Travel Tuesday: Hogsmeade, Diagon Alley, Jurrasic Park and more…

Today I’m going to take y’all somewhere pretty special. Somewheres actually. To a wonderful land called Universal Studios where all of your dreams come true! You can soar alongside your favorite superheros. You can walk through life as a comic book character. You can venture out with the dinosaurs scavenging for fossils and running from dinosaurs in Jurassic Park. {Unfortunately the Jurassic Park ride was under construction yet again. We were devastated. We didn’t end up spending much time here since the other ride is for kids and we have explored the science and learning center the last few years πŸ™‚}

And most importantly, you can become a wizard and hang out in all of Harry Potter’s favorite spots. We started the best part of this day venturing into Hogsmeade.

We headed straight for Hogwarts to hop on some brooms and help Harry, Ron and Hermione save the day. Between my bum ankle and my growing belly {it’s a leg dangling and jerky ride}, I decided to opt out and hit up the baby swap room. They were playing the first HP movie in there so I was able to watch while the girls rode. They decided to do single rider so it practically took no time at all!


Then we went to go meet Buckbeak and ride the Flight of the Hippogriff! It was a pregnancy friendly mini-coaster for kids which was perfect for Ali and me! Julie and Ashley decided to duel some dragons {another roller coaster} next while Ali and I waited with the owls in the owlry!

Since we had been to Hogsmeade several times, we didn’t stay for long. Just long enough to ride the best rides and see the best shops. It was time for our first ride on the Hogwarts Express to take us to London!

After a brief journey, we arrived at Platform 9 3/4 and ventured out into the London air!

We saw the Knight Bus and knew we couldn’t be far from Diagon Alley!

After a few taps of the right bricks, we made it!

We went straight to Weasley’s Wizarding Wheezes to check out the latest and greatest pranks from Fred and George.

Julie even had her wand ready to perform spells at all of the magical stops. It’s such a cool concept. What Muggle doesn’t want to be able to perform magic?

After all of our morning travels, it was time for a quick pit stop for some energy in the form of frozen butterbeer of course. Hello delicious. Since we were enjoying our treats, we thought we’d walk around the shops and see what Diagon Alley had to offer!
However, one wrong turn took us down the dark and mysterious Knockturn Alley. We stumbled upon the dark magic store Borgin and Burkes and couldn’t resist the temptation to go in and scope it out.

There were dark artifacts all around including a vanishing cabinet that dark wizards used to sneak around from one place to another without being detected. It’s pretty serious stuff. We snapped a picture, but kept our distance since we’re good muggles wizards.

We gathered our wits and rushed out of the dark and dangerous street back to the hustle and bustle of Diagon Alley, and decided it was time to head into Gringotts Wizarding Bank.

It was a little shaky looking on the outside, but the inside was decorated beautifully. Since I was being rolled around in a wheelchair due to my ankle injury, we were able to skip the 90 minute wait thanks to a fine young gentleman who sent us through the fast pass lane. Score one for the boot and wheelchair!

Goblins make sure that Gringotts runs smoothly from day to day, so we were able to see them at work! Be careful with goblins though. They’re sneaky little creatures and don’t follow the same laws as wizards. Never make a deal with a goblin that you can’t keep. πŸ˜‰

We were able to ride down into the vaults far deep beneath Gringotts just to find out that Harry, Hermione and Ron were there on a mission. The dragon had escaped and we had to help get everyone out to safety. No worries though. Everyone returned with all body party in tact.

Unfortunately a combination of too much sugar from butterbeer and riding the cart in Gringotts had this pregnant lady feeling quite sick. My stomach had been starting to get out of whack the past few days and it really hit me hard after the ride. It got to the point where I was miserable. We decided to leave Diagon Alley and head back to London for some lunch and additional adventures.

Outside of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter is a land of excitement with of neat rides featuring different pictures from Universal Studios. There are a lot of roller coaster and jerky rides that I needed to refrain from for so many different reasons. Luckily it gave me time to rest and let my stomach try to settle.

I couldn’t resist going on the Despicable Me ride though! There were non-moving seats that I was able to partake in. I had to keep my eyes shut for most of it though because the 3D bit was crazy and it make me quite nauseous.

After a few more rides, including Shrek and some roller coasters that Ali and I skipped out on, the girls went on a Revenge of the Mummy ride while I enjoyed an excellent view of the parade from my wheelchair. It was awesome that the parade went right by us, but that also meant that after the ride, we were kind of stuck. It took us a little while to dodge and weave with the wheelchair to get out of there!

It was about time to finish out the day, so we watched a horror production show and went on the awesome Men in Black shooting ride. We finished out our day wandering around the streets and shops of Diagon Alley before heading to the train station to take us back to Hogsmeade on the Hogwarts Express. We even disappeared right through the Platform 9 3/4 entrance without a single muggle noticing us!

Overall it was an absolutely wonderful day full of so much adventure. My stomach eventually settled, but I was in a significant amount of pain for several hours. I tried not to let it get me down and I hope I didn’t put a damper on the girls’ day! Oh and side note: the rides on the Hogwarts Express are different each way so I suggest riding both ways if you get a chance to go!

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22 Week Bumpdate

It’s time for another bump date! 

