The Disneyland Half sold out incredibly fast this year (I think in less than a day) so if it's a race you're considering in the future - definitely be at a computer when the registration opens. Yes, Disney races are on the pricier side - but if you're even remotely a Disney fan, I say it's worth doing at least once. This was my third Run Disney event.
People tend to go pretty all-out for costumes, and I didn't want to be left out of the fun, so I decided to go as Daisy Duck. I feel kind of bad for her actually. Everyone knows who she is...but it's hard to find Daisy merchandise. She seemed more popular in Florida at Disney World though, so maybe it's just a California thing?
|Half Marathon #9!|
Disney races start early, like really early. This year's race started at
5:30 in the morning! However, with the heat we've been having in Los Angeles - I was more than happy to be done with the race before 8:30. It just takes a little planning is all.
I went to bed around 9 PM the night before and set my alarm for 3:30, with the goal to leave the house around 4. I took all my costume pictures before bed on Saturday since Donny wasn't going to be getting up in the middle of the night to be a photographer (the nerve, right?)
I did a quick porta potty stop on my way to my corral and got to the corral around 5:15. It was the perfect amount of time to feel settled and not rushed...but also not standing around forever on my feet and getting nervous.
I was in Corral E of J - so I was right in the middle. I could see the screen above the stage and enjoyed the banter of the announcers. At 5:30 AM on the nose the Elites and Corral A & B were off. They sent C & D off together, then E. I think I started running a little after 5:45.
We were quickly into the parks and everything was great! Tons of support, tons to see, just tons of Disney magic! This was my first time running the Disneyland Half course, so I really enjoyed the hundreds of classic cars, running past the Honda Center, and then of course, running in Angel Stadium! One of my favorite signs held by a spectator was around mile 8 and it said "Keep it up! Only $78 to go!"
Sorry that these are all so blurry. It's a bad combo of a sub par phone camera and a sweaty, sweaty camera operator.
Because Disney events are so fun and full of places to stop, I still finished in the first third of runners and figured it was better to just get out of there instead of hanging around. I grabbed my snack box, water and Power Aid and headed back to the parking garage. The finish is super close, so that was perfect.
One of the things that bums me out about road races is that most are on Sundays, the day I go to church. But because this race started so early and was fairly close to home, I had time to stop for a quick coffee and breakfast, head home, shower, get dressed and make it to church in time for the second hour. It was great!
I love running Disney events and am really trying to figure out how to make it to a race at Disney World next!