Crystal here! Last month I completed both the Disney Princess 5K & 1/2 Marathon. I had the best time spending the weekend with my good friend Jo at the Disney Art of Animation Resort. She also did both races & it was her 1st 1/2 Marathon!!
Unfortunately, Mary didn’t realize that the races fill up & when she went to register for the 5K, it was full. 🙁 However, she is already signed up for the ColorMeRad 5K on 4/13/13 in Orlando.
Jo & I arrived at our hotel the afternoon of Friday 2/22. We then attended the Fit for a Princess Expo to pick up our runner’s packets. Also at the expo, there are tons of vendors selling items from clothing to shoes to headbands & so on. Saturday morning we got up early to get ready & take the resort provided transportation to the 5K Start area. There’s a DJ set up to keep you moving & to warm up. The energy is pumping!! The 5K race wasn’t timed with a tag on our runner’s bib, it’s defnitely more of a fun run. Disney 5K’s are great first time runs to do!
After the 5K we grabbed some breakfast at the hotel, then headed to our room for a nap. Our husband’s & kids came up to take us to dinner. We went to Rainforest Cafe & the wonderful staff there brought out these desserts for us. After dinner, it was time to get to bed, because we had to very very early morning. We got everything ready to go before we went to bed by having our clothes & shoes set out, runner’s bib filled out, water bottles pre-filled, energy supplements in our runner’s belts & light breakfast to take with us.
We woke up around 2:00am to both get showers to help wake us up. We had to get on the bus between 3:00am-4:00am to make it our corral on time. Again, there is some entertainment to help you get moving & warm up. But for the Disney Princess 1/2 Marathon, you have to walk a couple of miles just to get to the corrals areas. Next time I must remember to go to bed even earlier, because I woke up feeling like I hadn’t slept.
The Fairy-God Mother counts down as each Corral starts in 7 minute increments. Fireworks are shot off for each Corral’s start time! When you finally get up to the start line, you get this crazy feeling like, ok, it’s time to do this. You’ve been training for this. You may feel a little worried, but you can get through it!
One of my favorite things is seeing people dressed up in tutus or even full out Disney costumes. There is lots of entertainment along the course. Everything from a marching band to characters to a gospel choir.
Approaching the finish line is the most emotional part of the 1/2 Marathons for me. I always seem to get teary eyed around mile 12, I’m not sure why, but I just get an overwhelming sense of accomplishment in myself. It is such a great feeling & is hard to explain! And the medals are pretty darn amazing!!!
I was never a “runner” growing up or participated in any physically active sports, so I truly believe that if I can do them, so can you! Whether you can run a 10 minute mile or walk a 16 minute mile, that’s still a mile further than sitting on the couch. If you’re looking to get in shape or eat better, check out “A Healthier You is a Better You“. Great daily motivation to keep going to reach your goals!
My next Disney race will be the Tower of Terror 10-Miler on October 5, 2013.