runDisney Bucket List *Updated*

After reviewing my runDisney bucket list post tonight I see that I haven’t taken my run training very seriously.

I can only do 3 miles at the moment and even that is pushing it a little bit. Or maybe it just feels that way because I subconsciously feel like I have to run as fast as I can?

But hey, maybe I’ll be ready by the time these two roll around! Lol.

Disneyland Paris Half Marathon
September 19-22, 2019
Disneyland Resort, Paris, France

Disney Wine & Dine Half Marathon
November 2019
Walt Disney World Resort, Florida, USA


I guess I’ll have to run the others in 2020!


2019 Disneyland Paris Half Marathon

Here’s some info about the Disneyland Paris Half Marathon, if you’re so inclined to run it in 2019. Official race information hasn’t been released yet, so I estimated the dates based off previous years. I will update the information as necessary when it becomes available.

I’m waiting for 2019 to run this race because I want to do the Castle to Chateau Challenge. You can find information on the various challenges below.

Now all I have to do is plan my costume and save up the money to go!

Date: Most likely September 19-22, 2019
Location: Disneyland Paris Resort, Paris, France

Events included:

Disneyland Paris 5k (3.1 miles)
Friday, September 20, 2019
Time: 8 PM
Ages: 5 years and up

Disneyland Paris 10k (6.2 miles)
Saturday, September 21, 2018
Time: 7 AM
Ages: 14 years and up

Disneyland Paris-Val d’Europe Half Marathon (13.1 miles)
Sunday, September 22, 2018
Time: 7 AM
Ages: 18 year and up


31k (19.3 miles)
Saturday, September 22, 2018 (10k)
Sunday, September 23, 2018 (Half Marathon)

You will receive the 31k Finisher Challenge Medal*, the 10k Finisher Medal and the Half Marathon Finisher Medal.

*To receive the medal for this challenge, be sure to purchase the 31k Challenge price option. Essentially you are purchasing your entry to both races together instead of purchasing them separately. Unfortunately, buying them separately won’t qualify you for the medal.

36k Challenge (22.4 miles)
Friday, September 21, 2018 (5k)
Saturday, September 22, 2018 (10k)
Sunday, September 23, 2018 (Half Marathon)

You will receive the 36k Finisher Medal*, 5k Finisher Medal, 10k Finisher Medal, Half Marathon Finisher Medal and the 31k Finisher Medal.

*To receive the 36k Challenge Finisher Medal you must buy the 36k Challenge option. Do not buy the 5k, 10k and Half Marathon entries separately.

Castle to Chateau Challenge
You will receive the medal for this challenge if you complete the Walt Disney World Half Marathon and the Disneyland Paris Half Marathon in the same calendar year. For example, the Walt Disney World Half Marathon 2019 and the Disneyland Paris Half Marathon 2019.

To receive the Castle to Chateau Challenge Finisher Medal you are required to inform runDisney France of your participation when finalizing your registration on your runner form. You will be required to provide your official runDisney race finisher certificate or your runDisney results as proof.

The Disneyland Paris Half Marathon weekend also has kids races, if you plan on bringing the little ones.



2019 Walt Disney World Half Marathon

Only 311 days to go!

Some of you may be thinking, “Hey, wait a minute! It’s a Marathon weekend, not a half marathon weekend!”

You’re right. But I have no plans on ever running a marathon, and so for me it will be a half marathon weekend. Sorry, Disney!

Let’s get into the event details, shall we? For some reason, the official website doesn’t list the times. I’ll update this when I find out more information.

Walt Disney World 5k (3.1 miles)
Thursday, January 10, 2019

Walt Disney World 10k (6.2 miles)
Friday, January 11, 2019

Walt Disney World Half Marathon (13.1 miles)
Saturday, January 12, 2019

For information about the marathon, visit the official site.


Goofy’s Race and a Half Challenge (39.3 miles)
Saturday, January 12, 2019 (Half Marathon)
Sunday, January 13, 2019 (Marathon)

I won’t be doing this challenge! Lol.

