Monday, March 4, 2013

Beginning My RunDisney Journey!

Why I decided to RunDisney

I will start my story off saying that I am not the fittest person there is. One day by some miracle I hear about this amazing thing called RunDisney. I have been a big Disney World fan my whole life. I go more than six times a year. I have seen almost everything there is to see at Disney. So when I heard that you could run through Disney it seemed like a great new experience. I heard of a running program that an Olympic medalist created called the walk/run/walk program. His name is @JeffGalloway, and he has become my running guru. His program has a 95% success rate. So in July of 2012 I decided it was time to put his program to the test. I decided that I would do the Princess Half Marathon on February 24th, my sister also signed up for the half with me. That would give me plenty of extra training time. The training was working I saw improvements in my walk/running very shortly after I began training. After deciding it was too long to wait to runDisney until February my mom, sister, and myself decided to sign up for a 5k (3.1 miles) in November. My mom also began doing the Galloway walk/run method and she saw great improvements as well. We made it through the 5k training very quickly. We worked on our running from July until the 5k in November. While training for the 5k my Princess Half training began. Then it was time for ………

Mickeys Jingle jungle 5K

The beginning of our 5k weekend started with the Expo. This is a place where the weekend begins, they have guest speakers (including Jeff Galloway sadly I did not get to see him because we did not have enough time) running shoe testing, and all kinds of running goodies. The big event for the Expo was the “Wine and Dine Half Marathon” happening Saturday night. The energy in the Expo was amazing it made me want to abandon my training and do the half marathon right then and there. But they were sold out so my legs and feet were saved the pain.

I also got to see this at the Expo The medal I will get for finishing the Princess Half it was so pretty.

Saturday morning we got up at 4 a.m. to make it to Disney Animal Kingdom where our 5k was taking place. It was an amazing experience so many people were dressed up they had music pumping and a DJ was getting everyone ready to run. Fireworks told us that it was time to run! We ran the whole first mile without using the walk/run method (we picked it back up later on) The first mile was so exciting we ended up running past a bunch of people. My mom, sister, and myself ran the 5k in 45 minutes stopping for only one picture even though there were Disney characters throughout the course. This race showed me how exciting it could be to run with so many people at Disney. This RunDisney event was just a small taste of what I expect to experience during the princess half in February.


  1. I'm signed up for Food and Wine 1/2, plus my 5 year old is signed up for the 200M. However I am so tempted to add the Mickey's Jingle Jungle! And my daughter just saw your pictures, and she wants to do it with me!

  2. Thats great!! glad my pictures encouraged you to do it! It was a lot of fun! I just wish we had stopped and slowed down for more pictures. Next 5k though! Enjoy it!!