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My 5th Princess Half Marathon đź‘‘ | 2017 Race Recap

Holy princess tiara 👑 – it is hard to believe that Juli and I’s just finished our 5th Princess Half Marathon. Truly an amazingly fun race that we both share so many memories at! I have to mention, we both realize we are so blessed to continue running this amazing race and are truly shocked that this year marked our fifth time crossing the finish line! Now onto the recap!

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This year Juli and I shared a DVC studio at Animal Kingdom Lodge Jambo House. I have to say we both loved the hotel and it was great for race weekend. The buses worked so efficiently and we never encounter long lines. For our carb load meal we decided to check out Art Smith’s Homecomin’ at Disney Springs. Needless to say everyone at the table fell in love with this restaurant and we will be returning. Except we might lay off the hot sauce next time 🌶️

The night before the race we both a had a hard time getting to sleep the night before and talked in the dark for about an hour before we both finally fell asleep. My least favorite part of all runDisney races is the ridiculously early start times… The alarm went off at 3:20am (gross) and we quickly got ready to be way finders and navigate our way through 13.1 magical miles. I was way finder Moana and Juli was chief Moana… can you tell we both really liked this movie.

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We were promptly in line for the bus right before 4am and go on quickly. I won’t be the only one to say the traffic was awful this year. We usually have more time at the start area to relax and take pictures but due to the traffic we pretty much had to drop our bags at gear check, made our way to the portos and make the long march to the corrals. Of course this traffic led to a 10 min late start for the race… I wasn’t bothered by it.

I was in corral H, one up from last year! Juli was in her speedy D corral. They did change the way the corrals split this year which I think led to longer porto lines, but eventually we made our way to our appropriate corral. After the 10 min delay the national anthem was sung, fireworks went off, and the elites were out!

Finally it was my corrals time to start and I was off. This year I stopped for, what might be a personal record, 11 character stops. But I have to say the winner was Gaston. The line was long, but not ridiculous when I ran up on him at his Tavern in Fantasyland. I jumped in line and it moved so slow… I was a little upset and considered bailing out of the line to run on but Juli texted me to stay put. Gaston full on flirted with EVERY SINGLE PRINCESS. When it was my turn I popped up next to him in my usual “look how cute I am while running” pose and he full on pulled me into him… I was shocked, laughing, crazy in love and now am in love with this picture. In my opinion Gaston won the Princess Half.

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I caught up with Juli and some friends in the Cinderella line after a quick castle pic stop. I ran my usual :45/:30 intervals throughout the entire race. We took a few extra walk breaks where the course crowding was impossible, around the half way point and on places where the road really slopes. I have to say the one thing about this course is with my ankle injuries the places where the course literally leans puts a lot of pressure on the outside of my right ankle.

I ran into so many friends on the course like Julian and finally found/met Erin! We had an amazing time and totally ran this as a party race – our time should prove this. Proud to say this might be my slowest half marathon time ever 3:58:18… Who else loves a party race!?!

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What can I say – we love the Princess Half Marathon! Per our tradition we got some champs at the finish line!

Prepping for the Star Wars Half Marathon 2017

Hey Guys – so first off HAPPY NEW YEAR! My first race of 2017 is going to be my favorite race weekend of the year – the Star Wars Half Marathon Light Side Weekend. Once again I will be taking on the Rebel Challenge consisting of a 10k followed by a Half Marathon!

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I thought that today I would share some of my most helpful posts and recaps from years back for any of you preparing for the race weekend!!

Prep Posts
Best Post Race Cocktails
Best Pre and Post Race Restaurants
Putting Together a Race Outfit or Costume

2016 Race Recaps
5K and Expo Recap
10K and Meet Ups
Half Marathon Race Recap

This will be my third rebel challenge so if you have any questions feel free to leave them in the comments! Recaps coming next week!

Infinity Gauntlet Challenge 2016 Race Recap

If you follow me on social media you might have been a little surprised to see me run 19.3 miles during the runDisney’s Super Hero Half Marathon Weekend. Well a last minute opportunity popped up for me to go out and run… not one race but two – so I dove right in and said sure why not!

