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Becoming a Princess

Thursday, March 01, 2012

It all started a few months ago when one of my friends said - "Hey, we should go to Orlando and do the Disney Princess HM. My sister lives there and we can stay for free." From there on out it was a planning process. We registered (5 of us in all), got our plane tickets and made preparations for our trip. We flew in on a beautiful Friday morning and went straight to the beach! We were craving some much needed SUNSHINE!

Now, I am going to put this disclaimer out there - we went to run this for FUN! No stress of a PR but just a fun time. Needless to say I did not prep as I normally do for a HM.

Friday night we went out to dinner and then went to a place that played 80's music and danced until 3 a.m. That would equate to being awake for 24 hours! CRAZY!

Sat. we went to the Expo.

I really enjoyed the Expo. I got a cute running dress! Lots of fun stuff to look at. And I got my Pixie Dust....

We took a photo at the Expo:

And then we headed back to rest and have a great pre-race meal.

Woke up way too early (2:45 a.m. ) to eat and do all the pre-race stuff. We left the house at 3:30.

Since one of our group hadn't run a HM before (or a 10K) she didn't have a race time so we went to her corral - F and waited for our start.

At the beginning of every start they shoot off fireworks. Loved it!

We were off at 6:15 (I think it was)....

I was amazed at all of the things to see! At each mile they had mile markers. I only took a pic of all the even numbered plus Mile 13.

We stopped as a group and had our picture taken with the Castle in the background.

Had to get photos of fun stuff as well!

Don't know who the runner is but I love Belle!

Mile 13......wow, the race seemed to fly by......maybe it was the Pixie Dust....

Officially a Princess!

All in all a great time. I was expecting us to finish around 3 hours with all the photo stops BUT my final time was 2:31:05. Not too bad for a few hours of smiles!

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JILLIANPRNCSS 3/8/2012 10:34AM

    Jealous of your girl's weekend to run a HM, great fun and good time

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REMEMBER2BME 3/8/2012 5:54AM

    Too cool! I absolutely love it. It sounds like a great time!!! emoticon

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ARRIVINGUFO 3/6/2012 12:06AM

    Congrats on a fantastic race! It looks like a ton of fun!

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FIT-AT-50 3/3/2012 10:24PM

    What a great blog! Thanks for the details and the photos. You are such an inspiration. If I can ever get the motivation to start running, I'd love to do this HM. Looks like so much fun!

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SOKKERNUT 3/2/2012 12:38PM

    Great Blog Rhonda!
It was like I was there! Loved the pictures!!!
I can't wait til the dr clears me and says I can do marathons again, even a half, heck right now I would even take you are able to do a 5k! :)
Have a great weekend.

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ASMITH3B 3/2/2012 7:50AM

    Thanks for sharing this, it looks like an awesome race! I'd love to do the Princess Half, maybe next year.

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ETTEZEUS 3/1/2012 11:05PM

    I'm so happy you enjoyed the Disney run!
I haven't done the Princess yet.
(as a matter of fact, all I've done is the Mickey, Donald and Goofy)

Love the pictures!
And it got up to 85* today :)

PS. Was it you that told me about Thunder Road in Charlotte?
Good possibility I'll be there! I'm actually going to be there the end of this month.
Going to spend a night with my nephew on my way up to Pittsburgh to run a half.

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JMCADE 3/1/2012 10:51PM

    Totally awesome. I am really going to have to add this to my list of things to do someday!!

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LEN_VERSION32 3/1/2012 10:19PM

    emoticon Princess Rhonda!! Enjoyed the blog and pics! Congrats on beating your expected time!

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WONDERWOMAN 3/1/2012 9:31PM

    LOVE the race report. Love the experience you had. Sounds like a great time all around! Hope you've had time to get settled back in. Have a great weekend.

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JUSTCHELLE75 3/1/2012 2:25PM

    This is awesome. Congrats

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SMALLERSHEEP 3/1/2012 1:46PM

    I love it! I love it! Princess HM is definitely on my bucket list! So glad you got to do it!

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GMWSR15110 3/1/2012 12:47PM

    So happy you had a great time! Thanks for sharing!

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AEHEGE 3/1/2012 10:45AM

    Thanks for sharing your trip with us. That is a great photo story! It does look like so much fun with great memories attached.

