I approached the 2014 Princess Half Marathon with some trepidation. I was going for the Glass Slipper Challenge – I completed the Enchanted 10k on Saturday and as I approached the starting area of the Princess Half Marathon on the monorail I had some concerns as I had never done a back to back race like this. It was warm and humid again, I had hydrated all week in preparation. We ate at Ohana and feasted on protein and carbs the night before. I LOVED my Maleficent attire and of course I would be with friends – so I was a ready as I could be at that moment. Our group theme was Villains and Good Guys – we had Snow White, Rapunzel and Mother Gothel, Zurg and Buzz Lightyear, The Red Queen and Alice, Maleficent and Aurora, Ursula and and Cruella represented. Here we are getting silly before the race.
|Thanks Bonnie for the photo, from left to right my DisBroad Pals Bonnie, Patty, Me, Tania, Amy, Shannon, Kristen, Wendy and Suzanne.|
My roomies and I arrived at the Epcot parking lot later than planned whoops, so we missed meeting up with all the DisBroads – sorry y’all, but luckily we caught MOST of them as we headed to the starting Corrals on that LONG walk.
|2/3 of my Roomies, truly I hang with some fun peeps! Tania and Shannon and Me.|
We took a couple photos then split up. I headed to the Port-o-Potties alone but would be meeting Patty in Corral H. The other faster broads we be in corrals ahead of us. The lines for the port o potties were kind of long, and lucky for me I had some Kleenex, cuz the one I used was out of toilet paper. The funny thing, they were on a hill and kind of slanted so that you were leaning BACK, which was interesting.
|Zurg and Malificent await the start.|
Found Patty and our plan was to take it super easy – intervals of 30 second run with 45 second walk. The race started, fireworks at each corral and we waited our turn, time between start corrals went fairly quickly and before I new it we were off in the fog.
The first stretch of the race not to bad, and yep a mile or so in Patty had to go potty, so we went about 2 miles I think until we saw some with not too bad of a line. The first couple sets of potties we saw crazy lines. Something new this year, the Bathroom Attendant..they had a volunteer directing runners to the open port o lets, um not a job I would like. Before we hit mile 2, the winner of the race came booking by on the other side of the road. Really she was incredible to watch – she finished in record time too. She was way ahead or runner #2.
We passed the usual Pirates, Heroes, Lightening McQueen, Villains and I noticed something…seems like the lines for everything was LONG….Bathrooms, Characters… really I was like wow long lines this year and nothing new. It was super foggy though, but I will say the new Corral System was working quite nicely I had plenty of room.
|Eerie Morning for sure!|
I LOVED the drummers, and as we went on the first hill under the waterway by the Contemporary and I was feeling OLD as I had no idea WHAT song the DJ was playing….but there was LOTS of energy going on that hill.
|Yep its a little tight and there is one lane of traffic…do NOT cross the cones, a Princess was hit last year by a car.|
Stopped by the Contemporary Resort to say Hey to some other fairies from Sleeping Beauty who recognized Malificent’s greatness so of course I had to get a photo. They were so nice, what a fun group of chEARleaders and um, you think the kids have had enough yet?
|Thanks Fairies for the fun photo! Carry on kids with your devices before I put you to sleep.|
As we approached the entrance to Magic Kingdom, Space Mountain appeared to be in a fog. Patty commented “Are you going to be able to see the castle in our castle photo?”, important for us, you know we are all about the photos and truth be told there was an eerie-ness to the morning, which had me so happy in a villainous way.
Magic Kingdom was crowded wtih chEARleaders and runners, but we had fun. We stopped and wandered over the bathrooms at the Tomorrowland Terrace and there was NO wait, but you know its a bit of a walk over there. We came back out on the course just before the hub and chatted with the Medics and took some photos. For some reason this year, I was thanking the medics and police, I must have said “Thanks for keeping us safe” dozens of time….
|chEAR Squad and Families on the Left, Runners On the Right.|
Patty headed to Buzz and I headed to the castle entrance running about as fast as I could in the crowd. I heard someone tell me to slow down and enjoy the scenery and it was one of my ATLrunsDisney buddies – fun to see your friends show up on the course. I was on a mission. Passed the White Rabbit and saw the line for Mickey and Minnie…which was actually longer than it appeared as some of it was hidden. Barely moved. Patty caught up to me and someone behind us asked a Cast Member how long it was taking, he estimated from where we were 20 minutes… AND so it was decided to ditch the line. Again, a photo not meant to be so I selfied (is that a word yet?). My castle moments documented below: Royal Selfie, Trumpeters Playing theme from Rocky, A MARRIAGE PROPOSAL AND of course, our Bad Ass Villain photo.
|The Castle is where all the magic happens…OK some of it. You can see the view as you come out behind the newly engaged couple. Hey Congrats y’all!|
You want an official castle photo? Remember as you exit the castle tunnel, veer left for the long line. It moves people and MAKE SURE your number is showing unlike me above. Luckily Patty had this one and its my favorite castle shot yet.
