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What Is Going On with Princess Half Marathon?

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You guys, I wasn’t even going to bring up Princess Half Marathon weekend.  Because I’m mourning not signing up.  The choice to be a Star Wars Princess and wield a lightsaber instead of a crown was not an easy one, but I want that Kessel Run medal!  With so many other races on my schedule, and our recent transition out of the military, I know I need to make some wise choices here!  But seriously, Princess Half Marathon and the Glass Slipper Challenge have not sold out yet!  I repeat, Princess Half Marathon weekend has NOT sold out!

Not only is this super tempting, because this race weekend is what got me out the door running, but it’s also super weird.  The past two years when I registered for Princess it sold out super quick.  So what is going on that Disney races aren’t selling out as fast?  (As a random fact you can still register for the Disneyland Half in September, Avengers weekend in November and a few events for Marathon weekend and Light Side weekend in January.)

So why isn’t next year’s Princess Half Marathon selling out as fast as it did in past years?  Are people really that upset that it’s not a Snow White theme as they expected?  I don’t think so, although I guess there could be some people who are die hard Snow fans who would have registered had the theme been different.  Instead I think the issue is two fold.  First, I think it’s price.  I love Disney.  Adore Disney.  Am probably a little obsessed with Disney.  However, Disney races are expensive.  The challenge costs $320 before taxes and Active fees which is a pretty hefty sum to fork over.  The half marathon itself is $185 before taxes and fees.  Add in your Disney resort stay, park tickets, food or the dining plan and possibly airfare and you’re looking at a pretty expensive race weekend!

I’ve also seen a lot of comments of those focusing on local races or other destination races so they can check off the bucket list and save money.  Additionally others are saving up for anniversary years of races at Disney, where they normally offer special bling.

What do you think?  Did you sign up for Princess Half Marathon this past Tuesday?  Are you flirting with the idea?  Why do you think runners might be skipping Disney races?

Princess 5K Race Recap


After a busy day, and too much money spent, at the expo on Thursday we were excited for the first race of three for our Princess Half Marathon weekend, the Princess 5K!

We were up at 3:30am on Friday for the Princess 5K as we had to be on a bus by 4:45am!  Those early wake-up calls are never easy, and they were only going to get worse as the week went on.  We quickly got dressed in our race outfits.  These were our “backup plan” outfits, as we had originally hoped our custom Ariel Sparkle Skirts would be done in time, but no luck!  (As a matter of fact, we’re still waiting on them!)  Instead we wore our Jeff Galloway sparkle skirts and a shirt I made to match.

Before we even arrived for the Princess weekend we had decided that we would take the 5K easy.  Stop for lots of pictures.  Enjoy every minute.  We knew we had to save our legs a bit so we would mostly be walking the 5K.


The morning was cold and we were rocking the trash bags to stay warm as we waited for the race to start.  (I always pack a few in my suitcase for race weekends just in case!)  Thanks to our Sparkle Skirts when we arived at the starting area we went through the no bag check line quickly and made our way back towards the pre-race party.  We ended up getting in line for a photo with Sebastian.  (We missed that Ariel and Eric were a photo op too unfortunately, but Sebastian was fun!)  Some friends met up with us when they arrived and joined us in line.  We went straight to our corrals after our picture with Sebastian.


We were set to start in C and decided we would do a few intervals to get out of the way of people and the crowds of the corral and then we would take our time.  The first mile backstage went by pretty quicly.  We stopped for a shot or two of Epcot, pictures with Chip and Dale, Daisy and Donald and Genie in his vacation outfit all during mile 2/World Showcase.  We felt like we were moseying.  It was nice and relaxed!


The monorail was stopped on the tracks which made for a fun photo op for Jan and I and then we stopped for a photo with the Festival of Fantasy characters from the Mermaid section of the parade by Finding Nemo.


 Next thing you know we were heading to mile 3 and the finish!   We got our ADORABLE medals, and some handy mylar blankets to warm up, which would be very useful the next morning too!  (Tip: always save the blanket you get at the end of one race for the next days race.)   The Princess 5K was so fun!  It was nice to stop for tons of pictures with the characters and not be worried about our time.  I’d say I’m glad we took it easy, but with a day in the parks following the 5K I’m not sure it really helped!  The most important thing though is that the race was fun and we were ready for the next one!

