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runDisney Basics: The Expo!

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If you’re new to racing, or new to runDisney racing, everything can seem confusing and overwhelming.  You might be worried about which corral you’re assigned to (or even confused about why people are so worked up about it), how you’re going to get to the race and race events, how to put your bib on, and what the Expo is and what you do there.

The Expo at a runDisney race is typically held at the ESPN Wide World of Sports (for WDW races) or at a resort hotel.  A runDisney Expo has three main areas:

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The packet pickup area is almost always in a separate room or section.  This is where you’ll go to pick up your “packet” which consists of your bib, race instructions, wrist bands for special events (race retreat, post race party, Coast to Coast, challenges, etc) and your race shirt.

You’ll need to bring your waiver with you which you can get from the runDisney website a few weeks before the event.   If you forget it, there will be kiosks with computers and printers where you print out another copy.  You’ll also need a photo ID.  Your waiver will have your bib number printed on it, you’ll need that number to know which booth to go to (the number ranges above are bib numbers).  At that booth, you’ll get your bib, race instructions and pre-purchased pins.  Sometimes you get your wristbands for special events there, sometimes there are separate booths for that.  You need to make sure you know which wristbands to expect so you don’t leave the expo without getting them.

You’ll need to repeat this process for every race you’re running (5k, 10k, half, full, kids races).  For the kids races, you’ll need a printed and signed waiver, but your ID is fine, you don’t need a birth certificate (although if your child’s last name is different from yours, it might be a  good idea to bring a copy just in case you get a difficult volunteer).

After you get your bib, pins and wristbands, you’ll head over to the race shirt pickup area.  That area is separated by race and then by gender and shirt size.  You’ll need to pick up the shirt size you signed up for, but if it doesn’t fit, you can usually (if they have sizes available) exchange it for a different size at the Size Exchange table.

You’ll also get a big clear plastic bag and a sticker with your bib number on it.  These two items are for you to use if you’ll be checking a bag on race day at the race start.  You can also use the bags to carry everything you get at the Expo, but they aren’t very easy to carry.  And if you’re running multiple races, you’ll end up with a lot of them.  Either knot up the strings so you can sling it over your shoulder, or plan ahead and bring your own bag (I like to use the string bags from prior races).   I do save all those clear plastic bags for future trips because they are excellent for packing dirty and/or wet clothes for the trip home.

Whew, now the work is done and it’s time for fun!

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The rest of the Expo is all shopping and fun.  The runDisney official merchandise area can be absolutely crazy depending on when you go.  When it is very crowded, they will control the number of people they allow into the area to shop and will set up a line to wait in right outside.  The line-up area is usually marked with tape on the floor.

This is where you can get things like the “I Did It” t-shirts, race themed bondibands, magnets, shirts, jackets, pins, wine glasses, mugs…  Pretty much any souvenir that you can imagine.  Sometimes the runDisney Dooney & Bourke purses are in this area (although at Princess last year they were in a separate room).   Some items go very quickly (the Dooney purses and the jackets tend to go first).  Most other items are restocked regularly so you may want to check back if something you want is missing.  Prepare for sticker shock, everything in the Official Merchandise area is expensive ($80 for a jacket, $40 for a tshirt).  While there are no bargains, some of the splurges are worth it; I know I love my jacket from Tink even though it was painful to pay for.

Take your time, be patient and try not to get overwhelmed.  While they do control the number of people who go into the official merchandise area, they do not make you leave after one circuit or after a certain amount of time so don’t feel rushed.   Photos of the official merchandise are often released the week of the race, so you may be able to decide in advance what items are most important to you.  If there is an item that is a must have for you, you may want to brave the crowds and get there early.

One tip is that if you have an annual pass, you can get a discount on items in this area so make sure to bring it with you!  Disney gift cards are also accepted in this area (but not in the rest of the Expo).

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And this is the rest of the expo.  All the other vendors.  New Balance is a major vendor and if you want the highly desired runDisney New Balance shoes you’ll need to keep an eye on the pre-race announcements because the procedures change from race to race.

Other vendors usually include running watches, sunglasses, bondibands, sweaty bands, Another Mother Runner, Raw Threads, Jeff Galloway, medal holders, race photography, jewelry, fuel, running stores, sparkle skirts, compression socks…  Pretty much everything you can think of is going to be there.  The first step is to check out the Expo map.  There is usually a map in the race instructions and also posted in the Expo.

