Sunday, January 29, 2012
Tinkerbell Half Marathon
Before heading out to the Tinkerbell Half Marathon, I attended the DSE Awards Banquet & Gala! This is the Golden Globes of running. All runners dress up in their finest for this event, feast on a meal, and congratulate their peers as they pick up various awards throughout the evening. I walked away this year with second place for most race miles of the year. Yup, I ran 52 marathons in 52 weeks this year and placed second over all! Here's the killer: I lost by 2 tiny miles. That one DNF at Drag 'N' Fly cost me the big prize! I'm fine with this, as most race miles was not my ultimate goal. I had my eyes on that Titanium prize, and at the end of the year, I got my ten stars. WIN!
My DSE running family all came out for this event and the paparazzi went into high gear. The following photo is, hands down, the best of the evening. I love this little guy. Riley is my little side kick and this kid took home a big trophy for completing 10 DSE races this year! I have him my own special trophy: a plate with two egg rolls on it. Congratulations Riley!
After the gala, I headed down to Southern California for Tink. It was a long drive through the night, and I was was very happy to arrive at my Motel 6 in Anaheim. I spent Saturday hanging out at Disneyland with some running peeps and then on Sunday ran the race. I had fun hanging out with my friends, but the race was pretty painful. I opted to walk the whole way, which is the thing to do at a Disney race. Any half marathon put on by Mickey Mouse is a parade! You're supposed to leisurely walk it and have fun! I kept telling myself this through out the race.
The truth of the matter is that I'm out of shape and I'm going to have to do something about it. I've gained so much weight that I couldn't pull off the running skirt, which was my plan for Tinkerbell. I was going to be the sexiest Endorphin Dudette ever! Well, I did have the pink cape and the Marathon Maniac Diva shirt, but the skirt was a no go. I emailed the ladies at Running Skirts and let them know that once I drop the weight, I'll sport their creation. It'll happen! Hopefully sooner than later.