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Wine and Dine Half Marathon Recap

We welcome Kingdom Magic Runners‘ newest Guest Blogger, Beth Kripple, who shares her recap of her very first RunDisney race, Disney’s Wine and Dine Half Marathon.

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There are few times when you won’t mind starting an adventure off “on a dark and stormy night”! Disney Wine and Dine Half Marathon at Walt Disney World is definitely one of them. I had been prepping to run the race for several months. This was not only my first half marathon, but my first race ever. If I was going to run 13.1 miles, I was going to do it Disney-style. I knew that not being an elite athlete and being new to running was not going to diminish my first race experience if I was at Disney. From the first trip to the Expo to pick up my bib, through the race itself, and to the trip back to Disney Port Orleans Riverside at 3 am, the cast members and volunteers who endured the rainy weather with me had my back.

The support and help doesn’t just start the weekend of the race. On the Run Disney website is a lot of information, including training programs for beginning and intermediate runners, nutritional advice, and advice from experienced Run Disney participants on how to make the best of your time. This kind of support extends into social media and email as well. RunDisney will send out periodic emails as well as update on Facebook and Twitter. You are always in the know, and with the weather the way it was for Disney’s Wine and Dine, that helped with a lot of my first race nerves.

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Arriving at the race at 8:00 pm was a great mix of easy going and nervous excitement. There was no rush and no pressure. People were there to run, yes, but also to have fun. Around 9:30, the rain softly started. 10 pm, the first corral was off and running! Even though I was running alone, I did not feel alone. I had the chance to talk with other runners in my corral. We talked about our Disney vacations, joked about the rain and about how we did not care how rainy it got: if the race was on then we were running. There was exchange of advice and support all along the way. Cast members and volunteers guided areas of the route and manned drink stations in their ponchos, all still cheering us on and bringing smiles to our soaked faces.

It was a magical memory. My favorite part, besides finding that finish line, was running through Disney’s Hollywood Studios with the holiday lights. The lights were so beautiful and had a lovely reflection on the wet pavement. And just as an added bonus, rain makes laser lights look awesome with flashes and sparkles as the raindrops reflect the colored beams.

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Rain or not, I loved every minute of my first race and was so very thrilled it was a Disney race. I’m getting ready for the Disney Princess Half Marathon in February! If you’re going to run, run Disney-style!


Guest Blogger – Beth Kripple

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Beth is a mom, librarian, sf geek, new runner, Disneyphile, and past Cast Member. Her favorite place to stay at Walt Disney World is Disney Boardwalk Villas. She has had the chance to visit Disneyland and Disneyland Resort Paris. Hopefully visits to Disneyland Shanghai or Disneyland Hong Kong (which only got a wistful wave as she passed through the city two years ago) are in the future, but Walt Disney World is her favorite!

Would you like to be a Guest Blogger for Kingdom Magic Runners? We’d love to share your race review (Disney or other race), product review or personal running accomplishment here! Feel free to email Carrie@KingdomMagic.com or Donna@KingdomMagic.com!

Guest Post -Reviewing the Tower of Terror 10-Miler, One Runner’s Thoughts

After completing the Happy Haunted Family Fun 5K earlier in the morning our guest blogger recaps his day leading up to and including the Tower of Terror 10-Miler!  How many races would you run in one day?

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This go around it seems like runDisney had problems with participant’s proof of time and people not being assigned the correct corals. Lots of emails and phone calls were made to get those corrections in place. I was not one of those people I was right where I was supposed to be…so I thought. But when I got to the expo I found out I was placed in Corral C, one up from where I thought I would be for the 10-miler. My family and I were running earlier in the day for the Happy Haunted 5K and we were placed in Corral F.

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Together we attended the expo on the first day.  It was full of the usual vendors and had the speaker series with nice information about ways to train and prepare for running events. If needed you could buy anything you may have forgotten to bring; and at decent prices. You could also get KT tape applied or take part in quick massage demos with various massage tool as well.

