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The Great runDisney Debate

by Nellie

Happy Martin Luther King Day!

I love days like today when it comes to blogging–some folks take the day off, some continue with business as usual and me? Well I just treat it like a free day to talk about anything I please. 🙂

The Cootie Attack

Last week was a tough week in the Acevedo household. The baby got sick with a 102 degree fever on Tuesday and by Thursday we (me and the boys) were under full cootie attack. After finally getting them to a new pediatrician* it was determined that they boys had ear infections and viral coughs.IMG_1516

On Friday I could barely see through the fog that was in my head and I was sneezing and blowing my nose like a crazy person. I truly don’t even remember the last time I was that sick. I could barely get out of bed so I had to cancel Zumba for Saturday. 🙁


Saturday evening found the three of us cuddled in the bed  passing tissues to one another. Although we were sick it was kind of fun to have them both in the bed laughing and being nice to one another.

* Since my OP (original pediatrician) retired last year we have been searching endlessly for a pediatrician that is super close to home that we liked, this is the THIRD one we tried and I think we have a winner! The boys absolutely loved her and she was extremely thorough with them. They didn’t want to leave the office! No really. The 3 year old threw an absolute fit!

Run Disney Debate

On Saturday night, on top of recovering from sickness I had a grand case of insomnia, and when I can’t sleep–you guessed it, I am on my phone! There was a very interesting debate happening in the runDisney group (over 100+ comments last time I checked!).


The debate was over the fact that runDisney allows competitors to receive a medal of completion even if they are swept because they couldn’t stay within the 16min/mile requirement. The original poster really didn’t understand why runners wold show up untrained, especially after spending so much money (travel, lodging, race fees, gear, costumes etc) on a runDisney race.

Some people were agreeing with the OP making some really great points:

  • we all have 7 months to get ourselves ready for a runDisney race so there are no excuses (true).
  • not training could cause SERIOUS injury (somebody even brought up organ failure–say what?!)
  • although we are in Disney, its still a Boston Qualifier
  • there needs to be respect for runners who ARE looking to PR

Other people were disagreeing with the OP making some more valid points:

  • It’s Disney World, there are characters on the course for a reason. (true)
  • People know their own bodies, some people may not need to train as hard and as often
  • Life gets in the way of training (can I get a amen?)
  • The race is expensive and people want to enjoy the experience even if that means walking the entire route

I totally get both sides but then it really had me feeling a way about my own training. As you all know that I have not been as uh, dedicated, as I could be to training for the Princess half in (gulp) 4 weeks. I am definitely not as hardcore as I was during the summer when training for my first half in secret. Training in the winter sucks. The end period. I had gotten so used to running outside (and hello I LOVE IT!) that running on treadmill totally turns me off!IMG_1494

However, I HAVE been way more physically active than I was when I was training for my first half. During that training I BARELY cross trained, and I was hitting the pavement three times a week–only. Since I concluded my race season at the end of November (which–hey–wasn’t that long ago!) I have turned up my strength training by never missing a body pump class, adding spin, plus teaching Zumba every Saturday. Not to mention I recently got back into hot yoga which is doing wonders for my body (at least that is how it feels!). I still run faithfully twice a week and it actually feels as if my running is not as HARD because I am running for 30-40 minutes straight on the treadmill which is unheard of for me.


I figure I really need to dial into my training this week (and the next 4 weeks) to really ready my body for the racing season. Considering that I currently have 4 halfs in 4 months planned so far on my calendar–I need to be ready. The hardest part honestly are the long runs on the weekend because I am usually so spent from Zumba that I don’t want to do anything else! Next best thing? Try to get long runs done on Fridays. Boo. But it must be done.

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Have you been cootie attacked this winter? Which side of the debate are you on?


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Janine Huldie January 19, 2015 - 5:31 am

I think you already know that we have had all sorts of illness here the last few months and this weekend found Kevin sick with the dreaded man cold! So, I heard all sorts of complaining, but here we are at Monday and all are indeed off for the day and hoping we are all well enough for some form of fun. Fingers crossed and hoping the same for you all, too 😉

Nellie January 26, 2015 - 9:12 pm

Thanks Janine!

Kristina Walters January 19, 2015 - 5:42 am

I see both sides have valid points. I don’t really care for the “everyone’s a winner” mentality. Sure it’s awesome you’re there and great that you completed the course BUT it just doesn’t seem as special when you actually earned a metal by placing in your age group or winning the whole thing. You don’t see them handing out metals to everyone during the Olympics just because they made it there and competed. Just saying…

Nellie January 26, 2015 - 9:09 pm

very good point! A lot of people feel this way, although I love collecting bling 🙂

CARLA January 19, 2015 - 6:27 am

HOPE YOU ARE ALL ALL ALL FEELING BETTER and cannot believe we’ve not been sick yet.
(all things crossed :-))

Allie January 19, 2015 - 7:40 am

I love that picture of you and the boys – sickness and all 🙂 Hope you’re all feeling better.
As for the Disney medal debate, let’s put it this way: Disney races are kind of a different breed. They’re not your typical race and therefore do not attract your typical racer. That said, I think everyone should probably get a medal because seriously…who cares and can’t we just all get along? As long as there are medals for everyone, why do the people who finish in the allotted time even care about what the people who don’t get? *end rant*

Nellie January 26, 2015 - 9:08 pm

yes, that is the real question–why do folks care soooo much? I’m just happy to rock my insanely large tutu hahahaha

Joi January 19, 2015 - 1:08 pm

I really don’t think so from an athletic viewpoint but since I’m not a runner I don’t feel like I should throw my 2 cents in. Sorry you ALL had the cooties! Happy MLK day!

