Running and Living in Vermont

Manic Monday – 11/23/15


What Was Planned vs. What Happened

Monday 11/16/15: Rest 15 Minutes Core

I didn’t make time to run, but while I was watching TV in the evening, I did some planks, bridges, clam shells, leg raises, and other core/hip strengthening exercises.

Tuesday 11/17/15: Short RunRest

I intended to go for a short run after work, either outside or on the treadmill, but my stomach had other ideas. I had really awful stomach cramps for a couple of hours, so running went out the window.

Wednesday 11/18/15: Tap classTap Class & Early Morning Spin

As I stated in my post last week, I intend to hit this 6 am spin class every week from now on. Ryan is an awesome teacher and I need exercise other than running to keep me healthy.

Thursday 11/19/15: Run club speed workoutRest

A friend of mine was desperate for a babysitter, so instead of run club, I spent the evening hanging out with an adorable 5 year old.

Friday 11/20/15: RestRest

Since this was the only night of the week I didn’t have plans, I went straight home after work, changed into PJs, made dinner, and spent the evening watching NCIS on Netflix.

Saturday 11/21/15: Run club 4 milesRun Club 5k; 5.5 miles walking

Everyone at run club was feeling tired and/or injured, so not many went the full 4 miles. Since this was my first run in just about 2 weeks, I decided to only do the 5k as well. In addition to run club, I did about 5.5 miles walking around town since Ben took the car for the day.

Sunday 11/22/15: Rest10 Minutes core

Our wedding anniversary! We slept in, went out to breakfast, did some errands, hung out at home, went out to dinner, and watched some movies together before an early bed time. But while we watched movies, I did some core and hip/glute exercises. I need to be doing them every day!

Not quite the week I had planned out, but not bad on the whole. This week may be tricky because we’re traveling for Thanksgiving, but I’m hoping to at least get in a few miles each day for the #RWRunStreak.

  • Monday: Rest
  • Tuesday: Rest
  • Wednesday: 1 Hour Spin
  • Thursday: 2 miles easy
  • Friday: 2 miles easy
  • Saturday: 2 miles easy
  • Sunday: 2 miles easy

Are you traveling this week for Turkey Day?

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Two day work week next week! Ben and I are travelling with his parents to his mom’s sister’s husband’s family farm (say that 5 times fast!) in Starrucca, PA. It will be a lot of driving, but I think it will be a lot of fun too. And of course, I never turn down a short work week. My office gives us Thanksgiving and Black Friday off anyway, so I used my last vacation day for the year to take Wednesday off as well. I was hoping to find a Turkey Trot in the area, but no dice. I’ll have to just go for a pre-Turkey run on my own.

Our one year wedding anniversary is Sunday. I truly can’t believe it’s already been a year since we said “I do.” It’s been a crazy busy year, full of lots of changes and adventures, and I’m so glad to be sharing it all with Ben.


I will be participating in the Runner’s World Holiday Run Streak. This is something that I wanted to do last year, but I hurt my foot and was out of commission for 6 weeks. It was one of my goals for 2015, and I’m actually pretty excited to get started. I’ve never attempted a streak before, but I plan to approach this in a very cautious and realistic way. I will be focusing big-time on recovery efforts like stretching and rolling, and if at any point I feel overtired or like I might be approaching injury, I will back off no problem. Being healthy and whole for the start of marathon training in January is much more important than an arbitrary running streak. But If I make sure I have lots of low mileage days in there and stay vigilant about recovery, I’m sure I’ll be ok.

Tonight will be my first night “off” this week. Every single night this week, I’ve had a commitment; Monday I had my sister over for dinner and movies, Tuesday I had a rehearsal, Wednesday was tap class, and Thursday night I had a babysitting gig. Tonight after work, I may (or may not) run, and then I will put on my PJs, pour myself a few fingers of bourbon, and park it in front of the TV with a bowl of popcorn. Ahhhh, heaven.

Did you have a busy week?

Anyone else planning to do the #RWRunStreak?

Warning: This is a long one. If you’re more interested in just the nitty gritty race details, check out my review on Don’t forget to review all your races on BibRave to help your fellow runners!

