I’m still working on catching up with all the races that I ran during my blog hiatus….
I will start by saying that everything that people say about Disney races is SO TRUE. They are amazing events. Are the worth the huge price tag? Yes and No. I mean, I’m super glad that I ran the princess, but I probably won’t do it again unless I’m running with a group of friends. I think that’s what my big take away was. I ran solo…and it just wasn’t as fun. I don’t think that it’s a race I would ever run to try to get a specific goal time, its more geared toward being a fun run. Costumes. Friends. Laughter. Pictures. That’s what the Disney races are all about. So, running it by myself having not trained very well…wasn’t the best idea.
But lets get to the race, shall we?
I’ve never dressed up in a costume, and frankly I’m pretty bad at costumes in general, so I didn’t quite know what I wanted to do for the Princess. I do love Disney princesses, and I wanted to be supportive of the atmosphere…so I decided to go as Belle. As my own little “twist” I decided to go as pre-princess Belle. Not sure what that means? Here you go…
Basically blue with a white apron. Easy, right? Well I ended up having to explain it about a million times. ”I’m Belle…” “You know, before she was a princess.” ”Yea, remember…blue dress? white…oh nevermind…” I totally just looked like I was wearing a racing bib with no numbers around my running skirt. Oh well.
Disney races start early. Like crazy early. I actually missed my alarm and would have probably slept through the whole race if my parents weren’t visiting and came knocking on my door at 3:30am. I rushed to get dressed and headed out the door. I actually put my socks, shoes, arm warmers, garmin, and belt on once I got in the car .
Since it was so early, it was stupid cold. I hadn’t brought a jacket so my mom lent me her’s while we waited in the start line “village.”
After some super fun pre-race entertainment hosted by the Fairy Godmother (of course) we headed en mass to the starting line. It was a little bit of a walk, but since I had to surrender up the warmth of my jacket, I appreciated the opportunity to get the muscles moving and a little warm.
Waiting at the starting line was actually super fun. I didn’t know anyone and I hadn’t come with a group, so I just wandered around admiring everyone’s creative costumes. I met a couple people from out of town. It was so fun to be surrounded by so many women! There was a LOT of girl power.
I didn’t know much about the course going into the race, except that we would be running through Cinderella’s Castle. I was pretty excited about that.
I knew that I wasn’t going to get any sort of PR for this race. It was just a few weeks after I had run the Melbourne Marathon, and I still wasn’t training all that consistently. So I just ran and tried to enjoy myself.
At some point in time, I realized that if I pushed it just a bit at the end I would be able to get under 1:55.
I officially finished with 1:53.54. Not great, but it wasn’t horrible. And I had a really fun time running through all the parks.
The post-race goodies were really great! They handed out boxes full of different samples including hummus and crackers. I’m always craving tons of salt when I’m done running so that really hit the spot.
My absolute favorite part? The sparkly medal!
For some reason…when I registered they didn’t ask me which princess I wanted to be…so by default I was Rapunzel. Lame.