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Best Race EVER!
I thought a lot about this today. It was hard to come up with my Best Race EVER! Because I don’t have a lot of “good” races.
There’s a number of factors playing into this issue: some nerves, some self doubt, some poor training, and of course, always starting in the back. Those lead to a little extra stress that often means I over think and can’t just run my race for fun.
I think way too much. Holy mental crap on a cracker.
But it wasn’t always like this.
The first Tinker Bell Half Marathon I ran was a beautiful race for me.
This was way back in 2013 when runDisney wasn’t really all that big a deal. In fact, I was in B corral that year with a 1:19 10K.
Here’s the race re-cap from Tink 2013.
Read it. If you can. Ahem.
It’s a bit long and wordy (and I wish I could go back and edit but I sorta feel like I need to let the old me stand, you know?).
Beyond it just being a good race for me, it changed how I saw running. It became social.
This was the first race I ran with strangers I met on the internet: fast forward two years and I’ll move into the same neighborhood 2 states away as this one!
Tinker Bell gave me a community.
I officially felt connected to other runners and wanted to be part of their world. Even if it meant running 13.1 miles multiple times a year.
It was the first race I channeled my old stage performance days and picked out a costume.
I loved running as a Fireside Girl at Disneyland. I certainly stood out: there was a lot of green fairies that year!
In short: the Tinker Bell race of 2013 can be blamed for it all.
It’s why I run.
The weather was great, the running was fun, I felt strong the entire race, and I finished about where I expected.
And I got one of the best medals runDisney has made to date:
What’s your best race EVER? I’d love to hear your story!
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Patty Holliday has been running Disney since 2011. She knows just about every tip, trick, and hack there is to cover the runDisney Magical Miles at Disney World and Disneyland. She knows every mile isn’t *always* magical- but with training, tips, and a little bit of pixie dust, they can be a lot of fun! You can also find her at noguiltlife.com and noguiltfangirl.com