Official 2013 Disney Princess Half Marathon Thread - Take 2

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  1. 3DisneyKids

    3DisneyKids More Drink, Less Run...Since 2008

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    I'm Bib # 795 and it isn't necessarily a "cool" number for others but it has significance to me, so I think it's great!

    Definitely Corral A. I was Bib #2101 in 2011 and that was A and there are way more runners this year.


    Don't be so sure on estimating your finish time since you don't know your corral just yet. Remember there are (at least) 8 corrals, plus the wheelchair division, plus the elite division. So at least 10 different start times, anywhere from 6-9 minutes apart. So let's say you are Corral D, that means you will have the 6th Start time. With the first starting at 5:35, that means that you won't start till 6:11 at the earliest, and quite possibly not until 6:29. Plus, you may find that you want to stop for a couple of pictures. And this race is SO crowded, it is often quite difficult to get up to your race pace in multiple spots along the course.

    But to answer your question...OMG, tons and tons to do after the race, I think. (1) Go to medical and get any ice or ibuprofen you need. (2) Go to the MASSAGE TENT! They do an AWESOME job. And it feels so so so good. $10 for 10 minutes and $20 for 20 minutes. So worth it. And they will usually go longer. I always sign up for 10 minutes and they always do at least 15 if not a full 20. (And the money goes to the National Kidney Foundation...everyone there is a volunteer from either a massage school or from physical therapy offices in the area.)

    (3) Get in line for the Official Photos. There are a few different ones. There are the "basic" one of you with your medal and the Princess Half backdrop (look at my pic under my screen name). (4) And then you can wait in the really long line for pics with Mickey and Minnie in their racing outfits. (They switch in and out with Donald and Goofy, too.)

    (5) They have a tent with Official Merchandise, too. It's mostly the same stuff as the Expo (only the "Official Merchandise" from the Expo, not all of the vendors. But you can get the "I DID IT" t-shirt and they will customize it with your finish time while you wait. (6) In that same area, you can get your medal engraved with your name and finish time while you wait (there are spaces for it on the back).

    (7) And of course...there is all of the food/water/drinks/snack packs so you can refuel.

    (8) And my person favorite...hang out and watch others finish. It is SO SO SO fun to watch people finish. There are always lots of emotional finishes and it is amazing to watch.

    Have fun at your first half! We do this race every year and love it. My advice is to really enjoy the race. This shouldn't be a race that you do for time or a PR. There is too much stuff on the course that is worth enjoying. Save the PR for a different race. This one is for FUN! Good luck!
     
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  3. JoyaDelMar

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    Wow! I saw the thread jump up 6 pages and I knew it must mean waiver time!

    I'm #14690 and submitted a 10K time of 1:18. I think I'd be faster today but I figure it's not worth it to push myself so close to the PHM.

    26,000 seems like a LOT!! How many people ran the WDW half? Does anyone know how many people they assign per corral?

    Started my Rapunzel costume last night!! I accidentally maybe left the iron on a bit too much in one place but Im hoping the lacing will cover it. I hope to have pics soon!

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  4. Orcagirl

    Orcagirl Earning My Ears

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    Where are you seeing that? I still see 9am on both the Events > Expo section and the Runner Info > Schedule section.

    Would love to have the Expo open at 8:30am. What time do people start lining up to get in?

    Erin
     
  5. Maddies Mama

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    Thanks for the insight. This is why I asked, never done any runs at Disney before and have no idea what the race course is going to look like. I may think about shoving a gel into my running glove I use to house my cell phone (aka GPS/timekeeper) while I run. It's a snug fit, but I can maybe make it work since it's relatively flat. I'll try it on my long run this Friday and see how it works out.

    Worst case scenario, I'm currently fueling at mile 7 in my training runs so I shouldn't have too much of an issue waiting the other mile if need be. Was just wanting the earlier fuel-up as extra insurance if I needed it as I'm not used to running at 5 in the morning (my body will still be on central time), ya know?! And unfortunately, my husband's work schedule makes it impossible for me to do my training runs at that hour, otherwise I'd prefer to since I try to train in as real world environment as possible. But, we don't have hills where I live so those overpasses are going to be killer. :rotfl2: But no seriously, I get the feeling I'm gonna be all :crazy2: after the first one.
     
  6. SeptemberGirl

    SeptemberGirl More drink, less run since 2008

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    I am going to piggyback on my friend and teammate's post and answer a whole bunch of questions...

    (If you look at my profile, that is 3DisneyKids and me!)


