8 weeks to Dopey! And 8 Great Disney Workout Songs

I love my weekly countdown, but it also kind terrifies me that every week I’m 7 days closer to the craziest, well, the DOPIEST thing i’ve ever done.  πŸ™‚   And here we are, just 8 weeks away!

There was discussion in one of my Facebook groups this week about training.  And do you really need to train for Dopey.  I think everyone runs it for a different reason – and for the reason I do?  It involves training.  Because I run to make sure that my Perfectly Dopey brother has as much fun as I do.  And for that?  I need to be even better trained that he is. LOL

So, this week was the first of my planned multi-run weekends. Nothing too dopey… Just 3.1 Friday, 5 miles Saturday and 16 miles Sunday.

Friday was a treadmill 5k walk, listening to Disney music – which is what inspired the list i’ll share below.  Sometimes when you’re training for Disney races, listening to Disney music helps set the mood and make you almost feel like its a ‘walk in the park.

Saturday I ran the Edaville Rail Run.  One of my favorite fall races – 5 miles of trail through cranberry bogs. This was my 4th time running it and actually (despite specific speed training) only 45 seconds off my fastest.  Sweet!  I was SO fast my sole sister Karen missed me coming across the line (the race got one tho…)

But she did get this great one of me right after I finished.  Speed makes me smile. πŸ˜€

Sunday was supposed to be a slow easy long run… but my legs hit a groove midway through and took off. Must be this amazing fall weather.

And now back to the music…

I don’t use music outside (yes, I will be running Dopey mp-free), but if i’m on the elliptical or treadmill its a must.  And while i’m a rock & roll – fast & furious music lover, sometimes you just wanna have fun.  Music you can sing along with or smile listening to.

And for that….here is an 8-song Disney ‘feel good’ workout playlist.

  • Try Everything – Zootopia
  • How Far I’ll Go – Moana
  • You’re Welcome – Moana
  • One Jump Ahead – Aladdin
  • Friend Like Me – Aladdin
  • Be Prepared – Lion King
  • I’ve Got a Dream – Tangled
  • Mr Blue Sky – Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

Try Everything is 100% my favorite.  I won’t give up, no I won’t give in, ’til I reach the end and I start again. Every.  Single.  Time.  This is an ultra song.  Its loops, its life, its getting outside your comfort zone and being who you’re meant to be.   I wanna try everything even tho I can fail. πŸ™‚

Moana – my favorite overall Disney soundtrack in years.  Shiny!  But How Far I’ll Go and You’re Welcome are the two I listen to most often.

Aladdin – One Jump Ahead and Friend Like Me just have this great upbeat happiness to them.  One Jump Ahead just rolls like a broadway number.  And the late great Robin Williams outdid himself with Friend Like Me.

Be Prepared – a shout out to the Villains.  I love the beat of this song and Jeremy Irons snarl and disdain.  Plus the lyrics are fantastically clever.

I’ve Got a Dream – Who doesn’t? I know that some people prefer When Will My Life Begin.  But this one is more my style.  So many voices, so many dreams. And with every waking hour, i’m so glad I left my tower…

Mr. Blue Sky – yeah, okay this might be on here even if it wasn’t in a Disney movie.  But now I can’t hear it without picturing baby Groot just having the BEST time dancing.  πŸ™‚ The song, makes me happy.

What Disney song makes you happy?  What is your favorite one to workout to?

And happy training to all my Dopeys out there!


9 Weeks to Dopey! And my 9 favorite Disney foodsΒ 

Well, since we are now NINE weeks to the Dopey Challenge, and this weekend is the Wine & Dine Challenge races, it seems only fitting to talk foods.

So, I compiled a list of my 9 favorite things to eat at Disney.

First, a quick training update…

Sunday was a 14-mile long run. And in honor of Halloween I tried to find the “most sincere” fall route I could. And I got rewarded with stone walls, falling leaves, falling paces (loving these negative splits lately), and an adorably enthusiastic cairn terrier puppy. πŸ™‚  Plus, there were some great Halloween decorations. I’ve decided this was my fave – because why not add a dinosaur skeleton. Lol And dinosaurs technically count as Disney. I love that ride at Animal Kingdom.

Plus, this run was even faster than last week. I so love fall running. πŸ™‚ Its when all the summer suck pays off.

Next weekend will be my first back-to-back weekend training run – the Edaville Rail Run on Saturday and 16 miles Sunday.  Its getting serious.

All those miles, require fuel.  And i’m Disney dreaming of what i’m going to have when i’m down there.  There’s SO much yumminess.  Even for a celiac pescetarian like me.  πŸ™‚

These are my nine absolutely favorite things to nosh at Disney. Bear in mind they are all gluten free (and all but 1 vegetarian), but still good enough for non-celiacs to enjoy.

