The Green Girl ran the Disney Princess Half Marathon this weekend and completed half of the Disney Coast to Coast Race Challenge.
Rad Runner Girl and I attended the Expo on Saturday.
The crowded Expo featured numerous vendors offering princess-themed running goods.
Heeding the warnings of veteran Disney runners, we sacrificed sleep to board the 3:00 am race shuttle.
The Fairy Godmother sent each corral off with a flurry of well wishes and a burst of fireworks.
It was still dark when I reached the first mile marker.
Shortly past Mile 2, there was a giant inflatable replica of the Spaceship Earth.
Mile 5 took us into the Magic Kingdom and through Cinderella Castle.
I saw Kitzzy from See Kitzzy Run and her boyfriend, Jason, around Mile 6.
I stopped to take a picture with a green Army Man at Mile 10.
Tiina from One Crazy Pengiun caught up with me just before Mile 12. At this point, I think I was struggling to maintain a 14 minute mile.
After I received my well-deserved medal and grabbed a couple of oranges, I met up with Rad Runner, Kitzzy, and Jason.
This was my first Disney race experience and it met my expectations for the most part.
I felt like the expo was understaffed but the race itself was well organized. There were more than enough volunteers and the aid stations were well stocked. There were more porta potties than I've ever seen at a starting line.