Ballet Shoes & Mickey Ears

The happenings of this Disney-obsessed runner and dancer!


Learn to Walk Before You Run

Ok people. While I don’t actually have a bucket list written down, although probably should, I do have things I would like to do someday. Doing ballet again was one of them and I’m so glad that I did it. Another one is visiting every Disney theme park. While highly unlikely that it will ever happen, I still can dream about it, right?! I’ve always been interested in running, and am finally attempting it. I’ve signed up for two 5ks already and am hoping to do a few more this summer too. There’s even a half marathon I have my eye on that takes place in October. I feel like if I put forth effort with this I can do it. Like true effort. Like I’m running outside in the winter effort. I never thought I would want to run enough to actually want to run outside in the cold and snow. But I did. And I felt great every time I did it. Like I accomplished something. So you’re probably thinking where am I going with all this. The bucket list thing….

I want to run in a runDisney event. Like so bad. I’ve always thought about it but never thought I could ever actually do it. For the past 2 years now I’ve read about other people doing it. From blogs to twitter, I’ve seen other people participate. I’ve even teared up reading people’s blogs and tweets. People I don’t even know. It’s because for people like me who truly love all things Disney, being able to run through the parks must be pretty magical. At least that’s how I feel. Now that I’m beginning to run I can’t help but think about this all the time. I want more than anything to be able to run in Disney. My husband “gets it” but just frowns upon how much it would cost to “just run” in Disney when I can run in races here at home. I do agree with him that being able to run in Disney costs money. So that’s why my dear friends it is on my bucket list. While I am enjoying the world of running, I don’t think I will be one of those people that are super runners. I mean heck, my ultimate running goal at this point would be to run, and finish, a half marathon. If I were to ever run in Disney, it would most likely be a once in a lifetime type thing. If I lived closer, maybe I could see myself doing it more. But with airfare and whatnot, going down there just to run becomes quite costly. My BFF, Legal Ballerina was/is an awesome runner. She’s ran various races and even completed a marathon. That’s pretty huge to someone like me who hasn’t even run in a 5k yet. I tried running with her two summers ago,before we really got into ballet. I couldn’t keep up. It was very overwhelming, and to be honest I was really intimated. While I have my “main bucket list”, I also have side-addendum type bucket lists, if that makes any sense. For example: I want to run a half marathon. The side addendum to that would be, I’d love to run a half marathon with my BFF. It doesn’t have to happen, but if it did it would be awesome type bucket list. I would love to be able to run in Disney with my BFF, like I’ve read and seen so many other people do. Hearing them explain how magical and amazing it was to experience it with their sister, best friend, mother, husband, etc. just sounds so awesome. I mean, who wouldn’t want to accomplish something like that? Even though she doesn’t love Disney as much as I do, I still think it would be amazing. I mean, I absolutely love being able to experience learning ballet with her. So I can only guess that running in a race with her would feel the same way.

But then I get back to reality. One thing at a time disneyballerina. Lets get through our first 5k, then our second, and so forth. Husband told me that he supports me in this, like he does with everything. But between my love for my ballet, my new interest in running, wanting to start a family at some point, etc. I just have to take one thing at a time. He told me if I run in some races here at home this year and really enjoy it, then he would really consider letting me run in Disney. And right now, that’s good enough for me.

You’ve got to learn to walk before you can learn to run 🙂




My pointe shoes finally sold on eBay!!! Thank goodness!!! I was starting to get worried that they would never find a new home. So I’m off to the post office today to mail them to their new owner! I hope she likes them and they work for her. Nobody likes an ill-fitting pointe shoe. No bueno.

I’m also sick. Blah. I hate being sick. Ain’t nobody got time for that!!

I’m also missing ballet and pointe classes tonight. I bought my husband tickets to this Pink Floyd tribute band called The Pink Floyd Experience for Christmas. I’m excited to go and so is he. I’m bummed I’m missing class tonight, but maybe it’s for the better since I’m sick?! I just really hope our teacher doesn’t start our pointe dance choreography!! I hate missing things like that. I feel like I’m really struggling with our level 3 dance. It’s just frustrating. Between having no space to fully do my turns and then when I try bumping in to other girls, and not being able to ever hit my double pirouette on the left, I just get so frustrated. These things all come so easy to the younger girls. I just have to keep practicing. I just have to believe in myself that I can and will eventually get this. Sigh….


Dancing & Running

My cardio stinks. Like, I can’t even get through our one recital dance without feeling like death, stinks. So the answer to my problem?? Running. Now I know people have always had mixed reviews on running and dancing. In fact, I came across this article today on Dance Advantage concerning just this topic. I’ve always dabbled in the running world, but never really stuck with it. Well this time things are different. I’ve already signed up for my first 5k in May and I’m hoping to do at least one more before summer is over. I have even been doing my running outside in the cold. Like 25 degrees cold. I know now that if I can get my butt outside now when it’s this cold and crappy out, come spring I will be ready to go and loving it! I commented on the above mentioned article about my thoughts on running. This is how I look at at. I’m not a professional dancer nor will I ever be. I take 6 hours of ballet/pointe a week and it’s just not enough for my cardio. If I run in moderation, I won’t be contradicting my ballet training. Moderation to me is running a 5k. The farthest I would ever train to run while also doing ballet? Probably a half marathon. And that’s only because I’m not a professional dancer. I can take more of a risk because my career won’t take a hit if my hips gets a little tighter.

So far I am really enjoying running. I encourage you to start a little running too! If you’re looking for a cardio boost to help you with your stamina in ballet, then I highly recommend running. Even if you can only run for 5 minutes. It will help.

The husband even let me buy some cool running gear for the cold. I got new pants and a few shirts to help insulate me and keep me warm while I run outside. Fun stuff!!

Do any if you run? Do you run and do ballet? I’d like to hear everyone’s thoughts on this 🙂

Ballet Pictures in Disney


This was my secret project!!! I didn’t say anything before doing this on here because I wanted it to be a surprise!! So here are some of the pictures I did while in Disney that are ballet related. Major thanks to my inlaws and husband for giving me the time to do these and for helping take the pictures. Thank you!!

I didn’t get to do as many with my pointe shoes as I would have liked, but I got some good pictures in the end. I ended up being too shy to take my pointe shoes into the parks with me! So that is why I am barefoot! Hah! I’m hoping to be able to do this again whenever we go back some day. It was fun! Hope you enjoy 🙂

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