30 Things To Do Before 30!

Published June 8, 2014 by thisprincesswillrun

30. 30 years of Jenna Leigh on this planet. It’s still so very strange to wrap my brain around that thought. I’m not dreading this milestone birthday as a lot of people do, but it is such a turning point that you have to embrace it. But I guess I really can not start lamenting turning 30, when I still have 14 months before that happens. I enter my last year of the 20’s in August this year. August 18th to be exact (it’s an important date don’t you know!?)

I have always been overly ambitious, the things I’ve wanted to do in my life have ranged far and wide from going to the Olympics, to marrying Taylor Hanson, to becoming a famous singer. But when I sat down and really thought about all the things that I would love the accomplish in the next year, I let my imagination run wild but made sure to reel myself back in since I am now slightly more realistic in what I can and can not get done. I’ve tried to put the list in order based on level of achievability. The first half-ish are ones that I can definitely get done, while the second half and much more personal and require more planning and money and drive. I hope my list will inspire you to go out and write down all the things you want to do in your life, whether you’re turning 30, 40, 50, or not even out of high school. The world is an amazing place and it needs all the dreamers and doers it can get to make it special.

So, without further ado….

  1. Go to Comicon. In cosplay. I put this one first because, well, it’s already definitely going to happen. My husband and I are going to Philly Con on June 21st to meet his Doctor, Matt Smith and companion Karen Gillan. (My Doctor is Christopher Eccleston and unfortunately I do not think I’ll ever get to meet him in that setting since he is not the type of actor who goes to Con). I have since ordered a skirt off of Etsy to look like the TARDIS and John bought himself a fez and bow tie. Nerd Love ❤
  2. Organize all the family photos. I will have to post a picture of just HOW MANY pictures there are. I am a photo hoarder. When we moved out of my childhood home I snagged all the picture boxes and albums for myself. I like to think of myself as the family historian. But, they’ve taken over my bedroom and they need to be sorted. I wish my mom was around to help me, they are somewhat sorted. They are in in boxes based on years (like pre-85, 85-89, 90-93….and so on. I’m excited to tackle this project, but it will definitely require a good long weekend! Operation Stover Family Photo is a go!
  3. Cook 1 new recipe from my Food Network magazines and/or Pintrest a month. Pretty self explanatory. I love getting FNM every month and we have made a handful of dishes from it, but I have so many pages dog eared and we seem to be making the same things every week. It’s time to challenge myself, and I’m ready for it! Also, I have like 78457842564 (ok not that many) pins on the Food Stuffs board and need to start making this stuff. And now I’m hungry….
  4. Get closer to my goal weight. Yes, it would be lovely to actually hit my goal weight, but I have come to understand that it takes time and I could do with learning some patience.
  5. Become a better blogger. Aka not waiting over a month between posts.
  6. Painting With A Twist. It looks like so much fun and our house could use some more artwork. Who wants to join me!?
  7. Try Thai food. I like to think I’m relatively fearless when it comes to trying new food, there is not much I will not try once. I’ve tried multiple Indian dishes (homemade I might add), Chinese, Mexican, Japanese. Thai is one I have yet to try and I’d like to.
  8. De-clutter the house. This one sounds funny being on my list, but I’ve always been a packrat and I need to really go through all the stuff I have and start letting go of things I no longer need/use/wear. File this under emotional baggage.
  9. Get another tattoo. Sorry Dad. I’ve been wanting to get another tattoo for years, but I have yet to make a final decision on what I want and where. I still want to get one to honor my mom who passed away from color cancer 5 years ago. I’ve wanted to get my favorite song lyrics on me “Relax for a delicate few”, and I want to get one to commemorate my running accomplishments when I make them. At least one of these will happen this year.
  10. Adopt a dog. This is one that WILL happen. I’ve been begging my husband to let us get a dog for almost a year now. He’s always the voice of reason, and he said that we will after we get back from or Disney trip this fall. AND I’M SO EXCITED!!! Ever since we lost the family dog Patch in 2013 the house just hasn’t felt the same without dog hair everywhere and someone to snuggle of the couch with. Now we just have to make the choice between rescuing a Pit-bull (like Patch was) or a Boston Terrier (like John and I have talked about getting for a while). Either way, Zeus will being joining the Anselmo Clan this winter!
  11. Go to the ballet. My parents took my sisters and I to see The Nutcracker performed in Philadelphia when I was 11 or 12 and I would love to see it again now that I’m older and can appreciate it much more. This has been on my “12 Dates of Christmas” that John and I like to do around the holidays but we have never been able to go, so now I have double the reason to go!
  12. See another Broadway play. Preferably a musical. Preferably Newsies or Aladdin. But I’d be happy with Lion King, Hairspray, or Chicago. I used to go to NYC all the time. I was lucky enough to see Beauty and the Beast, Kiss Me Kate, Aida (my favorite), Thoroughly Modern Millie, and Wicked (original cast!) with my high school choir class in high school and Wicked and 42nd Street in college, and this past summer my sister and I finally saw Mamma Mia!. There is just something so magical about the Great White Way. It will forever have a hold on me.
