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The Inaugural Glass Slipper Challenge Part II – Disney Princess Half Marathon

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Ahh that 2:30 am runDisney alarm…  Slightly a bit more rested than the day before, Amanda and I went through the motions of getting ready in the dark and getting all of our running gear in order.  Would you believe that 2 days in a row I forgot to put deodorant on for the races?!?!  My apologies to everyone around me…  We headed to the bus, bleary eyed, but ready for Part 2 of the Glass Slipper Challenge!

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This was the 3rd year Amanda and I ran this race together and it really has become “our race.”  I have to admit that with my recent miscarriage and other health issues, I was really considering not running this year.  I hadn’t been training and I just didn’t think I was up for it.  But a few weeks prior to the race Amanda convinced me that it was just what I needed to get myself back in gear and if we had to walk the whole thing we would.  So with that added determination we took on our 3rd Princess Half Marathon together 🙂

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Before I knew it, the countdown had begun and we were off!  There’s the start line in the distance from the haze of the firework smoke hanging heavy in the fog…

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Oh the fog?  Yeah the humidity was thick that morning, just like ALL Disney races.  We started off doing the Galloway run/walk approach with 60 second runs/30 second walks, which is what we did most of the the day before for the 10K.  Right off the bat, I was struggling.  I had no energy and was having trouble catching my breath.  I was getting very frustrated and couldn’t figure out what was going on.  Then just before mile 2 it dawned on me…I didn’t take a Gu before starting the race.  I was running on very low fuel, as that half bagel with pb and banana over 2 hours ago was clearly running low.  Well that was dumb!  I think between the combination of exhaustion and excitement, I forgot about the basics.  So I popped a Gu and in about 10 minutes was already feeling better.

My favorite part about runDisney races is “running” into friends along the way, and as we made our way to to the Magic Kingdom we ran into some great friends!

Kristen and Carrie!

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We ran into our pal Shaene in the parking lot of the Transportation & Ticket Center (TTC).  I was SO excited to see him because it was at this point in the TTC parking lot where 3 1/2 years ago that we all took off on Mickey’s Halloween 5K, our first 5K ever!  At that time were were just a bunch of Disney geeks looking for a new way to experience our favorite place on earth…look at us now 🙂

One of my favorite parts about being at the TTC for a race are the amazing drummers.  They come just after you reach the Mile 4 marker and the energy is amazing!

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Another mile and we made it to the best part of the race…the Magic Kingdom!  The sight of that castle in the distance with hundreds of cheering spectators NEVER gets old.

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Now I know I’ve mentioned this before, but I need to reinforce it.  One of the BEST things about Disney races are the real bathrooms.  Not only is it due to the lack of hot, stinky port-a-pottiness, but being about to wash your hands and splash some water on your face is so refreshing mid-race.  Look how happy Amanda is about real bathrooms!

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The best bathrooms to stop at are between Liberty Square and Frontierland.  They are large and never have a line.  Skip the first few you see and head here.

After a quick pit stop we hit Mile 6…

Then had the worst photo taken at one of the best photo ops on course.  Choose your photographers wisely people!

Then we got a good backstage look at Splash Mountain…

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And then I hit the wall…

Making that left onto Floridian Way meant the loooooong road back to Epcot and I was getting tired.  My lack of training was setting in, my feet started to hurt and I just didn’t want to go anymore.  I said to Amanda “I think this is my last half.”  I had completely lost all motivation.  She didn’t say much, but stuck with me and I sincerely thanked her.  Then I heard just what I needed…”Who else would I do this with?  This is our race.”  Sigh.  After all the crap I’d been through the weeks before I basically lost it.  I had to hold myself back from ugly crying at mile 8 and I could hardly breath.

That’s what it took me to realize why I was there.  I needed this race, I needed to struggle, I needed to wipe away all the hurt.  It finally felt great to just let it all go.  Damn I love that girl.  And that was it…for the rest of the race I had a blast.

I stole Mickey’s golf cart…

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Got to see my friend Nicole

I banged out 5 full push-ups!

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And then we finally made it to the home stretch…Epcot!

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I have a few favorite photo ops that are now becoming a tradition for me at the end of this race.  It’s actually really fun to get the same shot and compare it to the prior year!  First is this crazy Fairy Godmother, who shouts jokes to all the runners.  I love her!