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My evening began with dinner was at 5:15PM at Chef Mickey’s. I am not a diehard runner that watches everything I put in my body but I feel overall most  Disney dining options have foods that are good to fuel the body for running events. To me it is about making right choices and portion control.

That night  at 7:30 we were on our way to Hollywood Studios for a 10pm start. This run from what I understand has a history of horrible weather but on this night it was great! No rain, light breeze and perfect temperature as far I’m concerned, for Florida. The starting area was loaded with people but only about half the amount of the bigger events. Disney works very hard to keep things organized and managed.  They have the same style entertainment as other runDisney races;  jokes and  dancing to try and loosen up the body and get warmed up for the run.

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I started just after 10pm behind Hollywood Studios and headed towards Animal Kingdom. It’s pretty much a run down the highway with character stops.  We went through Animal Kingdom’s gate and shortly made it to the turn around, heading back towards ESPN Wide World of Sports. A small portion of the course was on the same trail and through the sports complex as the 5K that morning.

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image2 (1)For me the trail wasn’t as bad as I expected knowing how crowded it was earler in the day. The run around Champions Stadium was pretty cool; being a sports fan and just being in big stadiums. From there it was back on the road towards Hollywood Studios. I have now run through Hollywood Studios twice doing runDisney events and even though it is the smallest park I always end up feeling like it was the biggest! I think that’s due to the fact that I know it’s the smallest park and just feel like the finish line is going to be around the next turn.

The spectator viewing throughout the park is pretty awesome. Running through the parks is always fun. It always helps getting that encouragement from the people cheering you on your way to the finish line. We went through the Lights, Camera, Action set, parts of the no longer existing Back Lot Tour attraction, through Streets of America, by Toy Story Midway Mania, in front of The Sorcerers Hat, and finished behind the Tower of Terror.

I collected the pretty awesome finisher medal and had the long walk to the family reunion area. I’m not the picture type, so I once again skipped all the character spots. It is cool to see them on the course and there was plenty of them. The walk way leading to changing areas and bag check could be a bit confusing, but by listening to volunteers I knew right where to go, and finding my wife was easy. The Villians Bash was a bit crowded but nothing I didn’t expect from a runDisney event.

Overall the weekend was a great time and the volunteers were great! I don’t think I would do the Happy Haunted 5K again unless my daughter wanted to just because of the congestion, but I would deffinetly do the Tower 10-Miler run again.  I would also recommend runDisney events for families! The entire weekend experience is full of fun and excitement for everyone in the family!

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Guest Blogger: Val Carillion

About 3 years ago I decided I needed to change my lifestyle and decided running was an easy, affordable choice. I set my first goal of running in a half marathon deciding The Wine and Dine Half Marathon would be it. Training for it went well because I gave myself almost a year to train for it; completing a 15K and a Half before my goal race. Since I started running I have completed a local race called the Pensacola Double Bridge Run twice (15k), Gulf Coast Half Marathon (twice), Wine and Dine Half, Glass Slipper Challenge, and now the Tower of Terror 10-miler. Through this whole process I started doing crossfit to balance out my overall fitness and would like to try the Dopey challenge when I go all  “Dopey” with my fitness goals. 

Would you like to be a Guest Blogger for Kingdom Magic Runners?  We’d love to share your race review (Disney or other race), product review or personal running accomplishment here!  Feel free to email Carrie@KingdomMagic.com or Donna@KingdomMagic.com!

Guest Post – One Family’s Journey to the Happy Haunted 5K

Have you ever considered running the 5K races together with your family?  It’s a great way to get in shape, promote a healthy lifestyle and bond as a family.  Read on to find out how this family prepared. – Kingdom Magic Vacations

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Walt Disney World and fitness are not two things that are usually associated with each other.  A few years ago my family and I were living the average life; working, hanging out and planning trips to Walt Disney World. This was not the healthiest of lifestyles, although fun and relaxing.

One day I realized I was overweight and it would only continue to go down that path unless I made changes and the commitment to those changes started.  I thought, how can I make these changes and still enjoy the lifestyle I am living? My wife and I set a goal to complete a half marathon and that it would be at Disney World during the world famous Epcot Food and Wine Festival. We love to eat, so what better way to reward completing our goal than by tasting our way around the world!

