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Contributors Needed for Disneyland Half Marathon Weekend!

UPDATE: A few topics have been claimed.  See the available list below.  Thanks to everyone who is contributing!!


Are you heading to The Happiest Place on Earth to run next week during the 2014 Disneyland Half Marathon Weekend?  Are you excited about getting one of these awesome medals??


If so, then I need YOU!  I’m looking for runners, walkers, spectators, volunteers and Disney enthusiasts of all kinds to cover the variety of events over Disneyland Half Marathon Weekend!  Here are the some ideas for posts:

  • Race Recaps
    • Dumbo Double Dare Challenge
    • Disneyland Half Marathon
    • Disneyland 10K
    • Disneyland Family Fun Run 5K
    • Kids Races
  • Coast-to-Coast Challenge Experience
  • Staying at a Disneyland Resort vs. a Good Neighbor Hotel
  • A Spectator’s Point of View
  • Health & Fitness Expo
  • runDisney Speaker Series
  • First Time runDisney or Disneyland Runners
  • Race Weekend Dining
  • Pasta in the Park Party
  • VoluntEARing
  • And anything else you can think of…

Choice of topic will come on a first serve basis, so email me at if you are interested in covering one or many aspects of the Disneyland Half Marathon Weekend for Running at Disney!!

And while we’re on the topic…have you seen my new Disneyland Half Marathon Weekend Pin Board?!  Follow along as I will be updating it with new images during this year’s events!

Best of luck to everyone running and I can’t wait to hear from you!

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2013 Dumbo Double Dare Recap Part I – Disneyland 10K

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I was really enjoying my first trip out to Disneyland, but after 2 days of park touring, then a long day at the runDisney meet up, the expo, park hopping and dinner on Friday, my legs were TIRED.  My feet felt a bit swollen and I was getting slightly nervous for the 2 days of running that were ahead of me.  I did almost 10 miles of walking that day alone!

002 DL10K - FitbitMy friend Danielle had told me about a great way she helps her tired feet before races.  Lie on the floor with your legs up the wall for about 10 minutes to let all the blood distribute back into your body.  It has a similar effect to compression socks.  So that’s what I did before bed and boy did that help!  This will be a go to for me before every race going forward!

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My alarm went off way too early, as it does for most Disney races, I went through my usual pre-race routine of tape, tea, body glide, etc… and headed downstairs to catch the bus.  I was staying at the Hilton Anaheim which is next to the Convention Center.  The ART (Anaheim Resort Transportation) was very convenient from here and all runners and spectators had complimentary service Friday – Sunday…score!

01 DL10K-On-BusI ran into my friend Liliane on the bus (check out her great recap of the weekend here!) and we walked over to the Disneyland Hotel to meet Amanda (read her awesome recap here).  On the way, we spotted these interesting shoes…was she running the 10K in those??

Photo is a bit blurry, but I believe those are Kanga Jumps...

Photo is a bit blurry, but I believe those are Kangoo Jumps…odd

I found Amanda and we made our way over to the pre-race area to get some water and see what as going on over there.  Not much was happening so we decided to head to the corrals after meeting up with our other running buddy Sarah-Irene (Sid).  But there was no clear direction on where to go so we just followed the crowd…

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04 DL10K-Ready-to-RaceOh you want to go to the corrals??  So does everyone else.  It was like a heard of cattle trying to get to one tiny barn door.  I actually sat down for about 5 minutes because we just weren’t going anywhere.

04 DL10K-Traffic-to-CorralsThis was the first time runDisney has held a 5K and 10K race back-to-back, so it was expected that there would be some congestion.  I was actually surprised the transition ran as smoothly as it did.  However when we finally made it over to the corral area it the National Anthem had already started and the volunteers were just funneling us into any corral and we followed the crowd into D.

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Which I’m really happy about because I ran into a bunch of my runDisney friends!  Check out the awesome costumes!

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Daniel & the Cars Crew

Thanks for making me feel lame in my black running tank guys! 😉  Before I knew it we were at the starting line and the race had started!  We didn’t even here Carissa & Rudy count down our corral!

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runDisney Announcers Carissa & Rudy

runDisney Announcers Carissa & Rudy

I managed to start my watch and the Dumbo Double Dare Challenge had officially began!  Yikes!  What did I get myself into…  Oh look it’s Jillian & Kelly!

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Oh look it’s Daisy Duck!  Girl must have been HOT!

