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RED Episode # 79: Mike Bankhead from the Be Our Guest Podcast Lizards Running Facebook Group

WE RUN, EAT, and DRINK DISNEY on THIS WEEK’S SHOW!

This week we share your listener feedback about keeping training enjoyable when it gets tough.  Thank you to everyone who sent in a tip, trick, or suggestion!  

On this episode, we got to test out our really great audio equipment and talk to a special guest.  When things get tough in your training season, it is important to be part of a training group or online group that understands and can provide support and advice.  The Be Our Guest Podcast Lizards FaceBook group is one of the best.  It was born out of the Be Our Guest Podcast, which is a fantastic podcast about all things Disney (Shout out to Mike, Pam, and Rikki!).  The Be Our Guest Podcast Lizards group on FaceBook started because of a love for all things RunDisney, but members also support each other in all running endeavors and races.

We are sharing our interview with Mike Bankhead, who created the Be Our Guest Podcast Lizards running group on Facebook almost six years ago!  It is almost 2000 members strong.  Mike talks about his journey with running, creating the group, and shares his tips and tricks for a Disney runcation or vacation!  He emphasizes that this group has forged very special friendships and members who cheer each other on have become like family to each other.  He also shares his favorite places to stay and where to eat after you have run off all those calories!

He also shared great resources like The Magic for Less Travel, to help you book a magical Disney vacation and The Mouse for Less, which is the blog that Rikki, co-host of the Be Our Guest Podcast along with Mike Rahlmann, helps to maintain and that gives you tips, tricks, information, and great resources about Disney, too!

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Are there races we should try?  How do you mix up your training to stay motivated for the longer runs?  Want to reach us with a tip, trick, or recommendations?  Our email is info@runeatdrink.net. Or you can call with your “runcation” tips at 941- 677-2733.  

Thank you for listening! We are looking forward to another great year of the podcast because of all your support! Don’t forget to follow us and let us know where to find you next on our website, Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.  Also checkout our new store on the website and get some swag, compliments of Pure Creative Apparel. Thanks to PodcastMusic.com for providing the music for this episode, too!

Special thanks to Warby Parker for sponsoring this week’s show!  Don’t forget to check out www.warbyparkertrial.com/red!  Get a free 5-day in-home trial of 5 frames shipped to you at no charge.  We thank Warby Parker again for sponsoring this week’s show!

RED Episode #75: Anchorage RunFest Training Updates and Splitsville Luxury Lanes

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These are our final training updates before next weekend’s Anchorage RunFest!  Aimee had one last round of trying to find a run-walk-run interval that she feels comfortable with for the Half Marathon on Sunday.  Yes, the goal is to PR, if possible, but you can never tell on a brand new race course what the unknown factors will be, so she is following the advice of Meb Keflezighi in his book, 26 Marathons, to have backup goals.  To PR, to finish, or to do the very best I can to “run to win” my own race, as he writes about in his book.  Meanwhile, Dana is continuing on with his physical therapy and getting ready to walk the Anchorage races.  It takes mental toughness to stay positive and heal following surgery, and he is doing a great job!

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RunDisney’s Virtual Race Series celebrates 80 years of Marvel. This month’s medals include the Black Panther medal for the August 5K and the bonus medal for running all three virtual races this summer, the 80 Years of Marvel.  While we were up at Disney completing the August 5K, we got some great food at Splitsville in Disney Springs.    

This summer at Disney Springs, all of the restaurants are creating special dishes as part of the “Savor the Flavors of Florida” event.  Splitsville created the Tuna Poke Tower, including seared ahi tuna, spicy crab mix, diced Florida avocado and Asian slaw stacked high and served with crispy wonton chips.  These flavors were so fresh and delicious. At Splitsville, their focus is fresh and flavorful food and this dish was a tasty example of that.