  13. Go to the Renaissance Faire. In 8th grade (yes 1998) my school took a trip to the Ren. Faire and I fell in love with it. Maybe that’s where my love for Tudor and Elizabethan Era historical fiction comes from, but I have never been there since and I think that’s such a sin. I might even add going in costume. Just for an extra nerd point.
  14. Go to a Drag Show. HOW HAVE I NEVER DONE THIS!? For those of you who don’t know, I am ob-sessed with RuPaul’s Drag Race. I want to be friends with drag queen. (Preferably Manila or JuJu..but any will do. Except Laganga and Gia…no thanks.) But I love the gay community and I think that drag is such a beautiful art form that I must see first hand. So much sass. I just love it.
  15. Transfer all the family home videos from VHS to DVD. This one is pretty self explanatory. And I also stole the videos when I took the pictures.
  16. Start up or join a book club. My friend Lindsey has been talking about this for some time and I really think it’s a good idea. It sometimes takes me a while to find new books that I like, I tend to fall in love with series and when I’m done them I do not know where to go. I’ve re-read Harry Potter completely at least 8 times, some books over 10 times (like books 4 and 7), I’ve re-read the Percy Jackson series multiple times, I’m currently re-reading the Mortal Instruments and Infernal Devices. A book club would help me expand out of YA and Tudor historical fiction. Because, really, how many books can one read about Henry and his wives? A lot apparently.
  17. Do a Pin-up Model photo shoot. Just for fun. I would love to made up with my hair all retro and curled! And the fact that I don’t need to be stick thin to look sexy will make it a pretty empowering experience.
  18. DisneyBound for an entire month. Disnerd alert! For those who don’t know “Disney Bounding” is using a Disney character to influence your outfit. I’ve done it a handful of times, mostly when I’m actually IN Disney, but there is a challenge that the girl who developed the term does on her blog in March. 30 Days of DisneyBound. It’s something I’ve wanted to do but never thought I had enough clothing to make it work. It’ll be fun to see what I can come up with.
  19. Create my Family Tree. I would love to make a hard copy of my family tree. With Irish and German roots my family history is pretty interesting. I would also love to do my husband’s side as well. Irish and Italian! As you can see, history is another passion of mine.
  20. Complete a half marathon. This WILL happen. I’m really hoping to participate in the Philadelphia Rock-n-Roll Half Marathon next year. I want to get at least one Half under my belt before I sign up for the next major challenge, the Princess Glass Slipper Challenge in WDW Feb. 2016!
  21. Participate in 10 running events. This seems like a lot, but since this list goes from June 1 2014-August 18 2015….I only have 9 more to do! June 1st is completed the Girls On The Run 5k. The others on the list will hopefully be: Dash-n-Splash 5k ’14 and ’15, Broadstreet Run, RRHalf Philly, GOTR 5k this fall, Donor Dash 10k ’15, GYRIR 5k ’15, Tower of Terror 10 miler, and the 10th will hopefully be either the Cherry Blossom 10 miler or the Nike Women’s Half marathon in Washington D.C. (which leans me to….)
  22. Take a weekend trip to Washington D.C. I’ve been to D.C., but not for many years. I want to take the weekend and see all the war memorials, and the monuments, and the museums. History Nerd Overload! and if I get into either of the DC races, that would cross off two from my list! Score!
  23. Go to the Rock-n-Roll Hall of Fame. My husband and I are such music buffs. This is something the two of us would enjoy together. I know you can’t take pictures there-lame-but I would still love to see all the musical history that’s being celebrated there. I’ve always said that musically I was born in the wrong era. I would give anything to have seen Elvis and The Beatles, and the Stones, and Zeppelin, and all of those pioneers in person. I totally would have been best friends with Pamela des Barres.
  24. Sing karaoke. Why is this one so far down the list? Because it scares the CRAP out of me. I haven’t sung in front of anyone besides my husband since high school. Music is a highly personal thing for me and I’ve always been self conscience of my voice, even though I KNOW I’m decent.
  25. Ride a rollercoaster. I added this to make my husband happy. I’m such a wiener and I’m terrified of all rollercoasters. But maybe I’ll suck it up and go on the new Seven Dwarfs Mine ride when we’re at WDW in October.
  26. Take a class. Any class. I’ve been toying with the idea of going back to school for years. But I have no idea WHAT I want to do. But maybe if I just take a fun class it will spark something.
  27. Go to Las Vegas. Hopefully this one happens. Next year is the year that my best girls and I turn 30. 2015. Starting with Mean in Feb, then Ash in July, me in August, and finally Heath on New Years Day. We’ve been throwing out the idea of celebrating with one big huge party for all 4 of us. Vegas would be ideal…don’t you girls think? *nudge nudge*
  28. Go to New Orleans. I’m just DYING to. This is probably the one that will not happen before next August, but it’s on the list anyway!
  29. Go to a Saints game. This could happen, but probably not this season either. The only dates that could be possible would be when they play the Steelers in Pittsburgh or the Browns in Cleveland (which we could do and include the R&R HoF…..) But John has already said that I WILL get to a Saints game eventually. It’s so hard being a Saints fan in Philly. WHO DAT!!
  30. Visit my AHH. This one seems like it would be easy, but with JAHH being so spread out time and money just don’t allow for us to see each other as much as I’d like. (JAHH= Jenna Ashlee Heather Heather.) But at least Mean is back in the US so that’s better than Korea!

