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Tour of the Wine and Dine Expo, Waldorf Astoria, and Hilton Bonnet Creek

Carrie Bryniak from Kingdom Magic Runners takes us on a tour of the runDisney Wine and Dine 1/2 Marathon Expo and also the Waldorf Astoria and Hilton Bonnet Creek Resorts!

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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.


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.


Donna Genco, RunDisney Addict


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.

Confessions Of A Lonely Runner

I come to you a lonely runner, stuck in the middle, slower than my husband (darn his long legs…) and faster than other friends. And lately, I’ve been dreading my runs instead of looking forward to them. I was tired of running by myself in races and during training. I was jealous of the other runners I saw that had someone to run with. I’ve been running for just over 5 years at this point and it just wasn’t feeling fun anymore, instead it was a mental weight.


I’d started to look at running as a way to maintain my weight instead of something that I enjoyed doing. Back when I lived in Ohio I used to be able to place in my age group….with our move to Florida and the running culture down here, I have yet to place for a race. People are pretty speedy down here!

I’d been participating in longer races and lost some of my speed, forgotten how to push myself, I’d lost the joy that went with a hard run and I was struggling to find a way to motivate myself. I was training on the treadmill because it was easy to roll out of bed, head over to the exercise room and jump on the treadmill. Then I suffered a leg injury and had to take a couple weeks…that just fed my desire to quit since I couldn’t run for a bit anyway. I was seriously thinking of throwing in the towel and hanging up my running shoes in favor of weight training. If you know me though, you know I’m stubborn and I wasn’t about to let myself out of running because of flimsy excuses.


But what could I do to recapture the feeling of crossing the finish line and knowing it was your best time yet? All I’d experienced recently was self-doubt about whether or not I even had it in me anymore to set a PR. I talked it over with my husband and he suggested training together on our maintenance runs…he would pull me along and I had to promise not to complain. It was a start, but I still needed something more. I’d been talking for a while about getting a personal trainer and finally I went over to the fitness center by us and did it this week. I met my trainer for my first session on Monday and I’m finally starting to feel the joy of a good workout again. I came out of the hour long session pumped and ready to face the day. I didn’t wonder how many calories I had burned and if it was going to be enough to maintain my weight.

I’m on the road to recovering my joy in running, but it’s not going to be an easy one. There will be bumps along the way and setbacks, but now that I have a plan I feel better. I’m going to be signing up for some 5K’s to try and get some of my speed back and feel that sense of competition, the sense of knowing I might have a chance to place. That is something that drives me. I hope this post might help anyone out there who is feeling like me…because no one looks forward to every run and sometimes it becomes hard to look forward to any run. If that happens to you, take stock of what is really bothering you and feel free to reach out to me. Everyone can use a hand once in a while!

See you on the road!

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Article Author – 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!