Sunday, May 24, 2015

10 Reasons Training With a Group Will Improve Your Run | Jeff Galloway

Six months after I ran my first-ever lap around the track, I was pixie dusted by an invite to runDisney's Eat Up, Meet Up with Jeff Galloway.  As ecstatic as I was, I wondered if I would be able to keep up with the 20 youngsters around me in a group run.  Having faith in what I had read about Jeff (and thinking he would take pity on this old novice) I made that leap of faith and RSVPed.  It ended up being an event that inspires and motivates me still three years later.

Although I struggled mightily to keep up with the pack, I gained strength and some serious encouragement from the ladies around me.  And Jeff?  He could not have been more supportive and encouraging.  He sought me out after the run, spoke to me about my goals and reason for running, and asked me if I'd like a picture with him!  Well, that photo is part of my on-line mini-shrine I have cherished since.  I knew that day if Jeff and twenty strangers could "lift me up" through a very fast-paced 2 miles, there was real power in the group.  It led to Things I Learned Running With Jeff Galloway.  And sharing today's Jeff Galloway's Blogger Tips!


The fun of running with a group pulled me into the sport 57 years ago.  Running and training with my friends Steve Prefontaine, Frank Shorter Bill Rodgers, brought out the best of running in me—while we became good friends, and Olympians.  As I travel the US this season, for our Galloway training program kickoffs, I see the same fun, support and friendship development.  I hope to see many of you at our free clinics.  Here are the ways I’ve observed runners of all abilities improve more and have more fun when in the right group.
1. Great friendships
2. The miles go by quicker—telling stories, sharing life experiences
3. Guidance in running with the right group for you, with the appropriate run walk run strategy
4. Because the group is waiting for you, you will stay motivated and get out there more often
5. You’ll learn about some interesting races, places to run, fun running experiences
6. On the really tough workouts and races, the group will pull you through
7. Access to tools for management of nutrition, fluids, motivation, aches/pains
8. The right group leadership can fine-tune the pace of each workout, avoiding injury/exhaustion
9. Helping others who are struggling bestows an amazing sense of achievement
10. Sharing the empowerment of finishing a long run can change your life
Most groups, like our Galloway programs allow runners to try them out for free.  Together we can celebrate fitness and inspire others to improve the quality of their lives.

**I received nothing - neither product nor compensation- for releasing this information to my readers.  I do it out of pure admiration!!!

Highlights of this year’s Galloway Training Programs:

  • Discount on the Jeff Galloway 13.1 and Barb’s 5K LINK
  • 50% discount of Jeff Galloway’s Running Schools and Blue MT Beach Retreats
  • Discounts on Phidippides products – Jeff’s store and the original running specialty store LINK
  • Discounts on ElliptiGO, my favorite way to cross train outside
  • Discounts on Pacific Health Products Accelerade & Endurox
  • Discounts on Cooper Complete vitaminsLink
  • Galloway Alumni hat available just for those who have been a part of our team before
  • Newly redesigned Galloway Training medal to celebrate completion of this year’s program

A Note From Jeff

Visit to find your closest Galloway Training Program, and ask me for more details about what I love about my Galloway group.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

The Special Olympics Flame of Hope Has Arrived!

The "Dignity Revolution" is alive in the Special Olympics Flame of Hope and as of this afternoon, it flickers on US soil.

Athens, Greece June 2011
My family witnessed the Flame of Hope light the Special Olympics cauldron in Athens, Greece at the last Special Olympics World Games in 2011.  Though we are ecstatic to be once again present when the flame arrives in Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum this July, I have the honor of transporting it there!!!  On the afternoon of June 3rd, I will run through my hometown of Flushing, New York with my lantern held high.  Granted, it is just a brief leg in the inaugural Special Olympics Relay Across America presented by Bank of America, the symbolism of upholding all that the Special Olympics movement has done and will do for the differently abled is profound for me and my thousand or so teammates.  Go Team LA or bust!

Athens, Greece May, 2015


Begins its historic journey to the United States for the Special Olympics World Games in Los Angeles

ATHENS, GREECE 14 MAY 2015 — On Thursday, 14 May the Special Olympics Flame of Hope for the Special Olympics World Games Los Angeles 2015 (LA2015) was lit during a formal torch lighting ceremony. The torch was lit by the sun’s rays at the Sacred Site of Pnyx, opposite the Acropolis in Athens, Greece.  Present at the ceremony were H.E. President of the Hellenic Republic Prokopios Pavlopoulos, Special Olympics CEO Janet Froetscher, Special Olympics World Games Los Angeles 2015 (LA2015) President and CEO Patrick McClenahan, Special Olympics Hellas President Joanna Despotopoulou , Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics Final Leg Team members, Team Special Olympics Hellas and hundreds more dignitaries and guests.

“In just 73 days, this Flame of Hope will ignite the cauldron in the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, the site of the 1932 and 1984 Olympic Games, “said Patrick McClenahan, LA2015 President and CEO.  “It will signify the start of the largest event Los Angeles has hosted since 1984, the largest sports and humanitarian event in the world this year, and, we believe, one of the most inspirational events of all time.”
After the Flame of Hope was lit, Patrick McClenahan handed the torch to Final Leg Team member and Special Olympics Southern California athlete Brett Laza and Special Olympics Hellas athlete Theano Dilaveraki. Members of law enforcement along with Special Olympics athletes then carried the Flame of Hope through the streets of Athens to the residence of US Ambassador David Pearce, where a ceremony was held. Following the events, the Flame of Hope was entrusted to the Presidential Guard for safe keeping until it begins its journey to the United States.