How Far Along? 22 weeks 
Size of Baby: A spaghetti squash! {I actually had some for dinner last night…interesting.} She is about 10 inches long and finally weighing in at 1 pound!
Weight Gain: Up about 12lbs from my pre-pregnancy weight
Maternity Clothes: I bit the bullet and bought a few maternity items for Target. I got a few tank tops, a pair of jean shorts and a pair of workout pants! I can still rock the belly band with some shorts and jeans though. Several of my sports bras and workout pants have been removed from my dresser so I don’t try to wear them.
Stretch marks: Not yet and hopefully never! 
Symptoms: Headaches, occasional dizziness, low blood pressure, increased appetite, acid reflux {I was diagnosed with reflex several years ago and had it under control. I continue taking my medicine, but it’s starting to rear it’s ugly head!}
Cravings: Whoppers Robins Eggs, fruit, chocolate milk, salads
Gender: Little Baby GIRL!!!
Mood: Happy! I’m enjoying this stage of pregnancy πŸ™‚
Nursery: We’re going to look at paint today and I’ve started to order a few things. I know exactly what I want and can’t wait to see it in real life! My mom and aunt are coming over next week to start rearranging furniture in the room and getting rid of extra junk.
Movement: Lots of kicks and punches and stretches. I have a little ninja in me and love it! Last Friday at our doctor appointment, my OB was listening to her heartbeat and she said that little miss was just bouncing around everywhere. Sounds like she’s definitely my daughter.
Sleep: Still waking up once or twice at night for potty breaks. I purchased a Snoogle pregnancy pillow and love it! It’s helping me to stay on my side and gives me great back support. I’ve started getting leg cramps every so often, but it’s mostly after a day that I workout harder!
Workouts: As of last Friday, I am officially out of the boot! I’ve been doing modified workouts that include exercises that I need to do to rehab my ankle. Everything is at a lower intensity and I am perfectly fine with that!
Sunday: Rest
Monday: Tabata class 
Tuesday: 45 minute spin class {I can teach again!}
Wednesday: 40 minute strength and core workout
Thursday: Tabata class again!
Friday: Rest
Saturday: Planning on a walk with the pups πŸ™‚
What I Miss: Saturday morning runs and not feeling hungry. I’m hungry ALL THE TIME!
Belly Button in or out? In…but it’s stretching more and more. So weird.
Wedding rings on or off? On
Labor Signs: No 
Anything making you queasy or sick: Meat. I haven’t been eating much meat because the only way I’ll really eat it is if it’s mixed in with something like pasta, soup or salad. I couldn’t just eat a grilled chicken breast because it makes me queasy.
Best Moments The Past 2 Weeks: Truly feeling all of Chloe’s movements and getting our registries started.
Looking forward to: Going to Babies R Us today for more registry fun, booking a maternity photographer and preparing for our anniversary/babymoon trip. We’re leaving in just 19 days!
Here’s a look back at the last few weeks official bump pictures!

And now onto this week! I’m loving my little bump. I think I’m loving the fact that I’m actually looking pregnant these days instead of looking bloated or like I ate too much πŸ™‚ It’s also nice not feeling sick or exhausted beyond all measure. Of course there are other symptoms like wanting to eat the world. At least this symptom let’s me eat yummy things!

Now onto another week of growing my little girl big and strong! Happy Friday and have a wonderful weekend y’all!

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Life lately…

Hi there! It’s me again. I know, who do I think I am showing up a week after my last post like its no big deal. Well, I’m a tired pregnant lady. That’s who! I thought I’d give tall a fun update without just talking about being pregnant and watching little miss grow big and strong. So here’s what been happening lately around the Gougler house…
Lately I’ve been…
readingClash of Kings. The second book in the Game of Thrones series. If y’all like to read and you like the show, I highly recommend the books. I read the first one and went straight into the second! They are really, really long though. Be prepared to be reading it for quite some time.

watching…Dance Moms, Chasing Life, Pretty Little Liars, Dancing with the Stars, Forever, 19 Kids and Counting, and other shows on Lifetime, TLC and ABC Family πŸ™‚

feeling…pregnant! I’m finally starting to show more and I’m feeling the aches and pains of pregnancy. Even though my belly may not be that big, she’s still growing in there which just means that everything inside me is more compact! Next bumpdate will be up Friday for sure! I’m also pooped. I’m thinking about doing another day in the life post to show you what it’s like being a pregnant trainer and instructor! 

working out…more and more! No running for this girl for quite a while, but I’m officially out of my boot as of last Friday. I still need to wear it if my ankle starts acting up or if I feel like I need additional support. Now I’m in a smaller, sturdy brace which allows me to participate in my classes with my students and teach cycling. I switch up my exercises, so more intense exercises are swapped for my rehab/therapy exercises. I’m just glad I can do more and walk with even legs πŸ™‚

doing…everything I can while I’m still able! This past weekend, I rodeoed with Kristin and celebrated Penelope’s 1st birthday with a pancakes and pjs party! This weekend we have a baby shower and an engagement party. I’m trying to get out there and be with our friends as much as possible without over doing it. I know that as each week continues, it will be harder for me to do as much!

planning…our trip to Europe! We’re leaving in just 3 weeks for our 2015 Eurotrip. We’re going to London, Paris, Vienna and Salzburg. We are so stinking excited for our 5 year anniversary trip/babymoon. We’re taking out time on this trip instead of framing everything in because this pregnant lady will be moving a bit slower and probably need a nap here and there.

enjoying…this stage in life! I’m trying to take each day one at a time. I don’t want to do too much, but I don’t want to miss out on things either. I’m starting to enjoy pregnancy more which is such a relief. The first trimester and even into the second was rough for me. My injury didn’t help. Now I can take the pups on more walks, enjoy outdoor activities and so much more. It’s not easy by any means, but I’m loving it!

