December 31, 2012

2012 Year in Review Video

If you thought we were going to leave you hanging with Christine's dinky training run post as our last post of 2012, you were sorely mistaken!!  We've shared our highs and lows from the year and figured it would be fun to share a month-by-month slideshow video of our activities...mostly running related.  Voila!

Wishing you and yours the happiest of New Years!

Hugs, Kisses and Pixie Dust,

Boom Goes the Dynamite

Long runs give you plenty of time to think.  One of the things I pondered on Sunday while I was out for a 9.67 mile run (which felt great, I might add) was how I would categorize this run.  Simple-Boom Goes the Dynamite.

Some of you may not be familiar with the origin of this famous sports phrase.  So I present to you one of the worst sportscasts of all time...but it brought us this gem of a phrase! 

And how fitting to end the calendar year with a post about awesome runs and dynamite...a great metaphor for moving into 2013!

December 30, 2012

2012: The Highs

And now the fun part...the BEST moments of 2012 for us!

Number 5...
C: Running a great first leg in the Rock 'n Roll Half Marathon Relay and finishing top 20 among the women's relay teams with Mom!
P: First Rock and Roll event and loved sharing the race with Christine

Number 4...
C: Sharing a fabulous Thanksgiving day morning 8k with my parents...and watching my Dad smoke me after mile 1 ha!
P:  Volunteering at a local race for the first time, the Run for the Tatas Race.

Number 3...
C: Getting involved in the running community, both virtually and in real life.  Girls Gone Sporty, Team #runDisney, Girls on the Run, Twitter, #runchat, etc....I feel like I have an awesome group of friends who "get" everything I do to prepare for races!
P:  Winning my age group at the Toys for Tots Thanksgiving day race for the second year!

Number 2...
C: Dropping 8 minutes off my time at the Wine and Dine Half Marathon in November
P:  Wine and Dine meetup with Jeff Galloway....what a great event!

And the high point of 2012....
C: Finishing the Princess Half Marathon with a ridiculously happy smile on my face and deciding to lace up my running shoes again! 
P:  Running a PR at the Chip and Dale Marathon Relay in 2:03!  So excited.

It was a wonderful year of racing fun and we can't wait for more in 2013, starting with WDW Marathon weekend!

December 29, 2012

Updated WDW Marathon Weekend Corral Info

If you have been paying attention to various forms of social media, there has been a lot of chatter about the corral placements for the WDW Marathon Weekend races.  Disney has released updated corral information with corresponding times for each race.  We've included this info below for your reference.  Note that for Goofy, the corral placement is based on estimated marathon time based on the pace in the race provided. 

If you feel that you belong in a faster corral, you'll need to bring a proof of time (10k or greater) that shows you can meet that time to the Runner Relations booth at the Expo.  I am placed in Corral C for the Half and given my recent 2:17 at Wine and Dine, I'm hoping to move into Corral B, so you'll see me in line at Runner Relations on Friday morning!

How to get your bib number:
1. Go to the runDisney website, here.
2. Click on "Waivers" in the gray banner or scroll down on the page until you see the Waivers section.
3. Click on the link to download your waiver.
4. Enter your last name, birthday and place you're staying for the weekend.
5. Select "Print" for the correct waiver.
6. Select "Print Waiver" when the next screen pops up.
7. Look at the bottom right corner to identify your bib number.


December 28, 2012

2012: The Lows

Looking back on 2012, there are tons of memories from all of the races and training we completed.  We figured it would be fun to put together a list of our highs and lows that chronicled the year.  So first we'll start with the lows...

Number 5...
C: Waking up at 6AM on Saturday in the summertime to head out for a (lonely) long run to try to beat the heat.
P:  My sister (who won her age group at Princess in 2011) could not race with us at Disney in 2012 due to a foot injury. We missed you Alison and are so glad you will be at Princess 2013!

Number 4...
C: Having lots of knee pain at the 2012 Princess Half Marathon...luckily the Disney resorts are well-stocked with ice!
P:  Foot callus that had to be removed by my doctor....ouch!

Number 3...
C: Mile 7 at the Rock 'n Roll Virginia Beach Half Marathon relay.  Wanted to die in the heat!
P:  Goofy training...some days I wanted to just give up.

Number 2...
C: Running the Elizabeth River Run 10k, highly untrained and in miserable heat...feeling pretty crummy for the last half of the race and panicking that I was having another Princess 2011 moment!
P:  Piriformis muscle injury that threw off my Goofy training for several weeks while I was on strong painkillers.

And our worst moment of 2012...
C: Losing Mom at mile 3 in the Wine and Dine Half Marathon and almost losing my cool trying to find her in the crowd.
P:  Ditto.....losing Christine at the Wine and Dine Half Marathon.....and wondering if we could possibly meet up again during the race.

December 27, 2012

Connect with us!

As the year wraps up, we're getting ready for more fun in 2013 and kicking off the year with WDW Marathon Weekend in just a few short weeks.  Here are a few more ways you can connect with us as we get ready for the big race weekend!

Find us on Facebook:

Tweet it up!
Christine @imperfectcak
We Run Disney @werundisney

Christine on Pinterest:

Christine on Instagram at WeRunDisney:

Feel free to leave us a comment with your social media contact info as well!

