Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend Goes on Sale Today at Noon

If you’re wanting to register for the events of the Disney Marathon weekend, today is the day!!!

Registration for the weekend’s events open at Noon!  Be sure to check out http://www.RunDisney.com to get yourself registered

This is RunDisney’s weekend with the most events.

Kids Race

5k- Thursday January 7, 2016

10k- Friday January 8, 2016

1/2 Marathon- Saturday January 9, 2016

Full Marathon- Sunday January 10, 2016

This weekend is also full of challenges!  If you compete in the 1/2 marathon on Saturday and the Full on Sunday you’ll earn the designation of “Goofy Challenge”.  If you run the 5k, 10k, 1/2 marathon and full marathon, you’ll have completed the “Dopey Challenge.” (You must register for Goofy and Dopey to be eligible for the special medals… you can’t register for each race individually to get the special medals)

This race weekend is great because it has races available for all fitness levels.

2015 Medals from WDW Marathon Weekend

2015 Medals from WDW Marathon Weekend

This past year they added yet another challenge.  If you follow up your Marathon weekend by heading on a 4 day Bahamian cruise aboard the Disney Dream and compete in their 5k, you’ll get a special medal for the “Castaway Cay” challenge!

Castaway Cay 5k and Challenge Medals

Castaway Cay 5k and Challenge Medals

Lots of bling to be earned!

If you’ve already registered and would like help booking your magical miles weekend, please contact Ashley@CharmingTravelsLLC.com She is a runner and would love to help you plan your Marathon Weekend!

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Disney Marathon Weekend!

Hello mouskaholics!!! I hope you’re having a terrific weekend! Disney marathon weekend is here! It’s pretty cool temperatures here in central Florida, but lovely for running! I just picked up my packet at the expo and am heading to the Magic Kingdom today before the big race tomorrow!!! Have a great day and happy racing!

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Words of Walt- The Park

Today is a magical day for me, because I’m leaving for Disney after work today!!!  This coming weekend I will be running the Disney World 1/2 marathon!  Today’s “Words of Walt” quote is from the opening day at Disneyland and articulates BEAUTIFULLY why I love Disney, and why if I’m going to run 13.1 miles I choose to do it at Disney!

“To all who come to this happy place: Welcome.  Disneyland is your land.  Here, age relives fond memories of the past… and here youth may savor the challenge and promise of the future.  Disneyland is dedicated to the ideals, the dreams, and the hard facts that have created America… with the hope that it will be a source of joy and inspiration to all the world.”

The Quotable Walt Disney compiled by Dave Smith

The Quotable Walt Disney compiled by Dave Smith

 

If you’re interested in booking your own disney vacation or more information on RunDisney, contact ashley@charmingtravelsllc.com

ashley@charmingtravelsllc.com

ashley@charmingtravelsllc.com

 

Ten Reasons to RunDisney

Alright, I am currently training for the Goofy Challenge!  When I complete that full marathon it will be my third full marathon at Walt Disney World!!!  I’ve only run one full marathon off Disney property, and I assure that it was just not as fun!  I decided that it would be a good time to post my top ten reasons to RunDisney (I cannot take credit for all of these… I asked for some input from other Disney runners!)

10. Training for a race at Disney is a great motivator!  You can use imagery and imagine that you’re at Disney while you’re training.  I personally have LOTS of Disney music in my playlist!!!

9. After I run, my favorite thing to do is EAT!  If you run a race at Disney guess what, you get to eat at Disney!!!! (Think of the cupcakes!)

Smores Cupcake

Smores Cupcake

8.  You can run in costume without being judged!  It isn’t required that you run in costume, but MANY people choose to run in costumes… because, why not?

Evil Queens

Evil Queens

Miss Piggy and Kermit

Miss Piggy and Kermit

7. Just like everything that Disney does, their races are WORLD CLASS events!  The expo, the course, the entertainment, the water stations- everything is so well organized.

6. There are races for all distances!  You can run as little as a 5k at Disney, and all the way up to a full marathon!

5. If you’re a little Goofy, or Dopey even you can run multiple races!  Goofy Challenge is a 1/2 marathon and a full marathon on two consecutive days.  Dopey Challenge is a 5k, 10k, 1/2 marathon, and full marathon over four consecutive days.  There are other special challenges- Dumbo Double Dare, Glass Slipper Challenge, and the Coast to Coast challenge! (Yes there are races both in Florida and California!)

4. If you’re going to run a crazy distance (you know… 13.1 or 26.2 miles) why wouldn’t you want to do it at the happiest place on earth!

3. The BLING is outstanding.  The medals that you get from running a Disney race are simply spectacular!

My medals from 2012.  (Right to Left)- Disney World 1/2 Marathon, Disney World Marathon, Goofy Challenge, Disneyland 1/2 Marathon, Coast to Coast Challenge

My medals from 2012. (Right to Left)- Disney World 1/2 Marathon, Disney World Marathon, Goofy Challenge, Disneyland 1/2 Marathon, Coast to Coast Challenge

2. You can get your pictures taken with characters along the way!  Plus the lines move much quicker than they do at the parks! You can hand your camera off to a cast member, and they will take your picture for you!  They know that you wanna get your picture and get back on the move!

Myself and Kim with Princess Aurora and Prince Phillip

Myself and Kim with Princess Aurora and Prince Phillip

Me with Mike and Sully- 2012 Disney Marathon

Me with Mike and Sully- 2012 Disney Marathon

Flynn taught me how to do the "smolder"

Flynn taught me how to do the “smolder”

With Mary Poppins and Gang!

With Mary Poppins and Gang!

1. If you’ve ever been to Disney, it is an incredible NEW way to experience Disney!  You’ll see backstage areas that you’ve never seen, and you will never look at the parks the same way!

Check out and register for upcoming races at RunDisney

The Power of a Disney Song

Today’s post is a personal reflection.  I had no idea what I was going to write about this morning when I got up.  I was completely drawing a blank.  I have tons of future blog ideas, and I have blog ideas for when we are on our trip, and for when get back from our trip, and I even have tomorrow’s “Fridays’ Fun Fact” ready to post, yet nothing for today.

I am currently training for some races.  I am running my hometown’s half marathon in September, and then my long term goal in training is for the Goofy Challenge in January, which is a marathon and a half over two days.  And you’ll never guess where that race takes place (cough cough… wink wink… Disney World!).

When I set up my training playlists about 2 months ago I set it so that it would have a Disney song every third or fourth song so that it would remind me of what I was training for.  My mileage has been steadily increasing and today’s training calendar called for a 5 mile run.  I am not sure why but today as I set out on my run I was sore and sluggish.  In fact, at the halfway point, I stopped and stretched (which isn’t a bad thing, just not really a norm for me).  At 2.5 miles the thought crossed my mind- “Hey just run to 4 miles and then just walk the rest of the way to finish your 5.”  So after my stretch break, I took off running again fully intending to just run another 1.5 and then walk back home.  My mind changed when I hit 3.5 and it was because of a Disney song.  “Dig a Little Deeper” from the Princess and the Frog came up on my shuffled playlist.  Immediately as I thought about the lyrics of the song and the message of the movie I decided that there was no way that I would be walking that last mile.  I was going to dig a little deeper and finish what I had set out to do.

Hope you all have a wonderful day and accomplish your goals that you’ve set for yourself!