2016 Wine & Dine Half Marathon Weekend Changes (or The End of an Era)

2016 Wine & Dine Half Marathon Weekend Changes (or The End of an Era)

Good night runDisney night races…runDisney just announced significant changes to the long-standing nighttime Wine & Dine Half Marathon. If you want to “run now, wine later” you’re gonna have to toe the start line a whole lot earlier in 2016 – like 16+ hours earlier.

The race weekend now begins on Thursday 3 November 2016 with the start of the event expo. The Jingle Jungle 5K has been renamed Mickey’s Holiday 5K and moved to Friday morning. Also new for 2016 is the addition of the Disney Wine & Dine 10K on Saturday and the move to Sunday morning for the Disney Wine & Dine Half Marathon – with an exclusive after hours Post Race Party at the Epcot® International Food & Wine Festival Sunday evening. runDisney Kid’s Races will be available on both Friday and Saturday.

The addition of a 10K opens up the weekend to a field of runners not previously on the Wine & Dine weekend schedule. Those who love to #RunAllTheRaces will be happy to see that the 10K also means a new challenge! Lumiere’s Two Course Challenge will include the 10K on Saturday and the Half Marathon on Sunday – and an extra challenge medal.

It’s interesting to note that the advent of all the changes to nighttime entertainment [“Rivers of Light” at Disney’s Animal Kingdom, the “Frozen Ever After” experience at the Norway pavilion at Epcot] and construction in many of the Walt Disney World theme parks seems to be the catalyst for the removal of night races from the upcoming runDisney schedule. For those that loved the unique experience of running through the parks after dark, we can only hope that once construction is complete, runDisney will consider adding night races back into their schedule.

General registration for all 2016 Wine & Dine Half Marathon Weekend races opens up 29 March 2016 at noon ET.

As with any new runDisney race, the gang at RunAllTheRaces will be there to check out all the changes.  Will we see you there?

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How do you feel about the changes to the 2016 Wine & Dine Half Marathon Weekend?   

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Perfect Goofy Gail, Delightful Dopey Kimberly, PhotoBomb Becca & California Kiley

 

2015 Disneyland 5K or How a 2-hour 5K is #Winning

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The Inside Out Crew in front of Sleeping Beauty Castle

Our little buddy @TinyTikiRunner had recovered from the Great Tinker Bell 5K Hamper, Umbrella, and Mop Incident of 2015 and came forward with a Disneyland 5K costume request of her own – Inside Out.  Pretty excited that not only was Tiny Tiki still speaking to us, but that she might (just might) be getting into #RunningInAllTheCostumes, we agreed (even if we hadn’t actually seen the movie….).

Good news was that Tiny Tiki had invited a childhood friend to run with us (Hey – glad you’re coming with us for your first runDisney weekend.  By the way – you’re gonna need to run the 5K as Riley and wear a hockey jersey and helmet and carry a hockey stick.  Hello?  Hello?  You’re still coming, right?!?!  Why is she not responding to our emails?..).

Nicole and Katy Buompensiero - Alice and Mad Hatter...Running in Teacups!

Nicole and Katy Buompensiero – Alice and Mad Hatter…Running in Teacups!

Bad news was that we still needed to con at least 2 more people into dressing up like crazy people and “running” with us if we wanted all the emotions.

Nicole and Katy Buompensiero as Merida

Nicole and Katy Buompensiero as Merida and Queen Elinor

 

 

 

 

 

 

We immediately thought of Nicole and Katy Buompensiero – the mother/daughter team whose runDisney costumes we’d loved (and coveted) over several years.  It was like reaching out to your idols and hoping (against hope) that they would not only want to hang out with you, but would invest their time and money to help you realize an idea.  We cannot tell you how excited we were when Nicole and Katy responded that not only where they in – they were IN!

Inside Out: Fear Costume In-Progress

Inside Out: Fear Costume In-Progress

Inside Out - Anger Head In-Process

Inside Out: Anger Head In-Process

We knew we were going to have to “bring it” as we anticipated lots of Inside Out costumes since it was Pixar’s most recent release.

