The Disneyland Half Marathon Was A Dream Come True


So … the race that started it all … came and went so fast! Earlier this year, I decided that I wanted to run a half marathon and I selected the Disneyland Half Marathon to be my race. I started training on March 1 and I couldn’t even run a mile … but I stuck with it … ran my first 5K race in April, my first 10K race in June and then just kept training on longer runs leading up to yesterday’s BIG race. I loved everything about the experience, honestly. All of my hard work lead up to that starting line and … off I went.

I have to tell you, I got pretty emotional in the corral as I made my way to the starting line. The announcers were giving us great encouragement, saying really motivational things and something just struck a chord with me. My friends know, I used to be the LAZIEST MOFO on Earth. But I set a goal to run long distances and right as I started the race, I did get a little choked up. Thankfully, there wasn’t time to get all weepy … I had 13 miles to run. The early party of the race (miles 2-4) took us thru Disney’s California Adventure and Disneyland theme parks … which was, just, the coolest thing EVER. We had run of the place, even behind the scenes areas with Disney characters and castmembers cheering us on along the way. It was really impossible to run seriously thru the park, the streets were so full of people (there were 14,000+ people running with me) plus everyone (me included) were taking pictures … it was just fun. It wasn’t until we left Disneyland that the “race” really started for me. The only character I stopped to take a photo with was Darth Vader. I only had to way about 6 minutes … that plus the slow congestion in the parks (maybe another 10ish mins) caused my finish time to be longer but … it wasn’t no thang to me. The rest of the race was great. We got water at 9 of the 13 miles, lots of medical support for those who needed it and the smiling faces of Anaheim residents cheering us on. A really fun part of the race took us thru Angel Stadium. We got to run on the field … who gets to do that? When I got to mile 12, I picked up my pace and I really bolted over the finish line:

The finisher’s medal is SO big, so cool. It’s very hard to not wear it ALL THE TIME :) I snapped some fun photos in the park before I made my way back to the hotel to shower and pack up. I have to give a huge shout out and LOTS of love to Pink reader Karolynh who I met at the Half Marathon Expo where I picked up my race bib and shirt:

She was so helpful, so cute … I had to share out fun photo. Much love goes out to ALL of the Disney VoluntEARS who came out to help with the race yesterday. There was water, food and help everywhere you looked, thanks to the volunteers who gave so generously of their time to help our experience be the best it could be.

So yeah, my BIG race has come and gone … and now I focus on my NEXT big race. I have a couple of half marathons coming up in October (one in Detroit, one here in LA) and one more 10K (in San Diego) before I run the Honolulu Marathon in December. Lord, give me strength. For now, I’m going to rest for a bit … let my legs recover. They feel good, thankfully, but my leg muscles need to heal. I may go for a short run when I’m in Detroit later this week but, well, we’ll see.

I think I can officially call myself a real runner now … not that I wasn’t already but completing my first half marathon kinda makes it officially official :D

  • Deb Hodgon

    Good job!

  • rachel

    Mazel Tov, Trent!! What a huge accomplishment! You made the whole process seem so easy – how did you DO that?!?

  • So proud of you, Trent!! It’s very inspiring to see someone put their mind to something, and achieve their goals! Seeing that you had such a great day made me smile. Love the photo with Darth Vader! Woot!!!

  • Nicole O’Brien

    Awesome! I love that you wore mouse ears, too!

  • Jillybean

    Congratulations Trent! You look really healthy, and that sounds like a lot of fun. :)

  • Shan

    Congrats Trent!! I just signed up to do my first half marathon and started training last week. Not really a big runner either, but reading about your progress inspires me! Sounds like an amazing experience.

  • Kristen

    Congrats!! Great acomplishment, looks like your hooked.

  • Dezden

    You’re awesome, Trent!!! It’s been really awesome to see you on your running journey… I feel so proud! :) I walked a half marathon in May 2010. I was crying at the end of that and still can’t believe I did it, so I can’t imagine running one. Maybe one day. ;) Anyway, congratulations!

  • Lexie

    congrats, trent! i am running my first half next month! SOOOO pumped!

  • rOXy

    So Proud Of You. You are an inspiration to me and I am sure so many others. Well Done! The official picture in front of the Castle says it all. It wasn’t an ending, but a beautiful beginning. There’s lots more to this story.

  • Alicia

    Congrats, Trent! Great job! Disney races are the BEST. I’m spoiled by them and find other half marathons so boring in comparison!

  • Michelle

    Trent, you’re doing the Free Press Half in October? Me too!! I hope I see you there! Congrats on your first half :)

    • @Michelle — YES! I’ll be there for sure … see you there :)