Thursday, March 19, 2015

Disney Princess Half Marathon Weekend

By: Lindsey

This post is going to be a little different than my normal Disney posts. Bear with me. I promise I have a point.

When Anniston was about two I decided that I needed to do something for me. Before she was born, I played tennis. I wasn’t good at it, but I enjoyed it. But that wasn’t what I wanted to continue to pursue. I tried a few different activities but nothing struck my fancy. That is until I started running, well, jogging; I’m not very fast.

I started off with the Couch to 5K program and signed up for my first 5K. I knew that if I didn’t have a goal to work towards it would be so much easier for me to give up and quit. Running doesn’t come to me naturally. I’m not that athletic. I’m not that competitive. Plus I’m slow. But I wanted to give it a try.

Those first few months were hard. I hated every moment of every run. But then I ran my first race and something happened. I definitely didn’t finish first, but I didn’t finish last either. The running bug bit me. It was something that I could do that I’ve never done before. It would help me physically and, hopefully, mentally.

It’s done of all of the above. Plus more. After that first 5K, I set my sights higher. I continued to do 5Ks but I wanted to do a 10K, I just didn’t know if I could run more than three miles. I started training for it and you know what? I was slow, but I could do it. So then, I took a huge leap of faith in myself. I signed up for a half marathon.

Training for the half was difficult. It was during the winter. It takes a lot of time. But once I ran that first one, I knew I’d never stop. I had so much pride in myself when I crossed that finish line. Not because I got some amazing time but because I stuck with it and I completed a goal. I did something that was just for me.

I’ve since consistently signed up and ran half marathons. I love them. I don’t compete with anyone but myself. I try to beat my times and make myself better. I don’t always improve each race, but I always finish.

So here is where this connects to Disney. I’ve decided to sing up for the Glass Slipper Challenge at the Disney Princes Half Marathon weekend in February 2016. I’m so, so excited to run this race! It’s a 10K on Saturday and a half marathon on Sunday. It covers Epcot to Magic Kingdom and back.

People - you get to run past Cinderella’s castle. Is there anything better than that? Plus, people wear princess running costumes. So I get to dress like a princess AND run past the castle. Day. Made.

We've decided to make a vacation out of it. I’m out of my element here. I’ve never been around a large Disney event weekend. Do we go the week before the race, run the race, and then head home? Or do we arrive the Friday before the race and stay the week after?

I need your help. If you've ran in any Disney race, I need tips. If you've stayed for vacation, I need tips on when to go, best way to get to the race, best on property resorts to stay at during a run weekend, and tips to on recovery while at Disney. Where do you buy your princess running outfits? And how do you decided on a princess? I have so many ideas! Basically, I need your advice.

I’m so, so excited to take part in this! I can’t wait to begin planning!

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