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Old 05-11-2013, 04:42 PM   #46
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Of course, our first stop was Expedition Everest. It's probably my favorite ride in all of the parks, and maybe my momís second favorite after Tower of Terror, Iím not sure.
Those are my top two as well, and in the same order as your mom - ToT and then Everest

It's weird, because I don't like Hollywood Studios at all - the park just feels strange to me, I don't know why. But I could never skip it, because I absolutely love ToT, and Rock N Rollercoaster and Toy Story are so much fun too. I just wish that park had a different "feel"
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Old 05-12-2013, 11:16 PM   #48
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Those are my top two as well, and in the same order as your mom - ToT and then Everest

It's weird, because I don't like Hollywood Studios at all - the park just feels strange to me, I don't know why. But I could never skip it, because I absolutely love ToT, and Rock N Rollercoaster and Toy Story are so much fun too. I just wish that park had a different "feel"

I could probably go on those two rides only and be happy.

I kind of agree. There are parts I really like about DHS, but the layout feels sort of off. Like it doesn't have the best flow? But it does have some great rides and restaurants, so the good outweighs the bad for me.
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Nice update- sounds like the charity dinner was fun. Can't wait to hear about the race!
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Nice update- sounds like the charity dinner was fun. Can't wait to hear about the race!

It was! And I am excited to post about the race, hopefully I'll be able to get that update up either today or tomorrow!
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Hi, there! I just came across your report and just had to read it. I love reading about RunDisney events, especially the Princess as it was my first ever half, and first Disney race! I too, did the Tower of Terror last year!!1

I can't wait to hear how the race goes...I sure hope that you were feeling better!

I know you mentioned that you'd signed up for next year's Marathon weekend in January, but do you think you'll be doing the Princess again?
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Hi, there! I just came across your report and just had to read it. I love reading about RunDisney events, especially the Princess as it was my first ever half, and first Disney race! I too, did the Tower of Terror last year!!1

I can't wait to hear how the race goes...I sure hope that you were feeling better!

I know you mentioned that you'd signed up for next year's Marathon weekend in January, but do you think you'll be doing the Princess again?

Hello! How did you like the Tower of Terror? I like to ask, because it seemed like a race people either loved or hated. I'm hoping to do it again this year, but I am not sure if it'll work out yet. Crossing my fingers that it will though!

I'm posting the next update shortly after this, so you'll find out soon!

I'm not sure. I would definitely love to do it again, especially now that they added the Glass Slipper Challenge (although ask me after I do Dumbo if I really want to do that again or not..), but I'm not sure what the future holds for the next winter, and I don't know if it'll be possible.
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Alright, we've finally made it to the part where I actually run! Enjoy!

Also, just wanted to add that I did my first non runDisney half marathon this weekend, and managed to shave nearly 15 minutes off my time from the Tinker Bell half (I was about two minutes slower for the Princess half)! I was pretty happy with that.



Surprisingly, getting up at 2:50AM was not as difficult as I anticipated. I was super excited!



While I still felt sick, I didnít feel like I couldnít run, so I quickly got dressed and walked over the bus stop at 3:20. There was a bus waiting when we got there, and shortly after we got on, we were off!

I was hoping to get there in time for a group picture for the charity, but alas, I was too late. My mom and I decided that the charity tent would be our meeting place after the race though.

Then, we attempted to get to the main staging area, but for whatever reason, you had to walk through this tight area to get in there. So combine 26,000 or so runners, plus their family and friends if they were there, trying to funnel through a small area, and then just for good measure, add in photographers who will take your picture, and you get an awful traffic jam. It didnít take too long to get through, but it didnít feel like they thought that one through.



My mom took a few pictures, and then I decided to go the corral. Probably a little earlier than I needed to, but I had heard it was a walk to the corral, and Iím compulsive about getting places early.