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After completing this achievement I learned a lot about a running community I never knew existed, and found ways to live a healthier lifestyle, while still enjoying everything I was in the past. We knew that we needed to pass on this new gained knowledge to the rest of our family!

Fast forward to the opening day of registration for the Tower of Terror 10 miler.  We decided to turn it into family affair by encouraging our 8-year-old daughter to participate in the Happy Haunted 5K. We wanted to stress the importance of trying to live healthy and happy, and she was all in. I guess for adults we say “Will run for wine” for kids maybe its “Will run for Mickey” ?

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She spent parts of her summer vacation training for her very first 5; not to mention the days of walking the parks after the race. My wife and she would train together, using it as a way of counting down the days until the trip.

runDisney sends periodic emails to keep you informed and little tips and tricks for your event. When we would get emails or new information about the weekend’s events she would be filled in. The excitement would continue to build every day that vacation came closer.

Usually when you are around the one month left mark you will get the official race program with lots of info in it about park hours for the weekend, activities, and such. Then about a week or two later you will get your bib number and waivers to print out. For my wife, daughter, and I the excitement got real! We would all be doing the 5K, but I would be doing the 10 miler by myself.

Saturday was an early wake up call for the three of us. It’s not as early as the longer races, but for vacation, 4:30AM comes really fast; followed catching the bus by 5:30AM for a 7:30AM start. The weather was good, a little rain, but temperature was not bad at all. Pre-race entertainment consisted of radio show hosts John Boy and Billy telling jokes, followed by a DJ. The highlight was the Headless Horseman appearance to give us race warnings, telling us to stay on the trail.

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Between myself and my wife coaching our 8-year-old through her first 5K was fun! It was filled with “I’m tired, my feet hurt”, but then she would take off runnning. She loved the encouragement from other runners. Disney events are always filled with such nice people and there are a bunch of them! The course being a trail  with a lot of rain before our arrival the ground was still a bit saturated and had a few mud holes, but still in very good condition. My only complaint would be the course can be very narrow at a lot of places and to trying to get out of the way of runners was not very easy because of all the surrounding trees.

A few character stops were along the way. We skipped all of them pretty much because my daughter didn’t want to stop. Brer Fox, Big Bad Wolf, the Evil Queen from Snow White, The Haunted Mansion grave diggers and Zombie athletes were along the course.  Once we finished she realized that all her nervousness and worries about it being to hard for her just vanished and she was filled with the excitement of accomplishment! She enjoyed walking around getting the congratulations and telling people she completed her first 5k ever and showing her medallion off. After that it was relaxation time and snacking for me.

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Guest Blogger: Val Carillion

About 3 years ago I decided I needed to change my lifestyle and decided running was an easy, affordable choice. I set my first goal of running in a half marathon deciding The Wine and Dine Half Marathon would be it. Training for it went well because I gave myself almost a year to train for it; completing a 15K and a Half before my goal race. Since I started running I have completed a local race called the Pensacola Double Bridge Run twice (15k), Gulf Coast Half Marathon (twice), Wine and Dine Half, Glass Slipper Challenge, and now the Tower of Terror 10-miler. Through this whole process I started doing crossfit to balance out my overall fitness and would like to try the Dopey challenge when I go all  “Dopey” with my fitness goals.

Stay tuned for this runner’s Tower of Terror 10-Miler Recap!

You May as Well Face It You’re Addicted to Bling

I was running and I had the Robert Palmer Song “Addicted to Love” in my head.  If you replace the word “kiss” with Medal and “love” with Bling, the song really says it all. This is exactly how I feel when I’m ready to hit “send” on my next race registration. It may be my new mantra.

 

Your lights are on, but you’re not home

Your mind is not your own

Your heart sweats, your body shakes

Another medal is what it takes

You can’t sleep, you can’t eat

There’s not doubt, you’re in deep

Your throat is tight, you can’t breath

Another Medal is all you need

Ohh ohhhh

You like to think that you’re immune to the stuff.. oh yeah

It’s closer to the truth to say you can’t get enough

You know you’re gonna have to face it

You’re addicted to BLING!

