I’ve never considered myself a runner. I’ve often gone through phases where I would run either for fun or my health. These were always shorter distances—3 miles, maybe the occasional 4 or 5 miles. So I was a little wary when one of my running partners suggested we run a half marathon at Disneyworld.
First of all, I didn’t even know people ran at Disney (other than to use to their fast pass before it expired). Apparently, there are actually lots of race weekends at Disneyworld and Disneyland. Before I knew it I was signed up for the Disney Princess Half Marathon.
Correction: I was signed up for the Glass Slipper Challenge—which is a 10K on Saturday and a half marathon on Sunday. If you know your metric system, you know that’s 19.3 miles in 2 days.
My running buddies and I trained for months and months. We ran and ran and ran in all kinds of weather, on holidays, before the rest of the sane world was even awake. Finally, it was race weekend.
The first thing you have to know if you’re going to do a race at Disney is that you have to get up at 3 a.m. or earlier. We had to catch a bus at 3:30 to head to the starting line. That doesn’t mean we started running at 3:30. The race started at 5:30, but since so many people run these races (like 40,000 ran the half marathon), we didn’t actually start until almost an hour after the race started.
Fortunately, it wasn’t cold. But it was chilly, and standing around outside for a couple hours in the dark wasn’t fun.
I’m happy to say the actual runs were pretty fun—well as fun as running 13 miles can be. Disney pulled out all the stops, entertaining us along the route with DJs, marching bands, cheerleaders, a gospel choir, hot air balloons, and lots of characters along the way.
And at the end? Medals!
And did I mention medals?
Have you ever done something you never thought you would do?