Friday, January 24, 2014

2014 Tinker Bell Half Marathon: Expo Recap

Hey everyone! Sorry for the lack of posting this week – I brought my computer with me to California with every intention of keeping up with my blog, but exhaustion got the best of me. However, my regular blog schedule is resuming today, and my Tinker Bell Half Marathon weekend recaps are beginning!

Last Friday, Robert and I landed at the LAX airport and headed to the Anabella Hotel via Super Shuttle. Once we checked in, we met up with my friend Stacy, and immediately proceeded to the race expo. The crowds were minimal when we arrived which was great, and getting our bibs, race bags, and park tickets was quick and easy. The expo took place at the Disneyland Hotel – gorgeous resort by the way, I want to stay there next time we go to Disneyland!

Once we had all our race gear picked up, the shopping began! The expos are easily one of my favorite parts of runDisney race weekends. There is SO much to explore, and endless amounts of cute merchandise! I ended up getting a couple of shoe charms for my mom from BeeCause Charms, car decal stickers from One More Mile, The Stick (which is awesome by the way, and much easier to use than a foam roller), a Spi Belt, a Tinker Bell shirt that says “Flutter to the Finish”, the 2014 runDisney vinylmation (with mini Tink medal), commemorative pin, and some Biofreeze (a runner’s best friend!).

There was also a really fun photo booth where you could dress up in costume accessories to get your picture taken, and runDisney printed it for you. Plus you could Email/Facebook/Tweet it to yourself via the iPads they had available.

And of course since the race was themed around Tinker Bell, I had to get a photo that made it look like I had fairy wings!

We also stopped by the runDisney booth, and I took a moment to admire all the beautiful medals… I cannot wait to get the one for Wine & Dine Half Marathon, and Jingle Jungle 5K later this year (which coincidentally will also get me the Coast to Coast medal)!

Regarding the runDisney New Balance shoes – we learned earlier that day, even before we arrived to the expo, that all the reservations were closed for Friday, but would reopen on Saturday morning. We had every intention of getting there super early Saturday to sign up as I wanted the Cinderella shoes, and Robert wanted the Goofy shoes.

However, when we visited the New Balance area we were told that they would open a standby line later that afternoon, so we went back to get in line around 4 PM. We did so just in time too, because the line got so long after we got there that they actually closed the standby line by about 4:45 PM. After an hour and a half of waiting, and hoping they wouldn’t be sold out of our desired shoes and sizes, they let us in to try them on. Luckily, the process was quick and easy, and we got our shoes – they are even more beautiful in person than in the photos!

Here are a few more expo pictures!

That evening, we ate at Earl of Sandwich, then headed back to the hotel. Since we got our shoes Friday, we were able to sleep in on Saturday and enjoy Downtown Disney. We ate lunch/carbo-loaded at Marri’s, a little pizza restaurant down the street from our hotel. Very good food! We also ran into Chef Goofy at the Disneyland Hotel!

Saturday evening was spent relaxing and stretching/getting race stuff ready for Sunday’s 3 AM wake-up call. I was feeling a little more nervous than usual because I was sick all week leading up to this weekend, and the dry California air was making it worse – my nose was so stuffed up. All I could do was to continue to take my medicine/nose spray, and hope for the best the next morning. After having this race weekend booked since last summer, I was running it – sick or not!

QOTD: Have you ever been sick close to race day? How did you deal with it?

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  1. Welcome back! I love everything about this post! Love the shirts and ALL your swag! My mom bought us shoes charms like that, mine say Magical Miles and Lacey's is a Boston one! Sounds like you got to the expo at the perfect time! I agree the Stick reaches places the foam roller can't get too ( I should go use mine now). Those photo booths look fun. They had something like that at Wine n Dine expo this year but you couldn't use it unless you had an Instagram account which I thought was odd! Can't wait to read more!

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    1. Thanks for the welcome back! The charms are definitely adorable! I may get a couple for myself next time I see them at an expo. Yeah, they must have improved the photo booth because you had like every option at the Tink expo!

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  2. Looks like a lot of fun at the expo! I hope the PHM expo is better this year than previous years!

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    1. PHM should be awesome since it'll probably be back at ESPN. It was pretty congested last year at Coronado Springs, but still a lot of fun! The crowds definitely won't put a damper on your fun time :)

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  3. I'm so jealous of all your purchases.... ESPECIALLY the shoes!!!! I would go broke at Disney expo.
    You look just like a fairy with those wings :)

    Luckily, I've never ran a race sick... knock on wood... QUICK! :)

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    1. Definitely knock on wood lol! Running a race sick stinks, but luckily the Disney atmosphere helped me forget about it a little easier!

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  4. looks like tons of fun!! i've never bought that much merch at the expos, but the reviews on the stick i keep seeing make it tempting. hopefully they'll be at princess.

    my aunt ran princess sick in 2012. she hung out with the balloon ladies for most of the course, but was happy made it to the finish!

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    1. I had read a lot about the Stick reviews too, but never bought one since I already had a foam roller at home. However, when I tried it out at the expo, I found out why they are so popular - it really is a geat product!

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  5. Love that photo with the giant fairy wings! Can't wait to read about the race. I was sick for my big fall marathon a few months ago. It really sucked. All those months of training down the tubes. I still ran it, but didn't have the race I wanted. I was determined to still enjoy it, though, and I did!

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    1. Thanks, Karla! I think that is my favorite one from the expo too! Running 13.1 miles while sick wasn't easy, so I cannot even imagine running 26.2 while sick. You are definitely a trooper! I am with you though, I absolutely still enjoyed the Tink Half!

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  6. Looks like you guys had a great time! The Tink merchandise is seriously cute!

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    1. It was a blast and a half! The merchandise is definitely adorable, and a lot of it sold out fast too!

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