JL Knopp (NDM#1) and Banks Lee (NDI#177) bring you another episode of The Show. Orlando’s latest attraction-based news is now available to you in this fun and entertaining venue every week. Watch for it right here on The Disney Driven Life, on iTunes, on the Orlando Attractions You Tube Channel and even on Bright House Cable.
As I have mentioned before in my sports blog, one of the best experiences in my 28 years was running the Disney World Marathon in 2010. 26.2 miles in the Happiest Place on Earth was worth the year of training I endured.
Recently, in an attempt to get myself motivated to go on a long run, I started thinking about all the things that I loved about running the marathon. I came up with a long list of reasons why I should be out running instead on sitting in my recliner watching The Real Housewives of Orange County. So, out I went on a 6 miler to clear my head and continue my work toward an eventual Goofy Challenge finish.
With the WDW Marathon behind us and the Disney Princess Half along with various other RunDisney events coming up, I want to write a post about the dos and don’ts of traveling to a RunDisney event. Walt Disney World and Disneyland are great places to visit, and the magic of these places pull thousands of runners and walkers to the parks each year. If you are not careful, you can get so wrapped up in the event that you don’t leave enough in the tank to power you through the event.
Living in the Northeast, I spend half of my year training in the cold weather. Most of the running events held near me are held in the spring or fall with the longest distance race being held the weekend before Thanksgiving (Philadelphia Marathon). If I were to only participate in these local races then I could avoid training in the winter all together. Of course, the main reason I started training for long distance running and walking was to find more excuses to travel to Disney World. And two of Disney’s main events are right in the middle of the coldest months for those of us in the northern half of the country. That left me with no choice but to spend some time training in the winter.
During the 2011 Walt Disney World Marathon weekend, I was one of over 1200 runners and walkers joined together to train and raise money to battle cancer. Over $4 million was raised by these participants in the WDW marathon and half marathon in support of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. These runners and walkers were members of Team in Training, or TNT. If you’re a runner, you may have seen us in a race near you! We’re the wave of people wearing purple singlets out there who are smiling at the start and cheering at the finish.
The Disney Driven Life brings you the third episode of inner mouse in a new chapter of their journey. In this week’s show, Scott, John, and JL continue to review Nicole’s first full marathon run, JL’s time at Give Kids the World and on the new Wild Africa Trek as well as announce some of the new bloggers joining The Disney Driven Life. The main topic for the evening was SADD–Seasonal Affective Disney Disorder. Suffering from these winter blues, Team inner mouse was unmotivated to get dressed and hosts the show in their PJs. They discuss different ways to cope with winter doldrums in ways with Disney flair. Join the discussion and let us know in what way you deal with your SADD state.
The Disney Driven Life brings you the second episode of inner mouse in a new chapter of their journey. In this week’s show, Scott, John, and JL continue to tweak things as they produce the show all on their own. Dave Parfitt visited with Team inner mouse and discussed the Power of 10 Project. The crew also recapped the marathon weekend and then covered their New Years resolutions for the upcoming Disney Driven year. Watch it all unfold here and consider what is in store this year for you and your inner mouse.
While my iPod is not chock-full of Disney songs, there are quite a few on there, and they seem to have a knack of knowing to play when I need them most. Why is it that during my runs, when I start to struggle, “Go the Distance” From Hercules, “On my Way” from Brother Bear, or “He Lives in You” from The Lion King always seems to start playing? This surge of motivation always gets me back on task and able to power through my hard moments in a long run. Something about the words and the meanings behind these songs give you the strength to complete that hard moment. In 2008 while running the Marine Corps Marathon, I really hit the “wall” at mile 20. I had some severe self-doubt going on. All of a sudden “Go the Distance” from Hercules came on my iPod. It gave me just the boost I needed to get through those last 6.2 miles. It made me realize I could finish the race when I heard these lyrics:
The Disney Driven Life brings you the eighth episode of inner mouse. In this week’s show, Nicole, Scott, John, and JL discuss the Inaugural Wine and Dine Marathon weekend and the role that it played in the lives of the Disney fans that participated. Nicole was our featured host for the week, allowing us to share in her knowledge and experience as a runner in the races. While John shares his point of view as a spectator of the races, JL briefly talks about all the other events that took place during the weekend aside from the races. Scott announces the new email addresses for team inner mouse, and Bush Chick is born. Watch it. Your life will be enriched.