It’s almost time to go to Disneyland for the Dumbo Double Dare Challenge and the Disneyland 5k! To spend time doing fun vacation stuff, like get up before 5:00 am three days in a row to go run around in a costume. When I stop and think about it, a lot has changed since the last time I ran the Disneyland Half Marathon…
runDisney runDisney has drastically upped the number of race challenges, they’ve added 10k races, Avengers, Star Wars, and Dopey. When I ran Disneyland the first time, there was a Coast to Coast medal and a Goofy Challenge and that was it for bonus medals. I also remember really regretting not signing up for the 5k, which was a Cars theme that year since Carsland had just opened in California Adventure.
Footwear. For the Disneyland half marathon I wore my Saucony triumph (6? 9?) sneakers. I haven’t worn a pair of those in over 3 years now. They were my first real pair of running sneakers that didn’t hurt my feet and they carried me through my first marathon. Costumes I’m sad about this one. I used to put a lot more effort into my race costumes and I was so proud of my Disneyland Half Marathon costume, going as the tight rope walker from the Haunted Mansion.
I thought this costume was the best idea ever. No one got it and people kept calling me Rapunzel but, I still loved it and the fact that the flowers on the skirt glowed in the dark. I hand painted the flowers, sewed the skirt, the sleeves, got the alligator to be on the skirt… It was a lot of work. For Princess, I bought everything and put almost no effort into actually making anything. It’s a change that’s a direct result of the fact that I don’t have the time to dedicate to fun costumes anymore.
Disneyland was also my first ever runDisney race. Three years and a lot of magical miles later, I feel like it’s something that’s given me a lot of joy (and a little pain) along the way but I would trade my runDisney experiences for anything. They’ve each been unique and wonderful.