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My mom was already in town to see Hedwig and the Angry Inch at the Pantages so we rallied and booked probably the last available hotel room in Anaheim for our weekend at Disneyland. See I can totally be spontaneous – (put that on my dating profile).

After the craziness of working 15 days straight I got to escape work a little early on the Friday before the race. We picked up Juli form downtown LA and made out way down to Anaheim pretty early on Friday. Per our usual routine we headed straight to the Expo. We got our bibs and then walked around some. This expo was a little lack luster compared to the Disneyland Half expo (which restored my faith in expos). We did stop for our race expo drink – it’s totally tradition now!
The themed drink for this race weekend was the Dr. Strange’s Elixir with Red Ruby Absolute Vodka, sweet & sour, blue curacao and Sprite.

We had a quick dinner at Tangaroa Terrace before going to our respective hotels and getting ready for the Dr Strange 10K. I have to recommend Tangeroa if you ever find yourself at Disneyland needed to carbload and short on time – we got an amazing meal that was quick and cost efficient.

Dr. Strange 10K

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Since this race was pretty much as short notice as it gets I didn’t have a lot of time to put together a race costume… but I wanted to have some fun. I completely adore the Netflix original Jessica Jones and as a Marvel babe I decided to dress as the most kick ass lady round. I found some “jeggings” from Target that weren’t completely see though and a scarf from H&M. I had a water bottle in a paper sack to look like a beer but sadly I don’t think people quite got it.

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I really enjoyed the 10K – it seemed like it was the same course as Disneyland which made you run 2 miles before any character photos… great for those who run. It did seem like the runDisney team might of made some timing errors because I was in line to get my photo with Dr Strange, well above the required 16min mile pace and they told us the balloon ladies would be there in 6 minutes… so I had to bale out of that line and run on to the finish. Not a big deal though by any means but I was more ahead of pace than that, even with stopping for characters!

For the 10K I ran my usual 45 secs run to 30 secs walk and did not take any fuel during this race. I did carry a pack of Sports Beans but felt fine and did not need to use them.

Festival of Holidays

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After a shower and quick trip to Target (because I only packed one pair of socks) we went to California Adventure to have lunch at the Festival of Holidays booths. Its like a mini Food and Wine Festival celebrating the different foods of the Holiday season. My favorites were the Nosh and Nibbles and Abuelita’s Kitchen! This strangely reflects my life – white, blonde, protestant girl with an affinity for matzo ball soup and tamales.

After killing time celebrating all things Christmas in DCA we met up for our super early dinner reservation at Wine Country Trattoria – our favorite place to carb load. With the sun going down early we were all ready to turn in pretty early.

Avengers Half Marathon

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It was an early morning for the half… I woke up at 3:45am to get to the shuttle and the start. I am not going to lie I was a bit nervous about running the half. I have been training for Light Side (in January) not a challenge in November…but my mother reminded me that I have run halfs on way less training. So I decided that I would just go with and see how I felt. For this race I decided to not worry about a costume and just rocked my new 501st SoCal Garrison tank and my favorite red Sparkle Athletic skirt with Mudbuster shorts underneath.

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It actually went surprisingly well! I started with my usual 45:30 intervals and figured I would adjust as needed. The only adjustments I did were in between character stops I just started running on whatever interval I was on. Once we got out of the parks I felt surprisingly strong. After we got out of Angels stadium I knew this was going well. Mile 9 and 10 came so quickly that I knew I was finishing this challenge strong.

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Mile 11 came time for some Hamilton and a cruz to the finish! Any one else rocking “My Shot” in their playlist?

Like I said we were done before I knew it! I was surprised and pleased with my performance… guess my training has paid off and I am even more pumped for Star Wars in January!

Post Race Brunch

During the Expo we saw that Steakhouse 55 was having extended brunch hours for race weekend. Since we did not have a lot of planning time we did not make dining reservations but were able to snag a table here. Can I say (although maybe I shouldn’t) this is the best kept secret at Disneyland!?!

