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runDisney Tag!

runDisney, like I’ve always said, has completely changed my life and since its Medal, Monday why not do a tag about runDisney! So runners set GOOOOO!

  1. How did you first discover runDisney?

I first discovered runDisney when my family and I took a trip to Disneyland about 6 years ago. We were walking in Downtown Dinsey when my aunt shouted: “WHAT IS THAT AND HOW DO I GET ONE?” and the guy was really nice and answered her and then we signed up.

2. How many raced have you done?

8 events (some multiple times). 13 5k’s, 6 10k’s, 11 Half Marathons, 2 Full Marathons, 9 challenges, 3 virtual,  2 coast to coast and 1 castle to Chateau.

3. What was your first run?

The Inaugural Dopey Challenge in 2014. 48.6 miles and this was my first ever running event EVER. I also did not train at all nor did I break in my shoes…

   4. What was your favorite race weekend?

Dopey Challenge 2018 because I PR and I ran it with my mom. Plus Dopey was celebrating it’s 5 year anniversary which was also in a way celebrating my 5-year running adventure which I hope to continue.

   5. What was your least favorite run?

Disneyland Paris because I was so thrown off by the mile markers because they don’t use miles, but everyone was super friendly and encouraging like every other runDisney event.

   6. What was your favorite park to run through?

Hollywood Studios in WDW and Carsland in DCA.

   

7. What is your favorite runDisney medal?

Castle to Chateau medal. I think it’s GORGEOUS!

   8. What is your favorite shirt?

2018 Goofy’s challenge and a Half shirt because it reminds me of my favorite baseball team.

   9. What are 3 songs on your runDisney playlist?

Hey Princess (Allstar Weekend), I Can Go the Distance (Hercules), and Carrying the Banner (Newsies).

 10. Do you go for a PR or do you not worry about time?

I go for a PR, I find the longer I stay out on the course the more I get into my own head.

  11. Which character do you always stop for?

None.

  12. What is your favorite pre-race meal?

Lucky charm marshmallows. I don’t like to eat before a run but if I do it’s the lucky charm marshmallows.

   13. Favorite costume you ran in?

Darth Maul. It was more of a Dinsey bound than an actual costume but I think it was close enough.

   14. Favorite costume you’ve seen someone else run in?

That is a tough one because everyone has AMAZING costumes but I will go with Thunder mountain because for the entire 10k she wore a mountain on her head and her body and there was an actual bobsled that moved around on a track. It was really cool.

I hope you enjoyed this runDisney Tag and let me know what your answers in the comments below!

-Dezi

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runDisney/WDW Haul 2018!

The amount of merchandise I accumulated is insane. I honestly thought I was going to have to buy another bag just to get everything home. Thankfully, I was able to shove it all in my bag with only some complications.

To start off the haul is definitely 2018 New Years hat, I got when I first arrived at the hotel which I had to deconstruct due to the lack of room in my bag. Of course what follows the hat is the 6 running shirts I picked up at packet pick up. The Dopey Challenge shirt is definitely my favorite.

Over at the official runDisney merchandise, I thought it was my duty as a freezing participant that I buy everything that would keep me warm. So, I did…as you can tell, buy everything that would keep me warm! Plus, I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to buy two new spirit jerseys that say runDisney and I runDisney on it. In my defense my Nani bought me one of them. I also had to buy The Dopey Challenge pin, its a tradition I started 5 years ago every event I do I have a pin to go with it.

Now for actual park shopping there wasn’t much I wanted except the WDW rose gold spirit jersey. The socks were a necessity that helped me keep my toes from frost bite. While eating at Cinderella’s Royal Table, I got a magic wand that I will treasure forever. I also bought 4 Nightmare Before Christmas Pins that look like the paintings that are in the stretching room of the Haunted mansion.

-Dezi

 

 

The Dopey Challenge 2018!

Honestly, I can not believe that I completed The Dopey Challenge once again. So back in 2014 my cousin and I signed up for the inaugural Dopey challenge, which was the start of my running journey. Having said that, it only felt right to celebrate my 5 year anniversary with the 5th year of the run that started it all. The only difference this year was, my mom took on the challenge with me.

