Packing for a runDisney racecation

I technically leave tomorrow night for my next racecation at Disneyland for the Tinkerbell Half Marathon weekend. We fly to CA bright and early Thursday, hopefully early enough that I can snag some of the awesome gear at the expo. (Fingers crossed) 

I’m running the Pixie Dust Challenge, 10k Saturday, 1/2 Sunday, all the medals, and yes I’m getting the Pink Coast to Coast medal!!! 

So if you follow me on social media be prepared to be bombarded with all the Disney. 

I thought I’d share with you how I pack for a runDisney racecation today. 

I’m checking a bag and carrying a bag on. 

My carry on ALWAYS has my race outfits and race sneakers. I am not taking any chances with those, especially my sneakers. I pack my race outfits in their own big ziploc everything I’m going to wear for the race goes in the bag: socks, underwear, sports bra, shirt, pants/skirt, if I’m wearing to run it goes in the bag. This way I know I have all my pieces and when it’s time to get ready at 4:30am I have everything I need. 

 I’m also taking a magazine or 2, my iPad and some knitting, easy stuff: some socks and a shawl.  I still don’t know what to watch on the flight, suggestions are welcome. 

I’m wearing my Ariel sneakers on the plane with my Princess Up jacket from the Princess Half weekend, and my compression socks along with my new RunShine bracelets: one for Tinkerbell FB group identification and one for princess half commemoration, my new running Pandora bracelet and maybe my Alex and Anis. (More about these in another post later this weekend.)

 I’m not a big jewelry wearer but I really want to wear all of these. 

Unlike a normal vacation, I tend to pack light for a runDisney racecation. Mostly because I know I am getting at LEAST 3 new shirts. And if the Gods of the Expo smile upon me I will also be buying at least 3 others: the “I Did It!”shirts. I will also throw in my old running shoes in case it rains and for walking around the park. 

And yes the only shirts I’m packing are my 2016 Princess Half Marathon ones. 

Toiletries are packed last. Don’t forget your sunscreen! Also going in my check bag are my Gu, Beans, and Nuun; my fuel belt and phone case. I’m not as worried about these not making it because they are more easily replaced than run tested apparel and broken in running shoes. I’m also taking my tiger tail. 

Most importantly, I’m leaving room to bring home souvenirs. 


Sock it to me Saturday 

 Purse Socks


Purse Sock Purse sock: Noun. A sock knitting project one keeps in their purse or other personal bag so as to have something to knit at all times. Used in a sentence:
The doctor is running 2 hours late; more time for me to work on my purse sock.  


My favorite yarn for purse socks is Opal. I love Opal. It’s quite possible that I have multiple Opal socks going at the same time. 

I don’t use a pattern for purse socks. I know the recipe to knit socks: how many stitches I need to cast on, how long I like the leg, how to knit the heel flap, turn the heel, knit the gusset, how long to knit the foot, how to decrease for the toe, and….wait for it….I can Kitchner with looking it up. Hand me a ball of yarn and needles and I can knit you a sock, no pattern needed. Sometimes I change up the patterning on the leg, straight stockinette, ribbing, my favorite is k3, p1.

Do you have any purse socks in the works? Let’s see them! 

By the way I finished Apollonia, coincidentally enough, the day Prince died. RIP. 


WIP it Wednesday 

I love MKALs. One of my favorite MKAL designers is Wild Prairie Knits. She has a great club with 4 MKALs a year and it includes beautiful yarn, fun patterns, relevant and cute goodies. This year’s club theme is travellibg the world. And this month we traveled to the Netherlands for Bollenstreek. It is a 2 color half circle shawl with beads. 

Here’s a look at everything that came in this month’s kit.

I opted to include the optional project bag. I love project bags, one can never have too many. I especially love the fabric and colors in this one. One of the other nice things about this club is you can pick your own yarn color. Stunning String Studio does an awesome job with coming up with exclusive colors. Always vibrant and always in line with the theme.   I can never pick colors to go together so I asked to be surprised with my yarn colors. And I’m very happy with them. It’s the exclusive Delft Blue and the standard color Lemon Ice. (Yes that’s very pale yellow) One other great extra in this club is an add a bead key chain. You can see this month’s beads in the picture the apropo windmill and blue bead. And no club kit is complete without candy. 

I’m not quite finished with clue 1. Yes I am already behind, rarely do I finish an MKAL on time. Lol. Jury is still out on how I feel about this one. It’s pretty, but not sure if I LOVE it. 

