Race Recap: Wine & Dine Half Marathon & Post Race Party

Hello, 

Sorry this update is arriving late I’ve been having way too much fun to sit down and write a post.

On Sunday I did the Wine & Dine half Marathon at Walt Disney World. The route began in a Magic Kingdom Parking Lot, ran through to Animal Kingdom where we got to run through the world of Pandora, on to Hollywood studios, around the boardwalk and into Epcot, where we finished just outside the park. 


I met my good friend Leah (@leahcurrie on instagram) bright and early before the race. She flew in the night before, so as you can imagine getting up for a race at 3am was tiring for her. I however was a little more accustomed to the time having been up early the past two mornings! As she flew in she didn’t have time to head to the expo to pick up her pack so she headed to the information tent to collect her things! The organisation was great for this event and she managed to get everything quite stress free. 


At the 10k I was in corral B and for the half I was supposed to be in C, but I moved back so I could run with Leah. We headed over to the start corrals where we joined the sing-a-longs and warm up fun and then just like that two hours had passed and we were off! 

There were many sections of road that were quite boring, long stretches of nothing, and it was dark and foggy. The best parts were running through the parks and seeing Leah’s face because this was her first time visiting the parks on this trip and first time seeing pandora. 

We managed to stop for a lot of characters and photopass stops, however this lead to us being taken over by a lot of run-walkers. Don’t get me wrong we weren’t super speedy, Leah had a bad knee and I have a bad foot but our running and walking pace is average. Run-walkers are great in the aspect they have their own pacer and it gets people finishing the race however they take part in LARGE packs, often doing 30:30 intervals and taking up a large portion of the road, there were narrowing points we couldn’t get past them. It was frustrating. 

Before we headed into Epcot we ran around the boardwalk, this is where most of peoples family and friends were. Everyone’s cheering was great. A lovely lady was handing out pretzels and jelly beans and someone else brought their dog that me and Leah just had to stop for a cuddle with!

We finished the race, collected all of our wonderful medals including Castle to Chateu and then grabbed our snacks bags. I was so hungry I ate my snacks straight away! We queued for Mickey & Minnie and Goofy for photos and then made our way back to our resorts! 


After a nap and some time around the pool I got myself ready for the post race party. I’d brought my medals all the way from London to have a picture with Mickey (and his pals) with all my beautiful runDisney medals!



Then we met Joy and Sadness and Anna & Elsa before grabbing some food and drink on World Showcase and settling down for the illuminations firework show. 


After that we rode Soarin’ and tried to queue for a few more rides but they either broke down or were just too long. So we called it a night and headed to bed after a long day. 

The half marathon was hard, the heat, the humidity, and not being as fast as I usually would be were annoying but I had a lot of fun and enjoyed running with Leah! Disney races are all about fun so it was good to relax a bit and take it easy. 

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Race Recap: Wine & Dine 10k

Hello all, 

This morning I got up for my second race of the weekend. The wine & dine 10k. I was up and on the bus at half 3 and in my corral as soon as the gate opened scoring myself a spot at the front of corral B. I chatted with other runners whilst we waited and headed for the start lines, the wave starts were great. The fireworks went off and I was quick across the start line, within a minute if crossing the start line there were “runners” already walking… how did they get in Corral A or B if they were walking it? Apparently you don’t need proof of time for the 10k so people lied so they had more time to walk and wouldn’t be swept. I think this is rather unfair and undisney like, though it’s a fun run part of the challenge is training so you can complete the run in a fair way. I know people who aren’t fast but wouldn’t lie to get a better start, they challenge themselves not to fall behind. 

The first 2 miles were out of the Magic Kingdom parking lot along the road, the first character stop was after mile 2 – the three pigs – I wasn’t interested in stopping. About a mile later we entered Hollywood studios to find the next character stop Ozwald. We ran through the backlot (where the smell of mickey waffles and bacon being made, had my mouth watering) and then we ran along the boardwalk, where I briefly stopped for a picture with Genie, before heading into Epcot. We entered the park by the Rose and Crown pub and ran onwards the entrance, passing the bears in Canada. A quick photo outside the spaceship earth and I headed out the park  to the finish line. 


I finished in around an hour I think, I haven’t checked my official time but it wasn’t much longer than that. I collected my luggage tag themed medal and then I picked up my snack pack and drinks and then headed to the character lines. I jumped into see Chip and Dale and then Donald. I saw Mickey and Minnie yesterday so I wasn’t bothered by doing them again today, though they looked cute in their chef outfits.