 

My Bling obsession started out innocently enough.  I had run a few 5ks because it was a way for our family to have some fun together.  I had participated in the Great Aloha Run a few times when we lived in Hawaii. That’s an 8 mile course from Aloha Tower to Aloha Stadium. Lots of fun.  No Bling.  I decided that my husband and I needed some common hobby that we could do together, maybe travel a little, and have fun at the same time now that the kids are out of the house. So I started training.

I first heard about RunDisney races in 2010. I decided that we needed to sign up for the 2011 Wine and Dine Half Marathon. My husband being the foodie, wine guy that he is I figured this weekend would make us both happy.  Well, long story short, I trained using the Galloway method and was ready and hubby wasn’t able to go.

That was it. I was hooked.  I wore that first medal with such pride and accomplishment but like a junkie I needed more.  I went right home and registered for the 2012 Princess Half Marathon (can you believe I was able to register that late??? Those days are gone).  Since that first race I have participated in 3 princess Half Marathons, 2 Wine and Dine Half Marathons (finally got hubby there), 1 Tinkerbell Half Marathon, 1 Expedition Everest 5k, Royal Family 5K, 2 Castaway Cay 5ks, and Princess 10k. I have my Coast to Coast and a Glass Slipper Challenge medals that I am very proud to show off.  This January I’ll add the Half marathon medal from Marathon weekend and hopefully Dumbo Double Dare and new Coast to Coast medals later in 2015.

I have also branched out to help fill my Bling need when I can’t get to Disney. I have run the Hershey Half marathon (Helloooooo chocolate at mile 11), the Cherry Blossom 10 miler and the Nike Women’s’ Half Marathon where I received my Tiffany necklace at the finish.  Now, that’s BLING!

It’s an expensive habit, but lets face it, there are more destructive things I could be addicted to that would harm more than just our bank account.  I love the RunDisney races and will try to run all of the Half marathons so I can check them all of my ToDo list.  Problem is they keep adding new races.  It looks like my list will never be complete… and I’m ok with that.

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Donna’s Bling Collection

 

Donna Genco ~ Collector of Bling

 

Guest Blogger – Donna Genco

donna1-199x300Donna is not only one of Kingdom Magic Vacations Independent Travel Planners, she is also a runner and contributor over at Kingdom Magic Runners Facebook Page. She’s participated in numerous RunDisney Events from the Wine and Dine Half Marathon, Expedition Everest and more on the East Coast, but she’s also been to Disneyland for the Tinkerbell Half Marathon as well.  Her passion may be RunDisney races, but she has also participated in other races as well.

We Want YOU to Write for Kingdom Magic Runners!

You read that right!  We want to hear from our Kingdom Magic Runners Community on Facebook!  We believe there’s nothing more motivating than hearing the stories from your fellow runners.  For awhile now Donna and I have been sharing some of our stories with you through the Kingdom Magic Vacations Blog.  We love writing for you and will continue to do so, but we invite you to join us.

Share with us your triumphs, learning experiences, your equipment reviews etc.  Tell us why YOU started running!  Why is it important to you?  Donna and I will be reviewing races as we run them, but we’d love to get your take on things.  We’ve established some guidelines & ideas to help you out, but feel free to contact us if you have any questions.  Submissions can be sent to:

Donna, Donna@KingdomMagic.com

or

Carrie, Carrie@KingdomMagic.com

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Article Author – Carrie Bryniak

carrie-bryniakI am your friendly Travel Professional with Kingdom Magic Vacations and a runner as well.  My first RunDisney Race was in 2010, the Wine & Dine Half Marathon Relay…and since then I’ve been hooked on Disney races and others.  Some of my favorites are the Wine & Dine Half Marathon, the Turtle Krawl 5K and the USA Beach Running Championships.  If you’re a runner and you need help with travel plans for a race, don’t hesitate to contact me!  I’m here to help you and support your efforts!

