2014 Neverland 5K
In a good way, it seems like I’ve always known Delightfully Dopey Kimberly… Truth be told, we ran our very first races together just about 3 years ago at the 2014 runDisney Tinker Bell Half Marathon Weekend.
As the 2017 Tinker Bell Half Marathon Weekend approaches – I’m getting a bit sentimental 😉
Over the last 3 years, we’ve had people think we’re sisters (or somehow otherwise related), childhood friends, college roommates, and/or neighbors – the only constant we get is “WHAT?!?!” when we tell people we’ve only know each other a few years, live across the country from each other (about as far away as you can get), and met via Facebook when we were looking for someone to share a hotel room with for Tinker Bell Half Marathon Weekend such a short time ago.
Initially, there were four of us that were going to share a room at the Disneyland Hotel and, for reasons I don’t remember – by the time we
2014 Tinker Bell 10K
had to finalize our reservations and pay – only Kimberly and I remained. There’s a part of me that thinks those two ladies see how the crazy has grown over the years and think that they got away just in time!
Between finalizing the hotel reservations and getting ready to run the 2013 Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend races, Kimberly got her breast cancer diagnosis. In true Kimberly style, before she announced it on Facebook, I got a FB Message letting me know what was happening and including Kimberly’s promise that “I’ll be at Tinker Bell, I’m not backing out…you still have a roommate and DO NOT give my bed away!”
2014 Tinker Bell Half Marathon
As we still had never met and figured out we were both running the 2013 Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend races, we decided that it would be a good idea to meet in Lake Buena Vista, FL before Tinker Bell Half Marathon Weekend. We played it off that it would be smart to meet and figure out what we actually looked liked before I had to pick Kimberly up at LAX the following weekend. We came clean later and admitted that we really wanted to meet to make sure neither of us were crazy internet people before ending up sleeping in the same room together. Turns out we ARE crazy internet people, but we suffer from the same crazy – so that’s okay in our book!
We ended up running the 2014 Walt Disney World Marathon together, but that was a last minute decision,
2015 Neverland 5K (with PhotoBomb Becca and her daughters and Tiny Tiki Jessica)
and I still consider the 2014 Tinker Bell Half Marathon Weekend as the real start of our RunAllTheRaces journey. There was no definitive moment when it clicked, but by the end of the half marathon that weekend, we had made plans for the rest of the 2014 runDisney race schedule (and even figured out how to run some local New England races together).
2015 Tinker Bell 10K
As you get older, finding new friends that “just fit’ gets harder and harder and the best part has been that we’ve been able to expand our #BRF group to include PhotoBomb Becca, Tiny Tiki Jessica, and California Kiley (and our dear friends Merle – who still resists the costumes, no matter how hard we try – and Sterlyn – who’s game for “costume light”…). And our extended families now spend vacations and holidays together. I’m not saying you should sign up to sleep in a dark hotel room with everyone you meet on Facebook, but sometimes you just get lucky 😉
The rest, as they say, is history (and a BUNCH of really good running costumes).
Thanks for following along –
Perfectly Goofy Gail
2015 Tinker Bell Half Marathon
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2016 Tinker Bell 10K
2016 Tinker Bell Half Marathon