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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.