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More Disney Recapping- The Expo and Dang My Boys Are Just Too Fast

More Disney Recapping- The Expo and Dang My Boys Are Just Too Fast


I figured I should probably finish recapping our last adventure before another one begins in just a few short hours.

Come to think of it, I still have some things to recap from the Runner’s World Festival a month ago. Yikes.

Oh well, I’m sure after this weekend everything will slow down and I’ll have plenty of time. Ha ha.


So let’s see, things I’ve covered so far from our amazing STUFT Mezamashii Month weekend in Orlando:

The Magical Kingdom

Disney Wine and Dine Half Marathon Weekend Recap

Our Hotel and The Best French Toast Ever

Disney Wine and Dine Meet Up


And now we’ll get to the rest (or most of it).

The events of last Saturday.

Since the boys were pretty pumped about their first ever race, we made sure to get in a good warm up around the hotel.

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Our warm up was in search of coffee and food, you know, the usual. We just happen to bump into Monica on the way.

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She was already out for a morning run, we were barely awake. Ha.


Nerves started setting in a bit on the bus ride over to the races.

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My little man Judah got so darn quiet and was just staring out the window. I kept asking him questions and he finally turned and said “stop talking to me”.

I did. Poor guy, already taking after Mommy and the race nerves.


The kids’ races and the expo for the Disney Wine and Dine Half Marathon were at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex.

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We had to get to the expo first to check out the goods and pick up the boys’ race bibs.

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The expo was pretty big. There were quite a few booths and lots of fun Disney merchandise.

We made our way through pretty quickly since we had some serious racing to do (and because STUFT Daddy isn’t a huge fan of race expos). I tried really hard to not be my normal “talk to anyone and everyone I can” self.

We only stopped for a few necessary pictures like some cute “official merchandise”.

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We also had to check out the new Polar Loop I’ve been hearing about.

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I kind of want one of these cool towels to cover my car seat. I don’t even want to think about how much I’ve sweat on that seat.

Maybe when I get a new car I’ll get a cool towel like this. Ha ha. That’s only like 10 more years.

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Joaquin spotted “Mama’s special Mizuno race shoes” right away.

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Gotta love that right?

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We made one last stop for another pre race pic.

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As much as STUFT Daddy was hoping he wouldn’t have to join us, well, no such luck.

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“Happiest Place on Earth.”

(That was our mantra for the weekend whenever things got a little hairy.”


We headed out after getting the race bibs and made our way to the kids’ races.

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After a quick shirt change so the boys could wear their special racing shirts,

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we were all set.

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Or not.

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Joaquin may have been having some stomach issues like many racers do before a race and I think nerves were setting in again for Judah.

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Nothing a few more little warm ups couldn’t fix.

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Actually, while Judah warmed up and meant serious business, Joaquin tried to play it cool.

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Pretty soon all was good.

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The starting corrals were a bit crowded,

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but we didn’t let that intimidate us

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too much.

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At the last minute the boys decided we had to run with them. Man though when that starting gun went off I could barely keep up.

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This guy meant business.

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This guy was tired 100 meters into the 200 meter race.

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He dug deep and powered through though.

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The finish line was in sight so they all kicked it up a notch and left me in the dust.

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I finally caught up to them at the finish.

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They even got a special hug.

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And then, my boys got their first race medal.

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They did it.

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They were so proud and so was Mama. (Yes, I was fighting tears friends.)

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They had a nice spread at the finish line with goodies. Craisins, bananas and Kidz Clif bars.

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Pretty smart to have hand sanitizer too.

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We met up with our friends Scott, Deb (not pictured) and their cute girls. Scott and I ran the Golden Gate Relay together on the Runner’s World belVita team.

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I love how you make friends so quickly in the running community. We got to hang out a bit at the Runner’s World Half Marathon last month also.

And, well, I bet it’s no surprise that the boys went for seconds at the treat table for an extra bar (or two).

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Judah is still telling just about anyone who will listen “I ran a race and Mommy couldn’t catch up with me. I got a medal.”

They will always remember their first medal and that they got their first Disney medal before Mama got hers.

Hopefully it’s the first of many.

Making memories.

Where the STUFT Mezamashii memories begin.

