Thursday, December 5, 2013

Starting Over

Before I tell you what's going on with me I'd like to take a minute to give a shoutout to a reader Alex who is running the London Marathon in 2014 and raising money for Asthma UK. It's a great cause so please go visit his site and donate! Thanks Alex for getting out there and raising money for such a great cause! Okay back to the regular blog post...

So I'm one month into life with a newborn and I've come to one conclusion: Mom's are superheros. Seriously I have all the support in the world including an amazing husband that often works from home, both sets of grandparents within 6 miles that often bring us meals, my sister constantly offering to babysit, etc. Somehow this is still the hardest thing I've ever done, but also the most rewarding. I love my little girl to pieces!

Okay so back to running topics: I've been trying to get out and start walking. I'm not really cleared to run yet (in 2 weeks I have my follow up appointment with my dr and hopefully then I can). However even walking has been a little hard on me. Don't want to get into the gory details, but it's not asthma related and I'm still healing. However I have gotten out to walk a mile or so almost every day and I'm hoping that I will start slowly running again by Christmas. My asthma has actually been fabulous despite having to cut back on medications because I'm breastfeeding. 

Here's my rough plan to get back into the swing of things:
  1. Walk a mile or more daily until I'm healed enough to run. I have no idea when this will be, but I'm guessing by Christmas.
  2. Do a couch to 5k program. I started an app right before I found out I was pregnant and had to stop running. The app was called Zombies, Run! It's an 8 week 5k program and it plays your music plus has triggers to tell you when to run/walk. In addition there's a story-line going on about zombies that's fun. I love all things zombies  (The Walking Dead and I are close friends) and thought the app was a cute way to get you interested in running so I think I may try it again. It's extra motivation to run when you hear zombies chasing you!
  3. Sign up for some 5k races. I think the best way to stay motivated is to actually run races. I doubt I'll have time to do intricate costumes like I used to but it's still fun to get out there and run with other people. I plan to do 5ks for a while before I jump back into half marathons. 
  4. Sign up for a half marathon. Once I feel comfortable with 5ks again I'll start training for a half and sign up for a fun one. Right now I'm considering Disney Wine and Dine,  Rock n Roll Vegas, and potentially waiting until 2015 for WDW or Princess. 
I feel optimistic that 2014 will be a good year of running for me and I'm excited to start things off as soon as I'm really able to. However, running with a newborn has lots of challenges (especially as a breastfeeding mom)! Here's some I've already figured out (some are obvious, some were unexpected!) and some ideas I have to overcome them:
  • You can't run with babies. I totally thought that I'd buy a jogging stroller and be running around the neighborhood as soon as I could walk again. WRONG. Apparently it's not safe to jog with a baby until they are at least 6 months old, and a lot of doctors recommend waiting a full year. Who knew? I haven't talked to our pediatrician yet about jogging, but I will soon to find out what she recommends for when we can use a jogging stroller. However, in the mean time I plan to try to do my runs/walks around the neighborhood and have my husband watch the baby while I'm out. By running close to home I'll save some time and could be back quickly if he needed me. 
  • Breastfeeding is a huge time commitment. Breastfeeding is incredibly beneficial to babies, but it's also time consuming! One thing I didn't realize before having a baby was that even if you pump ahead of time and choose to give the baby a bottle, you still have to pump again while they eat. So in other words, every time they eat you have to get milk out whether through directly breastfeeding or pumping or else your milk supply will decrease. So that means you can't take a break to go run while she has a bottle. Again, I plan to run near home to help with this one. That way I can feed her right before I leave and as soon as I get back. Also by choosing to run shorter distances for now until she is going longer between feedings will help. 
  • Having a newborn is exhausting. I'm running on fumes most days because our little girl rarely sleeps more than 2-3 hours at a time. It's totally normal, but hard to motivate yourself to get out the door and run when you can't keep your eyes open. To combat this problem I plan to find little ways to motivate myself, like podcasts, the zombie app, etc to keep me wanting to go back out and run. Races also make me excited to run even on my worst day so I hope to do at least one a month!
  • Your body changes drastically. Obviously I've got some extra weight on me, which is a bummer. That means that most of my workout clothes are tight, but luckily I had a few things that were big before that now fit me. What I didn't expect was that my shoe size changed. You guys, I have giant feet. We are talking monster size! Then after the baby I went up at least a full shoe size ( I haven't been fitted yet). My running shoes no longer fit which is a giant bummer because they were brand new! Lucky for me, my mom has a pair that fits me that she doesn't use. They are no where near ideal, but they work for now! I'm hoping santa brings me a good pair of sneakers for christmas! 
So does any one else have any suggestions for overcoming some of the obstacles that come with a newborn? I'll take all the help I can get! 

