Following a two-year hiatus of “active running” I am ready to get back into the sport. I ran the Disney Princess Glass Slipper Challenge (a 10k and half marathon) in 2016, but slowly slipped from my routine. Gone were the days of running three miles for fun and feeling the power of endorphins in my system after pounding the pavement. But it is never too late to restart, and I have jumped into running again full-throttle.
It happens to many runners: you start running, you push your body faster, you go farther, you dream about PRs and distance goals, you watch your intake meticulously, and suddenly you see possibilities you never had the courage to dream before. Then BOOM! Something stops you in your tracks. Perhaps you get hurt. Or you get busy. Or you burn out. And as quickly as you gained mileage, fitness, and confidence, it all disappears.
This was the case for me two years ago. In Spring of 2013 I began running. I was at the heaviest weight I’d ever been and knew I needed to do something to fight the Freshmen Twenty (plus an additional two years of college eating). I had never run prior and knew nothing of the sport, but I jumped head-first anyways. Joining a local running group, I trained for my first 5k. Following an extremely successful first race, I moved forward and trained for my first half marathon and completed this race only five months after I began pounding the ground in my running shoes. Not only did I lose more than fifty pounds during my first year in the sport, but I also gained a confidence I’d never felt and milestones I never believed I could achieve. When asked my hobbies, running was always my first response and I identified myself as a runner first and foremost.
Two years ago I completed the RunDisney Glass Slipper Challenge — a 10k and half marathon back-to-back in Orlando. However, upon my return home I hung up my shiny new medals along with my running shoes. It is about time for me to wipe the dust from the shoes though and hit restart on my running regimen.
Nearly a month ago I wrote and published Fitness & Health: Part 1. To the many friends who not only encouraged my challenges but also gave advice on how to approach my goals, thank you! I am feeling much happier and healthier over the past month due to a variety of reasons: better nutritional choices, more daily exercises, and no more heartache. It’s amazing how much a month can make a difference in your life.
“I’m going to Disney World!” I screamed as the registration confirmation popped up on my laptop screen. It may not seem quite as intense as winning Super Bowl, but surviving the annual Princess Half Marathon Weekend registration through runDisney definitely is something of which to be proud.
Registration, from the guidance of friends who have run in the past, is absolute insanity. I’m not sure I have ever been so stressed out about signing up for anything in the past. It’s a race just to the starting line! So if you’re new to runDisney and considering about registering for a race, here are some things to expect and help prepare yourself!