Sunday, September 2, 2012

Cheering at the Disneyland Half Today

Lots of racers on the course at a ~three-hour-plus pace
Heading into Angel Stadium
LLL was well-represented at the race
If any of you ran the Disneyland Half Marathon you might have spotted me at the Angel Stadium cheer area. I wasn't hard to miss, I was wearing a Flare Light CRB with a Pow Pink Define and my Sea Wheeze plaid cap. I wanted to dress brightly so my husband could find me easily. I noticed some lulu-wearing ladies giving my outfit the up-down as they ran by, the way fellow lulu fans do when they spot each other. One thing that was interesting to me was that there was probably a good 20% of women wearing lululemon in the two hour and under pace groups and then the amount of lululemon trailed off and became rather rare at the three-plus hour paces. There were a lot of women wearing skirts, way more than I spotted at the Sea Wheeze. (The Running Skirts Facebook site has a lot of photos from the race. You can see the #3 female finisher is wearing lululemon shorts.) Of course, there were lots of people in costumes which was fun to see. My husband said it was a fun course with a lot of entertainment along the way. He really enjoyed the race but he started in the A corral and had a relatively empty race course. I was surprised how crowded the race was even at the three and half hour pace mark. It looks like I'll have plenty of company at the back of the race when I run the Disney World Half Marathon in January though from the results it looks like the DW crowd is a faster crowd than DL. My plan is to pick up the Coast to Coast medal in 2013 so I'll be running the Disneyland Half race next Labor Day weekend.

26 comments:

RunLikeTheWind said...

That's awesome, LuluAddict! It's so exciting to look forward to your next race.

Amy said...

I wore my lulu! (I was in corral A and ran 1:49). I'm a legacy runner so this was my 7th Disneyland Half. I was wearing a white CRB and aquamarine Pace Setter Skirt. I was worried it would be hot, but I stayed nice and cool in my outfit. :) Thanks for coming out and cheering!

Anonymous said...

Perhaps the reason why there was less lululemon in the 3+ hour crowd was because they either aren't that into running, therefore don't buy expensive running clothes. Or they don't fit into lululemon sizes.

Anonymous said...

Go LLA!

Anonymous said...

Great report! Those ladies look great in the Some Like it Hot tank but I can't imagine wearing that to run a half.

Anonymous said...

Great race report! Those ladies look great in the photo but can't imagine wearing that tank to run a half.

LuluAddict said...

@ anon 11:17 pm - True, the slower runners tend to be larger runners but many of them could have fit into lululemon size 10 or 12. Quite a few of the slower runners were wearing Running Skirts or Skirt Sports skirts which are $75+ so price may not be an issue. Maybe they don't cross train as much so tend to buy just running brand stuff. I really don't know.

@ anon 7:27 am - I agree. It was interesting to note that I didn't spot that many Swiftly tanks or tops, which I consider the perfect run top. There were lots of CRBs, though. There were also quite a few women bouncing around. I just can't understand how some women can stand running with all that motion up front. It hurt my chest just watching them. ;-)

PCS said...

This was my first half & I wore my Lulu! Wore my Pow Pink swiftly tank & mirage pacesetter skirt. It was such a fun race! I took pics w/ all the characters along the way. I ran in corral B.

Jennifer K. said...

I wore Running Skirts and Target run skirts for years before I discovered Lulu. The Running Skirts are a little longer, which some women prefer, and their presence at the Expos when you're excited and pumped up about running in general is a great marketing tactic. Lulu had a booth at the Diva 1/2 Marathon in San Francisco earlier this year, but there wasn't much stuff. They were also at the LA Marathon. I think if they were a presence at more expos, they'd get a lot more product out to runners.

LuluAddict said...

@ Jennifer k - That is an excellent point! So many people wore their Sea Wheeze gear in the Sea Wheeze race. I got the feeling as I was watching the race yesterday that a lot of people, particularly the more casual runners in the back who don't care about running in an item they haven't run in before, had bought their skirts or sparkly headbands at the expo the day before. I was very surprised to see lululemon NOT have a presence at Disney once again - they weren't at the woman-dominated Tinkerbell last January either. The Disneyland Half has to be one of the larger races in the area - I believe something like 17,000 people registered for the race. The Disney World half is ~ 22,000. I believe they were at Disney World Half/Full last year. I went to their display at the LA Marathon in the spring and it was very lame - paris pink and gray swiftly tops, black & white CRBs, and some run crops. I agree they should really step up their presence at big races and bring some of their more colorful items.

Anonymous said...

