Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Virtual runDisney Blog Hop: Costumes for Disneyland Half Marathon Weekend

Welcome to the Virtual Disneyland Half Marathon Blog Hop! By clicking on the icon below, you can learn all you need to know about the upcoming Disneyland Half Marathon Weekend from bloggers who've run through the parks and are eager to share insider knowledge with you! Though Matthew and I are sad we won't be running on the other coast this year, we had such a fun time doing the Dumbo Double Dare in costume last year and are excited to relive the magic again with this post. So, let's get to the costumes!


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It's no secret- I love to run in costume. Especially at Disney! When thinking about dressing up for a race, there are tons of things to consider. This post will attempt to answer some questions and provide some tips/ideas for costumed running.



Tip #1: PLAN
Before you even get started on a costume, there is a lot to think about:
  • Who or what do you want to dress up as?
  • How much time do you have to work on it?
  • What's your budget?
  • Do you want to use these clothes/costume again?
  • Store-bought or homemade?
  • How will you be able to run in what you're wearing?
  • Do you need props?
  • Are you running as a group or solo?
When Matthew and I went through the planning process for last year's 10k, we decided that we would dress up as characters from Alice In Wonderland- the theme of that year's race (this year's 10k theme is Lilo & Stitch). Naturally, we settled on the Tweedles because we wanted a costume that would incorporate both of us. We had considered other characters- Cheshire Cat, Mad Hatter, Alice, etc. But, we decided that we wanted to dress as a pair. 

We also decided that we would make these costumes and that we wanted to be able to wear everything we'd bought/made again. We also didn't want to spend a fortune- no more than $40 per person. So, I found the red and white socks online for $10 a pair, bought plain red baseball hats at Wal-Mart for $2.50 each, bought the shirts from a seller on etsy for $10 each, made the tutu with supplies from a craft store ($15) total, and then bought felt and ribbon for the collars and flags  for less than $10. 

Instead of sewing (which I can't do!), we pinned the collar and bow-tie to the shirt with a few safety pins. It worked perfectly! For the little flags on our hats, we hot glued a pipe cleaner and a piece of felt to the top of the hat- easy-peasy. Then I made the tutu with a tutorial I found online. I'll be creating a fun tutu tutorial in the coming weeks :-) And that was it! Our costumes were ready!


Tip #2: DRESS FOR DISNEYLAND WEATHER AND REMEMBER TO "DOUBLE PACK"
When Matthew and I went out to Disneyland for last year's races, we had no idea what the weather would be like. It was hot. Like stupid hot. And humid. We were not ready for that kind of heat.

Luckily, our costumes were not too hot. I had originally packed capris and was planning to wear those but once we got out there, it was way too hot to even think about anything but shorts. Good thing I "double packed"- my version of being ultra prepared. When I am racing in costume, I always pack extra clothes that I can substitute for parts of the costume. Usually this just means extra shorts/socks/bras, etc. but sometimes I'll pack another entire costume/running outfit in case I change my mind or in case the weather absolutely sucks. 

This was the sun beating down on us during the half- around mile 4.

Tip #3: COMPLETE A PRACTICE RUN
This tip could also be "don't run in cotton in California in August!" The shirts that I'd bought us for the 10k were cotton and even though we know better than to run in cotton, we figured we could do it for just 6 miles. 

We were wrong.

I wish we'd run in these costumes before we wore them so we'd know just how hot cotton shirts and cotton knee-high socks could be. 

Moral of the story- run a few miles in your costume before you try to attempt a race in it. You can see how it feels and what needs to be adjusted before you are out on the race course without any way to fix it.

There's a whole lot of sweat happening here that was NOT getting wicked away! 

Tip #4: DON'T BE AFRAID TO SHOP AT THE EXPO
Thinking about running in costume but running out of time? Not sure who you'd like to dress as? Lacking skills in the crafty department? Or do you want something a little more subtle- more like a theme?

Disneyland Half Marathon Health and Fitness Expo to the rescue!

Luckily for you, there are lots of vendors at the expo that can help you create a "costume" at the last minute that won't cause anxiety on race day. I've done this a few times- picked up a few extras at the expo that helped me create a cool running costume with minimal effort. 

