My fourth Princess Half marathon turned into a wonderful race day despite being the slowest half I have ever run. With orders from my coach to take the race slow and easy after racing the 10k on Saturday, I had plans to just enjoy the course, costumes and perhaps take a few photos along the way. My goal was fun and nothing else. After getting up promptly at 3:00am, Alison and I were headed to the bus stop at 3:15am for our ride to Epcot and the race area.
|2 sisters ready to race!|
After a porta potty stop, we went to the corrals early to have time to stretch and warm up a little. I barely got into the corral when Lisa, who had paced me for the 10k, stopped to say hi and wish me a good race. Michele came over soon after and kept me company until the race start. I also met another runner, Bridget who joined in the fun, but I forgot to get a photo with her.
|Michele had such a cute Ariel costume!|
As always, the start line was beautiful with lots of eager princesses ready to run 13.1 miles. I love the fireworks and each time I start at one of these races I get the chills! My plan was to run /walk the distance in about 2:20-2:25. My first mile went quickly and less than a few tenths into mile 2, Alison passed me and I cheered her on. During my next walk break, I heard a voice ask me what intervals I was doing. It was Barbara Galloway and I replied 4/1, 4 minutes running, 1 minute walking. After exchanging a few pleasantries, I was off for my next running interval. Meanwhile, we seemed to be going at about the same pace overall, and I asked Barbara if I could join she and Jeff and another runner, MaryAlicia. Their intervals were 30/20, 30 seconds running and 20 seconds walking. Never having used any intervals but the 4/1, I thought this would be a great chance to see how shorter ones would work for me. The miles flew by, and many more runners joined in our group which made the race go even more quickly. I loved having people to chat with and MaryAlicia and I also enjoyed stopping for many photos along the way!
My photo adventure began with the pirates. I was surprised to find only 2 people in line and so I made the decision to take character pics.
Who could resist these handsome footmen? I am not certain what I was doing, but clearly they amused me!
This race was turning into a photo shoot and MaryAlicia and I stopped as often as possible quickly rejoining out group. We even took this one with Princess Atta from A Bug's Life together!
The miles were ticking by and soon we were approaching the the last on ramp before we arrived back at Epcot. Of course I needed to stop for the army man after seeing the fantastic photos our friend Danielle got during the Wine and Dine Half marathon weekend. My assignment was five push ups, not too bad!
Shortly after arriving in Epcot I saw PeggySue, a runDisney cheerleader extraordinaire. She has the same sign at every race and is so supportive of all the runners. I was excited to get a photo with her and of course she offered me a treat from her supply!
Last of all was the fantastic gospel choir that sings to the runners as we round the corner to the finish line. It is always so exciting to see them at each and every race.
Jeff with his princess runners!
Medal time again!
It was so fun running into Kelly from Sparkle Athletic as I left the food area in search of my sister. She looked so cute in her Merriwether costume!
Finally I met up with my sister to find out that she had run a 1:56 half marathon! I was so excited for her and was certain that would give her an age group award!
Two happy sisters
Christine sent me a text message to let us know Alison placed second in her age group! Now it was time to go celebrate in Magic Kingdom! Have you ever run a race for fun and taken photos?