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How did I get here?

Monday, January 30, 2012

This past week I have been thinking about how I got to this point in my life. A point where I love exercise, want to learn all I can about nutrition and actually enjoy eating healthy.
I grew up in Nebraska.....meat and potatoes. And of course corn. I never liked any other veggies growing up.
It wasn't until I joined the Navy that I started to slowly broaden my horizons and found out that not only is there a whole big world out there but a whole big world of some really good food!
I never worried about my weight as I was always small - I graduated high school at 98 lbs and had to gain weight to join the Navy. I only did the mandatory Navy 2x a year exercise program. Not until my 3rd and then 4th child did the weight not want to come off. At that point though I was already working out to DVD's or at the gym. I was struggling. I hadn't put together the fact that the quality of the food along with the quantity would make a huge difference.
I had sought out a personal trainer and although I was getting stronger no budging on the scale. A year after my last child was born I still had 10 lbs to lose. I was not happy with myself. It was time to get down to business - and then I was deployed. In a way that helped. I got in plenty of exercise and after the first month the food that was originally delicious was the same old thing so I ate less. I ran 5K after 5K and did 3 Sprint Triathlons. I was enjoying a whole new realm of fitness. I started a great ST program. I returned home and received lots of compliments.
I bought P90X - it was hard the first time - but I loved it. I started running 3x a week. I did a 10K and then a Half Marathon. Now I am training for a Marathon. I started Spinning Classes.
I began to eat clean. I saw the changes in me physically and emotionally.
I am not perfect but I am in a much better place than I was 6 years ago.
So how did I get here? A detour through a war torn country and an acceptance of who I am and what I am capable of.

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    Thanks for that inspiration.

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YAMINOKODOMO 2/1/2012 10:28AM

    That is awesome! Its great to know that life experience helped teach you to eat better and make you the person you are today. You should definitely be proud of yourself because you came a long way! emoticon

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SOKKERNUT 1/31/2012 3:29PM

    What a great and inspiring blog Rhonda!
You have come a long way. YOU ARE DOING emoticon
God Bless you doll and thanks for your service to our country.

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AEHEGE 1/31/2012 2:44PM

    Wow, what an interesting life you have led! Congratulations on making the most of your experiences and coming to very wise conclusions!

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GMWSR15110 1/30/2012 9:37PM

    Great story! Thanks for sharing. It's amazing where our lives end up. It also shows that we are not always in control. You've done a great job handling your life!

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WONDERWOMAN 1/30/2012 9:14PM

    That is such a cool story. Interesting the unexpected twists and turns our lives take and how much we enjoy where it's taken us...and looking forward to where else we will be going.
(Even making bacon brownies.) emoticon

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Spinning - FOR REAL!

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Today I returned for a spinning class and the instructor showed up!! WOOHOO!
I had my first "official" spinning class and I LOVED it! I cannot wait to go back! Unfortunately next week is pure he-double hockey sticks around here so I won't get to go next week. But after that I should be able to go on Tues & Thurs. That makes me happy!

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VIRGINIAGRETA 1/27/2012 12:48AM

    Woohoo! I really have to get to a class! The biggest problem is fitting the class schedule in to my work schedule. Were your legs/glutes sore after?

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ARRIVINGUFO 1/23/2012 11:02PM

    Welcome to the club! It is a GREAT workout!

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JILLIANPRNCSS 1/23/2012 6:38PM

    Go get a gel seat from Target or Walmart. Your bum will thank you. emoticon

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NANFACEMIRE1 1/22/2012 5:58AM

    Glad you are enjoying the spinning and it gives such good results......I will have to try it one day.

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REMEMBER2BME 1/20/2012 5:09PM

    Too cool. Have fun!

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SOKKERNUT 1/20/2012 1:39PM

    Yay so happy instructor there and that you loved it. Good Luck next week sounds like my week!

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GMWSR15110 1/20/2012 6:26AM

    Glad you love it. Another great way of cross-training. Great job!

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ELDORADO_MOM 1/19/2012 8:54PM

    FANTASTIC! I went for my second time yesterday and am still deciding. I'm going again soon.

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MGJARVI 1/19/2012 8:42PM

    Yay!! I just *KNEW* you'd love it!! Excellent!!

