In the past I have gotten a lot of questions about my runDisney costumes. How do I come up with them? How do I run in them? Where did I get different pieces from, etc. So I figured I would put together this post recapping all my past years costumes and the insight behind them.
Welcome to my runDisney costume guide!
My very first runDisney event was the Princess 10K in 2015. Since this was my first event I didn’t really know what to expect. I knew I wanted to have a cute outfit but that it had to be something I could easily run in. So I got out my sewing machine and got to work! I decided on Jasmine since I loved running in capris and figured her pants would be a good match. I found a teal colored sports bra and capris, along with a tan tank top from forever21. Then I took a bandana for the headpiece. I went to Jo-Ann fabrics and purchased light weight teal fabric along with sequence trim and a blue gem.
I figured for running just doing a front and back piece to give the illusion of pants would be easier then creating them totally. I did just that. I measured and created a front panel and back panel which I attached to the sequence trim. For the top I just wore the tan tank top (I wasn’t comfortable with my tummy showing) and the teal sports bra over it. The headpiece I made by rolling a bandanna, attaching a strip of sequence and then the gem. Overall it was a very simple and easy costume. Unfortunately it was very cold race morning 45! So I ended up wearing a teal jacket on top most of the race. 🙁 Maybe I’ll pull this outfit out of retirement again.
A year later and my next runDisney event was Princess 2016 Glass Slipper Challenge. Over the course of a year I had become familiar with a few different companies that became key in putting my costumes together. This year I also got my husband into running and convinced him into running the 10K with me! What a trooper ;)! I decided to make things easy for him and the most basic guy costume I could think of was Gaston. I ended up getting him a red collared shirt from Walmart ($10) and used stick on foam in yellow over the red collar to give the illusion of a yellow under shirt. He then wore his black shorts and one of my big belts. We pretty much had all the supplies for his costume except the shirt. Overall his was very simply but I think it came out great!
For my Princess 10K costume I wanted to be Belle, but the town version. I wore my black running capris (I love running in capris, although I’m now slowly switching to shorts). My blue skirt is from Sparkle Athletic, a key company in almost all my costumes now. I happen to have a white long sleeve athletic shirt (learned from the pervious year it might be cold, it was). I was lucky enough to find the blue tank top with collar at TJ Maxx. I used the same foam over collar technique for my costume as well. I also used the foam to make a blue bow for my hair and attached it to a clip. The apron I order off of Amazon and cut it to fit my size and needs. Last but not least I found the book and basket at a local thrift store for like $3! (score!) Overall everything worked out great and was budget friendly 😉
My Princess half costume I decided to go with the Little Mermaid theme of the weekend. In true Ariel fashion though I had to bring my friends along! I ordered Sebastian and Flounder off of Amazon (amazon prime is amazing!) I happen to have a purple tank top that I had previously gotten at TJ Maxx. I ued the same foam technique to make my sea shell bra. Even though the foam is sticky make sure to either staple or put a stitch or two to hold it in place. Once you start sweating the sticky part starts to fade. (my shells were starting to come off around mile 11!) I wore another pair of black running capris that I already had. My red visor and mermaid skirt are from Sparkle Athletic (told you, key company). I attached Sebastian to my hat with safety pins and flounder to my race belt (x31Sports) with a rubber-band. Make sure if your attaching anything to a belt you make it really tight. Flounder bounced around a lot, but I still made it work. Overall I think my Ariel costume worked out great and I got lots of compliments along the course route. 🙂
The 2016 Star Wars Dark Side Half was a last min decision for me. My brother and sister in law were running the 5K and last min runDisney released more spots for the half, so I signed up! My costume was more basic for this race because of the short notice. I used the same black running capris. My visor and skirt are from Sparkle Athletic (gunmetal), I though it worked well for the star wars theme. My tank top is from Raw Threads, “A Half Marathoner I Am.” I love this company too because their clothes are so soft and comfortable! They have tons of different designs and even a sale going on right now, (bonus!) Even though this costume was simpler then my past ones I still loved it. I jumped my way across the finish line! A special key to all my costumes is my jewelry. Although you can’t really see it, I love Momentum Jewelry Wraps. They have motivational sayings on them to keep you going!
After a year of planning my dream for the coast to coast medal in pink (and blue) came true when I took my first trip to Disneyland for Tinker Bell weekend. Since it was mothers day a weekend I made it a long trip with my mom. I signed up for the Pixie Dust Challenge. My outfit for the 10K was a little basic, but fitting. I wore my lucky black capris. Blue skirt from Sparkle Athletic. “The Second Star Race Team” shirt from Raw Threads, I loved it for the Tink/Peter Pan Theme. I decided to braid my hair and rock a Sweaty Band headband. You can also kind of see from the picture my Momentum Jewelry and or course Garmin Forerunner 225 to keep track of everything.
