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Tag Archives: Avengers Half
If you follow me on social media you might have been a little surprised to see me run 19.3 miles during the runDisney’s Super Hero Half Marathon Weekend. Well a last minute opportunity popped up for me to go out and run… not one race but two – so I dove right in and said sure why not!
My mom was already in town to see Hedwig and the Angry Inch at the Pantages so we rallied and booked probably the last available hotel room in Anaheim for our weekend at Disneyland. See I can totally be spontaneous – (put that on my dating profile).
After the craziness of working 15 days straight I got to escape work a little early on the Friday before the race. We picked up Juli form downtown LA and made out way down to Anaheim pretty early on Friday. Per our usual routine we headed straight to the Expo. We got our bibs and then walked around some. This expo was a little lack luster compared to the Disneyland Half expo (which restored my faith in expos). We did stop for our race expo drink – it’s totally tradition now!
The themed drink for this race weekend was the Dr. Strange’s Elixir with Red Ruby Absolute Vodka, sweet & sour, blue curacao and Sprite.
We had a quick dinner at Tangaroa Terrace before going to our respective hotels and getting ready for the Dr Strange 10K. I have to recommend Tangeroa if you ever find yourself at Disneyland needed to carbload and short on time – we got an amazing meal that was quick and cost efficient.
Dr. Strange 10K
Since this race was pretty much as short notice as it gets I didn’t have a lot of time to put together a race costume… but I wanted to have some fun. I completely adore the Netflix original Jessica Jones and as a Marvel babe I decided to dress as the most kick ass lady round. I found some “jeggings” from Target that weren’t completely see though and a scarf from H&M. I had a water bottle in a paper sack to look like a beer but sadly I don’t think people quite got it.
I really enjoyed the 10K – it seemed like it was the same course as Disneyland which made you run 2 miles before any character photos… great for those who run. It did seem like the runDisney team might of made some timing errors because I was in line to get my photo with Dr Strange, well above the required 16min mile pace and they told us the balloon ladies would be there in 6 minutes… so I had to bale out of that line and run on to the finish. Not a big deal though by any means but I was more ahead of pace than that, even with stopping for characters!
For the 10K I ran my usual 45 secs run to 30 secs walk and did not take any fuel during this race. I did carry a pack of Sports Beans but felt fine and did not need to use them.
Festival of Holidays
After a shower and quick trip to Target (because I only packed one pair of socks) we went to California Adventure to have lunch at the Festival of Holidays booths. Its like a mini Food and Wine Festival celebrating the different foods of the Holiday season. My favorites were the Nosh and Nibbles and Abuelita’s Kitchen! This strangely reflects my life – white, blonde, protestant girl with an affinity for matzo ball soup and tamales.
After killing time celebrating all things Christmas in DCA we met up for our super early dinner reservation at Wine Country Trattoria – our favorite place to carb load. With the sun going down early we were all ready to turn in pretty early.
Avengers Half Marathon
It was an early morning for the half… I woke up at 3:45am to get to the shuttle and the start. I am not going to lie I was a bit nervous about running the half. I have been training for Light Side (in January) not a challenge in November…but my mother reminded me that I have run halfs on way less training. So I decided that I would just go with and see how I felt. For this race I decided to not worry about a costume and just rocked my new 501st SoCal Garrison tank and my favorite red Sparkle Athletic skirt with Mudbuster shorts underneath.
It actually went surprisingly well! I started with my usual 45:30 intervals and figured I would adjust as needed. The only adjustments I did were in between character stops I just started running on whatever interval I was on. Once we got out of the parks I felt surprisingly strong. After we got out of Angels stadium I knew this was going well. Mile 9 and 10 came so quickly that I knew I was finishing this challenge strong.
Mile 11 came time for some Hamilton and a cruz to the finish! Any one else rocking “My Shot” in their playlist?
Like I said we were done before I knew it! I was surprised and pleased with my performance… guess my training has paid off and I am even more pumped for Star Wars in January!
Post Race Brunch
During the Expo we saw that Steakhouse 55 was having extended brunch hours for race weekend. Since we did not have a lot of planning time we did not make dining reservations but were able to snag a table here. Can I say (although maybe I shouldn’t) this is the best kept secret at Disneyland!?!
Seriously and amazing brunch at an excellent price. They had some specials since it was a race weekend and we enjoyed mimosas to celebrate. I will be a repeat customer and highly recommend this for the next time you need a post race brunch option.
After a few castle pics and watching the Christmas parade we called it a day and headed back to LA but this was an amazing and EPIC Super Hero Half Weekend! Next up Star Wars!!
Good morning brunchers! Well I just rounded out my last runDisney race of 2015 with the inaugural Avengers 10K. I decided to skip the half marathon this time around because my work schedule was a bit crazy and I did not want to over schedule myself… running takes time. I was so happy with my decision and the 10k was the perfect amount to end my runDisney year and kick out my current racing season. Ok on to the good stuff…
Since work had been so crazy I was able to leave early on Friday after lunch to head down to the expo. I stopped and picked up my cousin Jules of 4 Well Rules and we were on our way. We made it down to Anaheim rather quickly and went straight to the Expo. Bibs and tech tees in hand we headed straight to get some Sparkle Athletic for our upcoming races. Devin (our real life best friend and running best friend) met up with us at the Expo and we headed straight for the latest expo addition… the race themed cocktail.
We are suckers for a themed drink! We had dinner at Tangaroa Terrace at the Disneyland Hotel then headed to the hotel to get everything laid out for the next morning. Its always fun having a runner slumber party with your friends. We were all asleep by 9pm and then the fireworks woke us up… But we all got back to sleep.
I decided to run as Ms. Marvel for the 10K and wore the We Love Fine Ms Marvel tank with a black sparkle skirt. Boom – awesome costume!
On Saturday our wake up call was 4:00am, which is actually pretty late for how early runDisney races start but our hotel was close to the start line. We made our way to the corrals and did notice a little extra security. Jules and Devin were in Corral A and I was in Corral C – those fast kids. Corral C was cool (haha get it C for cool) and after about 15 mins we were off.
I ran a 30:30 Galloway method and decided to have fun this race. I made a total rookie move and had to pee at the first porta potty (notorious long lines) but oh well sometimes you just have to go. After that I felt great! We ran by the convention center and I had so many fond memories of Star Wars Celebration, D23 and Wondercon and then we were in the parks. I skipped the first photo opp with Thor and ran ahead to Black Widow. Jules was texting me where the character were so I could run over my 30 seconds when I wascoming up on one. BTW Black Widow looked me up and down and then said “Hi Thor” well #fail Natasha.
I also skipped the Hawk Eye photo opp because I knew I wanted a picture with Captain America. So I ran on ahead and found Cap… and waited about 25 mins. I was in line with the lovely ladies from Run All the Races Kimberly and Gail who are costume pros! My only note on the course was that these were the only characters out… would have loved to seen some Disney or Pixar character opps as well.
Got my picture with Cap and hustled my butt to the finish line. My cousin ordered my breakfast and it was delivered right after I sat down… just like magic! The rest of the day was great. We chilled at Cove Bar, dined at Carthay, and cried on Hyperspace Mountain (more coming on this next week)!
All in all the Avengers assembled and we were #nerdgirlsontherun (more coming on this too)!
So excited for the rest of my running season which includes a Color Run, Turkey Trot and 2016 runDisney gloriousness!