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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! 

runDisney Anniversaries

Wondering when some of your favorite runDisney races began, and when they might celebrate their special anniversaries? Check out this handy guide!

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Walt Disney World Marathon – 1994 (20th anniversary was 2013)

Goofy Challenge – 2006 (10th anniversary will be 2015)

Dopey Challenge – 2014

Tinkerbell Half Marathon – 2012*

Tinkerbell 10K – 2014*


Princess Half Marathon – 2009 (5th anniversary was 2013)

Enchanted 10K – 2014

Glass Slipper Challenge (13.1 + 10K) – 2014


Expedition Everest Challenge 5K – 2008**


Disneyland Half Marathon – 2006 (10th anniversary will be 2015)

Disneyland 10K – 2013

Disneyland Double Dumbo Dare Challenge – 2013


Tower of Terror 10-Miler – 2012***


Wine and Dine Half Marathon – 2010 (5th anniversary in 2014)****

Avengers Half Marathon – 2014

*Tinkerbell Weekend will be moving to May in 2015.

** Everest Challenge has moved all over the calendar in the past! September, June and May have all been hosts of this event!

*** Inaugural Tower of Terror 10-Miler was held in late September; in 2013, the race was moved to October. Additionally, this race distance was introduced after the Tower of Terror 13K (2008 & 2009).

**** Previous Food and Wine Festival Races include: Race for the Taste 3K & 10K (2008 & 2009).

Other fun facts:

  • Did you know there used to be a Fall Challenge medal? Yes! It was a cool extra medal you could earn for running EEC + Race for the Taste 10K or the Tower of Terror 13K.
  • There are a variety of other races that have come and gone on Disney property, including a full marathon at Disneyland, triathlons at Walt Disney World, as well as a sprinkling of various 5Ks.

The Next Step for Outrunning the Monorail


What do these characters have in common?

“Around here, however, we don’t look backwards for very long. We keep moving forward, opening up new doors and doing new things, because we’re curious…and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths.”

In 2012, Outrunning the Monorail was launched as a way for me to document my adventures in applying to the Walt Disney World Mom’s Panel (now known as the Disney Parks Moms Panel). It was my second year of working toward becoming the runDisney Specialist, and though that journey is one that is still ongoing, the connections, support and fun that I’ve had between this blog and the accompanying Facebook page pushed me to work toward another goal…coaching!

So, in 2013, I worked to obtain my RRCA Coaching Certification and earlier this year, I launched Outrunning the Monorail Online Coaching. With a growing roster of runners, I could not be more excited about helping others achieve their goals, whether runDisney or not…though let’s be honest here, runDisney is where it all began, so it only makes sense that it is still a big part of what I do!

With all this said – it is my pleasure to announce a SPECIAL new offering from Outrunning the Monorail: 2015 Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend Coaching Packages! From 10K to Dopey, I’ve got you covered! Details have been posted on the site, and registration will officially kick off on April 1, 2014 (no joke) 😉

Deciding to hire a coach is definitely a personal decision, but with Outrunning the Monorail, I aim to bring a personalized experience that allow participants to remove the “guess work” and doubt from their training cycle and really focus on training, and goal-setting.

WDWmarathonwkndI do also understand that every dollar counts; especially when planning a runDisney racecation. That is why I am launching the packages this early – you see, all my training plans do not officially kick off until September 9, 2014, which allows for an 18-week training cycle – however – the earlier you register, the earlier I can help you plan your “base.”

But, wait…that’s not all!

I couldn’t resist a little “sales pitch” add on, but I *am* celebrating a big birthday this year…30! Yes! In one month, I will officially bid adieu to my 20’s, and I want to celebrate with you – so if you register anytime during the month of April, use promotional code: BIRTHDAYBONUS to take 10 percent off all WDW Marathon Weekend packages! Yes! I repeat, from April 1-30, the packages will be discounted as follows:

  • Minnie 10K: $100 –> $90
  • Donald 13.1: $125 –> $112.50
  • Mickey 26.2: $150 –> $135
  • Goofy 39.3 $175 –> $157.50
  • Dopey 48.6: $175 –> $157.50

As always, leave your questions or comments here, or email me outrunmonorail at gmail dot com if you have any other questions that are not answered here. I am excited to help YOU reach your 2015 WDW Marathon Weekend goals!

2014: Are YOU ready to run?

Good morning everyone! If you’re one of the tens of thousands of runners about to participate in the 2014 Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend, can you believe all the fun begins in JUST three days?

Posing with Daisy after the 2013 WDW Marathon.

Posing with Daisy after the 2013 WDW Marathon.

While my race weekend will consist of running the 10K, then making a quick turnaround back home, I am so very excited for everyone running every event – from the Family 5K, to those brave contenders of the Inaugural Dopey Challenge, which consists of running every event (5K, 10K, 13.1 and 26.2).

If you’re looking for last minute information and race instructions, be sure to check out the official race program. Everything, from transportation notes, to spectator viewpoints and even future race dates are within those 36 pages, so be sure to check it out – and pick up a paper copy as soon as you check into your Walt Disney World Resort Hotel as a keepsake!

Not running any of this week’s upcoming events, but hungry for your chance at an upcoming runDisney event? Whether you are a beginner, or a more novice runner looking to challenge your standing PR, or take on a multi-race challenge, Outrunning the Monorail has you covered with a new feature coming this Spring 2014, with ONLINE COACHING! Details will be posted soon, but if you are interested, or have questions, please feel free to comment here…I can’t wait to share the excitement, and accomplishment of completing a runDisney race with you.