I boarded my bus and was back at my resort, showered and back in bed by 8. 

I spent the rest of the day shopping and relaxing.

I’m looking forward to the Half tomorrow, and being reunited with Leah, who flys in today.

Race Recap: Wine & Dine 5k & expo

It’s here… Disney’s Wine & Dine race weekend. Yesterday we stopped by the expo and picked up our bibs, some merchandise and our race tshirts. We were there about 1 hour, it was pretty organised and so much better than the Paris expo for merch and other stalls. They had a tasting station for wine and cheese. 


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I picked up two long sleeve shirts, and a wine glass from the expo. Mum got herself a fridge magnet. 

On the way out I bumped into my runner friend Ian (ianrunsldn on instagram) and his lovely family. Between them they are taking part in all the races, with his daughter Evie doing the kids race.


After the expo we spent the rest of the day in Hollywood Studios and had a lovely meal at Mama Melrose before an early night. 


We woke up bright and early at 3am! Got ourselves ready and out the door and on the bus for half 3. 

We got to the race area about 4.15am and got in the queue to meet Mickey & Minnie. I loved that they had characters before & after the race, however the queue was so long and Mickey & Minnie had to officially start the race so we hoped out the queue and headed for corral B. 

We started the race about 5:45am. The first mile was on the back lot and into Animal kingdom, there we ran past the Tree of Life through the park and the beautiful Pandora – World of avatar. I love Animal kingdom, the attention to detail is superb. There were only a few characters out, Mum didn’t want to stop and I wasn’t interested in any of the characters. 

It was mums first 5k and she finished in 40 mins. Really impressed with her effort, this was the furthest she had run and she’d had an accident a couple weeks ago and hurt her arm and still managed to smash it today.

After the finish, we grabbed our snack boxes and headed for a picture with mickey and Minnie. We got back on the coach and was back at our resort by 7:15am.


I really enjoyed this morning, it went quickly and was well organised . 

Tune in for 10k tomorrow!

Hoping, Wishing & Dreaming

Some of you may know I have a tattoo on my foot with the quote “Hoping, Wishing & Dreaming”. I’m a lover of quotes (honestly my room is full of them) and wanted something inked on my body. I chose this because essentially this is all I do, I live a lot of my life through fantasies in my head only to be disappointed by the reality. This doesn’t mean that I don’t work hard for things and commit to things because I believe someone is just going to magically make things happen for me, but I do spend 90% of my brain going through various scenarios, imagining the various outcomes. Today 8 years on my tattoo is somewhat faded (due to bad placement on my foot and years of poor shoe choices rubbing against it) much like the hopes, wishes and dreams I had when it was tattooed on my body. Then I wanted a career in Musical theatre, my group of friends then consists of a dozen people I barely speak to now and my love life was as dismal as it still is today.
This week has been a challenging one, honestly I don’t know where to begin with this week, let alone the rest of life. In the grand scheme of things my problems are minuscule, however they are my problems. Whilst I can contribute to the battling larger issues, I single handedly cannot change the world.

So allow me for a moment to be really fucking honest with you about my current hopes, wishes and dreams.

Hoping

Recently I’ve got my hopes up about a few things. I know I shouldn’t, I know I will always be disappointed and I know at the end of the day it’s only me to blame for that disappointment.

I’ve been hoping for a while that my job would get better, in fairness there isn’t anything wrong with the job at all but it’s lonely and leaves me feeling a little cut off from the world sometimes.

This week I got my hopes up that I would get into the London Marathon on the ballot. I didn’t, and whilst I hoped I got in, I expected this result. Thousands of people apply and thousands don’t get in. I’m still searching for a charity place, otherwise I will run a different marathon, but I really feel like next year will be the year to do my first.
I’m as single as anything, I’ve never been in a serious long term relationship and the longest relationship I have been in ended with words something along the lines of: “When I said I loved you, I didn’t mean it, you were just experience. I’m getting back with the previous girl I dated.”

And from there I’ve dated and I’ve got my hopes up that a guy will see me as more than a sexual object or experience, someone who wants to stick around longer than the last and means what he says and still everytime I start to like someone I’m quickly put back in my box and we chalk it up to experience.

I spent a long time battling depression and anxiety and didn’t want to date, and when I did it was for all the wrong reasons. But now I’m better, stronger and mentally in the right place. I feel confident in myself, my body and everything I can bring to the table and know I’m worthy of being loved but I feel like the chances of that happening are similar to the chances of me getting into the London Marathon ballot.

