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Two years ago, my best friend Lauren and I ran our first marathon – the Disney Marathon in Florida.

Before training for and completing my first marathon, I really did not think that I was physically capable of running 26.2 miles.  I thought it was something that only superheroes could do! 

On race day, the temperatures were record-breaking – only 19 degrees at the start.  As a native Floridan who had trained in 50 – 70 degrees, I was miserable (and lacked proper cold weather running gear).  The ground had even iced over at the water stations.  But at least we had the pretty Disney scenery to distract us as we ran. 


Both Lauren and I ended up hitting ‘the wall,’ but at different points – her around Mile 18 and me at Mile 23 – but we motivated each other and continued on.  We crossed the finish line in 4:53:18. 

Lauren lives in Singapore now so we don’t get to see each other as often as we’d like, but we’ll always have Disney. <3  And a little over a year later, I ran my second marathon and beat my Disney time by 32 minutes


This weekend is the Disney marathon, and if you’re running it, I just wanted to say GOOD LUCK and HAVE FUN!  Give Mickey Mouse a high-five for me.


No marathoning today – just working.  And lunchin’.


Loving twice-baked potatoes lately.  These were stuffed with mashed potatoes, arugula, vegan mayo, and cheddar cheese.


Side and fruit:


Have you ever done a Disney race? 



  • Emily January 5, 2012, 3:17 pm

    I am training for my first now. SO EXCITED TO BE A SUPERHERO! 🙂

  • Victoria (District Chocoholic) January 5, 2012, 3:22 pm

    Actually it IS true that only superheroes can run 26.2 miles. It’s just that YOU are a superhero. Obviously.

  • Laura @ My Pink Thumb January 5, 2012, 3:34 pm

    I have never run a Disney race before, but it’s definitely on my bucket list! 🙂
    I actually just started following your blog several months before you did that marathon and started running myelf shortly thereafter. You’re a rockstar!

  • Anne @strawberryjampackedlife January 5, 2012, 3:35 pm

    I’m doing the Princess Half in 8 weeks!! AHHH!! I’m so scared to run that far.

  • Kayla January 5, 2012, 3:42 pm

    I would LOVE to do a Disney race, considering I’ve never been there at all! But living in West-ish Canada.. it would be a VERY expensive race to run… maybe one day! PS- I agree, you are a superhero when you’ve completed a marathon!

  • Corrie Anne January 5, 2012, 3:43 pm

    I would love to do a Disney race! I’m deprived – I’ve never even BEEN to Disney. You’re totally inspiring me with all the potato pics!

    • Caitlin January 5, 2012, 6:59 pm

      Aw you must go to Disney one day 🙂 It is pretty awesome.

  • Sarena (The Non Dairy Queen) January 5, 2012, 3:53 pm

    I have friends who run the shorter Disney races. I love that you finished with your friend! Sounds like a great memory!

  • Shannon January 5, 2012, 3:55 pm

    I’m running the half! Any clothing recommendations for the weather this year? I don’t wannt be too hot, but I’m definitely afraid of being way too cold!

    • Caitlin January 5, 2012, 3:57 pm

      is it supposed to be cold? i always like to hit up goodwill and get a cheap jacket before a cold race – i know disney collects the discarded clothes at the start line and donates them back to charity.

      • Shannon January 5, 2012, 4:53 pm

        I think it’s supposed to be low of 50 high of 70, but the past two nights have been freezing here so not sure if I can trust the forecast. haha

        • Katy (The Singing Runner) January 5, 2012, 5:01 pm

          I’m running the half too and I ran it last year! Good luck!!! 😀

          • Caitlin January 5, 2012, 7:03 pm

            Have fun guys!

            Shannon – I would just layer and you can always wrap the shirt around your waist.

          • Diana @ Sneakers2Sandals January 6, 2012, 7:45 am

            I’m running the half also!! It’s my first half!! The weather is supposed to be good! Can you tell I’m excited by all the !!!!

  • Rebecca @ Naturally Healthy and Gorgeous January 5, 2012, 4:04 pm

    The Disney marathon is on my bucket list!

