My #DisneySMMoms Achievement: A runDisney Story
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A couple of weeks before the start of Disney Social Media Moms Celebration, we were presented with an opportunity to participate in a 2-mile runDisney event. Exciting, right?
Well, let me start my story with how I was “convinced” to do the fun run. As I read with anticipation the initial email containing the enticing details of the run, my heart wanted to say yes, but my legs and my badonkadonk were thinking otherwise. So, as I kindly clicked the decline button, it didn’t work.
Click, click, CLICK!!! Omgosh! What the heck, Mickey? Are you seriously making me do the fun run by declining my only excuse to get out?
Would you believe that I had to sign up for the run? I mean, I know that’s what I keep telling myself, but I knew I was meant to do it all along. 2-miles. Both miles under 13 minutes. Eh, sure. Done deal.
Accept. Congratulations, Liz! You’re doing a fun run! YAY!
I accepted the offer with open arms. It just so happened that I had bought walking shoes for my trip and well, it was a perfect time as any to lace up and start walking. Here I go.
April 15, 2013, I started walking in the morning.
I started walking around me neighborhood. Twice around my track is a little more than 1-mile. Easy. My first walk, I did it under 18 minutes. Not bad right? Oh calm down, all you runners! This is the first time I actually walked with strides and purpose. I felt good! Energized. Accomplished.
Then I came home, turned on my computer and there was chaos all over my social media streams. The Boston Marathon was sadly attacked.
This surely put a sad skip to my walk. How was I now going to walk when all this was going on? Would my neighbors think I was starting to walk because of what was happening back east? Later that afternoon, I walked with sadness and humility. Praying that all those that were hurt in the bombing were going to be fine.
Another mile done.
I kept this routine for one week. I felt great. Except the days after my first walk. You know, when I was walking like my mom and getting in and out of bed was torture. Not to mention, sitting on the toilet was so painful, I would rather just hold it! Other than that, it was wonderful to just walk in the morning and again, after dinner.
After the first week, I downloaded the run/walk app and kept that up until it was time to go to Florida. Plus, we got an email telling us the fantastic news that the fun run would also be a walk/run for those of us who needed it to be. SCORE! The fun run was scheduled for Friday morning. I arrived at the resort Thursday morning. I had a whole day to enjoy the parks and realize my dream come true. After all, I was at Walt Disney World!
That morning, we had to be down in the lobby at 5:45 am. Now, if you calculate that right, yes, it was 2:45 am my time. This surely was meant to be a fun run! Considering, I couldn’t sleep until past midnight. That’s what Walt Disney World does to people. I blame the adrenalin. Ha!
The ladies who participated in the run were bussed over to ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex. This is an impressive, state-of-the-art facility where Olympians train. If you are ever at Walt Disney World, you must check this place out. The group was separated into 2 groups. One was for the run, the other was for run/walk. The gun was fired and off we went.
I kept up with the group for the first mile. After that I power walked the other mile. I was one of the lasts to finish, but I did it.
I did it.
I have no idea what possessed me to join the fun run, but I did it. Of course, in my own time. As I crossed the finish line, I burst into tears. I don’t know what came over me, but I was so full of emotions, I had to let it out with a good cry.
I was so embarrassed.
I was getting hug after hug from some of the runDisney organizers. Yet, the best part of my run were the encouraging words from Ali Vincent and the wonderful Maria Bailey and Bob Hitchcock of runDisney. I was on top of the world.
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I’ve always wanted to feel the magic that Walt Disney World can bestow on its guest. Time and time again, I’ve felt it at Disneyland, but man oh man…
Disney World, your magic is breathtaking. Thank you so, so much.
Liz is a Mexican-American blogger living in Southern California. Married 19 years, and a mami to 3 kids, her content is inspired from living in and raising a multicultural familia. Liz has been blogging for more than 7 years, establishing herself as a nationally recognized Latina blogger. She often blogs in Spanglish and may throw in some Tagalog when talking about her hubby. You can also find her chit chatting away at @Liz_Cerezo on Twitter!