Monthly Archives: January 2016

STAR WARS HALF MARATHON WEEKEND RECAP – The Half Marathon

Alright my brunching babes – welcome to the first #NERDGIRLSONTHERUN link up!

We finally made it to the half marathon – the main event, the battle of Yanvin, my walk through the cave of Degobah… just kidding it wasn’t bad at all.

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Seeing as how I was conquering the half I set my alarm a little bit earlier than the previous days –  a whole 10 minutes earlier. My alarm went off at 3:40am and today it was just me getting up at dark:thirty. As always, my gear was packed and clothes were laid out. I even slept in my compression socks and shorts. I was downstairs and ready to get on the bus by 4:00am – but this made no difference in the end as the bus made more hotel stops for the half than it had for the 5K and 10K. I knew I had plenty of time and I am not the person who needs to get there an hour early anyway. I fueled with my usual Gatorade (for sugar and electrolytes) and these new Granola bites that worked really well for me.

I was in corral C for the half so knew I was pretty well situated in the middle of all the runners. We stood in the corrals for what seemed like forever and (sorry TMI) I knew I was going to have to pee. Typically the first porto’s have crazy long lines, but I saw at the 10K the day before that the barrier was broken down for a set right across the start line and headed to those. Done and done – no line – moving along.

Star Wars Half RunningI ran a strict :30 to :30 pace and was holding strong at 14 minute miles. Again this course got a bit crowded at points, especially near the hydration stations. I stopped for a quick castle pick, as always, and kept making my way through the course. I took my time to enjoy running through the parks since Disneyland races are front loaded to make sure I could re-focus myself when I hit the streets of Anaheim.

I got so much love from people for wearing my 501st shirt and in true Mallory fashion, a matching sparkle skirt and hair bow! People from other garrisons stopped me to say hi, and our fellow teammates could easily cheer each other on. Oh and I some how missed the Speeder Bike stop in the 10K – obviously I had to stop for this photo opp.

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Once we left the parks, I quickly re-focused and got down to run. I am probably one of the few people who do not mind down and back courses, which this race features. I like being able to see the fast guys coming back down.

I knew my 501st and Rebel Legion friends were at mile 8 and I just kept pushing myself to get to them. I was at mile 8 and was thinking where are they… Finally around mile 9 I saw all my fellow 501st members, as well as the Rebel Legion and Mandalorian Mercs. A HUGE THANK YOU for coming out and cheering for us on – you truly make this event!
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High fives and selfies with my Star Wars crew gave me some much needed energy (oh and that gel helped too) and I picked up the pace. In the middle haul of the course I ran into some friends and met the nicest lady who I spent a mile chatting DVC with – the hard stretch between 9 to 11 flew by. Mymom was camped out around mile 11 with some Red Vines and the sign I made for our Ground Pounders. I pulled over to chat with her then kept going. Some of my fellow Ground Pounders stopped to snap a pic with the sign!
501st signBefore I knew it Downtown Disney was in my sights and I was coming in for the finish! The mix I was running too perfectly timed my entrance to the with the Star Wars score. At mile marker 13 I stopped to snap a pic and put away my phone and headphone… I like my finish line picture to look nice – ran on for .1 more miles to an amazing finish.

3:13:10 was my timed chip finish which I am pretty proud of! Last year I finished in 3:23 with no character stops so I will take those 10 minutes I shaved off and smile. I am slowly getting back to where I was time wise and will keep pushing on to improve.

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Overall, this race weekend gave a huge boost of confidence as a runner. I tackled 22.4 miles over three days, with improved times, and I felt great afterwards (which is a very important sign).

We finished the rest of the day at the parks where we actually got to ride a lot of rides and took a bunch of pictures. We had an amazing meet up with our friends in the Stormtrooper Crew.

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We ended the weekend with a great dinner with Napa Rose and said our goodbyes. Juli and I will be running the Princess Half Marathon in February, but we would not see Chris until we take on the force again with the Dark Side race in April at Disney World.

