Sometimes we achieve a bucket list item without even realizing it. Sometimes we get so wrapped up in the moment that once that moment flies by all we are left with are memories, and perhaps a few mementoes of the milestone. Such was the case with RunDisney’s Superhero Half Marathon weekend earlier this month.
I love this race weekend. In 2015 it was my first RunDisney experience, and coming back to this event at this venue, I just wanted to grab onto every moment. I knew it wouldn’t last, and that the weekend would soon be over, but this was truly my favorite race weekend I’ve ever experienced.
First up was the 5k, and this was pretty easy. My 9 year old son, my husband, and I ran together. Even though an early wake up time (3:30) was tough, my son handled it like a champ. Our plan was to run hard the first mile, then slow down and walk or jog through the parks to stop for pictures and characters. At the start, we put ourselves right at the front of the corral, so could dash out ahead of the pack until we got to the first mile, then we slowed to a walk. We got some fun pictures before we jogged our way into Disneyland park. We stopped for a few characters, which was so weird for me, because it just goes against everything I’ve ever tried to accomplish as a runner. I usually just run hard, especially on a 5k. Toward the end, stopping for all the pictures put us behind quite a few walkers, so there was a lot of dodging and weaving. Adrenaline was high, and I actually had to slow a bit, since all that dodging was starting to nag at my hamstrings — I should probably add agility training to my list. Overall, though, we had a great run! We dressed as Dr. Strange (me), The Ancient One (my husband), and my son was dressed as Spiderman. I created my husband’s and my costumes from scratch, and I have to say, I’m very happy with how they turned out!