We ran 2.4 miles through Disney Hollywood Studios. Truthfully, I don’t remember much of the park. What I do remember is how quiet it was. As we circled the park, there were characters out for pictures. I also had the chance to chat and run with Joe from the Marathon Show (a podcast that has been such a great help in my adventures of running).
My running proof photo, photo bombed by the amazing Bart Yasso!
As we finished our run, we ended in the outdoor studio where Disney holds the Lights, Motor, Action Stunt Show.
Waiting for us was an ESPN food truck serving breakfast sandwiches, juice, and coffee. Once everyone got settled in, the program began.
Joey Fatone rode in on a stunt truck. He talked about his training and how he got started running. Joey addressed the fact that N’SYNC will not be getting back together (tears) and then discussed his running music list (likes Black Eyed Peas) and running method (just staying in shape).
New Balance then discussed their new runDisney running shoe. They also talked about how to choose the right shoe and how the runDisney New Balance shoe isn’t for everyone (we bought two pairs at expo).
Then the running greats came up and took part in a question and answer session.
Here are some of my favorite pieces of advice and quotes:
“Three aspects that need focus in your life: Mind, Body, and Spirit. Life is all about balance.” ~ Joan Benoit Samuelson
“We need to inspire each other!” ~ Joan Benoit Samuelson
“I split life into two categories: BC and AD. BC is before children where I use to schedule my day around running. AD is after baby diapers, now I schedule my running around my day.” ~ Joan Benoit Samuelson
Me and Joan Benoit Samuelson (the women’s marathon first gold medalist)
“The young lady at Starbucks curses my name every Wednesday! My advice never have a workout named after you!” ~ Bart Yasso
The best pre-race sandwich, ever! Between Bart Yasso and Dick Beardsley
“Disney is the only place in the world where you say I’m only doing the marathon and truly mean it.” ~ Desiree Davila
“You are the leading force against childhood obesity by just being out there doing what you are doing…running!” ~ Jeff Galloway
Me and Jeff Galloway (member of the 1972 US Olympic Team)
After the the running panel finished, runDisney introduced the funny and inspiring Drew Carey. Drew spoke about how he started running to lose weight but then incorporated it into a healthy lifestyle. Then Drew said something that rings true and is important for people beginning the journey in healthy living, “You don’t have to be perfect you just have to live healthier!”
RunDisney concluded the meet-up by giving away runDisney suitcases, vinlymations, New Balance shoes, and a free entry into next years marathon. After the presentations were finished, we had a chance to talk with the speakers.
Oh and we had the chance to boogie with Goofy (totally awesome!)
**A special THANK YOU (from the bottom of my heart) to runDisney for the amazing opportunity!**