So that’s my list. I’ll be keeping you all posted on how its going every month of so, depending on how it’s  coming along. Let the year of fun begin!

What’s on YOUR bucket list? Tell me!


GOTR 5K and National Running Day

Published June 5, 2014 by thisprincesswillrun

I’m such a negligent blogger. It’s been over a month from my last post, but in all honesty, I haven’t had much to say. I’ve been following my AMOfitness program and running 3 times a week. I have been slowly getting my mile time faster and faster and my 1k times are looking quite competitive if I do say so myself!




I also did my fastest 5k time to date just on a random Wednesday!

This past Sunday was my 2nd race of the year, the Girls On The Run 5k in Flemmington, NJ. I really love this organization and everything they stand for. The family that I work for got involved this spring, mom as a coach and K as a runner. I love the values and lessons that young girls are being taught. It’s not just about running it’s about loving yourself and embracing all that you can do. If you’re not familiar with this program go check out their website to find out more info. I’m hoping to one day have the time to become a coach.
So Sunday was the regional 5k for some 1600 girls and coaches plus family members and other runners in the community could participate. It was suggested that I start with the first wave of runners before all the GOTR girls started. Aka, in Corral A with all the fast runners. I don’t ever want to do that again! (Not yet anyway). Talk about intimidating. I tried not to compare myself to all the other people, but it’s hard when you’re clearly not the same caliber. I was the only one rocking a Sparkle Athletic skirt, so that did help my concise nice because they make my butt look fast 😉.

Being in the front also caused me to go out WAAAAAY too fast and because it was hotter I drained a lot of energy in the first 1/2 mile. The course also had another challenge…hills. Multiple hills. I had never done hills in a race or in training so that was a fun addition. and by fun I clearly mean not fun. I spent a good amount of time walking, especially up the hills but I made sure I kept an eye on my pace, always making sure I’m under 15 m/m even walking so I’m a-ok in October for Tower of Terror. But even with the heat, the sun, and the hills I finished with a 41.35 which I was happy about. Not my fastest but it’s not any slower than March. I placed 771 overall out of 1532 and 45th in my age group. But most importantly, I GOT MY FIRST MEDAL!!!!

I’m so proud. I definitely earned that, it was not given lightly.


