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Things I Like Thursday–Konk Cooler

I’m getting ready to go on a Disney cruise aboard the Dream in a couple of months.  This will be my second cruise on the Dream, and lately it’s been on my brain a LOT.  I’ve been thinking about all the things I didn’t get to do last time that I want to do this time.  I’ve been reflecting on what I did last time that I want to repeat.  I’ve also just been reminiscing about the last trip in general.  A highlight of most Disney cruises is a trip to Castaway Cay, Disney’s private island.  For me, no trip to Castaway Cay would be complete without the famous Konk Cooler.  What is a Konk Cooler? It’s only one of my top 5 cocktails (ooooh, future post idea!).  I crave the thing, but it’s über fattening so it’s more of a once-a-year treat.  No, I don’t go on a Disney cruise once a year (I wish).  I have, however, adapted my own recipe from other recipes I’ve found on the internet for it. 

Konk Cooler

1 can of Welches frozen passion fruit juice blend concentrate, thawed

1 can creme of coconut (Lopez is what I use, and it’s on the cocktail mixer aisle)

1 cup orange juice

3/4 cup light or golden rum

3/4 cup coconut or pineapple rum

Blend all ingredients in a blender until well combined.  Pour into another container.  Add a cup of the mixture back into the blender and blend with enough ice to make it your desired consistency.  A cup of the mixture will yield about 2 drinks, and this recipe makes about 5 cups so the total yield is about 8-10 drinks.  The leftover mixture (if there is any) will last in the refrigerator for about a week.

Konk Cooler-aka paradise in a glass

Konk Cooler-aka paradise in a glass

I added quite a bit of ice to this one because I like them extra thick.  I also like to serve it in this fun glass.  I think it adds to the tropical feel of the drink.  One more thing.  I make mine with Tortuga rum that I bought in Nassau on the last trip.  I only use that rum for these drinks.  I use the golden rum, but light would work, too.  The lady in the Tortuga shop who helped me with my purchase told me golden and light rum can be used interchangeably.  Sometimes I use the coconut rum and sometimes pineapple, but honestly, I can’t tell much of a difference once the other ingredients are blended.

Try it out and tell me what you think!  If you’ve had the original do you think this comes pretty close?

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2013 Disney Princess Half Marathon Race Report Part 2-The Race

As you may remember in Part 1, the Fairy Godmother had just sent us off with a Bibbidi Bobbidi Boo and fireworks.

runDisney's pic of the fireworks, courtesy of runDisney

runDisney’s pic of the fireworks, courtesy of runDisney

I loved the Fairy Godmother.  A couple of the things she said still resonate with me.  She said usually she is Cinderella’s Fairy Godmother but today she is the Fairy Godmother for everyone.  I loved hearing that!  Also, when my corral, D, took off, we were apparently taking too long (taking pics, etc.) and she said something along the lines of, “Corral D, I know you are a fun group, but you’ve got to get out of here!  Go!”  I still laugh when I think of that.

And with that, we were on our way!  The first couple of miles went by really quickly.  It was still dark out and I was focused on finding my groove.  That never happened, by the way.  The course was way too crowded for me to run as fast as I wanted.  There were lots of people running in the grass to get around, but I wasn’t willing to do that.  First, if the grass was at all wet, the moisture could cause blisters.  Second, if the ground was uneven, it could be unsafe.

Somewhere around mile 2, I heard people up ahead cheering.  That got my attention, and I looked to my left to find the lead runner, Rachel Booth, making her way back towards Epcot.  This would have been close to mile 10 for her.  Wow!  That’s fast!  I cheered for her, too, and gawked in awe of her effortless stride.  Her arms moved so fluidly with her legs, reminding me of the gears of a locomotive.  A moment later there was more cheering for the second runner, then the third shortly thereafter.  The third runner cheered back at us, which I thought was really cool.  Not long after all of that excitement, I saw the lights of the Magic Kingdom sign.

The Magic Kingdom sign at day break

The Magic Kingdom sign at day break

This was one of my favorite moments of the race.  I paused to snap this pic since this was likely the only time I would ever get this view of the sign.  It was this moment that I realized how special this race was going to be.

We ran past the raceway and toward the Ticket and Transportation Center.  My original plan was to stop for a potty break in Frontierland (I really wanted a real restroom).  However, when I got to TTC, the line didn’t look that terrible so I got in it.  Looks were deceiving because I think I spent about 10 minutes here.  One tip I had read prior to race day was to use the men’s room if the women’s was backed up.  With only about 1300 men running, theirs would likely have no line.  This didn’t work, though, because there was a Cast Member standing at the men’s door keeping the Princesses out.  Bummer!

