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Disneyland Half Marathon, Anaheim

September 11, 2010

Last Sunday was the 5th Disney Half Marathon in Anaheim, California. For $120, there was no way I would have registered for this race if it had not been for the Coast to Coast Challenge. 2 blings for the price of 1? Yes, please. I pretty much registered for this race right after I completed Goofy. All you have to do if the Walt Disney Half Marathon in Orlando and the Disney Half in Anaheim to get their special medal. And I am all for the extra bling, if you know what I mean.

The race started absurdly early at 6AM, just like the Walt Disney races. I had no intention of breaking any time goals since my training is no where near where it should be right now, due to taking the summer off and one too many trips, but I figure I might as well try my best. Of course, the day before the race, I decided to run a very fast 9 miles with some friends, hitting sub 7 min/miles the last half of the run. Why not? I was feeling awesome and wanted to push it, so I did and obviously paid for very tight hamstrings the next day. No biggie, all these races are really helping me lead up to the grand daddy of them all, the North Face Endurance Challenge 50 Mile Race.

I got about 2-3 hours of sleep the night before and headed to the happiest place on Earth. Not so happy at 5 in the morning when lines of cars were packed outside the parking structure trying to get in. Did I mention on top of the $120 registration fee we had to pay $15 for parking? It’s Disneyland after all, what did I expect? I was in Corral A a good 30 minutes before the race started and immediately spotted Emil sitting on the sidelines. We chatted for a little bit before I wandered up front looking for a few other friends. Unfortunately once I got up there, I was kind of stuck there and couldn’t find anyone else.

The race started off fast, my first couple miles were under 8 minutes, but I couldn’t help myself. Even though I kept telling myself to slow down, I just kept going. My legs felt fine until the 3rd mile when we started to run into California Adventure. I decided to slow down my pace and enjoy this park since I had never been there before. They had the characters out and music playing and some of the rides going. You really can’t help but have a big goofy grin on your face the entire time you are running through the park. Maybe it is the happiest place on Earth…I probably had about 50 race pictures taken from inside the park alone.

We headed straight for Disneyland after exiting California Adventure. I loved how they had the rides going while we were running. The parks lasted only about 2 miles of the entire race, I kind of wished it was near the end. Dennis caught up with me around mile 4 and pulled me along doing 8 min splits for a mile or so until I fell behind. The rest of the course was uneventful, running through parking lots, random streets, but we did go to Angel Stadium which was pretty awesome. I had no idea we were actually going to run on the field and they let people go into the stadium to cheer runners on. But that lasted like 0.20 miles. My official time was 1:48:45. No complaining here, the time is a lot better than most of my training runs lately.

Once the race finished, I immediately hobbled to the Coast to Coast medals. The special extra medal was totally worth the price of the race. Here is my collection of a completed Disney series. I plan on going back and running Goofy again in 2015 for the 10th anniversary. Yes, I am already planning my 2015 race schedule, aren’t you?

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  1. September 14, 2010 9:49 am

    It must have been such a rush to race thru the happiest place on earth eh? Gave you time to burn off being charged an arm & a leg? 😉

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