Princess Half-Marathon: The Recap

March 9, 2010

Once again, I have so much to write about, so I’ll have to split this into multiple posts.  I’ll focus on the race for this post, since that’s what is the most interesting…

As you all know, my training was derailed a bit.  I didn’t train as much as I’d wanted to, but I did feel pretty ready.  Although I do have to admit that next time (yes, I said it) I will train a little more.  I think next time I’ll do a 13.1 before the actual race day.

So, the day started with a 3am wake up time.  Diane and I got up, put on our layers of running clothes and met up with Jen and Whitney.  We headed to the lobby, where we met up with the Disney Sports Media* group, grabbed a snack pack, and then waited in line for the bus.  After we got off the bus, we waited in a LONG port-a-potty line, shared some pretty funny moments with the others waiting in line (I’ll spare you the details).

The race started at 6am, and although Whitney and I were assigned Corral C, we decided to join Diane and Jen in Corral D.  I was dressed in my “throwaway” clothes, including an old sweatshirt and some flannel pajama pants.  While I thought I’d ditch those extra clothes before running, I didn’t toss them until something like mile 5.  It was COLD!

When our group took off around 6:15 or so, the start was pretty slow.  There were a LOT of walkers.  Diane reminded us all to follow our plan (i.e, run 10, walk 1 for me) rather than get hyped up in overexerting ourselves at the beginning, which was great advice.  And, quite honestly, while I was pumped up and really excited to run, my muscles were pretty stiff from the cold and standing around.

I felt great miles 1-5, which took us to the Magic Kingdom.  Miles 6 & 7 felt wonderful because there was so much going on, and running through Main Street, Fantasyland, Cinderella Castle, Liberty Square and Frontierland felt great.  I didn’t really feel pain until mile 9 & 10.  I think I walked much of mile 11 because I was starting to fade.  And miles 12-13.1 were completed with my mind, not my body.  But I did it!  I finished.  My official time?  3:00:27.  I wish it was more like 2:45:00 but I’m happy.  I did it!  And, remember where I came from?  Wow!

I’m not sure what my next step is.  No, it’s not a marathon.  Probably a few 5ks & 10ks, then another half.

Disclosure: Oh my.  This is the most convoluted disclosure ever.  I decided to go on this trip myself, and paid for my flight and race registration.  Then, I was invited as part of the Disney Sports Media event.  So they paid for my meals and hotel stay.

{ 10 comments… read them below or add one }

Jane - Mom Generations March 9, 2010 at 12:09 pm

Way to go, Jodi!

Jill March 9, 2010 at 12:37 pm

I am very proud of you!!!!!! Great job!!!

Margaret March 9, 2010 at 12:55 pm

You rock Jodi!!! So proud of you for the determination you had to follow through on this. So proud of you!!

Boston Mamas March 9, 2010 at 1:22 pm

CONGRATS JODI! total rock star!

Diane Campagna March 9, 2010 at 6:35 pm

Think of how far you came is right!! I’m so glad I got to be part of this journey with you. Way to go!!!

Knuckle Bones March 10, 2010 at 7:22 am

Congratulations! Keep up the good work, you are an inspiration for anyone who wants to be even a little more athletic in their own life! Keep it up!

Cooley March 10, 2010 at 9:52 am

That’s awesome, Jodi. Again, I think this sounds like a super fun weekend, and how fabulous that you made it to the finish! Good luck in your future races! :)

Tanya M. March 10, 2010 at 11:11 am

Well done Jodi! Congratulations! So glad we got to achieve this goal together!

Whitney P March 10, 2010 at 3:40 pm

Thank you for pointing out how gracious you and I were about moving to a corral farther back.

I am surprised, however, that you didn’t let everyone know how gracious Diane was to share a “square” of her WDW napkin with us when we faced the possibility of no toilet paper in the portapotties…hehehehe…. Bless her.

Jamie Wolf March 12, 2010 at 9:12 pm

Great post on the Disney Princess Half. It was such a great race and I am so glad that I did it as well. By the way, you have a wonderful blog going on here!

Jamie Wolf

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