Monday, October 20, 2014

Happy Haunted 5K Recap

I realize I'm a tad late with this race recap - I hope it's worth the wait!!!

Our race bibs!

After a LATE night at the Magic Kingdom Friday night for the Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party, Suzanne, Jamie, and myself got up and got suited up for the Happy Haunted 5K Trail Run.

While most people were dressing in Halloween or villain attire for this race, I took a different approach.  Meet R2D2!  The skirt is a prototype for the R2BeatU design available from Rock City Skirts (which is now available for purchase on their website - thanks to Rock City Skirts for giving me their prototype to test out!).

Buses began leaving the resort at 5:30am for the 7:30am start and we were on the first one.  Unfortunately, shortly after arriving at ESPN Wide World of Sports it began raining - but lucky enough we had planned ahead and I had brought my rain jacket!

It rained UP until the race started y'all!  But that was the last of the rain for a whole week so I could put up with it for a short while ;)

For the 5K events runDisney assigns you to your corral based on when you registered; Suzanne and I were slated for corral B but bumped back to C to be with Jamie.  As we waited I caught this beautiful picture of the sunrise over Jostens Center and the HP Field House!

Around 7:45 it was time for our corral to start!

Unlike the 10 miler later on that night, there were no fireworks for this starting line - whomp whomp.  Off we headed through the fields at ESPN into the trails behind.  I had read a recommendation in the Team runDisney group on Facebook to wear different shoes to the 5K if you were running the 10 miler that night, especially with the rain.  I was SO glad I did, even though running in the older pair of shoes was a tad rougher on my joints.

As expected, there were several characer pit stops on the course, several of which you do not usually find in the parks!  The first one we came to was Honest John and Gideon from Pinocchio!

Next up was the hag from Snow White - who, coincidentally, we saw cutting a rug on the dance floor Friday night at Club Villain at MNSSHP...

Suzanne and I went ahead a little bit because we had decided that while we wanted to take pics, ultimately we wanted to get done so we skipped the next two characters stops, the Big Bad Wolf and one other.  But even the lengthy line for these guys near the end of the race couldn't deter us from this pic:

The gravediggers!!  I MIGHT have had a small crush on the one holding my arm - you could just tell that underneath his makeup he was pretty cute.  Anywho...

We ran through the fields and back up towards Jostens Center for the finish line.

Me and Suzanne at the mile 3 marker

Jamie joined us a few minutes later at the finish!

The bling

Overall I enjoyed this race for the most part.  I am NOT a trail runner but I knew before hand that this was an entirely off road course so I was not surprised by the terrain.  However, my joints prefer asphalt so for that reason alone I'm not sure that I would do this race again.  It's also not being offered in 2015 - sadz :(  But I loved the character stops and the medal - it glows in the dark!!!

Have you run this event?  What do you think about trail runs??

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Scentsational St. Jude Fundraiser

Anyone else a big Scentsy fan?!?!

I absolutely LOVE this stuff - I have a closet full of bars at my house just waiting to make my house and office smell good.  

I know you don't believe me but trust me - Mr. SS will vouch!

The thing I love most about Scentsy is how I don't have to worry about an open flame around my children.  I was one of those moms who thought my child would never pick up a burning candle, but then it happened.  Thankfully I was able to grab it from her before it spilled hot wax on her but after that I was officially done with candles and switched to wickless - my bestie introduced me to Scentsy and the rest, as they say, is history!

Speaking of my bestie, she loves me so much and is so supportive of my St. Jude fundraising that she is helping me host a Scentsy fundraiser for St. Jude!!!  We are throwing an online party on Facebook - feel free to join us for some fun!  Or if you'd like to order you can click here and select Kristen's Scentsational Fundraiser for St. Jude from the party list.  Lori is graciously donating 25% of the party's sales to my St. Jude fundraiser!

I have $130 left to meet my $500 goal and I'm hoping this fun (and wonderfully smelling!) fundraiser will push me over the top!  Please join us for the fun and raise money for St. Jude!!!

