princess half marathon

by @according2kelly on March 9, 2012

the princess half marathon was supposed to be my race. i prepped & trained for months, trading in my glass slippers for running shoes, in an effort to run a sub 1:40 half marathon.

i spent hours & hours deciding which running costume to wear, ultimately narrowing down it down to one of three princesses.

the always fabulous snow white, with her striking black hair & skin that’s white as snow…

princess-half-snow-white

the perfectly pink aurora…. what little girl doesn’t dream of being sleeping beauty?

rundisney-sleeping-beauty-costume

but finally i settled on rapunzel, knowing that dressing as her would ensure i had “the best day race ever!”

princess-half-rapunzel-running-costume

unfortunately, my very own “once upon a race,” didn’t go exactly as planned.

even though i had experienced a fairy tale weekend (filled with the princess 1/2 meetup & the tangled royal family 5k), i woke up at at 3am on race day with a fever, sore throat, hacking cough, & a very non-existant voice.

all i wanted to do was crawl back in bed, & sleep for the next week or so… but the princess half marathon was calling my name, & i needed ample time to fix my hair before the race – so, i found myself climbing out of bed & pulling on my team sparkle skirt.

princess-1/2-marathon-start

by the time i got to the starting line, race adrenaline was pumping thru my veins, i could feel the excitement in the air, & being surrounded by literally thousands of women who were ready to run… i couldn’t help but forget about how crummy i felt, & start to believe that maybe i would have a magical day, after all.

with a wave of her magic wand, fairy god mother started the princess 1/2 marathon, & soon i found myself flying down the road, weaving in & out of runners, dodging tutus, & counting the numbered of costumed runners.

the first several miles flew by. running along the road from epcot to the magic kingdom, i was feeling strong, & running “on pace,” even a wee bit under. & then it happened.

princess-half-marathon

just as i entered the magic kingdom, i started to cough – & i couldn’t stop. the coughing triggered an asthma attack, & suddenly i couldn’t breath. i really & truly thought i was going to die, right there & then in the magic kingdom, which didn’t seem all that magical at that particular moment.

luckily, i had my inhaler… & 2 or 3 puffs later, my life was no longer flashing before my eyes.

but, in that brief moment, i quickly realized that my dream of a new PR (personal record) wasn’t going to come true at the princess half marathon.

rundisney-princess-1/2-marathon-rapunzel

at that exact instant, i suddenly felt incredibly disappointed & may have even shed a tear or two.

but the moment was fleeting, & quickly replaced by a voice in my head reminding me what jeff galloway had told me just a few days earlier… “enjoy every mile. there’s not a lot of fun getting from point a to point b as fast as you can.”

right then & there i decided to change my race approach.

it didn’t matter that the princess 1/2 marathon wouldn’t be my fastest race ever.

all that mattered was that i ensured that the princess 1/2 marathon was one of my funnest races ever.

rundisney-princess-half-marathon-rapunzel

for the rest of the race, i tried to enjoy every mile. as i ran around the magic kingdom. thru tomorrowland, fantasyland, cinderella’s castle & fronteirland, before heading back to epcot where we ran thru future world, past spaceship earth before we crossed the finish line – i stopped, visited & took pictures with every single disney character on the race course (there were more than 100 pictures!). but this group of disney villains were definitely my favorites…

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i high-fived spectators, thanked volunteers & posed for pictures with a few of rapunzel’s littlest fans.

& anytime i started to feel a wee bit sorry for myself, i repeated jeff’s mantra “enjoy every mile,” & reminded myself that kelly clarkson would tell me:

“what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger… stand a little taller.”

i ran almost the entire race with a smile on my face, and really & truly did enjoy all 13.1 miles.

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but the best part of any race is always crossing the finish line, being dusted with pixie dust & receiving the bling.

& since i had already run the tinkerbell half earlier this year,  i got to walk away with not just one, but two fancy schmancy medals… the fabulous princess half marathon tiara & the coveted coast-to-coast medal (earned when you complete one complete runDisney half marathon or marathon at walt disney world & disneyland in the same calendar year).

rundisney-coast-to-coast-medalthe cling clang of medals, definitely was (& still is), music to my ears.

princess half marathon {by the numbers}

* total “chip” time 1:49:16
* 73rd place out of 2,473 women in my age group
* 318th place overall out of 15,803 women
* 5K split time 23:55, average pace of 7:41 minutes per mile
* 10K split time 49:11, average pace of  7:54 minutes per mile
* 15K split time 1:16: 23, average pace of 8:11 minutes per mile

i guess it really is true… fairytales do come true. one mile at a time. the key is to enjoy every mile.

 

disclosure: while i have been planning on attending the runDisney princess half marathon weekend & running the runDisney princess half marathon (at my own expense) for months now (i really wanted my coast to coast medal)…. i was recently invited by runDisney to attend the entire event weekend as media – meaning they were kind enough to cover my hotel expenses at the fabulous animal kingdom lodge (where live giraffes, zebras & more roamed outside the balcony of my room), meals, and all of my race fees.

of course – all thoughts & opinions are 100% my own, because as you already know… i absolutely, totally & completely LOVE runDisney events, especially the princess half marathon.

 

54 comments
Erin T
Erin T

Wow Kelly! You're amazing! Just found your blog from the team sparkle Facebook page. You had time to take pics with all the characters and still finished in 1:49... While sick?! I was determined to finish Tinkerbell in under 2 hours and had to skip taking any character pics to finish in 1:58. You're an inspiration! Will you be at Wine and Dine in November? I can't wait to get my Coast to Coast medal there. Keep up the great work and keep smiling!

