Transformation Tuesday: Ilene Fabisch

For the 4th installment of Transformation Tuesday, I’m glad to welcome Ilene!  After running her first 5K a little over a year ago at the age of 54, she has gone on to run some seriously impressive races this past year.  You will be amazed by her story!

Oh and last but not least, tomorrow is Ilene’s birthday, so join me in wishing her a very HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!


I’ve struggled with weight loss my whole life. I’ve also never been fond of exercise which makes it even more difficult to lose and maintain. Truth be told I’ve lost large amounts (100+) of weight a couple times during my life but slowly the pounds crept back on, likely because I hadn’t worked exercise into a regular part of my lifestyle. I’ve finally committed to not only healthy eating but to including activity as part of my daily life, the two go hand in hand!


In February 2012 I had already lost some weight using a modified Weight Watchers plan and the My Fitness Pal app.  My daughter mentioned how it would be fun for me, my husband, herself and her boyfriend to try the runDisney Family 5k at WDW in January 2013. We signed up and went to the runDisney page where we found a training schedule/techniques by Jeff Galloway. We began to train on a treadmill using a run/walk method. This method is amazing! It allows people who never thought it possible to run and complete race distances and without injuries!  We all trained for and completed that first 5k! That trip to Disney was followed by a cruise where I also completed the 5k at Castaway Cay! I was hooked!

I continued to lose weight and train. Myself and my DD and DIL signed up and participated in the run Disney sponsored Glass Slipper Challenge this past February.  An amazing set of circumstances placed a Boston Marathon bib in my hands in February. Thank goodness I had already been training for the Glass Slipper so I was able to step up the training to be prepared ( minimally) for Boston. It was an amazing experience and harder than I ever dreamed. Incredibly empowering to know I could dig that deep, overcome the pain and complete the challenge. It was as they say “life changing” and the hardest thing I’ve ever done…but I DID IT!

Since I seem to like challenges I couldn’t resist the next one I found in my path: The Ragnar Relay -Cape Cod 200 mile race! This involves a team of 12 that lives together in two vans for two daysI We had a life lesson  in communication, cooperation, support, compromise, acceptance and flexibility all resulting in an amazing experience! I could not have had better team mates for 192 miles of laughter, sleeplessness and accomplishment! We completed our race in 32 amazing hours! My three legs including a 3am one through swamp land, totaled 13 miles and included an awesome sense of accomplishment.

My  family and I are taking advantage of the Avengers Super Heroes Half Marathon this November to take the grandkids to their first trip to Disneyland! Then I  plan to complete the WDW Marathon this coming January with a friend I met through the Disney FB pages while training for the Glass Slipper. We will support and encourage each other to reach this sometimes overwhelming goal!


Running has helped me maintain my 125lb weight loss and the runDisney events have served as a wonderful way for family members and friends to bond and stay healthy, even while on vacation! There is a cute saying “we run Disney so we can eat Disney” for an admitted foodie it is a way to enjoy Disney’s amazing food choices on vacation and stay healthy and at goal weight!


Ilene Fabisch ran her first 5K ever at 54 years old! She is happily married to a wonderful and supportive husband, has two grown children, two grandchildren, and shares their home with two loving schnoodles. Her two grandkids help motivate her to set a healthy lifestyle example. She loves knitting, cooking healthy, and learning about running physiology. She is also an admitted FB addict!


Has running at Disney helped to transform your life?  If so, I want to hear your story!  Send me an email at to be featured on an upcoming Transformation Tuesday!

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