Wishing

My biggest wish is that I could change the past, take away the hurt I’ve caused and received and do things a little different. I’m happy with my life and even with the things that aren’t great, life is still pretty good. More so I wish I could get out of my anxious cycle. I’ve been through my own personal hell and back and I’m still stuck in this vicious anxious cycle. It’s not so bad anymore, but it’s there and I wish I could be  a little bit more carefree.

Dreaming

Like I said earlier, 18 year old me had very different dreams than 26 year old me.

My number one dream, as stupid as this sounds is to be alive. By that I don’t just mean breathing, but actually living me life, not wasting what precious time so many others have unfortunately lost.

I don’t have any dreams for my career anymore, I’m still figuring out where I want to go with that and right now I’m happy earning good money to pay for my dream holidays and tick more things off my bucket list. I do however have big personal dreams. I dream of owning my own house, a nice car, being settled and having my own children. I dream of living my life loving another person and then loving me back, and as silly as that might sound to some, that’s all I’ve ever really wanted.

 


Musical Theatre & Mental Health

I love Musical Theatre, there’s something so exciting about seeing a show, the hard work and dedication it takes for every one involved to put on a production. I love that you can take a little piece if the show home with you, with a souvenir or cast soundtrack.

I studied Musical Theatre for a long time and was always a career I wanted to go in to. Unfortunately I had to be realistic and this wasn’t a viable option for me and my mental health when I left university, however just because I don’t work in that industry doesn’t mean I’m any less passionate, in fact maybe I’m more passionate about it now. Musical Theatre is a go to for me, when I’m feeling any kind of emotion there is always a song that will resonate with me. I’ve found musicals to have a significant impact on my Mental Health.

If you follow my blog you will notice I talk about managing my mental health mainly through exercise, but I also have a great group of friends/family supporting me and take small steps and different practises to look after myself. As part of my self care routine, I put on my epic Spotify playlist (which I amend often) with lots of my favourite show-tunes and do the things I need to do to make myself feel a bit better. You can find my playlist here.

I’ve listed a couple of songs that I really love to listen to, that I can relate to or make me feel better, when I’m not having a very good mental health day.

 

Song: For Good

Show: Wicked 

This musical reminds me of a lot of special people. I love that it is a musical based on two strong female leads, and tells a story of an unlikely friendship. I’ve watched this show more than any other and it’s by far one of my favourites.

 

Song: Wait a bit

Show: Just So

This was the first solo I ever performed in University. My singing teacher picked this and not only is it a beautiful song but really resonated with how I felt. Having the opportunity to perform this gave me a massive confidence boost and now this song holds a special place in my heart.

 

Song: Words Fail & For Forever

Show: Dear Evan Hansen

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Me the first time I watched the bootleg of the show… all of the tears!!!!


“Dear Evan Hansen, today is going to be a good day and here’s why; because today at least you are you and that’s enough”

This musical is perfect. Ben Splatt is perfect. No one can argue with me on this. This musical talks about mental health and suicide in a way other musicals haven’t. The story line and song are something I can personally connect with. How anyone can watch this musical or listen to the soundtrack without crying is beyond me. This musical is currently my “go-to” when I’m feeling a little bit down, as much as the songs are sad, it’s great to connect to something knowing that at some point someone else also felt like you did, and to know you aren’t alone in any given situation. 

 

Song: Quiet

Song: Anything Worth Holding on to

 

Song: She used to be mine

Show: Waitress 

Another new show I am fond of and can’t wait for the west -end version. I love going on a journey with a character and feeling a range of emotions with them, this musical is definitely one where I can do that. I love this song, it’s sung beautifully. Also check out Sarah Bareilles version, she wrote the music for the show and performed it on Broadway too. 

 

Song: Journey to the past

Show: Anastasia

 

Song: Listen

Show: Dreamgirls

This song reminds me of my good friend Sasha, and singing it together in University. I love Dreamgirls and the film, but I love the musical version of listen and would have loved a Jennifer Hudson & Beyoncé version of this.

 

Song: Astonishing

Show: Little Women

For the finale production of my university course we did the musical Little Women, I had never heard of it beforehand, just the book. I loved the storyline and the music so much and this was one of my favourite songs from the show. I think this show taught me a lot, and was possibly the start of a very difficult time for me so it holds some conflicting memories however I still love the song and listen regularly. 