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Splitsville also created a beverage celebrating Florida flavors.  It was a strawberry sake spritzer including local strawberries, lemon juice, St. Germain, topped with rose-infused sake and garnished with a whole strawberry and mint.  It was a refreshing burst of strawberry flavor that was perfect in the heat of the Florida summer.


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Stay tuned for more from Splitsville throughout the week.  Mike Crave, their general manager, was so nice to sit down with us and give us a tour of his favorites from the menu.  There were so many amazing flavors that we couldn’t fit them all in one episode, so we will be sharing them as quick bites throughout the week.  Everyone should know about the elevated food, drinks, and fun at Splitsville.  

Want to reach us with a tip, trick, or recommendations?  Our email is info@runeatdrink.net. Or you can call with your “runcation” tips at 941- 677-2733.  

Thank you for listening! We are looking forward to another great year of the podcast because of all your support! Don’t forget to follow us and let us know where to find you next on our website, Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.  Also checkout our new store on the website and get some swag, compliments of Pure Creative Apparel.  Thank you, Pure Creative Apparel, for sponsoring this week’s show!  Thanks to PodcastMusic.com for providing the music for this episode, too!

RED Episode # 74: RunDisney August Virtual 5K at Coronado Springs Resort and Toledo at the new Gran Destino Tower

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RunDisney’s Virtual Race Series celebrates 80 years of Marvel. This month’s medals include the Black Panther medal for the August 5K and the bonus medal for running all three virtual races this summer, the 80 Years of Marvel.  Just like we did for June and July, we headed to Disney to run our last Virtual that was “not-so-virtual.”  We headed to Coronado Springs Resort because we know from a listener recommendation that there are several running trails.  Stephanie Swann, a listener and Instagram follower, sent us a blog post from a great website.  We had heard of it on the Be Our Guest Podcast, but she sent the exact article we needed to plan our trip from Touring Plans.  It broke down all the resort and on-property options for running.  Several people in the BOGP lizards recommended the boardwalk and we did do that awesome path in June.  In the article, we found the path around Coronado Springs.  It did not disappoint. Might we recommend running it at night to see the beautiful lights around the bridges we saw as we ran.  It was beautiful scenery, including the new Gran Destino Tower!

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We have been hearing about Gran Destino Tower and the new restaurant up on the 16th floor called Toledo.  It features Spanish Tapas, full entrees, and beverages.  We had some crostini from their pintxos offerings including one with manchego and fig while another had tuna.  Their cazuelas menu items that come in Spanish-style pots including chorizo, herbed goat cheese-filled peppers, and charred octopus with romesco and chimichurri.  There were some nice flavors and I feel they will continue to develop and get even better.

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Toledo, at this point in time, really shines when it comes to their drink menu.  It was my favorite part of the meal there aside from the view of fireworks.  We started with refreshing sangria-type offerings after our 5K in the Espumoso Punch and Manzana Fizz.  We love Cava, Spanish bubbly that is similar to champagne, and it was included in both drinks.  One was red and the other white.  Alla Prima Manhattan was the bourbon-based drink we tried.  It had great flavors of an Old Fashioned that we love.  For those who don’t want to spend a little less on drinks, the beer offerings were great as well.  Estrella Galicia 1906 Reserva Especial Lager out of Spain was a tasty beer that Dana tried and for $8 it was a really tall and refreshing glass of beer.

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We recommend the cocktails and beer offerings here.  The tapas were good and as they have been open for just under a month, and we know they will get even better with time.

Want to reach us with a tip, trick, or recommendations?  Our email is info@runeatdrink.net. Or you can call with your “runcation” tips at 941- 677-2733.  

Thank you for listening! We are looking forward to another great year of the podcast because of all your support! Don’t forget to follow us and let us know where to find you next on our website, Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.  Also checkout our new store on the website and get some swag, compliments of Pure Creative Apparel.  Thank you, Pure Creative Apparel, for sponsoring this week’s show!  Thanks to PodcastMusic.com for providing the music for this episode, too!