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Disney Princess Half Marathon- My Mountain to Climb

Posted Feb 19 2011 12:00am

I’ve been going through a lot of medical issues lately, namely, trying to figure out what causes me to suddenly feel faint,nauseous, a racing heart, dizziness, and a terrible notion of impending doom. The Mayo Clinic came to the rescue and figured it out!! although I do confess, I did sign up for the princess a week before meeting with my cardiologist for the final results. I had gotten really sick of being sick and I wanted something to help me regain the confidence I once had when it came to physical activity…and life. So now I have an answer and his blessing to run this pink monster, I’m really getting excited at the thought of dressing up to do something so massive at a place so intrinsically magical.

I have NEVER EVER even dreamt about doing a half marathon. This is my very first, but yet I’m glad I choose the particular race to break me in. From what I’ve read (and I’ve been scouring the web), this race is unlike many others. There are hoards of encouraging women racers, princess costumes and tutus, Disney characters, story book mile markers with pop quizzes, a cheer squad section, and the most beautiful medal you’ve laid your eyes on. Yes its bejeweled. Yes I too am a sucker for sparkly bling.

As we get one week closer, I am compressing my training into the time I have left. Namely, I ran 3 miles on Thursday and will attempt 6 today and a 10 miler within the next 2 days before tapering back down to 2. I’m not naive. I know that this race is going to be the biggest challenge of my life so far. But I want to claim my vitality back. I’m heading into this with the goal of finishing and the hope that it’ll herald the courage to do bigger and greater things in the future.

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