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

So it's been a while...

Hey guys! I've missed you all! I'm so sorry it's been forever since I last posted. My world has completely changed in just about every way since I last posted. I'll catch you up quickly and maybe I'll do longer posts later about the big life events.

First, I stopped running completely. My OB said I shouldn't be doing anything triggering attacks and EVERYTHING was triggering attacks. This was sooooo not fun for me. That's part of why I fell off the blogging wagon. It was just a bummer to write a running blog when I wasn't allowed to run. Boo!

Second, I got married!!! My husband is absolutely amazing and I couldn't be any happier than I am when I'm with him. Our wedding was August 31st on a rooftop in downtown OKC right around sunset. It was absolutely perfect and I wish I could relive that day over and over again. I am so fortunate to have found him. Here's a few of my favorite pics!

Also in case you didn't notice above, I got freaking gigantic during my pregnancy! haha. I don't like to look at the scale ever, but I gained 60 pounds!! Some of it was water weight (I had massive swelling problems) but some of it was definitely not. Boo! PS: I was 30 weeks at my wedding above and 39 and 2 days when our baby was born.

And finally I had a baby!! Audrey Rei (our beautiful little girl born on November 4th) is finally here! I know everyone thinks their baby is adorable but I'm obsessed with mine, so I apologize in advance for the amount of Audrey pics you will be seeing on the blog. She's 15 days old today and I'm completely attached to her. PS: if you are obsessed with baby pics you should see my instagram. Holy cow I take too many :P

So obviously some big changes in my life huh? Now it's time to get back to running and lose all this baby weight. Any one down for a challenge?? I have to start very slow (I haven't run in months and my asthma is still a little shaky) so I plan to start walking first (we've already done a few) and then start with a couch to 5k program just like I'm brand new to running. If you are thinking about taking up running, now's a great time to do it because we can all be newbies together and stay motivated. If you want to do this with me please comment below! I pinky swear I'll be posting a lot more as I get back into things!

Also I have a daily mile account for tracking my mileage (it's new for my new name/email) that I just started using if you want to follow me or add me as a friend please do!

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Some major life changes

Well the bad news is, I haven't posted in forever. The good news is there's a pretty good reason. Last time I posted I was having a miserable time with my asthma. Constantly short of breath, attacks more often than not, etc. On top of that, I was exhausted all the time. ALL THE TIME. I had absolutely no energy to do anything but lay around. I was also having trouble losing weight. I'd been trying but the extra couple of pounds seemed to be glued to me. I chalked that up to the steroids from all the attacks.

This went on for a couple months and I couldn't understand what was going on. The doctors also weren't being too cooperative in helping, every time I went in to see them I'd get a round of steroids and be sent on my way when I really needed to up my medication.

Fast forward to two weeks ago. I missed my period. (sorry tmi guys!). I miss them often but thought I'd take a pregnancy test just to be sure and it turned out positive. Went to the dr and I did blood work. Also positive. It indicated I was about 5 weeks pregnant. My mind was blown.

Then a week later they did an ultrasound to make sure the baby was okay and to get a more exact due date. Guess what? I wasn't 5 weeks pregnant. I was over FIFTEEN weeks pregnant!! Holy freaking cow.