That’s all for now! Hope y’all are having a fabulous hump day!


Travel Tuesday: Around the World at Epcot

I’m getting bad about keeping up with all these awesome Disney posts! Unfortunately, last week I was pretty busy plus I was off trying to get over a cold. It may not seem like much but being pregnant, injured and sick is really not a recipe for fun. At all. I digress. Let’s get back to more exciting and awesome topics…DISNEY! I’m onto Day 3 of our Disney Parks adventure…you can see Animal Kingdom and Magic Kingdom too if you’re a Disney fan or just wanna see more pics!

First things first, we needed to get this girl a wheelchair. After 3 days of scooting around on my knee scooter and 2 three mile walks in my boot, I was completely worn out and a wheelchair was a necessity. It was an excellent decision. Big thanks for my girl Ali for pushing me around ALL day at Epcot since Ashley and Julie were recovering from the half marathon that morning!

Ashley, Ali and I got to the park a bit before Julie. She needed to take a quick nap since she was the only one who woke up SUPER early each day! The girls and I decided to try and hop on a ride before we met back up with Julie along with Rachael and Joe for our Princess Lunch! {We rode the Nemo ride at The Seas in case you were wondering πŸ™‚} After the ride, we hopped right over to Norway for our special lunch at Akershus!

For starters, the food was so yummy! We started with an appetizer buffet of traditional Norwegian cuisine. Now I’m not a Norway expert, but I pretty much have family there and I’ve been twice. I thought that the food was very similar to the types of foods I would eat if I was over there! Of course, there were some things I didn’t recognize, so I’m going to assume they were super Norwegian. After that, I had the salmon and potatoes for my main course. It was amazing! Fun fact: The first time I went to Norway, I didn’t really like fish and wouldn’t touch salmon. Luckily, the second time around I was a fish lover and I ate so much delicious seafood there! That being said, the salmon was super tasty and the presentation was perfect!

Now onto the absolute most important part of this lunch…the princesses! Shortly after our main course came, so did the princesses. It was pretty steady stream so it took a little while before we were really able to sit down and eat. Other than that, everything was great. We were able to meet 5 princesses, and Ali, Julie and I were sure to get autographs!

Lunch was a huge success and we were ready to continue traveling the world at Epcot! Next stop…wheelchair parking πŸ™‚

Just kidding, our next stop was Mexico! We rode the Los Caballeros ride and then Julie and Ashley got a well deserved margarita while the rest of us ran off to meet Donald! Taking as many pictures with characters was one of Ali and I’s goals this time.

From Mexico, Rachael and Joe were trotting away to Magic Kingdom while the rest of us continued country hopping! Next we visited China where they had quite a few unique shops and we showed up just in time for the acrobatics show! Guess when having a wheelchair comes in handy? That’s right, when you watch a show that doesn’t have any seating. I already had a chair. #winning

Next we had to check out the tiaras in Germany. We are princesses you know! But before we knew it, we needed to hop on the boat that took us back across the lake to Future World for our Soarin’ fast pass.

After Soarin’, we had fast passes to meet Mickey, Minnie and Goofy! Yay for more character pics and autographs in my book.

After our pictures with Goofy, he started hugging the pole. It was so random. I think he was lonely since we left him for Minnie and the people after us were still with Mickey. Poor Goofy. We still love him…

Next it was time for more fun rides like Spaceship Earth {in the big Epcot ball!}, Mission: Space and Test Track! I had to sit out a few of those since I don’t think Chloe would have liked them much. It did give me a nice little break to prop up my poor, exhausted ankle and drink lots of water of course!

We finished up the evening with a delicious dinner in France! The food was delicious! I had a bowl of  lobster bisque {oh my yum} and shared a veggie lasagna with Ali. No pictures were taken and every bite of food was consumed. We were pretty tired at this point. Scratch that. Completely exhausted. A bit brain dead. And we just needed to go home and go to bed. So we did!

We planned on staying for fireworks until we realized during dinner that we were fading fast. After 3 races and 3 days at Disney, we needed our beds. Plus we had Harry Potter World to get ready for! You can’t go to London and Hogsmead without a brain! Check back Thursday for Universal Studios!!!

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I actually had a weekend worth writing about!

