Lessons Learned About Race Attire and Plans for Disney Princess Half

I have now completed two races. One had a costume component; one did not. I have learned a lot of lessons about race attire already.

  1. Wear clothes you have run in before.
  2. Tutus do not make for an easy race.
  3. Dress as if the temperature is warmer than it really is – you’ll heat up – FAST.
  4. Just because you look cute doesn’t mean that you won’t regret your choice a mile in.

So, with all that in mind, I’m thinking about my attire for the Disney Princess Half in February. I’m definitely going to have some type of “costume”, but now I know that I have to make it “runner friendly”.

Hubby is running the half-marathon with me. Best. Husband. Ever. When we had to name our team, I was planning to be Snow White so we named our team “White and Grumpy” (a play off the parody song by Weird Al Yankovick, “White and Nerdy”). But now I’m contemplating changing my character decision and trying to decide between Snow White or the Queen of Hearts. Yes, I know this is a Princess race, but I like to be different and I like the Queen of Hearts. So, my dear blog readers, which would you pick?

I started looking for costume ideas the day I registered for the race. If you’re interested in some of my favorites, check out my Pinterest board here.

A few things I’ve already decided. First, there will be no tutu or bulky skirt in my future. Second, I will definitely be ordering a Team Sparkle skirt. I love these and they look super comfy.

Team Sparkle

More posts related to the Princess Half to come!

Have you ran a race in a fun costume? Is there anything you would have done differently?


Women’s Only 5k – Greensboro 2012


My coworker, Amanda and I before the race started

Yesterday morning, I had the incredible opportunity to participate in the 20th Women’s Only 5K in Greensboro. This event is held annually to raise money for a mammogram scholarship fund that allows women to receive these very important diagnostic screenings even if they cannot afford to pay for it themselves.

Since this was only my second race, I was completely blown away. There were over 3500 registered participants (3167 actually crossed the finish line) of all ages (from 7 and up). Some were elite athletes that ran the race in 19 minutes, others were like me and just starting out on their running journey but managing to jog most of the race, and some chose to walk the entire 3.1 mile course.

Pink was EVERYWHERE. Nearly ever participant wore some shade of pink as we took to the streets to raise money ($117,000!!) and awareness for a very devastating disease – breast cancer. This race was so different from the small Retro Run last weekend. There were people on the side of the roads at nearly every turn. They had cow bells they were ringing, they had posters cheering us on, and they had smiles to help us up the next big hill! The energy and excitement were contagious and I had an absolutely fantastic time! I can’t wait to run it again next year!

My clock time was 41:02. A little better than last weekend’s race. However, I think that my time would have been 39:ish if they had started my chip timer when I actually crossed the start line. With so many people it took us several minutes to get to the actual start line.

Here were my stats from the race:

Clock Time: 41:02

Place Overall: 927/3167

Place Age Division: 117/365

I am so proud of myself for completing another race. Now it’s time to start increasing the mileage to be prepared for the Half in February.

Did you participate in a race this weekend?

My Official Results – Retro Run 2012

Congratulations to JENNIFER   (#1894)

for finishing the Retro Run 3.3 Mile!

Time 41:39
Gun Time 41:39
Overall 147 (out of 159 total finishers)
Gender rank (F) 62 / 71
F30-34 rank 8 / 11
F30-39 rank 27 / 31

Retro Run

Let me start by saying that I will refer to this race in the future as the 41-minutes of hell.

Tonight marked a huge milestone for me – my very first 5K! Hubby and I ran the Retro Run in Greensboro. The race winded around the VERY HILLY roads that surround the country club. The houses were beautiful, the weather was finally clear (it had pretty much rained all afternoon leading up to the race), and I was dressed in my fabulous 80s get up.

Retro Run 2012

So, for those that follow, I’ve been babying a sore left leg for almost a month now. My longest period of constant running has been less than a mile, but I’ve managed to get two run/walks in during the last month. So, what had become an almost 9:25 mile, is now back down to a 12ish minute mile. It’s amazing how quickly you lose endurance and speed.

Okay, tangent. Back to the story. So this was my first race – EVER. They blew the horn and everyone took off and what did I do? Exactly what I have been telling my husband not to do for months. I started WAY TOO FAST. I looked back and hubby was a good distance behind – well, that didn’t last long! It was long before I realized that I’d already screwed myself and started to slow down, and then start to walk.

