Disneyland Half Marathon Weekend Outfit Reveal | Future Race Plans

Since 2012, I have made a yearly trek to DL for the Half Marathon weekend. Actually, since 2011.  As a new runner, I booked my family vacation around the 2011 race weekend not knowing the race registrations sell out and by January of that year I discovered it was sold out.  Great vacation, but no race.

Since 2013, I have run the Disneyland Dumbo Dare (formerly known as the Dumbo Double Dare).

This year, will be my last year at this event and certainly the challenge series.  If I ever return, it will be to run with a friend who wants company or other friendly reason.  It is no secret my displeasure of runDisney events since 2015.  In fact, my dislike is shared by thousands and after the Tinkerbell weekend fiasco’s, I hit my limit. The ONLY reason I am running this weekend (and Avengers in November) – I registered for both before Tinkerbell.

The best part, my husband I are going to the parks on Thursday and Friday so I will have some great park time long before the race madness starts!

I leave rD events without a smidge of sadness.  I need to break away because these races are getting in the way of me enjoying my DL park time.  Park time always comes first, not running.   I am looking forward to crossing the finish line for the final time and I can venture back into the world of planning Disney trips without a race to worry about.

The themes of the DDD weekend is Pixar.  Yeah, the “Classic Disneyland” race is focused on Pixar.  Not sure how that adds up, Pixar is not Classic Disney and rD has taken it even farther and removed the Classic D medals from the Half Marathon.  That irritated the masses beyond belief!


The 10k is a “Monster’s, Inc” theme.  I like the Monster’s University movie much better than Monster’s Inc (that little girl Boo was like fingernails on a chalkboard), but I enjoyed MU.  So, I am sorta, kinda dressing up like Art, the purple hair monster.

The Half Marathon is generic Pixar and based on what I am seeing, it will be a Woody and Buzzlightyear cosplay with the runners.  That will be fun to see for sure!  Of course, I have to wear something that no one else is wearing.  After a long online research, I decided to go with the Pizza Planet Truck.  I already had the yellow shirt, white skirt, white hat and black socks.  I also like the idea of wearing the outfit of the only character to appear in all Pixar movies with the exception of ‘Incredible’s”.

So here you have it.  My final two DDD weekend outfits!  Hope you like them and if you are at the races, please say HI!

P.S.  I am going to eat pizza after the half marathon!

Run FAB,

Charlene L. Ragsdale – Las Vegas, NV

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Update On My Summer Training | Never Goes As Planned

Hi Friends!

How is your Summer?  A few weeks ago, I share with you how I was going to change up my Summer Training.  In case you missed it, here is the link -> Click here


What I have done:

For the most part, my runs have been in the PM.  I have kept my AM’s to dog runs, cardio work and DDPyoga.

Be Happy.  This is the first summer since I started focused training (2011) that I have not dreaded the summer.  I am enjoying my time with family and friends and not stuck to the reality I have to get up at 3am to do a run, so I can beat the heat.


What I have not done:

No long runs yet, so I have not hit the pool. That should be coming within the next week or so

No 3am wake up calls!  (see above)

Not registered for one race.  I have looked at a few for the Fall of 2017, but nothing has been added to my schedule.  I plan to finish up my 50 Half Marathons by the end of the year.  That’s my one focus for 2017, get through to the 50th Half.


I have the Disneyland Half and Disneyland 10k on Labor Day Weekend.  I will kick up the training a bit for the 10k – maybe I can earn another AG award.  It will be a great way to end my DL weekend career.


After DL, the Fall season kicks in and I have several races on my calendar.  All are tentative, so I won’t be spilling the beans ahead of time.  With my Meniere’s Disease it is very hard to plan ahead with my races.  I never know how I will feel for training or on race day.  For DL, I am going no matter what.  At the minimum I will be doing my park time with my Disney loving husband.


How is your Summer going?

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That Time You Open an Email From RunDisney | What a Surprise

On 10/07, when I was on my way to meet up with my friend, Kimberly for a trail run at Red Rock, I received an email from RunDisney.  I recognized the subject line, I had seen it before when I earned 3rd in my AG at Avengers.

When I opened the email, instead of being excited, I was very confused.  Here is the RunDisney email:

Original RD email

Why was I confused?  I earned 4th place in my AG (screenshot below), as of 10/07/2015:

10k results

The next day (10/08), I emailed and phoned RunDisney.  I knew there was a mistake and I did not want an award I didn’t earn.  RunDisney was very helpful and assured me they would be looking into the situation and let me know, why I received the email about earning 3rd place.

