Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Sweat Guru

I am a Sweat Pink Ambassador but have not been compensated for this post; all thoughts and opinions are, as always, 100% my own.

Today is the day - Sweat Guru is finally here!!!


What is Sweat Guru you ask?

Sweat Guru is a place to find, book, and share fitness class online - no matter what your fitness flavor may be!  CrossFit, dance, martial arts, bootcamp, Zumba - they have it all!

For the fitness professionals out there, Sweat Guru can help you attract more clients and make more money through online scheduling and reservations, credit card processing, and marketing tools.  

Currently Sweat Guru has classes listed for San Francisco, New York City, and Los Angeles.  Not in one of those locales?  Never fear, they are coming soon to a city  near you!

Creating an account on Sweat Guru could not be easier.  You simply sign in with Facebook (but don't worry, they do not post to your wall or do anything else with your profile).  I did it last night after putting the girls to bed; it's that easy!  

I am really excited about this new movement!  As a runner I know that cross and strength training will only make me a stronger, faster runner - but being a busy, working mom, I don't really have time to explore fitness classes in my area.   Sweat Guru will do this work for me - they take the work out of working out.  And best of all, it's free to use!

Ready to get started?  Click here!!

QOTD:  How do you find fitness classes in your area?  Do you think Sweat Guru could help you??







Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Island Boost Review

I received samples of Island Boost to try through a blog giveaway; I have not otherwise been compensated for this review and all opinions, as always, are 100% my own.

I recently got to try Island Boost thanks to my friend Beth!!


I was a bit of a skeptic when I first heard about Island Boost.  I tried traditional gels - my tummy didn't like them all that much.  And I assumed that Island Boost was like those gels when in fact, it couldn't be more different!

Island Boost is made with coconut water and all natural, premium ingredients.  If you know me, you know I've been making a concerted effort to put more "natural" things in my body so this fit the bill.  It is also gluten-free, vegan, and caffeine-free (which I like because I drink so much coffee, I don't need any extra sources of caffeine!).  Island Boost contains no artificial sweeteners or flavors and is shelf stable for a whole year!  They also recommend sticking it in the freezer to use for hot days - I'll have to save a pack to try that when it gets hot out again!  

I got to try the Passion Fruit flavor:



I tried Island Boost for the first time on my last 8 mile run.  Again, I was anticipating more of a gel-like consistency but because it is made with coconut water is is very liquid-y and went down very quickly.  It was sweet but not to a fault - I had my water with me but didn't feel like I need any to "choke" it down like with traditional gels.  And when I say it went down very quickly I'm not kidding - I can NEVER fuel in under a minute and I did with Island Boost.  On my longer runs I try to keep a 3:1 run:walk ratio so this worked great so I could get back to my running on time!

How did I feel after using it?  About the same as with my usual fuels.  I didn't feel jittery or hyped up but I could tell it had given me the energy to keep going.  When I ran my fastest 10K ever this past weekend I fueled with more Island Boost at mile 4 - so I definitely think it does it's job :)

So my overall opinion - I really like this stuff.  I would really like to try more flavors (in addition to Passion Fruit, they also have Strawberry-Orange and Blueberry-Pomegranate) - the price is $10 for a 3 pack so a little on the high side but definitely something I would splurge on from time to time.  

Something else I found very exciting is that they have formulated a chocolate flavor Island Boost and need our help bringing it to market!  Island Boost is still a small company and if there's one thing I've learned being in the healthcare industry it's that testing a new product and bringing it to market is EXPENSIVE!  This chocolate flavor sounds absolutely delish but they can't get it on the shelves without our help - click here if you're interested in helping them out!  And they'll even give you a token of appreciation for your donation :) 

QOTD:  Have you ever tried Island Boost?  What did you think??


Monday, October 28, 2013

Weekend Wrap-Up

Why is it that weekends always seem so short???

Sigh.

Another busy weekend at the Smith house!  So much to tell you about so I thought a quick weekend recap would do the trick!!

Arlington 5K
It was FREEZING but I was happy to be able to join in on this event!  My "goal" was to run an easy 5K since it was technically my rest day and I am pleased to report that I finished in 31:34; by my Garmin the course was only 3.06 miles and I tried to run the tangets pretty closely but I'm still very pleased with the finish!  All in all it was a good run for a great cause :)

Since Morgan has been sick I stayed at home with her instead of taking her out in the cold for Samantha's soccer game.  I am pleased to report though that my soccer star scored another goal at this week's game!  So proud of her!!!

