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Why You Need runDisney In Your Life: Celebrating Friendship, Triumph and Everything Goofy with @MichaeldoesDiz

August 02, 2023 Carissa Galloway and John Pelkey Season 1 Episode 4
Why You Need runDisney In Your Life: Celebrating Friendship, Triumph and Everything Goofy with @MichaeldoesDiz
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Why You Need runDisney In Your Life: Celebrating Friendship, Triumph and Everything Goofy with @MichaeldoesDiz
Aug 02, 2023 Season 1 Episode 4
Carissa Galloway and John Pelkey

You've heard about the magic of Disney, but have you ever imagined running through the happiest place on Earth? Picture turning the corner and catching sight of Cinderella's Castle or running through the streets of Hollywood Studios, cheered on by familiar faces from your favorite Disney movies. This episode takes you on a journey, right into the heart of the runDisney community, as we chat with the multi-time Run Disney finisher and Disney influencer, @MichaelDoesDiz. We uncover the surprising ways in which running marathons and Disney magic intertwine, forming a strong and supportive community that extends beyond the finish line.

Running a Disney race isn't just about the distance covered; it's about the connections made, the memories created, and the chills you get when you accomplish something you didn't think was possible. Michael shares his insights into the unique atmosphere of these races, the camaraderie among participants, and the memorable impact that Run Disney events have had on his life. Yet, it's not always pixie dust and finisher medals - we also delve into the challenges the RunDisney community faced during the pandemic and how coming back has been so sweet!

In addition to demystifying the world of runDisney, we also tackle questions on intermittent fasting for runners, delve into some exciting holiday races, and share the joy of running as a way to celebrate holidays. But this episode isn't just about running - it's about personal journeys too. Michael opens up about how his husband Matthew helped him through his sobriety journey and the significant role that runDisney played in it. From his commitment to sobriety to the unforgettable Disney cruise to Alaska, this episode is packed with heartfelt discussions and fascinating insights into the world of Disney, running, and well-being. So, slip on your running shoes, tune in, and prepare to be inspired!

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You've heard about the magic of Disney, but have you ever imagined running through the happiest place on Earth? Picture turning the corner and catching sight of Cinderella's Castle or running through the streets of Hollywood Studios, cheered on by familiar faces from your favorite Disney movies. This episode takes you on a journey, right into the heart of the runDisney community, as we chat with the multi-time Run Disney finisher and Disney influencer, @MichaelDoesDiz. We uncover the surprising ways in which running marathons and Disney magic intertwine, forming a strong and supportive community that extends beyond the finish line.

Running a Disney race isn't just about the distance covered; it's about the connections made, the memories created, and the chills you get when you accomplish something you didn't think was possible. Michael shares his insights into the unique atmosphere of these races, the camaraderie among participants, and the memorable impact that Run Disney events have had on his life. Yet, it's not always pixie dust and finisher medals - we also delve into the challenges the RunDisney community faced during the pandemic and how coming back has been so sweet!

In addition to demystifying the world of runDisney, we also tackle questions on intermittent fasting for runners, delve into some exciting holiday races, and share the joy of running as a way to celebrate holidays. But this episode isn't just about running - it's about personal journeys too. Michael opens up about how his husband Matthew helped him through his sobriety journey and the significant role that runDisney played in it. From his commitment to sobriety to the unforgettable Disney cruise to Alaska, this episode is packed with heartfelt discussions and fascinating insights into the world of Disney, running, and well-being. So, slip on your running shoes, tune in, and prepare to be inspired!

Send us a Text Message.

Support the Show.

Let Registered Dietitian Carissa Galloway lead you through a science-backed plan to transform the way you think about your diet.
Visit www.GallowayCourse.com and use the code PODCAST at checkout for a great discount!

Become a 321 Go! Supporter. Help us continue to create! HERE

Join Customized + over a $500 discount! HERE you get-

  • 6 Months of Customized Training
  • 6 Months of Healthier U chats
  • 30-day Summer Nutrition Shake Up


Follow us! @321GoPodcast @carissa_gway @pelkman19

Email us 321GoPodcast@gmail.com

Order Carissa's New Book - Run Walk Eat

Improve sleep, boost recovery and perform at your best with PILLAR’s range of magnesium recovery supplements.
Use code 321GO at www.theFeed.com to get 15% off

Let Sara Akers with RunsOnMagic plan your next runDisney weekend!
IG @runsonmagic or you can go to www.RUNSONMAGIC.com or email her ...

John Pelkey:

Welcome to 321 Go the Podcast. I'm John Pelkey.

Carissa Galloway:

And I'm Carissa Galloway and we're bringing you stories from start to finish to keep the everyday athlete motivated to keep moving towards the next finish. Alright, john, you know we have an awesome show today with multiple time run Disney finisher, disney influencer. He's done the dopey challenge and he's someone that shows for me how friendships are formed in the run Disney family. Michael does Diz, and to quickly give you a little background on how I got to know him, he had done several run Disney races before I actually sort of found out who he was. I found him on Instagram during the pandemic, when he was one of the first people that got to go back into Walt Disney World. Once everything opened up, I was just like all over that. I missed the Disney magic. So I remember watching him finding out he did run Disney, falling in love with his husband, matthew, as we'll talk about, and then now we are friends like you and I in real life, and so that is what we love about the run Disney family.

Carissa Galloway:

So we're going to talk about that, the friendship. We're also going to talk some really important information about intermittent fasting and then, of course, we're going to open the mailbox. So if you're enjoying the podcast, please subscribe, give us a great rating, follow, tell your friends. Thank you so much to those of you who have been doing that. Thanks for joining us. And here we go. Our Johnny podcast called 321 Go, but that's, you know, for you a seasonal thing. So when is the last time you actually said 321 Go, and is that what you said?

John Pelkey:

It is what I said. 321 Go. I got to say it twice. It was actually 4th of July, which, you're right. July and August, not as much on the calendar.

Carissa Galloway:

September, even in the central Florida, yeah little warm.

John Pelkey:

Little warm, but we do a 4th of July run for St Pete Run Fest, which is a, which is a half marathon that I do in November, and this year it was interesting because we had two 4 mile runs. You run out to the, the recently refurbished pier in St Petersburg. We had a timed 4 mile run first and then a second 4 mile run. That was more of a more leisurely pace. You could run a one or both and we had a lot of people who ran both. It's such a fun event. We also have a pie eating contest, which is just fabulous, and the winner this year was in it to win it. Apparently he reached out prior to because he'd been there last year, wanted to know what kind of pie it was, and it's your basic pie crust with cool with pie crust with cool with, though we do require you to eat the crust, which is not required at many pie.

Carissa Galloway:

No hands. Is this like a it?

