runDisney Running Down Memory Lane

With runDisney’s Inaugural Star Wars Weekend coming up this weekend I thought that it would be fun to take a look back and see where it all began for me as a runDisney runner.

2009 Disneyland HalfRunning the 2009 Disneyland Half Marathon might have been my second half marathon, but this is where I fell in love with funning. Crossing the finish line I knew that I would be returning the following year. Where the madness began and the start of my LOVE with runDisney events began!

Princess 2010Little did I realize that past September that I would be continuing my journey as a runner in less than six months later in Walt Disney World March 7, 2010! Running through the Magic Kingdom and EPCOT with friends and family was an amazing journey made even more magical by the runDisney team!

RunDisney Disneyland 2010My one year love affair with runDisney and my Runnniversary was celebrated at the 2010 Disneyland Half Marathon. Despite having a double ear infection and a 100 degree temperature I not only crossed the finish line with a smile on my face, but I also earned my first Coast to Coast medal!

2011 Disneyland HalfThe 2011 Disneyland Half Marathon was the beginning of  13 Going on Crazy. This race was celebrated with my family, which made the start of 13 Going on Crazy even more special.

Tinker Bell Half 2012

What better way to kick off my 29th birthday and the 5th race of 13 Going on Crazy than to run in RunDisney’s 2012 Inaugural Tinker Bell Half Marathon. Notice the tutu? This was just the start of the running costume madness! Now I can’t imagine running in a runDisney race without running in costume! Ah, to be young again! :0

Disneyland 2012

The 2012 Disneyland Half Marathon was the culmination of 13 Going on Crazy and it was definitely a weekend worth celebrating. Memories and friendship were made that weekend that I know will last a lifetime. Crossing the 13th finish line in 13 months was an exhilarating experience, which taught me the value and lesson of setting your goals high! Regardless of how many finish lines I cross I always feel as though I could move mountains. This time I however felt that I could move not only the Matterhorn, but continents as well.

Donald Duck's Half Marathon 2013

Along with my ever growing runDisney costume collection, my goals seemed to be getting bigger and bigger. After completing 13 Going on Crazy I fondly say that I went from “CRAZY” to “GOOFY”! When I first read about runDisney’s 2013 20th Anniversary Marathon and Goofy’s Race and a Half Challenge, I simply thought that was beyond insane! From seeing the gorgeous medal and all of the social media hype, I went from thinking that it was a goal out of reach, to something that was accomplishable. That same January I turned the BIG 30 and celebrated in a really big way! I completed not only my first full marathon, but my first Goofy Race and a Half Challenge. Running in the Walt Disney World Half Marathon on Saturday and the Walt Disney World Full Marathon on Sunday is not easy. It’s takes dedication,  a lot of hard work, and perseverance.  Training might not have been smooth sailing, but I just kept repeating to myself Walt Disney’s profound words of wisdom, “If you can dream it, you can do it.”

First Full Marathon

If running 39.3 miles in one weekend was not goofy even enough, I sprinkled a little pixie dust on myself, flew back to Los Angeles and prepared myself to run in the 2nd Tinker Bell Half Marathon that following weekend. Wanting to keep my Perfect Pixie status I simply could not  resist participating in another runDisney event. What made participating in this race even sweeter was that I would be earning my second Coast to Coast runDisney medal! Notice the costume, it just keeps getting better and better.

Tinker Bell Half

Flash forward to September 2013 where I was very lucky to have been able to participate in the Inaugural Dumbo Double Dare Challenge, DDD. While I had to wait almost ten month’s to this race it was well worth the wait! The DDD was the first challenge in the runDisney race series, consisting of 19.3 miles, a 10k and a half marathon during two consecutive days. I was so excited that they decided to have it coincide with my favorite race weekend, Disneyland Half Marathon Weekend. Training for an event such as this is very similar to the Goofy Race and a Half Challenge, so I was well prepared! Another element of fun for this race was that I did not just have one race to come up with a costume for, but two!!! I decided to up my game once again and this time I ran as Alice from Alice in Wonderland and Snow White.

Train Station Dumbo 2013

Since participating in the Inaugural Dumbo Double Dare race runDisney has released serval more challenges and new races, which is pure delight and joy for this runDisney Junkie! During the Dumbo Double Dare Challenge 2014 I earned my twentieth runDisney medal!