December 26, 2012

Christmas Day Virtual 5k

Our normal Christmas Day routine was altered yesterday as Christine and I decided to run a virtual 5k in support of an online acquaintance who is racing for Team in Training.  Our goal was to do an easy run since both of us had just completed tough long runs over the weekend.  The day was warm at 9:15am when we finally headed out the door for our pretend 5k!  Donning our "gay apparel", and no headphones, we thought it would be fun to enjoy the holiday decor in the neighborhood.

We even decided which house should get the imaginary prize we dreamed up for having the best decorations!  While our run took about 30 minutes, I mistakenly had us about a half mile from home when we had completed 3.1 miles.  We walked home as our cool down which worked out fine.  Upon opening the door to the house, we smelled the delicious cinnamon role casserole that had baked while we were gone.  We both grabbed a plate and dug in.  Let the Christmas day feasting begin!  We hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas with your families.  Only 364 days until next Christmas!


December 23, 2012

Final Goofy Training Run Recap!

Friday and Saturday were big days for me.  It was the last hard week of training before taper time and race day.  Because my travel plans were altered this week (fog in Philadelphia, delayed flights, etc) I ended up spending an extra day in the Boston area.  When I returned home on Friday, I immediately ate a prerun snack and hit the roads to high winds and a cool temperature.  I managed to run my twelve miles in a little faster time than I should have at 2:10.08.

Saturday morning arrived all too soon, and the weather was still quite windy and chilly.  I started my run, not feeling fabulous and just kept telling myself one more mile.  Not every run is a good one and I kept thinking it would improve.  One huge bonus was that Christine joined me for the last 8 miles on a bike with a basket of supplies that included food, Gatorade and water.  This helped tremendously when it would have been far nicer to hang up my shoes for the day. Somehow, this was the final result:

Today my legs are quite sore and shoulders which have never given me any trouble are also achy. Perhaps I tensed up due to the nerves since my body did not feel quite as strong as normal.  In any case, it is taper time.  I really look forward to healing my aches and pains and getting to the start of the races in Florida next month.  

December 21, 2012

Christine's Christmas Run

On Wednesday night, I decided to head out in my neighborhood for my run to enjoy all of the Christmas decorations.  I'm generally somewhat hesitant to run in the dark, but I decided to make an exception.  And I also prepared for a run after dark.  I wore my neon orange reflector vest and my light.  I also forewent headphones so I could stay in tune with my surroundings a bit better. 

I ran 5 miles through the neighborhood including one with my shaggy doggie, Paddy - she loved it!  It was a wonderful run to just relax and enjoy the sights of the season.  I reflected on many things from this year - the birth of my favorite twins, the weddings of two sets of dear friends, my return to running and a major transition for me at work.  It was a nice break from reality, if only for a little while and reminded me of all of the things for which I am thankful this holiday season.

Do you run through your neighborhood at night during the holidays?


December 20, 2012

Liebster Award

Thanks to Sarah at Life isn't always a fairytale for nominating us for the Liebster Award. 

"The scoop on the Liebster award is that bloggers nominate other bloggers with 200 or less followers. Liebester means "favorite" in German, so bloggers are to promote their favorite blogs, which will help others find new ones! If you are nominated, you have to follow the rules below and nominate 11 more blogs to keep the fun going!! "

Rules for nominees:
1. List 11 facts about yourself.
2. Answer the 11 questions given to you.
3. Create 11 new questions for the bloggers you nominate for the award.
4. Choose 11 bloggers with 200 or less followers to nominate.
5. Go to each bloggers page and let them know about the award.
6. Thank the person who nominated you and link back to their blog.

11 Facts about us:
1.  We have been blogging for less than a year, although Christine had a previous/different blog for 3+ years
2.  We started running just over two years ago
3.  Christine works as a consultant 
4.  We have dogs; Christine an Old English Sheepdog and Pam a Yorkie
5.  Pam eats ice cream almost every night
6.  Christine loves to cook, and Pam loves to bake
7.  We are both running at WDW marathon weekend in January
8.  Christine volunteers at a local shelter reading to children
9.  Pam volunteers for the Assistance League of Greater Wilmington
10. We enjoy snow skiing, although winter races are interfering with this hobby
11.  Anything chocolate and peppermint is wonderful to both of us

Responses to Sarah's Questions:
1. What is your favorite post race food?  While this is not the best post race food, we both love a good burger, fries and a milkshake or Coke/Diet Coke.

2. Share your favorite holiday recipe for dessert. Homemade brownies with peppermint stick ice cream on top.

3. If you had 1 million dollars, what would you do with it?  Christine would quit her job and Pam would be at Disney all the time!

4. What is the top thing on your bucket list?  Christine would like to travel to Provence to take a French cooking class.

5. Who is your go to person? Christine - dear friend Susan; Pam - husband Tom

6. If you could visit anywhere in the world, where would you go?  Christine - Tahiti; Pam - Egypt to see the Pyramids

7. What is your favorite family tradition?  We have many and not one favorite - making Christmas cookies, watching the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade...boring but fun for us!

8. What is the biggest goal you have accomplished?  Athletically, it would be running a half marathon for both of us.  For Christine, completing her Mechanical Engineering degree was a big triumph!