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Seriously and amazing brunch at an excellent price. They had some specials since it was a race weekend and we enjoyed mimosas to celebrate. I will be a repeat customer and highly recommend this for the next time you need a post race brunch option.

After a few castle pics and watching the Christmas parade we called it a day and headed back to LA but this was an amazing and EPIC Super Hero Half Weekend! Next up Star Wars!!

 

Training + Tone It Up Tuesday

Welcome to another Training Tuesday and the first Tone It Up Tuesday! If I did my math correctly we are 100 days from the 10K of the Star Wars Half Marathon Light Side Race!! Plus I have officially started the Tone It Up 31 Day Challenge! All very exciting stuff her people.

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Saturday – Day 1 of the TIU 31 Day Challenge!
Did PiYo Sweat for a 35 min work out plus the 31 reps of the daily moves. These daily moves are free and you can access them here.

Sunday – Sunday Runday
3.1 Miles out on the road. Per my training plan it was supposed to be 5 miles but the TIU challenge had you do a 5k. With the TIU 31 plan I am actually working out more and will hit higher mileage fast – so I figured it would all shake out in the end. Also my 31 reps. Surprisingly these were 3 rough miles. I told myself just make it to 2, then to 2.5 and finally convinced myself to the 3.1! Damn you never know when tough runs will sneak up on you…

Monday – Tuck  You Monday (hehe)
Monday evening I took my first Pure Barre class from the Groupon I bought (pack of 10). I have done Cardio Barre and Pop Physic before but really loved going to Pure Barre and felt like I got an amazing workout in!

Tuesday – Training Tuesday
30 minutes on the road as another training run!

So far the Tone It Up 31 Day challenge has been going good! My meal prep and food plan has been on point. I cannot wait until a few more weeks to start sharing some results with you!

TUESDAY TRAINING | 4.01K Race

As announced on Friday – welcome to the first official Tuesday Training posts! My training for the 2017 Star Wars Light Side Half Marathon kicked off last week. In short recap: Tuesday was 30 mins on the elliptical in Toronto, Thursday 30 mins of pavement running, and Saturday was a 4.01K (which worked out to 2.6 miles on my Garmin) at the Prudential 4.01K Race!

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I loved kicking off my first “long run” of this training season with a short, free race that started at 10am! The race was held at the Pasadena Rose Bowl so after a Friday night at Halloween Horror Nights, I spent the night with Juli since she lives closer to the start. I woke up at a leisurely 7:30am, we hung out and chatted, got dressed, and picked up a PSL at Starbucks before making our way to the Rose Bowl at 9am.

I have to say this race organization was on par with runDisney and Rock N Roll race series. They had plenty of staff volunteers who knew exactly what was going on! There was swag, plenty of water, tons or pre and post race entertainment and RUDY, our favorite race announcer! Parking was easy, as was our check in! They had 12,000 people registered for this free race!

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It was a short race around the Rose Bowl so it was naturally inclined to a lot of walkers but I found my groove and settled into a nice pace. I was happy to see they had a water stop half way through. I finished up quickly and met up with Juli to play some games centered around why it is important to invest in you retirement – hence the 401K theme!

So week one of training was a full success! Ready to report back for week 2 next week!

AND SO IT BEGINS – TRAINING

As you might have seen on social media (or have just guessed) I am once again running the Star Wars Light Side Half Marathon which takes place in January. I am taking on the Rebel Challenge for the third time which includes a 10K on Saturday followed by a Half-Marathon on Sunday.

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I obviously run in between my races but I have not followed a stringent training plan in a few years. I felt like it was time to hit the reset button and re-train for the Rebel Challenge from the ground up all of which kicked off last Tuesday while I was still in Toronto. So far I have the two weekday training runs under my belt and my first “long run” this weekend. I am following the Jeff Galloway training plan designed for the race.

