2018 runDisney Virtual Running Shorts Series Details and Free Printables

Greetings, Team Tutu! We’ve had a crazy few months around here. Our spring was full of races, travel, and Disney magic. We are thankful for a short break from race travel and looking forward to spending the summer recapping some of our adventures and sharing some costume tips. We are also excited for the summer because it means it’s time to talk about virtual running!  We have participated in the runDisney Virtual Running Shorts series for the past 2 years and it has been a blast!  The virtual running shorts series is a great way to stay motivated to train during the warm summer months. We were so excited when runDisney made the announcement that races would be back again this year with an Incredibles theme!  The medals look amazing and they have us super excited about release of  the Incredibles 2 movie!  Here is a closeup of the bling from the runDisney Instagram:

Now, on to the race details, dahlings (Hope you read that in your best Edna Mode voice):

  • Runners need to register in advance on the runDisney website.
  • The races cost $40.00 each or $142.00 for the challenge.
  • There are 4 opportunities to earn the Incredibles themed race bling featuring Elastagirl, Mr. Incredible and Violet, and Jack Jack and Dash. 
  1. Virtual run #1 (June 1-June 30)
  2. Virtual run #2 (July 1- July 31)
  3. Virtual run #3  (August 1- August 31)
  4. The Virtual Running Shorts Challenge:  This registration option is a commitment to run all 3 virtual 5ks within the time frames listed above. Finishers receive all the virtual 5k medals AND a special finishers medal for completing the challenge.
  • Poof of run is not required to meet the completion requirements for the runDisney Virtual Running Shorts events. Simply go out for a 5k between the allotted dates and earn that virtual bling. 
  • Each race offers a printable race bib available for download on the runDisney website under the “runner info” tab on the event page for the virtual shorts.
  • All races include a commemorative magnet frame and a finisher’s certificate. Challenge participants also receive a free hot/cold gel pack.
  • The Virtual Running Shorts series benefits the Boys and Girls Clubs of Central Florida.

Our plans for the Virtual Running Shorts series:

We are participating in the Virtual Running Shorts Challenge. As we did last year, our plan is to make the virtual races as magical as possible (we are already thinking about our race costumes). We will be sharing our virtual run experiences on our Instragram, and we would love to get social with the virtual races and run at the same time as some of our friends.  We thought it would be fun if we got some of our readers and Team tutu friends together (virtually) to run the virtual races at the same time. We ran virtually with some friends last  2 years and it was so much fun! It was the next best thing to joining our running buddies in real life.  Here are the days we plan on completing each of the 5ks:

If you are registered for any of the runDisney Virtual Running Shorts and would like to join us for some Team Tutu virtual fun, grab your running shoes and join us on June 10, July 8 and/or August 5. You can share your Team Tutu pics Instagram by using #runsintutus. Even if you can’t join us on the same day we are running, we would love to see how you completed your virtual 5k!

And finally…For some extra magic…Here is a set of free printable stickers and mile markers inspired by the Virtual Running Shorts Series.  For the stickers, simply download the file, print, cut, and stick to your planner or training log using glue or an adhesive of your choice! You can print out the mile markers and use them as photo stops on your race course!

Click here to download the stickers: Stickers download link

Click here to download the mile markers: Mile 1 Mile 2 Mile 3







That is all for now! Can’t wait to “see” all our virtual friends on the course! 

– Christine

Free Printable Princess Planner Stickers

Happy February, Team Tutu. We love February because it means it is officially time to do nothing but princess things! We can’t believe the runDisney Princess Half Marathon weekend begins in less than three weeks. We’re busy recovering from the runDisney Marathon, making our race costumes, and trying to fit all the sparkly items we own into a TSA approved carry-on bag. In the meantime, I thought I’d share a set of free printable princess inspired stickers to commemorate the magical weekend. I keep a bullet journal as my planner and training log, and I love to use stickers to jazz up my weekly and monthly pages. I thought fellow fans of all things princess might also enjoy some planner sticker magic.

Preview of the printable princess stickers.

Here is the link to download the stickers as a PDF.. The set includes a sticker for the 5K, 10K, 13.1, and 19.3 distances. There are also stickers with princess mantras to reward yourself for a milestone of your choice. For extra magic, the set includes blank stickers to customize with your personal accomplishments.

Directions for making stickers:

  1. Print the file on white cardstock or sticker paper
  2. Cut out the stickers
  3. If you print the stickers on cardstock, use glue dots, tape, or adhesive of your choice on the back of the stickers
  4. Put the stickers in your planner or training log to reward yourself for a job well done

Good luck to all who are headed to the Princess Half Marathon weekend! Hope to see you on the course.


2017 runDisney Wine and Dine Half Marathon Race Recap

Happy Holidays, Team Tutu!  It’s been a crazy season for us. We have been working through some nagging injuries and adulting far more than we would prefer over the past couple of months. Thankfully, we had a chance for some relief over Christmas in the form of 24/7 PJ wearing and cookie eating. We are definitely looking forward to a new year and the 2018 race season. We will be kicking off the year by running the Walt Disney World Marathon and hanging out in Disney World!

Before we ring in the new year, we’d like to take a moment to recap our last couple of major races from 2017.  We had a back-to-back race adventure in November that we definitely need to recap before the ball drops on the new year!  We finished out our year of races by traveling coast to coast to Disney World to run the Wine and Dine Half Marathon and then to Disneyland the following weekend for the Avengers Half Marathon. It was one magical week! Here is a recap of the Wine and Dine portion of the trip.


We arrived in Orlando towards the end of the weekend as this race was the first leg of a coast to coast journey for us. Melanie and I flew in on Saturday morning and went straight to the expo. Amanda sat out for this race and kept it classy in California. Sadly, it didn’t work out for her to fly all the way from LA to Orlando in time to do the race and get back to work. We missed her, but we certainly understand she’s gotta keep up the Princess Tiana work hustle to sustain our level of Disney addiction over the long-term.

We got to the expo an hour before it closed for the weekend. It was nice because there were no crowds or lines anywhere in the expo area, but it was also a bit of a bummer because we didn’t have a chance to say hello to any of our running friends. We did manage to take one picture with this super cute picture frame!

