Here I sit at the Denver International Airport waiting for my flight back to the DC area, the start of my long awaited journey to run the Disney Princess Half Marathon with my best friend. In case you haven’t noticed, I’m secretly 5 years old and am obsessed with all things Disney. Particularly princesses. In one weekend I will combine some of my all time favorite things, and complete my very first half marathon. I’ve been incredibly lucky to have amazing support along the way from my hubby and friends. I’ve probably driven them crazy with questions, concerns, and ridiculous notions, but I’m a cautious person driven by preparedness. So of course I wanted to be prepared for my distance running debut.
The first thing I considered, of course, was what to wear? I mean this isn’t your ordinary half marathon. It’s Disney and just for princesses (c’est moi!). My favorite princess, possibly harkening to my experience as an English major, is Belle from Beauty and the Beast. She is intelligent, strong willed, opinionated, and independent. These are attributes I appreciated at a young age in my gender, and most I try to emulate. Sometimes I’m a little too strong willed for my own good, but oh well! Belle’s signature ensemble is a gorgeous golden gown. The storyline is symbolized by the beauty of a single red rose, designed to serve as a reminder of the fleeting nature of youth and beauty, but the eternal importance of love, kindness, and friendship. With this in mind, I turned to an expert to outfit my princess running vision: Race Junkie.
I discovered Race Junkie’s Disney tutus in November when frantically searching the web for something manageable to wear for my first half, while still maintaining the fanciful royal façade. Some folks run in full synthetic costumes that you can purchase from costume shops and party supply stores. I value my comfort and breath ability too much for that. With a tutu as my statement piece, the rest of my outfit could be yellow yet runnable. I bought bright yellow Under Armour running capris and a yellow Nike running racer back. The final piece are my shoes. I’ve already gushed over my shoes, but my buttercup colored 3190s are truly the perfect end to a princessy performance ensemble.
The best part of this whole event, of course, is not my outfit, but running it with my best friend. We both adore all things Disney! Furthermore, this will be our first time reunited in almost a year. I couldn’t think of anyone better to run this with, and can’t wait to share these memories with her!
I will report back post race and can’t wait to recap this magical weekend on which I am about to embark. So for now, my mantra this weekend comes from Hercules: I am on my way, I can go the distance! I don’t care how far, somehow I’ll be strong. I know every mile will be worth my while. I can go most anywhere to find where I belong.