I can’t wait to read what my fellow #NERDGIRLSONTHERUN have to say and share my next running adventures with you!
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STAR WARS HALF MARATHON WEEKEND RECAP – The 10K & Meet Ups

Hey Brunch Babes! I am continuing on with my journey through the Star Wars Half Marathon Weekend – to the 10K and the rest of Saturday. Be sure to read Part 1 of my recap covering the 5K and Expo.

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Have you felt it? There has been an awakening? Well our alarms were set for 3:50am again for our Saturday morning 10K. Once again all of our gear had been laid out the night before and our bags were packed. We had the most runner from my crew in this race – Juli, Chris, my mom, Devin, Brian, and I were all running. Since the inagural Star Wars Half Weekend our group has been Ewoks for the 10K and while we love our Stormtrooper Crew – we weren’t not leaving tradition behind. We shall hence forth be known as the #OGEwokCrew – oh yeah we have a hashtag!

OG EWOK CREW 10K

Once again we were on the shuttle at 4:15am and got to Disneyland to meet up by 4:45am.

For the 10K we were a bit scattered corral wise between A,B,D and E but the crew spirit held strong. I was on my own, representing the solid middle of the pack runner of the OG Ewok Crew, but it was all good. Juli was texting me where characters were located since she was ahead of me in corral A. I ran hard at the beginning and ran to the first one Boba Fett. I missed his last year, but not this year… I waited 15 mins for Boba Fett (including a rather long character change out) but got my picture! By the time I got out of the line I was 6 mins ahead of pace – so it was time to run!

STAR WARS 10k Boba Fett

I ran on and tried to get to BB-8 but the line was closed by the time I got there. Sad ewok…
I was able to grab a selfie with R2D2 after C-3PO left, which was pretty cool. Overall, I thought the course was really crowded. I found one of my 501st friends in California Adventure and ran with him for about a mile. Once I got to Bugs Land I was 14 minutes ahead of pace and knew I had made up the time from my photos.

R2D2 10K Selfie

I finished the 10K with a smile on my face and found more of my 501st friends for a picture. Totally the only one running in costume – but hey thats me! I waited for Chris to finish and then we went to grab a quick breakfast from White Water Snack at the Grand Californian Hotel.

After breakfast we went back to the hotel to shower and rest. I didn’t take a nap this day. We all met up at Cove Bar (which you know I love) when it opened for some delicious Lobster Nachos and cocktails.

Juli and I went to the #WeRunSocial meet up, which was a highlight of my weekend. It was so great meeting so many of the runners that I chat with online and on instagram. We both won some awesome giveaways including a Sparkly Sole headband and KT Tape.

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We finished the rest of the day in California Adventure and had an early dinner at Carthay Circle to carb load. We rode Tower of Terror and then it was time to go home and get ready for the main event… the half marathon!

Stay tuned for the grand finale – my half marathon recap!

#NERDGIRLSONTHERUN be sure and link up with us Wednesday, January 27th for our first blog link up! Share your race recap, what you are training for, or just introduce yourself!

STAR WARS HALF MARATHON WEEKEND Recap – The 5k and Expo

Hello brunching babes! Well I have to say I thought last years Star Wars Half Marathon Weekend was good… well this one just blew it out of the park! This was my favorite and best runDisney weekend I have had in the five years I have been running (they just keep getting better)! I am splitting my recap up into three (maybe four) posts and here is part one – the expo and 5K! So lets get started on this epic weekend!

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It all began on Thursday… My mom was already in LA and Juli (4 Well Rules) was also at her job in LA. We both had to finish our days around 6pm and then head to Anaheim. The expo closed at 8pm and we drove (and avoided traffic) like crazy people to make it in time for bib pick up at the expo. Literally, we both made it there around 7:40pm. We had enough time to get our bibs, all of our race shirts, and hit the official merchandise with no line. Sadly the wine glasses were already gone, but we were able to pick up some head bands and shirts.

Chris, aka the biker scout, came in from Louisiana for the race and met us at the expo. We had a great dinner at Tortilla Joes, downed some margaritas then went back to the Anaheim Marriott Suites to get ready for the first race of the weekend… the Star Wars 5K.