Expo photo opportunity at 2017 runDisney Wine and Dine Expo

We loved the travel theme for the race. The cute artwork with Mickey running with the suitcase was adorable, but, to be honest, we were not huge fans of the bright orange shirt. I ended up getting the shirt in my husband’s size so he can layer with it on the one day a year it is cold enough to wear long sleeves in Texas. I am sure there are some folks who loved the shirts, but I have a special dislike for orange and red shirts because I am a ginger and those colors are NOT in my color wheel. Orange and red are basically ginger camouflage. Speaking of camouflage, the shirt was so bright that the volunteer who handed Melanie her shirt said, “That shirt is so bright you can go hunting in the woods and nobody will shoot you!”  Here is a glorious photo of the Cozy-Cone orange shirt with #nofilter. It is just that bright.

Brightest runDisney shirt ever!


We both dressed as tacky tourist princesses for this race. Melanie dressed as tacky tourist Snow White and I dressed as tacky tourist Rapunzel. Full credit for the costume idea goes to Melanie. We went back and forth for a long time about our costumes before Melanie convinced me that tacky tourist princesses would be the way to go. I was convinced I had to wear a tutu and tried to make another costume idea work before I agreed to the tourists. I am so glad I jumped on the tacky tourist bandwagon! It would have been a huge mistake to pass up the chance to wear a fanny pack!

These costumes were really easy to put together. We didn’t have to do any major sewing or crafting to put this look together which was great considering we also had to finish up costumes for Avengers half the following weekend! We both decided to fully commit to the princess looks and wear wigs. This was the first time we attempted a half marathon in a wig and it wasn’t too bad. We were fortunate that the weather was perfect the morning of the race, which definitely made it easier to run 13.1 miles in a wig.

Tacky tourist Snow White running costume.

Melanie wore a black wig and added the signature red Snow White Ribbon to incorporate some of the iconic pieces of that character. She hit the jackpot on Etsy and found an epic fanny pack made with adorable seven dwarfs themed fabric! She polished off the tourist theme with a Hawaiian shirt and leggings that still incorporated blue and yellow Snow White colors. She found a cheap plastic pretend camera on Amazon and wore a pair of red sunglasses. She looked exactly like Snow White!

I bought a cheap blonde wig from Party City and braided it to look like Rapunzel’s braid. I embellished the braid with small purple and yellow flowers that I had already glued on bobby pins from the time I dressed as Rapunzel for Princess Half Marathon. I wore a large sunhat that had a strap in the back like a baseball hat. I put my hair in a bun so that the bun would fit through the back of the sunhat and I bobby-pinned the wig to my bun. I re-wore the tank top I made for Princess Half in 2015, and wore purple cargo workout pants that were hanging out in my closet from my previous Zumba obsession. I bought a purple fanny pack and ironed on a printed image of the golden sun to give it some Punzie flair. My favorite part of the costume was the little Pascal I pinned to the fanny pack. I gave him the tutu that I made for the Nemo I carried with me when I dressed as Darla for Disneyland 10k.

Tacky tourist Rapunzel running costume.

Pascal in his tutu!

Race day

Pre-race fun!

We had no problems getting to the corral area the morning of the race. We had a chance to hang out near the stage and dance to a couple of our favorite songs before heading off to our corrals. The race course for this race was similar to the Dark Side Half Marathon course, and we absolutely loved it!  We got to run through Animal Kingdom, Hollywood Studios, and Epcot. The best part of the race was that we had a chance to run through Pandora! It was so fun to run through this gorgeous land and it was a great photo stop! We also enjoyed running through Hollywood Studios with all of the Christmas decorations up.

Running through Pandora!

2017 runDisney Wine and Dine Half Marathon medal.

The medal for this race was travel themed and looked like a ticket. We loved the detail on the medal and thought it was great that the medal changed again this year. We love how runDisney is really changing up the medals!

Post-race party

Out of all of the runDisney events, Wine and Dine Half Marathon weekend has the best perks. The best perk is that this is the only runDisney event that includes admission to one of the parks for a race event. Runners who register for the half marathon or the two-course challenge (10k and half marathon) receive a free ticket to return to Epcot the Sunday evening after the race for a party in the park! The park is closed to the public during this event, so it is the perfect opportunity to relax and enjoy the Food and Wine Festival without a large crowd of people. Speaking of the Food and Wine, runners who register for the half marathon also receive a $15.00 Disney gift card that can be used to purchase food and drinks at the after party! 

Overall, we loved the after party, but there were some kinks that still haven’t been completely worked out. Traditionally, the Wine and Dine Half marathon was a night race and the after party happened immediately after the race finished. There was no need to re-enter Epcot because you simply finished the race in Epcot and went straight to the party. Last year runDisney changed the format of the weekend by adding a 10k and moving the half marathon from Saturday night to Sunday morning.  The move to a morning race meant that the after party also needed to move to Sunday night.  While the after party is only for runners, there is an overlap in the general park hours and the after party hours. Runners can enter the park starting at 8:00 PM, but the after party doesn’t officially start until 10:00 PM.  Epcot doesn’t officially close until after Illuminations ends which is usually shortly after 9:00 PM. The logistics of closing the park and accommodating a large crowd of runners entering the park is a little bit hectic.  Last year we made the mistake of trying to enter the park as soon as possible and encountered a long line trying to enter the park. This year, we arrived closer to 9:00 PM, but we still encountered an issue trying to enter the park while many park guests were trying to leave after Illuminations. The major hiccup in the logistics is that all of the food booths and attractions close down in the time between official park closing and after party starting. This year and last year we ended up just sitting around in World Showcase waiting for the party to start. With that in mind, we highly recommend arriving at the after party at 10:00 PM or later vs. when the gates open for after party admission. After getting up at 3:00 AM to run 13.1 run miles, the last thing you want to do is stand around waiting for food and water availability in Epcot.

Hanging out with friends at the after party!

Other than the hiccup at the start of the after party, we had a blast enjoying all of the festivities. We had the pleasure of meeting up with our friends Kimberly, Cindy, and Lindy during the after party. We took pictures with characters, enjoyed tasty foods and drinks, and swapped stories about how we got started in running and making crazy race costumes.

Extra Magic

After sleeping in a little bit on Monday, we headed to Magic Kingdom and Animal Kingdom for some extra magic. We were super excited because we got to attend some of the taping of the Disney Christmas specials. Melanie and I had a blast making our TV debut during the Magic Kingdom castle lighting. If you use a microscope you can see our epic performance in this picture.

Our TV debut!

After making our TV debut, we made a quick stop back at home before heading out to Anaheim for the Avengers Half Marathon the next weekend! Even though this was a short trip to Disney World, we definitely packed in a lot of fun!

That’s all for now, Team Tutu! Stay tuned for a recap of the Avengers Half marathon coming soon! Did you go to the Wine and Dine Half Marathon weekend? If so, let us know what you thought of the race weekend in the comments below.


