Monday, January 20, 2014

The Road to runDisney: Running Reads!

Let me tell y'all something:

I am one of those people who needs encouragement before I can get something done- a lot of encouragement.

... seriously. I hem, haw, and procrastinate like it's my gosh-dang job.

However, that way of life isn't exactly conducive to training for a half marathon, so sometimes I have to go out and search for a good kick in the pants. And that, my friends, is the situation from whence the subject for today's post comes. When I first began to entertain the idea of lacing up my shoes and hitting the pavement, "runners" were an enigmatic, elite group who were, and always would be, about five billion times more athletic and awesome than I ever would be. "No", I decided, flopped on the couch watching the Food Network, "I'll never be one of those people!"

This was also around the time that I was first discovering the magic of the online Disney community, where one day I stumbled across the Twitter feeds of a few avid runDisney racers. These runners weren't scary and intimidating; they were just like me (Well, like me, but a heck of a lot more physically fit!). After a few exploratory tweets, I quickly found (to absolutely no one's surprise) that I had no reason to fear- runDisney folks are some of the nicest people you'll ever meet... and what do you know, a lot of those super-sweet, ultra-encouraging folks also happen to operate runDisney blogs!

When I'm having a hard time getting psyched up for a run or just feeling a little"blegh" about a workout, a visit to one of my favorite Disney running blogs are almost guaranteed to knock that funk right into next week (and I'll cross that bridge when I get to it, thank you very much!). One such wonderful site is The Fairest Run of All, where writers Jenn and Moon regale their readers with race recaps, amusing workout-related anecdotes, and general witty banter that banishes any hope of keeping a straight face. Jenn was one of the first runDisney folks I ever came into contact with on Twitter, and she's been incredibly lovely and encouraging ever since- in fact, she's the one who prompted me to write about running on Princesses and Pixie Dust in the first place! Also, we both share a grand love for the treadmill and a loathing for outdoor runs, so posts like her lament against braving the elements and the epic "treadmill v. the great outdoors" debate kind of speak to my soul.

Side note: By the time this post goes up, both of the Fairest Runners will have run (and rocked) the Tinker Bell Half Marathon like the champs they are! Congratulations, Jenn and Moon!

And that's not all! Here are some other Disney-centric running blogs I've been loving lately:

So, whether you're in the market for runDisney racing tips or simply searching for a pre-workout pick-me-up, these blogs are most certainly worth checking out!

Did I miss your favorite runDisney blog? Any recommendations? Be sure to add yours in the comments!

- Becca :)


  1. Whoooo!! You go girl! You're going to ROCK that half marathon!!

    xoxo A

    1. Huh- I didn't see this until just now! Thanks, A! Hey, if you aren't busy that weekend, maybe you can come cheer me on!

      (Also, the "A" signature makes this all feel a little dangerous and "Pretty Little Liars"-y :P )