February 9, 2015

Princesses can be Champions too!

We are so excited to announce that we've partnered with Champion as part of our preparation for the upcoming Princess Half Marathon. Champion has been the official apparel provider of the Princess Half for as long as we've been running it and they're all about encouraging everyday athletes to push to be their best so this was a natural fit. 

Our first half marathon was at the 2011 Princess Half Marathon where our love affair with running (and specifically, runDisney) began. The irony of this whole experience is that we've never really been princess-y girls. We love Disney and the magic of running through its parks, but the princess connection has never really been there for us. So you probably think it's ironic that the Princess Half was our first. The real appeal to me was that it was a women's focused race in Disney. A race where women supported each other, and gave each other high fives and hugs at the finish line. The magic wasn't that many were dressed as Aurora, Belle, or Jasmine, but that we were all champions. Champions for having the courage to register for the race. Champions for having the tenacity to train through the chilly (and often snowy) winter months. Champions for boldly crossing a finish line, whether it was your first or one hundredth. It was then that I learned princesses of all speeds, shapes, and sizes were champions too. 
Mom and Auntie Allie proving princesses can be
champions after last year's Princess half marathon!
On Friday, Mom and I each received an incredible box full of gear for training and race day. I am overwhelmed by Champion's generosity and of course, we're both really excited to try out our new duds. A flurry of text messages, photos, and phone calls was exchanged Friday evening as we ooh'ed and ahh'ed over our new running gear. We both tried out some of the capris this weekend and our initial reviews are very positive! We'll be sharing more feedback in another post on the product specifics. 

But for now...tell us, what makes you a champion?
{Christine} 

Disclaimer: As part of our partnership with Champion, we were provided running gear, but received no additional compensation. As always, our opinions are our own and we're excited to talk about what it means to be a Princess Champion! 

26 comments:

  1. What an amazing blessing to run this with your mom. Congrats on the Champion sponsorship as well. Great race, great gear!

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  2. What make me a Champion? Not giving up or stopping after someone says "this race stuff is taking up to much of your time" !

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    1. I love this Deb. You are s "stick to it" kind of girl with a fantastic attitude. See you so soon!

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  3. How fun!!! Enjoy the new gear and Princess - I'll be living vicariously through you!

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    1. Karien, We are so excited for next week to arrive and so we can meet up together in Florida!

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  4. I love Champion apparel! What makes me a champion? Knowing that no matter what I set my mind on I can do it!

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    1. Mindy, you absolutely are a champion with everything you accomplish day in and day out.

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    1. Sarah, we feel so honored to have been chosen by Champion and can't wait to wear their gear on race day (s)

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  6. Congrats ladies on being chosen to work with Champion. As for what makes a champion? Similar to what Mindy said, a champion is anybody who sets a goal for themselves and is able to accomplish it. We all have different abilities and different skills, therefore, there is no one "definition" of what a champion is.

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    1. Exactly Kathryn, What each person accomplishes makes them a champion, not some measurement by others.

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  7. 2011 was our first Run Disney Princess experience too! I have always admired those who have accomplished whatever it is they set out to do! For some it might be completing a marathon, for others it might be earning a degree, becoming a mom, or finally completing the Sunday crossword puzzle..lol. Whatever makes you feel "accomplished"! -M

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    1. Very true Meranda. Everyone has a different way to feel like a champion!

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  8. Very cool. Love your story of how you got started with your runDisney love. Thats a great view to have, about all being champions. Pretty cool that they gave you some free gear too.

    Also, I think I need to remember and take that Hall of Champions picture next runDisney race. Kinda really like that one.

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    1. John, Yes, be sure to take a photo there! We made my sister stand under that sign after the 2011 Princess Half when she had won her age group by more than 7 minutes. We thought and still do that she was/is a rock star!

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  9. I'd like to think while some days it doesn't feel like it continuing to run while fighting Lyme disease gives me a champion spirit.

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    1. Valerie, great job on getting out there. Lyme disease is horrible and I know it can take a long while to get your strength back.

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    2. Thank you, it's a rough road but I won't give up trying to get back to running what I want

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  10. Woo hoo! This is awesome, I really like the Champion clothing. Not quitting makes me a champion! :)
    Karen @karenlovestorun

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    1. Absolutely Karen. Not quitting makes everyone a champion!

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  11. Wow! Very cool!! I love my Champion sports bras!

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    1. Me too Sue, I have been wearing C9 Champion sports bras since I started running!

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  12. How wonderful that you get to run with your mom! I love it! I did the Glass Slipper Challenge with my sister last year and it was a great experience, crowded, but very fun!

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    1. Thanks so much. My mom and I love running the Disney races together!

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  13. So cool! I like all the Champion gear I pick up from Target. I love that you and your mom share a love of running and get to race together!!

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  14. Y'all are the cutest! Seriously :) I love seeing your pics and following your lives :)

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