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Princess Half Marathon Early Registration

Today is the day that early registration for the Princess Half Marathon opens, and people are already excited. I've seen people saying they'll be taking off work for the day just to register, so here is how you can register early without the stress. 

Early registration opens today at noon EST and more details can be found on runDisney.com.



Disney Annual Passholders

If you hold a Disney Annual Pass, you already have your ticket to early registration. Simply visit your park's AP website (Here for Disney WorldHere For Disneyland), log in and you'll find a link to the early registration page.


Just a caution, the link for annual passholders tends to leak to the general public. I've heard rumors that people who register with this link will have to show their annual pass when they pick up their packets, so if you see the link leak prematurely, use it at your own risk.

Disney Vacation Club Members

Members of the Disney Vacation Club also have access to early registration. Simply sign in to the Disney Vacation Club member site  and you'll be granted access to the registration link. Just as with above, rumors are going around that proof of DVC membership will be required at packet pickup. If you're not a member and register with the link, you are taking a chance.

Disney Visa Cardholders

Unfortunately, Disney Visa cardholders are no longer given the option to register early and it appears that the discount code for registration has also been eliminated. Sorry Disney Visa holders. 

A Hurricane, Tattoos, And A Party!

After what seems like an eternity, I finally was able to find time to get away from work and enjoy a family vacation! It felt so good to get away with my wife and kids and head to Cape Cod for our annual 4th of July trip, and it turned out to be one interesting vacation.

We left on Wednesday of last week and were able to enjoy a nice evening walk to the beach before calling it a night. On Thursday, my parents took my oldest two kids to a play for my daughter’s birthday, so my wife and I were able to get some running in as I pushed our youngest in his stroller. It’s always a weird feeling running while pushing a stroller, but I love the resistance.


When we got back, my parents were going to take the oldest ones to the beach while the baby napped. After getting him down, I ran out of the house while quickly saying goodbye to my wife. I had somewhere I wanted to be and couldn’t wait anymore.

For a while, I’ve wanted another tattoo. I already have her initial on my wedding ring finger and another tattoo on my back. But I had the urge to get something on my leg. Specifically, I had wanted to get the Ragnar logo. I had been debating it for a while, but with some encouragement from my wife who loved the idea, I was sold.

The first tattoo place I went to had told me over the phone that they’d be able to accept me as a walk-in, so I hurried there only to find out I’d have to sit around for 2 hours. No thanks. As I walked back to my car, I remember there being a second tattoo gallery nearby. I didn’t realize nearby was actually right across the street.


I went over and saw it was much less crowded and was thrilled when they told me they could take me without a wait.

I showed the artist what I wanted and he went off to set up. About fifteen minutes later I went in, nervous but excited. It had been a few years since my last tattoo and I completely forgot what it felt like when the needle first hit, but less than an hour later I was done and loved what I saw!


When I went back to the cottage, my wife loved it so much that she spent the next day working up the courage to finally get her first tattoo as we were trapped in with a hurricane bearing down on us.

Once the storm finally left on Saturday, we took a ride out to the tattoo gallery with my wife in full excitement to get hers, only to find that the shop was closed due to the holiday weekend. So we’ll be trying again next month when we head up for the Falmouth Road Race.

The weekend ended with a bang…literally! Each year my family’s neighborhood hosts a huge block party, and this year was the 15th Anniversary.


 It was full of a lot of great people, great food, and fireworks!


Sadly it was back to reality yesterday, but a great vacation is in the books. Luckily there is still so much time left to this summer and all the great things it holds. 

The Down Season

Well, it’s that time of year again. The time when it gets so disgustingly hot and humid that running becomes a competition of not how many miles you’ll put in today, but will you be standing at the end of them.

For now, all of the big races have settled down until the temperatures cool off. I don’t have a race scheduled until mid-August which gives me some time to get in some serious training. With an ultra-marathon, the Marine Corps. Marathon, and then the Dopey Challenge all coming up, I’ve already started ramping up my miles.


Beating the heat is tough. For me, I’m fortunate enough to have a treadmill to use for training, so I can control the temperature easily enough. Unfortunately, a treadmill isn’t going to help me get ready for a trail race, so I’ll be out in the heat to put on some miles on the trails getting ready for it.

So I know I have to take some steps to make sure I don’t melt away while running out there. I’ll be hitting the trails early in the morning before the heat really takes off. I’ve run both early in the morning and later at night and found that in the summer, the night runs are brutal because even when the sun goes down, the air is still hot especially if it’s humid. At least in the morning, there’s been enough time for the air to cool off.

I’ll also be packing water – lots of water. I’m currently shopping for a CamelBak. I love their handheld water bottle, but unfortunately it’s not big enough to carry me through 33 miles. 


Not to mention that reading through descriptions of the trail I’ll be running, apparently I’ll need both of my hands free to do some climbing.


I also have a brand new pair of trail shoes that I’m extremely anxious to test out, and I’ll be writing all about those shortly. I’ve been training in Mizuno Wave Rider 17 for the past few months, and I’m really excited to see how Mizuno fairs in the trail game.


One of the best parts of this training is that my wife who was originally set to do the 10K and Half Marathon in January at Disney with me is now training to do the Goofy Challenge. This is so awesome since this will be her first full marathon! She has her training plan and has been doing amazing sticking by it, so much so that she’s inspiring me to make sure I take my training plan extremely seriously. 