Running is a journey where you keep rediscovering yourself and finding your inner strength. Running especially with runDisney has proven that anything is possible and as Walt Disney say’s, “It’s kind of fun to do the impossible.” The calm in the air and feeling in my heart as I run down Main Street towards the castle is a feeling that never gets old. It is exhilarating each and every time.

I tip my mouse ears and raise my runDisney water bottle to future runDisney events. Here’s to the Inaugural Star Wars Rebel Challenge, Glass Slipper Challenge, Expedition Everest Challenge, Dumbo Double Dare, and Avenger’s Half Marathon Weekend, it is going to be an AMAZING 2015 runDisney race calendar!

QOTD: Which runDisney race is your favorite? If you have not participated in a runDisney race, which race would you select for your first RunDisney race?

runDisney Perfect Pixie

Get ready to discover your inner pixie! The 2014 Tinker Bell 10k and Half Marathon is closer than the second star to the right and straight on till morning! I absolutely love runDisney and simply can’t get enough of runDisney events. There is a secret, okay well maybe not so secret club in the runDisney community called “Legacy Runners”.
Legacy Runner
Each runDisney events honors participants who have participated in every race for that specific event since its inauguration. Due to logistics and when I started participating in runDisney events there are not too many runDisney events where I can be considered a “Legacy Runner” despite running the event for numerous years. Luckily for me I was able to jump on the “Legacy Runner” bandwagon with the Tinker Bell Half Marathon Weekend and the Dumbo Double Dare Weekend, both in Disneyland. If you had not guessed already I live on the West Coast, which makes participating in Disney races the easiest to travel to and more affordable.


Tinker Bell and Periwinkle


What is in it for a “Legacy Runner” one might wonder. Well in addition to the personal sense of accomplishment, aka Runner’s High!, runners receive special recognition throughout the race weekend. This includes your name in the official race guide for that specific event, your name is announced when you cross the finish line, special race bibs, coral placement, and you receive a special lanyard for your medal. If all of this was not enough some events have even given out sashes with statements that include, “Perfect Princess” or “Perfectly Goofy”! The fifth anniversary of the Princess Half Marathon also gave “Perfect Princesses” tiaras as well! Runners who completed 20 years of running the Walt Disney World Marathon received all of those cool extras, as well as a commemorative ring as well! I don’t know about you, but I am beyond excited to see what runDisney has up their running sleeves of those “Perfect Pixies” in 2016!!


Take a look back a my journey to becoming a Perfect Pixie! If this does not get you excited and ready to soar through Disneyland, a fun activity after the race is to visit Tinker Bell and her fairy friends at Pixie Hollow in Disneyland with all of your medals from race weekend!


2013 Tinker Bell Race Recap Part One and Part Two
2012 Tinker Bell Race Recap
2012 Tinker Bell Expo Recap
QOTD: Are you a runDisney “Legacy Runner”? If yes, in which event? Are you also a Perfect Pixie?


Virtual Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend Blog Hop Directory

This post is a part of the Virtual Blog Hop! Check out more posts to get you prepared for Tinker Bell Weekend in Disneyland!!!

runDisney Tinker Bell Weekend 2014 Important Race Info

Get ready to discover your inner pixie! The 2014 Tinker Bell 10k and Half Marathon is right around the corner. The following are useful links and important information that you will need to get ready for race day! See you at the start line! Remember second star to the right and straight on till morning!

Race Day Info Think

Free Tinker Bell Half Marathon Art Card

Tinker Bell Half Marathon Weekend Info (corral, maps, waivers, iGiftbag, and event guide):

Event Guide:

Tinker Bell Half Marathon Corral Assignments:

Tinker Bell Half Marathon Map:

Tinker Bell 10k Map:

Race Day Waivers: (You must bring this to the expo to pick up your bib)



QOTD: Will you be dressing up for race day? What character will you be on race day?

Dressing up for Race Day

I think that it is fair to say that running in a costume has become quite addicting and might I add an obsession. What started out as small enhancements in my running entire for race day has turned into full blown costumes that I plan sometimes months and months in advance. With runDisney’s Dumbo Double Dare right around the corner I thought that it would be fun to take a look back as a I evolved into a runner with a full blown addiction to running in costume.

