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As a winter storm, which the news is dubbing as "bombogenesis" or "bomb cyclone" moves across the East coast, the nearly 100,000 runners who have traveled to Florida for the marathon will need to be prepared for the colder than usual weather. I know, I know, for those of you from up north, Chicago or Canada, the fact that us southerners are belly aching over over weather in the 40s is laughable, but for those of us who only run and train in the heat, it can be an adjustment.
The weather forecast currently predicts a low of 36 on Friday, 43 on Saturday and 53 on Sunday. Given that you will be starting your morning at 3am, that makes for a pretty cold start.
The last year I ran the Walt Disney World marathon a heat wave came through and we were running in upper 80 degree temperatures by noon. What a difference this year!
When I ran the Charlotte Marathon in November, it was unseasonably cold and I had a really rough time because I wasn’t prepared. So, I want to share a few tips with you to make your cold marathon a positive one.
Top ten cold weather running tips
Do you have any cold weather running tips? I’d love to hear from you!
The Walt Disney World Marathon weekend is here! For many of you, it may be your first time running a race of this distance, for others, this will be an old hat, but no matter if this is your first race or 100th, you should be extremely proud of your achievement. (And check out the medal!)
At this point, you’ve done all the hard work. You’ve gotten up early on the weekends to run your long runs, you’ve sacrificed time, money and your sanity to train and you’ve bought all your gear wear on race day.
You may be pulling up to your Walt Disney World resort now, checking into your room, and wondering “what the hell did I get myself into?” Don’t worry, that’s totally normal.
I’ll help calm your nerves by giving you some last minute tips.
Good luck to all the runners this weekend! Let me know how it goes!
Check out the Fab, Fit, Fun Winter Box Review! I pay for this box personally and it is not provided free from Fab, Fit, Fun. I do have an affiliate link in this post in which I may receive a small commission. You can purchase the Fab, Fit, Fun Box and use the discount code TENOFF to get $10 off your first box! The cost is $49.99 each season, but you can get it for only $39.00 by using my code and link above! Now, let’s get into the Winter box.
Check out the haul from this season’s box!
A few things in this box were super cool.
I upgraded my subscription recently so I could choose my colors and customize the items I receive. After several brown scarves and disappointing alternate choices, I decided that the upgraded account was the way to go.
So the first item I pulled out of the box was the Ayesha Curry ceramic mug, which is worth $16. As a VIP member, I was not given the option to choose my color ahead of time, but my daughter loves aqua, so I’m cool with the color. However, the last thing I need is another coffee mug. Like seriously. I just bought like four from Walt Disney World last month (they have NEW We Are Here mugs at Starbucks). It is pretty though.
The second item was a pair of cozy socks by Ponte Studio. These aloe infused socks are worth $19 and I LOVE them. I really love cabin socks. They are so cozy on a cold day. And these are infused with aloe to soften your feet. But I would not pay $19 for them. My daughter actually stole them from me…hmmm…where are they? I’m going to go look for these when I’m done with this blog post!
My favorite item was the pink FabFitFun TV Fitness Ball with Jillian Michaels videos. The value is $16 and I would pay that for this ball. First of all, I LOVE the color. Secondly, I can use this ball for pilates or a variety of toning and ab moves. I used it the first day and tried to follow along with the Jillian Michaels video. The workout was a bit slow, so I ended up doing my own thing, but love the ball. My daughter loves it too and we had a blast tossing it back and forth.
The next item was an anti-wrinkle and energizing eye mask, made by Grace & Stella. This box came with 12! What a great deal! I always love a good beauty product, especially one that promises to get rid of wrinkles.