012 DL10K-DaisyDid I mention it was hot?  No?  Well it was HOT….Florida hot.  I was hopeful that this would be the one Disney race I would be able to run in cooler temperatures, but no such luck.  Bring on the humidity!

The first 2 miles were pretty uneventful as we ran past the convention center, my hotel and back up Harbor Boulevard towards the parks.  We entered Disney California Adventure through Carsland which is so gorgeous as the sun was rising.  Here we stopped for a quick character photo..basically because there was no line.  But I think this turned out to be one of my favorite race photos ever!

013 DL10K-CarslandSid & I stopped here for a quick bathroom break (LOVE Disney races for the real bathrooms!!!) and Amanda kept on going with the expectation that we would catch up.  As we were leaving Carsland, I noticed my friend Daniel sadly picking up one of his cone brethren that had been knocked over.  Perfect opportunity for a photo bomb!

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I look like a lunatic!

The course wound around Paradise Pier and all of the World of Color fountains were going.  Even though it was too light to see the color, it was a breathtaking sight!  Or was that just because I was running??

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The course wound through Grizzly Peak, Condor Flats, into Hollywood Land and through a few backstage areas before heading to Disneyland Park.  I hadn’t been through many of these areas, so this was a great way to see the park for the first time.

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We had caught up with Amanda at this point and she had ran into Ashley from FiddleDeeMe who I was super excited to finally meet in person!  Girl had an awesome costume…she was one of Minnie’s Fly Girls!  I was happy to have the group back together as we entered into Disneyland…there’s nothing like running down Main Street USA with your friends.  🙂

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Entering Disneyland

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Such a tiny castle!

After the hub, we entered Tomorrowland and were already at Mile 4!  This race was going by quickly!  From there we entered into more backstage areas where the Disneyland Railroad Steam Engine and the Monorail were waiting for us and honking their horns….super cool!

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And look…animals!  They looked so tired and confused why they were out there, but it definitely made my morning.  Remember during the WDW Marathon when I hugged that goat and then smelled like goat?  Well I almost went in for a sheep hug but quickly flashed back to that moment and thought better of it.  So I just took their picture…cuties 🙂

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Sadly we had to leave the animals and keep moving.  We entered back into the park in Toontown and got a a great shot in front of It’s A Small World…I love the facade of the attraction here!

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We headed into Fantasyland for my favorite part of any Disney race…a run through the castle!

Video fail as I was holding the camera upright, but you get the gist.  It’s definitely a much shorter run through and doesn’t have that great echo that Cinderella’s Castle does, but still pretty awesome!

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From here we headed into Frontierland, through New Orleans Square and into Critter Country, another area I hadn’t been in yet!  The course went backstage again and out into Downtown Disney as were entered the home stretch.

My friend Cindy (my #1 running cheerleader!) had been texting me encouragement throughout the race.  During the WDW Marathon, she started texting me song lyrics to get me through some of those really hard miles.  It got my mind off the suck and helped me laugh along the way.  This has now become an awesome tradition that we keep up for every race I run and I always look forward to it.


She’s pretty awesome right?  I was so excited to see her at near the finish line cheering everyone on.  Cindy’s been battling an injury, but I hope to be running through Disney with her soon!

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And there it was…the finish line!  The first leg of the Dumbo Double Dare Challenge was done baby!

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This was nowhere near my fastest race, but it was probably the funnest!  Funnest…is that a word??  The course was great since most of it was run through the parks and running with my awesome friends meant we were laughing the whole way.

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The one downfall of this race was the lack of water stops.  There were only 3 stops and none of them had Powerade.  Given the high heat and humidity, this was definitely not enough.  Cast members were actually pointing to water fountains in the parks so people could fill up their bottles.  By the end of the race, I was seriously thirsty and was thrilled to see Powerade in the finisher area.  Even though it was the yucky blue flavor, I downed one whole bottle and grabbed another to take with me.

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After we were sufficiently hydrated, it was time to head back to the hotel for a shower and a nap.  Sid and I took off through Downtown Disney towards the buses and were able to see some of the last runners coming through.  It was great to cheer them on for that last stretch!

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We also passed the Mile 6 marker which I saw during the race and thought was super cute because it was set like the Mad Tea Party.  There was a line during the race so we didn’t stop for photos, but now that the race was over it was the perfect time for one!  And look who had the same idea as we did…Sean Astin!  Sid asked if he’d take his picture with us and he was totally down…super cool guy!