Inside Out: Disgust Dress In-Process

Inside Out: Disgust Dress In-Process

Over the course of the next several months, we held a few costuming conference calls and posted progress on a closed Facebook Group to ensure that the final product would look cohesive when we all got to the race – as everyone was responsible for their own costume creation.  Thank goodness for technology when your group is located in Connecticut, Florida, Arizona, and California.

Race day arrived and Tiny Tiki, her childhood friend, Kimberly and I got ready in our hotel room.  3:30am came early, as we had a bit of body painting to complete before heading out to our corrals.  There was A LOT of laughter as we all got dressed.  You know you love your running friends when you’re willing to paint their armpits green pre-dawn, in your hotel bathroom…

Sadness Selfie

Sadness #Selfie

And how committed was Tiny Tiki to her idea?

As Sadness, she wore slippers for the ENTIRE race (and still managed to be faster than the rest of us)!  Slippers, people – for a 5K.  Pretty sure this means she’s hooked (even if she swears she’ll only dress up for 5Ks.  We will see, we will see…).

We met up with Nicole and Katy in the courtyard of the Disneyland Hotel were Nicole handed out her hand-made core memory balls.  They lit up and really just added that extra-special something to our costumes.  As we walked to the corrals, we just couldn’t stop giggling at each other.  These costumes were just SO MUCH FUN!

One of the things we love about running runDisney 5K races is that, in many cases, families come out and run together.  We had so much fun taking photos with the kids – who really seemed to love our costumes.  And we were lucky enough to keep running into a family whose kids were dressed up as Disgust and Anger.  They were SO adorable and kept stopping to take photos with us and give us hugs.  So much fun!

Inside Out: Mile Marker 2 (Note the time...)

Inside Out: Mile Marker 2 (Note the time…)

We took #AllThePhotos (both character stops and with fellow runners) and quickly ended up near the back of the pack.  One of my favorite memories is all of us walking together (with NO ONE behind us), coming up to the first water stop and having the volunteers go absolutely nuts when they saw us.  They cheered “Inside Out, Inside Out” in unison and took selfies with us as we went by.

As we stopped for an EPIC Big Thunder Railroad photo op, our friend Cindy Rodriguez-Copey, who had been running near us almost the entire race (and was gracious enough to take some mid-race photos for us) lamented that she hadn’t seen Nicole or Katy the entire race – which was odd – as they run ALL the runDisney races.  We started to laugh and explained that she’d been running with them almost the entire race – as Nicole was Joy and Katy was Fear.  She hadn’t recognized them in costume.  That’s when you know you’ve done good 😉

Inside Out - Big Thunder Mountain Photo Op

There are a number of these Disneyland 60th Anniversary photo ops throughout Disneyland…and they are hilarious!

Inside Out - Joy Draging Sadness Across Finish

HAD to be done!

 

 

As we approached the end of the race and the chute to the finish at Downtown Disney we realized we were bringing up the rear of the race.  But it was totally worth it.  We hadn’t had this much fun at a run in ages!  More photos, more fun.  Seeing everyone smile and want to take a photo with us as we ran by made all the hard work (and pre-dawn armpit paining) worth it.

All this fun and all the photo stops meant that it took us 2-hours to complete the 2015 Disneyland 5K.

Yes.  You read that correctly.  It took us 2-hours to complete 3.1 miles – that’s about a 39 minute mile.

And I don’t regret one single second of it! #Winning

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A BIG shout out to some of our runDisney friends who “ran” into us on the Disneyland 5K course.  Check out their race reports here:

Brandi Gilbert (who ran with her mom – they are just the cutest): Funner Runner

Patty Holliday (who psychically dressed up as Bing-Bong and waited (a LONG while) for us at the finish for another epic photo op : My No Guilt Life

Inside Out - Finish Area with No Guilt Life (Bing-Bong)

BIG thanks to Patty Holliday (My No Guilt Life) for waiting so we could get a photo with Bing-Bong.

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Perfect Goofy Gail & Delightful Dopey Kimberly

Race Report: Vertigo Night Trail Run or How I (literally) hit the trail

Race Report: Vertigo Night Trail Run or How I (literally) hit the trail

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THANK goodness it cooled down for the start of the race…118 degrees would have just been nuts 😉

Living in Arizona in the summer is akin to living on the surface of sun. Temperatures routinely hit over 100 degrees for months at a time.

