Hi there guys, this past week has been nothing short of amazing! After doing much stalking on the Disney Parks Blog and on Twitter, I was selected to be a part of the Disneyland Half Marathon Meet Up.
It is a chance to meet up with the people behind the scenes who make this magic happen – Faron Kelley, Director of Marketing at runDisney; former Olympic runner Jeff Galloway; actor Sean Astin; Joey Fatone from ‘N Sync; first female winner of The Biggest Loser, Ali Vincent; Diet Diva Tara Gidus, and last year’s winner (and owner of the fabulous Running Skirts), Cindy Lynch.
When I received the email from runDisney that my name was chosen, I cried. Cried from excitement that I would be taking part of the opportunity of a lifetime 🙂
So, now on to the fun stuff!
We were scheduled to meet in front of Mickey’s Sorcerer Hat in front of the Disneyland Hotel no later than 5:30 AM. Upon arrival, we were given a waiver to sign and were handed a runDisney tote bag containing lots of goodies: a runDisney blue tech tee, a one-day Disneyland Park hopper, full-sized H2O products, pins from ABC’s new hit show Once Upon a Time in Wonderland, and so much more.
I was fortunate that two of my friends from my online running group were chosen as well and we planned to dress alike. We approached Sean Astin and took some photos with him. Let me tell you that I was not one bit nervous talking to him! He is so down-to-Earth. He asked where I was from and said, “Philadelphia”. Sean was in Philadelphia in the late 90’s filming Kimberly and mentioned how much he loves the city, rich in history and definitely one of his favorite cities. He also gave me advice on motivation and preparing to run my first marathon.
We then walked over to Downtown Disney and met in front of ESPN Zone, where White Rabbit showed up late (as usual!) That’s Miss Ali Vincent on the right in the pink sparkle athletic skirt!
After that, we were on our way! We separated into two groups: a run/walk group led by Jeff Galloway, and a running group (Sean Astin, Tara Gidus and Cindy Lynch ran in that group). I chose to run/walk with Jeff Galloway, Ali Vincent and Joey Fatone.
Running through Main Street, Disneyland.
Sleeping Beauty’s Castle up close!
Jeff Galloway used his interval timer, the Gymboss, and we ran a 30/30 interval. Once we reached Mad Tea Party ride (the spinning tea cups), our group separated into two: one group would ride the tea cups, while the other took pics with Alice in Wonderland and then switch. I have severe motion sickness, therefore I didn’t ride the tea cups 🙁
We paused here for about 20-25 minutes, which allowed some of us for brief chatting/taking pics with Joey Fatone. He was so nice!!
Once again, we were on our way, this time through Disney California Adventure Park and into Cars Land. Disney did a fabulous job creating Cars Land, my favorite part of DCA.
We’ve reached the end of our run! We were greeted by the Mad Hatter.
Food and drinks were at the finish line for us in the very “Drink Me” bar.
We sat down and waited for many surprises that would soon follow.
Love & Pixie Dust,