How to Make a Pocahontas Running Costume

pocahontas running costume

My Pocahontas costume for the marathon was comfy, practical, and accurate. I didn’t see many Pocahontas running costumes out there on the interwebs, and only saw 1 other person at the marathon in Pocahontas so here’s a quick summary of how I put the costume together. With the exception of the belt, if you have basic sewing skills you should be able to figure this out.

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Revealed: The 2014 New Balance runDisney Sneakers

Revealed: The 2014 New Balance runDisney Sneakers

Photo Source: Twitter user @goobermonkey78 /

Are THESE the 2014 runDisney shoes by New Balance? New Balance and runDisney have been keeping the 2014 design under wraps, intending to do the big reveal when Marathon Weekend begins in 9 days. They even blurred out the mock-ups and designs in the teaser videos. I wonder where that screengrab came from and who

I want them in all their ridiculousness but hesitating on the price. I thought I would be able to pay for them with Disney Gift Cards which would give me 14% off but it looks like they are selling them at the New Balance booth, not the Disney stores.

  • The Cinderella and Goofy 890v4 shoes are $120
  • The Mickey & Minnie 860v4 shoes are $125
  • The kids’ shoes (same versions as adults) are $75

Anyway, what do you think? I think they are an improvement on last year’s red and yellow color schemes.

*edited to add* The official announcement is now up

Marathon training: final run

On Sunday, I set out to my final long run for marathon training. The goal was to get in 23 miles, and I felt so lucky that the weather was a freakish 65 degrees that day. It should have been perfect but it was a big flop.

Short version: I just couldn’t get into it and only jogged 16 miles then completely walked the last 4.

Long version: I didn’t map out my route beforehand, which I did the last few times. I don’t follow/ remember the route exactly but it helps me determine a general direction. So as I set out to run, not only was it just one of “those days” where I was mentally not able to get into it, I encountered a lot of hills early in the route. At one point, I decided I wanted to get to a certain area, so I walked up a very steep hill. I kept slogging along, mentally frustrated and annoyed that I couldn’t zone out, and then at around 15 miles my ankles and feet started to hurt. That was new to me At that point, I was just defeated. Every runner has those days where they can’t seem to move and this was my day. I walked to make it an even 20.

New things I tried, in addition to new route:
– lighter carb loading in the days prior
– more water in the days prior
– eggs & rice for breakfast
– wore compression socks during the run

Food eaten during the run:
– 1 Feed Zone cinnamon roll, 100 calories
– 1 serving of “Energems“, 45 calories – Got these as a sample. It’s supposedly the equivalent of a cup of coffee or an energy drink. I am trying to minimize this crappy stuff but I was desperate for a boost.
– Water + 25 oz of Nuun

In the days following, I was really beating myself up over it. I really wanted to do 23 miles to lesson the pain of the final 6 miles which everyone says is the hardest. I was also mad that I wanted to finish on a high note. I didn’t like going into the marathon knowing that my last session was a big fail. I don’t like being tripped up this late in the game. Today, I suppose I’m over it. I’m disappointed but not as angry. All I can do now is get my game face on and look ahead. It’s more important for me to get optimistic and psych myself up than to dwell on the bad stuff.

I just got the pieces for my costume so I have some more work to do. In less than two weeks (it was 2 weeks from Christmas) I will be getting on the plane for Florida!

New Balance and runDisney 2014 sneakers

Earlier this week, New Balance released a teaser video of their 2014 Disney shoe. The shoe you see in the video below was the 2013 model, which sold out within hours way back in January.

The teaser video doesn’t show much about the 2014 shoe but we can see that it will be PINK. I’m 90% sure I’m going to buy them. As cray as last year’s Minnie Mouse sneakers were, I would’ve bought them if I had the chance. I love costumes, polka dots, and ridiculous shoes. More importantly though, those are actually the same model of sneaker that I wear. The 860 shoe made for pronators, and I am on my second pair.  Obviously I will eventually need a third pair.

I won’t get to the expo until the afternoon on the very last day. You’d better save me a pair, Minnie.

Training update

On Tuesday evening my stomach felt terrible and it continued into Wednesday. All day long, I felt like I might be sick. I actually thought I would feel better if I could just… let it out, but it never came. But I hadn’t run yet this week, and I feel like with 7 weeks to go before the marathon, I cannot afford to miss any runs. Even though I felt so awful, I came home and went out anyway. I went so slowwww and I kept burping and coming very close to vomiting. And well, I did a tiny bit. In a bush in the dog park. It was dark. You know, when you picture someone running til they puke, you imagine someone going balls out – not 13 minutes per mile. I only made it 2.5 miles and then walked another mile. The weird thing is, I didn’t regret going out. Maybe it’s true what they say, that you never really regret going out for a run.

I have to wonder why I’m doing this. Am I am a serious trainer, or am I just insane? On that note, yesterday was Hug a Runner Day. No one hugged me because no one wants to hug a pukey runner.

What I Wore uh, Thursday

instant minnie mouse costume

lazy Minnie Mouse costume. Sorry for the blurryness.


My office lets us come in costume, so I kept it clean and classy with this Minnie Mouse getup. I didn’t have any ears though so my sister said it was weak. Whatever; I got to wear to wear Crocs all day instead of heels.

Of course, this has noooo relation to the fact that I think about this upcoming Disney Marathon nonstop! If I don’t get a costume together for the marathon, you may see this apron again.