Tuesday, May 10, 2016

RunDisney Volunteering - Never Land 5k

This year's runDisney races are all about new experiences for me! New-to-me and inaugural race weekends that bring new courses and new run fun! 

I registered relatively late for Tink Half Marathon weekend! In fact only the half was still open. I made the choice to try and volunteer rather than buy 5k and 10k bibs from a travel agent. Luckily I bought into this weekend before volunteer registration opened. I was able to pick up a shift for both early morning races. I did not realize how early they would be however.

On Fiday I was up at 1:15 and waiting in the volunteer line at Frontieer Tower at the Disneyland Hotel by 2 am! Everyone was surprisingly awake. In fact they had to try and keep us quiet. Caution volunteers: guests sleeping overhead! 

At checkin they assigned us our tasks for the morning. The community groups were assigned to water and food stations. The unaffiliated volunteers who showed up early were assigned to medals! I was both and as a result one happy volunteer! 

The volunteers unwrap and hange all the medals the morning of the event. The plastic medals are significantly easier. They are not bubble wrapped and they are light weight. Plus out of all 3 days we had the fewest number to unwrap. 

It was really amazing to be in the finish line area as everyone came across! I snapped a few pictures here and there, and finishers snapped a few pictures of their own. Mostly we were just sharing in the runners magic one medal at a time. I got to give a few of you your medals personally (which was amazing) and I got to check out so many costumes and race outfits. Best of all I got to look into the faces of the runners and see first hand what the experience meant to each of them! 

The winner of the Never Land 5k - Kellie Nickerson -
checking out her medal after a fast flying trip through the parks! 

My runDisney volunteer and friend Paula Kim!
In a roll reversal I got to volunteer for her race! (Thanks for the picture Paula)

The @RunAllTheRaces ladies!
(Gail Savidge far left and Kimberly Markey far right)

It was an amazing experience all around. 4000+ runners finished so quickly! After the last runner received her medal we set about closing down the medal station. Each medal had to be accounted for and bundled back up for safe keeping. 

Once our morning task was complete I headed straight for a warm breakfast and a nap! A fun afternoon lay ahead followed by another volunteer shift at the 10k

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

May the 4th Be With You


You know that feeling when you see something and think it's perfect! That's what I thought the other day at the fabric store! I went shopping for a great Tinker Bell print...no luck on that front, but another great fabric jumped out at me!

I liked it so much that you'll be seeing it this weekend! 

Safe travels #TinkHalf weekend #runDisney runners and fans! See you real soon at Disneyland!!!

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Tink Half Marathon weekend runDisney race merchandise: to buy or not tobuy

At this point I am kind of surprised #runDisney posted pictures of the #TinkHalf race merchandise. They could have just surprised us all at the expo. It would have been interesting to see how that would have changed things. Maybe less secondary market sales. Maybe better behavior at the expo. I see a couple of things I may want. We will have to see how it all plays out! 

#TinkHalf jacket & hat.

#TinkHalf weekend "I did it" shirts!

New PANDORA charms that are perfect for #TinkHalf race weekend, but not #runDisney specific.

#TinkHalf weekend phone covers. Has anyone actually gotten a #runDisney race weekend phone cover?

That little Dooney & Bourke on the right is my belated birthday present! #TinkHalf

I am more of a #runDisney race weekend mug girl. That said I might just take a pass on this one.

So what do you think? What's on your shopping list?

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

LoveDisneyRun Tumblr

Please follow my runDisney, fitness, food, travel, family fun loving escapades over on my LoveDisneyRun Tumblr blog!

I have realized over the years that I am much more of a micro-blogger! I live in the moment and plan on reflecting upon those moments captured across my various social media platforms on my Tumblr account.

See you real soon at WDW for #StarWarsHalf weekend and at DLR for #TinkHalf weekend!  New #runDisney adventures await!  


Sunday, March 15, 2015

Cinderella full of courage and kindness

Have courage, be kind, and curtsy more often! Saying thank you is all too often forgotten. Simple gestures full of meaning! 
~ My Cinderella adaptation

The movie itself is nothing shy of spectacular! I suspect I will be dancing through life humming for quite some time! If you should run into me and find me to be still in this state, please by all means join me! If you need a little nudging of your own to achieve this grand condition...please do go see the movie! We can curtsy to one another and go about life with courage and kindness in our hearts! 

When meeting a princess is real life do be gracious! They must be full of courage and kindness to greet so many runDisney runner! As quickly as we try to make the character lines move, I do always try and remember to say thank you! Our race effort is surpassed by their patience! 