A few hours after the phone call, I receive this email (screenshot below), which explains what happened.

Another email


It was official.  I was 3rd in my AG!  I knew I could PR (well, I hoped I could) but I wanted that AG for my brother.  I ran in his honor, since he was home recovering from his hip surgery.  I wanted to “give” him that AG, now I can.


After I wiped away the tears, I went to MarathonFoto.com to see the photos for myself and sure enough there is the man, who is suppose to be a 51 year old woman.  (For those who do not know, RunDisney does not permit big swapping, trading, transferring or selling.  I can only hope he did not know the policy and this was an honest mistake on his part.)


I am grateful that RunDisney is the type of Race Management company who does not look the other way, as I have seen many RD’s do.  I would of never thought of an RD reviewing photos to confirm the racers identity.  Very smart!

Based on the timeline of Avengers, I should have my 10k award in November.  No matter how long it takes, I will cherish it and be grateful for the opportunity to run another Disney event. 


Run F.A.B.,

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RACE REPORT: Disneyland 10k & Half Marathon | 3rd Annual Dumbo Double

Labor Day weekend has become my FAVORITE time of the year on my race schedule!

  1. The cooler temperatures, I finally get a break from the Vegas summer heat.
  2. Traveling to Disneyland!

This was my fourth year to participate in the Disneyland Half Marathon weekend and 3rd year for the DDD.  I was just as excited as I was my first year (2011)!

In addition to the run training, many preparations are needed for this trip.  I have to prepare mine and my husband’s costumes, prepare our race gear and of course, what we will need to visit the park!

Our initial plan was to arrive on Thursday, do the expo and go to DL on Friday…boy, did our plans change (and for the better!)

We left our Vegas home around 5am, in the hopes to arrive at the expo around 10am.  We arrived at 10:30am and quickly picked up our bibs for the 10k & Half. This year, they required participants to have their pictures taken, not receive a plastic wristband for the DDD.  I am told that RunDisney found out that runners were removing their wristbands and giving them to other runners, so they could pick up a FREE DDD medal.  That’s stealing folks, you didn’t earn nor pay for the medal, shame on you!

After the bib pick up, we retrieved our shirts and I was so excited about the shirt designs.  I loved all 3 of the shirts.

After the shirt pick up we made our way to the merchandise at the expo. They led us upstairs to get a wristband and told us a 30-45 minute wait.  Ummmm, no.  2 hours later, we are still there and we had not made our way downstairs, that had another hour wait.  The reason they said they did it this way was the size of the merchandise area is so small.  We were in a HUGE ballroom, upstairs.  Why not move the merchandise to upstairs?  They could also sell more vendor space.  We left, without buying a thing.

Next, we met up with my sweet friend, Andrea Kooiman for lunch. She was also the RunDisney Expo announcer, so I was hanging with a celebrity!  Our good friend, Joe Spatafore joined us, with his friend.  (Joe is also one of my coaching clients, he and his wife are HUGE Disney fans).



Within the next hour we were gifted with a bunch of surprises from a dear friend.  We were given 2 treats:

  1.  A park ticket
  2.  A parking pass

Which meant, we could go into the park that night and see the Paint the Night parade and have some Disney fun!  I was so giddy, I almost started crying.

We checked into our hotel and since I have been a regular there, they gave me free parking. 3 kind gifts in one night…I almost could not contain my excitement.

As we entered the park gates and I saw the Castle, like every time before, I am in awe.  I never grow tired of the castle view.  It welcomes me Home.

Of course, we headed straight for Small World.  I couldn’t smile big enough to contain my excitement.  I noticed right away, they painted the facade and I am glad.  It needed it and next year is the 50th anniversary of the park ride (which I will be there!).

Once I sit in the Small World boat and I hear the music, my calms arrives.  I am in my happy place.  We rode Space Mountain, Thunder Mountain and a few more.  We chose not to wear our pin lanyards, so we could just mill about.  We met up with Thor, hubby was pretty excited about that.


A few hours later, we decided to line up for the parade.  Experience tells me to get as close as possible to the Exit/Entrance. This way, we can leave pretty quickly.  We had a big day, the next day – back to the park!

I was always a fan of the Magical Electrical Parade and I have never seen a Disney parade that matched that magic.  I had heard from many Instagram and FB friends that Pain the Night was out of this world.  They are right.  I stood there in total awe of the lights and music and then came the tears. (Do you get the impression I cry a lot at DL?  It’s true)  If it had not been for the generosity of a good friend, we would of not seen the parade.


Afterwards, we headed back to the hotel for a good night’s sleep.

The next morning, we headed out to DL and we were ready for pin trading!  We LOVE chatting with other Disney fans and cast members.  Our day was magical and we left around dinner to get back to the hotel to ensure a restful night before the 10k.


I had not raced a 10k since 2011.  I had one 10k in 2014, after my leg injury, but that was nothing more than a test run.  I was in this 10k to push, I had a long marathon training session throughout the summer.  However, I knew after a day and half in the park, my legs would be…meh.  I was still going to run, the best I could.  No costumes, it was singlet time.  My heart was a little empty as we had to leave my brother at home, while he is still recovering from hip surgery.  Having him at my races is a tradition and so, I promised him a strong run.  I didn’t think I could PR, but I thought I could at least give it a good push.

Gun time was at 5:30am. I started in Corral A and my husband started in Corral D.  Typically, we run a bit on Katella Avenue, but this time, we were in the park, pretty quick.  I liked staying in the park, as much as possible.  I wore my watch, but I didn’t turn it on.  I had a basic goal time, but I was going to run strong, as I promised my brother.

I felt myself start to waiver at Mile 4, so I briefly walked at the aid station to swish some water around my mouth.  After that, I was able to push and get the job done.

Joe Spatafore was waiting for me at the Finish Line and I could tell by his facial expression, he had PR’d!  He PR’d at the Tinkerbell Half and now, at the Disneyland 10k!  He has worked so hard and I am honored to be a part of his racing journey.  I love coaching him!  See picture below:


Joe was text tracking me, so I could know my time, right away.  I had a 1:30 PR and 4th in my AG – Go figure!  I promised my brother a strong race, and I gave him a shiny new PR.  (He loves green dragons, that’s why I have a green dragon charm on my shoe).  **UPDATE** I was informed by RunDisney, I earned 3rd in my AG (not 4th) as the original 3rd place was a man (verified by race photos). 


We waited for my husband.  He struggled to finish and I thought he needed more carbs, since we had been on our feet for the last day and half.  We had a great breakfast at a quiet place in Downtown Disney.  I want away from the crowds very quickly during Disney events (I am hot, sweaty and hungry) so this was perfect.

Afterwards, we headed to Hollywood.  My husband has never been to Hollywood Blvd. We didn’t stay there too long.  If you have been to Hollywood Blvd recently, you know how awful it is.

Back to the hotel for rest and get ready for the Half Marathon day.



Today, hubby and I would run the half marathon together. We have run 5k’s and 10k’s, but this is our first Half, together.  I made us Mouseketeer costumes and I wore a running skirt!

We started about 30 minutes after gun time (his corral, not mine) and by Mile 2, he was struggling.  By Mile 4, I knew he would not reach his PR goals, so I shut off my watch and told him, that we are strolling the rest of the way.  He ran when he could, but we spent the most of this race walking and enjoying the sights.  My favorite is the muscle car alley.  Over 400 cars.  Here I am with one of my favorite cars.


Here we are at Anaheim Stadium home plate.



Here I am in front of Small World.  (My hip is in such a weird position, my stomach looks like I am 5 months pregnant.  haha)


Our picture at Mile 11-12.


We got through to the finish and completed our 3rd Dumbo Double! This is my husband’s only running event, every year – so he was pretty excited to be Perfectly Dumbo.

We met up with Joe Spatatore for brunch and then headed home.

Avengers is only 2 months away, and I cannot wait.  Brother should be walking crutchless by then and possibly even jogging.  It is my birthday month, so I will spend a day in the park – celebrating my birthday.

Looking forward to the Fall/Winter racing season!

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Disneyland/Dumbo Double Dare Race Medals Are Revealed | Diamond Celebration

Yesterday, the long awaited 10th Anniversary Half Marathon and Dumbo Double Dare medals were revealed.


The 10k theme is the Evil Queen (I think this medal is much nicer than last year’s Stitch medal).  It appears the Kids 5k Medal is the Fairy Godmother’s from Sleeping Beauty and the 5k is the Classic Disney characters.

Of course, the Double Dumbo follows the same design as previous years.

