Starting to plan my WDW trip

I’ve registered for my races and I’ve finally decided on my hotel. Planning for my big 2014 WDW Race-cation in November is officially in full swing. And I’m really starting to get excited!!

Running the Wine & Dine Half to get my Coast to Coast in 2014 has ALWAYS been my plan. Running this race AND having an awesome vacation in Walt Disney World has ALWAYS been my plan. This has been my plan since I first started running in 2011 while training for my first half marathon (first half marathon being the 2012 Inaugural Tinker Bell Half). I was fortunate enough to go to WDW twice in my youth with my family. Now returning to WDW nearly 20 years later as an adult to run and have an awesome race-cation is a huge thing for me, especially since I’ll be earning my Coast to Coast medal as it will be my first. WDW trips and earning multiple Coast to Coast’s aren’t in my budget and those who are able to do so, I think that’s great. I’m glad that I’ll finally be able to join the ranks of the coveted Coast to Coast.

The 2014 W&D Half Marathon medal that I'll be earning. 5th Anniversary edition. It's a spinner!

The 2014 W&D Half Marathon medal that I’ll be earning. 5th Anniversary edition. It’s a spinner!

I will be able to do a day at Universal Studios as well. I can’t pass up going to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter! I GET TO DRINK BUTTERBEER AND BUY MYSELF A WAND AT OLLIVANDERS!! HELLLOOOOOOOO!! And I just read that the Hogwarts Express will be completed this Summer so I’ll be able to go from Hogsmeade and Diagon Valley via the Hogswart Express. UMM HELLO!!

WWHP at Universal Studios

WWHP at Universal Studios

So that leads me to this…what are YOUR favorite places to eat at WDW? Please give your top foods/restaurants to eat at while at Walt Disney World. I will be getting the Disney Dining Plan while on this vacation, so I’m looking for suggestions on EVERYTHING! (breakfast, lunch, dinner, snack, quick/counter service, sit down, etc.) Oh, and please don’t suggest Via Napoli as it’s already been decided that I’ll definitely be going there as I’ve had too many people tell me their food is awesome. 😉

Mickey-and-Minnie-Waffle

Back at One

It’s already the beginning of April, where does the time go? 2013 ended and 2014 began on the same note…me being sick. I had the flu prior to Christmas. And the dreaded cough didn’t hit me until after the flu was done running it’s course. The cough lingered…and lingered…and lingered. Then I started feeling out of breath. Somehow I managed to get through two 10k races (Brazen New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day races). It was a few weeks prior to Tinker Bell Half weekend and then I started freaking out as my condition was not improving. Finally contacted my doctor and it turned out that I had slight bronchitis. Well, I’ll be darned. I was prescribed inhalers and yes, I ran/walked the Tinker Bell 10k and Half with my inhaler in my water bottle carrier. It took my nearly two months to get back to normal. Needless to say, I didn’t workout much. With minimal training, I managed to complete the Inaugural Livermore Half Marathon last weekend. If I wasn’t with friends, I don’t know if I would have gotten through that race.

I have minimal races lined up this year. But the races that I will be doing are big…or should I say expensive as they are race-cation’s. This year, I will finally be earning my Coast to Coast Medal. I will be running the 5th Anniversary of the Wine & Dine Half Marathon in November. My first half marathon was the Inaugural 2012 Tinker Bell Half. When I learned about the Coast to Coast Challenge, I knew that I would someday be earning my C2C with the Wine & Dine race. There’s various reasons for me choosing Wine & Dine: W&D is the only race at Walt Disney World that interests me, the race being spaced out far from Tink helps my wallet, it would be the 5th anniversary in 2014, and it happens during the Food & Wine Festival. Making 2014 my Coast to Coast year was ALWAYS part of my plan. It was a goal that I set out to do back in 2011 when I was training for Tink. I took advantage of early registration for Annual Passholder’s and registered for both the Wine & Dine Half and the Jingle Jungle 5k at the beginning of March.

Then of course, runDisney announces the Inaugural Avengers Half Marathon weekend taking place THE WEEKEND AFTER Wine & Dine. GAH! I was so conflicted if I should register for Avengers, but being an inaugural runDisney race, I couldn’t say no. Back to back runDisney bi-coastal races was something I wouldn’t think of doing, but life is so short, so…go big or go home?! So yup, I’m registered for the 5k and Half Marathon for BOTH weekends. I’m gonna do it, y’all!

So where does this leave me now? Training. And saving money for these race-cations. But I’m back at square one. After being sick for a couple of months and trying to bounce back from some personal issues, I’m determined to get back to a healthy life- physically and mentally. I’m slowly returning to meal planning my lunches for the week and regular exercise. The last couple of weeks I’ve been walking and doing some TurboFire workouts. I’ll also be re-starting P90X3 as I stopped it around Tinker Bell. My days are long and I commute, so the 30 minute X3 workouts will be perfect.

