I haven’t always been a runner. Growing up, the only sport I was interested in was swimming. In college, I didn’t do any swimming and barely made it to the gym to workout. I found that without a regimented training schedule or a coach over my shoulder I wasn’t sure what to do. I was lost. On February 1, 2011, I found running and I haven’t looked back. Running has truly helped me gain the confidence to live my life to the fullest.

Race Recaps


When I first started running, I wanted to make sure that the habit stuck. I needed a training program to follow but more importantly I needed something to train for. With that in mind, I decided to sign up for my first race, the Athleta Iron Girl Clearwater 5K on April 10, 2011. That race was a wake up call for me on so many levels. When I crossed the finish line, I immediately wanted to train for another race to push myself to be better and faster. I had truly caught the racing bug! Since that race, I have completed four 5Ks, three 10Ks, a 15K and four half marathons.I am constantly adding new races to my race schedule. I even have my sights set on the 2013 Walt Disney World Full Marathon!

Running + Disney = runDisney!


Growing up in Florida went spends weekends at Walt Disney World with my family. I visited Disney more times then I can possibly remember. Needless to say I am a huge Disney fan! When I started running, I was thrilled to learn that I could combine my two favorite things in the whole world: running and Disney!

On October 1, 2011, I ran my very first half marathon, Disney’s Wine and Dine Half Marathon. From that moment forward, I fell more in love with Disney then I ever thought was possible. Through my crazy researching skills and quest for knowledge, I found the Running of the Ears forum, which is dedicated to all things related to running and Disney. My favorite races are by far the ones organized by runDisney because they really do make my dreams come true! Here are the recaps from my Disney racing weekends:


Whenever I decide on a big race (meaning another half marathon), I devise a training plan to follow almost immediately. Since I am not a running coach and still consider myself to be a newbie in the sport, I rely on the wisdom of other people who have been doing this much longer than I have. I have used the Nike+ Training Programs, the Jeff Galloway programs and the Runner’s World Smart Coach program.

Currently, I am training for my very first marathon (the Walt Disney World Marathon) and I am ridiculously nervous and excited. My main goal is to just finish the race but I would love to finish in less than 5 hours (i.e. 4:59:59). I am using the Runner’s World Smart Coach program for this training cycle. Here is my training schedule, which I try to update weekly!

Running Gear


Every athlete needs gear including runners! I absolutely love going to my local running store to check out the latest and greatest gear to see what is new and determine whether or not I want need to get it. Running shoes are the most important pieces of gear that a runner needs. Without the proper footwear, you are likely on the road to injury. Besides my running shoes, I have found that my Garmin Sports Watch is an absolute must for every run. There are several other very important pieces of running equipment that I own and will hopefully be reviewing for you in the near future.


  1. says

    Hi Rachel! My name is Lauren – I found your blog through Jennifer at The Final Forty! I love that you have been able to do so many runDisney races; my first half was the 2013 disney princess half and I am now a runDisney addict. :) I will be at tower of terror this year too, maybe I will see you there!

    My blog is:

    I hope you’ll stop by and say hi!

    • says

      Hi Lauren! runDisney races are amazing! It is such a wonderful experience for anyone’s first big race (half or full). The Tower of Terror race is a lot of fun. I am hoping that the course doesn’t change too much. It was so much fun running through the ESPN area, especially since it was ‘haunted’. The after party was a blast! I will definitely check your blog out. :)

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