A Princess Finds Her Wings
Hope you enjoy reading as much as I enjoyed running and writing it!
As runDisney fans, we all have our favorite races. For me, it has been the Princess Half Marathon. The PHM is “my race” – the one I cannot miss every year. It was my first half marathon and where I found my happy place in running. I really dig the tiara medal and the way everyone in the parks treats you royally. Also how at close to 40 years old, I am allowed to sport my own shiny bling around my neck as well as on my head- and no one finds this odd! I am a huge fan of wearing tiaras, so I am a huge fan of the Princess Half!
Meanwhile the registration jumped to 51% in 2 days! Oh my! I knew Disneyland races sold out quickly, but this was amazing to me. Looked like my problem would be solved soon enough- the race would sell out and I wouldn’t have to worry about making that extra trip.
Then I was sprinkled with Pixie Dust in the form of the good fairy husband who saw what I was looking at on the computer. When I explained about the race in Disneyland and that I was just playing around with ways to make it work, he simply asked one question.
The race was packed with entertainment, even after we left the parks, and getting to the end strong was not a problem. In comparison to the halves at WDW, community crowd support was just simply awesome. Bands, cheerleaders, the HUGE contingency of Red Hat Society ladies, random Michael Jackson sighting, even a Walt look-alike was on hand! Family spectators were also along the route cheering on the runners with the great signs and tons of enthusiasm. I loved every minute of this course.
We left Disney property and ran along some neighborhood streets.
There they were: the Red Hat Society! I hoped they would be here for this race since they made such a splash at the 2012 event. There had to be hundreds of them. They were adorable in their signature colors (please read that in your best Steele Magnolias voice) of red and purple. Such a boost to see them come out and support us in the very early hours of the morning.
Garmin moving time: 3:01:16 (YES! Unofficial PR by 20 min) It counts. Sorta.
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Patty Holliday has been running Disney since 2011. She knows just about every tip, trick, and hack there is to cover the runDisney Magical Miles at Disney World and Disneyland. She knows every mile isn’t *always* magical- but with training, tips, and a little bit of pixie dust, they can be a lot of fun! You can also find her at noguilttravel.com and noguiltfangirl.com