It’s Been a Weird Year

The past few weeks I have been going through a lot of big changes and transitions in my life, where I am a proud to say that EVERYTHING is starting to finally fall into place! It’s all HAPPENING!!! It’s beyond hard to put into words all of my feelings and emotions in regards to how relived I am to put that last chapter of my life behind me. I’m not even sure that I am ready or have fully processed everything that has transpired these past few years. Hopefully a lot of the extra stresses in my life are behind me, which optimistically speaking should help my Crohn’s. Fear not friends, San Pellegrino will always be my best friend!

Emerson Quote

Building and creating a new life is not easy and I don’t think that it is meant to be easy. It’s really hard and you need to fight for it, keep searching until you find what you are looking for. I have traveled across the country and back within the past year and I learned very valuable lessons including what is most important to me in my life and where my heart calls home. If I could have clicked the heels to my running shoes sooner, trust me I would have, but like our heroine Dorthy Gale, sometimes you need to journey down the yellow brick road of life.

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All roads lead home and eventually you wake one morning warm in your bed, look around and realize that you are home.  Arrived safely, not unscathed, but you most importantly you made it. While in life there might always be a little voice in your head saying, “coulda, woulda, shouda,” I am firm believer in everything happens in life for a reason. Sometimes in life you need to travel to the ends of the earth to discover who you really are and what you are made of. I for one know that I have endless amounts of strength, resilience, hope, and determination. I am a fighter!

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This little blog and running hiatus of mine, due to life simply taking over, has opened my eyes and I’ve decided to blow the whistle on myself! Life is a juggling act as they say and it’s not always easy. All of a sudden, it’s obvious that I’m not performing as well as I should be. I have been experiencing a lot and I mean a lot of muscle spasms in lower legs and it really hurts! It is time to put the legendary Capricorn self-discipline to work. I need to change my work methods and diversify my activities. All sorts of solutions are available to me, I have the whole world at my fingertips! I am very lucky to be living in a city that has not only beautiful weather throughout the year, but also to live in a community that has beautiful running paths as well.

157bde5d3467877a388d500b66b9fa5dToday we have about 2 months left in 2014 and I intended to make the entire year count, it is year of JOY after all! I am going to embrace everyday as a new day and an opportunity for happiness and sunshine. In tend to fill my Hope in a Jar, with new adventures, ah moments, and laughter. I am going to start focusing more on my running, being more diligent in regards to improving pace and stamina. I know that this won’t always be an easy task, I will need to keep reminding myself all of the amazing reasons why I love running. The sun on my face, the wind in my hair, discovering new routes, to name a few. Running has taught me so many valuable lessons that I will always be applying those lessons towards my daily life.

While I might not be exactly where I pictured myself to be at 31, I definitely have a clearer picture of where I want to take my life and the women I envision myself to be, which brings me back to the title of this post; It’s Been a Weird Year. As the expression goes, if you don’t like what you see in the mirror, change it. And that is exactly what I am in the process of  doing. Besides, if I keep consistent and diligent with all of endeavors including with my running and training plans, everything will fall into place and I will begin to not only be the person that I want to be, but also be the runner that I envision myself to be.

Motivaiton

I am going to wake up every morning with optimism that today is a new day and to believe in the power of the day. I am going to take full advantage of the promise that each new day holds. I’m eager to get out and hit the pavement again and reach my goals!

QOTD: I’m not too sure who is out there reading this, but I would love to hear from you. Please comment and share why you love to run and the hurdles that you have faced in your own running routines and how you over came them.

National Running Day 2014

National Running Day is a day celebrate and recognize the importance of running. It does not matter if you are fast or slow as long as you lace up your running shoes and get out the door, YOU are a runner! We all run for various reason and I am positive that those reasons are all amazing. I have been known to say that I run because I cannot fly, my iPod has even been engraved with that statement. Truth be told  though I strongly feel that running not only keeps my healthy, but is a fantastic outlet to channel my thoughts, redirect energy, and to clear my mind.

Running Day 2014

Due to health reasons I have not run nearly as much as I would have liked in the past few months, while I am a bit nervous that I might have regressed a bit I am not too concerned as I have decide that the best way to get back out on the pavement is to use a new training plan. I am very excited that I will be running a half marathon with the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation July 20th at the Napa Sonoma Half Marathon. I believe that this new plan will give me the confidence and guidance that I greatly need.

Be sure to follow me along me as I journey down the road to the Napa Sonoma Half Marathon!