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Next is a tradition I now do during all of my half marathons since I did it during my first…take a photo at the Mile 13 marker.  I remember being SO EXCITED that I had made it 13 miles and that excitement never seems to get old 🙂

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We crossed that finish line and I started balling (queue the ugly cry!) because I really didn’t think I would be able to accomplish this challenge.  My body was not ready for 19.3 miles, but I managed to squeeze it out.  I don’t know how, but I did!  I had done this challenge before with the Dumbo Double Dare Challenge, but this was so much harder and meant so much more to me.

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After getting both of our medals, Amanda and I headed to meet B and watch the rest of the runners cross the finish line.  I love doing this and encouraging everyone on.

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We also got to see something I’ve always wanted to see…the last person cross the finish line.  What I love about runDisney is that they celebrate those that come in towards the end as much (if not more!) than the leaders.  We found out that the woman who was last to cross had just lost her two children in a fire.  She was arm and arm with her two friends dressed in rainbow tutus and Mickey, Minnie and Goofy joined them for the walk to the finish line.  Well if I wasn’t emotional enough…this just put me over the edge.  I yelled and cheered for her and I, once again, ugly cried for her…

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And like that my 3rd Princess Half Weekend was complete, but this time I had some extra bling and some extra pride to take home with me.  Those 2 days were HARD, but I’m so glad that Amanda pushed me to do them.  Sometimes you just need that cheerleader to get you over that slump.  I’m not done with running, but I will definitely be scaling back this year.  However, I do actually think I will continue to do Princess every year…it is our race after all.

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Did you run the Princess Half Marathon or take on the Glass Slipper Challenge?  Do you have any race traditions?

Disclosure: I was invited to attend the entire weekend as media.  My hotel expenses were provided by Disney.  As always, all opinions are 100% my own and I am 100% obsessed with runDisney events.

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First Look at the 2014 New Balance runDisney Shoes!

The folks over at Competitor got an exclusive first looks at the new designs of the 2014 New Balance runDisney Shoes and they are pretty cool!  If you recall, new characters and new models have been added this year to accommodate even more Disney runners out there.

Check out the designs!

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The Entire 2014 New Balance runDisney Collection

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860 Model Sorcerer Mickey and Princess Minnie Designs

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890v4 Model Cinderella Design

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890v4 Model Goofy Design

I’m definitely more partial to the design of the 890v4 model and love the colors!  It looks like the Cinderella design has ribbons for laces, which is a really fun touch.  They will also be coming with traditional laces as well, but I love the ribbons for walking around the parks between races 🙂

These will be available January 8, 2014 at 10:00 am at the Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend Health & Fitness Expo.  Last year the shoes sold out VERY quickly, but word is there will be more in stock this year.  Even if that is true, I’d recommend getting there early and expect long lines if you are interested in grabbing a pair.

You can see more photos here and for an even closer look, check out this video from runDisney!

What do you think of the new designs?  Will you be picking up a pair?

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New Characters for 2014 runDisney New Balance Shoes!

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So not only are runDisney and New Balance releasing all new Mickey and Minnie themed running shoes for 2014, today they announced that 2 new characters will get their own shoes as well!!  Goofy and Cinderella!!

The original runDisney running shoe is the 860 model, a stability shoe that is good for most runners.  It offers support and comfort for both experienced and new runners.  This will be the same model for 2014 with Sorcerer Mickey and Princess Minnie (see the new designs here) adorning the shoe.

With the new characters, there also comes a new shoe!  The 890v4 model is a lighter shoe that is built for speed!  New Balance describes it as a lightweight shoe for the runner that is looking for a “faster experience.”  Is that you??  The shoe only weighs 6.64 ounces and has an 8mm drop giving a more natural feel to your stride.  The men’s version will feature Goofy and the women’s version will feature Cinderella.  Check out this video for a sneak peak of the designs:

I think this is a GREAT addition to the runDisney New Balance line and a smart move on their part.  Not all runners are the same and it’s great to offer a variety of options to fit multiple needs.

It looks like the full reveal of all the shoes will come in January 2014, probably over WDW Marathon Weekend, so make sure to stay tuned for that!

What shoe are you looking forward to most?  What other characters would you like to see on runDisney New Balance shoes?

Exciting News for Disney’s Princess Half Marathon Weekend: A 10K Race, New Medals & More!

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BIG announcements from runDisney today about the 2014 Disney’s Princess Half Marathon Weekend scheduled for February 20-23, 2014!  You know this is my favorite race, so I couldn’t be more excited about the news!!

