Perfect Princess Half Marathon Magic!

*Cue trumpet fanfare*  I am officially a half marathoner.  I hope that’s a word, but if not, oh well!  This past weekend marks my very first half marathon.  Even better, it was in Walt Disney World.  Better still, it was a Disney Princess themed half marathon.  Genius.  Having dreamed of being a princess from a small age (and coming to terms with the fact that I am a princess regardless of royal bloodlines and inherited tiaras), this was a dream literally come true.  Running the race with my best friend was the only way to make it the best race ever run.  To be perfectly honest, I didn’t truly know what to expect.  Keeping in mind that this was a Disney event, however, helped me realize it would be a sensational spectacle and experience like no other.  I maintain that if Disney took over the world, it would be a better place.  Needless to say, it was glorious.  If only they could also control the weather, but alas, some things are still just beyond our reach.

We actually did cross the finish line hand in hand!
I am pretty sure I was smiling like this the entire time.

The weekend started with Friday with the Disney Half Marathon Weekend Expo.  Because the Royal Family 5K took place Friday morning, the Expo actually opened on Thursday.  Arriving a day after it first opening, you could tell it had already been slightly picked over.  There were still plenty of products and merchandise to peruse and purchase.  And boy did I purchase.  How could I not?  It was a massive Expo Center full of princess inspired athletic gear.  I was in girly running heaven.  The piece de resistance, however, were the signature New Balance RunDisney (NB 860v4 and 890v4) inspired shoes.  Of course I had my eyes on the Cinderella shoes.  No detail was left unaccounted for: the glass slipper at the base of the laces, the pumpkin coach on the inside tongue of the shoe, the extra blue satin laces to “princess-ify” your shoes even more… And the list goes on.  These shoes were perfect.  The problem was that quantities were so limited last year and demand so high, that New Balance had instituted a pick-up policy.  You were to sign-in online the day that you would be attending the Expo, beginning at 6:00am EST, and select a time slot in which to try on and purchase your shoes.  Friday morning, my friend and I logged on at 8:30am and all time slots had been taken.  We assumed we would be unable to purchase them, but would try again Saturday morning to select a time.  I set my alarm for 5:59am on Saturday morning just to log-in, and got a very disheartening message: “Due to limited quantity of runDisney shoes we will be forgoing the online runner signup and on-site virtual queue process in favor of a first-come, first-served standy line.  The standby line will form at the New Balance tent outside the Josten’s Center and we will begin accepting people when the Expo opens on or before 9:00am.”  I felt right then and there our shoe dreams were dashed.

Enjoying the beautiful chaos of the Expo!
Enjoying the beautiful chaos of the Expo!

My friend and I wanted to do a short warm-up run Saturday morning, then leisurely get breakfast and get ready to head to the parks.  We decided to just try for the New Balance shoes, and headed first to the Expo.  At this point it was already 11:00am so we weren’t terribly hopeful.  We walked right into the New Balance tent, found a representative, and were told there were shoes in our size and we could try them on right then and there.  Now that’s Disney magic for you.  So I can happily say I am the honored owner of Cinderella athletic shoes!  Who needs a Fairy Godmother when you have magical shoes?

So this is love, so this is what makes life divine.
So this is love, so this is what makes life divine.

Saturday we spent the day primarily in the Magic Kingdom, meandering through the crowds and enjoying a few of the sights.  We rode Thunder Mountain (which I always forget is amazing), sipped on LeFou’s Brew at Gaston’s Tavern, commented on massive lines at Under the Sea and the Haunted Mansion, and found a fabulous tiara to don on race day.  We ended the day back at the hotel and completed Christine’s tutu in preparation for the main event.

Disney Magic at it's best!
Disney Magic at it’s best!

Sunday morning we rose at 3:00am (just so you know, this was 1:00am MST…) and I was surprisingly energetic.  We got dressed in our terrific tutus and tiaras, attempted our best running princess faces, and headed to the bus stop.  I cannot thank the running gods enough for the sheer luck of it all.  Our resort was made up of numerous small buildings, rather than one large hotel.  We were located almost furthest from the main building and dining hall, but just a stone’s throw to the first of 4 bus stops at the resort.  Within minutes of arriving at the bus stop, the 4:00am bus drove up and picked up our group.  Race planners had warned that the last bus of the morning would arrive at 4:00am.  After our stop, there were 6 seats left, and a line of at least 30 people at the next stop.  Many of the ladies there had been waiting 45 minutes or more.  I had waited maybe 4 minutes… By the time we got to the third stop we had to turn on our lights and drive by slowly, indicating that there was no room.  We didn’t even go to the fourth stop.  We later heard that a few more busses arrived about 20 to 30 minutes later, but I cannot imagine having that amount of stress before having to run 13.1 miles.  We made it to station, took some pictures, grabbed some goodies, and made the 15 minute walk to the corrals.

