Friday, August 9, 2013

Hey! Back off of my Mouse Ears!

 Such cool things have happened to me since I've become a Disney Runner...
Never would have expected this in a million years.
  Does THIS picture look like the face of someone who REALLY wants to be asked the question over and over and over with a sarcastic tone in your voice...."So you're going to run ANOTHER race at Disney????"
I'm running through Walt Disney World...yipppeeeeeee!!!!

    Ummm NO. I'm not going to run another race at Disney....I'm going to run at least NINE races at Disney over the six months or so. That's right. I SAID NINE. And believe me, if I could have registered for the Disneyland Half weekend races, I would be running 12. Call me crazy, call me a Disney nerd, call me whatever you like. I've said it before. I make no bones about it. The runDisney program is my favorite running program and I will be running those races until my little old lady Perfect Princess legs can't make it through ONE MORE MAGICAL MILE. I'm not kidding.
 Perfect Princesses in the House!!
 Me, my Mom and my Sister after the 5th Anniversary Princess Half Marathon
     There is no place I'd rather be (besides home) than in a Disney theme park, on a Disney Cruise, at a Disney Resort or even just walking around Downtown Disney.  Couple that with my most favorite hobby (running) and TA-DA!!! There you have it. My worlds collide!!!
 Happy Place. Happy Girl.

 Just stop for a second. Take it all in.
     It's a known fact where I live that I run Disney but some people just don't "get it". Here lately some people have just really been on my of course when things get on my nerves, I gotta let it out.

    I have alot of my non-Disney running friends that have said..."Yeah but it's so crowded. I want to be able to run, not just walk."
     Well I beg to differ. I ran my fastest 5k time ever in 2011 during the Inaugural Tinkerbell Half Marathon Weekend (Neverland 5K). I ran that 5k somewhere in the 24 minute range...My mom was at the finish line and told me that I was definitely one of the top 10 girls to come through. So running fast is not a valid argument.
 There's just so much I love about this. So much.
Fastest 5k to date for me. I think I smiled like this the whole way through. :)))
     "Aren't the medals kind of silly and all with Mickey Mouse on it?" umm is there anything silly about this little baby? I think not.
      I could go on and on about the Disney Bling but I think that the pics speak for themselves on this one. :)
 My alltime favorite medal..alltime favorite profile pic.
 Uh. now we are just lets' go eat sushi at Kona Cafe with our medals on.
 One more Princess Half in the books for me and my sis.

 and oh the bling....
   I have heard the comments..."Running at Disney is too expensive".
    My reply to that is..."Well. You get what you pay for". I'm paying for an extensive race experience that I can have a lifetime of memories from. I hardly take that away from my local races at home. Don't get me wrong. I love running at home. I support a ton of my local races. But again, these are just my opinions and I don't make "magical memories" during my local races. I'm sorry but life is too short for me not to have a lifetime full of memories that I will cherish...not just make.
 After the Halloween 5k...Photo shoot with Minnie and Mickey!
 I still get choked up just thinking about running down Main Street for the first couple of times.
 Hey Hey...on the bus late. Shut the parks down before the WDW Marathon the next morning.
Can't get enough!
 We stop here for a family pic just before we enter the Magic Kingdom...
running a family 5k is no different! Time for a pic kids!!

     I have heard..."You're really going to dress up and run a marathon?".
     Helloooo!! Yes. I'm going to wear my Mouse Ears, wear them proudly AND have the time of my life while doing it!! I've even been known to jump off the course during the full marathon and ride Everest. Something wrong with that??
 First Goofy Challenge with my sis....ummm yeah. We're having just a little bit of fun!!

 After the 2013 Walt Disney World Marathon (Goofy Challenge)
 Year of the Ear!!! Celebrating it with the Best!!
  This is my all-time favorite so I saved it for last....
 "Don't you feel bad for not bringing your kids with you when you go to Disney World? I could NEVER do that."
     Okay. Now you've crossed the line. Now you've just made me mad. Now you've automatically assumed that I'm a neglecting parent. HERE WE GO.

1. My children have grown up going to Walt Disney World and will continue to go as long as I am still their mother. I really don't see that changing anytime soon.