After TTC we ran down under the water way that connects Bay Lake to Seven Seas Lagoon.  I’ve always been fascinated by this engineering marvel, that they made a waterway bridge above a roadway.  This part was really cool!  They had all sorts of fun lights and images projected on the wall above the tunnel.  There was even a boat floating by on the waterway up above.  I’ve traveled that waterway so many times, it was really special to be able to run underneath it.  A few moments later, I saw Space Mountain.

Space Mountain from outside Magic Kingdom

Space Mountain from outside Magic Kingdom

Magic Kingdom was getting so close now!  Then I heard a voice behind me telling me how cute my skirt turned out.  It was Leah Powell, the owner and operator of Sparkle Skirts!  Leah made my Jasmine skirt for the race.  I told her I wish I had time for a pic but I could tell she was moving a bit faster than me.  So I picked up my pace for a few minutes so we could chat.  This was another highlight of the race.

A few minutes later, we turned a corner and entered Magic Kingdom.  If you want to know where we came in, as you are walking down Main Street, just past the group of buildings that houses Tony’s Town Square, look to your right.  There is a fence that has the word, “Bicycles” painted on it.  That fence is actually a gate.  That’s where we ran in.

Running down Main Street

Running down Main Street

So running down Main Street, yep, it’s every bit as cool and emotional as I thought it would be.  Again, I got teary and had to reign myself in.  I immediately starting looking for the parents because I wasn’t sure where the ChEar Zone would be.  I didn’t see them so I found a volunteer and stopped for a pic.

Thanks to a wonderful volunteer for taking this pic!

Thanks to a wonderful volunteer for taking this pic!

We turned right and ran over the bridge into Tomorrowland, circled around into Fantasyland, and there was the backside of the castle.  Again, I found a volunteer to take my pic.

Apparently I really liked this pose that day!

Apparently I really liked this pose that day!

Trumpeteers were on the castle balcony playing for us.

Trumpeteers playing for us

Trumpeteers playing for us

Then it was time to run through the castle, the moment every Princess looks forward to.  Except in this case, there would be no running through the castle for me.  It was more like cow herding through the castle.

Mooooooo!

Mooooooo!

I heard later that there was a proposal at the castle exit, which backed things up.  Right as we came out of the castle, there was a group of photographers taking castle pics.  It was one that I wanted so I got in a line.  I also found someone to take a castle pic with my camera, too.

Castle pic with my camera

Castle pic with my camera

As soon as I turned around from that, I spotted my dad.  He yelled at me to get my attention.  My mom was nowhere around so I got a little worried since she has heat exhaustion problems at times.  He said she was fine and was just sitting down somewhere.  I said my goodbyes and took off again towards Frontierland.

Mile 6 in Frontierland

Mile 6 in Frontierland

Just for kicks, I glanced over at the restroom I had planned to stop at, and sure enough, no line.  So my original plan would have been the better one.  I also didn’t see a CM guarding the men’s room like at TTC.

We crossed over the railroad tracks as we were exiting the park and I spotted these guys.

Engineers in front of the train

Engineers in front of the train

I had to stop for a pic!  A short while later, we had reached the halfway point and we were greeted with a fire truck and Alicia Keys “Girl On Fire” blasting at us.  A few days before the race, runDisney asks fans to vote on the halfway song.  This was actually my choice so I was happy with it.  Others, not so much.  We then ran by the Grand Floridian and the Polynesian resorts before getting back out on the main road heading towards Epcot.  Just past mile 10 was the ramp to get onto the road to Epcot.  Many people dread this part as it is described as a big, long, sideways hill.  To me it was no big deal.  I didn’t think the bank was that bad either.  About halfway up, I found this guy yelling at us to get up that hill.

Green Army Man

Green Army Man

I always love seeing the Green Army Men at Hollywood Studios so I stopped for a pic!  About this time, I looked at my watch and realized I had a real chance to PR.  I knew I would have to kick my running up a notch to do it, but I had the strength and energy left to do just that.  So, I tried to kick it into high gear.  Sadly, the course was still very crowded, and there was no one at that point doing much running at all.  I tried to find an open lane to get by but I just couldn’t so I resigned myself to walking only and no PR.  In the future, I really should pay closer attention to who is around me and make sure I stay with or catch back up to the walk-runners that match my pace better.

