Happy New Year from Pasadena!

IMG_20140101_093612_042

Happy 2014 everyone! I made sure to get this new year off to a fantastic start with a fun 6 mile run. My normal 3 mile loop around Pasadena takes me a block away from the Rose Parade. So, I decided to take a little detour today and make some stops along the parade route.

IMG_20140101_085649_996

It was a beautiful morning to run! The street I live off is close to Colorado Boulevard, where the Rose Parade was going on. So, there were way more cars parked on the street than usual.

IMG_20140101_090955_768

The Goodyear Blimp was out covering the parade.

IMG_20140101_092752_754

At 2.5 miles, I took a break to check out the Rose Parade. I got there in time to watch the Michigan State University float go by.

IMG_20140101_092920_770

Then the Michigan State University Marching Band followed. Michigan State University will be playing in the Rose Bowl this afternoon as the representative from the Big 10 Conference.

IMG_20140101_093228_757

I got a text from some of my friends who were out taking in the parade. They were a block away. So, I walked up the block to see them and watch some of the parade with them as well.

IMG_20140101_093342_054

We got to see the host marching band…the Pasadena City College Honor Band. Since I just recently got my Paralegal Certificate from Pasadena City College, I’m not sure if I’m alum or not. However, it’s always fun to watch the host band!

IMG_20140101_093553_095

Here’s the float from Trader Joe’s.

IMG_20140101_093734_043

I’m not sure who sponsored this float. However, it was one of my favorites (of the ones I got to see).

IMG_20140101_093743_430

I was trying to figure out if these guys in the back were actual people in costumes or animatronics.

IMG_20140101_093852_205

Then, it was time for the Stanford University float. The Rose Bowl game will be Stanford University vs. Michigan State University.

IMG_20140101_094035_635

The Stanford band is always crazy.

IMG_20140101_094758_446

After seeing Stanford University’s band, I heard that a few other friends were just up the street. So, I went off to meet up with them. Unfortunately, I didn’t get a pic with them. However, we did get to see The Voice float with the winner on it.

IMG_20140101_101743_398

After bidding my friends adieu, I went back to running. Since I knew I wouldn’t get back to this point of my route until after the parade was over and didn’t want to deal with the herds of people who follow, I altered my route a bit. By the time I got to Lake Avenue, I decided to back to the parade route for some more parade fun. I got here after finishing 4.5 miles. This was my favorite float from that point.

IMG_20140101_102025_346

This selfie actually came out better on the computer than it looked on the phone.

IMG_20140101_102038_486

This is the float I was attempting to get in the background.

IMG_20140101_102857_713

Remember how I was altering my route to avoid the crowds at the end of the Rose Parade? Well, I didn’t avoid them after all. I found this around the end of mile 5. Let the herds descend upon Pasadena. That made my last mile rather interesting. The walking crow just took over the street for a block. So, I ran in the street to get around some of it. Forget the regular intervals. I ran when I could and walked when I had too many walkers to get around.

IMG_20140101_104227_642

It was one of the more fun training runs ever! This might be as close to a Disney kind of run that I will get without actually doing one. There was plenty to distract. I made a few stops along the way. So, it was most definitely not the fastest run for me. That’s fine. Sometimes you just need to find some elements of fun.¬†Either way, I got in a good 6 miles, plus some uncounted distance walking up and down the Rose Parade route to find friends. So, it wasn’t a bad way to kick off 2014. The wife and I will be heading down to Downtown Disney in a few hours to purchase the final piece of my wife’s running outfit for the WDW 10K. Then, we’ll head off to see some friends down in the OC for a New Year’s pool party. Yes, it’s in the 80’s out here on New Years Day. So, its perfect pool weather.

2013 was the year that I became a runner. I can’t wait to see all that 2014 has in store for me. With the holidays concluding, there is nothing to distract from final preparations for the Walt Disney World Marathon! Bring it on! I want to send my best wishes to all of you for a prosperous, healthy new year filled with lots of Disney magic and many new PR’s!

Tagged with: , , , , , , , ,
Posted in running workouts, Uncategorized, Walt Disney World Marathon
One comment on “Happy New Year from Pasadena!
  1. fitfor365 says:

    Happy new year to you too!

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

My Next Race
TCS NYC MarathonNovember 5th, 2017
47 days to go.
My Next runDisney Race
???? - Hopefully Star Wars Rebel ChallengeJanuary 17th, 2018
3 months to go.
Contact Me
If you have any questions and would like to contact me directly, please send an email to whyirundisney@gmail.com.

Enter your email address to follow this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.

Join 832 other followers

Follow me on Twitter
Join the Team #runDisney Facebook Group!
ambassador button
I love this Facebook group! There are so many awesome members. Click on the link and join if you have a love of runDisney races! It's also an excellent resource on running in general. There are members from all over the world. You might even find someone who lives near you!
Official PR’s
5K - 32:46 - 2012 Pasadena 5K

10K - 1:15:42 - 2013 Pasadena 10K

Half Marathon - 2:43:25 - 2013 Rock n Roll Los Angeles Half Marathon

Full Marathon - 6:21:46 - 2014 Walt Disney World Marathon
Giggle Giggle Toot Roar

Striving to answer the call to motherhood and wifeyhood with joy, Jesus, and crazy dancing.

The Souzapalooza Blog

celebrating the ups, downs and in betweens of my life

RunAllTheRaces

Share Perfect Goofy Gail & Kimberly's adventures as they runDisney and everything in between!

The Halo Way

The official photo blog of the Los Angeles Angels

choose happiness

wonderful bits of joe

Like Gold To Us

Letters to the Future

Pavement Runner

Run Strong. Finish Stronger.

Real Mom of SFV

Valley Girl at Heart

Chocolate Covered Race Medals

Where I race to the chocolate bar

The Road to Physical Fitness

Sweat. Smile. Learn. Live. Eat. Sleep. Repeat.

See Sharp Run!

Running My Way to Better Health through runDisney, One Magical Mile at a Time

...Just Me and My Running Shoes...

Running My Way to Better Health through runDisney, One Magical Mile at a Time

Running to Tahiti

Tahiti is 4,109 miles from Los Angeles. Rebecca and Brad ran there.

WDW Mousenger

I'm a Disney geek bringing you all things Disney by a Disney geek, for other Disney geeks!

thingsGoofy.com

a Goofy look at Disney Parks & Entertainment

The Undercover Princess

Dreaming up my own "happily ever after!"

Not Your Normal Health Blog

Fun Fitness. Yummy Health Food. Spoil-Yourself Spas. Barely Any Kale.

%d bloggers like this: