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Tuesdays on the Run: 2017 Bling

Today I'm linking up with PattiErika, and Marcia for Tuesdays on the Run!  It's all about the bling today.  2017 brought a lot of new races and some pretty sweet blingy medals:

Winter Warrior Half Marathon -This half was the first weekend in January and boy was it brutal.  It was 19 degrees when the race started at 4:30PM and it only got colder and snowed more as we took four 3.3 mile laps around an office park.  BRRR Syracuse Half Marathon -This one was also cold, but not snowy and with a great course.  In fact, the Syracuse Half was run twice this year as after the race in March, the organizers moved it to November as a fall event.  This course was hilly but had a mile and a half of downhills, which was absolutely amazing! Flower City Half Marathon -This gem in Rochester in April is one of my favorites.  It's a hilly and challenging course that runs through my favorite parts of the city, including a block from where Nicole and I used to live.  It's a lot of fun and th…

WDW Marathon Weekend -What You Need to Know About the 5K

Walt Disney World Marathon weekend is the premier event on the runDisney racing calendar.  It packs in four events, two challenges, kids races, and a race expo all in one weekend at the Walt Disney World resort.  With all those options and a wealth of information out there, it can be difficult to find the exact information you need for the events you're participating in.  Over the next two weeks, I'll break down the runDisney event guide so you have all the information that you need to know.

First of all, you can find the Virtual Event Guide here: http://rodale-usa.instantmagazine.com/rundisney/dwmar18

The total event guide is 48 pages, but I suggest opening it up on your phone and taking a screenshot of the pages you need.  Thanks to Joyful Miles for this tip!

The Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend -5K

Since this is the first race of the event weekend, participants in the 5K (as well as the Dopey Challenge) need to attend the expo on Wednesday, January 3 in order to get your b…

It's Taper Time

I'm just back from braving the tundra that is upstate New York for my third and final Dopey Challenge simulation run.  I did another 5-7-10-20 over four days.  It's scary how accustomed to the distance your body gets so quickly.  The first 20 miler felt like it was never going to end.  The second one was painful, but I knew what to expect.  Today's run felt almost normal.  It was also the first time that, at the end of the 20 miler, I said to myself, "you know, I probably could run another 10K if I kept going."  That's as good a place to be in for the marathon as you can be.

I'm so excited for the Dopey Challenge.  It'll be the culmination of SIX MONTHS of training.  I've put in the work to rack up the road miles this year.  I've also worked hard on building speed with the goal of getting myself into "A" Corral for the Dopey Challenge.

I'm pleased to report that I got into that corral. I ran hard during the racing season to give …

Holiday Sweater Prize Giveaway

Hi Everyone!

Who's in the mood for a little Disney holiday magic?  Since "ugly holiday sweaters" have been all the rage for the last few years, I thought you might like to win some fun Disney ugly sweater merchandise of your own!

All you have to do is head over to my Travel Professional page: https://www.facebook.com/KellyPwithMagicalAdventuresTravel/and like the page and tag just ONE Disney loving friend in the contest post!  That's it!

All the details are posted on my professional page.  Good Luck!

My Favorite Race in 2017

Hi everyone and happy Tuesday!  For this week's Tuesdays On the Run, the topic is "favorite race of 2017"  I have to admit, I was having a hard time choosing which was the best.  2017 was a fantastic racing year for me.  I set new PRs and even earned my coast to coast medal!  However, my favorite race of the year was the 2017 Cedar Point Half Marathon.

The Cedar Point Half Marathon is part of the Run and Ride Race Series which features races all around the country ranging from 1 mile fun runs to half marathons at some of the best theme parks out there!

This past June, Nicole and I both participated in the run and ride weekend at Cedar Point.  Nicole ran the quarter marathon and I ran the half marathon.  The main reason this was my favorite race of the year was this happened:
Yup, I broke the tape!
I still can't believe this was a thing that happened!  I had so much fun running through the park and then the streets of Sandusky, OH.  This is my proudest racing moment …

One Month Until Dopey -Weekly Update

One month from today, I'll be kicking off the first leg of the Dopey Challenge with the WDW Marathon Weekend 5k.  It's hard to believe that the first 3.1 miles of the challenge is only a month away.  All that's left is the last few weeks of training and one more 20 miler. I can't wait to get the challenge started!

Monday: 5 miles
Tuesday: 7.3 miles
Wednesday: 10 miles
Thursday: 20 miles
Friday: 2.8 miles
Saturday: 5 miles
Sunday: REST DAY

This past week's 20 miler didn't go as well as the one a few weeks ago, but still wasn't as bad as it could have been.  I wanted to quit at mile 9 and then again at mile 17.  But I kept pushing myself to persevere through the run and I'm so glad I did.  My goal is to finish the challenge feeling *mostly* good.

Are you running marathon weekend? How's your training going?

December 2017 -Goals

It's hard to believe it's December already.  The holiday decorations are up, the shopping list is getting checked off and the holiday baking has begun.  Before I get too busy tackling all that December has to offer, I thought I'd reflect on some goals that I want to accomplish this month...because why wait until January to set new goals.

Continue to grow my travel agent business:  Making the leap and trying something new is scary!  I've been putting a ton of effort into building my base as a travel agent.  My goal for December is to keep putting in the work and grow my clientele.  Want to book a trip?  Just e-mail me at kellyp@magicaladventurestravel.com While I love booking Walt Disney World vacationsI also book other vacations too!

Grow blog and Facebook following:  Hand in hand with the previous goal, I'm trying to get my agency and blog out there.  You can help by following me on Facebook here: https://www.facebook.com/KellyPwithMagicalAdventuresTravel/ and by sh…