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Old 04-18-2012, 07:50 AM   #16
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Switching Gears...How I've Already Messed Up My First Disboards Trip Report



So the marathon report is already written, and throughout I found myself frequently referring to the 2011 Princess Half (comparing the expos, characters on the course, etc.). At some points I realized I should have posted the Princess Half report first, but by then I'd already started the marathon portion. So I'm going to switch gears and post the Princess Half stuff first, then re-post the marathon stuff I've already put up, and then do the rest of the marathon report.

SORRY! I am lame. Forgive me?

Beginning of 2011 Princess Half Marathon Report
Beginning of 2012 Walt Disney Marathon Report

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2011 Princess Half Marathon

Mmmkay, so like I said, I'm switching gears and am going to report on the 2011 Princess Half first! Hooray for talking about things chronologically!


Day 0 (I guess?): Thursday, February 24, 2011 - BOO SNOW

I'm a really obsessive planner and had been waiting for this trip for almost a year. If I remember correctly, 2010’s Princess Half was the first weekend in March I think, and for whatever reason they decided to move it up a week for 2011. I was very pleased with this schedule change for 2 big reasons: 1. Will wouldn’t have been able to come otherwise. One of his duties at school is coaching tennis, so he would have had to stay home for the start of the season, and 2. I got to escape the last few days of my own personal hell: February in Ohio.

I mean seriously, who wouldn’t want to flee this for some Florida sunshine?!



But evil February wasn’t going to let me go that easily. While sitting in the cube farm at work in the weeks leading up to the trip, I began to hear disturbing noises. Sniffling. Phlegm-y hacking. Blowing of noses. Constant throat clearing. Horror of horrors! Everyone around me was sick! And these weren’t even the worst cases…apparently there was some gnarly flu going around that struck a good number of people in my department. All I could do was hide in my cube and try to avoid contact with the walking zombies around me. Even poor Will was hit – not with the flu luckily, but he did stay home from work the Wednesday before we left with a small head cold.

Somehow I made it to Thursday without being infected. In your face, sickness! That morning I was in my cube, typing away and happily dreaming of WDW, when I got The Email:

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Not exactly ideal flying conditions…this made me very nervous that our flight would be delayed, or worse canceled. In my mind I could hear February laughing cruelly…I was still in its clutches. Son of a %$*&#.

The weather was pretty decent when I got home (I think the snow was due to start the next morning around 4AM), good enough for me to get my last training run in (a 2-miler). Will and I began to pack up and by the time we went to bed, it had started to rain a bit. I said a silent prayer that things would go smoothly the next day and was out like a light…last sleep before WDW!

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Day 1: Friday, February 25, 2011 - Arriving and Checking In.

Our departure day was filled with a bit of drama. It started at 5:30 AM with Will getting the call that every teacher hopes and dreams of – snow day! However that’s not what you want to hear with a flight scheduled later on that day…hmm. My first thought after the call was that I wished we’d had an earlier flight since Will’s work schedule no longer mattered, but it turned out to be good that we didn’t – all the earlier flights had been canceled for the day.

Anyhoo, I had the day off as well, so we decided to divide and conquer – Will stayed home taking care of some last-minute stuff (cleaned up a bit, packed, etc.) while I ran out to buy race-day breakfast and drop the Monster-pup off at doggy camp around noon. Here he (Archie) is, all packed and ready for camp…hasn’t quite realized that he’s going yet:



But now he knows! And he’s very excited.



We decided to tempt fate by not snow blowing, and I almost got stuck in the driveway after taking Archie to camp. I got my errands done, but the roads were slick and the snow was still falling heavily. When I came home, I actually did get stuck in the driveway, so we dug the car out, snow blowed, and decided we’d leave for the airport (30 minutes away) at 2:30, even though our flight was not until about 5:30 (and was not delayed! ). We just were not sure how quickly the roads would be cleared.

The snow stopped at 2PM. At 2:20 I got a call from my mom that she and my brother had arrived and checked in at Riverside! Cue jealousy. She said the room was great and they were on their way to Animal Kingdom (or as she called it, "The Africa Thingy"). I asked what building they were in – while making the reservation I requested 14 or 15, and that Will and I be in the same building as Mom and Craig – and she said Oak Manor. Not what I requested, but just as good of a location - I really hoped we were there too.

