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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.

Elton John MT shot

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!

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


Race Recap – Avengers 10K 2015

Good morning brunchers! Well I just rounded out my last runDisney race of 2015 with the inaugural Avengers 10K. I decided to skip the half marathon this time around because my work schedule was a bit crazy and I did not want to over schedule myself… running takes time. I was so happy with my decision and the 10k was the perfect amount to end my runDisney year and kick out my current racing season. Ok on to the good stuff…

AVENGERS TITLE HEAD

Since work had been so crazy I was able to leave early on Friday after lunch to head down to the expo. I stopped and picked up my cousin Jules of 4 Well Rules and we were on our way. We made it down to Anaheim rather quickly and went straight to the Expo. Bibs and tech tees in hand we headed straight to get some Sparkle Athletic for our upcoming races. Devin (our real life best friend and running best friend) met up with us at the Expo and we headed straight for the latest expo addition… the race themed cocktail.

RUN DISNEY CUP

We are suckers for a themed drink! We had dinner at Tangaroa Terrace at the Disneyland Hotel then headed to the hotel to get everything laid out for the next morning. Its always fun having a runner slumber party with your friends. We were all asleep by 9pm and then the fireworks woke us up… But we all got back to sleep.

EXPO

I decided to run as Ms. Marvel for the 10K and wore the We Love Fine Ms Marvel tank with a black sparkle skirt. Boom – awesome costume!


FLAT MAL

On Saturday our wake up call was 4:00am, which is actually pretty late for how early runDisney races start but our hotel was close to the start line. We made our way to the corrals and did notice a little extra security. Jules and Devin were in Corral A and I was in Corral C – those fast kids. Corral C was cool (haha get it C for cool) and after about 15 mins we were off.

I ran a 30:30 Galloway method and decided to have fun this race. I made a total rookie move and had to pee at the first porta potty (notorious long lines) but oh well sometimes you just have to go. After that I felt great! We ran by the convention center and I had so many fond memories of Star Wars Celebration, D23 and Wondercon and then we were in the parks. I skipped the first photo opp with Thor and ran ahead to Black Widow. Jules was texting me where the character were so I could run over my 30 seconds when I wascoming up on one. BTW Black Widow looked me up and down and then said “Hi Thor” well #fail Natasha.

BLACK WIDOW
I also skipped the Hawk Eye photo opp because I knew I wanted a picture with Captain America. So I ran on ahead and found Cap… and waited about 25 mins. I was in line with the lovely ladies from Run All the Races Kimberly and Gail who are costume pros! My only note on the course was that these were the only characters out… would have loved to seen some Disney or Pixar character opps as well.

RUN ALL THE RACESGot my picture with Cap and hustled my butt to the finish line. My cousin ordered my breakfast and it was delivered right after I sat down… just like magic! The rest of the day was great. We chilled at Cove Bar, dined at Carthay, and cried on Hyperspace Mountain (more coming on this next week)!

MEDALS

All in all the Avengers assembled and we were #nerdgirlsontherun (more coming on this too)!
So excited for the rest of my running season which includes a Color Run, Turkey Trot and 2016 runDisney gloriousness!

Bad Wolf is Getting Fit

getting personal

Good morning brunch babes! Well I am going to have some real talk with you fine ladies (and gents). Over the last few months I have really shifted my priorities. I am still nerding out, but right now I am really nerding out about fitness.

I joined Class Pass a little over 2 months ago and have really upped my work out game. I am routinely working out 4-5 times a week now with everything from ballet, to aerial silks, to pilates. If you want to follow my fitness journey specifically I have created a new instagram account @badwolffit.

I am still running and today is actually day 1 of my Star Wars Half Marathon – Light Side training! Woo Hoo! Light side you ask? Oh yes… as of this morning it is official I am a Kessel Runner. This means I am running both the light side and dark side half marathons at Disneyland and Walt Disney World. I am so excited to be running this with my cousin!

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Fitness is really taking up a lot of my time and headspace right now. But I am going to continue to press on blogging! I still have fun to share with you all!

RACE RECAP – Princess Half Marathon – 2015

Oh my goodness!! Another runDisney Princess Half Marathon in the books and I must say – they just keep getting better and better!