9. Who is your hero?  Anyone who selflessly helps those less fortunate.

10. What is the best book you have ever read?  The Great Gatsby and recently, Unbroken

11. If you could spend 1 day with anyone, who would you choose?  Pam - Margaret, a dear friend who is very ill

Questions for our favorite bloggers:
1.  What is your favorite race?
2.  When did you start getting serious about training?
3.  What is your favorite time of year?
4.  When is your birthday?
5.  What is your favorite vacation spot?
6.  How many different places have your lived?
7.  Do you have a favorite meal?
8.  How many siblings do you have?
9.  What is your favorite cheat food?
10.  Fun fact few people know about you!
11.  Why did you start blogging?

Tag, you are it!  Here are some of our favorite bloggers that we are nominating for the Liebster award:

Lisa at Lisa Runs for Cupcakes
Megan at Running Toward the Prize
Erin at For the Love of Disney Running
Linzie at See Sharp Run
Sarah at Running at Disney (RAD)
Matt at Dad Runs Disney

December 19, 2012

Disneyland announces 10k!!

Run Disney just announced that it was adding a 10k to its repertoire of races for the Disneyland Half Marathon weekend, which will take place August 30th-September 1st, 2013.  It will still include the half marathon, 5k fun run and kids races.

The 10k will take place on Saturday, August 31st at 6:15 and will wind through Cars Land in California Adventure Park, Disneyland Park and the streets of Anaheim.  From the promotional information released today, it looks like it may have a bit of an Alice in Wonderland theme which is music to my ears - that is one of my favorite Disney films! 

AND the best part is that they've combined the 10k and half marathon into a Goofy-esque challenge called the Dumbo Double Dare.  It also includes a third medal - Dumbo!

Sounds pretty fun, eh?  Are you in??  You can sign up for the registration reminder email here.  Registration opens Tuesday, January 22nd.  We are - this is my C2C year and I couldn't be more excited that I'll get to run an inaugural race as part of it!


A new medal: GOTR 5k

On Saturday, I ran in the Santa Claus Shuffle 5k with Girls on the Run of South Hampton Roads.  I was signed up to be a running buddy with elementary school-aged girls.  I wasn't exactly sure what to expect, but was really looking forward to this.  I've been interested in being a more permanent GOTR volunteer for a while, but unfortunately my work schedule isn't flexible enough for me to be a coach during their after-school sessions (most start between 2 and 3pm).

When I woke up Saturday morning, I immediately knew it would be a chilly race, judging by the thick layer of frost on the ground in my yard.  I hadn't planned my race outfit in advance and was silently praying for my compression tights to be clean - luckily, they were!  I grabbed a tech shirt and my Wine and Dine jacket and suited up.  I had my pre-race ritual breakfast of English Muffin with peanut butter and then hopped in my car.  Once I actually got outside and realized how cold it was, I ran back in the house to grab gloves and a fleece headband...I was so glad I did!

All ready to go!
This race was relatively close to my house and I'd been to this area for another race, so I knew where to park and all of that.  I quickly picked up my bib and race packet (complete with a cute, long-sleeved navy t-shirt) and found the GOTR area.  I found the sign for my school assignment and noticed that the group wasn't there yet, so I headed back to my car to leave my goodie bag there.

I came back and met up with the group, introducing myself to the coaches and girls.  The coaches immediately asked me if I was fast, to which I replied "maybe."  I'm not totally familiar with pacing for 7-9 year old girls.  They paired me up with the two fastest girls in the group, one who they swore would be a track star someday.  The pressure was on!  The coaches handed out wings to the girls to make them "fly" through the race.  We stretched, cheered and headed to the start.  Because of the vast number of GOTR at the race, we had our own wave for starting at the back of the pack.

Before we knew it, we were off and moving.  My girls wanted to hold hands, which turned out to be very helpful in the beginning of the race as we wove through the pack.  They wanted to go fast and not really knowing their pace, I acquiesced.  We made it to mile 1 with relative ease and I could sense the girls were a bit tired.  They wanted to take periodic walk breaks and we got into a routine of identifying a landmark when we would run again.  The race wound through the streets of an older neighborhood, and many of the houses were beautifully decorated.   Residents dotted the course to cheer for the runners.  We admired the decorations and I tried to offer periodic encouragement throughout the race.
Source - GOTR South Hampton Roads FB page
As we turned off the seawall toward the finish, the girls started really moving.  Once we got closer to the finish, we saw the crowd of parents and the school GOTR coordinator cheering and waving for us.  I know that gave the girls an extra boost to cross the finish.  We celebrated with hugs and high fives.  We grabbed water and bananas at the finish line and double backed to go meet up with the cheering group.  The girls were adamant that we needed to get back to the group quickly so they could cheer for their friends - melt my heart.

After the last girl finished, the coordinator had a "medal ceremony" at the finish line.  Each girl was presented with her medal by her parents or a coach.  Then there were photos taken of each family and a group photo.  And they even gave me a medal, much to my surprise (and delight!).  While I may not have PR'ed this race or run hard, this medal may be one of my favorites.  I know I'll treasure the memories of running with those sweet girls for a long time.
A new medal!
If you have a GOTR organization in your community, I highly recommend getting involved, even if just supporting a race day activity like I did.


