Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Excitment and Anticipation

I can hardly control my excitement because tomorrow is the Big Day!
It has been over six months in the planning, with to many training miles to count, but the day is finally here!
I am going to DISNEYLAND!
What is even better than going to Disneyland? Running 19.3 miles through Disneyland, California Adventure and the surrounding Anaheim area, of course!
If you would like to see more photos, comments and updates, please visit my Facebook page at Kim Runs Disney all throughout the week. Plus, don't forget to check back here in a few weeks for all the nitty gritty details!  

Monday, August 19, 2013

10 Days and Counting!

In less than ten days I will be heading west to the beautiful Golden State! It has been quite some time since I have had the opportunity to visited California, but this time is extra special for me. I am going to be running a two day race totaling 19.3 miles and finishing my final leg of the Disney Coast to Coast Challenge in the happiest place on earth, Disneyland! 
Surprisingly, this will be my first visit to Disneyland, so I am super excited! I am a huge Disney fan, and I grew up going to Walt Disney World more times than I can count, but to actually be in the place Walt created and spent 11 years enjoying, is like a dream come true for me.

I couldn't think of a better way to celebrate my first visit to this happy place, than to run down Main Street and through Sleeping Beauty's Castle, plus earn four different medals during the Disneyland Half Marathon Weekend.

Now, time to get packing...

Have you been to Disneyland? What is one thing I shouldn't miss while I am there?

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Magical Meet-Ups

This week is turning out to be full of excitement! Yesterday, a teaser announcement for the Disneyland Half Marathon Meet-Up was posted on Twitter, putting us die hard runDisney fans into a total frenzy. The tweet stated, this is the week for the official announcement! I am so excited about this event and will be trying my best to get in this year. If you are familiar with this runDisney event, you know what this means, right?  
It is time for some Disney stalking! 

This is what runDisney stalking looks like!
If you are not familiar with the runDisney Meet-Up or maybe you have heard of it, but you are not real sure why anyone in their right mind would waste a week of their life stalking Disney websites, twitter accounts and emails, well let me give you a little insight. In November 2010, runDisney decided to enhance their already popular race weekends with an exclusive meet-up. This FREE Disney event kicks off each race weekend by letting a select, chosen few to meet and run through a Disney Park with the Official runDisney Training Consultant and Olympian, Jeff Galoway. As you can imagine, this event has become very popular over the years and of course very competitive to get into (Did I mention their are celebrities, exclusive character photo ops and even runDisney gifts at these meet-ups?). Are you getting as excited as I already am and wondering how you can get one of these elusive golden tickets? Well, you better have your fast little fingers ready, you have to be one of the first people (number of slots are determined by the race weekend, but usually around 50) to see the official announcement posted on either the runDisney Twitter Page or the Disney Parks Blog website and submit your name to the email address that is included in the message. That doesn't sound too hard, does it? Well, good luck to you and lets all keep our fingers crossed we get to experience the magic of the runDisney Meet-Up!

Have you ever tried to get into a runDisney Meet-Up? If so, tell me all about it! 

Saturday, August 3, 2013

The Latest Running Craze

It is are all the craze right now, everyone is doing it, it's easy, it's fun, and best of all, you get a little something special to show off you did it! What is this latest craze that is taking the running world by storm...  Virtual Races, of course!

What isn't there to love about the virtual race? You can do them anywhere, at anytime, for a fraction of the cost of a traditional race, and best of all, you still get an awesome medal to commemorate your accomplishment. Don't get me wrong, I love to go to traditional races, the excitement of the crowd, the motivation of the other runner, and the celebration with friends when you finish is priceless, but with the increasing cost of races it is so nice to have the motivation and accountability of a virtual race in between a regular race schedule. 
So, are you ready to join this latest craze?  Well, I know I sure am and this week I have signed up for a virtual race from Jost Running! If you haven't heard of this Virtual Running Company yet, it was recently born from a mother and daughter team, Cynthia Murray-Elder and Courtney Klein who love to run. This month they has teamed up with ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis) Association and a potion of every registration will be donated to this debilitating disease. Plus, this months race series, which consist of a 5K, 10K, Half & Full Marathon, is in honor of Lou Gehrig, the baseball player that put ALS on the map. You know what that means, fun baseball themed finisher medals!

If you are looking for a virtual race, why not check out Jost Running too.You can even get 15% off your registration this month by using promo code BaseRun. Happy Running!

Have you ever done a virtual race before?  What was your favorite and why?