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Old 02-10-2013, 04:28 PM   #1
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Arrow All You Need is a Little Drive - 2013 Tinker Bell Half Marathon Report! (New 3/12 x4)

Hello and welcome!

Iím Eight, or Rachel, and Iíll be your captain for this trip report from the Tinker Bell Half Marathon.



A little bit about me, Iím twentythree, I love Disney (wait, really?), and Iíve started to love running, something I never thought I would say.

I was at Disneyland with my mom from January 17th to the 22nd and I ran the Tinker Bell Half Marathon, all 13.1 miles of it (okay, okay, I walked some of it too. Iíve found that regular walk breaks prevent my exercised induced asthma from giving me too many problems). It was such a fun experience, and I am definitely hoping to run again next year!

For the recap Iím going to post one or two photos with text. Itís different than how I normally trip report, but I was able to write this a lot faster and honestly, it was more fun and less stressful than trying to recount every last little detail. Let me know how you feel about this style. Not that itíll change much for this report, since I already finished it and just need to post the rest of the updates, but for future reference, you know?



Weíll start with the medal.

Spoiler Alert: I finished!

So here it is! As you might know, Iím not a fan of Tinker Bell, but I love the medal because itís mostly about the wings, not her. And who doesnít like wings and pretending they can fly?

Speaking of not liking Tinker Bell, I have to admit I was not thrilled with the selection of official merchandise, because it was ALL Tinker Bell. Everything had her on it, which is not surprising considering itís called the Tinker Bell Half Marathon, but I was hoping it would be more subtle, you know?
Which is why I love the tech shirt you got (even if itís a super weird shade of green!), because, like the medal, she isnít the main focus.



Not the best picture of it, I took it with my phone, and while itís still a weird shade of green, itís not the same weird green it is in real life. Anyway though.

This was my first half marathon, and I am very proud of myself for finishing. I didnít have a super fast time, but considering all the things that happened in the months and weeks prior, considering that I didnít train as much as I probably should have because of those things, considering my stomach was bothering me for the first five miles, considering I was always the slowest runner in PE, and considering several other things, I am happy with it.

Table of Contents:

Prologue: Spoiler Alert: I Finished! (aka this post)
I Couldn't Stop Staring At It
I Think This Thing Knows I Hate It
Disney Parks Blog runDisney Meet Up Part 1 (The Run)
Disney Parks Blog runDisney Meet Up Part 2 (Photo Ops)
Disney Parks Blog runDisney Meet Up Part 3 (The Ultimate Fast Pass)
Expo
People Might Get Crazy Over Shoes

Captain of the Columbia
The Costume (aka finish my costume the night before actually worked out!)
Corral-ing Around
Things I Actually Remember About the Run Because Most Of It Is A Blur
You Already Know I Finished
This Might Be the Most Stressful Disney Day
"I Can Do the Choreography To This!"
And Then We Had to Go Home
One Last Picture


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Old 02-10-2013, 05:59 PM   #2
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I'm in!! I ran the Princess Half Marathon at WDW last year. I can't wait to read about your trip.
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Old 02-10-2013, 11:13 PM   #3
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I'm in!! I ran the Princess Half Marathon at WDW last year. I can't wait to read about your trip.
Great! I'm glad to have my first reader!
I'm doing the Princess two weeks from today, and I'm pretty excited. How did you like it?
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Old 02-11-2013, 10:32 AM   #4
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I'm in! I ran the Tower of Terror 10 mile at WDW last year, and I am interested to hear about DL races in case I want to go coast to coast sometime.

I am also not really a runner. I was always one of the slowest in gym class too. I still haven't quite figured out why i signed up for the 10 mile, because I really don't enjoy running. Maybe I just like torturing myself
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Great! I'm glad to have my first reader!
I'm doing the Princess two weeks from today, and I'm pretty excited. How did you like it?
I LOVED IT!! At the expo, Fairy Godmothers in training douse you in fairy dust, there are great characters all along the route, running through Cinderella's castle is uh.maze.ing. I cried. I hope you have an amazing time.

This is me in front of the castle, during the race:
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Old 02-11-2013, 11:36 AM   #6
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I'm in! I ran the Tower of Terror 10 mile at WDW last year, and I am interested to hear about DL races in case I want to go coast to coast sometime.

I am also not really a runner. I was always one of the slowest in gym class too. I still haven't quite figured out why i signed up for the 10 mile, because I really don't enjoy running. Maybe I just like torturing myself

You did? So did I! I didn't really include much of a comparison between the races in this report, but if there's anything I don't cover about the Tink Half that you want to know, please feel free to ask!

Sometimes I wonder why I signed up for the Ten Miler too. I had never really liked running, but it felt like a good thing to try. And more importantly, ten miles seemed way less intimidating than going for a half marathon. Go figure.



