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  1. heather
    February 26, 2012

    I think all races should come with post race mimosas & flip flops πŸ˜‰
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  2. Katy (The Singing Runner)
    February 26, 2012

    Looks like you had a blast!!! πŸ™‚ I so wish I could have done the Princess this year, especially after my DISASTROUS half-marathon at Disney in January (I need to redeem myself!). However I wanted to save my legs for the 25.5 miles of asphalt kicking I’m doing Saturday and Sunday at Gasparilla! πŸ˜€
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  3. Shannon
    February 26, 2012

    GREAT race report! I really want to do this race next year. I have yet to do a Disney race. Would this one be the best first Disney half for someone? Thanks for sharing your race experience! Congrats on finishing and your time! πŸ™‚
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    • Meghann
      February 26, 2012

      Yes! This race is so first-timer friendly! I’d say this one is the better one because everyone wears tutus πŸ™‚

  4. Katie @ Talk Less, Say More
    February 26, 2012

    Looks like an amazing weekend! And now I REALLY want to run a Disney race! πŸ™‚
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  5. Adrienne J
    February 26, 2012

    That race looks awesome!! It was so fun to read about all the excitement via your tweets as well as from the other FitFluential girls! πŸ™‚
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  6. Caroline
    February 26, 2012

    This sounds like one of the most amazing races to ever be a part of. I think this race definitely needs to go on my race bucket list.
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  7. Caroline
    February 26, 2012

    You’ve convinced me – if I ever get to the point where I can run a half marathon, I want to do the Disney’s Princess one! Such a cool “trophy” too! And you did a pretty good job looking like Belle πŸ™‚
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  8. Jules @ La Petite Maison Verte
    February 26, 2012

    Wow, that looked like so much fun! Yeah, there is the whole running 13 miles (tough work!!) but it really seems like Disney does a great job of making it as fun, interactive and exciting as can be. It must have been nice to be a VIP all weekend long, what a cool experience!
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  9. Lena @Fit on the Rocks
    February 26, 2012

    That looks like such a fun race! Oh, and the medals are way too freakin cute. Next destination race for me? I think so!
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  10. Jess-ThatJessGal
    February 26, 2012

    I can’t wait to do this half next year. Actually I’ve already decided that my next two foot races will be Disney races: the Everest Challenge and then the Wine and Dine (either as a half or a relay, TBA). Thanks for the great recaps all weekend, you girls really did get the ROYAL treatment! Have you ever considered doing a post on how to work with these big companies to help them market? I’d love to learn more as my blog grows. Have a great week!
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  11. Sana
    February 26, 2012

    Hahah, I am glad you were happy with your costume πŸ™‚ It’s good to feel awesome in something you made.
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  12. Jen
    February 26, 2012

    This mornings race was my first half ever…your recap from last year totally inspired me to try. I figured if I was going to try to run 13 miles, I should do it atthe happiest place on earth πŸ™‚ I’m so proud of myself and had a wonderful time, thank you for posting such awesome recaps! πŸ™‚

  13. MrsSwan
    February 26, 2012

    Yeah!! Congrats!!
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  14. erica
    February 27, 2012

    awesome!!! i love reading about this race!!! it looks like so much fun!
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  15. Erica @ For the Sake of Cake
    February 27, 2012

    I loved reading your recap!

    I absolutely MUST run this race next year! I’m not even a runner, but I serioulsy want to do this! It looks like so much fun; I love Disney!

    PS – I remember that carrot cake from my recent Disney trip & it’s delish!

  16. Kathy
    February 27, 2012

    You are so lucky…blessed…whatever…it looks like so much fun and the “extra” blogger perks you guys received and wonderful.

    At first I wasn’t sure if it were a female only race…princess theme and all…but, then I noticed a guy in one of your pictures (dressed in a pink t-shirt…couldn’t miss) so it must be for all. πŸ˜‰

    Maybe hubby and I will check it out another year….thanks for your recap.
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  17. jana @ newly wife healthy life
    February 27, 2012

    What an incredible race! Definitely on my wish list for next year! I am already thinking about costume ideas..:-)
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  18. Emily
    February 27, 2012

    Looks like you had so muchfun. I like that you are to the point in your racingcareer where you can run some races and just enjoy them, rather than trying to PR all the time. So congrats to you!

