So as a lot of you know, Labor Day Weekend is the 6th Annual DL ½ Marathon Weekend. The 5K on Saturday and the ½ on Sunday, it'll be my 5th year running both. Bright and early Saturday morning I’ll be at the Parking Lot for the 5K and then even earlier on Sunday for the ½. I figured since this is my 5th anniversary running I'd do a TR for the 1st time. About me- I’m a huge Disney fan, love it and if I could, I’d be there every weekend, or just move into the Fantasy Suite. When I lived in San Diego for school, I was there at least twice a month. But now I’m back in Santa Clara, and it’s not as easy/close to get to. I try to get down there at least twice a year, but this year I went to WDW in Jan. so that kinda kept me away, $wise, from DL. I’ve been running for about 6 years now, not that fast, but you can always get faster. Like I said before, this is my 5th DL 5K & ½. I flew out to WDW to do the Princess ½ in ’09 and this year for the Marathon. I was going to get another Coast 2 Coast medal, a special medal for people who’ve run a race in WDW and DL, but pulled my hamstring on X-mas Eve and had to drop out at Mile 8/9. So sadly, no C2C this year. And if it wasn’t so expensive to go to WDW, I’d do all the races out there. They’ve got 5 different races there! Guess I’ll have to buy that private jet sooner rather than later. I’ve done other ½’s and a full, but this one is hands down my fave so far. I was really excited when they announced that DL was adding a new race, the Tinkerbell ½ at the end of January next year and that there’ll be a new course. Always good to change it up a little bit, plus I’ll have to go back down to DL. Such hardships!! This year, it’s just my dad and I going down for the race. He’s a big Disney fan too, but didn’t want to run this year. Why, I don’t know, he ran the Goofy race in WDW in January and could have gotten a C2C medal, but he decided no on the DL race. I’ll have to take a picture of the medal and post it, b/c seriously, it’s beautiful and could inspire anyone. We’re staying at the Travelodge Anaheim on Ball Road this time. It’s the 1st time staying out in that area, usually we’re almost always on Harbor somewhere. I figured I’m just on the other side of the ramp which will work out both mornings for the races, plus we can hop on the Tram to go to the Parks. Last year, we stayed at the DL Hotel on a high floor that looked over DTD, DCA and DL. That was the best! Plus it was awesome race morning- just had to pop downstairs and over to the parking lot. We're driving down early Friday morning and back Sunday after the race. I'd rather leave later Sunday so I can enjoy the parks at least a little before we leaver, but my dad is worried about traffic coming home. Don't ask me why, I keep trying to explain that we're coming home Sunday not Monday and it won't be that bad, but he never listens. As for Friday, I'd love to leave around 4am or earlier b/c of the construction on the 5, but he wants to leave a little later. But my thought is that what harm could leaving earlier be? We'll not only avoid traffic but the sooner we leave, the sooner we'll be in the parks. Racewise, this year I'm hoping to break 2:40 for the 1/2. I've done it before, but not in a long time so keep your fingers crossed. As for the 5k, it's more just an easy relaxing run taking in the sights nothing too strenuous. I'll let you know throughout the next 8 weeks. This weekend my long run is 9. P.S. ~ I know I've still got 8 weeks, but it's been so long since I've been at DL(last year's race) I'm in need of anything that'll get me closer to the trip. If you told me I had to leave now, I'd be ready to go. Plus, I'll put up some pics that I have from past runs, and my random DL faves and stuff. Hope you guys enjoy it!