Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Weekly Recap- September 21-27, 2015

I'm late again!  And it was a pretty low-key week


We won our softball game.

Tuesday--5 miles in 54:49  Marathons training Week 15 day 1. Walked 1 min at miles 3 & 4. Mile 1: 10:47, Mile 2: 10:41, Mile 3: 10:46, Mile 4: 11:13, Mile 5: 11:21, Average Pace: 10:58



Friday--3 miles in 33:02  Marathons training week 15 day 2. Mile 1: 11:08, Mile 2: 10:46, Mile 3: 11:01, Average Pace: 10:58

I went to magical dining month at Mama Della's Ristorante at Loews Portofino Bay Hotel at Universal with Kelly, Ron and Kacie.   It was yummy!


I went to watch one of my first graders cheer at her game then ran errands with Cori.  We had a delicious lunch at BB Junction.

We also got bundtinis at my new favorite place, Nothing Bundt Cakes.  I can't wait until they open one up just a little closer!

I watched the first half of the Gators game at Faith's house then we all went over to another MRTT friend's house for a get together and I watched the very stressful ending to a Gator win over Tennessee.

Sunday--20 miles in 3:50:27  Marathons training week 15 day 3. Ran 3 miles the did 3:1s. Treadmill run

Yes, it was a treadmill run but my pace was 2 minutes per mile better than last time so I'm happier.  And it really wasn't that bad.  I watched 8 episodes of Say Yes to the Dress and talked to Faith the whole time.

Kory and I went to Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party.  We go every year and I love it--adults can trick or treat, the Boo to You Parade is great (although it was rainy so the Headless Horseman didn't ride this night) and the Hallowishes fireworks are my favorite ones out of all the current ones!

Total miles this week: 28
Total miles in 2015: 687.36
Total miles: 2293.8

2,015 in 2015 miles: 1714.68

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Weekly Recap- September 14-20, 2015

I had a busy weekend so this is a little late!

Monday-- 6 miles in 1:06:33  Marathons training week 14 day 1. Only stopped for a 1 min walk at miles 3, 4, and 5. Mile 1: 10:55, Mile 2: 10:49, Mile 3: 10:43, Mile 4: 12:00, Mile 5: 11:00, Mile 6: 11:09, Average Pace: 11:06

We won both games in our softball double header.

Tuesday--3 miles in 33:02 Marathons training week 14 day 2. Ran 2 miles then did 3:1s . Mile 1: 10:36, Mile 2: 10:52, Mile 3: 11:36, Average Pace: 11:01

I had a Central Florida Lady Bloggers event at Braccia Pizzeria & Ristorante.  Yum!


I went to K Restaurant for Magical Dining month.  Another great night of food!


We had Open House at school.


I drove up to Savannah for my soon-to-be sister-in-law's bachelorette party.  We had so much fun!


The Bachelorette party continued!  We did a biking tour of the city on Savannah Slow Ride.

And had dinner at a yummy tapas place called Jazz'd Tapas Bar.


I drove home from Savannah.  Kory and I had a dinner date at Trattoria al Forno at the Boardwalk.

Total miles this week: 9
Total miles in 2015: 659.36
Total miles: 2265.8

2,015 in 2015 miles: 1666.68

Sunday, September 13, 2015

Weekly Recap- September 7-13, 2015

Monday--20 miles in 4:29:35  Marathons training week 13 day 1. Ran 3 miles then did 3:1s til mile 15 then did 2:2s. Long stop at the gas station to refill. Mile 1: 10:44, Mile 2: 10:38, Mile 3: 10:36, Mile 4: 11:41, Mile 5: 11:32, Mile 6: 12:31, Mile 7: 12:24, Mile 8: 12:55, Mile 9: 12:58, Mile 10: 13:47, Mile 11: 21:17, Mile 12: 13:51, Mile 13: 14:41, Mile 14: 14:44, Mile 15: 12:56, Mile 16: 13:58, Mile 17: 14:33, Mile 18: 14:30, Mile 19: 15:07, Mile 20: 14:12, Average Pace: 13:29

After our long run, Kory and I met up with his family for brunch at Keke's Cafe and then headed to Animal Kingdom.  I actually felt pretty good after the run.


After work we met up with Kory's family at Magic Kingdom.  It never gets old!

Wednesday--3 miles in 32:41  Marathons training week 13 day 2. Mile 1: 11:04, Mile 2: 10:44, Mile 3: 10:57, Average Pace: 10:54.

My parents came in town for my birthday dinner at Outback and Kory's family met up with us.  It was so nice to have both sets of parents together!


I got my Stridebox in!

~GoMacro Bar-- Mini-Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip
~Clif--Organic Energy Food-- Banana Beet Ginger
~Met-Rx-- Energy Gummy--Dark Cherry
~Sweat X--Sports Detergent--Smell of Victory
~Calsura--Calcium Supplement
~Sneaker Balls--Shoe Freshener--Clean and Fresh Scent
~Ryte--Fuel--Vanilla Creme (not pictured)



Faith, Ava Joy, and I went to the O-Town MacDown which benefited Give Kids the World.  There were tons of different mac and cheese samples.  Yum!

Then I met up with Meghan, Karen, and Karen's mom at Duffy's to watch the Gators squeak by in a win against ECU.

Sunday--10 miles in 1:53:41 Marathons training week 13 day 3. Ran 4 miles then did 3:1s. Had a scary bird experience. Mile 1: 10:52, Mile 2: 10:38, Mile 3: 10:21, Mile 4: 10:12, Mile 5: 12:13, Mile 6: 11:43, Mile 7: 12:03, Mile 8: 12:18, Mile 9: 11:44, Mile 10: 11:35, Average Pace: 11:22

 I worked in Tour Guide after.