This year I ran again with my cousin Juliana and we stayed at the Villas at the Grand Floridian.
We had a 3am wake up call to get ready for the race. Staying at the Villas we had our kitchenette to make breakfast before the race. We were out the door by 3:45am and took the monorail to Epcot.
It’s good to note that if you are staying at a monorail hotel you will need to plan more time to get to the race!

We got to the start area and did some quick preparations for the race, dropped our bags at gear check, and made our way to the corrals. We only had about 10 mins in the corrals before the start. I was in corral I so I started exactly at 6am. With a little magic and pixie dust I was off!

I went with the 30:30 run walk run ratio that Jeff Galloway had suggested at Star Wars Half. I decided to run through the first groups of characters. Pirates, Heroes and Villains always have really long line and are normally still out when you swing back around (plus better lighting).

Before I knew it we were in the Magic Kingdom and I was running through Cinderella’s castle! I decided to run as Pocahontas this year. Come run the hidden pine trails of the forest with me!

I saw my mom and god-mother just outside the castle and continued on. The weather was wonderful and I was feeling good. I was keeping 14 minute miles and decided – yup we are going to do some pictures! I had to take a photo with tourist Genie… always reminds me of my dad!

The heroes and princes were still out when I came back around so I decided to keep the tradition alive and grab a pick! John Smith was only a bit flirty…

 

From there it was a quick few miles to the finish. I always love the gospel choir right before we end. I need a little Jesus on a Sunday morning to get me to the finish line. I wish we had this is California as well. I made it through and finished strong!

After the race it was time to celebrate. We all met up and had brunch at 1900 Park Fare in the Grand Floridian to celebrate. Juliana completed the Glass Slipper Challenge and I got my Coast to Coast medals. Brunch was great and my Princess Half was even better!!

PHM PREP // Helpful Link Round Up

Brunchers – I am so excited for the Princess Half Marathon…
While I am still in cold Berlin, I have been dreaming about my upcoming trip to the sunshine state to run with so many wonderful women (and a few brave dudes).
I wanted to share some of my favorite posts from last years PHM Prep series! Enjoy!!

xx Mal

PHM PREP – Packing Your Gear Bag

I am getting so excited for my third PRINCESS HALF MARATHON!
One of the steps that so many runners forget to prep is their gear check bag.
This essential gets you to the race and for after the race. I am one of those runners who does not carry much on the course but I use a lot of the gear check items for prep.

I always prep my gear check bag the night before the race. This way I am prepared and know I have everything I need when I wake up at dark thirty.
Here is what I put in my bag:
Spi Belt – This is what I wear for races. It hold my phone and gu’s. That’s all I run with.
Mylar Blanket – I use this to keep warm before the race. It is easy to dispose of and gets the job done.
Extra Safety Pins – Bib malfunctions, costume glitches… you always need a few of these bad boys.
Extra Hair Band – I could never finish a race if I had a hair band break… Bring an extra and you can feed it through your belt for no muss no fuss.
Sunscreen – Just nice to have some extra in case you or your friends forget to apply.
Breakfast – I like a grab and go breakfast to eat on the shuttle to the race. Cliff Bars and Bagels make great options.
Her Glide – This is the last thing I do before checking my bag. If I am wearing shorts… well you know, but I also apply under my sports bra straps – this has been a game changer.
After the race…
Flip Flops – I love this Nike flip flops for after the race… getting out of my shoes is a priority. I have a tricky ankle so this is great in case I need to be iced up or wrapped.
Wipes – The TravelLite Antiperspirant wipes are great for after the race, but baby wipes and wet wipes work just as well.
And do not forget the necessities like…
Your ID – to buy a victory mimosa
Credit Cards & Cash – to buy said mimosa
Keys, Magic Bands, ETC. – You will need to get back home somehow… even if home is your resort!
Do you have any other secrets I should add to my gear check bag?

Race Recap – STAR WARS HALF – 2015

This weekend I completed the Inaugural Rebel Challenge consisting of a 10K (6.2 miles) and a Half Marathon (13.1 miles) back-to-back on Saturday and Sunday – and let me tell you this was the best race(s) ever! The spirit of Star Wars and the fandom was everywhere and fully embraced. It was truly magical and you could feel the force in the air. Full recap below.

