The Disney Princess Half-Marathon was wonderful, crazy, hot, enjoyable, maddening...
Imagine EIGHTEEN THOUSAND people tromping around through the swampy backroads of Florida at 4:00 AM to get to the very remote starting line about 40 minutes away... CRAZY. I'm surprised no one was eaten by alligators.
We were in corral E (of A-F) so it took an additional 35 minutes after the beginning of the race to cross the starting line. Here we are when the fireworks went off:
The majority of the race was on the freeway and going back and forth across overpasses. Overpasses really feel like hills when you're running them and the steep angle of the road was tough on our knees, back and feet. But then we ran into the Magic Kingdom and all was forgotten.
(this is the thinnest crowd we ran in and it's still very tightly packed)
Running Through Sleeping Beauty's Castle:
Getting our Medals at 2:47
And then we high-tailed it to the medical tent (as did every single person we saw)
I'll never do another huge (population) run again. There was too many miles when we couldn't run for crowding and it was poorly organized. That said, it was an amazing experience and a deeply satisfying way to celebrate the one year anniversary of my spinal surgery.