tinker bell 1/2 marathon

this past weekend i flew down from cold, gray utah, to sunny, warm california for my very first half marathon! i was nervous for this day to come. to be honest, i trained very, very, very little, and had been somewhat sick most of january, but the day came and it was fun.. in a semi miserable way. kelly, kristen, & shannon also ran in it!
the half was at disneyland, which definitely made it really fun. we started off by running towards disneyland & throughout the whole park! they had characters out in their costumes, music playing, & people taking your picture throughout the race (i tried my best to get into as many pictures possible), after we left disneland it was near mile 5, and we then ran around anaheim, there were so many people lined up & watching us, it was pretty neat. there were high school cheer teams, dance teams, high school bands, an army band, all lined up in different places to keep us hyped up & motivated. the last stretch was running through california adventure, and once that happened i was thrilled because i knew that it was just a matter of minutes before i could sit down & be done!
there were also a lot of people dressed up which was really fun. it was cool to see all the different costumes they came up with. kelly was captain hook & her costume was awesome. kris was snow-white, & shannon & i were tweedle dee & tweedle dum. there were a lot of tinker bells, i saw a queen of hearts, the 3 fairies from sleeping beauty, caution cones from toy story, & many many more. kelly & kris were in higher level corrals, but luckily shannon and i were able to run in the same one. there was so much hype going on, everyone was very supportive, & it was really nice to have one of my bff's in the some corral as me to run with. she helped to make it more fun cause we could talk to each other, and when mile 12 came & i was 100% over running, she kept me going.
i was in such terrible pain once i crossed that finish line. the last thing i wanted to do was walk, my legs were achy, my knees didn't want to bend, & i'm positive i got the biggest blister i have ever had in my entire life, right on the tip top of my big toe (it was the shoes, at least thats what everyone says). now thats it's done with, i'm really happy i did it. a half marathon was never something i thought i would do, i'm not a runner by any means, but looking back i actually enjoyed it.. despite the pain. i'm so proud of shan for running it too! & for sticking by me the whole time. & really proud & impressed by kelly & kris. they both did so well! it was also fun to see my sister in her "element" she's all about running & i can see why.. the hype is so energizing, plus, she runs a lot so she's fast & doesn't feel a lot of pain anymore. she's awesome. i'm planning & hoping for this to inspire me to keep running & get in better shape, maybe even sign up for another one!
tweedle dee & tweedle dum waiting to start the race

mid race picture shot

courtesy of my brother

this is how she ran the entire way.. no joke
 right after crossing the finish line
 snow white & tweedles 
 shan & her tink medal

resting, not wanting to ever move
captain hook & tweedle dee
representing team sparkle who made the skirt & socks i wore


  1. soooooo proud of all of you...especially you, running through your pain and sickness is huge!

  2. How fun! I NEED to get motivated like you and do one! It is my goal in life to do one, but right now I am just too lazy. D-Land would be soo fun to run through though!