Things that are Disneyland Half Marathon Race Recap

Friday, September 23

It was the Saturday before the half marathon, and I got a text from my friend that lives in Vegas asking if I wanted to come run the race with them. Chase said I should go and that it would be fun to get my mind off of our failed ivf cycle. So I told her yes, and made arrangements to get a ride down to Vegas with another friend who was running the Dumbo Double Dare Challenge (10k & Half Marathon).

The Thursday before the race I traveled with friends down to Vegas. The following day Celise and I drove to California and went straight to the expo to get our packets. We both got our wristbands so we could get our Coast to Coast medal at the end of the half marathon.

Walking into the expo


Walking the expo I met up with Kelly who is a founder of Sparkle Athletic. I've been following her for some time and she was a doll to talk to.

We spent the rest of the day relaxing and then tried to go to bed early so Celise could get enough sleep to run the 10k. I told them I was going to meet up with them at the end of the race and get some pictures.

Celise sent me a tracker and I was able to watch them, I took my time getting to Downtown Disney where they were running through. I happened to check Facebook while I was waiting for them and this popped up:

I teared up. That was the sweetest thing anyone had done for me, and after all that Chase and I had been through to have them both wear the Running with Infertility shirts from our Virtual Race that we put together and have them dedicate the 10k race to me, just made the whole trip.



The following day we had a 3:30am wake up call, got to our shuttle to take us to the park and we walked through Downtown Disney to the family reunion area. Celise and Shelly were in a corral ahead of me, even though I tried hard to let the volunteers let me into their corral. It didn't make it any easier when I saw several other runners who should have been in later corrals be in the corral in front of me. We were all really upset at that. But we planned on where I would meet up with them before we parted ways.

I was on the front line of my corral. I've never been a starter for a corral, and it actually gave me butterflies. 

 Mickey and Pluto cheering us on!

I also saw the Balloon Ladies! They're REAL guys! Not fake! Not rumored!

Stopped for a brief photo op

I ran about half a mile and caught up to my pals. We made sure to hit up all of the characters in the park, knowing that after only 4 miles in the park would be running on the streets of Anaheim.



We saw Shelly's husband who paid to be part of the "chEAR squad" which allowed him and several others into California Adventure. Disney would not let the general public who came to cheer us on into the parks. Which was a bummer!
 Tower of Terror - probably the last time I'll see this ride...

 Always a hand stand!

Storm Troopers

 Disney Half Marathon Sign

 Aurora and Prince Phillip

Other side of the castle. I like Disney World's castle better. 



After we ran the 4 miles in the parks we were on the streets of Anaheim. Which ended up feeling like a typical half marathon race. I was hoping that there would be music playing throughout the run, which didn't happen.

One of the best motivational signs I've seen.


At mile 6-7 both of my IT bands started freaking out and I was in a ton of pain. Thankfully the aid stations had biofreeze and I rubbed my legs out. It would help for a few miles and then they would seize up again and would apply more at the next aid station. With those tough miles and not having music I really tried focusing on being in that mile that I was in, and that really helped me enjoy it even though I was in pain.

We ran through Angel's stadium around mile 9. There was a huge crowd there with lots of youth - boy scouts/girl scouts cheering us on. That was pretty fun.



I was bummed that we didn't run through Downtown Disney to finish the race. But hey I finished having not trained for this half marathon.
 I was SO glad to be done! You can see it in the back.

 All finished! It went by quicker than I had expected.

 My two medals! 

All 3 of us (sad that Dan didn't participate) with our medals

After the race on our way back to the shuttle we had to get bag checked for the 2nd time. Disney has a bag check before you buy tickets to the park. We were not planning on going into the parks we were just on our way through to the shuttle. Disney did not have a "no bag" line, or a "runner only" line so we waited for 40 minutes to get our clear bags checked to walk to our shuttle to get back to our hotel.

We finished the 13.43 mile run in 3:03:37. Which is better than our last half that we did in Florida.

Pros: Lots of aid stations/water stations, Felt like I could really run a lot (sea level), Volunteers were always smiling and helpful, Full water bottles and Powerade at the finish, I got to be in corral D.

Cons: The fact that we only got to run 4 miles in the park, I hadn't trained for the half so I was SO much slower than Shelly and Celise, They gave us the same food pack that we got in January, There didn't seem to be very many photopass photographers, They only had coffee gu left - eww (salted caramel).
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Things that are #Microblog Monday: Gratitude not Complainitude

Monday, September 12

How many things do we complain about on a daily basis?

