Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Fast is Fun with Jeff Galloway

I will admit, it took my about 2 years of Run Walk Run before I experimented with sprints and speed workouts.  I AM STILL NOT FAST by any stretch of the imagination, but I absolutely found benefit from this form of training; it "spiced" things up and did make my long runs seem easier.  I have written about the use of a treadmill and/or track to perform this "speed play" in my Top PT Tips series.  However, these recent strategies from Olympian Jeff Galloway look like so much FUN, I do believe I will be accelerating and gliding all the way to the inaugural Disneyland Paris Half Marathon!!

FAST AND FUN—It’s a state of mind

Why is running faster a good thing?  Short and fast segments not only help you run faster in races.  If you run a few faster segments each week you can improve your running efficiency while receiving a better attitude boost.

How long should you be running before you add some faster running in? After 2-3 months of regular running, some short accelerations can be added with minimal risk of aches and pains.

Is it possible that running fast can actually be fun?  Yes.  The secret is to be creative and limit the length of the fast segment at first.

How often should you run fast? Playful speed can be done once or twice a week.

Four Faster, Fun Workouts
1. Speed play that you can do on your own. ACCELERATE AND GLIDE.  After an easy 10 minute warm-up of slow running, pick up the pace for 10 steps, then coast off the momentum for 10-20 steps.  Don't be obsessed about the number of steps as this is just a guideline.  Don't sprint--be playful.  Gradually pick up the pace, and then glide back down to a jog.  Repeat 2-3 times on your first attempt, and take a one-minute walk break.  Each week you could increase the number of accelerations as you wish, with a recommended walk break of 1-2 minutes between each.

1. Speed play you can do with one friend—CHASE game.  After an easy 5 minute jog together, one person takes the lead.  As the leader changes the pace (speeding up, then slowing down, speeding up) the follower tries to stay close but not pass.  After 3-5 minutes, take a 1-2 minute walk break and repeat with the other runner leading.  Repeat as many times as desired.

2. Speed play you can do with two friends—SURPRISE game. Following the same format as game 1, the follower tries to surprise the leader by passing gently but quickly.  While there should be no sprinting, it is OK to run fast for 10-30 steps to pass.

3. A speed play workout you can do with three or more friends—INDIAN RUNNING.  The group is running single file for a minute or two at an easy pace.  Then, the last runner passes all of the other runners and takes the lead for a minute or two.  The current leader sets the pace and takes a walk break.  When the running resumes, the last runner starts to move to the front.  Each runner gets to take the lead at least once in this game.

The 2015 Jeff Galloway 13.1 Virtual Race is closing on March 21st!  Let all of your readers know that this is a great way to earn an awesome medal and one of the best race shirts around! Run a 5K or half marathon in your town and be a part of the Jeff Galloway 13.1 Virtual Race!
Register at Virtual Race Registration.
Do you have readers that use the Galloway method and have an inspirational story? We would love to feature them on the Jeff Galloway social media pages and website!  Please have them send their story and a photo tokelley@jeffgalloway.com!

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

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

The Adult Coloring Craze Discovers Finding Dory

Color with your kids.  Color with your grandkids.  Heck, color alone.  For years, we have used sensory rehab in nursing homes and long-term care facilities for its calming and therapeutic effects.  So, it was no surprise that this form of "Art Therapy" recently broke into the mainstream.  Begin your hunt, your therapy, today.  What are you waiting for?!
Click, print, and you've found her!

Meet some of Dory's new friends along the way...

I think Ellen would approve!!

Like FINDING DORY on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/PixarFindingDory

Follow FINDING DORY on Twitter: https://twitter.com/FindingDory

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Follow Disney Studios on Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/disneystudios/finding-dory/  

Visit Disney/Pixar on Tumblr: http://disneypixar.tumblr.com  

Visit the official FINDING DORY website here: https://disney.com/findingdory 

FINDING DORY swims in theaters everywhere on June 17th!

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Happy Number 5 to Disney Social Media Moms Celebration "On-The-Road" | And Me!

