St. Patrick’s Day + RunDisney Wine & Dine Registration

*Note: this was supposed to publish on St. Patrick’s Day, but ended up a draft due to technical difficulties.*


First up this is my second day of Paleo.  Yesterday was great if a little lacking in energy by rehearsal that evening.  Of course we were working the big dance number Ugh A Wugg so I was bound to be tired.

Here’s the trouble spot: I woke up this morning feeling like I had no energy at all.  I immediately scarfed down a banana, made some hot chocolate (not strictly paleo), and ate an apple with almond butter.  About an hour later I was back to normal.

My theory is that I didn’t eat enough calories yesterday.  Not having grains makes that harder.  My potential solution will be to track my calorie intake better just to make sure I am getting enough.

Moving on to part 2:

Today at noon, so like now since my computer is being slow, registration opens for runDisney’s Wine & Dine Half Marathon Weekend.  This year the event will be November 6-7, 2015.

This event has a special place in my heart since it was my first half marathon ever!  And after running the Jingle Jungle 5k that morning. And with a broken finger from my attempt to learn to ride a bike.


While I don’t plan on running it in 2015 I highly recommend the race.  Really both races, because the Jungle Jungle 5k is honestly a blast! (Not to mention it was my first time ever seeing Animal Kingdom…. pretty cool way to experience a new park for the first time.)

Let the onslaught of pictures begin:

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Wine & Dine Half Marathon

There is simply no way to describe running through the Osborn Lights.  Maybe one way, magical!  But you just have to experience it for yourself.

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Oh forgot to tell you I managed to convince my dad to run too.  I think he is looking forward to just the 5k of Expedition Everest Challenge.

So what are you waiting for?  Register for the Wine & Dine today! (oh, and hit me up if you want to guest blog about your race.)

Keep it running & fierce!

– Little Red

Planning to run the Wine & Dine Half or Jingle Jungle 5k?


Pacers First Down 5k & Combine Race Report

Superbowl?  The only things I know about the Superbowl would be what I hear on WTOP to and from choreography jobs.  You all should be impressed I can tell you who was playing, the Seahawks & the Patriots, and no I didn’t google it.

So what does one do on Superbowl Sunday if they have no vested interest in anything having to do with sports?  Run a 5k of course!

And this was not any 5k.  Pacers had this little cross training challenge at the end which was optional for all runners: 20 push-ups, 20 jump squats, 20 sit-ups, and 20 yd walking lunges, hence the name First Down 5k & Combine.

Based on the ease I had picking up my packet the day of the Fairfax Four Miler also run by Pacers I decided to try my luck again and do packet pick-up right before the race.

This would be my first race in DC proper and since metro didn’t quite open early enough to trust it for a 8am start I decided to drive in.  Luck for me I live just across the river and within 15 minutes of leaving my building I had found free parking on a side street about half a mile from the start line.

After two easy pre-race packet pick-ups in a row I refuse to chalk it up to luck and fully credit Pacers with awesome organization and efficiency combined with spectacular volunteers!



The only thing I didn’t plan for was what to do with my nifty race tech shirt that I got.  Well the cold temperature solved that for me and I put it on over the 4 layers I was already wearing.  I am cold my nature so my outfit for the day included two pairs of socks, running tights with windbreaker pants over, sports bra coved by tank top covered by long sleeve cold weather tech shirt covered by long sleeve Wine & Dine tech shirt covered by running jacket, gloves and hat.  You may start laughing when you hear it was 32 degrees but I was only slightly warm for the race.  (Next time I will skip one of the shirts.)

My cold self was thrilled to see they had hot apple cider available at the start & finish!  I also enjoyed watching a man juggling three full size footballs.  I would later see him running the whole race juggling them! I also saw one of the Nats presidents ready to run, I guess he is in training for when baseball season starts.



The race was a beautiful flat out & back course with a water stop about half way through. I even saw my apartment while running along the river!



I stuck to the 5 minute run/1 min walk intervals I had set on my Garmin and ran a pretty even 10:10 pace.  Considering I had basically taken a week and a half off any training due to life I was amazed every time I looked down.  I felt good but figured I must be going slower than usual because there were times I was basically alone on the course.  It never occurred to me it was just a small race field, for this area at least.

I crossed in 32:41 and after waffling the whole run on whether to do the combine or not made a “game time” decision to give it a try.  I am so glad I did, it was fun!


