I decided after my twitter poll yesterday and uploading pictures to my computer that my Tinker Bell Half Marathon recap would occur in 2 parts. I have so many pictures I want to include that one post would be crazy long (heck, this one is long enough!). I can't believe it's actually been 6 months since I booked this race and that I was in Nevada visiting Kirsten when I did - seems like forever ago.
The weekend started with my flight in to Orange County Friday night after working all day. I had one of these on the plane to try and relax a bit and sleep, but I was too hyped up.
|Vodka Cranberry? Yes, Please!|
The flights were both great, except for the last 30 min heading into Orange County. Let's just say I have a whole new appreciation for the Santa Ana Winds. Yikes.
Beki picked me up at what was about 1:30 am my time and we headed to our hotel and crashed. Well, after chatting and catching up for a bit :) Still, even though I was completely exhausted, I woke up at 5:30 am (which was 8:30 my time) and couldn't get back to sleep. I checked the weather and it looked beautiful out. The winds were still blowing really strong too.
|Check out those palm trees!|
We finally crawled out of bed and walked to IHOP for breakfast. Bad, starving blogger I am-I didn't take a picture of my carb and protein loaded breakfast. After we finished eating, it was off to the Disneyland Hotel for the Tinker Bell Half Marathon Expo!
|On our way to the expo - pic from Beki|
Beki and I made it into line and even though the line was long, picked up our race packets in no time. They had a couple cute places to pose for pictures.
|I love the limited edition Disney pin and necklace I bought.|
After we got our numbers we headed upstairs into the expo area. Beki and I were disappointed that the Dooney & Bourke purses were already sold out, but I got some other fun swag.
We ran into some friends at the expo, too! This is Peter Pan, I mean Carrie from #teamsparkle. (I could have sworn I had pictures of Tiffany and Anna, too, but I guess I don't - bad blogger.)
After hanging out at the expo for a couple hours, we headed over to Disneyland!! (I've been to Walt Disney World in Florida many times, but this was my first trip to California and I couldn't let the opportunity to play at Disneyland and California Adventure pass me by!) The weather was absolutely PERFECT - too hot almost for this Michigan girl (but I wasn't going to complain).
After playing in Disneyland for most of the day, we headed back into Downtown Disney to find some dinner. Sadly, the Italian restaurant had a 1.5 hour wait (note to self-reservations next time) so we settled on burgers and fries as our prerace dinner. We had park hopper tickets, so Beki and I headed into California Adventure for a little while and took in the sights and a couple rides.
|California Screamin' was A.Maze.Balls - only I rode this one.|
After our quick trip through California Adventure (which I'd love to visit again sometime) we headed back to the hotel and got our stuff ready for our 3:15 wake-up call. Lights out by 9:00 pm.
Stay tuned...part 2: Race Day coming later this week!
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