Sunday, March 8, 2015

College kids have a #DisneySide too

The majority of the items used at this party were provided free of charge with the party kit.  
All of the thoughts and comments are my own.  

Back in early January I had just set off on my runDisney Dopey Challenge journey 2.0 when I learned that I had been picked to throw a Disney Side at Home Celebration.  I was selected to throw a tween/teen party and there were plenty of ideas swirling through my head! I have a tween and a teen of my own at home, but I also have a whole work crew of teen/early 20 somethings at work.  I decided that as a reward for a second academic trimester well completed we would have a Disney Side celebration on the second to last Friday of the academic trimester.  

Oh I forgot to mention it was a villains themed party on Friday the 13th!!!

I am a tweeter at heart so here is a recap of our party told in 140 character bites or less 
with a little extra added for fun!

@LoveDisneyRun: Started my day with a villainous #DisneySide @ Home Celebration 
unboxing party with my college students! 

@LoveDisneyRun: Nothing like setting a groups of college students free
to show their villainous side at a #DisneySide @ Home Celebration.

@LoveDisneyRun: Here are a few ideas for #DisneySide @ Home Celebration!
Disney bingo, quotes and attractions match-up...

@LoveDisneyRun: ...character word search, pin the smile on Mickey, party banners,
food labels, and Disney trivia! #sponsored #DisneySide @ Home Celebration

Time to bake the cake! Tie-dye Mickey ahead! It's not cheesecake, but oh so Pop Century Resort! 

@LoveDisneyRun: Our #DisneySide at Home Celebration
  @Charm_CityCakes @duff_goldman tie-dye cake is hot out of the oven! 

@LoveDisneyRun: It's Friday the 13th! The perfect day for a #DisneySide
@ Home Celebration with villainous valentine fun! 

@LoveDisneyRun: #DisneySide party banner making in progress! 
The villainous banner came in or #DisneySideAtHomeCelebration kit. 

@LoveDisneyRun: Perfect 4 #DisneySide @ Home Celebration! 
@DisneyParks: How many Disney villains can you name in this new graphic?" 

How did Disney Parks know we were throwing a villainous valentines party?

@LoveDisneyRun: Mickey Cake + Maleficent Walking Sticks in progress! 
Staff that creates together celebrates together! #DisneySide 

@LoveDisneyRun: It is almost #DisneySide @ Home (away from home) Celebration time! 
Crafty villains! #DisneySide 

@LoveDisneyRun: Maleficent Mickey is sporting his horns!
 #DisneySide @ Home (Away From Home) Celebration! @Charm_CityCakes 

Mickey cutters make the best PB&J's! 

Maleficent walking sticks! 

@LoveDisneyRun: College students enjoy a good buffet made by/for students!
#DisneySide #sponsored @all_Laundry @Wisk @Snuggle_Bear 

Check out Mickey's Duff inside! 

@LoveDisneyRun: Hook was at our #DisneySide @ Home Celebration!
 #DoughHook #BakingJokes #DisneySMMoms

@LoveDisneyRun: Puzzle me this... How many times will college students do a
Disney villains puzzle? #DisneySide

The students put the nail salon station to work! 

The games in our Disney Side Celebration kit were a huge hit! 

It was such an amazing way to close out the second trimester of the academic year 
with our student staff! 

The Twinings Tea was much appreciated during the party 
and especially afterwards during the cleanup! @TwiningsTeaUK

Cake and tea time! 

We all had a blast and got a fun chance to share our love and knowledge of Disney!  It was a great way to wrap up the second academic trimester at school and work. One of the students is even off to his second internship with the Disney Internship College Program for third trimester.  He picked a Walt Disney World Resort restaurant this time around after experiencing a sit down restaurant in World Showcase his first internship. 

Thank you to ALL of the sponsors and Disney Parks staff who helped with the planning, packing, and shipping of the Disney Side at Home Celebration kits!

The majority of the items used at this party were provided free of charge with the party kit.  
All of the thoughts and comments are my own.  

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Princess5k code name Frozen5k

Although the hash tag for this event is #Princess5k we are all well aware that it is really a Frozen5k in oh so many ways! 

Elsa has cast a freeze warning across the region in honor of her race and layers will be the dress code for the morning! 

"@runDisney: Attention #Princess5K runners! Please read the following message regarding the weather conditions during your race."

I picked up my bib this morning! What are those sisters up to? The #princess5k bib is so cute! I bet they have quite the race planned for us in the morning! 

We are getting ready for the #princess5k in our car! We decided bringing our shelter with us was a good idea on a #frozen5k morning! 36 degrees and falling to 30! Oh Elsa did you have to take your race to this extreme! #rundisney @rundisney #rDRoyalty