What/Where: Disney’s Wine and Dine Half Marathon in Orlando, FL

When: Saturday, November 7 at 10:00 pm

Conditions: Very hot and humid


I was staying at a host resort, so transportation was super easy. Kim and I hopped on a bus right about 7 pm, and we were at WWoS shortly after that. I checked my gEAR bag and we were joined by Kellie and Nicole. While we were waiting for the start, I finally got to meet fellow BibRave Pros Heather and Danielle, which was so much fun! I hope we get a chance to hang out more in the future.

Me, Heather, Danielle

Me, Heather, Danielle (photo courtesy of Danielle!)

Now here is where things went a little sideways. A little after 9 pm, a high wind kicked up, and it started to spit rain. Shortly after that, the announcer came over the speakers and said that due to “extreme weather conditions in the area” all 14,000 runners and spectators were being evacuated into either Champion Stadium or the HP Field House. Huh? Watching the sea of runners move from the staging area up into the WWoS complex was so surreal. The worst part about the situation is that there simply weren’t enough bathrooms to accommodate everyone. Every line for a ladies room we passed as ridiculously long, so we kept walking toward the end of a concourse, to find that two lovely ladies had commandeered a men’s room. Seriously, these ladies guarded the door and kindly but firmly informed every male who came over that this was now a ladies room. Thank you, mystery ladies!

Disney-fied urinals

Disney-fied urinals

We waited. And waited. And waited. They were playing music in the stadium and trying to keep everyone happy, but it was tough to stay excited, not knowing if or when we’d get to run. My one gripe at this point is that they kept making announcements, but didn’t turn the music off while doing so, so it was difficult to hear and understand what was going on.

Trying to stay positive while we wait

Trying to stay positive while we wait

Eventually, we were given the news that the course would be “slightly altered,” and that we should head back to the staging area. Of course, they weren’t telling us what the alterations would be, and how long the race would actually be. By the time everyone got back to the staging area and then over to the corrals, it was already 11 pm. Finally, someone in our group was able to get online and determine that the entire Animal Kingdom portion of the race was eliminated, and the course would now be just short of 7 miles. To say I was disappointed was an understatement. My first runDisney race, and my only half marathon this year, would be shortened by almost half. AND I hadn’t visited Animal Kingdom because I thought I’d get to see it as part of the race, so it was like a triple whammy of bad news.

As we waited in our corral to start, I did my best to stay psyched up. I would still get to run with Team Can-Am. I would still get to run through the Osbourne Lights. And I’d still get to go to the after-party. And I’ve gotta say, when our corral’s fireworks went off and we started running, I perked up right away.

Photo Nov 07, 11 14 15 PM

Because Kellie’s hip and ankle were really bothering her, we decided to do 4:1 run/walk intervals, and walk all the water stops. It was really hot and humid, so I was happy to be doing intervals. I’m not super familiar with the race course, so I basically just broke it up in my mind by character stops. Our first character stop was the bears from the Country Bear Jamboree.

Photo Nov 08, 7 59 11 PM

Photo courtesy of Kellie

Next up were the green army men from Toy Story. For those of you who don’t know, Danielle started an unofficial challenge that we now refer to as the Nardi Challenge. When you see the army men, it’s time to stop, drop, and push-up!

Photo courtesy of Kellie

Photo courtesy of Kellie

And of course we had to stop for Lilo and Stitch:

Photo courtesy of Kellie

Photo courtesy of Kellie

My favorite part of this course, though, was running through the Osbourne Lights in Hollywood studios. I’d heard about how awesome it was, but I was not fully prepared for how overwhelmed I would be by the magicalness of it.

I'm so overwhelmed!

I’m so overwhelmed! Photo courtesy of Nicole

Photo courtesy of Kellie

Photo courtesy of Kellie

Photo courtesy of Kellie

Photo courtesy of Kellie

From here, we ran on a really narrow path along the boardwalk from Hollywood studios into Epcot. It was super crowded and hard for our group to stay together, especially trying to do run/walk intervals, but we made it work. As we came into Epcot, Kim’s husband Ed was waiting to cheer for us, and had a Bailey’s cocktail for Kim, which she carried for the remainder of the race. It was at this point that I had my only truly negative experience: some lady apparently didn’t like the fact that I was walking, even though I had carefully signaled that I was going to stop running, and moved to the side of the course. This women physically put her hand on my waist and pushed me out of her way. I just shouted, “EXCUSE YOU!” Because what else could I do? But seriously, I would NEVER do that to someone during a race, especially not a race that was already not really a race anymore, and in Disney? Come on, lady! Get over yourself.

