Let's Make Lemonade! (Team Lemon)

This year I decided that I wanted to run the Dumbo Double Dare for charity. There were a lot of reasons that I made this decision (didn't have to do the crazy stressful sign up when it opened, didn't want to drop the money at that time for the full registration fee, didn't know if this race was in the plan for the year yet, etc) but really I was inspired by my mom.

Last year my mom died unexpectedly and for unknown causes. My mom was extremely charitable giving of her time and energy to so many different charities. She was so involved that at the end of her obituary we thought it fitting to add this:

"In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Riverside UM Church, St. Joseph Montessori School Music Program, or the charity where you knew her the best"

As anyone who has had someone close to them die, I'm still trying to find ways to honor her and running for a charity group is something I CAN do. Before my mother's death, she had signed up through Alex's Lemonade Stand, a charitable group dedicated to ending childhood cancer, to run the WDW 5k. She had chosen this charity since she herself had spent a good portion of her career researching childhood diseases and cancer or supporting those that were doing research at the Columbus Children's Hospital.

This would've been my mom's 4th WDW 5k, but sadly my Dad walked in her place instead.

For this year's Dumbo Double Dare, I've chosen Alex's Lemonade Stand as my charitable organization. Not only is this a great organization but it now carries an entirely personal meaning as well.

I know what it means to lose a parent, but I can only imagine the pain a parent feels when they lose a child or watch their child suffer from a life threatening illness. I want to be a part of the solution to ending this type of tragedy.

So why am I writing all this?

Because I need your support. Please check out my page and if you find it in your heart to donate that's great, if not that's okay too.

First 2 people to donate $50 or more will get to choose the character that I'll run as during each race! Donate here:  MouseRunner's Lemonade Stand

I'm also hoping to organize some virtual events to bring in donations! I'll keep you posted!

Also, $2 of each purchase made on my Etsy page will be donated to my page and if you buy Alex the Lemon, this will be a $10 donation in your name! Check out my Etsy shop: RunCraftRepeat

Remember to follow me on Twitter for all the updates: @MouseRuns

Disneyland Half Marathon Weekend – Expo

So as I set up in my intro that I was actually on the other side of the expo this year which was actually pretty fun! I knew runDisney brought together a unique mix of runners but it was awesome seeing the “I’m not sure if I’ll finish he 5k” runners all the way up to the Ironmen. Disney really brings people together in a unique way.

I got to the expo bright and early to set up then left and came back and we welcomed the first people into the expo at 11:30am(Tip: If you are a person looking to buy merchandise, the expo apparently opens a half hour earlier than the posted time)

I spent most of Thursday manning the booth but got a break around 3:30 thanks to my most badass boss. I went and chilled at the ESPN Zone (first time here ever, pleasantly surprised) with Wookie and grabbed some grub and on the way snapped a quick pic with this goof ball.

The expo didn't seem as manic this year as compared to last year. I wasn't there for the merchandise frenzy that happened last year, but I heard about it, and that didn't seem to happen. Was there a line to get merchandise early on? Yes, but I don’t think it was the flooded rush like last year.

Towards the end of the expo I went and picked up my own registration. I printed my waiver and got my stuff in a matter of minutes. It took all of 20 min. I also LOVE the shirts this year. Last year’s shirts were… augh, just bad. They didn't fit well and the fabric was heavy and itchy. I wanted to love those shirts, but just couldn't and they will end up in a fun art project soon, but this year’s shirts are awesome! I really love the material they've been using for the runDisney shirts this year!

One vendor that I made note of this year was Dr Cool, really awesome icing/first-aid wrap product, going to have to go find them online.

After the expo Wookie and I headed to Disney California Adventure (DCA) for a couple hours and I totally won on Toy Story Midway Mania. We watched a snippet of World of Color before making our way across to Disneyland to get in a couple rides and then call it a night (late night ride on Jungle Cruise, anyone?) 

Next Up: 

Disneyland Half Marathon Weekend - 10k

Disneyland Half Marathon Weekend 2014 – Intro

Hello fellow runners!

Today kicks off my recap of the Disneyland Half Marathon Weekend. Woo hoo!

I’m really excited to share with you all the fun of this weekend because, well, it’s freakin’ awesome! Last year I ran the inaugural Dumbo Double Dare and ran my first race at Disneyland and fell in LOVE with running at Disneyland. It’s a little more relaxed, less bus/transportation anxiety, and I love the balance of Disney park race and road race that they have going on. You can have fun and then just let it go and race on the streets. You can check out my pre-race blog 

Disneyland Half Marathon Weekend - What to Get Excited For

So let’s get to it. Here are the facts for those of you thinking about running during this weekend:

  • The weekend consists of the 5k, 10k, Half Marathon, Dumbo Double Dare (10k+Half), and lots of kids races
  • Expo is held the Thurs-Saturday of the weekend
  • It’s historically always been labor day weekend
  • It’s the (un)official start to the runDisney race season (August-May)
  • It historically has started and finished at the Disneyland Hotel parking lot – keep this in mind while planning where to stay and the expo has been at the Disneyland hotel
  • It’s freakin’ awesome!*

*This may or may not be based in historical fact

So how did I decide to tackle the weekend? This would be my Dumbo Double Dare Double Take. I really enjoy the 10k+Half combo, it’s a nice challenge but easier to prepare for and still enjoy the weekend than a Goofy or a Dopey.