December 18, 2012

Training Tuesday- Kettle Bells and Bosu Balls

Now that I spend time doing strength training at the gym, new pieces of equipment have worked their way into my workout routine. The kettle bell is one of the new pieces I started using just a few months ago.  I have various routines that include swinging the bell like a monkey between and around my legs, and raising it up to eye level for a certain number of reps.  This is a fun change of pace from sitting on the various weight machines and lifting hand weights.  Variety helps me go back to the gym instead of finding an excuse to stay home.
I became familiar with the Bosu Ball a few years ago when I was in physical therapy for a dog bite injury to my calf.  When the therapist first had me step on the ball with one foot, I could barely stay on the thing for 5 seconds. Clearly I was lacking in balance and needed to make a big improvement. Now I spend a few minutes using this piece of equipment on every visit to the gym. Another clever way to work on balance at home is when brushing your teeth, doing dishes, or other standing chores, stand on just one leg instead of two.  You will be surprised how quickly your balance improves, but beware, your family may ask you a question or two or give you a funny look! 

Do you have a favorite piece of gym equipment or special routine?  If so please share!

December 17, 2012

Healthy Meals (004): Ravioli with Pumpkin Sauce

As I've mentioned previously, I'm a big fan of food and typically seasonal foods.  Pumpkin is one of my absolute favorite flavors and it's rich in nutrients like fiber, beta-carotene, potassium and Vitamin C.  As you can see, it's packed with all sorts of goodness that are critical to a runner's diet.  This also is a great recipe for carb loading.

Ravioli with Pumpkin Sauce

  • 1 (15 oz.) can pumpkin
  • 1 1/2 C chicken broth
  • 3 Tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 Tbsp butter
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1 20 oz. package cheese ravioli (or you can use frozen)
  • 1/4 C low fat sour cream
  • 1/4 C freshly grated Parmesan cheese
  1. Bring a large sauce pan of water to boil.
  2. In another saucepan, stir together pumpkin, broth, sugar, butter, garlic powder, ginger, cinnamon, and nutmeg in a medium saucepan.
  3. Simmer pumpkin mixture over a medium heat, stirring occasionally until heated, about 10 minutes.
  4. Add ravioli to boiling water and cook according to package directions. Drain ravioli and set aside.
  5. Remove pumpkin mixture from heat and stir in sour cream if desired.
  6. Spoon ravioli on plates, top with sauce, and sprinkle with cheese.
This recipe is very simple and I bet you have most of these ingredients in your fridge and pantry!  Serve with a tossed salad with a light vinaigrette.


December 16, 2012

Sunday Musings and a Disney Christmas Craft for kids

In just four weeks, the Mickey Marathon at WDW will be in full swing.  The excitement is building with waivers available this week and the race booklet being released online.  We have printed our final race documents and now the anticipation of waiting for race weekend has started.  Thanks to the holidays we are very busy with other things!

It is just eleven days until Christmas and finally all the decorations are in place and some of the food has been prepared.  Make ahead and freeze appetizer favorites such as mini rye pizzas and spinach balls are already prepared and ready to be baked. Today is cookie day, especially since I offered to bring a plate of cookies for a Christmas party tonight!  Spice cookies, peanut butter blossoms, and traditional butter Christmas cookies are on the schedule.

Yesterday, I spent a short time on these easy to make ornaments which would be perfect for a child's bedroom tree or for them to give as gifts to family members.  Everyone loves a homemade gift from a  niece/nephew or grandchild right?  Here are easy instructions to make these little wood ornaments.  Of course I decorated them with Disney motif, but your child could choose their favorites!  Step by step instructions will make this craft an easy afternoon project.  I found most of the materials at Hobby Lobby or in my craft box.

Wooden ornaments (I picked star shapes that are sold in a package of 4 for 77 cents)
Craft paint
Paint brushes
Mod Podge
Holiday stickers (Disney of course for yours truly)
Elmers glue

*   Paint each one of your ornaments, using several coats of paint on both sides.
*   Put a sticker (s) on your ornament
*   Apply Mod Podge sealer to the ornament and wait to dry
*   Choose where you want the glitter and put glue on the ornament and then sprinkle with glitter.  I always use a piece of paper (8x11 computer paper works well) and fold it before I add the glitter.  It is easy to put the leftover glitter back in the container if the paper is folded.
*   Add a ribbon hanger or little medal hanger.
*   Hang on your tree and enjoy!


December 14, 2012

A Birthday Wish for Two Girls

There once were two girls
Named Alison and Pam
They grew up in Boston
And buddies they were, yes ma’am.

They were born on the same day,
And you might inquire,
 "Were they twins," you say?
Not exactly born 4 years apart.
Two girls with similar sisterly ways,
From running to baking and New England sports,
Sharing trips to Jackson Hole and London
And Walt Disney World, I’m happy to report.

They’re both really swell,
My Godmother and Mother, respectively,
If I told you their age, I’d probably catch….
So instead I’ll close with a note of love!

Happy Birthday to my dearest Mama and my Auntie Allie!  I am counting down the days until we run another Princess together! 

Sending you lots of love from far away today!

December 13, 2012

12 Days of Christmas - Runner Style

As you can tell from our recent posts with Christmas crafts (here and here), we really love the Christmas season.  With all the excitement and "chores" for the holidays, it can be easy to forget about your workout. With big races in early 2013 for us, we don't have a choice but to stay on track with our training schedules. And with that, figured it was a bit apropos to fuse two of our favorite things - a traditional Christmas song and running.  So without further adieu, here is our version of the 12 days of Christmas, runner style.