Dopey Challenge (48.6 miles)
Thursday, January 10, 2019 (5k)
Friday, January 11, 2019 (10k)
Saturday, January 12, 2019 (Half Marathon)
Sunday, January 13, 2019 (Marathon)

Another challenge I won’t be doing… But below there’s one I will be doing!

Disney Castaway Cay Challenge
Wednesday, January 16, 2019

This challenge is more manageable for me. Requirement? Do any event 5k or longer at the Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend + the Castaway Cay 5k.

I have to say, I’m disappointed that there’s no challenge at the Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend that involves the 5k/10k + the Half Marathon minus the marathon itself.

I guess I’ll just have to wait and earn all those sweet medals in the Castle to Chateau Challenge event!

I’m looking forward to the Castaway Cay Challenge. I’ve wanted to go on a Disney Cruise for a very long time!

How that works is you book your cruise, then register for the Castaway Cay Challenge on and enter your cruise reservation number when registering for the race.

So here’s my plan:
Do the Walt Disney World 5k, 10k, and Half Marathon, then immediately after the Half Marathon go recover at one of the spas with a 50 minute Swedish Massage. After that I’ll spend the rest of Saturday and all day Sunday enjoying all that the parks have to offer.

Monday I’ll jump on board the Disney Dream and do the Castaway Cay 5k on Wednesday, January 16th.

I’ve never been to a spa before. I’m excited! It’ll probably be quite an expensive trip, but fun and (probably) a once in a lifetime opportunity.

Work hard then pamper yourself. Let’s do this!

runDisney Half Marathon Bucket List

I think it’s been almost two years since I started running. Off and on. Mostly off.

I’m no where closer to accomplishing this goal than I was when I first started. Now I’m wondering where I would be if I hadn’t stopped. If I had kept going, even if the run was subpar and not my best, would I have accomplished this goal already?

I did have to stop for a while due to a knee injury while training a dog. The dog was ginormous and had the strength of Superman, Batman and the Hulk combined. Really.

While recovering from that I got used to being lazy. And now I start over.

Regardless, I cannot consider this a fail because I haven’t given up.

If I start consistently training now then I should be ready for the Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend in January 2019. I plan on doing the half marathon instead of the marathon.

I’m not sure what’s going on this year with the half marathons. It seems as though a few of them are missing from the previous years. I hope they bring them back!

Below is my runDisney bucket list according to how I’ll run them. Now I just have to get that running thing down!

Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend
January 9-13, 2019
Walt Disney World Resort, Florida, USA

Disney Princess Half Marathon
February 2019
Walt Disney World Resort, Florida, USA

Star Wars Half Marathon – The Dark Side
April 2019
Walt Disney World Resort, Florida, USA

Disneyland Paris Half Marathon
September 19-22, 2019
Disneyland Resort, Paris, France

Disney Wine & Dine Half Marathon
November 2019
Walt Disney World Resort, Florida, USA

Well friends, it’s time for me to go work on a few posts for my diving bucket list! See you around!

Why do you run?

Last year I decided I wanted to do a runDisney half marathon. Quite a tall order for someone who hasn’t really run since 2001! Even back in 2001 when I attempted to run my chest would hurt and I’d be panting for at least 5 minutes straight afterwards.

I had no idea I was running wrong!

These days you can find anything on the internet. Need a recipe to impress your frenemies? Google it. Need to know how to run? Google it. Need dating tips? Google it!

Um… Let’s just gloss over that last one and focus on the running.

Really this is all Pinterests fault. I didn’t know about runDisney until I saw it on Pinterest. It piqued my interest in a sport I hadn’t thought about in about 14 years. Of course, that led me to reading various articles online, all focused on running basics, run-themed accessories and running health.


Who wouldn’t want to wear hilarious shirts like this?

It made me think back further than 14 years to when I was in junior high and high school when we were forced to run laps around the track without being taught how to run. They march you out to the starting line without water or any basic knowledge of how to properly run and then blow the whistle.

