Tinker Bell Half Marathon Recap

I set out all the things I needed for the race the night before.

Fairy tutus. Check.

IMG_0387I filled my hydration belt with water. Ipod fully charged.

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My wake-up call the morning of the race was 4am. We had to be at the starting line and at our corral at 4:30am. I live close so it didn’t take long to get to our corral.

The starting line was in front of Paradise Pier hotel.

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I was chilly at first so I used all our tutus as my scarf.  The husband dropped us at starting line so we had plenty of time to stretch and take pictures.

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The race started right on time at 5:45am. There were a lot of excitement and festivities at the starting line.

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We ran Mile 1 around the parking structure and was surprised to see a slight hill so soon.

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Miles 2-5 was inside Disneyland. The part I was looking forward to the most.

We ran thru the backlot area first, then inside the park.

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A lot of the characters were out supporting the runners and there were plenty of opportunities to take pictures with them too.

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Happy times running thru the castle.

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We were so excited and were fully distracted with our surroundings at the beginning of the race that we barely noticed that we have been running for 5 miles.  We were having so much fun.

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After we exited the park, we ran thru the shops and restaurants at Downtown Disney.

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During miles 5-10, we ran around the Anaheim downtown area.

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I actually have not been around this area for a long time so it was fun to see all the changes and new shops that opened up.

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There were plenty of local support too, local bands and dance groups were    entertaining us near the mile markers

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This guy was live on the radio the whole time he was running.

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At mile 8, Cher and I shared a packet of Gu. I love this chocolate flavor.

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Then I started chanting in my head “I Tink I can, I Tink I can!!”.

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Towards the end of Mile 10, my legs were starting to feel heavy. I haven’t taken any walking break yets and I was getting tired. But the street entertainment distracted me from my own thoughts.

Hula girls and the Army band gave me the needed boost too.

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At Mile 11, I started alternating running and walking for 30 second intervals.

As we entered California Adventures Park, I knew were getting close to the end so I picked up my legs and starting running again.

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We did it!

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We received our beautiful medals at the finish line.

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I made sure to  stretch and put ice on my knees afterwards. I also ate banana and protein bar while Cher and I waited for the rest of our friends to finish.

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This was the first time I ran a half marathon race with friends and it was so much fun. I hope to run more races like these in the future.

Comments

  1. SO fun! I love the tutus! You look totally adorable

  2. Looks like fun, well not the running part! 🙂 Great job! You should be so very proud of yourself!!!

  3. That looks like a fun race! Your costumes are really cute :).

  4. Annette (Defiant Vegan) says:

    Wow that was great I felt like I was there and feeling the excitement with you! Way to Go!

    I Tink You out Did yourself. he he

    Congrats!

  5. Hotchick says:

    That race looks so fun!!! Why can’t all races be like that?

  6. That looks like so much fun! I love how you wore tinker bell outfits throughout the run!

  7. LOVE your tutu! Congrats girl! Looks like the funnest race ever!

  8. Congratulations! And I love the tutus — kind of makes me wish I had an excuse to wear one (though running a half-marathon is likely not in my future!). P.S. I heard about your blog from my good friend Lisa — she went to high school with you, I think.

  9. Congrats!! That looks like such a fun race! I love the medal 🙂

  10. What a great recap! Loved all your wonderful pictures. If I ever ran a half marathon I would want to run Disney’s because it looks like SO much fun!! Congrats again and you rocked it!

  11. Ah! Wish I would have seen you! I had so much fun 🙂

  12. Congratulations! You make it sound so easy! 🙂

  13. Congrats! That’s an impressive accomplishment. I know a couple people who did this run as well and it just looks like so much fun.

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