 

the Road to runDisney Dumbo Double Dare Motivation

Let’s kick off the week right and let the training for runDisney’s Dumbo Double Dare commence! This is THE WEEK, the week that I look forward to year after year. I am motivated and ready to get busy and start training for the event of the season, my absolute favorite, fun-filled weekend of the summer, the Disneyland Half Marathon Weekend. As if having the opportunity to run through Disneyland is not motivation enough I will be running in the second Dumbo Double Dare race. I am on my way to becoming Perfectly D.U.M.B.O! Seeing both of these images this morning on my feeds made me want to do a happy dance, but instead I will go for a run! Just think 121 MORE DAYS!!

121 Days to Dumbo

Here is the training plans to get you started and ready for Disneyland Half Marathon Weekend!

Disneyland Dumbo Double Dare Training Plan 2014

Disneyland Half Marathon Beginning Runners Training Plan 2014

Disneyland Half Marathon Time Goal Training Plan 2014

Disneyland Half Marathon To Finish in the Upright Position Training Plan 2014

Disneyland 10k Training Plan 2014

QOTD: Will you be participating in the Disneyland Half Marathon Weekend? Which event’s will you be running? Are aiming to be Perfectly D.U.M.B.O?

 

 

runDisney Perfect Pixie

Get ready to discover your inner pixie! The 2014 Tinker Bell 10k and Half Marathon is closer than the second star to the right and straight on till morning! I absolutely love runDisney and simply can’t get enough of runDisney events. There is a secret, okay well maybe not so secret club in the runDisney community called “Legacy Runners”.
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Each runDisney events honors participants who have participated in every race for that specific event since its inauguration. Due to logistics and when I started participating in runDisney events there are not too many runDisney events where I can be considered a “Legacy Runner” despite running the event for numerous years. Luckily for me I was able to jump on the “Legacy Runner” bandwagon with the Tinker Bell Half Marathon Weekend and the Dumbo Double Dare Weekend, both in Disneyland. If you had not guessed already I live on the West Coast, which makes participating in Disney races the easiest to travel to and more affordable.

 

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What is in it for a “Legacy Runner” one might wonder. Well in addition to the personal sense of accomplishment, aka Runner’s High!, runners receive special recognition throughout the race weekend. This includes your name in the official race guide for that specific event, your name is announced when you cross the finish line, special race bibs, coral placement, and you receive a special lanyard for your medal. If all of this was not enough some events have even given out sashes with statements that include, “Perfect Princess” or “Perfectly Goofy”! The fifth anniversary of the Princess Half Marathon also gave “Perfect Princesses” tiaras as well! Runners who completed 20 years of running the Walt Disney World Marathon received all of those cool extras, as well as a commemorative ring as well! I don’t know about you, but I am beyond excited to see what runDisney has up their running sleeves of those “Perfect Pixies” in 2016!!

 

Take a look back a my journey to becoming a Perfect Pixie! If this does not get you excited and ready to soar through Disneyland, a fun activity after the race is to visit Tinker Bell and her fairy friends at Pixie Hollow in Disneyland with all of your medals from race weekend!

 

2013 Tinker Bell Race Recap Part One and Part Two
2012 Tinker Bell Race Recap
2012 Tinker Bell Expo Recap
QOTD: Are you a runDisney “Legacy Runner”? If yes, in which event? Are you also a Perfect Pixie?

 

Virtual Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend Blog Hop Directory

This post is a part of the Virtual Blog Hop! Check out more posts to get you prepared for Tinker Bell Weekend in Disneyland!!!

Hope in a Jar…DIY Let’s Get Crafty

Why not start our first Monday of 2014 with an empty Mason jar and fill it with notes about all of the amazing things that happen to you throughout the year. Have fun with your Mason Jar! It is your Hope in a Jar after all! I used ribbons that I received on my birthday as it was truly a wonderful day! If you are lacking motivation to lace up one day pull out one of these notes, read it, and then hit the pavement! On December 31st pull out all of your notes and not only see how far you have come, but what an incredible year you had. Remember 2014 is the year of joy! Let’s make it count!!

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QOTD: How you are going to make 2014 the year of JOY count?

Motivation Monday

Happy Monday friends!! Let’s start this week with an inspirational uplift, shall we? I decided to do things a little different this week and I wanted to share with you a few of my favorite quotes from the world’s greatest teachers.

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QOTD: What is one of your favorite quotes by an educator?

