Last year during the Disneyland Half Marathon it was about 1,000 degrees and we were literally two minutes into the race when I could see sweat pouring off my limbs. I really am not a fan of being sweaty, especially while wearing a festive tutu! Sweaty arms rubbing against toole is one of the most uncomfortable sensations known to man. But if it’s RunDisney you know you’re wearing a tutu which leads me to today’s post, RunDisney FASHION!
RunDisney races truly are the most magical races on the planet. If you want to run a half marathon, do it at Disneyland. I can’t even describe the goose bumps you get running through Sleeping Beauty Castle or as you run through a crowd of screaming spectators towards the gates of Disneyland. If you are going to run 13.1 miles, why not do it at the Happiest Place on Earth? And EVERYONE dresses up. Runners and walkers take their race day ensembles EXTREMELY seriously. My first race Irene and I went as “The World of Color” (The popular water show in California Adventure) and then for my second RunDisney race, The Disneyland Half Marathon, my sister and I dressed as Captain Hook and Smee from Peter Pan. We got really into it, my sister would yell at every Peter Pan we stumbled upon, “I’ll get you Pan if it’s the last thing I do!” Then as we were running through Fantasyland we ended up running with two runners dressed as Peter Pan and Tiger Lilly so we all stopped together to grab a picture with the real Captain Hook and Smee. You could spend the entire race just taking in the costumes.
If you have a group, go with a group costume. There is nothing better than a group costume. One of my favorite things to do is to go to breakfast at La Brea Bakery post-race and just watch the costumes come through Downtown Disney. Start brainstorming some of your favorite Disney movies and attractions and think of the background characters or sidekicks. Maybe get a big group together and go as “It’s A Small World” or as a bunch of birds from “The Tiki Room.” Or how funny would it be to go as Disneyland tourists? When all else fails it’s always amazing to go as a princess, a prince or a villain!
Just keep in mind whatever you wear needs to be comfortable to run or walk 13.1 miles in. It was so hot during the Disneyland Half that my sister and I actually threw away our tutus when we got out of Disneyland. It was my sister’s very first half marathon and she decided to wear a cotton shirt because “she doesn’t sweat.” Well she really regretted that decision because that cotton shirt was wet, heavy and uncomfortable the entire race. Think what you can do with running clothes you already have to save money and then get creative!
******Here's a pre-race tip. What do the two photos above have in common? Both our pre-pictures were taken inside of the Disneyland Hotel. Why do we do that you ask? Well let me ask you this, how much do you like going to the bathroom in a porter-potty? Not a fan? WELL right next to the starting line is the DISNEYLAND HOTEL! There are two bathrooms that very few people know about. So the Disneyland Hotel has three towers: The Fantasy Tower, The Frontier Tower and the Adventure Tower. All three have bathrooms but the Fantasy tower houses the main lobby so we tend to use the Adventure tower or the Frontier tower bathroom. In the Adventure Tower you go down a flight of stairs and they are on your right and left. In the Frontier Tower the bathrooms are located on the opposite side of the elevators. These are also perfect places for some last minute touch ups as they have mirrors. Pre-Race photos come out really nicely here because while it may be dark outside before the race starts the lobby is bright and cheery! YOUR WELCOME!******
This is a race to really ham it up. Take a ton of pictures. MarathonFoto does an amazing job littering the area with photographers. Go for some pre-race photos with them. Get your group pictures and your jumping pictures in Downtown Disney or near the starting line. Once inside the park, there are characters along the race route for the first five (ish) miles in the parks. Depending on whether or not you are trying to PR, stop and grab a picture with at least one or two. Make an effort to take that extra minute to grab a picture in front of the castle or by Paradise Pier. RunDisney races are, in my opinion, to be enjoyed to the umpteenth degree. Yes it’s fun to try for a personal best but I really don’t think these are the races to do it at. You pay way too much money and the course is way too awesome to blaze by. I’m all for gunning it, this September I am hoping for 1 hour 50 minutes but you best believe I am going to stop to smell the churros and take some HILARIOUS pictures. I mean, when in Disneyland AM I RIGHT?!?
So get to it! Time flies and don’t procrastinate. These costumes can end up costing a pretty penny if you wait until the last minute. Do some research and scour the internet. Hit up ebay. Here are some sites I found to buy discount tutus and Mickey Ears/Disney Hats.
What are some of your favorite costumes you’ve seen at a race? That Kevin and Russel costume up top is by far the greatest one I have ever seen. For more inspiration check out our pinterest board by CLICKING HERE. Or send me your favorite costumes at RunSelfieRepeat@gmail.com. Now tomorrow we are breaking down my ride and attraction tips and tricks. So stay tuned to get the most bang for your buck, what to see and do, when to see and do it and what to skip. So keep your eyes peeled! Until tomorrow friends, #RunSelfieRepeat.