If you’ve been following along then you know I signed up for the Tink Half to fulfill my Coast to Coast Challenge. Well that plus I am just Disney obsessed. It was a quick trip, but such a fun one!
If you follow me on instagram then you know how the weekend ended, but if you don’t I won’t spoil it just yet. Part 1 of the recap will cover everything leading up to the race, but Part 2 will be the actual race recap.
The Tinker Bell Half Marathon weekend was a total blur. We flew from Atlanta to Anaheim the day before the race. I had packed some Nuun All Day for the flight and of course can’t go anywhere without my Vera Bradley duffle or runDisney sneaks. With the time change, layover and short drive to the airport we were pretty tired before we even arrived at Disneyland.
Once we got our rental car we headed towards Disney and decided to stop at In N Out Burger. We each got a burger and shared a side of fries and a strawberry shake. We had never had it before so decided to try it. It was tasty.
We were a little confused upon arrival at Disneyland, but decided to park close to Downtown Disney and the Disneyland Resort hotel to make things a bit easier.
We hit the expo first. I got my bib and was pleasantly surprised when the sweet girl checking me in presented me with two Coast to Coast Challenge wristbands. Apparently, Disney is now counting a race for multiple challenges. I was going to be able to receive a pink medal for doing Tink + Princess and the regular blue Coast to Coast medal for WDW Marathon + Tink. That was a nice surprise.
The expo was so much smaller than I had expected. I am so accustomed to the expos at Walt Disney World races. I was disappointed with the Coast to Coast merchandise, but all the Pixie Dust Challenge stuff was so cute. I ended up not picking up anything at the expo.
We headed to the Disneyland park for a bit. I had expected the park to be smaller than WDW, but it was so tiny and crowded. The Mr. and I waited in line for HyperSpace Mountain and loved it! I loved that Star Wars was really well incorporated into the ride.
I had made a late lunch reservation at an Italian place in Downtown Disney, but when we got there they told us the kitchen was closed. I was pretty ticked off. No one had called and we had left the park to make our reservation time. We ended up eating at La Brea Café and it was fine. The service was crazy slow, but we ended up spending most of our meal talking to a mother daughter duo that had traveled from Charlotte for the race.
The Mr. and I shared a salad and pizza. We were so busy talking with our new friends that I didn’t get a picture. Oops. After our late lunch we headed back to Disneyland.
We took some pictures, rode a few rides then decided to turn in early. We headed back to our car then drove to the hotel. I was so tired and the day seemed to be the longest ever.
I set out my stuff for race morning and was ready to get some rest. I was relaxing and watching tv with the Mr. then decided to take a quick shower. During the shower I became so hungry and was already dreading how I would feel on the morning of the race.
The day had been so long and our eating habits were all out of whack. I was starting to worry about under fueling. We decided to order room service so I wouldn’t be on the struggle bus race morning. I ordered their spring pasta which was so delicious. It was homemade pasta in a spring pea sauce topped with a little bacon. I ate about half the portion that they brought which was perfect.
After the pasta dinner it was lights out. I set my alarm for 3:45am and went to sleep. Stay tuned for Part 2 of the recap!
Have you ran the Tinker Bell Half Marathon?
What do you like most about runDisney events?