2017 runDisney Disneyland 10k Race Recap

Hello, Team Tutu! It’s been a busy fall season around here, but we are excited to get the blog up to date on all our fall adventures! Kicking off a series of fall race recaps with the Disneyland 10k!  It was a quick trip for us as we “only” ran the 10K, but it was a blast nonetheless! We were so thankful to be able to experience the runDisney Disnelaynd Half marathon weekend one last time before the Disneyland races take a hiatus.  Here is a quick recap of the race weekend:

Race expo: We arrived at the expo on Friday afternoon and were pleasantly surprised at the low crowds in the expo area. The race weekend was Pixar themed, and runDisney did a wonderful job with coordinating the expo signage and décor. The special themed details are part of what makes a runDisney event so magical.   We absolutely loved the adorable art on the blue carpet on the entrance to the bib pick-up area.

Adorable carpet in the entrance to bib pick-up at 2017 Disneyland Half Marathon weekend.

Pixar themed signs entering the race expo.

Backdrop for pictures in bib pick-up area for 2017 Disneyland Half Marathon weekend.

The 10k was Monster’s University themed, and the race shirt was royal blue and featured an adorable image of Mike and Sully running on the front of the shirt. We think this is one of our favorite runDisney race shirts to date!  We were also excited to see there was plenty of merchandise still available when we arrived at the official merchandise booth. We were able to snag Tervis water bottles for all three of us! We also saw plenty of shirts, headbands, and tree ornaments still on the shelves.

2017 Disneyland 10K merchandise.

2017 Disneyland 10k participant shirt.

The best part of the expo was getting a chance to catch up with some of our Instagram friends in real life. It was a pleasure to see Kate Malo at the Raw Threads tent. We registered for the race via the Raw Threads Club, and  Raw Threads made a special race themed patch for club members and gave club members a special waterproof ID/credit card holder! We also had the chance to see our friend Alex (@alexquevado) at the expo. He had an amazing Pizza Planet costume for the half marathon! We loved getting a sneak peek of his Pizza Planet hat at the expo.

Always a pleasure to see Kate Malo at the Raw Threads booth!

Free patch and card holder from expo for Raw Threads Club members!


Costumes:  When we heard there was a heat advisory for this race, we tried to ensure our costumes would be appropriate for the warm weather conditions. Amanda decided to go with the Monster’s University theme and dressed as an MU cheerleader for the race.  She ordered a blue cheerleader skirt and top from Amazon and then glued felt letters to the front to make the MU logo. Our friend Sam Steelman made Amanda an adorable headband that looks just like the headpiece the MU cheerleaders wear!

Amanda dressed as a Monster’s University cheerleader!

Melanie dressed as an alien from toy story. She made a blue tutu with one layer of tulle so it wouldn’t be super poofy. She printed out the pizza planet logo on iron on t-shirt transfer material and ironed it on to the front of a blue running tank top.  She made the alien face out of green foam and made the eyes out of images printed on glossy computer paper. She attached the alien face to the front of a green headband from Raw Threads instead of a hat to make this costume more warm weather friendly.

Melanie as a Toy Story Alien.

I dressed as Darla from Finding Nemo. I’ve actually been thinking about dressing as Darla for several years, but never seemed to find a race theme that suited this character. As soon as I heard that the race weekend was Pixar themed, I knew it was time for Darla to make her debut! This was actually a pretty easy costume to put together. I found the “Rock N’ Roll Girl” image from Amy Ever After, and printed it out on t-shirt transfer material. I found the skirt on Amazon, but when it arrived, I didn’t love that the skirt was unhemmed and didn’t really have any tutu flair. Thankfully, my good friend Carolyn (AKA Gg) came to my rescue and helped me repurpose some of the fluff from an old petticoat to add some finish and flair to the skirt.  I found the stuffed Nemo in a stack of toys at the lab where I work, and I “borrowed” him for the week of the race. I wanted to give him a special touch, so I made him a tiny tutu from a hair elastic. I put Nemo in the clear bag from the ice bucket in our hotel because I left the plastic bag I intended to use at home. I secured the bag to my wrist using some scrap purple tech material I had so I wouldn’t have to carry it the entire race.  The headgear took me a little while to figure out. I really wanted to wear the headgear because it is such an iconic part of Darla’s character. I ended up taking some floral wire and wrapping it in tin foil to give it a metallic look. Then, I attached the ends of the wrapped wire to a headband.  I have long hair so I tucked the ends of my pigtails under so my pigtails would look more Darla-like.

Christine dressed as Darla from Finding Nemo.

Race Day:  After some of the challenges Amanda encountered at the Tinkerbell 10k, we were a little concerned about long lines at race security, and potentially limited on course entertainment. Fortunately, runDisney really responded to the feedback from the last event and made some significant improvements to the security process and the course entertainment! We had no issues in the security line during race entry. As soon as we arrived at the pre-race party area, we were pleasantly surprised to see the Pizza Planet truck out for photo ops along with a backdrop specifically designed for the race!  It was very easy to get to the corrals and the corrals were smaller compared to previous races. We loved how the smaller corrals helped control course crowding. We also loved the race course! We started near Downtown Disney and ran into California Adventure for the first few miles. Then we ran into Disneyland, and got to run through the castle!!  The mile markers were very cute at this race. Each mile marker on the course featured a different Monster’s University character which made for adorable photo ops!

Photo ops at the 2017 Disneyland 10k.

2017 Disneyland 10k mile markers.

Speaking of characters, there were so many character meet and greets on the course! We loved that prior to the race, the announcers gave a full run-down of the characters that would be out on the course so we could decide when we wanted to stop and take a picture. We saw Russell and Dug from UP, tons of Monster’s University cheerleaders, Roz from Monster’s Inc.,  Mike and Sully, Daisy and Donald Duck, Chip and Dale, Goofy,  Mickey, the CDA, Lightning McQueen and Mater, Ratatouille characters, Flick and Princess Atta, and Nemo and friends. I of course had to stop and take a picture with Nemo! Amanda stopped to take a picture with her fellow MU cheer squad! We noticed DJs playing upbeat tunes during portions of the course that were not on the parks property. We also saw a big band musician and the drum line from the Pixar parade!!

Nemo and friends character stop at the 2017 Disneyland 10k!

