Well all the 2014 Princess Half Marathon Weekend has come and gone and let me tell you it was an amazing time! My group for this year was of course my cousin Juliana, my best friend Whitney, and our cheerers were my mom, Chris, and Whit’s husband Chad. We had an amazing time together.
Juliana and I took the red-eye on Thursday night into Orlando on Friday morning. This has become our go-to for race weekends in WDW. We landed at 5:30 (although my flight was a bit late) and headed strait to Port Orleans French Quarter on the Magical Express.
Once we checked in it was time for some Magic Kingdom and Be Our Guest for an early lunch.
When we got the text that our room was ready we headed for ESPN Wide World of Sports and the Fit for a Princess Expo! Where of course this princess got crowned by Prince Charming. I thought this was the cutest idea and loved that it was free – Thank runDisney!!
After our crazy t-shirt pickup and surviving a rain storm it was time to head back to the French Quarter for a nap and drop off. We had dinner at Chef de France that night and went to bed since tomorrow was the Inaugural Enchanted 10K!!
I will have to say this may have been my favorite event, but hey I am a 10K kinda gal! My cousin and I were in corral B for this race and dressed as Minnie Mouse (me) and Anna (my cousin). I loved it! The corrals were spaced great, we had plenty of room to run, great characters and the highlight of course was running through the snow with Elsa to Let it Go! I also loved our loop around the Boardwalk aka my dream world. I literally want to live there… even if there was no WDW, just the Boardwalk move me in! We stopped for a few pics and then with medals in hand we were so excited to see they had the Glass Slipper Challenge board that was missing from the expo. Now I work in a field were we do events and that looked to me like a oh sh*t overnight print job, and well I was glad they did!
After some showers and a unscheduled nap in compression socks we headed to Animal Kingdom and Hollywood Studios (or as we 90s kids still call it MGM). That night we carb loaded at Mama Melrose and it was delicious! Whit met up with us at the hotel and then it was off to bed for race day!
PRINCESS HALF MARATHON
We were up at 3:20am for this race to get on the 3:45am bus! Juli had packed bagels and peanut butter so that was our pre-race fuel and I had some Power Aid from fountain machines in the cafeteria at the hotel. This was the first set of runDisney races where we wore makeup and let me tell you it was revolutionary for our pictures! Of course, I was dressed as Cinderella and Juli was Snow White… I think our costumes looked great!
We met Whitney at bag check which worked great for us and then made our way to the corrals, which we knew from last year were quite a walk away.
I absolutely loved the start with the Fairy Godmother – she makes me so happy! There were fireworks, Miss America, the national anthem and we were off!
My overall thoughts on this course was it was fun – crowded and un-run-able at times, but fun! We stopped to grab some photos and ended up walking a bit more than planned due to the crowding. Personally I thought we needed a bit more than 3 mins between corrals it made it a little hard to get through the walkers. Overall we had a blast and felt great!