So this "Wordless Wednesday" isn't going to be very wordless... Social Media is to thank for all my amazing runDisney friends!
I joined the "For the love of Disney running" immediately after registering for 2013 Princess Half on Labor Day, and then jumped head first into registering for the 20th Anniversary WDW Marathon that same week. This wonderful Facebook page is run by Erin, who encourages and supports runDisney participants virtually. Erin even tracks everyone's training miles, which is really cool to see how all the miles add up leading up to race weekends. During WDW Marathon weekend, Erin held a meet-up at Beaches and Cream Soda Shop, the ice cream shop at Disney's Beach Club Resort. Abigail and I joined the fun! It was great to finally meet Erin and others who would be running that weekend. I got to see Marcia again, and officially meet Katie, Joe, Adam and Kira...all of whom I ended up running with during the WDW Marathon! Oh, and if you've never done it before, I highly recommend getting a few friends together and indulging in The Kitchen Sink! It's such a fun experience I cannot wait to repeat during 2014 WDW Marathon week!
Leading up to the WDW Marathon, I was nervous and to say the least. I had been following along the #CorralG chat Linzie and Marcia had going (probably others were chatting too but since I had only met Marcia before this race). I knew I needed others to help encourage me for 26.2, and that was my absolute best decision I made. We have become the best of friends since, and the miles we have between us hasn't stopped us from encouraging and supporting each other when we are running, and even when we aren't running! These people are flat out amazing.
Team #runDisney", a group on Facebook for runDisney enthusiasts. Runners try to meet-up before races, not just runDisney events. The Publix Georgia Half Marathon is where I finally met some local Atlanta runDisney enthusiasts. It's been fun to have local running friends, even if we don't actually run with each other very often. Brandi, Jen and I are registered for lots of the same events and even though we all run at different paces, it's chatting before/after races and seeing a familiar face during the race on out and back courses. Through Twitter the three of us have also become good friends with Ramona, and are looking forward to her running Disney with us in 2015!