Ewok Run Disney Costume

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Somewhere off in a faraway galaxy a young boy is preparing for the race of the galactic century!  Star Wars Half  Marathon weekend is an epic Run Disney event that takes place in the Walt Disney World Resort.  It is a weekend of galactic fun and fantastic runs.  Runners will feel the power of the force as they charge through Darth Vader’s turf with the Emperor’s white uniformed stormtroopers cheering them along the way. Runners are faced with the ultimate dilemma to run for the light side or  run for the dark side.

jedi_1851-1536x820As for my lil man, he has chosen  to run for the light side and will be representing the moon Endor  in the Star Wars 5K as an Ewok.  Yub Yub and Coatee-cha tu yub nub! (Ewokese for yay and celebrate the freedom!) Ewoks evolved from Wookiees and look like adorable lil bears.  Cunning lil creatures they are quick on their feet and known to be great hunters.  Personally, I love their cuteness!  It is for these reasons my son has chosen this notable character as his costume in his first Star Wars Race in April 2017.

dscn7360This was the easiest costume to put together.  My new friend, Debbie owner of DK Design Emporium helped me with the too cute Ewok ears that have literally stopped Disney cast members in their tracks.  One cast member couldn’t handle the cuteness and teared up while exclaiming, “Just stop it!”    Debbie shapes the faux fur ears and attaches them along with an orange hood to an orange baseball cap to create the Ewokian look.  The orange hood is quite light and breathable, keeping any runner cool during an extended run.  Need this hat for an adult runner?  No worries!  Debbie can make this hat in adult or child sizes.  Match the Ewok Hat with a brown runners shirt and brown runners shorts and your lil Jedi mate is easily transformed into a mighty Ewok.

The fun doesn’t stop there!  Debbie is a master designer and can make any custom look.  If you are not sure what your desired run costume should look like, you can browse her design album on Pinterest.  There you will find a variety of styles for any Run Disney event.  Here are some of my Star Wars favorites:

above: Gamorrean Guard Running Costume, Princess Leia Inspired Running CostumeGreedo Running Costume, and Tusken Raider Sand People Running Costume.

 Costumes are also perfect for Halloween, a costume party, or a fun filled day at the park!  Characters, cast members, and other Disney guests will be Ee chee wa maad (Ewokese for Wow’d) My son received so many compliments on his costume and your runner will too!  Run on over to DK Design Emporium and order your Run Disney outfit and may the force be with you!  Order processing takes up to five days.

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Chewie:  Huurh aarrragghuuhw (Wookie for how adorable!)

 

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Eyeta (Jawaese for Friend)

 

 

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Whose the Leader of the Club, Made for You and Me?!

M-I-C-K-E-Y-M-O-U-S-E! Mickey Mouse! Mickey Mouse!

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Mickey Mouse is one of my favorite Classic Disney Characters.  He started it all!  So it is only fitting that we honor him in the Walt Disney Marathon Weekend Kid Races.  This year is the 20th Anniversary of the Walt Disney World® Half Marathon presented by Cigna, and our first year participating.  My sweet boy, Noah will hold his banner high as he crosses the finish line in his 2nd Run Disney Kid Race this January in the iconic Mickey Mouse costume pictured above.  Three exceptionally talented and extremely gracious Etsians helped put this very special run costume together.

The Ears:

il_570xN.829320618_pgwuStrut your stuff in the hippest pair of ears around!  The Mickey Ears ball cap was designed by Gina Roberts, the  owner and designer for Gigi’s Flower Fancy. Roberts has been selling her handmade crafts since the 80’s and can now be found on Etsy.  She has a passion for making Disney hats and other Disney paraphernalia.  Using the “ear-perfection” method, Roberts is able to create stay up ears that do not sag, wilt, or flop.  You can stuff em in a bag and the felt ears will pop back up every time.   Customize your ball cap  to your fancy by adding a bow, flower, or a monogram…get ear crazy!   Perfect for a Halloween costume, day at the park, Disney weddings, and Run Disney Outfits!   The cap is available in adult or child size and is easily adjusted for the perfect fit making them RUN PROOF!

Made in the USA for both boys and girls!

