On Sunday I ran the Disney Princess Half Marathon! I’m catching up on posts due to my Disney Vacation! Look forward to a few more!
Sunday morning was the big day! If you’re new to reading, I travelled to Orlando to run the Disney Princess Half Marathon with 7 other awesome ladies, most from the Chicago area. Thanks Jenna for introducing me to everyone! We signed up back in August to run this race and have some fun on a destination race trip.
I had a stressful week last week, and as soon as I got off the plane in Florida, the warmth melted my stresses away. I spent a night hanging out with my Aunt Fitzi & Uncle Paul and their bulldog Wilson. He looks so sad, but seemed to be happy! He loved to follow people around.
Saturday morning headed out to meet my co-princesses! After the Expo, Jenna & I hung out by the pool for a bit before we got ready to go out to dinner @ Downtown Disney.
Then it was off to bed because we had a super-early wake-up and start time
The race started at 5:45 AM (my earliest yet) and we had to be on a shuttle from our hotel by 4 AM. After getting dressed and some primping, I put on my bad-ass hoodie and headed out into the florida air to board the bus. Apparently hundreds of other people had the same idea – and we all waited in line together. It was dark, but see all the people waiting in line?
Jen & I took a photo while waiting
Finally, we boarded a bus & made it to the race start! There was the required stop at the port-a-potties
Princess Courtney, Princess Lauren H.C., Princess Heather, Princess Jenna & Princess Lauren (me)
I got to start the race with our Birthday Princess, Heather! It was her birthday on race day Heather & I run at similar paces, so we started together. However, I had some minor stomach issues (nerves, not my standard dinner or breakfast), and I told her to feel free to go on whenever she felt she needed to. We started and ran the first half mile together:
As the sun rose, I took some more photos along the race course.
Around mile 3.5 I began to need to use a bathroom. I repeatedly saw some great examples of female comaraderie during this race: runners popping off two-by-two or in small groups to go to the bathroom in the woods. I never saw a lonely runner walk off into the woods.
My bathroom break was about as ideal as it could have been: passed a set of port-a-potties that had a long line. I swore I’d run to the next set and go there. Just around the corner, there was a lone port-a-potty. Only one person was in front of it, and she was waiting for her sister, who then promptly exited the stall. I went in and did my business, and only lost a minute in all of this!
Then we entered the Magic Kingdom:
I stopped for one photo opp (almost no line), and then got back on course. The rest of the race was pretty fine – I felt comfortable running although I knew I didn’t want to push myself for a PR given my nerves & being out-of-whack with food & lack of rest. It was an entertaining course, and I felt great — until mile 12.
At mile 12 (and a little earlier) the course began to go onto highway on-ramps, which had pretty steep grades and “hills”. My quads screamed out! At 12 I also began to feel a funny pain in my right foot. Not sure what it was, but I tried to run through it, and forgot about it for the final stretch! Ran it hard as I could into the finish, where we ran through parts of Epcot.
After the race, I forgot to stop my Garmin. I passed through medical to get some of the biofreeze they were hawking along the entire course, and slathered it all over my legs. I also got my medal, some photos & food, and met up with the other princesses who had finished. Our birthday princess, Heather, had gotten a major P.R.! She ran 2:14, which was 15 minutes faster than her first half marathon in October!
We chilled out and waited for more princesses to file in. Check out this photo that Jenna took:
Don’t you love the compression socks with my yellow skirt & sandals! We fueled up on my new favorite meal from Iowa – buffalo wings & brocolli
Then it was time to head back and recover a little bit before the next challenge… Disney Parks Post Race! Stay tuned!