As with the Tinker Bell Half Marathon [see reports], Disney puts on a first class event. The course was really fun. Running the first few miles in a pre-dawn hours through Disneyland's signature attractions and California Adventures new Cars Town Street was awesome. At least a dozen high school cheerleading teams lined the route. There was fun music of all kinds: ethnic, rock 'n roll, etc., throughout the route. For about a mile and a half there was an antique car club with vehicles every 10 yards, their proud owners blaring music, waving flags and cheering their hearts out. At one point we hit a stretch of hot pavement that opened onto a dirt path. I think this was around mile 9.
Then came the second coolest highlight of the journey. We entered Major League Baseball's Honda Stadium, home of the National League's Angels. (I'm a die hard Dodger fan!) The stadium was gorgeous with thousands of fans cheering and our pictures broadcast on their Jumbotron. It gave the runners a huge lift heading into the bottom miles.
Because I was coming off of a chronic achilles tendonitis, I hadn't trained very much before the race. In fact, I've had very few road runs in the past three months. I was confident that I could finish the race, but I thought my time would be around 2:45. To my delight, I was able to maintain an 11 minute per mile pace evenly [Finish time: 2:23:34]. In fact, I don't ever think I've run a race with as much discipline. I hope I can remember that when I'm in fighting shape again and looking to reach a PB (personal best).
|Photo by @imar13|
Finally, I have so much fun making #run3rd quips about fun, silly, or other everyday kinds of things. But I felt that this morning presented an opportunity to get "deep" again for a second. This is what I tweeted moments before the race started, #run3rd 4 anyone & everyone who suffers-that ur pain may end & that u know u r loved & supported by countless millions around the world!!! Many tweeted and told me that this feeling was very well received. I want this to be a reminder to all of the #run3rd Team Captains and everyone tweeting dedications, that they should feel comfortable speaking from their heart about their compassion and warmth for others.
I'm setting my intention to get to the Disney Wine & Dine Half Marathon in Orlando, FL on November 10, 2012. Disney gives away the coolest medals and they offer a coast to coast medal for those who complete a Disney Half or longer on both coasts in a single calendar year. The added bonus: playing in the Theme Parks! :-)