Running with the Dark Side

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I've learned that one of the greatest feeling you can experience in life, is accomplishing something you never thought you could do.  Accomplishing it twice, is even better. Growing up, because of my scoliosis & it's affect on my lung capacity, I've always felt that I just wasn't made for running.

Inspired by Chris Guillibeau's book, The Happiness of Pursuit (best read of my life), last year I decided to wield my own happiness through traveling & physically challenging myself. Through consistent & gradual training, I was able to run my first half marathon

Last month, I flew back to Florida, for the purpose of running my second ever Disney half marathon. Below is some of my pre-run swag I picked up from the ESPN Wide World of Sports. I generally don't like printed t-shirts, but I love these! They're something to be proud about.

With this being my second experience with Run Disney, I felt a lot more confident in what I was doing & how I approached the half marathon. I decided to stay at a Disney World resort for the first time, as suggested by my friend Colleen, to streamline my morning transportation to the run (5am start). It also allowed me to have access to an extremely convenient wristband that was the key to my room, my park tickets, fast pass, photo pass & credit card in the parks, all-in-one. I would highly recommend this to any Disney World goer. Everything in the world should run this way!

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As for the run, while I didn't train as much as did for my first half marathon (whoops), somehow it was easier. 

With any challenge you face in life, I would like to emphasize that how you approach it mentally, will be the biggest factor in your success. Your mentality can become your greatest obstacle, or your best catalyst. 

It was knowing that I once thought I couldn't, but I did. It wasn't thinking about how I had 13 miles to run, but thinking about just doing one mile at the time. The only person I was competing with, was myself. When there was music, I ran to the music. When there were characters I ran a little faster. When I needed to slow down, I did. It's not how fast, but did you finish? 

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Thanks again so much for reading! May the force be with you! - JEN

How will you challenge yourself?

May 2015 | Month in Review

Hey everyone! I don't know about you guys, but this year is just flying by for me, and in the midst of all my board prepping, I've barely been able to clue you guys in on all my little adventures in the last few months, like in May. If you haven't read about it already, the beginning of May included the tail-end of my second birthday trip to Hawaii. We flew in the night before my birthday, and during our stay, got to hike up Diamond Head, go beach hopping along East Oahu, and visited the Black Sand beach of Maui.

After I came back from a weeklong dose of saltwater, I went to my hairstylist Rory, at Seven Salon, for a freshening up on my color. She uses a technique called balayage, where they literally use a brush & paddle to paint colors onto your hair. It allows for great control & customizability. After a special blend of a blue/purple & golden tones, I was very happy with the result!

May also marked the month where I had my first official runs: The Color Run (above, bottom row) & The Electric Run (below). 

I didn't used to be a big runner, but there's something really invigorating about pushing your body. I use to think that my scoliosis would always limit my lung capacity, but through running, I've really proved my theory wrong. Plus with the inspiration of my friend Paul Fernando & my previous clinical instructors, for years I've wanted to do the Disneyland half marathon. And guess what? This September, after I graduate, I'm doing just that! So of course, I thought the Color Run & Electric Run would be good warm-ups to the big 13-mile run through Disneyland!

All-in-all, May was bursting at the seams with new experiences for me. With school finally almost over, I can't even begin to describe my excitement for what new experiences lie ahead for me. I'm already in the works in making plans for the rest of 2015. I hope you guys continue to join me in my journey to live the adventure! :) - JEN