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Packing for a Disney Race

This past weekend, I ran my first run Disney event and first marathon. Here is a list of things I brought with me. I know when I was preparing to run this race, I read a lot of blogs and asked lots of questions on social media. Hopefully this will be helpful. I also wrote another post of some tips and things I learned. You can click, HERE to read it. I would strongly encourage you to carry on your running shoes and anything that you don’t want to have to try and replace while you’re there in case the airline loses your luggage. I didn’t check anything in, but I was only there from Friday night to Monday morning.

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I’ll just keep this simple, if you have any questions feel free to leave a comment. Some of these are no-brainers, but it was nice to have a list when I was packing.. This is what I packed:

  • Signed race waiver (if you forget you can print it off at expo)
  • CamelBak or running belt
  • Race fuel (candy corn)
  • Running shoes
  • Socks
  • Flip flops or shoes for post race recovery – I like Oofos
  • Throw away poncho (in case it rains on race morning)
  • Small blanket (in case it’s cold on race day) – I loved having it after I ran, I tend to get cold and this was nice to wear on my way back to the resort
  • Throw away clothes for pre race in case it’s cold or a blanket is fine
  • Biofreeze (I forgot mine, but luckily there was plenty on the course)
  • Chapstick
  • Face wipes (they were amazing to use after the race)
  • Sunblock
  • Sunglasses or hat
  • Epsom salts (perfect for a bath after the race)
  • Body Glide or Vaseline (I bought Body Glide at the expo and there are medical stops on the course that had Vaseline when I ran)
  • Socks
  • Underwear
  • Sports bra
  • Running costume accessories
  • Running shorts & capris (be prepared for any kind of weather)
  • Pajamas
  • Swim suit (in case you want to swim at the resort)
  • Park shoes (I wore my Oofos again)
  • Safety pins (in case there aren’t any when you get your bib and shirt)
  • Toiletries
  • Tylenol before the race and during if needed
  • Ibuprofen after the race if needed

I hope this was helpful! Good luck! 😀

Bags at the airport ready for the race!

Bags at the airport ready for the race!


Run Disney Race Tips

My bib signed by Jeff Galloway during the Health and Fitness Expo.

My bib signed by Jeff Galloway during the Health and Fitness Expo.

This past weekend, I ran the Walt Disney World Marathon. It was my first marathon and first run Disney race. I cannot begin to describe how I feel about this past weekend. If I had to put my feelings into one word it would be… incredible. °o° I accomplished a huge goal of running a marathon. A goal that I have had ever since I started running when I was first at BYU in fall of 2008. It’s been a long journey since I have begun running. I was supposed to run this race in 2015, but I had to defer to this year. At the end of 2013 I was having knee issues. It wasn’t until it got worse in February 2014 that I finally made an appointment and saw a doctor. I started Physical Therapy in Corpus Christi, but once I finished the allotted appointments from our insurance. After a few months I didn’t feel they helped at all. So I saw the doctor again and was told to get an MRI. I got the MRI and then a new physical therapist for more therapy, which helped a lot more. Anyways, I started training for the marathon around October of 2015. I definitely needed more time in order to get a better time, but I finished the marathon and I’d do it again in a heartbeat!

Disney puts on a great race! I’ve ran a few races and this one was by far the most packed, but the most organized. The only thing you need to worry about is carb loading the day before, waking up on time, and getting your clothes on. Everything else is a walk in the park. 😀 About a month before the race, Disney will send you an event guide. I recommend you read it and get familiar with expo, bus, and race times, etc so you can plan your run-cation accordingly.

Another is getting a run in with your costume, if you plan on wearing one. So you can make adjustments necessary so you’re more comfortable. I’d also recommend having a CamelBak or fuel belt. You’ll want your phone and definitely fuel. I know Disney provides you with fuel on the course, but if that’s not what you’ve been training with, I would not introduce it to your body while running. I use a CamelBak, I can’t wear running belts.

After getting my costume ready, I was in bed the night before pretty early. I was actually interrupted from a flying tablet hitting my lip causing me to wake up with a bloody lip, but I survived. Haha. I was up around 0230, so I could get on the bus around 0300 to get to Epcot. I wanted to get to my corral a bit early so I could be in front so I didn’t have to be crowded and try to weave too much. That was wishful thinking, I did get in the front, but I started catching up to the other corrals and some spots on the course are very narrow. I weaved a lot, but still enjoyed it.