On the twelfth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me....
12 Months of Training

11 Dogs-a-Barking

10 Training Books

9 Gels for Fueling

8 Volunteers-a-Cheering

7 Medals-for-Hanging

6 Sneaks-for-Runnin'

5 Sore Muscles

4 Safety Pins

3 Tech tees

2 Race Expos

And a spectacular PR!

Merry Christmas!

December 12, 2012

Marathon Weekend 411

We both belong to many facebook groups that pertain to Disney races.  One of the things I've noticed is that people often miss the basic info that's on the runDisney site and questions are often repeated on these pages...not that that's a bad thing at all!  We figured it would be helpful to put all of the resources in one single source to help you get ready for marathon weekend!

General WDW Marathon Weekend Info: Basic race overview, Pasta Party, Race Retreat

Marathon Course Map: Shows the 26.2 miles that wind through all four parks and includes listing of locations for water stops, food stops and medical areas

Half Marathon Course Map: Shows the 13.1 mile course that winds through Magic Kingdom and finishes right outside EPCOT.  It includes listing of locations for water stops, food stops and medical areas

Family 5k Fun Run Course Map: Shows 3.1 mile course through EPCOT including a listing of locations for water stops, food stops and medical areas

Mickey Mile Kids Race Course Map: A 1 mile course at the ESPN Wide World of Sports complex

Kid's Race Registration (not full yet!)

ChEAR Squad Registration: Did you know you can get the bronze package that contains general information for FREE?!

Proof of Time: We've passed the time when you can email runDisney to get an updated time for corral placement.  If you have a faster time (10k or greater distance), bring a printout with the information to the Expo and look for the Runner Relations booth.

Pre-Register for a commemorative Dooney and Bourke purse: Thank goodness Disney found an alternative to the Black Friday-esque mobs for these bags at the expo!

Frequently Asked Questions: One of the best resources on the runDisney Marathon Weekend page.  Click on the far right tab that says "FAQs"

And here's some more very helpful info from our Team #runDisney buddy Matt. 


December 11, 2012

Expedition Everest: Registration Open!

Today is the day!  Registration for the 2013 Expedition Everest Challenge race is open.  And here's everything you need to know about this year's event!

When: Saturday, May 4, 2013 at 10:00 PM

What: A 5k run through Animal Kingdom that includes an obstacle course and scavenger hunt.  The course map is available here.

Who: You can run as an individual or as a two-person team

Goodies: Participant short-sleeved tech shirt; Personalized race bib; timed event; Finisher's medal; post-race refreshments; admission to a post-race party in Animal Kingdom

The Cost: It's equivalent price per person whether you register as an individual or as a team.
Individual Registration:
* $110 between December 11 – January 29, 2013
* $120 between January 30 – March 20, 2013
* $130 between March 21 – May 4, 2013
Team Registration:
* $220 between December 11 – January 29, 2013
* $240 between January 30 – March 20, 2013
* $260 between March 21 – May 4, 2013

So we want to know, are you signing up?  We're still a little on the fence about this race and want to hear from EE veterans about this race. 


December 9, 2012

Goofy Training by the Numbers

There are many aspects to training for a big race.  For my upcoming Goofy Challenge, I have kept a very specific training log with my mileage and time/pace.  I thought it would be fun to make a list of certain statistics associated with the Goofy Challenge, including mine and some from the runDisney archives.
Stats from runDisney:
*  Number of years the Goofy Challenge has been run:   7
*  Approximate number of finishers in 2012:   5500
*  Race shirts you receive for participating:  3
*  Miles you must run to complete the race:  39.3 
*  Medals you receive for the challenge:  3
*  Hours of training required to complete this race:  Countless
*  Days until the race starts:  34

My training stats:
*  Weeks of training completed to date:  23
*  Number of pairs of shoes used in training:  4  (excessive, but I am prone to shin splits and rotate my shoes)
*  Loads of sweaty clothing laundered from training:  countless
*  Miles logged in 23 weeks:  417.25
*  Hours spent training:  more than I can count
*  Extra food consumed:  copious amounts throughout the day, each and every day!

And Finally:
*  Excitement about upcoming Goofy Challenge:  uncontrollable
*  Amount I have talked about race to my friends:  unacceptable
*  Time spent anticipating and planning the WDW weekend:  immeasurable


December 7, 2012

Christmas Craft- runDisney Tiny Tree

My family calls me the Christmas queen.  I love all things Christmas and having more than a couple trees in my house is normal.  Tabletop trees are especially fun with different themes.  This year was the perfect time to make ornaments and decorate a tree around our blog theme of We Run Disney!

After my first half marathon, my sister sent me a darling card and pin (Cinderella, the princess on my bib).  I never was a pin collector, but thought it would be fun to collect pins for each of my races at Disney.  I now have six and I love every one of them.  Here is my little collection that I made into ornaments by simply attaching a 1/4 inch satin ribbon to the pin.  I will be adding at least 5 more next year which should fill out my little tree nicely!
My pin collection!
These pins would certainly not be enough ornaments for a tree so I made a trip to Michael's and Walgreen's to find the perfect supplies needed to make the tree ready for display!  Here are simple instructions should you be interested in making something similar for your home.

