written by: mrs. duhamel
happy hump day kittens!
shirt & bib ♥
yup, once again been slacking — but life just gets in the way of blogging sometimes!
but let’s get to the subject at hand!
the cinderella royal family 5k!!!
kinda of awake and ready to board the bus to the 5k!
i started my trip out with the intention of totally going to both races in character (i had many options for ariel-esque running clothes packed) but for some reason i really wasn’t feeling it when i woke up at the crack of dawn that friday morning.
i decided i would don the princess mickey ears and my usual comfy running clothes and call it a day!
i caught the early bus with all the other excited runners and met my friends near the corrals to glow in the moment of being on the verge of running my first ever rundisney race!!!
me & my fellow RI princesses ♥♥
me (sans coffee and so OUT of my race routine) and diane ♥
i admit i was kind of out of sorts…
my usual race routine of coffee, social networking, taking pics, etc was completely off.
i had horrible cell phone service in disney so my phone wasn’t holding a charge for long.
i was really tired from two previous long days doing the magic kingdom and epcot.
my usual race companion and cheerleader, dean, my husband, was back in the room with the kids.
and it was pretty hot and humid for being SO early in the morning.
but then i saw this…
the starting line!
and i snapped myself out of it.
i was standing at the start of my dream race series — i needed to just be in the moment and enjoy the experience!
at the start ready to run!!!
running in EPCOT!!!!! wowzers!!!
past the fountains — is this real!?!?! pinch me — runners delight!
before i knew it we were lining up, the fireworks and start went off, and it was time to run…
we started outside of epcot in the parking lot, wove through the back lots, came out in mexico at the world showcase, ran along the walkway to ireland, back into the back lots, out by the fountain, under the epcot ball and before i knew it — the finish line was in sight!
i have no idea what my official finishing time was (i cant find a link anywhere) but according to my nike app it was around 34 minutes.
in all actuality i could have cared less and still could care less.
i just ran through EPCOT with a ton of other badass female runners!
i was sweating like i just ran the half and certainly not reveling in the actual run but i was on cloud nine over the experience!
it was everything i imagined and more…
i wish the pics i had taken with my phone came out better — running around the world showcase was amazing — but they are all blurry and shakey because well… i was RUNNING when i took them.
but the experience is in my head forever and the fact that some of my favorite people in the world were also there running it added to the magic!
running through the world showcase at dawn — how cool is to say i DID THAT!!!!
crossing the finish!
- i’m a rundisney finisher!!!! what a moment!!! ♥♥♥
i cannot not say enough good things about this race (or the half marathon which i will post about SOON!) or the entire rundisney experience.
everything you hear about it is 1000% true and for this series (the princess half marathon weekend) in particular — the vibe is SO “girl power” centralized that you almost choke on how badass you feel being a chick at these races.
it is about women and catered to women!
and sorry but as a female runner — how can you not be moved by it.and it doesn’t matter if you are there just to run the 5k — because a lot of women are — or you’re there to run all three races (5k, 10k, and the half) – you are acknowledged with the respect you deserve for getting out there and DOING it for the entire weekend!
my gorgeous medal ♥
i didn’t wear my medal around the parks that day — wish i had — but i donned it every day after!
and everywhere i went i was congratulated, nodded in that “runner way” for accomplishing something fantastic!
and that was just with the 5k medal on!
after this experience — i am OFFICIALLY a rundisney fanatic and will spill the beans by saying that my next half marathon will be the recently announced avengers superhero half marathon in disneyland in november of this year!!!
registration starts march 25th and i am still working out details of the actual trip — but this runnergirl is signing up and cannot wait!
not only because it will be my second half marathon…
or my second disney half marathon…
or because i get to run as WONDER WOMAN (i know, i know she not an avenger but she is a superhero and my most favorite one for like EVER)…
but because i am eligible for this….
THE COAST TO COAST MEDAL!
for running one half marathon in disneyworld and one in disneyland in a single year!!!
i want this bad boy so much i can taste it.
and it will be mine…
but the whole avengers half marathon deserves a post of its own — and will come soon enough!
in the meantime — let me just revel in this glorious 5k.
because it was just that…
peace, love and margaritas,