2017 Training Stats

Miles Completed = 29.01
(Run/Walked = 29.01, Biked = 0.0, Elliptical = 0.0)


Thursday, November 7, 2013

2013 Princess Half Marathon - 5th Anniversary

As I mentioned in my post on the 2013 Mickey and Minnie Mouse Royal Family 5K, I picked up my packet on Friday afternoon and it wasn't the best experience.  Well, at least the packet pick up wasn't so bad, just the rest of it wasn't great.  I will still be happy to be back over at ESPN Wide World of Sports for this Expo next year.
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Princess Half Official Program
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Princess Half Bib - Rapunzel
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Princess Half Tech Shirt (men's cut)

It's a great thing that we can now order a women's or men's cut shirt.  For me, the women's champion shirts have always run small (even when I wasn't as heavy as I am now) and I don't like shirts to cling so I always opt for the men's shirt now.

There was some extras for the fifth anniversary and I appreciated the little extras.
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Princess Mesh Drawstring Bag
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Princess Half Commemorative Button
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Princess Half Temporary Tattoo
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Princess Half Commemorative Pin
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Princess Half Commemorative Pin
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Princess Half Commemorative Necklace
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Princess Half Bondi Band (headband)
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Princess Half Vinyl Medal

I drove to Epcot to park in the early hours of the morning.  As I entered the staging area and went about my normal pre-corral routine I noticed that it was already quite warm and very humid.  This of course made me nervous as I don't do so well with the humidity.  I could only hope for the best and do what I could since I was still not at 100% in terms of my health and I really just wanted to finish upright.
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Princess Half Start Line Banner 

The race got under way and soon it was light.  Thankfully, there was a nice cloud cover so the sun wasn't blaring down on us, but it was definitely warm and the humidity never did ease during the entire race.

This race course is the same as the WDW Half in January.  There's some road time with some special character spots prior to the Ticket and Transportation Center - there's a group of princes all together for a photo op that I always love as it's amazing to see them all together in one place like that, then you get the Contemporary hill and on to the Magic Kingdom which is always fun and energizing.  After the Magic Kingdom it's the crowded road by the Grand Floridian and Polynesian, some more lovely road with banked ramps an overpass, the Epcot parking lot and then in to Epcot where the end is near and the smiles come easily.  Finally you exit Epcot and head to the finish line where hopefully you get to high five one of the fab five!

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Trudging along
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Smiling in Epcot
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Smiling and My Secret is Out - Like Stitch I have extra arms
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Happy to be Done
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Princess Half Finisher Photo
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Princess Half Medal
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Princess Half Lanyard

I don't normally do the I Did It shirts any more as there are just so many, but the anniversary one was just too good to pass up this time around.
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I Did It T-Shirt - Front
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I Did It T-Shirt - Back

If you're looking for a great race for a girls' weekend, this is a must try.  The atmosphere is fun and there is a lot of energy on the course.  You'll see plenty of running skirts and tutus and glitter.  That doesn't mean that men should avoid this race, as someone once told me there's plenty to look at and who knows you might see something you like and set a new PR.  Beware men, you're not going to be in a corral above C in this race and if you're looking for an award other than your finisher's medal this race isn't for you.

In all seriousness, this is one of my favorite runDisney events and I highly recommend it!


-J.Darling said...

Looks like fun! :) We happened to be there during the race in 2013! It was really amazing to see all the ladies (and more than a few men) rocket through it! Maybe some year... maybe... :)

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