We also spent the day Saturday clearing out leftover baby things.  I can't believe that between having two children we have so much stuff that we will never need anymore; kinda sad to watch some of that stuff go, but at least I know these things are going to good people that need them.

Saturday night we enjoyed another family movie night and got to watch a sneak peek of a new Garfield cartoon called "The Garfield Show:  A Purr-fect Life"; you guys remember Garfield, right?  He's back and coming to DVD and I will have a full review for you on the blog later on this week, so stay tuned!

10K at race pace
I'll be honest, I had a hard time waking up yesterday morning but I knew I had to get this run done.  And MAN, did I get it done!  Check this out:



Yup, that happened.  I still cannot believe it.  My goal was to finish in 1:03:08 and I smoked it.  I have had times since I made the decision to switch gears and focus on speed that I've questioned my decision not to run the St. Jude full (i.e. this weekend as I watched a bunch of my running friends conquer the Marine Corps Marathon) but after this run I know I have made the right decision.  Speaking of St. Jude, look what I got!!



OH yeah.  It's coming folks!!!

We finished the day Sunday with our usual chores and then took the girls to the pumpkin patch; Morgan is officially OBSESSED with pumpkins and I'm glad to report that both girls had a blast!!!


Glad we had the chance to get a little family fun in this weekend because the next three weekends are going to be a whirlwind!  Buckle your safety belts, it's gonna be a fun ride!!!

QOTD:  Do you have your Halloween pumpkin ready for Thursday??  Owen carved ours last night - I'll post pics later this week!



Friday, October 25, 2013

Five for Friday

Happy Friday y'all!  Sorry it's been quiet around here the past few days - Miss Morgan hasn't been feeling to well so I finally broke down and took her to the pediatrician yesterday.  Poor thing absolutely HATES taking a nebulizer treatment but we will be doing it for a few days to see if we can get her back to her usual self.  I am pleased to report that my #switchinggears half marathon training is still going very well!  So I'll start of my Five for Friday with a countdown:

1.  Two weeks from TODAY I will be en route to Disney World for the Wine and Dine Half Marathon!!  I am SO very excited to be running with the DisBroads and earning this gorgeous medal.



I am still taking donations for the Christopher DeRemer Memorial Fund, the charity I am running for for this race.  Please consider giving a donation to this great from-the-heart cause!  I'll make it really easy for ya - just click here:



2.  I snuck another race into my schedule! 



Tomorrow was supposed to be a rest day for me but the Arlington 5K is tomorrow; it benefits the Arlington Education Foundation, a non-profit organization established to raise awareness of educational needs amongst the Arlington schools, parents, business, and community.  Their purpose is to promote academic excellence within schools in the Arlington community by funding educational opportunities above and beyond that which are provided by the regular school and system budgets.  With Samantha in school now, this cause hits close to home, and I am happy to be lacing up tomorrow morning to run for a great cause.  I won't be full on "racing", since I'm supposed to be resting, but I'm sure it will be lots of fun and I hope to see several friends there!

3.  November means birthday central at the Smith House!!!  Morgan turns two NEXT Saturday (egads, where has the time gone???) and Samantha will turn 6 the following Thursday.  Holy cow, my babies aren't babies anymore, are they???!!!  Next Saturday is Morgan's birthday.  We are celebrating her turning the big T-W-O with a Minnie Mouse theme.  Our house will be decked out in red, black, and white!  Then, two weeks later we will celebrate Samantha's birthday with 20+ of her "closest friends" at Memphis Point Gymnastics.  We have been there for a few birthday parties and after each one she would BEG me to have her birthday party there, so she is getting her wish :)  I like how easy MPG makes it on the parent; I just bring pizza and cupcakes and the birthday kid - they do the rest, including making the invitations!!!  And did I mention I don't have to clean my house or pick up afterwards???  Yeah, you know it.  I can't wait to report back on both parties!

4.  When I was in Nashville a few weeks ago for the Women's Half Marathon I learned about a new event at their expo - the Hot Chocolate 15/5K!  Tell me who out there wouldn't want to run for chocolate??!!!  This race sounds like a dream - yummy chocolate goodies (fondue, I'm looking at you!) await you and the "goodie bag" - a gorgeous fleece made with wicking material, perfect for getting out on a chilly morning!  This race is coming to Nashville in February and I cannot wait to be a part of it!  As a matter of fact, I have applied to be an ambassador for the race and hope to spread the Hot Chocolate excitement with all of you - so stay tuned and keep your fingers crossed for me!

5.  And lastly, how about a Friday funny to get you through to the weekend??



QOTD:  Anyone else have a November birthday???

