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Disneyland Half Marathon Weekend – a Multi-Post Recap (Part 1)

8 Sep

First up, The Travel     airplane

So, I’ve mentioned before how much I love to travel! As soon as I got signed up for this weekend of events (at the #TinkerbellHalfMarathonWeekend) I started making travel plans!

Since I was going across the country I decided to splurge and use up almost all of my saved up miles on American Airlines to go First Class. At least my flight would be first class!

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I made my hotel reservations through Hotels.com and ended up getting a great rate at the Comfort Inn and Suites – it was just as close as anywhere I’ve stayed at Disneyland lately and the Anaheim Resort Transportation stop was right outside so not so bad!

For the first time in a very long time, my flight was NOT at 6 am! So I was able to take Earnest Phred to his babysitter on my way to the airport and take my time getting parked and to the plane.

A big thanks to the super friendly counter ladies at American! Great start to what was going to be a very long day!!

I was early, of course. I really do prefer to be early! I grabbed a coffee on my way to the airport at Dunkin, of course so was happy to start trying to hydrate a little before my flight.

There was a really small delay but once everyone boarded things went pretty smooth!

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It was quite an uneventful trip.

The beauty of first class is that they do still serve you a meal – egg quesadilla for me. My seatmate thought the cereal would be “healthier” but…whatever! She wasn’t going on vacation!! I watched a movie on my tablet (Grown Ups) and the 6 hours went by pretty fast!

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My arrival at LAX and the trip to Anaheim were also uneventful. Which is not a bad thing when you’re traveling in LA! Met some other runners in the Super Shuttle van and the time went really quickly as we avoided traffic on the infamous LA Freeways!

Once I got to the hotel I unpacked (yes, I unpack and put everything away!) and headed out to the original Disneyland and Disney’s California Adventure for some quick re-con and a trip to CarsLand – my new favoritest place in Anaheim!! I had every intention of staying for the fireworks but it had really been a super long day so I grabbed a dinner to go and headed back to the hotel to eat and sleep.

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And to get ready for the Great Weekend Ahead!!

Up Next – the Expo or “How is it possible that Disney was this unprepared and disorganized?”

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Sing-a-Long Saturday!!

7 Sep

It’s Back!!!!

But, I still have tons to catch up on…top of the list of course is the Disneyland Half Marathon Weekend — including #DumboDoubleDare!

Until then though….”Make every minute count, jump up, jump in and seize the day!”

Traveling Truth!

3 Sep

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The truth today is that, as much as I LOVE going to Disneyland and running with all the great people who runDisney, and as sad as I am to leave the parks behind I am really happy to go home!

I fly all day today and get to pick up my dawg on the way from the airport!!

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My buddy is the one on the right 🙂

And tomorrow it’s back to work for my last few weeks, and another runDisney race coming up really soon!

It’s all good

I hope everyone had a great Labor Day weekend and is ready to get back in the groove.

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Thankful Thursday.

29 Aug

I most certainly did not forget that it’s Thankful Thursday. And even on a plane there’s TONS to be thankful for. And, okay, so today I just stole the title for this post

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Today I’m most thankful that I am on my way to add more Magical Miles to my total for this year. I’m a lot slower this year than I’ve been in a long time but I know that as long as I keep working things will fall back into place and I’ll only be ‘not fast’ 🙂

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I’m really thankful that I finished packing and got out of the house in time this morning!!

I’m thankful also for the social media outlets that have ‘introduced’ me to so many FANTASTIC people and I’m really thankful that I’ll get to meet some of them this weekend.

There’s a LOT more I’m thankful for today. Just know that if you’ve touched my life in any way at all, that I’m very thankful for you!!

Go out and tell a random Thank You. You’ll make someone’s day!!

Down To The Wire!!!

28 Aug

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  Who would’ve thunk it? It’s the night before I’m flying out of town and I am running around like a mad woman packing and cleaning and other miscellaneous things!

Well, I could’ve predicted this for sure! Could not have predicted an extra THREE hours at work tonight – granted, it was my error that kept us late, but if it had been up to me, I’d maybe have been an HOUR over. But that’s done and over with and now it’s on to the real fun!!

Got my clothes packed. Got my Powerade Zero packed. My trail mix, my running clothes, my mouse ears…pretty much everything I need! Still need to get to my carry on items and my toiletries. And I’m fortunate that I’m not taking one of my usual 6 am flights – I’m not leaving til NINE – almost NINE THIRTY!!

And I can’t wait!!

I get entirely way too geeked about traveling. I LOVE traveling. I love everything about it. The planning, the waiting, the checking, and rechecking, the reservations. My seat on the plane, the hotel amenities, the local restaurants…All of it! TSA? Yeah, not my favorite part but…And then there’s the flying!!

I love flying. I love getting dressed up to get on the plane. Love it!! I am so really excited – first for getting to Disneyland, seeing people I haven’t seen in a long time, seeing some people for the first time!!

And I’m just as excited to walk up to the kiosk and drop off my bags and head to the plane!!

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