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?

Wordless Walt Disney Wednesday

While I can’t recall EVER eating popcorn I do have the proof and with this proof I thought it would be fun to take a look at the various popcorn carts in Disneyland! Did you know that each cart has a miniature figure that rotates a cylinder of popcorn. The miniature figure’s appearance and costume on each cart is directly themed to the land which the cart is located. How cool is that?!

My Popcorn Proof

My proof! Don’t I look cute and like I am enjoying myself…Can you guess where I am!

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QOTD: Do you have a favorite Disneyland or Walt Disney World snack? What is it and where you find it!

WDW Inaugural 10K & Half Marathon…In Training

This past year I completed the both the runDisney Goofy Race and a Half Challenge and the Inaugural Dumbo Double Dare. When registration came for WDW Marathon weekend I knew that I wanted participate in another inaugural race, this being the Minnie 10k. Wanting more of a challenge and something not as intense as the Dopey or Goofy I decided to create my own challenge, The Max! I immediately signed up for both the 10k and the half marathon, which is the exact challenge that I did this past Labor Day. While I will not be earning a special third medal for completing both, I am still very excited about both upcoming races. For all of my running friends who will also be completing The Max, I have modified the original runDisney training schedule that Jeff Galloway created for the Dumbo Double Dare, tweaked the dates, and voilà, a new training plan!

The Max

Click here for the training plan! WDW The Max 10k & Half

Without further ado…Please place your left hand and raise your right foot on this training schedule and repeat after me, “I swear to follow this training schedule to the best of my ability and swear to have a great time while doing it!”

QOTD: Will you be participating in “The Max”? Do you like back to back racing?

Dressing up for Race Day

I think that it is fair to say that running in a costume has become quite addicting and might I add an obsession. What started out as small enhancements in my running entire for race day has turned into full blown costumes that I plan sometimes months and months in advance. With runDisney’s Dumbo Double Dare right around the corner I thought that it would be fun to take a look back as a I evolved into a runner with a full blown addiction to running in costume.

Remember  my Minnie Mouse Ears that I wore at the 2009, 2010, and 2011 Disneyland Half Marathons and even my first my first Princess Race in 2010?

2009 Disneyland Finsh Line2009 Disneyland Half Marathon

2010 Princess2010 Princess Half Marathon

2010 Disneyland Still Just the Ears!2010 Disneyland Half Marathon

I never in my wildest dreams would have ever thought that I would have ever gone beyond the simple little clip on Minnie Mouse Ears. My race day routine was simple back then, I would always purchase the official race day shirt to wear during the race and clip on my ears and hit the start line! In 2011 everything change when I received a Lululemon tutu for my birthday from my mom.  Still wearing the official race day shirt I donned my new tutu from Lululemon and participated in the 2012 Tinker Bell Half Marathon.

2012 Tinker Bell

After the Tinker Bell Half Marathon 2012 I quickly learned how much fun it was get dressed up for race day and knew that I could never go back to just my simple clip on Minnie ears.

Labor Day 2012 was when I debuted in full costume though simple and easy I have to say that I love running as Minnie Mouse. Who would have thought that a red and white polka dot skirt, black tank, and Minnie Mouse ears would so easily get you in the spirit of race day?

2012 Disneyland Half

My absolute favorite race day costume was during the 2013 Goofy Race and Half Challenge where I dressed up as Donald Duck for the half marathon! It’s going to be hard to top Donald, but I am definitely going to try and come up with something just as cute for the Dumbo Double Dare!

2013 WDW Half Marathon

Email a picture of yourself in a costume to 13goingoncrazy @ gmail.com to be featured in an upcoming cutest race day pictures!

QOTD: Do you like to run in costume? What was your favorite costume that you ran in during a 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.

Room Blocks

 

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!!

Be Our Guest Restaurant Review

I remember as a little girl falling in love with Beauty and the Beast. I always dreamed about actually being able to visit the Beast’s Castle and all of it’s magic. The amazing Imagineers at Walt Disney World must have been listening and finally created the Beast’s Castle in the new Fantasy Faire area in the Magic Kingdom.IMG_2339

From the moment that you check-in at the entrance of the Beast’s Castle you immediately feel transported to another world. There was so much detail I think that I will need to return to the Be Our Guest restaurant again as I am sure that I might have missed a few things.

Gargoyle

I loved this gargoyle on the drawbridge protecting the castle.

Doors into Castle

 

Entry

Opening the door’s to the Beast’s Castle and looking at the stained glass windows truly set the scene for a magical experience.

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Look closely at the angels, they are actually baby pictures of the Imagineers. What an example of the detail and artistry.

I was so excited that my family was seated in the ballroom, which was the main room, you truly feel as though you are dining in the Beast’s Grand Ballroom. I might be tempted to try dining in the West Wing.

West Wing

Often times the ambience surpasses the quality of your dinning experience. In true Disney fashion the meal was five star.

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I also loved that you can get your photo with the Beast after dinner!

The Beast

As we left the restaurant fireworks had just started and it was the perfect way to end the perfect race weekend. I spent a magical extended weekend with family and accomplished my very first Goofy Race and a Half Challenge!

Fireworks

 

QOTD: What is your favorite restaurant in the Magic Kingdom?