And then we finished. Yay! Getting into the post-race party was a bit of a cluster. The finisher’s chute is long and crowded. You get a medal, a Powerade, and a food box. There are photo ops, but the lines are stupid long, so we just went to bag check. Shout out to the bag check folks, here: I walked into the tent, and before I could even look down at my bib number to see where to go, they already had my bag ready for me. Thanks!

From there, figuring out where to go was a bit tough. It was super crowded, and the congestion was massive. They split you into men or women to go to the changing tents, which are stupid busy. And then the line that they forced us into was actually going the wrong way, so it took a really long time to get where we were going, and then the post-race beer was Mich Ultra, which is just… gross. I know it’s a free beer and it could have been worse (I guess? Is there a worse beer than Mich Ultra?), but still. And then we FINALLY made it through that line, and we STILL had to wait to get into the post-race party. PRO TIP: if you can take everything out of your gEAR check bag and either wear it or carry it, you don’t have to wait through bag inspection. Second PRO TIP: don’t wait for the line in the changing tents. Find a bathroom in Epcot and change there.

We made a beeline straight for Soarin, and changed in the bathrooms there, then went Soarin’ over California before heading off for Food and Wine. Epcot was busy, but not awfully so. We never had to wait more than a few minutes for the food we wanted, and we actually closed out the party, staying in the park until they shut it down at 4 am, which is WAAAAAY past my bedtime. I never expected to stay out that late, but I’m glad I did.

Photo Nov 08, 4 04 26 AM

So yeah, maybe this wasn’t the race experience I was expecting, but I still had a ridiculous amount of fun. I know some people were super angry or disappointed about the shortened course, but I just tried to remind myself that the race could have been canceled entirely. That happens sometimes. For me, it’s just an excuse to go back next year so I can run the whole thing :)

Have you ever had a race course shortened like this? Or canceled entirely? How did you feel?

Committing to Cross-Training

It’s no secret that cross-training is good for runners. It helps prevent injury and burnout, and can actually make you a stronger, faster runner. It’s just that it can be really hard to fit it all in, and when training for a running event, running comes first. But with marathon training on the horizon, I’ve decided that I really need to just pull the trigger and commit to at least one form of cross-training.

rev logoWith that goal in mind, I bought a 5 class pass to Rev Indoor, a cycling studio that is LITERALLY around the corner from my apartment. We’re talking less than half a mile. I’ve been there before, a couple of times. The first time was the Legally Blonde group ride, and the second time was the Bollywood themed ride. I know the owner of this studio. I know a good percentage of the instructors. It’s close by. It’s affordable. So there’s really no reason not to go. My friend Ryan teaches a 6 am class every Wednesday, so it’s my goal to go for the next 5 Wednesdays in a row. I went this morning, so that’s one down!  I’m hoping to make this once a week, early morning sweat session part of my routine going forward.

It’s my hope that by committing to this one extra workout each week, I can make it through the holidays without having gained my customary 5 or so pounds, and will be ready to start marathon training in earnest in January. I definitely want to keep going to spin class once a week as part of marathon training, but this is sort of my pre-training. I figure if I can get up at 5:30 am once a week now, I’ll be able to do it more often for training runs later. Just sort of ease into the misery of early morning wake-ups…

Are you a fan of early morning workouts?

What’s your favorite form of cross-training?

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I’m behind on blogging. Quel surpris, non? I owe you a race recap, and probably a quick trip recap as well, but this week is eating me alive. I’ll get back on track soon.

I finally got a new phone! My old phone was in dire need of replacement. The silent button was broken. The headphone jack was broken. It liked to freeze and shut down whenever it felt like it. The battery life was atrocious. So I got a new iPhone 6s in rose gold and I’m in looooove!

