Wednesday, December 25, 2013

REVIEW: Magical Miles: The Runner's Guide to Walt Disney World


A college friend of mine co-wrote an AWESOME book! This is actually their SECOND edition. The book is called Magical Miles: The Runner's Guide to Walt Disney World.


**Although I was given a copy of this book as part of the affiliate program, I did purchase the first book myself and would have purchased this edition as well if the affiliate program had not been started.**

SIDE NOTE: Megan was actually one of the people that got me into running. She had been doing runDisney events and I was intrigued (I was just trying to get into running - a hobby I could call "my own" - and was reading more and more about what she was doing). I came to find out that there was a way to incorporated running with my love for Disney. I decided that even if the running was terrible, at least you would be in the Happiest Place on Earth - which is how I came to sign up for my first half marathon. She actually ran along side of me during it - the Disneyland Half Marathon in 2012 [check out the full recap here].



I grabbed the original edition of this book prior to my first Walt Disney World race during the Princess Weekend earlier this year (I had done the Disneyland Half in 2012 and the TinkerBell Half in early 2013, but hadn't done any races at WDW) {recaps for the Royal Family 5K which I did with my hubby and parents and the Princess Half Marathon which I did with my sister-in-law are in the archives}. I knew Megan was a wealth of knowledge when it came to WDW and the book did NOT disappoint.

Megan and her co-author Krista released the second edition of Magical Miles: The Runner's Guide to Walt Disney World a few weeks ago. They added updates (seeing as runDisney is continually trying to update events, as a way to keep things fresh, fun and exciting) to the information about restaurants, resorts, and even the new races.

I actually read the book on my flight from San Diego to Detroit last week (on our trip out to be with family for Christmas). Let me tell you - THIS IS AN AMAZING RESOURCE FOR ANYONE GOING TO WALT DISNEY WORLD (I know it is geared towards runners that will be participating in a runDisney event, but even if you aren't it is still a WONDERFUL resource for folks just traveling to WDW).


While I was reading I wrote down a few notes and I wanted to share them with you:

  • Great job at stressing the importance of registering early before the races sell out (seeing as they are continuing to grow in popularity, sometimes selling out within HOURS of opening registration).
  • Love the tips from the authors at the end of the chapters (especially since they have collectively participated in ALL of the WDW runDisney events - so the knowledge is FIRSTHAND).
  • The training gear section was spot on (although I may have suggested a foam roller in the equipment section, only because I know how much it has helped me during the training process).
  • I had NO idea you could camp at WDW.
  • Really enjoy the "guest" reviews throughout the book. 
  • If someone is planning a trip on their own (without a travel agent like Megan), this could be used as a great resource to help make very informed decisions.
  • Totally appreciate that there are vegetarian options mentioned in the food chapter.
  • A BIG thanks for adding the running etiquette section, especially with the data you shared about the runDisney events having so many newbies. 
  • LOVE the balloon idea for spectators (never thought of it before, but DEFINITELY getting Ryan one next time ;)). 

Now I don't want to give away too many of the tips and tricks because I think you should pick a copy of the book up for yourself! There are a couple options on how to grab your own - you could purchase it in paperback [Amazon and Barnes & Noble], in a variety of eBook formats [for Kindle, Nook and iBooks], or WIN A COPY BELOW! [YUP, you read that right, the WONDERFUL women that wrote this book offered a copy to one lucky reader - could it be you?!]

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And please check out all of their social media platforms - that way you can stay as up-to-date as possible! [Because not only do these ladies give TONS of information in the books, but they also constantly try to keep everyone updated with the "happenin's"of runDisney.]

Website: RunnersGuideToWDW.com
Facebook: Facebook.com/RunnersGuideToWDW
Twitter: Twitter.com/RunWDW
Instagram: Instagram.com/RunWDW
Pinterest: Pinterest.com/RunWDW


26 comments:

DisneyBride and DisneyGroom said...

What a great giveaway. We've done races at WDW Marathon, Princess, and Wine & Dine weekends. Looking forward to DL Half in 2014!

Lisa said...

I would to do the Princesses race. :)

Steffany R said...

I'm running the goofy challenge in two weeks, but I would love to do the wine and done half one day

Carrie said...

I have not run a Disney race but would love to do the Wine and Dine.

Lois K said...

I haven't run a race at Walt Disney World. I thought my first one would be Dopey 2015, but because of an opportunity to get a bib through a charity, I'm actually doing the Princess half in February (which was my original goal before Dopey). Dreams do come true.

Meridith said...

Awesome! I didn't realize you knew Megan from college. So fun!

I've done the WDW Princess and Wine and Dine races and Tink in DL. I'm planning on doing DDD next! Good times!

Trisha K said...

I'm running my first Run Disney race next month- so excited!

Unknown said...

Have you ever run a race at WDW? No just Tinkerbell at Disneyland and very excited I will be running The 2014 Princess!

MAryalicia Verdecchia
pegasusrdr@gmail.com

Aimee said...

I've had friends run at WDW, but I've never run there. Maybe Wine & Dine or a 5K.

Lauren Graback said...

My first and only race to date is Wine & Dine. I loved it and can't wait to experience more RunDisney events!

Heather said...

I ran the Wine and Dine 2013 and plan to run another!!

ElizabethNDP said...

Ran Castaway Cay 5k in March 2012; running Princess 10K in 2014,

Stephanie @Cat Lady Runs said...

I ran the Princess Half in 2012 and can't wait for the Disney Marathon in 2014!

Gina Delgado said...

the tower of terror 10 miler and expedition everest sound like so much fun!

bookgirl said...

I haven't run at Disney but I would love to run any of them. Including the Tower of Terror 10k! :D

Julie Franklin said...

I have run Princess 3 times and Wine and Dine once!

Fairytales and Fitness said...

I have done several races at Disney and will be doing the GSC in Feb! My favorite is doing the Royal Family 5k with my family!

kristie shelton said...

I have never had the pleasure of a disney event, but it is definitely on my bucket list! The tinkerbell race, as she is my absolute fave, and either the Goofy challenge, or maybe the Dopey one.

Marathonandthemunchies said...

WDW Marathon weekend is always a must for our family each year! Didn't run 2013 and 2014 because I had baby but plan to be back in 2015!

Carrie said...

I'm doing my first Disney race in January -- Tink! I can't wait to be part of the Disney elite!

Julie said...

i have run Wine and Dine and Disney Half Marathon (Marathon weekend).

Elizabeth Goodman said...

The wine and dine!

theninjainside said...

Haven't run one, but will run WDW on 1/12! Looking forward to it!

patrick voo said...

haven't yet run at disney, but would happily attempt the dopey challenge!

Elizabeth said...

I'm already signed up to run THREE Disney races (Dopey, Tink, Glass Slipper)...now will I end up with four (Dumbo) or five (and Wine & Dine)?

RunReadRun said...

The WDW Marathon was my first marathon, and it was a blast. I've been thinking about doing the Tower of Terror 10-Miler in 2014.