Tower of Terror 10-Miler runDisney

Happy Monday!

This week is the week! Mark and I will be heading down to Disney World this Friday to participate in the Tower of Terror 10-Miler! Because the race is less than 7 days away, I figured this would be a good week to tell you all what I carry with me during my runs.

Here are my must haves:

1. Lip Balm– I use a Vaseline brand because it keeps my lips moist longer. While running, people start breathing through their mouths, which tends to dry out not only your tongue, but lips as well. Use some lip balm as a preventative measure.

2. Bandaid anti-chafe stick– I always carry one of these little sticks on me. Usually the people I run with begin to feel the effects of chaffing around mile 5 or so. The worst place to feel chaffing is between your thighs. My thighs haven’t been friends for about a year, but I carry this stick just in case.

3. Wal-Mart inexpensive sweatshirt and sweatpants– Before the race starts, you’ll be standing around in your corral, waiting for the race to start. Since all these races start either really late at night or early in the morning, it can be a bit nippy, especially during the winter months. Get something really inexpensive that you won’t mind ditching. Everything that is ditched on the course, Disney collects and donates to shelters. So you get something to keep you temporarily warm, and it gets recycled for someone else to keep warm. A win win in my book. 🙂

4. Blister bandages- These are usually provided at the first aid stations, but since they are spaced out pretty far, I carry a few on me in case I need one when the station isn’t near by.

5. CAMERA!!- Or camera phone. Bring your phone if you can carry it, plus you can use it to find your family at the end of the race. But you will want to be taking photos, I guarantee it. 😉

Before the race, there are also a few things I take care of so that I can be fully prepared for the long trek. Here are some of the things I do to prepare the week before:

1. Hair cut!!!– Every week before the race I get my lovely locks trimmed a few inches. There is nothing I hate more than my hair sticking to my sweaty back. It drives me wild, so I trim it a few inches. Plus, then your hair looks neat for all the photos you will be taking.

2. Toe Nails done- This is my extremely girly moment, but I always get my toe nails done. But I have good cause to do so! Guys can even get this done (if you are comfortable with yourself, trust me a little massage on your run ready calves and a professional cutting your nails is nice). When your toe nails get too long, they will press against the top of your running shoe. More often than not, your toe nails will crack, break, and look all around terrible. If you are going on vacation, this is a nice little pamper thing you can do to prepare for your vacation and prevent injury to your feet.

3. Eat your carbs before the race- EVERYONE PAY ATTENTION TO THIS! So, you need to eat your carbs before a race. But here’s the question: when should you do it? Well, if you are running first thing in the morning, like the Disneyland Half Marathon was, then you need to be eating your carbs around lunch the day before. Don’t eat it for breakfast (eat peanut butter and and power foods instead) or for dinner the night before. Since carbs are usually complex, it takes a while to digest. If you don’t give yourself enough time to digest, you’ll regret it during your run. If you are running at night, like the Tower of Terror 10-Miler, then you should be eating your carbs at breakfast. The meal before the run should be light, like a salad and fruit.

After your run, you should eat regenerative foods, like cheese, chicken, and bananas (I would love to partake in the last one, but I am allergic. So I take a potassium supplement and eat hummus.)

Hope some of this helps all you runners out there!

Have a magical week!

~Kati

Weight Loss Apps – Lose It!

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Today I have decided to reveal my secret key to the weight loss success I had last year. Around Christmas of 2012, I was searching through random articles that were posted on my Facebook timeline (like I usually do) when I found an article about weight loss apps for iPhones and Androids.

After reading the article, I did some research into the various types of applications, and came across one that was high rated. This one app seemed easy to use and follow so I downloaded it for free (there is a version that you can purchase, but it’s not necessary if you don’t want to spend the money).

The app is extremely simple to use. You input what you eat and it tracks the calories for you. I know a lot of people aren’t keen on counting calories, but the truth about weight loss is cutting out the bad foods, discerning what you can eat, and really being conscious of what you are putting into your body compared to how much of the energy you are using (i.e. how much you are burning).

