Diva-ing Out

This was a busy week for me. I had a large push at work for the project I'm on, followed by a short business trip which meant not much sleep and just feeling physically exhausted. I didn't get in the runs I wanted to get in, nor the speedwork that would ultimately prepare me for my half marathon next week. I'll chalk this one up to a fun run and call it a day, but I really am excited for this new experience!

Next Sunday I'll partake in my first Diva Half Marathon which looks to be such a fun running series. It looks like the Princess Half that Disney puts on taken to the next level! An extra blinged out spinner medal, plus a rose and a glass of bubbly at the finish... Yes, please!  I'll let you all know how I do but I know I"m going to have fun, plus it's on my "home turf"(my usual long run running route) which helps a lot!

I"ll let you all know about the experience but I'm sure it will be fun!

So I'm a runDisney addict and some news was released this week which is very exciting.

  1. New 10k added to the Princess Half Marathon Weekend - Awesome!
  2. New Glass Slipper Challenge added to the weekend (10k+Half) - Even more awesome!
  3. If you tackle the Tinkerbell and the Princess Half = Special Pink Coast to Coast - the collector in me wants this so bad! Got to get them all!

Check out that bad boy!

This is a great expansion of the weekend and will allow more people to participate. And what a great weekend for these races to get added to! The Princess Half Marathon weekend is a lot of fun (I'll write a post about my experience in 2012 soon)! I think 10k's are a great stepping stone to longer distances! Get all the details here: http://www.rundisney.com/blog/articles/a-princess-and-a-pixie/

So 2014, is going to be all about the Dopey for me. I originally was thinking 2014 would be Goofy and then I'd run my first Tinkerbell, but with the Dopey that all changed. Maybe next year will be the year to chase that pink Coast to Coast medal and find my Glass Slipper? Only time (and my wallet) will tell.

What are your thoughts on the new races? Do you like the new Coast to Coast?

Faith, trust and pixie dust!



This week... this week... I don't really have anything to say that hasn't already been said. I've had a lot of runs this week where I've processed what happened at the Boston Marathon. It really shook me. Shook me to my core. It felt like someone had attacked me. Like I was at the finish line even though I'm 3,000 miles away. I've run marathons between 4:00 to 4:20, the clock read 4:09. Those are the runners I would've been pacing against. Those are the runners I would've been racing against. Those are the runners like me. My family would've been at the finish line. My friends would've been anxiously awaiting a text about crossing the finish line. My world at that moment would've been focused on that finish line.

This is what I've been processing and this is where I've landed.

My ultimate runner goal is to run the Boston Marathon. I set this goal a year ago as something I wanted to do before I "aged up" (aka moved into the next age group with a higher qualifying time). I'm more determined that ever to run now. I want to cross that line. I want to be a part of that event. I want to meet the best runners and run along with them. I want to do it by 2017. There, I've said it, and I can't take it back. I want to be at the start line by 2017. Last November, I ran 3:59:22. That gives me a few more to years to shave that down and come in under 3:35.

The only question I have is, why? Why did they target this event? If they wanted to take a stand against American's "loose values", why are you choosing to attack an event that people train years for and are disciplined and are just good people? Not that this attack should happen anywhere at anytime, but why a marathon?

So I'm moving forward. I'm standing on firmer ground and I'll keep putting one foot in front of the other. Will this change how I race? No, but I might tell my parents to watch somewhere other than the finish line.

Now, the sport has changed and only time will tell what that means. My heart breaks for all those that finished in Boston to only have their victory overshadowed by this attack or those whose race was cut short. We will race again!

#BostonStrong always and forever.

Want to help support those affected?
Check out the #BostonStrong<city> movement here: http://pavementrunner.com/boston-strong-city/
Sparkly Soul is also donating 20% of Blue, Gold, and Blue/Gold head bands to the Boston relief effort: http://www.sparklysoul.com/Home_Page.html

Why I'm Blogging? Well, I Might Be a Little Dopey!

Hello Fellow Runners/Disney Fans/runDisney fans!

I'm back to blogging. Why? Well read on and you'll see.

This past Tuesday registration opened for the 2014 Walt Disney World Marathon weekend. I had been anticipating this event for a while, so much so, that I had convinced myself that actually Monday, not Tuesday was registration day and it wasn't until I woke up early (I'm on the west coast so registration opens at 9am here) to get to work to be sure that I was there before 9 (I work in a start-up environment so the day starts a little later) to make sure I was there to sign up.

I woke up, went to the runDisney website, and then saw April 9th, not 8th.... augh. Another day of waiting and hoping that the races won't sell out too fast.

Why was I so excited? Because I wanted to go Dopey in the inaugural race year! 2014 will be my 4th year running in the WDW Marathon weekend. In 2011 it was my first marathon ever, in 2012 I went back for the 5k with the parents and again finished the marathon, and in 2013 I went unofficially Dopey running all the events that weekend. So what's another morning and another 6.25 miles going to hurt, right? Time will only tell.

Well, I want to chronicle the road to the 48.6 happiest miles and those 6 blinged out medals, which I heard they are redesigning them all this year! (http://disneyparks.disney.go.com/blog/2013/04/rundisney-announces-enhancements-for-runners-as-registration-opens-for-the-2014-walt-disney-world-marathon-weekend-presented-by-cigna/ ) My inner, Disney feminist is excited too that Minnie is once again getting her own medal! There was a 15k where she was the leading lady but it was discontinued awhile ago.

Some other reasons you'll want to read:
-I'll participate in other races in California throughout the year (Right now I'm looking at completing 2-3 more halfs this year and a full in the fall) and you'll get to hear about the good, bad and ugly of those races, my personal performance and training.
-I'll go back and chronicle my experience last year at the WDW Marathon weekend and also give tips on how to manage crowds. I also might go WAY back and chronicle the other WDW race weekends since I've participated in all of them except the Everest Challenge.
-I'll let you know all about the inaugural Dumbo Double Dare which will be my first Disneyland race and my first attempt at the Coast to Coast medal!
-I'll also sprinkle in some information of what's going on at the parks since I am a Disney Parks Fan first!

Thanks for reading and I hope to see you real soon!

Faith, trust, and pixie dust!

Follow me on twitter @MouseRuns!

The views expressed in this blog are my own and are in way related to runDisney or TWDC in any way.