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WONDERWOMAN 1/19/2012 7:59PM

    I'm happy you're happy. emoticon

I've wanted to try spinning, but been too chicken I'll fall off the bike or something stupid like that. Really, I AM that uncoordinated. I am so in awe of all you do.

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Spin Class - The Good and The Bad

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Today was my first attempt at a spin class.
I have wanted to try one for a very long time.

The Good - I embraced my fear and went to the gym.

I am weird but I love the smell of a gym. I worked at one a few years ago and loved it.

Checked in at the desk and they gave me a free trial. Showed me where the spin room was and I went in. There were two gals in the back setting up and then a male and female in the front row. I went directly behind the female and just stood there. No instructor yet but they introduced themselves - Hugo and Brenda. Very nice.

The Good - Hugo helped me set up my bike.
The Good - Brenda recommended one of the gel cushions they have to put on the seat.

The Bad - 15 minutes go by and NO INSTRUCTOR!

Brenda goes up to find out what is up only to find out the instructor hasn't shown nor is she answering her phone. The 2 girls in the back leave. Hugo says we can have our own class if you want. Brenda says ok....I say I am game! I want to see how this bike works.

The Good - Hugo has music.
The Good - Brenda has been here so much she knows how all of the audio equipment works.

The put in the music, shut off the lights and we are off! They showed me all the positions, etc. I tried to keep up as much as possible.

An hour later - I loved it!

The Good - I was drenched!
The Good - 375 calories gone.....without an instructor.

All in all I enjoyed it and am planning on returning Thurs when a different instructor is supposed to be there.

My dilemma is this.....should I continue to go to the classes at $5 each or I can by a pass - 10 for $40 or $20 for 60? The most I could go to the class is 2x a week based on the time slots.

Option B) the gym membership is $20 a month and includes all classes. Now, I have basically a full gym in my basement. So the only equipment I might ever use their would be the Arc Trainer as I love that.

Option C) Buy my own spin bike.

The Bad - I need to decide and I stink at that!

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REMEMBER2BME 1/20/2012 5:08PM

    Too cool. You are amazing. I did spin class almost 20 years ago. Is that scary or what. It totally kicked by rear end at that time. I am sure I could not keep up at all now. Good for you! Sorry know help onteh decision which I am sure you have made by now... right? :)

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LINDA! 1/19/2012 6:32PM

    I would pay the $20/month. I think in the longrun it will be the best choice.

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SOKKERNUT 1/18/2012 12:26PM


BUY YOUR OWN SPIN BIKE! You will save alot of money in the long run, that's just my opinion. But like others mentioned you might try a couple more classes just to be sure before you decide.

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JILLIANPRNCSS 1/18/2012 6:49AM

    I have a love hate relationship with spinning. It works me out better than a long run but the first 20 minutes of every class I wonder why I am putting myslef through the missery. There is no way I could do it at home. Part of the fun is the people sweating with you and it sound like you have some nice people in the class. I too have lots of stuff at home to workout but there is something about going to the gym.

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VIRGINIAGRETA 1/18/2012 3:44AM

    I have been wanting to try spin too. Glad to hear it was such a good workout. I need to do it.

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MGJARVI 1/17/2012 8:55PM

    GOOD for Hugo and Brenda! :-) Go Rhonda!! Great job on getting your sweat on without an instructor!! I would discourage you from the home version only because I think you'd get more out of it with a instructor pushing you. I don't imagine that I'd be pushing up as steep of a hill without someone pushing me to do it! When you're dripping sweat in 3rd position with the tension at it's highest and they ask for 20 more seconds giving it your all, you're going to give it! What are the other options at the gym? Other classes? I'd lean toward the membership... but that's me. Good luck!!!

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GMWSR15110 1/17/2012 5:14PM

    Maybe do a couple of the $5 classes until you have more information to decide if you like the class or not. I am in the same boat, I have plenty of weights and equipment including a treadmill in my bedroom yet I belong to a gym and run on the treadmill there. Less distraction. Also because they have a pool that I could run in if injured or learn to swim better. Have I ever used the pool yet? No. Haha.

