Half marathon training, mental health and motivation.

As you may know, I’m a first grade teacher. I also from time to time struggle with mental health; anything from anxiety, to depression and burn outs. I had a though group this year. By February, I had ran out of gas. Since then, I’ve been trying to recuperate the best I can. They say that exercise is good for a person suffering from depression. I agree. Alas, the problem is, motivation is not there. I try the best I can. I do.¬†Especially since I’m running the Divas Half in Toronto in June. Some mornings, I wake up and could take on the world. Other mornings, I’d just lay in bed and not see anyone. That being said, I know that I will make it to Toronto and that I will run that half marathon, BUT the road there will have had bumps and potholes trust me. Finally, I have to admit that on the days that I make it out the doors and go for a run, I feel fine. With summer coming, it can only go up from here and I’ll be ready to tackle next year’s! Well, I hope so!

Until then,




I’m back!!

Yes, you read right! I am back.

Arent’t you happy about it?

I’ll try my best this time to keep blogging. I haven’t changed much. I’m still running. I’m still slow. I still don’t take myself too seriously. But most of all, I’m still me with all my flaws and challenges.

I’ve suffered from an injury (the jury is still debating what it was exactly.) that has kept me out of the running loop for a while. All I could run were 5k, and I was walking most of them.

My comeback happened at Walt Disney World in January. My good friend Angela was running Dopey, and she ran the 10k with me. Since then, I’ve gained back some confidence.



Tommorrow, I’ll tell you where I’m going…

Until then,


I need new shoes!

For the last year and a half, I’ve been running in Mizuno Wave Riders! I’ve had the 15,16 and 17. But also, with these shoes, I’ve suffered from shin splints. Now, I love them, but I think I should look to others too! I’m intrigued by the Hoka One One, and I’ve also the urge to go back to Brooks too! I think I will have to go my running store pretty soon!

Until then,
Faith, trust and pixie dust!

Cyberbullying or better known as I’m a coward and hide behind a screen to say things I wouldn’t say face to face

With the growth of social media, we can witness more more acts of cyberbullying. And I am not just talking about high school kids here, no! I am talking about adults sharing one common interest: running. It was said that runners are the most united community, but sometimes, especially on Facebook groups, they are nothing more than bullies.

I’ve seen posts that were at the start humourous or simply posted to help new members to that group to learn about race etiquette and so forth, go sour and straith mean to the “poster”. Now why because you are behind a screen should we be victims to your word vomit? Why because you think you are Godsent should we be victimized by you? Some say, we are only stating our opinion. But when that opinion becomes mean spirited and deminishes a person or a group, is it still valid?

During a discussion no less than a month ago, concerning yet again race etiquette (that will be the subject of a post very soon) I was told that as a slow runner/walker I should not be allowed in races! I’m sorry? Who died and made that mean bully king? I was angry at first and wanted to reply and then I tought that I was not going to play his game.

I know these are light examples of cyberbullying as there are more extreme cases going on as we speak, but I wanted to clear my head of it. Because in my mind we are all runners and somehow like to suffer through it we might as well get along!

Have you ever been witness or victim of cyberbullying? What do you think about it? Let me know!

Until then,
Faith,trust and pixie dust!
Sandra xoxo

The serious side of running Disney

Ok, you know about my race jealousy… It’s happening again this weekend, but I won’t get into it again.

However, something else makes me angry and I want to get it off my chest!

I have been running for 3 years now. After my first year of running I ran my first 10k and on my second year of running, I celebrated it at Disneyland by doing Dumbo Double Dare. I trained hard! I did all the runs and miles and took it seriously! I wanted to do this even if somewhere deep inside I sometimes had doubts…

With Princess weekend coming and its challenge too, I tought about my journey and I am proud of myself.

Last month the registrations for Dumbo came and then I got angry!

A lot of people do not take Disney races seriously… Oh it’s Disney! I’ve never run but I will start and run 19.3 miles in two days! Uh! Hello? It’s not a walk in the park! Yes it’s Disney but you still have to do the distance…

I said, I was proud of my journey because RunDisney was what got me started as a runner again. But did I go and register for an half marathon 6 months after my start? Hell no! I built it, I trained and when I felt ready, I registered! Don’t get me wrong, some people can run an half marathon after 3 months of running but I don’t think it’s the majority.

So, do you feel that some people take Disney races too lightly?

Until then,
Faith, trust and pixie dust,
Sandra xoxo

Here is my progression as a runner, finishing my first and so hard 5k, my first 10k and after my last training run before leaving for Disneyland. Good times!

Running while smiling!

Does it ever happen to you? You are out on your scheduled training run, you get into the zone, listen to music and suddenly, you don’t know why but a bring smile lights up your face?

I must be a happy runner then!

The kindness of fellow runners

Yes, again this weekend, I am still green with envy as it is Tinkerbell Half weekend out west in Disneyland. This race is on my bucket list and since Run Disney will move it to may, it becomes my ticket to a Coast to Coast medal but enough of that…

Earlier this week, Run Disney revealed the Dooney and Bourke bags for Tink! I am usually strict about buying stuff from a race I don’t participate in as I beleive it is false advertisement, but since Tink is my icon, I asked on a FB group if someone was willing to trust me and buy the bag for me. Well guess what? Someone said yes! I was amazed and grateful. Now let’s cross our fingers that there will be some left tomorrow when that kind soul arrives at the #TinkHalf expo!

Until then,
Faith, trust and pixie dust
Sandra xoxo