STAR WARS 5K - WAMPA CAVEFriday morning, bright and early we got ready for the 5K. My mom and I set our alarms for 3:50am. We always lay out all our gear the night before so it is quick and easy to get dressed and head to the shuttle by 4:15am. Once on board the shuttle, we were quickly at Disneyland and made our way to the runners area where we met up with Chris and Juli.

The 5K was so much fun. Juli ran ahead but Chris, my mom, and I walked it and had a blast! We got some great pictures and took it very leisurely. The costumes were a bit tamer this year due to the new costume restrictions but people still got away with a lot.

STAR WARS 5K Medals

After the 5K we had breakfast at Tangaroa Terrace then went back to the hotel to nap and get ready for the day. We met back up at the expo right when it opened at noon. I headed straight for the KT Tape line to get my ankles tapped and my mom got in the merchandise line. We did a little shopping and some drinking… which led to the purchase of a Star Wars Dooney and Burke and the BFF BUFF (aka my new favorite race recovery tool). We are loving the new themed race cocktails at the expo and I am sure the vendors are too!

Rebel Alliance Drink

The rest of the day we spent in the parks with more of our friends! We had dinner at Ariel’s Grotto and while I was scrolling instagram I started seeing things about Elton John. We quickly paid and booked it to Disneyland where it was rumored that Elton would play in front of the castle at 8pm. This was one of the moments where I should be asleep but who cares it’s SIR ELTON FREAKING JOHN playing in DISNEYLAND for FREE! Life is too short not to embrace these moments.

Sure enough ELTON JOHN came out and played some Lion King and a new song right there in front of the castle. There actually weren’t a lot of people there and it made for an amazing memory for this race weekend.

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It was still pretty early when we got back to the hotel. With all my gear laid out I was in bed and asleep by 10pm. Once again our alarms were set for dark thirty the next day, but I was way too excited to care about how early I was getting up…

Up next will be my 10K recap followed by the main event – the half – and all the fun that happened in between!

#NERDGIRLSONTHERUN be sure and link up with us next Wednesday, January 27th for our first blog link up! Share your race recap, what you are training for, or just introduce yourself!

5 Ways I Grew in 2015

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Happy Friday Brunchers! We are back with another 5 Fandom Friday and this week we are kicking off January right with the 5 ways we grew and changed in 2015. I actually love this prompt because so often with the new year we are looking forward to what we want to do better. It is always important to look back and reflect upon what you did right in the last year.

Dating
When I first moved to LA I put getting my careers and friendships developed in first priority. I have never been the kind of girl to really need a boyfriend, I just need a support system of great friends around me. But as I am getting older I really started to feel the pull to wanting a relationship. After some coaxing I decided to take matters into my own hands and start online dating. So I would say in 2015 I really put myself out there more and went on a lot of dates. So far no one has really stuck, but I am still going for it.

BloggingBadWolfBrunch Text copy I really grew my blog and readership in 2015. First off, I bought my URL, did a full blog migrate, and a great redesign. Also, I started meeting more and more of my fellow (and amazing) geek girl bloggers. Promoted my blog more and got my first sponsorships! I was much more consistent with posting in 2015 and want to continue working on that in 2016.

Travel
BWB-TravelsThis was my year of travel. I went to 5 countries, and between February to June was at the airport every other weekend going some place new. This was a bit exhausting but I loved every second of it.

My full travel breakdown:
Berlin (Feb) -> Florida (Feb) -> Las Vegas (March) -> El Paso (March) -> Wondercon (April) -> New York (April) -> Star Wars Celebration (April) -> Cannes (May) -> Spain (May) -> Italy (May) -> Ft Worth (June) -> Disneyland (July) -> San Diego Comic Con (July) -> D23 (August)

Cosplay & Sewing
I mentioned before that over the first weekend of 2015 I learned to thread a sewing machine and by the end of 2015 I was sewing a fully tailored jacket. I even started a Sew Wars section of my blog.

