I've never considered myself a runner. Let me restate that: Never have I even seen myself as a runner. So it may seem a contradiction, perhaps, if I tell you I've wanted to participate in a run for a long time.
I feel one of the great satisfactions in life is when we accomplish something difficult, or that we even believed was impossible. A few weeks back I was able to do just that.
It all began a couple of months back when I received an invitation to take part in the Disney Social Media Moms conference at the Disneyland Resort. When filling out the registration, one of the fields on the form said something like, “As a part of the conference, Run Disney and New Balance are offering a run for conference participants.” Without thinking about it much, I clicked on the button and was automatically registered.
Now for some reason I could imagine myself running through the streets of Disneyland. “Isn't this the ideal location for my first run?,” I mused.
Details arrived later, the race would be 2 miles and would begin at 6:15 in the morning on Sunday, April 13th, just after a talk given us by New Balance about the best way to run.
I nearly jumped for joy when I saw the map of the race course and realized I would be running under Sleeping Beauty's Castle with the finish line at Cars Land in Disney California Adventure!! It all seemed a dream.
On the day of the race, I got myself ready, and arrived at the check-in desk at 5:35 am. When they said, “Take your marks…,” I had a big smile on my face knowing I was finally about to do something I have never done in my life.
But as great as that was, nothing compares to the feeling of satisfaction I had seeing my family cheering me on and waiting for me at the finish line.
The run really was like a dream!
And it made me feel I could run even more races now!
Have you ever pushed yourself to do something that you hadn't done before, even if you thought you might not be able?
Thanks to photographers Josh Hallett and Yen Sid for covering our event and for permission to use their photos.
Reminder: Remember to check with your doctor before starting any fitness program.