I stopped off at my favorite Starbucks and posted a post on My Road to RunDisney. I even tweeted about how I was excited to pick out my running outfit. All of that seems so silly now. It wasn’t long after tweeting that I heard the news about what happened at the Boston Marathon. My heart sank, broke, and was hurting all at the same time. I actually had to get off twitter because all the news was too much for me. I didn’t know what to say. All I could do was ask questions. How could someone do something so evil? Why was this happening? I personally don’t know anyone in Boston but I kept thinking of the families of everyone at the marathon. How scared they must have been. Then I got angry. I got angry at the fact that someone would do something so cruel.  I got angry because of the innocent people who were hurt.  I had to actually step away from social media because the more I read about what happen the more I would start to cry.

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Once I logged back onto the Internet, I found stories of how people were reaching their hand out to Boston. I read stories on how the people of Boston had rallied together. I read how Boston community was opening their homes to anyone who needed water, or phone access. How people were going to Boston hospital’s to donate blood. As I kept reading, I saw how that act of uniting together has reached far beyond Boston. How America has come together and shown a united front against the act of violence. This has given me so much hope. To see that people from all over have come together for a common purpose to comfort and encourage those who are hurting and to stand against anything or anyone who has hurt others. Evildoers please take note form any Disney movie.  You may have hurt and you may have caused destruction, however, good always triumphs over evil and will win in the end.

Don’t Let Anything Break Your Stride

Hey there! How’s it going? I had a hard time writing this week’s Road to RunDisney post. To be honest, I had contemplated not even posting one at all. But, when you share your  journey with someone, you gotta share the good, along with the not so good right?

The beginning of this past week was such a weird for me. I felt like I was in an Eeyore sate of mind all the time and it was terrible. I don’t know why? Maybe it was the anxiety of me not wanting to let you guys down, not being where I want to be in my training schedule, or just my life out there in the “ Real World”.  During my workouts, things that I could normally do with no problem were hard for me.  I was getting really irritated with myself. Then on Thursday there was a situation between a young women when I was out with my mom. Long story short there was a situation that got me so mad I started to shaking uncontrollably. I had to excuse my self and go to the restroom.

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Some days might feel like a rain cloud is overhead but the sun will always shine 🙂

Once I gathered myself I went back to my mom. By that time ,the situation had defused. When I was talking the day over with my mom I told her how I was feeling down. She stopped and looked me in the eye and said, “Don’t let anything break your stride.” I thought about it and she was right. Weather it’s a not so great work out or a not so great person; don’t let that distract you from your goal. Just take a minute, take a breath, and keep moving forward.

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Like Dory says “Just keep swimming, Just keep swimming”

How do you shake off a bad day? Let me know in the comments below. Thanks for stopping by and I’ll see you real soon 🙂

Go the Distance: My Road to Run Disney

Time to get moving

Hey There! If you follow me on twitter you might have noticed that I’ve become interested (more like obsessed) with RunDisney lately. My introduction to RunDisney was through Adam Rucker’s vlogs of his RunDisney experiences. I saw how much fun the races looked and made up my mind to run in a RunDisney marathon. Thinking about the training aspect, I figured strength training wouldn’t be too bad because I do yoga and Pilates on a (pretty) regular basis.  Plus, I’m not going into running completely cold turkey. I was on basketball and soccer teams growing up, and I used to jog for 30 minutes on the treadmill at the gym so I know I can do it. But the words “running” and “marathon” freaked me out

All of March, I continued to do my yoga like always but then the first of April rolled around. I decided it was time to get moving, I was going to go out for a run…But then I chickened out. I was going to start beating myself up about it, but then I realized, I don’t have to run to get moving. So I grabbed my iPod and did jumping jacks for 5 minutes. I wasn’t as easy as I thought. I had to really focus on my breathing.  I’m used to moving at a slower pace, so taking long deep breaths at this new pace was a bit of a challenge. Adjusting my breathing to a new pace took a little time, but once I got into a breathing rhythm it really wasn’t that bad. When the song ended (and I realized I didn’t die) I felt really proud of myself. I took a stretch day, then I wanted to kick things up a notch. I dusted off my family’s Hip Hop Abs DVD’s. Hip Hop Abs is a series of Hip-Hop dance inspired cardio workouts, led by Shawn T, that help target your core

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When I first saw the DVD case, I laughed at his facial expression… I wasn’t laughing after I finished the workout

I picked the “Hip Buns and Thighs” workout because I figured I can get my 30 minuets of cardio in and work areas that needed to be strengthened. I pressed play and did the warm up and I was feeling pretty good. I danced my way through the first section of the DVD, no problem. Then we got to the middle. Oh Boy! Shawn T literally makes you hold a squat for 7 minutes!! I had to pause the DVD and catch my breath a couple times. We only had 5 more minutes left in the DVD and Shawn T said to grab your mat “Stretch time” I thought. Nope. Went into a deeper glute work out. All I can say was Oh my goodness! That work out was so intense (and doing this DVD 20 minutes after dinner probably wasn’t the best idea either).  As I was feeling like I wanted to stop, I decided it might help to distract myself with visions of the RunDisney race. I thought about going to the parks with a medal on, what Disney Character I would dress up as, what it would be like to run through the castle. Funny enough, I was able to keep going. Just as I was envisioning myself running across the finish line I heard something along the lines of “Okay you’re done, time to stretch” I’ve never been so happy for a stretch in my entire life! As I went to get some water, I realized two things. 1: I probably looked like a dork trying to dance, and 2: I’m stronger than I think. Sure, I had to stop and take a breather a couple times, but I finished. Heck, I made the decision to put in the DVD instead of leaving it on the shelf. I took the first step, even if it was a baby step, in the direction of my goal

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It’s not about how you start, It’s how you finish

Now any fear I’ve had of the words “running” and “marathon” are starting to fade away. I figured out my road to RunDisney is all about the baby steps. Taking a small step toward my goals each day, till one day I look up and I’m there. It’s time for me to drop my inhibitions, and get moving.

Have you ran in a RunDisney event? Have any pointers? Let me know in the comments below. Thanks for stopping by and I’ll see you real soon 🙂

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