I didn’t intend to skip posting last night, but I’ve been feeling so overwhelmed lately. I feel like my level of stress usually tends to ebb and flow throughout the school year. Some times – like research paper grading time – are more stressful than others, but it usually balances out pretty well. Lately though, I feel like I haven’t had a breather in months. I just cannot get caught up for some reason.
It feels like I have so much to do between family, work, housework, fitness, the blog, etc. that I just can’t get ahead. It’s like there’s always a mountain of things to be done, so I just feel hopeless and barely do anything… mostly because I don’t know where to start. This is weird for me because I’m usually pretty on top of things and good at working under pressure.
The fact that I have plans almost every weekend through mid-April isn’t helping things, but at least most of these plans are fun and will be nice distractions.
Okay, that turned into a bigger tangent than I expected!
I wanted to share some final thoughts on my Disney Princess Half experience, and then I promise, I’ll stop talking about it!
1) A Disney race should be on every runner’s bucket list. It was so well organized, that I’m sure I’m spoiled if I ever run another smaller race. The entertainment and volunteers along the course were amazing. It’s definitely worth traveling to if you’re not a Florida or California native. In summary: we got our money’s worth!
2) Staying at a Disney resort was ideal. My sister and I stayed at the All-Star Movies Resort, a “value” resort. We considered staying at a “moderate” resort, but figured we could rough it for two nights.
Our hotel was just fine, especially for a quick trip. The real benefit of staying at a Disney resort is the easy access to transportation – both to race events and to the parks.
3) If I were to do things again, I’d definitely plan to arrive in Disney on Friday. My sister and I were feeling a bit “rushed” and barely had any time to enjoy the parks. Flying in on Friday would’ve been ideal, although that also would’ve meant taking another day off work (I only get 3 personal days a year!) and paying for an additional night’s hotel stay. Anyway, I just wanted to share this as food for thought if you’re thinking of doing a Disney race!
Last but not least, I wanted to give some shout-outs to the brands that helped power me through the race (this isn’t sponsored in any way)!
– I ordered this headband from Chickbands (an Etsy shop) and it worked out perfectly! Trust me when I say my hair was super sweaty and this headband didn’t budge an inch. I loved the headband so much that I’ve actually ordered three more!
– My tank was an oldie but goodie – C9 ala Target! I actually intended to wear a new, short-sleeved shirt but I’m so glad I went with the tank.
– I got a new running skirt from Athleta just for the race and I’m in love! It’s super-cute and I love the ruffles. I’ve worn this to the gym since, and I know it’s a piece I’ll get a lot of use out of.
– I wore a pair of PRO Compression socks that I won in a giveaway from Nikki. They were really comfortable and I really don’t think I could’ve made it through the race without compression socks… I love ‘em.
– Last but not least… I love my Sauconys.
Just a head’s up, I’m “checking out” until the weekend. Chris and I are traveling to Baltimore Friday night and probably won’t be back until Saturday evening. Catch you later!
What’s your must-have running or fitness item?