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SMALLERSHEEP 1/17/2012 4:30PM

    Rhonda, I am so proud of you for going and doing it! WHOO HOO! You know I am a gym rat, so my opinion is biased, lol. But I get more from the gym setting than I do at home. At the gym, I don't have the distractions I have at home. So for me, I'd pay the $20/month so that I could go to whatever class whenever I wanted. However, if you can self motivate and keep those distractions to a minimum, you might be better off getting the at home version. Before you commit to anything, I'd suggest going when the actual instructor is there--just to be sure you like their style.

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Richmond McDonald's Half Marathon

Sunday, November 13, 2011

The first thing I have to say is this is an OUTSTANDING race! The crowd support is absolutely superb! I would run this one again.

I traveled to Richmond with 2 of my running friends. We went straight to the EXPO which was the biggest one I had ever been to. Everything was super smooth although it was busy. I was already impressed. While at the EXPO I got to finally meet my Sparkbuddy GMWSR15110 and his lovely wife. After we got our bibs and looked around for a bit, we headed to our hotel. We were only a few blocks from race start so it was perfect. We had a wonderful dinner at an Irish Pub then went back to the hotel and called it an early night. I think we were all asleep by 9! This is the best I had ever slept prior to a HM. I was super worried about sleep, food, etc since it was my first race where I would have to spend the night somewhere. I had absolutely no issues with anything!
Woke up at 5:30 so I could eat my normal breakfast, drink and use the restroom. We left the hotel at 7 to walk over to race start which was done in waves and the first wave started at 7:30. I was scheduled to start at 7:42. The temperature at start was 35 but there was no wind. It was actually nice out. The only thing that was cold when we started was my nose.
It wasn't long and I was off.
The route was really nice. The crowd support was amazing. I laughed a few times while I was running at some of the signs that were out there. A relatively flat course - a few "hills" - nothing like I have run in the past 2 HM's though - and a nice downhill on the last half mile or so.
There were plenty of water/gatorade stations, gels and even a junk food station with coke and gummy bears. I never stop at the stations as I take my own but I thought it was well done and stocked!
Lots of food at the end!
I had set out with an ambitious goal of finishing in 2:15. I knew from my Garmin that I was well on my way to making that goal. This was the first time I had never hit an 11 minute pace. All of my miles were in the 10 minute and 9 minute range.
I wasn't sure of my official time when I crossed but I knew from my Garmin that I was really close to my goal. My hubby sent me a text and told me my official time - I had signed him up for the alerts since this was the first time he and the girls wouldn't be with me. I was ecstatic when I saw my official time of 2:13:54!
I had done it! I beat my goal and got a new PR!!
GMWSR15110 and his wife were at the same hotel so got to talk with them for a bit. Wish we would've had more time together but my group and I were leaving as soon as we showered and checked out.

The bling:

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DELERIOUS64 11/21/2011 7:54PM

    Congrats on a great race and PR!! That's some awesome running!

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RJSAMS 11/17/2011 11:08AM

    Congratulations! It sounds like you had a great race. Good for you!

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IMSMILEY88 11/17/2011 10:56AM

    CONGRATS! That's TERRIFIC!!!! And, wish my race would have gone smoother like yours! Oh, well...there are good ones & bad ones! Sounds like yours was great!

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JULESRULES78 11/15/2011 1:56PM

    What a gorgeous race day, huh? You left in the wave just before me! It was a great day. I had an almost religious experience in the park realizing how we are all so different but have this commitment to running in common with each other.

Great job with the new PR! emoticon

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MGJARVI 11/14/2011 9:08AM

    Sounds FANTASTIC!! Congrats on the new PR, sub 11-min the entire time? Wow! :-)

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MILLERGIRL719 11/14/2011 6:48AM

    That's terrific! Fun to meet a sparkbuddy!!! Congrats on your race and feeling fantastic!

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WONDERWOMAN 11/13/2011 7:46PM

    WooHoo!!! Majorly excellent time - PR!!!! I am so proud and excited for you. What a great race report! I'll be back to catch up soon.
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FT4EVR 11/13/2011 11:56AM

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Enjoyed reading about your race. Congrats on the new PR!

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GMWSR15110 11/13/2011 11:30AM

    You did great! It was great to meet you in person. I'm sure we will get to meet up again sometime. Congratulations again! You really nailed it!

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SHELLB7 11/13/2011 10:21AM

    Congratulations!! emoticon

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