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A Year Ago This Weekend…

by Meghann on January 8, 2011

I was running the Walt Disney World Marathon.


Man, time flies.

At the time, Disney was my second marathon and since then I’ve run the Gasparilla Michelobe Challenge, my first Ultra-Marathon, Chicago, and my first Sub-4 marathon in Palm Beach. It’s hard to believe I ran 4 marathons + 1 ultra in 2010. Craziness.

I’ll admit, I’m a little jealous of all the marathoners and half marathoners running this weekend. I had originally planned on running Disney, but after two marathons back to back this fall I knew I needed a break. Disney is an awesome race though and I’m already itching to run it in 2012. πŸ˜‰

I want to wish nothing but luck to all the Disney racers this weekend. It’s a BEAUTIFUL weekend for a race. Clear skies, cool temps – way better than the sleet and icy water stations we had last year. πŸ˜‰

Oh, and if you are running, be sure to check out my tips at Central Florida Top 5. πŸ™‚


I may not be racing this weekend, but it didn’t stop me from taking advantage of the perfect weather outside this morning.


I ran 8 miles at a comfortable 9:00 min/mile pace. This was my longest run since the Palm Beach Marathon over a month ago now. My legs felt strong – it feels good to be building my numbers back up. πŸ™‚

Before my run I had a VitaTop (BOGO at Publix this week!!) with a slather of Almond Butter.


After the run I had a big bowl of juicy cantaloupe.


Topped with Almond Butter, Kashi Go Lean Crisp, and Vanilla yogurt.


Totally took advantage of the Go Lean Crisp coupon deal I found on The Krazy Coupon Lady.


I scored three boxes for $4.00 when all was said and done. Woop! Woop!


I’m catching up on my DVR and just turned on the latest season of Biggest Loser. Anyone know what’s up with Bob’s hair? It looks like he’s going for a very bad comb over. I don’t like it. πŸ˜›

1 Claire January 8, 2011 at 10:30 am

I HATE his hair!! I was just commenting on that the other day, hahah. He’s so attractive, why the bad hair? I mean, it’s awful!
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2 Tina @ Faith Fitness Fun January 8, 2011 at 10:30 am

Haha! I have to giggle at Bob’s hair. I said the same thing when watching it with my sister earlier this week. I think I’m going to like this season’s contestants more.
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3 Dori January 8, 2011 at 10:33 am

Time goes way too fast!!! Nice run this morning.
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4 Mimi January 8, 2011 at 10:34 am

Sounds weird, but I doesn’t seem like a year ago that YOU were running the Disney. Haha…
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5 Erika @ FoodFitnessFun January 8, 2011 at 10:36 am

3 boxes for $4?! What a bargain! πŸ˜€
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6 Michele @ Healthy Cultivations January 8, 2011 at 10:37 am

OH WOW!!! Three boxes of Kashi for $4 is incredible! I might have to jump on the couponing wagon too.
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7 Amanda (Eating Up) January 8, 2011 at 10:39 am

I love coupons! I’m so intrigued about how much money I can save now.
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8 Kristy @ KristyRuns January 8, 2011 at 10:39 am

Time sure does fly by! I also did 4 marathons + an ultra this year, and I know what you’re saying about needing a break from full marathons…whew!

Looks like a great start for a Saturday! πŸ™‚ About to get out there and run as well…
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9 Hope January 8, 2011 at 10:39 am

That is MY FAVORITE cereal ever!! I have 6 boxes of it at my house and I am going back to get more!! Haha! I’m just a little obssessed πŸ™‚
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10 Kim (Book Worm Runs) January 8, 2011 at 10:43 am

2010 was definitely a great running year for you…I can only imagine what is up your sleeve for 2011 πŸ˜‰ Oh, and way to score on the cereal! Nice!
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11 Bobbie January 8, 2011 at 11:02 am

Yeah….Not a fan of Bob’s hair. It looks like he is trying to be like Conan O’Brien!!! Ick. Disney looks awesome. I have never run a Marathon, but I am considering Disney for next year. I am not sure how I feel about a Marathon in the cold though…..

12 D January 8, 2011 at 11:06 am

I’m running Disney tomorrow! I’m so nervous πŸ™ My knee has been acting up for a couple of weeks (and combine that with moving across the country – literally drove for 24 hours straight with all my stuff – starting grad school, and starting a new job) and I haven’t run practically at all in the last 2 weeks. My training was perfect until then but I am NERVOUS

13 Ali January 8, 2011 at 11:07 am

I loved reading your WDW Marathon recap. It is one of the marathons I have always wanted to run. It sounds like you have the perfect day ahead of you πŸ™‚

14 Runeatrepeat January 8, 2011 at 11:12 am

That pic of you bundled brings back memories. Cold, painful memories πŸ™‚
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15 Sarah (Sarah Learns) January 8, 2011 at 11:18 am

nice job on the kashi deal! go lean crunch is my favorite breakfast cereal. and i hear ya on bob’s hair…. no change was needed there! he was looking good before!
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16 jen @ taste life January 8, 2011 at 11:20 am

Wow, I can’t even believe it’s been a whole year since Disney – and I didn’t even run it! I do remember all of you bloggers dealing with the awfulness of it all…glad it’s nicer for everyone running it this year.
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17 Lindsey January 8, 2011 at 11:27 am

