How I Survived My First 5K

IMG_20170224_093428_954.jpgIn February I ran my  first Disney 5K with my children.   After months of training along a quiet, rustic trail, I jumped into a crowd with thousands of runners and quiet was far from heard.  Throughout my training my children earnestly tried to prepare me for the change in terrain and other environmental changes as they were learning to run my “slow speed” and how to manage my weaknesses.  But, what I learned on  race day is:  running in an event with thousands of people  is incredibly different than training as a trio.   There is a plethora of emotions from anxiety to excitement as everyone awaits for their corral to be called to the starting line.  Once the race begins runners turn on their defensive running skills as they make their way along the track.  Some runners head straight to the finish line while others make their way from character to character.  I must say stop for the characters!  You have plenty of  time to enjoy all photo opportunities.  Disney invites many rare characters to cheer you.  They are stationed every half mile or so and are a huge part of the fun.

I am not a professional runner by any means.  I basically went from couch to 5K in less than 3 months of every now and again training.  My children are the runners.  And I will be honest we walked most of the 3.2 miles because I just couldn’t handle it.  At mile marker 1 I was out of breath and my throat was on fire because I have not mastered breathing while running.  My only accomplishment thus far was running for 5 minutes straight.  As we crossed into Mexico I told my dauwdw2017055673013401_7958377109_dsnyRes-base_dsnyLoc-regghter I was done and would wait at the finish line for her and her brother.  She grabbed my hand and dragged me through the rest of the winding track.  I can proudly say that I crossed the finish line and I can’t wait to do it again.

I could not have survived my first 5K without a few runner essentials.

  1. KT TAPE:  KT TAPE is an elastic sports and fitness tape designed for muscle, ligament and tendon pain relief and support.  This is a Godsend for anyone who suffers pain from running.  I tend to get shin splints within the first 5 minutes of running.  IMG_20170223_211054_265I easily taped my shin area and soles of my feet the night before with the help of a KT TAPE YouTube video.  I was amazed at how easy it was to tape myself and even more amazed when I finished running without any shin pain.  KT TAPE will last for days and withstands sweat and water.  So if you are running a series of events over the weekend you will only need to tape yourself once.  I still don’t understand the science behind KT TAPE, but it works like magic and I will never run again without it.
  2. Shoe Charms:  Running on the Wall motivational shoe charms will inspire any runner to climb mountains.  Just as my body was giving up I looked down at my shoes and read the words, “Keep Running- Hebrews 12:1” and “She Believed She Could and So She Did.”  IMG_20170222_202811_396This was at the same moment my daughter grabbed me by the am and said, “Mom, your doing great you are almost there.  You made it to Mexico.”  I knew I couldn’t give up.  Having that little push really helped me gain momentum and motivated me to “Keep Running.”
  3. Fruit DropsFruit Drops:  Skratch Labs Fruit Drops are made with real fruit and will give you a quick boost of energy that will get you flying to the finish line.  Fruit Drops are an easy and convenient source of carbohydrate to help maintain blood sugar and performance during prolonged exercise. A single pouch contains ten ‘drops’ comprising two 80 calorie servings.  I found the Screen_Shot_2017-01-10_at_2.28.16_PM_475x475Raspberry Fruit Drops by Skratch Labs a need to start kick my early morning.  They are sweet and provide lasting energy.  My children and I shared the raspberry fruit drops before the race and we were on a high for hours after the race.  But be prepared to crash hard when the energy runs out.

As a new runner I am learning with every race I run.  My body is still adjusting and I can’t run an entire race, but perhaps one day I can.  I watch other runners and think to myself, “they make it look so easy.”  For me, running is made easier with my top 3 runner essentials.

Do you have a product that you just can’t run without?  Share below in the comments.

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RaceDots- Bling for your Bib

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Don’t reach for that safety pin!  Secure your race bib with RaceDots; a magnetic race number attachment system.  They stay in place so you don’t have to.  This magnetic attachment system is a revolutionary idea that is changing the running world one runner at a time.  RaceDots are made from extremely strong rare-earth magnets in a thin metal shell. The patented design allows the two magnetic pieces to nest inside one another making for an extremely strong, hard-to-break bond.  RaceDots hold fast through clothing, so you’ll never pierce or tear your favorite dri fit tee.

downloadThere is no material to thick for the magnetic power.  Plus, the RaceDots shell is nickel-plated copper, so they will never rust and leave ugly stains no matter how much you sweat.  Not to mention they are easy to use.  They go on in a snap and slide for the perfect placement.  No more bunched up race numbers.