  19. Hope @ With A Side Of Hope
    February 27, 2012

    What an absolutely incredible experience! It makes me love Disney even more! Congrats on the race! πŸ™‚
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  20. Brittany @ GOtheXtraMile
    February 27, 2012

    That is a kick ass time for stopping along the way! I was not expecting those “hills” haha but definitely a great race and a great weekend πŸ˜€
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  21. Lindsay @ Running the Windy City
    February 27, 2012

    It looks like you had a great time!! What an awesome race experience πŸ™‚
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  22. Katie @ Peace Love and Oats
    February 27, 2012

    That looks like such an amazing race, so much fun!!! And that’s awesome that you got to use that race tent, plenty of good food! Now I really want to run this!
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  23. Meredith
    February 27, 2012

    I remember you mentioning that a dietician told you to cut back on carbs and eat more protein (obviously carbs are necessary for running, so the bagel = awesome) but then after your race you had mostly fruit (carbs) and oatmeal (carbs) and barely any eggs. After running a significant distance — 13.1 is significant in my eyes — shouldn’t you be eating way more protein than that? And later you only had a salad with cheese as protein from what I could tell. While carbs are delicious and my best friend, perhaps you could address why you choose to re-fuel post-race the way you do? From someone who knows basic sports nutrition it seems like you aren’t doing your body any justice by depriving it of the protein it needs to rebuild the muscles you’ve just torn down by running.
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    • Meghann
      February 27, 2012

      Yes, oatmeal is a big bowl of carbs, but it also has some protein to it. After a race – or long run – it’s amazing how any knowledge of sports nutrition goes out the window. I saw the oatmeal and it looked so good. The eggs? Not so much. I only had a few bites because I knew I should, but it just wasn’t what I wanted at the time. I’m all for eating healthy, but I’m also against forcing ourselves to eat something we don’t want – healthy or not. Usually my big post-run breakfast is a nice stack of pancakes with eggs. And the salad had a good amount of beef chili on it, but it’s hard to tell in the picture.I love Hollywood Studios, but they don’t have the best quick service options. This was the best I could do.

    • Kelly
      February 27, 2012

      Nor did you eat sufficient calories post HM.

      • Megan
        February 27, 2012

        I, too, feel a bit concerned that you didn’t eat enough calories post-race. I understand that Disney is a difficult place to find healthy food options, but after running 13.1 miles your body needs more calories to recover from the stress. In general, it seems as if you’ve been cutting back considerably on the amount you’re eating. Just be careful. I recently suffered multiple stress fractures from eating too little and exercising too much. In particular from not refueling well enough after runs.

        Just looking out for you!

      • Meghann
        February 27, 2012

        Trust me, I ate my fair share of calories over the weekend! They fed us well this trip – and I’m sure I’ll make up for it today.

  24. Heather Blackmon @ Better With Veggies
    February 27, 2012

    Sounds like a fun race – and love the race retreat perk! I did the Disney Marathon years ago as my first and stopped and took pics with tons of characters along the way. It really was a fun way to experience a race, even if it does take away from your finish time. =)
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  25. Tori @ In Love and Peanut Butter
    February 27, 2012

    That looks like so much fun! I’ve never heard of the Race Retreat but definitely need to look into it for my next Disney Race.
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  26. Tiff
    February 27, 2012

    Thanks for the recap, and congrats on the run. I adore your costume. This post makes me really want to run this race next year, in costume, of course!
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  27. Heidi @BananaBuzzbomb
    February 27, 2012

    Great recap Meghann. Thanks for sharing your experience and all of your photos. Way to represent FitFluential!!
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  28. Cat @ Breakfast to Bed
    February 27, 2012

    is it weird that i hope my daughter is a runner so we can run this together one day?
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  29. Anne P
    February 27, 2012

    This looks SO fun. I wish I’d been there – maybe next year! πŸ™‚
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  30. Cait’s Plate
    February 27, 2012

    Haha! Some of the costumes are just awesome. This looks like the absolute perfect half marathon for you from start to finish!
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  31. Alaina
    February 27, 2012

    This race looks amazing! I think spending the extra money for the race retreat is worth it. The whole weekend looks like a worthwhile experience!
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  32. Poptartyogini
    February 27, 2012

    What fun!! Disney really knows how to make things special. Wish I was there right now!
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  33. Chelsea
    February 27, 2012

    Ahh I need to find the money to be capable of running a disney half haha <3 They just look like a great experience!
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  34. Aleyta
    February 27, 2012

    Wow! I’m not a runner but even THAT race would get me to participate! Looks like fun!
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  35. Sarah
    February 27, 2012

    Aww so much fun! I want to do the princess half soo bad! Next year for sure!
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  36. erinn
    February 27, 2012

    Such a great recap of the race! I came dressed as Tinkerbell and have never had so much fun running in a tutu! You did an amazing job capturing all the pictures (i don’t know how you did it?!) and the spirit of the race. One of my favorite moments was waiting to start in my corral, looking around and see all those awesome ladies next to me – dressed in sparkles, tiaras and tuts all ready to kick some serious butt in 13.1 miles. The beginning is amazing – and you’re right, that moment when you turn the corner to see the castle is PURE MAGIC! I also like the sign at the sign at the half way point – blaring stronger by Kelly Clarkson. Thanks so much for all the great pics and the recap, I got to relive the magic one more day. On to the next one! Cheers from Tampa πŸ™‚

  37. Annette @ EnjoyYourHealthyLife
    February 27, 2012

    WOW! How fun! FitFluential is the best–I love being a part of such a great group! Great job on the run πŸ™‚
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  38. Gwen
    February 27, 2012

    Your recap almost makes me tear up – what a fantastic race experience. Definitely want to give it a go someday!
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  39. christieo
    February 27, 2012

    I didn’t get to see any of you guys after the race but CONGRATULATIONS!!! Makes me wish I had just run-walked it even though I wasn’t trained for it!!!! Hope to hook up to train one day. πŸ™‚ Congratulations on the race! It looks like you all had so much fun!

