Here is the story of how I "ran" the 2013 Princess Half Marathon.
So, ... I snapped a picture (because I thought I looked cute for 2 a.m.) and changed into a pink shirt.
We left the hotel and headed to Epcot! We may have left a little early because the roads were not blocked off all the way yet, and our gps (and the traffic directors) directed us right to the STAGE! Yep. ... the stage. The bad thing is, we were IN OUR CAR!!! haha So, we got turned around (yelled at by some other traffic people) and headed to find the runner parking!
Hello Nerves ...
On the way to the race I had eaten my traditional handful of nuts and right when we got there I ate my apple. So, at 4 a.m. I felt great! My tummy was full, I was excited, I was in the zone.
FYI - we were originally scheduled for the very last Corral (H) but with our 10K time were were able to get moved up to E!!!
Anyway - we sang along to the music, took some more pictures and before we knew it, it was our turn!
Tip: If running a race with your love, take a moment to hold their hand and thank them for being a part of the race with you. It makes the race that much more magical!
I was so thankful to have my husband there with me, he has been my coach, my cheerleader and my bestie and I couldn't be more thankful to have him in my life (His blog. )
With the sights and sounds of fireworks, we were off.
Miles 1-5 weren't exactly anything to blog about, a lot of smiling, a lot of happiness and a lot of running! In FACT we were running at about a 10 minute pace. For a girl who averages 13 - 14 minutes, i'd saythat is PRETTY GOOD!
Remember when I told you I ate right when we arrived (at like 4?) Well, we didn't start running until 6. Therefore, my food was practically gone so I was relying heavily on my cliff shots, water breaks and power aide.
I held it together through the Magic Kingdom, and had fun stopping for some pictures along the way..
As you can see, I was super happy and excited to be inside the Magic Kingdom. I got a little wave from Minnie, and continued on my way.
As I continued, my pace began to slow down and my body began to shut down... I needed food. That apple and those nuts were GONE.
I was dizzy, my head was pounding, my cheeks were as bright as a red rose. With rosy cheeks, and chills I refused to let it beat me! I grabbed my husbands hand and asked him to please let me walk.
So, we took a picture at mile 13 grabbed hands and ran it in!
As we ran it in, my husband got a big high five from goofy, and I was dusted with some pixie dust!
A beautiful pink, gold, glittered, Princess Half Marathon medal was placed around my neck and the realization hit me.
We did it!