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01
Mar 14

2014 runDisney Inaugural Glass Slipper Challenge Part 2 – The Princess Half Marathon Recap

If you missed it…you can check out my 2014 runDisney Inaugural Glass Slipper Challenge Part 1 – The Disney Enchanted 10K Race Recap. This is the start of Part 2.

2014 rundisney glass slipper challenge disney princess half marathon   The mimosa finish line photo above pretty much captures the spirit of the runDisney Princess Half Marathon for me. Good times with your best girlfriends. What a whirlwind! 2014 rundisney glass slipper challenge disney princess half marathonWhere to begin? Ah yes…2:30 am wake up call. Get dressed. Grab a banana. Board Bus. Head to race start.2014 rundisney glass slipper challenge disney princess half marathon Blogs you should read (far right) iRunForWine.net and (second from left) RunningatDisney.com Here’s a look at the corral setup. runDisney has done an amazing job of getting corral timing down. They’ve added more corrals and decreased the time in between each corral start which really spaces runners out properly. 2014 rundisney glass slipper challenge disney princess half marathon2014 rundisney glass slipper challenge disney princess half marathon2014 rundisney glass slipper challenge disney princess half marathonHere’s what the start line looks like before the elites take off… Behind the orange mesh is Corral A.2014 rundisney glass slipper challenge disney princess half marathon elites starting line2014 rundisney glass slipper challenge disney princess half marathon starting lineEach corral is sent off with fireworks. This race was super foggy and humid and the firework smoke ended up blowing back down on us at the start. Here’s Barbara and Jeff Galloway taking a walk break. These two are gems!  Many first time half marathoners wouldn’t even try to complete a race if it weren’t for runDisney consultant Jeff Galloway and his run/walk/run method. It’s what gets me through every race I do. You can read more about it on runDisney.com. I asked Jeff if he had a time goal in mind and he told me he and Barbara just wanted to have a good time. See…mimosas and your best girlfriend! 2014 rundisney glass slipper challenge disney princess half marathon barbara and jeff galloway 2014 runDisney glass slipper challenge disney princess half marathonAnd this girl…this girl with me in the picture above. She would be my running buddy for the remainder of the race. We started the Princess Half Marathon with the goal of doing 60/30′s. Sixty seconds of running, followed by thirty seconds of walking. I was glad to be running my third Princess Half with my girl Sarah and I decided to let her set the pace. I was just along for the ride and to get a #PRinFUN. Not long after we started our run we ran into these two wack-a-doos. 2014 runDisney glass slipper challenge disney princess half marathonTwo more blogs you need to read! BamaGirlRuns.blogspot.com (far right) and CarrieBurows.com (the pointer). Bama aka Kristin is a “Perfect Princess”…meaning she’s run all 6 Disney Princess Half Marathons. And Carrie…well…homegirl has lost over 100lbs…TWICE! That’s inspiration. These two are fast…they were like “Peace!” 2014 disney princess half marathon magic kingdom toll plazaCaution runners speed bumps ahead…2014 runDisney princess half marathon disney glass slipper challengeAnd then there’s this guy. He was in #beastmode but we made him stop and take a picture with us in the Magic Kingdom Parking Lot area of the course.  You see…he ran with us in our very 1st Walt Disney World 5K…The 2010 Mickey’s Halloween 5K in the Magic Kingdom (yes…we used to have 5K’s in the Magic Kingdom. Can we please bring those back?) Shaene…We are so proud of you!

I’m not one to stop for character photos but this drumline was pretty sweet at the Transportation and Ticket Center. 2014 rundisney glass slipper challenge disney princess half marathon TTC drumsHere’s the entrance to “heartbreak hill” aka the water bridge. You run down a hill…yay gravity rocks and then up it…hills suck, hills suck!  This puts you in front of The Contemporary Resort.  2014 rundisney glass slipper challenge disney princess half marathon water bridgeWoop woop! Time to head into the Magic Kingdom. BEST part of the race! 2014 rundisney glass slipper challenge disney princess half marathon magic kingdom

Magic Kingdom is truly the best. Slow down and take it all in…or pull out your phone and run/tweet whatever makes your boat float.

2014 rundisney glass slipper challenge disney princess half marathon magic kingdom

Gratuitous back side of the castle shot…right before we ran through it.

2014 rundisney glass slipper challenge disney princess half marathon magic kingdom

Here’s a trick I wanted to show y’all. The bathrooms. Dees bathrooms are huge, clean and have NO wait.

2014 rundisney glass slipper challenge disney princess half marathon magic kingdom

They are in Frontierland right past the Diamond Horseshoe near Mile 6. Glorious, spacious, non-port-o-potty bathrooms. You can go, wash your hands and even splash cold water all over your face and wipe off the sweat with a paper towel….ah, the simple pleasures.