Around then, Kevin also asked me to marry him. He had been planning on it for a while, but now he didn't want to wait. I couldn't be any luckier than to be marrying my best friend. Throughout this entire experience he's been so sweet and caring, and more importantly level-headed. He's really helped to keep me calm while I was freaking out.

Overall it's been a crazy few weeks, but I couldn't be happier. I'm so so lucky to have a great fiance, wonderful parents close by (on both sides), and to work with Kevin so that he's always there when I'm freaking out or having a bad day. We weren't even remotely planning on this, but I think I'm pretty darn lucky.

I'm sorry if I've been missing messages here and there. I've been more than a little out of touch and pre-occupied lately but I promise to try to update you at least.

our baby - due november
And to show you how crazy fast things have happened, when i first found out my bump could easily be mistaken for a few extra pounds (that's what i thought) been then just 3 weeks later i look like a whale. lol. Before you go warning me about putting on too much weight while pregnant, the doctor says I'm healthy and so is the baby. The way things are growing(where placenta is) and the way my body is shaped i'm just more noticeable than other people might be. 

13 weeks - the week before I found out (super fun run btw- report later)

15 weeks - one week after i first found out

17 weeks!!

Saturday, March 2, 2013

Staying Positive

Lately I've been having a lot of trouble with asthma. I mean A LOT. Before I started running my asthma was in terrible shape. Since then I was able to give up some of my medication and was doing leaps and bounds better. While my asthma never went away or was "cured", I felt like it was finally manageable for this first time.

Fast forward to now and, although I've been denying it, it's clearly out of control again. This year in Oklahoma (where I'm living) we've had some of the worst weather for people with allergies and asthma. The temperature is constantly drastically changing. One day there will be snow on the ground, the next it will be 72 degrees outside. The allergens (pine and grass etc) are at record highs and have been most of this fall/winter. I'm working downtown in area surrounded by smokers, so I'm not exactly getting the cleanest air. I've been under some stress at work, not like run-find-a-corner-and-hide stress, but still enough to wear on me. I don't say these things to "make excuses", simply to explain what I think some of the contributing factors may be.

I've always heard of the "rule of twos" when it comes to asthma and keep it in the back of the mind (although somehow I always change it to the rule of threes! haha). The rule of twos is:

Think in Two's:
  • Take your "quick-relief inhaler" more than two times a week?
  • Awaken at night with asthma more than two times a month?
  • Refill your "quick-relief inhaler" more than two times a year?
If you answered "Yes" to any of these questions, your (or your child's) asthma is NOT UNDER CONTROL. Talk to your doctor about your (or your child's) asthma! 

My answers to those questions:

  • 1-2 times per day (not including for running)
  • a few times per week
  • I don't count this one because I have to take it a lot for running which my doctor's don't count

So obviously things aren't going so hot for me. Above all else it's been incredibly frustrating. I can't do the things I love (running - missing a 5k tonight in fact), I can't sleep well and I'm always tired, and I can't even think straight because I'm dizzy half the time and shaky from my inhaler the other half. I'm trying to get in to see a specialist soon, but I have run out of my usual "tricks" to fix things. 

Anyways, to make a long sob story short, my asthma has been royally sucking lately and I've been throwing myself a bit of a pity party. Recently however, I've been getting some emails from readers saying the sweetest things about how my blog helped them in some way and it's really encouraged me and helped to lift me out of my funk.  I thought since I could use some of my own advice right now, I'd share some tips on staying positive when you are having a bad day/week/month/year:
  • Take time every day to remember things that you are grateful for (maybe even write them down). I may be struggling with asthma, but I have an amazing family and a great guy supporting me through it and I have the best readers in the world who pick me up when I'm down.
  • Find something else to do. This is one I really suck at. I get so fixated on not being able to run (or even to run like I usually can) that I act like it's my entire life. Find a new way to channel your energy for the time being. I plan on trying to do some weight-lifting (since this is something I NEVER work on and it doesn't affect my asthma the way running does) and catching up on some much-needed reading. 
  • Be proactive. Do whatever you can to help yourself get better. That way you are occupying your time with something useful rather than pouting. I'm working on getting in to see a specialist, starting to try (stress the word "try") to eat better, and work on some things around the house to help with asthma (like new pillows!). 
I've got a few more ideas on the running with asthma 101 page if you haven't read it already. 

