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So I’ve never run a Disney race. EVER. I know, shocking to most, but since I started running half’s, I never had really heard of them and then I started working for Run Racing and we always worked their expos and I just wasn’t really training enough since the Disneyland Half and Tinkerbell Half are right before and after our busy season. Now that I don’t work there anymore and heard about a chance to run the Disneyland Half, I jumped at the chance. This morning, there was also a sneak peek of the course and a ton of fun, magical surprises that I got to be a part of as well! It was such a fun way to kick off my morning with something so different and a great way to kick off Disneyland Half Weekend!


The girls at Team Sparkle let me borrow this awesome Minnie Sparkle Skirt for the run and it was absolutely perfect! It made me get in the mood and feel magical, even when it was 6:00 am. Once we started on the run, which was lead by Jeff Galloway, it was awesome to see all the Disney Employees cheering for us and clapping for us running by as there were not guests in the park. Using the Galloway method to run the 3 miles through the park was great to because we got to stop and take pictures.

It was a beautiful morning for a run and everything was so cool to be a bit ‘behind the scenes’ :) Really awesome to see so many parts of the park!

I was lucky enough to meet up with these pretty girls, Carrie and Kelly, in the morning and it was great running with them! There were already so many Team Sparkle skirts at the Meet up this morning, makes me even more excited for this weekend!

And I got to see Carrie rocking the newest Team Sparkle addition, a Team Sparkle Visor! I must get one of these asap. All my visors are SO boring and blah and I’ve never seen cute girly ones, so this is on my list of things I want for my birthday!

Running through the castle was one of the many highlights of the through the park run. I’m so glad that Jeff Galloway stopped to let us take a little bit longer by the castle.

The run went through CA Adventure as well!

I should have known that I would have run into Tinkerbell and Sleeping Beauty, it is Disney and Carrie and Kelly always add sparkle! :)

I’ve actually never BEEN to California Adventure. Shocking, I know. It was super fun to see it without guest visitors and see more of the park that is totally new for me!

When the run was over we ended up at Animation Studios in California Adventure where we got to learn more about Run Disney and they had special speakers for us. I loved all the Speakers they had. Jeff Galloway talked about how important training, hydration and how he got over a recent hip injury.

Also Sarah and Dimity from Run Like a Mother talked about life balance and how important working out was. I love Dimity’s quote of getting up in the morning, “Don’t Think, just Go.” I really need to remind myself of that more. Finally the event was kicked off with Suzy Favor Hamilton talking about how she overcame depression. It was a really insightful and amazingly personal story and I’m so glad she shared with us. After that MICKEY CAME OUT and I turned into a 12 year old.

Sadly, I had to scoot off to work and was worried about hitting traffic, so I left while everyone else got to enjoy breakfast! The whole morning made me so excited to run the Disneyland Half this weekend. Now to think of a good costume :) There seriously is something magical in the water over at Disneyland though. I left with a smile plastered on my face and a skip in my step and haven’t stopped thinking about it all morning. I’m thinking about my race on Sunday and already am excited!


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  • Reply Rebekah

    Love it! I ran the Tinker Bell Half for my 30th birthday (it was on my birthday itself!), and had so much fun. Have a great time! (And go to California Adventure … it’s fun in general, but the World of Color show is a must-see.)

    August 31, 2012 at 2:09 pm
  • Reply Kristin Miller

    That is AMAZING! I’m incredibly jealous. Have fun, which it is impossible not to when all things Disney are involved! Looking forward to your costume choice!

    August 31, 2012 at 2:53 pm
  • Reply RoadBunner

    I love all your photos! I BIG HEART Disney races and am so excited for you! They are totally awesome and you are going to have an amazing time!

    August 31, 2012 at 4:00 pm
  • Reply Laura @ Mommy Run Fast

    That looks like so much fun! I’ve never done a Disney race either… maybe some day. Love all the sparkly skirts!

    September 1, 2012 at 11:05 am
  • Reply Angela

    Great post & love all the pics! Disney races are why I became a runner in the first place, & what motivate me to train & run throughout the year!!

    September 1, 2012 at 11:10 am
  • Reply Sandy

    What a great experience! I did not even know about this event! I am also running the Disneyland Half tomorrow. Have a great race!

    September 1, 2012 at 6:09 pm
  • Reply Amy @ C'est California Vie

    I just stumbled upon your blog and just love it! I’m another Southern California runner and it will be great to follow along!

    September 3, 2012 at 7:52 pm
  • Reply Sachie

    I love the skirt. I think I will have to get one for the honolulu marathon :o)

    September 3, 2012 at 8:51 pm
  • Reply Denise P.

    Great pics! I ran Tinkerbell and it was a lot of fun. I used the red Sparkle skirt and put white stickers all over to be Minnie. It was awesome to have so many people yelling Go Minnie!

    I’ve never had any desire to run the September race because training in the heat of a So Cal summer does not appeal to me. Although I am running the Maui half in 2 weeks so I did this year.

    September 5, 2012 at 6:48 am
  • Reply Darin Armstrong

    Hello Danica,
    Just a quick message to ask if you would be interested in a ‘mutual’ following on twitter. I am currently following you now and am awaiting for your follow-back. (#FYI I do RT’s ‘anytime’ for all #Triathletes #Cyclists #UltraRunners & #Marathoners who follow me on Twitter and have something important they want mentioned…)

    All the very best for the rest of 2012 and beyond Danica . Look forward to hearing from you soon…


    September 5, 2012 at 8:22 am
  • Reply Sachie Etherington

    I thought I would send you an update. Thanks to an earlier post of yours (from February) I decided to get the blue. I hope I look just as cute! Thanks again.

    September 6, 2012 at 12:16 am
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