*  small table top tree (mine is 16 inches tall)
*  Disney pins
*  small wooden circle discs (come in packs of 7)
*  white and red acrylic paint (small jars)
*  paint brushes
*  Disney holiday stickers (Walgreens, come in small booklet)
*  1/4 inch satin ribbon in white and red
*  Mod Podge or similar for final coating of discs
*  hot glue gun
*  newspaper or other paper for painting surface
*  optional (fabric for tree skirt)

*  Paint all the wooden discs (both sides), two coats each.  It takes about 5-10 minutes in between coats
*  Choose a sticker and place it on the dry disc
*  Brush Mod Podge over the entire top and sides of the disc.  Allow to dry for at least one hour.
*  Cut 4 -5 inch pieces of ribbon, enough for all the ornaments.
*  Heat your glue gun and attach the ribbon to the back of the ornaments overlapping the ribbon
*  Once the ornaments are dry, you are ready to decorate your tree!
*  Additional items to adorn your tree:

Painted discs

Discs with stickers and Mod Podge (it dries clear)

Other little additions you can make for your tree include a tree skirt ( I made this using two 12" square pieces of fabric, making a pattern from a tree skirt I already had)

Simple tree skirt, 11" in diameter
My tree topper is a tiny red Santa hat that I found at Michael's craft store and I glued on the Mickey ears cut from a small scrap of black felt.

December 5, 2012

Dear runDisney Santa...

Dear Santa, and in this case, the runDisney jolly old elf,

I have a that we've discussed previously

See, we are even sending subliminal messages in our clothing?!
We would really like to see runDisney go global.  And by global, I mean European.  And by European, I mean French.  You could add a pond-to-pond medal.  Okay, the name isn't quite right, but it's genius, right?!  Grow the business internationally.  We're ready...are you?!

In addition to fulfilling this Christmas wish, feel free to send me an inquiry for my resume.  Basically I'm a runDisney marketing machine ready to apply my strategic communications and consulting expertise for you!  Ok, enough about me...  We will no doubt be your first registrants!  I'm already dreaming of a warm baguette, a wedge of cheese and a bottle of  burgundy as my post-race meal.  And probably a pastry...or ten, preferably a mille feuille (the original, not the fruity ones).

So please, dear runDisney Santa, please consider granting our Christmas wish.  You will make us the happiest runners that ever did live!


P.S. Don't forget to check out our amazing book giveaway!

December 4, 2012

Book Giveaway: The Runner's Guide to Walt Disney World.

We were lucky enough to be given a copy of the book, The Runner's Guide to Walt Disney World to give away to one of our readers.  This book was written by two avid runners, Krista Albrecht and Megan Biller.  We had an opportunity to meet them both at the runDisney Wine and Dine meetup in November.  They are incredibly friendly and humble about their amazing success!  We enjoyed chatting with them both and even seeing Megan on the Wine and Dine course around mile 1. Both ladies love to vacation at Walt Disney World and even better they have extensive knowledge on participating in the runDisney races which we love so much.
Available for purchase for your favorite runner!
For those who have not yet had the experience of running through the Disney parks at one of the scheduled races, this book will be the perfect guide to help you plan your race and trip. And for those who have already raced at the most magical place on earth, there is plenty in the book for you too!  There are 12 chapters in the book and they cover everything from registration, race preparation, transportation, where to stay and more. If you are considering a runDisney race in Florida, you will be thrilled to have this book to help with your travel planning,

There are several things you can do to have a chance to win this book. Entry rules are as follows:
1.. For your first entry, head on over to their Facebook page, "like" the page and tell them we sent you.  Please leave a comment on this post with your Facebook name and valid email address.
2.. For your second entry, leave us a comment on this post with your favorite or dream runDisney race and a valid email address.
3. For your third entry, head on over to our Facebook page and "like" it.  Please leave us a comment on this post with your Facebook name and a valid email address.
4. For a fourth entry, tweet about the giveaway and be sure to mention the Runner's Guide to WDW team @RunWDW.  Please leave us a comment on this post with your twitter handle.
5. For a fifth entry, blog about the giveaway. 

Good luck!! This giveaway ends December 9th at 8:00pm.  We will use to choose a winner.

December 3, 2012

Healthy Meals (003): Eggplant and Spinach Lasagna Rolls

This one is perfect for carb loading...or a chilly winter night!  I adapted this recipe from Epicurious to reduce the fat in the dish and served with a green salad and garlic bread.

