Princess 1/2 Marathon Weekend Craziness

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Princess 1/2 Marathon Weekend Craziness

I didn't make through to round 2 for Mom's Panel selections, again. Not sure why I continue to put myself through that whole process. Anyhow, a bunch of friends have convinced me that the perfect "consolation prize" will be to run the Royal Family 5K with them during Princess 1/2 Marathon Weekend.

Let's see... Grueling Training Schedule, $1000, 48 Hour Trip & a Plastic Medal. Sounds like win! LoL.... I may have lost my mind.

I don't have any points to stay on, so I'm considering getting a room at POFQ and splitting it with four other adult women. The insanity grows and grows. Did someone say costume? Yes... it's been mentioned that maybe we should run in Princess Costumes. Somehow I don't think a 40 year old overweight princess huffing and puffing through a 5K is quite what Disney had in mind. I will need to find a way to be princess-like without being ridiculous.

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Sounds like a blast! Just think of all those memories you'll make! Everything sounds fun to me but the running! We'll come cheer you on at the finish line.

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Congrats Kristen! I think you'll have an awesome time! I'd love to do the Princess half for a completely silly reason...we were there after it a couple of years ago, and the shirts were SO CUTE!

I'm with you on the costume tho Smile We have lots of creative types around here. Maybe we can princess you up without making you run in baby blue satin polyester lolol Actually, that begs a question: if you did channel a princess, who would it be?

Finally, I know it's tough about the Mom's Panel. I applied last year, but not this year. But finding this forum and the online Disney community at Twitter has, I don't know, eased my desire to do it a bit, I guess.

Here's hoping that you and Hubs will figure out how to move here soon, and it won't matter so much to you, either Smile

Looking forward to hearing about the event, your trip plans, and the deets! mickey

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Lizzy_B wrote:
Maybe we can princess you up without making you run in baby blue satin polyester lolol Actually, that begs a question: if you did channel a princess, who would it be?

I was actually wondering what the Fairy Godmother would wear if she were out running yay Much more age appropriate LOL! I would be cool to have something costume-ish without being an actual costume maybe. My daughter is big into anime costuming and there's a trend to make "street wear" that would be what a character wears when they're not in their storyline. Not sure if that makes sense.

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Kristen good luck you'll love it no matter the distance. 5k is pretty easy its 3 miles Smile. I was considering doing the half marathon but I dont feel coming off my injury I'll have time to be in shape to put in a time I'd be happy with. Plus the overall cost of travel I just couldnt do right now. Take lots of photos Laughing out loud

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Julie wrote:
Sounds like a blast! Just think of all those memories you'll make! Everything sounds fun to me but the running! We'll come cheer you on at the finish line.

5k isnt too bad its actually considered a short race in the world of distance running.

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I know it's a technically a short race. But for a fat, fourty year old, mother of three with a debilitating chronic pain disorder, it's pretty significant none the less! yay

I've done a 5K once before, but the past year has not been a healthy one for me, so I'm back at zero when it comes to training. today was a rest day. Tomorrow I conquer the river path!

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dewingedpixie wrote:
Julie wrote:
Sounds like a blast! Just think of all those memories you'll make! Everything sounds fun to me but the running! We'll come cheer you on at the finish line.

5k isnt too bad its actually considered a short race in the world of distance running.

Um..I agree with Julie..the girls trip, the costume that sounds wonderful. The running..even a short running race..no thank you! Haha, seriously, someone would have to seriously convince me to run if there was a fire. laugh

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Kristen K. wrote:
I know it's a technically a short race. But for a fat, fourty year old, mother of three with a debilitating chronic pain disorder, it's pretty significant none the less! yay

I've done a 5K once before, but the past year has not been a healthy one for me, so I'm back at zero when it comes to training. today was a rest day. Tomorrow I conquer the river path!

I'm a 30 year old mother of 1, with RA and I have done one of all 3 endurance events Smile. I'm hoping in 2013 to do a half ironman I had to push that goal back due to a high grade stress fracture. The point is you'll do great in a 5k Smile.

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Pixie, I hope this isn't too personal of a question but do you find running helps your RA? I have psoratic arthritis and the attempts I do make at running I always end up in a lot more pain in my joints than I'd like.

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How exciting!! Well, not the running part. But here's my advice - just have fun with it. The kids and the friends will love you no matter what Smile I think. And if not, you know that we will! laugh

I do agree with this, however:

Let's see... Grueling Training Schedule, $1000, 48 Hour Trip & a Plastic Medal. Sounds like win! LoL.... I may have lost my mind.

But who among us is sane?! That's what makes us special. At least that's what my Mom always to me.

I really admire your courage to try.

With that, I say GO KRISTEN! yay

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Pixie, I hope this isn't too personal of a question but do you find running helps your RA? I have psoratic arthritis and the attempts I do make at running I always end up in a lot more pain in my joints than I'd like.