Back up here in the Arctic, we finished up the packing and relaxed a bit. In the weeks leading up to this trip I had a few disturbing dreams – one involving me getting to Florida and realizing I’d forgotten my running shoes, another with me meeting my first character on the race course only to discover that my camera battery wasn’t charged…horrors. I was not taking any chances when it came to packing, and double- and triple-checked that I had all of my race day essentials.

We left home around 2:50 and made it to the airport in one piece (the roads were almost bone dry by then – well done, snow plowers!) and got on our flight – we’d be flying to Nashville and then connecting to Orlando. The plane took off about 10 minutes late…we were incredibly lucky that it wasn’t delayed more than that.

Funny story about that flight: our ticket said take-off was at 5:25 and landing was at 6:05. Okay, so a 40-minute flight, and then we’d catch our connector at 7:10. So imagine our horror when it was announced first that the flight would be 1 hour, 18 minutes long…then 1 hour, 30 minutes long! What was going on here? We were going to miss our connector! I began to think really, REALLY mean things about Southwest – why would they book it this way? Why did the ticket say the flight was 40 minutes when it really wasn’t? – and Will tried to calm me down, but I was so incredibly stressed at this point. We’d been worrying all day that the flight would be delayed, and then it wasn’t, but now this was happening. We told the flight attendant our problem, and she assured us we’d have “plenty of time.” Whaaa? Surely there was someone else on the plane in the same situation – why was no one else freaking out? Eventually we began to wonder if we were changing time zones by flying into Nashville…but the ticket didn’t mention time zones (i.e. our flight took off at 5:25, not 5:25 EST), so we were stumped. When we landed, I turned on my phone. The time flashed as 7:10…then quickly changed to 6:10. Sure enough, we HAD changed time zones and would, as the flight attendant said, have plenty of time to make our connector. D’oh! And then, of course, when we made it to our next gate we found that our connecting flight was delayed by an hour anyway. Lovely.

We suddenly found ourselves with a lot of time on our hands, so we walked around the Nashville airport a bit.



I just can’t quit you, Starbucks. (I know, I know, who takes pictures at Starbucks? I was trying to figure out how to work my new camera. )



Will finally found a Fantasy Baseball magazine! (He’d looked for one in the Cleveland airport with no luck.)



Will studied up and occasionally commented on whether or not he agreed with the magazine’s rankings and what they said about the state of baseball today (when Jhonny Peralta is the 13th-best shortstop, you know something’s wrong). I decided to call my mom to check in, and to tell her about our time zone snafu (I still feel really stupid about that , but it’s sort of funny looking back on it). She said they went to Animal Kingdom “the africa thingy” and “did everything.” I needed more details than that! What did they like/not like? What attractions did they go on? The update was that they enjoyed lunch at Flame Tree barbecue and did not get on the Safari (the last one ran at 5:30 and they were too late). My brother did not go on Everest (he thought the line was too long), and they did not “do the Captain Nemo show.” From what I can gather, they pretty much just walked around and looked at stuff, and that was all the detail I got. My mom said she liked it and compared it to Sea World, but when she says Sea World, she means the Sea World that used to be in Aurora, Ohio – not the one in Orlando. I’ve never been to the one in Orlando, but from what I hear the one we had in Aurora was nowhere near as awesome as the Orlando one is. Hmm.

Anyhoo, we boarded our flight and took off a little later than expected, around 8:40 CST and finally landed in Orlando at around 11:15 (EST!). We headed to baggage claim, which took quite awhile, and then tried to find our way to the Magical Express area. We couldn’t figure out where the signs pointing us to the DME check-in were – turns out we were in the wrong terminal.

Finally, we made it to the Magical Express area around midnight.



We were only in line for a bus for about 5 minutes, and then were led to the door. The Cast Member was saying “Riverside only!” and I stupidly thought that meant we’d be leaving soon. This was not the case – we waited for about 25 minutes before taking off. The day was starting to catch up to Will, who looked like he was about to collapse (I guess he never got back to sleep after the snow day call). He almost fell asleep on the bus, but then the Welcome video started to play...you know, the one where parents surprise their kids with a trip to Disney. A montage of excited, screaming children. Not great if you want to sleep. I thought Will was going to cry.

After the welcome video, they started playing an old Donald Duck short, “Donald’s Vacation,” which featured him delivering the lines “No respect for the human body” and “Am I mortified” with complete disgust. Loved it! It perked Will right up.