Another special touch on the course was the use of signage and digital projections to add  Monster’s University details throughout the course! When we ran past Paradise Pier, all of the World of Color lighting was on, and the MU logo was projected on to California Screamin’. When we ran between California adventure and into Disneyland, we saw an adorable wall with the rush signs for each of the MU Greek organizations. There were also digital projections of the MU Greek letters throughout the course.

MU themed decorations on the course.

The temperatures were very high for this race, so we took it easy and didn’t push ourselves. We were thankful for the well-staffed water stops that kept us hydrated. We were feeling a little sluggish towards the end of the race, but we thankfully ran into our Instagram friend Andrea right at the finish line! She helped motivate us for the last leg of the race and she crossed the finish line with us. It was such a fun moment!   The post-race area was very well organized, and the post-race picture area featured a picture with the Monster’s University student ID. It was super cute. We sadly did not stop for the post-race finisher picture because the sun was rising and my ginger skin was not about to make it much longer in the heat!  We headed straight to the hotel for showers and a long nap as soon as we grabbed our medals! We loved the medal for this race because it included a special touch of a quote from Mike Wazowski on the back!  This is the first time we’ve seen this detail on a runDisney medal. Overall, we were very impressed with this race event from start to finish! Bravo, runDisney!

Finishing the race with our friend Andrea!

2017 Disneyland 10k medal. Quote says, “We’re not going to lose because we have everything we need to win right here.”

Post-race shenanigans: On Sunday morning we saw how hot the temps were and decided to head out the half marathon course to cheer for the runners and offer some candy to strangers. We stopped at the Walgreens outside of our hotel, picked up a sharpie, a poster board, 500 Starburst candies, and parked ourselves just before the mile 12 mile marker. Melanie put her art skills to work and quickly taped her alien headpiece to the green poster board and made a sign that said “OOOOOOOOOHHHHH the finish line has chosen you!”

Cheering for the 2017 Disneyland Half Marathon participants.

We were so impressed and inspired by what we saw on the course. It was so hot and humid, but every single runner we saw was giving it their all and pushing towards the finish line. Congrats to all who survived the hottest race ever!  We are proud of you!!

After cheering for the half marathoners, we went to a quick brunch with our friends Kirsten (from Crowned Athletics) and Sam Steelman at Storytellers Café. We enjoyed all the Mickey waffles we could eat and then headed home.

Brunch with friends!

Well, I think that is all for now! Stay tuned for recaps of the rest of our fall adventures.  Our next post will be a recap of the Wine and Dine Half Marathon in November. Did you participate in the Disneyland Half Marathon weekend? If so, let us know what you thought about the race weekend in the comments section below!

Congrats to all who survived the heat!


Tutu Tutorial 2.0: Tips for Running in a Tutu

Greetings, Team Tutu! Hope you are having a great summer! We have been busy preparing our costumes for the fall runDisney races. This obviously means a few new tutus are happening in our future!  While we are knee deep in tulle, we thought we would take a minute to share a few things we have learned about running in a tutu.  It has been 2 years since we posted our first tutu tutorial, and we have definitely discovered a few tricks and tips since then! So, without further ado, here is our Tutu Tutorial version 2.0!

Tip 1: Don’t cut the tulle one piece at a time. If you have ever made a tutu (click here for our full tutorial), you know that you need to cut a lot of tulle. I used to cut the strips of tulle one at a time and it took FOREVER.  I am very thankful that a fabric cutter at my local Jo-Ann Fabrics saved me from this misery and told me how to cut a spool of tulle all at once! To use this tulle cutting hack,  grab a piece of cardboard that is the length you want your tutu to be. Next, grab a spool of tulle and clip the end of the tulle to one end of the cardboard.  Then, wrap the entire roll of tulle around the cardboard (as if rolling up a cord). Finally, grab a sharp pair of scissors, slide the scissors under the end of the cardboard where you clipped the tulle, and cut all the tulle at one time. This will give you even strips of tulle with clean edges so your tutu will look nice and neat.

Tip 2: Experiment with different waistband options.  We initially made all of our tutus using 1 inch elastic waistbands. Over the past year, we have fallen in love with crochet material. We love the crochet material because it is comfortable and you can make multiple layers of tulle for a fuller tutu.  The crochet elastic material is located in the ribbon section of Jo-Ann Fabrics and Hobby Lobby. If you are making a tutu for a child, you can use crochet headbands already sewn together.  Speaking of sewing, the crochet material can be difficult to run through a sewing machine. We wrap ribbon around the crochet material when we run it through our sewing machines to keep it from bunching up and getting stuck in the machine. Hand sewing is also an option for crochet material if you don’t have a sewing machine. Even though it is a little extra work to sew the crochet material, we think the end result is worth it!


If you aren’t a fan of sewing or gluing, a long piece of ribbon can also function as a tutu waistband. For this option, cut a piece of ribbon long enough to securely tie around your waist. Then, slipknot pieces of tulle around the ribbon leaving extra ribbon on each end so that you have enough ribbon to tie the tutu around your waist with a bow in the back (as you would with an apron). Ribbon tutus are not a poofy as tutus make with elastic waist bands, but they are definitely a great no sew, no fuss option if you want to make a tutu in a short period of time.

Tip 3: Length matters. Running in a tutu can be a disaster if you make your tutu too long. Trust us. We have made this mistake! If the tulle is too long, it will fly up under your arms, or worse, between your legs. To avoid this issue we make our tutus as short as possible (usually 7-9 inches long).  The perfect tutu length varies from person to person, so take some time to experiment and find the length that works best for you. For extra comfort, try yoga pants, tights, or compression shorts with your tutu so you can keep the tulle from sticking to your legs while running.

Amanda and I made extra long tutus for the 2011 Princess Half. These tutus were difficult to keep under control!

Tip 4: Reuse and re-purpose. If we spend the time to make a tutu, we like to try to use it as many times as we can. Solid color tutus (e.g., black, white, brown, pink) are easy to reuse.  You can gently hand wash a running tutu in the sink and hang it dry to use for another race. Here are a few ways we have recycled solid colored tutus.

  • I wore a white tutu with a couple pieces of blue and gold tulle when I dressed as the It’s a Small World attraction for the Disneyland 10K last year. Then, I removed the blue and gold tulle and wore the tutu under an overlay for my Mrs. Potts costume at the Wine and Dine Half. After that, I wore the white tutu again for a snowman costume at a local 5k.
  • Melanie has a black tutu that she wore at the Pro Bowl 5k, Star Wars Dark Side 10k, Hall of Fame Marathon Relay, and San Diego Rock n’ Roll Half Marathon.
  • Amanda has a brown tutu that she wore when she dressed as an Ewok for the Light Side Half Marathon. She wore the brown tutu again the next month at Princess Enchanted 10k when she dressed as Wall-E and then re-fluffed it to wear when we dressed as Aristocats for the second runDisney Virtual Running Shorts race.

