I can not tell you what fun we had at the Disney Social Media Moms Conference. I am still trying to recover from it and I will be sharing photos and a video recap next week. If you ever get the chance to visit Disneyland, do it…you won’t regret it at all. We had such a blast and made so many wonderful memories as a family.
But first I must talk about runDisney. I’m not a runner but when I was given the opportunity to participate in the Fun Run at the Disney Social Media Moms Conference hosted by runDisney I decided I couldn’t pass up this opportunity. I mean I had the chance to run through all of the Disneyland parks bright and early with no one there. It was truly a cool experience!
I didn’t train for this but since it was only 2 miles, I was somewhat confident that I could push myself to the finish line.
Right before the race with Andrea from Lil Kid Things.
All of the participants were given a new pair of New Balance sneakers which definitely helped. These sneakers are pretty amazing. They are lightweight and gave me the support that I needed. I actually wore these all weekend while at the park with my family, it saved my feet and legs for sure! Look at all of the cool designs…
What was my best motivation for completing the Fun Run? My family! I had to arrive at 5:30am for check-in and a small presentation by New Balance. My friend, Linda, tapped me on the shoulder and said, “Look who’s here!”
When I looked over, it was my husband and two boys standing there with big smiles on their faces. I told my husband not to come to the race as I knew it was super early and we had a few really long days. They were all exhausted so I figured they could use the rest. When I saw them standing there it meant the world to me and gave me that burst of energy I needed.
They met me at the finish line waving their flags. My boys ran up to me and gave me the biggest hug. It felt great! And I was pretty proud of myself for NOT stopping once. Yes, I ran the 2 miles through the Disneyland parks without stopping…it was hard but I did it! We ended up in Cars Land in California Adventure Park and had the park to ourselves for a few hours after (amazing time…more to come on this later).
Me and Valerie from Inner Child Fun.
During the presentation from New Balance they talked about their partnership with Good Form Running to help more people make running a less-painful, more enjoyable, part of their lives.
Below are 4 important tips for helping you to run longer, faster, and more comfortably than ever before. I thought these tips were helpful (actually never really thought about the proper way to run until this demo), so I thought I’d share.
Proper posture is the critical first step toward improved running form. By keeping your upper body aligned, steady and relaxed, energy is conserved and refocused to where you need it in the lower half.
How to find it:
Landing on the midfoot, rather than the ankle, not only reduces impact on the knee – a common source of pain and injury – but also works with the other principles to encourage forward momentum for the body.
How to find it:
For many people making the transition, aiming for a cadence of 180 steps per minute (or 3 per second) is the element which requires the most work. A higher cadence works with the other principles to conserve energy by reducing the temptation to over-stride. Keeping this tempo encourages you to run lighter, resulting in a more efficient form that helps to prevent injury.
How to find it:
Rather than over-striding or reaching with the feet, Good Form Running utilizes a forward lean to propel the body forward. When you lean, gravity causes your body to fall and your foot instinctively steps in the direction of your movement. By reacting to gravity rather than pushing off from the toes, there is less muscle strain in the legs and more automatic forward momentum.
How to find it:
Don’t look too hard because you won’t find me in this photo. Apparently I was already stuffing my face when they snapped this photo!
runDisney’s 2014 event calendar:
- Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend
- Tinker Bell Half Marathon Weekend
- Disney Princess Half Marathon Weekend presented by Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals
- Expedition Everest Challenge
- Disneyland Half Marathon Weekend
- The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror 10-Miler Weekend
- Disney Wine & Dine Half Marathon Weekend
- Avengers Super Heroes Half Marathon <—— So wish I could do this!
Are you a runner? Have you ever participated in a race before?
Disclosure: My family was invited to the 2014 Disney Social Media Moms Celebration and we received discounted rates and tickets. While I was not asked to write about our experience or sponsors, it truly was a magical time and I want to share some of the fun we had with you.
The last three photos were provided by @hyku.