Well, I’m pretty sure this is the longest it has ever taken me to write a recap after a race!
I really do prefer to get my recaps done as soon after a race as possible so I can actually remember them, but between flying home from California, moving and starting a new job all within a week after the the race I’ve barely even opened my computer, let alone had time to write posts! (Also, apologies in advance, but this post will be pretty photo driven since I’m exhausted and can’t wait to get in bed!)
I’m hoping that once we’re fully settled I’ll be able to better figure out how to work blogging into my schedule – for now, bear with me as I adjust to my new life here on Cape Cod!
So, I think the best place to start with any Disneyland race recap is mentioning how much I LOVE how close the hotel is to the start! I stayed at the Disneyland Hotel, and I literally left my room at 4:45am for a 5:30am start, it was great!
I met up with my friends Daniel and Tana in the hotel lobby and we walked over to our corral together.
We had decided that since none of us were racing for time and we wanted to stop and take pictures along the way that we’d stick together and have fun (which was probably a good plan after the amount I ate and walked the day before!).
We started off on some streets outside the parks before entering California Adventure around mile 2.
We quickly came upon our first character, which to my excitement was a green army man! (I had been quite disappointed that there weren’t any out for the 10k the day before.)
Of course I stopped, dropped and did my 5 push-ups and we were on our way!
We stopped for a quick photo in front of the World of Color fountains & lights…
…where I took this AMAZING photo of Daniel and Tana!
Seriously, just look at the “ear” placement on Daniel – could it be any better?!?
The funniest part is I swear I didn’t do it on purpose!
No one believes me, but we really did just throw on the brakes, snap some pictures and go – we didn’t even notice it until after the race! (Daniel’s dad made the brilliant suggestion that due to my newly discovered ear placement talent maybe we should re-name this blog “Live, Run Grow Ears!”)
Through Cars Land we ran into Mater and Lightning McQueen…
…and their friend Red!
Our last stop before leaving California Adventure was a quick photo with Jake (and only because my 4 year old god-daughter has now had pirate themed birthday parties for the last 2 years and is dressing as Jake for Halloween, so this one’s for Paige!).
We ran out of California Adventure, across the Esplanade (which is one of my favorite parts of the race – so many great spectators!) and in to Disneyland!
…took a picture in front of Sleeping Beauty Castle…
…and I did more push-ups!
Now there’s a quick story behind this green army man push-up picture…since there was no green army man during the 10k, I decided to make a second push-up stop during the half marathon to make up for it!
Well, of course I get behind “that guy!” who was apparently doing AS MANY PUSH-UPS AS HE COULD DO.
We waited awhile, but by the time he got to 30 we were getting frustrated and Daniel told me to just jump in and “face-off” against him – so I did! I did my 5 push-ups and we were on our way again!
(**And “that guy!” kept going until he did 50! Remember as we’ve discussed, proper “green army man push-up” etiquette is no more than 5 and go – there are other people waiting and no one cares that “that guy!” can do 50 push-ups!)
Prince Charming, Lady Tremaine and the stepsisters were waiting by the carousel and “yelling” at everyone who went by! They even yelled at us to sit for our picture (which could be why I look a little awkward in this one!).
We ran through the Castle and Frontierland and went by where the petting zoo residents live on our way out of the park!
For the rest of the race we were on the streets of Anaheim.
I know a lot of people don’t like that much of the Disneyland races are through the city, but I really do think runDisney does a good job or getting local entertainment out there – like these hula dancers!
After the hula dancers were the vintage cars – supposedly there were over 300 of them!
I apologize for not having any pictures of the cars, but this is where my race took a nose dive.
I was running along checking out the cars when BAM! Next thing I know I’m on ground.
My toe hurt, so I can only assume I tripped over something (and when I looked back there was a track of some sort in the road…), but it happened so quickly I really have no idea what happened!
I’ve fallen running before (clearly I’m not the most coordinated person), but never in a race. And the other times I’ve fallen the whole thing happened in slooooow motion and I saw the whole thing coming so that by the time I even hit the ground I was over it!
This time not only was it NOT slow motion, but I didn’t see it coming and I don’t really even remember it. All I know is Daniel was kind enough to scrape me off the ground (THANK YOU!) and grabbed my sunglasses which had flown off. A quick scan revealed a bleeding shoulder and elbow and pain down my right side. I walked for a few minutes, but quickly decided I needed to just keep running and stop thinking about it.
Honestly, if Daniel and Tana hadn’t been with me there is a good chance I would have just pulled over to a spot on the curb and sat down and cried.
After that I really wasn’t in the mood to be running any more. But, I also figured running was the fastest way to be done, so I put a smile on my face and kept going!
We made it to Angels Stadium where I just started being silly in an effort to get over my fall crankiness…
…we ran around the field that was full of screaming fans…
…and then were back out on the streets for the last few miles!
I had text Jason a few times since I fell, so I knew he’d be waiting under the Sorcerer’s Hat right outside the Disneyland Hotel.
**And I just now realized that I never said that Jason did not run the half. As I mentioned in the 10k recap, his knee was really bothering him during the 10k and we decided the half would be a game time decision for him. He ended up limping around the park after the 10k and woke up with it still hurting the morning of the half, so we decided it was best for him not to risk further injury by running.**
As much fun as I had, I was honestly so glad to be done with this race.
From the time I face planted in the middle of the road on, I just wanted to be finished running.
I have to admit, I really do love Disneyland and the Disneyland Half Marathon. I’m not sure what 2015 has in store for me yet, but I would love to get back out there for a race sometime in the future!
Has anyone else fallen during a race??
How do you get over something like that and keep going?
In case you missed them, here are the rest of the posts from my 2014 Dumbo Double Dare: