What? Disneyland Half Marathon (part two of the Dumbo Double Dare)
Who? 15,977 runners
When? Aug. 31, 2014
Where? Anaheim, California
How much? $341.30 for the Dumbo Double Dare
My Finish? 3:14:12 fun run
The Swag? technical T-shirt and medal
The Good? running through the theme parks & Disney cast members
The Bad? race course too narrow for large crowds
Pre-race dinner? veggie burrito, chips, salsa and raspberry margarita at Tortilla Jo’s
Pre-race bfast? banana, whole wheat bagel, peanut butter and water
Post-race snack? water, Powerade, Cliff bar, banana, chocolate, corn chips and cheese dip
Post-race bRUNch? ravioli di piselli and sautéed spinachat Naples Ristorante
Maybe my legs were worn out from Saturday’s Disneyland 10K and walking through Disneyland and Disney California Adventure. Maybe I was grumpy from 3 a.m. wake up calls two days in a row. Maybe I shouldn’t have had that margarita at dinner. The Disneyland Half Marathon just wasn’t as enjoyable as the 10K the day before.
Although I was slotted for corral G, I started in the last corral J with my friend Erica. Since it was her first half marathon and she was there to celebrate my last few single days, the least I could do was offer to pace her. We didn’t cross the start line until almost an hour after the race began. Between the corral A’s send off and our arrival at the start line, we listened to “Let It Go” no less than a dozen times, and again I had to start the race on a full bladder.
But once you get to the Happiest Place on Earth, it’s kind of hard to stay grumpy. Again, I was in awe of the parks and had to stop and take every picture. With every statue. And every large ride in the background.
It could have been that most of the characters left by the time corral J runners reached their areas, but there didn’t seem to be as many characters as the 10K the day before. The only one of the Fab Five that I saw in the park was a sombrero-wearing Donald Duck, and he was whisked away as Erica and I approached him. Thankfully, we got pictures with many characters while the entire bachelorette party was at Disneyland the day before. We did see lots of villains oddly paired with their counterparts from different movies, like Jafar and the Evil One, and my photo with Corrella De Vil and Dr. Facilier made the runDisney Facebook page.
After the first four miles through the amusement parks, much of the rest of the race is through the flat and boring streets of Anaheim, California. There were dance groups, highs school bands and even car show peppered along the course, but they just weren’t exciting as the Mickey Ferris wheel and character photos.
The race course also slowed us down. There also were several areas where the course narrowed and there were too many people to run through, which forced us to walk. Runners were heel to heel going through the Disneyland castle, the Santa Ana River Trail and Angels stadium.
The Fab Five were feet in front of the finish line but unable to take individual pictures with runners as they crossed. Despite all of this grumpiness, I crossed the finish line with the biggest smile ever and tears wielding in my eyes. You see, wedding planning has been such a stressful process and not all the rainbows and butterflies that I imagined engagement would be. But as I approached the finish line, I heard my best friend chEARing me on from the sidelines. At that moment, I realized that dreams do come true. Despite not having a good run, everything I have ever wanted, my knight in shining armor, my dream job, a runcation with friends and even the Double Double Dare medal, were all within reach. It was a fairy tale moment that made me believe Disney truly is a magical place.