Friday, February 28, 2014

Kicking Friday Off Right..

So this week has been exhausting!

But I finally got a run in last night! I got home from work, put on my shoes and out the door I went. It was a good two miles, went fast at times, pushed it, wanted to do 3 but it started to rain and well I just was not having that.

My legs finally felt free and moving. Had some pain in my upper calf but other than that I would say I am back to normal.

I texted my friend to let her know I could indeed run this morning before work. I didn't have to be in until 9, so getting out there at 7 would be okay. As much as I would have loved to slept in and believe me I did, I cursed myself. I am so glad I got out there this morning and ran.

We did about 2.5 miles, just around our block. A little bit of a slower pace than I normally do, but it felt great, just the way I wanted to start my Friday. A nice easy, beautiful morning run with a great friend.

We haven't been able to run together in so long because of work and school, so it's nice this weekend we set up some times to get some runs in, such as tomorrow and Sunday. I am pumped and it works for me in recovery and a nice change of pace.

We are both running Iron Girl in April, so the more runs I can get in the better I will be.

Hope everyone has a Fantastic Friday!

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Weekly Weigh In & Rest Days

Okay so this week has been all over the place.

I feel like I say that often lol. But this week, with the weekend being pretty freaking epic, the start of this week has been crazy. Okay so Sunday was the half marathon and Monday I took the day off from work. All I did on Monday was just relax, literally, I laid around and did laundry, all day long. It felt great and was very well needed. My legs were killing me and very sore.

Yesterday, I went back to work and decided to not push the running or working out. Since, normally after I run at least one 13.1 mileage I always take one to two days off from running, just to get my muscles and mind frame back. So I took Tuesday off from running and ended up working longer at work and being on my feet all day.

I also weighed in at Weight Watchers and as much as I would love to say I lost all this weight because of running 25.5 miles, it is big old wrong!! Yup I gained. I didn't look at how much I gained, all she said was I gained and I am okay with it. I know what it is from, I always gain after long runs. My body does not respond to long runs with weight loss and I gain.

Even though I gained lets think this through, I gained BUT I completed one of the toughest and biggest accomplishments in my life yet. So that gain means nothing to me. I will get that weight to melt right off, water weight is what it was and well Aunt Flo was in town also. All factors were against me but it means nothing to me, I am 100% okay with it.

I am thinking about coming my doctor to check my thyroid also again. I have been having the symptoms I had last year and my doctor put me on a prescription and it helped, I just didn't stick to it, I think I might give it a try again. Every little thing helps.

Today, I wanted to run more than anything. I wanted to get on the road because my legs were feeling better, but of course Mother Nature had another idea and we have been having a non stop rain storm. Like hurricane like rain, yeah I don't play with that. So tonight has been another rest day and you know what I am okay with that and enjoying the downtown a bit. Unlike last week when I had rest days, I stressed over the running. I am really enjoying the rest and recovery this week and the no pressure.

BUT no lie, hoping I can run after work tomorrow.

I am craving it.

Hope the beginning and middle of your week has been great!

Monday, February 24, 2014

Crock Pot Fav: Hawaiian BBQ Chicken

I love cooking when it is quick and easy. I am all about convenience and one that results in lots of leftovers for lunches or another dinner. Plus, I love my crock pot, its like my own personal chef. Just throw whatever you want in there and it does the rest. Since I am feeling a little bit tired today, I knew I didn't want to throw a huge meal together.

I have made this recipe numerous times because it is so quick and easy. I had originally found it on Pinterest.

Three ingredients, 5-6 hours of cook time and how you eat or prepare it is all up to you.

4-5 frozen or defrosted Chicken Breasts
1 can of Crushed Pineapple in its own fruit juice
1 bottle of BBQ sauce, any flavor works well, I chose to use Honey Mustard this time around

Spray your crock pot with some Pam cooking spray or use one of those amazingly awesome Crock Pot liners.