Overall I was pleased with the race, and I can’t wait to do the next one in the Fall. That will probably be my first race post Disney so it will be interesting to see how they compare.

And for those who follow me on Instagram I partook in National Running Day yesterday. Just typing that sentence is still so weird to me. A year ago I wouldn’t even have known about let alone cared about such a day. But I was so excited to go out and run yesterday! Running really has changed my life. It has helped me overcome some of my demons and shut up the voice in my head that tells me I can’t do these things, because I’ve already proved that I can. And the running community is just so welcoming to all people! I really can not get over it. The support you get from absolute strangers on the journey is overwhelming and amazing. There are a few people I’ve “met” though Instagram and Facebook that I wish I could hug and thank them for all the kind words I get. I can not wait to meet them over the years at different races across the country. Be warned, I’m a hugger!
So yesterday I set a goal of 3 miles, secretly hoping I would be able to push myself to 4 miles. It was warm again and I got a side stitch after my first mile, but I keep running/walking. I would have kept going but I had errands to run and needed to shower, so I had to settle for another 5k completed. This weekend will see 4 miles though! We are 4 months away people…4 MONTHS!!! From yesterday!!! At this time in 4 months I will still be passed out in my bed at Pop Century with the hubs after completing 10 miles and partying like a Villain. I get giddy and nervous when I think about it, but this race is what started the obsession, and I haven’t even completed it yet! It’s so exciting to have long term goals again. Can not wait to see what the future brings.



Philly Donor Dash 5k Recap

Published April 15, 2014 by thisprincesswillrun

I get to do my first recap! Woo! This is exciting. This past Sunday was my first race since last summer’s Dash-n-Splash 5k.

The hubs and I had been fighting off nasty head colds and coughs all week. We were supposed to meet friends Saturday night but we got into bed to lay down for a little around 8 and never got out. I took a heavy dose of NyQuil and was OUT before 9pm. But before that I made sure everything I needed for the race was together and ready.

There’s Flat Jenna ready to run!

6am the alarms go off. John is unable to function without a shower, so he very begrudgingly got up and headed to the bathroom. Even though the race wasn’t starting until 9:20, we wanted to get there as close to 8:30 as possible, which meant being out the door by 7:30 at the latest. I was very happy I sent out my outfit the night before, it made the groggy morning go smoothly. I was SO excited to be putting on my green sparkle skirt by Sparkle Athletic! I opted for black capris over my new running tights but still went with the long sleeve 3/4 zip top. Pennsylvania weather has been so screwy lately, I didn’t want to take the chance on freezing if it didn’t warm up.




Got to get my coffee in while waiting for the hubs. He’s so not a morning person, which is why I’m even more proud of him for joining me on this journey.

We finally got into the city and found parking relatively quickly which was wonderful. When we ran GYRIG in 2010 we drive around for at least 30 minutes before finding a parking spot 2578521 blocks away.

I felt so awesome walking around in my Sparkle skirt, I was really hoping to see others rocking the skirt! My sister in law got there before us, so she got our bibs and shirts. John’s friend Kristen was volunteering at the registration tent so we stopped by to see her before going to find Team Goodchild. John, Nicole, and I were the only ones running so unfortunately we were going to miss this official team photo but we were able to get one before they called the 5k runners to starting area.


And then it was time! The week before Nicole came up and we went for a run and she and I were able to run for 2.5 miles together while talking. So I figured that’s how we would run today. Unfortunately that’s not what happened, there were so many people it was hard to navigate. Nicole ended up a head of me and John got behind. And that’s how it stayed. Which is fine, I’m a big girl I can run by myself. But that first mile always feels ETERNAL. According to my Nike+ running app, I ran mile 1 in 12ish minutes which is great but I think I may have gone out too fast. Plus it was HOT. Now I was starting to regret my long sleeve shirt choice. So after mile 1 I took a walk break, making sure it was a power walk. I tried to walk only until my pulse came down then is run again. Mile 2 was a little slower but I still maintained a sub 13 mile which was awesome. But then mile 3 hit. And I evaded up walking probably 3/4 of mile 3. There was an overpass we had to go under at the beginning and end of the race, and let me tell you that shade and breeze was very much welcomed. Once I passed there I could see the finish and knew I had to finish strong. So I picked up the pace and kept my eye out for the photographer! I HAD to have a decent finish photo, after last years race I wanted to show myself that I’m not just doing this to get fit, I’m doing this because I like it as well!



