Walt Disney World Marathon 2018 Recap

IT IS TIME…for the last installment of my 2018 Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend recaps! If you haven’t guessed, The Lion King is my favorite Disney movie of all time.

If you missed my 5K, 10K, and half marathon recaps, be sure to check them out!

Flashback to January 7, 2018…..

I woke up for my fifth and final early morning of the weekend. Jenna and I brushed our teeth, washed our faces, and put on some sunscreen. Then, we checked the weather, which was surprisingly looking fantastic – it was going to be the best day of marathon weekend! We quickly got dressed into our costumes, grabbed our breakfasts, and headed toward the bus stop.

We arrived at the race area and headed straight for the merchandise tent. Due to my crazy expo experience, I wanted to see if there was anything left over. I wasn’t expecting much. We waited for about 15 minutes before we were let into the tent. I quickly searched up and down the aisles to see what was left, and, as I had guessed, nothing was left. But, it was warm, so we did a few more loops before exiting the tent.

We then headed over to the DJ to watch some of the pre-race entertainment. We knew that we wanted to get into the corral pretty early since Jenna had never experienced a runDisney weekend. We then quickly used the restroom and made our way to bag check. This was the first morning that I brought a bag. Jenna and I wanted to ditch some of our outer layers and extra food before the race, so we thought that a bag would be a great idea. I marked my number on the bag and then handed it to the cast members working the bag check.

Jenna and I began our long walk to the corrals. We chatted about our race strategy (stop for shorter character lines and do 4:1 intervals). As we reached Corral C, I noticed that my sunglasses were missing. NO! My brand new sunglasses that I had worn once! I traced my steps in my mind, and then it came to me….I set my glasses down to write on my bag for bag check! By the time I realized this, it was too late to go back. The race was starting in 15 minutes. I quickly texted Steve and asked him to stop by the bag check table to see if my glasses were there. He and Logan were just arriving on the spectator buses at that moment, so I knew that there was a slim chance that he would find them sitting on the table. But, to my surprise, he texted me 5 minutes later saying that he found them! I WAS SO HAPPY!

Ok…back to the race….

We watched the pre-race entertainment, and, before we knew it, the wheelchair athletes and elite runners were off! Because it was the 25th anniversary of the marathon weekend, runDisney was playing hit pop and Disney songs from each year that the marathon was run (1994-2018). We heard plenty of Backstreet Boys, Britney, Boys 2 Men, etc. It was awesome! Because we were lucky enough to be in Corral C, we were able to start within a few minutes of the official race start, which was awesome!

The first few miles followed the same course as the half marathon, so I won’t bore you with details. Similar to the day before, we arrived at the Magic Kingdom around mile 5. Jenna and I were making great time, and we texted the boys to see where they were. We knew that they were on their way to the Magic Kingdom to see us. As we continued down Main Street, we received a text that they were still on the monorail. So, in an effort to wait for them, we decided to stop for a bunch of photos within the Magic Kingdom!

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After snapping a few photos in front of the castle, we heard our names being called. It was Steve and Logan – they had made it in time to see us! We waved to them and then continued on our way through the rest of Magic Kingdom.

We continued on the same course as the half marathon for a few more miles – passed the Grand Floridian, Polynesian, and the golf course.

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Just after this photo (I believe), we started to make our way to Animal Kingdom. Jenna and I were having a blast and had so much energy. And, the sun was starting to come up, which made us super happy!

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Hehe. This picture makes me laugh! If you know Steve and I at all, then you know that we’re obsessed with Pain and Panic from Hercules. So, when I saw this photo opportunity just before Animal Kingdom, I begged Jenna to stop. There was no line, and she happily agreed. The cast member took the photo on “2” both times instead of “3”…so this is the best photo that we got. HA!

We quickly made it into Animal Kingdom and enjoyed the shade and peaceful atmosphere. This park has definitely grown into something spectacular!

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I snapped my traditional park icon photo, and we made our way towards ESPN Wide World of Sports. Usually, I start to hit the wall around miles 17-19, but I was feeling fantastic! Jenna really helped to keep my busy as the miles flew by. I honestly didn’t pay too much attention from Animal Kingdom until the end of Wide World of Sports. We chatted about life and our running goals for the year.