Remember  my Minnie Mouse Ears that I wore at the 2009, 2010, and 2011 Disneyland Half Marathons and even my first my first Princess Race in 2010?

2009 Disneyland Finsh Line2009 Disneyland Half Marathon

2010 Princess2010 Princess Half Marathon

2010 Disneyland Still Just the Ears!2010 Disneyland Half Marathon

I never in my wildest dreams would have ever thought that I would have ever gone beyond the simple little clip on Minnie Mouse Ears. My race day routine was simple back then, I would always purchase the official race day shirt to wear during the race and clip on my ears and hit the start line! In 2011 everything change when I received a Lululemon tutu for my birthday from my mom.  Still wearing the official race day shirt I donned my new tutu from Lululemon and participated in the 2012 Tinker Bell Half Marathon.

2012 Tinker Bell

After the Tinker Bell Half Marathon 2012 I quickly learned how much fun it was get dressed up for race day and knew that I could never go back to just my simple clip on Minnie ears.

Labor Day 2012 was when I debuted in full costume though simple and easy I have to say that I love running as Minnie Mouse. Who would have thought that a red and white polka dot skirt, black tank, and Minnie Mouse ears would so easily get you in the spirit of race day?

2012 Disneyland Half

My absolute favorite race day costume was during the 2013 Goofy Race and Half Challenge where I dressed up as Donald Duck for the half marathon! It’s going to be hard to top Donald, but I am definitely going to try and come up with something just as cute for the Dumbo Double Dare!

2013 WDW Half Marathon

Email a picture of yourself in a costume to 13goingoncrazy @ to be featured in an upcoming cutest race day pictures!

QOTD: Do you like to run in costume? What was your favorite costume that you ran in during a race?


RunDisney Adds a Dash of Pixie Dust to the Tinker Bell Half Marathon Weekend

Coming off of the coat tails of RunDisney’s Dumbo Double Dare Challenge and Glass Slipper Challenge, the amazing people over at RunDisney have announced the addition of a 10k during the Tinker Bell Half Marathon Weekend. I don’t know about you, but I am beyond excited for this race and fun-filled weekend!! This will be the third year where I will be putting on my wings and flying through Disneyland!! I was lucky to participate in both the inaugural event in 2012 and 2013! While I wish that this would have be an “Official Challenge” if you completed the 10k and half marathon, but I can understand RunDisney only wanting to have one challenge per coast.

Check out this super cute YouTube video announcing this inaugural event! I can’t wait to participate!!

Here is the Official Press Release:

Disney Fairies-themed 10K added to Tinker Bell Half Marathon Weekend

Tinker Bell’s fairy friends to join in the runDisney fun at Disneyland Resort

Anaheim, Calif. (July 2, 2013) – It took a little faith, trust and pixie dust, but the Tinker Bell Half Marathon Weekend at Disneyland Resort is expanding to include the inaugural Tinker Bell 10K in 2014.

In its third year, Tinker Bell Half Marathon Weekend, hosted by the city of Anaheim and the Disneyland Resort, is scheduled for Jan. 16-19. Earlier this year, more than 21,000 runners took part in the women-focused weekend of events centered on health, fitness and active lifestyles.

The new Disney Fairies-themed 10K will be held Saturday, January 18, and builds on the massive popularity of the runDisney series and women-focused events. Tinker Bell 10K finishers will receive a new, specially-designed, fairy- themed medal.

“We’re excited to add the popular 10K distance to Tinker Bell Half Marathon Weekend,” said Faron Kelley, director of marketing, Disney Sports. “Tinker Bell 10K expands an already exciting series of events, and adds more opportunities for our passionate runners on the west coast, especially those new runners who are stepping up to the 10K distance.”

Along with the Disney Princess Half Marathon Weekend at Walt Disney World Resort, the Tinker Bell Half Marathon Weekend is one of two women-focused runDisney events. Both races are among the largest women-specific running events in the country and focus on healthy, active lifestyles for women and girls.

