By: Laurie Olivieri
It is exciting, fun, thrilling and all the races are very early! The Disneyland half marathon (13.1 miles) started at 5:30 am on August 31st. It was my very first Disneyland Race. I had run the Princess HalfM arathon in February in Walt Disney World and thus qualified to receive my very first coast to coast medal!
I was bib #8606 and in corral I. That was not the last corral..I am not a fast runner..I am more a molasses type of runner with lots of determination to finish! As long as one maintains pretty close to a 16 minute mile average and stays ahead of the "Balloon Ladies", you will be allowed to finish!
I run for the WDW Radio Make A Wish Team. I love the support I have received and also the friends I have made. Along the 13.1 miles, I heard Go Blue! Yeah WDW Radio! a couple times. It is so encouraging.
We ran through California Adventure..it was my first time seeing Carsland in person. I got all choked up! We ran into Disneyland! Through the Castle! Where Walt once walked! Yep, got choked up again.
I was struggling..It was hot to me! I am an early morning runner - less than 60 degrees is fine with me. It had started creeping past that and I was not having the happiest of moments with about 2 miles left to go. I was still maintaining my run/walk/run of 3 to 1..run 3 minutes, walk one minute, etc.
Then I saw the pigtails of someone I knew. Julie - an online friend. We belonged to the same workout group online and a couple other groups. I said hello, we chatted and then my timer went off. I went to run again and noticed she was limping. She had lots of blisters on her feet and she just wanted to finish! I decided to walk it with her! I have met many of my Disney friends in person and decided this was perhaps the best way to celebrate our Disney friendship.
We talked and walked and we finished together!