LLA, agree on the "pointer sisters" needing to be strapped down! I'm very light busted so don't have issues. When I see other women with too much motion happening, it is painful to watch and I imagine tiring! It's also not healthy for one's breast health. Whatever your size, make sure you invest in the some support.

Anna M. said...

" as a slower runner" probably four hour half marathon time. 1. doesnt mean I dont love running. 2. doesnt mean I dont spend money on expensive work out gear and I DO fit into LULU 12.

Ive run my whole life and a ton while I was a collegiate rower and yes I was faster then but I will never have a nine minute mile. Iam cool with that... just as long as I finish. I prefer to run in my swiftly!

just in my observations where I live southern east coast I see lulu worn a lot more as "everyday wear" rather than sweating in it. The exception would be the yogis going to class. I run in a very popular place with a variety of people. I take note of all of the people that wear lulu and when my husband is with me I always point it out to him ( he laughs) but 98% of the time it is super skinny, elite athlete looking people.

Anna M. said...

The third place finishers shorts are a personal favorite of mine!!

LLA- are you doing the one in Orlando?

We are doing the Kiawah Island in December. Looking forward to a nice flat scenic course!

Anonymous said...

haha

Anna M. said...

haha what anon 6:48

Sandy said...

I totally saw you! I was in Coral A- thanks or cheering! The stadium was one of my favorite spots!

LuluAddict said...

@ Anna M - Yes, I am doing the Disney World Half Marathon.

@ Sandy - If you who I think you are in the standings - great time!

Julie said...

They just might not know lululemon exists. I didn't until a year ago. I ran in target stuff, Nike, under armour, etc. I saw other women in my training groups wearing these cute, colorful clothes and asked them where they bought these items. I've been hooked since.

And the women might not have run in those tanks. As soon as I'm done running a marathon I change into a built-in bra top and shorts to get out of my super sweaty clothes.

Anonymous said...

I'm a 3+ hour halfer in my late 30s, and a size 12 in lulu. I mostly wear lulu to cross train at yoga or Barre classes, and not so much for running. At my age/size, I feel like the lulu shorts and skirts are not enough coverage for me. I like to wear bright tops for my outside runs, and with all the bleeding issues reported this summer, I went with Zella, underarmour, and new balance running gear instead.

Tracy said...

I have a lot of friends who run in the 2-3+ hr range. A lot of them really like running in skirts but feel that Lulu skirts are too short so that's why they choose other brands like Sparkle Skirts (which are actually more expensive than Lulu skirts).

Anyway, I didn't see you but I was there and in some Lulu (Camo Arise bra). I race in Skirt Sports Marathon Girl/Chick because I really prefer briefs under my skirts for racing.

Amy, I saw you! I remember your Aquamarine pace setter skirt. :) You looked adorable!

LuluAddict said...

@ Tracy - I agree about lulu skirts being short and Running Skirts/Skirt Sports having longer skirts. I liked running in a skirt but thought the double layer of material was kind of hot for summer running. I'll be breaking out my skirts once the weather cools down.

I saw a lot of Sparkle Skirts at the race, too. They also had a booth at the expo.

@ anon 8:17 am - I can totally understand switching to a more reliable brand for bright colors. I did see a lot of "ray" and "flare" at the race that was not lulu.

Anonymous said...

Did you happen to see "Mary Poppins" ?!?! I am not totally sure about the names, but she had on a the white lightweight jacket (run in the sun?)- excellent use of that jacket!! with a white lulu run skirt and then just tied red ribbon accents around her wrist and waist.

I definitely complimented her lulu as I ran past :)

LuluAddict said...

I did see Mary Poppins!! She was running with a guy dressed as the guy from the movie, right?

Anonymous said...

Now that I gave it some thought, I totally remember seeing you :)

re: running clothes - I love lululemon, but I have mostly found items I like better for running (my favs - Athleta for skirts for lenght, both in the under shorts and actual skirt coverage and their contender capri/skirt combo - it always looks good in my race pics :) and I MUST wear moving comfort bras (juno) - the ta-ta tamer was a no go for me).

I do usually wear a CRB though - love that I usually always have a color to match the race colors, city, or my mood :)

I'm a 5'8", size 8/10, 2:15 half runner :)

Anonymous said...

yes - they were both adorable! I passed them pretty early on (I started the race in Corral F with my first timer sister) so I'm not sure what their pace was and if you would have seen them.

LuluAddict said...

They close to the group of runners in the photos of the top of this post who finished around 2:20-2:50 ish.