Race Report: Disneyland Half Marathon 2011

by This is Carrie on October 10, 2011

The Disneyland 1/2 marathon has definitely become my favorite race of the year.  The course is so fun, weaving in and out of both parks and Angels Stadium. The crowd is amazing, including cheerleaders, bands, Disney characters, hula dancers, boy scouts, girl scouts, and a mariachi band. I didn’t even look at my watch because the miles just flew by.  And I LOVE running in costume. I love seeing others running in costume.  This race is chock full of creativity.  I tried to step it up this year and created a Snow White costume using a sports tank from Target, some ribbon, and a golden yellow Sparkle Athletic running skirt.

I was determined to PR at this race which wasn’t too lofty of a goal since I’d only run two 1/2 marathons before – one was my first 1/2 marathon ever and the second one was 10 weeks after I had The Baby.  After my success running with a pace group at the Surf City Half Marathon, I decided to try again. I hung out with the  1:55 pace group until mile 8. That’s when the pacer said, “Now let’s remember to conserve our energy. Don’t yell or cheer with the spectators and don’t give out any high-fives”.  I responded, “You think I like to dress like this for a race, then NOT hand out high-fives to the fans?” I then proceeded to pull in front of the 1:55 pace group while cheering, waving and weaving back and forth across the route to hand out TONS of high-fives.  I ended up finishing in 1:49:08 crushing my goal time of 1:55 and even coming in ahead of my secret goal time of 1:50 (I owe it all to my Snow White running costume).

And I did it all with my MAC Russian Red lipstick still in place at the end of the race.

More stats:

Time: 1:49:08 (pace 8:20)

676th out of 12,781 runners

28th in my division of 1,410

My running partners had amazing achievements of their own. Kelly came in 10th in our age division with a rockin’ time of 1:43(and change) and Elise ran the 1/2 marathon at 28 weeks pregnant.  Check out the official Run Disney 1/2 Marathon video to experience the fun and see if you can spot us in all our Disney themed running costume glory (hint: we’re at the very end).


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Diana October 10, 2011 at 4:47 pm

That race looks fun… and I LOVE your outfit! That is just amazing! You all looked so cute at the end of the video :)

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October 10, 2011 at 4:48 pm

This gets me so freaking excited for Tinker Bell!!!! I can’t wait to run Disneyland. One day, I’m running Disney World, too!

Jessica October 10, 2011 at 5:38 pm

I love your costume! Congrats on your new PR and accomplishing your goals for the race. I love that you blew past the 1:55 pace group and made sure to high five and celebrate until you crossed that finish line. That’s what it’s about! I’m running Marine Corps Marathon later this month on Oct 30th – people are always in costume for this race because it’s always the last Sunday in October. It’s tons of fun! My sister and I are seriously contemplating some Team Sparkle skirts for our running ensemble ;o)

Lynet Witty October 10, 2011 at 7:53 pm

I am TOTALLY digging your costume! You look so chic! And congrats on beating your time! I’ve never even heard of the marathon…will look into it since it looks like fun!

jonita mortensen October 10, 2011 at 8:09 pm

Congrats on your best PR … and having fun while you were doing it. Loved the costume.

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October 10, 2011 at 8:25 pm

You are so fast… and princess pretty :) Super impressed with the costume and the time!

sara October 11, 2011 at 3:57 pm

You guys look so STUNNING at the end of the video! I am inspired…darn it, I must get running! Great video :)

Tall Mom October 12, 2011 at 1:54 pm

Love it!! I need to pull out my red lipstick and find a race.. So pretty and so fast.. FAST FAST!! Miss you gals

Misha October 12, 2011 at 5:14 pm

I don’t if I should tell you you’re amazing …. again. haha. you’re fabulous!! Love your costume, too!

Krissy @ Shiawase Life November 3, 2011 at 9:49 am

YAY! I saw you at the race! 😀 Congrats on a great PR and a great costume, too!

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October 24, 2012 at 7:39 pm

I love it! Heard about your blog post from Laura of iGriza. Love your costume! I’m running the PHM 2013….can’t wait!

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