That makes summer running (which also happens to be the start of a lot marathon training schedules) a b*%#! And it also means it is really hard to find any local races and, if you do, they are mostly of the 5K duration and start pre-dawn.

Vertigo Night Trail Run Start/Finish Village

Vertigo Night Trail Run Start/Finish Village

Thank goodness that the Arizona summer months bring several full moons and the Aravaipa Running Insomniac Night Trail Run Series. This is a series of 7 night trail runs in the greater Phoenix area from May to November (and, trust me, it’s still plenty hot in November in Phoenix).

With welcoming names like Sinister, Thrasher, and Punisher this series is an awesome addition to the local summer running calendar.

Last night I ran the Vertigo 31K, my second Insomniac Series race this year.

Race distances offered included a 52K (5 loops of the 6.5 mile Sonoran Competitive Track trail at White Tank Mountain Regional Park), a 31K (3 loops), and a 10K (1 loop).

The raging river on the race course the day before the race.

The raging river on the race course the day before the race.

This trail featured steep inclines, swooping turns, technical descents, and rugged terrain – made all the more challenging by a huge thunderstorm and lots of running water the night before the race. So much running water, the road leading up to the park was closed the night before the race due to flooding!

The start of the race was staggered based on distance with the 52K starting a 7:00pm, followed by the 31K at 7:30pm and the 10K at 8:00pm.

Runners, even trail runners, are only so crazy so the combination of the distances, technical nature of the course, and the fact that it had “cooled down” to a mild 113 degrees by 7:00pm kept the race numbers manageable. This was great, as runners for all distances shared the same 6.5 mile trail loop. It was just enough runners that you didn’t feel like you were out in the middle of nowhere by yourself in the dark – every 10 – 15 minutes you would run by someone/have someone run by you. Add in a great start/finish line village and a remote aid station at mile 4.5 on the loop and it was just peaceful enough to allow you to enjoy the quiet and the stars.

Hot weather tempered my desire to blaze the trails with speed. It was 113 degrees at the start at 7:00pm and still 95 degrees when I finished around 1:00am. Still better than running during the day in full sun (and even hotter temperatures), but not cool by any stretch of the imagination!

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See that spike in elevation each mile…ouch!

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I took it easy on the first 2 laps, which included a decent stop at the end of the second lap to really rehydrate, take my shoes off for a few minutes to help cool me down (and allow for some blister TLC), and drink something other than G2 and water (HELLO Diet Coke! Where have you been these last 13 miles…).

Me just prior to the start of the race.

Me just prior to the start of the race.

There was lots of climbing, lots of loose rocks, and some downhill sections that were more nerve-wracking than the 1-mile up hill switchback section that did NOT get more fun on each loop. The recent rains added some additional rocks and deep sand, but did help with controlling dust.

My last lap ended up being my fastest – I’m chalking this up on the fact that it had “cooled down” a bit, I just wanted to be done, and this was the lap where I saw a RATTLESNAKE on the trail. The turbo boosters kicked in and I just wanted to be away from poisonous things that could bite me!

[NOTE: In the moment I never thought the snake was going to bite me – or any of the other runners in the area. Said snake was just slowly slithering across a wide stretch of the trail, minding his own business. A runner ahead of me clearly saw the snake in plenty of time to avoid it and notify those around. That being said, I spent the final 4 miles of the race on EXTREMELY HIGH SNAKE ALERT (as opposed to my normal High Snake Alert status). A snakebite is just something I would like to avoid – especially one that happens at night, on the side of a mountain.]

Vertigo Night Trail Run by the Numbers:

  • Race distance: 31k
  • Trail Loops: 3
  • Total time: 5:13 (Female winner = 2:45 – insane!)
  • Sunset: 1
  • Full moon: 1
  • Fuel belt bottles of G2: 6
  • Fuel belt bottles of water: 5
  • Slices of fresh watermelon: 5
  • Bean burritos: 1 (on last lap, 2 miles from end of race – I may be crazy, but I’m not stupid…)

    My souvenir from the race.  Nothing like (literally) "hitting the trails"...

