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New Wine & Dine Half Marathon Weekend Coming to Walt Disney World

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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?

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Sparkle Skirts Review

I’ve been seeing a lot of buzz lately in online running groups about what to wear when you run.  I was kind of married to my Old Navy Active compression capris.  I have a really hard time finding something that doesn’t fall down on me and they were my best option.  I used a Running Buddy to carry my phone and the worked for the most part.  After over a year of listening to my cupcakes not just talk about, but RAVE about, Sparkle Skirts I began to wonder if I should give them a try.

There were a couple things that held me back initially.  They are a little pricey.  Definitely more than your Old Navy or Wal Mart capris.  The shorts worried me.  They claimed they didn’t ride up, but I had nightmares about the chaffing that would ensue from running in shorts.  Ok, those were really my only two concerns.  But they were big ones!

Then Sparkle Skirts had a sale with free shipping, and low and behold, I purchased my first skirt!  Tropical Breeze swing is so pretty and I just couldn’t resist.  So I stalked the mail and waited, not so patiently, for my new pretty to arrive in the mail.

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Trying Tropical Breeze on right after it arrived!

When it did arrive I did some tests…jumping jacks, squats, etc to see if it would fall down and it stayed up through the test.  I wore it twice around town, to events where I was going to be outside in the FL heat and humidity, and was complimented on it, and comfortable throughout the events.  It was nice to be hands free and have my phone in my pocket.

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Rocking Haunted on a recent run!

But the true test came on my first run.  I did have to pull the skirt up, but what I noticed is that with my short torso I really have to Steve Urkel my skirts and capris and then I don’t have as many issues with them falling down.  Once I solved that problem I knew I wouldn’t want to run in anything else!  I love my Sparkle Skirt!  I wear them with the kangeroo pouch in back where I put my phone so I can run my headphones up the back of my shirt.  (I really need to invest in a wireless headset for running!)  And guess what, I am now the proud owner of FOUR Sparkle Skirts so I have plenty to wear for my Wine & Dine Half, as well as my Glass Slipper Challenge training.  They are truly addicting!

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My little collection!

One of the nice things is that Sparkle Skirts has a couple different styles you can choose from.  All of my pretties are the “Swing” style.  They also have “Hiker” which are two inches longer than the swing style.  They also have slim cut and vented slim so there are plenty of styles to choose from, and it gives you the opportunity to run in something that suites your body type best.  Oh, and they come in sizes XS to 3XL so there is one for everyone!

So, if you’re on the fence about whether or not to spend the money on a Sparkle Skirt, or whether they’re as great as everyone says they are, just bite the bullet it and get one!  Once you go Sparkle, you’ll never go back!

*This post is not endorsed or sponsored by SparkleSkirts.  The opinions are  mine of a product many inquire about.  (However if SparkleSkirts would like to send me product to review or have me be an ambassador I would be all for that!)

What I Wore Wednesday: Fuel and Hydrate Edition

Summer is upon us, and in Florida that means the temperatures are already heating up!  My last few runs have been pretty miserable for a number of reasons.  (More to come on that later.)  But the heat has me thinking that I need some options first and foremost to hydrate during my runs and second, to fuel during long runs.

I currently run with a Running Buddy pouch to hold my phone.  For the most part my Enchanted 10K training was during cooler weather so it was all I needed.  I love the Running Buddy for keeping my hands free while I run, and not having to wear the dreaded armband!  It holds my iPhone 5 great, but I did have some issues trying to stuff it too full during the Enchanted 10K and ended up holding it most of the race.  So for shorter runs where I don’t need a lot it’s great, but it doesn’t have any hydration options.  I’m contemplating getting a Nathan Speed Draw Insulated Flask to compliment the Running Buddy and provide me with much needed hydration in the FL heat and humidity while I run.

The question is whether this option, which seems great for my current training regimen, will be enough for the longer runs required for the half training.   I’ve been contemplating some kind of running belt.  I’ve heard great things about FlipBelts, SpiBelts and a Fitletic belt.  The problem is it’s hard to take the dive and make an investment in one of these options when you’re not sure if it will work for you.

If you run half marathons, or are training for one, what do you use to carry water/hydrate and fuel during your runs?  Through this novice girl a bone and share your wealth of knowledge with me by commenting below with what works for you and why you love it!

runDisney Registration Madness!

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After running the Enchanted 10K Princess Half weekend in February I knew I wanted to do more and a half was the next step on my running bucket list.  As a matter of fact, when I met Jeff Galloway at the marathon weekend Expo I told him so, and I hadn’t even run the races yet!  Originally I thought I would run Princess Half in 2016, however my husband had the bright idea to run Wine & Dine together…this year!  Say what?????

Being crazy, and up for the challenge, we decided this was our year and I watched AP registration for the race go at lightning speed.  I couldn’t believe how quickly it went, or how many people were still going to need to register on St. Paddy’s Day!  Last Tuesday I found myself nervous, with my stomach in knots, all over race registration!  I was poised with my computer ready prior to noon when registration opened.  I knew I had to register both myself, and the hubs, and I was worried only one of us would get in!

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I was refreshing the page over and over again until it went live.  I registered myself with only one issue.  (Hello, forgetting to update the expiration date on my card!  Can you say nervous much?)  And was able to successfully register the hubs right after!  Woo hoo!  I guess the luck of the Irish was with us that day!

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The race registration left me shaking.  I was full of adrenaline.  Registration had been stressful because I was worried about how quickly Wine and Dine would sell out this year with no Tower of Terror race, and people seeking redemption from last year’s Splash and Dash!  I was beyond thrilled that we were in!

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And then it began, the post race discussions!  Joy for friends who were able to successfully register!  (And finding out my runner in crime from Princess had secretly registered!)  But the disappointment for those who were unable to register.  The negative posts were frustrating.  It kind of killed my joy.  That’s when you have to step away from the internet for a bit and focus on the task at hand ahead of you!

The hubs and I celebrated that night with corned beef and cabbage and an adult beverage!  It will be both of our first half marathons, and our first night race!  We are so excited to tackle this adventure together!  Disney is always magical, and runDisney is a prime example, but training and crossing that finish line together will be the most magical experience of all!