Put chicken in and dump in the rest right on top. I drained the can of pineapple a bit and then dumped it in and dumped the bottle of BBQ sauce on top.

Then I cooked it on low for 5-6 hours. I checked the chicken at the 5 hour time frame, I took out each piece and shredded the chicken into a bowl.

Shredding chicken is a lot easier than you think. I just take two forks and pull the chicken back and forth. I did it to each piece then put it back into the crock pot and let cook on low for about an hour more.


James and I ate them on sandwich thins, like pulled chicken sandwiches. I paired it with a side of sweet potato fries and a side salad.

You can also serve it over rice of your choice, I usually choose brown or with potatoes. You can also choose to not shred it either and just eat whole.

It was super delicious and the left overs were overflowing. We will be eating this for days.

A typical serving is about 3/4 cups or about 5pp.

Gasparilla Michelob Ultral Amber Challenge Finish

Yesterday was a pretty exciting, exhausting and emotional day for me...

It was the final day of the two part Challenge I was competing and it was 13.1 miles standing in the way of me.

I woke up at 3:00 am. Yeah I wasn't too thrilled about it either, considering I could not fall asleep at all the night before because I was wired and restless from the day of running that day.

I got up and got ready and like the day before just treated it as if I was going for a long run, a long run with a couple thousand other strangers, but I mean I am not one for logistics.



James is a pretty awesome person and decided he wanted to be there to witness me complete this big accomplishment and got up at 4 and came over with me. I was so thrilled and excited to have him with me. He made my nerves go away and had me laughing and feeling awesome before the run.


My stomach was in knots and I was trying really hard to not concentrate on how my legs were feeling. Believe me they were tired and hurting.

We got to the area early so I could pee and just unwind a bit and we had a ways of walking, which I was happy about because I wanted to keep my legs moving. James got this awesome picture of me too..



We met up with my boss, Jen and two of her friends, one who this was his first ever half marathon and another who ran the 15k, like me the day before. We were all pumped and laughing and ready to go. It made my nerves go away and within minutes we were off and running.



Because it started at 6, the sun was not up yet and it was hard to run in the dark. Part of the road was rocky and cobblestone and I was concentrating more on the road then in front of me. I didn't hit my beeper until about a mile and half and then I tried to find my groove. I did good for most of it, but I was concentrating on the pain I was feeling in my legs and feet.

I knew this half marathon was not going to be like the rest.

And I was okay with that, I kept telling myself I have nothing to compare this too because I have never done anything like this before, so I just wanted to finish. I knew I was moving slower than normal and I could feel a blister or two just starting. Damn them!

I chanted to myself over and over, mind over matter, You can do this, push through the pain. I felt like I was shuffling a lot. Mile 7 & 8 were rough for me, but at that point you could see the other runners making their way back and it motivated me and got my juices going. I ate my Cliff Blocks along the way and dropped my beeper from 6.50 minutes of running to 6.00 minutes of running and kept the 1 minute walk. That helped a lot!

At mile 10, I was done. I was tired, my legs were like bricks and I was super emotional. But I wasn't giving up. I looked at my phone during my walk and texted James where I was. I wanted to tell him, I was hurting, and crying a bit, but I didn't want to scare him or worry him. My friend Jacke, knowing my pace, texted me and said your almost there, your in the home stretch, keep going.

It was what I needed to see. I was almost there, I was in the home stretch and so close to finishing and accomplishing a huge thing. Mile 11, rows of kids were screaming and high fiving and I got emotional. I thought about my dad and how much I wanted him there. I pushed and dug super deep.

Mile 12.5 felt like decades and as I rounded the corner, I looked for James and started sobbing. I must of looked like a hot mess. He was video taping me and waving and smiling. I waved and blew him a big kiss and then I ran for it. I finished strong in 2 hours and 35 minutes. I was so happy.



