As Walt said, “To all who come to this happy place…Welcome!
” Why I runDisney
is a blog written by a newbie runner who is finding his way to better health and physical fitness by running one magical mile at a time
. If you would have told my junior high (or senior high) school self that I’d be running in a full marathon, I’d have told you that’s crazy! In school, I absolutely did not like running. In PE, I dreaded those days where we had to run. It was excruciating. Playing basketball, football, volleyball, baseball, etc. was fine. However, the days we ran, I didn’t like. So, how did I end up running a marathon? Well, you can read about that journey here
. My first race was the Inaugural Neverland 5K
at Disneyland in 2012. However, it wasn’t until a year later, when I finished the 2013 Tinker Bell Half Marathon
at Disneyland that I caught the running bug.
2013 was a year of discovery for me…a year to dream big…a year to become a runner. I started this blog as a way of chronicling my journey towards becoming a runner. Now that I’ve arrived at that moment, this blog will further chronicle my growth and development as I become a marathoner and beyond.
In 2014, it finally happened!
I finished the 2014 Walt Disney World Marathon to officially join the ranks of marathon finishers.
I followed that up by finishing the 2015 Asics Los Angeles Marathon! I can hardly believe that I’ve ever finished one marathon…2 just seems crazy. As of August 2015, I’ve finished 2 full marathons, 13 half marathons, and many 10K and 5K races. This obsession is growing.
As my running career grows, things change. I’m currently raising money for Adoption-Link and Holt International as I prepare for my 3rd full marathon…the 2015 Bank of America Chicago Marathon. Please consider helping me out. As a person who is currently waiting to adopt a child, these two organizations hold a special place in my heart. The money raised will help maintain orphanages in Haiti and China. The goal of Holt and Adoption-Link is to see a world where every child has a forever home. This is my heart and passion as well. Please consider helping out. Thanks.
This journey has been filled with hits and misses. However, it has also represented a journey of “I can’t” to “I Can!” I hope that in some way, I can inspire others to turn their challenges into victories. So, who am I?
My name is Greg and I’m a huge fan of almost everything Disney. It is my great pleasure to not only be a fan of Disney but to work for the Walt Disney Company as a legal secretary in the Corporate Legal Department as well. Although I work for the company, the views I express on this blog are my own. Every day I get to come to work at the Walt Disney Studio Lot in Burbank, California. I love the fact that you just never know what you’re going to see on any given day. My favorite Disney characters are Mickey Mouse (it all started with a mouse, you know.) and Buzz Lightyear. My favorite Disney theme park is the original…Disneyland. In addition to my love of almost all things Disney, I am a trumpet player, singer, and lover of music. So, you will find my love of music mixed into these blogs about Disney and running. It seems like these things all work pretty well together. On top of these things, I am happily married to a woman who is not only my best friend, but my soul mate. As great as all of the above can define me, nothing defines me more than being a child of God and a follower of Jesus.
In this blog, I will be discussing anything related to the Walt Disney Company, runDisney events, running, training, and music. I’m still new to this blogging thing. However, I intend to publish new posts Mondays – Fridays. As you can see, there are indexed pages to organize all of the blogs I’ve posted. You can see my race bling, check out my race schedule (with results and links to the recaps), and songs I’ve highlighted that are on my running playlist.
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