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.
One of my big goals as a Disney fan was to become an annual passholder – not only do you get certain perks and privileges, it also means that you’ll be visiting often enough to warrant getting a pass, which is always a good thing! Coming from Pennsylvania I never really thought I would do it, but I’ve been able to work out enough trips that I’ve taken with points, shared rooms, etc. to make it financially feasible. My first time as an AP holder was from February 2013-February 2014. My second time I’m in the middle of right now, from October 2014-October 2015.
I really used my AP to the fullest in 2013, with five Disney trips. I got to attend two Disney weddings that year, a DisBrides meet up with some of my best friends, a trip with my parents who hadn’t been to the World in almost 20 years, and a trip with my friend from Norway who was visiting Disney for the first time. This time around I’ve used my AP for two trips so far – the Tower of Terror 10 miler and the Princess Half Marathon, and I’ll be back again at the end of April for a trip with friends.
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.
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.
On October 4th I got to run in my longest race so far, The Tower of Terror 10 miler. It was an evening race, so while I was in the Magic Kingdom for about two hours in the morning, I spent the afternoon napping and resting up. I grabbed a pasta dinner at the Grand Floridian Café at 5:00, and then headed back to the room to get ready for the race!
My friends and I dressed up as characters from Alice in Wonderland.
My friends and I got into our race costumes and made all of our last minute preparations. I made sure everything I had to bring was packed into my Flip Belt, and I filled up my water bottle. We attached our bibs, took some pictures, and made our way to transportation. Unlike the Princess Half weekend, not every hotel was a host hotel for the race this time. We were staying at the Grand Floridian, which was not a host hotel. But the Polynesian was, so we walked over there to grab a bus around 7:15. We even passed a photopass photographer on the walk over!
On Saturday, February 22nd, I was in Disney World and woke up at 3am. Why, you ask? Well, because I was running the Enchanted 10k! It was my first race longer than a 5k and it was an absolute blast. I know lots of people are curious about it so I thought I would write up a quick recap!
The day before the race we hit up the expo in the morning. I picked up my bib, shirt, and pin. We also looked through all the booths. There wasn’t too much I was interested in, but I did purchase a flip belt to hold some of my stuff while I run. I used it during the race and it worked really well!