Will I be seeing you at a runDisney race this year? Shout it out!

runDisney True Life Adventures: Tales from Corral D


Ran 13.1, met Mulan – perfect night!

It’s hard to believe, but just three days ago, I toed the starting line of my 8th runDisney event of the year, the 2013 Wine and Dine Half Marathon (recap here), capping off an excellent season of magical miles. While it would be nearly impossible to pick a favorite race of the year (see this page for all my runDisney recaps) this one will definitely stay in my mind for a long time to come – and it’s taking me these past few days to collect my thoughts, and to share just why it was so different, yet just as rewarding…so here goes:

The Mental Game

My very first runDisney event was the 2011 Walt Disney World Half Marathon – it was also my first 13.1 distance, and though I had stuck to my training plan, and felt good going into it, there were so many unknowns – how would my pacing be? Would I be able to sacrifice time to walk through water stations? On top of it all, I had just gotten over the flu and due to a combination of other reasons, my longest training run had topped out at 8 miles. Still, armed with my CamelBak, and non-technical running clothes (I was a newbie) I managed to run a 2:04 and seriously thought I was one of the last finishers.

Oh, and that was the last time I was in Corral D.

Now, I don’t say this in any way to de-value anyone’s corral placement, but starting in a later corral was definitely a different feeling – I started there in this race because I was pacing my friend J, and in runDisney events, you can always move back, but not move forward. I am always in Corral A (due to times I submit from my ‘faster’ efforts) so I never realized that just being in a later corral – whether that’s Corral B, or Corral J – messes with your mind! Maybe it’s the fact that you associate the Corrals with grades, like in school (can you tell I am a bit of a perfectionist) or that you mentally size yourself up with fellow Corral runners, but being in Corral D this time – I have to admit, it made me realize just how different a race experience can be for the wide spectrum of participants – for better and for worse.

Here’s two examples:

#1 – Mile Markers – I know that this will sound kind of silly, but when I am running, math doesn’t really make sense in my mind (who am I kidding, it often doesn’t – but I digress). Although I was wearing my Garmin and could clearly see my splits, seeing much higher numbers at each Mile Marker was a little trippy.

#2 – Course Support – My weekend race roomie started in the last corral, and placed last in her age group – but she still went out there and ACCOMPLISHED something huge. I was so proud of her! But, I was totally bummed when I found out that after she finished, there were no more free drinks. I realize that there are time parameters in place, but seeing as we all paid the same race registration fee, it was sad to hear that.


I had to sneak in a hashtag, of course (Social Media nerd) but this is one that I just could not get out of my mind – something I like to call “Overheard at runDisney.” You see, before the race, after the race, and even during the race, I relate very closely to Roz from Monster’s Inc:

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…and along with ALWAYS WATCHING, I am ALWAYS LISTENING. You see, as in most races, runDisney discourages the use of headphones (for safety) but I have to admit, running this event without any musical accompaniment did more than kept my ears open to hearing announcements or warnings from other runners, but it created an atmosphere that wasn’t always the most encouraging.

You see, when we were crossing back toward Hollywood Studios, we could see, on the other side of the roadway, the motorcade, the participants bringing up the rear, and yes, those infamous balloon ladies (see P’s post on them for more). As we proceeded forward, we even saw the busses and vans that would act as “sweepers.” I had never, ever seen any of these elements at a runDisney race before, and personally, it was an educational moment for me, but looking around, I was extremely thankful that most others were wearing headphones when I heard comments like these from people running nearby us:

  • “Ugh, look at those people WALKING! Why would they even try?”
  • “What’s the point? Why don’t those people back there give up?”
  • “Haha! Look who’s about to get picked up.”

I was in disbelief. If I had not been centering all my attention on the well-being and progress of my friend that I was pacing, my bitten tongue would have been lashing out at more than a few people around me. Sure, we might not all be fast runners, but who are we to judge anyone who was out there, working hard to accomplish a goal? We don’t know everyone’s story. Heck, do we always even know our own story?

That Same Feeling

Despite those negative things, for us – in Corral D, anyway – it all came full circle. When we entered Epcot, Sara Barellis’ “Brave” came on, and that, coupled with the swirling lights and roar of the crowds – still brought me to tears. For me, it was the 12th half marathon finish line I was about to cross, and as in each time, it was, at that very moment in time, one hundred thousand emotions all at once.

This wasn’t J’s victory that she had hoped for, but crossing that finish line with her, I couldn’t have been more proud – and that’s what I think brings me back each time. Overcoming adversity, fear, disappointment – they’re all parts of real life – but for one singular moment, we can rise above it all.

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…and  I wouldn’t change that for the world.


Be my guest!

Hiya everyone!

I am packing my bags for #WineDineHalf Weekend and will arrive at Walt Disney World tomorrow – so very excited for this special “Runners Night Out” and all of the fun events that go along with it.

As you may know, tonight marks an exciting event – the first nighttime official runDisney meetup – and so I am looking for a guest poster (or two) to report back about the event to share on the blog 🙂

So, what does that mean?

I am looking for someone to share some pictures, thoughts and a general recap of the event. Something like these:

Basically, I want to share your thoughts and experience with my readers, just as I have shared mine with you!

Sound fun?

If you are interested, please email me at khiguchi at gmail dot com, or tweet me at @krissymmurphy or @outrunmonorail – I’d love to feature your post!