runDisney tink half marathon meet-up

by @according2kelly on February 6, 2012

rundisney-tinker-bell-half-marathoni guess there’s one benefit to being addicted to facebook, twitter & blogs… otherwise, i might have missed out on the opportunity of a lifetime – the runDisney tinkerbell half marathon meet-up.

an early-morning run through a deserted disneyland & california adventure with former olympian & runDisney training consultant jeff galloway, not to mention a promise of several surprise guests? wow! what an amazing adventure. & amazingly, i was selected as one of 30 runners lucky enough to participate.

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so early saturday morning, the day before the tinkerbell half marathon, i laced up my running shoes & attached my wings (you can’t attend a runDisney meet-up without a costume) & headed to the disneyland parks, where i met up with carrie & the rest of the tinkerbell half marathon meet-up crew.

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with the sun rising in the distance, we ran through downtown disney & into the disneyland park… down main street, through adventure land, around the caroseul, through the castle & right into california adventure .

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the entire 2 mile run was completed in true jeff galloway fashion, using the run-walk-run method. & i have to admit – this whole run-walk-run strategy was new to me. but i was thrilled when i realized, that the walk breaks provided the perfect opportunity for photo ops!

california-adventure

after our quick jaunt through the parks, we were able to sit down, & finally catch our breath in the animation academy at disney’s california adventure.

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there we had a chance to sit down with john phelan, show director for disney sports (who spoke about the magic behind a runDisney events), lori lovell the runDisney member of the walt disney world moms panel, & “rules of engagement” actress megyn price, who talked about training for her first 13.1 mile race – the tinkerbell half marathon.

finally, jeff galloway took center stage to talk about the benefits of his run-walk method, give advice & answers questions.

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after learning how to run injury-free (something that definitely caught my attention), we posed for pictures & were treated to an extra special treat – a tour of the disney dream suite.

disneyland-dream-suiteall-in-all the experience was absolutely amazing, and definitely once-in-a-lifetime. although, i must admit, i’m secretly hoping that lighting strikes twice.

that’s right, i’m crossing my fingers, & hoping that with a little bit of pixie dust, & a whole lotta luck – somehow, someway, i might manage to get invited to the princess half marathon meetup later this month.

 

28 comments
Heather Montgomery
Heather Montgomery

how does one find out how to get invited to these meet ups? I am running princess and would love to attend something like this!

@according2kelly
@according2kelly

stalk the runDisney Facebook & DisneySports twitter. They announced there & then you had to "apply." If you can go - do it!

Steph
Steph

Wasn't that experience amazing? It was so great to meet you Kelly both at your booth at the expo and the Galloway meetup! (Yes, I'm the one in the front row all the way to the right with the white HF hat. It was such a pleasure to see the masterminds behind these adorable skirts! 'Till we meet again...! Ps. Hopefully you'll post some amazing costume ideas for the Hollywood 1/2 in April! :)

@according2kelly
@according2kelly

you're running the hollywood 1/2?! everyone's doing it. maybe i should sign up to! are you thinking celebrity or super hero?! ps. It was great meeting you too! wasn't the meetup amazing?!

Steph
Steph

Oh that meetup was a dream come true! Yes I'm doing the HH 1/2. You should join us on the FB group page under the Hollywood Halfers! Sign up now. The code TINKERBELL gives $15 off. Come on Kel, DOOOOOO IT! :) (Enabling much? :P ) I'm thinking along the lines of Celebrity, maybe even just Sparkly for the whole Hollywood feel. Ya know the colors are black, red and gold. So any of those skirts would work.

Tonia
Tonia

Sounds awesome! I did a similar thing (it was the whole weekend) at Princess last year. Totally epic. I might sell one of my kids to do it again.

@according2kelly
@according2kelly

the entire weekend?! Wow! i'm jealous. Maybe if i hang out with you at princess I'll get invited too! you are a superstar!

Emily
Emily

Great recap! And how cool you got to go into the Dream Suite!! I'm crossing my fingers I'm quicker on the reply button if there is a Princess meet up!

@according2kelly
@according2kelly

yes! stalk the run disney facebook page.... the meetup was such a fantastic experience! maybe i'll se you there?!

5littleindians
5littleindians

It was such an awesome time! So good meeting you. I can't wait to run the Princess Half in just a few more weeks.

@according2kelly
@according2kelly

do you think lightning will strike twice & we'll get invited back again?! crossing my fingers, toes, legs.... everything!

Ashley
Ashley

Wanna pack me in your suitcase if you go to the princess half? I'll be super quiet and wouldn't even know I was there... ha! Just kidding! Super jealous you get to go! What an amazing opportunity!

Danielle
Danielle

Hi Kelly! I love your blog. This was such an awesome recap. I was sooooo bummed I didn't register in time for this race. Next year for sure! Your pictures are amazing, sounds like you and Carrie had a fantastic day. Plus you looked super cute in your costumes! P.S. I have to meet you ladies next time you are at an Expo/Race, I'm in So Cal too!! :)

@according2kelly
@according2kelly

you have to race it next year for sure!!!! Are you doing any of the local races in the upcoming months? Would love to meet!

Anna
Anna

How cool was the Disneyland Dream Suite?

@according2kelly
@according2kelly

it was ahhh-mazing! wish they would have allowed me to take pictures!

Stephanie
Stephanie

Thanks for the post! Loved it! Quick question for you: What style of shorts do you wear while rocking the sparkle skirt? I need to find a pair that does not "ride" where the sun does not shine, LOL! Thanks again!!!!

@according2kelly
@according2kelly

i have several different pairs of shorts... some from lululemon, nike, athleta & a pair tri shorts i got at rei. They all are fabulous, & none of them "ride."

Barb Ruess
Barb Ruess

I wondered what that pre-half meet-up was like. Thanks for sharing - what a fun opportunity!!

@according2kelly
@according2kelly

the meetup was fabulous. i definitely can't do it justice!

Bari
Bari

Loved this recap. Can we just go back to Disneyland? Please?

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