Hey! It's Aimee. I thought we would write a few blog posts so you could get to know us a little better. The first word in the title of our website, podcast, and social media sites is "run." So, now, here is a bit about why we started.
My husband and I have been running since 2010. We've been married for 19 years and have never really been into running unless something was chasing us. I will talk more about my husband in a later post because he is amazing and deserves one all his own.
I was motivated to start running after I went through an eye surgery because I almost lost vision in my left eye to a detached retina. During the surgery, I had to move from the gurney to the operating table at almost 300 pounds in front of one of my former students (I was an English teacher for 12 years). Embarrassing. So I lost some weight and to celebrate, I thought we'd train and run a race to show off the hard work.
That was 7 years ago. But I still think of myself as a beginner because I have not lost all the weight I want to lose. I've lost about 50 pounds but been kind of at a standstill lately. (I love the eating and drinking portions of our "runcations") I am slow and what I refer to as a "back of the packer" because it takes me all of the time allotted at all the races I attend. My husband comes along because he knows I am passionate about running because of the way I feel when I accomplish a goal that I set out to achieve. I think he might enjoy it a little, but I struggle through the training every running season. It is hot and humid in Florida and when you weigh more, training is harder. But I am working on that.
We start our new training season this Tuesday as we train for our Coast to Coast Challenge in November and one of our all-time favorite races, the Double G - a 5K on Saturday and Half Marathon on Sunday in December - hosted by Jeff and Barbara Galloway in Atlanta. I will talk more about those races as we train for them and get closer to them. We will do podcast episodes that highlight them when we accomplish those goals. My husband is my expert camera man when we film the episodes. I wouldn't be able to do the running, blogging, or podcasting without him.
Mostly, we have run Disney races in the past, as you'll see from our list below, but we are trying to branch out and run other races in different places as a part of the next chapter in our running lives. And we wanted to give back to the running community that inspires us to keep going or give advice, if it helps, to those who are now where we were in 2010, trying to figure it all out. We want to support others by offering our experiences on the courses as something to learn from and answer many questions: Is this the race for you? How do I find a training plan? What gear do I need? Where are some cool places to celebrate after we finish the race? Are there fun things to do or places to see after we complete the race? All of this while we discover great places to eat, drink and celebrate after you achieve your goals.
That is a little bit about how we got started running. Below is a list of the races we have completed in the past, if you are interested in our running history or would like to ask us about our experiences at these events.
2010 5K Run for Water at Cape Harbor
2010 RunDisney Wine and Dine Half Marathon Relay
2011 RunDisney WDW Half Marthon
2011 RunDisney Dick Sporting Goods Champion 5K
2011 Expedition Everest Challenge
2011 RunDisney Wine and Dine Half Marathon
2012 Expedition Everest Challenge
2012 RunDisneyTower of Terror 10-Miler
2012 RunDisney Wine and Dine Half Marathon
2013 RunDisney Expedition Everest Challenge
2013 RunDisney Tower of Terror 10-Miler
2014 RunDisney Disneyland Tinkerbell Half Marathon
2014 RunDisney Expedition Everest Challenge
2014 Virtual Jeff Galloway (JG) Half Marathon
2015 RunDisney Expedition Everest Challenge
2015 RunDisney Wine and Dine Half Marathon*
2015 RunDisney Infinity Gauntlet Challenge
2015 Barb's 5K and JG 13.1 Half Marathon
2016 Run Disney Inaugural WDW Star Wars 10K
2016 RunDisney Lumiere's Challenge
2016 RunDisney Infinity Guantlet Challenge
2016 Double G - Barb's 5K and Jeff's 13.1
2017 RunDisney Star Wars Light Side Challenge
2017 RunDisney Star Wars Dark Side Challenge
2017 Tampa Beer Run 5K
2012 RunDisney WDW Chip and Dale Marathon Relay
2013 RunDisney WDW Wine and Dine Half Marathon
2014 RunDisney WDW Wine and Dine Half Marathon
2015 RunDisney Inaugural Disneyland Star Wars Light Side Half Marathon
2016 RunDisney Inaugural WDW Star Wars Dark Side Half Marathon