I have been noticeably absent. Many things are moving around and I am more of an introvert when talking about important personal things, typically I go into hiding. Nonetheless, I am dusting the cobwebs off this place because it’s time to celebrate!
Norak and I took part in the Disney Princess Half Marathon. Norak took training very seriously, never wavered in any of her training runs, followed everything by the book, even the diet. I am incredibly impressed. As I still train for my upcoming marathon, I used the race as a rather exciting “long run.”(evil laugh). I loved being able to actually act like I know what goes on during races now.
Jessica gave us quite the sendoff with Mickey Princess cupcakes! Most amazing friend. How cute are the Mickey Oreo ears!?
This is my fourth half, Norak’s first and it was great to see the excitement she had leading up to the race.Of course the excitement can be somewhat deflated when getting up at 3 AM, brutal. The race was EARLY, 5:45 start time. That’s not very magical, Disney.
The magical 13.1 fairy tale journey included:
– A long, boring corral wait. One hour to be exact, I definitely got tired of waiting, not to mention sleepy.
– Fireworks at the send off of the race. OK, score one for the mouse.
– Disney characters, everywhere. Disney lined the course with Jack Sparrow, Woody and Princes galore. The craziest thing were the lines on the race course for runners to take pics with these characters. I don’t think I’ve ever seen anyone stop for pictures during a race. I was pulling Norak past the people, we had a pace to keep:) Looking back, it would have been fun to stop and take photos along the race.
– Great music, volunteers and fun along the run. Most important way to pass the miles. I thought the race flew by.
– Best part of the race was running through the kingdom. It was just cool! And that could have been 5 miles and I wouldn’t have known, it made for amusing entertainment.
– Princess fairy dusting to conclude the race. Glitter galore. Hey, princesses don’t sweat, we sparkle.
And we HAVE to brag….Norak made her first half-marathon in 2:12! Are you kidding me?! How fabulous is that? Motivation enough. Taking a queue from Peter Pan, I believe I can run!
I cannot thank the family enough for being there. Prince Dad got up with us and stayed with us the whole time. Mikey and Heather showed up, sign and all. Having support is the number one thing to making a race successful.
Most importantly, my mom showed me that she is somewhat interested in my crazy running hobby. She is still going to keep up with running, and even has plans for doing another race soon!
As for marathon training, talk about a time suck. It takes a great deal of mental and physical preparation to get through 15+ miles almost every weekend. Meghan tells me to stick it out, and I know it will be more than rewarding, but I’m ready to start tri training full court.
I am fortunate to be surrounded by family and friends who support my passion, for that I am blessed. Here’s to finally getting spring fever and the running itch back.
Anyone tried the Disney races? What’s your favorite event?