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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 ūüôā
  • 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! 


Twitterpatted about getting into the next runDisney meetup?

…¬†well,¬†you’ve¬†come to the right place!

In previous posts, I explained a little history about the meetups, shared some strategy and also recapped an experience…and thanks to popular demand, am back with another exciting chapter in the world of runDisney meetups: their twitter component.


Now, the official twitter is where many will find out about the post going live on the¬†Disney Parks blog, but you asked…what are we looking for on twitter? When can we expect information to be posted? Is there a correlation between ‘teaser’ tweets and actual “go times” on the blog?


Well, glad you asked! Together with my pal Patty (and submitted for your approval…) we’re pleased to present, some twitter investigation…newest to oldest – please note these times are CENTRAL:

2013 Tinkerbell Half Marathon (#TinkHalfMeetUp)

runDisney @runDisney
Do you have your pixie dust? It’s time for the #TinkHalfMeetUp @Disneyland.
Jan 11 @ 1:31pm

runDisney @runDisney
We’re getting closer to #TinkHalfMeetUp time… Make sure and stay tuned to Disney Parks Blog.
Jan 11 @ 1:15pm

runDisney @runDisney
We haven’t forgotten about #TinkHalfMeetUp… have you? Look out later today on the Disney Parks Blog.
Jan 11 @ 11:42

runDisney @runDisney
Sprinkle your pixie dust and look out tomorrow on the Disney Parks Blog for #TinkHalfMeetUp opportunity @Disneyland.
Jan 10 @ 2:28pm

runDisney @runDisney
We have not forgotten about #TinkHalfMeetUp. Look out later this week for our next opportunity tied to #TinkHalf @Disneyland.
Jan 9 @ 7:54pm

2013 WDW Marathon (#WDWMarathonMeetUp)

runDisney @runDisney
The wait is over! The Disney Parks Blog Post for #WDWMarathonMeetUp is now live.http://disneyparks.disney.go.com/blog/
Jan 4 @ 10:33am

runDisney @runDisney
UPDATE: We’re getting close to the time for #WDWMarathonMeetUp post on the Disney Parks Blog.
Jan 4 @ 8:51am

runDisney @runDisney
Tomorrow’s the day. Keep an eye out on the Disney Parks Blog for details to be a part of #WDWMarathonMeetUp.
Jan 3 @ 5:52pm

runDisney @runDisney
The upcoming #WDWMarathonMeetUp is on track to be biggest and best yet. Make sure and stay tuned.
Jan 3 @ 8:34am

runDisney @runDisney
Who wants to attend the upcoming #WDWMarathon Meet-Up? Keep an eye out later this week! #WDWMarathonMeetUp
Jan 2 @ 1:34pm

2012 Wine and Dine Half (#WineDineHalfMeetUp)

We have reached capacity for #WineDineHalfMeetUp with @DietDivaTara. Names will be posted soon on the Disney Parks Blog.
Nov 1 @ 9:12am

runDisney @runDisney
Visit the Disney Parks Blog now for an opportunity to be a part of our #WineDineHalfMeetup. http://disneyparks.disney.go.com/blog/
Nov 1 @ 8:07am

runDisney @runDisney
Don’t miss your chance for the #WineDineHalfMeetUp. Stay tuned and follow the Disney Parks Blog later this morning.
Nov 1 @ 7:19am

runDisney @runDisney
Want to join us for #WineDineHalfMeetUp? Stay tuned for details, and watch the Disney Parks Blog tomorrow.
Oct 31 @ 3:25pm

runDisney @runDisney
Keep an eye out later this week for details on our #WineDineHalf meetup. Is that enough to whet your appetite?
Oct 30 @ 8:19pm

