Disneyland Dumbo Double Dare Weekend - Part 1

Friday was a busy day with a trip down to Disneyland to get race bibs and shirts. With the exception of a parking fiasco the pick up went well and I was back home in time for Robb and I to attend an engagement party. Then after the party back down to Anaheim and in bed by 12:30 I think it was. Then up bright and early to meet our friends and get our Mickey Mouse Club shirts.

It was already quite warm the minute we stepped outside the hotel room. We knew this would be a tough day weather wise so we decided to stick together for the 10k. This course was primarily inside the parks which makes it fun and the time fly. Humidity was brutal and by the end of the run our shirts were soaked. It was the slowest 10k for me but I have to say quite fun and that’s what it is all about.

After the 10k some of decided to meet up after we cleaned up for some breakfast.  Then we were off to the expo to get 1 day Park Hopper passes to spend time at Disneyland and California Adventure. I have to say I had a great time exploring the parks and going on some rides that I hadn’t been on before. Tower of Terror was awesome, Splash Mountain fun and slightly wet too, Raiders of the Lost Arc bumpy and fun, Jungle Cruise funny due to our tour guide, Train Ride around the park, Radiator Springs Car ride was fast, and the best, Grizzly Rapids was even wetter. We even had a nice stop at a “winery” for a glass of wine. So fun. Tired feet. Should make for an interesting Half Marathon………



Fireworks as seen from the hotel happening at Disneyland tonight. Now time for bed. 3am comes quickly.

Fireworks as seen from the hotel happening at Disneyland tonight. Now time for bed. 3am comes quickly.



Nice and warm for our trip to Orlando!

Nice and warm for our trip to Orlando!



Disneyland Half Marathon Race Recap

This was our first Disney Race and for the most part it was a positive experience. Hubby and I headed down to Disneyland on Saturday to pick up our race bibs and shirts. The hotel gave us only 30 minutes to get in and out before imposing a $15 parking fee. Luckily we made it out without paying even though we were way over 30 minutes.  Signage was a bit lacking to get to the separate race bib pick up. Then we headed into the Exhibit Hall to get our shirts and see the vendors. I have to say Disney could learn something from the RNR series, those guys have it down. My first and pretty much only major complaint were the shirts. I don’t remember the exact info on shirts when we signed up but I would have appreciated a women’s version as opposed to the generic ones they offered instead. I did manage to exchange my large for a medium but honestly I could have used a small or xs really, they were that big. The one partly good thing was that you could exchange it on site but that would depend if someone turned in the size you wanted. While I waited I would say at least 1/2 the people who picked up their shirts wanted a different size in the 30-40 minutes I was there. I thought they might have a shirt exchange on race day but no luck. I’m know I’m griping but with the Disney races being so pricey I want at least a decent shirt and one that fits.

So race morning came early but hubby and I were ready. We arrived super early and had plenty of time to gather our gear at our car before the race. We then headed down from the parking structure to drop our bag at gear check. Again signage was lacking. We managed to find it and then hung out eating our breakfast before heading to the corrals. I did manage to find my friend Becky along with her friends Michele & Rafael. Hubby and Raf were in the A & B corrals so we parted ways. Becky, M and I headed to the C corral. I decided it might be more fun to have some friends to run with so I opted to stick with Becky and go in the C corral. I will say the corral system worked very well.

Soon enough we are off and running through some streets around Disneyland and then into the park, which is the coolest part of course. I especially liked running through Cars Land. Once out of the Park it’s basically just the streets of Anaheim, which is not much to look at. I will say though there is lots of crowd support including tons of marching bands, cheerleaders. I loved their energy, it was awesome. I did manage to run into Joe from the Marathon Show podcast. He’s a super nice guy. He even had me jump in on a video he was shooting for his podcast show. After that I continued along the course sticking to a 2:1 ratio which seemed to work for us. I’d say the second maybe even most cool/awesome part of the course was entering Angels Stadium. For a few seconds I imagined I was an elite runner entering the stadium to win the marathon. :-) Silly but it gave me goosebumps to hear the crowds cheering us as we entered. After that it was pretty much putting our heads down and getting through the last 3 miles. They were tough. My calves seized up every so often but luckily with the intervals it was just enough for me to walk and recover. At mile 11.5 we were joined by Rafael (he had already finished his race) who ran with us to the finish. I finished strong and made it under 3 hours so I was happy with that. Meet up with hubby in the Reunion area which is always a nice thing. All in all a darn good race experience.