Absolutely perfect for junior runners.  My daughter hates being pinned up.  I pricked her once and ever since she goes into panic mode when I have to pin her race bib on.  No more worries! rd1_2015-numberplacement I was amazed at the strength behind this little magnet.  The attraction is so strong they attach themselves.  They stay in place~ during the Wine and Dine One Mile Kid Race my son was knocked over by some aggressive runners and he slid through the grass.  RaceDots stayed put and he was able to get back up and continue for the finish line.   No tears or rips in his Buzz costume and most importantly no wasted time pinning the number back on.   Honestly these lil guys are a genuis design!  It has me wondering how did I ever function  without RaceDots?!

 

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My son sporting the Captain America RaceDots after finishing the One Mile in 10:34

RaceDots come in a variety of colors and designs.  We favorite the American Flags and Captain America designs.  If your team is looking for  something with a personal flare?  No problem!  RaceDots can be customized to just about any design or color.  However,the minimum for customized orders is 100 packs of 4 or 50 packs of 10.

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RaceDots is more then just a magnet it is a revolution.  Say goodbye to pricks, rips, and rusty pin stains with RaceDots!  Order yours today!  Visit RaceDots

 

Give Kids the World- Gingerbread 5K

Allison and Noah ran the Gingerbread 5K benefiting Give Kids the World today.  This is their second 5K and first time running the Gingerbread 5K.  Noah finished in 31 minutes and Allison in 36 minutes.

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it’s 5:30am!!!  On a shuttle bus to Give Kids the World to run the Gingerbread 5K.

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Just hanging out with my friend, the Chick-Fil-A cow! 
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A little nippy at the starting line, but these speedsters are ready to go!

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Crossing the finish line at 31 minutes.
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Crossing the finish line at 36 minutes.

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Luv Remy and Roughy!

Ewok Run Disney Costume

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Somewhere off in a faraway galaxy a young boy is preparing for the race of the galactic century!  Star Wars Half  Marathon weekend is an epic Run Disney event that takes place in the Walt Disney World Resort.  It is a weekend of galactic fun and fantastic runs.  Runners will feel the power of the force as they charge through Darth Vader’s turf with the Emperor’s white uniformed stormtroopers cheering them along the way. Runners are faced with the ultimate dilemma to run for the light side or  run for the dark side.

jedi_1851-1536x820As for my lil man, he has chosen  to run for the light side and will be representing the moon Endor  in the Star Wars 5K as an Ewok.  Yub Yub and Coatee-cha tu yub nub! (Ewokese for yay and celebrate the freedom!) Ewoks evolved from Wookiees and look like adorable lil bears.  Cunning lil creatures they are quick on their feet and known to be great hunters.  Personally, I love their cuteness!  It is for these reasons my son has chosen this notable character as his costume in his first Star Wars Race in April 2017.

dscn7360This was the easiest costume to put together.  My new friend, Debbie owner of DK Design Emporium helped me with the too cute Ewok ears that have literally stopped Disney cast members in their tracks.  One cast member couldn’t handle the cuteness and teared up while exclaiming, “Just stop it!”    Debbie shapes the faux fur ears and attaches them along with an orange hood to an orange baseball cap to create the Ewokian look.  The orange hood is quite light and breathable, keeping any runner cool during an extended run.  Need this hat for an adult runner?  No worries!  Debbie can make this hat in adult or child sizes.  Match the Ewok Hat with a brown runners shirt and brown runners shorts and your lil Jedi mate is easily transformed into a mighty Ewok.

The fun doesn’t stop there!  Debbie is a master designer and can make any custom look.  If you are not sure what your desired run costume should look like, you can browse her design album on Pinterest.  There you will find a variety of styles for any Run Disney event.  Here are some of my Star Wars favorites:

above: Gamorrean Guard Running Costume, Princess Leia Inspired Running CostumeGreedo Running Costume, and Tusken Raider Sand People Running Costume.

