Training is in full force here…finally! With three half marathons on the calendar this fall, and possibly a fourth, being half marathon ready is more more than necessary. Thankfully hanging that runDisney training plan on my fridge seems to be incredibly motivating for me. Checking off each run is rewarding…kind of like little kids and sticker rewards charts. Maybe I should get some stickers? But I digress…
I am currently training for the following:
9/11 – Harrisburg Half Marathon
9/24 – Diva Half Marathon DC
11/5&6 – Lumiere’s Two Course Challenge (Wine & Dine 10K and Half Marathon)
I’m running Harrisburg with my hubby and Diva and Wine & Dine with my bestie Jan! (I’m not sure if I’m more excited about running the half marathons, or having a girls weekend away????)
I started the week off with a 4 mile run on Monday. Since I missed the “long” run over the weekend I just started my week off with it. After all, it’s “only” four miles. Seriously though it was the longest I’d run in a while! LOL!
On Thursday I had the worst run of the week, and the shortest. The humidity was horrendous! So even early in the morning running was miserable. It felt like Florida out there!
Then Saturday I did my long run of the week and ran a 10K. I explored a beautiful trail, where I learned I need bug spray when I run there! But I had a great run. I felt strong, which was encouraging after such inconsistent training since I know I have to start amping my mileage up in preparation for the September halves. The weather was decided more cooperative and I saw a better pace per mile than on Thursday’s humid run.
All in all I was very pleased with my training this week. After our move and all the changes our family has gone through this past month it’s nice to get back into my running routine. I am in a decidedly better mood on the days that I run so I’m sure my family appreciates that! Here’s to another week of training and meeting goals! I can’t wait for my next race and the upcoming racecations with my BRF!
On the training plan for this week are 30-45 minute maintenance runs on Tuesday and Thursday and 8 miles on Saturday. For daily updates, don’t forget to follow me on Instagram! What’s on your training plan this week?
Posted in Disney Special Events, runDisney, Running
Tagged #runlikeadiva, #WineDineHalf, Disney, Disney World, Diva Half Marathon, Harrisburg Half Marathon, Jeff Galloway, Lumiere's Two Race Challenge, run like a diva, runcation, runDisney, running, runwalkrun, Wine and Dine Half Marathon
You guys, I wasn’t even going to bring up Princess Half Marathon weekend. Because I’m mourning not signing up. The choice to be a Star Wars Princess and wield a lightsaber instead of a crown was not an easy one, but I want that Kessel Run medal! With so many other races on my schedule, and our recent transition out of the military, I know I need to make some wise choices here! But seriously, Princess Half Marathon and the Glass Slipper Challenge have not sold out yet! I repeat, Princess Half Marathon weekend has NOT sold out!
Not only is this super tempting, because this race weekend is what got me out the door running, but it’s also super weird. The past two years when I registered for Princess it sold out super quick. So what is going on that Disney races aren’t selling out as fast? (As a random fact you can still register for the Disneyland Half in September, Avengers weekend in November and a few events for Marathon weekend and Light Side weekend in January.)
So why isn’t next year’s Princess Half Marathon selling out as fast as it did in past years? Are people really that upset that it’s not a Snow White theme as they expected? I don’t think so, although I guess there could be some people who are die hard Snow fans who would have registered had the theme been different. Instead I think the issue is two fold. First, I think it’s price. I love Disney. Adore Disney. Am probably a little obsessed with Disney. However, Disney races are expensive. The challenge costs $320 before taxes and Active fees which is a pretty hefty sum to fork over. The half marathon itself is $185 before taxes and fees. Add in your Disney resort stay, park tickets, food or the dining plan and possibly airfare and you’re looking at a pretty expensive race weekend!
I’ve also seen a lot of comments of those focusing on local races or other destination races so they can check off the bucket list and save money. Additionally others are saving up for anniversary years of races at Disney, where they normally offer special bling.
What do you think? Did you sign up for Princess Half Marathon this past Tuesday? Are you flirting with the idea? Why do you think runners might be skipping Disney races?
As often as possible I like to share ways in which my family saves for Disney. We have a modest income and utilize as many means as possible to make Disney vacations possible for our family. This year in particular we are doing quite a few race trips so saving our pennies is important!
One tool that I use regularly is Ibotta*. I’m a huge fan of the Ibotta ap because you receive cash back via PayPal for purchases you’ve made at the grocery store, as well as other clothing and electronics stores and online shopping.