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Upping my sewing game has really stepped up my cosplay. I am still mainly doing Star Wars costumes and Doctor Who every now and then, but I am so excited to see where my sewing goes in 2016. I already have some exciting sewing projects planned and in the works for 2016.

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Personal Growth
This year has been so amazing for me, but at the same time two of my very best friends moved away from LA. Realizing that I needed to make more new friends I had to put myself out there more. I became an officer of the LA Geek Girl Brunch and have met some amazing ladies through that who have become a great support system for me and my cousin has been my lifeline. I also am working hard to maintain my long distance friendships with Becca and Chris, which I would say has worked well!

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I am so looking forward to all the goodness and growth that 2016 will bring!

Nerd Girls On The Run

NERDGIRLSONTHERUNGood morning brunchers! Who run the world? Girls! Listen ladies the Queen has spoken.
I am happy to say that these days it feels like we nerdy girls are taking over the world and we are running it too. At runDisney Avengers Half and 10K I noticed that so many more girls were running because of their love of Marvel and I am sure that Star Wars will have the same result.

This inspired me to create a community of girls who love to run and love to nerd out so #nerdgirlsontherun was born.

My cousin Jules (a huge nerd too) is my co-conspirator and we want you to join in too! Be sure to check out #julesandmal for our crazy antics. Juliana runs 4 Well Rules which is an amazing running blog full of facts and race recaps. If you have questions about running – she has answers.

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If you are combining running and good old fashioned nerdy fun hashtag it #nerdgirlsontherun!
This can be a race, a training run, a nerdy playlist, channeling yoda on your run, your running gear, or if you are starting out running and looking for support.

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My main goal is to create a group of supportive women who can cheer each other on, challenge and motivate each other. Let us know how your training is going, what your racing, and if you need support.

Once a month we will host a link up to share posts on a topic that combines nerdiness and running, but will keep the conversation going in between.

So suit up super heros, lace up those shoes, and let me know…
are you with #nerdgirlsontherun?

STAR WARS HALF – Best Post Race Cocktails

STAR WARS HALF Best Post Race Cocktails

Cheers Brunchers and welcome to my post for the Virtual Star Wars Half Marathon Weekend Blog Hop. For my new readers here at Bad Wolf Brunch we know cocktails and we know Disneyland so if you are looking for the best place to cheers your accomplishments… you have come to the right place.

A little more info about me. This Star Wars Half race will “mark” my 5 year running anniversary. My first half was the inaugural Tinkerbell Half. Check out more of my runDisney posts here. This year I am taking part in the Rebel Challenge and earning my Kessel Runner medal when I take on the Dark Side in April.

Now onto the good stuff – where to find your post race cocktails.
First off – there is no alcohol served inside Disneyland (unless you scored a reservation at Club 33), but California Adventure, Downtown Disney, and the Disneyland hotels will supply tons of places to toast your accomplishment.

Lets start in California Adventure.

DCA Post Race Cocktails

Cove Bar
Cove Bar has become a favorite of mine as well as many others in Disney’s California Adventure (DCA), so much so that they recently expanded it! I consider this to be the local waterhole for passholders. You have to try the Lobster Nachos if you are looking for a snack, but of course, Cove Bar is known for their drinks.
The award for most instagram worthy drink goes to the Fun Wheel cocktail (below), but to get even more adventurous try ordering off the secret menu… my favorite is the Black Pearl.

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Pro Tip: Get here early to avoid the long line! Cove Bar opens at 11am.

Carthay Lounge
The Carthay Circle Restaurant and Lounge is a centerpiece of DCA. I love the old world feel and the classic cocktails that are served up the way Walt would want them. I recommend the Sparkling Mare for a lighter drink and the Carthay Manhattan if you want something on the stronger side.

Alfresco Tasting Terrace

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The Alfresco Tasting Terrace is actually so amazing I considered keeping this gem all to myself. I love this tiny escape from park where you feel like you have been transported to the California Wine Country. Located above Wine Country Trattoria you can grab excellent glasses of wine, Disney family wine flights, and an amazing charcuterie board. You can likely find me here drinking a glass of chardonnay. If the terrace is full grab a glass at the Mendocino Bar right below it.

