Monday, June 15, 2015

Race Report: 2015 Tinkerbell Half Marathon

On Sunday, May 10th, I headed out to finish the last leg of the Pixie Dust Challenge: The Tink Half!  In case you missed it, you can read about the expo HERE and the 10k HERE

Honestly, I didn't feel super prepared for this race.  I hadn't run much since Princess other than a few long runs here and there.  I knew I'd finish, but I also knew I wasn't going to be flying.  I think my favorite part was my costume--my mom constructed the PERFECT Wendy costume!  I loved it!!!

We definitely got spoiled staying at the Disneyland hotel.  I was able to sleep in and basically roll out of bed onto the start line!  This morning, I lined up with corral A (hey...when you get the chance you go into the corral, even if you know it's going to be a slow race).  I didn't get to watch too much of the pre-race fanfare since I was only there a few minutes before the start.

Right after 5:30 we were off and running.  The first 4+ miles were in and around Disneyland/DCA.  This race has a LOT of miles in the park!  Probably the most out of the DL races I've run.  I can see why this course is a favorite amongst many runners.  I didn't stop for pictures--I just ran this one.  I did, however, stop for a potty break in the park--one of the great advantages of running through Disney--real, working bathrooms!

Once we left Disney, we were on the oh-so-familiar streets of Anaheim.  This course was a bit nicer than the Disneyland Half in my opinion, but the front-runner is still Star Wars when it comes to time outside of the park.  Official results to follow after I run Avengers this November!

This race did really heat up once we were on the streets too--a common concern of those who had run this race in it's original spot on the calendar ( used to be in January).  My costume was light, but even it started to feel heavy by the end of the race.  Two and a half hours later, I crossed the finish line.  I gathered up my medals...all three of them...and headed to get snacks.  I have to say with all of the pampering that went on at Princess, I was looking forward to similar treatment at Tink, and I was a little disappointed.

After snacking, it was back to the hotel to shower and get ready to explore Disneyland!  Of course, I made a HUGE mistake and forgot my Princess medals at home, so no cute pink coast to coast photo from this race.  I was sure, though, to get plenty of pics with my bling from this weekend, and there was plenty of it!  I don't know that a repeat performance of this race is in my future.  Maybe if it included friends and a girls weekend, but I won't be running to register any time soon.

Anyone else do Tink?  What are your thoughts on the new dates?

No comments:

Post a Comment