I find that keeping moving helps me out a lot! There are runs I have to quit early because my body just wont go, others the running helps them ease back. My running habit is also probably slightly reckless in all honesty, my gp and rheumy call me kamikaze. My rheumatologist allows it because it keeps me happy and moving. We have certain agreements though like I dont run races farther than half marathon distance. I also have learned when to give up a run. Hes none to pleased about the stress fracture in my leg right now either that may require surgery. I do a lot of swimming on the side too, and pilates in the winter. I find if I stop moving i just become like a solid rock and moving is impossible. Bottom line is talk to your dr, each patient is different. My drs allow it because I love it and it makes me happy. Keeping someone with this disease moving is half the battle so someone who is willing to move despite the disease is a pleasant abnormality. I started slow though and do a lot of cross training as well.

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Kristen have you heard of couch to 5k? thats how I got started running 5ks Smile

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Bella wrote:
Pixie, I hope this isn't too personal of a question but do you find running helps your RA? I have psoratic arthritis and the attempts I do make at running I always end up in a lot more pain in my joints than I'd like.

I don't run yet. I walk as fast as my little legs will carry me, but I have found that it helps me. My pain is from Fibromyalgia, and I find that when I'm training with care my pain is less overall. I do have setbacks (like the one that put me out for the past year) but when I'm in a program everything just seems to be a little easier. Last time I even attempted running (30 seconds run/ 1 minute walk) I put my back out very seriously, my doctor said that I shouldn't try again until I can walk a 15 minute mile.

So, that's my ultimate goal at the moment, walk a 5K at a 15 minute mile! I had a really great Training day on Saturday! It was my first time back feeling strong and good after my work out vs. wanting to die Smile Slowly but surely I'll get there! For me it's a matter of taking advantage of my rest days and not over pushing. In my dreams I run like the wind (Bullseye) but in reality I have to take baby steps for now.

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Kristen there is no shame in walking either. I know many marathon walkers Smile.

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I know many marathon walkers Smile.

Do you!? That's so cool! I have dreams of doing the Princess 1/2 some time, but it drives me crazy the amount of time it takes to walk and I get *so* bored. I'm not sure that I could complete a training schedule where I was out on the road walking for hours around home. That's okay though, 5K distance first! One step at a time Smile

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Kristen the trick to marathon walking is to find friends. Team in training which raises money for the Leukemia Lymphoma Society typically has marathon walking programs. Many people come back year after year. For me a half marathon is 12 miles of warm up trying to keep a pace that wont completely slaughter me for the last mile of sprinting at the end. Its a delicate balancing act, but I like to get it done and then EAT!

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Oh my Gosh, so much has happened with this trip planning in the past week. This is going to be a crazy unique vacation for me. Many Trip Firsts!

We'll be staying off property in a Vacation Home, this allowed me to extend the trip from 2 nights to 5 nights. Because of that, I'm renting a Car! Oh my god, so crazy expensive to do in Florida! I had no idea it would be as much as it is and it really drove home why we stay at a Disney Resorts. No dining plan for us this time, is also going to be so strange!

I feel lost because we're staying off property I'm not sure how to plan for meals or the amount of time things will take to get from point A to point B. I'm also traveling with 4 other women, so organizing it all is an adventure in it's self.

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Kristen the good news is its just a 5k! Which means you wont need to worry about packing much for the run. You'll only need 1 outfit of clothes and shoes. Since you may run walk you probably wont need warmers either.

I typically bring an outer layer of clothes that I shed before cooler weather races. For long races I bring a fuel belt with a sports drink I can tolorate. I also pack food that I tolorate during the run (sports beans typically). Then there is the pedialyte for after the run, and a bag to hold that with my prerun clothes to put back on post run. The trick is for me to keep my muscles warm pre run. I'll actually do my warm ups in the prerun clothes and shed them only a few minutes before race start. I typically bring an extra or thicker jacket for post run as well to keep away the hypothermia. My bf is such a champ he typically goes out with me at o dark thirty then waits for me to complete the races.

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I'm officially registered for the 5K! Whoo hooo! My daughter is buying our airline tickets tonight, I can't believe it's all coming together.

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yay YAY!!!!!! yay

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Kristen - awesome awesome awesome! You'll do great, and I can't wait to hear how your experience differs with your typical WDW experience! It's always an adventure and a learning experience to try something new.

Wishing you the best during your training! Go slow Smile

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Wishing you the best during your training! Go slow Smile

Training was going great and then I got laid low with the flu this week. Ugh... I'm finally feeling human again. You would not believe how sick I was though. So, my daughter and I haven't been out walking for a week, I know I need to get back out there but taking it easy is still in my mind.

We've now got our hotel, airline tickets, race registered, a car reserved... we're all set!! I'm crazy excited! Oh! And my BFF who is coming along with us snagged a California Grill Reservation for us for our arrival night. We'll be doing a dry run for her Wedding Dinner in June. So Excited!

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WOW! California Grill for her wedding?? How could she go wrong! Awesome!

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