As Walt said, “To all who come to this happy place…Welcome!” Why I runDisney is a blog written by a 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.
In October of 2015, I made it THREE marathons and my first World Major Marathon at the Bank of America Chicago Marathon.
Then, in November 2017, I crossed the line at my 4th marathon and second World Major Marathon at the TCS NYC Marathon. With the finishing of this marathon, I have now crossed the finish line of 4 Marathons, 20 Half Marathons, 13 10K’s, and 17 5K’s.
At the conclusion of the 2017 TCS NYC Marathon, I decided to strip it all down and re-boot my running journey. Starting in 2018, running became very sporadic for me. Hey, when you’ve got a little one at home, that can happen. With all the stops and starts, here I am, at the middle of 2021, focusing on new goals that will hopefully build a solid foundation as I chase down the ultimate dream of marathoners everywhere….to run the Boston Marathon as a time qualifier.
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. 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. In March of 2016, after nearly 3.5 years on the waiting list for domestic infant adoption, we were finally chosen to adopt this amazing little boy…becoming a family of three! 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 intend to publish new posts at least once a week. As you can see, there are indexed pages to organize all of the blogs I’ve posted. You can see my race bling, and check out my race schedule (with results and links to the recaps).
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