disneyland half marathon {race recap}

by @according2kelly on September 7, 2012

the disneyland half marathon will always hold a special place in my heart. in many ways, it’s the race that literally saved my life.

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3 years ago, the disneyland half 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 new addiction  (some might even call an obsession) to running.

2 years ago, the disneyland half 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/past life guide (yes you read that correctly), 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, re-confirming to myself that running wasn’t just a hobby – it was a necessity.

last year, the disneyland half marathon was was the race i had looked forward to all year. & when i smashed my previous PR by 15+ minutes, i couldn’t help but smile from ear to ear as i crossed the finish line.

2012 disneyland half marathon

this year, i knew the disneyland half marathon would be different. although it was my fourth year running the disneyland half marathon, i had no goals.

fireside-girl-running-costume

mid-marathon-training, coming off hood to coast relay, with little-to-no taper (running 50+ miles the previous week, & 28 miles the week of, with only one day of rest isn’t exactly a proper taper), working the expo for two days from sun up to sun down, & spending nearly every other free moment running with jeff galloway, or riding rides at the disneyland resort – i didn’t have high expectations.

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to be honest, i just didn’t want to re-live practically dying on-course (due to an asthma attack), like i did during my last half marathon, the princess half.

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what can i say? mission accomplished.

& while jeff galloway wouldn’t be pleased to hear that i puked 4 times (he’s “against” puking), personally speaking – i had an amazing race.

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i think it’s practically impossible to have a bad experience while running Disney.

running costumes? racing thru disneyland & disney’s california adventure (including cars land)? 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.

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plus, for me – the disneyland half marathon represents a little something extra special…

i like to think of it as my runner-versary.

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as i already mentioned, 3 years ago, the disneyland half marathon was my very first race – EVER.

& unbeknownst to me, i was suffering from post-partum depression (ppd).

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i had been living life in a deep, dark tunnel, constantly trying to reach that itty bitty light i saw peeping through. the drugs had helped a bit (prescribed of course), taking the edge off, and making the light a wee bit more obtainable.

but i quickly realized that running helped me more.

fireside-girls

running quickly became the one thing i looked forward to each & every day. it’s helped me reach out & actually grab that pin prick of light at the end of the tunnel.

i can’t even imagine where i would be today had i not signed up to run that first disneyland half marathon.

who knew a race could have such a life changing impact on one’s life?

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while it may not have been my fastest race ever (i missed a PR by a mere 20 seconds), it was definitely one of my favorites.

running through the cutest little town in carburetor county, with the neon on, was a highlight.

hearing the roar of the crowd when they realized i was dressed as a fireside girl from phineas and ferb, was heart warming.

high-fiving every single boy scout & girl scout, while running into & thru angel stadium, as they literally chanted my name, brought tears to my eyes.

but knowing the my brf’s (best running friends) carrie & elise were not far behind me, as well as my sister kerry june, brother russell & sister-in-law kristen – that was priceless!

being able to share an experience like this with people you love is absolutely amazing!

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 2012 disneyland half marathon by the numbers:

* total time 1:42:14, with a pace of 7:47 minutes per mile
* 14th place out of 1,647 women in my age group
* 72nd place out of 9,340women
* 354st place overall, out of 14,829 participants
* 5K split time 23:33
* 10K split time 48:06
* 15K split time 1:12: 19

it may be a year away – but you can be sure i’ll be back in 2013. anyone want to join me in making plans for next year’s disneyland half marathon?

73 comments
Meliha
Meliha

Congrats on another great race! I'm doing the Disney Princess Half for my first time (ever) in 2013. I love your costumes...you go all out! I wish I had your level of creativity (as far as costumes go)...

Rachele Collins
Rachele Collins

I love seeing all your pics on Instagram and reading about your journey has inspired me to start exercising and running! Being a busy stay at home mom with 2 young boys and finding the time for me can be hard!! Had some ppd myself and I feel so much better when Im outside exercising! My goal is to run a Disney half marathon and I hope I can meet/ see you there:) Love love all the costumes too!

Katie @ msfitrunner
Katie @ msfitrunner

Hi! Just recently found your blog, awesome:) and now I am shoe stalking - are you wearing the pure connects??? I have and LOVE LOVE LOVE the pure flows. I just ordered the connects and can't wait for them to get here - do you love them? Awesome outfit too;) looking forward to reading.

