Sunday, May 1, 2016

Weekly Recap- April 25-May 1, 2016

I did 2 shorter runs this week and my ankle is feeling okay so I might try to make my way back slowly!


We had an MRTT night out at Plant Street Market.  It was fun to eat, play games and just hang out outside of running!

Then I headed to softball, where we came back to win.

Tuesday--dance class

Wednesday--Diana's Dunkin Donuts birthday run..1 mile in 10:01.

Kelly, Kacie, & I had Girl's Night at my fav--Melting Pot!  Yum!


Kory and I had dinner at Cooke's of Dublin before going to see the Jungle Book.  Since I love anything deep-fried, I had to tried the Battered Burger & Chips (Hand battered beef burger topped with garlic mayonnaise, tomato chutney and mixed greens) although I had it minus the tomato chutney.  And since I love all things cheese, I had to get the Irish Vintage Cheese & Bacon Dip.

The burger was only okay but the cheese dip was delicious!  And the Jungle Book was really good too!


I had the school carnival that night.  I love seeing all the kids out!


We decided to water park hop between Blizzard Beach and Typhoon Lagoon.  I feel like I got some exercise in though.  We hit up Blizzard Beach for all of the slides (which have tons of stairs to go up to get to each one) and Typhoon Lagoon for the wave pool (which is exhaustingly fun!)

Kory made a delicious steak dinner with mushrooms, mashed potatoes, and lobster ravioli!

Sunday--Romp in the Swamp 5k in 29:30 Way too hot. Mile 1: 8:23, Mile 2: 10:01, Mile 3: 10:03, Mile 3-3.11: 10:14, Average Pace: 9:31

This race was rough!  It didn't start until 8 and was way too hot.  I had to stop way more than normal.  I was first in my age group, but my time was 4 minutes off my normal time.  They need to make the race earlier in the year.

Total miles this week: 4.11
Total miles in 2016: 261.14
Total miles: 2981.02

Sunday, April 24, 2016

Weekly Recap--April 18-24, 2016


It was Boston Marathon day!  I had so much fun tracking 2 of my proud of them!

I went to happy hour at Johnnie's Hideaway with Dad and we brought Bella.

We lost in softball, but at least it was to the same team as before.

Tuesday--dance class


Thursday--1 mile in 10:59 Liz's Starbucks Birthday run.

Kyle was in town so he and Kory could go to Universal during the day so we all went out to dinner later.


Kory and I had date night at Disney Springs.  We had dinner at Portobello then got drinks at Jock Lindsey's Hangar Bar.


I went to a baby shower for Nicola during the day.


And then a birthday party for Carla at night.


I worked in Tour Guide at the ride.

Total miles this week: 1
Total miles in 2016: 257.03
Total miles: 2976.91

Sunday, April 17, 2016

Weekly Recap- April 4-17, 2016

Last week I slacked on doing a post since I'm taking time off of running because of my ankle so it was a boring week.  But this week was an exciting week full of a half marathon and signing the contract to build a house!

April 4- 10, 2016

Monday- softball

We won again.

Tuesday--dance class.

After dance, Chelsea and I hit up the Flower & Garden Festival.

This time I visited the Joffrey's vendor by Disney Traders for the Tiki Torch--frozen passion fruit thrills with juicy sweet flavors, a hint of tartness, blended with Grey Goose Vodka.  And while sipping that, we walked over to Bauernmarkt: Farmer's Market in Germany to get the Chicken Fricassee with Green Asparagus and Peas served with Uncle Ben's Rice Pilaf.



Kim & Kyle were in town so the four of us had dinner at Whispering Canyon Cafe and then enjoyed drinks at Trader Sam's.


The four of use had dinner at Bahama Breeze and then went to my happy place--Jellyrolls.


My brother and Lindsay were town for a few hours so the six of us went to lunch at BJ's Brewhouse.  Both Kyle & Kim, and Steven & Lindsay have just bought/built new houses so our lunch revolved around house talk!  It was so nice to have both sides of the family together!


I worked in Tour Guide at the ride during the day.

Total miles this week: 0
Total miles in 2016: 242.74
Total miles: 2782.42

April 11-17, 2016


We won and then headed to a post-game dinner at Ale House.

Tuesday--dance class

After dance class, Chelsea and I headed back into the Flower & Garden Festival.

