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Disneyland Half Marathon Recap

After spending Saturday afternoon relaxing by the pool with Diana and my friend Lisa (who came to visit from Murrieta), we got to bed fairly early Saturday night for the 4am wake up call!  

My legs were not sore at all after the 10K race and I was excited for the half marathon. This would be my 10th Half in just 18 months!  It was also just over 2 years since I started running again.  How exciting that my first and tenth half were both at my favorite place - Disney!  

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This morning, I was planning on meeting with and running the half with Jill - another runDisney friend who I also first met at a runDisney meet up.  We had yet to run together, but were both comfortable enough to do our own thing if we weren't running the race we wanted.  We ended up being great running partners and finished together!  

At the start, we were already noticing the heat index was not going to be in our favor.  It has been said that temperature felt close to 100 during that race and I think they were right!  

I will admit this was a very emotional run for me and I did not get as many pictures as I had hoped.  Since this was my 10th half, I was emotional about the fact that just 5 years earlier I had been given a diagnosis that does not go well with running, but here I was about to finish my tenth half and complete the Dumbo Challenge!  I felt proud of myself for pushing through, listening to my body and not letting anything stand in my way.

I also spent many moments thinking of my oldest daughter, Jaide.  I had run the DL half with her last year, it was her first (and last) half and we had such a memorable run together.  I will admit that freshman year was not the greatest between this mother and daughter duo so I was thinking back to our fun times and remembering my joy as she crossed that finish line and had done it! One of the greatest 'mama' moments for me (and I can't wait to experience it with Taylor when she turns 13).   

Despite all of that, I had a race to run!  Jill was not a regular Galloway runner, so we ended up running the whole race without many walk breaks, which worked out fine.  The course was very similar to last year and I really enjoyed running through the rows of old cars.  I am not a car person, but the pride and joy these owners take in their vehicles is so amazing.  It is also fun to pass the time and see how many cars you can guess along the route. 

I also enjoy running through the stadium and seeing all the boy and girl scouts there cheering us on.  After that point, though, it is just a straight push to the finish line!  The heat was horrendous and I was learning that not drinking during my runs was not going to helpful that day.  With my MS, I found that drinking during or before runs will start my bladder going into spasms, so I will super hydrate the day before and then pound 2-3 water bottles once I cross the finish line.  It is not the best medical choice, but it is what works for me.  This race, I really was feeling the lack of hydration and did start to drink small sips around mile 10, and I seemed to do ok with that.   

Crossing the finish line was amazing, but I did miss my family there with me to celebrate the fact that I had just finished my tenth half AND the Dumbo Challenge.  I had done it! Jill and I hung out for a little bit in the runners area, but soon headed back to the hotel.  I waited to meet up with my roomies before heading out to the parks for some last minute rides and celebrations!

Overall, I enjoyed this race, but think that I enjoyed the 10K course better because it was almost all on Disney property.  I also think I enjoy the half marathons in WDW better because they can have characters and Disney floats all along the course rather than just the first 3-4 miles. I am very excited for the upcoming Wine & Dine Half Marathon in November.  This will be the twelfth half for me and my husbands first half.  It will also be my first night time race.  Just got my corral and bib information, so the time is getting close! 

For some reason, my pictures would not embed this post, so they are all below.

 
One of the hardest spots for me both days because I remember taking a picture of Jaide here last year and the proud smile she had!

One of the hardest spots for me both days because I remember taking a picture of Jaide here last year and the proud smile she had!

Jaide and I at last years Disneyland Half!

Jaide and I at last years Disneyland Half!

The annual castle picture!  

The annual castle picture!  

Jill and I in the Stadium 

Jill and I in the Stadium 

The weekend haul of bling!!!

The weekend haul of bling!!!