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

The DisBroads

The astute blog reader might have noticed a few weeks ago that a new badge went up on my blog:


What are The DisBroads you ask?

We're mothers, runners, bloggers, and friends sharing our passion for all things Disney with just the right touch of DisBroad attitude.  9 mothers calling 32 different names from the back porch when dinner is ready.  I've mentioned them before (remember here?) but we are legit now y'all!  And I'm very excited to be a part of it.

If you haven't checked us out yet, you should go NOW and follow us on social media.  For your convenience, I have included links (I like to make things nice and easy):


There's also our blog!  Today's post is by none other than yours truly, where I talk about how to score a last minute entry to a runDisney event!  Great tips over there so make sure you check us out!

And tell them DisBroad Kristen sent ya ;)

QOTD:  Have you followed us yet on social media?  Have you read the blog??  What are you waiting for??? ;)




Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Day In the Life

I got inspired by Jenn after reading a few of her "Day In the Life" posts and thought - hey, why not?

This is just a snap shot of how my day went yesterday, for your reading enjoyment.

5:30am:  My alarm goes off.  I really don't need to get up yet but I know I will snooze it a few times so I set it early on Sunday night before I went to bed.

5:40am:  My alarm goes off again.

5:50am:  And again.

6:00am:  And again.

I think you guys get the drift.  For the record, I didn't always use to be this bad at waking up; I think the hubs is rubbing off on me...I digress.

6:15am:  By some miracle Samantha gets up when her alarm goes off and appears in my face wanting breakfast.  I turn my alarm off for good and head to the kitchen where she selects a pumpkin Eggo waffle (really good by the way, you should try them!) and I make myself a cup of coffee.  We go make a first round effort to wake up the hubs.

6:30am:  I send Samantha upstairs to get dressed and brush her teeth.  I make a second round at trying to wake up Owen (told ya I get it from him).  In the meantime I brush my hair, pick out clothes for myself and put my contacts in.  I then return to the kitchen to put Samantha's lunch in her lunch box that I made the night before.

6:40am:  Samantha reappears ready for school.  I brush her hair and let her watch a few minutes of TV before the bus comes.  I make yet another effort to get Owen up.  I let the dogs outside and listen as Molly starts scratching at the door less than 5 minutes later to come back in.

7:00am:  I am dressed and Owen is still in bed.  I finally get him up when I remind him Samantha has to leave for the bus stop in 5 minutes.  I finish my coffee as I watch him scramble to get ready and head out to the bus stop with her.  I finish getting myself presentable enough to go to the school and then I go wake up Miss Morgan.

7:15am:  I fight Morgan for a good 10 minutes to get dressed.  For some reason she is on some mission to go to school naked every day so getting dressed is a struggle.

7:25am:  Owen reappears from the bus stop and holds Morgan while I put her pants on.  I give them both kisses and they head out the door, handing him a cereal bar for her to eat in the car.

7:30am:  I make myself a quick protein shake to have for breakfast and feed both dogs and put Sunnie in her kennel.  I am supposed to be at Samantha's school at 7:30am to help decorate the classroom door for Red Ribbon Week; obviously, I am running late.

7:35am:  I talk to my mom en route to the school.  Sometimes this is my only chance to speak to her during the day; I like our early morning chats, even if they are super quick.

7:45am:  I arrive at the school and join my fellow room moms in decorating the door for Red Ribbon Week.  Turned out really cute, don't you think?



9:00am:  I arrive back at home, start a load of laundry, and get my workout in for the day - 30 minutes of strength training (I focused on legs and arms) followed by some stretching.  I hop in the shower shortly thereafter.

10:30am:  My work phone rings with someone calling out for the day.  I shoot off a quick message to work about the absence and resume getting myself ready to head to the office.

10:45am:  I fluff and fold a load of laundry and put the new load from this morning in the dryer.  I make a quick decision that the vacuuming will have to wait for another time because I know my work calendar is full and I need to be on time today.

11:10am:  I grab my stuff and head for the office.  I have been trying to catch up on podcast episodes while I am in the car - this morning was the Mickey Miles Podcast, one of my favs.

11:30am:  I arrive at work and begin my shift.

Fast forward through work because let's be honest - you guys don't want to hear all that stuff anyways.

8:00pm:  We finish filling all patient orders for the night and I am SUPPOSED to get off but I have to finish up the nightly report before I leave so...

