Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Training Like a Princess: The BEST Run Ever

So, I am in the process of training for this half marathon thing.  I am way behind since I just signed up.  But, no fear.  It will work out in the end I am sure.  I have been noticing that I have been having a mental block when it comes to running.  My body can handle the run (now I am not anywhere near the 13 mile range as far as body goes) but, I could totally do 3 miles no trouble.  What the heck, I probably could power through to 5.  But my brain is more powerful than my lungs and legs.  And my brain tells the rest of my body to stop.  And so I do.  My brain is entirely too bossy.  
I run with a team at my elementary school called girls on the run and I have found that running with the girls keeps me motivated but, since time is lacking we are only getting in about 2 miles per session.  So, I started thinking today and I decided to put some Disney World music on my running playlist.  In fact, I just flicked my finger down the albums until it landed in the "f's" and I clicked the album Four Parks One World.  This is an album near to my park heart and it provided the perfect inspiration for a LOVELY run.  I mean seriously delightful. I happened to be listening to the second disc which features music from Epcot and Hollywood Studios.  The combination of the soothing sounds of World Showcase and the crisp autumn air of Irmo in the October provided me with the ideal situation for an amazing run!  
I thought today I would share this strategy with you.  I visualized myself running care free through Epcot.  As the sounds of the France Pavilion sailed through my ear buds I stopped worrying about how fast I was going.  I let go of lap counts.  I ran and it was fun.  Maybe this will work for you.  If you are training for the Princess half then you should check out this album.  It is the perfect inspiration!
Cheers and happy training!

Monday, October 24, 2011

Make-up Magic....Vile Villains!

Halloween is coming! What better time to have a bit of candy...or better yet...Kandee Johnson!  I hope you enjoy these vile villains and maybe you'll let your evil side out this Halloween!  Maybe you'll just be a princess still...like me! 

Maleficent, Cruella De Vil, and the Queen of Hearts from Disney and Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland
oh and  all treats are by by Kandee Johnson  LOVE her!  Check her out!

Thursday, October 6, 2011

What in the World am I Thinking?

Have you ever had one of those moments where you do something and then think...

Well, that may have happened to me.
Okay it did.
Like a thousand times already.

For some reason, my sister and I have signed up to do the Princess Half Marathon at Disney World at the end of February.  13.1 miles.  Seriously Ashley, what were you thinking.  But today I am throwing out those negative view points.  Today, I am talking positive.  So, let's think this out.  It isn't all bad.  The half goes through Disney World, there will be characters, photos, and a fashionable but running ready princess costume.  And the best part of all... a meet up with the Diva (from Tips from the Disney Diva) and some of the peeps from Chip and Co. !  And I am a runner.  I can train.  I can do it! All I care about is finishing the race.  I seriously can do it!
As of today, I am throwing away all the trash talk and negative energy.  I am going to be positive.  Even when the training gets tough...that's when I'll get going!  So how can you help me?  Are you running in the Princess half?  What are you doing to train?  Are you going to dress up for the run?  Are you doing the meet up with TftDD or Chip and Co.?  Are you pumped?  Keep me updated in the comment section below.  I am going to start blogging about my training, my progress, and my excitement for my upcoming visit to DW.  I think it will keep me accountable and maybe it will entertain you.  Send me all the pixie dust possible!  On your mark, get set....