2015 Disneyland 10k Recap

Well readers, I did it.  If you follow me at all on social media (and if you don’t, like, do it already), you probably saw our trek through the Disneyland 10k course last weekend.  And you may have noticed in the days beforehand how much I was freaking out about not finishing and getting picked up.  The fear was real, y’all.  I was going through some tough hip pain, and to top it all off, I came down with some sort of sinus infection two days before the run.  I thought I wouldn’t make it through, but that didn’t happen and I am so excited to have my first 10k under my belt, and with little to no training at that!  Here is how our race day went…



We arrived at the course “bright” (dark) and early.  Someone was not as happy about it as I was, clearly.  We stayed at the Anaheim Majestic Garden Hotel (the castley looking one right near the freeway), which is the perfect place to stay on a race day.  It was about a ten minute walk from our hotel to the corrals, which was just the right amount of warm up, without being too long of a walk.

We unknowingly ended up in the wrong corral since we just followed the crowd and there wasn’t much direction.  There were these big balloons that apparently had the corral letters on them, but the letters were only on one side and we couldn’t see them from the area where we entered.  So we ended up in D instead of E, which was a bit of a relief for me as I knew it gave us a cushion of time in between us and the pace sweepers.  No one seemed to care about corral assignments, which as a slow goer, was nice.

We had only done runDisney 5ks up until this point and we always managed to snag a spot in the first corral, which meant we could always see and hear all the pre race hype.  We could hear from our spot in the back of this massive crowd, but we couldn’t see much until we were moved into the starting line position, which was a bummer.  We missed Cruella and Maleficent, which would have been fun to see.

The race kicked off on Disneyland Drive and we proceeded through the streets of Anaheim and into the Convention Center plaza.  Side note: I have never seen anyone fall during a race before (except my husband and that was his own fault for messing around on a rainy and wet race course) and we saw four people fall in the first mile.  Scary!  After making our way through the Convention Center, we headed into the backstage area of California Adventure, where we saw these awesome guys.  My husband is a Cal State Fullerton alum and this is the school’s current Varsity Band, which he used to play with (and still does occasionally).  The guy toward the back who’s adjusting his hat is my husband’s best friend (who also married us).  I didn’t get to stop since I was still super concerned about pace at this point, but it was awesome to hear their peppy music as I sped walked by!

When my husband was off with the band for a minute, I happened to meet up with a woman who we had met at our hotel pool the day before.  She was very encouraging the day before and told me as long as I kept up my slow and steady pace I would finish with no problems.  She told me we were moving along with plenty of time and again told me I could do it as long as I kept moving.  Encouragement from total strangers is just one of the many reasons why I love runDisney.  After talking with our new friend, I felt a little more comfortable and we stopped for a few pictures along the rest of the way.

This, sadly, was the best shot we got of our outfits (bad blogger!).  We wanted something simple and since we both already had red bottoms from previous runs, we got two Incredibles shirts and called it a day.  They were cute and comfy and I’m bummed we didn’t get a better pic.  As we made our way through DCA we started to see some characters.  Since the race was villain themed, we got to see some really cool villains that are not out and about every day.  Unfortunately the lines for pics were on the long side and I wasn’t totally confident we could swing pics and still make pace, but I managed to snap some quick glimpses as we went by…

I loved seeing Lotso from Toy Story 3 and King John from Robin Hood.  As a bonus, I also got a pic of strangers rocking their Little Mermaid run costumes.  The race course continued along past Tower of Terror…

And then we made our way into Disneyland, down Main Street and through Tomorrowland.  I had to grab a picture of the Matterhorn…

And Small World…

Then we headed backstage through Disneyland.  It was probably the toughest part of the course for me because I was starting to feel tired and, having run the 5ks multiple times, there wasn’t much to see that I hadn’t seen before.  We did catch a glimpse of the huge Mickey pumpkin though, patiently waiting to take his spot on Main Street…

After reentering the park, we sped through Toontown and into Fantasyland.  This was new race territory for us, so things got a little more exciting as we ran through the castle…

We continued along through the rest of the park and into Downtown Disney.  The last half a mile or so seemed to take forever (I kept telling myself it’s just a walk through Downtown Disney, you’ve done this a million times) but we finally made it to the finish line, near the Disneyland Hotel.  We promptly collected our medals and our snack boxes and made the (super long feeling but actually short) walk back to our hotel where I took the second best shower of my life, only eclipsed by my after wedding shower.

After our showers and a nice nap, we headed back to Downtown Disney to enjoy some college football and quite a few celebratory drinks.  Despite the fact that I walked the entire course, I am pretty freaking proud of myself for finishing the race.  The extreme heat we’ve been facing here in So Cal made it practically impossible to get decent training in so I entered the race vastly unprepared.  But I kept going and stuck to my (slow) pace and I finished.  Now I have even more motivation to get my training going for the Star Wars 10k.  Also, shout out to the hubs for always sticking by me during these races.  He could probably finish in about half the time it takes me, but he always hangs with my slow self so we can cross the finish line together.  All in all, it was a good race and I’m so happy I pushed myself to try a 10k.  Now on to the next!


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