Disney Princess Half Marathon Race Recap

I had a great time at the Princess Half Marathon, but the one thing that sucked was the wake up time.  I woke up at 3:15am!

Dad and I got dressed and stumbled over to the food court to get coffee.  I planned on having a banana and a Larabar but got a boxed breakfast at the All Star Sports resort.  This included a bagel, granola bar, banana and a bottle of water.  I ate the banana and started to munch on the bagel as we got in the line for the bus to take us to the race.

Caroline and I planned to ride the bus over together.  When I got in the bus line, there was only about 50 people in line.  By the time Caroline got there 5 minutes, the lobby was packed and her and her husband couldn’t find us. 😦

Once we got to Epcot, Dad and I hung around for a bit;  it was chilly, about 45°.  Since I have been training in sub-freezing temperatures, this actually felt pretty nice! I left my camera with Dad, who isn’t a great photographer. Please excuse the blurry pictures!!

I was able to meet up with Caroline and Andrea before the race.  We then trekked to the Start. Yes, trekked! It was about a 20 minute walk! I’m glad I had ladies to talk to and complain with!

Once we got there, we split off to go to our respected corrals.  Me to A and them to E.  I was so close to the Start!!!!

Blurry BB Pic of Start!

[[SIDE NOTE]] The corral placement was wacky!  I was placed in corral A, even through I am not that fast and have never run a half.    Leslie, who re-PRed at 1:51, was in Corral E.  And she signed up early! I heard of no one in B or C.  To top it off, there were walkers even in Corral A!  This was my only real complaint about the race that can be fixed.

After a quick bathroom break, I lined up in the corral, had a Vanilla Gu and chatted with some of the ladies around me. Then a little after 6am, the fairy godmother came out to wish us well! And with a fireworks start, we were off!

Dad's blurry pic of fireworks at Start!

Mile 1-3

Even though I was in the first corral, I still spent the first half mile weaving through walkers and slow runners.  I paced behind a woman in a coral shirt for almost 3 miles and felt great! Even though this part was on the highways, it went by quick! At the first water station, I grabbed Powerade, expecting blue and tasted GROSS lime. UGH!  There was an awesome pirate ship in the middle of the highway, no picture of course!

It was also pretty neat to run through the Magic Kingdom gates, which I don’t have a picture of again….

Mile 3-6

5K split: 30:19

By Mile 4 and the Ticket Center, I saw my dad! He, however, did not see me.  He had taken the monorail  to the ticketing center and was looking for a place to stand.  Some nice man had to chase him down as I was not about to run backwards! There was awesome Japanese drummers, who I wished could follow me. They were keeping a great beat!

Happy to have chased down Dad!!

I then entered Magic Kingdom, still keeping a great pace! In fact I sped up!  We ran up Main Street…

Blurry BB pic 😦 Kind of groovy though~

through Tomorrowland and then through the castle! I loved they had trumpeters right on top of the castle entrance!

Got this taken at the castle. May buy it!

Right after we exited Magic Kingdom by Frontier Land, one of the runners next to me said ‘Here comes the boring part’ .  I think that really stuck in my head the rest of the race.

Mile 6 -8

10k Split: 1:00:13

I saw my dad again  at the Floridan.  He saw me and was ready this time!

I always look this pained while running

Up until this point, I felt amazing.  I had held about a 9:30 pace, walking through the walk stops and taking a few pit stops to take pictures!  Once Dad and I parted ways, I realized there was a looonnng stretch of highway and not much to look forward too.  This really played with my head.  It was also starting to get warm out…

Mile 8 – 10

At about mile 8, I took a 3 minute walking break just after mile 8 to eat some Cliff Shot Blocks.  Looking back, this was a bad idea.  I should have just ate one every 10 minutes.  The first 7 miles are a blur in my head, they went so fast!  But on the open road, I start to plan mind games…

Hit the Pirate Ship again. This time there were actual pirates there! I high fived a Captain Jack Sparrow, who looked a lot like Johnny Depp!

15k Split: 1:31:53

Approaching Mile 10, I saw that we were going to have to run up an on-ramp…

This is how I felt inside....

Mile 10 -12

Since I train on a lot of hills, the actual on-ramp was not that bad.  However, the idea of the on-ramp was mentally killer.  I was mentally dead after the ramp.  I looking in to the  sun, with no sunglasses, my stomach was souring and I still had 3 miles to go… I did not want to panic or totally break down, so I  started 10 minutes running and 1 minute walking. During walking, I would take some deep yoga breaths that  helped significantly.