Seriously y’all, I actually did some stuff this weekend. Fun things in Houston. I didn’t travel. I didn’t got to a party or social gathering. I still relaxed and lounged in my PJs. And I did some awesome, fun things in the city of Houston. If you live and Houston and you’re bored, you aren’t getting out there because there is so much to do when you have the time and try! So here we go…
  • Work…duh
  • Dinner at El Big Bad with JP, CJ and Paula!
  • Once the Musical at Hobby Center. It was such a good show! I wasn’t sure about it at first because it took me a bit to figure out where it was going, but the story line was real and understandable. I didn’t love the ending, so I guess I’ll have to take that up with the writer πŸ˜‰
  • I woke up that morning at 3:45am and didn’t go to bed until 11:00pm. Hello tired. And I didn’t even take a nap. Plus I worked out. I gave myself a gold start and a pat on the back!

  • Not even worth writing about. I laid on the couch all day long. Exhausted and border line miserable. I blame the 19 hour day I had on Thursday!
  • Breakfast from Whole Foods with my hubby!
  • Relaxing morning included watching soccer and reading in the tub
  • Afternoon at the Houston Zoo!A very delayed Valentine’s date since we were supposed to go on Valentine’s Day before I ended up in the ER.
  • Quick trip to HEB to get the goods for dinner which was homemade pulled pork baked potatoes! An excellent life choice indeed.
  • Easy evening on the couch watching Mockingjay Part 1

  • It was Moose’s 2nd birthday! Love that happy little boy’s face!
  • Church with Chandra and Michael
  • Errand running and late lunch date with JP
  • Fun and exciting Memorial Park adventure with the pups for Moose’s big day! We took them on a walk around the 3 mile loop. It was fun, but exhausting for this pregnant, injured lady. The pups pulling and zig-zagging made it a big more tiring. Funny story: Maggie absolutely loves the puppy water fountains {see adorable pic below} while Moose doesn’t quite understand the concept. He mostly let’s it hit him in the head!
  • Taco Sunday night for dinner! Followed by couch time to rest my tired and sore ankle.

Like I said, I actually did some kind of cool things that didn’t involve traveling or going to a party/shower of sorts! It was fun filled and relaxing all at the same time. Plus, I got to spend the whole weekend dating my husband. I need to date him as much as I can before another little girl I know of comes along and steals his heart…and our time!

Tomorrow I have my next Disney post and it won’t disappoint!

What fun things did y’all do this weekend?
What do you do to find new/fun/exciting things in your city?

20 Week Bumpdate

It’s finally time for another bump date! 

How Far Along? 20 weeks – I can’t believe we’re half way there!
Size of Baby: Melon or a Banana! She is about 6.5 inches long and around 10 oz in weight

Weight Gain: Up about 8.5-9 lbs from my pre-pregnancy weight
Maternity Clothes: Still no pregnancy specific clothes. I have officially graduated to the belly band though! My pants button, but only the ones that were a little bigger on me before baby. I’ve been avoiding denim for the most part. Thank goodness I work at a gym!

Stretch marks: Not yet and hopefully never!
Symptoms: Headaches, more headaches, occasional dizziness, tummy trouble
Cravings: Peanut butter crackers, grapes, pizza, and other random things depending on the day…like chili cheese fries. Y’all I want them bad. So NOT me!
Gender: Little Baby GIRL!!!

Mood: Happy happy happy
Nursery: No progress yet, but I have an idea of exactly how I want Chloe’s room to look! Maybe I’ll give y’all some hints next week πŸ™‚
Movement: Feeling little bitty movements, but I have to be still and quiet to notice them. Mostly I feel them in the afternoon/evenings when I’m relaxing on the couch. I’m really looking forward to feeling strong kicks and punches!
Sleep: Still waking up once or twice at night for potty breaks and I’m starting to have some hip discomfort. Some nights I fall right back to sleep and others it can take an hour or longer. I did order a pregnancy pillow this week and it seems to help!
Workouts: Thanks to my bum ankle, workouts are a bit harder :-/

Sunday: Rest

Monday: Tabata class – I took their high intensity movements and did something that I’m more capable of given all of my ailments.
Tuesday: 30 minutes easy on the bike
Wednesday: 40 minute strength workout
Thursday: 45 minute step class. I had to teach in my boot. It was interesting to say the least! I didn’t use a step, but I was exhausted and sweaty by the end!
Friday: Rest
Saturday: Planning on a walk with the pups πŸ™‚
What I Miss: Being able to run and that’s not even because of pregnancy! I also miss sushi and wine, but this little girl is so worth missing those things for a few more months!
Belly Button in or out?In…but it’s starting to stretch
Wedding rings on or off? On
Labor Signs: No
Anything making you queasy or sick: Mornings. I feel a bit nauseous every morning, but it goes away after an hour or two. No food aversions though.
Best Moment The Past 2 Weeks: Finding out the gender of our sweet little Baby G! I’m so happy to call her by name now and I feel like I can really start to imagine how our lives are going to be! Did you miss the gender reveal? Check it out! Also seeing Chloe again at our 20 week level 2 ultrasound on Wednesday! It was great to confirm that she is indeed a girl and that she is perfectly healthy and growing right on track. I couldn’t imagine a more perfect appointment!

Looking forward to: My halfway appointment with my doctor next week, {This week’s ultrasound was with a specialist} and starting to figure out the plans for Chloe’s nursery!

Here’s a look back at last week’s official bump pictures! This week’s official picture hasn’t been snapped yet, but I figured my bump outfit from last night {the first pic of the post!} was a pretty good indicator of just how big Chloe is getting! She has let the world know that she is in charge and she’s here to stay.