Tea with Sean!

Tea with Sean!

So that’s 2 races with a Sean Astin pic (first was Princess this year)…maybe this will be come a race tradition!

Overall this was a great way to start the Dumbo Double Dare Challenge.  This was my first 10k and I have to say that I really love the distance.  It still feels like a challenge, but it’s not as daunting as a half marathon.  I’m really excited that runDisney has added more 10Ks to their race weekends and I think it will be a great opportunity for new runners to take that next step before working into halves.

When I got back to the hotel, I showered and took a quick nap before heading back out to Downtown Disney for some lunch and my RAD Meet Up!  Big thanks to everyone who stopped by…I LOVE LOVE LOVE meeting all of you 🙂


After the meet up, B and I headed into Disneyland for a bit, but it was so hot that we decided to head back to the hotel and relax.  Disneyland is so different from WDW in that there are hardly any indoor areas to get away from the heat!  It was a sweat fest for sure!

Later that night we met Amanda for dinner at Tortilla Jo’s for our pre-half meal and headed back early so I could get a good night sleep.  Round 2 was fast approaching and I had another early wake up call!

2013 Disneyland Half Marathon Weekend Merchandise

Have you seen all the fab merchandise for the 2013 Disneyland Half Marathon Weekend?!?!  Yesterday, the Disney Parks Blog released a sneak preview of some of the items that will be at the Health & Fitness Expo starting Friday, August 30th at 10:00 am. Looks like I’m going to be spending a pretty penny on some of this stuff!


Here’s what’s on my list from these photos:

  • Grey Disneyland Half Hoodie
  • Green Dumbo Double Dare Challenge Hoodie
  • Disneyland Half Pint Glass
  • Disneyland 10K T-Shirt

The Disney Parks Blog goes onto tease that there will be “specially created Dooney & Bourke silhouettes, trading pins, Vinylmation and of course our ‘Coast to Coast’ collection.”  Oh well of course I’ll be getting a ton of Coast to Coast gear and a Vinylmation!  I still have never purchased a runDisney Dooney, but depending on the design…this might be the time I do.  Sigh…

What’s your favorite merchandise item for Disneyland Half Marathon Weekend?

RAD Reads and Weekly Review: August 25, 2013

Well here we go!  The trip to Disneyland has officially began!  We are taking a few days to visit family in Colorado before heading out to California on Wednesday.  I’m a mixed bag of anxiety and emotions (read all about that here) and to be honest, I still feel like this isn’t really happening?  Am I REALLY going to Disneyland?  Whoa.  I think I’m ready.  I’ve done so much research to get ready for this trip that it would be sad if I wasn’t.  It’s just the fear of a new place and the unknown that is getting my nerves all razzled.

If you are coming out for the Disneyland Half Marathon Weekend, please remember to come to my Disneyland Half Marathon RAD Meet-Up on Saturday, August 31st at noon!  Make sure to RSVP over on my Facebook page so I know how many are coming 🙂  Hope to see you there!

In case you missed it, here’s what’s new on Running at Disney this week:

And here’s what’s been happening over on RAD Living:

The RAD Reads are going to get pushed to next week because I’ve really gotten behind on all my blog reading this week trying to get ready for my trip.  But I have a few saved and will have a great bunch for you next week!

Weekly Review
I felt like I seriously killed it in the gym this week!  This was a testing week at my box and it’s always so fun to see you’re progress 🙂  I managed to get to the gym four times and while there cranked out 4 new PRs!  The 2 I’m most proud of are my 500m row time and my clean & jerk.  I was finally able to get the 500m row under 2 minutes to 1:58 and this was after a killer workout of dead lifts and burpees!  I know I can do better, but I’m super happy with that for now. And the clean & jerk…um, did I really lift 98# over my head?!?!  YUP!  My upper body strength has always been my weakness, so to be able to lift close to 100 pounds from the ground to overhead is quite amazing to me.  Never in my wildest dreams did I think I could do that.  It was only a year ago that the 10# dumbbells I was using in my basement seemed super heavy.  Not anymore… 🙂

Check out those calf muscles!

Check out those calf muscles!

Here are the rest of my workouts from this week and to view a complete list of WODs, visit my dailymile page.

