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Old 02-10-2013, 03:28 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, 04:59 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, 10:13 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, 09:32 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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Old 02-11-2013, 10:08 AM   #5
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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, 10:36 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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After taking care of some of the college business, it was time to go back to the parks!

I think we rode Pirates, and maybe something else? I donít remember.

I do remember that we were heading out of the park when we realized it was almost time for the parade.

I wasnít sure if I wanted to stay for it, especially considering we had Radiator Springs Racers fast passes, but my mom noticed there was just enough space for us at the end of Main Street.



What a cool view! Iíve never sat there for the parade before.





This thing (for lack of a better word) came up and stared at me for several moments.

Confession: As much as I love Soundsational, this little thing has always made me nervous with its spinning. Part of me thinks it's awesome, but I am always slightly worried that one day it will spin out of control and shoot in to the crowd or something. I have no idea. It's probably just me.

After that thing spun away from away, I leaned over to my mom and said, I think this thing knows I hate it.



I definitely wished I had my DSLR with me, instead of a point and shoot. Most of my photos were pretty blurry.

After the parade, there was just enough time to run over to DCA and ride Radiator Springs Racers (or as I like to call it, Radiacers). We lost the race though. Iím pretty sure Iíve lost more times than Iíve won on that ride.

I donít know what time we got back to the hotel at, I think it was around 9PM maybe, but I was exhausted, having been up at that 3 that morning. I went to bed right away, which was a wise decision seeing as I had to be up at 5AM for the runDisney meet up.
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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.

LOVE this feeling!!

Joining in. I have been thinking about doing a Disney run in the next year or two so I am excited to hear about your experience!
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LOVE this feeling!!

Joining in. I have been thinking about doing a Disney run in the next year or two so I am excited to hear about your experience!

Glad to have you reading!
What run are you thinking of doing? And if you have any questions about runDisney, I may be able to help.
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Old 02-16-2013, 12:20 PM   #11
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The next morning I had to be up at 5 for the Disney Parks Blog runDisney meet up.

I got there around 5:45 and was given a runDisney tech shirt. It didnít officially start until 6:30AM, so I had to wait around for a while.
It was so cold! I had brought a jacket, but made a mistake by putting it in the bag we would get back at the end. I also made a mistake by putting my phone and camera in there, but Iíll explain more about that in the next post.
Around 6:30 we started our run through Downtown Disney, Disneyland, and Disney California Adventure.

It was cool being able to run through parks with no one there except our group and the cast members getting ready for the day.



It was a 30 second/30 second run/walk ratio, which was great because it didnít aggravate my asthma, and I had been worried about that.



I like this picture because it almost looks like Iím leading the pack, which is funny because Iím not a fast runner at all. In case you canít tell, Iím the one wearing purple shorts, grey and blue shoes, and a white headband.

I donít know exactly how many miles it was, because I had forgotten my watch in the hotel room. I think maybe two miles? It felt short. Or maybe that's because I was having so much fun running through the parks.

It ended on Buena Vista Street where we were met with water bottles and a few famous friends.

The photos in the post were taken by runDisney.

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Old 02-18-2013, 01:13 PM   #12
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I will be leaving for the Princess Half Marathon on Thursday! I don't think I'll get the rest of this report up entirely before then, but I will get it done when I get home. I am so excited! I can only hope it's as much fun as the Tinker Bell Half was!



As they posed us in front of the Red Car Trolley for a group picture, we noticed a few friends who hadnít been on the run entering the trolley to join us for the picture.



Can you spot me?
Hereís a few hints.

Iím still wearing what I wore in the previous post.

Iím in the front row, close to the center.

Iím incredibly pale.

Now do you see me?



Also, while running through Disneyland, we stopped in groups to get a picture with Tinker Bell.

It was the first time I had ever been in the Pixie Hollow area, it was kind of cute.



One more photo opp I had while on the run was with Sean Astin.

I had been a big fan of the Lord of the Rings movies when I was in middle school. My inner 12 year old was definitely excited at that moment.

(Everyone else seemed to think of him as being from Rudy or The Goonies, but Iíve actually never seen either of those movies.)

After the group picture, we had some time before ďour next surprise!Ē and were able to get pictures with the characters.





Remember how I left my camera in the bag that I would get back? I hadnít gotten it back yet, and now I wanted it!

I had thought we might get our bags back after the run, but they were nowhere to be seen.

Thankfully, the other women at the meet-up were very generous and took pictures for me and sent them to me.

So hereís an important note: if you ever go to a runDisney meet-up and there is even a chance you might want to take pictures, take your camera with you! Donít make the same mistake I did.

I have a question. Is Minnie ever out on Buena Vista Street in this outfit? Itís cute, and Iíve seen a picture or two of it, but never actually in person before this?
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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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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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