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If you don’t know what The Dopey Challenge is here is the run down: 4 days. 4 parks, 48.6 miles=6 medals. If you participate in the half and the full marathon you will receive the Goofy Challenge completer medal. If you participate in the 5k, 10k, Half and Full marathon, you will receive the Goofy completer medal as well as the Dopey Completer medal.

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Its a tough but challenge and a lot of miles to run in just 4 days but let me tell you, its the most amazing feeling in the world when you cross that finish lines and they place the medal around your neck. This time was different, not only did I accomplish this crazy challenge for the second time but completing it with my mom is something I will never forget. She is truly my inspiration and the strongest women I know, completing 48.6 miles 3 months after having emergency surgery and completing it with a torn LCL that she did on the 10k.

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Overall, the challenge was accepted, completed, amazing and of course freezing. It felt great running it, and even greater running with my mom by myself. Even though I fell in a ditch and broke my toe, the race must go on. Both my mom and I set a new personal record on all the races and we are ready for or Star Wars Virtual Half Marathon and of course more runDisney events because every mile is magic!

-Dezi

 

 

Star Wars Half Marathon is back?!

Yes the Star Wars Half Marathon has made its way back and I couldn’t be more excited! I know what your thinking there is no possible way because Disney took out all of their runDisney events until construction is over BUT it’s true!

Instead of bringing it back to the parks runDisney has decided to bring it back as a virtual Disney run for its first 13.1 virtual run. You get your medal, your bib and a certificate and knowing Disney they will have shirts to buy online.

RunDisney is also allowing guests to complete the Kessel Challenge where you run the Light side (virtual) and the dark side over at Walt Disney World to achieve the Kessel Star Wars coast to coast medal! Will you sign up for the Star Wars Virtual Half Marathon? Let me know in the comments below!

-Dezi

Disney Updates 2017!

Festival of the Holidays, Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party, Candy Canes and runDisney events…oh my!

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Festival of the Holidays starts Nov. 10-Jan 7, 2018! There will be 12 market kiosks offering amazing holiday dishes from different cultures. There will also be live music, dance and holiday inspired performances like iViva Navida! and Princess Elena’s musical Grand Arrival. Over at Redwood Creek Challenge you can meet the one and only Santa Claus. Also returning is ‘Its a Small World’ Holiday, A Christmas Fantasy Parade, ‘Believe in the Holiday Magic’ Fireworks and World of Color-Season of Light which you can watch while eating some magical holiday treats!

festival-of-holidays-food-and-wine-33If you are an AP holder check out some of the special AP events like; Festival of Holiday Sip and Savor Pass and Specialty Photos at Sonoma Terrace. Along with the Holiday Season come the ever so famous and magical hand pulled Disneyland Candy Canes! They will be returning to Disneyland’s Candy Palace Nov. 24 and DCA’s Trolley Treats Nov. 25 click here for more info!

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Starting Nov. 9-Dec. 22, 2017 at the MK, is the one and only Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party! My all time favorite event to attend at WDW. Guests can meet characters decked out for the holiday season. You can watch Mickey’s Most Merriest Celebration on the main stage, A Frozen Holiday Wish, Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmastime Parade, attend the Holiday Wishes Dessert Packages or fill up on the complimentary Holiday treats like: Snowman soft pretzel, sno-cone, ginger molasses cookie, eggnog, DOVE chocolate, sparkling apple cider, peppermint crunch cookie, Nestle Nesquik, snickerdoodle cookie, hot chocolate and a Santa Claus Cookie!

 

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So many options to choose from from this holiday season and I LOVE it! ON a different note the Superhero Half Marathon Weekend is approaching quickly! Nov. 9-12, 2017 to be exact, and if you have been following the blog you know that this is the last event for a while, during all the construction that is happening and will be happening for Disneyland and DCA. What are you most looking forward to this holiday season and are you participating in the last Disneyland runDisney event? Let me know in the comments below!

