Ballet Shoes & Mickey Ears

The happenings of this Disney-obsessed runner and dancer!

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Floatin’ (and falling) Down a River…

So this last weekend I had the lovely opportunity to go canoeing with my husband and friends. I can’t even tell you the last time I was ever in a canoe. It was probably when I was in Girl Scouts. Ya, it was that long ago. Now I love me some kayaking. Or a day of fishing out on a pontoon boat. But canoe?! Can’t say I’m a huge fan. There’s always something about them that just makes me nervous. Mostly the way you have to sit in them and row. I just never feel safe or secure. Anyways, back to the story….

So our group of 10 decided to go canoeing over Memorial Day Weekend. With the temps being in the mid 80’s all week, I was excited. I figured it would be a good way to kick off the summer. Well, then cold temps crept back in. Booooo. It only ended up being barely 60 degrees on Saturday with a decent strong wind here and there. Ok, I thought. I can still do this. I’ll just dress warm. No big deal. We all got our canoes and headed out. The place we went to was called Camp Hi Canoe Livery. They drove you down to the drop in place for your canoes and then you canoed the 7 miles back to your car. Or 13 miles if you’re feeling really adventurous. Our group did the 7 miles. All things were going good….I felt really uneasy immediately getting into the canoe, but figured I would adjust. Wrong. The only time I actually felt secure was when our group tied our canoes together using some of our life jackets. Stupid, I know. We tied our canoes together and just calmly floated along where it was wide and open. There was really no current, a small one if anything. After floating together for a bit we decided to untie and paddle some. That’s when the day went to crap. About 10 minutes after paddling is when it happened. I was in the front of the canoe and husband was in the back. We had just navigated around some other obstacles and I thought he was still paying attention and paddling. Butttttttt he wasn’t. Stupid beer. We were heading straight for a huge fallen tree in the river with big branches sticking out. By the time he realized what I was fussing about, I was slamming into the tree branches face first. I tried to push myself past them and duck as much as I could, but husband started to lean in a panic. Wronnnnnnng thing to do. In a split second we flipped and were dropped into the freezing cold water. Not only was it freezing cold, but it was deep. Neither one of us could stand. Luckily, our friends were right by us and helped us get out by the bank. They also rescued our backpack where my beloved phone was being stored!! One of the girls in our group had an extra pair of clothes with her and she let me use them. I was so cold it was ridiculous. Poor husband didn’t have any dry clothes to change in to.

This only affirmed my original feelings for canoes…..I’m not a fan. I only got a few scrapes on my hand and a nice sized bruise on my knee from our tipping over. It could have been worse! I don’t think I’ll be getting back in one for a loooooong time. I still had fun with my friends, and making a few new ones. Next year husband and I will be kayaking. Hah!

Here are some pictures from the canoe trip!








New Ballet Shoes = No Bueno

Nothing sucks more than finally getting the long awaited package in the mail with your new ballet shoes to only open it up, try them on, and not like them. I came across these new ballet shoes from a newer company known as MDM. They came into the market in 2011 I believe. Their new, one of a kind shoes, are made with a type of arch support system in them. They come in either canvas or leather. I ordered the canvas because that’s what I’ve been dancing in. One of the only reasons I switched from using leather shoes to canvas ones was because of the metatarsal pain I was getting in the leather ones. I put these no slip ball of foot cushions in my old leather shoes to help with the pain, but it didn’t cure it all the way. So I decided to try a canvas shoe on the recommendation of LB. I now currently wear Bloch Adult “Pro-Elastic” shoes. Ever since I got them I haven’t had any metatarsal pain. I don’t even need to put in cushions. Awesome, I know, right?!

So then my curious little self came across these new canvas shoes. I told LB all about them and we decided to both give them a try. I sadly did not like them from the moment I put them on. For a company that is run by ex-professional dancers you think this shoe would have been better. First off, the color is ugly. They are so light pink they almost look white. Gross. They were a little tight on me, but the next size up would have been too big. I tried to dance in them one night at class only to find that they stuck to the ground. I did not like them. The built in arch support is nice, but the shoe’s overall look is just not going to cut it for me. Since I only danced in them once, for about 30 minutes, I’m most likely going to try to sell them on eBay. I was very disappointed in them. They did nothing to make my feet look better than my current shoes already do.

Here are the cushions that I have used in the past in my ballet shoes. I highly recommend them!


Here are the MDM Canvas Ballet Shoes. At least they came with a cute little satin dust bag??


    What type/brand of ballet shoes do you wear?
    Do you ever wish you could design your own ballet shoes or leotards?