The Case of the RunDisney Addict | Kingdom Magic Runners

Hello, my name is Donna and I’m addicted to RunDisney races.  Yes, I have a problem.  I’m currently looking for a 12-step program to help me.  I knew I loved the races but I didn’t know how bad my addiction was until the registration for Disney’s Princess ½ Marathon Weekend opened.

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I found myself actually sitting on my hands, trying to control myself and NOT register for this race.  Here I was, sitting at my computer, watching the registration numbers go up, races booking up, watching the posts on Facebook and various blogs, clients calling me all excited because they got in and now they want to book their packages.  It would have been so easy, just enter your name, address and approximate race finish time.  I was doing all I could to control the urge.  I even had a support system of friends reminding me, don’t do it, don’t do it.  At the same time I was texting my running buddy Wendy, “stay strong, we can do it, it’s almost full, we are almost there”.  She was texting me back “ I just want to log on and see how it’s going.” NOOOOOO I’m “Shout texting” back, “Don’t do it, you’ll be tempted to register”.

Fortunately the Glass Slipper Challenge filled up quickly.  To complete the Glass Slipper Challenge you must finish the 10K and the 1/2 Marathon.  If we were going to go that weekend, we would only do it for the challenge.

Medals from the 2013 Princess Half Marathon Weekend.

Medals from the 2013 Princess Half Marathon Weekend.

It was a long afternoon waiting for the ½ and 10K to fill up. She signed up for a fitness class at her gym so she would be busy and I went for a walk, I just had to stop looking at the computer.  Later that night she texts me, “You know, the 5K still has slots”. Evil temptress.  “No, we are NOT going that weekend” I told her.  Stay strong.  By the end of the day I was exhausted. I felt as if I had run a full marathon.

We did it!  We both made it through the day.  Now, don’t get me wrong. I LOVE Disney’s Princess 1/2 Marathon Weekend.  It’s a wonderful weekend, the race is awesome, I love the costumes, the camaraderie and I really like the whole theme of the weekend.  The reason we had to stay so strong is because we are both running the month before in the Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend.  We are also hoping to register for the Dumbo Double Dare later in August out in Disneyland so we can get our Coast to Coast medals.  (Coast to Coast medals are can be received for completing a Half Marathon or Marathon in Disney World, followed by the completion of a Half Marathon in Disneyland during the same calendar year.)  I already have a Coast to Coast medal, but I’m trying to check off all of the Disney ½ marathons and figured that if we were going to go out for that race we may as well do an East Coast race and earn a Coast to Coast Medal.

I’m sure I’m not alone in this obsession.  Once you run your first RunDisney race, whether it’s a 5K, 10K,  ½ marathon or full marathon, you will be hooked!  It’s unlike any other race I have ever participated in and I’m sure will never find their equal.

Sincerely,

Donna Genco, RunDisney Addict

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Guest Blogger – Donna Genco

donna1-199x300Donna is not only one of Kingdom Magic Vacations Independent Travel Planners, she is also a runner and contributor over at Kingdom Magic Runners Facebook Page. She’s participated in numerous RunDisney Events from the Wine and Dine Half Marathon, Expedition Everest and more on the East Coast, but she’s also been to Disneyland for the Tinkerbell Half Marathon as well.  Her passion may be RunDisney races, but she has also participated in other races as well.

What I Learned From Running My First Ultramarathon – Guest Blogger Kevin Bryniak

It’s now one month since I ran my first ultramarathon, the 50 mile individual of the Keys100 series (Marathon Key to Key West), and thought I’d take a moment to share my memories of the experience. For background, I’ve been a runner for most of my adult life, and though I’ve done numerous half and full marathons, this was my first attempt at a race longer than a marathon.

To start, let me say that this was, without question, the most difficult thing I’ve ever done. I knew that an ultra would be tough, but I really can’t describe the mental and physical struggle that race was for me. Beyond the obvious challenge that a race that long presents, I made a slew of stupid mistakes that nearly cost me any hope of finishing. In fact, had it not been for an unusually cool day (only 85 degrees or so, as opposed to the normal 90+ temperatures), I’m certain I would have dropped out.

