Star Wars Half Marathon


The Star Wars Half Marathon registration is opened and it’s not too late to register! This fun-filled event consists of a 5K, 10K, Half Marathon and Rebel Challenge and is held on the weekend of January 14-17 in Disneyland.

I hope that I can do the Star Wars Half Marathon and the Disney Princess Half Marathon to earn my coast to coast in 2016! Who’s with me? Has anyone else ever done the Star Wars Half? What did you think?

Walt Disney World Marathon: Goofy’s Race and a Half Challenge Part II

IMG_3556I’m glad I bonked the Thunder Road Marathon in November.


The wise words of Anthony D’Angelo say it all:


“In order to succeed you must fail, so that you know what not to do next time.”


As I mentioned in my previous post on the Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend: Goofy Challenge Part I,I did everything wrong during this marathon. As I drug my dehydrated, defeated body over that finish line I didn’t know if I could ever run again, much less run not one, but two marathon events only one month away.


I was physically, mentally and spiritually exhausted. I felt as if I ate too much chocolate cake. I overdosed on something I once loved and I didn’t know if I could ever look at running in the same way again.


My training plan had me hitting the pavement again for a six mile run after one day of rest, so I dutifully headed out for my run. It felt like I had cement blocks tied to my legs. I trudged forward, feeling as if I was running in quick sand, getting slower and more entrenched with every step.


I stuck with my plan, but with each successive run, I became slower and less motivated. Sure, I’ve had days in the past that I didn’t feel like running or I had to force myself out of my warm bed and lace up my running shoes, but nothing like this. The following Saturday I had a 18 mile run, which wasn’t the longest run in my plan and it certainly was less than the previous weeks’ 26.2, but that was my worst training run. I ran from Leroy Springs Recreation Complex in Fort Mill to the Gold Hill YMCA, which is 9 miles, and back. A simple out and back run should have been enjoyable, but instead I was miserable. I became slower with each mile. As I sat in the hot tub after my run I reflected on my journey and realized I couldn’t continue like this. The Goofy Challenge was only a month and a half away and I was regressing. All signs pointed to overtraining. There is a fine line between adequately training for an event and overtraining. I wasn’t letting my body repair itself in between workouts and I had overtrained. I hope others can learn through my mistakes. Please look out for the following signs:


  1. You’re getting weaker and slower and your stamina is deteriorating despite regular exercising
  2. You are losing leanness despite increased exercise
  3. You feel tired, drained, sluggish and have a lack of energy
  4. You’re unable to sleep
  5. You have pain in your muscles and joints
  6. Loss of enthusiasm for the sport
  7. Headaches


I consulted with my running coach, Deb, who was amazing through this process. She advised me to take some time off from running to recuperate. So I did yoga, lifted weights, continued with my aqua jogging class and cut back my mileage on my weekly long run. The following week we were on vacation in Walt Disney World, so I was really able to relax, spend time with my family and not worry about my training or running. This worked wonders. I came back the following week completely refreshed and feeling great.


I hopped back on my training plan upon my return. I began doing all of my long runs at the Greenway by my house for a change of scenery. I downloaded The Nutrition Diva Podcasts to have something interesting to listen to during my runs. I watched my favorite show, 30 Rock, while I ran on the treadmill. My amazing husband who supported me through this entire process and listened to my running ailments ad nauseam bought me new running gear from my favorite store, Lululemon. In short, I gave myself new motivation to go out and run.



The Walt Disney World Marathon and Goofy’s Race and a Half Challenge was only one month away at this point and the words of Eminem rang in my mind: “Success is my only m$#@* option, failure’s not.”


I had invested time, energy and money to complete this challenge and I would not fail. I had announced to everyone that I was doing the challenge. My kids were excited about their upcoming trip. I had everything on the line. But, would I be able to complete the challenge? Was I trained enough since I had to scale back the plan? What if I got down to Disney and bonked this race? There was much more at stake this time. Check back tomorrow for Part III of the Goofy Challenge where I’ll let you know how it turned out and the top running and training tips that you’ve haven’t heard before! In the meantime, I’d love to hear from you. Do you agree that you learn more from failure that success? Have you ever felt like just giving up?

Best Disney Jogging Trails

Want to know the secret of the BEST jogging trails at Disney World? Check out my Run Disney Mom blog for the scoop of the top four best jogging trails at the most magical place on earth! With the Walt Disney World Marathon weekend coming up, now is the time to scope out the best places to run in the world to keep up the training while preparing for the big event!