My point for training is not as much to work on my physical fitness but the crucial mental aspect of training as well. While it will be great to be in top shape for my upcoming races, I am excited to re-learn the commitment aspect of full on training.

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My job requires that I travel for long periods of time (up to 2.5 weeks) and I have never been good about prioritizing my training during these times. While I need to be realistic in my training while work takes priority, it does not mean that running and training is non-existent.

I am great at training when I have loads of time on my hands, but as soon as I hit a busy work week (for example Film Festivals) my training has always taken the backseat. I am convinced that I can do both – and do both well!

We all know training is about prioritizing and sometimes sacrificing some of your time to your training plan. My goal for the festival was to get one run in… I packed my running shoes, knew it was a day I could complete it and I DID. Each week I am planning on giving a training update on Tuesdays – so you can follow along, find inspiration or give me encouragement… or a swift kick in the butt.

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So here I am world, putting it out there – holding myself accountable in my training. Let’s see what happens.

FLYING LONG HAUL FOR A RACE

Many of my friends will be taking off later in September to fly to France to run the inaugural runDisney Disneyland Paris Half Marathon. My cousin Juliana will be one of these lucky runners!

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Flying trans-atlantic or “long haul” for a race is a different kind of challenge from flying across the country or driving to a race. Last year I flew from Berlin, Germany to Orlando for the 2016 Princess Half Marathon so I have a little bit of experience in flying across the pond to get to a race. Beyond my race travel experience I fly to Europe several times a year for work and like to think I know what I am doing!

PREP
Beyond the usual race weekend prep of making dining reservations and packing you will want to consider your travel needs in the air. In this post I shared a general idea of what I pack in my long haul carry on. It has changed a bit over the last year but many things are the same! Oh and I totally got that Lo & Sons Bag -> Best carry on ever!!

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ON THE PLANE
So you are ready to go and at the airport! If you can splurge for a higher class, like business or premium economy, it will be totally worth if, if not extended leg room is a great option that is also budget conscious. Being able to extend your legs is key! I always wear compression socks on the plane but this is especially helpful for a race flight. Make sure to pick up a big water bottle at the airport as you need to stay and keep hydrated on the flight -a little Nuun never hurt either. You won’t want to risk losing your running shoes if your baggage gets lost, so I always wear mine on the plane for a race.

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My plane routine is to get seated/settled and watch a full movie. Eat dinner and take a Tylenol PM with dessert. I normally put on a movie that I have seen a few times to help me relax while the Tylenol/Advil PM kicks in and I fall asleep. I do drink wine on a flight, but that is a personal choice. Remember to keep drinking your water! An eyemask or hoodie will help blackout any light so you can fall asleep. Try the one I use…  the HoodiePillow Travel Pillow is amazing!

FIGHTING JET LAG
Fighting jet lag is actually easier than you think. Once you to Europe you need to stay awake. I like to drink Berocca, which is similar to Emergen-C and available throughout Europe to give me an energy boost and help my immune system. Then my first stop off the plane is straight for an espresso. My second tip is to get the sun in your eyes. Your body will adjust when it starts recognizing the daylight. Try to stay awake until at least 8 or 9pm – scheduling a dinner helps… then off to sleep you go!

What can I say – I am a tad bit jealous of all the amazing adventures you Disneyland Paris runners are going to have, but I wish you all the best time! Someone (cough Juli cough) can bring me back some Marie or Alice in Wonderland trinket not sold at Epcot!

Let me know if you are running or having some serious FOMO in the comments!

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DISNEYLAND 10K RACE RECAP – 2016

Wow – I had apparently missed runDisney and racing because I had the best time running the Disneyland 10K. This year I just ran the 10k because I normally end up leaving the country for work a few days later… which I am today (Tuesday.) So I was very happy with my decision to only run the 10K to make sure to soak up the Disneyland Half Marathon Weekend, but still have time to get my life in order before I leave!

My mom had come into town for the race, but also because this weekend marks the end of Disneyland’s 60th Anniversary Diamond Celebration – where we had to say goodbye to Paint the Night and our beloved Disneyland Forever Fireworks.