John Pelkey:

is a no hands, just get your face down in there. So there's graham cracker crust all over your face when you're done. It's really is very, very funny. And the guy who was in it to win it, he certainly did. I think he trained for that. He ran the race too, I believe I don't know if he trained for that, but he trained for the pie eating contest. So that was my last three, two, one go. You were also involved in a race on the 4th of July.

Carissa Galloway:

I was, but I did not say go. Our good friend, dj CJ Christian, was the announcer. So it was the track shack watermelon run 5k, which is such a fun this holiday of races, as you said with the St Pete race. They're so fun because you get to maybe get people that wouldn't normally run to come out. It's not, you know, a Saturday in the middle of January where it's nice and cold, it's a fun day. People are off.

Carissa Galloway:

So my neighbor came over to me and she knows that I run and I'm always trying to get everybody that I can to come out to a race. And so she texts me and it was like do you think that maybe you might want to do a 5k on the 4th of July? Like hello, like of course, yes. So we looked at a couple different ones around here but I was like you know what? I know the track shack team that's, you know, john Hughes, betsy Hughes, alicia that puts on all of our run Disney events and they do a great job. It's a big race, it's a 3000 plus people race.

Carissa Galloway:

So I got in when it was 85% full and then it did end up selling out. But we pushed her daughter and my son Weston pushed Elliot in the stroller and then her and I did a little gentle easy run walk. But we did have to start at the very end because we're stroller, so we had to start at the very end. So we took it very nice and easy and then after about a mile it kind of opened up a little bit so we could get in some. We did 60 seconds running, 30 seconds walking, till she told me this was terrible. I know we did 30 seconds 30.

Carissa Galloway:

She finished feeling strong. Christian was there, he called us in and that's kind of what holiday races are for. Right, you finish and I think that's what then he raised. When you think about it, like oh, I got to get up early, I got to do this, I got to find parking, but when you're done you just feel so good. Yeah, you know, and for us, we get to see people that we know and it's kind of like a celebration. I mean, that's the whole point of running is to feel good. At the end you do.

John Pelkey:

Yeah, you do. In fact it's. You know a lot of people. I'm sure you've had people talk to you about how they feel about exercise. It's like getting on the treadmill or getting on the elliptical or lifting the weights. I never, I never look forward necessarily to doing it, but when I finished it I feel so accomplished and I'm glad I did and I think it's the same. You're right about the holiday races. I do need to know this, though. The watermelon run Was there a lot of watermelon?

Carissa Galloway:

So, yes, there's a lot of watermelon at the end. It was one of those situations where there's this really long line, right, but then when you're walking around you realize like you don't need to stand in the line. There's plenty of other watermelon stations over here, you're just not going to them. So hopefully no one saw me go around the line and get watermelon and was offended, but it was really. They were saying come to come to all the stations.

Carissa Galloway:

There was also watermelon eating contest, so I announced this race for many, many years. You have to eat it. You know. No hands all the way down to the white.

John Pelkey:

Okay, wow, nice, that's their rules and regulations.

Carissa Galloway:

There used to be this foam watermelon hat that I had to wear every year. That was like maybe two feet long. It has thankfully since been retired because, you know, it's very warm in Central. Florida, so wearing the same foam watermelon hat for a decade. Glad, I guess Christian was like no right. Hard pass on the watermelon hat.

Carissa Galloway:

But the fun part about this race. So it was in Winter Park, florida, which you know, very lovely downtown area and a very strong community area. So as this race was finishing, we were at the latter end of the finishers, the kids of the kid races. They were having this little festival that was starting. So there was the bouncy slides, there were these carnival games for the kids and had just turned three, my neighbor's daughter's three as well. There was this little pig race. These are toy pigs, you know the kind of animals that you turn on and they like go. They take like three steps.

John Pelkey:

Sure.

Carissa Galloway:

Okay. So they had that set up like a horse race. They had a gate and they had like six different pigs and they all had numbers on them. So the little kids got to pick a number. I thought my child was oblivious to this, I didn't know he was paying a lot of attention. But they opened the gate and the pigs start going. You have no control over how good your pig is. You don't know. It takes maybe like a minute for the race to happen, but Eliud's pig starts to, starts to, is in it. Some of the pigs had no chance, but Elliot's pig number six and number five were right there and I could kind of tell by the timing of the movement that.

Carissa Galloway:

Elliot's pig really had a shot. When his pig one, my sweet little child, was so excited, his whole face lit up. Number six is the winner. It was just like the cutest moment, like it meant so much to him.

John Pelkey:

I just picture Elliot, you know, wearing a hat, holding the racing form, just with a stogie standing up there. Daddy needs new shoes. Come on six.

Carissa Galloway:

Daddy got a pixie stick Anyone and he was very excited by it.

Carissa Galloway:

We told him that. I told Westin and Claire, like you got to remember that. That's one of those stories that we got to tell him. You know, when he gets older, you know, remember that time you got so excited. And then we went to Lake Tahoe and we had another. One of those moments that I will tell before we move on to today's guest was that we were at one of those ice cream places where you can put the toppings on and then you pay for like your weight in ice cream. So Claire and Ellie get their ice creams, which already have far too much stuff on them.

Carissa Galloway:

They have no, you know they give you a bowl that's like an enormous bowl, it's like that'll be $78 in your city, it's three bites and they're ready to go. So we've weighed our seven pounds of ice cream and we go to leave and we turn around and Elliot has taken a handful of candy corn out of just the bag, not supposed to put your hand in it, just nobody's like please just leave, just leave. And so they just dig in the candy corn out of the bin. We didn't pay for it, but you said it was okay.

John Pelkey:

So I thought that was as a fan of candy corn. Candy corn is delightful, I love candy corn.

Carissa Galloway:

But on ice cream Elliot. Was that your choice?

John Pelkey:

You know. For anybody who might think that the universe doesn't have a plan, I will point out that on the fourth of July, you host, you did host. You took part in a race that had a healthy watermelon snack at the end of it, and I took part in a race where you shoved a cool whip pie down your gullet. The universe has its that's it has.

Carissa Galloway:

Everything is in order.

John Pelkey:

That's the way it should be.

Carissa Galloway:

Keep, keep eating the watermelon, Keep being excited. When you're a metaphorical pig wins. You know. Find joy in life, that's our, that's our.

John Pelkey:

I'm going to start a 80s cover band, now called metaphorical pig. I'm going to do it. People do it, me and Riley Claremont.

Carissa Galloway:

That's exciting people. People are excited by that. That's why we love him. That's why people love him. They love the personality, the fun, and I think they come for the Disney magic. So, michael, let's start from the beginning. Okay, you, at one point you were just Michael, but now your Michael does this. So how did that happen?