Before long we were entering Epcot, and I was surprised by how few spectators there were in the park.  It was after park opening so I thought there would be more.  No biggie because we weren’t in the park very long.

Epcot!

Epcot!

Pretty soon we exited, rounded a corner and this lovely group was in sight.

Gospel Choir!  Yes, they were singing Gospel songs.

Gospel Choir! Yes, they were singing Gospel songs.

The gospel choir!  I was so excited to see them!  Not only did it mean I had made it and would finish, it meant the finish line was about to be in sight!  Sure enough, we rounded the corner and there it was!

The finish line!

The finish line!

Mickey and Minnie were standing at the finish and I really wanted a pic.

Prince Mickey!

Prince Mickey!

I kind of wish I had taken a couple more minutes to walk across to the other side and get Minnie but the announcer was yelling at us that we were killing our time by stopping and to go on.  I wanted to yell back that I had already killed my time stopping for the 36 other photos I took along the course, but I didn’t.  I looked up into the ChEar Zone bleachers and found my parents standing up and yelling for me.

Ok, this isn't the photo of them cheering for me, but this is the bleachers they were sitting in.  They are the 2 sitting down.  Photo courtesy of runDisney

Ok, this isn’t the photo of them cheering for me, but this is the bleachers they were sitting in. They are the 2 sitting down. Photo courtesy of runDisney

I collected my medal and made my way to have my official finisher photo taken, which somehow Marathonfoto found a way to lose.  I collected my banana and snack box and then I was standing right back in the same parking lot where it all began earlier that morning.

I went back into the Race Retreat to collect my RR swag, which included flip-flops and a little towel.  They were serving a hot breakfast, which smelled wonderful!  I didn’t take time to eat anything because my parents were waiting for me.  I did, however, take time to use one of my drink tickets to get a mimosa.  Each runner was given two drink tickets as we entered the tent, and at the bar, we could choose from a mimosa, bloody mary, or some hibiscus drink thing.  I gave my other drink ticket away to another runner and exited the tent to find my parents and head back to the resort.

It was a fabulous day!  I enjoyed this race so much!  Even though I finished six minutes slower than I did at St. Jude, I stopped a LOT for pics and I felt great at the finish, and recovery was a breeze!  I guess that means I’m getting better at this running thing.  I’ll do a separate post about things I learned and what I’d do differently in the future.  Keep checking back for that.  If you ran the Princess, what was your favorite moment of the race?

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Things I Like Thursday–Luna Bars

Today I introduce to you another new feature of my blog called Things I Like Thursdays.  We all have our favorite things.  Here is where I will talk about some of mine.

Let’s talk Luna bars.  I first tried Luna bars in October of last year.  I found Luna minis in the grocery store in a variety pack of Smores and Nutz Over Chocolate.  I do love fun product names, and the fact that they were mini was even better!  I’ve never been much of an energy bar/protein bar girl but since I’ve been running, I’ve dabbled into the world of all sorts of products I would have never given a second look at before.  So with these, I thought with the mini size, if they were terrible I wouldn’t have much to choke down.  To my surprise, not only were they not terrible, they were yummy!  I would often eat one on the way to my favorite running trail just to give me a little extra umph.

Full size Luna and mini Luna

Full size Luna and mini Luna

On the morning of my first half marathon, the Memphis St. Jude Half (more on that at a later date), I had my breakfast way earlier than usual.  So I packed a couple of Luna minis to take in case I needed a snack while waiting at the starting line.  My nerves were definitely in full force so I totally forgot about eating one.  I experienced a MAJOR energy drop around miles 8-10 that day.  It got to the point where I was barely walking and I wasn’t sure if I needed to sit down, vomit (TMI, sorry), drink more water, pour water on me or what!  I had fueled and hydrated during the race the exact same way as I had in training, and I had never experienced anything like that before.  I remembered the Luna minis I had with me and quickly tore one of the packages open.  I practically inhaled it and almost instantly felt better.  I was able to regain enough strength to finish in pretty decent shape. 

I will say that it usually is NOT a good idea to do anything during a race that you haven’t done in training.  At the same time, I was feeling pretty lousy at that moment, and my usual fuel source was not touching it.  Plus, I had eaten one close to the start of a training run before so I was fairly sure that it wouldn’t cause another other problems.

