A million years ago, I decided to embark on a training regimen to carry me through my very first half marathon. I figured, if I added a mile to my weekly miles each month, I’d be able to run 13 miles by the time January 2014 rolled around. I actually got a little ahead of myself and ran 14 miles in December 2013. But regardless, here I am. And I’ve now run my first half marathon.

If you follow me on Instagram, then you already know that the Tinker Bell Half Marathon came and went. Chad finished in a phenomenal 1:55:something and my Nike+ app said that I finished in 2:01:47 … it lied. My actual race results were:

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My nikeplus app time and the actual race time was not off by a lot (I think the discrepancy comes from my not knowing at what point I actually crossed the starting line since it was hard to tell in the dark, with thousands of people, and it was 5 AM)… and still not under 2 hours, which was my goal, but also kick ass because OMG you guys, I ran a half marathon. I was running for two hours. That’s crazy town!

Also, I wore a tutu, which I believe slowed me down about 5 minutes.

Tinker Bell Half 2014

I got to wear this pretty medal for all three days we visited the park. I felt like I was some kind of awesome person… the kind of awesome person that runs and wins medals. Except when I was walking down stairs. That did not feel awesome.


Look at that group of seasoned runners and a German kid! My parents are hosting a foreign exchange student, Dario, this year. OF COURSE I had to take him to Disneyland while he was here. I can’t tell if he was humoring me or if he really was having a blast – but he did smile in all the photos (ALLLLLLLL OF THEM, there were a lot!) without ever having to be reminded.

Over all, I think everyone had a great time, no major injuries, and the weather was FANTASTIC. It was so nice to breath nice clean air and be out in the sunshine! I’ve been trying to come up with ways to permanently move to Disneyland… Main Street USA looks like a good place to live!

Event Specs

Event Managed by: runDisney
Location: Disneyland
Personal Participation Count: 1 of 3
Event Expo: Yes
Event Expo Size: Large

Race Start time: 5:30 am (-0.5)
Race Day Weather: 60-68 degrees
Race Features: Female Theme, Costumed Runners Encouraged, ChEAR Squad, High School Bands, High School Cheerleaders and Dancing Teams, Cast Members, Disney Characters, Disney Animals

Water Stations: 7 | Every 1.5 Miles
Energy Supplement Stations: Yes | Cliff Shot Station at Mile 9
Race Course: Mostly Flat, a couple of small hills, several miles in both parks
Running with Traffic: No, roads are blocked for race

Finisher Medal: Yes
Special Category Medals: Yes

Half Marathon Rating: 9.5 out of 10