 

Song: Finale B

Show: Rent

Another of my favourite musical. So many lyrics strike a chord with me in this show. 

“There’s only us
There’s only this
Forget regret or
Life is yours to miss”


Fun fact: I auditioned for University singing a song from this show too.

 

Song: My Shot

Show: Hamilton

This show is amazing, I cannot wait to see the London show in December.

Fun fact: I like to Rap this song whilst I run, I am terrible at it but it often get me over a big mental block to at least attempt it.

 

Song: I can do better than that

Show: The last 5 years

 

Song: Breathe

Show: In the Heights

 

Song: I’m Here

Show: The Color Purple

Listen to this song, then listen again. Now Read the book, watch the film, listen to this song on repeat for the rest of your life. This Book & Film helped me through a bit of a rough patch, I’m not much of a reader but once I stared this book I couldn’t put it down. Not only am I a fan of the book/film/musical but also a big fan of Cynthia Erivo who performed the role of Celie in the latest broadway revival, alongside Jennifer Hudson and Danielle Brooks, I tried my best to go to New York and see this show but unfortunately I never made it.. gutted. 

This show is so emotionally powerful yet at the same time so educational. 

But most of all
I’m thankful for
Loving who i really am.
I’m beautiful.
Yes, i’m beautiful,
And i’m here.”

 

I always find that I click on one YouTube link and tend to fall down a hole and then next thing you know if watched every single thing each performer has ever done. So enjoy listening and feel free to follow my playlist. 

What are some of your favourite show-tunes, or songs that help you when you aren’t feeling great? If you have any recommendations or even want to talk feel free to comment or send me a message on twitter or Instagram (@megandaniella). 

taaah

Disneyland Paris September 2017

Hello Everyone! I hope you all had a magical weekend, I certainly did. Today’s post is going to be a long one because it’s all about Disney!
This weekend just gone I travelled to Disneyland Paris to race around the castle for he 5k & Bibbidi-bobbidi-boo challenge (10k & Half) you may recall that I did the half marathon last year, so I was extremely excited to come back and do it again. I was going to post each day individually the morning after however it’s been a busy weekend with lots going on so I’ve decided to do one large recap of the whole weekend – the races, the parks, the hotel… everything.
So let’s start at the very beginning….

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On Friday I met Emma at St Pancras at around 9:30. Our Eurostar wasn’t until 11:30 so we had a coffee whilst we waited. I brought myself a new Disneyxcathkidston back pack from their new Peter on range. I honestly love the collaboration of these two brands.
Me and Emma boarded the train to Paris, watched “Maid in Manhattan” to pass the time and ate lots of snacks. We got off the Eurostar at Paris and changed onto the RER to get to Disneyland Paris, this takes about 45mins to and hour depending on how well your trains are timed. Luckily for us we got their quickly and headed straight into the expo with our suitcases.
The expo – it was more organised than last year and flowed nicer, however it was extremely hot in there. We had to make too many stops to pick things up  and I was sweating through all my layers trying to get round it all. At the expo we met up with Leah and Nicky.

Once we had all our race packs, passes etc we headed to our hotel. We were staying at the Kyriad hotel, it’s a cheaper partner hotel on the outskirts of Disney property. A free bus service runs from the parks/village/station area to the hotel. It often stops at multiple hotels but is still only a 10 mins journey. Check in was a breeze and we made our way up to our room on the second floor and unpacked all our bits.


After a quick cold shower to rid ourself of the expo stench we got dressed for the 5k. I made a brave and bold step and wore shorts. As I’ve probably said here before I am not a shorts wearer, they make me feel uncomfortable (however looking at pictures now I look ok and am inclined to buy some more). After a pit stop at the expo for pictures we got in line for the 5k. We met up with Leah, Nicky, Shellie and her friend Emma who were also running the 5k.


We huddled together in the line and regretted hanging around so long before jumping in the queue because it was SOOOO long. The race started at 8pm however we crossed the start line at 9pm… the same time the pre race party in the studios was due to start. First epic fail of the weekend. I ran ahead to get out the crowd, the first character stop was just after 1km in the Walt Disney studio park entrance, it was Belle and Beast. I got in line and the girls joined me as the queue was massive. Whilst waiting in the line we saw the last runner, the following bikes and the cart picking up the cones. We were well and truly at the end.


