Dark and early Sunday morning was the 4th annual runDisney Princess Half Marathon at Walt Disney World! My mom, our family friends and I have been doing this runDisney race since 2010. I think the 3am wake up call is getting easier now...maybe!? The excitement for this race has been building for weeks especially after we completed the Tinkerbell Half Marathon in Disneyland earlier this year. I was ready to win my Coast to Coast medal!
This year, I ran as Princess Jasmine and Donna ran as Pocahontas. (Our moms ran/walked together too.) In past years, I stopped for EVERY photo op and character. This year I wanted to switch it up a bit and try to get a good time. I thought we had an awesome race! We ran the whole way except when we walked through water stations. There were two things that were really awesome to have. First, I grabbed one of these free helpful time chart wrist bands at the Expo. They were created by Clif. Although we didn't exactly make each mile time (I grabbed a wrist band for a 2:30 finishing time, but there were a lot of options.), it was still helpful to have so we could guestimate what our finishing time would be. The second thing that helped us get through the 13.1 miles was a pack of Clif Shot Bloks in Citrus that Donna brought. They were actually quite delicious!
Check out my photos below!
|Donna and I have been friends for 11 years almost. We met freshman year of high school in homeroom. Here we are in our corral pre-race!|
|We made it to Cinderella's Castle!|
|After three years, I finally got a photo with Fairy Godmother! Dreams come true!|
|With my BLING!|
|During our last couple of miles, it started to rain and get windy. Thankfully, a nice man gave me a trash bag! They are warmer than one might think.|
I am so excited to have my Coast to Coast medal! I also beat my 2011 Princess Half time by 40 minutes and my 2012 Tinkerbell Half time by 10 minutes! Crazy?! I am a little sad that its all over though. I might need to sign up for some new races ASAP! I don't know if it was the race, my first blogger meet-up, visiting Epcot after 8 years or being able to participate in the runDisney Social Media Meet-Up, but this was one of my most fun trips to date!
Now I am recovering in my CW-X compression pants because I have to get back in running shape by Saturday for the Run For Your Lives Zombie 5K! I am running twice - once as a runner and again as a volunteer zombie-chaser (in full zombie make up and clothes no less!) Princess to zombie in less than a week? I am quite the chameleon! I am sad to be leaving Disney tomorrow, but we have already started planning our 2013 trip for the 5th annual Princess Half Marathon Weekend February 22-24! See you there?
PS. Running with Sass diaries her weekly workouts on her blog which helps her see what she has been doing each week (plus her mileage each week, month, and year!)! Carrie Underwood also swears by the food and exercise diary! I think that's a great idea, so I am going to start now:
Monday: 1 mile on 10 incline + weights
Tuesday: different exercise every hour
(definitely recommended if you sit at a desk all day like me!)
Wednesday: different exercise every hour
Friday: 2 miles with Jeff Galloway around Epcot...no big deal ;o)
Saturday: does walking around the parks count?!
Sunday: a measly 13.1 miles through Walt Disney World ;o)