The Princess 10K
Jumping on the success of the 10K races for the Disneyland Half Marathon Weekend and WDW Marathon Weekend, it seems like a no-brainer that they would add a 10K to Princess Weekend.  This gives runners of all abilities the opportunity to take part in this magically royal weekend!  I always encourage new runners to take part in the Princess Half Marathon since I had such a wonderful experience with it as my first big race.  The atmosphere is so upbeat and fun…I’m so glad even more people will now be able to participate.

Disney Glass Slipper Challenge
Well of course there is a new challenge, which obviously means MORE BLING!  For those princesses (and princes) looking for even more of a challenge, you can sign up for the 10K on Saturday and the Half Marathon on Sunday and receive the inaugural Disney Glass Slipper Challenge Medal.  Oh you know that will be around my neck!  And don’t forget you will get the medals from the individual races as well.

Special Edition Coast-to-Coast Race Challenge
For runners participating in both the Tinkerbell Half Marathon (January 17-19, 2014) in Disneyland and Disney’s Princess Half Marathon, you will receive a Special Edition Coast-to-Coast Race Challenge Medal!  The medal will still feature Walt and Mickey, but it will have a pink overlay and a pink lanyard.  How cute is this?!?

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Registration for the 2014 Princess Half Marathon opens June 11, 2013.  A limited number of runners will have the opportunity to register for both the Princess and Tinker Bell Half Marathon at that time to secure your spot in the Coast-to-Coast Challenge.  The official registration for the Tinker Bell Half Marathon will open on July 9, 2013.  No word if a discount will be given for early registration of both races, but if you’re a DVC Members or Disney Visa Cardholder, don’t forget to use your discount codes.

So what do you think of the new announcements for Disney’s Princess Half Marathon Weekend?  I’m clearly beside myself!!  Bring on the challenge!!

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Princess Half Marathon Weekend Adds New Race, New Challenge and New Medals

Women-focused event to offer 10K, new challenge and special-edition medals fit for a Princess; Special Princess and Tinker Bell half marathon registration available June 11

LAKE BUENA VISTA, FLA (April 26, 2013) – Building on the success of its women-focused events, runDisney is broadening the Disney Princess Half Marathon Weekend at Walt Disney World Resort next year by adding a 10K and a new two-race challenge.

The Princess 10K gives runners of various levels more opportunities to run through Disney theme parks and receive a specially-designed finisher medal. And runners looking for an even bigger challenge can sign up for the 10K on Saturday and the Half Marathon on Sunday (19.3 miles total) to earn the inaugural Disney Glass Slipper Challenge Medal to go along with medals from each individual race.

The Princess Half Marathon Weekend, scheduled for Feb. 20-23, is one of two women-focused runDisney events. The other is the Tinker Bell Half Marathon Weekend in January at Disneyland Resort in California.  Both races are among the largest women-specific running events in the country and focus on healthy active lifestyles for women and girls.  For instance, after nearly 7,500 runners ran in the inaugural Princess Half Marathon event in 2009, the popularity of the race has grown considerably with more than 26,000 registered runners for last year’s race.

Also new in 2014 is a special edition runDisney Coast-to-Coast Race Challenge Medal for runners participating in the 2014 Tinker Bell Half Marathon at Disneyland in January and the 2014 Princess Half Marathon five weeks later at Walt Disney World.  Finishers receive the coveted medal featuring the likeness of Walt Disney and Mickey Mouse with a pink overlay and lanyard.

Registration for the 2014 Princess Half Marathon opens June 11 at www.runDisney.com.  A limited number of runners will have the opportunity to register for both the Princess and Tinker Bell Half Marathon at that time.  Those not securing an early registration for the Tinker Bell Half Marathon will have a second chance when on-line registration officially opens on July 9.

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Both the Princess and Tinker Bell Half Marathon weekends include signature runDisney events including a health and fitness expo geared towards women, kids races, a family fun run 5K, as well as featured half marathons for both weekend.

For more information and to register for runDisney events, visit www.runDisney.com.