MichaeldoesDiz:

So it kind of happened by mistake. It was back in 2018. When I was going to Disney with Matthew, who is my husband, who Carissa loves more than most people on this planet, I think.

John Pelkey:

Oh, including the both of us, michael. Including the both of us. We know that.

MichaeldoesDiz:

Yes, we do know that, as I was crossing one finish line, she was like Matthew, I mean Michael, and I was like oh my gosh, wrong, wrong, one of us Just kidding.

Carissa Galloway:

Matthew is always on my mind, so I'm sorry, you know.

MichaeldoesDiz:

I'm well aware. Anyway, back in 2018, the two of us were going to Disney a couple of times throughout the year and I was posting pictures of us at Disney on my personal Instagram account and it was public and all of a sudden, Matthew was like who are these 5000 people that are following you? And I was like I have no idea. And I was looking through them and I was like, oh, they're all Disney people. So I ran with it and I ended up just archiving all my old posts because they all had, like, my apartment address as the location and all the things like you shouldn't share out to the world. And then I changed my name on Instagram to Michael does Disney and I was like you know what? This will just be a place for me to showcase my pictures of Disney stuff Also so that my friends wouldn't get annoyed with me and just sharing Disney stuff, because they were like we get it, you like Disney, Like we don't care that much.

MichaeldoesDiz:

So that was kind of how it happened. And then it grew pretty quickly. I remember it went up to like it was marathon weekend of 2019. And it must have been one of the two of you were like and look at the 15,000 people behind you and I remember looking over it, whoever was next to me and be like that's how many people follow me on Instagram. That's so crazy, that 15,000 people, that's what it looks like, and they were probably like, okay, who are you Shut up? But yeah, and then it's just kind of grown over the last five years and just something fun.

John Pelkey:

It certainly is a lot of fun. I do the same thing. I look at the tiny little corral behind me with about 1400 people and go look all those. All those people are following me. So that's very exciting, all right. Well, what brought you to the run Disney portion of it, michael? What got you out on the course of for run Disney races?

MichaeldoesDiz:

So a big piece of it was.

MichaeldoesDiz:

It was right around the same time where I made a big decision in my life to get sober and I was trying to figure out different outlets of things I could do, and one of them was running.

MichaeldoesDiz:

And I got into running and it was a really, really great way for me to kind of I don't know let my stuff out and really just have something that felt good and that was good for me. And I realized that there was this thing out there that combined my new love of running and my love of Disney, and that was run Disney. So I had never run a race before, never done a 5k in my life or anything like that, and I was like I'm going to get out there and I'm going to try to run a half marathon. And that was my first race. And then, leading up to it I don't really know why I was like I'm also going to run a 10k in the day before it. So the 10k of marathon weekend 2019 was my first ever race and then I ran the half the next day and it's been quite an addiction ever since.

Carissa Galloway:

It has that effect on people, both of them.

MichaeldoesDiz:

It sure does, it has that effect.

Carissa Galloway:

And then they're like well, sure, I should just do two races, so let's go back to those first two races. How well trained were you for these? Did you train for them?

MichaeldoesDiz:

I probably trained more for those two races than any of the other 30 plus races that I have done since then, including my marathons and my dopes. I took them very seriously. I followed the training plans which your father-in-law put together. That I had no idea who he was, or you were, or anyone was at that point in time. I just went on the run Disney website and said here's the training plan. So I did what it said to do and then, ever since then, it's just been like winging it.

John Pelkey:

Well, actually we usually get stories about otherwise. People sign up because they're like, oh my gosh, this is really going to be a lot of fun. And then I always tell them it is fun, there's a lot of entertainment, a lot of people in costumes. It's still 13.1 or 26.2 miles or 6.2. So you're still going to have to go to the distance. So you actually kind of did it backwards there. Michael, you committed to it ahead of time. Well, that leads to another great question and that is, if someone's never done a Disney race, whether they're a veteran of other events, because our events are quite a bit different in the logistic category and a lot of different things. Tell those folks out there who've never done it why they should.

MichaeldoesDiz:

They should do it because for so many reasons. But the family component of it, where you just the people who do run Disney become your second family in a way that since that time I have done other races that have been non-Disney races and they just don't feel the same. I mean, they are fun and they feel good when you complete them, but you kind of finish the race and head to your car and go home and that's it. Disney races are different. They are an entire production. I mean there's so much to them and you leave them feeling so fulfilled. You leave them with this huge, just feeling of community and with so many people and friends that you completed them with. And I don't know, it just like continues on after the race in a way that no other races do Like. When you finish the race, it's not just like OK, I did this, I'm leaving, I'm going home by. It's like days after that you're talking about it and taking pictures and sharing them and talking to the people who you ran with, and it's just the best it is.

Carissa Galloway:

We think it's the best and we love the family component and I think John and Riley and I we've talked about this. I think it was in 2019 and then we had the pause and, coming back, it almost shifted a little bit. Like the family became tighter, it became more important to people, and that was what I kept saying during the pandemic was like we don't know anything about Run Disney. We are the last people to know any information. We have the best job in the world, but we're not on the inside, and I kept saying this has to come back, because this changes lives. This is so important to so many people that need that. That's something to look for, that finish line and for you people like you, you know, working through things like sobriety, which we're going to talk about a little bit later like it was really special how, when we came back, it did that family component was even stronger than ever.

Carissa Galloway:

So the next question I was going to ask you is why do you keep coming back to Run Disney? But I think that we kind of just answered that. But I want to hear about that first race of yours. What was? Did it meet your expectations as a first time? Was it what you thought it would be, or was it different?

MichaeldoesDiz:

It exceeded all of my expectations. It was so much fun and I remember now why I signed up for the 10K in addition to the half and it was because Matthew wanted to do a race. He didn't feel comfortable doing a half marathon. He wanted to just do the 10K and I said you know what, I'll do it with you. At the time I was like this is insane, doing two races back to back. Like who would do that? Now For me personally, it feels like oh my gosh, just the 10K and a half. It's like oh, like there's no 26 miles after that. But it exceeded all of my expectations. I mean, it was just so much fun out there.

MichaeldoesDiz:

We had the best weather for those races that weekend. It was like chilly out, it was sunny, it was perfect. I loved the theming. It was like I don't know. It was just such a good weekend that I remember leaving and figuring out a way to run Princess the next month because I was like I need to come back and I need to do this all again. And it was easier back then. It was not as difficult to register for a race at that point in time In 2019, I remember they had a table at the expo where, if you wanted to register that weekend, you could go up and register. Now it's like you have to sell a kidney to try and get into the races.

