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Your RunDisney Race Weekend Must-Have List

It's that time of year again for the most magical race on Earth! RunDisney's Princess Half Marathon Weekend is just around the corner, and I could not be more excited. My first time doing the #Enchanted10k last year was unbelievably fun, however there were some items I wish I had put on my need-to-know list. Read below to prepare for the best RunDisney trip possible!

Race Outfit


This year I'm going classic Princess with a Pocahontas inspired outfit. The look is accessorized with a Flint hummingbird finger puppet, a black sports bra and black running shorts to go underneath, a $3 aqua necklace from Amazon, and teal Nike Flex 2016 running shoes. Make sure to follow RunDisney's costume guidelines and test your race outfit before your trip to avoid annoying, or embarrassing, mishaps.

Tip: Bring a cheap jacket to wear while your waiting for your corral to start. The mornings are cold - even in sunny Florida - so bring something to keep you warm that can easily be thrown along the side of the course. This is common at RunDisney races, they even donate the cast aside items!

Portable Phone Charger

Your phone WILL die during the race before you even reach the parks. Between taking pictures with characters on the course and listening to some Disney classic pump-up jams, your phone battery is going to need some serious voltage before exploring Magic Kingdom or Epcot. 

Mickey Ears


A trip to Disney is not complete without a pair of ears (or three). With this year's race weekend being Beauty and the Beast themed, I could not be more excited about my new enchanted rose ears from ToNeverNeverland on Etsy. My pink leopard ears were a gift from Animal Kingdom itself, however you can find the super bedazzled and super awesome pair of ears here.

My Disney Experience App

This app is specific to World Disney World and is a lifesaver for navigating around the park and planning your trip. From managing your dining reservations and Fastpass+ experiences to syncing your MagicBands and park tickets to locating on the map where a specific character is, this app is going to be your best friend during your trip. It can be downloaded in your phone's app store for free.

MagicBands


Once linked in your My Disney Experience app, you can use your MagicBands to enter the parks, access your FastPass+ selections, connect to the Disney PhotoPass Service, enter your Disney Resort Hotel room, and make purchases. If you are staying at a Disney hotel during your trip, you can even customize the color of your MagicBand in your My Disney Experience account to be sent to you before arrival!

Race Expo $$$

Every RunDisney race weekend features an expo at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex. It is required to attend the expo to pick up your race number, event shirt, and gEAR bag, however the expo also features a variety of race merchandise and the latest in apparel and fitness equipment. From event jackets to the latest New Balance running shoes, the race expo is something you defiantly something you want to put aside some time, and money, for!

PhotoPass Memory Maker

Purchased before your trip, this additional feature allows unlimited digital downloads of all of your Disney PhotoPass photos taken at the parks, including those taken with characters and on attractions. This is especially worth it if you 1) love to have as many photos as you can when vacationing and 2) visiting most or all of the parks. Since we will be going to all 4 parks this year, the Memory Maker is beyond worth it to be able to download each professional shot captured.

Check out upcoming RunDisney races here!


Run For Love With Charity Miles' Heart2Heart Challenge


I have a date with the treadmill this Valentine's Day, and you should too!

Charity Miles, a great app that turns your miles into donations, is holding a #Heart2Heart challenge this week. The challenge consists of earning 3 hearts between the time span of February 7th - February 14th. 


Heart 1: Sign up for the challenge in your Charity Miles app by joining the #Heart2Heart team. Easy! You can sign up by opening the app and selecting Menu > Team > join team Heart2Heart.


Heart 2: Walk any distance for a charity you love. I did my miles towards the foundation Stand Up to Cancer, however the app features over 20 different causes and organizations to choose from!


Heart 3: You're almost there! Choose a charity to run at least 2 miles towards and you are in the home stretch of making a difference and getting those love endorphins in while you're at it.

I think the best part of this challenge was that it was low impact, easy to navigate and complete, and you were able to help others while working on yourself. If you havn't checked out Charity Miles before, this challenge is a great way to get introduced to the loving Charity Miles community.

Happy running, Cupids!