Disney Sports Mom Lori

Preparing to runDisney Like a Super Hero – Part 1

I've participated in many runDisney race events, and I always have a blast! But, I have to say that my favorite race weekends are the ones that include running with my family.

Last year, I ran Disney Wine & Dine Half Marathon with my oldest son, Aaron. And this year, my 13-year-old, Austin, and I have decided to run the Doctor Strange 10K during Super Heroes Half Marathon Weekend at Disneyland® Resort. We are following the official runDisney training program for the 10K, which kicked off last month. The plan works great for beginning runners and has eased him into longer distances gradually. He does play soccer year-round, so we have modified the plan to fit longer runs on days he doesn't have games.

Mother and son running and training for runDisney races

Choosing the Super Hero themed race was a no-brainer for Austin. Like most teenage boys, he loves all the Marvel movies, which makes this race so appealing to him. No matter what distance or theme you're searching for, runDisney has the perfect race for you! In 2010, Austin had his runDisney debut in the Kids Races, and it seems like only yesterday that he and I competed as a team in the 2012 Expedition Everest Challenge. Now, he is ready to conquer the 10K, and I just hope I can keep up!

Mother and son at runDisney race starting line

So, while I'm super excited about a trip to Disneyland and completing the Infinity Gauntlet Challenge, I am even more excited about all of the quality time this will give me with Austin. Training for the race, planning our costumes and deciding on our theme park and dining plans are just a few examples of the things we will be doing together over the next couple of months. I am very aware of how quickly my kids are growing up, so finding something that we can do together is priceless. I also hope that by doing runDisney races with my boys, it will instill in them a lifelong passion for running, and the desire to be active and healthy.

Stay tuned to the runDisney Blog leading up to Super Heroes Half Marathon Weekend, as I will be sharing updates on our training and planning progress!

Lori is a member of the 2016 Disney Parks Moms Panel representing runDisney. She is here to answer your questions and help you plan your runcation.