Earlier this year I took part in a RunDisney event, the Princess Half Marathon.
I’ve had the privilege of running a Disney event in the past but last time I did a half I felt like I was dying. Not REALLY dying but the “What the hell you were thinking?!?!” kind of dying. It was hard. It was exhausting. And there was no way in hell I was going to get swept off that course.
For those of you that have never run a Disney event, being swept means that you were not maintaining a decent pace and you had to be removed from the course. They aren’t trying to pick on you, unfortunately life goes on after the races are run….parks open, highways need to be open, you get the idea. So being swept can and will happen.
I did NOT get swept in any of the races I participated in but the previous half marathon got awfully close. My hip was in so much pain that every time I passed a medical tent I would squirt a HUGE amount of Bio Freeze and slap it on my hip just to keep going. Alas, I finished, but I vowed to never finish like that again.
Fast forward two years and the chit chat of running another half was brought up with my girlfriends. We will do anything for a girl’s weekend. In the back of my head was that little voice saying I couldn’t do it. I was a little heavier this time and it was SO difficult last time.
What did I do? I told the voice to shut up!
There was a lot of training this time. I trained last time, but it wasn’t as consistent, and I did more long distance runs this time. I felt like if I took the time to prepare myself it would all go much better. The end result was a totally successful half marathon! I couldn’t believe it and I was so proud of myself.
For those of you that are contemplating taking the leap, DO IT! Seriously, there is absolutely no race in the world like a RunDisney race. From a dance party at 4am, to character stops along the way, to a church choir singing your praises the last tenth of a mile….you won’t be disappointed!
Checkout the races at www.rundisney.com