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I consistently get lost at the Expo, so this map is the only thing that has saved me in the past.  Most vendors are set up to take credit cards (and cash of course).   This area can be very overwhelming, overstimulating and very very very crowded.  Again, give yourself plenty of time.  Leave the family at the hotel if you can.  Be patient and polite and try not to get too frustrated!  It can be a lot of fun if you go in with the right attitude.  One other tip is to set yourself a budget in advance!

The vendor area is a great place to discover and try out new products.   So many brands of clothing fit differently that it’s great to be able to either try them on (some places like sparkleskirts have little booths to try items on) or at least hold them up and examine the material and general size before buying.  Some vendors provide Expo discounts or samples.  If you think you may purchase a photo package, buying in advance at the Expo can get you a good deal.

While those are the main areas of the Expo, there is even more to explore.  Every day of the Expo there is a series of speakers.  Jeff Galloway is one of my favorites but every speaker I’ve heard has been motivational, educational or inspirational.  A schedule is posted in the Expo and is often in the race instructions.  Make sure to check it out!

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There are often areas set up to take fun photos too!

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You can also check out the runDisney booth to see medals for the race weekend and for some upcoming races!

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Are you exhausted yet?  And the race hasn’t even started!  To summarize, my biggest tips for a runDisney expo are:

  • Bring your waiver, ID, annual pass (if you have one), credit cards or cash and a budget!
  • Plan ahead and decide which booths you want to visit and which speakers you want to hear.
  • Leave the family at home.
  • Be patient, try not to get overwhelmed and be polite.
  • The majority of the people working at the Expo are volunteers so make sure to thank them!
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TotR: Favorite Distance

Thanks for joining us for another Tuesdays on the Run.  Today’s topic is favorite distance and Patty from My No-Guilt Life, Erika from MCM Mama Runs and I would love to find out what yours is.

Based on my race recaps, you’d probably think the half marathon is my favorite distance but I can assure you that it’s not.  Here’s how I feel about the different distances I’ve run:

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What I love

  • Not needing to dedicate weekends to runs over an hour.
  • The feeling of being able to push hard without worrying about facing a miserable race.
  • The race doesn’t take over the whole day between corralling, racing and recovery.

What I hate

  • At least locally, there’s no bling.
  • Tends to attract speedsters around here, so a sub-30 minute 5k “feels” slow.
  • I still can’t really find that balance between pushing myself hard enough to do my best and too hard so that I end up running out of steam in the last half mile.
  • Can’t really justify carb loading!

10k

What I love

  • 50/50 shot for bling. Not much bling locally, but bigger races tend to have nice medals at this distance.
  • I seem to pace myself best at this distance where I feel like I gave it my all but don’t feel exhausted in the last mile.
  • Being able to train up for it quickly without double digit training runs.
  • Tend to have scenic courses.
  • I can settle into a nice pace and really enjoy the run.

What I hate

  • We don’t have many of these locally.
  • At runDisney, the 10k somehow feels “less than” the half or full (I suspect this is just a personal problem).

15k

What I love

  • Almost always has a nice medal.
  • Nice distance for settling into a moderately challenging pace.
  • Tend to have scenic courses.
  • Can carb load!

What I hate

  • Long enough that pacing becomes more challenging, risking running out of gas.
  • Hard to find locally.
  • Takes up most of a day between corralling, racing and recovery.

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What I love

  • Always great medals.
  • Bragging rights.  Most people don’t run half marathons.
  • Carb loading!
  • Post run recovery treats!
  • The feeling when I’m done!
  • Costumes are almost always welcome.

What I hate

  • Training takes a lot of time, energy and effort.
  • When training gets derailed from life, injury or illness, it’s challenging to get back on track.
  • The race pretty much takes up the whole day between corralling, racing and recovery.
  • Tapering and reverse tapering.
  • Pre-race nervousness and lack of confidence.
  • Trouble pacing.  I tend to start out too slow due to lack of confidence and have trouble getting the times I know I’m capable of.

I’ve never run a full marathon, although I hope to do that in 2016!  So, while each distance has its good points and challenges, for me the 10k is my favorite.  I just wish we had more of them locally because I’d love to run one every month!

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Disney Days: Details

Walking into the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World, it’s easy to get overwhelmed with all the sights, sounds and even smells.  Everywhere you turn, you see something new and magical.  You’re surrounded by families, cast members and are transported into one land after another.  It’s easy to get swept away and not notice the details.

