Here is a video of when Joey Fatone showed up on the back of a stunt truck at the Walt Disney World 20th Anniversary Marathon Meet-Up. Such a fun time! Thank you runDisney.
I ran the first ever Tinker Bell Half Marathon last year at the Disneyland Resort and I’m very excited to run it again this year. The course is different than the Disneyland Half. It is also a women centric race, which means men can’t start in coral A and men don’t win awards, as in placement. Men CAN run though and do get finishers medals. Here are some tips I learned from last year and other runDisney races:
1. MIND THE WINGS! Both yours and others. I run pretty much all the runDisney races and I love all the costumes, but this race, by far has the most amount of wings. I saw people constantly getting whacked running past big wings. I have 2 suggestions; 1. If you want to wear wings, maybe think about smaller size wings or 2. If you really want big wings maybe run with them attached upside down, so the round part is up top and the pointy petal part of the wings are to the bottom. They will still look cute but might save a fellow runners eyeball. Also if you are wearing wings I highly HIGHLY recommend safety pinning them to your shirt and not wear the arm bands. Those around the arm pit straps for wings can cause some SERIOUS chaffing.
2. This one is a little silly, but if you have ever done it you know what I mean. WATCH OUT FOR ROAD REFLECTORS, speed bumps, curbs, and potholes. If you have ever fallen while in a race you know what I mean. Last year at Tinker Bell I was admiring how adorable a little girl was holding a sign cheering on her mom and than SPLAT! I fell and slid along the pavement. I had some pretty good road rash on my arm and my knee was instantly dripping blood. I was a little shaken up and my ego was seriously bruised, but a couple runners stopped to check on me and one said she would go get medical (apparently I looked pretty bad). Once I self assessed and decided nothing was keeping me from finishing and getting me my Coast to Coast medal I started running. I figured I would run to the nearest medical tent to get cleaned up a little and than finish and I did. If you fall, first self assess, if you can catch your breath and nothing hurts to run other than stinging from road rash than go for it, but never push yourself and make an injury worse. People fall all the time, so don’t think it is just you. It happens to the best of us! haha
3. RunDisney races are tons of fun and also have tons of people running. If you do a run walk run method or are a super fast walker, keep in mind those running (or walking) faster than you. If I need to walk I try to keep right so others can pass and if you are running/walking with friends try not to run/walk 5 people across and make people try to get around you.
4. Anaheim often has warmer temps, but mornings can be cold. Think about what to wear to start that you can shed later like a trash bag or an old sweatshirt you don’t mind donating. I promise you will not want to run carrying a sweatshirt or one tied around your waist.
5. If you have read my runDisney tips before you have already heard this, but if not here it is again: THE BATHROOMS INSIDE THE PARKS ALONG THE COURSE ARE OPEN!!!! I repeat, if you plan properly you do not have to use a port-a-pottie. Look at the course map ahead of time and know the mileage in the parks so you are mentally prepared if you need a bathroom break.
Most importantly enjoy the race! Take a look at my other runDisney posts for other helpful hints.
RunDisney said it was going to be the biggest Meetup yet and they didn’t disappoint! As I’m juggling all the weekend events; i.e. kids races, expo, goofy prep, and just spending some time with my family, I wanted to share a little about the event with you first.
It started when we crossed through the turnstile into Hollywood Studios. Goofy, Mickey and Donald were there to greet us.
We prepared to do a short 2 mile run around Hollywood Studios. Below in the red shirt is Bart Yasso from Runner’s Road magazine getting ready to lead the pack with Jeff Galloway.
After the run we were met by the ESPN food truck serving us bagel breakfast sandwiches with a choice of just egg and cheese or bacon, egg and cheese. There was also coffee, juice and water. On a side note they even had flavored syrup to add to your coffee which thrilled me since I’m a “flavored” coffee drinker 🙂
I even sported my new New Balance special addition runDisney 860 trainers. They went with my Minnie Team Sparkle Skirt nicely 🙂
We than watched a short video on the big screen of race footage. Joey Fatone made an entrance on a stunt truck shortly after.
We than had the pleasure of hearing from an amazing panel including Jeff Galloway, Bill Rodgers, Joan Benoit Samuelson, Dick Beardsley, Bart Yasso, and Des Davila.
At the end of it all the Fab Five came out for pics too!
Joey Fatone was a funny guy and super nice.
Here is a pic of Mickey and Drew Carey shaking hands.
It was a GREAT time. runDisney sure knows how to put on a show.
Have you ever attended a runDisney meetup?
Today was a fun and exciting day. It was the first day of the 2013 Walt Disney World Marathon expo and got there at approximately 9:15am. I first went to get my limited edition runDisney New Balance shoes because I wanted to be sure to get them and I didn’t know how fast they would sell out. They only had 1008 pairs total for all sizes. I got the women’s Minnie for me and the Mickey for my husband.
I than went to the race merchandise and there was no line and was able to get everything I wanted; pins, hoodies, vinylmation, and the plush toy for my daughter.
