- Mar 6, 2018
Amazing! What an accomplishment! And I'm sure your kiddos will remember that moment for a long time!
Funny & cuteSince the race weekend was villains themed, I picked an Ursula quote – Poor Unfortunate Souls - and changed souls to SOLES.
How sweet.A few of my friends texted me while the video ended, and that almost got me going again. I had so much support over the summer from friends and family that I realized a dream like this was only feasible because of others believing in me and encouraging me.
This actually made me tear up.I saw him standing there, clapping us along, then heard him go, “Just a little bit farther guys. You’re almost there. Really, you’ve made it past the worst of it. Push through a little bit longer. Hang in there!”
I almost lost it.
Been there, cried there. It's a lot.And of course my emotional self started crying! I was worried I would tear up a bit when I crossed the finish line but apparently, I had it backwards. I leaned against that fence, watching as runners from previous years crossed the finish line and couldn’t help but think: “My gosh, that’s about to be me!”
A dream five years in the making was about to come true. I was about to cross off a bucket list item.
I have to say, I ran the Star Wars races last week, and even though I knew we wouldn't go into the Magic Kingdom, it was so sad to not run down Main Street.I had reached the part of the course everyone dreams of when they register for a Disney race…
The Main Street portion!
But you did it!Half marathons bring about some crazy emotions, guys. I’m telling you, I am a pretty mellow person. I am not much of crier (except for brutal This is Us episodes) nor do I get overwhelmed with big feelings. I kind of live in a neutral calm where I don’t swing drastically one way or the other. Never overcome with anger nor blown away with exuberance.
So this half marathon was proving to be exhausting more mentally than physically.
It's amazing what happens when the pain subsides!The race was more emotional than I expected, and I swore I would never do one again. But now I am itching to return to the Disneyland Paris Half. Crazy....
I'm still trying to get caught up. No worried about our report. We're on the last park day. We're all very disappointed about the DCP for Danielle but she's ready to try again in August.Hi! I've been horrible about commenting on your duel TR, so don't feel bad! But I've been reading along; I was bummed to see your DD didn't get the character gig. Hopefully that just means something bigger and better will come her way.
An 8:48 mile...that's incredible! I think the fastest my mile has ever been is 9:15 and that was max speed.I started when the girls were 20 months old and was doing 16 min with the jogger, 12:30 solo at that time. Now, my normal 5k when I don't push myself is about a 10-10:30 but, with a lot of concerted effort and training, I was able to get my to get my half in at an 8:48 mile.
The WDW races are pretty expensive. The half at Disneyland Paris only cost 90 dollars (I think) so it's made everything else a lot more affordable. Hopefully one day when the kids are older you'll be able to sneak down for a race weekend. Or maybe one of them will allign with a holiday, and you'll be able to incorporate a race into a trip. (The Star Wars half fell on our Spring Break, so that's how our friends were able to go from a Fri-Fri without the kids missing any school.)For me, a Disney race is pie-in-the-sky. I'd love to do one, my friend is running Princess in February next year, but when I start actually looking at the costs to fly down, stay there, enter the race, etc I realize that I'm not going to spend that kind of money on myself. Maybe when the kids are a lot older but, right now, I start looking at that dollar amount and saying, "But we could xyz with the kids with that money."
I did feel very Rocky-like that day. And also very relieved the whole thing was finished!I'm so so proud. It was like you in Rocky for a moment there, things looked bleak and then ya kept going to the bitter end. Thank you so much for sharing your thoughts on the half marathon.
Thank you so much. The race was more emotional than I thought it'd be, but it was an incredible feeling, knowing I'd accomplished a dream.SO Proud of YOU! I am in tears! What an amazing experience- thank you for sharing your trials with us, and then- AH seeing your babies so excited for you! What a race you had!
Thank you; it was definitely a unique experience and one I'm grateful I got to go through at Disney.Omg! Not only does running half bring out the emotions apparently read it it does too I cried!!!
So happy for you! You did amazing and it was amazing reading about it!
It inspires me to rub more too !
I hope I never encounter bad chafing on a race again. It was almost ridiculous how much it hurt. I'll take a blister on my foot or knee pain any day to that.Half marathons are super emotional experiences. So I completely get everything you were going through. But you did it. You are officially a half marathoner! Congrats!!
Also … chafing is pretty terrible, but also fairly inevitable when it rains. Clothing that’s totally comfortable for long runs suddenly becomes terrible about a mile into a wet run. It sucks.
