Grab a cup of coffee, this is gonna be a LONG post, but it’s been a week and if I don’t do a dump now, it ain’t gonna happen.
Last year I hopped on the crazy train with everyone else and signed up for this weekend at Disneyland. Did I mention it was the inaugural STAR WARS race weekend? Um, heck yes. With everything going on lately, however, I was feeling pretty stupid trying to tackle three races over the next three days.
because Disney races cost an arm and a leg and miss the inaugural weekend. Duh. I packed my bags and headed up. Disney found an opportunity to work the Star Wars theme into everything.
The expo seemed smaller compared to previous Disney races, and I was able to grab my bibs for the weekend without any wait and was ready to run
ignoring the fact that my longest run was 9 miles back in early October.
I settled in my head that I was just going to run for the fun of it and make sure I didn’t come home with any injuries. Easy enough, right? We were supposed to be in our corrals by 5:15am, and since my hotel was so close to the start, I didn’t roll out of bed until after 4:15.
I was in corral A for the 5k along with the rest of humanity it seemed. I considered dropping back to another corral because I knew I wasn’t going to be running at any break neck speed, but once I looked around, I realized it wasn’t going to make a difference. To my right was a dad holding his toddler. Not even kidding. I’m glad I did, because I quickly realized I was going to avoid the massive lines for pictures through the park.
It was a quick three miles, then I made my way back to my room and slept for a few more hours. Ha! I tried to lay low for most of the day until my mini me made it up with one of my running buddies who was running the 10k the next day. I knew my daughter was going to want to do the park thing and I keep having these oh-my-heck-you’re-about-to-leave-me-for-college-so-lets-do-everything-one-more-time moments. Sure enough, they arrived just as I’d made one more trip back to the race expo to get my legs taped up for the weekend. We spent a few hours in the parks and still made it a sorta early evening. The next morning, I opted for that 4:15 am alarm once again and as I headed out, I ran into this sweet family. Their son was running his first 10k and was clearly impressed with my costume
because that sounds less gross than saying he was checking me out. I asked them to take a picture for me and grandma wasted no time telling him to get in the picture with me. Ummm, anyone else realize they’re taking a picture of their son with my phone? After I thanked them and started to walk away, mom realized they needed a picture too, so had him come take another picture with me. I leaned over and told him, “so yeah…way to totally make this awkward for you, yes?” to which he totally agreed. Haha, gotta love those pre-teen awkward years made worse by oblivious family members.
The 10k course flew by. I think. About two miles in, I was hungry. Stomach growling kind of hungry. I’ve changed up my eating over the past few weeks and had cut out those yummy, starchy, bready carbs. A waffle. I really wanted a waffle. Anywho, as best as I could pay attention, it was just about all the same characters from the day before on the course, with the exception of Darth Vader and some storm troopers. The line was crazy long and I was too hungry to want to stop. I did catch one picture with Boba Fett, though.
And you’ve totally arrived when you’re make it on the Run Disney page, right?
I finished, found food, and we hit up California Adventure for a few hours, went to a couple of meetups & dinner, then had to call it an early night. 13.1 was about to go down. I got my pre-race pic, hit the bathroom, and made it to my corral just in time.
Like the previous two days, a lot of the same characters. I wasn’t sure how my stomach was going to do because I ate EVERYTHING the day before for fear of running on empty, so I didn’t stop for too many pictures. Plus it’s work to get just the right picture. Ha!
He was such a trooper (see what I did there?) The first I-don’t-know-how-many miles took you through the parks and back lots. It’s always fun to run and get a behind the scenes look at things, especially when the Disney staff is out in the early hours to cheer you along. I smile every time I run under the banner from the custodial crew – seriously, everyone is out there!
Once we got outside the park, we ran into Ken who runs Superhero Events. He’s at every SoCal race, always dressed, always with the free hugs. Ah, THIS is why I love my running community!!
A few more miles down, and I was surprised how good I was feeling still. Even the spectators got into it.
I knew somewhere between miles 8-10, we were in for a treat and boom, all the selfies.
And EVERYONE was out in full force.
I had to give up trying to take all the pictures, because the 501st Legion doesn’t mess around (click on the photo to enlarge it).
I eventually crossed the finish, headed back to my room, and got ready for another full day in the parks.
SO. MUCH. FUN. And now I’m done. 🙂