John Pelkey:

And it's part and parcel of what Carissa was talking about, I think when the races went away, people realized how much they missed them. So now you're right, it's like when your favorite band is playing in a club and you're like, oh man, they're playing tomorrow night. I can get a ticket for $100. And now your favorite band is doing arena tours and it's $1,200. And you have to get the ticket eight months ahead of time and buy it on a secondary market. So, yeah, it's become a little bit like that. All right, well, let me ask you this Do you have I know this is going to be a difficult one to answer a most memorable moment of all of your other races you've done at Run Disney? Is there one moment that really stands out to you? I'm sure there are many that stand out, but one you'd like to talk about.

Carissa Galloway:

Well, apparently me calling it Matthew was one that obviously. Your names. Both do start with M, though, and they're both, like, not shortened names.

MichaeldoesDiz:

I think you were asking me like where is Matthew as I was finishing. Yeah, probably, hey, good job on your marathon.

Carissa Galloway:

Where's Matthew? Could you let me know? I'm so proud of you, but I need to talk about Matthew.

John Pelkey:

Listen, michael, it's okay. For years, the question I got most often from people was where's Carissa? That was the question. So I have been there Announcer three where's Carissa? And I'm like I have a name. But yeah, so I feel you, yeah.

MichaeldoesDiz:

I feel you you know I'm used to that, but I know with Carissa I mean, we've spent enough time together that I know how much she loves Matthew.

Carissa Galloway:

We're going to talk about him. We have a math section. Don't you worry, I'm not surprised by that. We're doing a three-part with Matthew.

John Pelkey:

We're doing a three-part pod with Matthew, just three complete back-to-back episodes. We'll start at birth, we'll bring him up to today and then we'll have updates on the rest of our pods.

Carissa Galloway:

So stay tuned for all Matthew all the time Did today we should do that. Oh my gosh, people would love that.

MichaeldoesDiz:

Oh, I see the. I see all the wheels turning.

John Pelkey:

Is Matthew there? Michael, I think the question we have right now is Matthew. He's at work.

Carissa Galloway:

I already asked.

MichaeldoesDiz:

He is in the office today. He is. I am home alone. Munchie's not even here. I just dropped him off at the dog center because we are heading to Orlando tonight.

MichaeldoesDiz:

But to go back to your question of the most memorable moment, it was crossing the finish line of my first marathon.

MichaeldoesDiz:

It was there was like, in all the races I've done I had done a lot of half marathons before that at that point and they all felt good when I finished.

MichaeldoesDiz:

But when I crossed the finish line, I mean after you run the 13 miles of the half and then you like realize that you have 13 more to go during a marathon, it's kind of this like realization of like, oh my God, that's a lot of running. And I just remember crossing the finish line of the marathon and breaking into like hysterics as I crossed the finish line and it was just such a good feeling. And it was actually Matthew who would not let me do a dopey as my first marathon. I really wanted to and he was like no, your marathon needs to be its own separate accomplishment before you do a dopey. And I now give that advice to anybody who will listen to me, because it felt so good knowing that I ran a marathon. It didn't have to be this entire big challenge. A marathon is a really big deal and becoming a marathoner is a big deal and it was really cool.

Carissa Galloway:

I've actually never heard that tip and I think that's brilliant.

MichaeldoesDiz:

It is great.

Carissa Galloway:

Not just because Matthew said it, but when I did my first marathon, I think what it felt like when I thought there was like it was one of the first things I'd done in life that I didn't have to do Right, you're supposed to go to you graduate high school, you go to college, you get a job, like you feel like there's all these big milestones that are expected of you and that was something that wasn't expected. I didn't have to do it. And then you yourself, you have support systems but like you get yourself to that finish line, it's all on you in that race. And so I think doing it on its own really does allow you to appreciate the magnitude of what you've done. We're done, and this doesn't matter your speed or your pace.

Carissa Galloway:

Just 100%, always say the courage to start, but like that's true.

MichaeldoesDiz:

Yeah, and you also. I mean, you feel better when you didn't just run 13 miles the day before and six miles the day before that and three miles the day before that. Your body just feels better. You wake up refreshed and kind of ready to do that first marathon. After that, I mean it's just like okay, dopey, here we come, but that first one. That's always my advice to people now.

Carissa Galloway:

If you listen to me. That's a good tip. All right, so we know that you love Disney. You love Disney characters. You're going to see a lot of cool characters, not only at Run Disney, but in your travels you seek them out. I've stood in line with you to see characters. I think it was a boo. It was a boo, it was a boo.

Carissa Galloway:

Now, I know you have some passionate feelings about characters on Run Disney races, some that you feel you've seen too much. But that's not what we're going to talk about. I want to know One in particular. You. I mean, I know who it is, but it's joy.

MichaeldoesDiz:

I joy brings me lots of sadness.

Carissa Galloway:

But then what is a character that you've never seen at a Run Disney race that you would like to, or maybe one you have seen that you want more. So what, what, yeah, what can we do for you, michael?

MichaeldoesDiz:

Oh my gosh, we could be here for the next hour, but I would say I would love to see Dumbo out for the Dumbo double dare challenge at Disneyland, because Dumbo is just an incredibly rare character and it should just be so cool to see him out there.

Carissa Galloway:

There is a Dumbo, though I don't. I don't know this.

MichaeldoesDiz:

There is I'm. I met Dumbo was at throwback night at Disneyland not too long ago and I was like the most popular character of the night. So they treated Dumbo like an oogie boogie bash trail where you could like walk past Dumbo but not really stop and all the cast members were like don't stop, don't stop for pictures. But no one was listening and everyone was just stopping for pictures and Dumbo was like jumping behind everyone to like not really let you take a picture. It's kind of a mess. But it was like I would love to see Dumbo out at the Dumbo double dare. Because it's always fun to me and this is something I've stressed a lot is I love seeing the like metal character or the title character at the finish line or the start line, because I think it's really cool and special to get to take that like picture with your metal, with the character. So I don't know, that's like a big one for me.

John Pelkey:

That's a good one. Yeah, it actually leads to the next question, michael, we'll make you the producer. Now You're the producer and the creator. What run Disney theme would you like to see you get to theme an entire race. What would you like to say? I know, I know it just opened up the toy box. Michael, no wrong answers here.

Carissa Galloway:

Okay, you say joy, Clearly wrong answer yeah, it would not be inside out themed Right.

MichaeldoesDiz:

I wouldn't sign it up, yes, you would, I would. I probably still be there and then probably be dressed as joy with Now you have to dress as joy for a race.

Carissa Galloway:

You really do.

MichaeldoesDiz:

Blue hair and all. Oh my gosh. If I could pick any race theme, I would say it would probably be this one's. Put me on the spot. This is difficult. You can come back, you can think, you can throw out some ideas, you can workshop it. You know, tell you know, john, john knows how to do that.