Friday
I took off from work a little early to get down to the Expo for bib pick up. Traffic was bad but it was nice to have a fairly empty expo to hang out at. We got there around 7pm, so had an hour to look around. We ate dinner at Tortilla Joe’s in Downtown Disney then headed to the Marriott Suites to get some sleep for the 10K on Saturday morning.

Saturday
Wake up call was set for 3:30am and we were on the shuttle by 4am!
We got to the pre-race party and Disney really outdid themselves with this one! They had the Jedi Academy there to teach us how to use the force and fight off Vader. Stormtroopers and Jedi’s were also available for pre-race photos.
Our running group decided to be Ewoks! I wore the Her Universe Ewok hooded tank – and was not alone… I made some wrist and leg cuffs out of fur from JoAnnes and was ready to go!
We corralled up and headed out for the start. The character lines were sooo long but I was just having a good run – so I kept it simple and just ran. I stopped for a photo with Sabine and Ezra from the new Star Wars Rebels – but the photo turned out bad. Sad Day. I was keeping good pace and at mile 5 thought – oh hey… you have to run 13 miles tomorrow maybe you should slow it down, and I did.
I crossed the finish line and was so happy to receive my super cool Star Wars 10K medal.
We went back to the hotel for showers and a nap then headed to Disneyland for lunch and a photo shoot. My day was made when the Fairy Godmother showed up and hugged me for being a champion. She is my idol! Life goal = retire to become the fairy godmother.
We rode Space Mountain and Star Tours… keeping with the weekends theme and then headed to Disney’s California Adventure for dinner at Wine Country Trattoria.

After dinner it was a quick stop to the Anaheim Target for some gatorade, cliff bars, and I picked up a pair of compression socks to sleep in. Then it was time to stretch out and go night night!

Sunday
Wake up call – again 3:30am… ugh. But I was on the bus by 4am and was ready to go.
I wore my girl Mara Jade’s get up. If you don’t know who Mara Jade is – well its because she is from the books and comic books. In short she was trained to be the Emperor’s hand and assassin. She is a total bad ass who can wield a lightsaber and a blaster – oh and she really want to kill Luke Skywalker, until she falls in love with him.
Ok well back to the race! I met up with my friends and then headed to the corral. We were off before we knew it. One – props to Disney for having enough Stormtroopers out so the lines weren’t bad. Vader and the Luke & Leia lines were still long but anyone could have jumped into one of the shorter trooper lines. Two – I loved this course. I know some people were worried about the straight away being boring, but I found running by the hotels led to so many more spectators out. The spectators were also on point with great signs and everyone was in the Star Wars best! A true highlight was the 501st and Mandalorian Mercs towards the end of the race. So many photo ops and so much energy – both organizations truly rock!
This race seemed to fly by and before I knew it I was back on Disney ground and nearing the finish. In traditional Mallory form – I pulled over right at mile 13 and got ready for the finish line (aka adjusting the costume and putting my cell away). I high-fived Minnie and Mickey as I crossed the finish to complete the first ever Star Wars Half and Rebel Challenge. Bling in hand I was a very happy sith-turned-jedi!

 

STAR WARS HALF – Fueling for Your Race

Hey Brunch Eaters! Are you headed to a magical place called Disneyland to run the Inaugural Star Wars Half Marathon?
Me too!

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So let’s talk about my favorite part of runDisney – eating Disney!
Fueling yourself for your race is crucial, and frankly quite fun here in “the Land”.
Advanced Dining Reservations may still be available and now Disneyland guest can also book online. In general, people are more relaxed about their Disneyland vacation than that to the World – so give reservations a shot. Here are some of my recommendations:

Wine Country Trattoria – Located in Disney’s California Adventure, this restaurant features classic italian food and a impressive wine list. If you need a little adult juice to calm your nerves before the race be sure to stop by and grab a glass. Can’t get in for food? Don’t worry – you have two ways to drink wine. The Alfresco lounge on the second level offers wine flights, wine by the glass, and a selection of appetizers and downstairs you can order a glass at the walk up counter.

Napels – Located in Downtown Disney, Napels offers your pasta fix outside the park. Plus you can take in some of the more low key fun of Downtown Disney that is often overlooked. Listen to the local artist, build yourself a Stormtrooper at the Lego Store, and relax a bit before your big race day!