You set it to your weight, gender (because men and women lose weight differently), your height, and how much weight yo want to lose a week (you can choose from 1/2 lb to 2 lbs). Based off of these variables, the app calculates how many calories you are allotted a day. Based off the food you input, it will also calculate how much fat, carbs, and protein you have consumed that day (in the paid version you can see much more).

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One of my favorite features to this app is the scanner. Using the phones camera, you can scan any bar code and the information will be filled into the app for you.

You can also add exercises into the app, which will negate some of the food you have consumed. The exercises range from basic things like running and weight lifting, to even doing chores and yardwork or even yoga and stretching.

You can track how you are doing during the week and see how you have done compared to other days. Using this, you can allot a certain amount of calories for each day if you are planning a pizza party or drinking with your friends at the end of the week. Any excess calories you have saved from one day, but you go over another day, will average out at the end of the week.

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Another nice feature is that this app will let you add food from chain restaurants and major food stores. Granted, not everything is in the database yet, but it’s a useful tool when deciding what to get when you visit restaurants or fast food locations because you see just how many calories are in certain items.

This app made me really conscious about the fuel I was putting into my body and how much I was ingesting. You would be surprised at what you forget you mindlessly ate earlier that day while at the computer or doing something, and how much that can affect your calorie intake for the day.

My advice is to get creative with your cooking, and to start cooking at home. The best food for you is the food you prepare yourself, because you know exactly what is going into your body.

Something else you should know about: there is a website that all your data is recorded on. On the website, there are communities of people who are trying to get their lives back and lose the weight, so the support network is wonderful. You can even get friends and family involved, cheer them on via the app, see how much they are losing, and share recipes that you make and input into the app (forgot to mention you can do that, and it again calculates how many calories and nutrients are in the meals you prepare).

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All in all, this is a fabulous app that helped me shed over 30 lbs in about 3 months. I went from a size 10 to a size 2, and I have been doing my best to eat right and be aware of what I am eating. Ever since I started this journey, I have been feeling better than I have in my entire life. The only times I feel sick anymore is when I have fast food or things high in fat and sugar (like sweets, cakes, cookies, etc. in excess).

I hope this helps with your journey!

~Kati

P.S. No, Lose It! did not pay me to endorse them. This is a true testimony that this app works, but the most important part is sticking with it and not cheating yourself.

Almost 3 months later…

First off, I apologize for my extended absence. I know a lot of people follow this blog and I failed you. My best excuse is that Mark and I are temporarily stationed in Mississippi and the hotel on base has…sub par internet connection. A lot of other life changing things has happened, such as Mark and I getting placed in a HOUSE on base at the next station. We got a house!!!! So exciting for us.

A quick recap: Mom and I did that Disneyland Half Marathon! We did it in 3 hours and 20 minutes due to humidity that my mother was having some breathing trouble with, so we took it slow. The amount of fun we had was incomparable though. I even saw some people I know, including my old classmate Suzy, a follower of this blog.

 

Below (I know they aren’t really in order) are some of the photos from the Disneyland Half Marathon. My mom ran as The Evil Queen from “Snow White and the Seven Dwarves” and I ran as Maleficent, from the movie namesake and my favorite Disney film, “Sleeping Beauty.”

Some of the photos are from our hotel room, waiting for the race to start (note the sheer size of the crowd!), from the track such as the castle, World of Color, and Angels Stadium, and icing at the end of the race. We overall had a blast!

 

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In a few short weeks, my sweetie and I will be heading down to Walt Disney World to run in the Tower of Terror 10-Miler. Unfortunately, Mark hurt himself a month and a half ago and couldn’t walk on his ankle for a few weeks. Thanks to the “WONDERFUL” military hospitals, he still has yet to be scheduled for physical therapy.