I will say that Wide World of Sports lasted A LOT longer than it did the last time I did the marathon. We ran 3 miles in there! WHAT! I don’t think there was a road or sidewalk that we didn’t use! Around mile 20, we were happy to be done with it. We then ran down the long stretch and slight hill to Hollywood Studios. Surprisingly, we were still in good spirits! My legs were feeling great, and Jenna’s first marathon was going better than she imagined!

We entered the back of Hollywood Studios and made a quick loop through the park. As we were exiting, I heard my name being called. It was one of my cousin’s friends from home. She was visiting with her family, and she was tracking me so that she could cheer for me. How sweet!

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After Hollywood, I told Jenna that we just needed to run to Epcot and around the World Showcase. We kicked it into gear and started singing every time we passed a speaker that was playing Disney songs.

We ran along the pathway to Epcot and the Boardwalk before entering the World Showcase. Although we were making good time, we decided to stop for the many photo opportunities within Epcot. There were NO lines! We decided that we must have been towards the front of the pack to see no lines for popular characters (and, by front, I mean the first half of finishers 🙂 – NOT the first runners)!

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We were smiling from ear to ear and singing our hearts out! And, as we approached the mile 26 marker, it really started to sink in. I was going to finish the Dopey Challenge, and Jenna was going to finish her first marathon! We full out sprinted towards the finish line. As soon as we crossed, we turned and immediately hugged each other. We did it!

After tearing up and having our moment, we grabbed our medals, food boxes, and water. Of course, we also had to have a selfie session with our hard-earned bling!

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After celebrating with Champagne with the group, I texted my parents and in-laws to let them know how I did. In return, I received this sweet photo of my pup!

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My family is the best!

When we finally finished our celebrations at the finish area, we headed to the bus stop to go back to the resort. We had early fast passes for Tower of Terror and Rock n’ Roller Coaster, so we quickly got ready and headed to Hollywood Studios. We rode those two rides, and then took a bus to Epcot to spend the rest of the day eating and drinking around the World Showcase. We deserved it!

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Of course, we had to get a photo in front of the 25th anniversary banner!

Overall, my Dopey Challenge experience was absolutely amazing. I still can’t believe how fabulous I felt the entire time. No pain and no exhaustion! So, would I do it again? YES! Will I ever have the opportunity again? Probably not. But, I wouldn’t trade my experience for the world.

Have you ever completed the Dopey Challenge? Share your experience with me!

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Where Have I Been?!

Guess who’s back……back again…..SARA’s back….tell a friend!

You guys, it has been SO long since I’ve written a blog post, and I DEEPLY apologize for that! After my last post, I got completely sucked in to the holiday and pre-Dopey mayhem. We attended multiple holiday parties, and I spent about a week trying to figure out what to pack for our trip (the weather was awful).

But….I’m back, rested, and, spoiler alert….I DID IT!

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Honestly, the entire weekend was fantastic, and I left Florida with such a runner’s high. But, all good things must come to an end, and I’m finally starting to feel like I’m back in the real world.

Now that I’ve had some time to reflect on this amazing, once-in-a-lifetime experience, I’m finally ready to start writing my recaps. I plan to do a recap of each race and the expo in the coming weeks, so please be sure to stay tuned!

Finally, now that Dopey is over (wah!), I’m looking for some other races to fill my 2018 calendar. If you have any favorites in the Northeast, please share them in the comments!

Thanks, and more to come!

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Week in Review – October 27, 2017

Happy Friday!

This has been such a great week, so let’s get this recap started!

Workouts

After my 10-mile run tomorrow, Dopey Challenge Training week #21 will be complete! This training is just flying by, you guys. It honestly feels like I just started!

