July 24, 2015

Why I did not sign up for Princess 2016

For the past 5 years, the Princess Half Marathon has been a race that we have looked forward to and run with friends, family, and all of the other women who show up for this race weekend in Orlando. It was our first half marathon and while it was also to be our last, you all know what happened....we became running converts!

The Princess race weekend is special to us for so many reasons, but first and foremost, spending time with Christine and my sister are at the top of the list.  We always have lots of giggles and laughs, but also enjoy the competition that the race brings us, whether it's running a new distance, shooting for a new PR, or pacing a family member.

But something changed between 2014 and now.  After qualifying for the Boston Marathon, it became a goal of mine to run all the major marathons before I turn 65.  This year, Boston and NYC are my races and in February 2016, I will be toeing the line at the Tokyo Marathon.  I am so excited to have this on my race calendar and it will be even better since Tom will be accompanying me for the race.



 There are lots of things to plan in regards to this trip, but suffice it to say that it is very exciting to know that I will get my third major marathon accomplished next year.

Princess race weekend is not forgotten and I know we (my sister, Christine and I) will be back to run it in the future.


28 comments:

  1. That's wondedful, Pam! Best of luck to you!! :)

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    1. Thanks Karen! This race will get me half way to my goal!

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  2. Ahhh Pam, SOO EXCITED for you! I was hoping to throw my name in for 2017. Were you able to enter with a qualifying time?

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    1. Jenny there is a lottery, but I am using a tour group. Sadly most of the majors are difficult to get into. I qualified for my two this year, but despite qualifying for London, I don't have the right address (being from Britain)

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  3. Oh my gosh, so fun!!! Congrats on Tokyo, that's exciting!

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    1. Yes, I am beyond excited and having chatted online with a friend who ran it last year, I am even happier to have gotten a spot!

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  4. Wow! That would be so cool! I'm guessing London and Paris are on this list?

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    1. London Marathon for 2017 and hopefully DL Paris half in September 2016!

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  5. Wow! That's exciting! Sometimes you have to break out of a rut, even if it's a loved tradition, and try something new. I'll be looking forward to reading about your experience.

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    1. I agree and trying new things has happened alot for me lately. The running injury made me get out of my comfort zone.

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  6. That's exciting! Tokyo sounds like an amazing adventure.

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  7. Wow Pam!!! That's amazing!!! I bet Tokyo will be awesome!!!

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    1. I think the weather will be cool too! Perfect for running!

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  8. That's so exciting! I can't wait to hear all about it!

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  9. Tokyo! That is so awesome! I have always been fascinated by Japan and its culture. Definitely would've done the same thing if I were you. I'll be glued to your social media in February for sure!

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  10. So excited for you! I love the goal behind it too. Cannot wait to follow along.

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  11. Wow! Toyko. That is wonderful. What a great trip you will have and think of all the wonderful memories you will make. Princess will be around for a long, long time.

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  12. Ohh, good luck! I'm sure it will be amazing! I'll miss seeing you this year at Princess, but will look forward to seeing you all at future races! :)

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  13. Oh wow that is so exciting! We too our not signed up for Princess for next yr. We decided just to do Marathon wkend in January.

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  14. Wow! That may be the coolest bucket list ever.

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  15. Oh that is definitely exciting, and must say that beats the Princess by loads! You have one of the most exciting race calendars, I love it!! Can't wait to hear how this fall goes for you!

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