 

Princess Half Marathon Expo Recap

 

photo credit due to a fellow Princess…

I’m sure you’ve likely heard tales of the craziness of a runDisney race expo.  Some may be enhanced or fabricated, but I am here to tell you that many are true!  Merchandise sells out quickly.  People are not always magical.  There will be non runners there buying merchandise.  All those things happen, but don’t let that detract from your experience or ruin it, because a runDisney race expo is also a lot of fun!

Grab this photo op at the expo so you dont have to on race morning!

We arrived on Wednesday afternoon so that we could be at the race expo Princess Half Marathon weekend when it opened bright and early Thursday  morning at 10am.  Thanks to the personal experience of my running buddy at Wine & Dine and the runDsiney grapevine we knew that they would likely open the expo about a half hour early at 9:30.  However, race weekend transportation had the first buses scheduled to depart resorts at 9:30.  We didn’t think that would cut it so we used Uber and Jennifer, our driver, quickly got us to the race expo around 8:30.  After walking up to the Jostens center, and a quick discussion with a misinformed cast member about how we were going to get merchandise before our packets, we were in line around 8:40.  And we clearly weren’t the only ones with that idea, as there was a decent line in front of us.


As expected they began letting guests into the Jostens center around 9:30.  We hightailed it to the back where the official race merchandise was located.  It was a total madhouse!  We had seen the blog preview by Stephen of the Disney Parks Blog and had a list of what we wanted, but once inside the craziness got to us.  We grabbed the “Run Princess Run” racerback tanks, and while looking for the right size for my running buddy someone tried to grab a shirt out of my hand!  What????  That was not very magical!  All in all though we were able to quickly grab the items we needed without too much trouble, get in line and check out.  I forgot one item, but it wasn’t worth going back through the madness for me to get.

When we walked out of the official merchandise booth Jeff Galloway was standing right there at his booth!  I am so appreciative to Galloway for providing me with the tools to be a successful runner, when I couldn’t run a mile in high school, that I had to stop since the line was short to say hi and take a picture!


Then we walked by the KT booth and the line was relatively short to be taped so we got in line.  I had them tape both of my knees as they had been bothering me after my long runs, especially  my left one.  It reallly helped.  They were really only sore going up and down stairs after the half.

We had some time to go until my appointment with New Balance to get shoes so we stopped by a few other booths we wanted to check out.  I picked up the “Red Hair, Don’t Care” shirt I’d ordered from Raw Threads and had shipped to the expo.  (Super convenient!)  Then we went by the Sparkle Skirts booth where we both picked up the new Fairytale skirt.  We were a little on the fence on it, however we kept seeing people wearing it over the weekend and decided that we now really love it!  I also picked up a mermaid headband at Sparkly Soul.

Once most of our browsing was done we went to the New Balance booth and got in a very long line. (I’ll write a review of the queue process and our experience at the booth soon.) I tried on a few sizes of the Ariel shoes, stuck with my regular running shoe size, and checked out wtih complimentary sea shells to go on the shoes!  These shoes are so cute!  I absolutely love them!

We still had to get our bibs and shirts, as well as pick up our preorer items so we headed over to the Field House.  Once there we went and picked up our pre-order items.  I got my crossbody Princess Dooney which was bigger than I expected.  The size was perfect for the parks though as it held a bottle of water and everything else I needed.  Then we picked up our 5K bibs.  After that, we picked up our GSC bibs, took our challenge photos and then went to get our GSC shirts.

Once we picked these items up we still had to go back to the Jostens Center to pick up our 5K shirts.  (This was poor planning in my opinion and they should have been in the same building as the bibs.)  However the line to get into the Jostens center at this point, probably around 11:30ish was horribly long, and we were tired and hungry, so we went into the ESPN Wide World of Sports Grill for a quick lunch.  When we got out the line had subsided and we walked right up to the Josten’s center entrance where we took a picture with the royal footmen before going back in to the Josten’s Center for our shirts.


Once our shirts were in hand we took a deep breath, gathered up our packages and headed back to the buses.  We found the bus to Port Orleans Riverside and got on.  We were afraid we need to cut ourselves off from any more shopping!   Our goal was to rest up a bit before heading to Magic Kingdom for FastPasses and dinner.

All the merch!

All in all we had a positive experience at the Princess Half Marathon Expo.  We got all the items of official race merchandise we had wanted and survived the madness that the official booth was.  Despite one bad experience we found most other runners to be polite, friendly and courteous.  We just recommend arriving early, getting merchandise first and having a plan of attack for any runDisney expo.

