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Old 08-19-2012, 06:12 PM   #1876
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Ran my first 10k in *years* this morning. The event was hosted by a local athletics club, and with just 140-some very serious runners participating, my only goal was to not finish last. Really surprised myself with a 1:01 finish time. Not quite a PB, but not too far off, either. And now I get to move the marker on my Princess Half map up past the castle. (Stole someone else's brilliant motivational technique: printed out the course map, posted it on the fridge, and use a sticker to mark the longest run to date as part of training.)

During today's run, two questions popped into mind:

1. Does anyone know if there's a massage tent at the end of the Princess Half other than the one that's part of the Race Retreat?

2. If you're running in a costume that leaves your midriff bare, and you don't want to cover up your sports bra (which is themed to the costume), what are the options for your race number? I thought about pinning it to my tutu, but I'm worried it'll be too poufy and the race number won't be easily visible to the Brightroom photographers. Has anyone taped their race number right to their stomach?

Yeah, I think about weird things when I run...

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Old 08-19-2012, 06:34 PM   #1877
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Ran my first 10k in *years* this morning. The event was hosted by a local athletics club, and with just 140-some very serious runners participating, my only goal was to not finish last. Really surprised myself with a 1:01 finish time. Not quite a PB, but not too far off, either. And now I get to move the marker on my Princess Half map up past the castle. (Stole someone else's brilliant motivational technique: printed out the course map, posted it on the fridge, and use a sticker to mark the longest run to date as part of training.)

During today's run, two questions popped into mind:

1. Does anyone know if there's a massage tent at the end of the Princess Half other than the one that's part of the Race Retreat?

2. If you're running in a costume that leaves your midriff bare, and you don't want to cover up your sports bra (which is themed to the costume), what are the options for your race number? I thought about pinning it to my tutu, but I'm worried it'll be too poufy and the race number won't be easily visible to the Brightroom photographers. Has anyone taped their race number right to their stomach?

Yeah, I think about weird things when I run...

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From what I can remember at the other Disney halfs I've done, there has been a massage tent. I've never taken advantage, but know I've seen it. As for your bib, no idea, sorry!

Congrats on the 10k today, that's a great time!
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Old 08-19-2012, 06:37 PM   #1878
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Oh! Maybe just use the top two pin holes on the bib to pin it to the bottom of your sports bra. As long as its not a windy day, your forward motion should keep the bib flat against your stomach so you wouldn't necessarily need to use the bottom two.
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Old 08-19-2012, 06:52 PM   #1879
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Oh! Maybe just use the top two pin holes on the bib to pin it to the bottom of your sports bra. As long as its not a windy day, your forward motion should keep the bib flat against your stomach so you wouldn't necessarily need to use the bottom two.
Good idea, thanks! And maybe I'll bring some double-sided body tape too just in case the bottom edge of the bib needs a little extra help staying down.

For all the effort I'm putting into transforming my purple sports bra into an Ariel-esque clamshell top, no way I'm going to cover it with the race bib!

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Old 08-19-2012, 07:32 PM   #1880
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I did. I managed to mostly catch a break in the rain. I even broke the 16 min mile mark for the first time. It was only a 15:57 minute mile average, but I'll take it!
Yes, you WILL take it! Way to go!

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Ran 13.5 miles today. Honestly, the last 2 miles were hard and I just wanted it DONE. I will start tapering since it's only two weeks until I run the DL 1/2 marathon.

I really miss getting a medal after running all that distance.
Woo-hoo! I hear ya about the medal - I ran the Castaway Cay 5K on our cruise at the beginning of August and got the little plastic medal. I read elsewhere that the very cruise after ours, they "discontinued" handing out the medal. Um, that's the only reason I got up on my vacation to run that %^&* thing - if I had done it and not gotten a medal, I would have been seriously upset to miss out on extra beach time!

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Ran my first 10k in *years* this morning. The event was hosted by a local athletics club, and with just 140-some very serious runners participating, my only goal was to not finish last. Really surprised myself with a 1:01 finish time. Not quite a PB, but not too far off, either. And now I get to move the marker on my Princess Half map up past the castle. (Stole someone else's brilliant motivational technique: printed out the course map, posted it on the fridge, and use a sticker to mark the longest run to date as part of training.)

During today's run, two questions popped into mind:

1. Does anyone know if there's a massage tent at the end of the Princess Half other than the one that's part of the Race Retreat?

2. If you're running in a costume that leaves your midriff bare, and you don't want to cover up your sports bra (which is themed to the costume), what are the options for your race number? I thought about pinning it to my tutu, but I'm worried it'll be too poufy and the race number won't be easily visible to the Brightroom photographers. Has anyone taped their race number right to their stomach?

Yeah, I think about weird things when I run...