Anyways, those are my tips. What are yours? I could use 'em!

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Next ScanMed QR Winner!

The next winner in the ScanMed QR giveaway is Lisa Tabbi! Congrats Lisa!I'll be forwarding your contact info soon so you can collect your prize!

Monday, February 18, 2013

First Sca Med ID Winner!

Hey guys just a quick post to announce today's winner of the ScanMed QR ID kit : Beth Toner! Beth I'll be forwarding your contact info to the wonderful people at ScanMed QR.

For everyone else, don't forget to enter for your chance to win!!!  

Saturday, February 16, 2013

BIG Giveaway : Scan Med QR Id Kits

Hey guys! I'm headed out of town this weekend, but before I go I've got an awesome giveaway for you guys that will be going on all week next week.

I've talked about it many times on the blog, but I think medical alert identification is super duper important for EVERYONE who runs, but especially for those of us with asthma or other medical conditions. I'm very lucky in that at most of my races someone I know is there with me, but in my training runs that isn't always the case. I have been in several situations where I was having an attack and either passed out or was coughing/so unable to breathe that I couldn't communicate. It's really important that you have information readily available to those who would need it in case of an emergency, and it will give you more peace of mind too!

So, enter Scan Med QR. Scan Med QR is medical alert identification with an updated twist. A basic kit comes with a wallet card, a keychain card, and (I'm told very soon) a shoelace tag (right now I'm keeping my extra keychain card tied to my laces). The cool thing about these Id cards is that they come with a QR code. The QR code links to a page that has all of the information you want on it. What's the advantage to a QR code Id system rather than a standard medical alert?

  • More information: On my previous bracelets I've never been able to include more than my name and condition and an emergency contact. This has room for as much info as you need!
  • Updated information: You can update your profile as often as you like without needing new gear
  • More places at once: The cool thing about the pack is that you get 3 options to keep where you want so that you never have to worry about turning around because you forgot it!

How do you win one of these awesome Ids? I'll be giving away one of these awesome Scan Med QR Kits  every day next week (from 2/18-2/24). All you have to do to enter is one of the following:
Each one of these will count as an entry into the giveaway. Once you do that fill out the following form and I will choose a winner every day next week and announce it both on the blog and twitter! Good Luck Everyone!

Friday, February 1, 2013

Scam Alert: PV Body / Ellie

Hey guys! I wasn't sure I should post this, because I don't like to "sink down to that level" but I keep hearing about people thinking about signing up for this scam and I wanted to spread the word.

Many of you have heard of PV Body, now called Ellie. It's a subscription service that sends you cute fitness clothes each month. It honestly sounded like the most awesome thing ever when I heard about it and I immediately signed up. I got my first package from them and was absolutely thrilled.

However, today was the release of their new line Ellie and I went on their facebook to see a bunch of crazy. Not only were there tons and tons and TONS of customers complaining about orders they had been charged for (some months ago) and still hadn't received, but their website was down. After looking for a few hours with little comment from PV Body, they re-opened the site sort of and none of their paying customers could get to their accounts and will not be able to until next week.

