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Half Marathon Goal: Revisited

Saturday, December 29, 2012

Summer 2011-February 2012 was the most amazing time of my life! Not only did I get to go out and run with my mom every day, but I was able to complete my goal and run my first Half Marathon side-by-side with my Mom. She was an awesome training coach and the Princess Half Marathon was the most amazing experience!! The excitement of race morning can't be explained on this blog. I was so excited and just ready for it to start!! Mom and I had tears flowing right before the gun went off, but quickly got it together. I also was able to run the first 5K of the race without stopping because of the adrenaline that was flowing through my body...I just wanted to get to the Magic Kingdom!! Once in the magic kingdom, the whole mood changes, there are characters everywhere, you get to see the back side of space mountain, there are TONS of crowds, and you get to run through future world and of course...the CASTLE!! Great photo opportunity here! Then you hit long stretches of road, with some over passes. By this point I had to go to the bathroom so bad...and of course, when I tell my mom to keep an eye out for the porta potties, there are none to be found for probably a good mile (felt like 5 to me!) After a potty break, a bit of tummy upset, and finally some exhaustion beginning to hit, we were at mile 12. That last mile was great...lots of characters for photo ops, with NO lines! Got to EPCOT and hit mile 13 and met the Fairy God Mother! That last .1 mile felt like it took forever. There was the finish line, and I got to give Prince Mickey a high-five just before crossing. Time was 2hrs. 50 minutes (chip time), but my goal was to beat 3 hours...which I did doing many photo stops, two bathroom stops, and a little slow down going up one of the over passes. Tears flowed as we crossed the finish line hand-in-hand...I couldn't believe I had done it!!

The reason that I write this, is that I needed to remind myself of the excitement and accomplishment I felt after I ran that race...I never thought it was possible, and believe me if I can do it, anyone can do it! Life has since gotten in the way, Grad school, full time internship, pets, husband, house repairs, etc. After out April wedding, my husband and I got in a rut and gained a lot of weight We are since back on track...he's lost 39 lbs. so far, and I have lost 13. I'm back at wedding weight now and excited that it was done ALL by food!! While my husband has been great at running, I have been busy with assignments, projects and lesson planning and haven't made it out there yet. We've made the decision to run the Disney Princess Half Marathon in 2014, and I'll start my training again on December 31st (Monday!). I'm just need to keep reminding myself that Disney is my FAVORITE place on earth, and that I not only want to run that Half Marathon again, but I want to be there to support my husband running his very first half marathon as well! How awesome to have your husband run a race geared for women as his first?! I promised him he didn't have to run a tutu lol.

Disney Princess Half Marathon 2014...LETS DO THIS!
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