I was SO excited to get the BB Dakota poncho (retail value $70), but I’m actually disappointed. I DID pick my color ahead of time, but somehow I didn’t realize it would be this brown. I saw the color online and thought I’d love the “red” for Christmas, but this doesn’t look red at all in person. It’s more of a rust color. I totally should have picked black and grey! 🙁
My daughter chose this choker by nine lives ahead of time (value $58) because at the age of 11, she has informed me that both chokers and rose gold are in style. I’m not a fan of chokers, so this one is all her, although I’m not sure why an 11-year old needs a $58 necklace. I’ve bought her cheap ones from Claries and she either breaks them within 24 hours or loses them.
I like the Ahava mineral hand cream. I always love a good hand cream in the winter because my skin is so dry. Ahava is a great brand and I’ve always liked their products.
The Kate Somerville ExfoliKate is amazeballs! I LOVE Kate Somerville products and her exfoliator is the best! I fell in love with this product a few years ago. It really does wonders.
I also received the deep sleep pillow spray by This Works. I can’t wait to use this because I really love things that smell good while I’m sleeping. I use an oil diffuser every night and the soothing scents help me drift off to sleep.
The last item was Doucce Cosmetics Face Palette. The value is $70. I haven’t heard of this brand before, but I’ll give it a try.
Did you receive the Winter Box for Fab, Fit, Fun? What did you think? I’d love to hear from you!
Welcome to the 2,018 miles in 2018 challenge! To help get you started I created a January2018RunTrainingPlan. You can use this guide to track both your planned and actual miles. In the month of January we are focusing on building our base, while staying on track for the total number of miles we will need per week to meet our goal.
In order for us to reach 2,018 miles by the end of 2018 we need to run an average of 38.8 miles a week. If we run six days a week (I highly recommend taking at least one rest day a week), we need to average running 6.5 miles a day.
The way I built the plan for January was to alternate longer runs with shorter runs and have a long run every Saturday. This plan has Sunday as a rest day, but feel free to take whatever day works best for you. Personally, I like to have one day on the weekend that I can sleep in.
I am cheering on all of you that are running the Walt Disney World Marathon on January 7! I ran the Dopey Challenge in 2014, Goofy Challenge in 2013 and the Walt Disney World Marathon in 2011. I’m so sad that I’m missing out on the Walt Disney World Marathon this year, but I am attending my first residency for the Master of Fine Arts (MFA) program at Queens University of Charlotte this January, so I couldn’t justify doing both in the same month.
Running 2,018 miles will definitely be a challenge, so I am going to build race recommendations into the plan to keep up our motivation. Of course, don’t forget that the Disney Princess Half Marathon is on February 25 (I’ll be there!) and the Star Wars Half Marathon is on April 22. If you want to really take your running to new levels this year, sign up for the Disneyland Paris Half Marathon on September 23. I ran this race in 2016 and it was AMAZING!
I’d love to hear from you. Let me know if this plan works for you or if you’d like to see any tweaks! I am looking forward to taking this journey with you!
Want to join me for the 2,018 -mile/$2,018 dollar challenge in 2018?
Step-by-step we will reach 2,018 miles from January 1 to December 31, 2018 and save $2,018 in the process. The concept is simple, we track our mileage and aim for 2,018 miles over the course of 365 days and deposit $1.00 for every mile we run into a jar or savings account.
While the concept is simple, the challenge is not. We will need the support of each other to stay motivated throughout the year and have accountability to get us out the door on the cold and rainy and hot and muggy mornings.
Want to join me?
It’s completely free. And I will provide you with the tools and support you need along the way. Joining is easy, simply:
1. Sign up on rundisneymom.com and “like” rundisneymom on Facebook
2. Use the password you receive when you sign up to download your free 2,018 mile annual planner and tracker for free
3. Post your monthly mileage total on the rundisneymom Facebook page by the 5th of every month
This isn’t a competition and there is no winner, the tracking is simply for accountability. Follow along on the One Mother Runner Facebook page for motivation, tips and support.
At the end of the challenge there will be an option to purchase a 2,018-mile challenge medal.
Why should you do it?
