Labor Day weekend…that means it’s once again time for the Disneyland Half Marathon! This was the 7th Disneyland Half Marathon, and my 4th time participating. This was also my last race of 13 Going on Crazy. I look forward to this race every year. They have tweaked the parks part of the course again this year because Cars Land and Buena Vista Street are now open! Runners now run through Cars Land, which was really cool. I think that it fair to say that Cars Land was the hit of the summer, if you have not yet had the chance to check it out I suggest that you do!
Disneyland Half Marathon Weekend always feels like a whirlwind and I always wish that there was more time. This years race was particularly special as my brother, Scott, and his fiance, Dana, not only surprised me, but I was also able to spend the weekend with my friend Briana and her mom, Bonnie.
The race was a magical experience. As always I woke up early with my family, put on my mouse ears and Minnie Mouse tutu and headed to the start line. My friend Briana and I started out together, which was a lot of fun since I typically run my races solo. As I reflect on the race, all the miles and training in between, it is all worth it when you turn the corner on Main Street in Disneyland and run towards the castle. The feeling that you have in your heart and soul is exhilarating.
After the race it was a quick fireman shower for me and I was off to the parks. Prior to heading into the park my family and I went for brunch at one of our favorite dining places in Disneyland.
Being that I am gluten-free eating out can sometimes be a challenge, but in Disneyland I found a place where I could hang up my mouse ears for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Storyteller’s Cafe at the Grand California Hotel cater to those who have food allergies of all kinds. My families inside joke this past weekend was that this trip was like being on a cruise ship with one dining room, one reserved table, and a set server for all your meals. A loud hip hip hooray for our servers Katie and Manny and Chef Chris who made each and every dining experience better than the best.
This weekend will always hold a special place in my heart and I always need to remember Walt Disney saying, “If you can dream it, you can do it.” I DID IT I ran 13 half marathons in 13 months!!
QOTD: Did you particpate in the Disneyland Half Marathon? What was your favorite part of the course?