It was so nice have my family there cheering my finish. And John was only 4 minutes behind me. But the most important thing? I PR’d!!!!

Last years 5k was 46 (brutal) minutes and my fastest 5k on the treadmill was 42 minutes. I’m so incredibly proud of myself and my husband and sister in law. I can’t wait to sign up for my next race!


Come On And Do It

Published April 3, 2014 by thisprincesswillrun

I’m not kidding, I’ve been trying to log onto this stupid app for over an effing week. Finally I just deleted it and reloaded. Apparently that did the trick. Sometimes I really hate technology. But I digress.

March was a serious struggle. I started a program that my friend and trainer designed specifically for me to get me ready for the Tower of Terror 10 miler in 6 months (from tomorrow! )
I’m not quote sure what happened, but all of the sudden one bad workout turned into two, and then that pain the ass voice of Doubt knocked me on my butt. And then there was a family issue that just caused me to loose all my focus. like sitting in the locker room changing room crying for 20 minutes and then going and sitting in my car in the parking lot crying for another 30 minutes. It was a rough day, but that day also helped me see that this journey is first and foremost about ME.

This program that I’m on is no joke. I’m in my second week and I honestly can not tell you a day that some part of my body has not been sore. I took today off because I needed it. I think it was more for mental health, but I’m ok with it. Tomorrow is another speed day, and then I have a date with my dad for sushi for lunch. Super excited.

Saturday my sister in law is coming up to go for a run with the husband and I. The 3 of us are signed up for a 5k next Sunday…and neither my husband not my sister in law have started preparing. Hopefully this kicks my husband in the ass to get started on TOT training. he’s going to hate me for saying that.

On Sunday I get to call and make our Disney Dining Reservations! You have no idea, this is my favorite part of going to Walt Disney World, FOOOOOD. If all goes well here is where we will be noshing pre and post TOT:
*Be Our Guest
*Rose & Crown Pub
*Mamma Melrose (Fantasmic package duh!)
*Tusker House (our only must-do repeat, it’s the best place to go for breakfast)
*1900 Park Fare
*and it’s still in the air to do 50’s Prime Time Cafe or Crystal Palace

I will also be ordering my first Sparkle skirt this weekend! The Donor Dash 5k in Philly will be my sparkle debut, I’m so excited!

Come on and do it,
Don’t care how you it’s just how you feel.
Come on and do it,
You’ve got to make it real.
Come on and do it,
It’s time to fee what’s in your soul.
You’ve got to get it right, it’s time, come on freak out loose control!


Elevate A Little Higher

Published March 20, 2014 by thisprincesswillrun


As I have admitted before, I seriously suck with this whole blog this. But as I sit here slurping on my strawberry chocolate Shakeology waiting to go to the gym, I got somewhat inspired. Maybe it’s because it’s the first day of Spring! Maybe it’s because I know I haven’t posted in a while. Maybe it’s the lyrics to Big Time Rush… Whatever the reason here I am.

The last 2 weeks have been rough. My dad and I have stepped up our game and we go to Planet Fitness Monday-Friday when possible. I don’t run everyday, as much as I think that’s what I should be doing. But I’ve hit a wall. One day just getting through 2 miles takes every once of effort I have. And then a few days later I’m THIIIIIIIS close to PR’ing my 5k time. Like what the hell. My mind and my body are not in* sync.
And that’s when the doubt starts working it’s way up. I think I’ve done a really good job at staying positive so far, but last week I had some demons to battle. For example…Who the *%>|!£ signs up to do a 10 MILE RUN before they can do anything longer than 3 miles?

My husband goes a really great job calming me down when I turn into a head case. He believes in me far more then I ever could. My dad is also well versed in my craziness and told me to contact my friend who is a trainer to ask her advice. I don’t like to bother her because she is quite possibly the busiest person I’ve ever met. But she cleared her schedule for me last Friday and she’s writing me an insan(ly good) plan of attack for the next 6 months. AMO is legit one of the most amazing people I have in my life. Next week I should be able to start my program and then I’ll start feeling better.

