Disney Wordless Wednesday ~ Disney Royalty

I'm joining the awesome Disney photography blog Focused On The Magic today for their fun Disney Wordless Wednesday hop! This week's theme:  Disney Royalty Our most recent brush with Disney Royalty was when my mom, daughter, and I took a girls trip to the runDisney Princess Half weekend in February!  We had some unexpected runDisney ups and downs.   But overall, we had a fantastic time and great memories were made. Waiting back at the cold, dark Epcot parking lot as a runDisney half marathon spectator... my daughter was so excited to find princesses available to meet! And what's  more fun than dressing like Disney Royalty YOURSELF?!  This was a Disney First for me (aren't those fun???) Who is your favorite member of Disney Royalty? *o*     *o*     *o* Thanks to Deb at Focused On the Magic for hosting this fun weekly Disney photo blog hop.  Join in the fun and click on the button below to see more great shots from this week!   … [Read more...]

5 Things I Can’t Run Without

There's a formula.  The gear and circumstances I can queue up for myself, to make sure I actually take that run.  Because as much as I've been enjoying training for the runDisney Princess Half Marathon, there are days when I really don't want to go running. Granted I'm a beginning runner, still in the early stages of training.  I'm averaging 2.5 miles, three times per week.  I use Jeff Galloway's genius run-walk-run method, and I swear it's saving me a great deal of pain.  (Love you, Jeff!)  I've also been experimenting with various gear and items to support my running.  Thus far, I've identified these 5 things I can't run without! Note, some of the items below were sent to me as samples to test out.  Some of them I purchased myself.  All are truly great running gear, and are items I feel I can't live without. 1.  Tiny, Rockin' Music Player I have music on my phone, and music on my iPod Nano.  However, neither of these have *exclusively* running music on them.  This left me … [Read more...]

My runDisney Princess Half Marathon Training ~ I Told Her!

If you've been following the tale of me pursuing my first runDisney race, you may know that the plan is for our Most Excellent runDisney Princess Adventure to be a three generation girls trip.  My mom, myself, and my 10 year old daughter. And that it was a BIG SECRET for my daughter! I registered her and myself for the 5k on Friday, and just myself for the half marathon on Sunday.  Plane tickets are purchased, Disney package reserved.  It's 121 days away (but who's counting?) Running is something I want in my life, to stay fit, healthy, and active.  For that same reason, I'd love to see my daughter embrace it, too.  It kills me how sedentary kids are these days, and it's not entirely their fault.  I want to help her find an activity she loves, and I was hoping a fun event like this would prove to be as much of a motivating incentive for her, as it is for me. I envisioned us running free... side by side.  A strong and happy Mother-Daughter duo. Or maybe a Mother running with … [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...]

My runDisney Princess Half Marathon Training ~ Trip & Weekend Plans

It's been about a month since I took the plunge and registered for the runDisney Princess Half Marathon - my first ever runDisney race, and first ever half marathon. Because that registration window for the half was around 4 hours long before it filled up, and because I hadn't been watching for, or planning on, it... it was an impulse decision. I told myself I'd make the investment in holding myself a spot, just in case I was actually able to pull off such a trip in February.  I had my doubts. Well, as you may or may not know, once you start making those ADRs ("Advance Dining Reservations", to the non-Disney brainwashed).... there's just no turning back! I was told by a Disney Reservation Cast Member that ALL the Disney Resorts are considered "host resorts" for the 2016 runDisney Princess Half weekend, and will have early morning transportation available.  First decision made:  My mom, daughter and I will be staying at Caribbean Beach. I'm trying to keep the costs down, and I … [Read more...]

I’m Finally Going to runDisney!

For literally years, I've spent hours "dabbling" in running... along with absorbing photos, blog posts, and social media buzz about runDisney events, with longing in my heart.  Running with other tutu-clad, Disney-loving princesses THROUGH THE CASTLE?!  Are you kidding me? Because my family takes trips to Disney World as frequently as possible, I just didn't think such an extra trip/expense would ever be feasible.  But I kept wanting it.  Badly.  And I kept getting another year older, each year when they held the runDisney Princess Half Marathon registrations. If you're not familiar with runDisney, they host weekend events of races, typically held early mornings on routes that wind through Disney Parks before they're open to the public.  They are spendy, spectacularly fun, and fill up very, very quickly.  Plus, you have to be ready to commit far in advance - registration was in July, for the February runDisney Princess weekend.  (FYI, there are other ways to get in... joining … [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...]