At the Walt Disney World Half Marathon 2013, I knew I wanted to dress like Minnie. So I brought a pair of black capris and a black tech shirt with me. Then I bought a Minnie-inspired Sparkle Athletic skirt and a Red Polka Dot Sweaty Band at the expo and voila! Instant costume!



I'm also a HUGE fan of Raw Threads "Good Girls" line. I can make a very simple Princess Tiana costume with one of their shirts and a lime green Sparkle Athletic skirt.



Super simple and fun! And don't worry guys, there will be plenty of vendors there with dude-approved tech shirts so you can get in on the costume fun. 


Tip #5: GET CREATIVE! 
Since Disneyland is the original park, there are LOTS of costume/character ideas that come to mind. You can also choose to do something related to the theme of this year's race- Lilo & Stitch.

I called on some of the BEST costumed runners I know (from the Running/Race Costumes Facebook Group and some of my BRF's) to contribute their awesome Disneyland Half Marathon Weekend costumes. I think you'll be totally blown away with the creative ideas these runners came up with!

Patrick as Peter Pan and Walt Disney himself- bonus points for growing an actual mustache!


Angela Marchetti AKA Timothy. With a tail, too! Bravo, Angela!

Henry Chan showing true dedication to character by going all out as Tarzan!


Mouseketeer Anne Martin posing near the front gate of the Happiest Place on Earth!

Karen Chu lighting up Cars Land as Lumiere!
PS- she's got some AMAZING costumes on her blog- check it out!

Katy Buompensiero, Joy Hargraves, and Nicole Buompensiero are
other-worldly in these Star Wars costumes!

Selena Devore soars "To Infinity and Beyond!" with this Buzz Lightyear number!
Katie Riordan and Gwen Maginnis running in their Dumbo-inspired costumes!

Can Super Karen Brassfield stop these Storm Troopers?!
Robin Chowaniec baffles the Red Queen as Rapunzel!
Check out her blog for a quick tutorial on this fun costume.

Julie Luebbert and Kimberly Markey  pose on Main Street as everybody's favorite mermaid and elephant :-)

Aren't they all fabulous?!

BONUS TIP- Just by googling or using google image search, you can find tons of blogs and tutorials on costumes for runDisney races. If you've got the time, definitely do a little research and get inspired!

Don't forget to check out the rest of the Virtual Disneyland Half Marathon Blog Hop. And for those of you running down the original Main Street USA in just a few weeks, have a magical race!

QOTD: If you could run as any Disney character, who would it be? Why?


34 comments:

  1. So many great costumes! I made the same mistake as you last year assuming a cotton shirt and knee high socks would be ok for "just" a 10k in California...man was it HOT!

    Clearly I don't learn from my mistakes though since my 10k costume involves a cotton shirt and knee high socks again! Oh well, hopefully it'll be at least a little cooler!

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    1. I think last year's weather was a fluke! Have fun this year- the DL 10k is my favorite race. So much time in the parks! :-)

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  2. Wow what a plethora of costumes! Thanks for the post. From another blog hop (I chose the Disneyland Weekend medals - www.doombuggyrunner.com) this was a neat read. I myself usually don't run in costume, but it always makes me smile during the race to see all the great costumes!

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    1. I LOVE the name of your blog! So fun! And yes, the costumes usually distract me from the pain- ha! :-)

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  3. LOOOOVE this post! Super informative, and these are great tips/ideas! I ALWAYS run in costume. ALWAYS. It's just too much fun not to. :) My biggest bit of advice is the planning, like you said -- I definitely double pack, as well, and consider all possible outcomes that could affect my hard work on race day! For the most part, I get creative with tech shirts and felt, but I have also made adjustments to store-bought costumes to make them more runner-friendly. The sky's the limit, right?! :)

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    1. Absolutely! And I ADORE your costumes- they are so creative and well-executed! Bravo to you! :-)

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  4. I love dressing up for Disney races! That is SOME Timothy Mouse costume! Great post, love the photos.

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    1. Thanks, Julie! These costumes totally blew me away!

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  5. I need to figure out a costume idea for the WDW Wine and Dine (my first race ever!). My favorite characters are Figment and Tigger. Any ideas? I'm not very creative.

