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Getting to the Games

What a surreal week I had last week!  It’s still kind of unbelievable that I was the big grand prize winner of the Get to the Games contest from HumanX Gear.  I mean…those things just don’t happen…but it really did!!

Last Tuesday I put on my big girl pants and got on that non-stop flight to Los Angeles. Thanks to some extra leg room and free wi-fi on our JetBlue flight, it actually went by fairly quickly.  I’m sure being exhausted from the 3:30 am wake up call and the 1 mg of Ativan also played a part in that as well šŸ˜‰

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Our first stop in L.A., Disneyland of course!  If I was going to make the trip all the way to the west coast, I wasn’t going to pass up a visit to The Happiest Place on Earth.  We spent 3 fun filled days touring the parks and eating our faces off.  I really fell in love with Disneyland this time around…more about that to come on Running at Disney in the next few weeks!

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Friday it was time to Get to the Games!!  We didn’t have a car while at Disneyland because 1. everything is in walking distance and 2. they charge hotel guests $17/day to park…crazy!  We lucked out that the rental car location was about 200 meters across the street from our hotel room…couldn’t have worked out any better.  

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Leaving the Disneyland bubble and driving around L.A. was both interesting and overwhelming.  I’m not a nervous driver, but when we got on the 405 I was SO happy B was driving.  Seven lanes of traffic is too chaotic for me!

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The drive from Anaheim to San Pedro where our hotel was took about 40 minutes. Heading into San Pedro we drove through the Port of Los Angeles, which is the busiest shipping container port in the United States.  The photos do not do justice to the size and scale of this port.  I was completely awestruck and continued to be all weekend everytime we drove by.  This was one of the few things I was impressed by in L.A., but more on that later.

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We arrived at the DoubleTree San Pedro and were happy to find that our room was ready. Yay for early check-ins!  We were given some yummy warm cookies and headed up to our room that overlooked the gorgeous marina…oh and the GIANT port in the background. Can you tell I am still shocked by the size of that port??  Seriously…that shit was crazy huge! 

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I also received an awesome gift basket from HumanX that included t-shirts, snacks and of course our CrossFit Games wristbands!!

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We quickly unpacked and headed up to the StubHub! Center in Carson for our first day at the Games.  Oh the awesomeness that we were about to see…and the miles we were about to walk…

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More to come on the Games, the Vendor Village and some thoughts on L.A. in general from this East Coast girl šŸ™‚  Stay tuned!

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How One Day Can Change Your Life

Here I am…on the longest flight I’ve been on in over 10 years, writing to you at over 36,000 feet.  I’ve shocked myself today.  I woke up focused and had very minimal anxiety getting to the airport and even boarding the plane.  Maybe I was just THAT tired or maybe I’m actually dealing with this better.  I took an Ativan once seated so I could take a nap for a while, but that only lasted about 1.5 hours and once again…I’m ok!

This all might seem silly to a lot of people…this fear of flying thing, but it really is rooted in a not so pretty place that I’ve never gone into detail about here.  You see, I wasn’t always liked this.  I LOVED to fly when I was younger.  I traveled all over the U.S. including San Francisco, San Antonio, and Denver.  I traveled internationally to England, France and even spent 2 months abroad in Ireland.  Traveling was exciting…so many opportunities are available once you step off that plane!  

But when I was 21 years old, the world changed….September 11th happened.

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On that day I was living 5 blocks from the World Trade Center in a studio apartment at 33 Gold Street.  I had just started my final year at New York University and I was working in the Box Office at the Hammerstein Ballroom, one of the top concert venues in NYC at the time.  To say I was loving life was an understatement.   Well you know the story of the day so I won’t rehash that business, but to say the events greatly effected me is an understatement.  And it didn’t happen right way either…  

Soon after 9/11, I traveled quite a bit…to England, Arizona, Florida…but with each trip my anxiety grew.  I moved out of the city to Hoboken, NJ across the Hudson river, but I was still commuting in for work and school every day.  Soon I started having trouble on the subway, going through tunnels and being on bridges.  This is a problem when you have to use at least one of those things to get in or out of NYC.  My fear of being trapped, like I was on 9/11, was becoming overwhelming and crippling.   

I ended up having to leave NYC because the stress of having to go there everyday was too much.  Well that wasn’t the ONLY reason, but it played a large part in our decision to move to CT.  However the problem with that was now that I no longer had to face those fears everyday, my reactions were 1,000 times worse when I actually did.  I would have a full on panic attack driving over the George Washington Bridge.  I wouldn’t take the train into NYC or take the Subway for almost 8 years.  Getting on a plane was out of the question.  B and I actually DROVE to Florida for our Honeymoon…it’s amazing that man actually married me.  And the worst thing about all of this was that it was affecting my health because all of that stress would cause my UC to flare on a regular basis.