The ride was shorter than I remembered, about 35 minutes (maybe because there was no traffic so late), and I think Riverside was the first stop after our favorite, the Boardwalk. Check-in was quick and Riverside came through for us – we were in Oak Manor, 3 doors down from Mom and Craig!

We finally got in our room around 1:30 AM:





This was our first stay in a moderate. I thought the room was fine, but Will was surprised that we got 2 double beds – oops! We also weren’t impressed with the shower – low water pressure and the bottom of the tub was pretty slippery. Other than that we liked it though – the location was great, the grounds were beautiful, and we had great luck with buses.

We finally went to bed around 2AM…almost 12 hours after leaving home. But at least we were finally in Disney!

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Day 2: Saturday, February 26, 2011 - A Morning in Hollywood

Our first full day in Disney!

We got up at about 6:30…just a little over 4 hours of sleep. I was hoping to be on a bus to Hollywood Studios by 7:30, but everyone was dragging a bit. Get a move on people, we're in Disney!

We made it to Riverside Mill around 7:30 for breakfast…I got a muffin and a banana, and everyone else got the Power Wrap – turkey sausage, egg whites, tomato pesto and some other delicious stuff on a spinach wrap (no pics, sorry). I thought the wrap was pretty tasty!

We caught a bus to Hollywood Studios for Extra Magic Hours, arriving about 10 minutes after opening. My and Will’s first stop was to Guest Relations to activate our first-ever annual passes! Woohoo!



Toy Story Midway Mania was next on the list…it was almost a walk-on. The line was just long enough that we could take in the whole queue, but was moving the entire time, so it wasn’t like we were waiting forever. Yay!



For all intents and purposes, this was my mom and brother's first trip. Last time my mom was at Disney was August '95...same for my brother except for a day trip to the Magic Kingdom earlier that year. So I was determined to make sure they had a great time, and this was a great way to start the day…we all had a blast.

Next up was my and Will’s favorite…Tower of Terror!



On the bus ride over to the Studios, Will caught sight of the scaffolding on ToT and was very concerned – was the ride still operational?...YES! Whew.

A 10-minute wait? Fine by me!



We walked through the queue and right into the library. Woohoo! This ride was excellent…after multiple drops we saw the silhouettes of the 5 characters from the pre-show and thought for sure that the ride was over, only to be launched up once again! Love it.



Our last attraction at Hollywood Studios was Rock ‘n’ Rollercoaster. Mom elected to sit it out, so Will, my brother and I headed over to the single rider line and were in our limos in less than 5 minutes!



This picture reminds me that I should note that the weather was perfect...sunny, mid-80s and no rain. Beautiful.

By then it was about 9:45…we needed to get over to the race expo, which was due to open in 15 minutes, so we began to make our way out of the park.



(Despite evidence to the contrary, it was not ESPN: The Weekend).



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Day 2, continued: Saturday, February 26, 2011 - 2011 Princess Half Marathon Expo

Transportation to the race expo only left from the host resorts, and I figured that the All-Stars was our best bet. From looking at a map of the property, it seemed like going here from the Studios would be the least out-of-the-way route. Unfortunately we were met with a giant line when we got there…everyone else was on their way to the expo as well.

We arrived at the Wide World of Sports around 10:30.







The expo had only been open for about 30 minutes and was completely packed.



Anyone with race waivers already printed could go right ahead to bib pick-up…if waivers needed to be printed, there was an additional line. Luckily I had printed our waivers ahead of time, so we went right to bib pick-up. They had the lines divided by the bib number listed on our waivers and I hopped into the 5000-5500 line. My brother was a few lines down from me. For whatever reason, my line was moving incredibly slowly…I think someone up front had a problem of some sort. The building we were in was so full and crowded that the situation quickly became overwhelming and just sort of uncomfortable. Eventually that awful line came to an end, and I got my bib and corral placement.



For their races, Disney assigns runners into “corrals” (7 total for this race) based on when the runners estimate they will finish the race, which is indicated when registering for the race online. The wheelchair racers start at 5:43AM, followed by the fastest runners, in the first corral, at 5:45AM. The next fastest group, in Corral B, starts 8 minutes later, and so on. Runners can submit a time from a previous race (10K or longer that took place after July 1, 2008), and those who do not submit a time are automatically assigned to the last corral, Corral F. This means they don’t begin running until 6:25AM, even though everyone must be in the corrals at 5 freaking AM.