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I LOVED IT!! At the expo, Fairy Godmothers in training douse you in fairy dust, there are great characters all along the route, running through Cinderella's castle is uh.maze.ing. I cried. I hope you have an amazing time.

This is me in front of the castle, during the race:

That sounds amazing! That's a great picture too! You look happy to be there. One of my biggest disappointments from Tinker Bell was not getting any sort of picture near the castle. Definitely going to make a point of it at the Princess!
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On many trips Iíve taken, one of the first things Iíll do is take a self portrait in a mirror because Iím happy to be there and done with traveling. I think it may have started with the 2007 trip to Tanzania. (if you look closely, you may notice I wore my ToT Ten Miler shirt that morning)

As you can see, this trip was no exception. I was so thrilled to be there. We arrived around 10am, it was a beautiful, sunny morning in California (compared to grey Seattle), and you know that feeling on the first day of vacation, where everything is still a possibility and you have the whole trip ahead of you? That's the best.



One of the reasons I was so excited to get there was that I knew one of the first things I would be doing was getting my Premier Annual Pass.

Which I would later lose on Monday, but Iíll get to that story in time.

I have wanted to get one of these since they came out, but seeing as I donít live in California or Florida, it didnít make much sense.

I got a deluxe annual pass when I went to Disneyland in September, because I was going then and I planned on doing the Tinker Bell Half. I unexpectedly went to Disneyland in November as well, so it ended up being a good thing I bought one.

Then, when I decided I would also do the Princess Half Marathon at Walt Disney World, it made sense to get a Premier because of how many days I would be spending, plus the discount I would get on the room.

In addition, I'll be doing the inaugural Dumbo Double Dare at the Disneyland Half Marathon right before it expires, so I think I'll have gotten some good use out of it.

Naturally, the first thing I did upon buying it was to take pictures of it.

Itís so pretty!

That probably sounds weird, but it is pretty. Itís sort of shimmery and lovely, and I am not totally exaggerating when I say I couldn't stop staring at it when I got it.

The next thing I did upon getting my Premier Annual Pass was enter Disney California Adventure.

And walked down to Paradise Pier while staring at my pass.

If memory serves, I didnít ride anything, but I got lunch, some Radiator Springs Racers fast passes (some of the very last of the day!), and watched part of the Five & Dime set.



I also watched the Red Car News Boys, but for some reason, it stopped half-way through. It was probably a good thing because I needed to get back to the room by 1:10 to head off and do some things related to going back to college, and I was cutting it short already.

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Joining in and excited to hear more. I have started training for next years Tinkerbell half marathon! I am very out of shape so I need all the time I can get. Hope you had a blast at the Princess half!
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Old 03-01-2013, 12:55 PM   #9
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Joining in and excited to hear more. I have started training for next years Tinkerbell half marathon! I am very out of shape so I need all the time I can get. Hope you had a blast at the Princess half!
Welcome! And thank you for reading.
I hope your training for Tinker Bell is going well!
And thank you, I did have a great time. Now I have to decide if I want to do a trip report for that that. Hm...
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Alright, I am back from WDW and the Princess Half. Had a wonderful time, currently trying to decide if I'll do a TR for that one too. I'm also doing a guest blog post about it, so I have a lot of writing to do! Better get to it!





Our next surprise was ďthe ultimate fast passĒ to Radiator Springs Racers.
A little weird to see Cars Land without the crowds, but nice. I could definitely get used to it.

I was on the second car of the morning.



The first picture was taken by our photographer of the morning who took all the other pictures that Iíve posted that donít look like they were taken with a phone. I think I was trying to make sure my headband didnít fly off.



The second picture was our ďno crazy dance moves while on the rideĒ picture.

Sadly, we lost the race. Like I said, I tend to lose this race.

After riding Radiator Springs Racers, we went to Napa Rose for breakfast, listened to several guest speakers (Sean Astin, Jeff Galloway, Tara Gidus, Ali Vincent, and someone from New Balance whoís name I donít remember), and saw a cooking demonstration.

There were also a few giveaways but alas, I did not win anything.
I think the meet-up was supposed to end around 9AM, but I think it was closer to 9:45 when we were actually done.

We were also given a free 1 day parkhopper ticket that was only valid Friday/Saturday/Sunday. I hoped that one of my friends who lived in LA would be able to use it, but everyone seemed to be busy or sick that weekend. It was unfortunate.
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After the meet-up, I met my mom at the Disneyland Hotel to go to the expo to pick up my bib and scope out the merchandise.

We had an early admission voucher so we were able to get in an hour ahead of everyone else. Definitely a nice perk, it got very busy there later in the day.

As I already mentioned, I was a little disappointed that all the official merchandise was ALL Tinker Bell. There was a nice mug, but it said it wasnít dishwasher safe, and seriously, who wants a mug they canít put in the dishwasher? I never understood the point of making cups and mugs that you can only hand-wash. Maybe Iím just lazy.