2. I have been going to Walt Disney World waaaaaayyyyy before I had my children and waaaayyy before I met my husband. So why would I not go after I had them? I'm still a person who loves Disney ya know. I chalk this up to someone thinking that just because I got married and had kids means that I'm never supposed to leave the house again. Sorry. I'm not that Mom. One day my kids will look at all of these pictures and be super proud that their Mom had it in her to do something she loved for herself, raise a family that can have fun together, work full time and love her kids with everything she had. Sigh....
 Me and my sis on our first trip to Walt Disney World!

 Finish Line of Princess Half Marathon with Mickey!!!
3. My children have ran MULTIPLE 5Ks at Walt Disney World. We have the medals to prove it. Not all runcations are a trip without the kids.
Five Pumpkin Mickeys to add to our Family Collection!

 Family pic in front of the Castle during the 2010 Halloween 5k.
 Ran my very first runDisney event in 2009 with my kids...
Circle of Life 5k through Animal Kingdom!
4. Just like I love spending time with my children... hey guess what?? Newsflash! I also like spending time with my own Mom and day my girls will get that when they have busy lives of their own. I cherish these getaway weekends.
 Me, My Mom and My sister just went to Coast to Coast!!!
 Me and my Mom in the Rose Garden after the runDisney Princess Meetup!
 First Princess Half Marathon with my Mom and Sis....I'm so glad we are still doing what we love.

5. The day that my children train for 6+ months to run their first marathon at Walt Disney World, not only will I offer to pay for it but I will offer to babysit those sweet future grandkids of mine either at Disney or at home for them. They will then be able to truly appreciate why I have to leave them at home sometimes now. This Mom needs a break every now and then too. Leaving for the weekend is really the ultimate reward for me. I get the reward of running the race that I've been training for, a weekend with my family and friends and a weekend of not having to wash laundry and clean the dishes. Next.
 Running Princess Half Marathon with some of my best gal pals!
 Hanging out in Magic Kingdom with my girlfriends Princess Half Marathon Weekend

 Yep. Princesses Unite!!!

 Running with my peeps
Tinkerbell Half Marathon with my favorite pixies!!!

   I run with my Mom, my Sister, my extended family, my many many girlfriends, life-long friends that I've met along the way, AS WELL AS MY OWN KIDS and there is nothing I feel like I need to apologize for. I've met some of the nicest people in the world who share my same passion for this place I like to call my "Dream Home".
 Hey it's Dennis from runDisney TV cheering us on as we run by!!! BEST!!
 NO words can describe my love for this fella.

 Love all my friends I've met along the way...It's @lttlegrlbigwrld!!

 No Disney race would be complete without a good luck hug from this guy!! Rudy!!!
 One of my best Team #RunDisney pals...Joe B. Raymond!

 Still one of my favorites...Kristin and Joey. :p
 Now this girl had me laughing all Princess weekend last year.....Glad she's in my world now. :)) other favorite Mom. :)

 My favorite Auburn running pal with a photobomb from crazy man!
 Roll Tide Eddie!!
Joe from The Marathon Show!

 Met these Perfect Princesses at the expo...
Hope we are all still running this race for a long time to come!!!
 It's not often that I just happen to come across a race director
for a race as big as Disney much less run with him.
Nicest guy ever!!!
      So there you have it. Please don't be sarcastic the next time you ask me am I seriously going to run ANOTHER Disney race. I hope I've answered your question. I hope that the people whose names shall remain anonymous (but I know that you are reading this) will truly understand that I'm not just trying to call you out today but geez la-wheez.... Back off my Mouse Ears!!
      I don't judge you for what you do (or don't do) or try to make you feel inadequate in any way. I would never discount what you choose to do in life no matter how silly I really think it is.I encourage everyone to try something new. I encourage everyone to do what they love. Running Disney is what I absolutely love to do. It makes me a healthier person, keeps me grounded with a GREAT group of people, brings out the best in me and makes me want to keep being MY BEST for my kids!! THAT is something I won't trade for anything in the world!!!

 Crossing the Finish Line of the Tinkerbell Half Marathon!!
 Love this pic with all my runDisney loving heart. xoxoxo

 Running with my boy through World Showcase during Disney Sports Festival.
 One of my favorite Disney experiences so far..running with my kids during #DisneySportsFestival!!!

     Thank you for letting me vent today and reading my ramblings but I needed a good dose of Disney Magic through my running pics...Posting these and letting off steam has put me right back where I need to be!

Back to my happy thoughts...
I think I'll go put my Mouse Ears on now and go finish cooking dinner. :)

Happy running and I'll see you at the Castle!!


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