Carissa Galloway:

I'm like, I'm like immediately, I'm leaning immediately towards something goofy themed, because goofy is my everything.

MichaeldoesDiz:

But, like, there are a lot of ideas that you can do, but it's never themed towards goofy, he's just like out there once. So I think it would be fun to run like an entire Goofy themed race, but at the same time, obviously goofy. There's only one goofy and he can only be in one place at a time, so, like, and he wouldn't be out on the course like a bunch, I don't know. I'm going to think through this At the end of this. Yeah, I'm going to go through this. I'm going to go through this. I'm going to go through this. I'm going to think through this at the end of this.

John Pelkey:

You could work that up, you could have max out there. You could have other other characters from the goofy movie set up photo stuff for that.

MichaeldoesDiz:

So a goofy movie themed race would be very fun. We got a little taste of it during the 90s weekend, which was super fun.

MichaeldoesDiz:

I love that was a good one. My only I don't want to say complain, but like my only thing with that weekend and the characters was I was so excited to see like Mickey and Minnie and all of them in really cool like 90s themed costumes and they were all wearing the costumes from Mickey's 90th birthday which were like the confetti themed costumes and someone definitely read something wrong in costuming and saw like Mickey 90. And was like oh yeah, we have those Mickey 90 costumes but they were all just like the costumes from the confetti, not like them in cool like sweat bands and stuff which I know.

Carissa Galloway:

Yeah, I don't know what. I don't remember the Mickey Warrobe, how. I don't know how expansive Mickey Minnie's wardrobe was in the 90s. Like, did they have the one, did they?

MichaeldoesDiz:

have a cool sweat bands and Mickey Minnie has like these hoop earrings and stuff like that. It's like super fun.

Carissa Galloway:

I appreciate this is good feedback. We don't again, we don't know these answers, we know nothing. We know nothing on the course.

John Pelkey:

So little. No idea what happened.

Carissa Galloway:

Don even ran a 5k, still saw nothing on the. Didn't see anything. No record.

John Pelkey:

Head down whole time.

Carissa Galloway:

Didn't see that there were no characters and our director was like that Well it did rain.

John Pelkey:

It did rain for my 5k, so there were, it was a little limited.

MichaeldoesDiz:

You got to taste the real run Disney, with some rain in there.

John Pelkey:

Well, and I was just appreciative that it kept the temperature down because I did the springtime races and people are always worried if, if what's the most difficult reason, it's like, well, springtime can be just because of the temperatures are dealing with. So I was happy about that, but I did. I literally my director was like hey, did you see this? No, did you see this? No, what about here? No, I took a picture in front of some topiary. That's what I remember.

Carissa Galloway:

That's always there, like not always, but like that is, you could see it anytime in the park.

John Pelkey:

I saw a line and I just wanted to stop running for a minute, so I got a picture in front of some topiary.

MichaeldoesDiz:

That's funny. The director the race director came up to me at the wine and died after party and came up and said so I hear you hate joy and sadness. And I was like, yeah, I do. And he took me upset. He gets to go to the after party.

John Pelkey:

How does he get to go to the after party? I don't know. There's no announcer three there. I'll be making a call to Mark here in a minute.

Carissa Galloway:

It is a good after party Exclusive oh that's why I don't get to go.

John Pelkey:

It's exclusive.

Carissa Galloway:

You're allowed to be in the videos, John, but not at the actual party. I have more questions for you. This might be a hard one for you too. So we've had some celebrities come to run Disney. Drew Carey ran run Disney. We had Ethan from Survivor. We had Bachelor people. We've had people from the Today Show. John Pelkey runs lots of celebrities. What celebrity would you want or want to invite to do a run Disney race?

MichaeldoesDiz:

Oh, that's a fun one. Initially I was going to say Lady Gaga, just because she was my favorite human and celebrity, but I kind of think it would be fun to have Neil Patrick Harris run a race, just because he's such a big Disney fan and he's just awesome and I love how much he and his family love Disney, so I think that would be cool.

John Pelkey:

Yeah, he is there a lot. I used to do the Indiana Jones epic stunt spectacular and you'd see him down there. He's got quite the long stride and he looks like he's in shape. So he might be might be a challenging guy to run with. Is all I'm saying. You could probably push the pace a little bit.

MichaeldoesDiz:

I think he could. So that's my answer and pH.

John Pelkey:

I support that answer yeah, all right, let's say you've already given your tips for people running a marathon, tips for people running their first run Disney race, whether it be a 5K or a 10K. Mine would be look around you. There's some really exciting things going on because I did not do that. But what are the tips that you would give to somebody as a veteran?

MichaeldoesDiz:

I would say that you're going to be anxious the night before. Get as much sleep as you possibly can before that night before, because it's going to be hard to sleep before the race. Having some of that sleep banked up in the week before is really, really helpful. I would say that during the race, make sure to stop, which is a good point of yours. It's really easy to get caught up with a lot of people talking about, oh my gosh, the balloon, ladies and things like that. Take a moment to enjoy. You are there. It's different than running your local road race where there's no entertainment on the course and things like that. You're there for a reason. You're at Disney World. Run and enjoy it and have fun with it. Don't take it too seriously, is what I would say. Take it seriously in the sense that don't not train at all, but go into it and have fun.

Carissa Galloway:

Good tips, great tips. I have a big picture. How has Run Disney impacted your life?

MichaeldoesDiz:

Yeah, I mean in so many ways. First of all, I have so many friends because of Run Disney that are now not just like Run Disney friends, they're actual friends. Chris is included in that. I mean how cool, but I think that's a huge one. I think that, on top of that, it has changed our entire landscape of what our travels look like any year, because we base a lot of things now around race weekends. So it's kind of like okay, where we may have gone away previously for Veterans Day, which is usually early November, Now it's like nope, that's wine and time, so no travel for this because of this. So I think that we have to look at things a little bit differently to kind of figure out the race calendar. So that's been a huge impact. And then I mean those registration days also take up a really big chunk of my brain power and my stress levels because I have to sit and register just like everyone else.

Carissa Galloway:

Yeah, even with 142,000 followers I mean, even you are you do get invited to some Disney events.

MichaeldoesDiz:

So I'm just starting like a normal every day. I didn't get into Dumbo and then I ended up getting a charity bib, which was awesome. So I'm very thankful for charity bibs, because that is how I've gotten myself into many of the races.

John Pelkey:

Yeah, it's a great part of what we do too. We talk about it all the time. Everybody's out there having fun, everybody's looking after themselves, but they do raise tons of money for so many good causes out there. It's one of my favorite things about it. All right, now listen, you mentioned your sobriety a bit ago. I think you've recently celebrated five years of your sobriety Congratulations, that is awesome. Can you just talk about that journey a little bit and what led you to that?

