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Schedule Changes and Additional Information for the Disney Fit Challenge

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The Disney Fit Challenge is coming up in 6 short weeks (how did that happen?!?) and this week some changes were announced to the schedule.  While a big schedule change this late in the game is frustrating, hopefully it hasn’t effected too many travel/vacation plans.

When originally registering, you had the option to choice Friday or Saturday to compete. Then the top athletes in each division would go on to compete in the Finals on Sunday. Well now, there is no longer a competition on Friday and EVERYONE is competing on BOTH Saturday and Sunday.  Here is the official email from Disney Sports:

Dear Sarah,

We’re always looking for ways to ensure the best Guest experience and competitive balance at Disney Fit Challenge.  As a result, we are shifting our event dates: the first day of competition now takes place on Saturday, september 27 and concludes on Sunday, September 28.

With this change, you will now be competing on both Saturday, September 27 and Sunday, September 28.  Your first scheduled workout will begin on Saturday.  You are now guaranteed a total of (5) workouts spread across two days.  With our prior schedule, some of our competitors would have had only (3) workouts in which to compete.  With many of our divisions at or nearing sellout, this will also allow us to add competitors.

Should you require immediate assistance, please do not hesitate to contact us at…

We look forward to hosting you at the Disney Fit Challenge.

Well that is a bit vague, so thankfully I was able to speak with one of the Managers at Disney Sports to get more clarification and some additional information.  

  • There will be three (3) workouts on Saturday and two (2) on Sunday.
  • There will no longer be “Finals” to qualify for.  The top cumulative scores from both days will receive medals in each division.
  • There will be awards for age groups in each division, along with the overall top awards.
  • Heats will be announced two (2) weeks prior to the competition.  Athletes only need to arrive at the time of their heat.
  • Each day will finish by 6:00 pm.
  • All workouts will be announced two (2) weeks prior to the competition.

Some of the workouts are already being teased on the Disney Fit Challenge Facebook Event Page and they have also released the weight standards for each division.

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Seeing this made me a happy.  If you saw my recent post on my Two Year WODiversary that listed my current weights, you will see that I shouldn’t have a problem competing in the scaled division.  Hey maybe I might be able to come home with one of these!

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While this schedule chance doesn’t effect my travel and vacation plans all that much, I know there are many people out there who are frustrated with the change.  Disney Sports overestimated the number of people who thought they would make it to the final competition, so they figured most competitors blocked off all of Sunday for the competition.  However this was not the case.  

With all of the crazy planning that is involved in a trip to Walt Disney World (Advanced Dining Reservations, FastPass+, etc…), this has thrown a wrench in many people’s vacations.  I’ve also seen people who have flights that are booked to leave on Sunday evening making it impossible to participate on Sunday if they are in a later heat.  It’s unfortunate Disney did not take all of these things into consideration before changing the schedule so close to the event, especially when some of us registered back in March.

I’m still looking forward to the event and I can’t wait to see what the workouts are in the coming weeks.  Now to get down to training…where’s that 20 inch box for me to master??

Are you participating in the Disney Fit Challenge?  Have these changes effected your travel/vacation plans? 

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Getting Ready for the Disney Fit Challenge

My flights are booked, my room is secured and I’m registered for the Disney Fit Challenge! This is going to be my first real CrossFit competition and I am both extremely excited and nervous!  Yes, I’ve done a few events for charity, but this is totally different.  Those were for fun and it didn’t really matter how long it took me or what place I finished in.  This is an actual competition…yikes!

Last week Disney Sports released this new video that went through some of the movements we can expect.

Here are some of the new details that were revealed:  The Recreational Division will see things like running, lateral bar hop burpees, weighted wheelbarrow pushes and push-ups. Scaled (my division!) will be doing kettle bell swings, snatches and weighted lunges (my least favorite thing!).  Lastly Rx will find clean & jerks, dogsled pull and pistols.  Other movements that can be seen in the video are farmers carry, box jumps and sandbag sprints.

When I registered for the event, I was really debating on what division to register for.  The weights in the scaled division are going to be light for me, but even by September I won’t be able to compete in things like pull-ups and rope climbs.  Also, now that I see that pistols are in store for Rx…I think I made the right choice.  However clean & jerks are my favorite movement and I’m kind of bummed I won’t be doing those 🙁

So now I know a few of the things I really need to focus on for the next few months.  I’m getting better with snatches and I’m enjoying them more each time I do them.  I’m going to keep practicing and work on my form.  I’m going to assume the weights won’t be too heavy so form will be key.  

