Once I arrived at Hollywood studios and picked up my runDisney 20 years of running t-shirt, I met up with my friend Rachel (RunnersTales) and finally had the chance of meeting Marcia (Travel Run Eat) in real life. We got to meet Mickey, Donald and Goofy as the sun was starting to rise.
|Dancing w/ Mickey|
|me and Donald|
We were split into two groups - one that could maintain a 9 minute mile, the group to do a run walk run with Jeff Galloway. I selected the run walk run group, a) because I wanted the chance to run w/ Jeff. b) I didn't want to push myself the day before the half marathon.
|Bart Yasso, Jeff Galloway and Tara Guidis|
We passed a few Characters in our 2.5 mile morning run. This is officially my first photo with Buzz and Woodie!
We were treated to breakfast by a Disney food truck! They offered bagels with egg, cheese and bacon (optional).
Then it was time for the meetup. First out was New Balance, the Official sneaker of runDisney, to tell us about proper fitting of shoes and of course to show off the fabulous limited edition runDisney New Balance sneakers. Which by the way, sold out yesterday (day one of the expo). They had a few pairs shipped over from California to appease a few lucky runners. I made the joke that even New Balance didn't know the magical powers of runDisney. First, I wanted these shoes, now I really really want these shoes. I guess you want what you can't have.
|Photo rights runDisney|
Next up was Joey Fatone. I am going to show my age here. I was a year out of High School when NSYNC's hit I want you Back was released in 1998. It was great to meet him in person and he is a really funny guy. Joey is running the Goofy Challenge this weekend. More power to you brother!
Marcia (Travel Run Eat) went to High School with Joey. She was a Senior when he was a Freshman. She brought her yearbook and asked him to sign, which he did. To Marcia, Sorry I was a little freshman and I didn't get to talk to you much. But will you be my girlfriend, check box, yes, no, maybe. Seriously how awesome is this!
Then came time for the Elite Runners to come out and answer questions. Joining us was Jeff Galloway, First-ever women's Olympic marathon champion and gold medalist Joan Benoit Samuelson, New York and Boston Marathon champion Bill Rodgers, Runner’s World columnist Bart Yasso, athlete/television host Dick Beardsley and Olympic Marathoner Desiree Davila. It was an incredible opportunity to be this close to such amazing athletes and it was inspiring. We found out a few fun facts about the ever so comical Bart, he has ran the Naked marathon and dressed up as a penguin in a wine marathon.
|Joan Benoit Samuelson|
|Pluto (he has a medal....is there a Pluto race in the near future?!)|
|Minnie - my style inspiration for tomorrow|
Finally, the moment you all have been waiting for: the swag. Along with the runDisney 20th anniversary shirt we are wearing, we got hooked up with an iFitness Belt, which made me a very happy girl as I planned on grabbing one this weekend at the Expo. H20+ travel sized Oasis Mist and Softening Foot Mint Rub, two things we will be in dire need of this weekend. A pair of New Balance Sure Laces. A Mojo trail mix bar. And last, but certainly not least, a one day single park ticket to Disney! My two favorite people of the day, Rachel (RunnersTales) and Marcia (Travel Run Eat), gave me their tickets because like myself, they are pass holders. Their two passes will allow my two friends running the half with me and my Mother into the park tomorrow following the race. I owe these girls big time!