8:20pm:  I walk to my car, calling Owen to let him know I am on my way home.  He informs me that the girls each ate 2 slices of pizza for dinner and that Samantha attempted to do her homework without his help and messed it up - I make a mental note to ask her teacher for a new copy of the sheet so we can work on it Tuesday.  I put the Mickey Miles Podcast back on to finish up on my way home.

8:45pm:  I pull into my driveway and grab the day's mail.  I am greeted at the door by two precious girls who have had their baths and are in pajamas.  I quickly put my stuff down, put Samantha's dance stuff away and check her school folder to see her conduct grade for the day.  Smiley face = yes!!

9:00pm:  We divide and conquer bedtime - Owen takes Morgan and I take Samantha.  She gets a library book each Thursday and that's pretty much what we read every night until she gets a new one the next week.  This week is "Morris the Artist" by Lore Segal.

9:25pm:  Lights out in Samantha's room, a little later than I'd like.  I satisfy my social media addiction and begin typing this post.

10:10pm:  I drag myself away from the computer and come downstairs.  I speak with Owen for a few minutes then proceed to make mine and Samantha's lunches for the next day.  While I am doing that I treat myself to a few Pumpkin Spice Hershey Kisses (which are really yummy by the way).  I then address invitations for Samantha's birthday party to send with her to school tomorrow.  And lastly I change the sheets on our bed since I did not do that Sunday.

11:10pm:  I begin getting ready for bed.  Amidst my bedtime routine I decide to remove my nail polish since it is chipping, so after I brush my teeth I get out the nail polish and clear coat and make my nails look better.

11:30pm:  I climb in bed and finish this post on the iPad.  Maybe I'll read a few blogs before I pass out.  Or maybe not - my alarm is set for 5:15 tomorrow morning :)

For the record, I only work late on Monday nights so this day is not really our norm, but it IS our life, and as crazy and hectic as it sounds, I wouldn't trade it for anything!

QOTD:  Now do you understand why I drink so much coffee?? ;)  What is your favorite coffee drink?








Monday, October 21, 2013

Old Meets New

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I remember when I was a little girl playing with Fisher Price Little People.  I had the house, with the mommy, daddy, and baby.  I'm sure they were pretty worn when we finally got rid of them because I loved those things and played with them constantly.



Fast forward to the present - I now have my own children and did you know that those Little People are still around??  Samantha and Morgan have the school bus and the airplane, and of course a set of Disney Princess Little People that Santa brought Morgan last year.  I just love watching my kids play with and enjoy the same toys I loved when I was their age.

Enter the technology age - smart phones and tablets are all the rage and they make apps for literally everything to go on each one.  Samantha and Morgan like to play on mommy's iPad but I honestly don't have many apps on it for them because A - it's mine and I'd like to get to use it from time to time, and B - the kid-friendly apps tend to be a little costly.  Plus, I'd rather them do something like read a book rather than play a game on my iPad.

That was, until I had the opportunity to try a new app from Fisher Price called Little People Flower Power.


Old truly does meet new with this app.  It's an interactive storybook, which I love because it works for both of my kids.  The "read to me" version was just right for Morgan.  It is narrated by Genevieve Goings from Disney Junior's "Choo Choo Soul" (which my kids LOVE), but even though it is narrated you still have to click on items in the story to make it progress.  I liked how the designers made something sparkle to capture a child's attention so they would press on that button to go to the next page of the book.  The "read it myself" version is perfect for Samantha since she is already learning how to read in kindergarten; sitting with them both and watching them use this app I could see the benefit each was getting even though they are on completely different education levels.

And the story line is precious and, of course, teaches a good story.  It's Mia's first day at the Little People Place preschool and she's a little shy, so Miss Hugg (also voiced by Genevieve), Eddie, Sofie, Tessa, and Koby all try to make her feel at home.  Since the story is interactive there are different options your child can choose from to make the story unique each time.  For example, at the beginning Miss Hugg tells Mia that she knows Mia likes to collect things and asks her what she likes to collect - three pictures pop up for your child to choose from and depending on what they chose the story line is a bit different.  I like how it's not the same story over and over - it kept the girls' interests through reading it several times!

I really enjoyed this app and it got Samantha's and Morgan's seals of approval :)  If you'd like to try it out at your house, it will be available on the iTunes App store beginning tomorrow, October 22nd!  The normal price for this app will be $3.99 (a steal compared to other kid-friendly apps available!) - BUT - tomorrow ONLY it will be on sale for 99 cents, so get it while it's hot!!!

QOTD:  Do you have any kid-friendly apps on your smartphone or tablet?

Friday, October 18, 2013

My Favorite Things Giveaway #2 WINNERS!

