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Running in Paradise On Castaway Cay Challenge

If you’re an avid runDisney fan than you probably signed up for, or at least highly considered the Castaway Cay Challenge that runDisney tacked on to Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend earlier this year.  The Castaway Cay challenge will take place during the 4-Night Bahamian Sailing on the Disney Dream from January 12-16, 2015.

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To be eligible for this challenge you need participate in a runDisney race during Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend and complete both that race and the Castaway Cay 5K within the allotted 16 minute time frame.  The 5K on Castaway Cay is run on a paved path, through the winding bike route and past lush foliage of palm trees and other tropical plants.  Once you finish…kick off your running shoes and soak in the turquoise blue waters of the ocean either at the Family Beach or Serenity Bay (the Adults Only beach).

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The medal for this challenge was just released and I was able to get a shot of it for you at the Tower of Terror 10-miler Expo.  The detail is fantastic and it has great color to it…I think the designer did a wonderful job.  What about you?

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If you will be participating in this event you will receive:

  • Castaway Cay Challenge Inaugural Event T-Shirt
  • Commemorative Castaway Cay 5K Finisher Medallion* **
  • Commemorative  Inaugural Castaway Cay Challenge Finisher Medal for participating in one Walt Disney World® Marathon Weekend 5K or longer event PLUS the Castaway Cay 5K* **
  • Post-race refreshments
  • Exciting Activities and access to Special Merchandise on board Disney Cruise Line
  • Featured Healthy Menu Options on board Disney Cruise Line

*The number of registrations for the 2015 Walt Disney World® Marathon Weekend races and the Castaway Cay 5K is limited and subject to availability. To be eligible for the Castaway Cay Challenge runners must enter their cruise reservation number at the time of registration for the Disney Castaway Cay Challenge race event. All races are subject to age eligibility requirements and capacity limits. All race registration fees are non-refundable. Runners must complete both races within the 16-minute mile pacing requirements and must have an official time for each race to receive the Disney Castaway Cay Challenge Finisher Medal. Runners deferring any 2015 Walt Disney World® Marathon Weekend 10K or longer races will not be eligible for a Castaway Cay Challenge Finisher Medal. Events/races may be subject to delay, change, or cancellation for inclement weather or other safety concerns.

** A reservation on the January 12, 2015 Disney Dream 4-Night Bahamian Cruise is required in order to participate. It is recommended that you register for your Disney cruise PRIOR to registering for the Castaway Cay Challenge. Cruise Line reservations must be booked by August 1, 2014 or your Challenge Reservation will be forfeited. If your Disney Castaway Cay Challenge spot is forfeited for any reason, the race fee is non-refundable. Please refer to Disney Cruise Line for cruise refund policies.  


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!

 

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.

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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.

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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

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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!

What’s It Like to Run in Vibrams?

I’ve run in Vibrams now for about 5 years. I’ve run 5K’s, Half Marathons and Marathons in them. The initial transition period was a little rough. Extremely sore leg muscles and blisters were common until you get used to them. But I’ve never experienced the problem of losing toenails like some runners. My Vibrams dry quickly when they get wet, no worrying about running with wet feet.

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I love the feel of running in the Vibrams because you are in constant contact with the ground, getting feedback. You feel the slightest change in elevation. I think it helps me respond better and save energy with minor adjustments to gait etc. I am more focused when I’m running because I need to pay attention to the road and any debris. The Vibrams will protect your feet from cuts, etc, but nothing will help stepping on a large pebble or rock because you didn’t see it. It still hurts. In fact, we dread portions of a race that go over gravel. There’s no way to make that feel better.

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One of the many things I’ve learned is that if you plan to run pavement races you need to train on pavement. My husband and I realized our mistake after a lot of training runs on trails in the MetroParks. We ran a Half Marathons on pavement and our feet were screaming by the end because they weren’t used to that constant pounding from the pavement. It was an easy adjustment to make but hadn’t occurred to us until it happened.

I’ve worn different styles of Vibrams from Sprints to Bikilas and now Seeyas. Each offered something I needed at the time. The Bikilas were excellent for colder weather when we used to run in Ohio. The Seeyas are the lightest weight yet, perfect for our warmer running nowadays.

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I even used to wear the Vibrams to Zumba classes, again it’s instant feedback for your body. Ladies, you will find that if you go for a pedicure you’ll want to mention to the technician that you don’t want the calluses removed, otherwise you’ll be back to the beginning again building them up.

What do you run in?

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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!


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