Tinkerbell 10k recap

Just ran the Tinkerbell 10k and it was another great race. I ran the inaugural 10k last year and definitely plan on doing it every year as long as I can. This year Disney added the Pixie dust challenge for running the 10k and half marathons you get a Pixie Dust Challenge medal. This year since I did the Princess half and Expedition Challenge I decide to pass on the Pixie Dust Challenge, especially since I have Dumbo Double Dare and the Avengers infinity Gauntlet Challenge later this year.

For the 10k I decided to dress up as Wendy Darling. She’s my favorite along with Peter Pan. I wore a top from Forever 21 athletics. Surprising they have decent workout clothes, running shorts from Under Armor, skirt by sparkle athletics , and tennis shoes by RunDisney. I had the Cinderella ones of last year. They are ok shoes for 5k or 10ks, but they did cause me problems for the Star Wars half

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The race started at 5:30 am before then we wait in our corrals. The host try to make it entertaining and we even had a visit from Fawn and Tinkerbell.

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Then the race started I stopped for a few pictures. Along the way.

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The race was pretty good. I finished at a good time considering I stopped for pictures. This was my 4th RunDisney race of the year. I have four more to go.

Here is a better view of my medal

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It’s so pretty.

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Pretty proud got to add this to my medals. I have a few more medals I don’t display, but these are all 10k and up with the exception of Everest

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Anyone run the Tinkerbell 10k? Anyone doing the Pixie Dust Challenge? Hope this inspires you if you haven’t done a RunDisney race to sign up for one. All you really need is faith and trust and a little Disney magic.

Tinkerbell half marathon Weekend- packet pickup

I just finished Expedition Everest last weekend and I’m already gearing up for another race this coming weekend. Oh Disney what you do to a girl. This year RunDisney¬†added another challenge. The Pixie Dust Challenge for running the 10k and the Half marathon you get a third medal, the Pixie Dust Challenge Medal. This year I’m not doing the challenge as I am doing Dumbo Double Dare in September and the Avengers Infinity Gauntlet Challenge in November. I decided just to stick with the 10k. I ran the Inaugural 10k last year and I’m looking forward to running it again this year.

Packet pickup will be available through Saturday. Be sure to pick up your own packet. Disney changed the rules about packet pickup and only you and you alone can pick up your race packet.

I got there two hours before the expo opened so I could be in line for merchandise. I will admit they had a lot of great stuff, even stuff for the 10k, which is pretty rare. I have to say that Disneyland is so much more organized for races than Disney World. We are given a wrist band and we are single file placed in rows. When the expo opens we are walked over to the merchandise section single file row by row. In Disney World sadly it was run for it when the doors open.

I bought a few things, including a Dooney and Bourke Bag.

I love the drink ware. I have the wine glass and tumbler from Tinkerbell 2014 and use it all the time. I decided to get the travel bottle as well. I especially like how this year’s tumbler features all the races.

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I also got the car magnets. I have a habit of getting a car magnet which I use for my fridge for every race I do. Disappointed there wasn’t one for Everest, but happy they had the Tink 10k. They even had one for the 5k.

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I also got the pins for the races I’m doing. Even the Pixie Dust Challenge even though technically I’m only doing part of it ūüôā

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Love this year’s design for Tinkbell. I love last year’s more though and I’m kicking myself I never bought one of the bags. The color in the photo is deceiving as the color of the purse is actually a grayish plum color rather than black. It is very roomy and had a front zipper pocket and in the center has several more pockets. The only issue is that it’s cloth not leather like the Princess half marathon purses. Though it is a washable type cloths so just a damp cloth should keep it clean. It’s the perfect bag for your next Disney trip. The bag itself is $188 plus tax.

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I did stop by one of the booths selling Biofreeze. If you have knee injuries like myself I can’t recommend this enough. My mom who has been having some back pain tried some of my biofreeze and is now a believer in it. So highly recommend it. I bought three tubes of this stuff at the expo.

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I also stopped at the Lasting Commemoratives booth and picked up a free bookmark. I love their products. I ordered one of their frames two years ago and they did such a wonderful job. You can ask for a custom order and they will do it. I can’t wait until the end of the year when I will order my 10 rundisney medals frame ūüôā

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After all the merchandise had been bought I headed over to finally pickup my packet.

