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back in disneyland already? or, a running dare for 2012!

Before I ever got the chance to post last year’s video of the Disneyland Half Marathon or even write about anything other than gummy bears, the time has come to sign up for THIS year’s race. Insane. I can’t believe how quickly time has flown. Admittedly, it seems the race sells out faster and faster every year so the advance sign-up window gets shorter and shorter. Registration opened just under one month ago and it’s already 80% full. The race is in September. That’s insane. Really what it is, is a testament to how much fun everyone has year after year at this event. Everyone is hooked. The secret is out. The Disneyland Half Marathon just might be the most fun you will have all year. So sign up why don’t ya? 

The running fever is spreading. I’ve got my mom hooked. She and Dennis are already signed up for the Family Fun Run 5K the day before the big race. I tried my best to convince her to take on the Half Marathon but I’ll have to keep working on her. Let’s see, who else has the running bug? I listen to a Disneyland fan podcast called Mousetalgia and all 4 hosts of the show have vowed to run the 5k. One of them actually did the Tinkerbell Half just a few weeks ago and I’m hoping she’ll sign up for the Dland Half as well. That’s how it works. It’s like an addiction. After every long race you think you won’t have it in you to train and do it all over, and suddenly a few weeks later you’ve got the itch again. Can I beat my time? How much further can I go? How can I push myself even more? Where’s my limit? Do I have a limit? It’s in our nature as humans and dreamers. We don’t like limits. The point is, this whole RunDisney thing is getting big. More and more people are lacing up their sneaks and hitting the running trails. More and more people are embracing their inner Disney geek, and I couldn’t be happier. Disney and running. Best combination since peanut butter and jelly. 

So this post is a little bit of a plea, sort of, kind of, not really. Let’s make it competitive. Let’s make this a dare. I want you to sign up with us. I want you to run this race. I guarantee you that at the end of it all, no matter how hard it hurts, no matter how many times you want to quit, no matter how many times you curse my name, you will feel better about yourself than you could ever imagine crossing that finish line. And if you don’t think I’m talking to you, I am, I’m talking to YOU. The Half Marathon is going to be a party, once again, and you don’t want to miss out. 

If you reeeeeally think you can’t quite take on 13.1, I’ll make you a second wager. Could you do a 5k? Perhaps you think the answer is no. Sign up anyway. The 5k is a fun run. Not timed, not super competitive. It’s fun. It’s so fun! You don’t even have to run. You can walk, you can run/walk, you can even push a stroller, so bring the baby. I’m telling you, you will thank me. If you are at ALL a Disney fan, and if you have ANY desire to get healthy this year, this is your opportunity. Sign up. You will have something to look forward to all year and you will feel awesome about yourself. Yes it’s somewhat expensive, but look at what you’re getting in return? Tell me, if you didn’t lay down the dough to run a race in Disneyland, would you hold yourself to the same level of accountability to work out and train? Probably not. Look at it as in investment. Are you willing to forego a few family trips to the movies, or a few nights out at fancy restaurants, to invest in your health? The answer should be yes.

I will help cut your costs. I will train you… for free. How will I do that? This blog. Every week I will post a training plan for both the 5k and the Half Marathon. I’ll post tips about avoiding injury, eating for energy, and staying motivated. I’ll give you a running schedule. If you live in L.A. you can even come run with me on the weekends. It will be awesome/easy. 

So that’s my dare to all of you. Run this race with Brad and me. This will be our 3rd year, and I’m already feeling amazing about how this year in running is shaping up, and it’s only February. I’ve got oodles of more time on my hands, just did 6.5 miles yesterday at record speed. I’m in it to win it. Against myself anyway. Personal record here I come. I’m saying it right here and now, I plan on taking at least 15 minutes off of my time. Wowzah! Yep. I can do it. Who’s with me? Both the Half Marathon and the 5k will likely sell out by the end of the month so don’t over think this. Just do it, as they say. Let’s make Labor Day weekend a giant party to celebrate our health, personal goals, dreams, and accomplishments all topped off with that special touch of Disney magic. You are invited. RSVP here 

only 4,109 miles to go

The island of Tahiti is 4,109 miles from Los Angeles. Brad Light and I are going to run there. Intrigued? Good.