Now I always take them with me on any double digit run.  If I start to feel the least bit empty or weak, I eat one.  I do this in addition to my other fuel, which some may argue is not a good idea.  However, it has worked for me since then, and the whole purpose of practicing with something is to find out what does and doesn’t work for you.  Oh, and I don’t just get the minis now, either.  I like the full sized bars for a breakfast on the go.  Pair them with an apple or banana, and they are quite satisfying.

Box of Lunas

Box of Lunas, notice the 9 grams of protein!

This is Nutz Over Chocolate.  It's like a nutty rice crispy treat with a chocolate bottom.  Yum!  I had one for breakfast this morning.

This is Nutz Over Chocolate. It’s like a nutty rice crispy treat with a chocolate bottom. Yum! I had one for breakfast this morning.

What are your favorite Luna flavors?  Do you have a go-to product that has gotten you through a tough time?

Disclosure:  Luna has not compensated me in any way for this post.  All of these thoughts are my own and are not sponsored by or endorsed by Luna or anyone else.

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Blog Rewind Wednesday–My Very First 5K

Welcome to a new feature on my blog I like to call Blog Rewind Wednesday. I have a lot on my mind that I’d like to get out, and some of it happened before I ever thought about blogging. So, this is where I’ll blog about things from my past.

Today I wanted to share with you about my very first 5k, the 2010 Move It Memphis 5k. However, I’m so sorry I don’t have many photos to share with you. I was so nervous that day, I was only trying to get through it without embarrassing myself.

I always liked the idea of running. I just never liked the activity of running. I think I’ve always had a runner inside of me, but she was dormant for most of my life. I tell the story that runDisney is what got me into running, and it’s true that was the catalyst for my consistency with the sport. However, running was on my radar long before I ever heard of runDisney.

In 2008, I was involved in the Greater Memphis Chamber of Commerce membership drive, in which I had the opportunity to earn a trip to Cancun. I was really close to hitting my goal to earn the trip, but I needed another $1500 in sponsorships raised. I went to my company’s marketing department and got them to sponsor the inaugural Move It Memphis 5k/10k. Part of the deal was that I would run and work the booth before and after the race. Well, I never actually signed up to run, but I did work the booth. The day of the race was a very cold February morning in 2009, and I was miserable. I was so glad to not have to run in those temps. Yet, everyone had these goody bags and matching shirts. Have I mentioned I love swag? Then as the runners finished, they were given medals. I wanted a medal! Also, the runners were the only ones who were not shivering. Maybe running in the cold wasn’t so bad after all. Once the day was over, I really didn’t think much more about it. I got my trip to Cancun, so I was happy.

2010 rolled around, and much to my surprise, my company was sponsoring the race again. They were asking for people to run in it, and I couldn’t help but think I still had some unfinished business to do. Even though I was convinced I was going to embarrass myself in front of my coworkers, I signed up for the 5k. I even thought there was a real possibility I might finish last. See, I had already looked at the inaugural results. I knew how long it took the last finisher, and I knew about how long it was going to take me. I signed up anyway.

My very first race bib!

My very first race bib!

I think I “trained” for an entire week before the race, mainly just to convince myself I could actually finish it. I didn’t have the right shoes, or the right clothes. I didn’t know anything about hydration and nutrition. I’m not even sure I ate breakfast beforehand. The morning came, and it was a chilly but gorgeous day. I recall the running conditions to be pretty near perfect, which I would wish for any first time racer. I was so nervous I could barely breathe. I saw all the fit athletes, and I was certain everyone was wondering what I was doing there. The announcer told us to make our way to the start, and I did what all first timers should NOT do–I started near the front. Yeah, don’t do that unless you are in contention to place. So I tried to keep up for about a block or two, but I obviously couldn’t. Eventually the turtles like me caught up, and I was able to find a groove with people of similar paces. By mile 1, I was actually enjoying it. I absolutely LOVED that there was a police officer at every intersection in downtown Memphis stopping traffic for me. ME! By mile 2, I was walking with a lady who was having a hard time, and I was able to encourage her. I was actually encouraging someone during my very first race! Before long, the finish line was in sight, and there were still people behind me! I spotted some coworkers who were there to cheer me on. Other spectators told me great job! I finished, got my medal and made my way back to my company’s booth. One coworker told me what an inspiration I was. Complete strangers came up to me, patted me on the back, and told me, “Good race”! It felt great! I didn’t finish last, and no one laughed at me. The day was a success!

My very first race medal!

My very first race medal!

