Things that are Costumes for the Dopey Challenge 2016

Tuesday, January 10

Since Dopey 2017 just happened I thought it would be fun to #takemeback to when I ran the Dopey Challenge last year (2016) with Celise, Shelly, and Celise's uncle, Dan. I wanted to post what cute costumes we wore and what fun ones we found too.

Here are some of the costumes we found. Some were homemade, some were a mix between homemade and bought, and some were bought.



I started searching for the Dopey Challenge early in 2015, we had signed up for the race in March or April of 2015 (and in the past the race usually sold out fast). I searched blogs and the web and the best one that I found was We Run Disney Blog. The blog is hosted by a mother and daughter. They have cute outfits, had a post specifically for questions (which was VERY helpful), race recaps, and the most recent was their experience running the Castle to Ch√Ęteau Challenge at Disneyland Paris. 

So after all our searching we decided on what to wear. Here's a recap of what we wore for the Dopey Challenge:

Day 1 - Super Heroes Tedi - Iron Man, Celise - Captain America, Shelly - Superman, Dan - Flash. Both Dan and Shelly wore DC costumes while Celise and I kept with Marvel. If you didn't know, Disney owns Marvel, but not DC.

Day 2 - Princesses Tedi - Rapunzel, Celise - Snow White, Shelly - Aurora, Dan - Prince Charming Shirt
Day 3 - "Forget the Glass Slippers" shirt with Turquoise skirt while Dan - "Why are all these princesses chasing me" shirt

Day 4 - Girls - Minnie Mouse with black shirt/tank and Minnie skirt, Dan - Mickey Mouse

Have you dressed up for a race? If yes, was it a Disney Race?
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Things that are 2017 Goals!

Friday, December 30

Oh my! I seriously haven't even thought about my upcoming goals for the year.  But felt I still needed to create a list and share it. I did put some thought into my goals, so they aren't just written up on a whim. 

I'll be honest, I didn't have goals for 2016. The only ones that I had were run Dopey and go through IVF, which I did in the first month. I hadn't made goals beyond that, because I didn't know what the outcome of our IVF cycle would be.

I'm reminded of the goals that I made in 2015, and the results are listed in bold:

"-Having a better and more meaningful relationship with Chase - this is an ongoing thing that I'm always striving to do.
-Being OKAY with me asking Chase for help around the house - I did get better at this, and it's taken a lot of humility on my part to as for help.
-Running my first Marathon (still need to find a good one for this year! - any ideas?) - Ran my first one in September of 2015 and #2 in January of 2016.
-Strength training on my own and in a class at the rec center - After my knee injury back at the end of May I started going a lot, and I started noticing more definition in my arms and legs. I loved it, and will continue to do it as long as I can.
-Eat better - eat more clean stuff - more fruits and veggies - Earlier this year Chase and I decided that we really really needed to get our of debt, and with that we reduced our budget down to $100 a month. Because our budget is so low for food (and we aren't eating out) we have been eating a lot more crabby food (top raman, mac and cheese, tuna fish sandwich, hot dogs, etc). I've been trying when I can to incorporate more veggies, so that it's not as bad.
-Be in the here and now - not on my phone so often - I'm still working on this more, I had a few weeks where I was not on Facebook, and Instagram much/at all.
-Strive to be more spiritual - work on reading my scriptures and reading more General Conference talks - I started with 5 minutes of scripture reading each morning, and that has helped, but its still a work in progress."

Here are my goals this year:

-Read my Scriptures/Conference talks for at least 5 minutes a day.
-Attend the temple (with or without Chase) at least 10 times.
-Fulfill my Visiting Teaching each month (something I constantly struggle with).

-Sign up for 1-marathon, 1-half marathon, 1-10k and 1-5k to complete by the end of 2017.
-Stick with strength training/Barre at least 3 times a week.
-Do some sort of cardio activity at least 3 times a week.

-Do an activity/Date night we both enjoy once a month.
-Being okay with asking for help from Chase (this is an ongoing one that I need to continue to do).
-Have a better and more meaningful relationship with Chase (this is ongoing).

-Read/Listen to 5 books.
-Be in the present and stop focusing on the "what if's" and the future.
-Write in my journal at least once per month.

I need to constantly remind myself that I'm not going to beat myself up if I fail to achieve my goals for the year. If I'm at least somewhat consistent then that was a better effort than failing in the first month like so many of us do.

P.S. Shirt sale ends December 31!!
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Things that are The Unexpected

Monday, December 26

After 2,737 days of waiting, praying, crying and anticipating...

Expected arrival is: June 20, 2017

Things that are My Year in Running 2016

Friday, December 16

Though my mileage has been down significantly this year I have learned much more by not running than actually running.

