After a fun few days the 1/2 Marathon was finally here. We set our alarms for 3:00 AM, got up, got dressed and headed to the monorail.
I wish I had a picture of the walkway at Ticket and Transportation Center to the Epcot Monorail. It is awesome-the Cast Members decorate with balloons plus they clap and cheer for us as we make our way to the monorail. It is a perfect send off!
All smiles even though it is basically the middle of the night, and we are headed off to run 13.1 miles!
The walk to the corrals is about a mile-so we took some quick pics before the long walk so that we could run a 1/2 marathon.
I stopped by the Boys and Girls Clubs of Central Florida to thank them for all the support and good wishes they had given me. Again I was honored to be making every one of my miles count.
Then my two friends and I took a pic. We had dressed up as the Cheshire Cat, Alice in Wonderland and the Mad Hatter!
The race was great. I felt stronger than any other race. Usually once through Magic Kingdom I pretty much walk the rest of the way, however I kept up a consistent run until about Mile 10. At which point everyone around me was doing a brisk walk so I did as well. It would have taken more energy to weave in and out.
Mile 10 goes up a ramp, and many do not like it. But I do. Once you reach the top you can see back at all the miles you have come. And seeing a sea of Princesses for miles gave me the motivation to push through the tiredness. When I am at Mile 9 headed to Mile 10 I love seeing Princesses wave to me as I am making my way. So I in turn gave huge waves and thumbs up to all those who were making their way.
And then this is the best part-you can see Spaceship Earth in the distance. I alway want to say-Spaceship Earth you never looked so good!
I do not take out my phone until about Mile 11.5. At that point I saw I had a text from my dad that he was waiting a little past Mile 12 with Julia and her friend.
Upon my way to meeting up with them I was finally able to get a character picture. I have never stopped during a 1/2 for a picture. The lines are way too long-I just don’t feel that I would be able to stop for that long, and then keep going. But in Epcot there was a relatively short line-so I grabbed my chance!
And then I stopped for my dad, Julia and her friend-it is the highlight of the race to see them It keeps me going on the toughest moments of the course!
As I was getting near the finish there are photographers all around. Usually I look like I might pass out, or like I am strolling in a garden, or texting someone. However this year the photo shows me running and really sums up how I felt during the whole race-strong and confident!
It is always hard to believe at the end of the Princess Half Marathon that another year of PHM weekend has ended. It is such an extraordinary weekend to be doing something so physical but also to be surrounded by family and friends. We all get sad as the weekend ends, but we look back on the memories and fun we had, and we start planning for the following year.
Princess Half Marathon 2018 weekend-here we come!
Question: Do you have a special race weekend that you do with family and friends? I’d love to hear about it!