Considering I had just ran 12.5 miles the day before and still completing in a better time than last year, I was pleased. I was in a deep fog of emotion and just walked around a bit waiting for James. I texted my boss I had finished and then I saw him and I hugged him and cried a bit.

I did it, I completed 2 days of running, 3 races and 25.5 miles. I completed something few do and I did it injury free, just a little banged up and with a smile on my face.



I earned 4 medals and two blisters and very tired legs, but also an amazing confidence boost. I really can accomplish anything when I put my mind too and I really am stronger than I think.

I never once wanted to give up, I wanted to sit for a bit, but never give up. I am so glad I did this and I will do it again next year.



The rest of the day was just me aching and moving slowly. We went out to Applebees for dinner and I indulged in two huge sangria's and some dessert. I darn well earned it.



I rocked my half marathon shirt all day and checked off number 5 in half marathons in my book.



Say what!!??

Still gets me every time!

I want to bed with a full heart last night and running thoughts in my head.

Today I am even more sore but it is such a good sore feeling, I know I earned it and I earned it proudly.

No more races until April, when I take on Iron Girl again. So this week back to training and running, because seriously I am doing this all for the love and fun!!

Fab Find: Tone Body Wash





I am a BzzAgent and I received for a free a bottle of Tone Body Wash in Pink Peony and Rose Oil as a recent campaign.

I love body wash and I find that it can be the best part of a shower is the smell of your body wash. I normally purchase all my body washes from Bath and Body Works during their big semi annual sales because I can get a ton of scents for less money and usually all their older scents. But sometimes it can get too expensive.

I also will branch out and purchase from CVS their brand because of a sale they are having or a coupon I have. Currently I have about 10 different body washes in my bathroom, sleepy time kinds, energizing, holiday, seasonal and ones for James also. So when I received my Bzzkit for the Tone campaign, I could not wait to try a new body wash.

I received their new scent Pink Peony with Rose Oil. Well honestly I was at first disappointed, I am not a huge flower person and do not enjoy the scent of flowers. I am more a food, warm, comfort type of scent person. But I gave it a try. I believe the pink bottle won me over first. The wash was thick and you could see the moisture through out it. I only need just a little to get a good later going on my sponge.

It felt smooth and hydrating going and the scent was not overpowering. It actually smelt kind of sweet and I forgot it was a flower. I loved it.

After my shower, my skin was smooth, smelt great and visibly soft.

Tone body wash comes in a variety of scents and at a very reasonable price. Some scents include,
  • Mango Splash with Cocoa Butter
  • Daily Detox with White Clay & Pink Jasmine
  • Soothing Oatmeal with Shea Butter
  • Ocean Therapy with Deep Sea Extracts & Pearl Essence
  • Fruit Peel® with Alpha-Hydroxy Fruit Acids
 
( I took this off of the BzzAgent page of the campaign)

I am going to try the Mango and Detox one next. All of these scents are like  day at the spa. I recommend using a small amount in the bath tub, grab some candles, a glass of wine and just unwind.

When your out shopping, pick a bottle up today and try for yourself. I am sure you will make the switch like I did.



Sunday, February 23, 2014

Finished What I Started...

I FINISHED AND COMPLETED THE MICHELOB ULTRA AMBER CHALLENGE!!!!


WOOHOO!!!!

I'm so sore, exhausted and my emotions are all over the place, but I finished what I started and I couldn't be more proud and happy for myself.

I'll post more on Day 2 and how the half marathon went tomorrow, I am exhausted right now..

But here I am with my 4 medals...


Rise & Shine: Day 2

Okay it is 3:43 in the morning, I am dressed and already have eaten my waffles and PB2, I can hear people outside our apartment, still up partying and I am sitting here ready to run 13.1 miles.

Who the heck am I???

In my crazy sane mind, this is normal to me. I feel awake and ready to go. My body is definitely sore and a little mad at me, usually after a long run, I am taking full advantage of a rest day and would be sleeping right now, but I am not. I am ready to rock out this half marathon.

