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Contributors Needed for Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend!

UPDATE 12/29/13: Well, I’m overwhelmed by the response I’ve gotten from this post and I can’t thank you all enough for contributing to covering WDW Marathon Weekend!  You all have such interesting stories and I can’t wait to start reading them.  I know you all will love it too!

I have received an ample amount of coverage for WDW Marathon Weekend and we are set with race recaps and other fun stories.  But that doesn’t mean I don’t want to hear from you.  Running at Disney is changing and as I’ve hinted before I want to make this more about the community.  So always send me your ideas!

Thank you again for your support!!

Are you running one of the races over Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend in a few weeks?  Will you be at the resort as a spectator?  Are your kids running in a race?  If so, then I need YOU!

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I’m looking for runners, walkers, spectators and Disney enthusiasts of all kinds to cover the variety of events over that weekend!  Here are the some ideas for posts:

  • Race Recaps
    • Disney Family Fun Run 5K
    • Walt Disney World 10K
    • Walt Disney World Half Marathon
    • Walt Disney World Marathon
    • Kids Races
  • The Dopey Experience
  • The Goofy Race and a Half Experience
  • A Spectator’s Point of View
  • Health & Fitness Expo
  • runDisney Speaker Series
  • runDisney Official Meet Up
  • First Time Disney Runners
  • Race Weekend Dining
  • New runDisney New Balance Running Shoes
  • Pasta in the Park Party
  • The Cool Down Party
  • And anything else you can think of…

Choice of topic will come on a first serve basis, so email me at sarah@runningatdisney.com if you are interested in covering one or many aspects of Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend for Running at Disney…the more the merrier!!

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

2013 Twilight Zone Tower of Terror 10-Miler Expo

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After a less than stellar experience at the Disneyland Half Marathon Expo (so bad I didn’t even write about it…when you have nothing nice to say…), I was looking forward to the smaller, more relaxed expo for The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror 10-Miler.  Since there wasn’t anything I was dying to get at the expo, I spent the early afternoon enjoying Epcot’s International Food & Wine Festival and headed over to the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex (WWOS) later in the day.  By the time we arrived, there weren’t many people there at all.   Ahhhh…breathing room 🙂

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No lines…woohoo!  For this race weekend, packet pick up is in the Josten’s Center with the rest of the Expo which makes for a much easier experience having everything in one place.

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I headed towards the back of the Expo to pick up my race bib first and then moved on to the shirt/bag pick up.  I always like to get that out of the way first before hitting the various vendor booths.

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After getting all of the official business done, I headed to the runDisney booth to get an up close and personal look at some of the new medals.  I of course had to see the new ribbon for The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror 10-Miler that I would be getting the next day.

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And then the new design for the Disney Wine & Dine Half Marathon…can’t wait to get this one!

ToT-Expo-W&D-MedalAnd a look at the two Coast to Coast medals for 2014.  There’s the pink version for those running the Tinker Bell Half Marathon and the Princess Half Marathon and then the regular Coast to Coast for any other combination of races.  This one looks like it got a new ribbon for 2014.

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While I was at the runDisney booth I ran into Jeff Galloway and had to say hi.  He’s such an inspiration to me and my friends.  If you ever get the chance to say hi to Jeff in person, do it…he’s amazing!

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My next stop was the official race merchandise area to see what I could spend my money on.  I didn’t love any of the shirts for the race (yellow really isn’t my color), but I was glad to see the new runDisney headbands there!

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I ended up just getting a new Vinylmation with the Tower of Terror medal and a pin to add to my collection.  Before heading out, we checked out some of the vendors and made a final stop at the Sparkle Athletic booth to say hi to my friends Kelly and Krissy.  And guess what I got??  My first Team Sparkle Skirt!  I’ve never considered myself a sparkly kind of girl, but I have to say I was kind of excited to wear this for the race…thanks Kelly!

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I was only at the Expo for a little over an hour, but I managed to see a lot of the vendors and get a lot done.  These smaller expos are SO much more enjoyable 🙂  Next stop…The Fifth Dimension….

A Terrifyingly RAD Meet Up!

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I’m excited to announce that I will be having a RAD Meet Up over The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror 10-Miler Weekend!!  Join me on Friday, October 4th at 2:00 pm in the United Kingdom Pavilion in Epcot where we can have a pint, enjoy the Food & Wine Festival and talk runDisney!!  We will be meeting at the group of tables to the right of Yorkshire County Fish Shop.

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Head on over to my Facebook page and RSVP for the event.  Oh and there will be buttons…lots of buttons!

