When I got invited to a special meetup hosted by runDisney before the Inaugural Tinkerbell Half Marathon, you bet I wasn’t going to miss it. It was so amazing actually, that I’m bummed I’m not in Florida right now at the Princess Half Marathon (I heard there’s another runDisney hosted, pre-race meetup going on this weekend).
Being able to run through a deserted California Adventure and Disneyland with thirty other social media lovin’ runners along with runDisney’s own Training Consultant (and former Olympian), Jeff Galloway was a truly a once in a lifetime experience.
I’ll be honest, I’ve always scoffed at the “Run, Walk” method of run training, but after run/walking a couple miles with Jeff, he had me seriously thinking about the benefits and wanting to give it a try. You know what finally pushed me over the edge? His story about a guy he “run/walk” trained into a 3:10′ish marathon and he wasn’t even sore afterward. I take back all my scoffing.
After John Phelan, show director for Disney Sports, gave us a sneak peak into runDisney’s planning of the Inaugural (and magical) Tinkerbell 5k and Half Marathon, an introduction to Lori Lovell, the runDisney member of the Walt Disney World moms panel (find her on twitter and ask her all of you runDisney questions) & a chat with “Rules of Engagement” star, Megyn Price who ran with the #1 bib for the Inaugural Half Marathon, we were treated to a visit from a very special guest. I’m thinking Minnie needs a Team Sparkle skirt (and some real running shoes) if she’s going to want to hang out with Kelly and I again.
The surprises didn’t end there. The meetup ended with a private tour of the Dream Suite at the Disneyland Resort. Have you ever heard of the Dream Suite? I’d only heard rumors about this magical place located right above Pirates of the Caribbean in New Orleans Square. The details of the suite are done in true Disney form with enchanted birdcages, magical clocks, and a fantastical toy train (just to name a few). The Imagineers truly brought to life the dream Walt Disney had about having private apartment where his family could stay and entertain guests in New Orleans Square. Right now, the only people who have been able to stay at the Dream Suite are lucky winners during the Year of a Million Dreams and VIP’s. I feel lucky to have just seen the place, I can’t imagine the thrill of being able to spend the night (and enjoy the most fantastic view of Fantasmic ever).