runDisney Running Down Memory Lane

With runDisney’s Inaugural Star Wars Weekend coming up this weekend I thought that it would be fun to take a look back and see where it all began for me as a runDisney runner.

2009 Disneyland HalfRunning the 2009 Disneyland Half Marathon might have been my second half marathon, but this is where I fell in love with funning. Crossing the finish line I knew that I would be returning the following year. Where the madness began and the start of my LOVE with runDisney events began!

Princess 2010Little did I realize that past September that I would be continuing my journey as a runner in less than six months later in Walt Disney World March 7, 2010! Running through the Magic Kingdom and EPCOT with friends and family was an amazing journey made even more magical by the runDisney team!

RunDisney Disneyland 2010My one year love affair with runDisney and my Runnniversary was celebrated at the 2010 Disneyland Half Marathon. Despite having a double ear infection and a 100 degree temperature I not only crossed the finish line with a smile on my face, but I also earned my first Coast to Coast medal!

2011 Disneyland HalfThe 2011 Disneyland Half Marathon was the beginning of  13 Going on Crazy. This race was celebrated with my family, which made the start of 13 Going on Crazy even more special.

Tinker Bell Half 2012

What better way to kick off my 29th birthday and the 5th race of 13 Going on Crazy than to run in RunDisney’s 2012 Inaugural Tinker Bell Half Marathon. Notice the tutu? This was just the start of the running costume madness! Now I can’t imagine running in a runDisney race without running in costume! Ah, to be young again! :0

Disneyland 2012

The 2012 Disneyland Half Marathon was the culmination of 13 Going on Crazy and it was definitely a weekend worth celebrating. Memories and friendship were made that weekend that I know will last a lifetime. Crossing the 13th finish line in 13 months was an exhilarating experience, which taught me the value and lesson of setting your goals high! Regardless of how many finish lines I cross I always feel as though I could move mountains. This time I however felt that I could move not only the Matterhorn, but continents as well.

Donald Duck's Half Marathon 2013

Along with my ever growing runDisney costume collection, my goals seemed to be getting bigger and bigger. After completing 13 Going on Crazy I fondly say that I went from “CRAZY” to “GOOFY”! When I first read about runDisney’s 2013 20th Anniversary Marathon and Goofy’s Race and a Half Challenge, I simply thought that was beyond insane! From seeing the gorgeous medal and all of the social media hype, I went from thinking that it was a goal out of reach, to something that was accomplishable. That same January I turned the BIG 30 and celebrated in a really big way! I completed not only my first full marathon, but my first Goofy Race and a Half Challenge. Running in the Walt Disney World Half Marathon on Saturday and the Walt Disney World Full Marathon on Sunday is not easy. It’s takes dedication,  a lot of hard work, and perseverance.  Training might not have been smooth sailing, but I just kept repeating to myself Walt Disney’s profound words of wisdom, “If you can dream it, you can do it.”

First Full Marathon

If running 39.3 miles in one weekend was not goofy even enough, I sprinkled a little pixie dust on myself, flew back to Los Angeles and prepared myself to run in the 2nd Tinker Bell Half Marathon that following weekend. Wanting to keep my Perfect Pixie status I simply could not  resist participating in another runDisney event. What made participating in this race even sweeter was that I would be earning my second Coast to Coast runDisney medal! Notice the costume, it just keeps getting better and better.

Tinker Bell Half

Flash forward to September 2013 where I was very lucky to have been able to participate in the Inaugural Dumbo Double Dare Challenge, DDD. While I had to wait almost ten month’s to this race it was well worth the wait! The DDD was the first challenge in the runDisney race series, consisting of 19.3 miles, a 10k and a half marathon during two consecutive days. I was so excited that they decided to have it coincide with my favorite race weekend, Disneyland Half Marathon Weekend. Training for an event such as this is very similar to the Goofy Race and a Half Challenge, so I was well prepared! Another element of fun for this race was that I did not just have one race to come up with a costume for, but two!!! I decided to up my game once again and this time I ran as Alice from Alice in Wonderland and Snow White.

Train Station Dumbo 2013

Since participating in the Inaugural Dumbo Double Dare race runDisney has released serval more challenges and new races, which is pure delight and joy for this runDisney Junkie! During the Dumbo Double Dare Challenge 2014 I earned my twentieth runDisney medal!

Running is a journey where you keep rediscovering yourself and finding your inner strength. Running especially with runDisney has proven that anything is possible and as Walt Disney say’s, “It’s kind of fun to do the impossible.” The calm in the air and feeling in my heart as I run down Main Street towards the castle is a feeling that never gets old. It is exhilarating each and every time.

I tip my mouse ears and raise my runDisney water bottle to future runDisney events. Here’s to the Inaugural Star Wars Rebel Challenge, Glass Slipper Challenge, Expedition Everest Challenge, Dumbo Double Dare, and Avenger’s Half Marathon Weekend, it is going to be an AMAZING 2015 runDisney race calendar!

QOTD: Which runDisney race is your favorite? If you have not participated in a runDisney race, which race would you select for your first RunDisney race?

2014 Walt Disney World Marathon & Princess Weekends

Each and every year I look forward to the fun filled race weekends in Walt Disney World and Disneyland. (You can read about all of my runDisney adventures here!) runDisney has SO many inaugural races in-store for runners in 2014, I don’t know about you, but I am BEYOND excited!! From the newest races, the Dopey Challenge and Glass Slipper Challenge, to the classic Walt Disney Half and Full Marathon and Princess Half Marathon these are weekends where memories are made and last a lifetime. Which is why I am so happy to offer all of 13 Going on Crazy’s friends and followers, this AMAZING offer from Mousekeplanner.

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QOTD: Which races will you be participating in 2014? Not signed up, which race is on your radar for 2015? Hope to see you in Disney!!

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Disney provides the perfect backdrop and sets the stage for the most magical vacations creating memories that will last a lifetime. From a very young age I have been visiting Disneyland and Walt Disney World, I even took my first steps in EPCOT!

I have been regarded as the Disney expert amongst my friends and family. I am a graduate of the Disney College of Knowledge, and have a great passion for Disney travel!  I have a wide range of Disney experiences including running the Walt Disney World Half Marathon, Full Marathon, Princess Half Marathon, Disneyland Half Marathon, and the Tinker Bell Half Marathon. I have also participated in the Food and Wine Festivals in both Walt Disney World and Disneyland, World of Color Official California Adventure Meet-Up, and Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween.

I am also passionate about providing a safe and magical experience for guests who have food allergies including gluten-free and dairy-free. I am uniquely qualified to help guests with special dietary needs and have worked with the Disney Special Diets team and individual chefs extensively in the past. Disney is recognized as being an industry leader in safety for special needs guests and I will work with you so that you feel completely comfortable with your Disney vacation.

When I think of fun vacation memories, Disney immediately comes to mind every time.  If you are a runner check out my blog, 13 Going on Crazy and you can follow me on Twitter and Facebook.  I have had so many wonderful trips, and I would love to be able to share my knowledge and experiences. If you are thinking about taking a Disney vacation, please contact me for a free quote. Whether your Disney dream vacation plans involve Walt Disney World, Disneyland, the Disney Cruise Line, Aulani in Hawaii, or the exciting destinations of Adventures by Disney…I would love to help make your Disney dreams a reality!

Let’s begin today and start making memories!

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