    My souvenir from the race. Nothing like (literally) “hitting the trails”…

  • Potty stops: 2 prior to start of race (nerves)/2 during race (surprisingly, none as a result of the bean burrito…)
  • Falls: 1
    • Resulting in exactly 1 souvenir black and blue knee
  • Rattlesnakes: 1
    • Followed by exactly 1 freak out
  • Tree roots I thought were rattlesnakes and freaked out for no reason = Too many to count
  • Scorpions: 1
  • Toads: 1
  • Blisters: 4

At the finish, each runner received a race beer glass. The beer garden at the finish benefited Team RWB, which is awesome. Beer for a good cause is a good thing!  I still had an hour drive back home and was REALLY hot, so I partook of some excellent ice water in my finisher’s beer glass – it was seriously good – trust me…

The SWAG! The gear bag was received with our bibs in place of a race shirt and the beer glass you earned at the finish line.

The SWAG! The gear bag was received with our bibs in place of a race shirt and the beer glass you earned at the finish line.

2015 Insomniac Night Trail Race Series

2015 Insomniac Night Trail Race Series

I’ll be back out on the trails at the end of this month for another full moon and some more miles.

Check out the rest of the series here.

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How do you beat the heat during the summer running months?  Have you ever run a race at night?

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Perfect Goofy Gail

Product Review: Rocket Pure or Guess What?!?! NO Monkey Butt!

*Disclaimer: I was invited by Rocket Pure to test and review several of their products.  I received a Friction Therapy Anti-Chafe Balm Stick and Natural Cedarwood Revive Foot and Shoe Deodorizing Powder.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.

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I live in Arizona.  This race started at 5:05 am.  It was already 85 degrees out. This is the face of a happy Rocket Pure user and a runner WITHOUT monkey butt!

I live in Arizona. This race started at 5:05 am. It was already 85 degrees out. This is the face of a happy Rocket Pure user and a runner WITHOUT monkey butt!

I do NOT have thigh separation.

I have NEVER had thigh separation in my ENTIRE life.

In fact, I come from a long line of strong, beautiful, athletic women who have never/will never see sunlight through the top of their legs.

What does that mean?  In short, I’ll never be a supermodel (but at 5’3″ I was resigned to that a long time ago…) and I will ALWAYS need to lube up before a long run.

That being said, not all anti-chafe products are created equal.

For years, I utilized Body Glide – in part, because it was the ONLY product my local running stores carried.  Body Glide is a good product.  It almost always provided the anti-chafing support I needed.

Granted if you sweat enough and/or make enough potty stops during your long run and don’t reapply – well, there’s only so much a product can do for you if you don’t hold up your end of the bargain (i.e. reapply after you sweat/wipe all the product away…).

Cedarwood Foot Powder

Cedarwood Foot Powder

Delightfully Dopey Kimberly was asked by Rocket Pure to review their products and she brought me along for the ride.  I was really excited until she exclaimed she thought of me “because you ALWAYS get monkey butt and, I HATE to tell you this (but it’s nothing you don’t already know) but your feet STINK.”

Yeah – love you too…but she ain’t wrong 😉  On top of the thigh-rubbing gene, I’m the recipient of a stinky foot gene.  Woo-hoo – lucky me!