Eggplant and Spinach Lasagna Rolls
  • 2 lbs eggplant, halved crosswise, then cut lengthwise into slices slightly less than 1/4 inch thick
  • 3 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 large garlic clove, minced
  • 1 1/4 tsp salt (don't use kosher - it will clump on the eggplant)
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 10 oz. baby spinach
  • 15 oz. ricotta (I used part skim)
  • 1 large egg yolk, lightly beaten
  • 1/2 C finely grated Parmesan cheese
  • 8 dried lasagna noodles (not no-boil; 8 oz)
  • 1 jar tomato and basil pasta sauce
  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees F.
  2. Toss eggplant slices with oil, garlic, 1/2 tsp salt, and 1/4 tsp pepper and arrange in 1 layer on 2 oiled baking sheets. Bake in upper and lower thirds of oven, switching position of sheets halfway through baking and turning slices over once, until tender, 12 to 14 minutes.
  3. Reduce oven temperature to 350 degrees F.
  4. While eggplant is roasting, cook spinach in a 3- to 4-quart pot of boiling salted water, uncovered, 1 minute, then drain in a colander. When cool enough to handle, squeeze any excess water from spinach. Stir together ricotta, yolk, spinach, Parmesan, 3/4 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon pepper until combined well.
  5. Cook lasagna noodles in a 6- to 8-quart pot of boiling salted water, stirring occasionally, until tender. Drain noodles in a colander and rinse under cold running water.
  6. Spoon 2 cups tomato sauce into a 13- by 9-inch glass baking dish (or other 3-quart shallow baking dish). Lay out 4 lasagna noodles on a work surface, then spread 1/3 cup filling evenly over each noodle and cover with eggplant slices in 1 layer. Roll up each and arrange spirals, seam sides down and without touching, over sauce in dish, then make 4 more rolls and arrange in dish. Brush noodles with water, then spoon some sauce down middle of rolls.
  7. Bake in middle of oven, about 10-15 minutes. Cover with foil and cook about 10-15 minutes longer or until heated through.  Heat remaining tomato sauce and serve on the side.
Also, the leftovers for this meal are fantastic - perfect for a tupperware for lunch at work!

December 2, 2012

The Long Run...Mental Challenge

As many of you know, Christine and I will be participating in the WDW races in January.  With training at its peak, my mileage is far more than I ever considered was normal for humans to actually run.  Let's consider my Friday and Saturday of this past week....10 miles Friday and 23 Saturday.  Here is how I pass the time since I have no running partner.  I think of TV game shows old and new and have fun thinking about the title and what it means to me in the moment! Before I get started, I wanted to share a photo I took about 4 miles into my run Saturday.  Our area is lovely in the early morning before the normal population is up and moving.

Intracoastal Waterway in Wilmington, NC

Let's Make Deal: I play mind games and make deals with myself.  For example, on Saturday I made the decision while running that I would order a burger, sweet potato fries and cole slaw for my after run treat! Not the ideal post run meal, but boy was it tasty!

Concentration:  I try to think about anything but what I am doing...what do I need at the grocery store, what phone calls do I need to make, what appointments do I have later in the day, and what can I eat when I get home? Mostly what can I inhale when I get home!

Beat the Clock:  This is an older corny TV game show that my family used to watch.  We had a blast making fun of the MC (can't remember his name) but when I think of the show, I think of my time goals for my run and for future helps me pass a mile or two!

Family Feud:  Suffice it to say that I can pass an additional mile or two thinking about the latest family issues...and let's be honest....we all have them! :)

Deal or No Deal:  I am constantly bargaining with myself about how to get through the tough runs.  Most recently, with such ridiculous long runs, I break it down mathematically, so every few miles I can determine what percentage is complete.  Yesterday, I kept reminding myself that if I could get to 17, I only had a 10k left!  And when I was down to just over 3 miles, I was ecstatic that I only had a 5k and I would be home!

Jeopardy:  And last but not least, jeopardy in January....what I would be in if I could not complete my training for Goofy!

December 1, 2012

Marathon Weekend Update: Goodie Bag

Yesterday, emails went out from runDisney with all sorts of great information to get everyone hyped for marathon weekend.  The email contained training tips, tickets for various events, information on the "cool down party", and the virtual goodie bag.  One of the goodies you'll receive is a coupon for a free commemorative poster.  Disney has started doing these for most races and they are certainly a fun addition to the other race paraphernalia that you receive as part of your registration or purchase at the expo. 

This year's poster highlights the 20th anniversary and features the big 3 characters of the weekend - Mickey, Donald and Goofy.   I love Donald's pouty expression...hilarious! 

My only disappointment is that there isn't a different Donald poster, since I'm not running the marathon.  I couldn't help but wonder if runDisney added a little humor with Donald's pouty face since he doesn't have a poster for his race! 

If you're wondering how you might transport this guy home on a plane or what to do with it when you get home, we have a few ideas!  The poster is rolled and wrapped in a thick plastic bag that is in a tube shape.  We packed them in our suitcases at Wine and Dine and they survived just fine. 

And once you get home, you may be struggling for a good use for a Disney characters poster.  If you have a casual game room or a kid's playroom, it would be adorable hung in either space.  Given that neither of us have such a space, Mom hung hers in her closet, framed with a simple black poster frame from Michael's. 

Wine and Dine bib, medal and commemorative poster on display
She also hung her race bib and medal nearby for a full-on Wine and Dine display.  Pretty cute, huh?

Where are you planning to hang your poster? {Christine}

November 30, 2012

The Annual Christmas Letter - Runner Style

Sending Christmas cards is a tradition in many households and ours is no exception.  Because we moved around for job transfers, and keeping in touch became difficult, we started sending the annual Christmas letter with our card.  Many of our relatives and friends reciprocate with a letter which is always fun to read and catch up on their year.
Who does not love a Disney Christmas card?

Tom has taken over the task of writing our letter and I wanted to share a couple paragraphs from our letter this year.