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We are beyond grateful and blessed for the amazing opportunity for our Run Disney weekend.

A huge thank you to Run Disney and FitFluential for inviting us and for Mizuno for helping the family get there.

Mizuno PicMonkey Collage


I’m off for a super short shake out run followed by some pumpkin pie n’oats (recipe posted yesterday). Then I should probably start packing for the next adventure.

Have a wonderful day!


Have you ever raced with your kids?

Do you remember your very first medal?

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  1. 1
    RFC says:

    HA! Your boys are so cute. We love runDisney, I’m hoping to get my boys to do a race there one day! One is currently uninterested in competition (7 year old) and the other (5 year old) is too competitive for his own good (I’m talking throwing elbows and such. lol. OK not that bad ,but you get the idea). Anyway, I’m hoping the race bug catches both of them eventually 😉

  2. 2
    Lisa says:

    So cute! I love that picture with the medal and the thumbs up

  3. 3
    purelytwins says:

    congrats to your boys!!! they are too cute

  4. 4
    Jenny says:

    I came across your blog probably a month ago and my husband and I have enjoyed it so much! Your recipes are delish and you motivate myself like crazy! I love that you are taking time to encourage your boys to be healthy as well! Once we have some little ones we’ll be doing the same!

    stay strong & beautiful-

  5. 5
    Kathy says:

    YEs…about 3 years ago we did our first 5K. And in typical fashion the boy ~ then 7? ~ only did a few miler practice runs before hand with dad and I thought he would never make it the full 5k. Well, he didn’t realize how far it was either and he started out sprinting…then slowed to a jog….followed by walking…..and continued with that pattern until the final half mile where he swore he “WOULD DIE” and I needed to walk with him to the finish….I kept telling him just to jog really slow and that we said we would “Run to the finish”…he did that with me for a bit until he saw the finish line and HEARD people clapping.

    THEN HE TOOK OFF AND LEFT MOMMA IN THE DUST! (so much for dying??!!)


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    Michelle Kim says:

    My first medal was from a small local 4.2 miler.
    And Disney definitely has the whole family in mind when they plan these events! Looks like you all had a wonderful time 🙂

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    Diane says:

    That is so awesome!! Hope to do this one day with my girls! You are a very lucky Mama!! Love it!!

  8. 8

    I just started following this blog. Your little boys are so adorable. I have two little guys myself and so far my 5 year old has participated in two 100 yard dash races at a local event. He loved it and he starts laughing so hard the minute the race starts. He’d probably be a little faster if he wasn’t laughing so hard, but it’s great I love watching him.

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    Kim says:

    I love the race recap of the boys first race – definitely making some great memories!!! And, they are super speedy!

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    Laura says:

    Omg that is so funny “stop talking to me” hahaha. Guess they already have the racing genes in them! Great recap.

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    Krystle says:

    Haha so adorbs! They’re going to be great runners!
    Do you race in Sayonaras rather than your elixrs now?

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    Jacqueline says:

    Oh gosh the Stuft boys rock! I seriously love their expressions.
    So happy they are loving to run just like their mama. Great job starting them early.

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    Erica says:

    This is pretty much the cutest blog post ever. Your boys! AH! It melts my heart. I hope Kay loves to run. I would really like to do this Disney race with her <3 <3

  14. 14

    You know I always love the family fun pics – memories!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    Angie says:

    That’s adorable! What a great first race for your boys! I can’t wait until my little guy is old enough to race too

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    angela says:

    Love the post! The boys look so proud! I have a 4 yr old daughter who has done a couple of kids runs and it just breaks your heart in a good way when they cross they finish line! Love those towels also – where are they from?

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    Nora says:

    Your son Judah acts exactly like I do before races. I’m pretty sure I said some version of “stop talking to me” the night before my last half when my mom was asking me the difference between crock pots and slow cookers.

  18. 18

    Ah! I love this post! It might have made me tear up a bit myself! I can’t wait to have kiddos and see them run their first race! This is awesome.

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    Amanda says:

    Loved reading the recaps of your time at Disney! I love Disney World and can’t wait to go back! I’d love to run a Disney race too!

    Oh and your boys are beyond adorable! And they seem to have good running form already! You’ve been secretly training them haven’t ya? 😉


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