Well, that’s all the tutu tips I have for now. I hope that these tips have inspired you to have fun and create a unique costume for your next race. Do you have any tips for running in a tutu? If you do, let us know in the comments below!




Tinker Bell 10K 2017 Race Recap

This May, I participated in my third Tinker Bell Half Marathon weekend. As usual, it was FILLED with pixie dust, magical moments and happy memories with friends. After completing the Pixie Dust Challenge last year (and the Glass Slipper Challenge just a few months before,) I decided only to run the 10K this year (it’s funny to say “only” the 10K, because a 10K is just as big of a deal!) I absolutely LOVE the 10Ks in Disneyland. They’re short and sweet, lots of park time and a little less expensive than the Half Marathons.

This year, I got to help out at the Raw Threads booth during the runDisney Health & Fitness Expo. It was so much fun getting to meet so many people at the booth! I especially loved getting to meet some of our Instagram friends in person.

One HUGE improvement I saw at the Expo this year was that the official race merchandise didn’t sell out so quickly. I stopped by the race merch area a few times throughout the weekend, and they were almost always stocked with wine glasses and Tervis cups (for the past two years those wine glasses have sold out in minutes.) HOORAY for that! I also loved this super fun fairy photo op at the Pandora booth!


It’s no secret that we love EVERYTHING runDisney at Runs in Tutus, but I do want to touch on a couple not so great things that happened during the weekend – and then I promise I’ll get back to the five million AMAZING things that were going on.

First, let’s discuss the infamous Tinker Bell 5K character stop crisis of 2017. I did not participate in the 5K this year, but many reputable sources have confirmed that there were indeed no character stops at the 5K. There was a sighting of Captain Hook, but he was behind ropes and not available for pictures. This was a total bummer, and we still aren’t entirely sure what happened. Did someone forget to schedule the characters for that morning? Did the Evil Queen cast a dark curse, sending all the characters to Storybrooke? We may never know.

BUT the good news is that the problem seemed to be resolved in time for the 10K. I spotted lots of characters on the course including the Lost Boys, Peter Pan, Wendy, Captain Hook, Chip ‘n Dale in pirate outfits, Goofy, and more. There were a few characters set up with a Photopass photographer, while others were just on the course without a photographer or designated photo stop. Personally, I really enjoyed this setup. The characters that were not at a designated photo stop were interacting with runners on the course rather than posing for pictures. This made the course really fun, and if you really wanted a photo with that particular character, you could always snap a quick selfie!

Aside from the character crisis, the other big news was that this was the first time runDisney did not use volunteers at the race. Instead, everyone distributing race bibs, giving out water or snacks during the race was paid to be there. This sounds OK in theory, but you could notice a HUGE difference. That usual enthusiasm that comes from the cheerful volunteers was missing. Some of the water stops weren’t running quite as efficiently, and there seemed to be a problem with checking IDs at bib pick-up (there was even a reported bib thief, but this may or may not have been related to the change in personnel since it had happened before.) I really missed the volunteers and how excited they were to be there. I do hope runDisney chooses to use the volunteers again in the future.

Now here’s a quick recap of race day! Melanie and Christine had just completed the Dark Side Half on the other coast so they sat this one out, but I got to dress up with my lovely friends Katie and Sam! We decided to go with a Lost Boys theme so that we could wear giant ears and tails!

There was something a little weird going on at the start line corrals. We had to walk through a really narrow entryway that got EXTREMELY backed up. I don’t remember this happening the last two years. There was a major traffic jam trying to walk to our corrals – it was so bad that I almost didn’t make it to the start line in time! I made it to my corral about 30 seconds before we started. Phew! Make sure you give yourself extra time to get to your corral at the Disneyland races in case they continue this new setup.

After the first couple miles of the 10K, we were already in the park and the magic began! I ran into a Lost Boy right away. I stopped for a quick picture, we did a quick Lost Boys crow to each other, and then I was on my way.

Gotta love running into your character on a mile marker!

I ran into lots of friends on the course! I wish I could’ve gotten a picture with everyone, but I did manage to snap a quick pic with our friends John Biel and Kirsten. John makes the BEST costumes, and we are really excited about Kirsten’s awesome new athletic clothing line Crowned Athletics. Check it out on insta: @crownedathletics!




The most magical moment of the weekend of course was the finish line! This was a 10K PR for me, and it was the fastest I’ve been able to run since I injured my knee a year ago. It felt SO GOOD to finish a race without knee pain. Luckily, Mickey was there to give me a victory high five! Those Mickey high fives are just the icing on top of a magical cake.

I celebrated with my friends Sam, Sarah, Katie and Pluto over brunch at Storyteller’s Cafe! It was EXTRA special because Sarah finished her VERY FIRST 10K!! Congratulations Sarah!

Next up we’ll be finishing the Virtual Running Shorts, then we’ll be participating in the Disneyland Half Marathon weekend!! CAN’T WAIT for that new Pixar theme!

See you soon team Tutu and congratulations to ALL our friends who completed a race at the Tinker Bell Half Marathon weekend!


Feeling aches & pains during runs? Try these tips for improving running form!

We are all familiar with the aches and pains that can pop up during a long run. Knee pain, hip pain, stomach cramps or maybe it’s the day where your big toe randomly decides to hurt. If you run enough, you are bound to feel those aches and pains at some point! (If you don’t know what I’m talking about, then you are a bionic woman and we are all super jealous.)

The good news is there are things you can do to protect your body and minimize the discomfort that you may feel while running. Improving your running form is a great place to begin. Here are a few tips to get you started.

  1. Relax your shoulders.

Take a moment during your runs to focus on your upper body. Are you holding a lot of tension in your neck and shoulders? The goal is to keep your shoulders low and loose. Relax them down and back, drawing them away from your ears. Sometimes it helps to give them a little shake to loosen the tension. This will help you maintain good posture and reduce neck pain after a long run.

  1. Activate your gut and your butt.

You can make a lot of progress by focusing on activating the proper muscles. First, your core should always be working when you run. Think about bracing and tightening your midsection. This will be especially useful if you tend to feel back pain after a long run. If you aren’t sure what it feels like to brace your core, just cough. See if you can use some of those cough muscles more often.