Yesterday was easy, 12.44 miles. Today is 13.1 after those 12.44 miles. This is one of the toughest things I have done yet. I know my legs are going to get even more sore, I am going be a little bit slower. But my mind and heart, well we are in this to finish this.

I found this on another blog this morning and this did it for me...

This got me pumped, it got me emotional and it got me ready to go. I am sure you have seen it before, maybe it wont do something for you right now, but I am sure it will down the road. Maybe you can relate like I can, and maybe you cant. But it can apply to all those in life, not just fitness...

Find your greatness


I am headed to the start...

See you at the finish..


Saturday, February 22, 2014

Finished & Completed the 15k and 5k

What I wore...



I love my girly Pirate Headband hehe...



I finished and completed Day 1 of the Gasparilla Distance Classic Ultra Amber Challenge. As stated before day 1 was first the 15k and then right after the 5k. The morning started off good. I got to Tampa with little to no traffic and found the first parking garage and then the fun began. In our booklet they said you can pay with cash or credit, well I didn't bring any cash because I never have it on me, so I figured I was good. WRONG! Apparently, that during events like this they will not take credit, so the lady was oh so sweet, insert sarcasm now, and would not let me pay after, but had to turn me around so I could go to an ATM.

I was pissed, but knew I did indeed have plenty of time before the start began. As I was trying to find an ATM, I ended up finding street parking and saved 7.00! So take that mean parking garage lady.

Where I parked was a bit of a distance away but it gave me time to warm up and enjoy my performance energy blend.


I got to the starting and of course had to pee and no lines, so even better bonus. I got into my area and then just waited. I was by myself but surrounded by 1,000's. Being alone in those moments though were kind of tough. I didn't like I didn't have anyone to talk to or anyone to look over too in the crowd, but I just kept moving and repeating mantras over an over in my head to get me in the groove, it worked, up until...

We were just about to start, I mean literally. I was getting my music ready and I looked at my phone and I had text messages from the girl who was suppose to open my store this morning, telling me she couldn't come in. SERIOUSLY!!!

My insides panicked and I just calmly texted for her to contact the manager on duty, whom was my assistant. I tried to put it out of my head, but the thoughts of y store not opening, me being far away, etc got the best of me. But then that horn went off and so did I.

I was in a the early pace group because being in the Challenge you were able to be in the front. So I was running much faster than I normally do. I ran for a good mile and a half until I hit my beeper, so I could find a nice clearing, there were so many people. Once I found a clearing, I let my beeper start. It was great to see other people using the same run/walk method, one group even said YAY when they heard mine go off.

It was very hot and humid this morning. I mean VERY HUMID, to be exact we were at 100% humidity, so fluids were a must for sure. I am trying to not take a fuel water belt because I didn't train that way, so I stopped at every water and Gatorade station. They were set up weird  but I thanked every volunteer, they were cheerful and very kind for taking time to do that. Even though at one I got hit in the head with a water cup trying to grab one and someone elbowed me, but I guess that's how it goes haha.

The 15k was good. I didn't have any issues and I wasn't concerned with my pace, but watched my time, so I could make the 5k quickly. My pace was quite good, about 11:17 which I am very happy with considering the route and temperature. Like I said, I don't want to PR, but considering I have never run a 15k race before, this was a PR for me. Yay!

Once I finished the 15k, crossing the line, I had to book it to the start of the 5k, I had about 10 minutes. I grabbed a water and my 15k medal and made my way. I made it just in time, since I was a challenge participant I could enter through the front of the line again. I thought it would be okay, but man once that horn went off, they were FAST.


Made it to the 5k with minutes to spare.

There were so many people, THOUSANDS! I just couldn't move or find a good groove until about mile 2 and even then I was having a hard time. I just wanted to get to the finish so I could break free a bit. I wont run the 5k again, just too many people in a short amount of time, I am all about the long runs anyway.