The way I see it, there are a couple of big disadvantages to being in that last corral: 1. You have more runners to dodge when you actually do get going, and 2. You have to stand around in the cold for longer waiting for the race to begin, so that’s more time to tense up, be nervous, etc. And this is in addition to making sure you’re at the corrals by 5AM at the latest.

In 2009, I ran a 10k as part of a marathon relay (which was my first “big race” experience – very cool). I was the third leg of the relay and my run started about 9 miles in on the marathon course. So I was there for the start of the marathon but waited for over an hour until my teammate got to me for the hand-off…and by then my legs and back were tight from waiting and being nervous, and I was freezing. This made the first couple of miles of my run pretty tough…it wasn’t the end of the world, but keeping that experience in mind I was looking for any way to cut down the amount of time I had to wait if I could.

Anyhoo, back to corral placement. For whatever reason, I did not submit a proof of time to Disney when I registered for the race. I think I was worried that my brother (who is much faster than I am) and I would end up in different corrals. When researching the race later on, however, I learned that if he was assigned to a faster corral he could drop back to mine and we could still run together. So I submitted my 2010 Cleveland 10-miler time to Disney in October, figuring it couldn’t hurt (I was shocked to get a quick – and personalized – response via email from Disney confirming that they received my time! ). At worse we’d still be in the last corral…at best we’d move up a corral or two and begin running a little earlier with a few less people to dodge. Now the time that I submitted was not my best by a long shot – that race came 3 months after I’d fallen down the stairs in our house, injuring myself so badly that I couldn’t walk for a week…running was out of the question until about a month before the race, and I was completely out of shape come race day – so it’s not like you need to submit a blazing-fast time to benefit.

So anyway…I ended up in Corral C!



In the interest of full disclosure, the time I submitted was 2:00:42 for 10 miles, a little over a 12 min/mile pace (from this, Disney predicted I’d finish 13.1 in 2:31, according to the email I mentioned above…apparently they had faith that I’d pick up the pace a little more this time around ). They must not have gotten many times submitted...I was shocked that I was in C and not D or E.

As you can see, I decided to represent my girl Ariel in the race …Tiana and Belle were in the running as well.

My brother had not submitted a time and ended up in Corral D. Luckily I had brought a printout of his 10-miler finish time (a whopping 20 minutes faster than mine) and he was able to get his corral changed…it was a pretty easy process. The guy at the information booth just asked what corral he wanted, and he said same as mine, and that was that (I guess he could have been in Corral B…his time was that good). A new corral sticker was stuck on his Belle bib and we were good to go.



So the moral of the story is this: if you’re planning on running a Disney race, I’d suggest signing up for a local race beforehand (at least a 10K) so that you can get a proof of time and possibly move up to a better corral. As an added bonus you would be getting some race day experience, which is never a bad thing.



(The swag was sort of meh. Mostly coupons and ads.)

My brother ended up having to exchange his tech shirt – he’d ordered a medium, not realizing that they come in woman’s sizes. He asked for an extra large and made the change in about a minute (I think they try to discourage switching shirts at the expos a bit more now). At this point, Will decided that the heat and crowds were too much and told me he’d be waiting at the exit. I only had 2 booths I wanted to visit, so I told him we’d meet up.

I hit the Sweaty Bands booth first and quickly picked out a sparkly green number for the race (they’re athletic headbands). Those things were selling like hotcakes! People were buying 5 and 6 at a time.

The only other booth I was interested in was the official merchandise booth. They basically had t-shirts, princess half ears, and things like that. I grabbed a coffee mug (I’m on a mission to replace the generic ones that came with our dinner wear set) and looked around to find the line…it was huge! Easily 150 people long. I sadly placed the mug back on the shelf and headed out of the expo.

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Following your TR from the link in the marathon thread
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Day 2, continued: Saturday, February 26, 2011 - Post-Expo Recovery

We left the expo and headed back to the front of the Wide World of Sports. My mom had mentioned that she wanted to see a deluxe resort, and I thought Animal Kingdom Lodge (another race host resort) would be a good place to show her and my brother. We hopped on a Mears bus (brought in by Disney to help transport all of the runners) headed straight for the Lodge. The whole experience – picking up our bibs, activating our d-tags (which just involves walking over a timing mat), picking up our shirts and me waiting in the Sweaty Bands line took an hour and a half.