Happy Friday y’all! Another weekend is finally here. I’m pretty sure that each week gets longer and harder as I get bigger and bigger! Having my boot on with an injured ankle probably isn’t helping much either. On the plus side, all is well and Mommy and Chloe are doing great! Now we’re looking forward to a restful weekend of nothingness before the next few months are crazy!!!

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2015 Disney Princess Half Marathon Recap!

It’s time for a race recap! As a runner, race recaps are very important to me and so much fun for me to write. This one has its ups and downs. This year’s Disney Princess half was my 18th half marathon since I started running races in 2009. It’s also very likely the last race I will “run” this year. That is so bitter sweet for a runner to say! I have an incredible amount to look forward to and a busy year ahead of me, but I was hoping that running was going to be a part of my pregnancy into at least the beginning of the third trimester. God had some other plans for me and decided that I needed to slow down…a lot. {Lost? Story of my ankle injury here!} Despite my injury, I was able to get out to the Disney half and live it up! Here we go…

Half marathon day started long before the sun came up! Our alarms went off at 3:00am and to say it wasn’t very welcome is an understatement. But it was for the Princess Half Marathon, so it was totally and completely worth it! We got ready quickly and were ready to catch our bus with pre-run snacks in hand!

But first, let me take an obligatory sleepy group selfie. We get one every year on race day. Something about waking up at 3:00am and dressing up like a 6 year old really gets you going! Check out those awesome tired eyes! After bit quiet bus ride, we were finally able to start waking up a bit!

After the bus drops us off, the first stop is always pot-o-potties! A very important stop indeed. For runDisney races, always go past the long lines at the front and head towards the back corner. There are more pots and shorter lines! Or maybe don’t do that…I don’t want longer lines to wait in next time around πŸ™‚

Clearly others know about our trick though because what are the odds that Rachael would end up in the same line as us! That worked out well because I was about to text her to meet up with her in Corral G! Fate!

Minnie, Mike, Sulley and Megra

We then started the trek to the corrals. It’s about a 3/4 mile walk or so from the finish area, which is where we were dropped off,  to the corral start area. It’s a nice way to wake up and start warming up your muscles. Luckily it wasn’t too cold this morning otherwise the walk is miserable!

I decided that instead of waiting around in Corral B by myself, I would start in G with Rachael. G is for Gougler after all! We were able to get warmed up, stretch and hang out while we waited for our start. At 5:30am, the race had begun! Since we were in G it only took about 15 minutes for our corral to head out on our way across the start line!

At this point, you’re probably a bit confused and wondering why I’m up and ready to run a half marathon when my right leg is in a boot from an ankle injury the weekend before! Let’s just say that I had no intention of running at all. Or walking 13.1 miles either. I really wanted to experience the half with my friends, get the race started and gracefully bow out after a mile or two. And to be honest, I wanted my medal…and post race snacks!

Once I was on my way, I found a solid steady rhythm and was able to stick to it. To be honest, crossing a start line walking was the weirdest sensation. Everyone was taking off and I went from a casual walk to a power walk. Not quite the exciting start I usually get from a race. Luckily, what came next made this race one of the best. The encouragement I received from other runners on the course was amazing! I had so many people out there cheering me on as the passed and telling me what an inspiration I was. Y’all, melt my heart. I definitely teared up a time or two because of the encouraging words I heard from these awesome women…and a few men!

Story time…there was this one woman that completely sticks out in my mind. She came up from behind yelling, “Go Booty! Go Booty! Go!” I thought it was adorable and it totally cracked me up. As she approached me her timer beeped indicating it was time for her walk interval and she started chatting with me. I told her what happened and she just gushed about how she was going to run for me and that I was inspiring her. I told her to think of me any time she got exhausted or wanted to give up to give her the push she needed. She was completely genuine and made me feel so awesome for being out there.

I had promised the girls and JP that I would pull over and bow out of the race at the first aid station. But it came quicker than I thought and I was really enjoying myself. So knowing I’d probably be scolded, I opted to continue on to the next one around mile 3! I’m so glad I did for two reasons:

  1. I saw Ashley right as I was passing the aid station and it was time for her walk interval, so we got to hang out and chat for just a quick little bit!
  2. I hadn’t seen any characters yet and I really wanted to get a picture with somebody! Which leads me to…

Pirates!!! They’re always the first picture spot, but I never stop at them due to the long line. Well guess who wasn’t in a rush whatsoever? This girl! I hopped off the course and waited in line for probably about 10-15 minutes. It was completely worth it. I met some other awesome princesses in line that cheered me on! Since it was a longer wait, I really got to talk to them and hear their stories and racing experiences. I love talking to runners about racing!

After they snapped my pic, I was back on the course and power walking was in full force. I got excited as we came to the Magic Kingdom car entrance because I got another picture opportunity!

Gotta love a good selfie. Especially a Magic Kingdom selfie!

Shortly after I passed the entrance, I came to the second water stop and aid station. I swerved over to the side and told the medical staff that I was gracefully bowing out. Three miles was more than I was supposed to do and I got some shouty cap text messages scolding me for going further, but it was worth it to me. It’s all about the experience right?

