Yes, I finally ran my first ever (and maybe last ever) half marathon last weekend - The Disneyland Star Wars Half Marathon! I definitely didn't keep up on my Fitness Friday posts, which were supposed to help me stay accountable for training, and well, let's just say there wasn't much training to report.
The one really wonderful thing about runDisney races is that they're relatively walker friendly. You still have to keep a vigorous pace, especially if you're only walking, but everyone is just having so much fun along the way!
Being a first time half marathoner, I was in the verrrrry back of the pack to start off. The first several miles of the race actually went through both theme parks, which makes the run SO MUCH FUN.
Running through the Magic Kingdom while the sun is rising is, well, magical. There were characters sprinkles all throughout the park, but (much like when I was a kid) I shied away from stopping and didn't bother to get my picture taken with any of them. Besides, I was too busy taking this in:
The other really sweet aspect of the run through the park is actually the run behind the park. You get to see some pretty amazing behind the scenes stuff, that a Disneyphile like me just loves.
The last 9 miles of the run were on the streets of Anaheim and Garden Grove. It's definitely not as fun as the run through the parks, but there were lots of people on the sidelines cheering, and even some local marching bands out and about to help spur us weary runners Ali f!
I will admit, though, somewhere around mile 9, I started to feel it. The wall. The bonk. Blahhhhh.
My running friends swear that you forget all about this when you cross the finish line. I'm not so sure about that, but I do have to say, getting the sweet medal at the end allllllmost makes it worth it.
A week later, I'm still recovering (something is funky with either my sciatic nerve or my Achilles, and I have no idea which). I'd go back to Disneyland for another race in a heartbeat - but I think I'll stick to just a 5k or 10k.
For now, I'm just glad to be done with
feeling guilty about not training, and I'm planning to get my butt back in the sewing studio ASAP!