I am running in Disney’s Princess Half Marathon March 7, 2010. I am not a runner. I am a dancer with a goal. If there was ever a location that would motivate me to run — it’s Disney World. I’ve only told a few people that I am running in this. Once they process this odd sentence coming from my lips, they smile at me and say, “Ahh. This is just an excuse to go to Disney World again.” I smile coyly and say nothing. You know the truth.
My husband and I were going to do this together. However, a few days after I registered, he realized he has a business trip he can not miss. Now I am trying to talk one of my sons into running it. I, however, will persevere.
As I write, the Princess Half Marathon is 93% full. So if you are thinking about running — register now. A few things to note — your $120 registration fee is non refundable. You must be at least 14 years old and be able to maintain a 16-minute per mile pace. If unable to keep that pace you will be picked up and transported to the finish line and will not receive a finisher’s medal. If you can finish the Half Marathon in less than 2 hours and 45 minutes, proof of time is required. God Bless you.
I am clear on what is required and confident that I meet the guidelines. Now it’s time to think about the important things like where will I stay. As you can see from the map, the Half Marathon begins in Epcot.
I am thinking the Polynesian might be my best option? Then I thought about the Boardwalk? That is a long walk to the front of Epcot. Today when I spoke to someone at Disney, I was informed that we would start on a highway. Now wait a minute, I had visions of the Magic Kingdom and Epcot distracting me while I run to the finish line. Distraction is what I need most. I am hoping the costumes from the participants will be enough of a distraction on the “highway portion” of the trail.
I have been training, but I have a long way to go. I will continue to research and keep you abreast of any new info I discover. I have found WDWToday podcast to be extremely helpful. I would love to hear your insider tips and suggestions that you have. I need to put some Zipadee-doo-dah in my step. I am off to the races.