If you can, try to take the time to stop and look around.  Find a bench or table and look around.  While you’re waiting in line, try to find something you’ve never seen.  Lots of people know about the hidden mickeys, there are even books documenting them.  But there are many other hidden wonders.

Here are the ones that you can find if you just look up.  The weather vanes of Disney.

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Can you guess where all of these are?  A couple are pretty easy, but I’d love to hear your guesses.  Have you ever noticed the weather vanes of Disney?  Want more Disney in your day?  Check out the Mickey Monday linkup with with John from run.geek.run and Katie from Adventures by Katie.

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Saturday Update: Up to Six…Again

And it’s Saturday once again.  We’ve had a week of blessed relief from the brutal heat of summer and it’s certainly improved my outlook.  My goals this week were:

  1. Drink at least 80 ounces of fluids every day.  I did very well with this.  Probably not every day but I’ve really improved on this and I can absolutely feel the difference in my energy levels.  I know dehydration can cause lots of problems with energy and focus and I think focusing on hydration has made a real difference over the last few weeks.
  2. Do PiYo at least three times.  I did get it done once.  I did the PiYo Sweat workout and it killed my legs.  Say what you will about Beachbody, but their workouts are crazy effective.  I didn’t want to repeat my mistake the first time of doing the workout too often at first, so I waited until my legs felt better which took about four days (!!).  I’m planning to do another workout tomorrow.  Hopefully my body will get used to it and it won’t be so hard to recover from it soon.motivation56
  3. Run, walk, elliptical or bike three times.  I ran twice!  Yay!  Three miles on Tuesday and six miles today.  I was so happy that my Tuesday run didn’t flare up my foot!  I wanted to do three on Thursday, but I let my crazy busy work schedule and guilt over not being able to get everything done get in the way and ended up not running at all that day.  Still, twice is an improvement!
  4. See the Physical Therapist and get this foot fixed so I can run again!  I had a visit with the PT at work who really didn’t help at all (he isn’t a runner and keeps trying to get me to blame every injury on my running shoes when I KNOW this was from my ill judged flip flop hike) and then met with a really great PT at ReQuest.  He did a thorough assessment and gave me some exercises to do to strengthen my feet.  I’m supposed to go back twice a week for a few weeks, but I’m not sure if I will or not.  Basically, if my foot hurts again, I’ll make an appointment.  If not, I’ll probably skip it.  Work’s just insane right now and I’d rather use my “spare” time for running or PiYo than for PT appointments.

I have done fairly well with eating this week, although I had a bit of a relapse into eating junk yesterday (oh, cheetoes, why do you have to be so tasty?).  I’m back on track today.  I need to really kick this junk food for comfort habit.  I’m smarter and stronger than that.  It’s just so hard to resist when the urge hits and I can always seem to justify why I should indulge.

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Speaking of indulging, we’re heading to Disney next weekend for the Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party.  I’m super excited, it’s our first trip to Disney since Eli was in the hospital.  It will be a little worrisome to be so far from our hospital and his specialist (about 2.5 hours) but we have no reason to expect any more problems, so I have to be brave and just trust that things will be ok (not my strong point).

We’re all dressing in Jake and the Neverland Pirates costumes for the party.  Eli will be Jake, Erik will be Captain Hook, my mom is going as Izzy and I’m going as Mr. Smee.  Alex has requested to be allowed to stay with his grandpa instead (how can my child not love Disney?).

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It will be a little strange to be surrounded by Disney runners (Tower of Terror Ten Miler is next weekend too!) and not to be participating.  I really deeply wanted to get a bib for that race, but now I’m believing that this is one of those things that happens for a reason.  I am in no shape to run ten miles next weekend (I’m hoping for eight) so it’s just as well that I didn’t manage to get a bib.  I’m hoping I won’t be *too* jealous of all those happy runDisney runners wearing their medals in the parks on Sunday!

I hope you all had a great week and are enjoying more fall-like weather.  Look for lots of Disney photos next weekend here and on Instagram!

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TotR: The Road Less Traveled

Welcome back to Tuesdays on the Run, Patty from My No-Guilt Life, Erika from MCM Mama Runs and I are happy to have you stop by.  Today’s topic is Going Off-Road: Obstacle Runs, Color Runs, Tris, Cross Country, you know…everything except road racing.

Most of my races have been traditional road races (well, if you count dressing as a Disney character and running through theme parks as traditional) so I don’t have a lot of experience but I do have a lot of interest in non-traditional races.