@according2kelly
@according2kelly

yes! i run in pure connects & LOVE them. they are amazing! you will love them too!

Urban Running Girl
Urban Running Girl

Love, love, LOVE the costumes! I too love the Disneyland course. You looked like you were having a blast! Great colour with the KT tape! ;)

@according2kelly
@according2kelly

ahhhh! Thanks for all the compliments! It was such a great race!

Wendy
Wendy

Great post, Kelly, your love for running is inspiring! I've never been a runner, but after reading all the coverage of this year's Disneyland Half I've set the goal of running next year's Disneyland 5K with my daughter...we're already out running to train and having a blast together. So maybe I'll have an inspirational post of my own next year! :)

@according2kelly
@according2kelly

i love it! i love it even more that you are doing it with your daughter! AWESOME! good luck!

Ciry
Ciry

Great post! I love your outfit. I was nice seeing you at the expo and then at the finish line. I had to improvise a little bit, in the dressing department, as I misplaced my new Team Sparkle visor and Minnie skirt the day before the race :( Oh well!! Looks like you had an awesome race! Very speedy!!!

@according2kelly
@according2kelly

you are so cute! i loved seeing you too! you looked darling!

Maria
Maria

I just found your blog, but basically you rock. I love that you give credit to running for turning everything that seemed so awful around. I could only aspire to be as amazing as you!

@according2kelly
@according2kelly

hahahaha! thank you maria - but you already are amazing! you don't have to aspire to anything. you already rock!

Scrinina
Scrinina

Wow-what a tale to share! They say everyone has a story and you are definitely no exception. Thank you for sharing not just your great outfit and times (holy monkeys) but a part of yourself. It's nice to know there are others out there who also give credit to running for saving their lives. It's saved me more than once and for that I will be forever thankful for run therapy.

jessica@momtomarathon
jessica@momtomarathon

I am so glad I read your story today. The Disney Princess was my first 1/2 that I completed this year. I agree that Disney runs are so much fun. I am training now for my first full Disney Marathon in January. I love those Sparkle Skirts and will have to look those up. The costumes were awesome. I need to figure out what I want to do my my half that I am doing in November and then I want to go all out for the Disney marathon.

@according2kelly
@according2kelly

your first marathon is going to be Disney?! That is AWESOME! i'll be there too - maybe we'll "run" into each other!

jessica (pace of me)
jessica (pace of me)

oh kelly, i loved reading this so so so much! you are adorable in your costume and you ran such a strong race! especially after all your travels and working the expo on your feet all day the day before -- aaaamazing. i can relate so much to your story about running helping you climb out of depression more than any other drug or therapy ... you are so beautiful inside and out! i'm so happy i got to meet you in real life at htc and i can't wait to see you again some day and have more adventures together! xxoo

@according2kelly
@according2kelly

thank you! thank you! thank you for your sweet words my dear friend! when are you going to run disney with me?

Heidi @BananaBuzzbomb
Heidi @BananaBuzzbomb

Go Girl! I absolutely love reading your posts. So inspiring. Like I've said, Disney is definitely on my 2013 list!

@according2kelly
@according2kelly

yay! i can't wait for you to run disney - i better be there!

Dara
Dara

my 1st half marathon is going to be the wine and dine at disney world. it's on nov. 10 - my b.day. I've been training (teaching myself to be a runner) for about 6 months and there's no way I'll run as fast as you did in your first race with such little training! I'm impressed. great job this year too!

@according2kelly
@according2kelly

you are going to love the experience! I'll be there too - maybe we will "run" into each other!

Caroline
Caroline

that I ran Hood to Coast with nuun button on the right..did you make that? i have not seen it before i'd love to put on my blog if it is ok

Caroline
Caroline

congrats Kelly!!! you just look so happy! I did that one last year and I loved it.... Running also saved my life...I had ppd also...twice...and it took a long time to get out of the darkness....I wrote about it for the Run like a Mother website earlier this year... and on the puking part...well I do it at almost every race...including hood to coast (leg 1) on my road id it says :dont panic, dont puke...!