I learned a few things that day. First of all, no one really cares about anyone else, not in the negative sense anyway. Everyone has their own goals and reasons for being there and are focused on their own race. Second, the running community is highly inclusive and encouraging. There will always be someone there to lift you up when you need it. Likewise, there will be times when you will need to lift someone else up. Never pass up those opportunities. Finally, like I’ve already said, don’t start near the front unless you are trying to win. You will be forced to start way faster than you should and will use up too much energy in the beginning. Plus, you will likely tick someone else off who is trying to win, not to mention the fact that it just isn’t safe.

So, that’s the story of my very first race. I wish I could say it was the beginning of my love of running. It wasn’t. It would be another year and 8 months before my feet would hit the pavement for exercise again. You can read more about that in the “about” section of this blog.

Now I’d like to hear from you. What do you remember about your first race? Was it the beginning of your love of running? If you don’t run, do you have another memorable first you’d like to share?

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2013 Disney Princess Half Marathon Race Report Part 1–The Pre-Race

I have a lot to talk about from the days leading up to the race itself. At the same time, the half was the main event, and the whole reason I was there in the first place. So, I thought I’d just jump right in and cover the race first.

My alarm was set for 2 am on February 24, 2013, which was 1 am to my body. I went to bed around 9 the night before. Five hours are good, right? I’m not really sure I actually slept any and finally got up at 1:55. I had everything laid out the night before so I hit the shower (yeah, I know! Why shower when I’m about to become a sweaty mess?), got ready and out the door I went. Carriages, I mean busses, were supposed to start running at 3 am and I wanted to be on the first bus. As I was walking around the front of the resort to the bus stop, I saw a bus drive off. I looked at my watch and saw that it was 5 minutes early and I started to panic a little. Then I was relieved to see 3 more lined up ready to take all of us eager Princesses to our ball, I mean race.

Upon arriving, if I wasn’t already awake, I sure was then because the energy was electric! Princesses, and the few princes, were cheering and yelling. There was a stage with a DJ, bright festive lights, and just an all around fun party atmosphere. I even caught a glimpse of the finish line from afar. That really gave me butterflies. I wanted to run around and see everything all at once but I had to reign myself in to keep from spending all my energy before the race even began. I did stop for a few pre-race photos before heading to my highly anticipated Race Retreat.

Me in front of the Princess Jasmine backdrop to match my costume!  They had one for each princess lining the path as we entered the staging area.

Me in front of the Princess Jasmine backdrop to match my costume! They had one for each princess lining the path as we entered the staging area.

The entrance to the Race Retreat

The entrance to the Race Retreat

I’ll have more on this amenity at a later date but for anyone who is wondering if it’s worth the pricey tag, yes! For me it definitely was. I grabbed a banana, bagel, peanut butter and coffee and found a place to sit. It was wonderful to just be able to relax and soak everything in while staying off my feet. I ran into a few fellow Princess Posse members in the retreat, which was bonus!

I found Liz as soon as I walked into the Race Retreat!

I found Liz as soon as I walked into the Race Retreat!

I found Aimee in the Race Retreat porta potty line!

I found Aimee in the Race Retreat porta potty line!

Before I knew it, an announcement was made for corrals A, B, and C to make their way to the start. I realized I should go ahead and use the private potties at the retreat so I would be ready when D was called, which happened right as I was finishing up. I left my cozy retreat and began the long journey to the starting line, which was about a mile. I did make 2 additional potty stops on the way. The last thing I wanted was to get into my corral and need one.

There were so many people that the walk to the start definitely was slow. I finally got to the starting line area, and whoa! 23,000 princesses equate to a whole lot of tutus and tiaras! There were 8 corrals, A-H, and best I could tell, they had A-D lined up directly in front of the start and E-H in another row off to the side. Because I was in D I have no idea how they got E-H moved over. I wasn’t even in place yet and the National Anthem began. Once the race started, things really got moving. I was surprised by how quickly they moved everyone through. The Fairy Godmother was there to see us off. Each corral got their own fireworks to start, and since I was in corral D, I had already seen the wheelchair start as well as A, B, and C. I was so excited I just could not wait to be on my way. I got a little teary because this was by far the most exciting and dynamic start to a race I had ever experienced. Again, I had to reign myself in because I knew I needed to save as much energy as possible. Almost before I even realized it, the announcer was counting us down and the sky was ablaze with our fireworks.

runDisney's pic of the fireworks, courtesy of runDisney

runDisney’s pic of the fireworks, courtesy of runDisney

My pic of the fireworks at the start.  I never claimed to be a good photographer.

My pic of the fireworks at the start. I never claimed to be a good photographer.

