February 19, 2015

Princess Half Marathon over the years!

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?


23 comments:

  1. Princess Weekend for you is like Wine & Dine for me - it has so much meaning behind it and I just LOVE it!

    Isn't it crazy that Christine was able to register 15 days before the race just a few years ago?? The first time I did Wine & Dine I think I registered like 2 months before - crazy how much that's changed!

    Good luck and more importantly HAVE FUN!

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    1. Thanks Danielle, I just hope all three of us make it out of the bitter cold weather we are all experiencing right now.

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  2. It is amazing how things have evolved for each of us since our first Disney races in 2011. Back then we literally knew nothing about Run Disney ( we didn't even know "Run Disney" was a thing. We just thought we were running a race at disney world! We didn't use facebook, twitter, or read any blogs. We learned everything by just experiencing it first hand. What a wonderful world of opportunities Run Disney has opened up for us since then!

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    1. Same for us Meranda and Lacey. We had no clue, but had a wonderful time at that first Princess race.

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  3. I was there in 2011 and 2012 too! I haven't ran this race since then so I'm super excited! Crossing my fingers I find y'all on race day! Safe travels ladies!!!

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    1. I hope we get to see you at the expo tomorrow Mindy. Safe travels to you as well!

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  4. You ladies have so many great memories from Princess! Hope you enjoy celebrating your 5th anniversary of running half marathons this weekend!

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    1. Thanks Kathryn, We are excited about the trip.

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  5. I did the GSC last year! I hope you have a wonderful race this weekend :)

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    1. Thanks so much. GSC is a fun pair of races and Christine will be enjoying it this year!

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    1. Kat we will be at Animal Kingdom on Saturday in case you have any free time!

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  7. LOVE IT! Happy 5th Princess! :) Totally just posted something just like this, haha.

    I won't be running this year, but it's SUCH a special race for me...my first half marathon that led to countless other 13.1-mile experiences, and then four full marathons. It's so cool to think back to where it all began. :)

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    1. Thanks Jennifer. I have also run 4 marathons and no telling how many half marathons. I lost count!

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  8. Such great memories! I think the 2013 meetup was when I first met the two of you!!

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    1. Yes it was April. Hope to see you this weekend!

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  9. Have a great time this weekend! Love that it is a family event :)

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  10. Love this post! PHM weekend holds a special place in my heart too! Sad I'm not there this year but can't wait for 2016! Hope you have an amazing race weekend :)
    Karen @karenlovestorun

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    1. So glad you will be going back next year Karen, hopefully with your precious baby in tow!

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  11. For some reason, Princess is my least favorite rD race weekend. Don't get me wrong, I certainly have fun, but I enjoy other races of theirs better. Looking forward to my first experience at Wine & Dine this year!

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    1. I get that Jamie and you will love wine and dine....super fun!

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  12. Reading this much later, but I just love Princess weekend! My first was back in 2011, it was my second Run Disney half (the first being Donald in 2010, in the snow!), and I thought, oh, this will be a one time deal. Here I am 4 years later, finishing my 4th princess (and 2nd glass slipper!). There is just something about Princess that I keep coming back to, I think it's the connection with all the ladies, and meeting people like you both! I want to get back and try Donald again, as well as Disneyland (did that once), but Princess is now my for sure staple trip each year!

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