I completed the 5k, in 35 minutes, which is a PR for me for a race because the last time I ran an official 5k race was in 2012, with the Turkey Trot, and did it in 37 minutes, I'll take it, considering I had just completed a race before.



Once I was done, I got my second medal and went to the snack, water, banana, free stuff tables. I got all I wanted, fruit cups, granola bars, water, bananas and yogurt. All awesome options. I was thrilled and starving. I got to my car, which felt great to keep walking and then went to Panera for some breakfast. I got a large coffee, I was dying for coffee and the Hidden Menu Turkey Egg White Power Bowl.



 It hit the spot, But I am sure I could have really gone with a bagel with cream cheese..oh yum! But even though I ran 12.44 miles, didn't mean I had to eat bad. I heat to fuel and feel good, not to celebrate. That's what chocolate is for lol.

After I went grocery shopping, which probably wasn't smart but I made all good choices in food options. Once home I couldn't seem to sit still, I knew I had to shower, because I smelt like straight up dirt. But I cleaned a bit, moved around and then finally showered. My stomach was a little crazy, I know tmi, but hey it happens and then I was hungry. I finally settled, took a shower and cooked some lunch. It was delicious and hit the spot.


Chicken Burger on a sandwich thin with avocado, fat free cheese, tomato and some lettuce. Cracker crisps, a fruit cup and some dole fruit bites. After the race I did eat one of the granola bars they gave me, I was starved and my Sport Beans Recovery Bites.
    

Then the rest of my day, I made a bed on the couch and rested. I snacked also on a small piece of chocolate, sugar free, and a yogurt. I watched a Lifetime movie, which I never do and drank plenty of water. I took a hour nap and when I got up, I had some laughing cow cheese with crackers and pretzel crisps and some grapes.


I feel pretty good, I am not all that sore, tired, which is expected, but I think I can do this tomorrow.

Tomorrow I am just enjoying a Sunday Runday, that's all I keep telling myself. James will be there with me, which I am so happy about. I feel bad he has to get up super early, but his support will definitely get me through the miles. Plus my boss will be there, which is a big inspiration and motivation and support also. She has been congratulating me all day long, I love the supportive people in my life.

3:00 am is my wake up call, since 6:00 am is the start time, crazy to think in 12 hours  I should be at about mile 4. Trying to figure out some dinner items tonight, since we did pasta last night. I have been eating all day, my metabolism is on a high, but making the best choices for sure.


 Day 1 was tough but a lot of fun and I am so glad that I signed up for it. I am so glad that I made the decision and I learned a lot about myself, and what I can do, but tomorrow is the true test, back to back long runs in a weekend. I am ready, my mind is right. So here is to tomorrow!

Morning Of Day 1 of Michelob Ultra Amber Challenge: 15k & 5k

Good Morning!!!!

It is super early and when my alarm went off at 4:00, I almost forgot what today was. I was in such a good, deep sleep, I was wondering what was really going on haha. But then I hopped out of bed, ready to go.

My morning routine for a race is pretty easy and simple. I always shower the night before, because I am going to get sweaty anyway, no reason to shower now. I never wear make-up, no point. I get dressed. Toast my waffles and enjoy with PB2. I get up early, so I can a couple of moments like this before I have to leave. Just so I can collect my thoughts, enjoy the quite and think and prepare myself.



I take my vitamins and grab a banana for the road with my Powerbar Energy Blend to have before hand. Everything I am taking with me is packed and ready to go. I treat these days just like I would treat training runs. I don't add anymore pressure, etc. Because today and tomorrow are just about running.

I am doing these races, not for the bragging rights or to see how fast I can go. I have never done an official 15k before, so this is new to me. The last real 5k race I did was the Turkey Trot, where we walked most of it. And signing up for a Challenge, where it is back to back long runs, I mean this is way out of my comfort zone.

