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If you are a “fun” runner, Disney runs are like mecca. For those of you who clock every run, and try to PR every race, Disney runs may not be your thing, unless you have kids, or just really love Disney. But for the rest of the recreational running world, nothing beats a Disney run. I mean … come on! It’s Disneyland, Disney world and Epcot!!

These runs usually sell out in a few weeks, especially the Disneyland half marathon, and Disney world Princess Half Marathon. I have run them for 4 years, and while the hefty price tag of $185 is hard to swallow, you forget all of that on race day. As everything that Disney does it is done with excellence. The packet pick up and expo have something for the entire family runners and non runners a-like. If you have kids, take them with you to the expo, they will get so pumped and then they will feel super excited to meet you at the finish line for your race!

I think one of the most fun things is to see all the costumes and how runners get creative with their running gear turned dress up clothes. Truly people get SOOO creative.

Check some of them out here

http://www.according-to-kelly.com/2011/08/what-should-i-wear-how-should-i-wear-it-2/

http://thismamamakesstuff.com/2011/10/snow-white-disneyrunning-costume-tutorial/

 

When training clients I always encourage them to do this as a 10k race. It is so full of fun that the run feels so easy and flies by! There are characters along the route, stop and take pics with them if you can! Bands playing, cheerleaders cheering, and so many people! The half marathon last September  I think maybe a total of 1 mile there was nothing to see or hear, it is so much fun, and I look forward to it every year.

Go check out the site, and mark your calendars for an amazing experience! http://www.rundisney.com/ there is still room in the January 18, 2013 Tinkerbell 10k!

Not sure where to begin your training? They have partnered up with elite running coach Jeff Galoway to give you a program right for your fitness level http://www.rundisney.com/training/running/

Happy running friends!

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A few weeks ago my friend Lindsay posted asking about everyone’s bucket list. I have been slowly ticking off my bucket list for 4 years. But it got me to thinking how can I, everyday, in a local way expand my horizons and experience new things? So I started a list of the top 25 places I wanted to run in Southern California. This morning I checked off one of them. A nice run around Balboa Island!

If you aren’t familiar with balboa island it is quite the treasure in Newport beach a small wealthy island paradise home to many but vacation home to many more of Hollywoods elites.

The island is about 2.6 miles around. If you stay on the north front road it will it take you on a nice flat loop. Here are some of the treasures I encountered. Btw I ran 2 loops and it was about 3.3 miles .

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This view is I think why this is such a popular run .

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And then of course what’s an island without a dinosaur?

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And lady liberty…

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And the fun zone across the water

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And this awesome sand castle

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And looky here! On an island full of USC alum… OREGON representing… Our intern Derrick will be sooo happy!

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Done with the run… Hmmmmm should I get a famous “dads” donut???

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Of course!!! This is called balanced living!!

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Sure, the Disney half marathon was the most fun I have ever had, with the most number of awesome surprises. And yes I PR’d the San Francisco half in the coldest weather they had ever experienced. And the year before I was preg with my daughter my friend Shannon and I ran an ass kicking fast (for us!) 4th of July 5k.

But sometimes there are runs that mean more then just fun, fitness and PR’s.

Some are reminders of the fragility of life.  Runnincentanni 5k rung is more popular then ever right now, and so many people sign up for the big races each year as a milestone, or to check something off their bucket list.  It has become more common to see races that have been put together to memorialize loved ones. To run to raise money and awareness to cure, diabetes, leukemia, you name it.

But sometimes there are races that should be so important but don’t capture the publicity of the bigger races. The 1st annual Cetanni-Cottle 5k honors two local marines that were killed in action on March 24, 2010. This 5k will help raise money for their kids college tuition. We are a country with the largest military spending budget in the world, and yet many of the families of soldiers that are victims of war do not get compensated or taken care of the way they should.

If you can make it on Sunday the 24 please do. If you can’t make it and can donate. Please visit the website.https://centannicottle5k.webconnex.com/registeronline

 

 

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Geez, with all the Insanity,turbokick,  Crossfit, supermega SUP yoga, BMX-badass, Warrior Dash, it’s no wonder the average person feels too intimidated to get involved in an activity or join a fitness group or gym. The barrier to entry for fitness is so high, you practically have to be a navy seal to even take a “beginner” class. I LOVE when people tell me they modify or “scale” burpees… WTH… seriously? what if a person can’t bend and touch the ground? What if they cant hold their body weight? Then what are you modifying? It may be that some exercises and activities are just entirely unnecessary for certain populations.  And you know what? That is ok.

When was the last time you just took a walk? weather you are super ultra trail runner fit? Or A big surfer or the average Jane who has some lbs to lose. Just put on the sneakers and walk out the door. STOP… notice how that first wind on your face feels,    start walking… right foot… left foot… right foot… left foot… take a deep breath in notice how your feet feel in your shoes. notice every detail of your breath and body and everything around you as you simply walk. Connecting in nature thru a walking mediation can bring you so much peace and joy. It can change the way you view your body and your fitness. It can whisper encouraging words “I CAN do this, I CAN be fit”  It can also whisper “Calm down, you don’t have to be Hercules to get enjoyment out of your body and activity”

Don’t be intimidated to get involved, find something that you enjoy, something that you might even learn to love and start, and practice every.single.day and never ever ever give up. ;o)

Take a simple walk to get in touch with nature

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This time of year, I obsess over giving the perfect gift for each person on my shopping list. I find complete joy in giving a gift that is thoughtful and will truly be happily received by my friends and family (no socks on my list!). However, I have to admit that I spend more time searching and thinking about it than I do going out to purchase it! But this year, I have items on my list that should make each member of the outdoor enthusiast family jump for joy and head outdoors! For budget conscious shoppers and stocking stuffers, I have included a bonus list of five more items at the end of this list.

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