It was a bit of a walk, but I donít know, I kind of enjoyed it. It was nice to stretch out my legs, breathe, and listen the excited chatter of the runners around me. There was a road sign that said, ďHave A Magical RaceĒ. I wish I had taken a picture of it!

I made it to the corral, where I waited around for a pretty long time. I probably got to the corral around 4:40AM based on the time of a text I sent to my mom. The first runners wouldnít start until 5:30, and I wouldnít start until a little after 6 because I was in one of the later corrals.

So I had a lot of time to just sit around and wait. They had hosts and they were kind of cheesy but fun to listen to. I texted my mom a lot, and took a few pictures.



All the people behind me.



Not entirely sure where my mom was standing, but she took this picture of the starting line.

Finally, everyone started standing up, and shortly after that, the first runners were off! They shoot off fireworks with every corral start, which is such a Disney touch. I love it.

There was a woman behind me, who was getting pretty emotional. It was her first half marathon. ďIím going to cry when I start, and Iím going to cry when I finish,Ē she said. I donít know how her run went, but I really hope she finished and was proud of herself.

And then, before I knew, Corral E was starting!

My plan was to run as much as I could before switching to a 1/1 run/walk ratio. My logic behind this was that since there was a heat advisory, I could go faster at the beginning when it was cooler to make up time for going slower when the sun was out. Spoiler alert: it never got sunny, although it was still very warm and humid.

I ended up running the first three or so miles, without any walk breaks, which was more than I anticipated since I didnít feel my best. But I was feeling strong, so I went with it.



My mom had texted me earlier saying that she might try and see if she could view me from the TTC, so when I got close to there, I started watching the spectators very closely. And then I saw her! I was so excited, as you can see in the photo. It felt great to know someone was there, cheering for you. But I didnít stay too long; I still had like 9 miles to go!



Another picture my mom took to show you how many people there were.

I stopped at the TTC bathrooms since Iím not a fan of the portable kind, and there was a line. It wasnít as bad as I thought it might be though, so I waited. I remember it was more humid in that bathroom than it was outside. The mirrors were even fogging up!

We passed the Contemporary, where there was a killer hill, and shortly after that, we took a backstage entrance in to the Magic Kingdom, and then we were on Main Street!

That was by far the best moment of the half marathon. For months, I had been visualizing this moment whenever I had a difficult training run and it was just as good, if not better, than how I had pictured it.



There were a few volunteers on the side, so I pulled over and had one of them take my picture. Iím so glad I did. I almost didnít, but then I thought, I didnít come all the way to Florida to not a get picture of me in front of the castle during the Princess Half Marathon! It may not be the best picture of me ever, but itís my favorite from this trip.



We took a right in to Tomorrowland, and then we ran through Fantasyland and through the castle! I had another picture taken in front of the castle but that didnít turn out as great because of the angle, in my opinion.



In Liberty Square, Tiana and Naveen were out, and that was my one planned picture stop since I was rocking a Tiana bib after all. (during the registration, you could choose a princess for you bib, which determined the color of bib you got and the name of the princess was on it.) I was hoping Louis might be out too, but he wasnít.

This was the longest line I waited in, aside from the bathroom maybe. I think it took three or four minutes, which doesnít sound like a lot, but it is when youíre being timed. There was a person from Marathonfoto (the photo service Disney uses for the runDisney events and you have to pay for the photos) and a cast member who would use your camera.

Pretty soon (too soon, in my opinion), we were exiting the Magic Kingdom and back on the streets. I donít want to say the rest of the race wasnít fun, but it certainly wasnít as much fun as going through the Magic Kingdom.

Around mile 7, they had the Princess Anthem playing. A few days before on Facebook, you could vote for which song you wanted to hear. The choices were, Girl on Fire, Alicia Keys, Touch the Sky Ė Brave Soundtrack, Catch My Breath Ė Kelly Clarkson, Stronger Ė Kelly Clarkson (the 2012 winner), and Feel This Moment Ė Pitbull featuring Christina Aguilera. I voted for Touch the Sky, but would have also liked either of the Kelly Clarkson songs. At the time, I wasnít familiar with Feel this Moment, and Girl on Fire is a good song, but I didnít think it was upbeat enough.