2014 rundisney glass slipper challenge disney princess half marathon magic kingdom

2014 rundisney glass slipper challenge disney princess half marathon magic kingdom

This race is primarily women and there still wasn’t a line. Here’s what it looks like when you exit the restrooms and head back out on the course…just for a frame of reference.

2014 rundisney glass slipper challenge disney princess half marathon magic kingdom

See…right around Mile 6.

2014 rundisney glass slipper challenge disney princess half marathon magic kingdom

Boo…our time in the Magic Kingdom is coming to an end. Quick! Grab a great shot in front of the train!

2014 rundisney glass slipper challenge disney princess half marathon magic kingdom

Um…OK. Lesson learned. Don’t ask a custodial cast member to take a picture…

Now we quickly hit the backstage area behind Splash Mountain.

2014 rundisney glass slipper challenge disney princess half marathon magic kingdom

Before zooming past the Grand Floridian Resort and the Polynesian Resort… Hey look! It’s Olaf!

2014 rundisney glass slipper challenge disney princess half marathon olaf

He likes warm hugs. He was in the right place.

2014 rundisney glass slipper challenge disney princess half marathon olaf

World drive is a nice long shot with plenty of room to space out. We plodded along til the turn to go back to Epcot. Then this happened…

2014 rundisney glass slipper challenge disney princess half marathon olaf

Oh, and we ran into another one of our blogging buddies you need to check out. SparklyEverEfter.com by our pal Nicole.

2014 rundisney glass slipper challenge disney princess half marathon

2014 rundisney glass slipper challenge disney princess half marathon

Almost ready to enter Epcot! We found more friends! Check out the WDW Radio Running Crew! They are always out to support the runners. Lou Mongello does an award-winning Disney Podcast you should check out.

2014 rundisney glass slipper challenge disney princess half marathon

Almost finished! Mile 12 baby!

2014 rundisney glass slipper challenge disney princess half marathon

Sarah and I had to grab a shot with this Kathy Griffin Princess again this year.

2014 rundisney glass slipper challenge disney princess half marathon

Then for a run down to the World Showcase Lagoon.

2014 rundisney glass slipper challenge disney princess half marathon

Girls…we run the world…

2014 rundisney glass slipper challenge disney princess half marathon

The finish line was in sight!

2014 rundisney glass slipper challenge disney princess half marathon

2014 runDisney Glass Slipper Challenge Complete!

2014 rundisney glass slipper challenge disney princess half marathon

Sarah will tell you this is her favorite runDisney half marathon of all. And I’d have to agree. The camaraderie between all the women is just amazing!  Everyone is just so encouraging and uplifting.

The medals are pretty sweet but it’s messages like these that really make my running and blogging worthwhile…

2014 rundisney glass slipper challenge disney princess half marathon

2014 rundisney glass slipper challenge disney princess half marathon

This is the stuff that really makes my heart sing!!!!

If you’re on the fence about signing up for the runDisney Princess Half Marathon you are truly missing out on moments like these. Just do it! You don’t have to be the fastest, you don’t have to even run the entire thing. Just sign up for it and get out there and try. You’ll be amazed at what your body can do. I believe in you and I want to see you out there on that course in 2015 giving me a high-five.

For more info on the runDisney Princess Half Marathon Weekend visit runDisney.com and for more photos of my race weekend that I didn’t post here check out my review over at FloridaTix. #sponsored

I paid for my entry into the runDisney Glass Slipper Challenge. My room at the Animal Kingdom Lodge was complementary. I was not required to write this post and all opinions are my own.


20
Oct 11

Alice in Wonderland Mini Edible Works of Disney Art

Sometimes I run across cupcakes that are just too cool not to share over here at Disney Every Day.

Alice in Wonderland Cupcake Set

These little gems were crafted by an AMAZING baker in Australia. You can visit her blog Sugary Flower for more baking inspiration if you’d like. For now…take a look at the detail on these Alice in Wonderland cuppies.

Alice Peticoat Cupcake

Painting The Roses Red Cupcake

Half a Cup of Tea Alice Cupcake


26
Jun 11

Disney’s Alice in Wonderland Cupcake Tower

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Some of you may know that I have an affection for cupcakes and run another website “The Cupcake Blog“.  I’ve posted this amazing “Alice in Wonderland” Cupcake Tower over on that blog but I just had to show you this culinary masterpiece in a little finer detail over here.  These little gems were all made by Kati Angelini over at Kati’s Kupcakes.

Alice In Wonderland Cupcakes

tweedle-dee-and-tweedle-dum-cupcakes

cheshire-cat-fondant-toppers

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Off with her head cupcake

Queen of Hearts Cupcakes

Mad Hatter Cupcake

Mushroom Cupcake

Edible Chocolate Card cupcakes

Tea Party Cupcake Toppers

Alice in Wonderland Watch Cupcakes

That Way Alice in Wonderland Cupcakes

 

 

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