 Costumes are also perfect for Halloween, a costume party, or a fun filled day at the park!  Characters, cast members, and other Disney guests will be Ee chee wa maad (Ewokese for Wow’d) My son received so many compliments on his costume and your runner will too!  Run on over to DK Design Emporium and order your Run Disney outfit and may the force be with you!  Order processing takes up to five days.

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Chewie:  Huurh aarrragghuuhw (Wookie for how adorable!)

 

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Eyeta (Jawaese for Friend)

 

 

Whose the Leader of the Club, Made for You and Me?!

M-I-C-K-E-Y-M-O-U-S-E! Mickey Mouse! Mickey Mouse!

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Mickey Mouse is one of my favorite Classic Disney Characters.  He started it all!  So it is only fitting that we honor him in the Walt Disney Marathon Weekend Kid Races.  This year is the 20th Anniversary of the Walt Disney World® Half Marathon presented by Cigna, and our first year participating.  My sweet boy, Noah will hold his banner high as he crosses the finish line in his 2nd Run Disney Kid Race this January in the iconic Mickey Mouse costume pictured above.  Three exceptionally talented and extremely gracious Etsians helped put this very special run costume together.

The Ears:

il_570xN.829320618_pgwuStrut your stuff in the hippest pair of ears around!  The Mickey Ears ball cap was designed by Gina Roberts, the  owner and designer for Gigi’s Flower Fancy. Roberts has been selling her handmade crafts since the 80’s and can now be found on Etsy.  She has a passion for making Disney hats and other Disney paraphernalia.  Using the “ear-perfection” method, Roberts is able to create stay up ears that do not sag, wilt, or flop.  You can stuff em in a bag and the felt ears will pop back up every time.   Customize your ball cap  to your fancy by adding a bow, flower, or a monogram…get ear crazy!   Perfect for a Halloween costume, day at the park, Disney weddings, and Run Disney Outfits!   The cap is available in adult or child size and is easily adjusted for the perfect fit making them RUN PROOF!

Made in the USA for both boys and girls!

 

The Shorts:

il_570xN.937064298_lzkbThe Classic Style  Mickey shorts used for Noah’s run costume was designed by Cherylyn Morris owner of One Two Three Shop Boutique on Etsy.  Cherylyn’s love for clothing design was stirred when she was a teen in high school nearly 20 years ago when she needed a new skirt for school.  Knowing that her mother was not going to purchase a new skirt, Morris got creative and gave new life to her old one.   Today, her inspiration derives from her children as she now designs storybook clothing.  Her shop features an array of dresses and tops  inspirited by magical characters that can be worn by your child everyday.  The Mickey shorts are really to cute for words, I mean they are just perfect!  Cherylyn has replicated Mickey’s classic red shorts with two large white circles (the buttons) on the front.  They are made with a light, thin material allowing your young runner to stay cool in the heat of the race.  The elastic waist gives an extra stretch to provide a comfortable fit.

 

The Gloves:

DSCN7055This runner costume would not be complete without Mickey’s white gloves.  The gloves used in this costume were designed by Alicia of Alicia Marie Create.  The gloves are made from nylon/spandex material with the tips cut off to allow for breathability while running.  Detailed  with three black stripes representing Mickey’s three fingers as originally designed by Walt Disney.  They are perfect to complete your outfit for a Disney marathon or any costume run!  If you live in a colder state you can also find thicker “Winter” gloves in Alicia’s Etsy shop.   Gloves can be made in adult or child size and take up to a week to ship as they are made to order and customized to meet your needs.

 

This costumes is perfect for your young runner and will definitely bring home the Big Cheese at any Run Disney event!

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I am very grateful to Gina, Cherylyn, and Alicia for sharing their talent and custom designs to help put this look together.

The Best Support for Your Body on Race Day

Don’t let your body get the race day blues.  Protect your most fragile assets with the proper support.  Whether you’re training in the weight room or pounding the pavement;  a supportive bra and the right pair of compression socks are a woman’s most important piece of fitness equipment.  Wearing the proper protection can prevent tears in tissue and other aches and pains.  Lets be honest our chest is made of fat tissue that is plastered to our upper body.  Without a good sports bra to balance the weight and keep everything in sorts the damage could be extreme.  Runners can also be plagued with leg fatigue, leg swelling, and an increase in the formation of blood clots without the proper leg support of a quality compression sock.

