I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: the Disney Princess Half Marathon is the most fun running race I’ve done. I ran it last year and ran it again this year with Ryan. It was her first half marathon and I was psyched to be there with her for it. After all she’s been there to support me through most of my big races! Be sure to check out her race recap
After waking up just past 3, we were walking to the starting line at Disney well before the sun came up.
Neither of our training schedules went as planned so we approached the race with a fun, relaxed attitude. Perfect
Disney knows how to put on a race. Before we knew it the crowd was moving forward to the starting line… a big boom from the fireworks and we were off!
There’s something fun to look at every few minutes. Sometimes it’s characters set up with their showy display or a big drum ensemble making the crowd smile.
The race was packed the whole way. It was a 13.1 mile game of dodging princesses!
There’s Ryan! She did so so well, especially considering it was her first run over 7 miles! We were fairly consistent with our pacing and followed the Galloway method (running 3 minutes and walking 1).
I think the best part of Disney races is running through the castle!
Oooops. There was a traffic jam coming out of the castle….
My belly was grumbling around mile 8 so I munched on a bag of Sharkies. Sharkies are more like yummy gummies than sports chews!
Most runners are women (ummm… it’s the PRINCESS half), but some men make the trek too. I particularly loved this man’s shirt!
The sun was bright and shining the last few miles. I’ve been in chilly North Carolina for three months now and have grown used to running in the cold. The bright sun gave me a horrible headache… I missed my mountains! Still, we trucked on!
Close to the finish line there was a gospel choir… then we turned the corner and saw the crowd cheering us to the finish! We ran at our own comfortable pace the whole race, but the idea of keeping it under 3 hours was something we both wanted. We kept running to that rewarding, wonderful line.
And there it was! I was so proud of Ryan and so grateful to witness her accomplish something so big!
We finished in 2:58:37! Congratulations Ryan!!
It was a wonderful race. After the race we had one thing on our minds… pancakes!
What’s the most fun race you’ve ever participated in?