I hadn't been in a LONG time. Twenty years. Ugh. I'm old enough to say that I did something "twenty years ago". Insert whimper here.
We only had one day and, after taking in advice from those who came before, I had decided that we would take it easy...no matter how much I wanted to see, do, experience. Turns out this was a great idea. The whole thing was completely overwhelming for Rosie's two year old mind. I was verging on overwhelmed myself. For example, upon entering the park and having Mickey march by us leading a band, I nearly broke down in tears. I felt pretty silly and did my best to keep some composure. This happened at least two more times while we were there. Another time was the start of the parade: the drummers and the joy and the fact that we were in freaking Disneyland. Well, I'm pregnant too. I wanted so desperately for Rosanna to feel it. To be overjoyed and in awe. Nope.
That there is a look of concern. It showed up many times during our Disney day.
"You wanna go meet Mickey?!". Concern.
"Time to get in the ship to ride Peter Pan!" Concern.
Headed into the Small World tunnel. Concern.
Small World was a hit, by the way. Peter Pan....not so much. Winnie the Pooh? Winner! Dumbo? Winner! So much to see, do, eat. We probably saw a third of the park. Maybe. I was super impressed with the staff. They were unabashedly committed to our experience. Every one of them referred to Rosanna as "Princess". Nice touch. Every one of them kept up the joy for the entire day. It was pretty unreal.
I'd love to recount every glorious step we took and every moment where I felt like a giddy little kid, but that would only be interesting to me....let's round it up by saying we stayed until 11:30pm then crashed in a fulfilled heap for many many hours.
The whole purpose of our trip was to run a half marathon. The Disneyland Half Marathon, specifically. Half marathons are 13.1 miles. A challenging distance, to be sure, but not as crazy as a full marathon.
So my mom and I woke up in the four o'clock hour to make it to Downtown Disney for a 5:45am start time. Ugh. So dark. SO MANY people. 17,000. Can you believe it? Insanity. The first few miles of the race went through California Adventure and then Disneyland. There were characters, ready to embrace our sweaty bodies for a photo op. It was massively cool. Captain Hook, Princesses, Army Men (Toy Story), Darth Vader, so many!
We took a few photos, but some of the lines for a photo op were a bit too long. The rest of the run was through ugly Anaheim, it's only redeeming moment was running through Angels Stadium.
Being a pregnant lady, I hadn't trained in awhile. Not eating+puking+zero energy=no training. I lowered my expectations, told myself I wasn't going to push it. I'd do what I could, I wasn't running for time. It turns out I'm pretty rad. I finished! Honestly, without my Mom it wouldn't have happened. I ran with her the whole time, we stopped only for the bathroom, character photos and water stations. How completely awesome are we? Had I been solo, I'm certain my negative mind-chatter would've won out and I'd have caught a ride to finish line.
Crossing a finish line after an intense run is one of the cooler things I've done. It's so rewarding to have completed an awesome feat, to know you beat out all the aches and negative thoughts and just made it happen.
I highly recommend it!