As far as the Half Marathon medal, I will admit when I saw it, I was “eh“.  I have seen the Diamond Celebration (60th anniversary) merchandise and it is over the top and I didn’t feel it was the same “oomph” as other 60th anniversary items.  I miss the (big) Classic D medal, that is classic Disneyland to me.

However, I am not saying I hate it, I was initially underwhelmed. 

Another picture revealed the back side and it is a spinner.  That’s a nice touch, of course!  It is Disneyland’s 60th anniversary, so I understand the Diamond shape.  I really do. 

Half Spinner

The medal is growing on me, but in the end – I could care less if I receive a medal.  (Do I hear a gasp from the community?).   When I first started racing, I would not go near a race, even a 5k if I did not receive a medal.  I understand the importance of a medal, I really do.   Years later, I race for the experience and to reach my goals.  When I raced my first race, the most emotional moment was when I received my medal.  To this day – it is my most prized medal in my collection. 

This will be my 4th year to race Disneyland and I am sure I will value my medals, as I do my others.

Here is a photo of my office and I am sure my DL medals will have a special place, as always.

Medal wall

See you at Disneyland in September!

Charlene L. Ragsdale – Las Vegas, NV
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A Change & Re-Focus | Looking Forward to 2015

A year ago, at this time I was in the initial stages my healing for my plateau fracture.  14+long weeks later, I was running. During that 14 weeks, I re-discovered what I love about running & racing.  I have achieved 2 Half Marathon PR’s (a PR time I was chasing for 2 years) and traveled to the East Coast to participate in 2 Runner’s World sponsored events.

I trained hard and loooooong during the summer months to test out my legs at Big Cottonwood Marathon in September.  As we all know, my marathon was cut short by 2 catastrophic falls in the last 1/3 of the race.

Since that time, it’s been rough.  I have not lost my desire to run (I am still running 4-6 times a week) but my desire to participate in a race, has stalled.   I love the thrill of the competition and pushing my body to see how far it can go, but the excitement of a race has been missing for awhile.

The reality is, my mind was not ready to jump back into racing so soon, after my falls.  I had rehab for my shoulders, my ribs and my hammies.  I did not enjoy the Long Beach Half Marathon race and I had a bad 5k in PA and that was the last straw for me. I need to regroup.

Goals Concept

Looking ahead into 2015, I looked at my proposed race travel schedule and instead of being excited, I was shaking my head asking, “why?”  My goal to get to Boston in 2016 is my focus but all I saw were races that were cluttering my life, my bank account and my racing focus.

My first step is to regroup – remove races & traveling in my 2015 schedule.  As much as I love specific races, I not be returning to many of them in 2015.   Noticeably absent are Surf City Half Marathon, Los Angeles Marathon, OC Half Marathon, Long Beach Half Marathon and any trail races.

What will stay on my travel schedule?  Hollywood Half Marathon, and Disney Dumbo Double.  I am undecided what marathons I will try for a BQ, I am eyeing one in January and also one in May.  A return to Big Cottonwood is not off the table.

In this period of refocus, I aim to rebuild my racing confidence, which is noticeably missing!  I am doing this,  by continuing to train and using my Super Sleep/Change Your Mind CD’s, while I sleep.  I think the BCW falls affected my mind & confidence more, than I originally realize.

My mind and body is tired of traveling so much.  I miss being away from my husband, kids, my pets & my friends.  My husband and kids have never, ever complained or quivered about my traveling, they have been my biggest supporters.  I have a deep creative side and that is has been sorely lacking in the last few years.  I love to paint, decorate, crochet and more, I have re-discovered my creative side. I am loving it!

I believe..no, I KNOW this refocus will help me stay the course for my Boston 2016 & other race goals.  I won’t have constant travel to races hanging over my head.

I am excited to see where 2015 will take me and if I will be able to achieve my BQ goal.  I am up for the challenge, but I need to take care of me, first.  I know my new focus of not traveling so much will energize me and give me a new outlook on my training.  I will have more time (and resources) to focus on strength training and other aspects of my life.  This will provide me the balance, I want and need.

I have enjoyed all my travels in the past few years, the people I have met along the way and the memories that have been created seeing new and exciting places.  Time for me to focus on what is in my soul and travel when my blogging duties require or for a focus race (like Hollywood Half Marathon).

For now…I will be sticking closer to home and I couldn’t be happier.

What are your 2015 race goals? How have you refocused your goals?  Did you add or remove races to your schedule?