Thanks to all that entered my Energybits giveaway!  I hope you will enjoyed being #poweredbybits as much as I do!

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Stick around - more giveaways and fun things to come!!!

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Heroes In Recovery

I briefly mentioned when my Aunt Lesha died back in January; we were fresh off our trip for marathon weekend and it was unexpected so things got real crazy and I never really talked about how she died.

But I think it's an important issue to talk about so I'm going to share with you and tell you what I am doing to help others like her.

You see, my aunt had an addiction to narcotic pain medication.  In my line of work I see this rather often, unfortunately, but there is a social stigma associated with addiction disorders and sadly, a lot of people don't seek treatment for it.

As a matter of fact, out of the about 23 million people affected by an addiction disorder, only about 3 million seek treatment. And my aunt was one of those people.  And sadly, she's no longer with us because of that.

I learned yesterday about a movement called Heroes in Recovery.  It was started by the Foundations Recovery Network with a mission of eliminating the social stigma associated with addiction and other mental health disorders so that those suffering in silence will seek help.  The movement was created to inspire these people with the success stories of others so they can renew themselves in a sober, more active, healthier lifestyle.  I wish my aunt had had access to this type of help; she would probably still be with us today.

Heroes in Recovery hosts 6Ks in multiple cities to help raise awareness for their cause and I am lucky that Memphis is one of those!  The course starts and ends in beautiful Court Square and includes a run down Riverside Drive, one of the most beautiful views of the city!


Even though I have a 15K on my schedule for the following day (and a gymnastics birthday party for a certain almost 6 year old that afternoon...), I would not miss this event.  This cause hits close to home for me.  If by raising awareness for the movement I can help one person beat the stigma and seek help, then I know my aunt would be proud.  If you are interested in joining me at the race, click here to register!  Don't wait too long - prices increase on 11/1!


Wednesday, October 16, 2013

The Smiths Do The Boardwalk

I  might have mentioned that the Smiths are heading to Disney World in February for the Princess Half Marathon!

But what I didn't tell you is that we are taking advantage of our new DVC membership and staying at the Boardwalk Villas!!


We were originally booked at Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa but got bumped to our waitlist at the Boardwalk last week!  The Smiths have never stayed in the Boardwalk area so I had a lot of research to do and thought I'd share some of our plans with you!!

When I first found out we were staying at the Boardwalk I knew that Beaches and Cream Soda Shop was going to be on our must do list!  We had originally planned to go to Beaches and Cream during our vacation last year and it never happened, so needless to say I am overdue for a Kitchen Sink!!

GET IN MEH BELLY

Beaches and Cream is located at the Beach Club Resort, a short walk or boat ride from the Boardwalk.  

Another thing we are looking forward to during our Boardwalk stay is a trip to Fantasia Gardens and Fairways Miniature Golf Course.  I know what you're thinking - Kristen, mini golf - at Disney???  Yup!!!  If you recall from my marathon weekend recap, we are always looking for new things to do at the Walt Disney Resort and we've never done mini golf!  It's a short walk from the Boardwalk and something you can do without having to purchase a park ticket for the day.  Winner winner chicken dinner!

Speaking of dinner...

I am also looking forward to taking in the ambiance of the Boardwalk area, visiting places like the Boardwalk Bakery (which just re-opened after a refurb), the Pizza Window, and Seashore Sweets.  Being from the south, I have never been to real Boardwalk but I hear that Disney has done an excellent job at making it feel like the real thing!

Doesn't that look awesome???!!!

Another "new to us" thing on our to do list is eating at Cape May Cafe, another restaurant at the Beach Club.  I have secured us a reservation for breakfast after the half marathon and I know my girls are going to love it - you know why???


You guess it - they have Minnie!!!  Well, not just Minnie, but Cape May Cafe hosts a character buffet breakfast.  My girls will DIE.  I'm keeping that part a secret so mums the word, mkay??  I also have breakfast booked for the morning we leave at Kouzzina, Cat Cora's restaurant.  I have heard it's excellent!

We're doing more than just eating though folks.  I might have mentioned I'm doing a little running..... ;)  I also plan to spend more than my fair share of time at this:


See that slide???!!!  We will have to pry Samantha away from it, kicking and screaming no doubt!

Oh, and perhaps we'll visit the Magic Kingdom for a bit while we're there...

Lots of fun to be had on our trip!!!  I can't wait!

QOTD:  Have you ever stayed at the Boardwalk??  Give me some tips and suggestions!!!



















Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Grieving the Children I Never Knew






Precious, tiny little ones you'll always be to me
So perfect , pure and innocent - part of heaven's family
We dreamed of you and your life and all that it would be.
We never had the chance to play, to laugh, to rock, to wiggle.
We long to hold you, touch you now and listen to you giggle.
I'll always be your mother; he'll always be your dad.
You will always be our child, the child that we had.
But now you're gone...but yet you're here, we'll sense you everywhere.
You are our sorrow and our joy, there's love in every tear.
Just know our love goes deep and strong,
We'll forget you never - the child we had but never had,
And yet will have forever.





Monday, October 14, 2013

Is There a Doctor in the House?

We had a relatively low-key weekend at the Smith house.  Since I was off with Sam for her fall break last week we spent most of our time prepping for the mega yard sale we had Saturday.  I still managed to get my 3 mile training run in that afternoon before we headed out to eat and to Target - wild and crazy Saturday night, I tell ya :)

Yesterday morning I had 7 miles to do so I got up and get them done before church.  I am pleased to say that say far my #switchinggears plan is working!  I ran my fastest 10K to date during yesterday's run at 1:04!  Too bad I can't turn that time in for corral placement!!!  

But I have to say that one of the highlights of my weekend was watching Morgan during nursery duty at church.  They have a doctor's kit you can play with and this Doc McStuffins fan knew exactly what she was suppose to do with each piece!  Well...sorta...

Check your heart (that's really an ear but who cares??)


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Check your eeeaaaaaarrrrrrrrr (she got that one right but kept saying YUCK when she took the otoscope out!)

Give you shot - uhm, that's ok baby, I got mine already ;)

She was too cute for words!  Perhaps I have another future doctor on my hands!!

QOTD:  Anyone do anything exciting this weekend?


Friday, October 11, 2013

Letting Go

So...THIS happened this week.




Can you believe this???  My baby is riding a bike without training wheels.  Have I mentioned that she has a birthday coming up too???  This girl will be 6 years old.  Where has the time gone??

I guess with all the "firsts" happening in her life lately I'm struggling with letting go - I want to hold on to my sweet baby, but - she's not a baby anymore.  I have to learn to let her grow up and do her own thing, much like letting go of the bike so she could ride without training wheels.

And I'm not going to lie - it's not easy and I'm having a hard time with it.

She's out on fall break this week so we have been having a lot of quality mommy/daughter time.  Today she asked if I'd take her to get her nails done.



Ok, maybe her getting older isn't THAT bad ;)

QOTD:  How do you cope with all the "firsts"??


Thursday, October 10, 2013

To All Who Enter This Happy Place: Welcome

Always love that one Walt :)

I just had to use that quote today to say welcome to all of you who are stopping by from the DisBroads!!  If you are new here, let me introduce myself :)

My name is Kristen!  



I am wife to Mr. Smith Summary; we have been happily married for 9 years.  I am also mom to the two BEAUTIFUL girls you see above, Samantha and Morgan.  In addition I am mom to two angel babies and two fur babies.  We live in the burbs of Memphis, TN, where I was born and raised!

When I take off my wife and mom hat I work full time as a clinical pharmacist in palliative care.  I truly enjoy helping patients and their families during their final days of life.  I may be a graduate of the University of TN but I bleed blue and gray - GO TIGERS!!


And then in my spare time, I like to run.  I started running after I had Morgan as a means to shed the baby weight and thanks to runDisney and the Broads, it has become a passion!!  I have run 5 halfs and 1 full and am currently training for the Wine and Dine Half Marathon, the St. Jude Half Marathon (I'm running as a hero!), and the Glass Slipper Challenge.  I am proud to be an ambassador for Kindrunner, Energybits, and Sweat Pink!

Obviously if I am a DisBroad I have a passion for all things Disney!  I didn't get to go to Disney until I was an adult and I absolutely love sharing the Disney magic with my family!  We are DVC members and we're always looking forward to our next trip "home."

Our "home" resort, Bay Lake Tower at Disney's Contemporary Resort

So this is our story - The Smith Summary!  Thanks so much for stopping by!!  Don't be a stranger ;)

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Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Cream Colored Ponies and Crisp Apple Streudels

"Doorbells and sleigh bells and schnitzel with noodles
Wild geese that fly with the moon on their wings
These are a few of my favorite things"
Lyrics by Rogers and Hammerstein

You're welcome - again.

The return of these famous song lyrics could only mean one thing - it's time for another My Favorite Things Giveaway!!


