I loved going to Disneyland as a kid. I grew up living in different parts of the Country (Army BRAT) and when we visited our relatives in Southern California, it was almost a given that we would also visit Mickey and His friends at Disneyland. Now that I have a family of my own and we live 20 minutes from the Happiest Place on Earth, we are very lucky that we can go there on any given day! As much as I liked Disney growing up, my wife is a bigger fan than I am. She LOVES Disney! I think she owned all of the Disney movies when as a kid.
Last weekend (Jan 19-20) was the Tinkerbell Half Marathon Weekend at Disneyland. And what better way to introduce my wife to long distance running than to sign her up for a half marathon running through Disneyland!
Actually, she was the one that wanted to sign up for her first half marathon and set it a goal of hers to complete the Tinkerbell Half. I must say, I was a little nervous for her to take on the race because she was never a runner growing up. But, I guess I was the same way when I first signed up for my first half marathon. I was not afraid of her not finishing it, I knew she had the heart and determination to complete the race, I was just afraid that she did not know how much training she needed to complete it injury-free. I didn’t want her to get hurt.
Here is a link to my wife’s blog, Candid Gems, and her post on running the Tinkerbell Half.
The months leading up to the half marathon, I tried to help my wife with a training plan that worked for me during my first race. I basically gave her a typical 12-week training plan. You can google 12-week half marathon training plan and find many different ones. It was difficult to implement the plan because of her work schedule. She was working long hours and was too tired to go out to run. So she maximized her weekend runs. The weekends leading up to the race, she ran 5 miles, 7 miles, 12 miles each saturday until the half marathon weekend.
You can prepare all you want, but it comes down to the actual race.
Needless to say, my wife finished her first Half Marathon! She did an awesome job! Her official time was 2:52:59. What’s more awesome is the fact that she went to work at 4am the next day and could walk without any limp! AND what’s more awesomer than that is the fact that I DARED HER TO DO THE DISNEYLAND Half Marathon Weekend DUMBO DARE (10K on Saturday, and Half Marathon on Sunday) in August! Yep!! That’s right! I got my wifey doing another half marathon this year! It’s part of her FIND YOUR GREATNESS New Year Resolution!
I’m soo Proud of her!!
It was a great family weekend. On Saturday, we signed up our 2-year-old in the kids 100 meter dash to get in on the action. The toddlers run with the parents and receive a medal at the end. It was so cute to see the little kiddos run in their costumes!
Eva holding her own sign for her 100m Dash!
A quick family pic of us at Disneyland after Kristine finishes her half marathon
Here’s a video of Eva’s 100m Dash!
Thanks for stopping by everyone!! We can’t wait until August when Eva does another 100m Dash, but this time her lil sister Kalia will be joining her. I will be running the Half Marathon. And as for my wife, she’ll be running the Dumbo Dare! Have a great week everyone!