This time we went to Urban Farm Eats.  I got the Seared Pork Tenderloin with Mushroom Ragout, Spring Vegetables and Marble Potatoes along with Avive Natural Peach Sparkling Wine from France.



We went to the expo for the Star Wars Half Marathon.  I'm not a Star Wars fan so I think this was the least amount of money I've ever spent at an expo!  All I bought was a gold Sweatyband for my costume, and then the I Did It shirt and Sweatyband that I always get.


We signed the contract to build a new house!!  We've been looking for 5 years and it's finally done! (well, we have to wait for the house to be built, but you know what I mean!)  I'm so excited!  Hopefully we'll be moved in by the end of September!

To celebrate, we brought Bella with us out to dinner at Sea Dog.  Kelly and Ron bought their puppies up to meet us.


Kory and I went to see Allegiant and then had dinner at Pizza@Artegon.  I love creating my own pizza with as many cheese toppings as they have!

Sunday--Star Wars Half Marathon 13.30 miles in 2:33:38  Mile 1: 9:37, Mile 2: 9:43, Mile 3: 9:50, Mile 4: 10:48, Mile 5: 12:35, Mile 6: 12:28, Mile 7: 11:56, Mile 8: 12:19, Mile 9: 12:22, Mile 10: 11:36, Mile 12: 12:38, Mile 13: 11:25, Mile 13-13.30: 9:42, Average Pace: 11:33

I always have so much fun running with Faith!  And I love that Photopass is now the photographers so Faith gets all the pictures free since she has a top Annual Pass!

Total miles this week: 13.30
Total miles in 2016: 256.03
Total miles: 2795.71

Sunday, April 3, 2016

Weekly Recap- March 28-April 3, 2016


Softball had a bye so the team had a little outing to watch the Braves Spring Training game.

Tuesday--dance class

It was belly dancing night.  I've learned that while I might be pretty okay at Irish Step Dancing, last week (latin dancing) and this week showed me that I have absolutely no hip action!


We had portfolio night at school.  It was a looong day!


I took Faith over to see the house we liked and to take more pictures.

Then Kory and I headed to the Studios.  We ate dinner at the Hollywood Brown Derby out on their new patio bar.  Then we headed over to the Streets of America to say goodbye since it's being demolished.  Sigh.  I'm not happy about the changes.  The park will no longer be what it was created to be.  It makes me sad.

Then we watched the Star Wars fireworks before they change it up.  I'm not a Star Wars fan but it was neat to see them over my ride and the actual fireworks were pretty cool.


We had dinner then took Bella to Jeremiah's Italian Ice.  She even got a pup cup!


Kory and I went to go ask some more questions about the house and ask about how to go about signing the contract.  Only to find out that it had sold that morning.  I was really upset.  Thankfully the sales guy emailed me a few hours later with an even better floor plan.  While it would unfortunately mean having to wait another 6 or so months, it will be exciting to watch our house built from the ground up.  We're hoping to get that approved and sign a contract!

We headed to out to run errands and ate at Zaxbys.

Sunday--EA Sports Riverside Dash 15k 9.38 miles in 1:43:00 Great time running with friends!! Mile 1: 10:36, Mile 2: 11:56, Mile 3: 11:35, Mile 4: 11:16, Mile 5: 11:06, Mile 6: 10:28, Mile 7: 11:00, Mile 8: 10:54, Mile 9: 10:35, Mile 9-9.38: 10:20, Average Pace: 11:00

I went to one of my first grader's birthday parties and then headed to Epcot to meet friends at the Flower and Garden Festival.

~Taste of Marrakesh: Falafel Pocket with Cucumber-Tomato Salad and Tahini Sauce & White Sangria
~Florida Fresh: Florida Larder Board (Orlando-made Ricotta Cheese, Cahaba Farms Micro Onions, Extra Virgin Olive Oil and Balsamic, Country Pate, and House- Made Pickles) & Key Lime Sparkling Wine from Florida Orange Groves Winery in St. Petersburg, FL
~Fleur De Lys (France): Macaron Chocolat Framboise (Large Raspberry Macaron with Chocolate Fudge and Raspberry Jam) & Ice Pop Grand Marnier Peach Cocktail (Grand Marnier Peach Raspberry, Vodka and Iced Tea)
~ Joffrey's Coffee & Tea Company in Canada: Spiked Chai Latte (Frozen Chai Tea Latte with Chai Spices, creamy Vanilla, and blended with Bailey's Irish Creme).  And I forgot to take a picture.  Oop!