There was another ramp between mile 11 and 12 and I was not looking forward to it.  As I turned the corner though, I saw the Epcot globe. It put some pep back into my step!

Right before mile 12, I was running downhill and had a shooting pain in the ball of my foot.  My shoes were not tied tight enough towards the toe and  I now have blisters on the underside of my toes.  I seriously considered taking off my shoes and carrying the timing chip across the finish line!

Mile 12- 13.1

Mile 12 was right before Epcot.  I knew I was almost finished so I sped up a bit! The out and back in Epcot was painful and I was trying to push through…

Luckily Meghann was cheering at Mile 13. She had a great sign (‘Run, Blogger, Run’) and it really gave me that last push!  Thanks for the picture, Meghann!

I was able to really push through the last .1! Here’s on of me right after I crossed the finish:

If you look from a distance, I look like I am smiling!

On of the Finish Line when I finished, I am on the right.  Why couldn’t the other photographer get one of me with my arms up??  Instead I got painful face above!

Finished!  My Official Times:

It was great to be done and I was so happy!  The princess crown medal was placed around my neck and my hair glittered!  After I grabbed water and Powerade, I stepped to the side to get out of my now very painful shoes and call my dad.  Then things went downhill fast….

While on the phone with Dad, my stomach started to  cramp .  I was barely able to walk over to meet my dad or drink/eat anything. A trip to the port-a-potties didn’t help.  I sat in the middle of the parking lot for about 20 minutes while my dad went to find my uncle, who got stuck  in traffic and got there after I finished 😦

I think this was a combination of the Gu I ate before the start and the lime Powerade plus the heat and effort that made me so ill.  It did ruin the accomplishment I just had.

Once I was feeling a bit better, Dad, Uncle and I  hopped on a bus back to All-Star Sports to shower and get breakfast.  We ate at the Bordwalk’s Kouzzina by Cat Cora and I had a delicious stacked breakfast.

The rest of the day was spent napping and getting more frozen yogurt at Menchies!

And there was a trip to downtown Disney….

Love Stich! He spited too!

The other day, I posted about the Post Race Blues.  As I was thinking about it last night, it is not really ‘blues’ as much as regret.  Because I got sick, I don’t have ANY post race photos.  I also didn’t hang around to see how people finished or get a finishers tee.  And when I see others race recaps with happy finishers photos, I get a little jealous! I think I am almost over it though

Overall, it was a great race and I learned a lot!  I will definitely be signing up again! Hopefully next year my sister will race with me!

A Big Thanks to My Dad!!! Not only did he come  with me, but he ran around Disney at a ridiculous hour! As he put it, it felt like the Amazing Race!!


10 Responses to “Disney Princess Half Marathon Race Recap”

  1. 1 megzzwinsatlife March 12, 2010 at 11:06 am

    awesome job girl!! sorry we didn’t get to meet up.. I actually broke my fun because I ran with it 😦

    It was really nice meeting you on Saturday!

  2. 3 rundadrun March 12, 2010 at 11:53 am

    Great race report! Congrats on a great race.
    Happy running,

  3. 4 runeatdatesleep March 12, 2010 at 4:55 pm

    Congratulations on your awesome time! Great recap!

    It was great starting out the morning with you and Caroline 🙂 I’d buy that awesome picture of you in front of the Castle if I were you!

  4. 6 Caroline March 13, 2010 at 9:16 am

    I’m sorry you got sick! I sort of glanced around for you after I finished but then decided that having time for a shower and nap before checkout was really important to me. Your time is awesome though!

  5. 7 Taylor March 25, 2010 at 12:00 pm

    I am running my first half marathon on May 2 in Cincinnati! Do you have any advice for my first time?? Also, I am moving to DC in the summer and would like to continue running! Are there any races coming up this summer that you are running in??

    Let me know!


  6. 8 TestOBoost July 15, 2013 at 1:34 pm

    There’s certainly a lot to find out about this topic. I really like all the points you’ve made.

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2010 Race Schedule:
3/7 - Disney Princess Half Marathon - DONE! 2:10:29
4/25 - Pike's Peek 10k
6/15 - Baltimore 10 miler
10/16 - Baltimore Half Marathon



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