I am doing this because I know I can do this. I know I can push my body to its limits and it will respond accordingly. I am not nervous about finishing, because I know no matter what I will finish. I am just going out there and running, just like I would do any other day.

I run for the fun of it all. I run for the experience and the atmosphere. I know I will never be first, and its okay if I am ever last. I run because it is my time and its what I love to do. Will I be the only person out there today running with a beeper, nope not at all. I will be continuing my run/walk intervals, just like I always do. Not sure with the 5k, since it is a small distance, see how I feel.

But I am ready. I am good to go.

So here is to the first round of awesomeness today!!

Friday, February 21, 2014

No Bake, No Egg, No Flour, Almond Joy Protein Balls

I was in the mood yesterday to mix some goodies up, but we have literally nothing in our house. I seriously have to go grocery shopping. But on my Pinterest I seriously have tons of protein balls or protein cookie recipes. I took a mixture of each of them and made my own with what I had.

Almond Joy Protein Balls

1 cup of creamy, Almond Butter
3 tablespoons of mini chocolate chips
2 tablespoons of shredded coconut
1 cup of uncooked, Old Fashioned Oats
1 scoop of vanilla whey protein powder ( I used EAS 15 Toned & Lean)
2 drops of coconut extract

Mix all together and form in 14 balls. And put in the fridge to form. I left them in there for about an hour.



I could probably make them smaller and get 28 out of them.

14 of them come out to 4pp per cookie. A little higher than I wanted, but for experimenting, I was very happy with the turn out. James loved them also. He even went back for seconds.

Gasparilla Distance Classic Health & Fitness Expo & Night Before Routine

I love this Expo because there are so many awesome vendors that show up. From shoes, to shirts, to gadgets, to food samples and just fun giveaways. I had a blast today at the expo and I took my time just going up and down every aisle looking at everything. There were some awesome samples, like a protein ice cream, orange juice, Pretzel crisps, some BBQ, Detour sample bars, and Crystal Light flavor juices. I made sure to pick up everything I could.

I purchased some items too. I got two pirate headbands to match with what I am wearing this weekend, a Brooks Run Happy hat (so happy about that), a runner girl magnet for my car too. I couldn't find the the medal hanger, which I am bummed about, I am going to try to find a good one online.



Waiting in line for my challenge pick packet and my bib # and my jacket that comes with my registration, which I absolutely LOVE!!! So well worth it all, I had already received my shirts when I registered.



Size small also!! I could NEVER wear a material jacket like this before in a size small, ever!!



I thought this was the coolest thing at the whole expo. They listed all of the participants names. It was so neat to see my name there..






Being at the expo differently got me pumped up. Hoping I can sleep tonight. 

After the expo, I treated myself to getting my highlighted, I haven't done that in forever, I mean years! It was great to just relax and be pampered a bit.

I picked this shirt at the Fit2Run in Downtown Disney...


I love this shirt so much. I really want to run Disney one time too. Its on my bucket list for sure.

Tonight since tomorrow is the two races, the 15k and the 5k, James and I went out to CD Roma's for my carb loading meal. I will be eating a card tastic meal tomorrow too, but tonight we went out because he got out of work early. 

My typical meal is spaghetti and meatballs with some bread and a salad. I have before any long race and it works for me. Tonight we had the early bird special, which was perfect because it was a smaller portion, which I loved!! And I will be ordering that more often. I recommend asking for a lunch or early bird special, so you can enjoy a extra piece of bread or dessert. Smaller portion but the same perfect taste and not the extra of it all.

Here is my tradition picture...


Now off to a shower, prepping for tomorrow and early sleep.







I was not born a Runner...



This couldn't be more true to me!!! I was not a runner as a child, teenage or early adulthood. I hated running. I would complain and complain when it came to the mile requirements at school. Running for me was not an option. And then well I changed my life...

