Curse Reversed: The remaining 5 hours of the WDW Marathon

Previously as we reversed the curse:

When we last left off, we had just seen our friends outside of the Grand Floridian.  As I mentioned, we were in the zone for the next 6 miles to get through the kind of yucky part of the course (literally around the water treatment facility) and to my favorite part, Animal Kingdom.  We were there in no time and man was I pumped.

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Dottie Bell was not as excited to see us.  We rounded the sidewalks into the park and headed toward Expedition Everest.  We decided to wait the 15 minutes to ride the coaster.  And, well, this happened.  FYI — we might say some naughty words that your uptight boss or your parrot of a child might not need to hear.

TL;DW: Rode the ride, told Mandy that if I dropped my phone on the ride we would tell MB teenagers stole it, Hilary loved it.

After we got off the coaster we grabbed a diet coke and we we were off.

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Pittsburgh Half Marathon Training: Weeks 1, 2 and 3 so far

Friends, I can’t believe that I’m almost a month into training for my major half marathon PR.  I can’t believe it mostly because I’ve done not nearly enough training to, you know, have a major half marathon PR.

I’m using the Run Less, Run Faster method this cycle again.  It worked so well for MCM so obviously I  was excited to put it together for the half marathon.  So excited, I literally put it together in December.  I’m running, auspiciously, Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday.  Tuesday is track, Thursday is tempo and Saturday is the long run.  I think the most enticing thing about this cycle is my first two long runs were SINGLE DIGITS.  SINGLE DIGITS.  Why don’t I run more half marathons?

OK, so the training has felt a little lackluster, but in retrospect, it looks like it’s going OK.  I really need to get back to my journal so I can reflect on this more than once every threeish weeks.  Anyhoodles.

My first workout was on the track — 12×400 — the Tuesday after we got back from the WDW Marathon, soooo.  No thanks.  I opted to do the tempo run on Thursday and it went just fine.  Albeit a little stiff after 26.2 miles.  I will say that all the barre I’ve been doing really helped me stay loose after the marathon.

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Curse Reversed: The first 5 hours of the WDW Marathon

After a lovely Saturday of half marathon goodness, we hit the studios where I was finally united with my homegirl, Jillian, we did some side planks and just generally had a great time.

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guys my hair looked awesome that day. thank you Katinka

I had picked up the migraine that we were passing along to one another so after Patrick’s birthday dinner I tried to put myself to bed to sleep it off.  Needless to say, it was really challenging to sleep knowing that I had to get up at 2:15 but I managed to get a few winks in and it was go time! Continue reading

Race Report: Fairfax Four Miler 2015

This was my third year running the Fairfax Four Miler and after last year’s tiny bit of a fiasco with the race prep — the crowded check in, not having enough sweat shirts for day-of packet pick up — I’m happy to report that this year was way more smooth.


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One Month of Pure Barre

On December 17, I signed up for 1 month of unlimited classes at Pure Barre Rockville.  I had gone to barre classes there (and elsewhere in MoCo) for about 2 years — mostly with Class Pass and had gotten great work outs.  If you’re not familiar with Pure Barre, from their website:  Utilizing the ballet barre to perform small isometric movements set to fantastic music, Pure Barre is a total body workout that lifts your seat, tones your thighs, abs, and arms, and burns fat in record- breaking time.

As part of my #womanup plan in 2016, I want to make strength a hallmark of my training cycles — especially as I go for a big PR in the half marathon in the spring.  Going into my unlimited month I wanted to do at least three classes a week and then assess my progress.  I’m here to report that progress is major and I’m 10000000% obsessed with Pure Barre.

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I like it mostly because I get to drink nuun, wear Oiselle spandex and leg warmers

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Curse Reversed: 13.1 reasons to run the WDW Half

Remember this picture? 

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Yeah, they def weren’t feeling running a half marathon.  Imagine our joy when we say these happy faces at mile 7:


Princess Natalie and Princess Katinka did an amazing job at the half marathon.  They were so speedy, had so much fun and really helped us out getting ready for the full marathon the next day.  Below are the 13.1 things that the Princesses want you to know about their epic half marathon so you too can have an amazing runDisney half experience!  Enjoy!

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Curse Reversed: WDW Marathon Days 1 and 2

Friends!  Country women!  Lend me your ears!  Like the mickey shaped ones.  Ala Natalie Pendleton.

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Ahhhh mimosas during a marathon.  Winning.

This WDW marathon weekend was all about four things:  friends, fun, food, redemption.  No better place to do all that than our favorite place on earth, right?  Our first two days were spent eating, having fun and friending so let’s get to it!

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Woman Up in 2016

2015 was awesome.  And to get 2016 off to the right start, I’m taking Oiselle’s advice and I’m going to Woman Up in 2016 — make big, scary goals and go for them.


But first, let’s recap last year!

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2015: Another year running

My girl Courtney of Eat Pray Run posted a great questionaire to help us wayward bloggers round up our best memories for of 2016.  The year, in all areas, was outstanding for me personally and professionally and, after filling out the great things about running below, I realized that it was pretty good for running, too.

2015 Another Year running

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Five Things Friday

Hi friends!  Sarah told her readers that I do regular Five Thing Fridays.  Uhhh.  I haven’t done one in like 8 months.  So here we are — a Five Things Friday Update on what I’ve been doing!

  1. I’m trying to start a cross training and rest revolution for myself.  I feel like other responsible, adult runners take care of themselves.
  2. As part of my cross training revolution, I’m taking barre 3 times a week for the next 4 weeks.  Pure Barre Rockville has a special for $100 for unlimited classes this month.  I’m looking forward to seeing how much stronger I can get and what it does for my running.
  3. Dude, Christmas is like a week from today (I seriously thought it was next Saturday).  One of my favorite Christmas non-running posts is from one of my favorite bloggers about how their family does (or doesn’t) do Santa.  I love people that think independently.
  4. I have a secret.  When I’m working from home I put the TV on and the people on the shows are like my coworkers.  Recently I started watching Vanderpump Rules.  Please judge accordingly.
  5. My brother — and his naughty AF cat — are living with us.  I LOVE him.  Our dog on the other hand does not.  It’s been an interesting couple of months here at Casa de Bailey.

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