Fandaze Inaugural Party – The Good, The Bad and The Endless Queuing

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Leah’s Disney Life

Hi pals!

Welcome to my first ever blog post here on leahsdisneylife! I can’t quite believe its taken me this long to set up a blog to be honest but anyway I’ve got here eventually. Now what better thing to discuss as my first post than what is arguably going to be the most talked about event in the Disneyland Paris calendar for 2018.

Let me start by saying that I’ve already aired a lot of my thoughts, grievances and highlights on the night over on Twitter but I was keen to have somewhere where I could write up a proper account of the night and hopefully explain in more detail why my experience wasn’t as amazing as lots of others was. I really feel like this was an event that should have been incredible and sadly for me it just wasn’t. It absolutely wasn’t all bad, I had some…

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Dopey Training – June 2018

Hi All,

I am back. I’ve taken a short break after London Marathon but I am back with a new plan and a new goal.

Those reading this that have followed my running journey so far may have noticed that sadly most of my previous posts have disappeared. I have hidden most, and kept the ones I’m most proud of up for people to view. I removed the rest because… well it’s a long story but to sum it up, someone made blogging not feel like the happy place it used to for me, I let them win by removing my content, but after some gentle encouragement I am back.

My next challenge as I previously mentioned in my London Marathon post is the Walt Disney World Dopey challenge 2019. I currently do not have a place, RunDisney have moved all of the registration dates to due to a new system they are using as opposed to So the purchasing of my place will have to wait until July 19th, and I’m hopeful I will get one. I’ve looked at a variety of training plans for Dopey and coupled with the fact that I am also taking part in the third Disneyland Paris race weekend in September this year I thought I should get started on training. I’m sort of starting from scratch as I’ve had a bit of a running break. I’ve done some running but not a lot more than a few 5k’s. The Galloway training plan suggests 27 weeks of training, but aligning this with my schedule and other races I’ve chosen to make mine a 30 week plan.

A few things I’ve learnt from previous races:

– I cannot manage more than 10k on a week day

– I suck at sticking to a training plan especially when the days ask for more than 10k as above

– I am running Disney, the end result will not be fast, I need to stop putting a time pressure on myself.

Ok, so onto the plan…

As you can see so far June has been a quiet month for me. My aim for this month is to continue to take it easy but get familiar with my training plan and find my running mojo again.

I searched long and hard to find an app/training programme that could be altered to fit my goals however every single one I found was towards a goal of 1 race and as you may well know both the Disneyland Paris races and Dopey Challenge consists of back to back races so I really need to work my training around that. Someone on twitter advised me I could add custom workouts on Garmin connect that would work with my Garmin Forerunner 235. I was ecstatic to hear this and have taken the time to sit down and plan a full training plan. I’ve kept my Weekday runs to 10k and under and later on in the plan I will be practising back to back runs in the lead up to the race events.

The last two weeks of June I will be running 3 x 5k & 1 x 10k each week hopefully with some cross training thrown in.

So for now , that’s it. Watch this space as every month I will be talking you through the months training plan and other bits and bobs going on in my life.

If you have any questions about the races or my training, feel free to comment below or why not follow me on Twitter & instagram (@megandaniella) and we can connect!