Once I got over (well, I’m still working on getting over) the fact that so many people were passing me, I decided to focus on the main objective of this race – to finish. Somewhere along the way I realized the lady in front of me was doing intervals. So I asked if I could run with her. Did that for a while then realized I was slowing her down so I let her go ahead. She’s doing the Disney Princess Half as well so that was nice short convo. She said it is FLAT. Hallelujah! I managed to keep in her in sight the rest of the race and just paced myself based on her, even though I was a little behind her.

What amazed me was how FREAKING FAST some of these people are. I was climbing one of the monstrous hills while getting passed by a ton of people coming the OTHER direction. I thought, okay cool we get to the top of this hill and then we turn around. I can do this. WRONG. We went to the top of the hill and then went around another neighborhood and eventually made our way back to that hill to come down. Having heard the winners’ times they were all in the 18 minute area. Dear God. I wanted to smack them give them a high five and tell them how awesome I think they are.

It was while coming down said hill that I realized I was only at mile freaking 2. Oh my dear god. These were the longest miles I have ever experienced. My miles seem to fly by when I’m running during the week. But not these miles! So, anyway I finally made it to the finish. I was one of the last to finish. About 6 people brought in the rear several minutes after me.

Hubby did great! He came in at 34 minutes. I am so proud of him. Look at him rocking his Jackie Moon flair

Valley Girl and Jackie Moon

So, now that you’ve heard my uplifting and positive story I’m sure you’re wondering what my time was? Well, it was definitely not 18 minutes! It was 41 minutes. The longest and hardest 41 minutes of my life (well, not counting child birth).

But you know what?That’s okay and here’s why:

  • I finished my FIRST 5K.
  • I learned A LOT.
  • I ran the majority of the race!
  • I continued pursuing my dream of running even after battling my first injury.
  • I looked freaking awesome in my 80s get-up (even if I didn’t win the costume contest).

Another tangent – I have to say I have the BEST. HUSBAND. EVER. He is my biggest cheerleader. He has motivated me and cheered me on throughout this journey. He was waiting on me at the finish line and encouraging me to keep moving. He knows me well enough to know that my first reaction when I saw my time would be to beat myself up, so he stopped me before I could and told me how proud he is of me and great he thought I did. I am so lucky to have him.

So, now that my first race is complete, I’m going to indulge. On what you might ask? On Bojangles Supremes, seasoned fries, a biscuit and an unsweet tea. And even though this meal is probably a day’s worth of calories, do I think I deserve it? To quote Big in “Sex and the City”, “Absa-fuckin-lutely! 🙂

Keep Running,


I’m a Sweat Pink Ambassador!


I am so excited to announce that I was selected as a Sweat Pink Ambassador!! It appears I just made the cut off as they have now closed the application period. 

So, what is Sweat Pink? Here’s a blurb from their website at http://www.fitapproach.com/sweat-pink/.

 Welcome to the Sweat Pink™ movement, where tough and girly come together at last. Sweat Pink™ is all about sharing the joy that comes from living a healthy lifestyle. It’s a celebration of hard work and well-earned rewards. Our pink shoelaces are a proud demonstration of all we’ve achieved, and all we plan to become.

As a Sweat Pink Ambassador I’ll help to promote health and fitness, network with other ladies that are on mission to get healthy, and get free stuff (how cool is that?!?). Stay tuned for more updates about my role as a Sweat Pink Ambassador!

Quick Update

After nearly a month of recovering from a calf injury, I managed to get a 2 mile walk/jog and 1 mile walk in tonight. Yes,I may be slower. Yes,  may have been breathing like and 80-year old asthmatic. But, I’m back, baby! 🙂

An Update and My First Number

My leg is SLOWLY recovering. I have been able to run, but ony for short distances of about 1.5 miles since I hurt myself several weeks ago. It is feeling better though so I think that resting was the key to healing.

I was super excited to get my race packet for the Women’s Only 5K on Saturday. In the packet I got a nice t-shirt, some information and MY VERY FIRST NUMBER!! I was so excited I wanted to put it on and wear it around the house.

My first race is scheduled for this Saturday. It’s a 5K called the Retro Run. Everyone wears fun outfits, drink a beer afterwards and listen to some music. I’m still up in the air about running on Saturday. I guess we’ll see how my leg is feeling as the week progresses and see if I can run farther than 1.5 miles this week during practice. If nothing else I could run/walk it I guess. I really want to complete it. We’ll see.

Now I just need to figure out what costume I want to wear….any suggestions?

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