The 81st Fartlek Friday™ – It’s Disneyland’s 60th Birthday today, so this post is pretty much all about that

If you didn’t know that today was Disneyland’s 60th anniversary than I am disappointed in you already. Then again, I also remember dates and numbers like some idiot savant. Seriously, I know too much.

There are two things I know WAY too much about — sports and Disney. This in part because both topics have provided me with my bathroom reading for nearly the past 20 years. Not to mention my over the top fanaticism of both.

Seriously, if I didn’t have a running blog I probably would have a sports or Disney fan blog. I’ve actually tried doing both in the past. And, it just didn’t work. Mainly because it took up so much time on top of my running and running blog. Plus, whatever else I had going on in my life.

If I could some how combine running, Disney and my love for sports into one blog I should … well … run with it. But, I’ve got so many projects going on that I just don’t have time for it. So, I geek out about sports and Disney in more private, subtle ways. Which I am fine with.

But, yeah, 60th birthday of Disneyland! That’s crazy! I’m trying to decide if that makes the park seem old or young? Which I think speaks as a testament of Walt’s goal of creating a timeless park enjoy for all ages, throughout all ages.

I’ve taken numerous trips to Disneyland (and one to Walt Disney World), but my heart will always stay and be with the original park. I know I am not the only one with this opinion or feeling. There are great things about Walt Disney World, but nothing beats the intimacy and charm of Disneyland.

That’s one reason why there was much resistance to California Adventure for pretty much the first decade of its’ operation. It didn’t have that Disney touch to it. It was more so a park of attractions that worked in Walt Disney World so they brought them west.

I could probably go on for hours about that. They’ve tried to rectify that with the addition of Cars Land and The Wonderful World of Color, but for the most part … I am still not a fan of the park. Put me in Disneyland and I could wander around for hours as happy as a clam.

And, I’ve done that before. One of the best days at Disneyland, ever. Who said you have to actually ride anything to enjoy the park?

Anyways, in the spirit of Disneyland’s birthday today, I thought I would share a few of my favorite memories I’ve had in the park over the years …

  • I don’t remember my first trip to Disneyland (I think I was three or so?), but my earliest memory was being petrified of the Disney characters walking around the park, especially Pluto.
  • I always had an irrational fear or the Peter Pan ride as a kid. Go figure? There really isn’t anything remotely scary about the ride except for probably the flying part. Oh, wait … maybe I am afraid of heights? That’d make sense.
  • My favorite Disneyland moment was eating in Club 33 three years ago. I wish I could eat there EVERY TIME I go to the park.
  • My family got stuck in the graveyard on The Haunted Mansion for about 45 minutes back in 2008 after a 5.0+ earthquake struck the area. It closed the park for a few hours and it was my introduction to the need of emergency preparedness, especially in a mass crowd scenario.
  • Since my adult years my first goal of every trip to Disneyland is to enter the park and find Mary Poppins. I’m pretty sure the next trip to Disneyland will also include a proposal.
  • My least favorite ride ever as a kid actually was the Skyway. Mainly because my brothers knew my freight of heights and played off of that fear while we were in the bucket.
  • My least favorite ride now is … probably … anything in Mickey’s Toontown. Not a fan.
  • I once had a picture on Splash Mountain deleted because someone on our log flashed the camera. At least we got back on the ride without having to wait.
  • In my bigger days, I loved getting the front of the log on Splash Mountain because that meant everyone behind me got soaked. This favor was returned to me in my lighter years when a 400lbs+ man sat in front of the log. It was a blast!
  • If you knew my Aunt Diane you would know how hilarious it was when we got her and my Mom on Space Mountain and Splash Mountain about 5 years ago.
  • A trip to Disneyland is not complete without a pretzel and Dole Whip.
  • I thought I was on top of the world when a cast member made me an Honorary Citizen of Disneyland. But, I found out two weeks later those are given out a dime a dozen.
  • The most awkward moment at Disneyland was when my sister was a baby and threw up all over a group of Japanese tourists in the middle of Captain Eo. We bee lined it out of there in the middle of the show, because my Mom didn’t want an awkward exchange when the lights turned back on.
  • There is nothing better than when the lights turn on Main Street USA and the crowd comes together for the fireworks over Sleeping Beauty’s Castle.It’s my favorite part of the day at Disneyland.

Okay, now that you know some of my favorite Disneyland memories, stories and favorites I’d love to know some of your own? Comment below.


THE BUGOUT RUN … TOMORROW!

Okay, now onto some running. The real purpose of this blog, right? Tomorrow is the inaugural Bugout Run. Kinda excited. And, how fitting that it’s happening so close to Disneyland’s anniversary. Hopefully, we don’t have problems like Disneyland faced.

Knock on wood.

But, then again this event thrives off of disasters. So maybe that wouldn’t be a bad thing?

Well, as long as the water fountains work and the pavement doesn’t suck women’s high heels. Okay, that was another Disneyland reference. I swear I am done.

If you are still interested in running the event tomorrow registration is still open. And, of course the event is FREE. Our next Bugout Run will be in Utah County on August 8th so if you can’t’ make it to this one in Davis County you’ve got more options.

I am not going to give away too much of the event and scenario because that’s the point of bugging out. You don’t know what to expect 100% of the time. That’s where the preparation or, so-called, over-preparation (if there is even such a term) comes into play.

It’s going to be a fun event and it’s going to get even better as we do these free monthly bugouts. We have a few sponsors that will be there tomorrow and set up for the next couple of runs that will make these events fun and useful.

So, yeah, come bugout with us tomorrow.

It will be fuuuuuuuun.


RACE #100 IN ONE WEEK!

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In one week’s time I will be running my 100th race! I really am getting excited about it. Especially since I’ll have a number of friends and family there. Sure, this isn’t the end of my goal, but it’s a big milestone and to think I would have gotten to 100 races in four years is a crazy thought to me.

The race is on a Friday morning which isn’t a normal race time. That’s because next Friday is a state holiday here in Utah called Pioneer Day. It marks the day the Mormon Pioneers first entered the Salt Lake Valley back in 1847. I won’t go into a whole history lesson, that I’ll leave to Wikipedia.

In fact my first marathon was also on Pioneer Day and that race was actually on a Tuesday. Only in Utah, I guess? But, hey, give me a place and time to run and I’ll run. Doesn’t matter what day to me.

Next Friday is going to be a great milestone and moment for me. I am already getting a little emotional about it as I think about it. And, my race plan is to have fun, enjoy the moment, enjoy the company (Elsha and Tim) and just run.

YEAH RUNNING!


THE FRIDAY FARTLEK

Here are a few things that caught my attention this past week …


THE FRIDAY FINISH LINE FUNNY

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