Overall I was slightly disappointed in the expo. Like I said in my previous post, the race swag was just okay and the expo itself was hot and crowded. More signage for the buses would have been great. Oh well…in the grand scheme of things it was just a small part of the weekend. I think I heard that this year's expo was more spread out...I'm sure that helped a lot.

We arrived at Jambo House pretty quickly and I silently pouted that we weren’t eating at Jiko, my and Will’s favorite restaurant, on this trip. But I quickly forgot my worries as we took in the grandness of the lobby…I just love this resort.



Mom wanted to check out the pool, so we headed out back…the weather was sunny and mid-80s. Perfect pool weather.



Our next stop was the savanna, which was pretty empty. I suggested that we hop on the Downtown Disney bus to check out Kidani before lunch. I really wanted them to see a more active savanna, and at the time Will and I had a room booked in Kidani for June 2011, so I wanted to check it out for myself. (That reservation ended up falling through. )



I’d read it before online, but I was really very shocked at how small the lobby in Kidani is compared to the one in Jambo. Still very impressive and beautiful, just smaller.



Animals were out and about on the savanna…we were in luck!





Looking back at the lobby:



I love the lamps they have out on the savanna!



(At this point I’m pretty sure my brother said something snarky about my taking photos of the lamps and signs…he just doesn’t get it. I thought they were cool!)

Our tour of the Lodge ended, and by then, my stomach was talking to me. Time for lunch!

We got a bus to Downtown Disney (I think we waited about 10 minutes for it…the longest wait on this trip). The bus made a quick stop at Typhoon Lagoon and then got off at the Marketplace. Destination: Earl of Sandwich!

The place was packed, but we lucked out in finding a table. My brother and I ordered the club…Mom and Will got the Hawaiian BBQ. Everyone was pretty pleased with our meals, and I ate mine so fast that I forgot to take a picture! Boohiss.

I did get a picture of my Coke and strawberry shortcake though…such excitement!



This was our first time at the Earl, and we’ll definitely be back in the future. It was delicious!

At this point, Mom and Craig wanted to go back to the resort, while Will and I decided to stay in Downtown Disney. We had a couple of stops we wanted to make. First on the list was a visit to Guest Relations to purchase our first-ever Tables in Wonderland card! This took awhile – there was an issue with the printer or something – but we got it after about 30 minutes. So I never realized that if the card gets lost, it’s $50 to replace it! Yikes!

Next up was a visit to the Lego Store. I was on the hunt for a Little Green Man Lego keychain! This was back when they were revamping the Lego Store, and they were set up in a giant, yellow, temporary…tent-type thing. I mean, it was REALLY yellow in there. Headache inducing. It made me feel sorry for the CMs that work there.

I struck out on the LGM keychain , so we moved on to the World of Disney store. Will had forgotten his sunglasses at home and was tired of squinting in that glorious sun, so he wanted a replacement pair. And I wanted this little beauty!



Woohoo! I got a 10% discount on it, but I forget why (AP or Disney Visa, not sure which one). Anyway, this thing is the perfect size – fits my cards and phone splendidly, and it’s adorable! Will didn’t fare as well as I did – none of the sunglasses appealed to him.

Our last stop in Downtown Disney was Disney’s Days of Christmas. Everyone has that one thing that they want to get on every trip – my thing is a personalized Christmas ornament. I was in the market for something that would appropriately represent the Princess Half, and I found just the thing! (Picture to come in a later post.)

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Day 2, continued: Saturday, February 26, 2011 - Pre-race prep!

After dropping the ornament off to be personalized (we’d pick it up the next day), we headed to the boat dock around 3:30.





We’d just missed a boat, which meant that we had about a 20 minute wait. This was about the time that I realized that I hadn’t put sunscreen on that day! I don’t know what I was thinking…d’oh! (Maybe I should have titled this report The Trip of D’ohs.) Anyway, standing in that line, I suddenly felt like I was frying in the sun. We decided to get out of the boat line and wait for a bus instead to save my skin.

This was not how I’d wanted to time this afternoon…I had been hoping to get back to the room for a nap around 2PM or so, then relax, clean up and board a bus to Epcot around 4 to get there in plenty of time for our dinner reservations. On the bus back to Riverside, I called Disney dining to see if I could push dinner back…no such luck. They were booked! No nap for us.