Disney Marathon Weekend Schedule and my NEW runDisney Mom blog!

Did you know that Disney’s marathon weekend not only includes the full marathon, but also a Family 5K, kids’ races and half marathon? For those super adventurous types there is even a Goofy’s Challenge which is running the half marathon on Saturday and full marathon on Sunday! This ultimate endurance test will not only give you a huge sense of accomplishment, but you will win THREE medals: the coveted Goofy medal, Donald Duck half marathon medal and Mickey Mouse marathon medal. Read my full article about Disney races on my runDisneymom blog for more information.



Breakfast made for a Disney princess


Getting my kids to eat beakfast in the morning is a challenge. They either want junk (my son actually asked for Halloween candy for breakfast) or say they aren’t hungry at all. Making breakfast fun, but healthy, is top on my list. Given that our entire family LOVES Disney and it’s our favorite place on earth, I decided to make Mickey Mouse Sunny Eggs to put a new twist on boring eggs. The kids actually ate them, which they would’ve never done if they weren’t shaped like Mickey, and it sparked a great conversation before school about our favorite Disney memories. I bought my Mickey-shaped egg ring at Disney, but don’t worry if you aren’t visiting the park anytime soon, you can also buy it on Amazon.


There has been a lot of controversy about eggs, but they are extremely good for you. They made the list of the top 150 healthiest foods on earth because they are loaded with vitamins, protein and amino acids. They are one of the best sources of choline, which is essential for cardiovascular and brain function. Also, contrary to popular belief, the choline in eggs actually PREVENTS the accumulation of cholesterol in the liver!

Eggs are also the perfect source of protein, containing all nine essential amino acids. They are loaded with lutein and zeaxanthin, which are both superstar nutrients for eye health.

In addition to being a great source of protein, luetin, zeaxanthin and choline, eggs contain more than 15 vitamins and minerals. Not only that, but eggs help prevent against breast cancer according to a study in the January 2005 Cancer Epidemiology Biomarkers and Prevention.

You can also tell your little princess that eggs help hair grow faster and promotes long, healthy hair and nails. Now that is a breakfast made for a Disney princess!

Given my passion for Disney, running and nutrition, I’ve started a NEW blog and twitter account to chronicle all things Disney running! Follow me on Twitter at @runDisneymom and visit for more information on Disney and running!

Could I be the next Disney Mom?

I have applied for the Walt Disney World’s Moms Panel to represent runDisney. This is my DREAM, so please pray for me and send lots of positive vibes my way!

Since we’ve been to Disney seven times in the past five years, we’ve learned some of the tips and tricks for planning an awesome Disney vacation. I’ve helped many of you plan your Disney vacations and I LOVE it! I love planning, cooking, dining, talking about and researching everything to do with Disney!

I have a favor to ask….if any of my Disney advice has ever helped you plan your vacation, could you leave a little comment on my blog talking about how I helped you?

Also, have I ever helped you with running, exercise or diet advice? Did my blog post on staying motivated to run give you inspiration for a workout? Did my post on losing weight while on a Disney vacation give you any tips for staying in shape while on vacation? Have you made any of my Disney recipes, such as my Le Cellier Pretzel rolls? Were you inspired by my Disney Marathon story?

If I’m selected for the next round, they may want to see how I’ve helped families in the past and I’d love to be able to share how I helped you.

Thank you so much for your support and please send positive vibes my way!



7 tips for losing weight on your Disney World vacation (While eating whatever you want)

I lost five pounds while on my Walt Disney World vacation, where indulged in candy-covered rice Krispy treats, Dole Pineapple Floats, fudge, brownies, cookies, pizza, burgers, steak, mushroom risotto, butter beer and more! How did I lose five pounds while eating whatever I wanted you may ask? Read on for my top seven tips for losing weight while on vacation:


  1. 1.    Taste everything, finish nothing


My favorite part of visiting Walt Disney World is sampling their delicious food. Chocolate Chip Ice Cream Cookie Sandwiches, Soft Pretzels, Mickey Mouse shaped Rice Krispy Treats, oh my! My tummy is rumbling just thinking about it! The key word is “sample.” I would order a meal or snack and spilt it with my hubby or kids. I would inhale the lovely scent of the huge chocolate chip filled brownie from Main Street Bakery, sit down with a mug of hot coffee, close my eyes and take a few mouth-watering bites, enjoying every second of my treat. Then I would share the rest with my family. This allowed me to eat whatever I wanted, just in smaller portions.

