Sunday, February 26, 2017

Star Wars Light Side Half 2017 (Weekly Wrap-up Edition)

My week has been good.  I have been loving this weather.  The next week will be up and down on cool and warm days.  I got in three mid-week runs and a long run.  I feel like I'm really getting back on track.  This week has been too boring, so I'll finally get around to recapping my Star Wars Half Marathon from last month.  Perfect timing as it's Princess Weekend.  Hope everyone that ran it had a great time.


To catch up, here is my 5k and 10k recap.   After the 10k I really wasn't sure about the half.  But after getting some sleep, I felt like I could tackle the half.  I was a little worried since I had barely run in the month before.  My last long run was on Christmas Eve and it was only 10 miles.

We ended up standing behind two guys with these shirts on.  It's a saying from the new Star Wars movie, Rouge One.  I ended up seeing them several times on the course.  I took my 5 Hour Energy and I knew I was ready to go.


The race started off heading into Disneyland.  I'm not sure, but it seemed to be a lot of the same course as the 10k.  We made it to the castle and around to Main Street and there were the horses again.

I don't remember his name but he was so cute.

Chad from the 10k was out again.

I got to the beginning of Main Street and they were offering this photo op.


Above the bridge Captain Phasma from The Force Awakens was there again.


We made it through California Adventure and about half way through the 4th mile we headed out of the parks.  While I do enjoy running through the parks, running through Anniheim is just as fun.  There are tons of spectators, a lot of bands and cheerleaders, and of course the Cos Players and the 501st Legion.

About the half way point I found this photo op from Mouse Planet.


I happened to see this street sign, for those non-Star Wars fans, it's the title of the first movie done in 1977.


Here was a fun little car with an R2 unit, like the X-Wing Fighters.


And of course the second cutest robot, BB-8.


My knee was hurting a little, but nothing like it was for the 10k.  I was really starting to enjoy running again.  Especially seeing the 501st Legion.

 
 
 

After the 501st Legion we hit mile 9.  Just 4 more miles to go and I was truly having a blast.  I saw the shirt guys again.


There were more bands and cheerleaders.  I always have a blast high-fiving the cheerleaders.  We turned down Katella Avenue, I knew we were almost done.  I was glad to have the run almost over with, but I knew that it was just as much fun as I had last year.  Running might not be as bad as I thought it had been.

I crossed the finish line and the runs for the weekend were done.  I made my way and got some ice for my knee.  It still was bothering me, but I knew it would be fine in a day or two.  I got back to the hotel and met back up with Kelly.

 

We showered and rested for a little bit.  Kelly had a special surprise of afternoon tea.  At the Steakhouse 55 restaurant at the Disneyland Hotel they started an afternoon tea.  We were served a pot of tea (or more) with scones, tea sandwiches, and deserts.  This is something that I would defiantly do again.  It was the perfect amount of food for the afternoon after a half marathon.


We went back to the hotel room to rest some and for me to finish packing.  I was heading to Universal City so that I could hit Universal Studio first thing in the morning.  For dinner we headed to Catal Restaurant in Downtown Disney where we had a couple of drinks and a great celebration dinner.  We were seated on the balcony and had fun watching the crowds.


Have you ever had an official afternoon tea?  Did you run Star Wars?  Or Princess this weekend?




Linking up with Holly and Tricia's Weekly Wrap Up.

5 comments:

  1. Great pics! Congrats on your races! I have never been to an afternoon tea but it sounds like a lot of fun. And I am sure it was perfect after the half. You didn't have to feel guilty splurging on a yummy scone!

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  2. Congrats on your half! Looks like a fun race! Would be so cool to see all those Star Wars characters! I haven't done a Disney race yet but it's on my bucket list.

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  3. Sounds like you had a lot of fun with this race! I love all the photo ops :) And that tea looks amazing.

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  4. It's wonderful to hear you feel like your getting back on track. I bet there were so many great photo ops for this Star Wars race! Your pictures are so cute. I think afternoon tea sounds like a perfect way to celebrate a half marathon. What a nice surprise by your friend. And no, I've never done that. Thanks for linking, Heather!

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  5. What a fun weekend! I'm going to have to check out the Catal restaurant and sitting on the balcony that would be awesome. I've only done one Disney Race but I hope to add a few more!

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