To prove that you can
To stay motivated throughout the year
Tips and training advice
Structured process and tool to log miles
Help you obtain your fitness goals
Join a community of other runners
Share your experiences, woes and joys of running with others
Make new friends
$2,018 extra bucks by the end of the year!
Because no matter how fast you are, you WILL be a winner!
Because YOU can do it!
I haven’t blogged since 2016 when my world was turned upside down when my mom, dad and grandmother died unexpectedly within a 10-day period.
I was crushed…devastated…depressed. Words cannot describe the level of despair I felt. I spent all of 2016 in a cloud. I stopped enjoying all of the things I once loved. Why blog when my mom was the only one who read my posts? Why run if I may die young like my parents (my mom was only 59). What was the point? There were days I couldn’t get out of bed. I gained ~20 lbs.
In 2017, I slowly rose from the fog. As each day passed, I could see a little clearer. I got back on the road, and slowly, started running again. I signed up for the Chicago Marathon, ran a half marathon a month.
Then my son had spinal fusion surgery in May to correct his congenital scoliosis. It’s a long story, that I will share one day, but bottom line is that I thought I was going to lose him and he had a few unexpected complications. I was brought to my knees once again and I realized I had post traumatic stress disorder from losing my mom, dad and grandmother all within two weeks.
It was a huge set-back in my grieving process, but through continuing to run and train for the Chicago Marathon, I got my joy back. I lost 40 lbs. and regained my confidence.
2016 may have brought me to my knees, but I’m back, stronger than ever.
I plan to run 2018 miles in 2018. I will run the Disney Princess Half Marathon in February, run through Italy in May run, train for the Chicago Marathon and run the Disney Wine and Dine Half Marathon in November.
I am currently pursuing my second Masters degree; an MFA in Creative Writing at Queens University of Charlotte. And I plan to publish my book in 2018.
I plan to blog on Run Disney Mom again and share my experience in overcoming grief through running. I hope you join me in my journey.
2018 is going to be an amazing year and I can’t wait to share it with you all.
Oh. My. Gosh! The Fall Fab, Fit, Fun box is my absolutely favorite I’ve ever received!! The box this month was chock-full of surprises and had clothing, accessories, fitness supplies and makeup that I will definitely use!
Let me preface this post by saying, I do NOT receive any monetization from this post. I am not paid or sponsored by Fab, Fit, Fun or any of the products in this box. I do not have any affiliate links in this post. This is just my open, honest review.
With that out of the way, let’s get started, you can check out the video unveiling and read about each of the products.
So, first let me tell you that this month was the first time I subscribed to the annual subscription option. I had been doing the quarter-by-quarter for over a year, which not only costs more, but you don’t get to pick your colors. I was getting frustrated because every quarter I was receiving colors that I didn’t like. Like, my beach bag (orange) and scarf last month (brown and orange). I finally bit the bullet and bought the annual, which allowed me to pick some of my items and the colors.
THIS is the way to go.
My FAVORITE item in the box is the Mer Sea Travel Wrap M. This wrap is super soft, long and cozy! This would be great while sitting in a stadium watching football, cuddling on the couch or braving the wind while walking to work. I was able to choose between teal, blush and gray. I love gray, especially in the fall and winter, so I chose this color.
The Mer Sea Cozy Wrap retails for $98
In the package, it looks pretty small, but when I put it on it was nice and long.
The item I was most excited for was the gym bag gym bag! Look at this beauty! Subscribers had the choice of “gym & juice”, “meet me at the barre”, or “will workout for cupcakes”. Of course, as a huge Snoop Dogg fan, I had to chose “gym & juice”. I already switched gym bags this week because I was so excited to give this baby a whirl. I love the long straps, it could be a bit larger though. I had trouble fitting all my stuff in (I could be an overpacker though). https://shopprivateparty.com/collections/fitness
Gym Bag retails for $69
Next up, the Trestique Matte Color & Shiny Lip Balm . This went on smoothly and the color is great. I was so glad I got to pick my color before it arrived. I chose Tuscan Wine and it looks great with my skin tone. This cute little lipstick is deceiving because the crayon is actually under the cap that looks like the crayon! Under the cap is the lip balm.
