I ran the first ever Tinker Bell Half Marathon last year at the Disneyland Resort and I’m very excited to run it again this year. The course is different than the Disneyland Half. It is also a women centric race, which means men can’t start in coral A and men don’t win awards, as in placement. Men CAN run though and do get finishers medals. Here are some tips I learned from last year and other runDisney races:
1. MIND THE WINGS! Both yours and others. I run pretty much all the runDisney races and I love all the costumes, but this race, by far has the most amount of wings. I saw people constantly getting whacked running past big wings. I have 2 suggestions; 1. If you want to wear wings, maybe think about smaller size wings or 2. If you really want big wings maybe run with them attached upside down, so the round part is up top and the pointy petal part of the wings are to the bottom. They will still look cute but might save a fellow runners eyeball. Also if you are wearing wings I highly HIGHLY recommend safety pinning them to your shirt and not wear the arm bands. Those around the arm pit straps for wings can cause some SERIOUS chaffing.
2. This one is a little silly, but if you have ever done it you know what I mean. WATCH OUT FOR ROAD REFLECTORS, speed bumps, curbs, and potholes. If you have ever fallen while in a race you know what I mean. Last year at Tinker Bell I was admiring how adorable a little girl was holding a sign cheering on her mom and than SPLAT! I fell and slid along the pavement. I had some pretty good road rash on my arm and my knee was instantly dripping blood. I was a little shaken up and my ego was seriously bruised, but a couple runners stopped to check on me and one said she would go get medical (apparently I looked pretty bad). Once I self assessed and decided nothing was keeping me from finishing and getting me my Coast to Coast medal I started running. I figured I would run to the nearest medical tent to get cleaned up a little and than finish and I did. If you fall, first self assess, if you can catch your breath and nothing hurts to run other than stinging from road rash than go for it, but never push yourself and make an injury worse. People fall all the time, so don’t think it is just you. It happens to the best of us! haha
3. RunDisney races are tons of fun and also have tons of people running. If you do a run walk run method or are a super fast walker, keep in mind those running (or walking) faster than you. If I need to walk I try to keep right so others can pass and if you are running/walking with friends try not to run/walk 5 people across and make people try to get around you.
4. Anaheim often has warmer temps, but mornings can be cold. Think about what to wear to start that you can shed later like a trash bag or an old sweatshirt you don’t mind donating. I promise you will not want to run carrying a sweatshirt or one tied around your waist.
5. If you have read my runDisney tips before you have already heard this, but if not here it is again: THE BATHROOMS INSIDE THE PARKS ALONG THE COURSE ARE OPEN!!!! I repeat, if you plan properly you do not have to use a port-a-pottie. Look at the course map ahead of time and know the mileage in the parks so you are mentally prepared if you need a bathroom break.
Most importantly enjoy the race! Take a look at my other runDisney posts for other helpful hints.