On February 27, I ran the Disney Princess Half Marathon in Orlando. It had all the makings of a perfect race: I had friends there, I was relaxed after two days relaxing in the Florida sunshine, and we'd even ventured outside Disney World for some yummy pasta the night before. I was covered in Natural Beauty Sunblock Mist from TGR Body, which smells delicious and would protect me from the Florida sun. (By the way, TGR stands for Total Girl Revolution and it rocks. More on that in a minute.)
The problem is, I forgot one important thing on race day. Positive mental attitude. PMA. As happy as I was when the fireworks went off at the start of the race at 5:45 in the morning, my BFF from first grade beside me, ready to complete her first half marathon... that slowly disappeared as the sun rose and the day wore on. With each passing minute, I became more and more cranky. I blamed other runners for my crankiness. I blamed the heat. The sunshine. The Powerade. (Okay, maybe some of it really was the Powerade.) I even blamed the Disney characters along the course! (Yeah, hello, Lauren, it's the Disney Princess Half Marathon.)
Know what happens when you run 13.1 miles with an attitude like that? A race time you don't particularly love. One that, I'll admit, I even cried about a little, which is a first for me. I paid the $10 for internet in my hotel room for the first (and only) time on my vacation just so I could e-mail my coach. We e-mailed back and forth a bit about the day, what went wrong, and what I could learn for next time. At the end, she told me, "Now, get out there and do something fun with your day!" So I did. I took a nap, ate lots of delicious food, read a great book, and played in the Magic Kingdom. By the end of the day, I had a new thought about my race: they can't all be bests. They just can't. Not only in running, but in everything we do. Sometimes, even when you give it all you've got, it won't be your best result. And that's okay. Because at the end of the day, I still spent a beautiful day doing something I love to do. Isn't that all that matters?
Now, on to the fabulous sunblock...
Before the race, Tracee Sioux armed me with a sample of Natural Beauty Sunblock Mist from her company, TGR Body. The first thing I noticed about the product was the tagline, "Protect your natural beauty." How very outside the girl box -- recognizing that all girls are beautiful, just as they are. On the website, it states, "The Girl Revolution and TGR Body insist that all girls have inherent natural beauty. Expressing ourselves and experimenting with our beauty should be fun, not pressure." Awesome, right?!
I also love the silhouettes of powerful girls on all of her products. The sunblock features a rockin' snowboarding girl! All of TGR Body's products are natural, organic, and safe for skin.
As for me and the sunblock: I consider it a success! I normally hate wearing sunblock when I run. It feels cakey when I put it on, drips when I get sweaty, feels even more disgusting and cakey the more I sweat, and ends up not doing a whole lot for me. I'll be honest, I usually don't really wear sunblock when I work out. (Remember this post from last summer?) So I was a little nervous, and a lot excited, to try out this sunblock on race day.
Simply put, I loved it. It smells delicious, it went on really easily, and it was so light I could hardly feel it. None of the cakey feeling that I usually get. If the rest of the items are anything like it, I'm looking forard to trying them too! Make sure you check them out.
Full disclosure: I was not compensated for this post, but did recieve a free sample of the product to review.