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Star Wars Half Marathon Race Recap

Boy that was a long blogging break! I can’t image why the hiatus…

Adorable Baby Girl | HelloRunShine

Oh wait, yes I can…

In order to get caught back up I will be writing very brief race recaps from the past six months. There are quite a few, due to the fact that late-pregnancy boredom found me registering for aaalll the races. Currently I’m back to my pre-pregnancy weight and fitness level and feeling pretty strong. So for fun, let’s start the recaps back in January when I had just barely started running again after the birth of my second daughter.

2017 Star Wars Half Marathon Race Recap

I was extremely nervous to run a half just eight weeks post-partum. Even though I had started walking the week she was born and running at four weeks, it was a far cry from a standard three month training cycle. I was very thankful that I had signed up for just the half marathon instead of the challenge. Getting away from a newborn for 24 hours would be challenging enough.

I chose a simple, conservative costume that hid the fact that I still had almost 30 extra pounds hanging around (fun fact: I gained 50 pounds in each pregnancy). Other than the headband, all of my gender-bent Han Solo pieces were store bought.

Han Solor Running Costume RunDisney | HelloRunShine

Chewie, we’re home.

To be honest I don’t really remember the race other than the relief of crossing the finish line (legacy status: maintained!). What I was most proud of was the social steps I took that weekend. I overcame some shyness and introduced myself in person to a group of runners I have come to know over the past year through a runDisney Facebook page. I had a great time hanging out with them in Corral A before the race and meeting up for drinks and rides in the park afterwards. Our small group grew throughout the day and cumulated in an epic inaugural meet up of the Storm Trooper Crew (more details about the Crew coming in a future post).

Womens Star Wars Running Costumes | HelloRunShine.com

Han & Darth Evel

Star Wars Half Marathon Weekend Race Recap | HelloRunShine.com

California Adventure Mickey!

Star Wars Half Marathon Weekend Race Recap | HelloRunShine.com

I couldn’t have been happier with the result of my first post-baby half. I felt like the effort to stay active during my pregnancy made finishing possible. And just a few weeks into the year I had taken great strides towards my New Year’s goal of saying “yes to friendship and adventure”. It was a great start to 2016!

❤ Jessica

 

 


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Inagural Pixie Dust Challenge Race Recap

Hello friends! Time is flying by and this pregnancy is almost over (38 w 5 days to be exact). It’s been a whirl wind of orders and holiday planning and finishing the nursery. It’s about time I finish up my previous race recaps so that I’ll be all caught up when I can start running again SOON!

The Tinker Bell Half Marathon weekend (geeze, only five months ago now) was quite a bit different from the Star Wars weekend in that I had a tiny running buddy tagging along with me! So the major changes were 1. no celebratory whiskey shot after the races, 2. no time in the parks since I couldn’t go on most rides, and 3. I incorporated walking intervals into my race plan.

It was still an amazing weekend! I really enjoyed staying on property the entire time at the Disneyland Hotel (probably my favorite hotel so far due to the nostalgic feel and the proximity to the expo). I felt very at ease meeting up with several social/running groups including some awesome people from the runDisneyrun community. I also loved my two costumes and had so much fun announcing the pregnancy in that way. Because so much time has passed since this race, instead of writing out many more details I’m going to instead share my favorite pictures.

runDisney Costume Ideas | HellorRunShine

This was my first pre-race meet up with some fellow costumers! I’m so glad the Marathonphoto photographer was there to snap this picture.

runDisney Corral A | HelloRunshine.com

I think I was giddy with excitement walking up to corral A that morning. What a different experience from starting in the back at my previous runDisney races!

Captain Hook Running Costume | HelloRunShine.com

I love the “still dark outside” pictures from this race, especially this one that shows off my gold shoe buckles (made from glittered cardboard).

Disneyland Tinker Bell 10K Race Recap | HelloRunShine.com

A little Disneyland race photography tip – there is almost always a photographer set up on the side of the castle as you run around it. It’s a great place to stop if the lines in front are too long.

Tinker Bell 10K | HelloRunShine.com

The course details are already fading from my memory. All I know is that I loved how much park time was in this route!

Captain Hook Running Costume | HelloRunShine.com

Finisher! I tried using my hook to show off the 13 week baby bump.

Tinker_Bell_Half_Marathon_Fairies | HelloRunShine.com

For the half marathon, I decided to stop for as many characters as I could!

runDisney Tinker Bell Half Marathon | HelloRunShine.com

As an adult I always feel really silly posing for these types of pictures but for once I decided to embrace it.

Tinker Bell Half Marathon Costume Ideas | HelloRunShine.com

This has to be one of my favorite race pictures to date. I love how the castle is all decked out in its Diamond Celebration glory.

Tinker Bell Half Marathon Weekend Race Recap | HelloRunShine.com

You gotta love pictures where you look like you’re flying!

Tinkerbell Half Marathon Costume Ideas

Miss Bell herself

Pregnant Running Costume Idea | HelloRunShine.com

Baby Girl #2 and I proudly showing off our Pixie Dust Challenge bling!

All in all a fantastic experience. I know there can be a lot of criticism of the women-centric runDisney races, but I had nothing but great things to say about the weekend and I can’t wait to come back in 2016.

❤ Jessica


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How To Submit Your Proof Of Time For The Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend Races

How To Submit A Proof Of Time For The Walt Disney  World Marathon Weekend

For a runDisney veteran, submitting your proof of time (POT) is not only a piece of cake but something you greatly look forward to. But the process can be a bit overwhelming if you have never done it before. RunShine is here to guide you through it with these helpful tips!

-Proof of time can be submitted HERE

-The deadline for submitting your proof of time is Thursday, October 6th. You must submit your time before this date to avoid being placed in the last corrals!

-For the Half Marathon, the proof of time MUST be from a 10K, 12K, 15K, 10 Mile, Half Marathon or Full Marathon.

-For the Full Marathon/Goofy/Dopey Challenges, the proof of time MUST be from a 10 Mile, Half Marathon or Full Marathon.

-The proof of time must be from a certified race after January 1, 2014 (certified meaning that the race course was certified for accuracy).

-You will be asked to proved the following information when you submit: Name of race, distance, city, state, date, finish time, and link to results.

-You are able to update your POT with a new one as long as it is submitted before the deadline of 10/6. So if you set a new PR after you have entered your first POT, go ahead and enter it again using the same link provided above!

-Complete POT details and guidelines can be found HERE

Please feel free to ask if you have any questions!

❤ Jessica