  40. ~Jessica~
    February 27, 2012

    To me, your costume is more recognisable as Belle than anyone else’s – I think you did a fantastic job with it in the end πŸ™‚

    Looks like a total blast – I’m not sure I’d have the patience to wait in line for photos but the atmosphere must be amazing.

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  41. Hillary
    February 27, 2012

    I want to run this race SO BAD. I think next year is my year! Great job!
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  42. Janice – The Fitness Cheerleader
    February 27, 2012

    Congrats on a great race! It looks like y’all had a TON of fun and I must admit I’m a bit jealous – I want to do that race SO badly!
    Congrats again!
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  43. Kate
    February 28, 2012

    I ran this race on Sunday too, my first time there, and it was SO fun. Totally felt the goosebumps as I saw Cinderella’s castle for the first time, and took SO many photos!

  44. Anne @strawberryjampackedlife
    February 28, 2012

    Dang those were some nice perks! As I was running up the ramp and that bridge around mile 11, I started walking with this other runner. We both commented on how mean it was to put these long slow inclines at such a late time in the race. And totally agree that the first 6.5 miles are way more exciting than the last. But I finished! YAY! Time to leave Disney and update the blog when I get home.
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  45. Tandi
    February 28, 2012

    Loved reading your race recap! Princess 2013 will be my first half. How did you get hooked up with RunDisney and Fitfluential?

  46. Caitlin
    February 29, 2012

    Nice job! I love all the outfits! Definitely keeps the race fun to see what everyone’s wearing. I also think that’s the coolest medal I’ve seen.

  47. Karla Bruning
    February 29, 2012

    Fun recap! Love your Belle costume. It was great to meet you at the Princess Half! My recap is here: http://communities.washingtontimes.com/neighborhood/run-karla-run/2012/feb/29/disneys-princess-half-marathon-race-recap/
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  48. Jessica
    February 29, 2012

    I was there too! It was my first half and it was everything I had dreamed and MORE! One of the best weekends of my life. Now I wish I would have shelled out $99 for the VIP! Looks fancey shmancey! ;). Great blog by the way!!

  49. kelly
    March 13, 2012

    EVERY race should end with a dusting of fairy dust & free flip flops!

    loved your race recap & was thrilled to spend the weekend with you!
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  50. Hope
    August 6, 2012

    Hey! What a wonderful race! I was wondering…who took all the pictures of you and friends throughout the race. I don’t know if cell phones and camera’s are allowed, and if I ever work up to this Disney race, I would definitely want to snap some of my own pics via iPhone or Camera. πŸ™‚ Are they allowed? Thanks!

    • Meghann
      August 6, 2012

      We took all the photos with the cameras we carried on the course. Yes, cameras are allowed. In fact, they’re encouraged! πŸ™‚

  51. Hope
    August 6, 2012

    Okay, so another question… πŸ˜› How long did it take you to train up to running a 1/2 marathon? I just started the couch to 5k program and am planning on eventually working up to 1/2 marathons, because I would love to complete the Disney Princess 1/2 marathon! Thanks! πŸ™‚

  52. Hope
    August 8, 2012

    Are all Disney Princess 1/2 Marathons in February?

  53. Heather Gaydeski
    August 30, 2012

    Hi there! Love your blog about this race! I am coordinating a group of about 12 ladies that are planning to run the 2013 race and we’re trying to plan for the best resort to stay in that is convenient to the race location. Any insight?


  54. Heather Gaydeski
    August 30, 2012

    Would you stay at the AK lodge again or somewhere else?

    • Meghann
      August 31, 2012

      Yes! Most people go for the “value resorts” (aka the all-star hotel) when they stay at Disney for the races, but I really liked the Animal Kingdom lodge. There weren’t a lot of people from the race staying at the hotel. So the line to board the bus before the race wasn’t bad (we were able to board the first bus that pulled up instead of having to wait) and we were able to easily jump right on our bus when the race was over. I heard stories of the value resorts having very long waits in the morning and I saw the HUGE line to board the bus after the race was over. Not sure it was worth it. Definitely look into AK!

  55. Julia
    November 5, 2012

    GREAT pictures! I’m running the princess marathon for my first time in February! Hope you’ll be doing it again in 2013! I just started a new blog to track my progress! http://blingandsneakers.blogspot.com

  56. Holly
    January 2, 2013

    Hey! So glad I found your site and this post. I’m training for my first race ever, and it will be the Princess Half next month. Next! Month! I am even more excited about the run after reading your post. I’m also a Florida blogger … maybe I’ll see you there!

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