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My Year in Review… 2011.

As 2011 comes to a close, I wanted to look back on the year, and see if I had accomplished my goals that I set out to do. So, I went to my archives posts and realized that I never wrote a goals post for 2011. Cray cray. But, 2011 was a BIG year for me. In every aspect of my life. Let’s reflect shall we? (This is gonna be fun.)

I started and completed a Project 12 (More on this later!).

We took the girls out of school to help pay off some debt– we paid off two credit cards this year, leaving us with only one left!

I met Greg McElroy… AKA my Baby Daddy. Kidding! But doesn’t he look like he could be the father of my children? 

I went to Blissdom- my first blogging conference! It was amazing! And I am returning in 2012 to Blissdom as a Community Leader!! HOLLA!

I ran my 2nd, 3rd, and 4th Half Marathons this year.. (That’s a LOT when you say it like that!)

I reached my goal weight.

We had a tornado rip through our town.

We traveled.. hitting VEGAS!, Disney, Penn State, NYC, and numerous Alabama Football games.

I marked several things off my 30 in 30 list!

I became a FitFluential Ambassador.

And I found out this week that I have been accepted as a Nike Fit Tester. Whoo!

2011 rocked my socks off.

How was your 2011??

 

2011 Disney Princess Half Marathon Re-Cap

I decided to go ahead and just do the actual Race Re-cap before I went through the entire trip.. I must warn you, if you hate pictures, running, or Disney then you will hate this post.
Disney really does a race right. Except for the fact they start so dang early. The alarm went off at 3:00. I was on a bus by 3:30, and made it to the Media tent- which was awesome. We stayed there for a little bit, and I got to use a line-free bathroom! Win! Snapped a pic of the outfit before hand- had to wear the flash mob gloves and ended up adding a houndstooth ribbon to the pony since Natalie couldn’t believe I didn’t have anything Bama in my outfit. 
This is the video I took… iMovie was hating me this morning and wouldn’t let me add pictures, so there are no pictures.. sorry. Kind of makes it a crappy video. 
Mile Marker 1.. yes, every mile is marked with these.. no I didn’t take pictures of every one of them. Just most. 
 The Princes’.. didn’t want to wait in that line.
 Running through the toll area of the Magic Kingdom
 The Nascar Experience- didn’t stop there either.
I’m proud to say, I ran up this hill.. but it was about the only one. 
 Beautiful sunrise!!!! This is also where I tripped up some girl by accident.. sorry lady. Yes, I did hear you complaining about me to your friend. Get over it.
 Ahh… yes! This is was so crowded.. you couldn’t even run.
 What up, Buzz???
 Yes, I waited in a long line for Alice.. and I paused my Garmin while I did it.
 Also waited in line for Jesse.. and look like I am doing the pee pee dance.
 
 
My Fairy Godmothers.. You better believe I stood in this line!
Golf Course… took this just for Pa Bill!
 I would like to say, that the first half of this race was incredible. I was running, only walking to take a picture or wait in line. Coming through the Magic Kingdom was an amazing feeling to still feel so freaking good. It started to go downhill on the backside of the course. It was crowded and we were down to one lane of runners. It was difficult to pass people and I was pretty much at the mercy of the runner in front of me. My hips started feeling achy and I tried to stop and stretch them, but honestly couldn’t figure out a good stretch for them, as they don’t normally hurt. 
Fire Fighters… just for me!
Twizzler.. also just for me. It happens to be my favorite candy. 
I feel bad for the randoms in all my mile marker pictures.. but, what are you gonna do?
  
 
 Goofy!
 Not sure if you can see the sea of woman running down the two line. Just glad all those women are behind me!
 Coming up the entrance ramp and the incline and curve really made my knee starting talking to me. It started cramping on the backside, not really hamstring or calf, but somewhere in between, and that minicus area started hurting pretty bad. Like, I was hobbling at points through the race.
Victories within the mile…
 John, Addison and Claire met me before the entrance of Epcot to give me a kiss and it was a great mental boost and what probably helped contribute to me not collapsing.
 As we started out of Epcot, I honestly thought I was going to collapse. That my legs were just going to give out on me and I would end up on the ground. I just hoped that I wouldn’t break my phone if it happened. The band singing GaGa didn’t help me. Nor did the Gospel Choir, which I was looking forward to. I turned up my music to drown out all sounds and concentrated on the words. I found it very fitting that my last song was “Til I Collapse” by Eminem. As I rounded the last corner and saw the finish line, I gave it everything I had in me. I sprinted. Not a fast paced run. I was hauling a** across the finish line, weaving in and out of people. My chest started hurting but I didn’t care, the faster I ran, the sooner I could get to the medical tent. I was so out of it after I crossed the finish line, I almost forget my freaking medal.
Luckily, my MIL snapped some pics of me crossing… I am in some serious freaking pain and I think you can tell. 
 After getting my knees wrapped in ice and telling John I was headed to medical, which I think kind of freaked him out, I headed back to the Media tent… a nice Mimosa was what greeted me. Probably not the best first drink after 13.1 miles, but I definitely thought I deserved it.
 I stopped and chatted with my fellow Princess Media runners, but split so I could head back to the room to lay down and try to rest my body. I was done. I could hardly celebrate with the fam. I was exhausted, mentally and physically.
 I haven’t ever felt like I did Sunday after a race. Like I couldn’t have taken another step if my life depended on it. And, I was mad, people. I tried to conserve my energy for the back half of the course so I took it easy in the beginning. Which, hindsight- I would’ve pushed myself more in the beginning, because my body started falling apart on me on the back half and wouldn’t go any faster. I was slightly depressed Sunday afternoon. I couldn’t be happy about crossing the finish line. I had to analyze what I did and what I could do to improve it.
Anyway, I am better today. But I am looking at another half at the end of April.. I gotta get a redemption race in! This race just doesn’t settle with me and I have got to erase it. It ticks me off to have a horrible second half of a race in a magical place like Disney. I guess I have officially been sucked into competition with myself.
I cannot say enough about how organized and generally awesome Disney is with their races. This is my second one and they really pull out some stops. It didn’t hurt to be a part of the Media group and get some special treatment, but I will tell you more about that later– trust me, you will be jealous!

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