We looked good for 5:30am.
We looked good for 5:30am.

I was in corral K out of P, and I was thankful not to be last.  Although you need to be lined up for the start at 5:30am, we didn’t begin our run until 6:00am.  Corral K was full of life and cheer by the time we all made it to the starting line.  “I Will Survive” blared over the speakers and we all sang along.  Finally, we were given the go ahead and began our run with fireworks and fanfare.  On the route you pass by costumed characters, high-flying kites, ChEAR Squad members with white-gloved Mickey Mouse hands waiting to give you a high-five (or would that be a high-four?).  Music plays all along, and tutus abound.  It’s really just an energetic, exciting race.  Women, and men, of all ages, body-shapes, and experience levels crowd the course.  It’s truly an opportunity for all to be a part of a magical moment.  The start of the race is just outside Epcot.  You run along the service roads, under the sign for the Magic Kingdom, traverse through a cast member entrance, and are suddenly transported onto Main Street USA.  After making a congested right turn, the castle is in sight (well, it kind of was… it was really foggy).  You run up Main Street and turn right into tomorrow land, where you loop behind Cinderella’s castle.  Once you run underneath, there is a line of photographers waiting to capture this moment.  Afterwards you make your way through Frontierland, and out another cast entrance.  You follow more service roads along, until you return to the original course and head straight into Epcot.  There you follow your way around Spaceship Earth and past the fountain, then back and through a cast entrance into the parking lot for the finish.  To say that it was a surreal experience would be a massive understatement.

Beside my favorite fictitious royal, Belle!
Beside my favorite fictitious royal, Belle!

This was possibly the best first half marathon you could do.  Everything is perfectly thought out, and no detail is left unnoticed.  I may have actually over-trained, given the amount of people walking and the congestion that can build up during the race, but it’s never bad to have built-in walk breaks.  Besides, it gave me plenty of time to take ridiculous pictures along the way.  I thought I would tear up more throughout the race than I did, but mostly I was exuberant and giddy.  My friend told me I just had this little girl smile on my face the whole time.  When I was given my medal, however, reality sunk in.  I did it.  And I cried.

I was so gosh darn happy!  And yes, we held hands as we crossed the finish line!
I was so gosh darn happy! And yes, we held hands as we crossed the finish line!

Afterwards, we were able to snap a few more photographs, head back to the hotel for Mickey Mouse waffles, get cleaned up, and return to Epcot with tiaras and medals (we left the tutus at the resort this time).  Again we meandered through the park, enjoying some of our favorite spots (including Figment, adorable!), took pictures with Belle (my trip was complete!!), and sipped on some Snake Bite Blacks from England.  We ended the day with the Illuminations fire work show (my favorite!), and traveled back to the Magic Kingdom for Space Mountain, Under the Sea, and pictures with the illuminated castle.  It was the most perfect princessy weekend ever imaginable.  I wouldn’t have changed a thing.

Great end to a magnificent day!
Great end to a magnificent day!

I can go the distance!

Here I sit at the Denver International Airport waiting for my flight back to the DC area, the start of my long awaited journey to run the Disney Princess Half Marathon with my best friend. In case you haven’t noticed, I’m secretly 5 years old and am obsessed with all things Disney. Particularly princesses. In one weekend I will combine some of my all time favorite things, and complete my very first half marathon. I’ve been incredibly lucky to have amazing support along the way from my hubby and friends. I’ve probably driven them crazy with questions, concerns, and ridiculous notions, but I’m a cautious person driven by preparedness. So of course I wanted to be prepared for my distance running debut.

