With registration for RunDisney’s Princess Half Marathon opening today I thought that it would be fun to take a look back and see where it all began for me as a RunDisney runner.
Running the 2009 Disneyland Half Marathon might have been my second half marathon, but this is where I fell in love with funning. Crossing the finish line I knew that I would be returning the following year.
Little did I realize that past September that I would be continuing my journey as a runner in Walt Disney World March 7, 2010! Running through the Magic Kingdom and EPCOT with friends and family was an amazing journey made even more magical by the RunDisney team!
My one year love affair with RunDisney and my Runnniversary was celebrated at the 2010 Disneyland Half Marathon. Despite having a double ear infection and a 100 degree temperature I not only crossed the finish line with a smile on my face, but I also earned my first Coast to Coast medal!
The 2011 Disneyland Half Marathon was the beginning of 13 Going on Crazy. This race was celebrated with my family, which made the start of 13 Going on Crazy even more special.
What better way to kick off my 29th birthday and the 5th race of 13 Going on Crazy than to run in RunDisney’s 2012 Inaugural Tinker Bell Half Marathon. Notice the tutu? This was just the start of the running costume madness! Now I can’t imagine running in a RunDisney race without running in costume! Ah, to be young again! :0
The 2012 Disneyland Half Marathon was the culmination of 13 Going on Crazy and it was definitely a weekend worth celebrating. Memories and friendship were made that weekend that I know will last a lifetime. Crossing the 13th finish line in 13 months was an exhilarating experience which taught me the value and lesson of setting your goals high! Regardless of how many finish lines I cross I always feel as though I could move mountains. This time I however felt that I could move not only the Matterhorn, but continents as well.
Along with my ever growing RunDisney costume collection, my goals seemed to be getting bigger and bigger. After completing 13 Going on Crazy I fondly say that I went from “CRAZY” to “GOOFY”! When I first read about RunDisney’s upcoming 2013 20th Anniversary Marathon and Goofy’s Race and a Half Challenge, I simply thought that was beyond insane! From seeing the gorgeous medal and all of the social media hype, I went from thinking that it was a goal out of reach, to something that was accomplishable. This past January I turned the BIG 30 and celebrated in a really big way! I completed not only my first full marathon, but my first Goofy Race and a Half Challenge. Running in the Walt Disney World Half Marathon on Saturday and the Walt Disney World Full Marathon on Sunday is not easy. It’s takes dedication, a lot of hard work, and perseverance. Training might not have been smooth sailing, but I just kept repeating to myself Walt Disney’s profound words of wisdom, “If you can dream it, you can do it.”
If running 39.3 miles in one weekend was not goofy even enough, I sprinkled a little pixie dust on myself, flew back to Los Angeles and prepared myself to run in the 2nd Tinker Bell Half Marathon that following weekend. Wanting to keep my Perfect Pixie status I simply could not resist participating in another RunDisney event. Notice the costume, it just keeps getting better and better.
Running is a journey where you keep rediscovering yourself and finding your inner strength. Running especially with RunDisney has proven that anything is possible and as Walt Disney say’s, “It’s kind of fun to do the impossible.” The calm in the air and feeling in my heart as I run down Main Street towards the castle is a feeling that never gets old. It is exhilarating each and every time.
I tip my mouse ears and raise my RunDisney water bottle to future RunDisney events. Here’s to the Dumbo Double Dare 2013 and Wine and Dine 2013, Walt Disney Marathon Weekend 2014, and the Princess Half Marathon Weekend 2014, they are going to be AMAZING races!
QOTD: Which RunDisney race is your favorite? If you have not participated in a RunDisney race, which race would you select for your first RunDisney race?
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