The Flame of Hope will then begin its trans-Atlantic journey via UPS Airlines, which will transport the Flame of Hope to Washington, D.C., in time for the start of the Special Olympics Unified Relay Across America presented by Bank of America, which will kick-off on 26 May.  The Flame of Hope’s journey aboard a UPS aircraft begins in Athens, Greece on 18 May, followed by a stopover at the UPS hub at Cologne Bonn Airport in Germany then continuing on to Philadelphia, USA and arriving on 19 May, when the flame will then be transferred to a UPS alternative fuel vehicle to travel to the Special Olympics headquarters offices in Washington, D.C

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

60 Magical Years of Disneyland History

Walt Disney trusted that the power of the human spirit would be flourishing in the year 2015.  That deep faith in humankind ensured that his baby, his Disneyland, would continue to advance and thrive as long as imagination drove man's "Carousel of Progress."

Yet, for as much as The Happiest Place on Earth moves forward, it is at its heart exactly as it was on July 17th, 1955.  For millions and millions of visitors since, for both the young and young at heart, Disneyland is the place that "is always growing, but never grew old."

On a personal level, I recognize that I am about the very age that Walt was when he began planning his Florida Project.  My 85-year-old mother is just as enchanted by planning this summer's trip to Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration as my 10-year-old nephew.  And me!

60 Days to 60 Years is dedicated as a reminder; with each of our 60 historical stories and 60 bloggers, co-host Gayle (@DisneyGals) and I challenge you to:

"Come, remember that feeling.
  Come feel forever young..."

60 Days to 60 Years~ A Magical Invitation to Celebrate Disneyland

Disneyland 1955 ~ Disney Gals~ Welcome To The Happiest Place On Earth

                 1956 ~ Guru Donna Kay ~  Storybook Land & Tom Sawyer Island Are Born
                 1957 ~ Disney Running Mama ~ Monsanto House of the Future; MIT meets Imagineering 

                 1958 ~ Focused On the Magic ~ Down the Rabbit Hole with Alice in Wonderland

                 1959 ~ I Am a Mommy Nerd ~ An E Ticket Year for Disneyland

                 1960 ~ Tim O'Day at Babes in Disneyland ~ A Wooden Anniversary

                 1961 ~ Love Our Crazy Life ~ "Bigger Fun For Everyone At Disneyland in '61"

                 1962 ~ Inspired by Dis ~ Major Adventureland Expansion & Swiss Family Tree House


**  For more magical nostalgia, be sure to follow our other Disney community retrospectives:

-   40 Days to 40 Years  (of Magic Kingdom Park)

-   30 Days to 30 Years  (of Epcot)

-   20 Days to 20 Years  (of Disneyland Paris)

-   15 Days to 15 Years  (of Disney's Animal Kingdom)

Monday, May 4, 2015

60 Days to 60 Years | A Magical Invitation to Celebrate Disneyland

To all who come to this happy place, welcome.  Disneyland is your land.  Here, age relives fond memories of the past and here youth may savor the challenge and promise of the future.  Disneyland is dedicated to the ideals, the dreams, and the hard facts that have created America, with the hope that it will be a source of joy and inspiration to all the world.

                                                                                   -  Walt Disney
                                                                                       July 17, 1955
                                                                                       Disneyland dedication

60 years.  Five international Disney Parks later (with another to open shortly) Walt's words are as fresh and relevant as they were six decades ago.  Those words have provided tons of pixie dust and have become a source of enchantment to millions since Disneyland's Opening Day.  ARE YOU ONE OF THEM??  You know you are!  My co-host (Gayle Turner of Disney Gals fame) and I are looking for 60 passionate writers to give Walt his due.  60 Days to 60 Years follows four other Disney community retrospectives (40 Days to 40 Years of Walt Disney World; 30 Days to 30 Years of  Epcot; 20 Days to 20 Years of Disneyland Paris; 15 Days to 15 Years of Disney's Animal Kingdom) in a two-month blogger celebration of Disneyland's 60th Anniversary.

Are you willing to contribute one of the 60 "Happiest Posts on Earth?"  Has a Disney Park been a "source of joy and inspiration" to you??  We are looking for bloggers, casual fans, and Walt groupies from all corners of the globe.  It IS a small world after all!  Each magical year will be marked by a post that will be shared on all social media channels.

 - Request to join our Facebook group.
-  Pick a year.
-  Write about an attraction that opened, or a special event/happening, or a family vacation that took place that year.

Use your imagination- everything (well, it needs to be "G" rated) is acceptable and welcome.  Don't have a blog?  Post on ours!

Comment below, contact Didi Marie and/or Gayle Turner, or reach out to us via any social media channel.  WE want YOU!!

Beginning May 18th, it's 60 Days to 60 Years.

Magically yours,
Gayle & Didi