I’m looking back to re-focusing and getting back to where I was. The speed bumps I’ve encountered are something I have dealt with and I’m determined to not let it be a major roadblock. Cheers to moving onward and upward. Or as Buzz Lightyear would say…To Infinity…and Beyond!

Hello December! And 5 Day Re-Focus on Health Free Challenge!

Hellooooo to my little neglected blog. I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving! It’s been a long time but just wanted to type up a little update since it’s been about 4 months since I last updated.

I last updated in late August. Geez! What has happened since then? Let’s make a brief list, shall we?

* Ran and completed in the Inaugural Dumbo Double Dare Challenge in Anaheim, CA in September. The Disneyland Half was Half # 7 for me.
* Took a much needed Disneyland vacay in September (Disney trip and Dumbo Challenge were during the same trip…yup, a race-cation)
* Completed Half # 8, the Rock N Roll San Jose Race in San Jose, CA in October. Let’s just say I pretty much walked that Half.
* Completed Half # 9, the 10th Anniversary of the Nike Women’s Marathon in San Francisco, CA. It was my first time running Nike and I loved it!
* Paid a visit to Grapevine, Texas (near Dallas) for an awesome weekend of personal development, workouts and awesomeness.
* Saw an advanced screening of The Best Man Holiday with the BFF. Such a great movie filled with lots of laughs and tears.
* Completed Half # 10 last weekend- the Inaugural Berkeley Half Marathon in Berkeley, CA.

Besides that fun stuff, I’ve been busy with work. I was able to attend a recent dinner event for work that launched the new Dockers Wellthread line. Wellthread is a new clothing line that focuses on sustainability both in design and process, and will be released in Spring 2014.

Thanksgiving was just a couple of days ago, but look- it’s already December and getting ready for Christmas is in full effect!

And so is cleaning up my post-Thanksgiving eating! I’m leading a free 5 day Re-focus on Health Challenge Group starting on Monday- December 2 and I’m SOOOO looking forward to it. I have 10 participants plus myself and we’ll be following the same clean eating plan, doing workouts of our choice and having daily accountability check-in’s via a private FB group. I’ve been eating poorly and have been inconsistent with exercise, so I’m happy about this challenge group giving a jump start to better habits. There will be more challenge groups that I’ll be leading in the near future, including a P90X3 challenge group starting in January.

And yes, you did hear that correctly….there will be a new P90X program released very soon…P90X3 will be here in 10 days. WHOOHOO!!

P90X3...in 10 days!

P90X3…in 10 days!

Finding that balance & SJR TRI GIVEAWAY

It’s been a long time, and my blog has been neglected. I started a new job a few months ago, and I’ve been in transition- taking everything in, and finding time to enjoy my life as best as I can. 
 
This new job has me now commuting into San Francisco. The first few weeks were tough- waking up way earlier and getting home way later that I was used to. Feeling tired and sleepy and getting used to public transportation. Needing coffee but not wanting to be dependent on caffeine. So on and so forth…
 
Since starting my new job, one thing that has been affected has been my training- my short maintenance runs and short workouts during the week. I was always good with keeping up my short runs twice a week since I was able to run around the neighborhood at my former job. But adjusting to my new schedule had left me tired and barely enough energy to get home, have a decent meal, and keep up with taking care of my apartment. 
 
How do you find a balance? From working full time, taking care of your kids/family, training/regular exercise, hobbies, etc. How do YOU find that balance? How do you manage to keep it all in check without amping up on too much caffeine, burning out from exhaustion, losing your head, and/or some combination of those all together? I tried to run immediately after work and just stay in SF but that would lead to dinner after the run, to me getting home late since the train headed back home wouldn’t be as frequent. 
 
Here I am trying to find ways to keep a balance with my 14-15 hour days and train for a bunch of half marathons coming up in the Fall…but how about those of you who are training for more? A Triathlon, perhaps? Not only do you need time to get runs in, but some swim, biking and brick workouts too! I can’t even imagine having to train for a Tri (I would consider a Duathlon, but I’m scared of open water so no Tri’s for me).
 
See Jane Run Tri / Du

See Jane Run Tri / Du

 
The kind people of See Jane Run (for whom I’m an Ambassador by the way) have graciously offered me to give away one FREE race registration to their SJR Triathlon taking place on October 5, 2013 in Pleasanton, CA! I attend their Half/5k event during the Summer and their events are always well organized and fun.
 
So, what do you have to do to enter? It’s easy! 
1. Comment below with the ways that you are able to find a balance in your busy life. 
2. Tweet or post on Facebook about this giveaway. You must link to this blog post. When posting on Twitter, please use hash tag “Cre8sSJRTri”. When posting on Facebook, please “SHARE” the blog post from the  Christine Cre8s FB page.
YOU MUST COMPLETE BOTH STEPS TO BE PROPERLY ENTERED FOR THE GIVEAWAY.
 