I'm linking up with Courtney over at Eat Pray Run DC. Here's my year in running:

Best race experience: It would have to be running the Donald Half Marathon in Orlando, FL while running the Dopey Challenge of 48.6 miles in 4 days. It was January 9, which also happens to be my birthday. Even though my time was horrible it was the memories that I created with my wonderful running friends that I will cherish more.

Best run: After undergoing a failed In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) round in January, I didn't do a ton of running. While I wasn't running as much, it allowed my body to heal from the fertility meds as well as an injury I had on the back of my knee. With my mileage being on the low end I was able to have a successful 5k race on July 4, with a pretty good time of 30:24.

Best new piece of running gear: I didn't get any new running gear this year. Not even new running socks. Hopefully next year I can get an new pair of shoes and maybe a new watch.

Best running advice you've received this year: While I was running the Mickey Marathon, it was hard to go from running to stopping and back and forth (lots of character pictures). I kept what Courtney (Eat Pray Run DC) said last year "run the mile you're in" in my head during that race. I had never heard the quote before, but that seemed to help on those last few miles of running the marathon.

Most Inspirational Runner: Heather, who I follow on Instagram (@Triandrungirl). After several difficult marathons she finally got her BQ, and also became an Ironman in the same year. She has been such an inspiration to me this year, even though this has been a very less active year for me.

Favorite Picture from a Run or Race This Year:
This one is bright and early birthday morning (Jan 9) for our Donald Half Marathon. I was super excited and ready to run a half. I don't think I have ever felt more prepared to not care about a time, than that day. I was there to have fun, and it was a ton of fun.

I know this isn't a picture of me, but it is of my two good running friends, Shelly and Celise. We were all supposed to run Dumbo Double Dare Challenge and get our coast to coast medals. We were all sure that I would be about 8 months pregnant and running that much probably wasn't the best idea. So I didn't sign up. After two failed IVF cycles, they thought no better way to cheer me up, than to get me to California and run the Disneyland Half Marathon with them. Since they were doing the Challenge (including the 10k), I was off walking around Downtown Disney waiting for them to pass by. I saw them and teared up. They were wearing (even though they told me they would be wearing "forget the glass slippers" outfit) my Running with Infertility shirts, and had dedicated that run to me and Chase and all that we had been through. To me that was the best thing anyone had ever done for me. That is why I'm including it in one of my favorite pictures. It serves as a reminder of all the heartbreak, loss, and good runs that I have had this year.

Race Experience You would repeat in a heartbeat: Running The Dopey Challenge. There were 4 of us in our group and we had the best of times. Yes, it was crowded, but I believe Disney knows how to put on good races. If I had the money ($560) to sign up for it, I would do it again.

If you could sum up your year in a couple of words what would it be?: "Expensive." I spent a lot of money on races (Dopey mainly) and fertility treatments. If I had to choose another phrase it would be "a year of learning." I learned a lot about what my body is capable of and can see that I can progress.

P.S. Sale going on in the Shop through December 31. Go check it out!
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I'm Two! Happy Blogiversary!

Tuesday, December 6

I'm amazed that this year has already passed. There has been so much goodness, learning and so much sorrow and heartache this year. We've gone through 2 IVF cycles, I ran my second marathon, gone on a lot of hikes, ran two half marathons for the year, and saved up $14,000 in 4 months.

Here are the posts that were read the most this past year of blogging:

Things that are Starting In Vitro Fertilization (IVF)

Things that are Supplements/Medications Taken Before IVF Cycle

Things that are Starting IVF: Bring on the Injections

Things that are Starting IVF: Egg Retrieval

Things that are Starting IVF: Embryo Transfer

Things That Got Me Into Running

Things That are Starting IVF: Having Strength to Move Forward

Things that are Trials and "Why did this happen to me?"

Things that are Our IVF Journey Take Two

Things that are National Infertility Awareness Week (NIAW): April 24-30

Things that are MY Infertilty Journey

Things that are A Fertility Fundraiser

Things that are Paying for IVF Number Two With Cash

Things that are Cheap Meals

Things that are IVF Take 2: Injections, & Egg Retrieval

Things that are Disheartening Doctor News

I also opened up a shirt shop (will add more shirts as time passes) here on my site and have a cute infertility shirt in there: "Keep Calm and Pineapple On."

Chase and I have been so blessed to be able to share our infertility journey with you. While at times, it has not been easy I have felt so strongly to share our story. I felt that those already battling infertility needed somewhere they could turn to and read about others struggles, and that is what this year has been. A year of sharing our heartache, so that others may be lifted and blessed.

Thank you all for sharing in our journey!

 Don't forget "Keep Calm and Pineapple On" shirt is on sale for $17 with free shipping all through December.

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