Prepping for the DISDads Virtual 5K

1395982_10205083225456676_5861515420464034051_nby Ryan Treichler

On the Podcast a few weeks ago, we announced the DISDads Virtual 5K. A 5k is a 3.1 mile run/jog/walk. There will be a calendar window within which to complete a 3.1 mile run or walk (between Father’s Day and Labor Day), but you don’t need to run it at any particular pace. There are no sweepers on a virtual 5K race course. There will be an entry fee for the DISDads 5K, but completing a 5K run during the race window will earn you a special DISDads Virtual 5K medal (design in progress) and all proceeds will go to benefit a charity (voting on which charity we’ll be supporting with this race began yesterday).

If you are in the, “I only run when I’m being chased by vicious animals” camp the idea of running a 5k may seem impossible. But that’s why a 5K is so great. First, you don’t have to run. And second, while some training will be needed, you should be able to complete most of the necessary training in about 30 minutes, three times per week. While the physical effort is one that most everyone should be able to handle, you should always check with your doctor before you begin any new exercise regimen.

While a 5K is the shortest of the “distance” runs, it’s still a distance sane people usually cover by car. So if you’re preparing for your first 5K, you shouldn’t jump immediately to trying to run 3.1 miles. That’s a good way to get yourself injured and discouraged. Instead, you want to build up to 3.1 miles using a well-developed training plan.

I’ve put together a simple plan at the end of this post for your convenience. But there are also a lot of free couch-to-5K apps for both IOS and Android devices. You can also use the Runkeeper app (it has 5K plans in it too). In addition to a plan, Runkeeper adds a social component. A lot of DISDads are already using Runkeeper, so you can get encouragement from your fellow dads with every run. The common thread across all of the various training plans is build gradually, slowly and steadily adding distance to help avoid injury. (Not only do injuries hurt, but they can cause long delays in your training progress while you wait for them to heal). (more…)

Main Street in Missouri

by Ryan Treichler1museumsign

Like most dads I was aware that Marceline, Missouri was where Walt spent his formative childhood years and that it was the inspiration for Main Street in Disneyland. It’s a place that I’ve wanted to see, and on a recent business trip to St. Louis, I had the opportunity to make the 3-hour drive to Marceline.

My first stop in Marceline was the Walt Disney Hometown Museum.

2interiorI loaded up the large DSLR that I had lugged all the way from Raleigh, only to notice the large “No Photography or Video Sign”. Drat! I paid the small entry fee and started talking with the two women that we’re working there. The first room that you enter contains some of the most interesting objects in the Museum. Objects like Walt’s desk and the Midget Autopia car, among others, illustrate the ongoing connection between Walt and Marceline.

One of the ladies from the Museum gave me a personal tour. In the four downstairs rooms, there are a large number of small Disney artifacts. At the conclusion of the tour the guide let me know that I could take pictures, they changed the rules a while back, but left the “No Photography” signs up. I ran back through the museum taking snapshots of things, so I would have things to share with you all. Most of the museum is filled with small artifacts like the ones in the pictures below.


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