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CASUAL RUNNER MAILBAG – April/May 2016

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Click here to check out past editions of the Casual Runner Mailbag.

Greetings Casual Runners! Ok, we know, we know. So we skipped the April edition of the Casual Runner Mailbag because we had so many other features to bring you, we just didn’t have time to run them all. But since we have heard from so many of you, we needed to squeeze in a makeup edition of the Mailbag so we could give our readers a chance to be heard.

So, without further adieu, lets open up the Casual Runner Mailbag!

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More Race Registration Questions

runDisney races still continue to be very popular and desirable events. As long as they continue to be so, we will keep getting questions from readers who want to make sure they navigate the registration process properly so they don’t miss out. One of the more popular features we have in the archives is Jennifer’s tips on surviving runDisney registration, so be sure to check it out. But every registration period, we do get our share of questions, such as this one from Marissa:

“Hi! I am interested in signing up for the Disney wine and dine and I have been reading some of your blogs and I’m still a bit lost and was hoping for some advice!

There are 4 of us registering but im not sure what site to be on… RunDisney or http://active.com? Thanks!

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We wanted to share our response with the rest of our readers as we are always happy to help:

No problem, Marissa, glad we could help. The links will appear on both the runDisney & active pages, but which one will “go live” first is anyone’s guess. I’d recommend having tabs open to both pages. We’ll also tweet out a link when we have it.

What event are you trying for? If anyone is trying for the challenge, we’d highly recommend processing those first as they will sell out the fastest.  After that, recent sales have shown that the 5ks and 10ks have been selling out faster than halfs, however as there are so many changes to this year’s event we can’t promise anything. If all 4 of your are able to be online to register, I’d recommend everyone taking care of their own registration should mean you will all get your events of choice. If one person tries to register everyone, there are no guarrantees you’ll be to get all 4 registered in time before events start selling out

One quick addendum on this. Since we wrote this, we’ve noticed that the 5ks and 10ks are sometimes selling out faster than challenges are, so make sure you pick the event or events you want to run the most, and try to lock in those registrations first. Good luck!

Billy Gallagher ‏reached out to us via Twitter:

“@Casual_Runner Thanks for the tips! Managed to register me & [my girlfriend] with your advice! (key = multiple monitors, multiple browsers)”

Glad to hear it Bill! We hope to see you at the Wine and Dine Half Marathon weekend. Don’t forget, it is never too early to start your training OR to plan out what great foods you’ll be sampling first at the Epcot International Food and Wine Festival!

Products for everyone

We are always trying to share with you our thoughts on great gear that we think our readers will find useful. Jack Cadecga, reached out to us via Google+ to concur with Nick’s review of the UnderArmour’s useful insulated water bottle, having this to say…

“Its Really Great :)”

See – secondary confirmation!

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Also, Matheus commented on Jennifer’s review of Dr Cool Wraps (which also happened to be one of our most read articles in Casual Runner’s first year)

“I get so excited when training is going good, that I feel invincible. But I have to remember I’m not, and that I’m 35 years old and not 17. I def think the best way is less running, more cross and strength!”

Oh Matheus, we can all relate to this all to well! Cross training can certainly help you improve your running while reducing your risk of injury, now, if only we could listen to our own advice…

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April Fools!

So the Team decided to try our hand at a little April Tom Foolery, and many of our readers got into the fun of our April Fools Day joke…LeeAnn from Pennsylvania was one who loved it, asking:

“Can we register as a relay team?”

Our response was keeping with the spirit of the day: “Strictly speaking, no. We don’t believe in teamwork of any kind.”

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We thought that joke of the Free Style Four Oh One Race was pretty obvious, but that didn’t stop more than a few readers from clicking on the registration link…we’ll choose to believe that they were simply playing along and did not really want to enter this race. But, if you do, we suppose that we will gladly accept your race registrations and donate the money to charity!

Our readers just can’t get enough.

Tarah has become a fan of our site and our Mailbag features features in particular:

“Wonderful website you have here but I was curious if you knew of any forums that cover the same topics talked about here? I’d really love to be a part of group where I can get advice from other experienced people that share the same interest. If you have any suggestions, please let me know. Kudos!”

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Thanks Tarah, we’d suggest starting with Facebook. There are loads of good groups in there tailored to specific running interests and events from runDisney to big city marathons. Of course, you can also always contribute a guest piece to Casual Runner, we are always on the lookout for new guest contributors, especially for our FIRST MILE series.

Click here to check out past editions of the Casual Runner Mailbag.

Well, that is going to do it for our latest installment of the Casual Runner Mailbag. If we did not get to your messages this month, don’t worry, we will be back next month with another edition of the Casual Runner Mailbag.

If you want to reach out to us, have any questions to ask, or just want to say hi to us, the free plug party at the end of this and every article will tell you how to do so! Thanks again everyone, and best of luck to you on your Casual Running adventures, we will see you out on the running trails.

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