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Cigna Blogger Cook-Off During Marathon Weekend!

Besides missing all the races during big runDisney race weekends, there are so many other great events that I was pretty bummed to miss out on.  Like the Cigna Blogger Cook-Off, it sounded SO FUN!  Cooking in Disney with a bunch of running bloggers!  Well since I couldn’t attend, the first person that popped in my head was RAD contributor Hannah from Mission to Marathon.  I knew she would have a blast and it looks like she did…check it out!

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I was really excited to have the opportunity to attend the Cigna Blogger Cook-Off at Walt Disney World Marathon event!

The event was held at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at one of the outdoor tent/pavilion areas. Normally at Disney this would be an awesome location. Unfortunately, mother nature swooped in and gave us some chilly, damp weather that made it pretty cold and icky to be outside. But, cheers to CIGNA and Disney for finding some great blankets for everyone to use to keep warm!

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I was a little nervous because this was my first blogger event and I didn’t know anyone, but everyone was very friendly and two other bloggers came and sat down with me. Smitha, from FauxRunner.com was super nice. I forget the other woman’s name (I should learn to write things down, or take phone notes, oops!). Smitha was running Dopey and sounded a lot like me when I say, I’m not a runner, I just run, haha!

The event started with an intro and some info from Pascale Jean, Cigna’s Health Promotion Manager and nutritionist. She was great to hear speak and offered some tips on getting to the finish, especially if you were doing Dopey.

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We were then divided up into teams and assigned a chef from Disney. Our Chef was PJ who gave us lots of tips and told us all about being a Disney chef. He said he was working the Race Retreat and was telling us how they had to prep all the food overnight so it was ready for the morning. The food sounded so good! Maybe I’ll try race retreat for my next race?!

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We were given a “mystery” protein at each group and ours’ had beef. We got working pretty quickly and decided to do a beef stew (at the suggestion of PJ). There were tables with herbs, spices, starches, and vegetables. I was a little surprised I didn’t see potatoes. Up here in Pennsylvania, beef stew has potatoes in it, haha.

We ended up with a delicious beef stew made with red wine, herbs, and vegetables. On the side we had pan roasted vegetables and some rice. It smelled sooo good and tasted just as delicious. Two of the people in my group were from Pennsylvania so it was really cool to meet someone from home when I was so far away. Funny how that happens so often, right?

Because of the cold we ended up huddling around the cooking food to keep warm. Everyone was very friendly and talking about their races, training, food, and their blogs.

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The other groups had vegan/vegetarian protein (not sure what that was because they didn’t have a lot so it didnt’ end up on the final buffet), shrimp, chicken, pork, and turkey.

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Everything turned out so good! Once we were done cooking, Chef Mickey showed up for some photo ops! Yay for Chef Mickey!

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By then everything was done cooking and on the buffet so we could finally eat (I was starving)! Yum! The blogger prepped foods were very good and the buffet also included some rolls, salad and finished off with a chocolate chip bread pudding (sooo good) and berries.

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Before we left they handed everyone a gift bag with some Cigna branded products (chap stick, band-aid packet, etc) and a Disney Gift Card.

I am so grateful for the opportunity to attend this event. It made me feel re-invigorated and want to blog more, but also to seek out more bloggers to follow. I have my staples, but I’d love to read about what other people are doing.

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By the way, Cigna was promoting healthy lifestyle choices and celebrating the things that get runners to the start and finish line by using the Blippar App to Blipp images during the race weekend. I’m new to the whole Blippar thing so I’ll be spending some time figuring it out, but it looks pretty cool!

Thanks Cigna for a really cool event and thanks to Sarah for inviting me to attend!

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Hannah is an attorney from Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. She started running in 2011 while preparing for the Bar Exam as a means of helping her focus on her studying. Hannah completed her first half marathon in October 2011 at the Nike Women’s Marathon in San Francisco. In 2013 she completed 13 running events including 5 half marathons, 2 10ks, 3 5ks and 3 fun races (2 color runs and a zombie run).  She enjoys setting goals and crossing things off of her “bucket list.” Follow Hannah at www.workorrun.com, where she blogs about her everyday goals and challenges.

 

Mission to Marathon: Getting Through The Holiday Season

It seems like every year the holidays arrive faster and faster!  The food, the parties, the shopping…it’s SO easy to get off track in the next few months.  This can be hard for so many people to manage and since there are so many races coming up (WDW Marathon Weekend in January!), it’s important to do your best to stay on track.  Hannah is back with more GREAT tips and this month they are on how to survive the upcoming holidays.  