Next I went to get my race bib and pick up my daughters race bib, which was located in a different building than the expo. Than I had to go back to the expo building to get my swag bag with my 3 shirts I get for the Goofy Challenge.
After all this I was out of time and needed to take my daughter back to hotel for lunch and to change so we can an return at 3:00 for her first kids race. She was in the first wave of her 100meter dash for 1-3 year olds. So cute. She got her “menal” (medal).
On the way out we stopped to pick up the 20th anniversary Dooney and Burke purse I had preordered.
During all this I checked my email and found out I was selected to be a Fit Approach Sweat Pink Ambassador! I’m very excited to share all of these journeys with everyone.
RunDisney expos are very well ran and organized. They definitely have them down to a science. RunDisney races are also big races with lots of runners, which means lots of bodies going through the expos. They are great places to get products you may (or may not) need. Here are some suggestions that I have learned the hard way:
1. If you have a small child keep in mind that strollers ARE NOT allowed in the expo. Yep, that is correct. It is a Disney event and strollers aren’t allowed. I was a little horrified the first time since my daughter was a year old and my husband wasn’t with me and I didn’t have the bjorn with me either. The packet pickup was in 2 different buildings with crowds of people and up and down stairs. I had to carry her and all my stuff through it all as she was screaming. So with that in mind plan accordingly whether that is a bjorn, or an extra set of hands, or if you are brave and can go at it alone 🙂
2. Like I said above, the packet pickup is generally in 2 different buildings. First you go in one and give them your race waiver in exchange for bib and bag tag. Second you go to the other building and make your way through all the amazing fun things for sale to the back of the building to get your bag and shirt. It is a little time consuming, so don’t think it will be in and out with everything in 5 minutes.
3. They do offer some computers to print waivers, but sometimes they have lines. Conserve time and print at home, put in your suitcase, and bring with you.
4. There are tons and tons of amazing and fun things for sale at the expos. I have bought plenty of them. Before you use a new product you just bought and run 13.1 miles with it though, give it a long hard thought as to whether or not that is a good idea. New shoes, clothes, and socks may start to cause problems if not properly broken in or tested.
5. RunDisney race merchandise often sells out quickly. If you can’t get to the expo until the end of the last day and you have your heart set on a certain item you might consider finding someone to get you want you want who is going on the first day.
I personally love the expos and set aside plenty of time to see what’s new and what I want and even just to chat with people. It is a runners paradise for sure!
We live in California, but go to Disney World at least 5 times a year (I’m a runDisney addicted). As a disclaimer I have not stayed at every single hotel, but I would just like to share some of my opinions.
Disney World offers regular hotel rooms and also what they call “villas”. Villas come in studios, 1 bedroom, 2 bedroom and 3 bedroom grand villas. Studios don’t have a full kitchen, but the rest do. I LOVE having the kitchen when we are staying for longer than a weekend. First, I get tired of eating Disney food all the time and second it is hard with a toddler to get her to eat at restaurants all the time. It also saves money cooking meals at the villa. I also like having the extra space of a living room than just a normal hotel room.
With that said, not all villas are created equal. The villas at Old Key West were the first, so they are also the largest in square footage. They were also recently updated and I really like them. They are not walking distance to anything, but they do have a really nice boat service to go to Downtown Disney. Old Key West is large and spread out. One down fall is they don’t have elevators if your villa is on second floor. My husband has back issues so I always request a ground floor.
Beach Club is definitely one of my favorite places to stay. The villas are the run of the mill normal size villas, BUT the pool at Beach Club is hands down the best pool at Disney World. They have a great pirate ship water slide, a small lazy river with tubes, and a sand bottom pool perfect for kids of all ages. Beach club is also the place where Beaches ‘N Cream is located. A fun ice cream parlor that also serves food. They have “Frozen Sunshine” which is a blended orange sherbet wanna be milkshake without milk. They also have “The Kitchen Sink”. A ginourmous ice cream sundy served in a huge bowl that looks like a kitchen sink. The 3 of us can never even finish close to half of it, but super fun treat and activity for the family. I also like that at Beach Club you are right next to Epcot and can walk right in the back entrance that puts you in between England and France at World Showcase.
A couple highlights of other resorts:
Bay Lake Villas and Contemporary Resort are nice because you can either walk or take the monorail straight to the Magic Kingdom. They are the only resort with walking abilities to the Magic Kingdom.
Boardwalk has fun entertainment and shops. You can also easily walk or take the boat to Epcot and Hollywood Studios.
Swan and Dolphin are right by Boardwalk and Beach Club and are on Disney property, but the only hotels that aren’t booked by Disney. They offer the same services as on property, i.e. bus and boat service, but if you want to stay there you need to book through them and not from Disney.
If you stay on property you get certain days extra magic hours, which is certain days at certain theme parks they offer hours in the morning or evening just for resort guests. I love the evening extra magic hours. We are from the west coast, so with the time difference and the evening magic hours work very well for us to get on rides with very little to no lines.
