The Casual Runner



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Greetings Casual Runners! We are transitioning into a fun and exciting summer where we hope that Casual Runners everywhere will be piling up the training miles. This is the time to make your training goals a reality, and we’ll be with you every step of the way.

We know that you are all excited about your Casual Running adventures as the reader mail continues to pour into the ole’ Casual Runner Mailbag from readers all over.  We are thrilled that so many of you continue to respond to us in such big ways, especially those that are finding our YouTube channel and Twitter feed.

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


A Long Time Ago, In A Galaxy Far, Far Away

To say that we brought you a lot of coverage of runDisney’s Inaugural Star Wars Dark Side Challenge Weekend would be an understatement. We even covered all of the hits and misses of this new race weekend. Not surprisingly, our readers had a lot to say. We can’t get to all of the comments, but here is a sampling of what we heard:

Sarah Woloski (‏@JediTink) reached out to us via Twitter to share her thoughts on Candace’s Review of the Half Marathon as well as Jennifer’s take on the Challenge:

“That was a really nice recap of the #StarWarsHalf Dark side weekend. I’m with you on the Hits vs Miss.”

Sarah further weighed-in our our suggestions to improve this event, especially with dealing with those horrible event merchandise fiascos:

“runDisney Pre-Order Race merch (especially inaugural swag) is a really fantastic idea! #runDisney – hear that??”


Thanks Sarah! It would be great if runDisney would implement some simple steps to help make the entire race weekend experience more enjoyable. If any of our readers have other ideas for improving any races, we’ll gladly help you share them with race directors.

Amy contacted us before the event via Google+ following our Event & Course Previews:

“Can’t wait!  I’m actually running all 3 races and will be completing the Kessel Run Challenge!  It WILL be an epic weekend!  Now to finish up the costumes!”

That’s awesome Amy! We hope the Force was with you for the races, or, well, since it was the Dark Side Challenge, perhaps you preferred to give into the Dark Side? Either way, let us know how everything went for you and please send us some pics of your finished running costumes.


Time to take the plunge?

Allyn wrote to us about taking the plunge to transition from running to triathlons:

“I’ve been thinking about triathlons (sprint triathlons – the Iron Man kind of thing is way too much for me) for a couple of years now. Maybe this will be the year I do it. I’ve never really been into distance swimming or lap swimming but I realize that it is really good cardiovascular exercise, and that combining running and swimming and biking might be a really good way of keeping in shape. Besides which, I think it would be cool to actually do a triathlon. I’ll be very interested in following your progress.”

Yes, the members of our Team have been seriously considering taking the plunge and trying our hands at triathlons (well, some of us more than others that is…). But it looks like Allyn is going to beat us to it. Good luck to you Allyn, and let us know how it goes!

IMG_20150623_194412144Running Out West

We don’t just cover Eastern and Midwestern races, we are trying to run the whole country! Oh wait, that did not come out right…you know what we meant.

Catherine, shared her thoughts after reading Candace’s review of the Rock N Roll Las Vegas Half Marathon:

“My first (and only) half marathon was the Chicago Rock n’ Roll Half and I fell in love with the RnR series! It’s a GREAT first half marathon experience, I’m excited for you!!!”

Thanks Catherine! We plan on covering more Rock N Roll Series events this year, be on the look out for Casual Runner Team Members in the fields in Chicago and Philadelphia.  

Raphael responded to our coverage of the runDisney Dumbo Double Dare at the Disneyland resort, but his tips would also apply for the Tinkerbell and Avengers/Superheroes race weekends:

“Oh cool, my hometown! Well sort of (San Diego). It really is a fast course. I ran the half marathon there in high school and gained liked half an hour over my previous time.Treat yourself to a California burrito carne asada with french fries at any local Berto’s afterwards.”

Thanks Raphael, we may have to check it our as part of the Team will once again be heading out west for this year’s Dumbo Double Dare.


Summer Travels

Our readers are starting to plan their own summer vacations and looking at some of our Travel Stories for inspiration and ideas.

Ridada commented on Candace story of venturing to ride every ride at Walt Disney World in a single day (the WDW 46 Challenge):

“Splash Mountain is, hands down, our fave. We’ve been to both parks, but Disneyland seems so small and unexciting compared  to Disney World in Florida. We just got back from a week at Disney World. Have a great time when you go!”

Christian had this to say about Mike’s travels to Hilton Head, South Carolina for summer vacation, especially the sunsets:

“Awesome ! For me it reminds me of a day spent at the beach with my kids and this is what would be left right behind us as we drove away sun soaked and full of smiles! GREAT!!”

Both of these readers certainly demonstrate the passion and excitement for travel that we love!


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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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