2013 Disneyland Half Marathon and Inaugural Dumbo Double Dare Challenge – Part II

50657650099The 2013 Disneyland Half Marathon and second part of the Inaugural Dumbo Double Dare Challenge was going to be a difficult run for me.  I was scared, not because I didn’t think I would finish, but because I was afraid my body would give out.

I was not trained sufficiently.  I had just come off major surgery and I wasn’t running with any of my “running buddies.”  My husband was concerned that lack of personal race support would be my downfall.  I thought that lack of personal race support would force me to “man up” and put on my big girl panties and rise to the occasion.431

Unbeknownst to him, I didn’t share with him my own insecurities because I didn’t want him to know how scared I was.  I didn’t want him to know that I was concerned that I couldn’t do it.  I didn’t want him to know that there was a chance he might have to pick me up at the hospital.  I kept telling him that I would take it slow and I would finish, it wouldn’t be spectacular, but I would “make it happen” and he better be waiting for me at the finish!

411So I quickly got rid of my negative thoughts.  Negative thoughts cannot help you in any way.  I made up my mind to be so freaking positive on my run that I would force a smile through grit-teeth.

My Tips for the Mind:

  1. Suppress the negatives:  The negatives are going to raise their ugly little heads, so redirect your thoughts.  Find other things to concentrate on.  I focused on the other runners – what they were wearing, cute outfits, costumes, etc.  I focused on the crowd support.  I focused on anything but myself and the miles just flew by.435
  2. Have a “Mantra”:  I try to have a different mantra each run because they are all different.  At Disneyland mine was “I am strong.”
  3. Break Up the Millage:  When you break the run up, it is not so overwhelming to your head.  The Disneyland Half Marathon is basically 4 runs.   1.)The first 4 miles in the park.  This is filled with excitement, characters and the miles go fast. 2.)Then the middle part – miles 4 through 9.  This is in the streets of Anaheim and there is plenty of crowd support to help you through!  3.)Angel Stadium – running around the bases!!!! 4.)The last 5K – from the stadium to the finish!466
  4. Smile through Grit Teeth!:  I have no idea why this helps, but if you just smile, you just seem to feel better!
  5. Keep Focused:  I put on my blinders, blocked everyone else out and just “ran.”  I tried to stay true to the 2 minute run/30 second walk intervals, but when I needed the extra time to take a rest, I took it!

484My 3rd consecutive Disneyland Half Marathon and first Dumbo Double Dare Challenge went off without a hitch!  I kept my focus and determination throughout the race.  My low point was the hissy fit with major expletives coming out of the Angel Stadium.  I had lost my footing and twisted my ankle, but I shrugged it off and kept running.

My Disneyland Half Marathon Race Highlights:

  1. The Team runDisney meet up prior to the race
  2. Being interviewed with runDisney TV’s Dennis Marisco
  3. Stopping at all the character stops in Disney California Adventure & Disneyland Park
  4. Running in the beautiful California weather (they said it was hot & humid, but it was normal for a Nutmegger).514
  5. Running through Angel Stadium – a highlight close to running through Sleeping Beauty Castle
  6. Stopping, hugging and kissing my family before the finish of the race!

I finished the Disneyland Half Marathon with a finish time of 3:01:33 – not too bad for stopping at all the character stops and having a bi-lateral mastectomy 4 weeks earlier!  The moral – believe it and you can do it!

7 Comments on “2013 Disneyland Half Marathon and Inaugural Dumbo Double Dare Challenge – Part II

  1. You are such an inspiration Kimberly! I almost got moved to tears watching you cross that finish line. Congratulations on Dumbo & C2C and hopefully one of these runDisney races I will get to finally meet you!


  2. Oh my goodness, I love love love your Dumbo outfit! It’s so cute, but looks running friendly. I must do a race at Disneyland one of these days. Looks amazing!


  3. Yes, you will! And my costume is coming together nicely!!! Just waiting for my Ink Burn items to arrive! Wine & Dine’s costume is locked up as well! Now to make Dwarf hats!!!!


  4. Pingback: Confessions from the Z-list – irunDisney | Maker Mother Marathon Runner

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