4 Tips for Making it to the Finish Line #runDisney #disneysmmoms

by Tina @ Life Without Pink on April 16, 2014

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.

Tina and Andrea at Fun Run

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…

New Balance

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.

#1 Posture 

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:

  Good Form Step 1

#2 Midfoot 

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:

Good Form Step 2  

#3 Cadence

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:

Good Form Step 3

#4 Lean

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:

Good Form Step 4



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!

Learn more about runDisney at runDisney.com or follow them on twitter at @rundisney.

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.

Meet Tina @ Life Without Pink

2013 Family Expert for P&G's Have You Tried This Yet? Trend Trio, Tina is a mom of two active boys and the founder of Life Without Pink, a personal lifestyle blog focused on parenting, and raising boys to give other parents inspiration. You’ll find everything from cool gadgets, daily adventures, to personal stories and tips for raising boys. She's also the co-founder of Girls' Lunch Out {GLO}, a social media network that hosts events for women in social media and the Influencer Strategist for Socialstars by Crowdtap.

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{ 11 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Whitney Wingerd April 16, 2014 at 12:59 pm

LOL Tina, we had the same post today! That run was so much fun, right? It really makes me want to do a Disney Half someday…
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2 Tina @ Life Without Pink April 16, 2014 at 11:20 pm

Yes! I want to go back for the superhero run :)
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3 carrie April 16, 2014 at 2:32 pm

Great tips! And great job running in Disney!!! :)
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4 Brandi April 16, 2014 at 4:42 pm

Great tips! My mom and brother are doing the half marathon in January!


5 Tina @ Life Without Pink April 16, 2014 at 11:21 pm

Thank you!
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6 Raya April 16, 2014 at 6:37 pm

Great tips. I hope my pace and knees will improve using these tips.
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7 Tina @ Life Without Pink April 16, 2014 at 11:21 pm

Me too :)
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8 kim @ DESIGN + LIFE + KIDS April 16, 2014 at 6:56 pm

How fun! I started running last year.. .never thought I’d run more than 10 seconds and now I”m reaching for 10. This looks like such a great time! Great tips too!
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9 Tina @ Life Without Pink April 16, 2014 at 11:21 pm

Oh good for you!
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10 Jennifer April 17, 2014 at 12:28 am

These are great tips! I did the Never Land 5k this past January & it was so amazing to run through the parks. My first 10k will be in August during Disneyland Half weekend & my hubby is doing the Avengers 5k. I’ve done other races but runDisney ones are the best! :)
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11 Tina @ Life Without Pink April 18, 2014 at 6:58 pm

Oh I want to do the Avengers one, how awesome!
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