MichaeldoesDiz:

Yeah, I mean it started because I was drinking too much, as fun does and has a reason you become sober. But it started probably really started probably about seven years ago after Matthew and I got married. It was kind of this realization that we didn't need to be going out and partying the way that we were as young 20-year-olds and kind of just kind of took everything into account and looked at our lives a little bit differently and I made the decision and said I need and want to get sober. And Matthew said I fully support that and I will do it with you. And he has been the biggest cheerleader and has stayed sober with me all these years and he also has given me a card on the 28th of every month because I chose to get sober June 28th of 2018, I guess. So I now have 60 cards from him all piled up.

MichaeldoesDiz:

So it's been a cool journey and it's been an interesting one, because at the beginning of it I didn't, I wasn't very vocal about it. It was more so something between me and Matthew. I knew that I was sober, but when I would go out and be social with friends, I would say, oh, I'm not drinking tonight or oh, yeah, it's a vodka soda, but really it was a club soda with lime. And it was really because of my Instagram and kind of, as the years went on and as I gained a bigger following, I chose to get comfortable with talking about it and it was the number one thing that helped me. And now it's like just second nature, like I don't even think about it anymore. It's like, oh yeah, I don't drink and I know that that has helped a lot of other people out there, which makes me very happy.

MichaeldoesDiz:

And I've also been vocal too about like certain things at Disney, where they don't have non-alcoholic options at times, and I had a Zoom with the head of food and beverages for Disney parks one time because we chatted through it and I was like you don't have any mocktail options in Epcot. Everything is premixed at every single booth. Then, like you go up to them and ask, can I get that non-alcoholic? And they're like no, so sorry, you can't. And I said that's an issue and that's something that has to change, and they really have worked on it and changed a lot of that where now you go to some of the festivals and they have all of these different non-alcoholic options. That makes me really happy, so it's cool.

John Pelkey:

I think it's great that you brought that up because, again, they're all premixed. It's just a convenience thing. I'm sure people aren't thinking about it, but I love the fact. And again, just for a moment, to let people know you are comfortable with people talking to you about your sobriety and love helping others achieve that, if that's what they're shooting for.

MichaeldoesDiz:

Yeah, 100%. I mean I think that it makes a lot of people realize, oh, you can be sober and still have fun. That's the number one thing I get from people. They're like, wow, you have so much fun and you don't drink. And I'm like, yeah, I can still go out and have a great time and load up on iced coffee and I'm wired, but I'm having a great time. I might be shaking from all the coffee I'm drinking, but I'm doing great.

John Pelkey:

Listen, I feel you with the caffeine addiction. I feel you with the. I brought the entire French press with me for this interview, so you know.

Carissa Galloway:

I'm.

John Pelkey:

I may have an issue. I may have an issue. Hey, one more thing before we get into all things. Matthew, all the time, all moments. I understand you just recently went on a Disney Alaska cruise. I have been lucky enough to work two DVC Alaska cruises I recommend. Now one of the things about living in Florida is the Caribbean cruise. They're amazing and I love going on them. But you know, I can go over to the coast and get kind of that Caribbean feel. Alaska is completely different. What was your experience like and how great was it? Because I just I hope this DVC goes back every year and takes me it was.

MichaeldoesDiz:

Not only was it probably the best cruise we've ever been on, but also one of the best vacations we've ever been on. It was. It exceeded every single one of our expectations. We didn't really know what to expect going in, because same we've been on many cruises but they've all been tropical. So, like when you're packing for them, you're always packing bathing suits and you know what you're getting into and you know that, like at the days at sea, you're gonna go up there and fight for a lounge chair early in the morning and get your spot and kind of camp out there all day. We didn't really know what to expect because we were like days at sea, what are we gonna do? We're not gonna be out on a lounge chair tanning and reading a book. And it was just like the best trip ever. We had so much fun at all of the ports, it was so beautiful.

John Pelkey:

It's, it's stunning, it's just stunning.

MichaeldoesDiz:

You can't even describe it with a photo because it's so vast. You're just and you have like 120 feet of space between the ship and the edge of the shore. You're going through these amazing passages with just like these incredible mountains around you and seeing wildlife and having whales jump on the side of the ship, and like you don't even need to go on an excursion to experience a lot of this stuff. And it was just very cool and Disney does it right, like the Disney component of the cruise was just fantastic. They did everything right, like I don't know how else to say it. They the entertainment, the caliber of service, it was just wonderful.

John Pelkey:

Yeah, it's always great. I always tell people a lot of people say they can't go on a cruise because they'd be out in open water and that it just makes them nervous. And I know far too many people that way, frankly. And I always tell them take Alaska, because you're doing the interpassage, you can always see land, always you can. Generally you know not gonna have the issues that you might have on the open water if you're afraid of those sort of things. So great.

John Pelkey:

I am an advocate Michael and I advocate Alaska cruises everyone. The Disney Alaska cruise, do it.

Carissa Galloway:

Yeah, I'm gonna look it up, but we have the little one, so I don't know if they're too little for Alaska yet. Like, how cold was it? Like, was it cold.

MichaeldoesDiz:

It was not.

Carissa Galloway:

no, I mean, I know that's dependent on, obviously, a lot of the Well, and we went at the very beginning of the season.

MichaeldoesDiz:

We went mid-May and it runs from May to September. So, like right now the people who are going, it's significantly warmer for them and it was not very cold for us, like we were very happy and content and it was, I don't know, maybe like 50 degrees most of the time, which isn't terrible, it wasn't. I also live in Chicago, so for me I was like in shorts and flip-flops, in the sweatshirt, and people were like you're nuts.

John Pelkey:

But Well, I will say I went later in the season the first time and it was probably in the high 40s, like early in the morning, when you went out on the deck with the fog I'd go with a cup of coffee. But I mean, it's not anything, Carissa, that a light jacket and a sweater won't take care of you. Don't get that Chicago and December type of weather up there on the cruise.

Carissa Galloway:

So Well, look at it, we have a 20% off from our first cruise because we had issues, and so then you can add that with the 10%, so theoretically we have 30% off a cruise. So I'm trying to decide do I use that for?

MichaeldoesDiz:

life. Save it for a big one. Like you need to save that 30% for like a really good.

Carissa Galloway:

Well, alaska might yeah.

John Pelkey:

Alaska. But Michael does make a good point. You do have to pack more for an Alaska cruise because you could go anywhere from that. You're in a bathing suit and a t-shirt, because it can get into the high 80s and then you could have the morning where it's 48 degrees. So you do have to pack a little more, carissa, so that.

