On the morning of February 22nd, I woke up bright and early at 2:45 am. I thought about texting my brother Happy Birthday, but I suspected he wouldn’t appreciate the super early morning wishes! So instead I got into my costume for the Princess Half Marathon. I had done Princess Anna and will soon be featuring a post about how I put my costume together. I was down to wait for the bus by 3:15. It was almost time for my very first half marathon!
Luckily, it was warmer than it had been for the Enchanted 10k the previous morning. I still had my throwaway jacket, but I felt good with that and didn’t need anything else. I hung out with my friends for a little bit before we headed toward the corrals. I started in I, along with the lovely Brittany – who you might recognize if you’re a fan of fitness pages, as she is the Brittany behind the popular Brittany Eats Clean page! I hadn’t really gotten to know her too much until this moment, but she was super sweet and I was so thankful to have someone to talk to and pass the time with before we started.
And then we started somewhere right before 6am I believe. We ran out away from Epcot and toward the Magic Kingdom and the ticket and transportation center. The half marathon had way more entertainment than the 10k – even where there weren’t characters there was something going on, like a band, cheerleaders, or a DJ! And there were tons of characters. The lines in the first half were pretty long so I didn’t stop, and in the second half I just wanted to finish so I didn’t really stop then either. I did try to keep track of who all was out there though (list at the end of this post!)
My husband was going to be at the ticket and transportation center to spectate, but it seems he and the other husbands got a little behind schedule and I was texting him, worried that I might beat him there. So I stopped for a couple of photos – one with the Richard Petty race car, and one in a throne they had set up near where the villains were doing their meet and greets. And it worked out because I did manage to make it to the meeting area right around the same time as my husband! I ran on, and he jumped on the monorail to get a spot in Magic Kingdom to see me again.
I use the term “making” here a little liberally as I only actually made from scratch one part of my costume for the Enchanted 10k – the rest of more of how I put the costume together from various pieces I had or bought. But I was really happy with how it turned out, so I wanted to share what I did to make my Snow White running costume!
The shirt I used is from one of my favorite running shirt companies, Raw Threads. They make shirts inspired by tons of Disney characters. I actually got this one as part of a mystery pack that I had ordered, which is when you can get three shirts at a discounted bundle price, but you don’t know which ones you’ll get. Receiving this one is actually what inspired me to do a Snow White costume! Even if you don’t want to do something like this, any blue running shirt will work for the costume. I just like the bow with the apple because it adds a bit extra “Snow White” to it.
February 21st the second Enchanted 10k, and also my second time running it! We were up bright and early, and I got into my Snow White running costume that because of the cold temperatures now had leggings and running sleeves to it.
We got on the bus around 3:30, so that we could stand around in the cold for two hours. It was only in the low forties that morning! I had brought a throwaway sweatshirt but I was still freezing the entire time until I started running. There were 5 corrals, A-E, and I was in C. Last year the corrals started about 10 minutes apart, but this time it seemed to be even longer, about 12 minutes. I started at 5:55 am. I planned to take it easy since I was running the half marathon the next day.
While not directly Disney related, I know I have a lot of runners that read this blog and I recently got the FitBit Surge, so I wanted to share some of my thoughts on it. I’ve never had a running watch before, though I’ve been wearing a FitBit for over a year.
Here’s my history with FitBit: I got the Force for Christmas last year and was completely in love with it. Then, as you might have heard, it got recalled for giving people a rash. A few weeks after they announced the recall I got the rash, so I sadly sent it back and got the Flex instead. That was okay, but nowhere near as good as the Force. Then I had been thinking about buying a running watch in addition to my Flex when they announced the Surge. I figured it would be perfect to replace my Flex and get a running watch!
- I want something I can wear every single day. The nice thing about the Force/Flex was that they were really unobtrusive – they were small and sleek and cool looking. The Surge is understandably bigger, but I’m slowly getting used to wearing it every day.
- The band itself is very comfortable. Mind you, I am used to wearing something on my wrist every day. I got the small size, and I go in between notches depending on if I’m sweating and how swollen my wrist is!
- The screen display itself is really nice. It’s touch screen, and you can easily swipe to get the different stats. Numbers are big, easy to read, and clear.
- It comes in three different colors: black, blue, and orange.
- Clock: Shows what time it is, which is nice because unlike the Flex it can double as a watch. You can choose if you want the time displayed in 12 hour mode or 24 hour (military) mode.
