Walt Disney World 5k Race Report from 2018

January 13, 2018

RunDisney’s 25th annual Walt Disney World Marathon weekend started in grand style on Thursday, January 4th with the Pluto-themed 5k. 13,000 runners participated in this family fun run, kicking off the first of the four races in my Dopey Challenge Journey. Vital stats: 5:30 am start (alarm went off at 2:00), 35 degrees at race…

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Holiday Gift Guide for Runners

December 5, 2017

This Post contains affiliate links Now that we are well into the holiday shopping season, you might be wondering what gifts to get your favorite runner (or maybe you just need a few creative ideas for yourself). There are many running related gifts, and with a little thought and effort, you might find that perfect…

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Is the Running Boom Over?

September 26, 2017

If you became a runner in the last 25 years, you joined a sport with a hyperbolic rise in popularity. So much growth across the running industry has led to advances in gear, scientific study, number of events, and diversity of participants. In the recent study and report 2016 State of the Sport — US…

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Marathon Training Perspective: how many miles?

September 12, 2017

It’s safe to say that many first-time marathoners take on this daunting challenge with trepidation. 26.2 miles is a long way to go. Even the fastest among us take 3-hours or so to finish a marathon (and some even faster than that…I don’t talk about those superhumans). Then we do the research and choose a…

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Running, Fire, Water, and a Race Recap

September 9, 2017

Actually, this is a pre-race report, rather than a post-race recap. There is a lot happening here personally, and I want to use this opportunity to remind myself, and maybe you as well, that when it comes to race day, there is only so much we can control. Hurricanes and wildfires affected so many of…

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Running Compression — Does it Really Work?

August 29, 2017

This post contains affiliate links. I love my compression socks. When the weather starts cooling a bit, I’ll pull out my CEP graduated knee high socks and don them for my long run. Occasionally, I’ll wonder if it’s worth it, but not enough to forgo them for the sake of personal comparison. I never really did…

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Race Volunteers Make Events Possible

August 24, 2017

In a past life, I worked behind the scenes in some pretty big arts organizations. While I had work to do year round, and a small crew made the big decisions, those organizations couldn’t execute their events and shows without major support from volunteers. Running and Triathlon Races of any distance need volunteers, and lots…

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The Day I Became a Runner

August 17, 2017

I used to hate running. Like nothing could get me to go for a run. Ever. We’d have to run for tennis camp, and I wanted to die. No one ever really explained why we had to run…that it was good for conditioning and endurance…not that it would have mattered, though. I still would have…

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Throwback Thursday: My First RunDisney Experience

August 10, 2017

Now that I have a couple of RunDisney events under my bib belt, and I’ve made a lot of friends through RunDisney, I’m starting to feel a bit like an oddball. Many runners use RunDisney events as their first races — whether it’s a 5k or a full marathon, many first-timers make up these events.…

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August 3, 2017

When I signed up for my first Marathon, I needed a training plan. I used the “Finish It” Plan designed by Coach Christine Hinton from the book (Affiliate Link), Train Like a Mother: How to Get Across Any Finish Line — and not lose your family, job, or sanity by Sarah Bowen Shea and Dimity McDowell…

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Post-SSSVEDA Day 1 Live Stream

August 2, 2017

If you stopped by my YouTube channel on August 1st during my live chat, first of all THANK YOU! I know I had a great time, and some of you hung in there with me for almost 2 full hours! Let’s think about this in running terms. That is the time it takes to run…

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