My Running and Racing Bucket (and Anti-Bucket) List with a runDisney Twist!
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My Running Bucket … and Anti-Bucket List! Vlogtober Day 18

Back in January, I shared my racing and running limits … things I have absolutely no interest in doing, my “anti-bucket list.” Of course, back then I was injured and not able to run. So for Day 18 of Vlogtober with Heather Jergensen, I thought I’d chat about this list and if my thoughts are still the same or have I changed my mind?

And to twist things up some more, what if runDisney offered the following races, would my answer still be no? Let’s jump in and find out!

My Running Anti-Bucket List

Then: I will NEVER do a Zombie run

Now: Still a no!

Call me a wuss, that’s okay. But I don’t watch The Walking Dead, I hate horror movies, and the only haunted house I’ve ever been to resulted in me being wedged between two port-a-potties, absolutely freaking out from a Leatherface lookalike with a chain saw who broke character long enough to say, “Jesus, woman, you know this **** is fake, right?”

So needless to say, Zombie runs are still something I’ll never do. Nor have I tried the Zombies, Run app that I downloaded some time ago out of fear that I’d be tearing down the street screaming, “The zombies are coming!!! WE’RE ALL GOING TO DIE!!!”

Now, if runDisney offered a Zombie Run? YES, absolutely! I can just imagine Mickey done up as a zombie now…

Then: I will NEVER do a Polar Bear Plunge

Now: Definitely still a no!

Nope, forget it, never gonna happen, I will just open my wallet and flat-out donate to whatever charity its benefiting before ever dunking my winter-hating, cold-loathing body into freezing water. And don’t bother challenging anyone else here at Joyful Miles, because we have all mutually agreed to never do a polar plunge.

We do have a friend, however, who had to dive to the bottom for her medal. Oh my gosh. She is awesome because not even my bling addiction would make me do that.

Nope. Just nope.

And if runDisney offered one? Nope, no way, still a big anti for me.

Then: I will NEVER do a color run

Now: Still a no.

Things haven’t changed with this one, either. I do not like colored cornstarch on my face, I do not like colored cornstarch any place, I do not like colored cornstarch in my hair, I do not like colored cornstarch anywhere.

I’m prissy. What can I say?

Now, if runDisney offered one? Heck yeah!!

Then: I will NEVER do a mud run

Now: Yep. No.

If I don’t want to be covered in cornstarch, then I most certainly don’t want to be covered in mud … unless it’s during a spa treatment.

As for runDisney, I’ll say …. maybe. But the bling better be amazing!

Then: I will NEVER do a Triathlon

Now: Still a no.

Actually, this is something that has been tempting me for years … but I’m a horrible swimmer. Seriously, the effort it takes for me to swim ten feet is exhausting. This would also require me to join a gym or swim club with a pool and I’m workout-at-home kind of gal. Plus I’d be worried about looking like JD from Scrubs from not having the right equipment or gear … minus the speedo.

Now, a duathlon? Yeah. On the Bucket List. But I’m getting to that soon.

And if runDisney offered … which will never happen in a million years … actually, none of these will happen, but absolutely! How could I pass that up?

Then: Qualifying for the Boston Marathon by the time I’m 50

Now: Sniff.

After running my first half marathon in 2013, I made a goal to qualify for the Boston Marathon by the time I’m 50. Based on my 4:30:02 time at the 2015 Baltimore Marathon when I was 46, this seemed like a possibility. But after my prolonged injury and resulting slower pace … I’m not sure whether or not this goal should be moved to my back pocket. Not that I’m being negative, just realistic.

So enough of the no’s. Let’s move on to the YES and things that are on my…

My Running and Racing Bucket (and Anti-Bucket) List with a runDisney Twist!

Running Bucket List


A Duathlon

While a triathlon is NOT on my radar, it’d be a blast doing a duathlon, which is biking and running! I love to ride my bike. I love to run! Seems like a match made in heaven.

Athletes Serving Athletes

Ever since I’ve seen Athletes Serving Athletes at the Baltimore Marathon, this has been something I’d love to do. It’s where a group of runners will push a wheelchair athlete during a race and I gotta tell you … just the thought along makes my eyes misty. MAJOR bucket list item, here.


Run the Year 2018 Challenge

I did accomplish the Run the Year 2015 Challenge by partnering with a friend to run 2,015 miles in 2015. (We split it equally.) But thanks to my injury, I failed in both 2016 and 2017. The challenge community is fantastic, so I really want to give this another go for the Run the Year 2018 with a partner again for a total of 1,009 miles!


The Fight for Air Climb!

I read about this race … or it might be another series, the details have grown foggy … in someone else’s blog recap and I’ve been intrigued ever since! And nice, there’s a Fight for Air Climb in Baltimore next March, so consider this firmly on my bucket list!

More Local Races

I have to admit … since I have been doing a lot of Disney races, there hasn’t been much left in my budget for local races, such as the Frederick Running Festival and Baltimore Running Festival, both of which are fantastic. So for 2018 … when I will *try* to not go as crazy with runDisney, it is on my big bucket list to do all the races that are listed on this 2017 Goals Post.

But come 2019, though …

Run all the runDisney Races in one year

Now THIS is a goal, y’all, one I hope to do in 2019, the year I turn 50 years old! I think this would be a killer way to celebrate being blessed with so many years of love, laughter, and fun. What would be even better is if I were able to fund all these races with a book sale … which means I need to wrap this post up and get back to work.

What about you?

QOTD: Do you have a racing or running bucket … or anti-bucket list? Or better yet … did you have something on an anti-bucket list but did it anyway?

Thanks for reading and as always, have a joyful day!

Laura Bowers

Laura is a writer, runner, reader, runDisney addict, blogger, vlogger, wife to an amazing guy for 26 years, mom of two wonderful boys, excellent chili maker, and obsessive list keeper. She still thinks Spice World was an awesome movie and feels no shame about that plus she can quote most lines from Talladega Nights. Shake and bake!

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  1. Meridyth Padgett says:

    Love the Scrubs reference. My theme song for anything longer than a 10k is the “Everything Comes Down to Poo” song from the musical Scrubs episode. If you’ve never seen it, I highly recommend it. It might be one of the funniest things ever!

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