After that a big red flag went up in my mind and I did some digging and I was completely shocked at what I found. The CEO of PV Body, Marcus Greinke, has some shady business around his name. He's started several other companies that are the exact same concept, where users sign up for a subscription and then receive packages each month. According to the information I found from user comments, the first month or so seems great, but then once they have enough customers, they stop shipping and the business closes , website shuts down, and they all but disappear leaving a lot of very upset customers. I'm including these links to information about some of his other companies so that you can read through them yourselves:

  • Snappy Tuna - This is a link to the Better Business Bureau site with a slew of complaints and a statement that the owners website was abandoned and customers problems were never resolved. 
  • Charles and Marie - Another BBB link with more complaints
  • PV Body -BBB link for PV Body already filling up with nasty reviews. This one is mostly so that you can add your own experiences! 
Bottom line: PV Body is most likely a scam. I'm putting this info out there so that hopefully I can save my readers some heartache or help them to get out fast. Please pass on this information as PV Body is trying to hide it on their facebook (I posted links to these sites and it was deleted and I was banned from their page immediately). 

Saturday, January 26, 2013

Lots to Catch Up On

So I wasn't the best blogger last year and there were a lot of races and events I didn't blog about. Rather than spend a few weeks trying to catch up I thought I'd just share the highlights from those races and the little things that went on while I was gone.  Warning: Tons of photos ahead!

First Up was Color Me Rad back in July:

Before the race

Throwing some of the powder

I got a little too into that hat
The race was really fun. One thing to think about asthmatics: The powder they use during the race can be hard on your lungs so try to hold your breath or maybe cover your mouth in the color stations!

Next Up was the Glow Run in Wichita,KS (August):

It was an absolute blast doing this race. They played lots of fun music the entire time. And the medal glows in the dark!!!

After the race Kevin showed me around Wichita (he used to live there). It was really pretty there and I loved the science museum!

In October, I didn't run any races but I did wear a pretty cool halloween costume that I'd wear in a race if I could find one with the right theme!

After that we had the Thanksgiving run:

We *may* have over-acted the speedy runner thing
It was a very windy, but fun race and we got a medal with a turkey on it!!

In November I also did the Wine and Dine which I've already posted about.

Then in December I didn't do any races, but I did have an awesome christmas. Buster wore his finest clothes and Kevin bought me a Christmas tree! If you know how I feel about Christmas, you know this was probably one of the best presents EVER!

Then this new year's day we ran a freezing cold 5k:
Still debating if freezing my booty off was worth the medal. haha.

And now Kevin and I have quite the collection of medals stacking up:

PS: Whoever thought of storing medals on a curtain rod was genius! Thank you pinterest!

What was your year like while I was gone?

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Disney Wine and Dine Half Marathon Weekend Recap: Part Two

Last time I left off after finishing the Jingle Jungle 5k. After the race Kevin and I went back to the hotel to change. Then we picked up mom and headed to downtown disney for some food and shopping.

First we shopped some and walked around the area a little. It felt nice to stretch our legs after the 5k. Then we went to T-Rex for lunch. I get why some people hate the place: It's loud, the food is only average, and the theming is super cheesy. However, I absolutely love it. I'm a goober that loves dinosaurs and aquariums and the whole thing so I was smiling like a kid at christmas the entire time!

After lunch we shopped even more. I don't know what it is about Disney but I spend so much time shopping there! Kevin and I also had fun going around to cast members and trading pins. 

After that we headed back to the hotel with the intention of resting, however we ended up mostly just strolling around the resort. Finally it was time to go to the race. This time we took the official disney buses as the park was still open.

Once we arrived at Epcot, Kevin hung out with me and my mom for a little bit until it was time to go to the start. Kevin had registered for the race, although he wasn't allowed to run (he had gotten mono before the trip) so he was still admitted to the post-race party and the poor guy had to wait there for hours while we ran/waited for the race to start. To say I was nervous for this race would be the understatement of the century. My asthma had not been doing well at all. I'm talking attacks in my short training runs every single time. I had just been having a really hard year for my asthma (probably because it was a bad year for allergies in my hometown). I wasn't prepared and I didn't want to get swept, especially because I was nervous that mom would quit if i had to. Needless to say, saying goodbye to Kevin and hopping on the bus to the start area felt like my last goodbyes. I was starting to freak out more than a little. 

