Perfect Half Marathon Weather

On a beautiful, sunny 50 degree day, I can’t help but think how perfect this weather would be for running a half marathon. Because of that, I thought it would be fun to do a quick overview of the three half marathons I have run so far this year.

Walt Disney World Half Marathon

Disney Half Marathon Mother Daughter

What is better than waking up at 3:30 am to run through Cinderella Caste with its Christmas lights on? Nothing! To me, Disney races are the best. Characters, entertainment and spectators are everywhere throughout the course. The half marathon starts at Epcot. We run from Epcot to the Magic Kingdom and back to Epcot to finish. These are 13.1 magical miles filled with lots of character!

The course is pretty flat. My least favorite part of the course is the last ramp at mile 12. That gradual slope is no fun!

I kept a great pace until mile 9.5 when I couldn’t look past some internal issues. I let my mom go ahead without me at that point. I kept pushing and made it to the finish line in 2:06:24 where I vowed to never dine at Tony’s again.

Disney Princess Half Marathon

Disney Princess Half Marathon

This was my first year participating in the Princess Half Marathon Weekend. I decided to do the Glass Slipper Challenge, which meant I ran the 10k on Saturday and the half marathon on Sunday. Two days waking up at 3:30 am to run? What else would you want to do on a Disney runcation? Sleep?! No way. My mom signed up for the half marathon.

The 10k course was great. We started in the Epcot parking lot and ran around part of World Showcase before running around the Boardwalk area. We entered Epcot again and then finished in the Epcot parking lot. I was so happy with my time! 10ks might be my favorite race distance. I finished at 53:33!

The half marathon course is the same as the WDW Marathon Weekend course. I knew what to expect, so that was really helpful mentally. I kept a great pace until mile 10 when my legs started cramping up. I let my mom go ahead (This theme needs to be stopped immediately!), and I finished in 2:03:49. My mom got a new PR with a time of 1:59:50! She inspires me! (Hi, Mom!)

Carmel Half Marathon

Carmel Half Marathon Finisher

Getting excited over a race that isn’t in Disney World is challenging for me! However, my friend’s 25th birthday was the day before, so I had to run this with her.

Getting to this half marathon couldn’t have been easier. I live about 15 minutes away and quickly found a parking spot, met my friend and her parents, and walked to the start line, which is so different than a runDisney race.

The start was very organized, and the course was flat. We enjoyed ourselves this race and didn’t push for a certain time. While the spectators and course entertainment were limited, the perfect weather and pleasant route made up for it. We finished in 2:14:56. I will definitely run this race again next year! I highly recommend it to everyone located around Indiana.

Next up? The Indy Mini on May 2 with my boyfriend where I hope to break the 2 hour barrier! Can our relationship last 13.1 miles? 🙂

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Everything feels the same…but different

Happy Tuesday!

I hope your week is off to a great start! I’m planning on joining a gym with a pool after work today, so I can get in some cardio while I wait for my foot to heal. I tried out a “chair cardio” video yesterday, but I just don’t feel like I worked that hard!

Day 1 of my Whole30 challenge went extremely well. I felt full and satisfied. I’m looking forward to experimenting in the kitchen with some different recipes!

Disneyland: Where the Magic began!

I’m a diehard Walt Disney World fan! I have gone to WDW at least once a year for my entire life. Before the DCP, I probably had gone….well, let’s just say A LOT of times!

Some people who love Walt Disney World are disappointed when they visit Disneyland for the first time (and vice versa!). I have no idea why!

Walt Disney actually was there for the opening of Disneyland. That was his first park. That in itself is enough to make me love Disneyland!

Everything at Disneyland feels so familiar yet different. When I finally saw the castle, I remembered just how small Sleeping Beauty Castle is! Sleeping Beauty Castle is 100 feet shorter than Cinderella Castle at WDW!

Sleeping Beauty Castle

it’s a small world is the same though, right? No! It’s a small world is Disney themed! I really think WDW should incorporate this!

it's a small world

Ariel!

Some other characters we spotted included Aladdin & Jasmine, Alice in Wonderland and Peter Pan & his crew! It added such a fun element to it’s a small world!

Pineapple Dole Whip Float

Pineapple Dole Whip Floats even taste better!  My mom and I waited in line for about 15 minutes to get two of these refreshing and delicious Dole Whips! Mmmm!

SAMSUNG CSC

After finishing these, of course we went to The Enchanted Tiki Room to sing and dance along!

Indiana Jones

Well, hello there! Indiana Jones has the same track and vehicles as Dinosaur! Indiana Jones is much better themed than Dinosaur, but Dinosaur will always hold a special piece of my heart now thanks to the DCP! A part of me still misses working at Dinosaur…. *sigh* Welcome back time travelers! Please gather your belongings, exit toward me and up the stairs!

Those are just a few of the differences at Disneyland! Other notable differences:

  • Mickey’s Toontown still exists
  • Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride
  • Space Mountain seats two per row
  • Pirates of the Caribbean drops 3 times (2 are very, very small hills)

I will post soon about California Adventure and how some of the rides there differ from WDW!

Questions of the Day:

  • Have you ever been to Disneyland/Disney World? Which do you prefer?
  • What is one place you would love to visit?

I will keep my answer in the United States and say the Grand Canyon! I would love to go hiking and just see the canyons with my own eyes. I’ve heard it is breathtaking!