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MY chocolate milk

by @according2kelly on July 8, 2014

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my kids think I buy chocolate milk for them, but to be perfectly honest, i buy it for me. best post-workout treat EVER. #myAfter #TeamRefuel #teamsparkle

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otter pops

by @according2kelly on July 8, 2014

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otter pops are a summer necessity. especially when running a summer trail race.

 

 

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bling

by @according2kelly on July 7, 2014

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asking me to pick a favorite medal on my medal rack is like asking me to pick a favorite child. each & every one has it’s own story to tell. and they are ALL reminders that “if you want something you’ve never had, you must be willing to do something you’ve never done.”

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favorite things: #tastetherainbow

by @according2kelly on July 6, 2014

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little things make me happy… Like a rainbow of nuun.

#tastetherainbow

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it’s the thought that counts

by @according2kelly on July 4, 2014

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#FlatKelly was ready to run…. run pretty far tank, sparkle athletic skirt & shwings, new balance kicks & USA kttape.  but when the alarm went off, i just wasn’t “feeling” it. it’s the thought that counts, right?!

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precision instrument of speed & aeordynamics

by @according2kelly on July 2, 2014

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“i’m a precision instrument of speed and aerodynamics…” at least that’s what i tell myself when i’m wearing my new balance kicks & sparkle athletic shwings.

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princess half marathon

by @according2kelly on March 3, 2014

sleeping-beauty-good-fairy-running-costumesScreen shot 2014-03-02 at 9.00.21 PMwhat’s not to love about the runDisney princess half marathon?

it’s the ultimate “girl’s weekend.”

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i’ve heard it said that “girl’s compete with each other. but women empower each other.”

& that’s definitely true when it comes to the princess half marathon weekend.

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of course i saw lots of running costumes (carrie, elise & i ran as flora, fauna & merryweather, sleepying beauty’s “good fairies”), tiaras, all things sparkly, princess sashes & many flutes of bubbly throughout the weekend.

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but what really stands out in my mind was the kindness, friendship, encouragement & even love that i witnessed throughout the entire weekend & especially during the race itself.

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i watched as friendships formed in the corrals, as runners encouraged & sometimes even helped one another on the race course, as volunteers & spectators cheered & motivated thousands of “random strangers.”

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for some people this was their first half marathon ever.

others were hoping to PR after months & months of training.

for a number of runners this race was the final step to completing the inaugural glass slipper challenge (running both the disney enchanted 10K & the princess half marathon in a single weekend, at total of 19.3 miles).

& many people were looking forward to earning their “pink” coast to coast medal, having already run the tinker bell half marathon at disneyland the month before, entitling them to extra “bling” at the finish line.

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but i think it’s safe to say that every single person was looking forward to, thrilled, eager & very much excited to soon be running & walking through the walt disney world resort, the magic kingdom & epcot.

running with some of my BRFs (best running friends), character photo opps, on-course entertainment, & the overflowing feelings of excitement, empowerment and love for one another, were definitely the makings of a memorable race.

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but one of my favorite moments of the weekend was sitting at the finish line, cheering & watching as runners crossed.

to be quite honest, i think watching others cross the finish brought me more joy than when i crossed it myself, earlier that same morning.

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watching others accomplish something amazing, something they had trained months for, something some of them may have once thought to be impossible – was definitely nothing other than magical.

everyone i saw was exuding happiness.

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Screen shot 2014-03-02 at 9.00.34 PMyou could literally feel the excitement in the air, & i’d be lying if i said i wasn’t moved to tears.

i love how one incredible weekend, how 13.1 amazing miles, & the promise of a little bling, is able to bring out the “inner princess” in everyone.

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“if you are losing faith in human nature, go out and watch a marathon.”

better yet, attend the princess half marathon.

feel the love, experience the kindness, & embrace the empowerment for yourself. i can promise you this – you’ll walk away with a warm & fuzzy feeling inside.

2014 princess half marathon by the numbers

* total chip time 2:22:49 – definitely not my fastest time, but probably my most memorable race ever.
* 453rd place out of  3,051 women in my age group
* 2513rd place out of  19,294 women
* 2830th place out of 20,750 runners
* 5K split time 26:24 (8:30/ mile pace)
* 10K split 54:07 (8:43/ mile pace)
* 15K split 1:21:38 (8:45/ mile pace)

i don’t know what it is – the energy, the spectators, the entertainment, the pixie dust? somehow runDisney races always prove to be my most favorite races of the season.

so if you haven’t run disney yet – do it. whether it’s your first race, or your tenth, you’re sure to have a magical time.

want to read more about my runDisney adventures, check out my other runDisney race recaps.

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disney princess enchanted 10K

by @according2kelly on February 27, 2014

cinderella-running-costumei may have spent the week dressed as a princess on the run, proving that a pair of shoes can change your life (especially the runDisney new balance running shoes & sparkle athletic shwings).

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but for the inaugural disney princess enchanted 10K during the princess half marathon weekend, i donned my fairy wings & ran as a pirate fairy princess with one of my brf’s (best running friends) princess snow white, aka @dietdivatara.

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luckily for us, we ran into princess elsa on the way to the star, & even had time to build a snow man.