Carissa Galloway:

We're going to Lake Tahoe on Friday and it's similar 30 degrees in the morning and then like 70, 80. So I'm always I love that.

John Pelkey:

And then you can't have more than that I can.

Carissa Galloway:

It's 30. A full year.

MichaeldoesDiz:

A full year in Alaska. You love Christmas.

John Pelkey:

Just play Christmas music, for God's sake. Hey, we have been. It is Christmas in July on Hallmark and I have been having it on.

Carissa Galloway:

So, yes, thank you. All right, I do. We're going to wrap soon, but I want to talk about the elephant in the room. It's not really an elephant, it is a glowing ball of love and joy and its name is Matthew. I would love to know how you met Matthew and if it was love at first sight, like it was for me.

MichaeldoesDiz:

Yes, Matthew and I met in December of 2012, about six months after we both graduated from college, while we were living in New York City. We met on J-Date, which is a Jewish dating website that I don't even know if it's still in existence because everyone's swiping on apps these days, but for us it was like a good old fashioned dating website, and he had bought the special for Black Friday. I had bought the special for Hanukkah because we're both cheap Jews and we I don't know if I can say that you can, we can't say that.

Carissa Galloway:

Right, you can say that yeah.

MichaeldoesDiz:

I guess, I can but we both bought some type of special. We both. We were each other's first date on J-Date. We didn't use it to date anyone else and it was love at first sight. We chatted at a little wine bar in the West Village for like four hours and then we saw each other again the next day and then he moved in with me, kind of by mistake, like a month later, because I'm a mistake.

MichaeldoesDiz:

Well, we were both living in studio apartments in New York and he lived in a dump and I lived in like a beautiful apartment. At the time I was working at JP Morgan, I was like living on Wall Street in New York.

Carissa Galloway:

But still cheap, still not wanting to pay for full price J-Date.

MichaeldoesDiz:

Correct? Yeah, for sure, To this day. I never want to pay full price for anything, ever.

John Pelkey:

Smart people don't shop retail. Smart people don't pay retail. Let's just say it come on, people.

Carissa Galloway:

By the way, use racketing, we'll talk.

MichaeldoesDiz:

Oh listen, I'm a racketing lover. But yeah, he lived in like this kind of dumpy apartment in Hell's Kitchen where if you were to put a ball on the floor it would roll down the side of his apartment because it was not even round and he had this one pipe in the apartment that would just radiate heat and he had no control over that, so it was just always hot in there. So he would come sleep over at my place more often and then after like a couple months he just moved in and then he got a really good end of the deal, because I didn't like charge him rent to live with me, but he subletted his apartment out so he was like living for free in Manhattan. Anyway, so that's how we met. We have been together for almost 11 years now. We got engaged Memorial Day weekend of 2014.

MichaeldoesDiz:

I proposed in front of Cinderella Castle in Orlando. I was a ball of nerves. It was like the middle of the day we had just driven there, it was. I had like three different game plans of how I would do it, and the first one was that I had a reservation for us at the Plaza in the Magic Kingdom and, like at the end of the meal. I was gonna get down on my knee and pop the question and it was gonna be like outdoors. And we got there for our reservation and there were all these big green walls up around the restaurant because it was under construction and like you couldn't see the castle and we ended up at a table near the kitchen inside and it was like super not romantic and anyway he said yes eventually, after I proposed outdoors, in front of the castle, and then a bird pooped on him like three minutes later in Frontierland. I have a photo of it, a magical bird, but a bird.

MichaeldoesDiz:

It was a magical bird and that is supposed to be good luck. So yay.

MichaeldoesDiz:

And then, yeah, we got married the next year in Connecticut because we were living in New York City and we were like it's too expensive to get married in New York, we don't want to get married in New Jersey, because we just didn't. So we picked Connecticut because it was nearby and at the time when we were engaged but not married yet, it actually was not legal to get married if you were gay in a whole bunch of states still. So people are always like why didn't you get married in Florida at Disney World? And I'm like, well, I couldn't. So we got married in Connecticut. And then, yeah, we've been married for almost eight years and that's crazy.

John Pelkey:

That's awesome. Well, congratulations, we all love Matthew.

Carissa Galloway:

Yes, jiggly Carissa, who's?

John Pelkey:

very very sorry that he's not there to say hello to.

MichaeldoesDiz:

I have one of my favorite photos from Run Disney ever Will always be, when Carissa jumped over the fence at the finish line and finished the race with us holding our hands, and I love that picture.

Carissa Galloway:

You are one of just a few people that I've done that with my mom, west, and you and Joey Fatone. I embarrassingly finished with Joey Fatone. I don't know what the good thing came over me. It's so awkward.

John Pelkey:

I used to work with Joey Fatone We'll talk, but we used to work with him at the graveyard review at Universal. So anyway, Michael, thank you so much for spending some time with us. This has been really, really great. As we mentioned, you have about 100 times more followers than I do on on on your Instagram. If people want to reach out to you, people want to follow you. What's your handle? Where do they go?

MichaeldoesDiz:

Yeah, on Instagram and only Instagram. I don't have a Tik Tok or YouTube or any of these other new fangle things, just Instagram. Michael, does this the IZ, and feel free to shoot me a message. I am pretty good about answering them, so thank you, thank you.

Carissa Galloway:

Awesome. Thank you, michael. Yeah, we'll see you soon at a race and, yes, can't wait to watch all of your journeys on your Instagram, which is, you know, you're one of my top people. Every morning, I got to see what you're doing, so thank you, thank you, I appreciate it.

MichaeldoesDiz:

This has been wonderful. Thank you for chatting with me today.

Carissa Galloway:

And say hi to Matthew.

John Pelkey:

I will, for me too. I will. All right, michael, thank you so much.

MichaeldoesDiz:

You are so welcome. Oh, that was so much fun.

Carissa Galloway:

Thank you again, michael. That was amazing. Make sure you're following him on Instagram and we will be following him and Matthew at the start line when we get there in November. All right, all right athletes.

Carissa Galloway:

Here's the drill Time to shape up your diet, carissa. Give them the goods. All right, thank you, sarge. It's time for our healthier you moment, and today we're going to talk about something that I get a lot of questions about and there's a lot of emerging research about, which is intermittent fasting. So that's basically alternating periods of eating or having different time windows where you do where you don't eat. So the main one is what we'd call time restricted feeding, where you would maybe eat for eight hours and fast for 16 hours. You can alternate that I recommend.

