Disney Princess Half Marathon Race Recap

On Sunday I ran the Disney Princess Half Marathon! I’m catching up on posts due to my Disney Vacation! Look forward to a few more

Read more about my race preparations and race expo visit and my current marathon training goals!

Sunday morning was the big day!  If you’re new to reading, I travelled to Orlando to run the Disney Princess Half Marathon with 7 other awesome ladies, most from the Chicago area.  Thanks Jenna for introducing me to everyone!  We signed up back in August to run this race and have some fun on a destination race trip.

I had a stressful week last week, and as soon as I got off the plane in Florida, the warmth melted my stresses away.  I spent a night hanging out with my Aunt Fitzi & Uncle Paul and their bulldog Wilson. He looks so sad, but seemed to be happy!  He loved to follow people around.

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Saturday morning headed out to meet my co-princesses! After the Expo, Jenna & I hung out by the pool for a bit before we got ready to go out to dinner @ Downtown Disney.

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Then it was off to bed because we had a super-early wake-up and start time

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The race started at 5:45 AM (my earliest yet) and we had to be on a shuttle from our hotel by 4 AM.  After getting dressed and some primping, I put on my bad-ass hoodie and headed out into the florida air to board the bus.  Apparently hundreds of other people had the same idea – and we all waited in line together.  It was dark, but see all the people waiting in line?

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Jen & I took a photo while waiting

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Finally, we boarded a bus & made it to the race start! There was the required stop at the port-a-potties

IMG_1391and then a looong walk out to the race start.  We all had different start corrals, and magically merged into Corral C (I had placed into corral B).  We met up with the rest of our princesses:

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Princess Courtney, Princess Lauren H.C., Princess Heather, Princess Jenna & Princess Lauren (me)

I got to start the race with our Birthday Princess, Heather!  It was her birthday on race day 🙂   Heather & I run at similar paces, so we started together. However, I had some minor stomach issues (nerves, not my standard dinner or breakfast), and I told her to feel free to go on whenever she felt she needed to.  We started and ran the first half mile together:

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IMG_1400There were fireworks at the start, and it was super dark out.  I took some photos during the beginning of the race, but they didn’t turn out well because it was so dark and I was also running. 

As the sun rose, I took some more photos along the race course. 

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Around mile 3.5 I began to need to use a bathroom.  I repeatedly saw some great examples of female comaraderie during this race: runners popping off two-by-two or in small groups to go to the bathroom in the woods.  I never saw a lonely runner walk off into the woods. 

My bathroom break was about as ideal as it could have been:  passed a set of port-a-potties that had a long line. I swore I’d run to the next set and go there. Just around the corner, there was a lone port-a-potty. Only one person was in front of it, and she was waiting for her sister, who then promptly exited the stall.  I went in and did my business, and only lost a minute in all of this! 

Then we entered the Magic Kingdom:

IMG_1407   IMG_1409 I stopped for one photo opp (almost no line), and then got back on course.  The rest of the race was pretty fine – I felt comfortable running although I knew I didn’t want to push myself for a PR given my nerves & being out-of-whack with food & lack of rest. It was an entertaining course, and I felt great — until mile 12. 

At mile 12 (and a little earlier) the course began to go onto highway on-ramps, which had pretty steep grades and “hills”.  My quads screamed out! At 12 I also began to feel a funny pain in my right foot.  Not sure what it was, but I tried to run through it, and forgot about it for the final stretch! Ran it hard as I could into the finish, where we ran through parts of Epcot. 

After the race, I forgot to stop my Garmin.  I passed through medical to get some of the biofreeze they were hawking along the entire course, and slathered it all over my legs.  I also got my medal, some photos & food, and met up with the other princesses who had finished.  Our birthday princess, Heather, had gotten a major P.R.! She ran 2:14, which was 15 minutes faster than her first half marathon in October!

We chilled out and waited for more princesses to file in. Check out this photo that Jenna took:

image  When we all finished, we congratulated each other, and then took photos!

IMG_1413 We then headed for some grub…. Downtown Disney here we come!  We made it there and headed to Planet Hollywood just in time for it to open.  Check out my fashion statement:

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Don’t you love the compression socks with my yellow skirt & sandals!  We fueled up on my new favorite meal from Iowa – buffalo wings & brocolli

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Then it was time to head back and recover a little bit before the next challenge… Disney Parks Post Race!  Stay tuned!

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3 thoughts on “Disney Princess Half Marathon Race Recap

  1. kilax

    What a fun race! Was it weird to stop running and wait in line to take photos? That is what we planned on doing when we were going to run Disney and I wondered if it felt weird or natural during the race.

    I am surprised there were not enough porta potties that people had to go in the woods!

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    1. Lauren Post author

      It was fun! I only stopped once to have someone take a photo of me, and that was at a spot with an oddly short line (in front of the Magic Castle, funny that it was so short!), so I only lost ~1 minute or so.
      I did try to take photos of what I saw and that was a little challenging. I should practice some more!

      I don’t think the poo-in-the-woods was a lack of port-a-potties issue, I think it was that people want to go when they want to go.

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  2. Emily

    I tracked this post down since I have been debating running the Disney Wine and Dine Half. =D I loved hearing about all the cameraderie during this race and seeing the great costumes, fireworks, and gorgeous medals. You can’t beat the Magic Kingdom and downtown Disney for post-race celebration!!! That 5:45 AM EST start time is really brutal, though (especially for us Midwesterners who operate on Central Time). But now I really want to do a Disney race!

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