Laying out my costume the night before.

Laying out my costume the night before.

They had plenty of water/Powerade stops and a quite a few medial tent stops with Biofreeze. I slathered that stuff on my quads a couple of times during the race. The medical stops also had Tylenol, but they only let you have one dose and they write down your race bib so you cannot get more. They also had bananas during mile 11.4 and 18.3. Then at mile 15.4 and  19.4 they had Clif bar products. My favorite was at mile 17.1 when we got nice cold wet sponges. Those really felt amazing on my face. The last goody stop was at mile 22.5, where they had Dove chocolates. I picked a couple up and gave to Travis, my husband, at the end of the race. I didn’t stop and eat any bananas or Clif bar shots, I brought my own fuel in my CamelBak. I only stopped for Powerade. I’m glad I brought my CamelBak with water. That gave me more time to stop with characters since I didn’t need to stop for water. In my CamelBak, I had my phone, chapstick, body glide, and fuel. Very handy during the race!

At the end of the race, you’re going to want to take your running shoes off – at least I wanted to. So I had my husband put some things in his backpack. Since he had a backpack, I didn’t need to do any gear check before the race, which was nice. He had Cetaphil face wipes, Oofos flip flops, small blanket, and my compression socks. It felt good to wipe my legs and face after the race and put on my Oofos. Those things are amazing! They definitely deserve all the hype. I have plantar fasciitis and those make my feet feel great. After I wiped my face and took most of my costume off, we headed to the bus to get back to our resort where I took an epsom salt bath, drank some Powerade, and ate some of the snacks from the run Disney snack box we were handed at the finish line.


Snack box runners received after getting their medals. The cheese with the tortilla chips tasted amazing! I ate these while soaking in the tub with my epsom salts 😉

I’ll do another post of things I packed that might be helpful. If you have any questions or other tips, feel free to leave a comment! Thanks for reading.

My anchor holding me up so I can show off my medal in front of my Castle. <3

My anchor holding me up so I can show off my medal in front of my Castle. ❤

Just Finish It

This will be my third post dealing with lifestyle and fitness. This blog post title also happens to be my Twitter handle. Now, I really like the Nike slogan – Just Do It, but how often do we actually start something and never finish? This happens with many things like crafts, organization projects, eating goals, workouts, etc. I know I am not alone in this. I have always been the type of person to finish what I start. I seldom, if ever, quit. It’s just not in my nature.

When thinking of fitness and being healthy you really just have to do it – as the Nike slogan suggests. You’ll always be making changes to what you eat and how you workout. This time last year,  I wasn’t doing the workouts I am now and I definitely wasn’t eating all the foods either. Last year, I was more concerned with calories in vs. calories out and not what those calories contained (ie. a 7″ banana has 105 calories verses a Fiber One Brownie has 90 calories). If it were me last year, I would have eaten the Fiber One Brownie because it had, technically, less calories and tasted good. Now, I would most definitely go for the banana because my body needs those nutrient-dense unprocessed foods. My body works better because I fuel it better. It’s like a car, you need oil and you won’t put in nasty oil either.

So with exercise, you need to just finish the workout. There are plenty of YouTube workout videos out there to satisfy your needs and desires. There are 5-minute ones and even ones for those who are just starting to workout. There are definitely more advanced out there too. The thing that you need to do though is… Finish it. Don’t give up. First, be like Nike and JUST DO IT. Then be like me and JUST FINISH IT.

Benefits of REGULAR exercise: (3-6 times a week)

  • Boosts energy
  • Reverses the detrimental effects of stress
  • Lifts depression
  • Happier
  • Builds self-esteem and improves body image
  • Reduces risk of dying prematurely from heart disease and others from lack of exercise
  • Aides in reducing blood pressure
  • Helps control weight
  • Build muscles to help you move better
  • Helps build and maintain healthy bones, muscles, and joints
  • Prevent cognitive decline and sharpen brain memory
  • Helps control addiction
  • Inspire others
  • Wards off viruses and other sicknesses
  • Detoxifies body
  • Reduces body fat
  • Boosts decision making skills

23 Things To Do Before You’re Dead

Recently, a friend of mine posted another blog post on Facebook about this lady refuting another woman’s “23 things to do instead of getting engaged at 23” list. I read both blogs and have to say, I prefer the refuting post. The “close-minded” girl claims she wrote her piece in satire. Anyways, I’m just going to write my own 23 things to do with my husband or to do alone because marriage does not mean we are attached at the hip 24/7. Here is my list of 23 things to do and keep improving before you’re 23, even before you’re 1,349,384,304 years old….

1. Forgive and forget – love your family and treat them as Christ would.

2. Learn to write and read.

3. Learn to work with  your hands like; sew, crochet, paint, etc. Learn some skill that’s useful in case of hard times.

4. Start learning to keep a journal/blog or some form of record keeping to prove you lived.

5. Learn to love water and drink plenty of it!

6. Love your body and work to make it better – do sports, practice yoga, lift weights, run daily, etc. BE HEALTHY!

7. Get a passport and travel, if your expenses allow it. If not, SAVE.

8. Keep a budget and only buy things you can afford – stay out of debt.

9. Find your best friend and marry them! This world is so much better when they’re apart of it.

10. Stay true to yourself and to your values. Don’t waiver for anyone.

11. Start your own bucket list/ before I die list and try to complete a few a year and add on more.

12. Learn to keep your home clean/ organize.

13. Be spontaneous – eat that whole pie if you want.

14. Spend holidays with loved ones.

15. Fail. Learn from it.

16. Don’t put others down.

17. Be an example.

18. Go to church.

19. Sing in the car.

20. Have lots of sex with your spouse!

21. Get up and bake in the middle of the night.

22. Maintain your body and keep it clean – Don’t do drugs or anything that would harm your beautiful mind and body.

23. Make your own 23 things list and try to live by it.

I know… It’s a pretty vague list, but I think doing these and trying to do them will make you a better person. I’m all for improving myself and trying to improve others.

Finding Motivation

A long with my last blog post… When I tell people today, that I used to be fat in high school, they look at me like I am crazy. It’s true. I was. I sometimes I still see the same person in the mirror. I’ve lived with that person for like 6 years. It’s hard for her to leave when I look in the mirror. To continue on with my previous posts about my lifestyle changes, I’ll now be writing about how I first started to lose weight.

Usually they say that students who go to college gain 15 pounds (freshman 15). I was neither a freshman, nor did I have the room to carry more weight on me. Haha. When I lived in Provo, UT, I was south of campus. I had a lot of walking to do. From this experience, I truly believe in walking and the good it can do for you. I would walk to and from campus a couple times a day. And I was a pretty busy college girl. I had a goal of finishing in two years, so I took full loads of classes. Anyways, on my way to one of my classes every other morning, I had to walk up these huge steps! I had a roommate that I would walk with and she was skinny and in shape. This gave me motivation to keep up with her and just tackle the steps. After a month of two of college, I noticed my pants were fitting a little looser. When I went home for Thanksgiving (2008), people even noticed I had lost some weight.

People noticing actually gave me more motivation on my journey to becoming more healthy. When I got back to school, I decided my major would be in Public Health. I decided that would be my major because it was one of the only majors that I had a lot of prerequisites done for and I would be able to finish by 2010. I just wanted to get my BS degree, but I am very glad I majored in it. It motivated me even more to become healthy since I’d feel like a hypocrite if I didn’t practice what I believed. I didn’t even realize that I was becoming motivated, but around spring time the following year. I had been walking a lot around campus and drinking more water. That is really how it all started.

I also have another roommate, who loved to cycle and run. One day, when all my roomies were gone, I decided to lace up my gym shoes and try it out. OH. MY. GOSH. I didn’t last long at all! But I did it. I ran from my apartment to the train tracks, which was about 10 minutes. That was my goal – to run to the tracks. I don’t even think it was even a mile. Then I walked back. I was an athlete in high school, I played volleyball and softball, but this was a whole different type of workout. I was so sore the next day too. But I kept doing it.

Eventually I started looking at calories and what I should be eating. It was the simple things, like looking at saturated and trans fats. Also looking at volume in regards to calories. I like staying full. This was now my second semester in college. I went home for the summer and I was about a size 8. I used to be a 14! I started running more and taking time to do so in the morning. I was running about 15-30 minutes. Not much, but then when I went back to school, I started running 3 miles daily with 5 miles on the weekend.

Basically, I didn’t even know I started loosing weight during my first semester. Then during my second semester, I decided to lace up my shoes, run, and carry water with me everywhere. Then during my first summer off, I started running a little more. It started slow with me, but the weight came off fast. Just these little lifestyle changes really made the difference.