“Go!” or some other appropriate starting command is yelled and you go. Why? Because we were taught to respect authority and not ask questions. We trusted that our gym teachers were teaching us proper technique. Why wouldn’t they, right?

These days my chest doesn’t hurt when I run and I definitely don’t spend 5 minutes trying to catch my breath! I started running in October but ended up getting shin splints, which set me back a while. Since then I’ve stuck to basic workouts like walking and going to the gym.

I started running again last week but this week is my real training start. I’m starting all over again but this time I have a plan.

Focusing on running health is going to be my major focus. I want to really make sure that I don’t injure myself and that my body is conditioned properly for this goal. I’ll be starting my mornings with yoga, 7 days a week. I’ll go for a run every other day so that I’m not overdoing it and I’ll be doing post-run stretching specifically designed to aid running afterwards.

Another goal, which I will dread, is to not consume sugar. At least not any extra sugar outside of fruits. Did I mention that I have a MAJOR sweet tooth? I’m sure you can imagine how excruciating that will be in the beginning.

For my run training I’ll be starting out with 1 mile every other day. While my run training officially started on Sunday, I won’t do my first run until tomorrow (Tuesday) morning. I guess that makes my run days Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday this week.

Basically, here’s how the training will go:

14 August – 20 August: 1 mile (every other day)
21 August – 27 August: 2.5 miles (every other day)
28 August – 03 September: 2.5 miles (you get the idea)
04 September – 10 September: 4 miles
11 September – 17 September: 4 miles
18 September – 24 September: 5.5 miles
25 September – 01 October: 5.5 miles
02 October – 08 October: 7 miles
09 October – 15 October: 7 miles
16 October – 22 October: 8.5 miles
23 October – 29 October: 8.5 miles
30 October – 05 November: 10 miles
06 November – 12 November: 10 miles
13 November – 19 November: 11.5 miles
20 November – 26 November: 11.5 miles
27 November – 03 December: 13 miles
04 December – 10 December: 13 miles
11 December – 17 December: 14.5 miles

Right now I can’t even imagine being able to run 5 miles let alone running 13.1 miles to complete a half marathon! I know I can do it though. I’m determined enough. Heaven knows when I set my mind to it I do  it. Unless I lose interest first…

The half marathon I want to do is the runDisney Star Wars – The Dark Side half marathon at Disney World in April 2017. If I finish training in December then that will leave me plenty of time to improve and work on being consistent.

Now the real question is: What character should I dress as?

Maybe an ewok?

Disney World has some great package deals. I booked one for my sister and brother-in-law for their honeymoon last year. I’ll do the same for myself for the half marathon. The half marathon is April 20-23rd. My plan is to fly in on Wednesday, April 19th and fly out on Wednesday, April 26th. That will give me 6 days of park fun and 7 nights of nice, relaxing, hotel sleepy goodness.

Oh, I forgot to mention that I will be doing the Dark Side Challenge. The Dark Side Challenge is running the 10k (6.2 miles) on Saturday, April 22nd and then the half marathon on Sunday, April 23rd.

I purchased compression socks and a pair of post-run sandals that are supposed to feel like you’re walking on a cloud. I’ll use those after both races and then after the half marathon I will head over to one of Disney Worlds fabulous spas for a Swedish massage.

I can hardly wait. Maybe I’ll be extra nice to myself and book a massage for after the 10k as well.

Of course, this is all providing that registration isn’t sold out by the time I’m ready to pay for it. Haha.

Anyway, I figured this goal will help keep me motivated to stay active and not get lazy. That’s the real reason I’m doing all of this.

Being a lazy couch potato is only fun until you run out of things to watch on Netflix. (Just kidding – I’m not really a couch potato, though I do get a tad lazy at times.)

This post is starting to get long so I’ll say goodbye and wish you all a good night. I’ll keep you updated on my goal progression.

To good health and good times.