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A Princess Half Marathon Weekend Easter Egg!

Princess Half Marathon Weekend Easter Egg

There have been some rumblings around the interwebs over the weekend about how runDisney is dropping hints about the theme of the next Princess Half Marathon Weekend out on the course.  I’ve done some digging and it seems that this is in fact true and I LOVE IT!

Where is this royal Easter egg you ask?? It’s on the Mile 13 marker!  Check it out…

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As luck would have it, I have a tradition of taking a photo at the Mile 13 marker when I run a half marathon.  I did it during my first half marathon (Princess 2012) out of pure joy for making it that far, and have continued to do it at subsequent races.  If you notice from the photo above, the mile marker is the same in 2012 and 2013, a general finish line image with all the princesses.  This makes sense as there was no exact theme for the first 5 years.

But look…in 2014 the marker changes to Anna & Elsa.  Guess what the theme for 2015 was? Frozen!  Then in 2015, Ariel was on the Mile 13 marker and low and behold, The Little Mermaid was the theme this year!

2015 Mile 13 Marker Photo Credit: Robin Schiltz

2015 Mile 13 Marker
Photo Credit: Robin Schiltz

So what Princess was on the Mile 13 marker this year??  Snow White!

2016 Mile 13 Marker Photo Credit: Adrienne Ramser

2016 Mile 13 Marker
Photo Credit: Adrienne Ramser

If this theory is correct, this will be a fun new theme for 2017 Princess Weekend.  She’s not my favorite Princess, but Snow White doesn’t get much love during this race weekend so should make for some fun medals.  The dwarfs are perfect for the kids races!

Have you noticed this little Easter Egg?  What do you think of Snow White being the main character theme for the 2017 Princess Half Marathon weekend?

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First Look at the 2016 New Balance runDisney Ariel Vazee Pace!

 

Ariel Vazee Pace

The 2016 Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend is almost here, which means it’s time for the latest designs in the New Balance runDisney Collection!  I was fortunate enough to get a sneak peak at the new collection and get a close up look at the Ariel Vazee Pace.  These shoes are SO CUTE!!!  Let’s check them out.

First, we need to give some attention to the all new packaging for the collection…I am VERY impressed! This is a box you will have trouble throwing away.

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The outside is nice, but when you open the box, there is so much more to look at then just the amazing shoes!

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There’s a little surprise UNDER the shoes…

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Those are some cute shell clips to go with the Ariel theme and a fun 2016 New Balance Guide to runDisney. More on the Guide later….let’s look at those shoes!

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The Vazee Pace is a neutral running shoe that provides lightweight support with it’s REVlite foam to keep you energized through every stride.  It was even awarded “Best Debut” by Runners World Fall Shoe Guide and named “Best in Class Light Trainer/Racer” by Triathlete Magazine.

While the shoes will get you swiftly across the finish line, it’s the detailing that will really make you fall in love with these shoes.  The colors perfectly match Ariel’s and the wave like texture gives it the perfect Under The Sea feel.

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They are even signed by The Little Mermaid herself!

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Oh and remember those clips?  How cute are they on the shoes?!

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I haven’t had a chance to take these out for a spin yet, but I tried them on and walked around a bit and they sure are comfy.

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Back to the 2016 New Balance Guide to runDisney that was included in the box.  This was a fun little addition that not only gives you more information on all of the new shoes that are being released this year, but also provides additional information about the races themselves.  There is even a 52-week journal to track your training for your upcoming races…how cool is that?!

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The Ariel Vazee Pace along with the new Dumbo Vazee Pace and the Red Carpet Mickey & Minnie 860v6s will be available starting tomorrow, January 6th at the Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend Health & Fitness Expo.  To minimize waiting in line for shoes, New Balance has created a virtual queue to let you know when it’s your turn. If you are running in any of the races over Marathon Weekend, you can sign up at www.NBVirtualQueue.com using your bib number starting Wednesday, January 6th at 6:00 am EST. Once you sign up, you will be sent a time via text/email to arrive at the Expo to get your shoes.

All other guests can sign up Thursday, January 7th, Friday, January 8th and Saturday, January 9th starting at 6:00 am EST each day.  Be sure to visit NBvirtualqueue.com to get all the details on reserving a pair and pick-up.  These shoes are sure to be in high demand and will most likely sell out, so makes sure to set your alarms to reserve your space!

