I actually completed my run before 2pm?

So, since the restaurant closes at midnight on Sunday’s, I actually got to bed at a decent hour! Which meant, I woke up around 9:30am feeling more like it was noon. When I noticed how early it was, I decided to go for a run! 

Since we’d laid out at the pool all day yesterday, I’m a bit of a lobster. I had to SLATHER on the sunscreen today, and I still feel the burn on my arms and back. Note to self: invest in a hat, and some aerosol sunscreen. I was pretty pumped to start out with- today was day one of week eight of my couch 2 5k app- I’ve been running 3x a week for two months? How did that happen?! I am very proud of myself for sticking with it this time, even if there have been some bumps along the way. I’ve gained a bit of weight back (relatives visiting and pms will do that to you) that I need to lose again, but nothing I can’t handle. BRING IT ON!

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Workout Recap

I don’t know if it was the sunburn or what, but even though the temperature was cooler today than it has been, I was DYING after three miles… so I walked the four miles back. I did spend about 20 minutes sitting on someone’s dock on the lake, just enjoying the shade and the sound of the water- which I think helped my stress level a LOT. See, look how pretty it was!

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LSU Lakes, from someone’s dock!
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Ran through LSU down Highland Rd. for a change of scenery. SO many freshmen!

So all in all, not a terrible way to spend my morning. I still need to figure out a way to get out there while it’s still dark, or find a CHEAP gym or treadmill, because it’s not even summer yet, and I am melting out there.

I’ve also found some virtual runs I’m planning on signing up for, that I thought people might be interested in- they all benefit great causes!

I’m also looking into the Jazz Half Marathon in NOLA, the Rock N Roll Half Marathon in NOLA next year, and the Baton Rouge Half Marathon next year. Who wants to be my running buddy?!

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2 runs this week!

Alrighty. So on June 11th, I ran 2 miles, walked 5 more, cause it was hotter than HADES outside. So while I would have loved to say I ran all 7 miles… ain’t no way that was happening. Today, I ran 2 miles no stopping, then walked .8 home…after 5 hours of sleep and a 10 hour workday. Soooo…. I’m counting that as a win! I tried to go over to the Catholic High School to run on their track, but apparently they dislike sharing, ’cause the gates were chained shut. I was pretty bummed. I need to find out if LSU lets people on their track. I need to squeeze in one more run AT LEAST this week- I’m on my last week (week EIGHT!) of my C25K app… and I’m considering purchasing the Jeff Galloway Half Marathon App- anyone use it before?

Highlights from this week: 

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Recap of the June 11th run.

 

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Sunset view of the LSU lakes… no filter!

I’ve also decided to earn myself some BLING as I train for the Glass Slipper Challenge, so I will be signing myself up for a virtual 19.3 mile run, called “Earning My Glass Slipper”. I’ve got to admit, the hardware is adorable, and fits right in with the theme of all of this hard work! I think it’ll look lovely next to my THREE medals from GSC. 

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Earning my Glass Slipper Virtual 19.3

That’s all for now!

Glass Slipper Challenge- Princess Weekend at Walt Disney World!

Well, it’s official- I’ve lost my mind. Not only did I register for the Princess Half Marathon, I registered for the 10k the day before. So now Rachael and I will be part of the first year of Glass Slipper Challenge winners, with a total of THREE medals and shirts. 

If you think that a half marathon is just a walk in the park, put your endurance to the test and compete in the all-new Glass Slipper Challenge! A 19.3-mile adventure held over two days, participants will run the Disney Enchanted 10K on Saturday, followed by the Disney Princess Half Marathon on Sunday. If you finish both races within the pacing requirements, you will be awarded the all-new Glass Slipper Challenge medal in addition to your Half Marathon and 10K finisher medals. Image

I am SO EXCITED! Now, to go run in 100* heat. Andrew, JD, Elyse, Donna, Shawn, Chris, EVERYONE: there is still a TON of time to register for the 5k, 10k, and half marathon before prices increase. PLEASE consider joining us for a magical weekend!

Once upon a time, in southern Louisiana…

a young woman lived in a garage apartment. Although she had almost everything her heart desired, the woman was tired, unhealthy, and unhappy. But then, one spring night, a Youtube Blogger appeared on her Facebook page, and showed her a way to become happier, healthier, and inspired. 

Intrigued by her infectious happiness, the woman committed to following the Blogger’s Pop Pilates plan, and signed the month of April away. The best lesson taught though, was for the woman not to be deceived by appearances, for beauty is found within. And when she decided to try, the weight and sadness began to melt away to reveal beautiful princess.

And as reward, the woman began to transform into a healthy, happy, runner. Proud of her new found health, the woman decided to commit to not only a 5k and Pop Pilates, but also two half marathons within the next year.  If she could learn to love her health, and earn donations to her charities in return by the time the last petal fell for the Disney Princess Half Marathon, then the woman will have met her goal. If not, she would just have to try again. As the days passed, she became more and more motivated, and gained hope. For who wouldn’t be motivated to run by a beauty and a beast?

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No really guys and gals. My name is Lauren, I’m 25 years old, and I truly am on a quest to eat clean, be healthy, and run in the 2014 Disney Princess Half Marathon. In the meantime, I’m running the Get Your Rear In Gear 5k, the New Orleans Children’s Hospital Jazz Half, and completing Cassey Ho’s Blogilates challenges. 

“All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them.” – Walt Disney