When I originally decided to run a Half Marathon last year... deciding to run it at Disneyland was a no brainer for me. Anyone that knows me even just a little knows that I am a Disney Junkie. Have been all my life. I thoroughly enjoyed myself at the Tinkerbell Half Marathon Weekend in January. LOVED every stinkin' minute of it! I am planning to go back to Disneyland in January of 2014 and run the Tinkerbell Half Marathon again. As soon as I passed over the finish line this past January I was so sad it was over. I immediately said - 'I want to do that again!"
After coming home I knew that I wanted to put more Half Marathons on my calendar. But which ones? So I started to do some research. Timing and weather around the Pacific Northwest are key. Rain is always a possibility but some months are better than others. Also for the "running goal" setter that I am - I needed the races I chose to be strategically placed on my calendar. I found a couple in the Fall of 2013 that seemed great... but I wanted one sooner. I needed it for me and the way I challenge myself. I don't want to ever feel like I have to begin my training all over again - I wanted to keep it up all year!
I have registered for the Heroes Half which will take place on April 28th just a bit south of where we live. The proceeds go towards military families and First Responders. Okay then... I can get behind that! I have a brother - in - law and a niece currently serving in the United States Navy...I love them very much! Don't they look awesome here in this photo? I think so too!
Also... who doesn't love First Responders in uniform? My husband is okay with that comment... and don't you love the tek shirts too?
I know there is a finisher medal for the Half Marathoners but I am not sure what it looks like... I googled last years... hope they redesigned for this year. The course Is "flat and fast"... which to me I like the FLAT part... Fast is something I have realized I will never be. I am fine with that.
I am excited to see how I will do... training has been going well and I have one 10K race under my belt that has been "post" Tinkerbell Half. I have a few 5Ks and another 10K between now and then. I should be fine. Right? Then why I am nervous? Will I survive without my character photo stops? Without my castle? All of the Disney fun? We shall see.