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Finally - Disney Princess Race Report

Monday, March 21, 2011

It has been 3 weeks since the race, and I'm finally getting around to posting my race report...

I have posted about my results here:


The day started with the alarm going off way too early, and not much sleep. Getting to sleep at 10-11pm local time might sound like an easy task after a day out and about at Disney World... but with the excitement of the upcoming half, and not yet being adjusted to the time zone, it was difficult! The alarm clock went off at 03:00hrs and it was almost a relief - it was now time to get up. We quickly got ready, had a light breakfast in our room and headed off to wait for a bus... and then wait we did! It was then that I got tired. It was warm and muggy at 16C and 90+% humidity, but great standing outside in my shorts and tshirt that I'd planned to run in. No gloves, no sweater, nothing to check.

The bus eventually arrived (after waiting well over 45min, then we were STUCK in traffic. I think they had some serious issues with the transportation, they really needed a bus lane setup! We didn't get off the bus until after 05:00hrs and then walked to our corral which we finally arrived at around 05:32. We didn't wait long for the wheel chair riders to start and the first wave to go! We didn't have much longer to wait as we were in the second corral.

I said goodbye to my husband at the start line and ran off... he would be walking (or so he said).

There was a great energy, even at the early hours, and an amazing number of runners dressed up.  Some costumes looked not too bad for running in, while others looked mighty uncomfortable.  One set of Tinkerbell wings were discarded before the 1 Mile Marker.

The Mile Markers were great works of art and loved that each had a clock - a wonderful feature.  I found the Mile Markers difficult as I'm used to running races that mark kilometers.  I don't know why it bothered me so as my Garmin was still set in kilometers and kept track of my pace as usual, but found myself doing math at every Mile Marker to figure out my pace...  which was strange since my Garmin told me that!

I only stopped for one Character Photo in the race... I wanted a photo with Mickey or Minnie but never saw either on the route, and the lineup for the few princesses I saw were 5 or more runners deep.  So I kept running.  I did stop at the carriage for a photo...

The route was fairly flat, with a few over- or under-passes to traverse.  I think the only "nasty" one was the cloverleaf at Mile 10... I found it nasty because if its length and the road was angled perfectly for driving, but left me feeling like my right leg needed to be longer....  I did like the Sergeant (from Toy Story) at the top of  ramp - he was wonderful - motivating and completely in character as a drill sergeant.  Also loved that his motor-home/support vehicle was draped with camo netting!

I didn't take too many photos personally... I did manage a few, but found holding the camera and taking photos rather complex WHILE running!  Guess that is a skill I should master before the Disneyland Half!

After I finished, I saw my family (my kids, my mom & her husband) waiting for me just beyond the finish line on the opposite side of the fence.  The racks of medals was amazing!  I was quickly through the food line and off to meet up with the kids.  Then I finally checked my phone and my husband had gone at a much faster pace than anticipated, so we hustled to the finish line, just in time to catch a glimpse of him after he got his medal...  Then we met up with him.
After the race we headed over to look for a bus (but the roads were still closed), and then to the monorail, and off to Animal Kingdom for the day!

A day of Disney, plus a half marathon is a LONG day, and I got a great sleep after

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

SUKOTO 3/23/2011 9:34PM

    What an exciting race! It isn't competitive so you can relax and enjoy your environment.

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    Ok sounds like I have to do this run! Glad you had fun. Great pic of you and your hubby!

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ELASTI-GIRL 3/21/2011 7:36PM

    Great run and great time! Very rewarding.

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RUN2BEFREE 3/21/2011 3:50PM

    Sounds like you had a great experience and a great race!

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JENELOPE 3/21/2011 12:41PM

    Great report! And you won't be the last report. Now that I'm finally surfacing, I'll be writing about my experience with it.

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LILIVW 3/21/2011 12:02PM

    How fun! Sounds like you had a great time!

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MOMONTHERUN1 3/21/2011 11:35AM

    Well done and I love the character picture!

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FUNFROG79 3/21/2011 11:28AM

    emoticon Thanks for sharing!

