It’s almost time to head to Cali for the Tinker Bell Half Marathon. Woohoo! I am so excited and have been Thinking Out Loud a lot lately about this race. I don’t really know what to expect from this race or Disneyland, but nonetheless I am really pumped about it.
runDisney events never disappoint. Here are some reasons why they have my heart. I hope that the Tink Half lives up to all my experiences with races at Walt Disney World.
I’ve battled long and hard whether this race will be a true race or more of a training run and to be honest I don’t think I will know until the day of the race. Most Disney events are not ideal for PRs. Sometimes the corrals can get crowded, there are lots of photo ops and sometimes it’s more fun to take in the atmosphere than to be concerned with times. Since I will be running this race alone, I don’t think I will be stopping to snap pictures with any of the characters on the course, but you never know who will be out.
With all that being said I’ve laid out some goals that should be absolutely doable. I think I will know a couple miles into the race if I want to really race the thing or just enjoy the experience. This race could be a good fitness evaluation before the Vancouver USA Half Marathon next month. But I also want to preserve my body and not race hard if I don’t feel like or I don’t think a PR is even close.
Goal A – the stars have aligned and I’m pushing
Anything under a 2:30 would be a PR for me. This doesn’t really seem reasonable right now given my current training, but this is my stretch goal. I spent so much time last year working on my marathon pace that I’m working to regain my speed gears.
Goal B – I’m surprising myself
Something around 2:45 would really surprise me. I will want to stop and take a couple pictures and more than likely I will need to hit the portajohn. The start times are always so early so my body can’t hang that long without a potty stop and the first couple miles are usually a bit crowded.
Goal C – Something has gone wrong
My C Goal is the same for every race. I want to finish happy, injury free and with a smile on my face.
I decided that I wanted to wear a tutu for this race and dress as Belle. I made the tutu and my mom helped me put it all together when I visited Tennessee a couple weeks ago. The tutu was super easy to make and I’m pleased with how it turned out. I plan to carry the rose on course. I absolutely hate running in cotton, but the color of Belle’s evening look is so distinct so I decided to just suck it up and deal. Here’s to hoping I don’t suffocate.
Have you ever ran a race at Disneyland?
What was your experience?