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Every single time I am training for something far away I feel like I start training at the beginning and have amazing intentions to get every training run in and be so strong for the race. Then before I know it, training is half (or entirely) over and I’ve been terrible about keeping on track and am nowhere near ready for my race. Guess this time isn’t any different. At least I’m realizing it now and can make some improvements to get myself back on track. If you are having trouble keeping on track with your training feel free to leave a comment to reach out to me and maybe we can work on things together.

This post is about all the crazy temptations that might interfere with your training as you venture through the holiday season and some tips on how to muscle through them and still get done what you need done to finish your race.

PROBLEM #1: A Full Schedule

This is probably the hardest one for me. Year-round I feel like I will look at my calendar and say “I have something the next two weekends, but then I’m wide-open for X number of weeks.” Then I go to bed and wake up the next day and I’m booked solid for 6 months. Does this happen to anyone else?

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Here’s how I’m handling it this year…

– Block off your training on your schedule WELL in advance (mine has been on my calendar since summer and I sit down and look at my calendar once a week to keep myself on track and adjust training days/mileage as needed so I am at least getting on my feet and getting runs in, even if they aren’t “full” runs).

– Tell your family and friends. Tell them you are training for a race and send them your training schedule. Let them know well in advance the dates that you are NOT available because you have to get your run in. They will understand if you are open and honest. And if they don’t, well its their problem.

PROBLEM #2: A Full Belly

Actually its the temptation of all the delicious holiday foods that is really the problem. Avoiding a belly full of junk food and foods that make you slumpy and irritable.

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Here’s how I’m handling it this year …

– Eat healthier on days/meals when you have control over what’s on your plate. For me this means we’ll be eating VERY clean and healthy on weekdays and for meals we control on the weekends. That means for weeknights we are cutting out as much processed food as possible, dropping refined breads, cutting back on starches for breakfast and dinner, and adding in TONS of veggies, lean meats, and healthy fats.

– Add to the meal. When you are going to a party or dinner with family or friends, offer to bring a dish and then bring one that is healthy and within the confines of what you like to eat. A vegetable tray or roasted vegetable salad is a great option to add to the mix for almost ANY meal. Just be sure to check with your host and if necessary explain your situation. Also, try to let the host know as far in advance as you are able to. As a frequent host of dinner parties, getting a call three hours before dinner is NOT enough time for me to accommodate a meal addition. I will kindly, gently, politely, accept and pretend like I understand, but my poor husband will have to deal with my rant about how my DETAILED DINNER PLAN has been ruined…just saying.

PROBLEM #3: Weather issues

I have mentioned this previously in posts about getting the right gear for all weather running and about dealing with excuses, but if had a winter like we did last year, you’ll know that even some things are outside of your control.

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Here’s how I’m dealing with it this year …

– Have a flexible training schedule. You don’t need to stick to your training schedule exactly. If you are following the Jeff Galloway plan provided by Disney you are doing 3-4 runs a week. The longest run of the week is probably the most important, and if you are doing a back-to-back race like Goofy or Dopey, then getting a few back to back training runs in, is probably the second most important. Your weeknight runs are ones that COULD be moved or removed, if necessary due to weather issues. I’m not suggesting you cut them out all the time, but missing one or two weeknight runs will not ruin your overall training.

– Get creative with your workouts. If you are going to miss a training run, for whatever reason, try to do some other beneficial work-out to fill in. If you can’t make it to the gym for the treadmill or don’t have ice running shoes, then you probably aren’t headed out for a 45 min weeknight run. Instead, do a strength workout or spend a LOOONG time rolling out your muscles with a foam roller and stretching with some yoga. At least you are doing something beneficial for your overall training.

PROBLEM #4: Guilt

No matter how much you do with planning ahead and making sure you have everything in order, things do not work out as planned…ever. Then you feel bad that you haven’t done the training, or eat a HUGE meal an feel terrible, or indulge in the alcohol a bit too much.

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Here’s how I’m dealing with it this year …

Let the guilt go. Things won’t go as planned and that’s just life. I’m just letting it all go. I’ll do what I can and do my best. My old boss used to say “sometimes you have to redefine what a win is” and that’s the truth.

Here’s my November 2014 Run Training Plan!