 

The Shorts:

il_570xN.937064298_lzkbThe Classic Style  Mickey shorts used for Noah’s run costume was designed by Cherylyn Morris owner of One Two Three Shop Boutique on Etsy.  Cherylyn’s love for clothing design was stirred when she was a teen in high school nearly 20 years ago when she needed a new skirt for school.  Knowing that her mother was not going to purchase a new skirt, Morris got creative and gave new life to her old one.   Today, her inspiration derives from her children as she now designs storybook clothing.  Her shop features an array of dresses and tops  inspirited by magical characters that can be worn by your child everyday.  The Mickey shorts are really to cute for words, I mean they are just perfect!  Cherylyn has replicated Mickey’s classic red shorts with two large white circles (the buttons) on the front.  They are made with a light, thin material allowing your young runner to stay cool in the heat of the race.  The elastic waist gives an extra stretch to provide a comfortable fit.

 

The Gloves:

DSCN7055This runner costume would not be complete without Mickey’s white gloves.  The gloves used in this costume were designed by Alicia of Alicia Marie Create.  The gloves are made from nylon/spandex material with the tips cut off to allow for breathability while running.  Detailed  with three black stripes representing Mickey’s three fingers as originally designed by Walt Disney.  They are perfect to complete your outfit for a Disney marathon or any costume run!  If you live in a colder state you can also find thicker “Winter” gloves in Alicia’s Etsy shop.   Gloves can be made in adult or child size and take up to a week to ship as they are made to order and customized to meet your needs.

 

This costumes is perfect for your young runner and will definitely bring home the Big Cheese at any Run Disney event!

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I am very grateful to Gina, Cherylyn, and Alicia for sharing their talent and custom designs to help put this look together.

The Best Support for Your Body on Race Day

Don’t let your body get the race day blues.  Protect your most fragile assets with the proper support.  Whether you’re training in the weight room or pounding the pavement;  a supportive bra and the right pair of compression socks are a woman’s most important piece of fitness equipment.  Wearing the proper protection can prevent tears in tissue and other aches and pains.  Lets be honest our chest is made of fat tissue that is plastered to our upper body.  Without a good sports bra to balance the weight and keep everything in sorts the damage could be extreme.  Runners can also be plagued with leg fatigue, leg swelling, and an increase in the formation of blood clots without the proper leg support of a quality compression sock.

Now lets break it down:

A sports bra should provide ample support, breathable fabric, and a comfortable fit.

logoWith Swinn Exhibits Sports Bra’s you won’t have to look any further.  The creators have searched high and low and use only the  best materials that provide the ultimate support.  Each compression style sports bra is made with:

  • 1.5″ Jacquard Elastic provides all day comfort and support while in motion
  • Moisture Wicking with micropoly fabric to help you stay dry

You will also be impressed with the different styles that they offer!

Killin it, Pizza, Babe, and Pink Floral

You will feel totally rad wearing the Swinn that you will want to show the world!  You might even feel moved to wear it over your shirt as opposed to under just like these cool gals, because they are that hip!

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I borrowed the pic from the Swinn Blog.  Click on image to be redirected.

Now your thinking wow!  Who are the geniuses behind this Phat Sports Bra?!  Well, let’s just go straight to the horses mouth and get the down low!

“We are Athletes. We are Artists. We are Arthletes. We appreciate novelty over popularity. We believe accessories are everything. We love pop culture. We are adventurers. TV watchers. We are sisters. Daughters. Friends. We are creators. Non-stop thinkers. We let passion be our guide.”

To read more about these beautiful minds CLICK HERE!  Follow Swinn on Instagram!

 

homepage-logoThe right compression sock can change the way you work out and will totally blow your  mind!  You will feel an extra burst of energy as oxygen is pumped through your blood avoiding leg soreness, swelling, and fatigue.

 

The down low on compression from my friends at PODsox:

