Yeah!! I did it! I found my happy pace. After months of worry over my foot injury, I did it. I ran the Disney Princess Half Marathon and aced it! What a race. Over 20,000 participants and from what I hear that was up from 13,000 last year. Tiaras and tutus as far as the eye could see along with a few “princes” thrown in. It was a great experience and I am so very grateful to have been able to participate.
My Race Breakdown: Wake up time 2:30 A.M., no that is not a typo. Bus pick up time 3:00 A.M.! (Sounds kind of crazy since the race didn’t have its official fist wave kick off until 5:45) But thanks to our co-ordinator, and my all around awesome neighbor, Cara we got there at exactly the right time. In fact there were so many princesses that many were unable to make it to their correct corral. Leaving many runners having to fall in behind the last corral behind many walkers. (note: I totally support walkers I just prefer to navigate around the least amount of them possible.)
After a prayer for a good run and a healthy foot, my corral start was around 6:10 A.M., but what a start it was! We were bibbidie-bobbidie-bood by none other than fairy godmother and then given a firework sendoff. So cool! The course featured princesses, princes and characters of all kinds. The down side, super long picture lines. We are talking 30-40+ people deep. So I choose to forgo most lines. Although I had not set out to make this half my PR (personal record), I did have a plan to stay in front of the 3 hour pace “prince”. (Disney had an official cut off time of 3:30) The pictures were just not going to allow for that. I was able to snap some pictures in front of the castle and a few other places. Runners were polite and helped other “single” runners like myself with pictures. At about mile 10 I realized even with the stops and pee-pee break (sometimes you just gotta go) I had a chance to beat my Rock n Roll time. So I picked up the pace for about the last 2 1/2 miles. I ran great, the foot was feeling so good I could hardly believe it. I was able to run the hills with out issues, even the one at mile 11. I guess all those practice training hills finally paid off!
I finished only 5 minutes short of a PR. But on the inside I finished with a personal best. I had never felt so good on a 13.1 miler either race or training run. And as a bonus I got my picture taken with Snow White at the post race party.
I want to take a minute to thank all my friends, family and bible study ladies for praying for my injured foot and for a good race. I have no doubt they had Jesus interceding on behalf for this one. I also want to thank Kelly my coach at www.runfastmommy.com for the training plan and support thru the past few months. Plus those shoe tying videos…genius, probably made the biggest difference for my foot.
So what next? Well I have decided to run the March Shamrock. Yup, foot feels good, body feels good and I have the right cardio conditioning for a half. But I also have a chance to beat my Rock n Roll time. I’ll keep you posted
Oh and in case you were wondering from my earlier “glass slipper post….”. There were princes with glass slippers on the course (true fact)~~~ and no I didn’t even try it.