Disney Princess Half Marathon

25 02 2014

We talked about PR or character stops, costumes, mantras, early wake up calls and traveling with 2 kids…now it’s time to talk about the race!!!!!!!

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I made sure I had all my things ready before going to bed.

We woke up at 3, I had the coffee pot ready to go, so with the flip of a switch one of my rituals was under way. There was no way I’d make it without coffee! I ate an uber bar and a banana, drank a cup of coffee and got dressed. Then grabbed a Lara bar, more coffee (in a fruit loops container) and we were off to catch the monorail at 345a.

We ran into some other Princesses, but not many Princes. Morgan commented that it was the best smelling race start EVER, he also said he would never do this race again. I saw a lot of make-up and nicely fixed hair…I don’t run in make-up (maybe mascara) and my hair is always up, with a head band.

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There are several staging areas, we started out together, but had to split for corrals. It was VERY humid, I drank a few cups of water before getting in my corral, and ended up losing my “front-of-corral” spot because I needed to use the porta-potty.

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Fireworks started each corral, so everyone felt special as they crossed the start line.

Although, I was pushed by a lady who was “in coral A” but missed her start. No one around me really cared for her. If you miss your corral, don’t push people to get ahead of them. Also, don’t lie about your proof of time. It’s not cool, and if you do, don’t loudly talk about it as you are getting passed.

Anyways, I didn’t wear a watch, didn’t use run keeper, I just ran…and calculated my time at each mile marker. I started about 18 minutes after the race actually started. As long as I was on the 8s at each mile I felt good.

First character stop was at mile 2. The line was at least 15 people, I kept running. I took a selfie as I entered Magic Kingdom.

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Can you tell how sweaty I am? This was before mile 3 (I think), it was very foggy/misty/humid. I got water, poweraid or both at almost every stop. I broke a rule, I tried something new on race day. I ate 1/2 a pack of Cliff blocks at mile 4, 8 and 11. The extra energy was awesome!!!! I do need to look at water stops and plan my fuel better. There was water at ~7 and 9. So at 8, I was needing water to help with my chews and there was none.

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Magic Kingdom was awesome! The crowd on Main Street was so energizing. And running through the castle was fun. A runDisney official took one of my pictures and commented on the amount of kinesiology tape I was wearing. Dude, it’s my crutch and totally mental. It’s time to wean off of it, but not on race day! (And honestly, I was wearing less that normal!)

I stopped for two characters who had no lines.

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Then I left Magic Kingdom, I was doing pretty good on time, I felt awesome, so I put my phone away and “Let it go” (that was the mile 7 song, which was about the same time I made the important decision…PR)

Entering Epcot, I felt phenomenal. The mile 12 marker put a huge smile on my face. I asked someone what her time was, and what corral she was in. She started in D and her time was 2:14. I really pushed through the last mile. There was NO wall, I knew the finish was close, I had energy, and I didn’t hurt.

I finished in 2:17:25, nearly 1min faster than my first half. I am so happy!

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After getting my medal, goodie bag, picture, etc. I tried to find Morgan, luckily we think alike and found each other in about 30 seconds.

The race was great. With 24,000 runners it wasn’t super crowded. And Morgan finished 37th OVERALL.

My first runDisney event, to participate in, did not disappoint!

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10 responses

25 02 2014
nainasingh2014md

So awesome! My a few of my sorority sisters just ran this as well 🙂

26 02 2014
halfmarathonmama

It was a great race, perfect to do with a group of girls! I’m hoping to get a group of sorority sisters to do it soon!

25 02 2014
brooke

So proud of you! Just think what your next PR will be without stopping for photo ops!

26 02 2014
halfmarathonmama

I’ve got a new PR in mind 🙂

25 02 2014
runswithhope

Great re-cap! I Your time was great for such a crowded race! Nice work 🙂

26 02 2014
halfmarathonmama

Thank you!

25 02 2014
prairieprincessrunners

Congrats on your PR! That is awesome!
~Lisa

26 02 2014
halfmarathonmama

Thank you!

26 02 2014
Sarah M.

Congrats on the PR! That is awesome and you had time to stop and take pictures!

28 02 2014
halfmarathonmama

Thank you! I was happy to get a few pictures…but the lines for fine were CRAZY long!

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