Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Disney Princess Half Marathon

This past weekend I accomplished something that I never would have thought possible. I ran my first half marathon! That's 13.1 magical goodness because I ran it in Disney's Princess Half Marathon. For my first half it truly was a wonderful experience that was only enhanced due to the fact that it was at the happiest place on earth.
The only non-magical moment was that I had to get up at 3:30 A.M.!!!! We had to be in our corral by 5:30. The sun wasn't up and it was FREEZING! I didn't want to wear lots of layers since you warm up pretty quickly by running. There was over 14,000 people running! We all had different race starting times, but we had tags on our shoes that took only our time. It even texted Theo to let him know where I was in the race, my pace and an estimated time of arrival at the finish line. It was so high-tech!
Herding all the ladies through to the starting corral. I didn't get any pictures of the actual starting line since I didn't have the camera and Theo wasn't allowed to go back with me. The Fairy Godmother from Cinderella was on a platform and did the countdown for each corral. I was in Corral C, so I didn't have to wait too long. When they released each corral they had a countdown from 5 and then they set off fireworks.
What was really cool was that they had Disney characters set up throughout the route. We would be running along and suddenly these ladies would make a B line towards these set ups and get in line to get their pictures taken with the characters. It was really funny, but I didn't stop because of the fear that I may not start back up. They made the 13.1 miles very entertaining.
We stayed at the Shades of Green. It's a resort that is in the nice! They have this really neat Mickey statue in the lobby. This is after the race, and yes my eyes are closed. We would have gotten another shot, but my camera went haywire. It probably stopped working because of my awesomeness from just finishing a half marathon.
We got to go without the kids, which at first I was terrified of doing, but once we got there we turned into a couple of kids ourselves! knight in shining...glasses???
I have no idea what is up with my expression. I was making a goofy face and Theo snapped the shot before I realized it. I can still pull off that hat though.

Dear Mission Space ride,
I hate you.
My equilibrium


This was actually the night before the race. We walked all over Epcot. Walking all over Epcot the night before a half marathon = bad idea. It was my own fault, that place was too cool to pass anything up.
Me, at the end of our trip. I wore my medal all over the park that day. Theo and I are already planning next year. We found out that he can run with me, just mens times aren't recorded. Even though I still don't have complete use of my leg muscles 3 days after the race, it was SOOOOO worth it!!!


Britt Family said...

whoo-hoo!!! Way to go!! Such a great accomplishment and a fun way to do it!!

Mills Family said...

you go girl! You did it!

Lauren said...

You are AMAZING! I hope to one day be at this point, but I doubt it will happen in the near future. Awesome job!

The Lemon Family said...

GOOD JOB!! maybe this time next year we will be making bank and i will fly out and run with you :)

Andrea said...

How FUN! I love reading your entry. I would love to do something like that one day, but I need to get myself in A LOT better shape! I can't think of a better place to do it in either. I loved all the pictures!

nuttynewburns said...

You are my hero!!! Way to go how awesome! I love the idea to go just you two!! How magical, thanks for sharing!Definitely inspirational and something to strive for!! Congrats!!

kara said...

You EVIL friend! How is it even possible that you hid this from me? We started our 10k life together, and you didn't even BOTHER to let me know you were advancing to the demi-god state of 1/2??!!!! Seriously, I'm not sure we can be friends anymore. Meanwhile, I'm pretending to prep for a 1/2 in Oakland. I don't think there will be any princesses on my route. Maybe I, too, would've gone to Disney to run HAD SOMEONE TOLD ME ABOUT IT!!! Congrats girl. You rock.

Cyrus and Annie said...

you are awesome!!!!!