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Disney Wine and Dine Half-Marathon.

I’m not a runner.  I’ll work out every day given the opportunity, but I really hate to run and I’ve never been good at it, even when I was in the army and ran all the time for no apparent reason other than the fact that someone with more rank than me told me to do it.  When I got out of the military, I swore I wouldn’t run anymore and I found other ways to exercise. And let’s face it, there are far better ways to get and stay in shape that don’t involve all that impact on your joints. 

After I had my twins, I really needed to get back into shape. The first year after they were born, I didn’t work out.  I did, however, discover the joys of chocolate for breakfast.  In hindsight, that and the fact that I’d stopped exercising, something that had been such a huge part of my life, was probably a bad sign, but I really didn’t know how to change things:  I was simply too busy.  Suddenly I was stuck in the house with three kids under five and nowhere that I could easily go. The most exercise I got was figuring out unique and occasionally effective ways of feeding both twins at the same time.  Even though I wanted to work out again, getting back to the gym seemed like an impossibility.  I worried that the twins would hate being left in the childcare or that they would get sick from being around all the other kids.  But when they were about a year old my neighbor, in great shape at 60-something, talked me into joining her gym.  I’m really grateful to her for that.  It was the push out the door that I needed.

I can’t even convey how freeing it was to get back to working out.   The twins surprised me and loved going to the gym childcare; they run in there and never look back.  The whole thing was just heaven, a small thing that I could do for myself.  But lately, I’ve found myself wanting to try something diffferent. I think my regular workouts are challenging, but when I look over at the women in my gym who are running, I find that I miss it.  There’s something really empowering about it.  Still, I needed something to motivate me. 

A while ago, I heard about Disney’s Wine and Dine Half-Marathon, which is a new nighttime race taking place on October 2.  I knew almost nothing about Disney marathons and I figured that they were for serious runners, but I started to see postings on various websites about them and I realized that regular people, some of whom were very new to working out, were giving them a try.  Still, the idea of a full marathon?   I’m not sure I want to compete in any sport that requires me to slather vaseline over my entire body, thank you very much.   And even a half-marathon seemed a bit intimidating.  But a relay marathon with the words “wine and dine” in it?  I  think I can handle that.  And I think that it will give my workouts some new structure.  So my Disney-phobic friend Suzanne (who, incidently, I’m fully expecting to turn into a Disney fan while we’re down there) is going to run it with me. We just have to figure out who’s doing the 8 mile portion and who’s doing the 5 mile portion. 

Here’s to a new goal for 2010.

You can find more information about Disney’s Wine and Dine 1/2 Marathon here.

For information on other races at  Disney World, see Disney Running.


  1. Hi! Just found your blog looking for others running the Wine and Dine. đŸ™‚ Have you decided to run it? I’ve done a few sprint triathlons but NEVER a half-marathon, so it will be exciting to do. Three parks at night, AND wine and food… hook me up.

  2. Hi, yes I’m running it. Okay, that might be an understatement. I’ve gotten my time down a bit but I’m stll a terrible runner. I keep telling myself that I have almost 6 more months to get ready. Have you made any plans yet?

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