The concept is simple. It all springs from a seedling of an idea I had when training for the Disneyland 1/2 Marathon in Petaluma last summer. I felt so inspired and enlightened to experience the NorCal countryside not from the windows of my car, but with my two legs and a pair of sneakers, that I thought about starting another running blog wherein I would focus on running vis a vis traveling. I shortly realized, I’m dirt poor. What am I thinking? I don’t have money to travel. The best I could do would be to write about the exotic trails I discover on my voyage to Griffith Park. Not that exciting. But gosh darnit, I WANT to travel! Something I want more than anything in the world is to SEE the world. Yes I want to visit Greece, Turkey, China, Australia, Africa, South America, Antarctica, Iceland and on and on. The likelihood of traveling to all of these places and still being young enough to go for a jog when I get there, let alone write about it, unlikely.

Let me just move a few words around and that should solve the problem. If I can’t travel to all of the remote corners of the world and write about running when I get there, I’ll run to at least one remote corner of the world and write about getting there. So much more interesting to write about the journey anyway, don’t ya think?

So now the big question, when considering all remote corners of the globe, where do you go? Choose wisely, said the old knight to Indiana Jones. Indeed. Using our affinity for tropical locales as a means of narrowing the list, first we think Hawaii. I’ve always wanted to go there. I enjoy exotic flowers and sea turtles. I don’t know though, it seems a bit too conventional. Someone says tropical vacation and most people think Hawaii. Well, if I’m going to literally run by butt off I want to run to a place that most people never get to see; and besides, Brad has already been to Hawaii. Dream bigger Rebecca. Don’t you want to sleep in some straw hut on the crystalline waters of the far south Pacific, dive with sharks, and finally get someone to explain to you the difference between an atoll and a small island? Yes I do! Suddenly it occurs to me, like a lightning bolt, Tahiti. Who wouldn’t want to visit a place painted and immortalized by Gaugin? Plus it has such a nice ring to it. “Running to Tahiti” sounds so much more luscious than “Running to Maui.” That sounds like a bad Steven Seagal movie.

Destination secured, now how do we make this interesting?Immediately Brad has the brilliant idea to figure out exactly how many miles there are between Los Angeles and Tahiti and to run exactly that many miles, after which we get to go there. Talk about a payoff. If we want to make it in two years, here’s the math: 4,109 miles works out to about 2,055 miles a year. About 40 miles a week. What?? Ain’t no way I’m running 40 miles a week. Oh no! Dream crusher! *Sigh* Why does Tahiti have to be so far away? This means one of two things. Either we make a 4 year plan, which puts us in Tahiti sometime in 2015, or we combine our mileage. I’m not waiting until 2015 to get to Tahiti. The world could end by then. Morbid, I know, but hey that’s how my mind works. Combined mileage it is. 4,109 miles, 2055 miles a year, 40 miles week, divided by the two of us means 20 miles a week per person. So it’s more like a relay race to Tahiti. We’ll each run our portion to get there. At the end of two years, Brad Light and I will have run 4,109 miles combined, and will be sipping Mai-Tais on the beach to celebrate. Oh golly, I can hardly wait.

But wait, put on the brakes, another road block. Vacation in Tahiti? That’s not like going to Catalina. The road to Tahiti is paved with large dollar signs and again, me dirt poor. I shortly come up with a brilliant solution to all of our problems that will not only pave the way to riches, but will make the journey even more interesting and further motivate us to put on our sneaks everyday. We can make it a savings plan as well as a running schedule! Not only will we run the mileage per week to get there, but we’ll put a dollar amount to each mile so at the end of two years, we’ll have saved enough to make it happen. For every mile we run, we put $1 in a savings account. If we don’t run it, we don’t save it. Gotta run to save money, gotta have money to get to Tahiti. I figure $1 per mile should do the trick. $4,109 for a two person trip to Tahiti should be just about right. It’s like it was meant to be.

This has been a brief intro into what is sure to be a bonified adventure. Brad and I have to do 3-mile runs 5 days a week, plus a 5 miler on the weekend, for the next 2 years, in order to get to Tahiti. Wow. Good thing I enjoy it.

As if you thought this plan couldn’t possibly have any more synergy, after running 20 miles a week for the next two years, I’m going to look damn good in a bikini.