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So, as for those mistakes, they really were “rookie” errors that I guess I have to blame on nerves. First, I messed up my hydration (sports drink instead of water), which soured my stomach. Then, since my stomach was upset, I wasn’t eating. So, there I was at mile 15 having had 2/3 of a LaraBar and maybe 16 ounces of liquid. Once my crew had the “light bulb” moment that I needed water and switched out my hydration pack, things improved a bit. The problem, of course, was that I had really burned through my energy stores in that first 15 miles, and was fighting an uphill hydration and nutrient battle for the rest of the race. I would also be remiss if I didn’t mention how vital my crew was to my finishing the race. Without their support, both verbal and supplies, I could not have finished the day.

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The other thing I realized during this race was how mentally tough it was to be out there for 14 hours with very few people around other than my crew, which I met at roughly 3 mile increments. If you’ve ever run a marathon, you may be used to seeing other runners and many spectators throughout the race. This race was a different animal, due to the length and the location. That said, the people I DID encounter made me understand why the ultra community is such a close-knit group. Any runner I saw took the time to talk to me about the race (how many have you done, how are you doing, etc.), and I started doing the same. It was these people, struggling through the same challenge, which kept me going.

Thinking back on the race, I remember how cramped I was at the end (I had to stop every 15 minutes to stretch my legs to keep the muscles moving) and how tired I was at the finish. I also remember how foolish I felt for going from 26.2 right to 50, without trying a 50K or 40 miler first. That said, I can’t wait to run my next 50.

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In the end, I learned something that I think applies to many of us, regardless of the distance we’re training to run. I learned that the body can do extraordinary things, as long as the mind stays focused on the goal. More importantly, I learned the reason I ran that race, and the reason that I’ll run longer races in the future. After all, until I try a distance and fail…and then try again and fail again…it’s only then that I’ll know my personal limitation.

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So, you’ll keep finding me out there, running longer and tougher ultramarathons until I finally can’t make the distance. It’s the only way I’ll really be able to learn what my body, and my mind, can handle.

Crewing For The Keys 100

Have you ever participated in an Ultra Marathon? Recently myself and a friend of ours served as support crew for my husband who was participating in the 50 Mile Individual race of the Keys 100. Talking to others we soon realized that many ultra-runners consider this the step below the Badwater run in Death Valley.

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The weather in the Keys, while gorgeous if you’re coming to dive or sightsee is brutal for a runner. There is no shade during the race and any breeze you have dies away as soon as you get on the island. With a 9:45am start time for the 50 mile race the sun is already blazing and it’s going to be a long day. The 50 mile racers have until 2:00am to finish the race.

So what does support crew do? The basic answer is you follow your runner in a car, meeting them at approved locations along the route, providing them with what they need at any given point. This might be food, water, sunscreen or even a muscle massage. We had the car stocked with everything from chill towels, sunscreen, first aid items to extra running clothes and food. We were also there for moral support…after all, your runner is facing 50 miles in the Florida Keys….it’s not a piece of cake.

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We learned a lot on that race, our first time crewing. There were things we just didn’t think about bringing, from a chair for our runner to sit on, to a high powered flashlight for crossing 6 lanes of highway in the pitch black lugging a cooler to meet our runner. We quickly started a list on our phones for next time. With it being our first time we weren’t sure what to expect, but we were quickly learning. We had made an error with hydration for our runner, giving him only Gatorade in his hydration pack which quickly soured his stomach after the 7 mile bridge making it hard to convince him to eat. And by mile 20 our concern was things were going to get worse if we couldn’t get some food in him. Thankfully the aid stations had Drip-Drop, a medical grade powder to combat dehydration. We got some of that into him and some food and things started to look up…but we were far from the finish. It’s things like this you have to be prepared for.

The camaraderie on throughout the day is amazing! We talked with other runners support crew and learned about them and their racers. We cheered on our runner, but others as well. We shared supplies with others who might have needed something. You really are a family out there dedicated to getting every runner to the finish safely.