And I need to start finding races that give out cappuccinos post-race. I usually have to get my own coffee and I’d much rather get a cappuccino than a Powerade.
Thank you for reading. I had gone in to the race feeling somewhat selfish; running was something I did to get myself some "me" time and it had allowed me to have long stretches of time where I wasn't fulfilling mom duties. So to see my kids at the end and realize I was setting a positive example for them felt very enriching.Wow I'm so impressed reading about your race experience! I was cringing when you got to the chafing part - I might have said OH NO out loud How great you persevered and finished the race. I'm sure your kids were proud of Mom!
Writing about the last day is a mix of emotions. You're sad having to almost relive that dreaded Disney departure day but also happy that you've almost completed another report.I'm still trying to get caught up. No worried about our report. We're on the last park day. We're all very disappointed about the DCP for Danielle but she's ready to try again in August.
Thank you, it was a very fulfilling experience. Made me take a look at other goals and figure out ways to cross them off my lists next.Yay you did it! Congratulations! That has to be one of the best feelings.
Thanks! I hope I was setting a good example for them, finding a goal and seeing it through to the end, no matter how hard it might be. Plus, I think it's important they saw me doing something outside of the usual "mom roles."Amazing! What an accomplishment! And I'm sure your kiddos will remember that moment for a long time!
I felt silly, being so happy to see my family, but they allowed me to end what was a tough run on a high note and that's probably what I will remember the most from the race.What an amazing accomplishment! I can't imagine how tough and mentally exhausting it was, but you did it and that's something to be so proud of! And to have your family at the end cheering you on, that's just so special!
Thanks! They made getting through that last mile a lot easier than it would have been had I hadn't gotten to see them.I know this is very late - but Congrats! I'm glad you got to see your kids on the run!
Thank you so much. Alex absolutely hates running (kind of ironic since it's required for his career) and I've heard him complain about it enough to know that some people don't find joy in it in any way. I feel that same way about driving; absolutely cannot stand the chore whereas Alex loves to cruise through the mountains on a lazy afternoon here. It's funny how something someone can enjoy can be something someone else hates. What I'm trying to get at, is that I understand where you're coming from on the whole running front and appreciate the kind words of congratulations.I will start off by saying I HATE running. Can't stand that burning in my chest. So I'm amazed at others who enjoy it. Congratulations on your race and fulfilling a dream. GO ALICIA
Thank you! Yes, that feeling of accomplishment was something else. It made me take a look at what else I want to try and achieve and start planning out how I'm going to do that.Congratulations on accomplishing your goal and finishing that half-marathon! It must have been such an amazing feeling. What a positive role model you are for your kids.
You're absolutely right, it's a one of a kind feeling. How did you enjoy the Star Wars weekend? Are you going to write a trip recap? If so, please let me know so I can follow along; I'd love to hear how it went!Congrats on finishing! There's nothing quite like that first half marathon! Welcome to the club!
This made me laugh, glad I wasn't the only one who had a wave of emotions hit at the starting line!!Been there, cried there. It's a lot.
I really enjoyed it! I think we structured it well for a race trip and took advantage of a lot the parks have to offer. I think it was probably my last visit to the parks until after the hubbub of the 50th dies down (but never say never), and I have no "wish I could haves." I will say, I learned that I will never not stay after a race again -- it really saved my feet and legs to not do all of the go-go-go beforehand!How did you enjoy the Star Wars weekend? Are you going to write a trip recap? If so, please let me know so I can follow along; I'd love to hear how it went!
I remember reading about some people getting emotional during races, but I never thought that would be. It's surprising how many feelings rush through you throughout the course. I think I'll need to prepare myself mentally as well as physically for the next one!What a great description of your race, I felt like I was running it with you! (Except you were actually running and I was reading this while sitting on my couch!) Your chafing sounds painful, good for you for finding a way to get through it. I also loved your comment about getting emotional -- when I did my one and only half a few years ago, I got teary during the last mile when I knew I was going to finish. Such a great feeling of accomplishment. I'm impressed that you found the time and discipline to train with two young kids. Congrats!!!!
I would enjoy running on a wooded path too. Taking a side trip in the woods seems like a nice break from the rest of the course.Then the course took us into a wooded dirt trail, and that was one of my favorite parts of the race.
Thanks! The woods was a nice diversion; I'm pretty sure all the WDW races are run only on roads, the WWoS track, and the parks so this was a unique feature to Paris.I would enjoy running on a wooded path too. Taking a side trip in the woods seems like a nice break from the rest of the course.
Congratulations on finishing the race. What a great accomplishment!