The aid volunteers gave me a blanket and told me that they just had to wait for the final runners to pass by and we’d be picked up by the vans and taken to the finish. It was about a 20 minute wait and I was able to chat with another princess that couldn’t continue on due to severe shin splints. She had been crying when I arrived, and if I had been in her shoes, I would have been too! I started this race with the intentions of not crossing the finish line. It was by 18th half marathon and my first DNF {did not finish}, but a DNF is better than a DNS {did not start}. I was able to talk to her and hopefully cheer her up a bit. I was in a positive, happy mood and I hope that I could send some of that her way!

Once the van came and picked us up, it was just a few minutes before we were at the finish line medical tents. As we exited the van, there were tons of volunteers and medical staff yelling and cheering on the 5 princesses that exited the van. Their enthusiasm was contagious and they made us feel like champions just for being there! I chatted with a few of them, told them about my story and they were beyond supportive. They placed a medal around my neck, made sure I was warm, gave me my snacks and told me to take multiple waters and Gatorades. Before I left, the princess I was chatting with at the aid station thanked me and told me that if I hadn’t turned up that she would probably still be in tears. Above all, that made my race day.

Though I was about 10 miles short of a half marathon, it was an amazing race experience. Disney knows how to do it right. They have an amazing volunteer base and the medical team on hand is knowledgeable, friendly and fun! I didn’t get to cross my 5th Disney Princess half finish line, but I did cross my 5th start line. I don’t feel like I quit or gave up, instead I was a rock start for starting to begin with. I’m proud of my determination! Now it’s time to grow this little baby, rest and heal my ankle and hopefully my 2016 running season will be awesome!
Time for a quick brag on my girls! Rachael finished the half marathon despite walking the 5K and running the 10K and half on a fractured foot! Ashley finished 6 minutes faster than her race time in 2014. And Julie finished faster than last year which is so awesome because she ran the 5K, 10K and half marathon! To say I am proud of these women would be an understatement! I’m so lucky to have them in my life so we can cheer each other on and push one another each and every day!

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The story of my ankle…

WARNING: There are some pictures of my severely swollen and bruised ankle in here. If things like that make you queasy or you just don’t like to look at them, then this post isn’t for you! Personally, I love this kind of stuff. It’s not as pleasant when it’s actually you it’s happening to. But I still like looking at the pics!

So it was brought to my attention that I still haven’t actually told y’all about what happened to my ankle. I know I referenced it several times during my Disney recaps, but other than posting on Facebook the day it happened, I haven’t said much. In case you’re interested, here’s the story…

I woke up Valentine’s Day morning and got ready to head out for a run, and JP decided that he wanted to go with me. We started out heading down Montrose towards the Bayou trails. As we were getting started, I realized that I kind of wanted to run alone and just think. JP was perfectly okay with this because I was doing 6 miles and he just wanted to do 4. When we got to the Bayou, I took a left towards Memorial Park and he went right towards downtown. We planned on meeting back at the house and then grabbing breakfast together at Whole Foods before spending the day at the zoo! Unfortunately, our day took a turn for the worst.

During my run I actually felt pretty great. My pace was a bit quicker then it had been, but I was wishing I had worn a more supportive bra. TMI? Sorry, pregnant runner problems! That seemed to be the biggest problem during my whole run! Until the end of course. I was coming back up Montrose and was only about a quarter of a mile away from my house when the weirdest thing happened. I caught up to a couple running in front of me and decided to just slow down instead of cooing around them. As we were going past some lawn guys blowing grass off of the sidewalk, I went down. Hard. It was the most bizarre thing in the whole world. I didn’t trip on anything. The sidewalk wasn’t uneven. There was nothing in my way. My right ankle just rolled and I hit the pavement on my left knee and my hands. The couple running in front of me were amazing. They stopped to see if I was okay and then helped move me to the other side of the sidewalk to get me further away from the street. Of course, I didn’t run with my phone the one time I actually needed it! They let me borrow their phone to call JP who was shocked and panicked that I was calling him. Luckily I was very close and it only took him a few minutes to come get me. The couple helped me up and pretty much carried me into JP’s car. I wish that I would have thought to get their names and number to contact them and thank them for all of their help! They also kept me calm while waiting for JP as my ankle was swelling to the size of an orange. Ready to see it?

Oh yeah, lovely right? JP and I went to the Methodist Hospital ER and had a fairly decent experience considering it was an ER visit. Since I’m a registered patient, I’m already in their system so it didn’t take long for them to check me in and get me to a bed. My nurse was their fairly quickly and we only had to wait a little bit longer for the doctor to come by and check me out.

So naturally, I took more pictures! The doc looked at it and said that he was pretty sure that it was a sprain and that the bones weren’t broken. Thank God! But he wanted to get an X-Ray done just in case. We had to wait a little while for the X-Ray techs to come to my bed. The ladies were incredibly sweet and tried to make the painful process as easy as possible. They layered two of the X-Ray vests doubled up over my belly for super extra protection for Baby G!

It turns out the doctor was right and my bones were all in tact, but it was a pretty bad sprain. They sent me home with an air cast and pair of crutches and told me to follow up with my doctor and OB the following week.

The next day, my ankle was still huge!

