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Old 09-18-2012, 08:30 AM   #2251
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Old 09-18-2012, 09:13 AM   #2252
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Karen...#1 WELCOME! #2..JUST DO IT! Register TODAY...by doing so you make that commitment to yourself. You tell yourself you are worth the time, energy and $ to reach your goal - thats a very positive and powerful message to hear everyday! Not to mention the many lessons you will be teaching your children by example. So register TODAY and enjoy the magical journey to your Princess Half Mararhon MEDAL! This will be my 2nd PHM and last time I worried sooo much about my time and being "swept"...its really wasted energy...my time was 3:22:33 and I walked the entire way...and there were tons of ppl behind me that got medals...stop worrying! This year my thing is...enjoying the journey-its not about making a time, for me its about making a memory...good luck!
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Old 09-18-2012, 09:23 AM   #2253
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Coming out of lurk-dom. Lol

I'm 37 yo, mom of 2. I've always wanted to run but never convinced myself that I could until now.

I've been working out for about two months. I'm def still considerably over weight but I've been doing walk/ run events the past few weekends.

I really want to sign up but part of me is terrified. I'm scared I won't get my time under the 16 before then, I'm scared of injury and mostly I'm scared of being swept.

Today I went to work and received a bonus out of nowhere. Not alot but enough to cover the entry fee and then some.

So now I have no excuses but my own. I went to the dr today and he cleared me to train. I know I'm very comfortable after working out an hour and could go again. Ugh idk. Advice on taking the plunge anyone?

Thanks! Karen
Karen, this will be my first race EVER at the age of 45 and I will be doing a mixture of running & walking. I started training in May and now am up to 6.5 and holding between 13:30 and 14 per mile (depends on how bad the humidity is in TX!). You can do this...many on the thread are posting great times of 10-12 min per mile but there are PLENTY of us who will be in the 3hr plus finish time so DON'T get discouraged. As one other princess answered, even those who post a time of 3:29 will get a medal. See you at the PHM !
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Old 09-18-2012, 09:28 AM   #2254
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I ran my first 10K race yesterday. It was about 1000 people. Largest race I have been in. It was a blast.
My time was 1:21. Very, Very happy with that.

Here is my comments about my first race:
I ran alone, but met lots of nice women along the way.
It was fun to see the creative costumes people wore.
I paced with a Jeff Galloway group most of the way.
Going down hill was harder on me than going up hill

After the race I tried to drive the course to show it to my husband. I could not remember the course. . Note to self next race pay better attention to my surroundings not just the 20 feet in front of me.

For all the newbies I started run/walk/run this past March. If I can do this, at age 51, never very athletic, I have MS, then anybody can. Next goal will be a half. and I use to think 3 miles was impossible
You are an inspiration ! I am pacing around your time & am sooo proud of my times so far. Registered for my first 5k at sea world san Antonio for 6 Oct. we can do this !
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Old 09-18-2012, 09:35 AM   #2255
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Corral placement

I've been on the thread for a few months and have read a lot about corral placement. Figure I will be towards the back anyway so for those who are trying to be in an earlier group is it to finish with a faster time or something else ? Not ever done a race before ( my first 5k is in oct ) so have many questions on where to be in a race. Love reading everyone's responses !
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Old 09-18-2012, 09:36 AM   #2256
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I am planning to runt he Princess dressed as Tink and have an adorable dress that is actually a dance costume so it's very movable and breathable. But the wings are my only concern since I have never run int hem before. I got them from Team Sparkle and I know people do it all the time but I don't want to be the one on race day discarding parts of my costume. I also don't really want to run through my neighborhood in wings if I can avoid it.

Does anyone have tips for running in wings? I saw the Tam Sparkle tip on how to wear them, but for anyone who has done a longer run in wings, what was your experience in terms of how they affect you?

Earlier this year I ran the Tinker Bell 1/2 with wings. They are the ones you can get at the parks and they light up. Very cute but like you I was ALSO very concerned about trying them out before the 1/2 marathon. No way was I going to run at the track with "wings". I did need to adjust the elastic arm band and make it looser but once that was done I had no problem. What I also did was wear the wings around the house to really get a feel for them. I honestly did not have any problem running with them. Again, they were not the ones from team sparkle but I've seen a lot of wings being worn when running.
P.S. I'll be wearing my wings again for next years Tink 1/2. And I like to think they make me run/fly faster.
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Old 09-18-2012, 09:49 AM   #2257
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Hey Everyone, I haven't been posting much because my life has just gotten hectic. I have strayed a little bit from my training program but tonights the night we're getting back on track! I'm really excited to start my Galloway plan again! I feel like I've been slacking and my body knows it, so I'm just going to start slow again and really start getting into it!

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Old 09-18-2012, 01:02 PM   #2258
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Folks who have run the Princess before: can we talk about post-race?

When I ran it in 2011 we were leaving for home right after the race, I got my medal and my water and banana and headed straight to the car (I had driven over from Fort Wilderness.)

For 2013 I'm flying down and meeting a friend for a girls weekend to run it together. We'll be taking ME and taking the bus from AKL to and from the race.

