I 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.
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.