One of the most memorable and amazing weeks of my life has come and gone in the blink of an eye. September 2nd was I day I will never forget. All the training, the tears, the pain, the struggle, the whining, the complaining, the food, the running, has all paid off because I am officially a half marathoner. My goal was to run/jog the entire time..no walking. Goal complete!
4:00 am came and I hauled myself out of bed. I struggled getting to sleep the night before. I was panicked that I wouldn’t wake up, and that I would miss the race. This caused me to toss and turn like the ocean. This was the first race I have done where we started in the dark. It took 20 minutes after the initial gun shot for my corral to start because this race had 17,000 people. At about 6:05, I was off.
The first 3 miles were magical..I am so corny right now, but I don’t know how else to put them. I was able to run through Disneyland and California Adventure, with hundreds of other people that shared the same passion for running and Disneyland. My only complain with these miles was the congestion of people. It was stop and go for almost the entire time, this was a hassle and a slow down.
Miles 3-7 were neutral. I started to get some stomach kinks at mile 7 due to the fact that I hadn’t used the bathroom prior to running, so I had to stop and let the gut beast out.
At mile 9 I was given a Gu shot..aka the TAR shot. It was chocolate flavored, so it tasted good…but was SO thick that I thought I was going to choke. I couldn’t eat it. At this mile I ran through Angels Stadium which made me feel like a BAMF.
Miles 10-13 were tough. I had to turn my brain off and chant the word, “run.” I was tired, and excited all at the same time. I finally made it to the finish line..and I might have cried. OK I cried. I was tired, I was excited, I was proud, and I was amazed. This was a moment I will cherish forever. I earned my first running medal and I couldn’t feel more proud.
So proud I wanted to wear it all day.
This thing is like solid gold. I felt like a king. The run was tough near the end, but if I could do it all over again I would. I’m sad that it’s over, but so glad that it happened! Thank you to everyone that wished me well before the run.
Q: Tell me something that you accomplished this past week!? A HALF MARATHON BABAY!
52 thoughts on “Disneyland Half Marathon”
Congratulations to you!!! The furthest I have ever run was 6 miles. I talked to another mother yesterday during a kid’s birthday party and she said she was going to participate in the Disney World 1/2 marathon. She ran yesterday 9 hours before coming to the birthday party so she was pretty sore and tuckered out! I would wear that medal all week long!! Sleep in it, eat in it, bathe in it…the works – YOU EARNED IT!
Simply Life (@SimplyLifeBlog)
congrats!!!! SO exciting!!!
SWEET!!!!! That medal is like a pimp chain, I love it! 😀
SO SO SO glad you had such a fun time, reading this recap makes me wanna become a runner so I can race it!
Sarah @ Feeeding the Brain and Body
Yayayaya I am so happy for you! Congrats on reaching your goal, on the past two half marathons I have run I have gotten stomach kinks around mile 7 and I am pretty sure it was for the same reason. My body isn’t used to running so early in the morning without my regular routine…if you catch my drift 🙂 You look so happy in these picture! 🙂
Shannon (Healthiful Balance)
Yay, congrats! 🙂 I’ve never ran a race but would love to someday..hopefully. 🙂
Brittany @ GOtheXtraMile
YAYAYAYA congrats!!!!! <333
AHHHH!! Congrats!!!! That looks like so much fun!!! Rock that chain girl 🙂
Melissa @ Mouthwatering Morsel
yay! congrats! you look great at that early in the morning!
Cakes and Shakes...
Wow, well done! And kudos also for taking pictures and posting them after, my face was red and swollen with the effort for quite some time after, I’m not sure I’d have merited a photo unlike your fresh self!
Ahhh I am SOOO jealous! I have always wanted to run the Disney half. Looks like you killed it girl! Congratulations 🙂 xoxo
Alex @ therunwithin
I am so proud of you, you rocked it 🙂
congratulations! you should be very proud of your accomplishments and it’s so cool that you got to share it w/ the manfriend! 🙂
You’ re AMAZING. Massive congrats! What an awesome achievement. What is a BAMF?