@according2kelly
@according2kelly

i'd LOVE to run wine & dine - but i'm still undecided. flying out from the west coast, it gets really pricey. Good luck! Take LOTS of pictures for me. & thanks for all the compliments!

jamie
jamie

Awesome job! That is amazing, so glad you decided to have fun! ps- LOVE k-tape!

Emily
Emily

Wow - great recap!! I loved all your costumes throughout the weekend !! And I'm super impressed you did the race with a smile with the way you were feeling. And wasn't the coast-to-coast medal awesome?!

Marie
Marie

Major bummer! But you kill me that you still totally rocked it! And I didn't know this race was in Florida! I think this is the one for me next year if that's the case. I could use a little Florida in March!

Marie
Marie

And I think that your Rapunzel costume is my fav! I love the hat with the braids. You never cease to amaze me with your costume skills!

Jen
Jen

You still did an awesome job!!! Way to finish even though you were not feeling your best.

@according2kelly
@according2kelly

thx! it was tough & i definitely wanted to quit several times along the way! but it was an amazing experience!

Caryn B
Caryn B

Wow that is impressive. So proud of you. And I LOVE the costume you chose...well all of them really....I can barely run a couple of miles at the gym! Remember Boot Camp? : )

@according2kelly
@according2kelly

you'll be running miles in no time at all - just keep training! i love your attitude!

Julie Ordonez
Julie Ordonez

How unbelievably cool! That's pretty amazing that you were feeling sick and still managed to get that time! I'm thinking of training for my first half, so this totally inspires me!!

@according2kelly
@according2kelly

do it! you should definitely sign up & train for a 1/2 - it will change your life!

Sara
Sara

What a great recap!! I didnt run this year but Im all signed up for the Tower of Terror run in September! :)

@according2kelly
@according2kelly

I'm totally jealous! tower of terror looks awesome! have a great time!

Tisha
Tisha

How awesome Kelly - you are an inspiration! I power-walked my first 1/2 marathon a couple of weeks ago and was so inspired by it that I'm training for another one that I fully intend to run all the way! Thanks for giving a GREAT mantra to take with me during my training and on race day, "enjoy every mile". I love it!! :-)

@according2kelly
@according2kelly

wahooooo! congrats - i love that you are signed up & training to run the 1/2 - you will love it!

Desiree Eaglin
Desiree Eaglin

Good for you for going even though you felt like poop. That is truly inspirational. And your outfit and hair? I die!

@according2kelly
@according2kelly

ahhh shucks! thank you so much desiree! When are YOU going to do a runDisney race?!

Desiree Eaglin
Desiree Eaglin

Totally a goal in the future when I'm back to a "normal" body weight. I'm looking forward to popping out this last baby and getting on the workout/fitness train. But running while 7 months preggo isn't so bueno. lol

Shelby Barone
Shelby Barone

What a powerful experience that you had with your asthma. So glad to hear that you had a wonderful experience!

@according2kelly
@according2kelly

Thanks! Hopefully one of these days I'll learn to control this asthma!

Jennifer
Jennifer

Wow!! I am SO impressed! And can you believe I hadn't even heard of the Princess Half Marathon (or that Tinkerbell thing for that matter) until now? It's a shame you were sick, but what a testament to your perseverance.

@according2kelly
@according2kelly

runDisney has TONS of races... both the Disneyland Half & Tinkerbell Half here in California. And then several races (including the Princess Half) in Florida. They are fabulous races, especially for NEW runners! You should do one!

Alexandra
Alexandra

If I had known one could run a race in a princess costume with a sparkly skirt I may have started running years ago - great job!

@according2kelly
@according2kelly

it's never too late. you should do the hollywood half in sparkles!

XLMIC
XLMIC

That sounds pretty awesome! I love how your knee tape is color-coordinated to your costume :)

@according2kelly
@according2kelly

of course! You HAVE to match your Kt Tape to your outfit. It's crucial!

Heather Montgomery
Heather Montgomery

your costume was adorable and I am so glad you enjoyed the race! I try not to go into disney races with the thought of a PR because I want to enjoy them and take pictures!

@according2kelly
@according2kelly

runDisney races are so much fun - whether you run it fast or slow, they are always an amazing experience!

Run with Jess
Run with Jess

What a great post! And still an amazing race! Congratulations!

@according2kelly
@according2kelly

Thanks jess! Have you done a runDisney race?!

Run with Jess
Run with Jess

Registering for my first Disney race today! W&D in Nov...

Jen
Jen

Or, as Elle from Legally Blonde says, "What doesn't kill me makes me hotter!" Disney races are all about the fun factor. I'm glad you worked through your illness and managed to have fun.

@according2kelly
@according2kelly

LOVE the elle quote! SO true. & you are right. runDisney races are al about the fun factor!

Tami
Tami

Awesome job, inspiring as always! Love your shoulder ribbons ;-) And boy are those medals are COOL! I'd be clanging those around everywhere ...

@according2kelly
@according2kelly

I'd wear the runDisney medals on an daily basis if i could - love them!

Ciry
Ciry

Great race recap! Looooove the outfit! I am sorry to hear you were not feeling well but your finishing time was still amazing!

@according2kelly
@according2kelly

Thank you! The race was an amazing experience - even if I felt terrible!

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