The New *Official 2013 Disney Princess Half Marathon Thread*

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  1. VickiHD

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    You're right --we need a sign. I don't think I'll be the only one wearing the Cinderella Blue tutu and tiara. Ha Ha It would be great to meet and sit with others in the race retreat.

    My plan is to get to the race retreat early so I can enjoy everything and relax a bit.

    I think it's also going to be hard on the husbands. They really will have a lot of ground to cover with the kids too. I think we actually have the easy part just running vs running around WDW with kids and waiting for us to run by.
     
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  3. christinascreative

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    Womp Womp. I don't have the race retreat. Does that mean no silliness for me? :scared:
     
  4. Never to old

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    What is the web site???
     
  5. Princess on the Run

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    Agreed!!! Given the choice between running 13.1 at the Magic Kingdom or trying to herd cats...I mean watch small children (same thing, right?) that's an easy choice!!
     
  6. yulilin3

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    I'm starting my training tomorrow, I'm using Jeff Galloway's and it was supposed to start yesterday but I still felt tired from the 10 miler on Saturday, I really enjoyed my first long distance Disney race. Alot of people are complaining about the lack of characters on the course but I fugured for the price we paid ($90) it was well done. The course was basically all of Osceola Pkwy so that was kinda boring but it gives me a great incentive to know that I'll be running thru 2 parks in February. The characters were great and got a picture with the Gravediggers and my favorite Villain, Maleficent. Funny story about her, I told her that I waited 45 minutes to meet her (this was at the after party) and she asked if she was my favorite, of course I said Yes, then she asked "did you trip any other runners during the race", I said "no, of course not" she said "next time do that!" . :rotfl:
    I'm going to sign up for some 5ks around Orlando to keep me moving forward, but after finishing strong the 10 miler I'm confident that I'll finish the Princess :)
     
  7. KristinU

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    I didn't stay offsite, but I stayed at Ft. Wilderness and drove myself over. I think I left around 3:30 or 4:00 am, so offsite I guess I'd plan to leave around 3:00 - 3:15 - 3:30 depending on which offsite and how close you are. They'll shut the roads that the race is on, so you just want to make sure that you have a route to get to Epcot parking that doesn't involve any of the race roads. I don't recall if they were charging to park since I had our resort parking slip in the windshield...but I would hope that it would be included in our race fees, right??? I do remember having some time to sit in the parking lot to mess with my playlist etc. Since I was by myself I didn't feel compelled to go out too soon.

    As for leaving, I didn't have a problem getting out, but I left pretty much right after I finished since we were hitting the road to head home that morning. :sad: I started in corral B and finished in just under 2 hrs, so I probably missed a lot of the traffic heading out. If you plan on not making a mad dash for the car like I did and actually enjoying the festivities, maybe stash some baby wipes and deoderant spray in the car along with a change of clothes just in case the traffic looks bad so you can poke around Epcot and wait for it to die down? Of course that would mean park admission, so I guess that could come into play depending on your plans.
     
  8. Maddies Mama

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    Wow wonder if we have the same running store LOL! I had a very similar experience. I'd always worn size 9's in New Balances and after I stepped on the plate thing they have, they determined my correct size was 8.5. When I put them on, they were uncomfortable and elt like they were suffocating my feet but they told me that was normal and to run in them. So against my better judgment thinking they were the experts, I did and before the end of mile 1, I had blisters and hot spots forming all over my feet. I've never had a pair of running shoes where I blistered so much so fast - I don't usually blister at all with the right shoe. I tried to take them back and they would not accept a return since I'd worn them (for less than a mile, no dirt or wear/tear on them at all) and were reluctant to allow me to make an exchange. I got Brooks Ghost 3 shoes and have been in them ever since (well, not the same pair, but that's what I always buy). And no blisters from day 1! They don't make those anymore so I'm back to the drawing board and due for shoes soon.

    Also, I am new to this thread so forgive me if I missed it in the last 168 pages of replies, but is there a Facebook group set up for us from the Disboards to get to know each other before the race on a more personal level (obviously for those who feel comfortable doing so)?
     
  9. KristinU

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    Wow, ugh! This may be harsh, but I think a good running store should absolutely accept a return of shoes that have been run in and work with you until they find a shoe that works for you. I know my local store gives you 30 days and guarantees their sales 100% with or without a receipt. I've only returned a pair once for an exchange in size, but it is good to know their policy is in place.

    I've never had my foot scanned, but for what it's worth, here's why my local store doesn't use scanners: (pasted from their web site)

    ScannerMany people wonder why we don't use a "foot scanner" that you can step on to determine what shoe or insole is right for you. These computerized scanners, which are being installed in drug stores and superstores, show your foot's pressure points and arch type. It's a fancy way of doing the "Wet Test": wet your feet and stand on a surface, like a brown paper bag, that leaves a visible footprint. The wider the band that connects your heel and ball, the lower the arch you have.