We did have to wait a while to pick up my bib, but it wasnít bad.
I also submitted a proof of time to move up a corral, I was in E since I hadnít submitted one when I registered, and got moved up to B. I didnít think that seemed right, but I didnít argue since you can always move back a corral, but you canít move up.
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A pair of the New Balance runDisney shoes also found their way home with me.

I swear I donít know how it happened.

I had seen pictures of them online before I left, and honestly, I didnít think they were that cool.

Then, a few women at the meet-up had them on, and I saw the appeal. They are much better in person.

I was very happy and surprised to see they even had my size. I have pretty small feet, like a size 5, and it can be very hard to find shoes that small.

It was funny because to get the shoes, you had to get a voucher. To get the voucher, you had to try on the shoes (same model but different color) and then they would give you the voucher with your size that you could take back to the New Balance booth.

But apparently 5 and 5.5 isnít a common size because they didnít have that size out to try on and had to bring out the actual runDisney shoes.

They told me to guard them carefully.

People get crazy over shoes, I guess.

They had only made 1000 pairs, and I think only had 250 pairs there? They were super popular! They made more for the Princess Half, and I heard it wasn't as crazy.

I have to say though, I wore the shoes the next few days in the parks, and they are super comfy! It was a good investment since I didnít pack great shoes to walk around in all day.
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I donít know what I did Friday night.

After going to the expo, we drove to LA for more college related business, but we were back by 4PM, I believe.

And I really donít remember what we did after that. I want to say we went back to Disneyland.

I know we went to bed early though, seeing as I had gotten up at 5 that morning.



Anyway, the next day, while walking to the parks, I saw the starting line!
I had seen it driving the day before, but wasnít able to get a good picture of it.

All I could think was, wow, in about 24 hours, I will have hopefully completed my first half marathon!

Once we got to Disneyland, the first thing we needed to do was get fast passes for Indiana Jones.

And I really wanted to see Tianaís Mardi Gras Celebration since I had heard it was like a similar, but very scaled back, version of Tianaís Showboat Jubilee, which I was obsessed with.

Okay, I still love Tianaís Showboat Jubilee. It got me through my first finals week at college.

So while walking over to see what time Tianaís Mardi Gras Celebration was, we noticed the Columbia was out.

My mom and I couldnít remember the last time we had been on that, or if we had ever been on it, so we decided to board the ship.



A very good decision. It was cooler than I expected. I didnít know you could go below deck.

I had way too much fun posing and taking pictures.





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I was able to see Tianaís Mardi Gras Celebration, which I loved, though I was a little disappointed there was no Dr. Facilier.

We got lunch, ran in to someone I had met the day before at the meet-up, and probably did some other stuff.

Honestly, this trip is mostly a blur to me. It felt like it went by so fast, and the two days before the race are kind of fuzzy. Maybe because I was still a little stressed about running 13.1 miles.

Anyway, we left the parks that afternoon, because I needed to finish my costume! Yeah, I hadnít finished it before I left. Ooops. We actually stopped at a craft store Thursday afternoon to pick up the final supplies.

My mom claims she canít sew, but she did a better job than I would have at putting on the buttons, the suspenders and the bow tie.

After running the Tower of Terror Ten Miler in September, I decided I needed a costume or at the very least, a fun outfit.

Since I donít consider myself a Tinker Bell fan and I was afraid doing something like Peter Pan might be overdone as well, I decided to go with a tribute to everyoneís favorite mouse as seen on Buena Vista Street.




Why not?



You might recognize the lyrics on the back as being from the Red Car News Boys. When I did the ToT Ten Miler, the other thing I decided was that I liked it when people had stuff on the back of their outfits for me to look at, whether it be text or a picture. It made staring at the backs of people more interesting.

I debated using a Walt Disney quote, but ultimately decided on these lyrics because it fit with the Buena Vista Street theme.
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OMG at meeting Sean Astin!!! That's hilarious! I've never seen "Rudy," but you should definitely watch "The Goonies." Definitely one of my all time favorite movies actually.

That running meet-up looked super awesome! When I did the DL 1/2 marathon in 2008 I didn't bring my camera (b/c why would anyone want to cart around a camera w/ them on a 13 mile run??) but was super bummed I hadn't b/c everyone else was stopping to take pics w/ characters and rides and stuff.

And I'm still super bummed that we couldn't have our DIS-meet that week! Next time! I need to research this "Dumbo Double Dare" thing- it sounds intriguing, but maybe that's just b/c I was obsessed w/ appearing on "Family Double Dare" on Nickelodeon as a child haha.

Oh and I almost forgot- you have the GOLDEN PASS!!!!!!!!! It's so stinkin' fabulous I can't even stand it!

And lastly- that Tinkerbell 1/2 marathon t-shirt is indeed the strangest shade of green I've ever seen. I feel like it would clash with pretty much everything.
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