I was able to choose between a belt or The Jet Set Diaries Beanie before my box arrived. I let my daughter choose, and I thought she was going to choose the belt, but instead, she wanted the beanie. We got it and it really didn’t look good on either of us, but my son loves it! It looks really good on him.
The Jet Set Diaries Beanie – Retails for $49
The Carbon + Coconut Teeth Whitening Powder and Toothbrush are so cool! This baby retails for $43.95 and I would pay every penny. I used this before going out on Saturday night and my teeth were sparkling white.
I’m loving this Deco Miami cuticle oil! It retails for $12.50 and is vegan and cruelty-free. I used this and could immediately feel a difference. I have terrible, raggedy cuticles, so I really was excited to get this product.
Another product I used right away, the Whish Renewing Mud Mask. I’m so, totally serious when I say that I could see an immediate difference in my skin. I used this on Sunday morning before we had family pics made and my skin was luminous! I’m definitely buying this product when I run out.
Renewing Mud Mask – Retails for $48
This hot/cold pack can serve as an ice pack for pulled muscles or hot therapy for cramps. This will come in handy for me because I’m training for the Chicago Marathon! I have it in the freezer now, but can easily throw it in the microwave for hot theapy.
The Coxet Wire Ceramic Jewelry holder is just meh for me. I don’t wear a lot of jewelry and for the jewelry I wear, I pretty much just keep it on all the time. This may be a good Christmas gift for someone who appreciates jewelry more than me.
So, I want to hear from you! Did you receive the Fall Fab, Fit, Fun box? What did you think? This was my favorite box yet!!! It was chock-full of goodies that I’m definitely going to use (and have already started). I’d love to hear what you think! Let me know in the comments.
**I pay for the Fab, Fit, Fun box myself and I do not receive them for free in exchange for reviews, however there are affiliate links in this post.
Now, let’s get into the review! I LOVE getting surprises in the mail and there is no better surprise than the Fab, Fit, Fun seasonal boxes.
The summer box is chock-full of goodies that I’ve actually used. I received this box back in July, and I have to say, when I originally opened the box, I wasn’t that impressed, but I’ve used almost everything in this box and unexpectedly, LOVED it! Check out the vid and review(s).
OK, so the Michael Stars Scarf/Sarong…originally HATED the color (orange and brown) and thought I wouldn’t wear it. BUT, I actually ended up wearing this multiple times already. I wore it to Disney’s The Little Mermaid play at Blumenthal that Emily and I went to together, I wore it to a professional development conference, I wore it at the beach and I bring it with me on the days that start cool and end hot. I love it. It’s lightweight and it can wrap around to be a scarf, sarong or light shawl.
The Cargo HD Bronzer…was super skeptical, but it is probably one of the best highlighters/bronzers I’ve used. It gives a great color without being overwhelming. The color works great…not too dark, not too light. I actually dropped it, so now it’s broken up in a million pieces, but it still works great.
The Kris Nations necklace…LOVE! I’m now wearing it everyday. I do NOT normally like jewelry, so I’m really suprised at how much I love this. I think I love it so much because it works great for work and for fun. It isn’t too bulky, so it doesn’t get in the way when I run.
I have not used the MyBKR glass water bottle. Is it just me, or are the glass water bottles a bad idea? I mean, I can’t use it while running, I’m too nervous to bring it to the gym, you can’t have glass containers at the pool…I mean, where am I supposed to use this? It’s too big for my cupholder in the car. My daugher used it for a bit, but then stopped because it wasn’t conveinent.