Cantaloupe sounds so refreshing! So how many marathons do you plan on running in 2011? You are building quite an impressive race resume!
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18 Ashley January 8, 2011 at 11:38 am

I can’t believe how many marathons you’ve done! That’s so great, I’m jealous.
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19 MaryBe@AccidentallyVegan January 8, 2011 at 11:40 am

I was in Florida a year ago and I remember how frigid it was! Brrrr
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20 Sarah @ See Sarah Graduate January 8, 2011 at 11:48 am

I think it’s so cool that you’ve done so many marathons! You’ve definitely inspired me to try for one soon! πŸ™‚

And I LOVEEEEEE vitatops! My favorite is the dark chocolate one! They’re so good!
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21 Sana January 8, 2011 at 11:54 am

It honestly feels like yesterday when I was cheering you an the other orlando bloggers on twitter!
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22 OrlandoPaula @ Eat, Watch, Run January 8, 2011 at 11:58 am

Oh, snap! Thanks for the BOGO heads up. I’ll be going to Publix today now. πŸ™‚
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23 Allison @ PickyEatingRD January 8, 2011 at 12:38 pm

I am watching it on DVR later today!! Ill have to watch out for his hair and let you know what I think. From what I’ve read above it looks like everyone thought it was a little off!
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24 Kara January 8, 2011 at 12:50 pm

I’ve never seen the Biggest Loser, but I just got a Bob Harper workout DVD (the Inside Out Method). Have you ever done it? I’m going to review it on my blog tomorrow!
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25 Matt @ The Kitchen of a Runner January 8, 2011 at 12:57 pm

I wish I liked Go Lean Crunch or I would have stomped on that deal! I am all about the Heart to Heart πŸ˜‰

26 Gabriela @ Une Vie Saine January 8, 2011 at 1:03 pm

I bookmarked that Krazy Koupon Lady promo too- my dad always buys his Kashi at Target! Thanks for the tip!
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27 Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) January 8, 2011 at 1:11 pm

Nice coupons!!

Have a great weekend and enjoy your runs! πŸ™‚
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28 Chelsea @ Strawberry Sweat January 8, 2011 at 1:22 pm

Wow, I didn’t realize that you did SO many long races this year! Awesome job! What races do you have planned for this next year??
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29 Kori January 8, 2011 at 1:51 pm

I loved reading your ultramarathon post!
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30 Kailey @ Caffinated Nut January 8, 2011 at 1:52 pm

the disney marathon is def. on my bucket list – seems like an enjoyable race!!
awesome run πŸ™‚
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31 Katy (The Singing Runner) January 8, 2011 at 2:05 pm

I ran Disney this morning- my first half-marathon! πŸ˜€ Official time: 1:56:19… not the 1:55 I wanted, but I have the next race to do it- Gasparilla!!! πŸ˜€

I’m definitely doing the full Disney Marathon next year… and who knows, I may get a little “Goofy!” πŸ˜‰
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32 Stacy @ Every Little Thing January 8, 2011 at 2:19 pm

I saw that coupon but wasn’t sure I’d like the cereal. I’m having second thoughts now!
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33 Kate (What Kate is Cooking) January 8, 2011 at 2:22 pm

Thanks for all the tips on coupons and such- I definitely want to start taking advantage of those! I’ve been really wanting to try Vitatops, but they’re too expensive for my budget. I signed up on their website because apparently they email coupons from time to time πŸ™‚
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34 Katherine: Unemployed January 8, 2011 at 2:23 pm

and you even had chic running gear back then
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35 Lee January 8, 2011 at 2:33 pm

Sweet. I need to go grocery shopping so I’ll go to Publix (as opposed to Kroger, which is a bit closer) for those Vitatops. I really like them.
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36 Faith @ lovelyascharged January 8, 2011 at 2:33 pm

That’s an incredible deal on Kashi! I could easily go through a box every 3-4 days, but it can add up at regular price!
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37 Gabby (Quest for Delicious) January 8, 2011 at 2:39 pm

I’ve never tried a vitatop before. I might have to try them someday! And yay for good coupon deals!
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38 Allie January 8, 2011 at 2:42 pm

3 boxes of any cereal for $4 is crazy, let alone Kashi! Crazy!!
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39 Jessica @ The Process of Healing January 8, 2011 at 3:02 pm

I LOVE that ceral… oh so good!
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40 chelsey @ clean eating chelsey January 8, 2011 at 3:06 pm

3 boxes for $4? You go girl!
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41 Maryann January 8, 2011 at 3:23 pm

I love good deals! Ok now im going to go check out some of those coupon blogs you listed before πŸ™‚
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42 Krista January 8, 2011 at 4:39 pm

Haha I totally agree with you about Bob’s hair!

43 RunningOnCoffee January 8, 2011 at 7:37 pm

Sweet deal on the Kashi cereal!! Glad to hear this weekend’s runners will have better weather than last year’s (I had a few friends running the marathon & half marathon last year).
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44 Jena January 8, 2011 at 7:52 pm

I am definitely going to try out those Vita tops this week. I saw them on the BOGO publix had, and put them on my shopping list for tomorrow. Publix had a lot of great BOGO this week!

I’m still working on this coupon cutting thing.
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45 Christin@purplebirdblog January 8, 2011 at 8:46 pm

Nice deal on the Kashi!
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