Total miles this week: 9.38
Total miles in 2016: 242.74
Total miles: 2782.42

Sunday, March 27, 2016

Weekly Recap- March 21-27, 2016

It was spring break but Kory was out of town so it was a very low-key week for me.


We lost our first softball game of the season.  It was a close one though!


After dance, Chelsea and I headed in to the Flower & Garden Festival to Jardin de Fiestas (Mexico).  I got the Tacos de Camaron (Tempura Shrimp served with Hibiscus Flower, Caramelized Onions, and Habanero Sauce) and a Elderflower Watermelon Sangria.


Dad was in town so we met up for Happy Hour at Fishbones.  Yummy oysters!


Kory got back into town and I met up with him, his twin brother, and his dad at Hurricane Gill & Wings for lunch.  Then since it was March Madness, we ate dinner at Ale House so we could watch the games.


We got up and headed to Disney Springs to have lunch at Earl of Sandwich and then see Zootopia.  I wasn't sure if I would like it, but it was really good!  My friend Derek worked on the movie and did a great job again!

We went to look at the houses we're considering again and then met up with Dad at Bdubs to watch more March Madness.

Saturday--Pig Run of Lake Nona 5k.  Ran 3.12 miles and ate 3 donuts in the middle of the race in 31:23.  Beat last year's time.  Mile 1: 8:33, Mile 2: 13:08, Mile 3: 9:15, Mile 3-3.12: 9:10 Average Pace: 10:16

We took dad to look at the houses.  I think we're getting close to making a decision!

We had dinner at Yellow Dog Eats and headed home because of the storm.


Happy Easter!  Kory had to work (so did Faith's husband) so we took the Munchkin to Bonefish Grill for dinner.

Total miles this week: 3.12
Total miles in 2016: 233.36
Total miles: 2773.04

Monday, March 21, 2016

Weekly Recap- March 7-20, 2016

Last Sunday I was still in Asheville for the Marathon so this is a double dose of a weekly recap!

March 7-13, 2016


We won our softball game.




I attended a VIP event at the Melting Pot with Kelly.


Faith and I flew to Asheville late that night and stayed in the Holiday Inn Downtown.  It was part of the package that Faith had won.


We took an Uber over to the Grand Bohemian Hotel where we'd stay for 2 nights.  It was sooo nice!  After checking in, we checked out the Asheville Marathon Expo.  I love expos!

We did a little shopping (and found a Lilly store!!)  Then we went back to the hotel and enjoyed a glass of champagne before checking out our room.

That night we went into downtown Asheville.  We ate dinner at Farm Burger and had amazing dessert at the Chocolate Lounge!

Then it was bed time since we had to be up early for the race.

Sunday--Asheville Marathon.  26.38 miles in 5:57:14 Hardest and most miserable race of my life. Constant hills. Pouring rain. Dirt roads after mile 8 which equaled slippery mud. But we got it done and I'm proud of us for it. Mile 1: 9:40, Mile 2: 12:25, Mile 3: 10:59, Mile 4: 11:34, Mile 5: 13:59, Mile 6: 12:32, Mile 7: 11:41, Mile 8: 11:42, Mile 9: 12:21, Mile 10: 13:44, Mile 11: 14:00, Mile 12: 14:43, Mile 13: 16:07, Mile 14: 16:35, Mile 15: 12:50, Mile 16: 16:02, Mile 17: 21:27, Mile 18: 13:53, Mile 19: 13:09, Mile 20: 13:02, Mile 21: 14:30, Mile 22: 12:41, Mile 23: 12:55, Mile 24: 15:01, Mile 25: 13:13, Mile 26: 12:33, Mile 26-26.38: 10:16, Average Pace: 13:32

The race was seriously the hardest thing I've ever done.  I'm so glad that I had Faith by my side!

After the race we got a wonderful massage then headed back to the room because we were disgustingly filthy and muddy.  After showering and a quick rest, we decided to have a drink in the hotel bar, the Red Stag Grill, and there was a cheese plate so I had to get it.

Then we went to the Cantina and had a feast of chips and salsa, guacamole, queso, and a grilled avocado.  I enjoyed a margarita and Faith had a beer flight.

Then we headed back to the hotel because we were exhausted.

Total miles this week: 26.38
Total miles in 2016: 220.08
Total miles: 2759.76

March 14-20, 2016


We slept in.  We were going to tour the Biltmore House but for the price, we weren't sure we'd have enough time.  So we walked around to kill time and had lunch at the Corner Kitchen and then dessert at this cute bakery.  Then we caught our flight home.