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Due to my tight hips, lunge steps are the bane of my existence so seeing those in my division was not a welcome sight.  I really need to focus more on stretching those muscles more and getting that mobility back.  I also need to get over my fear of box jumps and improve my running speed.  I have a lot to do in the next few months…it will be here sooner than I know it.

What do you think of the new information from Disney Sports?  Are you competing? 

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Team Challenge: Running for Family

I’ve always been very open about my struggles with Ulcerative Colitis…it sucks, big time! In 2012, I ran with Team Challenge and helped to raise money to support the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America.  When Jessica reached out to me to let me know she was doing the same thing this year, I was thrilled!  It’s a wonderful racing team to be a part of and any bit of fundraising helps.  She offered to share her story on why she is running this year…  

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I’m so honored to write a blog post for Sarah. I’ve followed her Running at Disney blog since the beginning. I read a few years ago about her experience running the Virginia Wine Country Half Marathon and was very inspired. Little did I know, that I would have a personal reason to be a part of Team Challenge so soon.

I started running seriously in 2009 training for the 2010 Walt Disney World Half Marathon. Since then, I have run 16 other half marathons and 6 full marathons including 2 Goofy Race and a Half Challenges, Disney’s Wine and Dine Half Marathon and the Dopey Challenge this past January. The half marathon I am running this July will be the most meaningful one of them all. I am running the Napa to Sonoma Wine Country Half Marathon on July 20th for Team Challenge. Team Challenge raises money for the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America (CCFA).

Until a few years ago I had no idea what Crohn’s or Ulcerative Colitis (UC) were. That changed forever in 2012. Ever since the birth of my nephew in 2010, my sister had been having trouble with cramping, diarrhea, and other intestinal issues on and off. By the summer of 2012, she had made so many trips to the emergency room, she lost count. Her Gastrointestinal Doctor diagnosed her with UC and planned on starting medicines to start trying to reduce the flares. In August, my family was scheduled to come to Atlanta for my baby shower from Maryland and right before the trip, my sister got a bunch of sores in her mouth. ANOTHER trip to the ER ended with the diagnosis of Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease and she was sent home with some “magic mouthwash”.

She didn’t make the trip to my baby shower with the rest of my family and by the time my mom got home to her, she was very malnourished and not improving at all. One call to the GI doctor later and they were back on their way to the hospital. This time she was admitted.

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Elizabeth before her life saving surgery

The placement of her PICC line, intending to give her nutrition and medicine saved her life. The x-ray to double check the placement of the PICC line showed that her large intestine had already perforated in multiple places. The doctor said if she was at home much longer, she wouldn’t have made it to the hospital. Getting the call from my dad that she was headed into emergency surgery to have her entire Large Intestine removed was the scariest call of my life.

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A few days after surgery

That same night I was searching the internet for support groups and stumbled upon the Team Challenge Website. A running group that fundraises for the disease that almost just took my sister from me? This is what I needed to do. So this past January, I went to a meeting and was so excited about the wonderful things CCFA does! Their mission is: To cure Crohn’s and Ulcerative Colitis, and to improve the lives of children and adults affected by these diseases.

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My sister and I

Crohn’s and Colitis hit my family twice that year. My uncle was diagnosed with UC in the spring of 2012 and also ended up having an emergency colectomy. He now has a J-pouch and has his Colitis under control.

The great news is that my sister is on the road to recovery and living her life to the fullest. She is an amazing mom and enjoys spending every moment with her son Emmett.

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In fact she even started running herself!  She completed the Disney Family Fun Run 5k over Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend this past January.  

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I am so thrilled to contribute in my small way toward this wonderful cause. I want my sister, uncle and all of the other people I’ve met to find a cure and live full, healthy lives.  If you want to donate, please go to my Team Challenge fundraising page. Thank you so much, the money goes to such a good cause.

If you want to read my sister’s adventure through Crohn’s, Colitis and her ostomy, her blog is at mamasgotastoma.blogspot.com 

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Jessica lives in Marietta, GA with her husband, 1 and 1/2 year old daughter and three crazy dogs. She runs to have a few quiet moments to herself and keep herself sane. Jessica’s favorite full marathon was the 2013 Marine Corps Marathon and favorite half marathon was an epic adventure with friends running the Wine and Dine in 2013.  Follow her on twitter here: @jesscutler.