19 – Week Nov 3: Tuesday and Thursday 45 mins; Saturday 8.5 miles; Sunday 20 miles

20 – Week Nov 10: Tuesday and Thursday 1 hour; Saturday 6 miles

21 – Week Nov 17: Tuesday and Thursday 1 hour; Saturday 7 miles

22 – Week Nov 24: Tuesday and Thursday 45 mins; Saturday 10 miles; Sunday 23 miles

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Hannah is an attorney from Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. She started running in 2011 while preparing for the Bar Exam as a means of helping her focus on her studying. Hannah completed her first half marathon in October 2011 at the Nike Women’s Marathon in San Francisco. In 2013 she completed 13 running events including 5 half marathons, 2 10ks, 3 5ks and 3 fun races (2 color runs and a zombie run).  She enjoys setting goals and crossing things off of her “bucket list.” Follow Hannah at www.workorrun.com, where she blogs about her everyday goals and challenges.

Fueling for the Big Drop!

Night races can prove to be challenging when it comes to eating throughout the day leading up to the race. This is even more difficult at Walt Disney World when you are tempted by all the delicious but not so healthy menu items that can be found around the resort.  Today Shannon is here to go over her meal plan from last weekend’s Tower of Terror 10-Miler and how she stayed properly fueled all day and into the wee hours of the next morning.  If you are running the Wine & Dine Half Marathon in a few weeks, these are GREAT tips to help you get ready!

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The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror™ 10 Miler is always tricky. Ten miles doesn’t seem as demanding as a half marathon or as daunting as a marathon. It is easy to say, “It’s only ten miles. I don’t need to do anything special.” But I’ll tell you now, unless you are a seasoned long distance runner who also is a diehard Walt Disney World® guest and can party like a rock star till the wee hours of the morning, (and if you are all three of those, I hope we meet someday!) then you may not want to take this run too lightly. Perhaps I can explain it in a simple equation:

10 miles + 10:00 p.m. start time + 3:30 a.m. closing of the Disney Villains Hollywood Bash + 3 days in the parks + 90o typical Florida heat × 80% humidity proper prep work and fueling = potential disaster zombie. 

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Since this was my third Tower 10 Miler and I had a frightful time last year with my fueling, I was determined to fuel properly. I did some studying up on fueling for a night race and found basic standard advice for any race:

1) Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate. Not just on race day but several days before.

2) Practice. Not just running but also fueling and never try anything new on race night.

And here is where it gets night race specific:

3) Rather than eating any big meals, eat several smaller carb/protein balanced meals of an easy to digest variety and avoid fats on race day. Don’t overeat, but also don’t let yourself feel hungry to avoid overeating or making a poor food choice, like the chili dog craziness that I was craving.

Speaking of which, I can actually sum this up in three words: DON’T EAT THIS.

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I was able to stick with my plan for the most part and stayed light on my feet when I couldn’t, which is key during a race-cation since you don’t have complete control of timing and food choices. So without further ado, here is how it went:

7:45 a.m. Our day started with an early Keys to the Kingdom Tour at the Magic Kingdom, so sleep won out over food and we ate on the move with a PROBAR and water for breakfast.

9:45 a.m. I made my own snack mix of walnuts, dried cherries, raisins, salted sunflower seeds and dark chocolate chips and I munched on that through the morning.

11:00 a.m. Lunch was at my favorite place, Columbia Harbour House where I devoured an Anchors Aweigh sandwich (tuna, multigrain bread, lettuce and tomatoes) and their yummy, freshly cooked potato chips with a large bottle of water.

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Throughout the day, I munched on snack mix and drank water.

I was on the hunt for a Mickey soft pretzel but didn’t find one. And though it was in my plan, I didn’t panic or jump at the next snack I saw – like a rice crispie treat – though that might not have been a terrible choice. I’ll try it next time!

4:30 p.m. I ordered a caprese flat bread pizza easy on the cheese, and a Fuse iced tea – it has electrolytes and a little caffeine to keep me running when I should be in bed.

5:30 p.m. As I changed into my costume, which took a while, I sipped on water and drank an Emergen-C before I left the hotel.

8:45 p.m. Between taking pictures with friends and the excitement of the moment, I managed to remember to eat a banana and munch on some mini pretzels (my back up plan for not having the Mickey soft pretzel) and continued sipping on water.

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9:45 p.m. I took my first gel. I like Endurox Accel Gel. They taste pretty good as far as gels go. I know that isn’t saying much!

