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DisneyLand Half Marathon Twitter Meet Up 2013

Posted Sep 01 2013 2:58pm
This year's DisneyLand Half Marathon weekend kicked off bright and early on Friday morning.  We had a 3am rehearsal and then I boogied over to the Sorcerer's Hat to join in on the "tweet up".

In all honesty, I know the pre-race tweet-ups are super serious stuff and runners really love scoring an invite to them, but I'm not 100% sure on how the invites work.  I know the Disney Parks Blog goes lives with a post about the Tweet Up and then it's a mad dash to be one of the first 40 or so to email and secure your spot. It fills up in minutes!  The RunDisney fans have even shut down the Disney Parks blog, because they were so actively refreshing waiting for the post to go live.  Lucky for me, I work for RunDisney and am grateful for Bob for allowing me to take a look at all the action.

Before the event I bumped into some of my RunDisney friends in the lobby of the Grand California.
Heather, Ali Vincent winner of the Biggest Loser, and Meghann of Meals and Miles
We met up with the rest of the group at the Sorcerer's Hat and more photo taking continued.  I did ask Joey ALL about the VMA's and he said it was VERY hard to keep the secret.  He's such a nice guy.
I also got to hang out with our RunDisney nutritionist Tara Gidus (who is the best!) and Orlando's own Jon and Betsy Hughes from Track Shack . Tara let me borrow the polka dot Sparkle Athletic skirt that I'm wearing.
Tara and actor Sean Astin
The tweet up started with a running clinic from New Balance.  Some of their tips for "good form running" included
  • Maintaining good posture, 
  • Running with your arms "hip to nip" aka don't cross your body 
  • Leaning forward as you run
  • Increasing your cadence to 180 BPM  (I def want to find a way to work on increasing my cadence)

Monica and Meghann
After the running clinic it was actually time to run.  The group split into a run/walk group with Jeff Galloway and a continual run group.  I took off with the continuous run group and had a great time chatting with Sean Astin, Heather, Meghann, Jennifer, and Monica.
I'm in the back next to Sean.  Look for gold dots!
Two Minnies!
This was the first time I was able to run though the parks of Disneyland and it's always something magical.  So magical that I took this blurry castle photo!  It was my first time running through a Disney castle.  I would like to do that every morning.
We made a quick stop in FantasyLand to meet with Alice in Wonderland and some brave runners rode the tea cups.
We also got to run through CarsLand at Disney's California Adventure.  What a stunning park.
After the 2.25 mile run we had a continental breakfast and the runners settled in to hear some talks from our RunDisney experts and VIP's.  I, however, had to boogie to my hotel room to shower before the expo opened.
I'm grateful that I had a chance to attend the tweet up.  For other recaps check out - Run Eat Repeat
- Meals and Miles
- Through Heather's Looking Glass
I travel home to Orlando on Monday and hope to keep sharing my blog recaps from a great weekend.

Have you ever been to a RunDisney Tweet Up?
Have you tried to get in?

Love and magical miles,
Carissa & Kyle
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