It was another early morning (another 2:45 a.m. wake up call), but I was ready to run the Princess Half Marathon! I took my time getting ready and ate my Uncrustable. Soon, it was time for all of us to head to the lobby to catch the bus (Becky and Alana were also running the Half with me).
We caught the bus around 3:35, and we arrived at Epcot shortly after. I asked Taylor to take another photo of me, but this time in front of the Dj booth. I loved the way it turned out!
After plenty of dancing, Becky, Alana, and I made the long walk to our corral. I was originally placed in C, but Becky and I moved back to G so that we could all run together.
We took plenty of selfies while we waited!
We stretched our legs, listened to the commentary, and did some more dancing, but, before we knew it, it was time for our corral to start!
Before the race started, we had decided that we only wanted to stop for the characters with short lines. With that being said, we ran most of the first 3-4 miles.
Just before the Magic Kingdom parking gates, we caught a glimpse of the princes and decided to stop…even though the line was 10 minutes long by that point…it WAS the Princess Half after all…
Our photos turned out great, so the wait was totally worth it!
Then, we went through the Magic Kingdom gates and made our way passed the drummers and through the TTC. The crowd’s energy was amazing as always here, and we were starting to get excited for the Magic Kingdom portion of the race!
After passing the Contemporary and the cast member parking lot, we entered the Magic Kingdom and ran down Main Street, U.S.A. This is one of my favorite parts of any RunDisney race!
We then made our way into Tomorrowland where we saw Buzz Lightyear!
Then, we briefly ran through Fantasyland before running through the castle – which is my other favorite part of RunDisney races!
We then headed to Frontierland and caught up with Woody!
As you can tell by the photos, it started to get very sunny and very HOT, so we decided to slow down our pace and focus on the finish line. Although we were struggling, we saw a lot of fun and interesting sites, including this girl’s t-shirt. If you know me at all, you will understand why I appreciated this so much.
We made our way passed the Polynesian and Grand Floridian. We were starting to get tired, so we decided to stop for a photo op with the Genie!
This is the part of the race where I really started to struggle – it was getting so hot and humid. I decided to put my head down and really focus on my breathing and strides.
After we made our way past Mile 8, Becky and Alana decided that they wanted to really slow it down and encouraged me to keep going. Because I was afraid that my legs would lock up, I took them up on their offer and went on without them. I promised to meet up with them at the finish!
I slowly but surely made my way back to Epcot – up the big overpass and hill, around the turn with the music video screen, and finally into Epcot around Mile 12. I saw Mushu just outside of Epcot. He had no line, so of course I had to stop!
I made my way in to Epcot and stopped for a selfie in front of Spaceship Earth!
After this photo, I really kicked it into gear – less then .5 of a mile to go!
I ran toward Spaceship Earth and passed the 13-mile marker and gospel choir. I rounded the corner and sprinted toward the finish!
I did it! It wasn’t easy, but I completed the Glass Slipper Challenge!
I made my way through the finishers chute, collected my RunDisney food box, and then met up with my friend Alexa (who was there spectating a few of her friends). After I stretched my very tight legs, Alexa took these awesome finish photos for me!
We waited for Becky and Alana to finish and then made our way over to the buses to head back to the resort. We stayed in the Herbie section of the All-Star Movie Resort, so they had this fun photo op that we were sure to use.
After our showers, we made our way to Magic Kingdom. We spent the day riding our favorite rides, eating Disney treats, and taking plenty of photos with our new bling.
My first RunDisney challenge was a success! I trained hard and finished with a smile on my face. And, because I had such a good experience, I’ve decided to run the Dopey Challenge in January 2018 – I can’t wait!
Thanks for following along on my Glass Slipper Challenge journey!