2012 Disneyland Half Marathon (#DLHalfMeetUp)

runDisney @runDisney
Thanks to everyone who submitted RSVPs to the #DLHalfMeetUp. Names are now posted at http://bit.ly/PrGYO8 .
August 17 @ 3:17pm

runDisney @runDisney
It‚Äôs ‚ÄėGo time‚Äô for #DLHalfMeetUp. Race over to the Disney Parks Blog –¬†http://bit.ly/MCulQH¬†– for details.August 17 @ 12:01pm

runDisney @runDisney
UPDATE: Check Disney Parks Blog at 11am PT today for #DLHalfMeetup. Space is limited; don’t be left in the dust.http://bit.ly/LZglMT August 17 @ 9:24am

runDisney @runDisney
Do you want to get your engine running for #DisneylandHalf? Keep an eye out on Disney Parks Blog Friday for #DLHalfMeetUp info.
Aug 16 @ 8:40pm

Now, there may not be any scientific backing to our extensive analysis – but it doesn’t hurt to have a little extra help, right? Thanks, Patty for your excellent work!!

Official Name Change!

Not mine, but for the Walt Disney World Moms Panel!

Yes, it’s true! As of 2013, the new name for the indispensable resource for any and all things Disney vacation has transitioned to this:

This blog post¬†explains it all, but it’s definitely an exciting (and timely) announcement, as the panel has definitely moved beyond the property in Florida – to Disneyland, the Disney Cruise Line, Disney Vacation Club, Adventures by Disney, Aulani – A Disney Resort & Spa, runDisney¬†and new for 2013, Team Mom (associated with sports teams / ESPN Wide World of Sports).

With all of this excitement, I have just one question…is it September yet? ūüėČ

What do you think of the new name?

Gearing up for 2014!

Hi everyone!

On Tuesday night, all of us eager Round 2 applicants received the email that we had been awaiting for a little over two weeks…

Here’s the full text:

On behalf of Disney Destinations, LLC, thank you so much for applying for the 2013 Walt Disney World¬ģ Moms Panel!

Your application showed us the inspiring role Disney plays in your life.  We were and are incredibly touched by your passionate responses and captivated by some of the special anecdotes that you shared with us on your application.

Having received thousands of entries, you can imagine the great task it was trying to narrow the field to the next round.  While you were not among those selected, we are very grateful that you took the time to enter; your experiences and love of Disney Parks means so much to all of us.

The 2013 Walt Disney World Moms Panel, disneyworldmoms.com, will be officially announced in January 2013.  Successfully making it to this last round indicates that you have an amazing talent to impart your passion for the Disney Parks with others.  Your passion for Disney Parks keeps you in a fantastical world full of magic and dreams that we hope you continue to share. I hope you will visit the site regularly and wish that you will consider reapplying for the 2014 panel!

You are part of a very special, pixie-dusted group of people.

Magically yours,


Although it was a “thanks, but no thanks” email, I had the strangest feeling after finishing it – I was not at all sad, resentful or disappointed! In fact, I was just happy to have an answer and it just made me even more excited to try again next year!

Since my personal 2013 journey is ending here, you might ask, “is this blog going away?” – and to that, I exclaim, “au contraire!”¬† – because seriously, this is just the beginning! I know many wonderful panel hopefuls who have tried multiple times to get a coveted spot – and perseverance paid off for them!

In the coming weeks, months (and year) I hope to feature even more Moms Panel and runDisney content, so please stay tuned to the blog! Don’t forget to follow me on twitter – https://twitter.com/outrunmonorail and “LIKE” my page on FB for the most recent updates!

What would YOU like to read on this blog? Leave me your ideas, suggestions and comments ūüėÄ

Meet the 2013 Moms Panel Hopefuls: Sue Nowicki

Meet Sue Nowicki!