  • Friday: 25 minutes on the exercise bike at home
  • Saturday: 6 miles around the neighborhood
  • Sunday: 16 total miles (2.9 miles around the neighborhood and then 13.1 miles at the Gettysburg Blue-Gray Half Marathon)
  • Monday: Rest day!
  • Tuesday: 4 miles around the neighborhood
  • Wednesday: 7 miles around the neighborhood
  • Thursday: 4 miles around the neighborhood

This morning, I did 30 easy minutes on the exercise bike at the gym, and I also did some light arm and leg exercises. I have 10 miles on the schedule for tomorrow, but I’m doing a local 5K for my sister’s school as well. So, I plan to run 6.9 miles around the neighborhood before the 5K to make sure that I get my full 10 miles in tomorrow. It’ll be another interesting training run for sure!

Favorites:

Experiences

My absolute favorite running experience has to be PRing at the Blue-Gray Half Marathon on Sunday! I definitely was not expecting this PR, and I’m so happy my training is working and that my body is getting stronger and faster! Be sure to read my race recap here.

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Another favorite experience for the week was attending Farmers Fair in Dillsburg. Before Steve and I went to pick up my packet in Gettysburg on Saturday, we stopped at the Farmers Fair festival in Dillsburg. It was our first time at the festival, and we were sure to try all of the food! My friend, Alexa, who goes to school in Florida, and her mom have a booth every year, so I’m so happy that I was able to see her while she was home!

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And, finally, we got to see plenty of Miss Milly this weekend 🙂

 

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Books:

I made some more headway on Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. Steve is going golfing tomorrow, so I think I’m going to try and read a big chunk while he is gone. Even though Order of the Phoenix is probably my least favorite movie in the series, I’m really enjoying the book so far!

Food:

Steve and I went to our favorite restaurant after my half marathon, and we had ALL OF THE FOOD AND PUMPKIN MARTINIS! I didn’t take any photos, but believe me, it was SO GOOD!

Anything Exciting Happening Next Week?

YES! Steve and I will be celebrating our 1-year wedding anniversary on Sunday. I can’t believe that it’s already been a year – where has the time gone?! We have plans to go to The Melting Pot on Saturday night, and then we plan to get donuts Sunday morning. We had donuts as the dessert at our wedding, so this is very fitting. I’m so excited!

What are you most excited for this weekend?

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Disney-fying My Home

Hi, friends!

I’m sorry that I’ve been so busy! Steve and I have been working hard and spending a lot of time on our house. We bought our home (our first) in May of 2016, which was the beginning of a very busy year for us, and we haven’t had much time to decorate since then.

Well, I’m happy to say that we FINALLY finished decorating and decluttering our home this past weekend! We still have some work to do (painting, light fixtures, etc.), but it really is starting to feel like our perfect little starter home!

As you all know, we love Disney, so adding some Disney touches to our house was important to us (as you could probably tell from my recent Disney DIY projects).

Today, I want to share our newest additions to our home. I bought all of these prints on Etsy, and they all were AMAZING quality.

  • House Rules Frame: How cute is this?!?! I’ve been seeing this sign for a while now, and I knew that I wanted to add it to our home! We put this lovely sign in our living room.

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  • Disney Castle Print: You guys, THIS PRINT IS SO BEAUTIFUL! I was a little nervous with how the quality would turn out, but it is seriously flawless. It reminds me of the beginning of every Disney movie. We hung this in our spare bedroom, and I cannot stop staring at it! It’s the perfect touch of Disney for our guests.

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  • Be Our Guest Prints: As you all know,  Beauty and the Beast is one of my favorite Disney movies of all time, so I definitely needed to add something from that movie to my home. I found these prints on Etsy and fell in love. We hung these in our living room for all of our ‘guests’ to see…get it…’guests’…yeah, it’s late and my humor is lacking. These prints remind me a lot of the new version of the movie.

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  • Hakuna Matata Print: And, my most favorite Disney movie of all time is The Lion King, so a Lion King print also had to happen. Oddly enough, when I saw this one, I knew that it would be perfect for our guest bathroom. Not only does it match the color scheme in the bathroom, but it also is where I take my baths and have some ‘me time.’ So, it had to go in there!

