Princess Half Marathon Weekend

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Thursday, November 29, 2018

The Past, Present and Future of Star Wars in the runDisney Galaxy!

Star Wars in the runDisney Galaxy has only been around just a few short years! This past Star Wars Dark Side Weekend was so much fun and had me looking back and hoping for more! Join me on the Podcast as I look back to the very beginning and where we will be in the Future! Download this episode (right click and save) or listen HERE You can Find Beyond the Kessel Run on Itunes, Podbean, Stitcher or GooglePlay. If you have any questions, comments or future ideas for my podcast, email me at

Sunday, October 14, 2018

Avoid the Candy and Get Moving

Trick or Treat - Move Your Feet

It's time for Fall Challenges! And I've been getting requests for challenges to get up and move AND to avoid the Halloween Candy!  So - Here you go!  Starting October 15th, we will Move Our Feet until Planksgiving!

The days are broken into White, Yellow or Orange Workout Days.

White:  We Do Squats and Walk/Run
Yellow:  We Do Push Ups and Walk/Run
Orange:  We do Crunches and Walk/Run

Most challenges are written by Fitness Gurus whose job is working out every day.  So, many of the challenges can be super intense and people fall off because of difficulty.   This Challenge is DIFFERENT.  You set your goals.  

1st you must Walk/Run every single day.  So, set your goal to be realistic.  Something that you know you can do every day.  

2nd, set your goal for Squats, Push UPs and Crunches that CHALLENGE you.  You don't have to do these every day, so pick a number that will stretch your abilities.

3rd, to avoid candy, we have a Bonus exercise, repeated 10 times, that you pick.  Pick something that you hate.

My Goals:

Run/Walk 2 Miles Every Day:   Even if it is raining, I can suffer 2 miles on the elliptical.

Squats:  100 Squats

Push Ups:  30 Push Ups.  

Crunches:  100 Crunches.

Bonus:  10 Burpees for every piece of candy I eat.  I HATE Burpees, so I will not be eating any candy.

That's it !  Pretty Simple!

Download your Calendar -->  Move Your Feet Challenge

Download your Goal Sheet ==>  October Goal Sheet

As Always - let me know what you are doing, and follow me on Facebook and Instagram for my daily results!

Sunday, April 15, 2018

My Minnie Van Adventure

Lyft Minnie Vans

For the Princess Half Weekend, we had a little trouble with  buses and ended up using the Minnie Vans!   Find out more on the podcast on how we used them - including the Exclusive Service to and From the Airport!
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Lyft Disney Minnie Van Service

You are utilizing the Lyft App to request the Minnie Van Service.  Your receipt will be sent through the email address that you registered for with Lyft.

No hidden fees with the Minnie Van Service - as you can see with Lyft service that I used from the Hilton Buena Vista Palace:

We also used the Airport Dropoff Service:

Details on how to do that are in the Podcast!

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Questions?  Let me know!


Saturday, March 17, 2018

To Stay Off Site or Not - That is the Question!

Staying on Site of Off Site at Disney

Everyone has an opinion on this question - I know! 

And I've stayed off site and on site for runDisney races before; but, I always come back to suggesting staying on site because of the benefits of bus transportation to and from the Expo, to and from the race, and Disney resort benefits of Fast Passes and Extra Magic Hours. 

However, recently Disney has expanded their Fast Pass 60 day early registration and Extra Magic Hours to a group of Disney Springs Resorts. That sounded really appealing to me. So, I split off my stay for the Princess Half and stayed 2 days at the Hilton Buena Vista Palace just to test the water.

I spent the rest of my stay over the Half Weekend at the Contemporary. 

I looked at Room Rates, runDisney Bus Transportation, Park Transportation and Extra Bonuses ....

Let me know what you think - and send me your on site / off site questions!

Princess Half 2018

10th Anniversary Princess Half Weekend - Recap!

Princess Half Recap FAQ

This past Princess Half weekend was amazing!  It has been a couple of years since I have done the Princess Half and the 10th anniversary was the best time for me to do it and I was so glad I did!
I did things totally different that I normally do for a race weekend and I'll be covering all of those stepping outside the normal in my podcasts over the next few weeks.

I did things like Stay Off Site,  Stay at a Monorail Resort, Buy the Race Retreat, Stop for Pictures on the race course, and use the Minnie Vans.  I know those seem like pretty normal things, but for me I have a routine…. A comfortable, efficient way to get things done over a race weekend.  But… I wanted to be different, try new things so that I could talk about them with you.  After all, I want to be the one to make mistakes - not you!

Check out my podcast and see how the Princess Anniversary worked out for me!  You can find Beyond the Kessel Run - Your runDisney Galaxy Broadcast on Podbean, Stitcher, iTunes, and Google Play.

Download episode #58 (right click and save)

Monday, February 19, 2018

The New Star Wars Experience in Disney Springs!

Star Wars: Secrets of the Empire
At The Void
The Void

The galaxy needs you! Recruit 3 friends to go with you undercover, deep into the Empire, to retrieve intelligence vital to the Rebellion’s survival! Are you ready to help the Rebellion?

I've compiled important tips on the Beyond the Kessel Run Podcast.  Download the Broadcast for the Details!
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No spoilers here!  (there is no way to capture the attraction on your phone... you are too busy blasting stormtroopers anyway!)

I was actually the one blown away!  It was unique and unlike any experience at any of the parks.  It is a must do for any Star Wars Fan!

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Friday, February 9, 2018

Countdown to Princess Half 2018

The Princess Half is almost here!  This year we will be celebrating 10 incredible years with an amazing run at the most magical place on Earth!

There will be well over 20000 participants in the Half Marathon - which is unbelievable!

Download this episode of Beyond The Kessel Run (right click and save)
The weekend starts on Thursday before the 5K with the opening of the Expo.  So, lets get started with a breakdown of the whole weekend!

The Expo
ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex

Thursday, February 22, 2018 - Noon - 8:00 p.m.

Friday, February 23, 2018 - 10:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Saturday, February 24, 2018 - 9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

The Expo is required to pick up your Bib, Your Check In Bag and Princess Half Merchandise.

I actually suggest getting in line for the Official race merchandise first, then going to get your Bib because the line will be long and the merchandise tends to fly off the shelf!

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Star Wars Kessel Run Challenge Medal

I love my Inaugural Kessel Run Challenge Medal!
It is truly unique now that the Disneyland runDisney weekends are on indefinite hold. So, it seemed that we would never be able to achieve this medal again! But I was excited this week when runDisney announced that it will still be available – with a twist!

You have the chance to bring home 2 new Star Wars Medals! And I want to make sure everyone knows the best way to approach achieving these new medals – and here's how.