But luckily, my friend Kristen specializes in ankles and was able to squeeze me in on Monday just two days before I had to leave for Disney! After seeing the swelling, bruising and finding out where it hurt the most, she is pretty sure I ruptured my ligaments and probably have a vertical tear in my peroneal tendon. Exciting right? She was able to get me in a boot, but since it’s my tendon that’s the most painful, I had to get the big tall boot. At least it meant I was off crutches after just a few days!

She also put a soft cast underneath my boot for some additional support while I was at Disney. I must say it helped a lot and I liked having it on even though I had to wear a special bag over my leg while I showered!

We had a follow up the week after Disney and the swelling had gone down significantly. Of course the bruises were still pretty bad. I’m still in the boot and will be at least until my next appointment on March 20th. Then we’ll see what the next steps are…

A comparison of my ankles two weeks later. You can see how m right ankle bone still isn’t as defined as my left and the bruising that goes up the outside of my foot. Sorry for the bad lighting and iPhone pic. Just trust me when I say it was pretty greenish blue yellow.

I’m hoping that I won’t need surgery. It’s pretty much the worst grade ankle sprain according to my almost PT sister, but she thinks that if I’m devoted to my recovery that I may be able to get by with physical therapy.

Cross your fingers that I can get out of this boot soon! My hips are over the height difference! I’ve been practicing writing the alphabet with my foot just like the doctor told me to! It doesn’t feel that great but I’ve finally managed to get from A to Z and I do it a few times a day.

Getting injured while pregnant is pretty much the worst. I’m ready to work out again and I miss running more than you can imagine. Going from running 3-5 days a week to barely being able to walk is pretty hard. I’m getting by though. Walking around the track at work and modifying workouts so that I can do as much as possible given my issues. Baby steps right?

Have you injured yourself as an adult? If so, how?
How did you keep fit despite your injuries?

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Enchanted 10K and Magic Kingdom

I made the executive decision to do biweekly bumpdates instead of every Friday. I don’t want to bore y’all and sometimes things don’t change too much from week to week, but every two weeks I feel like it’s different plus I have more pictures to share and compare! That being said, today needed to be filled with the magic of Disney for me. I’m feeling under the weather and since I can’t take any medicine really, pictures of Magic Kingdom with just have to do! For instance, take a look at my selfie in front of my future home…

We started Saturday morning with the Enchanted 10K. And by we I mean Alison and Julie. I opted out of doing any walking on the 10K for a few reasons. (1) I wanted to give my foot/ankle a rest after walking a 5K and then scooting around Animal Kingdom the day before. (2) I wanted to sleep in! The 10K started at 5:30am which meant a 3:30am wake up call to make it to the bus. Instead I slept until 6 and got a nice warm shower! But I need to brag on Ali and Julie because they did awesome!

Once the girls crushed the 6.2 mile course around Epcot, we all breakfasted and got ready to get to Magic Kingdom as quickly as possible! Of course I had to get another Mickey Mouse waffle. I don’t know why there are other options. Why get anything for breakfast that isn’t Mickey themed?

We got to Magic Kingdom just in time to hit up our first fast pass for Belle’s Enchanted Tales! It was absolutely adorable! The best part is that Alison was selected for one of the roles! Since Belle is her absolute favorite, it couldn’t be more fitting! Plus she got an awesome picture with Belle!

After Belle, these princesses were in the mood for more princesses and the line for Rapunzel and Cinderella was only a 15 minute wait! Score! Of course Anna and Elsa was already over an hour, but we were plenty happy to visit with the others!

But first, let me take a bestie selfie!

Rapunzel is one of my favorite princesses and one of my favorites to chat with because she’s always so animated! She loved Ali and I’s Minnie ears and wondered if she could make a tiny version for Pascal. We gave her a few ideas to work with…I’m sure she’ll come up with something with all of her free time!

Cinderella wasn’t as chatty, but she loved that we were having a girls weekend for our race! She’s fairly certain that her glass slippers would help her cross the half marathon finish line πŸ™‚

After the princesses, we left Fantasyland and wandered over to Frontierland! Ashley and Julie went to Splash Mountain while Ali and I went into the shops. I found the most perfect story book for Baby G full of dozens of Disney classics. Then we jumped on Big Thunder Mountain Railroad because the line was short since there was a parade blocking people from getting to the entrance…score for us! Then it was time for food. We have a habit of forgetting just how hungry we are while we’re having fun!

Compared to years past, Disney was a lot busier this year! Magic Kingdom was pretty crazy on Saturday, so we did have to wait in a few long lines. Haunted Mansion was the longest line we waited in, but it’s a must do! After we finally made it through it was time for our final fast pass at the brand new Snow White and the 7 Dwarves mine car ride!

There little house was there and everything! It was the smoothest little coaster I’ve ever been on! There is also a part where it slows down and you go through the mines while the dwarves whistle while they work! Needless to say, we loved it! We also aren’t very hard to please. Anything and everything Disney makes our hearts soar!