Registration for 2014 Tinker Bell Half Marathon Weekend opens July 9 at 12 pm EST/9 am PST at

QOTD: Are you going to be participating in this inaugural event? Do you wish that they made this event an official “challenge”

2014 Walt Disney World Marathon & Princess Weekends

Each and every year I look forward to the fun filled race weekends in Walt Disney World and Disneyland. (You can read about all of my runDisney adventures here!) runDisney has SO many inaugural races in-store for runners in 2014, I don’t know about you, but I am BEYOND excited!! From the newest races, the Dopey Challenge and Glass Slipper Challenge, to the classic Walt Disney Half and Full Marathon and Princess Half Marathon these are weekends where memories are made and last a lifetime. Which is why I am so happy to offer all of 13 Going on Crazy’s friends and followers, this AMAZING offer from Mousekeplanner.

Room Blocks


QOTD: Which races will you be participating in 2014? Not signed up, which race is on your radar for 2015? Hope to see you in Disney!!

RunDisney Training Tales

As a child I took my first steps in Walt Disney World, so it is very fitting that I love running especially with RunDisney. The half marathon…13.1 grueling miles. The first time I even considered attempting this unthinkable challenge I had recently graduated college and was living in a new city. Looking back now, I suppose I had no idea what I was getting myself in to.

Let me just put this out there…I was not a runner, and sort of still don’t consider myself a “runner,” but I did the training and signed up to run in the Disneyland Half Marathon. That was my first experience with the half marathon. One of my Minnie ears was backwards, and my shorts were really short, but this was my encounter with love at first sight.

My First Race

I have completed 20 half marathons plus one full marathon so far…some running the entire thing, some walking the entire thing, and some doing both and with each passing race I grow to love it even more. You sit down at your computer and sign up and pay for this race. You analyze the course, study your training plans, and mark up your calendar with the new training schedule. Most of all you make a commitment to yourself and no matter how you cross that finish line, for me I always say, “I don’t care if I walk it, run it, crawl it, I am the 1% of the population that completed such a fete.’…For me, keeping that commitment to myself is so gratifying.

The moment that I crossed my first RunDisney finish line in Disneyland 2009 I knew that these events were always going to hold a special place in my heart. Quickly I became well a little obsessed with RunDisney events and I am now at the point where I only have eyes for RunDisney events. At this point in time I am already committed to participating in five RunDisney events all within the year and I am beyond excited! With nine RunDisney events and two Coast to Coast Medals under my running belt all I can say is bring it on!

First FUll & GOOFY

I can’t begin to tell you how excited I am that I am so lucky to running yet another RunDisney race and I have kept that commitment to myself. Let me leave you with one more thought…140 MORE DAYS till DUMBO DOUBLE DARE, 211 MORE DAYS till WINE AND DINE and 272 MORE DAYS TILL MARATHON WEEKEND 2014!!!

QOTD: Which RunDisney event is your favorite? If you have never participated in a RunDisney event which do you want to be your first?

Tinker Bell Half Marathon 2013 Race Recap Part 2

I left off part one of Tinker Bell Half Marathon with me at the finish line celebrating my most recent accomplishment. After the fun and excitement of the race was over, it was time to celebrate with medals! Somehow Mickey knew that I was disappointed that I did not get to take my picture with him at the finish line. He was waiting for me in the hotel lobby of Paradise Pier where I was grabbing a quick gluten free bagel and lox before I took an ice bath and a shower. After refueling and my shower, I was ready to hit the parks!Mickey and I

One of the many reasons I love RunDisney races, the celebrating goes beyond just the finish line and into the rest of the day and night. Sometimes even day’s depending on how long you are staying at Disney. My celebrating always tends to last a little longer when I run races in Walt Disney World.

While in Walt Disney World the previous weekend I discovered how much fun it was to run around the park looking for characters so I could take pictures with them and my medals. I decided that I wanted to start off my celebrating doing the same as the previous weekend. The first and most logical place to start with pictures is in the hub in front of the Partners Statue in front of the castle.

I wonder what Goofy is thinking!

I wonder what Goofy is thinking!

