Saturday, March 5, 2011

A Weekend Fit for a Princess

After months of training and preparation, this past weekend was my Princess weekend.  Also known as my half marathon weekend.  It was a great weekend.  

My very wonderful mom drove down last Wednesday and hung out with  me until Friday when she and I left to meet all of the other princesses in sunny Florida.  Per usual, we got stuck in some crazy traffic, but made it to our hotel in time for dinner.  

Saturday was a lot of fun.  In the morning we headed off to "The Expo."  This is where you go to pick up your race number, race packet, goodie bag, and general merchandise you never knew you needed.  Last St. Patty's day I ran in an 8K race that was part of a Full/Half Marathon event.  I thought that expo was big, but it had nothing on this:

One of my favorite things at the expo was Cinderella's glass sneaker.  I even had my picture taken with it:

We spent the rest of the day by the pool.  I luckily was able to finish a bunch of homework since I was missing class on Monday.  Then we hit up the carbo load.  As an Italian-American who is also partly/mostly Irish,  I appreciate any opportunity to eat as much pasta as I like without any of the guilt.  Its amazing how much guilt 13.1 miles washes away.

After dinner it was off to bed.  Since we were running a Disney race, all of the runners have to be done before the park opens (don't want to cut that profit margin!).  This meant that we were up at two.  That's right.  Two. AM.  Disgusting.  

Then we caught a shuttle to the starting corrals.  Here's a picture I snapped of me and Kathryn on the shuttle at approximately 3:30.

We hung out for a while before gun-time at 5:45.  My corral was sent off (by Cinderella's Fairy Godmother) just a few minutes after 6.  Then we were off!  I took a bunch of pictures over the 13.1, here are some of the best:

It took us a little over 3 hours to finish, but we did!  Here's one last picture of me and Kathryn with our rocking medals!

It was an awesome weekend!  I can't wait to do it again!

1 comment:

Manderz said...

Great pictures!!! Love the disney princess race - I wish I did it this year.