My Journey to Princess Half Marathon

I’ve said it before and I will say it again, I’m not a runner! With that said I have signed myself up for the Princess Half Marathon in February at Walt Disney World. WHAT! You aren’t a runner though, how could you possibly run/walk/crawl 13.1 miles? I tell ya how, motivation! Last year I became affiliated with 2 runner blogs, and booked lots and lots of rooms thanks to my friends Patty and Julie. Because I had so many clients going I felt that I needed to be there for that weekend last year to cheer them on. I figured I was at a Run Disney weekend I should do something, so I signed up for the 5k. Guess what I didn’t die! And it was tons of fun.

Me Not Dead with my 5k Medal

Me Not Dead with my 5k Medal

I left Princess Weekend last year with a challenge for myself, to come back in 2015 and run the Half. It’s a real girl power weekend. Lots of girlfriends and fun in Disney Parks and of course races. How could I not want to do it? Running is mind over matter. There are days I completely doubt my ability to finish 13.1 miles and other days I feel like a rock star. In 2 weeks I will run my 10k so I can submit my qualifier time for Princess Half, I really don’t want to start in the last Corral like not at all. I want to start far far away from anyone with balloons or on bikes.

In 2015 I will be surrounded by many of my “best running friends” cheering me on and I can’t wait. So here we go my first step to Princess Half a 10k in 2 weeks. Lord let me at least get to 12-13 minutes a mile!

Do you Run Disney? Then keep reading!

We all know just how expensive a Run Disney race weekend run-cation can be. Between airfare, rooms, parks tickets, dining and then all the race fees you may have to get a 2nd mortgage for this “hobby”.

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Have no fear, as a fellow Run Disney participant I know how expensive it can be and I have EXCLUSIVE LOW RATES and Discount Park tickets. Unfortunately I am not in the bib business, but if you need a room at a bargain then I am your agent.

All you have to do is pay a 1 night deposit for the room at time of booking, and the balance is due at check-in. I book the room for you directly with Disney Groups. You then get a confirmation email and can link everything to My Disney Experience. Nothing is different, just cheaper.

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Here are all of the resorts I have available with the race dates, unfortunately due to Disney regulations I cannot post the pricing. But shoot me an email at jenniferg@destinationsinflorida.com and I will get right back to you with a price!

Please note all rooms are Standard Rooms at each resort, we cannot make any upgrades because the pricing is so low

October 1-6, 2014 Terror 10 Miler Weekend
All Star Music or All Star Movies
Port Orleans Riverside
Wilderness Lodge

November 3-10, 2014 Wine & Dine Half Marathon Weekend
Pop Century
Port Orleans Riverside
Wilderness Lodge

January 5-12, 2015 WDW Marathon Weekend
Pop Century
Port Orleans Riverside
Boardwalk Inn

January 15-19 2015 Star Wars Half Marathon Weekend
Fairfield Inn Anaheim $135 per night plus tax

February 16-24, 2015 Princess Half Marathon Weekend
Pop Century
Port Orleans French Quarter
Contemporary

May 6-11, 2015 Tinkerbell 1/2 Marathon
Fairfield Inn Anaheim $119 per night plus tax

A Very New Runner, asking what’s all the stuff about?

I am a newbie runner, like so new that I have only done three 5k’s, my first 10k will be in late September and my first Half Marathon is in February. Thank you Disbroads and Run Disney for this new hobby of mine. I will say that it clears my head and makes me feel good so that’s a plus right? Oh yeah and it’s good for me too. I work with a lot of runners and am friends with a lot of runner, some newer and some seasoned. What I seem to be seeing is that while you think running is strapping on sneakers and grabbing your walkman to hit the pavement it’s so much more.

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Let’s talk about running “gear” for a minute. Who knew there were so many stinking pairs of socks! How do I know which ones to wear? Do I need compression socks or just ones that wont make my feet sweat and blister? The sheer thought of the sock aisle in the running store scares me. Oh wait and I need shoes for those socks right? Yeah that’s a price tag that scares my husband! We went to the local running store and he said you better get a 2nd job for this hobby. I mean who knew there was so much involved.

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Here we go I am heading out with my walkman for my run but wait I have to time it, great awesome is there an APP for that? Of course there is but I am running a half marathon I need something more awesome and runner like. Seems everyone in the runner world uses Garmin, ok great. Nope hold that thought there are 10 million types to choose from! I think one makes martinis at the finish line to be honest.

I better stay hydrated out there, Maryland is brutal in the summer and well so is Florida in February. I will just grab this water bottle and hit the road right? NOPE, wrong again it seems I need a fanny pack for my water. I mean all the cool kids have them right? And check it out my water bottle fanny pack has a trusty pocket for my Co-Co Go, NUNN, Energy Bits, GU, Protein Bars and whatever else I think will make me the fastest and most awesome runner alive.

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Let’s not forget the injury prevention part of the run. I know for a fact I need body glide, if it came in aerosol form I would literally just spray my whole body down. YES! I have committed to a product. You hear that Body Glide I love you and so do my thighs. Now what else do I need? Oh yes to tape myself up like Misty May in the Olympic Volleyball game! What is this stuff for? Do I need it? Will I die on the pavement if I don’t look like a crosswalk? Somebody help me with this one!

Maybe I should do something about my luxurious locks on this run of mine right? Now one would think you just grab a hat right? Nope wrong again, there are 40,000 headbands! NO Slip, NO Sweat, No Die on the pavement headbands! What if I want a visor? Oh here we go again, the list of a million products.

My head is spinning because there are just too many things out there. I know this much. I will run in Sparkle Tech and cover myself in Body Glide. So unless someone out there starts pointing me in the direction of the things I need to be the most awesome runner in the world then well you get to see me in a skirt and bodyglide. We all know you don’t want to see this right? Yeah I thought so.

Oh wait I didn’t even talk about sports bras! Maybe next time.

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All kidding aside I need you guys, my fellow runners to help me out here, what works for you? I cant wait to hear reviews and pro and cons.

Oh and if any Brand Ambassadors or Running Product Companies are reading this feel free to send me something to test out and review, cause I am not committed to anything! That was a shameless plug I am aware, but I am so LOST!

Run Disney they said, it will be fun they said…

In February 2014 I ran my very first Run Disney race, the Royal Family 5k. It was hot, and humid and 5am but I did it. I finished my first ever 5k. In 13 short days I will register for my FIRST EVER Half Marathon. Yeah, I know scary stuff. I was instantly sucked into the Run Disney environment when I ran last year. So I left Walt Disney World in February certain that I would do the Princess Half in 2015. It’s almost time to register and I am freaking out. Can I do it, will the sweepers get me, what about those balloon ladies? So much uncertainty and doubt when you are clearly “not a runner”. But I know I have a lot of cheerleaders in my corner including my pals Patty and Julie. I mean they definitely know my fears right now.

I begin training next month and I will FINISH that race! I do believe running is mind over matter, and I am determined to get that bling. Stay posted as I update my training and all the fun along the way until I cross that Finish Line in Epcot next February.

Goofy was proud of me and my 1st 5k!

Goofy was proud of me and my 1st 5k!

Do you Run? What are some tips and tricks for this VERY novice runner?