runDisney For Beginners: Choosing a Race

 

Disney has always offered races at both Disney World and Disneyland but as of late 2017, all Disneyland races have been canceled. At the moment, the only race locations are Disney World, Disneyland Paris and a couple of virtual races. This post is going to be about my experiences with these races which will hopefully help you decide which one you want to participate in.

(I wont be talking about Disneyland Paris because I have yet to participate in that race)

Now when it comes to choosing what race you want to register for, my advice is this: BE HONEST WITH YOURSELF. runDisney offers a variety of different distances from 5K (3.1 miles) to a Full Marathon (26.2 miles). If you’re new to running, be honest with yourself and choose a race you know you will train for. There’s no worse feeling than paying for a race only to get picked up before finishing it.

I’ve attended all the Disney World races and I have two weekends which are my favorites: Marathon weekend and Princess! The other races are still amazing but here are a few quick notes about every individual weekend and my opinion on them:

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Marathon Weekend: 

Easily at the top of my list! Marathon weekend is the only race weekend with a full marathon and this usually attracts a bigger crowd. Aside from the regular distances, there are two challenges you can participate in, whereas all the other race weekends only offer one challenge. The two challenges include: the Goofy challenge where you run the half and full marathon, and the Dopey challenge where you run every race. This is also the best race option in terms of weather. It may seem cold for many of us but its usually perfect PR weather.

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Princess Half:

The Princess Half Marathon Weekend is another AMAZING race experience. Out of all the races, this one seems to have the most “magic” incorporated in it. The princess theme is everywhere, even from the moment you get to the expo for packet pickup. The weather for this race is usually nice and cool, at least for me, a Floridian lol.

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^Entering the expo for Princess in 2016


Star Wars Half:

For all the Vader lovers out there, this is the race for you! The newest race weekend in the lineup is all about the dark side. Although this isn’t one of my favorite races, I have participated in it every year since it started (twice… I’ve ran it twice…) and I hope to be able to go this year as well. The reason I continue to do this race even though its not my favorite, is because I want to be a perfect! A perfect is someone who has ran the race every year since its inauguration. If you’re a big Star Wars fan don’t miss this race! The crowds are usually much smaller and aside from the horrible Florida humidity, the weather is decent.

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Wine & Dine Half:

Wine & Dine has a special place in my heart because it was my first half marathon! Out of all the races, I feel like this one usually gets the attention of new runners. I suspect it has something to do with the drinking and eating aspect that’s included in the form of an after party. In previous years, this race has been known as the cursed race, and for good reason. The year I ran this race it rained the ENTIRE time and if I remember correctly, the weather was in the low 40’s/high 30’s. The following year, one of my best friends ran 7.1 miles instead of 13.1 because a storm forced runDisney to modify the course. Here’s the thing, since then, runDisney has changed this race from a night race to a daytime race.  I haven’t ran it since but it seems like its finally curse free (for now). For all you non-Floridians, keep in mind that its still pretty warm in November so come prepared!

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Virtual Races:

I know, I know, I know… Virtual races are the new big thing! runDisney has added a series of “Virtual Running Shorts” and a new “Star Wars” virtual half. The shorts consist of three 5K’s throughout the summer and The Star Wars half marathon is from Jan- March. As long as you register for these, you can complete them at at your leisure and you’ll receive a medal in the mail. Although i’m not a fan of virtual races, I know plenty of people who sign up for these and use them as training runs. Keep in mind these are still pretty pricey for being races you do on your own time. The “Virtual running shorts” races are $40/race or $142 to complete the entire series, and the Star Wars race is $59 for the half.


SEE YA’

So there you go, thats basically a quick overview of what each race experience has been like for me. If you’ve participated in any of these races and feel like I missed something, feel free to leave a comment!

9 Month Running Break

When I first found out I was pregnant, I just assumed I would be like all those woman who spend their entire pregnancies working out and running… how hard could it be? HARD.

I tried to run during my first trimester and I want to say I got a whopping 2 runs in. The first half of my pregnancy consisted of exhaustion and being extremely uncomfortable. I decided to wait until my second trimester because everyone says your energy goes back to normal. By the time I got into my second trimester my doctor recommended against running and suggested I walk instead.

I’m in the final stretch of my pregnancy with less than 5 weeks to go. All I want to do is get back to training and participating in races. Its really hard to predict how or when I will be able to get back to running, but if all goes well and I recover quickly enough, I hope to be running again as soon as I get the all clear.

As a first time mom I have no idea what to expect. Maybe it wont be as easy to get back out on the track as I’m hoping but luckily I have the help and support of my amazing boyfriend and family. Running has always been an outlet for me and with all the changes coming soon, I cant imagine it’ll be any different.

For any other running moms out there, please feel free to share any advice you have! I’m all ears!

 

Hello 2018

So here we are, first day of 2018. Last year was a whole lot of everything; good, bad and just overall confusing but this year feels like its going to be different. Obviously there are big changes coming along seeing as I am pregnant and due in early February but I have a feeling thats only the beginning.

This blog is a project I’ve been wanting to start for a while but never got around to doing. With a baby coming along I figured now is as good a time as any to start it. I don’t have anything monumental planned for this blog and I’m not really sure where its headed but if nothing else comes of it, at least it’ll serve me as some kind of memory keeper.

To anyone reading this, I wish you all the best possible year to come! If there is anything in particular you would like to for me to share about just comment below and I’ll do my best to post on those topics.

Goals for 2018

  • Have a healthy baby girl
  • Finally Graduate
  • Register and train for runDisney’s Dopey 2019
  • Work on my overall health
  • Post on my blog regularly