Finally Recapping the Avengers Super Heroes Half Marathon Health and Fitness Expo

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Boy, time flies. I can’t believe that it’s been nearly 3 weeks since the Avengers Super Heroes Half Marathon Weekend kicked off. This was my third time running in this weekend (out of 3 that have been run). The first year, I was there at the expo on day 1 right as it opened. The next year, I waited until day 2 because friends of mine were hosting a We Run Social Meetup and I swore I wasn’t going to buy any merch. Much to my surprise, I had a  pretty good selection to make that year and ended up buying a few items. This year, I had no desire to buy anything at the official merchandise area. Since I was only running the half on Sunday, I waited until the Expo’s last day to show up.

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Since I had no desire to buy any official merchandise, I did this expo the way runDisney probably prefers runners to do the expo. I started off by walking downstairs to get my race bib.

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It was very empty downstairs. I sort of expected this…

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With the 5K, 10K, Infinity Gauntlet Challenge, and Kids Races already underway or finished, the only people needing a bib were those who were running the half marathon only. So, it made sense that there weren’t a lot of people in the area to pick up your race bib when I arrived on Saturday afternoon. Getting my bib was a breeze!

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From there, I headed back up to enter the main expo floor.

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Here was the only bummer of waiting so long to attend the expo.

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When I went to the expo last year, they had these fun signs up down the red carpet. Not so this time around. I did see that they has similar signage up on previous expo days.

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Once in the main expo floor, I went to get my race shirt. As you can see…no crowds here either. I was actually surprised that they had signs up for the 10K and Infinity Gauntlet Challenge. After all, I thought those folks would have already picked up their shirts.

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With my bib and race shirt already in hand, I made my way to the official runDisney merchandise area to see what was left on this Saturday afternoon.

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Much to my surprise, they had quite a bit left. I could have purchased any of the “I Did It” shirts. They had plenty of jackets.

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I’m not gonna lie. I was a little tempted to buy the Captain America running hat.

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I was also a little tempted to purchase this shirt. It looked much better in person than in the photo runDisney put out.

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There were plenty of pins left. Even though I didn’t run the Captain America 5K, I was so tempted to purchase this pin….

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and this one. The Captain America fan in me made it hard to pass on. However, the fact that I didn’t run the race itself is what kept me from ultimately purchasing it.

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The Avengers Super Heroes Half Marathon pin wasn’t as tempting to me.

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Nor was the Doctor Strange 10K pin.

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I love this shirt, but you can purchase this shirt online. So, there was no rush to get it just yet.

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I did think this shirt was kind of cool.

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These cups were hard to pass on, but I did.

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I do give runDisney props as they are expanding the kinds of merchandise you can buy at their expos. This shirt was clearly meant to go with…

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these sweat pants.

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I had seen others post pics of the 2017 runDisney New Balance shoes. So, after visiting the official merchandise area, I looked for the shoes.

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Here are the “men’s” shoes. They are themed to Space Mountain and Toy Story Mania.

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I kind of like the Toy Story Mania shoe the best.

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Here are the “women’s” shoes. They are themed to The Haunted Mansion and the Mad Tea Party.

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If these shoes would be acceptable for a guy to wear, I would love to get the Haunted Mansion shoe.

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From there, I headed back to the official merch area because it also had the runDisney booth.

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I had to check out the new medals.

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The Minnie Mouse 10K medal looks pretty cool.

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The Donald Duck, Walt Disney World, Half Marathon medal is the most different of the whole bunch.

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The Mickey Mouse, Walt Disney World Marathon, medal looks kind of retro.

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Goofy’s Race and a Half Challenge is kind of cool.

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So too is the Dopey Challenge Medal. I like that they’ve changed up the medals from year to year!

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Of course, I can’t wait to earn this medal in January!

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This one…not so much. I like that they’ve changed up the Rebel Challenge Medal. However, the Half Marathon medal has Han Solo and Princess Leia. So, why can’t the Rebel Challenge Medal have Luke Skywalker. Heck, I’d go with the newer Star Wars crew and have Rey on it or Jyn Erso from the upcoming Rogue One. While I love C-3PO, I think others would have been a better choice.

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The poster from the Lasting Commemoratives booth was pretty cool and a little tempting to purchase.

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Their medal frames are amazing! If only I had the money to get one.

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I mean…seriously. How cool are these things? They just cost too much money for me.

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There was also a booth where they were giving folks to play an Avengers video game. I love the Captain America display!

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The last booth I visited was the Nesquik Chocolate Milk booth. They were giving out free chocolate milk! I thought…Score! Post race recovery drink for free!

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On my way out, I did have to snap a pic of this photo op area. Although, I didn’t have the time to stop.

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Before I knew it, the time had come to head back home. On my way out, I ran into my running friends Juliana and Devin. It was great to chat with them a bit about their 10K experience. As I was leaving, they were getting the finish line ready for the Avengers Super Heroes Half Marathon! I couldn’t wait until I ran by the next day!