The first thing I considered, of course, was what to wear? I mean this isn’t your ordinary half marathon. It’s Disney and just for princesses (c’est moi!). My favorite princess, possibly harkening to my experience as an English major, is Belle from Beauty and the Beast. She is intelligent, strong willed, opinionated, and independent. These are attributes I appreciated at a young age in my gender, and most I try to emulate. Sometimes I’m a little too strong willed for my own good, but oh well! Belle’s signature ensemble is a gorgeous golden gown. The storyline is symbolized by the beauty of a single red rose, designed to serve as a reminder of the fleeting nature of youth and beauty, but the eternal importance of love, kindness, and friendship. With this in mind, I turned to an expert to outfit my princess running vision: Race Junkie.

I discovered Race Junkie’s Disney tutus in November when frantically searching the web for something manageable to wear for my first half, while still maintaining the fanciful royal façade. Some folks run in full synthetic costumes that you can purchase from costume shops and party supply stores. I value my comfort and breath ability too much for that. With a tutu as my statement piece, the rest of my outfit could be yellow yet runnable. I bought bright yellow Under Armour running capris and a yellow Nike running racer back. The final piece are my shoes. I’ve already gushed over my shoes, but my buttercup colored 3190s are truly the perfect end to a princessy performance ensemble.

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The best part of this whole event, of course, is not my outfit, but running it with my best friend. We both adore all things Disney! Furthermore, this will be our first time reunited in almost a year. I couldn’t think of anyone better to run this with, and can’t wait to share these memories with her!

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I will report back post race and can’t wait to recap this magical weekend on which I am about to embark. So for now, my mantra this weekend comes from Hercules: I am on my way, I can go the distance! I don’t care how far, somehow I’ll be strong. I know every mile will be worth my while. I can go most anywhere to find where I belong.

Parisian Getaway Giveaway

Bonjour!  C’est Mercredi!  Some have described me as fancy.  This is a word that I try to embody in all aspects of my life.  It’s not that I don’t love the occasional Saturday spent in yoga pants, but on a whole, I live life to its most fabulous potential.  With this attitude, I often stick out in casual Colorado.  Shortly after starting my new job at the University of Colorado Denver, one of my coworkers hit the nail on the head.  I am a verified Francophile.  This was one of the greatest compliments I could have received.  I hadn’t even told him about my collection of berets yet!

Enjoying a beautiful day outside the Louvre Museum.
Enjoying a beautiful day outside the Louvre Museum.

After my freshman year of college, before transferring to the University of Maryland, my family went on a trip to France and Germany.  We spent the majority of our trip in Paris, and I could have remained there forever if given the choice.  The charm and romance of Paris is present in every aspect of the city.  There’s an air of elegance, a deep enjoyment of life, and serves as a daydreamer’s paradise.  It’s a place to which I long to return, even though I don’t speak the language.  Needless to say, I admire the French culture, fashion, food, and lifestyle.  Julia Child’s experience as portrayed through Julie and Julia, and my current book of the moment The Sharper Your Knife, The Less You Cry both depict the delicacies and intricacies of the art of French cooking.  My favorite movie growing up, French Kiss, showcased a comical storyline of a woman’s long awaited dream of going to Paris interrupted by a fight to regain who she thought was the love of her life.  All of these stories and experiences have built up this French philosophy in my mind, and I will ever more be entranced.

My absolute favorite shot of the Eiffel Tower.
My absolute favorite shot of the Eiffel Tower.

White House Black Market has always been one of those stores I wander past in malls and shopping centers, and occasionally enter.  I typically find items I like, and their pieces can be easily interwoven into my wardrobe.  When I learned of their Passport to Paris giveaway, I definitely started paying more attention.  I emulate a French flair for living, and a free trip would simply be icing on top of my Parisian style cake.  So I wish you good luck, and happy travels.  Maybe we’ll meet in Paris one day!

Rocco the Puppy

Today is my Chihuahua puppy’s FIRST birthday!  I know, you are super excited just like me.  Obviously.  Well let me tell you, I am pumped.  I never thought I would love a dog as much as I do (okay so he is kind of a fake dog, but still).  I grew up with cats, and I still love them so much.  But in marrying the hubs I knew I would have to forgo cats for the rest of my life.  He is direly allergic, and as I love my hubs much more than the feline species, I realized we would someday own a dog instead.

Rocco looking so dapper with his black and white bowtie.  He's a fancy pup.
Rocco looking so dapper with his black and white bowtie. He’s a fancy pup.

