This weekend will mark the 5th anniversary of our first Princess half Marathon. The one that was supposed to be our first and last half marathon. Obviously you know what has happened since then..... Taking a look back at all those races and looking forward to this weekend brings a big smile to our faces. Princess weekend is a time for women to celebrate running, being fit and having fun. Whether you are running the Royal Family 5k or the Enchanted 10k, Princess Half Marathon, Glass Slipper Challenge or every race, it will be a fantastic time of running cameraderie.
Our first year, Christine and I were total novices, having not a clue how to approach the race other than to run 13.1 miles and not die. It was a hot and humid day, and the two things I remember most are ditching our Walmart $5 tutus in Magic Kingdom and the finish line.
After hanging up her running shoes after the 2011 Princess Half, Christine picked them back up two weeks prior to the 2012 Princess Half race and was actually able to register 15 days before the race. We ran the race and enjoyed every minute and that began our adventure with blogging and more runDisney races.
In 2013, we not only signed up for Princess Half, but also the Royal Family 5k, our first runDisney 5k! And we also had quick fingers and managed to get into the runDisney meetup, something they offered for a few years the day before the races. We dressed in costume for the races and enjoyed wearing our Minnie skirts to the meetup!
2014 was the year that Christine opted out of Princess but my sister Alison joined me for race weekend. I signed up for the Inaugural Glass Slipper Challenge and she opted for the half marathon. We had hot and humid race days, but had a blast! And I must insert a note of pride for my big sister as she took 2nd place in her AG. She has placed at every Princess race she has run!
This year, Christine is running the Glass Slipper Challenge while Alison and I have chosen the half marathon. Despite this being our fifth year to run Princess weekend, it never gets old. We have so much fun meeting up with so many runners we have met over the years and perhaps that is what draws us back each year in February.
One of my favorite Princess posts is this video Christine made from the Royal Family 5k. And now I need to start packing since I leave in less than 24 hours. Yes, the super planner has not packed yet but I have my trusty packing list to refer to!
What is your favorite memory of the Princess Half Marathon?