Total miles this week: 33
Total miles in 2015: 650.36
Total miles: 2256.8

2,015 in 2015 miles: 1632.68

Monday, September 7, 2015

Weekly Recap- August 31-September 6, 2015

My birthday week!


Softball was rained out.

I got some cute crew socks in the mail for being a Stridebox Ambassador!

It was my brother's birthday so I had to wish him a SUPER birthday!

Tuesday-- 1 mile in 10:51 My Starbucks birthday run!

Happy birthday to me!  I got spoiled all day by the kids in my class--I loved it!

Kory and I went to Melting Pot to celebrate

And a King Cobra got lost in Orlando and made national news.

Wednesday--5 miles in 55:09 Marathons training week 12 day 1. Felt good & ran the whole thing. Mile 1: 11:00, Mile 2: 11:03, Mile 3: 10:51, Mile 4: 11:08, Mile 5: 11:06, Average Pace: 11:02


Friday--3 miles in 28:24 Marathons training week 12 day 2. Storming so treadmill run

It was my birthday celebration with the girls! I went to dinner at Aji and then to Jellyrolls with Faith, Cori, Heather, Jenn, and Bergen.  We had so much fun!


Happy 5th birthday to Bella!

Meghan and I went to the Gator game vs New Mexico State.  I always feel like I'm coming home when I'm in Gainesville.  It was so nice to win and we played strong!


Kory and I went to see the movie Pixels.

Total miles this week: 9
Total miles in 2015: 617.36
Total miles: 2223.8

2,015 in 2015 miles: 1564.68

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Weekly Recap--August 24-30, 2015

Well, we survived the first week of back to school!


First day of school!

We won in softball and then went to Tom & Chee for dinner...so sad they were out of bananas for the dessert I wanted.

Tuesday-- 5 miles in 57:04  Marathons training week 11 day 1. Ran 3 miles then did 3:1s. Mile 1: 11:19, Mile 2: 11:00, Mile 3: 10:50, Mile 4: 12:19, Mile 5: 11:33, Average Pace: 11:24


Thursday--1 mile in 9:55.

I did NOT feel like running and was going to bail but then Faith talked me into doing her mile with her.  And since I hadn't seen her all day, it was nice to catch up.


I attended a Central Florida Lady Bloggers event at Duffy's Sports Grill.  So many yummy foods and drinks!  They  even surprised me with a birthday Key Lime Pie!


I attended a Best Damn Race Ambassador Party at Dave & Busters.  It was so much fun acting like a little kid!!

Sunday--13 miles in 2:18:35 Marathons training week 11 day 3. Treadmill run. Ran 4 miles then did 3:1s

I went to tea at the Ritz Carlton with some Yelpsisterhood ladies.  It was so fun!

Total miles this week: 19
Total miles in 2015: 608.36
Total miles: 2214.8

2,015 in 2015 miles: 1547.68

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Give Kids the World Blogger Bash

When I ran the Give Kids the World Gingerbread Run this past November, it was the first time that I had seen it.  I was amazed.  So when I got to attend a Blogger Bash there, I jumped on the chance.

The Bash was held in the new Towne Hall, which just opened in June.  

We listened to a presentation by several speakers, including Pamela Landwirth.  I learned so many things about this amazing place.

There are 144 two bedroom villas currently and they are breaking ground on 24 more which should be ready next summer.

Everything is paid for, for these families--food, rooms, tickets to the theme parks.  Give Kids the World is a magical place where families can go to escape their illness for a little while.  Every Monday, it's Halloween where kids can go trick-or-treating for candy.  There's Village Idol on Wednesdays and it's Christmas every Thursday where each kid gets presents.  Disney and Universal send out characters so the families don't have to wait in line at the parks.

After listening the presentation, we were treated to dinner at Cafe Clayton.

Local restaurants provide food for GKTW-- Boston Market, Papa Johns, and Perkins.  But you won't find any logos anywhere on property.

I decided on some yummy food from Boston Market.  We were also treated to cupcakes from Gigis.

And I got to take a picture with Reme, one of the friends of the Give Kids the World Village.

Then it was time to take the tour.

The first place we went to was probably my favorite.  It's called the Castle of Miracles.

  When every child arrives, he or she gets a gold star to write his/her name on.  Then the star fairy goes and puts their star in the sky.

Then we checked out Scoops of Hope where kids can have ice cream any time, even for breakfast.

Amberville is a mini train station that has video games.

So many things are wheelchair accessible too---the Enchanted Carousel

Lori's Magical Flight has 2 pink butterflies that are handicap accessible.

And the pools are zero-entry so kids in special wheelchairs can go in.

Marc's Dino Putting has a unique story.  A wish kid named Marc wished for one million dollars.  When his parents asked that if he couldn't have that, what would he want, he replied that he just didn't want to be forgotten.  He passed away shortly after his trip to GKTW.  When the mini golf course was being created, they discovered that it would cost about 1 million dollars so they named it after Marc.

The Safari theater has special events.

And you know I had to get a pic with the giant popcorn box outside.

And I had to visit the house of Mayor Clayton.

It truly is a special and magical place and charity (and only 6.9% of money raised goes towards administrative costs...that's incredible!)

Want to get involved?  Join Kevin Bacon in the #GKTWChallenge  What's that?, you might ask.  Well, seven-year old Ethan challenged Kevin Bacon to see who could eat the most ice cream in 6seconds.  And the loser has to donate 6 dollars to Give Kids the World.  Why six dollars and six seconds?  Because everyone in the world is connected to a child with a life-threatening illness by six degrees or less.

I truly felt honored to be able to take a tour of the Village and know I'll definitely be back to volunteer.