So, we have been doing it on our own, a little at a time. He is finally up and moving around and plays volleyball for two hours a week with his friends. His ankle still gets stiff and pained, but he goes and runs with me, pushing himself a little farther each time. So far we’re doing about 5 miles an hour, so we’re hoping to maybe be just under two hours.

We are still deciding what to run as, but we’re both committed to running in some well constructed costumes.

After this race, come January my family and I (mother, brother, and myself) will be participating in the Star Wars Half Marathon in Disneyland. Sign up for email updates, because it will be hard for me to post regularly until we reach our next base and set up our own internet.

 

Thanks for all your support!

Have a Magical Week!

~Kat

 

Cake Batter Protein Shake Recipe

Happy Monday!

Well, I admit I slept in a little today, but then I realized I get to share my favorite protein shake recipe with you! This creamy and delicious treat tastes almost exactly like Cake Batter ice cream! It’s amazing and shocked my entire family when I made it.

Here’s what you will need:

1/2 c. Low Fat Cottage Cheese
1 scoop Vanilla Protein Powder
3-5 drops butter or almond extract
1 tbs. Vanilla sugar free instant pudding OR 1/2 tsp. Vanilla Extract
3-5 Stevia packets (or my favorite Truvia, basically any sweetener of your choosing)
1/2 – 1 c. Water (alter this according to desired consistency)
5-10 Ice cubes (depending on how thick you like it, use less for a thinner consistency)
Optional: 1/2 tsp xanthan gum OR sprinkles for topping!

Substitutions: Instead of cottage cheese, you can use tofu. This is important to get the right consistency.

To see the original recipe, head over to Dashing Dish!

 

This tastes amazing and is a great way to refuel after a run.

Have a great week!

~Kati

Running Costumes

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Happy Monday Magic Milers!

 

Today I want to take a step back from training, eating right, and talking about injuries you can or might expect.

I wanna talk about the FUN part of runDisney events! The costumes*!

(*yes, Kati is aware that the costumes aren’t the ONLY fun thing about runDisney, but you have to admit it builds up the excitement to the event like a child’s first time to Disneyland and planning what they are going to wear…)

When you participate in a runDisney event, understand that it’s probably one of your only chances to dress up during a run and no one will think you’re weird. In fact, most people will either try to guess what you are (like the kind employee in my first run who thought I was Tinkerbell instead of Merida, but in all fairness I didn’t do that great of a job), or congratulate you or say “wow, your costume is really good! I like (insert character name here).” (Much like my Wendy Darling costume this past run).

Now, you must be wondering: “How on EARTH do I pick a character from Disney’s ever growing list of characters!?”

The answer is simple (kind of): You must ask yourself some questions.

1. What run are you participating in? The Princess? Star Wars? The Tinkerbell? Knowing the theme of the run can help you narrow down your choices so you can stick to the overall theme.*

*Note: Not EVERYONE sticks to the theme. But for a first time runner, it might be easier. But if your heart is set on one character, please do not let me stand in your way. 😉 Follow your dreams.

2. Now you know what race you are running in, think about the theme, or in some instances, the movie. Who is your favorite character?

Don’t worry if you don’t have the right hair color, eye color, skin color, etc. Be the character YOU want to be. The wonderful thing about runDisney is that everyone is accepted here, all ages, all colors, all running levels. Everyone is cheerful and excited for a wonderful experience.

My tip when it comes to running costumes: Don’t wait until the last minute. Work on it over a month or two. Find the perfect pieces. Make sure to keep it light and don’t weigh yourself down with random objects. This is a run after all.

One of my favorite stores for skirts is sparkleskirts.com. They are a little pricey, but they are made of good materials, have Disney specific designed skirts with running shorts attached, and have hidden pockets to hold things such as keys, or maybe some potential first aid supplies.  Luckily, this particular company is at every Expo before the races. So if you want to try one on before committing, you can. 🙂

In the Tinkerbell Half, I had gotten a Sparkle Light Basic, which is not carried at the Expo store (I’m at least pretty sure it isn’t since it wasn’t the last time I was there). Because my belly was showing (forgot my undershirt at home) the skirt rode up and scratched at my stomach. It’s itchy, but with the right shirt on, it should be fine. Otherwise, I barely even noticed the skirt was there (with this type of skirt, you need to buy running shorts or bike shorts to go under, just be warned).

