Princess CountdownI had one goal when I signed up for the Disney Princess Half Marathon – use a big race (13.1 miles for those unfamiliar) to inject a little fear and keep running through the winter.

And let me tell you – fear is a great motivator.

With the temperatures dipping into the single digits, and the snow accumulations reaching the double, there is no question that I would have certainly fallen off the running wagon this month. I’m tired. I’m cold. And I’m feeling a little bit creaky.

But I’ve been running.

On a good week I run 3 miles inside at the gym (Planet Fitness – hard to beat $10 a month, $13 if you include the start up and annual fees) twice a week, with a longer run on Saturday or Sunday. My longest run so far is 8 miles, and I have a goal of comfortably running 10 miles by the end of January.

Honestly, I’m not sure I’ll have time to reach 13 miles before the half marathon. Here’s hoping that my training in cold and on hills will help in Florida where it should be slightly warmer and much flatter.

But with a Run Disney race, there is more to consider than the race preparation itself. One must also consider the costume – not dressing up doesn’t appear to be an option, unless one likes showing up at crazy costume parties looking like the only person who didn’t get the memo about the dress code.

After much consideration and conversation with our daughter and resident princess expert, it was decided that I would be dressing as Princess Aurora/Sleeping Beauty while our neighbor would be Snow White.

While I’d love to spring for this custom Sleeping Beauty running costume from ThisPrincessRuns on Etsy, it looks like I’m going to have to get my craft on to create my own costume (with help from This Mama Makes Stuff).

What did we do before the internet? Seriously.

Most of my costume elements are in – thanks to Amazon – and my Sleeping Beauty costume is shaping up nicely.

Costume Elements

Tiara Sequin (Gold) Accessory – Perfect shape AND fits my big noggin. Doesn’t feel very sturdy, but also doesn’t feel like it will give me a headache.

Capezio Womens Romantic Tutu, Hot Pink – Sophie nearly fainted when she saw me try this on, and immediately had to go up and put on her own princess dress. I may modify the FuelBelt Distance Runners Waistpack I bought to hold my cards and other essentials to make a belt with “Princess Aurora” details.

Light Pink Tight Fit Long Arm Warmers W/Thumb Hole – Like leg warmers for my arms, I’m hoping these will help keep me warm in the chilly morning air. Just in case, I’m also packing a few Emergency Mylar Thermal Blankets.

Russell Athletic Women’s Mid-Support Racerback Tank Top – The color and fit on this is perfect! Just need to make the sleeves.

Sparkly Chevrolet Lanyard from the 2012 Escape – Not only is it bling – but it will be the perfect lanyard for my camera! (I’m told photo ops abound). I may also bring one of the pink draw string bags for extra stuff.

Brooks Women’s Adrenaline GTS 12 Running Shoe – Who knew when Brooks gave me these sneakers they would match so perfectly??

Only one more item to figure out – and that’s what to wear under the skirt. Sophie is not entirely happy with the idea of black running tights under my pink tulle skirt (she’s such a stickler for details), so I’ve ordered a pair of light pink Eastbay EVAPOR Cold Weather Tights, which could be perfect – or could be too hot depending on the weather.

Now, with the costume decided, all there is left to do is run. And run. And run some more.

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6 Responses to Preparing for the Princess

  1. Heather says:

    You’ll make it if you get to 10 miles. The excitement of the race will get you those last 3.1 miles. I’ve never run the Disney races but I’ve heard they are a blast but not where you are going to get a PR, unless it’s your first half!

    As for clothes, its always better to be a chilly in the beginning, you’ll warm up. Make sure anything that you are wearing (extra shirt, arm warmers etc) are toss-able since you won’t want to carry them the rest of the way. Also, have you thought about shorts and compression socks , your legs will stay warm and the socks give you an extra pep in your step. (If you do that, make sure to try them out before the race- actually try everything-even the tutu)

    Good luck and have fun!

  2. Kathy says:

    I ran the Smuttynose 1/2 last Sept. and my longest run prior to that was 11. I also tapered the two weeks before the race and did shorter runs, maybe 8 and then 7 — something like that. I wanted to make sure that I was fresh for the race. I had no probelm finishing. Are you planning to do any 1/2s up here — I’m registered for the Run to Remember in Boston.

  3. Shelly says:

    I ran the Princess race last year and there were some great costumes. There are photo ops with the characters along the race course, but some of the lines are pretty long. I only stopped to get my picture with a couple of characters that did not have a line. I would try running with the lanyard and the backpack to see if they don’t get in your way. I put my camera in my race belt. The arm sleeves will be perfect to keep your arms warm to start but then you can push them down or take them off when you get hot.

    The race is very crowded and it can be hard to pass others if you are not in the first couple of waves. You are running on a two lane road with around 17,000 other people. But it is so much fun and the energy from all of the other women (and a few men) is amazing. We bought princess tiaras at the expo and wore them for the rest of the day after the race. Have fun!

  4. Lisa says:

    Ditto on a winter race as a motivator. I signed up for a winter running series with a December 5K, January 27th 10K and February 10 half-marathon. Unfortunately, all three are in Colorado…I have this habit of signing up for races when the weather is still nice out and then wondering what I must have been thinking. I ran the 10K and half-mary last year, and both were freezing. It was 15 degrees at the start for the half-mary. Brrrrrrrrr. Ah well, they’ll keep me moving for the May marathon I signed up for too. (No, not sure what I was thinking then either!)

  5. kristina l. says:

    as someone who listens frequently to your past shows (it keeps me company while doing things around the apartment), i always find it so ironic (and funny) whenever the mere thought of exercise was brought up in the past. i remember you both saying things like “that’s appalling” to a comment someone may have made about their exercise routine. it’s funny- there seems to be a connection with turning 40 (or coming close to it) and going from couch potato/slacker to g.i. jane. if i was writing another masters thesis, i might look into this phenomenon. lol. best of luck!

  6. Nichole says:

    Kristin, I can’t wait to hear about your princess experience!! I was thinking of you last weekend!!