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Character stop over with we sprinted ahead to the next character stop, I ran down parts of the course that were not lit at all and extremely unsafe, Leah got out her phone torch for some light. We kept running only to find no more character or photopass stops. It wasn’t until the end stretch we actually saw characters. Goofy, Pluto, Chip & Dale were all out cheering us on in their activewear and available for photos… but not photopass, these lines were unorganised and chaotic and the character soon went away. We then sprinted away to the finish line and collected our medals. We were given a banana, water and a food pack (that wasn’t very nice) and directed to a few backdrop photo pass stops outside the studio.

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By this time everyone was going in for the party, Leah and Nicky had tickets so raced back to their hotel to make a little of the event. Me and Emma picked up some five guys and made our way back to the hotel, we luckily just got on a bus and didn’t have to wait too long to get back. Due to the delayed start and long character line we didn’t end up getting back and into bed till gone 11. With a 10k in the morning we ate and went straight to sleep.
On Saturday we woke up super early. Alarms were set for 5am however I barely slept and was awake before that. Despite the lack of sleep we got ourselves sorted and headed to the corral. We met Leah and Nicky in Starbucks, wear we had teas and coffees whilst wrapped in foil blankets like burritos. Buying foil blankets was possibly the best thing I could have done for the trip, they really kept us warm at the start line and easy to chuck away… no need for checking bags or throwing away clothes.


When we met Leah this morning she wasn’t feeling well at all, she’d got sick after going on some rides last night, had barely eaten and had been throwing up a lot. She still wanted to run, because let’s face it: it’s a long way to come for a race and a lot of money to spend. If she didn’t do this race she wouldn’t have earned the challenge medal either. Though she insisted we ran without her, we walked together for this race. We kept her warm, and kept an eye on her and made sure she pulled through. Though we started in Corral B we were still back of the pack, due to the walking. This race showed me the it wasn’t inclusive. Last year I had a great time because I ran between stops, was far enough forward and I was fast, I had no problems meeting characters or anything, this year was the opposite so far. We barely saw any characters on the course for the 10k either and the ones we did see the lines for them were shut off and we were rushed to finish the course due to the park opening. I was not happy with this, we had to walk due to the circumstances but I still think the Disney races should be inclusive for all participants running or waking within the time limit. If you are slower or a run walker you should get equal opportunity to meet characters along the course. Having spoke to other runners and reading on the “rundisney run” Facebook group, the US races are much better at this and more organised, however they start much earlier than the Paris races.

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After the race we made our way back to the Hotel, the buses were busy and it was a pain waiting for a bus that actually went to our hotel. The normally bus route that stopped at 6 hotels was split into one bus per 2 hotels. Meaning we waited over half an hour for a bus. Wanting to make the most of the day we got dressed and headed back in for lunchtime. The queue to get through security and then to collect park tickets were insane, but we made it through. We walked down mainstreet and took lots of pictures by the castle before sitting down to watch the Castle Stage Anniversary show. It was very cute and lots of characters came out. We met with Leah & Nicky and headed over to the studios park. We watched the stunt show, where Leah like the big kid she is got extremely excited over lightning mcqueen from cars and I sat shaking my head at the dangerous stunts that resembled stuff you see on the streets of south london. After this we headed over to meet Moana. The line for Moana was long, but so worth it. She takes the time to speak to all guest individually. We saw some of the cutest interactions with the children and loved it. Whilst we waited in line Leah popped out to meet woody and when she came back so did we. Cheeky, I know but everyone in the queue were playing swapsies, we didn’t take any longer to meet Moana either.

After that we headed over for the next showing of Mickey and the Magician. I really love this show and we had great seats, despite being pushed around by a rude family in the queue to get in front of us. My favourite parts are definitely be our guest and friend like me. Love the high energy dance performances.