-Dezi

runDisney: Disneyland Canceled

Today the run Disney website had a bit of a makeover, and you can see that all the Disneyland events have been removed off for 2018. Super Heroes Half Marathon Weekend for 2017 is the last event to happen at Disneyland.

Since runDisney didn’t open up registration for the upcoming Disneyland events, I think its safe to say we all got the sense that something like this was going to happen. Disney did confirm after they pulled the races off that it is due to the expansion of Disneyland why they decided to put the Disneyland events on a hiatus.

If I am honest, I’m saddened by this hiatus because I was on my way of getting my Legacy medal and another c2c. I am hoping they will honor my Legacy and once the races start up again, I will be back on track for that bling. I do, however (feeling’s aside) think it was smart on Disney’s behalf to put the races on a hiatus during construction. It would have been very chaotic, and people would complain even more if they had to cut back on some stuff or the course wasn’t in the parks as much as before.

-Dezi

runDisney: Hong Kong Marvel 10k

I still can’t fully wrap my head around this…not only did i just find out about Hong Kong having a race weekend and that its Marvel themed but to blow my mind even more this isn’t their inaugural race weekend its the second race weekend with a 5k and 10k.

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Marvel 10k weekend 2017 begins September 16-17. Runners will make their way through  seven themed lands of the park as they run for the Captain America 10k and Thor 5k. There will also be a 3k and of course everyones favorite Kid Races that will go on as well.

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Runners will collect a Marvel running pack that includes as event T-Shirt, race bibs and other items as well. There will be limited edition merchandise special to the vent and of course the amazing medals that wait for us at the finish line. To make the race a bit more interesting the top 3 runners will be awarded with a one night stay at one of the resorts hotel or a dinner buffet as well as  Captain America accessories.

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Just like all the runDisney events the cause for this run will be making a difference for people in need as voluntEARS and volunteers from Chow Tai Fook help raise support and awareness of the Hong Kong Association for Cleft lip and palate. Runners you only have until July 31 to make up your mind if you will be joining Captain America and Thor race weekend. Will you join?

-Dezi

Virtual runDisney: Round 2

 

Come one, come paw!?

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Its time to sign up for the the second ever runDisney virtual run hosted by the one and only Pluto, and he is celebrating with three individual runs, each with a different commemorative  Pluto finisher medal!

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Since i love dogs and this run is dedicated to our four legged pups and its Disney i knew i had to sign up for the Virtual Run Series so i can get 4 medals, Coolcore towel and for those furry friends a collapsable dog bowl, and dogs tags. Plus its a charity event donation go to Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando!

16003114_10206008354128264_534934370330780583_nUnfortunately since one of my pups has a broken paw, she won’t be able to run until 6 more weeks, so my running partner will be my little pup. No worries, Belle will be doing some Doga with me so she won’t feel left out.

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There is also some merchandise and i definitely bought a shirt and pin because why not add to my collection of Disney/runDisney merchandise. Will you be participating with a set of paws? Let me know in the comments below!

-Dezi

runDisney: Virtual Running Shorts Take 2!

My all time FAVORITE runDisney event is back for another take with some paw-tific news!

If this is your first time hearing of the Virtual Running Series let me fill you in: The series includes three 5k’s to complete. Participants will receive a medal for each 5k completed plus a challenge medal if you complete all three 5k’s.

The best part is you can choose your course and who your run with, my personal favorite is a trail by my house and i love to bring my pups on the run! Its great bonding with them along with perfect exercise for the both of us.

Race sales begin April 11, 2017 so be sure to mark those calendars, this also is a great way to start in training for Disneyland, Walt Disney World or Disneyland Paris races plus with this training you get to start your medal collection or you add to them!

The charity for this run is Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando which will be celebrating 80 years of saving pets in central Florida. Now the proceeds of the race don’t go to the charity but if you can, you have the option to donate a little extra to the foundation.

Will you be participating in the shorts? Let me know in the comments below!

-Dezi

 

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