Second, make sure you’re using your glutes (aka junk in the trunk.) A lot of runners rely solely on hamstrings, quads and calves to propel them forward, and this results in under-active, weak glutes. The main problem? Your glutes are what stabilize your hips. Everything in your body is connected. Unstable hips lead to unstable knees. Unstable knees lead to unstable ankles..etc. etc. If your glutes are asleep during a long run, you may run into a number of problems such as knee pain, ankle pain or IT band pain. (Side note for anyone who needs it – your IT band is a ligament that runs down the outside of your thigh from your pelvic bone to your shinbone. I could write a whole post about the notorious IT band but I’ll save that for another time.)

So how do you activate your glutes? There are a lot of exercises you can try such as squats and floor bridges. For more on that, check out our posts on how to perform a proper squat and best exercises for runners. The goal is to actually feel those muscles contracting when you run (like how you feel your biceps contract when you show off your arm muscles.) Next time you go for a run, be aware of the muscles you feel and try squeezing your glutes as you push off in your stride.

  1. Land mid-foot.

Pay attention to how your foot strikes the ground when you run. Here’s what you DON’T want to do. DON’T let your heel strike the ground first. “Heel toe” running used to be the standard a few decades ago, but now we know it leads to unnecessary impact on the joints and it’s counterproductive. Think about it. You are trying to move FORWARD. If your heel strikes the ground first, you have a force pushing you backwards. You also have extra impact running up your leg to your ankles, knees and hips. Try this instead. Land lightly toward the middle of your foot, then roll forward and push off with your toes. Try not to sound like a Tyrannosaurus Rex when you run. More noise means more impact. Try to keep it quiet and springy!

OK now also make sure you pat your head and rub your belly. Just kidding…but I know it’s a lot to think about. Don’t try to conquer all of this at once. Next time you go for a run, see if you can pick one thing to focus on to improve your form. Once you’ve got that down, move onto the next thing. Before you know it, all of these tips will come naturally and you won’t have to think about it quite as hard!

Good luck runners and I hope these tips are helpful! Post any questions in the comments below.


2017 runDisney Virtual Running Shorts Series Details and Free Printables

It’s that time of the year again! It’s time to talk about virtual running!  Last year we participated in the runDisney Virtual Running Shorts series and it was a blast!  It was a great way to stay motivated to train during the warm summer months.   We were so excited when runDisney made the announcement that races would be back again this year with a Pluto theme.

Here are some more details about the races:

  1. Runners need to register in advance with runDisney. The races cost $40.00 each or $142.00 for the challenge.
  2. There are 4 opportunities to earn the Pluto themed race bling.
  • Virtual run #1 (June 1-June 30)
  • Virtual run #2 (July 1- July 31)
  • Virtual run #3 (August 1- August 31)
  • The Virtual Running Shorts Challenge: This registration option is a commitment to run all 3 virtual 5ks within the time frames listed above. Finishers receive all the virtual 5k medals AND a special finishers medal for completing the challenge. Challenge participants also receive a free Coolcore towel.
  1. You can print a race bib for each of the virtual runs from the runDisney website on the event page for the virtual shorts under the “runner information” tab.
  2. Poof of run is not required to meet the completion requirements for the runDisney Virtual Running Shorts events. Simply go out for a 5k between the allotted dates and earn that virtual bling. You can visit the runDisney website on the event page for virtual run after completing your virtual run and enter your time to receive a complimentary printable finisher’s certificate.
  3. The Virtual Running Shorts series benefits the Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando charity. RunDisney is encouraging participants to complete 1k of the series with your pet! If you registered for the entire series by April 30, runDisney will send a dog tag and a collapsible dog bowl for your furry friend.
  4. While the race registration does not include a t-shirt, you can purchase commemorative race items on the runDisney website. There is a commemorative sticker, hat, and jacket.

All three of us at Runs in Tutus are participating in the Virtual Running Shorts Challenge. As we did last year, our plan is to make the virtual races as magical as possible (we are already thinking about our race costumes). We will be sharing our virtual run experiences on Instragram and we would love to get social with the virtual races and run at the same time as some of our friends.  We thought it would be fun if we got some of our readers and Team tutu friends together (virtually) to run the virtual races at the same time. We ran virtually with some friends last year and it was a blast!  Here are the days we plan on completing each of the 5ks:

If you are registered for any of the Virtual Running Shorts and would like to join us for some Team tutu virtual fun, grab your running shoes and join us on June 17, July 2 and/or August 6. You can share your team tutu pics Instagram by using #runsintutus. Even if you can’t join us on the same day we are running we would love to see how you completed your virtual 5k!

And finally…For some extra magic – Here is a set of free printable stickers and mile markers inspired by the Virtual Running Shorts Series.   For the stickers, simply download the file, print, cut, and stick to your planner or training log using glue or an adhesive of your choice! You can also try printing onto Avery Sticker Paper. You can print out the mile markers and use them as photo stops on your race course!

Free printable stickers!!

Download the stickers here: Free stickers

Download mile markers here: Mile 1 Mile 2 Mile 3

Can’t wait to “see” all our virtual friends on the course!

  • Christine

2017 runDisney Star Wars Dark Side Half Marathon Race Recap

Last month, Melanie and I went to Walt Disney World for an out of this world weekend at the runDisney Star Wars Dark Side Half Marathon. This race was the second Star Wars themed race for this year us as we participated in the Star Wars Light Side Half Marathon in Disneyland in January.  We decided to participate in both of the runDisney Star Wars Half Marathons this year because they are part of a special challenge race series called the Kessel Run Challenge. If you complete the Star Wars Light Side Half and Dark Side Half Marathons in the same year, you get a special Millennium Falcon medal! We love extra bling, so we did not hesitate to register for both events!

To make things even more exciting, Melanie ran a 10k and a Half Marathon on the Dark Side. She earned an epic Death Star medal for completing both of those races. Here is a breakdown of how the weekend on the Dark Side went:


We went to the race expo at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex on Friday afternoon.  We always try to time our trips to the runDisney expos so that we avoid crowds and lines of non-runners who are there only to pillage the merch to re-sell on eBay. We’ve found in the past that the expos are less crowded in the middle of the day, so we timed our visit for early afternoon on the second day of the race expo.

No crowds at the expo! We picked out each other’s outfits =)

We were pleasantly surprised to find that this race expo had very low crowds. We had no trouble walking around the expo, taking pictures, and browsing race merchandise. Almost 100% of the race merchandise was still available when we were there, so we took the opportunity to finally snag some race themed merchandise. It’s been a couple of races since we had a full selection of race merchandise when shopping at a runDisney expo. It was quite a treat! We also had the chance to stop by the Raw Threads booth to pick up our patch for participating in the race as a Raw Threads Club Member. The race themed patches are such a fun perk of the Raw Threads Club.