Here's how the pre-race stuff works: You get to Epcot via any means you want (there are buses at host resorts, and any disney property should have buses to the start at least). Then you line up for buses to the start line which is at ESPN Wide World of Sports. Once the bus arrives there you line up around a track and wait for the start. It was nice that you didn't have to walk a mile to the start line for this race. It was freezing again ( I haven't been warm at a Disney race start yet! haha) but Mom and I grabbed a quick blurry pic before the race. 

I'll get to my overall thoughts on the race later, but I will say now that every single race photo looked blurry like this one. This is not the race for stellar race pics. 

Soon the fireworks were igniting and the corrals started to begin racing. Mom and I began the race slow and steady as planned and things only got slower from there thanks to me and my super duper lungs. I honestly don't have that much to say about the first part of the race because until the parks I was very distracted by my asthma and the complications I was having. I usually have problems with muscle cramps when my asthma is bad but this race they came very early on and they were strong. My feet cramped up so bad that I was limping and my knees were aching from my resulting bad form by mile 3. I knew then it was going to be a long race. I texted Kevin at every mile marker to let him know where we were and when to expect us at the finish. He was very supportive and sweet the entire time and I looked forward to seeing his texts :)

Speaking of Kevin, he told me a little about the race party area from his perspective. He said that at first the park was fairly crowded (we arrived technically before the party started) and soon Disney CM's were closing down rides and kicking out regular patrons. After only those permitted were left the rides opened back up, however the majority of the stores didn't and only the food and wine booths were open. There was a dj playing music the entire time and according to Kevin "plenty of drunks". He was blown away to see that many drunks at Disney. Lots of people fighting and even getting sick from being so drunk. By the time mom and I got there all of that was cleared out and it was really fun for us. On the other hand he did say that there was absolutely no line for the rides and it was fun to ride soarin' over and over. 

Back to the race, soon we were nearing the Animal Kingdom. Along the way there we saw ride floats and other fun things, but it wasn't until we got into the park that the really neat stuff was. The route followed a similar path to the morning's 5k. I stopped for quite a few character photos although none turned out.The giant glowing bones  may have been my favorite part of Animal Kingdom at night. 

Mom and I spent a lot of the race discussing the differences between the normal disney running experience (such as at princess and wdw weekend) and this night race and unique course. One of the big differences was that there were less characters at this race, however I think there was a lot more to look at at the time spent felt shorter (despite being in a lot of pain). The race was winding and in both Animal Kingdom and Hollywood Studios you can't see as far ahead as in Magic Kingdom and Epcot so mentally it felt like you were making more progress when you were continually seeing something new rather than the same view in the distance the entire time. 

Before we knew it we were out of Animal Kingdom and headed to Hollywood Studios. This was a rather long and relatively boring part of the race, but Disney did a great job of including lots of happy race supporters along the way along with fun things to look at like Light Up Floats with characters. I also thought this part went by faster than the usual MK to Epcot route, but maybe that's just me. 

Before we knew it we were in Hollywood Studios. It was really pretty to see Hollywood Studios at night and it gave me a much greater appreciation for the park I most often overlook. In my mind I thought I knew the route we would take through the park and I was completely off. I kept thinking that we would be to the Osbourne Lights any second and then we would make another turn again. It was really fun. Through the park we ran past the Tower of Terror, saw Woody and Buzz near Toy Story Mania, and even ran past the backstage areas that are featured on the Backlot Tour. It was so cool to be able to look through the glass a little closer at night. Finally we made it to the osbourne lights. 

Sorry for the crappy picture, but holy cow it was beautiful. I like the lights any time because I love christmas lights in general but during the race it was breathtaking. Mom and I were mostly just staring wide-eyed throughout this part of the race. 

Soon we had to leave the lights and we passed one of my favorite Disney characters and I stopped to challenge him to a quick fight!