  • Jess January 5, 2012, 4:11 pm

    That particular, freezing Disney was my first, too! 😀 http://physikerinknits.blogspot.com/2010/03/disney-world-marathon-part-ii.html

    It was SUCH a good first marathon. The course and crowd were excellent distractions from the PAIN!

  • Erin @ GoBananasBlog January 5, 2012, 4:11 pm

    My Mom and I did the Disney Princess and the Disneyland Half in 2011 to get the Coast to Coast medal. Now I want to run them all!

    Mom and I didn’t do it for time and had a BLAST. Our times were awful but how else do you get to have your picture taken with Darth Vader, a castle and the kid from Up! during a race! There is nothing else like a Disney race!

  • Allison January 5, 2012, 4:21 pm

    Yes! I did the Tower of Terror 13K in 2007. It was a blast because it was at night and they had zombies out along the course.

  • Sarah @ w30 January 5, 2012, 4:23 pm

    Have you ever read Kristen from Rage Against the Minivan’s recap? She did the half at the same Disney race – then the next day flew to Haiti to visit her (soon to be) adopted son, survived the earthquake, and brought home her boy. I always think of that story when I hear about the Disney marathon – and it was the same year you ran it! http://www.rageagainsttheminivan.com/2011/01/race-recap.html

    • Caitlin January 5, 2012, 7:03 pm

      Wow – that is incredible.

  • Melissa January 5, 2012, 4:25 pm

    I ran the inaugaral Wine and Dine half in 2010. Loved running at night with everything all lit up! If I could go back, I would have carried my camera and taken pictures with characters! Probably my favorite medal too.

  • Sarah January 5, 2012, 4:26 pm

    I am running the Disney Tinker Bell Half Marathon at the end of this month! It’ll be my second half marathon.
    I want to dress up in a tutu and maybe some wings!

  • Ashley K January 5, 2012, 4:26 pm

    That was my first ever (and only) marathon too!! It was soooo cold, especially waiting forever at the starting line! And then running through the water stations were terrifying with all the frozen water and gatorade!!

  • Kristin January 5, 2012, 4:42 pm

    Was just reflecting on how a year ago today I was leaving the frozen tundra of Wisconsin to run the Disney Half. And here I sit today at 34 weeks preparing for a totally different kind of marathon!

  • Alli C January 5, 2012, 4:49 pm

    I am relaxing in the hotel now for the Disney Half!! Woohoo!!! Cant wait!!

  • Aimee January 5, 2012, 5:01 pm

    Woo hoo! I’m running the Disney Marathon. It will be my first marathon.

  • Katy (The Singing Runner) January 5, 2012, 5:03 pm

    I ran the half last year and was supposed to do the full marathon this year, but dropped down to the half. I’ve had two stress fractures in the past year and I didn’t want to run myself into a third by rebuilding mileage too quickly.

    I just completed my final training run and I’m headed down to Disney early tomorrow morning! 😀 So excited and I hope to crush the time I ran last year! 😀

    • Caitlin January 5, 2012, 7:04 pm

      Good luck Katy!

  • Hillary January 5, 2012, 5:35 pm

    One of my friends ran Disney on that record-breaking day, too. Oy. No thank you!

    The Disney Princess half is on my bucket list. I WILL run that race!

  • Ali January 5, 2012, 5:55 pm

    I have a friend running the Disney Marathon this weekend! I am looking for a 1/2 marathon for this late spring or summer! I plan to walk it as I cannot run due to health reasons. Do you (or any of your readers) have suggestions on choosing and training to walk a 1/2 marathon?

  • Heather @ Bake, Run, Live January 5, 2012, 6:20 pm

    I think once you run Disney, you are always in love with Disney!
    I have run 4…2008 I ran Goofy’s Challenge (my first half, & my first full). Later that year I ran the Disney Land half. 2011 I ran the Princess half. I love running in Disney World…maybe one day I will actually stay and have a vacation while I’m there! I have a bad habit of flying in the day before the race, then flying home right after the race 🙁

  • Tee @ She Writes, Bites, and Window Shops January 5, 2012, 6:22 pm

    Mmm I just made a twice baked potato the other night too! I added milk, butter, cheddar, onions, and broccoli. And I’m a huge Disney fan so a Disney race is on my list!

