Fairy Tale Challenge – Princess 1/2 Marathon

It was HOT for the 10K – it was even HOTTER for the half marathon. RudDisney still had a heat warning and was telling everyone to take it slow and stay hydrated. My character was going to be Rapunzel for this run so I put on my purple sparkle skirt, the Rapunzel themed shirt I got off Etsy, and pinned a little Pascal (that I also got off Etsy) to my shoulder. Kevin once again dropped me off at Epcot and I made my way to the start. This day was gonna be tough…

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Fairy Tale Challenge – 10K

The morning of the 10K I strapped on the tentacles I made after Kevin dropped me off at Epcot – transforming me into Ursula. I hoped they would not annoy me while I was running, which is why I wore them for the shorter of the 2 races. You really should take your costumes out for a test run, but I just wing it…

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Fairy Tale Challenge – EXPO

Whew! This was a crazy day. Let me start by telling you that awhile ago I signed up for another runDisney race series – the Princess Half weekend! I decided to do the Fairy Tale Challenge – which consists of a 10K and a half marathon back to back days – hey, that’s easier than the Dopey Challenge I did right!? So ANYWAY we booked our flight to leave Friday morning from Philly to Orlando – the flight was supposed to arrive at 3:00, giving me plenty of time to get to the Expo to pick up my race packet before they closed at 7:00. You note I just typed SUPPOSED to arrive at 3:00….

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runDisney Marathon Weekend FULL MARATHON – Florida part 8

The FINAL day of the Dopey Challenge was the Disney marathon – and it started off with a BANG! No really – each wave is sent off by fireworks and they were especially awesome for the marathon.  I was running a little late, but managed to give myself a pep-talk on the way to my coral.  I had no idea how this day was going to turn out – was I going to get swept?  Was I going to make it?

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runDisney Marathon Weekend HALF MARATHON – Florida Part 7

The 3rd day of the Dopey Challenge during marathon weekend at Disney World was the HALF MARATHON!  I have run 13 miles, but never in a race – and this run was ESPECIALLY exciting because I would get to run through the castle in the Magic Kingdom!  I had been dreaming about running through the castle since I first heard of the runDisney races.  After looking at numerous beautiful pictures and videos of happy  people running out the front of the castle I was so ready to have one of those amazing photos to call my own…unfortunately my castle moment wasn’t quite how I thought it would be…

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runDisney Marathon Weekend 10K – Florida: Part 6

Dark and early (I can’t really say bright and early because I was up well before the sun) Kevin dropped me off at Epcot and I made my way with the other runners to the starting corrals.  I felt a little more confident because I knew where I was going since I was just through it all the day before for the Marathon Weekend 5k.  I made my way through the crowd admiring the awesome costumes.  I kept the mylar blanket they gave me the day before for extra warmth while waiting to start.  The lines for the characters were outrageously long so I knew there was no point waiting because I wouldn’t have time to get a picture before the race started.  Little did I know that later in the run I would have a very comical “character stop”….

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runDisney 5K (Florida: Part 5)

It was almost a year ago that I spent my lunch break at work huddled over my computer trying to get a spot in the Dopey Challenge at Disney World.  These races usually sell out very fast – and 2018 was no exception because it was the anniversary of the 25th Marathon and the 5th Dopey Challenge – this meant the medals would be extra cool.

Kevin dropped me off in the parking lot at Epcot around 4 AM and I followed the sea of people in the 32* weather towards the start.  As I walked it hit me that this challenge was finally here and I was going to attempt to run 48.6 miles in 4 consecutive days with very little training due to my heel injury.  I felt very confident I could complete the 5K and 10K – and pretty sure I could do the half marathon – but could I add a full marathon on top of that?!

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