I had unpleasant experiences with dogs growing up.  I thought they were dirty, smelly, slobbery, lumbering beasts.  Literally all dogs looked this way to me.  I absolutely abhor when large dogs jump up, scratch my legs, and think I want to toss around a filthy, tattered tennis ball solely for their enjoyment.  It’s definitely not for my own.

And then I met my husband’s family.  They all own Chihuahuas.  Literally they have a proud line of Chihuahuas.  At this point there have been four total, and now Rocco makes five.  They are clean, manageable dogs, who love to cuddle like cats, but have that playful side only dogs really have.  They’re loyal, but also full of personality.  These dogs are the perfect compromise.

So when the hubs and I moved from Boulder to Denver, we knew the idea of a dog was not far off.  We had seen a picture of this adorable black and white spotted Chihuahua puppy from a pet shop near our new home in Denver.  At the time we hadn’t yet moved and were in the middle of the hub’s MBA graduation, packing for the move, training for the BOLDERBoulder, and my frantic search for a different job.  The timing simply wasn’t right to bring a dog into our chaotic world.  We were finally getting settled by the end of June, and one Tuesday night in July, the hubs received a text message from his mother with a picture of the very same black and white spotted pup.  It was a sign.  He was still there, even after two months.  We were hooked.

Rocco looks excellent as a turtle for Halloween.  He is a Terrapin after all.  Go TERPS!
Rocco looks excellent as a turtle for Halloween. He is a Terrapin after all. Go TERPS!

The next evening after returning from work, the hubby looked at me when I walked through the door with such intense purpose, I knew what he was about to ask.  “Want to get the dog?” he said.  We had absolutely nothing ready to prepare for this little bundle of excitement.  But off we went.  In the car on the way to the shop, Robbie asked me if I would want to name him Rocky.  I had no clue what to name a little male pup, so I went with it.  We walked into the store, headed straight back to his cage, and quickly asked the shop clerk, Joel, to play with him.  He could tell we were there on a purpose.  He opened the cage and brought this little bundle of excitement over to the play pen.  The hubs and I could tell instantly he was a fun little dog, full of energy and so irresistibly adorable.  Within 30 minutes, we adopted our puppy, gathered as many supplies as possible and were in the car on the way home.  As soon as we were buckled in, Robbie called the pup “Rocco” instead of “Rocky” and I realized that was his name.  And so, on July 10, 2013, Rocco found his way into our home and our hearts.

The first day we brought Rocco home.  He was so nervous his whole body shook!
The first day we brought Rocco home. He was so nervous his whole body shook!

Since then, we’ve never looked back.  He’s the perfect dog for us.  He cuddles on the couch in the evenings, but plays through the day.  He is feisty and ferocious (for a little dog), but sweet and affectionate.  For me, it’s the best way to ease into the idea of a dog.  And even though he’s a Chihuahua, he’s big for his breed.  We didn’t expect him to exceed 6 pounds, and here he is, definitely over 8 pounds.  It’s the best welcome to come home to, and the perfect way to end the day.  Our little puppy is more than just a dog, he’s family.

I love my little puppy family!
I love my little puppy family!

So here’s to my puppy, who is now officially a full-fledged dog.  I love you Rocco!  Check out Rocco’s virtual photo book!

Isn't he the most handsome Chihuahua?  He loved his Christmas sweater.
Isn’t he the most handsome Chihuahua? He loved his Christmas sweater.

Fruit ‘N’ Spice Granola and Half Marathon Prep

After all my blabbing about the Disney Princess Half Marathon, the week has finally arrived!!  This past weekend marked my last before my very first half marathon in Disney World. What better half to start with than one in which I get to dress like my favorite princess, Belle (thanks to RaceJunkie), with absolutely no shame or hesitation? I spent the weekend in nervous anticipation, trying to do all I could to prepare. Obviously that meant running 12.25 miles (phew I am tired today!), packing, getting my hair and nails done (this is my Disney running debut, I must look my best), and prepping items to take with me! My main concern was running a race away from home. Thus far, I have really only had to prepare for the BOLDERBoulder and local 5Ks, which means I can sleep in my own bed, make a nutritious, filling breakfast, and be as prepared as possible. Packing for my first major race in the happiest place on earth, however, has been a little less than a dream come true.