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We then said goodbye to Leah and Nicky who headed for some food and back to their hotel, we queued for crushers coaster (90 mins) but was a great ride as usual and headed over to Vapiano for some pre half carbs. The queue was long but worth it. I think this has been a great addition to Disneyland Paris because it super nice fresh food and I feel everything else is a bit too much fast food. The only problem I the location that it’s just outside of security next to five guys and is a pain to get back into. After that we made our way back to our hotel for a better night sleep before the half.
We woke up on Sunday eager to get to the front of Corral B, we managed to make it up, get Starbucks, wrap our selfs in foil blankets and be quite close to the front, we actually got to see all the warm up and speakers on the stage this morning which was great. Leah and Nicky was supposed to be in Corral C and I had their foil blankets. I waited for them to arrive so I could go out and give to them. When leah phoned she said she was on our way to us, without Nicky. Leah (still very stressed and very ill) informed us Nicky had decided not to take part. I was a little disappointed she’d come all this way and not taken part but she had medical reasons not to. Me and Leah had a nice little cry in the start Corral, purely through frustration. We’d both waited so long for this and the weekend so far was plagued with illness, bad organisation and disappointment. Due to Leah still being ill we decided to do the relay thing again. I sprinted ahead for a few characters until I found a big queue where Emma & Leah could catch me up. It was the characters from Emporers new groove which Leah hasn’t stopped going on about so I had to get in line. I made it to the front before they got there had my picture and got back in line for them. Unfortunately they left and the three Caballeros replaced them, so we had pictures with them instead. We carried on and saw Mickey and Minnie on mainstreet for photos, which was the longest queue. We stopped for castle pictures and then carried on, Emma ran ahead and we found Lion King characters with a short queue and then headed off through the castle to meet Emma at Donald Duck. After Donald we meet Rapunzel and Snow White. I had been following the ED92 twitter who were live tweeting character stops so knew what was coming. I raced ahead to find Judy Hops from Zootropolis and Joy from inside out. These queues were both moving fast so I had time to get in and out before Leah and Emma joined.


After that it was out of the parks and onto the roads which were quite a nice change from the manic park runs. At this point I love seeing all the character costumes. This part of the race went much quicker than last year, we got lots of drinks and snacks too which was great. Me and Emma tried to run but at this point we were both tired, a bit grumpy and sore. We were so far at the back it seemed silly to try and race it. I couldn’t walk to much as it made my stomach think I’d stopped and left me urgently needing the loo, so towards the end I ran ahead. Me, Emma and Leah all finished within minutes of each other. My chipped time was 3hours and 18 minutes. So much slower than last year but circumstances given not a bad time.


I didn’t like how this was set out. It was great finishing in the parks but I think they should have finished behind the expo, where the start line was and had queues inside the expo for photopasses with characters or backdrop walls. This way we wouldn’t have been so rushed to finish!
I’d seen on twitter and on Facebook groups that they ran out of medals for the 5k and kids races. For the kids races they started giving out half marathon medals to the children (who’s stupid idea was that) so I was worried I wouldn’t get a medal but thankfully we did!

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Once Leah had finished at 3hours and 25 mins, we headed back to our hotels and got ready for the day. The buses were once again chaotic getting back to the hotel and three buses terminated and didn’t carry on so we were left waiting for 45 mins for a bus. When we got back to the hotel I wasn’t feeling good, I had the worst post run stomach due to my Period being due… why must everything happen at once. This also left me feeling in a crappy mood.

We got dressed up and headed back to the park to take pictures with our medals. We went straight to meet Mickey and showed him our medals.

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Once we had done that we met up with the girls for a little photo shoot at the castle.
After that we parked up and spot and got our popcorn ready for the parade. I was excited for the parades and fireworks this trip as hey we’re different to last year so I was super excited to see something new.
After that we looked around the shops and went back to Vapiano for a pre fireworks meal. We exchanged photos and talked about the morning before heading back into the park for fireworks.

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I really loved the new Illumination fireworks, mainly because there were so many of my favourite movies included in them, whereas before there was a lot of characters and movies I didn’t like included. We did have a great spot for the fireworks, however everyone stood up and that was quite annoying.

"A dream is a wish your heart makes" 💙🏰

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We hung around after the fireworks to take more castle pictures, and Main Street pictures. I was stressed, tired and hormonal this day which brought out some bad stuff for me. Before this trip I hadn’t been feeling great and had really been feeling rubbish about the way I looked. I put it aside for this weekend, but with so many photos being taken I literally just felt like crap looking at my own face over and over again. I just didn’t feel like myself. It probably didn’t help wearing a new dress and my hair not being done how I usually have it, but I was struggling to like any photos of myself this day. I’m very particular about photos, I may not love the way I look in them but am more inclined to like them if they are astetically pleasing to me- yes I’m weird, sorry. But people kept snapping photos of me that were blurry, from a side view where I wasn’t looking or where what I was standing in front of (like the castle etc) wasn’t framed correctly. I was annoyed because I tried my hardest to make sure everyone had good pictures and they liked them but I feel the same effort wasn’t made for me. It’s stupidly frustrating but didn’t make me feel any better about myself and I just felt awful.