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  • I Look At You And I’m Home Print (from MisoMade on Etsy – she’s taking a break now, so I can’t link to it): Story time: Our best man included this quote in his speech at our wedding, and we fell in love with it. We always knew the quote within the context of the movie (Finding Nemo), but now we say it to each other often. We wanted to have this displayed somewhere in our room to constantly remind of us of our perfect day.

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And, that’s all, folks! We absolutely love the way that these Disney prints complete our home. They provide the perfect compliment to our other decor and interests.

What Disney decor items do you have in your home?

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Disney DIY Home Decor Projects

Happy Tuesday! I hope that you’re all having a wonderful day!

A few weeks back, I saw a few Disney DIY decor pieces on Pinterest and YouTube that I wanted to try for myself. Like I’ve said multiple times, I used to craft all of the time, but I really got away from it in the last few years. But, with the thought of finally filling my home with some decor (I’ve really been slacking in the decor department since we moved in last year), I thought I’d give it another try.

While Stephen was at the beach last weekend, I took a trip to Michaels, The Dollar Tree and Walmart to pick up some crafting supplies for a “DIY Weekend.”

My goal was to make the following decor pieces from MissAllieCakes on YouTube:

I also wanted to add something else to our dining room table to help tie in our two household themes (which are currently wine and Disney), so stay tuned to see what I created!

Beauty and the Beast Vases via MissAllieCakes

What you’ll need:

  • Two small glass vases
  • Sharpie Markers
  • Fake flowers

Instructions:

  1. First, use a black Sharpie marker to draw geometric shapes on the vases.
  2. Then, color in the shapes with various colored sharpie markers.
  3. Finally, add fake red roses, and you’re done! Easy as pie!

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I just love the way that these turned out!

Mickey Head Floral Centerpiece via MissAllieCakes

What you’ll need:

  • Three styrofoam balls, one large and two smaller ones (for the ears)
  • Two wooden skewers (I used toothpicks and they worked just as well)
  • Roughly 75-100 fake flowers (depending on how big you want to make your Centerpiece – I used 75)
  • A glass candle holder (I used a wooden one that I found at Michaels because it matched my dining room better)
  • Hot glue gun

Instructions:

  1. Hot glue the largest styrofoam ball to the candle holder.
  2. Skewer the two smaller styrofoam balls into the larger one to create the ears. Again, I used toothpicks, which worked well for my centerpiece. I reenforced the toothpicks with some hot glue so that my ears would stay in place.
  3. Rip the top of each flower off and layer the bottom with hot glue. Stick the flower into the styrofoam balls until they are covered. It’s that simple!

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HOW CUTE?! This is by far my favorite craft that I’ve ever made!

And, finally….

Shimmery Gold Wine Bottle Vases

What you’ll need:

  • Gold glitter spray paint
  • Two wine bottles, cleaned
  • Mod Podge
  • Foam paint brush
  • Burlap string/yarn
  • Fake flowers

I really went on a limb for this craft and did not follow any specific instructions.

  1. First, I spray painted the wine bottles with the gold glitter paint. I used two coats, and I let the bottles dry overnight before attempting the next steps.
  2. After the paint was dry, I covered both bottles in a layer of Mod Podge to keep the glitter from falling off of the bottles.
  3. After the Mod Podge dried, I took the burlap string and cut four 12-inch pieces. Then, I took two of the pieces and tied them around the tops of each bottle.
  4. And finally, I added three fake sunflowers to each bottle.

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I am so incredibly happy with how this craft turned out – especially because I made it up as I went along.

I am so in love with how all three of these crafts look in our house! And, I can be proud that I created these by myself – how cool?!

I’d like to thank MissAllieCakes on YouTube for her wonderful tutorials on the floral centerpiece and stained glass vases. Be sure to check out her channel for even more DIYs!

I plan to do a few more DIY projects in the near future, so I’ll be sure to share those with all of you as well.

Happy crafting!

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January 2018 Disney Trip: Disney Dining Reservations

Hello, friends!

The countdown is on: we are officially less than 180 days from our January 2018 Disney trip! I seriously cannot wait!

