A new race on the calendar!

As many of you know, registration for the 2017 Disney Princess Half Marathon at Walt Disney World opened up to the general public last week. I’ve wanted to repeat this race since I first participated in 2013, but I haven’t had the opportunity. All the stars have aligned, and I will be going back in 2017!


What’s really fun is, once I put it out there on the Internet that I’m registered, I learned that a lot of people I know are running. AND I recruited a friend to come and make it her very first half marathon! AND she is inviting everyone she knows to come along, too. If I’m honest, so am I. “Come! Run with me!” “Come! Be my cheerleader!” I’m pretty excited. I just can’t seem to help myself.

Once the kids are back to school (in less than a month?!), I’ll have to get serious about running again. We haven’t broken up completely, but I haven’t trained for any kind of long distance since January. Of last year. I’ve lifted weights and done a lot of other things, but I haven’t run farther than three or four miles in quite some time. It will definitely be a challenge with the hills and altitude that I have to contend with now.


I snapped this photo one morning while walking Hank. It’s a little tricky to tell, but our neighborhood is nestled right up next to the mountains. There’s a running/biking path…at the bottom of the hill. No matter what I do, the last mile back to my house? Straight up. I may need to leave the neighborhood to find a path that won’t try to kill me.

Regardless, this is happening. I’ll have another one of these beauties to add to my collection come February! Now, to figure out my costume….




Run – The Dream Race


I first heard of the Disney Princess Half Marathon several years ago, when an old friend posted her race day photos on Facebook. At the time, I ran very infrequently, but I remember having this thought: “If I were to run a half marathon, it would be that one.”


In the spring of 2010, about a year and a half after having my second child, I began to run. My excuses for carrying around 20 extra pounds of “baby weight” were beginning to sound flimsy, even to my own ears. I ran nearly every day of that spring and summer, even when the Louisiana heat neared the 100’s. I was desperate to escape my own body, and running helped me do it.


Once running was no longer a means to an end, I began to enjoy it, and I kept doing it. It felt good to gradually be able to run for longer amounts of time and greater distances without having to stop, walk, and gasp my way down the sidewalk. I caught the bug, and now, I’m hooked.


Last January, I decided to attempt my first half marathon. I saw more and more friends running races all around the country, and the more I saw, the more my competitive side began to rear its ugly head. I kept thinking – and not because I think I’m better than you, I know I’m not – “If she can do that, I can.”


Still, I didn’t want to attempt the Princess Half Marathon right out of the gate. I wanted to have at least one race under my belt – to see if I could do it, if I liked it, if it was a totally insane goal, etc.


In March of 2012, I ran the Rock ‘n Roll Half Marathon in Dallas. It was awesome. I felt like a rock star for having accomplished it.


When it came time to register for this year’s Disney Princess Half Marathon, I knew it was time. This is the race that, as a major Disney-loving nerd and pretty princess at heart, I really wanted to run. I cannot express to you how excited I am that it is nearly time for me to leave North Dakota and head to Florida for the race weekend. I have probably had more fun than a grown woman should planning for the trip and preparing my costume, but there you have it.


This is the race I dreamed about running even before I was a runner, and I am thrilled to finally be taking part in it, even if it is going to be incredibly hot. I keep repeating a Dr. Seuss line in my head. “Here are some who like to run. They run for fun in the hot, hot sun.”

Anyone who wants to see a constant stream of Disney photos, come along with me on Twitter or Instagram. I’ll see you out there, Princesses!