Ibotta is easy to use. I simply browse the available rebates prior to a trip to the grocery store and unlock the ones I’m interested in. Then when I get home from shopping I redeem the rebates by scanning the bar code and a submitting a picture of my receipt. Bonus points to Ibotta for making the process as easy as possible. At Wal Mart all I have to do is scan the QR code and the rebates are automatically identified and the receipt submitted.
Before Princess I cashed out about $100 to my PayPal to use on my trip. Since then I have earned an additional $26! You guys, this is FREE money! You earn it buying things you would normally buy. All you have to do is two simple scan to earn it on items you buy. I can’t wait to see how much I can save up prior to Wine & Dine. What would you use the free money you earn on Ibotta for? What are you waiting for? Sign up for Ibotta today!
*This post contains a referral link. When you use my referral link to sign up for Ibotta you’ll get a $10 credit after you redeem your first rebate! And Ibotta will give me $5 as a thank you for referring you. Win-win situation!
Posted in About Me, Disney Tips & Tricks, Vacation Budgeting
Tagged couponing, couponing to Disney, Disney fund, Disney vacation fund, Disney World, earn free money online, Ibotta, saving for a Disney vacation, vacation savings
So a little while ago I wrote a little blog about the changes to the Wine and Dine Half Marathon weekend. In that post I sadly admitted I was going to be an adult and make the tough decision not to register for Wine & Dine. It was a very sad realization in the face of a lot of changes our family will be going through as we end our military life.
On a packet pickup run turned date night my husband and I were talking about races and I mentioned how sad I was not to be able to do the Wine & Dine weekend with the Cupcakes. (The Cupcakes are my online running group that was formed leading up to Princess Half Marathon 2015….we are fueld by cupcakes, cocktails & pixie dust!) I said, I would love to run with them as it should be a big group effort again for Wine & Dine, plus I was really tempted by the innaugural challenge and being legacy for something if possible. And my husband, the sweet, wonderful man that he is, looked at me and said, then register. We’ll figure it out.
Once I picked my jaw up off the floor I asked if he was serious. Then I asked again a few days before AP registration. Then I wrote AP registration on the calendar hanging in the kitchen for all to see. And still that sweet husband of mine didn’t say no or advise me otherwise. Instead he wished me good luck.
I was a nervous wreck yesterday all morning. The closer it got to registration time, the more the butterflies took up residence in my stomach! I had some issues with the AP site and was able to get through on an incognito window of Google Chrome so I just refreshed the daylights out of the AP page on the runDisney site. About 10 minutes till noon the links on the page for each race turned blue. And that is when I went in the zone watching the clock and refreshing at the same time. Right around noon I clicked and the active page loaded. (Before noon when you clicked the links the Active page was not active.) And by 12:03 I had my confirmation email for Lumiere’s Two Course Challenge in my email!
Holy Pajamas! (Sorry I just watched Shag, the movie, at girls night Monday!) I was registered, not only for another challenge (which I wasn’t sure I wanted to do after Glass Slipper) but also for Wine & Dine weekend! Now my BRF Jan just needs to register next week and we’ll be good to go! So, I guess you could say I followed my heart the opposite way of adult responsibilies. For now I’m riding on the high of race registration success and I’ll deal with the adult responsibilities later! Who else is planning on registering for Wine & Dine weekend, or was lucky enough to register yesterday?
Posted in Epcot International Food and Wine Festival, runDisney
Tagged #WineDineHalf, Disney, Disney travel agent, Disney Wine & Dine, Disney World, Disney World Vacation, Epcot Food and Wine Festival, Food & Wine Festival, runcation, runDisney, Wine & Dine 10K, Wine and Dine Half Marathon
After the 5K Jan and I headed to Epcot, where much to our surprise as we headed into World Showcase we stumbled upon a pop up character meet n greet. I’ve heard of these happening, but have never been lucky enough to stumble upon one myself! Most often these meet n greets are used to train cast members, and they often take place prior to race weekends or when a college program starts up.
As soon as I saw the gate between Canada and the UK open I ran over to see who we could meet! The characters in attendance at this meet n greet were:
- Penguin from Mary Poppins
This was a super fun way to kick off our day in Epcot. We arrived between 11-11:30 so World Showcase was pretty empty. We had been headed to lunch at Tangeriene Cafe, and almost took the boat but it wasn’t running yet. Thank God for that since we got to experience this fun character pop up!
After we met the characters we wanted to we headed to lunch at Tangeriene Cafe in Morocco as planned. (A few of them we chose not to meet and the meet n greet was over fairly early so we didn’t get the chance to meet everyone.) Tangeriene Cafe is seriously my favorite quick service restaurant! I try to eat there every trip! The lamb is phenomenal!