Friday, October 3, 2014

Vacation - All I Ever Wanted

To those of you that are tired of hearing about my upcoming Disney trip (although I can't imagine why you would be, haha) - your wish has been granted!

I am on my way!!!!!

I am SUPER excited to be headed to Walt Disney World today to start my vacation with the Tower of Terror 10 Miler Weekend's activities.  Then my family will join me there on Sunday and our week of fun will begin!!!

The blog will probably be quiet while I am gone - I might be able to hop in from time to time to fill you in on what all we are doing.  Make sure you follow me on social media so you can follow along at home!


Otherwise, I will definitely fill you in (and share #allthepics) when I get back!!

And for those of you joining me at Disney World this weekend - make sure to say hello!!!

Monday, September 29, 2014

#Tower10Miler Costume Reveal

It's finally here - #Tower10Miler is this weekend!

I know you guys have been patiently waiting for me to reveal what my chosen outfit is for this weekend's race.  As you know, me and my fellow DisBroads LOVE to dress up when we runDisney - and this weekend is no exception!  We have an extra awesome group costume cooked up for the 10 miler.

You ready for a sneak peek?!?!

Yes, that is what you think it is.

Just call me the Stay Puft Marshmallow Girl!!!!!

Our #Tower10Miler costume has a "ghostly" theme that we think you'll recognize!!  So, if you see us on course, know who to call ;)

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Jammin' Giveaway!

No big secret that I'm officially obsessed with Jamberry Nails - after all, I am one of their newest independent consultants!!  Have you checked out my website yet??  I know, that was a shameless plug ;)

Well, if you love Jamberry as much as I do, you are in for a treat today!

My launch party was a BIG success and I'm sharing the love with a giveaway today!!

Meet one of my favorite Jamberry wraps - Runner Girl!

As a runner, I could not wait to get my hands on these jams!  They look great by themselves, or paired with other jams!

Super cute, right?!?!

I'm giving away a FULL sheet of Runner Girl to one lucky reader!  Follow the directions in the Rafflecopter below - US residents only folks!  All entries will be verified.  The giveaway ends 9/30 so act fast!

Good luck!

This is NOT a sponsored post.  Prize will be provided by myself.

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Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Wanna Run for Chocolate With Me?!?!

Great news y'all!

I am very excited to announce that I am a new ambassador for the Nashville Hot Chocolate 15/5K!!!

I am so very excited to be participating in this race on Valentine's Day 2015 in one of my favorite cities to run in - Nashville!  I missed out on this event this year so I'm making up for it in 2015 and I can't wait!

Never run a Hot Chocolate race?!?!  You have two options - the 5K course and the 15K course - all run through the beautiful city of Nashville highlighting some of the city's attractions!  And, of course, this is waiting for you at the end.


All new this year is a finisher's medal for the 15K!  How awesome is that?!?!

A chocolate bar - I LOVE it!

What's more - THIS is your goodie bag.

A full-zip, fleece-lined hoodie.  Yes, please.

Needless to say, I am super pumped about this race!  And I want you to join me as we run for chocolate in Nashville on February 14th!  So to "sweeten" the deal (haha, I kill myself), I'm throwing in a code that will give you an ADDITIONAL FREE gift!  Here it comes:


So, will I see you there?!?!

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Apple Raisin Steel Cut Oats

Sundays are my long run days - my sweat sisters and I usually hit the pavement between 5 and 6am to get our training miles in.  It's guaranteed to be a good time - and I know you're thinking how is running so many miles fun; but when you're with good company, it really is!

This past Sunday was the first time it started to feel like fall was coming.  My running buddies needed to do quite a few more miles than I did (they are training for the St. Jude full marathon - SO proud of them!!!) so after my 6 I left them and went on home.  Which was a good thing because I was actually kind of cold!  And you know that cooler temps and sweaty clothes don't mix - by the time I got home, I was COLD.

I threw on a sweatshirt when I got home but since it was breakfast time I figured I'd whip up something warm for us to eat.  This recipe, Apple Raisin Steel Cut Oats, is the product of that!  And, as promised on my Facebook page earlier this week, here's the recipe!