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Princess Half Marathon Early Registration

Today is the day that early registration for the Princess Half Marathon opens, and people are already excited. I've seen people saying they'll be taking off work for the day just to register, so here is how you can register early without the stress. 

Early registration opens today at noon EST and more details can be found on runDisney.com.



Disney Annual Passholders

If you hold a Disney Annual Pass, you already have your ticket to early registration. Simply visit your park's AP website (Here for Disney WorldHere For Disneyland), log in and you'll find a link to the early registration page.


Just a caution, the link for annual passholders tends to leak to the general public. I've heard rumors that people who register with this link will have to show their annual pass when they pick up their packets, so if you see the link leak prematurely, use it at your own risk.

Disney Vacation Club Members

Members of the Disney Vacation Club also have access to early registration. Simply sign in to the Disney Vacation Club member site  and you'll be granted access to the registration link. Just as with above, rumors are going around that proof of DVC membership will be required at packet pickup. If you're not a member and register with the link, you are taking a chance.

Disney Visa Cardholders

Unfortunately, Disney Visa cardholders are no longer given the option to register early and it appears that the discount code for registration has also been eliminated. Sorry Disney Visa holders. 

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

A Hurricane, Tattoos, And A Party!

After what seems like an eternity, I finally was able to find time to get away from work and enjoy a family vacation! It felt so good to get away with my wife and kids and head to Cape Cod for our annual 4th of July trip, and it turned out to be one interesting vacation.

We left on Wednesday of last week and were able to enjoy a nice evening walk to the beach before calling it a night. On Thursday, my parents took my oldest two kids to a play for my daughter’s birthday, so my wife and I were able to get some running in as I pushed our youngest in his stroller. It’s always a weird feeling running while pushing a stroller, but I love the resistance.


When we got back, my parents were going to take the oldest ones to the beach while the baby napped. After getting him down, I ran out of the house while quickly saying goodbye to my wife. I had somewhere I wanted to be and couldn’t wait anymore.

For a while, I’ve wanted another tattoo. I already have her initial on my wedding ring finger and another tattoo on my back. But I had the urge to get something on my leg. Specifically, I had wanted to get the Ragnar logo. I had been debating it for a while, but with some encouragement from my wife who loved the idea, I was sold.

The first tattoo place I went to had told me over the phone that they’d be able to accept me as a walk-in, so I hurried there only to find out I’d have to sit around for 2 hours. No thanks. As I walked back to my car, I remember there being a second tattoo gallery nearby. I didn’t realize nearby was actually right across the street.


I went over and saw it was much less crowded and was thrilled when they told me they could take me without a wait.

I showed the artist what I wanted and he went off to set up. About fifteen minutes later I went in, nervous but excited. It had been a few years since my last tattoo and I completely forgot what it felt like when the needle first hit, but less than an hour later I was done and loved what I saw!


When I went back to the cottage, my wife loved it so much that she spent the next day working up the courage to finally get her first tattoo as we were trapped in with a hurricane bearing down on us.

Once the storm finally left on Saturday, we took a ride out to the tattoo gallery with my wife in full excitement to get hers, only to find that the shop was closed due to the holiday weekend. So we’ll be trying again next month when we head up for the Falmouth Road Race.

The weekend ended with a bang…literally! Each year my family’s neighborhood hosts a huge block party, and this year was the 15th Anniversary.


 It was full of a lot of great people, great food, and fireworks!


Sadly it was back to reality yesterday, but a great vacation is in the books. Luckily there is still so much time left to this summer and all the great things it holds. 

Thursday, June 26, 2014

The Down Season

Well, it’s that time of year again. The time when it gets so disgustingly hot and humid that running becomes a competition of not how many miles you’ll put in today, but will you be standing at the end of them.

For now, all of the big races have settled down until the temperatures cool off. I don’t have a race scheduled until mid-August which gives me some time to get in some serious training. With an ultra-marathon, the Marine Corps. Marathon, and then the Dopey Challenge all coming up, I’ve already started ramping up my miles.


Beating the heat is tough. For me, I’m fortunate enough to have a treadmill to use for training, so I can control the temperature easily enough. Unfortunately, a treadmill isn’t going to help me get ready for a trail race, so I’ll be out in the heat to put on some miles on the trails getting ready for it.

So I know I have to take some steps to make sure I don’t melt away while running out there. I’ll be hitting the trails early in the morning before the heat really takes off. I’ve run both early in the morning and later at night and found that in the summer, the night runs are brutal because even when the sun goes down, the air is still hot especially if it’s humid. At least in the morning, there’s been enough time for the air to cool off.

I’ll also be packing water – lots of water. I’m currently shopping for a CamelBak. I love their handheld water bottle, but unfortunately it’s not big enough to carry me through 33 miles. 


Not to mention that reading through descriptions of the trail I’ll be running, apparently I’ll need both of my hands free to do some climbing.


I also have a brand new pair of trail shoes that I’m extremely anxious to test out, and I’ll be writing all about those shortly. I’ve been training in Mizuno Wave Rider 17 for the past few months, and I’m really excited to see how Mizuno fairs in the trail game.


One of the best parts of this training is that my wife who was originally set to do the 10K and Half Marathon in January at Disney with me is now training to do the Goofy Challenge. This is so awesome since this will be her first full marathon! She has her training plan and has been doing amazing sticking by it, so much so that she’s inspiring me to make sure I take my training plan extremely seriously.