September 11, 2001-Never Forget <3
I have been working in NYC for almost a month (I know, time flies!), but basically taking the train in the morning then taking the train home after work. I haven't really experienced NYC, I haven't seen a Broadway show, haven't gone to happy hour, or anything fun to write about here. Until September 11, 2013, Daniella suggested we go running on one of the last warm days in New York City. And although I thought about skipping running with Daniella, I packed my clothes and gave it a shot. I absolutely loved it. I was behind Daniella, but since we had to stop at each stoplight, I had a chance to catch up with her! We ran about 1.5 miles to Central Park from work and ran a very short loop in Central Park that consisted of a hill. I was so happy when I ran fast up the hill, which I never do, usually I walk up hills even in races! We even did a quick sprint interval! Overall it was a great run, we had to walk back because there were too many people on the street. I am really glad I decided to stay late to run. And since we went out to happy hour after the run, I saw the two lights in the sky for the World Trade Center. Overall, it was an awesome day and an awesome run!
September 11, 2001-Never Forget <3
As Disneyland Half Marathon Weekend came and went, I was inspired while disappointed by some people’s costumes and well, lack of costumes. I couldn't imagine not wearing a costume to run at Disney! I honestly don't think I'd run at Disney if I didn't wear a costume. An added perk to running in costume is that runners communicate to each other about costumes and could recognize each other by costume. You wouldn't believe how many times last year I was called Cinderella.
So if this is your first time to costuming, here are my best advise and tips:
Hairpiece: This piece has to be functional for running. Flimsy paper crowns will hang once they get a little sweaty so stay away from those, I know this from experience from the 2012 Royal Family 5K. I am being Snow White for Cinderella's 5K and I bought a headband with a red bow on Etsy. For the Enchanted 10K, I am being Ariel but the bow that I bought could also work for Belle from a cheerleading discount website. And for the Disney Princess Half Marathon, I broke my $10 budget rule and spent $25 on the official Disney crown for Sleeping Beauty. My favorite color is pink and I cannot function without 8+ hours of sleep a night so it felt like a perfect fit.
Top: This piece, like the hairpiece should be more functional for running with not so functional accessories. I would suggest starting with a solid colored running top then adding accessories to make it look like your character.
Bottoms: I would highly recommend Team Sparkle! You can wear whatever running pants, shorts, or capris over the weightless yet very stylish skirt. I have the pale blue for the Enchanted 10K and the pink for Sleeping Beauty for the Disney Princess Half Marathon. I will be making a purchase from Team Sparkle for a yellow skirt for Snow White and I cannot wait!
Start early so you can practice running in your costumes. Good luck costuming, see you at the Disney Princess Half 2014!
I must be honest, I absolutely love this race but I am not sure if I would have done it if it was not for the shirt. I know, superficial, not a true runner. The light blue, long sleeve, tech shirt with complimenting yellow sides and bright writing stole my heart. But in my defense, when my friends were registering, I was unemployed so I didn't think I should be spending money to do races outside of the Shoreline Road Race Series (MUST get that jacket!). But then Team in Training sent me an email! The price had raised a few dollars that week but not with TNT! There was a special team that you could sign up with them for no fundraising minimum. I was sold and so were Daniella and Leilannie. So the three of us signed up with TNT.
With my new job and commute to NYC, exercise and running took a backseat. But I gave it a front seat the weekend leading up to the NHRR so I could be ready. I planned on going into this one looking for a PR but the hot and humid had another plan. I believe I was more mentally prepared than I had been for the last few races (yeah, you have all seen those times...eeek!). I was excited that there were 3 other Sorority Girls Run sisters running the 5K and 3 others running the 20K! So I followed one sister, Melissa, and made my goal not to lose her. Well I lost her by mile 1 but then I found Colleen! We stayed together for at mile 2 for a half-mile looking for the water stop. We found the water stop and she suggested I go ahead. I am very happy that when I went ahead, she stayed with Chelsea!
Overall it was a great race, this was my fourth race with my amazing Uncle Duke. I am very happy that although I didn't PR, I beat him for the first time!! My parents always joked with me that I was super slow if I can't beat someone who is 55. But let me tell you, he is an amazing athlete! He has run so many road races including a few full marathons! He is dedicated to his career and running like I hope to be. I only beat him by 13 seconds and that is probably because his back was pulled but I will take my small victory today.
Congratulations to all runners, it was a hot one!
Time: 38:19 Pace: 12:53
"The real purpose of running isn't to win a race, it is to test the limits of the human heart." -Bill Bowerman