This was a good news week. I found out that I get to remain a Nuunbassador and a BibRave Pro through 2016. Woohoo! These are two organizations that I truly love representing, and I’m so glad to be welcomed back into the fold for another year.

I’m really enjoying being backstage for a show for once. Working on the makeup crew for White Christmas has been AWESOME so far. The time commitment is really minimal compared to what it would be if I were in the cast, but I still get to be a part of the show (not to mention the parties!) and see all of my friends. Of course, on stage is where I always want to be, but it’s nice to do something different for a change, and still be involved with a show that I wasn’t able to audition for.

White Christmas

They got my names mixed up, but whatevs…

Did you get any good or exciting news this week?

When is the last time you got a new phone?

Quick Post-Disney Check In

Hi friends! I’m back from Disney World and slowly readjusting to normal life. I’m exhausted, but I had an awesome time. Stay tuned for a race recap! Of course, unless you’ve been living under a rock, you know that the Wine and Dine Half Marathon turned into the Whine and Dine Quarter Marathon. Even though it wasn’t what we were all hoping for, it was still so much fun, and now I just have to go back to run the full course next year. #redemptionrace

This week may be a bit of a wash on the blog front. I kind of forgot that I’m on the makeup crew for Lyric Theatre’s White Christmas, so I have to be at the theatre every night this week from about 5-10 (or later), after working all day. I’ll try to get my race recap to you as soon as possible, as well as maybe a trip recap, but we’ll see. It all depends on how much sleep I get and how much free time I’ve got. I’m also way behind on reading and commenting on all of your blogs, but I’ll try to get caught up soon!

Happy Tuesday!

Disclaimer: I received an Orange Mud Transition Wrap to review as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out to review find and write race reviews!

What is the Orange Mud Transition Wrap?

Basically, it’s a towel that has three functions in one.

  • Normal towel
  • Zip up one short side to make a pocket that sits on your car seat headrest to make a perfect seat protector
  • Use the notched belt around the long side to secure it around your waist so you can change underneath it, or just wear it as a “skirt”

Check out this cheeky video Orange Mud made to demonstrate the power of the Transition Wrap:

My Experience with the Orange Mud Transition Wrap

When I learned that BibRave Pros would have the opportunity to try this product, all I could think was, “Now where was this after the Spartan Race?! And the Color Run?!” This thing would have come in SO HANDY–for changing, for drying off, for keeping car seats clean… I was so muddy after the Spartan that when I took my shoes off, it looked like I was wearing brown pants instead of capris. And then I awkwardly tried to position a beach towel on my car seat to keep it clean, whereas the Transition Wrap would have had it covered. Literally.

Photo Oct 17, 9 00 02 AMI will be 100% honest and say that I didn’t get to use the towel as much as I would have liked. I hit kind of a running slump shortly after receiving the towel, so I didn’t do any big long, dirty, sweaty runs. However, I found other ways to make it useful. After a very chilly, rainy run, it was great for drying off and staying warm on my drive home. And I also used it to protect my couch when I was too lazy to shower and change after a run before parking my butt to watch Netflix.

Ben is very happy my butt sweat is not soaking into the futon.

Ben is very happy my butt sweat is not soaking into the futon.

In addition to being a very cleverly designed piece of gear, it’s also just a very nice soft, absorbent towel. I actually wished I’d had room to take it to Disney in my carry-on, because the lines for the changing tents at Wine and Dine were ridiculous, but with this, I could have changed anywhere!

If you’d like to get your hands on an Orange Mud Transition Towel, check out the website. It comes in 14 great colors, and I anticipate it being VERY useful when Ben and I go camping this summer. If you decide you just have to have one of your very own, use code “BIBRAVE” for 15% off your order!

If you’re still on the fence, check out what the other BibRave Pros think:

Tom | Katherine | Laura M. | Samantha | Laura B. | Laurel | Brenda | John

You can also connect with Orange Mud through their various social media presences on TwitterFacebook, and Instagram

How do you handle being dirty and/or sweaty after a run?

Would you change underneath a towel? I have, and I’m sure I will do it again…

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