During the runDisney Princess half marathon weekend, I had the chance to sit down with Sean Astin (from Lord of the Rings, the Goonies, and Rudy), and talk with him about the race. My plan was to run into the hospitality suite for a snack, but I ended up chatting with Sean for a couple hours about his race experience, and what he thought about wearing a tiara (he said it still felt like he had it on!) We talked about everything from acting, to race car driving, to his love for his juicer.
Sean had recently run the Tinkerbell half marathon, so it was nice having something to compare Princess to when talking to this new coast to coast medal holder. His overall critique of the race was a good one. he told me he especially loved the strong crowds on Main Street USA. He also said that the roads felt wider and easier to run on than in California. We talked about how well stocked and awesome the aid stations were, and even how he almost went the wrong way coming out of Cinderella castle! Luckily, some kind folks got him back on the right track.
One thing we talked a lot about was the humidity. Living in California where the weather is usually beautiful, I asked Sean if he thought the hot and humid day had an affect on his performance. He answered that he honestly didn’t notice it much until about mile ten, but it got rough at that point. He was pouring water on his head to stay cool by mile eleven! Sean did something quite heroic at the end of the race too. He was gunning for a particular time goal, and was just about to get it a couple hundred yards away, when a woman in front of him fell to the ground with a calf cramp (boy do I know how painful that is!) He threw his time goal out the window, and instead bent down to help this woman up. He and a friend helped half-carry her a few feet and then this strong lady told them thanks, but I am going to finish this on my own! I wonder if she had any idea who was helping her! I think it’s so cool that a strangers well being was more important to him than hitting a certain time at the race.
Another funny story Sean told me about someone having no idea who he was. He was helping out at the expo at the runDisney booth, and a woman assumed he was a worker/volunteer and starting asking him questions. Hilarious! He of course answered her and helped as best as he could, never mentioning who he was or that he wasn’t an employee. I love it!
I had a great time just hanging out with Sean, he was super easy to talk to every time we spoke over the weekend, and I am glad I got to interview him post race about his personal experience with the Princess half.
Action shot of me interviewing Sean post-race. Taking notes on my phone.
One thing I wanted to be sure I shared with you is called #run3rd. (Also check out the blog). Sean heads this up and founded it, and it basically is 1) I run for myself 2) I run for my family 3) I run for YOU. So who would you dedicate a race or run to? In Sean’s Words: “What started as an inspirational Twitter campaign is now a global movement sharing dedications made on behalf of people’s loved ones, causes and ideas.”
Interested in becoming a team captain? It’s easy!
To become a Team Captain:
You may nominate someone (or yourself) by simply tweeting:
I nominate (@handle of nominee) to be a #Run3rd Team Captain.
Add a few words of support and list an event they might Captain.
Team Captains Responsibilities:
- Tweet about #run3rd
- Encourage people to make dedications.
- Answer occasional Twitter questions about #run3rd.
- Direct followers to run3rd.blogspot.com.
- Tweet about their event
- Info about #run3rd signs.
- Share Team Captain race day plans.
- Be visible as the #Run3rd Team Captain before & after the event
- Visit with the #Run3rd community.
- Share the #Run3rd story with others.
- Tweet about the event afterwards (hopefully with pictures) and provide recap for the blog.
Team Captains are the key to broadening the reach of the #Run3rd idea. Running is an inclusive sport and almost everyone who runs at some time or other uses their experience to honor someone or something else. Members of Team #Run3rd understand that we are custodians, in a way, of people’s trust and faith. When folks make a #Run3rd dedication it is often very personal and heartfelt. #Run3rd Captains are ambassadors who help promote and extend the concept of making and honoring those dedications.
Team Captains are expected to represent #Run3rd with compassion, decency and honor, always reflecting well on their fellow Team Captains and the #Run3rd mission. Failure to do so will result in removal from Captaincy.
QOTD: If you could ask Sean one question, what would it be?