The Dumbo and Ariel Vazee Pace will be available for $124.95, while the Red Carpet Minnie and Mickey 860v6s will be available for $139.95. In addition, a kids Dumbo and Ariel 860v6 will be available for $79.95.

What do you think of the 2016 designs and the Ariel Vazee Pace?  Will you be picking up a new pair of kicks this week??

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2013 Walt Disney World Half Marathon Recap

Big congrats to my good friend Jillian Hoffman for completing her first half marathon!  We ran our first 5K together back in 2010 and look how far we’ve come!!  I am so excited to have her here on RAD to share her experience.  Take it away girl…

Hi All! I’m Jillian and can’t wait to share my experience of running my first ever half marathon during Marathon Weekend!

Let’s go back to Marathon Weekend 2010. I participated in the 5k that weekend, my first race ever! I had so much fun and knew that I wanted to run a half marathon…eventually. Fast forward to New Year’s Eve 2012 just a few weeks before my 29th birthday. Every one kept asking what my resolutions were. Without even hesitating I said “to run the DisneyWorld Half Marathon in 2013 right before I turn 30.” And here’s my story of doing just that!

I spent all year training and even dealt with a severely strained psoas (hip) injury that sidelined me for almost 2 months back in Oct/Nov. So needless to say leading up to the race I had tons of anxiety about my injury and of course like so many others, came down with a cold the week before the race.  Thank goodness that by Friday morning when I hopped on a flight down to Florida I was feeling much better.

The day before the race was a whirlwind! My friend Jen was joining me on this trip to run the half as well. After our flight landed in Orlando we hopped on Magical Express, checked into our room, and headed over to the Expo. We quickly got our race bibs (anxiety set in big time right there), then headed over to the Expo for some shopping. We dropped everything off in our room and it was already time for dinner with my parents who were down to cheer me on. We ate at Delmonico Italian Steakhouse, which isn’t too far off property and I can’t recommend it enough. We filled up on pasta & Lasagna Chips, the most amazing thing we’ve ever eaten!!

Lasagna Chips!

Lasagna Chips!

We got back to the room 7:30pm and had just enough time for showers, stretching (you bet I brought my foam roller with me!), and putting out our race clothes before we went to sleep.

Race clothes ready to go

Race clothes ready to go

At the cruel hour of 2:30am the first alarm went off. After hitting snooze twice we finally got out of bed around 2:45am. Both of us did some more stretching, chugged down bottles of water, and I ate my breakfast of 2 slices of whole wheat bread w/natural peanut butter and honey drizzled on it. We got dressed, put together our bag, and headed out the door. Since Jen is a way more experienced runner than I, we planned to just check her bag with both of our things since she was going to finish about an hour before me.

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After making sure we had everything, it was off to the buses. One was pulling up just as we were getting to the stop so we made a quick run for it to make sure we got on. We were staying at the Caribbean Beach Resort so it was a quick ride over to Epcot. On the long walk from where the buses dropped us off to the pre-race area, I started to get really emotional! Everything I had worked on all year was about to be put to the test. As Jen saw me starting to tear up, she said exactly what I needed, “Stop being a whiney (insert expletive here haha), suck it up, you’re gonna rock this! Look how far you’ve come!!” We laughed but that was exactly what I needed to get me pumped up and ready! We met up with some friends to say hellos and good lucks.

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We took a few bathroom breaks and checked our bag.  Once through the bag check, insanity ensued! You could barely move! It took us over 20 minutes to walk from the bag check to our corral!

HUGE crowd walking to corrals

HUGE crowd walking to corral

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Jen was supposed to start in corral C but was awesome and moved back to start with me in F. God bless that girl because I would have freaked just standing around by myself! While waiting we stretched some more, chugged down more water, and started taking GU & Shotbloks.

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Stretches!

Stretches!

Pretty soon fireworks were going off all around us as the race had officially started!!!

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About a half hour after that first start our corral started moving on up to the start line!! Ahhhh here we go!!

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This was it!! I was about to start running my first half marathon!! I was excited, nervous, elated, you name it!! Goofy & Donald were there and all of sudden it was time to go!!!

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I was doing intervals of 2 mins running/2  mins walking as per my doctors instructions since this was going to be my longest run since the psoas injury. As soon as I hit my first walk interval Jen gave me a big hug and was off running!  Side note: That chick finished in 2:16:05 and that was with 2 bathroom stops! Yeah girl!!

The first few miles went great!! So great in fact that I did my fastest 5k since before the injury! I was happy and taking pictures of things as I passed. I just couldn’t believe I was running a half marathon!!!