2 Days and 2 Weeks

Well 2 days from now hubby and I have the Disneyland Half Marathon and then two weeks from today we’ll begin our Ragnar Napa Adventure.

The weather for the Disneyland half looks to be warm.

I’ll be trying to get into an earlier corral at the Expo tomorrow to switch from the D corral to hopefully the B corral where hubby is or at least the C corral so I can get as early a start as possible. The course will most likely from what I can tell on the Map will have little shade and will actually go on the Santa Ana River Trail where I ran my first leg for Ragnar So Cal this past April. So I know it’s going be warm. Still I’ll be ready as some of my recent runs have been in the warmth of the day. Lots of hydrating tonight and tomorrow and I should be good to go.

Now as far as Ragnar Napa goes. I need to get in some more running. I feel when I’m not part of a group and don’t have a specific race planned I get off course. And then there’s my back. Most days are decent but pain everyday gets old. Still I need to get some time on my feet and actually running/exercise seems to help a little bit. 

I am so looking forward to Ragnar though. I’ve been street viewing the course on Google the past few days while at work :-). So far the course looks beautiful. I’ve also been watching Ragnar Napa videos on Youtube and it’s really getting me excited. It’s going to be tough for sure though with our ultra team. I also saw some Ragnar stemless wine glasses that I must have, so hopefully there’s a way to buy some.

HAPPY ALOHA FRIDAY!!



Disneyland Half Marathon is less than 3 weeks away and then there’s Ragnar Napa in a month. I need to get on the ball with my weightloss and do some running so when I came across this Sparkpeople 28-Day BootCamp Challenge this morning I opted in. Here’s what I need to do for Week 1:
Week 1 Action Plan
Set your goals. Tell us why you’re here and what you hope to accomplish in the Week 1 forum. Consider taking a “before” photos that you can post on your SparkPage or in the Team Photos section.
Do one 10-minute toning video each day. Follow one of these routines each day (all you’ll need is a pair of dumbbells), starting today! If you have more time, repeat the video once or twice for greater benefit. 
Do 5 cardio sessions this week. In addition to your toning video, plan for cardio (aerobic) exercise any five days of the week. Aim for at least 10 minutes, but if you’ve been exercising for awhile, shoot for 30 minutes. Get cardio ideas.
Track your workouts. Make sure you are tracking your workouts in the Team Goals section of the SparkTeam or on your Fitness Tracker.This helps you stay accountable and view your progress over time! 
Learn how to earn your trophy. By completing this challenge and tracking your goals in the 28-Day Bootcamp Workout Challenge SparkTeam, you’ll be eligible for a special SparkTrophy at the end of the month.
Seems pretty straight forward. So tonight I hit up the Body Blast class at the gym. Tomorrow a 3 mile run and then we’ll see what happens. It’s been so hot lately it makes me lazy but no excuses. Happy Monday. Make it a great week!

Disneyland Half Marathon is less than 3 weeks away and then there’s Ragnar Napa in a month. I need to get on the ball with my weightloss and do some running so when I came across this Sparkpeople 28-Day BootCamp Challenge this morning I opted in. Here’s what I need to do for Week 1:

Week 1 Action Plan

  1. Set your goals. Tell us why you’re here and what you hope to accomplish in the Week 1 forum. Consider taking a “before” photos that you can post on your SparkPage or in the Team Photos section.
  2. Do one 10-minute toning video each day. Follow one of these routines each day (all you’ll need is a pair of dumbbells), starting today! If you have more time, repeat the video once or twice for greater benefit.
  3. Do 5 cardio sessions this week. In addition to your toning video, plan for cardio (aerobic) exercise any five days of the week. Aim for at least 10 minutes, but if you’ve been exercising for awhile, shoot for 30 minutes. Get cardio ideas.
  4. Track your workouts. Make sure you are tracking your workouts in the Team Goals section of the SparkTeam or on your Fitness Tracker.This helps you stay accountable and view your progress over time!
  5. Learn how to earn your trophy. By completing this challenge and tracking your goals in the 28-Day Bootcamp Workout Challenge SparkTeam, you’ll be eligible for a special SparkTrophy at the end of the month.

Seems pretty straight forward. So tonight I hit up the Body Blast class at the gym. Tomorrow a 3 mile run and then we’ll see what happens. It’s been so hot lately it makes me lazy but no excuses. Happy Monday. Make it a great week!