  • tracey January 5, 2012, 6:29 pm

    Yes!! And I am spoiled by them. Everything is so well organized and goes off like clockwork, that when I ran RnR Las Vegas last month, I was sorely disappointed in the entire event, from start to finish. Disney races all the way. People complain they are overpriced, but I paid roughly the same price for Disney v. RnR and had much better experiences.

  • Army Amy* January 5, 2012, 6:31 pm

    The Disney medals are so cool!*

  • Alett January 5, 2012, 6:34 pm

    I think you already know this b/c I’ve mentioned it before but hubby and I did the Goofy challenge at WDW the year you did your marathon. Ahhh the memories!! I remember it being so cold that the water was freezing at the water stops and I also remember it being so cold that the areas around the water stop table had to have sand poured on the ground b/c it was getting icy from discarded water! I have such warm memories of that race even though it was on a cold day! The weather was a bit of a blessing for us since we had been training in New England weather 🙂

    Admittedly I’m a bit sad that I cannot be there this weekend – I totally love the energy of WDW marathon weekend!


  • Jen January 5, 2012, 7:46 pm

    Running a marathon is like having a baby – you don’t think you can do when you’re in the middle of it but you can…

  • Jessica @ The Process of Healing January 5, 2012, 8:07 pm

    You’ve got me seriously craving baked potatoes.. I’m a potato fiend!

  • Allison January 5, 2012, 9:28 pm

    One of my girlfriends and I were interested in running the Disney half-marathon and heard fabulous things about it! First thing we’d need to do is to run more than 3 miles on a daily basis 😛

    P.S. Love twice baked potatoes! I found some all natural, gluten free ones at the store that were awesome [forget the name]- we had them with burgers last week!

  • Katie @ Peace Love and Oats January 5, 2012, 9:53 pm

    I considered the Disney half marathon, but decided flying, hotel and registration would just be too expensive!

  • Heather Montgomery January 5, 2012, 10:18 pm

    To answer your question YES!! I am a Disney travel agent and book a lot of people for disney races. Last year I ran the full and wine and dine. The half year before that. Princess is up next!

  • Chelsea January 5, 2012, 10:37 pm

    Goal – run a disney marathon!

  • Deva @ Deva by Definition January 5, 2012, 11:08 pm

    A friend of mine and I are discussing possibly running Disney in the future. We are going to see where life takes us!

  • Khushboo January 5, 2012, 11:24 pm

    If I were to run a marathon, Disney would be the top of my list- looks so fun!

  • Lexi @ Cura Personalis Foodie January 6, 2012, 2:00 am

    I haven’t run a Disney marathon, but ironically, I just got back from Disneyland about an hour ago!

  • MelanieF January 6, 2012, 11:25 am

    I plan to run my first Disney race in the near future (half-marathon for now). Right now, I am concentrating on losing weight during the winter months (I live in Canada) and runing my first 5K in June 2012.

  • Gwen January 6, 2012, 12:13 pm

    I did Disney a year ago and absolutely loved it. Luckily our weather was a little nicer than it was the year before for you…I recommened everyone try it and don’t go into it looking for a PR but enjoy the run and the scenery and take pictures and meet characters…it’s such a great experience!!

  • Amber K January 6, 2012, 2:28 pm

    I think if I ever did a race it would have to be somewhere really fun like Disney. That would make it so much more fun!

  • Samantha @ Bikini Birthday January 10, 2012, 1:00 pm

    The weather ended up being perfect for race day- cool and sunny.
    It was SO much fun! Honestly, running through Magic Kingdom was one of the greatest experiences of my life.
    I stopped to take pictures with as many of the characters as I could which really made the race.

    I probably wouldn’t have thought to run it this year if I hadn’t read about it on your blog.

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