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2015 Disneyland Half Marathon and Dumbo Double Dare Training

Good morning, everyone!

Fresh off the heels of my own second 50K, and following vicariously the goings on of runners participating in the Inaugural Star Wars Half Marathon weekend this weekend, I am feeling PUMPED about running and racing! I’ve been revisiting training plans, reviewing past race recaps, and just smiling ear to ear, thinking about the memories, the triumphs, and the people that make each race weekend special.

Follow your dreams!

With that welling energy and enthusiasm, I am proud to announce the launch of training plans and packages for the 2015 Disneyland Half Marathon and Dumbo Double Dare! I’ve run the Disneyland Half twice (the first time in 2011, as the second part of my first Coast to Coast Challenge; second was with the Inaugural Dumbo Dare in 2013) and I can honestly say that this is my FAVORITE half marathon. Not just favorite runDisney half, mind you, but, of the 17 halves I’ve run, my FAVORITE, all around.

Here are the details of these specific plans:

  • Capacity is limited to 5 Dumbo Double Dare runners and 5 Half Marathon runners (these numbers can be flip-flopped based on demand – basically, I am taking on 10 runners.
  • Each package includes a runner survey, 30-minute consultation, a personalized training plan, access to a private FB group specifically for Disneyland Half and Dumbo Double Dare runners, unlimited email/text access for coaching/advice, plus a race-day strategy session.
  • These packages are fully adjustable to your schedule, your ability and your goals.

To register, visit THIS LINK today.*


Also new this year: a “FASTPASS” option for runners who need guidance in the form of a training plan, but don’t want/need extra support.

Please do not hesitate to ask any questions you may have in the comments, or email me at khiguchi at gmail dot com.

* General registration for the 2015 Disneyland Half Marathon Weekend opens on rundisney.com on February 10. Early registration (DVC, AP) launches January 27th. Outrunning the Monorail training plans and packages will be available for purchase while spots last.


2015 & 2016 runDisney Training Plan Packages COMING!


It’s been way too long since I last updated this blog, but here’s a quick update on what’s happened since my last Outrunning the Monorail update:

  • Created another video submission to Disney Parks Moms Panel
  • Cheered on more friends to their inductions to the panel 🙂
  • Coached an incredible first group of Outrunning the Monorail runners through the fall
  • Ran the 2014 Wine and Dine Half Marathon and 2015 Goofy Challenge
  • Proudly saw 14 runners accomplish running goals they didn’t imagine they could before!

Now, it wasn’t easy, and it wasn’t perfect, but in these past three months, I’ve learned a lot, and I can’t wait to KEEP MOVING FORWARD into the new year, with running and Disney, so I am very excited to announce that starting JANUARY 18th, new training program packages will be dropping!

Look for more details and information soon! 

Princess Week 2013: Princess Half Marathon



On Sunday, Feb 24 at 5:35 AM, more than 20 thousand participants were lined up in their corrals ready to participate in the fifth running of the runDisney Princess Half Marathon. Among the throngs of tutus and sparkle was Janet – ready to rock her first Princess Half! Here’s her account:

The truth is my husband goes to great lengths to make me happy, and running a women’s themed race because he knew it would make me happy is further proof.  Oh what a King does to make his Queen happy, running the Disney Princess Half Marathon made this Queen VERY happy.

When we ran the Wine and Dine back in November, I knew we were hooked on Disney themed races. What seemed like yet another Disney race, turned into something I was not prepared for at all; or maybe rather I set my expectations too high.

I am a runner.  I love to run.  I am not the fastest, I am not the most graceful, but what I lack in agility I more than make up for in heart.  I was set to run Princess and even PR.  I was not prepared for the sheer number of people let alone the walkers who took part.  I am not belittling walkers, as a runner, I follow a 5:1 ratio.  For every 5 minutes of running I walk for 1 minute. I mainly do this for longer distances, anything over 5 miles.