During the race:

Normally at this race I would run with my own water, but because the weather was great I just used what the race provided – thanks to the volunteers on the course for keeping that water coming!

I took two sips of water at every stop and maybe more when I had a gel at mile 4 and mile 8. I go by miles rather than time for gels since I find it easier to remember. One tip I’ve learned over the years is to swish the water around in your mouth before swallowing. There is science behind this technique making your body think you have more water than you do and it cools your body temp. Don’t ask me how; I’m just sharing something that works for me.

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After the race:

I felt great and took advantage of a bottle of Gatorade and ate a banana within minutes of crossing the finish. About an hour later, I ate a cheeseburger, fries and chocolate milk.

So, did my fueling plan work? Though I stayed the course during the day, I needed the gels on the course when I took them. I did feel drained by the time I ate the post-race meal but that was as much from an IT band issue and the fact that it was well after midnight. I think the real measure of a successful fueling plan is that we shut down the Villains Bash once again!

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There is more and more info out there about night run fueling as this type of race rises in popularity. Here are a few worth checking out.

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I would love to hear about your night run race experiences – what worked, what didn’t??

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Hi, I’m Shannon.  I am wife, mother, lover of God and just about everything Disney – but especially the Disney Parks and runDisney.  Walt Disney World is my “home” destination, but I also love Disneyland and Disney’s California Adventure and just to shake it up I have been to Hong Kong Disneyland, Disneyland Paris and plan to make it to all the Disney Resorts worldwide!   I enjoy helping family and friends plan their magical adventures to the Disney Parks and if you need convincing that you can take a “child-free” trip, just let me know. You can find me tweeting about Disney, running, and staying semi-sane at @PurveyorofPD and on Facebook at Purveyor of Pixie Dust. You can also visit my blog, Purveyor of Pixie Dust.

Kill, Refurb, Marry: Epcot Food & Wine Booths

Kill-Marry-RefurbThe Epcot International Food & Wine Festival is by far the BEST event at Walt Disney World.  This was my 5th year attending the event and I must say that it just keeps getting better every year.  The chefs are always looking for new ways to bring innovative dishes to the kiosks and explore more of the world through food.

So when I saw that this month’s topic for Kill, Refurb, Marry was Epcot Food & Wine Booths I got very excited, but then immediately was filled with dread.  How could I pick a favorite?!  That’s like a parent picking a favorite child!  After much agonizing and review of my DFB Guide to the Festival, I have narrowed down my choices….with a few honorable mentions for good measure 🙂

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I have to be honest, this is a booth I always avoid.  While the Seared Mahi Mahi looks good, everything else at the booth looks completely unappetizing.  My first reaction when I saw the Lemongrass Chicken Curry this year was that it looks like vomit, seriously.  This photo actually makes it look ok, but in person…nope.

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Then there is the Singapore Sling.  This just sounds like a tropical version of a Long Island Iced Tea where you mix together a bunch of things and call it a cocktail.  Plus anything with gin immediately heightens my gag reflex.

It is rare that you will find someone that actually enjoys the food at this booth and most people have strong opinions against it.  Take it from my friend Rick who had an interesting review from last year’s festival.  So let’s move on from Singapore and add something a bit more appealing like Thailand!

Refurb – Terra

This was a tough one sine I find something redeeming at most booths.  I decided to go with Terra because I feel like there are so many interesting Vegan dishes out there that don’t have to include “fake meat.”  I was a vegetarian for over 8 years and I never enjoyed any of those products.  The texture was always very strange to me and I always wondered what kind of additives were being used to mimic those flavors. Doesn’t the texture of this year’s CraB’less CraB Cake look odd??

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Photo Source: Disney Food Blog

While I haven’t tried anything from Terra yet this year, I did try the Chick’n dish last year and my predictions were correct.  However I really enjoyed the sauces and sides that were served with the Chick’n.  My hope is that the chefs get a little more creative with natural vegan ingredients in the future.

Marry – Scotland

Scotland made it’s Food & Wine Festival debut last year and I loved everything they had to offer.  You can actually see me gushing over everything in this video…even the Vegetarian Haggis which I thought I was going to hate.  Well this year Scotland has outdone themselves.  It’s hard to believe, but they have actually gotten BETTER!