Obstacle Runs

I haven’t gotten to run one yet, but the concept of Tough Mudder or Spartan sounds like a huge amount of fun.  I’m super intimidated by the group aspect of the runs, but I love reading about them (Courtney at don’t blink. just run. has some great recaps) and am hoping to get brave (and strong!) enough to give one a try sometime next year.

Color Runs

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I had a ton of fun at Color Me Rad last year running with friends.  It was an untimed, low key race set on someone’s farm so the scenery was gorgeous.  The color was plentiful but didn’t bother my breathing and washed out of my clothes just fine.  I’d definitely do it again, but probably not every year and I’d make sure to run with friends again.

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Oh how I’d love to do a triathlon!  I love to bike and I love to run and I love to swim.  But the kind of swimming I love to do is splashing around and gently swimming around until I get tired and then just floating.  I grew up in Florida, so I have known how to swim probably just as long as I’ve known how to walk but I never took formal lessons, so I don’t have good form.  Whenever I try to swim laps, I get all confused about when to breathe.  I am surprised the pool lifeguard hasn’t tried to rescue me!  So, tris are on my long term goal list but I need to get a better bike and to invest in some swim lessons first!

Cross Country

About this time last year, I ran the Twilight Cross Country 10k.  It was a beautiful course, out in farmland and it had rained all day which really helped with the late summer temperatures.  Unfortunately all that rain also made the rolling hills on the farm into a big soggy mucky mess.  It was so much harder to run on that soggy mess but it was still a lot of fun.  I’d love to do another cross country race, but maybe in the winter when it’s cooler and drier!

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Relay Racing

Another nontraditional race that I’ve been really wanting to try is the Ragnar Race series.  The most likely one for me is the Florida Keys Ragnar.  I love that someone gets to run across the seven mile bridge.  But I also like some of the other Ragnar courses and would love to get to explore a whole other part of the country.  I need to get my back to back running stamina built up but this is another on my 2016 plan!

It’s not actual racing, but one of the reasons I run is so I can have the fitness to do other off road adventures.  The two biggest ones I am determined to do before I turn fifty are to do a rim to rim hike at the Grand Canyon and to hike the Appalachian Trail.

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Do you venture off road?  What’s your favorite kind of non-traditional race?

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Saturday Update

This has been a long, hot, really really hard summer.  I know it will be a little longer before autumn actually arrives way down here in Florida but I’m seeing hope that it’s coming.  The rest of the country is now enjoying cooler temperatures and it’s getting darker earlier and the Halloween decorations are starting to show up.  I feel like I’m on the edge of some really great times and the anticipation makes me happy.

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My Five Favorite Things About Being Forty

Life (and work!) has been crazier than usual, so I’ve missed the last few Friday Five linkups.  I’m happy to be able to join Courtney at Eat Pray Run DC, Mar at Mar On The Run and Cynthia at You Signed Up For What with today’s topic of My Five Favorite…

I decided to really stretch myself and find five things I love about being 40.  Turning 40 was less traumatic than I thought it would be, but it still kind of catches me off guard sometimes to realize I’m no longer thirty-something, especially when I still feel like a teenager in a lot of ways.  But I know that I like myself a lot more now than I did twenty years ago and I thought it would be fun to explore why.

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1.  Career Success – I’ve been working in governmental accounting for 18 years and I’ve slowly gained a lot of knowledge and expertise.  I’ve also developed some great friendships and relationships with people at my job and around the state.  Although it was hard for my impatient younger self to accept, now I know that it takes time and experience to really get skilled in my career.

2.  Family – After struggling with infertility and pregnancy losses for years, it’s really wonderful to know that our family is complete.  My kids are a lot of fun and my husband is my best friend.  We’re all crazy and fight and complain and don’t always eat dinner at the dining room table but we love each other a lot.  Here’s a typical family photo with my mom at WDW that Walt Disney Pictures retweeted last week.

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3.  Still Getting ID’ed – When I was a teenager and in my twenties, I always hated that I looked younger than my age.  At 16, someone asked my friends if I was their younger brother (I had an unfortunate pixie haircut at the time).  At 21, bartenders would often accuse me of having a fake ID because I looked  about 15.  At 25, when I was pregnant with Alex, more than one stranger came up and asked me if it was an accident (I guess I looked like a pregnant teen).  Older friends would always say that I’d appreciate my baby face once I got older and I didn’t believe them.  Well, I just love it now!  It’s fun when people are shocked to learn I’m 40!  Maybe it’s because I don’t dress or act “my age” but I’ll go with that it’s just because I look young!

