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The Health & Fitness Expo – A Runners Dream!

The Health & Fitness Expo at any runDisney event can be an endurance event in itself.  There is SO MUCH to buy see and do!  It’s a great place for all runners and fitness enthusiasts, even those not participating in the weekend’s events, to come and see the latest gear.  Jackie isn’t running until Princess Half Marathon Weekend, but that didn’t stop her from checking out all the rad things at the WDW Marathon Weekend Expo.  Let’s take a look!

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While I have yet to run a race during Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend, I have attended this race’s Expo many times, including this past one. The runDisney Health and Fitness Expo is the best way to kickoff the 2015 racing calendar and a run filled year. The excitement is contagious and you can’t help not wanting to be apart of it!

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The second you walk inside the Jostens Center at Disney’s ESPN Wide World of Sports, you immediately feel the energy of thousands of runners anticipating their races and the vendors who are just as excited. As you are directed downstairs into the expo, you are immediately greeted with Raw Threads and the facade of the New Balance booth.

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Not being able to resist the Raw Threads booth, with their cute designs and soft fabrics, I walked through their space to see what was available. They were fully stocked with favorite character designs and also had some newer Frozen and Star Wars designs, which are perfect for the Star Wars Half Marathon Weekend and Princess Weekend next month!

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My next stop was the New Balance booth. They had apparel and accessories available, but the main attraction are the official runDisney New Balance shoes! The latest shoes to join the collection are the limited edition 990v3 featuring Retro Mickey and Minnie, which were inspired by Steamboat Willie. You can checkout the new shoes and the older designs here.

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After exiting the New Balance booth, I made my way to the back of the Jostens Center where all the runDisney official merchandise was. There surprisingly was not a long line waiting to checkout, like there normally is during the expo; it’s better to get there early or in the middle of the day!

They had all different styles of shirts for each race, along with accessories, bottles, mugs, and much more! I love the ‘I Did It!’ shirts-there was one available for each distance, plus Dopey and Goofy Challenges. I saw a lot of these walking around at the end of the weekend at Downtown Disney at the Cool Down Party.

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Right in front of the runDisney booth, you can check out the medals for the weekend and chat with Jeff Galloway, who makes appearances throughout the day. I missed him this time around, but I did see him last year at Princess!

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As I made my way to the front of the Jostens Center, I stopped by the Transitions photo booth and Sweaty Bands. Transitions had tons of fun props to put on for a photo that they send to your email. They also had this booth setup at the Cool Down Party! Sweaty Bands always has super cute headbands in many different prints and patterns. You can even find ones to match your running costume!

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I had to stop by the Fit2Run booth, which is fully stocked with all your last minute weekend race needs from nutrition to apparel and shoes. You can pickup anything you may need for the weekend and training, which makes stopping by the Expo super convenient! I love how you can chat with the brand reps who will help with advice and their knowledge about the different products the booth carries. I had my eye on many things here, but my plan is to stock up Princess weekend! I have been eyeing some Dona Jo printed tights and I wish I just got them this weekend!

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After you leave the Jostens Center and enter the Champion Stadium, you could spin the Fit2Run wheel and win all different prizes including Fun Runs to spend at their location in Downtown Disney!

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Kicking off the year with the WDW Marathon Expo and Races are the perfect start to 2015! The camaraderie felt and excitement you experience at these expos just makes you more excited for your next runDisney event. Though I did not make any purchases this time around, I scouted out the goods for Fit for a Princess Expo next month and made a long list of items I have to get! Later this year I will register for the Walt Disney World Marathon (my first!!) and already cannot wait to come back and visit the expo and celebrate with all our fellow runDisney and RAD runners!

RAD Reads and Weekly Review: December 30, 2012

I can’t believer this is the last RAD Reads and Weekly Review of 2012…what a year!!  Never in my wildest dreams did I think I would run 3 half marathons, 3 5Ks and 1 10-miler in a year, but I did it!  This year has be an amazing journey and a wild ride…I’ve loved every moment of it and I can’t thank you enough for coming along!

Want to take a look at some RAD Reads I found this week?  I found some good ones!

Running & Fitness Posts
Yes, I am obsessed with CrossFit takes a look at the 10 most ridiculous diets ever…have you heard of the ear stapling diet?!?

Travel, Run, Eat compares her first marathon training to her second coming up in 2 weeks.

Eat, Sleep, Run, Disney is having a giveaway of a Raw Threads Cindy shirt…just in time for WDW Marathon Weekend!

I Run for Wine reminds us that even during the holidays, it’s important to get off the couch and run!  I wish I had taken this advice 🙁

Run With Jess shows us her year of awesome bling and there is a lot of it!

The Happy Runner has great tips for running in the snow, something that’s really scares me!

Running Toward the Prize has 5 tips for staying healthy before a race…I will definitely be following this advice over the next few weeks.

Disney Posts
Parkeology takes a look back on tomorrow and ponders what current attractions we will be looking back on like Alien Encounter.

WDW For Grownups has drinks and appetizers at Epcot’s Rose and Crown Pub…one of my favs!

Travel With Rick features the Year in Review and the always hysterical blooper reel this week, featuring some embarrassing moments from yours truly 🙂

Weekly Review
I’m going to be honest here…I’m at the point where I’m terrified of injury before the WDW Marathon and I think I’m using this as an excuse to not run.  Yes, I know this is completely ridiculous and the opposite of what I should be doing.  I haven’t had many workouts this week due to the holiday and then my in-laws were over today to celebrate Christmas 2.0 and I’m definitely feeling sluggish because of it.  Or maybe it’s all the rich food I’ve been eating…

Christmas Eve DinnerRib Roast, Creamed Corn and Scalloped Potatoes

Christmas Eve Dinner
Rib Roast, Creamed Corn and Scalloped Potatoes

Christmas Morning BreakfastGluten Free, Egg Free Pancakes and Local CT Sausage

Christmas Morning Breakfast
Gluten Free, Egg Free Pancakes and Local CT Sausage

Who know’s what is causing my slacking behavior, but I hope I can get this turned around soon!  Here’s my full week of workouts and to see my full WODs, head over to my page on dailymile.

Sunday: Rest
Monday: Rest
Tuesday: Rest
Wednesday: CrossFit – 1 hour – Back Squats, PullUps and Amraps
Thursday: CrossFit – 1 hour – Amraps
Friday: Rest
Saturday: Rest

For the next 2 weeks (well after New Year’s Eve!), I will be focusing on prepping my body for the WDW Marathon.  Clean eating, stretching, hydration, short runs and moderate cross training.  I need to stay healthy and strong.  What do you do to prep for a big race?

Happy New Year to you and your family!  Make 2013 your best ever!