RAD Reads and Weekly Review: November 18, 2012

What a whirlwind few weeks!  First we got hit by Hurricane Sandy and were out of power for 6 days.  Not only was it difficult living in a 55 degree dark house, but I had to reschedule some large events at work due to the storm causing a lot of unwanted stress.  Then Winter Storm Athena blew through dumping about 8 inches of snow on CT and knocking our power out again fror about 6 hours.  Just what I needed the day before I was leaving for Wine & Dine Half Marathon Weekend!!  Sad first world Disney problems, I know…I just really needed this trip and I was scared I wasn’t going to make it.  But I did make it and it was epic 🙂

My full Wine & Dine race recap is coming up this week, but in the meantime you can read about the runDisney meet up and the Health & Fitness Expo from the weekend.  There were a lot of great posts from Wine & Dine meet up from my fellow bloggers Disney Every Day, Live, Run, Grow, We Run Disney, According To Kelly, Outrunning the Monorail, Running Toward the Prize, Running With Wishes and Running With Sass.  Make sure to pay them a visit and see what they thought of that amazing day.

With all of this craziness going on, I’ve been completely off schedule over here at RAD, but I’m hoping to get back on track this week.  Thankfully I’ve been able to catch up with some of my favorite blogs this week, so here are some RAD Reads I found for you:

Running & Fitness Posts
Fit2Flex, who was one of the announcers at the Wine & Dine Half Marathon, has a fun recap of Mickey’s Jingle Jungle 5K where she set an amazing PR of 25:10.  WOW!

Food. Fitness. Fantasy. takes us on the journey of finding the right running shoes, bloody heels and all.

SkinnyRunner ran the Ragnar Las Vegas relay, which is 197 miles.  The team was the 1st female team to finish in just under 26 hours and 11th overall…amazing.

Running Wild(er) recaps the Pretty Muddy race series.  This looks like a really fun event!

The Misadventures of a Darwinian Fail (one of my favorite blogs!) has made a promise to her body and many others are joining her in the Strong is Sexy Challenge.  Let’s all prove that being strong IS sexy and join the movement!

Disney Posts
Eating WDW dives into my FAVORITE item from this year’s Epcot Food & Wine Festival, the Grilled Lamb Chop with Mint Pesto and Potato Crunchies from Australia…the BEST!

Travel with Rick has a Magic Kingdom “old school vs. new school” culinary throw down with Smoked Meats and Frozen Treats.  Who do you think will win??

Imagineering Disney takes us inside the Walt Disney World Maintenance Shops.  Prepare to see a one armed Captain Hook!

Disney Bound once again finds an adorable outfit inspired by Marie of the Aristocats!

Disney Every Day goes on a tour of the room we recently stayed in at the Boardwalk Inn…what an amazing hotel!

The Disney Food Blog, with the help of Zannaland, provides a detailed review of lunch at the brand new Be Our Guest Restaurant.  I can’t wait to eat here!

This Happy Place Blog was lucky to attend a 15th anniversary celebration of The Lion King on Broadway.  I’m still dying to see this show.

Weekly Review
I’m happy to report that my ankle held up and my shin splints (thanks to KT Tape!) subsided during the Wine & Dine Half Marathon.  My body is definitely getting stronger because my recovery was very quick compared to my previous half marathons.  (It’s still crazy to me that half marathons is plural there!!!)  When I got back from WDW, I headed straight for my CrossFit box because I really missed lifting heavy things.  I got an awesome 93# PR on power cleans this week and one of my coaches told me I could do so much more.  I just need to get past the mental block of lifting a lot of weight.  I left encouraged and ready to keep trying!! Have I mentioned how much I LOVE CrossFit?!? 😉

Here’s my full week of workouts and to see my full WODs, head over to my page on dailymile.

Sunday: Finished the Wine & Dine Half Marathon at 1:30 am 🙂
Monday: CrossFit – 1 hour – Rowing & Thrusters
Tuesday: CrossFit – 1 hour – Power Cleans & Romanian Dead Lifts
Wednesday: Rest
Thursday: CrossFit – 1 hour – EMOM Night
Friday: Rest
Saturday: Rest

This week I have to pick up my running again.  I’ve signed up for the Team #runDisney virtual 5K challenge over Thanksgiving weekend where all the proceeds will go to Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, so I’m really excited about that.  But I need to start logging those miles.  I sound like a broken record every week with my lack of marathon training, but I’m still struggling with the motivation.  Any tips??

One last thing…I’m trying to put together a video montage of photos from the Wine & Dine Half Marathon Weekend.  Thank you to those who have submitted so far, but I still need more!!  Please email me at sarah@runningatdisney.com with photos you have from the weekend and I will include them in the project.  I will be posting it here on RAD in the next few weeks.  Thanks!!