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Friday, April 25, 2014

Why I runDisney {2014 #DisneySMMoms Fun Run}

Five years ago if you had asked me if I was a runner I would've laughed at you. Maybe not in your face, but I'd have laughed at you! Running was just not my thing. I would see girls running and WANT to run...but, just didn't.

Disney Social Media Moms Celebration - Run Disney 'Fun Run' Group Photo

Before we left Ft Campbell two years ago I started running. Well, I walked first and walking turned into running. Can you believe it? I LOVE to run. I put on my running shoes, grab my iPhone and earbuds and hit the pavement. It's {dare I say it?} relaxing. There's no whining kids. No fighting siblings. No yelling about who "that" belongs to. It's about the only time I get "me time". I should definitely run more often.

On the last morning of Disney Social Media Moms there was an organized Fun Run hosted by the good people at runDisney. I've seen plenty of pictures of runners in Disney races. They all look like they are having so much fun. So, I knew I wanted to participate in this run! And, well, it was only two miles. I can run/walk two miles, for sure!

Disney Social Media Moms Conference - Run Disney 'Fun Run'
This was taken at, oh, 5am. If you're gonna run in a race, you're gonna get up EARLY!
{photo credit - Josh Hallett}

Best part? The absolute best part? The run course took us through Downtown Disney, through Disneyland and Sleeping Beauty's Castle, through California Adventure and the Finish Line was in Cars Land. I ran with my good friend Susan and my new friend Gina. {We stopped a LOT along the way to take selfies! We weren't running to finish first. We were running for the experience!}

rundisney selfies

Disney Social Media Moms Conference - Run Disney 'Fun Run'
Lightning McQueen was waiting for us at the Finish Line. So cool!

Disney Social Media Moms Conference - Run Disney 'Fun Run'
Best part about NOT finishing in the first group? There's a BIG crowd cheering you on as you cross!

Disney Social Media Moms Conference - Run Disney 'Fun Run'
As we crossed the Finish Line.

Disney Social Media Moms Celebration - Run Disney 'Fun Run' Group Photo
See me? I'm to the right of Lightning McQueen.

So, why do I run Disney? I run to be a better me. I have weight to lose and a body to get back in shape after having five kids. I run because it's my "me time". And, now I run because I want one of those shiny medals they give you at the end of a race!

Now you want to run a runDisney race, don't you? I do! This Fun Run made me want to run a marathon with the runDisney crew!

There's still space to sign up for the 2015 Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend. But, hurry!

The 2015 Princess Half Marathon Weekend hasn't opened up for registration yet. When it does, I'm registering! Will you be there? Let's do it together!

{all photos, with the exception of my selfie collage, were taken by the talented @hyku.}

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