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Mixed Results on Week 1 of my 2017 Los Angeles Marathon Training

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I may, indeed have 26.2 miles of greatness at the 2017 Sketchers Performance Los Angeles Marathon. However, week 1 of training did not live up to that expectation. Let’s just say that the holiday weekend distracted me very much and my weekend training did not happen. Before that, however, I started off fantastically. Let’s look at how the week turned out… Read more ›

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Next Up…The 2017 Sketchers Performance Los Angeles Marathon

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As I mentioned on Monday, the Avengers Super Heroes Half Marathon did not go as I had hoped. So, I failed at my first goal race on the way to the 2017 TCS New York City Marathon. That’s okay. Each goal race I have along the way is what will keep me moving forward. The end goal is, and always will be, to finish the 2017 TCS New York City Marathon in under 6 hours. As long as I do that, it really doesn’t matter if I hit the other goals. While it’s important to me to chase those goals. Missing isn’t the end of the world. The next goal race is the 2017 Sketchers Performance Los Angeles Marathon on March 19, 2017. I spent my week off from training working on getting my mind ready to start a new cycle of training. Read more ›

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Taking a Break in the Week After the Avengers Super Heroes Half Marathon

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So, after falling flat on the first of my 3 goal races leading up to the 2017 TCS New York City Marathon, I needed a break. I needed to take some time to regroup and figure out how not to have this happen again at the 2017 Sketchers Los Angeles Marathon. I simply cannot have this same lower calf twinge problem happen in mile 9 of a marathon. If that happens, I’ll have to quit the race. I will not walk the final 17.2 miles of a marathon. That’s not going to happen. Fortunately, not only did I need a break, but I had a busy week after the Avengers Half Marathon. So, rather than a workout recap, this will be a recap of all the fun from the week after Avengers.

The night after Avengers was my favorite rehearsal in the Candlelight season. For most of the rehearsals, the Disney Employee Choir meets in two locations…one in Glendale and one at the Disneyland Resort. However, we get to come together for one rehearsal which we call the “combined” rehearsal. I know…not terribly creative. However, this is my favorite because it’s just us all together. We end by running through the entire Candlelight program. Of course, I like to record some of it. Above is us singing “Away in a Manger.”

Since I can’t just post a video of the ladies singing without the guys, I also recorded us singing “We Three Kings” so you can hear all 300 of us and a song that features the guys. This rehearsal did not disappoint. It was everything that all the previous combined rehearsals were. I left wishing that the rehearsal could just continue on forever! Candlelight at Disneyland is the first weekend of December. I can’t wait!

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On Wednesday, Brooke and I took Colton to the Disneyland Resort for the very first time! We spent a few hours in DCA….

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and Disneyland.

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For those interested, Colton’s first ride ever was the Little Mermaid: Ariel’s Undersea Adventure. I think this picture captures how he handled the whole experience at Disneyland and DCA. He could not stop looking around and taking it all in. Most of the time, his expression was like…What is this place? It’s amazing! I loved watching him experience my favorite place on the planet for the first time. We took him on on King Triton’s Carousel and King Arthur’s Carousel in Fantasyland. We wanted to take him on It’s A Small World. However, they were taping the Holiday Special that will air on Thanksgiving night by It’s A Small World that night.

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See what I mean? Colton couldn’t keep his eyes off the lit up It’s A Small World facade. Considering he was just under 8 months old, Colton did amazing on his first trip to Disneyland. I think he really liked the park…or as much as he could take in. We were at DCA and Disneyland for around 3 and a half hours. There were no melt downs in the parks. So, it was a very successful first trip.

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Friday was Mickey Mouse(and Minnie Mouse)’s birthday. Things got really festive at the Studio.

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Balloons were all over the comissary!

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We even got these free cupcakes!

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Here’s mine….

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Needless to say, it was fun celebrating Mickey and Minnie’s birthday. For those that don’t know, it was on that day in 1928 that Steamboat Willie premiered. Steamboat Willie was Mickey and Minnie’s first released footage. So, it’s their birthday.

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With the Avengers Super Heroes Half Marathon in the rear view window, it’s time to focus on the 2017 Sketchers Performance Los Angeles Marathon. This is my next goal race. I’ve got quite a lot of thoughts about training for this race that I’ll cover in a post on Friday. While I didn’t get any training in during the week after the Avengers Super Heroes Half Marathon, I did quite a lot of thinking about how to best approach training for the marathon. Spirit of the Marathon has been watched and I’ve worked out some goals for this training cycle. Quite honestly, I needed this week after Avengers off to get my head back in the game. Training for a full marathon is no joke and I need to have a solid game plan heading into training and throughout. It’s time to start laying the groundwork for ….

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Have a great Thanksgiving everyone. See you back on the blog this Friday! Next week, I’ll get to my recap of the Avengers Super Heroes Half Marathon. I promise. TTFN! Ta Ta For Now!

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Run Disney 2017 – 2018 Race Calendar Has Been Released with Early Registration Dates

Here is it y’all. I wasn’t going to be posting today. But, this warrants a very quick post…

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Here are all of the runDisney races for the last half of 2017 – the first half of 2018. The thing I think needs to be looked at are the earlier than usual registration dates. Usually, the Disneyland Half Marathon Weekend races go on sale at the end of January/early February. However, this year, on December 13th, registrations will open up. With races taking longer to fill up, I’m wondering why runDisney has decided to make such a jump in their registration dates. The Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend will open registration nearly one year before the weekend starts….ALMOST ONE YEAR. Do  we really need this? I’m not sure what runDisney is thinking here. I was initially thinking about running the 5th running of the Dumbo Double Dare in 2017. However, I was not planning on having the money for registration next month. So, if it sells out, I probably won’t be running it. Oh well. Read more ›

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