He didn't like that. haha. Now the last part of the race totally confused me. I am a HUGE Disney fan, particularly of the parks. I know that area like the back of my hand because I literally grew up at the parks. However I am not nearly as good at estimating distance as I thought. With Princess Half, I never felt surprised with where we are going but with this race I kept thinking  differently. I kept saying to mom "And then we will have to turn here because there's not enough miles left in the course to go the other way" and then we'd turn a corner and I'd be proven wrong. haha! It was amazing to me how much they crammed in those last few miles.

 We ran past some of the resorts in the boardwalk area, ended up in the UK area of Epcot. From there I thought we would run straight towards the finish line, but instead we wound past wonders of life and then through the exit. The finish line area was awesome! I was really in pain at this point both of my knees were screaming and I had even cried at one point because my asthma was so bad. I wanted to finish so badly. Kevin was waiting at the finish area and cheered us on. Once I got through and got my medal I just wanted a hug but there was a long path that we were blocked off from spectators. When I finally got to him I just sat down and cried. I was glad to be finished and so glad to be able to rest. The pain was pretty awful in the last mile or so and I really wanted to be off my feet. At least I had my medal and my hug.

After I got over my whining we we went to the post race party. The post race party was really cool. We ended up walking all the way around world showcase and I tried a few of the yummy food and wine foods using the gift card we got for entering the race. I thought this was a huge perk for the race and it was really fun. I think I would have enjoyed it even more if I were capable of moving without wincing haha! There were also a lot of rides open but considering the shape I was in and the fact that Kevin had been there for hours we decided to head out before riding any rides. 

Overall I loved the race. I thought it was really fun and I would do it again in a heartbeat. There were some good and bad things about this race, esp when compared to other Disney races to think about however.
The good:
  • Different Course - The course is through 3 parks rather than the usual 2 and it's a very different course. It was very fun and fast. I really felt like the time flew by and was amazed by the amount of scenery that was crammed into that race. 
  • The Perks - Other disney races don't have an after party or the gift card included. I thought the after party was a really fun experience and I wish I had been feeling a little better to enjoy it even more.
  • The spectators - I had never really considered spectators before at races because most halves I've done my family wasn't there (aside from my mom who was also running) but this race provided a really fun place to hang out and plenty to do for those who were waiting. I was grateful Kevin wasn't stuck in a parking lot all night waiting for us.
  • Your day isn't shot - At a normal disney race unless you are crazy like me, you want to go back to your room, shower, and relax a little before going to the park. At the night race you have plenty of time during the day to spend doing what you want. Plus  EVERYONE is smelly after in the parks ;) 
The bad:
  • Photo Ops - A lot of people run disney races to take their pics with Disney characters. This race was not so good for it. Disney doesn't have the best night lighting for portraits esp for quick shots taken while running a race. Disney provided plenty of characters but both my personal photos (taken on an iphone 4s i use for every race) and the official race photos were awful due to lighting. I understand this can't be helped and it was only a tiny bummer for me, but for those running their first disney half if commemorative photos are important to you, you may want to take that into consideration. 
  • Narrow Paths - This course had more narrow paths than usual and there were a number of times you were trapped at a stand still because of course narrowing.
  • Drunks - Don't get me wrong, I do like to drink and have a good time. However, no runner I know wants to work that hard and then watch someone throw up. Nasty. I did see a few obnoxiously drunk people, however it wasn't bad when I got there which was very late in the party. Kevin said when the first runners were finishing it was a lot worse, however Disney security did a great job of kicking out anyone acting inappropriately. 
  • 5k and Half Schedule - Disney you know a lot of us like to do both. Why would you put them on the same day?
My mom and I talked a lot about whether we liked this one more or less than the usual Disney morning race. We both really enjoyed it. My mom still liked the morning run better, however she thought it was  a really fun course. I am still torn. There is nothing like the feeling of running down main street and through the castle, but the miles flew by and the after party was great at the night run. I really don't think I could pick a favorite between the two!