After lunch we wandered World Showcase. I got a grapefruit beer in Germany which is always so refreshing!
Jan and I split an Anna’s birthday cupcake in Norway and found a fun photo opportunity (there was a PhotoPass photographer) with the Anna & Elsa topiaries. If you’re going for the Flower and Garden festival this is a great photo spot, especially if you have a little princess in tow!
We then met up with my friend Erin, grabbed some Starbucks and relaxed for a bit and put our feet up. Then we headed to the character spot at Epcot to see Mickey and friends. We followed this up with a ride on Test Track and Spaceship Earth before heading to dinner at O’hana.
This was a fun day, but we may have overdone it on the walking! Either way we were in bed early after taking a cab back to Riverside from the Polynesian. (We opted for a cab after walking from the Ticket & Transportation center to O’hana due to a down monorail. We just didn’t want to mess with the monorail or waiting for a bus back to Riverside at Magic Kingdom.) Time to rest up for the 10K!
Posted in Disney World, Flower and Garden Festival, runDisney
Tagged Baloo, character meet n greet, character training, Disney, Disney characters, Disney discount, Disney vacation, Disney vacation tips, Disney World, Disney World Vacation, Glass Slipper Challenge, Launchhpad McQuack, Mary Poppings penguin, Mickey, Mickey Mouse, Pinnochio, pop up character meet n greet, Rafiki, runDisney, Stitch
Disney is at it again and has released a new discount for select stays at Walt Disney World Resort June 12-August 25, 2016 when you book by June 10th. This is a great opportunity to save on your summer vacation!
When you book with this special offer and add a minimum 2 day ticket to your package you can receive an exclusive BB-8 “Awaken Summer” MagicBand! How super cute is this band?
As usual, rooms for this discount are limited. Don’t delay, discover a summer like no other at Disney World! Contact me for more information or quick, no obligation quote!
Posted in Disney Discounts, Uncategorized
Tagged awaken summer, bb8, Disney discounts, Disney travel agent, Disney World, Disney World Discounts, Disney World Vacation, MagicBand, summer vacation, summer vacation discounts, Walt Disney World
RunDisney finally revealed the updated Wine & Dine Half Marathon weekend yesterday! Rumors have been running since some changes were spotted on Active.com and the runDisney site, and most of the speculation appears to have panned out. We wanted to go over the changes and offer our thoughts on them after completing last years Wine & Dine Half Marathon.
Here’s what the Wine & Dine Half Marathon weekend will now consist of:
- The race expo will begin on Thursday, November 3rd
- Mickey’s Holiday 5K will be run Friday morning at Animal Kingdom park
- Kids races will take place both Friday and Saturday
- The Disney Wine & Dine 10K, presented by Remy from Ratatouille, will take place on Saturday morning.
- The Wine & Dine half marathon will take place Sunday morning
- The after race party will take place Sunday evening leaving plenty of time to rest and recover
- New challenge, Lumiere’s Two Course Challenge, for those who run both the 10K and half marathon!
- Early registration for Annual Passholders and DVC members will take place March 22nd at noon
- Regular registration will take place March 29th at noon
Once runDisney revealed these changes my husband and I were discussing them and had conflicting points of view. With the absense of the Osbourne Lights I’m looking forward to the changes. I much prefer morning runs so the new schedule will suite my running style better. After running Glass Slipper Challenge I would be happy to shower, nap/rest/put my feet up and then attend an after part after being refreshed.
On the flip side, my husband prefers the night runs. He thinks it’s weird to have an after party that evening versus right after the race. In his opinion it detracts from the experience. He’s also bummed that it’s the end of night races at Disney.
Would we still run Wine & Dine? I definitely would! A challenge!!!! I would love to sign up for the challenge, however, unless I win the lottery in the next two weeks that likely won’t happen since we have a few other trips planned for the later half of next year including a big trip to my home town of La La Land. However, should a generous donor want to sponsor me to run this race I would sign up for Lumiere’s Two Course Challenge in a heartbeat!
What about you? Do you plan to sign up for any races during 2016’s Wine & Dine Half Marathon weekend?
Posted in runDisney, Running
Tagged #WineDineHalf, Animal Kingdom, Disney World, Epcot, half marathon, Jingle Jungle 5K, Lumiere's Two Race Course, Mickey's Holiday 5K, runcation, runDisney, running, Wine & Dine 10K, Wine and Dine Half Marathon