At a race expo about 2 years ago, I came across the most amazing race...EVER! A race hosted by DISNEY and it had a PRINCESS theme!!! For the past two years I have dreamed about the opportunity to run the Princess Half Marathon at Walt Disney World. In July, registration opened up for the 5th anniversary running of the race. I knew for months leading up to registration that I was going to cross this race off of my running bucket list in 2013. I quickly registered for the race in mid-July (about a week or two after registration opened). For the next few months I was thinking of costume ideas (you cannot run at Disney without a fabulous costume) and saving up money to make this an amazing trip for my family.
Thanks to some inspiration on Pinterest, I decided that my costume would be a running version of my favorite Disney Princess - Aurora (Sleeping Beauty). For my costume, I purchased a pink Team Sparkle skirt, added some princess flair to a pink running top with some help from my mom (back of top is shown below), and what princess doesn't have a fabulous tiara?!?
As I ran through miles 8 and 9 I reflected back to the pain that I was in during the last few miles of my marathon and that lonely feeling that I had for 14 miles. As I thought about this, I saw the pain on my fellow ladies' faces. I decided that I needed to take this opportunity to support how amazing the women are beside me: not only for coming this far, but for having the courage to start this journey. I would find a woman that had the look that I had around mile 21 at the marathon - the "I don't know if I can make it to the finish" look. I would run up to them, share a smile and a few kind words of encouragement and move on towards another runner. It was just amazing to receive a smile back and know that I hopefully gave them a boost to make the final miles a little easier for them.
Coming up to mile 12 I ran into one of my photo line friends. She ended up standing in the 25 minute line to get a picture with Mickey and Minnie before the castle. We both laughed at how we started 35:00 sooner than the last corral, yet we were in jeopardy of getting swept due to our love for photo opps! Shortly after the mile 12 marker my dad and Aunt Vicki were long the route to cheer for me. They are pretty amazing.
After around 12.25 miles we entered Epcot. We are almost there ladies (and gentlemen)!
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