Monday, September 7, 2009

Disneyland 1/2 Marathon!

Saturday afternoon my sister and I drove down to Disneyland to get ready for our half marathon. We had to go to the health and fitness expo to get our bibs...

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This seemed like a good idea
This shirt pretty much summed up the whole thing.

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walking out... they had cute track looking carpet

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We saw Goofy, and decided to go say hi... when I went up to him he started acting all shy and bashful haha but then got a little fresh..

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and twirled me into this mock prom photo pose
After this we checked into our hotel room and grabbed some dinner at California Pizza Kitchen. My other sister Jessica stayed in our hotel room, and we decided we should be in bed by 7pm, but didn't actually get to bed until 8. That doesn't mean we actually slept though. 3am comes awfully quickly!

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My sisters, my sister's friend Janelle and me at 4:30 am! Aaah! So early (as my face obviously shows) My sister Melissa made us all these really cute minnie shirts.

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Melissa and I were the only ones that had the same corral which meant we had a different start time then Jessica, but somewhere around mile 4 Jessica caught up with us (for a couple minutes and then speedy gonzalez was off again) way to go Jessica, running almost the entire first part!

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Around the time I got out of bed that morning I started feeling that maybe I wasn't ready to do the run and started freaking myself out. Even many times during the race (mile 4...6...8..11...12 hahaha) I felt like I couldn't go any further and was going to give up but my sister kept telling me we couldn't get up until we got to Angel's Stadium. So I kept thinking I just had to get to the stadium... so THIS was a beautiful sight!

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Walking into the stadium. It was actually really cool being able to run around the field at the Big A and seeing ourselves on the jumbo screen.

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So we made it to the stadium! My personal goal had been met. Unfortunately (or fortunately) the stadium wasn't until mile 9... so by the time I got there I thought "I came this far I might as well try and finish"

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At mile 10! yeah... ignore the time... it took us awhile to get there :)

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going back into California Adventure... these weird chefs on stilts were there to greet us

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the last 2 miles were the hardest for me. It was way more physically and emotionally challenging than what I thought it would be. I know there are A LOT of people that can run half marathons like nothing... but let me be clear: I am not a runner! I went into the race telling myself that I knew I wasn't going to finish it and I really wasn't in the condition to actually go through with it, but its amazing how much your body can actually handle and seeing THIS was actually the most beautiful sight of the entire thing.

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My sister and I finally crossing the finish line. I know I look like I'm miserable, but I was just soo relieved to finally be done. I had no energy to do any sort of finish line dance or fist pump haha.


After we finished we went to get our medals and grabbed some water from the refreshments table. I didn't get a picture with mine because I literally walked from the refreshment table straight to my parents car because I just wanted to sit down. But here are my sisters with their medals! I'm so proud of both of them! I can't believe we all finished! I'm so proud of Jessica for running as much as she did, I know how hard she trained for it. and I'm so grateful for Melissa for doing the entire thing with me and not letting me quit (or faint during the last 2 miles, haha)

So now I can cross off "finish a half marathon" off my list, even though it wasn't even ON my list until 4 months ago! This experience made me realize just how amazing the human body is, and how much it can endure. This time last year I was on the couch, unable to walk, recovering from surgery on my leg due to melanoma.... and a year later I'm walking 13.1 miles. I may not have placed, or made a great time but I finished and I still feel like I accomplished so much. This made me realize a lot about myself... what I can take, how far I can push myself and what I need to improve on. Would I do it again? I don't know. Every part of my body is sore and I can barely walk... but maybe in a couple weeks I'll think differently. Right now I just keep telling myself that I actually did it!


  1. What an amazing accomplishment. Congratulations!

  2. Props to you! I think that's awesome.

  3. Congratulations! That is an amazing accomplishment. My boyfriend and I are planning on doing the 10k run in the Gold Coast Marathon next year. Maybe after that we will aim for the half marathon.

  4. Congratulations! I'm running my first half-marathon next week and that t-shirt about the three months ago is just what I need to wear!

  5. Congratulations! The post is inspiring. In fact, I'm adding it to another reason that I should start running again. I'm adding 'half-marathon' to my to do list!

  6. Congratulations an such a huge accomplishment!!! I love that shirt..."This seemed like a good idea 3 months ago" haha. I just ran my second half marathon in june and I am training for a marathon in oct. You just gave me the inspiration to get home today and run my 16mile run I need to do. Again Congrats!!

  7. I've been reading your blog for about 4 months but had no idea that you had surgery a year ago. I agree with the other commenters: this really is inspiring. Congratulations on your amazing accomplishment!

  8. How fun!!! That looks like a fun half! My hubby and I run, but you look a LOT cuter than I do at a race. Very cool!

  9. WOW! Good for you! Congrats on finishing - I'm like you, not really a runner, but I don't think I could have finished at all. How fun to get to do that at Disneyland - what a great experience!

  10. Congratulations!!! It looks like you had a lot of fun, too :) You're making me want to try this!

  11. Such a great post! High fives all around for finishing. Very brave!!
    Love your blog!

  12. that's so awesome, congratulations! despite the mileage, you all look like you had a great time!

  13. Thank you everyone for the kind words! It was such a huge accomplishment for me!

    Heidi: Good luck on your first half marathon! I'm rooting for you!

    Jennifer: Oh my goodness! A full marathon?! About mile 9 I told my sister, "could you imagine if mile 13 was only HALFWAY? People who do marathons are crazy!" haha but I only say that out of envy because I wish I could do them. maybe someday. Best of luck to you, Jen!

  14. What an amazing experience! well done for completing, even though it was hard, it looks like great fun!

  15. That is so amazing!!!! YOu must feel so accomplished. I always wanted to do a half.... but I haven't run in so long!!

  16. Congratulations! That's a huge accomplishment.


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