Whew! Did February feel like a blur for anyone else besides me? I blinked, and it was already March. It could be due to the fact that I was traveling for the majority of the month. I went from Park City, Utah to Austin to Disney and then back to Utah to cap the month off. What a whirlwind of fun it has been though. Now it’s back to business, and I am finally recapping Princess Half Marathon Weekend. It’s hard to believe it was only a little over two weeks ago. It feels like forever, but I guess it’s like they say time flies when you’re having fun! For Princess, I signed up to participate in all three races – the 5k, 10k, and Half Marathon, so let’s get to it!
The 5k was hard – not for the distance but for the emotions tied to it. My mom and I were supposed to do the 5k together, but mama Judy broke her leg when we were out skiing at the beginning of the month. We had our costumes planned out and everything, so I was upset she couldn’t be there with me. Overall, the 5k course was the simple loop in and around Epcot World Showcase. I have never actually run a 5k at Disney since I always participate with Mom, and she doesn’t run unless someone or something is chasing her. It was cool getting to experience the park in the dark with all of the pavilions lit up. The 5k character stops were some of my favorite from the weekend. I didn’t stop for many, but I stopped for Prince Phillip and Aurora and Rapunzel and Flynn Ryder. Aurora and Phillip only had a line of about 5 people deep, so I think I stopped for maybe 5 minutes. I could not believe when I found Rapunzel and Flynn, I literally ran into the spot and made them wait a minute so I could wipe the sweat off my face before we took the picture. I was super surprised they didn’t have any wait. Once finishing the course and waiting for the buses to begin running, I took the chance to meet some of the Princesses – specifically Elena, Aurora, and Princess Minnie. Overall, it was a great morning, and I was able to get back to my room with enough time to nap and shower before heading over to Studios before park opening!
The 10k was the one race of the weekend I was anxious about. After not breaking an hour at the Rock N’ Roll New Orleans 10k, I was more determined than ever to sub an hour, but I realized real quickly that it wasn’t going to happen this race for multiple reasons. The few of which being – the weather, it was so hot and humid and I didn’t want to push myself to the point of exhaustion or dehydration. Also, the course was so crowded, and I was not in the mood to bob and weave adding the extra mileage. Once I hit the 5k maker and got my splits, I knew the sub-hour time I wanted wasn’t going to happen, so I decided to enjoy myself and the race. Of course, after that point, I missed all of the really good characters stops – mainly Belle and Beast. I did stop in France for a picture with Marie and to see a good friend from Louisiana who was her character attendant. After crossing the finish line, I hopped in line immediately to meet the OG queen, Snow White. After getting pictures with Snow, I ran over to the spectator stands to watch a bunch of friends cross the finish line! Once we were all reunited, Payton and I went to go meet Princess Minnie before calling it a morning. The line to meet Mulan was 45 minutes, and we knew we wouldn’t make it before the end of her set.
The final run of the weekend. Honestly, I wasn’t sore from any of the previous races I was just tired from waking up early every morning. Also when I woke up I found out that my phone didn’t charge overnight, so I woke up to a phone at 5%. To say that stressed me out was an understatement – I needed my music and my intervals app. Thankfully, I was able to get it charged enough before the first bus left, and we brought the portable charger with us to let me charge my phone until the last minute. By the time, we made our way to the staging area, I was so frazzled that we went straight to our corrals rather than meet characters. This was my first time doing the Magic Kingdom route. I could not believe how long the walk to the corrals was, but I liked that all you had to do was walk forward rather than make an awkward turn to get to the start line. It was so inspiring to listen to all of the children’s stories to remember why we were running and what everything this weekend was going towards. I was the in the second wave of D, and I honestly couldn’t believe how swift the waves were going. They were shooting them off faster than normal. This was great because I knew I was fighting the sun – trying to finish the running portion of the race before it got too hot to handle. I wasn’t going for time in this race, but I also knew I wasn’t going to wait in lines that were super long, so I passed up the meet and greet with the Princes, and the Evil Witch from Snow White. The best part of the entire race was running into Magic Kingdom. Originally, mom planned to be on Main Street cheering me on, but as I said earlier she was restricted from traveling. Before we entered the turnstiles, I started to tear up because I missed her, so I decided to FaceTime her. Honestly, I only intended to say hi and let her know I was in Magic Kingdom, but after we both were bawling I decided to keep her with me the whole way down Main Street. It will go down as one of my favorite Disney memories we have shared. After that, I felt a renewed sense of energy and purpose. I wanted to make my mama proud since she couldn’t be there and because I woke her up at an ungodly hour. Everything was magical until we passed the Grand Floridian and then I hit a slump. Running on straight roads for miles can get boring very quickly but thankfully the end was looming near when I hit mile 10. The rest of the race is almost a blur to me, but the best part was running past the choir at the end as they sang “Hallelujah”. It was fitting as we reached the last turn of the race.
Overall, it was a great weekend. I have a love/hate relationship with Princess weekend. I love it because it’s all things princesses and girl power and Children’s Miracle Network holds a special place in my heart. I hate it because of how crowded it is. I say I’m not running Princess Weekend again for a while but knowing me I’ll sign up the day registration opens, so only time will tell. This was a great race weekend though to put my spring season to an end. I had to pull out of Star Wars weekend, but that is a story I will be sharing with y’all next week!