As with any runDisney race, registration comes up quickly, and the races also sell out quickly. Last year when the Tinker Bell Half Marathon Weekend race registrations came up, I made the decision to only register for the 10K. My sole decision at that point was based on two things, 1. the medal was pretty much the same, and 2. the cost. Several months later when it came time for race weekend, I had no regrets, because I had a wedding to attend the day of the half marathon.
During the middle of a crazy and busy 50-hour work week, I found the time to go to the expo and get my race bib. My plan was to get there at the opening, get in, and get out. I attempted to do that, but shiny things distracted me. I only spent around $100, which is very easy to do when you are at a Disney event. I wanted EVERYTHING!
I was super excited to see that I made it to “A” Corral which is super huge for me. I submitted my time from a 10K race that I did last year, which was not fast at all. As soon as I got home, I prepped my race outfit, and then left for work, yet again!
This was a beautiful site after my 3:30am wake-up call. Yep, 3:30am. I got up and got dressed, and then made my way to Anaheim. I only live about 15 minutes away from the Disneyland Resort but you never know what traffic and parking will be like on a race day. I parked my car at a neighborhood resort and made my way to the race starting line with Victoria (whom was there to cheer the runners on). Victoria is crazy for getting up in those early morning hours!
Since we arrived a bit early, it was time for pictures, of course! As with any race, I probably accumulate at least 100+ pictures! You should see all of the pictures on my iPhone plus the official race pictures that came a few days later.
I have to admit publicly, I am not a morning person, and I am not a morning runner. In the summer of 2012 when I was training for my first half marathon, I was very regimented and got up early to do those super early long runs on Saturday mornings. After I learned that I’m better at the end of the day, I basically said “screw that” and switched to more night time running. So anytime I run in the morning or do a race, I’m a hot mess. I’m sluggish, slow, and un-motivated. I had to stretch a lot before the 10K. So here I was, in front of the start line, stretching and doing yoga! I think Victoria took this photo about 10 times before it came out right. I kept falling over!
Me, Mindy, and Victoria posing before the race. Mindy was chosen to be featured by runDisney for her #WhyIRunDisney video she sent in featuring the students and their run club that she helps run at the school she teaches at. During the race, Mindy and her students ran past me….and kept running.
Photo via runDisney.
And then we were off….If you look to the right, you can see me in the pack of runners. It was a crazy start as usual. People pushing and shoving. I saw one guy on the ground a few minutes after the race started. This is the second time I’ve started in “A” Corral and people are a bit aggressive there. They come out super fast. I started off with an 8:00 minute pace which is super fast for me. I kept up for about a mile and then slowed down once I got in the parks.
One of my favorite parts of running in the parks at Disneyland and Walt Disney World is stopping at the character photo stations. Throughout both parks, there were several stations to stop at during the Tinker Bell 10K. I handed my iPhone over to a cast member for all of my photographs here, but there was also a race photographer at most of the stops. So I have my iPhone photos with the characters and I got several “better” ok “fantastic” photographs taken that showed up in my “official race photos”.
I always have to stop and take a photo of this fantastic view. Seriously, the colors just pop when it is dark outside. I love the rainbow colors!
After I had ran through the parks, I headed out onto the streets of Anaheim. Mindy caught up with me and took this silly picture. I was at about mile 5 in the race. I love that she texted it to me a few hours after the race.
Right before the mile 6 marker, I passed the ladies from Sparkle Athletic on Katella. They were cheering everyone on and giving out high-fives. Carrie captured this photo of me high-fiving Tinker Bell, I mean Kelly.
And then, I was a finisher!
I had finished the race. It was a great race. The weather was perfect. I loved my costume, and I got a shiny metal for a reward!
After finishing, I walked back to Katella and cheered runners on at the corner with the Sparkle Athletic girls. I also found Kris, Mindy’s husband, cheering runners on. He looked so involved with the cheering…giggle.
I had Victoria take a full view of my race costume for me while we were cheering. I loved this costume. Kelly wore this when we ran the runDisney Wine and Dine 1/2 Marathon in 2012. I was going to wear it last November for Wine and Dine but my shirt did not come in time for the race.
So you might be wondering what my “Donald Duck” costume consisted of or if you want to re-create it…
- Blue Wool Beret (borrowed from Kelly) with a black tassel made of felt attached with a safety pin.
- Blue Nike v-neck long sleeve soccer shirt
- Sailor collar that I attached to my shirt (made and borrowed from Kelly)
- Red velvet bow pinned on (made and borrowed from Kelly)
- Large yellow buttons with safety pins glued to the back of them
- White Sparkle Athletic Skirt
- Yellow Tights
- Brooks PureFlow2
- Garmin 310XT
As they say, “Keep your eye on the prize”…or in this case, the medal. It sure is pretty!
Now on to the next race….
Speaking of, Disneyland Half Marathon Weekend registration is coming up soon! It opens up on Tuesday, January 28th 2014. If you are an Annual Passholder or Disney Vacation Club Member you can register now!