We complain that our phone screen has shattered, about our marital status, our relationships with our spouse, comparing our relationship to others "perfect" relationships, our car problems, having to go a few more weeks pregnant, how we can't run a race because we're injured, how we did not finish (DNF) on our first marathon, how hot this summer has been, how after 7 years of trying to get pregnant we still aren't parents, how cold the winter is, or how much it's been raining... The list could go on and on - you get what I'm saying.

My question is why is there this constant need to share negativity? When we have so much in this world to be grateful for and to share the good. By using social media to spread the good in the world and by sharing gratitude - not complainitude (Yes, I just made up that word). I find it interesting how someone can post something so negative and it seems like everyone comments and agrees. Yet, someone posts something that they are grateful for/happy about, and no one comments.

In the book Conquering Infertility, Dr. Alice Domar says, "In our society most of us were brought up to believe that to share good things is bragging but to share bad things is socially acceptable."

We spend a lot of time feeling sorry for ourselves, complaining, and comparing ourselves to others that we forget to be grateful and focus on serving others and celebrating their wins! I'll be honest I am totally at fault. But I have slowly started changing my mindset to focus on celebrating others and their wins, and not wishing I had what they have.

I saw this on my Instagram feed a while ago:


It takes a lot of courage and love to celebrate others' wins - when you so desperately want to be in their place. But with a lot of hard work, determination, and effort you can have those same wins too. We just need to remember that nothing is out of reach.

I have found that even if we aren't winning at times that if we stop focusing on ourselves and focus on others it brings us more joy and happiness. It always amazes me how not thinking of myself and thinking of what I can do to help my friends helps bring me more happiness. There's a scripture that's been in my head, Mosiah 2:17 that reads "...when ye are in the service of your fellow beings ye are only in the service of your God." I think that joy and happiness we feel as we serve is because we're serving them. Serving others helps us feel closer to God and that's ultimately what He wants us to do.

**I'm linking up with Stirrup-Queens for this weeks #Microblog Monday.
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Things that are Opening Up Shop

Saturday, September 10

So after what feels like months, I have finally opened up shop! I had been contemplating on if I was going to sell shirts or not, and decided to take the leap.

If you go to the top of this webpage you will be able to go into the shop.

I love the "Keep Calm and Carry On" saying and thought this was a cute take on that. Plus, I thought it was a subtle way of spreading infertility awareness. 




10% of all shirt sales will be donated to charity.
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Things that are a Non Profit: The Hope for Fertility Foundation

Friday, September 9


hopeforfertility.org
When Chase and I first started thinking about saving and raising money for us to pay for another IVF cycle, we thought about having a garage sale, a bake sale, and lots of other ideas to help us get to our goal. While undergoing the process of us collecting items for the sale, Chase got talking with friends about starting a nonprofit to help raise more funds by getting businesses to donate items for a silent auction as well as just donations in general. 

He (the brains of this operation) then started getting all the documents ready to create this business. I (at the time) was not in my right mind due to the medication (Depo-Lupron) I was on, so I wasn't 100% sure of how this was going to work out. I wasn't fully vested in it and I also didn't feel completely okay with doing this for us. I felt selfish, doing all of this for us, and thought what are we going to do after we've raised the money for us?

Once Chase got all the governing documents we needed we mailed it in to the state. They approved our business and Chase sent what we needed off to the IRS to get a tax id so we could start going to businesses and asking for donations. In return for asking for donations we would offer the business a donation receipt so the business could write it off on their taxes.

We started it with just 3 of us; Chase, our friend Jake and I. We have since added 3 additional board members and had 3 board meetings. Together we have have finalized a grant application, set up an application fee ($50) and are going to be attending the Utah Infertility Conference on October 29. We will be holding an additional fundraiser next year, as well as giving away our first grant.

You may be wondering why we are doing this and what's in it for me and Chase.

Why: Because Chase and I have felt a strong pull to help others struggling with this horrible disease. It's not fair that insurance doesn't cover the high costs associated with fertility treatments. It's not fair that fertility medications are so expensive before undergoing treatments. We both just want to give hope to couples and know that they aren't alone in their journey.

What's in it for us: Nothing, we want to be able to help any and all couples be able to have or bring home a child. Though we won't be able to help all who apply we still want to help whoever we can. Chase and I are also not getting paid for any of the work we put in towards the foundation. It's all selfless love.

Our hope is that this nonprofit will grow and help many many couples with infertility. 

If you have questions about the foundation or want to know more, we have a website and a Facebook page. You can also message me if you have any other questions. We started doing weekly Monday-Friday themed posts on our Facebook page to get couples involved. Every Wednesday we post a Warrior of the Week, and post about a couples infertility journey whether they are still going through their journey or have had a success. We are always looking for couples to spotlight.


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