The Disney Half Marathon is an event I value in terms of family time. As a kid growing up in Houston, the idea that I would ever visit Disneyland was a far-fetched fantasy. My family vacations were times when I went to small towns in Texas and visited relatives. The fact that I have been to Disneyland more than once with my family is amazing to me.
The event comes at a great time for family vacations. The run takes place over Labor Day Weekend.
At one point in my career, I had a client on Ball Road in Anaheim. The offices were about two miles from Disneyland. When I took sales trips to visit this client, I would plan a route for my early morning runs through the Disneyland parking lot. Attending this half marathon brought back from fun memories.
Thank you to my second daughter and my son-in-law for planning and setting up our Disney trip. Congratulations to both my daughter and my son for running a fantastic Disney Half Marathon. Thank you to my fantastic wife for making certain that I got organized and in the car for the trip. Thank you to my second grandson and to my granddaughter for keeping my wife and me entertained!
I had forgotten how much walking I do in just spending a day in a Disney theme park. If a person enters the park when it opens and leaves when it closes, the person is in for 10-12 hours of standing and walking. Walking a half marathon at the slowest allowed speed takes 3 hours and 36 minutes. Therefore, every trip to a Disney theme park is takes a bit of energy, perhaps that of at least a half marathon walk.
In conclusion, going to Disneyland sounds like a frivolous outing. It always sounded that way to me. However, by the end of each day, I realized that I had a fair amount of exercise and some wonderful time with my family.