Raw Threads Club race patch!

Yes! The Dark Side has sweat pants!

The expo was very Star Wars themed with Stormtroopers patrolling the expo area. There were Star Wars quotes up on the walls of the Joesten center, and some awesome wall art in the exit area from bib pick-up.  Our favorite part of the expo was the Cantina area complete with photo opportunities. We got the chance to hang out with our friend John Biel from the Not Real Runners podcast and snap a few fun pictures at the Cantina. The only thing missing was the Cantina band.

Stormtroopers on patrol at the expo!

Hanging at the Cantina with John Biel.


10K Race Day:

Hi! Melanie here with my recap of the Dark Side 10K.

Costume: For the 10k I wanted a fun and simple tutu due to the amount of time I needed to spend on my half marathon costume. I printed out images of TIE fighters, used mod podge to stabilize the print-outs on some craft foam, and glued the tie fighters and star confetti to a black tutu I had made for a previous race. I wore a plain black tank top and a Galaxy Sparkly Soul headband that I purchased from Sparkly Soul at the race expo.

TIE Fighter tutu for the 10k.


Pre-Race: I walked into the pre-race area and saw there was photo opportunities with Jabba the Hutt, Boba Fett, Darth Vader…. and then I stopped and saw the wait to get a picture with Darth Vader was 40 minutes. I REALLY wanted a picture with Darth Vader, but after waking up at 2:30 AM to get to the race, doing the math on how much time I had to take the picture was not going well.  I basically stood in the same spot for several minutes by myself trying to figure out what I should do… BUT luckily standing out in the open aimlessly allowed me to find some friends! I ran into Christine (@disneymom05) and Jess (@jbullski) and got to chat for a few minutes and take some selfies. Running into them really helped me wake up and get excited to start the race, and I decided to head over to my corral.

Corral area:  The set up for the 10k corral area was a set up I had not seen before. The corrals were set up to where you were facing the side of the start line and could see the race announcers. It made waiting for your corral to start a much better experience. I felt excited for each corral to start because I could actually see it! The corrals were also set up in waves with a shorter time in between the start of each corral and wave. I felt like I didn’t wait long at all for my start.

Race course: As far as I know, this was a new course for a runDisney 10k. The race started in the parking lot of Magic Kingdom, and we began running down the road out of the entrance to Magic Kingdom. I didn’t find this portion to be very entertaining, but that was overshadowed by my excitement to experience a completely different course. At about the halfway point, we entered into Hollywood Studios where I found Darth Maul!

Darth Maul!!

Hollywood Studios had a lot of Stormtroopers out, and this is where I felt the course got really fun. We exited out of Hollywood Studios down a walkway to Epcot. The walkway was a little narrow which made this section fill a little crowded, but it was short and we were able to quickly spread out once we entered the World Showcase. We approached Spaceship Earth where there was a fun photo opportunity with Stormtroopers and Spaceship Earth in the background!

Race Finish: There were Stormtroopers guarding the finish line to watch all who completed what the Stormtroopers called at the beginning of the race “training” for the First Order. They warned us not to disappoint Captain Phasma, so I crossed the finish line and made Captain Phasma proud! I received my medal, banana, and box of snacks and headed back to our hotel to get ready for some Disney World park time. Overall, I really enjoyed the course entertainment and all the costumes at the 10k!

Now, back to Christine for a recap of the Half Marathon!

Half Marathon Race Day:

Costumes: Melanie and I were pretty excited about our race costumes for this event. A few months prior to the race, Melanie and I teamed up with a group of other runners who wanted to dress as Boba Fett/Disney character mash-ups.  I was a little nervous about the mash-ups because I am far more of a Disney expert than I am a Star Wars expert. Thankfully Melanie is a pretty big Star Wars buff, so she helped me make sure that my costume was as true to Boba as possible. Melanie dressed as a mash-up between warrior Mulan and Boba Fett, and I dressed as a mash-up of Mary Poppins and Boba Fett. Melanie chose Mulan because she is a super strong warrior capable of saving a nation. I chose Mary Poppins because she is practically perfect in every way, and because I really feel like the Dark Side needs more sparkle and lace.  Here are some pictures of our costumes and our group of Boba mash-ups.

Mary Fett/Boba Poppins mash-up costume. Lacy and sparkly armor was so much fun to make! Also loved the tiny umbrella and carousel horse details!

Mulan Fett. Melanie hand painted the Mushu detail on the armor!

Boba Fett mash-up group!

Our friend Sam was also in our group. She had an amazing Tink Fett mash-up!


Pre-race fun: We stayed at the Pop Century resort and had no problems catching a bus to the pre-race village for some fun.  There were a lot of photo opportunities before the race, but we chose to sleep a little later and forego the pre-race photo ops. We did have the chance to snap a quick picture with our Boba mash-up group and see their amazing costumes. We also had the chance to see our friends John Biel and Autumn Ziegler. They had some amazing costumes at this race. John dressed as kyber crystals which are the power source for light sabers. Autumn dressed as a sparkly 40th Anniversary edition Millennium Falcon.  After talking with Autumn and John for a couple of minutes, the most magical thing happened us. We were interviewed by THE Star Wars Show!!! As in the one on starwars.com.  The same show that interviewed CHEWBACCA MOM!  Squeeeeee! It. Was. Epic! We loved getting the chance to share a little more about our costumes and talk with a crew who really appreciated the costumes we made. Thank you, Star Wars show, for interviewing us (even though there wasn’t time to include us in the webisode)!

Pre-race with Autumn and John.

Corral area:  As was the case with the Princess Half Marathon, the Star Wars Dark Side corrals started in waves.  Each corral was divided into separate waves so that there wasn’t as much crowding at the race start. We really like this change and felt like it helped cut down on course crowding at the beginning. We were very happy to see that runDisney provided a full fireworks show at the start of each corral that was very substantial compared to what we saw at Princess Half.

Melanie and I ran in separate corrals for this race because we both weren’t feeling 100% at the start of the race. We didn’t want to hold each other back during the race. I had a cold the week leading up to the race, so I was a little concerned about how I would fare in the heat. Melanie has been battling a flare up of her autoimmune disease as well as a knee injury.