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    1. Ooooh... I think Figment would be super cute! A friend of mine actually did that for WDW Marathon last year and looked adorable! Have you googled "running Figment costume"? I think you could do it relatively easily- purple skirt, yellow shirt, and maybe some Figment ears from the Disney store? Or a hat with horns?

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    2. Thanks, Sarah! Those are great ideas. I wonder how cumbersome it would be to run with the Figment ears, though... Hopefully they wouldn't fall off.

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    3. I've never run in ears before but plenty of people do! Maybe you could secure them with bobby pins?

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  6. Great tips. I'm not one to run in costume, but love to see what others come up with! You and Matthew always looks so cute together :)

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    1. Aww thanks! He will dress up occasionally :-)

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  7. Love this collection of photos! I'm not doing Disneyland this year. I've got my Avengers costume done, but I'm not revealing that one until it's time for the race. I don't want it floating around Pinterest right now. I have to make a decision for Tink next year. I was thinking either Jessie, or maybe just wearing the R2D2 thank that's been sitting in my drawer with a sparkle skirt.

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    1. Oooh, I think Jessie would be super cute! Can't wait to see what you have for Avengers!! :-)

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  8. I've never run in costume, but I do throw on a little extra 'spirit' when I run Disney. I've got a handful of SparkleSkirts, and my outfit at the Princess Half inspired someone to yell "Go, Elsa" at me as I ran by her... I hadn't planned it, but you know, I guess it worked...

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    1. Whatever works! :-) Once I ran a race in a tutu- no general theme- and this guy kept cheering for me saying, "Go, ballerina, Go!" LOL

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  9. Fellow blog hop :)
    What an awesome post! I've been having a hard time coming up with a costume idea for this year's half. I signed up through St. Jude Hospital so they sent me a shirt and it's maroon and black. I definitely want to wear their shirt to show support but can't decide how to work with it. I was just thinking of a black tutu with sparkles! I sent a request to join the runner costume group on FB, can't wait to see what ideas they have.

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    1. Marina, you will be totally amazed with the folks in that group- they are so creative! You can post there with questions or thoughts and they can help you with any costume ideas they have. Good luck with your costume! Is this for the DL Half?

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  10. There's so many possibilities when it comes to race costumes! I have a lot of ideas pinned on Pinterest right now. I can't wait until we run our next runDisney race so that I can put some of my ideas to use.

    Btw, I nominated you for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award. Be sure to check out the post! http://dancingtorunning.com/2014/08/13/very-inspiring-blogger-award/

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    1. Awesome, Kathryn! And thank you- I will check it out!! :-)

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  11. Great costume tips! I love all the costumes you shared. Your Tweedles costumes turned out great! I also can't sew- so it made me happy to see that I'm not only one who uses safety pins! :)

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    1. Heck yes, Nerissa! I am all about the work-around!

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  12. My husband and I ran in costume for the first time at the Princess Half and it was so much fun!! I spent a lot on my costume from Etsy though, so this time around I'm trying a simpler themed t-shirt from Raw Threads. My poor husband ran in a cotton shirt for Princess and he was DYING. The things we do for a race photo. :P

    Great costumes and post! :)

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    1. Thanks, Christine! And yes- we will do almost anything for cute race photos :-)

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  13. Ahhh! This reminds me, I need to get my costume ready! We want to go as Lilo and Stitch for the DDD!!! EEEK!

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  14. I should have included a note about dressing for heat in my post, but luckily you covered it all! Such a good tip. I love the not-so-obvious costume choices. I dressed as EVE for Tinker Bell but like you, I'm a non-sewer, so my "directive" flew off my chest at some point and then no one knew what I was. .

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    1. Oh wow- that's no good! I wish I could sew, I just don't think I'm patient enough! :-)

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    1. Aren't they fantastic?! They totally inspire me!

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  16. Sarah- you have runDisney costumes covered; in spades!! What a terrific cast of characters you have run into. Dressing the part sure seems to increase the fun coefficient, and this post proves it. I can't wait to see what outfit you choose next. Thanks so much again for joining the hop Sarah!

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    1. Thank YOU for pulling it all together! It's such a great resource for new and veteran runners! :-)

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