Once Upon A Time

Once upon a time there was a blogger with a goal; a blogger who had completed a half marathon before (barely) but wanted to know what it felt like to REALLY finish one. You know? Finishing strong and smiling, barf stop free, and ready to hit the parks instead of the pavement. So, the little blogger who could went out and signed up for a Half Marathon- The 2017 Disney Princess Half Marathon to be exact.

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Call me crazy (I prefer sanity challenged) but it just seemed meant to be. The race will let us be at Disney for baby A’s first birthday and I will be running the course during the same hours I was in labor just a year earlier.

The Princess 1/2 and I have a checkered past. I have registered 3 times in total. The first time I trained poorly and REALLY hurt myself around mile 8 which ended in a DNF. The second time I was ill at race time and couldn’t make the trip to FL at all so I basically flushed all of that money straight down the toilet, and the 3rd time I forced myself through the course but got extremely dehydrated, sick, and just totally disgusted. In fact, after some reflection it put me off running for a while. So, when I was deciding what half marathon I wanted to do there was really no choice involved. That race will not defeat me. Princess 1/2- I am coming for you!

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I know the road will not be an easy one. I need to train properly and work hard. I also need to train much longer than the average runner because I know my deficits are huge after just having a baby. But I understand this and I am ready.

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I have been getting my feet wet this week so to speak but my official training plan starts Monday. My first goal is to get a solid 5k base, move on to a 10k plan, and then finally complete a 1/2 marathon plan. The goal is lofty- but I am determined. I will NOT be the weak princess who is running nervous and unsure. I will be brave. I will be strong. And I will finish a queen.

Is anyone else signed up for the 2017 Princess 1/2 Marathon or Enchanted 10K?

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