(Closed) Disney Princess Half Marathon….what have I gotten myself into?!

posted 5 years ago in Fitness
Post # 3
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

Right here!

 

I signed up for my first half marathon last September… it’s in two weeks (May 5, to be exact).

 

I’m NOT a runner. I consider myself to be active – I like step classes, kick boxing, spinning, yoga and strength training. I also play in a mixed co-ed softball league. But running is a much different exercise. 

 

I have been officially “training” since the beginning of February. I run four times a week, do strength training once a week, and have two rest days. I have found that it takes a lot of commitment – I’ve woken up at 5 a.m. more times than I care to count to make sure I can get my runs in before work.

 

That being said, I never thought I could be a “runner.” And while I still don’t consider myself anywhere close to being an elite or even advanced runner, I’ve found that my endurance has increased and I’m confident I’ll accomplish my goal of finishing (not setting a time… just want to finish!). I ran 11 miles on Wednesday – before I started training, I would set goals of running 10 miles a week! I wrote down all of the miles I have to run in an agenda. There’s so much accomplishment looking back and seeing how hard I’ve trained. Instead of dreading the half, I’m really, really looking forward to it. I’m considering running another half in December in Hawaii when I visit for my delayed honeymoon.

 

Best of luck to you! You can do it!

 

Post # 4
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL

@MrsCaruso2be:  Start out with Couch to 5K and then work your way up to a 10K and then a 15K so you are ready to tackle that half marathon in Feb.  That said, I walk <14 minute miles which means that I can actually walk faster than some people can run so don’t give up if you can’t actually run.

Post # 6
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2014 - Disney

I will be running it too! ITs the day before my wedding! Disboards has a whole board for dis races.

 

I started with C25k a few years back. I have completed a variety of events up to 70.3 half ironman. I will run my first full marathon this fall and I hope to post a boston qualifying time by next fall.

Post # 8
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

You can absolutely do it!! You have plenty of time. 

 

 

 

At the beginning of 2011 I could not even run a mile. However, I started slow and with short distances. My husband would run in front of me, he’d keep me going (of course stopping only when I really needed it, not just when I wanted to give up). I also started running in the vibram 5-fingers running shoes. I know they aren’t for everyone, but they helped me establish good form. I used to get shin splints like crazy. 

 

 

 

After a lot of persistance, determination and consistency I have completed 4 half marathons. I’m not super fast, but I finished them. I’m getting faster though. My last one (this sunday actually) was 2:30. I now run in Newton running shoes. 

 

 

 

You can do it. Just know you will have good days and bad days. It is part of training. Just don’t let the bad days get you discouraged from your final goal. Take it in stride. Be consistent. The hardest part is getting out the door. 

 

 

 

Oh and rest and recovery are just as important as running too. 🙂 

 

 

 

Good luck! I’m sure you will do great! 

 

 

 

Post # 10
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

Genna915, dewingedpixie: I just googled this event because I had never heard of it. This looks like it’s going to be A BLAST. Good luck ladies – I hope you post pictures!!

I might have to add this one to my wish list of half marathons!

Post # 11
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

@MrsCaruso2be:  Oh and don’t feel obligated to run it all the way through. Plenty of people (me included) do some sort of run/walk method. Just have fun with it. Don’t make it a chore. 🙂 

Post # 12
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

@MrsCaruso2be:  You can totally do it! I did my first half when I was over 350lbs, and it was one of the most incredible experiences of my life. I was the definition of couch potato. Definitely stay consistent with your training schedule to build up the necessary endurance. Get fitted for great shoes at a place that specializes in running, walking, and endurance events (and buy more than one pair and rotate — I murdered a couple throughout all of the training). Be kind to your feet.

 

+1 to the PP suggesting 5 and 10Ks. After my first 5K I thought I was going to literally die, on marathon day I felt like I was just getting started once I hit the 10K mark. Take pictures, use apps to track your progress and encourage you, and make a monster playlist b/c you’ll be out there for a while. Let us know how it goes!

 

 

 

Post # 13
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

@MrsCaruso2be: One more recommendation I have is adding yoga into your routine. The stretches you can get from yoga can help runners immensely; especially for tight hips and IT band. 

 

Post # 15
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL

P.S. Sign up for the race early because it tends to sell out.  You will get a personalized race bib with your favorite princess on it (so people can cheer you on by name!)  Also, a lot of the runners wear modified princess costumes and tutus for the race.  Disney photographers are posted along the route to take pictures of you by yourself and at photo stops with Disney princesses cheering you on.  They also do a party in one of the theme parks afterwards.  It’s a pretty epic event.

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