For this giveaway I am paying tribute to one of my favorite pre-race fuels, Energybits!  I guess I should have come up with an "Ode to Bits" instead of quoting Maria Von Trapp?  It's no mystery that I am a big Energybits fan.  Heck, I'm even an ambassador now; so that tells you that I truly believe in the product!  I take 30 bits about 30 minutes before I run and I can really tell a difference, especially when I am traveling for, say, a runDisney race?? :)  I took 'em with me to Disneyland and you better believe they will be going with me to Wine and Dine in a month!  In case you've forgotten what I told you about Energybits before, check out these impressive stats:

Check out the calories and protein per serving!  Not to mention, the only one that doesn't contain sugar!

Not only do they have a lot of protein, but they have the highest concentration of antioxidants, essential to fighting damage-causing free radicals!

And chalk full of vitamin B!  25 bananas???  Ain't nobody got time for that.

So now that you want to be #poweredbybits, click on my ambassador link to the right and save yourself 15% when you use the code SMITHSUMMARY at check out!  AND...you can also enter my giveaway below for your chance to win one of two - yes, TWO! - samples!!  Simply follow the instructions in the Rafflecopter below; open to US residents only.  Good luck!!!

I am an Energybits ambassador, but I have received no compensation for this post and - as always - all thoughts are completely my own.  Giveaway prizes provided by yours truly because I really love these things and want to share with you!


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Monday, October 7, 2013

The Ultimate Runner's Night Out

The countdown is on to the Ultimate Runner's Night Out!!


I am so incredibly excited to be participating in this event!  I sat at home all weekend, watching updates on social media from the Tower of Terror 10 Miler and the excitement for this upcoming racecation is about more than I can stand!  I will be enjoying a weekend of firsts:

1.  First solo trip to WDW - yup, that's right.  I am going solo.  Now, to get technical I have been to WDW before without Owen or my girls but that was before we were a "family" (i.e. high school band trip), so that doesn't really count.  

2.  First night race - now how does this work???  The race doesn't start until 10pm, and from the looks of it, my corral won't be taking off until 10:15pm.  

Corral G for me!


I'm usually asleep on the couch by then!!  I'm sure me and the #DisBroads will grab a nap after our lunch at Kona Cafe to ensure we are well rested for the evenings festivities.  Oh, and then there's the outfit of course.  Here is a rough draft preview:

Look familiar to anyone??

3.  My first trip to the Epcot Food and Wine Festival - HOT DOG!!  At the end of the race, the Epcot Food and Wine Festival will be waiting for us.  


I have never been to this so I have been digging around at info on the internet and came across the Disney Food Blog - they have a whole LOT of info about Food and Wine and it just makes me even more excited to see all the stuff we can try!  The after party is going to be a blast, and even in my old age I hope I make it long enough after the race is over to enjoy the fun!

And as if all of this wasn't enough, my pal Bonnie guest posted today over at Margaritas, Miles, and the Mouse and after reading her recap, I AM READY TO GO!

The countdown is on and I couldn't be more excited - will I see you there??









Friday, October 4, 2013

Switching Gears

So yesterday I made the tough decision to switch my St. Jude registration from the full marathon to the half.


We have a lot going on in the Smith house right now and I want to run a full again when I can put in the proper training - I don't have time for another 6 hour marathon! (pun intended)  And right now, I just don't have the time.  Last weekend's disappointing performance at the Women's Half (recap here) made me realize that my time would be better served improving my speed so that I can have a better half time to take to other races for better corral placement.  That, plus the training schedule just meshes better with our family schedule.

Does all that make sense??

I sure hope so.

I got squared away with the help from the folks from St. Jude yesterday, although my bib will still say marathon and my runner tracking will still say marathon, I will receive the half shirt, finisher medal, and most importantly, an official half finish time.

And even MORE importantly, I am still running as a St. Jude hero!  My fundraising efforts are still underway - if you haven't donated, I would LOVE it if you would consider doing so today!  I know I appreciate your support and so do the kids at St. Jude!!  

I have officially switched over to Hal Higdon's intermediate half marathon training - the words tempo run, race pace, and intervals are entering my vocabulary!!  I am looking forward to a fast 5K this weekend.

Thanks again for hanging with me and supporting me along this journey; I know I have another full in me - it's just not THIS one.

QOTD:  Do you incorporate tempo runs and intervals into your training?  Share some tips with me!

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Know Your Medicine, Know Your Pharmacist!

In addition to being National Breast Cancer awareness month and National Infant and Pregnancy Loss Awareness Month (I'll talk about that more soon), it's also a big month for us pharmacists!  October is American Pharmacists Month!