On the advice on wdwmagic.com, I stayed at the Holiday Inn and Suites just north of Disneyland. This was an awesome location and it was super easy to get to and from the race and the parks. I highly recommend this hotel. Clean, safe, and aside from a slight water pressure in the shower gripe, it was great.

I was also there to help promote/rep/sell Bia at the Fit2Run booth so being close to the expo was something I was interested in since I would be spending a good amount of time there. If you learned about Bia and talked to a tallish redhead, that was ME!

I was also there with my Wookie (this girl’s got a boyfriend! No he is not a real wookie, he just pretends to be one… sometimes) and so I was balancing expo/Bia stuff, running, and spending some quality time with my Wookie. To say I had a few things to juggle would be an understatement. My life has also been a comical (but not really that funny) series of life changes in the weeks leading up to that weekend, to the point where my goal for September is to not have anything that you would coin as “life changing” happen. June, July and August all saw some life changes, some good like Wookie and some not so cheerful. Finding a new equilibrium will do me some good this month.

So now that I’ve rambled on, let’s get on to the fun stuff like the races and playing at the parks! 

Next Up: Disneyland Half Marathon Weekend - Expo

runDisney News/Rumors and Disneyland Half Link Up!

Hello all!

First some news and rumors from the runDisney sphere.

No Yeti to be found?

On the back page of runDisney's latest brochure, one race was decidely missed from the WDW race schedule, the Expedition Everest Challenge. This adventure/obstacle/clue filled race has long been rumored to be "retired" but it might have happened while no one was looking. Does this mean a new race is coming to WDW? Maybe the fan voted for/created rumor of the Star Wars race part 2 to complete a coast to coast challenge? Only time will tell.

Goofy Medal and Shirt revealed!

This morning runDisney released the medal and the shirt for the 10th anniversary of the Goofy Challenge. Okay, so we've seen the medal before but the shirt, that's new!

There are still spots available to take on this 2 day challenge, you can find all the details here:

http://www.rundisney.com/disneyworld-marathon/#goofys-race-and-a-half-challenge

Disneyland Half Marathon Weekend Link Up!

Thought I'd pull together some helpful race recaps from last year to help you all prep/get excited/feel the magic! Only 1 more week until it all officially starts!

I had a slightly different perspective on this race since I ran the half to set a new PR (which I did!) so for those saying you can't/shouldn't PR at a Disney race, I do not agree with this camp of thought. Having fun while running is very personal and for me setting a new PR is fun and makes any race worth the money! Follow your heart!

Disneyland Half Marathon Weekend - What to Get Excited For

Hello fellow runners and more specifically Disneyland runners!

With the Disneyland Half Marathon Weekend just 2 WEEKS, I repeat 2 WEEKS away. I thought it was time to share my knowledge nuggets with you all about what to expect.

I realized after running the Dumbo Double Dare last year, I never recapped my adventure but wanted to share what I thought was note worthy as it draws near.

My runDisney Background

Last year was my first race at Disneyland and I fell in LOVE with it! I had run all the races at WDW at that point, so I thought I knew how magical a race can be but seriously this was an AMAZING experience and I fell in love with running at Disneyland.

So, why is running at Disneyland better?

  1. Staying Closer - Pretty much all the hotels surrounding the DLR property make it super easy to walk to the expo and start line. If you don't want to walk you can also hop on the Anaheim Resort Transit buses and they'll transport you (included with your race entry!) This also means less chance of a bus snafu in the morning.
  2. Early Wake Up But Not That Early - Since these races have fewer people running them, bag check and corral line up tend to be pretty easy. Also, since you can walk to the start line from most hotels, you don't have to worry about the bus transportation to the start. If you give yourself 1.5-1 hour to get from your hotel compared to the start time for the race, you should have a pretty relaxed morning.
  3. Part Park Race/Part Road Race - So I know the best part of every Disney race is running through the parks and these races don't disappoint but the thing I love most is that is the best of both worlds. You spend the first half or so in the parks keeping you nice and slow because of crowding on the paths and then the last half is road race with LOTS of entertainment. I really love the balance. WDW you tend to run on roads and hit parks intermittently during the race which can mess with your mid run pace so I like that Disneyland "front loads" the parks in all its races and then let's you run free on wide streets on the second half.
  4. Smaller Expo - The expo is housed in a convention space and is a good deal smaller. You don't have to worry about wearing out your legs walking around the expo, because, well, there isn't that much to walk though. Also, again since you can walk to it, no worrying about buses to get to and from the expo!
  5. Running in DCA - This is just AWESOME! It reminds me of when we got to run in Epcot at the WDW Marathon in the early miles. Depending on your pace, it's still dark out to Carsland is still all lit up and the World of Color fountains are dancing in an array of beautiful colors. This park is amazing to run through!

So those are the 5 things to look forward to at the Disneyland Half Marathon. If you are use to running at WDW, get ready for a whole new race experience!

Disneyland Half Running Events Sold Out!

Only 24 hours after regular registration opened... all running spots are gone. Also, the new meet up is mysteriously not listed anymore.

This year without pre-reg at WDW Marathon Weekend and Tinker Bell Half Weekend, the Dumbo Double Dare sold out in 45 min flat! Another record setting year.

I was one of the lucky ones that got in so I could do my Dumbo Double Dare Double Take!


Hope you all got in!