Race course: The race course for this race was a brand new course! We were very excited to have the opportunity to check it out.  The course started in the Magic Kingdom parking lot, ran towards and through Animal Kingdom, then through Hollywood Studios, through the Boardwalk area, and then finished in Epcot. This was by far our favorite race course in WDW to date! We loved that the stretch of the race that was on the highway was in the middle of the race vs. at the end of the race as is the case at other runDisney events at Walt Disney World. The first part of the race course had beautiful tree scenery and the race directors took full advantage of the scenery to add a little bit of Star Wars flair to the course. At about mile 3 the Ewoks were out in the wooded area and there was fog, lasers, and the music from the battle at Endor from the movie!! This was such a cool touch, and made for great on course entertainment during the portion of the course that was outside of the parks.  We also loved that this race ran through 3 of the 4 Walt Disney World theme parks. It was very motivating to have some of the best park scenery at the end of the race as the sun was coming up and when we were getting tired.

Finish area and medals:  We loved the finish area for this race because of the awesome scenery complete with Stormtroopers and music. I was pleased that I made it to the end of the course with all my costume pieces still intact. That was a personal win for me. The most amazing part of the race finish had to be Melanie’s experience on the course! She has been working very hard on her fitness and running over the past few years, and her improvement has been unbelievable!! She has transformed into one strong warrior, and been such an inspiration to Amanda and me! Just when we thought Melanie couldn’t level-up anymore in her beast mode game, she proved us all wrong by getting a PR at Dark Side Half Marathon!!! This wasn’t just a small PR, this was THIRTY MINUTES FASTER than her fastest half marathon!! What makes this PR even more impressive is that she achieved this victory while battling an autoimmune disease flare up and a knee injury on the day after running the Star Wars 10k!! Way to go, Melanie!

Melanie after her epic PR!!

After crossing the finish line, it was time to enjoy some sweet Star Wars bling! Here is a picture of all the bling we earned over the weekend.  Melanie and I both earned the Kylo Ren medal for completing the half marathon, and the Millennium Falcon medal for completing the Kessel run challenge (the Light Side Half in Disneyland and the Dark Side Half in Disney World). Melanie also earned the Death Star medal for completing the Dark Side Challenge (the 10k and half marathon in the same weekend). The Stormtrooper medal is the medal Melanie earned for the 10k the day prior.


Allllll the bling!

Postrace fun: Melanie and I used the weekend as an opportunity to have a “Treat yo’self” weekend. We went to Epcot and enjoyed the topiaries and outdoor kitchens and the Flower and Garden Festival on Saturday. On Sunday, we had brunch at Ohana and went to the Magic Kingdom and watched the new Happily Ever After castle projection show. We also couldn’t pass up the chance to take the PhotoPass picture with the floating lantern from Tangled! We were sad that Amanda couldn’t join us, but she decided to stay behind in Disneyland so that she could attend Dapper Day with our friend Kirsten from Crowned Athletics. We think Amanda looked adorable at Dapper Day and had a great time that weekend, too.  All in all, it was a magical weekend!

Enjoying the Flower and Garden Festival.

We had some yummy snacks!

Breakfast at Ohana

Watching the floating lanterns gleeeeeam.

Amanda at Dapper Day in Disneyland!

That’s all we have for now!  Up next for us is a trip back to Walt Disney World to preview Pandora at Animal Kingdom.  Amanda will  also be posting her recap from the Tinker Bell Half Marathon weekend later this week. She represented Runs in Tutus at the Tinker Bell Half Marathon in Disneyland last weekend. Did you run the Dark Side Half Marathon events? If so, let us know your favorite part in the comments below.

-Christine and Melanie





DIY WALL-E Running Costume

Hello Team Tutu! At the Enchanted 10K this past February, I dressed up as Wall-E. It was a big hit, and I had so much fun running the whole race with Wall-E’s little boot and plant in hand. With the Pixar themed Disneyland Half Marathon Weekend coming up, I wanted to share a guide for making this costume. My costume making skills really aren’t that advanced, so trust me when I say you will be able to make this costume! It’s a beginner level DIY for sure.

There are basically four key components to this costume: the shirt, the visor, the tutu and the boot/plant prop.

Let’s start with the shirt. Here is what you will need:

  1. A yellow t-shirt
  2. Grey, black, red and yellow felt
  3. Hot glue
  4. Iron-on transfer paper
  5. Acrylic craft paint (I used Martha Stewart craft paint in different colors like “metallic rust,” “satin black” and “chestnut brown.)
  6. Sponges – I used a variety of natural sponges for different textures

STEP 1: Cut out the felt in different shapes to look like the front of Wall-E, then hot glue it to the front of the shirt. Here’s what mine looked like:

STEP 2: Print out and iron on the Wall-E logo at the bottom of the shirt. Optional: Print out and iron on Eva’s green plant symbol to the back of the shirt. You can use these PDFs or you can Google for the one you like best:

STEP 3: Get out the paint and sponges! Dab on some paint until Wall-E looks nice and rusty, then let dry.

Next is the visor. Here is what you will need:

  1. A visor. I recommend this one. It’s a little taller so you have space to glue on Wall-E’s eyes.
  2. Brown craft foam
  3. Mod Podge
  4. Printer

Step 1: Print out Wall-E’s eyes as big as you want them to be. I just googled a picture of him and cropped out his eyes then print it out.

Step 2: Cut out the eyes then trace the shape onto craft foam.

Step 3: Glue the paper eyes onto the craft foam and coat the top with Mod Podge. Let dry.

Step 4: Hot glue the eyes to the visor.

Now it’s time to make the tutu! Here is what you need;

  1. Elastic band
  2. Brown tulle
  3. Sewing machine OR heat n’ bond

You can reference our post on how to make a tutu for this part. I only tied tulle to the sides of the tutu so it looked like wheels.

Finally – Wall-E’s boot and plant!

Here is what you need:

  1. A boot. I went to Payless and bought a pair of children’s boots on sale for $10. It was worth it because this was my favorite part of the costume!
  2. Artificial green leaves: I cut some off of artificial roses I had in my house
  3. Styrofoam ball that fits inside the boot. This will secure the plant.
  4. Leftover paint and sponges from when you made the shirt.

Step 1: Use the sponge to dab different colors of paint on the boot to make it look old and dirty. Let dry.

Step 2: Put the styrofoam ball into the boot and then stick the stem through to secure the plant.

That’s it! You are ready to go! Wall-E is one of my favorite Pixar characters, so I’m hoping he will get lots of representation at the Disneyland Half Marathon. Good luck and make sure that plant gets to the finish line. The fate of the world is in your hands.