Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Disneyland Half-marathon

I was so ready to go and so excited for this Disney race but I had to wait for Eric to get out of work since he's an accountant and it was month end. Boo! The life of an accountant's girlfriend Eric's girlfriend... always waiting.

Anyway, we arrived Friday to the Paradise Pier Hotel. 
I really like this hotel! I thought it was super cute inside!

When we got there we essentially scarfed down some food, watched the fireworks from Downtown Disney and went to bed. Real party animals we are!

Saturday morning...

Eric's aunt, cousin, and sisters were running the Cars Land 5K Rally so we went to watch it. It looked really fun and ideal for all ages - but not if you actually cared about your time. They didn't have individual timing and it looked pretty crowded so I wouldn't recommend this 5k if your taking it seriously.

After the 5k race we headed over to the expo to check in and pick up our bibs. I love race expos! Some people hate them but I enjoy browsing around.

The rest of the day we hydrated, walked around Downtown Disney and just hung out. That night as I was getting ready for bed I got a bunch of good luck texts from my friends and family wishing me well for the race; even from the most unlikely people. Maybe it's just me, but having support like means the world to me. I don't know if they'll ever understand how much I appreciate it.
My stuff all laid out and ready to go for that 4:45AM wake-up!

The Race!
Luckily, I was in corral B so I got to start pretty quick! Is it just me or are huge races (17,000 runners) like this hard to start off strong in? I felt like I couldn't get in a good rhythm the first few miles because there were just so many people running at different paces and stopping right in the middle of the road.

By the time we got into California Adventure I was over my annoyance and just started to enjoy the race. I wasn't running the apex, I wasn't really even looking at my Garmin I was just trying to soak it all in.
My pictures from inside California Adventure are just as blurry as my memory of running through it, though. There are just so many things to look at (and people to avoid bumping into!)

Same with Disneyland. Clearly I have yet to master picture taking while running.
This one of the castle I literally had to stop to take the picture to ensure that it wasn't blurry. 

After the first 4 magical miles it got a little tougher mentally and physically. We were now just running on streets and overpasses (FYI: I hate running overpasses!) and it was starting to get hotter.

Running through Angel Stadium was pretty neat at mile 9!
But the path up to Angel Stadium but pretty un-neat
No Disney magic at this point in the race. Boo!

The last few miles were also pretty un-scenic 
...but that didn't stop me from snapping pictures of myself! 
I was also texting during the race too. Shows you just how distracted and unfocused I was!
For how unfocused I was I'm happy finishing with a 2:16. Oddly enough, I wasn't even sore the next day. That just shows you how much I didn't push myself. I know I am better than that and I know next race I will PR (this is positive self-talk, people!) It was a great race to jump start my training for next race on October 21st. Camarillo Half, I'm comin' for ya!


3 comments:

  1. Whoa I am totally impressed with your photo taking, blurry or not! Looks super fun, I'd love to do it one day!

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  2. Oh wow, this looks AMAZING! Awesome job girly you look like you totally rocked it! Way to go :) I hope I can do something like this one day, but for right now I am A-OK with training for my 5k lol.

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  3. I love Disney runs!! I did the Inaugural Disney Wine and Dine Half Marathon and absolutely loved it! My pictures were pretty blurry and I stopped to take pictures with Buzz Lightyear along the way. It was only a PR because it was my first half marathon.

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