First off, let me say that I finally know why I had to move to St. Louis!! It was to prepare me for the heat and humidity that persisted throughout Dumbo weekend.
When last we spoke, I was fast asleep (after having been woken up by fireworks). And then the alarm was going off and I started out on the first leg of the Dumbo Double Dare. (I just love saying Dumbo Double Dare – can you tell?)
I was so excited when I first heard about this challenge. I feel extremely confident in saying I will never, never ever be doing the Goofy challenge (let alone Dopey). Because both of those would require a marathon and while I admire those who do marathons, it is not something I aspire to. I am quite happy with halfs. (And besides – the guy died at the end. Just saying.) I will say my one caveat would be the Athens marathon. That is probably the only time I would even contemplate a full marathon.
I walked outside and was greeted by heat and humidity. This early? Ugh. I was about to head toward the corrals when I happened to run into some familiar faces!! Yay!
The walk to the corrals was slightly clusterrific what with the 5K starting only 45 minutes prior. Finally we made it! We didn’t have long to wait before we were off. There were so many people and I started getting slightly claustrophobic. I tried picking my way through to carve out a little space for myself and in doing so got separated from Abby and the others.
The first couple of miles were through the streets of Anaheim before we headed into California Adventure!!! The best part about the 10K, in my opinion, is how much of the race was in the parks!
Through Cars Land
and around Paradise Pier we went (where I ran into Belle, photo thanks to Gaston).
And down Buena Vista Street toward the Tower of Terror before crossing over to Disneyland.
Running down Main Street is probably my favorite part of any runDisney race. Past the castle, through Tomorrowland, around its a small world and into the back lot area where I ran into Filmore & Lightening McQueen (aka Jenn and Danielle). It was so fun to finally meet them in person, if only for a few seconds!
The course took us into Toon Town before heading back towards the castle!
Leaving Disneyland behind, the course took us through Downtown Disney which was lined with spectators cheering. It was a great last mile or so before the finish line was in sight.
Definitely not my fastest time by any stretch, but probably one of the most fun races I’ve ever run!