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I wouldn’t have thought it would be so exhausting to crew for a runner, after all, I figured we’re basically there to drive the car and provide supplies. But the hours in the sun, worried about your runner, rushing around to be sure you can give them what they need when you meet them really takes its toll. We were out there for 14 hours with our runner.

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Some tips for those crewing:

1.  Try to think outside the box when you are stocking the car with supplies…a chair for your runner to sit on is essential. Don’t forget safety gear for yourself once it’s dark depending on the race start time.

2.  Bring extra of everything…we ended up sharing some food & band-aids with other teams who either ran out or didn’t have some items packed.

3.  Make sure you are taking care of yourself…we were sunburned quite a bit even though we applied sunscreen. You have to take care of yourself to take care of your runner

4.  Have a plan ready in case your runner is exhausted, physically hurting or thinking of stopping the race. What will you say if they say they can’t finish…you need to know when they truly can’t and when they are tired. We watched other runners that had to take themselves out of the race because they just weren’t able to go on. You need to be able to give your runner “permission” if they ask you if it’s okay to stop or ask your opinion, assess the situation and give your honest answer.

5.  Be aware of what the aid stations have to offer your runner….like us, it may become necessary to take advantage of things like the Drip-Drop to help your runner along.

6.  Drive the race route the day before and discuss with your runner points that you may want to meet them, talk about the expected pace they will have and make sure you have a way to stay in touch with your runner during the race.

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Article Author – Carrie Bryniak

carrie-bryniakI am your friendly Travel Professional with Kingdom Magic Vacations and a runner as well.  My first RunDisney Race was in 2010, the Wine & Dine Half Marathon Relay…and since then I’ve been hooked on Disney races and others.  Some of my favorites are the Wine & Dine Half Marathon, the Turtle Krawl 5K and the USA Beach Running Championships.  If you’re a runner and you need help with travel plans for a race, don’t hesitate to contact me!  I’m here to help you and support your efforts!

Transitioning to Barefoot or Minimalist Running

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I’ve been running for about 6 years now and like everyone, I started out in running shoes.  Since my husband and I both run, we like to share with each whenever we hear of something new, whether it’s gear, training programs, etc.

cover_pbWe’d seen people that ran in Vibrams / minimalist shoes, but we really hadn’t looked into it.  Then we heard of a book called Born to Run and decided to read it.  The book talked about running barefoot, how running shoes had changed the way we run and more.  After finishing the book and talking about it we made the decision to switch to Vibrams for our running.

We purchased Vibrams, or 5 Finger Shoes, as you will sometimes hear them called, and haven’t looked back since.  We started to break them in, trying to follow the recommendation to SLOWLY build your distance in the shoe, even if you are already a runner.  The Vibrams change the way you run.  Instead of heel striking like you are prone to do in tennis shoes, minimalist runners will land on the balls of their feet.

We learned fairly quickly that the transition was going to be painful!  We went through weeks of hobbling around the house and up and down stairs with sore leg muscles and tender feet.  We endured blisters until finally after a good couple months we had built up enough calluses on our feet where blisters weren’t an issue.

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Another thing we loved about the Vibrams is that while they are not inexpensive ($100) they last quite a bit longer than your typical running shoes.  Because the Vibrams are really meant for protection and there is no padding there is nothing to break down.  You replace them when you wear a hole in them, which for me is about a year and couple months of wear.

I noticed my legs were stronger, I no longer had shin splints, and my time had improved.  I have to say, after making the switch to Vibrams I am never going back to tennis shoes.  In fact, in day to day activities I prefer to be barefoot or in sandals.  Just wearing tennis shoes makes my feet hurt and I find it very uncomfortable.

Vibrams or 5 Finger Shoes

And that’s how I got hooked on running in Vibrams.  Stay tuned for what it’s like to run in the Vibrams.  In the meantime….here are some keys to transitioning to minimalist running if you’re interested.