Under normal circumstances I would not have brought all of my medals to Disneyland, but considering that I just completed Goofy the weekend prior and I completed my Coast to Coast Challenge with Tinker Bell I had a lot of medals to show off!Castle and medals

This is as close I could get to taking a picture with Walt Disney! I think that he would have been proud of all of the runners accomplishing their dreams that day. After taking a lot of pictures in front of the castle and around the hub I decided that it was time to head over to Pixie Hollow. Being that I had just completed the Tinker Bell Half Marathon I had to pay my respects to Tinker Bell and say hello. Tinker Bell and Periwinkle

To my surprise when I arrived at Pixie Hollow I not only was able to visit with Tinker Bell, but I was also able to show Periwinkle my medals as well. Until recently I did not know that Tinker Bell and Periwinkle were twin sisters! They both informed me that my medals were created from the most special form of pixie dust! After meeting with Tinker Bell I headed to  Mickey’s house in Toontown as he was the last character that I wanted to visit with.

Mickey and I

In a blink of an eye the day was over and as I headed out of the park still on fire from this two week whirlwind, I walked out of the gates grinning from mouse ear to mouse ear, as I was beyond elated and I knew I could not wait for Labor Day’s Dumbo Double Dare!


QOTD: What is your favorite part about celebrating in Disney?


Tinker Bell Half Marathon 2013 Race Recap Part 1

January was a whirlwind of back to back weekends of racing Disney style. Following the completion of Walt Disney World Marathon, Goofy’s Race and a Half Challenge. I returned to Los Angeles to participate in the second Tinker Bell Half Marathon. I know kind of crazy, that in less than a seven day period I ran 52.4 miles. When I first learned that Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend and Tinker Bell Half Marathon were back to back weekends, I thought that was poor planning on RunDisney’s part. I am still not sure what the logic was behind that planning. Remembering what a blast I had participating in the Inaugural Tinker Bell Half Marathon, I knew that I did not want to pass up an opportunity to not only participate again, but I wanted to keep up my legacy status.

Running the 2012 Tinker Bell Half Marathon
Running the 2012 Tinker Bell Half Marathon

Last  year was just the tip of the iceberg in terms of running costumes! That year I ran for the first time in a tutu and I have been hooked on running in costumes ever since. This year I decided to up the ante and I even ran with wings! I visited the expo with a game plan in place, I knew which booths were my must sees and where I wanted to go first! Knowing full well that my bib will always be there for me so I picked that up last. As always RunDisney always hosts the best race expo’s! This year in addition to the race tech shirt, which I love, it also came with a Tinker Bell mesh drawstring bag, similar to the bag they provided at the 2010 WDW Princess Half Marathon. I wish that all RunDisney races would come with these bags, I simply love them and always throw my running gear in them.

Disney Swag

This year I am not sure if it was planned, but there were even a few characters standing outside the main ballroom. They might have been overflow from Goofy’s Kitchen. Still coming down from my Goofy high from the previous weekend I simply could not pass up the opportunity to take another picture with Goofy! I think that this Goofy euphoria that I have been walking around with will last me a really long time.

Tink Expo

On the way to the restaurant for dinner, the night before the race I bumped into Jeff Galloway. It was really great that he took the time to speak with me and discuss all things running! I loved that he was wearing the New Balance RunDisney shoes, too bad mine where in the hotel room!

Jeff Galloway & Me!

I am not sure if it was due to the previous weekend catching up with me, but I was ready to go back to hotel room right after dinner. Being lucky enough to stay at The Grand California, I did not have far to go. With Flat Melissa ready for race day I went to bed early because I was spending yet another Sunday in January getting up way before the sun comes up. This year Disney bumped the start time from 5:45 am to 5:00 am.

Flat Melissa

I woke on a very quiet and chilly morning as the weather had been unseasonably warm up to this point, I decided last minute to wear the race tech shirt that came with my bib under my costume. It worked in my favor that it complemented my costume quite well. That was the best last minute decision that I have ever made on race day. Again, I grabbed my banana and the typical last minute hotel picture and I was out the door.

Race Day

I am not too sure why, but it only felt like I was standing at the start line for a couple of minutes before the fireworks went off and I was on my way to not only completing my second Tinker Bell Half Marathon, but also my coast to coast medal.

530822_592022407490392_1800740200_nBeing that the race started so much earlier than previous year, the course was darker a lot longer than last year. Luckily this year they modified the course and did not have runners turn right into the park running down a very dark and narrow road. This year we turned left and run under a tunnel which had lights. Thank you RunDisney for this change, I really did not feel comfortable running last year feeling squished and cramped in the dark.

