Thom W. (NDD#145) (8 Posts)

When he is not obsessing about his next Walt Disney World trip, Thom can be found running anything from a 5K to a 200 mile relay. Having grown up across the river from Louisville, KY, Thom's family never really took trips to Walt Disney World. He only went twice as he was growing up. Thom changed this in adulthood, though, honeymooning with his wife at Walt Disney World in 1998 and returning regularly after that. Now that he has kids of his own, his family goes at least once a year. But when they are not in the World, you can expect that Disney movies are helping them stay connected to their "laughing place." Through his experience of becoming a long-distance runner and losing almost 80 lbs., Thom hopes to help and encourage readers of The Disney Driven Life, to lead a Disney Driven Healthy and Fit life.

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:

“And I won’t look back
I can go the distance
And I’ll stay on track
No, I won’t accept defeat
It’s an uphill slope
But I won’t lose hope
Till I go the distance
And my journey is complete”

If you are are thinking about doing the Zero 2 Hero plan, I highly recommend putting some Disney songs on your music device.  It’s amazing what the right type of music at the right time will do for you runs or workouts.  Below I list some of the songs that I have on my iPod.  I’m also eager to hear from you what Disney songs I might have forgotten that you have on your playlist.

“He Lives in You” from Disney’s The Lion King
“Go the Distance” From Disney’s Hercules
“On My Way” from Disney’s Brother Bear
“Can’t Back Down” from Disney’s Camp Rock 2
“Fire” from Disney’s Camp Rock 2
“Round and Round” by Selena Gomez
“Year Without Rain (EK’s Future Classic Remix – Radio Edit)” by Selena Gomez
“Bet on It” from Disney’s High School Musical 2
“The Climb” from Disney’s Hannah Montana the Movie
“Party in the USA” by Miley Cyrus

Try to put some of these songs in your playlist rotation for the next time you hit the gym or go for a run.  See if you don’t get a boost when they play while you are working out.

Please leave a comment with some of your favorite Disney songs from your workout playlist.

Contributed by: Thom W. (NDD#145). 


  1. Love the playlist, I’m probably a bit odd as I’m usually listening to podcasts when running, not music. Mostly because I’m afraid I’ll start dancing and skipping rather than running.

  2. You’re not odd at all. I prefer podcasts because they keep my mind focused on something other than obsessing about how much longer I have to run and how I’m feeling. They make the time fly by with ease

  3. I tried listening to the book “Born to Run” while running one time. I found that I let my pace slip too much, so I had to go back to running with tunes.

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