Hi everyone! In case you didn’t notice, I’ve been writing a lot of sappy posts about how much I love running lately. Yes, it was Valentine’s week last week, but I’m still loving running way more than normal. And there’s really only one explanation for that: the Disney Princess Half Marathon is THIS WEEKEND! Like less than one week away!!!!! We’re leaving Wednesday morning super early and driving down to Savannah where we’ll spend the night before making the last leg of our drive. Our first stop will be Disney’s Fit For A Princess Expo on Thursday morning, Friday we’ll spend the day at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, and Saturday I’ll make sure to get a lot of rest and hydration in before my big 3:30 am wakeup call on Sunday for my very first half marathon! I’m a whole mess of emotions right now – nervous, excited, nervous, happy, nervous…did I mention nervous? My longest run so far was 11 miles so there’s a tiny bit of self doubt about getting through those last 2.1 miles (especially in humidity), but I did my training and learned how to fuel correctly so I need to remember that I’ve got this! I think I’m really just nervous because of what this race means to me. Get ready guys, because this is about to get serious.
This is only the 6th year of the Disney Princess Half Marathon, but ever since I heard about it I had this secret dream of running it. I know that sounds dumb now since I’m a runner and I’m allowed to dream about races, but back when I had that secret dream I wasn’t a runner at all so it was kind of a big, out-of-reach dream. I heard about thousands of girls running down Main Street and through Cinderella’s castle dressed like princesses and thought “If I ever run a half marathon that’s the one I’ll do” because it sounded like so much fun. I then went back to my boring non-runner life, but I kept that dream in my heart. When I started running a year and a half ago, I started thinking about that dream more and more. Last winter when I was going through a mini break with running I spent DPH weekend looking at pictures of the race on Facebook and wishing that I could have been there. And when I got back from my honeymoon last year, I stalked the RunDisney website until DPH registration opened. But when it opened, I didn’t register. I checked the website almost daily, watching the race fill up more and more each day for a few weeks until one day it was 99% full. I realized that my secret dream had the possibility to become a really scary reality. At that point I’d only been able to run 6.2 miles and I’d only done it once. The thought of doing over double that amount scared me to death, but I knew that if I was going to do a half marathon at some point in my life the DPH was the one to do. I went to bed that night feeling sick because my heart was telling me to sign up but my brain was telling me no. My husband noticed that I was tossing and turning and asked me what was wrong, so I told him everything. He turned the light back on, brought me my computer, and told me I needed to sign up or I was going to regret it and be really upset for the next year. So that is how I signed up for one of the very last available spots in the 2014 Disney Princess Half.
That decision actually caused a ripple effect in my running life. I needed to submit a proof of time for a better corral, but I wasn’t sure my 10k time would be able to get me into a high enough corral. So I signed up for two fall 10ks to improve my corral placement, and ended up PRing on each one! I began loving running more than ever (as seen in my last few posts) and when it became time to start my half marathon training plan I wasn’t even scared anymore. Each time I reached a new distance PR I felt stronger and more confident about the half marathon. I know I wasn’t ready to run this race last year, but this year is my year. I’ve put in the training, done my research, and even made an insanely awesome princess costume of my own. So THIS WEEKEND I am going to wake up earlier than I ever thought possible, pin on bib #3652, and line up in corral G with thousands of other amazing women. When the Fairy Godmother sets off fireworks and we start to run I’ll probably cry (as well as on Main Street and at the finish line!) but I’ll make sure to cherish every moment of this race. Because when I cross the finish line, I’ll finally have made my super secret wish come true.
Look for tons of updates on everything going on this week on twitter (follow me @RunAwayWithKK) and get excited about my upcoming expo and race recap posts! And if you happen be in corral G with me, come find me to wish me luck! I’ll be the girl in shiny scale-print tights with a dinglehopper in my hair 🙂
Do you have a super secret race dream? Have you ever been this excited/nervous about a race? And who else is running with me this weekend?