So, if you’re not a Disney fanatic, you’re probably wondering why I’m so excited six months out from my trip? No, it’s not just my typical Disney World daydreaming going on….

Disney gives guests the opportunity to book their dining reservations ahead of time – six months out to be specific. Our six month mark hit last Friday at 6 a.m. I was at the gym with Steve, and we walked on the treadmill as we got on the app to try to book our favorites!

Steve and I usually like to stick to Quick-Service meals, as they are cheaper, quicker, and don’t require reservations/specific times. But with that being said, we really wanted to hit a few restaurants on our upcoming trip (Steve is tired of me raving about them :)).

While I was nervous about our cellular reception at the gym, we were able to snag ALL four of the reservations that we wanted! Here is a breakdown of the wonderful places we will be dining at:

  • Via Napoli in the Italy pavilion in Epcot. Steve and I ate here on our first trip together in February 2015, and it was phenomenal! Pizza is my “good luck meal” before any race, so I knew that I wanted to hit this at least once throughout the week/weekend.
  • Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater in Disney’s Hollywood Studios. I was fortunate enough to eat here for breakfast with one of my best friends when I visited her during WDW Marathon Weekend in 2016. We had such a blast, and I continually tell Steve how awesome the atmosphere is there – I mean how cool is it to eat like you’re at the drive-ins?! This time, we will be enjoying dinner, and I’m really excited!

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  • Cinderella’s Royal Table in Magic Kingdom. GUYS. I. Can’t. Even. Function. This has been one of my biggest Disney bucket list items for almost my entire life! I knew that this was going to be a hard reservation to get, so I’m so excited that we were able to book it! We will be enjoying breakfast on our last full park day, and our reservation time is before the park opens! How cool?!
  • Be Our Guest Restaurant in Magic Kingdom. I’ve eaten here a few times – even once with Steve – and each time it’s been so delicious! The atmosphere is also so beautiful, and it really makes you feel like you’re in the movie. Beauty and the Beast is definitely one of my favorite Disney movies, so dining here again was a must on my 2018 to-do list. We will also be eating here on our last full park day for lunch.

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We are very excited to dine at all four locations – specifically Cinderella’s Royal Table! I still can’t believe I got a reservation! Next up on the trip planning agenda: Dopey Challenge costume creation, followed closely by fast pass selections. As always, I’ll be sure to keep you updated.

What’s your favorite Disney dining location?

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What’s On My Disney Playlist?

Happy Tuesday, friends! My husband and I are currently watching Hercules to celebrate its 20th anniversary. In our opinion, Hercules is one of the most underrated Disney movies…the music is phenomenal, and the jokes are just too funny.

While watching this movie and singing along to all of the songs, my husband gave me the idea to share my Disney playlist with all of you.

Let’s get started!

  • I’ll Make A Man Out Of You – Mulan. “Let’s get down to business…dun dun…to defeat…dun dun…THE HUNS!” This is how I start each of my runs. With it’s upbeat tune and catchy lyrics, it’s the perfect pump-up song to get me in the running mood.

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Ugh…I just love Mulan! She’s so cool!

  • Zero to Hero – Hercules. This is another great song to really pump me up. I think the lyrics “Zero to Hero” really get me focused…it’s like I’m going from 0 mph on the couch to “hero” status while training for Dopey…is that a stretch?
  • Go the Distance – Hercules. A true classic. This song just gives me the feels. Does it need further explanation?

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One of my favorite parts of each WDW RunDisney race is seeing this sign!

  • Hakuna Matata – The Lion King. This is by far my favorite Disney song/phrase. It reminds me to relax and enjoy the ride – or in this case, run! “It means no worries….for the rest of your days….” I love having this song in the middle of my playlist because it gives me a little pick-me-up when I need it most.

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One of my favorite RunDisney photos 🙂 No line for Timon?! YES PLEASE!

  • Touch the Sky – Brave. I don’t hear many people talk about this song, but it’s one of my favorites on the playlist for sure! It has a fantastic beat and a great message: “I will ride, I will fly, chase the wind, and touch the sky!” How perfect is that for training?!
  • How Far I’ll Go – Moana. Ever since this movie came out last November, I’ve loved this song. It really makes me feel that I can do anything that I put my mind to and that I will get through ANY run!

