While I was in San Francisco for WWDC, I had to set a very important reminder for myself – I had to be at my computer when registration opened for the 2014 Princess Half Marathon at Walt Disney World.
Back around the time I had my operation, my friend Katie threw down the gauntlet to me and several of her other friends. 2014 was going to be OUR YEAR. We were going to train for and finish the Tinker Bell Half Marathon at Disneyland. But wait, Julie – didn’t you just say you registered for the Princess Half Marathon? At Disney World? Hang on, I’m getting to that. I agreed with Katie that the Tinker Bell was an AWESOME goal. I started the Couch to 5k program as soon as I was cleared for vigorous exercise. And I consumed every bit of information I could find about the runDisney races and became just maybe a little bit obsessed.
There are all sorts of running events at the Disney theme parks. But if you complete at least one race (half marathon or longer) at each park in the same calendar year, you get a special “Coast to Coast” medal for your achievement. As I got stronger and faster and was able to run longer distances, I convinced myself that I could, in fact, run multiple Disney races and get that special medal. And then runDisney sweetened the pot – anyone who ran the Tinker Bell and Princess half marathons would get a special pink Coast to Coast medal (pictured above), not the standard blue one. And I decided pretty quickly I would be getting that pink medal.
But there’s more! Not only did runDisney add a pink medal, but they also added a 10k distance to the weekend’s events. And if you registered for both the 10k and the half marathon together, you could earn the Glass Slipper Challenge medal. Which meant that at the finish line of the Princess Half Marathon, I would be handed not one, not two, but THREE classy medals to add to my collection! How could I resist? I couldn’t. So I signed up and will be running a 10k and half marathon on consecutive days in February. And because I’ll be traveling to Florida alone and want to make the trip worth my while, I also registered for the 5k that happens during the Princess weekend. And as a special bonus, even though registration for the Tinker Bell weekend doesn’t open for another few weeks, I was able to grab an early registration as part of my Princess registration. So, in the span of about a month, I’ll run a half marathon on each coast – and then some. Game on!