Once again I was lucky enough to run another exciting runDisney race weekend! As the official nutritionist for runDisney, it’s one of my perks. I had to present at a global wellness summit in California earlier in the week, and my new husband John had business out there that week as well, so we decided to meet up after our business was done and head down to Anaheim together–without kids! We’ve been married for 5 weeks and hadn’t taken a honeymoon, so we justified going to Disneyland without our kids as saying it was our honeymoon!
The weather was perfect…nice and cool in the morning and warming up for pool time or park time in the afternoon. We decided to run the Pixie Dust Challenge, which means the 10K on Saturday and the Half Marathon on Sunday.
We’ve only run a handful of races together, so it was really special to run together on our honeymoon. We ran the 10K together, pushing the pace a little bit, but remembering that we had a half marathon left the next day. I ended up placing first in my age group (of 1011) and 10th female (of 7383), and our friend Kris Przeor was the overall winner! I decided to dress up in my Unicorn Mode shirt that my bud Kelly sent me and paired it with a Sparkle Athletic pink skirt and arm sleeves. The back of the shirt reads, “Always be a beast unless you can be a Unicorn. Then always be a unicorn.”
John and I decided to run separately for the Half Marathon, partly because it’s considered by runDisney as a women’s race, so men aren’t allowed to start in the first corral. Since we couldn’t start together anyway, it was best just to each run our own race.
The Half Marathon course was great with the first few miles through both Disneyland Parks. I dressed as Tinkerbell (of course!) and snapped a pic with Tink on the course. Yep, I’m 40 and wore wings!
I ended up finishing 4th in my age group and 38th overall (of 13,068). I had a great race and felt good the whole way. I was only 2 weeks post-Big Sur full marathon, so I think my legs are still recovering a little bit.
The rest of the weekend was a dream. No kids, no agenda, and pure relaxation with my new hubby. We had dinner at Roy’s one night and Napa Rose at the Grand California Hotel another night, so I was completely spoiled. John even brought along a Mother’s Day card that he had had all 4 of our boys sign prior to our trip.
Happy belated Mother’s Day to all of the moms out there! Looking forward to a little break from races for the hot Florida summer and resuming with Disneyland Half over Labor Day!