So my first question: do you take the normal resort busses back to your resort? or are they race busses? If they're special, what kind of schedule do they have?

Second question: what is the finish line area like post-race? We're running "together" but not together-together since we run at different paces. So we won't be finishing at the same time. Is there some fun post-race action going on where someone can hang out solo for a little while? We'll likely be about an hour apart...how easy is it to get a decent view of the finish line without paying for seats in the bleachers? (there were bleachers at the finish line, right??? Why can't I remember the end of this race??? I think I was obsessing about my time and not enjoying my surroundings )
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Old 09-18-2012, 01:28 PM   #2259
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Folks who have run the Princess before: can we talk about post-race?

When I ran it in 2011 we were leaving for home right after the race, I got my medal and my water and banana and headed straight to the car (I had driven over from Fort Wilderness.)

For 2013 I'm flying down and meeting a friend for a girls weekend to run it together. We'll be taking ME and taking the bus from AKL to and from the race.

So my first question: do you take the normal resort busses back to your resort? or are they race busses? If they're special, what kind of schedule do they have?

Second question: what is the finish line area like post-race? We're running "together" but not together-together since we run at different paces. So we won't be finishing at the same time. Is there some fun post-race action going on where someone can hang out solo for a little while? We'll likely be about an hour apart...how easy is it to get a decent view of the finish line without paying for seats in the bleachers? (there were bleachers at the finish line, right??? Why can't I remember the end of this race??? I think I was obsessing about my time and not enjoying my surroundings )

I ran in 2011 too The busses back to the resorts were large charter busses, just like what will take you to the start area...not regular Disney transportation busses. From what I can remember, they were lined up by resort and leaving as soon as they filled. The lines were pretty long, but each resort seemed to have more than one bus lined up there waiting, at least when I walked up. We did not have to wait more than a few minutes to board the bus that year.

There is an awards ceremony in the post race area...closer to the race they will probably post what time this will happen in one of the emails outlining the weekend festivities. There is also a small merchandise tent, a medal engraving tent (line can get long for this!) and a massage tent...you should be able to fill an hour with all that...don't forget to take some time to wind down, have a seat and do some stretching too. I think it may be hard to find a spot at the finish line, but it's worth a shot if you have time!
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There are special race buses. They run when they are full- at least that was my experience. One year I got on ASSp and last year it was POR. Both had lines, so when a bus filled up, it left, and a new one pulled in. Seemed to go pretty quickly- I don't think I waited more than 10 min in each line.

After the race there is food, massage tents, pictures, music... lots of things to do while waiting for your friend.

No idea on getting to see the finish line, as I am always *the friend* everyone is waiting on. LOL!!!!! But they wait and haven't complained in 2 years, so I am pretty sure they are able to keep themselves occupied. I have wonderful Mother Runner friends!
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Yes! I remember you from the thread back then as well! Wow, you've done a lot of Disney races looking at your siggy - Rock on!

And thanks both of you for the post-race info, I figured it must be fun to hang around for a while afterwards...it is Disney after all! I've done a couple of the Rock n' Roll events and they're way fun afterwards with bands and stuff. But I've also done a couple of races that are kind of "finish and go"...so I just wanted to manage expectations
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I did a little 5K on 4th of July and thought I'd be cute and wore red, white ad blue beads (you know the Mardi Gras kind?) I had 6 strands. I didn't think it would be that big of a deal but by the 2nd mile they were really bugging me banging up and down and pulling on my neck.

I am planning to runt he Princess dressed as Tink and have an adorable dress that is actually a dance costume so it's very movable and breathable. But the wings are my only concern since I have never run int hem before. I got them from Team Sparkle and I know people do it all the time but I don't want to be the one on race day discarding parts of my costume. I also don't really want to run through my neighborhood in wings if I can avoid it.

Does anyone have tips for running in wings? I saw the Tam Sparkle tip on how to wear them, but for anyone who has done a longer run in wings, what was your experience in terms of how they affect you?
Can I just say that in the nicest way, I am dying laughing right now?? I realized I just read through this entire post thinking "good question" and then realized that I can't think of anywhere else you could ask in all seriousness for advice on running in wings. That's why I love this board

And, I have to agree. I ran a 5k last year in costume. It was a retro costume, and it was awesome ... but the shorts were a non-breathing polyester (super short) and underneath I had a pair of bright nylon yellow capri short things. The nylon shorts kept riding up and the polyester shorts kept falling down. And I was right on pace with our CEO which meant that he basically watched my entire wardrobe malfunction for half an hour.

Never again.

Sadly, I have no wing advice, but I've run in a tutu ...
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Old 09-18-2012, 05:20 PM   #2263
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I don't know about running in costume. At this point, I think the best I'll get is one of those pretty sparkly skirts over my compression capris and a matching tank. Maybe a BondiBand with a tiara printed on it?
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I noticed on the rundisney site that there are specially priced theme park tickets. Can someone tell me about these? How do I find out cost, and how many I could purchase. Trying to come up with a budget for the trip!! Thanks!
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