I completed each station and got a mark on my bib from the referees to prove it and then headed across the last finish line.


Little did I know they would be throwing me a miniature football as I ran across.  Then something amazing happened: I CAUGHT IT! I have the worst hand eye coordination ever but I caught it.



I did have trouble finding water after the race, but I am chalking that up to me being so short I couldn’t see what was probably right in front of me.  No hard feelings though because I wanted some more of that apple cider! They also had bananas and Nature Valley bars available.

I was feeling good and decided to take a stroll around the reflection pool before heading back to my car.

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It’s easy to forget how cool DC is sometimes.

I got home to lounge around a bit and discovered results were already posted and I had a new 5k PR!!! Talk about a shock!



Thanks to Pacers Running for another awesome race experience!  Next year I will need some kind of football jersey to sport during the race.

Keep it fast & fierce!

-Little Red

Have you ever had a surprise PR? What was your favorite part of Superbowl Sunday?

Where Are You Running?

Hands down I am so glad that I brought my running gear along on the trip to Monterey.  I figured trying to run around the schedule of a wedding, and all sorts of those fun family things that you don’t know are happening before they happen, would be difficult.  And while I was right it has also been perfect for getting in some good miles.

There is a little road that takes people to the beach view houses that was perfect to run on.  I haven’t dared to tackle beach running, as beach walking has proved hard tough enough.

Take a look at the running view:

Mountains on one side


Beach on the other:


I got in my 3 mile “long” run for this week and was surprised at how easy it felt even though I was WAAAY overdressed for the 50 degree weather.

I’ve still managed to get a significant number of miles in toward my 2,015 in 2015 goal thanks to all the walking along the beach.  In fact, I think it’s time to go the opposite direction and see what that has to offer!

Keep it beautiful & fierce!

– Little Red

Where are you running today?  Do you prefer beach, trail, or road when headed out the door?

2,015 in 2015… I Might Be Crazy

Just as I was getting back from my easy run today I got a text from a friend challenging me to run 2,015 miles in 2015. The text included a link to Run the Edge and asked what I thought.

Credit: Run the Edge

Credit: Run the Edge

I looked through all of the information on the website and was reassured when I saw you could walk, run, or use a combination to reach the miles. According to the comments the jury is out on whether elliptical counts, so you have to decide for yourself. You also have to option to split the miles various ways as part of a team of 2 or 3.  This would be an awesome idea for friends, couples, family members, etc to help motivate each other to move more in the new year. One of my goals/resolutions for 2015 is to up my mileage game and this would certainly be motivation. So I sent this sucker back: challenge-accepted-2 I may have made a rash decision but this will be the equivalent for me this year of The Dopey Challenge (since I won’t be there in January) or an Ironman (since I don’t know how to ride a bike… yet.) Up to the challenge? Get all the information & sign up here! Keep it challenging & fierce! -Little Red What are your running goals for 2015?  Are you planning to take on this or a similar challenge to help motivate you?


Race Pass Deals

If you live in the DC area you might also have received an email today from Potomac River Running wishing you a “Merry Little Race Season”.

As we all look toward 2015 and start to figure out our race calendars they had a pretty sweet race deal to share.


For $110 dollars you can choose 4 of any of the over 25 races they organize. (Plus the email hinted at more to come.) With race costs ranging from $30-$55 you could stand to save quite a bit based on which races you choose.

Major upside: you receive a code to use to sign up for the events so you don’t even have to know which races now! So use it to sign up for four different races, as two people to run two races, or a group of four to run one.

Now, not to be left out Pacers offers a similar deal, but the races are pre-determined. For $120 (or 25% savings) Spring Race Pass gains you entry to:
First Down 5k & Pacers Combine
Love The Run You’re With
St. Patrick’s Day 5k-10k and ‘Lil Leprechaun Leap
And Four Courts Four Miler

So there are some pretty good deals for those in the Northern VA or DC area looking to fill their 2015 race schedules or simply do some fun runs.

Maybe consider getting one as a gift for your favorite runner this holiday season, or sign up with a friend trying to reach a new fitness goal. The opportunities are endless. Just know the offers are limited. Potomac River Running’s offer goes through December 31 and Pacers is offer ends January 29.

Use these awesome deals to plan to keep it fit & fierce in 2015!

-Little Red

Please note: I received absolutely no compensation for this post. I just can’t help but share a good deal.

Have you started planning your 2015 race calendar? Which race would you highly recommend in your area?