Rocket Pure Friction Therapy Anti-Chafe Balm Stick

Rocket Pure Friction Therapy Anti-Chafe Balm Stick

What I like about Rocket Pure

  • Rocket Pure products are minimally processed with no artificial ingredients and they never use harsh or suspect chemicals such as parabens, sulphates, synthetic fragrances, dyes or genetically modified ingredients.  I’m not an allergic person, so this just makes my tree-hugging side happy.
  • They smell AMAZING.  It doesn’t really sound that amazing at first, but the Friction Therapy Anti-Chafe Balm Stick has Tea Tree Oil.  So what? HOURS after application, your lubed parts still smell like a spa.  If you’ve ever run a marathon, you KNOW how amazing (and unusual) that really is.  Seriously, my butt was the BEST smelling part of me after my last marathon.  When was the last time you could say that?!?!
  • They WORK! After trying the Friction Therapy Anti-Chafe Balm Stick during 2 marathons and 1 ultra I can say I did not have ANY trace of Monkey Butt.  [What is Monkey Butt you ask? The resulting red rash that comes from your sweaty butt cheeks rubbing together.  It is NO BUENO!).  Additionally, adding the Natural Cedarwood Revive Foot and Shoe Deodorizing Powder to my running shoes before and after a run makes EVERYONE around me MUCH happier – especially if it’s a long race weekend and we’re all trapped in a hotel room with my used shoes…
  • Rocket Pure Guarantee: 100% Satisfaction, or 100% Refund.

What I would like to see from Rocket Pure

  • I would love a small, race belt sized version of the Friction Therapy Anti-Chafe Balm Stick that I could carry during races. Body Glide offers this and it’s great when you know you are going to run really far and/or have a race during extremely high heat, bad weather, etc. where re-application is going to be required.
  • Availability in my local Arizona running stores.  I’m happy to order online, but I’m not always that proactive – and being able to pick the product up locally helps when I space out and realize I’m out of product the night before a race…

Don’t just take MY word for it…  Check out Kimberly’s review of Rocket Pure here.

Do you suffer from Monkey Butt or Funky Feet?  Give Rocket Pure a try with 10% Off your order.

Rocket Pure – http://www.rocketpure.com/
Cedarwood foot and shoe powder – http://www.rocketpure.com/product/cedarwood-foot-and-shoe-deodorizing-powder/
Eucalyptus foot and shoe powder – 
http://www.rocketpure.com/product/cooling-eucalyptus-foot-and-shoe-deodorizing-powder/
Anti-chafe balm stick – http://www.rocketpure.com/product/friction-therapy-natural-anti-chafe-balm-stick/

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Perfect Goofy Gail

 

60 Days to 60 Years of Disneyland: 1990 – 35 Years of Magic or You could win a Geo! Haven’t you ALWAYS wanted a Geo?..

Disneyland 35th Anniversary Logo

“We just love it!”  “It’s great!”  “It’s the best yet!”

It’s the Disneyland 35th Anniversary Party Gras Parade and Celebration.

You could win tickets on Delta Airlines or a new Geo every day!

Come to a party that’s Disneyland BIG!

Welcome to 1990!

Big hair, big shoulder pads, and a big Disneyland celebration…sort of.

As we look forward to all that is planned for the Disneyland 60th Anniversary celebration, the plans of the 35th Anniversary seems somewhat subdued (you can only get SO excited about a Geo…it’s still a Geo after all).

The centerpieces of the celebration were the new Party Gras ParadeDick Tracy’s Diamond Double Cross stage show, and 35th Anniversary commemorative park tickets – which resulted in selected guests winning special gifts.  Additionally, Disneyland unveiled the Disneyland Mouserail.  Monorail red, which spent 19 years traveling around Disneyland, was transformed into a street-legal anniversary party on the road – complete with a “35 EARS” license plate.

In what I consider a genius marketing move, Disneyland released a 35th anniversary special that highlights not only the theme park – but it’s expanding media empire.

The special opens with the cast of Cheers sitting around the bar when Woody walks in and asks to turn the television to the Disneyland special (directed by John Landis!).  As Woody says, “Everyone loves Disney!”

Disneyland 35th Anniversary Ticket Prices

Check out those ticket prices!

Highlights and guest appearances include:

  • The cast of Cheers
  • The Haunted Mansion attraction
  • Footage of the opening day of Disneyland and the 35th Anniversary re-dedication with Ronald Reagan
  • The new Party Gras parade
  • Footage of the original construction of the theme park
  • Famous visitors to the theme park over the last 35 years
  • Michael Eisner talking to the very first Disneyland guests – 35 years later
  • Tony Danza on the Jungle Cruise attraction
  • C3-PO and R2-D2, Tony Danza, the Three Little Pigs, Gonzo, and Miss Piggy on the Star Tours attraction
  • Miss Piggy and Cinderella with Gonzo as “Your Fairy God-thing”
  • Jim Varney as Ernest
  • DJ Jazzy Jeff & the Fresh Prince singing a hip-hop version of “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious”

