Disney’s Princess Half Marathon

Flights are booked. Fingers are crossed. Calfs are sore.

In about two months from now, the family and I will be heading down to sunny Florida where I plan on running Disney’s Princess Half Marathon. It’s 13.1 miles through the magic of Disney, traversing most of key sights.

I haven’t run a half marathon since 1999 when I ran the New Bedford Marathon in 1:39:16, 7:34 min/mile pace. Later that year I ran The Anchorage Mayor’s Marathon in 3:40:45. Oh, to be in my early twenties once again. So 1 husband, 2 kids, and 13 years later, I’m setting out to just finish a half marathon again. My goals (and I) have softened a bit, so I’m just hoping to break two hours this time around.

We are totally a running family. Mike and I met while on the track team at Cornell. Kenzie and Kyle have started running their little kids races. Mike still races competitively although he struggles to find time to train between work and the kids. He had his last big training cycle back in 2005 right before Kenzie was born, when he ran the Philadelphia Distance Run Half Marathon in 1:11:58 (5:29 min/mile pace for 13 miles!).

So with just about two months to go, I have to manage a balance of running enough to get in better shape while not running too much and getting injured. Wish me luck!


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  1. Stephanie says:

    I’ll always have great memories of our run together in Valley Forge. Your commitment to fitness inspires me!
    Maybe someday we’ll run in a Disney 1/2 marathon together? It’s been a dream of mine.

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