“The basic purpose of  graded compression is to improve venous return to your heart, which decreases leg fatigue and leg swelling, as well as helping to prevent blood clots (Blood clots are not as much of an issue with running, but definitely with prolonged sitting and flying.)
Quick Anatomy Lesson:
The heart is a muscular organ that pumps blood away from itself via the arteries.  Arteries have muscular walls that help the blood get where its going (your arms, legs, organs, brain etc.)  Once the blood has delivered oxygen to the tissues, it is reabsorbed and returns to the heart via the veins.  Unlike arteries, veins do NOT have muscular walls to pump the blood along its way.  Veins depend on the ‘back pressure’ from the arteries and heart to create the force to return blood to the heart.
Why this matters:
PODsox provide graded compression, which means they are tighter at the calf and looser at the ankle, providing an external ‘pump’ assist to the veins to return blood to the heart.
 For running, this means the blood gets back to the heart faster, which can decrease the sensation of fatigue. Compression socks worn during running also physically limit the muscle’s ability to swell, which allows the muscle to put more energy into linear movement, thereby increasing/improving the muscle’s efficiency.
 After a tough workout, muscle breakdown can occur.  Our body rushes nutrients (via blood) to the area, which can cause swelling.  Even fairly mild swelling can squish the veins (as well as the lymph system) and makes it difficult for the blood to get back to the heart. Wearing compression socks for recovery helps pump this swelling out, which decreases the amount and length of time soreness is present.
When we are sitting for an extended amount of time, gravity causes blood to ‘pool’ in the non-muscular veins because we are not moving sufficiently to create our own pump.  Any time blood sits still for very long, it begins to form a clot.  This creates a problem in that it blocks the healthy/moving blood from returning to the heart, as well as if the clot comes loose, it can get into the tiny vessels of the heart, lung brain etc. and cause severe problems, even death.   For reasons not entirely known to science, flying can intensify the possibility of this happening as well.  Wearing true graded compression such as PODsox helps keep blood traveling back up toward the heart, preventing the swelling, pooling and clotting.
Pretty cool stuff for a little ole pair of sox, huh?!  We think so!”
Wow, i’m impressed.  We get all that from a sock?  Yes indeed; and PODsox offers medical grade compression socks (classic podsox) along with the athletic compression socks that can be worn any day everyday!  With all the artistic styles to choose from you will want a pair for every day of the week!
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How to ensure a proper fit?
Measure the largest part of your calf. This will determine the size of PODsox most appropriate for you.  Easy Peasy! 

PODSox is  committed to being a company that not only makes awesome sox but gives back to community at large.

Benefiting Children's Hospital ColoradoPODSox donates 1% of every sale to Children’s Colorado Hospital

As a company founded by health care professionals we beleive in giving back. Know that when You purchase a pair of PODsox you are supporting a great cause. I

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Be Brave and Conquer

MinnieAdd a touch of elegance and flare to your next Run Costume with these beautiful half tutu’s by Shelly Rio Boutique!  The half tutu is perfect for the runner who wants to wear a tutu but doesn’t want to feel bulky or restricted while running.  Made with a crochet belt and a double layer of tulle; these tutu’s have just the right amount of poof and an extreme amount of pizzazz.  You will find yourself making a bold statement.

What I love about these tutu’s is the  daring vivaciousness they add to any run costume.   Shelly Rio runner/designer can customize the half or full tutu to match your desired character.   My daughter is running in the Wine and Dine this November as Merida from Disney’s hit Pixar animation Brave.  This beauty will fly, chase the wind, touch the sky and cross the finish line in style!

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The Merida half tutu is made on a stretch crochet band and sequined elastic with  layers of premium tulle, glimmer tulle, and glitter tulle with a beautiful bow on the tail.

Shelly has a great passion for tutu’s and running.  Thus far, she has run six Disney races and is registered to run in the Avengers and Disneyland Half Marathon this year.  She aspires to run in all Run Disney events in the states of California and Florida for the year 2018.    This is absolutely amazing to me!  Shelly has such dedication and spunk and this is what makes her such a lovely person.

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Check out my top picks from Shelly Rio Boutique:

 

Pink and Black Punk Rock Half Tutu, Evil Queen Tutu, R2D2 Half Tutu, Blue and Yellow Half Tutu 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Be the Belle of the Race with iGlowRunning

iGlow Running  is not just another shop found on Etsy!  Its more like a runner’s dream come true!  When you virtually step foot into this whimsical online shop, you will discover an array of Run Costumes from your favorite Disney and Marvel movies.  Each costume is eloquently designed and hand sewn to expressively draw life from every superbious detail.  Just take a look at this Belle Costume!  il_570xN.897734745_ayzjThe intricate detail is absolutely stunning; from the shimmer and sparkle right down to the beauteous roses.  Runner/Seamstress Wanda Gonzalez does not miss a beat and this is why she stands out from the rest!  The quality of her work is flawless.  This beautiful Belle running outfit is made out of super light wicking material, breathable, and guaranteed to not irritate your skin. It is very comfortable and light to run in and is a definite eye catcher!  Outfit comes complete with running top, running skirt, and arm sleeves and customized to your individual size.

This is the perfect running outfit for the upcoming Wine and Dine Kid Races, 5K at Epcot this November, Mickey Marathon Weekend in January or The Princess 5K/Marathon taking place at Walt Disney World February 2017!