 

What’s Next?

This past weekend I checked off a huge bucket list item by completing the Glass Slipper Challenge during Disney’s Princess Half Marathon weekend.  It’s been a goal since I started running and I was pleased to finish 22.4 miles (including the 5K) very successfully.  I am so thankful for a husband who supported me by running, cheering and parenting solo while I prepared for and ran Disney.

While I spend time reflecting on my accomplishments I’m also asking myself what is next?  It’s time for me to reevaluate my goals and look to the future.  I’ve found that I have some race goals, but that I also want to work on bettering myself as a runner and losing that baby weight for good!

I only have one race on my calendar prior to this summer, the Fiesta 10K in Pensacola.  I used this race as my proof of time for both Wine and Dine and Princess so I would like to see myself PR this race.  My current 10K time on training runs is already well below what my time was last year, however I would really like to get my 10K time under 1:20.  Right now my time is about 1:22.  As such, I have been looking at some training plans for improving speed on a 10K.  Most of these involve speed work, which confuses me a little so I need to read up on it, and some hill work.  (Ugh, but will be good prep for future runs too!)  Hopefully having a training plan will keep me on track as last year I slacked in my running between Princess and this 10K.

As I said, my race calendar this spring is sparse.  I am only planning on the Fiesta 10K, however my fall race calendar I am looking at three half marathons: the Harrisburg Half, Diva Half and Hershey Half.  I haven’t registered for any yet, but would like to complete all three.  Doing them would qualify me for Half Fanatics, which would be a pretty awesome accomplishment!  If I do decide to do Dopey in 2018 I could use one of these races as a proof of time for that.  (Although the proof of time window may allow me to run at least Harrisburg again in 2017 for POT.)

Looking to my next Disney races I am currently planning on doing both the Star Wars Light Side and Dark Side races in 2017.  I plan to have the family tag along to the Dark Side so the kids can run their first races.  For Light Side I’m planning on the half only as this race is close to a trip I plan to take to visit family in November, and very close to one child’s birthday, so I figure the less time I am away, the better.  For the Dark Side I will likely choose to do the 5K and half.  With my family with me the older kids might run the 5K, however the challenges are very tiring and I’d want to have the time and energy to enjoy the parks with my kids as well.  We’ll see if I stick to that when registration opens this summer! LOL!

My other goal is to incorporate some weight training/cross training into my workout routine so that hopefully with a combination of cross training, running and Trim Healthy Mama I can feel good in my skin again and fit in the clothes taking up room in my closet!

So, there you have it!  My goals for the rest of the year! What are your goals, or what is on your race calendar, for the rest of 2016?

Sunday Training Synopsis

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Well, here we are again, reviewing my training this past week for the Wine and Dine Half Marathon.  (Which will lead me to the Glass Slipper Challenge/Triple Crown!)  I can’t believe we’re done with Week 5 of Wine & Dine training! Crazy!  This week had ups and downs, but it’s done, and that’s what matters!  I’ve put in the miles!  This week called for 30 minute maintenance runs on Tuesday and Thursday, and a 5 mile run on Saturday.

Tuesday: Sadly I was still in a lot of pain Monday night and Tuesday so I skipped Tuesday morning’s run in favor or resting the back.  I’m praying the back doesn’t cause me too much trouble for the rest of training!

Thursday: I ran 2.19 miles in 30:56.  Considering the break it’s not horrible, but not where I’d like to be.

Sunday: I ran today because I overslept yesterday and was avoiding the heat.  Five miles down today.  I had two battles today.  The first is that my legs felt so heavy and I hit a wall around 2.5 miles.  Very odd time in a run for me to hit a wall.   I pushed through obviously to get the 5 miles in!  The second problem was that my tank top caused some chaffing on my arms.  So painful.  I noticed I walked more because of how uncomfortable I was.  But it’s done and that’s what matters is that I put on the miles.

Next week the schedule calls for 30 minute maintenance runs again on Tuesday and Thursday, as well as a 3 mile run on Saturday.  After an abysmal week I’m looking forward to low mileage, faster mpm and hopefully a healthy body!  What’s on your training plan this week?