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Mad Tea Party
If you are looking for a party to celebrate your race, well Mad Tea Party is the place and with the 60th Anniversary in swing the Mad Tea Party band is ready to celebrate. They offer drinks here from the bar, but in all honesty the new menu for the 60th drinks are not the best. They are very sweet but still festive if that is what you are going for. But hey a beer is a beer.

Downtown Disney 

Post Half Cocktails Downtown Disney

Tortilla Joes
Amazing margaritas, fresh made guacamole, and a separate bar from the restaurant makes Tortilla Joes an automatic go-to for my runDisney crew.

Ralph Brennans Jazz Kitchen 
Ralph Brennans is my favorite brunch in the Downtown Disney area. Its got soul and an amazing Bloody Mary. This is a great place to make an ADR (advanced dining reservation) for your post race meal.

Uva Bar
The central location of Uva bar in the middle of Downtown Disney makes this an easy spot to gather and toast. It offers a full bar and lots of seating. The bar is fully outside so be mindful of the weather.

Hotels

Post Half Cocktails Hotels

Trader Sams
You cannot think of drinking and Disneyland without thinking of Trader Sams. This tiki bar is almost a theme park in it’s own right. Cozy up to the bar and order yourself an Uh Oa and you will see what I mean. You cannot help but feel festive and full of Disney magic at this bar. But like many of the popular places mentioned this place will fill up so try to go during non-peak times.

Hearthtone Lounge
This place is one of the lesser known locations for getting a quick cocktail of glass of wine and perfect if you are short on time. Located in the back of the Grand Californian Hotel lobby I have yet to experience a wait here. It carries the standard Disney bar and wine list but gets the job done when you want a quick fix.

Napa Rose Lounge
Another one of my favorites and secret hide aways… The Napa Rose lounge is a wine lovers dream where the wine list is extensive and the servers (and sommeliers) are extremely knowledgeable. You can also eat from the full menu in the lounge if you did not score an ADR for Napa Rose. This is the height of luxury for the Disneyland resort, so if you are in the mood for the finer things in life, this would be your spot. Napa Rose and it’s lounge open at 5pm.

I am so excited for the Star Wars Half marathon and hope you are as well. If you want to learn more about all the amazing Star Wars happenings going on during the Seasons of the Force be sure and check out my very extensive post here – you will be sure to feel the force and learn some insider tips. Until then – train hard my padawan friends and let me know in the comments what you are most excited for and where you will be toasting your celebrations!

Virtual Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend Blog Hop Directory


HELLO 2016


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Well Brunch Babes HAPPY NEW YEAR! A new year is a upon us and that means new goals and dreams. I am not a huge person for resolutions but I still have my 30 by 30 list I am working towards, but I do those updates on my birthdays.

HELLO 2016Each year I like to set and intention and this year my intention is to prepare. I know that seems like some weird doomsday prepper word but hear me out…

I recently read Steve Harvey’s book Straight Talk No Chaser and one thing really stood out to me… If you want to receive a blessing than you need to get your house in order for it. He described wanting a new car when he was younger and his mom told him that he would never be blessed with a new car unless he got ready to receive that blessing. Which meant getting the driveway cleaned up, getting his old car ready to sell and prepping himself to receive the blessing of a new car.

Well I loved this analogy. We all have the potential of being blessed by this world but it is our duty to prepare for this blessing. How can good things come to us if we do not do at least some of the leg work first. This year I am going to put in the work and prepare myself to be blessed even more than I already am.

Now a lot of good things happened to me in 2015. I learned to sew (really well), I traveled to so many amazing places, I solidified a work out routine, I strengthened friendships and made new ones, went on more dates in one year than I had the last five, and finally felt like LA was really my home.

But in 2016 I want to prepare for the future blessings that I am really looking forward to long term. Getting my “house” in order for future relationships and possibly the one, preparing to meet goals for both running and health, and putting in the leg work at work to make my career dreams come true. In a word I am preparing myself.