    Driving to the race - yes, we drive every year. It's a bit crazy but it can be done. I like driving in NYC so I find this challenging and hilarious, and I always beg to be the one actually driving. So, yes, you can drive there and make the race. Give yourself time.

    Proof of time - you just need yours, not everyone who finished. The ladies at the booths are super nice.

    Corrals - This matters a lot less than most people fear it does. If you really need to change it, go ahead. But remember that this a crowded course every year, and this year it's going to be especially so. This is not the race to PR. There will be fast runners and slow runners in every corral. This is the race to have fun with. Cheer other women on, take pics, smile.

    Fuel - Even if you manage to arrange a perfect time and place to see your husband, carry your own fuel. You never ever know. Sometimes you need it sooner. Or later. Better safe than sorry.

    My biggest piece of advice is don't change anything from now to race day. Don't decide this week to get new shoes. Don't overtrain. Don't drink gatorade during the race when you never did before. Yes, I have done two of these things and it wasn't pretty. Don't be me! And you will be fine.

    It's my 4th Princess, and probably my last for a while - but it's been a good ride!
     
  7. MissBenilda

    MissBenilda USAF Vet/Disney Dork

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    OOOOOO! Thanks! Going on the site right as we type LOL :)
     
  8. SeptemberGirl

    SeptemberGirl More drink, less run since 2008

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    We were there at 8:30am last year, on Friday, and easily got the Dooney and Burke Princess bags, and all the other stuff we wanted. But if you don't really want one thing, you don't need to be there that early. That was the only year we did the early Friday am thing.
     
  9. iluvdiscruises

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    Does anyone know if you can walk from Caribbean beach resort to the race start? We stayed at port Orleans to riverside last year and met people who walked to corrals to save time.
     
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    Haha! That'd be cute!
     
  12. 3DisneyKids

    3DisneyKids More Drink, Less Run...Since 2008

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    Right. Just you page! Oh, my teammate just answered that! Lol
     
  13. MissBenilda

    MissBenilda USAF Vet/Disney Dork

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    My friend can't find her info when we searched on the site for her bib#/waiver. Her name doesn't come up and she registered I believe a month after me. Has anyone else had this problem? Is it too early to panic? I told her to try calling tomorrow.
     
  14. teacher31

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    Ok. How do I find my waiver and bib number?
     
  15. belle2211

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    Oh man, I just about had a heart attack! As soon as I saw the waiver link I checked it out and saw that I'm 30823 and my friend is 30822. I was freaking out because I knew we had submitted times that were good enough for C, or so I thought! Then during my panic, I read some more and realized that we registered as a team. I just wish I could figure out what corral we'll be in with the team #s!!
     
  16. sunnygal041

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    Oooops, it was there the other day. On the twitter site, it still says 8:30am, tweet from 1/30. Oh boy.
     
  17. 3DisneyKids

    3DisneyKids More Drink, Less Run...Since 2008

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    RunDisney will be crazy tomorrow and she probably won't get through. Literally thousands of runners will be calling to ask what corral they are in now that bib numbers are out. (The good news from this is that after like one thousandth call, they just publish the corral list! :rotfl2:) And/or calling to ask to how to have their corral switched and every other thing you can think of that happens when bib numbers get released.

    This happened to one of our teammates one year. And they had a typo in either her name or birthdate. So she can try different variations. For example, I think our friend was Kathryn and RunDisney had her listed as Kathy or something.
     
  18. Kimmie D

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    I got bib #101...what does that mean???
     
  19. Princess Sleepy

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    I think it means you are really fast. :thumbsup2
     
  20. Princess Sleepy

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    Don't be so sure on estimating your finish time since you don't know your corral just yet. Remember there are (at least) 8 corrals, plus the wheelchair division, plus the elite division. So at least 10 different start times, anywhere from 6-9 minutes apart. So let's say you are Corral D, that means you will have the 6th Start time. With the first starting at 5:35, that means that you won't start till 6:11 at the earliest, and quite possibly not until 6:29. Plus, you may find that you want to stop for a couple of pictures. And this race is SO crowded, it is often quite difficult to get up to your race pace in multiple spots along the course.

    My bib# is 2152, so I am expecting to be in corral A or B, unless the teams go first. It's good to know there is plenty to do at the end. I just wish I didn't have the breakfast on Saturday now. Will there be real food at the finish?
     
  21. Kimmie D

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    Well I never updated my half marathon time like I should have in November so I am curious how much that effected me. I also wanna no if elites are 1-50 like at the DWM, or what?
     
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