For all of you Galactic Empire fans, this one is for you.
runDisney has announced an additional Star Wars Half-Marathon weekend for Walt Disney World in Florida! WEEEEEEEEE!!!! *major happy dance*. Inaugural WDW races wil be April 14-17, 2016. Doing the challenge run in WDW is called “The Dark Side Challenge”, and running both the DL and WDW Star Wars races will now be called “The Kessel Run Challenge” (the Star-Wars specific Coast-to-Coast. Can you run it in less than 12 Parsecs? 🙂 ).
Registration opens September 22nd. Prices to come.
Disney Sports News release: http://disneysportsnews.com/releases/2015/08/25/the-force-is-even-stronger-second-rundisney-star-wars-half-marathon-event-sprinting-toward-walt-disney-world-resort-in-2016/
The nerd in me has awakened. I’ve been a Star Wars fan for almost 20 years, ever since I stumbled across the original trilogy on VHS the summer before entering 5th grade/middle school (1997-when the 20-year re-release of IV, V and VI was issued). I was Darth Vader for Halloween, all of my school supplies were Star Wars-themed, my teacher was also a Star Wars fan so we were best friends, and I signed up for the Star Wars Kids Club. Emperor Palpatine was my favorite character, Return of the Jedi was my favorite movie, and when I was bored in computer class, I’d sit and type out dialogue by memory. Still a huge fan, no doubt. I’m eagerly awaiting for Episode VII to come out in theatres!
Anyone else considering running this race? Did you run the inaugural race in DisneyLand? How was it?
I participated in a #bibchat last night (sponsored by Bib Rave!), and one of the questions that was posed was…
“How do you prepare for jet lag or time zone changes when traveling for a race?”
I remember my first race, Princess Half 2013. I was seriously down and back in just a couple of days. The day OF the race, I had to immediately fly back to PIT and drive back up to Edinboro for school. I was sore, tired, and, though I had just run my first 13.1, was rather aggravated that I couldn’t spend more time down there. I also underestimated my training for that race, having only done a 10-miler as my last long run. I was also recovering from wisdom tooth surgery and passing a kidney stone in the weeks prior to going. It hampered the training part quite a bit.
Since what happened during PHM 2013 didn’t quite work out, here is what I started doing in the races after:
*Stay hydrated and fed. This is a no-brainer. When your body’s hydration levels drop, you get moody, tired, and have headaches. When you’re on an airplane, these symptoms are multiplied. Same if you skip food. Guys…food is your friend, especially when it comes to curbing the hangries. Keep water and snackies handy, and don’t have too much coffee!
*Don’t be late. In fact, be early. I hate being late. I was always taught in marching band, “If you’re early, you’re on time. If you’re on time, you’re late. If you’re late, you’re toast.” (I despise how the current generation disregards the concept of punctuality, but that’s another post.) Anyyyyway, by arriving to the airport earlier than expected, you can guarantee that it will be a relatively smooth transition with parking, baggage check, pee stops, and finding the terminal. Being frazzled and stressed out in such a public area is never a good thing. I drove down I-79 from Edinboro to PIT this winter for Glass Slipper weekend, and it was like navigating the Millennium Falcon through lightspeed: full-blown blizzard. It took an extra hour to get there, but I was glad that I left when I did and took my time getting there.
*If you’re driving… Make sure you’re comfortable and well-rested! I drove from Washington D.C. to Fredericksburg, VA for the Marine Corps Historic Half in 2014, and I had about 4 hours of sleep the night before. I was essentially a zombie before, during, and after the race to the point where I almost rear-ended a car and had to stop somewhere for a nap. You may be excited to be in a new area (I was!) but don’t let the excitement deter you from getting much-needed sleep. Also have the directions on-hand or program your GPS prior to departure.
*Racecation it! The best advice I can give is to ENJOY YOUR RUN! For GSC 2014 and 2015, I made it a point to spend at least 5 days down in Florida. That way, I wouldn’t have to be worried about cramming everything in. My runDisney schedule looks like this:
—Wednesday or Thursday: Fly down, get settled in.
—Friday: Expo, rest.
—Saturday: 10K, rest.
—Sunday: PHM, EPCOT to shake out the legs and walk around
—Monday: Pack stuff for airport, Magic Kingdom walkaround to shake out the legs, leave for MCO (yes, this involves camping out in the airport for a couple hours)
—Tuesday: Fly out
Taking the extra time to walk around the parks saved my legs, and I’m not as sore or tired coming back home as I was PHM 2013.
Do you have any travel tips for runners? Let’s hear ’em!
It’s been two years since I launched The Glass Slipper Catalyst. I’ve tinkered around with blogs in the past (remember Xanga and Livejournal?), looooong before they became mainstream and almost mandatory for personal branding and networking.
I’ve often pondered going full-time with blogging and branding myself. I feel so much more comfortable communicating through photography and the written word. While I enjoy public speaking and talking to people to an extent, my niche lies with other communicative forms. I’m starting to outline potential blog upgrades and a personal website that is essentially a resume/CV. As most of us that are job hunting 24/7 have discovered…traditional applications are stale and repetitive in a digital world. I find that it would be much easier to have ALL of my information in one spot so that potential employers (or blog readers such as you all 🙂 ) can peruse at their own pace. I’ve done a LOT in the last ten years and it just can’t be summarized in one page.
I recognize that consistency is key. If you have suggestions for future blog posts or questions to answer, feel free to list them and I’ll give you credit for the idea!
Anyone that is a professional blogger/internet phenomenon, what advice would you give for someone who is thinking about going full-time with internet-related things?
The past week has been awesome with my progression to becoming a full EnergyBits ambassador! I ordered another bag, as per instructions, and submitted my application. I received a bunch of Bits Facts in an email today, and the CEO will be emailing me shortly!