  1. The lemon raspberry creampuff at Be Our Guest. It may be four years since i’ve had it, but i still remember every delicious bite.  That was my first cream puff in years (because not many places make gluten free ones) and it was AH-mazing.
  2. The cornbread at the Hoop De Doo Revue.   This is one place that treats celiacs like a princess.  The dessert is amazing too (strawberry covered brownie? YUM).  But the gluten free cornbread is what keeps me coming back.  Best cornbread i’ve ever had.
  3. The goat cheese and beets at Le Cellier.  Two of my favorite foods – on the same stone platter.  One of those things that takes me twice as long to eat as normal because I have to savor every last morsel.
  4. French Fries from D-Luxe Burger.  It was the only thing that I could eat there, but i was so full from them it didn’t matter.  Best french fries ever.  Like five guys only a million times better.  πŸ™‚
  5. Calamari at Coral Reef. Probably the best calamari i’ve ever had.  It was perfectly cooked, great texture and seasoned just right.  That and a salad was the perfect post-half marathon lunch.
  6. The stuffing at Liberty Tree Tavern. This was my pre-vegetarian days, but the gluten free stuff was like “I want a vat and a fork and to be left alone” good. One of those things you could just eat all day and never tire of.
  7. Donuts from Erin McKenna’s Bakery. Really, ANYTHING from here.  Its gluten-free vegan paradise.  But, the chocolate coconut covered donut I had was amazing post-race.  πŸ™‚ And the banana bread was perfect before it.
  8. Dole Whip. I know – its a Disney classic.  And sure, they kind of sell it at the local froyo places. But its NOT the same as at Disney.  And this year, I plan to finally try the version with rum at Animal Kingdom.
  9.  Mickey waffles. Pretty much any sit-down breakfast you can get the chef to make you gluten-free Mickey waffles.  And they are always a fun and tasty way to start the day.

Are any of my faves your faves?  Are you headed down to Wine & Dine and planning to get your hands (or fork) on any of these?  Or are you like me…a Dopey just Disney dreaming of the amazing offerings and counting the days – 63 to go!

Hamsters and Haunted Houses

Well, since its early in my Dopey training still, the miles are definitely the least interesting part of my week. LOL

I did get in 8 miles Saturday morning – in great fall like temps. And, saw a little bit of foliage. Which may be all we get this year. This weather is just not foliage-friendly. 😦

I mean yesterday, when I went out for a 4.5 miler, it was 70, 100% humidity and a dew point of 71. It was like running in the amazon jungle – or, you know, Disney in January. LOL

But I am SO ready for it to get cooler and stay there. Because November will bring two of my favorite races – Edaville Rail Run and Attleboro Gobble Wobble. And i’d rather not run them in tank tops.

So what have I been up to since i’m not running much? Hamsters and Haunted Houses.

Eddie Van Hamster is proving himself to be QUITE the little character.

We’ve been letting him explore nightly in his hamster ball. And he runs around his cage like such a crazy man I kind of want to see if there’s a Hamster Ninja Warrior competition – because he could totally win. πŸ˜€

Sure, he’s no Gus. But he’s small and cute and fuzzy and makes me smile.

The reason I did a rare Saturday run this weekend was so we could go do something on Sunday that we have always wanted to do. Tour a haunted castle.

We went to Hammond Castle in Gloucester, MA.

Its the home of inventor John Hays Hammond, Jr. and its absolutely amazing. It has so much detail that you could go through fifty times and still find something you’ve never noticed.

It also totally haunted. And no, I didn’t see a ghost while I was there – but you could just feel it. I mean, does this not LOOK haunted?

And this fireplace? The lighting? Totally creepy.

There was actually one spot where I looked around a corner, saw this door that scared the crud out of me and jumped.

Its not ALL dark and spooky – there’s a gorgeous room with an open ceiling and a pond that feels like something out of Epcot. 

But, still….overall? Definitely creepy cool.

And actually, come to think about it? A Haunted Mansion totally fits for Dopey training. πŸ˜€

86 Days to the first race…wonder what other Disney themed fun I can find this week.

Hello August…

The worst part of fall marathon training is that most of it occurs in the summer.

I don’t like the heat. I mean, you probably wouldn’t know because i’ve been doing my share of mid-day runs along the river…outside…in the heat and sun. But it usually involves stopping at ALL the water fountains during the second half.

And sure, I did do three races in July…but none of them were quite as good as earlier in the year when the weather cooler.

My poor garmin is getting dusty because I refuse to have digital proof of how awful my paces have been. I mean i’ve actually been eying this training shirt. LOL

But i’m 54 days out from the Adirondack Marathon, which means its time to really get serious. To decide if I have a PR goal, or merely a course-PR goal.

You see, that sucker is HILLY.