We ran by Tiana another repeat from the day before, and Woody which Patty said no thanks to. Crossed the railroad tracks as we exited Magic Kingdom and saw a VERY long line for Snow White and her Prince on the parade float, again we said no thanks and kept on moving.
I had the cutest Aurora come up and ask to have a photo made, AWWW…she was in the perfect outfit too. Nice job Briar Rose. Oh you can also see out my wing-age and tulle cape – just a little sumpin’ sumpin’ to make me stand out from the rest of the Malificents.
|Nice outfit A! Thanks for the photo…and yep, LOVE my Cocogo Shirt!|
Two things I LOVED about this area just outside the park this year. 1. They put mats on top of the metal grates…those grates are on the road just as you exit and tough on feet. Thanks runDisney for that! 2. As I reached to grab a water at the water stop, a nice young man dropped to one knee, handing me my water and asked if I would marry him. THAT made me smile and I am bummed I didn’t capture that moment for all eternity and his embarrassment – total blogger fail on my part. I remember after this Jolly Holiday Mary Poppins was along the route as was Mrs Incredible. We passed both.
Next thing you know we are on the one lane road I can’t stand on the course, but pass the 1/2 way point…..Let It Go from Frozen was the song chosen.
|A princess could kill herself getting this photo….Its one lane and tight. Sorry for anyone I bumped moving right to left.|
This is my LEAST favorite part of the course as its one lane. The other lane is for emergency vehicles, but some runners think the cones don’t apply to them – and for the first time this year, I saw several people running in the emergency vehicle lane. Oh and its crowded back there – can ya see it?
These kids were so cute with some of my favorite race signs – and you can see the line and set up for Lilo and Stitch behind them:
|Girls, I am going as fast as I can, roads will open up again soon!|
We trudged along and I had noticed something on my backside miles earlier. I was chafing and yep I knew it would be bad. TMI, it was my panty line….I had not run in those panties before. WHAT WAS I THINKING! Poor Patty had to listen to me complain about my chapped a$$ and I just TRIED to forget about it but hey we had a sense of humor when we saw this sign.
|Seriously, people don’t try new clothing come race day.|
Around mile 10 we saw the “Parade Bus” (sweeper bus) parked and there was some activity with police cars around it. I knew we were OK time wise though we were taking our own sweet time. My heart dropped when I saw the bus, knowing so many behind us would not make it to the finish on their own. Really the character lines and port o potty lines were so long, and there were LOTS of people behind us. Then the bus moved a little, thus freaking me out. “Run, Patty, Run!” I said, she wisely told me to calm down …I mean we were safe, time wise and we hadn’t seen the balloon ladies nor were they in view. But the bus would drive a little and we would bust it until the bus stopped and take a walk break. Then the bus drove a little more. BUT it finally stopped. After we calmed down we knew we would be OK, but we were worried about April.
|Two princesses are looking at me like I am crazy for the Bus Photo….. Carry On ladies.|
We did see my roomie and friend Laura in line for the Heroes, so yes we jumped in line with her.
I was THRILLED to see Hercules and as I told him, “So happy to see you here this year”, he replied “As am I to see you, even though we are opposing forces”.
|Seriously, Herc made the other heroes look wimpy! LOVED HIM.|
Shortly after this, we came across DisBroad April for about the 4th time. She is expecting and was having a hard time, her back was hurting and she was tired from the 10k the day before. Seriously, she is one tough DisBroad was determined to finish on her own strength. She is one of the speedy DisBroads and she was walking. We asked her if she wanted us to walk with her and she said to go on she would be OK. Her resolve to finish was really inspiring. We would see her and then stop and she would pass us and we would pass her again. Her Buzz wings made it easy to spot her – love those costume props!
|Zurg and Buzz! Love the Buzz her wing-age.|
We conquered the hill with Sarge who was super sassy this year “If you are not in line for a photo with me, you better be running. This is NOT a walk-a-thon”.
|Hey thanks Cocogo, for my Ambassador shirt BTW. LOVE IT!|
Once again as we got on the bridge we looked for Buzz Lightyear wings and balloons…we saw neither, but we did see ALOT of princesses and my heart kind of dropped a little again. There were princesses behind us as far as the eye could see.