RunDisney Training Tales Take 3

After last weeks new and beyond exciting news that RunDisney is will be debuting new medals for Marathon Weekend 2014. The quick observer would obviously start speculating that RunDisney has something else up their running sleeve. Well guess what Mouseketeers they DO!! Is Dopey finally getting his moment in the sun? From what I could gather it appears that the Dopey Challenge will finally be recognized as an actual event during Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend starting in 2014. Not only will it be recognized, but they will also be adding a new event, the 10k. I think that it would be safe to guess that the Dopey Challenge will be a 4 day event encompassing the 5k on Thursday, 10k on Friday, half marathon on Saturday, and full marathon on Sunday. While the price might be steep and I am beyond giddy and trying to figure out if this something that I could actually accomplish, financially and physically considering I will also be running Tinker Bell 2014 the following weekend.. Perhaps I need to pull out my trusty Walt Disney quote that helped me not only get through training, but Goofy 2013, “If you can dream it, you can do it.” Only time will tell if these speculations are true, fingers crossed that they are!

Dopey Challenge

 

QOTD: RunDisney runners are you in or are you out?

RunDisney Training Tales Take 2

While it is still early to start speculating what the finishers medals will look like for RunDisney’s Marathon Weekend 2014, but one can’t be stopped from wondering. Some run for the fun others run for the bling! RunDisney’s announcement email regarding registration opening for Wine and Dine threw in a little extra surprise for a different upcoming RunDisney event. While I am beyond excited for Wine and Dine Weekend, I can’t wait to see what RunDisney has up their running sneakers regarding new finisher medals for Marathon Weekend 2014!  Is there any chance that RunDisney might be recognizing runners who participate in all three events and create a Dopey Medal? A Goofy runner can dream, right?    IMG_2148

QOTD: So what do you think the medals will look like for the Marathon, Half Marathon, and Goofy’s Race and a Half Challenge?

 

Tinker Bell Half Marathon 2013 Race Recap Part 2

I left off part one of Tinker Bell Half Marathon with me at the finish line celebrating my most recent accomplishment. After the fun and excitement of the race was over, it was time to celebrate with medals! Somehow Mickey knew that I was disappointed that I did not get to take my picture with him at the finish line. He was waiting for me in the hotel lobby of Paradise Pier where I was grabbing a quick gluten free bagel and lox before I took an ice bath and a shower. After refueling and my shower, I was ready to hit the parks!Mickey and I

One of the many reasons I love RunDisney races, the celebrating goes beyond just the finish line and into the rest of the day and night. Sometimes even day’s depending on how long you are staying at Disney. My celebrating always tends to last a little longer when I run races in Walt Disney World.

While in Walt Disney World the previous weekend I discovered how much fun it was to run around the park looking for characters so I could take pictures with them and my medals. I decided that I wanted to start off my celebrating doing the same as the previous weekend. The first and most logical place to start with pictures is in the hub in front of the Partners Statue in front of the castle.

I wonder what Goofy is thinking!

I wonder what Goofy is thinking!

Under normal circumstances I would not have brought all of my medals to Disneyland, but considering that I just completed Goofy the weekend prior and I completed my Coast to Coast Challenge with Tinker Bell I had a lot of medals to show off!Castle and medals

This is as close I could get to taking a picture with Walt Disney! I think that he would have been proud of all of the runners accomplishing their dreams that day. After taking a lot of pictures in front of the castle and around the hub I decided that it was time to head over to Pixie Hollow. Being that I had just completed the Tinker Bell Half Marathon I had to pay my respects to Tinker Bell and say hello. Tinker Bell and Periwinkle

To my surprise when I arrived at Pixie Hollow I not only was able to visit with Tinker Bell, but I was also able to show Periwinkle my medals as well. Until recently I did not know that Tinker Bell and Periwinkle were twin sisters! They both informed me that my medals were created from the most special form of pixie dust! After meeting with Tinker Bell I headed to  Mickey’s house in Toontown as he was the last character that I wanted to visit with.

Mickey and I

In a blink of an eye the day was over and as I headed out of the park still on fire from this two week whirlwind, I walked out of the gates grinning from mouse ear to mouse ear, as I was beyond elated and I knew I could not wait for Labor Day’s Dumbo Double Dare!

Dumbo

QOTD: What is your favorite part about celebrating in Disney?

 

Pacebook Running Club Meet-Up WDW 2013

Those that know me would laugh at me if I was to say that I was shy, but I am typically reluctant to participant in meet-up type situations especially when I don’t know the group of people. Which is why I  am beyond grateful that my running buddy, the voice of The Great Shake Up, Briana gave me that push that I needed to attend the Pacebook Running Club meet up at the Beach Club during WDW Marathon Weekend. After chatting and building connections online, it was an amazing experience to meet my online motivating running buddies. We built each other up during the course of the year. We understood each other when nobody else would understand our running madness. We gave each other support and words of advice to help each other log those miles. So, it was not a surprise that I when I finally meet the runners from Pacebook Running Club, that immediate connections were made. What an awesome group! Thank you PBRC you added so many more memories to my first WDW Marathon Weekend.

Check out Pacebook Running Club on facebook and you too will see what an AMAZING group of runners they are!

PBRC Meet Up 2013

QOTD: How has a meet up group changed your life?