Well, Girl on Fire was the winner, and I was right, it really wasnít upbeat or motivating enough for me. I heard a few other people around me commenting on this as well. Oh well.



Iím not sure if I got my picture taken with Lilo and Stitch before or after that, but when I saw them, I had to stop since Stitch is my favorite character!

Then around mile 8, I started feeling not so great. I was tired, it was very humid, and my cold was starting to catch up to me. Miles 8 through 12 were pretty hard for me, though I think the difficulties were more mental than physical in a way. I switched to a 30 second/30 second run/walk ratio. I was so tempted to call my mom and just be like, ďjust tell me I can do this because I am having doubts in myself right nowĒ. But I sucked it up, and powered through it.

Mile 12 is close to Epcot and mile 12 means there were only 1.3 miles between me in that finish line. I was so excited, I knew I was definitely going to finish!

One of my favorite parts was running by the gospel choir. I had always heard about them in other trip reports, and that they were close to the end, so when I saw them, I knew I was almost there. Plus, they really were as good as everyone says.

Finally the finish line was in sight, and unlike Tinker Bell, it was a straight shot to the end! I sprinted, high fived Mickey, and crossed that finish line with a smile on my face.


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Thank you so much for doing this trip report! I'm thinking of doing this race next year, and your trip report is the first one I've read about it.
I'm doing my first 5k on June 2nd but its a charity event so not all "serious runners". I only started jogging 5 weeks ago for the first time since school (and I used to skip sport at school so I was probably about 12 last time I ran), and I'm finding it tough but the whole time I'm training I'm thinking of running up Main Street USA.

I'm going to go read your TR on the Tink half marathon now because I'm trying to decide between the two, but realistically DL is the wrong side of the US for me

Really enjoyed reading!
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I am loving your TR. I am also a runner. I ran the Wine & Dine 1/2 in 2011 and had a blast. I would love to run the Princess 1/2! It looks like a ton of fun! Can't wait to read more!
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Love your TR!

Our stories are similar... I've never considered myself a "runner" by any means but last September I decided I wanted to start running in hopes that someday I'd do a 5K. Then I saw the RunDisney races and thought a 5K would be the first step if I would ever think to accomplish running in a Disney Run. I still don't like running, but did a 5K in March and now I know a Disney run isn't too far off! Plus, I want a runDisney shirt...

Thanks for the details and updates - can't wait to read the rest! Congrats on finishing!
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Congrats on finishing, especially considering that you weren't feeling so well towards the end! I remember very well how hard it was for me after exiting the MK...that road seemed so long and narrow!!

As for the Tower of Terror--we did like it. I know a lot of people didn't though. And while I did feel like they could have improved on the entertainment, I would definitely do it again one day. I liked running in parts of Disney that I'd never seen before (mainly around Wide World of Sports). The one thing I didn't like though was the after party-- I thought it was terribly crowded and I HATED having to go down and then climb back up the steps at bag check. I was SO sore after the race, and those steps were awful!! Overall, we really enjoyed it, and we loved the medals which made it even better!

I sure hope you write a report about the Dopey...that's something I'd definitely love to read about!
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Thank you so much for doing this trip report! I'm thinking of doing this race next year, and your trip report is the first one I've read about it.
I'm doing my first 5k on June 2nd but its a charity event so not all "serious runners". I only started jogging 5 weeks ago for the first time since school (and I used to skip sport at school so I was probably about 12 last time I ran), and I'm finding it tough but the whole time I'm training I'm thinking of running up Main Street USA.

I'm going to go read your TR on the Tink half marathon now because I'm trying to decide between the two, but realistically DL is the wrong side of the US for me

Really enjoyed reading!