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Meeting fellow runners is one of my favorite things about runDisney race weekends…I can’t wait to see so many of you again and meet many of you for the first time!!   The Food & Wine Festival is the perfect place to carb load for the races the next day, so why not do it with a bunch of RAD Runners, right?!? Beer is carbs right?!?  😉

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Don’t forget to RSVP!  See you in a week 🙂

For All The Slow Pokes Out There

With runDisney race season fast approaching, so many of us are kicking our training into high gear.  Whether you are a newbie with your first race coming up or a seasoned veteran, we all worry about pace.  Some are trying to be the fastest, some are trying to beat their last time and some are just trying to finish without getting swept.  Whatever your goal, if you don’t have the slightest bit of anxiety about pace when going into a race you are either a machine or you’re lying.  It’s always somewhere in the back of your mind.

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Me, I’m slow.  My pace ranges between 12:30 and 14:00.  I am a run-walker and I find it’s the best way to keep my endurance up for a long race…it works for me.  I’m not built like a runner, but I like the challenge so I do what works best for me.  So imagine my feelings when I read this article from 2009 that has been recircling the interwebs lately.  Basically, the author and other elite (i.e. fast) runners are questioning whether the act of simply finishing a marathon is worth the title of “marathoner.” This paragraph pretty much sums it up:

“It’s a joke to run a marathon by walking every other mile or by finishing in six, seven, eight hours,” said Adrienne Wald, 54, the women’s cross-country coach at the College of New Rochelle, who ran her first marathon in 1984. “It used to be that running a marathon was worth something — there used to be a pride saying that you ran a marathon, but not anymore. Now it’s, ‘How low is the bar?’ ”  

That makes me sad.  Just because there are those of us who can’t complete a marathon in 4 hours, doesn’t mean our accomplishment is worth less.  We still traveled that same distance on our feet, don’t we deserve a medal too?  We’re not trying to win, we just want to finish and be able to celebrate that finish without being judged.  Completing a marathon is HARD.  Hell, just having the guts to even attempt a marathon is HARD.  That hard work should be rewarded, no?

And really, what does our slowness matter to those speedy runners?  They start way before us and finish way before us.  We are in no way inhibiting them from running their best race possible.  Just because we are taking 2 more hours to finish, doesn’t make their accomplishment any less valuable.  Are they annoyed that the roads are still closed when they are trying to leave and they get stuck in crazy traffic jams?  That MUST be it!  Because otherwise why would they even care?!?!

To finish a marathon in 4 hours takes an insane amount of training.  Those people are serious rock stars in my eyes and I am in awe of the dedication they put in, and I recognize I will never be among them.  I just don’t have that dedication to training, but I do love to push myself and run races.  Maybe that’s why I like runDisney so much.  There’s no pressure.  The elite runners take off in corral A and then the rest of us are there to have fun!

While this article was saddening, I was glad to find a reaction to it by Jeff Galloway who basically negated everything stated there.  He works with thousands of runners every year and confirmed that Ms. Wald is in the minority of how most runners feel about long marathon times.  Most runners have respect for those who even attempt a marathon because they know how difficult it can be.  Jeff goes on to say:

The finishing of a marathon bestows a unique sense of worth that can last for a lifetime – regardless of finish time.  We need to salute the efforts of those at the back who did not inherit the genetic material to run on a collegiate cross country team, but who inserted training into busy career and family schedules, improved their health and inspire others.

To me, running is personal.  You run as fast or as slow as you can or want to.  You are competing against yourself and proving to yourself that you can accomplish what you set your mind to.  Just get out there…get moving…walk if you have to. But just remember to NEVER listen to anyone who says that you are too slow and not a “real runner” because no matter what they say, they can’t take that medal or sense of pride away from you!

SO WORTH IT!

I’m a Marathoner Bitches!

Running at Disney’s Disneyland Half Marathon RAD Meet Up!

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I’m so excited to announce that I will be having a RAD Meet Up over Disneyland Half Marathon Weekend!  Join me for lunch at La Brea Bakery at 12:00 pm on Saturday, August 31st!  La Brea Bakery is located in Downtown Disney just outside the Esplanade. No park admission is required.

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So grab a salad, sandwich or sugary treat and join me to refuel from the 10K that morning, carb load for the half marathon and talk runDisney!  Let’s kick off this runDisney race season with some good laughs and good friends 🙂

Please RSVP on my Facebook page here so I have an idea of how many of you RAD runners will be joining us.  I look forward to seeing so many of you again and meeting a bunch of you for the first time!

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