My first runDisney and Princess Half Marathon experience was absolutely AH-MAZING! I can honestly say—the Princess Half Marathon was one of the most incredible experiences of my life! I had such a blast and the support along the course made it even more memorable! With over 24, 000 runners, there was never a dull moment. From men dressed up like Princesses rockin’ full tutus and all, Galloway interval beepers going off, characters along the course, long tinkle lines, hearing the Frozen theme song “Let It Go” blasting as you pass by—to just being surrounded by pure amazement. There was nothing like it. The whole weekend was incredible and you couldn’t help but feel like a kid again—and a Princess of course!
I absolutely loved dressing up as Princess Tiana! How could I not? What made it even more awesome was rockin’ a #TeamSparkle skirt and shwings fit for a Princess!
Close up of my Princess (Crown) shwings I got at the Expo. They are adorable!
After a 1:30 a.m. wake-up call, this Princess is ready!
The DJ had us pumped and it was only 4.a.m.!
No race can start without the Wobble! Yes, the Wobble! We were jammin’!
This is my “I can’t believe we’re about to head to our corral” face. I’m mixed with all kinds of emotions at this point. Nerves, excitement, joy…everything.
Waiting for the race to start.
After waiting in our “holding area” the corrals were finally being called. I was in Corral K. As each corral wave made it to the start line, there was an explosion of beautiful fireworks. It took our corral about 45 minutes.
Love me some Donald!
We made it to Tomorrowland!
Running through the parks was so much fun! The crowd support was amazing!
Race you to the castle!
The Incredibles! Along the course were opportunities to take pictures with various Disney characters. There were even lines with hundreds of people waiting to take their picture. I was not trying to wait. Even the tinkle lines moved faster. Although I was not aiming for a PR or time goal, I didn’t want to get too far behind. There were just that many people. I did get some great snap shots along the way!
My favorite girl—Ariel!
I made it—and then some!
I loved everything about the course although my feet felt like they were on fire! Literally! There were some places where you had to run on a bank and for some reason my socks and shoes + humidity = not happy. I won’t even gross you out with the blisters. Just know, I won’t run a distance race without 2 Toms again! All in all—this girl was happy to finish the race! My Hubby was so confused on where to find me, bless his heart. There were so many people. He was taking pictures of me before we made it to the finish line and had to make his way back to me. Finally after about 30 minutes he found me almost passed out, shoes kicked off—looking crayyy! I was so happy to see a familiar face! He was so proud of me and having him as my cheerleader meant so much!
I got some swag and a box of snacks! As you see, I’m still on the ground with my shoes kicked off! It was so HOT and sunny! I was ready to get on the shuttle to head back to the resort to relax and get some nourishment!
Rested up a bit now this Princess is ready for Downtown Disney!
Had to take a picture with The Hulk! I shared here about the Avengers Super Hero Half Marathon weekend coming in November. Find out more here.
Before going to see the Disney Performing Arts School perform, we went by Ghirardelli’s Soda Fountain OMG! My sundae was well deserved after completing 13.1 miles of Magic! :)
We had to visit Mr. Potato Head!
Hey Herbie! You gotta admit, he looks pretty sweet at night!
Bye Herbie! *sad face*
Last Magical meal before heading home.
I’m going to miss the Happiest Place on Earth!
Okay, I couldn’t decide.
I had no idea there were so many “Princesses” on my same flight! It’s true that Alabama Girls run Disney!
“So this is love, So this is what makes life divine.” —Cinderella
Find Part 1 & 2 of my Princess Half Marathon Weekend Recaps here:
Part One: Disney Princess Half Marathon Expo 2014 Recap | runDisney
Part Two: Downtown Disney, Pasta in the Park, and Princess Prepping!