After speaking to the girls about it they were determined to get me some better pics so we did actually get some better ones after the fireworks.

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After that we made our way back to the hotel where we did a bit of packing and went to bed.
Monday was our last day. After checking out and dropping our bags at the station, we headed straight over to the studios park for fast passes for Ratatouille’s ride. While we waited for our fast pass time, we met up with Leah & Nicky and went on towers of terror, whilst Emma so kindly held our bags. Then we met Buzz and Mickey again. Leah & Nicky headed to Disneyland park whilst we went on Ratatouille: The adventure, which I really loved. After that we bumped into Sully before heading over to the Disneyland park where we met Minnie and Donald in their 25th anniversary outfits.

 

Donald has to be one of my favourite character meets, he’s just so funny. I wore my Donald jumper and he was pleased I was his fan. After that we grabbed some food at Casey’s Corner before going on Hyperspace mountain, the teacups and it’s a small world with Leah & Nicky. After that they had to leave, as they were getting the train straight out of Disneyland Paris. Me & Emma watched the Princess Waltz and did a bit of shopping before heading over to watch the parade again near the park exit.

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Once the parade ended we swiftly made our way to the station to pick up our suitcases and head back into Paris for our Eurostar home.

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Disney races are great fun, I just wish these races had been a little more inclusive and not cut off character lines etc. I don’t think Disney is a place to get a PB or even a place to just race and not appreciate the surroundings and everything going on at these events. For the future I think Disney should make you give proof of time for anything under 2hours 30 minutes so the corral placements are fairer for runners, I think they should start earlier like the US races, so you aren’t rushed to finish before the parks open. They should make the expo a little smoother and make sure that t-shirts don’t run really small like they did this year or run out of medals!
Despite its problems overall it has been a great weekend. I’ve really enjoyed spending time with the girls and they have been great company.

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Would I do these races again? Hell yeah, if they work on the 5k/10k set up a bit more then I will definitely be back. Rumour has it they are adding more challenges next year so i best get myself ready for another year of running!!

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My Disney bling… so far!

***also isn’t Disney bling just the best Bling?!

See you next year Disneyland Paris !
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Clicking the unfollow button

The beauty of social media is that you can choose to follow or unfollow anyone you like.

Over the years I’ve followed or been followed by people I’ve met all over the place or through a stem of different interests I’ve had. I’ve often really liked a TV show and followed the cast, only to may years later not be particularly interested in said show/cast anymore.

I love using instagram/twitter to connect with like minded people, especially those encouraging people in the running community. I try to keep facebook for real life friends but have a select from from social media groups etc who I’ve yet to meet but intend too. I’ve met most of my close friends through social media after months/years of talking online.

Recently social media become a place where I was constantly comparing my highlights to everyone else’s. When you don’t know them personally and all you are seeing are their highlights, you can often feel like your life doesn’t match up in comparison. We are all guilty of posting our highlights, I do it myself, but I’ve become more open in my captions, I will tell people when I post something positive that I didn’t get there without the negatives.

I try and refrain from posting a lot of negative stuff too. There once was a time all I would use twitter for was to vent, because it was a place my friends and family weren’t and my twitter was a big black hole, fully of crappy emotional posts and indirect comments about things happening in my life.

I recently unfollowed 400 accounts on instagram and a few on twitter too. Many were celebrities or bloggers I followed I no longer liked. I mainly unfollowed for my Mental Health, you could be the nicest person in the world, but if something you are putting out there is having a negative effect on me (which isn’t an issue with the person) then I’m going to unfollow for my own sanity.

I think people start to care more when their intent is to launch their career. Whether you are a writer, blogger, youtuber or anything else. If your job connects to the amount people that follow you and subscribe to your content then I can understand why you may take the numbers a little more seriously/personally.

Yes, I blog, but if only 1 person reads it and values my voice then I still appreciate it. I never started this blog with the intent of making it an option for income, and never have I made anything from doing this. I love talking about my running, my mental health and everything and anything in between. I don’t thrive off the likes, but I do thrive when someone sends me a message telling me how much they appreciated what I wrote or how much they could relate to it.

Moral of the story is – CARE LESS. Your vibe attracts your tribe. People that want to see you on their timeline will follow you and people who don’t won’t. It’s as simple as that. Don’t be offended if you aren’t someone’s cup of tea.

 

taaah