Getting up at 3am was not a big challenge for hubby and I, we are the members of the 4am gym goers. When the alarm went off, I was out of bed, in the shower, and ready to go. I was so jazzed about this race.  I wasn’t nervous, I was actually excited.  I wanted to get in this and get going.  I was ready to RUN!! Early on the bus, we headed off to the event.

The bag check was flawless, as expected.  The DJ was there spinning some tunes, there were plenty of Princesses making their way through the crowds, and you could feel the heartbeats all around.  We decided to head off to our Corral, having been forewarned the distanced from the pre-party to the corrals, we thought it best to get over there and settle in for some light stretches. Hubby and I were in Corral F, having a modest expected finishing time of 3 hours, secretly hoping for 2:45. 




Our Corral moved about 6:13, about 3 minutes later than expected.  And off we went.  Hubby went ahead of me, as we planned, and we would meet up after the race (that was a whole ‘nother FIASCO).  The first mile was about setting my pace, the problem was getting around the four to six across walkers who for the most part were not very kind to some of the runners. I so wished this could have been the exception, sadly for most of the race my “passing left” was met with either a snide remark, or inconsiderate individuals who could not be bothered to walk single file in order for me to have a clean pass.  Somewhere around mile 4 or 5, I was met with someone who thought it was necessary to yell obscenities in my direction, to which I could only reply in my head as a true Princess should “Nice potty mouth Princess, I now understand why the Queen tried to off you.”

The characters were definitely a highlight to the event.  They made the long stretches of road a pleasant visual experience.  Once again the overwhelming number of people for this race, to stand in line for a photo would have been detrimental to my already diminishing pace.  I was sad about this, especially when it came to the villains posted just outside the stretch to our entrance to the Magic Kingdom.

Running down Main Street was breath taking.  It was the moment that brought me back to another moment in time, Christmas 2009.  I was awe struck by the sight of the castle.  The cheering crowds lining the streets gave me chills.  Since we didn’t have family or friends there to cheer us on, the strangers simply yelling encouragement to all the runners as they passed by was heartwarming.  Cast members leaning over for high 5’s, children reaching out to fist bump, these are the moments you look back on and remember.  Running through the castle was a little bit of a letdown for me.  It wasn’t as spectacular as I was hoping for.  I wanted to feel as if I was free flowing through it, charging like Cinderella when she flees the ball.  Instead it felt more like an ordinary moment walking through it to get to the other side.  Again the sheer number of runners/walkers and then getting bottle necked just made it less than perfect.

Leaving the Magic Kingdom and making our way back to Epcot, there was some on and off breathing room.  Around mile 8 was the nutrition, Cliff GU (for the record the Mocha is INSANLY CRAZY GOOD).  I kind of wish they had moved it about 100-200 yards further, the road opened up and there would have been more room to grab and go.

There were plenty of water and PowerAde stations and medical tents.  I heard one woman was hit by a car; she had crossed the cones to get around some walkers.  Not saying she was right or wrong, but again the sheer number of people in this event and there were times when the road was ONE LANE.  You were either forced to slow your pace and walk, which can be frustrating if you are not accustomed to walking or you were forced to run in the grass, I guess she finally got impatient enough to cross the cones and was struck by a car.  I did hear she was not hurt too badly, thank goodness.  There were plenty of stories of people being swept at mile 8 for not keeping pace.  Considering Disney has one of the most liberal pace times, they should consider rethinking this race.

I finished in 3:04:47.  MUCH slower than my last race.  I think that is where I need to rethink the Disney Princess Race.  It really isn’t a race at all.  Unless you are an elite runner and can be placed in the earlier corrals, it is far better to just enjoy the event for what it is.  There was no PR for me at this event. 

I will definitely consider doing this event again, but with a different mindset next time.  I have no intention of missing out on the characters next time.  And maybe hubby will join me.

Janet & proud family medal sharing!

Janet & proud family medal sharing!