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4.  Rediscovering Running – I ran in my twenties before having kids, but never could get back to it.  Rediscovering running and fitness and recommitting to my health has me convinced that my 40’s are going to be my best decade yet!  Reclaiming my self definition of being an athlete has given me a wonderful new sense of pride in myself.

5.  Self Confidence – I’ve always been too concerned with “the perceived gaze of others” (quote from my friend Marguerite).  I worried that complete strangers might judge me or make fun of me or pity me.  I wouldn’t try new things for fear of looking awkward or out of place.  As I’ve gotten older, I’ve discovered that everyone has self doubt and that 95% of the population is too busy being worried about themselves to have any energy for judging other people.  I’ve learned that people who I’ve admired for being so self confident and outgoing secretly have their own insecurities and fears.  I’ve still got some work to do to get past my social anxiety, but I can acknowledge and feel proud of how far I’ve come.

While being eternally young is a beautiful dream, getting older is much better than the alternative and I’m excited about what this decade has in store for me.

 

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My Trip to the Doctor

If you’ve been following along this summer, you may remember that every time I get to my six mile run mark I end up getting derailed with one thing or another.  This time was a foot injury.  I may or may not have (ok I did) made the really dumb decision to go hiking a couple of hours in a nature park in flip flops after a six mile run.  My left foot thought it would be a good idea to let me know how dumb that was by hurting.  For most of the next week.

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So I rested it.  And didn’t run.  And took Advil.  And iced it.  And taped it.  And whined.  A lot.  And then after a weekend on the couch it felt much better.  I thought I was being all mature and patient by not running on Monday, I waited all the way until Tuesday morning.  And I just did three miles.  And my foot started screaming at me as soon as I finished.  Not good, especially with Wine & Dine creeping up on me.

I was lucky enough to get a same day appointment on Wednesday at the UF Health Running Medicine Clinic.  I had heard good things about this clinic and I was excited to give them a try.  The physician’s assistant and the doctor were both runners who asked me about my recent races and upcoming races.  We had a great talk about our favorite running shoes.  And he reassured me that I’d be able to do Wine & Dine (yay!) and didn’t once suggest that I should just give up running (which other orthopedic doctors at a different clinic recommended in the past anytime I had an injury caused by running).

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He diagnosed me with Peroneal Tendonitis which is the inflammation of a tendon that runs down the outside of your leg from your calf down around the outside of your ankle and then connects on the outside of your foot about mid-way down.  I’m sure the poor shoe choice for the hike is what triggered it.  He referred me for physical therapy including massage, ultrasound and strengthening exercises.  No running for  a week or so, but biking and the elliptical are fine.

I’m glad to have a diagnosis that isn’t too scary and is likely to heal quickly.  There’s nothing to make you love running like getting injured.  I was dreading my long runs this summer and now I can’t wait to heal up so I can get back out there!

In other news, it’s funny (but disappointing) that despite (or more likely because) I wrote “for goodness sakes please don’t post this to reddit” in my post about racing in makeup, someone felt the need to actually post it to reddit.  Sigh.  So, if that person is reading this…for goodness sakes, please don’t send me a million dollars either.

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Anyone else struggling with an injury?  Ever had peroneal tendonitis?

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TotR: Breaking Through

Welcome back to Tuesdays on the Run, the linkup I share along with Patty from My No-Guilt Life, and Erika from MCM Mama Runs.  Our topic today is Breaking through a Mental Barrier in Training which is pretty darn relevant because I’ve been struggling with my training myself lately.

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I’ve found that the biggest mental barriers for me come from having had bad runs and bad races.  When I have one bad run, it gets stuck in my head and completely shakes my confidence.  The two worst runs I had are still etched in my mental and emotional memories.  One was the first time I attempted six miles when training for my first Princess Half.  I’m still not sure what happened but I just hit a wall and felt awful.  And it set my training back by months because I was afraid to have that experience (failure) again.

The second terrible run was the Tink Half where I just gave up halfway through and walked the rest of the way.  Somehow I’d convinced myself that I was having a medical condition and was going to pass out or die (I was absolutely fine, I just got all messed up in my head).  It was miserable and it made me terrified during the first few miles of the Princess Half that I’d have the same experience.