Sarah Hogan
Sarah Hogan

You are amazing!! I need to email you for training help! And yes I would die to run a Disney half so if you ever hear of when registrations open let me know!! Xo

@according2kelly
@according2kelly

sarah - you can sign up for email updates for when races open. the princess half in florida is still open & disneyland usually opens up registration in january.

Sarah
Sarah

Fabulous!! Totally love your fireside girl costume! When I first saw the photo I thought you had dressed as the little boy from Up! I am signing up to do this race next Fall and I really hope to see you there!! What is the tape on your knee?? I recently hurt my IT band and I am looking for something to help. Any information would be great :)

@according2kelly
@according2kelly

you definitely need to run Disney - at least once! & I will be there next year, for sure! as for my knee, i wear KT Tape. It's pure magic! I couldn't run, let alone walk without it! Check out their site. They have instructions & videos for every injury under the sun.

wan
wan

you rock, kelly. great story and awesome time! i love the costume - it's fun to get a little creative and do something different from the rest of the crowd, isn't it?

@according2kelly
@according2kelly

thanks wan! i do love to dress up! it's definitely fun to stand out!

Marie
Marie

Ahhhhhhhhh! Okay, I'm in. I'm signing up and running this. I'm done sitting on the sidelines while you cute girls have all the fun. And I'm part of the dress up club. So make sure to plan for me in 2013!!!

Marie
Marie

P.S. I love how much this race means to you.

Kaylee
Kaylee

Great recap and Great Race!!!! One of these days I will break the 2:00 mark, but the DL it was just a joy to run it with my 14 year old daughter for her first half ever. Wonder if she will become as addicted as you! And, our Team Sparkle skirts made the matching outfits!

@according2kelly
@according2kelly

you will break 2 hours soon, I predict! but what a joy to run with your daughter! i can't wait until my charlie is old enough to run with me!

Anna
Anna

Awesome recap! A disney race is a dream of mine, as you described there are so many highlights on the course. It must be a wonderful atmosphere! I think you did amazing, and now I will go and read about the other stories of your Disney Half experience!

@according2kelly
@according2kelly

thanks anna! you really MUST run Disney at least once. They are fabulous!

Emily
Emily

Congrats Kelly!! You look like you are having so much fun in the pictures!! Loved your costume! I'm really hoping I'll be able to make it to the race next year!!

@according2kelly
@according2kelly

you definitely need to make it out for Disneyland Half - it's probably my favorite race ever!

Karla
Karla

Great recap, Kelly and happy race-a-versary! See you at WDW Marathon!

@according2kelly
@according2kelly

i can't wait for #WDWmarathon - we are going to have a fabulous time!

Adrienne K
Adrienne K

Kelly! I'm SO glad I saw this post on Facebook!! I skipped the DL Half this year to cheer instead (I love love love the Tink so I'll be back in January.) My group was the MousePlanet cheering squad at the Halfway point, mile 6.5 in front of Ganahl. We LOVED your Fireside Girls costumes and stopped you to compliment the three of you together at the family reunion area. (My boys named one of their kittens Gretchen after a FSG. We're BIG time fans!) But now I know you have a fabulous story, too!!! Congratulations and thanks so much for entertaining us with the fabulous costumes!!

@according2kelly
@according2kelly

I remember your group outside Ganahl! Thank you so much for cheering - it meant so much to me! Maybe we will "run" into one another at Tink?!

Adrienne K
Adrienne K

Yeah!! Maybe we wilL!! I carefully planned that location. I remember a friend of mine had a little cheering station there at my first Half and it was a good spot. And even though I'll be running, MousePlanet is definitely planning to cheer again somewhere on the course for Tink! We had too much fun with it.

Siobhan McCarthy.ca
Siobhan McCarthy.ca

Your costume is the BEST!!! And I love how there were girl and boy scouts in Angel Stadium! You're so strong and amazing! Awesome recap. CONGRATS!!

@according2kelly
@according2kelly

really & truly those boy & girl scouts at angel stadium were such a highlight. it literally brought tears to my eyes!

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  2. […] last year, the disneyland half was more of a “fun” run than a race. mid-marathon-training, coming off hood to coast relay, with little-to-no taper (running 50+ miles the previous week), working the expo for two days from sun up to sun down, & spending nearly every other free moment riding rides at the disneyland resort – i didn’t have high expectations. & yet, i missed a PR by a mere 20 seconds. not too shabby. […]

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