Welcome to our newest blog series, one devoted to the magical combination of Disney and running!Â You can expect to read Joe’s insights regularly, so stay tuned!Â Â A self-proclaimed Disney nerd, Joe Kolinsky also is a running enthusiast.Â He has completed over 10 marathonsÂ and runÂ 5 Disney races (including the 2009 Goofy Challenge).Â When he is not running or dreaming of his next Disney vacation, JoeÂ spends his spare time being a Dad and writing.Â (You can follow his writings in his blog, entitled “Built for Comfort, Not Speed” at http://backofthepacker.wordpress.com/)
Please join usÂ inÂ welcoming Joe and share your commentsÂ with his blog.
Running Disney: An Introduction
by Joseph Kolinsky
Since youâ€™re a fan of WDW Radio, Iâ€™m going to go out on a limb and just assume that youâ€™re a Disney enthusiast.Â Am I right?Â I figured as much.Â Well, so am I.Â Iâ€™ve been called a â€œDisney Nerdâ€, a â€œDisney Geekâ€, a â€œDisney Addictâ€â€¦and the list of labels goes on and on (and, frankly, Iâ€™m proud of every moniker that Iâ€™m assigned when it comes to my admiration for Walt and his works).Â Â Spending time in the parks, at the resorts, and amongst fellow Disney enthusiasts makes each trip to WDW special for me.Â I always seem to come home relaxed, refreshed, and with a bit of renewed creativity.
Another passion of mine is â€œrunningâ€.Â Yes, thatâ€™s not a typo – I put the word â€œrunningâ€ in quotes, because I firmly believe that what I do while wearing a pair of sneakers can be loosely referred to as runningâ€¦although it looks more like waddling.Â I look in the mirror each morning and the same thought passes through my rather dense cranium: Iâ€™m built for comfort, not speed.Â But that doesnâ€™t stop me from lacing up my sneakers at an obscene hour each morning and logging a few miles before going to work.Â I know Iâ€™m slow â€“ that Iâ€™m as quick as a turtle â€“ but who cares!Â Running â€“ just like all things Disney â€“ puts a smile on my face.Â Â
While my appreciation for Walt Disney World was easy to establish and cultivate through my joy of being a Dad (my daughter and I first visited WDW in 2004 â€“ when she was 5 years old â€“ and weâ€™ve been Disney Geeks ever since), my passion for running was one that required a prolonged incubation period.Â I always looked at running as a punishment.Â In high school, if I threw an interception in a football game, the coach would yell â€œtake a lap!â€Â In little league, if I struck out with runners in scoring position, my coach would yell â€œtake a lap!â€Â When I joined a crew team in college, the first thing my coach would yell each morning was â€œtake 5 laps!â€Â So let me be quite honest here: by the time I graduated college, I hated running.Â However this opinion would drastically change after I made a promise to my daughter to run a marathon.Â (I know â€“ I should have promised her a Dole Whip and an Fastpass to Toy Story Mania â€“ what was I thinking!)Â I trained for and waddled through the 2005 ING New York City Marathon â€“ and shortly after crossing the finish line, I wondered whether Disney held any running races at any point during the year.Â I hopped on the internetâ€¦and eureka!Â
Being able to enjoy two of my passions at the same time â€“ Disney and running â€“ is what motivated me to begin this blog for WDW Radio.Â In future entries Iâ€™ll provide updates on the various races that Disney offers, as well as some motivation and recommendations on how you can start working toward a goal of earning a medal in a Disney race.Â All thisâ€¦and a load of laughs mixed in for good measure.Â So stay tuned!!