I was not born a runner, but I was made into a runner...

I am a runner through and through..

I may not look like a runner, and I sure as heck do not look like the girl in this picture, but I am a runner, I made myself into one.

I found this picture because I am so darn pumped for this weekend of running. I am off the whole weekend of work, which I need so badly, and I am spending my whole weekend running.

3 races, 2 days, 4 medals.

Headed to the expo now to pick up the packet and bib. Beware I am sure I will be posting a lot this weekend..

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Weekly Weigh In: Decided to do it

I know I canceled the Tuesday weigh in because I was in Orlando and couldn't get to my regular one, but we had gotten back early on Wednesday, so to keep with routine and my sanity, I went and weighed in.

I was not expecting anything because we were out of our element for the weekend and the day yesterday. And I don't know what was going on but I was starving! I mean I could eat anything and everything in sight. I was making the best choices possible, but I can tell my stomach is starving a lot.

It is so hard to find a really good rhythm and way to figuring out what works best for you. I have a lot of running coming up this weekend and I am eating a lot more than I normally do, but I know I need too, to keep my energy up and moving, if I want to succeed. So I am listening and feeling my hungry and eating more, which you know what is working well for me.

To my very much surprise, I lost .6! Not a whole lot of a loss like I was hoping, but if that isn't exciting enough for me, I don't know what is. I was able to go on a mini vacation, enjoy myself and still lose weight because I am doing it the right way.

Now my focus for the rest of the weekend, is to just fuel and refuel my body right, give it back what it needs and what I took from it. I am so excited for this weekend I could go and run now lol.

So I am happy to report I lost a little weight and moving in the right direction. Now this Tuesday might be different, because after every long run I do, I always seem to gain, but I am getting so much more out of it!

Have a great Thursday night!

Downtown Disney Day

We had an absolute blast with our friends on Tuesday. It was so nice to have a day off with everyone and do something different and just hang out. After breakfast we did a little shopping. Of course it was a gorgeous Florida day, we haven't had too many lately because the weather has been chilly, but its back and it was perfect. I had forgotten my bathing suit and shorts and such, so I had to got to Target and pick up some, I know twist my arm.

I picked up an awesome shirt too...



Then we just hung out at their hotel, which had a heated pool and of course not a cloud in the sky..


After a couple of hours, we were ready to head back to our place and unwind some more and get ready for the evening. James and I both took a nap and then showered and dressed..




We are pretty cute if I do say so myself..

Downtown Disney was pretty close to where we were all staying which was nice, but of course we found a way to get lost. But once we got there it was a great evening. I couldn't get a lot of pictures because it was so dark, but the whole area was a fun atmosphere. I even went to the Fit2Run that is there! I got a new T-shirt, post tomorrow, and some chomps for my race. The Princess Half Marathon is there this weekend, so the store was packed with runners. I could live there I love that store and so happy I got to get a Disney type running shirt from there.

We stopped into stores, had a night cap drink and ate at Earl of Sandwich because the Rainforest Cafe was a half and 45 minute wait. I mean really?! nothing is worth waiting that long. Earl of Sandwich turned out to be exactly what we wanted. Soup and sandwiches never are a bad option in my book. The two little girls had a great time, seeing the lights and people and music everywhere. We went into a huge Disney store and got a coffee mug (which I accidentally broke the next day) and a magnet of course. We walked a lot, I earned 5 activity points and was sad to say goodbye.

It was a great little day trip and I think just what James and I needed. It was awesome to get away, see a little bit of home and be away from our regular lives, we have vowed to do this more often, even if no family or friends are in town.

Here are some pictures from the night..

   


These were all made out of legos..pretty neat to see..





She loved to grab onto his finger. It was the cutest thing. I absolutely fell in love with her.



All the girls!


Of course I found Sparkly Minnie Ears to try on!!


Not Disney related but it was a delicious end to a great day. And worth every point!