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I really love the design of the shirts this year. Especially love the mint color of the 10k shirts. IMG_8458

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I’m really looking forward to the race. I will be dressed up as Wendy. Anyone else doing the 10k, half or the pixie dust challenge? Are you dressing up? I will have another post about the race and my costume. ¬†In the meantime just keep running or flying in this case :).

Everest Challenge the final Expedition 2015.

Last weekend I ran through Animal Kingdom in search of the Yeti for the final Expedition Everest Challenge. It was a dream for many years to do this race and I was super lucky I was one of the few that was able to sign up for it.

The race itself is a 5k obstacle race with three obstacle challenges. After the 5k you are given a series of clues (5 clues in total) you have to solve in order to receive your final medal.

For this race I decided to dress up as village Belle, because I want adventure in the great wide Animal Kingdom.

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In my corral I made a new friend, who happened to also be a fellow cosplayer, and we decided to team up to take on this challenge. Glad we did because we were able to help each other during the clues. The 5k was a good run and the obstacles consisted of jumping over hay bails, crawling under a mesh netting, and running through tires.

The clues weren’t too bad a bit challenging but as a team it was easier. The last clue required us to find the words of all the answers from the previous clues in a word search. The remaining letters would spell out what to do. “Go find the Yeti at the finish” well we went to the finish and said that but it wasn’t correct. We figured out that the Yeti was in one of the clues. Sure enough a picture of the Yeti was on the front of clue number 2. Yay finished the Everest Challenge and got my beautiful medal.

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Here is a picture with my new friend. Yay team cosplay. LILO and BELLE

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At the post party they had Dinoland open for rides and photo opportunities

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Here is a photo of my beautiful medal

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Glad I ran Everest looking forward to the Tinkerbell 10k. Anyone running the Tinkerbell half weekend? What are you dressing up as?

Running while having your nose stuck in a book – village Belle running costume.

It’s that time again where race season is in full swing again. I have a few races coming up, but thought I would share my costume for the upcoming race! Here is a preview of Village Belle.

The long sleeve white top is from REI, the blue tank is from Lorna Jane , the blue sparkle skirt is from Sparkle Athletics , blue capris running pants from Under Armor, white apron from my childhood. Don’t forget the blue bow.

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Hope this gives you an idea for your next race. I’ll be posting a post race blog about my experiences for each race, along with more race costume ideas in the next few days. Be sure to be on the look out for that. Thanks and keep it craft ūüôā

Avengers Assemble to run!

For the innagural Avengers Half marathon last year I decided to run as Captain America. I had a blue running tank from Forever 21 and a blue sparkle skirt from Sparkle Athletics. All I needed to do was make a red and white waist cincher and sew on a white star.

I cut out a star using a star template and sewed it on by hand, trying to use an embroidery looking stitch.

As for the waist cincher, I didn’t have a pattern so I basically cut out long strips of white and red fabric. I cut out 5 pieces of white fabric and 4 pieces of red. Each piece was about 8.5 inches long and 5 inches wide. Now the bad thing was that I didn’t cut the pieces at an angle to create a waist definition. I had to improvise by cutting the last two end pieces at an angle to create the waist definition. I highly recommend if you are going to create a waist cincher use a pattern as a guide. I used velcro and sewed two snaps on the cincher, it was the easiest thing to do when you’re a beginner sewer.

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Here is the final look. The bow I got at a geek craft fair, I unfortunately can not remember the vendor. Any red, white, and blue ribbons will work or you can use a Captain America helmet.

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During the race! Black Widow and I, two tough red heads!

The race was great. Lots of characters were out from Thor, ¬†Hawkeye, Captain America, and Black Widow. The only down side of the race it was so windy, all the mile markers were being blown down and at one point I was running with my eyes closed on a dusty trail. I honestly wish I had decided to run with Captain’s shield, that ¬†would have been very helpful against the blustery winds. All in all though I had a great time. ¬†The medal was absolutely gorgeous and I was thrilled to add it to my collection. I look forward to running it again this year!