Tuesday--Dance & Tone Class

I started a new dance class at Epcot.  I loved it!  The first half of the class is learning a routine--each week is a different theme.  This week's was Irish Step Dancing.  Then the second part is toning the body.  It definitely kept me entertained!


Cori and I went to Minnie's Silver Screen Dine at the Hollywood Studios.  The characters were so cute and the food was yummy!


I went to Jeni's house for some girl time--watching tv, eating food, and drinking wine!


The Yelpsterhood went to dinner at the Wine Barn.  Service was iffy but the pizza was delicious!  Then we went to dessert at KrungThep Tea Time.  I had the Monkey's Brick Toast and a Thai Iced Tea.  It was amazing!!


Sunday--Excalibur 10 Miler  10.16 miles in 1:42:53   Mile 1: 8:24, Mile 2: 8:52, Mile 3: 9:43, Mile 4: 10:23, Mile 5: 11:22, Mile 6: 10:17, Mile 8: 10:41, Mile 9: 10:36, Mile 10: 10:41, Mile 10-10.16: 10:26, Average Pace: 10:11

There was more dirt roads!!!  I was hoping for a large PR but only got around a 45 sec one.  But it was still a fun race and I'm excited that it's a challenge!

Total miles this week: 10.16
Total miles in 2016: 230.24
Total miles: 2769.92

Sunday, March 6, 2016

Weekly Recap- February 29-March 6, 2016

Monday--softball.  We won by run-ruling the other team.

Tuesday-- 3 miles in 30:14  Mile 1: 10:16, Mile 2: 10:00 Mile 3: 9:57, Average Pace: 10:05


Thursday--3 miles in 29:54 Mile 1: 10:20, Mile 2: 9:46, Mile 3: 9:45, Average Pace: 9:57


Kelly, Ron, Paul and I participated in Goofy's Mystery Tour at the Animal Kingdom.

It's this fun challenge for Cast Members that's divided into two parts.  First is really hard Disney trivia.  Then the second part is where you have to go around and solve puzzles to get clues for the final word.  Usually they're verbal/wordy puzzles that Kelly and I are good at.  This year, they were mostly visual and extremely hard!  But it was still lots of fun!

Saturday--Best Damn Race Orlando Half Marathon...13.22 miles in 2:25:14 Mile 1: 9:20, Mile 2: 9:28, Mile 3: 10:32, Mile 4: 10:58, Mile 5: 11:13, Mile 6: 11:19, Mile 7: 11:06, Mile 8: 11:40, Mile 9: 11:26, Mile 10: 12:14, Mile 11: 11:48, Mile 12: 11:05, Mile 13: 10:53, Mile 13-13.22: 9:56, Average Pace: 10:59

Kory and I checked out the new Skipper Canteen for dinner at the Magic Kingdom.  I love new Disney restaurants!


Kelly, Ron, Paul, Mikey and I went to try out some of the yummy eats at Epcot's Flower and Garden Festival.

I tried the following from:
~Lotus House in China: Beijing-style Candied Strawberries and Kung Fu Punch (Vodka, Triple Sec, Mango and Orange Juice)
~Primavera Kitchen in Italy: Mezze Lune Primavera Egg Pasta stuffed with Ricotta and Spinach in a Creamy Sauce with Spring Vegetables and Pecorino Cheese and a Rossini Sparkling wine and marinated Strawberries
~Hanami in Japan: Beef Teriyaki Udon (Thin-sliced Beef, Onions and Noodles tossed on the grill with Soy and Ginger)
~Cider House in United Kingdom: House-made Potato and Cheddar Cheese Biscuit with Smoke Salmon Tartare and the Cider and Beer wine flight (we subbed the beer for a second cider): Sonoma "The Pitchfork" Organic Pear Hard Cider from Healdsburg, Ca, McKenzie's Black Cherry Hard Cider from West Seneca, NY, and Keel & Curley Mad Man Blueberry Hard Cider from Plant City, FL
~Pineapple Promenade: Spicy Hot Dog with Pineapple Chutney and Taro Chips and Ocean Tropical Pineapple Hard Cider from Florida Beer Company from Port Canaveral, FL

Total miles this week: 19.22
Total miles in 2016: 193.7
Total miles: 2733.38