It’s Dumbo Double Dare Time!

It’s today! It’s today! Bobby and I leave for Disneyland today to run the runDisney Dumbo Double Dare!! I cannot believe it’s been a YEAR since we were there, time sure does fly.


I am however so glad this year there is no hurricane changing our travel plans. Talk about a stressful day! This year, we have a non stop flight woo hoo!

Ok, so a few reminders about the race weekend for those following along:

-I will be posting updates via my social media platforms: Instagram, Twitter, Facebook.

-You can track runners thanks to runDisney! Just head over to runner tracking to look up athletes.

-Need tips for the race weekend? Check out this post I wrote a couple weeks ago.

disneyland half tips

-Not sure where to eat while in Disneyland? I wrote a post about that, too!

-Panicked because you aren’t packed yet and you leave TODAY? I have a packing vlog for you!

-I will be attending the pre race meet up on Friday morning at 6:00 PST. I will be live tweeting and instagraming during the event, be sure to follow #DisneylandHalfMeetUp so you don’t miss the fun!

Allison Sweeney of Biggest Loser and soap opera fame is running the half marathon, so if you are there, be on the lookout! I’m sure she will be at the expo, too!

-If you happen to see me at the expo or in the parks or at the race, PLEASE PLEASE say hello to me! I have had people tell me in an  email they saw me but were too scared to come say hello. Makes me so sad! I love, love, love meeting readers and fellow runners. Come talk to me!



You can check out my recap from last year’s race to get you pumped!!

**I will be at a social media meetup open to the public on Saturday hosted by 3 of my friends. Anyone can attend! Come say hi! Here is the info:

QOTD: Have you ever been to Disneyland? Are you running the race?

Disneyland Half Marathon Weekend Updates

We are one month away from runDisney’s Disneyland half marathon weekend, I can’t WAIT to be a part of the inaugural Dumbo Double Dare Challenge.


Lots to be discussed today friends! New information has come out that will be helpful in gearing up for your race. Let’s see what’s’ new:

1.) 10k and 5k course map revealed: As the first 10k, I know this map has something everyone has been waiting for. The 10k course looks great, I can’t wait to run it!

disneyland 10k course map

2.) Official Race Program is now on Check it out so you will know what to expect out of your race weekend including expo information and schedule of events.

3.) Waivers are up! Be sure to print yours out and bring it with you to the expo so you can pick up your packet/bib with ease. Coral assignments have also been posted:




4.) Runner Tracking is now available: If you can’t travel with your favorite runner, or if you just want to keep tabs on a friend during the race, be sure to sign up for runner tracking so you will get alerts during the race weekend.

GET EXCITED! One month until Disneyland! Coast to coast round two, here I come!

QOTD: Who will I be seeing in Disneyland?

Dumbo Double Training Plan

My buddy Jen posted her runDisney Dumbo Double Dare training plans last week and I realized just how quickly this race is sneaking up on me!


(The race calls for a 10k Saturday and a half marathon Sunday). I will be taking the 10k VERY easy for this one! I have been on a distance running hiatus since the Princess half, and while it was good for my brain, it’s not good for my fitness level! Not only have I lost a lot of my running fitness, but a couple of unwanted pounds have crept on, which I know will go away once I start training again. I think I am going to start my training next Monday.

This scares me, because I seem to have a strange problem with training plans, in that I NEVER follow them like I am supposed to. I either get hurt, sick, or go out of town and the plan goes out the window. I am determined to stick with it this time and see how it helps me.

I decided on a modified version of the Runner’s World smart coach training plan. I finally learned that I run best when I run 3 days a week, with the occasional 4 days a week. So, what I plan to do is run three days a week, and run four days every other week. I think it’s a pretty good compromise. There are two shorter easy runs every week, so I just plan to take out one of those very other week and make it a cross training/weight lifting day instead, or if I feel I need an extra day of rest I will take it (otherwise I will take ONE complete day off a week).

Here is what a 2 week span will look like at the beginning of the plan:


I will rest on Sundays, and on the first week I will take out the Thursday easy run and make it a cross training day, but keep the schedule as is for week two. Hopefully I can make it through to the end!