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GEOGIRL 3/21/2011 10:37AM

  Wow great report and great race! I can't believe you did all that in one day!

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LKEITHO 3/21/2011 10:36AM

    Great job!

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ELYMWX 3/21/2011 9:50AM

    Well done, Sweetie!

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PRINCESSNURSE 3/21/2011 4:39AM

    WHOO-HOO! way to go!

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PAPAMIKIE 3/21/2011 3:45AM

    I like this a lot

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DRB13_1 3/21/2011 3:35AM

    Thanks for sharing your special day with us! emoticon

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New Goals and Plan

Sunday, March 20, 2011

So now I`m trying to figure out my training... I do need to fit in some more strength training, and would love to add some cross training. But first the kids are on Spring Break! This puts a small delay into my training....

We aren't going far for Spring Break as we just got home from our vacation in Florida and the Disney Princess Half Marathon. Since the half marathon I've gotten two short runs, a walk and an aquafit class in. Since I was exhausted from the trip and had a sick kid for a couple of days, not too bad.... But I really need to get on track again.

My next scheduled race is the Longest Day Run 10KM. I would love the kids to be able to run the 1 Mile Kids race too - but we`d need to bring another adult along. So who can we bring? The race is on the far west side of town...
Or do we arrange for a sleepover somewhere?

I know I need a goal and a plan. So it is time to set some SMART goals!

10KM Longest Day Run
emoticonGoal time 0:55:00
emoticonRace Date: 17 Jun 2011
emoticonI completed it last year in 0:57:00
emoticonRun 3-4 times per week
emoticonInclude tempo runs, hills, a long slow run, and some speed work

Strength Training
emoticonComplete 200 Sit Up and 200 Squats Training Program
emoticonBoth 6 week Programs
emoticonCompletion Date: 8 May 2011
emoticon2 Days of Strength Training in addition to Cardio/Cross Training

Weight Loss
emoticonLose 10-15lbs
emoticonGoal Date: 17 Jun 2011
emoticonDrink only plain tea and water
emoticonStart Tracking Food again
emoticonI am starting this week, even though I know I won't get the runs in. Here is my typical week (I hope! as I'll need to be flexible based on the kids schedule):

Exercise Schedule

emoticonRun-------------Monday, Tuesday, Thursday
emoticonWalk or Run--Saturday or Sunday
emoticonAquaFit-------- Wednesday or Friday
emoticon200 Challenges -- Monday, Wednesday, Friday
emoticonStrength ------Tuesday, Saturday or Sunday

Weekly Goal: March 20-26:

Run: Sunday & Tuesday (during Band)
Start Tracking Food again
Monday - Challenge Fit Tests
Thursday - Start Challenges
No AquaFit classes this week, Away with the kids starting Wednesday

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FUNFROG79 3/21/2011 11:15AM

    Great goals! Good luck! emoticon

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LKEITHO 3/21/2011 10:25AM

    Sounds like you're going to be busy! Have fun with it!

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_AIYANNA_ 3/21/2011 2:35AM

    Sounds like a great plan!!! Good luck, you can do it!!! :) xxx

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LALMEIDA 3/20/2011 9:06PM


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Exhausted....but this motivates me (Race Photos)

Thursday, March 10, 2011

I'm exhausted.... too much has happened, so I'm taking it easy these next few days....

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MOMONTHERUN1 3/21/2011 11:37AM

    Awesome job! What a great time you had!! emoticon

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CARLA-216 3/14/2011 11:38AM

    Congratulations! Great photos....thanks for sharing! :)

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GEOGIRL 3/10/2011 9:57PM

  So awesome, thanks for sharing the pictures! I so want to run this someday :)

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PELESJEWEL 3/10/2011 9:39PM

    emoticon Awesome! Congratulations!

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    Ohh you look awesome! Your time is excellent!

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hmm I really want to do this now, it looks like you had fantastic weather!

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MEGA_MILES 3/10/2011 7:53PM

    WOOHOO!! Look at you go!!