Although Janet’s experience wasn’t quite what she expected, I definitely appreciated her honesty! Large events like these (that grew even larger this year) prove the popularity of runDisney endurance races and suggest that some changes might be suggested to enhance the experience for a larger majority of runners. Despite the challenges however, Janet persevered and earned her medal and is even considering another Princess weekend – with a different outlook. Thank you, Janet for your story!!

Have you ever run the Princess Half Marathon? What was your experience like?

Princess Week 2013: The Race Retreat


For many Princess Half Marathon participants, the race weekend is a perfect opportunity for a girls getaway. With the female focus at the Expo, to the luxurious options for spa packages and more while staying on Walt Disney World property, there are definitely an abundance of options for participants to customize their weekend.

One such race add-on is the popular Race Retreat package – a $99 option available for both runners and spectators. Open before, during and after the race, the retreat offers an abundance of amenities, including refreshment, a temperature-controlled environment, a padded stretching area, private restrooms and bag check, changing tents, Internet access to check live race results, commemorative giveaway items, Disney character greetings and more…but don’t take my word for it…here’s Lisa with her take on this plush ‘plus’!

What more could a princess possibly want beyond running with 26, 000 of her closest friends? A weekend full of world class shopping? The opportunity to run through Cinderella’s castle in the quest for some gorgeous bling? Maybe another way of feeling just a little bit more like royalty? – The Race Retreat.


Since this was my first race at Walt Disney World, and I was running on my own I decided while registering for the Princess ½ Marathon to splurge and purchase the Race Retreat. The cost of this “VIP treatment” was $99 and in my opinion worth every penny.


Waking up at 2:15 is no easy task.  However my nerves were quickly settled by knowing that some of those oh so early hours were going to be spent in a warm (or cool as it applied to our very hot weekend) space, where I could sit, relax and have a few light refreshments before I embarked on my big adventure. So I got my ears on, and off I went.



 One of the main reasons I runDisney, besides the amazing energy & fantastic bling, is the character photo ops! The Race Retreat did not disappoint!  Before the race I was able to get a quick pic with a childhood favorite, Perla the mouse from Cinderella. (I mean who would not want a personal mouse/seamstress?)


 After the race, I got my beautiful 5th anniversary bling and returned to the Race Retreat.  I was greeted with a glass of champagne, Princess Flip Flops, a Princess towel –which is perfect for my race bag, and a few AMAZING samples from H2O+.


 I was eager to return to take a few minutes to relax, call my family, watch the other runners cross the finish line on the big screen T.V.’s in the viewing area and soak it all in. I was very pleased to see that the Three Good Fairies from Sleeping Beauty had returned- and better yet there was NO line!

 My overall impression of the Race Retreat was there were some major PRO’s including:

  • A convenient Bag Check- it only took me one minute to check my bag upon arrival and even less time after I was done the race
  • Having private port o potties was a blessing. It is basic math, with 26,000 runners it simply is a better ratio 🙂
  • Both before and after the race there was food and refreshments. I personally do not eat much before an early race like this, but I saw many people enjoying a bagel and peanut butter, bananas and water. After the race there was a nice buffet of breakfast foods including bacon, eggs, muffins, oatmeal, fruit, tea and coffee.
  • Having a place to meet someone after the race, I was racing alone but was able to connect with some of the great online running community I have met over the past few years.
  • There was a padded stretching area, as well for $10 you could get a massage

 Would I purchase the Race Retreat again? I think the circumstances would determine this. If I were running in Disneyland* I would probably save the money and spend even more at the Expo (I LOVE Expos). If I was running in Walt Disney World, I would buy it in a magic minute- knowing that I had a comfortable place to wait and recover before and after the race truly helped me have the most fun I have ever had during a race. A BIG thanks to runDisney for treating me like a Princess! 

Thanks for your take on this fabulous race amenity, Lisa! I am sure lots of prospective runDisney participants are appreciative of your candid review 🙂

Would you consider adding the Race Retreat to your next race weekend?

* At time of posting (March 2013) the Race Retreat packages are only available at the Walt Disney World Resort during Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend and Princess Half Marathon Weekend.