Name: Sue Nowicki
Location (city/state): New Carlisle, Indiana (born and raised in Phippsburg, Maine)
Twitter: @Suzanne033
Who is your favorite Disney character and why?
I know it’s not a ‘traditional’ Disney character but I LOVE Tim Allen’s version of Santa Claus in the ‘Santa Clause‘ trilogy. His portrayal of both the physicality and personality of Santa Claus¬†is exactly how I pictured Santa when I was a child. I am also a huge sucker for the holiday season which makes¬†these movies¬†a must see for my family each year (usually several times LOL).
What is your Team Mom experience?
For the past¬†three season, I have been the team mom for my¬†daughter’s travel volleyball team. ¬†For the past two years, her team has played in AAU Volleyball Nationals at ESPN Wide World of Sports. My duties as Team Mom¬†include¬†taking care of the¬†financial matters of the team, travel arrangements (ie. hotels, team meals, playing schedule, etc.), maintenance of the seeding information, administrator of the team website¬†and overall cheerleader.
What is your favorite Team/Sports event at Disney?
My favorite event during Nationals, beside the play itself of course, is the Opening Ceremonies.¬†Disney¬†really puts amazing touches into the evening with not only ‘official’ speakers but several Disney characters making¬†appearances as well. It truly feels like an Olympic Opening Ceremony as they light a torch, introduce the teams one-by-one, and offically call the games open. It’s a great way to kick-off the event which this year featured over 1,000 teams!!
What got you interested in the Disney Moms Panel?
I honestly knew nothing about the Mom Panel until I received an email from Disney the Friday morning¬†applications were set to close. Since it was addressed to me as ‘Team Mom’ I thought it¬†had something to do with my daughter’s team. After reading it, I was intrigued so I started to do some research. Once I found out what it was all about I knew¬†I had a lot of information I could impart to other team mom’s coming to Disney for their tournaments.
Anything else you want to add?
I am so excited and honored to be a part of this amazing group of Round 2 hopefuls. Their excitement and passion for Disney astounds me.
I am so very excited to feature you on the blog today, Sue! This year is the first application season for the new “Team Mom” specialty and from the looks of your application, you definitely have what it takes to rock the panel with your experience ūüôā

Meet the 2013 Moms Panel Hopefuls: Erin Williams

Meet Erin Williams!

Name: Erin Williams
Location (city/state): Providence, RI
Twitter: @LoveDisneyRun
Who is you favorite Disney character and why?
Tinker Bell РShe is free to be herself!  Plus I love found things.  I love picking up running treasure while I am out on the road.  Interestingly enough money and tools are my most frequent finds.  Of course the money is usually just pocket change and the tools are almost always wrenches!
How long have you been a runner?
I started running in high school to stay in shape between fall and spring rowing seasons.  I have been running ever since then to varying degrees.  I started racing after the my older daughter was born in 2000.  She often raced with me in her jogger.  It is great to have your support crew with you and a place to put your bottle.  Races were very baby jogger friendly then.  So I have been running for about 25 years and racing for about 12.

Erin as Tink at the Princess Half Marathon, 2012.

What is your favorite runDisney event?
Princess as of right now, but I am going Dopey at WDW Marathon weekend so that might change. ¬†I know you are asking about events, but my best personal runDisney running moment actually happened this July when I flew to Disney World for an overnight and planned an amazing runners trip – DisneyRunFest2012! ¬†I guess you could say it was my own runDisney event. ¬†Several other runDisney social media pals joined me for an evening run around Seven Seas Lagoon. ¬†It was amazing! ¬†I had always wanted to run around the Monorail resorts and see MK from every vantage point. ¬†We capped the evening off with fireworks and desserts at the Polynesian! ¬†But the best moment for me as a runner came the next morning when I got to go for a run with Bob Hitchcock from Disney PR at POR. ¬†It was amazing to get to run and chat about our running experiences before heading to rope drop at MK. ¬†Although this is a highlight of my runDinsey experience as an athlete, it is not the moment I chose for my Moms Panel application. ¬†That moment is even more special to me as a runner and a mother! ¬†(You can find my posts about DisneyRunFest2012 on my blog…just look in my July posts.)

Erin, Bob and Marcia.

