The serious side of running Disney

Ok, you know about my race jealousy… It’s happening again this weekend, but I won’t get into it again.

However, something else makes me angry and I want to get it off my chest!

I have been running for 3 years now. After my first year of running I ran my first 10k and on my second year of running, I celebrated it at Disneyland by doing Dumbo Double Dare. I trained hard! I did all the runs and miles and took it seriously! I wanted to do this even if somewhere deep inside I sometimes had doubts…

With Princess weekend coming and its challenge too, I tought about my journey and I am proud of myself.

Last month the registrations for Dumbo came and then I got angry!

A lot of people do not take Disney races seriously… Oh it’s Disney! I’ve never run but I will start and run 19.3 miles in two days! Uh! Hello? It’s not a walk in the park! Yes it’s Disney but you still have to do the distance…

I said, I was proud of my journey because RunDisney was what got me started as a runner again. But did I go and register for an half marathon 6 months after my start? Hell no! I built it, I trained and when I felt ready, I registered! Don’t get me wrong, some people can run an half marathon after 3 months of running but I don’t think it’s the majority.

So, do you feel that some people take Disney races too lightly?

Until then,
Faith, trust and pixie dust,
Sandra xoxo

Here is my progression as a runner, finishing my first and so hard 5k, my first 10k and after my last training run before leaving for Disneyland. Good times!


4 thoughts on “The serious side of running Disney

  1. I’ve PR’d at Disney races and taken them very seriously–training hard, not stopping for character pictures, etc. But I’ve also taken them very lightly, stopped for a ton of photos and just had fun. That said I’d been running for almost 7 years before I did my first Disney race and 2 years before I did my first race at all! I totally agree that a half-marathon is a distance that needs to be respected no matter what your running background and speed is. If you’re not properly trained for it, it’ll kick your butt!

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