Sparkle Skirts Review

I’ve been seeing a lot of buzz lately in online running groups about what to wear when you run.  I was kind of married to my Old Navy Active compression capris.  I have a really hard time finding something that doesn’t fall down on me and they were my best option.  I used a Running Buddy to carry my phone and the worked for the most part.  After over a year of listening to my cupcakes not just talk about, but RAVE about, Sparkle Skirts I began to wonder if I should give them a try.

There were a couple things that held me back initially.  They are a little pricey.  Definitely more than your Old Navy or Wal Mart capris.  The shorts worried me.  They claimed they didn’t ride up, but I had nightmares about the chaffing that would ensue from running in shorts.  Ok, those were really my only two concerns.  But they were big ones!

Then Sparkle Skirts had a sale with free shipping, and low and behold, I purchased my first skirt!  Tropical Breeze swing is so pretty and I just couldn’t resist.  So I stalked the mail and waited, not so patiently, for my new pretty to arrive in the mail.

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Trying Tropical Breeze on right after it arrived!

When it did arrive I did some tests…jumping jacks, squats, etc to see if it would fall down and it stayed up through the test.  I wore it twice around town, to events where I was going to be outside in the FL heat and humidity, and was complimented on it, and comfortable throughout the events.  It was nice to be hands free and have my phone in my pocket.

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Rocking Haunted on a recent run!

But the true test came on my first run.  I did have to pull the skirt up, but what I noticed is that with my short torso I really have to Steve Urkel my skirts and capris and then I don’t have as many issues with them falling down.  Once I solved that problem I knew I wouldn’t want to run in anything else!  I love my Sparkle Skirt!  I wear them with the kangeroo pouch in back where I put my phone so I can run my headphones up the back of my shirt.  (I really need to invest in a wireless headset for running!)  And guess what, I am now the proud owner of FOUR Sparkle Skirts so I have plenty to wear for my Wine & Dine Half, as well as my Glass Slipper Challenge training.  They are truly addicting!

My little collection!

My little collection!

One of the nice things is that Sparkle Skirts has a couple different styles you can choose from.  All of my pretties are the “Swing” style.  They also have “Hiker” which are two inches longer than the swing style.  They also have slim cut and vented slim so there are plenty of styles to choose from, and it gives you the opportunity to run in something that suites your body type best.  Oh, and they come in sizes XS to 3XL so there is one for everyone!

So, if you’re on the fence about whether or not to spend the money on a Sparkle Skirt, or whether they’re as great as everyone says they are, just bite the bullet it and get one!  Once you go Sparkle, you’ll never go back!

*This post is not endorsed or sponsored by SparkleSkirts.  The opinions are  mine of a product many inquire about.  (However if SparkleSkirts would like to send me product to review or have me be an ambassador I would be all for that!)

Sunday Training Synopsis

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Each week I hope to share with you my training for the week for the Wine & Dine Half Marathon, and eventually for the Glass Slipper Challenge.  I had hoped to have this up earlier, but sometimes life gets in the way.  I am following the Jeff Galloway plan for experienced runners on the runDisney site.

This weeks plan was a 30 minute run on both Tuesday and Thursday and a 4 mile run on Saturday.  Here’s how my week went…

Tuesday: Ran 2.35 miles in 30 minutes.  I was super happy to see my minutes per mile with a 12 at the front.  It’s a been a long time coming since I saw that, especially with the heat and humidity here in Florida.

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Thursday:  If you follow me on Instagram you know that I mysteriously hurt my ankle sometime on Wednesday.  It drives me nuts that I can’t pinpoint what I did to it!  Wednesday night I iced and elevated it and took some Advil, but at my husband’s urging took Thursday off so that I didn’t further injury myself.  It’s early in the game, but I really hate my training being derailed, even a day.  But at least it was a short run day, and the ankle was feeling better by the weekend.

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Saturday: The weather Saturday was so perfect!  I haven’t had run weather like that in a LONG time here in Florida!  I set out for my 4 miles thinking how gorgeous it was.  And no less than a quarter mile away from home or so I switch into my second walk interval and tweak my back.  My back is already temperamental at best so I was concerned, but I knew I’d already missed one run this week and I really didn’t want to skip the long run.  I knew there was a point I could turn back towards home if need be so I pushed through and got my 4 miles in.  It was painful.  Every step hurt.  But I got it done, and that’s what matters.

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This next week I have two 30 minute runs and 5 miles on Saturday.  Hoping to see continued time improvement and that my back feels better and is up to the challenge this week.

Happy training!