A blog and a dream.  That's how it started for me five years ago this week.  Mind you, DIStherapy did not start as a "Disney" blog.  It was to be a roundup of my life's loves; my time with the DISability community, what I have learned as the wife of a restaurateur (DISsert), running as a Baby Boomer (Boomer DISh), and my half-century relationship with the Disney brand.  I wrote and shared as therapy.  My own.  Mind you, I am no Silly Symphonies delicate flower, but a series of unexpected personal tragedies had pulled the proverbial magic carpet from beneath me.  My midlife crisis came not only with an empty nest, but with crushing financial consequences and a son on medical leave from college.  Writing helped.  A bit.

Enter an invite to the very first round of Disney Social Media Moms Celebration "On-The-Road" in 2012.  Yup, magic just when you need it.

2012: (Long Island)

They're real!  All those Twitter handles I had collected came with beautiful faces and warm hugs.  Social media mentors, such as Maria Bailey, made us feel as though anything is possible as long as you believe.  I (start to) believe!

Top 5 Takeaways From the 2012 Disney Social Media Moms Celebration "On-The-Road"

2013:  (New York City)

Tools of the trade.  So that's how this is supposed to work?!  (I find myself saying that on a regular basis.)  We are introduced to apps that can supplement our storytelling.  Maybe you can teach an old dog new tricks.  I tinker with Disney Story, which is a stepping stone to what Victoria Lim (Managing Editor of Walt Disney World Public Relations) will introduce us to in following years; Videolicious and Magisto downloaded!

My Disney Story~ "On-The-Road"

2014:  (Philadelphia)

Why are our Disney Parks memories so enduring?  Emotions make memories.  When it comes to Disney Social Media Moms Celebration "On-The-Road", JOY comes to mind.

Emotions Run High at Disney Parks and Disney Social Media Moms Celebration "On-The-Road"

2015:  (New York City)

You ain't never seen a conference like this!  Held on the stage of Broadway's Aladdin, the New Amsterdam Theatre was the perfect backdrop to the previews of the annual "What's New" at Disney Parks.  (I was so inspired by what I saw, I booked my trip to Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration the next day!)

I was struck by the power of the past 60 years.  Walt, just look at the empire you have created!!

Disney Social Media Moms Celebration "On-The-Road" Lights Up the Great White Way
2016:  New York City

Follow along!  I'm merely the Pixie Dust vehicle!!

And yes, through the past five years I do find myself writing about Disney more and more.  Thanks to Disney Social Media Moms Celebration "On-The-Road" I have found my happy.  In many ways, I think Disney saved my family; Disney Parks and runDisney transported us through some very dark days.  I am more grateful than I can fully explain.  No, I have never been invited to the "big" conference, and I have fallen short of that spot on the Disney Parks Moms Panel, but if I have learned anything at all, I hope that what I share on DIStherapy inspires happily ever after in others.  Five years and counting...

**  I received magical invitations to the Disney Social Media Moms Celebration "On-The-Road" events and was admitted free of charge.  This magical re-creation comes purely from the heart!

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

2016 Magical Easter Egg Display at Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa

It's beginning to look a lot like Easter at Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa.  I was hopping up and down when we entered the lobby yesterday and saw the team of white coats at work.  (And what a year it's been, as I was present for November's Gingerbread House assembly as well!)

Approximately twenty eggs dot the hotel lobby, meticulously hand-decorated with cocoa butter scenes from Disney movies young and old.  Let me take you eager bunnies on a tour of this, the 5th year of this eggstravaganza!

And oh, the chocolatey aroma!  As described, each egg is a hollow chocolate form, decorated with fondant, royal icing, and sugar art.

 Some of my movie favorites:
The Frozen Queen stands alone.
Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Inside Out
The Little Mermaid
Toy Story
Beauty and the Beast
Of course, there are sentimantal pics (Mickey Mouse and Cinderella's coach) and artistic masterpieces scattered throughout.

I was so grateful to have the opportunity to thank one of the bakers, Danie, for her talent, imagination, and dedication.  The Easter Egg Display at Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa was for me yet another example of the unexpected magic that awaits Guests every day.  If you are planning a Spring Break trip to Walt Disney World Resort, do not overlook this enchanted art gallery; it is absolutely UNFORGETTABLE.

Focused on the Magic