Running in Disneyland!

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My sister and I spent 4 glorious days in Cali for the Disneyland Half Marathon Weekend in September. We ran in Florida in the Fall last year (Wine & Dine is one of our favorite events), but this year decided to try an event on the West coast. It didn’t disappoint.

Some thoughts and thank you notes:

-the route for the 10k was perfect; we spent a lot of time in the parks and cast members really supported us – thank you!

-LOVED the fact that the parks had the rides running with music blaring as we ran through – this little touch really brought the Disney magic

-for the Half Marathon, we spent time in the parks again, and also a lot of time on streets

-LOVED the cars that lined the streets; they went on and on and on – thanks for coming out!

-LOVED the dancing groups and cheerleaders and scouts who lined the route and cheered us on – thanks for sharing your time and talents!

-running through Angel Stadium is crowded but very special

-the Dumbo Double Dare is a great challenge and we adore our shirts and medals

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A few more highlights:

-in Florida, there are race photographers available BEFORE the races start, and let’s face it, that’s when we look our best – we’d like to see that feature in Cali

-please provide snacks before mile 9 or 10 (it’s my own fault; note to self: put a gel in your rooSport for longer runs!)

-one of the best things about visiting Disneyland is the close proximity of the parks, hotels, packet pickup, race start/finish – being able to walk everywhere is great, and we enjoyed hopping back and forth between the 2 parks (park hack: you can get FPs in one park and go over to the other park to get another set)

-lobster nachos and craft beer at Cove Bar

-pasta and wine at Il Trattoria (don’t miss the tasting terrace upstairs)

-Grand Californian for so many reasons (the fireplace, the park entrance, the beautiful accommodations)

-HYPERSPACE MOUNTAIN (FP must) and RADIATOR SPRINGS RACERS (single rider line)

To wrap it up, we love runDisney. Combining a few of our favorite things (Disney parks, running, dressing up, beer and wine and good food) makes this a special sister retreat for us, and we’re making plans to see you real soon!

Patronus virtual run

PatronusA while back I wrote this entry about The Wizarding World of Harry Potter and forgot to post it. It’s a tiny bit dated, but here ’tis.

I ran 9 & 3/4 k (about 6.04 mi) for the Hogwarts Running Club (with virtual runs, you choose the distance, time, and location for your run).

Since I love Harry Potter and running, I really enjoy following this running club on twitter and participating in some of their virtual runs. They choose hilarious themes and their medals and t-shirts are great.

I’m also a big fan of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal in Orlando ~ it is magical! The buildings are crooked and covered in snow, the rides are great, and they’ve incorporated tons of theming.¬†House banners and cobbled roads and Hagrid’s hut and toys and food… I could go on and on.

My family’s favorites are the Forbidden Castle ride (single rider line), eating in the Three Broomsticks, and drinking butter beer.

My home’s Halloween decorations include a black cat candle holder which I bought on opening day in the Wizarding World. We were there when it opened! I don’t want to think about how long we stood in line. But we were there!Patronus bib 3

I’ve started reading the books again, to immerse myself in the stories, the language, the experiences of the characters. Jo Rowling, hats off to you for creating an entire world for us. It’s a place that many of us wish we could call home.