I used the Avene sunscreen, and what I love about it, is that it goes on smoothly. It went on like a nice lightweight lotion and absorbed quickly. So, at first I was like, I LOVE this! But then, I was at the pool and it began melting into my eyes, and it stung so bad I had to leave the pool, go back to the hotel room and wash my entire face. I tried just blotting my face and eyes with the towel, but it wouldn’t stop the sting. That’s my main problem with sunscreen for the face. I know it’s needed, but can’t they make one that doesn’t drip into the eyes and sting?
Here is a pic of me wearing the sunscreen at the beach. I’m happy b/c this is before it dripped in my eyes (LOL).
I have not used the eyecream or dry shampoo yet (although ironically the dry shampoo is what I would use the most). I used my Amy Tangerine Art Canvas that day! I love painting and so do my kiddos, so we had a blast with this. Here is a pic of Stitch I painted using the canvas.
LOVE this box…And…it motivated me to upgrade my subscription to annual so I could pick my own colors. I mean what is the point of getting the awesome stuff, but then hating the colors? I was hesitant becauase I DO like being surprised. But, in the end, I’d much rather be able to pick what I want.
Do you subscribe to Fab, Fit, Fun? Do you like it? Which has been your favorite box?
The Fab, Fit, Fun Summer box is chock-full of goodies for runners. You can subscribe to this box for $49.99. It’s delivered four times a year, so you will get summer, fall, winter and spring boxes. Each box is worth ~$200 and comes with full-sized products. I’ve noticed that each season there is usually a product in the following categories: fitness, fashion, beauty, jewelry and a fun activity.
I do NOT receive this box for free nor do I receive any benefits from Fab, Fit, Fun for conducting reviews. I pay out of pocket and give you my REAL, HONEST opinion about the products.
First off, I love the design of the summer box. The designer is Libby Vader Ploeg.
My favorite item in the box is the BKR glass water bottle, which my daughter quickly confiscated. I got blue, but the bottle also came in pink (which I wish I got). If you are an annual subscriber you can choose your colors. I may switch my membership because I never like the colors they send me. This retails for $35, but I would never spend $35 for a water bottle!
The Juice Beauty Eye Concentrate looks great. I always am looking for a good eye cream. I’m excited to give this a try. This retails for $29.
The Ultra-Light Hydrating Sunscreen Lotion SPF 50+ is for the face, so I’m excited to try this on my runs. I hope that it doesn’t melt into my eyes. This retails for $24.
The Cargo HD Picture Perfect Highlighter retails for $40. I typically use Benefit bronzer and highlighter, so I’m interested to try this brand.
I use dry shampoo frequently, especially after working out on my lunch break. The Klorane Dry Shampoo retails for $20.
Apparently annual subscribers were able to choose between an art, chef or travel surprise. I received the art surprise, which was an Amy Tangerine canvas, paint and stencil kit. I love painting and art, but…I could get this canvas for a couple of bucks at Michaels and I think my kids have better quality paints in their art kit. A bit disappointing…
I really love the Kris Nations Mystic Bar necklace. I received the white howlite version with a silver chain (thank goodness, I do not like gold chains). I put this on right away because I love it. The gems promote calmness and harmony, which I can really use! Value is $58.
The last item is a Michael Stars Ruana. I really don’t like the colors. I mean…brown..peach…blerg. There are also black and white and blue and white versions, which I sooo wish I got! This is good for light packing, which will be helpful for our trip to Italy. You can wear this as a skirt, wrap or scarf. Value is $54.
The last item is Vital Proteins Collagen. Value is $2.50. Not really sure how to use this!
Overall I give this box a C. If I could choose my colors, I would probably give it a higher rating. I also think they are way overstating the retail value for these items. I would never pay $35 for a water bottle or $54 for a scarf.
Do you subscribe to Fab, Fit, Fun? What did you think of this month’s box? I’d love to hear from you!
I fractured my shin while running the Chicago Marathon in October. I went to the orthopedic doctor and was told that it was a stress fracture incurred from overuse. The solution: wear a boot for 8 weeks and stop running. 🙁 There is nothing worse to tell a runner than they can’t run.