A Fairy Tale in the Making
Once upon a time a tired mother, pregnant with her 2nd child, decided at the age of 38 to run her first half marathon race before her looming 40th birthday . . .
Just over a year after having our Sweet Sofia, I ran the Capital City Half Marathon and was bit by the half bug – despite the fact that I walked funny for days after the race. Of all the races out there, one caught my attention. A runDisney event, the Disney Princess Half Marathon. It is one of the largest runDisney races, if not the largest. A Disney fan (and a Queen in my own mind), I more than anything, wanted to run like a princess.
Fast forward to today, almost five years later, and in just three weeks time, I’ll be running in my first Princess Half. I can barely wait.
Some of you might wonder why – especially if you’re not a runner, I am so excited about traveling to Disney World just to run 13.1 miles? Friend, you have to understand that for me, running is a type of self-care, making this trip is about embracing a mindset that says it’s “okay” to take care of me. And, frankly, like many of you, I am really good at taking care of others and sometimes really bad, at taking care of me. This trip is self-care on steroids and not just because of the running.This beauty runs like a beast. Are you ready to run like a Princess? #RunDisney #PrincessHalf #MotherRunner Click To Tweet
What it Takes to Run Like A Princess
As you can imagine, there are race fees and then, there are race fees. Signing up for a runDisney event isn’t like signing up for your neighborhood 5k. It requires a fairly significant financial investment; and unless you live in Orlando, the investment extends beyond the registration fee.
The Disney Princess Half Marathon Weekend begins Friday, February 22 through Sunday, February 24. The events include a 5k, 10k, 13.1 and the Fairy Tale Challenge (all three races). The weekend also includes various runs for kids. Registration ranges from $85 for the 5k to $345 for all three races. And, so I’m clear, the registration fee does not include park entry nor does it include lodging. The 5k race is on Friday the 22nd, the 10k is on Saturday the 23rd, and the half is on Sunday the 24th. And believe me, don’t plan to sleep in on Sunday morning. The race starts earlier than most at 5:30 a.m. – all the advice I’ve read encourages you to be up and out the door by 3:30 a.m. on race day.If you plan to run like a princess you better get your beauty sleep. #RunDisney #PrincessHalf Click To Tweet
If you register for the race and decide that you want to stay in a Disney Resort, make your reservations early. While I could have an entire blog post devoted to the benefits of staying on or off the Disney resort properties, I won’t. One of the things I enjoy about Disney is the high standard of care and customer service, and since this trip is about self-care, the right choice for me was to stay on property. There are so many amazing things about the Disney Resorts; however, one of the best things about them on race weekend is the free, early morning transportation.
This year, after much deliberation and changing my reservation no less than three times, when I decided upon the Port Orleans Resort – Riverside. I even scored on a deal for one of the Royal Guest Rooms. Did I mention I’m flying solo on this trip? No kids, no husband, just me and my favorite running shoes. Ahhhhhh
If you’re new to Disney the whole topic of meal planning is again a subject for it’s own post, especially as busy as the parks will be. I decided to handle all my meals (except for my pre-race dinner) on the fly and did not make dining reservations for the entire weekend. My pre-race meal includes carb loading at Terralina (a new restaurant for me) in Disney Springs. The menu looked like too good of an opportunity to miss.Half Marathon, Full Princess. Are you ready to run like a Princess? #RunDisney #PrincessHalf Click To Tweet
My sweet husband knew this was a bucket list event for me and believed a long weekend away would be good for this Momma. (I am grateful beyond words.) I will be flying out the Friday morning before the race and returning home the Monday morning after. Four days, enough to allow plenty of time for pool-side sunbathing, touring Epcot and even a post-race massage. I know some women who cringe at the thought of Disney. Not this Princess. This is my kind of self-care.
Tutus, Crowns, and Glass Slippers
Let’s be clear. One doesn’t simply run the Princess Half.
If for once in my life it’s acceptable, even expected for me to both dress and act like a princess, you can bet I am not going to miss my opportunity.
I am racing as Mary Poppins (from the original movie) dressed in a costume to reflect her white lace dress from the Jolly Holiday scenes. I know some might argue her Princess status – but they’re just ill informed – unless they are willing to advocate for her as a Disney Queen. Either way, Mary Poppins in my mind is Disney royalty.
While I’ve purchased some parts of the costume (runDisney has created a whole cottage industry) I am making my own tutu which right now reminds me of something out of Swan Lake and has our formal dining area covered in tulle and glitter. It’s not done yet, but I’m getting there! I’ll be sure to share more pictures on race day featuring the entire ensemble. Right now, I am still testing a few things out. If you’re looking for some princess running inspiration, another great place to look is Etsy. There’s a cottage industry friends.
Forget the glass slippers, this princess wears running shoes. #RunDisney #PrincessHalf Click To Tweet
If all this talk sounds too good to be true, check out the official digital guide to the 2019 Princess Half Marathon Weekend and read for yourself just how magical it all is. You can also following my Running Pinterest Board for all kinds of great information related to running as well as runDisney. (Please share your own running related Pinterest Boards or those you like to follow I’m always looking for new ones!)
I will be sure to share plenty of updates following the race in 3 weeks – in the meantime feel free to connect with me if you’re going to be at Disney World over race weekend. I’d love to meet with you. And, if you’re a true Disney fan, like I am, please be sure to comment below on your favorite things to do while at the Walt Disney World Resort.
Finally, just one more thing. Today, I am giving away of copy of Alli Worthington’s book, Breaking Busy, as a follow-up to last week’s blog post 3 Powerful Ways to Edit Your Life. The lucky winner is Lori V., congratulations Lori!
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