Race Report: The Disneyland Half Marathon

by This is Carrie on September 9, 2009

This last weekend I ran the longest I have ever run beating out my camping run by a full 5K.

It was the most enjoyable and well organized race I have ever entered. I was sad not to have my personal cheering section (Todd and the kids), but with a start time of 6am and 13,000 runners, I didn’t want him to have to face the extreme race craziness alone. Little did I know, Disneyland recruits high school bands, cheerleaders, dance teams, 4-H clubs, girl scouts, boy scouts and more to line the route and cheer for all the runners. Add in the numerous Disney characters, workers and performers scattered through “the Park” part of the race route, there was never a dull or quiet moment. Finally, being able to race with friends makes all the difference in the world when you’re trying to keep your mind off the fact that you’re going to be running for over 2 hours straight. The first 10 miles flew by with Kelly by my side as we realized together that we totally should have worn costumes (those last 3 miles were killer though).

My original goal (made back in the spring during the height of my “training season”) of breaking the 2 hour mark quickly went out the window when I realized I had run only a handful of times during the summer months leading up to the race. I really couldn’t be happier with a time of 2:06:40 placing me 155th in my age division of 1252 women.

The aftermath:
Sore knees, blisters on the tips of my toes from pulling my socks on too tight, and sore quad, calves and back.

But I’m feeling good and ready to do my first full marathon in 2010. Who’s with me?


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{ 16 comments… read them below or add one }

KA September 9, 2009 at 2:00 am

I'm running the Disneyworld Half Marathon in January. I'm very nervous!


Katie September 9, 2009 at 2:16 am

Huge Congrats! One day I'll be up to running a half marathon (for now, my 30-45 min nightly runs are good for now…)

Way to go!!!


Jen September 9, 2009 at 2:33 am

Congrats! Such a great accomplishment…


Chloe September 9, 2009 at 4:29 am

Congrats! Soooooo proud of you.

Sam is doing the Sacramento Marathon in November. Wanna come??


kelly September 9, 2009 at 5:50 am

i don't think i'll be joining you on your marathon quest, did you notice the two huge bags of ice wrapped around my knees at the end? i think 26.2 miles would be the end of me. but i'm definitely up for any 1/2 you want to throw at me. i'd love to do the next one in under 2 hours.


tamrobot September 9, 2009 at 7:46 am

Great job. That's a really solid time!


McKay September 9, 2009 at 2:18 pm

Congrats on an amazing achievement!!! Very solid time, tamrobot is right. Way to go girl!!!


Sharlene September 9, 2009 at 4:59 pm

I am totally impressed. Nothing in my body screams at me to run like that. I wish I had our motivation.


Amanda @ Serenity Now September 9, 2009 at 6:09 pm

Hurray for you!!! My sister REALLY wants me to do the Disneyworld one with her, but I get winded walking out to get my paper, so I am thinking it would not be a good idea for me. I do love DW though. 😉


kristie sessions September 10, 2009 at 12:23 am

oh yeah, im with you… cheering from the sidelines. way to go!


Me and My 3 September 10, 2009 at 3:36 pm

Sweet… Congrads on the run. i will be lucky to complete a 5K in my life time, but that will be an accomplishment for me. You are an inspiration.


Alena Jo September 10, 2009 at 4:04 pm

Way to go! I'm running my first 1/2 in November… in AZ! You should come on over! I also have a goal to do a full sometime next year. Hopefully before June.

You rock! I love your blog, by the way!


Karen September 11, 2009 at 1:34 am

Hi! I too am running the half marathon in January at WDW! Great job on your half! I hope to be able to run the DL one next year…maybe go for Coast to Coast! :0) Congrats again!


JessieJo September 11, 2009 at 4:13 am

I will help Todd with the kids at the full 26.2 and you and Kevin can run. Congrats, very impressed!


Jennie September 12, 2009 at 2:51 am

Congrats! A half-marathon is on my to-do list. I haven't run in a long time so I plan on starting low and slow with a 5k in either October or January. I'm nervous but you've inspired me!


OliveOyl February 28, 2010 at 4:34 pm

Just discovered your website and I LOVE IT. I JUST signed up for the Disneyland Half Marathon for this September and I CAN’T WAIT! I started running this January and I’m so addicted. Despite some setbacks I’m enduring right now due to injuries (running and my body do not seem to get along) I can’t wait to get back on the pavement and train. I’m already giddy thinking about running through the park and seeing all the cheering characters and people from the community out to support the runners. Yeah! :)


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