Dumbo Double Dare Challenge

While we were relaxing in Disney on our family no race vacation after seeing new Dumbo merchandise my sister said it was good to see “Dumbo getting the respect he deserves!” I can only imagine her excitement to see this beautiful Dumbo medal she will be getting Labor Day Weekend!

Thank you runDisney for helping give Dumbo some respect! Now if only we could get the same for Figment!

Bring on the training!


-daughter #1



We are in Disney for a much needed vacation! While there isn’t any racing we are running.


… And enjoying adult beverages.


… And enjoying great views.





… And most importantly enjoying spending time together!



Weekend Recap

There wasn’t a lot of running this weekend but there was family time. My dad had to travel for work so on his way out of the country he stopped in Chicago to help me with some things at my condo. I remodeled over the summer and hadn’t finished the decorating… Apparently I hang all things too high. He had a short visit but we were able to get most of my artwork on the walls, have waffles, try a new pizza place, and catch up. It was great having him for a visit even for a short one. Dad was really lucky and saw snowflakes in April!

Dad was hard at work!


This time next week we will all be together at Disney and while there won’t be any races there will be plenty of running.


– daughter #1

Family Running

We may not all be the same pace.
We may not all run the same distance.
We may not all even love running.
We do all love running knowing someone else is out there!

Even better is literally running into your family!

I can’t wait to know I’m running with family when we go on our family vacation (no races involved) later in the month.

Until then, Happy National Siblings Day to my sister!


– Daughter #1

Chicago Marathon 2013 Planning


Chicago Marathon 2013

I am one of the lucky crazy people that was able to get into the Chicago Marathon before the great server crash of 2013.  I tried to register, made it all the way to the payment page, put in my credit card number, closed my eyes and hit submit and then I went to lunch (it is never too early to start carb loading).  When I got back to my desk and looked at my browser I saw that it crashed.  I figured I would try again and couldn’t get the website to open.  After a few failed attempts to even open I told myself I would try after work.  A few hours later the news of the website crashing, failing, closing of registration, etc. started to trickle out.  I figured I would have to wait and see what was going to happen figuring like others that Chicago Marathon was going to lottery (it did a few days later).  One of my coworkers found the confirm your registration page and my name was on it!  Panic began to set in…. me the train when I feel like it runner was really signed up for the Chicago Marathon.  My running buddy that finally convinced me to sign up for Chicago she says “we aren’t getting any younger and this isn’t going to get any easier!” was also in!  My dad, not so much.

I like many runDisney fans am also a huge Jeff Galloway run/walk fan.  For me, his plans work well with my schedule, attention span, and motivation.  I adapted one of his plans that is available on the runDisney website to work for Chicago.  I know it is a long training schedule but I am a girl that needs structure, lots of structure.  Based off my math, I think training starts this week, eek!  Luckily the first few weeks aren’t challenging, just the structure I need to start wrapping my mind about 26.2 miles of running (that is further than my drive to the office).

After spectating the Chicago Marathon in 2011 (while in a stress fracture boot, now that is a story) volunteering at a water station in 2012 and spectating the 20th Anniversary of the Disney Marathon I can say I am truly inspired by everyone that completes a marathon and hope to say I completed my first (there might be a second in 2014) marathon 2013.

– Daughter #1

The Accidental Runner

I never planned to become a runner. It all started with the Family Weight Loss Challenge; at the ripe old age of 57 it wasn’t going to be easy to get the weight I needed to lose to come off. I knew it was going to take a lot of cardio as well as watching every thing I ate, just cutting back and doing Pilates three times a week would never be enough. So I got on the treadmill. But, I didn’t want to spend at least an hour on the treadmill it was too boring, even with the TV on, so I decided to try running on the treadmill. The theory being that if I ran I would burn more calories and could get off the treadmill faster. When I started I couldn’t run for 10 minutes with out stopping. I ran and I walked and I ran a little more and slowly worked up to running two miles.

Daughter #1 decided she wanted to run the 5k at the Disney Princess half Marathon weekend. I said I would run with her and worked my way up to three miles on the treadmill. I had never run outside and I had never even considered running in a race. In my mind I wasn’t a runner, running was just something I did a few days a week. I was nervous about the race, afraid I would be the last one across the finish line. Running that 5k was amazing, empowering and best of all it was fun, thank you runDisney!  As I crossed the finish line I thought to myself, “I guess I really am a runner!”

After finishing the 5k Daughter #1 decided she wanted to run a Half Marathon. I laughed and said she was on her own for that, there was no way I was ever going to run 13.1 miles. (Famous last words, but the story of how I ended up running my first half marathon is best saved for another day)

-Run Mama

runDisney Wine & Dine 1/2 Marathon

A weekend of running, food, and wine to close out Disney’s annual Food & Wine Festival. Or known to our family as the night we ran a collective 52.4 miles as a family!  The runDisney twitter account & Facebook page was going crazy today because registration for the 2013 Wine & Dine 1/2 marathon weekend opened. Dad & his daughters are counting down the days until the runDisney 2013 Wine & Dine 1/2 Marathon on Saturday, November 9th.

Take a look back on the 2012 Wine & Dine Weekend in photos below.


Daughter #2 at her first runDisney Expo


The journey to the bling


Dad, Daughter #1 (primary author), and Daughter #2 waiting for the 10pm start at ESPN WWOS


Getting closer to our corral’s start!


The highlight of the race, the Osborne Spectacle of Dancing Lights in Hollywood Studios!


Daughter #2 excited to show off her new bling


Daughter #1 (me) 2nd half marathon in the books & finished on my birthday!

– daughter #1