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Along with the Vegetarian Haggis, they have added a Seared Sea Scallop with Spinach-Cheddar Gratin with Crispy Bacon AND a Fresh Potato Pancake with Smoked Scottish Salmon and Herb Sour Cream.  OH. MY. Both of these dishes are absolutely amazing.  When I visited they actually ran out of bacon for the scallop (a punishable offense!) and the dish was still outstanding.  I can’t wait to try it again with the bacon…I might actually pass out.  On top of that, all the drinks at the booth are wonderful.

Scotland, you are everything a Food & Wine Booth should be.  I Love You!

So those are my choices…what about you??  What Epcot Food & Wine Booths would you Kill, Refurb & Marry??  Make sure to visit This Happy Place BlogMouse on the Mind and all of the other great blogs participating in Kill, Refurb, Marry today!

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Also, make sure to check out the DFB Guide to the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival to help plan your visit.  It’s a lifesaver in helping you get the most out of your time at the festival!

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Race Weekend Dining at Disneyland Resort

Disneyland has some incredible dining options and choosing which ones are best while you are visiting for a race weekend can be a tough decision!!  You want to enjoy all that goodness, but you have to keep in mind the optimal nutrition for the races.  Now after the races are a whole different story…

Well I’m happy to say that Jenna is back today with a TON of tips and delicious food porn from her recent trip to Disneyland Half Marathon Weekend.  If you are hungry, you have been warned!

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Whether you eat to optimize your running, or run so you can eat all the things, you’ll be able to find something great to eat on a race-cation to Disneyland. I took full advantage of the diverse choices available.

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While you’re at the Race Expo at Disneyland Hotel, why not stop over at Tangaroa Terrace for this beautiful salad? The Tangaroa Terrace Salad has mixed greens of lettuce, cabbage and kale, and is topped with pineapple, grape tomatoes and toasted macadamia nuts. It comes with crispy marinated tofu, but I opted for sautéed shrimp instead. It was extremely good and fresh tasting.

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The one big drawback of staying on property at Disneyland is that you are somewhat limited for early breakfast. I couldn’t find any information on whether Paradise Pier was going to have food for sale early on race days, so I packed a package of bagels and some single serve peanut butter packs for breakfast. That banana cost me $2 at the coffee/breakfast stand at Paradise Pier. All subsequent bananas were 2 for $1 from the 7-11 a half mile from Disneyland. The ART bus makes that trip a little shorter, but you’ll still have to walk a ways. I understand Von’s grocery store delivers!

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After an early morning running the 5K, I needed two things: caffeine and carbs! The Carnation Café on Disneyland’s Main Street met both needs admirably. I started with a lovely vanilla latte.

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Then I moved on to the apple-granola pancakes. The pancakes are light and fluffy and the apple and granola toppings are yummy! It comes with either hickory smoked bacon or chicken-apple sausages. I had the sausages and added a side of fresh fruit. They serve breakfast until 11:00. A later breakfast meant no lunch for me that day.

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A corn dog and fries is probably not the healthiest choice for race-cation dining, but there’s no denying that it’s a tasty choice! Stage Door Café in Disneyland and Corn Dog Castle both sell hand-dipped corn dogs that are better than any corn dog you’ve had in the past, hands down. If you want to healthy it up a little bit, you can opt for apple slices instead of fries.

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For a far healthier choice in the same general area of Corn Dog Castle in DCA, one of the Mediterranean skewer platters at Paradise Garden Grill is excellent. You can select your choice of grilled steak, lemon-oregano chicken, spicy meatball, or grilled tofu and vegetables. You then choose either chili sauce, chimichurri sauce, or tzatziki. All platters come with rice pilaf, cucumber salad and pita. I chose the grilled steak with chimichurri sauce. The steak was well-marinated, tender and tasty. The whole platter was delicious and I would definitely recommend Paradise Garden Grill for someone looking for a good counter service meal in DCA.

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As a bonus, Paradise Garden Grill has lots of comfortable outdoor seating and a bandstand for entertainment. I just happened to sit down when the Ellis Island Boys jazz band was playing. It was a great way to enjoy a meal!

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If you’re in the mood for a homey, filling counter service meal in Disneyland, I recommend the River Belle Terrace. I had tender roast turkey and gravy, roasted potatoes and succotash with a buttermilk biscuit and a side of cranberry marmalade. They also have roast beef, fish, black bean cakes, as well as sandwiches and salads. Its close proximity to the Rivers of America make it a great choice for a quick meal before staking out a spot for Fantasmic.

