Well, I did it. I completed my first ever Disney race, the Princess Half Marathon. There was a large bump in the road leading up to it though. I seemingly got the flu two days before the race. I’m talking violently vomiting for much of the night. It was unfortunate timing as we had a reservation at Discovery Cove the following day that had already been changed once due to weather, so it could not be rescheduled without a fee. So, off we went to swim with sting rays, feed tropical birds, splash in water and try to get through the day on minimal sleep and an upset stomach. I barely ate the entire day, which was sad because of the unlimited goodies at Discovery Cove. The day before my big race, I couldn’t stomach anything, but tried drinking as much as possible to stay hydrated. All day I prayed for a miraculous recovery.
I had to be up at 3:15am Sunday to beat traffic on our way to Epcot. Luckily, the morning of, I was just tired – not nauseous! What a relief. I had managed to eat half a slice of lasagna along with a breadstick the night before at Olive Garden, so I got some carbs in me. For preference, I didn’t eat breakfast before the race as I usually run on an empty stomach. Showered, costume on, and toddler dressed, we were out the door. I wore my daughter in the Tula as we walked through the Epcot parking lot to the bag check area. I gave hugs and kisses to my fam and headed for a long portapotty line. After almost 15 min and a jog to corral A, the time I had been training for the last six months had come! The adrenaline was pumping and the fireworks kicked off the race of a lifetime.
The course was mostly flat with a few hills toward the end (unfortunately haha). It was not crowded at all in corral A. I had space to run my pace without issue. I saw my hubby and daughter in Magic Kingdom, which was a huge boost for me. I had signed him up for running alerts, but also texted him at mile markers. My hubby was adorable, holding two phones up to capture video/pictures. I stopped for five character photos along the course and still managed to run a personal best! (I know later corrals had to wait in lines for pictures, but this was not the case for corral A. I ran up, snapped a pic and high tailed it out of there.). Previously my record had been 1:51:50. I finished in 1:46:37! I had a great time and was so excited to see my hubby and daughter at the finish line. My hubby had a rose for me and my daughter was sweetly asleep against my hubby’s chest, which was very relieving given our early start.