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before we knew it we were off & running, chatting & taking pictures along theentire route.

the disney princess enchanted 10K course just so happens to be the exact, same course as the walt disney world 10K, which i had ran the month before.

& while i may have struggled to finish the 6.2 miles a little over a month ago, this time i literally flew through the course, happily collecting my bling at the end.

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2014 disney princess enchanted 10K by the numbers

* total chip time 50:07
* 10th place out of 1,333 women in my age group
* 54th place out of 7,928 women
* 110th place out of 8,967 runners
* 5K split time 24:23

want to read more about my runDisney adventures, check out my other runDisney race recaps.

 

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tinker bell half marathon

by @according2kelly on January 27, 2014

finish-tinker-bell-halfi finished the 2014 runDisney tinker bell half marathon.

trust me when i say, i truly doubted that i would ever be able to utter those words.

eight & a half weeks prior to the tinker bell half marathon i had major surgery.

the kind of surgery that resulted in me being on “bed rest” for nearly 3 weeks.

the kind of surgery that resulted in me being hardly able to walk, let alone run.

the kind of surgery that i am still ever so slowly recovering from.

two weeks before the race, i was given the “go ahead” to start running again. so i laced up my running shoes, literally huffing & puffing, as i shuffled my feet through two miles.

honestly. that was probably the hardest run of my entire life.

knowing tinker bell half marathon was less than two weeks away, i felt extremely discouraged.

the next day, i once again laced up my running shoes, literally huffing & puffing, as i shuffled my feet through three miles.

the following day i ran four miles, & then my last “long” run, before i began my “taper” was the inaugural walt disney world 10K during the walt disney world marathon weekend – 6.2 of the slowest, hardest, most emotional miles i have ever (& most likely will ever) run.

having run a total of 15.2 miles, in the 8 weeks prior to the tinker bell half marathon, i wasn’t exactly feeling confident.

as i toed the starting line on the morning of the race, my heart raced, my stomach full of butterflies, & i was physically shaking, despite how calm & collected i may have looked dressed in my perry the platypus running costume.

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but none of that could outweigh the excitement in the air, the rush of adrenaline, the joy of knowing i was surrounded by 15,000 of my nearest & dearest friends (including @dietdivatara).

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so, with a firework sendoff, i ran across the starting line, completely unsure of whether i would later be crossing the finish line, running, walking or crawling.

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luckily, i had a friend to run with.

together we ran, we chatted, we high-fived volunteers & spectators, we cheered for our fellow runners, & we celebrated…

every single mile marker past six became a mini party, celebrating the furthest i had run in 8 weeks. there was dancing & cheering, & maybe even a cartwheel or two.

the point being – i wanted to enjoy my journey & recognize the “little victories” along the way.

oh yeah, & we took pictures. lots & lots of pictures…

2014 tinker bell half marathon

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before we knew it, the finish line was in sight…

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although no pictures managed to catch it, victoria & i crossed in unison, smiling from ear to ear.

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i’m not sure if it was disney magic, the power of sparkle, or the result of a really long taper, i was able to run 13.1 miles, & cross the finish line feeling good.

2014 tinker bell half marathon by the numbers

* total chip time 1:58:56
* 76th place out of  2,019 women in my age group
* 421st place out of  11,491 women
* 624th place out of 13,144 runners
* 5K split time 27:30
* 10K split 56:25
* 15K split 1:24:21

i don’t know what it is – the energy, the spectators, the entertainment, the pixie dust? somehow runDisney races always prove to be the most fun (& sometimes my fastest) races i run all year. i’d definitely say that runDisney races bring out the “best” in everyone.

so if you haven’t run disney yet – do it. whether it’s your first race, or your tenth, you’re sure to have a magical time.

want to read more about my runDisney adventures, check out my other runDisney race recaps.

 

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never land 5K

by @according2kelly on January 20, 2014

the never land 5K, heck all of the runDisney 5Ks, are always totally memorable &perfectly magical.

it’s the only race during the tinker bell half marathon weekend that isn’t timed, making it more of a run than a race.

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Screen shot 2014-02-27 at 3.10.40 PMin my eyes, the never land 5K is pretty special…

it’s something that the entire family can do together.

like all of the runDisney 5K’s, the entire family can actually run/ walk together. so it’s not surprising that that race corrals were filled with families, sometimes even multiple generations, often times everyone dressed in costume.

what else is special about the never land 5K? i love that the entire race takes places within disneyland & disney california adventure parks.

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it’s not everyday that you get to experience the sun rise, as you are running in, & around the disneyland resort.

disney characters & entertainment on-course to cheer you on? photo opportunities galore?

everything & anything about the never land 5K makes it absolutely & completely special, in every possible way.

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no other race, can produce that same warm & fuzzy, feel-good feeling that a runDisney family fun 5K creates.

especially at the finish, when they drape the “bling” around your neck.

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after all,  it really is all about the bling – & runDisney races (even the 5Ks) always seem to have the very best medals.

so if you haven’t run disney yet – do it. whether it’s your first race, or your tenth, you’re sure to have a magical time.

want to read more about my runDisney adventures, check out my other runDisney race recaps.

 

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