ToT 10 miler training: 15 weeks to go

Last week I shared a picture of the tutu I’m wearing for the race, so this week I figured I’d share the tank top!  And I mentioned I’m doing Alice in Wonderland.  It’s actually going to be a group costume with some other friends who are also going to be the Cheshire cat, Mad Hatter, and Tweedle Dee/Dum!  I got my tank top from Raw Threads, which makes a lot of fun Disney shirts.


This week’s training was the usual 30 minutes on Monday/Wednesday, and then a 4 mile one on the weekend.  I’ve done 4 miles before but not in a bit, since mid April.  So it would be the furthest I’ve ran in awhile.  Plus with all of the crazy hot weather we’ve been having, I knew it would be a little tough!

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Disney Resorts Restaurant Tournament – Round 2

It’s week 2 of the resort restaurant tournament – did your favorites make the cut?  This week we have some even more difficult match ups, so make sure you vote for your favorites to stay in the running!

We’ve got 4 match ups to vote on, so comment here or on our facebook page with your favorites in each match-up!

resort-restaurants-part-1 round 2


Runner’s Guide: Kiss-a-Belle Boutique

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Disney races are all about tutus these days!  And that’s why I’m thrilled to bring you a great tutu seller on Etsy, Kiss-a-Belle Boutique.  She has some super cute ones that are available in her shop right now, but she’s also willing to create any Disney tutu that you want!  So if there’s a character you want to see represented in a tutu, send her a message and she will make something for you.


For this review I was sent a Snow White inspired tutu.  And when I opened the box and saw it, I immediately fell in love with.  So much so that I’m now strongly considering a Snow White costume for a future Disney race – she was not on the initial list of the many Disney characters I want to run as (I’m doing Alice in Wonderland this October, and for February I was deciding between Anna, Esmeralda, Elsa, and Vanellope).  I’m planning to do the Princess Half Marathon and the 5k in February, so now I’m thinking Snow White will definitely be my costume for one of those!

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ToT 10 miler training: 16 weeks to go

16 weeks to go.  That’s 4 months.  It’s exciting because it means I’ll be in Disney in 4 months!  But it’s also a little scary because I’ll have to be ready to run a 10 mile race by then!  As I mentioned last week, I have a pretty good idea of the basics of my costume.  I’m going to be Alice from Alice in Wonderland, and I at least have a tutu and a tank top to wear!  So this week I wanted to share the tutu I’ll be wearing.  It’s from Race Junkie, who makes some of the cutest Disney running tutus!race junkie

So this is Week 3 of the Jeff Galloway training program for beginners.  Here’s what Week 3 looks like:

training week 3

This week I decided starting out that I wanted to take things a little easier.  There were a few reasons for this.  1. I’d been keeping a pace under 12:00 min/mile, and I know that’s not going to be sustainable for me on longer runs.  2.  My legs were sore from maintaining a regular running schedule so I didn’t want to push them too hard.  3. It was supposed to be very hot this week and I knew the heat would get to me.

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Giveaway! Runner’s Guide: One More Mile

omm giveaway

Today I’m excited to bring you a review and giveaway from one of my absolute favorite running shirt companies – One More Mile!  Their specialty is funny running slogans, and they have a ton you can choose from on their website!  They have a number of Disney related running slogans, including “Forget the Glass Slippers – this Princess wears running shoes!”, “3.1, 6.2, 13.1, 26.2… this was a Dopey idea!” and “13.1 Miles – run like a Princess” with a crown.

For this review I chose a Star Wars inspired shirt, which seems especially appropriate now that there is a RunDisney Star Wars race!  I loved the cleverness of this slogan “May the course be with you.”  The perfect way to tie in Star Wars and running!


They sent me this shirt in their new Heather Tech material, and it is super comfy and perfect for running.  I wear this shirt a lot, especially when it’s warm out, because it feels so light and airy.  Now that it’s summer and it’s hot this is just what I need.  It doesn’t feel all sweaty and gross after a run (even though the rest of me does!).  In fact, I’m sitting here wearing it right now because I just finished my run for today!

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Disney Resorts Restaurant Tournament!

If you’ve been following my blog for awhile, you know that I like to do restaurant tournaments to see which one comes out victorious.  It’s been some time since we’ve had one, so I thought this would be a good chance to introduce it again!  We’ve already done Epcot (Le Cellier won), the three other parks (Be Our Guest was victorious), and Downtown Disney (Raglan Road).  But arguably it’s the resort restaurants that are the best!

There are so many of them that I had to break them into two separate tournaments.  This first one will have most of the regular resort restaurants, and then the second tournament will have signature and character dining.

All you have to do to cast your vote is to comment on this blog post, or comment on the facebook page.  Please try to place a vote for each match up, even if you haven’t eaten there – it’s just for fun, so take a guess at which one you would like more, or choose which one sounds more appealing to you!  For this first round, you should have 8 restaurants listed.

I look forward to hearing your thoughts and any comments you might have on the restaurants!


resort restaurants part 1

Runner’s Guide: SPI Belt


As you might know by now, I like to carry stuff with me when I run.  I’m one of those “always prepared” people that doesn’t want to be found without whatever it is I need – a protein bar, an extra hair tie, etc.  When I did the Enchanted 10k I had some friends with me that were doing the Princess Half, and they used an SPI Belt for carrying their stuff.  SPI stands for “small personal item belt.”  So when I got the chance to review my own SPI Belt, I was definitely excited to see how it went!

At first glance, it doesn’t seem like the SPI Belt will hold much.  You clip it around your waist (or you can even strap it across your chest if you prefer), and you can put whatever you need to carry into it.  It’s comfortable and doesn’t bounce around.  One of the nice things about it is that the strap is adjustable, so you can make it fit you just the way you like it.  Plus, if you lose any weight from your fitness activities you don’t have to worry about getting a new size!

I will admit, when I first saw the SPI Belt I was skeptical that it would hold much.  They say that it has an expandable pouch, but looking at this, how much could it really expand?

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ToT 10 miler training: 17 weeks to go

Week 2 of my training!  Still pretty easy going in terms of distance.  Despite having a very busy week, I did manage to squeeze in my runs so I’m rather proud of that!  One of the things I’ve been thinking about for the Tower of Terror 10 miler is my costume.  I’m doing Alice in Wonderland and I have a tutu and a shirt.  Now I have two more parts of my costume I want to figure out.  I need a headband and compression socks.  I was looking at these socks on the Running Skirts website:


I wanted to get the blue ones because I think it would go well with my Alice costume.  But unfortunately, they’re out of stock.  I don’t know if/when they’ll be coming back.  I should’ve bought then when I had the chance!  Not sure what I’ll do now.

galloway week 2

So for my Monday run I was extremely happy with my pace!  I was worried I’d get caught in the rain but I headed out as soon as I was done with work.  Did half an hour, got into my car to drive home… and it started downpouring.  Luck was definitely with me!

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