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Heading into the TTC at mile 4 I was still feeling good and getting really excited that I wasn’t too far from the Magic Kingdom!

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Coming down the hill just before the Contemporary there was a DJ in duck wings cheering us on! I couldn’t help but smile running down that hill!

Quackin Your Pace!!

Quackin Your Pace!!

Then we passed mile 5 and started making our way into the Magic Kingdom! I was already getting emotional. I took out my camera to take some pics as I was coming down Main Street…

Main Street USA!

Main Street USA!

Once on Main Street, I started looking for my friends Shelley & Betsy. I soon spotted them but Shelley started pointing at something. I looked over and my best friend Kelly was there!! I started bursting into tears because I could not believe that she surprised me!! Thank goodness my friend Shalon caught this moment on video. I cry every time I look at it!

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After hugs & tears, I ran off with a renewed sense of spirit! I seriously loved the time in the Magic Kingdom!! I took lots of pictures and was able to use the bathroom in Tomorrowland with a very minimal wait! I also was able to get in a quick photo with Alice & the Red Queen since it was the only short line I saw the whole race!

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Running through the castle was amazing! It got a little congested but seriously, it was so cool!!

After that I passed by Tiana & Louis…

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On my way through Frontierland…

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And out the back entrance…by the garbage! They tried to spiff it up with Cinderella and the castle float…

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But the 10k mark, the water/powerade station, & port-a-pottys were all right there by the garbage! Seriously Disney?! It stunk so bad and I had such a hard time getting down my water. After that it got very tight too. I tried to keep to my intervals as best as I could but my running ones were almost as slow and my walking because there was just nowhere to go. A little after mile 7 it opened up but my hip started to hurt a bit. I stopped right after the Clif Bar station to stretch a little then continued on. Then next 2 miles were the worst of the whole race for me. It was just a long straight road with no entertainment, the sun blaring hot in my face, and trying to push through the pain. I want to give you all an honest look at how I felt so please try not to laugh too hard at my mile 8/9 pictures.

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I had a serious moment of “OMG I’m not going to finish.” But just as I was approaching mile 10 I got a text from Jen saying “Babe, ur right on track to finish!!! Ur doing AMAZING!! Keep it up, almost done!!!” It was what I needed; I perked right up and hit a few awesome spots in the race! As I was coming up the overpass the Green Army Men were shouting at us to pick it up and get to that finish line! So I snapped a quick pic and got on up that hill!

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As we were running over the bridge I saw nothing but a sea of people running where I had just come from. I know this may sound awful but seeing that gave me confidence that I was going to finish; I wasn’t last! The next confidence boost came from this fabulous woman right before mile 11. She ran up next to me and tapped me on the shoulder. I pulled out my ear buds and she says “Can I just say that you look amazing! You barely look like you’re sweating and I’m such a hot sweaty mess. You go girl! You so got this.” I laughed and thanked her and told her I could just hug her right now but I can promise I’m as sweaty as you and I’m sure you don’t want to feel that! Folks, this is why I love runDisney races! The camaraderie and all the encouragement! So if that lady was you, THANK YOU, you got me through those last 2.1 miles.

Honestly, I was really feeling great at this point. The pain in my hip wasn’t so bad, I know that I had properly hydrated and fueled along the course, and I knew my parents were going to be there at the end to cheer me on! Now we were coming into Epcot. Phineas & Ferb were rocking out and cheering us on with a DJ…

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And I had just 1 more mile to go!!!!!

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I called my parents & Jen to let them know I was making my way into Epcot and to find out where they were standing. Hearing my Dad’s voice and him telling me I’m almost there was all I needed. I was about to be a half marathoner!

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The time in Epcot went so fast!! Before I knew it I was coming up to mile 13 and the sounds of the Gospel Choir.

Just past mile 13 was my parents and all my friends!! They were all jumping and cheering!

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It was so amazing and I knew that finish line was coming! I started tearing up! I did it! I set my goal and I accomplished it!

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My friend Rora was the one to give me my medal and a huge hug!! She let me have a good cry, gave me another hug and sent me on my way to get my powerade and food. I couldn’t believe it! I did it! I really did it!!

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I’m so proud of how far I’ve come and I’m ready to take the next step! I’m already signed up for the Double Dumbo Dare in Disneyland and I have a feeling my friends are going to convince me to run the full marathon next January!