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I got to see Moana during the Enchanted 10K this year!

  • Dig A Little Deeper – Princess and the Frog. At this point in my runs, I usually need another pick-me-up, as things are starting to get hard. This song is the perfect solution and always comes at just the right time during my runs. “You gotta dig a little deeper,” or, in my case, “YOU CAN DO THIS, SARA!”

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I met Princess Tiana and Prince Naveen after the WDW Full Marathon, and they are by far two of the best characters that WDW has to offer! Princess Tiana was so funny!

  • Son of Man – Tarzan. In my opinion, this is another very underrated Disney movie. I’m a huge Phil Collins fan, so the soundtrack for this movie is by far one of my favorites. This song, in particular, is PERFECT for running. It’s catchy, upbeat, and has amazing percussion. I find it extremely hard NOT to sing along while running. Who am I kidding? I usually do…
  • Almost There – Princess and the Frog. Another song that’s pretty self-explanatory. “You’re almost there, Sara…YOU GOT THIS!”
  • A Star Is Born – Hercules. This is another song that I don’t hear too many people mention when discussing their playlists. I personally like to end with this song to celebrate the completion of my runs. It sort of has a gospel choir feel, which makes me think of the finish line of each WDW RunDisney race!

So, there you have it: my Disney playlist. Like I said, this usually gets me through 3-5 miles, but if I’m doing a longer run, I usually will replay it. I’ve been listening to this playlist since I was training for the WDW Full Marathon, and I’m excited to continue to use it as I train for Dopey Challenge!

Is there anything that you would add to this list?

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Dopey Challenge Training Is Starting!

Hello, all!

IT’S TIME! Dopey Challenge training starts this week, which means that my regular workouts will be changing slightly.

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As I mentioned in a previous blog post, I will be following the Hal Higdon training plan. The plan officially starts on September 5, but some additionally training is required before then.

Higdon’s training plan is 18 weeks long and consists of 4-5 days of running per week. The first long run is 13 miles and occurs in the first week. The plan then builds to include two virtual Dopey weeks (running Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday), and ends with a long run of 20 miles three weeks before Marathon Weekend. This plan is definitely intense!

To prepare for the first Higdon week in September, I plan to spend the summer building up my endurance, starting this week.

Here is what my training/weekly workouts will look like:

  • Mondays: 30 minutes on the elliptical and some strength training
  • Tuesdays: 3 miles and some strength training
  • Wednesdays: 4 miles
  • Thursdays: 3 miles and some strength training
  • Fridays: 30 minutes on the elliptical and some strength training
  • Saturdays: long runs every other week (the pattern will be 7 miles, 4 miles, 8 miles, 4 miles, 9 miles, 4 miles, 10 miles, 4 miles, 11 miles, 4 miles, 12 miles, and 4 miles)

As you can see, this mini plan greatly resembles Hal Higdon’s 18-week plan, which means that it will be a great starting point.

While I’m nervous for the long training miles ahead, I’m excited to finally begin the journey to Dopey Challenge.

Are any of you running Dopey Challenge in 2018? When does your training begin?

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My Top 5 Favorite Walt Disney World Snacks

Happy Monday, friends! I hope that you all had a wonderful weekend!

While I was cleaning our house yesterday, I had the “Colors of the Wind” Pandora station on, and it really got me into the Disney spirit…let’s be honest…when am I NOT in the Disney spirit? The music not only helped me to focus on the cleaning, but it also made me VERY hungry for several Disney snacks.

Today, I want to take the time to share my favorite Walt Disney World snacks. It’s EXTREMELY hard to pick just 5 (as everything in Disney is quite tasty), but I believe that I came up with a list that represents my favorites.

1. Caramel Apple. Whether it’s from the Germany pavilion or the bakery on Main Street, I love the amazing designs and delicious flavors of the WDW caramel apples.

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Look at how cute this apple pie caramel apple is?!

