Disney Princess 1/2 Marathon Weekend!

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I can’t believe how fast last week/weekend went, yet it still seems like forever since I’ve been able to share what’s been going on in my life.

Where to begin???

On Friday, February 21st Jeff and I packed up our car and drove to Orlando, Florida, so that I could take part in the Disney Princess 1/2 Marathon; my first 1/2 marathon ever!  The race was scheduled for the morning of Sunday the 22nd, which was nice because that gave us a day to just relax and enjoy Orlando.

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On Saturday morning we got up early and went to pick up my bib number and race information.  After that we decided to kill some time at the outlet malls and then we met up with a good friend of mine from high school and all played miniature golf at Fantasia Gardens.  We had a great afternoon and the weather was perfect outside, especially seeing when we left North Carolina it was about 15 degrees.

Sunday morning came rather quickly, and Jeff and I had to wake up at 2:45 a.m.  The reason for this was because we needed to be outside Epcot around 4:00 a.m in order to make sure that we had time to park the car and get to my starting corral by 5:30 a.m.  I think it goes without saying that some runners looked incredibly tired, but at least they were there.  Luckily for me, I’m a morning person and other racers were quite entertaining.

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If you’ve ever thought about doing a Disney race, you definitely should!  People dress up in costume and everyone is so friendly!  There are runners of all kinds there as well.  You have people who are serious and want to do there best, and you have people who just want to take it easy, run through the parks, and take pictures with the characters along the way.

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Fireworks go off at the start of every corral!

Typically I try to do my best, but I knew going into this run that it would be different.  For one thing, I’ve never run a 1/2 marathon before, and for another, I was just over 19 weeks pregnant.  To help mentally prepare for this run, I knew that I’d have to slow my pace down, drink more water at the water stops, and probably have to use the bathroom once or twice.  I was right on all counts and even with the obstacles I faced, I managed to finish with a time of 2:27:24.  It might not have been what I was originally hoping for, but it’s not too bad!  I actually ended up placing 3,933 out of 20,215 runners who took part in the race.  After I calculated the results, I discovered that that’s within the top 25% of runners, and I’m incredibly proud of that. I’m even panning to sign up for my next 1/2 marathon in January 2016.  It will just be something else to help me get back into shape after baby Griffin arrives!

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