Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Tinkerbell Half Marathon

I didn't take very many pictures during the Tinkerbell Half Marathon, sadly. I was focused on one thing: a PR. Spoiler alert: No PR for Jaime.

I ran as Goth Tink because I'm way too cool to be regular Tink. Also, black is more slenderizing than lime green.


I really hate when I actually try at something and it doesn't go my way. I can be really bad about training, especially back when I was racing a lot. If you're doing half marathons every two or three months, you're basically semi trained all of the time. Even if you're not super focused on it, you're still getting some regular long runs in. That really hasn't been the case for me for the last couple of years, so I was determined not to show up at Tink untrained.

Adrienne as Tinker Belle and Abby as Fairy Poppins. They're more creative than me.


I decided to focus on a PR at Tinkerbell back in January when I signed up to run 1000 miles in 2016. I have to say, I was definitely trained for the distance but I knew that I was only on the cusp of PR territory. It was possible to PR, but I couldn't give any time away taking pictures, etc.


The only pictures I took were snap shots as I was running a long. No character stops for me!

I won't bore you with the mile by mile recount since I don't have super cute character pictures. Basically, the short version is this: I ran at a pace that was about 30 seconds too fast per mile for 10 miles. I was on track to PR until mile 10 when I got a horrible stitch in my side. I still kept pushing until mile 11 when I started seeing spots. I walked for a bit, trying running again, but I was done. I had pushed a little too hard for two hours and by the time I was at 11.5 miles, I knew I was going to have to walk for awhile to get my heart rate back to normal. I ended up walking until the last mile.

Seeing spots is definitely not something I'm used to. I knew it was stupid to keep trying to push myself.

California Adventure


I had to take a picture of this shirt because it is awesome. #truth

I was a bit sad for a while because, like I said, I actually trained for months for this race. However, since I had hardly run for most of 2015, I was starting from scratch in January. I did build my base back up and if I had had another month or so to train, I'm sure I could have pulled off a PR.

I always get a picture of the mile 10 marker.


All in all, I loved this race and I hope to do it again next year. The weather was fantastic for my entire stay with overcast, chilly weather. There was none of the rude dramatics I've experienced at Princess weekend, from my expo experience (which was shockingly civilized and not at all like a Hunger Games experience) to the races. So as far as girly Disney races go, I think I'll stick with Tink.

I actually got some good official pictures from Photopass but I haven't downloaded them, yet. I'll do a separate post on my thoughts about that later, but in short- they did a good job. Who else ran Tink?



  1. I'm sorry you didn't earn that PR, but it sounds like you had a good race. Keep training and maybe you will get it this fall. I loved the Tink races last year and would definitely like to go back again sometime. The CA races seem much better than those at DW.

  2. Well it looks like it was fun even if you didn't PR. Yay for good weather! That can definitely throw a wrench into any run.

  3. No reason to be upset here, that is a very quality effort. You didn't play it safe and went after that pr. Now you know your level and you can focus training moving forward. Or just have fun lol

  4. I'm glad the lack of PR didn't stop you from having a great time. I really enjoyed the Tink races and if I lived closer would consider doing them again.

    The back of that shirt really is funny. They should sell those at Disney no doubt?

  5. Booo about your side stitch! They are the worst because you're cruising along just fine and bam, it even hurts to walk. But great job on still finishing despite the outcome not being what you wanted. I like to remind myself that "it's supposed to be hard. The hard is what makes it great."

    On another note, your costume rocked. Goth Tink! lol Love it.

  6. So close!!! I'm so bummed for you that you didn't get a PR. Yikes on seeing spots though! And yes, that shirt is awesome and true. And definitely Tink over Princess.


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