Friday Five – Best things about Disneyland Half Marathon

Oh boy.  This is a hard but awesome post to do.

I have run the Disneyland Half Marathon twice.  PR’d in it twice.  Proof you can indeed PR at a Disney race–so folks, don’t be afraid–it can totally be done.  But I digress…that is for another post.

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Double PR at the Dumbo Double Dare

Today’s post is dedicated to the five things I love about Disneyland’s Half Marathon…and well, the weekend overall.  It was my first runDisney experience and it’s my favourite.  Wanna know why?  Read below my friends!

1.  Friendly time zone.  Getting up for a race in Disneyland is easy-peasy if you are from anywhere east of California.  Getting up at 4am is the same as me getting up at 6am to go to work on a regular work day.  I woke up and was essentially ready to go and felt pretty darn good despite it being 4am.  The opposite can be said for WDW…where getting up at 4 am is actually 3am for me…which means I feel like crap.

2. Location. Location. Location.  Disneyland has this in spades.  I can get up for the race and literally stroll out the front door of my hotel and within minutes I am at the start line.  No shuttles, no parking, no line ups.  Plus, the close proximity means I get to sleep that much more and it is even quicker to get back to have a shower and food post race.

3. The route.  It is pretty much flat which is a great bonus and adds to your chances of PRing.  It also has you running the parks for the first 5-6 miles and around mile 9, when you need a boost, you get to run through L.A. Angles baseball park.  It’s not full on Disney like a race at WDW, simply because they are on City of Anaheim property rather that Disney, but I find that it makes it feel more like a road race, which I think is fun and adds a bit of challenge to it.  Plus there are less ramps/free way style roads to run at DHM.

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30th birthday PR at the DHM! WOO! Could I look any sassier?

4.  It’s a smaller race.  It is significantly smaller than the WDW races.  WDW Half Marathon for 2014 had 20, 282 finishers, whereas the Disneyland Half in 2013 had 15,872 finishers.  Those extra 5,000 finishers matter in terms of room to manoeuver on the course.

5.  If you decide to do the Dumbo Double Dare, the 10K route is exclusively through both California Adventure and Disneyland!  It’s the most perfect route for a 10K ever.  :)

Since I am not there to run this year, I wish all of those running the best of luck this weekend!  Be safe, stay cool and run like the wind!

Much Love,

~Princess Lisa

 

Disney DIY-ing!

Just a SUPER quick post today, looking for some advice!  As I wrote awhile back, we bought a new house, and I’m looking to inject some quiet, adult, “hidden magic”-type Disney touches that only true Disney-philes might recognize.  It occurred to me today that I have a yucky, raw wood trunk that needs a paint job, and vintage stencils are all the rage right now, so why not?…I designed these 3 images as an homage to the Tower of Terror (what else could possibly be on my mind right now…oh yeah!…running ToT next month!) and need some help deciding which one is the winner!  So, ladies and gents…

#1 hollywood tower side design

 

#2 option 2 hth

 

…or #3? option 3 hth

 

…and one more late addendum.  I’m thinking one of the above imagines will look great on the widest sides of the trunk…but I’d like to do something different on the top and/or the ends.  So, I’ll happily take your advice on which of these for the top as well! :)

 

#4  – A simple sketch of the Hollywood Tower exteriortower sketch

#5 – a vintage HTH room key tower key

…or $6 – a recreation of the art deco elevator from the “flashback” part of the hotel?  tower elevator

Thanks for your help, and I’ll make sure to share some photos of the work-in-progress and the finished product after this weekend! :)

 

~ Princess Lindsey

Weekly Workout Recap Wednesday

Week 34:

Lisa

Lindsey

Headspace

  • exhausted.  burnout. uh oh.
  • Still dealing with the move so fitness isn’t a priority right now.

Weds

08/20

  •  5 miles at an 8:02 avg pace

Thurs

08/21

  •  Night off–last minute, front row tickets to see Tom Petty!! So worth it!

Fri

08/22

  •  Night off.  So. Darn. Tired.

Sat

08/23

  •  3.4 miles in celebration of my 34th birthday

Sun

08/24

  •  Nada–no time with birthday brunches and True Blood Finale parties…and cupake baking

Mon

08/25

  •  Not entirely sure as my watch died at 2.32 miles…I know I ran at least another mile and a quarter after that…so let’s call it 3.5 miles.

Tues

08/26

  •  5 fast miles – 7:34 min/mile avg pace!!!!!!

Highlight(s) of the Week

  •  Tuesday’s speedy 5 miles

Goal(s) Moving Forward

  •  Make it through to Queen City Half.  Oy!  Feel like it’s going to suck. lol.

Mileage

  • Week:   16.9 miles
  • Year: 665.82 miles
  • Week:  miles
  • Since July 23/14: …10.1 miles