I got off work around 3pm on Friday, grabbed my mom and we were off to Disneyland. We drove directly to the Expo, where we had plenty of time to get my bib and walk around! Juli (who was there the night before for 5K bib pick up) met us at the Expo and we got our celebratory and new tradition race expo cocktail. This time it was a Rum Runner…

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I have to say we really enjoyed the expo this year. Have to applaud Disney for brining back the ABC screening room and we loved the Emmy set up they had. Cigna is such a great partner and they also helped bring their “A Game” to this expo. Cigna had sponsored an airbrush tattoo station, custom race signs, and overall their presence really elevated the expo. We stopped by to say hi to the girls at Sparkle Athletic and Juli and I picked up some new matching skirts! We did a drive by of the official race merchandise booth but didn’t purchase anything…

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I carb-loaded at Tortilla Joe’s, went an renewed my Annual Pass, then was checked into the Marriott Suites and in bed by 10:30pm – all my gear prepped for the morning!

I had been hinting at it on social media but this year I ran as Marie from Aristocats! I woke up a bit earlier than usual to make sure I could get me makeup (which included a pink nose and whiskers) on point! For my Marie I had a white running shirt, white Sparkle Athletic skirt, my favorite pink Pro Compression socks, a tail that was sold at Disneyland, cat ears I got from Amazon, and a oversized pink bow from Disney World. Overall it was a pretty easy costume to do and I got so many compliments on the course…

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Speaking of the course I enjoyed it! My only gripe was their was no restroom (porto included) until we hit Cars Land/ Bug Land at around mile 2.5. I am not one of those people that is usually in need of a restroom early in the race – but I know those people are out there. I did like that all the street running was front loaded… I felt like the character stops had shorter and faster lines since you had to run first in order to get there. I got every picture I wanted with very little lines. I skipped 2 character photos which still had short lines. I was in corral C – so not fully the back of pack, but compared to the Star Wars 10K these lines were greatly improved.

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I loved seeing some random characters out on the course… so many are now strict to the theme. I did think we needed some official photographers for castle photos but a helpful cast member snapped one for me!

Before I knew it I was running through Downtown Disney and to the finish line. Some runner technicals of this race – I ran a :45/:30 run-walk-run ratio and clocked a 10:50 first mile (very fast for me). I took one packet of Sports Beans around mile 3. I finished the race with a smile on my face and some new bling to match!

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After the race it was showers and Cove Bar followed by the biggest We Run Social Meet Up I had ever been too. So happy to meet so many new people and catch up with old friends! I just love the We Run Social community!

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After that my mom and I finished up the day with the new Frozen show at the Hyperion, some dinner, and a final viewing of the Paint the Night parade and Disneyland Forever Fireworks… I was awake for over 15 hours and killed it! Such a great weekend and race I will not forget!

Putting Together a Running Costume

Hey Everyone! So if you have followed my blog or instagram for a while, you know that I love runDisney and getting the opportunity to have some fun running… in costume! I have been Elsa, Cinderella, a tribe of Ewoks, Pocahontas, and a Stormtrooper (to name a few) over the years and have loved every second of it. Prepping my running costume is just as fun as running the race and helps build up excitement for the race weekend itself.

Putting Together a Running Costume

With the Disneyland Half on the horizon I thought I would share an (updated) version of how I make a running costume. I have gotten so much better at making these and have seen many people make some ill-advised choices for running attire over the years, but with this guide you will be up and running with some added character in time for your next race!

GET INSPIRED
After 4+ years of runDisney races I say, when it comes to choosing your costume inspiration, go with what you want. There will always be multiples of everything so have fun with it. I usually try and stick to the overarching race theme especially with Star Wars Half Weekends, Princess Half, and the Avengers Half… but with the upcoming Disneyland Half Weekend – well anything is possible.