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Pictured above is my daughter, Allison who will be wearing this royal outfit in the Mickey Marathon Weekend Kid Races in January.  She felt like a princess and was magically transformed into the Belle of the Ball as she slipped on the final arm sleeve.   As Allie started to twirl in excitement she  began to sparkle and glow.

Wanda is such a joy to communicate with and strives to meet perfection when designing your Run Costume; whether it be a design she has already listed in her shop or a custom.  Gonzalez uses polyester, spandex, and Lycra, making all running outfits soft, breathable and airy.  Run with Attitude, Run with Power, Run in Disney Style!

Other top picks:

Frozen Sisters!!! Elsa and Anna

Merida, Mulan, Rapunzel, and Tiana

 Be seen while running and Glow with iGlow Running!

Thank you to Wanda Gonzalez, from iGlow Running for this beautiful Belle running outfit, which was offered complimentary in exchange for an honest review/feature on my blog.

 

Training for a 5K

I finally gone and done it!  I successfully and officially signed up for a 5K.  Personally, I am not a physical person and I never liked running.  Living in Florida, I have always blamed it on the heat factor, but its mostly me just being lazy.  That, and I am way out of shape. I mean since I have had children my body just has not been the same.  I’m sure you can relate.   Of course, even with my youngest peeking age 8 I still have a ton of baby weight to lose.  HA!  I need something to blame it on.  But seriously, it is time to make a change and join in the boisterous and rewarding fun of running alongside my kids in a Run Disney event.  My children started participating in benefit runs this year.  A few months back they ran the Brickdash 5K at Legoland, FL and since then have signed up for two 1 mile kid races and a 5K for Run Disney.  I don’t want to miss out on the fun (although, waiting at the finish line can be entertaining,)  I want to be in the middle of all the action.  I have a desire to be exhilarated and get pumped full of adrenaline. Who am I kidding…I’m ready to run out of breathe and force my kids to drag me across the finish line; all while wearing an awesome runners costume.  lol   So yeah, inspired by my children, I signed the whole family up for the Princess 5K  and we will conquer every mile together.  I am looking forward to all the fun that awaits us!   BUT, of course I need to start training; my body is in no way ready to run a 5K in it’s current shape and form.  While my daughter was on vacation in NC with the rest of the family I started a training program called 5K Run.  This is an app that you can download to your smartphone and it is set up with weekly sessions that build your momentum and make you 5K ready in 9 weeks.  Each week you will have three run sessions scheduled that will alternate walking and running patterns.  The first session ended unsuccessfully.    I finished half of the 25 minute walk/run exercise.  I was defeated by the summer heat and a dog who doesn’t know how to walk/run on a leash properly.  This was a low for me, but very expected.  Day 2-4 I have completed with no major issues.  I do find it hard at times to keep going, but thinking of how awesome it will be to run side by side with my son and daughter in February pushes me to keep going.  As you complete each week you will discover your run exercises become longer and you spend less time waking.  It builds up slowly so that you are able to complete the challenge overtime.  If you ever feel like you need to start over you can go back to an early session.  I plan on completing my nine weeks and starting all over from the beginning over and over again  til I know for sure that  I can do this.  I will keep updating ya’ll with my status.  I took a break tonight, but will pick back up on session 5 tomorrow. I highly recommend this app for all newbies like me.  Hope to see you on race day!

 

 

Earning My Ears One Stride at a Time!

With every Disney Run my children are closer to earning those golden ears of achievement.  They are already registered for three future Run Disney events with two more on the list.  I am sure we will have these events on repeat year after year.  Completing a race is exhilarating and an achievement one should be very proud of.  In fact this success should be shouted from a mountaintop!  Or leave it to Magical Run Concierge to find the perfect tee to do the bragging for you.   My daughter fancied this tee, “I’m earning my ears one stride at a time!”  As a new runner, this tank is perfect for practice day, race day, or any day and tells the story of all races; past, present, and future.  It is flowy-not fitted which allows air flow and keeps your runner cool.  I love how the ears shimmer and  sparkle;  as if Tinker Bell sprinkled pixie dust all over.  

So sparkly and will continue to sparkle after a cool washing with other like color clothing.  Material is soft and  color does not fade if you follow the directions provided for washing.

 

You can also find tanks inspired by Run Disney Race themes that will make you just as cool as our dear friend Mickey Mouse!  Here are some of my faves:

 

Find these tanks and tees in Donna Kay’s Etsy Shop the Magical Run Concierge