Strength training: I will strength train 3 times a week. On Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays. No legs on Friday since I will long run Saturday. Will most likely do legs on Mondays. On Tuesday and Friday I will do chest/tri’s and bi’s/back with abs thrown in both days.

Cross training: Since Monday is an easy run day I will probably continue to also take my body pump class and do legs on that day. On my other cross training days I will rotate between the elliptical, stationary bike, and walking the treadmill at a high incline. Hopefully lots of stretching and foam rolling will also take place!

Being realistic: In a perfect world, I would hit ever workout perfectly every week, but things come up, you get sick, you travel, so I may be changing some days up, but I will still hopefully complete the training plan even if I have to miss or change a day here or there. Not beating myself up for it is important!

Back to back runs: My plan is to take the 10k VERY slowly, so I am not as concerned with back to back runs like I was for goofy running a half and a full. I may change up a couple of the weeks to where I have two runs back to back to get the feel of it, but I won’t be doing it all the time.

QOTD: Do you follow a training plan or do your own thing?

Dumbo Double Dare


Good morning! Great news for all the runDisney fans out there, runDisney announced yesterday that they are adding a component to the Disneyland half marathon weekend, a 10k! Not only that, but you can run the 10k and the half and get a special Dumbo medal (kind of like doing the half and full for goofy). How cool is that?!? Check out this video for the “official invite.” I am SO EXCITED about this!



Also, below is the official press release on the event:



Runners Can Double Their Effort With Dumbo Double Dare; Race Registration Opens Next Month


LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla (Dec. 19, 2012) – The Happiest Race on Earth is getting a little happier starting next year.  The Disneyland Half Marathon Weekend is expanding to include the Disneyland 10K at Disneyland Resort in California, Aug. 30 – Sept. 1, 2013.


The new 10K race, the latest in the popular runDisney series, will be a timed event and will take runners throughDisneyland, Disney California Adventure and the streets of Anaheim.  Each finisher will receive a specially designed commemorative finisher medal.  Runners looking for an extra challenge can register for the Dumbo Double Dare, which involves running the10K on Saturday and the Half Marathon on Sunday (19.3 miles total).  The limited number of participants who sign up for the Dumbo Double Dare will receive a Dumbo Double Dare running shirt and a special finisher medal, in addition to the Disneyland Half Marathon and 10K finisher medals.


The Disneyland 10K builds on the weekend of races and entertainment geared toward families and runners of all levels.  In addition to the 10K, the weekend of events include the Kids Races, the Family Fun Run 5K, the Half Marathon and a two-day Health and Fitness Expo where guests can check out the latest in fitness apparel, running gear and high tech gadgets, plus learn from speakers such as runDisney training consultant Jeff Galloway, runDisney nutrition consultant Tara Gidus and former Olympian Suzy Favor Hamilton.  Runners and guests can add to their race weekend experience by purchasing tickets to a Pasta in the Park Party.


“The 10K distance is the third most popular distance for runners next to the 5K and half marathon, so this race weekend will have it all,” said Manager, runDisney Events Kathleen Duran.  “We are excited to continue to add different distance races so runners at every level can experience a runDisney event and run through Disney theme parks.”

The prices will be as follows:

Disneyland® Half Marathon
$175 by February 19, 2013
$190 between February 20 and April 16, 2013
$205 on or after April 17, 2013

Disneyland® 10K
$95 by February 19, 2013
$110 between February 20 and April 16, 2013
$125 on or after April 17, 2013

Dumbo Double Dare
$280 by February 19, 2013
$300 between February 20 and April 16, 2013
$320 on or after April 17, 2013

Disneyland® Family Fun Run 5K
$65 per participant

runDisney Kids Races
$20 per child


Registration opens for all Disneyland Half Marathon Weekend races on Jan. 22, 2013.  Last year’s half marathon sold out in a little more than a month.  For more information about the race weekend and other runDisney events, go


In case you missed it…registration open January 22, and last year the half sold out in just over a month, so I imagine with the addition of the Dumbo double, it will sell out even faster, so don’t delay once registration opens! Get excited friends!

QOTD: Are you excited about this new race? Do you plan to do it? Thoughts on back to back races?