And it’s so had to judge lace before its blocked. Stay tuned. 


Running goals for the rest of the year

For this week’s Tuesday on the run the girls are revisiting their running goals for 2016. Check out Marcia, Erika and Patty’s check-ins. 

I never really set any running goals. I knew I was running the Princess Half and Picie Dust Challenge but they were just for fun and just to do and that was about it. But something happened right before Princess…. I decided I was a runner and I was going to take this running thing more seriously. To me that meant eating to fuel, joing a training group, and adding strength training. 

I joined a training group with a local running store to train for our local half marathon which I completed on April 2. I have a love hate relationship with the group. The Scranton Half deserves it’s own post and it’s coming. 

I had to change my relationship with food. I’ve had a bout or 2 of disordered eating and I kind of know what my triggers are so I needed to change the way I think about food. I used to think diet and exercise, but now it’s fuel and train. It’s not so much about losing weight as it is about gaining muscle. And to do that I hired a trainer and he’s great. And he can handle my mini breakdowns. I strength train 3 days a week and run 3-4 days a week. 

The running bug bit me and I am itching to register for more races. I want to do at least a 5k each month and I have my eye on some halfs in the fall. 

My goals are broad and unspecific without a time limit really.

Stay injury free.

Get stronger. 

Race more. 

Keep improving. 

Journal to keep track of it all. 

Have fun. 


Sock it to me Saturday

Show us your knit socks! Did you just finish a pair? Just start a pair? Have a pair in time out? Working diligently on a pair? Whatever state they’re in share them with us! 

Here’s mine: 

Pattern: Appolonia Socks

Designer: Cookie A

Yarn: Knitting Notions Classic Merino Superwash Sock
Colorway: Purple Rain

Ravelry links: pattern, yarn 

These are from the June Cookie A sock club. It was a Prince themed club month. I loved the color as soon as I saw it, wound it up right away and just started knitting it….a month ago. Slowly they are getting done amongst everything else I’ve got on the needles and training for! 


Beginner’s Advice

Beginner’s Advice

Today’s Tuesdays on the Run topic is what advice would you give to beginner runner you? I’m linking up with Erika, Marcia, and Patty to offer some pearls of wisdom to our beginner selves.

My dad is a runner. He’s run his share of marathons, NYC a couple times, Bay to Breakers, and others.  Due to certain father-daughter relationship clichés, I was never going to be a runner.  Then my sister started training for and ran her first runDisney race.  I had to do one for myself, due to certain sisterly competition and desire for some being of my own.  I started training for the 2012 Princess Half Marathon. I was a new mom looking for a way to shed some baby weight and still eat like I was pregnant.  I was training but not taking it seriously. We were like 2 months out and I was like there is no way I am ready for this. I deferred.

I’d tell this new mom:

Running is good for your mental health.

To listen to Jeff. (Galloway, that is. His half marathon app is my training partner)

Trust Yourself.

You can’t eat all the food. You can eat most of it, but long runs aren’t an excuse to binge eat.

Your girls will be proud of you whether you finish first or last.

You will come to love running and will be planning to run a marathon (or 2 or 3).


I completed the 2013 Walt Disney World Half Marathon, what I thought would be my one and only half marathon ever.  I never would have finished if it weren’t for my sister. She has since stopped running and I am just getting hooked.

4 half marathons later I am starting to think about running my first full marathon next year.  Once running gets its claws in you it’s hard to get out of its grasp.

Just keep putting one foot in front of the other.


WIP it Wednesday 

WIP it Wednesday 

Sophie’s Universe is one of the biggest, most complex, colorful afghans I’ve ever made. It’s still a work in progress. I’ve finished 83 of 113 rounds, not counting the optional border. 

I started it last summer and worked on it for awhile and then it got put aside in favor of other projects. But I picked it up again a few weeks ago and remember how much I enjoyed working on it. Did I mention how big it is? And I love the yarn: scheepjes Stonewashed XL. The colors have this lovely halo but are still bright and it is so soft. 
I’m currently working on the corner leaves. 


The designer released Sophie as a weekly mystery CAL. I never kept up. She had some fun and asked people to take photos of Sophie doing different things. This week we were supposed to take photos of Sophie participating in one of our other hobbies. So here she is getting ready to go for a run.  

Hopefully, I’ll have more to show you next week.