"Pam's running has become a full blown obsession! She has run in several road races (mostly half marathons).  Most of the events seem to occur at one of the Walt Disney theme parks.  Pam has become loosely linked with a mob of women similarly afflicted with the Disney running disease.  Her primary accomplice is Christine.  Together, they publish a blog (  They both completed 2 half marathons at Disney World together this past year.  (Pam also ran a third) and they also ran the Virginia Beach Rock & Roll Relay together.  I remain surprised that they don't run in races closer to home.  Pam insists that they are sold out.  She says that the Disney races have an "open" registration process and they magically seem to get accepted.  I am still trying to get to the bottom of that one.

When it comes to running, I have remained primarily a bystander.  I did get to attend the Rock & Roll event in Virginia Beach as a spectator and chief cheerleader.  I am not allowed on the Disney road trips.  Girls just want to have fun!  On Thanksgiving Day we all ran in a Toys for Tots event for the second year in a row.  I am still sore from the experience and "let me be clear" this will not be habit forming for me.  I have remained pretty active in my choice of sports....."

Do you send a Christmas letter?  Any funnies about running in your Christmas cheer?


November 28, 2012

Christmas Craft: Easy Mickey Chair Covers

I found Santa chair covers at the Dollar Tree and thought of a cute craft that can easily be made by even those who are averse to craft projects.  How about a Mickey Santa seat cover for your children and/or you? There are just a few items needed to complete this project so follow along and you can make these too!
The finished product!
 Materials Needed:
*  Santa hat chair covers
*  Black felt
*  Circle template (I used an 8 inch Tupperware top)
*  Sheet of paper
*  Thread
*  Glue gun
*  Cardboard
This is the chair cover I found at the Dollar Tree
1:  Trace a circle from your template onto the paper and cut out
2:  Pin the circle to your black felt and cut four pieces (these will be the ears)
3:  Carefully iron the chair cover and the ears.  Check the chair cover care instructions first!
4:  Trace the circle on the cardboard and cut two pieces slightly smaller than the felt
5:  Pin the felt to the chair cover and either sew (better option) or hot glue to the cover
6:  Hot glue the back of the felt to the cardboard
7:  Glue an additional piece of felt to the back of the cardboard
8:  Optional: Add a name to the white felt band on the hat

Do you have any special holiday crafts that you enjoy making? Please share!


November 27, 2012

Training Tuesday: Favorite Fuels

We get a lot of questions about our favorite fuels for training runs and races.  We are both very diligent about testing various fuel options during our training and using those fueling strategies for race days.  No one wants a surprise on race day whether it be an upset stomach or late-race hunger, so I'd like to encourage all of you to try different fuels during your training and figure out what works best for you.

I am a big fan of the "gummy" fuel options like Gu chomps and Clif Shot Blocks.  They can be a little more expensive than the gels, but they are easy for me to get down and also taste like gummy bears, which is added enticement for me!  My favorites are the Shot Blocks - my local Target even has these on their nutrition aisle.  My favorite flavors are strawberry, mountain berry, tropical punch and citrus.  They're about $2 per package and have 6 bloks per package.  I can usually eat 2 during one of my one minute walk breaks (I do the 4:1 run:walk Galloway method).  I also like these because I don't need a lot of water to wash them down.

I also like the Jelly Belly sport beans for before a run.  I have a pre-race ritual where I eat a bag of the watermelon flavor beans while I'm waiting in my coral.  They have a bit of caffeine which is a nice pep at the race start. 

And lastly, I will say a little bit about gels.  Yes, I use them and an apt description about my preference for them is that I tolerate them.  They're a necessary evil of running/endurance sports.  I have learned that berry and citrus-y flavors are my favorites.  I received a sample of the Gu Jet Blackberry flavor which was great!  If you follow us on facebook, you've probably noticed Pam's obsession with the peppermint stick flavor (a seasonal flavor).  For me, anything dessert-like makes me gag cringe as I generally like my gelatinous fuels to taste like Gatorade.

What are your favorite training and race-day fuels?


November 26, 2012

Christmas Gift Guide for Runners

Ok, close your eyes.  Pretend that you're sitting in the studio audience of the Oprah Winfrey show.  You're  sitting in the audience for a taping and all of a sudden you learn that it's the Favorite Things episode!  Okay, now that you're excited about some free stuff, the pretend game is over.  We're sharing our favorite things as a great gift guide for your favorite runner! 

Details: 1. The Runners Guide to WDW by  Krista Albrecht and Megan Biller; 2. Zensah Compression Socks; 3. Running skirts available at Sparkle Skirts (made in USA!) or Team Sparkle; 4. Available at your local running/sports store; 5. Runner's World subscription or Women's Running subscription; 6. Available at your local running/sports store; 7. runDisney products, Brooks women's shirts, Brooks men's shirts, Saucony women's shirts, Saucony men's shirts; 8. iTunes gift cards available at Apple and many local retailers; 9.  Road ID has a special right now.  Use the following code: pcSanta1220 until 11/27/12 and receive 20% off your order.  Also free shipping for orders over $40 until 12/15/12.; 10. Triggerpoint Foam Roller.

Have fun shopping and let us know what you like to give or receive as a runner.  Happy holidays!

WRD ladies

P.S. The winner of our Larabar giveaway is commentor 10, Elena.  Congrats, Elena!  We'll be in touch via email!