Sunday: Rest
MondayCrossFit: Back Squats, Pull-ups, Thrusters & Row
TuesdayCrossFit: Hang Power Snatch, Power Clean, Dead Lifts & Burpees
Wednesday: Rest
ThursdayCrossFit: Shoulder Press, Push Ups, Air Dyne
FridayCrossFit: Squat Clean, Split Jerk, Front Squat, Sled Push
Saturday: Rest

This week will be full of walking and running.  CrossFit will be taking a back seat ( 🙁 ) for a week while I hike through the mountains, frolic through Disneyland and race through the streets of Anaheim.  What an adventure! Have a great week and remember to Be RAD!

RAD Reads and Weekly Review: August 18, 2013

Who’s getting excited?!?  Two weeks from now, so many of us runDisney fanatics will have completed the Inaugural Dumbo Double Dare Challenge and have 3 shiny new medals around our necks!  Well 4 if you’re getting the Coast-to-Coast medal…I will!

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This week I finalized most of the details for the trip.  Park tickets bought, Disneyland Express booked and more dining reservations made.  Also, the heavens aligned this week and my runDisney BFF Amanda will be coming out.  It wouldn’t be the same without her and I couldn’t be more excited!!

Amanda & I in runDisney Gear

Oh and don’t forget to RSVP for my Disneyland Half Marathon RAD Meet-Up on Saturday, August 31st at noon!  Hope to see you there 🙂

In case you missed it, here’s what’s new on Running at Disney this week:

And here’s what’s been happening over on RAD Living:

Now on to some RAD Reads!

Running & Fitness Posts
Meals & Moves checked out a boxing class at BIFG (Boxing is for Girls).  Looks like a great way to get your aggressions out!

Words with Lisbeth talks about the real suck in workouts and in life.

Skinny Runner looks at all the running gear that you DON’T need.

Athlete at Heart is trying heart rate training…something I’m looking into!

Disney Posts
Disney on Wheels is also Disneyland Dreaming and shares what she is looking forward to!

Eating (and Drinking) Around the World got a sneak peak of the 2013 Epcot International Food & Wine Festival…YUM!

The Social Mouse reports that Joe Rhode swears to fix the Yeti someday in an interview at the D23 Expo.  Will Disco Yeti soon be a long forgotten joke??

Beers and Ears had a wonderful evening in Downtown Disney, complete with beer of course!

Disney Every Day is holding a pretty epic Disney swag giveaway for her 4-year anniversary…you should check it out!

Weekly Review
Feeling pretty good about this week.  Got in some great upper body work at CF, which I’ve been dying for.  I also got in an interesting run on Tuesday where I focused more on my heart rate.  After reading some of the comments from my review of the Polar RC3 GPS Sports Watch (thank you for the great feedback!), I decided to set my watch to focus on heart rate instead of pace. My pace was MUCH slower that normal at around 13:20, but I was able to steadily run for 1.5 at that pace with no walk breaks which is huge for me.  I kept my heart rate around 165 for the entire time and had a ton of energy!  I never felt like i was gasping for air which often is the case when I do run/walk intervals at a faster pace where my heart rate is around 180 for the run portion. Even though I’m slower, I’m definitely going to incorporate this into my training more because in the long run it will definitely increase my overall endurance!


Later that day, I used the heart rate monitor at CrossFit to see the difference in my fat burn between the two activities. I was actually surprised to see that there was such a large difference between the 2. Yes, the CrossFit workout was about twice as long as my run, but for the entire 60 minutes, my average heart rate was 135.  This shows the lower you can keep that number, the more efficient your body becomes at burning fat.  SO INTERESTING!

Here are the rest of my workouts from this week and to view a complete list of WODs, visit my dailymile page.

Sunday: Rest
Monday: CrossFit: Back Squat, Squat Cleans & Ring Rows
Tuesday: 1.72 mile run & CrossFit: Hang Power Snatch, Dead Lift, Push Press & Row
Wednesday: Rest
Thursday: CrossFit: All the Things
Friday: Rest
Saturday: 75 min Vinyasa Yoga & 4 mile walk at Milford Oyster Festival

This will be my last week to get in some good WODs at the gym and maybe a few more of these controlled runs before heading out to our west coast adventure.  This weekend I seriously fell off of the clean eating wagon and spiraled into a cheese board, beer, bread and cupcakes…sigh.  My digestive system has actually been doing really well, but today I’m feeling like absolute crap and paying dearly for my indulgences.  When will I ever learn??  Hopefully I can get things back under control before we leave.  Blech.

Have a great week and remember to Be RAD!

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