I hope this helps clear things up for you! Now I’m off to work on my Disneyland Half Marathon costume! My mother and I have decided to go as Maleficent and the Evil Queen. >:D

Have a great week!

~Kati

Star Wars Half Marathon Weekend

Hello Magic Milers!

I should start off with an apology. Sorry there was no post on Monday, but I was in the process of moving states. Now I comfortably reside (temporarily) in Tucson, Az with my new fiance. OH MY GOSH DID SHE JUST SAY FIANCE!?!?

Last Friday, June 6, 2014, my boyfriend and high school sweetheart proposed to me in the Happiest Place on Earth outside my favorite attraction (The Haunted Mansion, creepy, I know, but I love it).

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This is the gorgeous ring that I now sport. Very exciting. We even were Disneybounding as Princess Belle and Prince Adam (The Beast) that day. They are two of our favorite characters, so it brought the whole Disney engagement experience full circle for me.

There is a video, but it’s shaky and draws attention away from the event because…well…the videographer (my soon to be brother-in-law) is 11 and was having problems with people walking in front of him. So I will not be posting it, but know one does exist.

More exciting news from my end! My mother has signed my brother, me, and herself up for the Star Wars Half Marathon next January! YAY!

Soon I’m going to have so many runs lined up, I won’t know what to do other than train! XD

 

There is another reason why I did not post on Monday. Last week I pulled a muscle in my back and could barely move. It’s a miracle that I could function in time for Disneyland, let alone moving boxes and actually being a normal human being. So today was my first run since I pulled the muscle. It was not what I wanted it to be, but considering I was not moving last week, it’s a great improvement and I was able to finish the full 45 minutes.

I am taking this opportunity of moving and injury to switch my work out days. My new finace is in the Air Force and does PT on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. Since he will be running with me in October, he has asked me to switch to those days so we can work out together.

Next week I will be back with more pertinent information to running styles, but these are the reasons I had yet to post this week. Have a wonderful week and enjoy your run! Also, take it from this young 22 year old, STRETCH OUT YOUR BACK. Your muscles will thank you.

 

~Kati

Star Wars Half Marathon Weekend just announced, Jan. 15-18, 2015

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Boy am I excited for this announcement!

Happy Monday Magic Milers!

Last week, runDisney announced the newest installment of Half Marathon weekends, the Star Wars Half Marathon Weekend presented by Sierra Nevada Corporation! They, of course, have been dropping hints for months, but now it’s official.

That’s right, now all the lovely folks who dress up as R2D2 and Han Solo have a place where they can run together! This is incredibly exciting for me since I have been a fan of the films ever since my father geekily pulled them out and showed them to my brother and myself (along with Indiana Jones) at the ripe ages of 6 and 4. And thus, my nerdom came to fruition.

These races will be taking place in Disneyland, California and will sport some of the usual suspects:

  • Kids races
  • Star Wars 5K (I think they could have been a little more creative with the name)
  • Star Wars 10K (see above about the naming issue)
  • A Wookie Welcome Party (represses urge to make Wookie growls)
  • They even have “The Rebel Challenge” which is reminiscent of a few other challenges I can think of… but it’s where you run the 10K on Saturday, then the Half Marathon on Sunday.

You can sign up for the email reminder to register here.

 

May the force be with you, and maybe I’ll bee seeing you there! ;D

Happy running!

~Kati

 

P.S. I will be moving out of state next Monday. I will attempt to have a post ready to launch by then, but if I do not, I apologize in advanced and will make it up to you with a recipe and my discussion of a mystery topic… 😀