2.    Don’t eat salad


I heard so many people order Caesar Salad in the parks and explain that they are watching their calories. I know that it feels virtuous to order a salad instead of a burger, but the typical grilled chicken Caesar salad has more calories than a burger! The typical grilled chicken has 1,010 calories and 76 grams of fat! Compare that to the average fast-food hamburger, which has 250 calories and 9 grams of fat. Disney World doesn’t provide nutritional information on the food in their parks, but if you compare the average calories from fast-food equivalents, the answer is clear on which item to choose. Not only does a hamburger have fewer calories, but it also has hunger-satisfying protein to keep your hunger at bay. Most Disney quick-service locations will allow you to substitute apple slices or grapes for French fries, making your meal a well-rounded choice. My favorite place to get a burger at WDW is at Pecos Bills in the Magic Kingdom! I order the burger and only eat half of the bun and make my own salad with the lettuce shreds and salsa at the burger bar. I eat grapes instead of French fries and have yogurt for dessert. Yummy!


3.    Pay attention to your hunger scale


Visiting WDW requires a lot of walking, so make sure to match your eating to your hunger scale. You may try to cut calories by skipping meals or eating light, but then your hunger will attack, causing you to fill up on snacks and junk instead. You are burning a lot of calories by walking, so make sure to refuel your energy with healthy meals. However, on the flip side, don’t feel that you need to eat just because it’s mealtime. Some of the Disney portions are huge, so a big lunch may fill you up so much that you only need a light dinner. Just pay attention to your body and eat according to your hunger, not the clock.

4.    Pack healthy snacks


Disney allows you to bring snacks into the park, so take advantage of this benefit by packing apples, trail mix, nuts, dried fruit and protein bars. Having your own healthy snacks will help when hunger attacks and the only options around are high-calorie ice cream and pretzels. Not only does packing your own snacks save you calories, it saves you money and time also!

5.    Search for fruit


If you don’t like toting around a bag, don’t despair. Disney has several fruit carts with fresh apples, oranges and bananas around the park. You may have to hunt for them a bit, but healthy options are available. Here is a breakdown of where the fruit vendors are located:


Magic Kingdom: Liberty Square Market and Main Street Bakery (If you can avoid the allure of the decadent desserts in the display case)


Epcot: The Land Pavilion.


Disney’s Hollywood Studios: Sunset Ranch Market and ABC Commissary


Disney’s Animal Kingdom: Harambe Fruit Market

6.    Be a Camel


I use my Camelback to carry my water, keys and credit card. I fill it up with water before I hit the parks and refill it at the quick service stands. The quick service restaurants will provide you with a cup of ice water if you ask, so I keep my bag filled all day without spending a dime. This keeps me hydrated, which helps keep my hunger at bay.

7.    Stay active


Walking around at the parks burns a ton of calories, but don’t forget to continue with your exercise routine while you are on vacation. Staying consistent with exercise not only will prevent you from sliding in performance while you are on vacation, but it will help you burn those extra calories from indulgences as well. When visiting Epcot, it is not uncommon to walk up to 8 miles while touring World Showcase Lagoon! Partner all of that walking with your morning exercise routine, and you’ll be burning calories all day. We stayed at Coronado Springs Resort, which is perfect for those who want to stay active while on vacation. There is a 1-mile jogging trail that encircles Lago Dorado. I ran my 14-mile long run on that trail while watching the sunrise over the shimmering lake. There is also a lap pool, which I took advantage of for swimming laps. I also lifted weights, ran on the treadmill, biked and did the elliptical in their onsite Health Club, La Vida. Given that Disney hosts several marathons throughout the year, which can be found at runDisney. I the Walt Disney World Marathon last year and it was so much fun! If you are looking to run a marathon, I highly recommend the WDW Disney Marathon or Princess Half Marathon.


It can be hard to stay motivated, but staying active will give you the energy to tour the parks all-day and excuse to indulge in the pretzel at Biegarten guilt-free!


Do you have any tips for staying active while on vacation? Where is your favorite vacation destination? Do you usually lose or gain weight while on vacation? I’d love to hear from you!