Monday, March 24, 2014

Run Like it's the Stroke of Midnight - Princess Half Marathon Recap

So, I realize my Princess Half Marathon recap is a little late.  

Honestly, I have been spending so much time reading everyone else's recaps that I forgot to write my own - DOH!  Since it's been a few weeks I've obviously forgotten all the nitty gritty details, so I will probably share my race experience with more pictures than words.  I ran with DisBroad Shannon and our BRF Bonnie, who both wrote excellent and timely recaps - if you want all the deets, go check out their blogs!

Race morning started once again at zero dark thirty - I had laid out flat Kristen the night before (and given that this was my third night doing so, I was a pro at this point) so I was able to get dressed quickly and head down to catch the first bus leaving the Boardwalk.


Once I arrived at the pre-race area I met up with my DisBroads - for the half marathon portion of the Glass Slipper Challenge, we were dressed as heroes and villains.  I took the role of Mother Gothel from Tangled.  

Mother knows best!

Thanks to Bonnie for sharing some of her pictures!!

After some pre-race photos and potty breaks we headed for Corral G!


Before we knew it, it was our turn to start!


And we were off!

Shannon, Bonnie, and I decided on a run 1 mile/walk 1 minute ratio.  My tape job from Dr. Laura was holding up wonderfully and I was wearing my compression socks again (a fresh pair, promise!) so my foot was actually feeling really good Sunday morning and I was hoping with this run:walk ratio we'd get done faster.  We planned to stop for pics of course - in the end, we stopped more than we had originally planned but we were having the best time!

The first 4 miles are mostly highway, making our way from the Epcot area to the Magic Kingdom.


Before we got there though we happened upon the Villains - and this was a must stop even though the line was kinda long.  We were almost to the 4 mile marker so we took this opportunity to fuel while we waited for our photo op.  Some of the other broads caught up to us so we got the best group pic!

Epic I tell ya!

The humidity was HIGH that morning and there was a very thick fog covering Cinderella's castle as we scooted down Main Street.  We entered Tomorrowland and found this guy:


Through new Fantasyland we came headed towards the castle.  We found Royal Mickey and Minnie but their line was WAAAAYYY too long so through the castle we went, and then we stopped in front for some pics.

Love my hair, don't ya??

We also found Tiana, whom we were going to see the day before but she left Louis right as we were getting in line.


Shortly after we exited the Magic Kingdom and made our way back towards Epcot on Grand Floridian Way, passing by the Grand Floridian and the Polynesian resorts.  We did not stop for any pics there but we did stop for Mrs. Incredible - since we are incredible just like her.


The Mile 7 song that we all voted for on Facebook??  Yeah, I picked a winner there.

And yes, I belted it out as we ran through.  

Of course we had to pit stop at the Mile 9 marker.  After all, it was our tribe.


And then as luck would have it we saw the Princes again, and unlike earlier that morning they had a very short line so we stopped!

I tried to stay in character the whole time, but Aladdin just about cracked me up.

We came upon the pirate ship again and the line was also shorter but just as we were almost to the front, Jack Sparrow had to take a break, leaving Captain Barbosa all alone.  I just wasn't that in to him so I opted for no pic at this stop, but Bonnie and Shannon got some GREAT ones here!

At this point we only had a few miles left and we were all getting tired, and my foot was getting a tad troublesome, especially with the on ramps we were running.  Bonnie and Shannon were so awesome to run with - we encouraged each other and kept track of each other when we'd get lost in the crowd.  I don't typically run without music but it was not necessary that day - those ladies kept me more than plenty entertained the whole time!

By the time we approached Epcot we were more than ready to be done - a quick in and up to the World Showcase and back out and we'd be finished!!!  BUT, we saw this girl and I HAD HAD HAD to have a pic with her.  My girls would disown me if I didn't.

And she had NO line - #FTW

I don't know if I can put to words the joy we had crossing the finish line together - so I'll let the picture do the talking.



Whoa, I look rough here!  Told ya it was humid.

Glass Slipper Challenge complete!!


After a bunch of sweaty hugs I bid my running mates farewell for the morning while I met up with my chEAR squad at the finish line so we could make our breakfast reservation at Cape May Cafe.  It was definitely one of my most memorable runDisney events to date - I loved every second and cannot WAIT to do it with these ladies again!