Disneyland 1990 Chronology:Disneyland 35th Anniversary Park Map Detail

  • January 11: For the 35th anniversary of Disneyland, the Party Gras Parade debuts, with balloons 45 feet high of Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck, Pluto, and Goofy
  • January 12: Michael Eisner announces Disney’s most ambitious expansion of Disneyland over the next ten years, to expand park capacity by 20 percent
  • February 4: The special TV show Disneyland’s 35th Anniversary Celebration airs, starring Tony Danza and the Muppets
  • April 6: The Blue Ribbon Bakery shop opens on Main Street at Disneyland, in place of the Sunkist Citrus House
  • April 29:
    • The Pendleton Woolen Mills Dry Goods Store in Frontierland at Disneyland closes
    • The One Man’s Dream show gives its last performance at the Videopolis in Disneyland
  • June 3: The Fine Tobacco shop on Main Street, U.S.A. in Disneyland closes
  • June 15:
    • The stage show Dick Tracy Starring in Diamond Double-Cross begins performances at Videopolis in Disneyland
    • The Patented Pastimes shop opens on Main Street in Disneyland
  • June 29: The Bonanza Outfitters shop opens in Frontierland at Disneyland, in place of the Pendleton Woolen Mills Dry Goods Store
  • October: Jack Lindquist is named president of Disneyland
  • November 18: The Party Gras Parade makes its last run at Disneyland
  • December 31: The stage show Dick Tracy Starring in Diamond Double-Cross at Videopolis in Disneyland gives its last performance
  • Month unknown: At Disneyland, the Dumbo Flying Elephants attraction is updated with a new ride system

    Visit the rest of the 60 Days to 60 Years of Disneyland posts

    Visit the rest of the 60 Days to 60 Years of Disneyland posts

#60DaysTo60YearsAtDisneyland

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Did you get to visit Disneyland in 1990 during the 35th Anniversary celebration?  Did you win a Geo?!?!

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Perfect Goofy Gail

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Race Report: Wine & Dine Half Marathon or Would you like WHINE with that half marathon?..

How bad was the weather? We dressed up as ACTUAL runners ;)

How bad was the weather? We dressed up as ACTUAL runners 😉

Part of the problem of having a #RunAllTheRaces philosophy is that we run SO MANY races that we don’t always have the time to talk (and BLOG) about all the races.  Believe it or not, we both ACTUALLY have JOBS – a runner’s got to do something to pay for all those races…

We still owe everyone a BUNCH of race reports on other events from earlier this year, but the WEATHER was such a factor at last weekend’s runDisney Wine & Dine Half Marathon that we just had to post about this race next!

BLOG DISCLAIMER: It was SO wet and rainy that, for the first time in #RunAllTheRaces history, we did NOT wear a costume and we did NOT stop and take photos on the course.  It was so wet and rainy we ACTUALLY RAN the race!

So, how wet and rainy was it?  In our collective 10+ years of running races at Disney Theme Parks, the only event where the weather was worse was 2010 Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend (also known around runDisney circles as “The Cold Year”) where it snowed (yes, you read that correctly – SNOWED) and sleeted and was generally miserable for the entire half and full marathons. FYI: Frozen water stops and slippery, ice-covered roads are no bueno!

In fact, it was so wet and rainy that a simple blog description just won’t do it justice.

So – in our first “How To” blog post – we are providing you with instructions on how to re-create the event at home so you can fully understand the experience.  You’re welcome 😉

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How To: Recreate the 2014 Wine & Dine Half Marathon Experience in the “Comfort” of Your Own Home

  1. Run around all day.  Wait until 7:00pm to start your experience.

    An umbrella.  And yes - that's a necessity - NOT a costume piece!

    An umbrella. And yes – that’s a necessity – NOT a costume piece!

