The first time I ever ran 6.2 miles, was during the Disneyland 10k. If you’ve been following my blog you know I’ve talked a bit about my running journey on here. I got re-inspired after a visit to Nike Los Angeles earlier this year where I had the opportunity to get suited up and go on a 2 mile jog with a Nike coach. Since then, I’ve been running more than I have in my entire life.
Before the Nike event, my mom (pictured next to me above) had invited me to run the Disneyland 10K with her. I immediately was down for the challenge despite not running seriously in years. I grew up on Disney everything so what better way to make running fun again than by doing it in the ‘Happiest Place on Earth’? Back then running a 10k seemed so daunting but now, having successfully completed one under my belt, it seems so easy.
I didn’t follow any strict 10k training schedules or anything, I just simply got out there with the help of my friend @dianakmir. She inspired me to run with local LA running group Blacklist LA Monday nights during their 4 mile art runs (pictured above). If it wasn’t for me getting out at 10pm in some random part of LA every Monday night, I wouldn’t have been able to complete the 10k with ease.
With that said, the Disneyland 10k itself was amazing. If you’re a Disney fan and have the opportunity to participate in one of their runs DO IT. It’s the most fun run you’ll ever do. There’s just something about running through the castle in an empty park that is really exhilarating. I was so pumped that day that I could’ve kept running after 6.2. The Disneyland or Disney World half-marathons are now at the top of my list.
Completing this 10k has taught me more than how to run longer than I ever have before. It taught me that consistency pays off. That putting your body and mind first always will get you results. That anything I set my mind to is absolutely possible. I may have not taken the traditional route to get 10k ready, but I got there and did better than I ever could’ve imagined. Everyone has to start somewhere the most important part is to just start, period.