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Big thanks to Jessica for sharing her family’s struggles with UC and for supporting CCFA to find a cure.  These are really hard subjects to talk about, but the more we do talk about them, the more awareness that will be created.

If you want to learn more about Crohn’s and Colitis, head on over to www.ccfa.org for more information and please consider supporting Jessica…she even has some fun things in store for your donation.

  • $10: She will send you a Blue rubber bracelet that shows your support of the Crohn’s Disease and Ulcerative Colitis foundation of America.
  • $50: She will write your name on the back of her jersey to share your support with everyone. 
  • $100: You can sponsor a mile of her race.
  • $200: She will make a “flat Stanley” character of you and take pictures along the course and send them to you after the race.  

Thanks again for the support and one day we will find a cure!!

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Remembering Boston

200px-BostonmarathonlogoAs the one year anniversary of the the Boston Marathon bombing approaches, I can’t help but think about that horrible day often.  That tragedy shook me to the core and still does to this day.  I know all too well what it is like to be smack in the middle of a horrific event like that.  To think that all of those people who were either living their dream of running the Boston Marathon or who were there to show support for this amazing feat were subject to something so terrifying is both devastating and infuriating.

The incredible thing about the tragedy was how the running community came together to show their support.  The day after the race many people are wore race shirts to show their support or ran 4.09 (the time on the clock) or 2.62 miles.  I asked people to share their photos and the response was AMAZING!  Here is the video:

I can’t wait to watch the Boston Marathon this year and cheer on all of the courageous runners taking on this race and struggling up Heartbreak Hill!  I can only imagine how the city is going to come together to show the world what #BostonStrong really means.  I’m getting goose bumps just thinking about it!!  I think this commercial says it all…

Best of luck to all of you running this year…may the wind be at your backs!!

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How Body Type Can Dictate Your Sport

Well runDisney has taken up most of my blogging time these past few weeks.  Last week was the Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend and this week was the Tinker Bell Half Marathon Weekend.  I’ve been taking a break from running for a while, but I still LOVE Disney races, so I’ve been following all the fun and cheering on my friends along the way.  But all this running madness did get me to thinking…  

I recently saw this video on the difference between a sprinter and a marathoner.  It basically comes down to explosive strength vs. endurance.  This does apply to both sprinters and marathoners, but it also applies to numerous other athletes as well.  Where do I fall? 

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Sprinters train their muscles to react quickly and use short bursts of energy to achieve quick goals.  They need total body strength and muscle.  All that muscle gives them explosive power to run fast, lift heavy things and push extra hard, but it also adds weight, weight that makes it quite difficult to run a marathon.  That’s why these athletes excel at sports like sprinting, rowing, weightlifting and speed skating.  

Marathoners on the other hand do not need those strong, explosive muscles to run long distances.  They keep their weight down and train their muscles to carry them for long distances.  Speed and strength isn’t as important as endurance.  Besides marathons, these athletes excel at other sports like cycling and cross country skiing.

Well I don’t really fit into either category, but I definitely lean more towards sprinter than marathoner.  Yes, I’ve run a marathon but it was far from an easy task to complete.  I’m not exactly what you would call “light on my feet” and while I can endure many miles it’s not very fast.  My energy tank runs low fairly quickly.  I’m just not built like your typical runner.  Look at my friend Marc for example, tall, thin, fast, and runs ultra marathons…he’s your typical marathoner.  

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I’m somewhere in between.  I have great explosive strength that allow me to lift heavy and I have increased my endurance to get me through half and full marathons, but I don’t completely excel at either.  And due to my genetic make-up, I probably never will.  I can train my muscles to be better in one area then the other, which is what has been happening with my CrossFit training.  I’ve been focusing more on lifting weights and slacking on my running, and I have seen a definite decrease in my endurance because of it.

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So yes it’s genetics, but you can also train you body to excel in one area or the other.  Do you want to run marathons?  Focus on endurance and put in the time with some long runs.  Do you want to sprint or lift heavy things?  Work your entire body and build your strength.

Where do you fall?  Do you excel in one area or are you more 50/50 like me?  

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