Doing a Disney Running Event

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Doing a Disney Running Event

Okay...so...some of us were throwing around running a while back, but I have all but committed to training for the Wine&Dine 1/2 Marathon this October. Anyone else in? Anyone else participate in any of the endurance events, or other RunDisney events? Here's some good info...

http://espnwwos.disney.go.com/sports/rundisney/

http://www.diszine.com/content/registration-open-for-disneys-2011-wine-and-dine-half-marathon

Let me say, I am starting from the ground up. I've been walking off and on for ages, but this will be my first foray into run/walking or a race. I'm scared - but excited! I need some major motivation to meet some goals, and I know this will provide it. To make it even more exciting, I have DH's 100% encouragement and support (meaning he's footing the bill for registration and new shoes - woot!)

I'd love to have a WDWFGU party at the finish line...

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Yay!!! I wish October wasn't prime teachin' season or I'd be in! I've been doing Couch to 5k..ok..well..I bought the APP does that count?

That's awesome!!

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I'm too old to run...these achy bones will be lucky to make it to 50! Ha!

Joe had to give up running due to knee issues, so our thoughts about doing a running event are not in the cards for a while.

And since we're going in September, I doubt I'll be able to convince the CFO (Joe) to spring for another trip. But you know I will try!

GO LIZZY! We pledge our 100% encouragement and support! awesome

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What if I don't run but do double the wining and dining?

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cdub wrote:
What if I don't run but do double the wining and dining?

Sounds like a plan doesn't it. Cdub I just love your way of thinking.

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Vettelover wrote:
cdub wrote:
What if I don't run but do double the wining and dining?

Sounds like a plan doesn't it. Cdub I just love your way of thinking.

I'll just stick with the F & W festive walk-a-thon! awesome banana

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Vettelover wrote:
cdub wrote:
What if I don't run but do double the wining and dining?

Sounds like a plan doesn't it. Cdub I just love your way of thinking.

Haha boys. Well, sure. Come party anyway!

I'll represent, then. I wanted to do Wine&Dine last year, but, well, didn't. But how can I say no to a hubby who is in a shoe-buying mood?

Jeff - too old? P'shaw!

And it will most likely shake out to be a walk/run situation. That's what makes me nervous...being able to keep the pace. But I figure with this much time to prepare - as long as I'm diligent - I've got to be able to make it!

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Yeah - I couldn't do it but GO LIZZY!!! I will be your cheering section from the computer....

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Half Marathons are imposing. I need to do a 5k or two first! I wonder if I could get in shape by October?

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Hi all remember me? I ran the 2010 Wine and Dine... which was my first ever running event. I've been away for some time... lots of things going on in the real world around me.

However with the said Lizzy go for it. What the worse that could happen, they sweep you... so what they will take you over to EPCOT for the post race party. Now look at all the positive benefits... oh and you don't feel bad eating all the tasty treats at every kiosk you pass. Case closed!

I'm fairly certain I'm going to do this event again this year. The hardest part is making the jump and setting your mind to it, once you do that you have a ticking time clock in the back of your head to provide you that extra motivation and incentive. I know I didn't train as hard as I could have and should have last year and I really want to beat my time from last year, so I have that extra push this year. Personally I found the treadmill a great tool to start running... but I quickly grew tired of it. Personally I found while being stuck indoors a nice mix between the the treadmill and elliptical worked best to keep me moving... I also relied on the elliptical when the aches and pains started to creep in.

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Good to see you again! Hope you get to do the event this year. (Still hard for me to get my head around 2011 being "this" year).

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caitiesus wrote:
Yeah - I couldn't do it but GO LIZZY!!! I will be your cheering section from the computer....

Caitie - thanks! that is SO sweet!

dsoup wrote:
Half Marathons are imposing. I need to do a 5k or two first! I wonder if I could get in shape by October?

It IS daunting. But I'm at the place that I think that's what I need. I'm really looking for this to be the thing that I can squirm out of; the challenge that FORCES me to make lifestyle changes for more than just, you know, a day. To do this, I'll have to be consistent and focused, and I could really use that right now. I know...it could totally bite me on the butt. It could be so daunting that I give up. But...I don't know. It just feels different this time somehow. Maybe it's the fact that DH is on board, so I have someone who's cheering for me...AND holding me accountable.

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Hi all remember me? I ran the 2010 Wine and Dine... which was my first ever running event. I've been away for some time... lots of things going on in the real world around me.

However with the said Lizzy go for it. What the worse that could happen, they sweep you... so what they will take you over to EPCOT for the post race party. Now look at all the positive benefits... oh and you don't feel bad eating all the tasty treats at every kiosk you pass. Case closed!

I'm fairly certain I'm going to do this event again this year. The hardest part is making the jump and setting your mind to it, once you do that you have a ticking time clock in the back of your head to provide you that extra motivation and incentive. I know I didn't train as hard as I could have and should have last year and I really want to beat my time from last year, so I have that extra push this year. Personally I found the treadmill a great tool to start running... but I quickly grew tired of it. Personally I found while being stuck indoors a nice mix between the the treadmill and elliptical worked best to keep me moving... I also relied on the elliptical when the aches and pains started to creep in.

I do remember! That's right! And you're totally right...getting swept would be about the worst thing that could happen...but still, "Oh no! I have to go party now! Not that!"

