|Inspired by Sean Astin, our Castle jump shot|
I had been looking forward to this weekend for months! It was going to be the first time since WDW Marathon Weekend that I was going to see Captain Linz, Jen, and my brother from another mother Joe, fellow #CorralG members. Linzie and I checked in a few times in the weeks leading up to the race weekend, and it was going to be so much fun to see him and to catch up with our other #CorralG buds! I kept hoping my Disney CM friend was going to be coming out, but life was a little crazy for her, with ordination exams being right before the trip, so she opted for a different trip. I was able to secure a spot in a room at Disney's Grand Californian Resort with the wonderful folks from the Bacon Challenge, and again bought myself a ticket via my Delta Skymiles. The room was gorgeous but a little cramped because it was 5 of us in one regular style room! But that didn't really matter because we were hardly in the room. The best part of the Disneyland resort overall is everything being right there!
I got in Thursday night and my chariot was waiting - a special pick up from the Captain himself, even though he had secured a spot in the meetup early the next morning and my flight got in late. Gotta love family :) On Friday morning we headed over to the expo after Linzie finished up the fun at the meet up, and it was a ZOO!! I'm not even going to bother with a recap of the expo - there are plenty out there. It was not the best Disney experience but it was fun running into all my Disney buds: Krissy, Jen, Brandi, not to mention seeing Diet Diva Tara on stage and Carissa announcing. We grabbed the important things and stood in line for over an hour to check out - but then it was on to the real fun of the weekend.
|Best ride photo of the weekend!|
I was lucky enough to run the Dumbo Challenge for Team for Life with Lazarex Foundation. The Lazarex Foundation is an amazing foundation that assists terminal cancer patients in identifying and applying for trials, and also helping both the patient AND a support person (family member or friend) get to the location of the trail for the duration of their treatment. And 100% of funds raised go to patients - the founder has donated her own funds to the administrative costs of the foundation! I initially started my fundraising efforts in honor of our family friend Steve, who is defeating stage 4 pancreatic cancer. Given a 6 month diagnosis over two years ago, Steve is still here and we are so grateful for the treatment he is receiving. While he is not a Lazarex patient, he is undergoing nontraditional treatment for his cancer, and this is what has saved his life. But as I continued fundraising, I learned of other friends that were impacted by cancer and realized that #cancersucks. So I began raising money for every cancer warrior I know, those we have lost and those that keep fighting, and met my goal. I'm also super pumped that my friend Adam, another #CorralG member, whose dad I ran in honor of at Dumbo, will be running the Boston Marathon for the Beth Israel Medical Deaconness Medical Center who has been crucial in his dad's success fighting cancer. It's so amazing to raise money for great charities like this, and then to run races in honor of those we raised the money for!
|10K Team Castle Shot|
lines, so we skipped those. I had a ton of fun running with Erica - who blasted her music from her iPhone on her arm so we could both listen - especially when we turned around to go back because we realized we'd missed the photographer! It was a PR in terms of my slowest 10K time, but it didn't matter because we had so much fun as a group!
|Group photo before the race|
This was the second year that I've run the Disneyland Half Marathon weekend for a charity partner. I am seriously considering doing it again - and making this my charity race each year. And I would love to run for Team for Life again. Keep an eye out for that announcement :)
Celebrity Sightings of the Weekend:
|Sean Astin, Paul, me|
|Me, Dennis, Erica|
|Me, Joey Fatone, Erica|
|Sweet Weekend Bling!|