The approach to Epcot was hilly, I always forget this, well hilly for Orlando. We were taking it easy, just because well we could LOL. We saw some people cut though the cones at one out and back which seriously, why sign up and cut the course short? I get it if you are in total pain and all, but this made me a little sad too.
The last hill SUCKS. Its banked and there is very little grass next to it, but we made it up. This part of the race though, is truly the best. Speedy princesses are driving out of the parking lot on the other side of the road and honking and cheering you on. Thanks so much to those of you who gave us a honk or “Go Princess Go!”
Just before entering Epcot, we saw our friend Peggy Sue….who is just amazing. She is no complete stranger to us – but isn’t she just the best.
|Peggy Sue, you rock! Thanks for the affirmation.|
For my Hey Girl fangirl, got a photo of this sign that I loved. Major props Team In Training!
|NICE SIGN TNT! And way to raise $$ to try to cure cancer too.|
After a photo with Sofia the first, we came to the last parade bus we saw JUST as you were entering into Epcot. I hope they don’t sweep anyone there, but I guess they might as it was positioned to pull across the street.
|Does Patty have enough bracelet action going on there?|
Patty gave the thumbs up and a Princess next to us asked us “Does this mean we are safe?” – we look all knowledgeable you know We told her yes and entered the last stretch into Epcot as if we were touring park guests. Really I should have gotten a Mickey Pretzel, ordered a Latte and made some FastPass+ changes on a kiosk. We took it slow since we were looking for April. I got my photo with this Fairy….y’all WHO.IS.SHE?
|No really, I need a story on this Pink Lady!|
Then we did the down and back to World Showcase and again saw a few princesses cutting here too… What is with that? We waited at the end of the back and got our photo made by Spaceship Earth as if we were just Park Tourists using our Magic Bands for Photos…..
|Running with Patty is the best…really she’s my fave Internet Stalker.|
Chatted with the medics……..
|Seriously, thanks to ALL the volunteers who make this race possible AND those who keep us safe!|
And ran into DisBroad Summer…… HEY GIRL!
|Yep, end of the race and THERE’s SUMMER!|
We were ready to be done, I heard Hallelujah and was happy to sing with the Gospel choir…..
|Really BEST part of the Half Marathon! Love these singers.|
AND headed to the Finish. I was going to TRY to get a photo with Minnie…a run by if you will, um NOPE I was told to move on. Yep so quickly this is the photo…once again Royal Minnie eludes me.
|Seriously…I just wanted to stop like a SECOND..Goofy hugged me at finish once, whatever.|
I had the sads but as we crossed the finish line being denied my Minnie Photo and all, but I got cheered on by runDisney Mom’s Panelist Faith Dority who I met a couple times during the weekend.
Y’all she is SO nice, and then Carrissa announced “and here comes Malificent finishing the race!”. Thanks Carissa for the shout-out to the crowd.
Moved to the finish and we got the same finish box as at the 10k, fine by me. AND I saw a friend doing the medals, so I had my medal given to me by the most awesome meetup stalking buddy Jen. Really to get my medal by someone I know… the best!
|SHE KNOWS ME. Jen is the best!|
THEN I got my GLASS SLIPPER MEDAL! After heading back to the room, a soak in the hot tub and a shower, NO better place to celebrate than in Mexico with your BRF.
|Really my favorite bling ever.|
|It just doesn’t get any better than this.|
I had a blast and while I went in thinking this is my last Princess Half, UM NO IT IS NOT. The weekend is just too much fun and while crowded in a few certain spots, I do love this race.
This post has been long enough so more later on my Glass Slipper Challenge thoughts. If you missed my 10k Recap, its HERE. For all other things Princess Half Marathon related, check out my runDisney Page HERE which includes all my runDisney race weekend experiences and tips. Thanks for hanging in this long if you made it.
Did You Run Princess Half Weekend? What did you think or are you interested in giving it a go?
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