Thank you for reading!
Good luck with your 5K! I think visualization is a great technique, at least for me, on those days where I'm not having a great run.

I hope you enjoy the Tink report. I wrote that one a lot faster, so I feel as though it has a different style to it. I actually think I liked that half marathon better than the Princess in some ways, but it's hard to choose. Maybe I'll add a post at the end comparing the two.


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I'm glad you are enjoying it so far! I'd love to do the Wine and Dine! I'm hoping I'll be able to do it in 2014.


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Love your TR!

Our stories are similar... I've never considered myself a "runner" by any means but last September I decided I wanted to start running in hopes that someday I'd do a 5K. Then I saw the RunDisney races and thought a 5K would be the first step if I would ever think to accomplish running in a Disney Run. I still don't like running, but did a 5K in March and now I know a Disney run isn't too far off! Plus, I want a runDisney shirt...

Thanks for the details and updates - can't wait to read the rest! Congrats on finishing!

That's awesome! Which runDisney even do you want to do the most? I get what you mean, I am all about the tshirts you get, but especially the medals!

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Congrats on finishing, especially considering that you weren't feeling so well towards the end! I remember very well how hard it was for me after exiting the MK...that road seemed so long and narrow!!

As for the Tower of Terror--we did like it. I know a lot of people didn't though. And while I did feel like they could have improved on the entertainment, I would definitely do it again one day. I liked running in parts of Disney that I'd never seen before (mainly around Wide World of Sports). The one thing I didn't like though was the after party-- I thought it was terribly crowded and I HATED having to go down and then climb back up the steps at bag check. I was SO sore after the race, and those steps were awful!! Overall, we really enjoyed it, and we loved the medals which made it even better!

I sure hope you write a report about the Dopey...that's something I'd definitely love to read about!


Thank you! And it did seem long! Much longer than when I was running toward the Magic Kingdom..

I agree about the entertainment, though to this day, I still sort of regret not stopping for a picture with the hyenas from the Lion King.
I didn't stay long at the after party, so I can't comment on that or the bag check, as I didn't check a bag. Where was the bag check?

I'm not doing Dopey, as I don't think that would be the best way to do my first marathon. But I am registered for the full marathon in January, as well as the Dumbo Challenge at the Disneyland Half (which I am super excited about!).
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First off, congrats on finishing your first non-Disney half. Having someone give you a medal after you cross the finish line is always magical!

That's awesome that you were able to pick your mom out of the crowd at TTC. What a boost!

Love that you stopped for Tiana and Naveen- they're two of my favorites! Thanks for the heads up about being able to pick the princess on your bib. That's pretty cool!

I love Touch the Sky! Too bad that didn't win!

Stitch is my favorite too!

What a great finishing shot! Congrats on a good race! Glad you were able to push through and make it.
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First off, congrats on finishing your first non-Disney half. Having someone give you a medal after you cross the finish line is always magical!

That's awesome that you were able to pick your mom out of the crowd at TTC. What a boost!

Love that you stopped for Tiana and Naveen- they're two of my favorites! Thanks for the heads up about being able to pick the princess on your bib. That's pretty cool!

I love Touch the Sky! Too bad that didn't win!

Stitch is my favorite too!

What a great finishing shot! Congrats on a good race! Glad you were able to push through and make it.


Thank you! And yes, it really is!

It was such a boost! Now that I'm thinking about it, I'm pretty sure I told someone in line for the bathroom right after that how excited I was to see my mom. I'm such a nerd.

I want to say there were only 8 choices of princesses, if I'm remembering correctly, you couldn't choose Pocahontas and maybe one other? Might have been Merida because I believe all the teams had Merida bibs. I'm probably wrong, but it was interesting to see what Princess bib you saw the most.

Me too. I still think it would have been more motivating that Girl on Fire, but oh well.

Thanks! Except for not feeling my best, it was definitely a great experience!
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