The value resorts, I feel, are all very good quality for the money. They are definitely nicer than a Motel 6 and are still themed Disney style. With that said, the deluxe hotels are of course very very nice. Most are in need of a little furniture refinishing or new carpet, but they are not the equivalent of a 5 star hotel. Often they have a very steep price tag, which you pay for Disney, but normally would not pay at another location for the same quality.
I have never stayed at a Disney hotel and had a bad experience, so you can’t go wrong with any of them. I just suggest figuring out what is most important to you and booking the hotel that best fits your top priorities, whether that is proximity to an area, or a pool, or budget. If you don’t plan to be in your hotel much a value hotel might be the best choice. If you want to enjoy the hotel than maybe pick one based on the amenities you want.
Sweet potatoes are delicious, but also an excellent sources of vitamin A, vitamin C, fiber and potassium. They don’t need to be cooked with tons of butter and marshmallows to be good. Here are some of my fav recipes that even your family will eat!
Oven “fried” Sweet Potaotes
Preheat over to 425 degrees
Peel and slice sweet potatoes into long thin wedges.
Toss with a little oil, salt and pepper (use a bowl of zip lock bag for easy tossing)
Arrange on non stick cookie sheets or on parchment paper.
Bake for approximately 20 minutes and than flip them over.
Cook for approximately another 15-20 minutes until crisp.
Sweet Potato and Spinach Quesadilla
Use a whole grain tortilla.
Peel and cut the sweet potato into pieces and cook until soft.
Lightly smoosh the pieces of sweet potato and place in tortilla.
Season according to your taste. (i.e. salt, pepper, paprika, garlic salt, whatever you would like)
Place some spinach in tortilla.
Top with low or nonfat mozzarella cheese (you can use whatever cheese you like, goat cheese is yummy too, but nonfat mozzarella is a tasty combo and a healthy option)
Place another tortilla on top and heat in a broiler or skillet until the cheese is melted.
Yummy to serve with salsa
Simple Mashed Sweet Potatoes
This is so simple and easy, but still yummy and nutritious.
Peel and chop sweet potatoes and either steam, boil, or roast until soft.
Add a little orange juice for another flavor element and sweetness.
Season with whatever you want. Salt and Pepper and a little garlic salt is delish. Orange zest is also a yummy addition
Sweet Potato Yogurt Dip
If you have leftovers of the above mashed sweet potatoes you can make a super yummy dip! Or you can just make one mashed sweet potato just for this dip.
Mix the mashed potatoes and nonfat plain greek yogurt. About a tablespoon of the yogurt or until desired creaminess.
Add a 1/4 teaspoon of honey
If you would like a tiny bit of spice you can add 1/8 teaspoon of chile powder.
I’m super excited to be chosen to be part of the Walt Disney World Marathon Meet Up 2013. I can’t wait to report back with pictures and all the details. Stay tuned!
My sister, whom we shall call Kiki, decided she wanted to make her life healthier, lose weight, and just feel better. She asked me to help her do this and I gladly accepted.
My sister probably hasn’t ran a mile since high school. I won’t say her age, but she was born in 1973, hehe I’m her younger sister. She is a lawyer and works in legal aid, so in this day and age she is quite busy working long hours. This is a pit fall because it is so easy to just eat what is around and make excuses about not having time for cardio. This is all about to change because I’m calling her out on it.
We did a starting weigh in On December 29, 2012. 183.3lbs
I told her for the first week to just accomplish the follwing:
Cut out ALL soda (she was a Dr. Pepper addict)
Drink lots of water, 6x16oz minimum a day
Try to eat the least amount of processed foods possible.
Eat between 1200-1400 calories a day
Cardio 3 times a week minimum of either swimming or walk/running for a minimum of 30 minutes
Plank for as long as she can hold it 3 times a day
Wall sits for 45 seconds, 3 times
I felt that these are all good steps in the right direction and are easy to accomplish for someone who is busy and hasn’t exercised in a long time.
After the first week she lost 5 lbs!!!! Woohoo!!!!!! She weighed in the following week, January 5, 2013 at 178.3lbs.
I’m excited to continually update you on Kiki’s weight loss and healthier life adventure as the journey continues!
I’m so excited to be running the Goofy Challenge 2013 at Disney World. I did it last year and said I’m glad I did it, but never needed to do it ever again…here I go again. The Goofy Challenge consists of running the half marathon on Saturday and the full marathon on Sunday. 39.3 miles in total.
The following weekend is the Tinkerbell Half Marathon at Disneyland, which I will also be running.
My almost 3 year old will also be running two kids races at Disney World and one at Disneyland.
On some super duper exciting news I was selected to be able to attend the Walt Disney World Marathon Meet and Greet Friday morning where we get to run through a theme park before it opens with Jeff Galloway and a bunch of other professional runners and celebrities! I can’t wait to update you on all the excitement!
Peace, Love, Run