1. Realize and accept that it’s not for everyone
2. Take it SLOW, going too far to fast will only prolong the break in period
3. It’s important to be fit for the shoes in person because shoe sizes don’t automatically translate. Once you are correctly fit you can easily reorder online when needed.
4. Think about the type of running you do because there are different styles of Vibrams available. So do you research.
5. Check out Born to Run….it just might change your perspective.

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Article Author – Carrie Bryniak

carrie-bryniak
I am your friendly Travel Professional with Kingdom Magic Vacations and a runner as well.  My first RunDisney Race was in 2010, the Wine & Dine Half Marathon Relay…and since then I’ve been hooked on Disney races and others.  Some of my favorites are the Wine & Dine Half Marathon, the Turtle Krawl 5K and the USA Beach Running Championships.  If you’re a runner and you need help with travel plans for a race, don’t hesitate to contact me!  I’m here to help you and support your efforts!

 

 

One Miscalculation During a Race, Space Coast Half Marathon 2013

Have you ever miscalculated something during a race and regretted it?  Sometimes what seems like an insignificant decision or change at the time can be a costly error on the course.  Perhaps it wasn’t getting the body glide every place it should it have been, maybe you forgot to pack enough “fuel” for the course.

I recently ran the Space Coast Half Marathon in Cocoa, Florida and was excited that there were going to be pace groups out there.  My husband and I run at different paces and are never together during a race….so a lot of time it’s a lonely road of sorts.  Surrounded by other runners, but alone with your thoughts and your goals for the race…so I was happy for the opportunity to join a pace group for this run.

Space Coast Marathon and Half Marathon Medals

I joined up with the 2 hour, 10 minute group for the Half Marathon.  This meant a pace of 9:55 per mile…one that was faster than what I had run before, but I figured I could at least start with this group and then drop back a bit if I needed to.  I had run my last half marathon the month before in 2 hours 15 minutes, so I figured this was a great next goal.  This was my first miscalculation of the day.  As the race started I could feel that this was a faster pace than what I’m used to settling into, but I pressed on determined to keep up.  As the miles added up, so did the feeling that I’d made a grave error in my reasoning.  I was able to keep the group in sight until around mile 4 to 5 and then they pulled away and I was back to being on my own.  And it wasn’t pleasant, I knew now, with a majority of the race still ahead of me, that I had gone out too fast.  By the turn at mile 7.5 I was in trouble…I was sore and I was dehydrated.  The second miscalculation…once you feel like this, it’s too late to “catch-up” on fluids.  For the first time ever I experienced pain in my chest and arm from the dehydration.  It was going to be an uphill battle, but I knew I could finish, even if I had to walk.

Space Coast Marathon and Half Marathon Course

I watched a couple pace groups pass me, and when I saw the 2 hour 15 minute group pull away my heart really sank.  I wasn’t going to even make my time from the last race, which had been a PR for me.  Granted, you’re not going to run a PR every race, but it was hard to swallow that I wasn’t going to at least hit that time.  I wanted to walk….I really did….my mind was trying to rationalize the need to walk to me…but at least I ignored that and kept going.  The pace wasn’t fast and I’m pretty sure the form wasn’t pretty, but I kept jogging.

I ended up finishing that race at 2 hours 22 minutes….definitely off my best time, but I had done it.  I’d also learned a valuable lesson….start slower and then try to push more at the end.  It had seemed like such a good decision at the beginning, but it ended up costing me time at the end.  In fact, it ended up with me using a heating pad later in the day because I could barely move my leg.  Lesson learned and duly noted….I won’t be making that mistake again.

Sporting my new Space Coast Half Marathon Medal

Sporting my new Space Coast Half Marathon Medal


Guest Blogger – Carrie Bryniak

carrie-bryniak
I am your friendly Travel Professional with Kingdom Magic Vacations and a runner as well.  My first RunDisney Race was in 2010, the Wine & Dine Half Marathon Relay…and since then I’ve been hooked on Disney races and others.  Some of my favorites are the Wine & Dine Half Marathon, the Turtle Krawl 5K and the USA Beach Running Championships.  If you’re a runner and you need help with travel plans for a race, don’t hesitate to contact me!  I’m here to help you and support your efforts!

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