Where in the World is Mel?

First let me apologize for going MIA these past few weeks. The past few weeks I have been going through a lot of big changes and transitions in my life, which is causing me to question EVERYTHING! It’s beyond hard to put into words all of my feelings and emotions. I’m not even sure that I am ready or have fully processed everything. Needless to say all of the extra stresses in my life is not helping my Crohn’s. San Pellegrino has become my new best friend!

Building and creating a new life is not easy and I don’t think that it is meant to be easy. It’s really hard and I miss all of the comforts and familiar surroundings of home. I am not sure if my “new” home is where I am meant to be, but as they say all roads lead home. Eventually I will wake up in my bed, in whatever city it may be in and have that feeling, until then I am waiting.

Attitude

While I am grateful and beyond appreciative of the situation that I am presently in, I can’t help to question the unknown. I am very fortunate to have a roof over my head and a job that I actually enjoy waking up to and going to on a daily basis. Did I make the right decisions? Perhaps I need to stop questioning myself and go with the flow, which is really a hard task for this Capricorn! It has already pointed out to me that while I think that this whole experience was a huge mistake, it is actually a learning experience, I just need to keep telling myself that! I am learning what I like and realizing quickly what I what out of my life.

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The little blog and running hiatus of mine, due to the cold weather, has opened my eyes and I’ve decided to blow the whistle on myself! All of a sudden, it’s obvious that I’m not performing as well as I should be. It is time to put the legendary Capricorn self-discipline to work. I need to change my work methods and diversify my activities. All sorts of solutions are available to me, I have the whole world at my fingertips!

Today we are a little less than a month till my birthday and the New Year, and I’m not going to lie: I’ve spent the past couple of weeks feeling kind of down about where I am with my running, life and fitness lately. This has not been the year that I would have wished and expected it be. In a lot of ways, it feels like I am drowning on dry land and dancing in the dark. Not a great feeling I must admit and definitely not a productive and positive way to view life. I need to stop directing all of my negative energy on why I am at this standstill in my life and instead I need to start prioritizing my life, regrouping, and most importantly remembering all the reasons why I love running. The sun on my face, the wind in my hair, discovering new routes, to name a few. Running has taught me so many valuable lessons that I need be applying towards my daily life.

All of this negative energy does is bring me down, zap me of my energy, and make me feel like it’s not even worth trying anymore. Besides it’s blatantly not true. No, I haven’t done as much training for my upcoming Walt Disney World 10k and World Half Marathon as I would have liked, but I have about six weeks to get my act in gear and start training. I have enough time to train, right?! After all this is not my first rodeo! I have been looking forward to this race since I crossed the Goofy Finish line at the beginning of 2013 and I am not going to allow the road blocks of life to slow me down!

Just Go

No, I may not be even remotely close where I want to be in my life, which brings me back to the title of this post; where in the world is Mel? I will need to accept and be proud of myself, where I am in my life, and fight like hell to make a better life for myself. As the expression goes, if you don’t like what you see in the mirror, change it. And that is exactly what I am going to do. Besides, if I keep consistent and diligent with all of endeavors including with my workouts, everything will fall into place and I will begin to not only be the person that I want to be, but also be the runner that I envision myself to be.

Motivaiton

While we might only have one month left of the year, I fully intended to make the rest of 2013 count. I am going to wake up every morning with optimism that today is a new day and to believe in the power of the day. I am going to take full advantage of the promise that each new day holds. I’m eager to get out and hit the pavement again and reach my goals!

QOTD: I’m not too sure who is out there reading this, but I would love to hear from you. Please comment and share why you love to run and the hurdles that you have faced in your own running routines and how you over came them.

Motivation Monday…New Beginnings

Happy Monday friends!! By the time that you read this I will be spending my Monday flying across the country embarking on a new journey. I have been drowning on dry land, dancing in the dark, and waiting for a sunny day. All of that is behind me now and it’s only going up from here! I have bubble wrapped my life threw it in a moving pad and moving to Boston! I am very excited about this opportunity to live in such an amazing city and can’t wait to go my many running adventures! While the past may not have always been the easiest I could honestly say that I have learned valuable life lessons living out my twenties on the left coast and looking forward to spending my thirties on the right coast. I never thought in a million years I would return to the east coast let alone a city with snow, but as they say suck it up buttercup! Life is calling…Happiness is any day and today is the day!

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QOTD: Have you ever relocated cross country? Do you like new beginnings?

 

 

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