On The Road to Disney Parks…hello Atlanta!

There is one thing that is a guarantee the night before any runDisney event…I.can.not.sleep! Hello? Can you say, “Super excited!!”

I managed to get 4 hours of that wonderful world of sleep before getting up to head on over to Turner Field for a 6am meetup, tweetup and RUN!!!  You know, Turner Field…home of the Atlanta Braves!!

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Credit: Kristin Long bamagirlruns.blogspot.com

Not only was I thrilled to attend the innaugural “On the road to Disney Parks”, but I was super excited to see my girls @susanpazera and @bamagirlruns

It was a chilly morning in Atlanta so as an out-of-towner, I kept asking, “Isn’t it supposed to be Hot-lanta…where’s the heat??”

Yes, the girl from Canada should not complain about the cold but, I’m a southern belle at heart, and soul.

I think it’s clear that my support for runDisney is high. Yes, Im biased. **Spoiler Alert**: I love Disney and to combine Disney with fitness?  Well that’s just pretty much perfect in my eyes.

I’ve been to many meetups, but this one was different though.  It was special and unique in its own way.  runDisney is taking their message on the road. Fitness to the people!  I know, I know….you’re thinking, “Everyone knows about runDisney races.” ….but maybe not. For those that think that running is a fantasy, runDisney turns that fantasy into a reality with legit pixie dust!

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Credit: Kristin Long

For me #ontheroadtodisneyparks is a way of bringing fitness to the people.

If you read my blog regularly, you know I rant and rave about setting goals. To sign up for a runDisney race, do the training and make the commitment is all that and a bag of apples for me!  And not the kind of apple that Snow White got tricked with…the kind that you can get at the Storybook Circus Tent in Fantasyland!!

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Running under the Olympic Rings…Inspiring!!
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Disney magic for me is meeting soooo many people who thought they would never run or could never run, and with some encouragement from friends they sign up and get hooked. Yes, they get hooked on runDisney races but more importantly,  it gets them hooked on bettering their health…I LOVE THAT!!!

I love hearing stories from couch potatoes that have turned their lives around because of faith, trust and a little pixie dust….well…add in some sweat, blisters and tight muscles….all in all the same thing, right?!

I want to make this clear, *disclaimer* I have not been asked to write one single blog post, tweet, facebook update or post an instagram picture by my firends at runDisney or Disney.  I do this on my own accord. I truly support the runDisney organization for helping to make fitness fun and accessible to every level of athlete. I have seen so many people who claim to hate fitness turn their lives around and finish a half marathon…now if that is not magical I dont know what is!

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Fitness can be fun people!!  You dont have to start with 13.1 miles of fun, but a 5k is a great way to get motivated.  Two of my three children are not fans of running, but they just recently ran their first MickeyMile and as a mom who is constantly on the look-out for my children’s health and fitness, I was gushing with pride when they crossed the finish line!!

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Obesity is at an all time high and it seems to be getting worse no matter how much government intervention is attempted. I love that runDisney is a brand that is all inclusive of every fitness level. runDisney has the best experts to help with your training and provide support along your journey. Jeff Galloway is a running icon and one of the nicest people on the planet and he is the training expert that you have as a runner when preparing for your run…hello, awesome!! Tara Gidus, is the dietician that provides so much information on proper eating/nutrition along with healthy recipes and support.

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On the road to Disney Parks was a great way to show the folks in Atlanta that they can get fit and have fun doing it! The support you get from the runDisney community is something like I have never experienced. It is all about support and encouragement. I wish I had runDisney back when I was a teenager struggling with my weight…I could’ve saved myself years of misery.

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Credit: Kristin Long

If nothing else, I hope this post inspires and motivates you to do something active TODAY! Small changes lead to big things! Book your runDisney race and let me know so I can cheer you on! Until the next one…M.I.C – C Real Soon! K.E.Y. – Y Because we like you…

Heads up, you might want to be at the Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend Fitness and Health Expo early to get your hands on these…look for me at the front of the line with my 3Bs…

Here is a sneak peak of the 2014 New Balance/runDisney shoes 

Watch this to get an even better experience of what this was all about!

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