2. Lefou’s Brew. While it features a weird combination of flavors (apple juice, mango, passion fruit, and toasted marshmallow), Lefou’s Brew is soooo good! You can find this weird concoction at Gaston’s Tavern in the Magic Kingdom. I love to get a glass while watching the fireworks!

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3. Mickey Pretzel. I don’t know what it is about WDW’s pretzels, but they are absolutely amazing! Maybe it’s the Mickey shape? You can get these bad boys at any park on property.

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This gem is from our first trip together haha!

4. Dole Whip. Pineapple soft serve…need I say more?

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Look at that creamy goodness!

5. And finally….Mickey Waffles. Mickey waffles are my all-time favorite WDW snack, and they probably always will be. Nothing beats the combination of sweet waffles and Mickey’s adorable face!

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Yum, yum, yum, and yum!

So, there you have it: my top 5 favorite WDW snacks. While this list represents my favorite snacks, I love almost everything on property.

What is your favorite WDW snack?

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Our Top 5 Favorite Rides at Walt Disney World

If you haven’t already figured it out….I’m a HUGE Disney freak. I love the movies, I love the characters, I love the parks, and I absolutely love the magic behind it all. I’ve probably been to Walt Disney World at least 20 times, and it never gets old.

In 2015, my husband (fiance at the time) took me back to WDW for the first time in 14 years (it was his first time in 9). We had an absolute blast, and we’ve been back several times since.

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Each time we go back to WDW, we try to visit an attraction that we missed during the previous trips or that we’ve never experienced. But, we also try to ride our most favorite rides as well. Of the hundreds of things to do at Walt Disney World, we’ve selected five attractions that we cannot miss. Our top five favorite rides include:

1. Mickey’s PhilharMagic. This is the cutest attraction…and it’s 4D! We love to sing along to the many classic Disney songs and enjoy the humor that Mickey and his friends provide. What’s also great about this attraction is that any age/height can enjoy it. It’s the perfect family ride! Fun fact: this is Steve’s favorite thing to do in WDW!

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Here’s a photo of me and one of my besties, Taylor, before the show! She also loves this attraction 🙂

2. Space MountainThis classic ride is one of our favorites for two reasons: the nostalgia behind it and because it’s so gosh darn fun! We are big thrill seekers when it comes to rides/attractions, so any dark, fast, and hilly rides are right up our alley! We both remember riding Space Mountain with our families when we came as children, so the ride also provides some fantastic memories. This ride is definitely a staple every time we visit Magic Kingdom!

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Sad to be leaving Space Mountain during my 2015 trip!

3. Rock ‘N’ Roller Coaster. We absolutely love this ride with its launch start, immediate loop, quick turns, darkness, and loud music. We both grew up on this ride as well, so it’s a “not-miss” attraction whenever we visit Disney’s Hollywood Studios (my favorite park, but more on that in a separate post later). This is another fantastic ride for thrill seekers! 

4. Soarin’. This has to be one of the coolest rides we’ve ever been on. Imagine parasailing across the world with fresh air blowing in your face and the smell of different cultures in the air. Pair that with the visual of some of the most beautiful places in the world and you’ve got Soarin’. We love this ride for several reasons: it’s long, it’s extremely well done, and it gives us a chance to “see the world” on our very limited budget. How cool is that?!

5. Tower of Terror. And, finally, my favorite ride (and probably Steve’s second favorite ride) has to be Tower of Terror. This was my first thrill ride as a child, so I have a lot of memories associated with this ride. The decorations and props within the building are phenomenal and pair well with the eerie storyline, making waiting in line a breeze. But, the ride itself doesn’t disappoint either. Every ride is truly different with the randomness of the drops and length of the ride. I can’t say enough great things about this ride. I hope Disney never gets rid of it!

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Cheesing hard in front of my favorite ride 🙂

So, there you have it: our top 5 rides at Walt Disney World. While these are our favorite rides, we do love to visit and ride each attraction at the parks. We can’t wait to go back in January to experience the magic all over again!

What’s your favorite ride at Walt Disney World?

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