Monthly Archives: October 2013

BREAKING: 400 Followers!

Good morning, all!

I was all set to type up a post about the crazy whirlwind that happened yesterday, but since Linzie already did – so quickly and thoroughly, check out that instead: The #runDisney #WineDineHalfMeetup Sneak Attack 🙂

See, I am here to post something else today – a BIG thank you to all of you that have enjoyed the blog and have LIKED the Facebook page because as of yesterday, we hit 400 likes – what an honor 😀

Follow your dreams!

Follow your dreams!

I started this blog last year as a documentation of my journey to applying for the runDisney position on the Disney Parks Moms Panel – something I am still working toward (more updates on that this week), but along the way, I’ve been able to share my passion with all of you, with posts about strategizing MeetUps (like What is a MeetUp3 Easy Steps to get in and even detailed analyses of tweets), themed recap weeks (I loved Princess Week) and more, I’ve been inspired to reach out and do more, and that’s why I am so very excited to share some ideas I have coming down the pipeline…as soon as I get some details worked out!

So in the meantime, THANK YOU – for all the kind words, and for each time you share Outrunning The Monorail with your friends and family. I do all of this for fun, and each of you have contributed to that.

I’ll be headed to the Wine and Dine Half Marathon in just over two weeks, so look out for some excitement on the horizon – whether or not you will be there, I want you to get in on the fun, so stay tuned!

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Friday, Friday…the adventure continues!

#DisneyMP was not a trending topic this weekend…in fact, Saturday and Sunday came and went with no teasers, very few tweets, and quite frankly, very little sign of anything happening in the world of the Mom’s Panel.

But then…Monday came! I received several messages, asking me of I had checked my application status on the momspanelsearch.com site (as last year, someone had found the site was updated before emails were sent out) and with bated breath…and I was hit with the reality that for the first time in three years of applying, I had not advanced to Round 2.

I have to admit, a wave of emotions did sweep over me..but not necessarily in a bad OR good way. Each year, when I advanced, I felt really thankful and excited to move along with fellow applicants, and enjoyed the camaraderie of the journey. To have that “taken away” (even though that is a bit of a dramatic way to say it, since I’ve made so many good friends through the process and #runDisney on twitter anyway) felt…unsettling. Still, I was sooo excited for friends that tweeted that they had received a much happier and pixie-dusted message…

Still, I felt weird that I felt weird (haha) so I did what I often do when I feel like I need to get my mind off of things…I went for a run!

When I got back, I saw this tweet from Gary Buchanan, of Disney Social Media:

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Hmmm? Curiouser and curiouser…

Hmmm…could there be hope? Gary seemed to read my (and others’) minds:

So, that was good news and good news, right? I was able to continue to chEAR on the pals that were confirmed R2’ers and I, as well as many other excited applicants had a second chance to wait a little longer 😉

So…see y’all again on FRIDAY!

Did you get any news today? What speciality did you choose?

Some runDisney/Moms Panel updates

Hi everyone! It’s hard to believe that my last update here was more than a month ago!

At the Disneyland 10K.

At the Disneyland 10K.

Since then, I’ve posted several new race recaps to Shiawase Life:

…and in less than a month, I’ll be back in Walt Disney World, ready to take on the 2013 Wine and Dine Half Marathon again – which also means it’s almost time for another round of Meetup anticipation – here’s my recap from last year’s event! 😀 (my guess is it’ll be posted ~10/25).

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At the Happy Haunted 5K.

In other runDisney news, the most recent program printed showed the dates for 2014 events – and the Expedition Everest 5K Challenge was mysteriously omitted. Was it a typo? Or sign of something to come? I know that I’m a sucker for runDisney mysteries (remember the date change of the Tower 10-Miler?) so I am interested to see what happens there. I was planning on trying the EE5K for the first time, so I hope it’s not gone into “the vault” so to say.

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Last but not least, this could be the week that we hear back about Round 2 Announcements for the 2014 Disney Parks Moms Panel! I was chatting with my friend Theresa, and we were reviewing past dates, here’s what we came up with:

Last year (2012), Round 2 emails were sent on Friday, 10/12 at 2:37 PM and in 2011, Saturday, 10/8 at 3:46 PM – which very well means THIS could be the weekend! 🙂

No matter what the outcome, I am excited to be a part of the process once again, and I wish good luck to everyone along for the fun 😀

What’s your next – or DREAM – runDisney event?