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If you haven’t opted for the Pasta in the Park party the night before the half marathon, but you want to carb load, Wine Country Trattoria in California Adventure is an excellent choice. We were seated a few tables over from runDisney hero Sean Astin, which confirms my opinion. We started with the rustic bruschetta with roasted artichokes, mushrooms, sun-dried tomatoes and caramelized onions. There were four pieces of bruschetta (two of our party were a little quick to grab theirs, so the picture is missing a little something), which turned out to be the perfect portion to share.

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All three of us chose the campanelle Bolognese as our entrée. The servings are quite large (I only ate about half of mine) and the sauce and pasta are excellent. The “pasta your way” at Wine Country Trattoria comes with three pasta choices (campanelle, spaghetti or tagliatelle) and five different choices for sauce.

When you’ve finished your race or races, you will naturally want to celebrate! Luckily, Disneyland offers a lot of different choices for a celebratory meal or drink! I chose to celebrate the 5K and the Half Marathon three different times, just because I’m like that!

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Immediately after recovering from the half, I texted my friends “I need champagne.” They didn’t need to confirm. We knew where we were going. Mendocino Terrace in California Adventure is next to Wine Country Trattoria and offers a lot of different red, white and sparkling wines, as well as beer and soda. I started with a sparkling flight poured by friendly and knowledgeable sommelier, John. Flights are not listed on the regular menu, so you do have to ask if you want that option, and because they use glass glasses instead of plastic, you do need to stand at the bar while tasting. It soon became apparent that the St. Hilaire was my favorite, so my friends and I had an additional flute or two while enjoying the afternoon parade from the terrace.

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I also got the cheese box which had an assortment of cheeses (including a fantastic bleu)), grapes, candied walnuts and a couple of packets of grissini breadsticks.

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But how would you like to have dinner with a view like that, knowing that you’d have an equally great view of World of Color later? We had our post-race dinner at Ariel’s Grotto for the World of Color package. It’s a fixed price meal, and you really can’t beat the view down on the lower terrace.

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Upon being seated, we had beautiful bread and the superfruit sangria that’s available at nearly every Disney lounge. I’ve even had that sangria at Disney’s Vero Beach resort!

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The meal starts with a choice of two soups: butternut squash and crab chowder; or a house salad. I got the delicious butternut squash soup and my friends had the crab chowder, which they said was excellent. The serving size is exactly right for a three course dinner.

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There are a number of different entrees on the dinner menu, but I didn’t stray too far into the exotic. I had the red oak smoked honey-whiskey barbecue tri tip. It came with roasted vegetables and mashed potatoes. I enjoyed the sauce and the beef was cooked exactly the way I like it. My friends had the tri-tip with the addition of a grilled lobster tail.

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Dessert at Ariel’s Grotto is a trio of petite desserts: a chocolate covered strawberry, s’mores cake, and crème brulee. All were delicious and right-sized.

The dinner package includes preferred viewing for the California Adventure night time show, World of Color. The viewing area is not the innermost “wet zone” ring around the lagoon, but is just inside that ring. I got thoroughly misted by the show, but had a fairly unobstructed view. I had a FastPass for World of Color the previous year and would have to say that this viewing area is better and less crowded.

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If a view like this and a chance to celebrate while sitting and enjoying decadent desserts is more your celebration style, I can’t recommend the Fantasmic! Dessert Party enough. It’s a little pricey, but definitely worth it if you don’t want to stake out a spot hours in advance to stand up for the duration of Fantasmic with what might still end up being an obstructed view. I was lucky enough to have a front-row center seat for the show. And besides that: dessert!

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When you’re seated for Fantasmic, a server takes your drink order. Coffee, hot tea, hot chocolate, soda and water are all available. I had hot chocolate and water. Then your server brings you a large box filled with tasty treats. This included flourless chocolate cake, cheesecake, a coconut macaroon, a lemon tart, and a huge, raspberry-filled cookie. The box also contains a bunch of red grapes, five pieces of individually wrapped cheeses, two packs of crackers and two truffles. The box’s size and shape makes it a neat lap top table/container and makes it easy to carry leftovers out of the park. I was only able to eat some of the desserts, and took the rest, all of the cheese, crackers, and truffle back to my room to enjoy later.

I thoroughly enjoyed eating my way around Disneyland and I think it’s clear where my running/eating motivation lies. What are your favorite Disney foods to eat on race-cations?

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