We'll have to meet up and offer congrats at the finish line Smile

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Thanks Brad.

dsoup... if its something you want to do/try the only way to get in shape to do it... is well by doing it Wink

Personally I found an app called Run Mate for my iPhone that helped get my footing sorta speak. Its similar to the couch 5k type of apps except you can also make your own running programs.. or use others. To be honest I'm not a huge fan of the app since it seems to have issues.

I've also used RunKeeper to log my runs, but I've switch to Runmeter for that... Love the interface and I can keep my data (it also allows you to post to Facebook and Twitter when you start/finish a run) it also has dailymile integration, something I'm still trying to wrap my head around.

If anyone is considering this, it probably would be wise to consult with your doctor... things can go wrong if you try to do to much to fast. I would also be wise to skip the big box retailers and find a local running shop. They should be able to help you find the right shoes for you and might be able to help point you in the right direction locally... That is something I skipped, and wish I didn't in retrospect.

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I wonder if I could even walk a half marathon...

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The first 13 miles is a walk in the park... what will really get you is that last tenth of a mile.

Speaking of the last tenth of a mile the disZine article quotes

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The post-race party will be expanded in 2011 to include a variety of Epcot(r) attractions and many more food and beverage locations. In addition, the half marathon finish line will be moved to just outside the main entrance to Epcot(r). Our intent is to provide more space for the finish itself, a larger spectator viewing area, and a greatly expanded baggage claim operation. The Disney Wine & Dine Half Marathon finish area will be in a parking area adjacent to the Epcot(r) main entrance, allowing for easy access into the post-race party inside the park.

I loved how the course ended.. not so much once inside of Epcot. I would be interested in seeing if they are just going to reduce/eliminate the switch back on the highway... sounds like that may be the case on the official website.

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Hey Lizzy did you ever do Couch to 5k? I really like the iPhone app that I got to help with that.

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Started it last week! Week one in the books, and not as difficult as I thought it would be. I love their FB page, too.

I have 30 weeks to train - well, 29 now - and I'm very hopeful. I have a friend who trained and completed the Princess 1/2 recently, and it's great to pick her brain, as well as learning from all of you.

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I saw this today about a new two-person marathon relay for 2012.

http://blogs.orlandosentinel.com/disney-a-mom-and-the-mouse/2011/03/disney-world-adds-new-race-medal-for-2012-marathon-weekend/

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Thanks for that post, Jeff! Yep - that's the latest, and they've added a marathon relay for 2012 marathon weekend...although I don't fully understand why you would do the marathon relay instead of just doing the half marathon?

Anyway, I'm bumping this back to the top because...it's official! I'm registered for the 2011 Wine and Dine! And now, to keep training. C25k is going really, really well!

Anyone else reconsidered joining me? mickey

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Lizzy_B wrote:
Thanks for that post, Jeff! Yep - that's the latest, and they've added a marathon relay for 2012 marathon weekend...although I don't fully understand why you would do the marathon relay instead of just doing the half marathon?

Anyway, I'm bumping this back to the top because...it's official! I'm registered for the 2011 Wine and Dine! And now, to keep training. C25k is going really, really well!

Anyone else reconsidered joining me? mickey

I saw this on your twitter account! That is awesome!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! You go girlll.

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Thanks!! I can't tell you how excited I am. I think this challenge goal is what I really needed. We're (DH and I) watching our moms both struggle with health issues, some directly related to lifestyle choices. I just don't want to be there in 20-30 years, you know?

I'll keep you posted! mickey

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OOOO congratulations Lizzy!!! That's excellent! And soooo smart to take note of things you can do now to make your life better in the future! In the words of another famous Mousketeer...you go girlll! clapping

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How is Couch to 5k going? I did week one about three times and then I gave it the old college try and quit.

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Thanks, Jeff! It will be a sacrifice, but I believe in the long run (ha! long run!) it will be worth it.

Bella - it's going really well! I struggled a little while we were traveling last week; I was stiff from sitting in the car all day, and then the hills were a little adjustment. But I'm back on track now that I'm home on flat ground once more. I'm finding that the first workout every week is the toughest, and it's amazing how quickly my endurance increases pushing through my comfort zone just a little. I wish my high school gym teacher had known about this. We had to run in HS, and our final grade depended on time. Even though I was athletic, running was never my thing, and it always impacted my grade. If I had had a program like this, it would have made all the difference.

Better late than never!

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We started couch to 5k yesterday and started in a place with hills tomorrow to the regular track, hills SUCK

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Hills DO suck! I justify my choosing flat ground, since the course for the wine&dine will be flat (oh goodness, I'm assuming they won't go up any on ramps! Please no!) Although surely by that time, I'll be able to handle a little rise in the geography.

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You rock it dolly, some day I want to do the Princess run

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I am so proud of you! I would always seem to skip a day and then re-do the week because I didn't do it completely..then I'd skip a day. I loved it though..the run walk run walk..it was a great way to appreciate running.

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It's the first time in my life that I actually feel like I can do this - I can run! Being a busty girl (sorry, sorry! But it's true) I was always discouraged from running. So it's like proving to myself that I can do what they told me I couldn't do!

Can't you just hear the "Rocky" music swelling in the background? clapping

(Thanks, JustCar! Maybe we can all do the Princess together one of these days!)

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Lizzy I am totally with you, my running partner and I are shaped similarly so we totally hear you. Are you taping any of the run?

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Lizzy, I remember a friend of mine has run a few Disney marathons and we can check up on her online..will we be able to do that with you??

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