We made it back to the hotel around 4PM. Will promptly laid down and fell asleep, while I inspected my sunburn (I got lucky...it wasn't too bad) and got to work laying out all of my race-day essentials.



(Yes, sunscreen IS in the pile!)

I also filled a leftover bottle with water, set up the coffee, and set my alarm for 2:50AM…woof.

I checked in with the fam and they said they’d meet us at the front bus stop. Will and I headed out to wait for them.



We quickly caught an Epcot bus and got to the park around 5:30…oops! Reservations at Chefs de France were at 5:20!



We quickly made our way to France and checked in. There was a bit of a wait…no big deal since it was our fault for being late, and we’d had a later lunch.

We were seated at about 6PM and had a great table…one of the ones right in the front near the windows. Perfect for people-watching.

People-watching had to be temporarily suspended so that we could meet the chef.



Love!

There were also lots of birthdays being celebrated that evening…I counted and we heard bonne anniversaire sung 6 times throughout the course of the meal!

I ordered the salade maison and gratin de macaroni for my pre-race meal…and drank tons of water. Tasty!





And my brother…ordered a beer...the night before the race. Questionable.

Everyone agreed that it was completely necessary to walk off that meal, and we made our way toward the International Gateway to check out the Boardwalk. Will and I love it there…this is “our” hotel. We stayed there in May and November 2009, and were in the villas for part of our stay in June.







We checked out the lobby and went back outside to head back into Epcot. By then it was about 8:30, and the lack of sleep over the past 2 nights was really catching up to me. It was time to call it a day.

We headed back to Riverside and took showers. I checked and re-checked my race gear (including one last camera battery test! ) and got into bed around 9:45. Almost time for the race!

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I agree with you about the princess half swag - I was a bit disappointed too. We just got a clear plastic bag, not a nice reuseable one, and there were very few samples at the booths. I went to the expo on the second day, and the run Disney merchandise booth was already sold out of a lot of stuff which was a bummer. Ah well, the race itself was a blast, so I can't complain too much!
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Hello! Very much enjoying your trip report. You have an awesome writing style. I did the Princess Half in 2010 and this is bringing back memories! Keep up the good work!
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I agree with you about the princess half swag - I was a bit disappointed too. We just got a clear plastic bag, not a nice reuseable one, and there were very few samples at the booths. I went to the expo on the second day, and the run Disney merchandise booth was already sold out of a lot of stuff which was a bummer. Ah well, the race itself was a blast, so I can't complain too much!
Sounds like what we got for the marathon this year. I love the little mesh bag that we got at the Princess Expo and was looking forward to getting a marathon one...I was super bummed when I just got the clear gear check bag. Lucky I have the Princess one!

I really think that part of the reason the Princess expo is so nuts is that the race is geared toward women...and women love to shop! It's rough when you can't get to the expo the first day it opens. The choices are definitely limited later in the weekend.

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Hello! Very much enjoying your trip report. You have an awesome writing style. I did the Princess Half in 2010 and this is bringing back memories! Keep up the good work!
Thank you so much, that's so nice!

Wasn't 2010 the inaugural year? Fun!
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The Princess Half is on my bucket list (guess that makes me sound like I'm not very ambitious to not put the full marathon down, but I figure I'll tackle one thing at a time--I think the Princess medal is what's motivating me!!), so I'm really enjoying your report. Looking forward to more details about the half! (Thanks for posting your experiences!!)
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The Princess Half is on my bucket list (guess that makes me sound like I'm not very ambitious to not put the full marathon down, but I figure I'll tackle one thing at a time--I think the Princess medal is what's motivating me!!), so I'm really enjoying your report. Looking forward to more details about the half! (Thanks for posting your experiences!!)
You should totally do the Princess Half someday. We had a blast! And to be honest, I did have my sights set on the marathon before doing the half, but it wasn't under I crossed the finish line that I was fully committed (mentally, at least) to taking on the full. So who knows, maybe the marathon will make it onto your bucket list someday!

I totally know what you mean about the medals...whenever marathon training got hard I pictured that Mickey medal around my neck and instantly felt motivated. Disney definitely doesn't scrimp on the medals...they are bigger, thicker and heavier than all of the ones I have from local races. And who doesn't want a pretty tiara medal?!

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