disneyland 2011 half marathon

by @according2kelly on October 21, 2011

disneyland-2011-half-marathon

they say it’s the happiest race on earth, & i think i’d have to agree. the disneyland 1/2 marathon is definitely one of my most favorite races of the year.

2 years ago, the disneyland 1/2 marathon was my first race - ever. four months post baby & after two weeks of training, i laced up my sneakers, loaded up the playlist & hit the pavement running. i crossed the finish line that day with an “official chip time” of 2 hours, 13 minutes & 15 seconds, finishing 239 out of 1252 women in the 30-34 age group.

1 years ago, the disneyland 1/2 marathon was my “coming out party.” after four months of being unable to run (due to an injury that left me hardly able to walk), three different doctors, one active release technician,  one physical therapist, &  one reiki master/healer/guide/intuitive, i decided it was time to throw caution to the wind. two weeks prior to the race, i laced up my sneakers & went for seven training runs, before running this magical race once again. i crossed the finish line that day with an “official chip time” of 2 hours, 1 minute & 40 seconds, finishing 143 out of 1,310 women in the 30-34 age group.

tinkerbell-half-marathon

this year, the disneyland 2011 half marathon was the race i had been looking forward to all year. what’s not to love? running costumes? running thru disneyland & disney’s california adventure? disney characters? cheerleading squads, dance teams, boy & girl scouts chanting my name? hula dancers? mariachi bands? plus being able to “round” home plate at angels stadium? it really & truly is the happiest race on earth.

tinkerbell-running-costumethis year i crossed the finish line with an “official chip time” of 1 hour, 43 minutes & 9 seconds, finishing 10th out of 1,413 women in the 30-34 age group. holy cow?! that is definitely a new PR (personal record). in fact, that shatters my previous PR by 15+ minutes! wahooo!

but the best part about running the disneyland 2011 half marathon? running it with two of my very best friends snow white & minnie mouse, and literally hundreds of team sparkle skirts – everywhere you looked, you saw a little (& sometimes a lot) of sparkle.

costumes-for-running

& just in case you haven’t figured out – of the 7 potential running costumes, in the end i dressed as tinkerbell. i paired lime green target tank top, with a lime green team sparkle skirt, lime green team sparkle “power bands,” lime green team sparkle fairy wings, lime green pom poms & newton running shoes.

i’m pretty sure those wings were key in helping me PR.

want to experience the amazing race for yourself? want to me inspired to run it with me next year? trust me when i say, everyone should run/ walk/ skip this race at least once in their life! then check out the official runDisney race video. every time i watch the video, i get super duper excited for next year & the upcoming tinkerbell half marathon AND the princess half marathon. & make sure you watch ’till the very end – you just might see someone you know!

disneyland 2011 half marathon by the numbers:

* total time 1:43:09, with a pace of 7:52 minutes per mile
* 10th place out of 1,1413 women in my age group
* 77th place out of 8,382 women
* 381st place overall, out of 12,806 participants
* 5K split time 23:36
* 10K split time 47:44
* 15K split time 1:12: 36

30 comments
Lauren (@MommyBreakdown)
Lauren (@MommyBreakdown)

I love, love everything about this post and experiece. I think I could rock a sparkle skirt if I stopped being pregnant and started running! LOVE!!

Erin
Erin

This looks like so much fun! I so want to do it next year! Congrats on the amazing PR!!!

Venus
Venus

I am in awe of runners, it's just not my thing. I'm so impressed that you're setting goals for yourself, are realizing them, and are exceeding them! Great job and thanks for sharing!

Laura
Laura

Oh how I love stories of moms who run. I've never been a runner. I wish I was. Now, if you will just move near by and help with motivation.

Dr_fomsky
Dr_fomsky

Wow! You kept getting better every year! 10th this year? Maybe next time you'll finish up in the top 3 or even winning. I look forward to running this marathon in the next few years: It looks like so much fun and with all those beautiful costumes!!

Jennifer
Jennifer

Congrats on your time! I'm just now beginning a running plan and will start doing 5k runs in the near future. Doing a half marathon at Disney Land would be awesome! Happy SITS Day!

She'sWrite
She'sWrite

What!??! You are a rockstar woman!! Well, a glittery, cute tinkerbelly rockstar that is. Amazing times you've got. I started running a few years ago and the Disney half is on my To Do list, but I am so stunned at your stellar performance, especially considering your training. Good job Tink, good job. Congrats on SITS day! :)

Barb
Barb

Ya gotta love a runnin tinkerbell! My daughter works for Disney in Burbank and has run the mid-mountain marathon inPark City, Utah a couple times - but I don't think she knows about this. I'm gonna send this over to her so she can check it out. Looks like her kind of thing. Congratulations to you, BTW. Such an accomplishment and you had fun, obviously, doing it! <a href=http://www.theemptynestmom.com/ The Empty Nest Mom

Marie Cole
Marie Cole

WOW, I think you were definitely born to run...You have waaayyy impressed me, you go Tinkerbell! :)

Ashley
Ashley

OMG! I saw your race pics on the RunDisney FB page! I loved your costumes. My Mom and I are running the Tinkerbell Half in Jan. We're gonna order the lime green TeamSparkle skirts and wings and dress up as Tink! We're trying to convince my brother to dress up as Peter Pan! (How FREAKIN' awesome would that be?!)

@according2kelly
@according2kelly

you guys are going to have a blast! i'm running tinkerbell too.... now I have to figure out what to wear for that race. can't be tinkerbell again!

Marie
Marie

I LOVE this, I'm so jealous. I think I'm going to come run this next year with you!!! I won't be anywhere near your time, but sounds so fun. And I love that you 3 made it to the disneyland video, awesome!!

@according2kelly
@according2kelly

you DEFINITELY have to come run it next year! We would have such a fabulous time!

Becky
Becky

Wow, congrats. Awesome time and LOVE the outfit!

danica
danica

YAY for team sparkle and YAY for an awesome time out there, Speed Demon! :) You were fast and looked amazing doing it! :)

@according2kelly
@according2kelly

those wings definitely helped me channel my inner tinkerbell & FLY thru the race!

XLMIC
XLMIC

That is some serious speed, woman! I am so impressed by your creativity and your athleticism :) You totally rock!

kimberly michelle
kimberly michelle

Ok... now I am so stoked to be running the Tinker Bell 1/2 in January! I'm so scared of not finishing, because I truly am the worst runner ever, but this just gave me the motivation I need to stick to my training schedule for the next 14 weeks!!!

@according2kelly
@according2kelly

you will TOTALLY finish. Plus, you still have weeks left to train. YOU CAN DO IT! Plus, I'll be there. I'm running it too!

Miss
Miss

Oops! It wasn't D23, we were just there for fun! The visits tend to blur together into one big ball of awesome memories. ;)

@according2kelly
@according2kelly

You definitely have to run it next year. I think EVERYONE should run a run Disney race at least once in their life! SO much fun.

Miss
Miss

This is so awesome! Congrats! I was there for D23 the day of and seeing everyone with their metals and looking so happy totally inspired me to run next year. Maybe I'll see you there!

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