My runDisney Princess Half Weekend ~ the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

Mission accomplished, and it's a such an amazing feeling!  Participating in a runDisney Half Marathon has long been a goal of mine.  Between enjoying fitness, and being a Disney addict... this was solidly on my bucket list.  (And let's face it, people.  I ain't getting any younger.)  Last weekend I finally got to fulfill the dream, when I ran in the 2016 runDisney Princess Half.  With my mom and daughter both joining me, it was to be a grand Three Generation Girls Trip. Alas, it was not without it's ups and downs.  I also learned a thing or two along the way, that I'd wish I'd known about runDisney events before our adventure began. The Bad   Let's just get the BAD out of the way. American Airlines apparently "discontinued" my outgoing flight a few weeks ago.  Nice.  Although they reassured me they sent an email last November, I never received any notice of this adjustment.  Sadly, it robbed us of our allotted 4 hours to head to the ESPN Sports Complex on arrival night. … [Read more...]

My runDisney Princess Half Marathon Training ~ I’m Over It

First, I'll start by saying it's 15 more sleeps.  And I'm very, very excited for my first runDisney race ever, the Princess Half Marathon!  The Disney resort plans are all in place: ADRs (Advance Dinner Reservations) and FP+ (FastPass attraction reservations).  I've worked really hard to get here.  Six months of following Jeff Galloway's training plan.  Pretty much religiously. The Magic Bands have arrived, and we even scored some adorable new custom luggage tags (American Tourister throws them in with your Disney package mailing). I'm grateful to be able to take my two weekly 30 minute runs indoors at a rec center during my lunch break.  I'm *not* super grateful that it's at a University where 19-20 year old athletes are training, and they frequently lap (and I can only assume pity) me.  But that's another story. The long runs on the weekends have been outdoors.  In Colorado.  In winter.  And they hurt. I know I'm not alone in these struggles.  But it's my blog, so I'm … [Read more...]

My runDisney Princess Half Marathon Training ~ Dory Approach “Just Keep Running…”

I've been running for about two months now, since I registered for my very first runDisney race... the Princess Half Marathon.  Woo hooo!  Not gonna lie, progress feels slow.  In my younger days, whenever I would pick up running it seemed I'd experience a breakthrough after about 2-3 weeks.  This time round, no lightning breakthroughs.  (*shakes head slowly, in mild disgust*) This will also be my first half marathon, and I really do have pretty high hopes, thanks to Jeff Galloway. I've been following his run-walk-run method, and it works likka champ!  I'm amazed how spot on his running time charts are, which I would have thought would vary greatly person-to-person.  But sure enough, when I use the 1:1 ratio (run 1 minute, walk 1 minute)... I'm averaging a 13 minute mile.  Just like Jeff said I would.  Pretty cool. I really love this.  If you haven't seen it - check it out.  It's been making running pain free for me, and much more enjoyable. I thought I'd have been able to … [Read more...]

How A Princess Tricked Herself Back Into Running

When I was in my 20's, I had a beautiful Siberian Husky named Slater Boone.  Slater loved to run.  He was born to run.  He NEEDED to run.  This decade therefore became the time in my life when I was a runner. No long, impressive distances, mind you.   No races run, no personal best times tracked.  We'd average around 3 miles, and both typically be happier for it.  He was a great motivator and running buddy. Fast forward *ahem* a few years.  Now I'm married with two kids, and it's been a loooong time since I ran.  I lead a relatively active life, mind you, it just doesn't include running.  Cause running is hard, and it hurts.  It's crossed my mind to try getting back into it, before it's "too late".  But the incentive to endure the pain involved was never strong enough. Until runDisney.  Or, more specifically, the opportunity to win a trip to go run in the runDisney Princess Half Marathon.   Running through the Magic Kingdom, before the park opens for the day.  Dressed as a … [Read more...]