Leia Buns, a Tu-Tu and Running Shoes

Exactly one year ago today, I was on a plane to Florida.  Escaping the snow and bitter cold to experience my first runDisney race, the Princess Half Marathon weekend in Disney World!

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One of my girlfriends and I put this on our “Destination Race Bucket List” about 2 days after I started running :)  Last year, all the Disney stars aligned for us to both be able to go.  We had to sign up in June for a February race because, well, it’s one of the most popular “girls weekend” races in the country and it sells out in a matter of days.  I mean, I like to plan my race calendar early, but 8 months of anticipation was almost more than my little heart could handle!  

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Last year was the inaugural 10k and Glass Slipper Challenge – if you run the 10K on Saturday and the half marathon on Sunday.  We totally jumped at the chance to earn more Disney bling! (And the race shirts included in our registration are my very favorite!  Love the fit and color of all three!)

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Do you have to dress up for a Disney race?  Nope.  But we decided to make the most of our runDisney experience and go all out!  I was representing the Rebel Alliance as Leia for the 10K and Rapunzel for the half.  Runner Girls Amy and Tina (our photog for this picture) were also in Florida for this race!!  Amy was supporting Team Aurora…Bonus points to the first person who can correctly identify Susie’s costume. (Hint: her shirt is from Wicked.)

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Amy showing off her Enchanted 10K medal!

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The 10K went pretty quickly, with character stops all along the way!  After the race, we headed to Epcot to explore and have “dinner” … at 3pm, since we had to be up at 2:30am the next day for the half!  (No, I’m not kidding.  They want everyone in their corral by 5am for a 5:30am start time so runners are out of the parks before they open.)

Amy and Tina before the Princess Half Marathon.

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About halfway through the half marathon – we spotted the castle!  Still early in the morning, so the Florida fog was still hanging around but these were some of my favorite race pictures!

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Tiara, Tu-Tu and THREE new medals in 48 hours :)

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Amy and Tina are all smiles at the finish line.

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And what better way to complete any Disney experience than with celebratory breakfast at Chef Mickey’s!

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Truly a magical experience…I’m ready to start planning the next one!  Who’s with me!?!? ;)

 

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