Buca di Beppo – As most people will be staying off site, Bucca di Beppo is a great alternative and often has easy availability. You also have the option for carry out. Bucca is great for large groups of runners and families as it is famous for its gigantic portions. If you have a senstitive stomach and are nervous about trying new food, chances are you have had Bucca at some point and know how it will sit with you. Here is the Anaheim locations site.

A quick note on carb loading. Jeff Galloway recommends you eat your main carb load meal 24 hours before your race, or for lunch the day before. Read about it from someone smarter than me here.

AFTER THE RACE…
Did you just run 13.1 miles? Did you just run 19.3 miles? Did you just watch someone run some amount miles? Well pat yourself on the back – you deserve some brunch! And if you are running with my crew – you also deserve a drink. Obviously – Bad Wolf Brunch enjoys herself some brunch!
Disclaimer: don’t be dumb, drink some water first!

Now where were we, brunch with drinks at Disney! Now first thing to know is there is no alcohol inside Disneyland… Unless you are at Club 33 – and well you can’t sit with us.

Ralph Brennan’s Jazz Kitchen – I love me so soulful southern brunch complete with a spicy bloody mary – and Ralph’s delivers! Located in Downtown Disney you can find a WIDE variety of alcohol and some delicious comfort food. Reservations suggested.

Goofy’s Kitchen – Did your 7 year old wake up at 5am to see mommy run for 3 seconds – well take that kid to Goofy’s Kitchen for some PB&J pizza and a hug from your favorite Disney characters. Don’t worry they serve adult food as well – and… a small collection of cocktails. I would recommend Goofy’s Kitchen if you are coming here with your kids – or a bunch of kids at heart.

Roscoes Chicken & Waffles – Do yourself a favor and check out a SoCal staple that is new to the Anaheim area. Roscoes is an institution that started in Long Beach in 1975 and a favorite with 7 locations in Southern California. Be sure to get the Obama special! The Anaheim location is located on Harbor. See the drool worthy menu here.

Via Roscoe’s Chicken & Waffles Site
Do you have any secret recommendations? Let me know!!

The Power of runDisney

In 2011, I had graduated from college and moved to Los Angeles.
I had always been in love with Disney and immediately bought an Annual Pass. My cousin who lives around LA is also what we loving call a Disney Cray (stands for Disney Crazy). We are pretty committed to our love of Disney and spend a lot of time and money on the company we love so much.


One of those things is called runDisney – and to me it is the most important.
Juli had run the Disneyland Half Marathon before I moved to LA and hearing her talk about it made me so inspired. This was her first half – and she had immediately signed up for the Inaugural Tink Half. I wanted to do it, but was so worried about the distance. I had never run more than 5 miles, and that was for softball and I hated every step. How was I going to run 13.1? But it looked so fun. The costumes, the characters, the magic of Disney.


Well I decided I would just do the 5K – and I began to train. My first weekend after learning, studying, and obsessing over Jeff Galloway’s Run-Walk-Run method I ran my first 3 miler. All the sudden the 5K was not going to be enough for me. I talked with my mom and we decided that I should do the half. We had to book through the travel agent since it was sold out, but we did and I never looked back.


My best friend Whit somehow was also convinced she should do this as well. I guess that was how our little team was born! Whit and I had always been athletes and I think I can speak for both of us when I say we always need a goal to work towards. Something to drive our training.



I remember the first time I ran past 5 miles I was so proud of myself! Then it kept going up and up. I did 14 miles with my cousin 3 weeks before and we were ready. I religiously stuckk to the training plan, and it paid off.


So there were three of us all running the Inaugural Tink Half in January of 2012 – and it changed my life. I saw something that looked fun that ended up shaping a lot of the next years of my life.
We crossed that finish line and have again and again.


What started as a girl who just wanted to run one race in a tutu (yeah Self mag tutus rock) ended up leading me to become a triathlete and a marathoner!

What is the power of runDisney – well for me it is the ability to inspire, the ability to change, and the ability to make you do the impossible. Just like Walt said “Its kind of fun to do the impossible.” Well yes, yes it is Walt.

The Tink Half that started it all!

Let us run with endurance the race God has set before us. Hebrews 12:1