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.
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.
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!)
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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