Perfect Half Marathon Weather

On a beautiful, sunny 50 degree day, I can’t help but think how perfect this weather would be for running a half marathon. Because of that, I thought it would be fun to do a quick overview of the three half marathons I have run so far this year.

Walt Disney World Half Marathon

Disney Half Marathon Mother Daughter

What is better than waking up at 3:30 am to run through Cinderella Caste with its Christmas lights on? Nothing! To me, Disney races are the best. Characters, entertainment and spectators are everywhere throughout the course. The half marathon starts at Epcot. We run from Epcot to the Magic Kingdom and back to Epcot to finish. These are 13.1 magical miles filled with lots of character!

The course is pretty flat. My least favorite part of the course is the last ramp at mile 12. That gradual slope is no fun!

I kept a great pace until mile 9.5 when I couldn’t look past some internal issues. I let my mom go ahead without me at that point. I kept pushing and made it to the finish line in 2:06:24 where I vowed to never dine at Tony’s again.

Disney Princess Half Marathon

Disney Princess Half Marathon

This was my first year participating in the Princess Half Marathon Weekend. I decided to do the Glass Slipper Challenge, which meant I ran the 10k on Saturday and the half marathon on Sunday. Two days waking up at 3:30 am to run? What else would you want to do on a Disney runcation? Sleep?! No way. My mom signed up for the half marathon.

The 10k course was great. We started in the Epcot parking lot and ran around part of World Showcase before running around the Boardwalk area. We entered Epcot again and then finished in the Epcot parking lot. I was so happy with my time! 10ks might be my favorite race distance. I finished at 53:33!

The half marathon course is the same as the WDW Marathon Weekend course. I knew what to expect, so that was really helpful mentally. I kept a great pace until mile 10 when my legs started cramping up. I let my mom go ahead (This theme needs to be stopped immediately!), and I finished in 2:03:49. My mom got a new PR with a time of 1:59:50! She inspires me! (Hi, Mom!)

Carmel Half Marathon

Carmel Half Marathon Finisher

Getting excited over a race that isn’t in Disney World is challenging for me! However, my friend’s 25th birthday was the day before, so I had to run this with her.

Getting to this half marathon couldn’t have been easier. I live about 15 minutes away and quickly found a parking spot, met my friend and her parents, and walked to the start line, which is so different than a runDisney race.

The start was very organized, and the course was flat. We enjoyed ourselves this race and didn’t push for a certain time. While the spectators and course entertainment were limited, the perfect weather and pleasant route made up for it. We finished in 2:14:56. I will definitely run this race again next year! I highly recommend it to everyone located around Indiana.

Next up? The Indy Mini on May 2 with my boyfriend where I hope to break the 2 hour barrier! Can our relationship last 13.1 miles? :)

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High Five for Friday

Happy Friday, everyone! It’s been a while since I’ve blogged, and so many fun things have been happening lately. I’m looking forward to sharing them with you all. I already have some posts ready to go next week, so be sure to come back to read them!

Today, I am linking up with The Lauren Elizabeth and Meet @ the Barre to share what I’ve been loving lately.

1. Apple cider stew

Apple Cider Stew

I like to bring my lunch to work, but lately, I’ve been visiting a local deli pretty regularly. So much so, when I called to get my favorite soup saved for me, they knew me by my voice when I walked in. If you’ve never tried apple cider stew, I highly recommend it. It’s delicious!

My friend shared this recipe with me, so I’m planning on trying it soon. I’m not sure if it can come close to the deliciousness that my favorite deli has, but it’s worth a try.

2. Pretty sunrises AND sunsets.

Pretty Midwest Sunset

I used to believe the only place a sunrise or sunset could be beautiful was at the ocean. I’m not sure what took me so long to realize that is not the case at all. I captured this picture after making a completely necessary trip to Target after work. The sky looked breathtaking. My picture does not do it justice at all.

3. Google hangouts.

Doing the Disney College Program has been one of my most rewarding experiences in life so far. The one major downfall is that you make so many amazing friends that live all over the country. We’ve tried out a few different online hangouts, but lately, we have been loving Google hangouts.

DCP Friends

Chatting with my long distance friends is so much fun, and it makes them feel closer. I have no idea how people kept in touch without technology! We are very fortunate today!

4. This print.

The World Is Super Lucky To Have You

I’m a huge fan of cute quotes and prints. When I saw this one at Hobby Lobby, I knew I had to have it. I’m still looking for the perfect spot in my apartment to hang this in my apartment, but I love it. Never forget this!

5. Painting.

Last weekend, I went to Wine & Canvas with some friends, and it was so much fun! Something we learned was to not go to a class that requires painting a lot of straight lines! It was difficult for me (I haven’t painted since I was probably 10), but we had a lot of fun painting and sipping on wine!

Wine & Canvas Masterpiece

Thank you for stopping by! I hope you have a fantastic weekend! I have a fun Girls’ Night planned as well as some other events I’m looking forward to. :)

Question of the Day

  • What is your favorite picture or artwork you have in hanging up at your house?