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Avengers half medal – Front
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Avengers half medal – back

Princess Half Marathon 2015

I recently ran the Princess Half Marathon¬†it was an amazing experience. I had done many Disneyland races, but this was my first Disney World race and my 5th half marathon in general. ¬†It was my first Disney World half and the first time I earned a Coast to Coast¬†medal. I ran the Star Wars half in January and finishing the Princess half qualified me for the Coast to Coast medal. Since the race was a Frozen theme I decided to dress up as Anna. IMG_5424 IMG_6713 I was so paranoid that I would be late I showed up at 2:30 am. I heard that traffic can be bad, but there wasn’t any at that time. They had a dj playing and character photo opportunities before the race, which was cool. Then it was time to march to your corrals, unlike Disneyland where the corrals are a 5 minute walk from the parking lot Disney World seems to want you to do a 5k warm up. I had to walk about 30 minuets to get to my corral I. Since I was in the middle of the pack (corrals go all the way to P) I didn’t have to wait to long before I got to run. IMG_6731 The temperature for the race was a perfect 55 degrees , a bit chilly but overall great. At one point along the route there was mist and fog on the golf field. It was a beautiful sight. The few down sides to the course were that you didn’t run in the parks much, mostly the back roads of the parks parking lot and the golf course. There were some characters out, but unlike Disneyland that has the community out supporting you while you run the streets of Anaheim you didn’t have that here. ¬†Though the course itself was a smooth course, which made running very easy. There were three steep inclines, but other than that it was the perfect running course. If you just wanted to run and not stop for pictures it would have been easy to get a new PR. I did stop for a few pictures along the way. Here are a few of them. IMG_6734

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The Princess Half medal and the Coast to Coast medal

I didn’t get a new PR but I did have a decent time at 2:51 considering I stopped for pictures, ¬†it wasn’t too shabby. After the race I decided to visit the Parks! I got lots of compliments on my outfit and my Coast to Coast medal. IMG_6746

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Overall I had an amazing race! I definitely plan on running more Disney World races and hopefully earn more Coast to Coast medals. My next race isn’t for a few month. I’ll be running in Expedition Everest, now to decide what I will dress up for that!!!

Princess Half Marathon Expo 2015

The Princess Half Marathon Expo was very different than the Disneyland half Expos I’ve experienced. I will say that Disneyland is far more organized in general. Also packet pickup and merchandise are held in the same building for the Disneyland races, not in separate as in Disney World. I arrived at the Expo at 7:35 a.m. it was held at ESPN World of Sports, at 7:40 a.m. the gates opened. Usually at 6:30 a.m. people are already lined up in Disneyland, not here. No one seemed to know exactly what line you needed to be initially for bags or merchandise. Disneyland has everything organized very early in the morning with staff that directs you to the proper line for Dooney bags, merchandise, or packet pick up. Eventually my mom and I spilt up, I going in one line for merchandise and my mom going in another for Dooney & Bourke Bags. It was freezing cold and windy on a Thursday, now granted I’m from California so 35 degrees is freezing to me, I waited in line for 2 hours. At 9:30 they let us in early. ¬†If you have ever done a Disneyland race everyone has to be in single file and are let in one at a time, the last race I did was Star Wars and they gave people colored wrist bands to designated which time you were in. Unfortunately Disney World just opened the doors and people ran. I was one of the first few people first in line so I wasn’t too worried, but it was still something that stuck in my mind. I wasn’t intending to go to crazy with merchandise, but I did buy a few more things than expected.

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For Run Disney Merchandise I bought some pins, a necklace (super cute that the shoe has 2015 on it), drink ware,  and a car magnet (I use it for my refrigerator). Every time I do a half marathon I get a magnet, this one was my 5th.

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At the expo itself I bought a light blue sparkle skirt from Sparkle Athletics.

A necklace and snow flake hair clips from Milestones sports jewelry

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I also splurged ¬†and got two Dooney and Bourke bags. I never have bought any of the race bags, even though I’ve done several. ¬†I was only intending to get the medium size bag, but my mom loved the larger bag and since she has been my biggest supporter and been there for every race I bought it for her. I usually don’t spurge on race merchandise, but since it was my first Disney World race I thought it was merited.

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Then I picked up my packet and got my Coast to Coast wrist band. I had run the Star Wars half so running the Princess half qualified me for the Coast to Coast medal. My first Coast to Coast!!!! I will say that I did get a bit teary eyed when the lady put the wrist band on me. If you run  the Princess half and the Tinkerbell half you get the special pink Coast to Coast. I am not doing the Tinkerbell half this year, only the 10k so I got the regular Coast to Coast.

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It was a fun long day, but glad it was over and I was definitely looking forward to race day. I will post about the race itself in the following post. Please stay tune for that. Keep on running!!!