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Pick your character inspiration and breakdown the key items that identify them and their color palette. For an Ewok this would be brown colors and their hood with ears. For Elsa it would be blue colors, sparkles and her cape. Mickey, of course, has his signature ears.

START WITH YOUR BASE
The biggest mistake I see in costume runners is not starting with the correct base. The way a costume breaks down, in my mind, is essentially you are wearing embellished athletic gear. Since you have your color palette decided, look through your running clothes or shop for some that would fit your character. I like to the have a top, bottom and socks to bring my color palette to life.

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Sparkle Athletic skirts have been a go-to for mine because they have so many colors and patterns (plus I look super cute in them). But I have also used tutus from the Halloween store. I also love Pro Compression socks for their ridiculous amount of color options and just for making amazing compression socks.

GET CRAFTY
Embellishing your athletic/running gear is what starts to bring your character to life! My Elsa costume started as a white running top. I found a child’s Elsa costume (on sale!) and took my seam ripper to it. I salvaged the cape and sewed it on the back of my running shirt and the skirt material became the sweetheart top similar to Elsa’s signature blue dress. Juliana just did a tutorial on how to make a Chewbacca bandolier on her site.

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Not crafty? Search the web! My Stormtrooper look was a crop top from Poprageous over a black long sleeve running top. I created my belt with some sparkle fabric and craft foam all held together with a hot glue gun. Juliana used a kids bike safety vest (found at Target) to really bring home her Darth Vader costume. Sometimes you just have to think outside the box!

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Copying a hairstyle or adding a color coordinated headband or visor always helps bring the look together. I always have a headband to keep my hair out of my face and use it to tie the look together. For Elsa and Pocahontas I rocked a braid similar to the characters. For the Ewok tribe it was all about the hoods! And if you know my last one featured here… well you officially win at life. But a simple cowl and goggles brought my Mara Jade look together.

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Easy accessories can really make the costumes. Crowns from the Disney Store or a mock braid like Juliana made (out of yarn) are lightweight, unobtrusive and really identify your character. Halloween costumes head wear, like Amidala’s headdress are great way to have extra fun, but we usually reserve these for the 5ks! Make sure to follow the runDisney costume guidelines and not cover your face.

Have any questions on putting together your own running costume? Let me know in the comments and I will be sure to come back to you! Cannot wait to reveal what we will be wearing for the Disneyland Half Marathon Weekend!

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RUNNING THE WORLD FOR ORLANDO

Good Morning Brunchers! As you know I am a runner and I am a nerd – so a natural home I found for myself was the Hogwarts Running Club! Basically you place your self in the house of your choice and get house points by running or biking miles… beyond that we do #somuchgood. We use Charity Miles and host virtual races to raise funds for various charities.

In its first two years, Hogwarts Running Club has raised over $420,000 for deserving charities making a direct impact in the lives of veterans, animals, literacy campaigns, and children battling (and beating!) terrible diseases. Normally, all fundraising and such is done 100% within the club.

However, we are doing something different for the next two weeks. Right now runners from all over the world are partaking in a virtual run around the world starting and ending at the Pulse Nightclub in Orlando. We are raising money for The Trevor Project which provides crisis suicide intervention for LGBTQ teens and young adults ages 13-24 in memory and honor of all those lost in the tragedy that occurred this week. A tragedy that took the life of a friend I have know since I was in elementary school – so this one is personal for me!

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In our very first day we have already met half of our goal – talk about #somuchgood! I will be walking and running everyday to help Slytherin win this race around the United States to help teens, find healing, and hopefully spread a little joy.

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If you can help contribute, you can do so here: http://hrc.racery.com/r/hrc-virtual-race/#@badwolfbrunch

If you can spread the word of what we are doing that helps too! For these two weeks we are all in Dumbledore’s Army and We Run as one!

Hogwarts Running Club (HRC) is a 501(c)3 charitable organization that organizes virtual running events inspired by the wizarding world designed to promote walking/running, provide unique and awesome medals, and, most importantly, raise money for deserving charities in order to accomplish our mission of changing the muggle-world one mile at a time.