Bad..arse..motha..freaker.. but..well..you know…in more naughty terms.
Tessa @ Amazing Asset
Oh my goodness congratulations!! You so deserved this and i know you have worked very hard Brittany 😀
ahhh! This post gave me nervous butterflies.. thats weird right? eeeek, CONGRATS again!! Sooo happy for you 😀 yeahhhhhhhhh on being an official half-marathoner! BOOM.
OMG! OMG! OMG! CONGRATS!!!!! you are officially my running idol!!! im so proud of u! i remember when u first started with running 5k just a few months ago and now youre doing half marathons?!?! amazing!!! keep it up 🙂
You are amazing, Britt!! U trained your butt off and I’m glad that it was SO worth it!! Do you think you’d ever sign up for a full marathon
Wow, congratulations!! I absolutely adore hearing race success stories; it kind of makes me want to cry. (It doesn’t take much for me though, haha) That medal looks fantastic on you!
Congratulations! You should wear the medal for the rest of the year!
Rach @ This Italian Family
AHHH! YOU GO GIRL!! And no walking at all to boot! I’m impressed! You are amazing! So glad you loved it, friend! 🙂
Life After Swimming
Ahhh so proud of you! That’s an awesome accomplishment…don’t you feel so great about yourself?! And the fact that you ran the whole time…WOOT WOOT!
yayyy!!! Congrats on finishing!! I’m impressed 😀
Congrats!! Up next, a full marathon?!?!
Hahaha no…not ready for that guy yet!! Another half hopefully sometime soon..YAY!
Congrats!! I accomplished turning 28!! lol
Woohoo! I’m glad you had such a great experience for your first half!! Way to go!!! I accomplished working this weekend without falling over dead… that’s an accomplishment, right?
I’m so proud of you girl! Awesome work! It sounds like such a fun race too!
Nicole Marie Story
I am so proud of you!
Your pictures are so pretty and inspirational!
Am posting a link to my nicoleandgwendolyn facebook page right now!
I want my readers to be inspired, too!
Congratulations. x x x
Christina Does It All
Yayyyy!!! How fun/awesome! Congrats girl! 😀
Congrats! It’s a big achievement; you must be feeling very proud of this achievement and you should be. 🙂
Yay congratulations!! I’m so pleased you had such a fantastic experience and what an achievement for you! 🙂 It sounds like a great race and you should be super proud of yourself!
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Amaazzzinngg! I am so full of admiration for the fact you ran the whole time. I will be over the moon if I can accomplish that in January! WOW! You rock. And great recap, and medal, and swag. Very awesome.
GiGi Eats Celebrities
Can you please please please wear that metal to work, church (or where every you go to pray, if you do at all, lol), to bed, to the spa, swimming, hand gliding, playing basket ball, grilling tofu dogs, bungee jumping, playing hackey sack with an abominable snowman…. AHHH HA HA HA HA HA HA HA!
On a more serious note: I am so flipping proud of you, you have legs faster than a gazelle and a cheetah! 🙂
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So i had to dig back in your posts to find this one…. I am a bad friend and lame blogger for dissappearing so much but IM SO PROUD OF YOU. This is completely belated and delayed but yayyyy you did your first half and have A FRICKEN HUGE MOFO OF A MEDAL! I love it. For all my races and wins, I do not think I could melt them all and make a medal as big as yours. Amaaaaaaazing job!
Let’s do one together… that is on my bucket list. And that is where we shall meet. and embrace. like seahorses.
LILLLIIIAAANNN OMFGGG I have missed you so EFFING MUCH!! WTFOWJT!! I am sure you are off on awesome adventures with MR.Speedy and Pirate and Louis and NOT with cats! THANK YOU for the comment. That half marathon was the BEST DAY OF THE YEAR! YAY!
I just commented on your latest posts ABOUT CATS! omg. helpppppppp! lol miss u xoxo
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