After running through this tunnel runners emerged into the back stage area of California Adventure. Eventually we made it inside the park and they even had the “World of Colors” fountain playing for the runners.  This is one of my favorite shows in the California Adventure park. I never get tired of seeing this show, each and every time I do it simply takes my breath away.


After running around California Adventure and seeing all of the sights, we ran across the entry plaza and into Disneyland. This I have to say is always my favorite part of any RunDisney race. Being able to have the opportunity to not only run down Main Street, but to also run through the castle is the highlight of Disney racing.

After running down the beautifully lit Main Street, Captain Hook, Smee, and a few pirates were waiting for runners to stop and take pictures with them. Running as Tinker Bell, how could I not stop.


After taking a moment and stopping to say hello to Captain Hook, I had another favorite picture spot right before turning into Tomorrowland. I love my beautiful castle with the winter wonderland icicles.

Castle StopThe next stop for me was in Tomorrowland, where I stopped to take a picture with Darth Vader! I think that this was by far my longest line, but well worth the wait! I only wish that this area was better lit, the picture came out a little dark, but welcome to the dark side!

Darth VaderAfter saying so long to Darth Vader I headed into Fantasyland. Last year I did not run with my iPhone or my camera so I was not able to stop and take a picture with The Lost Boys. I was needless to say very disappointed at the time. This year thanks to SpiBelt I was able to run with my iPhone and take as many pictures as my heart desired. When I turned the corner and saw The Lost Boys hanging out near the carousel I knew that I had to stop and take a picture. Oddly enough people kept running past them rather than stopping for a photo opportunity. It seems that Disney only brings The Lost Boys out during The Tinker Bell Half Marathon as I never normally see them in the park. I think that I should frame this picture!

Lost BoysSecond star to the right, Peter Pan and Wendy were waiting to say hello.  I’m not too sure why Michael and John were not there. Two other characters that Disney likes to keep in the vault. Stopping to take a picture with Peter Pan and Wendy was my last photo stop before running through the castle. After running through the castle, Frontierland, the back stage area, another favorite part of the race, and Downtown Disney runners were headed for the streets of Anaheim. As always the Red Hat Ladies were there waiting and cheering for runners at the end of Downtown Disney near the Sorcerer’s hat.

Peter, Wendy, & Me!

I loved the course this year and felt that more time and miles were spent actually inside either California Adventure or Disneyland this year than last year. Running through the streets of Anaheim is not necessarily my favorite part of the course, but, I love that the city comes out to cheer the runners on. As a runner, I always appreciate having people cheering me on, even if they are complete strangers.

I almost hit a wall at mile 9 as I had a sudden GI attack, thank you Crohn’s for always rearing your ugly head during the most inappropriate situations. I needed to use a restroom and I needed it immediately. Thank you to both the police officer who stopped traffic on the opposite side of the street and to Carrow’s Restaurant for allowing my wings and I to use your clean restroom. It really saved the race. I am sure that I looked crazy, dressed as Tinker Bell with wings and mouse ears running across traffic holding my stomach.

As I never allow my GI issues to bench me, I proudly walked out of Carrow’s straightened my ears and wings and I started walking. I knew that I could finish this race despite the stomach cramps that I was still experiencing. I might not have run a lot during the last few miles, but I simply did not care. I was there enjoying every moment, I was running a race in Disney of all places, and that was all that mattered in my heart.


As soon as I saw Tower of Terror in the distance I knew that I was getting close. I had just crossed over the 10 mile mark and I was in the home stretch. In no time I was in the back stage area of California Adventure and running under the same tunnel I had ran under a few hours earlier.

Once you crossed Disneyland Drive you could clearly see the finish line.  There was one last run around the parking lot and I decided using my motto from the previous weekend, GO BIG OR GO HOME, I ran to the finish line. I crossed the finish line and gave Mickey Mouse a hug. I was sort of bummed that RunDisney officals would not allow me to take my picture with Mickey. They told me to keep moving. To me, it didn’t matter, I was so excited that I completed the Tinker Bell Half Marathon and the Coast to Coast Challenge!

CelebratingStay tuned for my Tinker Bell race day celebration recap!

QOTD: What was your favorite character’s that you saw along the course? If you did not participate, what character’s would you like to see along the course?