Nellie January 26, 2015 - 9:03 pm

Your two cents are ALWAYS appreciated boo, runner or not!

Carla January 19, 2015 - 1:11 pm

My hubs has the flu right now. Luckily I’ve been able to avoid it.

16 min miles is ample time. Finish it in that time frame, get the medal. Otherwise, no. This isn’t kindergarten t-ball.

I have a book coming in that does a three day a week run plus two cross train and marathoners even use that method. I’m going to switch to that because of my knee issues. I don’t think you need to run almost everyday to be ready.

Nellie January 26, 2015 - 8:59 pm

haha! “this isn’t kindergarten t-ball” that made me holler. That was/is my exact method of training–I can’t run 4 days–I love running but I need some variety too 🙂

Kim January 19, 2015 - 2:10 pm

Hope you feel better.
I’m old school and don’t run for medals. When I started road racing, they didn’t give medals to all finishers – probably why it was so much cheaper to get into the races:)

Nellie January 26, 2015 - 8:57 pm

I love that about you Kim!

Kita January 19, 2015 - 2:11 pm

Awww hope everyone is better. I hate when they pass the cooties around I need a mask around here. I don’t know about everyone getting a medal who didn’t complete I think you should at least complete it to get a medal but who am I to talk I don’t run and wouldn’t expect anything if I didn’t complete what I started.

Nellie January 26, 2015 - 8:34 pm

right! But runDisney is crazy nice about the race like that…I guess they want everyone to feel special…

Jenn January 19, 2015 - 2:40 pm

Ugh. I hope you are all feeling better. We have been pretty healthy around here. Mr PugRunner had a nasty sinus infection, and little man has his allergy cough, but that’s it. I’ve been super careful because of marathon training, and have been dosing myself with a daily tablespoon of apple cider vinegar, along with a Vitamin C, echinacea and odorless garlic. It seems to be doing to the trick, fingers crossed.

As far as getting a medal for not completing… well… I don’t know. I am very much in the camp that if it doesn’t negatively impact my race, I don’t really care. As someone else said, runDisney events are a different breed of race, attracting a different type of participant, but there is still a pace requirement that is supposed to be met. I knew that some people who have been swept have used their medal as incentive for next time and for doing better, and I can understand that, too. It’s such an expensive registration to walk away empty-handed, but… So many buts.

Nellie January 26, 2015 - 8:32 pm

it is a REALLY expensive registration!! I don’t ever want to be swept 😉

FitBritt January 19, 2015 - 4:21 pm

Too bad my ped is so far from you because she is awesome! I’m sad to leave her.

I see both sides too…I guess at the end of the day no one can predict what will happen in a race and I’m all about being inclusive about fitness!

Nellie January 26, 2015 - 8:31 pm

Exactly!! I totally agree. The inclusiveness is one of the greatest parts about Rundisney!

Tamara January 19, 2015 - 8:46 pm

Wow, that is quite a debate~!
Yes, I was cootie-attacked. It was so bad! I was so sick with a cold, that I couldn’t get out of bed. That never happens.
Des got a cold and a stomach bug at the same time, which was terrible. Just terrible.
And Scarlet had a cough for three weeks.
Help me!

Nellie January 26, 2015 - 7:30 pm

I hear you, I think you are getting the perfect remedy for all ailments right as we speak!

Leslie January 19, 2015 - 9:44 pm

The Husband was super irritated by the people that walked in the 10k he ran last spring. With tens of thousands of people registered, he felt that it should be taken more seriously. Though some people are just very slow. Maybe a sub 16 min mile is their pace after training, or perhaps they had an injury that slowed them down but didn’t keep them from racing? Who knows? I’m sure you’ll do great though. Cross-training is so good for you and just the fact that you did so many races in such a short time was amazing.

Nellie January 26, 2015 - 7:28 pm

One of my blogging friends just walked a half! I am definitely going to plan better when it comes to races, I was so excited to BE in the racing environment!

Yum Yucky January 20, 2015 - 3:16 pm

I think that by the time people enter their teenage years, the “everyone is a winner” medals need to go away. My son just got a medal for participating in YMCA soccer. Medals at this age foster pride and the spirit of learning to compete, but once you get older… ehhh. Nah.

Nellie January 26, 2015 - 7:25 pm

Your opinion is valid! I DO love my medals though! OOP!!!

Cassandre January 20, 2015 - 6:21 pm

sorry you all were sick.. i have an amazing pediatrician if ever you are looking for another one. as for the Disney debate,i do see both sides, but I also think people need to find better things to debate about. i’m not a runner so i can see why folks that train are not happy about other folks who come for the fun, but who cares.. there’s a youtube video where this little girl tells her parents “worry about yourself” that’s how i feel about this debate, folks need to focus on themselves and not worry about other folks..

Cassandre January 20, 2015 - 6:28 pm

so sorry you all were sick. i have an amazing pediatrician in BK if ever you are looking for one. hope you’re all feeling better. as for the run disney debate, i understand and see both sides, but i honestly think folks need to about more important issues to debate about. there’s a youtube video where this litter girl tells her parents “worry about yourself” and that’s how i del about this debate, folks need to worry about themselves and not everybody else.

Nellie January 26, 2015 - 7:25 pm

absolutely agree!! folks get really passionate about other folks business…..

Nicole January 20, 2015 - 7:10 pm

Oh no, I hope that you and your boys are back to 100%! A few days ago my hubby said he felt like he was getting a cold, so I’ve been making sure to get my vitamins and antioxidants in. So far so good! 🙂

Nellie January 26, 2015 - 6:56 pm

I hope you guys stay germ free! Thanks!


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