Erin
Congrats - great time! There is a massage tent and I do believe it's open to anyone but there is a charge - can't remember. Your outfit sounds great! I've run as Tinkerbell the last 2 years but think that I have settled on "Provincial" Belle for this year. Should be pretty easy, I think!
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Good idea, thanks! And maybe I'll bring some double-sided body tape too just in case the bottom edge of the bib needs a little extra help staying down.

For all the effort I'm putting into transforming my purple sports bra into an Ariel-esque clamshell top, no way I'm going to cover it with the race bib!

Erin
You can also hit up a costume shop during Halloween and buy some spirit gum- it's the stuff you use to stick on mustaches and the edges of wigs if you really don't want them to move. It holds stuff really well and is pretty easy to get off afterwards.
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We're planning on Victoria & Albert's as our celebratory post-race dinner. You think I can wear my medal there?
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Old 08-19-2012, 10:04 PM   #1883
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Wow, so many pages and so many great tips. I just registered for the Princess half this week, it will be me, DBF and a few other girlfriends. Girls Weekend!! This has been a bucket list for us and we can't wait to mark this one off. Please add me to the roster.

I have started following the Galloway training and did 4 miles on Saturday. I know I have a long way to train for 13 miles.
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Ran 13.5 miles today. Honestly, the last 2 miles were hard and I just wanted it DONE. I will start tapering since it's only two weeks until I run the DL 1/2 marathon.

I really miss getting a medal after running all that distance.
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Have a great race and enjoy DL!
Thank you!!! I can't wait to get back to my "Happy Place".
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3 miles today at a 16:12 pace. I'm slowly getting there. I decided to start doing a full 3 miles each day. I'm doing whatever the day's C25K workout is and then doing 1/1 intervals to get me to the 3 miles mark. I messed up me runkeeper settings, so I did it as 2 activities. The C25K part - 15:55 pace.
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When you run on the road between Epcot and MK, the characters are in the middle on the grassy median, so they will be there on the way back. I've only done this 2 years now, but both years had Capt. Jack & a pirate ship and a big group of men - Prince Eric, Flynn Rider, Tarzan (), John Smith (Pocahontas), prince from Mulan, Aladdin... Don't remember who else was in the middle. But the lines are shorter on the way back, you have better light and you don't waste time at the beginning. This is only on the road, though - once you get in the MK parking lot, if there is someone you want to see then you need to hit it b/c you leave a different way than how you come in.

I noticed you are in Alabama. If you run outside, I promise you that you will get faster once fall breaks! Heat & humidity make everything about 100 times harder. If you are on a treadmill, I would suggest just challenging yourself - kick up the speed in small notches, a little at a time. Really, you have a long time to get up to speed, so to speak, so I wouldn't really worry about that now. I would get your body used to the miles, and I think you will find that if you consistently stick to a plan, you will see the speed come of it's own. Hang in there!
thanks! that's good to know! it's way too hot/humid in Alabama for me to run outside so I've been on the treadmill most of the summer - plus it's easier to adjust my speed. I'll take your advice & increase it a little each week. Hopefully it'll cool off soon
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Hi Christina,

I personally stay off property because we are a family of 8 and we love Disney to pieces but we a) do not like sleeping on top of each other and b) can't afford to pay 5,000 to 6,000 for us all to stay on property.

we rent pool homes for the week. WE try to find homes that have disney themes to help us "feel" the atmosphere at Disney. We hang out a down town disney or this year the water parks if it is warm enough.
The park pricing discount is extremely worth it to us. I know our situation is unique but we love Orlando and we get the best of both worlds when we are there.

can't answer no.2

3) I am doing race retreat off property because again my hubby has been to enough races and dragging all the kiddies out to see me cross the finish line is well.... so this year I will do race retreat so that I can keep warmed up and also cool down without feeling like I have to rush back to get to every one and I can enjoy the moment with the girls.

I wore a tutu and a head band that was about creative as I can get. I will do another tutu and head band. 13.1 miles was a bit long with the tu tu scratching me so I am still up in the air about costuming.

Last year about 4 of us got together and did the race. Money is tight for everyone and I very well may have to run alone this year. Last year I ran with a friend for 10 miles and then she ran ahead. I run locally by myself so I do not mind running alone. I will attend more of the meet and greets this year just to see some familiar faces and get to know some people from this board.

Hope this helped some
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At this point, it looks like I have a friend doing it with me but whether we keep the same pace- I'm not sure if she'll be running ahead or I will depending on how well each of us train (she's in FL and I'm in NJ). We're staying off property since she has a non-DVC timeshare in Orlando. I'm dressing up- I *think* as Ariel though I know my friend is going as Ariel so I'm not sure if we'll be Team Mermaid or if I'm going to go off on my own
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