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The Casual Runner Mailbag – May Edition

Greetings Casual Runners!

Wow, what a month it has been.  Not only has May been a great time for Casual Runners to get up off the couch and log some serious miles, but the Team has been hitting its stride and the response from our readers has been wonderful.  More and more Casual Runners keep finding their way to our site and joining us for this great Casual Running adventure.  And what a fun adventure it is!


To the runDisney finishers go the spoils, er, SMOs!

Since we love hearing from our readers, we wanted to finish off this awesome month of great features by once again opening up the Casual Runner Mailbag and turning things over to you.

Jennifer’s runDisney Registration feature received a lot of attention. On the morning runDisney opened up registration for the Avengers Half Marathon Weekend, Lesley Tinker reached out to us via Twitter:

“@Casual_Runner @runDisney Awesome registration posting! Can totally relate! Wishing success to everyone.”

Thanks Leslie! We know a lot of runDisney fans benefited from Jennifer’s registration tips and advice and will soon be running some magical miles of their own. We hope to see you out in California for the Avengers race weekend!

Speaking of magical miles, Aimee Hill, found our review of the Disneyland Half Marathon and the Dumbo Double Dare:


Casual Runners celebrating their race finishes at the Disneyland Resort.

“Hello, just wanted to mention, I loved this post. It was inspiring. Keep on posting!”

Thank you Aimee, you are definitely a Disney fan and we look forward to seeing you at a runDisney event soon.

Mike shared with us his feature on setting monthly challenges and finding your motivation to help keep you progressing on your Casual Running adventure and towards you ultimate fitness goals. Dave from New Jersey reached out via Facebook to say:

“Really like that cover photo!”

Even though Mike was in the picture Dave referred to, we are guessing that he did not make Dave’s top 2 reasons or even top 4 reasons. It is not that we all don’t love Mike, it is just that Dave and his girlfriend just so happened to make appearances in the cover photo. Also, the two other running buddies pictured really kick ass, so we (including Mike) totally understand Dave’s feelings on the subject.

Even though we are now looking at adapting to running in warm weather, we wanted to share the comments of Heather from California who weighed in on the challenges of running in the cold:


At least running conditions like this are nothing but a distant memory for Casual Runners…at least for the next several months.

“In horrible weather like that, why wouldn’t you just run on a treadmill? I realize it’s not the same but it has to be better and safer than running in freezing (or even sub-zero!) weather.”

Heather, yes, a treadmill would seem to be a simple solution, the reality is that, while some Casual Runners thrive on treadmills, and others can get by using them when the weather demands it, some of us just cannot do treadmills. Yes, treadmills can be safer, especially in extreme weather conditions. But, for a lot of Casual Runners, it can be a mental thing. To those runners treadmills are the devil, they are torture, incredibly boring, and they may it way too easy to just give in to laziness, step off the treadmill, and just stop running. For these runners, once you are outside you have to commit to being out there long enough to get home. To be successful in Casual Running, each person needs to identify what does and does not work for him or her. So, again, to each his or her own!

Since you all seem to love our runDisney coverage so much. Jennifer brought us her reviews of the final Expedition Everest Challenge at Walt Disney World. As a bonus, she even brought back all of the clues and solutions from that event. Be honest, how did you do solving them?

Laura from Virginia expressed her disappointment:

“I can’t believe this race finally sold me on wanting to do a Disney race and now they’re not offering it anymore. I hope they replace it with something similar! Thanks for the info Jen!”


COSRunning: Another installment of Jake’s and Jennifer’s great running costumes.

We are sorry Laura, but rest assured that you are not alone. Some of us on the Team did not quite understand just what the Everest Challenge was all about, but when Jennifer got back and shared her experiences, we were left wishing we had joined her and Jake on this one. But, hopefully we will be able to convince you to meet up with us at a future runDisney event soon! (Anyone else see a running theme here? – yes, unfortunate pun intended).

Staccie from Ohio had this to say on Jennifer’s Everest event review:

“Love everything about this!!! LOVE LOVE LOVE your costumes! And the medal is pretty darn cute too!”

Thanks Staccie! We are hearing from plenty of readers who share your sentiments and their costumes are certainly a hit. Do not forget to check out the photo galleries on our Facebook page, we keep adding more photos of Jennifer’s and Jake’s awesome costumes. And if you are wondering how do those costumes come to be, you can check out Jake’s COSRunning series (COSRunning = Costume + Running). Rumor has it there may be another COSRunning installment coming your way next month.

We heard a lot from people who really liked our Guest Contributor Jenny’s First Mile story, but we had to single this one comment out for special mention. This one is from Tom & Sharry from Vermont:

“What a wonderful story Jen! We were so proud of you (and Mike)! XXOO MD.”


A still-dry Jenny getting ready to take on her first half marathon with Mike and Mickey.

Ahhh! If you are wondering, there just may be a familial connection there, as Tom and Sharry are Jenny’s wonderful parents who were there to cheer her along from her first mile all the way to standing in the pouring rain to see her when she crossed the finish line at the 2014 runDisney Wine & Dine Half Marathon. No doubt, such great support from wonderful family members always makes a Casual Running adventure that much more special.

Well that is going to do it for this installment of the Casual Runner Mailbag. The Team loves hearing from you, so please keep those emails, messages, tweets, and Facebook and Google+ messages coming in. And don’t forget that we are now on Instagram and we have been growing our picture galleries on Facebook. In the meantime, even though the calendar does not say so, we know that summer is in full swing and we hope you all are enjoying it by getting out there and pursuing your Casual Running goals and enjoying every adventure you encounter along the way.

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