And while the first half is crazier hills than the second, the last time I ran this my goal was to beast the hills. And I did, and then the wheels came off by mile 17 and the ‘rolling hills’ in the later miles felt harder than the spikes.

So I plan to spend August ramping up both the strength training (adding a 3rd day a week), the hill training (wherever I can) and, as usual, distance (August’s schedule includes a 16, an 18 and a 20 miler). Dusting off the garmin so I actually know how fast (slow?) I’m going. And hoping that August is mild (yeah, I know….likely not happening).

I’m also going to up my hydration game (my running buddy h2o is about to get in some more miles) and maybe go back on the music (my single-ear sports bud isn’t getting its exercise either). Might be a good month to run to Zac Brown and Jimmy Buffet. oooh – virgin pina coladas in the h20 pouch? LOL

So, if you need me this month…i’ll be out running hills, feeling tropical and thinking fall.

Watching the leaves danceΒ 

Yesterday morning was one of those perfect fall mornings. 

The kind where you know you are so going to love your run. 

After having “raced” last weekend and still being a couple out from my next half I decided to do less a run and more an excursion. 

It was brisk (29 degrees in October? I’m a little worried for winter…) but sunny. So I layered up grabbed some gloves and headed out. 

And about a half mile in, did a double take when I spotted these three beauties in someone’s lawn. 

It’s funny how sometimes it takes a moment for your brain to realize what it’s seeing. We had a staring contest for a couple of minutes before a car came past and they took off. 

A while later I stopped to chat with a turkey farmer – as two of them had tried to fly the coop and only ended up as far as the roof. They they sat, squawking as his border collie freaked out.  We talked turkeys, then running, and he told me to stop again anytime. πŸ™‚

And I continued on. Not paying a bit of attention to my watch and instead marveling in people’s Halloween decorations (some charming, some downright frightening) and the beauty of the day. 

And at mile 5 I stopped by this little pond to just admire the scenery. 

Gorgeous, right? 

And I kept going, picking only the sunny roads with the prettiest trees. 

And when the wind picked up a little, I watched the leaves dance on the breeze and flutter to the road. 

I. Love. Fall. 

All in all, I ran 14.51 miles. At a 9:54 average pace. But that’s just details. 

This was one long run that was about anything but running. πŸ™‚

Happy Monday my friends. And happy running!

Let’s talk turkey…

It’s 13 days to marathon #6.

And, after the way this week’s runs have gone…I’m feeling really confident.

I don’t know if it’s because I’ve done a few of them now, or I have more reasonable expectations, or that I just have more faith in myself and my abilities.

But no matter what (and of course I could wake up tomorrow freaking out) I’m feeling pretty Zen about it.

This week was great. My schedule got mixed up due to travel and other things, so Wednesday was a shorter river run. And Friday was my long run.

Friday was my last LONG run before taper. My plan was 20 and I had plotted out a route that was okay, but I didn’t love it. It was a spectacular fall day and I planned to focus on the scenery and enjoy myself.

Around mile 3 I passed a farm with a pen full of white turkeys. And I couldn’t help myself. I gobbled at them. And they responded. Yep, I talked turkey. Lol

I passed a lot of houses with Halloween decorations up, some amazing foliage spots, crossed a couple streams and conquered some good hills. I apparently also went full silly when i started chanting “who’s afraid of the big bad hill? Not me, not me, not me”. And yeah, I did that a couple of times.

Around mile 7 I decided to change my planned route and distance. I was so enjoying myself I wanted an out and back to see all the pretty again. I knew if I turned around at 8.25 I could get back to the start and add my favorite 4.5 mile loop to the end. Which would give me 21 miles.

The 21 is symbolic for me. It’s the most I’ve ever run without a walk break. Ever.

Marathon 1? Scorcher and the walks started early. #2? First walk at mile 15. #3? Mile 18. #4? Mile 5 (long story and not my fault. Lol). #5? Too hot again – and probably around 14. So really – my best distance came in a 20 mile race this year. When I didn’t walk a step. That meant more to me that my finish time.

So on the way back, I of course talked to the turkeys again. And almost stopped several times for photos. Seriously it was that pretty. And I kept chugging along at my easy pace. Drinking my water and taking my gels.

And I hit back to start and began the last loop feeling great. And knowing that loop so well I knew I was gonna finish strong. When I hit mile 20, and it was my fastest mile of the day I grinned. And when I hit mile 21 I went just that little bit more. Cuz 21.02 looks pretty. Lol and my overall pace? Right at my goal race pace. I so got this.

This morning’s run was awesome too. Went out for a 10k. Planned to just run comfortably hard. And ended up racing myself part way through. And scored a post-injury PR! 56:44 Sweet!! Oh, and at mile 3? Passed a flock of wild turkeys. This time I was going too fast to gobble. πŸ™‚

Happy Monday! And Happy Running!!