Now lets break it down:

A sports bra should provide ample support, breathable fabric, and a comfortable fit.

logoWith Swinn Exhibits Sports Bra’s you won’t have to look any further.  The creators have searched high and low and use only the  best materials that provide the ultimate support.  Each compression style sports bra is made with:

  • 1.5″ Jacquard Elastic provides all day comfort and support while in motion
  • Moisture Wicking with micropoly fabric to help you stay dry

You will also be impressed with the different styles that they offer!

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You will feel totally rad wearing the Swinn that you will want to show the world!  You might even feel moved to wear it over your shirt as opposed to under just like these cool gals, because they are that hip!

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I borrowed the pic from the Swinn Blog.  Click on image to be redirected.

Now your thinking wow!  Who are the geniuses behind this Phat Sports Bra?!  Well, let’s just go straight to the horses mouth and get the down low!

“We are Athletes. We are Artists. We are Arthletes. We appreciate novelty over popularity. We believe accessories are everything. We love pop culture. We are adventurers. TV watchers. We are sisters. Daughters. Friends. We are creators. Non-stop thinkers. We let passion be our guide.”

To read more about these beautiful minds CLICK HERE!  Follow Swinn on Instagram!

 

homepage-logoThe right compression sock can change the way you work out and will totally blow your  mind!  You will feel an extra burst of energy as oxygen is pumped through your blood avoiding leg soreness, swelling, and fatigue.

 

The down low on compression from my friends at PODsox:

“The basic purpose of  graded compression is to improve venous return to your heart, which decreases leg fatigue and leg swelling, as well as helping to prevent blood clots (Blood clots are not as much of an issue with running, but definitely with prolonged sitting and flying.)
Quick Anatomy Lesson:
The heart is a muscular organ that pumps blood away from itself via the arteries.  Arteries have muscular walls that help the blood get where its going (your arms, legs, organs, brain etc.)  Once the blood has delivered oxygen to the tissues, it is reabsorbed and returns to the heart via the veins.  Unlike arteries, veins do NOT have muscular walls to pump the blood along its way.  Veins depend on the ‘back pressure’ from the arteries and heart to create the force to return blood to the heart.
Why this matters:
PODsox provide graded compression, which means they are tighter at the calf and looser at the ankle, providing an external ‘pump’ assist to the veins to return blood to the heart.
 For running, this means the blood gets back to the heart faster, which can decrease the sensation of fatigue. Compression socks worn during running also physically limit the muscle’s ability to swell, which allows the muscle to put more energy into linear movement, thereby increasing/improving the muscle’s efficiency.
 After a tough workout, muscle breakdown can occur.  Our body rushes nutrients (via blood) to the area, which can cause swelling.  Even fairly mild swelling can squish the veins (as well as the lymph system) and makes it difficult for the blood to get back to the heart. Wearing compression socks for recovery helps pump this swelling out, which decreases the amount and length of time soreness is present.
When we are sitting for an extended amount of time, gravity causes blood to ‘pool’ in the non-muscular veins because we are not moving sufficiently to create our own pump.  Any time blood sits still for very long, it begins to form a clot.  This creates a problem in that it blocks the healthy/moving blood from returning to the heart, as well as if the clot comes loose, it can get into the tiny vessels of the heart, lung brain etc. and cause severe problems, even death.   For reasons not entirely known to science, flying can intensify the possibility of this happening as well.  Wearing true graded compression such as PODsox helps keep blood traveling back up toward the heart, preventing the swelling, pooling and clotting.
Pretty cool stuff for a little ole pair of sox, huh?!  We think so!”
Wow, i’m impressed.  We get all that from a sock?  Yes indeed; and PODsox offers medical grade compression socks (classic podsox) along with the athletic compression socks that can be worn any day everyday!  With all the artistic styles to choose from you will want a pair for every day of the week!
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How to ensure a proper fit?
Measure the largest part of your calf. This will determine the size of PODsox most appropriate for you.  Easy Peasy! 

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