Next we had to finally hit up Tomorrowland and ride Buzz Lightyear’s ride! It’s one of my absolute favorites. I think it’s because it’s interactive and you get to shoot at all the evil Zurg monsters! It’s tradition for Ali and I to ride together. Naturally we were super awesome Space Rangers. It was starting to get late and we hadn’t been on Space Mountain yet, so Ashley and Ali headed to ride Space Mountain while Julie and I waited in line to meet Buzz! Since I couldn’t ride and Julie has a Disney season pass, she opted to hang out with me which was pretty much the best, sweetest thing ever πŸ™‚

Buzz thought we were really solid rangers even with my bum ankle! While in line Julie and I decided it was in our best interest to find another character to meet while waiting on the girls. Since we were able to get one extra fast past for It’s a Small World, we headed toward Fantasyland where we found the line for Fairy Godmother!

She asked me what my name was and when I just said Amy, she said no, no, no Princess Amy. I couldn’t disagree with her. Then I told her I came from the magical land of Houston, TX and she thought that was an awfully long pumpkin carriage ride.

Minutes after we met Fairy Godmother, the girls met up with us and we hopped on the Disney classic, It’s a Small World. I know some people can’t stand it, but for me, it never gets old!

We finished our Magic Kingdom adventure with some Dole Whip before heading back to our resort for dinner and an early bedtime. Ali stuck around and rode Peter Pan and met Anna and Elsa. I was super jealous, but knew that I needed to rest! Since Ali already ran the 5K and 10K and wasn’t running the half, she knew she could sleep in the next morning.

When we got back to the resort, we saw that Cinderella was playing on a screen outside, so grabbed our food and ate beneath the stars!

We ended the day by dipping our tired legs in the hot tub before going to bed and setting our alarms for 3:15am! Yikes! The Princess Half Marathon and Epcot are coming up next week!

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Disney Frozen 5K and Animal Kingdom

A week ago, I returned from the most magical place on earth with three of my favorite people. The trip was amazing, exhausting and completely fun! Every year we go, each trip gets better and better. This was my 5th year to tackle the Disney Princess half marathon and I was even supposed to challenge myself further with the Glass Slipper Challenge. But thanks to a pretty serious injury, I was pretty much out for the races, but nothing could put a damper on my Disney fun!

We left for Orlando Wednesday night. Julie picked us up from the airport and brought us back to her home just in time for us to crash head first into our pillows. Thursday we spent some time in Winter Park browsing the shops and strolling through the adorable area before heading to Disney’s Wide World of Sports for the expo!

I didn’t take too many pictures at the expo, but this year it was organized well though slightly confusing. We were able to get everything figured out. When we went it wasn’t terribly crowded, and we got a picture with Mulan! I bought a princess track jacket…for work of course…and a new medal rack!

Friday morning not only started bright and early {hello 4:15am wake up call}, but it was also the true start of our Disney adventure! First stop the seriously Frozen 5K!

I’m not kidding about the frozen part. Y’all it was 30 degrees, but felt like  26. Not cool for these southern girls. We were literally shaking. And I was Olaf, so I should have loved the cold. But NOPE! I don’t fair well in cold temperatures.

Ashley wasn’t running the 5K, so Alison, Julie and I were all dressed up as Olaf, Minnie and Piglet and ready to rock this 5K. I’m sure you’re thinking…wait Amy…you’re in a boot with a severely messed up ankle and you think you’re going to run a 5K? Luckily, my friend Rachael was also taking the 5K easy due to a hairline fracture in her foot, so she opted to walk with me and her husband Joe too!

Selfies at all the mile markers! We didn’t stop to get character pictures since we were already moving in slow motion, but Joe got some pretty cute shots of us with the Epcot ball in the background and with Elsa, Anna and Christoph behind us!

I definitely got a PW {Personal Worst} on this 5K, but we had a blast! I didn’t wear my watch and Rachael was kind enough not to tell me just how slow I was going. In the end, we actually finished under an hour which is kind of impressive considering the circumstances!

The Frozen 5K ended up being a complete success, but it was time to run by the hotel to check in, change, defrost, eat breakfast and head to Animal Kingdom!

Once we got to the park, I was on my super pimped out knee scooter. It made my ankle and foot feel better, but it wasn’t always the easiest thing to maneuver. Let’s just say that Animal Kingdom has a lot of hills and the pavements isn’t exactly smooth. I still rocked it and I’m sure my left calf is rock hard now!

Our first stop was the Safari Ride! Y’all know I love animals and the zoo, so this is always one of my faves…

Thanks to Fast Passes and knee scooters we went straight to see the Lion King performance after the Safari. My knee scooter even got us front row seats!

By now, it was already time for lunch, so we went to Yak and Yeti for delicious Asian cuisine. Disney does food right I must say. We opted to share a few dishes that didn’t disappoint. Of course 4am wake up calls plus lots of walking/running around equals four hungry girls so no pictures were taken πŸ™‚

After lunch, Ashley and Julie went to ride Everest the roller coaster, so Alison and I headed over to Dinoland for some fun!

Riding the flying triceratops!

The girls met back up and we finished off all the awesome dinosaur rides and even got a group picture with Goofy and Pluto! Animal Kingdom did not disappoint.

Since we were able to get to the park as soon as it opened, we were ready to leave around 4pm which gave us time to hit up a few shops at Downtown Disney before dinner and bedtime! The next morning was another early one for Julie and Alison! More on Saturday of our Disney trip later this week!

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