Cleveland 5k

Well this past Saturday was the Cleveland 5k! I ran this race with my favorite best girl. She’s only 9 years old, but man is she an awesome runner! She came into town with her mom on Friday and we spent a brief time at the Health & Fitness Expo. We picked up our race packets, did a little shopping of course, and then headed out for some dinner. Saturday morning came quickly and it was off to downtown! My mom also came in to town for the race, and was going there with me. Sadly, husband had to work and was not able to make it. We met up with them fit inside the Brown’s stadium and anxiously awaited the start. Before we knew it, it was time to line up. I was really nervous as to how I would run since I had not been able to run much since I injured my calf. I felt so under prepared for this race. I didn’t know what to expect. But with my recital coming up in 2 weeks here, I knew I couldn’t risk getting injured even more. I started out just fine, even a little quicker than I probably should have. I did not know what my pace was until I hit the first mile. It was at 9:00. Holy crap. I started to panic in my head. I was going too hard. I wouldn’t have enough energy left to finish. I’m going to injure my calf again. But at the same time, I felt good. My body was telling me I was just fine. No cramping or pain. So I continued to run. I felt like I had slowed my pace down. I thought I was feeling a little fatigued. But when I hit mile 2 I heard my pace was still right around 9:00. All I could think was, “Holy crap. What is going on?!?” The last mile I felt right in my groove still. I knew the end was near. I could see the stadium coming up. This was it. I might be able to finish under 30:00. As I approached the stadium, I could hear the announcer on the loud speakers. I decided to pull my headphones out for the last bit of the race into the stadium (we finished on the field!!). They even had the Cleveland Indians drummer outside the stadium banging on the drum! It was such a sound of encouragement. Between him, hearing the announcer, and the stadium workers cheering and clapping us on, my adrenaline kicked in even more. I got this. I came around the bend, and headed up the ramp onto the field. Not knowing what the clock time was, I was heading strong towards that finish line. That’s when I looked up and realized I had accomplished my goal. I was going to finish in under 30:00. I felt like I was going to cry! I could not believe it. My finish time was 28:06. I totally kicked butt. I was so incredibly proud of myself. I immediately texted my husband to tell him my good news. I then texted my BFF, Legal Ballerina. My friend finished one minute ahead of me and was waiting for me at the finish line. We gave each other big hugs and got our picture taken together. Such an awesome memory.

So take that you stupid calf muscle. You thought you could bring me down, but you didn’t. I sure showed you!! I was so amazed by my performance and results. I cannot wait to train for my next race.

Here are my race results:

Female Age Division (25-29):
Placed 11/86

Overall Females:
Placed 59/688

Placed 186/1,049

Finish Time: 28:06
Pace: 9:02

Here are a few pics from the race!!




30 Day Challenge for MAY

Ok, I realize May has already started. But it’s not too late for me to start my 30 day challenge for the month of May. I encourage you to start one too! Now that I’m also running along with doing ballet, I am going to do a 30 day challenge for both! So here we go!!

Ballet 30 Day Challenge:

1. Try to stretch daily. This will help obviously with my flexibility but also with getting my injured calf back on track.

2. Continue to work on my double pirouettes, at least on my right side for the recital.

3. Clean up my arms in my dances.

Running 30 Day Challenge:

1. Get myself to a steady 10:00 pace.

2. Improve my time on my 5k.

3. Increase my distance to 8-9 miles by the end of the month.

I think these goals should suffice for this month. Having to come back to both things a little slow for now kind of puts a damper on things. But I just have to keep pushing through. My recital is coming up in 5 weeks, so dance class has been very busy! My next 5k is in less than 2 weeks now. I hope I’ll be ok running in it. I’ll be running it with my friend from back home. She is only 9 years old but is an amazing runner so far! She has competed several 5k races and usually places in the top 3 for her age group. She is absolutely amazing! She is one of the reasons I started to run in the first place. She inspires me. That’s right! A 9 year old kid inspires me. I love it!!

I think this time around I’m going to write my goals on a post-it note and place it where I will constantly see it in my house. I’m hoping this will help keep me on track, especially with my stretching!!

Do you have a 30 day challenge for May?? If not, you should! It doesn’t have to be anything crazy! Just pick a goal, or a few, to work towards this month. Whether it’s improving your turnout or running your first mile….get out there and do it! 😄

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Status of 30 Day Challenge

So now that April is over, I guess it’s time to evaluate how my 30 day challenge went for April. Well, I can tell you now, it did not go as planned. Getting slightly injured towards the end of the month kept me from working on things. To refresh your memory here were my goals to improve upon:
1. Stretch more, or daily if possible.
2. Clean double pirouettes (at least on my right for now).
3. Improve my attitude turns.

I started off with frequent stretching on my awesome new super cushy mat. Then I started to not stretch so much. Sooooo it looks like this one will be on the schedule again for May. I know, I’m a slacker.

My double pirouettes are still not as clean as they need to be. I’m getting around, but I’m coming down off of relevé still. With only a few weeks left until the show, I need to get these.

My attitude turns have improved! I don’t know how or why, but they are looking better. They could still use work as everything always does, but I’m pleased with my improvement.

Now, injuring my left calf has definitely set me back. I have not been able to dance for 1.5 weeks now. But the good news is, my calf is feeling better and I just have some residual tightness behind my knee. Nothing a little warming up and slow stretching can’t fix! I was told dancing and stretching may still be a little uncomfortable, but as long as any discomfort isn’t peaking or becoming worse, I should be ok. Yay!! The other good news? I was able to run! Just a little, but I was still able to. I didn’t have any pain or discomfort running, so that is good! I’m hoping by this weekend to be able to resume my running schedule. I’m also planning on dancing this Thursday! I’m very excited.

Hope everyone had a fun Cinco de Mayo!! 🍹🍹🍹