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Disney Wine & Dine Half Marathon 2017

So if you’ve been following along I have been suffering from bursitis in my hip since mid September.  I decided to defer my October Half Marathon in hopes of giving myself some healing time before the Disney Wine & Dine Half in early November.  Disney doesn’t let you defer and everything was all paid for WAY earlier in the year.

I did A LOT of spinning to keep up my endurance, and just as much if not more stretching, strengthening and rolling to try to get this problem under control.  I also saw my doctor less than a week before the race.  (it took me 2 1/2 weeks to get an appointment) and she confirmed the bursitis.  However since it was already on the upswing she gave me the go head for the race with the promise of not overdoing it and resting after.

This trip had a few firsts for me.

  1. It was my first ever solo trip on an airplane (which was a huge deal for me since I am normally not a great flyer)
  2. My first Wine & Dine
  3. Completing it would earn me my first ever Disney Coast to Coast Medal, and just in time now that the California races have been put on hiatus.

I am happy to say I was able to complete all the above 🙂  And I finished the half with a respectable time, even with a few photo stops.  I used the Galloway method to help with the “not overdo it” part. Sometimes I use the method sometimes I don’t.  It’s all good!  I am a pretty happy girl!  Disney is always a good time and they have a generous cut off even if I needed to walk some or all of the race.

Speaking of Jeff Galloway……

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The man!

Jeff is super nice and we had a fun chat about The Treadmill, the running store I used to work in when I lived in California.

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Pre-race morning. LETS DO THIS!

I was so impressed that Spinning, rather than running, really was a great way to keep up my endurance.  I have never had that much  “lack of actual running” leading up to a race.  I was happy with how good I felt.  Sometimes you need to do what you can, with what you have to keep reaching for a goal.  I was blessed that spinning did not aggravate my injury.

I need to give a shout out to Aaptiv and specifically Coach Ben Green for helping me stay as prepared as I could for this race.  #TeamAaptiv

BTW: if your interested in trying Aaptiv click on the Aaptiv link on the upper right of my page for a FREE 30 days. I am an ambassador BUT I AM NOT compensated in any way by Aaptiv.  I just really love it.

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I knew I wanted to enjoy the unique on course magic that Disney always has.  But even if I had to walk 13.1 miles I needed to be prepared.  I wanted to be ready for anything.  Admittedly I can never really drop my competitive streak completely, so my goal was to finish faster than my first half marathon even with the picture stops.  Happy to say I did that.

If you have never done a Disney race it really is a unique and fun experience.  Expensive yes, but worth it if your into Disney and have time to plan and save for it.

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Chef Mickey and my doppelgänger Minnie

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Wine & Dine and Coast to Coast Medal

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And what better way for me to celebrate than with

a Minnie Themed Strawberry Cupcake 🙂

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#IRun4Cupcakes

Have you ever done a Disney race?  

Which one was your favorite?

And last but certainly not least whats a race without some Sub 30 Love?!  Can’t wait to see a lot of you in April for The Dark Side!!  Thanks for the race day love too! #sub30fam #sub30love

Nothing like being hours and hours from home and still having friends wherever you go!

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2017 So Far… Did Someone Say Star Wars?

Its been a while, and this post is pretty late but I haven’t fallen off the running wagon!  In fact I ran Disney in January.  But not just any Disney race, a total “Bucket List” Star Wars half marathon race for me.

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This wasn’t my first Disney race but it was my first half at Disneyland.  And having it be a Star Wars was more that just the icing on the cake for me.  I am a HUGE Star Wars nerd.  In fact we are an entire family of Star Wars nerds.  No regrets, no excuses.  I grew up on Star Wars and my favorites were always the droids….and of course Princess Leia. #princesspower

 

As luck would have it my kiddos also had a few days off from school around the race so we made it a Mommy & kiddo weekend.  We are currently about 5 1/2 hours from Disneyland so we drove.  Through fog (lots of fog) a crazy rain and wind storm (thank you Grapevine!?!) and fog and almost snow and fog because did I mention the fog?  Geez who knew I might have to worry about snow driving to southern California?!?  Amazingly we made it in exactly 5 1/2 hours on the dot.  BAM.  Go Mom.

The kiddos and I headed to the expo not too long after we got to Anaheim.  The hardest part for me was figuring out where the expo was and how to get there, lol.  I am slightly directionally challenged, ok maybe more than slightly.  But we managed.  Packet pick up complete.  Next we were off to lunch at Rainforest Cafe.  No rest for the wicked (or pre-race Mom) we spent most of the day in the parks.  #worthit

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Unfortunately I wasn’t able to participate in any of the weekend challenge races but it was fun to see people walking around the parks with all their medals.  My race was all about Sunday’s half.  I was ready and so excited.  I had decided to dress as BB8 because I had gotten a SWEET BB8 shirt from InknBurn.  And I am always a sucker for the droids.  Not too long before the race the world lost our Princess Leia (Carrie Fisher)  so I decided to do an ode to Leia by wearing my hair in Princess Leia styled buns for the half.  RIP Carrie.

Race morning was chilly but I meet up with a fellow Subbers (Sub 30 club) Shannon and Mary and we headed out to the half together.  OK they totally showed me how to get to the start because apparently the kids and I had been taking a round about way to enter the parks.  See, directionally challenged my friends.  We met up for a pre race group Subber pic and then said our goodbyes as we were in different corrals.

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Members of the Sub 30 Club

If there is one thing I am always happy for it’s a good toss away shirt / sweatshirt for waiting in the corrals at the start of the race. Can I get an Amen?  Even though Disney always keeps things lively there isn’t much they can do about the cold.  I was really happy I had a sweatshirt for that 30-40 minute wait for my corral to get on their way.  Running through the parks and Anaheim were magical for sure. If I included all the pics I took this post would be more like a mini novel.  Here are a few of my favs and no surprise with some of my favorite droids.

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By far this was my favorite Disney race so far.  And yes it was totally because it was Star Wars themed.  Characters of all kinds were plentiful both inside and outside the park.

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Getting close to the end and yes I was still this happy!! #StarWarsNerd #foundmyhappypace

My time was even better than I had anticipated despite stopping too many times to count.  I know a lot of that had to do with my training.  Since my last half in November I had been using the Aaptive App Half Marathon Training Plan.  What you have never heard of Aaptive??  Oh my friend have you been missing out….but that’s for another blog entry.  Best App I have ever used for running hands down, just saying.

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After more pics and making my way back to the hotel I showered and changed and soon the kiddos and I were off to the parks for the next few days.  Admittedly I was quite sore after this half, more so than usual.  The only thing I can think is maybe all the stopping and starting for character pictures but again #worthit.

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Me and Chewie!!!

I can’t wait to do Disney again and it will be another new race for me.  Disney Wine and Dine back at Disney World in November. Bonus…I will earn my coast to coast medal too!

 

Have you ever run Disney?  What was your favorite Disney Race?  

If not which would you like to run?

 

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