- Step count: Shows how many steps you’ve taken, and a bar displaying how much of your daily goal you’ve achieved.
- Heart rate: One of the new things to FitBit is the heart rate monitor. This setting will show you what your current BPM is.
- Miles: Displays how many miles you’ve gone that day.
- Calories: calories burned.
- Flights: How many flights of stairs you’ve climbed that day (sometimes if you go uphill it will count it, even if it’s not stairs, like if you’re running).
I know my costumes for my upcoming Disney races during Princess weekend: I’ll be doing Snow White for the 10k and Anna for the Half. However, I’m also planning to sign up for the Disneyland half marathon in September! And honestly, one of my favorite parts of planning for a race is deciding on a costume.
I plan to run the Princess races as often as I can, and I like dressing as a princess for those – so for Disneyland I’m thinking I would like to do a non-princess. Here are some ideas I’ve come up with so far. Which one do you like the best? Any other suggestions?
Vanellope Von Schweetz
I would really love to do this costume, but I’m wondering if it might be better to save it for when I someday do the Wine and Dine half – because it’s sort of food related and all, with the candy and whatnot.
In part 1 of the Beginner’s Guide to Run Disney, I covered some of the basics about pre-race stuff, like the hotels, expo, registration, and more. Because there are so many questions about running and the races themselves, I decided to put it into a separate post!
Should I wear a costume?
You don’t have to, of course, but a lot of people do! If you choose to wear a costume, just keep in mind that you are going to be running, so you probably don’t want anything that might get in the way. There are lots of websites and Etsy shops that sell running costumes if you don’t know where to begin. Even just a subtle nod to a Disney character is something fun to do! If you do choose to wear a costume, make sure you wear it on one of your practice runs to test it out. You might think you look silly, but you’ll be very grateful if you find a part of your costume to be annoying! I’ve heard of the tulle from tutus getting between people’s legs and irritating them, a self-designed costume that broke a strap during a run, and more. You want to make sure you’re comfortable!
What are the pace requirements?
Disney requires you to keep a pace of 16 minutes/mile.
What happens if I’m behind pace on race day?
If you are behind pace during the race, there is a chance that you will get swept. What does that mean? Well, it means that they will pick you up from the course and transport you to the finish line, so you won’t be able to finish the race. However, there are some things to keep in mind about this. There will be people with balloons (referred to as the “balloon ladies”) who will be walking the 16 min/mile pace. Stay in front of them and you’ll be fine. The balloon ladies start when the last corral starts. So if you’re in an earlier corral, you get a little bit of leeway time there because you start earlier.
Before I ran the Tower of Terror 10 miler, I was really curious what the after party, the Villains Bash, would be like. What rides would be open? What character would be out? Was there anything else to do? I had a lot of trouble finding any information on it at all! Disney didn’t officially give much, and I only found a handful of blogs with recaps. So I knew after I attended I would have to write my own blog post to get a little more information out there!
After I finished the race I got my medal and my food packet and started the long walk to actually get into the park. We came in right around where the Theater of the Stars is, and I immediately found a bench near the food area to sit down, rest a bit, eat my food, and call my husband to tell him I was done! He wasn’t on this trip with me or else he would’ve been cheering me on, but we still celebrated over the phone.
The food inside our boxes they gave us after the race.
My friends were still going to be awhile til they finished, so I kind of went to explore the Bash on my own. If you weren’t running the race you could buy a ticket to get into the party, and apparently they had maps for the event around but I didn’t see any – I wish they had been giving them out to the runners! I didn’t know where anything would be happening, but I wandered toward the hat and saw a line for Cruella de Vil, so I decided to meet her. She was hilarious!
The expo for the Tower of Terror 10 miler took place this year on Friday, October 3rd from 10:00am-7:00pm, and Saturday, October 4th from 8:30am-3:00 pm. My friend and I headed there first thing on Friday morning, and we arrived at the ESPN Wide World of Sports around 9:40 or so. They were already letting people in and it wasn’t too crowded yet, so that was an awesome bonus!
The first thing we did was go to pick up our race bib packets at the HP Field House. We handed in our waivers and showed our id’s. When I got my bib I had an awesome surprise! According to my waiver I was supposed to be in corral H, the second to last one, which did not match with my expected finish time. I had emailed them but they told me there was nothing they could do to change it. However, when I picked up my bib there was an “E” sticker put on top of my corral! I was so excited to see that. On the downside, I had pre-ordered a pin that they didn’t have a record of, but we tracked it down eventually.