I really admire people who can just go out and run. I have such a long journey to come. My first outside run since October was a hot mess. The treadmill has me so conditioned to follow the numbers on the magic running machine that I’ve forgotten how to listen to my body and pace myself out. I also need to replace my effing heart rate monitor.

But each day is a new day. And I have honestly never wanted anything as much as I want to run these races. I’ve always given up on myself and my dreams. But not this time. I’ve surrounded myself with a really fantastic support system that I’m just realizing I have.

Don’t even hesitate
Just let it escalate


I Have A Dream

Published February 27, 2014 by thisprincesswillrun


No, not the MLK speech (although that is wicked). I’m referring to the next 2 years and how they are going to change the course of my life. As any runDisney fanatic is aware, a NEW race has been announced. This November in Disneyland The Avengers are being called to assemble for a 5k and half marathon.

*insert supreme nerdy giggle here*

Now, I will not be attempting to run in the inaugural race, although how freaking amazing would that be?? No, I have decide that, funding permitted, I will be going for my Coast To Coast medal in the year 2016.
February=Princess Half Weekend 5k, 10k, and half
November=Avengers #SmashTheHalf Weekenf 5k and half

For those keeping a tally, that comes out to 38.6 magical miles



I think I damaged my brain, the idea of this outrageous but I am so excited to begin this journey. After I finish the Tower of Terror 10 miler that is. one thing at a time Jenna…

^ But seriously….how can I NOT earn this?!

Currently, I am still working on maintaining my routine and keeping my mile time between 14 and 15 minutes. Last Friday I did my first 5k since the summer and I felt incredible. I decided to attempt this due to all the posts I was reading about everyone running in WDW for the Princess Weekend. I was able to maintain my breathing throughout and stayed at a good pace of just under 15:30 min miles. I would bump up the speed on the treadmill whenever a really good song came on.

I’ve also started doing slight weight lifting. There’s no way I’m going to be running in my Maleficent outfit with flabby arms in October!

Monday: 2 miles
Wednesday: 2 miles (elliptical)
Thursday 2ish….miles.

I say 2ish because I really don’t know how far I ran since not only once but twice did I pull the emergency stop cord on the treadmill and I lost all my data. TWICE! Good grief.

Going for another 5k again tomorrow. 👍

I have a dream
A song to sing
To help me cope with anything

Honestly, I Wanna See You Be Brave

Published February 20, 2014 by thisprincesswillrun

Ok, part 2 of the last post a few days later.
So, as I’ve made it very clear, the whole point of this journey is to train for the Walt Disney World Tower of Terror 10 mile race in October. Last Tuesday was one of the most stressful days of my life. I have been following all kinds of runDisney blogs, instagrams, and Facebook pages and I had heard horror stories of recent runs selling out in mere minutes! I was not letting that happen to me. So at 11:45am I’m on the runDisney site and I’m refreshing and refreshing and refreshing with my husband on the phone with me calming me down. Finally 12:00 hit! No sign up button. 12:04. 12:09. I’m about to have a heart attack. Finally I refreshed again and the registerbutton appeared! Boy it the sign up process long! It probably didn’t help that I was doing mine and my husbands but it took a good 20 minutes to get us registered and paid for. $300 later…



Now the seriously scary part. Actually trainingto run 10 MILES! Part of my brain still can’t wrap itself around that thought.

I’ve only gotten about 4 miles in this week, and they weren’t pretty. I understand that it is a process and I need to be patient with it or I will fall out of love with this idea or even hurt myself.

Plus, my list of things I need to buy just seems to keep getting longer and longer. I’m trying to decide on which watch to invest in. I had a Polar heart rate monitor for about 5 years but it has decided to die on me completely. I’ve tried new batteries but it just will not sync. So I’m going back and forth between a new Polar:


Or a Garmin:


I can not tell if any of the Garmins also do heart rate. Does anyone have some insight on these?

I also REALLY need to invest in a foam roller. My legs are just in a constant state of sore. The good sore, but still sore. Etsy and Pinterest will be the death of my bank accountme I swear. I want all the sparkle skirts.
And head bands.
And shoes.
And #TrD shirts

*sign* one thing at a time I suppose.

The foam roller is a must purchase this weekend. Pros sibyl more sparkly hair bands as well. You can never have too much sparkle.

Show me, how big your brave is