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Disneyland Half Marathon Weekend - California Bound

What a whirlwind weekend! 3 days of flying across the country, running, hanging out with some great friends, then flying back across the country.

It all started bright and early Friday morning with a 3AM wake-up call, followed by 3 miles on the treadmill before heading off to the airport.

A short flight to Baltimore and a brief layover led me to my awaiting flight to LAX. The flight was actually my first traveling so far away from my family like this, and while I hated being that far away from them, bringing a 7 month old on a cross country trek definitely would not have been a great idea.

Though my five year old would have loved the views of the Grand Canyon as we flew over.


Thanks to the in-flight WiFi, I was able to watch the entire Disneyland Social Media Meetup unfold through Twitter and Facebook. Some of the key things I saw come across was news that runDisney had four additional races in the works, and new medals had been unveiled!


The Disney World 10K medal! The Dopey Challenge medal! Newly designed 5K, Donald, Mickey and Goofy medals!! And a new Wine and Dine medal for this year's race!! I had the opportunity to see these medals at the expo later in the weekend, and they are truly amazing. 

Once I landed at LAX, I met up there with Brittany from Team #runDisney - our flights both were arriving at the same time, so we grabbed a shuttle over to Disneyland together. If you've never been, LAX shuttles have this horrible policy of driving circles around the airport until they're filled. If you ever fly in there, find as many people as you can to ride with to save yourself the loops.

The shuttle was full of runDisney runners, which made the trip go by extremely fast as we talked about the new medals, the new challenges, and the races awaiting us this weekend. 

Finally, the shuttle passed right by the starting line for the races and arrived to the first hotel which was mine:


I absolutely love the Grand Californian. The hotel is stunning and extremely convenient with its private entrance to Disney California Adventure and Downtown Disney.



I had been watching through Twitter the stories people were posting about the race expo, and they were not good. Apparently the expo line had rapidly grown to a 2-3 hour wait, and the merchandise line had to be shut down. I made my way to my room, said a quick hello to my roommates, changed into my awesome Team #runDisney shirt and quickly made my way over to the Disneyland Hotel to pickup my packet.


Thankfully the line to get in for packet pickup was nonexistent, so I was able to make it in, pick up my bibs quickly and went back over to my hotel.


While I was laying out my running gear for the next morning, I realized that I didn't have anything to cut my KT Tape with. Thankfully Heather from Through Heather's Looking Glass had a pair and happened to be in the same hotel. 


Exhausted from traveling and knowing I had a full morning of running ahead of me I ended up crashing at 7 o'clock that night. The next day was the Disneyland Family 5K and Inaugural Disneyland 10K!

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  1. Great start to the recaps. I can't wait to read more Matt! Keep em coming!

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Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Disneyland Half Marathon Weekend - California Bound

What a whirlwind weekend! 3 days of flying across the country, running, hanging out with some great friends, then flying back across the country.

It all started bright and early Friday morning with a 3AM wake-up call, followed by 3 miles on the treadmill before heading off to the airport.

A short flight to Baltimore and a brief layover led me to my awaiting flight to LAX. The flight was actually my first traveling so far away from my family like this, and while I hated being that far away from them, bringing a 7 month old on a cross country trek definitely would not have been a great idea.

Though my five year old would have loved the views of the Grand Canyon as we flew over.


Thanks to the in-flight WiFi, I was able to watch the entire Disneyland Social Media Meetup unfold through Twitter and Facebook. Some of the key things I saw come across was news that runDisney had four additional races in the works, and new medals had been unveiled!


The Disney World 10K medal! The Dopey Challenge medal! Newly designed 5K, Donald, Mickey and Goofy medals!! And a new Wine and Dine medal for this year's race!! I had the opportunity to see these medals at the expo later in the weekend, and they are truly amazing. 

Once I landed at LAX, I met up there with Brittany from Team #runDisney - our flights both were arriving at the same time, so we grabbed a shuttle over to Disneyland together. If you've never been, LAX shuttles have this horrible policy of driving circles around the airport until they're filled. If you ever fly in there, find as many people as you can to ride with to save yourself the loops.

The shuttle was full of runDisney runners, which made the trip go by extremely fast as we talked about the new medals, the new challenges, and the races awaiting us this weekend. 

Finally, the shuttle passed right by the starting line for the races and arrived to the first hotel which was mine:


I absolutely love the Grand Californian. The hotel is stunning and extremely convenient with its private entrance to Disney California Adventure and Downtown Disney.



I had been watching through Twitter the stories people were posting about the race expo, and they were not good. Apparently the expo line had rapidly grown to a 2-3 hour wait, and the merchandise line had to be shut down. I made my way to my room, said a quick hello to my roommates, changed into my awesome Team #runDisney shirt and quickly made my way over to the Disneyland Hotel to pickup my packet.


Thankfully the line to get in for packet pickup was nonexistent, so I was able to make it in, pick up my bibs quickly and went back over to my hotel.


While I was laying out my running gear for the next morning, I realized that I didn't have anything to cut my KT Tape with. Thankfully Heather from Through Heather's Looking Glass had a pair and happened to be in the same hotel. 


Exhausted from traveling and knowing I had a full morning of running ahead of me I ended up crashing at 7 o'clock that night. The next day was the Disneyland Family 5K and Inaugural Disneyland 10K!

1 comments:

  1. Great start to the recaps. I can't wait to read more Matt! Keep em coming!

    ReplyDelete