Carissa Galloway:

Everybody does a 12 hour overnight fast, called a circadian fast that's time restricted fasted and other people do things called alternate day fasting, where they fast every other day. So we'll have a normal eating day and then a very limited, maybe 500 calorie meal or 500 calorie limit on the other days. I think that's a little bit harder. I like time restricted feeding better. It still allows you to get enough nutrients, enough food. But there's benefits to intermittent fasting that, again, it's emerging. We're still learning more about this, but one of them is enhanced weight management, because if you're limiting how much time you can eat during the day, for most people they're eating less, and that's why I like the 12 hour fast, because I think it goes down to that Well, I'm going to have this snack at night that I don't need the bowl of ice cream, the bag of chips or whatever, but I'm in my fasting window. So you weren't hungry, you weren't missing a meal. You're just kind of adjusting behavior that supports weight loss. But really restricting that eating window encourages the body to tap into fat for energy and then also eventually lead to fat burning. There's also research that supports that. It helps with insulin sensitivity, so that can help reduce your risk of type two diabetes. If you have type two diabetes, that can maybe bring you out of it because it helps regulate blood sugar levels. So that's an important reason for it.

Carissa Galloway:

People also say research for brain health, mental clarity, because fasting gives your digestive system a break and allows your body to focus on other essential things that it needs to do. The way I say it to people is, every time we're eating, digestive is an important process. That happens first. Our body can't do other things. So when we stop that digestion, we give ourselves enough time in between meals or create that fasting window, we allow our body to sort of do other things like clean up damaged cells or focus on things like that. You know, kind of fighting those free radicals which we want. So fasting helps that.

Carissa Galloway:

There's also ideas that helps promote long-jevron, promote longevity, and that it's convenient. Because you're eating less, you have to eat in that certain time window, maybe you're eating less meals, so for some it finds itself being convenient. So I am a fan of intermittent fasting for some. The only major conflicting research I've seen is possibly women in menopause because of all the hormonal changes that maybe that's not something that they need to do or that needs more research. And obviously, if you have any other health conditions, you don't want to try this about talking to your doctor as well.

Carissa Galloway:

But I do definitely support the 12 hour fast, even up to 14, 16. I think a lot of people can do that, even athletes can do that. You just want to make sure that you know if you're doing those longer runs, that you're getting in enough calories. But those are things we talk about on healthier you, like I've said before, it's a 12 week course designed to give you nutrition education that a lot of people do find they lose weight or they have more energy. We have monthly chats with me so you can ask me all these questions Fasting is always a question I get and then you have access to emails and support from the other people in the group. So if you want to join, go to gallowaycoursecom and use the code summer to save.

John Pelkey:

Yeah, I think it's really interesting because you bring up a good point. Reading recently, as I read a lot about nutrition and stuff despite the fact that I very infrequently follow my own stuff that I learned. But I think it's really really interesting because it was a great article and might have been men's health and fitness or something about. You know, we have this construct of we eat breakfast at this time, we eat lunch at this time and we eat dinner at this time, and there are a lot of doctors are also saying you don't, don't fall into that trap. You, your body will let you know when you need nutrition, so that just you know to your point. Sometimes we're eating lunch for sport because it's like, oh it's, it's one o'clock, I better have a sandwich or something.

John Pelkey:

So it interesting fasting, more conversation about that every single day, and I have done it on my own in the past. I've done a full fast for 48 hours and then limited calories for a bit, and I tell you the first time they open up your, you can eat whatever you want thing it is. I will tell people right now it's. It's a feeling unlike anything I've ever had before, because I felt crusty. I felt like holy crap, I'm never going to get through this. And then when I was actually able to intake some protein and and eat a nice balanced meal, it was a great feeling. So I may be adding that in now that apparently I've committed to a 10 K at some point. So good, good stuff, carissa, good stuff.

John Pelkey:

Athletes listen up it's mail call time. Announce a free present. All right, sarge. Thank you so much. We do have a question. This is from, by the way, my favorite handle so far, carissa, my poor, unfortunate souls. S O L E S asks this question If we see you out and about in public, are you OK with coming up to us and saying hi?

Carissa Galloway:

John, are you going to answer first or am I going to answer first?

John Pelkey:

You know I will allow you to answer first. I will allow you, for gosh sakes, you can't. I think people know that your your answer.

Carissa Galloway:

I love saying hi to people. I love learning more about them. When we did the watermelon run, we saw a couple of great run Disney runners there. There was Mary, there was Nikki, I believe, and they were saying that we're getting into their longer runs. Dopey training was underway, so it's always great to stop and chat for a moment. So you know, yes, definitely say hi and just kind of like Michael said, send me a message on Instagram. I'm pretty good about answering Instagram messages. Facebook one's not so good. Those just don't you know. But yeah, I like. I like to say hi to people. John, do you like people?

John Pelkey:

I have for years said that I that I don't care for people. I've narrowed down the people I don't care for more. I know I really do enjoy when people come up and talk to me. I know I have that reputation of being somewhat grumpy and things and all bets are off if you catch me at the beginning of a morning at run Disney because, as Carissa knows, without the right intake the caffeine and everything it can be a little punchy. But I do love people coming up and talk to me.

John Pelkey:

Recently, I think I mentioned this to you, carissa a flight attendant on a flight who is a run Disney veteran is like are you John Belke Belke? Which is really kind of cool, because then the rest of the plane thought who's John Belke? And it was a plane with no first class. So I just kidded myself that they were thinking, oh, he would be up in first class if. If we only had that it was a jet blue flight and I when I do other races you know I always run I'm sure you run into this two people saying, hey, I see you at run Disney. So, yes, I love talking to people. I and I apologize in advance If once you've introduced yourself to me and I see you again.

John Pelkey:

I don't remember your name because we stand up there and say our names a lot and it's all over the place and and I am a man of a certain age and in an age we're not going to talk about at this point. Having just celebrated the final birthday in my 50s, I would love to talk to you. Don't feel bad if I can't remember your name. If it's the second or third time, I will do my best. But yeah, we want to hear. We want to hear what you have to say, and feel free If you have concerns about the run Disney stuff as, as Carissa says, we're not really at the top of the information highway of that or that stuff, but but we'll pass that information along. Hey, listen, I follow on run Disney sign up days. I follow on social media to see what's happening. I want to clue myself in because I know that is a. Those are stressful days for a lot of folks. So so, yeah, we're here.

Carissa Galloway:

Say hi and then yeah, and if we don't forget your name or we call you by your Instagram name, you know, because you see Instagram names and then you see so many person like I don't know what my poor, unfortunate souls that's, I don't know what their name is, I just know them that way. So, yeah, good chat. Thank you so much to Michael for being here today. What a really huge Disney fan and I love that he's embraced, run Disney with him and Matthew and then helping other people with their sobriety through running and through, just you know, support from others and advocating for more non-alcoholic versions there. So, thank you guys for listening. If you like the podcast, please share it, please tell your friends, subscribe, like, and we'll be back soon with another great episode.

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