Each year in October we celebrate American Pharmacists Month to recognize the vital contributions that pharmacists make to advanced medical care and safe medication use.  Here is the statement from the American Pharmacists Association regarding American Pharmacists Month:

Pharmacists are experts in helping patients get the most out of today's complicated medications. They are an integrated member of the health care team and are directly involved in patient care. Pharmacists advise patients and health care providers on the selection, dosages, interactions, and side effects of medications. Pharmacists have a significant role in assessing medication management in patients, and in referring patients to physicians, as they are often the first point-of-contact for patients with health inquiries.

Did you know your pharmacist did all that???

I challenge all of you to take the time this month to get to know your pharmacist better!  Perhaps, while they give you your flu shot??  Yup, we can do that too!!!

QOTD:  Feel free to share a story about your favorite pharmacist!!!  I always like to hear how we make a difference :)

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

That Time That I Committed a Runner No-No

So....you'll recall on Friday I was all pumped, excited about the possibility of PRing at the Nashville Women's Half Marathon on Saturday.

Well.....

The race didn't go quite as I had hoped it would.

But I'm getting ahead of myself; let me back track.

I worked half a day on Friday and then met Owen at the house with my overnight bag packed and we took off for Nashville, making it into town right about 4pm.  After checking in at the Renaissance Hotel me and my buddy Kristan headed over to the expo, which was in the attached convention center.

View of downtown Nashville from our room

The expo was smaller than the ones I have been to at Disney but it was still nice.  I had been thinking of getting a hydration belt for awhile now and Kristan had also so we were both very happy to see the girls at the Fitletic Booth, who hooked us both up with the Neoprene Double Pouch belts and water bottle attachments.  We tried these things out at the expo and THEY DON'T MOVE!  Very excited to try them it on my 14 miler this weekend!  We also picked up some shirts from Fellow Flowers, whom I first heard about from Girls Run the 901.  I picked up their Philosophy Long Sleeved shirt and I just LOVE it!  I also picked up a finisher's shirt from the Women's Running booth.

Sign on the door of the hotel

My bib!!!

CUTE, CUTE bags!!!  

We were still done pretty early even with all that shopping and though we had dinner reservations at Maggiano's at 6:45, we decided to head over a little early to see if they could seat us early.  They were PACKED, however, and we didn't even get seated until close to 7pm.  This is where things started to go downhill - and I guess I needed big flashing lights to see that trouble was brewing but alas, I didn't see it coming.

The restaurant was crazy busy so it was pretty late by the time we got our food.  The server was very nice and suggested we try something we couldn't make at home - which gave me this BRILLIANT idea (note the sarcasm here) to try the salmon with orzo and spinach as opposed to my traditional spaghetti.  They dropped my dish bringing it from the kitchen, and then when they went to remake it, they made the wrong dish.  So it was REALLY late by the time MY food arrived.  I, of course, scarfed it down because I was starving, along with the free dessert we got for our trouble.  The restaurant staff could not have been nicer and all my food was comped, but when they brought out the wrong dish, I should've asked for the spaghetti....it was a sign!

We got back to the hotel pretty early and with an overly full tummy I passed out pretty early, but not before I laid flat Kristen out for the next morning!

Flat Kristen

My alarm went off at 5:30am and I knew right away I had a problem.  My stomach just did not feel right, to the point that I choked down my Honey Stinger waffles but couldn't even take my Energybits.  I met Kristan in the lobby and ran into Jenn from Team runDisney!


Kristan and I headed over to the corrals, which were a short walk from our hotel.  

The starting line from my spot in corral 4

Well, you can pretty much guess the rest.  The race did not really go as I had hoped.  I was plagued by tummy trouble throughout (I'll spare you the details) and finished in 2:35:29.  Still not my worst half time ever but really not what I was hoping for.  Ok, hoping off the pity train now...

My friend Heather ran Saturday and I am SO very proud of her - she reached ONE-derland, coming in at 1:58!  She is wicked fast!!!

Heather and I with our medals

All the troubles were worth it - do you SEE this BLING?????!!!!!

My results!  That 6.7 mile split was the slowest - I tried to make up for it for the next 3 miles but started to feel crappy again towards the end.

I am not sure if I will run this race again next year.  I think the Women's Running folks put on a great event but honestly, these Nashville hills are KILLER.  Of course, I said that last year too and look what happened, so I guess only time will tell. 

And I think it's safe to say that I have really learned my lesson on this one!  Come Wine and Dine, I will be dining on spaghetti folks!!!!



QOTD:  Have you ever committed a runner no-no???