Deadline to enter the giveaway is Thursday- August 29, 2013 at 6:00pm Pacific. A winner will be chosen by random.org and will be contacted via email. If winner does not reply back to claim prize within 48 hours of initial contact, then a new winner will be selected.
 

Race Recap: 2013 See Jane Run 5k

One week ago today, I ran the 2013 See Jane Run 5k for the second year in a row with my good friend Lianna. We had such a great time last year that we decided we would run it every year together to kick off summer. A friend/running/tradition type thing. And besides, who wouldn’t want to run for chocolate and champagne?

 We woke up early and got ready and drove to Alameda. We found parking in the same neighborhood as last year and walked to the staging area. Unfortunately, the park bathrooms were locked, so we had to head to the porto-potty lines. I checked in my bag and then we headed to the Starting line area.
The second year that we're running See Jane Run

The second year that we’re running See Jane Run

This year SJR added waves. YAY! Lianna and I decided to start in the 12-15 minute/mile group. We were going to take it easy and have fun with the race. (Lianna was going to be participating in the Mermaid Tri the following morning, thus playing it totally smart at SJR).
Good Morning, Start Line!

Good Morning, Start Line!

The course for See Jane Run Half and 5k is flat. An advantage for the first timers. Also, I love that it’s right on the waterway in Alameda. Lianna and I were doing intervals and just enjoying the run. As we were getting closer to Shoreline Drive, I heard cowbell in the distance and sure enough, it was our friend, Francis, ringing cowbell and showing awesome support for us!
Lianna and I totally took our time with the race, running and walking, just having fun with it all. My training hasn’t been the best, and she had a Tri the following day so there wasn’t any pressure at all to PR.
We made it and crossed the Finish Line together! We picked up our cute bling and enjoyed the festivities after the race. Thank you See’s Candies and Barefoot Wines for the awesome yumminess after the race!
We did it!  2013 edition

We did it!
2013 edition

I love running into friends at races. Shortly after crossing the Finish Line, I spotted Susan and we met up shortly after and had to take a picture in our SJR Ambassador shirts!
2013-2014 See Jane Run Ambassadors

2013-2014 See Jane Run Ambassadors

Got cowbell? Nothing like race support from friends! Thanks Francis for the support!
MOAR COWBELL, please!

MOAR COWBELL, please!

 

The motivating posters that SJR has are amazing. This one is my favorite and Lianna and myself have to take a picture with it every time.

Truth

Truth

 

Another awesome See Jane Run event is in the books! Chocolate, champagne, and more fun race memories with friends to add to the vault. Thank you for a fun and beautiful morning in Alameda.

 

I Ran for Chocolate... and champagne.

I Ran for Chocolate… and champagne.

Are any of my blog readers in Boise, Idaho? Or do you know of anyone in the Boise area? See Jane Run is having their annual 5k and Half Marathon in Boise as well and registration is still available for their June 22, 2013 event. Sign up and register and you are guaranteed to have a fantastic time. SJR puts on amazing events to women athletes on all levels. You get super cute bling, chocolate and champagne (in a collectible glass champagne glass for you to keep!). Check out the SJR Boise race page here.

It’s Ambassador, Ms. Ambassador if you’re nasty.

Official See Jane Run Ambassador

Official See Jane Run Ambassador

I’m proud to announce that I was selected as a See Jane Run Ambassador! See Jane Run has been a brand that I connected with from the very start when I went from ZERO running to training for my first Half Marathon. Their Rockridge store was where I had my first gait analysis and bought my first pair of legit running shoes (Asic’s Gel-Kayano 17’s). I’m super excited that I was selected to be apart of their Ambassador program- they are such an awesome company that represents women athletes to their utmost, something that I highly respect and connect with.

See Jane Run was started here in the Bay Area, and not only do they have their annual Half Marathon and 5k races that takes place in Alameda every June, but they also have events in Boise (Idaho), Seattle (Washington) and Wichita (Kansas)! Last year, my good friend Lianna and myself ran their 5k race for the first time and it was such a fun and well-organized event that we decided it will be our “annual kick-off to summer” race to run together. I can’t wait to run it with her in a few weeks!

Lianna and myself at the 2012 SJR Bay Area Finish Line

Lianna and myself at the 2012 SJR Bay Area Finish Line

Which leads me to this…why don’t you join us?! I have a discount code to share with you all! Save 10% for the SJR Bay Area races that take place on Saturday- June 8, 2013. Use code: SJRSFAMB13 and register NOW. I mean Helloooooo? Why wouldn’t you run a race where you get champagne (in a super cute collectible champagne flute for you to KEEP, might I add) and chocolate at the Finish line!? Oh yeah…did I fail to mention that part? More details on my 2012 SJR Alameda 5k in a blog post to come in the very near future. 🙂