I’m Addicted to Races

Seriously – I had to cut myself off because I still find myself searching for more and more to sign up for. I need (see how I do that, start justifying this by using words like “need” instead of “want”?!) to sign up for a couple 10 milers this summer/fall to help get acclimated to running long distances prior to Disney, so I’ll have to lift the moratorium at some point. Smile

It’s going to be a really fun spring (if it ever arrives!!) and summer for sure – here’s what I am currently signed up for:

Run or Dye “Fun” Run 5k – May 4th


Photo courtesy Run or Dye

I am VERY excited for this run, because the Nelson side of the family decided at Easter to make it a family event. I’m unsure how many of us ended up signing up, but it should be around 10 people. I am such a “family” girl, so the thought of sharing a race with my family is pretty incredible.

Rave Run “Fun” Run 5k – May 10th

This should be a fun run, too, because it’s a night race and I LOVE night races. The husband and I are running this one with a friend, so it should be a blast. Glow in the dark sticks, neon lights, and a promise of an after-party also have me psyched.

Grandma’s Half-Marathon – June 22nd

Image taken from Grandma’s Half website

I am SO excited to get to experience Grandma’s this year – we were luckily selected in the lottery (I’ve read the chances of being selected are roughly 50/50), so the ability to get to run this seems even more special. I’ve heard raves about Grandma’s for years (even before I cared about running), and am so excited to see what the hype is all about. I checked and there is a net-decrease in elevation, so I’m hoping a PR will be in store for me as well.

Warrior Dash 5k Mud Run – June 29th


This will be my second year doing the Warrior Dash – it is held at one of Minnesota’s downhill skill areas (which apparently is laughable to those from mountainous states), so nearly the entire course is straight uphill. I’m hoping that the Body Pump and additional running will help with my endurance this year as I absolutely left room for improvement last year!

Color Run “Fun” Run – July 14th


This will be my second year doing the Color Run. It was such a blast last year, I am excited for a repeat this year!

Twilight 5k – July 27th


This will be my second year doing the Twilight 5k, but I’m looking forward to this race because it’s a night race (hence “twilight”), and I PR-ed here last year (before PR-ing again later in the season). I’m hoping for a repeat PR this year!

Disney Wine and Dine Half-Marathon – November 9th


I am most excited about this race! Not only is it in my favorite place on Earth, but, this is what got me hooked on the blogging world! Dan and I had been planning to take a trip to Disney the week of November 9th, but soon discovered W&D Half was also that weekend, so we had to race it. We will be celebrating our 4th wedding anniversary, so it should be a pretty special trip in more ways than one!

As you can see, I’m looking a little empty from August through October, so I’ll need (there I go again with “need” Smile with tongue out) to find a race or two to fill them up.

Happy racing and running, everyone!

What are some of your upcoming races? Is there a race you’re really looking forward to? Why?


Disney World, Here We Come!

Well, we’ll be heading there in eight months, BUT, the trip has been booked! When Dan got his new job back in December, most of the vacation days for 2013 were already taken, so he took off the one week that was left: November 11-15th. This actually ended up working great for two reasons: 1) it’s the week after our anniversary, so we can treat the week as an anniversary trip, and 2) it’s the week after Disney’s Wine and Dine Half Marathon!

I have been reading so many recap blogs on last year’s W&D Half, and I am SO EXCITED that we finally get to run in a runDisney race! We booked our trip through Heather @ Through Heather’s Looking Glass, and now all that’s left is the registration for the race which opens on Tuesday. I am anxious about the race filling up quickly, so I will be purchasing our entries as soon as humanly possible!

We have decided to stay at Port Orleans Riverside which is where we stayed at our honeymoon (or as I like to call it, our Disneymoon). We may adjust the first few days of our trip based upon which resorts are host resorts for the race, but we’re crossing our fingers that Riverside will be selected as a host resort!

Since I am not making a whole lot of progress with the remembering to take pictures part of my goals, enjoy some photos from our Disneymoon back in 2009:


We were rocking our “Just Married” buttons!


Port Orleans Riverside – our room was straight ahead and a little to the left


At the PO Riverside resort with the Sassagoula River in the background


They had started decorating for Christmas – tree outside of Hollywood Studios


Waiting in line for the Toy Story Midway Mania – we were given two fast passes by a couple who had two extra because they had come to Disney on their honeymoon and wanted to pay-it-forward. Hopefully we get to return the favor and pay-it-forward to another couple in the future!



Hanging out in Norway and celebrating Dan’s Norwegian roots!


One of my favorite memories from the trip: Donald proposing!


And then posing for a nice picture Smile

November can’t come fast enough!! Happy running and traveling, everyone!

Is anyone else out there planning on signing up for Disney’s Wine and Dine Half this year?