    Your arch type effects your biomechanics and is an important component of choosing the right shoe for your foot, but it is only part of the FIT story since at least 20% of people's arches act differently than they "should". Here at Fleet Feet Sports, our FIT Process has three main components that help us define your foot and make the best shoe recommendations for you: foot morphology, biomechanical assessment and "other".

    Foot morphology is a fancy way of saying that we analyze your foot size, shape and arch type. This is done by visually looking at the foot statically and dynamically (important since you are in motion when you run!) and taking multiple measurements with an old-fashioned Brannock device. This helps us to choose the right size shoe and shoe brand since each shoe company fits a certain shaped foot better. That is why your friend may swear by his Asics shoes, but they cause you pain.

    Next, we examine your biomechanics by determining your arch flexibility and doing a gait analysis (either watching you walk barefoot or with our video gait analysis software). This tells us if you overpronate, supinate or are naturally efficient which in turn, governs what type of shoe (neutral, stability or motion control) you need, as well as the curvature of your shoe's last. Key here is arch flexibility since a rigid arch needs extra cushioning to help attenuate the shock produced when the foot hits the ground at forces of 2-4 times body weight. Whereas, a flexible arch disperses shock better, but all that flexibility in the mid and fore foot can cause overpronation which stresses and torques your feet, shins, knees, hips and back causing its own host of problems.

    Finally, we take other special considerations into account like your gender, weight, training surface, weekly mileage, injury status, orthotics and structural deviations in the foot like bunions and extra bones. We put all this data together and bring out 2-3 pairs of shoes that we think will fit you best. Don't be surprised if one of those first shoes feels amazing - it means that we did our job right!

    When you think about it, the foot is a marvelous structure. It has 28 bones (including the sesmoids), 33 joints, 112 ligaments, plus tendons, nerves and blood vessels that work in unison to support, balance and propel your body. No two feet are exactly the same nor do they always fit into a specific category. Don't cheat your feet and let a computer scan recommend an orthotic or running shoe for you. An injury is going to cost you a lot more, monetarily and mentally, than a good pair of shoes. Invest in your feet. Let our Fit Professionals teach you about your feet and help you find the perfect fit. We guarantee it!
     
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  11. Jubilee

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    We should SO meet up beforehand to hang out. Maybe we can make a neon sign and sort of hang out there. I don't really want to wear a specific shirt since I want to dress up -- like most of you, I'm sure :) ...but a sign could work...
     
  12. kindakrazy2

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    I want to join in the pre-race dancing and silliness but no race retreat for me either so I'll have to dance and be silly with Christina and Holly in the street! :woohoo::yay::cool1:
     
  13. Jubilee

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    I won't be doing the retreat either. I'm too cheap :)

    But I have had fun dancing before every Disney event. It's a good warm up and when you wait in line to get the pics it's fun to have the music and entertainment to pass the time.
     
  14. VickiHD

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    Maybe we should have two meetups then....One for the race retreaters and another for the non race retreaters. Then at some point have everyone one get together for a silly dance party before the race. How does that sound.
     
  15. Jubilee

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    Sounds good to me!! Want me to make a sign since I'm local (for the non-retreaters?)
     
  16. PrincessV

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    Ditto that (bolding is mine)! I'm absolutely wiped, still. 20 minutes walking and 20 upper body resistance band last night left me falling asleep on the couch.

    I'm not sure what I'm doing with training at this point. The TOT re-aggravated my IT Band all over again, so I'm not running at all this week to let the inflammation go down. But I did make it 3.5 miles in the race before pain struck - that's 1 longer than I've been able to go for a while, so I was making progress, at least. I'll start back up from scratch: keeping the mileage low enough not to cause pain and (hopefully) building it back up from there.

    And my time from TOT will NOT be used for Princess corral placement. :sad2: I was forced to walk so much of it, not to mention repeatedly pull over to stretch, that I ended with an average 16:20/mile pace. Before being injured, I was solidly sub-12:00, so this is incredibly disappointing. There's a timed 10K near me Nov. 17, so I'm just hoping I'm well enough to do that and nail a decent pace to submit for the Princess. Fingers crossed...
     
  17. longhorns2

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    Oh ITB sucks... I'm sorry it slowed you down so much!
     
  18. christinascreative

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    Yes! Should it say "Cheap Girls Just Wanna Have Fun" ? :rotfl2:
     
  19. kindakrazy2

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    Awesome! That fits perfectly for me! :cheer2:
     
  20. Jubilee

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    Love it!!! lol


    As we get closer, we can make a list of everyone (names or screen names) to add to it. Isn't like neon green the official DIS color? I think I could find a double sided poster that color.
     
  21. Mamasmurf227

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    :rotfl: :thumbsup2
     
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