After a long winter break, I find myself looking forward to returning to our normally scheduled programming.

Don’t get me wrong. The past 10 days haven’t been perfect – not that I know what that would look like – but they have been great. As much as possible, I tried to disconnect, and given that I was surprised to find out the Oscars were Sunday night, I think I did a pretty good job of it.

I’ve spent quality time with my parents and brother, snuggled and played with the kids, caught up on my reading including revisiting Jane Eyre when I finally grew tired of the adult fiction on my Kindle,  and refilled the “bank” with my husband (if you get my drift).

After 5 days sitting on a lounge chair, getting up for the occasional meal and a few trips to the spa, we then spent a couple of days trekking through Legoland, Animal Kingdom and Universal Studios.

And, of course, I put on my tiara, tutu and sneakers for the Disney Princess 1/2 marathon. After over a week of quality family time, I’ll admit I was looking forward to spending a few hours with my training partner/neighbor and over 22,000 tutu clad runners.

Disney Princess - Trying the costume

Sophie and I try on our costumes.

Before my race on Sunday, we cheered on the kids as they joined other children to run 1 mile around Epcot – both did well, but our son blew us away by finishing the race in 8 minutes, 44 seconds.

Disney Princess - 1 Mile Kids Run

The kids are ready to run!

I also slipped away to attend the Fit for a Princess Expo, where I had the pleasure of running into a listener, and meeting the ladies of Another Mother Runner, Dimity McDowell and Sarah Bowen Shea.

Disney Princess - Mother Runners

I couldn’t help but think Erin would love know I was the short one.

Race day started early – we had to be in our corrals by 5 am – and was filled with amazing moments including a fireworks start for every corral, meeting another listener right after the start, running through Cinderella’s castle, crossing the finish line and receiving my pretty participation medal.

Disney Princess - 7 miles

7 miles down…

All done!

All done!

Rather than thinking about targeting a best time, I followed Kristen Chase‘s advice and focused on taking time to enjoy the race. While the weather was warm and muggy, the route was flat, and we maintained a conversational pace and completed in under 3 hours. Honestly, I’m not sure I could have gone much faster given the traffic on the course!

Disney Princess - Results

For those who are interested – the stats.


The rest of the day I wore my medal with pride as we walked around Epcot for 8 hours, even as my feet throbbed and I contemplated taking a nap on a park bench. While I would have preferred a massage and a nap after the run, there was something really fun about seeing all of the other princesses, many of us wearing our medals, hobbling around the park.

On the last day of our vacation, as we took one more loop through Universal – we all agreed Spider-Man required another ride – I felt my brain start itching to get back. Back to current events. Back to work. Back to Manic Mommies. Back to reality.

As I said, it was a very good vacation, with a few rough spots but even more amazing ones, but now it’s time to hang up my tiara and re-connect.


12 Responses to Ready to re-engage

  1. Great costume! We are mother runners who love to runDisney together! :-)

  2. Lisa says:

    Great race! When are you going to have Dimity and Sarah as guests on the show? That would be a fun interview!

  3. Amy-Sue says:

    The whole vacation sounds fantastic and I’m envious as it sounds like you got more down time and couples only time than we did on our cruise last week. Congrats on your 1/2 marathon! Sounds fabulous.

  4. Jen D says:

    You’re my hero! Keep on truckin’ sistah!

  5. Amanda says:

    Congrats Kristin! I thought of you and your family during our down time between the 5k and the kids’ races…. my daughter (4 yrs) thought she could ‘win’ the 5k, even though we were one of the last corrals to start :) Keeping up with her was my race! Glad you had a good time!

  6. Cindy Smith says:

    Congrats on the run. As a wannabe runner, you are an inspiration.

    I have listened for a while now and I just have to comment. Ever since you quit editing, there is saw type noise in the background. That may not be a good way to describe the sound but I do editing of videos and have gotten that same sound before. This occurs if I crank up the “enable noise removal” to over 50%.

    Enjoy the podcast! Y’all keep me company on my 90 mile commute.

  7. Patty says:

    Some of your fellow running princesses were on the Orlando-Newark flight I worked the day after the 1/2 marathon. So fun to see everyone with their fancy medals ! ;)
    Congrats !

  8. Rachel says:

    Awesome! I especially love the pic of you, Kristin, with the Run like a mother gals – it made me so happy to see three of my favorite people (that I haven’t met) together. :) And yes, I’d love to see you and Erin have them on the podcast!

  9. Shawn says:

    Congrats on your run, Kristin!

  10. April says:

    Kristin, it was so much fun for me to meet you during the race in Florida! Wish I could have gotten to chat with you some more but thanks for being so nice and gracious! I really did feel bad interrupting your run but I couldn’t help myself. You did awesome! Especially for a first 1/2 marathon and given you stopped to take some pics!! If you’re ever looking for a running partner for a race in New England let me know!!

  11. Shelle says:

    Yay! You were indeed a lovely running princess. Seeing your picture with SBS and Dimity was almost a sci-fi moment – my two favorite podcasts meeting up. I too would love to hear them on Manic Mommies, or perhaps a swap and you could be interviewd on their show too?