I am very thankful for the #werunsocial meet up because I met some amazing girls that welcomed me to run the half with them. Without knowing, our costumes worked out perfectly! I was Tink herself for the half. I happened to have a green visor, so I used it. Yes, another pair of black capris haha! My green skirt and wings are from Sparkle Athletic. My Tank Top is from Raw Threads (Its a bow with a pom pom in the middle). I made my hair into a bun and then put a Sweat Bands headband around it for some more sparkle. I wore my Momentum Jewelry, Garmin and RoadID (another amazing company I forgot to mention). RoadID is a very comfortable ID bracelet to wear when running/biking/swimming, anything really. It is for safety incase anything happens happens to you. It lists emergence contact information along with any medical issues you might have. I never leave home for a run without it! Overall I felt like a very cute Tink and it work out perfectly with my new friends, Tick-Tock, Captain Hook, and Smee!
For 2017 I am trying to think bigger and crazier when it comes to costumes. My only pushing point is that I have to convince my family to do the same haha! My Disney races for the year include Princess weekend, Star Wars Dark Side weekend and now Wine and Dine! Stay tuned for more fun to come!
UPDATE: Below are my 2017 runDisney costumes!
Princess 5K 2017 was a family affair and we chose a Frozen theme. I was Anna, my sister was Elsa, Hubby was Olaf, and my brother rocked a blue shirt (still working on him to run in costume!) For the Anna and Elsa costumes we ordered shirts from LittleJaneLaneDesigns, rocked Sparkle Athletic skirts and capes along with sweaty bands headbands. My running shorts are from Stiletto Running (LOVE them! They stay in place the whole time!)
For my husbands Olaf look I got a basic white polo (so he could wear it again) and used black sticky foam cut into circles and stuck to the shirt. His Olaf hat I ordered off Amazon. Warning it is a kids hat, but we made it work and my nephew loved it afterwards! All other items worn were things the boys had in their closet.
The Princess Half 2017 was a Beauty and the Beast theme. I decided to go with the theme and rock the yellow dress Belle look. (since I did blue last year) I got my “look like a beauty train like a beast” shirt from RawThreads. My skirt and visor from Sparkle Athletic of course and running shorts from Stiletto Running! I also love my race belt from X31Sports, ID Band from RoadID, Wrist Wraps from Momentum Jewelry, and nutrition from Honey Stinger, RunGum & Nuun Hydration!
The Star Wars Dark Side Weekend is special because it is the anniversary of my family joining in on the runDisney fun! This year I was on the med team for the 5K, ran the 10K with my family and flew solo for the half (although your never solo during runDisney haha!) I figured since I’m sharing “costumes” why not share my med team look (that gets covered by a shirt or jacket 😉 ) just for fun! Shirt “A half marathoner I am” is from Raw Threads, Trucker Hat is by Stiletto Running, normal black capris and runDisney Aril shoes!
The Dark She 10K was my brother and sister-in-laws first 10K! So exciting! We decided to go full Star Wars for all 4 of us. I was R2D2, my sister was C3PO, my brother was Chewie, and hubby was Han Solo.
The Chewie shirt, C3PO and R2D2 tanks were all from fun.com. My husband had his whole costume from a previous Halloween costume so we used it. My brother just wore the shirt and running shorts. As for my sister and I, we wore our tanks along with running skirts and hats from Sparkle athletic.
I had a few extra items for my outfit like my FAVORITE running shorts from Stiletto Running. Motivational jewelry from Momentum Jewelry. Sports ID bracelet from Road ID and my Garmin Forerunner 225! If you are looking for an awesome race belt that holds our bib as well as nutrition I love mine from X31Sports. All seen better below.
Since I was running the Half Solo I decided to have a little fun…. literally! I am short (5’2″) so I decided to be an Ewok! Figured I could kick some butt with my fellow little buddies. I ordered the tank top from the same fun.com website. I used a trucker hat to help hold the hood in place and cut a hole for my ponytail. The awesome trucker hat was from my friend Jens online shop, it says Goal Digger even though you couldn’t read it haha! I love it on my normal runs!
My skirt was from Sparkle Athletic and running shorts from Stiletto Running. Race belt to hold everything was from X31Sports. Of course I had the same jewelry, road id, and Garmin watch. A little side note… my nutrition is honey stinger and I recently started using rungum and I LOVE it!
My next race is wine and dine in November, so Ill update after! Until then chEARS!
Costumes aren’t just for runDisney events! Here are some of my fun race outfits for local races.
Follow to see what fun costumes may come in the future!
Cheers to many more MAGICAL miles!
❤ Dr. Carrie