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ACTIVE_AT_60 3/10/2011 7:26PM

    Congratulations on your success. Celebrate, rest, enjoy your success. Most of all enjoy FL (or are you back in BC?)

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LKEITHO 3/10/2011 6:52PM

    Great pictures! Hope you get some rest and feel better soon!

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PINKBEANBOO 3/10/2011 5:54PM

    Love the pictures!

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JUSGETTENBY42 3/10/2011 5:42PM


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On the way home

Monday, March 07, 2011

To anyone who might think taking 3 kids to Disney World is a vacation is crazy!

We are nearly home... and I'm exhausted!

The past 11 days have been wonderful, crazy but definitely not RESTFUL! I'm going back to my normal routine of school drop offs, reading with classes, morning runs, household chores, school pickup, afterschool activities, cooking dinner, helping with homework, evening activities, music & dance practice, etc. I think it'll be easier on my body!

But after saying that, Disney World was WONDERFUL. My estimate is that we averaged between 15-18km of walking a day. No complaints on sore feet until yesterday...

Tomorrow we drive home, and then Tuesday back to normal routines...
Tuesday I will do my first run after my half marathon... I plan a nice slow run - probably only 5km....

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ABIGAILSING 3/7/2011 11:32AM

    Sounds great, and boy do I remember those days. Enjoy the rest of routine!

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FUNFROG79 3/7/2011 11:01AM

    Glad you had a great trip! Disney is always fun, but it's always nice to go home!

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    Getting back to reality is always nice. You start to miss the routines quickly. Did I miss your blog about your half? Must go back and have a looksee!

My friend just got back from disneyworld. I would like to plan for the Disney half soon myself.

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LKEITHO 3/7/2011 9:24AM

    Glad to hear you survived the trip! Have a great week back home!

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HSMOM2FOUR 3/7/2011 6:28AM

    I'm so thrilled that you had a good time!! Coming back exhausted is one sure way to know that you did all that you could do and enjoyed every bit of it that you could!!!

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MEGA_MILES 3/7/2011 4:31AM

    Welcome back. There's no place like home, there's no place like home. emoticon

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A quick report from Disney's Princess Half

Monday, February 28, 2011

It was an amazing race... although I didn't get a personal record, I did feel I ran a good race. I did find the temperatures a little warm for running (about 10C warmer than I've been running recently...) But the worst was the forecasted 90% humidity....

My chip time was 2:18:28, my Garmin listed as 2:18:31 , 2875th overall. Our team placed 29/110 for the Co-ed division.

From the official results page:
Overall Place 2687 / 13091
Gender Place 2687 / 13091
Division Place 519 / 2188
Age Grade 48.6%
5K Split 30:45
10K Split 1:02:21
15K Split 1:35:41

For a more detailed report, I will post more once we get home.

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ABIGAILSING 3/5/2011 10:48PM

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YOGINIMAMA108 3/2/2011 4:10PM

    Sounds like a great race! Congratulations!

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DRAGONFLY1974 3/2/2011 11:15AM

    Awesome job!!!! It was so great to meet you!!!

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FUNFROG79 3/2/2011 8:17AM

    Congrats! You should be very proud!

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LKEITHO 3/1/2011 10:30AM

    Great run! You might not have beaten your own PR, but you beat mine. Fantastic job!

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DMGABBETT 3/1/2011 10:06AM

    Awesome time!
And oh yes, the humidity in the South is sometimes horribly oppressive.

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CARRIEMT 3/1/2011 9:55AM

    Very cool- congratulations!

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AMARAN 3/1/2011 9:36AM

    Hooray! Can't wait for your pix!

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    So proud of you! That is amazing. And yes, we have horrible humidity here in the south. It makes running in the summer almost unbearable!

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GEOGIRL 3/1/2011 9:00AM

  Awesome! Sounds like a great race! emoticon

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JUDIES 3/1/2011 9:00AM

    Congratulations! I look forward to your detailed report!

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_AIYANNA_ 3/1/2011 1:59AM

    Great work!!! Very proud of you :)

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ELYMWX 3/1/2011 12:02AM

    I'm proud of you sweetie!

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