It was after that long drive to Florida that I finally woke up.  I couldn’t live my life like this anymore…I was missing out on LIFE!  B also turned to me and said, if you ever want to go to Disney again we are flying.  Well that right there is motivation enough to change! šŸ™‚  With the help of a low dose of anti-anxiety medication and the will to face my fears, I am slowly working through all of my fears.  I’m not ashamed to admit that I need help here…

Now look at me.  As I finish writing this, I am sitting in my hotel room at the Disneyland Hotel after taking a non-stop flight from NY to LA.  That’s almost 6 hours on a plane people!!  I am having a blast at The Happiest Place on Earth with the love of my life and later this week I get to go the the CrossFit Games!!  How could I have denied myself these experiences?  

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I’m not saying it’s easy, it’s far from it!  Last week I had a panic attack just thinking about traveling, but I’ve learned how to calm myself down and try to relax a bit.  Exercise really helps!  I’ve also learned that talking about it helps.  Sometimes you just ned to get all the crazy out because you otherwise feel like this…

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So there’s the backstory to all of the anxiety-ridden posts you’ve seen and probably will continue to see over time.  It’s amazing how that one day almost 13 years ago completely changed my life, but looking back now it has only made me stronger.  I’ve had to overcome some major shit, but I’ve been trying to do it with a smile.  šŸ™‚   

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Superhero Inspired Reebok Nano 3.0!

Last month the Avengers Super Heroes Half Marathon at Disneyland sold out in under two hours…it was pretty incredible.  The popularity of super heroes has had a constant presence in pop culture.  Super heroes speak to all of us and tell a great story of overcoming adversity to create good in the world.  And really, who wouldn’t want super powers?!  It’s so great to see that move from pop culture into the athletic world!  

Well this week, Reebok announced the pre-sale of the Nano 3.0 Superhero Pack. Donned with the colors of the mutant almighty (DC Comics AND Marvel), these shoes feature a Dual Density platform that provides the perfect combination of forefoot cushioning and heel stabilization for lifting cars, dodging bullets and leaping tall buildings.  Check out these great colors!

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I’m going to take a guess that the men’s colors represent Superman, Spiderman and The Hulk, but I can’t for the life of me figure out the women’s colors.  Any guesses??

I don’t have a pair of Nano 3.0s, but I LOVE my 2.0s.  This purple pair just might change that.  Actually, I think The Hulk shoe is my favorite.  Do you think you will be able to do The Hulk Smash when wearing them?!?  

Right now they are available for pre-sale online and will ship on 4/23, but you had better hurry if you want to be the first defender on the block to have these killer kicks!  Which superhero would you like to see inspire a shoe?  

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I Made It! Anxiety and All…

Two weeks ago I wrote about my super fun struggles with anxiety (insert sarcasm here).  Well anxiety aside, I overcame those fears and made my way out to Colorado and California.  Ok, ok…it wasn’t as easy as just overcoming my fears but what matters is, I made it.

Shockingly, B and I were packed and ready to go early in the day so we managed to get a good night’s sleep.  I think I’ve gotten this packing thing down to a science now, which clearly eases my anxiety.  All the flights were thankfully uneventful and I made it through with minimal problems.  I also had the help of some medication so I could relax and sleep….that’s always a bonus šŸ™‚

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Well tonight it starts all over again.  I’m leaving for Florida tomorrow for a relaxing trip with some of my best friends.  I’m definitely not as anxious this time around.  I feel like the more I travel the better I get at it.  And now with California under my belt, the flight to Florida will seem short…I hope!  Plus, I get to spend the week here:

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Nothing but excitement here!  Thanks again to everyone who shared their stories of anxiety with me and how you overcome your fears…it was all incredibly helpful!

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My Journey West Has Left Me Speechless

So I take a trip out west and apparently stop blogging.  Maybe that’s a sign of having way too much fun, which is exactly how this trip was!  

After a stop in Colorado for a few days (have you seen my visit to Red Rocks?!), B and I made our way farther west to California.  Well, Disneyland in particular!  If you haven’t been following along on my journey through Instagram, here are a few highlights from the whole trip.

After Red Rocks, we made it to the top of Mount Evans in Colorado…the air was VERY thin!

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Faced my anxiety over flying and got on 5 different planes this past week!

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Went to Disneyland for the first time!!

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Had some DELICIOUS cocktails!

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Proceeded to run 21 miles in 3 days and got this awesome bling to show for it!

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And now I’m wearing it at work because I’m still on a Disney runner’s high šŸ™‚

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Regularly scheduled blogging will commence this week and make sure to head over to Running at Disney for my full race recaps and Disney dining review…you won’t want to miss that!  Thank you to everyone who supported me though the races this weekend…you have no idea what that means to me šŸ™‚  Until next time…

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