What is your favorite non-runDisney event?
It is a tie between the last race that I ran and the one that is coming up! By that I mean I am a runner who lives in the moment. ¬†As an athlete you are as good as you are on any given day. ¬†Sure some races may be more exciting or have a better expo, but it is very much about how well I am able to compete. ¬†Did I get my pacing right? ¬†How about my fueling? ¬†Did I have fun? ¬†If I can answer yes to all of these I had a great race…whatever the clock says! ¬†I am running my 3rd marathon next weekend at the Marine Corps Marathon. ¬†People tell me it is better than Disney. ¬†We will have to see! ¬†It could very well be my next favorite non-Disney race!
 What got you interested in the Disney Moms Panel?
I love talking about Disney, runDisney racing, gear, fuel, you name it!  Sharing my experiences and helping others plan theirs is amazing.  runDisney has encouraged so many folks to get out there and be active, but they have lots of questions.  Being able to help them out so that they will have a great experience is critical if they are going to stay active beyond race day and runDisney again!
Anything else you want to add?
If anyone want to chat about runDisney they can also find me at my athlete page on Facebook “for the love of Disney running”. ¬†We are logging our miles as runDisney race weekend training e-teams. ¬†Here is where the upcoming race weekend teams stand as of Oct 20th. (We started logging miles Memorial Day Weekend…so we have come a long way baby!)¬†Disney Wine & Dine Half Marathon Weekend (W&D) – 2939.45;¬†Walt Disney World¬ģ Marathon Weekend (WDW) – 4831.7;¬†Tinker Bell Half Marathon Weekend (Tink) – 686.25;¬†Disney’s Princess Half Marathon Weekend (Princess) – 3533.65;¬†Expedition Everest Challenge¬† ¬†(EEC) – 3.1;¬†Dreaming of runDisney – 358.4 (No one is left out! ¬†If your race is farther away than Expedition Everest you can log your miles with the Dreaming of runDisney e-team!)
Wow! Wishing you lots of luck at the Marine Corps Marathon this weekend, Erin – and cannot wait to see you at WDW Marathon Weekend ūüôā

Meet the 2013 Moms Panel Hopefuls: Rachel Wright

Meet Rachel Wright, seen here with current WDW runDisney Mom, Lori L.!

Name: Rachel Wright
Location (city/state): Tampa, Florida
Blog/website: Runner’s Tales (http://runnerstales.com)
Twitter: @RunnersTales
Who is you favorite Disney character and why?
Dopey is my favorite Disney character. I think I fell in love with him when I first saw Snow White and the Dwarfs. I couldn’t pronounce dwarfs properly so I called them doors for the longest time. My dad still teases me about it. Out of all the dwarfs, he is my favorite because of his silliness and heart-warming sincerity. Besides, he is the only one that doesn’t say a word and has no beard!
How long have you been a runner?
1.5 year (almost 2). I started running on February 1, 2011. That was the day that I decided to do something about my fitness level. A few weeks before that, I decided to lose weight and had been working on my eating habits. On that day, I finally felt like I was ready to start an exercising habit. Not every run is great and I am certainly not the fastest runner out there but I truly enjoy all of the things that running has brought me.
What is your favorite runDisney event?
My favorite runDisney event is probably the Walt Disney World Half Marathon in January. There is just something magical about running through Cinderella’s Castle that brings back all of my childhood memories spent at Walt Disney World. I have also run the Wine and Dine Half as well as the Tower of Terror 10 Miler, which are great races as well.
What is your favorite non-runDisney event?
My favorite race (outside of runDisney) was the Inaugural Rock ‘n’ Roll St. Petersburg race. The course literally ran through my hometown and¬†right past several of my favorite places. The race was very well organized and¬†the course was fantastic!
What got you interested in the Disney Moms Panel?

I first found out about the Disney Moms Panel at the Meet Up and Eat Up event during last year’s Wine and Dine Race Weekend. Several of the other people participating were going to a special event later that day. I became interested in their conversation and had to know more. When I checked out the website, I fell in love with the concept of everyday people giving travel advice, recommendations and suggestions about Disney. That is something that I do all the time to friends and family who don’t visit Walt Disney World nearly as much as I do. Last year, I was too late to apply and didn’t think I would have been eligible because I am not married or a mother. When I realized that I didn’t have to be either, I knew I was going to apply this year!

Thanks for sharing, Rachel – you are another shining example of my definition of MOMs ūüôā Good luck in all your running, Disney and Moms Panel ventures!