The root cause of my mental barriers is FEAR.  Fear that I’m going to fail, fear that I’m going to embarrass myself by getting sick or collapsing, fear that I’m going to feel awful, fear that I’ll have another bad run.  So I let the fear trick me into staying “safe” by reducing my distance goals, my speed goals, my finish time goals.

On the one hand, I think it’s important to learn from the bad runs.  Fear can be useful if it keeps me from starting out too fast or pushing myself too hard.  But fear can (and does!) still hold me back from achieving my goals.  Fear can make me stay in the “safe” zone where I know I can finish a run or a race but I don’t push myself to achieve what I am capable of.

So, how to break through the fear that’s holding me back?  Well, I think the first step is recognizing the fear and accepting that I am afraid and that it’s ok to be afraid.  The next step is to accept that it is ok to fail, to have a bad run.  And the final step is to suck it up and be brave and to try despite the fear.

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So that’s my new mantra!  I’m going to just do it.  Even if I’m afraid.  Even if I fail.  I just have to try!

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Running in Makeup

This is the kind of post that is probably going to have a lot of haters, so for goodness sake, please don’t share it on Reddit!  The “serious” runners will get their $60 custom performance undergarments (panties) in a bunch over the concept that someone might want to know what makeup works best while running.

The funny thing is that I rarely wear makeup, only for special occasions like work presentations, nights out with friends and races.  The reason I like to wear makeup for races is that it makes my race photos look so much better!  Vanity?  Probably, but it’s been so long since I’ve liked pictures of myself that I’m going to celebrate with the best race photos I can get.  As you can see, I don’t layer it on, but it does help keep me from looking too washed out.

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Racing isn’t easy on makeup.  The first requirement is that it is comfortable and doesn’t cause any skin or eye irritation.  The last thing you need when you’re racing is to have your makeup give you trouble.  Ideally you won’t even notice it.  The next requirement is that it needs to stay put, even with sweating and in the rain.  Finally, it needs to be smear-proof so that if you do need to rub your eyes it won’t turn you into a raccoon.

After some trial and error, here are the items I now use for my races:

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L’Oreal Double Extend Mascara is just amazing.  I hate mascara.  I always end up rubbing my eyes and smudging it all over my face.  The reason this mascara is perfect for racing is that it won’t smudge and it doesn’t irritate my eyes (even with contacts in).  The tube has two halves each with their own brush.  The first is the primer which is white.  Then you put on the colored (brown or black) mascara over the white primer.  Magic happens (or maybe science happens) and results in the mascara turning into little plastic tubes on each eyelash.

If you rub your eyes, the worst that happens is that the tubes kind of flake off and you can just brush them off your skin.  Rain and sweat don’t cause any smearing or smudging.  To remove you just use warm water and a washcloth.  The friction of rubbing warm water is what just kind of peels off the tubes.  It is a little more clumpy than other mascaras, but it’s the only mascara I’ve ever been able to use and it works great for running

Too Faced Perfect Eyes Waterproof Eyeliner is a recent find for me and I love it.  I had the same trouble with eyeliner that I had with mascara.  I rub my eyes more than I should and it tends to smear.  This eyeliner applies very smoothly and stays put better than any other brand I’ve tried.  And it doesn’t irritate my sensitive eyes!

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Covergirl Outlast Lipstain has been a long time favorite for me.  I’m just a tomboy, low maintenance kind of person at heart.  I have no time or patience for makeup that needs to be reapplied or that tends to smear if you touch your face.  Traditional lipsticks last for about 45 seconds on my face so I never saw the point, but lipstains last for hours without any fuss, smears or issues.  Perfect for races and they have the added benefit of not having the risk of melting if left in a car or sparkleskirt pocket!MU3Prescriptives Virtual Skin Foundation is another one of my old favorites.  I think you can only buy this online now, but I’ve stocked up and one bottle lasts me about a year.  This is a super lightweight foundation that doesn’t feel heavy at all.  I don’t usually even bother with foundation when I race but if I do, this is what I use.

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Urban Decay All Nighter Makeup Setting Spray is the final touch.  You spray it on your face after putting on your makeup and it helps keep it all in place.  It’s a little disconcerting to spray it directly on my face, but it doesn’t hurt my eyes and after it dries I don’t feel it.

Even though these are my favorites, everyone will have things they like more than others.  Do you wear makeup during races?  What’s your favorite product?  Have you had any disasters?  Are you a “serious” runner and now you’re all offended that I even wrote this post?

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