I’ve been collaborating with friends that have run the Disney Princess Half Marathon before to determine what I will need to bring, how I can best pack, and what I should prepare myself for. I’ve been making lists now for the last month, and it’s finally come down to the week of the event. I was most worried about the morning of the event, knowing I would need to be up around 3am for a 5:30am start time. The races need to be mostly complete before the parks open for the day, and it’s better to run earlier when the temperatures are cooler and the sun isn’t as bothersome. But what about breakfast? No restaurant is open that early, so I need to have something on hand.

Some runners I have spoken with absolutely cannot eat before a race, and can barely stomach anything during. My coworker gets horrific, gut-wrenching cramps if she eats prior to a run, and my friend becomes extremely nauseous. I, on the other hand, get the munchies like there is no tomorrow. It’s bad. After 4 miles, I start daydreaming about my impending meal, and seeing as though I will still have 9.1 miles to go, that’s not a good sign. So rather than risk it, I decided to make some delicious homemade granola to munch on beforehand for myself and my best friend and running companion.

I adapted this recipe from Self Magazine’s Fruit ‘N’ Spice Granola. I thought I would add a few more fun ingredients, and not being a fan of candied ginger, I concocted my own interpretation. It’s healthy (about 130 calories for every ¼ cup serving), delicious, and you know exactly what’s in it. Even better, making your own granola is significantly less expensive than purchasing it pre-made!

My Fruit ‘N’ Spice Granola
• ¼ cup packed brown sugar
• ¼ cup honey (I prefer Madhava Honey, made in Colorado!)
• 1 Tbs vegetable oil or coconut oil
• ¼ tsp salt
• ¼ tsp cinnamon (I prefer Vietnamese fine cinnamon)
• ¼ tsp nutmeg
• 2 ½ cups rolled oats
• ½ cup pumpkin seeds
• ½ cup almond slivers
• ½ to ¾ cup dried cherries and/or cranberries
Start by preheating the oven to 300º F. Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper. Combine the brown sugar, honey, oil, salt, cinnamon, and nutmeg in a bowl with a spatula. Once fully incorporated, fold the rolled oats, pumpkin seeds, and almond slivers into the mixture.

Combine the oats to the brown sugar, honey, oil, salt and spice mixture.
Combine the oats to the brown sugar, honey, oil, salt and spice mixture.
Add the pumpkin seeds and almond slivers and mix well.
Add the pumpkin seeds and almond slivers and mix well.

Spread the mixture in an even layer on the lined baking sheet. Allow some portions to remain in clusters. Bake and stir occasionally until the oats are toasted and the granola is dry, about 25 minutes. Finally, fold in the dried cherries or cranberries (or both!) and let the granola cool. Store in an airtight container.

Spread evenly on the lined baking sheet, but leave a few clusters intact.
Spread evenly on the lined baking sheet, but leave a few clusters intact.
Add the dried fruit and allow to cool before storing in an air tight container.
Add the dried fruit and allow to cool before storing in an air tight container.

With my breakfast woes behind me, all I had to focus on was my actual physical preparation. Knowing the weather was going to be ideal for Colorado in February, I was determined that this past weekend would be my last real shot at getting some meaningful miles in before the 23rd. Saturday was slightly overcast and in the upper 40s/low 50s. I had a perfect run with everything in sync; my breathing was steady and deep, my pace was easy yet efficient, and my legs felt like they could run for days. Sunday was much warmer, approaching 70 degrees (craziness!), extremely sunny, and slightly humid (well, humid for Colorado). It was a good test for a warmer, more humid climate, like that which I will experience in Disney World. Although I wasn’t quite as on fire as the day before, I managed to get a great run in, and feel like I can conquer anything at this point.

View from my run on Sunday!  Warm and beautiful here and snowy and stunning in the mountains!
View from my run on Sunday! Warm and beautiful here and snowy and stunning in the mountains!

Ain’t no Party like a Fresh Foam Party!

Last night I attended the launch event for New Balance’s Fresh Foam 980.  I have to say, I am not usually all about these events, having to deal with corporate folks swarming like vultures waiting for you to say something mildly positive about their product so they can immediately tweet about it, but I do love some giveaways and free loot.  I also have fallen deeply in love with my New Balance 3190s.  Not only do they feel like running on air, but they are bright yellow and hot pink.  They are the perfect complement to my Belle running outfit for the Disney Princess Half Marathon (TEN DAYS YAY!).  Obviously.  I will be revealing my carefully planned ensemble soon.  It’s going to be FAAAAAABULOUS.

My 3190s are pretty much the greatest thing since sliced bread.
My 3190s are pretty much the greatest thing since sliced bread.