My Princess experience had finally begun!

Up next, the race itself! Did I have/take time for character photos? Did I hold up well in the heat and humidity? Did I finish? Also, who was the person I was most excited and surprised to run into on the course?

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My Road to the 2013 Disney Princess Half Marathon

When I decided to start running in October of 2011, the goal was to complete a runDisney half marathon.  My plans changed when runDisney added the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror 10 Miler,ToT Blog Pic which I completed on September 29, 2012 (well really September 30 since that one’s a night race and I finished after midnight).  I still wanted to run a half marathon so I signed up for the St. Jude Memphis Half, which I completed on December 1, 2012.  I’ll have more on that at a later date.  I thought this would satisfy my bucket list cravings, but within a week of finishing Tower of Terror, I still really wanted to do a Disney half.  At that moment the only one open for registration that wasn’t sold out was the 2013 Disney Princess Half Marathon, which I will refer to as simply Princess.  Disney races are always special but this one was extra special because it was the 5th anniversary of the event.  I had what I call a “race crush” for this one but the reasonable, always careful planner in me kept that crush at bay.  I had just gotten back from 10 days in Walt Disney World and had a May 2013 Disney Cruise Line trip aboard the Dream booked.  My calendar and wallet just were not going to make room for another trip of that magnitude.  So I did what any reasonable person trying to satisfy a race crush would do.  I watched You Tube videos, subscribed to the Princess race thread on the Disboards, and re-read all the blog entries I could find.  Yes, I said re-read, meaning I had already read them.  In retrospect, these things are exactly the WRONG things to do UNLESS you are trying to talk yourself or someone else into actually signing up.  My race crush became a straight up love affair in late October when runDisney released a photo of the new medal.Princess Medal blog pic  See, runDisney only changes medal designs in correlation with anniversary years.  They keep the same basic design for 4 years, then they’ll have a special anniversary medal design, then change it again for the next 4 years.  So, an anniversary year is literally the only time a runDisney medal design is completely unique to that year.  I am a sucker for runner bling!   I figured I could fly down using Delta Skymiles on Thursday night before the event, stay in a Disney value resort for 3 nights, then fly back on Sunday after the race.  I would only have to take one day of vacation for the trip, and it would be relatively inexpensive.  Ok, done!  I signed up for it and added on the ever popular Race Retreat.

RunDisney races are not just a one race and done day.  Oh, noooooooo!  They feature an entire weekend of fun-filled events that can include the whole family.  The weekend usually (I say usually because Tower of Terror weekend didn’t feature this) kicks off with a super exclusive, hard to get into, very cool (from what I hear) Meet-Up.  The Meet-Up includes an early morning run with former Olympian Jeff Galloway (who is also the official runDisney coach), other celebrities which vary by event, character greetings, informative talks, and fun swag.  Who doesn’t love swag?  Next comes the expo, which is usually is 2 days (3 days for Marathon Weekend in January).  The expo is a must attend event since that is where runners pick up their bibs, race shirts, and gEar bags (more swag).  The REAL fun of the expo, though, is lots and lots of stuff to buy, of course!!  Then there are the guest speakers, photo opportunities, product samples and demos.  Disney knows how to do an expo right!  There are also always kids’ races and a 5k fun run (fun run because they don’t provide official times).  Even babies who are crawlers have their own race!  5k and kids’ races participants get their own bibs, race shirts, and medallions as well.  They are called medallions because they aren’t actually made of metal like the ones for the main events.  They are rubber and the designs change every year for every event.  They are way cool!!  Some of the runDisney race weekends even have a Pasta in the Park Party, ChEar Squad packages for spectators, a family breakfast, and the Race Retreat.  Future posts will cover all of these events in greater detail.  People can even sign up to volunteer at the events.  There truly is something for everyone in a runDisney weekend!

So, of course, after getting to experience all of this once with Tower of Terror, it’s only natural that I would want to do it all again for Princess weekend.  Disney races are incredibly addictive.  I personally experienced the Expo, Race Retreat, and the main event, the Half Marathon.  My family experienced the Gold ChEar Squad package.  In future posts, I will review these events as well as others that some of my Princess friends were able to participate in.  I hope you’ll check back often and follow along because a runDisney race is truly an adventure!

Want to participate in your own runDisney adventure?  Registration is now open for the 2013 Twilight Zone Tower of Terror 10 Miler weekend and will be opening soon for the 2013 Wine and Dine Half Marathon weekend.

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