Posts Tagged ‘runDisney’

I’ve run numerous runDisney Marathons, Half Marathons and 10k’s. This was however my first 5k. Why has it taken me so long to do a 5k? Because I haven’t had the desire to wake up at 4am, get dressed, drive to Disney, pay for parking, take the shuttle, walk to my corral, wait for the race to start and then run 3-miles. (The outrage! I know a 5k is longer than 3 miles but I round down) 

If the 5k was part of a challenge (I’m doing Dopey in 2015) then the extra bling is enough to motivate me. Lots of families run the 5k and I think its a great distance for a ‘Fun Run’. 

Here’s a list of my Five Favorite things about the Neverland Family Fun Run 5k!’

1.) Its a 5k!

Its a fun distance! You can sprint, jog, walk, skip or prancercise to the finish line. For me, there’s always a bit of intimidation when I start a Half or Full Marathon of ‘Will I Finish’ and ‘I hope I don’t get injured’. With the 5k I didn’t have this feeling.

*Disclaimer* These are my personal feelings. If running a 5k is your first race, then having those feelings is normal and there’s nothing wrong with it. I’m sure there’s runners with injuries or disabilities that make 5k their preferred distance. I commend those who run, regardless of the distance.

2.) Corralling on Main Street U.S.A

Waiting for a race to start can be intimidating! Waiting on Main Street USA makes it more enjoyable. I was in Corral B and was next to the Castle as Tinkerbell flew in to wish all the runners good luck!

3.) Families 

I ran the 5k by myself but it didn’t stop me from vicariously living through other people’s smiles and laughter. I loved seeing families run together. From matching costumes to high fives, you could see the joy that runDisney brings. 

4.) You run through both Disney Parks

You run through both Disney parks in the Half Marathon as well, but you also run through the streets of Anaheim or Santa Ana. I love Disney so given the choice between a blocked off street in the city or Cars Land, I choose Cars Land. The 5k started in Disneyland and ended in California Adventure and you never left the parks! 

5.) Never Never Land

Peter Pan is a whimsical charming character and a perfect theme for the family fun run!

I hope you enjoyed reading. Remember that #LifeIsDandy and every Mile is Magic with runDisney! 

Click Here for the rest of the photos including a Video of Tinkerbell Flying in to start the race.

“Arrrr, I thought they said rumDisney!”

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2014 Race Schedule

What are your Race Goals for 2014? I’m signed up for the following races. Leave me a comment and let me know what race you’re most excited about this year.

Tinkerbell 5k – Jan 17th
Tinkerbell 10k – Jan 18th
Tinkerbell 1/2 Marathon – Jan 19th
Surf City Half Marathon – Feb 2nd
LA Marathon – Mar 9th
Hollywood Half Marathon – Apr 5th
OC Half Marathon – May 4th
San Francisco Marathon – July 27th
Disneyland 5k – Aug 29th
Disneyland 10k – Aug 30th
Disneyland Half Marathon – Aug 31st
Long Beach Half Marathon – Oct 12th

I need another 15 races to round out my schedule! Any suggestions?

Drag across the finish line

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Disneyland 1/2 Marathon (2011)

I’ve done a handful of 1/2 Marathons and I still haven’t ran a race that compares to the Disneyland 1/2 Marathon. Its my favorite race for many reasons including.

  1. Getting to run through both Parks (Disneyland & California Adventure)
  2. The race is normally the day before my birthday which makes it special to me
  3. Running down Main Street and through Cinderella’s Castle Sleeping Beauty’s Castle
  4. The course is relatively flat aside from a small hill when you pass over the 5-freeway
  5. Running the bases at Angels Stadium, crossing Home Plate and seeing yourself on the Jumbo-Tron
  6. There’s a certain positive energy in the runners that is contagious. I’ve noticed it more at this event than other races I’ve done.
  7. Water stations and entertainment line every mile of the race
  8. Being awarded with major Bling for finishing

This was my 3rd year running it and it seems to get better every year. My training regiment wasn’t as intense as last year due to a knee injury so my only goal this year was to try and break 2-hours. Since I wasn’t trying for a new PR I thought I’d give Jeff Galloway’s Run-Walk-Run a try. I was pleasantly surprised at the amount of energy I had throughout the race and I my body didn’t hit the 9-mile slump like it did the previous two years. I ended up finishing the race in 1:52:39 which was less than 3-minutes from my PR. 🙂

Disneyland 1 2 Marathon Results

Disneyland 1 2

Disney 1 2 Finish

Celebration followed by Me and my friend John by going to to Story Tellers Cafe where I enjoyed a Farmers Market Breakfast Buffet.

Victory Breakfast

Now with the Disneyland 1/2 Marathon done, its time to start training for my next few events.

Oct 22nd & 23rd – MS-Ride (150 Mile Bike Ride)

Jan 7th & 8thGoofy’s Challenge @ WDW (1/2 Marathon + Full Marathon)

Jan 29thTinkerbell Half Marathon @ Disneyland

If anyone else has race recommendations between now and the end of the year, let me know.

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