  2. Get fully dressed in your running attire. And we mean fully dressed; including shoes, fuel belt, race bib.  As it is a runDisney event, this probably includes an elaborate costume you spent weeks planning and even longer making.
  3. Go into your bathroom and turn on the shower.  Not too hot, mind you.  The water temperature should seem warm enough to be “not so bad” at first, but not so warm as to be enjoyable for any length of time.
  4. Get in your shower.  Fully dressed. Yep.  Just hang out there under the gently falling drops and imagine yourself in the corrals, waiting for the start.  Spend a few moments trying to convince yourself that it looks like it’s clearing and surely it will stop before the race starts.
  5. Begin jogging in place.  Still in your shower.  Still under the running water.  Take a sip of your race beverage of choice and realize, as you tip your head back, water hits you directly in your eyeballs.
  6. Continue jogging in place under the running water for the time it normally takes you to run a half marathon plus a crappy weather factor of 10%.  You’ll need that extra time to run around giant puddles, avoid falling on slippery surfaces, and stop to wring-out your progressively heavier water-logged clothing.
  7. Swear at yourself for even signing up for this race in the first place.  Feel free to include anyone else who encouraged you throughout your training and isn’t actually running in this mess in your rant.
  8. Finish your race.  Have someone place a cold, wet medal around your neck and a space blanket around your shoulders.
  9. Decide ” *&%# it! I paid for the After Party.  I’m still going.”  Have someone hand you a beer and a snack while you continue to stand in your shower.
  10. Go out to your garage.  Stand around outside your car for approximately 20 minutes to simulate waiting for the bus back to your resort hotel.
  11. Get in your car.  Turn on the air conditioner. Hang out for 45 minutes.  Cold? Yep. But the roads are closed for the race and you have to leave property and come back around to get to your stop.
  12. Get out of your car and walk around the block.  Turns out, the event bus drops you off at the Convention Center – which feels like a 3-mile walk from your room.
  13. Swear at yourself for even signing up for this race in the first place.  Feel free to include anyone else who encouraged you throughout your training and isn’t actually still out in this mess in your rant.
  14. Go back into your bathroom and turn on the shower again.  Good news – this time you can take a nice hot shower!
  15. Fall into bed.  Sleep like a rock – as you are exhausted from this entire experience.
  16. Wake up.  Decide it wasn’t so bad.  Check the runDisney website to see when registration opens for next year.
Finishers of the 1st Annual Wine & Dine Wet T-Shirt Contest

Finishers of the 1st Annual Wine & Dine Wet T-Shirt Contest

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What was the worst weather you ever raced in?  What did you learn from the experience for next time?

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Perfect Goofy Gail & (soon to be Delightful Dopey) Kimberly

Virtual Twilight Zone Tower of Terror 10-Miler Weekend Blog Hop: Race Costuming or You’re going to run…in THAT?!?!

Charlie's Storm Troopers

Charlie’s Storm Troopers

2014 Princess Half Marathon Weekend Enchanted 10K

2014 Princess Half Marathon Weekend Enchanted 10K

Okay, I’ll admit it.  I am a recent covert to running in costume.

THE jump photo to end ALL jump photos - and my VERY FIRST time running in costume.

THE jump photo to end ALL jump photos – and my VERY FIRST time running in costume.

What finally made me make the leap?

Last year’s Disneyland Half Marathon was the race where I earned my 50th runDisney medal and I wanted to mark this running milestone with “something different.”

All my previous runs were focused on time – with no room in my race plan for costumes or photo stops.  This had worked well for me and I enjoyed racing myself and always striving for a PR – BUT – trolling around on Facebook opened my eyes to another kind of fun on the run…COSTUMES!

Most of these AMAZING costumes were made with technical material!

Most of these AMAZING costumes were made with technical material!

From Mild to WILD…

I started out mild – the Mad Hatter for the 2013 Disneyland 10K and a Mouseketeer for the 2013 Disneyland Half Marathon.  My “costumes” consisted of my normal running shorts and sports bra dressed up with simple pre-made add ons.  The Mad Hatter was based around a Raw Threads bamboo technical shirt, an orange tutu, knee socks, and a Mad Hatter headband.

NOTE:  This was also my first – and still most EPIC – jumping photo!