So after work I headed to the New Balance store in Littleton, Colorado.  This was one of six stores selected across the country to host a promo party.  I do wish they had incorporated a bit more excitement like the shop in Chicago with their 3 mile fun run and foam pit, but it was a good event regardless.  My sales associate, Mike, was incredibly helpful.  He measured my feet, utilized a foot pressure plate to determine the pressure points in my feet, fit me for athletic inserts, and although he recommended the new Fresh Foam 980, he also recommended a few other models as well.

 

I didn’t realize before, and this could simply be a major lapse in my understanding (so forgive me if this is common knowledge), but New Balance was founded in 1906 and originally provided arch support products to police men, fire men, and laborers.  This explains why a major element of their brand is consideration of pressure points, arch support and examining the effects of a body in motion.  They didn’t actually release their first running shoe until 1938.

 

I had always poked fun at my hubby for wearing the old school New Balance shoes.  They are, after all, very collegiate, and here we are approaching 30.  But for an athletic shoe, I will never scoff again.  I love the spaciousness of the toe box, the comfort around the heel and the lightness of the shoe.  I crave a shoe that is simultaneously sturdy and lightweight, and New Balance delivers.

 

After testing out the Fresh Foam 980, I am sold.  Given the 4 millimeter drop from the heel to toe, it takes some of the work out of running.  I know that sounds highly counterintuitive and lazy on my part, but it allows you the freedom to not have to think about your feet whilst running, and keeps your feet closer to the ground.  It’s a more natural stance, and that’s a great and ingenious improvement.  I was also personally looking for a shoe that could withstand many miles without feeling weighty.  This shoe performs.  The foam is light, but shock absorbent and durable.  Of course only time will tell how the shoe wears, but I have high hopes.

 

Aren't they fabulous?  The color is purple cactus flower with neon yellow.
Aren’t they fabulous? The color is purple cactus flower with neon yellow.

The event wouldn’t be complete without a little swag, so after loading up with new socks, a running shirt, and the most glorious athletic pullover (um, hello, a zip up with a hood that has a hole for your pony tail!!), I got a free NB string backpack (can’t wait to use it for my Zumba class!), t-shirt (which actually came in size small, halleluiah), a beaker (it is the science of running, after all, although I did have to ask the significance), and a #Freshfoam marshmallow (Hahahaha!  Oh, punny!).  Overall, I was pleased with the event, the product, and the freebies!  I’ll be going back this weekend to get the hubs a new pair.  He probably never thought I would be taking him to the New Balance store, especially with such excitement.

Can't wait to wear these for the Nike Women's Half in April (ironic, I know, but oh well).
Can’t wait to wear these for the Nike Women’s Half in April (ironic, I know, but oh well).
Giant #Freshfoam marshmallow and beaker!
Giant #Freshfoam marshmallow and beaker!

Year of Sperrys Sweepstakes

It wouldn’t be a Wednesday without a giveaway, now would it?  Although I am a Colorado convert, I have not lost my preppy ways altogether.  I am currently donning a set of pearls, and never shy away from a chance to combine red and blue in honor of all things nautical.  My favorite prepster items and absolutely staple in my wardrobe, however, is a perfect pair of preppy Sperry Top Sider boat shoes.  Would any East Coast prep be complete without at least one pair?  Absolutely not.  It’s a right of preppy passage.

My dear friend Melissa and I sport our colorful Sperrys!  Tres cute, no?
My dear friend Melissa and I sport our colorful Sperrys! Tres cute, no?

Having lived a mere 30 minutes from Annapolis, Maryland (aka mecca of preppy), boat shoes were the natural footwear selection.  Excellent in rain and sunny weather alike, made for the deck of a speed or sail boat, and simultaneously sturdy and lightweight, it is the all-around go-to shoe.  So when I heard Sperry Top Sider has a Year of Sperrys sweepstakes, I nearly swooned.  I may or may not already own a dozen pairs already… including flats and sandals people, I am not that crazy!  Regardless, a year’s worth of my all-time favorite shoe brand is too hard to pass up.  The sweepstakes ends on Friday, February 14th, so time’s a tickin’.  All I ask is that if you win, can I have one pair?  Just one?  A baker’s dozen would be ideal for my shoe collection…

2014 could be your year of Sperrys!
2014 could be your year of Sperrys!