Mixing my love of Disney magic with my love of running could not be a better combination.
I am beyond excited to experience what I hear is a thrilling and exhilarating race. I’m thrilled that I’ll also get a behind the scenes peek at the Run Disney phenomenon as last week I received a super magical invite in my email in box to attend the Disney Princess Half Marathon as a special media guest.
I signed up for this race last October – and even gutted out a 10K on the morning of hosting Kenzie’s 6th birthday party back in October- talk about exhausting – to secure my corral placement for race day according to my running pace.
The goal of running the Disney Princess 1/2 Marathon kept me happily trying to train through the cooler winter months and I hit a 10 Miler two weeks ago running 90 minutes on the trail for my long run. Yesterday I hit the track to see how my race pace might feel – I’m hoping to run 9 Minutes per mile or faster so I wanted to run relaxed and easy for 1 mile on the track. I ran 8:30 for the mile- it felt good but was faster than I probably need to go for the race – in these distance runs super slow and steady will help me break 2 Hours for the 1/2 Marathon.
I would have done another long run last week but my kids and I were hit with bad respiratory infections – bronchitis, ears, sinus, pneumonia you name it we had it. I took off running for 12 days to get well – not ideal before a big race but the best way to get healthy is by resting. It doesn’t matter how fast I run next weekend – my super fast high school and college days are long behind me. I just want to have fun and feel accomplished at achieving my goal of running a 1/2 Marathon since becoming a Mom.
And now that I’m going with the media, they invited the kids to join me for a 5 K the day before. I have a feeling that running the 3 miles with Kenzie might be the most magical experience of all of it as she is beyond excited to run 3 miles and earn her very own super duper fancy race medal.
I’m packed and ready to go with my energy gels, sports watch, and running clothes – Next stop – Disney!