Friday Link Up!

So this week I started saving all the links that I found interesting/informative/fun and this is what came out the other side. Hope you enjoy!

Happy Fall! Love Pusheen!




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

One Week Until WDW Marathon Registration Day!

Hey girl hey!

Did you know? It's one week until us "regular" folks can sign up for the Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend! This race weekend will always hold a special place in my heart. It was about 6 or 7 years ago I was listening to a podcast by one Lou Mongello and he was taking on the WDW Half Marathon. The way he described the excitement at the start line, the magic that happens when you run up Main St USA, and then the relief and accomplishment at the finish line, I knew I needed to do this.

I was never really a runner. I have always "worked out" but never really enjoyed running. I would pick it up every once and awhile but then life/weather would happen and it would end. The summer of '09 I started running more regularly but then going back to college meant stress and less time, plus in Syracuse it snows a lot, so I fell off the bandwagon. I was originally thinking that '10 was possible, but then life happened at so I set my sights on '11!

Halfway through my junior year, I picked up running and it stuck. I spent the summer in NYC and got to run all over the place and fell in love! I got to explore and see so much of the city! So that July, I made the plunge and signed up for the full marathon. I had toyed with the idea of the half, but not being a huge fan of Donald I decided to upgrade to a nice shiny Mickey medal!

Really from there the rest is history. I ran a half in upstate NY on 10-10-10 and since it was pretty small my 1:54 finish time meant I took first in my age group! Not bad for a first half marathon! I was so nervous going into my first marathon, but it was totally worth it! More on that in another post!

I had a few apprehensions before my first marathon! I have to run all those miles?!

Running at Disney is awesome! If you are a fan of the parks, seeing backstage areas is really fun and the unique character pics can't be beat!

Since January of '11, I've run every marathon since:
-2011- Marathon
-2012 - 5k + Marathon
-2013 - 5k + Goofy
-2014 - Dopey Challenge
-2015 - ?Dopey Challenge Hopeful?

Fueling after our races! (2011)

Another one in the books! (2012)

Meeting the main Goof-ster after my first Goofy Challenge! (2013)

I went Dopey! (2014)

I can't believe this will be my 5th marathon-iversary! So excited!

But you don't have to take my word for it, here are some recent podcasts on runDisney that hopefully will convince you!

Be Our Guest Podcast - Episode 663 - WDW Marathon
WDWRadio - WDW Marathon Weekend - Episode 354
Mickey Miles Podcast - WDW January Review Part 1 - Episode 138
Mickey Miles Podcast - WDW January Review Part 2 - Episode 139

And the podcasts that started my running/runDisney adventure
WDWRadio - Show 50 - Jan 20, 2008
WDWToday - A Marathon of a Show - Episode 489

Registration opens April 22, 2014 at 12pm EST!

Hope this helps you to decide if it's time to make the plunge! You have 1 week!