The Mouseketeer included a Sparkle Athletic skirt, technical shirt with my first name, and child’s mouse ears (the child’s ears have an elastic strap which, when placed behind my ponytail, made sure they stayed put for the entire race – so much so, I forgot I even had them on…).

MILD is a great “gateway” to begin running in costume.

Like any gateway, I got HOOKED pretty quickly – AND had a number of friends that not only dressed up as well, but were (and continue to be) excellent enablers 😉

A little costuming peer pressure can go a long way...far enough to get your male friend to run in a skirt during the Princess Half Marathon ;)

A little costuming peer pressure can go a long way…far enough to get your male friend to run in a skirt during the Princess Half Marathon 😉

Tinker Bell Half Marathon Weekend 5K.  Great crochet Tinker Bell hair hat and a tutu so big it had it's own gravitational pull.

Tinker Bell Half Marathon Weekend 5K. Great crochet Tinker Bell hair hat and a tutu so big it had it’s own gravitational pull.

2014 Walt Disneyl World Marathon Weekend Dopey Challenge Day 4...yep - this is exactly how I felt.  Having an easy race costume was a great decision for me for this race.

2014 Walt Disneyl World Marathon Weekend Dopey Challenge Day 4…yep – this is exactly how I felt. Having an easy race costume was a great decision for me for this race.

In the matter of year, I ramped up BIG TIME – culminating in the biggest and craziest costume to date during the the 2014 Disneyland 5K.  Kimberly was getting HER 50th runDisney medal at the Disneyland Half Marathon and we decided to celebrate her running milestone by going BIG.

We planned the Cheshire Cat and Caterpillar from Alice in Wonderland for the Disneyland 5K, Alice in Wonderland Card Soldiers with our running pals Rebecca and Pammy for the Disneyland 10K, and Dumbo and the Circus Master for the Disneyland Half Marathon.

runDisney Tweeted our photo at the Disneyland 5K finish line, interviewed us for the Disneyland 10K race recap video, and we made the office runDisney race album on Facebook for the Disneyland Half Marathon.

runDisney media trifecta - Twitter for Disneyland 5K, race video for Disneyland 10K, and race album on Facebook for Disneyland Half Marathon.  Mission accomplished!

runDisney media trifecta – Twitter for Disneyland 5K, race video for Disneyland 10K, and race album on Facebook for Disneyland Half Marathon. Mission accomplished!

Hunka-hunka burning costumes...

Hunka-hunka burning costumes…

WILD can be AWESOME – as long as you take race length and temperature into consideration.

Tips for a Successful Race Costume:IMG_4198

  • Take the race length and temperature into consideration. [Shorter race and/or cooler temperatures = the chance to ramp up the costume!]
  • If you are traveling, think about the logistics of getting your costume to the race location. [I had to search for smaller hula hoops for my Cheshire Cat so 1 would fit in my suitcase and 1 would fit in the airplane overhead bin :D]
  • Take what race you are running into consideration. [runDisney races brings LOTS of people in costumes.  Some other races – not so much.  Determine your comfort level being dressed up on the run.]
  • IMG_5438Take your completed costume out for a trial run. [Make sure all the parts stay on when you are running and NOTHING rubs you the wrong way]
  • Think outside the box. [Doing a little research about secondary characters can enable you to have a unique costume and stand out among many Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, and Anna and Elsa outfits]
  • Race costumes can be awesome whether they are mild or wild. [Don’t not run in costume just because you don’t want to go huge – subtle can be just as wonderful and memorable as crazy.]
  • Great costumes can be had even if you are not a seamstress. [There are lots of companies that make costume pieces in technical material and cater specifically to runners – including those that do not sew and/or don’t have time to make something themselves]
  • HAVE FUN with it! [If you are going to run in costume, bring some fellow dressed up friends, take photos to commemorate your crazy, and enjoy the run!]

We have some great stuff planned for the Tower of Terror 10-Miler Weekend races!  Keep an eye out for some “happy haunts” as we “stretch” our costuming skills…

Check out the rest of the AMAZING posts that are part of our Virtual Twilight Zone Tower of Terror 10-Miler Weekend Blog Hop HERE.

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Perfect Goofy Gail & (soon to be Delightful Dopey) Kimberly