After months of training and anticipation the day had finally come to run the Inaugural Disneyland 10k. I woke at 4:30 am, because runDisney loves those early morning starts, got ready for the race and headed out to the Disneyland Hotel to meet up with other members of Team #runDisney at our pre race meet up.
After visiting with a few friends from my social media world and a quick picture, a few of us made our way out to the starting corrals. This was a bit problematic, there was mass confusion getting in to them. The 5k had started 45 minutes before the 10k and was causing a backup in the corral area. I do want to point out how excited I was to be in Corral A for this weekend. If you recall back in January at the Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend I had to sneak my way into Corral A to meet up with friends by jumping gates, barriers, and sneaking behind buses.
After a few Disney theatrics the race started and we were off down Disney Way. My game plan going in to the race was to stick around with Matt from
Dad Runs Disney and I enjoyed a nice paced run. Once we separated ourselves from
the resort area and were heading into Anaheim I realized that we would not
have opportunities for character photos for a few miles until we were back in the park so I altered my plan. I ran faster and intended on stopping for as many character stops as I could. Between mile 2 & 3 we entered into California Adventure and I caught my first glimpse at Cars Land. I am infatuated with the World of Cars. It is one of my favorite Disney films and I was enthralled by amount of detail put into replicating Radiator Springs.
Mile 3 stretched around Paradise Pier and backstage of California Adventure. We entered into Disneyland just past mile marker 4. The course stretched around all of the sights and sounds of Disneyland including Mile 5 running through Sleeping Beauty’s castle. The final mile stretched out of the park and into Downtown Disney where the streets were lined with spectators cheering as I came into the finish chute. I finished the race in 45:37, a surprising new PR! I managed to stop at every character photo station and finish 74th overall.The race had a few issues that any inaugural event can have, but the Disneyland Half the next day ran much smoother. Following the race I stuck around the finish chute to take some pictures with T#rD members as they crossed, then back to Downtown Disney to cheer on the GoodGuys as they finished up.
After a shower and breakfast the rest of the day was spent in Disney’s California Adventure taking in rides, shows, food, Cars Land, and a night cap with Disney’s World of Color. Scattered throughout the day were meet-ups with different groups and a quick sprint back to the race expo for the chance to meet Allison Sweeney from the Biggest Loser!
Linzie from See Sharp Run hosted a tweet up full of great prizes and better people, then I met with members from Further Faster Forever for dinner at the ESPN zone where I met some great people. They may have even talked me into my next marathon, but that’s for another post.
It was bed at 10pm to prepare for the early morning start to the Disneyland Half Marathon and finish up the Inaugural Dumbo Double Dare!